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first_imgBook your clients by 30 June 2019 and they can grab free flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane on a 22-night fly, stay and cruise package, ‘Polar Bear and Canada Fair’ package departing this September.Released by Adventure Canada and Cruise Traveller, the trip includes a 10-night cruise circumnavigating Newfoundland, three-nights’ pre-cruise accommodation in Montreal and one in St John’s, a four-night Churchill Town and Tundra Adventurer package, as well as two-nights’ post-cruise accommodation in Toronto and two nights in Vancouver.IMAGE: Credit: G Pfaff CanadacruiseNewfoundlandlast_img read more

If Palmer is as serious as Ochocinco said that co

first_imgIf Palmer is as serious as Ochocinco said, that could mean the Cardinals may have just been presented a good – and cheaper – option than Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.As the demand and price for Kevin Kolb has increased, the Cardinals may be forced to part with key players. The loss of a talented young player to a franchise on the cusp of rebuilding could be devastating, especially given the high likelihood of quality quarterbacks being available in next year’s draft. If Palmer does want out, the Cardinals should pick him up. At worst, he can be a stop-gap quarterback to get the team through one season until they can bring in a young, possibly franchise QB. He is dead serious kind sir.i spoke with him RT @musa90: @ochocinco is Carson Palmer really serious bout retiring if he doesn’t get traded?less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyChad Ochocincoochocinco 0 Comments   Share   One candidate in the Arizona Cardinals quarterback search is “dead serious” about retiring unless he is traded.Want-away Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is serious about retiring unless he is traded, according to teammate Chad Ochocinco. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I let Ernie go so that he can hopefully catch on real quick somewhere else.”The eight-year veteran out of Florida State started his career in Detroit in 2006 and spent four years with the Lions. In the past four years, he’s played with Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Dallas.Sims was listed third-string on the Cardinals’ first depth chart of the season, which was released Monday. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Ernie Sims Thursday, just two days before the team’s first preseason game.Sims, 29, was brought in as an insurance policy in early June when inside linebacker Daryl Washington was handed a season-long suspension by the NFL for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.“It was a fit (issue),” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of why Sims didn’t stick with the team. “I think a veteran, you owe him the respect to maybe find a team that he can fit. He’s been a 4-3 stack linebacker his career. I like where some of the young guys are. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. From the moment he stepped on to football field in an Arizona Cardinals uniform, wide receiver John Brown made quite an impact.In fact, he scored the game-winning touchdown in his first pro contest — an 18-17 Monday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers last September at University of Phoenix Stadium.With one season in the league under his belt, Brown continues to improve in all areas. Maybe the most noticeable difference in the 2015 version of the man they call “Smoke,” is his confidence. He displayed that while talking to Burns and Gambo Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Receiver John Brown makes a catch on the sideline at University of Phoenix Stadium Friday, August 7, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Comments   Share   When asked if any cornerback in the league could cover him one-on-one, Brown had a simple answer.“No, I don’t think anyone can cover me in the league,” he said. “Patrick Peterson, he gives me a lot of trouble (in practice). We go back-and-forth. I would like to face Darrelle Revis — he’s a great corner and he does a lot of great things.“Going against those guys, I think I’ll develop my game to another level.”In a follow-up question, Brown was asked specifically if Seattle All-Pro corner Richard Sherman could blanket him.“No, I don’t think he could cover me one-on-one,” he said.What makes Brown so hard for anyone to cover is his blazing speed. The former Pittsburg State standout was on of the fastest players available in the 2014 draft. Interestingly enough, that wasn’t always the case.“I was running like a 4.8 (40-yard dash) in the 11th grade,” Brown said, explaining why the big schools in his native Florida didn’t recruit him. “Going into my 12th-grade year, I went from a 4.8 to a 4.3.”By the time Brown shaved five-tenths of a second off his 40 time, he had already been passed over by most Division I schools. But how exactly does a player get that much faster in the span of one year?center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: John Brown, Cardinals wide receiver “I was small, so I got in the weight room, I did extra work — I did things that other guys wouldn’t do,” Brown said. “Like stay after practice, work on my routes, work on my stance and starts and then out of nowhere, I just became fast.“So when you saw me from my 11th-grade year to my 12th-grade year, I was much faster.”Brown used that speed to his advantage in 2014 when he caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns — four of which turned out to be game-winners for the Cardinals, who won 11 contests and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.Aside from increased confidence, Brown has also changed the way he eats. The second-year player admitted he ate a lot of fast food during his rookie campaign, which may have had an effect on his production.He admitted he missed McDonald’s the most.“Four times a week,” Brown said about how many meals he was eating there.Brown and the Cardinals open their 2015 preseason schedule Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium. – / 23 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

FILE In this Aug 28 2016 file photo Arizona

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Johnson was on his way to his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years before getting hurt last season. He ran for 814 yards in 11 games. His injury gave David Johnson an opportunity to play more and he was dynamic. The Cardinals are good hands with either Johnson, but expect David to get the ball more than Chris. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Top Stories As the Arizona Cardinals wrap up mandatory mini-camp — the last team activity until the start of training camp — general manager Steve Keim feels pretty good about his roster.But, since he became the team’s GM before the 2013 season, Keim has become known for late signings of veteran players that have come in and made an impact for the team. Keim added tackle Eric Winston and outside linebacker John Abraham right before training camp in 2013. The next year, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly was brought into the fold. In 2014, tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Chris Johnson signed late and made contributions. Your browser does not support the audio element. So, is there another “Keim sign” on the horizon?“I won’t get into any specific names, but Michael (Bidwill) and I talked about six-to-eight players who are guys that are still out on the street, who could come in and potentially help us at a number of different positions,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Thursday on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.“As we know from the past, it’s not all about just whether that player fits schematically. It’s when does his value come down, when do we feel comfortable about making the addition. But we’ll continue to be aggressive — we’ll leave no stone unturned. Our pro department does a phenomenal job, led by Quentin Harris and Terry McDonough. Those guys are as good as it gets in the business, in my opinion.”There is speculation that the Cardinals could be in the market for a backup to star running back David Johnson. Of the few names out there, one makes sense: Chris Johnson. Johnson has spent two injury-riddled seasons in Arizona after joining the team during training camp in 2015. He said earlier this week that he believes he’ll be on a roster before training camp.The veteran would help give depth to a position that currently has Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijah Penny and rookie T.J. Logan on the roster. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager – / 12center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 10 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) reacts with Evan Boehm (70) after scoring a 3-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Remove Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers from the equation and their teams are going to be less productive. Same with Ezekiel Elliott or Antonio Brown.Those players command the utmost attention from opposing defenses.David Johnson would fit in that category, as well. So, it would stand to reason that the Arizona Cardinals offense will change, at least somewhat, with Johnson sidelined for the next two-to-three months after dislocating his wrist at Detroit. “No. Not one iota,” head coach Bruce Arians said this week.Wait, really? The Cardinals just lost an All-Pro running back who led the NFL and set single-season franchise records with 20 touchdowns and 2,118 scrimmage yards in 2016.“It changes drastically,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “You lose, who I think, is one of the best football players in this league. Things are obviously going to change.”Now that makes more sense.“But, in saying that, we’re not going to sulk,” Palmer continued. “We got right back to work (Wednesday) and ‘Dre (Andre Ellington) stepped in, Kerwynn (Williams) stepped in. Chris Johnson, getting him back, is huge for us. Yes, things change when you lose D.J. (Humphries) and you love David like that. Things change. The offense doesn’t change, but obviously when you take away the touches and the effect that those guys have on the game, things change.”OK, so the structure of the offense won’t change, just the pieces within the offense; and because of that, there may be certain packages, certain play calls that play to the strengths of a Williams, Ellington or Chris Johnson given their different skill sets.That’s fair.Still, there’s something to be said for losing a player who accounted for nearly 40 percent of the team’s touchdowns, 72 percent of their rushing touchdowns and 20 percent of their receiving yards a season ago. “There’s been too much talk about any one particular person,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday. “This is a team, and we have to go out there and execute better as a team.”Added offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, “From Day 1, the standard is the standard. We all know B.A. is not going to change the offense. We do what we do. We just got to be ready to play no matter who’s out there. We won a lot of games before David got here. We’re going to continue to win games without David being out there. David is one man. One man doesn’t make a team. It’s got to be a group effort. It’s got to be a team effort.“I don’t care who runs it. I just want four yards or more. If (Palmer) throws it, catch it. I don’t care who gets the yardage, who gets the glory, I just want to win.”Losing Johnson is big, no one will debate that, but the season continues.Despite the Week 1 setback, the Cardinals have 15 games remaining on their schedule. Everything they set out to accomplish in 2017 remains intact; even though the offensive personnel is not.“You can’t get in a position where you feel like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do more,’ or make more or make up for the lack of playmaking and the lack of touches that (Johnson) gets,” Palmer said. “We don’t need Chris to try to play like David. We’ve got to each play within ourselves and play within the system. You can’t sit around and sulk. You can’t feel like you’ve got to do anything superhuman. You just can’t, all of a sudden, change what you’re doing and change the way you go about your reads. You’ve just got to continue to play.”last_img read more

USA Today Power Rankings – Week 8 Cardinals rank

first_imgUSA Today Power Rankings – Week 8Cardinals rank: #27 (▼7)Let’s hope Carson Palmer returns this year – if not to save Arizona’s season, then to at least potentially finish his career between lines. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yuck!That’s the best way to describe an Arizona Cardinals performance so bad, it made people hold their noses on two different continents.The Cardinals sleep-walked through a 60-minute affair in London against the Rams and came close to scoring points exactly once in a 33-0 loss. It was the second-worst loss of the Bruce Arians era; only their 34-point blowout loss to Carolina in the 2015 NFC Championship Game was worse. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Eagles No. 1, Patriots creep upCardinals rank: #24 (▼6) A sorry day in London town laid the Cardinals low and has the Valley down. — Craig Morgan Week Seven power rankingsCardinals rank: #29 (▼7)When Drew Stanton‘s career highlight is a celebration on the sideline, it hasn’t been a very memorable career. Cardinals rank: #26 (–)The season, which looked promising when the Cardinals were a viable 3-3 after Adrian Peterson rumbled for over 100 yards last week, fell apart Sunday. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer will be out at least eight weeks with a broken arm. Meanwhile, the way the offensive line was manhandled, the Cardinals wouldn’t have been able to run even if they’d had Earl Campbell in the backfield. Now it’s up to Drew Stanton, who is 6-3 as a starter filling in for Palmer. Sorry, but those Cardinal teams Stanton relief-pitched for were much stronger than this 2017 unit. The group still misses David Johnson. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) NFL Power Rankings: Eagles No. 1, but here come Patriots, Steelers, SeahawksCardinals rank: #25 (▼4) With Carson Palmer out for possibly the rest of the season with a broken arm, they are done. The question now is whether Palmer could be done for good. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NFL Power Rankings Poll, Week 8: Patriots Back on Top in a Good Week for Iconic QBsCardinals rank: #27 (▼5)And as for the Arizona Cardinals (22nd to 27th), you would think the Carson Palmer injury dashes their playoff hopes. But on the bright side . . . well, it’s a lovely area of the country and the Arizona Fall League baseball season is really kicking into gear right now (don’t sleep on Ryan Mountcastle!).center_img NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Eagles slide into first with easeNFLCardinals rank: #25 (▼4)Losing a starting ace like Carson Palmer puts a bigger damper on a season that already was lost when clean-up man David Johnson went down. NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Philadelphia Eagles hit No. 1 spot NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Week 8?Cardinals rank: #28 (▼4)The Arizona Cardinals are all over the place, and I don’t know what else to say about them. I thought they’d have more success running the ball against a questionable Los Angeles Rams defense, but it wasn’t to be.Carson Palmer made more bad decisions; so did Drew Stanton. There were 10 penalties. Phil Dawson missed a field goal. There’s nothing consistent with this Cardinals team—and now Palmer is out for at least two months with a broken arm.There’s no getting around the fact this isn’t a good football team. Yes, Arizona is 3-4, but the Cardinals have beaten the Colts, the 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And when the Cardinals lose, they lose big. With Palmer now out, it’s impossible to see this team staying relevant. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: How every division is stacking upCardinals rank: #28 (▼9) Carson Palmer is out. David Johnson is out. (Someone please hide Larry Fitzgerald.) Arizona was showing signs of life, but with Drew Stanton now helming the offense and Arizona already several games behind, the Cardinals’ chances to win the division are down to a minuscule 0.4 percent. Top Stories 5 Comments   Share   And, they lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm for anywhere from four weeks to eight weeks to the rest of his career, depending on who you believe.Predictably, the Cardinals fell in every single one of the 10 NFL Power Rankings we track, and are now keeping company with the Colts, Browns, Giants and 49ers — not the neighborhood any team wants to be in.Each week in The Consensus, we’ll give you a look at where national outlets (and we here at are placing the Cardinals in their league pecking order. NFL Power Rankings: Blame John Elway for Broncos’ offensive woes, tooCardinals rank: #28 (▼3)Let’s assume this season isn’t going anywhere without Carson Palmer. Will he be back next season? If not, what will the Cardinals do? All the years of putting off investing in Palmer’s replacement are catching up to them now.last_img read more


first_img 20 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In the beginning, Mayfield looks admittedly a bit doubtful of Cornell, who starts right away with making sure Mayfield knows she’s for real by saying Mayfield is a high-energy person who hates people who lack productivity. Mayfield’s face says she is telling the truth.Related LinksExamining Baker Mayfield’s chances of being drafted by CardinalsKiper: Baker Mayfield ‘in range’ for Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerCornell runs through a bunch of cards that say emotions and attributes Mayfield possesses. From having a lot of money in the future to being in the NFL and having success in his first season, Cornell has Mayfield a bit spooked.A highlight is when Mayfield hears of his supposed success in his rookie year and he immediately asks if it means the team is winning a lot of games.Cornell continues to nail Mayfield’s state, including a palm reading that says he’s good at talking to the media, he grew up with money around him and that he won’t let it go to his head once he gets some more from his first NFL contract.Mayfield admits that it’s accurate. He was freaked out by one of the cards displaying his family behind him, as he is worried about his mom’s reactions if he doesn’t handle something correctly.“You’re very good at what you do,” he said to Cornell. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and potential first-round draft pick Baker Mayfield sat down with a psychic and he was creeped out by the results.Mayfield’s reaction to how believable the psychic was is noteworthy because at the end of the video, he picked a card to reveal his team and it was the Arizona Cardinals.The video from the NFL shows Mayfield sitting down with Lee Ann Cornell, a psychic from the Pyramid of Enlightenment, at the NFL Combine.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) That leads to the ending, where Mayfield picks from a large set of cards to reveal which team Cornell predicts him to be picked by.Mayfield has a noticeable reaction of disbelief when he sees it is the Cardinals.If Mayfield winds up in Arizona, Cardinals fans will be happy to hear that Cornell ends the video by saying she sees a Super Bowl in his future.In the Mock Draft Tracker, Mayfield is the fourth-most selected player by the Cardinals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The proposed new cruise

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe proposed new cruise terminal at Sydney’s Port Botany was a hot topic of discussion during the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) Australasia’s Cruise360 conference last Friday.The flagged permanent site at Yarra Bay and Molineaux Point, alongside Sydney Airport, has already copped flak in recent days from Randwick City Council, which is concerned about the the impact on surround beaches and parklands, while airline pilots are concerned about a nearby temporary cruise facility at Hayes Point that they say could prevent the airport from operating “safely and efficiently”.On a panel at Cruise360, Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australasia, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said the current capacity constraints in Sydney for cruise lines was “a pretty disastrous situation” that will ultimately see year-on-year cruise passenger growth in the region stumble after highs of 18% just a few years ago.“The next time we look at the cruise stats I don’t even know if we are going to even get to 5% growth because, simply, there is no space for the ships to be,” Vandekreeke commented.Speaking of the Port Botany long-term solution, the Carnival executive referenced the popularity of Port Everglades in Florida. “It ain’t all bad. It’s about a half-hour north of Miami, but between Miami and Port Everglade [there are] 12.5 million passengers sailing every year”.Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited’s Susan Bonner (left) and Carnival Cruise Line’s Jennifer Vandekreeke“It’s right next to the airport, and it’s not pretty at all, but you know what, it has got parking, it has got a place for you to pick up your baggage, it’s got beautiful terminals, they’ve got gorgeous ships sailing out of them. So we’ve all just gotten a bit spoiled by having the best parking spot on the planet arguably at the OPT [Overseas Passenger Terminal]. It is spectacular and it’s beautiful.“But the reality is, if we want to grow, there’s going to be some compromises that are going to have to be made, and although they sound horrible at this point, I think we can all work together with the NSW Government in partnership with each other to deliver an experience that is great for our guests, and that’s really what this is all about,” Vandekreeke remarked.Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited’s Vice President and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Susan Bonner, compared Port Botany’s position in relation to Sydney Harbour to the likes of other iconic cruise destinations.“You think about how far you have to go between London and Southampton to catch a ship. If you’ve ever been to Rome, that ride out to Civitavecchia, beautiful but really long.”Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Senior Vice President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, Steve Odell, said the Port Botany plan is a good solution to avoid ongoing capacity concerns.“We have collaboration, we have a potential solution.”Odell told LATTE on the sidelines of the conference that the NSW Government has already met with NCLH executives in Florida recently to discuss Sydney’s long-term third cruise terminal vision.“They are consulting with us. They have been to see our Miami senior team to talk about needs and wants,” Odell confirmed, adding that Sydney Ports were interested to see if “we as an industry are prepared to contribute to the cost”.“There’s nothing set in stone, but I can say we do contribute elsewhere. We are heavily invested in Seattle for example, so we do do it. But whoever invests is going to be based on critical mass,” the NCLH boss explained.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Steve OdellOdell said that due to Norwegian Cruise Line’s small scale of operation in Australia compared to its rivals such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, the level of investment for the facility would need to be balanced.“Between Royal and Carnival, they probably own 70% of the Australian source market … so they’ve got far more supply in the market, whereas we only bring Norwegian Jewel which has a capacity of 2,500 passengers. And we are committed to it, but I think any investment where usage is required would have to be proportionally divided on use. That’s what has happened at other places around the world,” he told LATTE.“We would definitely look at investing, but it would have to be on a proportionate basis against anticipated use. But we want to be here and we want to bring more ships here. We are really keen to bring a second and a third ship for NCL but right now we are closed out. We can’t, because there’s literally no room at the inn.”Should the Port Botany cruise terminal be rubber-stamped by the end of the year, Odell, the former head of CLIA Australasia, said it would be unlikely to see Sydney’s new cruise facility operational within the next three or four years.“But that’s okay, look at all the cruise ships coming in. There are 112 cruise ships on order, big ones. Two-thirds of them are over 100,000 tonnes so they are going to need a terminal like what has been proposed for Botany Bay.”“The cruise population is going to go from 28 million to 40 million by 2040. Everybody is confident that there will be a market, but Australia is seriously going to lose out if we don’t do something about it,” Odell voiced.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Sound baths wave medit

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSound baths, wave meditation and underwater yoga are all part of Hurawalhi Island Resort’s powerful new wellness offering. Set in the Lhaviyani Atoll, one of the Maldives’ most bio-diverse areas, Hurawalhi’s ‘At One with the Ocean’ program includes a series of mindful practices, movements and therapies which incorporate the healing power of the ocean.With its pioneering underwater yoga classes, wave meditation, ocean-facing sound healing and the most therapeutic blue landscapes in the world, this beautiful collection of unique experiences, together, will truly transform the mind and soul.With extensive research suggesting that oceans can bring a mental shift in the way we perceive our lives, teaching us about calmness, depth, intensity, harmony and open-mindedness, the wellbeing experts of Hurawalhi have meticulously designed a programme to provide guests with a deep inner-connection with themselves, with elements and themes of the ocean throughout.The ‘At One with the Ocean’ program includes:Yoga under the sea5.8 restaurant, the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, will be converted in to a yoga studio like no other. The captivating views of tropical fish around you as you move from one pose to the next will bring you even closer to a zen-like state of mind.Wave Meditation on Dream IslandDream Island is the perfect location for an unforgettable guided meditation; guests can practice their Ujjayi breathing in harmony with the gentle lapping of the waves. Surrounded by the teals and cerulean of the Indian Ocean, this idyllic sandbank just off the coast of Hurawalhi, captivates the heart and the soul.Snorkelling the Island ReefIt is proven that spending time in the water can reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins, which helps instill calm. Home to over 2,000 species of sea life including turtles, dolphins, the majestic manta ray and reef sharks, as well as more than 200 species of coral, the area surrounding Hurawalhi is actually known locally as “The Aquarium”.Sound Bath on the beachSound is vibration, and vibration touches every part of our physical being. Sound is heard not only through the ears, but through every cell of the body. Fall into a deep state of relaxation, meditation and healing as an expert therapist uses a set of Himalayan singing bowls to balance your body, mind and soul. This experience will take place as the sun sets over the sea on Hurawalhi’s beach.Balinese Massage at the Duniye SpaEnjoy a gentle, calming massage using acupressure, skin rolling and relaxing strokes to soothe, restore and calm both the body and the mind. Suspended over the dazzling lagoon on the sunset side of the island, the treatment will take place in a secluded room in a tropical hut built on stilts over the water, where the spa experts invite guests to drift into a state of bliss while listening to the music of the waves beneath.See back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways will incr

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterQatar Airways will increase the number of weekly flights on its popular routes from Doha to South Africa from July 2019.Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August. A further two flights will be added to the airline’s winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October 2019.In addition, the oneworld member carrier will introduce three extra flights on the Cape Town route, taking the total from seven to 10, from 27 October 2019.“The latest additional services to both Johannesburg and Cape Town reflect the growing demand for travel to and from these popular South African destinations,” says Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.“As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has emerged as one of our key regional destinations for both leisure and business travellers alike since its introduction in 2005. With its mix of nature, culture and wildlife, Cape Town is another hugely popular regional destination, offering a unique and memorable experience for our passengers. We are pleased to be increasing our frequencies to these fantastic cities, and once again confirm our commitment to providing Qatar Airways’ passengers with an even greater choice of travel options to key global destinations.”Additional Flight Schedules:Doha to Johannesburg Additional Flights:Doha (DOH) to Johannesburg (JNB) QR1365 departs: 20:40 arrives: 04:35+1Johannesburg (JNB) to Doha (DOH) QR1366 departs: 08:00 arrives: 17:50Doha to Cape Town Additional Flights:Doha (DOH) to Cape Town (CPT) QR1371 departs: 07:50 arrives: 17:10Cape Town (CPT) to Doha (DOH) QR1372 departs: 18:40 arrives: 05:55+1Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Were getting into the spirit of the Winter Olympi

first_imgWe’re getting into the spirit of the Winter Olympics here at Skyscanner. Thinking ahead to the 2014 Games, we’ve sponsored one of the up and coming stars of the slopes, Great Britain Junior Ski Team member TJ Baldwin. RelatedBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaEarly Snow: ten ski resorts for early season skiingWant snow? Want it soon? 10 ski resorts for the best chance of early season snowSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the eastSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the east The 18-year old from Norfolk is currently among the top 20 World Junior skiers in 3 of the 5 discipline categories: Downhill, Super G & Super Combined. He also collected four medals at the Panorama competition in British Columbia, Canada last year, which are additions to numerous other high-profile medals and awards he’s won over the years in locations across the planet.The young championship skier who started out dry skiing and first ventured onto snowy slopes in 2000 has come a long way in the past ten years, and over that time has caught the attention of some of the best coaches and analysts in the sport, along with the press. He is a warrior when it comes to dealing with injury, blinding runs, frigid temps and iced-over goggles, and won’t let anything stop him from succeeding.After high hopes of getting a spot at the Vancouver Games, he just barely missed his chance of qualifying at the World Junior Championships this month in France. Although, amazingly enough he was still able to come away with the best result in any event by a male from the UK in 30 years, and also set his own personal record for FIS points in Downhill. Now TJ has his sights set on being able to shine in the next Olympics, and other major events as well.As for now, he is headed back to Austria to start the Europa cup race programme again. He is continually looking to improve his own scores and keep winning big, and Slalom specifically is the next event that he aims to master. “There is still a lot more to come in Slalom. I know I can go faster and reduce my points and world rankings more,” he said.And a few more words from TJ: “I would really like to thank Skyscanner for starting to sponsor me again this year. Their financial help is much appreciated and will help pay for my entry to the World Junior Championships. They are the best and easiest to use flight search website. As we have to travel a lot I know of many other skiers who use them all the time.”There are certainly many more great things to come from TJ, and we can all hopefully look forward to seeing him tear up the hills in Sochi in 2014.To keep up with TJ’s latest accomplishments and to learn more about this ultra-talented athlete, check out his website at wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

2 Lombok Indonesia

first_img2. Lombok, Indonesia A cruise is the best way to appreciate the myriad, almost magical waterfalls that stream down the sheer cliffs of the Norwegian fjords like something straight from Lord of the Rings. Some trips also take you up beyond the Arctic circle, where you can view the Northern Lights and experience the eerie wonder of the midnight sun. Explore Norwegian cruises. 7. Kalutara, Sri Lanka 12. Malaysia 9. The Dolomites, Italy 10. Khao Lak, Thailand Thailand should be on everyone’s bucket list! Here we’ve got a bunch of reasons why you should go there, just in case you actually need some… TUI has a brilliant range of holidays to Thailand. Take a look at their luxury, all-inclusive and budget trips to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Khao Lak. 11. Budva, Montenegro 10 of the best multi-stop holidays in Europe, Asia and North Africa Kalutara is home to some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, but it’s also a great base for exploring off the beaten track. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is around a three and a half hour drive away, and the dense foliage is home to around 20 species of rainforest bird, including the greater racket-tailed drongo and green-billed coucal, not to mention various tree frogs and deadly vipers. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is also about a three-hour drive, where you can see rescued elephants bathing in the river and being fed by their carers. Explore holidays to Kalutara. The muscular mountains and sheer cliff walls of the Dolomites make this mountain range one of the most distinctive and beautiful in Europe. For a real adventure, you could try hiking along some of the high-altitude paths, a trek that can take up to two weeks. But if you’re feeling really adventurous, various outfits offer climbing courses that will take you straight up the sheer walls themselves. Explore holidays to The Dolomites. 14. Boa Vista, Cape Verde In partnership with TUI The Julian Alps are one of the most stunning yet least visited mountain ranges in Europe. The tiny mountain town of Kranjska Gora is nestled in a valley near the Austrian border, surrounded by peaks up to 2,864 metres high. The mountains are criss-crossed with hiking trails, and there are 18 ski slopes in the local area, not to mention plenty of opportunities for cycling and fishing. Explore holidays to Kranjska Gora. 4. Goa, India 8. Playa Conchal, Costa Rica Extend summer: 10 early-booker winter holiday deals The iridescent pink beach of Playa Conchal is a sight in itself – rather than grains of sand, the waterfront consists of tiny fragments of shell and coral. But the real reason to visit Costa Rica is for its astonishing abundance of wildlife – it’s one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Playa Conchal is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, which hosts dozens of National Parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. The wetlands of Palo Verde National Park are around a two-hour drive away, and offer amazing views of myriad bird species, including great curassows, scarlet macaws, white ibis and jabirus. Explore holidays to Costa Rica. Wondering how to bag yourself a multi-centre holiday in Italy, Vietnam or Morocco? TUI are offering some amazing multi-destination combo holidays at the moment. Take a look at these double-destination holidays for your travel adventure. Bali may steal the limelight, but the real star of the Indonesian islands is its neighbour Lombok. It attracts far fewer visitors than its flashy cousin, and boasts some stunning island scenery. Mount Rinjani dominates the view – at 3,726 metres, it’s the second-highest volcano in Indonesia, and adventurous types can book onto a multi-day hike that takes you right up to the rim of this active volcano. The crater-lake at the top provides an utterly astounding vista. Explore holidays to Lombok. 6. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Marrakech is not a city for the faint-hearted. The maze-like souk can easily entrap the unwary, and you can expect to find yourself threading your way through hawkers, snake charmers and snack sellers, all loudly proclaiming their wares, and all regularly drowned out by the blaring call to prayer from the nearby Koutoubia Mosque. It certainly gets the pulse racing. But if it all gets too much, you can always head for a supremely relaxing full body scrub and massage at one of the many hammams. Explore holidays to Marrakech. Montenegro is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most exciting destinations – the medieval town of Budva, with its cobbled streets and shady piazzas, is rightly seen as a rival to Dubrovnik in Croatia. But Budva is not the only gem Montenegro has to offer – just half an hour north, Kotor has earned a deserved place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This medieval city was purposefully built like a maze to bewilder invading forces and protect it from attack, so even finding your way around is an adventure. Explore holidays to Budva. 13. Marrakech, Morocco Kuala Lumpur is an exciting enough place to visit, with its skyline of skyscrapers and minarets – but the truly adventurous will want to catch a cheap flight to the eastern island of Borneo. This remarkable island is the third largest in the world and is home to one of Earth’s oldest rainforests, where you can discover dozens of unique endemic species, including orangutans. Explore holidays to Malaysia. 1. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam *Published November 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. The idyllic island of Phu Quoc is home to a National Park that hosts 23 species of orchid and numerous rare mammals, including lorises, the long-tailed macaque and the silver langur. As well as treks through the lush jungles, there are plenty of opportunities for spotting rare marine species while scuba diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters that surround the island. Explore holidays to Vietnam. Boa Vista is the easternmost island of the Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Senegal, and it’s teeming with dazzling white sandy beaches. But the Cape Verde islands offer a wide range of environments to explore if you’re prepared to hop on a ferry and see what’s out there. Sal has a Mars-like interior, Fogo hosts a massive, 2,829-metre volcano where people actually live inside the crater, while Santo Antao and Sao Nicolau offer dramatic hikes through lush vegetation. Explore holidays to Boa Vista. Here’s a quick look at some more great holidays offered by TUI: 5. Cruises around the Norwegian fjords The almost alien landscape of Iceland is best explored by 4×4 – hire a suitably robust vehicle and head off to see the island’s dramatic geysers and glaciers. When you’ve had your fill, drive to Reykjavik and hop aboard a cruise to see the Northern Lights, or head out on a boat trip to look for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and majestic humpback whales. Explore holidays to Iceland. Khao Lak is an excellent place to sample native Thailand thanks to its undeveloped beaches, which are important nesting grounds for leatherback turtles. But the real treasure lies inland: Khao Lak has three pristine National Parks to its name, and various operators offer treks through the lush jungles as well as kayaking trips that thread through the mangrove forests along the coast. Explore holidays to Khao Lak. 3. Iceland Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. TUI are offering some amazing winter deals on exotic destinations around the world, from Cape Verde in Africa to Thailand and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. We’ve picked out some of the best winter-sun breaks. 10 reasons why you should go to Thailand Goa became a haven for hippies in the 1960s, as they flocked to form alternative communities on the stunning golden beaches. Nowadays Goa is much more of a mainstream destination, but if you head far enough north, it’s still possible to find isolated beaches where alternative-types tie dye like its 1969. Visit Arambol and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to join a drum circle on the beach, and Anjuna flea markets can provide you with all your jewellery and handicraft needs. Explore holidays to Goa. RelatedNot just for families: 10 things you never knew about TUIIf you think TUI package holidays are all about kids and beaches, think again. The company offers a huge range of holiday options, from trips around Vietnam to five-star luxury hotels for adults only. Here’s a few things you probably didn’t know about TUI…Christmas Gift Alert: TUI deals for 2018!The best kind of Christmas presents come in an email, with a boarding pass attached . Here are the best deals for 2018, from the Balearic Islands to city breaks in New York. Christmas presents sorted In partnership with TUI10 of the most Instagrammable holidays with friendsStarting to think of summer holidays 2018? These places are pretty Instaworthy, and you can hop on an easy TUI trip to the following destinations. Santorini, Lake Bled and Iceland should be top of your listlast_img read more

Breathtaking scenery worth breaking a sweat for outdoor holiday escapes

first_imgClambering through vivid-green jungle to discover an ancient city, against a backdrop of squawking toucans and whirring hummingbirds, could be the search for El Dorado. But it’s an experience you can still have in Colombia today, in Teyuna – an abandoned settlement built in 800AD. Made of stone terraces sculpted high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the pre-Hispanic Lost City has been hailed as the ‘next Machu Picchu’. Most trips start in the nearest big town, Puerto Natales – a touristy fishing port, a four-hour drive away. The four- or five-day W takes in three valleys: the Ascensio, which involves an 800m climb to the famous granite ‘towers’ that the park is named after; the French Valley, dominated by a crumbling glacier; and the Lago Grey glacier lake, dotted with electric blue ice floes. Inside tip: get a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit, and an Annapurna National Park Permit before setting off from Kathmandu, to be verified at checkpoints on the way. This life-changing journey through the Annapurna Mountains comes with a dizzying set of challenges – altitude sickness and a distinct lack of Wi-Fi, for starters. But you’ll experience the widest variety of terrain and climates possible within a 15 to 20-day hike. Hotels from £77 near Gros Morne National Park Feeling inspired? Start planning your get-fit getaway below Most walkers tackle the route anticlockwise, as the daily altitude gain is slower. Varying between 160 and 230km, the trek circles the Annapurna Massif (a cluster of mountains over 6,000m high, including the world’s 10th highest peak) includes the Thorong La pass and touches the edge of the Tibetan Plateau – the world’s highest-elevated and largest plateau, dubbed the Roof of the World. You’ll traverse paddy fields and subtropical forests, waterfalls and cliffs. At lower altitude in the blazing sunshine, you’ll wonder why you brought your thermal underwear – but you’ll remember as soon as night falls, and the temperature drops below freezing. Best hole up in a traditional teahouse and warm yourself with a steaming plate of momo dumplings. Hotels from £26 in Puerto Natales Download the app and buy train tickets Most treks are about 46km long and take around four days, and it’s recommended you only attempt them with a guide. You’ll want one to lead you between campsites and to fuel you with local, indigenous cuisine, so that you can concentrate on spraying yourself with enough DEET to keep the mozzies at bay. Bring a swimsuit for cooling off in swimming holes, and be ready for early morning starts to avoid the mid-afternoon sun. It’s humid and uphill, and the rain can be heavy, but you’ll get to spend each night sleeping in a hammock, lulled by the sounds of the rainforest. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Photo credit: Getty Search flights to Nepal All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 19 February 2019.  Europe’s most famous trek is a Christian pilgrimage, made of a network of routes that travel to Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain. Often trekked during the lead up to Easter, the UNESCO-protected path leads pilgrims to the tomb of Saint James, a Catholic martyr whose remains were enshrined there in 44AD. While it’s still an important religious site, today many trekkers walk the route for its camaraderie, hearty Basque cuisine (think grilled meats, cheese and tomato-based stews) and medieval architecture. Inside tip: start your journey in July or August, when the weather is driest (winter can be very foggy and snowy). Make sure you bring insect protection though, as pesky black flies will attempt to ruin your trip. RelatedTrips for trekkies: 5 top trekking holidaysLooking for a trekking challenge?10 of the best places to escape Christmas this yearChristmas cheer got you feeling less than cheerful? Even if you love Christmas TV and the abundance of food, the festive season can get a little overwhelming – like your high street on a December evening kind of overwhelming. If you want to get away and make the most of…Mountain Madness: 7 climbs for budding mountaineersMountain Madness: 7 climbs for budding mountaineers Southern Chilean Patagonia is home to the impressive Torres del Paine national park. Spanning over 181,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, a trek here can be as intrepid as you choose. To fully experience the landscape, embark on an epic voyage of hiking, driving in 4X4s and travelling on horseback or by boat. You can slum it on a shoestring, staying in shared dorms in the numerous refugios, but it’s equally possible to stay in upscale, design-centric lodges or even luxury yurts at every stage of the park’s most famous hiking route, the W Trek. Hotels from £11 near the Annapurna mountains Inside tip: To avoid the tourists and infamous Patagonian summer wind, consider a trip in winter (April-September). But go with a guide, as you’ll likely be trekking through snow. Search flights to Punta Arenas Photo credit: Gleb Tarro Hotels from £11 in Barranquilla 2. The Long Range Traverse, Canada – fly from £443 1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal – fly from £389  Photo credit: Krista Kankula, Unsplash Inside tip: Don’t bother with a map – the route is extremely well signposted (look out for the famous scallop shell) and there are piped freshwater taps every few kilometres to keep you hydrated. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map In the Gros Morne National Park, the route begins at the east end of Western Brook Pond, a pristine freshwater fjord enclosed by steep, 600m-high rock walls carved by glaciers. You’ll take a boat across the water before climbing a rugged gorge to the Long Range Plateau, which leads all the way to the Gros Morne Mountain – Newfoundland’s second-highest peak, and the national park’s namesake. Pitch up at any of the five campsites en route to break up the trip and keep you on track. 5. The Lost City of Teyuna, Colombia – fly from £372  Hotels from £31 in San Sebastian 4. Camino de Santiago, Spain – fly from £84 Search flights to Colombia Inside tip: Bring a plastic zip bag to protect electronics from the rain, and consider bringing a light sleeping bag – bed bugs are an issue in some campsites. Check out our essential packing list for every type of holiday. We all began the New Year with fitness goals, right? But it’s only really now that we’re actually feeling ready for a challenge. Treadmills are so last year – head into the great outdoors and make the beautiful natural world your gym. Lifelong memories are more important than tight abs anyway – and why not have both? 3. Torres del Paine, Chile – fly from £699 Photo credit: Getty Hiking along the northernmost part of North America’s Appalachian chain is not for novices. If you’re a more advanced hiker, this 35km trek may be for you – just make sure you have a good base level of physical fitness and brush up on your wilderness navigation skills. But if that doesn’t put you off (and you hire an expert guide to lead the way) you’ll be rewarded with a three- or four-day excursion through Newfoundland’s most epic and unforgettable landscapes. Search flights to Deer Lake airport Search for car hire Photo credit: RibeirodosSantos The most popular route begins in Saint-Jean Pied de Port, in France’s Pyrenees Mountains. Called the French Way, it’s around 790km long and takes around 30 days to complete, via Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León. Though long, this trek is very accessible. It’s largely made up of paved roads and flat pathways, and you’re never far from a small lodging or restaurant. Many tackle it by bicycle and it’s easy to hop on a train if four weeks of walking is a bit much. Search flights to San Sebastian last_img read more

Antoninis new Anniversary collection will be on d

first_imgAntonini’s new Anniversary collection will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue, in the heart of New York City, from September 14th to September 21. The Anniversary Collection, in 18K rose or white gold with an unique vintage finish, is celebrating the 90th year in business of the famous Italian jewelry brand from Milan. It will be available, along with other collections designed by Antonini, in selected stores across the USA.www.antonini.itlast_img

Denver Colo – Colorado is known for providing sk

first_imgDenver, Colo. – Colorado is known for providing skiers and snowboarders unparalleled winter getaways thanks to Colorado’s superior snow, diverse destinations and opportunities for exceptional experiences. For the 2008-09 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA resorts will further this reputation by investing millions in resort enhancements. The results will include acres of new terrain, several new chairlifts, numerous lodging rooms, massive snowmaking improvements, loads of new parking spots, some new restaurants, and a cabriolet.Arapahoe Basin At Arapahoe Basin, $1.2 million dollars will be put into improvements for the 08-09 season. A-Basin will be unveiling new “terrain” – 300 additional parking spaces connected to the resort via a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 6. The tunnel will make for safe easy walking access to and from the base area. Additionally, the resort will have shuttles available to take guests from the upper parking lots to the base area. After catching a shuttle to the lift, guests can catch some rays on the new south facing sundeck at the Black Mountain Lodge. The 1,754 square foot deck will provide seating for 100 patrons and will be constructed from recycled materials. New snowmaking capabilities will enhance the Sundance terrain and allow for more beginners skiing, and will be done with optimum environmental efficiency. Arapahoe Basin’s snowmaking system is an airless system which uses 20% less electricity. A-Basin uses less water for snowmaking than any other ski resort due to their strict water policies.Aspen/Snowmass Aspen/Snowmass, comprised of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass will invest $35 million dollars in capital improvements for the 2008-09 season. Improvements include new terrain at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. Aspen Highlands, known as the local’s mountain and home to the challenging Highland Bowl, will add acres of skiing and riding in the Deep Temerity area of the mountain called Canopy Cruiser. Accessible by a new detachable quad chairlift, the Sheer Bliss chair will serve up 700 acres of some of the best terrain in the Big Burn area giving access to challenging black-diamond glades and wide-open blue cruisers. The new lift can carry up to 2,000 people per hour and takes riders 2,212 vertical feet, 155 feet more than the old Sheer Bliss chair, with a ride time just over nine minutes. The base of Aspen Mountain is in the epicenter of downtown Aspen and will have a new and improved gondola plaza for the 2008-2009 season. New steps, and less of them, will make it even easier to load the gondola. Over at Buttermilk Mountain, home to the ESPN Winter X Games, there will be a new Olympic-size superpipe. The new pipe will be more than 500 feet long with walls towering 18 ft. overhead and measuring 22 ft. from the center of the pipe. Upon completion of the superpipe it will stand as one of five 22 ft. superpipes in the US. On-mountain improvements at Snowmass continue for 2008-09 with the opening of two new restaurants. Showcasing spectacular views of Garret’s Peak, Mount Daly and the surrounding backcountry, the new Sam’s Smokehouse restaurant features a barbecue-style smokehouse menu with a variety of culinary delights. At 7,800 sprawling square feet, this new LEED certified eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and table service for 175 guests, plus outdoor seating – all situated atop the Village Express six-pack lift. In addition to the main restaurant, Sam’s Smokehouse will also have a lounge area where guests can grab a quick coffee, breakfast or lunch. Located adjacent to The Treehouse Kids’s Adventure Center and mere steps from the Village Express, Sneaky’s Tavern will be offering both indoor and outdoor bar/ dining seating. American bistro style cuisine will be served at lunch, après and dinner. Snowmass’ new base village is home to nearly 90 ski-in/ski-out condos. Hayden Lodge, where Treehouse is located, and Capitol Peak Lodge are now offering the first luxury condos to be built in Snowmass in 20 years. High ceilings, modern furnishings and expansive decks provide the ideal ski-in/ski-out experience.Copper Mountain Copper Mountain and Camp Woodward are bringing the innovative instructional practices of Woodward to the sports of snowboarding and skiing – and to the slopes of Copper. Progressive teaching tools inside the multi-million dollar training facility include trampolines, foam pits, resi-pits and bungee systems, all of which will allow athletes to push the limits of their own abilities and sports, in a safe, supported environment. Woodward at Copper ( will offer access to year-round training programs including Winter Experiences beginning this season and Woodward at Copper Summer Camps in 2009. Copper is striving for Green Globes recognition, recognizing environmentally sustainable building practices, with the 19,000 sq. ft. Woodward at Copper training facility, aka, The Barn.Crested Butte Continuing the momentum from the past four years, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is plowing ahead with both base area and on-mountain enhancements. On-mountain improvements include expanded terrain off the Headwall lift into the Teocalli bowl area, known as Teo-2 and Teo-2.5, which will add expert terrain to the mix. More on-mountain changes include the new and expanded features in the DC Terrain Park and the addition of a completely new intermediate terrain park. Guest services abound at Crested Butte with a new central ski valet and overnight ski, snowboard and boot valet service. The service is free to all CBMR hotel guests or to other guests for a nightly fee and will feature ski-in ski-out access. The ski valet service pampers hotel guests from lobby check-in to hotel check-out with seamless handling of ski and snowboard equipment during guests’ stay. Snow Igloos, Crested Butte’s new fun addition to the mountain experience will sprout up around the resort for après ski cocktails and adventure play areas for kids. The solid snow structures will be at Kids Base Camp and mid mountain outside the Ice Bar Restaurant. The Treasury Center building at the base area will be redesigned to improve a number of guest services. The Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard Rental Shop will be moved to a slope-side location. Both the rental shop and a new retail store will include top of the line rental skis and snowboards along with an expanded retail selection. The former location of the Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard Shop will be transformed into a “Pizza Zone”. Pizza, beverages and snacks will be available in the lower level of the Treasury Center to eat on the run or to sit and enjoy. Also at the base area, the Outpost building will be re-designed and opened as a day lodge for guests. Tables and comfortable seating will allow guests to have more inside space for a break or just to warm up. If more than a break is needed to relax, Elevation Hotel & Spa will complete a 25 million dollar re-model which includes all 260 luxury rooms, 11,000 sq ft. spa and fitness center, slope-side sundeck, fire pit, and completely new Atmosphere Restaurant & Bar.Echo Mountain Echo Mountain, Denver’s closest ski and snowboard area, is enhancing their already robust tree and feature terrain. New acreage opening for the 2008/2009 ski and snowboard season includes expanded tree skiing and riding in Westside Glades. In addition, Echo Mountain will debut three signature features: a Wood Wave, the 686 Tree Bridge and a Burton/Echo staircase. The Wood Wave and 686 Tree Bridge are new additions in Westside Glades, and the Tree Bridge features three rideable surfaces, including a 12″ box and a 4″ steel rail. Echo’s Burton Staircase, an urban feature integrated into a natural, mountain environment, is a 24-stair set featuring a 12″ box, a 4″ steel rail and a center log with dual hubba ledges, bringing elements of street riding to Echo’s Junkyard. Mountain improvements will also include an expanded LC1 designated beginner learning area and the installation of a Magic Carpet surface lift. Base area improvements will incorporate the addition of concrete pavers in the Echo Plaza and a new and improved layout in the Echo Lodge and Echo Garage, which will increase overall efficiency and provide a superior guest experience.Monarch Mountain Monarch Mountain is investing more than $600,000 to expand terrain, enhance guest services and augment its rental fleet. Highlights of on-mountain changes include a kid’s terrain park, Tilt. Located at the bottom of the Panorama Chair, Tilt will feature fun boxes, jumps, slides and hits designed for younger skiers and riders. Tilt will also be a great place for beginners to get some experience on small terrain features. Intermediate and advanced level riders will find terrain changes as well; the terrain park features from Ricochet as well as some new rails and boxes have been moved to the Aftershock terrain park. The K2 Organic terrain park will have more of the natural log features that give the run its character. The logs being used for features on K2 will be cut down from the side of Sleepy Hollow which is being widened for the 2008-09 season. Liberty will be another green run, located where the Ricochet terrain park was. Advanced skiers will appreciate the 200 acres of new terrain added to the Snowcat area. Additionally, Monarch has been working with the United States Forest Service on their proposed master plan that includes lift served skiing in the No-Name Bowl. Guest services will be greatly enhanced starting with a new reservations system. The new system will make it easier for guests to purchase everything they need including lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, children’s programs and even Snowcat trips. Reservations and purchases can be made with one call to 888.996.7669 and most products can be accessed online at Guests with reserved products will be directed to the new Will Call Center to pick up their tickets or rental and lesson vouchers. The Will Call Center is conveniently located just inside the newly remodeled Ski School/Rental Center. Two additional electronic kiosks have been installed to the rental registration area bringing the total to five, making it easier to purchase rental equipment. A new boot drying system has been added and the rental fleet has been expanded. New skis in both the Alpine and Telemark variety from K2, Salomon, and Volkl and snowboards from Burton have been added to the rental and demo fleets.Powderhorn Powderhorn will expand its terrain, adding two new ski trails for the 2008-09 ski season. Both are expert runs on the mountain’s West End. Along with new terrain, a new Magic Carpet surface lift will be installed this winter in the ski school learning area. Real estate developments progress at Powderhorn and have grown to include the Condos at Wildewood and homes in Wildewood subdivision.Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is deep into its 25-year mountain master plan with numerous “villages” already under construction and inhabited. The most notable (and noticeable) is the first phase of Purgatory Lodge, set to open this winter in the heart of Purgatory Village. The new lodge is home to upgraded skier services and amenities, fractional ownership and slope side lodging, the new Purgy’s day Lodge, and the exclusive Durango Mountain Club. Peregrine Point is just steps from Purgatory Village and offers the first whole share opportunity at the resort in more than 20 years. The resort is also moving forward with additional village expansions. Tacoma and Engineer Village are already homes to many vacationers, while future plans call for three more villages in and around the resort. On the mountain, Durango is in the final stages of approval of their environmental impact statement regarding on-mountain improvements. Once approved, the resort will begin installing a new high speed quad in the Legends area, and moving the current chair to replace Chair 4 on the front side. New tree trails are planned for the Legends Area, as well as additional beginner and intermediate access routes. The resort also plans to add “subways”, a European method of access for skiers and boarders on relatively flat terrain. Upgrades to snowmaking include expanding their capability by at least 50 percent which will add 200 acres of snowmaking.Steamboat Over the past three seasons, more than $27 million in on-mountain improvements have been made to the Steamboat Ski Area, including more than $4 million invested specifically for the upcoming 2008-09 winter season. Steamboat’s on-mountain momentum augments nearly $8 million in completed and planned public revitalization projects, Steamboat Unbridled, sweeping the mountain village. Bringing mountain services downtown for the first time, Steamboat Ski & Sport Downtown occupies 1,670 sq. ft. in the new Howelsen Place development–the premier address in Old Town Steamboat. Situated in the high-energy retail environment on 7th Street between Lincoln and Yampa Avenues, Steamboat Ski & Sport Downtown, expected to open November 2008, offers convenient access to rentals, retail, official logo merchandise, lift tickets, ski & snowboard school products, and comprehensive vacation planning services of Steamboat Central Reservations. Approximately one third of the resort’s ski rental fleet is revamped annually. This winter, a quarter million dollars will go toward new skis from the best in the industry, including a selection of the latest equipment from Salomon, Rossignol and Volkl. The new skis will be spread across the resort’s Ski & Sport locations in Gondola Square, Sheraton, Ski Time Square, Steamboat Grand and downtown. In addition to the rental fleet, Steamboat’s snowmaking system will undergo dramatic improvements as new pipe is replaced extensively on Right-O-Way, See Ya, Bashor, Lower Vagabond and Lil Rodeo. Maintaining its industry leading snowmaking position, the new pipe is ductile iron pipe from US Snow Pipe, utilizing the latest in snowmaking technology. An arsenal of low-energy, high-efficiency snowmaking guns will be implemented. These guns use 30 percent less energy than conventional guns while producing the same amount of snow. The resort’s remote parking facility, the Meadows, will expand by more than 38,000 sq. ft. on the north end. The new expansion will be able to accommodate roughly 200 additional free parking spaces.Sunlight Mountain Sunlight Mountain Resort will be undergoing significant change in the near future. The resort is in the midst of a proposed base area development project as Sunlight aspires to create a village that is a year-round mountain playground.Telluride Part of Telluride’s $4.4 million dollar capital improvement program for this season includes new terrain, Revelation Bowl, located on the back side of Gold Hill. As guests make each turn, descending the 800 vertical feet of Revelation Bowl, the massive 2,000-foot rock wall on the opposite side of the drainage, grows larger, reaching up to 13,472 foot La Junta Peak and 13,555 foot Wasatch Mountain. To the skier’s right, 13,446 foot San Joaquin Ridge keeps watch over the entire Bear Creek Basin, and to the skier’s left the town of Telluride peeks out 3,000 feet below, overlooked by the San Sophia range. From the top of the new Revelation lift, skiers and riders will be able to choose ridgelines in either direction, offering steeper pitches and rock features on the far sides of the powder bowl. The center touts an expanse of rolling, advanced terrain with a groomed path for cruising. Revelation trails have yet to be named. There will be roughly six trails, one of which will be a groomed intermediate run while the others will be advanced to expert terrain. A new lift, aptly titled Revelation Lift has been constructed to access the new terrain. This locally manufactured Leitner-Poma quad-lift cost $2.2 million and can service 1200 people per hour. Also to come this season are two new restaurants, details of which will be announced this winter.Winter Park Winter Park Resort is going through a major expansion with The Village of Winter Park Resort coming on board for the New Year. Estimated at $30 million dollars for construction, 30 thousand square feet of new retail, rental, restaurant and living space will encompass the Village area. Additionally, Winter Park Resort is building a new $5.8 million dollar Village Cabriolet to transport people from their free parking lot near the Vintage Hotel to the heart of the Village. The Village Cabriolet is an open air gondola and has a capacity of 2,800 people per hour via 39 cabins. Skis, snowboards, wheelchairs, and mountain bikes can be transported on the cabriolet in a matter of minutes. There will be no charge to ride the Village Cabriolet. As part of Winter Park Resort’s Connexion platform designed to inform, involve and educate resort employees, guests and the community about the environment, 200 additional mega watts of wind energy credits will be purchased to offset the added energy used to operate the new lift. In total, Winter Park Resort will purchase 600 mega watts to operate the new cabriolet, Super Gauge, Eagle Wind and Panoramic Express lifts. The Lofts at Winter Park are 14 new high-end condominiums being built above The Village at Winter Park Resort. Additionally, 200 new units were completed in the late spring of 2008 with the completion of Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe. For the upcoming season Winter Park Resort has purchased more than a quarter million dollars worth of new gear to update the quality of their rental offerings. All rental skis will be under the new Salomon Syncro rental system which means lighting fast fitting for a more efficient rental process. Also, Winter Park Resort is adding 250 more kids skis, boots and Burton snowboards. All renters receive free “ski up” storage at the base of the slopes. A new Mountain Adventure Center located at Winter Park’s base will offer hundreds of demo skis, on-snow valet, and complementary Smith blue-tooth helmets.Wolf Creek Wolf Creek is investing $1.5 million dollars in on-mountain improvements for the 2008-09 ski season. Included in the season’s enhancements is the LEED guided expansion of the Raven Day Use Building, located at the top of Raven Quad.last_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Already co-writing a political thriller with former President Bill Clinton, James Patterson is now set for a collaboration with the managers of Albert Einstein’s archives.The bestselling and prolific novelist is developing a series for middle schoolers inspired by Einstein’s scientific discoveries. In a licensing deal with the Einstein archive, Little Brown will publish the first of three planned books, currently untitled, next fall. The release will come through the author’s own JIMMY Patterson children’s imprint.“I love the idea of introducing Einstein and the ideas of science to millions of kids around the world,” says Patterson, sounding childlike himself as he speaks of “taking this so freaking seriously.”Patterson, admittedly still learning when it comes to science, has worked in an innovation of his own. The series’ young protagonist, Max Einstein, is a girl.“Women are definitely underrated in science and I wanted to address that,” he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. Little, Brown describes Max as “inventive, irreverent, highly imaginative,” one who “loves to solve problems in fun, unconventional ways, much like Einstein himself.”“The high-stakes adventure series follows Max and the world’s brightest kids as they travel the globe to solve humanity’s biggest problems with the power of science,” the publisher announced.Financial terms for the books were not disclosed. According to Little Brown, Einstein archivists will assist Patterson with research and also have input in the manuscripts and artwork. Proceeds will be divided among the archive, the publisher and Patterson.Einstein has inspired fiction before, such as Alan Lightman’s critically praised “Einstein’s Dreams.” He also was the subject of a bestselling biography by Walter Isaacson and of numerous biographies for children.Officials for the Einstein archives, which are based at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, cite Patterson’s enormous popularity and see the new series as an ideal way to expand Einstein’s appeal among young people. Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the archives, praised Patterson’s ability to keep readers interested.“You don’t want readers just putting the books down because they’re not interesting enough,” he told the AP. “There’s tremendous interest in Einstein, but it’s not easy to convey his lessons and his knowledge. These books are one way to package this rather complex information and present it to young readers.” by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 5:06 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email James Patterson and Einstein archivists creating new serieslast_img read more

Montreal orchestra board chair moved as musician

first_imgMontreal orchestra board chair “moved” as musicians recall working with Dutoit by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2018 9:23 am PDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia on October 19, 2011. The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director. Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002. Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alex Brandon center_img MONTREAL – The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director.Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002.Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment.Bouchard pointed out that the orchestra already launched its own independent investigation into sexual harassment in the workplace in December, the day after it received a complaint of that nature against Dutoit.Dutoit is facing allegations of sexual assault by several women who told The Associated Press that Dutoit assaulted them in the United States, France and Canada between 1985 and 2010.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor has emphatically denied the accusations of sexual misconduct. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations of psychological harassment.Bouchard said the current administration has worked hard to create and maintain a “climate of respect” in the workplace and will continue to do so.“We are very compassionate and moved by the suffering expressed in these recently published musicians’ testimonies, namely today in LaPresse+ and Le Devoir,” read the statement published late Saturday.“They will serve to strengthen the (orchestra’s) determination to ensure that the dignity and fundamental rights of its musicians and employees are respected at all times.”last_img read more

In this Wednesday May 16 2018 photo retired pl

first_img In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called “King of the Commode,” began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas – FOR SALE: One tiny kingdom, with many thrones. But it doesn’t come with a hereditary title.That belongs, in perpetuity, to Barney Smith — the undisputed “King of the Commode.”“There’s a lot of me in there,” he says, sitting in front of the corrugated metal garage he’s dubbed his Toilet Seat Art Museum.There’s a lot of, well, everything in there.Smith has one seat decorated with a chunk of the Berlin Wall and another with a piece of insulation from the doomed Shuttle Challenger. There are lids festooned with flint arrowheads, Civil War Minie balls, Amtrak train keys, Pez dispensers — even $1 million in shredded greenbacks from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Antonio.Every inch of door, wall and ceiling space is covered.The sign out front — a commode lid, of course — says Smith’s art is “NOT FOR SALE.” But after five decades and countless offers, the king says everything must go.“At 96, I come out here with a cane. I’ve gotta hold onto everything to walk,” says Smith, who is bent with arthritis and struggles to swing the creaking metal doors open for visitors. “I’m beginning to feel like that I’d rather be in an air-conditioned home in a chair, looking at a good program.”Still, walking away will be hard.“This is my life’s history here,” he says.It started more than 50 years ago, as a way to display hunting trophies.Smith says his father would spend hours cutting out, sanding and varnishing wooden shields to mount his antlers. The son figured a toilet seat lid would do just fine.“Well, I’m a master plumber, retired,” he says. “I thought I ought to stick with my trade.”Smith had promised his wife, Louise, that he’d stop at 500. That was 850 toilet seats ago.“If I would have just read my Bible as many hours as I spent on my toilet seats, I’d be a better man,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.Smith’s workshop is stacked floor to ceiling with cardboard boxes filled with odds and ends. He engraves his works with cast-off drills donated by a local dentist.Smith readily admits that he’s no Jasper Johns.“The abstract artist would take it and he would spray a little paint over here and a little bit of paint here and say, ‘This is the Alamo,’” Smith says with disgust. “I do detail.”Smith toiled in obscurity until an artist who’d come by to see some of his oil paintings caught a glimpse of his garage and told a local TV station.“They twisted my arm so until I said to come on,” Smith says.The piece aired on a Friday. The following Monday, two other stations came calling. Then came the tourists.“And so I just slung the door open,” he says.Smith officially opened as a museum in 1992. Since then, visitors from every state and 83 foreign countries have made their way to this little municipality completely surrounded by the city of San Antonio.He asks that visitors make an appointment. But he doesn’t turn anyone away.Smith uses his walking stick to point out his favourites. Like a lavatory seat from the airplane that carried billionaire Aristotle Onassis’s body home to Greece. Or the piece of one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s “thrones.”He regales tourists with the tale of “Old Rip,” the “horny toad” who emerged alive after 31 years entombed in the courthouse cornerstone in his hometown of Eastland, Texas. He also treats each to a recitation of “When Earth’s Last Picture is Painted” — a Rudyard Kipling poem he was assigned to learn in fifth grade.No one leaves without signing his guestbook — and a toilet seat.Smith is currently working on a seat commemorating the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He suspects that will be his last.In 2014, he lost Louise, his wife of 74 years. A few months ago, he fell and broke two ribs.Daughter Julia Murders says they’ve had offers. A man from India, who wanted to buy the collection for his daughter, offered $20,000 — about $15 per seat.“We discussed it and we said, ‘Daddy, you know, you’ve been doing this your whole life. The last few years of your life, you’ve done nothing BUT this,’” says Murders, 69, who lives nearby.People have told Smith that he’s sitting on a pot of gold. But Smith isn’t looking to cash in.“I want all 1,350 to be intact in another museum somewhere,” he says. “It’s not the highest bidder. It’s not being raffled off.”Austin writer and publisher Daedelus Hoffman says Smith and his collection are priceless. And he wants to help preserve that legacy.His Cattywampus Press raised more than $30,000 to produce a full-colour, cloth-bound book about Smith. “King of the Commode: Barney Smith & His Toilet Seat Art Museum” is being released Saturday, just in time for Smith’s 97th birthday.Hoffman hopes the book will help Smith attract a suitable buyer. If nothing else, he wanted to at least “document this piece of Americana.”“For me, Barney’s story is about the innate human desire to create and communicate,” Hoffman says. “He is a folk artist. And his story and his life work merits preservation.”Smith would love for the collection to remain where it is. But if it must move to remain intact, so be it.“I’m ready to give it up and let it go to London,” he says.The Loovre, perhaps? The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thronescenter_img by Allen G. Breed, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 6:47 am PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

The Latest Chamber leader weighs in on smashed Tr

first_imgThe Latest: Chamber leader weighs in on smashed Trump star by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2018 11:09 am PDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email . The star placed on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue in 2007 recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.” (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on vandalism to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (all times local):10:40 a.m.The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the vandalism to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Chamber President Leron Gubler says Wednesday that people should “project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark.”Los Angeles police say the star was destroyed with a pickax around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and a 24-year-old man, Austin Clay, is being held for investigation of felony vandalism. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.The star will be covered for several days as the Hollywood Historic Trust repairs it.The star went into place in 2007 and recognizes Trump for his work on the TV reality show “The Apprentice.”The star was previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.___6:45 a.m.A vandal has destroyed President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown says the vandalism was reported around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and someone was subsequently taken into custody. Brown did not have any further information about the person.Brown says a pickax was used in the vandalism.The star placed on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue in 2007 recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.”Trump’s star was previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.___Information from: KABC-TV, read more