Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “With what was given up…comes responsibility,” Kolb said. “I’m man enough to step up and say that and I know there’s some pressure with that and like I said before I’ll step up and make sure I hold up to my end of the bargain.”Kolb’s limited experience may have limited his opportunities to prove his abilities, but in his introductory press conference he was able to show a bit of his leadership abilities and his focus.The former Eagle knows the pressure is on and he knows he has to deliver.Kolb understands how much is now on his shoulders and he willingly accepted the challenge.Some Cardinals fans may doubt Kolb because of his seven career starts or because they feel the team traded away too much to get him, but he has shown a willingness to lead the team which is something the fans are sure to appreciate. The Cardinals have not had a franchise quarterback since Kurt Warner retired.Everyone expects Kevin Kolb to be the next great quarterback in the Valley but he wants people to know that he is not Warner part two.“Kurt’s a special player,” Kolb said. “I will never be him, hopefully I will take my own path.”While Kolb will not try to imitate Warner on the field, he would like to have a similar amount of success as he knows the pressure is on. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kerry Rhodes is not holding a grudge against teammate Darnell Dockett after an on-field incident occurred between the two at the end of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.“It is what it is. It was just something that happened in the heat of the moment for us,” Rhodes told Arizona Sports 620’s The Big Red Rage on Thursday. Dockett apologized to Rhodes on Wednesday for the argument that transpired between the two. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories – / 16 It is believed Dockett was upset with the decision to allow the Jets to score at the end of the game so the Cardinals could get the ball back and go for the winning touchdown. The Cardinals were down 7-6 and the only way they could regain possession was on a turnover or a Jets score. The issue became moot when the Jets downed the ball at Arizona’s 1-yard line and New York ran out the clock.Rhodes did not divulge any specifics of the argument between the two but he said the issue is behind them and they are both ready to move forward.“We had a disagreement on the field and as two grown men, two adults, you have those a lot and especially as teammates,” Rhodes said. “We’re past it. There’s really nothing to it.”Rhodes had two interceptions, a forced fumble and six tackles against the Jets. Dockett was credited with four tackles and half a sack in the loss. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Maybe the Arizona Cardinals got the last laugh after all?Not really.Anyway, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-13 in the regular season finale last Sunday. A close game in the first half, the 49ers took it to the Cardinals over the game’s final 30 minutes. In all, receiver Michael Crabtree scored a pair of touchdowns while running back Frank Gore tallied one. As part of their respective celebrations, each player threw the football into the stands. Comments Share Fortunately for both Crabree and Gore, their contracts are paying them hefty sums. However, that probably won’t do much to dull the pain. If only they would have scored fewer touchdowns that day… As it turns out, footballs are expensive.According to CSNBayArea.com, the players were fined for tossing the footballs away.The well-meaning gesture came at a price, though. Both players were fined $10,500 by the NFL, according to a league spokesman.The league considers it fan safety issue to have players throw football into the stands, as opposed to handing the ball or tossing it to a fan, which is allowed. The NFL does not want fans fighting over a football. Top Stories
Over the past week, the Arizona Cardinals have been linked to quarterback Carson Palmer should he be released by the Oakland Raiders.But according to SI.com’s senior NFL writer Peter King, Steve Keim and Co. might not wait for the former Pro Bowler to hit the open market.In his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, King wrote that Arizona would likely have to give Oakland a fourth or fifth-round pick to complete a deal for Palmer, and that it could happen as early as Monday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Still, King doesn’t seem to think the addition of the former Heisman Trophy winner would do much to improve the Cardinals’ chances of winning the division next season.Does that mean Arizona will contend? I doubt it sincerely. The leaky offensive line must be significantly better to give the immobile Palmer a chance to play well. But of all the quarterbacks on the market or in the 2013 draft, Palmer gives the Cardinals the best chance to be competitive as the fourth-best team in a suddenly very good NFC West.Under his current deal with the Raiders, Palmer is owed $13 million in 2013, however he has previously turned down Oakland’s request to take a paycut. Should a trade between Arizona and Oakland come to fruition, King noted that he doesn’t see a new contract being an issue for Palmer, after all who wouldn’t welcome the chance to throw passes to Larry Fitzgerald for a living? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Palmer’s numbers (8-16 as a starter, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions) with the Raiders over the past two seasons weren’t reflective of the quarterback he was earlier in his career in Cincinnati, but King seems to believe reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.Let’s not be delusional about Palmer. You can’t say he’s a premier player anymore, but you also can’t say he can’t play. He threw for 4,018 yards, and his interception percentage (14 picks on 565 attempts, 2.5 percent) was lower than that of Drew Brees and Eli Manning. He wants to play the Arians way. I believe Arians is the best coach in the league for Palmer. I also believe Palmer wouild buy in totally to Arians’ plan, and I hear he’s excited about a chance in Arizona. A move would allow him to stay close to his southern California home, and to play in a system that wouldn’t be a reach for his game. And Palmer would have the kind of reliable deep-threat receiver in Larry Fitzgerald that few quarterbacks have at their disposal.The Cardinals currently have four quarterbacks (Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley) under contract, but Palmer would certainly fit the kind of big-armed quarterback Bruce Arians wants to run his offensive system.
Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Even with the roof open, it got loud inside the stadium. Just ask the Redskins, who in the first half were flagged four times for false start penalties. Tight end Vernon Davis was the first victim, followed by left guard Shawn Lauvao and right guard Brandon Scherff. Lauvao, the former Arizona State product, was guilty twice, once in each of the first and second quarters. With those calls, Cardinals opponents have accumulated 146 accepted false start penalties in the regular season, the most for any home team in the NFL since 2006, the inaugural year of the stadium.Looking for someone to step up and make a play, Calais Campbell did just that in the third quarter. He overpowered Lauvao and sacked Cousins, stripping him of the football in the process. Markus Golden picked up the football and returned the fumble 20 yards to the Washington 10-yard line. Three plays later, Palmer fired a six-yard bullet to Michael Floyd for the go-ahead score, 17-13, at the 4:10 mark of the period. By the way, that was the Cardinals’ second sack of the game, and Campbell’s fourth of the season. Kevin Minter dropped Cousins in the first quarter.All Johnson does is score touchdowns. He found the end zone a second time early in the fourth quarter to once again give the Cardinals the lead, 24-20, at the 11:09 mark. Johnson, this time, caught a screen pass and went 26 yards for the score, dodging several would-be tackles. For Johnson, his 15 total touchdowns are tied for the most in franchise history through 12 games, and just two shy of the franchise record for a season. Also, Johnson has now scored 28 touchdowns in 28 career games, the most in a Cardinals’ players first two seasons. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) STAT OF THE GAME10-of-16: The Cardinals converted a season-best 62.5 percent of their third down opportunities. The 10 conversions, five in each half, matched a season-high.HE SAID IT“You can’t put your defense back out there. You have to trust your guys,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to the fourth-down call with 3:47 left at Arizona’s 34-yard line. “It was a great team effort.”NOTED– Palmer moved ahead of Dan Fouts (43,040) and into 14th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.– Johnson ran his streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to 12 games, a franchise record.– Fitzgerald ran his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 191 games, the third-longest in NFL history.– Fitzgerald (33 years, 95 days old) became the youngest player in NFL history to gain 1,100 career catches.– Fitzgerald moved past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list.– Fitzgerald moved past Andre Johnson (14,185) into 10th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list.– Fitzgerald appeared in the 198th game of his career, the third-most in the history of the Cardinals franchise. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Defensively, Calais Campbell forced a fumble and Patrick Peterson picked off Kirk Cousins, who was held under 300 passing yards (271) for only the sixth time this season.The interception sealed the win, just the Cardinals’ second in their past six games, keeping alive their playoff hopes, as slim as they may be with a 5-6-1 record after Week 13.The 123rd all-time meeting between the former NFC East rivals saw four second-half lead changes.The Redskins (6-5-1) led 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, but Palmer twice threw touchdowns, including a 42-yard deepball to J.J. Nelson, a play that wouldn’t have happened if not for Johnson’s 14-yard run on 4th-and-1 at the Arizona 34 with 3:47 left in the game.Johnson rushed for 84 yards, going over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.THE GOODAfter not scoring on their opening drive through the first 10 games, the Cardinals have now gone back-to-back games with a first-possession touchdown. Johnson scored from a yard out, capping a 15-play, 75-yard drive—in which the Cardinals twice converted on 3rd-and-11—in 8:17. Johnson, who missed a handful of snaps while trainers looked at his right arm/hand, accounted for 39 total yards, including 29 rushing yards, while the touchdown was his 14th of the season, the most by and Arizona player since Roy Green had 14 in 1983 and tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. – With the victory, the Cardinals have won two straight games against Washington for the first time since ’98.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 6-1 against teams from the NFC East since the arrival of Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 28-9 against teams outside the NFC West division under Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals earned their 23rd home win dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.– With the victory, Arians earned his 39th win as Cardinals head coach, tied for the third-most in team history.– The game was played with the stadium roof open for the first time this season and just the 25th time overall.– Among the Cardinals’ inactives included defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson.UP NEXTIt’s back on the road, where the Cardinals will play three of their final four games of the season.They’re in Miami—only their sixth-ever road game against the Dolphins—on Sunday, Dec. 11. Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This is just the 12th meeting between the two teams. Just win one game.That was the Arizona Cardinals’ focus all week, and it paid off Sunday with a 31-23 win over visiting Washington in front of another sold out crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium.The stars shined, fittingly perhaps with the game played with the roof open.Carson Palmer passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson totaled 175 yards and two touchdowns, while Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 78 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo THE BADThough they held the Redskins out of the end zone in the first half, the Cardinals defense did allow a pair of second-quarter field goals (yeah, we’re nit-picking a bit here). Dustin Hopkins hit from 47 and 20 yards; the latter of which pulled them to within one, 7-6, at the 1:52 mark of the period, a quarter where the Redskins outgained the Cardinals, 101-87. Washington had just 29 total first-quarter yards.Not a great sequence to begin the second half for Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch. Activated off injured reserve earlier in the week and seeing more playing time with Tyrann Mathieu inactive (shoulder), Branch missed a sack and then got beat by DeSean Jackson on a deep ball down the middle of the field for 59 yards. Three plays later, Cousins rushed one yard for a touchdown, giving Washington a 13-10 lead.After converting once on third down in the first half, the Redskins moved the chains on each of their three third-down opportunities in the third quarter, including twice on what was their second scoring drive of the period. A 3rd-and-5 as well as a 3rd-and-10 were converted, the latter of which was a 26-yard touchdown catch by Jamison Crowder to put Washington back in front, 20-17, at the 1:06 mark. The Cardinals have won three straight over the Dolphins, including the most recent matchup in 2012, a 24-21 overtime victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.The Cardinals’ last visit to Miami came in 2004.Overall, the Dolphins lead 8-3 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1972. – / 25
Top Stories Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) and wide receiver Chad Williams (ankle) highlighted the Arizona Cardinals list of inactive players against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.Humphries will miss his third game in a row with the knee injury. He has seen the third highest percentage of snaps on offense at 83.79 percent this season.Williams was fifth on the team in receiving yards and one of only five players on the Cardinals who have caught a touchdown pass this season. The Friday injury report revealed that linebacker Deone Bucannon (chest) would be out for the game and that five other players were questionable, including Humphries and Williams.Related LinksBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals look to hand Packers their first home lossArizona Cardinals players reveal cleats for ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ weekendCardinals GM Steve Keim using rest of 2018 to evaluate youthBucannon missed last week against the Chargers due to the same chest injury.Notable omissions from the list were Budda Baker for the Cardinals, who missed two consecutive weeks, and wide receiver Randall Cobb for the Packers.Both players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.Cornerback Quinten Rollins, defensive back Dontae Johnson, linebacker Thurston Ambrister and defensive end Cameron Malveaux were also listed as inactives for the Cardinals.Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion), running back Tra Carson (rib), defensive end Mike Daniels (foot), safety Raven Greene (ankle) and wide receiver Trevor Davis (hamstring) were all ruled out for Green Bay on Friday.Cornerback Bashaud Breeland and offensive lineman Alex Light were added to the inactive list on Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers with teammate D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The introduction of these new resorts will expand the product offering in the Maldives even further with several new family-friendly and adults-only properties.Further details on the new properties opening in 2017 include:Dhigali Maldives: Opening May 2017One of the only resorts to sit in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali will bring a modern minimalist design to a remote part of the Maldives. Reachable by a seaplane journey of 40 minutes from Malé Airport, Dhigali features a house reef in swimming distance and a sandbank at the tip of the island, with 182 on-shore and overwater villas and suites sitting on the beach and over the lagoon. Facilities will include five restaurants, two bars, a children’s club, spa, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre.Kandima Maldives: Opened February 2017Located on a tropical island in the Dhaalu Atoll and operating under new hospitality group Pulse Hotels & Resorts, Kandima Maldives caters for couples, groups, families and honeymooners. A large selection of experiences and facilities will be available, including the longest pool in the Maldives (measuring 100 metres), an art studio, photo studio, marine biology school, kids’ club and spa. The resort’s choice of 10 restaurants and bars will suit everyone’s tastes as they showcase cuisine from all around the world, including traditional Maldivian menus. The 274 studios and villas, with 11 different categories to choose from, will all have a private terrace and uninterrupted views.Aqua Villa at Kandima Maldives: Opened February 2017. Image courtesy of Kandima Maldives.Grand Park Kodhipparu: Opening mid 2017The Park Hotel Group will enter the Maldives hotel market this year with a new all-villa resort in the North Malé Atoll, 20 minutes’ speedboat ride from the Malé International Airport. Designed by the hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Grand Park Kodhipparu will feature 120 villas comprising a range of beachfront pool villas, overwater villas with direct access to the water and overwater pool villas that come with a private infinity pool. The luxury resort’s facilities will include a harbour beach club and pool bar, a swimming pool, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre, wellness centre and spa, sunrise yoga deck, and children’s activity centre. There will also be two gourmet restaurants offering indoor and outdoor settings with sea views.Baglioni Resort Maldives: Opening October 2017Italian-owned Baglioni Resort Maldives, located on Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll, will offer a blend of sport, relaxation and gourmet dining. The 96-villa resort’s Italian design will be complemented by the Jungle Spa, which will offer a relaxing experience via a host of natural treatments in a lush, tropical setting. Meanwhile, beach volleyball, the beach gym and a range of water sports will keep more active guests entertained.
Qantas this week announced its seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka starting in December 2017 will be extended to operate on a year-round schedule.The decision follows a strong response to the airline’s seasonal announcement in July and the ongoing support provided by Kansai International Airport and the New South Wales Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.The direct flights will operate three times per week on Qantas’ upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft and will be the only direct route between the two cities.The service adds to the airline’s popular Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda), Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) services and complements Jetstar’s Cairns-Osaka service. With Jetstar’s flights from Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita), customers will have even more options when travelling between Australia and Japan. More than half of the Qantas Group’s international capacity is directed towards Asia.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the feedback from Qantas customers, especially frequent flyers, had exceeded expectations.“When we announced the direct seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka in July, we knew it would be popular with our customers, including those travelling from New Zealand, who wanted another gateway into Japan.“We are really pleased to be able to extend the service year-round to support the strong growth in travel between the two countries.“The service also provides additional freight opportunities into Japan in support of the successful Free Trade Agreement that has been in place since 2015, and reflects Qantas’ strategy to develop a flexible network that meets customer and trade demand.”The Qantas Group operates the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia, and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan, through Jetstar Japan.Qantas’ year round services between Sydney and Osaka will begin on 14 December 2017. Tickets are available at qantas.com or from travel agents.
Go back to the e-newsletterOman Air has partnered with Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat to offer an exclusive benefit to its First and Business class passengers.Guests travelling in Oman Air’s premium cabins will be offered the chance to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay with breakfast at the hotel as part of the airline’s campaign to increase stopover visitors to the Sultanate. For those wanting to stay for slightly longer, the hotel is offering preferential rates for a second or third night.Richard Bodin, Senior Vice President of Oman Air Holidays said, “With so much for the discerning traveller to enjoy, we want to tempt our guests, who were planning to use Muscat simply as a connection point to other destinations across our network, to break their journey and see some of the Sultanate. We are sure that a short stay like this will ‘plant the seed’ for a longer holiday in the near future. This is a guaranteed way of promoting Oman as a fabulous holiday destination.”Katrin Herz, General Manager at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, agrees: “This remarkable offer will attract interest from around the world and particularly aims to capture the imagination of those passengers who can afford the time to add an extra day (or up to a maximum of three days) to their travel plans and visit our resort with our compliments. We are delighted to work with Oman Air to promote stopover visitors to the country”Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air added that the airline is committed to supporting the Government’s Tourism Strategy to grow the number of inbound visitors to Oman. “As the national airline, linking over 54 destinations across our network, we are best placed to drive traffic to the Sultanate and this initiative is only the first of many planned campaigns to promote the country. With a blend of innovative thinking and strong partnerships, as demonstrated in this campaign, we are determined to help grow tourist numbers to Oman.”Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carton Hotel, has been a cornerstone of the luxury hotel market in Oman for many years and is well known throughout the world. Secluded amid an emerald green oasis, overlooked by the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel reopened its doors in 2018 after a redefining renovation. With the glittering Oman See beckoning from the edge of its 80 beachfront hectares and the glimmer of an exquisite crystal chandelier in the towering lobby, the palace is a destination for both luxury travellers and high-profile events.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedBudget airline announces new winter route to IstanbulCheap flights airline easyJet will be launching its 400th route with flights to Istanbul this winter.easyJet to add new Morocco routes in OctobereasyJet will be adding two new flights to Morocco in time for the winter season.Flights to Morocco and Canary Islands to be introduced by easyJeteasyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel Cheap flights airline easyJet will be launching a new route from Paris Orly Airport to Budapest from November.This will add to several other services already departing from Budapest, where passengers can already take advantage of easyjet cheap flights to Geneva and Berlin.easyJet also offers services to Dortmund and London Gatwick and Luton airports departing from Hungary.This latest addition to the schedule will be introduced from November 17th and forms part of easyJet’s strategy to expand beyond its six percent market share in Hungary.The low-cost carrier recently forecast that its full-year pretax profit will exceed £100 million.This is despite the company’s expectation that winter business will be lower than anticipated.”Whilst we expect industry capacity reductions over the winter to be in the region of two percent to four percent, it remains a volatile market and too early to anticipate the impact on yield of the capacity changes,” easyJet said in a statement. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Flights to Isle of Wight could become more popular after the location was named as one of the top 25 UK destinations by TripAdvisor in its annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards, as chosen by European holidaymakers.The island, which was listed as a favourite with Europeans, was cited as “the perfect place to enjoy some peace, quiet and natural beauty”.Among its most prized assets were Osborne House, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and Ventnor Botanic Gardens, all of which were highlighted as attractions not to be missed.George Brown, a councillor on the Isle of Wight, said: “It is very encouraging to be singled out as one of the UK’s best destinations by foreign tourists in this way.”The message that the island offers a top quality holiday experience at extraordinary value is obviously getting through.”Research by VisitBritain shows that the monarchy is still a big draw for European travellers, with some 24,000 heading to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House, a former royal residence built for Queen Victoria.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAurigny to launch new flight to Jersey from StanstedAurigny Air Services will launch a new flight to Jersey from Stansted on May 1st.7 places to visit under £70 you probably haven’t even heard of7 countries, 7 cool European destinations to visit this autumn or winter for less than £70.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…
What’s hot, what’s cool, what’s just a few clicks away, for a short break or a summer holiday – all with flights coming in at under £80. Here are Skyscanner’s top recommendations of the week. 5. Marseille, France from £36Connoisseurs of seafood can spend more on a helping of bouillabaisse at Marseille’s much-feted Restaurant Miramar than on their airfare, but it’ll be 58 euros well spent on the best fish stew in the land. Apparently the restaurant uses one tonne of fish every week to make it. Work up an appetite by exploring the atmospheric Vieux Port in the soon-to-be European City of Culture.6. Munich, Germany from £55The beer gardens of Munich no doubt did brisk business recently as Chelsea fans came to town for the final of the Champions League. Summer is the best time to experience the traditional Bavarian concept of drinking large volumes of local beer under the sun. Hearty food is often served or, even better, you can bring your own picnic.7. Palma, Majorca, Spain from £47There’s more to Majorca than beach holidays. You may think of Palma as a gateway to the island’s many resorts, but it’s an unheralded choice for a short city break, with the added bonus of great weather for strolling and dining al fresco. If you are in need of feeling the sand between your toes, head to local’s favourite Playa de Palma.8. Newquay, UK from £60Cram your bucket and spade into your hand luggage and jump on a cheap flight to sandcastle central. Or tuck your surfboard under your arm, and head for the high rollers of the Atlantic. Favourite for families and surfers alike, Newquay in Cornwall is one of the greatest British seaside resorts. Fingers crossed for sun, and surf.surfboards may not be permitted on some airlinesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHvar AirportsHvar has no airport of its own, but there are four airports within 150 miles. The nearest is Split Airport, which is 52 miles away (about 2Hrs 25Mins by car). This page has all the information you need when searching for flights to Hvar, from how far the four nearest…Which island are you? We’ve found the best islands for every type of travellerMaybe you’re up at 6am for a spot of yoga before hiking all day, or perhaps you just want to roll out of your beachside cabana straight onto a sunbed. Whatever your holiday style, we’ve found an island paradise made for you. For active adventurers – visit Tenerife, Canary Islands…Autumn Holiday Ideas: Skyscanner’s guide to off-season tripsEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe 1. Vienna, Austria from £71The Austrian capital is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt. Admire the artist’s famous Life and Death at the Leopold Museum and marvel at his Beethoven Frieze at the Secession Building. After all that, you’ll need some coffee and a large slice of cake. Well, when in Vienna. 2. Hvar, Croatia, from £72The island of Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest, and it’s a pretty sunny country, so you should be ok to pack a suitcase consisting of only maxi dresses, bikinis, flip-flops and heels. You’ll need the heels to strut your stuff with cocktail in hand in the see-and-be-seen après beach-scene of Hvar Town. To get to Hvar, catch a ferry from Split or Dubrovnik.3. Tampere, Finland from £49If, like David Cameron, you, or your offspring, are fans of gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, you can pay homage to the irate fowl at the recently-opened Angry Birds Land at Sarkanniemi Amusement Park in Tampere, Finland. The park also features the imaginatively-named ‘Kiddie Land’.4. Palermo, Sicily from £60Britain may have been hotter than Sicily last week, but if you’re stuck in the office, what does it matter? We’d rather be away on a scorching city break. How about the Sicilian capital Palermo? Put together a picnic lunch from a street market bursting with foodie treats, but be sure to save a space for a sumptuous seafood supper.
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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico launches its Wellness Yoga Retreat, a four-day holistic program taught by a skilled team of in-house yoga instructors and offered for both novice and advanced students from June 24-27, 2010 with future programs scheduled August 26-29, 2010, September 23-26, 2010 and October 21-24, 2010. Group programs can also be arranged anytime throughout the year for four or more individuals.Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break at this AAA Five Diamond hideaway resort located on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula while restoring their mind, body and soul. Throughout the weekend, guests will experience Asana and Pranayama yoga sessions, diet and nutrition class, quiet time for meditations and bask in the luxurious accommodation at Mexico’s most sophisticated resort.The Wellness Yoga Retreat comprises: -Luxury accommodation for three nights in a Selva guest room with garden and water canal views -Daily yoga classes in the morning and afternoon with highly experienced instructors and designed to accommodate both beginner and experienced yoga students -Daily guided meditations -Specialized nutritional diet created by the Spa’s culinary and wellness team (includes all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner) -Choice of one spa treatment: Mayan Na Lu’um Massage or Mayan Tzolkin Ritual -Complimentary use of Heat and Water Therapies including Steam, Sauna, Vitality Pool -Rates are from $2,155 (single occupancy) and $2,815 (double occupancy) for the three-night stay as described above, plus tax and service chargewww.mandarinoriental.com
Stuttgart. At the first German motor show of the year, the AMI Leipzig, the Porsche Design Group and Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG will present the Porsche Design Edition 3, with a limited production run of 1,000 units. The Porsche Design Edition 3 is a special edition Cayenne GTS model in metallic lava gray accompanied by selected Porsche Design products.The Cayenne continues the innovative design line which began successfully with the ‘Porsche Design Edition 1’ Cayman S and the ‘Porsche Design Edition 2’ Boxster S. The clear signature of the Porsche Design Studio – a global leader in industrial and product design based in Zell am See in Austria – is even evident in the choice of exterior color. Metallic lava gray emphasizes the sporty, purist appearance of the model, while design stripes on the sides and engine hood illustrate its distinctive aesthetic character. Even the standard 21-inch Sport Plus wheels have an elegant metallic gray finish.The exterior package is completed with the accentuated black surrounds of the bi-xenon headlights and dark tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear, as well as the model name ‘Cayenne GTS’ in black with a red ‘S’ on the tail. The appeal of the 405 bhp Cayenne GTS is further accentuated by the exclusive black leather trim with red contrast stitching on the dashboard and door sills. The driving performance of the 4.8-liter V8 engine with 500 Nm torque is likewise impressive. The Porsche Design Edition 3 with its standard six-speed Tiptronic S gearbox accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 251 km/h.The gradual market launch of the ‘Porsche Design Edition 3’ Cayenne GTS will begin in Germany at the end of May. The base price is 79,100 euros with the chronograph and luggage set and, including 19 percent value-added tax, the price in Germany will be 94,344 euros.www.porsche-design.com
VAIL, Colo. – Four Seasons Residence Club Vail and Delta AirElite Business Jets announced a unique opportunity to those interested in becoming Residence Club owners to experience Delta AirElite’s award-winning private jet service.On an exclusive basis, Delta AirElite is making their Fleet Membership jet card program available for purchase on an hourly basis to potential buyers at Four Seasons Residence Club Vail, offering the opportunity to experience this convenient travel solution during visits to and from Four Seasons Resort Vail. This fitting relationship represents an extension of Four Seasons’ legendary service and hospitality, and brings the enjoyment back to air travel.“This new relationship is a natural fit for Delta AirElite and the selective individuals who enjoy the Four Seasons quality of life,” said Mike Green, president and chief executive officer of Delta AirElite. “Through this cooperation between two world-class brands, Four Seasons owners and potential buyers can experience firsthand the high value our Fleet Membership jet card program affords, as well as the comfort and convenience of our award-winning service.”www.AirElite.com.
Canadian musician Steven Page is shown in a handout from the film “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO – Canadian musician Steven Page grew up Jewish with Christian relatives on his father’s side, so when the holidays rolled around, they’d celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas — a.k.a. Chrismukkah.“We never had a tree. That was like a dividing line in our family,” the former Barenaked Ladies frontman said in a recent phone interview from his home in Upstate New York.“There was never a tree, but there were still stockings. We didn’t do the Chinese restaurant thing that a lot of other Jewish families do, because we always had somewhere to go for Christmas dinner.”Page also recalls singing Christmas carols in choirs in elementary school.“When you can go, ‘Oh, that song was written by a Jewish guy,’ it was always kind of a point of pride for us,” said the singer, who is set to resume a tour in the new year and is working on a new album.“Then you realize that so many of these great American standards, holiday or otherwise, were written by Jewish composers.”The new film “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas,” debuting Dec. 3 on Documentary Channel, looks at how Jewish songwriters came to pen such Christmas standards as “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.”The film, which also airs Dec. 7 on CBC, is centred around a Jewish family gathering in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day — a tradition for many Jewish families.Page is among the Canadian performers who drop in to the restaurant to give their own renditions of holiday standards. Experts including a musicologist, a priest and a rabbi explain the history of Jewish involvement in Christmas.The Chinese restaurant in the film is Sea-Hi, said Oscar-nominated Toronto filmmaker Larry Weinstein, who directed the documentary. It’s where his Jewish family went on Christmas Day when he was growing up in Toronto. Like Page, Weinstein’s family also had Christmas stockings and he admits he believed in Santa Claus until he was about 11.In many ways, the Jewish songwriters of the 1920s through the 1950s were perfect for penning yuletide tunes because they understood the holiday family sentiment and the Christmas story of being an outsider, said Weinstein.“And an outsider who maybe idealizes what Christmas is all about,” he said. “They don’t know about families being together and arguing or having a fight to the death over a wishbone.“They see it as this very beautiful family time, and family meant so much to these people, especially the ones who had emigrated or their parents had been emigres…. Then of course very few of the songs do refer to the religious aspect.”As the film explains, many Jewish composers wrote Christmas classics during or after the Second World War in New York, at a time when there were few opportunities for immigrants but songwriting was open to all. They wrote the tunes in a secular way that included everyone in the holiday.Weinstein said he wasn’t able to get the rights to all the songs he wanted for the film.“Sometimes there was a bit of a sinister reason why we couldn’t,” he said. “Not the composers, because they had passed away, not their families.“But the lawyers that held on to these estates simply were not interested in a film that brought up the fact that these Christian songs were written by Jewish composers. They thought that that couldn’t be good for the image of the song, that that might hurt the song. At least that’s the impression that we got.”Page said Christmas songs help musicians find a common ground with their audience, yet writing a contemporary holiday tune is a challenge for many.“I think because there’s so little irony that can be put into Christmas songs, so for something to be purely sentimental or joyful is harder for people to feel comfortable with,” said Page, who put out the 2004 Christmas album “Barenaked for the Holidays” with his former band.These days the holidays also don’t seem to have the same “wide-eyed, naive innocence” of yore, said Weinstein.“Certainly anything post-9/11, we’re just not the same. We’re not innocent and sweet, which is very sad to think about.”“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” also repeats on Documentary Channel on Dec. 4, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Doc ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’ looks at composers behind holiday songs by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 12:50 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Cosby lawyers: Jury shouldn’t hear what Constand told mom FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby’s lawyers don’t want jurors hearing about a January 2005 phone call in which accuser Andrea Constand says she first told her mom that the comedian had drugged and molested her about a year earlier. Cosby’s legal team argued in court papers on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, that what was said during the call is hearsay and shouldn’t be mentioned at his retrial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2018 3:40 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – Bill Cosby’s lawyers don’t want jurors hearing about a January 2005 phone call in which accuser Andrea Constand says she first told her mom that the comedian had drugged and molested her about a year earlier.Cosby’s legal team argued in court papers on Tuesday that what was said during the call is hearsay and shouldn’t be mentioned at his retrial. Jury selection starts April 2. Final pretrial hearings are Thursday and Friday.Constand and her mother, Gianna, testified about the call at Cosby’s first trial. Constand said she told her mother that Cosby had given her three blue pills before touching her without consent at his suburban Philadelphia home.The 80-year-old Cosby has pleaded not guilty. His first trial ended in a hung jury.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
by Peter Kanjere, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 7:00 am PDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BLANTYRE, Malawi – The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom, and she’s getting ever more involved in the beautiful game.Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica’s youth academy .Madonna follows 12-year-old David’s progress in Portugal closely, living in Lisbon and often posting photos and videos from the sidelines of his games.“It is actually David’s idea that we should build a football academy,” Madonna said on a recent visit to Malawi, where she adopted four of her six children, including David, and where she’s done extensive charity work.Madonna, who turned 60 on Thursday, floated the soccer academy idea in the southern African country last month, prompting the national association to respond enthusiastically.“We are very excited with this window of opportunity that has arisen,” Malawi Football Association president Walter Nyamilandu told The Associated Press. “It will complement our efforts to establish football academies in the country.”The association has already offered Madonna a piece of land next to the national soccer stadium in the capital, Lilongwe, Nyamilandu said.“We presented our proposal of the academy to Madonna and they are satisfied with it,” he said.Madonna’s work in Malawi, through the Raising Malawi charity, focuses on helping orphaned and vulnerable children. The charity has built orphanages, schools and a specialist pediatric hospital unit. It’s given some attention to the little-known and impoverished nation.David hopes the academy helps raise the soccer profile of his country of birth, too. Malawi currently has no soccer academies.“We will start slow and grow bigger, enter African Cups and hopefully grow as big as we can be,” David said.It’s an ambitious plan. Malawi only has one player in a European League, midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi plays for a second-division team in Cyprus.But then there’s David, cheered on by soccer mom Madonna.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports FILE- In this April 19, 2007 file photo, U.S. singer Madonna carries her Malawian adopted son David Banda in the village of Masekese, Malawi. The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom and she’s getting ever more involved in the beautiful game. Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, inspired by her adopted son David Banda who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica’s youth academy. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, file) Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too