AfricaTollman familyTrafalgar Trafalgar has launched a dedicated Africa program that aims to connect travellers to the continent in an extra special way, given the company’s family connections to Africa. Marked as a pivotal moment in Trafalgar’s brand history, with its rich story around the family-owned and operated company with its roots firmly still in Africa, the new program pays homage to the Tollman family homeland. The Tollmans will open their hearts to share stories, secrets and hidden gems of their home, giving guests priceless travel opportunities. The program will consist of smaller group trips of up to 15 guests, with accomplished photographer and renowned African guide Mike Myers creating all the beautiful photography in the brochure.The program encompasses 9 countries, 10 handcrafted trips, three trip styles (Country Explorer, Regional Explorer, Mini Stay) with trips commencing December 2018 and January 2019. An early payment discount is available to guests who book and pay in full by 1 November, 2018, offering savings of up to 10% per trip.Guests will receive unrivalled access to the people and places behind the stories – with Trafalgar creating exclusive experiences for guests so they can live the good life in every destination they visit. Trafalgar’s unique Stays With Stories have created an exceptional, unrivalled African portfolio of opportunities for guests. The stunning 5 star The Oyster Box has hosted royalty, from the likes of Monaco’s royal couple on their honeymoon to King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and now Trafalgar guests will stay there too on the Best of South Africa trip.Trafalgar also aims to make a difference in Africa in many ways as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability with the various JoinTrafalgar initiatives along with The Travel Corporation’s TreadRight Foundation including wildlife initiatives, sustainable tourism practices and preserving and protecting all the communities that they visit. South Africa needs vital support as a result of ongoing water issues in Cape Town – South Africa Tourism has a goal to have 5 million visitors by 2020 – Trafalgar aims to help them achieve this. Trafalgar is working to help create more employment opportunities, whilst also protecting and preserving the destination.
Pictured: Margan citrus curd, granita, vanilla and meringueIt may be Australia’s oldest wine region but the Hunter Valley has plenty of new stars and experiences blended with traditional favourites that continue to make this one of the country’s most visited tourism destinations.I recently visited during the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival — a month long celebration each June that sees local restaurants and vignerons create a number of foodie-friendly activities to lure tourists to enjoy local produce around open fires.Some of this year’s events include a Hunter Valley Wine & Film Festival; a Vermouth Cocktail masterclass at Margan; Music in the Woods; long lunches, cabernet and chocolate classes and of course, numerous wine tasting activities. EXP RestaurantHunter ValleyHunter Valley Wine and Food FestivalMargan RestaurantPeppertree WinesUsher Tinkler Wines At just a little more than a two-hour drive from Sydney, or a faster chopper ride for the well-heeled, each time I visit I am reminded of what a special and accessible region the Hunter is for Sydney-siders and those visiting Sydney. In such a short time, the ‘big smoke’ is but a distant haze in your rear-view mirror and nothing but fields, vineyards, cows and wide-open spaces fill your periphery.Roaming the region are all sorts of travellers — couples having a romantic break; families having a weekend change-of-scene; groups of friends, both young and old, enjoying wine-tasting or a combination of other leisure activities and international visitors taking a Sydney side-trip.There is a definite mix of experiences in the region and it pays to check out a variety of eateries and cellar doors as there is a broad style to cater to all tastes. Peppertree Wines on Halls Road has a loyal following and a healthy wine club of devotees. On beautiful grounds, it’s a cosy place to stop and have a chat with the staff and also try the wines made by head winemaker, Gwyn Olsen who is making a number of wine styles, not just in the traditional Hunter classics of semillon, chardonnay and shiraz but with a beautifully balanced, food-versatile 2017 Limited Release Vermentino which we picked up to take a piece of the Hunter home with us.For a contemporary social cellar door experience, head to Usher Tinkler Wines and their Cellar and Salumi bar on McDonald’s Road. Cheese and salumi offerings at Usher Tinkler WinesWinemaker Usher Tinkler and his wife Ebony have created a relaxed and fun cellar door experience housed in the converted St Mark’s Anglican church that was built between 1900 and 1905. Inside, groups sit relaxed together at communal tables on mismatched chairs, a church pew or on Chesterfield couches. A large stag’s head keeps watch over the vinyl record turntable. A long bar counter features old barrel racks for its frame, backed by a white subway tiled wall and original stained-glass church windows — while large, new windows overlook the Hunter’s picturesque Brokeback mountains.Usher, former winemaker at Poole’s Rock, also makes wine for his family’s Tinkler Wines. But for his Usher Tinkler Wines brand, he and Ebony wanted to concentrate on wines that were “not too complicated”. Usher makes the Hunter’s only prosecco sparkling. He was encouraged to experiment with it after Ebony returned from a trip to Italy, having grown very fond of the classic Italian aperitif, an Apperol Spritz.“So we grafted some semillon over to prosecco and started making it – and it worked. It has lots of nashi pear and fresh pear characters. I can’t believe more people here haven’t planted it,” said Usher.There is a $5 tasting fee per person, but it’s redeemable on any wine purchase. Tastings are open 10am until 5pm, and salumi and cheese plates are available from 10am until 2:30pm. Usher and Ebony TinklerThe best-selling wines include the Nose to Tail, The Cow (a light, smooth shiraz pinot blend); the prosecco; and Usher’s ‘Mr T’s Rare Batch Fortified’ made from old barrels of liqueur verdelho barrel aged for 15 years with layers of creamy caramel and spice with each of the 3,000 bottles made a year labelled, bottled and wax-sealed by hand.“We don’t put our wines in shows. We’re trying to be really edgy and modern and not rely on that old-fashioned way of doing things. That’s what we’re trying to do here, just make interesting wines,” said Usher.The wines may be Usher’s department but it was Eboy’s brains behind the cellar door. Her contribution to the Hunter region was recognised in December when she won Marketer of the Year at the 2017 Australian Women in Wine awards.Foodies who want to get their hands dirty should head to a gnocchi-making class at local restaurant Il Cacciatore, which has been serving northern Italian inspired cuisine for 25 years. These classes are held during the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival (a class takes place on 23 June).Our class was run by Noreen and also Nicole, who has worked at the restaurant for more than 20 years. There is always gnocchi on the menu at the restaurant so the staff were incredibly knowledgeable when sharing their tips for how to nail your own potato gnocchi at home. Nicole leading a gnocchi-making class at Il Cacciatore.After we gave gnocchi-making our all, rolling our pillows of potato down the gnocchi paddle, we then watched while Nicole transformed our gnocchi into some of the classic dishes they serve at the restaurant including a tomato-based version with chorizo, zucchini and basil pesto; and a lemon butter based version with prawns and capers.Taking our aprons off, guests can relax, sip on local wines (we tried a David Hook Pinot Grigio and a Sangiovese made for the restaurant by First Creek Wines) while overlooking the vineyards and nearby accommodation at Hermitage Lodge, a 4.5 star accommodation option where you can arrange stay and dine packages with Il Cacciatore.Views from the balcony at Il CacciatoreDuring a meal shared with our fellow chefs for the afternoon, we all have the chance to enjoy our gnocchi efforts, which is of course given an expert’s touch in the kitchen and served alongside the signature Il Cacciatore salad with salad greens, balsamic figs, roasted walnuts and Hunter Valley fetta from Binnorie Dairy. With a swag of tourism awards, Margan Wines and Restaurant should be a must-stop for both food and wine lovers. It’s a bit further off the beaten track of the main action in Pokolbin, located in nearby Broke, but that only adds to its appeal. Margan is family-owned and operated by winemaker Andrew Margan and his wife Lisa. The pair were the true pioneers of the paddock-to-plate concept in the Hunter Valley, founding an impressive kitchen garden which today provides 90 per cent of the food for the restaurant’s menu.Head chef Thomas BoydThe winery has been operating for more than 20 years and the restaurant is in its 12th year. Margan makes wines from grapes off their own vineyards in Broke and try to work within their terroir. They produce the Hunter’s only albarino, a white Spanish grape varietal; and they also produce their own vermouth.We took a tour of the one-acre kitchen garden with their passionate head chef Thomas Boyd. He genuinely enjoys showing visitors through the garden and discussing the Margan agri-dining concept using produce from their own vegetable garden, orchard, free range chickens, olive groves, bees and estate reared lambs.Margan is certified with Green Table Australia as well as the WFA Entwine program for their environmental sustainability initiatives. Each year Margan host the 100-Metre-Meal where the food served has come from within 100 metres of your restaurant seat. New sommelier Lisa Sanders attends to our wines during the meal. Lisa has worked at some of Sydney’s best restaurants including Quay, Tetsuya and Catalina. When we dine, she provides an informed but relaxing intro to each of the wines served to us, including the Margan Non Vintage Sparkling Chardonnay; a Margan 2018 Albarino; a Margan 2016 Barbera and a Margan 2014 Botrytis Semillon.Margan Suffolk lamb, celeriac, kohlrabi, kale and potato.Throughout 2018, Margan has a number of cooking classes where attendees take a garden tour, cook and then dine. Sessions include Linguini with Truffle Butter Emulsion on 5 August; Cheese making on 9 September; whole suckling pig and butchery demo on 18 November; and tricks for the perfect Christmas feast on 9 December.For one of the best meals in the valley where you can literally sit back and watch the chef do all the work, a visit to EXP. at Oakvale Wines on Broke Road is highly recommended. Locals I spoke with had only high praise for chef Frank Fawkner and his EXP restaurant, and having visited for the first time, I was able to see what the fuss is all about.A Hunter-born local, Frank opened up the restaurant in March 2015 after working at fine-dining restaurant Muse, also in the Hunter Valley (which achieved two chef’s hats from The Sydney Morning Herald during his time as head chef). He also worked in London for Tom Aitken, becoming sous chef at Tom’s Kitchen.At EXP, Frank likes to use as much local produce as possible and serve seasonal food. The restaurant is small and cosy, with an open kitchen where guests can dine at the counter and watch Frank and his seamless team at work. Thick cedar slab tables, wall art, steel wine rack, crockery and serving dishes are all sourced from local artisans.EXP. chef and owner Frank Fawkner.The restaurant uses a lot of native ingredients and the food is delivered to tables with a full and thorough EXPlanation from Frank himself — a welcome interaction for the guests.Sourdough is served with cultured butter infused with hay; a Little Joe Wagyu brisket is slow roasted for two hours and served with celeriac, muntries and cavalo nero.Warm Shadows of Blue dessert, brioche and honey.Whatever you do, save room for the signature desserts. The ‘Warm Shadows of Blue’ sees a buttery soft brioche bun filled with a blue cheese sauce and topped with marigold ooze forth onto its base of local honey when pierced with a spoon — the flavours all harmonise perfectly. Meanwhile the Myrtle, made with myrtle gum, wattleseed, chocolate and caramel is Frank’s take on a Magnum ice cream, only somewhat more exotic with chocolate from the Daintree Rainforest and made with eucalyptus ice cream. And while we are still drooling over the sophisticated ‘magnum’, petit fours of salted caramel and a coconut rough arrive.For those who have never been before and those who are seasoned regulars, travellers can expect to uncover something new in a visit to the Hunter. Travel Monitor stayed as guests at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort on Thompson’s Road. Upcoming 2018 Hunter Valley Events30 June until 22 JulySnow Time in the Gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens14 JulyHunter Valley Chocolate and Cheese Festival22 JulyWinery Running Festival28 September until 1 OctoberBalloon Aloft Hunter Valley Fiesta6 OctoberOpera in the Vineyards24 NovemberJazz in the Vineyards8 DecemberShania Twain performing at Hope Estate
Top Stories Arians was not willing to give any kind of numbers with regards to how many carries each of the three primary runners will receive, saying it will be a game-time feel and game planning.“Making sure we have the best guys in doing the things they do best,” he said.David Johnson is clearly atop the depth chart, though it excites Arians that he has a couple of backups who he said look like they’re going to “break it to the house” every time they touch the ball.“That’s a beautiful thing when David doesn’t have to play tired whatsoever,” he said.As for David Johnson, Arians said the second-year pro has not shown him anything this offseason that he didn’t realize was there, but pointed out how the Northern Iowa product has shown more consistency and is relaxed.“Asks more questions on why he’s doing certain things and how he does them, to become a better player,” he said.As for how the former third-round pick never seems to be satisfied, Arians said, “I hope he never is.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now, some notes.Things are mostly positive on the injury frontHead coach Bruce Arians said both receiver John Brown and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu have been cleared to play in games.“Whether I play them, we’ll wait and see,” he said. “Both of those guys practiced well today.”As for Justin Bethel, who saw his first preseason action Sunday but afterward complained of soreness in his surgically-repaired foot, Arians said the cornerback will be a game-time decision.Wait, what’s that about Bethel?Yes, Bethel is still dealing with pain in his foot. It’s a bit of a concern, of course, since the team was relying on him to play cornerback and now with Mike Jenkins gone for the year will really need him to at least be available.Bethel already missed the majority of camp after being out for all of mini-camp and OTAs, and showed visible rust in his performance against the Texans.Monday, Bethel said after talking to doctors he is confident that the bone in his foot has healed fine, and now it’s just about pain tolerance.That’s how Arians sees it, too.“Justin’s foot is going to be that way, just like it was last year,” he said. “He’s got to play in pain.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — On Tuesday, the Cardinals held their final practice with media availability before the conclusion of the preseason slate, and with its completion the team is one day closer to the Sept. 11 season opener against the New England Patriots.Afterwards there was a sensible buzz in the locker room, perhaps because most of the starters could relax some knowing that they’ll hardly play — if at all — Thursday, and the games that count are just around the corner. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, challenges a call during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/JR) Jefferson then turned his attention to Bucannon’s position on the field, which is known as $LB.“The Cardinals, they drafted me and they allowed me to be able to come in here and play,” he said. “They created this position for me and just truly blessed to be part of this organization.”Finally, Jefferson thanked Bucannon, a safety in college, for moving into the box.“Because you moving up to a backer gave me an opportunity to play the safety position,” he said. “So happy birthday.”Asked afterward who asks tougher questions, the media or Jefferson, Bucannon said Tony.Ouch, man.A bevvy of options in the backfieldThe Cardinals have historically never really been a team whose strength is the running game, but a look at their depth chart as well as preseason statistics indicates that it could very well be what carries the team through this season.Whether it’s David Johnson, Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington, the team has no shortage of options. Asked if when assembling a running back room Arians tries to find a good mix of talents, sizes and speeds, he said what actually happens is the offense is catered to what he has.“So you would like them all to be three-down backs,” he said. “We’re very fortunate in that we have three guys that could play all three downs and two of them are real strong runners for short yardage and goal line; and Andre has never shied away down on the goal line.” Four games is fine for preseasonAs is the case every year, there has been talk about the NFL’s preseason and whether or not four games is too many.Given that most teams do not let their starters anywhere near the field in the fourth exhibition contest, the question may have some validity.However, Arians — who has made it a point to barely play his key guys much at all over the first three preseason games — sees value in the fourth contest.“You have to build your roster, and the only way to build it is to see these kids play,” he said. “The fourth preseason game is not for the starters. It’s for those guys that you build your roster on, you build your practice squad on.“The guys that need that week of work and that game, you’re going to need them in November and December.’Deone Bucannon is a year olderTuesday was Deone Bucannon’s 24th birthday, and he got to celebrate it in part by having teammate Tony Jefferson interview him for the cameras in front of assembled reporters.Asked what he was going to do on his big day, Bucannon said chilling with his teammates, practicing and just trying to get better.Bucannon, who was laughing for most of the time when Jefferson was asking him questions, was asked to talk about his violent hit on San Diego’s Dontrelle Inman, and he answered by saying it’s his style of play and he was blessed with the talent to do it, so he wants to show what he can do. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals (2-3) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) on FOX at 1 p.m. Sunday hoping to move back to .500 while debuting recently-acquired running back Adrian Peterson.RELATED: Cardinals vs. Bucs game tracker[View the story “Cardinals vs. Buccaneers – Oct.15” on Storify] Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs the with ball as he moves past Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tyvon Branch (27) prior to an NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 2 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) makes a touchdown catch as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tyvis Powell (30) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Humphries regressed a bit in 2018 after a stellar (but shortened) 2018, but he was still effective in a league where offensive line talent is hard to come by. His 72.2 run-blocking grade ranked 11th among tackles, and he committed only two penalties on 500-plus snaps. Other top-graded performers include linebacker Markus Golden (74.3 in 2016), cornerback Budda Baker (72.5 in 2017) and wide receiver Christian Kirk (70.3 in 2018).All three were second round picks in 2015, 2017 and 2018, respectively.Related LinksBarnwell: Cardinals need to address the offensive line this offseasonCardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury on QB talk: ‘It comes with the territory’“Kirk was the third-highest graded rookie wideout in 2018 behind 43 receptions on 65 targets,” PFF said. “That production should carry over relatively seamlessly into 2019, as the Cardinals’ offense will likely see upgrades at key positions.”The Cardinals’ worst-graded top picks since 2015 were all first round selections.Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals traded up for to take 10th in the 2018 draft, had a team-low grade of 49.1 in 2018. It’s the worst career-best season for any NFC West first or second round pick since 2015.Arizona’s 2016 and 2017 first rounders — defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and linebacker Haason Reddick — have also struggled. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Reddick’s career-high single season grade was 61.3 in 2018 while Nkemdiche’s 2018 season netted him a grade of 59.5.Hope that Reddick can still live up to his billing as the No. 13 pick in 2017 is still there, though.From PFF:Reddick is on the right path to living up to his first-round billing. He allowed just 8.6 yards per reception in 2018 (18th), a facet linebackers tend to struggle in. And as a pass rusher, his 18 quarterback pressures tied for eighth among linebackers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Since 2015, the Arizona Cardinals have drafted seven players in either the first or second rounds of the NFL Draft.Pro Football Focus graded all of them for the Cardinals in that time and some have lived up to their potential, while others have fallen short.Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries had the highest overall single season grade of the seven, scoring an 81.7 on a scale from 0 to 100 during the 2017 season.More on Humphries, the 24th overall pick in 2015: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 10 Comments Share
Go back to the enewsletterQuark Expeditions has unveiled further onboard elements and external renderings of the new livery for its upcoming ship, Ultramarine, featuring the company’s distinctive yellow ‘Q’ logo spanning the full height of the ship. The design reflects Quark’s “mission to go beyond the predictable”, the polar specialist said.Due to enter service in Antarctica in the 2020/21 season, the 102-suite ship will offer spacious suites and public spaces, including what Quark says will be the largest entry-level twin suites of its class.Each suite has been designed to keep guests inspired by, and connected to the polar landscapes outside and will include spacious entryways, spa-inspired bathrooms with heated floors throughout and premium sleep zones.More information on Ultramarine’s onboard offerings was also disclosed.Public spaces on Ultramarine include:Main Restaurant – Featuring outstanding views from every seat, full access to the 360-degree wraparound deck, a wine-tasting bar and a variety of seating configurations to comfortably accommodate all guests and expedition staff.Panorama Lounge and Bar – A relaxed gathering spot featuring unobstructed panoramic views and an outdoor, forward-facing Observation Deck.Lecture Theater – A comfortable space where passengers learn more from world-class experts about the adventures enjoyed and the wonders to come, featuring a high-resolution LED screen, real-time translations, and live broadcasting for those who prefer to listen from the ease of their suite.Wellness Centre – A modern space featuring three distinct areas where guests can unwind before their next adventure: a luxurious spa with a wide range of treatments, a state-of-the-art sauna featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fully equipped fitness room with separate yoga space.Polar Boutique – Stocked with the industry’s top cold-weather expedition gear and a carefully curated selection of polar keepsakes, the boutique ensures guests have everything they need, including mementos of an unforgettable journey.Ready Rooms – Designed for efficiency and situated next to the Zodiac hangar, Ultramarine’s two ready rooms include an individual locker for each guest to safely store and dry personal items and expedition gear between outings.“We are proud and excited to see the vision behind Ultramarine come to life,” says Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “From the bold exterior to the comfortable, contemporary interior, our internal and external teams have come together to create a truly unique ship that will present unprecedented possibilities for our guests. This one-of-a-kind ship will provide passengers from across the globe an ultra-immersive, ultra-inspiring, ultra-exciting polar experience second to none.”“This vessel reflects Quark’s guiding ethos to go beyond for our guests,” says White. “Three decades of polar exploration has taught us a lot – and one of the lessons we’ve taken to heart is that exceptional off-ship experiences are heightened by exceptional on-ship experiences. I’m happy to say Ultramarine will deliver both.”Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedNew cheap flights from Edinburgh to Europe announcedNew cheap flights from Edinburgh to Europe announcedJet2 launches first flight in Leeds Bradford expansionJet2 launches first flight in Leeds Bradford expansionRhodes flights added at Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Rhodes have been announced by low-cost airline Jet2. Low-cost carrier Jet2 is to launch flights from Edinburgh to Sardinia as part of its summer 2009 schedule.The direct service will start on May 16th and follows the success of Jet2’s flights to Sardinia from Leeds Bradford which ran for the first time this summer.Jet2’s weekly flights to Olbia in the north-east of Sardinia will take the number of routes offered from Edinburgh up to eight.”Sardinia has proved to be an extremely popular summer destination when we launched the route from our Leeds Bradford base this May which is why we decided to extend this service to Edinburgh,” said Philip Meeson from the airline.”With its white beaches, charismatic towns, picturesque harbours and delicious cuisine, it is a destination that can truly offer something for everyone.”Jet2’s schedule for next summer will also feature flights to Menorca from Blackpool Airport. Flights to Murcia will also start at Edinburgh in March and run through the summer. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 7. Barcelona, SpainLowest price: £40 return (October departures)You can hang out in all the shabby chic boltholes in the Barri Gothic that you like, but however hip you are, no (first) visit to Barcelona is complete without taking in the spectacle of snazzy coloured lit-up fountains dancing around to a musical accompaniment. The fountain performs on weekend evenings, but times vary, so check locally. 5. Aarhus, DenmarkLowest price: £34 return (September departures)Aarhus is no Paris or Rome in the city break stakes, but art lovers to whom the Tate Modern is old hat may be interested in a trip to the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, one of the largest art museums in northern Europe (so says the brochure). Its highlight (almost literally) is ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’, a 150-metre-long seven-colour walkway on the roof. 6. Leipzig, GermanyLowest price: £40 return (September departures)Not just a tongue-twister after seven or eight Paulaners, the Bundesverwaltungsgericht is Leipzig’s stately federal court building. Recover from the swoon affected by its grandeur with a gose – the local beer flavoured salt, lemon and coriander. More: Beer we go: 7 of the best drinking destinations in Europe 2. Dublin, IrelandLowest price: £34 return (September departures)You could take an open-top bus tour of the city’s famous sights, like Trinity College and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Or you could take a tour with a twist in Viking Splash’s amphibious vehicle which takes you along the streets and, James Bond-style, into the water..More: Toursome:10 tours with a twist 3. Venice, ItalyLowest price: £40 return (September departures)Birthplace of Vivaldi, inspiration for Ernest Hemingway, make music, sweet music with the one you love in this most romantic of cities. Or get drunk (expensively) in the legendary Harry’s Bar.More: 10 best things to do in VeniceMore: O sozzled mio! Venice shame over drunken gondoliers 4. Gdansk, PolandLowest price: £34 return (September departures)Once characterised by shipyards and industry, Gdansk now draws visitors to its spruced-up waterfront, all cool cafés and characterful bars. With flights this cheap you can save for a splurge at top eaterie Restauracja Pod Łososiem, serving deer n’ dumplings and Russian pancakes with caviar. Grab a getaway: we’ve scoured Skyscanner to find you seven cheap flights to a selection of European destinations this autumn – all coming in at less than £50 return.1. Dole Tavaux, FranceLowest price: £34 return (September departures)Not a household name by any means, but this airport in eastern France is perfectly placed for exploring the gorgeously unspoilt Jura region, and for hops over the border into Switzerland. Related6 flights under £35Six countries, six interesting destinations, and you can fly to all of them for as little as £35 return – wow!7 flights for £40 or lessSeven countries, seven destinations within easy reach for an autumn break, all with flights for £40 or less.Where to go on holiday in SeptemberSeptember means going back to school… or playing truant and heading to one of these dream destinations. Check out our study notes on September’s hottest cities, beaches and events. Plus, find out when to book your flights for the best deal and what the weather will be like when you…
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals announced they will be at their usual location for this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – A Dock / Dock 1 at Las Olas Marina. At press time, the following yachts had been confirmed as a part of The Sacks Group display: M/Y TOUCH – a 120′ custom motor yacht built in 2004 available for charter with The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals; M/Y QUIVIRA – a 116′ Tri Deck Classic Motor Yacht for sale and charter with The Sacks Group; M/Y LADY DI – a spacious 1998 84′ Monte Fino Custom Motor Yacht listed for sale by The Sacks Group; M/Y GOOSE BUMPS — a 2007 78′ Hargraves Custom Yacht listed for sale with The Sacks Group; and M/Y HEAVEN CAN WAIT, a 1985 Cheoy Lee, 66′ in length, for sale with The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals.Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine, will be on the high seas as one of The Sacks Group’s partners at the upcoming Show. Elite Traveler will once again use M/Y JAVA, a 121′ Broward, (for sale and charter) as their hospitality yacht for the duration of the Show.“We’re looking forward to this year’s Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale,” Jennifer M. Saia, President and Charter Specialist said. “Over the past year, we have expanded our marketing efforts and will be looking forward to meeting some new clients as well as spending time with many of our repeat customers.”Contact:954) 764-7742 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Arrested Development’ co-stars apologize to Jessica Walter NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jason Bateman and Tony Hale are apologizing for comments they made in defence of their “Arrested Development” co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who has been accused of harassment on the show’s set.In a series of tweets Thursday, Bateman says his comments were “wrong” and that it seemed like he was “condoning yelling at work.” He adds that he’s “incredibly embarrassed.”Bateman was reacting to a cast interview in The New York Times in which actress Jessica Walter alleged Tambor verbally harassed her on the set.Bateman responded in the interview that “a lot of stuff happens in 15 years.” He later tweeted “I realize that I was wrong here.” Hale also apologized Thursday, tweeting that his words “served to minimize Jessica’s pain.”Netflix scrapped plans for the “Arrested Development” cast to meet fans in London on Friday, saying it had decided “not to move ahead with promotional activity.” by The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2018 8:51 am PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows, from left, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter and Tony Hale at the “Arrested Development” season five premiere in Los Angeles on May 17, 2018. Bateman and Hale are apologizing for comments they made in defense of their “Arrested Development” co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who was accused by Walter of verbally harassing her on set of “Arrested Development.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2018 6:13 am PDT This image released by Annapurna Pictures shows Regina King in a scene from “If Beale Street Could Talk.” (Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures via AP) Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is lyrical and lovely “Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street…whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York,” reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk .”The quote is from a 1974 James Baldwin novel, which Jenkins has adapted himself for his first film since 2016’s “Moonlight.” The story is, loosely, about a pregnant woman, Tish (KiKi Layne, a phenomenal breakout) and her partner Fonny (Stephan James), who has been wrongly jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. Tish and Fonny are both achingly young and beautiful, full of promise and hope even amid all the institutional obstacles and injustices that they face in daily life in 1970s Harlem, like not being able to rent their own apartment, or buy groceries at the local mart without being reassessed by a police officer.Their future, however, is dashed when Fonny is jailed because a woman across town has wrongly identified him as her rapist. Tish has to tell Fonny she’s pregnant through a glass window. Somehow, at least at first, the circumstances aren’t enough to break their spirits, although there is the sense that both are just putting on a brave face for the other.Back at home, Tish’s family celebrates their daughter. Mom, Sharon (Regina King in a powerful performance), sister, Ernestine (Teyonah Parris) and dad, Joseph (Colman Domingo), open up the sherry, put on a record and call Fonny’s family over to continue spreading the news.There are three wholly unforgettable scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the electric showdown between Fonny’s religious and snobbish mother (Aunjanue Ellis) and Tish’s family is one of them. Another is a stirringly haunting monologue from Brian Tyree Henry, which unfortunately is really his only significant scene in the film, and the third is Sharon’s heartbreaking talk with Fonny’s accuser. All are well-worth the price of admissionNot everything works totally, in between these barnburners there is a lot of sleepy down time (still gorgeously shot and scored) and a few moments that just don’t quite work the way they probably should, like Dave Franco as an empathetic Jewish landlord who just loves love.The film plays more like a free verse poem than a traditional narrative, jumping back and forth between moments chronicling the origins of Tish and Fonny’s relationship, and Tish’s struggle to prove Fonny’s innocence in the present.Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton (“Moonlight”) use close ups, and straight on shots of his actors looking right into the camera as though they are speaking to the audience and daring them to notice. It’s startlingly impactful and bold, like the perfectly bright clothes costumer Caroline Eselin has chosen to help flesh out this world and its characters. Does anyone use colours as perfectly as Jenkins does? Whether it’s a red leather booth or a yellow coat, everything in his frame is there for a reason, and every shot is like its own beautiful painting come to life.The whole production makes the film a transporting experience, heady and intoxicating, but perhaps the most important ingredient in bringing it all together is Nicholas Britell’s elegantly subtle and heartrending score.“Moonlight” is a hard act to follow, and while “Beale Street” might not quite reach the heights of Jenkins’ instant classic of a best picture-winner, it is its own kind of marvel, lovely, transcendent, heartbreaking and as smooth as its jazzy soundtrack.“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an Annapurna Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language and some sexual content.” Running time: 119 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 9:50 pm PDT Michael Jackson accusers detail road to ‘Leaving Neverland’ PARK CITY, Utah — Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck say that the Sundance Film Festival is first time they’ve ever felt public support for their allegations the King of Pop molested them.The documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which premiered at the festival last month and will air on HBO in two parts on March 3 and 4, chronicles how their lives intersected with Jackson’s. The film was met with a standing ovation at Sundance , but has been treated with disbelief and even threats from Jackson’s fans.The singer’s estate has condemned the documentary and called the men’s credibility into question.Both accusers came forward with allegations of sexual abuse after Jackson’s death in 2009 and after they had told officials otherwise.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
August 16, 2013This continues our report from 8/14/2013 about the creation of bronze bells.Before reassembling the flask, the artisans use a hollow metal tube to perforate the top of the negative bell impression and then, using a spoon, they carve a small concave circle around the top of the bell, as we see Rawaf doing in the picture to the left. This allows for a smoother pouring of the bronze into the mold.[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]In the meantime, the furnace where the bronze is melted gets loaded up. Here is Andy putting unusable bells and other pieces of scrap bronze in the furnace to be melted down and re-used.The two sides of the flask are then reassembled, the wooden flask is taken off and the molds are lined up on the ground. A metal or plastic frame is then put around the sand mold, as Jonas is pictured doing in this photo. Ingots are then placed on the molds to prevent any possible movement.Two artisans, (pictured here are Andy and Jonas) don protective clothing, and lift the crucible containing the molten bronze out of the furnace.They carefully pour the bronze into each of the molds. The other artisans follow the pouring with shovels, so that should any bronze fall onto the cement or out of the mold, they can quickly throw sand on it to prevent any danger or injury.The molds are then left to cool for about an hour, or until the bronze is solidified. This report will continue on Monday.
March 13, 2019The Cosanti Foundation is once again participating in Modern Phoenix Week! Participants of this annual celebration of Architecture and Design will be invited for an intimate tour of Cosanti on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00-11:30 am and again on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am. These two special tours are being offered for a suggested donation rate of $20 per person, attendance is limited to 25.Register here for the tour on March 16th, and here for the March 23rd date. We’ll see you at Modern Phoenix Week!
State officials on Monday said they have no information of authorities in the north reporting to the United Nations an alleged ‘violation’ of the regime’s airspace by a Republic police helicopter last week.According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris, a helicopter AB-142 belonging to the “Greek Cypriot Police”, violated on November 21 at 08.40am the regime’s airspace for 67 seconds.Citing sources, the daily said that the helicopter in question, “violated the TRNC airspace flying over the presidential palace” in the occupied part of Nicosia for 67 seconds.Authorities in the north deemed the alleged violation as provocative, the daily said, and filed a written protest to the foreign ministry “via the UN military and civil department”.The foreign affairs ministry and police said they have no information on the issue.Unficyp spokesman Aleem Siddique told the Cyprus Mail that they have no information on the matter either. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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 Taboola
A 15-year-old girl reported as missing from her Larnaca home has been found and is well, police said.Maria Michaela Kyprianou had been reported as missing since Saturday.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 39-year-old Paphos resident was arrested on Saturday night for attacking a police officer and for resisting arrest.According to the police, the man was arrested after hitting one of two officers, who had responded to a call about a break in. He hit the officer on the head and shoulder with a piece of wood.Police had been alerted at around 11pm that there had been a break-in in an apartment in Chlorakas and that a person behaving suspiciously had been seen in the area. The two officers, who responded to the call, saw the man in a field near the apartment building in question and headed his way. The man then attacked one of them with a piece of wood. The officer was taken to the Paphos general hospital where he was treated for his injures and discharged.After his arrest, it was alleged the man had broken into a nearby apartment. The suspect was carrying a small purse and a woman’s handbag when he was arrested.You May LikeStyleBistroThese Celebs Wore The Most Eye-Catching Bridal GownsStyleBistroUndoPics29 Older Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HousePicsUndoStair Lift | Search AdsThese Stair Lifts Might Change Your Life In 2019!Stair Lift | Search AdsUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Lizzy IoannidouRenewed indefinite strike measures were launched on Friday by Paphos public transport company (Osypa) employees, after the company’s failure to pay November salaries, despite government promises on Tuesday that a solution would be found this week.Once again, thousands of students, pensioners, workers and tourists were affected, “but responsibility does not lie with the drivers,” their representative Christos Evangelou said.Misunderstanding has been an enduring issue for the past eight years between the ministry and the company, Evangelou said, but it is the workers who have been left unpaid for November, and will very likely remain without their December and 13th salaries as well.“The differences are between the ministry and the company and we are always in the middle,” Evangelou said, adding that no one is willing to work for free.Evangelou called on the ministry to renew efforts with the company so that a solution can be found, because if not, Paphos risks remaining without public transport, he said.If a solution is not found until Monday, Evangelou added, Osypa employees will resort to an escalation of measures outside the presidential palace.Meanwhile, the transport ministry told state broadcaster Cybc on Friday that it is drawing up a plan B to resolve all of the issues.The ministry’s plan is to provide alternative buses for public transport, with the transportation of students to school being a priority task, said the director general of the transport ministry, Stavros Michael.“We are willing to give Osypa one more opportunity for dialogue, but if a solution is not found in the next few days, we will have to move forward with plan B,” Michael said.Osypa CEO Constantinos Ioannides explained on Cybc on Friday that initially the company had officially requested the ministry draw up a new independent arbitration committee, suggesting that this committee be chaired a former judge of the supreme court.Ioannides said that this was rejected by the ministry, which requested that head-to-head discussions be launched between the two parties without mediators, a proposal which was then rejected by Osypa which asserted that this would not bring about fair results, and maintained that differences needed to be settled either through arbitration or court proceedings.Strike measures were launched by three out of the six bus companies on Monday in protest against not receiving their November salaries.Deliberations between the transport ministry and the bus companies of Larnaca and Limassol quickly reached an agreement with the government signing off on Monday on financial contributions allowing the companies to pay their employees who in turn called off strike measures.Osypa employees remained unyielding until Wednesday, when they returned to work after receiving government promises that a solution to the company’s problems will be found within the week.Friday’s renewal of strike measures comes after Osypa’s inability to come to an agreement with the ministry.Last March, the transport ministry said that all bus companies had received overpayments. The biggest chunk of overpayments made resulting from setting high the cost per kilometre for which the companies receive a government subsidy, was between 2010 and 2014.Bus companies were unable to pay salaries on time after the government announced that they must reclaim the money owed by the bus companies following a ruling of an independent arbitration committee that was tasked about a year ago to weigh in on the matter.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola