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Top Stories “It’s huge,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “Having such a good spring and fall camp, and then to lose him for that amount of time was tough. He’s another added dimension that we need.”Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Housler creates problems for the opposing defense and that the whole offense will benefit from his presence.“Rob is one of the fastest tight ends in the game and he creates tremendous matchup issues up the seams,” Fitzgerald added. “Having that added dimension is only going to make us stronger. I’m really happy to have him back.”Housler, who’s in his third year out of Florida Atlantic University, led Cardinals’ tight ends in receptions in 2012 with 45 that resulted in 417 yards. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.46 seconds at the 2011 NFL Combine. Another person that is excited for Housler’s return is offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, who now gets to use the tight end’s speed and size in the team’s game plan. “Obviously he’s going to be a huge plus for us having him out there,” Goodwin said. “They’ve got to match up against him. He’s a tight end with speed, wide receiver type speed, so defensively they’re going to have to do something. If they don’t, he’s going to have a huge day.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Saints have defended well against tight ends so far this season, allowing just four receptions for 70 yards, so it appears Housler may have his work cut out for him. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Though the Arizona Cardinals offense has already shown improvement over last year, they’re excited to add back tight end Rob Housler, who they feel will help take them to the next level.Housler was penciled in as the starter at TE before he suffered a high ankle sprain in the team’s third preseason game. He had an impressive camp leading up to the injury and the Cardinals had high expectations for him this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
How many plays do you expect your starters to be in for Saturday?“Depends how it goes. If it was as good as last week it will probably be the same. If it’s not, we’ll play a little bit longer. I don’t really have a snap count, really, for anybody this week. Just watch and see how they play and go from there.” A lot of linebackers are getting hurt around the league. When that happens, is it a cause for concern or just a crazy trend?“It’s just bad luck. It’s one of those things. It does cyclically go through positions, it’s funny, and then everybody’s looking for one and there’s none out there to find. So you’re going to have to create one. That happens a lot of times — guy that has multiple position flexibility, it’s really valuable.”Is the amount of depth on the roster a testament to the coaching staff’s ability to get young players up to speed?“I think, first of all it goes to Steve (Keim) and Terry (McDonough) for getting quality players. Then for the coaching staff to develop them. That’s one of the reasons we do the double practices in the heat of the spring so that those guys get all those reps and they’re not way, way behind when we come to training camp.” Do you think John Brown, given his speed, was overlooked because of his size?“You never know who had what grades on guys. I know that people say, ‘hey, you got my guy right before we were going to take him,’ yeah, really? I’ve been through this so many times with small school, smaller receivers that are fast. A lot of guys like them 6-2, 220 that can’t run. I like those little fast guys.Did you hear that from anybody this year about John Brown, that they were about to draft him before you did?“Yeah, about three or four. They’re all lying.”Are you interested in seeing how a player like Logan Thomas handles all the positive attention he’s been receiving since his preseason debut?“It would be nice if he were getting a lot of reps this week, but it’s not his turn. I really enjoy all the guys who said he stunk coming out and should play him at tight end. They’re eating a lot of crow this week, so that’s fun.” – / 37 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“I thought yesterday was another really, really fast, excellent practice. We stacked two. It’s a good challenge to see if we can do it three days in a row, going Cardinals against Cardinals. Tomorrow we’ll work a little bit against Minnesota because they are different and we want to give our guys a chance to perform better.
The Arizona Cardinals have bandwagon fans.Really, they do. According to a study by a couple of smart people at Emory University, a look at the NFL from 2001 to 2013 yielded that the Cardinals have the most bandwagon fans in the NFL.“The winner, or maybe that should be the loser, of this ranking is the Arizona Cardinals,” the piece says.Loser? Really? This should be cause for celebration.I mean, the Cardinals — the ARIZONA CARDINALS — have a bandwagon. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ask anyone who grew up in Arizona during the 90s and sat in the heat and on the metal bleachers watching terrible football if they ever thought that would happen. Hoped, maybe. But thought? Doubtful.Remember, there’s a reason the team’s “State of Football” video is so cool — it’s accurate.In 2001, the first year of the study, the highest attendance number the Cardinals posted was 47,239, which they drew in a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. In 2013, their lowest home figure was 60,034, which was the total in a Week 2 win over the Detroit Lions. Twenty years ago the only way the Cardinals would sell out a home game was if the Dallas Cowboys or another one of the league’s popular teams was in town. Now, all they have to do is have a home game.And that’s due to the ever-growing bandwagon.Now, it’s understandable that some of you, the folks who sat through the blistering heat week after week, season after season, would be offended by the very notion that the Cardinals have bandwagon fans.But that study is not talking about you, the die-hard who has “earned” the fruits the Cardinals franchise is now starting to bare. It’s talking about the fans who remember Cardinals history all the way back to Edgerrin James and Kurt Warner, the ones who got on board with the team once it moved into that shiny stadium in 2006. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories ErrorOK… ErrorOK When you look around University of Phoenix Stadium next season, though, will you be able to point those fans out? Will you look down on them if their first red jersey says “Fitzgerald” or “Leinart” instead of “Centers” or “Plummer”? Well, maybe if it says Leinart, but that’s a separate issue entirely.The truth is, while there should absolutely be some level of pride and even achievement for someone who has been a fan since the SDS days, there is nothing wrong with anyone who is a recent addition to Cardinals fan hood. Provided they stick around, of course.Some of the people who proudly wear Cardinals gear these days will trade it in for some other team’s gear if and when the Cardinals begin to struggle, and those kind of “fans” are the scourge of the sports world. But chances are the vast majority of new Cards fans are not of that ilk; instead, they were either too young to really be fans or had just been waiting for the right time to finally go all-in with the franchise. Assuming the Cardinals continue on their current trajectory, there is no reason to think their fan base won’t continue to grow. Many of those who hopped onto the bandwagon will in turn raise die-hards, and sooner or later you’ll have an incredibly loud, strong, and passionate base. That’s how it works. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But more than anything, the idea that the Cardinals have a bandwagon is great because of the most simple of reasons, one that should bring a smile to every Arizona fan’s face:Bad teams don’t have bandwagons. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Dysert, who was on the practice squad most of this year, beat competitor Aaron Murray for the effective third-string quarterback job to begin the regular season before he spent one week on the Cardinals’ active roster. He was promoted to the active roster heading into Arizona’s Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers because Palmer missed the game due to the league’s concussion protocol.Palmer is expected to be cleared this long week, well in time to prepare him for the Cardinals’ Monday game against the New York Jets.Dysert, who was the backup behind Drew Stanton this past week, has still not thrown an NFL pass. He has been a member of six NFL teams since being picked out of Miami (Ohio) by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.Arizona could still resign Dysert to the practice squad.Wallace, who is 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds, entered the league in 2013 as a rookie free agent out of Temple. He played with the Cleveland Browns his first season.He played on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers in 2014, and then with the Buccaneers and Broncos practice squads last year.Wallace was released by Chicago on Aug. 28. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories – / 31 LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday they have released third-string quarterback Zac Dysert and signed offensive lineman Martin Wallace to the practice squad.The former would indicate that starting quarterback Carson Palmer is all but cleared to play this week when Arizona faces the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.“He should clear protocol in the morning,” head coach Bruce Arians told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “(Palmer) and Kevin Minter both are in the last stage of clearing protocol and ready to go. He’ll get an extra day of practice. He should be more than ready to roll.” Comments Share Miami Dolphins quarterback Zac Dysert (2) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Branden AlbertTWristLimitedFullFullQuestionable Justin BethelCBFoot/kneeLimitedLimitedFull— Kraig UrbikC/GKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable Jarvis LandryWRNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status John BrownWRIllnessDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Patrick PetersonCBKneeLimitedFullFull— Tharold SimonCBAnkleDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Anthony SteenC/GShoulder/footFullFullFullQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jelani JenkinsLBKnee/handDNPDNPDNPDoubtful The Arizona Cardinals (5-6-1) visit the Miami Dolphins (7-5) Sunday after they kept their playoff hopes alive in Week 13 with a home victory against the Washington Redskins. Bruce Arians’ team remains in must-win mode this week as they attempt to remain in the hunt for a wild card spot.Below is the official Week 14 injury report for both the Cardinals and the Dolphins. Mike PounceyCHipDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Friday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Earl MitchellDTBackLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Frostee RuckerDTNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— Carson PalmerQBNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Robert NkemdicheDTElbowLimitedDNPLimitedQuestionable Xavien HowardCBKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Tyrann MathieuSShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut DeVante ParkerWRBackLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable Comments Share Isa Abdul-QuddusSNeckLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Mario WilliamsDEAnkleLimitedDNPDNPDoubtful Kenyan DrakeRBKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable Spencer PaysingerLBAnkleFullFullFullQuestionable Markus GoldenLBHamstringDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Corey PetersDTFootLimitedFullFull— Top Stories Larry FitzgeraldWRNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— Kiko AlonsoLBHand/hamstringDNPDNPDNPDoubtful Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Luxury Collection in coordination with its owner partners announced a $300 million effort to expand and improve its hotel portfolio in North America. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection is investing in marquee hotel conversions and landmark renovations in diverse U.S. destinations, including Key West, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio and San Francisco, as it continues to grow around the world. A milestone year for the brand, The Luxury Collection is on track to surpass 100 hotels in more than 30 countries by the end of 2015.“As we look to accelerate Starwood’s growth, we are shining an ever brighter spotlight on our world-class hotel brands to further incite innovation and create compelling guest experiences,” said Adam Aron, CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts on an interim basis. “We fully recognize the enormous untapped potential of The Luxury Collection, and with these new hotel openings and impressive renovations, Starwood is setting out for The Luxury Collection to become the world’s largest luxury hotel brand by year’s end.”“Domestic demand for luxury travel is at pre-recession levels, which makes this an excellent time to invest in The Luxury Collection hotels in the U.S.,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Additionally, we continue to see increasing demand from owners of independent luxury hotels who find tremendous value in partnering with Starwood to take advantage of our powerful distribution, loyalty and sales platforms. We expect this to be a period of significant growth for The Luxury Collection both in the U.S. and abroad as we sharpen the brand and drive profound consumer awareness around the world.”With an uptick in U.S. luxury travel, The Luxury Collection is using conversion opportunities to expand its portfolio in North America. Most recently, the brand welcomed Sunset Key, a private island with 40 luxury cottages nestled off the coast of Key West, in addition to signing Conrad Chicago, which is slated to join The Luxury Collection with a new name following its renovation this fall.Later this year, The St. Anthony, Texas’s crown jewel in San Antonio, will officially reemerge after a multi-million dollar restoration that reflects the hotel’s enduring legacy while infusing a modern allure. In December, the legendary Cal Neva resort, situated on Lake Tahoe, will debut as part of The Luxury Collection after a complete renovation that will bring the glamour of the Rat Pack era back to the hotel. The brand will also make its long-awaited arrival in Napa Valley’s idyllic St. Helena in January 2016 with the opening of Las Alcobas, following a multi-million dollar transformation that will restore the historic Acacia House and add several contemporary multi-room cottages overlooking the vineyards.Existing properties are too being rejuvenated. The Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, recently unveiled its enhanced Mailani Beach Tower, offering a private haven in the epicenter of Waikiki Beach. Later this summer, Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis will conclude a comprehensive renovation of the hotel, including a new restaurant concept; and in September, San Francisco’s iconic Palace Hotel will reveal a striking, all-encompassing restoration, featuring redesigned guestrooms, suites, and public spaces as well as a renewed Garden Court.
Go back to the e-newsletter >A complimentary night in Havana’s most famous hotel, the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba, is being offered by one of the world’s leading motorcycle tour companies, Extreme Bike Tours, for bookings made by 31 October 2015, on one of its first-ever Cuban tours in 2016.Opened on Havana’s seafront in 1930, the sprawling and prestigious Hotel Nacional de Cuba has played a key role in Cuba’s colourful history and has hosted many personalities and celebrities including Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Winston Churchill.The first tour outside Asia offered by Extreme Bike Tours since its formation by adrenalin supplier, Zander Combe, in 2011, the new 13-day, guided Cuba motorcycle tour will have two departures in 2016 21 February and 6 March. Adventurers will ride a Harley Davidson, BMW 800cc or Suzuki VStrom across the exotic Caribbean island.Now one of travel’s hottest destinations before it emerges soon from its time warp, Cuba offers a colourful mix of rustic, colonial buildings, cigar factories, glamorous cabaret shows, lively music and vintage cars.Extreme Bike Tours’ inaugural Cuban tour will include the capital, Havana, and visits to rural villages, the museum at the Bay of Pigs and the mausoleum of executed Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, with an optional ride to Guantanamo also available.From Havana riders and pillion passengers will travel into the beautiful Cuban countryside along scenic coastal roads, with stops for refreshing dips in the ocean and rivers. Bikers will ride to the World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad, visiting the Bay of Pigs museum on the way. From Trinidad, bikers will journey to Santiago de Cuba and Santa Clara, before finally returning to Havana.The guided, 13-day trip will include about four to six hours of riding each day, and is open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle. The package includes accommodation, seven dinners, three lunches, fuel and motorbike hire. The tour costs AU$9133 per rider or AU$6496 per pillion passenger.A free night with breakfast in the elegant, five-star Hotel Nacional de Cuba will be offered at the end of the tour to any bookings made for the 21 February or 6 March Cuban tours by 31 31 October 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the enewsletter Travel management company Travel Beyond Group (TBG) has announced a joint venture with inbound travel company, Exclusive Travel Group – a specialist in upmarket travel in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific – to bring a new luxury brand to the Australian market.The partnership sees Exclusive Travel Group’s local operations now positioned as a brand under TBG in Australia, joining its established units, Sport and Entertainment Travel Management, Corporate Travel Management, Events Beyond and Escape Beyond.Travel Beyond Group’s Managing Director Tim Lane told LATTE the JV gives Exclusive Travel Group “the opportunity to market, promote and use the resources and infrastructure of TBG, and now staff to drive high-end inbound into the Australian market”.TBG, which is a member of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as an outpost in New Zealand’s commercial gateway city, Auckland.Exclusive Travel Group has branches in Sydney and New Zealand.“We will continue to develop and strengthen the partnerships within Australia’s luxury travel market,” Lane said of the deal.“We will work with TMC’s globally to help manage their high-end customers needing the ultimate experience in Australia and also have a direct channel for long-standing repeat and referral customers. For TBG it continues our strategy of being agile and boutique enough to ensure customer experience and service is maintained. A joint venture with an already established brand makes that happen.”Established in 2001, the privately owned TMC is growing and diversifying its business “to remain relevant for our partners and customers,” Lane said. Through the joint venture with ETB, Travel Beyond Group will now span 48 staff across five brands and four offices around Australia and New Zealand, with a total transaction value (TTV) of $75 million.“Our company ethos is centred around working with people who have a passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences and service. Rob, Stephen and the team at ETG do exactly that.”Exclusive Travel Group’s Managing Director Rob Young said his company was “excited” to enter into the partnership with the TBG. “It gives our business the resources and infrastructure to further expand into the Australian market,” Young said.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSouth Australian wholesaler Venture Far (was Venture Holidays) has just announced the appointment of liquidators and has ceased operations. In a statement, the company said:“Venture Far regrets to advise that after 39 years of operation we have appointed Liquidators and placed the company into liquidation. The costs and challenges of being a boutique wholesaler, operating in a high-price-drive, low-margin industry have proven to be too large to overcome.“Venture Far identified the need to adapt to the changing travel landscape and underwent major changes in 2017 including a total rebrand. While we saw improvements for these changes, it has proven not to be enough.“For Agent queries regarding your booking, please contact 1300 303 343 and select option 1. The Liquidators have maintained some reservations staff to assist with your enquiries. Sales, Marketing and Product areas have ceased immediately.”The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has responded, taking action to terminate the ATAS travel accredited status of The Trustee for Venture Holidays SA Unit Trust trading as Venture Far.“The circumstances of the bookings are yet to be known, however, any travel agents who have bookings with Venture Far and are participants in the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS) may be able to make a claim subject to participation commencement,” AFTA said in a statement.Travel agents and consumers impacted are advised to invoke a chargeback if payments were made by credit card.“They should also contact local Police to commence criminal charges against the principles, where payments and deposits had been paid for future travel that will now not be able to be taken,” AFTA said.Go back to the enewsletter
Cheap flights operator Ryanair has called for EU action against ATC strikers, after revealing it has cancelled 1,400 flights and delayed a further 12,000 already this year because of industrial action across Europe.Flights to France, Spain and Belgium were all disrupted last week as a result of walkouts by air traffic controllers.The frustrated carrier explained that airlines and passengers suffer the costs of such action without any recourse against unions that decide to strike.It is now urging the European Commission to remove the ‘right to strike’ from vital airport services such as the ATC, because it believes existing legislation is “unfit for purpose”.Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary asked: “How many more times will Europe’s airlines and their passengers be disrupted by unnecessary airspace closures, strikes and work to rules before the EU Commission finally takes some action?”Last month, the airline operated ‘hand baggage only’ flights to Spain and back on September 29th, to avoid further cancellations due to strike.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairSpain Strike AdviceHere’s some advice on how the Spanish strike may affect you flightSkyscanner search traffic jumps following cancelled Edinburgh Ryanair flightsPassengers stranded by Ryanair’s Edinburgh flight cancellations are searching Skyscanner for alternatives
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWatchmaking skills, technical innovations and continuity are values that define Carl F. Bucherer. With the Adamavi range, the Swiss watch brand has succeeded in creating a collection that stands for the pleasure provided by timeless design and for a unique philosophy: the striving to preserve things of proven value.Since it was founded over 120 years ago, the Bucherer enterprise has remained in the sole possession of the family of the founder, Carl Friedrich Bucherer. As a result of this continuity the Carl F. Bucherer watch brand, which has been independent since 2001, has become a quality brand whose success is based on a valuable store of experience in the field of mechanical watchmaking and the art of jewelry. Although Carl F. Bucherer stands for a constant drive for innovation and a high degree of technical development, it is of great importance to the brand that proven technologies and design elements should be carried over into the future.The principle of holding on to the proven values of the past is embodied in the classic appearance of the watches in the Adamavi family. The very name Adamavi stands for a feeling that these watches trigger in the wearer: translated from the Latin, Adamavi literally means “to come to love something” or “to take pleasure in something”. Because all the models in the range are characterized by timeless simplicity and mechanical reliability, they are more than just timepieces.They are true companions whose visual appeal will outlast the short-lived trends of our present time, conferring an aura of reliability and continuity upon their owners. The pleasure of time. With their understated and enduring design, watches bearing the name of Adamavi can be worn on any occasion. These puristic timepieces have their own aesthetic continuity, and therefore represent real value that is certain and timeless. Value that will also provide lasting pleasure for the wearer.One striking model in the Adamavi family is the Adamavi Pavé, perfectly executed in 18 K rose gold. The dial and bezel are set with sparkling diamonds, arranged in circles from the center outwards. In combination with the gold-colored baton markers, they suggest a shimmering sun whose radiant power lasts forever. As will your pleasure in a watch from the Adamavi range. A watch you will certainly never want to give away.www.carl-f-bucherer.com
Tahiti’s only new luxury resort, Legends Resort Moorea, opened in March 2009 and introduced the concept of luxurious private, hilltop villa accommodations to the South Pacific destination. As an alternative to the overwater bungalow style of resorts commonly found in Tahiti, Legends Resort Moorea offers a refreshing and extremely private setting on 17 lush acres that enjoy 360-degree views across the lagoon to neighboring motus and Moorea’s verdant mountain range.Each of the 46 private villas that comprise Legends Resort Moorea is a fully-equipped resort home, with services customized to each guest’s preferences. Villas range from 1,290 to 1,920 square feet, and feature two or three bedrooms, full kitchens, and large private terraces with plunge pools and dramatic views. Interior design is contemporary Polynesian, and incorporates stone and exotic wood elements to complement the natural surroundings. ACCOMODATIONS Accommodations reflect the relaxed sensibility of Moorea, with amenities such as furnished private outdoor decks, kitchens with full-size appliances and fine china, and of the moment technology like Nespresso coffee makers, Wi-Fi access and satellite TV and DVD players. Luxurious and useful touches in the air-conditioned villas include washers and dryers, spacious bathrooms, fine linens, and access to a movie library. Full maid service, butler service, baby-sitting, private chefs and in-room spa treatments are available in all villas.DINING The signature La Villa Des Sens is set dramatically along the sea. The gourmet restaurant features fusion cuisine created by Chef Tarek Chaker, a native of Egypt who hails from Michelin-starred restaurants led by Joel Robuchon and Jacques Chibois. His menu includes signature entrees such as: fricassee of large langoustine with julienne of braised leeks in butter; roasted duck breast Sichuanaise style with sweet-and-sour corn crepe; and Tahaa vanilla crème brulee with Tiare ice cream.Guests may dine at a chef’s table, which resides in a private lounge with windows looking into the kitchen for a close look at his preparations.Complementing the menu is an extensive wine list showcasing selections from around the world. The wine collection is displayed at the center of the restaurant in a dramatic, glass-enclosed wine cellar. The restaurant’s Lounge Bar is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails or digestifs.Adjacent to the pool, Legends Gourmet offers indoor/outdoor café dining, poolside food and beverage service, an international deli, wine shop, bakery and catering. an open-air setting where guests can sip cool drinks and sample tantalizing appetizers.For private dining, Legends Resort will stock villa kitchens to order; arrange for private chefs to prepare and service meals in the villas; cater private or corporate events; arrange for private barbecues on the beach; and prepare gourmet picnic baskets for guests to take on their island excursions.ACTIVITIES Guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling right off of the resort’s private beach, scuba diving, access to a state of the art fitness center, tennis, and in-villa spa treatments at Legends Resort Moorea. For those inclined to venture beyond the resort, a concierge can arrange for a myriad of tours, hiking, golf, marine life encounters and boat charters. Guests can also experience the local Polynesian culture more closely through traditional song and dance performances at the resort, and visits to artisans in local villages.www.legendsresortvillas.com
Amangiri, Singapore-based Amanresorts’ second property in the United States, is set to open in the early fall in the “canyon country” of southern Utah. Located near the Utah-Arizona border, Amangiri (Sanskrit for ‘peaceful mountain’) is adjacent to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, encompassing Lake Powell and the Colorado River, and ideally placed for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Bryce and Zion National Parks.The setting is breathtaking. Amangiri is cradled by massive 200-million-year-old mesas and rock formations that present extraordinary desert vistas whose colors change from amber to gold to pink as the sun makes its daily circuit. Located some 4,000 feet above sea level, spring and fall temperatures are in the 70’s Fahrenheit, with winter highs in the 40’s and summer highs rarely exceeding 95 degrees. The region is home to a variety of endangered species, including the California condor, and a bevy of dinosaur fossils, some dating back more than 160 million years.Set on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness that has been home for centuries to the indigenous Navajo and Hopi tribes, Amangiri’s creation was made possible by a 2005 Act of Congress that permitted a swap of private and Federal land. Amangiri has 34 guest suites with white stone floors and tinted concrete walls that reflect the colors of the American Southwest. Each suite has uninterrupted panoramic views of the desert and mesas and is endowed with all the luxuries and comfort expected of an Amanresort — from day-beds for relaxing, to roomy bathing areas, to the unobtrusively personalized service that has been the hallmark of Amanresorts since its first resort, Amanpuri, opened 21 years ago in Phuket, Thailand. Pool suites and the Girijaala and Amangiri Suites have private pools and secluded outdoor sky terraces that are ideal both for daytime relaxation and nighttime stargazing.The centerpiece of Amangiri is a sprawling modernist Pavilion reached by flights of wide, gentle steps. Its desert-colored stone and concrete is contrasted by splashes of scarlet tenting: the shade of red is one of the sacred colors of the Navajo. The Pavilion is an open-plan arrangement of lounging areas, library, dining room and open kitchen — all with floor-to-ceiling glass that frames panoramas of the desert, the rock formations and the mesas. The restaurant terrace leads onto the pool terrace; the swimming pool wraps around a central slick rock that thrusts upward from the desert floor.Amangiri’s 25,000-foot spa is a destination in itself. A giant complex of stone, water features and streams of light, it offers a number of unique treatment venues. The Water Pavilion offers hydrotherapy treatments, while the Floatation Pavilion offers color therapy-enhanced floatation treatment. The Aman Spa also provides both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, step pool, cold plunge and generous spaces for exercise, yoga and Amanresorts’ unique Pilates assessment.The cuisine at Amangiri reflects the resort’s residential nature. The kitchen is open-plan, and guests are invited to interact and watch the chefs at work. The menus change regularly based on available ingredients from local farmers, and emphasize organic and specialty products. The open-to-browse wine room has state-of-the-art climate control, space for 900 bottles and the technology to serve even the finest vintages by the glass. The private dining room seats 10; its large wooden doors can be closed for privacy or open to the kitchen. > The design of Amangiri is inspired by the natural elements of wind, water, earth and fire. Shafts of sunlight stream into the resort’s interiors through panoramic windows and strategically placed skylights. The sound of water is a soothing constant in the Pavilion, as in the surrounding slot canyons. The resort features more than 50 indoor and outdoor fireplaces — throughout the Pavilion and the Aman Spa, in every suite, around the pool and in outdoor entertainment areas. At night, Amangiri’s exteriors are subtly lit so as not to compromise the vast star-filled night sky as nature intended. The Desert Lounge beyond the Pavilion is an open-air living room and the ideal venue for stargazing.Because of its location, Amangiri guests are able to take advantage of opportunities to discover some of America’s most magnificent scenic locations. A comprehensive program of tours, desert activities, boating, fly-fishing, hiking and cultural explorations has been developed exclusively for Aman guests.In addition to the resort, the Amangiri master-plan features 28 dramatically designed four- or five-bedroom private villas, each with large pools, wine rooms, fireplaces, optional media rooms and staff quarters.www.amanresorts.com
The state of romance in the nation is in dire straits as 75% of couples admit lacking opportunities to spend enough time together, according to a recent study. Many people find that the “Seven Year Itch” can occur whether a couple is married for 5 or 25 years. Marriage counselors recommend getting away to a romantic locale to renew bonds. Tropical getaways are becoming a popular choice for couples wishing to cure the “Seven Year Itch.” Couples can rekindle the connection by taking advantage of the romance package in the secluded world class luxury boutique hotel Las Palmas in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.Las Palmas was recently voted the most romantic luxury hotel in the Mexico 2009 version of Karen Brown’s Exceptional Places to Stay and Itineraries, where it appeared on the cover. Las Palmas, which is located along a secluded nine mile beach at Zihuatanejo, Mexico, is offering a special five night romance package for couples, now through December 1, 2009. The special includes a welcome beverage package, delicious daily breakfast, a three course private evening dinner on the terrace, a one hour couples massage and transportation to and from the airport.Take the opportunity to relax together at a hotel on Playa Blanca, one of the most secluded and sought after beaches in the world. Six luxuriously appointed suites are off the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur. Relax by the pool as you sip an award winning margarita or treat yourself to a private couples massage. Consider more active, off-site activities including lagoon kayaking, surfing, golf, sport fishing, hiking through the rain-forest or swimming with the dolphins.The ideal location for passion and romance, Las Palmas is conveniently located near Barra de Potosi in Guerrero, Mexico, 5 miles from the Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa Mexico International airport. Take advantage of the romance specials to renew and create romantic memories to last a lifetime.www.hotellaspalmas.net
Recently, The Peninsula Bangkok celebrated its 10th anniversary by organizing the “Stream of Arts…to Foster the Artists,” an art exhibition to raise fund for artists suffering from illness. Thanpooying Poranee Mahanon, H.M. the Queen’s Representative and Deputy Private Secretary presided over for the ribbon cutting ceremony.From left: Ms. Siriluck Maitai, Managing Director of Siam Chaophraya Holdings Co., Ltd.; Khun Thapana Siriwatanapakdi, Thai Beverage ; Dr. Sunee Sriorathaikul, President of the Thai Gems & Jewelry Traders Association; Khunying Rose Boribalburibhand, Honorable Advisor; Thanpooying Poranee Mahanon, H.M.the Queen’s Representative and Deputy Private Secretary; Khun Lalisa Chonbarami, President of Foater the Artists Fund; Mr.Charles L.Mirris, General Manager of The Peninsula Bangkok
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 2:20 pm PDT NEWARK, N.J. — “Real Housewives of New Jersey” husband Joe Giudice (JOO’-dys) has lost his appeal to avoid deportation to Italy.His attorneys said Thursday they are “extremely disappointed” by the Board of Immigration’s decision and have appealed to the federal circuit court in Philadelphia.Giudice and his wife, Teresa, pleaded guilty in 2014 to financial fraud. Giudice is an Italian citizen who was brought to the U.S. as a baby and says he wasn’t aware he wasn’t an American citizen.Teresa Giudice served nearly a year in prison and was freed in December 2015. Joe Giudice was released from prison last month and was sent to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in southeast Pennsylvania.The Associated Press ‘Real Housewives’ husband Giudice loses immigration appeal
LOS ANGELES — Former first lady Michelle Obama and a host of celebrities will join thousands of students to celebrate college signing day.Obama, Conan O’Brien, Kelly Rowland, Bebe Rexha, Jesse Williams, Usher, Pentatonix, La La Anthony, Don Cheadle, and other entertainers and athletes are slated to gather on the UCLA campus on May 1 to commemorate the day that high school students choose to pursue higher education. Events also are planned throughout the U.S.This will mark Obama’s sixth college signing day that she has celebrated with Reach Higher. As first lady, Obama used the Reach Higher initiative to inspire high school students to continue their education by attending college, a training program, or joining the military.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2019 10:28 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This This Dec. 19, 2018, file photo shows former first lady Michelle Obama speaking as she is interviewed by Sarah Jessica Parker during an appearance in New York. Obama, Conan O’Brien, Kelly Rowland, Bebe Rexha, Jesse Williams, Usher, Pentatonix, La La Anthony, Don Cheadle, and other entertainers and athletes are slated to gather on the UCLA campus on May 1 to commemorate the day that high school students choose to pursue higher education. Events also are planned throughout the U.S. This will mark Obama’s sixth college signing day that she has celebrated with Reach Higher. As first lady, Obama used the Reach Higher Initiative to inspire high school students to continue their education by attending college, a training program, or joining the military. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) Michelle Obama headlines college signing day event at UCLA
November 12, 1999Morning work team covers up the new water pump line.Photo by: Doctress Neutopia
Tomiaki also displayed one of Paolo’s 10, four hundred page, aluminum encased journal/sketchbooks. Nick Falevina receives his certificate of completion from Workshop Coordinator, Wes Ozier. Site Coordinator Tomiaki Tamura opened up the Archives to share some of Paolo’s scrolls with the June Workshop. Pictured is a Space for Peace scroll. June 11, 2001GraduationOn Friday, the May Workshop graduated from the five-week program. The group marked the event by posing on Sebastian and Karsten’s 1979 Caddy.[Photos and text by Jennifer Thornton] The last week of the May Workshop coincided with Seminar Week of the June Workshop in which the Workshoppers are familiarized withArcosanti and Arcology Theory. Landscape Manager Karen Taylor shows the group the various flowers, trees, herbs, vegetables and other plants that beautify the Site.