As for whether or not Floyd’s impending free agency has factored into his inconstency, while the receiver has said in the past it’s impossible not to think about, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer does not think it’s the reason.“I expect this second half, Mike to have as big of a year as any receiver could,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not down on his confidence; he’s not down on confidence. I was talking to somebody today. He had two unbelievable days of practice. I think he’s going to explode in the second half and people have doubted and have said negative things about a couple individual plays. But that’s not Mike.“Mike is a game-changing player. Mike’s going to make plays that win games for us. I don’t know how many, but it’s going to be a lot. We have a lot of football left. So, I like where Mike is. I like where his head’s at, I like where his practice is, I like where his focus is, his leadership. I couldn’t be happier with Mike right now.” To say Michael Floyd has struggled this season, especially when compared to what expectations were, would be an understatement.Now in his fifth season, the former first-round pick was coming off a solid campaign in which he caught 52 passes for 849 yards and six touchdowns, and figured to be even better — especially given that he is set to become a free agent in the offseason.Yet, Floyd has not been better. In fact, he has arguably taken a step back, struggling with drops as well as failing to come down with some of the contested catches he’s know for making. In eight games, he has caught just 19 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Comments Share Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo His issues have been well documented, and because of his down year, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell put the Notre Dame product on his list of players and coaches with everything on the line in the second half of the 2016 season.The writing is on the wall in Arizona for Floyd, who has lost his starting job to J.J. Nelson and is battling another injury, this time to his hamstring. Floyd’s role with the team has decreased with the ascension of John Brown, and it appears unlikely that the Cardinals will sign Floyd to an extension before he hits unrestricted free agency for the first time this offseason. Even if Floyd isn’t staying in Arizona, he can echo the sentiments of fellow Cardinals first-rounder Beanie Wells and play the rest of the way as an audition for the league’s 31 other teams. (Floyd, unlike Wells, might want to keep that sentiment to himself.)Nobody doubts Floyd’s talent, and he has had stretches of production, including a run last year with five 100-yard games in six weeks. In a free-agent market perpetually starved for impact talent at wide receiver, Floyd could make a lot of money over the next few years. If he struggles to get healthy and has to treat 2016 like a washout season, he might have to settle for a one-year deal and rebuild his market before hitting free agency again after the 2017 season. If he does make it back into the lineup and produces, though, teams like the Eagles and Bears could rightfully see him as a target for a long-term deal this offseason.When asked about Floyd recently, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has offered support, saying he believes the receiver is going to have a really big second half. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“Mentally I would struggle with that.”Is the challenge then figuring out when to walk away knowing you can still play?“It’s not something that you wake up in the morning and say, ‘Oh, I’m done.’ It’s something that kind of is bubbling for awhile and I think you just know. When I talk to guys — because that’s one thing I always do. I always reach out to guys, players, and I pick their mind and ask them questions about the transition and when did they know. I kind of want to understand their thought process going into it so I’m a bit more informed; just trying to gather as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision when that point comes.”Have you thought about what you want to do next?“I have a plethora of things that I’m involved in but right now I’m still very passionate. I love to play. I enjoy being out there with the guys. That part of it is not a struggle. It’s not like pulling teeth.”How much do you weigh the quest for a Super Bowl ring?“That’s huge. That’s the only reason I’m playing at this point. From the personal standpoint and things I’ve accomplished, they’re fine but the thing that you will say is out of your control because you’re in a team sport is a championship. I love the fact that you can influence the play of other guys around you, motivate them, inspire them. I like that aspect of team sports.” 0 Comments Share “Surprised? No. I can still play at a high level. You have to that confidence and you have to have that ability to compartmentalize what’s going on; good, bad or indifferent and never lose your confidence. And that never happened. I never felt like I couldn’t play any more. I knew if my number was called I could still make the play. I’ve proven that over the last few years, again, and that’s the way I still feel.”Now that Carson Palmer is on a new throwing program, do you notice a difference in his arm strength?“I never saw really a difference last year. I don’t run too many routes past 20 yards so his arm strength looked great to me. Those are questions for ‘Smoke’ (John Brown) and J.J. (Nelson) and them guys like that. All of his throws to me always hit me right in the face. I mean, they’re always accurate and on time. I never personally saw anything that was off.”Is it important to you to be able to walk away (whenever that may be) still playing at a high level?“Yeah. The end is never really pretty for elite athletes. It never looks good for the most part. You watch Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform or see Tony Dorsett playing for the Denver Broncos or Shaquille O’Neal playing for the Boston Celtics. It’s weird because you’re used to seeing them when they’re at their most dominant stage. Willie Mays running around with bad knees. It’s not pretty. For me, I really want to be able to play and do things at a high level and be able to walk away and still be someone who can play at a high level. That’s something that I pride myself on. I don’t want to be a stealer, I don’t want to steal like that.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling How much will Arians’ and Palmer’s decisions after this season affect your own decision?“I don’t really make any decisions based off anybody else. I never have. I don’t know what the future holds, that’s why this year is just so much more important because we don’t have to think about what we’re going to be doing after February 4th. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is from today until then and how we can improve and get better and do what we need to do to give ourselves an opportunity just to get into the playoffs and possibly win the division and try to win the NFC Championship Game and get to the Super Bowl. That’s really what’s important. The long-term doesn’t mean anything at this point.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter (AP Photo/Matt York, file) GLENDALE, Ariz. – In the offseason, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he would address his future one time in training camp.That time was Sunday, Day 2, following the morning walk-through.As expected, there was no big announcement.Fitzgerald is entering his 14th season, and last under contract with the only team he’s played for in the NFL.Over the course of a nearly 13-minute press conference, Fitzgerald addressed a number of topics, mostly about his future, with reporters. Is 2017 going to be it for you and your playing career?“I feel good right now. When that changes, I’ll let you know. But it will never be in front of a podium and there will be no tears and none of that stuff. That’s not how it ever will be. That’s not how I am. I’m just one player out of 1600 in the National Football League. It’s a lot bigger than me. It’s never going to be like that.”Is there a player you’ve watched walk away that maybe you’d like to emulate?“Calvin (Johnson) for different reasons. Calvin was still playing at a really, really high level when he decided to say he was finished. Tim Duncan was still a 20-10 guy when he walked away from the game. Did it with no fanfare. There’s a lot of guys who just for some reason they say they want to move on and it’s time, not because they can’t play or they were showed the exit. Most times athletes don’t have the chance to retire. They get retired, so when you do have the chance to retire I think it’s a privilege and you have to understand that if you hang around too long, you will eventually get retired. I think you have to be honest with yourself and always kind of assess where you are.”Could you still be apart of this team even if you weren’t at the highest, highest level? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires You’ve said that training camp isn’t your favorite thing, has anything changed or feel any better about it?“No. It is what it is. We finished the season in a position that we all didn’t want to be in, so it’s a week earlier to get back to try to replicate what we were able to do two years ago and it starts with this. We have to have a better camp. We had a good start yesterday. We’re just going to have to keep stacking those kind of practices and when we finally get to gametime situations, we have to be better and it has to start earlier.”How excited were you when Coach Arians told you that you weren’t playing in the Hall of Fame Game?“He didn’t tell us anything. Somebody texted me and said, ‘Fitz, you’re not playing in the game.’ I said, ‘I didn’t hear anything about it’ and that’s how I found out. As a player you play when you’re told to play and you play as long as you have to play and once you get out there on the field, it’s ball, the same game I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old. You play hard and play as long as you need to play, that’s how I look at it.”Were you thinking you were going to get back to a point where you were going to have a couple of 100-catch seasons when Arians arrived? Are you surprised by that? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 11 Comments Share Now, the Cardinals’ depth at cornerback remains thin with only third-year pro Brandon Williams having a start under his belt.Related LinksFree agent CB Robert McClain visiting Cardinals on Thursday, per reportIn addition to Tramon Williams, Arizona could also lose backup cornerback Justin Bethel in free agency. He began 2017 as the Cardinals’ starter before Williams was inserted into his spot in the middle of the year.Arizona reportedly was meeting Thursday with free agent corner Robert McClain, a 29-year-old who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 29-year-old appeared in 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2017, finishing the year with 50 tackles and a career-high three picks.After Williams’ tenure with Green Bay, he played for the Cleveland Browns in 2015-16 and then signed with the Cardinals on July 30. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams, left, runs past safety Budda Baker (36) after making an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) The Arizona Cardinals are expected to lose starting cornerback Tramon Williams in free agency to the Green Bay Packers, reports former Green Bay receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones.Williams spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Packers (2007-2014).The 35-year-old played in 13 games for Arizona last season, recording 41 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed on the opposite side of the field from Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals traded their third- and fifth-round picks to move up to No. 10 overall to take quarterback Josh Rosen.One season later, he now faces possible uncertainty for his future with the team, approaching the 2019 draft.The glaring question from now until April 25 will be: will Rosen stay or will he go?With speculation growing of prospect Kyler Murray going No. 1 overall to the Cardinals, talks have begun about where Rosen could end up — and for what price. 234 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Related LinksPeter King: 3 reasons to believe in Kyler Murray the NFL quarterbackArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Nick Bosa: Cardinals would be making ‘big mistake’ passing on meNBC Sports’ Peter King cited two sources who’ve said that Rosen’s trade value is worth a third-round pick.One of his sources is former Cardinals quarterback (2005-09) and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.“I would give a three for Josh,” Warner told King.The other source, an anonymous NFL GM, said, “Probably a three,” which is “not what the Cardinals would think his value is.”NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that free agent quarterback Tyrod Taylor was traded for a third rounder, saying that Rosen should be worth more.In 13 starts, the 22-year-old Rosen threw for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He was sacked 45 times and posted a 66.7 quarterback rating, the lowest of any rookie.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim’s decision with the No. 1 overall pick is critical in Arizona’s future as a franchise, and possibly his job security.“Is Josh Rosen our quarterback? Yeah, he is, right now, for sure,” Keim said at the NFL Scouting Combine last week. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, left, and Oklahoma prospect Kyler Murray, right. (AP photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Go back to the e-newsletter >Coco Collection’s Coco Bodu Hithi returns this year with Savour 2016 from 21 February to 4 March, experience the exclusive opportunity to indulge in award-winning creations with renowned chefs. Leading this signature event are three celebrated personalities we are proud to welcome back. From France, Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Doucet from Restaurant Frédéric Doucet; from the UK, Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth from Northcote Restaurant in Lancashire; and Aktar Islam from Lasan Restaurant in Birmingham.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterThe historic Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has unveiled a selection of special dishes in homage to the stars of yesteryear including Ernest Hemmingway and Greta Garbo who once graced its rooms and lobbies with their presence.Since the hotel first opened its doors in 1892, the hotel has welcomed an impressive list of guests and the Historical Dinner Menu, offers four courses, each devoted to a famous personality.The starter, Demoiselle de l’Océan, is inspired by the White House’s menu of 1961 as selected by Jacqueline Onassis during her time as First Lady. The combination of pear pickles, avocado and fennel sauce takes you to the eclectic Amalfi Coast; renowned as one of Jacqueline Onassis’ favourite spots on earth. The widow of US President, John F. Kennedy, stayed at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in 1983.The antipasti is named after renowned movie star Greta Garbo, who stayed for 50 days in 1924. Salmon a’la Garbo mixes salmon in tagliatelle with a truffle cream sauce, and will be a perfect company for a glass of crisp white wine.The main course, Lamb Duo, is influenced by Ernest Hemingway from one of his favourite meals in 1923. In 1922 Hemingway arrived at The Pera Palace Hotel as a war correspondent, and wrote his famous novel, The snows of Kilimanjaro, during his stay.Sarah Bernhardt provided the inspiration for the strawberry crumble dessert. As a master of French cuisine and an expert in cooking techniques, she was familiar with glamorous suppers. She gave her custom for weeks at The Pera Palace in 1912 while performing a play at the Yildiz Palace Theatre.With summer approaching, guests at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah can indulge in a selection of cocktails with a Havanan twist inspired by Cuba’s great friend, Josephine Baker.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterBanyan Tree Hotels & Resorts makes its Moroccan debut with the opening of Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay on 1 September 2016, the first Banyan Tree property on the Mediterranean coast, and the first all-pool villa resort in Morocco.Located on the north west coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, the luxury resort exudes captivating Moroccan charm and a refreshing Mediterranean spirit. Each of the luxury villas offers a private refuge that pays tribute to the region’s Andalusian-Moorish legacy and heritage.Guests will find a range of onsite luxuries such as the rejuvenating spa session at the award-winning Banyan Tree Luxury Spa in Morocco, thrilling leisure activities in and around the resort, a hammam, a beach club, a state-of-the-art gym, library and kids’ club.Go back to the e-newsletter
Amidst the turquoise hues of South Male Atoll lies the island of Maadhoo, home to the upcoming lifestyle luxury resort OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo.The resort opened its doors on 15 July 2016, offering the discerning traveller an exclusive holiday plan, The Atmosphere INDULGENCE, where guests will experience the ultimate hassle-free beach holiday in the Maldives.Maadhoo Island is situated in South Malé Atoll – just a short 45-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport.With overwater villas, excursions that allow guests to explore the ocean, and a spa that offers a range of treatments; while these may be your traditional ideas of a Maldives holiday, the gem in the crown of this destination is the underwater restaurant that takes fine dining to new depths.
Go back to the e-newsletterSingita has announced the opening of Kwitonda Lodge in late 2019 on 70 hectares on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, where more than one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in the high-altitude cloud forests.The presence of Singita Kwitonda Lodge on the park border will help to create a natural space between agricultural plots and the habitat of the estimated 320 mountain gorillas that find sanctuary here. From a guest perspective, the opening of the new property puts gorilla trekking within easy reach and in combination with a classic safari at Singita’s private concessions on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Besides gorillas, there is much to see and explore, from the Afro montane forests of Nyungwe National Park to the vibrant and sophisticated capital city, Kigali.Working in close partnership with the Rwandan Development Board and local communities, Singita will be taking a measured, long-term approach to conservation on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, in line with the company’s established 100-year vision to build sustainable revenue streams to fund the preservation of African wilderness for future generations. Reforestation of land heavily impacted by farming is vital, and will initially include the establishment of a nursery and the planting of over 60,000 tree saplings in and around the new lodge. Ultimately, Singita hopes to be able to support the Rwandan government in finding ways to increase gorilla habitat while remaining sensitive in assisting neighbouring communities to thrive economically and socially.Singita Kwitonda Lodge will be built to embody the spirit of Rwanda and offer a tribute to the lodge’s namesake – Kwitonda – a great silverback gorilla whose legend lives on in Rwanda and was known for his humility and gentleness. Fundamental to the design is treading lightly on the land. Singita Kwitonda will offer eight suites and a villa with magnificent views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and sustainability is at the core of the construction project. Luke Bailes, Founder of Singita, states that an extensive sustainability framework was compiled in the design stage to ensure design efficiency throughout the project. The architects and interior designers are selecting locally sourced and produced materials for walling, ceilings and surface finishing. The local community has been engaged in building traditional dry stone walling on site for specialist areas within the landscape. ‘We believe this project will set a new standard for construction and landscape design in Rwanda’ notes Bailes.Rates for suites range between $1500 – $1750 per person per night, fully inclusive but excluding gorilla trekking permits. Reservations are now open.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAustralia’s award-winning restaurant Laura at Pt. Leo Estate has been named one of 13new global appointments to Relais & Châteaux, a globally renowned collective of the world’sfinest hotels and restaurants.The Mornington Peninsula fine-diner has become one of only four Australian members, andthe only property in Victoria, to join the Relais & Châteaux fold alongside Tetsuya’s, HentleyFarm and The Louise.Laura, which opened in March 2018, was named after Jaume Plensa’s celebrated 30-tonnecast iron sculpture. In keeping with the moniker, the team serves fine cuisine in a modern andelegant setting within the exceptional Pt. Leo Estate, surrounded by its own vineyard andworld-class sculpture park.The dishes are the creations of the Estate’s Culinary Director Phil Wood. The set-coursedegustation celebrates the regional produce of the Mornington Peninsula, crafted from theregion’s finest ingredients and producers: duck eggs from Heritage Farm, goat’s milk fromMain Ridge Dairy, vegetables from Benton Rise Farm, and the Estate’s own honey.Head Sommelier Andrew Murch adds his epicurean expertise to this Mornington Peninsulaculinary journey with his bespoke 600-strong label wine list.‘We’re honoured to achieve the coveted recognition of Relais & Châteaux and become one ofonly a handful of Australian members,” says General Manager Roger Lancia.The restaurant is open seven days a weekLunch and dinner Thursday–Sunday with Sunday lunch only (from 12pm and 5pm)Set menu of up to six courses, with wine matching if desiredFor bookings go to www.ptleoestate.com.au.Cellar Door & Sculpture Park:Open 11am–5pm; $10 entry to sculpture park (diners complimentary)Other new additions joining Relais & Châteaux include:Palais Ronsard, MarrakechBlackberry Mountain, TennesseeRosedon Hotel, BermudaLe Calandre Restaurant, Rubano (Italy)Ristorante Quadri, Venice (Italy)Hotel Plaza e de Russie, Viareggio (Italy)Chateaux de Drudas, Drudas (France)Grantley Hall, Grantley (UK)Dragsholm Slot, Horve (Denmark)The Purist Villas & Spa, BaliGaggan Restaurant, BangkokRestaurant Suhring, BangkokGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHotel Chadstone Melbourne is now accepting reservations with the first guests to check in at the city’s newest luxury destination in November 2019.Accor and Vicinity Centres (Vicinity) have unveiled new details around the $130 million project, currently under construction, including its official name, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel.The 12-storey, 250-room hotel – including rooftop conservatory bar, swimming pool and wellness centre – will offer panoramic views from Port Phillip Bay to the CBD and across the Dandenong Ranges, setting a new benchmark for luxury accommodation outside Melbourne’s centre.Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel | King RoomThe hotel, targeting a five-star rating, is more than halfway through construction with the interior fit-out underway. Every detail of the design has been considered throughout the lobby, function spaces and suites including a bespoke digital art installation upon entry intended to evolve seasonally alongside Chadstone – The Fashion Capital.Guest rooms feature custom lighting, brass and leather finishes, lavish Appelles amenities and locally sourced minibar featuring renowned Victorian produce. Hotel Chadstone Melbourne is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating using the version 1.1 rating tool, making it the first hotel in Australia to target a 5 Star Green Star rating.Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel | Pool Level 12Construction has also begun on ‘The Link’, the covered pedestrian walkway connecting Hotel Chadstone Melbourne with the retail precinct and Tower One (Chadstone’s commercial office tower) to enhance amenity for customers, retailers and office workers, and fully integrate and leverage foot traffic between the buildings.MGallery by Sofitel is AccorHotels’ collection of exclusive, design-led boutique hotels. Once open, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will become the 11th MGallery hotel in Australia, and join other iconic addresses including Hotel Lindrum Melbourne and Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney, as well as others in Paris, Amsterdam, Bangkok and Vietnam.Bookings made through accor.com are currently being accepted for arrivals beginning 1 December 2019.Lead image: Hotel Chadstone Melbourne’s Level 12 Bar.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedBrits discouraged from flying after ash disruptionThe disruption caused by the recent cloud of volcanic ash could put off up to one in five Brits from flyingStranded travellers surge to Europe’s open airportsStranded travellers surge to Europe’s open airportsMore travellers taking flights from Bristol AirportMore travellers taking flights from Bristol Airport Nearly three million people in the UK were affected by the disruption at the country’s airports caused by the volcanic ash cloud.This is according to new research from TNS RI Travel & Tourism, which found that eight percent of the country’s adults were prevented from flying during the six days of airport closures, while a further 19 percent were indirectly affected by their family being unable to fly.Tom Costley, TNS RI Travel & Tourism’s head, said the findings demonstrate the “significant impact” the ash crisis has had on British travellers.”There is continued uncertainty over the extent of the impact on taking flights and overseas trips for the rest of 2010, although it is interesting to see that the majority of travellers will not let the situation influence their future plans,” he commented.What’s more, the majority of travellers agreed that restrictions on flights were “the right course of action”. Just one in ten people have said they will consider postponing a planned holiday as a result of the disruption.The International Air Transport Association yesterday (April 28th) praised the efforts of the European Commission in providing relief to the air transport sector in the wake of the disruption.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedFlights to Wroclaw reintroduced at Robin Hood AirportCheap flights to Wroclaw from Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport reopened earlier this month.New rail station for Robin Hood AirportRobin Hood Airport based in Yorkshire has been granted planning permission to build a new rail stationWizz Air to introduce flights to Dusseldorf this autumnWizz Air will launch new flights to Dusseldorf (Weeze) from Budapest Robin Hood Airport has welcomed low-cost airline Wizz Air’s decision to launch flights to Vilnius from the Yorkshire airport.The Hungarian-based airline will operate flights to the Lithuanian capital from Robin Hood Airport on Wednesdays and Sundays, with services departing at 20:25.Nick Smillie, Robin Hood Airport’s aviation sales director, said he is “pleased” to confirm Yorkshire’s first direct flights to the Baltic region.”This new route will bring a further 30,000 passengers a year through the doors at Doncaster Sheffield Airport,” he commented.”We expect this additional route to increase Wizz Air’s total passenger numbers from the airport to reach 230,000 per annum.”Wizz Air established itself at Robin Hood Airport in October 2006 with the launch of flights to Katowice.During this year’s August bank holiday, more than 16,000 passengers passed through Robin Hood in what is the airport’s busiest period of the year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
5. Söll, AustriaSöll is a small village in Tirol, often overshadowed by Kitzbuhel – which we’re almost thankful for. This means it’s still relevatively quiet and affordable, despite the fact it’s perfect for families and new skiers. This resort is part of Ski Wlet, Austria’s largest network of linked ski slopes (but you can get on the sloeps for as little as €29!). Söll, Elmau and Westendorf are all great places to find a little chalet or ski-hotel, neighboured with local restaurants and bakeries. Tirol’s other strength is it’s baked goods: there are 4 different bakeries in Soll, and you’ll have to try kiachl (traditional fried dough) when you’re off the slopes too. Average cost of a drink: €4 for a beer, around the same cost for wine.Average cost for a ski pass: €200 (£160) for a 6 day pass, or €29 (£22) for a pass after 1pm.How to get there: Fly to Salzburg, then catch a transfer or drive to the resort.Get cheap flights to Salzburg6. Cauterets, French PyrénéesWhilst most of Europe flies to the centre of the Alps, the locals from France and Spain keep it within the southwest – the Pyrenees have a totally different vibe to the Alps. There’s a less developed ski culture here: you feel like you’re skiing in France, not just with the neighbours from back home. There are 23 runs in total, with 2 expert, 8 advanced and 9 that are intermediate. There are also a number of ski schools, ideal for families and groups that are having their first time on the snow. Average cost of a drink: €3-6 for a beer, wine tends to be cheaper.Average cost for a ski pass: €182.50 (£140) for a 6 day pass, and €36.50 (£30) for a day pass.How to get there: Toulouse is the largest international airport, and it’s 90 minutes drive away from Cauterets. Get cheap flights to Toulouse Looking for more budget ski holiday ideas for this winter? Take your pick from some of these10 alternative ski resortsThese resorts are beautiful, off the beaten path and more affordable than most other resorts!The nearest airports to MorzineTime to familiarise yourself with Turin, Grenoble and Chambery…10 of the best resorts for early and late season powderWhere to go in April and May for late season skiing.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 10. Powder Mountain, UtahThis 7,000 spare acres of beautiful white snow are rarely crowded, as it’s one of Utah’s most remote ski resorts. However, if you’re happy to make the journey up (you’ll need more than a four-wheel drive or chains for getting up there), there’s a huge variety of terrain to choose from. It’s probably not ideal for families, but if you’re very active and looking for cat skiing or kite skiing, give it a whirl!Average cost of a drink: There’s only one pub on Powder Mountain – The Powder Keg. Drinks are very affordable, at around $5 a beer.Average cost for a ski pass: A day pass is $79 (£65), whereas a 6 day pass is $427 (£310). You can also purchase a kite skiing pass for $20.How to get there: Fly to Salt Lake City, and drive to Powder Mountain from here (1 hour). Get cheap flights to Salt Lake City 3. Vogel, SloveniaAn ideal spot for couples or families, Vogel is a truly beautiful ski area. Overlooking Lake Bohinj, Vogel is part of the Triglav national park. The modern cable car hauls people up from lakeside to the mountains in minutes, allowing skiers access to the largely treeless terrain which offers ample opportunity for off-piste exploration. Night life is low key, but with capital Ljubljana a little over an hour away, a day trip is perfectly possible.Average cost of a drink: €2 for a beer, and €5 (£4) for a bottle of wine if you purchase it in the supermarket.Average cost for a ski pass: A six-day lift pass costs £119.How to get there: Fly to Ljubljana, then drive down to Bohinj. Private transfers are also available. Get cheap flights to Ljubljana 9. Poiana-Brasov, RomaniaThe most popular resort in Romania, Poiana-Brasov offers around nine miles of marked terrain. Its small size means it’s best suited to beginners or families, and with floodlit night skiing on offer too, you can maximise your time on the snow. Off the slopes, you can try winter camping and snowshoeing in the surrounding forests and after dark the bars offer cheap and cheerful food and drink. Average cost of a drink: £2 for a beer.Average cost for a ski pass: A 6 day lift pass will set you back £92.How to get there: Fly to Bucharest, and drive to Poiana-Brasov from here (45 minutes). You can also catch a train from Bucharest train station for £8. Get cheap flights to Bucharest 4. Livigno, ItalyDuty-free zone Livigno offers excellent intermediate skiing in an area that should just about keep advanced skiers and snowboarders happy for a week if you’re happy to explore a little off piste. One of the Livigno’s big attractions is its excellent terrain park which has pro-sized jumps (think: house sized!) as well as rails and kickers for mere mortals. The price of food and drink in and around the slopes is all very reasonable – meaning it’s a place popular with the younger ski crowd who come to party. Average cost of a drink: €3-5 for a beer, depending on which bar you frequent.Average cost for a ski pass: A 6 day ski pass costs £161, and a day pass costs €30 (£25).How to get there: Fly to Milan Bergamo, and catch the easy bus transfer up to Livigno. Get cheap flights to Milan ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, ColoradoA daily lift ticket at Vail or Aspen can set you back up to $800 a day. A daily lift ticket here? Just $95. This is a favourite with locals from Colorado, as it’s within easy reach of Denver. It’s a far cry from the apres-ski in Aspen. Instead, this is a family friendly resort, with nooks for those with little ski bunnies and those on a weekend getaway with friends – expect small restaurants and artisan shops instead of open air clubs. There are double diamond runs and one black one for the experienced skiers too. Average cost of a drink: $6 (£4.50) for a glass of wine, $2 (£1.50) for a coffeeAverage cost for a ski pass: $95 (£75) per day, and $294 (£235) for a 6 day pass.How to get there: Fly to Denver, then catch a transfer or drive to Crested Butte. Get cheap flights to Denver 1. Les Houches, FranceConsidering it costs €300 for a ski pass in Chamonix during peak season, you’ll make a tidy saving by skiing a little down the valley in Les Houches, France. In Les Houches there are marked ski runs from 950 to 1,900 metres with epic views of the Mont Blanc Valley, so it’s perfect for leisure skiiers – however, if you’re craving a black run and open air clubs, make your way over to Chamonix’s ski fields. They’re only 6km away!Average cost of a drink: Make your way back down the mountain for Happy Hour in Les Houches bars (between 5-7pm). It’s not anarchic apres-ski, but it’s still good fun.Average cost for a ski pass: €43 (£35) for a day, and €215 (£180) for a 6 day pass.How to get there: Fly to Geneva Airport, and drive (1 hour) to Les Houches.Get cheap flights to Geneva 7. Borovets, BulgariaAlong with its cousins, Bansko and Pamporovo, the ski resort of Borovets is a great choice for the bargain hunter. A lively, cheap and cheerful town, Borovets is the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria. Nestled at around 1,300m in the Rila Mountains, it’s comprised of three separate zones (which aren’t yet fully linked).The upper half of the mountain is largely above the tree line and offers plenty of wide open pistes, most of which are fairly gentle – ideal for beginners and intermediates. The ski instruction here is top notch and the après ski is lively, so it’s particularly popular with party animals.Average cost of a drink: 3-4 Levs (£1.30-60) for a drink. This is why it’s a party place.Average cost for a ski pass: A 6 day lift pass is £124.How to get there: Fly to Sofia, then drive (90 minutes) or catch the minibus to Borovets. Get cheap flights to Sofia8. Andermatt, SwitzerlandAdmittedly, the cost of skiing in Andermatt will still outweigh the cost of skiing in Slovenia or Bulgaria, but if you want to find a cheap place to ski in Switzerland this is your ticket. Andermatt has two main skiing areas, Nätschen and Gemmstock – the latter being the crowning glory meeting the ski at 2,963m. This is a snowy skiing playground with multiple terrains and activities for those who are less-than-confident on the slopes: snowshoeing, sledging and spa days are all solid activities here. Whilst you may be ona budget, it’s well worth peeping into the Chedi Andermatt’s spa – the hydrotherapy and hot outdoor pool will be a welcome break from the ski runs. Average cost of a drink: 5.50 Franc (£4.30) for a beer.Average cost for a ski pass: A 5 day pass costs 241 Francs (£200), and if you want a day pass after 1pm, it only costs 45 Francs.How to get there: Fly to Zurich, then make the 90 minute drive to Andermatt (the roads are beautiful!). Get cheap flights to Zurich ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCheap DIY Ski Trips: How to save on Ski HolidaysSkyscanner’s Guide to Cheap Skiing & snowboarding TripsSnow time: 10 alternative ski destinationsMeribel is marvellous, Zermatt is stunning and Whistler sets the bar for après-ski. But we’ve got 10 affordable ski resorts in places like Slovenia, France and Sweden – great budget alternatives that don’t compromise on quality. Get a great deal by choosing a cheap(er) ski resort with Skyscanner, and book…How to save money and have a cheap ski holidaySkiing is expensive; the flights, accommodation, lift passes, lessons. Costs can quickly mount up – and that’s before we even get onto the après-ski! Stop them getting out of hand with our top tips for saving on this season’s ski holiday.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is taking her signature style across the pond with her first-ever interior design project, a series of rooms and suites at Claridge’s, one of London’s most legendary hotels.As a loyal returning guest of Claridge’s since the 1970s, von Furstenberg’s iconic prints and bold colors feel right at home in the ultra-luxe hotel. “One of my fondest memories was when I was in London as a young, independent businesswoman and stayed at Claridge’s. I knew I had made it. To me, Claridge’s is the most glamorous hotel in the world; I regard it as my home away from home,” remarks von Furstenberg. “I am honored to become part of the hotel’s legacy and rich design history.”“For more than a century, Claridge’s has stood as an emblem of timeless glamour,” says Maybourne Hotel Group CEO Stephen Alden. “Our collaboration with the talented Diane von Furstenberg is the latest storyline within our history of forward-thinking design. Diane’s personal love and passion for Claridge’s provides a unique perspective which she will draw upon in executing her creative vision.”Visit www.claridges.co.uk to find out more.
This week, the Four Seasons Restaurant named New York Times starred Fabio Trabocchi as executive chef. Trabocchi was most recently the executive chef of Fiamma, where The New York Times awarded him three-stars. He has cooked in Milan, Moscow, Marbella and Washington, DC.“After almost a year of celebrating The Four Seasons’ 50 year history, we’re excited to reveal our delicious future,” said co-owner Julian Niccolini.“Chef Trabocchi offers the perfect ingredients we need to serve our guests,” added co-owner Alex von Bidder. “He’s smart, creative and sophisticated. And his spectacular food is an innovative celebration of the local, seasonal ingredients that have always been part of the Four Seasons’ history.”Shortly after he moved to New York, Chef Trabocchi impressed the critics as an internationalist with a melting-pot approach to ingredients and cooking styles – both in re-imagining classics and in creating inventive new dishes.Prior to moving to New York to run the Fiamma kitchen, Trabocchi was executive chef of Maestro, a Washington Post four-star restaurant. He won a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Mid Atlantic award in 2006, and in 2002 was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “America’s Best New Chefs.”Chef Trabocchi will begin his work at the Four Seasons next week. His first menus will make their debut later this autumn.“Since I was a young chef, I have always admired this legendary restaurant from afar,” said Fabio Trabocchi. “Today it is a great honor to be a part of it.”“We’re thrilled to welcome Fabio and look forward to sharing his genius with our guests,” said Niccolini who understands how respected Chef Trabocchi among New York City chefs.“Fabio’s culinary roots will blend perfectly with Alex, Julian and the incredible legacy The Four Seasons maintains in New York City,” offered legendary Chef Daniel Boulud. “While Fabio Trabocchi is grounded in a rich European tradition, his imagination and creativity make him one of the best rising chef in America today.”The Four Seasons serves locally grown American food and is credited with introducing seasonally changing menus to the US. It is the first luxury restaurant to celebrate American cuisine and the first to write its menus in English. It is also the first East Coast restaurant to serve California wines.www.FourSeasonsRestaurant.com
New York – Amanresorts has announced a December 15, 2008 opening of Villa Miločer, phase one of the Aman Sveti Stefan resort on Montenegro’s dramatic coastline. Once a popular playground for celebrities from the film and fashion worlds, the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is still one of the Adriatic’s most iconic images.In addition to Villa Miločer, a summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic and later of Yugoslavia leader Josip Tito, Aman Sveti Stefan includes the renaissance of the 15th century island village of Sveti Stefan that is scheduled to open in August 2009. When completed, Aman Sveti Stefan will feature Villa Miločer’s six spacious suites, two one-bedroom Queen Marija Suites on the villa’s grounds and 47 guest rooms and suites on the island of Sveti Stefan.“I have always been attracted to the natural beauty and elegant coastline of Montenegro,” says Adrian Zecha, founder of Amanresorts. “It is an honor to be able to breathe new life into a storied property such as Sveti Stefan, and we look forward to welcoming guests soon to this truly extraordinary resort.”www.amanresorts.com
Aussie actor Craig McLachlan denies sexual misconduct claims by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:39 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 23, 2014, photo, Craig McLachlan performs during a media call for The Rocky Horror Show at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. McLachlan has left a stage show and a TV series he was to star in has suspended production after three actresses of a 2014 production of the “The Rocky Horror Show,” accused him of indecent assault, sexual harassment and bullying four years ago. The 52-year-old actor has denied the allegations that were first reported in the media on Monday, Jan 8, 2018. (Julian Smith/AAP Image via AP) CANBERRA, Australia – Australian actor Craig McLachlan has left a stage show and a TV series he was to star in suspended production after three actresses accused him of indecent assault, sexual harassment and bullying four years ago.The 52-year-old actor, who is a household name in Australia, has denied the allegations, which were first reported in the media on Monday.McLachlan gained international followings in the 1980s and 1990s through his roles in the Australian television soap operas “Neighbours” and “Home and Away,” and the British spy drama series “Bugs.”He achieved success as a singer, and his band Check 1-2 had a hit in Britain and Australia with the single “Mona” in 1990. He also earned critical acclaim for his starring role as Danny Zuko in a London production of the musical “Grease” in the 1990s.The accusations were levelled by three actresses who were cast members of a 2014 production in the city of Melbourne of the “The Rocky Horror Show,” in which McLachlan starred as the transvestite alien Dr. Frank-N-Furter.The actresses Angela Scundi, Erika Heynatz and Christie Whelan Browne made the allegations in interviews reported by Fairfax Media and broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Corp. through a joint investigation on Monday. Scundi and Heynatz also complained in December to Victoria state police, who confirmed on Monday that they were investigating.McLachlan issued a statement denying all allegations detailed in the media, including touching women’s genitals, groping their breasts and exposing his penis.“These allegations are ALL made up,” McLachlan said in an email to Fairfax.“I am, and have been at all relevant times, in a relationship with my long-term partner,” he added, referring to conductor and musical director Vanessa Scammell.McLachlan had reprised his starring role in an Adelaide city production of “Rocky Horror” since New Year’s Eve before the allegations were published.The producers, The Gordon Frost Organisation, said it was “shocked to learn of allegations” that it was taking “very seriously.”“In response, we have spoken to Craig and have mutually agreed that it is not appropriate for him to continue in the current production of the show,” the producers said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We will be conducting a full internal investigation and will co-operate fully with authorities.”December Media, producers of “The Doctor Blake Mysteries,” which stars McLachlan, said Tuesday that it had put on hold work on a seventh season of the popular murder mystery television series, which is scheduled to screen in Australia this year.“In the light of these allegations, December Media will temporarily hold production preparations for the new series to allow due process,” the producers said in a statement.December Media said it was confident that there had been no incidents involving any member of cast or crew acting inappropriately toward others in the six-year history of the series.The “Rocky Horror” producers also said their records showed that none of the complainants had raised a complaint with the company in 2014.The three women said in media interviews that they gained confidence that their allegations would be taken seriously after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein lost his job over allegations of sexual assault and harassment. The women also said they feared for the current “Rock Horror” cast if they did not speak out.Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that another two members of the 2014 “Rocky Horror” cast had gone to police with allegations against McLachlan following publicity surrounding the original allegations.
A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing.Hussle served time before he was shot to death on March 31 and was raising awareness for changes. Last October, he headlined a free #TimeDone campaign concert to bring awareness to the 70 million Americans living with a past conviction.In February, while attending the Grammy Awards, Hussle explained why the topic of prison reform was among his priorities.“I grew up in South Central Los Angeles. You know we come from gang culture so we dealt with the system a lot,” he told The Associated Press. “We saw firsthand over-sentencing, unfair probation, the policies and stuff, so to see people putting energy into reforming that and just making it a little closer to what’s fair, you know what I mean? I think that it’s an important subject. It’s an important movement that we should all support.”Hussle was on the advisory board of WordsUncaged, a non-profit where prisoners serving life sentences learn to reclaim their voices and reflect upon the harm they have caused through narrative therapy and creative writing workshops.Producer and rapper DJ Mustard, who is a Grammy winner and has collaborated with Hussle, has a cousin, Theodore, who is currently incarcerated. Mustard said prison reform is “super important” to him because often, people are “accused of something they didn’t even do.”“They take the time for it not knowing, not having any lawyers, not even being in the right state of mind to even fight the case or even have enough money to get a lawyer to fight the case,” he said.His cousin was sentenced to 80 years to life as a teenager.“At that time, we didn’t have money to go for a good lawyer and now we’re fighting and fighting and fighting to get him out. That’s a lot of people’s cases throughout the world,” Mustard said.Common, a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winner, was touched in particular by the cause through his work on the 2014 film “Selma,” the story of the 1965 voting rights marches in Alabama. The “Glory” rapper has performed at numerous concerts inside California prisons and is a frequent visitor to the men of one in Los Angeles County where all are serving life sentences.“I think one of the things that I’ve experienced from meeting men and women who were incarcerated was that they wanted to feel humanized. They wanted people to know that they were human beings,” Common said.“The places that I’ve been, I’ve met some of the best human beings I’ve ever met in my life in prison that were doing life without parole that had actually committed violent crimes and had committed murders, but then were able to acknowledge that and try to move past it and do the work.”Hart also has spoken out about the need for criminal justice reform because of what has happened with his friend, rapper Meek Mill.Mill has become a symbol for reform after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.“He had to go back, and they put them in for this crazy amount of time. So, seeing that, going and visiting firsthand, we realize that there is a large portion of people that have been convicted that are set up to get convicted again regardless of their good behaviour,” Hart said.According to the Prison Policy Initiative , a non-profit that documents the effects of mass incarceration, the criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities and local jails. More than 540,000 of those haven’t been convicted.The NAACP said that between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in the United States increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.3 million. African Americans and Hispanics comprised 56 per cent in 2015.“We just have to, in society,” Common said, “not just look out for the people that can do for us but look out for those who are overlooked.”Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, Common attends the world premiere of “Hunter Killer”, hosted by Lionsgate and The Cinema Society, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) by Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 9:09 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Review: Hollywood Vampires rise again on great 2nd album by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 11:13 am PDT FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2016 file photo, from left to right, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper of The Hollywood Vampires arrive at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group’s sophomore album “Rise” comes out Friday, June 21, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Hollywood Vampires, “Rise” (earMUSIC)When Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and movie star Johnny Depp formed a band in 2015 to pay homage to dead drinking buddies, it might have seemed like a pleasant diversion, a one-off lark for otherwise busy artists.But that first album, with its covers of classic rock songs mainly by artists who died from drug or alcohol use, was so good that it merited a second effort once everyone could find the time.That time is now, only this time the Vamps dish up mostly new material. “Rise” starts with the insistent “I Want My Now,” as good a song as Cooper has recorded in years, and “Mr. Spider” is a creepy heir to “The Black Widow.” Cooper usually can’t resist throwing in a tongue-in-cheek novelty track written from the perspective of some offbeat character on society’s margins, and this time its “Welcome to Bushwhackers,” about an angry old man at a bar spoiling for a fight; it features a guitar cameo from Jeff Beck.Perry’s lone lead vocal is on “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” which won’t make many people forget Steven Tyler, but his guitar is razor-sharp throughout.Depp is handed the keys to several lead vocals here, including reverently done covers of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and the Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died.”But the best is “We Gotta Rise,” in which Cooper, who has run before for president with varying degrees of seriousness, does it again here in a humorous successor to “Elected.”Wayne Parry, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email