Spain’s Interprofessional Lemon and Grapefruit Association (AILIMPO) says it is expecting a strong second half to the season of its predominant lemon variety.”During the second part of the season, active demand and a greater growth rate is expected for Fino lemon,” it said. The total lemon crop estimate for the 2018-19 remains 1.3 million metric tons (MT), which reflects a 14% increase in Fino production to around 920,000MT and a sharp recovery in production of the Verna variety following a poor previous season. January 25 , 2019 Calavo delivers ‘all-time record performance’ in Q … You might also be interested in Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … The Verna lemons, which are harvested towards the end of the season, should see slightly higher volumes than 2017 of around 380,000MT and around a 40% increase from last year.”The forecast will allow Spain to consolidate its position as the undisputed top supplier in the European market from April to August 2019,” the association said. “Despite the global crop figure, the lower rate of harvesting up to January has led to lower processing activity.”Last year the organization said that good volumes of both varieties would allow it to boost exports to non-EU markets like the Middle East, Canada and Brazil.“With this harvest forecast, the lemon processing industry into juice, essential oils and dehydrated peel expects to return to normal lemon processing activity, where Spain ranks second in the world and which plays a key role in regulating supply and market balance,” it said at the time. Oranges in Charts: Florida’s volumes fall while Ch … Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a …
hotelsHyattSmall Luxury Hotels of the World Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have announced the ongoing expansion of their joint existing loyalty alliance, quadrupling the number of participating SLH properties since the alliance launched in November 2018. “We encourage World of Hyatt members to explore these luxurious destinations around the globe, from Croatia to New Zealand,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. “The rapid growth of this strategic loyalty alliance is a testament to our commitment to delivering unique experiences wherever our members travel and continuing to extend the genuine care they have come to expect from Hyatt to more locations around the world.”World of Hyatt members now have access to more than 200 of SLH’s luxury boutique hotels that offer new locations across growth markets for Hyatt, including Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines and Turks and Caicos and more.Through this exclusive relationship, World of Hyatt members can explore sought-after destinations like Monkey Island Estate, an 18th century estate turned boutique retreat on a private island on the Thames, Berkshire; Ovolo The Valley Brisbane, a boutique oasis located in the center of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s ultra-hip entertainment district; Mykonos Riviera Hotel and Spa, a sun-drenched luxury resort tucked against the rocky backdrop of centuries-old Aegean cliffs; Enso Ango Fuya II, an artful Kyoto escape set across five Zen-inspired buildings; and Hotel Nantipa, a Costa Rican paradise retreat immersed in the surf culture of Santa Teresa.“This alliance has proven to be a perfect match. We are seeing a positive impact on reservations for our hotels from World of Hyatt members,” said Jean-François Ferret, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. “Exposure to more than 16 million World of Hyatt members has not only helped increase reservations, but also allows us to expand our brand awareness while providing more luxury boutique hotels options for World of Hyatt members to choose from on their travel journey.”
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation [View the story “Cardinals move to 3-0 with win over Eagles” on Storify]
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We’ve been on the same team since we’ve been eight years old,” said Sam. The linebacker added that they competed in pickup basketball games on different teams when they were younger, but would end up passing the ball to each other out of natural instinct.The two could have met last season when the Cardinals and Eagles played in Week 13, but both missed the game with Sam on injured reserve and Emmanual inactive.While the brothers may not personally match up on Sunday, with both playing on the defensive side of the ball, Sam said he is still looking for a game with some familial ties. “It’s fun to have someone you are so close with, and be able to go against them on the field in the NFL,” he said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — That’s it. Sam Acho has thrown down the gauntlet.The Cardinals’ linebacker was talking to reporters Wednesday when he made the ultimate claim of superiority.“I am a much better player than my brother,” he said. “I saw he had an interview yesterday and he said he’s a better athlete, a better player, and Emmanuel Acho, I’m going to look you in the eyes and say I’m the better player of the Acho brothers.” Sam’s younger brother, Emmanuel, is a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, and before the teams face each other on Sunday, Sam responded to the confident assertions made by his brother.Sam even went into detail, breaking down which brother reigns superior at each sport. Sam claimed the top spot in football and soccer, while giving Emmanuel the edge in basketball and tennis. He said the two are tied in baseball due to an equal lack of talent.Sam backed up his claim by pulling from the their performances in the NFL Draft Combines.“My 40 time was faster bro, I’m just saying. So we can talk about who is a better athlete, but I’ve got the better 40 time,” he said. Sam participated in the 2011 Combine, while Emmanual took part in the 2012 version.The older Acho came out on top in the 40-yard-dash, running the distance in 4.67 seconds compared to Emmanuel’s time of 4.73 seconds. But Sam may have wanted to look at the other categories before bringing up the combine, as Emmanuel won out in the three other events in which they both participated: the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press.But with the two players entering the NFL one year apart, they were not able to personally face off in the combine, continuing a lifelong trend of never battling in official competitions against one another. Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) looks at the replay board during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams , Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) – Among the Cardinals’ inactives were a trio of rookies: Robert Nkemdiche, Cole Toner and Brandon Williams.– At halftime, the Cardinals inducted wide receiver Roy Green into the Ring of Honor as its 16th member.UP NEXTIt’s a short week for the Cardinals.In four days they head to San Francisco for a Thursday matchup against another division rival, the 49ers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This will be the 50th all-time meeting.The Cardinals have won two straight and three of the past four contests, including their last visit to Levi’s Stadium, 19-13, which snapped a six-game road losing streak in the Bay Area.Overall, the Niners lead the series 29-20 dating back to 1951. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There appears to be no sophomore slump for David Johnson. On the Cardinals’ third-quarter scoring drive in which they took their first lead, 13-10, on the period’s final play with Chandler Catanzaro kicking a 21-yard field goal, Johnson surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage. He becomes the first player in franchise history to post 100 or more total scrimmage yards in each of the season’s first four games.THE BADGiven new life after a defensive holding penalty on Patrick Peterson, the Rams scored on their second possession with Keenum throwing a 67-yard touchdown to Brian Quick, who slipped away from Marcus Cooper in coverage. The Peterson penalty negated a Deone Bucannon third-down sack, which would’ve gotten the Rams off the field. Instead, the Rams went 90 yards on seven plays in 3:28 to take the early lead, 7-0, at the 1:59 mark of the first quarter.Missed tackles. Blown assignments. Mental errors. It’s why the Cardinals trailed for much of the first half. In addition to the Peterson call, Jermaine Gresham was whistled for holding which wiped out a long Chris Johnson run that would’ve set up a 1st-and-goal. Instead, Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 25-yard field goal. Also, there looked to be some miscommunication between Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu on Kenny Britt’s 34-yard reception in the second quarter. The Cardinals (1-3) visit San Francisco in just four days.Before exiting, Palmer went 23-of-36 for 288 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted once and fumbled, accounting for two of the Cardinals’ five turnovers.Palmer’s favorite target was John Brown, who had 10 catches for 144 yards, his fourth career 100-yard receiving game.Drew Stanton played two series in relief of Palmer and was picked off to end each drive.It’s the second straight year the Rams (3-1) dealt the Cardinals a home defeat.Rams quarterback Case Keenum passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brian Quick; the latter proved to the game-winner as the pair hooked up for a four-yard score to re-take the lead, 17-13, with 2:36 left to play.A focus of the Cardinals defensively all week, Todd Gurley was held to 33 rushing yards on 19 carries.THE GOODDespite no first-quarter points for a fourth straight game — 10 total possessions — the Cardinals’ offense did see two milestones reached. First, Palmer moved ahead of Kerry Collins (40,922) for 15th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list. He did so with an eight-yard throw to John Brown. Second, Larry Fitzgerald, appearing in his 190th game, extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 183, tying Art Monk for the sixth-longest streak in league history. Though none of them resulted in points for the Rams, the Cardinals turned the ball over five times. Palmer was picked off in the second quarter and fumbled in the third quarter. David Johnson also coughed up the football in the third quarter. Again, neither proved costly, but they did stall momentum and took potential points off the scoreboard. The interception occurred in the end zone on a ball intended for Brown. The fumbles both happened in Rams territory.STAT OF THE GAME-4: The Cardinals lost the turnover battle, 5-1, and they have now turned the ball over a combined 10 times in the past two games after zero giveaways in the season’s first two gamesHE SAID IT“Stick together. Come to work tomorrow,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to his message to the team. “We don’t have much time to think about this one.”NOTED– Floyd appeared to see limited action during the first half. On his first snap, he dropped a 3rd-and-9 pass attempt.– Tyvon Branch (groin) twice exited the game in the third quarter. He was unable to return after the second time.– Chris Johnson (groin) walked slowly off the field and immediately to the locker room early in the fourth quarter. One-fourth of the way through the season, the Arizona Cardinals have one win. Worse yet, they are staring up at the rest of the NFC West.That’s right, the Cardinals sit in last place, tied with San Francisco.The Cardinals dropped their second straight, losing 17-13 to the Los Angeles Rams before a sold out University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon.And adding insult to injury, Carson Palmer left the game late in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a possible concussion, leaving his status for Week 5 very much in doubt. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share A solid running game is a must. The Cardinals struggled rushing the football a week ago in Buffalo, totaling a season-low 88 yards. They eclipsed that mark in the first half against the Rams. David Johnson and Chris Johnson combined for 89 yards, with David Johnson leading the way with 58, which included a 31-yard second-quarter run. He carried the ball nine times. Chris Johnson had four touches of the football and gained 31 yards. He had a long of 18 yards.It took nearly the entire first half, but the Cardinals finally found their way into the end zone. Palmer passed five yards to Michael Floyd for the game-tying score, 10-10, with 24 seconds left in the second quarter. On the previous play, Floyd had a 16-yard catch. Doing much of the heavy lifting on the eight-play, 80-yard drive, however, was Brown, who caught three balls for 53 yards. Targeted 12 times, he finished the first half with eight receptions for 95 yards.At this rate, Chandler Jones will end his first season with the Cardinals with 16 sacks, at least. That’s the pace he is on, as is Markus Golden. Jones dropped Keenum on the first drive of the second half, doing so with the strip-sack. He recovered the fumble as well. On the Rams’ next possession, Golden pursued and reached Keenum. Jones and Golden are the first and second players in Cardinals history with at least one sack in each of the season’s first four games. 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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Fitzgerald moved down just one spot to 19th. Last season, the 10-time Pro Bowler reeled in league-leading 107 receptions for 1,023 yards and added six touchdowns. Now, coming off of a 7-8-1 record, things have changed.Dameshek released the same, updated triplet rankings from last year and with the Cardinals still having the same three representatives, their ranking dropped to 12th.Johnson is a phenom who, by any measure, is a top-three running back in the league. Fitzgerald is one of the five best wide receivers of the Super Bowl era. And then there’s Palmer, who had a near-MVP season in 2015 … capped by an atrocious NFC title game that seemed to leave him (and the team) with a year-long hangover. Time to get over it, Carson — or it’ll be time for Arians to move on.Despite the rankings drop-off, the Cardinals trio didn’t necessarily have a poor 2016.Palmer and Fitz’s stats were very similar from their 2015 campaign, and in the case of Johnson — he blew his rookie season out of the water.Palmer saw his positional rank of 6th last year fall to 17th this season after he threw for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns, 14 interceptions while getting sacked a career-high 40 times.Johnson, the No. 2 running back, moved up three spots from his 2016 ranking. An All-Pro last year, he had a NFL-high 2,118 yards from scrimmage, including 1,239 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Coming off an NFC Championship appearance in 2015, last year NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek ranked Arizona’s trio of Carson Palmer, David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald as the fourth-best set of triplets in the NFL.During that 2015 season, Palmer had career-highs in passing yards (4,671) and touchdowns (35). Johnson, in his rookie season, ran for 581 yards and added 12 total touchdowns despite starting just five games. And Fitzgerald grabbed a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, right, fakes a handoff to running back David Johnson (31) during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches a 15-yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) The Chicago Bears are expected to re-sign former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marcus Cooper, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.Cooper met with the Cardinals on Friday, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.After becoming a Pro Bowl alternate in 2016 with the Cardinals, Cooper signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Bears in March of 2017. The deal had $8 million guaranteed. 3 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cooper had a down year in the first season of his deal, making only four starts, and was released by Chicago on March 14.Related LinksFormer Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper to meet with ArizonaCardinals ink free agent cornerback Bene BenwikereReport: Cardinals to lose starting CB Tramon Williams to PackersCornerback Tramon Williams, who started nine games on the opposite side of Patrick Peterson last season, reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Green Bay Packers Thursday.The Cardinals signed cornerback Bene Benwikere Friday. Benwikere was primarily a special teams player for the Dallas Cowboys last season. He started 14 games in over three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. The signing of Benwikere, though, was said to of not changed the Cardinals’ interest in Cooper, per 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Arizona reportedly was meeting Thursday with free agent corner Robert McClain, a 29-year-old who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Go back to the enewsletterVirtuoso‘s top-performing travel agency members, partners and individuals were recognised and crowned at the annual Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Luxury Awards in Singapore last weekend.Signature Media, the parent company of LATTE, was the exclusive media partner of the Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Luxury Awards.Held at the Fullerton Hotel, it was the first time the luxury travel network hosted the awards in Singapore, in recognition of Asia’s growing importance in the Virtuoso network, and saw more than 60 owners and managers from the group’s agencies across the region take part.Virtuoso senior executives, including the organisation’s Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, joined members for two days of strategic overview, business seminars, partner networking and information sharing, culminating in the 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards and Gala Dinner.Supplier winners from left to right, Felix Chan and Steve McLaughlin, Oceania; Tony Archbold and Anthony Cooper, Seabourn; Matthew D. Upchurch, Virtuoso CEO and Chairman and Margie Lee-Fong, Island Escapes.The Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards honour member agencies and advisors whose luxury sales performance, reputation and service levels have excelled over the past 12 months.This year’s winners include Goldman Travel, MTA and Savenio for production and Country Holidays, FBI Travel and Mosman Travel for growth. The awards also recognise the region’s top hotel, cruise and tour partners.“Luxury travel advising is all about keeping the client in the centre of the business and these award-winners have grown their business by focusing on their customers and delivering service that has differentiated them from the mass market offerings,” Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Managing Director, Michael Londregan, said.Matthew D. Upchurch, Virtuoso CEO and chairman, and David Brandon, Savenio. “The Virtuoso Luxury Travel Awards are the result of members’ performance; they are the perfect reflection of both a growing client base and the ability to maintain client loyalty.“These are the advisors and agencies who have been nominated by the most important audience panel that exists – their clients. Virtuoso is simply recognising client and market sentiment.”This year’s awards included two new categories acknowledging individual achievements: the Virtuoso Rising Star award, which went to Lynn Mayer of Sabra Travel, and the Most Innovative Advisor, which went to Gloria Gammo of SmartFlyer Australia.Signature Media Founder and Group Editor Cathy Wagstaff said she was thrilled to partner with Virtuoso to recognise the creme de la creme of the region’s luxury travel advisors.“The affluent travel market in Australia continues to evolve and expand its footprint, with clients seeking new bespoke products and services. These awards recognise the Asia-Pacific Virtuoso member elite who are committed to ensuring customer satisfaction is paramount for the most discerning traveller.“Well done to all the nominees in their respective fields and congratulations to the winners,” Wagstaff said. The 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Award winners are:Cruise ProductionMember – SavenioPartner – SeabournCruise GrowthMember – FBI TravelPartner – Oceania CruisesHotels & Resorts ProductionMember – Goldman Travel CorporationPartner – HalekulaniHotels & Resorts Growth Member – Country HolidaysPartner – Rosewood BeijingDestinations & Experiences ProductionMember – MTAPartner – Island EscapesDestinations & Experiences GrowthMember – Mosman TravelPartner – 50 Degrees NorthMost Engaged AgencyWinner – Executive EdgeNominees – Alpha Travel, Charlotte TravelMost Hospitable AgencyWinner – Sabra TravelNominees – FBI Travel, TravelcallAdvisor AwardsVirtuoso Rising Star – Lynn Mayer, Sabra TravelMost Innovative Advisor – Gloria Gammo, SmartFlyer AustraliaLead image caption – Member winners from left to right: Anthony Goldman, Goldman Travel Corporation; Michael Londregan, Virtuoso APAC md; David Brandon, Savenio; Jessica Yap, Country Holidays; Penny Spencer, Spencer Group of Companies; Lauryn Belleli, Sabra; Matthew D. Upchurch, Virtuoso CEO and chairman; Sara Pearce, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents and David Goldman; Goldman Travel Corporation.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedNew winter flights from bmibabyLow-cost carrier bmibaby has announced the second stage of its winter flights scheduleBmibaby to launch flights to Faro from Manchester next easterCheap flights carrier bmibaby will introduce new flights to Faro from Manchester as part of its Easter 2010 schedulebmibaby to launch new flight between Birmingham and Newquaybmibaby will launch a new flight between Birmingham International Airport and Newquay Low cost airline bmibaby has launched a spate of new summer flights – and Cardiff Airport is the departure point for several important new routes.This week has seen the carrier commence flights between the Welsh capital and the Polish city of Gdansk, harnessing the increasing demand for flights between the UK and cities across Poland.Also on the horizon are bmibaby flights from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona, starting on May 24th and linking the cities twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, before a third weekly flight is added in June.New Gdansk and Barcelona services are only the beginning however for bmibaby’s expanding Cardiff operations, with the airline planning flights to 13 European destinations from the hub this summer.Warsaw is another Polish location that bmibaby will serve from Cardiff, while Spain also features highly with routes not only to Barcelona but also to Alicante, Malaga, Murcia and Palma.Parent company BMI recently saw the group’s reputation boosted as BMI Regional services were ruled the most punctual at UK airports for the third year running by FlightOnTime.Info.While expanding at Cardiff, bmibaby’s main hub remains its founding headquarters East Midlands Airport, carrying over 7.5 million passengers to and from the airport since 2002.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedHong Kong International named world’s best airportHong Kong International Airport has been named the best airport in the world by passengersEuropean airports record modest passenger growthEuropean airports record modest passenger growthAirlines back Manchester Airport tram planAirlines back Manchester Airport tram plan Manchester Airport has been named the best airport in Europe.The north-west terminal picked up the Best Airport Award 2008 at the recent Airports Council International (ACI) event in Paris.Manchester was named the best airport in the 10-25 million passenger category at the 4th Annual ACI Europe Best Airport Awards.Other winners included Madrid’s Barajas Airport which took home the title in the over 25 million passenger category and Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport which won in the 5-10 million passenger group.Andrew Cornish, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “These are challenging times in the aviation industry and we know that there are some excellent airports in Europe, so to win this prestigious award is particularly great news.”Manchester Airport puts customers first and that includes both airlines and our passengers. We are committed to making life as easy and hassle free as possible for people when they travel through Manchester Airport.”The airport is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has a series of events lined up to celebrate the milestone.This year will also see the completion of a new Concorde hangar, as well as ongoing work to improve facilities at Terminal 1.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedEnvironmental award presented to Heathrow AirportEnvironmental award presented to Heathrow AirportAirports are ‘the new real estate’Spurred by liberalisation, international airline investment strategy is increasingly becoming a game of real estate.T5 welcomes first flights and soaring expectationsHeathrow’s long-anticipated Terminal 5 has opened to passengers today. Plans for the £1 billion renovation of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) have been unveiled to the public.Due to replace the existing terminal, the new building will open in 2013 and is expected to have a capacity of 30 million passengers a year by 2019.According to airport owner BAA, the new T2 building will also feature a range of ‘green’ energy measures such as solar panelling on the roof that will help it to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent.It said that the expansion of T2, which will become home for Star Alliance airlines, would be essential to the continued competitiveness of Heathrow.Speaking to the BBC, Malcolm Robertson, a spokesman for BAA, said: “The creation of Terminal 2 is about creating more and better terminal capacity, it’s not related to the need for a third runway.”However if Heathrow is to remain competitive and to continue to provide a great economic asset to London, the South East and the UK as a whole, then it is going to require a new runway capacity.”First opened in 1955, T2 is Heathrow’s oldest terminal building and will close by the end of 2009, ready for work to begin on the new project.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
How do you best celebrate the finale of the Six Nations rugby championship? By using Skyscanner to organise a pub crawl that takes in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and France… in just 48 hours, that’s how!Dare you take the challenge? Yes? Well, first a few ground rules. The aim is to have at least one drink in the capital city of each of the countries taking part in the Six Nations tournament. Airport pubs are cheating – you need to travel to a bar near each city’s Six Nations rugby stadium, or at least, to truly claim you’ve done the challenge, somewhere in the city centre where you can drape your flag while you down a lemonade. You also need to get back to your starting city within 48 hours. We’ve picked London as our start point, on Thursday 19th March, with the aim of getting to Twickenham Stadium in time for the final Six Nations match (England v. France) at 5pm on Saturday 21st March. Think of it like Around the World in 80 Days, only with booze and rugby instead of Michael Palin and a lion in a top hat. OK, here we go…1. CardiffIf you’re starting from London, which we are, ‘cos we want to do it Willy Fog style (yes, in a top hat and lion costume), there aren’t any direct flights to Cardiff, so we’re stuck with the boring old train for this first leg. If you’re starting elsewhere – say the north-west of England – find your ideal flight on Skyscanner like so: Cardiff hotelsSo rush out of the Reform Club, or more likely, the office, hand luggage in hand (remember, no tent pegs), and jump on the 17.15 from London Paddington with First Great Western, which should get you in to Cardiff Central at 19.26. Or leave work early so you’ve got a wee bit more time in the Welsh capital. The Millennium Stadium is only about seven minutes from the station on foot, or four if you run, and there are over 70 bars within a quarter mile radius of the stadium, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding somewhere to drink. Try The City Arms, a popular real ale pub right by the stadium entrance. Don’t get too comfy though, we’ve got a flight to catch.2. DublinNeck your pint and run for the airport shuttle bus. It only takes 10 minutes, so you may just make the 21.15 flight to Dublin (Aer Lingus, £70). Arriving at 22.25, this gives you enough time to jump in a cab and head to a pub near Aviva Stadium in time for last orders – Searsons near the stadium is open until 12.30am on Thursdays. Don’t forget to book somewhere to sleep before you have a few beers, and there’s an early start, so don’t have too many.Dublin hotels3. EdinburghYou have a couple of choices of flights to Edinburgh in the morning, but for the most economic option, take the 06.30 departure with FlyBe going via London City for £85. Remember this trip is hand luggage only: we don’t have time to faff about with checking in bags, so you’ll need to discard any bulky items like traffic cones or policemen’s helmets before getting on the plane. When you get there (well in time for lunch), take Edinburgh’s wonderful tram and get off at Murrayfield Stadium, just a few minutes’ walk to the venerable Murrayfield Bar for a swift half or two, or three.Click on the image to below to discover 10 beautiful places to visit in Edinburgh All flights found using Skyscanner on 8 March 2015. Prices correct at time of going to press but are of course subject to change.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 6. LondonNearly there. Get on the 14.15 flight from Rome Fiumicino to London Heathrow (British Airways, £122). It should arrive at 16.00, giving you just enough time to jump in a taxi and dash to Twickenham Stadium for the England v. France match at 17.00. The Duke of Cambridge is just a stone’s throw from the stadium and is showing all the Six Nations matches, so if you haven’t got a ticket for the game, you can enjoy the match with a pint in hand while regaling fellow patrons with tales of your travels, smug in the knowledge that you’ve completed the Six Nations 48-hour pub crawl challenge.Click on the image below to discover some right royal attractions in London: 4. ParisNext stop, Paris, so put down your pint and catch the airport bus from pretty much right outside the pub. Hop aboard the 17.20 flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle with Flybe, £153, then jump on the RER to La Plaine Stade de France. You’ll be able to find plenty of fellow rugby fans in Paddy Wack’s (4 Boulevard Anatole) so get stuck in, and/or head into central Paris for all manner of more cultured activities. Whatever you do, get an early night: we’ve got an early start tomorrow.Paris hotelsMore: 10 best things to do in Paris – a local’s guide10 romantic hotels in Paris5. RomeThe flight to Rome is at the punishingly early time of 07.20 with Easyjet, £84, from Paris Orly (remember, it’s not the airport you arrived at). Drag your tired self aboard and grab a couple of hours’ kip, or a coffee. On arrival, get the express train from Fiumicino airport, then change onto the metro to get to Stadio Olimpico for a stadium tour. It’s a bit early for a drink (or is it?) and time is tight, so stay classy with an espresso and a grappa in a café. Alternatively, head to Scottish-themed pub (no, really?!) The Highlander (near the Spanish Steps) before getting back to the airport for the final leg of our journey. 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Posted in Travel News For additional information about Kahekili Highway and the many safety precautions required to appreciate its beauty, click here.Have you explored a dangerous roadway during previous travels? Share your experiences with us in the comments. Or, if you’re searching for a less harrowing scenic drive, click here. June 30, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau One Of America’s Most Beautiful Drives Is Also One Of Its Most Dangerous There’s nothing more delightful than a breathtaking scenic drive, and America is home to its fair share of such spots. While there’s something utterly wonderful about enjoying a car-bound journey through our country’s most beautiful regions, these incredible views aren’t without their risks. CNN Travel recently released its list of the world’s most harrowing roadways, and one of America’s prettiest regions made the cut. Are you up for the challenge? Flickr/Intiaz Rahim The highway is narrow, essentially creating a one-lane trafficway that requires expert attention and handling while driving. If you choose to make the journey, prepare to give inside traffic the right of way when you come across fellow travelers. As if its limited space weren’t enough, 340 also features plenty of unexpected twists, turns, and bridges. It’s important to remain vigilant while enjoying this scenic drive – but this extra attention to safety is worth it to experience some of Hawaii’s greatest wonders. Flickr/Jessie Hodge The road extends between Kapalua and Wailuku. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll have the chance to check out sections of Maui that most tourists can only dream up, including a natural geyser and some of the most marvelous ocean vistas you’ve ever seen. Allow plenty of time to complete your Maui outing before the sun goes down and don’t forget to hand a camera to your passenger – after all, this is one excursion that you’ll want to remember forever. Flickr/daveynin Kahekili Highway stretches for 20 miles along the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii. Also known as Highway 340, this one-of-a-kind roadway offers drivers some of the most stunning views imaginable, from pockets of lush rainforest to brilliant cliffside overlooks to mountainous beauty as far as the eye can see. While its natural splendor can’t be overstated, Kahekili’s many dangers make it a risky drive for visitors, particularly those who aren’t used to traversing rugged island terrain.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePresented as a limited series of only 1000 pieces (in steel/tantalum, pink gold/tantalum and platinum/tantalum), the Limited Edition Leo Messi Royal Oak is distinctive on every front. With a 41-mm diameter, it offers a stylish and modern face. In addition, the limited series is graced with an alligator strap and an additional sportier rubber strap to replace the traditional steel bracelet.The Leo Messi Royal Oak’s pure and elegant dial does not repeat the “tapisserie” motif that was the Royal Oak’s trademark. The dial is vertically brushed anthracite with hour markers in white gold for the steel version and pink gold for the pink gold version, while the platinum version sports a deep blue dial with white gold hour markers. For all versions, the three auxiliary chronograph counters and the small seconds counter are encircled by a finely brushed silvered ring.Retaining the collection’s eight hexagonal screws in polished white gold, the bezel of the Limited Edition Leo Messi Royal Oak and the fastening links of the strap are in tantalum, giving off subtle glints of blue and grey. The uniqueness of these sublime colors governed the choice of tantalum, a material with very strong resistance to corrosion and high density that is particularly difficult to machine and polish.The Leo Messi Royal Oak is offered in a limited series of 1000 pieces: 500 in steel/tantalum, 400 in pink gold/tantalum and 100 in platinum/tantalum. Each watch is delivered in an original case in the shape of a lacquered shoe box decorated on the inside with the player’s dedication.This Royal Oak chronograph houses the self-winding mechanical calibre 2385 which offers hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph functions. Made up of 304 components, the movement has a 40-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. It is fitted with a single-block 18-carat gold oscillating weight.www.audemarspiguet.com
Shanghai, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineGerman horological innovator Buben & Zorweg has announced the opening of their latest outpost, a boutique located in Shanghai’s exlusive Plaza 66. As one of China’s top addresses for luxury shopping, the new location will place Buben & Zorweg alongside such distinguished and storied watchmakers as Boucheron, Harry Winston and Richard Mille.Those not traveling to Asia anytime soon can still check out the sleek new space by viewing Buben & Zorweg’s special boutique trailer, which takes the label’s fans behind the scenes at the Shanghai shop CLICK HERE or visitwww.buben-zorweg.com
New York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn celebration of their 40th Anniversary, luxury menswear brand ZILLI has partnered with renowned sunglass designer Eric Jean to create an outstanding collection of men’s eyewear, hitting boutiques December 2010. Chic and sporty, ZILLI focused on creating fashion forward models while maintaining optimal comfort for the customer.At the heart of the collection is a series of one of a kind, limited edition sunglasses created with pure gold lenses. With this collection, ZILLI is the first brand to lay a leaf of 24 carat gold over polarized lenses, producing a peerless, gold mirror effect.The sunglasses come in three titanium and two acetate front shapes, each style playing with the ZILLI logo in different ways, and are named by the following sources of inspirations: • Great wines • Grand slam • Grand prixThe collection is available in gold, platinum and ruthenium-plated finishes. All of the frames are built with Italian flex hinges, and the acetate front and temples on each pair are hand polished.The new sunglasses, which range from $800 to $1000, will be available at locations in New York and Atlanta beginning this fall.www.zilli.fr
A growing number of actors are renouncing Woody Allen NEW YORK, N.Y. – A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of “Call Me By Your Name” announced on Instagram that he didn’t want to profit from his work on Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which wrapped shooting in the fall.“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chalamet.Chalamet is just the latest cast member of an Allen production to express regret or guilt about being professionally associated with the director. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall (“A Rainy Day in New York,” ”Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”), Ellen Page (“To Rome With Love”), David Krumholtz (“Wonder Wheel”) and Griffith Newman (“A Rainy Day in New York”) have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed that they wouldn’t work with him again.The rising chorus suggests the road ahead for Allen may be particularly challenging, even for a director whose personal controversies have for decades made him an alternatively beloved and reviled figure in movies. Financial support for Allen has not previously waned in part because of the eagerness many stars have for working with a cinematic legend. But fielding a starry cast may prove increasingly difficult for Allen in a movie industry in the midst of a “Me Too” reckoning.“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” Greta Gerwig, who co-starred in Allen’s 2012 comedy “To Rome With Love,” told The New York Times last week . “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization.”Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, has said Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was seven. Allen, who has long denied the allegations, was investigated for the incident but not charged.Farrow has previously questioned why the “Me Too” movement hasn’t ensnarled Allen. In an op-ed published last month in The Los Angeles Times, she wrote: “Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”Price, the former head of Amazon Studios, resigned in October following an allegation that he had sexually harassed television producer Isa Hackett while she was working on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle.”“A Rainy Day in New York” is the fourth project for Allen with Amazon, which bet heavily on the filmmaker to help establish its film production arm as a home to auteur filmmakers. It reportedly spent $80 million to lure Allen into television to make the 2016 series “Crisis in Six Scenes.”Amazon, which didn’t respond to queries Tuesday, also distributed Allen’s “Cafe Society” in 2016 and “Wonder Wheel,” which opened December 1. It has grossed a mere $1.4 million domestically on an estimated budget of $25 million but had more success overseas, grossing $7.8 million.“A Rainy Day in New York,” a romantic comedy due out sometime this year, also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Elle Fanning. In his statement, Chalamet tellingly noted that due to “contractual obligations” he couldn’t comment on the long-standing allegations against Allen.The announcement by Chalamet, a favourite Oscar contender for best actor this year, followed a similar one Friday by his co-star Hall. She said she was donating her salary from the film to Time’s Up, the recently formed initiative to combat gender inequality in the entertainment industry. “It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation,” Hall wrote on Instagram.Some have continued to publicly support Allen, though, including Alec Baldwin.“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin said Tuesday on Twitter. “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career.” by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2018 6:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Timothee Chalamet attends the 43rd Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards in Los Angeles. Chalamet said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Author, activist Jewish convert Julius Lester dies at 78 BELCHERTOWN, Mass. – Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. He was 78.Lester’s daughter, Lian Amaris, told The Associated Press on Friday that her father died Thursday.“Julius has passed peacefully, surrounded by family,” she posted on her father’s Facebook page.She did not give a cause of death, but Lester had written in his last public post on Facebook on Jan. 3 about his struggles with severe emphysema.Lester, who lived in Belchertown, was a professor of both black studies and Jewish studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for more than 30 years before retiring in 2003.“UMass Amherst is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of professor Julius Lester, who enriched our university community and the world as a teacher, scholar and writer,” a university spokesman said in a statement. “His legacy includes being a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Chancellor’s Medal, a campus honour bestowed on individuals who have rendered exemplary and extraordinary service to the university.”The St. Louis, Missouri-born son of a Methodist minister had long known he had a Jewish ancestor and converted to Judaism in the early 1980s, chronicling his journey in the book “Lovesong: Becoming a Jew.”He wrote more than 40 books, including non-fiction, adult novels and children’s books, often confronting slavery and racism.“The need to know more about my individual past led me to begin studying slavery, and once I did, my interest grew and I became intrigued by the challenge of trying to imagine what it was like to have been a slave,” he once wrote in an online biography.One of his earliest books, co-written by folk singer Pete Seeger, was “The 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly,” published in 1965.Before his career in academia, he recorded two albums of original music, his photographs of the civil rights movement were included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, and he hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City.Known as an intensely private person, Lester continued to share his thoughts after retirement on Facebook, where he had about 3,000 followers.“Again, I am so grateful to all of you who shared so much wonderful energy with me, indeed who lavished wonderful energy on me,” he wrote in his last Facebook post.He is survived by his wife and five children.Funeral arrangements are pending.
by The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2018 9:26 am PDT Last Updated May 29, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Artist Joi Arcand from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is shown in a handout photo. Five artists from across Canada, including Arcand, are vying for a $100,000 top prize as the shortlisted finalists for the Sobey Art Award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO OTTAWA – Five artists from across Canada are vying for a $100,000 top prize as the shortlisted finalists for the Sobey Art Award.The contemporary art honour is presented annually to a Canadian artist aged 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.The finalists include Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett representing the Atlantic region, Jon Rafman of Quebec and Kapwani Kiwanga of Ontario.Representing the Prairies and the North is Joi T. Arcand from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and Jeneen Frei Njootli is the finalist for the West Coast and the Yukon.All of the finalists will be featured in a special exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada beginning Oct. 3.The grand prize winner will be announced in Ottawa on Nov. 14.The four other finalists will each take home $25,000, and the remaining 20 artists on the long list will receive $2,000. Five artists shortlisted for Sobey Art Award to vie for $100,000 prize
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2019 1:39 pm PDT Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 3, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Paul McCartney; $3,639,764; $113.82.2. Eric Church; $2,891,855; $98.65.3. Elton John; $2,662,708; $139.46.4. Fleetwood Mac; $2,233,880; $144.74.5. Justin Timberlake; $2,174,805; $132.36.6. Metallica; $2,047,611; $121.15.7. Luis Miguel; $1,831,958; $85.11.8. Michael Bublé; $1,506,401; $125.28.9. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,404,527; $113.76.10. Cher; $1,345,126; $114.96.11. Marc Anthony; $1,300,003; $105.52.12. Sebastian Maniscalco; $1,208,064; $102.44.13. KISS; $1,205,057; $103.08.14. Travis Scott; $1,197,654; $74.90.15. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $1,134,642; $64.69.16. Florence + The Machine; $1,115,065; $68.92.17. Mumford & Sons; $1,084,208; $72.01.18. Blake Shelton; $1,044,392; $89.58.19. André Rieu; $915,513; $90.94.20. Panic! At The Disco; $785,504; $60.47.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press