ErrorOK… ErrorOK Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Arians was willing to give Glennon the chance to add his name to the list instead of ensuring the Bucs could do nothing more than tie. There’s no guarantee Arizona would have scored a touchdown, but as long as Palmer or anyone else on the Cardinals offense didn’t turn the ball over, that same Jay Feely field goal would have been there on the next play. I don’t know who or why, but Arians made it abundantly clear when the game is on the line he doesn’t yet trust his offense. Top Stories In 2009, Bill Belichick made the controversial decision to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the Patriots’ 28-yard line up six in a high-profile regular season game against the Indianapolis Colts. The move backfired, but Belichick decided he wanted to try and win or lose the game with the ball in Tom Brady’s hands instead of entrusting a leaky defense. The Cardinals-Buccaneers game obviously didn’t have the same national profile as Pats-Colts, but Arians’ play call does tell you what he truly thinks about his offense just as Belichick’s did about his defense. The Cards’ head coach was willing to take a risk of losing the game instead of giving Palmer the opportunity to put the ball in the end zone. Circumstances have to be taken into account. The way the second half went for the Tampa Bay offense plus the fact they had Mike Glennon, a rookie quarterback, making his first start, I do understand the logic behind Arians’ move. With that being said, just because Glennon is inexperienced doesn’t mean he wasn’t capable of moving the ball down the field to tie the game with a field goal or win the game with a touchdown. Rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Geno Smith have both led game-winning drives with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter in the first four games of their careers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With one single play call, we learned something about what Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks about his football team. On 3rd and goal from the 7-yard line with less than two minutes left in a 10-10 game, Arians had quarterback Carson Palmer line up a field goal instead of trying to score a touchdown. When things are tight and the game is one the line, it is human nature to make decisions based on what you trust most. – / 19
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The coach said with more than three weeks left until the regular season opener, there should be enough time to get the five-time Pro Bowl selection to where he and the team want him to be. Abraham wouldn’t put a timetable on his return to the field.“We’re taking it day-by-day right now,” he said, adding that he does not want to rush himself and risk getting injured. While he has been absent over the last few weeks, his teammates have been getting in shape and hitting each other, getting ready for the season. “I don’t want to put myself in jeopardy of trying to come back too fast and getting injured and missing more time than I need to.”But for now, just being around is enough.Abraham wouldn’t elaborate on why exactly he was away, only referring to it as “personal stuff” that had less to do with the DUI than people think. “I’m just going to let that handle itself, because I’m still going through that, but it was more just personal stuff,” he said. “Just handling personal stuff in life. Just getting back so I would have a clear mind when I got back.”Abraham struck a markedly different tone than the one he displayed in statement that was released just a couple weeks ago, where he apologized for what he had done and said he was working to “handle” his personal business. Back with the team, he was much more positive . Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Abraham is finally back with the Arizona Cardinals.After thanking team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim, among others, for their understanding of the personal issues that kept him away from the team, the veteran linebacker said he was glad to be back and is ready to get back to football.It’s been a long time coming for Abraham, the NFL’s active sack leader who had 11.5 quarterback sacks last season and is once again expected to anchor the Cardinals’ defense. A veteran of 14 NFL seasons with three different teams, Abraham is still regarded as one of the premier sack artists in the game. His 53 total tackles last season represented his highest mark since 2005, showing he may have more left in the tank than was believed. His 133.5 career sacks place him ninth on the NFL’s all-time list, and he’d like to climb up that list a bit more. He’s specifically eyeing former New York Giant Michael Strahan, who is fifth with 141.5.That’s part of the reason why, he said, there was never any thought to walking away from the game and not coming back at all.“Hell no,” he said when asked if he considered it. “That would have been dumb as hell for me to do that. Football has given a lot to me. The Cardinals have given a lot to me; even have the advantage of still playing football. A lot of people kind of gave up on me after Atlanta let me go, and to come back and be blessed to play…and I’ve still got to get like nine sacks to so I can get Strahan, so that’s one of my goals. I can’t do that sitting on the couch.” – / 15 But for now, after an offseason that saw him get arrested for DUI in Georgia in June, he’s just happy to be with his team.“Just being back to see the guys. I’ve been doing this for more than half my life, so just being around football, seeing the fans, seeing old teammates, just being around, just having a positive thing,” he said. “And knowing that we are trying to do something this year — this is definitely a good situation.”Abraham, 36, declared himself to be in “no-camp” shape, meaning he’s not quite ready to get back on the field and be himself just yet. He added that he’s been doing this long enough to where he won’t need a lot of time to get back into the swing of things, but understands that being away as long as he has did set him back a bit.When he is ready to play, Arians said Abraham will be inserted right back into the starting lineup. “We’ll just see what kind of condition he’s in and get him physically ready, but yeah, he’s going to be our starting Will linebacker, there ain’t no doubt about that,” he said. “He’s never been out of those plans.” And his teammates are happy to have him.While he was speaking to the media, Darnell Dockett interrupted to the session to give his teammate a hug and welcome him back, while Sam Acho and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner shouted well wishes from across the way.“You always want to be supportive,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “I’m pretty sure there are certain guys on this team that he’ll talk to and lean on, that he has an intimate relationship with. Other guys, just making sure that, kind of watching out for him and making sure everything is up to par.”Alexander added that every player has their own issues to deal with, so the team will have little problem bringing Abraham back into the fold, regardless of what’s been going on off the field. The team is welcoming back an impact starter, after all.“If it was an issue where I had to work for it, I would have no problem with that,” he said of his role with the team. “But knowing the guys, and they know me. Getting a relationship with the guys that I have now, I think they know what kind of guy and what kind of player I am. I put the numbers up and they know when I get in football season I’m football John.”
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Stepfan Taylor, RB, 5th round (140th overall)A solid special teams player as well as a reliable runner, Taylor has appeared in 61 games (with four starts), though at no point has ever really threatened to take over as the lead back.Career stats: 120 carries, 393 yards, 1 rushing TD; 20 receptions, 154 yards, 3 TDs; 13 special teams tackles The Arizona Cardinals pulled out a dramatic 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, but they didn’t walk away totally unscathed.Running back Stepfan Taylor left the game with a calf injury and did not return. Head coach Bruce Arians updated Taylor’s condition Monday.“The only person that it looks like he could miss some time is Stepfan Taylor,” Arians said. “Stef strained a calf and could miss some significant time.” The injury comes just a week after Taylor’s breakout game. The second-year pro out of Stanford ran for a career-high 40 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown in the Cardinals’ 24-13 win over Oakland Oct. 5. For the season, Taylor has 18 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 40 yards and two scores.The Cardinals have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, so they are well-equipped to deal with this one as well.“Marion Grice will slide up the depth chart. Robert Hughes could get some time, depending on what the situation is and what package, but yeah, Marion will be the next guy up,” Arians said.Grice, a rookie from Arizona State, made his pro debut Sunday, but didn’t get any carries. In fact, he played just one snap on special teams.Hughes caught two passes for 13 yards Sunday. He has carried twice for two yards and caught four passes for 27 yards this season. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments Share (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling That set up a one-yard touchdown run by big back Elijaa Penny, pulling Arizona within 16-7 with 7:38 to play in the second quarter. On the next possession, a six-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 15-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald, Williams ripped off a 25-yard run to push Arizona into Los Angeles territory.Peterson’s neck injury sidelined the veteran back and elevated Williams to the Cardinals’ starting running back spot.Williams entered the game with 28 attempts and 69 rushing yards on the season.But at halftime, Williams’ 11 carries had produced 86 yards and a 7.8-yards per carry average as Arizona trailed 19-13.The run-favoring play-calling didn’t last. Williams would only take five carries in the second half to finish with 97 yards on the ground. Without running back Adrian Peterson and down 16-0, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians did what nobody expected.He went to the run.The Los Angeles Rams were aided by two first-quarter interceptions thrown by Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and so the Arizona head coach called Kerwynn Williams’ number.It worked, at least for a quarter in the 32-16 loss at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.After two punts and two picks — all on drives that included just three touches for Williams — the Cardinals called on the 26-year-old. The team’s fifth possession of the game included five Williams runs, including those of five of seven or more yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Silver Muse, the world’s newest ultra-luxury cruise ship and the ninth vessel in the Silversea fleet, was christened in her homeport of Monaco on Thursday in a festive atmosphere. Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s 17-year-old daughter, Costanza Lefebvre, did the honours as godmother, highlighting that Silversea is a company based on family values. In Australia, Silversea’s third largest market, the christening was marked by a harbourside cocktail reception at Park Hyatt Sydney on Thursday night, hosted by Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Silversea Cruises, and Alison Roberts-Brown, Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, Monaco Government Tourism & Convention Authority. Trade and media guests, including LATTE, sipped on Pommery Champagne and supped on delicate creations of scallops and arancini balls. The glamorous black-and-white dress code lent an air of sophistication to the evening, a concept the 596-passenger ‘simply divine’ Silver Muse embodies. Dining is at the centre of the Silversea experience, with three new restaurants debuting on the new vessel: Atlantide for seafood, Indochine for Asia-inspired fusion, and Spaccanapoli for Italian-themed cuisine beside the pool. Silver Muse is also home to the Zàgara Beauty Spa.HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco & Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Image courtesy Silversea CruisesWith Silversea’s Monégasque home and history, the principality played a key role in the celebration. In Port Hercule, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was among the distinguished guests, alongside Abercrombie & Kent founder, Geoffrey Kent. In Sydney, Monaco Tourism supported the evening, taking the opportunity to promote Emirates’ new A380 service to Nice, with helicopter transfers to the principality with Monacair (complimentary for first-class guests; at a cost for business and economy passengers).While attendees in Monaco were treated to performances by the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome, those in Australia were transported by the sublime strains of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Avenida da Liberdade is the best address in Lisbon and it is now possible to stay at the upscale AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel. The newly launched hotel has a perfect location just off the fashion-forward avenue, which attracts an eclectic crowd to its tree-lined esplanades with big-name designer labels and continental sidewalk cafes.The hotel, formerly Tivoli Jardim Hotel, has undergone an extensive €1.5 million refurbishment. The upgrade includes the redesign of the façade, the guest rooms, lobby, reception, the installation of an AVANIFIT gym and the relaunch of well-known Olivier Restaurant. The open-plan and retro spirit of the lobby merges chill, social and work areas, offering a stylish communal space in which to relax.The 119 AVANI Standard, Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms are comfortable and contemporary and the style is inspired by the brand’s nod to a restful sleep. Each room is decorated in a fresh and simplistic style. Subtle shades of plum, black and white lend the rooms a serene air and modern amenities include a Nespresso coffee-maker, satellite TV, well-stocked mini-bar and high-speed Wi-Fi. All AVANI Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms have balconies and AVANI Standard rooms have garden views.The Olivier Restaurant celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused food with a Portuguese accent. The new concept decor brings warmth and character to the space with wooden flooring and a warm palette of burnt sienna, azure and burnished gold which is brought to life in the furnishings, suede upholstery, wallpaper and mosaic tiles. Subtle imagery of the Andorinha black swallow is revealed in the wallpaper and an outdoor terrace surrounded by olive and ficus trees provides al fresco seating.Guests are able to enjoy a buffet breakfast outdoors on the hotel’s sunny terrace, the perfect place to enjoy an espresso and butter croissant with lashings of peach jam, before hitting the streets.AVANIFIT supports guests’ aim to continue with their normal exercise routines and the compact gym features the latest cardio equipment. The hotel also provides a jogging map and, for those wanting to combine exploring the city with exercise, a Power Walk Sightseeing Tour is a great way to see Lisbon and it provides a good workout, up and down Lisbon’s seven hills.The Palacete Conference and Events Centre next door to the hotel, offers three floors of event space with a capacity for up to 260 people. The ground floor has a large reception area, the first floor offers three function rooms with varied configuration capabilities and the top floor houses an exclusive Boardroom with its own foyer and lift access.AVANI appeals to modern independent travellers who seek out new and modern experiences, meet locals and taste authentic flavours. AVANI Avenida Liberdade’s advantageous location provides guests with a comfortable and well-priced base from which to explore Lisbon’s modern design and contemporary eateries.Southeast and a 10-minute uphill walk is Príncipe Real, a charming leafy neighbourhood, known for its architecture, antique shops and galleries. Discover authentic craftsmanship, art galleries, antique shops and shopping galleries before heading west for the pastelerías and literary cafés of Chiado.The hotel’s convenient location, only 15 minutes’ drive from Lisbon International Airport, is within walking distance of the underground station, Rossio train station and Tram 28. Situated just off fashionable Avenida da Liberdade, globally known for its luxury fashion stores from Armani to Zegna, theatres, beautiful squares and intimate restaurants, AVANI Avenida Liberdade is the perfect spot for modern travellers wishing to explore Lisbon’s epicurean delights, hotspots, architecture and landmark attractions.
The idyllic Channel Island of Guernsey is an ideal add-on to a trip to England – one of the easiest flights is FlyBe’s 40-minute regular hop from London City airport. Guernsey, which is part of UK, is as you imagine an English island would be, a mere 65,000 hectares total, with a population of under 88,000. It has history, nature and culture.It is especially in the news right now because of David Bellos’ best-selling ‘The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables’, a fascinating book that describes the turbulent life and times of the 19th century in France, and on Guernsey. Victor Hugo, the French author of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, ‘Les Misérables’ and other classics, lived on the island between 1856 and 1870. Honestly, anyone with even the slightest interest in literature or history should take the hour-long tour of his home, Hauteville House at 38 Hauteville, in the island’s capital Saint Peter Port. After his death his family gave it to the City of Paris which, interestingly, still owns it, and they will close it for the 2018 season to put in new windows and carpets.Hurry, therefore, before it finishes its season end of September 2017. Thursday through Tuesday, it is open from 10am, with tours in English or French. The house is extraordinary. Victor Hugo personally designed all the rooms, which start in near darkness at ground level and rise to the airiness of the fourth-floor eyrie. On all floors below there are thick carpets on floors and walls and sometimes ceilings (which might alternatively be lined in china plates). Heavy wood wall panels are fashioned from parts of medieval churches, with allegorical writings, and Victor Hugo’s initials tantalisingly semi-hidden among flowers or on Delft tiles that form a three-dimensional wall in the dining room.It is unique, and everyone should see it at least once. Another must-do is to simply walk around the inner town of Saint Peter Port. Walk rather than drive: most roads in the capital are one-way and some are forbidden to cars and even bicycles. I heard a lovely story from someone who lives along Les Canichers street. She had friend coming for dinner who started driving along the street’s pedestrian-only narrow end. She reversed but had to hope for the best, which fortunately worked out. What else to do? Take buses. The island’s system is incredibly efficient and such good value. Every ride, regardless of length, is £1, yes one UK pound – Guernsey has its own £1 notes, no use when you get back to the mainland.So I planned a peripheral island bus tour. Service 91 goes clockwise and service 92 goes anti-clockwise, making lots of stops en route. Unfortunately I got on a 93 by mistake and did a delightfully peripatetic inland tour. “No problem,” said the driver. “Get out here, by the Imperial Hotel.” A lonely structure in the windswept southwest of the island, and 91 will be coming in 16 minutes. Exactly on time the 91 did arrive and my original £1 ticket sufficed. After spending a total of one pound for nearly 2.5 hours’ sightseeing, passing amazing old forts and surfing schools, I was back at the marina, looking at real money. This is a high-income island, as evidenced by houses that look as if they are painted every month, and by immaculate gardens – real estate is comparable to London prices, I was told. Fortunately Guernsey’s premier luxury hotel, Old Government House, has three houses for its staff, which might be one of many reasons why they appear so happy, as I was to find out.Guernsey’s Old Government House, universally known as the OGH, is worthy of top ranking worldwide, thanks to its history, the love and devotion given to it by its owners, the Tollman family, and its really passionate team. Some of the views are spectacular. From balcony room 109, for instance, you look down over other buildings to the English Channel and across to other Channel Islands: from left to right, you see Herm, then Jethou, Sark and Brecqhou (the extremely-private island owned by the Barclay family, of London’s Ritz fame).OGH, which is now a Red Carnation hotel, started life in 1858 as just that, the home for all government affairs, and after the Tollmans bought it in 2008 they elevated the entire product into a stunning 63-room hotel. The pool comes into its own in summer, as does the adjacent terrace, especially for afternoon tea and cocktails. Ahh, drinks. What used to be the Crown office processing Guernsey’s passports is now the Crown Club Bar, which has 37 different gins. Clever assistant GM Gareth Byrne had a sudden creative moment, and now you can get a Crown Club passport. Collect stamps showing you have tried all of those gin labels, at 10% discount a time, and you get a free bottle of one of Guernsey’s two local gins, Blue Gin by Three Fingers or hotelier Luc Wheadon’s Gin with rock samphire and pink grapefruit.They know how to sell their drinks here, and not only to tourists – Guernsey is a major centre for offshore banking and finance and the legal world. At weekends Crown Club suggests a lunchtime main course dish with unlimited Bellinis, Bloody Marys or Prosecco, maximum drinking time 90 minutes. At breakfast, in-room service or in the charming pine-and-white striped Brasserie conservatory, they suggest a Moo-dy Mary, a Bloody Mary using Black Cow Vodka, apparently a milk vodka from Beaminster, on the mainland, not too far from another of the Tollmans’ Red Carnation properties, Summer Lodge. And I must not forget afternoon tea, outside on that terrace or inside, cleverly promoted by a set up in the lobby, near to a bowl of rosy apples and a glass urn of fruit-flavoured water, and a carafe of sherry.What else does OGH have? Well, there is a gym with good equipment and lots of outside members – but be warned, at weekends it does not open until 9am and, as I found, closes at 6pm. I did take a bike for a spin (both push bikes and electric bikes, helpful on these hills, are free). I also loved my really aerobic walks. In the centre of town, up from the harbour, the terrain does not know the word ‘flat’ – this is a leave-the-heels behind place. Heels did come out, by the way, for a high-society wedding the hotel was hosting during my stay. It had to be a local bride as only registered Guernsey people can legally marry here.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.com
Go back to the e-newsletterLocated on an untouched Indonesian enclave, Nihi-Sumba has announced Nihi Reset – a one-week transformative retreat taking place from Saturday 27 October – 3 November 2018, designed to reshape the body and shed extra weight.Special guest instructor is Tatiana Boncompagni Hoover, co-author of Model Trainer Method and founder of Sculptologie. The retreat will allow guests to discover how good strong feels while nourishing the body with healthy, fresh food and gaining a renewed perspective on life through daily mindfulness practices.Strength training workouts, yoga, meditation, spa services, hikes and dips in the Indian Ocean or private plunge pool are all included.Included in the Nihi Reset Retreat package is:All meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning/afternoon snacks, and all non-alcoholic beveragesWi-Fi InternetMini Bar (one complete restock per day)One single laundry serviceRetreat activitiesOne spa treatmentTax and service chargePrices start at $800 per night (single occupancy) or $1400 per night (double occupancy).Go back to the e-newsletter
Airlines offering cheap flights are performing better than traditional airlines, according to new research.Figures from the Official Airline Guide (OAG) reveal that the capacity across low carrier routes has grown by 13 percent this month compared to July last year.Steve Casley, chief operating officer at the OAG, suggests that this is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture across other parts of the airline industry.”While some regions continue to show steady growth, the impact from the current climate in the United States is already contributing to an overall slowdown in the global figures and on the key long-haul routes,” he explained.Intra-European flights also rose above the worldwide average of one per cent growth in July, recording a three percent increase in capacity.Long-haul transatlantic flights, usually one of the stronger performers, also recorded above-average capacity increases of two percent.Meanwhile, easyJet chief executive, Andy Harrison, has told the Times that the stage is set for short-haul carriers offering cheap flights to reap the rewards of increasing long-haul costs.He told the newspaper: “It is going to be a lot more expensive to fly to Miami for winter sun than Italy.” ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCheap flights carrier wins prestigious awardeasyJet has been voted the best cheap flights airline by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine.Air Berlin reports an increase in passenger turnoverAir Berlin has announced a one percent increase in its passenger turnover during 2008.Vueling to introduce additional winter routeVueling to introduce additional winter route
Cheap flights carrier bmibaby will launch new seasonal flights to Newquay from Birmingham on Friday (May 22nd).To celebrate the launch of the new route, the airline is setting up a surf simulator in the city’s Brindley Place between 12:00 BST and 14:00, where passers-by will be able to practise their surfing skills.The route, which runs until September 20th, will operate from Birmingham on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with bmibaby expecting to carry more than 20,000 passengers on the route over the course of the summer.Crawford Rix, bmibaby’s managing director, said that the launch of flights to Cornwall “is great news for Birmingham”.”No longer will a trip to Newquay mean a four-and-a-half hour trek down the M5, but merely a short flight lasting just over an hour from Birmingham International Airport.”Paul Kehoe, the airport’s chief executive, said that the route would allow Newquay to become a weekend break destination for people living in the midlands.Bmibaby recently celebrated six years of flying from Manchester Airport, where it has flown close to five million passengers since its launch.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Relatedbmibaby to launch new flight between Birmingham and Newquaybmibaby will launch a new flight between Birmingham International Airport and NewquayBmibaby 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 extra flights to the Mediterranean this summerBmibaby to launch extra flights to the Mediterranean this summer
Whether you’re searching for the perfect place to rest your weary head, or a city centre base for your night on the Toon, we’ve got something to suit you.Read the full article on the best hotels in Newcastle for every budget 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 Visiting for the sport, the nightlife, or a quiet weekend away? Make your trip to Liverpool memorable with a great hotel; our picks have something for everyone for five star luxury to budget breaks.Read the full article on the best hotels in Liverpool for every budget Looking to head a little further afield? Check out our other hotel recommendations: RelatedBest hotels in Europe for every budgetJetting off on a city break in Europe or a week on the beach somewhere hot and need a hotel? We’ve pulled together the best accommodation for every budget, from backpacker hostels to five-star spa resorts, so you can find the perfect place to stay on your next European break.Best hotels in the Middle East and Asia for every budgetIf you are heading away on a long-haul break and looking for the perfect place to stay, we’ve pulled together a list of hotels to suit every price range in some of Asia and the Middle East’s most popular destinations.The best hotels in Liverpool for every budgetPlanning a city break in Liverpool? You’ll need a hotel, hostel or apartment to stay in. Whether you’re organising a short break on a budget, or fancy splashing out on a fabulous five-star spa hotel, you’ll find the right weekend retreat here, in our guide to the best places to…
Geneva, November 7, 2008: Once again the uninhibited spirit of the Icelink brand is entering into the history of upscale watchmaking. Last week the Swiss brand, whose attitude remains nevertheless deeply Californian, signed an exclusive deal with Santa Claus.Starting this year, Santa Claus will fly back and forth across the skies of the five continents with the 6Timezone Santa Snow on his wrist. Thanks to its five time zones, he will be able to organize his rounds efficiently and be sure of never being late.Andy Sogoyan, founder and creator of the Icelink brand, said that he was especially proud of having succeeded in convincing this living myth: “Entrusting the task of transporting our image to the man who brings such happiness to people all over the world in less than 24 hours was a decision that just seemed to come naturally. Besides, he often comes to California after making his rounds to rest in the sun and go surfing. We met last year in Venice Beach.”Exclusive Model: 6Timezone Santa SnowFor the occasion Andy Sogoyan made all his creativity sparkle and was inspired by the festive colours of the Christmas season. Thus the 6Timezone Santa Snow makes an exception and replaces the diamonds that are so characteristic of the brand with rubies. It is totally natural that the first series of the 6Timezone Santa is part of the Snow collection. Who better than Santa Claus to parade around the world with this Icefuel© function and its dozens of diamonds which, like a light snow shower, announce the coming of the holidays?
LAS VEGAS – Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection, is now accepting reservations for dates starting January 12, 2009. Those looking to be among the first to experience Encore’s luxury accommodations may call 888-320-7125 or 702-770-7171, or reserve online by visiting www.encorelasvegas.com.Located at Las Vegas’ most exclusive address, Encore is situated next door to flagship property Wynn Las Vegas and is a distinct resort destination with its own repertoire of suites, culinary offerings and leisure activities. Highlights include five signature restaurants, 11 retail outlets, seven cozy bars and lounges, an ultra-chic nightclub and an opulent spa and salon. A vibrant atrium and European-inspired pool area are centerpieces of the Encore experience and signature design elements include an abundance of natural light, a landscape of foliage and shimmering pools of water. Butterflies flirt over vibrant carpets, mosaic tiles and textured walls to draw guests into a playful juxtaposition between indoors and out.Encore pampers guests in an atmosphere both intimate and indulgent, with 2,034 suites that offer a comfortable, residential feel. A refuge of sophisticated chic, the suites at Encore feature an extravagance of marble and limestone, dramatic views from two-story glass windows, advanced technologies and flat screen televisions, and, of course, the exquisitely comfortable Wynn Dream Beds. Each spacious Resort Suite spans more than 700 square feet and the Tower Suites measure up to 5,800 square feet.
NEW YORK, NY. (NEWS 1130) – Actress Uma Thurman has accused embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of forcing himself upon her sexually and director Quentin Tarantino of making her perform a dangerous car stunt that injured her.Thurman is quoted in The New York Times on Saturday as saying Weinstein attacked her in London. She says he pushed her down and tried to shove himself on her and expose himself.Weinstein’s representatives say he acknowledges making an “awkward pass” but denies physical assault.Thurman says when she expressed fear about driving a possibly faulty car in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” he insisted.Video shows Thurman crashing into a tree. She says she left a hospital in a neck brace with damaged knees and a concussion.Tarantino hasn’t responded to a request for comment. Summary by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2018 10:18 am PDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Uma Thurman levels accusations against Weinstein, Tarantino FILE – In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Uma Thurman arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards in New York. Thurman wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving except disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, saying in a cryptic online post that he doesn’t “deserve a bullet.” Thurman starred in the Weinstein-produced films “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” films. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Hollywood actress opens up about alleged assault at the hands of Harvey WeinsteinWeinstein acknowledges making an “awkward pass” at Uma Thurman Harvey Weinstein|quentin tarantino|Uma Thurman Related Stories UK film academy ousts Harvey Weinstein over sex abuse claimsRose McGowan to Harvey Weinstein: There was no consentNYPD says it is building rape case against Harvey Weinstein
Tyler Perry warns his fans about fake Facebook offers FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York to promote his book, “Higher Is Waiting.” Perry is warning fans not to be scammed. The actor, comedian and director in a video says he’s not giving away anything on Facebook. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 6:12 am PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Tyler Perry is warning fans not to get scammed.The actor, comedian and director says in a Facebook video that he’s not giving away anything. The 48-year-old directed a strong comment at whoever was making the posts, saying: “Stop it, devil.”Perry did not point to anything specific, but says there are as many as 30 fake promotions daily that his team shuts down. He warned people not to give out their personal information in response to the fake offers.The New Orleans-born Perry says while he’s given cars and houses to employees and friends, he’s not giving away anything on Facebook.
Singer Lights signs pact for TV series, games inspired by her comic book Lights arrives on the red carpet at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 18, 2017. Lights is bringing the story that inspired her graphic novel “Skin & Earth” to the small screen. The Canadian pop singer has struck a deal to adapt the first six issues of the series into both a TV show and video game content. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO – Lights plans to bring the storylines of her comic book series “Skin & Earth” to the small screen.The Canadian pop singer has struck a deal to adapt the first six issues of the comic into both a TV show and video game content.The move expands on the post-apocalyptic world she’s created around the heroine Enaia Jin, a woman who is trying to find her identity amid conflicts of love and self-discovery.Lights wrote and illustrated the comic book, which also inspired her 2017 album of the same name. It won the Juno Award for pop album earlier this year.The TV series is currently in development and will be produced by Andrew Lazar, who is known for Hollywood films that include “American Sniper” and “Space Cowboys.” It is currently not tied to a broadcaster or streaming platform.The deal was reached with Entertainment One, a record label and distributor that also manages her career.Her management says specifics of the gaming and digital component of the deal are still being worked out.Lights is one of many Canadian artists who have chosen to dabble in multi-dimensional projects that combine their music careers with other media platforms, such as comic books.The Weeknd turned his 2016 album “Starboy” into a Marvel comic series that features his persona fighting the elusive head of a criminal organization. The Toronto singer, born Abel Tesfaye, is credited with writing the story with Christos Gage.Calgary-raised twin sisters Tegan and Sara joined the Archie universe last year with a storyline that featured them crossing paths with the Riverdale characters.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2018 9:43 am PDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Old favourites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ted Anthony, The Associated Press Posted Dec 28, 2018 10:37 am PDT NEW YORK — The 1940 movie “The Philadelphia Story” opens with a case of domestic assault played for laughs — Cary Grant shoving Katharine Hepburn to the ground by her face while a jaunty musical score plays.Eight decades later, the movie is clearly two things: uneasy fare for a post-#metoo culture — and an enduring American classic. And it’s far from the only example of such things.They exist throughout society’s pop-culture canon, from movies to TV to music and beyond: pieces of work that have withstood time’s passage but that contain actions, words and depictions about race, gender and sexual orientation that we now find questionable at best.Whether it’s blackface minstrel routines from Bing Crosby’s “Holiday Inn,” Apu’s accent in “The Simpsons,” bullying scenes in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the arguably rapey coercion of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Sixteen Candles” or the simplistically clunky gender interactions of “Mr. Mom,” Americans have amassed a catalogue of entertainment across the decades that now raises a series of contentious but never-more-relevant questions:What, exactly, do we do with this stuff today? Do we simply discard it? Give it a free pass as the product of a less-enlightened age? Or is there some way to both acknowledge its value yet still view it with a more critical eye?“How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose?” Molly Ringwald, who played the young protagonist in “Sixteen Candles,” wrote this past April in The New Yorker, 34 years later. As the decades passed, she grew more uncomfortable with some of the material that made her one of the 1980s’ biggest young stars.Entertainment is a byproduct of its era. And the delicate question of representation pervades some of our culture’s most beloved work, from Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” on down. It is the wonderful and the problematic, often presented side by side.So if we’re watching “I Love Lucy,” do we consider how belittling Ricky (and most everyone else) is to her? Or do we take away the fact that no matter what, she is never contained? If we’re listening to the Beatles, what do we make today of John Lennon’s 1965 song that began with the lyrics, “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man”?If we put “Gone with the Wind” in front of our kids, what do we say when Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) acts like a happy slave who adores her masters? And for the Gen-Xers among us: What of Hughes, who captured teenage life’s authenticity but also sent some fundamentally confusing and problematic sexual messages to adolescents?“If you could erase all the scenes that are offensive to us today, even if you could, would that be a good idea? I don’t really think so,” says M. Alison Kibler, who teaches American studies at Franklin & Marshall College and researches how groups struggle for fair representation in entertainment.“I would step back from any kind of one-dimensional read of movies and performances from the past,” she says.The “Charlie Chan” movies of the 1930s and 1940s seem today to brim with racial problems: non-Asians portraying Asians, fortune-cookie sayings spouted in precious accents and some broadly played African-American representations too.Yet according to Yunte Huang, who traced the character’s history, many Asians welcomed the films at the time because they represented something coveted: a respected Asian protagonist who outwitted every white person on the screen.“There’s a history to everything. And we need to know history — including those ugly representations and everything,” Huang says.Until the last couple decades, older fare resurfaced only sporadically. But the dawn of the digital era and the rapid rise of streaming culture means that now, anything can be accessed by pretty much anyone on any screen. That in turn means that a dizzying library of our cultural past, warts and all, is available at the press of a button.Consider Apu, the South Asian convenience-store owner long voiced by Hank Azaria in “The Simpsons” — an unusual case because the show has spanned more than two generations of evolving attitudes.Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a film, “The Problem With Apu,” documenting stereotypes he saw with the character and its effect on entertainers of South Asian descent. The response included hints that Apu might fade from the cast of thousands that populate the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield.That doesn’t sit right with Shilpa Davé, author of “Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film.” Apu, after all, is also a beloved character. Isn’t there another solution?“The easy thing is to point a finger and say, ‘Oh, that’s terrible.’ But I think we have to say, what are the alternatives? How do we want to progress now that we have more information and a higher consciousness?” Davé says.Tim Cogshell, a critic for FilmWeek on KPCC-FM, the NPR affiliate in Pasadena, California, thinks a lot about how yesterday’s attitudes should be considered in today’s environment. Part of his answer comes down to intent.“Sometimes you have to peel the onion. And then one decides how to think about it, how to feel about it, where to put it in the canon,” Cogshell says.So while “Birth of a Nation,” the groundbreaking 1915 film widely regarded as one of the most racist ever made, is viewed ever more harshly as the years pass, a misogynist bigot like Archie Bunker from “All in the Family” presents a different story: Whether a successful portrayal or not, Cogshell says, it was intended to highlight a problem and get it discussed.The solutions suggest a general direction: Don’t simply ban or eliminate or delete. Talk about stuff — whether formally, when it’s presented to the public, or informally at home. And involving more voices in the production of today’s popular culture — and the selection, curation and characterization of yesterday’s — can make sense of this more than dismissing the issue as overreaction or scrubbing the leavings of less-enlightened eras.Let Molly Ringwald have the last word: “Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art — change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.”___Ted Anthony, director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, writes frequently about American culture. Follow him on Twitter at @anthonyted.___You can find a fuller version of this story here: http://apne.ws/uM22KKMTed Anthony, The Associated Press
Dutoit to conduct French orchestra after sexual abuse claims by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 11:32 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS — A Swiss conductor who has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault will conduct a concert by the National Orchestra of France on Sunday, his highest profile performance since the allegations were first revealed by The Associated Press.Charles Dutoit was chosen to conduct Berlioz’ “The Damnation of Faust” at the Paris Philharmonic. The orchestra said in a statement Wednesday to the AP that Dutoit was the only conductor with the necessary skills available at short notice after house conductor Emmanuel Krivine pulled out last week.Neither the orchestra or the Philharmonic would comment.The AP reported in 2017 that three opera singers and a musician accused Dutoit of sexually assaulting them between 1985 and 2010. Several orchestras severed ties with him as a result.Dutoit denies the allegations.Angela Charlton, The Associated Press
by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2019 8:53 pm PDT Big hats and simple elegance for Tom Ford at NY Fashion Week Fashion from the Tom Ford collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Tom Ford says these tumultuous times pointed him in the opposite direction at New York Fashion Week with a collection of gentle, non-aggressive elegance done in simple silhouettes.There was a distinctive ’70s vibe in fake-fur fedoras with wide brims and fluffy oversized coats.For evening, he did long silk jersey body-skimming dresses adorned with chains of pale pink and lilac that framed shoulders and backs. The links were the only adornment.Make no mistake: The classic Ford attention to detail was on display and so was a certain swagger. Some of the autumn-winter looks were lined and faced in silk with hand-done detailing for his usual touch of luxury.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
Cyprus and five other southern EU member states have decided to work together on giving European citizens access to cheaper innovative medicines, it was announced on Tuesday.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis initiated the effort with a letter he sent to European Health Commissioner Vitenis Adriakaytis in April 2016. Pamboridis, along with the health ministers from Malta, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain signed the Valetta Declaration on Monday.The ministers agreed to cooperate with full confidence, solidarity and transparency for better access to medicines.Pamboridis welcomed the initiative to work for cheaper innovative medicines and expressed confidence that the initiative would soon lead to joint actions that would deliver tangible results.Cyprus has already taken an initiative to hold a meeting of the Technical Committee in Nicosia with the participation of three representatives from each country.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola