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first_img Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals’ first priority this offseason was restructuring Larry Fitzgerald’s contract.They can now check that one off the list.Word came out early Wednesday that Arizona and its leading receiver had agreed to a new contract.“The two biggest goals for us were pretty simple,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “Number one, to compensate Larry for the type of player, the type of talent he is and the leader that he is, and then essentially clearing enough salary cap space for us moving forward to be able to be aggressive and proactive when free agency starts.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Prior to the new contract, Fitzgerald was scheduled to count $23.6 million against Arizona’s 2015 salary cap, which is a number that the team just couldn’t afford if it hoped to make any additions this offseason. So, it was figured if a new deal could not be struck, he would end up being released. This deal, which Keim said is essentially for two years, will reportedly pay Fitzgerald $22 million while freeing up about $13 million in cap space for Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is general manager Steve Keim.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition as the Cardinals get ready for its NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. How is the health of this football team?“Overall pretty good. Again having the off week certainly helped some of those players who were banged up. I feel really good, Andre Ellington had another week on that toe. I think he’s getting his confidence back to be able to have that one-two punch with David Johnson. I think with the other guys whether it’s Carson with the finger and some of these other guys, they are certainly getting some well needed rest.”After you set down and watched Wild Card weekend, out of everything that was on the table, what are you still thinking about this morning?“I think it would be remiss  if I didn’t say that if I was in Mr. Brown or Rick Spielman places that I wouldn’t be extremely disappointed with the way those two teams lost. For Cincinnati to go through what they went through and still lost that game, and of course with the missed field goal yesterday. I feel really bad for Rick Spielman and his team. I thought they played well yesterday and did some nice things against Seattle. It was certainly a tough way to lose on both sides.”You are a GM with a local college in town. You saw Vontaze Burfict for three years, you see Vontaze Burfict now with the Bengals. There’s no doubt this guy can play. But can he play for Steve Keim? Top Stories “I don’t want to get into talking about players from other teams. The guy is a talented player, there’s no doubt about it and that’s probably a better question for Marvin Lewis.”When you watch the end of that Minnesota game, were you thinking, “My goodness, I hope nothing like that happens to Chandler Catanzaro.” This guy has had some problems with extra-points, Steve. What do you say to a guy like Chandler Catanzaro and where do you think his confidence level is at?“That’s all you try to do is try and inject some organizational confidence into him, that organizationally we are behind him and you can’t kick scared. Like B.A. said, you just have to punch it through the up-rights. That’s the hard part of being a kicker. It’s not just the physical aspect of it, there’s a mental part of that game and Chandler has made some big kicks for us. We do have a lot of confidence in him, but at the same time he’s had some hiccups this year. He’s a young kicker and it’s always a delicate balance where you don’t want to get in the kid’s head and make him feel uneasy. At the same time you just have to continue to tell him that we have confidence in him and let him know that we know he is going to make the big kick if he’s called upon. But again, to be able to watch that again as a fan, that put a sick pit into your stomach.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM 0 Comments   Share   When you look ahead to Saturday, what is your big key to the game?“I would say just playing our game and we are fortunate to be playing at home. There’s nothing like playing at the University of Phoenix Stadium and before our own fans and the energy and excitement that’s in that stadium. To be able to have that advantage of playing on your home field and in front of your fans, and to have our players where they are used to the locker room, used to the surroundings. That’s a big key for us and hopefully for the next two games we can continue to play there.”I want to give a free shout out and have you back me up Steve. To Andy (Levy head of University of Phoenix Stadium’s turf crew) and all of his staff, how much work is going into from a game against the Packers to of the Fiesta Bowl of Norte Dame-Ohio State to a game against the Seahawks and now a game tonight against Alabama and Clemson and then into your own game on Saturday night.“I can’t tell you the kind of job that Andy and his crew do. It’s a tremendous amount of stress put on those guys of having to keep that field up to high standards. Year end and year out, the NFL players always vote our field as the best in the NFL and it’s because of Andy and his crew and the job that they do. It starts in training camp with the amount of stress that we put on that field everyday with practice. He has that field every week in tip-top condition. So to me Andy and his crew are the very best in the National Football League.”center_img There are two old sayings when you compete against each other. One is don’t go to the well to often, and the other is if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.  With everything that Arizona did correctly in that game against Green Bay, how many of those things are something you say, “Hey do that again against Green Bay,” and how many are, “It’s a completely different game,” and Green Bay is going to have a different game plan. How do you see the first match up effecting the second one?“Well I think internally it gives our players confidence that we can compete against those guys and we do have some match ups that we like. Yet at the same time they are getting quite a few players back that were not healthy. Their offensive line looks to be a little more healthier then we played them and we are going to get their best effort. I’m sure. Mike McCarthy is a fantastic coach and is going to have some different wrinkles for us and some mismatches that he thinks he can create.  They are playing with some confidence right now after that type of game yesterday. Again we have to focus and play with some intensity. I felt like we had a great week of practice last week after the disappointing loss to Seattle. I thought our guys practice well last week, they were energetic, they were enthused, they hustled and I think we will be ready to go on Saturday night.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Do you think Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense regained their confidence?“Yeah, it looks like they got their swag back a little. The one thing they were able to do was run the ball effectively. They started pounding the football which obviously sets up your play-action game. I think the one thing prior to them running the ball, I think some teams thought they became one dimensional. For Aaron to have that in his arsenal, whether it’s Eddie Lacey or (James) Starks — those guys gashed the Skins pretty good yesterday and it sets up  the play-action game and it creates some opportunities in the passing game.”How much will you break down that film from yesterday?“I’ll take a look at that, I won’t get in depth like our coaching staff will. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will get the best of what the Green Bay Packers have to offer. I’m sure they will use their last game as fuel to their fire.Regardless of who we play — whether it’s the Seattle Seahawks, who everyone is going to say is the hottest team in football, and me saying I wanted the opportunity to play them again, or the Packers because it’s not going to be the same. You can create any kind of spin you want. The bottom line is that we have to play somebody Saturday night. We have to bring our energy and focus and play our game.” Your browser does not support the audio element. 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first_imgThere are a lot of similarities between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals.Both have MVP-caliber quarterbacks leading dynamic offenses, and each features a defense that excels at creating turnovers and keeping scoring down.But one of the key differences that is being highlighted this week as the teams prepare to face each other in the NFC Championship Game is the locations in which they reside.As a substantial snow storm wreaks havoc along the East Coast, the Valley of the Sun is, well, just that. Blue skies+sunshine at Cards facility this am. Saturday’s travel plans to NC unaffected by east coast weather pic.twitter.com/dAOPTOX2WX— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) January 22, 2016In the name of transparency, Dalton’s photo was taken prior to the team getting on the field for practice, but that really does not matter here. While the Panthers are dealing with the elements, the Cardinals will bask in some of the best weather the country has to offer right now.The forecast for Sunday’s game, which kicks off at 4:40 p.m. Arizona time, calls for a sunny day with a high of 44 degrees. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Warmups. ❄❄❄ pic.twitter.com/eQcJOChwBm— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 22, 2016Meanwhile, in Arizona… Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Here’s a look at what the scene looked like at Panthers practice Friday: Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   It doesn’t ease the season’s poor start, but maybe, just maybe the Arizona Cardinals are on the verge of climbing out of the hole they dug for themselves.And if so, then they can point to this win, a 33-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers that kicked off Week 5 on Thursday Night Football.And they did it with their starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, back home in the Valley.Drew Stanton passed for two touchdowns, both to Larry Fitzgerald, and David Johnson rushed for two scores to help the Cardinals snap a two-game losing streak. The Jets, coached by Todd Bowles, who spent two seasons leading the Cardinals’ defense in 2013 and 2014, have never played at University of Phoenix Stadium. In fact, they have not visited the Valley since 2004.This will only be the ninth meeting between the two teams.The Jets have won the past six matchups, including the most recent get-together in 2012 in New York, 7-6.Overall, the Jets lead the all-time series 6-2, dating back to 1971. – / 31 Your browser does not support the audio element. The Cardinals have never lost three straight under head coach Bruce Arians.Stanton completed 11-of-28 attempts for 124 yards and Fitzgerald caught six balls for 81 yards. But no one had a better performance than Johnson, who totaled 185 yards from scrimmage.Breaking it down, Johnson had 157 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards.Defensively, the Cardinals sacked Blaine Gabbert seven times.The Cardinals have won three in a row over their NFC West rival.THE GOODIn the history of the National Football League, there have been just five streaks longer than Fitzgerald’s current one of 184 consecutive games with at least one reception. He reached No. 184 with a five-yard catch on 2nd-and-7 on the Cardinals’ third possession of the first quarter. By the way, that was Stanton’s first completion after he misfired on his first four throws of the game.Entering the game, Stanton had never thrown a touchdown to Fitzgerald. That changed late in the second quarter, and now Stanton is the 13th different Cardinals quarterback with a touchdown pass to Fitzgerald, who caught a 21-yard ball on the very first play after Calais Campbell put the ball on the San Francisco 21-yard line with an interception. The score tied the game at 7. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Luke and Paige Show Have a half, Markus Golden. He had a half-sack in the first quarter (shared with Alex Okafor) and added a full sack in the second quarter, giving him 1.5 sacks for the game and 5.5 sacks for the season. That surpasses his rookie total of four in 15 games. Golden now has a sack in five straight games. Only Curtis Greer’s seven-game streak in 1984-85 is longer in franchise history.No player in the National Football League has more touchdown receptions against the Niners than Fitzgerald. Give him 16 after his third-quarter score, which put the Cardinals ahead, 21-7, at the 7:35 mark. Fitzgerald caught a 29-yard pass to complete a six-play, 71-yard drive in 3:19. For Fitzgerald, it marked his 18th multi-touchdown reception game of his 13-year career.In Cardinals history, only Ottis Anderson (19) has more touchdowns through his first two seasons than Johnson. But Johnson is closing in fast. He recorded his 17th in the third quarter, a four-yard run that handed the Cardinals their first lead, 14-7, at the 12:45 mark. Later in the fourth quarter, he scored his 18th, a two-yard run that made it 31-14 Cardinals at the 4:44 mark.THE BADAnd the drought continues. The Cardinals have gone five straight games—a total of 13 possessions—without a first-quarter point, the only team in the league with that dubious distinction. And this despite the Cardinals outgaining the Niners, 81-32, on Thursday. By the way, of the 81 yards, Johnson accounted for 58 on nine carries. – Starting right guard Evan Mathis exited the game late in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury and was replaced by Earl Watford.– Elevated from the practice squad to the active roster only hours before kickoff, undrafted rookie Hakeem Valles started the game at tight end.– The Cardinals have recorded back-to-back wins in San Francisco for the first time since 2005-06, and they improved to 2-1 at Levi’s Stadium.– The Cardinals improved to 8-3 in primetime games under Arians, while also running their winning streak on Thursday nights to three in a row.– With the victory, Arians moved into fourth place—passing Jimmy Conzelman and Charley Winner—on the franchise all-time wins list with 36.– Among the Cardinals’ inactives were a trio of defensive linemen: Josh Mauro, Robert Nkemdiche and Olsen Pierre. Mauro had a chest injury.– This was the first of three consecutive primetime matchups. The Cardinals have played consecutive primetime games but never three straight.UP NEXTIt’s an extended break for the Cardinals, who now won’t hit the field for a game until Monday, Oct. 17, when they host the New York Jets in a primetime affair featuring their former defensive coordinator. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. MST with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Two of the Niners’ three first-half, third-down conversions came on their only scoring drive of the half. It was their second possession of the second quarter, which ended with Gabbert’s nine-yard throw to Jeremy Kerley on 3rd-and-5 to put the Niners ahead, 7-0 at the 4:12 mark. On the drive, Kerley had four catches for 63 yards.There is no running back better at finding the end zone than Carlos Hyde, at least thus far. His third-quarter, one-yard run was his sixth score of the season, which is tops in the NFC. It was an 11-play, 82-yard drive in 5:41 to make it 21-14 Cardinals at the 1:54 mark. The Niners converted one third down but recorded five first downs.STAT OF THE GAME17: The Cardinals scored 17 points off of three takeaways. They won the turnover battle (+3) after losing that statistical category in each of the past two weeksHE SAID IT“Everybody got a part of (the win), and the defense played outstanding,” Fitzgerald said. “It was a win we needed to have.”NOTED– Cornerback Marcus Cooper now has as many interceptions in his last four games (three) as he had in his entire 40-game NFL career prior.– Starting left guard Mike Iupati exited the game early in the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. He was replaced by John Wetzel. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img🥋 @DaSlimC + @Mathieu_Era pic.twitter.com/qNbPsQlonm— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 31, 2017 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals, of course, have a well-documented past of having players dress up in pregame when they lose the quarterback challenge.From Patrick Peterson as Buddy the Elf to Carson Palmer as Stay Puft Marshmellow Man, we’ve just about seen it all.If Williams indeed entered himself in the competition, it appears he made a huge mistake. – / 38 — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 31, 2017Williams even got some stretching in with the rest of his team before the game. 🤔 @DaSlimC pic.twitter.com/xtB4v6CWXj 0 Comments   Share   center_img There isn’t a clear answer available as to why or what he’s wearing what he is, but Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams got dressed up before the team’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos.Other defensive backs such as Tyrann Mathieu seemed to enjoy his outfit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams wears a costume during warm ups prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Divorce rates have soared in American sports. Our favorite athletes are more roommates than life partners.Patrick Peterson changed that trend, reshaping his story and ours.He’s proof that mea culpa still matters. When done properly, with conviction, from the heart.Or in his words:“I just want to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season. I’m here to stay, baby!”Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson apologizes for requesting tradeCardinals CB Peterson excited to get back to press coverageThat’s when Peterson dropped the microphone on the tee box at the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am. After offering up one of the best apologies in Valley sports history. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 11 Comments   Share   That’s why Peterson was a litmus test of sorts. He’s an elite cornerback and a cornerstone of the Cardinals. He’s been to the Pro Bowl in eight consecutive seasons and sets a lofty standard inside the locker room. Best of all, his smile has returned, while his apology confirms that he cares as much as we do. He’s part of our history and our future.The way it should be with great players in great sports towns.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here’s why:Because he didn’t have to.The Cardinals star wasn’t forced into remorse. He wasn’t backed into a corner by ownership, sponsors or public opinion. He didn’t have to revisit his shocking trade request that sabotaged Steve Wilks’ debut as NFL head coach.By the end of the 2018 season, we all felt his pain. Many fans vowed to turn in their season tickets, following Peterson out the door if there wasn’t a change in leadership. In some ways, his dissent was validated, even appreciated.Without it, maybe the team doesn’t undertake the expensive housecleaning of a one-and-done coaching staff.Still, Peterson wasn’t a martyr and not without fault in the matter. A team captain needs to consider the group, and not just himself. Even if Peterson was falsely promised that Wilks would take him to the next level. Even if Peterson was the guy who had to tell Deone Bucannon why the head coach didn’t think he could play.In the end, Peterson was the first to pull back the curtain on a head coach in over his head. His frustration eventually became relatable, for all of us.That’s why Peterson’s apology matters. He wasn’t looking to expunge his record or officially close the book on his first misstep as a professional athlete. He wanted more than that. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While much of the country is in a deep freeze, he spent Wednesday afternoon strolling a golf course in sublime weather. He felt the rebellious rock star energy that flows through the WMPO grounds. He stuck his tee shot, heard the roar of the adoring crowd, just like he once did at State Farm Stadium, and he realized how much he loves this place. And us.That makes this a victory for all of us, a hearty communal toast amongst those masochistic enough to pledge allegiance to Valley sports.Devin Booker feels the same way about Phoenix. At least before he entered the 2018-19 season without a point guard. At his peak, Archie Bradley similarly craved a deeper emotional kinship with his audience. They are rare exceptions.We all love this place, but not many of us grew up in Arizona, and most of us take more than we give. But we’re not alone in our transience, a trend that is everywhere in sports.The NBA is a breeding ground for athletes devoted to their narcissism and relocation. Anthony Davis’ trade request has jilted New Orleans so much that the Pelicans scrubbed their star from the team’s official video introduction. The backup quarterback at Alabama just transferred to Oklahoma. The Diamondbacks said goodbye to Paul Goldschmidt while the Mavericks somehow traded for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingas in the span of eight months.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Former Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici will return to the program as an offensive graduate assistant, the team announced Thursday.Bercovici most recently had been playing in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football league for the San Diego Fleet and was the Sun Devils’ quarterback from 2012 to 2015. He joins a staff led by Herm Edwards, who was not with the program when Bercovici played.“I spoke with Herm and (offensive coordinator) Rob Likens back in January when I was still doing the new league and it seemed like an opportunity that I could not pass up,” Bercovici said in a release. “I’m obviously super passionate about this school and I could not be more excited to be here and have the opportunity to work with the quarterbacks and teach them everything I have learned up to this point in my career.” 6 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In his college career, Bercovici threw for 5,333 yards, 42 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 30 touchdown passes in 2015 are tied for the most in a single season.Related LinksFormer ASU QB Wilkins to sign as undrafted FA with PackersASU-UA Territorial Cup football game to be moved back 1 day in 2019The quarterback’s famous “Jael Mary” pass to current Cleveland Browns wideout Jalen Strong put him at the forefront of one of the most iconic moments in program history and lifted ASU to a 38-34 road upset over No. 16 USC in 2015.Between his stint in the AAF and finishing up at ASU, Bercovici spent time with both the Chargers and the Cardinals organizations in the NFL. He did not appear in a regular season NFL game. Quarterback Mike Bercovici #2 of the Arizona State Sun Devils waits for the snap during the second half of the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSheraton on the Park boasts one of the best hotel locations in Sydney, being one block away from Pitt Street Mall and across the road from Hyde Park. The hotel runs a smooth operation with five-star service whether it be at the concierge, in Feast restaurant or the newly renovated club lounge.Traveller: Lisa WagstaffRoom: Grand Executive SuiteAddress: 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000Date: December 2017Best for: A grand hotel with seamless service and beautiful views of Hyde ParkThe Signature factorWalk up the hotel’s Beauty and the Beast-style staircase and you will find yourself at Feast, Sydney’s best seafood buffet. It’s December so the restaurant is decorated for Christmas, my favourite decoration being a four-storey gingerbread house perched above the main attraction: the fresh seafood station.The conceptBuilt in 1930 and becoming Sheraton on the Park in 1994, the property is one of the oldest ‒ and grandest ‒ hotel buildings in Sydney. There are 558 guestrooms including 50 suites, the highest number of any Sydney hotel. The rooms have views of Hyde Park or Sydney Harbour, or both.  The hotel’s latest renovation was the brainchild of interior designer Joseph Pang of JPDC and will be completed in May 2018. The renovation also included the Sheraton Club Lounge, open to guests staying on the club floors, which has been refreshed to make better use of space and the 21st-floor views. The evening drinks and canapés are some of the most generous I have seen in a club lounge. There is a buffet of cheese, fresh seafood and quail legs.First impressionsOur check-in is seamless. We hand our car over to the valet and by the time we are at reception, the staff already have our name and booking open; all that’s needed is a credit card and we are off to our room on the 19th floor. The Christmas decorations are beautiful: large wreaths adorn the pillars of the porte-cochère, Christmas trees decorate the first floor, and lights run along the staircase railings. The dark marble of the hotel is glistening and every part of the large lobby is immaculate.The roomFresh from the hotel’s $40 million renovation, the 70-square-metre Grand Executive Suite combines modern design with classical elegance. The lounge and study area is open and inviting with a plush L-shaped grey lounge under the large windows overlooking Hyde Park. There is a large desk with ample powerpoints for business travellers. Double doors open onto the bedroom with a king bed backed by a new stitched leather bedhead, stretching to the ceiling, and chaise longue to enjoy the view of St Mary’s Cathedral. Signature Luxury Travel & Style is the exclusive in-room magazine. The large marble bathroom is connected via a walk-in robe with three mirrors, a large bath and shower. All suites include complimentary access to the Sheraton Club Lounge.Top suiteLocated on level 21 is Sheraton on the Park’s Royal Suite. The 205-square-metre suite has a guest bathroom, eight-person dining room, work area and living room with a five-metre-long window seat. My favourite feature is the oval bathtub with views of Sydney Harbour. The king bedroom has balcony access and floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view from bed.On my plateFeast serves up a seafood smorgasbord. The Sydney rock oysters, Queensland tiger prawns and blue swimmer crab taste like they have been served straight from the Sydney Fish Market, and I can’t help but go back for seconds of the juicy crab. When I’ve had my fill of fresh seafood I move onto the warm food (good thing I skipped lunch), including sticky lamb ribs, lasagne, a whole baked salmon and roast potatoes, but it is the wood-fire pizza oven and carving station that catches my attention. Today’s meat is turkey complete with gravy, béarnaise or cranberry sauce. It’s an international buffet so you’ll also find dishes such as salmon sushi, chilli seafood stir fry and a noodle station where your selection is cooked in front of you. My sweet tooth is spoilt with a whole row of desserts from homemade vanilla bean ice-cream, mud cake, crème brûlée, panna cotta and the festive essentials of Christmas tree shortbread, pudding and custard. Most desserts are in bite-size pieces so you can try them all. And if you still have room after all that, check out the cheese station.Feast is the best Sydney dining in the one restaurant, but is only one of the five dining options available. The Sheraton Club Lounge offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and pre-dinner drinks and canapés. The Gallery is the perfect location for an afternoon high tea, while the Conservatory Bar has an outdoor terrace for sipping a cocktail while enjoying Hyde Park views. In-room dining is also available.Highlights from the mini-barThe complimentary Sheraton chocolates and half-bottle of Champagne Taittinger.I wish I could take home…A few kilograms of fresh seafood from Feast.Spa lifeOn The Park Rejuvenation Day Spa is located on the top level of the hotel. As we approach there is soft music playing, a nice touch before a massage, body treatment or facial. It is also here that you will find the hotel’s fitness centre and swimming pool. The pool has a sunroof almost as big as the pool and an outdoor lounge area to take in the fantastic views of St Mary’s and the harbour beyond.Staying inEnjoy complimentary breakfast in the Club Lounge followed by some time in the light-filled pool area having a swim or a session in the fitness centre before a message at On The Park Rejuvenation Day Spa. In the afternoon, high tea at The Gallery is not to be missed.Stepping outIn Sydney’s CBD the options are endless. Take a jet boat ride through Sydney Harbour, play golf at an award-winning course, take a seaplane to an exclusive restaurant in Sydney’s north or just spend the day shopping or strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain.The accolades2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceCelebrity sightingsMichael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in the hotel’s presidential suite. In recent years the hotel has accommodated Taylor Swift, the Kardashians and Channing Tatum.Insiders’ tipsBecome an SPG member for free to earn points that can be redeemed on accommodation and food.Pet peevesThe overhead light in the shower is very bright.Where to find itLocated right in the heart of the CBD, Sheraton on the Park can be accessed by train, bus or taxi. St James railway station is only a two-minute walk from the hotel’s front door.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBrisbane’s newly opened The Calile Hotel has forged a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane as the property’s official vehicle partner. The arrangement will see an S-Class take pride of place within the arched porte-cochere of the luxury resort.Welcoming the partnership, General Manager Jeremy Nordkamp recognises the perfect alignment for The Calile Hotel’s guests.“The S-Class represents endurance, beautiful design and innovation, which speaks to many of the same attributes The Calile Hotel has to offer. While the S-Class holds a strong presence, it is softened by feminine, elegant features, not unlike the hotel. This partnership with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane makes perfect sense,” Nordkamp said.Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Dealer Principal, Shane Parkins, said the partnership with The Calile Hotel was part of their focus on aligning with complementary brands within the local area to develop new connections between the dealership and the Brisbane community.“The Calile Hotel S-Class is a true reflection of the blend of tradition and modernity that both the hotel and Mercedes-Benz represent, and we’re looking forward to guests enjoying their S-Class experience while staying at the hotel,” Parkins said.Whether by a welcome collection from an early flight into Brisbane or to the doorstep of an evening gala, the sleek S-Class is poised to take The Calile Hotel’s guest experience to a new level of hospitality.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterInternational Women’s Day this year will see luxury travel advisory company, the Goldman Group, celebrate its leading women by temporarily rebranding to the ‘Goldwoman Group’.On Friday 8 March, Goldman Group offices around the country will also display a Goldwoman Group logo to honour all influential women in the company and travel industry.This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BalanceforBetter, which opens the conversation about a balanced world, calling to celebrate women’s achievements while enforcing change to create a gender-balanced world in 2019 and beyond.“Today we celebrate the women of Goldman Group for their invaluable contribution to the company and wider travel industry,” says David and Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Directors of the Goldman Group.“On International Women’s Day, we want to take it one step further for the women who make up 85% of our team,” says Tom Goldman.Celebrating 36 years in the travel industry in 2019, The Goldman Group has contributed to excelling the careers of many women in the travel industry. From those new to the industry straight from studies, or those transitioning to a travel career later in life, the Goldman Group is instrumental in building a foundation for its travel advisors.The Goldman Group’s Anthony, Tom and David GoldmanA handful of Goldwomen have shared their highlights and humble beginnings in the travel industry below.Louise Crane of Travelcall Melbourne commenced on her second career path as a travel advisor in her 40s, after working for a family manufacturing business for many years.“I wanted to use my skillset towards something that I would enjoy selling, researching, talking and thinking about. Possessing passion, knowledge, experience and technological skills allows you to embark on an amazing career in the travel industry. I love waking up in the morning and checking my emails to find replies from my international colleagues in St Petersburg, Shanghai and Cuzco assisting me with itinerary requests for my clients,” says Crane.“I began working in travel in my early 20s, I had just returned from a big overseas trip when I had the realisation that a career in travel would allow me to work on what I was most passionate about. It’s been a truly rewarding career, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet inspiring role models along the way – as well as have some incredible travel experiences that make me thankful to be part of such an exciting industry,” says Kristie McShane of Quintessentially Travel Australia.Following a conversation with Michael Holtz (CEO of SmartFlyer USA) and many years of deliberating, Gloria Gammo found herself starting a travel business from scratch.“I did so much personal travel that my family and friends would ask me to book their travel for them – so I did! This turned into booking travel for friends of friends, and five years on, I have cultivated a solid client list who entrust me with their travel plans. Honeymoons are one of my favourite client trips to plan; they’re always fun and tend to comprise of a multi-destination itinerary,” says Gammo.“Not giving away my age, but I started in the travel industry as a telephonist and sole domestic consultant. All bookings with clients and airlines were conducted over the phone and I delivered the tickets on foot. Looking back, it was so much fun, and a different environment. I had no experience other than selling, and smoking in the office was totally acceptable with your clients!” says Terrye Pepper-Hill, Goldman Travel Corporation.“I have put together many wonderful trips for loyal clients. I’m sentimental when it comes to arranging travel, and it’s all about the memories for me. I want to create genuine, unforgettable memories and unbeatable travel experiences for my clients. We travel not to escape life but, so life does not escape us; if I’m able to create this for my clients, then my job is well done!” says Janine Kovkin, Travel Phase.Elizabeth Clarke leads a group of professional and successful women at The Cruise Centre.“I am proud and extremely lucky to be able to work alongside such intelligent, strong women in the travel industry on a day-to-day basis. The Cruise Centre women are at the forefront of the industry and continue to inspire me,” said Clarke.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedHedonist (Hg2) Travel Guides: REVIEWHedonist (Hg2) Travel Guides: REVIEWTravel Tip #16: read up before you travelThis is especially true of those who are travelling in a group where they are not the organisers.Stress-free holiday planning – the 10 steps you need to knowWant to take the stress out of holiday planning? Follow these easy tips and whether your dream holiday is the beach, a cosmopolitan city, or an epic road trip, you can even enjoy the research, booking and packing that will get you there. Imagine that!  1. Set your budget Photo credit: Christine Roy Your… Whilst long established guide book publishers such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guides have an excellent spread of destinations, when you want knowledge on more obscure places (rough guide to Kosovo anyone?) – it starts to become harder to find the up to date, authoritative travel information and advice you need.Enter InYourPocket; publishers of guides that tend to reach the places other guide book publishers don’t. Written by locally based authors, InYourPocket’s free, colourful, downloadable PDF guides are a platinum mine of information.Their publishing model allows them to cover less well travelled destinations that are often ignored by mainstream publishers, and hence the brand is likely to appeal to the more independent, underground, ‘off the beaten path’ type traveller. New editions are published every couple of months – ensuring info is accurate and timely.InYourPocket have still got a long way to go if they are to rival other publishers in terms of the breadth of their selection; at present they don’t cover anywhere outside of Europe and Russia, but for travel information on central and eastern European countries, InYourPocket.com is my first stop.See more websites of the weekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map InYourPocket.comlast_img read more

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first_img Related5 flights for under £50Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28!5 flights for under £50With flights to Europe from as little as £35, where are you going next?5 flights for under £50!Get inspired for your next trip with flights under £50 return With our fantastic five flights for under £40, everyone can afford to take a spur-of-the-moment city break.Poznan £37Un-touristy yet full of energy, Poznan is a vivacious and buzzing Polish city enjoyed mainly by lucky business travellers and its large student population. This friendly city has much in the way of historic sights and museums to peruse. Wander the charming old town by day or use the handy local transport to whisk you to the scenic countryside nearby. As the sun sets in Poznan, the bars and restaurants beckon for a lively night of eating, drinking and dancing in this small city with a big personality. Find flights to Poznan.Dusseldorf £31Bold, bright and brimming with sophistication, Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s wealthiest cities. Cutting edge, modern architecture mingles with high fashion and an arts scene to rival any major capital in the world. But, if you think Dusseldorf is all work and no play you’d better think again. Head for the beautiful Altstadt (the historic quarter on the Rhine), otherwise known as ‘the longest bar in the world’ where you’ll soon see first hand evidence of locals who know how to party. This is the place to live the high life. Find flights to Dusseldorf.Paris £31Romantic and magical Paris captures the heart of every visitor. But it isn’t just its most famous sights like the stunning Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower that appeal, but rather its hidden gems. Quirky, quiet little lanes with unexpected windows full of patisserie pop up out of nowhere, secret, ramshackle cafés serve the best steak and frites you‘ve ever had. Paris has an atmosphere that brings out the poet and dreamer in all of us. It is how Paris makes you feel that sets it apart from other cities. Come and be captivated. Find flights to Paris.Cork £34The lively city of Cork encapsulates the quintessential ‘Irish’ charm that we all know and love. From snug traditional pubs animated with toe-tapping Irish reels, to the winding, ancient alleyways of the city centre. But alongside the historic charm lies a modern Cork with bustling bars, trendy art galleries and museums, glamorous architecture and restaurants that will make your mouth water. The former ‘Rebel City’ may have arrived in the 21st century, but it hasn’t lost any of its spark. Find flights to Cork.Liverpool £39A European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has never lost its gritty, ambitious edge, which is all part of its appeal. With people as down-to-earth as can be, this friendly city now brims with world-class art galleries, museums and theatres while the wholesome Northern night life is lively to say the least. With more listed buildings than any other city in the UK (apart from London), the whole waterfront is a UNESCO world heritage site. Liverpool is an intoxicating mix of culture and history that can’t fail to put a smile on your face. Find flights to Liverpool.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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first_imgTo celebrate the 85th birthday of New York’s iconic Coney Island Cyclone, Skyscanner goes full throttle to bring you the most stupendous, stomach-churning rollercoasters on the planet. Fasten your seat belts… RelatedAdventure guaranteed: The best things to do on Yas IslandAction, luxury and pleasure – it’s all waiting for you on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Join us in exploring the amazing attractions on this up-and-coming island.The world’s best new theme park ridesSeeking the ultimate adrenaline rush? You’re in luck! This year, some of the world’s top theme parks have created some seriously scream-inducing rides – and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of zombie-filled haunted houses or you want to see how virtual reality is changing the game for…Skyscanner’s Top 5 Adrenalin HolidaysFor many thrill-seekers the real escape only happens when a high adrenalin buzz is involved. 1. Formula Rossa – Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesCurrently the fastest roller coaster in the world, you’ll be flung over the track at speeds of up to 240km/h in replica Ferrari Formula One cars. Be warned, the car goes airborne at one point and travels 52m into the air. Stylish safety goggles are to be worn at all times.2. Oblivion – Alton Towers, UK Opened in 1998, Oblivion was the first vertical ‘dive’ roller coaster in the world, plummeting at over 109km/h from a height of 54m. Oblivion is in fact a huge pit into which the cars disappear, and according to the intense videos played in the queue, a place from which some carriages have never returned. Scary stuff.3. Black Mamba – Phantasialand, GermanyThis African-themed thriller cost almost €11million to build back in 2006 and is an inverted roller coaster, meaning that the trains travel beneath the rails. Feel up to 4.5G of acceleration as you fly through ravines and dark tunnels.4. Superman: Krypton Coaster – Six Flags Fiesta Texas, USAThe Superman of San Antonio is a floorless coaster which throws you through the biggest loop in the world, 360 degrees at over 44m in the air. It’s been thrilling visitors for almost 12 years now and was due to have a makeover, but fans of the coaster classic were so appalled at the idea that it seems that Superman is staying.5. The Inferno – Terra Mitica, SpainBenidorm is the home to Inferno – one of only two ‘ballcoasters’ in Europe. The park is split into five different thematic zones and you will find this ride in Ancient Rome. Yet, producing 3G forces, we doubt this is like anything our toga-clad ancestors would have ever seen. 6. Space Mountain: Mission 2 – Disneyland Park, FranceThe distant cousin of Disneyworld Florida’s original Space Mountain, this Parisian sequel is noteworthy in its own right. The first roller coaster to use on-board audio, it is also the only Space Mountain to include several inversions and remains the park’s most popular attraction after 17 years.7. Coney Island Cyclone – USANot many roller coasters can be considered of great historic significance. Yet the Cyclone, opened in 1927, is a certified New York City landmark. Neglected for a short time, this monument to the ‘Roaring Twenties’ was refurbished and reopened in 1975 and still operates today. It reaches speeds of up to 97km/h and has a drop of 26m. Not bad for an 85 year old.8. Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure, USAIf you find yourself 45 storeys up after having been catapulted horizontally at 206km/h, then you’re probably on Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster. If heights aren’t your thing then don’t worry, the whole trip only lasts 59 seconds. 9. Takabisha – Fuji-Q Highland, JapanThis July, Takabisha, the world’s steepest roller coaster, celebrates its first birthday. As if hurtling towards Earth at 100km/h isn’t enough, it involves a 121 degree free-fall, with seven major twists along the way. If you manage to catch your breath, look out for the amazing view of nearby Mount Fuji from the top.10. Silver Star – Europa Park, GermanyTowering at 73m, this German hypercoaster is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, which is why you’ll find a full scale replica Mercedes-Benz Formula One car in the ride’s entrance. It takes 1,750 people every hour up and over a series of hills at 130km/h. Great if you’re not averse to a particularly bumpy ride.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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first_img9. CASC, AberdeenWhat does CASC stand for? Cigars. Ale. Scotch. Coffee. Of course, this place has it in abundance. They scrawl their lengthy list of brews across chalkboards so you can take your pick of lagers, stouts and ciders from all over the world; starting at £2.30 3. Sandbar, ManchesterSandbar is sandwiched between two University buildings, so you’d expect low prices and cheap pub grub. However, their ‘cheap pub grub’ comes in the form of 12-hour brisket, stone baked pizzas and pesto gnocchi – perfect with one of the guest ales, with pints from £2.70. More: 7 of the best places to go drinking in EuropeNot into beer? Here are 10 of the world’s sexiest barsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. The Jewel of the Severn, ShropshireAt this spoons pub the name of the game is cheap and cheerful, but the locals seem to love it and the meal deals are on most nights of the week. Brilliant for a quick pint and a bite to eat, especially with pints from £1.75. Related7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. Beer we go, then!7 things to do in Dublin for under a fiver7 places to make your stay in the capital of the Emerald Isle a bit more wallet-friendly.7 cheapest flights of the week – all under £25 return7 countries, 7 flights, 7 total bargains – we find you the seven most ridiculously low-priced return flights on the web this week. 7. The Palace, LeedsThe majority of major cities fell into the 3 – 4 price bracket, leaving them well out of our list. However, Leeds’ is student central, which means the prices can still be relatively low. The Palace, in Kirkgate, serves up traditional favourites as well as microbrews, and a welcoming pub atmosphere. They even do pints for a pound if you sign up to the Hop Circle. 6. Beer House, Bury St EdmundsWhen PintPrice ordered regions of the UK according to the cost of a pint in said regions, Bury St Edmunds came out at number 1 at a shocking 99 pence a pint. Whilst no one knows where this mythical pint price came from, the prices in local taverns are still far cheaper than neighbouring honeypot, Cambridge. Whatever the prices, the Beer House’s 1286-strong ‘beer count‘ is impressive.center_img The average price of a pint in the UK now stands at £3, but this figure rockets up to an average of £3.65 in London. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get a pint for a pound in Bury St Edmonds, and Bridgend – but we can’t guarantee the quality of watering hole. We have picked a selection of great pubs with pints under £3.1. Princess Louise, LondonThis traditional Victorian alehouse has retained most of its original features, giving it a “Sherlock Holmes” vibe. Although they don’t serve the traditional names, you’ll find a mix of ales from the Sam Smith Brewery (Yorkshire) for under three quid (£2.85 in fact). 2. The Society Room, GlasgowYes, it’s a JD Wetherspoons, but If you’re happy enough with the Curry Club, this is the place for a cheap pint. And if this particular JDW is not to your taste, there are four more within 0.3 miles staggering distance, including the Counting House for last orders if you’re heading home from Queen’s Street station. 10. Hope & Anchor, TenbyPembrokeshire is a beautiful part of the UK, and the herds of tourists visiting scooch up the prices in local country pubs. However, Hope & Anchor have managed to keep their simple pub grub, and their beer, good value. 8. The Centurion, Newcastle Upon TyneThere was once a time when train travel was considered a luxury…no, really. Although we might not have kept that culture, The Centurion certainly has. Situated within walking distance of central station, the former first class passenger lounge is a flagsheep pub for Black Sheep Bitter, and usually carries a few guest ales from microbreweries. 4. The Constant Service, BrightonThe Lanes of Brighton are a maze, so it’s easy to get trapped in one of the pricier pubs. If you can manage to find the Constant Service, you’ll be able to find some knockd-down deals if you time it for happy hour in this warm and inviting English pub that does a fine line in hog roasts in summer.last_img read more

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first_imgWhich electronic items are banned from cabin baggage?UK flight ban:Prohibits any electronic device bigger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm in hand luggage. This means mobiles and smartphones, like the larger iPhone Plus will still be allowed. Most smartphones, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S7, can still be carried in hand luggage.US flight ban:Prohibits the following items, as detailed by The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – but they have said that this list is not exhaustive:LaptopsTabletsE-readersCamerasPortable DVD playersGame consoles larger than a smartphoneTravel printers and scanners ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map AlitaliaKLMBritish Airways RelatedExplore Europe in a day from as little as £34Wondering where to meet up with friends this weekend, or are you just looking for somewhere different to explore? Embrace the jet-set lifestyle you so richly deserve, with these low-cost flights to Amsterdam, Stockholm, Madrid and more.Why Luxor is the new Sharm el SheikhA holiday in Egypt is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap package deal, usually to Sharm el Sheikh. But this year, why not try something different but still stay within your budget? Give Luxor a look and discover the ancient Egyptian capital, the sun-soaked banks of the River Nile…The best lightweight suitcases for travel in 2017Looking for a new lightweight carry on case? Or maybe you need a suitcase that’s easy to carry through the airport? Here’s a round-up of the best lightweight luggage in shops right now, ideal for short and long-haul travel in 2017. Brands include: On Tuesday 21st March, the UK and US governments announced a ban on laptops and tablets in all hand luggage on board direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. It has now been widely reported that the US is considering extending this ban to include flights coming from UK airports to the US. Although there has yet to be any confirmation from Homeland Security on whether or not this will indeed happen, Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”The initial ban is now in full force. Here’s how this will affect your travel plans: Which countries and airports are included in the ban?The US flight ban affects the following airports:Cairo (Egypt)Istanbul (Turkey)Dubai (United Arab Emirates)Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)Kuwait (Kuwait)Doha (Qatar)Casablanca (Morocco)Amman (Jordan)Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)The UK flight ban affects all flights coming from:TurkeyLebanonJordanEgyptTunisiaSaudi Arabia You don’t need to follow these restrictions if your flight is from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport in Turkey. Follow the restrictions for all other flights to the UK instead according to Gov.co.uk.Which airlines are affected?The ban will affect five UK airlines:British AirwayseasyJetJet2.comThomas CookThomsonAnd these eight overseas carriers:Turkish AirlinesPegasus AirwaysAtlas-Global AirlinesMiddle East AirlinesEgyptairRoyal JordanianTunis AirSaudia What can I pack in my hand luggage?If all of this has left you a little confused as to what items you can and can’t bring on board, then we’ve got a complete hand luggage guide for the UK’s biggest airlines, that might just help clear the matter up a little. Need a little more detail? Then read up in full, what each airline’s hand luggage restrictions are here, or go straight to our information pages on easyJet, BA, Ryanair, Jet2 or Turkish Airlines baggage rules.Get the full facts on hand luggage restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlinesWhat about electronics on connecting flights?Some of the airports affected by this latest hand luggage ban are big airline hubs, with lots of UK travellers passing through on business or holiday. The ban is to be enforced from your last point of departure, so if the last airport you departed from is on the list, then the ban will apply. Therefore, catching any connecting flight from on of the airports affected to the UK will mean that your laptop or tablet will not be allowed in the cabin. The safest thing to do if you’re transferring through one of these airports is to put any electronic devices into your hold luggage at the first airport you’re originating from.Will travel insurance cover electronics in hold luggage?Policies can vary, but as a general rule most travel insurance will not cover theft of and unattended items which you can’t see or aren’t close to you. So if it goes in the hold, there’s a chance your policy won’t pay it should your laptop or tablet get damaged or go walkabout. Some insurance providers might be flexible in this situation, having been effectively forced to place such items in the hold, but if in doubt and when possible, leave valuable devices at home and save yourself the stress. If you’re worried about your bags being broken into, then maybe get yourself one of these 8 theft-proof travel accessories to keep your luggage and valuables safe.Get updates on the ban and other travel news, plus more tips and holiday inspiration, and sign up to our free newsletter:Looking for more luggage advice and travel tips? Check these out:What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?It’s been 10 years since rules were introduced on taking liquids in your hand luggage, but even frequent flyers get confused by the countless restrictions. Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.10 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggageDon’t get caught out. We reveal 10 things you’d be surprised you can’t take on the plane in your hand luggage.Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?Since the terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, the UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to most parts of the country, and holidays and flights to Tunisia have been cancelled. In January the FCO extended its travel warning for another month. So is it safe to go on holiday to Tunisia and what do you need to know if you’re planning a trip there or have flights already booked?Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines:last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, USA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRalph Lauren Corporation and the United States Olympic Committee have unveiled the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms during a fashion segment on NBC’s Today Show, ready for the impending London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.As an official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Ralph Lauren Corporation has designed Team USA’s Official Opening and Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms as well as a unique collection of village wear apparel and accessories which embodies the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship.“It’s a privilege to play a part in the London Games and to celebrate the achievements of these premier athletes as they represent our nation on the world’s biggest stage,” said David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s Executive Vice President of Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications.Drawing on the spirit and history of the Olympic Games and a tradition of refined American style, Ralph Lauren’s 2012 Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms feature classic silhouettes in a timeless palette of navy and white with pops of red. U.S. Olympians Heather Mitts (soccer) and Tim Morehouse (fencing), revealed the men’s and women’s Opening Ceremony parade uniforms on the Today Show yesterday morning.Mitts was dressed in the women’s crisp white blouse with a fitted navy blazer that features the official U.S. Olympic Team patch and embroidered Big Pony logo at the chest and a chic cotton scarf with signature red, white and navy stripes, paired with a breezy knee-length cream skirt. Morehouse debuted the men’s parade uniform, which is highlighted with a club-collar sport shirt made of luxe white cotton fitted with a red and navy necktie under a sharply tailored double-breasted blazer with peak lapels.The blazers feature the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team patch and embroidered Big Pony logo at the chest and are paired with cuffed cream flat-front trousers. These sporting, sophisticated looks for both men and women are finished with a piece that celebrates the Olympic spirit: a navy beret with red and white stripes and the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team patch and embroidered Big Pony logo.“Ralph Lauren truly understands the honor bestowed upon Team USA athletes who will represent all Americans at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said USOC Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird.“We’re very excited about the look Ralph Lauren has developed for Team USA to wear at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and believe it will help set the tone for Team USA at the Games.”The Ralph Lauren 2012 Team USA Olympic Collection for men, women and children is available to purchase online at RalphLauren.com. The collection is also available in select Ralph Lauren retail stores, Team USA shops, select U.S. department stores and TeamUSAShop.com. In recognition of Visa’s support of the Olympic Games, the USOC is proud to accept only Visa at TeamUSAShop.com.As an extension of its partnership with Team USA, Ralph Lauren will launch the Ralph Lauren Rally, an interactive experience that allows fans to cheer on Team USA via Facebook or through a mobile site. The cheers, hosted on RalphLaurenRally.com, will be showcased to Team USA in London during team processing and throughout USA House. For each cheer submitted, Ralph Lauren Corporation will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to Team USA.www.ralphlauren.comlast_img read more

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first_imgSingapore – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSpaFinder, Inc., the world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company announced that Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Singapore has won two prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards, namely the Country/Region Award for Best Spa in Singapore for the second consecutive year, and the Top Ten Best Urban Hotel Spa (Worldwide). Readers cast a record number of votes in the eighth annual awards, considered the most thorough and independent assessment of spas worldwide.“This honor is another outstanding laurel in Willow Stream Spa’s growing list of international awards and accolades. It is a testament to the Fairmont Singapore’s unwavering commitment to provide our guests with the most memorable and pampering experiences. My heartiest congratulations to the Willow Stream Spa team for this notable achievement and for setting exemplary benchmarks for the spa industry in the region,” commented Mr. Ian Wilson, General Manager of Fairmont Singapore and Regional Vice-President – Asia, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.Willow Stream Spa is located from levels six to eight at the Fairmont Singapore, and with 50,000 square feet of space in total, is one of Asia’s largest sanctuaries of wellness and luxurious pampering. Equipped with 33 treatment rooms, a fitness centre with cardio theatre, strength training area and fitness studio, this sprawling enclave features a pavilion, VIP suites, sauna and steam rooms, two free-form swimming pools, six tennis courts, Alligator Pear Restaurant & Pool Bar, a lifestyle boutique, a relaxation lounge with personal headsets, and more.“Winning a Readers’ Choice Award is truly a remarkable achievement. There are more spa-goers around the globe than ever before, and competition within the spa industry is at an all-time high. To be recognized by our readers is an extraordinary honor for everyone at Willow Stream Spa,” said Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc.“This award helps travelers make smart choices based on objective criteria. Consumers are asked to cast ballots only for spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years,” Ms Ellis added.This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards were presented to spas in 35 countries/regions, a record number that included awards for favorite spas in China Mainland and Hong Kong, Turkey, Malaysia, Russia and Central America.www.fairmont.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2018 4:44 am PDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Demi Lovato’s mother says the singer is “doing really well” nearly two months after being hospitalized for a drug overdose.In an interview aired this week on Newsmax TV , Dianna De La Garza says the pop star is “happy, she’s healthy, she’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs.”She says she found out about the overdose through text messages from people who had heard the news.She then got confirmation from Lovato’s assistant and says, “I was in shock; I didn’t know what to say.”De La Garza says she “didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”Lovato was sober for six years before relapsing. De La Garza says her daughter’s outlook “encourages me about her future and the future of our family.” Demi Lovato’s mom says star is ‘getting the help she needs’center_img FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lovato’s mother said in an interview aired on Newsmax TV, the singer is “doing really well” nearly two months after being hospitalized for a drug overdose. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2018 1:08 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Porn star says he and woman found Hof’s body LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Latest on the death of Nevada brothel owner and Republican political candidate Dennis Hof (all times local):4:10 p.m.A porn star who attended Dennis Hof’s birthday party says he and a woman found the pimp’s body.Ron Jeremy says he went to check on Hof on Tuesday after he failed to meet him to travel to a scheduled event.Authorities say Hof was found unconscious and later pronounced dead in his private residence at his Love Ranch brothel west of Las Vegas.Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada and previously starred in an HBO series about his business.His name will remain on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a state Legislative seat. He had held a rally Monday night in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas.Jeremy described Hof as a “teddy bear,” who was a good friend and “not a great enemy to have.”___1:20 p.m.A Nevada brothel owner and state Assembly candidate who was found dead Tuesday will remain on the ballot in the race for a statehouse seat in this November’s election.Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley says ballots with Dennis Hof’s name have already been printed and mailed to voters but signs will be posted at polling places notifying voters that the candidate has died.Hof previously starred in an HBO series about his business.Thorley says that if Hof wins the election for the heavily GOP assembly district then officials in the counties that the district covers will nominate another Republican to fill the vacancy.Hof was running against Democratic Las Vegas educator Lesia Romanov.___1:05 p.m.The former six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was among the attendees at a birthday bash for an infamous legal pimp who was found dead Tuesday.Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was astounded Tuesday by news of brothel owner Dennis Hof’s death and called it “shocking.” The former sheriff said Hof was in good spirits when Arpaio left the party at a hotel in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas, around 10 p.m. Monday.Arpaio said he had taken part in some of Hof’s efforts to campaign for the Nevada state Assembly and was asked by Hof to speak at the party.The lawman said he delivered his comments to the crowd, wished Hof well and ate birthday cake.Hof, who starred in an HBO series about his business, fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate and called himself the “Trump of Pahrump.”___12:55 p.m.The sheriff in Nye County, Nevada, says Dennis Hof had a birthday bash with more than 100 friends, including former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio the night before Hof was found dead at one of his brothels.Sheriff Sharon Wehrly (WER’-lee) tells The Associated Press the 72-year-old Hof was pronounced dead Tuesday after he was found “unresponsive and not breathing” a little before 11 a.m. at his residence at the Love Ranch brothel.Wehrly, who also is the county coroner, also was at the party. She says an autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County coroner in Las Vegas.The Nye County sheriff’s office is investigating. Wehrly says there’s no preliminary indication of foul play.The sheriff says Hof was sitting on a stool and talking with people when she left the party at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino after 10 p.m. Monday.____12:10 p.m.Nevada authorities say a legal pimp who gained popularity for an HBO series about his business and a Republican candidate for the state Legislature has died.Nye County sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz (buh-ROOK’-uh-witz) said an employee at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch brothel outside of Las Vegas summoned authorities a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing.Boruchowitz says there is no sign of foul play.Hof was the Republican nominee this year for a heavily GOP legislative district. Ballots have already been printed in the race and it wasn’t immediately clear how elections officials would handle Hof’s death.Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate.last_img read more

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Mesha Marens debut novel Sugar Run is heartfe

first_imgMesha Maren’s debut novel, ‘Sugar Run,’ is heartfelt AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 5:48 am PDTcenter_img “Sugar Run: A Novel” (Algonquin), by Mesha MarenFlawed people and a forceful look at an area ravaged by an economic downturn and a rising opioid epidemic meld in the character-driven “Sugar Run,” Mesha Maren’s novel debut.At 35, Jodi McCarty is getting her first taste of freedom when she’s released from prison after being convicted at 17 for shooting her girlfriend, Paula Dulett. Before Paula, the only person who had been kind to Jodi was her grandmother, Effie. The aimless cross-country trek, including a dip into Mexico with Paula, was the closest to happiness Jodi had known, savoring the “delicious, unfamiliar risk” of each day. The couple supported themselves with petty crimes and Paula’s skills as a poker player. Paula’s intoxicating talks about how a good poker hand is a “sweet sugar run” has Jodi remembering her West Virginia home, and how she wants to return to the landscape of “flashing mountain creeks that appear out of nowhere after a good rain.”The relationship with Paula — and its violent end — preys on Jodi’s mind as she begins her new life, hoping she can fulfil her dream of settling on the land once owned by her grandmother. Then Jodi meets and falls for Miranda Matheson Golden, who is separated from her husband, a country music star “of receding fame.” Along with Miranda’s three sons, the new couple heads for West Virginia where Jodi remembers “even the air around her had felt right.” Along the way, Jodi hopes to find Paula’s younger brother, Ricky, who was abused as a child.“Sugar Run” gains its strength from Maren’s uncompromising storytelling and her insistence on showing even the most painful realities, especially when Jodi finds her grandmother’s land “ripe with disuse.”Maren seamlessly moves “Sugar Run” from 1988 as she describes the deteriorating romance between Jodi and Paula and the present as the newly released Jodi, who always considered herself a victim and is now desperately trying to make better choices with her life and her heart. Jodi is constantly weighed down by her past, and her future with the complicated and unstable Miranda.Jodi fears her grandmother was correct —”the future was only a parallel of the past.” Jodi’s salvation will be if she can rise against her past.Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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