Mexican berry growers sales dip amid US border

first_img Mexican berry growers’ sales dip amid U.S. border … The United Fresh Produce Association says that the proposed closure of the U.S.-Mexico border would create “economic uncertainty” for the fresh produce industry, urging broader discussion on immigration reform instead.It said that on March 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that CBP will be reassigning up to 750 CBP officers from ports of entry along the southern border to assist U.S. Border Patrol with the processing of migrant crossings along the border.It explained that because of the large reassignment of CBP officers, importers and exporters should expect to see “a slowdown in the processing of trade” along the U.S.-Mexico border for an unspecified period.CBP will be forced to close some processing lanes, potentially in the ports of El Paso, Laredo, Tucson and San Diego, it added. In addition, officials at the port in Nogales, AZ have announced closing commercial border traffic on Sundays. “These steps will cause significant harm to growers, wholesale distributors, transportation companies, grocery stores, restaurants and most importantly, U.S. consumers,” United Fresh said.”On behalf of the fresh produce industry and the broad cross-section of members we represent, we urge the Administration to reconsider these steps that would profoundly interrupt our ability to bring fresh, healthy produce to all Americans. If these actions are implemented, the Administration will cause millions in economic losses while increasing costs to consumers across North America.”It said that fresh fruit and vegetables are the most perishable and sensitive to timely inspection and delivery of any farm products, with delays of even a few hours affecting companies’ revenues.”Already, inspection delays are being felt from El Paso to San Diego costing farmers, truck drivers and companies of all sizes. In fact, the San Diego Association of Governments and California Department of Transportation have indicated that even an extra 15 minutes of wait time could generate as much as $1 billion in lost productivity and 134,000 lost in jobs annually.”The solution to our immigration problems is not closing the border or slowing commercial traffic, but for Congress and the Administration to work together on real immigration reform.”That is why our association continues to call upon our nation’s leaders to get on with sensible reform that ensures a legal workforce for agriculture together with a functional border.” April 02 , 2019 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Eurostar is offering earlybird savings with 20 of

first_imgEurostar is offering earlybird savings with 20% off the cost of selected tickets, while also rewarding travel agents with a $50 Coles Group & Myer gift card for every $1,000 worth of Eurostar fares booked during the sale period.The 20% reduction applies to Standard Premier (First Class) and Youth (Second Class) fares booked between 3 October and 10 November 2017. The discounted tickets are valid for travel between London, Paris and Brussels from 2 November 2017 until 21 August 2018.The Early Bird fares – available through Rail Plus, Rail Tickets and Infinity Rail – are exchangeable with a fee, but are non-refundable and non-transferable.Rail Plus, Rail Tickets and Infinity Rail are also giving agents an added incentive to sell during the sales period, with consultants receiving a $50 Coles Group & Myer gift card for every $1,000 worth of Eurostar bookings (must include an Early Bird Savings fare to be eligible) made between 3 October and 10 November 2017.IMAGE: Eurostar – St Pancras Station, London earlybirdsEurostarlast_img read more

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Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Clu

first_imgRoyal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club are all ready for the Black Friday rush with the announcement of super savings for cruise passengers.Deals apply to new bookings made during the Black Friday sale period only – ROYAL CARIBBEAN· Up to 50% off Second guest, plus Deluxe Beverage Package and half price depositsFeatured Sailing:Ovation of the Seas9-Night South Pacific VoyageDeparts Sydney, 21 March 2019Calls to: Port Vila, Mystery Island, NoumeaFares start from just AUD$2699 for guest one, and AUD$1299 for guest two for a Balcony Stateroom, twin share, including One free Deluxe beverage package per person, and half price deposits if booked between 10am (AEDT) Friday 23 November and 9:59am (AEDT) Monday 26 November 2018.*T & Cs applyCELEBRITY CRUISES· Save up to $800 plus Free Drinks, Free Wifi + US$600 ONBOARD CREDIT – plus $25 depositsFeatured Sailing:Celebrity Infinity7-Night Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic CruiseDeparts Rome, 3 August 2019Calls to: Sicily, Valletta, Argostoli, Dubrovnik, Koper, VeniceFares start from AUD$1919 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, including $200per person savings + beverage package + $25 deposits when booked between 22nd-27th NovemberFares start from AUD$2249pp per person for a Balcony Stateroom, including $200per person savings + beverage package + $25 deposits when booked between 22nd-27th November 2018*T & Cs applyAZAMARA CLUB CRUISES· USD$500 Onboard Credit per stateroom, Verandah staterooms and above, plus huge savings on Last Minute VoyagesFeatured Sailing:Azamara Quest14-Night Australia and New Zealand VoyageDeparts Sydney 7 February 2019Calls to: Melbourne, Hobart, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Kaikoura NEW, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland.Fares start from AUD$3,699 per person, twin share, for a Verandah stateroom plus USD$500 onboard credit per stateroom if booked between 23rd-26th November 2018.*T & Cs apply IMAGE:Ovation of the Seaslast_img read more

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cruiseEuropeRiver cruisespecialsViking

first_imgcruiseEuropeRiver cruisespecialsViking Offering savings of 40%, or up to $4,200 per couple, Viking kicks off a 5-day Flash Sale today (Monday 20 May 2019) on some of its most popular European river cruises for 2019. Fares start from $2,995 per person, twin share for select eight-day Romantic Danube or Rhine Getaway departures.Choose the eight-day Rhine Getaway and explore castles, cathedrals, historic cities and medieval towns. Sailing between Basel and Amsterdam with calls to Strasbourg in France, Cologne and Koblenz in Germany and Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, departures include 24 and 29 October 2019, priced from just $2,995 per person.Or explore the famed ‘Blue Danube’ on Viking’s eight-day Romantic Danube itinerary between Budapest and Nuremburg, exploring the medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery of Budapest in Hungary, Vienna and Krems in Austria, as well as Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg in Germany. Departures include 18, 19 and 20 October 2019, priced from just $2,995 per person.Offer ends 24 May 2019 unless sold out prior.Terms and conditions apply. IMAGE: The Viking Longship Eistla near the Hungarian Parliament Building along the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely has made gamew

first_imgArizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely has made game-winning field goals in three of the team’s last six home games. He’s nailed four game-winners in his career with the Cardinals, and nine total in his career.The 36-year-old has now connected on 18 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season. He’s shown a penchant for not only being clutch, but being accurate, too. And while every athlete has their own set of superstitions and/or ways of settling down in preparation for big moments, Feely’s is pretty basic: he sings. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Following his making a 46-yard attempt for the win Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Feely told the media he and punter/holder Dave Zastudil sang a song before the big moment. However, it was unknown what song the duo sang.“That’s between me and my holder,” Feely said when asked.The secret’s out. 0 Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOKlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I see his character being someone who will respond extremely well.”Williams didn’t play poorly in Week 1. Quite the opposite, really.“Other than the two plays I think I played good,” he said. “You can watch the film, see my technique, how I was covering guys, sticking to guys. Other the two plays I feel like I had a good game.”Those two plays, however, factored directly in New England’s two touchdowns, the only two times they found the end zone in a 23-21 win.On the first, Williams was beaten by Chris Hogan for a 37-yard touchdown on the Patriots opening drive. A miscommunication on coverage was blamed. The second saw Williams matched with Malcolm Mitchell. The defense was good, but Williams made a play on the ball, missed and Mitchell ran 28 yards on 3rd-and-7 to the Arizona eight-yard line. LeGarrette Blount scored one play later, putting the Patriots up 17-7 five minutes into the second half.Williams played every one of the Cardinals’ 71 defensive snaps. Nos. 8 and 43, however, are the only ones anybody remembered, or chose to focus on after the game.“It’s just guys that never played the position before, never played football before is going to have their opinions and those opinions don’t count or don’t matter,” said Williams, referring to the criticism. “The only opinion that matters to me is my coaches and my teammates. Other than that, I don’t care.” Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams (26) during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) In other words, the learning curve is a steep one.“It’s every game, every play adds a stack to my learning curve, to my experience, to how I see things, how I feel things,” he said.This week, Williams’ challenge, as well as the entire Cardinals secondary, will be a tall one, literally.Tampa Bay’s two best receivers each stand 6-foot-5 in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Evans led the Buccaneers with five catch for 99 yards and a touchdown in their season-opening win in Atlanta.It remains to be seen how the Cardinals will choose to defend the pair; though it’s safe to assume the 6-foot Williams will see plenty of footballs thrown his way.“You can’t hide him,” Peterson said, smiling. “He has to grow up, and at some point, he’s going to have to take the bull by the horn and wrasslin’ with it at the end of the day. But I believe Brandon is definitely showing some progress of getting better and going into the right direction.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   And how did his teammates feel he played?“I thought Brandon had a solid game. He doesn’t look like he’s, I guess, beat. He has that same confidence, and that’s what I like about Brandon. He’s not going to shy away from the challenge,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I was a rookie; I was in that position before. Hell, I was getting beat as well. It just comes with growing pains.”That the Patriots went after Williams was not a surprise. It’s what teams did in the preseason as well, and what teams will continue to do.“You’ve got to invite the challenge, that’s one of the things that my Coach (Kevin Ross) harps on, especially when we talk one-on-one is you’ve got to invite the challenge,” he said. “With that being said, the fact that I’m going to get picked on, I mean, that’s evident. People telling me that is like telling me I got a game on Sunday. Like, duh. Like I play across from the best DB in the game right now and I just started playing the position, so, I mean, duh. It is what it is.”Counting preseason, Williams has played cornerback for all of 18 games, 13 of which came in college after he made the switch from running back his senior year at Texas A&M. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — To be a successful cornerback in the National Football League, a player must have confidence and a short-term memory. Great ball skills are a must, too.The Arizona Cardinals believe Brandon Williams possesses all of the above. It’s why they selected him in the third round, the 92nd overall pick, in April’s NFL Draft.Williams also possesses another trait.“Players that are good or special players, in my eyes, are guys that are critical of themselves first; and I think he has that kind of character and I think it will be evident this week and how he’s prepared (in practice) and we’ll all see Sunday in how he performs when he plays,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. Top Stories last_img read more

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JJ Nelson Current 15 receptions 214 yards 2 T

first_imgJ.J. NelsonCurrent: 15 receptions, 214 yards, 2 TDsProjection: 30 receptions, 428 yards, 4 TDsOf all the projections that are likely to fall short, this one ranks at the top. Slowly but surely, Nelson has carved out a key role within the offense, and after an 8-catch, 79-yard, 2-TD performance in Carolina has been declared a starting receiver. Now, his hold on the job is anything but secure, as more proven options in Michael Floyd and John Brown are still around, though if Nelson stays healthy there is little reason to think he will not continue to be a big part of what the Cardinals do, and the more he is out there the better rapport he should build with Palmer. Nelson will not catch eight passes every game, but he should crush the projections, at least in terms of receptions and yards. Touchdowns may be a bit tough to come by.Michael FloydCurrent: 19 receptions, 257 yards, 3 TDsProjection: 38 receptions, 414 yards, 6 TDsFew players have been more disappointing than Floyd, who in a contract year was expected to be as good as he’s ever been. The Cardinals have tried to get him the ball — he’s been targeted with 44 passes — but his catch rate of 40 percent is easily the lowest on the team, and makes him the only receiving target who has caught fewer than half of the passes sent his way. Some of the throws were off target, yes, and others leave him needing to make a tough catch in traffic, but he’s shown an ability to make those plays in the past and this season has also struggled with drops. Arians believes Floyd is in for a strong second half, though it’s fair to wonder if that will be possible as his role has been diminished. Floyd will probably surpass his projections — at least in catches and yards — though will fall considerably short of where people expected him to be when the season began. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo David JohnsonCurrent: 156 attempts, 705 yards, 8 TDs; 35 receptions, 407 yards, 0 TDsProjection: 312 attempts, 1,410 yards, 16 TDs; 70 receptions, 814 yards, 0 TDsIn terms of rushing attempts, chances are Johnson’s total will finish a little below the projected number. Last season, just one player — Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson — topped the 300-carry mark, as he finished with 327. The next closest was Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, who had 288. In terms of rushing yards, Johnson will find it difficult to reach that projected number as his offensive line has become decimated by injury and he faces tougher defenses, though he’s proven to be pretty good no matter who is blocking or trying to stop him. Johnson figures to see an uptick in his receiving numbers with a leaky offensive line forcing the ball to be thrown more quickly, and his final totals should reflect that.Markus GoldenCurrent: 29 total tackles, 6 sacks, 4 tackles for lossProjection: 58 total tackles, 12 sacks, 8 tackles for lossGolden has been quite good for the Cardinals in his second season, though he has slowed down a bit of late. After collecting six sacks in his first five games, Golden has now gone three games without one, which makes you wonder if his current pace is sustainable. A high-motor and effort player, Golden figures to have his ups and his downs as he continues to develop as a pass rusher, and should finish with double-digit sacks. Twelve, however, may be a bit of a stretch. Carson PalmerCurrent: 177 completions in 282 attempts, 2,068 yards, 10 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 24 sacksProjection: 354 completions in 564 attempts, 4,136 yards, 20 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 48 sacksPalmer’s numbers are a bit off because he missed one game, though when you look at the projections he seems to still be on pace for a solid season. His overall numbers should be a bit better if only because the second half of his season should feature eight games instead of seven, though losing left tackle Jared Veldheer to injury will not help his cause. Palmer seemed to find his rhythm some in the Week 8 loss to Carolina, throwing three touchdown passes and looking pretty sharp. Should that continue, his final touchdown total should be higher, and his interception total a bit lower than the projection. As for the sacks, the numbers are a bit skewed after an eight-sack day in Carolina, and would crush the 41 times the veteran was brought down in 2013.Tony JeffersonCurrent: 56 total tackles, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveriesProjection: 112 total tackles, 2 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveriesJefferson has been great for the Cardinals this season, stepping into a larger role and showing that he can do more than just help in run support. He has helped the defense limit some elite tight ends, and has proven to be a valuable member of the secondary. His final numbers are not likely to be too far off of the projected total, especially if Tyrann Mathieu misses significant time with his shoulder injury. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) runs for a first down after the catch as Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead (35) makes the tackle during the second half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   Larry FitzgeraldCurrent: 56 receptions, 554 yards, 5 TDsProjection: 112 receptions, 1,008 yards, 10 TDsSave for a rare drop early in the loss to Carolina, Fitzgerald has been quite good this season, though it’s a different kind of good than before. Should his pace hold, his reception total would be a career high, though his yards per catch average would be a career low. He would also reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time since 2013. Depending on how Arizona’s offense evolves going forward, Fitzgerald is not likely to see fewer passes go his way, though the Cardinals would certainly like to get him the ball in spots that would allow him to gain some yards after the catch. Assuming he stays healthy, Fitzgerald should top the 100-catch mark once again and may approach the projected number, though his yards should increase. The touchdown total is about right.Chandler JonesCurrent: 24 total tackles, 5 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveriesProjection: 48 total tackles, 10 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveriesJones was brought in to be an elite pass rusher, and for the most part he has been exactly that. Using his speed, length and athleticism, the former New England Patriot has been a terror for opposing offenses, and a difficult guy to block. He has at least one sack in five of the team’s eight games, though has just one over the last four. His overall projection seems to be about right, though he’s perfectly capable of producing a stretch of games that allows him to surpass it. The Cardinals’ bye week coming eight games into the season offers a great chance not only for a much-needed break, but also some pretty simple statistical analysis.Want to project a player’s season? Just double their stats.With that nugget out in the open, we can admit not a lot of math skill went into this story, which takes a look at some projections — both good and bad — and tries to determine which are likely to persist as well as those that are likely to fall off (or improve).last_img read more

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One play after catching a sixyard pass to convert

first_imgOne play after catching a six-yard pass to convert a 3rd-and-4, Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones caught a 29-yard pass for a touchdown and 13-0 lead at the 4:44 mark of the second quarter. With that score, Seals-Jones became just the third rookie tight end in franchise history with at least three touchdown receptions in a season, joining Robert Awalt (6 in 1987) and Doug Marsh (4 in 1980).It was quite the first half for Arizona pass-rusher Chandler Jones. Twice he sacked Bortles, twice he tackled Fournette for a loss and he also added one pass defensed. He finished with four total tackles, all for loss. Jones now has 12 sacks this season, thus becoming the first player in franchise history with 11+ sacks in back-to-back seasons since Freddie Joe Nunn did so in 1987 (11.0) and 1988 (14.0).Held under 30 rushing yards in each of the past two weeks, Cardinals back Adrian Peterson carried the ball seven times for a 5.1 yard average, including a long of 10, in just the third quarter. Peterson entered the fourth quarter with 15 carries for 65 rushing yards, or 10 more yards than he had against the Seahawks and Texans in the previous two games combined. He finished the game with 79 rushing yards on 20 attempts for a 4.0-yard per carry average. He also had four catches for 20 yards. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling STAT OF THE GAME4: Dawson’s game-winner was his fourth made field goal of the game and his seventh straight.HE SAID IT“Well, it felt good, but I got to give credit to the guys up front,” said Dawson, speaking to sideline reporter Paul Calvisi on the field moments after the win.NOTED– Gabbert recorded multiple touchdown passes in back-to-back games for the second time in his career.– Jones recorded his 15th game with multiple sacks. Only J.J. Watt (16) has more such efforts since 2013.– Seals-Jones went into the locker room soon after his touchdown catch to be evaluated for a concussion.– Deone Bucannon limped off the field and into the locker room with a right ankle injury in the first quarter.– Kerwynn Williams exited the game and went into the locker room with injured ribs in the second quarter.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 8-1 at home against teams from the AFC South under Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 3-2 against the Jaguars, having won the past three meetings.– The Cardinals won the coin toss and deferred, something the team has now down only twice this season.– Among the Cardinals listed inactives were John Brown (toe) and Corey Peters (ankle). Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) celebrates his game winning 57-yard field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 27-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 1 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — Redemption.Having missed a half-dozen kicks this season, Phil Dawson made good on all four of his field goal attempts. That last proved to be the game-winner, a 57-yard career-long make with one second remaining to lift the Arizona Cardinals past visiting Jacksonville, 27-24, at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon.The Arizona victory snapped a two-game losing streak and ended the Jaguars’ season-long, four-game winning streak. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories – Olympic gold medalist and Arizona resident Michael Phelps cranked The “Big Red” Siren during pregame.UP NEXTAnother home game.The Cardinals host the L.A. Rams on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.It’s the second of two meetings this season.The Rams beat the Cardinals in Week 7, 33-0, in London, and they’ve beaten the Cardinals in each of the past two matchups in Arizona.Overall, the series, which dates back to 1937, is even at 38-38-2. – / 51 THE BADHard to fault a team that holds its opponent to 70 total yards — and just 30 rushing yards — in the first half, but here’s one area that the Cardinals need to improve upon: Penalties. The Cardinals were flagged seven times, six in the second quarter alone. Two of those were false start penalties, including one on Jermaine Gresham, his fourth such penalty this season and 10th overall.After being held to 70 total yards in the first half, the Jaguars opened the second half with a 75-yard scoring drive. Bortles scored from one yard out on 4th-and-goal, pulling the visitors to within 16-10 at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter. Earlier on the seven-play drive, Bortles, on a designed run, rushed for 28 yards, by far the Jaguars’ best play to that point of the game.For the second straight game, Gabbert turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter. He fumbled and was intercepted. The fumble was recovered by former Cardinals end Calais Campbell and returned 10 yards for a touchdown, handing the Jaguars their first lead of the game, 17-16, at the 12:10 mark of the period. On the interception, Gabbert was throwing to Chad Williams and never saw Barry Church. Prior to Dawson’s heroics, Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed passes of 10 and 12 yards to put the Cardinals (5-6) in position for their first home win since Week 6. He finished 22-of-38 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.The Cardinals led for much of the game. They jumped in front 13-0 and had a 16-10 advantage entering the fourth quarter. And that’s when the real fun began.There were two lead changes and one tie in the final period; the latter coming after Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles scored on a 17-yard run, his second rushing touchdown of the game to make it 24-all.On the ground is where Bortles had most of his success.Facing the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense, the Cardinals held the Jaguars (7-4) to 91 yards. Bortles had 62, while Leonard Fournette was limited to 25 on 12 carries.The Cardinals still have not lost three games in a row under head coach Bruce Arians.THE GOODFor only the third time this season, the Cardinals’ defense recovered a fumble. Even better, the Cardinals’ offense converted the turnover into points, a 42-yard field goal that extended the lead to 6-0 at the 9:00 mark of the first quarter. The fumble was caused by Josh Bynes, who knocked the ball loose from Chris Ivory on the back’s first carry of the game). 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Associated Press

first_img(Associated Press) Top Stories With seven games left in the season, the Cardinals will play three more times at State Farm Stadium including Sunday’s matchup against the Raiders. 4 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo State Farm Stadium’s roof is expected to be open during the Arizona Cardinals game against the Oakland Raiders at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, the team announced on Saturday.The expected high in Glendale on the day is 74 degrees with mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.The Cardinals have played three games outdoors this season and six indoors.They are 1-2 in outdoor games after beating the San Francisco 49ers on the road at Levi’s Stadium in Week 8.Related LinksBehind Enemy Lines: Two-win Cardinals host one-win RaidersCardinals WR Sherfield gets his shot; Fitz thought Raiders might draft him Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Celebrity chef Gastón

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCelebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, the ‘Ambassador of Peruvian cuisine’, will offer a vibrant dining experience at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona from mid-April to October 2016. Chef Acurio will present authentic Peruvian dishes at the hotel’s two al fresco dining spaces: the rooftop terrace, Terrat, and relaxed urban oasis, Mimosa Garden.A chef and entrepreneur dedicated to personal development, Gastón Acurio has won much admiration for his expressive cuisine. His Astrid y Gastón restaurant in Lima, Peru, is ranked third in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015. Chef Acurio’s arrival in Barcelona reflects his close relationship with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group for whom he already manages La Mar restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.Confirming Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s status as a culinary hotspot and one of the Catalan capital’s exceptional dining destinations, Acurio joins the hotel’s multi-Michelin starred Chefs, Carme Ruscalleda and her son, Räul Balam, who run fine dining restaurant, Moments, and ‘Chef of the Sea’, Ángel León, head of BistrEau.Guests can enjoy Chef Acurio’s Peruvian cuisine at Mimosa Garden during the daytime and at Terrat from 8pm. With panoramic views over Barcelona, Terrat is a vibrant, cosmopolitan nightspot where guests can revel in cocktails, music and delicious food long into the night.“We are extremely pleased to introduce the spirit of Peruvian food by the hand of such a recognized and award-winning chef as Gastón Acurio. Having Gastón join Carme Ruscalleda and Ángel León reaffirms our commitment to providing our guests with world-class dining experiences,” said Greg Liddell, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.Two-Michelin Star Moments prepares traditional Catalan-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist and some Japanese touches that combine to create a cosmopolitan experience for diners. BistrEau offers avant-garde seafood dishes inspired by the cooking of Aponiente, Ángel León’s two-Michelin star restaurant in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz. In a new offer to diners, BistrEau is now providing three tasting menus of Chef León’s most personal creations, priced at €60, €90 and €120.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Windstar Cruises has a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWindstar Cruises has announced its 2017 Voyage Collection. Known for in-depth cultural exploration, the line’s broad spectrum of worldwide cruise vacations includes two new cruises added to dozens of itineraries visiting more than 150 ports of call — including 13 new ports for 2017 — in 50 countries.Cruise offerings span the globe from exotic Dreams of Tahiti cruises offered year-round to popular summer sailings in Europe such as Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast and Lands of the Midnight Sun voyages. Two new 2017 itineraries in the Mediterranean feature the picturesque ports of Croatia, and due to popular demand, the award-winning line is deploying a second all-suite yacht to sail Around Iceland next summer.The luxury cruise operator doubled its fleet in the last two years adding three all-suite yachts to complement three sailing ships, each serving an exclusive 148 to 310 guests in private yacht style. Windstar’s six-yacht fleet indulges guests on appealing itineraries to Tahiti, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Baltic, Trans-Atlantic, as well as Western and Northern Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland.“Windstar is devoted to offering the best travel destinations and experiences in the world. We promise our guests unparalleled access to amazing places, meaningful cultural experiences with locals, and personalised, world-class service unique to our special brand of yacht travel,” remarked Joe Duckett, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our 2017 Voyage Collection exemplifies this, providing guests with more opportunity than ever to sail into classic harbours and quaint ports off the beaten path, all in private yacht style.”“We are expanding our curated Destination Discovery programme in 2017 with over-the-top cultural and culinary events offered complimentary on every cruise. We also have more overnights and late night stays giving guests more time in Bora Bora, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Venice and St Petersburg to name a few,” noted Duckett.New 2017 itineraries and yacht voyage highlightsQuintessential Croatia: A new eight-day sailing aboard the 148-guest sailing ship Wind Star provides four summer departure dates and several new port calls for Windstar, cruising roundtrip from Venice. Guests will see fairytale castles and enchanting medieval villages in style while sailing on azure waters. Venice, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Dubrovnik’s incomparable city walls and Old Town are just a few of the highlights on the new voyage. Visits to the remarkable ports of Opatija, Korčula, and Zadar in Croatia, as well as Piran in Slovenia, make this a stand-out Mediterranean cruise only available by Windstar yacht.Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece: Two new 12-day cruise departures sail on a Venice to Athens adventure aboard Wind Star. The voyage is a tour-de-force of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with access to 11 on a single cruise – a Windstar record. The itinerary is also a feast for the senses with Italian pasta, Croatian seafood and mezze delights from Greece.New Panama Canal Destination Discovery & Costa Rica maiden portWindstar staff make it their job to create magical moments, always striving to achieve the perfect guest experience, unique and engaging. New for the 2016-17 winter-spring season, daylight transits of the Panama Canal allow guests to learn about the inner workings of this modern engineering marvel. In addition, each sailing will celebrate the historic continental divide with a Captain’s Toast, live narration by a Naturalist and local music and cuisine — all part of Windstar’s newest complimentary Destination Discovery. Two eight-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises aboard all-suite Star Pride and Star Breeze span the 2016-17 New Year’s holiday and feature an unusual call to Bahia Herradura, known as the fishing capital of Costa Rica, close to famous surf mecca Jaco Beach.Two all-suite yachts sail around IcelandA guest favourite and popular new addition in 2016, the 2017 Around Iceland sailings are offered on the luxe, all-suite Star Legend and Star Pride, allowing guests more date options when choosing their “private yacht”. The cruises sail roundtrip from Reykjavik on seven-day cruises while vacationers enjoy scenic cruising of fjords, waterfalls and visits to small fishing villages as they circumnavigate the country.New Scotland departureAlso in Northern Europe, the Lands of the Midnight Sun sailings in 2017 will offer a new homeport departure from Edinburgh sailing to Reykjavik (and reverse) on two separate dates, in addition to a set of Dublin to Reykjavik (and reverse) options.Enhancements to year-round Tahiti cruisesVacationers planning an island paradise getaway will delight with more date choices in the South Pacific for Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands sailings aboard the 148-guest sleek sailing yacht Wind Spirit. Starting in June 2017, the ship will switch to Thursday departure dates for year-round Dreams of Tahiti cruises. 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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAustralia’s travel interests have shifted significantly toward visits to Iceland, which have increased 26% in the first semester of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016**.With the best season to see the popular Northern Lights beginning in September until March, it is now the best time to go to Iceland. Here are the top things to do while in Iceland that travellers cannot miss.See the lights before they dimThe Aurora Borealis is, without a doubt, Iceland´s top attraction and the world’s most famous true-light display of nature. Travellers can book a tour on TripAdvisor to admire the polar lights, such as the Unleash Iceland tour, for around 154€, including transportation, guide, an Icelandic meal, cocktails and a visit to Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube Cave.Skyr – a culture part of Iceland’s cultureA visit to Skyr Factory is a must for any traveller wanting to discover the flavours of Iceland. Skyr is a unique Icelandic yoghurt and on tour, you’ll even sample Icelandic delicacies given a modern twist and sip an exclusive Skyr cocktail. The Golden Circle Gourmet Food tasting tour for 225€ is a good option, where guests will be able to enjoy a farm-to-table meal of fresh dairy, meats, and fish at a local farm, visiting greenhouses, a classic Nordic turf house to feast on regional specialties like dried fish, smoked lamb and rhubarb pancakes, and making scenic stops at Thingvellir National Park and the thundering Gullfoss waterfall.Cruise and have a whale good timeIceland is one of the few places in the world where visitors can admire Minke and Humpback whales, as well as other local residents, like white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and puffins. Some boat cruises combine visits to other important attractions, like a Whale Watching Cruise, including a visit to Blue Lagoon Spa, bookable on TripAdvisor for 223€, or a Whale Watching tour including Gullfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik, for 188€.Horse around like a warriorEmbark on a great northern adventure with a ride on an Icelandic horse, the same breed imported by Vikings in the 9th century and closely related to ones that were ridden by Norse warriors. Guests can feel like a true explorer as they cross the remote landscape, taking in views of icy peaks in the distance. On these Viking Horse-riding tours tours, guests can also have your choice of additional visits, like the Viking Horse-riding and visit to the Blue Lagoon, for 226€, or the Viking Horse-Riding and Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik, for 190€.Drink like an IcelanderGet a taste of Iceland at the country’s oldest brewery, the Olgerdin Brewery, where visitors can also take in fascinating tales of Iceland’s quirky drinking culture. You can visit the brewery on its own, purchasing a Beer Tasting at Olgerdin Brewery from Reykjavik tour for 65€ on TripAdvisor, or as part of a jam-packed tour including visits to UNESCO-listed Thingvellir Park and see Lake Thingvallavatn, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area, for 127€.Get a dose of adrenaline in the coldFor those who enjoy sports and outdoors activities, Iceland is a definite winner to get your thrill on. From kayaking, to snowmobiling, snorkelling, hiking and ice climbing, or white water rafting, there is an activity of choice for all adrenaline junkies out there. Most of these tours visit emblematic Icelandic treasures like Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall, the Gjábakkahellir cave, Silfra or Solheimajokull Glacier.Go beyond the WallIceland is one of the most popular filming locations of this popular TV show, where places like Vik have seen increases in searches on TripAdvisor of up to 1300% from the end of 2012 until the beginning of 2016. In fact, the Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik, bookable on TripAdvisor for 105€, is the second most booked Game of Thrones tour in the world. Travellers can see where the White Walkers roamed in Thingvellir National Park, the waterfall Þórufoss, where a local goat was attacked by one of Daenerys‘ dragons, or Almannagjá Gorge in Thingvellir, used to film scenes depicting the Bloody Gate of the Eyrie.**According to TripAdvisor traffic dataGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Related5 Christmassy places to escape Christmas!Plot your festive escape to one of these fantastically festive sounding but actually un-Christmassy places.11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…Things to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. Whether you’re heading down to London with the kids this festive season or yo’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, here’s our guide on where and how… Dear SkyscannerWith Christmas around the corner I’d like to visit some Christmas markets and get in to the festive fever; where are the best place to visit a Christmas market?Sally, Manchester Dear Sally,Like you, I love getting into the festive spirit and as such, have visited a fair few Christmas markets over the years. Going to a Christmas market abroad is a wonderful excuse for a short break in the lead up to Christmas and a great chance to buy unusual knick-knacks and gifts.My best purchases in Cologne, which hosts one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets, were tree decorations. There were hundreds of stalls selling pretty hand-crafted glass and wooden decorations that are a little more traditional than the ones you might find on your local street. They are a great souvenir, and I have wonderful memories of the places I visited every time I pull them out of the box in the attic to decorate the tree at home.As for other ways to part you with your cash, there’s the delicious food and drink – aromatic gluhwein, the steaming red wine concoction that also does a good job of keeping you warm, as well as freshly cooked sausages and all manner of sweets, all consumed against a backdrop of twinkling lights and stirring music from German oompah bands.You can read more about Cologne in my Christmas shopping cities guide, plus a recommendation on a great hotel in the city.Of course, Germany is not the only country to put on a good show at Christmas. There are so many markets to choose from, and not all of them are in northern Europe, as one might expect.Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llucia has been going since 1786, making it one of the most famous in Spain. It runs from December 3 to 23 this year and will have more than 270 stands.The highlight is the Nativity scenes and figurines, displayed in one area of the market, which compete fiercely in a contest for the best one. This year there’s even a crib-making course (dates on the website) if you’d like to create your own scene at home.The other sections are greenery and plants, where you can pick up traditional Spanish Christmas mementos, including natural cork, “lucky branches” and pieces of eucalyptus. The crafts area is the place to pick up hand-made homeware and accessories, while the “simbombes” area sells, and showcases, all manner of musical instruments. Be ready to link arms with strangers, join carol singers and provide percussion to the live performance if you want to get into the spirit of it.History dictates that the unmarried women of Barcelona would go to Fira de Santa Llucia in the best finery to find husbands – so groups of single men, be warned!As with many areas of central Barcelona, I’d exercise a little extra caution at night, because there is a rick of pick-pocketing. Take a money belt or make sure your bag is zipped up and on your front – avoid backpacks and don’t leave wallets and passports in your pockets. I don’t want to put you off going – the majority of visits to Fira de Santa Llucia are trouble-free. It’s just a word of caution, and sage advice for visitors to any unfamiliar city at night.As for where to stay in Barcelona, the ‘into Barcelona’ apartments are a great bet for this time of year, and cheaper than many hotel options. The style is modern and the apartments have one or two bedrooms. They’re all in the trendy El Born district, which has some great independent shops, cafes and restaurants, plus you can get a tour of the city with the apartment owners. They cost from £109 for a one-bed, and there are full details on the i-escape website.If you’ve never been to Hungary, Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Budapest. The Christmas Market www.budapestinfo.hu/en is on from November 19 to December 29 this year. You can expect more mulled wine, handicrafts and decorations, as well as appearances from Mr Clause, story-tellers reciting the nativity, and a huge Christmas tree and lights.The Hungarian folk dances and live music will remind you that you’re in Eastern Europe, where the outfits and beats are a little different from western traditions. It’s unique to Hungary, and the organisers work closely with the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists to make sure everything, from the handicrafts to the costumes, are authentic.Look out for the fried bread snack called lángos, which you’ll smell before you see as they’re freshly made on the street. You can have them topped with sour cream and grated cheese, ham, sausage, or just plain – a substantial snack that will power you round the market. You’ll also find the sweet pastry horn makers, grilled meats and stew… well, this is Hungary after all!My recommendation on where to stay is the Boutique Hotel Zara, which has a package for people wanting to visit the market. It costs E99 per person for three night’s stay, breakfast, transfer to the market, hot wine welcome drink, coffee and cake at the hotel and a guide to the market from the concierge.The hotel is close to the Central Market Hall and the Gellért Thermal Bath, so it’s handy for sightseeing as well as eating, drinking and shopping in the city centre, a ten-minute walk away.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email sam@skyscanner.net and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img RelatedAmsterdam’s best museums and galleriesWant to know how the humble tulip changed the Netherlands forever or what life on a Dutch houseboat is really like? Go beyond the Rijksmuseum and other well-known attractions, and there really is a museum or gallery for absolutely everyone in Amsterdam. We’ve curated a collection of the best for…10 best things to do in Rome: a local’s guideRome resident Tripbod Judy reveals 10 of the best things to do and see in the Italian capital. Hop between the Roman ruins whilst eating the best pizza, pasta and gelato!8 best geek things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? Take a tour of 8 of the best hi-tech attractions on the ultimate geek’s adventure in Tokyo. Bank of England Museum, LondonEver wondered how much a gold bar really weighs? Or who designs ten pound notes? Head to London’s Bank of England museum to learn all about the bank, its headquarters and the people who’ve shaped its 300-year history. Inspect the collection of banknotes and try to distinguish the genuine ones from the forgeries, and admire the beautiful furniture which once filled the bank’s wood-panelled rooms. This includes the Great Iron Chest, which is the bank’s oldest piece of furniture and inspired the design of the £50 note. Roskilly’s Farm, St Keverne, CornwallIt’s free to enter this working organic farm, and every day kids can watch the dairy cows being milked at around 4pm. You can also sample the goods – the farm is famous for its ice cream, which is produced on site and sold in the Ice Cream Parlour. There’s also a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, and kids can meet all sorts of animals, including sheep, pigs, turkeys and goats. Pick up a map from the farmhouse and head out to explore the 20 acres of farmland, which includes beautiful wild meadows and woods. Cumberland House Natural History Museum, PortsmouthThere are more than 114,000 natural science artefacts in this free museum, from stuffed flamingos to ancient fossils, and the observational beehive lets kids see a colony of 9,000 bees at work behind glass. Meanwhile, the museum’s famous butterfly house is set to reopen later this year after extensive renovation work. Regular Wildlife Watch events (£4 per person) encourage kids to get outside and head to the beach to see what secrets the sand holds. The Big Pit, Torfaen, South WalesThere are some wonderful museums in Wales, but this one has to be top of your list. Head deep underground at this fascinating, free attraction, which was a working coal mine between 1860 and 1980. You’ll descend 300 feet below ground level with a former miner and experience the sights, sounds and smells experienced by those who once worked here. During the 50-minute tour, you’ll visit the stables once used by the mine’s ponies and the coal face where miners once toiled away for hours on end. Love exploring abandoned places? Send some shivers up your spine by brushing up on the world’s most evocative ghost towns.Saltaire, BradfordA UNESCO World Heritage Site, the industrial village of Saltaire was built in the nineteenth century to house workers in the nearby Salts Mill. The wool magnate Sir Titus Salt ordered construction of the village to provide better accommodation for his workers than was available in nearby Bradford, and the Italianate stone buildings and cobbled streets remain stunningly beautiful. Salts Mill is free to enter, and contains a permanent exhibition of the works of David Hockney: the artist was born in Bradford, just down the road. Reelig Glen, InvernessSee Britain’s tallest trees at Reelig Glen near Inverness, home to a Douglas fir that tops out at more than 66 metres. It’s part of a stand of enormously tall fir trees, all of which are more than 100 years old. There are several signposted walks around the picturesque glen that range from moderate to strenuous, and you can pop over to nearby Craig Phadrig to see an ancient hill fort that dates back to 300 BC. If you’re running out of free attractions to visit don’t worry as National Rail are offering 2 for 1 vouchers on a bunch of UK attractions. These are only valid when paired with a train ticket so be sure to book now before you go.Find more fab things to do in the UK:14 of the best castles in the UK for fun days outFrom imposing hilltop fortresses, to stumpy relics hidden throughout the countryside, tour 14 of the UK’s best castles in all corners of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We’ve picked our favourites and thrown in your suggestions too.Remain in the UK: The best cities in Britain to visit in 2017Seeking a city break without spending a lot of cash? Given the current political and economic situation post-Brexit vote, you might want to consider a staycation if you’re looking to get the best value from your hard-earned ££.12 of the most beautiful villages in the UKVillage life means bowls on the green, quaint pubs, red phone boxes and Morris dancing in the village hall. But there’s way more going on in these chocolate-box towns, which are perfect for family trips, walking holidays and days out. Here, we take a look at life in some of the most beautiful villages in the UK, from Port Isaac to Plockton.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Best for outdoor typesThe Royal Botanic Garden, EdinburghEdinburgh’s beautiful botanic garden was established in 1670 and today its 70 manicured acres are home to a number of rare plants, including the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. Head to the fragrant Scottish Heath Garden to enjoy the aroma of plants from the Scottish Highlands, or to the stunning Rock Garden, where you’ll find 5,000 alpine specimens. Our favourite bit is the balmy Windows on the World glasshouse, a tropical paradise with ten different climate zones containing everything from rubber and banana plants to rare flowering species from Asia, Africa and Australia. Green-fingered plant lovers will find plenty of inspiration in our guide to the UK’s most beautiful gardens. Tyneside Cinema, NewcastleTyneside Cinema was built in 1937 and was originally called the News Theatre – before TV and internet, locals would head there to watch the latest newsreels and find out about world events. The cinema now hosts free daily screenings of historic newsreels, and offers free guided tours that take visitors behind the scenes of the only purpose-built newsreel theatre in the UK that still remains in operation today. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, NorthumberlandA site of outstanding natural beauty, Holy Island is connected to the mainland by a thin causeway that’s covered at high tide (check the website for crossing times). The tiny, five-kilometre-wide island is home to a ruined monastery that was built in the seventh century and sacked by a Viking raiding party around 100 years later, an event that signalled the start of the Viking Age. Make sure to stop by St Aidan’s Winery for a free sample of Lindisfarne Mead, a fortified wine made from grapes, honey and herbs.Best for book fansThe Tolkien Trail, BirminghamChannel your inner hobbit and explore the areas connected with JRR Tolkien, who grew up in and around Birmingham. The city’s tourist board has created a downloadable guide which allows you to walk in the author’s footsteps. A great starting point is Sarehole on the city’s outskirts, believed to be the inspiration for Hobbiton and the Shire. The forested wilderness of Moseley Bog is referenced when the author wrote about the “Old Forest” and the beautiful King Edward’s Grammar School is where Tolkien took his entrance exam. The trail also passes by the towering Victorian waterworks next to Edgbaston Reservoir. This building inspired his descriptions of the Two Towers of Gondor, after which the second volume of Lord of the Rings was titled. Are you a bit of a bookworm? Discover some of the most beautiful places to buy a new read in the world.center_img Best for film fansBFI Mediatheque, ManchesterManchester’s Central Library hosts a BFI Mediatheque, where you can view thousands of films, TV shows, documentaries and archive footage in the comfort of a personal booth, and all for absolutely nothing. There are eight BFI Mediatheques scattered across the country in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Wrexham, and all are free – check the BFI website for more details. Parliament Buildings, BelfastNorthern Ireland’s parliament buildings (otherwise known as Stormont) opened in 1932, and there are free daily tours. Architect Sir Arnold Thornely intentionally gave the main building a width of 365 feet, representing the number days in a year, while the six floors and six exterior columns represent the six counties of Northern Ireland. But it wasn’t always this beautiful – during WWII the white Portland stone walls were smeared with cow dung to conceal the building from enemy aircraft. It took seven years to remove and the exterior was left permanently stained. The Potter Trail, EdinburghThe Potter Trail is a free walking tour – given by a robed guide – that takes in the various locations that inspired the Harry Potter books. You’ll see the café where JK Rowling wrote the first book in the series, as well as learn about real wizards and witches that plied their trade in the medieval city. The tour even purports to reveal the final resting place of Lord Voldemort… The free tour meets at the statue of Greyfriars Bobby on George IV Bridge, and donations to the guide are optional. If you’re looking for more literary walks, here are nine in London that celebrate greats from Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf.Best for sport fansThe National Football Museum, ManchesterGot a budding Rooney with far too much energy on your hands? Take him down to the National football Museum, where kids (big and small) can learn about the UK’s national obsession. This hi-tech museum is filled with interactive exhibits and rare artefacts. Take a selfie with the shirt worn by Maradona during the infamous hand of god incident, practice your shooting skills by kicking a ball against an electronic wall and marvel at the simplicity of the world’s first football computer games. Once you’ve brushed up on your knowledge of the beautiful game, head to the first floor for the Match of the Day Commentary Challenge. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonThe site of the London 2012 Olympic Games has been extensively redeveloped, and offers all sorts of activities, from playgrounds to pixel art. The Tumbling Bay playground features treehouses and rock pools, while the Pleasure Gardens feature a climbing wall 195 computer-controlled fountains – kids love dashing between the jets of water. You can turn the blocks on the Pixel Wall to spell out a message, and make sure to pose for a photo next to the Olympic Rings. Various paid tours are on offer, including a look around the Olympic Stadium and a boat trip along the canal, but entry to the park is free. These 10 cheap-as-chips London hotels and hostels will help keep your trip within budget, too.Best for history buffsDurham Cathedral, DurhamAs much as we love theme parks and relic-filled museums, nothing beats a cathedral for some tranquil time out. This UNESCO-listed building dates back to the eleventh century and it’s been in continuous use since then. There are free daily tours. Keep an eye out for the sanctuary’s knocker on the front door – years ago, any fugitive who touched it was granted sanctuary for 37 days. Climb the tower’s 325 steps for spectacular views over Durham, but steer clear if you’re about to graduate, because legend states that it’s unlucky for students to do so in the days leading up to their graduation.Bradford Industrial Museum, BradfordThis Yorkshire museum provides a wonderful insight into Bradford’s industrial past. Marvel at the antique printing presses which used to churn out the city’s first newspapers and visit the restored terraced houses where mill workers lived. The shiny, vintage motor vehicles are a fascinating reminder of the car’s evolution, and the beautifully curated displays of textile machinery, once used to make military uniforms in the First World War, are also worth checking out. Who knew so much work went into making a single shirt? The museum is housed inside Moorside Mills, a textile factory which operated between 1875 and 1970. Museum of Lincolnshire Life, LincolnThis museum’s most famous exhibit is ‘Daphne’, a First World War tank that was built locally by Foster’s of Lincoln, but it also features an eclectic and fascinating range of more than 250,000 objects. The exhibits aim to showcase commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life in Lincolnshire from 1750 to the present, and kids are well catered for: as well as a playground, the museum features a ‘Children’s Trail’ that encourages young visitors to hunt for objects in the museum. There are also regular craft events for children: check the Facebook page for details. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Best for kidsNatural History Museum, LondonYou’ll need more than a few hours to explore this enormous museum, but with free admission, you can keep coming back. The thousands of exhibits relate to everything from dinosaurs, human evolution and volcanicity to marine life, biology and geology. Our favourite bits? The museum’s colony of leafcutter ants and the geological exhibits – visitors can see the heat suits worn by scientists studying volcanoes and learn how today’s structures are built to withstand the strongest earthquakes. Guided walks of Bath, SomersetPassionate locals have been leading free guided tours of Bath for over eighty years. It’s a great way to explore one of the world’s oldest cities – prehistoric evidence suggests humans lived here thousands of years before it became a Roman settlement. The tours take in Bath’s most famous landmarks, including its beautiful Royal Crescent and historic Great Pulteney Street, which is the grandest – and widest – street in the city. Love walking? Check out our round up of the UK’s best walking and hiking routes.last_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineViceroy Hotel Group announces the appointment of Bill Walshe as chief executive officer. Previously with the Dublin-based international luxury hotel group, The Doyle Collection, Walshe was selected following a comprehensive search by the board of directors of Viceroy Hotel Group.A 20-year veteran of the luxury hospitality industry, Bill Walshe assumes his new role at a time of tremendous growth for the company. Viceroy Hotel Group has added three new properties in the Maldives, New York City and San Francisco, and recently announced the opening of Viceroy Istanbul in 2013 and Viceroy Bodrum in 2014, for a total of 18 hotels under management by the group worldwide. Walshe provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective, as he brings extensive senior management experience with leading international hospitality companies, including Jumeirah Group, The Doyle Collection and Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. As the CEO of The Doyle Collection, Walshe led the brand through its reinvention into a modern luxury urban hotel group that includes 11 hotels in the US and Europe. Prior to The Doyle Collection, Walshe served as chief marketing officer for Dubai-based Jumeirah Group at a time of tremendous growth for the international luxury hospitality group.“Bill steps into this role at an exciting time of accelerating growth for Viceroy,” said Carlos Obeid, chairman of Viceroy Hotel Group’s board of directors. “Given our 2012 openings in New York, San Francisco and the Maldives, and our upcoming openings of Viceroy Istanbul and Viceroy Bodrum, Bill’s international experience and recognition as a leader within the industry will enable him to lead the continued growth and development of Viceroy Hotel Group as we expand our global footprint with new destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”A leader in the world of hospitality, Viceroy Hotel Group has focused on creating comprehensive standards for their loyal and discerning customers, creating signature amenities, extraordinary wellness offerings, unique dining experiences and sophisticated design. Managing a dynamic portfolio of luxury properties that are set in vibrant urban destinations such as Miami, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, New York and Abu Dhabi, the management group also offers spectacular resort locations in Anguilla, St. Lucia, Snowmass, Zihuatanejo, Riviera Maya and a recently opened property in the Maldives.www.viceroyhotelgroup.comlast_img read more

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first_imgAmelia Island, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn 1995, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Michael Carsch, had a challenge. He had a beautiful oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, only a few years old, and each year he struggled to fill rooms when warm spring weather first arrived on the island. He also knew most people were not familiar with Amelia Island, Florida. Carsch wanted to create an event that would attract a luxury crowd each year. He tracked down a local car collector, Bill Warner, who had a reputation as a passionate car guy. Warner, a successful businessman, photographer and writer for Road & Track, was being urged by other auto enthusiasts to create a classic car show in Florida. With The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Mercedes-Benz as inaugural sponsors, Warner launched the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The first car show featured 125 cars, world-famous Grand Prix driver Sir Stirling Moss as Honorary Chairman, and drew about 2,000 car enthusiasts. It also sold out The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.Fast forward to 2011, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is entering its 16th year, and is now considered the most prestigious show on the east coast. Collectors consider it one of the big events of the year along with Pebble Beach in California, Meadow Brook in Michigan and Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan. They will be joined by an estimated 15,000 enthusiasts who will walk the Concours on Sunday.This year they will see 255 high quality rare cars competing for ribbons in the Concours d’Elegance which literally means “a competition of elegance.” Collectors, who are invited to the show, watch as a team of judges rate their cars for authenticity, function, history, style and quality of restorations. Any imperfection requires a fractional point deduction.Why do collectors subject themselves to the rigor of a Concours competition? For some it is a hobby, they are proud to own a piece of history and want to share their car with other enthusiasts. For others, it is a business investment that can offer a higher return than the stock market. Last years auction sold more than $19 million in rare cars in a single day. But for all, it is a social gathering that celebrates automotive history.Acknowledging the growth and stature of the Concours d’Elegance, Katharine Monahan, the current general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island says, “The vision of an event that draws an international audience was realized with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Now as one of the most prestigious car showsin the United States, we are honored to be a sponsor and host this truly international event.”www.ameliaconcours.orglast_img read more

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first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental Hotel Group today announced that it has signed an agreement to manage a new, luxury hotel currently under construction in Pudong, Shanghai. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2013. Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be located in the heart of the Lujiazui Central Financial District. The property will form part of ‘Harbour City’ a 61-acre mixed use development, comprising office towers, a residential complex, significant retail and extensive landscaped gardens that will transform the neighborhood. The development is within walking distance of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the regional headquarters of major domestic and international financial institutions, and has direct access to the promenade on the banks of the Huangpu River.The hotel will feature 362 guestrooms and 210 serviced apartments. All accommodations will be spacious and elegantly styled, with outstanding views of the city skyline and the Huangpu River. Subtle design touches will reflect the Group’s oriental heritage, while Mandarin Oriental’s renowned customer-centric and highly sophisticated in-room entertainment systems will be a prominent feature. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge. Guests will enjoy an array of innovative dining opportunities, with a choice of three eclectic restaurants, a lobby lounge and bar, and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. For the local community, an extensive range of stylish banqueting venues, including a grand ballroom, will provide the perfect backdrop for celebrations, while a wide variety of well-equipped meeting rooms will appeal to the business community.The hotel is ideally placed for leisure guests with direct access to extensive gardens that will change the local landscape. An all-encompassing Spa at Mandarin Oriental, will provide holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene, meditative setting. There will also be an 80 foot indoor swimming pool and a fully comprehensive fitness center.Designed by world-renowned architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be an urban oasis in the heart of the city. The project owner is Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Company; a joint venture between the Hong Kong listed CITIC Pacific Limited and the PRC state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).“We are delighted to be bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Shanghai – China’s vibrant commercial and financial center,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “This development, in the prominent new district of Lujiazui, presents an ideal opportunity to further establish our luxury brand in the mainland.”“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating a luxurious and elegant hotel which will become the landmark of the overall Harbour City development,” said Mr. Wang Ande, Director and General Manager of Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Company. “The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes it an ideal partner for this exciting project. The hotel will provide exceptional services to support the numerous financial headquarters in the Lujiazui area.”Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is approximately 40 minutes from Hongqiao International airport and 50 minutes from Pudong International airport. It is ideally located to enjoy the myriad of attractions that Shanghai, China’s largest and wealthiest city, has to offer.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

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NEWPORT BEACH Ca Dec 3 2008 – The Resort at

first_imgNEWPORT BEACH, Ca. (Dec. 3, 2008) – The Resort at Pelican Hill, a new ultra luxury resort, has officially opened on the coast of Newport Beach in southern California. The highly anticipated resort blends the principles of classical Italian architecture with casual California elegance to take its place among the world’s finest destinations.“With unbelievable attention to detail a stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind immersive experience,” said Gary C. Sherwin, President and CEO of Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, following the official debut of the resort on Nov.26, 2008. “Pelican Hill is destined to become iconic around the world for the California good life – it is indeed the new global benchmark in resort luxury.”The Resort at Pelican Hill is perched on 504-acres of sun-trenched, terraced hillside. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the resort village features expansive hotel Bungalow Suites and Villa accommodations that dot the hillsides and provide magnificent unobstructed views of the blue Pacific Ocean.Situated on Newport Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Resort at Pelican Hill is located adjacent to renowned Crystal Cove State Park and is in close proximity to other popular destinations such as Corona Del Mar, Balboa Island and Fashion Island. Convenient John Wayne/Orange County Airport is within a ten-minute drive of the resort and all Newport Beach area hotels.www.pelicanhill.comlast_img read more

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In this Sunday Dec 10 2017 photo released by Sa

first_img In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a home burns early Sunday morning off Gobernador Canyon Road in Carpinteria, Calif. A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from water-dropping aircraft saved several homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze churning deeper into foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles that haven’t burned in decades. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, a seaside city in Santa Barbara County that has been under fire threat for days. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP) The Latest: Trump gets briefing on California fire response by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 10:48 am PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):1:20 p.m.President Donald Trump has received a lunchtime briefing on the government’s response to wildfires in California.White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also briefed Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence on a wildfire prevention roundtable he participated in Monday.Trump has declared a state of emergency in the state and ordered federal agencies to help with the efforts.Walters says the White House “continues to closely monitor the situation” and is urging “anyone ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do so immediately and listen to your local and state officials.”She also says the White House “extends its thoughts and prayers” to everyone affected by the fires that have been tearing through Southern California.___10:50 a.m.Authorities have issued new alerts about unhealthy air from smoke and ash sent up by a growing Southern California wildfire.Richard Sanchez, a manager at Jeannine’s American Bakery Restaurant in the foothill enclave of Montecito, says customers are coming in Monday wearing masks. He says smoke is so thick that visibility is down to a few feet and a layer of ash is coating the streets.Regulators are warning people in parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties to stay indoors, avoid vigorous outdoor activities and not do anything to stir up ash.Even residents of Montecito and neighbouring Carpinteria who aren’t under evacuation orders have opted to leave because of the thick blanket of smoke.___7:45 a.m.A growing Southern California wildfire is threatening the wealthy seaside enclave of Montecito, where celebrities have evacuated estates perched on hillsides below heavy flames.Smoke shrouded Rob Lowe’s home and the actor wore a mask as he livestreamed his family leaving on Sunday. Lowe thanked fans on Instagram for their thoughts and expressed gratitude for firefighters, saying “we need you!”Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said on Twitter that neighbours were helping each other and their animals get to safety. She said she was proud to be a part of the small, exclusive community in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles.Retired tennis star Jimmy Connors tweeted that his property was in danger.Many residents of Montecito and neighbouring Carpinteria not under evacuation orders have opted to leave because of heavy smoke and ash blowing through.___5:30 a.m.Crews aided by calm overnight winds kept a wall of flames from descending from mountains into coastal towns after a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size over the weekend.Thousands remain under evacuation orders Monday as the fire churns west through foothill areas of Carpinteria and Montecito, Santa Barbara County seaside towns about 75 miles (120 kilometres) northwest of Los Angeles. Much of the fire’s new growth occurred on the eastern and northern fronts into unoccupied areas of Los Padres National Forest.The fire, which had already destroyed more than 750 buildings, burned six more in Carpinteria on Sunday. It’s just 10 per cent contained after burning nearly 360 square miles (930 square kilometres).Officials say the blaze, which broke out a week ago in neighbouring Ventura County, is now the 5th largest in California history.last_img read more

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Connecticut theatre dumps musical based on Woody A

first_imgConnecticut theatre dumps musical based on Woody Allen film EAST HADDAM, Conn. – A Connecticut theatre has cancelled a musical based on a Woody Allen film, citing sexual misconduct allegations against him and the current dialogue about sexual harassment and misconduct.Goodspeed Musicals Executive Director Michael Gennaro announced Thursday that the East Haddam-based group is dumping performances of “Bullets Over Broadway” that were scheduled to begin in September.Gennaro says the decision was made after conversations with community members, trustees, staff and artists.Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has renewed allegations that Allen molested her in 1992 when she was 7 years old. Allen was investigated but not charged, and he has long denied the allegations.“Bullets Over Broadway” will be replaced by “The Drowsy Chaperone.”Goodspeed Musicals performs in the famed Goodspeed Opera House, where the musical “Annie” was created. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 5:37 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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