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first_imgThere appears to be a little fly in the ointment regarding Qatar Airways’ announcement late last week that it was looking to obtain a stake in American Airlines – ‘at least 10 per cent’ – and the ‘fly’ comes in no less a guise than that of AA’s CEO, Doug Parker.“We aren’t particularly excited about Qatar’s outreach,” Parker wrote in a memo to American Airlines employees last Thursday, “and we find it puzzling given our extremely public stance on the illegal subsidies that Qatar, Emirates and Etihad have all received from their governments over the years.” “American Airlines is a publicly traded company,” he said, “which means our stock is available to anyone to purchase on the Nasdaq Stock Market. We don’t own those shares – they belong to the shareholders who own this company – and we cannot control who sells or purchases them.“While today’s news for some of our team may be puzzling, at best, and concerning, at worst, here’s what we know for sure: We will not be discouraged or dissuaded from our full court press in Washington DC to stand up to companies that are illegally subsidised by the governments.“If anything, this development strengthens our resolve to ensure the US government enforces its trade agreements regarding fair competition with Gulf carriers.”IMAGE: AP Photo/Alan Diaz airlinesAmerican AirlinesQatar Airwayslast_img read more

At around 2am AEST this morning a van ploughed int

first_imgAt around 2am AEST this morning a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona’s popular tourist stretch, Las Ramblas, killing 16 people and injuring at least 100. [around 6pm Thursday local time]. “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise,” said Catalonia’s regional interior chief Joaquim Forn. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop held a media conference this morning and advised that an Australian woman was in a serious condition in hospital, and two men, believed to be from Victoria, have also been reported with injuries but Bishop said the extent of those injuries was yet to be confirmed.Catalan police have arrested two men – one Moroccan and the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa – in relation to the terror attack, although neither was the driver of the van. The driver of the van left the vehicle on foot and did not appear to be armed, a Catalan police official said.Follow live updates at BarcelonaSpainlast_img read more

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first_img – / 40 LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals defensive lineman Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Campbell and the Cardinals defense were tested against Green Bay, especially in the first half. Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers on two 17-play drives that took a combined 15:21 off the clock. But to the Cardinals’ credit, they held Green Bay to just six points on those drives.“We found a way to make a play and hold them to field goals,” Campbell said. “That turned out to be huge toward the end of the game. They’re playing for a chance to tie it up instead of a chance to win it.”The Packers did tie it, ultimately. Rodgers found receiver Jeff Janis on a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time remaining to send the game to overtime. Instead of playing it safe and employing a prevent defense with six or seven defensive backs in the end zone, the Cardinals opted to blitz Rodgers.Some were surprised by the decision. Campbell wasn’t.“That’s who we’ve been all year. We’re and aggressive team, go get ’em, and try to make a play,” Campbell said. “You can’t take anything away from what Aaron Rodgers did on that play, because we hit him when he threw the ball, he put the ball right on the money where his receiver had a chance.” The last time the Arizona Cardinals advanced to the NFC Championship Game, Calais Campbell was a 22-year-old rookie reserve defensive lineman.Seven years later, the Cardinals are again one win away from advancing to the Super Bowl. Sunday, Arizona (14-3) will face the Carolina Panthers (16-1) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the NFC Championship.Campbell’s role with the team has changed since the last time he was in this position. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Completely different,” Campbell told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “As a rookie, you’re just happy to be there. It’s impossible to appreciate it the way you do now after playing eight years in the league and having some down years and struggling to win.”Campbell had two total tackles and deflected a pass that led to a Rashad Johnson interception in the Cardinals’ thrilling 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. He appreciates those down years (Arizona went 18-30 from 2010 to 2012) now that the Cardinals are on the doorstep of a second trip to the NFL’s biggest dance.“You get a great team, you know a team that has confidence and believes, and you fight and you do everything you can to protect the possibility and now you’re 60 minutes away from a chance at the Super Bowl,” he said. “It’s a completely different feeling. Now, it’s my responsibility to make sure we’re on point and we’re focused and that we capitalize on this opportunity.“As a rookie, I was just a guy happy to be around, try to do everything I can not to mess it up, you know.” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) pursues during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It was a stunning reversal of fortune for the Cardinals, who outscored the Chargers 10-0 in the opening quarter.The Chargers scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 28-10 halftime lead, then added 14 more points in the third quarter.Related LinksCardinals’ Robert Nkemdiche enjoys career game against ChargersJosh Rosen sports a LAFD shirt to support fire victims in CaliforniaCardinals’ defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche had a career-high 2 1/2 sacks in the first half despite Rivers’ record performance.Rivers was replaced by backup quarterback Geno Smith early in the fourth quarter with the Chargers nursing a 32-point lead. – / 14 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 19 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, left, celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) One of the Arizona Cardinals’ worst defensive performances of the season was highlighted by a career performance from Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers.Rivers set an NFL record for consecutive completions to start a game (23) and tied the record for consecutive completions (25) on Sunday, helping the Chargers rack up 42 points in a row.And now he’s got the record…🗣 THAT’S OUR QUARTERBACK— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 25, 2018last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter There is no better g

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >There is no better gift than paradise this festive season and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has this year all wrapped up. With a full programme of events, speciality dining options and activities for both couples and families, guests are spoiled for choice.The 2015-2016 festive program at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles runs from Wednesday, 23 December, 2015 until Sunday, 10 January, 2016, with highlights including:The chance to celebrate the festive season and support the environment when decorating an underwater Christmas tree with a sponsored fragment of rescued coral. This project will see the Reef Restoration Project’s Coral Nursery welcome new Christmas tree frames for guests to hang their sponsored coral fragment on as part of the Resort’s ongoing Reef Restoration Project with marine conservation partner WiseOceans, where all donations support the project’s ongoing work.A countdown to 2016 under the stars, with Kannel Restaurant serving up a culinary theme of “Around the World” for the widest choice of dishes, while entertainment is offered by a band and DJ, just steps from the beach.Evenings of culinary spectacles – from a choice of the finest Indian Ocean seafood at the Fish Market to live cooking stations of local specialties and signature dishes at Creole Night, complete with live musicians and dance performances.Sunset stand-up paddleboard sessions, daily yoga classes open to all levels and guided snorkelling excursions to discover the beautiful marine life of Petite Anse bay.A tropical tree lighting ceremony in Kannel Bar on Christmas Eve, with toasts of mulled wine, traditional treats and Christmas carolling from the local Baie Lazare choir.A beach arrival of Santa for the little ones, plus a Gingerbread Village in the Resort’s dedicated Chocolate Room.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Luxury travellers wi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Luxury travellers with an appetite for global flavours can indulge in two notable ‘Wine & Food Festival’ themed voyages Crystal Cruises in 2016. Crystal Symphony will sail a 12-day Mediterranean voyage from Istanbul to Rome on 1 May, while Crystal Serenity will welcome master chef Nobu Matsuhisa back aboard for a 10-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver. The former offers flavours of the destination at virtually every turn, with a number of opportunities for guests to learn to create some of the specialities from world renowned chefs. The latter features personally hosted dinners and special menus created by Nobu, whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s onboard Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, and cities worldwide.“Food and the overall dining experience is such an integral component of a destination’s culture, as well as the experience shared among travellers aboard Crystal ships,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “The experiences and expertise of Chefs Nobu and Gauthier will treat our guests’ to an even more extraordinary culinary experience abroad.”On Crystal Symphony’s Wine & Food themed Experiences of Discovery cruise, Crystal’s own culinary team will be joined by Michelin starred French chef Alexis Gauthier of the Gauthier Soho in Soho, London. The chef will lead guests through demonstrations of his most famous dishes, and also offer hands-on instruction to small groups of participants in the ship’s galley.  On select evenings, guests will enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Gauthier in the Crystal Dining Room.Travellers can treat their taste buds ashore, too. Crystal Adventures include a visit to the Misir Carsisi spice market and 5 O’clock Tea at Çirağan Palace Hotel (Istanbul), exclusive cooking lessons with the head chef at Feggera Restaurant (Santorini) at a private villa on the Italian countryside (Sorrento) and at a working farm just outside of Rome. Feasts and accompanying wine tasting top off the experiences.The voyage begins with an overnight stay in Istanbul, then sails to Kuşadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Santorini/Thira, Navplion and Kefalonia/Argostolion, Greece; Crotone and Sorrento, Italy; and concludes with an overnight stay in Rome/Civitavecchia.Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Alaska cruise, Crystal favourite Nobu Matsuhisa will return to the ship to mingle with guests and host multi-course omakase (or chef’s choice) dinners in Silk Road, as well as other feasts and special menus.  Nobu personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.All-inclusive Silver Celebration cruise fares for the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages start at $3,745 and $4,295, respectively, per guest when booked by 30 December.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter SWISS will be servin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >SWISS will be servings its premium travellers the best in culinary delights from Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, starting this December. The latest offering from the award-winning airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland programme offers cuisine devised by top chef, Marcus G. Lindner of the boutique Alpina Gstaad hotel. Lindner, who is the executive chef of the hotel’s 18-GaultMillau-point and Michelin-starred Sommet gourmet restaurant, its 16-GaultMillau-point MEGU restaurant and its Swiss Stübli, expresses his appreciation, “It’s a particular honour for my team and I to create meals for SWISS and its guests…we’re truly delighted to be on board.”From 2 December 2015 through to 1 March 2016, SWISS First and SWISS Business passengers on long-haul flights from Switzerland will enjoy culinary creations with an international slant that combine the three hotel restaurants’ differing ingredients and aromas into a sensual gourmet experience. SWISS First Winter travellers can look forward to lobster medallions, Thai red curry soup with fried duck wonton, beef tenderloin with red wine sauce and Belper Knolle cheese served with herbed mashed potato, and Bernese meringue with mixed berries and vanilla ice cream. For SWISS Business customers, Marcus G. Lindner has created mildly smoked char with horseradish and buttermilk timbale, veal ragout with arugula spätzle, pike perch with cider compote and chestnut cake with lingonberry compote.All the meals are accompanied by selected wines from Cantons Valais and Bern, with both reds and whites from Switzerland’s biggest wine-producing canton and the small but excellent Spiez winegrowing area by Lake Thun. SWISS First customers can enjoy a fruity Spiez Pinot Noir or an elegant Petite Arvine Réserve Spéciale Maître de Chais white; and SWISS Business guests can delight in a Cornalin Clos de Montibeux or a Spiez Riesling-Sylvaner.A selection of these latest SWISS Taste of Switzerland in-flight meals will also be served in the SWISS Lounge at the 86th International Lauberhorn Ski Races, which will be held in Wengen in the Bernese Oberland in mid-January. Chef, Marcus G. Lindner will even be at the Lounge, which is located in the finish area, on Saturday 16 January to personally present his creations.SWISS will also be taking its Business Class guests into a winter culinary wonderland this January on selected European flights. The latest feature in its SWISS Traditions programme focuses on the annual World Snow Festival in Grindelwald, when ice artists from all over the globe descend on this small Bernese Oberland village to present their skills and sculptures. To mark the event, SWISS will be serving – depending on the flight length – regional specialities as Emmental veal ragout with spinach and herbed puréed potato, stuffed wild-mushroom crêpes with vegetables, or meringue with vermicelles and pear compote.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Millbrook Resort, New Zealand, has announced that Andi Bozhiqi, Executive Chef for the past five years, has been selected as one of the 2016 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassadors.Recognised across the industry both nationally and abroad, this annual award is given to recognise the skill, expertise and talent of a select group of outstanding chefs, who consistently deliver world-class New Zealand beef and lamb dishes to their guests.In its 20th year, the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Excellence Awards is the nation’s longest running culinary awards. As well as receiving recognition for their outstanding cookery skill, the Ambassadors are involved in special Beef + Lamb New Zealand events held throughout the year including ‘The Ambassador Series’ in which each Ambassador holds a ticketed degustation dinner in their restaurant to highlight their talent with beef and lamb, a highlight in the New Zealand culinary calendar.“Andi Bozhiqi joins a line-up of four other very talented chefs who have reached an incredible standard of cookery. We are excited to have him on board as a 2016 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chef,” says Rod Slater, CEO, Beef + Lamb New Zealand.Andi began his career in London, gaining invaluable experience at some of the leading restaurants in the UK and Europe. He has since then developed a clear style he describes as Modern European and his presence at the Millhouse Restaurant at Millbrook Resort has brought with it a creativity in dishes and flavour combinations seen rarely in the New Zealand culinary sphere.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

The Temple House is one compelling reason that the

first_imgThe Temple House is one compelling reason that the gal diverted to Chengdu, China. In the under two years since opening, the 100-room beauty has become TripAdvisor’s 2017 top hotel in China for service, and the accolades never stop. Look at one day’s worth of TripAdvisor postings and the all-five-star assessments include: “they have it all”, “a wonderful combination of very minimal modern design with unexpected touches of Chinese elements”, and “high luxury that somehow manages to stay accessible”.OK, first the setting. An ancient temple, which today houses a gallery for pop-ups of modern Chengdu art, and also a 24/7 library of some 10,000 hardbacks from Heywood Hill, has been extended to an outside hilly garden, all grass, and an 11-floor L-shaped hotel block. Below the garden, cut-outs give light to a lower level that includes an Olympic-sized indoor pool and the gym – from which you can look up to daylight. Many of the new walls are formed of traditional Chinese bricks.The designer inside and out is Dan Shuttleworth of Make, and he has obviously worked minutely closely with Swire Hotels’ Brian Williams and Dean Winter. I love the EcoSmart fire plinths that light and warm the garden – and I love looking across the garden and its hills to buildings that include a café, which has a really admirable herb garden outside, a project initiated by the extremely creative GM, Kurt Macher. See how there are sculpture-shapes in the garden that actually have inset video screens: this is an entire ambience of continual surprise. Come on a Saturday and you might coincide with weekly yoga on the roof of the Italian restaurant, which is actually lower, below-ground level – a wedding was taking place there the afternoon I arrived. Every Saturday is also European picnic day: you are loaned blankets to spread out on the grass, all the better to open the hamper filled with goodies from chef Joshua Nudd.Kurt and I ate Italian that night, doing the simple thing of rucola salad with sun-dried tomatoes followed by oven-baked spring chicken with truffle mash that brought back lifetime memories of the spring chicken at the eternally youthful Prezza in Singapore. Actually, I predict now that Temple House will quickly become immortal, just as its elder siblings are: Opposite House in Beijing and Upper House in Hong Kong. I love the way that this House is integral with the amazing hectares of designer shops and teahouses, all in traditional tiled houses, immediately around. There is, admittedly, one exception: surrounded by Gucci, Hermès, Marimekko and Zara and the like, all in those tile-roofed buildings, is one white-and-glass box, Apple Studio.Yes, this is style, throughout – the room service menu suggests one gin, Hendrick’s, and one vodka, Ketel One, to give a single example. There is no space to describe rooms but it is essential to talk about the super staff, one of the key reasons for this luxury hotel’s deserved success. Kurt Macher has painted back-of-house walls in soft ice-cream colours, and some hold framed photos of all 360 team members – if and when any dare to move on (and, typically, China’s hotels have some of the highest staff turnover rates in the entire industry globally), they are given their photo as a leaving present. There are boards to sign up for car-sharing, there are listings of departmental initiatives. Kurt Macher personally leads Stretch With Kurt warm-up physical jerks at the beginning of housekeeping shifts, and so on and so forth. What an extraordinary hotel this is.And then I walked across the chic Tai Koo Li shopping village that separates the two new hotels. This is the village that is mostly traditional-look tiled Chinese houses; here you find Armani through to Zara. Interestingly, the shopping needs both hotels, and both hotels need each other.To the other new property, Niccolo Hotel. It is rare indeed to find designers of modern luxury hotels who get everything, or nearly everything, right from the viewpoint of busy 21st-century travellers. Congratulations, therefore, to HBA, and to the powers-that-be at Marco Polo Hotels for what has been achieved at the launch Niccolo Hotel. Room 1907 was bright and light. The bathroom has a clear wall, with electronic screen, through to the main room, where half the floor is uncluttered wood-look, just right for a ballroom dancing lesson, says the gal. Other admirable points include a long table-desk, and a low coffee table, both ideal for opening a wheelie. Other designers please note that time-starved travellers are, more and more, living out of open suitcases rather than unpacking properly.So many other highlights come to mind. The espresso machine is easy-to-work Nespresso, the safe is a drawer-set SafePlace Tiara II, the Toto sinks have simple inbuilt stoppers, bathroom lighting good enough for makeup is complemented by a magnifier mirror; there is a bathroom wall television and, in the main room, the wall-set LG screen swings around to wherever. The bed is uncluttered by comforters or the like and has just one show cushion (with the pillows). All-wall windows, looking down over the shopping area, have three coverings, blinds, blackouts and sheers, all simply worked with clearly-marked switches. Honestly, as I said to the hotel’s Portuguese GM Adriano Vences, and its local distribution guy, Simon Wang, my room is as near 100 per cent as is possible.We had dinner in the very thoughtful Niccolo Kitchen. Why thoughtful? It has a menu that satisfies every taste, from appetisers to sushi via desserts that include furikake pineapple cake. What on earth is furikake? To find out I started dinner with furikake-crusted tuna loin, apparently the favourite of Marco Polo boss, Jennifer Cronin. It turns out it is a Japanese seasoning, dried and ground fish, plus bonito and chopped seaweed – worryingly, it can also include MSG, a good thing I did not know that at the time. Over a glass of Caliterra 2015 Merlot Reservas Colchagua, Simon Wang filled me in on Chengdu life. Weddings here are, for instance, not evening affairs, as in Beijing and elsewhere, but they are generally at lunchtime. This is excellent news all round. Guests do not need to go to the office at all.They turn up early at the wedding venue for pre-event mahjong and when the nuptials are over it is back to the mahjong, sometimes continuing on to a dinner, which all means the host hotel gets more income from rent of mahjong rooms, and accompanying edibles and potables, and a good time is had by all. Even though I did not coincide with weddings here, everyone was having a good time, and I can see why. This is a modern luxury hotel that does not waste space and labour by having a dedicated executive club lounge. Instead, take an executive room and you get, free, a bento box breakfast, 24/7 non-alcohol mini bar, evening cocktails and (bliss!) pressing and laundry – I could not believe that after I gave one item to lovely duty manager Nancy it was brought back 90 minutes later. At my – non-bento box – breakfast, back in Niccolo Kitchen, the buffet ranged from home-made yoghurt to deep-fried bananas, and really fibre-full toasting bread, and, bliss, there were optional paper cups for coffee. Yes, modern luxury hotels do understand what today’s travellers, not only millennials, want.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The 16th annual Intern

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe 16th annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) took place, as always, in Cannes, Monday 4 to Thursday 7 December 2017. As always, every top luxury hotel worldwide seemed to be there – no time to talk to all 1670 exhibitors, let alone the 1662 hosted buyers (travel advisors), for whom a clever computer managed to schedule a total of 66,292 appointments.There was lots of hot news. On Tuesday morning AccorHotels’ Sébastien Bazin flew in to announce, with Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, a stunning Raffles project on Dubai’s Palm – PALM360 – to be the Palm’s highest building (259 metres), a 125-room hotel tower and a separate residences tower, the two joined, at 170 metres high, by a 155-metre over-air swimming pool.Monday was the Forum, when ILTM’s Alison Gilmore presented the ILTM Mary Gostelow Award to Virtuoso’s Matthew Upchurch. There were five outstanding 15-minute presentations, culminating in Chris Kutarna, author of Age of Discovery, comparing today’s uncertainty to the Renaissance, when the period 1450–1550 marked the end of the medieval and the start of the new world. Kutana later told me that he personally sees luxury’s biggest evolution becoming exclusivity and privacy. Also yesterday, YouGov released data specifically for ILTM: among many findings, after talking to 3610 luxury travellers in 14 regions worldwide, from the Americas east to Australasia, a staggering 82% said privacy has never been more important to them than it is today. This even extends to those close around (69% per cent of ultra-wealthy Americans downplay their worth even to immediate family members).But what is privacy, in travel terms? Is it a 120-hectare, 1885-vintage cattle ranch, amid nature at 2700 metres above sea level and surrounded by 4260-metre forested Colorado peaks (if so, head for Dunton Hot Springs, GM Michael Moody; it’s one of over-550 members of Relais & Châteaux). Is privacy a power-house of politicos, away from media, real or fake (if so, The Hay-Adams, Washington DC, GM Hans Bruland, is the nearest hotel to The White House; try its Off The Record bar). Other power breakfasts? Try New York’s Loews Regency, new MD John Maibach; in Paris, it’s Plaza Athenée, MD François Delahaye; in Sydney, Park Hyatt, (Graf) Marc von Arnim; Moscow, Baltschug Kempinski, Oliver Eller; St Petersburg, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, Sjefke Jansen; and Frankfurt, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, new GM, Spiridon Sarantopoulos.Kimpton De Witt (GM Mike Robinson), next to Amsterdam’s rail station, is a quirky-fun conversion with such local memorabilia as Delft-china spoons for bedrooms’ Magimix espressos; Sammy DeMarco, who heads the wood-fire restaurant, has relocated from New York. At Le Bristol, Paris, GM Luca Allegri has complemented his La Prairie spa with a Vermont-based Tata Harper range. Art-addicts rejoice that the 18th-century hotel, built for Madame de Pompadour, is sideways-on to gallery-blessed rue Matignon. COMO The Treasury is next to Perth’s 1880s St George’s Cathedral, and its futuristic library designed, like the hotel – a conversion of historic buildings – by Kerry Hill: the spa’s in the one-time treasury (there’s a craft beer hall, rooftop fine dining, and signature 120-square-metre Como Suite faces Swan River, GM Anneke Brown). At InterContinental Marseille, GM Madelijn Vervoord, forward-facing rooms in the converted 18th-century Hôtel Dieu look straight down to the old port – Marseille has stunning new culture and retail, easy TGV to Paris and Riviera (try Lionel Levy’s unique deconstructed bouillabaisse). A conservatory with real fire and roll-back glass roof means you can ‘dine outside’, even in mid-winter, at The Lowell, New York‘s Marjorelle (don’t miss Christian Delouvrier’s cheese soufflé – flowers by manager Charles Masson). Hotel GM Heiko Kuenstl also oversees a new lobby with added library rooms.Get married at Gruppo Unipol Spa’s late-16th-century Villa le Maschere, in the Tuscan hills of Mugello, GM Lucca Giuliano; it’s also renowned for bistecca alla fiorentina (handcrafted knives, Coltelli dell’Artigiano, from nearby Scarperia). Overlooking Rome’s Spanish Steps, The Hassler‘s Penthouse Suite Villa Medici can host receptions for up to 100. Be imaginative and consider the sensational new Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, GM David Hoffman: the city’s 1906-vintage over-water Recreation Pier has been transformed by Under Armor’s Kevin Plank – marry in the open courtyard next to a 3.6-metre black Botero horse, which obviously inspired a recent bride to have nine attendants and family in all-black, with only her poodle’s white net tutu to complement her fairy-floss white gown.Pendry sibling Montage Beverly Hills – new GM Colm O’Callaghan – was among the first to have a speakeasy (you need a wood key with a magic number to open the £10 Bar, named for the Scotland’s £10 banknote featuring Macallan Single Malt). New York’s hit speakeasy is Tihany-designed The Office at Mandarin Oriental New York, GM Susanne Hatje: enter through an unmarked door, try a Wake & Bake cocktail with bagel aroma; alcoves are just right for privacy-seeking celebrities. In fact just as poolside cabanas provide shields against iPhones, so do bars and restaurants alcoves. Once you find The Hari London Belgravia, you’ll never leave; its cosy mezzanine bar, with semi-private seating nooks, offers perfect privacy (the fact that GM Andrew Coney deliberately has no office means he is always around).Dominique Debay’s eclectic collection includes Maldives’ five-bedroom Coco Privé, on Kuda Hithi Island. Maldives will also see the first Chatwal Resort, no opening date; its parent, Dream Hotel Group’s Chatwal, named for founding chairman Sant Singh Chatwal, is a company to watch. Its first Chatwal Lodge on the historic Chapin Estate in upstate NY’s Catskills (on 9 hectares, it’ll have about 25 rooms and it’s on schedule, says Dream’s guitar-playing CEO, Jay Stein, to open before the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, 15–17 August 2019, 8 kilometres away). The Chatwal New York is a 2010 conversion of the historic Lambs Club building; its top floor Producer’s Suite, Manhattan-lush lacquer and mirrored, has a terrace, and a 19 glass-tread spiral staircase leads up to your own rooftop. The Chatwal is among 375 members of The Leading Hotels of the World, whose annual conference finished here in Cannes Sunday night: main host was The Majestic, part of Groupe Barrière’s 17-strong portfolio (at Leading’s final gala GM/RVP Pierre-Louis Renou, as if with no care in the world, smiled throughout).Deborah Yager Fleming, Chairman, Acqualina, Sunny Isles Beach FL, has, with GM Christof Pignet, made this into a one-property brand (a top Virtuoso person returns annually because her kids love it so much): adults praise its pools, one kids-free, and Costa Grill beach eating. In Johannesburg, The Saxon has a new GM, Tom Rutherford, ex-Singita. In Indonesia, 33-room Nihi Sumba, a 50-minute flight from Denpasar, has recently-arrived GMs Jason and Loraine Trollip, also from Singita (Nihi’s CEO James McBride, was honoured last night in New York as one of Bloomberg’s Top 50, all industries, who have changed the landscape of global business in 2017). As well as top surfers (only 10 permits daily – try the Nihiwatu lefthander), Nihi attracts global Goldman Sachs and other achievers for its annual beach polo tournament – it has its own ponies. The 1896-vintage Badrutt’s Palace, GM Richard Leuenberger, also features polo, on the iced-over lake. If golf’s dead for the under-40s, as some say, how to attract them? In alphabetical order, cycling, extreme fitness, mud team-building and yoga are in the list (Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, GM Julien Carraleo, offers complimentary Saturday morning yoga, poolside when the weather allows). But for keen golfers, Park Hyatt Dubai, a true airport-handy Creek-side oasis, has 18 Thomas Bjorn-designed holes at the adjacent Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (the hotel’s palm-flanked zigzag-shaped pool is another big draw). Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, next to Gary Player golf, has a similar multi-area pool, without the palms, and big attractions also include the beach, and turtle-nesting: 186-square-metre Beach Villas, with outside massage and plunge pools, sleep five.Royal Danish Ballet star Alexander Kølpin owns the just-opened The Sanders, next to the Royal Danish Theatre (GM Nikolaj Tamakloe, designers Richy Almond and Pemille Lind, art Lydia Cowpertwait). Nimb Hotel, in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, adds 21 terrace rooms, designer Matteo Thun, GM Iben Marburger Juul. Unusually, a Copenhagen-style fish market, FiskeBar, is all the rage at Geneva’s Hotel de la Paix, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel: Scandinavian servers in leather-trimmed gear, today’s catch, a trolley with home-made aquavit (reserve the hotel’s south-facing Grace Kelly Suite). Kosher is now available on safari: Belmond‘s three Botswana camps offer fully certified kosher, $150 extra, daily per person (if requested, a rabbi can be brought along too). Full kosher is also possible at Belmond Mount Nelson, in Cape Town (where, says GM Xavier Lablaude, afternoon tea for all is now retimed for 1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm, and apparently the last sitting is especially popular as it evolves into sunset cocktails in the beautiful sculpture-filled garden. Cape Town maximises its new Zeitz MOCAA, designed by Thomas Heatherwick to house amazing African treasures amassed by Puma founder Johann Zeitz: corporate sponsor One&Only Cape Town, GM Richard Lyon, has one-off culture packages. Also on the what’s new front, Jumeirah Vittaveli introduces The Maldives’ first ice rink. Jordi Tarrida is GM of what could almost be described as a sculpture hotel: Jumeirah Port Soller zigzags, as origami, high along Mallorca’s cliff tops (outside pools, one adults-only, similarly evoke luxury cruising). Tarrida actively supports Restaurants Against Hunger; choose, say, tuna and avocado tartare in Caproig and a euro goes to charity. Jumeirah, by the way, adds four hotels in 2018: Abu Dhabi, Bali, Muscat and Nanjing. Jumeirah’s Carlton Tower, London, has a new GM, Luc Delafosse; although he only started last week expect him to revitalise the always-popular Rib Room (it’s a great breakfast venue, very popular with local Belgravia residents). Dubai’s ‘Wave’, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, GM Sven Wiedenhaupt, closes May and reopens October with a brand-new look.Ask what’s hot and Iceland’s always among the top: here, Icelandair Hotels, plus destination marketing Iceland Luxury and Virtuoso’s Rekjavik on-site Iceland Encounter, together with bespoke guide PTI, suggest beyond the famous Blue Lagoon to Thingvellir National Park, and scuba-diving at Silfra between two tectonic plates. For space and simplicity, think Nicaragua’s Mukul, two hours’ drive from Managua: 675 hectares, 37 bedrooms and simple farmyard grills with just-picked tomatoes (it’s newly Auberge, GM John Volponi). Also new? The Ryokan Collection’s Atami Sekaie, operated by Tokyo-based Kato Pleasure Group in Atami, under an hour from Tokyo, added Sekaie Tsuki No Michi on 3 November: a rooftop penthouse with private teppanyaki counter overlooking Sagami Bay (there’s also a Hitoshio Meat Cuisine shrine, for charcoal grills, teppanyaki, ‘health you can take home’ wellness food). Courchevel adds K2 Djola, and Stéphane Vidoni’s Fahrenheit Seven, GM Florent Guiral (includes 13 family rooms). Last month, GM Susana Marin Coe-Archer opened 92-room Almanac Barcelona. Yesterday, Bulgari Dubai, looking like a giant dessert crisp, opened, 121 keys, GM Pep Lozano.Katara Hospitality’s 60-hectare Bürgenstock Resort, masterminded for nine years by Bruno Schôpfer, is finally finished, so return to Lucerne. Drive, or do lake boat+funicular, up 457 metres above the lake; choose, say, end-suite 1111 in the new-build Bürgenstock Hotel, dine in a salon decorated with Escoffier’s actual copper pots, hike, bike, rejuvenate in the extensive spa (complex GM Robert Herr). LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius, 92 keys, opens this month; GM Brice Lunot, and, with consultant Patrick John, dining offerings ranging from Peruvian ceviche and Argentinean steaks to a French Kiss bar in a genuine Citroen H van. Amanyangyun, an hour from Shanghai, opens 4 January (GM Benoit Amado, ex-Disney). In February, the 119-key COMO Uma Canggu opens in Canggu (its shared 9.6-kilometre beach has some of Bali’s best surf breaks, worked in partnership with Tropicsurf), GM Javier Beneyto. Christian Langlade opens Naguib Sawiris’ 52-room Silversands Grenada Grand Anse Beach in March (barefoot luxury plus vibrant night life). From April, the stylish Marbella Club adds an integral 49-room Nobu hotel (designer Jean-Pierre Martel). Count Rudi Schönburg’s on-site ambassador Marbella Club, overseen by Shaun Leleu, also chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, similarly Bursha Holdings-owned. Philippe Starck has designed EVOK Hotels’ 59-room Brach Paris, GM Emmanuel Sauvage, opening April; 1000-member serious fitness. Mark Ancrum opens 270-room The St Regis Amman in May – it’s at the Jordanian capital’s 5th Circle. Next November, Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay, GM Sandro Fabris, unveils its new back of house and reimagined rooms.And somehow everyone at ILTM 2017 has to fit into a smaller space, with the historic Martinez, one of the town’s top-four luxury hotels, out of action for its complete new-look by Pierre-Yves Rochon. It reopens 5 March 2018, GM Alessandro Cresta, and it will be rebranded as Hotel Martinez, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. More next week!Go back to the e-newsletterMary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. 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Go back to the enewsletter Crystal Expedition Crui

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystal Expedition Cruises’ luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will operate a 28-night voyage from Anadyr, Russia to Tromsø, Norway on 18 August 2021.The 200-guest, German-built vessel will visit some of the world’s most remote islands, archipelagos and coastlines, allowing adventurous guests to explore terrain few others ever have, all in luxurious comfort.“The Northeast Passage is precisely the type of bold expedition for which Crystal Endeavor is designed, with her PC6 designation and ability to manoeuvre through medium first-year ice, as well as offshore dynamic positioning, zodiacs and virtually all other gear necessary for such intrepid exploration,” said Tom Wolber, President & CEO of Crystal. “In addition to these technical amenities, she’ll accommodate guests in the highest standard of comfort and luxury, even as they travel to the most remote destinations.”The expedition will visit places that are only sparsely occupied since legendary polar explorer Nils A.E. Nordenskjöld first successfully made the passage in 1878–79. Before that time and since, polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and hundreds of species of seabirds are the primary local residents in the region, which is a Russian-controlled trade route in the summer months.Highlighted destinations include:UNESCO World Heritage Site Wrangel Island, one of the last known places on Earth roamed by the woolly mammoth, with significant fossilised finds throughout the destinationFranz Josef Land, which was once a Russian military watchpoint thanks to its positioning in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean, now home to polar bears and numerous other wildlifeThe New Siberian Islands, which offers more archaeological discoveries, with sabre-tooth tiger bones and mammoth remains having been excavated, as well as what are believed to be tools used by Paleolithic humans and the most northerly evidence of humans on EarthSevernaya Zemlya, the last charted archipelago on Earth, only added to global maps in the early 20th centuryCape Chelyuskin on the Taimyr Peninsula, the northernmost point on any continental mainlandThe voyage will also visit Murmansk, the largest city in the Arctic, and Russian Federation ports (Provideniya, Cape Dezhnev & Uelen Village, Kolyuchin Island, Ayon Island, Medvezhiy Islands, Novaya Zemlya, Kanin Cape, Arkhangelsk and Solovetsky & Zayatsky Island) as well as Honningsvåg, the North Cape, Norway.Crystal Endeavor | Deluxe Suite AEn route, Crystal Endeavor will sail the East Siberian Sea, the White Sea, the Barents Sea and the Laptev Sea. Stops and shoreside access and activities will be largely dependent on weather and sea conditions. There will also be numerous opportunities for Zodiac landings and navigation of ice floes and other rugged and fascinating pursuits. On board, expedition guides, scientists and destination experts will further illuminate the journey with engaging presentations and seminars focusing on the unique nature and history of the region.Guests on the Northeast Passage journey will enjoy one-night pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Anchorage and a flight transfer to Anadyr on embarkation day. The Northeast Passage itinerary, which sails from 18 August to 15 September 2021, will first open for booking for Crystal Society members today (20 February 2019) and to the public on 13 March 2019. Crystal Society fares from US$44,362 per guest with ‘Book Now’ savings of US$10,000 per suite when booked by 30 April 2019.Crystal Endeavor | Deluxe Suite B Living RoomThe itineraries for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season sail from August of 2020 through January 2021, with voyages of 12 to 22 days travelling far off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes. The ship’s maiden voyage on 10 August 2020 from Tokyo will be a round-trip 17-night Russian Far East Expedition. These voyages are rich with discovery and will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea.Crystal became the first luxury cruise ship to transit the fabled Northwest Passage in 2016 and then again in 2017, both voyages aboard Crystal Serenity.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Cheap flightsto South Africa Slovenia v USAFri 18 JuneEllis Park [World CupGroups](—groups.html) —|—|—|— [World CupVenues](—venues.html)| [World CupDestinations](—destinations.html)| [World CupPackages](—packages.html) World Cup Group C England v Algeria| Fri 18 June | Green PointSlovenia v England | Wed 23 June | Nelson Mandela BayUSA v Algeria | Wed 23 June | Loftus Versfeld Get on the ball for less with Skyscanner England| USA| Algeria| SloveniaIf England do not qualify from (and preferably win) their group, then the team should remain in South Africa since they will not be popular back home. By anyone’s standards, this group is a gift and Capello must have been delighted, and he will be able to test out his squad in matches which should be comfortable, and not exhaust his best players. The US will be solid, fit but uninspiring, the Solvenians could perhaps turn it on, and the Algerians will just be pleased they got to have a holiday.Fixtures: [World CupSchedule](—schedule.html)| [World CupHome](—home.html)| [World CupTeams](—teams.html)| England v USASat 12 JuneRoyal Bafokeng | Great deals on car hirein South Africa RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – SloveniaSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – SloveniaSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – EnglandEngland – World Cup Group CSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – GroupsMillions of us tuned in to see if our country was drawn in the so-called “Group of Death” in December last year. Save more on hotelsin South Africa [World CupNews](| Algeria v SloveniaSun 13 JunePeter Mokaba | Great deals on packages to theSouth Africa World Cuplast_img read more

St Moritz Switzerland – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgSt. Moritz, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineStaying close to the slopes—not to mention some of the world’s most exclusive winter retreats—the house of Moncler has opened a new outpost in St. Moritz.The new shop joins the brand’s first boutique in St. Moritz, which first opened its 10 years ago. Located on the Swiss Alps’ main shopping street, Via Maistra, just a short distance from its predecessor, the boutique will offer a complete range of Moncler apparel, including men’s, women’s and accessories collections, as well as the fashion-forward Moncler S and Moncler Grenoble lines. Moncler’s new collaboration with eyewear label Mykita will make its debut in the new St. Moritz store, as well as flagships in Milan, Paris, New York and Peking, with other stores to follow.The shop’s warm interiors—courtesy of design firm Gilles & Boissier—welcome visitors in from the cold with oak wood floors and ceilings and French boiserie accents in carved wood.Visit read more

Cape Town South Africa – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgCape Town, South Africa – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is delighted to announce the appointment of one of South Africa’s most esteemed Chef’s, Henrico Grobbelaar, as Executive Chef at the celebrated luxury five star Hotel in Cape Town.At the age of 23 during his education in Engineering, Grobbelaar realized his real passion was with the science of seasoning rather than combining synthetic polymers. He swiftly changed his career path and started peeling vegetables for three years at the Erinvale Golf Estate in Somerset West under the leadership of Australian Chef Michael Bridgeman. There he soaked up the expertise bestowed by his mentor, leading him to win first place in the National Salon Culinaire Competition in 2004. After a short stint catering for millionaire clients on their luxury yachts in the US, he returned to South Africa to train with legendary Garth Stroebel and Paul Hartmann at their Chef’s Academy. As his love affair with food went into high gear, his skills became noticed with numerous awards and enviable posts including Sunday Times South Africa Chef of the Year 2009 – San Pellegrino International Young Chef of the Year 2009, and nominated as one of the 35 Men of Influence by GQ Magazine South Africa 2009. During The 2010 FIFA World Cup he held the position as Executive Chef overseeing ten stadiums, where over 660 VIPs at each game enjoyed one of his seven rotational menus. If serving soccer lovers and legends wasn’t enough, he was then awarded another sporting position in 2010 as Team Captain of the South African Culinary Olympic Team.At the ripe age of 31, Grobbelaar now embarks in his exciting new role at the helm of Cape Town’s No. 1 Hotel as voted by Travel + Leisure the 500 World’s Best Hotels 2010. Here he oversees the culinary experience of distinguished guests at the award-winning Azure restaurant, 24-Hour Café, as well as the famous Leopard Bar. Guests visiting the hotel for arguably the most romantic and memorable South African weddings and celebrations will also benefit from Grobbelaar’s coveted palate.Grobbelaar comments, “Working at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa fulfils another career ambition, which is certainly the icing on the cake. The hotel is known around the world for superior levels of service and award-winning standards and it’s an absolute honour to lead this impressive culinary team. I plan to bring a fresh burst of flavour to my new menus, launching in the summer season, drawing from the freshest seasonal ingredients, to make The Twelve Apostles the place to visit for the finest dining experience in Cape Town.”President and Founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Bea Tollman, comments “We are absolutely thrilled to have Henrico join The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa as our Executive Chef. There is no doubt his expertise and service excellence is a perfect match for Red Carnation, where our family-run boutique hotels showcase splendid luxury and exceptional personal service, expressed in our guiding principle, ‘No request is too large, no detail too small’. He is definitely as great asset to the company.’www.12apostleshotel.comlast_img read more

HONOLULU HI – Halekulani Corporation is pleased t

first_imgHONOLULU, HI – Halekulani Corporation is pleased to announce a new partnership alliance with Japan’s legendary luxury hotel group, Imperial Hotel, Ltd., Tokyo. The alliance creates an exciting new synergy and an expanded service platform for these legendary hotel companies, providing new levels of enhancements to their brands. Halekulani Corporation, which includes globally-acclaimed luxury resort Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotel, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. The announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation and Mr. Tetsuya Kobayashi, President of Imperial Hotel, Ltd., Tokyo.Halekulani and Imperial Hotel are highly respected independent international iconic brands and pioneers in the global hospitality industry. Both hotel groups share similar service philosophies, and maintain a legacy of unwavering commitment to brand excellence and decades-old historic and cultural traditions. Both are acclaimed for innovative and personalized world-class service for their loyal international guests and patrons.“Imperial Hotel shares many core service values with Halekulani,” said Peter Shaindlin of Halekulani Corporation. “As such, the unprecedented alliance with this iconic brand will significantly provide enhanced levels of service for our (Hawaii-based) hotels, especially to our many valued and loyal Japanese guests. The profiles of the Halekulani and Imperial customer complement each other, and this partnership will create infinite marketing opportunities for both our brands, including the enrichment of our customer base. Imperial’s marketing strength within Japan will ensure our continued presence in our most valuable Japan market.”Effective April 1, 2009, Imperial Hotel will commence reservations service, sales, marketing and public relations activities within domestic Japan for Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotel. The Tokyo-based reservations center will provide Halekulani and Waikiki Parc customers, Imperial Club members, and other Japanese and international clientele with dedicated priority reservations service on behalf of Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotel. Planning is underway for future alliance opportunities to include joint marketing and promotions in Tokyo and Hawaii.The Imperial’s president Tetsuya Kobayashi said, “The Imperial is delighted to be able to introduce the internationally acclaimed Halekulani resort and the Waikiki Parc to our many Japanese patrons. With over a century of experience on both sides, the power of our shared professional human resources and our mutual spirit of hospitality to guests from around the world, we have in common a history of a superior quality of hotel industry culture. We anticipate our lengthy and diverse experience with urban hotels will dovetail most effectively with Halekulani’s proven expertise as a leading resort and look forward to exploring opportunities for personnel development exchanges and cultural promotions that should strongly compliment both of our corporate brands and market place identities.” read more

Shingletown Calif – Destination winery Anselmo V

first_imgShingletown, Calif. – Destination winery Anselmo Vineyards & 7 Hills Ranch has announced that it has officially opened its doors to the public. The opening marks the start of a new era in the property’s rich history and introduces a new, exciting destination for wine enthusiasts and adventurers alike.Anselmo Vineyards proudly produces, harvests and bottles a variety of exceptional wines on its spectacular 2,400 acre property, including an award-winning 2006 Merlot and a “Majorette”; a base of Merlot combined with Petit Syrah and Cabernet Franc grapes.Equally unique is Anselmo’s “St. Pe’ de Bigorre Blanc”; a 75 percent Gewurztraminer, 25 percent Sauvignon Blanc.Guests are invited to taste Anselmo’s array of wines in the new luxurious tasting room, which is just steps from the winery itself. The tasting room was decorated by interior designer, Kathryn Waltzer, who was inspired by the spirit of the old west and the new world. A wine tasting patio provides a place for visitors to relax and enjoy the fine wines and exquisite natural surroundings. The grounds of Anselmo Vineyards & 7 Hills Ranch include: sprawling fields of pasture, hay, and livestock, a 200-foot waterfall; and spectacular views of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta and the Trinity Mountains. The ranch also offers leisurely horseback rides and hiking for those who wish to take advantage of the beautiful setting. Fly fishing, camping and hunting will be offered in the near-future.last_img read more

CINCINNATI OH — Flying on empty legs flights by

first_imgCINCINNATI, OH — Flying on empty legs, flights by private jet that are to reposition an aircraft before or after dropping other passengers off can save money. However, you need to travel on other’s schedule. Delta AirElite, a private jet charter company, is offering the following empty legs:STUART, FL, US ( KSUA ) to BELIZE CITY, BZ ( MZBZ ) Learjet 45XR – 9 Pax Available: 11-Aug-2008HUNTINGTON, WV, US ( KHTS ) to STUART, FL, US ( KSUA ) Learjet 45XR – 9 Pax Available: 11-Aug-2008 – 12-Aug-2008ST LOUIS, MO, US ( KSUS ) to VAIL, CO, US ( KEGE ) Learjet 60 – 7 Pax Available: 12-Aug-2008CINCINNATI, OH, US ( KCVG ) to PUNTA GORDA, FL, US ( KPGD ) Learjet 60 – 7 Pax Available: 13-Aug-2008TETERBORO, NJ, US ( KTEB ) to CINCINNATI, OH, US ( KLUK ) Challenger 604 – 10 Pax Available: 13-Aug-2008BLOOMINGTON, IN, US ( KBMG ) to MISSOULA, MT, US ( KMSO ) Hawker 700A – 9 Pax Available: 13-Aug-2008CINCINNATI, OH, US ( KCVG ) to CINCINNATI, OH, US ( KLUK ) Learjet 35A – 8 Pax Available: 13-Aug-2008 – 14-Aug-2008Contact:Phone: 859-767-3500 , 800-927-0927 Fax: 859-767-1660 Email: charterquote@airelite.comlast_img read more

Exhibit of art by Guantanamo terror suspects spark

first_imgExhibit of art by Guantanamo terror suspects sparks outrage by Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 2:34 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – An art exhibit at a New York City college seemed innocuous enough, mostly seascapes and still-life paintings of flowers and fruit.But it’s the background of the artists — current and former terror suspects at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention centre — that drew protest and prompted the Pentagon to bar the further release of works created at the military-run prison.The exhibit, Ode to the Sea, has been on display since October at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It shows 36 paintings and sculptures created by eight men during their years being held at the U.S. military facility for terrorism suspects in Cuba. The works were released to the men’s attorneys after being vetted by the U.S. government to make sure they did not contain violent content or hidden messages.But news coverage of the show, particularly the fact that some of the works were available for purchase, has spurred the Department of Defence to reconsider such releases and redefine who actually owns such works.“Items produced by detainees at Guantanamo Bay remain the property of the U.S. government,” Maj. Ben Sakrisson, a spokesman for the department, said in an email to The Associated Press.Sakrisson said that transfers of any art made by detainees had been suspended pending a policy review, but that the department wouldn’t try to claim art that had already been sent out of Guantanamo.The show was put together after a lawyer who represents Guantanamo detainees, Beth Jacob, reached out to John Jay professor Erin Thompson to ask generally about how to go about possibly exhibiting one of her client’s work. That led Thompson and two other curators to gather up other detainees’ artistic efforts and display them in a hallway near the office of the public college’s president.Thompson said she was disturbed at the idea that the government would take detainees’ artwork away from them.“I just want to encourage people to look at these paintings. They’re flowers and beaches, and not subversive content,” Thompson said. “It’s not threatening to the United States. I don’t think we should burn bouquets.”Jacob said detainees often gave artwork to the attorneys as gifts, to be passed to family members or for safe-keeping. She said she had heard from two men still detained on Guantanamo that they had been told no more artwork would be allowed out, and they would also be limited in how much of what they created they could keep. But it was unclear if that meant works would be stored or simply destroyed.“Art is communication, an artist communicates through his art, and communication is communicating to someone or with somebody,” she said. “It seems that the government is trying to silence them, control even this aspect of their life.”Artists in the exhibit include Moath al-Alwi, accused of being one of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards, and Ahmed Rabbani, accused of working with senior leadership of al-Qaeda. Of the eight artists in the exhibit, four remain behind bars without having gone to trial and four have been released.Thompson said only those who have been released had their works put up for sale, and she called the prices “modest” — hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars.Some family members of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks were outraged such an exhibit was allowed in the city that was target of the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack.“This is absolutely absurd that they would allow them to display their artwork,” said Alexander Santora, a John Jay graduate whose son, Christopher, was a 23-year-old probationary firefighter when he died in 2001.“Where are their heads?” he asked. “Are they so far in the sand that they don’t see what’s going on?”Thompson said she’s heard that response from some, but also from those who think the exhibit is useful to help people think about the Guantanamo prison and what it means to the country.Kim Manfredi and Chris Blades, regular visitors to New York City from Palm Desert, California, came out to see the exhibit specifically to see artwork created by detainees.“It seems like a basic human right, to be able to make art,” Manfredi said.center_img A man takes a picture of artwork made by detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp at an exhibit at at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The artists, current and former terror suspects at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center, drew protest and prompted the Pentagon to bar the further release of works created at the military-run prison. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 1:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian-Korean actress Sandra Oh, 46, has made history as the first Asian woman to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama.But long before her acclaimed turn as a whipsmart intelligence agent in the rookie BBC America drama “Killing Eve,” the Ottawa-bred Oh amassed a diverse list of credits big and small, on film and in television, and in a variety of genres. The show premieres in Canada July 22 on Bravo.She’s become known for a nimble touch capable of elevating even the smallest part, and a proud Canuck willing to flip between star-studded U.S. gigs and small indie film projects.Here’s a look at some of the film and TV hallmarks that showcase Oh’s diverse range:1. “Grey’s Anatomy” — It’s hard to think of Oh without mentioning her decade-long stint on ABC’s soapy medical megahit, and vice versa. Her beloved run as straight-shooting Dr. Cristina Yang still lingers with fans who haven’t been shy about pleading online for her return. While Oh has said it was tough for her to leave the series, she’s also clearly indicated she’s moved on to new challenges. And with the early success she’s notched with “Killing Eve,” she looks well on her way to crafting another indelible TV icon.2. “Sideways” — Then there’s this Oscar-winning favourite from 2004, a wine country comedy in which Oh manages to stand out in the best-friend role alongside Virginia Madsen, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. This time she plays Stephanie, who works in a winery where she meets Giamatti’s snooty Miles and the womanizing Jack with whom she embarks on an affair. Stephanie goes ballistic when she learns Jack is about to be married.3. Oh, Canada! — Oh’s Canuck credits are lengthy both before and after her move to Los Angeles, with the actress often expressing her commitment to support emerging talent in her homeland. That includes providing the central voice in the recent animated feature “Window Horses,” and this year’s Vancouver-set dramedy “Meditation Park,” which reunited Oh with director Mina Shum, who also helmed her electric turn in 1994’s “Double Happiness.”4. Don McKellar — Speaking of Canada, this homegrown writer/actor/director shares a significant portion of Oh’s Canadian credits, including 2008’s “Blindness,” 1998’s “The Red Violin,” 1998’s “Last Night,” “Meditation Park,” 2017’s “Window Horses,” the animated series “Odd Job Jack” and an episode CBC-TV’s defunct “Michael: Every Day,” in which she made a guest appearance.5. Animation domination — Oh doesn’t need to appear onscreen to stand out. She’s embraced a solid number of animated projects in which she lends her nimble voice to a variety of titles: the Quebec winter adventure “Snowtime!”, the adult animated sitcom “American Dad!”, the children’s musical comedy “Phineas and Ferb,” and “Mulan 2,” among them. This image released by BBC America shows Sandra Oh in a scene from “Killing Eve.” Oh was nominated Thursday for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 17. (BBC America via AP) center_img 5 Things to know about Sandra Ohlast_img read more

TEL AVIV Israel – An Israeli artist has placed a

first_img TEL AVIV, Israel – An Israeli artist has placed a statue mocking Israel’s controversial culture minister in one of Tel Aviv’s major squares.Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Miri Regev wearing a white gown and gazing into a full-length mirror early Thursday.It comes as Regev, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest allies, is pushing for legislation mandating “loyalty” in cultural works. Artists have lashed out at her practices as an attempt to censor artistic expression.It’s not the first time Zalait has taken to life-size art to express his protests. Two years ago, he erected a golden statue of Netanyahu to mock the idolatry of many Israelis toward him.Tel Aviv City Hall said it respected the protest, but ordered the statue removed because it was placed without a permit. People look at a statue of Israel’s Culture and Sports minister Miri Regev in Tel Aviv, Thursday ,Nov. 8, 2018. Israeli artist Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Regev as a protest of her pushing for legislation mandating ???loyalty??? in cultural works. AP Photo/Oded Balilty) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2018 7:36 am PDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Israeli artist mocks culture minister with life-size statuelast_img read more