Mexican Tourism encourages more domestic travel

August 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTourism in Mexico has shown a significant increase last year and is expected to gain momentum in the next five years. The country recorded 83.2 million domestic travellers in 2015, resulting in an annual average growth rate of four percent, said Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, while anticipating a rise in the numbers up to 100 million by 2020.In the bid to boost tourism, the government plans to support social tourism projects while making a coordinated effort in promoting the domestic travel sector. Mexicans currently account for 82% of tourist spending in Mexico.“We want to take advantage of the weak exchange rate, so that instead of going abroad tourists will explore local destinations. This has to be linked to the growth of the economy, which is doing well, because the consumption is up,” said the Minister.More than developing new destinations, the Ministry of Tourism is currently focusing on consolidating the existing ones to efficiently exploit their potential in terms of resources.last_img read more

Zimbabwe adopts sustainable theme Travel Enjoy and Respect for 2017

August 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIn line with the United Nations’ (UN) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Zimbabwe has recently launched the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development under the theme, ‘Travel, Enjoy and Respect’.According to the latest Africa Tourism report published in 2015 by the Africa Development Bank Group, tourism industry in Africa showed tremendous progress with 65.3 million visitors generating $43.6 billion in 2014 compared to a mere 17 million visitors in 1990. South Africa, their neighbour to the south is the third tourism destination in Africa with 9.55 million visitors compared to a little over two million visitors to Zimbabwe.According to Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Zimbabwe, if people remain vigilant in protecting the environment, they will preserve Zimbabwe’s heritage to the next generation while ensuring the country becomes a preferred tourist destination and achieve its national plan of earning $5 billion by 2020 from $1 billion in 2015.His perspectives through which Sustainable Tourism could contribute significantly and accomplish the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe are:– First, Sustainable tourism’s direct effects, a myriad evidence show that tourism is more labour-intensive than other non-agricultural sectors.– Second, indirect effects occur through the tourism value chain.– Third, tourism has a wide range of dynamic effects.– Fourth, tourism has proven impact on development.By bringing key partners together for increasing aid for sustainable tourism, the sector can produce development results.last_img read more

Home Prices Tick Up Modestly in First Quarter FHFA

August 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Share Home Prices Tick Up Modestly in First Quarter: FHFA Agents & Brokers FHFA Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-23 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Home prices ticked up modestly over the first quarter this year, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) said Wednesday.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The agency recorded a 0.6 percent increase on a seasonally adjusted basis for its home price index, with prices rising 0.5 percent year-over-year.””Consistent with other housing market indicators, the FHFA HPI showed stronger house prices in the first quarter, most notably in March,”” FHFA Principal Economist Andrew Leventis said in a statement. “”Increased affordability and a somewhat smaller inventory of homes for sale are positively impacting house prices,”” he added.The index registered a 1.3 percent decline over the last four quarters. Purchase-only house prices went up 0.5 percent year-over-year.Inflation-adjusted prices for homes fell some 2.6 percent over the last year.The home price index rose over the first quarter in 30 states, including Washington, D.C. Annual increases took place in Hawaii (10.3 percent), the Capitol (9.8 percent), Iowa (5.7 percent), Florida (4.7 percent), and North Dakota (4.4 percent). May 23, 2012 441 Views last_img read more

Planet Home Lending Names Michael J Kula COO

August 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPlanet Home Lending Names Michael J. Kula COO April 30, 2018 548 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing Sharecenter_img Company News Mike Kula Planet Home Lending 2018-04-30 David Wharton Planet Financial Group, LLC, a privately held mortgage lender and servicer headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut, has announced that Michael J. Kula has joined the company as COO.Kula’s experience includes three decades of extraordinary leadership and management positions in mortgage businesses globally, growth strategy, sales, operations, and executive management. Kula will be responsible for coordinating execution of the Planet strategy plans and initiatives across its diverse business lines.“The company is extraordinarily lucky to have someone with Kula’s wide-ranging experience across all facets of our business,” said Planet Home Lending CEO and President Michael Dubeck. “Kula’s diverse experience at the highest levels gives us an advantage few of our competitors can match.”Most recently, Kula was a division president at ServiceLink, a Black Knight Company, where he led the company’s title and origination businesses. His focus included optimizing the integration of acquisitions, enhancing business margins, improving customer service, and increasing operational productivity.Before ServiceLink, Kula was Global Managing Director of Mortgage Business Development at IBM. While there, he improved IBM’s global mortgage strategy by analyzing key market and client opportunities, further leveraging assets and analytics, providing consultative services, and expanding key industry relationships.During his three decades in the industry, he has worked with some of the industry leading firms in the business, including Bank of America, Wachovia (Wells Fargo), Washington Mutual, Mellon Mortgage (now JPMorgan Chase), and Lloyds Banking Group.Founded in 2007, Planet Home Lending is a privately held, national residential mortgage lender with multiple business channels uniquely positioned to provide competitive products and services. The company is an approved originator and servicer for FHA, VA, and USDA as well as a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer, and a full Ginnie Mae Issuer and approved sub-servicer.last_img read more

Two years ago the transformation of the silo barre

August 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTwo years ago the transformation of the silo barrels began, and evolved into a state-of-the-art contemporary new hotel. Fifty-two guest rooms are inside the barrels of the former silos! Launceston has a new hotel – Peppers Silo Hotel – and the doors to the ten level, 108 guest room property are now open to the public.Located in a prime position on the edge of Tasmania’s River Tamar, and close to the beautiful Cataract Gorge, the property was originally erected in 1960, and the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades. The hotel includes a restaurant and bar called Grain of the Silos, undercover car parking, conference facilities for up to 500 people, an integrated lobby and reception space, fully equipped gym, day spa, child minding facilities, hairdressing salon, function centre, private dining rooms, restaurant and cocktail bar with views overlooking the water all the way to Cataract Gorge.Gorge River RoomDriving Grain of the Silos’ kitchen are Head Chef Peter Twitchett, and Food Director and TV personality Massimo Mele, who will oversee the menu in an advisory role. Both Peter and Massimo recently completed a food tour, meeting all of the local producers they will be working with to source only the best ingredients. Tasmanian Wine Educator Curly Haslam-Coates has carefully curated the wine list, which features award-winning wines from regions across Tasmania and afar. hotelLauncestonPeppers Silo HotelTasmania Peppers Silo have also worked closely with Guide Dogs Tasmania to employ a Canine Ambassador called Archie. Archie is a beautiful black Labrador who resides at the hotel and helps concierge with daily tasks such as greeting guests and delivering the morning newspapers to guests staying at Peppers Silo. ArchieTOP IMAGE: Tamar River Suitelast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories While Kolb will get the nod Sunday against the Saints,Skelton figures to be under center when the Cardinals visitthe Chiefs the following week.Of note, though, is Jeremy Bridges being the first-stringright tackle over rookie Bobby Massie, Ryan Williams leadingthe way at running back and free agent acquisition WilliamGay starting on the other side of Patrick Peterson atcornerback. For what it’s worth, Kevin Kolb will be the ArizonaCardinals’ starting QB Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game.The Cardinals released their first depth chart of the preseason Monday,and Kolb is listed first, with challenger JohnSkelton his backup.Chances are the order is insignificant for now, asCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has alternated between bothKolb and Skelton throughout training camp, and preseasonstarts will likely be no different.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and Skelton has been one of the most-talked-about in the entire National Football League. But it’ll be Skelton, who threw for 131 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions in the preseason, who will guide the offense in the opener. Comments   Share   Top Stories In Kolb’s absence last season, Skelton led the Cardinals to a 5-2 record as the starter. His success in 2011 may have helped him lock up the job this season.Kolb completed 22-of-37 passes for 203 yards in four preseason games, and his quarterback rating (49.7) was slightly lower than Skelton’s (50.6).Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled to speak at a press conference at 2:00 p.m. Arizona time Friday, and it will be covered live on Arizona Sports 620. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ John Skelton will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals’ season opener a week from Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.At least, that’s what NFL Reporter and XM radio host Adam Caplan is reporting. John Skelton will start at QB for the Cardinals at least in wk. 1, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 31, 2012 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Massie said he stayed sharp and improved by facing Arizona’s first-team defense. For someone like Massie, who was looking to earn a first-team spot, that was his way of showing the coaches what he was capable of. And while that may be a difficult situation, he said it’s one he could not afford to fret about.“You can’t look at it that way because that’s going to be your ticket onto the field,” he said. “You can try to pout and be mad that you’re not out there playing on Sundays, but during the week is what counts.”And if he should see the field Sunday, Massie believes he’ll show everyone he’s improved from the end of last season.“The thing that haunted me last year was the pass protection,” he said. “So the thing that I did in the offseason and all through this season is just make sure I don’t give up any sacks.“In practice, in walkthroughs, just make sure I become a dominant pass protector in this league.” 0 Comments   Share   Based on that, most figured Massie would be the team’s starting right tackle this season, but the addition of veteran Eric Winston just before training camp sent the second-year pro to the bench. With the current group of linemen struggling to keep defenders away from quarterback Carson Palmer, head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin have hinted that Massie may find himself back in the lineup some when the Cardinals face the Falcons Sunday.“We’re hoping, we’ll see how the game goes,” Arians said. “But I’d like to get him in and get some action.”Arians said Massie has looked good the last few weeks, and is likely to play at least a series. From there, they’ll “see how it goes.”Massie is certainly looking forward to the opportunity to get back on the field, saying he’s made sure to practice every week as if he was going to play. He admitted having to sit so much has been frustrating, but understands that the NFL is a business and all he can do is continue to work hard.“It’s not my call to say who goes out there and who doesn’t,” he said. “I just do what I can during the week during practice and wait to see what the decision is Sunday.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bobby Massie’s rookie season was really a tale of two halves.Pressed into a starting role from the beginning, the fourth-round pick out of Ole Miss struggled mightily out of the gate.According to ProFootballFocus, Massie allowed pressure on 14.5 percent of his pass blocking snaps in the season’s first seven games, surrendering 47 total pressures: 12 sacks, two QB hits and 33 hurries.However, things turned around shortly thereafter, as the rookie found his footing and allowed a total of just 14 pressures over the final nine games. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

There are a handful of reasons for the Arizona Car

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThere are a handful of reasons for the Arizona Cardinals to have interest in former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.With Todd Bowles leaving to become the head coach of the New York Jets, the team has a hole to fill, and Arians is familiar with the coach from their time together in Pittsburgh.Of course, there is one other reason.“There’s not a greater coach in the world,” he told Frank Bodani of YDR.com LeBeau, 77, has been coaching in the NFL since 1973, and spent the last 11 seasons running one of the league’s better defenses in Pittsburgh. But the organization decided to let him go, and Arians, who is coming off a season in which his team won 11 games, is interested in bringing his talents aboard. Of course, LeBeau would not necessarily be the team’s defensive coordinator. It has been reported that Arians would like to see the Hall of Famer come in as more of a senior adviser to a younger coach. There is plenty of value in his experience, and there’s no doubt LeBeau has a wealth of knowledge to impart.“I learned so much football from veteran coaches,” Arians said. “I love people who love the history of the game. These young guys only know one system, and when that fails they don’t have any answers. That’s why young head coaches fail.”It was reported last week that LeBeau was going to meet with Arians and the Cardinals this week. It has also noted that Arians would like to hire his new defensive coordinator from within, with likely candidates being defensive backs coach Nick Rapone and outside linebackers coach James Bettcher. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

While Stanton bigpictured the Cardinals recent o

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWhile Stanton big-pictured the Cardinals’ recent offensive struggles through an 0-2 preseason — especially with the first team — he was also referring to his own.Here in the preseason, Stanton has completed just 4-of-13 passes for 74 yards with two interceptions and one sack; certainly not the type of production once would expect from a player entering his 10th season in the league.“I don’t really have any concern,” head coach Bruce Arians said, adding Stanton’s stat line is a result of mechanical issues. “It’s not like it happens every day. It happened a couple of times in the ballgame. It’s happened a couple of times in practice. It’s a pattern of sliding up (in the pocket), dropping your shoulder and the ball is going too high. “You’ve got to throw the ball to second base, not center field. It’s just a matter of repetitive drill work.”Stanton has played seven series totaling 30 snaps in the preseason, and it was with him under center when the Cardinals scored their one and only touchdown, a drive highlighted by a 32-yard pass to tight end Troy Niklas against Oakland.Still, what Stanton and others remember are the two interceptions.“The first one, thinking back to the Raiders game, I had no business trying to throw that ball. I tried to fit it into to J.B. (Jaron Brown). I’ve got a comfort level with J.B. because I’ve been working with him now for four years,” he said. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passes during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img “The second interception in that game (in San Diego), I was thinking about trying to take the diagonal route or a flat route right to Jermaine (Gresham). The safety dropped in and I was thinking about trying to take that and then was just foolishly trying to come all the way back across the field and throw a bang-post that I didn’t really see and didn’t do it. That’s what B.A. was talking about. Got my body in a bad position to try and make a throw and unfortunately, it sailed on me.”Again, mistakes that are all easily correctable.For Stanton, the preseason isn’t about stats, individual or team. It’s about knocking off the rust and finding a comfort level with a game you haven’t played in more than seven month, at least against a different-colored uniform.Stanton and the Cardinals visit Houston on Sunday, providing another opportunity to get ready for the regular season.“You get a false sense of security sometimes when you’re out there in training camp because you’re not getting hit, so that’s why, I think, it’s important for us as quarterbacks to get hit a little bit, feel that, get that sense and get that comfort level back,” he said. “I think that was definitely accomplished last week. I did some things where I was seeing the field a lot better and just felt more comfortable walking away from that game last week.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. – A quick history lesson from Arizona Cardinals quarterback and professor Drew Stanton.“I was in Detroit when we went 4-0 in the preseason and proceeded to go 0-16 in the regular season,” he said, referring to 2008, his second year in the NFL.In other words, according to Stanton, let’s not draw huge conclusions on games that don’t count in the standings.“The preseason is great, don’t get me wrong, it helps you build confidence and you work on different things,” he continued. “I think sometimes people get caught up in the records, and you want to win football games. Any time you step out on the field you want to put your best foot forward, but there’s also things we’re trying to accomplish, little areas that might not be visible that we’re getting better at and trying to get better communication in.”last_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Drew Stanton breathed a heavy si

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — Drew Stanton breathed a heavy sigh. Evan Boehm declined to comment despite an active history on the topic. Tyvon Branch walked away for fear he’d say something he regretted.“I think I’m going to stay away from that one,” Branch said. “I don’t have too many nice things to say.”Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, Va., have been discussed within the confines of the Cardinals locker room. There was universal disgust for the unbridled racism on display by white supremacist marchers, sorrow for the three people who died, and a collective shake of the head that such events are still taking place in America. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “In 2017, you wouldn’t think that you’d be seeing these types of things but at the end of the day, the way I look at it is it’s an eye opener for people,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “It’s just tough to wrap your head around it, but you need to pull that lid back because there’s a lot of people that really didn’t think racism existed. Now that you’re seeing this and seeing it on camera, this is something that needs to be said. Now that’s it’s out, what are we going to do?”Linebacker Karlos Dansby believes he has greater insight on the issue because of his upbringing and history with racism.“I’m from Alabama,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff that took place in Birmingham with the 16th Street (Baptist Church) bombings. There’s a lot of things that I’ve been able to overcome that people don’t even know.“We’ve got a lot of work to do as people. It was definitely a setback and it’s sad to see something like that take place; very disturbing. It’s sad that we’re still living like that. At some point, we’re going to have to get over it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 23 Comments   Share   President Donald Trump, who will be in town Tuesday for a campaign-style rally, has come under severe and widespread criticism for his handling of, and comments on, the topic. Dansby and Bethea are among those critics.“First of all, you’ve got to know the history before you even speak on it — what really took place in the United States,” Dansby said. “He’s been alive for a lot longer than I have but his awareness and his knowledge of the history is very minute. For him to speak on the things and topics he was speaking on, he wasn’t prepared.”Bethea didn’t like the message Trump delivered.“For somebody to be the leader of a free nation, in my eyes, I don’t think that’s the right narrative you should put out,” Bethea added. “I’m not a big political guy but at the end of the day we all have morals, we all are grown folks that know right from wrong. We should be able to speak out on that regardless of what religion you are, if you’re a liberal or whatever the case may be.“Right is right. Wrong is wrong.”Stanton said the team isn’t thinking much about Trump’s visit because it falls during training camp, but he was at a loss for how to ease the racial tensions apparent in the nation. This Jan. 27, 2009 file photo shows Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby speaking to reporters during the team’s media day for Super Bowl XLIII, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “There is no right answer to it or solution,” he said. “You just hate to see stuff like that still occur.”While Bethea admitted there are no easy solutions, he does feel action is imperative.“This is the time for people to speak out. Black, white, regardless,” he said. “If you’re silent about it, you’re for it, so I think it’s a time for people to speak out and the people who are against racism have got to come together.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitterlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson 21

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgArizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) points to the stands after intercepting a pass agains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) With eight receptions and 18 receiving yards, Fitzgerald will record 100+ receptions and 1,000+ receiving yards, becoming the first player in NFL history to hit those marks in a season he began at age 34 or older. In addition, Fitzgerald would join Jerry Rice (14), Randy Moss (10), Tim Brown (9), Terrell Owens (9) and Jimmy Smith (9) as the only players with 1,000+ receiving yards in at least nine seasons.“We’re playing for stats right now. We’re playing for completion ratings. We’re playing for what you’re giving up this time of the year because this time of the year,” Peterson said, “guys start to think about vacations and start planning things. I’m not worried. I have two games left on the schedule that I’m looking to finish strong.”A big ticket lostFor Peterson, the Christmas Eve matchup against the Giants does not have the same excitement as it did back when the schedule was announced in April. And it has nothing to do with either team’s current record.“This was a big ticket for me this week. I was definitely looking forward to this matchup,” he said.Much of the luster was lost, in Peterson’s eyes, when Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a fellow LSU Tiger, suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Oct. 8. TEMPE, Ariz. – Don’t tell the Arizona Cardinals there isn’t anything to play for this week, or next week.“We trying to win games. We trying to get another ‘W’,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.Sure, the playoffs are out of reach, and perhaps have been for some time now. The loss at Washington officially eliminated the Cardinals from contention.Still, don’t expect the Cardinals to just cruise through the end of 2017. Head coach Bruce Arians made that quite clear on Monday, when he announced the change at quarterback, saying Drew Stanton gives them the best chance to beat the New York Giants. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling No one knows for sure, let alone the man himself.On Nov. 11, the Cardinals announced they had signed Fitzgerald to a one-year extension, thus keeping the face of the franchise under contract through 2018. However, Fitzgerald has yet to commit, at least publicly, to playing next season.“I don’t know,” he said, when asked when a decision might be made. “I’m going to take some time and figure it out. I’ll let you know, though.”Still, might Fitzgerald linger a little longer on the field post-game just in case it is his last home game?“No,” he said. “I’ll do what I usually do, say hello to my guys on the other team and head to the locker room. It’s no different.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 5 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “He’s still the only one I haven’t guarded yet, as far as a top-tier receiver. He’s the only one I haven’t had the opportunity to go up against,” Peterson said. “I’m telling you, this was a big ticket for me. I was definitely looking forward to this game because I believe Odell, he’s special. He has the speed, he has the agility, he has the quickness, he has the hands, the toughness; he has everything that you would want in a receiver. It’s just unfortunate to not have him out there on Sunday. I was definitely looking forward to this game.”Unlike most, Peterson welcomes the challenge of facing the other team’s No. 1 receiver.“No doubt about it. I mean, that’s why I play the game,” he said. “I believe that’s the only way you’re able to leave your mark, when you’re guarding the best each and every down. You want that, and that’s why I play the game, to get my opponent’s best shot and if it’s going up against the best player, that’s what I want.”Fitzgerald’s futureWith Sunday being the final home game of the 2017 season, the question had to be asked: Might the game also mark the final time Fitzgerald plays in front of Cardinals fans at University of Phoenix Stadium. Top Stories “We’re not going to throw our hands up and say, ‘Hey, let’s lose the games, get a better draft pick.’ That’s all (expletive) to me,” Arians said.And therein lies the difference in thinking between coaches and players with that of fans and media.“It’s about being a professional. It’s about being a leader. It’s about being accountable. It doesn’t change that we’re mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. We still got two opportunities to go put some good tape on the field,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday.“The thing about it, I’m always telling the young guys is that we’re constantly being evaluated. Everything you put on the practice tape, everything you put on the game tape, somebody will be making the decision if they want to have you back here next year or if they want to give you a contract extension or if they’re going to send you packing. This is a performance-based business and every time you step on that field you have to understand that somebody is evaluating your every single step, your every single decision.“That’s never been lost to me and I hope the young guys understand that also.”There are also individual milestones within reach, including two big ones for Fitzgerald.last_img read more

Perhaps he was relatively quiet because he took th

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPerhaps he was relatively quiet because he took the topic personally.McKinley hasn’t been knocking quarterbacks down, let alone out, and that’s the primary job description attached to defensive ends.• Tevin Coleman 48th in league in yards after contact (The Falcoholic)Tevin Coleman is in the middle of his worst season in a usually productive career year. He averaged 4.5 and 4.4 yards per carry in his first two seasons, most notably averaging 13.6 yards per catch in 2016.Since then it’s been tough sledding. Coleman has gotten more opportunities with Devonta Freeman’s injuries however his effectiveness as dropped to 4.0 yards per carry in 2017, and 4.1 yards per carry this season. It’s not expected he would lead the league in yards per carry, a title held by Phillip Lindsay at 5.8 yards per carry. However, he’s sandwiched between Latavius Murray and T.J. Murray as the 36th most effective back based on yards per carry.• Julio Jones, Hooper held out of Falcons’ practice (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (foot/calf), tight end Austin Hooper (knee/ankle), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (groin/shoulder) and defensive tackle Terrell McClain (toe) did not practice on Wednesday, according to the team’s official injury report. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Wide receiver Julio Jones has over 1,400 receiving yards while quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns compared to six interceptions.Here’s more of what’s happening in Atlanta before the Cardinals and Falcons play in the latter’s final home game of the season.Saturday, December 15•  Falcons vs. Cardinals: One reason to worry, one reason to feel confident (The Falcoholic)The Falcons have one of the league’s worst pass defenses, but the Cardinals have a 1970s air assault. Something will have to give, but for once, I don’t think it’ll be Atlanta’s D.On the other hand, the Falcons’ passing attack has gone completely in the tank.•  Where the Atlanta Falcons stand heading into Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals (The Falcoholic)The Falcons should win this. When you put their roster side-by-side with Arizona, there’s only a small handful of spots where the Cardinals are actually more talented.The Falcons are just underachieving at an impressive level, having made a series of boneheaded in-game decisions and errors of execution that somehow are even worse than a year ago.If they can get their stuff together, even slightly, they should be favorites here. The Arizona Cardinals’ best chance at winning another football game this season likely comes Sunday on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons have dropped five games in a row and have lost to sub-.500 teams like the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers during that time.They sit at 4-9 after last week’s 34-20 loss to the Packers, compared to the Cardinals’ 3-10 record.Even so, the star power remains for the NFC South’s bottom feeder. Related LinksCardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche heads to IR, needs knee surgeryThe Arizona Cardinals aren’t just bad, they’re also unwatchableRapid Reactions: Cardinals’ offense struggles in loss to Lions “It was our Friday check-in,” Quinn said. “We meet on Fridays and see where the progress is and how he’s progressing….I just want to get an update to see where he’s at.”Thursday, December 13• Grady Jarrett is model of consistency and endurance (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)In a Falcons season that’s gone every which way but right, there has been perhaps one thing certain: Grady Jarrett’s going to be there. He’s going to play ball the way he’s supposed to, and there’s just about no chance of him puffing his chest in high moments or freaking out in lows.• Julio Jones sent home with flu-like symptoms (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was sent home from the facility with flu-like symptoms on Thursday.“Julio was sent home sick today,” coach Dan Quinn said. “We fully expect him to be back tomorrow and get going for Sunday.”Jones will be ready to play against the Cardinals at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.• From Yale to the NFL: How Foye Oluokun has gone from ‘unknown’ to Falcons starter (Atlanta Falcons)Following the pro days, Oluokun said he was unsure if he would get drafted. He and his agent were looking at teams he could sign with as an undrafted free agent – one of them being the Falcons. Wednesday, December 12• Matt Ryan hopes to get Falcons’ offense back on track (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)The Falcons’ offense showed flashes of its former self Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.They are hopeful that the brief trend continues when the Falcons (4-9) play the Arizona Cardinals (3-10) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The rushing attack was active and quarterback Matt Ryan didn’t look like he was running a fire drill every time that he dropped back to pass in the 34-20 loss to the Packers.• Matt Ryan on Falcons’ offensive penalties, lack of focus: ‘Those mistakes are tough to overcome’ (Atlanta Falcons)Focus has been a big topic of conversation at the Falcons practice facility this week, and it’s something Matt Ryan would like to see more consistently across the board from the offense.When the unit is dialed in, Atlanta’s offense can be among the very best in the league. This season, however, that hasn’t often been the case. The Falcons’ 34-20 loss to the Packers last Sunday provided a good example of that.• Falcons looking for Takk to make a comeback (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Takk McKinley wasn’t much in the mood to talk Wednesday, at least not in detail about Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s message of the day, which was “prepare and focus.” Top Stories Fastforward to draft weekend, the Falcons selected Oluokun in the sixth round as the 200th-overall pick.At 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, the Falcons liked the physicality he played with. Oluokun primarily played safety during his career at Yale until his final year when he switched the role of the hybrid linebacker-safety position that’s becoming more popular in today’s game.The Falcons didn’t necessarily know exactly what position they would feature him at when they drafted him, but they knew they liked his skillset.• The Falcons got an extended look at five young players vs. the Packers and here’s what they saw (Atlanta Falcons)While there isn’t a full-blown youth movement going on in Atlanta, the Falcons’ current situation has allowed them to begin evaluating some of the younger players who could be a part of the future. There are already a number of young guys like Calvin Ridley and Foye Oluokun who have become impact players for Atlanta, so they won’t be discussed here, but several guys saw increased action last weekend against the Packers.• Just 7% of Falcons fans polled ahead of Week 15 feel confident about the direction of the team (The Falcoholic)If you thought the fanbase’s confidence in this team had reached rock bottom, the last week probably denuded you of that notion. Even the starriest-eyed fans and writers here are just plain tired of the Falcons at this point, and the Green Bay game somehow managed to be a new low in a season full of fresh ones. Hooper’s 64 receptions rank fourth in the NFL for tight ends and his 557 receiving yards are a career high.What will be especially important for the Cardinals is stopping Hooper on third down.Quarterback Matt Ryan has targeted Hooper 20 times on third or fourth down this season, and the duo has connected for a first down on 11 of those targets.“I’ve seen a lot,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of Hooper’s growth. “What I have also seen is his ability to finish plays … So I’ve been really impressed with his yards after the catch, his reliability.“I thought he was one of the players that have made a significant jump for sure. He’s certainly getting the looks.”• Flat Falcons can’t wave 2018 goodbye soon enough (The Falcoholic)As disappointing a season as it’s been for the Cardinals, it may be more disappointing for the Falcons.Atlanta was a good fourth quarter away from winning the Super Bowl two years ago and are now in last place in their division, which hasn’t been strong outside of the New Orleans Saints.Opponents have been using the Cardinals, who are widely considered among the worst NFL teams, as a chance to salvage a win in a lost season. Friday, December 14•  Ito Smith getting a bigger piece of Falcons’ pie (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Ito Smith came out to chat the other day, which was a little different, and he sounded different, as if he fit and as if the Falcons’ rookie running back is getting up to speed.He carried the football 11 times for 60 yards Sunday at Green Bay, to lead the Falcons in rushing, and caught three passes for another 14 yards.•  Arthur Blank issues statement on passing of Falcons great Bill Fralic (AtlantaFalcons.com)Former Falcons offensive lineman Bill Fralic passed away at the age of 56 on Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to a release by the University of Pittsburgh athletic department.Fralic was selected by the Falcons with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, and he went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, including eight with the Falcons. During his time in Atlanta, Fralic was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was a two-time All-Pro.• Quinn gives update on Devonta Freeman: ‘We are not there yet’ (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)After the Falcons practice on Friday, running back Devonta Freeman and head coach Dan Quinn had their weekly meeting on his recovering from sports hernia surgery. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 8 Comments   Share   Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This game will be no different. From the article:The team probably needs another win to bump up the maladies that flow through the locker room and give the players a little something to build on for next season. There are no guarantees, though. If they look like this the rest of the way out, they may not win another game.• A quick look at Josh Rosen and the Cardinals (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has been complimentary of the Cardinals’ rookie signal caller this week.Quinn said he watched multiple of Josh Rosen’s college games in his pre-draft studies of the quarterbacks and liked what he saw.“I was very impressed by Rosen,” Quinn said. “The accuracy, the quickness, the mental quickness of where to go with the ball.”In particular, he liked how Rosen performed against his college rival, USC.“I can remember going back through a UCLA and USC game, back and forth because both quarterbacks in that same game to see those two against similar players, both of them had played Stanford,” Quinn said.“I remember going back and watching that game until I treated both of the quarterbacks against common opponents. I could clearly remember as we’re getting into the preparation of this week, but the quickness that the ball came out of his hands with the decision where to go with it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Guard Ben Garland (back), linebacker Deion Jones (foot), tight end Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) and running back Ito Smith (neck) were limited in practice.Tuesday, December 11• Falcons will consider keeping Freeman-Coleman tandem together (ESPN.com)At the end of last season, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he could envision a scenario in which the team would re-sign running back Tevin Coleman, even after inking starter Devonta Freeman to a long-term contract.That scenario remains a possibility, according to coach Dan Quinn.• For Falcons, winning still beats tanking (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines a game between two of the NFL’s worst.For the Falcons, the game also follows the city’s MLS Cup victory, which took place in Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the Falcons play.Hummer argues that just because the discussion is now about draft position instead of playoff position, the Falcons must play for progress heading into next season.• Austin Hooper’s role continues to increase as he puts up career numbers for third straight season (Atlanta Falcons)Falcons tight end Austin Hooper has been a thorn in the side of defenses this season and has arguably become the Falcons’ No. 2 receiving threat behind Julio Jones.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Club Med Bali will com

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterClub Med Bali will complete an ongoing full renovation project of the resort, and is relaunching as the perfect location for a Family, Wellness & Cultural holiday in 2017. Located in the serene and peaceful enclave of Nusa Dua, the unique and inimitable Premium All-Inclusive resort will offer a newly improved range of plentiful activities for guests from all ages and walks of life come 2017.Must-try experiencesA holistic holiday in nature for all members of the family, the new Club Med Bali is designed with “Must-Try Experiences” to inspire lifelong learning, appreciation for different cultures, a calm and collected state of mind and develop priceless memories with loved ones.“A key trend of the travel industry: more travellers are seeking unique experiences during their holidays, be it a cultural immersion or an offbeat wellness retreat,” shared Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med. “The pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive concept, Club Med is well equipped to offer our guests more than just a relaxing holiday – our exceptional locations and well-developed activities constantly undergo reviews and upgrading exercises to provide the best resort experience on top of our Premium All-Inclusive concept.”Guests can enjoy the following new activities together with their loved ones:Discover the mystical Balinese culture togetherA newly constructed Arts & Crafts studio offering cultural art activities,Delectable and authentic Indonesian cuisine and cooking demonstrationsInsightful encounters with traditional Balinese ceremoniesEnriching Bahasa Melayu language lessonsCultural evenings on the beach with entrancing Balinese dance and fire performancesIdyllic and contemporary Zen Pool space to unwind inSunrise and sunset yoga by the beachPeaceful meditation sessionsLush and exotic Balinese spa packages at the spa by Mandara SpaExciting water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and more in the majestic and sun-dappled waves of the Bali seaBotanical track showcasing the lush and fragrant nature highlights of BaliIndulgent fresh seafood dinners at gourmet lounge, The Deck.The perfect learning playground for childrenNot forgetting the needs and wants of the little ones, Club Med Bali offers a comprehensive Kids’ Club programme and curated services that expose children aged four months to 17 years to the wonders of Bali’s rich culture and lush nature. Housed within the lively and vivid Family Space and run by specially trained Club Med GOs, educational activities such as dancing, petit chef cooking, painting and other arts and crafts serve to spark the children’s enthusiasm and imagination, as they run and play in organised sessions around the resort.A seamless fusion of modern and traditionalThe three-year renovation project saw existing facilities, such as the rooms, transformed into artfully designed areas with a blend of contemporary functionality and authentic Balinese style. New buildings such as the tranquil and luxurious Zen Pool, gourmet lounge The Deck, colourful and inviting Family Space and Splash Park were added to the resort to provide havens for both adults and children to be in their element.Along with a larger than life statue of the Buddha, numerous Balinese Temples occupy the resort grounds as well, lending a touch of spiritual Zen to the atmosphere. Providing a harmonious blend of cultural and progressive architectural highlights, guests are welcome to recline and luxuriate to the fullest during their stay at Club Med Bali.“For anyone looking for the ultimate destination to spend a family holiday on one of the world’s most truly magical islands, Club Med Bali has it all,” says Xavier Desaulles, Club Med’s South East Asia Pacific CEO. “With these latest additions, you can see that the new Club Med Bali has something for everyone, guaranteeing the perfect Family, Wellness and Culture stay.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Solar panels and electr

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSolar panels and electric cars may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of the luxurious lifestyle of the city-state, but Monaco is leading the way when it comes to a sustainable future in Europe.To share details of the principality’s new identity, Visit Monaco, in association with Monte-Carlo’s largest hospitality group, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), Monacair and L’Orangerie Liqueur, hosted a Monaco Soirée on Sydney Harbour on the evening of Tuesday 11 September. Just 50 guests were invited aboard superyacht Ghost II for an exclusive cocktail reception with the Monaco delegation of Alice Gentils (Monte-Carlo SBM Director of Sales), Sophie Ducroux (Monte-Carlo SBM Business Development APAC), Hadrien Bourely (Honorary Consul of Monaco – NSW, QLD, NT), Anthony Knox (representative Monte-Carlo SBM for Australia), Alison Roberts-Brown (Visit Monaco Regional Director Australia & NZ) and Lena Froelich (Visit Monaco Regional Manager Australia & NZ).Ghost II is one of Sydney Harbour’s most luxurious superyachtsMonte-Carlo SBM, who, earlier this year, unveiled the ultra-luxurious Princess Grace Suite at Hôtel de Paris, updated the industry on the latest news happening in its portfolio of properties including the 2019 relaunch of the iconic five-star Hôtel de Paris after a four-year multi-million-dollar renovation and the opening of One Monte-Carlo, a brand-new Business Tourism Hub right on Casino Square, scheduled to launch in 2019.Visit Monaco’s new campaign promotes the principality’s environmental credentialsMonaco: On track to carbon neutralityVisit Monaco recently launched a ‘Green is the New Glam’ campaign driven by the principality’s mission to be carbon neutral by 2050 and promoting Monaco as a destination that is as environmentally conscious as it is glamorous.Over canapés, champagne and L’Orangerie cocktails, guests learned that it is His Serene Highness (HSH) Prince Albert II who is leading the environmental charge. His charity, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has funded studies and projects from Africa to Antarctica, with HSH himself taking an active role (a legacy of his great-great-grandfather, Albert I, the ‘Explorer Prince’). In his homeland – the second-smallest nation in the world behind the Vatican at just two square kilometres – small changes are gradually having a big impact.L’Orangerie is an authentic orange liquor from Monaco, made from the left-over orange rinds of local restaurants and hotels.Already, Monaco’s carbon dioxide emissions are a quarter below 1990 levels and its ambitious target is in sight. Residents eschewing the latest Lamborghini or Ferrari in favour of electric vehicles are rewarded with up to €9,000, and there is a country-wide fleet of Mobee vehicles – all-electric, tandem-seat Renault Twizys – as a car-share system. Waste water is treated and recycled and seawater is used for the cooling towers of major buildings. Monte-Carlo SBM has come on board with dedicated ‘Green Teams’, solar panels installed on rooftops and underground heat pumps, which power the entire central heating and air-conditioning system of the Fairmont Monte-Carlo. Even the emblematic Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix has a green incarnation, the all-electric Formula E Grand Prix. Contrary to trends elsewhere in Europe, green space in the city-state is actually increasing thanks to public and private parkland and Terre de Monaco, a sustainable urban agriculture project led by Swiss ex-model, Jessica Sbaraglia, that sees organic produce grown on the few flat spaces left in the principality. The project even runs the on-site kitchen garden of Monte-Carlo Bay hotel’s Michelin-starred Blue Bay restaurant.Protection of the oceans has been a Monégasque mission since the creation of the Oceanographic Institute under Albert I. The venerable organisation was headed for three decades by Jacques Cousteau, the French adventurer, marine conservationist and documentarian, and today remains an important base for raising awareness on issues from microalgae bloom to plastic pollution.Monaco delegation at Philippe restaurant, Melbourne (left to right): Sophie Ducroux (Monte-Carlo SBM Business Development APAC), Anthony Knox (representative Monte-Carlo SBM for Australia), Alice Gentils (Monte-Carlo SBM Director of Sales), Professor Tim Flannery, Alison Roberts-Brown (Visit Monaco Regional Director Australia &NZ) and Lena Froelich (Visit Monaco Regional Manager Australia & NZ).The Monaco Tourism Roadshow continued to Melbourne, where guests were treated to a sit-down dinner at Philippe restaurant. Special guest of the night was Professor Tim Flannery, Australia’s leading conservationist and a Foundation Board Member of the Prince Albert II Foundation. At both events, guests got to sample L’Orangerie, an authentic orange liquor from Monaco made from the left-over orange rinds of local restaurants and hotels.Lead image: The Monaco delegation on board Ghost II in Sydney Harbour (left to right): Lena Froelich (Visit Monaco Regional Manager Australia & NZ), Alison Roberts-Brown (Visit Monaco Regional Director Australia & NZ), Anthony Knox (representative Monte-Carlo SBM for Australia), Hadrien Bourely (Honorary Consul of Monaco – NSW, QLD, NT), Alice Gentils (Monte-Carlo SBM Director of Sales) and Sophie Ducroux (Monte-Carlo SBM Business Development APAC).Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Luton becomes first London airport to retu

August 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_img RelatedLuton becomes first London airport to return to normal scheduleLuton Airport became the first in London to begin operating flights at full capacity fAsh cloud affecting Scottish flights todayFlights to the Hebrides from Glasgow have been disrupted today (May 7th) following advice from the Civil Aviation Authority.UK flights disrupted by Icelandic volcanic ashUK flights disrupted by Icelandic volcanic ash Heathrow and Gatwick airports partially reopened this morning (May 17th) after a new cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland brought overnight restrictions.The UK’s busiest airports saw services operating from 07:00 after passengers experienced a night of numerous delays and cancellations, although restrictions remain in place in other parts of the country.Air traffic control organisation Nats decided to implement a no-fly zone following consultations with the Met Office and the Department for Transport has said that disruptions across Britain are likely until tomorrow at least.Robin Tudor, a spokesman from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said there is however a difference between restrictions being lifted and flights operating to normal schedules.”Just because the restriction is lifted doesn’t mean the flights are back on,” he commented.It is hoped that this new ash cloud will blow over fairly quickly, allowing services to return to normal sooner rather than later.See Volcano Ash Updates and Advice for moreReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

New York City welcomed Mexicos Minister of Touris

August 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNew York City welcomed Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo, who began a series of working meetings on Monday, reinforcing the campaign “Welcome Back”. Elizondo is meeting with tour operators, service providers and top media outlets.The minister’s main objective is to help recover the drop of international tourists to Mexico for the upcoming winter season and to strengthen the “Welcome Back” campaign, which seeks to reposition Mexico as an international destination.Accompanied by the CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board, Oscar Fitch, the two launched meetings with key industry leaders, tour operators and NYC’s top publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast &Travel Weekly, just to name a few.The “Welcome Back” campaign, launched on June 13th is a multi-media marketing campaign aimed at travelers from the U.S. and Canada. The main message to travelers is to welcome them back and remind them that the Magic of Mexico hasn’t changed.Tourism is one of the most important industries in Mexico; in fact revenue generated by tourists reached $13.2 billion in 2008. And, last year Mexico welcomed 22.6 million international visitors- a 5.9 percent increase from the previous year, of which, 18 million were Americans.With that said, the campaign will focus on 12 major markets in the United States and six markets in Canada, which combined, represent over 80% of Mexico’s international tourists. Campaigns for Europe, Asia and Latino America are also planned for a later date.Top: David Wood, President, Association Bridal Consulting; Thomas Curtin , Vice President, Association Bridal Consulting; Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo; Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board; in New York City, during a series of meetings being held throughout the week.Below: Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board; Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly; Mexico’s Minister of Tourism Rodolfo Elizondo, Mariana Mora, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board in New York; Ken Kiesnoski, Mexico Editor, Travel Weekly; during a series of meetings being held throughout the week.www.visitmexico.comlast_img read more

Silversea is making it easier for guests to design

August 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSilversea is making it easier for guests to design their own unique experiences ashore with the introduction of its new “Silver Shore Concierge” service. With the recent launch of this innovative program, guests or their travel agent now need only to call the dedicated toll-free phone line, 1-800-968-9518,or email concierge@silversea.com, to request assistance in making personalized, private onshore arrangements. The Silver Shore Concierge desk can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (East Coast time, U.S.), Monday through Friday.“The new Silver Shore Concierge desk has been created to provide our guests with one-to-one consultations and creative assistance,” said Darius Mehta, Silversea’s director of land programs. “Our team of destination experts are happy to set up arrangements to meet a guest’s specific requirements, tailored to their personal interests, or help guests design their own one-of-a-kind onshore experience.”The Silver Shore Concierge arrangements could include not only sightseeing but also sporting activities, and securing behind-the-scenes or after-hours access to exclusive designer shops, museums, cathedrals and more. Other possibilities might include a champagne picnic and hot air balloon ride over Tuscany, access to a designer’s atelier in Venice, or a journey through Juneau’s glacier-carved fjords by private catamaran. Additionally, guests can call upon the Silver Shore Concierge to plan pre- and post-cruise land adventures that include accommodations at some of the world’s best hotels, flights, ground transportation, and guided tours of historical sites and other attractions. To take advantage of the new service, Silversea guests will need to have a deposited or fully-paid booking. Payment for confirmed arrangements is made in advance of sailing and includes a service fee.The Silver Shore Concierge is also offered aboard ship, where the shore concierge manager and team, together with the destination specialist, are available to assist guests with suggestions, planning and coordination of all their independent touring needs.The Concierge service is the centerpiece of an array of new Silver Shore tour and hotel offerings designed to make the destination experience more personal and authentic, including:** Silver Shore Privato — lets guests experience the destination at their own pace on full or half-day excursions by private car or van service that can be reserved on board or in advance of sailing via Silversea.com/MyVoyage.** Silver Shore Expedition — adventurous and educational tours for the active explorer.** Silver Shore Collection — unique and exclusive in-depth explorations of local history and culture. ** Silver Shore Excursions — intimate and rewarding small-group touring.** Silver Shore Land Adventures — multi-day excursions that head inland to explore the region in depth. Offered before, after or during select voyages, they include accommodations, porterage, all transfers, sightseeing and some meals.** Silver Shore Simply Hotel — single-night programs that feature a 4.5- or 5-star hotel stay before or after the cruise at such properties as the InterContinental Athenaeum in Athens, the Park Tower in Buenos Aires or Rome’s Bernini Bristol. These flexible overnight stays offer guests the option to add transfers, additional nights or upgrades, if desired.** Silver Shore Grande Hotel — two-night programs that enable guests to extend their vacation at Claridge’s in London, the Peninsula in Bangkok and other landmark hotel or boutique properties across the globe. Full breakfast and private transfer between the pier and hotel are included. All Silver Shore tours are available for guests to pre-book online as early as 120 days prior to sailing. Silver Shore Land Adventures and hotel options can be booked as add-ons to the cruise vacation through Silversea reservations.Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper — and launching in December, Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.www.silversea.comlast_img read more

In Oscar bestpicture race an unprecedented nail

August 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIn Oscar best-picture race, an unprecedented nail biter File-This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that, at least at the end, should be a nail biter. Best Picture, No controversy, timely messages, a dash of fantasy and a love of movies, “The Shape of Water” seems to be the safe, if a little boring, front runner. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP, File) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2018 1:50 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Even supposing the right envelope is read at the end of Sunday night’s Oscars, the night’s final moment should be one of high drama.Usually by now, a consensus favourite has emerged after months of guild and critics groups awards — or at least a front-runner along with one or two potential underdogs. But not this year. Five films have a legitimate shot at the night’s top award: “The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird”Rarely, if ever, has the Academy Awards seen such an open field of contenders for its top award. A year after Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” shattered the overwhelming projection that “La La Land” would win — along with many traditional ideas about what “Oscar bait” looks like — pundits are wary of making an emphatic best-picture prediction.“It’s very, very, very unpredictable,” says Sasha Stone, the longtime Oscar blogger who runs Awards Daily . “This would be one year I wish I could just opt out of the whole thing. I have no idea what’s going to win.”Most of the other major awards appear to be all sown up. Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) all look like locks in the acting categories. Guillermo del Toro (“Shape of Water”) is expected to win best director.But in the night’s top category, chaos reigns.Reasons for the pervasive uncertainly run from the statistical to the instinctual. But behind them all is the same development: No one really knows what an “Oscar movie” is anymore.The Oscars, in their 90th year, may look much the same on the outside. But under the surface, everything is shifting. In just last two years, the film academy has added about a fifth of its membership, ushering in an influx of people of colour, women and international voters. At the same time, the person most responsible for tailoring the modern Oscar campaign and catering to the tastes of the academy — Harvey Weinstein — has been exiled from the institution he was once synonymous with.The voters are different. Some of the major players are different. And the movies, too, are different.“It’s a year of unconventional kinds of movies being in contention,” says Scott Feinberg, the Hollywood Reporter’s awards pundit . “You do have a few of the kinds of movies that are much more in the mould of movies that won years ago. “Darkest Hour” and ‘The Post’ are traditional Oscar bait. But now the academy is not the same academy that used to go for those kinds of movies. And you’ve got movies that wouldn’t have even been nominated, I don’t think, in the past because they would have been dismissed as genre movies — ‘Shape of Water’ and ‘Get Out.’”Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has the most sterling resume, with wins from both the producers and directors guilds, and it comes in with a leading 13 nominations. Yet it lacks a crucial ingredient. Despite an impressive cast that garnered three individual acting nods (Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins), “Shape of Water” failed to land a best ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild — something every best picture winner in the last 22 years has won.Even the historic upset of “Moonlight” over “La La Land” confirmed the predictive sway of the SAG ensemble nomination: “Moonlight” had it, “La La Land” didn’t.Actors are easily the largest branch of the academy and their choice this year appears to be Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards,” which won best ensemble from SAG and best film bestowed at the British film academy awards, the BAFTAs. Still, “Three Billboards” has suffered the most severe backlash of the nominees, with some criticizing how Rockwell’s racist cop storyline is handled. McDonagh’s omission from the directing category suggests for some a fatal weakness.But the underdogs are no more statistically sound. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” are both first-feature films that could make history for either African Americans or women. Yet neither earned a craft nomination, and they usually lost to either “Shape of Water” or “Three Billboards” in precursor awards. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is an even odder sort of underdog despite being easily the biggest budget and highest grossing entry of the bunch. It aims to be the first film in 85 years to win best picture without receiving a screenplay or acting nomination.So with a pack of flawed favourites, what’s an Oscar prognosticator to do?“I just think you have to put it all in the same stew and not let one ingredient overpower,” says Kristopher Tapley, Variety’s awards correspondent . “Put it all in there, don’t lean too heavily on there not being a SAG nomination there, a director nomination there. I think ‘Dunkirk’ is very much in this race. These stats are there until they’re not there.”Still, Tapley favours “The Shape of Water” since it simply ticks the most boxes.“I’m not trying to be coy,” he says. “I wouldn’t be shocked if it lost, though.”What most bedevils the increasingly round-the-clock awards-season prediction machine is the preferential ballot reinstituted eight years ago when the best picture category expanded from five to up to ten nominees. By ranking all nine films, voters no longer simply choose a favourite. As a result, the most broadly liked film can often triumph over the most passionately loved one.“What it’s really going to come down to is: What is the least objectionable of the plausible winners?” says Feinberg. “They all try to make their argument now why they are of the moment and worthy of being admired: ‘Even if you’re not going to put it at number one, put us at number two or three on your ballot. Don’t write us off.’”The season has seen film after film vie for the most compelling, of-the-moment story line. Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” aimed for both the anti-Trump film and, in its female protagonist, a #MeToo movie, as well. “Lady Bird,” though, resonated more as an emblem of progress for women, making Gerwig only the fifth woman nominated for best director. And after several years of scrutiny over the Oscars’ poor track record in diversity, “Get Out” skewered the very kind of white liberal prejudice that Hollywood is frequently criticized for.“It always struck me as a year where we haven’t quite figured out what our narrative is, what our story is, who we are this year,” says Stone. “The Weinstein thing really upended Hollywood. It really upended the Oscars.”In the eyes of Oscar observers, “Get Out” has surged the most in recent weeks, aided in part by a robust campaign by Universal Pictures. But despite the controversy around “Three Billboards,” Stone is leaning toward it thanks to its twin wins of SAG ensemble and BAFTA best picture.The safe money might be on “The Shape of Water.” ”But people are weirded out by the fish thing,” says Stone. “It’s not actually a fish. It’s some sort of mammal. But people are weirded out by it.”There you have it. The closest, most unpredictable Academy Awards race in recent history could come down to how academy voters feel about the lovemaking of a fish-man. So when the last envelope is read Sunday, be sure to hold your breath.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

by Ken Ritter The Associated Press Posted Apr

August 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_img by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 7:25 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 10:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – David Copperfield testified Wednesday that he didn’t know until he was sued that a British tourist claimed to have been seriously injured while taking part in an illusion during a performance on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013.Although Copperfield said it might be his fault if an audience volunteer who was participating in an illusion got hurt, the celebrated magician didn’t acknowledge responsibility for injuries Gavin Cox claims to have suffered when he fell.“It depends on what happened. If I did something wrong, it would be my fault,” Copperfield said during questioning by Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli.“Your defence in this case is … if they participate and someone gets hurt, it’s their fault, not yours. Is that accurate?” Morelli asked. “Yes or no?”“It’s not a simple yes-or-no answer,” Copperfield responded in a barely audible voice.Morelli contends that before Cox fell, the group of audience volunteers participating in the illusion was hustled through an alley coated with what he called construction dust. The people were taking part in a signature illusion that appeared to make them vanish onstage and appear a few moments later in the back of the theatre.Copperfield said he didn’t know whether there as a powdery residue near a trash bin in an MGM Grand alley. He said he passed through the same outdoor alley alone while performing another illusion about 10 minutes earlier, and didn’t notice any debris.“If in fact there was construction dust, could that be your fault if someone fell and got hurt?” Morelli asked.Copperfield responded that he couldn’t answer a hypothetical question before proceedings ended for the day.The 61-year-old performer is due to return to the witness stand next Tuesday for more testimony in Clark County District Court.Cox, a resident of Kent, England, claims lasting brain and body injuries and more than $400,000 in medical expenses. He and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, are seeking unspecified damages in their lawsuit, which also names as defendants the MGM Grand, show producer Backstage Employment and Referral, and construction firm Team Construction Management.Copperfield’s lawyers lost pretrial bids to close proceedings to the public to avoid disclosing performance secrets, although Judge Mark Denton has said some portions of Copperfield’s testimony might still be conducted behind closed doors. Illusionist David Copperfield appears in court Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Copperfield testified in a negligence lawsuit involving a British man who claims he was badly hurt when he fell while participating in a 2013 Las Vegas show. (AP Photo/John Locher) center_img Illusionist Copperfield takes stand in tourist injury caselast_img read more