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first_imgMost red-blooded American males would gladly tradeprofessions with play-by-play broadcaster Dave Pasch.On Sundays in the fall, Pasch describes all the action ofArizona Cardinals games. On Saturdays, Pasch works for ESPN, along withcommentators Chris Spielman and Urban Meyer, broadcastingone of the network’s premier college football games.This week, you probably wouldn’t find too many volunteersto take Pasch’s job. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “Our goal as a team, and we’ve talked about this is weneed to be fair to the game, and making sure that wedocument the game, because there are people that arewatching for the game, but obviously first and foremost,being aware. Being aware of the allegations and thevictims and the news—the developments of the week aroundCoach Paterno and just the developments on campus,” hesaid. And Pasch acknowledged that those developments couldchange at a moment’s notice.“What happens with (Penn State assistant) Mike McQueary.Where does he coach from, if he coaches at all? What doesthe Governor do if he steps in and does anything? Is therenews from the NCAA? What if Coach Paterno shows up? Whatif there’s a boycott? There’s still so many things thatcan take place on game day, there’s only so much you canprepare for.”You can check out the Penn State-Nebraska game thisSaturday morning on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for justafter 10:00 a.m.And you can hear Pasch’s call of the Cardinals-Eagles gamealong with Ron Wolfley on Arizona Sports 620. Kickoff isat 11:00 a.m. Top Stories Saturday, Pasch and company will be in State College,Pennsylvania to call the pivotal Penn State-Nebraska BigTen tilt at Beaver Stadium. Of course, due to the recentuncovering of allegations of sexual abuse by former PennState assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the firing of headcoach Joe Paterno, university president Graham Spanier andathletic director Tim Curley, the game has becomesecondary on the national radar.As a broadcaster, Pasch is faced with the challenge ofkeeping the sordid mess that’s unfolded at Penn State inbalance with the actual description of the game.When Pasch joined Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports620, Ron Wolfley asked him if this will be the mostdifficult broadcast he’s ever done.“I don’t think there’s any question, Wolf. Just lookingat that Grand Jury report, knowing that I had to read itand really did not have a desire to read it. But you readit and it just makes you sick to your stomach,” Paschsaid. Despite the disgusting nature of the situation, and theanticipated difficulty in the broadcast, Pasch remainspretty clear on what his crew’s responsibilities will bewhile on the air on Saturday. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_imgChances are the Bidwills will not go behind their coach’sback and let McNulty interview for the job, but it thefact that the team’s WR coach is being courted to beanother squad’s offensive coordinator speaks volumes aboutwhat kind of staff Whisenhunt has assembled. Considering the investment the Bucs have in quarterbackJosh Freeman, offensive coordinator is arguably the mostcritical hire on Schiano’s staff. It’s believed thatCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made the call onprohibiting McNulty from interviewing with the Bucs.Because it’s such an important hire, the Bucs still areworking behind the scenes to acquire McNulty, the Timesconfirmed. The effort may include an appeal directly toCardinals owner Bill Bidwill. But it’s hard to imagine theCardinals reversing course at this point. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano would like tohire away Arizona Cardinals WR coach John McNulty,presumably to be his offensive coordinator.McNulty is under contract with the Cardinals, however, andthe team has refused to let him interview for the job,meaning Schiano and his team should be moving on toanother candidate. Or not.According to theTampa Bay Times, the Bucs still hope they’ll beable to pry McNulty away from Arizona. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 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 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo At the very least, the 24-year-old Taylor made himself a strong contender going forward. And at most, the veteran of the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings may have put himself in the lead. “I feel like I got a lot of opportunities today to make plays,” Taylor said. “I felt like I did that. Hopefully I can continue to do that and keep making plays.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   “It stunk missing the first one, but I knew if I came back and had a strong showing today that it would make up for it,” Taylor said after Saturday’s 12-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys. That he did.But while Taylor’s four-catch, 85-yard performance will help his cause, the receiver understands that one good game does not mean he is guaranteed a roster spot.“I feel good right now, but there’s still two weeks to go,” he said of his chances of making the team. “One week you could be great, the next week you could be horrible.“I’ve just got to keep working and keep doing what I’ve got to do, be consistent and make plays.”The one play Taylor said he wanted back was a potential second quarter touchdown pass that glanced ever so slightly off his fingers, but that play, which few receivers would have made, did little to dampen what was a very good outing.“Kerry had a nice ball game; he had a good week of practice, too,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “It was good to see him back out there because he missed some time and it hurt him.”Arians added that receivers Jaron Brown and Charles Hawkins also played well, so “there’s some good battles.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – This was not the first time Kerry Taylor played well in front of these fans, but it may have been the most important.An Arizona State product who attended Chandler Hamilton High School, Taylor is battling to earn one of the few open receiver spots on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, and missing part of training camp and the team’s preseason opener in Green Bay with an injury didn’t help his cause. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgQB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Ryan LindleyRB: Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, Jonathan Dwyer, Ryan Williams, Robert Hughes, WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Ted Ginn, Jr., Jaron Brown, Dan Buckner, Brittan Golden, Teddy WilliamsTE: Rob Housler, John Carlson, Jake Ballard, Darren Fells, Andre Hardy, Brett BrackettOT: Jared Veldheer, Bradley Sowell, Bobby Massie, Nate PotterOG: Jonathan Cooper, Philip Blake, Christian Johnson, Ted Larsen, Earl Watford, Paul FanaikaC: Lyle Sendlein, John EstesDE: Calais Campbell, Frostee RuckerDT: Darnell Dockett, Alameda Ta’amu, Dan Williams, Anthony McCloudOLB: John Abraham, Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander, Marcus Benard, Alex Okafor, Kenny Rowe, Matt Shaughnessy, Adrian TracyILB: Daryl Washington, Kevin Minter, Larry Foote, Kenny Demens, JoJo Dickson The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When Steve Keim was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals’ new general manager on January 8, 2013, he told the assembled media, “I truly believe this is a retool and not a rebuild.”With the team coming off a 5-11 season that featured one of the worst offenses in recent memory, it may have been a difficult statement to buy into.But Keim put his tool belt on and went to work, hiring Bruce Arians as head coach and then going to work in changing the roster. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   CB: Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Justin Bethel, LeQuan Lewis, Bryan McCann, Jerraud Powers, Eddie WhitleyS: Rashad Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu, Tony Jefferson, Curtis Taylor, Orhian Johnson, ST: Jay Feely, Dave Zastudil, Mike Leach, Danny Hrapmann And did he ever. By the time the season ended, 28 of the 53 players on the roster had not been with the team in 2012. There has been even more roster turnover since, with the team losing some players and gaining others in free agency.And as we head into the 2014 draft, in fact, just 19 players remain from the 2012 Cardinals. Let’s take a look at the roster (non-Keim players in bold). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Man, that says they’re really interested in me, they really believe in me,” Gunter said of what Arizona gave up to acquire him. “I’m going to take that into consideration every time I step on the field or come to meetings, meeting the coaches. They really believe in me. I thank God for that. It’s a blessing, a dream come true. I’m so speechless right now.”The plan is to let his play do most of the talking.Gunter said he was underrated coming out of high school and enters the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. With the Cardinals he expects to play as an outside rusher on first and second down, then move inside on third and maybe fourth down. He’s ready for whatever is asked of him, bringing a level of maturity he thinks other prospects may not possess.“I’m not coming in complacent,” he said. “I’m coming in a hard worker, coming in with the mind set of a free agent trying to make the roster.”Highlights: Here’s a gif of the newest @AZCardinals player, Rodney Gunter in college. Keep an eye on that right side. #Throwdown pic.twitter.com/lr26vuwHC3— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 Hey, @BruceArians, you’d like passionate players? Check. #RodneyGunter #BirdGang http://t.co/fP2WlDsrkg pic.twitter.com/xf0btQaelq— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Who is Rodney Gunter?He is a defensive end who played at Delaware State. He’s 6-foot-5 and 305 lbs. He’s a cousin of former Arizona Cardinals tight end D.C. Jefferson. He can supposedly dunk a basketball, and the Cardinals liked him enough to trade away three picks — 123 (4th round), 198 (6th round) and 241 (7th round) — for number 116, where they took him in the fourth round. #RodneyGunter (95) is faster than you…and you…and you… #BirdGang pic.twitter.com/RMI1eI0WL4— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m very versatile,” Gunter said of his game. “I can bring a hard-working guy, and I potentially could be the next J.J. Watt.”Lofty comparison, yes, but Gunter said his goal is to be the best he can be, so that’s the goal.Getting drafted is a start.Gunter said he expected to be picked sometime in round five or later, but it was “a blessing, a dream come true” to go in the fourth to Arizona.So what exactly are the Cardinals getting?Gunter can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and last season, as a senior wracked up seven sacks along with 13 tackles for loss. He is still a bit of a raw prospect, as he only played one year of high school football before moving on to college. He had a good reason.“I had to help my mom out,” he said. “She was a single parent, struggling, and I was the oldest boy out of three boys and I had to get a job. I was a dishwasher; I was a waiter. I had to make ends meet.“I eventually played my senior year in high school. I loved the game so much, it was killing me that I was not playing football.”Once he got onto the field, he showed enough potential to get onto NFL teams’ radars, and the Cardinals saw enough to convince them he was worth trading up for. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 11 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Josh Rosen’s future with the Arizona Cardinals has been the subject of speculation for some time now, but it will be business as usual when the Cardinals open their offseason workout program on Monday.Rosen is expected to report and participate in the program, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.Schefter added that some players who have been involved in trade talks have declined to report to workouts.Rosen’s future as a Cardinal has come into question following the rising stock of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and speculation Arizona could draft him with the No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?If Cardinals buy Kyler Murray’s potential, there’s only 1 decisionCardinals to host DE Nick Bosa in Arizona, per reportReport: Quinnen Williams joins Nick Bosa in visit to Cardinals on ThursdaySeveral mock drafts have the Cardinals drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick.According to Schefter, the Cardinals haven’t engaged in active trade discussion regarding Rosen and haven’t shown a willingness to trade the 2018 No. 10 overall pick.Speculation about Rosen’s future should be pacified on April 25, the date of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

In 2016 Avalon Waterways is inviting travellers t

first_imgIn 2016, Avalon Waterways is inviting travellers to sail through history with four legacy-inspired cruises, including a new Habsburg History Cruise, hosted by Carlos Felipe von Habsburg – a descendant of the famous royal house.Habsburg History River Cruise: The Holy Roman Empire was continuously occupied by the Habsburgs from 1438 to 1740. On this cruise, travellers will learn the stories behind one of Europe’s most important royal houses. Carlos Felipe von Habsburg will sail with Avalon’s guests, providing an insider’s point-of-view into his family’s long, royal dynasty. The Danube Dreams itinerary (10 days from Prague to Budapest) departs on 13 April 2016.World War I Cruise: On this special interest departure, travellers will learn the stories behind the first World War (more than 100 years after it began) and significant historical sites. The Enchanting Belgium itinerary (nine days from Amsterdam to Namur) departs 4 April 2016.Jewish Heritage Cruise: Travellers will discover Europe’s monuments, museums and traditions significant to Jewish history on this special departure. They will also spend time in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin, where tens of thousands of innocent people died during the Nazi occupation. The Danube Dreams interary (12 days from Budapest to Prague) departs on 6 April 2016.European History & Politics Cruise: Guests will have an in-depth look at the politics that shaped Europe’s history, including learning the stories behind some of the world’s most historical sites. The Blue Danube to the Black Sea River Cruise itinerary (14 days from Bucharest to Vienna) departs 24 April and 27 April 2016.Those booking their 2016 cruise early can save save 10 per cent on all Europe cruises.www.avalonwaterways.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Luxury Collectio

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts with its owner partner, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts have announced the completion of the extensive $40 million renovation of The Palace Hotel. The San Francisco icon features redesigned guestrooms and reimagined public spaces, including the Garden Court.“Entertaining generations of San Francisco’s most innovative social set, from Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to the tech titans of today, The Palace Hotel endures as the city’s most captivating destination,” stated Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts.“A new age of contemporary glamour has debuted at this beloved address, and the renovation of The Palace Hotel reinforces The Luxury Collection brand’s commitment to investing in our landmark hotels and to growing our global portfolio in destinations that our guests are clamouring to explore.”Several grand suites have been introduced to the hotel following the renovation, including the Royal Suite and the State Suite. The Royal Suite spans almost 1,000 square feet with city views from curved windows that hug the corner of the suite’s living room. Architectural details, including an intricately carved marble fireplace, give the suite character and balance the palette of pale blue, plum and ivory textiles and furnishings throughout.Similarly, the State Suite is designed to feel like an elegant San Francisco apartment with natural light that streams through large windows, classically-inspired contemporary furnishings, hardwood floors, lush custom-made area rugs throughout every room and a serene spa-like bath that completes this city retreat.In addition to the introduction of several new specialty suites, the hotel’s Presidential Suite has also been refreshed. The six-room suite wraps around the northwest corner of the hotel’s eighth floor, overlooking Market Street.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMacao’s effervescent Palmira Pena is preparing to cook up a storm as an invited chef for the upcoming Taste of Macao Food Month in Sydney.Beginning with a spectacular carnival-style launch on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 October, the gastronomy event will be highlighted by tasty, specially created Macanese dishes in what will be billed the only restaurant in Australia to serve the Portuguese-inspired fusion cuisine.Palmira was invited by the House of Tong Restaurant to prepare the dishes, as well as conduct cooking demonstrations at the launch within the North Ryde RSL.From Switzerland where she studied, to ever-bustling Tokyo where she furthered her career in the hospitality industry, Palmira was born to be a chef. And her grassroots have always been in Macao, her birthplace and much-loved home to her family, where she “learned all the cooking skills from my father, since I was a kid.”Chef Palmira PenaHer father is renowned Macao restaurant owner Manuel Pena, who, born in Portugal, arrived in Macao in the 1980s and started his traditional Portuguese restaurant O Manel in Macao’s Taipa Village in 1992.To the beat of the drums, traditional Chinese lion dancers will take centre-stage at the launch of Macao Food Month carnival on the Sunday and Monday, from 11am until 5pm. Guests to the free, family-friendly event at the North Ryde RSL will also be treated to Virtual Reality vision of Macao, cooking demonstrations and, for those out to test their racing skills, a Macau Grand Prix simulator.The playing of Chinese musical instruments along with traditional face-changing, Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting, and face painting and balloon twisting will keep families entertained over the two days. On each day, tasty Macanese canapés, prepared by Palmira and the crew of the House of Tong Restaurant, will be served complimentary.Macao Food Month will continue inside the club’s resident House Tong Restaurant, which will feature a range of Macanese dishes on the menu until mid-November.Macanese cuisine is considered one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion food, dating back five centuries: Portuguese-inspired, with spices collected along the maritime route between Portugal and China, and produce grown in China.A former Portuguese enclave of 650,000 residents, Macao was designated by UNESCO as a Creative City for Gastronomy and is celebrating everything food throughout 2018.Diners to the restaurant during the month will be in the running to win a trip for two to Macao, including return air tickets flying Xiamen Airlines and accommodation, valued at $6,000. Other prizes include a $3,000 Gucci G-Frame Watch from Shum’s Watches and Jewellery, a Sleep Mart Mattress valued at $1,050, and 10 House of Tong dining vouchers, each valued at $100.More at www.visitmacao.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterViking Cruises‘  new 2020–2021 World Cruise has been unveiled, with passengers set to cruise 161 days visiting six continents and 75 ports, with overnight stays in 13 cities. Setting sail on 14 December 2020 from Miami, the voyage will include six new ports of call for Viking, including Honolulu, Moorea and Hue.Sailing on Viking’s 930-guest all-verandah Viking Sun, the Viking World Cruise will enable guests to explore islands of the Caribbean and the South Pacific; call upon ports in Asia, from Hong Kong to Bangkok; explore countries of the Middle East including Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Israel; and sail through the Mediterranean before concluding in London.Guests can also choose a shorter, 140-day segment of the sailing, 2021 Viking World Discoveries, which departs from Los Angeles on 4 January 2021, and visits 27 countries and 66 ports.2020–2021 Viking World Cruise highlights:The newest World Cruise itinerary visits dozens of the world’s preeminent cities in one seamless itinerary. Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment through onboard lectures and entertainment such as the Resident Historian program, which provides guests with a high-level historical and cultural education specific to their journey.Guests will immerse themselves in the world’s rich cultures during included excursions that provide unmatched insight into daily life, as well as Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Highlights of the new 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise itinerary include:Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii (NEW): The Heart of Hawaii Guests can enjoy everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Soak up the sun along Waikiki Beach’s pristine beaches or visit Pearl Harbor to see where the tragic events of December 7 1941 unfolded.Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii (NEW): The Garden Island Nicknamed Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” guests will explore the lush vegetation and wildflowers of tropical Kauai while in port. Visit the Na Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park, an infusion of beautiful flora and art and home to one of the largest collections of bronze sculptures in the US, or follow the footsteps of Captain James Cook, the British explorer credited with the first recorded European contact with the Hawaiian Islands.Moorea (Opunohu Bay), French Polynesia (NEW): Paradise in the Tropics This tropical island is famed for its unprecedented beauty and its cuisine is as colourful as its landscape, drawing on influences from both European and Chinese settlers. Guests can take in this idyllic paradise from the water on board a catamaran or immerse themselves in Polynesian traditions and customs by engaging with locals.Hue (Chan May), Vietnam (NEW): Palaces and Temples Discover the ancient Imperial City of Hue, a rich repository of palaces and temples and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty for 150 years. Guests can experience the locals’ morning trading activities during a visit to a traditional food market or explore the crumbling stone walls of the citadel, which holds stories of long-fought battles.Sydney, Australia: Iconic Harbour Guests will sail into Sydney’s magnificent harbour – the world’s largest – and enjoy an overnight stay allowing ample time to explore this culture-rich city. Guests can enjoy an insider’s view of Australia’s world-class Sydney Opera House or experience the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.Mumbai, India: A City of Old and New Formerly Bombay, the bustling city of Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. While in port, guests can learn about the iconic activist Gandhi or enjoy the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the city.Istanbul, Turkey: Where East Meets West An overnight stay in Istanbul gives guests more time to experience this historic city that straddles two continents across the Bosporus Strait. Explore a wealth of religious sites such as the spectacular Blue Mosque or the legendary Hagia Sophia, or sample delicious fusion cuisine, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia.London (Greenwich), England: The Royal Borough Guests will end their sailing in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London on the Thames River, allowing easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. Booking DetailsPricing for the 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise starts at $85,995 per person and 2021 Viking World Discoveries starts at $75,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Both of Viking’s new World Cruise itineraries include business class international airfares, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package and free luggage shipping services for embarkation.Guests who book between now and 28 February 2019 will receive an additional US$2,000 per person in shore-excursion credit for any optional land programs and US$1,000 per person in shipboard credit, which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members who book the 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise or 2021 Viking World Discoveries through 28 February 2019 will receive an additional US$1,000 in shipboard credit per person.Phone Viking on 138 747, or visit vikingcruises.com.au for more information.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Australian Federati

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) wishes to congratulate all 2019 NTIA nominees as voting officially opened at 9:00am (AEDT) today [Tuesday 26 March 2019]. To view the full list of nominees, click here.This year, there is just one voting form for nine supplier categories. Those voted categories include:Best Domestic AirlineBest Airline International – On LineBest Airline International – Off LineBest Cruise Operator – Domestic DeploymentBest Cruise Operator – International DeploymentBest Car / Campervan Rental OperatorBest Tourist Office – InternationalBest Agency Support ServiceBest Hotel / Resort GroupAll of the other 35 categories (except for the Best Travel Writer) have moved from voted to a two-step submission process used to determine finalists. These submissions are assessed by an independent panel of university-level markers. The five highest-scoring submissions in each category will process through to being a finalist.Voting will run until 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 12 April and industry will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner when they go on sale Friday 21 May 2019.The winners will be announced at the NTIA Gala Dinner on Saturday 20 July at the purpose-built Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.The voting forms are available here.Images: From the 2018 NTIAs, courtesy of AFTAGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. In partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines, ten lucky Travel Counsellors will be saying “aloha” to an incredible trip to the Hawaiian Islands.Places on the exclusive Phenix reward trip were awarded at the annual Travel Counsellors conference in Adelaide over the weekend.Phenix is the powerful end-to-end booking system that provides Travel Counsellors with the opportunity to sell an incredible range of products to their customers while also maximising their own earnings. The year-long Phenix incentive rewards the top Phenix users with a place on the highly coveted reward trip.Partnering with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines, the reward trip will include helicopter flights over the Napali Coast, mountain tubing and multiple exciting flights as travellers fly between the islands on Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbour island services.Giselle Radulovic, Country Manager Australia for Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania said travel agents remain an integral part of the booking process for travel to the Hawaiian Islands.“Travel agents are incredibly valuable to our sales and marketing activities within the Oceania region. By educating them on all the Hawaiian Islands have to offer, we are equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to sell the destination.”“Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania is thrilled to support the Travel Counsellors family and to showcase the beautiful islands of Kaua‘i and O‘ahu,” Ms Radulovic said.Celebrating 90 years servicing the Hawaiian Islands, Gillian Hayward, National Business Development Manager for Hawaiian Airlines, said Hawaiian Airlines is the ideal partner to look after the group that will be heading on the reward trip.“There is a real synergy between Hawaiian Airlines and Travel Counsellors. We pride ourselves on our personal service and authentic Hawaiian hospitality” said Ms Hayward.Speaking of the trip, Travel Counsellors Product Manager Jason Bell-Davey said “This is a trip like no other and we are just so proud to partner with Hawaiian Airlines and Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania to offer these top achievers such an incredible reward for their support of Phenix”.Very soon, Travel Counsellors Matt Schmitz, Tamsin Catto, Hannah Foster, Hamish Naicker, Lani Symons Vaughan, Richard Stewart, Christine Jenkins, Donna Jones, Simone Murnane and Hayley Voll will be packing their bags to experience the Aloha sprit and the very best of Kaua‘i and O‘ahu in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.center_img Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedJet2 beats off low-cost rivalsA new poll has rated low-cost carrier Jet2 the best ‘no-frills’ airline for customer serviceAirTran to introduce new flights to Fort Lauderdale from PennsylvaniaUS cheap flights carrier AirTran Airways will launch new flightsFlights to Shannon launched by Aer Lingus Regional from GlasgowAer Lingus Regional commenced flights to Shannon from Glasgow Airport Swiss Airlines has been rated by passengers as the best short-haul airline operating cheap flights from the UK.In an online poll carried out by Which?, the carrier received an overall satisfaction rate of 72 percent, with the consumer group’s members asked to rate airlines on baggage allowance, value for money, cabin staff and cleanliness.Aer Lingus came second in the survey with 71 percent, while Air Malta achieved third position with a score of 68 percent.Joe Cappello, Air Malta’s chief executive, welcomed the news. He said: “Air Malta has moved seven places; from 10th to 3rd in just one year, leaving much bigger players behind.”Some 5,700 passengers voted in the poll and Rochelle Turner, Which? Holiday’s head of research, said the findings show that factors other than cost are able to leave a lasting impression on airline customers.Yesterday (June 23rd), Swiss Airlines named its newest Airbus A330-300 aircraft Glarus, with the aircraft to be used on its flights to and from New York.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Where to go on holiday for shorthaul late

first_img RelatedWhere to go on holiday for short-haul late summer sun in 2017While we’re getting ready for autumn, summer is still in full swing during September and October in many European destinations, including Tenerife, Cyprus and Spain. So don’t panic if you’ve not had your dose of vitamin D yet, a late summer sun holiday is only a short flight away.10 beautiful places in the Balearics: in picturesForget autumn! Bring some sunshine back in your life with our photo gallery of pretty-as-a-picture Balearic beauties.8 late season sun destinations for lessBeat the post-summer blues by jetting off to find some late season sun. Here are the top 8 destinations for some autumn sunshine. Looking for some late summer beach fun? Catch the last rays in Europe before the sun sets on summer.Summer is over. At least – it is in the UK. After the coldest August in 17 years, the Met Office reports that there will be no Indian summer this year. But just because autumn has arrived in Britain, doesn’t mean the fun in the sun has to end! Skyscanner introduces five great destinations for a late summer break.Palma, SpainAn eternal favourite with the sun lovers, Palma stays warm long after the summer holidays have ended. With lively bars and inviting seas, it’s little wonder that Palma still draws visitors during autumn and it’s a great place to enjoy after the summer crowds have returned home. Flights to Palma during October start from £25 return.Menorca, SpainYou are almost guaranteed a decent dose of autumn sun in Menorca, the second largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Here you’ll find peaceful sun-soaked holiday resorts along the south coast and a string of charming fishing villages on the island’s craggy north shore. Flights to Menorca during October start from £40 return.Alicante, SpainOne of our most loved Spanish sun spots, Alicante is great for an autumn break and has miles of beach terrain on its doorstep. Along with all that sun, sand and water sports, (which make ideal family fun), Alicante itself is a historic Mediterranean port with picturesque harbours, café-lined streets, busy markets and flashy marinas. Flights to Alicante during October start from £32 return.Split, CroatiaCroatia is a superb destination for autumn sun, and Split, located in the south of the country, should provide visitors with that much needed warm and sunny escape. As the second largest city in Croatia, this charming port is the gateway to the dozens of islands that lie just offshore on the Dalmatian coast. There are direct flights to Split from London airports or alternatively fly to capital Zagreb and spend a few days enjoying the city before travelling to the coast. Flights to Split during October start from £164 return.MaltaThis Mediterranean island is ideal for an autumn break as temperatures remain in the mid-twenties until the end of October. Activities on offer include sun bathing, scuba diving, plus hiking and biking. The Maltese are renowned for their hospitality, friendliness and generosity so expect a warm welcome as well as warm weather. Flights to Malta during October start from £42 return.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Singapore — David Yurman Americas premier jewelr

first_imgSingapore — David Yurman, America’s premier jewelry and timepiece designer, has launched David Yurman Eyewear for men and women in Singapore, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.The Premier Collection, which includes both sun and ophthalmic ranges, is a first for the designer, and will reflect the timeless heritage for which the brand is known, according to the release.With iconic design elements, the eyewear collection incorporates signature sterling silver and 18-karat gold adornments, as well as fine diamonds and semi- precious stones including onyx, topaz, amethyst and citrine.The finest materials have been used in the creation of David Yurman Eyewear. Metal frames feature 18-karat gold and other precious metal plating. David Yurman has created an exclusive color palette of handmade Italian acetate based on signature bold colored stones including black onyx, obsidian, tiger’s eye, garnet, white agate and green tourmaline.The women’s collection expands upon the classic David Yurman design elements such as buckles, cable and precious stones. Each piece is infused with the refined craftsmanship, innovation, and timeless design for which David Yurman is recognized and acclaimed. The groups include Buckle, inspired by the iconic bracelet and adorned with an intricate buckle adding distinction to the accessory; Cable Classics, Cable and Waverly, feature clean, luxurious evolutions of the signature cable design that envelops the frame in sterling silver and 18-karat gold; Mosaic, an extravagant frame offering opulence with large, cushion-cut precious and semi-precious stones; and Albion, frames decorated by a signature cushion-shaped stone and encircled by the David Yurman classic cable design.The men’s collection is equally distinguished. All men’s frames feature world-renowned ZEISS lenses in custom colors and coatings with a selection of sunglasses featuring polarized lenses. The groups range from Phantom, an interpretation of the seamless duality between function and design, featuring titanium flexors, Rubberon® carved rubber and cable texture; Exotics, frames offering a strong, masculine visual with semi-precious stones evocative of the David Yurman aesthetic; and Signature, Shadow and Cable, offering timeless adaptations of the David Yurman signature sterling silver cable, also available in genuine buffalo horn.An exclusive collection of luxury frames for men and women is available in solid gold with pave diamonds. David Yurman has partnered with Legacie, the luxury house of B. Robinson Optical, to produce its first eyewear collection. Both sunglasses and ophthalmics will be available in David Yurman stores, select retail locations and finer optical boutiques.David Yurman is a phenomenon in the world of fine jewelry and timepieces. Established in 1980 and based in New York, David Yurman is today recognized as America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece brand for men, women and children. David Yurman’s signature gold and silver designs, diamonds, pearls, gemstones, and Swiss-crafted timepieces are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. The collections are sold at David Yurman retail stores and at authorized fine jewelry and timepiece retailers. For more information on David Yurman visit the company website at davidyurman.com. Legacie was founded in 2002 to create an atelier of unique and high-end collections that bring a different level of design and quality to the marketplace.www.davidyurman.comlast_img read more

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first_imgFlexjet, Bombardier’s fractional ownership and private jet card operation, recently announced several innovative pricing programs in response to customer feedback. A summary is presented below:Round Trip Pricing: An industry first, this program offers owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year 15% off each hour of qualifying one- or two-day round trips. This program was developed as a response to owner feedback for more affordable, short-haul travel and can save travelers thousands of dollars each trip.Walk Away Lease Program: Provides many of the benefits that come with fractional ownership, but with the option to leave the program with just 90-days notice.Flexjet 25 Combination Card: Offers jet card owners the benefit of purchasing 50 percent of their total hours in one aircraft type and 50 percent of the remaining hours in another aircraft type, chosen from the entire Flexjet 25 fleetSplit-Payment Program: Allows jet card owners to divide the purchase price of a 25-, 30- or 35-hour jet card into two equal payments. The first half of the payment is made at the time of purchase. The second half of the payment is due after six months or upon scheduling more than half of the purchased flight hours.www.flexjet.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2018 12:09 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Law professor fights company’s claim to ‘Rapunzel’ trademark BOSTON – A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company’s trademark claim to the name Rapunzel.Suffolk University’s Rebecca Curtin is asking federal trademark officials to reject an application from United Trademark Holdings, saying the fairytale character belongs to the public.The Beverly Hills company makes dolls and other toys based on children’s stories. It applied for the rights to Rapunzel for dolls in November.Curtin is represented by another Suffolk law professor and students in the Boston school’s intellectual property clinic.An attorney for United Trademark Holdings tells The Boston Globe that Curtin doesn’t have authority to challenge the trademark because she isn’t a competitor.The company has many other trademarks including “Teen Rapunzel,” ”Zombie Pinocchio” and “Zombie Cinderella.”Company officials have until June 18 to respond to the objection.___Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2018 7:29 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown In this Nov. 7, 2018 photo, country singer Kane Brown poses for a portrait in New York. The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music’s most successful act of the year. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP) NEW YORK — Kane Brown wasn’t sure he was going to make it. But there was one thing he was certain about: He was never going to give up.The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music’s most successful act of the year.“I never had the ‘I-know-I’m-going-to-make-it’ mentality. I always had the ‘I’m-never-gonna-give-up’ mentality,” said Brown, who grew up in Georgia. “I’m very competitive. Like, it’s with anything. If you say you’re gonna beat me in a video game, no, you’re not.”“I feel that’s the attitude you have to have if you’re trying to make it in this game,” he added.Part of Brown’s competitive nature comes from playing sports. He said as a kid he wanted to become an athlete when he was older, but he also enjoyed singing. That’s when he began posting videos of himself singing cover songs to Facebook, where he built a solid fan base.Now, the 25-year-old has three No. 1 country hits with “What Ifs,” ”Lose It” and “Heaven,” the most played song on country radio this year. His self-titled debut album is a platinum success and his sophomore effort, “Experiment,” debuted at No. 1 on both the pop and country charts last month.And Billboard named him second on its year-end list of top country artists — only behind the incomparable Chris Stapleton.Despite all the success, Brown still wants more: “I’m in huge competition with myself and I always try to outdo myself.”At times, Brown has been seen as an outsider in the country music world, mainly because he is biracial and has multiple tattoos. But he said his individuality is also an advantage, and he encourages other artists on the rise to embrace what makes them unique.“Don’t try to fit in with anybody else or be anybody else because I feel like if you stand out and you’re unique, that’s what makes people fall in love with you,” he said.“Don’t listen to anybody telling you, ‘You can’t do something,’” he added. “I’ve been told ‘no’ my whole life and now I’m just trying to prove everybody wrong.”______Online: https://www.kanebrownmusic.com___For more on the AP’s 2018 Breakthrough Entertainers honorees, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/APBreakthroughEntertainersMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 6:05 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump’s life is “pathetic” after his weekend Twitter attack against her father, the late Sen. John McCain.She fired back at Trump on ABC’s “The View” Monday after the president tweeted comments criticizing her father, who died last year after battling brain cancer.McCain says Trump “will never be a great man,” and is urging Trump to focus on his family instead of hers.Trump attacked John McCain for his role in the Russia investigation. The president also tweeted that the 2008 Republican presidential candidate was “last in his class” at the U.S. Naval Academy.Meghan McCain initially responded Sunday to Trump’s remarks on Twitter, then expounded on her words Monday on the talk show she co-hosts.The Associated Press Meghan McCain fires back at Trump tweets against her father FILE – In this May 3, 2014 file photo, Meghan McCain, and Sen. John McCain attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington. Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump life is “pathetic” after his Twitter attack against her father, the late Sen. McCain. She fired back Monday, March 18, 2019, at Trump on “The View” after the president tweeted comments over the weekend criticizing her father, who died last year after battling brain cancer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A play about Boris Johnson tries to find humour in Brexit by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2019 7:38 am PDT Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. A new play running in London tries to grapple with the Brexit drama, and wring laughs from it at the same time. “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” centers on a key figure in the saga, Britain’s rumpled, Latin-spouting former foreign secretary. The blond Conservative with the popular touch played a major role in persuading voters to back Brexit. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) LONDON — Is Brexit a tragedy, a comedy — or is it too soon to tell?A new play running in London tries to grapple with the unfolding Brexit drama, and wring laughs from it at the same time. “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson ” centres on a key figure in the saga: Britain’s rumpled, Latin-spouting former foreign secretary.The blond Conservative with the popular touch played a major role in persuading voters to back Brexit — and could be Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson confirmed Thursday that “of course I’m going to go for it” in a contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May that’s expected within months.Playwright Jonathan Maitland says Johnson “was the one who made the difference between the 48 and the 52” — the percentages for remaining and leaving respectively in the June 2016 referendum on EU membership.Actor Will Barton, who plays Johnson, says it’s easy to see his appeal: People “see what they think is authenticity” in Johnson’s gaffes and bumbling demeanour. Whether it really is authenticity or skilled artifice is beside the point.“He’s always entertaining,” said Barton, who with bleached and tousled hair makes a spookily convincing Johnson. “You always know if you’re going to watch Boris, it’s going to be worth watching, even if you don’t agree with him. He’s a colorful character. People don’t like grey politicians.”Maitland’s play, running at London’s Park Theatre until June 8, contrasts Johnson’s buffoonish exterior with the intensely ambitious politician underneath. It opens with a 2016 dinner party attended by senior politicians and a media mogul at which the wavering Johnson decided to support the “leave” side in the referendum.In the play, he’s helped to make up his mind by visits from the spirits of former prime ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, who bicker about Britain’s place in Europe, and taunt Johnson with glimpses of the thrill of political power and the pain of its loss.The second act flashes forward to 2029 to show what happened to Johnson, and Britain, after the country’s eventual exit from the EU. As it opens, Johnson has done a reverse-Donald Trump: He has left politics and become host of the British version of “The Apprentice.”A lot has happened in real life since Maitland began working on the play last year. In July, Johnson quit as foreign secretary to May’s plan for Brexit. He has since become favourite to replace her when she leaves office — likely within months.One big thing has not happened. Maitland, like everyone else, thought Britain would have left the EU before this week’s opening night. But with Britain’s politicians deadlocked over exit terms, the EU has set a new Brexit deadline of Oct. 31.That sense of events in flux may be one reason Brexit has produced a relatively small crop of artistic responses in Britain. This year’s TV drama “Brexit: The Uncivil War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, looked at the contentious social media campaigning by the victorious “leave” campaign.Ali Smith’s novel “Autumn,” published in late 2016, caught the mood of a divided post-referendum Britain: “All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really lost. All across the country, people felt they’d really won.”Smith followed it with two more state-of-the-nation novels, “Winter” and “Spring”; “Summer” is on the way.One of the few other stage treatments of Brexit is John Godber’s play “Scary Bikers,” which imagines a “leave” supporter and a remainer on a European cycling holiday.“I don’t know why there aren’t more plays approaching it head-on,” Maitland said.“The character of this country has changed so much in three years. If you want to write plays about what’s happening now you cannot ignore that.”Like most people working in the arts in Britain, Maitland voted to remain in the EU, but now thinks “the most important principle is to abide by the result of the referendum.”He shrugs off the flak he has received for giving Johnson even more attention, arguing that his play amounts to “forensic publicity.”“I don’t know whether Boris Johnson will go down in history as a great man, but he’s already had an extraordinary effect on history. That’s worth a play,” said Maitland, whose previous plays looked at the fall of Thatcher and the crimes of late pedophile BBC star Jimmy Savile.He hopes the play will appeal to — and annoy — people on both sides of the Brexit argument.“I’d love people to come out really offended and really angry,” he said. “As long as they’re not bored.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessJill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more