FCM Travel Solutions is broadening its services to

first_imgFCM Travel Solutions is broadening its services to include the academic sector following the brand’s formal integration with Campus Travel. Both FCM Travel Solutions and Campus Travel are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group corporate division.The merging and rebrand of Campus Travel to FCM Travel Solutions, will see FCM specialise in travel management for large-market clients in the corporate, government and academic sectors.The restructure follows a Flight Centre Travel Group analysis into how academic clients could be better serviced through TMC ‘business partnerships’ and will give educational organisations fast and easy access to the cutting-edge technology being produced by FCM’s global Innovation Labs.As part of the changes, the Campus Travel brand name, which has been in market since 2002, will change to FCM.FCM Australia’s General Manager Melissa Elf, said this was an historic new chapter of growth for FCM with the change delivering a raft of benefits to staff and clients.“Campus Travel has significant market-share within the academic sector including universities, university affiliates, research organisations, TAFEs, colleges and schools.“Campus is partnered with or booking travel for many of Australia’s universities, including Go8 universities. University travel programs are large, complex and require strategic program management, which is similar to a large enterprise or a state or federal government body.“There are many travel management synergies across large market clients, in terms of the level of account management knowledge required to drive long-term efficiencies and change, the spread of operational expertise from the travel booking teams, understanding of the travel environment and policy of a large organisation, as well as the technology needed to support the thousands of travellers some of these clients have.“From an operational and servicing perspective, it makes sense that FCM, which is our flagship large market corporate travel brand, extend its service offering to the academic sector alongside our other two client verticals of government and corporate.”The business will take a phased approach to the rebrand. Industry suppliers also will be kept up to date on the process. Campus TravelcorporateFCM TravelFlight Centre Grouplast_img read more

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attractionsDubaiDubai Stopover PassDubai Tourism

first_imgattractionsDubaiDubai Stopover PassDubai Tourism Including visits to the top of Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride,the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus,Marina Dhow Cruise Dinner, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Dubai Frame, the latest edition to the Dubai Pass portfolio has been launched by Dubai Tourism.The Dubai Stopover Pass, specifically designed for short-stay visitors to enjoy the emirate’s wide variety of attractions and experiences in the most affordable way, allows visitors to save both time and money as it combines the city’s top attractions, tours and cruises into an easily accessible pre-paid city attraction pass. Visitors can save up to 60% on the regular combined entrance prices by purchasing the pass before arrival in Dubai. The pass also includes an optional add-on pocket Wi-Fi capability allowing visitors to stay connected as they explore the city. last_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Clayton said that it is very likely the Indianapolis Coltswill release Manning because the organization is headingin a new direction. However, no matter how enticing itwould be for a MVP quarterback to be able to throw toLarry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals would have to either giveup Kolb, or spend more money to keep both.The Cards traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartieand a second round draft pick for Kolb last summer, andthen signed him to a five-year, $64 million contract with$21 million guaranteed. Kolb threw 1,955 yards averaging 7.73 yards per passattempt in 2011. He had nine passing touchdowns, butfumbled seven times and threw eight interceptions.Kolb, 27, would be difficult to give up, which could leavethe franchise placing their hope in the recuperatingManning.Clayton also emphasized that it’s not a matter of beingcheap, but managing resources and working with Kolb.“Seeing how the Bidwills have run that franchise, I wouldthink they‘d say, ‘No. You wanted Kolb; you get Kolb andmake the best out of it,” Clayton said.But Manning has played in a dome his entire professionalcareer, and Arizona is the only one of the teamsinterested in him that offers a closed roof. Money tends to play an important role with deals, tradesand contract offers. But if money isn’t the driving forcefor Peyton Manning if he is released from the Colts, itcould make it easier for the Cardinals to go after him.ESPN NFL insider John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’sDoug and Wolf that Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill would notpay for two quarterbacks in two years.“They were not cheap in anything they did in lastoffseason,” Clayton said. “They put a lot of money out infree agency; they put a lot of money out in the Kevin Kolbtrade. I just don’t know if they’re ready to say goodbyeto Kevin Kolb in one year.” Top Stories According to Clayton, Manning may be willing to take asmaller salary with the Cardinals than with any other teambecause of the option of a controlled climate. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Davis, who is dealing with both ankle and knee issues, has been a consistent thorn in the Cardinals’ side: He has 54 catches for 811 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 career games against Arizona.The Niners will also be without cornerback Tremaine Brock, tackle Anthony Davis, linebacker Corey Lemonier, center Marcus Martin, tight end Vance McDonald and receiver Quinton Patton. All are listed as inactive.For the Cardinals, quarterback Carson Palmer will not suit up, meaning rookie Logan Thomas will back up starter Drew Stanton for the second straight week.“He cannot throw,” head coach Bruce Arians said about Palmer, who continues to deal with a bruised nerve in his right shoulder. “He’s improved dramatically, but he still can’t throw.”The team’s six other inactives include punter Dave Zastudil, linebacker Victor Butler, linebacker Glenn Carson, linebacker Alex Okafor, nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and tight end Rob Housler.Zastudil and Okafor were ruled out earlier in the week because of groin and thigh injuries respectively. Housler has a hip issue that limited him in practice. The others are all believed to be healthy scratches, though it is a surprise Ta’amu is not playing. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The good news is that defensive tackle Frostee Rucker is active after missing last week’s game at New York because of a calf problem.“That’ll be huge,” Arians said after practice Friday. “Great leader. He’s battle-tested, especially in this type of game.”The Cardinals, who have lost nine of the last 10 meetings against the 49ers, are trying to improve to 3-0 for only the third time in the last 41 years — and the first time since 2012.“To get to 3-0 and win September is always what you’re looking for,” Arians said. “You want to win September. But to go undefeated right before the bye, get some guys healthy and then go to Denver in first place would be huge for this team.” Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — National Football League teams have zero sympathy for one another.So, San Francisco being without tight end Vernon Davis on Sunday is a break the Arizona Cardinals are willing to accept, especially given the number of injuries — as well as a suspension and an off-the-field arrest — they’ve suffered thus far in 2014.The Cardinals host the Niners (1-1) in what will be the 87th consecutive sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with teammate J.J. Nelson (14) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals were one win away from reaching the Super Bowl in 2015. In 2016, they could go all the way.NFL Network analyst Steve Wyche gave his thoughts on the NFC West in an interview on Off the Edge on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. Wyche told host Bertrand Berry that the division would likely come down to the Cardinals or Seahawks, but that the Cardinals are a complete team with Super Bowl potential.“I think it’s going to be Seattle and Arizona,” Wyche said. “Arizona I think will probably enter the season as one of the two favorites to come out of the NFC to the Super Bowl, just because they’re loaded and adding Chandler Jones. I remember talking to Steve Keim before a game last year, he’s like, ‘Look, we like generating pressure from all over but we need that elite guy.’” The roster from last season’s first-place Cardinals remains largely in tact going into the 2016 season. With the improvements to the defensive line, Wyche said Arizona doesn’t have any major holes to fill.“I think everyone would like their offensive line to be a little bit better,” he said. “I mean health and durability: You’ve got to keep Carson (Palmer) up, you’ve got to keep Tyrann Mathieu. They lost some folks in the secondary. That’s going to be an issue to see who can come over and play that opposite corner, opposite Patrick Peterson. But there is nothing glaring.“When you look at other teams, even a team like Carolina, you say to yourself, ‘They still have some issues on the offensive line, that’s concerning.’ Seattle: offensive line issues. Green Bay: Can their defense ever put it together? What about Eddie Lacy? You don’t say that about Arizona. You don’t look at any particular position and say, ‘Ooh, they’ve really got to hide a blemish right there.’ So, again I think that’s why they’re going to be picked going into the season as one of the top teams to be a Super Bowl favorite.” Comments   Share   The Cardinals traded a second-round pick and offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots in March for Jones, a defensive end. With the Patriots in 2015, Jones logged 12.5 sacks and 44 tackles. He totaled 36 sacks in four seasons with New England.“He’s a stud, a big time player,” Wyche added. “The Patriots don’t typically have a singular guy getting double-digit sacks, just the way their scheme is. He did it. He’s a huge addition to that defense. And then getting Robert Nkemdiche in the draft, if he plays to his potential, that’s really going to be a big boost.”Even without Jones and Nkemdiche, the Cardinals went 13-3 last year for the NFC West Division title and made it to the NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks, against whom the Cardinals split their series last year, went 10-6 for second place in the NFC West. The then-St. Louis Rams, now in Los Angeles, were 7-9 and finished third.“Seattle, there’s question marks,” Wyche said. “That offensive line, they could have five different players starting a new position on the offensive line. Defensively, they’re loaded. I think it’s really going to come down to those two, [Los Angeles] will be a thorn, but I don’t think they’re really going to emerge to challenge for the title.” LISTEN: Steve Wyche – NFL Network Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 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_img Glendale, Ariz. — Bruce Arians addressed the media on Sunday:Where is Blaine Gabbert in terms of picking up the offense?B.A.: “Way ahead of where I thought he’d be. To be able to come in — having been a part of so many systems it’s obvious he’s a very bright guy. But changing protections, seeing ‘hots’ and ‘sights’, he’s way, way ahead of where I thought he’d be and very, very pleased with that.” 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) takes the field during the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Kerwynn WilliamsAndre EllingtonElijhaa PennyJames SummersFollow Mike Jurecki on Twitter – / 14 The official depth chart will be released before the first preseason game when the Cardinals play on Aug. 3 in the Hall of Fame (Canton, Ohio) against the Cowboys. My unofficial depth chart:Offense QB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Trevor KnightRB: David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Kerwynn WilliamsWR: Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. NelsonTE: Jermaine Gresham, Troy NiklasLT: D.J. Humphries, Urlick JohnLG: Mike Iupati, Kaleb Johnson, Will HoldenC: A.Q. Shipley, Cole TonerRG: Evan Boehm, Tony Bertstrom, Dorian JohnsonRT: Jared Veldheer, John WetzelDefense first and second unit (Base defense)DT: Josh Mauro, Robert NkemdicheNT: Corey Peters, Rodney GunterDT: Frostee Rucker, Olsen PierreOLB: Markus Golden, Kareem MartinILB: Haason Reddick, Gabe Martin (PUP Deone Bucannon)ILB: Karlos Dansby, Scooby WrightOLB: Chandler Jones, Alani FuaCB: Patrick Peterson, Jumal Rolle (ankle day-to-day)CB: Justin Bethel, Brandon WilliamsS: Tyrann Mathieu, Budda BakerS: Tyvon Branch, Antoine BetheaPunt Returner Patrick PetersonJ.J. NelsonJohn BrownAndre EllingtonChris HubertJeremy RossKick ReturnerJ.J. NelsonT.J. LoganRunning back rotationDavid JohnsonChris Johnson Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If Gabbert continues to impress, is there a chance he can compete to be the No. 2 quarterback?B.A.: “Yeah, anybody can. It’s going to be a tough one to get but yeah, that’s why he’s out there.”What have you seen from Scooby Wright at inside linebacker?B.A.: “He had a hell of a spring. If he’d just quit tackling them wide receivers and tight ends going over the middle. He’s very aggressive. He has a knack to play the linebacker position. He’s trimmed down. It’s going to be a big camp for him.”What are you seeing from punters Richie Leone and Matt Wile?B.A.: “It’s early. They both picked kicked really well this spring. They’re both holding solid, so the kickoff part will play into it, too. That’s going to be a nice battle all the way through.”Monday will be the first padded practice at University of Phoenix Stadium and Arians said of who he is looking forward to seeing them in pads: “Every one of those offensive and defensive linemen, for sure, A couple of young tight ends, outside backers and see how that goes.“Even the running backs in blitz pick-up. See where they’re at and their technique is usually bad but the courage factor is the thing you want to see.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvantage or disadvantage that you’re playing in the Hall of Fame Game Thursday?“Advantage. Anytime I think you can get another live look at, particularly some of your young players, again the Budda Bakers of the world, the Haason Reddicks, the Chad Williams’, some of the linemen that we’ve drafted and some of the young players, it’s always good to try and get, because you know as hard as we practice, you can never replicate full speed game stuff. Not only the physical part of it, but the ability to quickly process on your feet and the decisions that you have to make in a game, I just think it will be a great experience for all of us.”Are you surprised that Evan Boehm seems to be settling in at right guard?“I would just say from a stature standpoint that he doesn’t possess the ideal length you’re looking for, he certainly is built more like a center, but the two attributes that he has that are really good are he has really good feet and he’s got really strong hands. His lateral quickness, his ability to take on and his strength when he gets his hands inside, he’s a good player and he’s really grown in this offense mentally understanding all of the checks and the things we ask him to do and as you know, coming out one of his strengths was his toughness and there is no doubt that he is a tough, physical player. Seeing him and all the weight that [left guard] Mike Iupati lost and [center] A.Q. [Shipley] coming back and [right tackle] Jared [Veldheer] playing well and [left tackle] D.J. [Humphries] continues to take steps and really have high expectations for him because D.J. has had a real strong camp so far.” Following their annual Red & White Practice Saturday, the Cardinals are getting set for Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game.Instead of another week of practice before their first preseason matchup, the team will fly out to Canton to take on the Cowboys, letting the battle for 53 get its first taste of game action.To discuss the state of some pivotal positional battles, along with who has stood out to him thus far, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station as he will do every Monday throughout the season, to share his thoughts. “Yeah, we all talked to him, and think like a lot of players, they’re in shock. And it’s tough for them because they put so much time and effort into it and he was an undrafted free agent and a guy who has continually grown and got better and had an opportunity to make our football team and certainly contribute on special teams. It’s a tough part of the game and those are the things that occur that don’t make our jobs easy is when you see a young man trying out live out his dream and it just falls short because of an injury.”How long have you been talking to the Tramon Williams camp and what do you expect from him?“Well, it’s been a few weeks, so it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the injury, but once we start to approach camp always been my philosophy to start attacking that free agent market that has some of those players that are unsigned and we liked in the spring that are out there whether it’s because of injuries, contract demands, and those sort of things. Really, really liked what Tramon brought to the table in terms of leadership, the guy he is in the locker room. The tape that I watched of him, he’s got great positional versatility, he played a little out of position, in my opinion, at safety when he was in Cleveland, but then go back and see him at perimeter corner in Green Bay and he played some nickel. And just really has a good feel for the game, you know he’s got really good feet, he’s got great quickness and the one thing that I really liked is his understanding of leverage and route combinations and the way that he can jump those things is really what it’s all about. I mean, it’s kind of like we always talk, it doesn’t matter how talented a guy is, particularly these young guys, until he understands how to play the game and understand it from a schematical standpoint, it puts you in a tough position.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Who are the veterans that you are saying ‘wow, I like what I’m seeing right there?’“Jaron Brown, particularly coming off ACL surgery, he has worked his tail off and he’s a true pro, a guy we had confidence to come back from the injury and he certainly hasn’t let us down. Couple other guys that I would say have been impressive, you know Patrick Peterson just continues to be a pro and is consistent. Tyrann Mathieu is starting to come around in terms of just feeling comfortable, and we knew that would be the case. When you sustain those types of injuries, you have to get your legs back under you and you have to get the feel of the game back and we all know that Ty lives on his instincts and you’re starting to see him now starting to make plays. And then I would say a couple other guys, you know having Karlos Dansby back is exciting for me, because the way he directs traffic on defense and his command, his ability to see things just from a linemen standpoint, if he, whether it’s an offensive linemen or if an offense gets in a two-by-two and just the way they motion, I mean the guy has tremendous football IQ, so I think it’s going to pay huge dividends for us to have Karlos out there leading our defense.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Has the definition of a franchise quarterback changed in the NFL in terms of what he’s already accomplished at college?“I don’t think there’s any doubt because the supply and demand has gotten so difficult and offenses have changed. The ability to come in and play right away has really changed and then what really is the definition of a franchise quarterback? Is it a guy that you acknowledge and sign to a long-term deal or is a guy that you think you can win with, you know, or is it both? That’s the difficult part of it and I know one thing, we have a franchise quarterback right now. The biggest task, as we have always talked about, is my job is to find the next franchise quarterback, so that’s the one that keeps you up at night.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Can you handicap the backup quarterback battle for us?“Well, I mean, I think it’s a little early for Blaine [Gabbert] because he is still continuing to learn the offense. Now again, he’s shown us some good things. I mean he’s got a nice release, he’s got enough arm strength, he’s made some really good throws and if you’ve been out there enough, you guys have seen that he’s got some wheels. You know if things break down, he can make things happen with his foot speed. Drew [Stanton], quite frankly, has had a good camp for us and we all know that when there is competition, it raises your level of play and Drew has had a great offseason and has come in ready to go as well.”Do you have any time this weekend to really sit back and enjoy the Kurt Warner story and the Hall of Fame and really be invested and be a part of it and sit and watch it, or do you need to get home and get to camp after the game Thursday?“No, I mean thankfully Michael [Bidwill] afforded me the opportunity and the ability to go and spend that time with them and I won’t be able to attend. Wish Kurt the best, he’s been a true pro and he’s a good friend and nobody is more deserving because it is amazing what he has done. Not only in the NFL, and in particular what he did for this organization, and he was a lot of fun to watch. I think back to those days and when he would get hot, I don’t know that I have ever seen a quarterback throw with better natural anticipation, I mean he put that ball out there and it was amazing when we would get on a run and some of the ball placement and anticipation that he would throw with, he was a special guy.” Can you talk a little bit about the philosophy of team building? Has it changed at all in the NFL? And if so, how?“I think everybody has a different philosophy, but I think the hardest part for a guy like myself is how you’re going to allocate your money in terms of the salary cap. You obviously have your core pair players in place at the most important positions, whether it’s quarterback, or corner, pass rusher, left tackle, those certain positions. But then the hardest part as you approach camp is usually those last 10 players on the roster. How are those guys going to fit in schematically? What are the contributions on special teams? And really the big thing is on game day, which players are going to be active, inactive and that’s the hardest part. Trying to understand who’s going to be up, who’s going to be down and then on top of that, building a practice squad, that’s not a team for practice in my mind. A team that really is, a farm team that any point in time an injury can occur or a player can go down and you feel good enough about that player coming up.”Tell me about [cornerback] Ronald [Zamort] the person. Did you already reach out to him? Have you already talked to him? And how he’s doing after the injury? 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, right, fakes a handoff to running back David Johnson (31) during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve, when I say Cards Camp 2017, where does your mind go? What players are sticking out to you? What players are you watching on film and are impressing you on a regular basis?“Well, when you’re around a lot of the veterans and whether it’s the Carsons, the Larrys, the Jermaine Greshams, I mean I think you always have a good feel for what they are, you just hope their skills don’t diminish and I certainly haven’t seen that with any of them. A lot of the young guys are a focus and really, really excited about the new additions in free agency, [kicker] Phil Dawson has been lights out so far, I think that he is going to make huge contributions for us this year and then Robert Nkemdiche, I don’t want to anoint him as a Hall of Famer yet, but he has certainly put in the work and not only on the field, but off the field. Whether it’s studying the tape, the preparation in the weight room and he is playing at a high level right now, and so is [defensive tackle] Olsen Pierre, a guy that we had on our roster last year and was not active most of the season, he’s another young man that has great positional flexibility, can bounce inside and outside and he has great quickness and length, so I think that he is going to be a guy that can create obstacles for offensive linemen in the passing game.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgAre you looking forward to hearing some of the Hall of Fame speeches?“We don’t be there. We’ll be here practicing.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 18 Are there any veterans in particular you want to see play in the Hall of Fame Game or is this preseason game all about the young guys?“All about young guys.”Those mistakes the young players are still making, is that a surprise this late into camp? “Well, you put them in those critical situations, you never know how they’re going to act. Run a great route, get open, fall down and catch it and don’t get up and try to—get out of bounds; there’s only nine seconds left. Those are things you hopefully learn from and then they don’t show up again but everybody else should learn from them also.”Aren’t those things players should come into the league knowing? “No, they don’t come into the league with anything. You can’t assume they know a thing anymore.”Is there a young player that’s been catching your eye that you’re anxious to see in a game?“There’s really not one. There’s so many, especially defensively and special teams. I’m really anxious to see to them cover and block and return kicks.”Is Drew Stanton playing? “Drew is not playing, no.”So how are you splitting playing time between Blaine Gabbert and Trevor Knight?“It’ll be half. Gabbert will have the first half and Trevor will have the second half.” (AP Photo) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Did he have to talk you into practicing?“No, not at all.”How is your injury situation at inside linebacker?“It’s thin. It’s really thin right now. We lost Gabe (Martin) yesterday and we don’t know how long that’s going to be but it looks like it has some length to it and Philip (Wheeler) went down today but we think that’s just day-to-day.”Is Martin’s injury an ankle?“Achilles, but it’s not torn.”What have you seen from David Johnson as far as pass protection thus far in camp?“Really good so far. He puts his body in much better position. He’s much more aware of who’s coming, how they’re coming. He’s doing real well with that.”Is that the last piece for him to become a complete running back?“He did OK last year. He just missed too many blitzes last year.”What have you seen from Chad Williams so far and his role this season?“Until he gets in better condition he won’t have a role. But, he’s big, strong and can catch. He’s just still feeling his way.”Is the extra practices the biggest benefit to playing in the Hall of Fame Game?“Yes, there’s no doubt about it. You get to be in pads four or five more times than we would’ve had anyways so our young guys—that’s invaluable.”center_img Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Jurecki is afraid to come back again, huh? He’s got gassers coming up.“I thought this was a very, very good practice after yesterday. I knew they’d bounce back. It’s a different setting out there. That heat and humidity can get to you quick. But, split fields today so that we could get a ton of reps with our young guys who are going to play in this game; also, get some really good conditioning work with our veteran guys. Solid practice. The last two minutes of practice we had some young guys who could not get lined up in a two-minute drill and then obviously we catch a ball and don’t get out of bounds and lose the game. Those are things, hopefully, you learn from in camp because if you can’t learn it after I get after you, you’re in trouble anyway.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What’s the reasoning behind Stanton not playing on Thursday? “He doesn’t need to play. He’s got plenty of preseason games coming. He don’t need to get hit.” Will Haason Reddick play?“He’s not going to play a ton. He’s going to play, though. Injuries at some positions could cause guys have to play more than I want them to play; that’s the problem.”David Johnson won’t play? “No starters are playing.”Will you try to get Tramon Williams a lot of reps? “No, he won’t play. I think he knows how to play corner. He needs to learn the defense first.” What are you hoping to see out of Gabbert?“You want to see them in live bullets. I see the talent in practice. Games are different. A different secondary, a different front, all those things and how do you react to it. Can you put all those pieces together in one day because that’s all we practiced for these guys was one day.”What does it mean for Gabbert to get this opportunity?“It’s great for his future. You play really, really good or you play really, really bad. You got one or the other.”Are you surprised that Justin Bethel practiced?“No, I knew he’d be back. He wanted to come back sooner. That was great to see him out there today. He was flying around. He was full speed.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On Friday 11 September, Alain Ducasse returned to his one-Michelin star SPOON restaurant at InterContinental Hong Kong for a Gala Dinner. InterContinental Hong Kong’s Managing Director Jean-Jacques Reibel and his wife Jitka hosted a table of VIP guests for the event, which showcased a 6-course menu by SPOON Executive Chef Stéphane Gortina.The VIP guests hosted by Jean-Jacques Reibel included Alain & Sharon Li, Moses & Angela Tsang, Michel & Tamara Lamunière. Louis & Nancy Bowen, Vincent & Ines Piket, Barney Cheng, Jennifer Liu, and Richard Vuylsteke.Invited guests and SPOON patrons chatted with world-famous chef Alain Ducasse during a pre-dinner Champagne Reception at the SPOON Bar.The 6-course dinner showcased contemporary French cuisine inspired by Ducasse, using his refined culinary techniques and the freshest ingredients of the season.Chilled Courgette Velouté, fresh goat cheeseWarm Young Rabbit and Duck Foie Gras PieCookpot of Spelt, seasonal vegetables, herb pestoBlue Lobster, girolle mushrooms, salicornia and lemonWild Strawberries in warm jus, mascarpone sorbetChocolate from Alain Ducasse’s Manufacture de chocolat in Paris, crunchy pralineGuests dining with Jean-Jacques Reibel and Alain Ducasse also enjoyed a special wine pairing by SPOON’s Chief Sommelier Mathieu Ginglardi that included:Champagne – Notes Blanches – FleuryChateauneuf-du-Pape –Domaine de Marcoux 2013Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru – Les Caillerets – Marc Colin 2012Champagne – Petite Douceur Rosé – GossetOn his Hong Kong visit, Alain Ducasse was joined by his Corporate Executive Chef Christian Julliard and Director of Wine Gerard Margeon.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >There is only one week remaining on a range of offers on selected Scenic Europe river cruises. The selection is valid until 31 January 2016 and includes:Fly business class from $1,995 on selected Europe river cruises in 2016Save 50 per cent on any France river cruise when booking a 9 Day Black Sea Explorer, 15 Day Jewels of Europe or 15 Day Romantic Rhine and Moselle river. cruise in the same journey. Your clients can travel from $8,820 per person for two Scenic river cruises (9 Day Black Sea Explorer and 11 Day Breathtaking Bordeaux) including return economy airfares to Europe or from $13,455 per person for two Scenic river cruises (15 Day Romantic Rhine and Moselle and 11 Day Gems of the Seine) including return business airfares to Europe.Book a 15 Day Jewels of Europe river cruise from $9,995 per person including Diamond Deck suite and return business airfares to Europe. Available on 2 November 2016 departure, travelling from Budapest to Amsterdam. $9,995 per person includes river cruise plus discounted upgrade to a category A balcony suite ($1,005 per person instead of $2,445 per person) plus business class airfares for $1,995.GM Sales and Marketing, Michelle Black, said, “These really are fantastic offers for anyone wanting to enjoy a Europe river cruise in 2016 – there is no better time to buy.”Scenic’s South East Asia river cruise Earlybirds also ends on 31 January. Book any journey to Indochina of 13 days or longer and 14 days or longer to Myanmar and fly free to South East Asia including taxes, a saving of up to $3,070 per couple.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgThe Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization has released a list of the 25 must-visit wellness attractions in Korea.Wellness tourism is currently booming around the world and relates to sites where the focus is on health maintenance such as spas, leisure resorts, healing meditation and forest healing. The wellness attractions are listed in four categories: oriental medicine, beauty spas, healing meditation and forest healing.From herb healing centres to cypress forest healing or a visit to Healience Zen Village or the Jinan Red Ginseng Spa in Jeonju Korea there is a wide choice of treatments for all. We all know how good we feel after a walk in the park or the forest, but Korea’s interest in Therapy Forests for maintaining good health for its citizens is now being promoted to foreign visitors as well.The Korea Forest Service (KFS) facilitated ‘Forest Healing’ to utilise forests for enhancement of health and quality of life and to assist with the lifestyle-related health issues in our modern society, particularly to deal with psychological disorders such as stress, depression and addiction which in turn can lead to other more severe diseases.There is a National Centre for Forest Therapy set up to improve people’s health through the healing effects of the forest. This centre has short and long term accommodation, healing forest trails, aromatherapy gardens, hydrotherapy centres and many more options.The full list of the ‘Top 25 wellness attractions’ can be found here.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedContinental biofuel plans take fight to carbon emissionsContinental Airlines is set to follow in the footsteps of Virgin Atlantic and trial planes powered by biofuel.JAL plans Asia’s first biofuel flightJAL plans Asia’s first biofuel flightRenewable fuel aviation group to ‘make flights sustainable’A group of European carriers are to work together to develop sustainable aviation fuel for use across their routes. A “pioneering” flight powered by biofuels has crossed the British channel, paving the way for what could become a major challenge to traditional paraffin oil-based jet fuel.Air passengers with a view to reducing their carbon footprint will have taken note of the Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747’s maiden flight on biofuels, as it safely navigated passage from London to Amsterdam.Yet to carry any passengers, the flight was touted as a breakthrough in ‘green’ flying, with some 20 per cent of its fuel load provided by coconut and Brazilian babassu nuts.Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson said: “Today marks a biofuel breakthrough for the whole airline industry. Virgin Atlantic, and its partners, are proving that you can find an alternative to traditional jet fuel and fly a plane on new technology. This pioneering flight will enable those of us who are serious about reducing our carbon emissions to go on developing the fuels of the future, fuels which will power our aircraft in the years ahead through sustainable next-generation oils.”With algae cited as one such substance, any new fuel alternative would be likely to undergo extensive laboratory and static-engine testing to weigh up its energy efficiency before being brought into aircrafts.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_img26. Bačvice Beach, CroatiaEasily accessible from Split, this is Croatia’s most popular beach. It’s crowded but a great place to get to know the real Croatia (locals flock here to play picigin, a traditional ball game played in the water) and to drink coffee at the beach-side cafes. It’s got great facilities, including showers and changing rooms at both ends of the beach. 19. St John, US Virgin IslandsSt John is one of the most beautiful US Virgin Islands. Trunk Bay falls within Virgin Islands National Park. It’s one of the Virgin Islands’ best diving spots, and its remote location means you’re unlikely to run out of room when it comes to laying out your beach towel. 30. Yoron Island, JapanJapan’s beaches are seriously underrated, but what makes Yurigahama Beach unique is the fact that when the tide’s low, it gets its very own tiny, additional island, in the form of a small sandbar. It’s famous for its star-shaped sand, made from the shells left behind by microscopic organisms called foraminifera. 17. Trat Province, ThailandWhen it comes to Thailand’s top beaches, Koh Kood in Trat Province is right up there. Koh Kood’s beaches were recently included in Lonely Planet’s 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind, so we recommend heading there sooner rather than later. 2. Bora Bora, French PolynesiaJust the name Polynesia evokes Crusoesian images of an exotic paradise, filled with endless sunshine, baby-soft sand and impossibly turquoise waters. Bora Bora is one of the group of dots in the Pacific Ocean that is French Polynesia. 9. Phi Phi Island, ThailandRemember The Beach? While these days you’ll have to look a little harder to find the utopian paradise of the 1990s cult backpacker novel on Thailand‘s Andaman coast, little gems still shine brightly on Phi Phi. Phi Phi isn’t the only Thai island with incredible beaches – here are seven more for you to day-dream over. 8. Isle of Barra, ScotlandThe crystal clear water in this photo might well fool you into thinking this in Indonesia or the Caribbean, but this Scottish gem is much closer to home. Tangasdale Beach on Barra is one of Scotland’s most remote beaches, but we reckon it’s worth the effort. The surrounding hills make it a great hiking destination, and once you’ve worked up a sweat you can cool off with a dip in the sea. A word of warning – the water might be Caribbean-clear, but sadly, it’s certainly not as warm! 24. Swansea Bay, WalesDesignated an area of outstanding natural beauty, Three Cliffs Bay is one of the best beaches in Swansea Bay, but it rarely gets crowded. Sand dunes, salt marshes and limestone cliffs make it one of Wales’ most spectacular stretches of coastline, and it’s a great spot for kids, who can clamber up the sand dunes and hunt for creepy crawlies in the rockpools. 10. Ibiza, SpainAdmittedly, there are parts of the White Isle that have been somewhat spoilt, but Ibiza hides away several secret beaches that rank among the best, not only in the Med, but on the planet. Make mine a San Miguel (that’s the name of the beach – we’re not that beer obsessed around here). 23. Dorset, UKFor some good old fashioned fun at the seaside, head to Weymouth Beach, one of England’s best beaches. It’s close to Weymouth town centre and it’s popular with families – you’ll find plenty of traditional entertainment, including donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows – and in the summer there are regular events, such as volleyball competitions, live music and firework displays. 11. Whitsunday Islands, AustraliaOften voted Australia’s best beach, Whitehaven on Whitsunday Islands is a little quieter than Bondi when the surf’s up. It is just one of many turqouise-and-white beaches on the rainforest-clad Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Want more pictures of beautiful Australia? Check these out. 31. Huntington Beach, California, USAn all-American beach and one of the top beaches in California, Huntington Beach ticks all the boxes. It’s actually a town but the beach it’s named after is the one to head for. You’ll find everything here: great facilities, cool beach bars, beach volleyball areas and added extras like bonfire pits (100 of them to be precise). 37. Shetland, ScotlandSpiggie Beach isn’t just one of the Shetland Island’s most beautiful beaches – it’s also got a fascinating history. Salted fish, or yoals, were once an important part of islanders’ diet and this particular beach is where they came to catch these fish. The eye-wateringly bright colour clash of the green, grassy banks and the dark blue sea is one of the reasons photographers flock to this particular part of Shetland. 15. Cala Macarelleta, MenorcaFamous for its turquoise water and powdery soft sand, Cala Macarelleta on Menorca is small but stunning. It’s hardly surprising that it can get crowded in the summer, but don’t let that put you off. It’s ones of Spain’s best beaches for families, and during the summer months there are lifeguards. When hunger strikes, head to Susy’s Chiringuito for some delicious fresh seafood. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 5. La Digue, the SeychellesThe Seychelles are many people’s idea of paradise, attracting honeymooners like Kate and Wills to its tropical wonderland. All of the islands here, from Bird Island to Praslin, have first-rate beaches, but we’ve gone for La Digue – Anse Source d’Argent is a newlyweds’ dream. 27. Oregon, USACannon Beach is a coastal city in Oregon. Its beaches are wonderfully wild and windblown – visitors come for the wildlife, spectacular landscape and rugged beauty rather than the pristine white sand and beach bars. Not convinced? It was recently voted one of the most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic Magazine. One of the most stunning spots is Hug Point, where waterfalls cascade onto the sand. 3. Fernando de Noronha, BrazilForget Copacabana. Brazil could put forward a few candidates for the world’s best beaches, but on the islands of Fernando de Noronh, you’ll definitely find the odd place to find an agreeable strip of sand to plonk your towel, like Pig’s Bay. And while you’re in Brazil, why not tick a few of these famous landmarks off your bucket-list.![Fernando ne Noronh, Brazil](http://content.skyscnr.com/465b6b18cb34ebad8954f30af0598c30/fernando2.jpg “Fernando de Noronh, Brazil)4. Fethiye, TurkeyFethiye attracts its fair share of holidaymakers, and no wonder, with its selection of beaches. There’s Oludeniz with its blue lagoon, Kelebekler Vadisi with its butterflies and the pine-fringed Kıdrak. Plus, let’s not forget the ultimate sunset spot – Calis. 40. Palm Beach County, USWe don’t know what we love more – the name of Peanut Island beach, or its spectacular appearance. You’ll find some of the cleanest, bluest water here, and it’s also a great water sports destination. We recommend hiring a boat and exploring this beautiful part of Florida from the water. 41. Natadola Beach, FijiThis is how all beaches should be: wide, deserted and with unbelievably soft white sand. If you’re staying the night, book into one of the cute beach huts a few metres from the water’s edge, and if you fancy channelling your inner explorer, embark on a hike through the forests which surround the beach. 46. West Nusa, BaliSenggigi Beach is one of the finest beaches in West Nusa. Framed by a ridge of hills, the water’s warm and calm, so it’s a great spot for families. It rarely gets crowded, and the shallow waters makes it one of Bali’s best snorkelling spots. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 45. Anse Source d’Argent Beach, SeychellesThis is one of many breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, but Anse Source d’Argent beach gets a gold star for its weird and wonderful granite rock formations, bright blue water and perfect palm trees – the ideal backdrop for that all-important selfie. 36. Tahoe, California, USRecognised as a National Natural Landmark and framing Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay is surrounded by woodland and feels fabulously remote. It’s incredibly rich in wildlife and the waters are protected due to the abundance of marine life. There are also various shipwrecks for divers to explore. 14. Traverse City, MichiganOne of the best beaches in Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are popular with wildlife spotters. It’s close to the North and South Manitou Islands, so it’s a great base if you’re heading further afield, and the clean, clear water makes it a fantastic swimming spot. 13. Punaluu Black Sand Beach, HawaiiHawaii’s black sand beaches are strangely beautiful, and this is one of our favourites. It’s located between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu. Look out for the local green sea turtles, although don’t touch them – they’re a protected species. 18. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWhen compiling a list of things to do in Rio de Janeiro, a visit to Copacabana should come top. Sure, it’s crowded, noisy and the locals will put you to shame with their golden tans and perfect bodies, but this spectacular location, with its amazing views of Sugarloaf Mountain, is a great place to soak up the sun while seeing how the locals live. 39. Isle of Harris, Outer HebridesThe oddly-shaped Seilebost Beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Scotland. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding islands, and it’s highly likely you’ll have the entire beach to yourself.center_img 7. Zakynthos, GreeceAt the base of steep white cliffs on a hidden side of the Greek island of Zakynthos, lapped by some of the bluest waters you’ll ever see, Navagio beach holds a surprise – a shipwreck – left behind by smugglers fleeing the authorities. Want to find your own Greek island paradise? Check out our guide to 20 of the best. Want more beachy inspiration? Try these on for size:10 best beaches in IbizaHeading to the white isle this summer? Here’s where to find the island’s most beautiful beaches.20 beautiful Greek islandsGreece is the ultimate island-hopping destination, but if you’re short on time, here are the places which should be top of your list.The 10 best Caribbean islands to check outWhether you’re trying to find the best Caribbean island for families or looking for one with great diving opportunities, our guide is the ultimate read if you’re heading to this part of the world.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 47. Tangasdale Beach, Isle of Barra, ScotlandThe crystal clear water in this photo might well fool you into thinking this in Indonesia or the Caribbean, but this Scottish gem is much closer to home. It’s one of Scotland’s most remote beaches, but we reckon it’s worth the effort. The surrounding hills make it a great hiking destination, and once you’ve worked up a sweat you can cool off with a dip in the sea. A word of warning – the water might be Caribbean-clear but sadly, it’s certainly not as warm! 34. Lovina Beach, BaliOne of the top beaches in Bali, Lovina Beach is in the north of the island, and offers a crowd-free alternative to the tourist-filled beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. When hunger strikes, head to the stalls lining the boardwalk. We also recommend picking up some souvenirs at the art shops to the east of the beach. Just don’t forget to haggle! 16. Half Moon Beach, JamaicaOne of [Jamaica](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/jm/cheap-flights-to-jamaica.html’s most beautiful beaches, Half Moon is just a 20 minute drive from Montego Bay. There are no radios allowed on the sand and beach vendors are also banned, so it’s a great place to come if you’re in need of some chill out time. 29. Liku Beach, FijiOne of the most beautiful beaches in Fiji, remote Liku beach is one of Fiji’s least visited beaches – come here and it’s highly likely you’ll have it entirely to yourself. But there’s plenty of nearby accommodation, including some gorgeously rustic beach huts, if you can’t bring yourself to leave. 20. Culebra, Puerto RicoNew flights to Puerto Rico are making this pristine island more accessible than ever before, and every visit should include a stop-off at Flamenco Beach. It’s another location which made it into Lonely Planet’s 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind, and we’re hardly surprised. The shallow, crystal clear water makes it a great dive spot, whether you’re a snorkeler or a scuba diver, and it’s easily accessible too – you can get there by road or by hopping on the ferry from the nearby town of Dewey. 38. Norfolk, UKIf you like your beaches wild and rugged, head to Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk, where towering cliffs provide a spectacular backdrop to the crashing waves. But don’t be fooled by its remote appearance, because just metres from Hunstanton Beach is the quaint seaside town of the same name. This purpose-built seaside town was built in 1846 and retains its quaint Victorian charm. KLMQantasAegean Airlines 33. Palm Beach County, USAnother example of a city named after a beach, Florida‘s Boynton Beach has endless spots to lay out your beach towel. Our top picks include family-friendly Ocean Inlet Park, with its snack bar and play area, and the beach which the city is named after. Otherwise known as Oceanfront Park, this popular spot has lifeguards along with barbecue and picnic areas. 12. Durness, ScotlandWho needs palm trees? A warm jumper may be more appropriate than a bikini for stretching out on the sand at Durness in the far north-west of Scotland. Many would argue that it’s not even the best beach in Scotland. It’s got some competition: Sandwood Bay in Sutherland, Kiloran Bay on Colonsay, Luskentyre on Harris are three of many. Find the full list of Scotland’s best beaches here. 44. Lombok, BaliDon’t expect beach bars and rows of sun loungers at Mawun Beach in Bali – just soft white sand, swaying palm trees and colourful fishes swimming in the shallow waters. For breathtaking views, hike up to the top of the hill which overlooks this beautiful bay. 28. Frenchman’s Cove, JamaicaTucked beneath the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s most beautiful beach rarely gets crowded. The water’s wonderfully calm, thanks to its protected position, and the water’s clean and clear. It’s a popular spot for yoga lovers, who come here to perfect their downward dog on the powdery soft sand. 21. Morro Bay, California, USMorro Bay is actually a delightful Californian town, and it’s famous for its beautiful beaches. The best ones can be found within Morro Bay State Park, which covers 2,770 acres and includes a museum of natural history, Morro Rock Natural Preserve and the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve. Our favourite beach is the wonderfully wide Coleman Park Beach, which has barbecue pits and a children’s play area. It’s a fantastic wildlife-spotting destination, too. 22. Gairloch, Western ScotlandFamous for its pink-tinged sands and rocky coves, Gruinard Bay in Gariloch is actually made up of three small bays. You’ll enjoy fantastic views across the water to Coigach hills, and if you’re a budding geologist, we suggest exploring the rocky shoreline – many rare stones and fossils have been found here. 6. Isle of Lewis, Outer HebridesThe Isle of Lewis’s beaches are ruggedly beautiful, although this one is also easily accessible and has its own car park. Framed by towering cliffs (some of the highest on the island, in fact), it’s a great place from which to admire the fiery Scottish sunsets. 25. Vik Beach, IcelandThis is one of Iceland’s most famous black sand beaches. The steep cliffs which surround it are home to thousands of puffins, and it’s also famous for its unusual rock formations – legend states that they’re the remains of two trolls. 32. Shoal Bay East, AnguillaShoal Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. It’s a 3.2-kilometre stretch of sand, so there’s room for everyone, although if you fancy some time out, head to one of the hammocks suspended from one of the beach’s palm trees. We also suggest heading to Gwen’s Reggae Bar for some lunch and a cocktail. Or three. 48. Nanjizal Beach, Cornwall, UKThis hidden gem is a kaleidoscope of colour, with the topaz-blue water surrounded by heather-covered cliffs. There are plenty of caves and unusual rock formations to explore, and this stretch of coastline is also one of the UK’s best places to spot seals. 49. Shikinejima, JapanAnother Japanese gem, Tomari Beach is a protected cove, which is ideal for toe dippers, divers and sunbathers. After a lengthy sunbathing session, hike through the surrounding hills and enjoy an even more spectacular view of this beach from up high. 42. Orkney, ScotlandOrkney‘s most beautiful beach has plenty of sand for the sunbathers, and hundreds of rock pools for budding David Attenboroughs. Its barren, rugged appearance makes it popular with photographers – come here on a clear day and you’ll also be able to see the Isle of Hoy. 35. Komodo Island, IndonesiaOne of the most romantic spots in Indonesia, Pink Beach derives its name from its pink-tinted sand. It’s one of only seven pink beaches on the entire planet. The bright green hills which form the backdrop make it even more spectacular, and it’s a great dive spot, thanks to the presence of both hard and soft corals, and thousands of species of fish. RelatedVisit the most beautiful islands in the world… on a budget!The Maldives, Bora Bora, the Seychelles – here’s our guide to navigating the most beautiful islands on earth – without the eye-watering price tag. As the setting of some of the world’s most extravagant resorts, these tropical islands have become synonymous with splashing the cash. But good news, budget travellers:…Love islands: are these the most romantic islands in the world?It’s only week two and although we promised ourselves it wouldn’t happen this year, we’ve done it again – we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Love Island. And while Majorca is the home of that villa, there are plenty of other destinations that will set hearts a flutter, and…In pictures: totally tropical winter sunSun, sea, sand… escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations. 50. Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, USDelray isn’t your typical Floridian beach, but that’s why we love it. It’s long and wide with powdery soft sand, fringed with banks of long grass which double as a haven for wildlife. It’s another beach which rarely gets crowded; come here during the week and you’ll have its untamed beauty entirely to yourself. 43. San Diego, USThe epitomy of everything we love about Californian beaches, Coronado is one of California’s most lively stretches of coastline, easily accessible from the centre of San Diego and with a whole host of amenities, including a lifeguard service, changing rooms and play areas for the kids. During the winter months you’ll be able to twirl around an ice rink, mere metres from the water. Only in America. What’s your verdict – Bora Bora or Brighton? Let us know in the comments section below.1. Aruba, Dutch AntillesYou want beaches? You’ve come to the right place. Lying off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba‘s beaches are straight out of the glossiest coffee table brochure. Eagle, Mangel Halto, Santo Largo… take your pick.last_img read more

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Winter wow bargain offpiste ski holidays

first_img2. Yongpyong, South Korea If you want to combine a culture-jammed city break with some action on the slopes, you can’t beat the Norwegian capital. Oslo is a compact city – something visitors really appreciate in -12 temperatures – and it’s possible to spend your morning wandering the picturesque old town, exploring the regenerated harbour area, perusing art in the sleek, modern Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art – before hopping on the metro to ride out to the slopes. Less than an hour out of central station on Line 1, you reach Frognerseteren, where you can scoff apple cake and coffee in the chalet restaurant before tobogganing or skiing down the slopes. Spectacularly showcased in the 2018 winter Olympics, Yongpyong is one of South Korea’s best-loved ski resorts, with an average of 2.5 metres of snow every year, some 30 slopes and 15 lifts. On a particularly clear day, skiiers can glimpse the East Sea from the slopes. For European visitors accustomed to Alpine twee, the architecture is unquestionably charming; even the modern Dragon Plaza ski house is intensely instagrammable. Search flights to Oslo Banff and Whistler tend to get most of the column inches and crowds, but Golden is up there with the best ski locations in North America. A bona fide winter playground, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers world-class skiing, as well as tubing, snowshoeing and direct access to snowmobile tours and heli-skiing. Kicking Horse can also lay claim to the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, at 4,133 feet. Throw in over 2,800 acres of skiable lift-served terrain, and you have a beyond-the-beated-track powdery paradise. If you’re the sort of skier who prides themselves on getting off the beaten track and into the backcountry, Powder Mountain is your place. Despite easy transport links – it’s just 55 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport), there are over 7,000 skiable acres, meaning it regularly feels like you have the world to yourself. Around half of Powder Mountain’s skifields are lift-served by four chair lifts, and there is night skiing (and spectacular stargazing) until 10pm. In recent seasons Powder Mountain has seen a growing number of in-the-know Silicon Valleyites, but for now it retains a small-town, unpretentious feel. Comprising four interconnected resorts on the eastern side of the mountain, totalling more than 800 hectares of skiable terrain, Niseko is a world-class resort that leaves European and North American aficionados slack-jawed. A diverse, sophisticated and thoroughly international dining and drinking scene is the cherry on top. Niseko is most definitely a splurge, but now might just be the time to do it…  Still looking for winter inspiration? Search flights to Sapporo Search flights to South Korea 1. Oslo, Norway Search hotels in Powder Mountain Search hotels in Yongpyong Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, near the (blessedly dormant) Mt Yotei volcano, has recently risen to the top of any intrepid skier’s bucket list. With the surrounding mountains populated with hot spring resorts (or onsen) and the white-water-rapids of the Shiribetsu River performing as a backdrop, Niseko is one of the most photogenic ski resorts on the planet. Search hotels in Golden 4. Powder Mountain Utah, USA Search flights to Calgary Search hotels in Oslo Related5 flights for under £45: bargains of the weekOur pick of the best bargain flights on the web this week, from Palma to Ljubljana.Essential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipmentSo you’ve waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that’s left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. Brush up on…World’s cheapest ski resorts: where to ski cheap this seasonWorld’s cheapest ski resorts: where to ski cheap this season Search flights to Salt Lake City ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Niseko, Japan 5. Golden, Canada Search hotels in Niseko Escape the regular crowd this winter and slope off to a ski trip further afield. Now’s the time to book to save money on flights in the high season when the snow is at its best. Save your pennies for the après-ski! Here’s our pick of the coolest snow destinations the world has to offer. last_img read more

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London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineQueen Elizabeth II has appointed Paul Gayler, chef de cuisine at The Lanesborough, as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the hospitality industry and various charities. Announced as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors on June 16, members are selected for outstanding achievements and service to society. Established in 1917 by Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather King George V, the MBE honors people who have served the country in civilian roles. The list of honorees is released each year on the British Monarch’s birthday.“Since opening The Lanesborough in 1991, we have had the privilege of having Chef Gayler on our team,” said Geoffrey Gelardi, managing director of The Lanesborough. “Paul’s achievement in receiving this award is a testament to his extraordinary talent and commitment to the industry. This outstanding accolade is well-deserved and we are extremely honored to be a part of the celebration.”Over the last 21 years, Chef Gayler has played an indispensable role in building The Lanesborough’s international acclaim for fine dining experiences. Prior to joining The Lanesborough, he served as head chef of Inigo Jones Banqueting House.Chef Gayler is also a celebrated food writer with over 20 titles to his name. His most recent titles include A Passion for Potatoes and The World in Bite Size: Taps, Mezze and Other Tasty Morsels. Chef Gayler has sold books worldwide that have been translated into ten different languages. He has also appeared on a variety of culinary shows such as BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen and Radio 4’s VegTalk.www.lanesborough.comlast_img read more

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For those looking for an active vacation in an exc

first_imgFor those looking for an active vacation in an exclusive and pristine atmosphere, the Hermitage Bay resort in Antigua is an idyllic location for water sports, hiking, and lush wildlife. A special “Playful in Paradise” package encourages guests to deviate from a standard routine while on vacation. From sailing lessons to private beach excursions, Hermitage Bay creates an exceptional experience for their guests.The “Playful in Paradise ” package includes:-Kayak to a secluded private beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Hermitage Bay -Private sailing lesson from the professional Hermitage Bay water sports staff -Dedicated yoga instruction -Two 30-minute massages -Expert guided tour of the surrounding trails and tropical gardens at Hermitage BayThe “Playful in Paradise ” package requires a minimum 3 night stay. The rates begin at $1,084.50 per night for double occupancy inclusive of tax and service, meals, beverage and activities listed above. This package is only valid from October 7th – December 20h 2008. To reserve please visit www.hermitagebay.comlast_img read more

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Actress Rose Marie of Dick Van Dyke Show fame di

first_imgActress Rose Marie of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ fame dies at 94 by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 28, 2017 5:03 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Rose Marie chafed at being a supporting player in the shadow of Mary Tyler Moore’s fetching suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”But it was as feisty comedy writer Sally Rogers that Marie stretched the narrow confines of how women were portrayed on TV in the mid-20th century. Sally was an independent single woman who handled her job as adroitly as her male colleagues and who dated but refused to pine away for romance.Rose Marie, who died Thursday at 94, was proud to have created a woman defined by her work, a rare sitcom character at the time who wasn’t “a wife, mother, or housekeeper,” she tweeted in 2017.It represented one milestone in an extraordinary acting and singing career that started when she was a toddler, stretched over nearly a century and included success in theatre, radio, nightclubs, movies and TV.“There’s never been a more engaging & multi-talented performer …. & always had audiences clamouring for more!!” Carl Reiner, creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” posted Thursday on Twitter.Rose Marie had been resting in bed at her Los Angeles-area home when a caretaker found she had stopped breathing, said family spokesman Harlan Boll. The cause of death wasn’t immediately disclosed.“Heaven just got a whole lot funnier” read the tribute posted atop a photo of Rose Marie on her website.The subject of the 2017 documentary “Wait for Your Laugh,” Rose Marie often claimed she had the longest career in entertainment history. It spanned some 90 years, with co-stars ranging from W.C. Fields (in the 1933 movie “International House”) to Garfield the cat.The highlight for many was “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” the 1961-66 sitcom widely loved for its sophisticated writing, inspired casting and insightful view of the inner workings of the then-new medium of television. Van Dyke starred as Rob Petrie, head writer for a hit comedy-variety show and Moore, in her first major role, played his wife Laura.The blonde, raspy-voiced Rose Marie teamed with her pal Morey Amsterdam as assistant writers.“The Dick Van Dyke Show” not only was an ideal vehicle for Rose Marie’s comic gifts, but was a showcase for her singing, with Sally belting out “Come Rain or Come Shine” and other old favourites during nightclub and party scenes.The actress had conflicts with Reiner, resenting that Moore was given more prominence than her on the show. Reiner, speaking in “Wait for Your Laugh,” bluntly pushed back. “I used real strong language,” he recalled. “I said, ‘You both have beautiful legs. They wanna look at her legs.’”Nominated three times for Emmys, Rose Marie had yet to turn 40 when she joined the Van Dyke cast, but had been an entertainer for more than 30 years.She was born Rose Marie Mazetta of Italian-Polish parentage in New York City on Aug. 15, 1923. When she was 3, her mother entered her in an amateur talent contest in Atlantic City as Baby Rose Marie.“My mother was terrified,” she recalled in a 1992 interview with The Associated Press. “But I went out and sang ‘What Can I Say, Dear, After I Say I’m Sorry?’ and won the contest.”She began singing on radio and was a hit on “The Rudy Vallee Hour.” NBC gave her a seven-year contract and her own show, 15 minutes on Sunday. Her powerful voice gave rise to rumours.“Stories went around that I was really a 45-year-old midget,” she remarked in 1992. “So they sent me on a year-round personal appearance tour of theatres across the country to prove that I was a child.”Rose Marie sang in a series of movie shorts including “Baby Rose Marie, the Child Wonder” in 1929 and appeared on most of the vaudeville circuits until vaudeville’s demise. Among her friends was one of the country’s most notorious gangsters.“My father worked as an arsonist for Al Capone,” Rose Marie told People magazine in 2016. “He used to burn down your warehouse if things weren’t going the right way, but I didn’t know that at the time. I was a child star and to me Al was my ‘Uncle Al,’ my mother used to cook for all these guys.”In 1946 she married Bobby Guy, a trumpeter in Kay Kyser’s band and later on top NBC radio shows in Hollywood. They had a daughter, Georgiana. Guy was just 48 when he died suddenly of a blood infection in 1964 — a loss so devastating Rose Marie wore black for a year and hesitated to take on work beyond “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”One of her first outside performances was on “The Dean Martin Show,” when she performed the melancholy ballad “Little Girl Blue.”“Then Dean sang ‘(Smile),’ to me and I couldn’t help it, the tears began pouring down,” she recalled in her memoir “Hold the Roses,” published in 2003. “Then Dean kissed me and held me in his arms. It was quite a memorable moment.”As Rose Marie (she never used a last name professionally), she enjoyed new fame on TV. Her surefire timing made her ideal casting as a supporting player and she appeared on “The Doris Day Show,” as the irreverent secretary to the star, and as Frank Fontana’s mother on “Murphy Brown.” For years she was a regular on the “Hollywood Squares” quiz show.She joined with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting in the late 1970s to tour in a hit nightclub act titled “4 Girls 4.”Rose Marie starred in the Broadway musical “Top Banana” with Phil Silvers, but her experience on the 1954 film version resonated decades later in the aftermath of the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein.A producer suggested that she would get more screen time if she had sex with him.“And in front of everybody, I go, ‘You couldn’t get it up if a flag went by,’” Rose Marie, interviewed for “Wait for Your Laugh,” recalled saying. “Which didn’t sit too well with him. All my numbers were cut in the picture.”She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001. In 2017, she extended her reach to social media, her Twitter feed quickly attracting more than 100,000 followers.“I was asked what I wanted my legacy to be,” she wrote in one tweet. “My answer, ‘That I was good at my job & loved every minute of it.’ I wish that for everyone.”Rose Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Steven Rodrigues._____AP national writer Hillel Italie and the late entertainment writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2018 8:49 am PDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Crackle shows Sean Bean, left, and Ryan Kwanten in a scene from the Crackle original series, “The Oath.” (Steve Dietl/Crackle via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies onscreen.He’s been stabbed, shot, chased off a cliff, tossed off a satellite dish, beheaded, exploded, killed by arrows, and drawn and quartered in everything from the Bond movie “Goldeneye” to “Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings.”For his new series, the Yorkshire-bred actor shockingly makes it to the end of the season. In “The Oath,” on Crackle, Bean plays the imprisoned patriarch of a gang of rogue cops. It’s a brooding, dark and violent look at how corrosive corruption can be.Bean, 58, talked with The Associated Press about the new series, his many deaths and why he’s pleased that he’s left his mark on “Game of Thrones” long after losing his head.AP: This is another tightly wound, sinister character. What attracts you to them?Bean: I guess when your character is in darkness or is very cerebral and contained, you don’t have to learn as many lines. (Laughs.) You just do it with facial expression. They do actually tend to be men-of-not-many words sort of characters — I quite like that. I don’t like saying too much. I don’t like too much repetition.AP: The series is shot in Puerto Rico and had to contend with Hurricane Maria in September. The cast and crew returned to finish filming after that monster storm. Was it hard?Bean: I was there for the first few weeks. I’d finished my scenes by, I suppose, July, something like that. I’d been gone about three weeks when I started picking it up on the news report. It was pretty bad, you know. I know it gets storms in that part of the world but I never thought it would be as bad as that. I thought about the people there who welcomed us with open arms. They’re very friendly and hardworking people and it was just a shock to think that they were there and the power was out.AP: Is there a second season in the works and are you a part of it?Bean: Well, I don’t die in it. Well, maybe I shouldn’t tell you. You know, everyone expects me to die, don’t they? I think there’s talk of it. I think they’re seeing how it goes down and see what the reaction is.AP: Can we talk about your many deaths? Does it affect your choices?Bean: I don’t mind. I remember Sean Connery once said that he doesn’t like dying in films. He doesn’t take jobs on where he dies in films. He doesn’t think it’s a good vibe or good karma. So I don’t know where that leaves me. I can understand that but I’ve done it so many times. It’s not intentional but I know I’m high up in the death table. But they’ve all been quite memorable. It’s a surprise when I survive. A quite nice surprise for me and, hopefully, for the audience as you always think I’m going to die.AP: Actually, we’re a little shocked you managed to survive through the first season of “The Oath.”Bean: There was talk about me dying in it but they liked what they saw, what I was doing, and I think they decided to extend his life a bit more.AP: Can we talk about your accent? It seems like many directors leave you alone.Bean: Unless there’s a reason to change it, I usually use how I speak now. Not too broad. If I spoke really broad Yorkshire, people might not understand what I’m saying. I kind of tone it down. It suits the characters that I play, many of them anyway. Certainly it suited Ned Stark. We did the read-through and the producers and directors and writers said, ‘Just talk like that, Sean. What do you think?’ I said, ‘Yeah, all right. Good with me.’ But then everybody who came after was part of the Stark family who had to adopt a Yorkshire accent.AP: Speaking of “Game of Thrones,” we know Stark had a swift and grisly end. But have you noticed that your story line is still the dominant one? Does that please you?Bean: I’m glad they remember me and am mentioned because it leaves a legacy. It’s wonderful to be still mentioned because the character made such a big impact in the first season. He was one of a very few good men. They’re all such backstabbers, poisonous people. He kind of stood out as a man with principles and morals and a good heart. A strong, confident man. That’s probably one of the reasons he didn’t survive. He wasn’t devilish enough.___Online: https://www.crackle.com/the-oath___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitscenter_img Sean Bean on his many deaths and ‘Game of Thrones’ legacylast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2018 1:58 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 3/25/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)2. “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George (Viking)3. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)4. “The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)5. “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry (Minotaur)6. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)7. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)8. “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” by Marlon Bundo (Chronicle Books)9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)10. “Covert Game” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)11. “The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon (Atlantic Press Monthly)12. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)13. “Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown)14. “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlan (Random House)15. “Duel to the Death” by J.A. Jance (Touchstone)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Secret Empires” by Peter Schweizer (Harper)2. “Russian Roulette” by Michael Isikiff and David Corn (Twelve)3. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)4. “Food” by Mary Hyman (Little, Brown)5. “Pretty Mess” by Erika Jayne (Gallery)6. “I’ve Been Thinking…” by Maria Shriver (Pamela Dorman Books)7. “There is More” by Brian Houston (WaterBrook)8. “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” by Kathie Lee Gifford (Thomas Nelson)9. “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff (Holt)10. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)11. “Genius Foods” by Max Lugavere (HarperWave)12. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Norton)13. “Killing the Deep State” by Jerome R. Sorsi (Humanix)14. “Make It Rain!” by Areva Martin (Center Street)15. “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” by Pete Souza (Little, Brown)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)2. “The Fix” by David Baldacci (Vision)3. “The Duchess” by Danielle Steel (Dell)4. “Ruthless” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)5. “Fast burn” by Lori Foster (HQN)6. “Red Sparrow” (movie tie-in) by Jason Matthews (Scribner)7. “Proof of Life” by J.A. Jance (William Morrow)8. “The Cutthroat” by Cussler/Scott (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)9. “Between Friends” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)10. “Any Day Now” by Robyn Carr (Mira)11. “The Legend of Perley Gates” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)12. “Against All Odds” by Danielle Steel (Dell)13. “No Middle Name” by Lee Child (Dell)14. “Roughshod Justice” by Delores Fossen (Harlequin)15. “Hello Stranger” by Lisa Kleypas (Avon)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware (Scout)2. “End Game” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)3. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)4. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)5. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)6. “Haunted” by Patterson/Born (Grand Central Publishing)7. “Call Me by Your Name” (movie tie-in) by Andre’ Aciman (Picador)8. “The woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware (Scout)9. “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter (Penguin)10. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (Norton)11. “Ready Player One” (movie tie-in) by Ernest Cline (Broadway Books)12. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)13. “The Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand (Back Bay)14. “Instinct” by Patterson/Rougham (Grand Central Publishing)15. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

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Smallville actress granted bail in NXIVM case

first_img‘Smallville’ actress granted bail in NXIVM case by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 1:03 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – An actress best known for playing a young Superman’s friend has been granted bail while fighting charges that she helped recruit women into a cult-like group.A federal judge in Brooklyn agreed Tuesday to release Allison Mack on $5 million bond and place her under home detention in California. She’ll be living with her parents.She has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking.Prosecutors say she worked as a slave “master” and recruited women to a group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Mack starred in The CW network’s “Smallville,” a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his group called NXIVM (NEHK’-see-uhm).Raniere also denies wrongdoing.center_img FILE – This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from “Smallville” has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru. Mack, 35, was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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