Senate Banking Committee Votes Yes on Brian Montgomery Nomination

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Montgomery FHA HOUSING HUD mortgage Senate Banking Committee 2017-11-28 Rachel Williams November 28, 2017 722 Views Today during a nomination hearing held by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Brian Montgomery was approved as Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His nomination will now move to a full Senate vote.Brian Montgomery is currently Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group, a Washington D.C.-based advisory firm that he co-founded, and he previously served as Federal Housing Administration commissioner under former President George W. Bush. In a letter sent to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown endorsing his nomination and encouraging his confirmation, Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute wrote:During my 25 year tenure working within the mortgage banking industry, I have had the opportunity to work side by side with Mr. Montgomery during his times within both public and private service on issues that face the American homeowner,” the letter said. “I can attest to his qualifications as a leader and his devotion to the cause of furthering responsible homeownership in the United States. An examination of Mr. Montgomery’s record will reveal a dedicated public servant and champion for homeownership, fully committed to ensuring the American Dream lives on for generations to come.During his October testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Montgomery said, “Some of my Republican friends and colleagues still ask why I agreed to serve in a Democratic Administration and my answer has always been the same: they asked for my help. It was that simple. Now when I’m asked why I would want to return to HUD, the answer is just as simple: I believe I can make a positive difference.”center_img Senate Banking Committee Votes Yes on Brian Montgomery Nomination Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 06 , 2018 Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, … Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … Banana multinational Chiquita Brands has responded to recent charges in Colombia against a group of former employees accused of financing a paramilitary group that committed grave crimes during the nation’s armed conflict.On Friday (August 31) Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General released a statement saying it was charging 13 people with “aggravated conspiracy to commit a crime”.The workers include eight people from Colombia, three from the U.S., one from Honduras and one from Costa Rica.The Attorney General’s office on Friday said it had evidence the company directed funds through a subsidiary, Banadex and Banacol, “for the presumed financing” of the paramilitary group known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).Specifically, it alleges company executives directed funds to the Arlex Hurtado front of the AUC while it was led by Raúl Emilio Hasbún Mendoza, known by the alias Pedro Bonito. Pioneering Dutch substrate banana production proje … center_img U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … You might also be interested in “The evidence demonstrates the participation of managers and some employees of these companies, whether by decision-making, intervention and/or participation in the promotion and financing of the illegal group,” the statement said.On Wednesday, a Chiquita spokesperson sent a statement to Fresh Fruit Portal responding to the charges.”Chiquita is aware that Fiscalìa in Colombia last week formally accused a number of individuals for aiding paramilitary organisations in that country,” the spokesperson said.”This whole legal process in Colombia started more than a decade ago. Some of these individuals were, at some point in their careers, associated with the activities of one of the company’s subsidiaries in Colombia during this difficult period in Colombia’s history of the 1990’s.”The Chiquita of today still believes that these individuals are innocent of the crimes they are being accused of committing and will continue to support their defense in the expectation that the Colombian criminal legal system will, in the end, allow justice to prove their innocence.”In a U.S. court settlement in 2007, Chiquita stated that it had been forced to pay millions of dollars to rightwing paramilitary and Marxist guerrilla groups alike for security protections that would allow it to operate in Colombia, according to Tele Sur Tv.last_img read more

Viking Cruises

first_imgViking Cruises Viking Cruises has rolled out a new Viking Resident Historian Programme across its ocean fleet, with a carefully-selected faculty of historians providing guests with historical education relevant to their specific itineraries onboard Viking Star and Viking Sky.The ‘destination-driven learning’ lectures are exclusively produced by Viking Cruises under the direction of Dr. Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian, who has lectured in more than 60 countries for The National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Dr Doherty has selected the historians who are part of the programme, including Dr Fenella Bazin – specialist in the Age of the Vikings; European Military historian, Lt. Colonel Tony Coutts-Britton; and Dr. Mark Callaghan, specialist in 20th Century art and culture.Dr. Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historianlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a simple message for his team heading into Sunday’s game at the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Cardinals are in the playoff race, they hadn’t beaten either of the NFC West’s top two teams — Seattle and San Francisco — since the opening game of the 2012 season, and hadn’t beaten either on the road since Oct. 18, 2009. “Forget the playoffs, forget everything else,” Arians told Arizona Sports 620’s Bickley and Marotta Monday. “If we ever want to win this division again, we have to match their intensity. They’re both physical, bully-type football teams. The only way to handle that is to be the same thing. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   “You’re either going to kick someone’s butt or you’re going to get your butt kicked. If you’re scared, don’t get on the plane.” Consider the message received. The Cardinals’ defense physically abused Seattle en route to a 17-10 win despite four turnovers from Arizona’s offense. The Cardinals held Seattle to just 192 total yards while limiting dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson to 32 yards on two carries and sacking him four times.Seattle gained just four total yards in the second quarter, didn’t gain a single yard on five of their 13 drives and gained less than 10 yards on four others. “You love winning at home,” Arians said. “But to go to Seattle … you go to some of the great venues that are tough on the road and win in that fashion — it’s why you play the game.”last_img read more

Bauman said there were probably 20 to 30 friends a

first_imgBauman said there were probably 20 to 30 friends and family at the game, and many more watching on TV. They all saw him get one step closer to making the roster, which is a long shot for most undrafted free agents. Add in the fact that Arizona is already fairly deep at running back with Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer, it would seem Bauman is battling with Robert Hughes, Jalen Parmele and Damien Thigpen for one of the final spots on the team.Standing in at just 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, Bauman’s style is different from other running backs both on the team and in the NFL, as most teams look for runners with more size. That’s not to say smaller backs have not made their mark on the league, but rather it would tend to indicate that his climb — already an uphill one because of not being drafted — may be a little steeper than normal.But the most important thing, according to the former Lumberjack who became the first player in school history and ninth in NCAA FCS history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in each of his four seasons, is matching your game with your size.“You’ve got to make people miss,” he said of what he personally must do. “My rule is the first person always misses. I’m short; we have 6-6 linemen, that’s real easy for me to hide behind. Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals’ leading rusher in the 32-0 win over the Houston Texans was Zach Bauman. The same Zach Bauman, of course, who attended Chandler Hamilton High School before going on to be the all-time leading rusher for Northern Arizona University.An undrafted free agent, Bauman’s first carry went for 13 yards. It was quite a start.“It really was surreal; it was breathtaking,” Bauman told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “I usually don’t get nervous for football, but coach called my number and told me to get out there, and it was actually a timeout so we’re just standing out on the field and I’m like, ‘Come on, let’s get this going, I want to get my first NFL play going,’ but it really was surreal being out there.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   “You’ve got to make people miss, you’ve got to be fast and you’ve just got to keep your legs churning. I already have the advantage — in football they say the low man wins. Well, I’m already there.”However, Bauman is confident he is in a good situation with the Cardinals, saying his game is a perfect fit for what the team wants to do. While he doesn’t get as many reps as the team’s top running backs, he is getting some chances.It’s up to him to make the most of them.“I’m getting an opportunity, and just like in the game I got a couple carries, and you’ve got to take advantage of what you’re doing,” he said. “I feel like I’ve gone out there and had a pretty good performance, so I’ve got to continue doing that.” – / 16 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Zach Bauman- Cardinals running back Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   The offensive line struggled in pass protection, leading to Palmer’s fumbles and the ensuing skittishness. Meanwhile, the defense allowed an 86-yard touchdown to Corey Brown thanks to a missed tackle.Cam Newton 86-yard TD pass to Corey Brown, longest pass in a conference championship since Brett Favre, 2007 (90 to Donald Driver vs Giants)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2016Perhaps the only thing that went right for the Cardinals in the first half was running back David Johnson, the rookie who took 13 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 25 yards. – / 69 More painfully, Arizona’s two veteran leaders were the ones struggling to hang onto the ball.Quarterback Carson Palmer finished the game with two fumbles and four interceptions thrown as he forced balls down the field attempting to make up the first-half deficit.Palmer twice fumbled in the first half and, following a Patrick Peterson interception return that flipped the field, immediately threw a pick in the end zone.Another look of the Carson Palmer fumble.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer fumbles as he is hit by Carolina Panthers’ Kawann Short and Mario Addison (97) during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Turnovers often make or a break a game.And when it’s the NFC Championship game against the highest-scoring team in the league that happens to be the best at forcing turnovers, that could mean doom. The Arizona Cardinals turned the ball over four times in the first half against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, finding themselves down 24-7 at the break before falling 49-15 in Charlotte.Arizona finished the game with seven turnovers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carson Palmer fumbles again.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016Peterson made the pick following his own miscue, a fumble on a punt return. Patrick Peterson not quite square to the ball, couldn’t hang on— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016Peterson’s interception and ensuing return set up Palmer to lead the Cardinals to a second score. But he immediately threw a pick.Kurt Coleman interception on Carson Palmer.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016Turnovers weren’t the only issues for head coach Bruce Arians’ team.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Do you have two of the meanest guards in the league in Mike Iupati and Evan Mathis“I think they’re two of the most physical, yeah; that’s what I like about them. I think off the field they’re probably pussycats, but off the field, nah, not so fast.”What can you learn from your two long snappers, Kameron Canaday and Daniel Dillon, in practice“We put them in the hardest test we can put them is that you get a day off if you two snap four perfect ones; jumping and hollering at them but it’s still not the same as out here. You got to see them under the lights in real pressure. We may kick more long field goals or whatever just to put them in pressure situations. I hope we have a lot of those situations in the preseason.”How is the competition at the safety position with Tyrann Mathieu sidelined“Oh, it’s great. They’re getting a lot of exposure; Marqui (Christian) also is getting a ton more reps than he would normally get, and he’s growing.  It’s nice seeing the communications between those guys.  Tyvon (Branch) is a vocal guy too, and he’s very smart so he’s not afraid to talk.  Normally, the hardest thing is you’re afraid to talk because you don’t want to make a mistake.  The communication back there is really, really good.” “Thought we had a really, really good practice yesterday. The tempo of the practice was outstanding. We finished early. Good competition; probably too much competition at times to be in shorts. You always worry about the first day, you’re in shorts, the crowd is out there, everybody is jacked up and you have run drills and you just hold your breath that nobody does get hurt. But, we’ll go back at again today and finally play football tomorrow.”How frustrating is it having these injuries at cornerback“It never fails. Justin (Bethel) got his setback and Mike comes in and was looking good and breaks a hand. But, it’s just more opportunities for the young kids to get out there and play.”Any update on rookie Robert Nkemdiche“It’s looking more like two weeks. It’s a high ankle sprain.”How did rookie Brandon Williams look to you“Brandon had a hell of a day. He got beat by ‘Smoke’ (John Brown), but he was there. He just turned a little bit the wrong way and got off balance, but broke up some good balls. The nice thing about it is after the touchdown he came back and competed his ass off.  Some guys would go in the tank.  That’s what I liked about it the most.  He really came back and looked really good.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mathieu must be one the best you’ve seen communicate in the secondary“You know, he was one of the worst. He never said (expletive) his first year. He had to learn to be because Rashad (Johnson) said everything. He didn’t have to. He knew how smart Rashad was and he wasn’t going to make a mistake, but now he’s very, very good at it.”What have you been able to see from Matt Barkley“I think he’s made steady improvement. I still would like to see him do a better job with his hots and sights. He missed one yesterday that he shouldn’t have missed and those get you knocked out as a quarterback. You have to take care of yourself first, and that’s where your eyes should be first. As much as he’s grown, he’s still not making the progress I’d like to see him make.”What about Jake Coker“It’s the same thing. He’s never thrown the ball this much. He’s handed it off to those big backs they had at Alabama. Footwork and all the fundamental stuff, he’s improving on each day but he’s got a way to go.” – / 21 Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth 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.“Not practicing today from yesterday would be (cornerback) Mike Jenkins, who broke a bone in his hand; really no prognosis yet on how long before it heals up to where he can play in a cast. (Defensive tackle) Red Bryant has got a little soreness in his Achilles, but it’s nothing serious. We’ll give him the day off. And (tight end) Jermaine Gresham has a tight hamstring. We’re waiting for an MRI. I don’t think it’s anything serious, but he will not practice today. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sportslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAqua Expeditions has announced the launch of its free online Aqua Expeditions iFrame marketing tool providing the luxury cruise company’s trade partners in Australia with exclusive online access to its current content.This new facility is designed to assist its Australian partners in selling Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon cruises more easily and effectively by offering a well designed iFrame that contains the most important and useful information which can be easily placed onto the trade’s web pages with one simple click.Using the iFrame, partners will be able to present to their clients all the latest information on Aqua Expeditions’ exotic destinations, cruise ships and immersive experiences, access the Mekong and Amazon itineraries, learn about the special highlights of these cruise experiences and stay informed about current offers.For further information on Aqua Expeditions’ iFrame please contact Aqua Expeditions Australia Business Development Manager, Jodie Weeks on or 0438 551 319.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Where to stay Look for somewhere to stay during th

first_imgWhere to stayLook for somewhere to stay during the Rugby World Cup? Find a hotel in Manchester.Find hotels in ManchesterGoing to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital.Top 10 places in Gloucester for scrummy scran during the RWC It’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Exeter’s 10 best rugby pubs and fan friendly restaurants With its cosy pubs and buzzing local student community, Exeter is set to prove Devon can party come the Rugby World Cup.Newcastle’s top bars and restaurants on rugby daysOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.6 of the best places to eat and drink in Leicester whether you like rugby or not Celebrate Rugby World Cup victory in one of these six top pubs and restaurants in Leicester.Brighton feasts for rugby fans: top 10 caf**é**s and restaurantsIf you’re heading to the games, or fancy a cheeky weekend beside the seaside, there’s plenty of fish and chips to be had but you might want to shake things up – here’s 10 of the best local bars and restaurants for you to check out.7 incredible rugby stadiums around the world Get set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWorld’s 7 best rugby stadiums you have to visitGet set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Top 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fansTravelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital. If not for anything else, Manchester is known throughout the world as a cradle of musical talent. Oasis, The Smiths, the Stone Roses, Joy Divison, New Order and the Buzzcocks, amongst others, have all pounded the pavements of central Manchester. And of course, it’s a city of sport.You can’t mention Manchester to anyone without the inevitable question: “United or City?”. As a ‘Manc’ born and bred, I know it’s coming (I’m neither but thanks for asking). You’d be forgiven for thinking that football is Manchester’s only sporting preoccupation but rugby has a long-standing tradition in the city, not least as the home of Sale Sharks. During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the England v Uruguay Pool A match will be hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium – once the centrepiece of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and now home to Manchester City FC. The stadium has previous form; rugby greats Mils Muliaina and Waisale Serevi played in the Sevens final at the Commonwealth Games when New Zealand claimed gold against Fiji.Find flights to ManchesterAlways ranking highly on people’s list of cities to visit in the UK, we’ve pulled together the best places to grab a bite to eat or have a sherry or two on your whistle-stop visit to Manchester for the rugby.1. Trof NQThe Northern Quarter is without question the most happening and interesting part of Manchester city centre. Its quirky bars and cafes and independent boutiques and record shops attract people from all walks of life and tastes; from hipsters to the alternative crowd and everyone in between. Trof is the kind of place where anyone can roll up at any time of day or night. With live gigs, open mic nights and quizes in the evening coupled with an extensive food and drink menu, or a coffee and cake or hangover-busting brunch the morning after, Trof delivers on so many levels. Cloud 23Seen from miles around, the Beetham Tower became an instant Manchester icon on completion in 2006. Divided up between a 4-star hotel and residential appartments, the tower is one of the world’s slimmest skyscrapers. For cocktails with a view, the Cloud 23 skybar on the top floor of the Hilton is the highest you can go in the lego brick-like structure and the only bar of its kind in the city. With a 360-degree panoramic view of the Manchester skyline and beyond, you won’t be disappointed. It would be wise to book in advance to avoid disappoint as it’s always in huge demand. The KnottThere’s something about a bar that draws attention for deliberately avoiding trying to be cool and edgy. Maybe it’s for that reason that the Knott bar at the bottom of Deansgate – Manchester’s main artery – has such a loyal clientele. Tucked beneath a railway viaduct beside the Bridgewater Canal, the Knott is unassuming and unpretentious, not to mention a true paradise for the beer and ale connoisseur. Cask ale from the top micro-brewers from up and down the country feature on the bar’s seven hand pumps while European lagers and crafter beers from the US and UK feature on draught. There’s also an extensive bottle range, featuring the best Trappist beers and more.center_img 4. Matt and Phred’sIf there’s one place in the Northern Quarter with an unimitable ambience and vibe, it’s Matt and Phred’s. With a longstanding reputation on the city’s music scene, live acts take to a stage six nights a week that has been graced by the likes of Jamie Cullum and multi-Grammy award-winner Adele. Free Monday to Thursday with a small entry fee on the door on Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll be tapping along to the best of local and international jazz all night. Happy Hour is until 8pm when you can get two-for-one cocktails or a free pizza with every two drinks bought. There is even a pizza on the menu called the Dave Walsh Special but sadly I can’t take credit for that. BakerieThis is not your average bakery, as may be suggested by the name. While churning out delicious fresh bread everyday, Bakerie is also a wine bar in the Northern Quarter with 24 different wines by the glass and 70 by the bottle. Besides that, you can expect hearty food on the day and evening menus, including what has become a speciality, sharing boards. They even offer a tapas-style traditional Sunday roast sharing board which goes down a storm on a lazy Sunday. The FontWho could argue with £2 cocktails? Tucked down a side street off Manchester busiest thoroughfare Oxford Road, Font attracts a mixed crowd with its laidback ambience and inexpensive and extensive cocktail menu starting at £2 for classics like Cosmopolitans or Tom Collins’. A place to grab a Full English the morning after your late night celebrations, or somehwere to grab a cheap but filling bite to eat before the match. BarburritoThere are quite a few new Tex Mex restaurants around town, like Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn. For food on the go though, you can’t go wrong with Barburrito. Having first opened its doors in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, this small Mexican burrito joint became so popular that it now has two city centre outlets and has spread as far afield as Liverpool, Nottingham and London. Made fresh in front of you, just choose your fillings and let your stomach do the rest. Akbar’sLos Angeles has Hollywood Boulevard, Paris has the Champs Elysées; Manchester blows them both completely out of the water with the Curry Mile – the UK’s largest concentration of Asian restaurants. While the renowned one-mile strip in Rusholme is lined on both sides by a plethora of curryhouses, the best in the city has to be Akbar’s on the city’s Liverpool Road. Imagine ordering a naan bread larger than your own head. Don’t believe me? Seeing is believing. The Deaf InstituteHelping to transform a derelict space in a historic Manchester building, this venue, bearing the name of its previous incarnation, is three floors of entertainment to unwrap in one package. Most nights, there is a live music gig in the music hall on the first floor while the basement bar plays host to club nights. The main bar, with its booths and big tables, is a bit more relaxed serving up food, cocktails and local ales and craft beers to regulars until the small hours amid décor touches like stag heads and Dolly Parton wallpaper. ArtisanThe ultra modern Spinningfields quarter is Damien Henderson’s playground of choice, particularly for drinks. One of his favourite haunts is Artisan – a restaurant and bar set in a massive 12,000 sq ft space on the first floor of The Avenue North. A juxtosposition of industrial warehouse chic and an artist’s loft, it looks like something out of 1984 but with murals, sculptures and art adorning the walls and nooks and crannies. to get thereThere is a well-signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly railway station to the stadium, taking around 25 minutes.To take the Metrolink, Manchester’s efficient tram system, board a Ashton-bound tram and get off at the Etihad Campus stop adjacent to the stadium. From Piccadilly, the journey takes less than 10 minutes.There are also a number of bus routes from the city centre to the stadium. For further information on bus timetables and routes, use the handy Transport for Greater Manchester journey planner.last_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Luce Bay, Dumfries and GallowayIf it’s epic seascapes you crave, then this is the beach for you. This southerly beach in Galloway is located in Scotland’s balmiest region on the (ahem) Scottish Riviera and on a good day, from its 20-mile sweep, you can not only see the Mull of Galloway, but you’ll notice Cumbria and Ireland in the distance too. The best place to stay is the Sands of Luce Holiday Park, who will lay on everything from kite flying to sand yachting and wild beach foraging. If you’ve got some wheels – four or two will do – head to nearby Portpatrick for boat-fresh seafood at the Crown Hotel. Luce Bay and its surrounding areas really do offer the best of the Scottish coast in one place.How do I get to Luce Bay?Take a train to Stranraer and then taxi, hire car or cycle to cover the 15 miles eastwards. The nearest airport to Stranraer is Glasgow, which is around 3 hours’ drive away but will dramatically reduce your journey time if you’re coming from the Midlands or South of England. 1. St Ninian’s Isle, ShetlandThis jaw-dropping beach looks like something out of a James Bond film and would make a fine backdrop to your Scottish holiday. The wide stretch of golden sand by the mainland narrows dramatically as it pushes out towards the point where it meets with St Ninian’s Isle. In geographic terms it’s called a tombolo and it’s the largest active one in the UK. Whatever you call it, it looks remarkable, as does the surrounding scenery, with ocean on two sides and grass covered hills and sea cliffs all around.A picnic is the way to go here, best enjoyed out on St Ninian’s Isle itself while gazing down at this truly remarkable beach – in summer you may well be sharing the sands with cute puffins. Get your supplies at the main Shetland town of Lerwick (30 minutes away), which also makes a good base for exploring the islands; try Kveldsro House Hotel for country house styling close to the town centre.How do I get to St Ninian’s?Flybe fly into the nearby airport at Sumburgh on the Shetland mainland. From here you’ll need to hire a car or a bike to cover the 10 miles (20 minutes) to the beach itself. Check online for accommodation, as there are many lovely cottages for hire throughout the surrounding region.Keeping an eye out for cheap flights to Scotland? Sign up for our email price alerts and we’ll let you know when the cost of your flight goes up or down, to make sure you get the best deal. 7. Achnahaird, Ross-ShireConsidered by Visit Scotland to be one of the nation’s best beaches, Achnahaird is definitely one for the music lovers out there, as its creamy white sands are just a 45-minute drive away from the cheerfully named Ullapool. This musical village is home to the Loopallu music festival, now in its 13th year. The family-friendly weekender has been graced by bands such as Twin Atlantic, Mumford and Sons and The Stranglers. You can also catch live gigs, have a dram or dine on fresh seafood at local hotel The Ceilidh Place. For a small community it sure knows how to rock it with the best of them. And guess what? Achnahaird beach has also been in a film. This time it’s a historic war drama called The Eagle starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. Surely ‘Scottish Beaches’ are long overdue a star on the Hollywood walk of fame?How do I get to Achnahaird?Handily, you can catch a flight direct to Inverness and either drive an hour and a half west or catch a bus by Traveline Scotland from Inverness Bus Station to Ullapool. Then you drive 45 minutes north to reach the golden sands of Achnahaird. 3. West Sands, St AndrewsWe reckon it’s practically impossible to run along the sweep of St Andrews’s famous West Sands without hearing the unforgettable Oscar-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire echoing around the place. The locals are well used to it so don’t worry about getting carried away! The infamous Scottish beach enjoys a dramatic backdrop with the historic town centre (home to both a remarkable ruined castle and cathedral) at one end, and the North Sea at the other. Keen golfers can’t go wrong with many local courses in what is still very much the ‘Home of Golf’. The Open Championship Old Course is the best, running just behind the beach, but you don’t need to stay in a pricey hotel to access it – Agnes Blackadder Hall is just over the road and offers smart, good value rooms on part of the university campus. So if you ever fancy a wee golf holiday in Scotland, you know where to start. Visit more cinematic settings around Scotland with our guide to Scotland’s amazing filming locations. How do I get to West Sands?Stagecoach buses go to St Andrews in just over two hours from Edinburgh. You can also fly direct to Dundee Airport in under an hour from London, and make the last 40 minutes of the journey by bus.  2. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of HarrisThe beaches of Harris are frankly breathtaking, and if they were in any climate warmer than Scotland’s they’d be packed with hotels and tourists. Many visitors actually make the mistake of remarking how like the Caribbean they look – in fact, it’s the other way around as the ancient landscape here is millions of years older, and boasts local rock Lewisian Gneiss, one of the oldest in the world. But these are just a handful of reasons why Harris is a popular fixture when planning a Scottish islands holiday.A broad sand fringe runs right up Harris’s southwest coast – you can drive or cycle along and pick your perfect beach. We love Luskentyre Beach because it boasts great views of the mountains of North Harris and the isle of Taransay (which starred on BBC’s Castaway), and if you’re a fan of Harris Tweed, Donald John Mackay (telephone 01859 550261) runs his loom from a wee croft overlooking the beach. You can ask him about his big order from Nike – it’s a brilliant (true) story! See more beautiful Scottish views from Harris to Glencoe, here.How do I get to Luskentyre?CalMac run ferries to Harris from the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Berneray. The easiest way to avoid hours on the road: catch a flight to Stornoway and take in more of the best beaches in the UK, in neighbouring Lewis…Tempted by a trip to the legendary island of Skye? Our guide to this beautiful Scottish isle has plenty of reasons to make this your next holiday destination. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 9. Sands of Morar, West HighlandsSeen the movie Local Hero? Even if you didn’t catch this blockbuster, which starred the Sands of Morar as much as it did Burt Lancaster, you’ll appreciate the cinematic quality of these starched white beaches. The setting is pure Hollywood, with the isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck (no we didn’t make these names up!) tempting for day trips offshore, as well as Skye, a premier destination for holidaymakers and campers seeking the ‘real’ Scotland away from city life. There is little else to do here bar light up a campfire and be blown away by a Hebridean sunset, knowing the next landfall out West is America. It’s also one of the best Scottish beaches for camping, with Camusdarach a good option. How do I get to Sands of Morar?From Fort William you’ll need your own car or (even better) a camper van for the 40 mile (approx one hour) drive. If you’re coming from distant parts of the UK, consider flying into Glasgow Airport and renting some wheels to continue northwards – Scotland’s west coast makes for a beautiful road trip. Have we overlooked your favourite Scottish beaches? Let us know in the comments section below and we might just feature your pick in our next round-up.Need more staycation inspiration? Step right this way…10 ways to holiday like a Scot in ScotlandFancy doing Scotland like the locals do? Live like a local and see the side of Scottish holiday culture you might miss at first glance with our tongue in cheek guide.Ireland’s most beautiful beachesHead straight to Ireland’s best beaches with our guide to top surfing spots and remote paradise sands.12 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesFind your way to the best beaches in the world, with this tantalising picture gallery.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, car hire and trains. 11. Uig, LewisChess geeks, this is one for you: the Uig sands on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis brought the world its most famous chess set. The beautifully ornate, walrus ivory Lewis Chessmen date back to the twelfth century and are thought to be of Viking origin. They were found here in the nineteenth century, but some pieces now reside in the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) while others have been spirited off to the British Museum in London. Come to the bay at high tide and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about, but visit at low tide and you’ll be skipping around the expansive sands like a loon – as they say in these parts. You can play chess here enjoying a sweeping view, but remember to bring your own set as there are few facilities on this remote Scottish shore. How do I get to Uig?CalMac sail to Stornaway on Lewis from Ullapool on the mainland. You can also fly into Stornoway with Flybe from Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh. It’s a 35 mile (50 minute) drive west across the island to Uig. 8. Machir Bay, IslayYou will often see the name of this 2km island stunner written as ‘Machair’ – an easy mistake to make, as it’s backed up with machair, the Scottish name for the dramatic sand dunes that are populated by chirping birds and colourful wildflowers. As well as being a pristine Scottish island beach, the added attraction here is whisky. Islay is serious whisky country, and with eight distilleries crammed into the island, it’s the ideal venue for a small whisky tour of Scotland. Handily, one of the most charming – and the second smallest distillery in Scotland – is within walking distance of Machir Bay. Kilchoman does fun tours of their wee farm operation and has a great café serving fresh local produce. Want to know which Scottish islands to visit for beaches, whisky and dramatic walks? Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the Scottish Isles.How do I get to Machir Bay?CalMac runs ferries to Islay from Kennacraig and less frequently from Oban, both on the Scottish mainland. It’s then a 40 minute (20 mile) drive across to the west of the island. Save yourself a longer journey by catching a flight to Glasgow first, where you can also hire a car to get around the remote island roads. 12. Traigh Mhor, Isle of BarraNot content with having to travel to your beach of choice by bus or car? Well, then fly to Barra where you can land on Traigh Mhor beach itself! That’s right – Flybe propeller planes swoop in right onto the sands. It’s probably the only scheduled flight in the world that lands on a runway that’s washed by tides twice a day. Almost as a bonus, it’s one of Scotland’s nicest beaches, with a wide arc of clean white sand. If you’re hungry, don’t overlook dining at the airport terminal, a surreal place at high tide and with a café serving garlic cockles, plucked from the beach right in front of you. You definitely don’t get that at Heathrow! You can pick them at parts of the beach yourself, though not from the runway section for obvious reasons. How do I get to Traigh Mhor?CalMac run ferries to Barra from Oban and Eriskay, while Flybe fly to Barra from Glasgow and Benbecula, landing right on the beach. 4. Redpoint Beaches, GairlochKnown for its dusky red sands, the aptly named Redpoint boasts some of Scotland’s most alluring beaches. Similar to West Sands at St. Andrews, the beaches of Redpoint have also appeared on film, specifically the movie What We Did On Our Holiday starring Scotland’s own David Tennant and Billy Connolly, alongside Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike.Redpoint’s beaches are found on the north east coast of Scotland, and give adventure seeking holidaymakers a clear view of the isles of Skye and Rassay. If you drive half an hour south you’ll encounter the village of Gairloch, which is bustling with outdoor pursuits such as the local golf club, mountain walking and even whale-watching cruises, where you might also encounter dolphins, puffins and seals. Make no mistake, this is Scotland at its most natural.How do I get to Redpoint?You can fly direct to Inverness then hop a two-hour coach ride west, courtesy of operator Traveline Scotland to reach the region of Wester Ross, which is home to the villages of Gairloch and Poolewe.5. Sandwood Bay, North HighlandsThis is one of Scotland’s hidden beaches, so elusive in fact, that some people living nearby don’t even know about it. Sandwood Bay is certainly remote, with no handy car park at the beach and no public transport nearby, but the effort of hiking here (four miles from Blairmore) is well worth it when the mile-long golden sands unfurl in front of you, and the sea stack of Am Buachaille stares back from the Atlantic. The chances are it will be just you – or anyone daft enough to take their poor pooch for a seriously long walk. This is one Scottish beach that’s more for budding Robinson Crusoes than those looking for a hip beach hangout.How do I get to Sandwood Bay?Right at the northerly tip of Scotland, Sandwood is accessible on foot from either Blairmore to the west or the viewpoint at Cape Wrath to the east. The closest airport is Stornoway on the nearby Isle of Lewis, and there’s a ferry service between here and the mainland at Ullapool, which is also the nearest hub to Sandwood for shopping and accommodation. Stay at The Ferry Boat Inn, and you’ll be handily next to the ferry terminal.If the secrecy of Sandwood Bay’s remote beauty appeals to your wilder side, why not check out our inspirational guide to the best hiking spots in Scotland Image: Graeme Churchard, CC BY 2.0.10. Calgary Bay, Isle of MullLooking for a budget holiday to Scotland? Then Calgary Bay in the Inner Hebrides is the beach for you, with its fab free campsite set back from the dunes. The sand here is dazzlingly white and creates an idyllic scene, framed by the cobalt blue Atlantic and the sturdy Scottish hills. Mull offers the only island Munro (Scottish mountain over 3,000ft) outside Skye as well as a challenging section of the Stevenson Way. The island capital of Tobermory is a picture-perfect place where the waterfront is lined with pastel-coloured houses and boutique shops. There’s a whisky distillery and a superb seafood restaurant nearby that serves up fine Scottish cuisine.How do I get to Calgary Bay?Again, CalMac run regular ferries from Oban to Mull, while there are more remote routes from the Morvern and Ardnamurchan peninsulas. Your own car or bicycle is essential for Mull, unless you are seriously into walking, but if you’re coming via Glasgow, it might be worth taking the train to Oban for the chance to ride the West Highland Line up the beautiful west coast of Scotland. Related50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…Island fling: The ultimate guide to the Scottish IslesWhether it’s the whisky of Islay, the mountains of Skye or the smooth white sands of Harris that bring you here, the magic of the Scottish islands doesn’t easily let you go. Use our guide to start planning your ultimate tour to the UK’s most northerly frontier, and scroll to…last_img read more

New York – Reported by Elite Traveler the Private

first_imgNew York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Spa at Trump®, the award-winning signature spa brand of the Trump® Hotel Collection will make its Manhattan debut at the new Trump SoHo(tm) New York on Aug. 14. Providing a calming counterpoint to the bustling Spring Street scene below, the 11,000-square-foot spa encompasses two floors of the sleek hotel, and introduces to the New York spa market the Trump Spa® Attaché and Trump® Personal Intentions, along with the sought-after skin-care products and treatments of Kate Somerville and a selection of services created specifically for its SoHo locale.It also features the first authentic luxury hammams in New York City, affording spa-goers a rare opportunity to experience the traditional social and cultural bathing rituals of Turkey and the Middle East. Inspired by Ivanka Trump’s travels in Istanbul, the addition of the hammams speaks to the exceptional attention to detail she has committed to every aspect of the spa’s development.Created under Ivanka’s direction, The Spa at Trump’s elegant design is the stylish work of DiGuiseppe Architect, the award-winning hospitality and spa specialists. It includes nine private treatment rooms and wet rooms, separate hammams for men and women, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.The spa’s state-of-the-art fitness center is outfitted with the latest equipment from Technogym. Three luxurious Spa Suites offering private, connecting couples-sized treatment rooms and designed by Rockwell Group will open in the fall.The Hammam ExperienceThroughout The Spa at Trump, DiGuiseppe has introduced Middle Eastern design details that create an environment both sensuous and serene, from Assyrian-shaped ceilings tiled in Capiz shells to woven-mesh chandeliers of nickel and crystal. Spa-goers step through a portal of Maccassar ebony into an entry fashioned after a Moroccan courtyard and graced by a fountain carved from Calacatta gold marble.Under the domed ceilings of the men’s and women’s hammams, surrounded by mosaic-tiled walls, a dedicated Hammam Attaché leads spa-goers through time-honored rituals from Turkey, Morocco, Persia and India. The Turkish Hammam treatment, for instance, features an oil-based castile soap applied with a traditional handmade Kessa mitt while the spa-goer lies on a heated belly stone of Calacatta marble, leaving the skin feeling like silk. The Moroccan Hammam treatment incorporates authentic Moroccan black soap crafted from olive oil and crushed olives in a full-body exfoliation, followed by a detoxifying warm Ghassoul clay application. A balancing Ayurvedic massage, Shirodhara treatment, henna and threading is also be available. Brand SignaturesIn keeping with the tenets of The Spa at Trump brand, every moment of the SoHo spa experience caters to the individual guest’s desires, expressed through his or her individually selected Trump® Personal Intention: Calm, Balance, Purify, Heal or Revitalize. For each intention, there is a corresponding Trump Signature Gemstone Spa Treatment featuring precious gemstone-infused oils – sapphires to calm and heal, diamonds for balance, emeralds to purify, and rubies to revitalize. Spa-goers also benefit from the highly personalized services of a Trump Spa Attaché who guide them through each step of the experience, from assisting with the selection of a robe, slippers and locker, to preparing infused elixirs and customizing iPod music selections.An exclusive arrangement with Kate Somerville brings the skin care products and treatments of this leading aesthetician – a favorite of Hollywood celebrities – to The Spa at Trump. These include the Ultimate Kate – a super-hydrating oxygen treatment that uses skin-plumping dermal boosters followed by Somerville’s innovative Dermalucent(tm) light therapy to protect the skin from free radical damage. Also featured will be the premier skin and body care brands Shiffa, Tara, Gehwol and Alessandro.Rounding out the spa treatment menu is a full array of classic massages; sauna and steam rituals; facials, including two exclusively for men; hair, hand and foot therapies; and salon services.www.trumpsohohotel.comlast_img read more

The Yachts of Seabourn Destination Services Depart

first_imgThe Yachts of Seabourn Destination Services Department has created over a hundred exceptional local activities and excursions, specifically designed to accommodate couples or small groups who opt for bundled Sail & Stay packages or stays at luxury hotels in cities where the intimate vessels begin or end their cruises.From a bicycle tour of Copenhagen’s vibrant art and design scene to a day spent cruising the islands of the Venice Lagoon on a private speedboat, Seabourn’s menu of private arrangements will provide participants with laughter, learning and thrilling memories to last a lifetime. Among the exceptional arrangements available are:-View ancient masterpieces of Chinese brush calligraphy in a Hong Kong museum, then learn from a master how to make your own.-Visit La Posta Vecchia, the beautiful villa of the late J. Paul Getty near Rome, for a hands-on cooking class from the resort chef and a sumptuous lunc-Spend an unforgettable day at a luxury lodge in the Central Andes above Valparaiso, either trekking or horseback riding among the spectacular peaks.-Traverse rolling desert dunes outside Dubai to a secluded encampment, for a Champagne feast fit for a sheikh, and a display of traditional Bedouin falconry.-In Rome, do as the Romans do and enjoy the masterpieces in the Villa Borghese gallery, followed by a delicious picnic lunch in a pleasant corner of its gardens.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

MONTEREY Calif – Following the recent success of

first_imgMONTEREY, Calif. – Following the recent success of this year’s 35th anniversary of the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota, General Racing, the official event organizer, announced today the dates for the 2009 event. The 36th annual running of the world-famous races and auto exposition will take place on August 14-16, 2009, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Ticket sales will commence on November 17, 2008, and can be purchased online at: www.laguna-seca.comEach year, a featured marque is chosen to commemorate the event. This annual celebration of a specific manufacturer has intrigued thousands of compassionate enthusiasts from around the world. In 2009, the featured marque will be Porsche.“We are extremely excited to honor Porsche and its incredible racing heritage at the 36th Rolex Monterey Historics,” said Steve Earle, founder of the event and president of General Racing. “With great cars from the early Speedsters, and Spyders, to the 917’s and the Group C cars, this event will be an auto enthusiasts dream, and we look forward to seeing these vehicles on the track.”The 35th anniversary of the Rolex Monterey Historics recently concluded on August 17, 2008. Fans had the opportunity to meet legendary driver and guest of honor Mario Andretti and witness him take the track in his 1979 Lotus.Enthusiasts also experienced the Rolex “Moments in Time” display, which featured a range of significant cars with a focus on the early to mid 1900’s.last_img read more

Philadelphia PA – Philadelphia based Govberg Jewe

first_imgPhiladelphia, PA – Philadelphia based Govberg Jewelers will be hosting its 2008 Watch Fair October 24th – 26th at its Center City location inside of Boyds department store (1818 Chestnut Street). This event will showcase 20 brands including: A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breitling, Chopard, Concord, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Glashutte Original, Harry Winston, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Piaget, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, and Zenith.Govberg Jewelers president and owner, Danny Govberg, is hosting such an event as a celebration of the watch industry. “For years, other countries have been showcasing a large number of brands at fairs. Switzerland has international fairs in both Basel and Geneva and I felt that it was important for the U.S. to have its own,” Govberg says. Govberg Jewelers is the first retail store to have a watch fair of this magnitude in the United States. Not only will the jeweler be hosting such a large amount of watch brands, but the U.S. Brand presidents will also be in attendance. This will be the first time ever that this group of Brand presidents will be together under one roof for a retail event. Also each Brand who is participating in the Watch Fair will be showcasing exceptional product, either the No. 1 watch of a limited series or a unique brand piece, something that has never been executed for a retail store event.In addition to inviting the Brands to showcase their product, Govberg will be offering horological seminars, led by industry experts. The jeweler will also be hosting intimate Brand dinners at a selection of fine restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area. These dinners will consist of a small group of collectors and watch enthusiasts who will have the unique chance to sit down with the Brand presidents, who will be the guests of honor at each individual dinner. An after party is scheduled at G, Philadelphia’s only ultra lounge, which will be sponsored by luxury vendors TBD.About Govberg Jewelers: A crown jewel of luxury, with soon to be three convenient locations – on the Main Line (292 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd), in Center City, at Boyds (1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia), and OPENING FALL 2008 at the Comcast Center (1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia). Govberg is also conveniently located on the web (, or by calling 800.528.TIME. Govberg is one of the largest independent retailers for fine watches on the East Coast and offers exclusive brand representation in Center City Philadelphia for several companies, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breitling, Franck Muller and many more.last_img read more

International business aviation specialist PrivatA

first_imgInternational business aviation specialist PrivatAir has announced the appointment of Edgar van Schaik as Vice President Charter Sales, effective July 1st 2008.Based at the company’s headquarters in Geneva, he will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing expansion of the charter sales division, developing new strategies for sales growth and managing the day-to-day activities of the charter team. He will report directly to CEO Greg Thomas.Edgar comes to PrivatAir with almost 15 years of sales and marketing experience. After starting his career as a Platoon Commander with the Dutch Special Forces, he changed direction to study marketing at the Institute Notenboom in The Netherlands. Following graduation, he worked in numerous marketing and sales roles throughout the world across a broad range of industry sectors, including high-end real estate, luxury watches, IT and telecommunications.“I am excited about the opportunity to further develop PrivatAir’s rapidly growing charter sales division,” said van Schaik. “Not only will we concentrate our efforts moving forward on pursuing and growing new customer markets, but we will also continue to focus on finding innovative ways to constantly improve PrivatAir’s already legendary customer offering.”“Edgar joins PrivatAir at a very exciting time, not just for the company, but for the business aviation industry at large,” said PrivatAir CEO Greg Thomas. “His experience in other fast-growing and ever-changing industries provides an excellent foundation for a rewarding career at PrivatAir, and I am delighted that he is joining the company.”About PrivatAirPrivatAir is a leading international business aviation group with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and operating bases in Zurich (Switzerland), Düsseldorf, Frankfurtand Munich (Germany) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Its services include Private Charter for VIPs and executives, Private Airline Services, Ground Services and Aircraft Sales & Management. PrivatAir manages a fleet of large-bodied airliners including Boeing Business Jets, Airbus A319s, as well as a VIP-configured Boeing 757 and Boeing 767. Through its network of specialist partners, PrivatAir also provides private charter of almost any type of aircraft. The company was the first commercial operator of the new generation of Boeing ultra-long-range executive aircraft and also operates one of the world’s only VIP-configured Boeing 767s available for private charter.last_img read more

by Kristie Rieken The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press Posted Dec 29, 2017 1:54 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quavo jokes about tryout with Texans after Heinicke plays HOUSTON – Quavo of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos had some fun on social media this week after it was pointed out that he once held a high school football record that Houston Texans backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke eventually broke.The post that Quavo reposted on Instagram , which got more than 300,000 likes, read: “details on Texans playing a quarterback who was only slightly better than Migos’ Quavo in high school.” Quavo added a comment to the post that read: “Just call me Houston. True story too.”Houston star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL in touchdown receptions with a franchise-record 13 this season, got in on the fun. He added a comment to the post that said: “come try out.”Heinicke became the fourth quarterback to play for Houston this season when he completed his only pass in his NFL debut on Monday against the Steelers when T.J. Yates left the game briefly to be evaluated for a concussion.Hopkins laughed on Friday when asked about the possibility of the slim rapper actually playing in the NFL.“It was definitely a joke. I don’t think he could hold anybody’s jock strap in the NFL, honestly,” he said. “So he should definitely stick to music.”The record in question is a Gwinnett County (Georgia) high school mark for completions in a game. Quavo, whose real name is Quavious Marshall, completed 28 passes in a game for Berkmar in 2009 to set the record. Heinicke outdid the record twice in 2010, completing 29 and 34 passes for Collins that year.Heinicke no longer holds the record, and in the years since, Quavo has dropped to No. 5. This fact caused Heinicke, who went on to pass for 14,959 yards in a four-year career at Old Dominion, to get in on the debate on Twitter. He tweeted a link to the record book and a message to the “Bad and Boujee” rapper.Heinicke, who was not available for interviews because he’s in the NFL’s concussion protocol, tweeted at Quavo : “I keep seeing we’re being compared at the QB position. Next time I’m in G(Gwinnett) Co, let’s have a competition. If I win, I’m in a music video.”Hopkins was amused that Heinicke questioned the famous rapper’s football credentials.“That’s why I like Taylor because Taylor’s that dude,” Hopkins said. “I don’t think Quavo is on Taylor’s level. He could have been. I don’t know but I don’t think he was on Taylor’s level.”___For more NFL coverage: and read more

FILE In this June 15 2016 file photo Dolly Par

first_img FILE – In this June 15, 2016 file photo, Dolly Parton performs in concert during her Pure & Simple Tour in Philadelphia. Parton has discarded “Dixie” from the name of a popular dinner show. From now on, the attraction will simply be known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2018 12:29 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dolly Parton removes ‘Dixie’ from Stampede dinner showcenter_img PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Country singer Dolly Parton has discarded “Dixie” from the name of a popular dinner show. From now on, the attraction will simply be known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede.Parton said in a statement that the name change was spurred by changing attitudes and “will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows” as the company that operates the attraction expands into new markets.World Choice Investments LLC currently operates the Stampede dinner show for Parton in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.World Choice spokesman Pete Owens said Parton is referring shifting attitudes about the word “Dixie” and its connotations.“It has added to confusion in discussions about the expansion of our dinner theatres to new locations across the country and around the world,” he said in a statement. “Some of our guest comments and comments of developers, in markets around the country with whom we spoke, show a misconception of what our show is. They do not realize The Stampede is a very patriotic, spectacular, horse show with 32 beautiful horses as the stars.”last_img read more

FILE In this Jan 28 2018 file photo Pink per

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Pink performs “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Pink was admitted to a Sydney hospital on Monday, Aug. 6, with a virus, forcing her to postpone a second show, her promoter said. The singer’s “Beautiful Trauma” world tour’s first concert in Sydney was scheduled for last Friday, but she canceled that show on doctor’s orders. She battled through a Saturday night show. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2018 11:43 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pink cancels 4th Sydney show, vows to be on stage Saturdaycenter_img SYDNEY – Pop superstar Pink on Wednesday postponed a fourth Sydney show but vowed to be back on stage Saturday following a stomach virus.Her “Beautiful Trauma” world tour’s first concert in Sydney was scheduled for last Friday, but she cancelled that show on doctor’s orders.The 38-year-old battled through a Saturday night show.Promoter Live Nation said Pink was admitted to a hospital on Sunday suffering from dehydration and was discharged. But she was readmitted and diagnosed with a gastric virus hours before her Monday concert was due to begin.She was discharged from the hospital the next day, but Tuesday night’s concert was cancelled.Pink said Thursday’s concert would be the fourth and last cancellation.“Our next show will be Saturday, and until then I will be drinking green tea and spending time with my kids,” Pink posted on Instagram.“My sincere apologies to any of the ticket holders that this has affected,” she said.Pink’s Australian tour is scheduled from July 4 to Aug. 26.Live Nation later said Pink would return to Sydney after the New Zealand leg of her tour to perform most of the postponed concerts. The new Sydney show dates are Aug. 24 and Sept. 17-19.“Thank you for your patience, compassion and support. I look forward to rocking out with all of you as we have done for many, many years,” Pink said.She thanked her supporters as well as staff at inner-city Saint Vincent’s Hospital for their care.She last toured Australia in 2013, when she performed 46 shows as part of her “Truth About Love” world tour.last_img read more

Daniel Caesar holds up his Juno award for R and B

first_img Daniel Caesar holds up his Juno award for R and B Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck SASKATOON — The city of Saskatoon would like to have the Juno Awards back.Tourism Saskatoon is trying to put together funding so the city can bid for the 2020 Canadian music awards show.The awards were last held in the Saskatchewan city in 2007.Tourism Saskatoon CEO Todd Brandt says the city has 3,000 more seats at SaskTel Centre than the last time it was host.He estimates the event could generate between $10 million and $12 million in economic activity.Tourism Saskatoon is working to gather a $1.5-million funding package necessary to submit the bid.The hope is that the city would put up $350,000 if the bid were successful. That request is to go before a committee on Monday.“The young, dynamic nature of Saskatoon is such a great fit for this event,” said Brandt, who noted holding the Junos would involve about 72 events across the city leading up to the televised awards show.Brandt said a bid was attempted for the 2019 Junos, which are being held in London, Ont.“We weren’t able to pull together the financial package, so regretfully we had to pull out.”A bid is expected to be submitted before Christmas. (CKOM)The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Last held in city 2007: Tourism Saskatoon wants to be repeat host to Juno Awardslast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12 2019 7

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2019 7:08 am PDT GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A California real estate agent and self-proclaimed “super fan” says he’s extended an offer to buy the Florida home of rock legend Tom Petty.Kevin Beauchamp tells The Gainesville Sun he quickly made an offer of $175,000 for the nearly 1,200-square-foot (111-sq. meter) home after seeing the home’s current owner Brandy Clark mention on a Petty Facebook fan club that she might sell it.He says he has a contract for the home.Petty grew up in Gainesville. He died of an accidental overdose in October 2017 at age 66.Beauchamp says he’s working with Petty fan Joanne Davis and Jeff Goldstein, president of the Gainesville Music History Foundation to have the property labeled a historic landmark.Clark says the home still has the original pink tile in bathroom.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ‘Super fan’ buying childhood home of rocker Tom Pettylast_img read more