4 Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals signed Kyle Friend, an offensive lineman, to the practice squad on Tuesday.In a corresponding move, Arizona released practice squad offensive lineman Will House to make room for Friend.Friend has spent time on the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers practice squads since entering the league in 2016.He was also on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 preseason until he was cut on Sept. 2.Related LinksCardinals HC Steve Wilks feels ‘ jobs are in jeopardy’ with loss to DenverWeek 7 injury report: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Friend played college football at Temple and was teammates with current Cardinals linebacker Haasan Reddick for the Owls.The Cardinals five offensive linemen listed on the team injury report for Week 7 against the Broncos. Four of them were listed as either limited or non-participants in practice on Tuesday. This is a 2018 photo of Kyle Friend of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team. This image reflects the Carolina Panthers active roster as of Wednesday, June 13, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
14.1Though the Cardinals made the switch to Byron Leftwich as the new playcaller and offensive coordinator to help develop Rosen and get Johnson more involved, the offense finished the season ranked worst in the league in average points scored at 188.8.131.52The rushing attack was non-existent in Wilks’ first season with the team. The Cardinals’ 3.8 average rushing yards per attempt ranked worst in the league. Johnson finished with 940 total rushing yards on 58.8 yards per game.83.9The Johnson-led rushing attack for the Cardinals ranked last in rushing yards per game at 83.9. He had one 100-plus yard rushing game all season, which came in Week 11 at home against the Oakland Raiders.154.9The Cardinals’ rushing defense under Wilks was among the worst in the league as well. The defense gave up 154.9 rushing yards per game, ranked last.25Last season, Arizona finished in the middle of the pack in rushing touchdowns given up with 12. That number has more than doubled this season at 25, ranking last in the league. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns in Week 2 against the Cardinals in their 34-0 blowout. Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Wilks’ passing defense was average this season, but the rushing defense, much like the offense, ranked toward the bottom in the league.Related LinksArizona Cardinals fire head coach Steve Wilks after one yearCardinals’ Steve Wilks joins list of one-and-done NFL coachesNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachStandout quotes during Steve Wilks’ season as Cardinals head coachHere’s a look at Wilks’ first and last season as the head coach of the 3-13 Cardinals.241.6The Cardinals ranked last in the league in total offense, averaging 241.6 net yards per game. The team ranked No. 22 last season in Bruce Arians’ last season as the head coach as they finished 8-8.26:33Running back David Johnson was poised to have a solid comeback season after battling a wrist injury in which he suffered in Week 1 in 2017 and missing the rest of the season. After signing a three-year contract in September, it appeared that the Cardinals offense would run through Johnson.But the fourth-year pro could hardly establish a solid running game which led the Cardinals to rank worst in the NFL in time of possession.29.7Arizona’s punt team was one of the busiest in the league due to three-and-outs. The Cardinals ranked last in third down percentage at 29.7.225Wilks’ offense managed to score only 225 points this season, ranking last in the NFL. That’s 94 points fewer than the second-to-last team ranked in that category. In seven games, Arizona had finished with 10 or fewer points in a game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo First-year head coach Steve Wilks is known to have a defensive-minded approach, but the Arizona Cardinals were ranked among the worst offensively.Just how bad was the offense during his tenure? For one, then-offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired in Week 7 following a 45-10 loss at home against the Denver Broncos.Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got his first start in Week 4 after it seemed like he would spend the season developing under starter Sam Bradford, but Bradford was benched in Week 3 and released in November. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
08 June 2015 Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has created two ideal family summer stay packages to make holidays in the region all the more memorable. Mini MO PackageThis package is perfect for children that are curious about the inner workings of a luxury hotel, and fascinated by questions like “how does a chocolatier produce a truffle?”The Mini MO package includes:Harbour Room with a complimentary extra bedChoice from among the following ‘behind the scenes’ hotel experiences:Craft delicious mocktails with one of our Bartenders at M barDecorate a cake or cookies with the assistance of the hotel’s Pastry ArtistsMake a box of handcrafted chocolate truffles with the expert Chocolatier,Learn the delicate art of make-up application from the Make-Up Assistant and the art of nail care and nail art from the Nail Technician at The Mandarin SalonBreakfast at Clipper Lounge daily with special menus, activity packs and colouring pencils for childrenWelcome amenities for the children along with a bottle of champagne for the parents, an InstaMax Camera to capture the holiday memories, and a Hong Kong themed photo frameOfficial Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong nametag, a chef’s hat and apron as a keepsakeComplimentary Internet and late checkout until 2 p.m.Rates start from HKD4749 plus 10 per cent service charge per room per night, valid 1 June until 31 August 2015, with 72 hours’ advance booking required.Suite Family Affair Plus PackageTravellers can enjoy a luxurious suite and complimentary room for the children and a choice of experiential activities ranging from adventurous and cultural explorations to fun-filled discoveries, allowing them to experience the best of Hong Kong.The Suite Family Affair Plus package includes:A luxurious suite and a complimentary room for the childrenChoose from a variety of itineraries to explore Hong Kong:Take the “Lantau Island” guided tour via ferry to Lantau Island to discover the quaint fishing village of Tai O, visit the Buddhist temple of Po Lin Monastery to view the world’s largest, outdoor and seated bronze Tian Tan Big Buddha, indulge in vegetarian delicacies, then proceed to ride Ngong Ping 360’s Cable Car in a crystal cabin before being transferred back. Tour lasts six hours.For a lesson in the appreciation of Chinese art and antiques as well as a walk back in time, join the “Art & Antiques” tour where a noted resident and art expert with a keen eye for the authentic guides guests through street cafés and galleries of contemporary art along Hollywood Road, discover second-hand stores of kitsch and curios, and visit the ancient Man Mo Temple set among the high-rise buildings. Tour lasts 3.5 hours.Feast upon an assortment of Hong Kong’s most popular local foods as guests stroll off-the-beaten-path on the “Savour the Local Flavour” tour to learn about the lifestyle, history and culture of the people living in the areas of Central and Sheung Wan. Walking tour includes visits to a wonton noodle shop, roast meat restaurant, juice shop, preserved fruits specialty house, dim sum corner, and local bakery. Tour lasts four hours.Breakfast at Clipper Lounge daily with special menus, activity packs, and colouring pencils for childrenWelcome amenities for the children along with a bottle of champagne for the parents, an InstaMax Camera to capture holiday memories, and a Hong Kong themed photo frameComplimentary Internet and late checkout until 2 pm.Rates start from HKD8,049 plus 10 per cent service charge per room per night. Each tour is available at an additional cost with 72 hours’ advance booking required and good walking shoes and casual, comfortable attire recommended.www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong.
Go back to the e-newsletter >The Peninsula Hotels in Asia, North America and Europe are again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marking its fifth anniversary in 2015, the Peninsula in Pink charitable initiative is undergoing a creative makeover to become “The Art of Pink.” Each hotel will exhibit specially commissioned pink-inspired artworks by acclaimed global artists, including internationally celebrated photographer Chen Man in Shanghai, renowned Chinese contemporary painter and installation artist Qin Feng in Beijing, Thailand’s best-known cartoonist Chiratorn Chirapravati in Bangkok, internationally recognised Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós in New York, French sculptor Nathalie Decoster in Paris, and prominent Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa in Chicago.The pink masterpieces will be exhibited at each hotel and auctioned, with the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities.Highlights of The Art of Pink in 2015 also include pink-themed gala fundraising events featuring charitable auctions of the pink art masterpieces, plus special Peninsula dining and spa promotions and exclusive items donated by partner brands. Each Peninsula hotel will adopt its own creative theme for the event, with The Peninsula Bangkok teaming up with selected independent restaurants to present an evening of fine cocktails and cuisine in a pop-up format and The Peninsula Hong Kong partnering with leading global auction house Christie’s for a first-of-its-kind gala and live auction of pink-themed luxury items.This October, guests at The Lobby of each hotel can attend The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea and purchase the specially commissioned pink ribbon pin. A collection of pink-infused gourmet dining and spa experiences, with part of the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities, will also take place.The funds raised by Peninsula in Pink help local organisations to provide improved breast cancer-care facilities and services to patients in need. Examples include The Peninsula Manila, which is supporting the construction of a new and improved Breast Care Center at the East Avenue Medical Center, and The Peninsula Chicago, which helps transport breast cancer patients to and from medical appointments in the hotel’s fleet of MINI Clubman cars.Go back to the e-newsletter >
T’ang Court at The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi has the distinction of being the only restaurant in mainland China to be awarded three Michelin stars in the inaugural Shanghai guide, as announced by the Michelin Guide.Mr. Sven Isberg, Managing Director of The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi, said, “We are delighted and humbled to receive the three-star Michelin accolade in this first restaurant guide in Shanghai. It is all the more special as T’ang Court is the only restaurant in the entire country to be bestowed with three Michelin stars, and all credit goes to the efforts and contributions of the hardworking T’ang Court team. They are dedicated to serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and providing outstanding service to patrons at T’ang Court, and we are so proud of this wonderful achievement.”Under the culinary leadership of highly acclaimed Chinese Executive Chef Justin Tan, T’ang Court’s culinary brigade is on an ongoing mission to create outstanding dishes by adopting only the very best of ingredients to showcase both traditional favourites and contemporary delicacies.“Fine Cantonese cuisine has been my lifelong passion and to prepare Cantonese dishes at the highest of standards at the esteemed T’ang Court at The Langham is a dream come true,” says Chef Tan. “I am always working on how to refine the basics and think innovatively whilst not sacrificing the authenticity of the dishes, and I’m happy that my team’s efforts have been recognised by the Michelin Guide.”Food and Beverage Manager Mr. Lazio Zuo and his service colleagues also contribute daily to the success of T’ang Court and its newly-awarded three Michelin star rating by delivering impeccable attention to detail when it comes to servicing guests.“Receiving three Michelin stars is a true reflection of our commitment to service. We work hard to exceed the expectations of our guests by creating the perfect synergy between Chef Tan’s culinary specialties and the personalised service we deliver to our guests,” says Mr. Zuo.
Go back to the enewsletterHolland America Line has announced it will offer more than 100 cruises to the Caribbean on eight ships – Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam, Veendam and Zuiderdam – between October 2018 and April 2019, ranging from 3 to 21 days’ duration.Holland America Line’s expansive variety of itineraries explore the eastern, western and southern regions of the Caribbean; some sail to Cuba and others spend a day discovering the Panama Canal. Seven ships will sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while Rotterdam takes over the roundtrip Tampa, Florida, departures.There will also be options to book back-to-back sailings.Most Fort Lauderdale departures include a visit to what has been called the best private island in the cruise industry: Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine beaches, exciting shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and child-friendly activities. Caribbean itineraries this season also introduce Nieuw Statendam on its premiere season with cruises from 3 to 17 days.“The Caribbean continues to be a highly popular destination for both first-time cruisers and repeaters because it offers everything: beautiful scenery, tropical weather, diverse activities, a laid-back atmosphere and welcoming locals who are eager to share their customs and culture,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “By offering more than 100 sailings across eight mid-sized ships, including Nieuw Statendam, we’re giving our guests more opportunities to tailor a cruise to their desires.”Seven ships sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba and beyondIn October 2018, Veendam kicks off the Caribbean season with a series of Cuban Explorer cruises. Guests can immerse themselves in Cuba’s natural beauty and rich cultural history on a variety of 7-, 10-, 11- and 12-day itineraries through March 2019. Along with Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba, the ship will call at several other Caribbean ports in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Mexico. Veendam also offers a 7-day eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise in December and an 11-day southern Caribbean itinerary in January that do not visit Cuba.Nieuw Statendam launches its maiden Caribbean season with a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas in December. Following its inaugural Caribbean sailing, the ship will feature 7-day itineraries that offer both eastern and western routes. Nieuw Statendam also will offer a 10-day itinerary in January for guests interested in exploring lesser-visited ports in the southern Caribbean such as Kralendijk, Bonaire; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Barbados. Other southern Caribbean itineraries will be available on Nieuw Statendam‘s sister ship, Koningsdam, beginning in November 2018. Cruisers can choose 7-, 10- and 11-day itineraries.Guests looking to experience the eastern or western regions of the Caribbean can do so aboard Nieuw Amsterdam on a series of 7-day cruises that showcase each region, featuring calls at St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Georgetown, Ocho Rios and more. Similarly, Oosterdam will offer a series of 7-day cruises that spotlight both eastern and western routes, as well as 7-day Tropical Caribbean itineraries that feature calls at ports in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.Partial Panama Canal transits explore Gatún LakeGuests looking to explore the Panama Canal can experience a partial transit aboard Zuiderdam, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on 10- and 11-day cruises. The ship visits several Caribbean ports as it makes its way to Gatún Lake, where cruisers will enjoy a day of spectacular scenic cruising throughout the canal.Roundtrip Tampa itinerariesFrom October 2018 through April 2019 Rotterdam will sail roundtrip from Tampa on eight 7-day western itineraries and five 14-day southern itineraries. The ship visits some of the most beautiful ports and islands in the region including Key West; Curaçao; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Aruba and St Lucia.Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages, which offer the ultimate Caribbean exploration with more economical fares than if booking the cruises individually. Ranging from 14 to 21 days, these longer journeys combine back-to-back itineraries, enabling guests to span more than one Caribbean area and have the ultimate island-hopping journey.Guests in search of a unique and extended itinerary can opt for Prinsendam‘s 14-day Caribbean Holiday cruise departing 21 December 2018. The ship calls at ports in the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Half Moon Cay, the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the e-newsletter “The Star will always continue to support tourism. For now, we will take time to review the report and the Department’s position, and consider the avenues and other opportunities available to us.”“We will continue to push on with plans and take our proposal to the IPC [Independent Planning Commission],” LATTE was advised.This week, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was confident the Government will reach an “acceptable position” for the hotel development.“I want to see Sydney maintain its status, and in fact enhance its status, as a place to do business, as a place where we see progress, and of course we’ve got to follow all the proper guidelines, and I’m confident we’ll get to a place where there’s compromise,” Berejiklian said. The Star Entertainment Group is weighing up its options on the future of the proposed six-star Ritz-Carlton after the current plan was rejected last week, fundamentally due to the project’s over towering form.The setback for the $530 million luxury hotel comes after negative feedback from the public, backed by the Department of Planning which recommended the tower not be authorised for approval. LATTE readers will recall the Ritz-Carlton Sydney’s potential height concern as we flagged exclusively in November last year. Go back to the e-newsletter The Architectural Design Statement submitted by fjmt studio late last year, referred to the structure as a “great hotel city landmark” (see extract below).“This will be a great landmark hotel, a building that gives further identity to Pyrmont and Sydney. Like the great hotel of other cities, this hotel will provide a visitor and public focus for Sydney,” the design statement said, comparing it to the likes of the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard on London’s Southbank and The Plaza Hotel opposite Central Park in New York City.“This new Ritz Carlton hotel will be a similar public landmark destination for Sydney. It’s publicly accessible spaces and grand rooms, bars, restaurants, facilities and dramatic views to the Harbour and City will make it an incomparable destination.” LATTE’s Headline article from 2 November 2018 The comparison between The Ritz-Carlton Sydney and The Shard in London and The Plaza Hotel in New York City Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Last week, the Department argued the hotel tower, at 237 metres, was more than 100 metres taller than the next tallest structure on the western side of Darling Harbour – the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel. The Ritz-Carlton would have also been the second largest tower in the precinct, standing just 16 metres shorter than the Crown Hotel Resort at Barangaroo that’s under development.Since LATTE’s original article in November, a number of modifications to the project had been proposed. Among the vast paperwork submitted to the government was the suggestion that the Ritz-Carlton would become an iconic landmark in its own right. The Department however declared last week that the project was too bulky, at odds with the predominantly low-to-medium rise built form of Pyrmont, was “overly dominant”, and its scale would be “out of character with its immediate context”.A spokesperson for The Star told LATTE the company was “extremely disappointed with the recommendation”.“Sydney needs hotels. Sydney needs new and refreshed tourism infrastructure or risk losing international visitors to other states, other countries. We want to spend half a billion dollars on helping NSW increase its appeal to the inbound visitor market.In all there were 83 objections from the public, which The Star says is well below other major projects.
Looking for an island in the sun? Skyscanner introduces 10 islands offering sand, scuba and seafood amongst other delights.Rügen Island, GermanyLocated just off Germany’s north-east coast is a small island gem, well known to Germans, but probably not to the rest of us. With its 60 kilometres of sandy beaches, it is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and also boasts two of Germany’s national parks. It is easily accessible from the mainland by road, rail or ferry and has numerous tourist resorts providing good accommodation.Find cheap flights to RostockNecker Island, British Virgin IslandsRichard Branson’s little spot in the Caribbean can be yours at a price which, if there are a large group of you, almost falls into the manageable category for a (very) special occasion. The main house is a sumptuous Balinese-style villa, with further studio apartments available. 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Just eight miles off Cancun’s coast, the island across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) offers luxury accommodation with plenty of water sports and activities to keep the visitor busy as well as excursions to outlying remote islands for day trips or fishing expeditions.Find cheap flights to CancunReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksThe best Greek islands to visit for every holiday typeIn partnership with Visit Greece Which Greek islands are the best to visit? All of them? Joking aside, that’s a bit of an impossible question to answer. 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14. South AfricaSimple but sturdy, these typical South African huts in Kruger National Park, are designed to keep you cool in the searing heat and warm when the temperature drops at night. Read more: 14 fabulous places in France – in pictures7. CanadaFind flights to CanadaChâteau Frontenac in Quebec was once the colonial governors’ mansion during the heyday of the British Empire. Today, it’s a luxury hotel, so you can stay for a while, or just a night before deciding if it’s the place for you. Read more: 10 top things to do in San Francisco 13. RussiaFind flights to RussiaMuch of this vast country is uninhabited, so there’d be plenty of space for Oh and his fellow alien house-hunters to set up camp. Read more: 10 best things to do in Venice2. LaosHead to lovely Laos for a slice of home, which typically means a straw mat on the floor of a hut built on stilts, a few blankets and lots of smiles. 10. MongoliaTraditionally, Mongolian nomadic tribes roamed the plains tending to livestock and would set up a temporary camp or yurt, to sleep in; this way of living continues to thrive today. Read more: 10 amazing places to go in South America – in pictures6. FranceFrom chic Parisian apartments, to these charming chalets in Alsace; Oh, and anyone else looking for a new place to settle, are bound to find something to suit in France. 4. Cappadocia, TurkeyFind flights to TurkeyUnder the mountain and in the caves of Cappadocia, discover Uchisar Castle and explore the winding stairways and stone passages that connect the impressive chambers. 3. SwedenMany Swedes live in big cities, but it’s also very common for them to have summer houses and boating boltholes on the coast in other parts of the country. 9. Hong KongFind flights to Hong KongIt’s all about the high life and high rises in Hong Kong. Compact living and colourful designs make this a unique place to stay. Read more: 10 of the world’s most beautiful places – in pictures 11. NepalHigh up in the Himalayas, this village has carved a home right in the side of these majestic mountains. 15. ThailandMake moving easy and live on a floating boat, like these villagers in Thailand. In some remote parts, residents can go their whole lives without ever leaving the water! RelatedTop 9 tips for a family holiday in VeniceFind out how to have family fun in The Floating City.5 city breaks with flights under £50If you’re after a cheap city break that still gives you the wow-factor, these five getaways are just the ticket with return flights for under £50. 1. Venice, Italy from £18 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhe5IlUF9CX/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet If you thought the palaces and grandeur of Venice were reserved for those with bucket loads of cash,…5 flights for under £50Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28! 5. ChilePatagonia, an area shared by Argentina and Chile, is home to stunning landscapes and dramatic mountain views like this one. Sit by the fire in a traditional home and enjoy the view. A nice warm bed, having friends and family close by, or just a simple cup of tea in front of the TV; what do you think of when you think about your home?From floating houses in Thailand, to cave castles in Turkey, many people live in all sorts of places around the world. Maybe Oh – who, together with the rest the Boov, is on the hunt for a new planet to call home in Fox’s latest animated movie Home – can find somewhere to lay his hat. See how the other half really live and have a peek at these 15 awesome abodes:1. Venice, ItalyOn the shores of the Floating City, Venice, you’ll find colourful terraces and tiny hideaways. Just make sure you don’t mind crooning gondoliers sailing past your window in the morning. Read more: Top 10 things to do in ThailandSee how the poeple of Iceland live and enter our competition for a chance to win a family trip to see the Northern Lights. Enter here.Home is only in cinemas from March 20th 2015.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 12. San FranciscoFind a home and leave your heart in San Francisco, where these vibrant Victorian houses, known as the ‘Painted Ladies’ line the sidewalks. 8. GreeceStroll through narrow alleyways amidst traditional white-washed houses and fall in love with the cute cottages in the Greek islands.
Park City, Utah- Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAlthough hitting the slopes and sipping gourmet hot chocolate are probably the last things on your mind in August, the winter ski season is fast approaching. Canyons Resort and its marquee hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Park City, are offering some new winter fun packages for the upcoming season. Whether you enjoy shredding the slopes or prefer cooking up a storm in a winter wonderland setting, Canyons Resort and the Waldorf Astoria Park City are offering some great packages to satisfy every snow bunny’s winter preferences.Canyons Resort, a newly re-imaged property, holds the title as Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort, featuring 4,000 acres across nine mountain peaks with 182 trails, a 1.1 mile long terrain park and six natural half pipes. Winter sports enthusiasts can take advantage of all the property has to offer with the new Ultimate Mountain Experience package, offered in conjunction with former U.S. Ski Team coach Phil McNichol. The collection of winter sports adventures will include signature fantasy camps and customizable winter sports programs led by world-class athletes including six former Olympians. Fantasy camp weekends are scheduled in January and March 2013 and may include Erik Schlopy’s “Power Turn Experience,” Holly Flanders’ “Women-Only Workshops,” and Phil McNichol’s “Discover Your Potential Weekend.” Guests can also opt for one to three-day customizable packages.The Waldorf Astoria Park City, located at the base of Canyons Resort, is also offering a range of winter fun packages for guests to enjoying this upcoming winter season. With hot chocolate being the go to drink during the chilly winter months, the Waldorf’s tableside, made-to-order hot chocolate bar at Slopes by Talisker, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, is guaranteed to be a new winter favorite. Each cup will consist of traditional molinillo, or Mexican hand carved wood whisk, and the finest Valrhona chocolate. Guests can also customize their delectable drink with spice infusions such as cardamom, anise, cinnamon and crème de menthe.Since Park City is the training ground for winter Olympians, why not try your luck at ice-skating and speed skating with a U.S. National Speedskating Team member? This exclusive experience allows guests to enjoy a private ice skating lesson and learn to speed skate with Patrick Meek, a member of the U.S. National Speedskating Team and an Olympic hopeful! The one-of-a-kind experience is part of the Waldorf’s Majordomo package, which pays homage to the time-honored European tradition of the majordomo, or the head butler of a large estate. The package ensures every guests’ needs and wishes are fulfilled, while offering luxurious add-on adventures.For those who prefer cooking up a storm in the kitchen, the Waldorf is offering a “Be your Own Chef Menu” of globally-inspired in-room dinners. Slopes by Talisker’s Executive Chef, Clement Gelas, is the master behind the innovative offering that gives guests the opportunity and flexibility to cook in their in-room chef’s kitchens with state of the art Viking appliances. Guests can select menus from different regions, enjoying a Mexican family feast with Oaxacan chopped salad and pork tamales, a South American feast with arepas and shrimp ceviche or a Moroccan-inspired meal with Berber chicken soup and chicken yassa.www.canyonsresort.comwww.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com
Dubai – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine.Raffles Dubai is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Peter French as General Manager. French will oversee the hotel’s daily operations and brings with him over 40 years of international luxury hospitality experience to further enhance Raffles Dubai’s reputation as one of the leading luxury hotels in the GCC.A British native, French is a seasoned and accomplished hotelier with in-depth background in Operations, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Project Development. Over the course of his career, French has played an intricate role in luxury hotel operations, development, transition and positioning.French has worked as GM in numerous prestigious hotels including the Sukothai in Bangkok, the Carlyle in New York and Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Most recently, he led the complete renovation and repositioning of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, its flagship hotel. He was nominated for “Hotel Manager of the Year” by the American Hotel and Catering Institute and Virtuoso, the Association of American Travel Agents.Mr. French embraces the new opportunity at Raffles Dubai. “I feel very honoured to be part of such an iconic, award winning property well known for its heartfelt and gracious service and cultured luxury. I look forward to continuing the ongoing success of this well-established brand.”www.raffles.com
Phoenix, Arizona – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Arizona Biltmore is staging a summer-long “Hollywood & Wine” Festival – with a calendar overflowing with activities and events – that promises to be a blockbuster hit.“We’re planning nonstop Hollywood-themed fun, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, with celebrity bands performing in concert, Hollywood professionals revealing their creative secrets, movie screenings, theater productions, celebrity winemakers uncorking their best, special foods and much more,” said General Manager Andrew Stegen.“The Biltmore has an historic connection to Hollywood with the many stars who have frequented the resort over the years, which is why holding Hollywood & Wine here is so apropos,” added Stegen. “The Biltmore is where Clark Gable lost his wedding ring, Marilyn Monroe had her favorite swimming pool, Irving Berlin penned “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while sitting at the Paradise Pool, and where Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammie Davis Jr. gave impromptu concerts in the lobby.”The extensive festival agenda will include: -Celebrity Bands in Concert: Among the celebrity band performances will be the Bacon Brothers kicking off the festival Memorial Day weekend; music legend Miles Mosley, June 18 and 19; members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra Pops with Fireworks on July 4; and the Fab Faux over Labor Day weekend. -Celebrity Wines: Wines by celebrity winemakers will be featured in wine tastings, wines by the glass and special dinners paired with wines in the resort’s restaurants. Among the celebrity wines will be Dan Akyroyd Wines, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Fess Parker Winery, and Rebel Vinum (by actor/director/screenwriter Doug Barr and Bruce Orosz, founder of major Hollywood production company ACT 1 ). -Top Hollywood Professionals Revealing the Secrets of Their Trade: Make-up artists, set designers, costume designers and other Hollywood pros who have made countless famous films will be giving special presentations giving insights into the art of movie making. Among the presenters will be Mel Cooper, Vice President of the Set Decorators Society of America, whose many credits include the Jerry Seinfeld Show; Sally Stevens, Director of the Hollywood Film Chorale who has worked on more than 1,000 theatrical and television film scores over more than three decades; and Anna Wyckoff, a costume designer and personal stylist whose career spans from Roman Holiday to Legally Blonde. -Dive-In Movies: Hollywood blockbuster films – including many that were made by the Hollywood professionals giving presentations at the festival – shown on a large screen and watched while floating in the Paradise Pool. – “Hollywood – Live On Stage”: A variety of live events will be featured including a classical theater series by Southwest Shakespeare Company. -“Rising Star” Entertainment Series: Arizona Biltmore will stage its own version of “Making of the Band.” -Hollywood-Inspired Foods and Menus: The special foods will range from Hollywood-themed menus in the restaurants to popcorn machines at the pool for the Dive-In Movies, fresh fruit and juice Popsicles, and flavored S’mores.The festival is open to the public, but some activities are for Arizona Biltmore guests only including: wine tastings, the presentations by Hollywood professionals and the Dive-In Movies.www.arizonabiltmorehollywoodandwine.com
FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Marc Jacobs, right, and Char Defrancesco attend the WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In a video posted on Instagram, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Jacobs dropped to his knee at a fast-food restaurant in New York City to pop the question to DeFrancesco after a flash mob danced to Prince’s “Kiss.” In the caption, Jacobs calls DeFrancesco his “ride or die fiance.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Marc Jacobs proposes to boyfriend after flash mob dance NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is engaged.In a video posted on Instagram , Jacobs dropped to his knee at a fast-food restaurant in New York City on Wednesday night to pop the question to model Charly “Char” DeFrancesco after a flash mob danced to Prince’s “Kiss.”In the caption, Jacobs calls DeFrancesco his “ride or die fiance.” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2018 8:54 am PDT Last Updated May 31, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia says it has given more than $1.6 million to a Robert Pattinson movie filmed near Yarmouth, N.S.“The Lighthouse,” directed by Robert Eggers, is a fantasy horror movie also starring Willem Dafoe.The province says it has committed $1.673 million to the production, based on an eligible expenditure of $5.98 million, through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund.Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced the funding Thursday, but the movie was filmed this spring.The production was greeted with huge local interest and proved an economic boon to the Yarmouth area, with actors and crew members spotted at local stores and restaurants.One local man took a selfie with a very bearded Dafoe at a local grocery store.Screen Nova Scotia tweeted a photo of a 60-foot lighthouse built for the movie at Cape Forchu in Yarmouth Harbour, “designed to replicate those built in the early 20th century.”Additional scenes were reportedly filmed in a Yarmouth airport hangar. N.S. gives $1.6 million to movie starring Pattinson, Dafoe filmed in Yarmouth Robert Pattinson poses at the premier of the film Damsel during the 68th edition of the International Film Festival Berlin, Berlinale, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Nova Scotia says it has given more than $1.6 million to a Robert Pattinson movie filmed near Yarmouth, N.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Markus Schreiber
The original “Dumbo” was released in the summer of 1941 while Germany was spreading across Europe and war was breaking out in the Pacific. Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after the more extravagant “Fantasia” disappointed at the box office, “Dumbo” — only 64 minutes in length — took flight just as far more chilling creations were taking to the air.Almost eight decades later, “Dumbo” is alight again in Tim Burton’s sombre and sincere live-action remake of the animated classic. Burton has refashioned “Dumbo” as a sepia-toned show-business parable tailored to more animal rights-sensitive times.“Dumbo” is the latest in a circus parade of Disney remakes (“The Lion King” and “Aladdin” are due out later this year) that brings classic characters into seemingly more real worlds with the aid of digital wizardry. None of them will overwhelm anyone by their necessity. Movies, after all, aren’t smart phones that require software updates.That said, Burton’s “Dumbo,” while inevitably lacking much of the magic of the original, has charms and melancholies of its own, starting, naturally, with the elephant in the room. Of all the CGI make-overs, this Dumbo is the most textured, sweetest and most soulful of creatures. Like the original, he doesn’t speak and trips over his floppy ears. Whether cowering at a new height or finding astonishment as he, with a sneeze, is sent airborne, the digitally rendered Dumbo is one precious pachyderm.The film opens in 1919 on the heels of World War I. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell, who has grown into the most sensitive and consistent of leading men) returns from war, minus an arm, to his two children, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins). Though Dumbo endures separation from his mother in Burton’s film, the deeper grief in “Dumbo” has been transferred to the humans: The children’s mother died while Holt was away at war from an influenza that, as one character says, “hit like a hurricane.”Other things have changed, too. The travelling circus where the Farriers make their home has fallen on hard times. Settling down in Joplin, Missouri, the camp is half its former size. Its owner, Max Medici (Danny DeVito, spectacular), has sold off the horses that Holt rode in his act. Medici sinks all his remaining money into an elephant that he hopes will revive the circus, only to feel swindled when she produces such a droopy-eared offspring, discovered at birth beneath a heap of hay.Of course, Dumbo’s stock rises once he does, too, and Medici’s suddenly sensational circus quickly attracts the interest of a much more big-league circus impresario, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton, in a devilishly slick performance), who brings Medici’s whole circus to his Coney Island kingdom as a means, we immediately grasp, of luring Dumbo away and dispensing, like a vulture capitalist, with the rest.It’s a kind of reunion for Burton, Keaton and DeVito, who 27 years ago came together in “Batman Returns.” The film, starring a bird that couldn’t fly in DeVito’s Penguin, was like a wicked version of “Dumbo,” and similarly full of misfits and so-called freaks. “Dumbo” is naturally lighter terrain for Burton but for the first time in years, the director — so long an expert at the proximity of fantasy and horror — seems at home.And he steers “Dumbo,” from a script by Ehren Kruger, toward a grand corporate satire as the big-city conglomerate tries to co-opt the genuine wonder of Dumbo and Medici’s travelling band. Greed and exploitation close in on them as the big-tent gets bigger. That such a story line should come in the biggest big-tent of them all, Disney (whose Disneyland isn’t so dissimilar to Vandevere’s Dreamland) is either an awkward or happy irony, depending on your level of cynicism.But it is wondrous when Dumbo takes flight. Burton’s camera feels genuinely mesmerized at his elephant’s magic act. The filmmaker’s recent films have been well outside his best work; it was his woeful “Alice in Wonderful” that kick-started much of the Disney live-action remakes. But when Dumbo soars, it’s clear that Burton is a believer, still, in the ability of a beautiful oddity to transcend.“Dumbo,” a Walt Disney Co. release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language. Running time: 112 minutes. Three stars out of four.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2019 3:14 pm PDT Review: ‘Dumbo’ remake takes flight on its own charms This image released by Disney shows a scene from “Dumbo.” (Disney via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2019 6:19 am PDT Avengers get epic send-off at ‘Endgame’ world premiere LOS ANGELES — There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame” Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted contributing to.“I don’t know about you, but I cried like six times,” Evans said standing alongside dozens of his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars like Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Robert Downey Jr. after the first public screening of the film.Hemsworth chimed in too: “I cried more than six times, Chris.”It was an emotional affair for many as “Avengers: Endgame,” which opens nationwide Thursday, closes the book on the first 11 years and 22 films of the MCU, and ends the year-long cliffhanger of “Avengers: Infinity War,” in which half of humanity turned to dust. And, as Hemsworth reminded on the purple carpet, “this grouping may never happen again.”Marvel and Walt Disney Co. held the premiere in a fittingly massive setting, taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center and constructing a 2,000-seat movie theatre, including a large format screen and Dolby sound, inside.Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger kicked off the evening with a special thanks to two people — Downey, “the person who really helped to start it all,” and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who he called, “our own superhero.”The event was a who’s who of Marvel and Hollywood, with actors and directors from MCU films past and present turning out to see the film, including the likes of Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau and even Matt Damon, who some may remember had a cameo in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Luke Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus also came out to see the film and support their family.Although official reviews won’t be out until Tuesday afternoon, initial reactions from press and insiders at the premiere were largely positive with the words “epic” and “emotional” being tossed out by many. Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in “Black Panther,” tweeted “Wow, I feel like crying…it was amazing!!”The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff wrote that he was, “Not prepared for the range of emotions that #Endgame put me through, from utter despair to pure elation.”Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican added: “Epic is the word. Epic multiplied by a decade of emotion, excitement and investment. This is the payoff. It left me with a full heart.”And People Magazine’s Kara Warner said to “see it as soon as you can and go in as blind as possible.”The film has been kept under wraps until the very last minute in the hopes of allowing general audiences to go into it spoiler free. Even still, some spoiler-y footage leaked on social media last week before being taken down.“I wasn’t pleased,” Feige told the AP Monday of the leaking incident. “But the response was what I expected, which was everybody turning it off, dismissing, don’t watch it, don’t spoil it for anybody else. People are excited to see the movie fresh. People are excited to see the movie for the first time. That’s what they’ve been waiting a year, or 12 years, depending on where you joined us. So, I’m excited that that day is finally here.”___AP Entertainment Reporter Ryan Pearson contributed from Los Angeles.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Brie Larson arrives at the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, April 22, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 1:50 pm PDT NEW YORK — There’s another casualty among companies offering movies in theatres for a set monthly fee.Sinemia says it’s discontinuing operations in the U.S., just months after it started a movie-a-day plan to fill a void left by the fall of MoviePass. Sinemia representatives had no comment on whether the service would offer refunds to customers, some of whom paid upfront for the year.Both services were financially unsustainable as they paid theatres full prices for tickets, while charging customers as little as $10 a month. Sinemia’s cheaper plans for one to three movies a month are ending, too.What remains are subscriptions offered directly by theatre chains, as they can still make money from popcorn and candy. AMC started one last June, while Alamo Drafthouse is testing one.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MoviePass rival Sinemia kills US movie theatre subscriptions
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 6, 2019 file photo, Jennifer Lopez performs on NBC’s “Today” show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Lopez kept her word to fans who were disappointed when a power outage in New York City forced her to postpone her concert. Lopez returned to the stage in Madison Square Garden on Monday, July 15, saying they were going to celebrate “no matter what.” She called it an “amazing night.” Her show was cut short on Saturday night when problems at a substation left parts of Manhattan without electricity. The Garden, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts were all evacuated. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 6:19 am PDT NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez kept her word to fans who were disappointed when a power outage in New York City forced her to postpone her concert over the weekend.Lopez returned to the stage Monday at Madison Square Garden, saying she was going to celebrate “no matter what.” She called it an “amazing night.”Lopez’s show was cut short on Saturday night when problems at a substation left parts of Manhattan without electricity. The Garden, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts were all evacuated.The power outage came on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.The Associated Press Jennifer Lopez makes up concert interrupted by power outage
WHILE President Nicos Anastasiades kept out of the public eye on Friday, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was vocal about his disappointment over the failure of the talks.Other than the criticisms he levelled at the Greek Cypriot side over its ‘zero troops, zero guarantees’ policy, the Turkish Cypriot leader was very much aware of the uncertainty for the future of the unrecognised breakaway state in the north.Turkish Cypriots are concerned over the possibility of continued international isolation, or the possibility of being annexed by Turkey.“Unfortunately, we couldn’t manage to complete the last trial of our generation to reunify the island successfully,” Akinci told reporters in Switzerland. “At a point where both sides have lost, unfortunately, the talks failed. This chance we lost might hardly ever come again,” he said.Akinci said Turkey had been ready to show flexibility on the issue of guarantees and troops. There had been a suggestion that the prime ministers of the guarantor powers should go to Crans-Montana and join the talks for a few days. “However, as we proposed this, the other side was already preparing their suitcases,” he said.He said the Greek Cypriot side accepted the rotating presidency, only under the condition of zero guarantees zero troops, and the acceptance of the map they proposed for territory.He repeated several times that the problem was the insistence on zero troops and zero guarantees. “The Conference started with it and finished with it,” he said.Referring to the rotating presidency, Akinci said the Greek Cypriot side had indicated it could accept it if the Turkish Cypriot side accepted the zero troops policy.Asked about the next steps for the Turkish Cypriot side, Akinci said: “Let’s return to Cyprus to talk about what our next plan will be. We only came here with plan A to reunify the island.”“This is not the end of the world. We will find a way to live with honour. We will manage this,” he added.Akinci said a federal solution after the talks collapse would be very, very difficult.“I wish the next generation good luck on this and that one day maybe Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots will decide together that there is no longer a need for troops on the island,” he said.The way to achieve this is increasing the level of cooperation between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities, along with cooperation on natural gas and improved relations between Turkey and Greece, Akinci added.On equal treatment for Greek and Turkish nationals he said the Turkish Cypriot side wanted a 1:1 ratioConsidering the number of Greeks in the south this was a reasonable demand, he said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesBank workers’ union Etyk asked its members to march to the presidential palace on Tuesday to protest the government’s decision to allocate further €20m to compensate for losses of their provident funds.Etyk advised its members to leave their work earlier on Tuesday and gather at its headquarters in Nicosia before marching.“We were surprised and disappointed to hear of the latest council of ministers’ decision,” the union said in a statement on its website in reference to Thursday’s decision to increase taxpayers’ money allocated for this purpose.The government made available €300m in 2013 for this purpose and pledged another €168m in July as part of its promise to recoup 75 per cent of the losses suffered in 2013 banking crisis. The decision angered Etyk, known for its militancy.The union says that the deposits the provident funds held at banks in defiance of repeated supervisory advice to avoid risk concentration had been “stolen” and demand that the government covers 100 per cent of the losses.Provident funds, mainly those of bank workers, held €1.1bn in deposits before the bail-in in March 2013.The scheme announced on Thursday by the government relaxes criteria for those affected who already left their job at Bank of Cyprus after it absorbed the operations of Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki.“This decision was taken without any communication with our organisation whatsoever,” Etyk said dismissing the government’s position that “the matter had been extensively discussed”.“We still have no complete and clear picture about the content of the decision but we consider it deficient and tricky,” the union claiming Bank of Cyprus offered to cover the remaining losses only in exchange for the introduction of new remuneration system which provides for the reduction of pay scales and annual incremental pay rises.The Fiscal Council and the European Commission warned Cyprus that while the fiscal impact of compensating provident funds for their losses was limited, it increases the systemic risk and may have unforeseeable consequences.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola