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The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Clearly no one knows what’s going to happen on draft day in the beginning of February, and even as the draft gets closer the reality is that even the experts still are mocking what is going to happen.That means we need to cover every possible scenario, and give ourselves the best chance of knowing what could happen. Today’s mock draft will be built on the idea of the Cardinals taking a quarterback in round one.Round 1, Pick 7- Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina St.If you’ve read my work here at Arizona Sports you know my feeling of where I think Glennon is in the rankings of quarterbacks coming out this year.Glennon, though, fits the bill of what new head coach Bruce Arians will be looking for in a quarterback, no matter what adaptation the coaching staff is talking about now. A strong-armed guy that can fit the ball into tight windows down the field, and allow for Arians to dial up his “home run” plays as much as he wants.Not something I would advocate, but it is a realistic possibility.Round 2, Pick 38- Larry Warford, OG, KentuckyIf you follow me on Twitter, you have heard about Larry Warford and the fact he is my draft crush this season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Round 5, Pick 135- Theo Riddick, RB, Notre DameAgain, I am not advocating this pick, and in reality a guy like Riddick may or may not be around in round five, but the position may be one in which the new coaching staff looks to in bring in new talent.Riddick is a tough, nimble runner, but is also a very good receiver out of the backfield.Adding Riddick later in the draft would give the new coaching staff another option at the running back position.Round 6, Pick 166- Michael Mauti, LB, Penn StThe injured linebacker from the famed “Linebacker U” may be a bargain on draft day.Mauti isn’t a physical freak like some playing the inside linebacker position now, but in the Cardinals 3-4 defense he would be the perfect run-stopping, strong side middle backer next to Daryl Washington.Round 7, Pick 199- Earl Wolff, SS, North Carolina StWolff has been overlooked by many sharing a defensive backfield with David Amerson and Brandon Bishop, but hewas the “quarterback” of the defense for the Wolfpack.A solid athlete with room to add weight at the next level, Wolff is the ideal developmental safety prospect for when the day comes that fellow North Carolina State alum Adrian Wilson is no longer roving the Cardinals defense. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling —There you have it, the Mike Glennon seven-round mock draft. May not be how I would have done things, but that isn’t supposed to be what mock drafts are about, it’s about projecting what you think may happen come draft day. Mock drafts can be equally entertaining and infuriating. As an Arizona Cardinals’ fan I’m sure we’ll elicit one of those emotions as once a week we conduct a Cardinals mock draft.I will be making a pick in all seven rounds of the draft, but there is a caveat: I am doing my mock drafts from the angle that the picks in the first round will change weekly, giving us an opportunity to run through a gamut of potential Cardinals draft picks, and maybe, just maybe we can all be better prepared and informed come draft day. He is light on his feet for a player of his size, but makes his money by mauling in the trenches in a power run scheme.Warford could answer a lot of potential problems within the interior of the offensive line, and in round two would present “proper value” for the position.Round 3, Pick 71- Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern LouisianaThe small school cornerback has now become a main stream name, and for good reason.Alford came up huge at the Senior Bowl and put his name not just on the map, but became a guy that should be drafted on day two.The Cardinals currently have only three cornerbacks under contract, and with a new defensive coaching staff in place, it appears that they may not bring back Greg Toler.Alford wouldn’t just be a value in round three, but could provide another young and versatile option in the defensive backfield.Round 4, Pick 102- Brian Schwenke, C, CaliforniaThe interior of the Cardinals offensive line has proven to be a problem, and upgrading the interior may become even more of a priority if the pick of “Cement Shoes” Mike Glennon in round one comes to fruition.Schwenke looked comfortable blocking and directing traffic in his one year as a starting center in college.He shows enough power and quickness to run the point in the Arians power run scheme.
That may be a little nitpicky. After all, the Cardinals did run for 187 yards on 25 attempts, good for a cool 7.5 yards per carry. Chris Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second time this season and Andre Ellington, back on the field after missing three games with an injury, uncorked a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring for Arizona.Arians was pleased with the play of the left side of the line, tackle Jared Veldheer and guard Mike Iupati.“We hit some good ones over there, but again, we hit some stuff on the right side,” Arians said. “As a group, I thought it was an average outing.”The passing game was clicking. Palmer threw as many incompletions as he did touchdown passes. The veteran finished 11-of-14 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating of 154.2 was the second-best single-game mark in his career.“He was spot on,” Arians said. “Other than getting hit early and not having a chance to throw it to a wide-open guy. He was absolutely perfect.”The Cardinals did struggle on third downs, converting just 1-of-8 chances. But they did clean up their red-zone issues from a Week 4 loss to St. Louis, scoring touchdowns on all five trips inside the Detroit 20-yard line. The Lions (0-5) coughed it up again on their next possession. This time it was rookie running back Ameer Abdullah who was separated from the football by safety Tony Jefferson. Defensive lineman Josh Mauro recovered at the Arizona 39-yard line.Again, the Cardinals did nothing and punted.Then the onslaught began.Cards now w 190 pts thru 1st 5 games; just 3 teams ever w more thru season’s 1st 5 games #AZvsDET pic.twitter.com/qgFZR98kPV— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) October 11, 2015Led by the efficient Carson Palmer, Arizona scored four second-quarter touchdowns, including two short David Johnson touchdown runs.You’d think that having one-third of the league’s 40-point outbursts so far this season would please head coach Bruce Arians.Not so fast.“We did a good job of taking short fields and getting points — after the first two turnovers, we didn’t get anything,” Arians told Paul Calvisi in the locker room after the game. “I really wasn’t pleased with our offense. We missed a 3rd-and-1 on a dive. We started out with two three-and-outs, which we’ve only had two or three of those all season.“There’s a lot of room to improve offensively, especially up front.” Comments Share Prior to this season, the Arizona Cardinals had scored 40 or more points in a single game just nine times in 27 seasons since moving to the Valley.Sunday, the 2015 Cardinals put another 40-spot on the board for the third time in their first five games, beating the Detroit Lions 42-17 at Ford Field to push their record to 4-1.It should have been worse.Arizona forced turnovers on both of Detroit’s first two possessions. Safety Rashad Johnson picked off a Matthew Stafford pass on a 3rd-and-2 and returned it to the Detroit 43-yard line. But the Cardinals couldn’t do much, going three-and-out. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Through five games, the Cardinals have scored 190 points — 28 more than the second-highest scoring team, the Atlanta Falcons. To put that in perspective, the 1991 Cardinals scored a total of 196 points in 16 games on their way to a 4-12 record under head coach Joe Bugel.Arizona also has a +100 point differential at this point, 27 points better than the +73 posted by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The franchise has had a +100 point differential or better only three times since 1920, the last time happening in 1948. That team had a +169 differential and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game.Other notes on the Cardinals’ offensive performance on Sunday:• Arizona ran only 45 offensive plays — just a shade under half of what the Lions ran (89).• The Cardinals averaged 7.7 yards per play — 7.5 on rushing plays and 7.9 on passing attempts.• Arizona’s 185 yards rushing was their highest total since they had 201 in a Week 8 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.• The Cardinals had four plays from scrimmage of 40 yards or more. – / 14 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner looks to throw against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo If the NFL fan vote is any indicator, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is a lock to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.At last check, Warner was tied at the top with former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson at six percent of the vote each. You can vote for any of the 26 semi-finalists here.Unfortunately for Warner, the fan vote has no impact on whether or not he officially is inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it does provide some attention to him and his candidacy. Even though Warner couldn’t secure the Super Bowl win for Arizona, he lit up the stat sheet, passing for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.Warner’s stats told the story during his five-year tenure in the Valley. He passed for 15,843 yards, 100 touchdowns and had a 65.1 completion percentage. In 2008 he had his best year, as he threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Cardinals.However, a large portion of his candidacy is based on his time with the St. Louis Rams.After years of toiling in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, Warner finally got his first NFL starting opportunity in 1999 with St. Louis.He took advantage of his new opportunity by guiding the Rams to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl victory.He even won the NFL MVP award in the process, so it’s safe to say his career started well.Warner wasn’t finished in St. Louis, as he took the team to the Super Bowl in 2001 and won another league MVP that year. With Warner at quarterback the Rams were known as the ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ for their high-flying offense.It seems like Rams and Cardinals fans are thanking Warner by flooding the fan vote, but only time will tell if the Hall of Fame voters are as enthusiastic about his candidacy. For Warner to actually be inducted, there is a long process that takes place, which the Pro Football Hall of Fame explained.The Hall of Fame’s selection process includes multiple steps in which the nominees are scrutinized. The Hall facilitates the procedure of three successive reviews of increasing scrutiny with its 48 selectors. The first is a vote to reduce the long list of Modern-Era nominees (typically around 100) to 25 semifinalists, followed by a later vote to reduce to 15 finalists. At the annual “Selection Saturday” Meeting, the finalists are scrutinized even further by the Selectors, who after a thorough discussion of each nominee reduce the list from 15 to 10 and then 10 to 5. At that point, the five remaining nominees are voted on for membership on a yes or no basis. A minimum positive vote of 80 percent is necessary for election.Clearly, Warner is not a lock to be enshrined in Canton just yet, but this is his third nomination and the fan vote suggests that people would like to see him get in.Warner spent five of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cardinals. He signed with the team in 2005 and after spending some time on and off the bench, Warner took the Cardinals to new successes, by winning the NFC West in 2008 and 2009 and leading the team to its only Super Bowl appearance in 2008. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, ARIZONA – APRIL 26: Quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals poses during a press conference at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center on April 26, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. Murray was the first pick overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray arrives with a Heisman Trophy but no hero’s welcome. Josh Rosen won three games as a rookie and leaves with unprecedented popularity, the recipient of a standing ovation at Larry Fitzgerald’s softball game on Saturday.You can’t make this stuff up.Related LinksJosh Rosen wins MVP at Larry Fitzgerald’s softball classicCardinals get to work adding undrafted free agents after 2019 NFL DraftCardinals carry heavy Arizona high school football flavorCardinals gave Kliff Kingsbury ammo, didn’t go reaching in 2019 NFL DraftRosen displayed great maturity as a rookie, along with great mental and physical toughness. His personality far surpassed expectations, but his quarterbacking ability seriously underwhelmed.Yes, he was victimized by a terrible offensive line and a lack of elite skill players, making it nearly impossible to evaluate his NFL ceiling. But he rarely did anything to lift a really bad team. Which is what great quarterbacks do on occasion.In the end, the team upgraded the position, drafting a football player who can count his career losses on two fingers. They aligned him with the perfect coach and a familiar system. And yet some still think the Cardinals saddled up on the wrong horse.Did they treat Rosen shabbily? That depends.If the Cardinals truly knew all along that Murray was their guy, their trade strategy was borderline derelict. In that scenario, the desire for suspense and secrecy was vain and stupid, giving away any leverage they had with Rosen. You always find AZ in the middle of crazy. Our football team is proof.A recap of a contentious draft that had critics raving and local fans screaming:The Cardinals became the first team in nearly 40 years to use a top 10 pick on a franchise quarterback in successive NFL drafts. To those looking forward, the logic was brilliant. Yet too many were stuck in the rearview mirror, obsessing on mistakes that led us to this point. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 89 Comments Share – / 52 Snagging Byron Murphy with the 33rd pick was an absolute steal. Wide receiver Andy Isabella is actually shorter than Murray, but may turn out to be Julian Edelman with blazing speed and should be a perfect fit in Kingsbury’s system. Hakeem Butler is a big-bodied receiver that somehow slipped to No. 104 and should contribute immediately.The Cardinals could’ve butchered this draft. Their perceived treatment of Rosen turned the No. 1 pick into a polarizing debate. But when the lights went off in Nashville, the Cardinals seemed to have staged a very coherent, cohesive draft at a pivotal moment in team history.The organization has been integrating analytics into their methodology, and maybe these are the first results. Keim vowed to go down swinging, and wasn’t swayed by conventional wisdom regarding 5-foot-10 quarterbacks. And, clearly, it’s much easier to dominate a draft when you have the first pick in every round. This much is certain:It was a thrill-ride to possess the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Let’s not do it again.Reach Bickley at email@example.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But if you believe reports that the Cardinals waited until the very end to trade the former UCLA star, then you can easily envision a house divided, with differing opinions on whom to select with the No. 1 overall pick.It’s very possible that Kliff Kingsbury grew fond of Rosen during voluntary workouts. And it’s possible that he and Keim were prepared to stick with the incumbent, only to get overruled.Either way, they ended up in the right place, drafting a quarterback with an unprecedented combination of accuracy and athleticism. And they did right by Rosen in the end, practically giving him away to the Dolphins so he wouldn’t have to endure the awkward relegation to backup, so he could get a fresh start elsewhere.That’s partly why Rosen was so classy in his farewell video. He knows it could’ve been a lot worse. Especially if Murray ends up buying his place in Scottsdale.Just remember this: You can’t win NFL drafts. Perspective and context won’t be available for years. And you certainly can’t win football games in April. The real proof will begin this September, and in all the months that follow.But with his neck on the line, General Manager Steve Keim produced a draft class that checks a lot of boxes and is full of high-value picks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 15 September, LATTE attended an event hosted by Amanresorts at Bentley Restaurant, Sydney, taking the opportunity to showcase two of its Sri Lankan properties to guests, Amanwella and Amangalla.AmanwellaAmanwella is situated in a coconut grove near the fishing village of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. The resort derives its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and wella, Sinhalese for ‘beach’.Offering 30 suites, each has its own plunge pool and terrace and are linked by pathways. They are situated along the hillside to the west of public areas that include the Arrival Pavilion, Library, Spa, Restaurant and Lounge Bar, swimming pool, and The Beach Club. Suites are mostly free-standing but families have the option of those connected by a terrace door. All are built facing the sea and are finished with floor-to-ceiling glass panels.Aman suggests that a stay of 3 days or longer is the ultimate length of time at Amanwella, before or after visiting its second Sri Lankan resort, Amangalla, which is a 2-hour drive away.Amangalla Amangalla is a colonial building, with rooms appointed with four-poster king-size beds and furniture that are either original antiques from the New Oriental Hotel or reproductions.The Great Hall is the entry point to the hotel and guests can choose from a menu featuring light meals, snacks and afternoon tea served daily.The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides a choice of Sri Lankan curries and home-cooked dishes, while guests can also enjoy alfresco breakfast under the Flamboyan tree overlooking the pool.The hotel also features a Library, swimming pool the spa, known as ‘The Baths’.PackagesFive nights: Guests staying 5 nights at Amangalla and Amanwella (minimum 2-night stay in each resort) will enjoy complimentary breakfast, transfer between resorts, mini-bar and afternoon tea as well as a tour of the Fort at Amangalla and a Mulgirigala rock temple tour at Amanwella.Seven nights: Amanresorts recommends a stay of 7 nights, guests staying for a week will enjoy an additional half board which includes daily lunch or dinner.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Casey Hanisko of Adventure Travel News discusses the theme of next year’s Adventure Travel World Summit in Alaska:“Each year the theme of the Adventure Travel World Summit is carefully chosen to reflect the state of the industry and the mindset we hope to carry throughout the Summit and throughout the year. Our keynote speakers reflect this theme back to each and every delegate, and we hope, gets amplified to the community at large.“In Chile, the theme was “Viva La Revolucion de la Aventura.” During the close of the Summit, ATTA President Shannon Stowell asked each delegate to reflect on how they could personally contribute to the adventure revolution.“Of course there were lots of hands raised. And those hands were only a very small percentage of a willing industry. As you follow up on Shannon’s challenge to create change, the ATTA would like to hear about it. Share with us all the passionate work being done on the ground every day. Share your story. We would love to use your work as fuel for further inspiration within the community.“In Alaska next year, our theme will be “Go Big. Be Bold.” We see this as a continuation of the Revolution theme — a way to take steps toward doing things differently. Our keynote speakers will challenge delegates to think about how we can be brave, enact change and start a movement. Even if the scale is small, each and everyone one of us can make the effect BIG.“Each of us represents a moment in time and a place in the world. People in over 90 different countries read ‘AdventureTravelNews’. Are you a tour operator in Malawi or a destination marketing director in Peru? Are you partnering with your local community or donating your profits to a conservation group? Are you treating your employees like members of your family? As tourism grows we have a responsibility and you will learn more about what that responsibility is as we continue to respond to the demands of the revolution. Tell us about your efforts today. Or share this post with someone who will tell us tomorrow. Your efforts will help communicate a vision for us all.”Read the full post here.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterMICE trade event, Get Global, is proud to announce LATTE Luxury News as an Official Digital Media Partner for a second year. As the leading Australian publication of the tourism trade industry, Get Global cofounders, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, are enthusiastic about the partnership. “By securing LATTE Luxury News as an Official Media Partner, we are able to ensure exhibitors are given the opportunity to speak directly to LATTE Luxury News readers, decision-makers in the high-end tourism industry. It will also help us to encourage buyers who are looking for inspiration for incentives to attend the event.”Returning to the ICC on 20 July 2018 Get Global is the only one-day MICE business platform in Australia dedicated exclusively to outbound product.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterBelmond has this month introduced its newest luxury dwelling in London, with the opening of the 54-room and -suite Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Its debut follows a multi-million-pound renovation.A stylish retreat in the heart of the city, its spacious rooms are a little ‘house’ in themselves: many have views over Cadogan Place Gardens, and offer spacious living rooms with working fireplaces and dining areas as well as large bathrooms with deep, freestanding baths and a specially designed champagne and book holder. Handcrafted, in-room bars feature cocktails by Adam Handling and bespoke tea sets with traditional handknitted tea cosies.With private access to the hotel through 21 Pont Street and a key to Cadogan Place Gardens, guests of the hotel can truly feel like a Chelsea resident. The enchanting gardens are tucked away from the busy city streets, providing the perfect spot to unwind with a hotel picnic or a game of tennis.The hotel concierge offers local knowledge with access to all the cultural hot spots. Get inside tips on the best local pubs and restaurants, which are truly Chelsea intuitions, or for a quirky experience that is unique to Belmond Cadogan Hotel, take a coffee with a London cabbie at one of the few remaining original Cabbie Shelters, opposite the hotel.Chelsea is a hive of artistic endeavour; it is home to major institutions of contemporary theatre, art and music, and Belmond Cadogan Hotel will embrace this cultural enclave of London with events and activities throughout the seasons. The hotel opens with over 400 pieces of original artwork by predominately British artists, including a painting by Simon Casson, taking pride of place in the hotel lobby and depicting the history of Cadogan Estates.Five female British Artists have been commissioned to create statement artwork in the guest rooms, inspired by the botanicals in the private gardens. In-room private libraries have been curated by family-owned Chelsea bookshop, John Sandoe. Guests can pre-order their favourite edition, and a series of literary gatherings is planned to take place throughout the year.Best of British food is served throughout the hotel by Chef Patron, Adam Handling, including room service and private dining as well as the fine dining at Adam Handling, Chelsea.Deluxe rooms at Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London start from £470 (approx AU$880) per night based on two people sharing. This includes daily breakfast in Adam Handling Chelsea restaurant, exclusive access to Cadogan Place Gardens and use of the tennis court.For more information and bookings, visit www.belmond.com/belmond-cadogan-hotel/.Go back to the enewsletter
Florence: home to some of the world’s greatest artistic treasuresWhy? Florence’s museums, art galleries, palaces, cathedral and churches offer some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Home to some of the most gifted artists of the Renaissance, Florence offers magic corners everywhere you go.Florence’s cultural attractions are overwhelming and can be too much if you don’t plan in advance. A good starting point is the ‘Florence and Tuscany’ National Geographic travel guide. Also very useful is VisitFlorence.com where you can find extensive information on the city.Take it easy and don’t rush from one gallery to another, walking through Florence is an exquisite pleasure.When? Both May to early June and September to October are great times to visit Florence as the days are warm, long, but not overbearingly hot. Even though Florence is busy all year round, try to avoid the summer months as the city is packed with tourists. The temperatures can easily reach 30C (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and flight prices are higher.Stay: Florence is an expensive city and has a huge range of accommodation on offer. You could spend days online trying to decide where to go, comparing prices and locations. Don’t waste your time; Hotel San Giovanni has got everything you’re looking for. First class friendly service and good prices, and it is located in the heart of Florence’s historical centre (the cathedral square).Florence Nightlife: It is hard work trying to keep up with all the cultural offerings in Florence and before considering a beer go for a bite at one of the favorite restaurants in town: Trattoria Da Garibardi. They cook the most amazing ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’ (bbq steak).An excellent spot for romance and a nice dinner after a long day walking is the Jazz Club Piano Bar which offers a very laid-back scene. You’ll need to pay an £8 membership fee to get in and the drinks are rather expensive but it is worth it – the atmosphere and quality of the bands are awesome. There are also plenty of great pubs and restaurants in other areas of town, so go for a wander to explore – Via de Benci is one which is well worth visiting.Find cheap flights to Florence or find other cheap deals:Weekend Breaks1 Week Breaks2 Week BreaksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 9 things to do in FlorenceA dome no-one knew how to finish, a hidden painting by Leonardo da Vinci and a pig from Harry Potter are among Florence’s delights.The world’s most cultural cities (including a few surprises…)Looking to expand your horizons on an arts and culture-filled holiday? Look no further than this list of global capitals of culture – spanning relics of ancient civilisations, art from movements that changed the world, and the exciting leaders of today’s cultural and culinary renaissances. 1. Florence, Italy – fly from…Florence Holidays for 2017 / 2018Whether you’re soaking up the sun in Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens, or hiding from the heat in the Uffizi gallery, Florence is a serious serving of Italian history and art.
Barcelona, Spain – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn June 7 and October 4, the luxurious Hotel Arts Barcelona presents an exclusive experience for gourmands, allowing guests to experience Barcelona’s famed Boqueria market through the eyes of a renowned chef.The two one-day “Shop With The Chef” workshops will give participants the rare opportunity to spend the day with Hotel Arts’ executive chef, who will share his secrets behind Catalan cuisine as you shop, prepare, cook and indulge in a menu featuring fresh ingredients from Barcelona’s iconic Boqueria market.Chef Roberto Holz, at the helm of Hotel Arts’ two Michelin-starred restaurants and a major up-and-comer in Barcelona’s prestigious and innovative culinary scene, will lead the workshop.Begin at 9am with a tour of the famous Barcelona Sant Josep Market, with chef Holz leading a discussion on the history of the market and sharing his top picks of local purveyors. You’ll take in the sights, sounds and smells of the sensational surroundings, as well as select ingredients to use for your upcoming meal.After your insider’s trip to the market, collaborate with chef Holz in developing a menu and prepare the meal with the assistance of his team from Arola restaurant. Lastly, sit back, relax and delight in your creations with an informal lunch at Arola.Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an experienced chef, Roberto will ensure that you enjoy a challenging yet fun experience while learning various techniques and skills that can be incorporated into everyday home cooking.The intimate “Shop With The Chef” culinary workshop is open to a maximum of 10 participants and offered in both Spanish and English for 100€ per person plus tax.www.ritzcarlton.com
Malta – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet MagazineTwo Corinthia Hotels restaurants, namely, Grill 3301 and Fra Martino, both at the Corinthia Beach Resort in Malta, were honored with top awards at this year’s edition of the ‘Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants’ awards ceremony held earlier this month. Building on last year’s success, when it was awarded for Consistency, Grill 3301 fine dining restaurant this year won prestigious awards in the ‘Best Business Entertainment Restaurant’, ‘Most Popular for Best Ambience’ and ‘Most Romantic’ categories. It also carried off the highly rated ‘Best Service Award’, introduced for the first time this year and came third overall winner out of more than 1000 restaurants that took part in the survey.Famed for its fresh seafood and steaks, signature dishes on the Grill 3301 menu include ‘cooked to perfection’ Aberdeen Angus, Kobe beef or Charolais prime steaks, and the unique Seafood Tower house specialty, all complemented by the finest selection of wines.Typical comments made about Grill 3301 during the voting process included ‘Best grill restaurant in Malta’, ‘Best culinary experience’, ‘The attention to service is impeccable’ and ‘The food is a rare, exclusive delight’ among many other accolades.On its part, Fra Martino, the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay’s main restaurant offering a luxurious international buffet, once more kept its position as one of Malta’s top restaurants, receiving its Leading Restaurant Award for the second year running.Mounir Sami, General Manager of the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay and Antoine Zammit, Grill3301 Restaurant Manager, received the awards on behalf of their colleagues from the two restaurants at a glittering awards ceremony.The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo awards are the result of an annual survey assessing comments from large numbers of local and visiting restaurant goers who contribute to the most current, objective and reliable guide on the Maltese islands. The very best restaurants receive awards at an annual Gala Dinner, which takes place in December and is known as the ‘Oscars’ of the local restaurant industry.The Guide, which is now in its eleventh year of publication, is now established as Malta’s foremost publication for lovers of good food. It is based on the reports and comments of regular restaurant goers who rate venues according to food, service and ambience.www.corinthia.com
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Chairman is the world’s first luxury hybrid smart phone produced under the marquis partnership between Ulysse Nardin, an industry leader in mechanical timepieces, and SCI Innovations, a pioneer in hybrid cell phone technology. A fusion between the historical, mechanical art of watch-making with modern technology, the Chairman revolutionizes the luxury mobile phone marketplace. A first for the mobile phone industry, the Chairman shares common visual DNA with Ulysse Nardin timepieces. Many of the iconic design elements that make Ulysse Nardin timepieces so unique are incorporated into the design of the Chairman including the distinctive Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch rotor, the utilization of signature Ulysse Nardin colors and precious metals, as well as the application of black rubber on the reverse of select Chairman smartphones – reminiscent of the black rubber strap of many Ulysse Nardin creations.Morten Nielsen and Bobby Yampolsky, co-founders of SCI Innovations, have announced a series of new specifications and improvements on the Chairman that dynamically enhance the smart phone originally introduced to the world at BaselWorld 2009.An amazing work of design and craftsmanship, the original Chairman the team displayed generated so much interest and demand that SCI Innovations not only had to admit they had underestimated the ripple effect their debut would create, but also realized that this demand illustrated a greater opportunity to be had: the chance to further improve the Chairman’s technical capabilities.The result? A truly modern luxury mobile instrument. The newly improved Chairman is now equipped with the Google Android operating system. This open platform offers SCI Innovations’ designers and engineers the freedom to create integrated applications with impressive capabilities for a wide variety of tasks, as well as provide customers with an interface that is intuitive to navigate and easy to use.Previously introduced as a 2G phone equipped with a 2.8’’ sapphire crystal capacitive touch screen, the new 3G Chairman features 32 GB of memory and an expanded 3.2’’ screen, offering users a larger useable screen surface area and greater functionality. Additionally, the energy output of the proprietary rotor, as well as the overall battery life, have been greatly improved.To complement the hand-held masterpiece, SCI Innovations created the world’s finest docking station to be sold with the Chairman. A work of art in its own right, and resembling the famed “Ulysse Nardin Ship Chronometers,” this gorgeous lacquered wooden docking station is as multi-functional as it is stylish. A unique, one-of-a-kind creation, the attractive docking station charges the battery, backs-up all data to an exterior USB and includes a pair of premium speakers which can be driven by most Bluetooth devices. The perfect complement to the sleek styling of the Chairman, the docking station looks right at home in the office or bedroom of any high-powered professional.Following the Chairman’s successful introduction at last year’s BaselWorld, SCI Innovations has secured an independent location at BaselWorld 2010 located at Hall 4.1, Stand #A05. Following BaselWorld 2010, The Chairman will be available at approximately twenty Ulysse Nardin dealers in nine countries, including the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon and Canada. Because of the technical craftsmanship required, and the exacting standards of the SCI Innovations and Ulysse Nardin partnership, initially only 6,000 to 7,000 phones can be produced each year. Delivery for units will commence in the second quarter of 2010.< ahref="http://www.uncells.com/">www.uncells.com
East Meadow, NY, December 2, 2009 – For the holiday season, Lufthansa passengers on long-haul flights to Germany can look forward to a relaxing, festive atmosphere onboard. Holiday delicacies will fill the cabin, together with seasonal decorations and treats for children in all classes.Each year during November and December, First and Business Class passengers on long-haul flights can select a traditional German Christmas dinner — roast goose with red cabbage and potato dumplings with a herb crumble. Around 112,000 portions of this festive delicacy will be served on board in November and December.New this year is a culinary Christmas market on select flights from Germany to the U.S. East Coast: First-Class passengers will savor typical specialties sold in abundance at Germany’s Christmas markets, such as potato pancakes with apple sauce or salmon roll fritters. Nuremberg bratwurst, cucumber potato salad, veal rissoles or Christmas Stollen, a traditional German fruitcake, will also be served together with a special cinnamon-spiced black tea. An additional highlight on the holiday menu are Christmas cookies chosen from the “Lufthansa baking“campaign by World Champion Pâtissier Bernd Siefert. The winning entry is a baked apple tiramisu in an almond-spiced (Spekulatius) star cookie. A small packet of the best Lufthansa cookies will be presented on board to Business-Class passengers. Passengers in Economy Class will get to enjoy them as well.On longer European routes, a classic roast goose dish will also be served in BusinessClass. The entrée is a venison pyramid with chanterelles and Walldorf salad. Rounding off the menu is a Printen gingerbread mousse with a dusting of cinnamon and fig sauce. In the days after Christmas, Lufthansa cabin crew will be handing out around 61,000 truffle chocolates, 370,000 chocolate Santa Clauses, 270,000 snowmen, one million mini-gingerbreads and 580,000 Christmas pralines to Lufthansa passengers. Furthermore, 850 holiday wreathes will enhance the festive spirit onboard. As of mid-December, a special surprise also awaits the youngest Lufthansa passengers: On all routes and in all classes, children will be given a small elk to cuddle with onboard.The holiday atmosphere will naturally also set the tone in Lufthansa lounges. In addition to festive decorations, passengers in First-Class lounges and the First-Class Terminal will have a choice of savory seasonal food: Crème brulée from pâte de foie gras with pureed cinnamon apple and gingerbread, for example, or roasted duck with cranberry sauce, caramelized red cabbage and bread dumplings, venison stew with nut spaetzle and baked apple. As a finale to wind up their stay in the lounge before their flight, they can savor almond-fig tartlets as a dessert or cinnamon mousse with honey and rum.Passengers in Business and Senator Lounges during the holiday season will be offered butter Stollen fruitcake, gingerbreads and red apples.
Cape Town – Cape Town’s legendary Cape Grace has officially completed a months-long renovation.By using hand-painted fabrics, custom-made metal, glass and leather pieces and acquiring museum-quality antiques, Cape Town interior designer Kathi Weixelbaumer has brought Cape Town’s long and storied history into every detail of the hotel’s design.In cool hues of blue, warm shades of red and rich tones of green and gold, each of the 121 guest rooms and suites is completely unique and has its own “story,” complete with a storybook in each room. Ship manifests, china found in shipwrecks, fanciful chandeliers, Cape Dutch antiques, local flora and arts and crafts dot the hotel.The final element of Cape Grace to be transformed was the hotel restaurant. Formerly named one.waterfront, its new name is Signal, evoking the panorama of Cape Town’s Signal Hill through the room’s wall of French windows. Signal features aged Yellowwood furniture, eccentric hand-crafted chandeliers and a 100-foot, hand-painted wall tapestry depicting Table Bay in the 16th century. A new menu features a unique combination of flavors culled from the diverse cultures that have called at the Cape during its history, including French Huguenots, British settlers, Dutch farmers and Asian traders.www.capegrace.com
Sisters Paris Hilton, left, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild attend the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Celebs turn out to help Rihanna’s Diamond Ball shine bright NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rihanna’s Diamond Ball shined in its fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry’s white-hot and must-attend parties — all while raising nearly $6 million for charity.The pop star, fashionista and makeup mogul held the black-tie gala for her Clara Lionel Foundation on Thursday in New York City, where Childish Gambino performed and Tiffany Haddish bid $75,000 on earrings.The “Girls Trip” superstar, per usual, was in an electrifying mood at Cipriani Wall Street. When the Chopard earrings were being auctioned, the recent Emmy winner told her competition: “Let me have something in this world.” The earrings were valued at $112,000.Haddish watched Gambino, who performed “This Is America,” ”3005″ and more songs, like a die-hard fan right in front of the stage, even yelling her catch phrase — “she ready” — while the Emmy-winning “Atlanta” actor performed his Grammy-winning soul anthem, “Redbone.”Issa Rae, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated creator of HBO’s “Insecure,” hosted the event and happily told the audience: “Rihanna knows my name y’all!”Trevor Noah, Odell Beckham Jr., Brian Tyree Henry, Paris Hilton, Normani, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky were among the famous faces who attended the event for Rihanna’s organization, which promotes education and arts globally and assists emergency response programs. The 30-year-old singer started the foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.“In the past I’ve wanted to support so many causes and you go to one foundation for this and one foundation for that. And I don’t think it’s fair to turn your back on someone else who needs help just because it doesn’t fit into the bracket of your mould. And I don’t think charities should be moulded like that— not for me anyways,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Some people, it works for them, but for me personally, I couldn’t sleep knowing that I can’t help someone with AIDS because my charity’s about cancer. Everybody needs help, you don’t even know what that means, it could be schools supplies, it could be something as light as that. But we would always, always reach out and support, so this going to be an ever-growing charity.”The Clara Lionel Foundation, which has supported those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, has set a goal to raise $25 million for an emergency response fund by next year’s Diamond Ball. The organization also has a scholarship fund as well as an oncology and nuclear medicine centre in Barbados, where Rihanna was born and raised.Seth Meyers surprised the audience when he showed up to help with the live auction. Other attendees included Gucci Mane, Teyana Taylor, La La Anthony, Fabolous, Gayle King, Nipsey Hussle, Skylar Diggins, Justine Skye and DJ Mustard, who performed after Gambino.Hugh Evans, the CEO of Global Citizen, received the 2018 Diamond Ball Award. by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2018 12:50 am PDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this Feb. 26, 1997 file photo, Dr. John, right, and Jimmie Vaughan hold their awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, for their work on “SRV Shuffle,” during the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in New York. The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77. A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on the death of Mac Rebennack, the New Orleans musician better known as Dr. John (all times local):6 p.m.Louisiana’s governor is remembering the musician known as Dr. John as “a true Louisiana legend.”Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the statement Thursday evening. It came soon after news broke that the musician whose real name was Mac Rebennack, had died of a heart attack.Another New Orleans musical star, Irma Thomas, told New Orleans television station WVUE that Dr. John was loved by fans around the world. She described the man who was also known as the “night tripper” as “a mystical person.”There was also this from Ringo Starr on Twitter: ‘God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family. …”Dr. John was 77.___5 p.m.The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77.A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack.His spooky “Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya” slithered onto the pop-dominated market in 1968, startling listeners with its sinister implications of other-worldly magic.In a career marked by drug addiction, he later had a Top 10 hit with “Right Place, Wrong Time.” He collaborated with numerous top-tier rockers, won multiple Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 4:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Reaction to the death of a ‘night tripper’
March 4, 2015We reported about new insulation work on the roof of East Housing in July 2014; you can see details on July 18. – 23. and July 28 2014.Work has intermittently progressed during the winter month, making and placing pavers on the surface of the roof to protect the new insulation. There is a new set of steps to the Sky Suite, that we will report on next week, metal covers for utility vents are being fabricated in the Arcosanti metal shop, and the railings on are to be modified. Here we see Dillon Quibin, who is part of the construction crew, grinding through posts of the railing on top of East Housing.Workshop participant Laura Mahieu is grinding.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]Per county regulations the railing has to be a certain height and here the crew is lifting the upper part and installing extenders at each of the posts. More to come.
The government sold a total of €100m in 13-weeks treasury bills on Tuesday with yields reaching -0.4 per cent, a new all-time low as the downward trend continues, the Public Debt Management Office said.Total subscriptions amounted to €313m, which included a total of €208m in competitive bids, the PDMO said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.It is the second time that the government sold this type of security at a negative yield. The previous time the government issued 13-weeks treasury bills, it was on January 30, when it again sold €100m of treasury bills at an average yield of -0.1 per cent.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola