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first_imgEconomy XVirgin Australia Virgin Australia has unveiled Economy X, a new product designed to provide an enhanced travelling experience across carrier’s network.The airlines’s fleet of 75 Boeing 737 aircraft is being reconfigured to provide extra legroom in the first three rows of the economy cabin. The majority of the reconfiguration is due to be finished by the end of May. The reconfiguration of Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737s means that nearly 20 per cent of economy seats on these aircraft offer extra legroom.Group executive Virgin Australia Airlines John Thomas said: “We know that speed on the ground and space in the air are important to our guests, which is why we’re excited to launch Economy X. Economy X will empower passengers to tailor their travel experience and will give them more choice when they fly.”For domestic flights operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, Economy X will be located in Rows 3-5 as well as the exit rows and features:A minimum of 3 inches (7.62cm) extra legroomPreferred overhead locker spacePriority boardingPriority security screeningEconomy X replaces Economy Space+ on short haul international flights and will include the above features, as well as Priority Check-in where available.On long haul international flights, Economy X also replaces Economy Space+ and offers: Extra legroomPremium check-inPremium boardingDesignated overhead locker spaceGuaranteed first meal choicePremium noise-cancelling headsetEconomy X is free of charge for Velocity Frequent Flyer Platinum members, who will be offered the product at the time of booking or where available at any time before check-in when flying on the domestic or short haul international network, and their companions travelling on the same booking will also be eligible.Economy X goes on sale on 31 March 2017 and can be purchased when selecting a seat during the booking process, at check-in and at any time through Manage Your Booking.last_img read more

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first_imgFantasea Cruising is offering a range of one-hour Vivid cruises between 25 May – 16 June 2018 where guests can take in the spectacular illuminations of Sydney’s amazing winter festival and enjoy a complimentary drink, in comfort and without queues, floating past the 2018 Vivid light festival precincts in Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, The Botanical Gardens and Walsh Bay.“Our aim is to give Sydneysiders and visitors a unique and wonderful experience, with a choice of two Vivid cruises per night departing from Darling Harbour,” said Angus Campbell, General Manager at FantaSea.“Although Vivid is an interactive shore-based display, there’s a unique aspect which can be appreciated from the water.”With the flexibility to cater for two to 1200 people, FantaSea also offers charters in a range of vessel sizes from 16-seater water taxis to large vessels across a range of locations. Its fleet on Sydney Harbour operates evening cruises, special event cruises and daily whale watching cruises. cruiseSydney HarbourVivid Sydneylast_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “It’s definitely different in some ways, but in a lot of ways it’s similar,” said Acho, adding that a player has to perform better when the talent around him improves. “I started doing the NFL workouts, so even though I was going against harder competition, I felt like I became a better player.”While some rookies benefit spending a year or two behind the scenes and adjust to the speed of the pros, Acho was ready to start after Joey Porter hurt his knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. “The coaches came to me before the [next] game and told me I was going to start. That’s the point where I realized that this is what I’ve been practicing for. I believe I can do it, I know I can do it, so it’s about just going out there and proving it.” It’s no surprise that a bright spot for the Cardinals going into training camp is their defense. The unit, comprised of both veteran presence and youthful energy, helped the birds win seven of their last nine games in the 2011 season. Outside linebacker Sam Acho, a key cog in the defense, joined Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Wednesday to talk about the experience of his rookie year and how dissimilar playing at the NFL level is from his days at the University of Texas. – / 35 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Johnson expanded on the play Thursday night during the “Big Red Rage with Calais Campbell” on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, especially the fact that he took it out from eight yards deep in the end zone.“I definitely noticed I had great blockers, first off, and they had great leverage for me,” he said. “I saw a hole and I hit it, and thank God the kicker didn’t catch me.”After adding a touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Bears, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to score on a run, a reception and a kickoff return in his first two games. Because of that the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is displaying the jersey and cleats Johnson wore while accomplishing the feat.Despite his early heroics, the third-round pick out of Northern Iowa isn’t suggesting the pro game is easy.“No, not at all,” Johnson said. “I think I just had a good opportunity and great blockers every time I had the ball in my hands.”It is interesting to note, according to, only 34 players have scored touchdowns in those three ways in a single season since the AFL merger in 1970. Johnson has done it in nine touches. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals kick returner David Johnson (31) runs the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img He’s making it look easy.Arizona Cardinals rookie running back David Johnson is making a habit of finding the end zone. In his first two professional games, Johnson has scored three touchdowns — one each via a reception, a run and a kickoff return.People are still buzzing about the final item on that list. Johnson opened the game with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 48-23 road win over the Bears last Sunday. It was the longest touchdown in the history of the franchise, which dates back to its origin in Chicago in 1920. Comments   Share   Johnson’s frequent end zone visits shouldn’t come as a surprise. In his four-year college career at Northern Iowa, he ran for 49 touchdowns, scored 14 more times on receptions and yes, he did take a kickoff return back 98 yards for a touchdown in 2014.Since he likely won’t see time as a punt returner for the Cardinals, the final frontier could be throwing a touchdown pass. Only two NFL players — Cleveland’s Greg Pruitt in 1974 and Terry Metcalf of the Cardinals in 1975 — have added that feat to the rushing-receiving-kickoff return trifecta.Oh yeah, Johnson also threw a touchdown pass in college during his sophomore season in 2012. – / 44 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) pulls in a pass as Baltimore Ravens defensive back Shareece Wright (35) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) There’s no doubt the Cardinals could use Brown against the Browns.The 2014 third-round pick out of Pittsburg State is second on the team with 37 receptions and 562 receiving yards, but has come on strong with 18 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. Brown said if he does not play Sunday, the team has “a whole bunch of great receivers that I know can get the job done,” so he’s not going to press himself to play if he’s not able to do so.Given how he has played the last two weeks while not being 100 percent, it’s apparent he does not have to be at full strength to make a significant impact. Yet, there’s no reason to make things worse than they are, which will be a factor until he is fully healed.“I really want to make sure I’m back to 100 percent because you know I can’t play half speed,” he said. “The only thing I know is full speed. I don’t want to do anything, Carson (Palmer) throws a ball or Drew (Stanton) throws a ball too far — I’m going to go get it, and I don’t want to pull anything that is more than what it is right now.”That will factor into the team’s decision Sunday morning. The inactive list will be released about 90 minutes prior to kickoff, so about 9:30 a.m. Arizona time. As for whether or not he expects to play, Brown — like his coach — said it will simply come down to how he is feeling that morning. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody else will be ready to roll.”That Powers could even have a chance at playing seems miraculous, as he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and seemed destined to miss at least one game.Brown, however, is a different story. The second-year pro has been dealing with sore hamstrings for the last couple of weeks — playing through the issues — but made it through just one “limited” practice this week. Needless to say, he’s a little tired of being a game-time decision.“But good thing is it’s getting close to the bye week so you know I can get 100 percent and be ready to go again,” he said.The Cardinals’ off week is Week 9, meaning there will be two weeks between Sunday’s tilt with the Browns and their next game, which is in Seattle against the Seahawks. That fact could impact how Arizona approaches its ailing players, possibly electing to give them this week off in order to ensure they are completely healed for that big divisional matchup.But according to Arians, that’s not at all the case.“Not a damn bit,” he answered when asked how much the bye week will impact their decision making. “There is no bye week until next week. This is this week.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The final injury report for the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 8 matchup with the Cleveland Browns was released Friday, with 10 Arizona players having their names listed.Of those 10, only tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) have been officially ruled out for the game.“Jerraud Powers will make the trip, he’ll be questionable, he’s making good progress,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “John Brown and Brittan Golden practiced today, they’re questionable. We’ll see how they are, game-time decisions like last week.last_img read more

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first_imgIn 2015, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins led the league in completion percentage at 69.8.The Cardinals played the Redskins twice during McVay’s time at the helm of the offense, emerging with two home wins on Oct. 12, 2014 and Dec. 4, 2016. Now they will see McVay’s offense twice every season.McVay’s ability to construct a passing game may prove to be a boon to former first overall pick Jared Goff. The California product struggled in his first NFL season, starting in seven games and posting a 54.6 percent completion percentage with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Rams went 4-12 in their first year back in Los Angeles, and 0-7 with Goff as the starting quarterback.Joining McVay is one of the most seasoned coaching veterans in the NFL. Wade Phillips, 69, is set to join a handful of men to coach into their 70’s, including Titans assistant Dick LeBeau and Cardinals offensive assistant Tom Pratt. He began his NFL coaching career in 1976 with the Houston Oilers. Since then, he’s been employed by nine other franchises in various capacities over the last 40 years.Over the last two seasons, Phillips served as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Under his leadership, the Broncos had the best overall defense and best passing defense in 2015. The Los Angeles Rams made quite a splash with their coaching staff on Thursday, hiring Sean McVay as head coach and Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.McVay, 30, is the youngest head coach in NFL history. The former receiver for Miami University of Ohio worked for the Washington Redskins as an offensive assistant, tight ends coach and offensive coordinator between 2010 and 2016.His work proved especially transformative in the 2016 season. The Redskins posted one of the best offenses in the league, ranking 12th in points with 24.8 per game and third in yards with 403.4. Washington also had the second-best passing offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Their ability to shut down opposing passing games helped Denver win Super Bowl XL and earned Phillips Assistant Coach of the Year. Denver repeated as the NFL’s best pass defense in 2016, but finished fourth overall.Together, McVay and Phillips may be able to revive a Rams franchise that has not posted an above-.500 record since 2003. Since 2010, the Rams have not finished higher than third in the NFC West, with the 49ers, Seahawks and Cardinals all rising at various times to keep them down.With a young coach who has shown proficiency in designing an offense and a longtime mastermind covering the defensive side, the Rams staff may make the NFC West a litter tougher for the other three teams. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgCards felt Miami would take Rosen at 11 and that there were two other teams also interested in moving up so therefore they got aggressive to move up.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) April 27, 2018“I’m so excited. I just want to get on the field,” Rosen told Deion Sanders after putting on a Cardinals cap. “The chip is only growing growing bigger.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals have their quarterback of the future. General manager Steve Keim traded up from 15th to the No. 10 pick in a deal with the Oakland Raiders to select former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.Arizona also dealt its third round pick (79th overall) and fifth round pick (152nd) in the trade. 161 Comments   Share   Rosen was the fourth quarterback selected in the draft after Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (first overall to Cleveland), USC’s Sam Darnold (third to the New York Jets) and Wyoming’s Josh Allen (seventh to Buffalo).Related LinksCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenJosh Rosen to the Cardinals: Reaction to the NFL Draft-day trade, pickWhy Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen fell in 2018 NFL DraftRosen started as a true freshman in 2015, throwing for 3,670 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and a Freshman All-American.He would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.In 2017, Rosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one game and would start the rest, including the season finale when he had his second concussion against Cal and was ruled out the rest of the game. Still dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen elected to sit out of the team’s bowl game after declaring for the NFL Draft.Seen as arguably the top quarterback for some of the 2018 NFL Draft process, Rosen’s injuries and his outspokenness are the main concerns that saw him fall out of the top spot. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact UCLA’s Josh Rosen, right, poses with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Rosen has consistently been against the NCAA’s amateurism rules, speaking out against UCLA signing a $280 million deal with Under Armour and claiming that “football and school don’t go together.” He also made a post on Instagram in April of 2016 where he was golfing while wearing a hat that said “(Expletive) Trump.”With Sam Bradford signed to a one-year deal with a team option and backup quarterback Mike Glennon, the Cardinals have the veteran quarterbacks inline to steady the ship while Arizona grooms Rosen into its long-term quarterback. – / 97 LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img back to the e-newsletter >Qantas has launched the second series of films in its Feels Like Home brand campaign. The series builds further on the first series launched in November 2014, and the simple concept of what the national carrier has been doing for almost 100 years – bringing people home.The second series tells the story of the Shelper family as they journey home with Qantas.  The stories of different members of the family are told as they reunite with their loved ones for a celebratory lunch on the verandah of the family home.Filmed in New York, regional Victoria, Sydney, Longreach and Brisbane, the series also highlights the reach of Qantas’ international, domestic and regional network and also features Qantas employees.Qantas Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs Group Executive, Olivia Wirth, said the second series builds on the first Feels Like Home campaign and of Australia’s emotional connection with the airline.“Qantas has a unique place in the lives of many Australians. With this second series we wanted to evolve the story of homecoming by focusing on one family and telling the stories of each of the family members.“The story of the Shelper family, of siblings living in different part of Australia and the world, is a very real one for many Australians.“The anticipation, the joy and emotion felt when journeying home is powerful and for many Australians that sense of homecoming starts the moment they see Qantas’ red tail or step on board.“Again this is the spirit we wanted to capture with this second series – it’s a spirit that taps into the heart of what Qantas has been doing for almost 100 years,” she added.The individual stories of the Shelper family are familiar Australian stories; Tony and Pat, 73 and 74, are parents to Kath, Christy, Phil, Anna and Brendan.Kath travels often for work, Christy is staying in Brisbane, Anna lives on a property in regional Victoria, Phil is based in Sydney and Brendan now lives overseas.The longer 120 second film tells the whole story of the Shelper’s reunion, while the four 60 second films tell the story of each of the siblings who are travelling home; Kath, Christy, Anna and Brendan.The homecoming stories are again told against the musical backdrop of Randy Newman’s song, Feels Like Home sung by young Australian singer, Martha Marlow.Neil Lawrence, Creative Director of Lawrence Creative Strategy, worked with Qantas to develop the first Feels Like Home campaign and was also the creative director of the second series. The team from Lawrence Creative Strategy continued his work and vision, taking the second series to launch.Managing Director of Lawrence Creative Strategy, Tanya Jones, said Neil was passionate about bringing to life the story that many Australians share.“Neil’s vision was to tell the story of homecoming in a very authentic way.“He was committed to using real people, telling real stories and capturing real emotions felt when returning home and being united with loved ones.“He was also very proud to be working with Qantas and showing the unique role Australia’s airline plays in people’s lives.”The Feels Like Home campaign will be seen on television, cinema, outdoor, in print and online. The theme of the campaign will also be reflected through in-flight announcements as well as communications to Frequent Flyers and to Qantas employees.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Hugging a tree could seriously improve the quality

first_imgHugging a tree could seriously improve the quality of your life as Adler Dolomiti’s ‘Yoga & the Healing Power of Trees’ package sets out to demonstrate.Trees have amazing therapeutic qualities and many of today’s pharmaceuticals are derived from trees: aspirin comes from willow bark and Pycnogenol, which protects against deep vein thrombosis, is made from pine tree bark.In the early 1980s, Japanese scientists discovered that simply inhaling the aromas produced by trees could help to immunise the body against disease. Phytonicides, which trees emit to protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities when inhaled by humans. American medical research has also proved that just being among trees is good for wellbeing, with stress levels and blood pressure lowered within three minutes of being in a green space.Touching, stroking, leaning on and, above all, hugging a tree is beneficial to your health, with individual tree species having different effects on people. For example, among the trees that are prevalent in the Dolomites, beech improves concentration and wellbeing, and can help ease a sore throat and improve kidney function, while pine is good for the respiratory system, helps to treat depression and restores balance, while reducing fatigue.To exploit the vitality provided by trees, Adler Dolomiti’s ‘Yoga & the Healing Power of Trees’ includes two sessions of outdoor yoga amid the outstanding natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites that will help to recharge guests, while helping to establish inner harmony and peace. On the walk to the outdoor spot chosen for yoga, guests will be introduced to the theory of silvotherapy (the art of healing the body by harnessing the energy of  trees).The three-night half-board package also includes two afternoon (indoor) yoga sessions, detoxifying herbal teas and access to the hotel’s extensive spa and wellness programmes; a vegetarian menu is available on request. Available for one weekend only, from 21 to 24 September, the package costs from €554 per person sharing a double room (and will be repeated in September 2018).Adler Dolomiti is accessible by flying to either Innsbruck or Verona, then to Ortisei by private transfer, rail or airport coach; the hotel has a large underground car park for guests arriving by car.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterExplore Worldwide has introduced a collection of new expert-led photography trips. Capture the early morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy in Borneo, snap the spectacular migration across Serengeti’s vast plains or get exclusive access to photograph the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra before the crowds arrive.Each of the six new trips is led by an award-winning photographer: Renato Granieri, winner of 2018 Nat Geo Traveller Photographer of the Year, and Robert Harvey, whose work has been recognised by the Excellence Award of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique. The package also includes accommodation and breakfast, plus some lunches and dinners, and an Explore leader.Gelada monkeys| Simien Mountains National Park EthiopiaThe itineraries include:Jordan Photographic Discovery (9 days, departs 2–10 March 2019, prices start from $2,530pp)Led by Robert Harvey, this trip visits the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra with special access to the site before the crowds arrive. Capture the Druze tribes in Azraq as well as seeking out spectacular desert scenes in Wadi Rum and camp under the stars in a Bedouin tent.Photographing Sri Lanka (12 days, departs 23 March–4 April 2019, prices start from $3,670pp)Discover Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples with experienced photographer Renato Granieri. Highlights of the trip include the opportunity to photograph the rolling hills of the spectacular Golden Valley tea plantations, wildlife-filled national parks and idyllic tropical coastline. Capture the rich Buddhist history through the lens while meeting friendly faces along the way.Photographing Borneo’s Wildlife Safari (10 days, departs 12–23 July and 22 July–2 August 2019, with prices from $3,380pp)Ideal for keen wildlife photographers, this trip offers the perfect opportunity to encapsulate the endemic wildlife of Borneo with Renato Granieri. Travel through the jungles of Sabah capturing feeding time at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary and cruise along the Kinabatangan River, hoping to snap bathing pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and striking hornbills. The trip also features a sunrise climb up the observation tower in the Danum Valley, with a chance to photograph the eerie spectacle of the morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy below.Serengeti Photographic Safari (12 days, departs 1–14 September 2019, prices start from $8,370pp)With advice, help and support from expert photographer Robert Harvey, this trip is a great way to photograph big game up close and to capture the landscapes of Tanzania. Search for the ‘Big Five’ inside the Ngorongoro Crater (the world’s largest complete caldera), snap birdlife around Lake Manyara and capture the incredible spectacle of the migration across the Serengeti’s vast plains. This trip also includes an opportunity to shoot Tarangire’s primeval Boabab trees and to meet and photograph the legendary Maasai tribe.Best of the Western US (12 days, departs 15–28 November 2019, prices start from $6,100pp)This trip, led by professional photographer Robert Harvey, provides a chance to photograph America’s vast landscapes as well as an opportunity to learn the skill of astrophotography. Walk among the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, capture the sunrise over the iconic formations in Arches National Park and discover the sweeping views across one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The trip is planned around the moon phases, giving the best possible chance of seeing the Milky Way.Photographing Ethiopia’s Highlights (14 days, departs 22 Nov–7 December 2019, prices start from $4,960pp)Put your new skills into practice to photograph the dramatic rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the geleda monkeys in the Simien Mountains and at Tississat Falls, known locally as ‘the water that smokes’. Led by professional photographer Renato Granieri, the trip also visits a traditional coffee ceremony, providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some authentic shots of Ethiopia.For enquiries and bookings, contact Adventure World Travel 1300 439 756 or via full 2019/20 brochure collection can be viewed on back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTop luxury travel agencies and partner suppliers across the Asia Pacific Region have been awarded at the Virtuoso network’s Asia Pacific Forum held in Beijing, where more than 60 members gathered for two days of workshops and events.Recognising the production performance of Virtuoso’s agency members and product partners, the 2019 APAC Luxury Awards are a true measurement of achievement, commitment and outstanding performance.“Virtuoso members and suppliers are already well established as the best of the best in their category,” Virtuoso Asia Pacific Managing Director, Michael Londregan said.“In a marketplace that often sees travel agents as mere distributors of product, Virtuoso’s members and suppliers recognise personalised service is critical in differentiating and connecting with their clients in today’s marketplace.“Over the past 12 months, Virtuoso revenues for Australia and New Zealand grew by 30%, so this year’s award winners have achieved exceptional growth in a business that is already outpacing the rest of the market quite significantly.”Londregan said that while the Australian travel market grew by an estimated 4% in the past year, Virtuoso’s awards recognised its members who have been able to both grow their own business and maintain significant volumes for their luxury suppliers.“The trusted advice that Virtuoso members provide is the fuel that continues to drive our incredible growth. We are definitely moving towards the best products in the market and our award winners are seeing the results that occur when knowledge, professionalism, experience and relationships manifest into the value proposition offered to clients.”The Virtuoso Asia Pacific Luxury Awards are a measure of product and advisor performance for luxury travel products booked in the Asia Pacific region in the past 12 months.  Set across 15 categories, the awards reflect performance and highlight the travel advisors and products servicing customers at the highest level across the industry.The Virtuoso 2017 Asia-Pacific Luxury Award winners are:Cruise ProductionMember –  Mobile Travel Agents (MTA)Partner – SeabournCruise GrowthMember – Bicton TravelPartner – Viking CruisesHotels & Resorts ProductionMember – Goldman Travel CorporationPartner – Four Seasons Resort Maui at WaileaHotels & Resorts Growth           Member – Ovation Travel & Cruise PlannersPartner – AmanpuloDestinations & Experiences ProductionMember – Travel AssociatesPartner – Island EscapesDestinations & Experiences GrowthMember – Executive Edge TravelPartner – Trans Africa SafarisMost Engaged & Hospitable Agency – AUS/NZWinner – FBI TravelMost Engaged & Hospitable Agency – AsiaWinner – Charlotte TravelSouthern Cross Spirit of VirtuosoBeverly Cohen – Wentworth TravelGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThis week LATTE chats with acclaimed designer Bill Bensley. Since 1984, Bensley has been designing resorts throughout Asia and the world. He was the Head Designer for an American company based in Singapore and Hong Kong until 1989, when he established his own business, Bensley, in Bangkok.Bensley has designed over 200 resorts and hotels in more than 30 countries, the most recent being the Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild in the South Cardamom Wilderness in Cambodia which debuted in December 2018. What was the first hotel project you worked on, and is it still in operation and bearing any of your hallmarks?It was 1984 and at the Bali Hyatt, in Sanur Bali that I designed the pool and surrounding gardens alongside a big Australian personality named Made Widjaya, or Michael White. He was a self taught gardener and a damn good one. Recently this property has gone through a big face lift but I heard that my poolscape has survived. 👍👍What has been your most ambitious project to date and why?Shinta Mani Wild. Cambodia. Nine years to erect 15 tents? Without cutting a tree. We hired poachers and illegal loggers to work there.You’ve been quoted saying you believe “luxury is dead” and that you don’t like beach resorts and you don’t like big hotels. Can you explain what you mean?Among the the highest end traveller the idea of classic luxury, like 4,000 count bedsheets, is dead. Those folk are looking for bragging rights. We have plenty of them at Shinta Mani Wild!You don’t like beach resorts? I much prefer historical places or the mountains… I have no time or interest to sit on the beach. There is too much to learn in this world.And you don’t like big hotels? Who does? So what’s your niche? If I am to design a big hotel I break down the scale to make it seem like a small one, for example the JW Marriott Phu Quoc in Vietnam.What is luxury these days, in your opinion?Luxury is experiencing something for the very first time. Luxury is comfortably enjoying a jungle environment all by yourself. Luxury is waking up to the roar of birds of the jungle. Luxury is being loved by dogs. But a real luxury is the ability to help others, as my Dad said….”Charity begins at home.”How important do you think sustainability is? It is paramount to our existence on our planet. I was born in California to English immigrants. My family had a small farm where we were pretty much self-sustaining. I raised bees, quails, chickens, ducks, rabbits, mushrooms, a huge variety of veggies and of course a compost heap. We would travel with our little family trailer almost every weekend to a camp spot close by and in the summers we would travel all over the states. So, you see, I grew up with a great love for the wilderness and certainly learnt how to sustain our family with food. It makes me smile to hear the word sustainability used so frequently these days as though it is a new idea.Have you always been interested in sustainability within the luxury hotel industry?No, not specifically as sustainability applies to the luxury hotel industry. When I first started practicing in Asia 35 years ago only a handful of people in hospitality knew what a landscape architect was, let alone sustainability.Do you think sustainability is a trend or here to stay?I think the use of the word is trendy and we will move on to better and bigger words, but I think the general public’s understanding of the importance of the stewardship of our planet is here to stay, and will increase exponentially.How has living and working in Asia shaped your design journey?I am so glad I made that big leap across the Pacific to Asia in the early 1980s when hospitality development was in its infancy.  Doors were opened easily and the opportunities to build were many… still are.  My designer friends operating today in the USA tell me horror stories of insane building codes, insurances, rules and regulations, and everybody suing everybody else to such a degree that it is hard to build anything nice.I have found that Asia, especially Thailand and Indonesia has given and given and given. At an early age I learnt to speak both languages…that helped a great deal to get ideas across. To this day we maintain design ateliers in Bangkok and Bali.It has been said that you have mentioned your best work is yet to appear. And yet critics call many of your properties iconic. How do you set about creating an ‘iconic’ hotel? If this isn’t something you try to do per se, then what do you think it is that by popular opinion makes your hotels iconic, do you think? There are many nice things that folks say about our resorts. My fear is if I start believing them I may become complacent and satisfied. I genuinely want to stay hungry and work hard to destroy the boundaries of today’s field of hospitality. I honestly don’t know how to do that … but I am trying by way of experimentation on each and every one of the projects we have on our design boards.Are there any fun ideas for future properties on your mental drawing board that haven’t been done yet that you can share with us?Yes! So damn many… I am working on a super cool project in China, on a huge track of land, where I am designing a wild animal park. The animals run free while people are caged up… stay tuned.I am working on fantastic UNESCO protected wilderness park, again in China, with just 45 rooms in total. There is a three night stay minimum because travellers stay the first night over an estuary in a stilted Chinese home. The second night is on a houseboat with a butler and a cook and one sails a long river valley to a Ming Dynasty village where guest spend their third night. My wheelhouse is migrating from architecture to the designing of experiences… And they tend to be those that I would love to do myself.  There are too few projects in China that are low impact (environmentally) high yield. I want to change that.Is there anywhere in Southeast Asia you think people still haven’t fully discovered? Anywhere you’d really love to design something?In Asia I would love to design smalls hotels in Pagan, Kyoto and Galle. Looking further, I would love to design a safari camp anywhere in Africa.What’s on your travel bucket list?I have been to 95 countries but the more I travel the more my travel bucket list grows. Top of the list as of today is Pulau Widi,  Georgia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Nubia, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, and Alaska. I could go on here for several pages as I have already written and exhaustive list that get lengthened and edited every year.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

9 Indonesias volcanoes vs Canary Islands volca

first_img9. Indonesia’s volcanoes vs. Canary Islands‘ volcanoesMany travel to Indonesia to stand face to face with some of the earth’s most violent and active volcanos. There are over 120 here that frequently erupt, making Indonesia the most geographically unstable country in the world. If you fancy your tumultuous volcanic activity in a slightly smaller, and closer to home scale, the Canary Islands have a chain of seven across the islands. Mount Teide in Tenerife boasts the title of being the highest peak in Spain and the third biggest volcano on earth. Surely that’s worth a visit? Do you think Europe can compete with these amazing bucket-list destinations? Let us know in the comments!Need destination inspiration? Get it at the touch of a button with Skyscanner. See where you can go tomorrow with our unique Everywhere search and get inspired for your next trip with our Travel News & Features.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map More: Australia: in pictures3. Mongolian Desert vs. Gran CanariaThe Gobi desert is a fascinating place – there really is something romantic about the idea of setting forth into the wilderness to experience the isolation of this inhospitable environment, with only a camel as your companion. However, you can still experience a desert adventure while on your holidays in the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Lying on the same latitude as the Sahara, it’s no surprise that the south of the island has some impressive sand dunes… and yes, you can still visit them by camel. More: Not just the Northern Lights: top things to do in Iceland5. Thai islands vs, Italian islandsMany head to Thailand to island hop around some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful islands. However, in Europe there are plenty of opportunities to do the same. If you don’t fancy going so far away, Italy has many islands from large, popular ones such as Sardinia and Sicily to many more remote ones such as the Pelagi islands, two of which are completely unpopulated. You will still be able to enjoy fantastic weather and gorgeous scenery – without the long-haul flight. 8. Nepal’s Mountains vs. Swiss AlpsOk. Nepal has Everest. And seven other mountains that are among the top ten in the world. Fair enough. Keep them on your to do list. Europe’s mountains may not be able to compete in height, but they certainly can in scenery. The snow covered Swiss Alps for example, are unbelievably beautiful and are a rewarding hike for anyone willing and able to tackle them. We don’t give little old Europe enough credit. Packed into a comparably small space to that of the rest of the world, it has pretty much got everything covered. From beaches to glaciers, our little continent has plenty to offer those unable to trot across the globe. So for every iconic picture you see of some Caribbean coastline or Himalayan mountain range, just remember that there might be an equally bucket list worthy alternative right on your doorstep (or indeed a budget airline flight away).1. Mexico’s beaches vs. Greece’s beachesMany people dream of visiting one of Mexico’s beaches, to drink Mojitos and soak up the sun, but if you’re not able to make the 10 hour flight then a great alternative has to be Greece – one of the best countries for a full-proof beach holiday. Some of the most spectacular have to be in Zante, their white sands and clear waters make them a popular sun-bathing spot. More: 10 of the world’s best beaches: in pictures2. Australia’s coastline vs. Portugal’s AlgarveAustralia’s Twelve Apostles limestone stacks in Victoria are incredible, but Portugal’s Praia da Marinha also packs a punch. The famous Algarve beach is surrounded by crooked rocks and cliffs and has many coves and caves to explore. RelatedAlternative 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…50 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.The world’s sunniest short-haul beach destinationsIn the market for a short-haul summer break – a sun-soaked, cheap holiday on the beach which won’t cost the earth? We’ve rounded up the ideal destinations, which means all you need to worry about is the sunscreen! 4. Chile’s glaciers vs. Iceland’s glaciersOk, on this occasion, if this is something on your bucket list, maybe think about saving up for it sooner rather than later. Patagonia’s San Rafael Glacier is melting fast and experts estimate that it will have completely disappeared by 2030. BUT, if you don’t make it across the world in time, Iceland has some of the world’s most incredible ice structures – it’s in the name I guess. Glacier walks are a popular day trip for many tourists (Icelandic Mountain Guides offer a variety of tours) and chances are you might get to tick ‘seeing the Northern Lights’ off your list too. 6. Thai lakes vs. Croatian lakesThe likes of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park are enough to make anyone hop on a plane to Thailand but Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes’ rushing waterfalls and lush surrounding forests make it an equally popular place to visit – and justifiably so. More: Top 10 things to do in Thailand: Tigers, Temples and Muay Thai7. New Zealand’s mountain ranges vs. Italian mountain rangesNew Zealand is the ultimate adventure destination. It’s sprawling mountain ranges make it top of many avid hiker’s travel wish-list, wishing to tackle one of the nine ‘Great Hikes’ and witness some spectacular scenery at the same time. If your budget doesn’t allow you an around the world ticket, Italy’s Alps, Dolomites and Appennino mountain ranges still allow the trepid explorer to lace up their hiking boots and explore the rocky terrain.last_img read more

We have found extremely cheap flights from London

first_imgWe have found extremely cheap flights from London and Manchester to Aruba in late September. If you still have your holidays to book this might be a good option! Flights from Manchester £249 26 September – 10 October We try to make every deal accurate and available to you, however all prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. RelatedWOW! Flights from many UK cities to New York or Boston from £260 returnPlanning to visit the States? You can’t miss out on this deal!Flights to Madeira from £49 returnFly to Madeira for under £100 this SeptemberLondon or Manchester to Bali – flights from £390The paradise is just few clicks away! 20 September – 4 October27 September – 11 October< Flights from London £209last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2018 7:25 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Celebrities and activists have taken part in an evening of speeches and music in Manhattan billed as “The People’s State of the Union.”Monday’s event was planned in response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday.It was held at The Town Hall, a historic venue founded as a meeting spot for suffragists more than 90 years ago.Speakers included Mark Ruffalo, Kathy Najimy, John Leguizamo and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh). Andra Day and Common sang their Grammy- and Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up for Something” from the film “Marshall.”Hosts of the event included unions, organizers of the Women’s March and Planned Parenthood. Mark Ruffalo leads counter-event to Trump State of the Unioncenter_img Andra Day, left, and Common performs during the “People’s State of the Union” event at The Town Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) last_img read more

Ieva Zasimauskaite from Lithuania right performs

first_img Ieva Zasimauskaite from Lithuania, right, performs the song ‘When We’re Old’ in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2018 3:21 am PDT Last Updated May 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LISBON, Portugal – Lights, music, action! The annual celebration of country and song known as the Eurovision Song Contest got underway in Portugal’s capital Saturday night with a paean to the country’s traditional fado music.Accompanied by a Portuguese 12-string guitar and drums, fado singers Ana Moura and Mariza — two of the genre’s biggest stars — opened the contest’s Grand Final at Altice Arena on Saturday night.The final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will crown one of 26 entries with dreams of following in the footsteps of past winners such as Swedish pop group ABBA and Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias.More than 10,000 people are in the audience, and thousands more are watching the show at a downtown fan zone. An expected 200 million people were expected to tune in across the world.The event started out as a competition between European countries, but its huge popularity has led to the inclusion of Israel and Australia as contestants.The country which furnishes the winner organizes the following year’s competition. Portugal won last year with Salvador Sobral’s subdued ballad “Amar pelos Dois.”Beatbombers, a Portuguese DJ duo, mixed a classic fado song with a techno beat while the contestants representing 26 countries paraded across the stage with their national flags.A lot of thought went into the lineup for the Eurovision Song Contest’s Grand Final.The event’s producer, Christer Bjorkman, assesses each of the annual event’s 26 performers, figuring out how to create the best show. He juggles ballads with heavy rock, and balances solo acts with bands, to get the tempo right.“You want to start with good energy. You want to get the party going,” Bjorkman said.Ukrainian entry MELOVIN was the first contestant up on Saturday night with his song “Under The Ladder.” His performance featured a flaming staircase leading up to a piano, touches he said were inspired by the song’s lyrics: “Nothing but your will sets you on fire, and fire lasts forever.”Ukraine has won the competition twice. After MELOVIN, it was Spain’s turn.One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds. That’s not much time to get the props off stage, though the commercial breaks offer more breathing space for the crew.Italy, the 26th act, was set to close out the night before voting begins.The annual Euro-pop fest has long been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year’s dancing gorilla.But Portugal is putting on a show with stylish, elegant performances by a strong field of competitors. And it’s doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.That means the contest is heading to what many predict will be an exceptional year.“Music isn’t fireworks, it’s feeling,” Sobral said to explain his 2017 triumph.Six countries automatically qualify for the Grand Final: the “Big Five” of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U. K., as well as the host country. Two semifinals have cut the overall field from 43 to the 26 who will compete on Saturday night.The bookmakers’ favourites this year are: Israel’s Netta Barzilai, with her playful song “Toy”; Cypriot singer Eleni Foureira, with her fiery performance of “Fuego”; and France’s Madame Monsieur with the politically charged “Mercy,” about migrants who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats hoping for a better life in Europe.This year saw the return to competition of Russia, a traditional favourite, after missing last year’s event amid a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine. But it was a short return: Russia’s contestant Julia Samoylova went out in the semifinals, while Ukraine singer Melovin advanced to the Grand Final.The hugely popular international event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.center_img Fado music takes centre stage at Eurovision Song Contestlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17 2018 9

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2018 9:37 am PDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Dec. 5, 1968 file photo shows the rock band Jefferson Airplane as they pose in their Pacific Heights, San Francisco apartment. They are, from left: Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. A lawsuit filed by Balin, 77, filed against Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital says the singer and guitarist lost part of his tongue and has a paralyzed vocal cord because of the procedure done after he was hospitalized for an emergency heart surgery in 2016. Lawyers for Balin filed the suit on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in federal court in Manhattan, seeking unspecified damages. (AP Photo, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy.A lawsuit filed by Marty Balin against Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital says the singer and guitarist lost part of his tongue and has a paralyzed vocal cord because of the procedure done after he was hospitalized for emergency heart surgery in 2016.The 77-year-old Balin helped form Jefferson Airplane in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. The band’s signature hits include “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”Lawyers for Balin sued Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. The suit seeks unspecified damages.There was no immediate response on Friday to a message seeking comment from hospital officials.center_img Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined careerlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actors Brendan Penny and Lacey Chabert are shown in a scene from the movie “Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe” in this handout photo. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at least on Canadian movie sets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Hallmark Channel *MANDATORY CREDIT* It’s Christmas in July on many Canadian movie sets as Hallmark boosts production It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least on Canadian movie sets.Especially in Vancouver, where “Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen” was one of five holiday-themed TV-movies — three by Hallmark — shot in British Columbia this July alone.Directed by Calgary native David Winning, the family-friendly feature stars Erin Krakow and London, Ont.-born Luke Macfarlane. Krakow, the American-born star of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” (also shot in Vancouver), plays an over-enthusiastic Christmas planner, while Macfarlane co-stars as a Scrooge-like toy company CEO.Before you can say “ho-ho-ho,” they become holiday sweethearts.It’s Winning’s 15th movie for Hallmark, eight of which have been Christmas-themed.The director has a theory as to why his films consistently draw three to four million U.S. cable viewers: “In dark times, Hallmark does an excellent job of offering a safe harbour for viewers,” he said in a recent phone interview.Quite often that safe harbour originates in Canada. Hallmark, a Crown Media company, ordered a record 100-plus TV movies into production in 2019. The network says about 70 are shot in Canada, including places such as North Bay, Sudbury and Parry Sound, Ont.To achieve the right Christmas-in-July look, workers roll out fake snow made out of cotton batting, fetching truckloads of the real stuff from local hockey rinks to cover green lawns on outdoor sets.Companies producing these films earn points and claim big tax advantages for every Canadian actor near the top of the call sheet. Canadian directors and writers also trigger tax incentives.The price is right for Hallmark, which powered an aggressive slate of wholesome fare into becoming the most-watched U.S. cable network among women 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Nielsen.The same leap in viewership occurred when the Hallmark brand was introduced in Canada last November as part of Corus’ W Network. On weekends that quarter, W became the No. 1 specialty network in Canada and the No. 1 most-watched network, surpassing conventional broadcasters such as CBC, CTV and Global according to Numeris PPM data.Montreal-born Colin Ferguson, for one, is thrilled to be in high rotation on Hallmark. After years of playing it dark on shows such as “Eureka” and “The Vampire Diaries,” the Pasadena, Calif., resident is happy to fly to B.C. to shoot Hallmark’s “Cedar Cover” or 2018’s “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane.”“They’re so loyal,” said the 46-year-old actor at a Television Critics Association event last winter.“In this industry, you get used to the disposability of everybody because we’re all replaceable. These guys seek us out and go, ‘Do you want to do another one?’ That goes a long way with actors.”As does finally being in a project his six-year-old son can enjoy. “He can’t watch most of what I’ve done yet, but he can watch a Hallmark movie, which is nice.”Other Canadian actors who frequent Hallmark TV-movies include: Ottawa-born Brendan Penny, part of CTV’s “Motive” a few years ago and a regular on Hallmark’s “Chesapeake Shores”; Kamloops native Benjamin Ayres, seen last season on CBC’s “Burden of Truth” and featured on Hallmark’s “Chronicle Mysteries” movies; Lynda Boyd, a B.C. native and “Republic of Doyle” regular who has played mom to Meghan Markle and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in Hallmark Christmas movies. Finally, there’s Vancouver son Paul Campbell, who shared top billing with Dave Foley on the CTV sitcom “Spun Out” a few years ago and who has shot five holiday movies for Hallmark, including “A Godwink Christmas.”“You do a Hallmark movie, you know it’s going to be feel-good and fun,” said Boyd, who nonetheless had some challenges shooting “SnowComing” in a 35 degree Celsius heat wave last summer in Squamish, B.C. “I was wearing a hat, coat and a scarf and I was having hot flashes. Help!”Crews routinely raid B.C. fishing docks for shaved ice to make summer Christmas shoots look more wintery, while frosty breathing is sometimes added later in editing for the same reason.Despite weather-related challenges on set, few Canadians turn down a Hallmark moment. Toronto-born Gabriel Hogan, featured on a series of “Murder, She Baked” TV-movies, says he loves the 13 to 15-day shooting schedules.Actors with an itch to write and produce are taken seriously. Ayres and Campbell both have future Hallmark projects in development based on their own story suggestions.Winning says it takes time to earn your way into the Hallmark family. “There’s a very small group of directors,” he says. Once you’re in — and enough viewers respond — you’re in.” The demand is such that Winning will get four days off before embarking on his 16th Hallmark TV-movie at the end of this month.Campbell is also grateful for the Hallmark seal of approval. Usually an American, such as former “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, takes top billing on a shot-in-Canada original.Campbell’s star at the network has risen to the point, however, where he and Ottawa-born Kimberly Sustad — two Canadians — have the No. 1 and 2 spots in “A Godwink Christmas.” The key, says Campbell, is becoming “a recognizable face” on the network.As for why Hallmark keeps casting Canadians in their Christmas films, Campbell, tongue somewhat in cheek, says it goes beyond the dollar.“A lot of L.A. actors have a swagger which doesn’t actually work for Hallmark,” he says. Better the low-key Canadian approach: “Please love me!”Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2019 9:15 am PDTlast_img read more

November 3 2006 The first floor of Unit 9 and

first_imgNovember 3, 2006 The first floor of Unit 9 and 10 in the East Crescent complex has become temporary recreation space. The Arcosanti library was moved into Unit 9, and Unit 10 now holds the pool table, ping-pong table and a fuss-ball table, with a small weight and exercise room in the back. [Photo & text: rc] Construction staff cleared out both spaces to paint ceilings and walls to bring more light into the rooms, as the front of both units is still covered with a temporary wall of corrugated fiberglass. Ceilings and walls were steam cleaned before paint was applied. Workshop participants and staff had fun in plastic protective gear. Construction staff Melissa Soluski tapes the borders of the silt-cast ceiling design, while workshop participants Ilaria Ferraboli, Jung Ju Lee and Stanford Mandizha wash concrete surfaces. [Photo & text: rc] The construction staff electric crew, workshop participant Alfonso Elia and electrician Brendan Scott, complete wiring in the units. In the interior layout plans, the back portion of the library is actually a room that is part of an apartment with a north entrance. Part of this effort is to erect and complete the walls for this room. Angus Gluck teaches his crew of workshop participants how to put up metal studs and drywall, tape and mud the drywall and finally paint it. At the same time shelving and books in the library are slowly re-assembled. This report will continue. [Photo & text: rc]last_img read more