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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “So we’re not you know like,’wow, that’s Peyton Manning’ or doing anything like that because we’re going in there wanting to win. We’re on a mission this year, just like they’re on a mission as well.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But when the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals face off with him and the 2-1 Broncos Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, none of that will matter.“He’s a great player, you’ve got to give him respect where respect is due,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “But at the end of the day we line up, we play the game, and you can’t go into it with so much respect that it becomes maybe a fearful factor, that it plays a point in your mindset. “We go out, we’re planning on dominating the game, playing physical, stopping the run, and we’re going to try to get pressure on him as well and shake him off his spots. When you move him off his spot he’s not as great as a guy as he is when he’s standing there, standing tall, stepping up and throwing it.”Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers, who played with Manning as a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010, has seen Manning’s greatness up close.“We’re not going up there saying, ‘wow, it’s Peyton Manning’; it’s nothing like that,” he said. “Don’t get it confused with that. But the guy has put in his work over his career and we respect what he’s done for the league and in the league, but at the end of the day he’s an opponent, he’s another player. He’s in the same fraternity as the rest of the guys in the locker room as far as a player. Top Stories Tempe, Ariz. — In his illustrious career, Peyton Manning has thrown for 65,778 yards and 499 touchdowns. He has completed 65.5 percent of his passes, and been to three Super Bowls — winning one. He’s been to 13 Pro Bowls and won multiple MVP awards.Last year, with the Denver Broncos, he set an NFL single-season record by throwing 55 touchdown passes. Peyton Manning is good. Damn good. A legend, in fact. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett announced his retirement Monday, but was enlisted for a new team on Wednesday afternoon.ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler penned a list of 2016’s all-retirement team, a 22-man roster of the best players to retire this season. Dockett made the list as a DT to go with Green Bay’s B.J. Raji.Dockett, who retired as a Cardinal this week, would split time with Jason Hatcher, who also put in 10 years on the defensive line. These two combined for 75 sacks.The three-time Pro Bowler amassed 40.5 sacks, all with Arizona, over his 10-year career. He made 156 career starts, 459 tackles and recovered 14 fumbles. In 2009, he had three sacks in the Super Bowl. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (90) motivates the fans during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Fowler gave Dockett the starting edge over Hatcher, who had 34.5 sacks and 251 tackles in 10 seasons with Dallas and Washington. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody adapts differently based on how active they are,” Geier said. “I think that’s been one of the challenges with (newly retired) NFL players is all of a sudden, they have this huge decrease in what they do. Even if they want to stay active, a lot of them, their bodies still hurt from their injuries in their career. They know they need to exercise more, but it’s hard. (They) try to cut back on their eating, but that’s become habitual, too, so it really becomes tricky.”Pollak said most guys who don’t lose a significant amount of weight in the first year never will.  “There’s not many resources post-football for the transitioning factor. There’s a lot of guys just relying on one another,” Pollak said. “The NFL and NFLPA (the league’s players association) want to say there’s all these different mechanisms in place, but they’re more superficial and aren’t really as beneficial when you start to talk to guys that are actually in places of need.”Like Pollak, many former players still talk among one other about this issue, and they talk to current players about post-football life. For them, it’s more of a means of accountability, not a way of measuring themselves against their peers. No longer are they in the league with external pressures to remain healthy; they have to rely on each other to be ready when the time comes to walk away. “It just becomes your culture. You don’t even think of it as abnormal because you’re around other offensive linemen,” Peters said. “If you’ve ever been to an offensive linemen dinner in the NFL, some of the stuff you’d just go, ‘Are you kidding me?’”The National Football League isn’t all glitz and glamor. Players live under rigorous daily routines, arriving at team facilities early in the morning for team meetings, film study, positional and team practice and drills, weight training, news-media obligations and therapeutic recovery or treatment of injuries. Finding a replacement to the arduous NFL routine can be tough after retirement.“It was harder for me that I anticipated because you’re used to weights (and) meetings. Every second of the day is planned out,” Pollak said. “I definitely took a more regimented approach to (drop weight). I was getting up early before my kids to go to the gym and maintain some of that (NFL) lifestyle. I’ve since, in the past 18 months, adjusted that to become a more normal lifestyle.”Having a plan to adjust to post-career life appears to be crucial to success for many players. Peters opened a mixed martial arts gym and got involved in jiu-jitsu and boxing. Pollak’s younger sister is a registered dietician who has worked with football players before. She helped him develop a strategy. When Westerman retires, he wants to get to 240 or 250 pounds and be “slimmer and more cut up” through bodybuilding or martial arts. Peters maxed out at 325 pounds during his playing days. Today, he hovers around 270 pounds. Ruegamer now weighs about 275.“These offensive and defensive linemen typically have body-mass indexes that exceed 30,” said Dr. David Geier, a board member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. “Essentially, many of them are what we consider obese, which is bad for your overall health for a lot of medical reasons.”It’s easy to look at a weight of 270 pounds and think, “These players haven’t really lost many pounds.” But many forget, these are massive, big-boned humans. The 50th percentile (average) height and weight of an offensive tackle is 6-foot-5, 314 pounds, according to data from The Scouting Academy. The average height for an American male, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is 5-foot-9. The average weight is 195.5 pounds.“My body structure, I don’t know if I can ever be below 245 and not look ill,” said Mike Pollak, who was drafted out of ASU in 2008 and had a six-year NFL career at center and guard. “Where I’m currently at I feel like I’m in a good place moving forward.”Pollak maxed at 310 pounds when playing, and he, too, is about 270 now. Top Stories Ruegamer said his NFL diet was “pretty much beer and pizza. … Working out a ton and eating a ton. Nutrition wasn’t really well understood or implemented.”There are many stories about team dinners where players order multiple steaks or rookies get stuck with expensive bills – largely due to alcohol – but NFL players eat like this regularly, just to maintain their playing weight. “As you’re playing, you’re eating a tremendous amount of food,” Peters said. “I can’t even imagine. I’d be a blimp today if I ate even close to what I ate when I played.“Your expenditure of calories is so high. You’re doing a ton of work, you’re lifting weights and you’re training like a professional athlete, but kind of part professional football player, part sumo wrestler.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling PHOENIX – Grey Ruegamer described himself as a “tall, skinny fat kid” his freshman year at Arizona State University. At 6-foot-4, the center weighed 245 pounds. But by the end of his senior season, the scale read close to 290. On NFL Draft day in 1999, however, Ruegamer learned those extra 45 pounds wouldn’t be enough. Miami Dolphins coach Jimmie Johnson made it clear what he wanted from his big men: “He asked me straight up on the phone during draft day,” said Ruegamer, who retired in 2009 after 10 years in the NFL. “He said, ‘Grey, do you think you can get to 320?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ” This is the chief reason that NFL players, linemen in particular, have gotten considerably larger over the decades. Generating force comes in two parts: acceleration and mass (essentially weight). An increase in weight allows the player to produce more force. The Washington Redskins’ fabled “Hogs” offensive line from 1982 weighed an average of 280.2 pounds. Last season, the average Washington lineman weighed 321.4 pounds. It’s a trend that’s held true across the league for the past four decades.The average weight of Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman starters has risen dramatically over the years, from 261.2 pounds in 1980 to 313.6 pounds in 2017 (according to data compiled from playing at this weight is necessary for many linemen, it’s not the healthiest lifestyle. Many of these players retire with the paramount goal of shedding some of that “offensive line weight.”“I don’t have to push around 300-pound defensive linemen anymore, and no one’s looking at my weight. So let me just do the right thing here and cut that back,” said Scott Peters, who played at Arizona State and in the NFL, including for the Cardinals, for eight years. “That was the number one thing I wanted to do when I retired from football, was just lose some weight.”center_img It’s an adage as old as football: The game is won or lost in the trenches. Even in the modern age of spread offenses and skyrocketing passing numbers, the ability to push an opponent off the ball always will be a huge benefit.However, this creates a fundamental problem. While the NFL wants players capable of winning in the trenches, it can cause players to live relatively unhealthy lifestyles, ballooning to sizes far above their body’s natural weight just to be able to win a one-on-one battle against the man lined up opposite of him. And it presents a challenge for many after football. Some follow strict diet and fitness plans to reach a healthy weight. Former Arizona Cardinals guard Alan Faneca, who weighed 320 pounds when he played, ran a marathon less than three years after retirement. But others battle lifelong health issues, including longtime Chicago Bears defensive lineman William Perry, who weighs more than 400 pounds, is battling diabetes and is confined to a wheelchair.Aside from sound footwork, quick hands, and leverage, the game in the trenches often comes down to a simple physics game – my force against yours. If a guard can generate more force than the man he is blocking, he’s going to win that battle and push the defender back. 7 Comments   Share   Some players quickly cut significant pounds after retiring. Faneca, a 13-year offensive lineman in the NFL, made headlines in 2014 by running his first marathon. Faneca dropped 70 pounds in his first three months after retirement and weighed 210 when he ran the marathon. Faneca, who played collegiately at Louisiana State, might be the rare player making headlines for shedding pounds, but he’s far from the only former player bent on trying.“When I finished,”  Peters said, “I was just thinking, ‘Man I need to lose some weight. It’s not necessary to be this big.’ I know a lot of former players who are out and about, and the guys that seem to do really well are the guys that lose weight.”A 1994 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that former NFL offensive and defensive linemen experience a 52 percent increased risk of dying from heart conditions compared with the general public. Some researchers disputed the findings, however. A 2009 study in “The Journal of the American Medical Association” found that “the NFL population, characterized by large size and intense physical activity, had a (cardiovascular disease) risk profile that was similar to the general population.” “The game will take something away from you,” Ruegamer said. “It always will. It’s not like you can expect to walk into football and expect to be 100-percent purely healthy coming out the other end, that’s just not what it is. “That being said, I would do it again. I would have no reservations about going back into it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Left: Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Alan Faneca weighed as much as 315 pounds when he played for the team. (Photo by Gene Lower/Getty Images)Right: Three years after retiring from the NFL Faneca dropped more than 100 pounds and finished a marathon in less than four hours. (Photo courtesy Liane Faneca) In 2014, a study in “The American Journal of Cardiology” found that “risk factors for cardiovascular mortality, including hypertension, sleep-disordered breathing and metabolic syndrome, are more prevalent in linemen than in non-linemen.”But extreme weight poses health threats beyond the cardiovascular system. Geier, with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, noted the risks to hips, knees and ankles. This often leads to arthritis symptoms, often emerging mid-career.“Typically, they want you as an O-lineman to be over 300 pounds, at least over 300 pounds,” said Christian Westerman, a former ASU guard who is entering his third NFL season with the Cincinnati Bengals. “Each guy is different; it’s kind of based on your body size. Let’s say a guy is 6-foot-8, he has a little more room to be, like, 325.”For a lot of players, maintaining that much weight is a significant challenge. The NFL life is taxing on your body. Morning workouts in the sun, followed by intense weight training, burns well more than 1,000 calories a day during the season. To gain weight, players have to eat more than they’re burning and metabolizing.“It’s not easy. Because of the workload and stuff, it’s not easy to gain weight,” Westerman said. Scott Peters weighing 310 during his playing days (left) compared to recently weighing 265 (right). (Photos courtesy of Scott Peters)Many teams hold regular, player-organized dinners for their offensive lines, with the bill going to each member on a rotating basis. Peters says these dinners include numerous appetizers for the table, and players order multiple entrees for themselves.last_img read more


first_img 9 Comments   Share   Comedian Frank Caliendo performs onstage during Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m looking at these stories, I text Steve, like, ‘Can you believe what’s happening here?’” Caliendo said. “It was kind of a lesson and I know Steve will never do me another favor — I wouldn’t if I were him. I mean, he’s been so good to me and a great friend … I’m even scared to ask for tickets now.”Here is the original appearance on The Dan Patrick Show that sparked all of it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’ve never been in that kind of social media fakeness.”Keim, who also joined Caliendo on Dan Patrick’s radio show, joked that it was “torture” and said he believed he actually did “three or four trades” with the Raiders and had to confirm with Oakland GM Mike Mayock that it was all a farce. Within context of the interview, it sounded like Keim was joking.But headlines took those comments seriously, charging Caliendo with actually, nearly duping the Cardinals GM. Just look at the headlines their duel appearance produced:Comedian Frank Caliendo tried to fool the Cardinals into trading first pick to the RaidersComedian Frank Caliendo nearly fooled Arizona Cardinals on draft day with Jon Gruden impressionFrank Caliendo Nearly Pranked Steve Keim Into Trading Him No. 1 Pick as Jon GrudenFrank Caliendo hilariously pranked GM Steve Keim into almost trading him No. 1 pick as Jon GrudenCaliendo, who lives in the Valley close to Cardinals headquarters, has known Keim for a while. He’s coached one of Keim’s sons in flag football and two of their children are friends.He doesn’t feel great about how some news entities took his ribbing and turned it into an indictment on the Cardinals GM. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comedian Frank Caliendo thought he was being a funny guy when he sent Cardinals general manager Steve Keim audio messages impersonating Raiders coach Jon Gruden and proposing a trade before the NFL Draft.It wasn’t so funny when the two publicly discussed their pre-draft joking around and the vicious news cycle churned the prank between friends into a lambasting of Keim.After Caliendo and Keim went on The Dan Patrick Show to joke about their friendly exchange, headlines posted to more than one website took things out of context. Some accused Keim of nearly being fooled by Caliendo’s Gruden impression, charging the GM with nearly believing a trade for the first overall pick for the fourth and 27th selections was truly on the table from Oakland. Others even suggested he should have been focusing on the actual draft, believing Keim was busy joking with Caliendo while on the clock.Related LinksFrank Caliendo sent Steve Keim fake trades via Jon Gruden impression“Steve always knows it’s me,” Caliendo said Tuesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf. “I sent him audio files. This is not during the draft. So Yahoo! takes the story and says that I’m doing this during the draft. It’s a complete lie. Fake news.“I’m like, no, this is 100 percent not — he knew it was me from the beginning. This is a joke. This is silly.”Caliendo also sent fake messages to some of his NFL reporter friends. He impersonated Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter as part of the practical joke.But like Keim, they knew it was him all along.“It was amazing to get caught up (in it),” Caliendo said. “It was a phony story. My dad’s texting me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘It’s not real!’ People are mad at me, like, ‘Grow up.’ It was known by all parties what was going on.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Le Méridien Hotels

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has launched Le Méridien Family, a new programme created in response to the growing global demand for family travel and the evolving needs of travellers with children. Taking place at Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa, the launch event celebrated ‘the Universal Language of Play’, a concept where playing serves as a vehicle to explore, learn, develop new skills, express ideas and build relationships with others, without borders or language barriers.“Le Méridien Family programme reinvents the kids’ club concept, reimagines family experiences and introduces more meaningful amenities through the lens of the Le Méridien brand,” said George Fleck, Vice President, Le Méridien and Westin Hotels & Resorts. “With multi-generational family travel on the rise, the initiative specifically caters to the way modern families travel – with any combination of parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents travelling with children of all ages.”The Le Méridien Family programme consists of the following elements:Next generation Kids’ ClubsLe Méridien Family Kids’ Clubs draw inspiration from each hotel’s destination, bringing in a layer of home-grown culture, games and toys as well as locally relevant fabrics and wall coverings that create a unique sense of place.Destination unlockedLe Méridien Family aims to ignite the imagination and unlock the destination, so that curious and creative travellers young and old can discover together. For example, Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Resort in Barcelona provides families of all ages with the opportunity to unlock the destination with bicycle tours, photography lessons and access to the brand’s exclusive UNLOCKArt art partners in the area. Many hotels, such as Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort and Le Méridien Monte Carlo, present experiences like pétanque and a coffee and cocoa workshop that playfully evoke the roots of the Parisian-born brand.Part playful, part educational collaborationsEarlier in the year, the brand announced a global partnership with the LEGO Group to offer a complimentary welcome amenity to children checking in to any of its more than 100 hotels and resorts worldwide.Le Méridien has also engaged Imagination Playground, created by David Rockwell in cooperation with KaBOOM!, whose goal is to develop playgrounds that allow children to create, inspire and imagine.Looking aheadIn addition to its inaugural launch at Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa, Le Méridien Family will be rolled out to 100 hotels and resorts globally.Additionally, Le Méridien plans to introduce new kids’ clubs in markets around the world, including the United States, Spain, Mauritius and Thailand, with more in the pipeline for 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Adventure World Travel

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAdventure World Travel has introduced sustainable travel wallets, with funding directly benefiting a women’s cooperative in India. Partnering with India’s Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti organisation, Adventure World Travel has commissioned the production of 40,000 premium travel wallets, which will employ 20 staff for an extended term.Through Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti, women of the local Purkal village have the opportunity to boost their economic status and position in the family through employment. Throughout the past 16 years, the organisation has grown to employ 169 artisan women, working on empowering them through the promotion of sustainable growth, zero hunger, health and well-being, decent wages and a responsible production and consumption mentality.Adventure World Travel is committed to responsible tourism, operating on the ideology of ‘leave no trace’ tourism, the partnership reflects the brand’s sustainable ethos of supporting local communities through this employment opportunity.The wallet orders will support training and skill development in design and production as well as regular employment to many local women in Purkal, located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The wallets are made from locally sourced materials and each item will also include details about Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti and the quality of handiwork that goes into creating each wallet the guest receives.Neil Rodgers, Managing Director of Adventure World Travel said the soft-adventure company has spent the past year collaborating with Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti to develop the wallets.“Adventure World is a full service business. We recruit specialists with a high level of product knowledge and expertise and I believe for our style of travel, advisors need to work with their clients all the way through and we need to support you. So what better way to do that than when we are at documentation stage.”“We’re proud as a company to be able to support a local organisation such as Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti, and we know our guests will appreciate the care that has gone into creating each travel wallet they receive. We’ve invested in enhancing our documentation to reflect our tailor-made touch, and to give agents something handcrafted they can present to their clients for that real ‘wow’ moment.”The blue-box also provides clients with a “Tiffany moment”, inside they will find a hand-stitched hessian document that includes a bookmark that describes the woman’s journey.The wallets are supplied to Adventure World Travel clients spending $10,000+ per booking. Customers can also forfeit the wallet in preference for e-docs, with the company to donate funds to One Tree Planted instead.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Passenger lounge opened by Emirates in Mum

first_img RelatedPassenger lounge opened by Emirates in MumbaiEmirates has opened its first dedicated passenger lounge in India at MumbaiFlights to Frankfurt to be increased by Etihad AirwaysEtihad Airways will increase its number of flights to Frankfurt from Abu Dhabi from ten to 13 a week next month.First A380 flight to Seoul touches downEmirates Airlines has launched its first A380 flight to Seoul after the plane touched down in the South Korean capital Emirates has introduced an additional daily flight to Kuala Lumpur from its Dubai base, taking the total number of weekly services to the Malaysian capital to 21.The extra service was launched in the wake of increased demand from passengers and Emirates’ commitment to serving the Malaysian market.Richard Jewsbury, the carrier’s senior vice president of commercial operations in the far east and Australasia, said the rise in demand had been from both business and leisure passengers.”We are now offering further access to numerous Emirates destinations around the world,” he explained.”The triple-daily flights will benefit our customers, stakeholders and our business while boosting Malaysian tourism, underscoring the country’s role in Emirates’ far east network.”Mr Jewsbury went on to say that the airline’s partnership with Malaysia began in 1996 with the launch of flights to Kuala Lumpur via Dhaka.Yesterday (February 1st), Emirates began twice-daily flights to Rome from the Dubai, with the 12 weekly service complimenting existing routes to Milan and Venice.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Go abroad Get paid

first_imgGo abroad. Get paid. 8. Sail awayDream of sailing into the sunset with the wind in your hair? Then crewing a yacht could be the job for you. OK – so it’s not all holiday – the work can be demanding at times, but in return you’ll get to laze on sunny decks, cruise turquoise seas and travel the world. According to there is a worldwide shortage of yachting crew, so if you’re a salty sea dog at heart and seek adventure on the high seas, this is the paycation for you!Earning Potential: depending on the crew, the role and the region, yacht crew make anything from $2000 to $15,000 a month.9. Tree plantingPrince George, in British Colombia, Canada is the ‘tree planters’ capital’ of the world, where forestry companies are in constant need of people to plant seedlings. The area has become somewhat of a stop off point for travelling vagabonds looking to earn big bucks in a shortish amount of time.You get paid per tree planted, so speed is of the essence here. It’s tough, physical work, and you’ll often be stationed in the middle of nowhere in a ‘bush camp’ for weeks, but once you get up to speed, the money can be good, and with little to spend it on, you can build your funds fast. You’ll need a visa to work in Canada – those under 35 can apply for one. See for more.Earning Potential: veteran tree planters can bag up to $300 or more a day (though $200 is a more realistic figure for newbies) but be warned, it’s tough out there!10. Just get a visa and go!If you’d rather not tie yourself down to any particular job, it’s possible to get working holiday visas for many countries of the world, including: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. These allow you access to the local job market where you can take on casual work or longer term employment, as long as you don’t overstay your visa limit. Favourite paycations include: grape picking, working in youth hostels or bar work.Earning Potential: depends on the country and job; anything from minimum wage to big bucks if you’re qualified in any particular field.Want more? Download or listen to our free podcast below to hear more ideas and personal experiences of working abroad: wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Sing for your supperCan you play guitar, the violin, or the bagpipes? Many a musical traveller has made ends meet while on the road, by entertaining passers-by. A few hours playing your favourite tunes during rush hour could earn you enough coins to keep you going, so why not play your way around the world? One busker funded his entire trip from busking; read how hereEarning Potential: it depends on where in the world you are, but Violinist David Juriz averaged £83 per day, although he managed to bag £2500 in less than an hour in London during his first performance.5. Work a ski seasonThere are many jobs available in ski resorts, most of which come with perks such as cheap or free accommodation, discounted food and that all important season lift pass. Jobs can vary from ski instructors (which will require an instruction certificate), to dish washers (which will require endurance) and everything in between.Each job has its pros and cons with regards to pay, perks and how much time you get to spend on the slopes. Those with a British passport can work anywhere in the EU, and it’s also possible to arrange work for ski resorts in Canada, the USA or Japan. Check to find jobs in ski resortsEarning Potential: from minimum wage for a dish washer, up to £50/hour or more for experienced guiding.6. Summer camp workerThe USA has a strong culture of summer camps where kids spend anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months, learning arts and crafts, developing sporting skills and taking part in new activities. Camps tend to have an outdoor emphasis with campers living communally in cabins and there are a number of different jobs available: activity leaders, who spend most of their time running popular activities; support staff, who help out behind the scenes in the office, the kitchen and the grounds, and camp counsellors who mentor the kids on a day to day basis. See Camp America for more informationEarning Potential: the pay is only really pocket money, ranging from $600-$1200 a month, depending on the role, but board and lodging are free.7. VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)This is an international development charity that recruits volunteers to work on projects in some of the poorest regions of the world. Volunteers come from range of backgrounds; there are positions for both young, unskilled people, as well as experienced professionals. You’ll get to put your skills to good use and work within a local community in return for a living allowance, accommodation, insurance, flights and training.A great choice for a longer term career break, gap year or a shorter term trip (assignments of 1-6 months are available) – if you really want to make a difference, VSO is an ideal way to do it. For more information see Potential: all expenses are taken care of, from flights, through to insurance and accommodation, and you’ll also get paid a local living allowance. A recent poll reported that two fifths of Brits plan not to take a summer holiday in a bid to save their bank balances. But there are ways of getting your travel fix, and earning your keep at the same time.Skyscanner introduces 10 holidays where you can make money, rather than just spend it.1. Travel writingNice work if you can get it, plenty of people are making money by writing about their travel adventures. If you’ve got a way with the written word and an interesting story to tell, try pitching your article ideas to relevant magazines or websites, or even starting your own travel blog, perhaps using Who knows, one day you might become a paid-up travel blogger!Earning Potential: from a few pounds up to £300 or more per article for top publications.2. Travel photographyYou’ll need to be pretty handy with a camera for this one, but if you know your ISO from your aperture, then you may be able to make a buck or two selling your snaps. Image banks like allow photographers to upload their pictures and then flog them to the rest of the world. If you’re good with video you could also set up your own YouTube channel and get paid for it – if you have enough of a following. Earning Potential: top photographers can make a living from stock photography, but you’ll need quality, and quantity to succeed.3. Teach English abroadNative speakers of English have long been able to earn their keep by teaching their mother tongue in foreign lands. Almost every non-English speaking country has options for such work, from Japan to Jordan. A TEFL qualification is normally required, although not always necessary; in some places native English ability and an enthusiastic attitude alone will suffice. See TEFL or JET.Earning Potential: Japan’s JET programme pays Y3,600,000 (£27,715) per year. It’s competitive and spaces are limited, but can be a very nice little earner. Related11 ways to work abroad: Skyscanner travel podcast #05From busking to ‘WWOOFing’, we explore 11 ways to make money abroad in the new edition of the cult Skyscanner travel podcast.10 ways to get the best deal on your travel moneyYou’ve saved money on flights and your hotel room – now get the most bang for your buck, Euro, or baht! Our guest financial expert Claire Connachan shares 10 insider tips on how you can get the best exchange rate on your travel money.10 best backpacking tips and tricksTen essential backpacking tips; from how to pack, to how to save cash on the road.last_img read more

Dreaming of your next adventure Fly away with som

first_imgDreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: RelatedFlying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…Family Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children.Baby on board: Airline luggage allowances and charges for flying with babiesBooking your first family holiday or planning your baby’s first flight? There’s a lot to consider and it can be quite stressful. Different carriers have different rules, and a lot can depend on your chosen route. Let us help you organise your trip and answer some important questions, including: -… 4. Present your child with presentsWrap up small toys that you can present to your child as a reward for being good every half hour or so. These don’t have to be expensive and can even be your child’s old forgotten about toys (yup, I’m Miss Thrifty too). Small soft animals are ideal, as are little wind-up toys that can travel across the fold down table – although there is always the possibility that they may end up ‘driving’ into nearby passengers or a passing steward. A good idea is to wrap up your various activities as presents, like snacks or stickers (see below).5. Download some kids’ games or appsBefore you board, download some kids’ games or kid-friendly apps to your smartphone or tablet (make sure to switch it to Airplane mode for the flight). Some good ones include Bubbles (where you simply have to pop bubbles with your finger, an endlessly fascinating pastime for toddlers), Toddler Cars (animations of all sorts of vehicles, complete with noises – make sure to bring headphones) and Peppa Pig Happy Mrs Chicken (chances are your child is obsessed with Peppa Pig, so anything starring the pink one will inspire awe, but this is actually a pretty good game).6. Get sticking with stickersStickers are great for keeping children entertained for a while – just give them an empty water bottle to decorate, or some scrap paper. Bear in mind that you will probably end up having to unpeel stickers from the back of the seat in front and from various parts of your child’s body, but it’s a small price to pay for keeping them quiet for 15 minutes.7. Take a pillowSmall children can sit on a pillow so they can see out of the window better, while older children may find sleeping more comfortable with a pillow. A blanket is also good as its familiarity will comfort your child as well keep them warm if it gets chilly on-board. Read our review of the best travel pillows on the market ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 8. Take some sweetsLanding can cause painful ears – babies are often given a bottle to encourage them to suck and therefore swallow. The same principle will work if you give your child a lollypop (ideally sugar free) for take-off and landing, which will also distract them from the potentially scary sensation. 10. Watch out of the ‘Aeroplane Police’!A clever trick is to warn young children of the “Aeroplane Police” who are looking out for badly behaved children as they are not allowed to fly. I am not suggesting you scare them out of their wits (and admittedly we never did explain what the Aeroplane Police actually do when they catch a naughty child) – however it proved hugely effective in stopping my toddler climbing over seats, playing with the fold down table, kicking the seat in front and all the other things that passengers around you really love.*Skyscanner does not condone the use of drugs – even when flying with small children! At holiday time, parents around the world worry about the ‘joys’ of flying with their young children. But fear not, owners of tantrum-prone toddlers! Skyscanner’s Mary ‘Mother of One Two’ Porter reveals her top tips for travelling with children…I make no bones about the fact that I have found flying with a toddler an absolute nightmare – in fact a recent flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh with my “darling” two year old proved to be possibly the worst 40 minutes of my motherhood experiences (and I’m including childbirth in that). He screamed for the entire journey, much to the obvious delight of the suited and booted businessmen sitting nearby. It was therefore with great trepidation that I organised a holiday to Portugal which would involve a three-hour flight each way with said “darling”.In order not to repeat the flying-with-toddler nightmare, I asked all my parent friends for their tips and advice – and low and behold we had a near perfect flight!So if you are planning to take your little darlings on a flight, here are my top 10 tips to ensure a stress free journey (without the use of drugs*).1. Invest in a TrunkiThey may appear a little overpriced, but Trunkis are a lifesaver for entertaining little ones when you’re in long queues, as your kid can happily propel him/herself around while sitting on top. Not only that, the strap allows you to pull your child around, saving their tired little legs if your walk to the departure gate is a long one. I’m just dreaming of a remote control version now! But in the meantime, a few cheaper forms of ride-on luggage are gradually trickling onto the market, like Skoot Kid’s and Kiddee Cases. Read our review of Trunkis, along with other great hand-luggage buys……or read more about the time we tested luggage to destruction (not Trunkis sadly, but there’s always next time). Get more top tips for family travel: listen or download our podcast How to Survive a Family Holiday……or read more tips and inspiration for family-friendly holidays:10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2015Save your money for spending with these 10 cheap flights to short-haul favourite destinations for fantastic, fun family holidays this summer.10 tips for holidays with teenagersTeenage trips: From hitting the dancefloor to hitting the bottle,10 sanity-saving tips for happy hols with terrible teen(s).Top 9 tips for a family holiday in VeniceFind out how to have family fun in The Floating City.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. British AirwaysThomson AirwaysQantas 9. Bring longer lasting foodsOffer foods that take longer to eat which will occupy your child for longer. A box of raisins is great because it contains natural sugars, while strawberries, grapes and cherry tomatoes are similarly healthy and fun to eat (although potentially messier than raisins). Sweets can be a great bribe (and I am all for bribes), but be warned: trying to contain a child in their seat once they have eaten an excessive amount of sugar can present a challenge. 2. Plan your flight in 15-minute slotsFor a three-hour journey you need around ten activities to keep young kids entertained (as the first and last 15 minutes you can occupy them by looking out the window for take-off and landing). CBeebies magazines, a favourite story book, drawing, Snap, and snacks are all good activities to keep them entertained. It’s unlikely you will need all ten (especially if you manage to get them to sleep) but better to have too many than too few.3. Get a portable DVD player or tabletWithout doubt the one thing all parents seem to agree on is investing in some sort of video tech to keep your kid occupied – either a portable DVD player or, increasingly, a tablet computer. DVD players are a bit bulkier and obviously require a set of DVDs to go with them, whereas tablets are much smaller but often have limited storage space for videos. You’ll also have to make sure to download all the videos you need before getting on board. Cartoons and movies can help to while away a sizeable chunk of the flight and allow parents some downtime too. Read our review of the best plane movies of all timelast_img read more

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first_imgImage: Ireland 20164. History through art and literatureWhere and when?March 3rd: National Museum of Ireland, DublinMay 12th-August 24th: Crawford Art Gallery, CorkFebruary 1st-September 30th: Deansgrange Cemetery, County DublinNever mind if sunshine seems scarce, there are plenty of new art, photography and literary exhibitions to explore on rainy days, starting this spring all over Ireland. One of the biggest will be in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, opening on March 3rd, which aims to examine the events, ideas and personalities of the 1916 Easter Rising. Over in Cork, check out contemporary art at the Crawford Art Gallery (dedicated exhibitions running from May to August) and see the events of 1916 from an entirely new perspective. If you’re flying over the sea sooner than the summer than there’s already plenty of personal histories to ponder over at Deansgrange Cemetery (south County Dublin), where historian Conor Dodd has collated a number of stories and experiences from local residents and relatives of those involved in the troubles at the turn of the twentieth century. Image: William Murphy, CC BY-SA 2.02. Family funWhere and when?March 15th: Proclamation Day flag raising across the countryApril 24th: Swords Castle, County DublinJune 12th: Street Feasts across the countryThe best time to visit Ireland with the kids to see some of this year’s independence celebrations has got to be April. The 24th has been designated ‘Family Day’ and one of the hottest tickets in town is to Swords Castle in County Dublin, where you and the family will be treated to re-enactments and live performances. Meanwhile, in Limerick, there are more re-enactments going on down at Glenquin Castle (Abbeyfeale). After an afternoon touring these historic castles, rest up in your very own castle, Adare Manor a five-star, neo-Gothic manor, and experience warm Irish hospitality for yourself. If you’re planning a trip in June and fancy hors d’oeuvres over history, then introduce the family to Irish culture through food at Street Feast, a series of family-friendly street parties across Ireland. Image: Peter Grogan / Tourism Ireland3. Celebrating Irish cultureWhere and when?March 9th: The Abbey Theatre, DublinMarch 28th: National Concert Hall, DublinVisiting Ireland in 2016 is as much about the country’s thriving culture as it is about its past. There are lots of showcase events taking place all year round, including dance festivals, plays and concerts, as well as seminars to promote and preserve the Irish Language. A production of Irish writer Sean O’Casey’s play The Plough and The Stars, the plot of which centres around the 1916 Easter Rising, will premier on March 9th at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin (tickets starting from €13). Meanwhile, the National Concert Hall will host seven concerts celebrating Ireland, called Imagining Home, starting on March 28th and will include international and local musicians. Tickets cost €22.50 – €39.50. Here’s a rundown of some of the best events taking place from March through to September and to help you choose which ones you’re interested in, we’ve handily fit them into five categories:1. Official ceremoniesWhere and when?March 27th: The Garden of Remembrance and O’Connell Street, DublinMarch 29th: Liberty Hall, DublinMay 9th: Castlelyons, County CorkIf you can only make one event marking 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising then make sure it’s the parade in The Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin city centre on Easter Sunday. The State ceremony is attended by the relatives of those killed during the uprising; the public can view it from the stands in O’Connell Street or on one of the many big screens erected around the capital. Easter Sunday will also see a ceremony take place outside the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, coupled with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence for Ireland. If you’re in town a few days later then head to Liberty Hall (March 29th) for another ceremony, this time to honour James Connolly (Irish republican and socialist) as well as the lives of Irish citizens lost during the battles.Many of the leaders of the 1916 Rising will be remembered in their home towns and ceremonies will be held throughout the country. In Castlelyons, County Cork, there will be service for Thomas Kent (a nationalist who was executed for taking part in the uprising) on May 9th. Not going to make it in time for any of the official ceremonies? If you’re heading to the south of Ireland this summer then you can still soak up some revolutionary history at the Michael Collins Centre in Clonakilty (open mid-June to mid-September, Monday-Saturday) – after a visit to the centre swing by Béal na mBláth, the site of Collins’ murder in 1922, which is close by. Need convincing some more that 2016 is the year to go to Ireland?10 secret islands in IrelandFrom angling and deep-sea fishing, to horse riding on deserted beaches or mountaineering along sheer cliffs; here’s the best of what’s on offer if you decide to venture offshore during your travels around Ireland.THE best beaches in Ireland (maybe)Thinking about a holiday in Ireland? While you might go for the live music, the seafood, or just a good ol’ pint of Guinness, you’ll want to stay for the rugged scenery and beautiful beaches – are you ready to discover some of the most unspoiled coastline in the world?Top 5 road trips in Ireland you’ve got to tryWhether you’re looking for big city lights or a bit of peace and quiet in the countryside, Ireland has it all. With good road conditions and some great deals on car hire, the best way to explore Ireland is to rent you own ride and hit the road.Still not convinced? Get a full year of travel inspiration here:center_img Image: Carso80, Thinkstock Editorial5. Celebrating the role of womenWhere and when?March 8th: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, DublinMarch 26th-27th: The Triskel Arts Centre, CorkMay 12th-14th: Sligo Field ClubOften left out from the annales of history, organisers of 2016’s remembrance events have worked hard to put women centre stage during celebrations. Many will focus on the 77 women who were held in Richmond Barracks after the Easter Rising. Kicking off on International Women’s Day (March 8th) Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham will host a concert from the RTE National Concert Orchestra, as well as a keynote speech from President Michael D.Higgins. On Easter weekend (March 26th and 27th), head to The Triskel Arts Centre in Cork to see visual artist Aideen Barry’s special exhibition, exploring women’s role in attaining Irish independence. Later in the year (May 12th-14th) the Sligo Field Club’s annual conference will be dedicated to recognising the contributions of leading female revolutionaries involved in the 1916 Rising, including Countess Markievicz.If you’re not planning on visiting Dublin in March or May then there are still plenty of other opportunities to learn about these unique women in history. Head to Kilmainham Gaol and experience first-hand the conditions prisoners and many Irish revolutionaries endured after fighting for Ireland’s independence – it’s also a popular filming location and you might recognise it if you’ve ever seen The Italian Job or Michael Collins. Looking for more ideas on what to see and do in Dublin? Check out our 24hr video guide. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 10 attractions in IrelandBeyond the usual clichés about Guinness drinking and the ‘craic’, the real Ireland is an impossibly green patchwork of countryside knitting together ancient historic sites, world-class museums and epic coastline. Here are ten attractions well worth hopping over the Irish Sea for. (And yes, there will be Guinness.)24 hours in Dublin: a video city guideVisiting Dublin but stuck for time? Fear not, Dublin city centre is so compact that it’s possible to see all the main sights and get in a few sneaky pints in less than 24 hours. Here’s our quick guide to spending a morning, afternoon and evening in Dublin’s fair city.10 best cheap hotels and hostels in DublinDublin can be an expensive city break destination, but it’s also a city with a fantastic range of high standard, low-cost budget accommodation. Here are the best cheap hotels and hostels if you’re heading to the Irish capital for a weekend away and you don’t want to blow the bank.last_img read more

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first_img© Yas IslandEvery successful holiday has to include at least one extravagant shopping trip. Yas Mall is the go-to shopping destination on Yas Island. Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping centre caters to every imaginable shopping desire. Not surprising, considering the mall has over 370 shops and 60 restaurants and cafés under one roof. Caught up in the spell of this shopping nirvana, your bags quickly fill up with exclusive designer wear, trendy fashion items, local crafts or elegant jewellery. As a bonus, if you spend more than 500 AED (about €120), you are again eligible to enter the Say Yas prize draw.5. Let’s go racing: Experience the Formula 1 action up close © Yas IslandUnlike anything else: Visit the world’s first Ferrari theme park and enjoy thrilling rides and other attractions where it’s all about those red luxury sports cars. While the youngsters go for their first podium points in the Junior Grand Prix, adrenaline junkies experience the rush of the Formula Rossa, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s most high-octane attraction. Even veteran thrill seekers will feel their pulse racing as they accelerate from 0 to 240 km/h in a staggering 4.9 seconds on the world’s fastest roller coaster. © Yas IslandFrom November 25th to 27th, Yas Island amps up the excitement for motor sport fans. It marks the 8th edition of the spectacular Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is held on the Yas Marina Circuit. But this amazing track is not just reserved for Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and others to show us what they are made of. The Yas Marina Circuit is open to anyone interested in burning some rubber with a few laps in a thoroughbred racing car. Feel the thrill as you zip around high-speed curves that you’ve only seen on TV – but this time you’re in the driving seat, and it’s for real.6. Luxury marina: Take a stroll along the Yas Marina © Yas IslandYas Island isn’t just a magnet for thrill seekers and fun lovers, but foodies too, proven by the culinary delights of the island’s 100+ exclusive restaurants. Cipriani, for example, is considered one of the world’s top restaurants to savour high-end Italian cuisine. Then there is Iris, boasting eclectic cuisine that draws on different international flavours. You won’t want to miss the stylish and beautifully appointed roof terrace, the go-to place for a chilled cocktail while taking in the view and the amazing sunset over Yas Island. If you prefer to enjoy dinner in a truly quirky atmosphere, the ROLLERCOASTERRESTAURANT® ROGO’S is the place for you: The food is delivered to your table by a clever conveyor belt system featuring tornado spirals and double loops.4. Deluxe shopping tour: Let’s go to the Yas Mall Content powered by Yas IslandWith special deals and incentives, there’s no better time to visit Yas Island: You might even go home as a millionaire!1. Red-hot action for both young and old: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi © Yas IslandCheck out state-of-the-art driving simulators and other rides, view historical exhibits and take in fantastic live shows – one thing is certain, you will never be bored at Ferrari World. With a bit of luck you might even leave Ferrari World with the sweet taste of victory: As part of the [Say Yas] ( campaign, all Ferrari World visitors have a chance at winning one million AED (around €244,000), a luxury Maserati and other fantastic prizes. To qualify for the prize draw, visitors need to spend at least 500 AED (around €120) at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and then hand in their receipt at the Yas Island tourist information counters.2. Stay cool at the mega water park: The Yas Waterworld © Yas IslandGiven all the amazing sights and activities to choose from on Yas Island, you can easily spend a few days on holiday here, which means you’ll be taking lots of pictures. Thanks to the Joy of Eid initiative, you can support a social welfare project with your photos. Something as simple as a selfie and a smile can help build schools for children in need in Pakistan and Mauritania. How does it work? Just post your holiday selfie taken on Yas Island on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #YasJoyofEid, or upload it directly to the initiative’s website at ( Each selfie posted will be matched with a symbolic brick to build the schools. So grab your mobile, smile, upload the photo and do your bit!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related5 Middle-Eastern alternatives to DubaiThinking of a trip to the Middle-East? Maybe Dubai? Why not have a look at these alternative Gulf locations.September weather watch: top 10 places to visit to make the summer lastThat’s it. Summer is gone. You’ve had your sun, now it’s back to school: nothing to see here, move along please. But wait! It doesn’t have to be this way! There are plenty of places where the sun still shines just as brightly – and what’s more, now that the…A year-round Greek island holiday guide – where to go and whenIn partnership with Visit Greece You might think of the Greek islands as a summer destination. But thanks to a mild climate, laid back lifestyle and natural wonders, it’s worth a visit no matter the month. You can find peace in a balmy January on an island near Athens, or… © Yas IslandThe action just keeps on coming when you visit the massive Yas Waterworld. Water is everything and everywhere in the UAE’s first water theme park, where you can find every water slide imaginable. Five of the rides are currently one-of-a-kind worldwide. This is the ultimate cool-down fun with something for everyone, from the ultra-modern Tornado slide for up to six people, the looping slide with a mid-air jump or the huge kids’ area for family fun. © Yas IslandEvening is the perfect time to visit the Yas Marina. A world of luxury unfolds along this exclusive stretch with 227 berths for yachts ranging from 8 to 150 metres in length. The nearby restaurants are buzzing with life as locals and tourists mingle, savouring a delicious dinner with the rows of luxury yachts making for an impressive backdrop. Other people are enjoying the pleasant temperature around sunset and ending their day with a walk or jog along the promenade. If you are keen on water sports, Yas Marina is a great place to take a wakeboard for a spin or head out on a sailing trip. 7. Lights, camera, selfie: Post your picture and help those in need © Yas IslandAnyone seeking more than slides can surf the waves or jump on the interactive roller coaster. While riding the exhilarating Bandit Bomber, you can hit targets with a water pistol and set off special effects. Love a good bargain or feeling lucky? This is for you: Buy three tickets for Yas Waterworld right now and get the fourth one free. Waterworld is also participating in the [Say Yas] ( campaign, where you could win one million AED (around €244,000) or other great prizes.3. Pure gourmet pleasure: The top restaurants on Yas Islandlast_img read more

Los Angeles California – Reported by Kelly Carter

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineDESERT BLISS Ever since going to Tucson to film the western The Quick and the Dead in the mid ‘90s, actress Sharon Stone has been fond of the desert city. “It’s been magical for me in my life,” she said. “I came here to make a movie that was very, very special to me. I fell in love with my horse that I bought and kept. I fell in love with a man here. I fell in love with the earth and the sky and the cactus here. And then I came back here (to Miraval Resort & Spa a few years ago) with friends and we had a very, very meaningful experience here. I keep coming back to Arizona.” And she returned again in May when she jetted in for the opening of Miraval’s new Life in Balance Spa with Clarins. She particularly loved the Naga, a new, Thai massage-like experience where the therapist suspends from silks anchored above. “Peter is just astonishing,” Stone gushed, referring to her therapist Peter Bird. “Plus, he’s hilarious. That experience of laughing out your stress was wonderful.” Stone also repeated the Climbing Wall, one of the many outdoor adventures and challenges Miraval offers. She loves all that Miraval has to offer—and that she can eat at the destination spa. “It’s not a luxury to me to have a massage and no food,” she said. “To me, a luxury is to have good, healthy food and healthy challenges that are mind-expanding…. This is the place that offers everything to the body, mind and spirit. It challenges the body, opens the mind and restores the spirit.”www.miravalresorts.comSALUD On her first vacation since giving birth to her son Oliver in June 2011 and wrapping her hit NBC show Chuck, actress Sarah Lancaster made a beeline to Mexico to celebrate Cinco de Mayo during a girlfriend’s getaway to the Presidential Suite at The St. Regis Punta Mita. Tequila flowed for the female quintet, which enjoyed “Mita Marys” in the morning, margaritas by the pool in the afternoon, Tequila Don Julio 70 on the rocks in the evening and a private tequila tasting poolside at their three-bedroom suite. When they weren’t toasting, they were being pampered at the 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa, where they loved the Puebla Hot Stones Massage. “I love staying at St. Regis resorts, and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort made me love them even more,” said Lancaster, who also dined at the hotel’s Sea Breeze and Carolina restaurants. “The location is stunning and the food is fabulous as you would expect, but the service is what really took it to the next level. The staff was absolutely fantastic. They made our vacation one we will not forget.” read more

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first_imgTulum, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWant to see an amazing sunset in a remote area of the globe? Tulum, Mexico was recently voted one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a sunset in the world along with Svalbard, Norway and Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tulum is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and is well-known for its rich archaeological and cultural history. Visitors can explore Mayan temples and shrines that have been preserved from ancient times.Serene landscapes and vast cliffs make Tulum a perfect location to indulge in a yoga retreat as well as a wide variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. Below the imposing cliffs travelers will find Tulum’s pristine beaches, open to the public and the perfect opportunity to explore the expansive Caribbean coastline. Tourists traveling from all over begin to adapt to the cycle of the sun in Tulum. They rise when the sun rises and sleep when the sun sets; a truly spiritual experience.www.mexicotoday.orglast_img read more

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first_imgSpike Lee, Godard films to compete at Netflix-free Cannes General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux, left and Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure deliver their speech during a press conference for the presentation of the 71st Cannes film festival, in Paris, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) by Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2018 7:28 am PDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PARIS – The director of the Cannes Film Festival called the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein “an earthquake” for the movie industry — but he said the quality of films, not gender quotas, remained the top factor in selecting this year’s lineup.Organizers on Thursday unveiled the 18 movies competing for the Palme d’Or prize next month, with a lineup that includes new movies by Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard.“The world is not the same anymore,” Thierry Fremaux told reporters, referring to the Weinstein scandal. “But the movies we selected have been chosen for their intrinsic qualities. There will never be a positive discrimination.”Although Fremaux said he recognized the importance of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, he said the selection process for the festival should not include gender quotas, and that all the female directors he has spoken with agreed with him.Only three female directors — Nadine Labaki, Alice Rohrwacher and Eva Husson — are on the list of 18 competing movies. Fremaux said a fourth female filmmaker could be added to the competition before the May 8-19 event starts on the French Riviera.“It’s true that they are very rare, but there are more and more female directors,” Fremaux said. “And I have to say that —Kathryn Bigelow aside — all the female directors who broke through over the last three decades came here to show their movies.”Fremaux added that his team will discuss their pay equality practices. He noted that more women than men already worked for the festival.While acknowledging that only one female director has won the festival’s top prize — Jane Campion for “The Piano” back in 1993 — Fremaux said two women, Cate Blanchett and Ursula Meier, will preside over the official competition and the Golden Camera juries this year.He said this year’s selection, which also includes Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski’s new film “Zimna Wojna” (Cold War), will help promote new faces.“There are some people one might not have expected to be there,” he said.Among those invited to compete are dissident Iranian film director Jafar Panahi for “Three Faces” and Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov.Panahi, who won the Golden Bear for best film in Berlin in 2015 but has been banned from leaving his country, was held in custody in 2010 for his criticism of Iran.Serebrennikov, who is now under house arrest in Russia, will compete with “Leto” (Summer), a movie depicting the life of a Soviet rock musician and the Leningrad underground music scene in the 1980’s.The competition at Cannes this year includes Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which will open in theatres on Aug. 10 — the one-year anniversary of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists marched and a protester was killed.The film is about the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer in Colorado who went undercover in 1978 to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. John David Washington plays Stallworth and Adam Driver plays his partner.Godard’s movie “Le Livre d’Image” (The Image Book) is described as a “revolutionary song in five chapters.”Fremaux also addressed the festival’s tense relationship with Netflix a day after Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, said the streaming giant was pulling its films from the French festival.Cannes had earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its top Palme d’Or competition, essentially ruling out Netflix movies. In France, films can’t be released on home entertainment platforms until 36 months after their theatrical release.“Despite appearances, we have a fruitful dialogue. Netflix is welcome in Cannes, let’s keep talking,” Fremaux said.The dispute, however, has prevented the restoration of Orson Welles’ unfinished movie “The Other Side of The Wind” from being included in the festival’s out-of-competition program this year.last_img read more

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first_imgMiranda, “Game of Thrones” #MeToo figure take Webby Awards by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 5:35 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Miranda won the Webby for public service and social activism for his work raising money for charities including Puerto Rico relief. The Webby Awards, which honor internet excellence, were announced Tuesday, April 24, and will be presented May 14 at a New York ceremony hosted by comedian Amber Ruffin. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Game of Thrones” and a key figure in the #MeToo movement are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards.Miranda won the Webby for public service and social activism for his work raising money for charities assisting Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Susan Fowler, the former Uber employee whose harassment revelations helped lead to the ouster of the company’s CEO and bolstered the #MeToo movement, was named Webbys person of the year.The awards, which honour internet excellence, were announced Tuesday and will be presented May 14 at a New York ceremony hosted by comedian Amber Ruffin.Winners from music include Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Lada Gaga.“Game of Thrones” won for best overall online presence, and the video game phenomenon Fortnite won for best multiplayer competitive game.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Newton tells jury he fired shot as burglars fled This undated photo provided by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows Weslie Hosea Martin, of Las Vegas. A jury in Las Vegas is due to hear longtime entertainer Wayne Newton and his wife describe encountering two burglars at their home a year ago, including one who attacked their dogs with a crowbar before escaping. A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, June 18, 2019, that Martin was one of those men, and later sold Newton valuables to a coin and jewelry store. Martin’s public defender tells the jury that little evidence ties Martin to the break-in the Newtons interrupted when they returned home.(Nevada Department of Corrections via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2019 5:32 pm PDT LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the trial of a 22-year-old Nevada prison inmate accused of burglarizing the home of Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and his family in June 2018 (all times local):5:15 p.m.Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and daughter encountered fleeing their home a year ago.The 77-year-old “Danke Shoen” singer testified Tuesday that he shot once into the air with a five-shot revolver he carries with him.Newton remembered his wife, Kathleen Newton, yelling for him to shoot as one of the fleeing men stopped to pick up a duffel bag he dropped while hitting a family dog with a tire iron.He said the men disappeared through a hedge toward a wall on his large property in Las Vegas.The testimony came during trial for 22-year-old Weslie Martin, who prosecutors say was one of the burglars.____12:05 p.m.A jury in Las Vegas is due to hear longtime entertainer Wayne Newton and his wife describe encountering two burglars at their home a year ago, including one who attacked their dogs with a crowbar before escaping over a wall.Prosecutor Jory Scarborough told jurors Tuesday that 22-year-old Weslie Hosea Martin was one of those burglars, and later sold Newton valuables to a coin and jewelry store.Scarborough says Martin also was responsible for a break-in two weeks earlier at the Newton home, and at a neighbouring property.Martin’s public defender, Will Ewing, told jurors that only a vague video security image ties Martin to the second break-in, which the Newtons interrupted when they returned home.Martin is facing 11 felonies and sentencing as a habitual criminal if he’s convicted.The Associated Presslast_img read more

December 7 2016The Arcosanti gallery is offering

first_imgDecember 7, 2016The Arcosanti gallery is offering a new set of  [5] limited edition [of 100 each] prints, numbered and autographed by Soleri in 2012, impeccably reproduced from Paolo Soleri’s original sketches depicting a variety of the Soleri GENESIS series drawn in the 1970’s.image: PSG-I – Black ink on 12″x12″ on acid-free 100# paper
– Limited edition of 100 each Although the images do not show it, but they are:
– individually numbered (from 1 to 100)
- autographed by Paolo Soleri in 2012
- embossed with Cosanti logoThe prints can be bought as a set or individually. They will also be available on our web-store soon.Cost of the individual prints is $75 plus shipping.Cost of the set of 5 prints is $300 plus shipping.image: PSG-IIimage: PSG-IIIimage: PSG-IVimage: PSG-Vlast_img read more

Remand extended for two in kidnap case

first_imgA Nicosia district court on Friday morning ordered the remand of two men for three more days in connection with the kidnapping of four-year-old girl Marie Eleni Grimsrud on April 27.The lead investigator for the case told the court that new evidence suggests that one of the men, a 44-year-old taxi driver arrested three days after the abduction, had not transported a man and a child from close to the scene of the kidnapping as he had previously claimed, but a blonde woman and a child. The man denies the new version of events. The other man, who is also 44, was arrested on the day of the kidnapping.The girl’s mother Eleni Ioannou, 48, says that two hooded men snatched Marie Eleni outside her kindergarten in Dasoupolis. A lawyer for the girl’s father Torkel Grimrud, 49, has released a statement from Norway disputing this story and saying that the father took the girl himself. Grimsrud has also sent an email to Ioannou telling her that their daughter is well and with him somewhere in Cyprus.Police believe the first man they arrested organised the kidnapping for a fee from the girl’s father. The taxi driver has told police that he picked up a foreign man, aged about 50, and a little girl aged four or five, and transported them to the Tseri area where they got into a car with tinted windows.He said the foreigner paid him €100 for the ride and that the child had slept in the car.Police think that at least five individuals may be involved in the case, and a 49-year-old Dutch woman has already been remanded in custody for eight days in connection with it.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Report describes litany of Turkish Cypriot property violations

first_imgThe acting head of the Turkish Cypriot properties administration service has described a nexus of corruption within the agency, where staff are said to have aided and abetted as well as covered up a host of irregularities over the years.In a lengthy report, the agency’s Makis Economides recounts numerous instances where employees and officers covered up, tolerated and concealed misdeeds.This included alerting violators – users of Turkish Cypriot properties in the south – of impending actions by the agency, allowing these people to cover their tracks.In some cases, according to Economides, agency staff obstructed or delayed implementation of decisions taken by the agency’s management. In others, they dragged their feet in taking the prescribed corrective measures.They also failed to report irregular activity by beneficiaries of Turkish Cypriot properties – such as sub-letting the properties, constructions lacking permits, and payments in arrears.This disregard for the law contributed to fostering a sense of impunity and to perpetuating the violations. The report, cited by daily Phileleftheros on Monday, does not make reference to the possible benefits reaped by agency staff as a result of their conduct. But recently, auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides revealed he was initiating a probe into whether former agency staff and their relatives were the beneficiaries of Turkish Cypriot properties.It’s understood the probe will scrutinize the period from 2000 to the present day, but could go as far back as 1991.Last week the auditor-general told MPs of three cases where Greek and Turkish Cypriot land had been exchanged and where the go-ahead had been given by female staff of the service whose husbands worked for companies that benefited from the transaction.Specifically, there were two cases of land exchange in the Limni area, Paphos, and one in Asomatos, Limassol.The police meanwhile, assisted by the interior ministry, are conducting their own investigation. According to reports, 23 cases are currently being looked at, 13 of which are in Paphos, eight in Larnaca (Mackenzie area), and two in the Nicosia district.Interior minister Constandinos Petrides said authorities have taken a series of measures, including repossessing premises, initiating legal proceedings, and sending cease-and-desist letters to violators.The apparent mismanagement of Turkish Cypriot properties re-emerged recently after Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos went public with the names of people and companies using such properties without being eligible.Following the 1974 Turkish invasion, properties abandoned by Turkish Cypriots in the south were, by law, put under the protection of the interior ministry, or the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties. Because of the need to house Greek Cypriots who were displaced from the north, it was decided to allocate such properties to them – usually for a token fee – on condition that the owners would not lose their rights.It has been reported that in cases where people were given the land, along with loans to build restaurants, they either failed to pay their loans, or sold the establishments, or sublet them for much higher fees.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police probe into prison attack reveals blunders Updated

first_imgPolice said on Thursday they completed an administrative probe into how an inmate at Nicosia’s central prisons was deported despite facing charges of assaulting a prison guard – but questions mounted over the convoluted affair after reports that the man in question was also a suspect in a drugs-related case.On Wednesday, Akel MP Irini Charalambidou posted on Youtube a video – footage from the central prisons – showing two inmates beating up a prison guard.The incident took place on September 14, 2016.The key question is why one of the inmates – the one seen punching the guard in the face – was deported following his release from prison, rather than being detained, as at the time he was under investigation for the assault.Speaking to reporters, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said an administrative probe has already determined a lack of coordination between the police and the prisons department.“The investigation appears to give rise to certain issues, that is to say, certain responsibilities over the handling of the matter.”The probe’s findings will be further studied to determine what steps will be taken, Angelides said, without elaborating.The guard in question filed a complaint with CID. According to Akel’s Charalambidou, the man sustained serious injuries to the face requiring extensive surgery, which the state refused to pay for.According to Reporter, an online news outlet, following his release from jail the inmate who caused the injuries was visited by immigration officers as part of the routine process to assess whether a felon should be deported.However, due to a foul-up, authorities did not realize at the time that this was the same person implicated in the assault.What’s more, Reporter revealed that at some time during 2016 the Drug Squad had recommended that the same man be charged for a serious drugs-related case.A blunder appears to be the quasi-official explanation.It’s understood that a criminal case was initially filed against both inmates regarding the assault.But after the inmate who allegedly punched the guard was deported, there is currently only one defendant.By coincidence, the trial of the other inmate accused of assaulting the prison guard got underway on Thursday, but the first hearing was postponed until March 16 next year. The man is serving a life sentence.The Cyprus Mail has learned that the criminal case was filed by CID following a complaint lodged by the prison guard in question.The complaint was not filed by the Prisons Department, as might have been expected.Because of this, sources tell the Mail, the subsequent criminal investigation into the assault did not involve taking depositions from Prisons Department staff, but was limited to questioning only the involved parties – the two inmates and the prison guard.Asked about this, the police spokesman told the Mail that, to his knowledge, CID had in fact visited the central prisons and taken depositions there.The spokesman said the inmate was deported on December 1, 2016 – but could not recall the precise date of the man’s release from prison.The man had done time for illegal possession of a firearm.The Mail’s sources stressed that the key issue is why, on the day, the guard was left to escort a group of about a dozen inmates from one section of the prison to another without any backup, pointing to lax security protocols.The sources suggested the Prisons Department had tried to sweep the affair under the rug, because the prison guard was seeking compensation from his employer for facial surgery and medical treatment costing tens of thousands of euros.The guard appeared before at least two medical panels, but he was denied compensation from his employer.Approving compensation would have been tantamount to the Prisons Department acknowledging that the guard was on duty when the incident occurred, the sources said.In another twist, the police have meantime launched a criminal investigation into how the contentious footage was leaked.Prisons director Anna Aristotelous said CCTV footage from the prisons is classified material and that publicizing it constitutes a criminal offence.She moreover censured Charalambidou for potentially endangering security by releasing a video that reveals the layout of the prisons.Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou said the Akel MP could be criminally liable for her action.This was because leaking the video could pervert the course of justice, he said, referring to the ongoing criminal case against the one inmate.But he stopped short of calling for the lifting of Charalambidou’s parliamentary immunity, saying this was up to the attorney-general.“Publicizing such material cannot be considered an act of transparency. Everyone, especially MPs, should abide by the law and display the required respect toward institutions.”The two inmates have not been named – but Sigmalive identified them as two men who were implicated in the gunning down of five people in Ayia Napa in the summer of 2012.The man who was deported is said to be Georgios Demetriou, a Greek national of Albanian extraction, who had been arrested in connection with the Ayia Napa murders. He was later acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to commit murder, and found guilty only for illegally possessing and carrying a firearm.According to Sigmalive, Demetriou had threatened to harm the police officers who were investigating the assault on the prison guard.The other inmate is Demetris Mamalikopoulos, also a Greek national, who was sentenced to life in jail after being found guilty of the June 2012 murders in Ayia Napa.Four of the victims in that crime were working for local businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis, who Famagusta police believed was the real target.Four years later, on June 23, 2016, Kalopsidiotis was shot dead while having dinner at an Ayia Napa restaurant.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more