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The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share A 6-foot-2, 210-pound corner, he has excellent size and speed. Asomugha is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories A couple years ago, Nnamdi Asomugha was the hottest name on the free agent market. Arguably the best cornerback in football, he surprised many by signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.Two disappointing seasons later he’s been released, and according to ProFootballTalk, could make his next home in Arizona.Asomugha, 31, owns 405 combined tackles and 15 interceptions for his career, but tallied just 95 and four, respectively, in his two years with the Eagles. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s official. The Arizona Cardinals have placed Darnell Dockett on injured reserve.In conjunction with the move they announced the signings of Isaac Sopoaga and Ryan McBean. Both received one-year deals.McBean had been with the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing in 47 games — 21 starts — over four seasons. With the Steelers, he played in one game his rookie year and then spent 2008 on the Broncos practice squad. He played regularly for Denver from 2009-11. In 2012, he missed the season with an ankle injury. 0 Comments Share – / 21 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sopoaga is a 10-year veteran who spent time in Philadelphia and New England in 2013. He had been a San Francisco 49er for the first nine seasons of his career. In 139 games — 89 starts — he has 8.5 sacks. He was released by the Patriots in March. Both will get their chance to join the rotation on the Cardinals’ line.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In six games this season, Fitzgerald has 23 receptions from 39 targets for a total of 283 yards. His only touchdown of the year came on Oct. 12 in the win against Washington.Fitzgerald is tied with Michael Floyd for most targets and most receiving yards on the Cardinals, and is second behind Andre Ellington in receptions.The Patriots’ top receiver this season is Julian Edelman, who has 44 receptions on 65 targets and and 453 yards. Rob Gronkowski leads New England in touchdowns with four. The Arizona Cardinals cannot escape Larry Fitzgerald trade rumors, even with a 5-1 record.The latest news outlet to bring up the idea was NFL.com, who suggests the Cardinals send Fitzgerald, 31, to the New England Patriots in an article titled, “Six trades we’d love to see before NFL trade deadline.”Even with the Cardinals standing atop the NFC West, there are valid reasons for a swap. Fitzgerald realizes his contract will have to be addressed after the season, as he carries an untenable $23.6 million salary-cap number for 2015. The Patriots reportedly “sent out feelers” to gauge the possibility of acquiring Fitzgerald two offseasons ago. Fitzgerald’s legs looked as fresh in August as they did in his prime, but his targets have dwindled since Bruce Arians removed him from the “X” receiver role. Now that Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington are enjoying breakout seasons and rookie John Brown is emerging, Fitzgerald is underutilized in Arians’ offense. I believe he would flourish as Tom Brady’s first legitimate outside threat since the last of Randy Moss’ glory years. The Cardinals could get something in return now if they have reason to believe he would walk in the offseason. — Chris WesselingWesseling did not give a suggestion of who New England should send in return. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
– / 40 GLENDALE, Ariz. — The majority of fans University of Phoenix Stadium were still in shock when the Cardinals took over for the first possession of overtime.You couldn’t blame them. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers had thrown a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass — his second of the season — to Jeff Janis with no time left to push Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game into overtime.That shock reached a new level on the first play of the extra period. On 1st-and-10 from the 20, Carson Palmer dropped to pass, avoided a rush from Clay Matthews around the left end, stepped up, spun away from linebacker Mike Neal, and rolled out to his right. He then threw all the way across his body (and across the field) and found Larry Fitzgerald all alone at the 35-yard line. Fitzgerald, with help from some downfield blocking, did the rest.The 32-year-old receiver weaved through the defense, gaining 75 yards all the way down to the Packers’ 5-yard line. Fittingly, two plays later, Fitzgerald took a shovel pass into the end zone to give the Cardinals an unforgettable 26-20 overtime win that propels them to the NFC Championship Game for only the second time in franchise history.Maybe NBC’s Al Michaels summed it up best in real time when he bellowed “Larry Fitzgerald is insane!”This is the play before The Play after The Other Play:Larry Fitzgerald starts OT with a 75-yard catch #BeRedSeeRed https://t.co/PQIxOy1FMX— NFL (@NFL) January 17, 2016It was another signature postseason moment for a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer who has supplied quite a few of them in his Arizona career.“Carson did a great job of keeping his eyes down the field, he scrambled, getting flushed out and I caught the ball,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “I was expecting someone to be around and I saw a lot of grass there and I was heading to the sideline and tried to make a move and tried to get to the end zone the best I could.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leave it to Fitzgerald to make the super-human seem ho-hum. That’s the way he has operated his whole career — underselling his achievements while propping up others.“I saw a couple of my guys running through and I saw a little area to push through when I saw Darren (Fells) pick up a block for me on the way and I saw Mike (Floyd) and Smoke (John Brown) do the same thing,” he said. “Those guys really led the way for me to get down that far.”Palmer, who struggled for a good portion of the contest, ended up completing 25-of-41 for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He also described the play from his vantage point.“They did a good job getting pressure on us, we blocked them out really, really well,” he said. “Somebody came through and I had a chance to get out of the pocket and we did a good job of picking up the protection as soon as I bounced outside the pocket — everybody did a good job of picking up their man and gave me plenty of time to get backside and just saw him over there, standing by himself.”Was Palmer surprised that Fitzgerald was so wide-open?“That’s what happens in those kind of broken plays,” he said. “People will start turning, running for the hills and expecting a shot. He just did a good job of moving, getting open and doing something special with the ball in his hands at the end.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 2 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates a catch against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
The Quote: “He felt us coming from the left, he felt us coming from the right up the middle, he had no place to go. That’s just the effort we had all day long. Guys were just hungry, we just wanted to get there. We just charged ourselves — who could get the most sacks and just have fun. That was the emphasis — party at the football. And that’s what we did today, we had so much fun at the football.” — Cory Redding The Quote: “Justin made a great play and then we go down and get the touchdown. That was a very well-orchestrated drive by Carson. I thought then it was over.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Although it didn’t end the way anybody in the Valley wanted, the 2015 season was quite a memorable one for the Arizona Cardinals.Bruce Arians’ team ripped off a franchise-record 13 wins in the regular season good enough to wrap up their third NFC West championship in the last eight seasons. They followed that up with a thrilling 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3. Cory Redding’s touchdown rumble vs. Green Bay (Week 16 – Dec. 27) Arizona Cardinals defensive end Cory Redding (90) runs in a fumble recovery for a touchdown as Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) falls to the turf during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The story of this game was the Arizona defense, which made life miserable for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (and everyone else in green and yellow, for that matter.) With Arizona leading 24-0 in the third quarter, linebacker Kareem Martin got around the left end and sacked Rodgers, knocking the ball free. Defensive tackle Cory Redding scooped it up at the 37-yard line. On his way to the end zone, he absolutely flattened Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who attempted to bring him down at the 20-yard line. As he crossed the goal line, Redding jumped with the ball extended over his head — a move that drew a chuckle from head coach Bruce Arians. “Cory Redding, his feeble jump into the end zone was outstanding,” Arians said. 4. Tyrann Mathieu’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. San Francisco (Week 3 – Sept. 27)Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) misses the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Justin Bethel got the fireworks started early in this contest, picking off Colin Kaepernick and returning it 21 yards for a score on San Francisco’s third play of the game. Just 2:03 later, the “Honey Badger” also picked off Kaepernick and he returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 just six minutes into the game. The Cardinals would go on to win 47-7 to push their record to 3-0 on the season. It was just the sixth time the Cardinals had two pick-sixes in the same game since they moved to the Valley in 1988, and the first time since Rashad Johnson and Greg Toler each scored in a 38-10 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 15 of the 2012 season. Top Stories 1. Dwight Freeney’s strip sack vs. Minnesota (Week 14 – Dec. 10) Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Dwight Freeney (54) forces Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) to fumble during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals recovered the ball to secure the 23-20 win. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Chandler Catanzaro booted a 47-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the ball game to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead over the Vikings. Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater drove the Vikes down to the Arizona 31-yard line. On 3rd-and-10, Bridgewater dropped to pass, but he was sacked by outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who put a textbook spin move on left tackle Matt Kalil. Freeney jarred the ball loose, and it was recovered by Calais Campbell at the Cardinals’ 36-yard line to seal the victory. The Quote: “I knew the ball was coming to us — (Gillmore) and me. I knew one of us was going to make a big play and I had already given up the big pass, so there was no way I was going to let him catch the ball on that one.” — Tony Jefferson The Quote: “I was a little surprised that they kept throwing the ball, but then again, they had to go for the win. They figured ‘one more try’ so I was like ‘alright, one more try’ and we happened to make the play.” — Dwight Freeney 2. Tony Jefferson’s game-saving pick vs. Baltimore (Week 7 – Oct. 26) Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson (22) intercepts a throw intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore (80) in the end zone during the final seconds the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-18. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)In terms of importance, this was undoubtedly the biggest play of the first half of the season for the Cardinals. The Cardinals led by eight with seconds left and Baltimore facing a 2nd-and-9 at the Cardinals’ 9-yard line. A touchdown and a two-point conversion would have sent the game into overtime. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back to pass, and under pressure from rookie Markus Golden, lofted the ball toward tight end Crockett Gillmore in the end zone. The ball sailed, and safety Tony Jefferson made a great, over-the-shoulder catch and slid down with the interception to preserve a 26-18 win. Comments Share Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Dwight Freeney (54) forces Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) to fumble during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals recovered the ball to secure the 23-20 win. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Honorable mention: Cory Redding’s interception vs. Detroit, Justin Bethel’s pick-6 vs. San Francisco, Tony Jefferson’s pick-6 vs. Chicago, Jerraud Powers’ fumble return vs. Green Bay The Quote: “I saw him the whole time. He has one of those funky wind-ups, so once he winds up to throw the ball, it kind of takes a minute to leave his hand and at that point, it was just about doing what you do in practice.” — Mathieu as a guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Sept. 28 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The journey ended the next week with a loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game — just the second time the Cardinals have ever advanced that far.There were plenty of memorable plays in all three phases of the game, but here is a look at the top five defensive plays the Birdgang turned in during the 2015 campaign.5. Justin Bethel’s interception vs. Green Bay (Week 16 – Dec. 27) Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) intercepts a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) in the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Sure, this game was an unmitigated blowout, but it was close at one time. Late in the second quarter, with the Cardinals leading 10-0, Green Bay faced a 3rd-and-5 from the Arizona 10-yard line. Aaron Rodgers dropped to pass, got pressure from Dwight Freeney on the back side. The Green Bay quarterback avoided it, looked right and tried to find James Jones in the right corner of the end zone. But Bethel stepped in front of it, picking it off for his second interception of the year. Not only did Bethel’s handiwork prevent a Packers’ touchdown, it gave Carson Palmer and the offense the ball back with nearly a minute on the clock. Palmer engineered an 80-yard touchdown drive that ended in a 7-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with just :06 left in the half and essentially put the game out of reach for Green Bay.
The entire team, with owner Jerry Jones in the middle of the line, stood in the middle of the University of Phoenix Stadium grass before a large American flag was unveiled prior to their Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. There were audible boos from the crowd.Good stuff from Garrett on #cowboys kneeling before anthem pic.twitter.com/EbynXGwNJ4— John Marshall (@jmarshallap) September 26, 2017They then stood to the side for the anthem.The Cardinals and Cowboys locked arms in respective rows as Jordin Sparks sang the Star Spangled Banner. Arizona president Michael Bidwill and his sister, Nicole, also locked armed along with the Cardinals players. BREAKING: Jerry Jones and the Cowboys take a knee in humiliating rebuke to racist would-be divider @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/vVR0UlAekk— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 26, 2017The Dallas Cowboys took a knee before the national anthem to show unity days after president Donald Trump’s comments about “firing” NFL players who kneel during the Star Spangled Banner.“The objectives as much as anything else was to somehow, some way demonstrate unity and demonstrate equality,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, “and do so without any way involving the American flag and the national anthem. It took a lot of conversation to figure out how to do that. The conversation started literally Saturday, immediately after practice, and it went up to probably 15, 20 minutes before the ballgame.” – / 32 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the team linking arms during the anthem: pic.twitter.com/UyinaQJqVF— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) September 26, 2017 Bruce Arians when asked about the linked arms said it’s over. “I coach football. I’m not a damn politician.”— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) September 26, 2017“It was the players’ decision,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the game. “We had that long meeting about it and it was their decision.”Trump’s criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity. Top Stories #DALvsAZ pic.twitter.com/zuMo2B2SJV— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) September 26, 2017 The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 18 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 29 September 2015, The Gainsborough Bath Spa welcomed 250 high-profile local and international guests to celebrate its Official Grand Opening, including Leader of the Council, Councillor Tim Warren, MP Ben Howlett, Mayor William Sandry, fashion icon Jimmy Choo and the hotel’s interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, of New York’s Champalimaud Design.The only member of The Leading Hotels of the World in the South West of England, The Gainsborough Bath Spa stands as YTL Hotels‘ first Classic Hotel in Europe as well as the sole hotel to have exclusive access to Bath’s natural thermal mineral waters.Guests were treated to a display of ancient traditions to bless the hotel with prosperity. Surrounded by a group of drummers, guests were led on a lion dance procession to The Gainsborough Bath Spa behind a Chinese lion.Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Chairman of YTL Corporation, launched proceedings with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by flowing champagne toasts and Asian-fusion canapés by Michelin Starred Chef Johann Lafer, who has lent his name to the hotel restaurant.Wessex Water chairman Colin Skellett and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh led a series of speeches to mark the occasion. Speaking on the night, Colin stated; “Tonight we celebrate the opening of YTL’s latest hotel. A major step in making Bath, once again, a major European spa city. I am pleased that this latest YTL investment will play its part alongside Thermae Bath Spa in growing the local economy and putting Bath even more on the international map.”A ten thousand pound donation to St John’s Hospital, the hotel’s designated charity dedicated to caring for the local community, was then presented. Guests were subsequently invited to explore the hotel rooms, facilities and Spa Village, where a display of the hotel’s signature aquatic treatment, Freedom, took place.Talking about the Grand Opening, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay, leading Malaysian businessman and founding member of YTL Corporation, commented; “We are delighted to open such a prestigious property in the historic city centre of Bath. The Gainsborough Bath Spa marks the company’s first Classic Hotel in the UK and serves to only strengthen the brand’s affinities with areas of authentic natural and cultural beauty. We are very excited to be the only hotel in the UK with access to Bath’s natural thermal waters.”Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £285 on a room-only basis.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterTravel agents can ensure their clients experience an unforgettable Christmas in Europe thanks to APT’s latest festive travel offers.The award-winning luxury travel operator is celebrating Christmas in July by offering groups of family and friends the chance to save up to $13,490 when they sail on one of its festive European river cruises.For a limited time only, book a full price cabin and receive the second cabin half price on Magnificent Europe river cruise departing on the 18 November, 2 December or 16 December 2016.With the saving, a group of four friends who book two cabins between them to travel together will pay from just $7271 per person, twin share.APT is also extending its savings to solo travellers, waiving the solo supplement on the same three seasonal sailings, so that single guests pay from just $9695 per person.Both offers apply to APT’s 17-day Magnificent Europe White Christmas and New Year’s Eve which departs on the 16 December 2016.The cruise takes guests on a stunning journey from Budapest to Amsterdam aboard one of APT’s latest luxury riverships.Highlights include a special Christmas feast in Bamberg, a New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration in Amsterdam, a visit to Melk Abbey, home to a fabled Christmas tale and the chance to sample gluwhein, roasted chestnuts and seasonal treats while soaking up the festive atmosphere in the many local towns and villages.In addition, guests will enjoy two Royal Signature Experiences – a journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train, authentic replica of the Imperial Royal train of the Hapsburgs; and a private musical soiree at Vienna’s newly refurbished City Palace, featuring members of the Mozart Boy’s Choir.Price includes all meals aboard the cruise; complimentary beverages throughout; room service and butler service in select suites, all sightseeing and entertainment; and transfers, port charges and tipping.Offer is valid for all bookings that are made on select dates and deposited by 31 August 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways proudly accepted three separate accolades at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards held today at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. Air travellers chose Qatar Airways as the World’s Best Business Class in the 2016 World Airline Awards, also voting the airline top for Best Business Class Airline Lounge and the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The consumer-voted awards recognised the airline for its commitment to offering passengers an unrivalled travelling experience.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways to be named World’s Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East by the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards, not only for myself, but for every individual at Qatar Airways who creates the passengers’ experience – from our on-board cabin crew to the chefs overseeing our catering, to the technicians who ensure the cabin is in perfect working order. Our commitment to continued success is unwavering and a testament to the dedication of our global teams. The airline’s renowned service, modern aircraft and luxurious cabins, combined with an expanding global network, continue to set Qatar Airways apart from the competition.”The Skytrax World Airline Awards are widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards with millions of travellers, from 160 different countries, participating in passenger satisfaction surveys to decide the winners each year.Commenting on the awards, Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said: “Qatar Airways remains a favourite amongst air travellers year-on-year and achieved strong results across many of the 2016 awards categories, ranking No. 2 in the world. The top prize for World’s Best Business Class is notable as this is amongst the most competitive in the customer survey. Airlines globally continue to develop and introduce new product and service concepts in Business Class and it takes a great deal of hard work to stay ahead in this market. The recognition of the Al Mourjan lounge as the world’s best is another great achievement for Qatar Airways.”Over the last year Qatar Airways announced an unprecedented expansion of its network with 13 new destinations launching in 2016 including Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Chiang Mai, Seychelles and Sydney.The airline continues to grow in 2017, and will commence services to further new destinations including Auckland, which will be the world’s longest flight, Lusaka, Skopje and Nice.Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 186 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.Go back to the e-newsletter
Cempedak Island (pronounced chem-pe-dak), located 91 kilometres off the coast of Singapore in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, is a 17-hectare private island with sustainability at the forefront of its design.Approaching by private speed boat towards Cempedak, the island’s 20 handcrafted bamboo Beach and Seaview villas – all with plunge pools – will be visible through the jungle foliage. This retreat offers space and time to truly disconnect, with a maximum of 40 guests, adults-only policy, no televisions and an island that has been slowly developed over several years to preserve the natural habitat and wildlife, including the endangered pangolin.Conservation and consideration of environmental issues have been a priority in the development of Cempedak. The use of locally sourced sustainable materials and a devotion to maintaining the natural beauty of the island ensures Cempedak Island will be an ecologically sound destination with preservation at its heart. The environmental strategy extends beyond the island to the employment and training of local staff. As a result, Cempedak is not only an important contributor to the local community, but a project that local people feel proud and privileged to be part of.
Go back to the e-newsletterSince SriLankan Airlines introduced its daily Melbourne–Colombo service, beautiful and serene Sri Lanka has become even more desirable. UL605 leaves Melbourne at the civilised hour of 16:55 and arrives in the Sri Lankan capital at 22:15 the same day.My suggestion is to spend the first two nights at the just-opened Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo (they pick you up, land-side, on arrival in a purple Jaguar; – a stylish welcome). There is, in fact, lots of colour around: this two-month-old luxury hotel might have colourless Lasvit chandeliers, many in lotus shapes, but artworks are big and bold, and any event in the ballroom seems to use as many colours of the rainbow as possible. Advantages of staying here are numerous: the LifeFitness gym is 24/7 (useful after that flight); The CHI Spa works with Kerstin Florian; there is a lovely outdoor pool with sensational sunset views and the Wi-Fi is really really good.The 32-floor building will eventually be part of a mammoth retail, offices and residence towers complex, representing a Kuok investment of some US$500 million. It soars up behind the famous Galle Face Green sculpture of legendary former Prime Minister Bandaranaike (who rejoiced in the forenames Solomon West Ridgeway Dias), a couple of hundred yards south of the former InterCon, now the Kingsbury, and the Galadari, once Le Méridien. For old times’ sake, I walked along Galle Face Drive to the Galle Face Hotel, passing the same traders and local picnickers who have been here since time immemorial; goods still include elaborate paper kites, but small stalls now have solar panels.Shangri-La has a growing brand awareness, and the hotel’s 500 rooms are doing good business (choose a room with access to the Horizon Club – I personally like corner suites in the -23 series, for views west out to sea and south along Galle Face Green). The hotel, under GM Tim Wright, is a haven for those who want modern comforts. Business comes from banks and all the other entities that make a capital city grow. In addition, one year ago – after Tim Wright arrived here – ‘they’ started making sandcastles out at sea in the Indian Ocean. And just as one load of sand followed another and another to create what is going to be bigger than Palm Jumeirah off Dubai.In under 51 weeks, an enormous area is being built up out of the sea. This is part of what billboards says is a US$15 billion investment, coming from China Communications Construction Company under its chairman, Liu Qitao. Out there in the ocean – or now on top of it – three shifts toil 24 hours a day, building what will be one of the ends of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (it will have hotels, malls, theme parks, hospitals, residences and offices). Fine, if there are all those buildings coming up on the new island, it is certain that the thousands of people living and/or working there will flock to best-in-town when it comes to dining.Colombo’s Ministry of Crab restaurant in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct has topped the popularity stakes but already, since the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, its restaurants, all designed by Ryoichi Niwata, have become sell-outs. Obviously, being Shangri-La, there is Shang Palace for Chinese; buffets at the superb all-day Table One are memorable (try the grill’s prawns, with a make-your-own salad), and if you are hungry for home, Capital Bar & Grill serves sensationally juicy and flavourful steaks from the Greenham family’s Cape Grim farms.And then, after a day to explore Colombo, head south to Galle, which was full of surprises from the beginning to end of my stay. First, the walled fort area of Old Galle offers endless bastion walks and today there seemed to be brides all over the place. I was obviously there on an auspicious day, which seems to happen very often. Even before the sun came up, around 6.30am, there were dozens of happy couples with full wedding party retinues, posing and walking around the centre of the old town (some of the ladies must have been up all night having their hair done, pearls put in place and, in some instances, being poured into Spandex undergarments before their elaborate gowns would fit).Amangalla is the only luxury place to stay. The charming and loveable GM, Sean Flakelar, is a former Sydney chef who only switched to ops after his then-GM, at a hotel I will not mention, was consistently rather the worse for the bottle. Although it only opened as such in 2004, Amangalla has seen so much in its lifetime. The four-floor structure was constructed as two buildings in 1684 to house Dutch military officers. It passed to British army headquarters, by which time there was regular two-horse carriage service to Colombo, in 12.5 hours (it is now three hours by car). In 1863 it became the New Oriental Hotel, and in 1899 Albert Ephramus paid 40,000 rupees for it, but sadly not only did four of his children die in infancy but also all five children of his granddaughter, Anestasia Emmeline (Nesta) Ephramus Brothier, died before she did. Nesta had been born in the hotel in 1905, and in 1995, now widowed into the bargain, she signed it over to Adrian Zecha. Hence its rebirth as an Aman.Think of Raffles in Singapore, blend in Yangon’s The Strand and add a huge dose of Aman magic and this is the result. The three-floor exterior is complemented by all-white interiors with polished wide wood floorboards, grey window shutters, and a gorgeously lush rear garden with Olympic pool and five permanent cabanas. A one-time row of tiny shops has evolved into a serious five-room spa, with hot and icy bath soaking rooms. The front terrace, on Church Street, morphs into an interior lobby restaurant-bar and the rear lobby, which leads into a library, with Nesta memorabilia and a shaving salon, with two additional chairs for mani- and pedicures.No, I did not even miss having a gym as sunset and sunrise hikes taking me all around the ramparts of this fascinating old town more than sufficed – and when I got back, perfumed rolled terry towels were offered on a silver tray (and my 6am wake-up cafetière arrived on the dot).At dinner, GM Sean Flakelar filled in details of the annual Fairway Galle Literary Festival. This year his hotel guests for the festival include Alexander McCall Smith and Dame Maggie Smith, the last talking on the serious business of being funny. I hope she was in Sean Flakelar’s favourite room, number eight, up 56 somewhat-precarious wood stairs to the top floor, but the views, south and west, are said to be superb. I was in suite 22, looking out into that quiet garden. This is a place that de-stresses after walking around town: it is also de-stressing merely sitting in the open-sided lobby or on its terrace, with fans whirring high overhead. Have afternoon tea here – it is included in the room rate – a full English-style affair, with hot scones and cream and three-tier curates’ stands of savoury and sweet one-bites. Breakfast is also included, as are the non-alcohol mini-bar, and Wi-Fi (good, again).I met up with Yvonne Verstandig of Executive Edge Travel in Melbourne, who had flown over, on SriLankan, with her husband Allan. Yes, she will be back, she says! I also really enjoyed meeting the charming and charismatic new chef here, Sagar Rajput, and I cannot wait to see how he enhances the menus at this gorgeous luxury hotel. For those who are interested, by the way, I passed on breakfast’s suggested Sri Lankan omelette – open-face and spicy thanks to onions, tomato and green chilli, – in favour of unadorned sunny-side up with a side of avocado.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterEvents by Luxperience has enhanced its annual program by offering a tailored product for the premium events market. In 2018, Luxperience has re-created its unique platform to connect event and incentive specialists, executive assistants and professional conference organisers with a collection of premium events.“After extensive consultation with our attendees and key influencers, we have re-imagined our events offering,” said Luxperience Marketing Manager Claire-Ann Leo. “Designed with premium event specialists in mind, this forum will offer a condensed and rewarding experience in the form of the Events by Luxperience Showcase.”This new experience will enable up to 50 event visionaries to meet with up to 15 exceptional event suppliers for a two-hour session of intimate group presentations. The Events by Luxperience Showcase also includes the opportunity to participate in the educational and social program of the annual event.WHERE: International Convention Centre, Hall 7 – MICE MarketplaceWHEN: Wednesday 19 September 2018TIME: Full Day – 9.30a. – 3pm (includes educational session) | Half Day – 11.05am – 3pm.BUYERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTEREXHIBTORS CLICK HERE TO EXPRESS INTERESTRegistrations for those interested in participating in the Events by Luxperience Showcase must be completed by 31 August 2018For buyers and exhibitors interested in the full Luxperience program, there are still options available with registrations closing in a few days time on 29 July 2018.Luxperience is being held at the ICC Sydney 16-19 September 2018; connecting the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.ADDITIONALLY, nominations for the prestigious Luxperience Awards are due by next Monday 30 July, 2018.There are three major awards categories, open to buyers and exhibitors, which represent the core philosophies of Luxperience: Inspiring, Meaningful, Connections. The fourth major award is for the Outstanding Destination.Nominations must be received by the deadline and are then reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and those worthy companies or individuals will be asked for a detailed submission. The final submission step is due by 03 August 2018.Awards are open to both leisure and business event specialists emphasising the impact and influence of luxury travel across both segment.For additional information, click here.Go back to the enewsletter
Domestic airline Flybe has celebrated the first anniversary of its cheap flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.According to the carrier, the service, which operates three times a day, has proved a “roaring success” since its introduction in June last year using Bombardier Q400 aircraft.Over the last 12 months, more than 60,000 people have travelled on the route, with the flights proving particularly popular among business passengers needing a fast connection between Yorkshire, London and the south-east.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said that the route is “of great strategic importance”.”We know from passenger feedback how important this link is for business and leisure passengers alike in Yorkshire and this has been reflected in the performance of our service in its first year,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that Leeds Bradford will continue to play an “integral part” in its operations over the next few years.Last week, Flybe was named the top UK airline in a survey conducted by Which? Holiday, the consumer watchdog.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Frankfurt being launched from GlasgowCheap flights to Frankfurt being launched from GlasgowFlybe to introduce flights to Gatwick from Leeds BradfordRegional airline Flybe will launch new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford Airport.
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FILE – In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Essence magazine will honor Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event in 2018. Essence says Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 that Elliott, a hitmaking rapper, singer, producer and songwriter, will be honored at the magazine’s annual “Black Women in Music” event. It will be held Jan. 25 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2017 6:11 am PDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Essence magazine to honour Missy Elliott at pre-Grammy event NEW YORK, N.Y. – Essence magazine will honour Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event next year.Essence says Thursday that Elliott, a hitmaking rapper, singer, producer and songwriter, will be honoured at the magazine’s annual “Black Women in Music” event. It will be held Jan. 25 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.The 60th annual Grammys will take place three days later at Madison Square Garden.Elliott has won multiple Grammys and launched many hits since releasing her debut album in 1997. Her well-known songs include “Work It,” ”Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control.”Elliott, also known for her work with megaproducer Timbaland, has lent her musical talent to other artists, producing songs for Aaliyah, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Monica, Mary J. Blige, TLC and others.
Journalists to review news sites in Brill’s new venture. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2018 12:34 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The founder of Court TV and the Brill’s Content magazine about journalism is behind a new effort to sniff out fake news.Brill and partner Gordon Crovitz said Monday they’ve secured funding for NewsGuard, a company that will use journalists to analyze news and information websites. Reviews of some 7,500 sites will let consumers know which are reliable and which have planted false stories. Crovitz is a former publisher of the Wall Street Journal.Brill said NewsGuard is expected to be available this fall. Each description of a website will tell its history, the owners and editors and whether the veracity of its articles have been questioned.Crovitz said NewsGuard is necessary in a world where news brands don’t stand out on social media or through search results.
FILE – In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Michelle Wolf arrives at the 6th Annual Hilarity For Charity Los Angeles Variety Show at the Hollywood Palladium n Los Angeles. White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types are set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom. It’s the second White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in a row without Trump. Wolf is on tap to deliver what’s traditionally been a roast of the administration and the press. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2018 10:33 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – If President Donald Trump isn’t comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf gave him and others plenty of reasons to squirm Saturday night.“It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up,” Wolf cracked, “unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”No, Trump’s personal attorney wasn’t there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally near Detroit.Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN. After one crass joke drew groans in the Washington Hilton ballroom, she laughed and said, “Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this.”As he did last year, Trump flew to a Republican-friendly district to rally supporters on the same night as the dinner. In Washington Township, Michigan, the president assured his audience he’d rather be there than in that other city by that name.“Is this better than that phoney Washington White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Is this more fun?” Trump asked, sparking cheers.“I could be up there tonight, smiling, like I love where they’re hitting you, shot after shot. These people, they hate your guts … and you’ve got to smile. If you don’t smile, they say, ‘He was terrible, he couldn’t take it.’ And if you do smile, they’ll say, “What was he smiling about?’”Wolf’s act had some in the audience laughing and left others in stony silence. A blistering critique of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated just feet away, mocked everything from her truthfulness to her appearance and Southern roots.Among Wolf’s less offensive one-liners:—”Just a reminder to everyone, I’m here to make jokes, I have no agenda, I’m not trying to get anything accomplished, so everyone that’s here from Congress you should feel right at home.”—”It is kinda crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”—”He wants to give teachers guns, and I support that because then they can sell them for things they need like supplies.”The dinner once attracted Oscar winners and other notable performers in film and television as well as celebrities in sports and other high-profile professions. The star power dimmed appreciably last year when the famously thin-skinned Trump, who routinely slammed reporters as dishonest and their work as “fake news,” announced he wasn’t attending. He was the first president to skip the event since Ronald Reagan bowed out in 1981 as he recovered from an assassination attempt.Unlike last year, when Trump aides also declined to attend, the Trump White House had its contingent, including counsellor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Former administration officials were on hand, such as onetime press secretary Sean Spicer, ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and political aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman.At least one Trump antagonist attended — porn star Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, who tweeted that he and Conway had a “spirited discussion.” And there was comedian Kathy Griffin, who last year posted controversial video of herself holding what appeared to be Trump’s bloody head; she later apologized.___Online:White House Correspondents’ Association: http://www.whca.net/dinner.htm Michelle Wolf draws laughs, gasps at correspondents’ dinner
New York Times reassigns reporter in leak probe by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2018 1:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Times says it is reassigning a reporter whose relationships were examined after prosecutors seized her email and phone records in a government leak investigation.The Times said Tuesday that Ali Watkins will be given a fresh start in New York. The Times had looked into her ties to James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, who has been accused by prosecutors of misleading investigators.Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet said it is unacceptable for a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone she covers. He said that despite poor judgment, no one had questioned her work’s accuracy.Baquet says the public shouldn’t overlook the actions of the government in searching through Watkins’ records looking for government leakers.