The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer ran the read-option a couple of times during the first padded practice of training camp Sunday, each time pitching the ball to receiver Andre Roberts.“I don’t think we’ll be doing as much as, you know, Colin and Russell and the other teams in the NFC West, but I think it’s one of the things we can throw in our offense, and just have a little trickery,” Roberts said. “Carson is a pocket passer. We’ll keep him in there. We like, as receivers, receiving yards more than rushing yards. I’m sure we’ll have those types of plays in there for the receivers, but most of the time we’ll be catching the ball.”Arians seemed to agree.“I don’t see Carson going around that corner very often,” he said Monday. “It’s more for the defense. The surprise element for our defense, knowing how to defend it.”Other teams, like the Kansas City Chiefs for example, are experimenting with the read-option during camp.“It gives our defense a chance to see it because we’re going to see it a lot,” Palmer said. “You’re helping out the defense by giving them different looks and making sure guys are in the right spots and covering the right guys. “You’ve got to prepare for anything,” he continued, “and that’s one thing that this coaching staff does is they don’t leave a stone unturned. We cover every situation. We’ve run every type of play you can possibly run so that there is no surprises when you get to Sundays. You’ve at least seen it in a walkthrough or in practice.”There is another benefit: Putting the play on film now puts it on the minds of your opponent.“It’s another dimension of our offense,” Palmer said. “We’re going to try anything and everything to be as good as we can.”“We might use it. We might not. I’ve always had it. I’m an old wishbone quarterback,” said Arians.Though Palmer in the open field is probably not something anyone wants to see.“Yeah, I’m not trying to turn up field on anybody,” he said. – / 25 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE — Colin Kaepernick. Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin III.They all run the read-option, and do so very well.Carson Palmer. Could he be next?“It’s been since, like 1996 was probably the last time, in high school when I was doing stuff like that,” Palmer said. “I don’t know if that’s exactly my forte, but I think now that it’s on film; Coach (Bruce) Arians has realized that it’s not my forte.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Indianapolis Colts’ Sio Moore (55) celebrates after wide receiver T.Y. Hilton scored on a 63-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Along with the shuffling of linebackers on the active roster, the Cardinals also signed another linebacker, Reshard Cliett, to their practice squad.Cliett was originally a sixth-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2015 out of South Florida. He spent his entire rookie season on IR due to a knee injury, and was released during the team’s final roster cut on Sept. 3 of this year. Since then, he has spent time on the practice squads of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, though he was released by the Jets on Nov. 1. The Cardinals tweaked their roster on Tuesday, signing linebacker Sio Moore and waiving linebacker Joplo Bartu with an injury settlement.A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Connecticut, Moore has played in 26 career games, with 22 starts, in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. He has amassed 140 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.In four games with the Colts this season, Moore tallied 30 total tackles. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Of course, Arians said getting his offensive linemen healthy will be the biggest thing.Banking on Nkemdiche?To classify Robert Nkemdiche’s rookie season as anything other than a disappointment would be a bit disingenuous, given that the first-round pick appeared in just five games and notched three tackles, one pass defensed, one QB hit and one QB pressure. An ankle injury suffered in training camp set him back, and his effort, which was questioned at times during college, popped up as an issue in the NFL.“I wouldn’t say any of those concerns were off the field, other than just learning to be a pro,” Arians said. “When a little bit of time he was healthy, we saw all the things we needed to see that we made the right pick.“That ankle injury was more severe than probably any of us knew until the end of the season, when it re-occurred and there was a slight tear. It’s all healed now, but I think, again, when you kick everybody’s [butt] from high school to college, you don’t have to work that hard. But all of a sudden these guys are kicking your [butt], and you better learn how to work.”Arians said that goes for all rookies — not just Nkemdiche — and that he learned to work by the second half of the season. PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals’ roster is not yet complete, but aside from what players they add in the NFL Draft and in the days that follow it, not much more is likely to change.So, where does the team stand? Is it better than the roster that put together a 7-8-1 season in 2016?Head coach Bruce Arians seems to think so, and on Wednesday at the Arizona Biltmore as part of the NFL Owner’s Meetings he gave some insight into his roster. Much of what he said has or will be turned into stories, such as his thoughts on finding a QB, the idea that David Johnson cannot be overused, the Cardinals don’t need to spend a high pick on a receiver and the team is fine at cornerback, but for the rest of the notes that did not quite make the story cut, there is this: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We’re so fortunate we have two left tackles — most people don’t have any,” Arians said. “Somebody’s going to play right; right now it appears Jared is going to make that move.“I haven’t completely sold on it, but I want to see him at that position first. I saw D.J. play right, so I’m fine there. So I would like to see Jared try it because it’s all about what’s best for the team, and he is the ultimate team player.”While the tackles are the more high-profile spots along the line, the only drama surrounding them involves which player will man which side. With the interior portion of the front, there are some question marks.Like, for instance, what will happen at right guard?“I think Evan Boehm, those last three ball games, showed that he can play that position,” Arians said. “He will start at right guard the first day.”Boehm was thought to be competing for the center job — and he still may — but Arians said the team bringing back last year’s starter, A.Q. Shipley, was important.“To get Q back was huge because he knows the offense and he’s so comfortable with Carson (Palmer),” he said. “Evan did such a good job at guard, I wanted to leave him there.” In fairness, the team did not exactly need him to play a big role last season. But with Calais Campbell now in Jacksonville, the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft will be expected to take on a larger role on the defensive line.It’s Miller time — maybeA sixth-round pick, Harlan Miller spent the first 15 weeks of the 2016 season on the Cardinals’ practice squad. The cornerback was promoted to the active roster for Week 16 against the Seahawks, but when he found his way onto the field it was at safety.That’s where Miller played for the final two games of the season, in which Miller acquitted himself well by collecting six total tackles and one interception.According to Arians, Miller will stay at safety.“We’re going to leave him at safety, knowing we have an extra corner,” he said. “He trained his whole life as a corner, we’ll train him at safety.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Karlos adds to the linebackersThe Cardinals’ addition of veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby may not have resonated outside of the Valley, though in Arizona, there is probably plenty of excitement over him coming back.One of the more popular players in team history, Dansby is 35-years old and beginning his third stint with the franchise. Though he is closer to the end of his career than its beginning, Arians is bullish on the linebacker’s prospects.“We were so much better with Karlos, with his leadership,” Arians said. “Karlos has those freaky genetics, where he may play four more years.”With the Bengals last season, Dansby recorded 114 total tackles and one sack; with the Cardinals in 2013, he posted 122 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed and four interceptions.“He just never ages,” Arians said. “I was shocked — I turned on the tape and he looked younger this year than he did last year. The tape doesn’t lie.”Arians said the plan is for Dansby to line up next to $ LB Deone Bucannon, and acknowledged it would be nice to find a young inside linebacker to learn under the veteran.Along the lineCardinals tackle Jared Veldheer has been learning how to play on the right side because he, like most people, anticipate him making the switch from left tackle to right tackle. That would allow third-year pro D.J. Humphries to move from the right side to the left side, where he appears to be more comfortable. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is partnering with Elephant Parade and top local and international celebrities and artists to bring the world’s largest open-air art exhibition, Elephant Parade, to Bangkok.The exhibition will see a herd of almost 100 1.5m brightly coloured elephants – which have been specially decorated and handpainted and will be exhibited as a herd in key locations throughout Bangkok, starting on 1 December 2015 and ending on 29 January 2016.The first major Elephant Parade was held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2007 and has since been exhibited in cities across the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Milan and Hong Kong. Elephant Parade Bangkok will be a first for Thailand and the only one for the city.The event was originally created after founder Marc Spits and his son Mike visited the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, which treats sick and injured elephants. There they saw Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her leg after stepping on a landmine when only 7 months old and was the first elephant to receive a prosthetic limb. She is fitted with a new leg every year, and each time must learn to walk all over again. Mosha features in each Elephant Parade exhibition and will have a Thai-themed painted prosthetic leg for the Bangkok Parade.Artists from all walks of life have been busy designing their elephants, each an original piece of art to help paint a brighter future for the country’s national animal. Famous supporters of Elephant Parade Bangkok include: Hangover 2 star Nirut Sirichanya; Furious 7 star Tony Jaa; designer Paul Smith; World Number One DJ, Hardwell; Miss Thailand World, Sirinya Bishop; artists Elizabeth Romhild, Elsie Evans and Nancy Chandler, Sculptor Gavin Fifield and a wide range of Thai celebrities and artists.“In my life I have spent a lot of quality time with elephants. I grew up in a mahout family and started my movie career with an elephant as a co-star,” said Furious 7 star and Elephant Parade Ambassador Tony Jaa. “I want to thank all the people and organisations who take the time and resources to ensure the safety of these intelligent creatures in Thailand and around the world.”In February 2016 a selection of elephants from the parade will be auctioned off at a charity gala dinner at Anantara Siam Bangkok, with the proceeds going to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation who in turn will select and fund a range of sustainable programmes that benefit the elephants of Thailand, including Wildlife Alliance, Freeland, WildAid, Think Elephants and Thai Elephant Therapy Project.The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) was set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, and has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.William E. Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Minor International, the parent company of Anantara, Hotels Resorts & Spas, commented, “As a company, we are always looking for like-minded partners who share our true passion in saving the Asian elephant and Elephant Parade has long been known for its elephant conservation efforts in Thailand, which is why we feel this partnership is the ideal fit. The more awareness that is raised on the plight of domestic and wild elephants in Thailand the better the chances we have for their survival. I can’t think of a better way to raise awareness than bringing the largest open-air art exhibition in support of Asian Elephants to Bangkok in 2015.”“Elephant Parade is very proud and excited to team up with such a great company as Anantara and The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. We share the same commitment and values in helping save the Asian elephant, ultimately from extinction. We’ve travelled all over the world with Elephant Parade and now it feels like we are coming home, with our upcoming event in Bangkok. I am sure this exposition will be our most exciting and colourful one to date,” Mike Spits, Elephant Parade Founder.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterPandaw, the luxury river ship operator, has launched a new ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night river expedition on the Kapuas River System in western Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.The river system is the largest in Borneo flowing over 1100km, fringed with rainforest and surrounded by mountain ranges. The seven-night expedition on the RV Katha Pandaw takes in the upper part of the Kapuas, a voyage of over 500km that includes traversing the Danau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river and are now a national park.Pandaw’s ship, the RV Katha Pandaw, has 16 well-appointed state rooms, open deck dining, self-service bar and panoramic round ship promenade decks.Commenting on the new cruise, Pandaw’s founder Paul Strachan said: “This will be a truly pioneering expedition into a rarely visited area where the main attraction will be the scenery, wildlife and tribal village life”.Passengers fly in via Kuching in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo), which has excellent connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Kuching is a highly recommended stop over with its Brooke Raj colonial buildings, fascinating museum and colourful China town. Alternatively, there is the option to fly into Pontianak, the capital of Western Kalimantan, which has daily flights to Jakarta.Cruise-only prices for the ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night cruise start from USD $2,350 per person, based on two people sharing a main deck twin cabin.Go back to the e-newsletter
What changed with the refurbishment?Port Douglas is the gateway to Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – two World Heritage-listed icons – and enjoys a year-round average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Located right on Four Mile Beach with direct beach access, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas features a modern, crisp and stylish design, with all 294 of its reimagined guest rooms embodying coastal living and the relaxed paradise of Port Douglas. The fresh colour scheme of the rooms and suites incorporates a selection of natural tones to match the driftwood timber-tiled floors, stone-topped mini-bars and natural wooden furnishings, with splashes of turquoise green to add pops of colour. The indoor-outdoor balconies now feature daybeds that complement the classic interiors, allowing guests to lounge lavishly and comfortably while soaking in the sun and tropical sights.As part of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment, the resort is also introducing 41 Lagoon Edge Rooms and 12 Lagoon Edge Studio Suites on the ground floor with private balconies offering guests exquisite views of and direct access to the resort’s saltwater lagoon swimming pools.Beyond the guest rooms, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas also features a reinvigorated lobby experience, with a revamped porte cochère and main entrance, featuring natural tones and pockets of tropical gardens. Travellers looking to waste no time to start their holiday will appreciate the new express VIP check-in and check-out hub, which provides a seamless arrival and departure process for guests, in addition to SPG Keyless.Guests can also enjoy a variety of enhanced dining options, from the Lobby Café which offers a fresh menu of barista coffee, light meals and snacks, to the debut of the Sheraton brand’s signature restaurant, Feast, featuring an interactive buffet and al fresco poolside dining experience on the outdoor deck with expanded seating to accommodate additional guests. Additionally, the remodelled Daintree Bar & Lounge will offer the Sheraton brand’s Paired menu, a selection of small plates expertly matched with premium wines and craft beers that marries globally inspired cuisine with local culture for a unique and unexpected dining experience.The resort’s new design and facilities redefine poolside relaxation with the introduction of 26 cabanas in prime locations surrounding the two hectares of lagoon pools. The spacious and private daybeds offer VIP service, with bar staff delivering refreshing beverages and food, ranging from classic cocktails to bar snacks directly to the cabana. The resort is easily accessible via an hour’s scenic drive from Cairns International Airport.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterSheraton Hotels and Resorts officially debuted the $43 million renovation of one of Australia’s most iconic beachside resorts, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, on Saturday 30 August with a launch party held around its beachfront lagoon swimming pools.The party comprised 300 guests including LATTE and select media representatives, Port Douglas locals and Starwood staff and clients.Renowned as a celebrity hotspot when it first opened, guests were treated to a night of glamour at the new-look resort. Actress and singer, Rachael Beck, was MC for the night, getting festivities in full swing before performing a lively set for partygoers, featuring a mix of classic hits and modern-day favourites.Performing on the resort’s main beach, against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, Cyrus Villanueva, winner of The X Factor 2015, wowed guest with an eighties-inspired set, paying homage to the resort’s rich history, as well as his hits ‘Stone’ and ‘Keep Talking’.Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu made the only official speech of the evening, discussing the future of Port Douglas and Daintree tourism and the important role the relaunch of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas will play in this.“What this means for Port Douglas and the entire area cannot be understated. We had a tough time during the GFC; in the 1980s this was the place to be – a celebrity hotspot frequented by the likes of the Clintons – and there has been talk for years about bringing the destination back to what it was.“There has been nothing but support from the local community, this is a town based on tourism, so we all know how important tonight is. Yet the resort knew it wouldn’t get the support of the community if they didn’t think about the character of the town and conservation when planning its changes. The refurbishment represents what Port Douglas is all about.”Leu told the crowd to enjoy their night, before ending on the positive note: “Port Douglas is back!”Vincent Ong, Senior Director Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific, says that the relaunch reflects the vision of Sheraton as a brand: “The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort renovation truly underscores the Sheraton brand’s new elevated and customised approach to design as part of Sheraton 2020, a 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton back in the global spotlight.“From the Tropical North Queensland-inspired colour palette, to the local-inspired dining choices, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the destination from the second they step foot on property.”Steve Molnar, General Manager of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, summed up the Resort’s extensive changes: “Port Douglas positions itself as a sophisticated gateway to the Daintree and the Reef. So it’s no surprise it became a playground for the rich and famous quite quickly when it first became a popular tourism destination in the eighties. The whole idea of this revitalisation is to realign the resort with its original vision – if it were to be built today.”
Further supporting its position as the leading MICE trade event in Australia, Get Global has announced it will assist the growth and career of first year students from the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).The Event Management students will gain first-hand knowledge of working on the inaugural outbound trade event at the International Convention Centre this July. They will assist with not only on-ground operations during the event but also project planning, management, marketing and execution. All ICMS degrees include an industry training component, so this industry agreement is a great fit for both Get Global and ICMS.Donna Kessler, Director and founder of Get Global, says, “It’s essential for these students to get a host of applied learning industry activity. Get Global is thrilled to offer 12 exceptional students the opportunity to join us and see how a professional trade show is run from behind the scenes … Over the next three years, we hope to involve the students not just in the running of the event on the day, but the project planning, marketing and execution,” Donna concluded.Juliet Hudson, Event Management and International Tourism – Head of Program, ICMS, says, “Real world experience is essential for all our students, but especially those studying Event Management. It is an invaluable experience for our students to understand how an event runs outside of the classroom. In line with the ICMS industry training philosophy, these students are given the opportunity to be integral members of the Get Global team, gaining skills which will help with their studies and also with their careers post-College.”The one-day event is the first MICE business platform in Australia dedicated exclusively to outbound product. The format also allows buyers to liaise with sellers in themed geographical zones so they can maximise their time at the event.Get Global provides an innovative and efficient business platform for international suppliers to connect with corporate meeting planners, incentive houses, PCOs, travel companies and anyone else that has international group business from Australia.
Go back to the e-newsletterSet to open on 17 May 2018, Alila Bangsar is elevated above the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan district. The hotel, which is the group’s first property in Malaysia, is a modern retreat that combines a haven for relaxation with a lively city vibe and world-class restaurant and bars.Occupying the top floors of a mixed-use development known as The Establishment, Alila Bangsar celebrates Alila Hotel & Resorts signature charm and is set to be an instant destination for locals and international travellers alike.Designed by internationally renowned duo Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu, the hotel’s 143 guestrooms balance privacy and streams of natural light with rooftop views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. A dedicated butler service ensures a highly-personalised level of service in the Alila Living Room located on every guestroom floor with free-flowing refreshments throughout the day.On level 41, guests will find a sky level lobby leading to a pool on level 40 with natural light. Here, they can unwind amid tropical-style landscaping, luxurious loungers with city views that create an oasis for relaxation.Also on level 41 is French restaurant Entier, an avant-garde approach to fine dining. At the forefront of Kuala Lumpur’s new food order, Entier celebrates nose to tail dining – where every part of the animal or vegetable is used. Chef Masashi Hirouchi is the mastermind behind Entier who was Chef at the two Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London for five years.The hotel’s bars have been conceptualised by Proof & Company, an award-winning collective of Asia’s most respected bartenders and advocates of curated, artisanal spirits, renowned for creations that have become fixtures on the World’s 50 Best Bars List.Sustainability is one of the pillars of Alila Hotels & Resorts and in Alila Bangsar several initiatives have been implemented across the hotel such as the IPTV technology, which allows guests to access destination & facilities information on their TV and the creation of nature-friendly E-Zones for guests to enjoy and limiting the use of paper. A Press Reader app will be available to all guests which will allow access to any magazine and newspaper directly from a mobile phone or tablet as well as e-check-in via an iPad and paperless invoicing.As with all Alila Hotels & Resorts, the destination is at the heart of the Alila Experience. Kuala Lumpur is an extraordinary and adventurous city to explore and a dedicated team is on hand to create personalised Alila moments and memories. Lifestyle activities are tailored to individual interests across five themes – Cultural learning, Conscious Living, Active Spirits, Culinary arts and Couple Celebration.Alila Bangsar’s opening package Breakfast On Us starts from US$109 per room per night (excluding tax and service) for bookings until 31 July 2018 and stays until 31 December 2018. This includes breakfast at your comfort and is based on two sharing a Studio Room. Guests can also explore the city with return chauffeur transfers to KL Sentral, Bangsar Village, and Mid Valley City.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterBoutique cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises, has announced its complete list of 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries. Committed to its Destination Immersion programming, guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world, and deepen their discovery of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore hidden gems including Antalya and Sinop.Fraser Island, Queensland“Being a leader in Destination Immersion means staying ahead, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce our complete list of 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “With our commitment to connect people with culture, our guests can uncover world wonders, including new destinations such as Guayaquil, Ecuador, with an overland expedition to the Galapagos Islands. We will also return to Japan, one of our most popular country-intensive itineraries, which visits marquee ports like Tokyo and Kobe, as well as the remote treasures of Kitakyushu and Kanazawa.”Ten maiden ports include:Amami, JapanArica, ChileBrest, FranceFraser Island, Australia (as revealed by LATTE in October 2018)Guayaquil, EcuadorManta, EcuadorMilos, GreecePylos, GreeceTema (Accra), GhanaWarrenpoint, Northern IrelandHighlights of the 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries and shore excursions include:In 2021, Azamara more than doubled its overnights in France and Spain since 2015 – examples of shore excursions include:Andalusian Gastronomy Experience in Seville, Spain – Among the warm Mudéjar and Gothic style buildings of Seville, guests will learn how to cook like Sevillanos at the Taller Andaluz de Cocina. The Andalusian Cooking Workshop is located near the Mercado de Triano—a historical food market located a short distance from the city’s centre. An unforgettable experience guided by a local, professional chef, participants will prepare the region’s quintessential dishes, later tasting them with the group.Seville, SpainNantes/Loire Valley – A returning port for Azamara guests, travelers will experience old-world French culture with a visit to the privately owned, Chateau de Goulaine, which has been home to the Goulaine Family for over 1,000 years. Chateau-goers will marvel at splendours like the 15th century kitchen and winery; a local white wine tasting is included. Immediately after, visitors will drive 45-minutes to Clisson, a town known for its medieval Italian atmosphere and former Middle Ages fortress, Castle of Clisson.Azamara Travels Deeper into Turkey – highlights of the shore excursion programming include:Complete Istanbul, Turkey – Azamara will spend three overnights in Turkey’s largest city, providing guests with an action-packed one-and-a-half-day tour. Highlights include a trip to the ancient Hippodrome; St. Sophia Museum, which originated as a church in 360 AD under Constantine; and Topkapi Palace, a great walled complex hugging the shores of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn and also the residence of the Ottoman Sultans.Antalya, TurkeyReturning Ports: Antalya and Sinop – Azamara will be returning to two of Turkey’s hidden gems, Antalya and Sinop. Nestled on the coast of the Mediterranean, guests going ashore in Antalya will discover the world-famous Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos—one of the world’s most well-preserved theaters, with seating for 15,000 people, which is still being used today.New Grand Voyages:Azamara will offer new Grand Voyages where guests can book back-to-back sailings across the globe and receive Onboard Credit for each leg of their voyage plus free WiFi. Azamara’s Grand Voyages are designed for guests to opt in for longer sailings by visiting more destinations, connecting with locals and their culture, while simultaneously saving money on their booking. One example of a new Grand Voyage includes: 69-night circumnavigation of South America: Roundtrip out of Miami, starting January 2022, this voyage will give guests an immersive experience of South America, covering 32 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, and sails through Antarctic Sound.More about Azamara’s 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022 Itineraries at: www.azamara.com/2021-2022-voyages.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedFlights to Gdansk to be launched by Air BerlinAir Berlin will introduce flights to Gdansk from the German capitalAir Berlin rings boarding and seat reservation to mobilesAir Berlin has announced that it will launch mobile check-in for its flights through an MMS check-in facility.New flights to Kosovo will be launched by Air Berlin in NovemberAir Berlin will launch new flights to Pristina from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich this winter. Air Berlin will introduce new flights to Sylt from Nuremburg and Munster-Osnabruk this spring.Flights to the North Sea island’s Westerland Airport will begin on March 27th, with services also operating to Sylt from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart.The new routes from Nuremburg and Munster-Osnabruk will be operational on Saturdays, with fares beginning at €29.Sylt, the largest of Germany’s North Frisian islands, is well-known for the distinctive shape of its coastline and is popular with the country’s summer holidaymakers.Many head to the resorts of Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup and the island’s 40km sandy beach.It tends to be a draw because Sylt is so unusual – despite being the largest island in the North Sea it is hugely exposed and at risk of storms and rising sea levels.Elsewhere, Germany’s second-largest airline will be expanding its number of flights to Rimini from Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, Munster-Osnabruk and Stuttgart.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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New York, New York – Reported by Kim Kavin for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe winter charter season brings opportunities for yachting of all kinds, but the biggest is New Year’s Eve in St. Barths. To fit in with the gliteratti, choose one of these top charter yachts.Darlings Danama One of the best ways to get noticed during New Year’s Eve on St. Barths is to be aboard a brand-new megayacht filled with fabulous things. The 196-foot CRN Darlings Danama, launched in late 2011, is an outstanding example.The décor aboard Darlings Danama is stunning in its contemporary simplicity and comfortable warmth. Tai Ping silk carpeting has been hand raked to create an effect similar to beach sand. The main salon’s bar and coffee table are covered in hand-applied papyrus. Stingray skin enrobes cabinetry throughout the yacht, creating a textural complement to the silver leaf on many of the interior walls.A glass elevator takes charter guests to all decks, including the outdoor decks for fun in the sun. Darlings Danama carries two Castoldi jet tenders along with Sea Doos, underwater scooters and more. When it’s time to relax, the sundeck hot tub awaits, or guests can enjoy an air-conditioned sundeck salon with outstanding views. The lowest weekly base rate is about $423,349 for 12 guests with 16 crew.www.camperandnicholsons.comFaith You may remember Faith by her original name: Cakewalk. This 205-foot Feadship was a world-class phenomenon when she launched in 2000. Faith recently got a new owner, and he has spent the past summer refitting her to once again make her the talk of the docks. She will make her post-refit Caribbean debut this winter, just in time to show off her fine new looks in St. Barths for Christmas and New Year’s.The interior aboard Faith will no longer be ornate, which was Cakewalk’s original style. The stunning cherry woodwork will remain throughout the guest areas, but it will now be complemented by a fresh, neutral, contemporary décor thanks to new fabrics and more. Her sundeck is being rearranged, too, with the pool moved forward to provide fantastic views over the bow. That should be a terrifically private spot for champagne in Gustavia Harbour as the clock ticks toward midnight on December 31. The lowest weekly base rate is about $466,298 for 12 guests with 17 crew.www.insull.comAurelia All heads turn when the 122-foot Heesen Aurelia enters a harbor. The yacht’s name pays homage to the famous Lancia Aurelia race car of the 1950s, while her orange and blue hull stripes match the racing colors of today’s Gulf Oil-sponsored GT race cars. Inside, well-known designer Bannenberg takes Aurelia’s racing pedigree to an elegant level. Upholstery patterns are based on racing treads, carbon-fiber detailing is reminiscent of Lamborghini dashboard paneling and headboards in some cabins were hand stitched at the Ferrari factory. The lowest weekly base rate is about $128,730 for eight guests with six crew.www.oceanindependence.comSea Force One When it’s time to throw a party, a great chef is key. The 176-foot Admiral Sea Force One’s chef has trained in Michelin-star restaurants. In 2011, the yacht welcomed 140 guests for a Cartier-sponsored party. The lowest weekly base rate is about $306,775 for ten guests with 13 crew.www.oceanindependence.comMeamina Any great party on New Year’s Eve needs to be followed by some serious pampering and relaxation. The 194-foot Benetti Meamina provides all of that and more, right alongside plenty of fun for the kids if they still have energy to burn. While many charter yachts offer an onboard masseuse, Meamina offers that plus a personal trainer for yoga and strength exercises. The lowest weekly base rate is about $386,536 for 12 guests with 15 crew.www.ypigroup.com
Maranello, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFerrari is delighted to announce the presentation of the SA APERTA at the Paris International Motor Show 2010. This is a special series model of which a strictly limited number of just 80 will be built. All have already been sold. Ferrari chose to build 80 SA APERTAs in celebration of Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary. The SA nomenclature also pays homage to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina whose company and work have been linked to the most successful road-going cars ever built at Maranello.The SA APERTA is a true roadster which allows its occupants to enjoy the superlative emotions afforded by our signature front-engined V12 architecture in a completely open-top setting. In fact, it has just a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad. A low-slung windscreen and the fact that it crouches lower to the ground than our other models lend the SA APERTA an exceptionally aerodynamic sleekness. Its profile arches back from the A-post to two aerodynamic fins beautifully integrating the two roll-bars which themselves cleverly mimic the outline of the seats. The chassis has been redesigned to deliver a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta and there is a negligible weight difference also, thanks to work done on the chassis structure.Thanks to the 670 CV engine beneath its bonnet, the SA APERTA beautifully embodies the sporty spirit of the 599, incorporating Ferrari’s most advanced technology to deliver absolutely benchmark performance and superb driving pleasure. Its interior too is stylishly sporty with particularly sophisticated materials, trim and colours used throughout. The virtually endless combinations available guarantee that each and every SA APERTA is absolutely unique.www.ferrari.com
The lobby of the historic Forbes Building, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, is now the site of a new exhibit that showcases the collections and history of Paris-based Swiss luxury watch brand Bell & Ross. Known for their high-end instrument watches designed for professional use, the brand’s mission has always been to deliver clear and reliable timepieces to professionals through its four principles of performance, precision, readability and water-resistance.On display are 23 watches in six showcases, including signature pieces from the BR01 and BR03 collections based on aeronautic instrumentation; watches from its diving and professional collections such as the BR02 diving watch and the Hydromax timepiece, water-resistant to a record-breaking 11,100 meters; pieces from the Vintage, ’40s-era-inspired collection, and the Geneva collection; and two from its Function collection, which feature modern multifunctional movements.The Forbes Building is located at 60 Fifth Avenue and the exhibit is now on display in the lobby entrance.For more information visit www.bellross.com
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016, file photo, director Woody Allen poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Cafe Society, at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Allen’s French film distributor has defended the American director against sexual abuse claims, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, saying he has been unfairly caught up in the fallout surrounding the #MeToo movement. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) French film distributor comes to Woody Allen’s defence PARIS – Woody Allen’s French film distributor has defended the American director against sexual abuse claims, saying he has been unfairly caught up in the fallout surrounding the #MeToo movement.Writing in the French weekly Le Point, Mars Films head Stephane Celerier dismissed the furor over renewed allegations by Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7. Celerier describes the accusation as a family drama caught in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement amid fallout from the allegations of rape and sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.It is “shameless opportunism,” Celerier said of the fresh attacks against the director in the media that he said “taint the dignity of real victims.”Celerier’s company is behind the distribution of Allen’s latest movie “Wonder Wheel,” starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, which opened in French cinemas this week to lukewarm ticket sales.His defence of Allen is the latest chapter in an emerging narrative in France, particularly in its film industry, that the Hollywood anti-abuse campaign has gone too far.Farrow in January gave her first on-camera interview to “CBS This Morning” about her longstanding abuse allegations against the 82-year-old filmmaker. Allen has long denied the allegations and was investigated but not charged.Since the Weinstein allegations, France — the country synonymous with love — has been stumbling as it addresses the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women.Last month, French actress Catherine Deneuve set the feminist world ablaze by co-signing a letter accusing the post-Weinstein groundswell of allegations of being puritanical.In November, France’s famed film institute La Cinematheque Francaise went ahead with a retrospective of works by director Roman Polanski despite opposition by feminist groups. The institute said its role was not to moralize. The Polish-born director in the 1970s pleaded guilty to having sex in the U.S. with a 13-year-old girl whom he plied with champagne and Quaaludes.Polanski, who lives in France, and Allen continue to be highly revered by the French public. Polanski was honoured last year as president of the Cesar awards, France’s answer to the Oscars.___This corrects the date of the publication to Thursday, not Saturday. by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 6:26 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Queen Elizabeth’s latest great-grandkid named Lena Elizabeth FILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Mike and Zara Tindall arrive for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby girl. Buckingham Palace said Tuesday, June 19 the baby is the second child of Zara and Mike Tindall, a former English rugby player. (Chris Jackson/pool photo via AP, file) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2018 9:50 am PDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall have named their new daughter Lena Elizabeth.A spokeswoman says the baby’s first name is pronounced Lay-na, and her middle name is in honour of her great-grandmother, the queen.The baby, who was born June 18, is the second child of Zara and Mike Tindall, a former English rugby player. She has an older sister, 4-year-old Mia.Lena is 19th in line to the British throne and is the seventh great-grandchild of Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip.Zara Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne and her ex-husband Mark Phillips. She is an accomplished equestrian who won a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 12:46 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ mocks, shocks and knocks Weezer, “Weezer (Black Album)” (Crush Music/Atlantic Records)Fashion and decor experts say black and teal are a good combination, so there are ways in which Weezer’s “Black Album” matches the “Teal Album,” their barely-a-month-ago release of largely 1980s cover versions motivated by the surprising success of their take on Toto’s “Africa.”“Black Album,” for example, also harkens back to the ’80s “me decade” with some self-referential moments, makes generous use of kitsch and includes “The Prince Who Wanted Everything,” a song that alludes to paisley and a red corvette but crassly ends up making Prince come across like a second-rate Liberace.Where “Teal” had outliers, like versions of The Turtles’ “Happy Together” and TLC’s “No Scrubs,” ”Black” has opening track “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” which pairs some lines in Spanish with Mexican horns, and “Zombie Bastards,” song No. 2, where “blah, blah, blah” substitutes “yada, yada, yada” and sounds like a prime candidate for the soundtracks of the inevitable remakes of “Adventureland” or “The Way Way Back.”“Teal” was also notable for the bands’ and Rivers Cuomo’s facility of sticking to versions of others’ hits that hardly strayed from the originals but still sounded very much like Weezer. “Black” is also easily identifiable as a Weezer creation, especially through Cuomo’s singing, even if the instrumental backing is occasionally more toy guitar than crunchy power chord.Musically, top tracks include “High as a Kite,” which pairs a soaring piano-led melody with some of the album’s least cynical lyrics, while “Living in L.A.” is paranoid. “I’m Just Being Honest” pays the price of sincerity — or is it tactlessness? — and of being famous, all to a mechanical beat, and “Byzantine” justly mocks Neil Young’s obsession with crystalline sound reproduction while also mentioning Sparks, a band ripe for rediscovery.“Too Many Thoughts in My Head,” with lines like “Stayed up reading Mary Poppins/Overwhelmed by Netflix options,” diagnoses modern dysfunctions and if it doesn’t offer any remedies, some more of that typically Weezer humour could alleviate the symptoms.Weezer look like they’re covered in petroleum on the record cover, but judging by the tone of “Black Album,” the gooey stuff is more likely diet chocolate syrup.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Country star Kane Brown and Atlanta-based producer Polow Da Don are embroiled in a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money.The Grammy-nominated producer, whose real name is Jamal Jones, sued Brown in February claiming breach of contract, saying he has not been paid under the terms of a 2015 agreement and asked for damages in excess of $75,000.Brown’s attorneys responded on Monday with a countersuit, claiming the producer has made millions off Brown’s success based on a fraudulent contract and misled him about their agreement. Brown is seeking unspecified damages.An attorney for Jones did not immediately return an after-hours message seeking comment on Monday.Brown is one of country music’s rising stars, with multiple No. 1 hits including “Heaven” and “What Ifs,” and was the first artist to simultaneously chart atop all five Billboard country charts. His self-titled debut on Sony Music Nashville in 2016 was certified platinum and his sophomore effort, “Experiment,” debuted at No. 1 on both the pop and country charts last year.Jones has worked with Usher, The Pussycat Dolls, Nicki Minaj and more and filed the lawsuit under his company Zone 4. Jones’ lawsuit claims that he was using his connections in the music business to help develop Brown as a new artist, but Brown said Jones never recorded any of his songs, even though he is still credited as an executive producer on Brown’s songs.Brown said that Jones did not disclose that Zone 4 had an exclusive talent finding agreement with the Sony music label company that allowed Sony to preclude Zone 4 artists from shopping their music to other labels. Brown said that although other Nashville labels expressed interest in signing him, Sony sent cease and desist letters to them.“This severely limited Mr. Brown’s career choices and deprived him of considerable negotiating leverage,” Brown’s lawsuit claimes said.Jones’ lawsuit said the producer had no idea Brown was in negotiations to sign a record deal with Sony and said Zone 4 still owned the rights to Brown’s recording services. Jones claimed that Brown and his team stopped communicating with Zone 4 and were “attempting to sever the ties with the people responsible for building his career.”Brown’s countersuit said that an attorney for Zone 4 agreed in an email to terminate their contract in exchange for a new deal with Sony Music Nashville that would grant Zone 4 profits based on Brown’s recordings.Jones seeks a ruling validating his 2015 agreement with Brown as legally enforceable, while Brown claims the agreement was fraudulent and terminated in 2016.Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, country singer Kane Brown poses in Nashville, Tenn. Brown and producer Polow Da Don are suing each other over a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money. The producer claimed Brown breached his initial contract and asked for damages in a Feb. 2019 lawsuit. Brown’s attorneys filed a countersuit Monday, March 18, 2019, claiming that Brown was misled about the agreement and that the contract is fraudulent. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2019 5:21 pm PDT Country star Kane Brown countersues producer over contract
Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson to be inducted separately into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame TORONTO — Homegrown music legends Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson are being added to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.The folk singer-songwriters — who performed hits like “Four Strong Winds” as Ian & Sylvia before splitting up to forge solo careers — will receive individual inductions on Sept. 5 at Calgary’s National Music Centre.The former couple met in the summer of 1959 when Sylvia Tyson moved from her hometown of Chatham, Ont., to Toronto at age 18 to chase her dreams of a career in the burgeoning folk scene. They began a relationship both onstage and off before moving to New York together and signing with famed manager Albert Grossman — who steered Peter, Paul and Mary and would soon count Bob Dylan as a client.Ian & Sylvia’s second album, 1964’s “Four Strong Winds,” marked their breakthrough helped by the popularity of the title song, which Ian Tyson penned after an evening with Dylan. It has since been deemed one of the most influential songs in Canadian history, covered by artists including Neil Young, Johnny Cash and John Denver.Sylvia Tyson wrote “You Were on My Mind” for the pair and it went onto be covered by folk-rock group We Five, who took it to No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 1965.As folk music’s popularity waned, the duo moved to Nashville and began integrating strains of country and rock into their sound. They founded the country-rock outfit Great Speckled Bird, whose debut album released in 1970.The couple divorced in the mid-’70s and their careers diverged as well, with Ian Tyson moving to Alberta, where his songwriting embraced stronger elements of country western.Sylvia Tyson had a particularly busy creative period when she turned out four albums from 1975 to 1980, including “Woman’s World” and “Satin on Stone.” She also dedicated her time to behind-the-scenes work throughout the ’80s and ’90s and was a founding member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson’s inductions will coincide with the release of “Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes,” a collection of newly discovered concert recordings from the early ’70s, alternate studio takes of their popular hits, and previously unreleased songs. The double album will be out Sept. 6. David Friend, The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 9:48 am PDT Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
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