Adventure World Travel has launched 11 unique smal

first_imgAdventure World Travel has launched 11 unique small group journeys to India, offering travellers completely one-off, 100% guaranteed trips in 2018 and 2019. All special journeys are led by an expert resource, celebrated in their field of expertise.The new specially-curated journeys are led by local experts and focus on cultural interactions with locals as well as authentic cuisine experiences in the vibrant country. From experiencing the rich collection of Indian teas at a tea plantation, to learning the treasures of modern and ancient Indian literature, history and art; as well as enjoying the festival of colours during Holi festival – each trip has a specific purpose to leave travellers with a little more knowledge and appreciation into the essence of India.Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director commented: “This collection is completely unique and not available anywhere else, giving our agent partners a selling opportunity for clients who are looking to completely immerse themselves in the Indian culture. Our vast knowledge of the country and its heritage ensures our guests will have an exclusive journey they will treasure for a lifetime.”IMAGE: Gokul village, Mathura Adventure Worldindiasmall grouplast_img read more

To meet growing demand for experiential travel Eu

first_imgTo meet growing demand for experiential travel, European Waterways is offering a wider range of new themed cruise departures for 2020 including a Whisky Trail cruise aboard the Scottish Highlander and a Golf Cruise aboard the Spirit of Scotland. There is also a Wine Appreciation Cruise aboard L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, France; and an Opera Cruise aboard La Bella Vita, which sails out of Venice.For single malt whisky enthusiasts, the 5 April, 2020 Whisky Trail cruise aboard the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander hotel barge is ideal. Guests will visit at least three distilleries, where they will enjoy private tours and tastings, among them the family-run Benromach Distillery near Forres, as well as the Tomatin and Dalwhinnie distilleries, both in the Highland region. Cabins for the cruise start at €3,890 per person (approx. AU$6,500), based on double occupancy. There is no supplement for the Whisky Trail Cruise.“Our guests don’t want to be ‘spectators’ of history and culture, they want to be participants,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “From sharing a glass of Pastis with a friendly lock keeper, to gourmet lunch with a baroness, to playing golf in the country that invented the sport, they seek immersive experiences that are both memorable and meaningful in providing insight into the local cultures.”The April 12, 2020 Wine Appreciation Cruise aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste in Southern Burgundy features private tastings at some of the best, off the beaten path vineyards. Guests will enjoy such Burgundies as Nuits St-Georges, Santenay and Vosne Romanée, with premier or grand cru vintages hand-picked by the knowledgeable guides. Regions visited include the Loire Valley, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Alsace. Rates for the cruise start at €4,650 per person (approx. AU$7,600), based on double occupancy. A supplement of €675 (approx. AU$1,200) is applied to participants.It’s widely believed that golf was invented in Scotland, where rules for the modern game and the first 18-hole courses were established. European Waterways’ 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland Golf Cruise offers guests the opportunity to play the game with the wide expanse of the Scottish Highlands providing a dramatic background. The boat’s April 26, 2020 departures lets players tee up at four championship courses that include the Castle Stuart, the Royal Dornoch, Fort Augustus, and Newtonmore. Rates for the cruise start at €4,150 per person (approx. AU$6,800). A supplement of €825 (approx. AU$1,345) is applied to participants.For opera lovers, Venice’s Arena di Verona offers one of the most impressive settings to enjoy a performance of some of the world’s most famous operas. The August 16, 2020 departure on the 20-passenger La Bella Vita includes premium seats at this internationally famous venue for a performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco”. Cabins start at €3,490 per person (approx. AU$5,700), based on double occupancy. A supplement of €540 (approx. AU$900) is applied to participants. Other Opera Cruises can be booked throughout July and August, either by cabin or as a whole boat charters, based on availability. cruiseEuropean WaterwaysgolfOperaScotlandScottish Whisky Traillast_img read more

His rookie deal signed in Aug 2004 was a sixyea

first_imgHis rookie deal, signed in Aug. 2004 was a six-year contract that could have been worth up to $60 million, with a little more than $20 million in guaranteed bonus money. At the time, it was the most valuable contract ever signed by a rookie. It was signed at 2 a.m. on the eve of training camp.“Give them credit,” Fitzgerald’s agent Eugene Parker said. “They stepped up and negotiated. They were motivated, we were motivated, and even though things could be a little adversarial at times, the focus stayed on what was important: getting him there on time.”Fitzgerald went on to play very well his first few seasons in the league, and in 2007 he caught 100 passes for 1,409 yard and 10 touchdowns. Just 24 years old, Fitzgerald’s rookie contract called for him to earn $14.6 million in 2008 and $17.4 million in 2009, and the team wanted those numbers to shrink some. So, they again went to the negotiating table. And again, when the dust settled, Fitz came out on top. The extension, which was signed in March 2008, was a four-year, $40 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. The new deal locked the receiver up through 2011.“Our commitment was to make sure we continue to make progress with our football team, and we feel good about the fact that we were able to keep a player of Larry’s caliber,” Rod Graves, then Arizona’s GM, said at the time. “We are going to continue to do that with all our core players.” The following season was a banner one for Fitzgerald, as he caught 80 passes for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. However, his numbers dipped some since then, with him catching just 216 passes for 2,536 yards and 17 touchdowns over the next three seasons. Set to be 32 when the next season began and slated to count nearly $24 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap, the Cardinals again needed to re-work their star’s contract. This time was different, though, as some thought the team and player would not be able to agree on a price that would keep the face of the franchise in town. Would Fitzgerald, who has been accustomed to being among the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, be willing to take a substantial paycut? Turns out he didn’t have to.On Feb. 18, 2015, Fitzgerald and the team worked out an extension that was essentially a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million. It freed up about $13 million in salary cap space for the team and kept Fitzgerald very well-compensated.“The two biggest goals for us were pretty simple,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said of the deal. “Number one, to compensate Larry for the type of player, the type of talent he is and the leader that he is, and then essentially clearing enough salary cap space for us moving forward to be able to be aggressive and proactive when free agency starts.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   So, Fitzgerald played under that new deal and in that time went from being a very good receiver to one of the game’s best. He caught 96 passes for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008, before then going on a historic postseason run in leading the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and then followed that up with a 97-catch, 1,092-yard, 13 TD campaign in 2009. Fitzgerald’s numbers dipped some in 2010, to “just” 90 catches, 1,137 yards and six touchdowns. At the time there was just one year left on his contract, and with the receiver set to turn just 28 before the 2011 campaign and showing no signs of slowing down, it was again time to come to an agreement. And come to an agreement, they did. Fitzgerald and the Cardinals hammered out a contract that could have been worth as much as $120 million over eight years, but carried $50 million of guaranteed money. If played all the way through, it would have kept Fitz in Arizona through the 2018 season.“Growing up, since I was 7 years old, this has been the game I love and something I have been so passionate about,” Fitzgerald said back then, “and to have to talk about it on the business side is a little bit uncomfortable. But I am really happy to put it behind us and it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the Bidwill family’s hard work in making this thing happen.” The end result of it all has been Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers of all-time and easily the best in Cardinals history, has remained with the team for his entire career. Of course, production like that does not come cheap, as the Cardinals have paid him more than $118 million up to this point, and are set to see that total reach $140 million. In return, the Cardinals have received 909 catches, 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns, along with a leader on the field and an excellent ambassador in the community.So, the way they see it, it’s money well spent. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Larry Fitzgerald is a great receiver, a player who holds the top spot in pretty much every category he can in the Arizona Cardinals’ record books.But while Fitzgerald has clearly excelled on the field, perhaps the one area he’s even more dominant is in contract negotiations. Really.Since being selected third overall by the Cardinals in the 2004 NFL Draft, Fitzgerald has signed his name to four different contracts or contract extensions with the team. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Are you concerned about Michael Floyd getting back

first_imgAre you concerned about Michael Floyd getting back on the field?“No. Going into this offseason, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Michael so focused. Just the few days that he was available, he was having a fantastic camp. Looked like he got a little looser up top, worked on his flexibility, and was really playing with a high level of consistency. I know Michael is determined to come back, he knows what’s at stake this year both personally and team-wise, and I think that it’s hard to put a timeline on it, but Mike will be back as soon as possible.”Tell us how Lyle Sendlein ended up back in Arizona“It was one of those things where we released him in March for contractual reasons but wanted Lyle back all along. I think it was time for him to get off the couch and quit changing diapers.”Looking at the roster, you will have to part with some NFL-caliber players, right?“I think there will be some tough decisions, whether we release them or have some trade opportunities remains to be seen. I really do like the depth and some of the things we’ve seen. The additions of Corey Peters and Cory Redding — Corey Peters has had an excellent camp so far, Cory Redding has stepped in and become an instant leader. And then you have the young guys like Rodney Gunter, wow, does he still do some things. He’s still raw, but every day Brentson Buckner is working with him and some of the things he does with his hand strength, his ability to stab, are things that you don’t see naturally in a young player.” On when football season officially starts for him:“Football never stops for me.”How has training camp gone for you?“It’s been great. I dont’ know that I’ve ever had hte type of intrigue that I’ve had for this camp, with so many different positions and so many questions to be answered. It’s been fun to see — particularly when you have a couple guys go down, like Troy Niklas with the hamstring, Gresh — we’re trying to get Jermaine Gresham up to speed health-wise. He’s cleared physically, he just has to get in football shape, and he’s pretty close right now. But to see guys like Momah step up and some of the things he’s done in practice with the mismatches that he creates on the interior with his speed, his length and his athleticism, and then Darren Fells, how drastically he continues to improve, which has been really, really fun to see at that position.”Is the tight end room a weapon for this team?“You know what, it’s funny how you come out of the spring with it being a little bit of a concern because of the questions. Darren Fells still hasn’t played a ton of football. Momah was a guy that we found at the Veteran Combine here in Tempe this offseason, and was a little undersized for the position. But some of the things he does in the passing game is really unique, and he continues to shine. We always questioned whether he would be able to do it when the pads came on because he was really pretty in shorts and ran around and catch balls and look great on air, but could he do it with matchups and stuff where he had to block in line, and he has looked fantastic. And then to be able to add Jermaine Gresham in free agency this late in the season is really unique. Very few times are players of his caliber still around in late July, early August, and it was great to be able to have an opportunity to sign him.” ErrorOK ErrorOKDo you worry about the size of Jerraud Powers and Tyrann Mathieu?“No I don’t. And it’s the same thing I tell our scouts when they go out on the road. Guys, there are very few guys that fit into the category of ideal measurables, meaning that they have the perfect length and athleticism and speed for the position. So what do you have to have? You have to have compensating factors, and both of those guys have the compensating factors that are a necessity to play the position, which are eyes, instincts, awareness, foot speed, quickness in a short area. And at the end of the day, they both are competitive as hell, which is exactly what you want at that position.”What do you want to see from your team in the preseason opener?“I want to see physicality and improvement up front on both sides of the ball, which I think we’ve done. I just want to be able to see it when the lights come on. And you want to see young guys step up. The guys that you’re excited about right now, the Markus Goldens, the Gunters, the D.J. Humphries, the Momahs — guys like that who are doing things every day in practice that excite you, but this isn’t real football yet even. Even when you put the pads on in practice, it’s pointing in the right direction but I want to see it against someone else in University of Phoenix Stadium.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If making a trade, do you go for best player available or target a specific position?“If the opportunity comes up at this time of year, in trade talks, regardless of position, to get a talented guy, there’s no question that we would consider pulling the trigger. But generally, this time of year, talking to other general managers, you tend to focus on positions of need. Whether it’s a depth situation or it’s a guy you need to come in and play right away. But you look at some of the positions that we have on our team right now that are a little bit concerning, and inside linebacker — whether we’ve got to keep our guys healthy — running back right now, love the talent in the room, just got to get those guys healthy and back on the field. Offensive tackle went from a position of strength, Rob Crisp and D.J. Humphries have two injuries, so again, from a depth standpoint there are concerns at different positions, but when we’re healthy on the field I feel pretty good about this football team.”What is the status of Andre Ellington?“Expect to get Andre back out there this week. We’ve had some nagging issues with hamstrings here and soft tissue issues, but that’s no different — I’ve seen some other teams around the league that are going through those things. So we’ve got to get everybody back on the field. If there were a time to have some injuries I’m glad it’s right now instead of midway through the season.” Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, right, talks with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during an NFL football training camp practice, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   Do you think Gunter can play nose tackle in the NFL?“No question. His hand strength and the snap that he creates through his hips is again, really, really impressive. I called him a head-snapper in the spring. He comes off the ball and he’ll snap offensive linemen’s heads, and that was at the college level. So the concern was can he do it to the big boys, and when you see him do it to Iupati, Coop and Lyle Sendlein every day in practice, you know this guy’s the real deal.”Where is Jonathan Cooper on your scale?“He looks just like he did when we drafted him. Has lost the little hitch he had in his movement last year with his knee. Really was concerned how last year, when he came back from the injury, didn’t quite look like himself athletically. And now, just so far into camp, you see the natural knee bend, the athleticism, the quickness and he is playing at a pretty high level right now as well. So to be able to watch him and Mike Iupati at practice — I know in the time I’ve been here, which has been a long time, we haven’t had a pair of guards that are this talented.”Has J.J. Nelson surprised you?“Here’s what I knew when we drafted him, he wasn’t fast, he was real fast. What you don’t know, and this was the same as John Brown, is he going to be able to understand the pro game when it comes to leverages and concepts in the passing game. How does he run the route tree, how are his ball-skills, particularly when he’s challenged in a crowd. And when you watch J.J. Nelson so far in camp again, and it’s early, his routes have been precise, his ability to make tough catches in a contested crowd, for a thin, lean guy, have been really, really good. And there’s no question it’s scary the way he creates separation. When he runs that 9-route or some of the things he does down the field, it’s pretty tough to see any of our corners keeping stride with him step-for-step.”center_img What kind of camp is Kevin Minter having?“He’s having a really good camp. You know, it’s funny. When you look at different positions, and you talk about guys, and Coach (Arians) and I were talking about this last night. Sometimes you draft guys and they come in and they instantly make a difference.  And sometimes we forget these are young men that need to mature and grow in a system, and sometimes it takes a little while for the light to come on. Kevin’s a guy that we have high expectations for, and so far in camp he has played at a high level. When we drafted Alex Okafor out of Texas, he was a guy that came in, was a little slow to get started, the light hadn’t come on yet. Last year the light started to come on and I think he ended with eight sacks and missed four games. And he looks like another guy who has continued to grow. Looks looser in his hips, looks like he could really be a double-digit sack guy if he continues trending in the right direction.” – / 24 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager Top Stories Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that has led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals interviewed John DeFilippo f

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals interviewed John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator position on Sunday, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.DeFilippo, 40, has 12 seasons of NFL coaching experience and was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings this past season.DeFilippo didn’t last the full season in Minnesota, though. He was fired after Week 14 when the Vikings managed just seven points in a road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It was his second offensive coordinator job, as DeFilippo held that position with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. Most of DeFilippo’s coaching experience is as a quarterbacks coach.Related LinksArizona Cardinals agree to a deal with Sean Kugler as offensive line coachSteve Sarkisian not a candidate for Cardinals offensive coaching roleCardinals fill roles on the offensive coaching staff despite no OCPrior to the Vikings, he spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and won a Super Bowl with the organization in 2017.DeFilippo has also coached quarterbacks for the Oakland Raiders (in two stints) and New York Jets.Like Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, DeFilippo has several years of college coaching experience, spending time as an assistant at San Jose State, Columbia, Fordham and Notre Dame.Kingsbury said at his introductory press conference he’d like an offensive coordinator that “will be somebody that will come in and help me mesh some of my ideas with some traditional things that they have done in the NFL.”The interview takes place a day after Steve Sarkisian was eliminated from contention. Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Emirates has launched its Spring into Europe cam

first_imgEmirates has launched its ‘Spring into Europe’ campaign, with return fares starting at $1571* to 38 destinations across Europe.“Spring is a great time to visit Europe as the days start to get longer and the northern sunshine showcases the continent in its best light. Being just off peak, great accommodation deals can often be found and the key attractions are not quite as busy as the peak summer months,” said Rob Gurney, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia.“By planning in advance, Australian travellers will be able to lock in fantastic fares to some of our key destinations including London, Paris and Rome as well as our newer destinations that are growing in popularity amongst Australians such as Copenhagen and Oslo,” added Gurney.As well as the special fare, Emirates also provides 30kg of checked luggage per passenger in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class.Return Economy Class flights from Australia begin from*:$1571 to Oslo$1588 to Copenhagen$1672 to Dublin$1709 to Rome$1733 to Paris$1736 to London$1777 to FrankfurtBusiness Class return flights from Australia begin from*:$7536 to Dublin$7538 to Oslo$7555 to Copenhagen$7524 to Rome$7642 to Frankfurt$7658 to Paris$7846 to LondonEmirates is also offering special fares to Bologna, its newest Italian gateway set to launch on 3 November 2015. Return Economy Class flights from Australia to Bologna begin from $1585 and return Business Class is $7550.Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 14 August 2015. Some blackout periods apply for dates of travel.www.emirates.com/au.*Departing from Perth.last_img read more

Related Skyscanner launches app for Windows PhoneS

first_img RelatedSkyscanner launches app for Windows PhoneSkyscanner launches app for Windows Phone‘Appy Days for Skyscanner as flight comparison app downloads hit 5 million2011 has been the ‘year of the app’ for SkyscannerSkyscanner app set to fly off Amazon shelvesSkyscanner is available in Amazon’s Android Appstore in the UK The latest TV advert for Windows Phone features presenter and model, Holly Willoughby with the Skyscanner app on her device.Holly joins the long list of celebrities who are fans of Skyscanner, including Dragon’s Den legend Peter Jones.More than 20 million people have already downloaded the Skyscanner app, which is also available for iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows 8. We wish Holly happy travels!Download the free Skyscanner app here.Watch the ad below:tp://www.youtube.com/embed/vwBZ76DQK6MReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

View Survey ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby

first_imgView SurveyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSpain Strike AdviceHere’s some advice on how the Spanish strike may affect you flightFree Flight Upgrade: have you ever had one? VOTE NOW!The free upgrade. It’s the golden ticket to a flight of luxuryLust for life: World of Wanderlust’s Brooke SawardBrooke Saward of World of Wanderlust, Skyscanner’s Travel Blog of the Year, reveals all about her life in travel.last_img

The case against reclining This turned out to be

first_imgThe case against reclining:This turned out to be a hot topic in our forum, and some of you have pretty strong views against reclining:”They should completely remove that function from all chairs. I never ever recline. It is extremely inconsiderate and I don’t care if it’s a long flight or not.” – Barlan So does the responsibility for the recline function lie with the airline?Traveller lier_wong says: “I recently flew Lufthansa/A380 economy class and realized how spacious their seats are. I’m 5’7″ and had loads of legroom to stretch even with the seat in front fully reclined. That said, some airlines are designed very poorly, especially the budget carriers. They need to maximize seat capacity and that’s really put the squeeze on travelers.” Why does reclining cause such problems?Of course, whether you’re a supporter of spreading out on a flight or not, many of you agreed that reclining your seat doesn’t come without its hazards.”I was once on a long-haul flight, and reclined my chair just like the person in front of me. However, the man behind me was really overweight so he couldn’t sit properly. His wife had to tap me on my shoulder and tell me to de-recline my seat.” – Dylan Tan If this guy puts his seat back my creaky 43 yr old knees are screwed. #AmericanAirlines #legroom pic.twitter.com/4x71NIciT5— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 4, 2016 What’s the verdict?Though most of our readers seemed to be fairly flexible about reclining, providing you exercise a little consideration, it does come down to personal preference. As zia3000 states, for some, it’s simply a life choice:”I stopped reclining over 10 years ago and haven’t looked back…18 hours, 5 hours don’t matter. It’s just better for you physically.”For more tips, advice and discussion from frequent travellers, check out these articles:Which airlines have the most legroomNot all airlines offer a meagre 31”. Find out which airlines to book if you fancy a roomier flight.How to find the perfect flightDo you care more about an on time flight or the shortest flying time? Is good food or spacious seating more likely to improve your inflight happiness? Skyscanner reveals our formula for the perfect flight.Keep calm and catch your flight: 20 time-saving airport tipsGet your trip off to a flyer! Skyscanner’s seasoned travellers share 20 of their best secrets on how to improve your airport experience; from how to jump the check-in queue to how to get an upgrade.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Does reclining give you extra legroom?Few were of the opinion that reclining your seat boosts your legroom, as former airline employee sophialee states:”I know a reclining seat doesn’t work at all for tall people so it is really best to pay slightly extra for more legroom.”Many airlines offer the option to choose premium seats with extra space such as those in the front row and at the dividing wall between cabins (known as a ‘bulkhead’ seat). So if you’re long-legged, should you book special seats to avoid potential leg cramps? troubleonline suggests that the problem could be solved with a little consideration from the passenger in front: “Be considerate and recline slowly and carefully not fast and abrupt like some people, before they proceed to keep bouncing the seat backwards several times, crushing my knees in the process.” On the other hand, if you want to recline without bothering anyone else, kelly_li has a compromise: sit at the back. “Though some flights have limited recline room for last rows, usually they are enough for me.” Those in favour of reclining should take note though: some air carriers, like Ryanair, have eliminated the arguments by getting rid of reclining seats in standard class completely! First class or economy?The debate became about whether you should simply upgrade your ticket. Airline seats in economy class, particularly those on budget airlines, can be much closer together than in years gone by, leaving little room for reclining, whether you’re for or against it.An easyJet flight has a seat pitch of 28″ (the distance between the back of a seat and the back of the seat in front or behind), as do some British Airways flights, while at the other end of the scale, a standard class ticket on Singapore Airlines will get you a more generous 32″. Only tall people will understand how amazing getting the emergency isle seat on an airplane is #legroom— Jeff Zack (@jeffzack09) October 28, 2016 What about during in-flight meals?Some of you pointed out that it’s only polite to wait until after food service is over before you start going into sleep mode.”One should definitely put the seat back up during meal service. I have no qualms telling the person in front to sit up when we get food/drinks served, but am okay for them to recline again once that wraps up.” – lier_wongReader Lauraob1 finds good meal-time etiquette is hard to come by on a lot of plane journeys, though… “My other issue is (and you’d be surprised how often this happens) the person in front of me will always wait until the trolley has just passed and I have put a drink down for them to throw their seat back and send my drink flying all over me.” center_img Personal space currently being invaded… #planeseats— Ryan Harms (@ryanharms11) December 2, 2010 It seems there are some unwritten rules about the length of the flight, if it’s long or short haul, and whether it’s an overnight journey. Mary Porter says: “I am happy that people recline their seats if they need to sleep (on a night flight) but otherwise I think they should keep them upright as a courtesy to fellow passengers. I would like to see airlines introduce a recommendation that seats are only reclined when the lights are dimmed for sleeping.” According to iain_pritchard, reclining on a shorter flight is a big no-no: “Personal pet peeve is people reclining as soon as they sit down. Please, we haven’t taken off yet, this is like a 1 hour flight, I don’t think you need to be horizontal for this.” The case for reclining:On the flipside, many of you championed your right to recline, as Imgobaira says:”Recline all the way. If I am encroaching on your space then recline your chair too! If you have an issue with me reclining then feel free to pay the extra $$ for a “premium seat”. I will always be courteous and give fair warning to the person behind me though.”Many people agreed that a little courtesy goes a long way and that you should always “check with the person behind first”. ajrcrawford adds: “If someone behind me asked me nicely not to recline, and seemed to have a good reason, then I wouldn’t.” RelatedIn-flight Etiquette Quiz – Passengers behaving nicelyIn-flight Etiquette Quiz – Passengers behaving nicely10 travel tips to get a good night’s sleep on a long-haul flight with Air TransatWhat’s your trick for getting to sleep on a plane? A luxury eye mask? Noise-cancelling headphones? Meditation?Calling time on reclined airline seatsNine out of ten air travellers in favour of banning reclining seats. Should you be able to recline your seat in economy at all?FerHai says: “The seats shouldn’t recline in economy any more. It might have been fine when the seats were first fitted with more space between them. Now it’s just dangerous, you can permanently damage the person behind you’s knees. We all paid for our seat, true, but the fact that it reclines is an oversight and we should take on the responsibility not to do it.”For a lucky few readers like Mark_Morgan_Clelland, this is a quandary you never have to deal with: “I only ever travel first class so I am not sure but I don’t think the economy class passengers should have the ability to recline”.alexpopov makes the point that this isn’t an option for many travellers:”I’m 195cm tall. The only flights I have no problem with my knees (/space) are long-haul Business and above. 90% of my flights are business trips. Even if it would solve the problem I am unable to pay the extra $$. Even if it was a private trip, 99% of all people can’t pay GBP 5,000 per seat (I certainly can’t).” Another flight diverted after another fight over a #reclining seat. http://t.co/YiHVdrBeiL— Pat Lawson Muse (@PLMuse) September 2, 2014 Reader Karen summed up the problem with sitting behind a wilfull recliner:”If the person in front reclines, I then have the top of their seat almost in my lap. If I’m trying to watch a film I then find the screen is at the wrong angle/too close. If I’m trying to read/do puzzles I have limited room. If I need to get out of my seat I need to be a contortionist. Perhaps airlines could designate part of the plane as a “non-reclining” zone, then I could select a seat there.”last_img read more

Los Angeles California – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineChrome Hearts Eyewear will launch in Brazil this fall for their first foray in South America. Closely blending design elements from the Chrome Hearts aesthetic including the jewelry motifs, exotic skins and polished wood with the highest quality eyewear components, the collection is a seamless extension of the company’s other product categories.This fall’s eyewear collection will continue to introduce new silhouettes in hand-stitched leather, titanium, acetate (Italian and Japanese) and laminated wood. And the jeweled collection, unparalleled in the industry, will offer the classic eyewear styles decorated with the most outstanding quality hand-selected black and white diamonds. As always, all Chrome Hearts frames feature Carl Zeiss CR39 Lenses with the 3-layer antireflective coating on the interior of the lens and the rock hard coating on the exterior for maximum lens protection and the least distortion and chromatic aberration.Chrome Hearts has engaged in exclusive limited collections and collaborations including a line of crystal with Baccarat, a partnership with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation that produced pieces inspired by the artist’s work and design collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, the Rolling Stones and American actress, Kate Hudson. Each year, Chrome Hearts releases their eponymous magazine – an annual publication featuring a convergence of international art, culture and design from both emerging and famous artists. www.chromehearts.comlast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAshford Castle, Ireland’s most historic five-star castle hotel, was recently honored with the Gold Medal for Environmental Management at the Green Hospitality Award ceremony, held in Galway, Ireland. Ashford Castle was one of 16 hotels throughout Ireland to win an accolade, and one of six to receive a top honors with a Gold Medal.The Green Hospitality Award (GHA) is considered the standard for environmental management within the hospitality industry of Ireland and is recognized as the most successful environmental management program in Europe. GHA is the only Irish environmental program recognized internationally, and currently has 165 members throughout Ireland. Positive results of the organization’s efforts include reducing waste in landfills by 50%, reducing water consumption by 50% and reducing energy consumption by up to 30%.“This is an honor for the entire team at Ashford Castle,” says Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle. “Our staff is dedicated to providing the best in service and hospitality while simultaneously caring for our surrounding environment. We want to enjoy the beauty of Ashford Castle…of Ireland…of the world, and be able share this with generation after generation, and we are dedicated to doing all in our power to make sure this is the case.”www.ashford.ielast_img read more

HONOLULU HI – Celebrate love and romance at The K

first_imgHONOLULU, HI – Celebrate love and romance at The Kahala Hotel & Resort with romantic room packages and special dinners throughout February and March. With newly refurbished rooms, award-winning restaurants, and a tranquil white sand beach, The Kahala is an ideal location for a romantic rendezvous.

Romance-inspired room packages:

Kahala Lover’s Weekend 3 nights in newly refurbished room Champagne & strawberries on arrival Breakfast buffet for two daily at Hoku’s Hoku’s “In The Mood” dinner special (see description below)
Suite for Lovers 2 nights in newly refurbished suite Champagne & strawberries on arrival Breakfast buffet for two daily at Hoku’s “Romance for Two” spa treatment – a 3-1/2 hour treatment featuring body scrubs, full body massages, facials, and a Hawaiian floral immersions soak Hoku’s “In The Mood” dinner special (see description below)
Ultimate Lover’s Weekend 3 nights in Ko’olau Partial Ocean View Suite Champagne & strawberries on arrival Morning-after breakfast in bed “Romance for Two” spa treatment Private beachside gazebo dinner for two www.kahalaresort.comlast_img read more

London – Gentlemens shoemaker Harrys of London is

first_imgLondon – Gentlemen’s shoemaker Harrys of London is proud to announce the opening of its first retail concept at 59 South Audley Street. Nestled on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, the new Harrys of London flagship is a welcome addition to London’s chicest microdistrict, already home to high fashion and traditional shops including Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Scott’s restaurant, and gunsmiths and country outfitters Purdey.The 400sq foot space featuring thirteen foot high ceilings is designed in a library motif, where shoes are arranged as ‘books’ and accessible by sliding wooden librarian ladders. The immaculate interior details include grey suede walls, cornicing, and a beautiful reclaimed herringbone oak floor. Custom-made sofas from London’s George Smith are tailored in signature Harrys of London leathers and textiles. The shop staff will be dressed by venerable Savile Row tailor Hardy Amies.Harrys of London Flagship Store 59 South Audley Street W1K 2QN store@harrysoflondon.com +44 (0)207 409 7988last_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 4:36 am PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clinton-Patterson novel sells 250,000 copies its first week FILE – In this June 5, 2018 file photo, former President Bill Clinton, right, and author James Patterson pose for photographers during an event to promote their new novel, “The President is Missing,” in New York. Clinton’s debut as a novelist is already one of the year’s biggest hits. “The President is Missing,” the thriller he co-wrote with James Patterson, sold 250,000 copies its first week. Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., the book’s co-publishers, announced Wednesday, June 13 that the number includes hardcover, e-book and audio sales. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bill Clinton’s debut novel had the year’s biggest opening so far for a work of fiction.“The President is Missing,” the thriller he co-wrote with James Patterson, sold 250,000 copies its first week. Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., the book’s co-publishers, announced Wednesday that the number includes hardcover, e-book and audio sales. NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 per cent of print sales, reported sales of 152,000 copies. That’s BookScan’s top-selling fiction debut since the latest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which came out last fall, and biggest first week for adult fiction since Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” sold more than 700,000 hardcover copies in 2015.“The President is Missing” was published June 4 and spent much of last week at No. 1 on Amazon.com and elsewhere despite some awkward and contentious moments in interviews with the former president. Clinton responded defensively to questions from NBC’s Craig Melvin about the #MeToo movement and whether he owes an apology to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky helped lead to his impeachment.The novel begins with a president facing impeachment, for supporting terrorism, and tells of his efforts to thwart a potentially apocalyptic cyberattack.“By any measure, this was a terrific opening week of sales, one that exceeded even our own optimistic projections,” Michael Pietsch, CEO of Little Brown’s parent company, Hachette Book Group, said in a statement. “Sales continue apace this week, with Father’s Day on the horizon.”“We are heartened by the response to the work, especially among readers,” said Knopf chairman Sonny Mehta.The novel has been billed as combining Patterson’s long background in thrillers and Clinton’s unique perspective as a former president. Reviews ranged from mocking (“Reveals as many secrets about the U.S. government as ‘The Pink Panther’ reveals about the French government,” wrote The Washington Post’s Ron Charles) to admiring. Nicolle Wallace, the political analyst and former White House aide, praised the novel as “ambitious and wildly readable” in a review for The New York Times. In The Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim called the book “beach reading of a high order.”Patterson, one of the world’s busiest and most popular authors, has released numerous No. 1 bestsellers. Clinton also has topped the lists before, as author of the million-selling memoir “My Life.” The Clinton-Patterson novel is a likely blockbuster at a time when adult fiction sales have struggled. The year’s biggest works have been nonfiction, whether Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” or James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty,” both of which offered highly critical portraits of President Trump. “The President is Missing” doesn’t mention Trump by name, but does refer favourably to immigrants and expanded voting rights and warns against the “drift into tribalism, extremism and seething resentments.”last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Cardi B Shawn Mendes and Calvin

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and Calvin Harris are set to perform on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour this holiday season.IHeartMedia announced Tuesday the 12-city tour kicks off Nov. 27 in Dallas. The lineup, which varies by city, also includes The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bebe Rexha and Camila Cabello.The tour will visit Los Angeles on Nov. 30, San Francisco on Dec. 1, Boston on Dec. 4 and Chicago on Dec. 12. The tour wraps on Dec. 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The Dec. 7 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden will livestream on CWTV.com and the CW app and broadcast on the CW Network on Dec. 16.Tickets go on sale Oct. 15. Other performers include Alessia Cara, Khalid, Normani, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy and Bazzi. This combination photo shows Hip-hop recording artist Cardi B, left, and Shawn Mendes performing at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and Calvin Harris are set to perform on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour later this year. IHeartMedia announced Tuesday that the 12-city tour kicks off Nov. 27 in Dallas. (Photos by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Cardi B, Shawn Mendes to perform on Jingle Ball tourcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2018 1:48 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14 2019 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 10:57 am PDT Director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum quits following criticism AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img BERLIN — The director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum is stepping down following strong criticism of the museum’s leadership by Germany’s Jewish community.A statement Friday said director Peter Schaefer was resigning to prevent further damage to the museum. There was no immediate word on a long-term successor ahead of a board meeting set for next week.On Tuesday, Germany’s Central Council of Jews criticized the museum after its Twitter account posted a link to an article about Jewish academics rejecting a German parliament resolution that denounced the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel, tagged “#mustread.” It said that “under these circumstances, one has to consider whether the name ‘Jewish’ is still appropriate.”Separately, Israel objected earlier this year to an exhibition on Jerusalem, which it argued presented a one-sided Palestinian view.The Associated Presslast_img read more

June 25 2008 Part of the construction team eff

first_imgJune 25, 2008 Part of the construction team effort has been the extention of a concrete ramp leading to the loading and handicap access platform behind the Crafts III visitors center. Construction crew and workshop participants prepare the ground for form work. [Photo & text: sa] The ground is rock-hard and this job is not as easy as it looks. [Photo: Amber Klatt & text: sa] The forms for one section are in place. We will continue this report on 6/27/08 with images of the concrete pour. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Fire men rescue pensioner who fell into pit

first_imgAn elderly woman was rescued by the fire services after she fell into a three-metre deep pit in the yard of her house in Kokkinotrimithia on Sunday afternoon.The pit, in which greywater collected, was covered with concrete but due to heavy rain the surface collapsed when the 91-year-old woman crossed the yard.She was then taken to hospital with injuries, where she remains.Because of the rainy weather over the weekend the fire services responded to 88 calls for help. In 18 cases they pumped rainwater from flooded basements, and they also dealt with fallen trees and objects which were swept away due to strong winds.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Share of taxtoGDP revenue rises to 336 in 2016

first_imgThe share of government revenue from taxation and in the form of social contributions rose to 33.6 per cent last year from 33.2 per cent in 2015, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Despite the increase, the share of tax to economic output in Cyprus was the seventh lowest in the EU together with that of Malta last year, right behind Spain’s 34.1 per cent and ahead of Slovakia’s 32.4 per cent, Eurostat said in a statement on its website. The EU average was 40 per cent and that in the euro area was 41.3 per cent.France topped the list last year with 47.6 per cent followed by Denmark with 47.3 per cent and Belgium with 46.8 per cent, Eurostat said. The lowest ratio of tax to gross domestic product (GDP) was that of Ireland with 23.8 per cent followed by Romania and Bulgaria with 26 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.Taxes on production and imports accounted last year in Cyprus 15.4 per cent of economic output which included value added tax revenue with 9.2 per cent, Eurostat said. Revenue from taxes on income was 9.7 per cent of the economy, broken down to 2.9 per cent on taxes on individuals or household income and 5.8 per cent on profits of corporations, including taxes on holding gains. The share of net social contributions was 8.5 per cent.The ratio of revenue from corporate taxation of Cyprus, which often faces criticism over its comparably low corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, was the second-highest in the EU, right behind Malta’s 6.5 per cent, Eurostat said.In the EU, the share of taxes on production and imports was on average 13.6 per cent last year compared to 13.2 per cent in the euro area, Eurostat said.Taxes on income and wealth were 13 per cent of the EU’s GDP and 12.6 per cent of that of the euro area. Lastly, taxes on individual or household income was 9.3 per cent and 9.2 per cent of the EU’s and the euro area’s economy respectively while revenue from taxes on company income was in both cases 2.6 per cent.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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