Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The reviews continue to pour in for the Arizona Cardinals’ efforts in the 2013 NFL Draft, and they continue to be positive.ESPN analyst John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 620 and became the latest to laud general manager Steve Keim and his staff for what they accomplished over the three days.“I thought it was a very good draft,” Clayton said. “First off, they get one of the best pass-blocking guards coming out in the last who knows how many years. Jonathan Cooper can flat-out pass block. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: John Clayton, NFL ESPN Insider “I thought getting the third round pick was great. Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) can come back and be a backup free safety or a starting free safety, I think he’s a good fit. I think overall, it was a very good draft.”That seems to be the consensus, which is good news for the Cardinals. The bad news is the consensus also believes that the rest of the already-tough NFC West helped themselves as well.Clayton believes the up-and-coming St. Louis Rams had the best draft in the division.“Just from the standpoint that they were able to get two first round picks and first strategy got them them Tavon Austin, who I the is the most exciting player in the draft,” he said. “Think about this division now. Good luck with the coverage because now you’ve got Tavon Austin and Percy Harvin. Wow. That’s speed, explosiveness, all those different things. That’s going to be coverage nightmares.”Clayton also applauded the San Francisco 49ers’ draft class, which included LSU safety Eric Reid, Florida State defensive end Tank Carridine and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.“This division is just amazing for the drafts, the aggressiveness — all the things that didn’t maybe four years ago — it’s happening now and it’s happening in the right way.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Three days after appearing in his third straight Pro Bowl, Patrick Peterson made his first appearance in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am.His helmet, uniform and cleats were replaced by a hat, white shirt, grey khaki pants and golf shoes.The Cardinals’ cornerback certainly looked the part, but could he play the part at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course?“Actually I haven’t had much time to play this offseason…still shaking the cobwebs off,” Peterson said of his game. “I’m OK. I’m an acceptable golfer. I can score when I can, but I’m not a professional, yet.” He hopes a contract extension is given, too. – / 8 In the game Sunday, he picked off San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.“We had a lot of fun. There was a lot of excitement. The intensity level was definitely high,” Peterson said. “It’s always good to go to the Pro Bowl to meet some new guys; meet the guys who you play against and kind of see them in a different light outside of competing against each other when it really matters. It was fun going out there to Hawaii and putting up a great performance. Although we came up short, I still had a great time.”Peterson played for Deion Sanders’ team, which lost 22-21 to Jerry Rice’s team, one that included fellow Cardinals John Abraham, Justin Bethel and Larry Fitzgerald.“They didn’t get on me too bad (about losing),” Peterson said of his teammates. “It was just a good, competitive game and that’s all everybody wanted. We just wanted to make sure that we played the game hard enough so we can keep the game going and keep it in Hawaii, hopefully.”Following his interception, Peterson, who wears No. 21, like Sanders, paid tribute by performing Sanders’ signature celebration dance.“Wearing that No. 21, it’s just something that, it’s given,” Peterson said. “It wasn’t spontaneous or anything like that; just something that’s given.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Yet, huh?Peterson, while he certainly loves to play, obviously is not ready to make golf a full-time gig. He has a job, manning the Cardinals’ secondary. It’s a job he hopes to hold for quite awhile.“I’m under contract for two more years, so I want to continue playing great football,” he said before teeing off. “Whenever (GM) Steve Keim and (team president) Michael Bidwill address me and my agent (about a contract extension), we’ll go from there.”Peterson is three years into his four-year rookie contract, which includes a fifth-year option for 2015 should the Cardinals choose to exercise it. The Cardinals may also choose to try to work out an extension with Peterson, locking up one of their core defensive players long-term.“I am eligible (for an extension this offseason),” he said. “Of course I would like an extension to stay here for a while, but it’s a business so we have to wait and see what happens.”Statistically speaking, Peterson had a down year in 2013. He finished with three interceptions—four fewer than the year before—and a career-year low 40 tackles.Peterson, however, was still ranked among the best defensive backs in the NFL and recognized as such by his peers, who voted him into the Pro Bowl for the second time as a cornerback and third time overall. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Freeney has been around a long time and also been very good at football during that time.After picking up a sack on the Baltimore Ravens with left tackle Eugene Monroe blocking him, Freeney said on the sideline, “I’ve been abusing that boy since 2005.”That doesn’t necessarily hold up, with Monroe being drafted in 2009, but he did play in the same division as Freeney for four seasons. Freeney had two sacks in that time against Monroe’s Ravens, and it’s safe to bet he got awfully close to more in that stretch.In “All or Nothing,” we also got to see Freeney’s prowess in the kitchen. He cooked his timeless Jamaican chicken dish for the players, saying, “my mother, my grandmother drilled this recipe in my head. It’s like the first thing you learn after you learn how to walk, and then talk and then you learn how to cook.”Alex Okafor looked at the camera after his first bite and claimed, “there’s no way he made that.”Golden chose to praise Freeney, instead.“Best cooking player in the NFL right there,” Golden said of Freeney.Afterward, Freeney pulled up film of his signature spin move and talked the pass rushers through the mind games of setting up his spin. 🍔 and 🏈 BOOM! Stream #AllorNothing this #FourthOfJulyWeekend, now on @AmazonVideo. https://t.co/Z6BE43M49Ohttps://t.co/pufINCrqag— All or Nothing (@allornothingtv) July 1, 2016Fitzgerald and Coyots captain Shane Doan may not yet have brought a championship to their Arizona franchises, but there’s no doubt whatsoever about how emotionally invested they are in their respective teams.That showed for Fitz after his incredible performance against the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, when he couldn’t even stand for Arians’ post-game speech and was on the verge of tears as he preached hard work heading into the NFC Championship Game.Seeing how demoralized Fitzgerald was after the loss to the Carolina Panthers was excruciating, especially when NFL Films made sure to play back his signature highlight from Super Bowl 43, his late-game catch-and-run that appeared to be the winning touchdown. Great food and getting some of the best advice possible for your profession? Not a bad day.Larry Fitzgerald’s emotion Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There are no words for this @Mathieu_Era pregame speech.Just goosebumps. 😯 #AllorNothing https://t.co/NpabzdJmhn https://t.co/LYIVCltH9f— NFL (@NFL) July 2, 2016Most of the time, we assume the veterans are the leaders of a team. That’s true in some ways for the Cardinals but after watching “All or Nothing,” the leaders of the defense appear to be the 25-year-old Peterson and 24-year-old Mathieu.The Cardinals held Super Bowl aspirations, and a 19-13 win in San Francisco simply wasn’t good enough for Peterson. He followed Arians’ post-game speech by telling the defense, “hold on, defense, we’ll be in there at 11. We gotta fix this.”Peterson ran the film session the next morning. He had pointers for the younger Mathieu, but also made sure Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who is entering his ninth season with the team, was in check with what went wrong. When your teammate tells you they did a project on you in middle school… 😂😂https://t.co/NpabzdJmhn #AllorNothing https://t.co/HQRybEVMkq— NFL (@NFL) July 1, 2016If you want someone to feel old, just do what Cardinals rookie Markus Golden did to Freeney: Tell him you did a project about him in middle school. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The same could be said for the way the Arizona Cardinals were portrayed in the new Amazon documentary “All or Nothing.” How could a Buffalo Bills fan not love Cory Redding for baking cookies for the team after a win? What about a diehard Kansas City Chiefs supporter when Bruce Arians talks about his bond with Tyrann Mathieu?There were many moments like this in the show. Here are some of the best.Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu’s leadership Top Stories 0 Comments Share It’s hard not to fall in love with a professional sports team after a show like”Hard Knocks” or “24/7” takes us inside the locker room.Sometimes it leads to “The Hard Knocks effect” in fantasy football when a player such as Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins last year or Falcons wideout Roddy White two years ago are selected a round or two higher after they gained fans from being on the TV shows. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates with cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) after intercepting a pass in the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) Mathieu was much more about motivation and making sure his team had the will to make a deep playoff run a reality.“Assignments are what you supposed to do, it really about heart. It takes a lot of courage to play these people,” Mathieu said to his teammates.“So, us as a group, we have to be courageous. And it can’t be fake courage — this gotta be real. We cannot be scared of them. We gon’ walk in that (expletive) and it’s gonna be crazy. Who gon’ break first? Who gon’ break first?!”If you aren’t ready to sprint straight through a brick wall after hearing Mathieu’s speech to his team, I don’t know who you are.Peterson can’t help but smile and chuckle after Mathieu proclaims, “the jig is UP, and it’s our time! We done lost too much!”This makes it all the more evident how demoralizing of a loss Mathieu was late in the season, and it’s saying a lot to him as a leader that it might have had more of in impact on the team emotionally than on the field.Dwight Freeney’s veteran journey and skills in the kitchen
Carson PalmerQBHamstringLimitedLimitedFull—Tony JeffersonSIllness——DNPQuestionable James BradberryCBFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedFull— The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Daryl WorleyCBConcussionFullFullFullQuestionable Paul SoliaiDTFootFullFullFullQuestionable Robert McClainCBHamstringFullFullLimitedQuestionable Gabe MartinLBFootLimitedLimitedFull— John BrownWRHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Ed StinsonDTToeDNPDNPDNPOut Mike IupatiGAnkleLimitedFullFull— Marcus CooperCBFootLimitedLimitedFull— Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Patrick PetersonCBRibsDNPLimitedFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status Alex OkaforLBToeDNPDNPDNPOut Michael FloydWRHamstringDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Kony EalyDEIllness——DNPQuestionable Michael OherTConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut The Arizona Cardinals travel to face the Carolina Panthers in what is a big game between a pair of underachiving teams. The Cardinals (3-3-1) are coming off a hard-fought tie with the Seattle Seahwks, while the Panthers had last week off.Here is the official NFL injury report for Sunday’s game. Vernon ButlerDTAnkleLimitedDNPDNPOut Teddy WilliamsCBKnee—DNPIRInjured Reserve Jared VeldheerTFingerDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable 0 Comments Share PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Friday Status Designations:Out- Will not playDoubtful- Unlikely to playQuestionable- Uncertain if player will play Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Darren FellsTEAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
He was one of four Cardinals players listed questionable on Friday’s injury report. The other three: wide receiver John Brown (back), center A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) and tackle John Wetzel (back), are also good to go. Wetzel will start at right tackle.The Cardinals’ remaining inactives are linebacker Bryson Albright, running back Andre Ellington, safety Harlan Miller, defensive lineman Corey Peters, offensive lineman Max Tuerk and wide receiver Chad Williams.Peters (ankle) had already been ruled out.And with Ellington a healthy scratch, running back D.J. Foster is active for the first time as a Cardinals player.For the Texans, running back Alfred Blue (hamstring), linebacker Dylan Cole (hamstring), tackle Julien Davenport (shoulder), wide receiver Will Fuller (ribs) and center Greg Mancz (knee/chest) are out due to injury and among the listed inactives.The others not in uniform for Houston are quarterback Josh Johnson and defensive lineman Chunky Clements. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Only two quarterbacks will dress, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made clear earlier in the week. And apparently, Drew Stanton is healthy enough to be one of those two quarterbacks.Stanton will back up starter Blaine Gabbert here in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.Stanton was limited all week in practice with a sprained right knee, an injury he suffered late in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Top Stories The journey to next season had already been underway for running back David Johnson and pass rusher Markus Golden, who are both recovering from season-ending injuries.Johnson, who has already said he’s back at 100 percent from his wrist injury that kept him out nearly all season, was just happy to be back around the team and meet all the new faces.“It’s going to be a very important offseason for me,” he said.“I feel like they’re going to get an even better David Johnson from the 2016 season.”Golden, coming back from ACL tear he suffered in Week 4 of last season, was shown in his home and discussed his thought process driving to the facility.“This ride helps me out a lot too,” Golden said, who uses the drive as a time for reflection of where he’s come from.“When I usually drive, my mom or dad give me a call, sometimes both.”Funnily enough, Golden gets a call from his mom while being filmed and then has to let her go with his dad calling on the other line.Golden does not sound like a man with any doubt about how he will come back from the injury.“Really, I’m just gonna come back and do what I always do — be a playmaker,” he said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As the initial offseason program for the Arizona Cardinals got underway, “Cardinals Flight Plan” documented the start of the journey.That included some team bonding via playing paintball with one another, an event headed by pass rusher Chandler Jones.“I feel like events like this — it brings the team closer and once you have a team that’s close-bonded, you play better as a team,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The next episode will be coming on April 25, titled “D-Day”, the day before the NFL Draft begins. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A defensive offside penalty offset what would have been Bradford’s first completion, a three-yard pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.Related LinksCards QB Josh Rosen didn’t light up the stat sheet, but he showed promiseArizona Cardinals linebacker Jeremy Cash injures knee, carted off fieldCap Capi, defense helps lead Cardinals to win in first preseason gameCardinals rookie Chase Edmonds makes solid but short debutBoth of Bradford’s throws came out of the shotgun in the drive.The 5:41 drive by the Cardinals was started by a 38-yard punt return by rookie Christian Kirk. The Saguaro High School product tripped over himself, ending what could have been an even longer return — or perhaps a touchdown.Cardinals fans immediately got a look at David Johnson, returning from a wrist injury after missing 15 games last season.He quickly showed he was back in form.Both of Johnson’s rushes went for 14 yards, prompting Wilks to pull him and use Edmonds for the remainder of the drive.Edmonds rushed the ball five times for 11 yards and a score in which he fought through several tackles and extended for the early 7-0 lead. – / 44 Maybe the decision was to ensure health. Maybe the Cardinals wanted to see rookie quarterback Josh Rosen as much as possible.Or maybe head coach Steve Wilks was just satisfied with what he saw from Sam Bradford.Arizona’s starting quarterback only played one series in the first preseason game, completing the only pass he attempted for a modest six-yard gain. This completion helped set up a touchdown run from rookie running back Chase Edmonds. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona taking Murray first would be considered a reach. Even taking him at No. 33 if he fell would be a surprise considering the Cardinals already have Josh Rosen at quarterback.Because of Murray’s height and slight build, there is some apprehension from NFL evaluators about his long-term success in football. Nonetheless, he’s considered a talented thrower.ESPN’s Todd McShay, in the 2.0 version of his mock draft before Murray’s announcement, had the Oklahoma product going 13th overall to the Miami Dolphins. Murray was the second quarterback off the board following Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins; McShay has Haskins going No. 6 to the New York Giants. FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Hesiman Trophy after winning the award in New York. Murray’s locker remained empty on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the spring training clubhouse of the Oakland Athletics, who say they are uncertain when or if the Heisman Trophy winner will report to the baseball team he signed with last summer. Billy Beane, Oakland’s executive vice president of baseball operation, said talks are continuing with Murray, who may drop baseball to pursue an NFL career. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) Oakland A’s draft pick and Oklahoma QB prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday he will commit to a football career in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.The Heisman winner made the news public on Twitter.“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” his statement read. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 9 Comments Share pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019Murray has already begun training in preparation for April’s NFL Draft, his statement said.Related LinksCardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury talks about Murray comments, leaving USCESPN’s Schefter suggests Cardinals could draft QB Murray, trade RosenIf selected in the first 32 picks, Murray would become the first player taken in the first round of both the MLB and NFL drafts, according to NFL research.The 5-foot-10 Murray was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He initially planned on a baseball career, but a potential football career called after he threw for 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions as a junior this season at Oklahoma.The news of his commitment to the NFL could have implications for the Arizona Cardinals, who have the first and 33rd picks in the draft.Part of that is because they have been linked to Murray in the pre-draft process. But it could also involve Arizona if another team falls in love with the quarterback to the point where the Cardinals could get involved in a trade.In October, first-year Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested as Texas Tech’s head coach that he would take Murray first overall in the upcoming draft. Additionally, Murray began his college career at Texas A&M — there and in the past three years at Oklahoma he played in variations of the Air Raid offense run by Kingsbury. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
Grupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator with over 130 hotels, and private equity firm Bighorn Capital, Inc., have signed an agreement that will introduce its premier luxury boutique hotel brand, Live Aqua, to major U.S. cities.As part of the agreement, Bighorn Capital will invest $450 million to develop an initial five hotels, branded Live Aqua, in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Washington, D.C.Début Hotel Group, a Hampshire Hotels Management company will manage the Live Aqua U.S. hotels.The concept for Chicago, targeted for completion in 2017, is to build an 82-story high-rise in the West Loop area, and to dual-brand the development with the Live Aqua and Dream Hotels brands.“We are very excited to introduce the American consumer and international tourists to Live Aqua, our luxury brand with a unique Latin style known for warm, attentive service,” says Javier Barrera, Vice President of Posadas.This will be the first international expansion for Posadas. Live Aqua Hotels and Resorts was voted best resort in Mexico 2013 by Travel & Leisure, gained accolades in Conde Nast 2014 Hotlist, and won honours from Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.
Go back to the e-newsletterOpening today in the first arrondissement, Design Hotels‘ Le Roch Hotel & Spa will boast one of the best addresses in Paris, rubbing shoulders with the Place Vendôme, the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre. Conceived by the hit French interior designer Sarah Lavoine, the 37-room hideaway features a sunlit courtyard, a library, a destination restaurant and an exclusive spa.The Art of Living à la FrançaiseFresh from creating the timelessly elegant aesthetics of the celebrated Parisian haunt Victoria 1836, Lavoine has collaborated with award-winning architect Vincent Bastie to breathe new life into the 19th-century heritage structure that houses Le Roch. Informed by Lavoine’s signature design motifs of clean lines, noble materials and uncluttered spaces, the public areas and guest rooms promote a new art of living à la Française.The interiors of Le Roch are defined by a soft, pastel-hued palette of sage, chartreuse and milky green, and natural, authentic materials. Each of the 37 rooms and suites offers state-of-the-art amenities including flat-screen televisions, smart speaker systems and multi-service interactive tablets enabled with live chat with the hotel team.Each of the suites boasts a private hammam steam bath, complimented by a range of specially commissioned cosmetics by CODAGE, available exclusively at Le Roch Hotel & Spa. CODAGE Paris is a contemporary House of French Cosmetology founded by brother and sister team Julien and Amandine Azencott.The signature house treatment has been uniquely designed for Le Roch, boasting a 75-minute top-to-toe facial and body massage. For lasting effects, an ‘On the Road Again Prescription’ is included, consisting of a one-month supply from CODAGE’s ready-to-wear skin care line designed to battle jetlag and environmental changes caused by travel.Every element of the hotel has been conceptualised with understated elegance and tranquillity in mind, from the plush sofas nestled next to the fireplace in the lounge and library area to the sun-drenched courtyard garden. However, the rituals of relaxation find their zenith in the hotel’s fitness and spa area, which features a hammam and private pool.Considering the impeccable culinary heritage of Saint-Honoré, it comes as no surprise that Le Roch’s restaurant is a lesson in world-class gastronomy. With rising star Arnaud Faye at the helm, the menu strays from the traditional French gastronomic tradition to pay homage to the botanical, encompassing mostly vegetable dishes designed to be shared.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.The new service will begin from 30 October 2016 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in business and 90 in economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double-daily services to Rome and Milan.Etihad’s Venice flight will offer convenient travel times for guests travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. In addition, the new service will offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to the popular Australian routes of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world’s fifth most visited country – with over 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007 before Rome was added to the network in 2014, contributing to a strong trade relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Italy. Bilateral trade was valued at USD 6.14 billion in 2015 and the UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said, “Launching our service to Venice further supports a very popular passenger route between Italy, our Abu Dhabi hub and onwards throughout Etihad Airways’ growing network, as far afield as Australia. Together with our codeshare and equity partner Alitalia, we are also strengthening the significant trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.”Alitalia currently operates the Venice to Abu Dhabi route in codeshare with Etihad Airways and has decided to redeploy its aircraft on its international network from the 2016 winter schedule. Alitalia will codeshare on the new Etihad flight, maintaining access to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways’ global network for its Venice-based customers. Go back to the e-newsletter
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty in the northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.The contemporary tropical resort will combine comfort and style, with 33 Beach Villas and 72 Over Water Villas. While designed as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes offering a high degree of privacy, the resort will also feature an array of onsite recreational facilities to entertain a wide range of guests, from honeymooners to adventurous families.Located in one of the Maldives’ most idyllic atolls, the resort will be one of the few exclusive properties in the area to offer guests an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in spectacular scenery and untouched nature. Many of the surrounding islands are still uninhabited.“It’s no secret that the Maldives is a much sought after holiday destination that is still increasing in popularity and our spectacular resort represents a significant entry for Mövenpick into this world-renowned island hideaway,” said chief development officer and senior vice president Asia, Andrew Langdon. “We look forward to introducing guests at Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives to Mӧvenpick’s signature style, hospitality and service once it opens in 2018.”Rich in marine life and excellent diving opportunities, the waters surrounding the resort will play an integral role in its appeal through a variety of above and underwater experiences. The resort will feature a comprehensive dive centre, beach sports activity centre, exclusive guest-only superyacht, as well as a small scale marine research centre and private marina.The first Marine National Park (MNP) in the Maldives, which consists of a group of nine uninhabited islands commonly known as Edu Faru, is approximately 15 minutes from the resort via speedboat. The popular Christmas Tree Rock and Orimas Thila dive sites are also an easy boat ride away.Enticing wellness and recreational facilities will include a spa with 14 private treatment rooms. Other features include a tranquil yoga pavilion, a state of the art gym, water sports centre, volleyball and tennis courts. The resort will also have a business centre, library and retail boutique to further ensure guests enjoy a convenient and carefree stay.
Go back to the e-newsletterandBeyond prides itself on taking existing destinations and looking at them in a new light, or going off the beaten track in a new style. Guests of an intimate reception at Sydney’s revamped Palisades Hotel learned what form this fresh perspective would take in 2018, from the reopening of andBeyond Bateleur Camp in the Maasai Mara to the arrival of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Reserve.Just 10 or so press representatives mingled with andBeyond’s PR team and three members of the team who came to Sydney to share the latest from the company: Norman Harper, Australia & New Zealand Representative; Anubhav Sawhney, International Sales Manager – Asia; and Mark Wheeler, Regional Managing Director – East Africa, Asia and South America. Guests enjoyed stunning views of the harbour, fresh oysters and scallops, cheese boards to die for and flowing champagne while engaging in in-depth conversations about the destinations.Culture in IndiaThe Snow Leopard Expedition in the Himalayas announced in 2017 continue will return in 2018, inviting guests to discover the culture of India’s Ladakh region while tracking this elusive big cat.Eat Pray Love has inspired a collection of iconic destinations across India, including signature dining experiences, a visit to the ‘Golden Temple’ of Amritsar, and romance in Udaipur, all with a private guide.Off the beaten track in South AmericaExclusive small-group journeys invite guests to discover Chile and Argentina’s Wine Country with private lunches, exclusive events and off-roading opportunities with Land Rover Discovery.Relaunch of andBeyond Bateleur Camp, KenyaThe Maasai Mara camp is currently receiving a complete refurbishment and is planning to reopen on 8 March 2018. The tented suites will maintain their authentic, classic safari atmosphere, while boasting new additions including daybeds, lighter interiors and convenient butler hatches. A massage sala and fitness centre will be new additions along with a coffee and gin bar, Safari Shop and a spacious family suite.Two refurbishments in andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaFollowing a fire in December 2016, andBeyond Phinda Homestead is being rebuilt with plans to reopen on 1 September 2018. The exclusive-use villa is being reimagined as a contemporary bush home with quirky accents that hark back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm, alongside traditional motifs. The private home will also feature furniture that brings in hints of 1980s retro design, with minimalist, elegant bedrooms. The deck outside will boast an island bar to encourage family gatherings, while a decorative herb garden will be situated outside the kitchen. Reservations are now open.Phinda Vlei Lodge is also undergoing refurbishment, with interiors inspired by the elegant, turn-of- the-century plantation-style homestead of KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane and pineapple barons. A library will be added to the guest areas, and the dining deck will also be extended to allow for covered al fresco dining with views of the adjoining wetland. The lodge will reopen 1 June 2018.Opening of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge, South AfricaSituated in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this brand-new property will share the same traversing rights as andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Elegant interiors by Anatomy Design will call to mind the same authentic feel, translated into a more modern fashion. Boasting a name that means tranquil, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge will feature nine floating suites that will look out over the Sand river, plus a spa and gym area. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. The lodge is expected to open 1 December 2018.Bhutan: Watch this spaceGuests were tantalised with a teaser of a 20-hectare property in the Kingdom of Bhutan, coming soon. We are eagerly awaiting more details.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedBrits continue to book flights despite environmental concernsBrits are continuing to book flights despite having environmental concerns, new research has revealed.Holidaymakers book flights abroad to escape ‘dirty’ UK beachesMore people could be booking flights abroad this summer after a new surveyMore Brits booking flights to Hungary and IsraelGrowing numbers of holidaymakers are booking flights to Hungary and Israel to escape the eurozone More Europeans are booking flights to the UK, it has been revealed.The surprise results of a survey by UKinbound revealed a 1.2 percent increase in the number of foreign visitors in August compared to the same period last year, reports TravelMole.com.The findings suggest that people across Europe are still willing to fly despite a rise in the cost of fuel.Earlier this month Trip Adviser surveyed 4,000 people and found that 41 percent of worldwide travellers felt that rising fuel costs would affect their travel plans.In stark contrast, just 21 percent of Brits said that increased costs would reduce the number of flights they took.Commenting on the Trip Adviser survey, Stephen Dowd, UKinbound chief executive, said that there was little chance of UK citizens taking fewer trips abroad.”In order to mitigate the effects of the credit crunch and reduce the tourism deficit we need a real push to make the UK more attractive to overseas visitors,” he said.Iceland is proving a particular hotspot among British travellers, with Travel Weekly revealing that 20 percent more Brits visited the country in September compared to the same month last year, and Skyscanner revealing that flight searches to the Atlantic island have risen by 400% since the financial collapse commenced. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAfter a quiet introduction into the US market, Lanson, the world’s fourth-oldest French Champagne house, is gearing up to make a splash with their prized authentic Champagnes this year.Lanson was founded in 1760 in France’s legendary Champagne region. It has long been a top-selling brand around the world, and is one of the best-selling brands in the United Kingdom, the largest champagne market outside of France. Lanson’s finely crafted French Champagnes are now available to American consumers, offering the unique benefit of traditional Champagne production methods, where malolactic fermentation is suppressed, producing champagnes with exceptional purity of fruit and mouthwatering freshness.Lanson is introducing two varieties of its authentic French Champagne in major U.S. markets, including:Lanson Black Label: Lanson Black Label Brut is made predominately from the Pinot Noir varietal, with a fragrant and crisp nose and ripe fruit and delicate citrus on the palate. This bright, expressive wine is perfect for toasting or serving as an aperitif, and the elegant Black Label and distinctive bottle add flair to any feast.Lanson Brut Rose: Lanson Brut Rose is deliberately delicate with a pale salmon color married to aromas of roses and delicate red berries. On the palate, the first impression is tender, well-rounded and pure, opening to harmonious balance and good length on the finish.Also available in select markets are Lanson Ivory Label Demi Sec and Lanson Gold Label Brut 2002 (vintage).In addition to their significantly lower prices for Champagnes that compare favorably to the best known brands, what sets Lanson apart is its traditional non-malolactic fermentation. Before the 1950s, most top-quality French Champagnes were made this way, until several major houses shifted to the more expeditious malolactic fermentation, which saves aging time and gives the wine a completely different flavor profile. Non-malolactic fermentation results in a more fruit-driven wine, where purity of fruit and the mouthwatering experience makes for the perfect aperitif Champagne. Rather than accelerating the aging process, Lanson Champagnes are first aged slowly in chalk cellars and then, after they are bottled, non-vintage blends are cellared for no fewer than three years, while vintage blends age a minimum of five years. The longer aging process allows the champagne’s flavors to evolve more fully, resulting in elegant champagnes that retain a purity of fruit, have crisp, clean, fresh flavors and the ability to age gracefully. Lanson recently added disgorgement dates to their bottles to back up their commitment to quality and to help consumers understand more about the wine they are drinking.www.lanson.fr
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is delighted to announce the launch of its Most Stylish Presidential package. The package combines the exceptional comfort of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental with the unique opportunity to enjoy a shopping spree at two of the very finest luxury brands in the world.Guests booking the Presidential Suite package at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental can select an entire outfit with our compliments from Alfred Dunhill or Chloé.The Most Stylish Presidential Package includes:·Luxurious accommodation in the hotel’s Presidential Suite ·For each night of stay, guests can select from either Alfred Dunhill or Chloé an entire outfit up to a total value of HK $25,000 (approx. USD 3,225). Gentlemen can choose from the Alfred Dunhill collection, including a suit, shirt, tie and pair of shoes. Ladies can choose a pretty piece from the Chloé Ready-To-Wear collection or an iconic bag. ·Or, stay in an L900 Landmark Suite at the published rate of HK$9,300 (approx. USD 1,199) per night and enjoy a HK$2,500 (approx. USD 322) voucher for use at either Alfred Dunhill or Chloe for each night of stay.The Most Stylish Presidential package is on offer until December 31, 2009 and is subject to availability and 10 percent service charge. Terms and conditions apply; please contact The Landmark Mandarin Oriental for details. The above offer is valid only for shopping at designated Alfred Dunhill and Chloé flagship stores.www.mandarinoriental.com.
by Colleen Long, The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2017 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The lawyer for an actress who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape said Friday that she is frustrated prosecutors have not yet brought criminal charges.“Boardwalk Empire” actress Paz de la Huerta publicly accused the movie producer of raping her twice in 2010. She began speaking with police about the accusation in late October.Her lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, said that by now she expected the case would at least have gone before a grand jury, which would decide whether or not to indict Weinstein.“We are deeply concerned about the foot-dragging in convening the grand jury,” Goldberg said in an email.Weinstein’s attorneys have said he denies any claim of non-consensual sex, and that they would respond in any “appropriate legal forum, where necessary.” They had no comment on Friday.New York City authorities initially seemed poised to move quickly on the accusations. In late October, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said investigators found de la Huerta’s account believable.Since then, police and prosecutors have travelled to Paris to interview de la Huerta and have spoken to other witnesses multiple times, two law enforcement officials said. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Prosecutors have also met with Weinstein’s lawyers, Goldberg’s office said.A spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. she could not comment because of the ongoing investigation.The prosecutor’s office has investigated Weinstein before, only to eventually back off of filing a criminal charge. In 2015, police conducted a sting after an Italian model accused Weinstein of groping her, secretly recording Weinstein apologizing for this conduct.Vance ultimately decided there wasn’t enough proof and didn’t bring a case. Following criticism over the decision earlier this year, prosecutors said police arranged the sting without their knowledge and there were other proof issues, but police pushed back saying they’d presented enough evidence.Goldberg said she wonders why prosecutors are putting her client through so much scrutiny.“It exacts a huge emotional toll,” she said. “She has to rehash these memories and subject herself to exposure, and for what?”She added: “We’ve already said we’re prepared for whatever the trial may bring.”At least 75 women have come forward in the media to detail accounts of assault, harassment and inappropriate conduct by Weinstein. It’s not clear how many have gone to police.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they speak publicly, which de la Huerta has done. FILE – In this April 19, 2015 file photo, Paz de la Huerta attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of “Bare” at the SVA Theatre in New York. The lawyer for de la Huerta, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape said Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that she is frustrated prosecutors have not yet brought criminal charges. The “Boardwalk Empire” actress publicly accused the movie producer of raping her twice in 2010. She began speaking with police about the accusation in late October. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Lawyer frustrated by no grand jury yet in Weinstein case
Trevor Jimenez mines Canadian childhood with Oscar-nominated ‘Weekends’ A scene from the animated short film “Weekends,” is shown in a handout. Growing up as an only child with divorced parents, Trevor Jimenez spent weekdays with his mom in Hamilton and weekends with his dad in Toronto. His dad lived in a condominium near Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood and Jimenez remembers seeing the bright lights of the city zip by as they drove along the Gardiner Expressway to get there. Such elements are woven into Jimenez’s touching short animated film, “Weekends,” which is up for an Oscar on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Trevor Jimenez by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 10:42 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Growing up as an only child with divorced parents, Trevor Jimenez spent weekdays with his mom in Hamilton and weekends with his dad in Toronto.His mom was in a few car accidents during Jimenez’s childhood and his memories of that time are often laced with visuals of her with a neck brace on.His dad, meanwhile, lived in a condominium near Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood and Jimenez remembers seeing the bright lights of the city zip by as they drove along the Gardiner Expressway to get there.Such elements are woven into Jimenez’s touching short animated film, “Weekends,” which is up for an Oscar on Sunday in a category that also includes Vancouver-based couple David Fine and Alison Snowden for “Animal Behaviour,” and Toronto-raised Domee Shi for “Bao.”“There’s a lot I’ve taken from my childhood and my own experiences and put into the film,” Jimenez said in a phone interview. “So it’s loaded with that kind of sentiment for me.”Jimenez wrote and directed the 15-minute, 2D story, which follows a little boy who splits time between his mom’s house and his dad’s Toronto apartment in the 1980s.The film is free of dialogue, instead telling the story with music, ambient sound, dream-like moments and roughly styled classical animation.His mother’s place is quiet, littered with moving boxes and sparse on furniture at the start of the film, indicating the breakup is fresh and raw. She wears a neck brace and seems to be struggling emotionally. Later, a new man enters her life and the relationship is a volatile one.The neck brace was intended to indicate the car accidents his mother went through, but also “to visually show a fragility in her, to make you care, which is how I felt when I was a kid,” Jimenez, who works in the story department at Pixar, said from Berkeley, Calif.The boy’s experiences with his dad are markedly more vibrant. They drive into the city together with “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits blasting on the speakers, watch body-horror movies on TV while eating popcorn and Chinese takeout, and play with a samurai sword and his father’s antiques.“He’s really into history, just as the character in the film, and antiques in general, so I have memories of going to Harbourfront. He actually had samurai armour in the house and crazy paintings and furniture,” Jimenez said.He also recalls watching David Cronenberg and Akira Kurosawa movies with his dad. “Lots of films I probably shouldn’t have been watching, but it definitely influenced me in a big way.”Jimenez started making “Weekends” more than 10 years ago, after graduating from Ontario’s Sheridan College in 2007 and working with several big companies, including Disney Feature Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Blue Sky Studios.He funded it with a stipend from a Pixar co-op film program that supports independent filmmaking for employees, and in 2016, recruited Chris Sasaki to be the production designer.“Weekends” has already won prizes at various festivals and was nominated for an Annie Award for best animated short subject.When the Oscar nomination came in last month, Jimenez saw it on a live stream with his wife, with whom he was celebrating their wedding anniversary that same day.His mom was also present, on Skype, and cried when she heard her son’s name.“I think it’s a personal story for her too,” he said. “She had been a part of the film before it was created and I’ve shared every version of it with her just to make sure she was comfortable with it. “I think a lot of it is the proud mom but I think it’s a special feeling and moment with for her, too. It’s really nice to share it with her.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Ex-‘Idol’ contestant to live with parents before drug trial AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORFOLK, Va. — A former “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial.The Virginian-Pilot reports 32-year-old Antonella Barba will be released Thursday after she’s fitted with a monitor to ensure she follows curfew.Barba was indicted this month on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. Prosecutors say she was a courier for a drug ring.She was previously charged with shoplifting in New York and has a felony marijuana case pending in Kansas.Barba reached the top 16 on “American Idol” in 2007, the year Jordin Sparks won. She competed on “Fear Factor” in 2012.Her attorney, James Broccoletti, declined comment to the newspaper.___Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.comThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 7:59 am PDT
NEW YORK — Hannah Gadsby is following last year’s breakout Netflix stand-up special with a new U.S. tour that has stops in San Francisco and ends in New York this summer.The Australian comedian’s show “Douglas” had its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, in March and Gadsby will take it to America.The first stop is April 30 in San Francisco and last stop will be off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater from July 23-Aug. 17. In between, Gadsby will perform in Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles.The Australian standup was little known in America when her Netflix special “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” arrived in June, dissecting culture and the very art form she practices. She was heralded as a major new voice and her work was labeled “transformative” and “game changing.”Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2018 file photo, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Gadsby is following last year’s breakout Netflix stand-up special with a new U.S. tour that has stops in San Francisco and ends in New York this summer. The Australian comedian’s show “Douglas” had its world premiere in Melbourne in March and the first stop in the U.S. is April 30 in San Francisco and she will be finishing off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater from July 23-Aug. 17. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 12:32 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comedian Hannah Gadsby plots new US tour this spring, summer