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first_imgappointmentsAPTMSColorado Tourism APTMS – Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services – has been selected by The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) to guide an Australia-based marketing initiative aimed at promoting Colorado to Australia’s media, travel trade and consumers – CTO’s first in-market reps in Australia.Australia has been Colorado’s second-largest market for overseas travel since 2011 and, despite no direct flights between Australia and Colorado, approximately 48,400 Australians visited the state in 2016, compared with 64,900 from the UK, the CTO’s top overseas market, and 36,100 from Germany, which ranks third.“Australia has been one of our fastest growing markets since 2009, and with Australians’ interest in taking long, leisurely vacations in the U.S., it’s one of our highest-quality markets as well,” said CTO Director Cathy Ritter. “Australian travellers have long been fans of Colorado’s famed ski slopes, and our research is showing that even larger numbers are interested in experiencing our mountains, beautiful landscapes, unique wildlife and western history.”APTMS was chosen in a competitive process from a field of five bidders evaluated by a panel that included representation from the CTO, as well as from destinations and attractions that target international travellers. APTMS begins its work for CTO effective this week, in time to represent Colorado destinations at the U.S. Travel Association’s upcoming 2018 IPW tradeshow, to be held in Denver, Colorado, from 19-23 May. “We are honored and delighted to announce our partnership with the CTO,” said Kylee Kay, Managing Director of APTMS. “With continued demand for travel to the United States and consistent data revealing Australia’s increasing desire to seek multi-state itineraries, we can see great opportunity to showcase the diversity of Colorado to new and repeat travellers. “We aim to capture Australian travellers’ imaginations and inspire them to visit Colorado’s fine national parks and monuments as well as city stops with world class culinary experiences, and experience the welcome and friendliness renowned to Coloradoans [and] look forward to establishing Colorado as a ‘must add’ for all Australian travellers to the USA.”last_img read more

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On Thursday head coach Ken Whisenhunt commented o

first_imgOn Thursday, head coach Ken Whisenhunt commented on thedevelopment of young outside linebackers Sam Acho andO’Brien Schofield. “They’re getting more comfortable with the defense andthey’re getting more opportunities to play,” Whisenhuntsaid. “Had we had a normal off-season this process wouldhave started earlier, because we would have those extrapractices, but it really comes to down to trying to limitmistakes. These guys are doing a better job of not makingmistakes in practice.”Whisenhunt also talked about using Stewart Bradley, whosigned as a free agent with the Cardinals in July afterplaying middle linebacker in Philadelphia’s 4-3 alignmentfor four years, as more of an outside rusher.“We knew that he could do that, but he still has a lot ofthings to learn as an outside rusher,” Whisenhunt said.“He definitely has talent, but once again with him,learning to play our defense was a steep learning curvefor him.“He’s a lot more comfortable now, you can see him startingto play with that speed that you saw when we were lookingat him as a free agent, and that’s good. We need that.” The Arizona Cardinals’ defensive depth chart features oneof the oldest linebacking units in the league.Starters Joey Porter, Clark Haggans and Paris Lenon areall 34 years of age.Lenon leads the team with 38 total tackles, but Porter andHaggans, who are called upon to provide a pass rush in RayHorton’s 3-4 defensive scheme, have combined for 2quarterback sacks in the Cardinals’ first six games. Thatlack of production, plus age and the team’s 1-5 startmight mean more playing time for some of the youngerlinebackers on the Arizona roster. Comments   Share   Meanwhile, Porter, who has started all six contests, satout practice for the second straight day with a kneeinjury, so there may be even more opportunity for Bradley,Acho and Schofield on Sunday in Baltimore. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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According to their metrics Arizona is leaguewors

first_imgAccording to their metrics, Arizona is league-worst in both run and pass blocking, and 21st in penalties.Yep things haven’t got much better for the Cardinals who by some distance still have the worst offensive line in the league. Nate Potter got some action and it’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of him as D’Anthony Batiste is still our worst ranked tackle in the league by some distance. How this line remains such a mess is in excusable. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   The Cardinals, who were off this week, may be making a change at left tackle by replacing Batiste with Potter. However, it remains to be seen if that will be enough to fix what has become arguably the least-effective unit in the entire NFL. No one has to tell you the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line has struggled this season.You have eyes, after all.Still, to see it so officially, so statistically true is a bit disturbing, but that’s exactly what ProFootballFocus.com has done.The site produced its “Offensive Line Rankings: Week 10 Update” story, and it should come as no surprise that the Cardinals rank 32nd out of 32 teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s group has held elite NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan to sub-par efforts, which is something Cutler has certainly taken notice of.“Really good, really good,” he said when asked what he’s seen of Arizona. “Watching them on film, they throw a lot of different looks at you, they’re not afraid to blitz you.”Cutler praised the Cardinals’ secondary, linebackers and front four — really the entire defense.“So it’s challenging, they’re really good on third down and in the red zone and they force turnovers,” he said. “All the things you want out of a defense.”Cutler comes into the game completing 60-percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He’s been hit a lot, though, and fumbled the ball seven times. His top target is the six-foot-four Brandon Marshall, who has already caught 107 passes for 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns. Marshall will be working against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is quickly gaining a reputation for being able to shut down the NFL’s top wideouts. He helped to hold Lions star Calvin Johnson to a 10-catch, 121-yard effort in a 38-10 Arizona win last Sunday. Peterson has intercepted seven passes this season, and has picked off one in each of the last four games.“Good player, physical, really good ball skills, runs well, breaks on the ball well, tackles well,” Cutler said of Peterson. “Brandon’s had some big matchups this year, and this is going to be another big one for him.”Perhaps Cutler’s coach put it best when he talked about Peterson’s combination of size and speed to go along with quickness and a willingness to tackle.“There’s not much he can’t do,” he said. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Opponents tend to focus on one thing when it comes to the 2012 Arizona Cardinals.The defense.In preparing for their Sunday matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, both Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler have taken note of what the Cardinals do to stop opponents.“Aggressive bunch that has good stats to back them up,” Smith said of the Cardinals.Arizona ranks 11th in total defense, but fourth in passing yards allowed. The Cardinals’ 36 sacks are tied for seventh in football, and their 22 interceptions are tops in the league. last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Before the year is complete, Johnson will likely put his name atop two more single-season franchise marks: most touchdowns (he’s two behind John David Crow, who had 17 in 1962) and most rushing touchdowns (Crow, in 1962, finished with 14, three more than Johnson at the moment).And this week in Miami, Johnson can extend his franchise record of 100-plus yards from scrimmage to 13 consecutive games, which would match Edgerrin James (2005 with the Colts) for the longest such streak in league history to open a season.All of the above, of course, is nice, but you won’t hear or see Johnson reveling in any of those numbers. There’s still much work to be done.“I’m so focused on the next game coming up, so focused on my responsibilities and my job that I don’t want to have any MEs (mental errors) and I want to do as much as I can for the team,” he said.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Fantasy football owners are also happy to hear how well Johnson is performing.“I tell him all the time, ‘I appreciate you. You’re doing a good job for me. I’m going to win another championship thanks to you,’” said defensive tackle Calais Campbell, who has Johnson on three of his four fantasy football teams.Johnson has heard that quite often this season. The subject even came up during his Tuesday appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”In two year’s time, Johnson is rewriting the Cardinals’ record book.With his two scores against Washington, Johnson now has 28 career touchdowns in 28 games, adding to his franchise record for a player in his first two seasons. And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 10 players in NFL history had more touchdowns in their first 28 career games than Johnson. Of those 10 players, five are in the Hall of Fame.“The biggest thing is it’s just a great honor just to be talked amongst those guys, compared to those guys,” Johnson said. “I always think about everything that I went through. That’s what I always think about is, man, think of where I was growing up and then think of where I was even college and having to work so hard to get to this spot. I’m so proud, and I’m so gracious of everyone who’s helped me get here.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling *an NFL-leading 1,709 scrimmage yards and 15 total touchdowns*the third-most rushing yards (1,005) and rushing touchdowns (11)*ranks No. 1 among running backs in receptions (64) and receiving yards (704) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (4)Plus, Johnson, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, is close to joining one of the most exclusive clubs in the NFL: 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Only Roger Craig (1985 with the 49ers) and Marshall Faulk (1999 with the Rams) have accomplished that feat in league history. All Johnson needs to do to gain entry is average 74 receiving yards over the Cardinals’ final four games.“He should be in the mention for MVP of the league, but our record isn’t going to put him in that conversation,” head coach Bruce Arians said, pointing to the team’s 5-6-1 mark.Added quarterback Carson Palmer, “I think he is, if not the best, one of the best couple of players at any position. There is no doubt he should be in the MVP talks, in my biased opinion. What he does in the passing game, what he does in the run game, what he does to defensive coordinators and opposing defenses late on Monday night, Tuesday, Wednesday and through the week, trying to prepare and figure out where he is going to be and how to stop him is invaluable for us.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Team over individual, that’s how it’s always been for David Johnson.Ask the Arizona Cardinals’ second-year running back about the latter and the conversation, almost immediately, turns to the former.In other words, Johnson is more concerned about the numbers listed in the win-loss column rather than those listed next to his name.And that’s the way it should be, for every athlete, but come on now, just look at what he’s done through the season’s first 12 games: 5 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Yes, it’s hard to put into words what Johnson has meant to the Cardinals in 2016, but let’s give it a try.A deeper look at Johnson’s numbers reveal the following:He’s rushed for more yards than four teams: the Lions, Giants, Rams and Vikings.“That’s funny. I did not know that,” Johnson said Thursday. “That’s a good stat. It’s just a testament, really, to everyone that’s continuing to block for me. I know I could not be here without my (offensive) line, the receivers, the tight ends; I could not be where I’m at in the stat book or anything like that without those guys.”His total receiving yards would make him the leading receiver on eight different teams: the Bears, Bills, Cowboys, Eagles, Jaguars, Texans, Titans and 49ers; and second-leading receiver for 16 others, not including the Cardinals.“That’s another good stat,” Johnson said. “That’s good to hear just because, this is my second year. I’m still learning, I still have a lot of growing to do, a lot of improving to do and just to hear that — especially since I want to excel at becoming a receiver out of the backfield, a running back who can also can catch. A dual-threat running back. That’s one of my most proud things that I’m able to stay on the field and I’m able be another outlet for Carson as a receiver, so that’s good to hear.”last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling How does Adrian Peterson look for Sunday?“He’s one of the questionable guys. But, he’s played long enough he doesn’t need to practice so.”Do you feel confident about Kerwynn Williams being available?“Yeah. He practiced all week, full. He’s tough, he’s tough as nails.”What it means to be a good team for a second straight week?“Get us to .500 (laughs). It’s .500 and a lot of positive vibes going down the stretch.”The team announced a contract extension for Peters. What has he meant for this team?“We really miss him right now. He’s been outstanding for us. A great leader and heck of a player. We’re really happy about it.”How impressive is it that he’s twice battled back from injuring his Achilles and still been an effective player?“That’s amazing. Sports science is amazing. Doctors what they can do. It’s a testament to his grit, to go through that rehab and come back and play at such a high level.”Why weren’t you guys able to run the football in the first meeting against the Rams?“Got away from it because the way the half ended. We had some success in five-wides in that one stretch in the first quarter, second quarter. But, it was more of one guy getting beat all along the line. Four of five guys have their guy blocked and that one guy made the tackle. We got to do a better job of finishing those blocks.” Do you feel confident your team is better able to overcome adversity?“I would hope, just the way we finished last week. We’re so young, they don’t know any better.”What have you seen out of Tyrann Mathieu the last month that you didn’t see the first two months of the season?“He’s practicing extremely well. He did then, too. But, he’s taking more chances and trying to be himself again.”Defensive coordinator James Bettcher mentioned Josh Bynes didn’t receive any physical reps last week in many of the sub-packages and then went out and played very well, filling in for Bucannon. What’s the degree of difficulty in that?“It’s crazy. That’s a guy that when you turn on his iPad, how many minutes have been watched. He’s one of the leaders on the team. He prepared like he was a starter and that’s what you ask your backups to do.”Do you seen an opportunity for D.J. Foster to receive some carries out of the backfield rather than just being apart of the passing game?“Oh yeah. It could easily fall into his lap quickly.”How often do you track how many minutes players use their iPad?“Every week.” 2 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo) TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Out for the game, John Brown, Deone Bucannon, Rudy Ford and Corey Peters. A couple of guys will be gametime decisions, and we’ll see at the stadium when we get there. But, it’s been a good week of practice and looking forward to the challenge.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Koh Samuis boutique

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Koh Samui’s boutique private villa estate, Samujana, is introducing unique week-long wellness packages which enable guests to achieve peak fitness and relaxation, by combining the practice of yoga with the high intensity workout and endurance training of Thai Kickboxing.The first two retreats will take place in February and May in conjunction with Yogarden, Koh Samui’s leading yoga sanctuary and Andi Jones, Samujana’s very own champion Muay Thai boxer. With a high level of one-to-one expert coaching each day, guests can enjoy a comprehensive, holistic program in the comfort and privacy of their own villa, set against the stunning panoramic sea view backdrop.Guests will also follow nutritional meal plans which consist of fresh and natural locally sourced ingredients.The training sessions are complemented with an immersion into the best experiences Koh Samui has to offer, from island tours and a spa afternoon at the Six Senses to local market visits and luxury yacht charters.Optional extras are available to guests who want to enhance their wellness experience, from detox juice cleanses courtesy of Samujana’s exclusive partnership with Amrita Wellness Retreats, to golf sessions at Sanitiburi Country Club and Private Reiki Healing courses.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter This month Small Luxur

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis month Small Luxury Hotels of the World has welcomed three new boutique properties to their luxury collection. With a contemporary Madrid city-centre gem, laid-back luxury vibes in a Caribbean escape and a lavish retreat in the heart of the capital of Laos, there is something to please all independently minded travellers at SLH.French Coco: Tartane, MartiniqueRooms from EUR 300 per night based on two sharingThis brand-new all-suite hotel, opening in July 2016, is the first SLH hotel in Martinique and offers guests a relaxed yet luxurious Creole experience. Located on the north east coast of the island, French Coco sits in the lush grounds of the Caravelle Peninsula nature reserve, a marvellously unspoiled, protected haven, famed for its tropical flora and wildlife. The 17 elegant suites are decorated in raw and natural materials, with soothing shades that bring the outdoors in. After spending the day barefoot on the beach or exploring the charming fishing village of Tartane, guests can enjoy French-style Caribbean-inspired cuisine made with organic, seasonal produce, straight from the hotel’s gardens at the French Coco restaurant. This hotel prides itself on its concierge service and attention to detail; making sure every stay at French Coco is unique and personal.Insider tip: If you’re visiting French Coco for a romantic getaway book the Suite Creole or Suite Caraibes, both of which boast a private pool and secluded seating area for guests to relax in privacy.The President by Akaryn; Vientiane, LaosRooms from 407 USD per night based on two sharingOpening in October 2016, this brand new boutique hotel brings a new level of luxury to the historic city of Vientiane. Originally built as a gift to the Laotians by the Chinese government, this hotel artfully balances traditional Laotian designs with French neoclassical influences. The President has the privilege of being located right in the heart of Vientiane’s most exclusive area. It sits in between the striking Parliament House and the Presidential palace and opposite the Chou Anouvong Park – where you’ll spot locals practicing Tai Chi in the morning and tourists enjoying a beer in the afternoon sun. The 32 spacious rooms and suites boast high ceilings, marble floors and huge windows, many with views of the expansive manicured grounds and the ‘English country-house’ inspired garden maze. The Ayurah Wellness Spa is kitted out for top-to-toe indulgence with exclusive Linda Meredith products and therapies, which again combine the best elements of eastern and western treatments. There are four dining spaces, offering a constantly evolving menu of Mediterranean cuisine, gourmet French fair, traditional Laos delights and a high quality international buffet with a stunning view of the temple.Insider Tip: Just five minutes’ walk down the Mekong River from the hotel is The Spirit House. This lively bar and restaurant in a traditional Laos wooden house is a great place to enjoy the sunset with a backdrop of the river, while sipping quirky cocktails and sampling delicious Vientiane cuisine.Hotel Único: Madrid, SpainRooms from 267 EUR per night based on two sharingDespite its location in the lively Salamanca area of Madrid, once you step inside this converted 19th century palace the mood is calm, peaceful and relaxing. It’s the perfect springboard for a day of historic sightseeing or luxury retail therapy along Madrid’s Golden Mile. The hotel features a private courtyard garden and 44 soundproofed rooms and suites. The Marble mosaics, ornate staircase and high ceilings, paired with Art Deco flourishes, create a quirky and contemporary atmosphere with an aristocratic charm. The hotel’s crowning jewel is its two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Ramón Freixa, one of Madrid’s best restaurants, making Hotel Único a culinary must-visit. On Sundays, guests can enjoy an innovative brunch menu in the courtyard, start off with a strawberry-mint detox juice and follow up with glazed lamb shank or a tuna carpaccio with wakame salad, accompanied by chilled Cava and rounded off by a selection of macaroons, truffles and other deserts. Afterwards guests can unwind at the hotel’s spa, enjoying wellness treatments by skincare brand Natura Bissé.Insider Tip: After exploring the designer boutiques on the Golden Mile, pop by the Mercado De la Paz to purchase some traditional Spanish produce and enjoy a drink and a light meal in one of the market’s rustic tapas bars.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Ahead of World Sleep Day Westin Hotels Resorts 

first_imgAhead of World Sleep Day, Westin Hotels & Resorts – announces its latest programme, championing a more sound slumber for travellers around the world.Popular mentality has previously promoted the late-night grind followed by the early wake-up, a new generation of thought leaders, taste-makers and travellers have begun taking a stand to save their right to rest. Further denouncing the idea that “pulling an all-nighter” is en-vogue, Westin puts sleep shaming to bed.Westin is encouraging an emerging pro-sleep movement and pledging to support the World Sleep Society for those who use the #SleepStrong hashtag to showcase their “best rest” on Instagram and twitter. World Sleep Society is an esteemed non-profit organisation whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide and who shares the Westin brand’s commitment to raising awareness about the benefits of a better night’s sleep.Turn-in, power-down & pledge to #SleepStrong with a “Bedtime Call” to bookend your wake up callWestin continues to find new ways to empower guests to regain control of their well-being and get their best rest while on the road. Beginning today through April 2017, the brand will pilot a “Bedtime Call” giving travellers the option to schedule a restful reminder for when they should turn-in and power-down to get a great night’s sleep. Guests can opt in upon request through the Westin Service Express team, who will schedule the “Bedtime Call” based on when they need to be up in the morning, guided by recommendations from World Sleep Society.last_img read more

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Winter Olympics fever is already in the air and i

first_imgWinter Olympics fever is already in the air, and it’s most palpable at Korea Tourism Organization as the ski resorts of the Gangwon Province prepare to host the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games in February and March 2018.Five of South Korea’s most popular ski resorts travelled to Australia for the Snow Travel Expo on Sunday 21 May in Sydney (and Melbourne on Sunday 28 May), taking the opportunity to showcase their winter tourism offerings to travel trade and media at a dedicated Korea Tourism Ski Roadshow on Monday 22 May at L’Aqua in Darling Harbour.Alpensia, Daemyung Vivaldi Park, High 1, Phoenix Park and Yongpyong are among the most prestigious resorts in the country, with three of them (Alpensia, Phoenix Park and Yongpyong) directly involved in hosting the Winter Olympics. All of them are looking forward to the once-in-a-lifetime exposure and interest in skiing Korea that is sure to be generated by the Games, furthered by the Korean government’s massive investment in infrastructure, including a high-speed rail link from Seoul to the Olympic hub in PyeongChang.JTB Australia staff with 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Mascots Soohorang and BandabiWinter sports are a natural fit for this country that is 70 per cent covered by mountains, with snow brought from Siberia. It is only the third time an Asian nation will have hosted the Winter Games. Both Director Tai Hwan Kim from Sydney’s Korea Tourism Organization office and Consul General for Korea, Sangsoo Yoon, expressed their delight at the increasing tourism exchange between Korea and Australia.CoSport, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Authorised Ticket Reseller for Australia, also joined the roadshow, alongside the likes of JTB Australia, Skimax, Korean Air and Asiana, to share the range of packages available for both consumers and corporate groups.Guests also had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Games’ mascots, Soohorang the White Tiger and Bandabi the Moon Bear.Grace Lech of Grace Club Travel, winner of Korean Air prize, with KE Director, Sung Hoon KaLead image: Consul General Sangsoo Yoon & Director Korea Tourism Organization Sydney office, Mr Tai Hwan Kimlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Tourism Fiji has this w

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTourism Fiji has this week hosted suppliers at the 2018 Boutique Luxury Roadshow in Australia. Spread across four cities, the roadshow kicked off on Monday in Brisbane, before moving on to Sydney (23 October), Melbourne (24 October) and Adelaide (25 October).Participating were 14 luxury boutique suppliers, including Likuliku, Kokomo and Royal Davui, all of whom were independent properties and not part of a global chain.The frontline sellers were hand-picked by Tourism Fiji. In a speed-dating style format, each supplier was allocated eight minutes to showcase their product to small groups of agents. At each event, there was also a chance to win some luxury prizes. Demand was so high for the inaugural Boutique Luxury Roadshow that spaces were filled by consultants three months ahead of the roadshow dates.The showcase received a positive response and great feedback from agents and suppliers, who said the format provided a valuable platform to discuss products and information.Jenni Triffitt from Perchalla & Turner Travel Associates praised Tourism Fiji and the suppliers, saying “it was so well run, such high quality of suppliers”.Pictured above is Tourism Fiji’s State Manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, Kara Nelson, with some Fijian warriors during the event held last night in Adelaide.Pictured in the lead image at the Pier One Sydney Harbour from left to right are Richard Hankin, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa; Hal Caldwell, Tourism Fiji Regional Manager; Christine McCann, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort; Jason Sacriz and David McMahon from Tourism Fiji; Jennifer Grayson, Nanuku Auberge Resort; Shannon Keefe, Namale Resort; Ali Fleming, Pacific Island Air; Kristina Gerovac, Savasi Island Resort; Tara Dewar, Kokomo Private Island Fiji; Karen Marvell, Vomo Island Fiji; Christopher Southwick, Royal Davui; Samantha Muspratt, Likuliku Lagoon Fiji; Nina Eivers, Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji; Kerry Molloy, Dolphin Island, Fiji.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Related Five flights for £50 bag a bargain nowFi

first_img RelatedFive flights for £50: bag a bargain now!Five flights for £50: bag a bargain now!6 flights under £50Paris, Berlin, Venice, Barcelona, Croatia and many more – all with flights coming in at less than £50 return.Give the gift of flightXmas Present Experiences: give the gift of flight With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this week we’ve found some steals to three European cities that are known for being some of the most romantic places on Earth. Spend a long weekend or more with your significant other discovering for yourselves just what it is that gives these capitals of romance their claim to fame.Paris (from £9 return) The City of Light is also known as the City of Love, which instantly makes it a no-brainer for a Valentine’s trip. Plentiful pretty parks and promenades are perfect for hand in hand moseying – accompanied at all times, of course, by your personal beret-wearing accordion player.Find cheap flights to Paris. Venice (from £24 return)With waterways as streets and decadent palatial architecture, Venice is the city that doesn’t have to try too hard. More a fairy tale land than anything real, it’s the perfect place to get lost in a dreamy adventure with your dreamy companion. No, seriously – it is. Take a map.Find cheap flights to Venice. Barcelona (from £33 return)If you want your love to last forever, why not visit the city that believes that nothing good should come to an end – certainly not the building of Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia church, still being built 128 years after it was started. Architecture aside, the gothic city by the sea has everything that’s needed for a romance-filled getaway, including maybe even some warm Spanish sun.Find cheap flights to Barcelona.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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The Reefs announced the appointment and arrival o

first_imgThe Reefs, announced the appointment and arrival of its new Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef Philippe Haddad. Haddad will lead The Reefs’ culinary team, infusing his culinary expertise at the luxury resorts’ multiple dining venues as well as establishing an innovative in-room dining experience.The recipient of numerous accolades for his unique concepts, Haddad brings more than 30 years of culinary mastery to The Reefs. Haddad’s extensive background includes stints at St. James Club Resort in Antigua, L’Escoffier Restaurant of The Beverly Hilton Hotel, and the Abbey Restaurant and Nikolai’s Roof in Atlanta . A chef by training and entrepreneur in spirit, Haddad headed up the kitchen in his namesake, Philippe’s Bistro, also in Atlanta , for six years. Haddad’s most recent accomplishment was leading the kitchen at Atlanta’s highly regarded, Country Club of the South, where he established a culinary program winning praise from both members and media alike. Haddad has garnered a loyal following from his time spent in restaurants as well as at acclaimed food and wine events across the U.S.Haddad began his culinary career in his native Belgium , where he trained with Master Chef Eddie Van Maele. After gaining valuable experience in Belgium , France and England , Haddad moved to the U.S. in 1983. Since that time, he has held leadership positions overseeing culinary teams coast to coast. In 2003 and 2004, Haddad had the supreme pleasure and opportunity to orchestrate two U.S. Presidential dinners in Atlanta for Former President Bill Clinton. A James Beard Award winner and member since 1999, he has also been recognized by Ferdinand Metz, President Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, as outstanding chef 2003–2004. Most recently, he has participated in food and wine events in Aspen , Sarasota and New York . In addition, Haddad has written food columns and teaches various cooking classes.“Chef Haddad will take the already extraordinary dining experience at The Reefs to the next level with his culinary and resort expertise. His boundless energy and ingenuity will bring divine new dining initiatives to The Reefs,” says Managing Director, Ben Tutt .“Working with people to develop their skills is a complete thrill for me,” says Haddad. “I have one crew that worked with me for 8 years and they are amazing. I very much look forward to my new challenge of advancing the culinary team at The Reefs and elevating the complete dining experience.”www.TheReefs.com.last_img read more

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Signature Flight Support Newark now houses an ons

first_imgSignature Flight Support Newark now houses an on-site U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at its FBO facility at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR). The CBP also offers the US Visit program to assist Signature clientèle with admissibility clearance when entering the United States.“We are extremely pleased to host the CBP in our facility,” states Eric Richardson, general manager for Signature Newark. “Our clients are now able to enter the United States in a more expedited and efficient manner than ever before.”Signature Newark offers a full range of premium FBO services to the business aviation community including pilot and passenger amenities along with expedited transfers to commercial airline transportation or the Tri-state metropolitan area. Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than (90) locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.www.signatureflight.comlast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – An art collector says the Museum

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – An art collector says the Museum of Modern Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York will collectively receive more than 100 works of contemporary Latin American art.MoMA trustee Patricia Phelps de Cisneros said Wednesday her personal organization, Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, will be donating 90 works to MoMA and 12 to the Bronx Museum. Cisneros says her program aims to integrate more Latin American art into museums worldwide.In 2016, Cisneros’ program contributed more than 100 works to MoMA. Museum director Glenn Lowery says Cisneros has been a catalyst in transforming the way his museum thinks about Latin American art.The 2017 donation is an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Over 100 Latin American artworks donated to NY museums by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 6:07 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 6:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Breckenridge Colorado removing divisive giant wo

first_imgBreckenridge, Colorado, removing divisive giant wooden troll BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents.The Summit Daily News reports that town employees started removing the 15-foot (4.5-meter) wood troll in the ski resort town Thursday.The Town Council cited public safety concerns in its Tuesday decision to get rid of the artwork that Danish artist Thomas Dambo was built for a summer arts festival that ended in August.The original plan was to leave the troll in place as long it could withstand the elements and wasn’t vandalized.However, throngs of troll-seekers have caused numerous problems for some of nearby homeowners, who have complained about illegal parking, littering and a loss of privacy, among other issues.___Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 10:10 am PDT Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2018, the Town of Breckenridge employees beheads “Isak Hearthstone,” a wooden troll built by artist Thomas Dambo, by a chainsaw to remove it entirely from the Wellington Trail, in Breckenridge, Colo. The troll was created during the Breckenridge Festival of the Arts in August, but got so popular that it caused complaints from nearby homeowners due to tourists visiting, and demanded it to be removed. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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by Lynn Elber The Associated Press Posted Feb

first_img by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 3:34 pm PDT Andrew McCabe, franchise shows give CBS weekly ratings win AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s headline-making interview on CBS’ news magazine proved a TV audience grabber as well.The program ranked as the third most-watched last week with 9.7 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday.Viewership was down across the board during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, and the Sunday audience for “60 Minutes” didn’t approach its season average of 11.6 million. But McCabe’s memoir “The Threat,” about the FBI and the Trump administration, topped Amazon’s bestsellers list the day after the interview aired as part of a media blitz for the book.He told “60 Minutes” that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in 2017 and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.McCabe also said the FBI had good reason for a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia, and therefore a possible national security threat. McCabe, fired from the Justice Department last year after an internal probe into a news media disclosure, denied he intentionally lied and said his firing was politically motivated.A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the interview Sunday night. Trump has repeatedly shared his views, including in one tweet in which he called McCabe “disgraced” and said “now his story gets even more deranged.”CBS won the weekly network ratings contest as viewers also devoted time to the network’s “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” and their spinoffs, Nielsen said.With six of the top 10 shows and 13 of the most-watched 20, CBS had an average of 6.3 million weekly viewers. NBC had 5.2 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 3.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million and the CW had 880,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most-watched cable network, averaging 2.5 million viewers in prime time. TNT had 2.3 million, MSNBC had 1.9 million, ESPN had 1.4 million, HGTV had 1.35 million and History had 1.3 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.8 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.For the week of Feb. 10-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 13.4 million; “America’s Got Talent Champions,” NBC, 10.5 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.7 million; “FBI,” CBS, 9.5 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.9 million; “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.7 million; “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.5 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.3 million; “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 7.9 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.7 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.Lynn Elber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Camille Bains The Canadian Press

first_imgCamille Bains, The Canadian Press “Futurist” Nikolas Badminton, shown in a handout photo, is shown in a scene from the documentary film “Smart Drugs,” as he experiments with various supplements and drugs, also called nootropics, through a hectic work schedule. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2019 10:42 am PDTcenter_img VANCOUVER — Toronto filmmaker Ann Shin was so intrigued by an animator’s tales about doing some of his best work with the help of “smart drugs” that she wanted to learn how they would work if someone tried them as part of a months-long experiment.She recruited Nikolas Badminton, who was then based in Vancouver and calls himself a “futurist” who speaks and writes about trends, to take on the task in California’s Silicon Valley, the epicentre of a subculture known for using smart drugs, or nootropics.Badminton spent five months working a hectic schedule and popping pills and powdered mixtures used by tech types aiming to enhance cognitive function as they power through projects, ward off sleep and seemingly operate like machines.His journey, punctuated by long bursts of energy and sheer exhaustion, is captured in “Smart Drugs,” airing Sunday on the Documentary Channel.Badminton, whose sleep is disrupted while he’s on the regimen, is monitored by a doctor through the so-called biohacking adventure that has him meeting “Brain Bro,” who swallows handfuls of pills to try and keep up with the pressure to produce.The word “nootropics” is used to market certain supplements sold online in Canada that claim to help with focus and increase energy. Some medications are also referred to by biohackers as nootropics, for instance Adderall and Ritalin, which are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or modafinil, typically prescribed for narcolepsy.Prescription drugs are often obtained from patients who take them for those reasons under a doctor’s supervision.Shin said she knows of a mother who uses her son’s medication to get through busy periods at work.“On days she presents to the board she takes her son’s ADHD pills and she’s on.”At the end of Badminton’s nootropics experiment, a doctor in the documentary suggests other ways that the self-described workaholic could extend his output and maintain good health — such as yoga, meditation, and exercise.Badminton said in an interview that he’d tried some nootropics about five years earlier but stopped because he was having lucid dreams.However, he said he now takes two nootropics for short periods during busy work schedules and exercises as he strives to maintain a balanced life.“I actually think these nootropics are a safe way of really giving yourself an edge and a focus on specific activities,” said Badminton, who recently moved to Toronto. “I don’t think I’d recommend it 40 hours a week, to always be switched on. You’re going to burn out.”He advocated for people to openly use nootropics, though their long-term effects are unknown.“It’s sort of in the shadows as a practice,” Badminton said. “But it really shouldn’t be and it probably should be studied a bit more seriously in the medical world and integrated into how it could benefit people’s lives.”Shin said the use of nootropics is concerning overall because people taking them seem to be treating their brains like computers in need of upgrading as part of a non-stop push to work.“What I find most concerning is, are we moving toward a society where people don’t feel they’re enough as a human being, that they have to take pills or intervene with their bodies or their minds in order to keep up with society?”However, Shin said that while she generally doesn’t like taking pills of any kind, she tried modafinil and found it increased her focus.“I’m not sure I did any better work,” she said. “I have to say I do have other stimulants, like coffee, that work. It didn’t stick with me. I didn’t want to keep at it.”She said high-performing creative people are often fuelled by down time that allows them to reflect and increase their creativity.Stan Floresco, a University of British Columbia psychology professor who studies the effects of drugs on mental disorders, said supplements advertised as cognitive enhancers aren’t as rigorously tested as prescription drugs and advertising claims made about them are typically bogus.As for people who take ADHD medications aimed at improving focus and working memory, there is a down side in that creativity suffers, said Floresco, also an investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC.“They’ll keep you awake but you might not come up with the next big thing,” he said, adding some people, including his students, try and get a competitive advantage with drugs whenever possible, as has long been the reality in sports for those pursuing a physical edge.Neuroethicist Peter Reiner, also a professor in UBC’s psychology department, said it’s not known how many people are taking nootropics, but their use should not be considered cheating.“You don’t get smart from taking the drugs. You maybe study longer or work harder. They don’t stick information inside your brain,” he said, adding peer pressure is probably the most ethically charged issue about cognitive enhancers.Reiner said he doesn’t anticipate overall use of nootropics to increase outside of “hot spots” such as Silicon Valley.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. ‘Smart Drugs’ features experiment among those fuelled by need to succeedlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jackson A. Dunn in a scene from Screen Gems’ “Brightburn.” (Boris Martin/Sony Pictures via AP) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2019 9:35 am PDT ‘Aladdin’ soars, but ‘Booksmart’ barely passes at box office LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers have voted with their dollars and chosen the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend.The Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” has crushed the competition at the box office including the critically acclaimed teen comedy “Booksmart” and the horror movie “Brightburn.”Studios on Sunday say “Aladdin” grossed an estimated $86.1 million to take the top spot in North America. It’s expected to pass $100 million by Monday.“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” placed second with $24.4 million, “Avengers: Endgame” took third with $16.8 million, and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” landed in fourth with $13.3 million.Sony’s modestly budgeted horror movie “Brightburn” opened in fifth with $7.5 million.And “Booksmart” debuted in sixth with only $6.5 million, despite excellent reviews and steady buzz from its SXSW film festival debut.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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January 14 2003 Wes Ozier experiments with incor

first_imgJanuary 14, 2003Wes Ozier experiments with incorporating a ‘Living Machine’ into the East-housing garden, using techniques learned from Ocean Arks International . [Photo: Wes Ozier & text: sa] This ‘Living System’ consists of one closed and two open tanks. [Photo & text: sa] The open tanks have beds of gravel and soil that will help cleanse the water and provide it to the plants. A small pump will keep the water circulating. [Photo: Wes Ozier & text: sa] Wes transplanted aquatic plants from the oxidation pond into the two open tanks of the ‘living machine system’. The system will cleanse grey water from the East Housing kitchen for use in the surrounding gardens. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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