first_imgcruiseCruise SeminarsEcruising has partnered with the Australian-owned and operated company, Cruise Seminars, which facilitates seminars, conferences and training. Cruise Seminars tailors events for people from industries requiring continuing professional development, and offers courses for personal enrichment and knowledge.“It was an ideal match for us to work with Cruise Seminars as we can manage the reservations for both the cruise and onboard events through our dedicated groups department, allowing the client to only have to deal with one channel of communication,” said ecruising’s founding chairman Brett Dudley. last_img

first_img For the classic teh tarik – Raj RestaurantLocated a block from 24-hour mall Mustafa Centre and two blocks from PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, this Indian vegetarian restaurant features such a large, varied menu that even diners new to the cuisine are bound to find something they fancy. Wash the meal down with a well-crafted cup of teh tarik, a local hot milk tea drink – or “pulled tea”, to complete the local dining experience. Address: 76 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207655 For Indian filter coffee – Komala VilasAnother indian establishment worth popping by for a bite and a sip is Komala Vilas, a household name in the country that first opened back in 1947. Have your pick of a delectable variety of both south indian and north indian dishes. Our recommendation is a plate of dosa (a thin, crispy type of pancake) with some of the best Indian filter coffee the neighbourhood has to offer. Address: 76 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217981 For Japanese-French vibes – L’Etoile CaféHankering for more European flavours? You want L’Etoile Café. Quaint, laidback, and ever so off-the-beaten-path, the fusion café upon entering feels like you’ve just stepped into someone’s home. Expect its artisanal coffee to impress at an eatery that roasts its coffee beans and carefully slow drips its coffee for at least 20 hours. Address: 160 Owen Road, Singapore 218953Feature image by Singapore food blogger Qiuuing. Read her review of Toast Box here. Australians love coffee. In fact, we’re coffee snobs and when we’re travelling, sometimes getting a good coffee fix is tricky. Starbucks just won’t cut it. If you’re heading to Singapore, Parkroyal has put together a list of the best places to get your coffee fix.  For a local kopi experience – Toast BoxSavour the singular taste and fragrance of an authentic cup of local coffee, popularly known in Singapore as kopi, at this award-winning breakfast chain. You can’t go wrong with a Nanyang Kopi and Peanut Butter Thick Toast (or a bowl of laksa, if you’re feeling a bit more peckish) combination. Address: 180 Kitchener Road, #01-41 to 43 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539 For cold brews – Old Hen Coffee BarHighly rated for its specialty cold brew coffees that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are addictive, Old Hen Coffee Bar also serves the traditional black and white varieties. While you’re there, try the Chicken Cheese Burrito, the Smoked Salmon and Apple Toast, and the breakfast favourite Toasted Muesli Bowl as well. Address: 88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke How?They didn’t change their signals from when Kolb waswearing the midnight green of the Eagles. Kolbappeared on Philadelphia sports radio stationWIP and told Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow heknew what was coming from Michael Vick and Philadelphia.“During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty,”Kolb said. “Mike’s sitting there giving the signals, andI’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at ourcorners, ‘Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen,hey he’s running a slant.’”Kolb did downplay his knowledge’s influence on the game.“How much of an effect do I really have?” he said. “I’mscreaming to one guy. He may hear me, he may not. Luckilyfor us at that point, the crowd was pretty dead and someof our guys could maybe hear it.” Top Stories Kevin Kolb didn’t get to make his return to Philadelphiaon the field. The former Eagles quarterback was in streetclothes during Arizona’s 21-17 win over the Eagles atLincoln Financial Field.But that doesn’t mean Kolb didn’t have an effect on thegame. NFL teams often rely on former players from theteams that they’re facing. Philadelphia made Kolb’s inputeven more valuable than it normally would have been.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

first_img – / 23 Here’s a look back at the comeback win by the numbers:0:Stanton was not flashy in his first start in over 1,350 days, but the 30-year-old didn’t commit any turnovers in the win.In addition, the Michigan State alum completed 14-of-29 for 167 yards.3:In addition to getting beat on Rueben Randle’s seven-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, Cardinals All-Pro cornerback was flagged three times Sunday — twice on New York’s touchdown drive in the third quarter.The three penalties — defensive pass interference (2) and defensive holding — accounted by 36 yards.4:Ginn, Jr.’s 71-yard high-stepping scamper to the end zone was the fourth punt return touchdown of his eight-year career.4-0:How does a team win a game playing across three time zones without its starting quarterback?Arizona had the perfect recipe, winning the turnover battle 4-0 Sunday — fumble recoveries by Johnson and Robert Hughes and interceptions by Sam Acho and Larry Foote.6.1Running back Andre Ellington didn’t rush for 100 yards or reach the end zone, but he did have a heck of an afternoon on the ground.Ellington carried the ball 15 times for 91 yards — good for a 6.1 yards/rush ratio. 6-of-6:Kicker Chandler Catanzaro doesn’t seem to be showing his age to this point.The rookie out of Clemson nailed all four of his kicks in the 11-point win, from 32, 33, 37 and 49 yards out respectively.On the year, he’s a perfect 6-of-6 on field goal tries.7:Acho’s interception of Eli Manning in the first quarter was the third of his career.For Manning, it marked his seventh straight game dating back to 2013 with at least one pick.10:After making news for his lack of targets (4) in Arizona’s 18-17 win over the San Diego Chargers, Larry Fitzgerald was a focal point in Sunday’s 11-point victory.Fitzgerald was targeted 10 times, catching six passes for a team-high 51 yards.16-141:Yellow was a common color on the field Sunday.Officials tossed 16 flags in all for a total of 141 yards. Of the 16 flags, five were thrown for defensive holding, five illegal contact and two for defensive pass interference.27-0:Over their first two games, the Cardinals have outscored the Chargers and Giants by a 27-0 margin in the fourth quarter.32:Tyrann Mathieu made his first appearance in a game since tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 13 of last season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Drew Stanton hadn’t thrown a pass since Dec. 19, 2010.Carson Palmer hadn’t missed a game since Dec. 30, 2012.But none of that seemed to matter much for the ‘Next Man Up’ Arizona Cardinals at Metlife Stadium Sunday, as they staged their second straight come-from-behind victory by a final of 25-14 over the New York Giants.Credit Amos Jones unit for the heroics in this one.Ted Ginn, Jr. returned a punt for a 71-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, undrafted free agent Robert Hughes recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Cardinals moved to 2-0 for the second time in three seasons with 15 unanswered points. Comments   Share   The former third-round pick entered the game in the first half as part of a seven-cornerback package that led to Rashad Johnson’s first career sack.Mathieu finished the contest with one tackle.12/16/12:Jonathan Dwyer’s one-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter was his first in a game since Dec. 16, 2012 as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. For his career, the former Georgia Tech standout has three rushing scores. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCrystal will expand its acclaimed Crystal Visions Enrichment Program to Crystal Yacht Cruises, with three of its most popular guest speakers set to give riveting and interactive presentations to Crystal Esprit’s guests. When Crystal Esprit sails through Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and the UAE this November and December, she will be joined by leading experts on the distinct global affairs of the regions and the world at large.Sailing aboard Crystal Esprit’s 6 November Athens-Limassol voyage (visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus) and the November 13 Limassol-Aqaba voyage (visiting Cyprus, Israel and Jordan) are:Stephen Cole – A renowned international speaker and broadcast journalist, who shares his perspective from his time with the BBC and CNN International.Jean-Pierre Isbouts – A humanities scholar, best-selling author for National Geographic books and award-winning filmmaker, who shares his stories and observations gleaned from decades of study.Joining the yacht’s 23 December round-trip Dubai sailing (calling in Oman, Qatar, UAE and offering a double overnight in Dubai) is:U.S. Marine Corps General (Ret.) Anthony Zinni – A decorated military veteran celebrated as a fascinating and dynamic speaker, who will share his colorful history and world experiences.“An important component of travel is understanding the world we explore, and Crystal has long been a leader in providing enlightening onboard experiences with esteemed leaders in various fields that mirror the enriching experiences ashore in each destination,” says Crystal CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez. “Presentations from guest experts always draw in our audience of savvy, inquisitive travellers. The intimate setting aboard Crystal Esprit will only enhance the interactive and conversational atmosphere for a truly informative opportunity.”The three guest speakers to kick off the enrichment programming on Crystal Esprit will be familiar to Crystal guests who have sailed on the company’s award-winning ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, as they’ve all been featured as part of the Crystal Visions Enrichment program many times, due to the high level of interest from travellers.Crystal Yacht Cruises fares for the seven-, 10-, and 11-day sailings (chronologically) begin at $4270, $5950 and $11,130, respectively if booked by 31 August.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSpanning all corners of the world, the Marriott International Luxury Brands group offers a boundless network of landmark hotels and resorts in more than 60 countries through The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott and W Hotels.From former palaces in Venice and Vienna to skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai, to intimate, remote escapes in the Maldives and Mexico, the breadth of this portfolio is incomparable.  The company has 200 luxury hotels in the pipeline, representing 20 new countries from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines.Marriott International is set to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to cater for a new affluent traveller, providing globetrotters with a global perspective and an unparalleled portfolio of eight distinct luxury brands.The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts further define the luxury landscape in 2018 The Ritz-Carlton, the hospitality brand with 94 hotels in 31 countries, will see renovations of key properties in 2018 including The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, with 42 hotels in 21 countries today, is scheduled to celebrate the renovation of The St. Regis Rome in 2018, as well as openings in destinations such as Cairo and Amman.Luxury rebel W Hotels spins explosive global footprint Scheduled to reach 75 hotels by 2020, W Hotels balances the power of a global brand with the relevance and personality of a local insider. 2018 will be a year of unprecedented growth for the brand with 8 hotels set to open, ranging from Tel Aviv and Dubai to Brisbane and Panama City.EDITION set to reach 20 properties by 2020With 7 new properties scheduled to launch across three continents, and more in the pipeline, 2018 will mark a pivotal moment for EDITION. Created through a partnership between boutique hotel creator and innovator Ian Schrager and Marriott International, the EDITION brand is slated to grow from a collection of 4 to 11 properties by the end of 2018. Following The Sanya EDITION’s launch in December 2016, EDITION’s Asian presence is scheduled to expand with two additional properties launching in Shanghai and Bangkok in 2018.With a growing global portfolio, The Luxury Collection embodies experiential travel With a growing ensemble of 102 hotels in more than 30 countries around the world, The Luxury Collection takes guests on journeys to the world’s most inspiring places, enriching and transforming modern global travel with authentic and indigenous experiences. The Luxury Collection is set to debut 10 properties next year in captivating locations that span the globe, including Los Cabos, Savannah, Vail and Okinawa.JW Marriott expands global footprint and breathes new life into iconic propertiesInspired by its legendary namesake, JW Marriott is a brand committed to cultivating enriching experiences for guests seeking approachable, modern luxury. With 79 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries – including the recent openings of JW Marriott properties in Vancouver, Jaipur and Phu Quoc, an island oasis off the coast of Vietnam – the brand is looking forward to yet another milestone year with openings slated for 2018 in Nashville and the Maldives.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_img RelatedMore Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More holidaymakers booking flights to JamaicaMore holidaymakers booking flights to JamaicaMore Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers. Brits booking [flights to Dubai](Strengthening pound gives better value for money for UK holidaymakers), Jamaica and New York are getting excellent value for money during their holiday thanks to the strengthening pound.This is according to foreign exchange company Travelex, which said the three destinations offer “red hot last minute deals”.The economic downturn experienced in Dubai in recent weeks has caused travel experts to recommend the emirate as a travel hotspot for this year, with the pound having increased in value against the dirham by seven percent compared to this time last year.Travelex director Julian Neal said that travellers heading off during the new year can avoid being stung by heading to one of the three locations.”The value of the pound against the dirham and both the US and Jamaican dollars means travellers will be much better off compared to this time last year,” he explained.Brits can currently get 24 percent more Jamaican dollars than January 2009, meaning the holidaymakers exchanging £500 can have the equivalent of an extra night in a three star hotel.Separate Travelex research recently revealed that almost a quarter (23 percent) of holidaymakers travelling abroad last summer exceeded their holiday budget.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_img RelatedCertificate allows Fly Montserrat to begin operationsFly Montserrat has secured its Air Operations Certificate, which will allow the airline to become fully operational.Montserrat offers glimpse of Caribbean before mass tourismBrits considering booking cheap flights to Montserrat can experience a Caribbean island that hasn’t been touched by mass tourismFlights to Antigua to be launched by FlyMontserratFlights to Antigua to be launched by FlyMontserrat Livingston will increase its number of charter flights to Antigua and Barbuda from Milan later this year.The airline, which specialises in scheduled and charter holiday flights to the Caribbean from Italy, will continue operating the route after its original cut-off date in April.Flights to the Caribbean islands, which were launched last November, will now continue until the first week of September.Colin James, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, said the news will be welcomed by Italian tour operators and hotels on both islands, “who over the last few years have been clamouring to get the service extended”.The extended service will operate on Sundays, something that Mr James said will appeal to Italian couples and newlyweds.Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of tourism revealed a 9.68 percent year-on-year increase in the number of Italian passengers heading to the islands in 2009.Livingston carried 1.1 million passengers during 2007-08, achieving an average load factor of 80 percent.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgA week on the beach of the Costa Del Sol is all very well, but for many people, the real rewards of travel only reveal themselves when you linger a little longer in a is a portal for those who wish to put down some roots and engage with their surroundings, whether that be by working abroad, studying abroad, volunteering abroad or just living abroad. Packed full of options for the longer term traveller, the site offers advice, information and inspiration on all manner of travel and living abroad matters.Indeed, the options are vast; au pairing in France, working on a Brazilian Farm or teaching English in China, to mention just a few of the hundreds of ideas for volunteering and working abroad programs and holidays that exist.So if you’re looking for a chance to experience the joys of living abroad longer term, is an excellent place to start your search.See more websites of the week ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedVolunteering & Working Holidays? Ask SkyscannerVolunteering & Working Holidays? Ask SkyscannerTravel on the Cheap: Working HolidaysTravel on the Cheap: Working HolidaysThe ultimate guide to getting the most out of your year abroadWhether you’re organising a student exchange or planning a gap year of action packed travel, our Student Travel Writer, Jamie Doris from Heriot-Watt University shares his top tips to get the most out of your year abroad. TransitionsAbroad.comlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineEthical emerald mining company Gemfields and the World Land Trust, working with eight of the world’s premier designers, have created a one-of-a-kind “pop-up” collection of bespoke emerald jewelry. The collection was designed to raise awareness and funding for the World Land Trust’s “Indian Elephant Corridor” project. The pieces will be displayed around the Emerald Queen—a life-size fiberglass elephant adorned with Gemfields Zambian emeralds and designed by Sabine Roemer—which will form part of the London Elephant Parade from May to July 2010.As India’s farmlands and cities continue to expand, the Asian elephant experiences widespread habitat loss. As the home of 60% of the world’s remaining Asian elephant populations, protecting habitats in India is key to the survival of the species as a whole. The World Land Trust works to preserve traditional migratory routes for these elephants so that they can move safely between national parks and other protected areas.Eight world-class designers were chosen from across the globe to create unique jewelry that incorporates a Gemfields Zambian emerald at the center. Gemfields focuses on ethically-sourced Zambian emeralds that follow the highest standards in fair-trade, environmental, social and safety practices. Gemfields’ special mine-to-market capability ensures the provenance of every gem through a full disclosure and certification program. The deep green of these gems and the company’s socially conscious nature makes the collaboration with the World Land Trust a perfect pairing.Each jeweler crafted a single piece, using the elephants and the lush corridors they inhabit as inspiration. The participating UK-based talents include cutting-edge designer Shaun Leane and celebrity favorite Theo Fennell, along with up-and-coming names like Dominic Jones. Other featured designers include Turkey’s Sevan Bicakci, Australian South Sea pearl company Autore, represented by Alessio Boschi, and Gem Palace, the renowned court jewelers to the Moghul emperors in India.The collection is currently on view in the Selfridges Wonder Room until June. On June 22nd, Sotheby’s will auction off the pieces in an exclusive event, with a percentage of profits from each jewel going towards the World Land Trust’s “Indian Elephant Corridor” project.Visit for more information.last_img read more

first_imgDubai, United Arab Emirates – Atlantis, The Palm will open this September as the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah – the first resort to open its doors on Dubai’s revolutionary island. Created by Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, the stunning new 1,539-room resort began accepting reservations February 1, 2008.With its enviable location atop the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, the opening of Atlantis, The Palm will be a landmark event, redefining tourism in Dubai as the first truly integrated entertainment resort. Reflecting Executive Chairman Sol Kerzner’s vision to transport guests into a dazzling, imaginative world, the resort will encompass a 46 hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at AQUAVENTURE, extensive fresh and salt-water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-aired marine habitat second only to Mother Nature, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a Spa and Fitness Club, and 5,600m² of meeting and function space.“This is an exciting time for Dubai and for Kerzner International.  With the introduction of a new world icon in The Palm Jumeirah and our position as the flagship resort of this icon, Atlantis, The Palm is situated as the new gateway to this incredible region.  Out of a vision that married the wonders of marine life with stunning elegance and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf alongside the most exciting water playground in this part of the world, we have developed an experience within Atlantis that is truly different than the existing pleasures of Dubai.   We’re very proud of the final product and cannot wait to share it in September when we open our doors,” shared Sol Kerzner, Executive Chairman, Kerzner International.WATER EXPERIENCES Water adventures, salt and fresh water attractions and an open-air marine habitat are the focal point of Atlantis, The Palm for both guests and visitors: -AQUAVENTURE – a water playground of over 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids, and the Mesopotamian-styled -Ziggurat temple reaching over 30 metres into the sky and featuring seven heart-pumping water slides – two of which catapult riders through shark-filled lagoons; -The Ambassador Lagoon – an 11 million litre marine habitat and underwater exhibit home to several hundred species of marine life, with a viewing panel looking right into the mystical ruins of Atlantis; -The Lost Chambers – bringing the myth of Atlantis to life through a maze of underground tunnels offering underwater views into the boulevards of the ruins of Atlantis; and, -Dolphin Bay – a 4.5 hectare state-of-the-art dolphin education and conservation centre allowing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled facility.In a tribute to the surrounding sea, designers and artists from around the world are creating the ultimate resort destination with a stunning array of sculptures, artwork, hand-painted murals, exquisite fountains and waterfalls and innovative design by some of the world’s most renowned designers including David Rockwell, Adam Tihany, Jeffrey Beers and Wilson and Associates.THE ROYAL TOWERS ACCOMMODATION Each of the 1,539 guestrooms and suites in the Royal Towers will feature private balconies and views over the Arabian Gulf or The Palm Jumeirah. With rates starting at $454 per night, guests may choose from a variety of accommodation including the indulgent: -Imperial Club – a ‘resort within a resort’ with over 150 rooms and suites, exclusive services and private club lounge; -Bridge Suite – spanning the Royal Towers, a private lift takes guests 22 storeys above Atlantis for heart-stopping views of The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai and The Arabian Gulf; -Lost Chambers Suites – each three stories high with mesmerising views directly into the Ambassador Lagoon from the master bedroom, these two suites located within the Lost Chambers create an illusion of being beneath the sea whilst looking directly into the heart of Atlantis.AWARD-WINNING CUISINE & DESIGNER SHOPPING With 17 restaurants, bars and lounges to suit every taste – sophisticated seafood, innovative sushi, quick bites and foods from around the world – the dining and entertainment at Atlantis will be as exciting and multi-faceted as the resort itself. Four famed celebrity chefs will debut at Atlantis, The Palm, making the resort the culinary destination in Dubai: -World-class master chef and sushi mogul Nobuyuki Matsuhisa opens Nobu with partner Robert DeNiro; -Two star Michelin chef Giorgio Locatelli, one of London’s most talked about Italian chefs, features Ronda Locatelli; -Parisian sensation and two star Michelin chef Michel Rostang debuts his French Brasserie; and, -Three star Michelin chef Santi Santamaria, known as ‘The Architect of Food,’ opens his first venture outside of Europe with Ossiano, a gourmet seafood restaurant.The specialty restaurants will be located along The Avenues, a sophisticated retail promenade also home to a nightclub and over two dozen shops featuring top names in fashion, design and local artistry.DESTINATION DISCOVERY From surreal sea life to heart-pounding water slides, even the youngest guest will be able to explore Atlantis and its deep connection to water and the ocean. Specialized programmes for toddlers to teenagers feature dedicated facilities and age-appropriate activities with the interactive Atlantis Kids Club (3 to 12 years) and Club Rush, a fully supervised ‘No Adults’ private club for teenagers and pre-teens. QuickZone will satisfy those looking for the ultimate gaming challenge on the latest SEGA equipment.Atlantis, The Palm is accessed by a six-lane underwater vehicle tunnel, which surfaces next to the resort. Alternately, guests may also choose to leave their cars at the base of the trunk in a secure, dedicated parking area, and board a monorail to be transported through the centre of The Palm Jumeirah directly to Atlantis, The Palm.Further information: visit http://www.atlantisthepalm.comAbout Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. This US$1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Dubai Government owned, Istithmar. Opening in September 2008, the resort will utilise the 46 hectares site with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang. Atlantis, The Palm will offer an unprecedented entertainment centre, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities. It will be home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with some 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.KERZNER INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LIMITED, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. Kerzner’s flagship brand is Atlantis, which includes Atlantis, Paradise Island, a 2,900-room ocean-themed destination resort in The Bahamas. This unique destination features a variety of accommodations, including the new resort The Cove Atlantis, all built around a 100-acre waterscape with over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Kerzner is extending its Atlantis brand globally with the development of Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort expected to open in September 2008 on The Palm, Jumeirah. Kerzner has also commenced construction of a 600-room, destination casino resort in Morocco that will open in 2009, which will be operated by Kerzner under a new brand that it will be introducing to the market. Kerzner also manages six luxury resort hotels under the One&Only brand. The resorts, featuring some of the top-rated properties in the world, are located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives and Dubai. Additional One&Only properties are currently in the development stages in South Africa, Zanzibar and Costa Rica. For more information concerning Kerzner and its operating subsidiaries, visit read more

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – AMC says it will open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theatre on April 18.Cinema operators are rushing to build theatres in the Gulf kingdom. The Saudi government in December said it would open the country to commercial movie theatres for the first time in more than 35 years. It’s part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform Saudi society. In June, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive.AMC’s first theatre will open in Riyadh. It plans to open up to 100 theatres by 2030.Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and information, Dr. Awwad Alawwad, hailed the first cinema operating license as “the opening of very significant opportunities for exhibitors.”AMC is the world’s largest exhibitor. It’s owned by the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. FILE – In this May 30, 2017 file photo, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Moscow’s Kremlin, Russia. AMC says it will open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater on April 18, 2018. Cinema operators are rushing to build theaters in the Gulf kingdom. The Saudi government in December said it would open the country to commercial movie theaters for the first time in more than 35 years. It’s part of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform Saudi society. In June, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, pool, File) AMC to open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theatrecenter_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 1:05 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: Murphy: ‘No timetable’ to act on sports bets by The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 14, 2018, file photo, men watch horse racing on an array of screens at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. New Jersey’s proposed sports betting law is heading down to the wire, with final legislative approval expected on Thursday, June 7. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) center_img TRENTON, N.J. – The Latest on whether sports betting can begin Friday in New Jersey (all times local):11:55 a.m.New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he has given himself no timetable to act on a bill to legalize sports betting.The state Legislature passed the bill Thursday and sent it to the Democratic governor.At an appearance Friday, Murphy said, “We’re not sitting on it,” but declined to say when he might act.The state’s casinos and racetracks are itching to start taking bets on sports now that New Jersey has won a U.S. Supreme Court case clearing the way for it and all the other states to do so.____10:30 a.m.New Jersey officials are cracking the whip on horse racing tracks that are contemplating starting to offer sports betting before Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill permitting it.The New Jersey Racing Commission has written to the state’s three horse tracks warning them not to start taking sports bets until the bill is signed.Tracks that jump the gun could jeopardize their ability to be licensed under the new law.In an attempted end-run around the Democratic governor, New Jersey legislators eliminated language in the bill that prohibited bets from being taken before the bill is signed.But Racing Commission Director Frank Zanzuccki warned them late Thursday not to.____12:20 a.m.The first full day after New Jersey legislators approved a bill to legalize sports betting began with no one actually offering it yet.But that could change by the end of the day on Friday, depending on whether casinos and racetracks are willing to move on their own and ignore the state’s Democratic governor, who has given no indication of when he might act on the bill.All eyes are on Gov. Phil Murphy now that the state Legislature unanimously passed the bill Thursday to allow sports betting three weeks after winning a U.S. Supreme Court case that cleared the way for them and all other states to do so.Technically, casinos and tracks are free to take bets now. But none has voiced willingness to act before the governor does.last_img read more

first_img TOKYO – A renowned actor in traditional Japanese theatre will oversee the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced Monday that Mansai Nomura will be chief executive creative director for all four ceremonies.Generations of his family have been involved in a form of theatre called “kyogen” for 250 years. Nomura has also appeared in Japanese movies and produced and directed modern plays in Japan and overseas.The selection committee cited his experience and knowledge of both classical and modern Japanese arts.Tokyo 2020 also named movie director Takashi Yamazaki as executive creative director for the two Olympic ceremonies, and ad agency creative director Hiroshi Sasaki in the same role for the Paralympic events.Sasaki was behind the segment at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games that featured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the Super Mario game character. Tokyo 2020 names director for opening and closing ceremonies by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2018 2:34 am PDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 3:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img In this April 18, 2017, photo, actor Mansai Nomura speaks during an interview in Tokyo. The renowned actor in traditional Japanese theater has been named creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The organizing committee announced Monday, July 30, 2018, that Nomura will oversee all four ceremonies as chief executive creative director. (Yuka Ando/Kyodo News via AP) last_img read more

first_imgVeteran South Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi dies by Ashok Sharma, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2018 12:14 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A supporter of former Tamil Nadu state chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party chief Muthuvel Karunanidhi wails upon hearing the news of his demise outside the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, India, Tuesday, Aug.7, 2018. Karunanidhi, a scriptwriter-turned-politician in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 94. (AP Photo/R.Parthibhan) R.Parthibhan, center_img NEW DELHI – Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a popular scriptwriter-turned-politician in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 94.Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi died Tuesday after suffering multiple organ failure. Hundreds of supporters carrying his photograph held a vigil at the hospital praying for his recovery. Many wept when they learned of his death.Karunanidhi dominated the Tamil-language movie industry as a screenwriter beginning in the 1950s, and later the political scene for nearly five decades. He became the state’s chief minister, the top elected official in 1969 and held that position five times for a total of 19 years. He led the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that India and particularly Tamil Nadu would miss Karunanidhi immensely.“We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalized,” Modi said.Karunanidhi stopped making public appearances two years ago as his health deteriorated.Meanwhile, a dispute erupted over the burial site for Karunanidhi with the state government, run by a rival party, rejecting his party’s demand that he be laid to rest on Marina beach in Chennai, the state capital, next to a memorial of his mentor and the party founder, C. N. Annadurai. The burial is scheduled for Wednesday.The state government, run by the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, in a statement said it was unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to some legal disputes pending a court settlement. It offered a two-acre (less than a hectare) site elsewhere in the city.The Press Trust of India news agency said the state government appeared to be reluctant to allot space for Karunanidhi’s burial at the Marina beach as he was not a serving top elected official.Karunanidhi’s DMK party moved a petition before the chief justice of the state High Court who is expected to hear both sides later Tuesday.He is the second key political figure to die in Tamil Nadu state in the past two years after Jayaram Jayalalithaa of the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, creating a huge political vacuum.Cinema has always influenced Tamil politics by turning actors into popular politicians. C.N. Annadurai and Karunanidhi were both scriptwriters who went on to become chief ministers. M.G. Ramachandran, a top actor-turned-politician, also had a strong screen presence and following and ruled the state for nearly 10 years as its top elected official.From his school days, Karunanidhi showed interest in drama, poetry and literature. He began his career as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry at the age of 20. His first film, Rajakumaari, gained him recognition and popularity.Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for more than 50 movies. He also wrote the stories for some of them, such as Marudanattu Ilavarasi, 1950, Mandiri Kumari, 1950, Tirumbipar, 1953 and Arasilangkumari, 1961.He became a powerful political figure using his wit and oratorical skills after joining politics at age 33 and winning a state Legislature seat in 1957. He won 13 state elections as a lawmaker.He had three wives, one of whom has died. He is also survived by four sons and two daughters, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.Karunanidhi’s second son, M.K. Stalin, is his chosen political heir. A daughter, Kanimozhi, is a lawmaker in the Indian Parliament.last_img read more

first_imgSuper Bowl week to feature Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Migos AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Music artists like Travis Scott and Jermaine Dupri have been criticized for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but their shows — and many others — will still go on.Dupri is hosting a concert series called Super Bowl Live, while Scott is expected to perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl Party two days before performing at Super Bowl 53 on Sunday. The week will feature performances by Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Aerosmith, Diplo and Lil Wayne.The NFL’s biggest event faces a political firestorm as some entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the game.Scott will join headliner Maroon 5 and Big Boi during the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the New England Patriots plays the Los Angeles Rams.Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Presscenter_img by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 9:25 am PDTlast_img read more

first_img by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2019 12:10 am PDT Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo, a camera operator works on the set of the Court TV anchor desk, in Atlanta. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, amid a true-crime craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Court TV is ending its long recess.The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a crime-story craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life.“The timing could not be better,” said John Alleva, a lawyer and producer on the former Court TV who now is its vice-president and managing editor. “The interest in true crime and this type of programming has reached a fever pitch. We’re in a perfect situation.”The new Court TV, available over the air and on some cable providers depending on the market, will look a lot like the old. The new owners bought Court TV’s name, logo and library, and will revive its practice of airing trials virtually in their entirety for much of the day while talking about trials and all things legal for the rest of the day.“We’re not jumping in for a minute here, 20 minutes there,” said Scott Tufts, a veteran producer who long co-ordinated trial coverage for CNN and now joins Alleva as a vice-president and managing editor for Court TV. “These are compelling stories of human events that will attract a large, and we believe dedicated audience.”And one of its former stars, Vinnie Politan, will be the face of the new channel as its primetime anchor.Like many involved with Court TV, the 54-year-old Politan was a lawyer before he was a journalist, and lives to combine the two specialties, something that the dismantling of the old channel left him unable to do.“I should play you back some of the recordings of my therapy sessions as I tried to recover from it,” Politan said with a laugh. “This is the job I want to do. This is the only job I want to do. So for me, this is like being reborn.”Politan talked to The Associated Press by phone from the Court TV studios in Atlanta. He’s spent the last several years there working for the local NBC affiliate, his love of the law limited to segments that lasted little over a minute.Now, as host of “Closing Arguments” from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern, he can go long.“It’s the deep dive,” Politan said. “To be able to get into a story, to follow a story from beginning to end, to own the story is absolutely amazing.”The original Court TV was launched by a conglomerate of owners in 1991. Its popularity rose during the 1994 Menendez brothers’ trial and soared during its airing of the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial.Time Warner bought it in 2006, and in 2008 rebranded it as truTV, with an emphasis on reality shows aimed at a younger audience. Its court coverage slowly phased into oblivion.The most devoted of Court TV’s employees, including Alleva and Politan, had always wanted it back.The intervening years have seen a popularity surge in podcasts like “Serial,” TV trial reenactments such as “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and a slew of Netflix crime documentaries including “Making a Murderer.” Katz Networks, a division of the E.W. Scripps Company, which has a long history in journalism, is taking a shot that the public’s interest will take hold for Court TV once again.The revived channel’s online component will include a livestream of its telecasts, access to its library of older trials, and the ability to quickly catch up with an ongoing trial.Court TV will seek to lead the national conversation on high-profile cases. Producers plan to go all-in on the forthcoming Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial, set to start in New York in September.But smaller cases in far-flung places will be just as essential to its programming.The channel’s first live coverage inside a courtroom will be the Covington, Georgia, trial of parents charged with the murder of their newborn baby after they had reported him missing in 2017.“The smaller trials are what really drives Court TV,” Alleva said. “The majority of the trials are going to take place in small places across America.”Of course, to provide such coverage, judges will need to allow cameras in court in the first place — a fight that for Court TV is both essential to its business model and a matter of principle.“There should be a camera in every courtroom,” Politan said. “These are public courtrooms, it’s our government, no judge or lawyer owns the court.”The channel has joined media outlets including the AP in the legal fight for access to the Weinstein trial.Seema Iyer, a former New York City prosecutor with an expertise in forensics who has worked as a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, will anchor the channel’s daily 3 to 6 p.m. Eastern timeslot.She said she leapt at the Court TV job for the rare chance it offers her to use her skills to talk to, and help create, viewers as smart and obsessed as the anchors.“They’ll fact check us,” Iyer told the AP on a joint phone call with Politan. “We can’t make mistakes.”She said audiences that knew virtually nothing about DNA during the O.J. Simpson trial in 2019 now have sophisticated knowledge of the science of crime.At the same time, she said, “CSI” and scores of similar shows have forced prosecutors and journalists alike to “reduce expectations that people have for that sexy type of evidence, because it’s not always there.”“The good thing is, if there is all that sexy evidence, we have a lot of fun,” Iyer said. “The challenge for us, as anchors, is when the evidence is a little drawn out, it gets boring, that’s when we really have to ratchet up the energy, and the entertainment value.“Objection!” Politan shouted, interrupting Iyer. “Court TV is never boring.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgRaces to promote an ecological conscience towards the protection of Cyprus’ forests will take place in the Troodos mountains on June 11, organiser Dro.Me.A Racing has announced.“Dro.Me.A Racing is about to set pulses racing and get adrenaline levels soaring in a unique and thrilling experience in the great outdoors, with the breath-taking Troodos mountains forming a magical backdrop for two upcoming running events on June 11th 2017,” the announcement said.“Runners will compete through shady pine clad Troodos natural trails, heading for the island’s highest heights, with the 15-km race giving all participants the chance to take in spectacular views from above as they reach the peak of Mt Olympus, towering almost 2000 metres above sea level.”Apart from promoting an ecological conscience towards the protection of Cyprus’ forests the events emphasise the importance of helping those in need by sponsoring the ‘fun raising’ charity organisation.Additionally, it aims to foster opportunities for social sport and adventure in the natural environment.The events will start and finish at Troodos square and include a Troodos marathon, a 15km green race, a 5km Nutribakes Pine-Tree charity-run and a 600 metres children’s race.Due to the rocky terrain and high altitude, only runners over the age of 18 are eligible to take part in the marathon and 15km race.Registrations for the marathon, 15km and 5km must be conducted online at children’s race will see on-the-spot registrations on the day of the event.Garmin Cyprus is the main sponsor of the marathon, with Ice Power Cold Gel sponsoring the 15km race and Nutribakes sponsoring the 5km charity run.Cablenet is the main sponsor of Dro.Me.A Racing 2017, while the upcoming event is supported by the CSO and Webarts, under the auspices of amateur sports association Koeas.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgUntil his recent resignation, former interior minister Socratis Hasikos was the wealthiest member of the cabinet with over €3m in assets but the release of capital statements by senior officials and MPs on Monday showed health minister Giorgos Pamboridis was now top dog with assets of €2.9m.All of the cabinet members bar labour minister Zeta Emilianidou, who is worth only €25,121, left President Nicos Anastasiades, formerly a successful lawyer, surprisingly trailing behind with assets valued close to only €180,000 and a mixed income of €200,000.Ruling Disy’s Averof Neophytou was the wealthiest among MPs in terms of hard assets with immovable property valued at €7.25m. Solidarity’s Eleni Theocharous is also doing nicely with deposits of €239,271. She collects a widow’s pension as well as multiple government pensions worth around €60,000 per year and her annual salary as MEP comes to €100,000.The financial statements were released as part of the 2016 law on disclosure of politically exposed persons and government officials. The law does not provide for the financial statements of spouses and children to be published as the supreme court ruled this unconstitutional in May, but they must file the information to the House for review during the next submission in three years’ time.Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos, whose worth appeared low by comparison to most of the officials, alluded to this when he said the disclosures were “in essence a mockery of the people and an insult to their intelligence”.“In order to be credible, this process should essentially include all first-degree relatives of the particular political and state official,” he said. He was the only MP who commented on the disclosures. The released figures show that while many party leaders and ministers all appear to be flush, with worth ranging from €911,000 for energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis up to Pamboridis’ €2.9m in assets, Anastasiades less-than jaw-dropping disclosures appeared puzzling.Anastasiades’ capital statement showed the president with property worth €66,000 and only €6,138 in bank deposits, €6,795 shares in public companies and €100,000 worth of vehicles. His cars are a 2012 Audi A8 worth €85,000 and a 2001 Mercedes worth €15,000.The president has had no income from private companies or shares in private companies since March 2013. He specified all his shares have been donated to his two daughters.His property includes two flats in Limassol, one of which was purchased in 1985 at a cost of €28,000 and the other in 1983 at a cost of €38,000.He has shares from 12 pieces of land and a vineyard in the Limassol district. His capital statement specifies no purchasing cost as they were donations from relatives.Anastasiades’ mixed income amounted to €203,323 in 2015.His salary for his presidential position was €163,165 and his social insurance pension was €16,822 while his lawyer’s pension fund amounted to €17,366. Anastasiades also had €6,000 income from apartment rentals.In 2015, he was paid €48,345 as a pension for retiring from parliament with €23,848 tax deductions. The remaining €24,497 was donated to the Independent Social Support Fund, a charity founded by First Lady Andri Anastasiades to help students that were forced to discontinue their studies due to the economic crisis.As far as the ministers were concerned, the bulk of Pamboridis’ wealth comes from ownership of property worth over €3m but he also has loans of €651,000, and only €11,000 in the bank.With a net worth of €911,000, Lakkotrypis has €236,000 in the bank, property valued at €458,000 and investments of €188,000. He has a state income of €174,000 and loans of €85,000.Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, finance Harris Georgiades, education Costas Kadis and defence Christoforos Fokaides are all worth in or around €500,000.Kadis and Nicolaou each have properties worth around €1.5m.Transport’s Marios Demetrides and foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides are higher in the wealth stakes worth €646,000 and €651,119 respectively. Agriculture minister Nicos Kouyialis clocks in much lower than his colleagues at €283,000, and Emilianidou is the least wealthy member of the cabinet, according to the disclosures.Emilianidou owns shares at Sigma Radio but her statement reveals that she has the lowest cash deposits of all cabinet members at just over €7,600, though in addition to her state income of €175,247- the highest paid of all the ministers- she also receives a state pension of €11,372 but she does owe €113,000 to the bank.Georgiades, Fokaides and Kadis owe nothing to the bank. Kouyialis owes €233,000 to the bank, and newly-appointed Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides €266,000, whose net asset figure was not provided.Kasoulides has the highest amount on deposit with over €600,000. He has a salary of €146,626 and additional income of €75,000 that includes a state pension and income from rent. He also has properties worth €651,111 and owes less than €5,000 to the bank.    The statement can be viewed in full here. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more