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Business is looking up for hoteliers in 2013

first_img2013 is proving to be a great year for hoteliers with 68 percent of Australian accommodation owners being optimistic about the year being profitable. To help increase their bookings, properties are offering free Wi-Fi (50 percent), special offers (47 percent) and discounts on rooms (40 percent).TripAdvisor’s recently conducted Tripbarometer: the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey, which included over 35 thousand participants, revealed that in 2013 50 percent of travellers were expecting to increase their travel budget. Africans were the top spenders with 76 percent wanting to increase their budget, followed by travellers from the Middle East at 75 percent, South America at 58 percent, Asia at 49 percent, and Australasia, North America and Europe at 44 percent.When looking for accommodation, the survey concluded that travellers found travel review sites (38 percent) to be the most useful when conducting their research, whilst web based travel agencies (19 percent) and travel operator sites (16 percent) were also high on the list. Less than ten percent of travellers relied on friends and family, social media and travel magazines and brochures. Overall, 93 percent of travellers globally said that other peoples reviews influenced their decision when making an accommodation booking.Majority of global bookings were reportedly made over web-based travel agencies (27 percent), however things are looking up for hoteliers with travellers booking their accommodation on the accommodation’s own website (23 percent). Overall, Australasian accommodation providers generated 60 percent of their reservations through direct booking channels (48 percent through their own website and 13 percent via telephone bookings).How do you choose your accommodation?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N. Travel review site are helping drive sales. Image: TripAdvisorlast_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic unveils Vivienne Westwood uniforms

first_img Images: Virgin Atlantic Image: Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic passengers were given a sneak peek of the airline’s new uniform designs late last week, as trials of the new Vivienne Westwood uniforms commenced at airports, in Clubhouses and onboard aircraft.Over 180 crewmembers were specifically selected to trial out the new gear over the coming months including pilots, ground staff, Clubhouse employees and Virgin-Holidays staff.Each staff member will then be required to give feedback on the movability, breathability and comfort of the uniforms ahead of the full launch in 2014.Virgin Atlantic head of design Luke Miles said the airline’s uniforms and particularly the iconic red are “some of the most envied” uniforms and changes to the product are not “taken lightly”.“These wearer trials are a key part of the feedback process we engage in with our teams around with world,” Mr Miles explained.  “The uniforms have to look sleek, all the while being practical and easy to wear – its a challenging design brief but means so much to our staff and customers so we have to make sure we get it right.”Check out a list of facts about the new uniforms below:–  All ties and scarfs must be quick release for health and safety reasons–  Crew walk an average of seven miles on each flight so it is important that shoes are comfortable–  Many items of the new uniform will be produced using recycled materials – in particular working with recycled polyester yarn made from used plastic bottles.–  Crew must go through a five and a half week training course to earn their Vivienne Westwood designed wings and uniform–  All crew must carry a torch and spare batteries in their handbag–  All shoes must have a non-slip sole and be SATRA (Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association) tested and approved–  Although male shoes have laces, we have designed them so they can be slip on in case of a slide evacuation – it also makes it much easier for the crew to go through security!Source = ETB News: N.J.last_img read more

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Japan set to host its traditional festivals

first_imgThe Japan National Tourism Organisation is all set to host the festivals which are scheduled during August and September.The event Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is held in the Tohoku District on July 7 according to the lunar calendar. Bamboo and wooden frames are covered with paper illustrated with historic figures and pictures of samurai warriors along with birds and beasts. These are illuminated from inside and set up on yatai floats and cars which proceed in the Aomori Nebuta (Neputa in Hirosaki) parade. The festivals organised in Aomori and Hirosaki are especially well known, attracting tourists from all areas of Japan.The Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima features folk dances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season, from July to August. It is well known throughout Japan and this festival draws tourists from all parts of the world.The Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival which is a traditional folk event to appease the wind and pray for a bountiful crop is held every year for three days from September 1. It used to be a local folk festival for the inhabitants of the town. However, word about the unique melancholic melodies and mysterious dance has spread, and in recent years it has been drawing large numbers of spectators from all over the country.The Reitaisai of the 800-year old Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine consists of numerous events such as a tea-offering ceremony to the gods and classical Japanese dance. Yet the greatest attraction is Yabusame, a contest combining equestrian skills and Japanese-style archery which was popular among the samurai warriors.last_img read more

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Tourism attractions in Turkey

first_imgTurkey is a country with 97% of it’s territory in West Asia and the Middle East, with a small section in Southeastern Europe separated by the Turkish Straits. At the crossroads of civilizations, the country has a number of ancient ruins.Source: World Travel Guideslast_img

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Fiserv and Dollar Bank Consolidate Consumer Loans

first_imgFiserv and Dollar Bank Consolidate Consumer Loans Company News Fiserv Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-06-13 Ryan Schuette On Monday, “”Dollar Bank””:http://www.dollarbank.com, one of the nation’s largest mutual savings banks, announced that it would partner with Wisconsin-based “”Fiserv, Inc.””:http://www.fiserv.com by relying on a single online platform that streamlines all of its borrower loan information.[IMAGE]””Streamlining technologies and enhancing efficiency throughout the loan servicing process is a priority for Fiserv, and Dollar Bank’s decision to expand its use of LoanServ is just one more proof point that Fiserv is addressing the needs of the industry,”” said Thomas Gorman, COO for lending solutions at Fiserv. “”Software that supports only consumer loans or only mortgages cannot provide the capabilities that a single platform can deliver,”” Gorman said.[COLUMN_BREAK]According to Fiserv’s website, “”LoanServ””:http://www.loanservicing.fiserv.com/fiserv-loan-servicing-platform.aspx is an online, real-time servicing solution that consolidates borrower information for banks, credit unions, and investors. The company explains that the platform allows users to track consumer loans, mortgage loans, and home equity loans, among other information, as part of a one-stop shop, single-user environment.Originally called MortgageServ, Fiserv renamed the single-service solution and began to promote it as a premiere loss mitigation service last August. It joined Fiserv’s other solutions, including Mobile Source Capture and Revenue Expansion Program, which the company released at the same time.Al Williams, EVP at Dollar Bank, said, “”The multi-product functionality and flexibility of the platform will enable us to provide our customers with the additional services they want.””He added that LoanServ will help Dollar Bank supply customers with additional services, including increased credit card access for home equity loans and locks on mortgage rates.””This is truly a win-win situation for the bank and our customers,”” Williams said.Dollar Bank has been using LoanServ from Fiserv to service its mortgage loans since 2007. By consolidating all of its consumer loans onto one servicing platform, Fiserv says the lender can realize additional cost savings and better serve its customers at the same time. in Servicing, Technologycenter_img Share June 13, 2011 494 Views last_img read more

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Family Ringleader Sentenced Over 16M in Fraud

first_imgFamily, Ringleader Sentenced Over $16M in Fraud in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing December 5, 2011 491 Views A West Chester family, a purported conspiracy leader, and several others entered court dockets this week and the last for their alleged roles in reaping a combined $15.8 million in mortgage fraud across the country.[IMAGE]_MReport_ sourced several stories of mortgage fraud for Monday’s mortgage fraud blotter from news outlets that include the “”_Dayton Daily News_””:http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/daytoncourts/entries/2011/12/05/dayton_a_dayton_man_3.html, “”Federal Bureau of Investigation””:http://www.loansafe.org/connecticut-man-sentenced-for-role-in-4-million-mortgage-fraud-scheme (FBI), “”_Hartford Courant_””:http://articles.courant.com/2011-11-28/news/hc-mortgage-fraud-sentence-1129-20111128_1_mortgage-fraud-ring-home-buyers-federal-prosecutors, and “”_Middletown Journal_””:http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/family-receive-jail-time-for-mortgage-fraud-1293301.html.First up, the _Daily News_ reported the case of one William Turner, a 46-year-old man who confessed Monday to bilking mortgage lenders out of $5.6 million between 2007 and 2008.According to the news outlet, Turner falsified numerous documents ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including bank statements, deposit and withdrawal slips, and appraisal reports ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô in his role as owner of several title agencies. He closed three bad loans that each neared $200,000 in value.The Dayton, Ohio native could face up to 20 years in prison and fines in excess of $500,000 or twice the worth of the property, the _Daily News_ reported.The _Journal_ offered up the next account of a West Chester, Pennsylvania-based family that will find themselves behind bars for nearly three years over their roles in wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and three counts of falsely filed income tax returns.Debbie Sferrazza and Salvatore, her husband, received three years probation, according to the news outlet, along with 10 months of home confinement and a restitution [COLUMN_BREAK]order in the amount of $71,700. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.The _Journal_ listed other family members that include daughter-in-law Heather Ashurst, daughter Whitney Bonapfel, son James Ashurst, brother Keiron Ashurst, and Tabatha Sturgill, an employee, all of whom received a mixture of one-year prison sentences, multiple years on probation, and restitution orders for their crimes.Third for _MReport’s_ blotter, the leader of a conspiracy responsible for raking in $3.2 million in illicit proceeds from sham sales received a 10-year prison sentence Monday, according to the _Courant_.The news outlet reported that Syed Babar, of New London, received his sentence for his role in orchestrating bad sales in collaboration with an unlicensed lawyer, an appraiser, and a false construction company.The _Courant_ said that the ring falsified employment and income information to inflate home prices and come up with approvals for loan applications, and that members paid each other via a legal trust.According to the news outlet, Babar sought to diminish his actual role in the affair, but federal prosecutors persisted in portraying the ringleader as the one responsible for much of the operation.””Babar was nothing short of the leader and the mastermind behind the multimillion-dollar fraud scheme,”” _Courant_ quoted federal prosecutors as saying in a memo.An FBI announcement rounded out the _MReport_ blotter Monday, with one Christian Tudorof, of Stamford, Connecticut, convicted for his participation in a $4-million mortgage fraud plot.The agency said that he received about a year and six months in prison, along with three years of supervised release, for providing false information and failing to disclose other information related to mortgage applications.Tudorof secured more than $4 million in mortgages for six properties, all of which went into foreclosure, according to the FBI, when he failed to service the loans for each.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2011-12-05 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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GDP Takes Negative Turn in Second Q1 Estimate

first_img Share Bureau of Economic Analysis Capital Economics GDP 2014-05-29 Tory Barringer Economic news went from bad to worse this week with a new report suggesting the nation’s output declined in the first quarter for the first time since 2011.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released Thursday its second look at gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1, estimating an annualized 1.0 percent decline as private inventory investment dropped further than originally reported. BEA’s first estimate, released late April, put growth at an estimated annual rate of 0.1 percent compared to Q4’s final rate of 2.6 percent.Analysts surveyed by Econoday had forecast a negative annual growth rate of 0.5 percent.Besides private inventory investment, BEA says the first quarter suffered from decreases in exports, nonresidential and residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending. On the bright side, those negative contributions were offset in part by an improvement in consumer spending.In a response to the latest release, Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said it’s important to keep perspective, especially with incoming data pointing to a “marked turnaround” in second-quarter growth.”For those worried about a recession, it’s worth remembering that employment increased by nearly 300,000 in April and jobless claims dropped to 300,000 last week,” Ashworth said. “Those numbers point to a recovery gathering some real momentum at last.”A key question is whether the Federal Reserve will hold such an optimistic view. Over the last few months, the voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee have opted to continue slashing the Fed’s monthly asset purchases despite a noticeable slowdown in economic expansion. The next committee meeting is scheduled for mid-June, a week ahead of BEA’s third and final estimate for first-quarter GDP. May 29, 2014 483 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News GDP Takes Negative Turn in Second Q1 Estimatelast_img read more

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Most of us felt the Cardinals defense would be go

first_imgMost of us felt the Cardinals’ defense would be good this season, especially with the way the group finished 2011. But few of us could have predicted they’d be this good.Horton’s defense is the reason the Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 2008, it’s the reason the Cardinals are coming off a monster win in New England against the Patriots, and it’s the reason the team has a shot at getting to the postseason this year even though the offense has done little to help the cause thus far.Let’s be clear: even before Ryan Williams’ untimely fumble the offense was doing everything it could to give this game away. The Cardinals picked up just 16 first downs, collected a mere 245 yards of total offense, and put together just three drives that lasted more than five plays.Arizona averaged just four yards per play, and while Kevin Kolb was not horrible, his performance was not exactly what one would classify as a good one. He missed some throws but made some plays, doing nothing to cost the Cardinals a chance at a victory.And that in itself was enough for the Cards to earn their biggest regular season win since 2009 because Horton’s group made Tom Brady as uncomfortable in the pocket as most of us would be around the QB’s wife and found a way to avoid giving up the big play. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ – / 18 According to the team’s 2012 media guide, Ray Horton “enters his second season with the Cardinals as defensive coordinator after being hired on 2/9/11. Beginning his 19th year as an NFL assistant, Horton came to Arizona after spending seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the last four years as the team’s defensive backs coach.”On the off chance Horton is still around for the 2013 version and not beginning his first season as a head coach somewhere, the Cards should add “sorcerer” to his title. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The defense made one of the NFL’s premier passers and top offenses look incredibly pedestrian in their own building Sunday, and in the process sent a message to the rest of the league that states:If you want to beat the Cardinals you’ll have to go through one of the league’s best defenses first.Kind of makes you wonder, if only the team had this defense with Kurt Warner’s offense.But that doesn’t matter, at least not right now. All the Cardinals need out of the offensive side of the football is exactly what they got Sunday in Foxborough: make few mistakes and just enough plays. Seems easy enough, right?The Cardinals don’t need a great offense to win games — that much is obvious. As long as they can play 60 minutes of football without messing up, the team will have a good shot at winning the game. The Baltimore Ravens carried that philosophy all the way to a win in Super Bowl XXXV. Sure, Arizona’s run game isn’t as good and the defense is not quite as dominant (yet), but it has been proven that a team can win big even if it lacks an explosive offense. It may not be pretty, but it is effective. And it’s exactly how the Cardinals are going to win games in 2012. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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first_img“I’ll just wait until game day to know,” he said.Follow Adam Green on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — For the season’s first four games, Tyrann Mathieu had made steady progress in his return from a torn ACL, at times showing flashes of the dynamic player he was before the injury.On Monday, he said he’s ready to assume his former role in the slot, especially if current slot defender Tyvon Branch’s groin injury proves to be too troublesome.Branch left Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Rams early, and was listed as a “DNP” in the initial injury report for Thursday’s tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. If Nkemdiche is at 100 percent, it would figure that his chances of getting on the field soon would be better. He said he “can’t wait” for the opportunity, though is unsure if it will come Thursday against the 49ers. Arizona’s defensive line is deep, and just because the rookie has a bright future does not mean he is the best option in the present.“We’ll see,” he said. “You’ll see me out there if I’m out there.”Rucker is back on the fieldFrostee Rucker hurt his knee in Cardinals’ Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots, and since then had been unable to practice.Until Monday, when he got a limited participant in the team’s walk-through.“Felt great,” he said. “It felt good to be back in the huddle with the guys and running around a little bit and just taking some reps and easing myself back in there.”Arians said Rucker looked good on Monday, but with the caveat that it was a walk-through.“There was no running involved, so hopefully he can make it back,” he said.Rucker said he would like to play Thursday, but is not sure what the coaches have in mind. However, he said he will prepare as if he is going to take the field. “That’s a no-brainer,” Mathieu said of taking Branch’s spot. “We’re 1-3 man, so there’s not really time for me to sit back and play it slow. I feel good; I feel great, so I look forward to wherever coach puts me at.“But if I’ve got anything to say about it, I’ll be back in my normal spot.”Mathieu played that role to aplomb last season, and was in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year as his combination of speed, ferocity and instincts allowed him to be a terror as a blitzer, stout as a run defender and effective covering receivers and tight ends down the field.Since he’s returned this season, the team has mostly had him line up as a high safety, with him only occasionally making appearances in the box near the line of scrimmage. His stats of 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble are not embarrassing, though they are also not what everyone is accustomed to seeing from the player whose nickname is the “Honey Badger.”All along defensive coordinator James Bettcher has said that was done in order to ease Mathieu back into things, and that when he was officially back, his role would change. It looks like now may be that time.“I’m ready to cut it loose,” Mathieu said. “My expectations are extremely high for myself, I’ll never feel sorry for myself.“So the thing is, it’s time for me to get back to what I’m doing. I feel comfortable out there. It’s time for me to start making plays.”That’s a message head coach Bruce Arians said he needed to receive from Mathieu in order to know that the player is, in fact, ready play full throttle. So, has Mathieu given that message to the coach?“Well I just did,” he said.Often times Arians uses the media to get messages across to his players, and now the inverse appears to be true, too.Turnabout is fair play, after all.Injury updateYou figure the injury list would be rather extensive the day after a game, and that is absolutely the case here. A look at the official injury report shows 10 Cardinals listed along with 15 49ers. Among the most serious injuries for the Cardinals are QB Carson Palmer, who is in the league’s concussion protocol, Branch, running back Chris Johnson (groin), and defensive linemen Josh Mauro (pec) and Ed Stinson (toe). Tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and punter Drew Butler (left calf) also did not practice. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) looks at the replay board during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams , Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Nkemdiche is feeling goodThough he had what Arians called his best week of practice last week, first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche was once again inactive on game day. It was the third straight game he has not played in, though on Monday, the defensive lineman said he is feeling good.“I feel like I’m definitely back to 100 percent,” he said. “My ankle is healed. I feel like I’m ready to go.”Nkemdiche was spotted at practice Monday with a significant amount of tape on both of his ankles.The rookie’s growth has been stunted due to a high ankle sprain suffered early in training camp. He missed a considerable amount of reps and preseason action, and when pressed about what’s been hampering the player’s development, Arians consistently pointed to time lost, not effort or ability.Nkemdiche admitted the ankle held him back more than he thought it would.“It did,” he said. “Really, getting those reps are really crucial. Coach Buck (Brentson Buckner) and Coach, they both just really helped me progress and helped me and let me get those reps in practice. I keep getting them, and keep progressing my game, and keep getting better and looking for ways to evolve.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Its a debate that will rage on forever Who is th

first_img It’s a debate that will rage on forever.Who is the best quarterback in NFL history? These days, the most common response would be Tom Brady. The New England QB just won his fifth Super Bowl last February, bringing his team back from a 25-point third quarter deficit to do so. It’s a pretty safe pick, really.Before Brady, many would argue that John Elway, Joe Montana or Dan Marino was the best. Some still do. 4 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Warner was 34 — and thought to be finished by many — when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2005. Over the next five seasons, he helped the downtrodden Cardinals transform into a playoff team. In 2008 and 2009, Arizona won back-to-back NFC West titles — their first since the mid-70s. Warner’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with just 2:37 left in Super Bowl XLIII, but the defense couldn’t hold that advantage in a heartbreaking 27-23 loss. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throws against the St. Louis Rams during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-10. (AP Photo/Matt York)center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ESPN’s Mike Sando commissioned a panel of 10 experts — current and former NFL coaches and executives — to rank the best quarterbacks of the modern era (since 1978). Brady finished first in the voting (although someone had him ranked sixth overall?), followed by Peyton Manning, Montana, Elway and Aaron Rodgers.Just outside the top ten, however, is the only former Arizona Cardinal on the list. Kurt Warner, who is weeks away from induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, finished tied for 11th place on the panel’s pecking order. Warner tied with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, whom he faced in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa in February 2009. Sando points out that five of the 10 voters ranked Warner between seventh and 10th on their ballot, while the other half left him out of their personal top ten.Here’s what some of the panelists had to say about Warner’s career:It’s the strangest career you have ever seen. You just go, “Wow, how did that guy not get picked up earlier? Why couldn’t people see that ability to anticipate a throw before a guy was open? And the ability to play under pressure, making some of the big-time plays that most quarterbacks have no chance of making, and do it consistently?” The way he came up and the way he threw the ball with anticipation was impressive in a new era for the passing game. — former NFL head coach Mike ShanahanI think of Kurt Warner playing in St. Louis when we had the Greatest Show on Turf. Certainly, he was surrounded by a great cast, but he was the one that really made that thing go. His anticipation and timing and rhythm was just so remarkably good. He got traded to New York and that system of offense — play-action and run the football — that is not Kurt Warner. And then he went to Arizona and got involved in an offense that revolved around him and his passing efficiency and getting the ball out of his hands quickly and being able to throw sights and hots and doing those kinds of things, and he, again, set the league on fire and took them to the Super Bowl. — longtime NFL coach Al SaundersMy biggest challenge was at the bottom [of the ballot] trying to decide between Warner, Fouts, Aikman and Roethlisberger. I went with Warner [at No. 10]. He had some great receivers and talent around him, but doing it in two different systems swung it for me. Fouts had a system that was ahead of its time and had world-class receivers. Aikman had a tremendous run game and defense, so he didn’t have to do as much. Same with Ben. All three were great talents and would have been dominant in any system, but to me they didn’t have to do quite as much as Warner. — former NFL coach Tony DungyOne thing working against Warner in a tale of the tape against other great quarterbacks was the late stage in which he finally got an opportunity. After stints in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, Warner was 28 when he stepped in for the injured Trent Green as the St. Louis Rams starter in 1999. He led the Rams to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl win while throwing for over 4,300 yards and 41 touchdowns and earned the first of his two league MVP awards. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgAsked if he thinks he’ll maintain his speed even at a bigger size, Brown said, “Of course” because, he will never lose that.Looking good, rookRookie LB Haason Reddick was chatting with the media when Patrick Peterson walked by and, regarding his first day, told the rookie “that was a good start.”“It just lets me know that I’m doing the right thing,” the first-round pick said of the praise. “But I made mistakes today and I want to get better at it.”Reddick added he wants to improve so that he can help Peterson and the team’s other veterans.“Today, in my opinion, wasn’t good enough for me,” he said. “Something I’m going to work on and step up.”Jaron’s back, tooJaron Brown could hardly prevent himself from smiling when talking about the first practice.He is, after all, coming back from a devastating knee injury.“Finally,” he said of practicing. “Felt good. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get out there. Just looking forward to training camp.”Brown said he is still kind of limited as he eases back into things, but is otherwise full-go. He has rust to shake off, he admitted, but felt good getting in and out of his breaks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and guard Mike Iupati (76) greet each other during the first day of NFL football training camp for the team, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Notable– The fans clearly adore Larry Fitzgerald, chanting his name and audibly cheering every time he catches a pass. He gave everyone a couple of highlights, including a diving catch on a Carson Palmer pass at the very beginning of practice. It was vintage Fitz.– It is only one practice, but Drew Stanton appeared to be a bit off. Blaine Gabbert, on the other hand, looked mostly sharp.– In one red zone drill, rookie RB T.J. Logan received a screen pass and proceeded to reach the end zone. With no pads being worn nobody was being tackled, but the North Carolina product looked pretty quick on the play.– After being held out of the latter parts of offseason work due to a hamstring issue, WR John Brown was on the field looking rather spry. Fellow wideout Jaron Brown, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL, was also running around participating.More SmokeRight now, John Brown is listed at 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds.He has not gotten any taller (or shrunk, for that matter), but he is a bit bigger at 185 pounds.“I feel good with the weight I put on,” Brown said. “So I’m ready to go.”Brown said he played last season at around 172 pounds, and believes being a bit bigger and stronger will help him going forward. Once he had the cyst removed from his spine, he was able to really bulk up. GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals officially opened their 2017 training camp Saturday in front of a good sized crowd that was not afraid to present lofty goals.Screams for the Super Bowl were clear, and while that is certainly the goal for the team, at least on a national level it is not really an expectation.All of that will be sorted out in due time; for now, the Cardinals took the field at University of Phoenix Stadium for what many see as the true beginning to the season. Top Stories As for the rest of his comeback, Brown said he is taking things one day at a time.Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 14 2 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Its hard to imagine Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

first_img It’s hard to imagine Cardinals coach Bruce Arians turning to Blaine Gabbert in an emergency before he turns to Drew Stanton. Stanton has five years of experience in Arians’ offense; Gabbert has three months of experience under Arians and no regular season games.Gabbert’s signing this offseason is more likely about next year and beyond. He will have to wow Arians in the preseason to beat out Stanton for the backup spot behind Carson Palmer. 37 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Preseason qualifiers aside, it’s hard to imagine Gabbert impressing his coach more than he did Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Three months after the seventh-year pro signed a one-year deal for third-string QB money ($775,000), he led the Cardinals to touchdowns on their first two drives against the Dallas Cowboys.Gabbert completed all six pass attempts on those drives, including a perfectly placed ball over the middle to receiver Brittan Golden for a 35-yard, third-down gain on the first drive, a 20-yard, third-down pass to tight end Troy Niklas and a 26-yard completion to tight end Ifeanyi Momah on the second drive to the Dallas 16-yard line. After a pass interference call on the Cowboys, Gabbert capped the second drive with a sneak for a two-point conversion, giving Arizona a 15-0 lead.“Blaine was really efficient, calm in the pocket, guys gave him good protection,” coach Bruce Arians said after Arizona’s 20-18 loss. “I love the start. You want to start fast and get a three-and-out and go back and score again. It couldn’t have been any better. A lot of those throws were second and third reads so he went through his progressions extremely well, especially those balls across the middle. That’s what you want to see. Stand calm in the pocket and play football.” – / 38 Gabbert’s most impressive pass of the day may have come on the Cardinals’ third drive when he completed a back-shoulder throw to receiver Jeremy Ross with a defender tight in coverage on the other shoulder and a defender closing from the opposite side. It was literally the only place Gabbert could have put the ball safely; the kind of tight-window throw that quarterbacks must have the guts to make and the skills to execute in order to succeed in the NFL.“I think the third downs were huge,” Gabbert told Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi. “Any time you can keep drives alive — and there were some big third downs — any time you can convert on those your percentage of scoring on those drives increases tremendously. We were executing at a high level there.”About the only gaffe in Gabbert’s night came when he faced pressure up the middle by linebacker Damien Wilson, was sacked and appeared to fumble the ball. The Cardinals recovered and were forced to punt on their third drive. Official stats did not saddle Gabbert with a fumble, however.Gabbert completed his first eight passes for 140 yards. On the Cardinals’ fourth drive, Marquis Bundy and Andre Ellington dropped consecutive pass (the throw to Ellington was slightly low) to force a second consecutive punt. Top Stories center_img Gabbert got an opportunity to practice the two-minute offense late in the half. Starting with 54 seconds on the clock, he completed four of five passes: to Momah for 14 yards, to Bundy for 18 yards, to Ellington for 11 yards and to Bundy for 16 yards. His final pass attempt to get the Cardinals in field goal range fell incomplete when he threw it a bit too far inside to receiver Krishawn Hogan, allowing a pass break-up.Richie Leone missed a 51-yard field goal just before halftime.In all, Gabbert completed 11 of 14 passes for 184 yards with a passer rating of 118.8. He displayed both zip and touch on his passes, athleticism in the pocket, and an understanding of the offense.It was an impressive debut.“Going into my seventh year, it’s all about execution, especially in the preseason,” Gabbert told Calvisi. “There’s going to be a lot of good film to learn off of and the mistakes that we made, we can correct easily and get ready to roll next week.”He went 11/14 for 185 yards & led 2 TD drives. @BlaineGabbert Hall of Fame Game Highlights pic.twitter.com/j3UbTi4Vlx— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 4, 2017Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But if the Cardinals lose, FiveThirtyEight said their playoff odds drop to just 16 percent. With a win, they go up to 46 percent.For the Rams, those numbers are 18 percent and 50 percent, respectively.They also note that the combined score of games played overseas this year is 64-7, but their analysis says it will be a close one: The website gave the Cardinals a 53 percent chance of winning the game. The data analysis website FiveThirtyEight is looking at the Arizona Cardinals’ overseas matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, calling it the most pivotal game in the NFL this week.A video on the website said no Week 7 game had a higher playoff impact for the teams involved.Sunday’s game, which is to be played at Tickenham Stadium in London, features two teams with similar current playoff odds, the video said; The Cardinals have a 32-percent chance at the playoffs coming into this game, while the NFC West-leading Rams have just a 33-percent chance. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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While some may see that as no big deal there are

first_imgWhile some may see that as no big deal, there are others in the business that didn’t take the social media purge lightly.Most notably, Steve Smith Jr., the former NFL WR and now analyst.Listen here….. former NFL legend Steve Smith just carved up Josh Rosen with the truth. Preach! Remember you been warned. pic.twitter.com/7n3Pwn064y— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) April 26, 2019“If you’re concerned about it, quit playing with your [expletive] fingers and going on Twitter and get your [expletive] in the weight room and get ready to play some football,” Smith said when asked about Rosen. “Now, you’re mad because they brought some competition in here so you’re going to try and take your ball? Well first of all son, it ain’t your [expletive] ball to take anyway.“So you keep playing with your phone and you keep showing us what the stigma of you and who you are at UCLA. Now, you’ve brought it to the professional level and showed us when things don’t go your way, you’re going to cry in the corner.”Related LinksKyler Murray introduced as the Arizona Cardinals’ first overall pickReport: Miami, Arizona ‘close’ on a trade deal for QB Josh RosenOklahoma’s Lincoln Riley: Kyler does ‘things you’ve never seen before’Rapoport: Miami, Arizona discussing potential Josh Rosen tradeGambo 3: Murphy, Brown, Ford all possibilities at No. 33 for CardinalsWhile Smith is certainly fired up on the subject, there are a few things to note.Yes, Rosen unfollowed the accounts, but he has been present with the team. It’s no longer a secret.The Arizona Cardinals drafted former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and seem poised to move on from incumbent QB Josh Rosen as trade rumors swirl.But while the move seems likely, Rosen is still under contract in the desert.He has, however, distanced himself — in a way — by unfollowing the team’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 52 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 38 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling During the Cardinals’ voluntary mini camp last Tuesday, Rosen was front and center, working with the other two quarterbacks on the roster at the time. Even with all the talk of taking Murray No. 1. For reference, Patrick Peterson, who is reportedly dissatisfied with the team, was not in attendance.And while the unfollowing could be looked at as childish and immature, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury praised Rosen for his professionalism on Tuesday.“I’m just going to keep going back to how he’s handled it as far as professionalism as far as he’s led, showed up early, done everything to the nth-degree of what we’ve asked of him,” Kingsbury said. “That’s the sign of a true pro.“He went top-10 for a reason. I think people forgot that.”Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Related Its All Greek to Brits AbroadWe polled Br

first_img RelatedIt’s All Greek to Brits AbroadWe polled Brits all over the UK and came up with some interesting survey results. How do you use your language skills when travelling abroad?Brits vote themselves world’s worst touristsBrits vote themselves world’s worst tourists; Londoners most badly behavedHolidaying Brits more likely to sunbathe than visit cultural attractionsBrits spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries. 14% of British travellers have been put off visiting a particular country because they don’t speak the language, according to a survey of Skyscanner users.”ER, SCUSE ME SENOR, AVEZ-VOUS LAS BEERS?” Do you stumble over the basics like ordering food and drink when you’re on holiday abroad? Or do you let your other half do all the talking? Or is the language barrier so great that it puts you off going altogther? We asked our dear users about their holiday habits to find out whether it’s all Greek to us in the UK, or if we’re a nation of confident polyglots who take the lingo bingo all in our stride.While French is the most widely spoken foreign language among Brits, France is one country many British travellers avoid visiting due to the language barrier.Brits are renowned for having poor foreign language skills; however 13% of us claim to be fluent in at least three languages, with French the most commonly spoken, followed by Spanish and German.Our survey also found that British men are the ones who take the lead with the lingo on holiday. Although on average women speak more languages, men are more confident when it comes to conversing abroad and are more likely to jet off to foreign shores regardless of the language barrier. Almost half of men (41%) said the last time they held a conversation in a foreign language was during their last holiday, whilst 28% of women say the last time for them was at school.It’s all Greek to someAcross the UK, the Welsh are the most confident travellers and are least likely to allow language to determine their holiday destination. A third also make the effort to learn a few key phrases before they go. However, travellers from East Anglia are the most likely to avoid non-English speaking countries.In London, one person in five speaks a foreign language on a regular basis, while one in 10 say they can hold conversations in at least two languages. At the other end of the scale, more than a third of those from Northern Ireland and 27% of those from the North East of England, expect all nationalities to understand the English language, even when holidaying in their country. Furthermore, a massive 15% of those from the North East claim to never speak any other language, no matter where they are in the world.All in all, our survey found that we’re not as bad at languages as the stereotype suggests, it seems we are actually a nation full of linguistic lovers, but we’re just not confident to use our skills abroad.It’s a shame that some people have let their language skills dictate their holiday plans, as they could be missing out on new holiday experiences. Being in a foreign country is one of best ways to pick up a foreign language, but the locals will always appreciate it if you have learnt a few key phrases before you go. A simple hello and thank you can get you a long way.The (sign) language of love!Although many of us can order a beer in French and swear in German, 20% of British holidaymakers say they use sign language abroad because they can’t speak the lingo. So how do you chat up the local talent then? A few gestures may do the job (but they probably won’t). If you’re stuck for words, this video should help.tp://www.youtube.com/embed/3khTuveO2xg?rel=0ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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10 Toast the city with a Havana Club Housed in a

first_img10. Toast the city with a Havana ClubHoused in a renovated eighteenth century solar (colonial townhouse), Havana Club’s Museum of Rum tells the tale of how one of Cuba’s most successful – and tastiest – exports is produced. You’ll see the wooden fermentation casks, the gleaming copper distillation columns and the ageing cellars with their rows of barrels before tasting the finest of Havana Club’s tipples in the Havana Club Boutique. 4. Visit a cigar factoryA visit to a traditional Cuban cigar factory is a must on any visit to the island and you don’t need to venture too far from central Havana to find one. Head to Partagas Cigar Factory on Industria street No. 520 and you’ll see teams of skilled workers deftly picking the best leaves and hand-rolling perfect cigars in seconds. One thing that photos can’t convey is the wonderful smell of the factory – the drying leaves create a pungent, almost sweet aroma that you’ll never forget. 6. Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway”My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita.” Hemingway may or may not have said these words, but his years living in Havana certainly included plenty of evenings (and days for that matter) drinking in these two traditional bars – and La Floridita has even cordoned off his favourite seat with a velvet rope to honour him. You can also visit the room (number 511) he first lived in in Havana at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where he started to write For Whom the Bell Tolls. Outside of town, his home, Finca Vigia, has also been preserved just as he left it, so you can wander past his desk and imagine him penning The Old Man and the Sea (written here). 5. Head out to ViñalesFor the gorgeous views alone, this lush valley two hours outside Havana is well worth a day trip. The steep limestone cliffs plunge almost vertically to the valley floor, and there are some spectacular caves to explore. Don’t miss the Cuevas del Indio (Indian Caves) where you can jump on a boat tour through the flooded caverns. Bizarrely, the valley also features an enormous wall painting of dinosaurs in garish colours, allegedly commissioned by Fidel Castro himself. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in HavanaWhether you’re on the trail of Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway or you just want to kick back and relax to some vibrant live Cuban music washed down with plenty of mojitos, Havana is the perfect destination for a city break. Here is our guide to the top 15 essential…Is it safe to travel to Cuba?Following the recent passing of Fidel Castro, here’s the latest information on any developments that might affect travel to Cuba. We’ve got advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, plus visa information, in case you are planning to travel to Cuba or are currently in the country.World’s 5 best adventure holiday destinationsCycling, safaris and snow-shoes: five destinations to inspire your next adventure from Finland to Botswana. 7. Stand tall at Plaza de la RevoluciónIt may be stark, but Havana’s main square is impressively huge – holding as many as one million Cubans on celebration days, such as 26th July, the Day of the Revolution, a national holiday. Check out the huge portraits of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, then dodge the traffic to make your way to the José Martí Memorial, the giant 109m tower in the centre of the square. There’s a museum to José Martí, a Cuban national hero, underneath the tower and you can ride the lift to the top for spectacular views of Havana. 3. Take a tiny taxiThe streets of Havana are packed with vintage vehicles, many of them dating from the 1950s before ties with the USA were cut. Ingenious mechanics have kept these old Cadillacs going against all the odds, and many now serve as taxis – although be prepared to pay a premium for a classic car (the ubiquitous Russian-made taxis are cheaper). However, for a really novel treat, why not hop into a bright yellow bubble taxi? These tiny, open-air three-wheelers make for an exhilarating ride through the Havana traffic, and their charismatic drivers are always happy to pose for photos.center_img 1. Drink a mojitoYou haven’t had a mojito until you’ve had a mojito in Cuba. Almost every bar and restaurant in Havana offers them, and for a fraction of the price you’re used to back home. Damn do they taste good – but be careful, they’re pretty strong! Most places will pour in obscenely generous measures of rum, topped with lashings of brown sugar, resulting in an intensely sweet, alcoholic drink that will have you dancing on the tables in no time. Head to La Bodeguita del Medio on Empedrardo in the heart of the Old Town for the best (even Hemingway said so). 9. Stroll along El MaléconThis lengthy seafront esplanade is a great place to take a late afternoon stroll, and you’ll find plenty of locals doing the same, especially as the sun dips over the water and the romancers come out to canoodle on the sea wall. Watch the Cadillacs roll by as the fishermen haul in their catch, and life in Havana slowly putters along. Nothing ever happens quickly in Cuba, so get with the vibe and take a leisurely meander. 2. Go to Mass at the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la HabanaThis impressive building with its distinctive asymmetrical towers is one of the oldest churches in the Americas and dates from the mid-eighteenth century. The inside is fairly austere but the cupola is impressive, as are the numerous statues and frescoes. If you can, time your visit to coincide with mass on Sunday morning (9am) for a real insight into local culture. The plaza in front is also a great place to grab a coffee (or mojito) and spend the afternoon watching the world go by. Find out which other holiday hotspots we’ve tipped to be big in 2016.Top things to see and do in Tokyo Thanks to a weak yen, it’s now 50% cheaper for UK tourists to visit Japan than it was in 2013 – now’s the time to act on those long-thought-out plans and find cheap flights to Tokyo.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWinter getting you down? If you can’t stand the cold, why not jet off somewhere the sun is currently shining? Fly south to one of our top picks for winter sun and you’ll be topping up that tan before you know it.6 best places to see the Northern Lights in winter 2015-2016Would you like to see the ‘Northern Lights’, or Aurora Borealis? How, and where, can you see this phantasmargorical phenomenon? We’ve got some suggestions…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 8. Dance to live Cuban musicYou’re never far from live music in Havana, and it’s easy to find local bands – just wander the streets at night and listen out for the distinctive sounds of Cuban music wafting from the bars and clubs. If you’d rather not chance it, Privé on Calle 88A in Miramar is a good bet for jazz by local big names, while Café Teatro Bertol Brecht on Calle 13 in Vedado is best for contemporary Cuban fusion music.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMOONMACHINE by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva is both the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces by a watchmaker and the first to endow an MB&F Machine with a new complication. With MOONMACHINE, Stepan has taken a specially configured HM3 Frog and transformed it with his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.The MOON: Around 4.5 billion years ago when the young Earth was still forming, Theia, a proto-planet the size of Mars, is thought to have struck our planet and disintegrated in a ‘Giant Impact’. Some of the debris was attracted by the Earth’s gravity and the rest – consisting of material from both Earth and Theia – went into orbit around the Earth. Within 12 months this orbiting debris coalesced to form the Moon.Over the next 4.4 billion years, the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun was stabilised by the gravitational pull of the Moon, which provided regular relatively mild seasons over much of the planet’s surface – ideal conditions for life to form and evolve.Without that cataclysmic event, we would not be here. You might say we are all Children of the Moon.And no sooner did modern man start walking the earth than he stared up at the night sky in wonder and awe at the biggest and brightest orb in the heavens. Perhaps none more so than the inhabitants of Finland – including Stepan Sarpaneva – because the less romantic and less well-known counterpoise to the summertime Land of the Midnight Sun are extremely long nights in winter, which gives the population more time than most to study the moon and stars.MOONMACHINE: While considerably less cataclysmic than the formation of our Moon, MOONMACHINE was also forged from the creative collision of two worlds: MB&F’s HM3 Frog and independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva.Before launching his own brand Sarpaneva Watches in 2003, Stepan Sarpaneva worked with some of the most prestigious Swiss brands including Piaget, Parmigiani – where he worked alongside Kari Voutilainen – Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret.“Stepan has an incredible sense of design and a real sense of detail. His work and everything he surrounds himself with is extremely coherent.” Maximilian BüsserStepan Sarpaneva: Stepan’s three signature themes are all celestial: his very distinctive moon face; the northern stars and constellations; and the crenellated form of his Korona case – the korona/corona is the plasma atmosphere of the Sun – and all three have been incorporated in MOONMACHINE. Sarpaneva’s two moon faces indicate the phase of the moon through a Korona shaped aperture, while the mystery winding rotor is actually steel and 22k gold disc with laser-pierced stars forming stars and constellations visible in the northern sky.“The visible movement at the top of HM3 Frog added a technical aspect that provided a serious counterpoint to the playfulness of the bulging frog-eyed indications. In covering the movement, the moon phase and sky hides this and makes the timepiece more poetic. With MOONMACHINE, HM3 is transformed into a fairy tale.” Stepan SarpanevaHM3 Frog: The Frog was chosen as the MOONMACHINE platform because the large visible movement opening in the dial side provides space for the watchmaker to play and the bulbous indication domes of the Frog are reminiscent of how science fiction buffs have long imagined habitable domes on the Moon. The Frog differs substantially from HM3 in that it is the aluminium domes that rotate under the sapphire crystals in the Frog, whereas it is the hour and minute hands that rotate around their respective stationary cones on HM3. And this is no ordinary HM3 Frog – if such a thing can be said to exist – the domes of the MOONMACHINE are unique in that they are perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the wrist.Rotating the large indicator domes posed a number of technical challenges. The domes are machined from solid aluminium to a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28 mm to reduce energy requirements to an absolute minimum. The semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes have to be meticulously machined and polished as the slightest imperfection might create disconcerting magnification effects. And the Frog’s unusual method of indicating time necessitated the development of a new gear train for the HM3 engine as the aluminium hour dome of the Frog rotates in 12 hours compared to the 24-hour revolution of the HM3 hour hand.MOONMACHINE may portray the time in a playful manner, but there is nothing but serious and meticulous attention to detail and care regarding the fine hand-finishing of the high-tuned engine purring within. Northern Sky Rotor: The multi-layered northern sky rotor adds a stunning background to the twin hand-finished moon faces. It also both disguises the potentially distracting HM3 gold winding rotor and makes use of its motion to add vivacity to the moving stars. The stars are laser-pierced allowing light to reflect from the movement underneath and are not simply placed at random: They form the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major, more commonly known as the Big Dipper/Big Plough/Big Bear, plus the seven brightest stars of Ursa Minor, more commonly known as the Little Dipper/Little Bear, which includes Polaris, the North star.And in a detail watchmakers will appreciate, one of the stars is strategically positioned to allow access for a servicing tool.The turning star-filled night sky of the rotor not only brings metaphoric life to the MOONMACHINE, but also literally provides life as it generates the power for both the functioning of the moon complication and the movement. The iconic MB&F battle-axe sits in pride-of-place between the two moon faces at the axis of the rotor.“With MOONMACHINE, HM3 doesn’t just look like it travels through space, it is now a part of space. It becomes a participant not just an observer.” Stepan Sarpaneva.While a man’s face formed by craters on the Moon’s surface is the result of over-active imaginations, Stepan Sarpaneva has based MOONMACHINE’s moon faces on his own. It doesn’t get much more personal than that!MOONMACHINE is available in three limited editions of 18 pieces each: titanium case with white gold moon faces in a light blue sky, black titanium case with white gold moon faces in a dark blue sky and red gold case with red gold moon faces in an anthracite sky.Be warned: If you kiss the Frog under a full moon, anything can happen!www.mbandf.comlast_img read more

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Do you have a passion for tennis wine and fine di

first_imgDo you have a passion for tennis, wine and fine dining? Then you will love The Broadmoor’s new wine & culinary weekend September 18-20, 2009. A full nine hours of tennis instruction by the top-rated staff is included on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning. The remainder of the weekend will be spent enjoying the best wine and food The Broadmoor has to offer.You’ll begin the culinary adventure on Friday evening with a private wine-tasting by Charles Court’s sommelier. On Saturday afternoon, an exclusive cooking demonstration in the exhibition kitchen will provide you with exceptional tips by Broadmoor top chefs. This culinary extravaganza will culminate with a private seven-course dinner at the Charles Court Chef’s Table where you will experience the finest in wine and food pairings.Tennis, Wine and Fine Dining Package:-Standard guest room with upgrade options -Nine hours of tennis instruction (4:1 ratio) -Wine-tasting and canapés on Friday evening -Cooking demonstration on Saturday afternoon -Private Chef’s Table 7-Course dinner with wine pairing on Saturday Evening -Camp notebook & Broadmoor logo camp gifts -Complimentary court time and match arranging dailyTennis Camp Schedule:Friday 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Tennis Camp 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Private Wine-Tasting & CanapesSaturday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Tennis Camp 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Cooking Demonstration 7:00 pm: Seven-Course Dinner w/ Wine Pairing at Charles CourtSunday 8:30 – 11:30am: Tennis Campwww.broadmoor.com.last_img read more

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InterContinental Hotels Resorts the luxury hote

first_imgInterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel brand of IHG, is delighted to announce that its planned five-star hotel in Moscow, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, is scheduled for completion in September 2010. InterContinental, which previously operated a hotel in the Russian capital city, is now re-entering the upscale Russian travel market with the opening of this new-build 203-room luxury hotel.Situated in a prime location on the site of the former Minsk Hotel at 22 Tverskaya, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya will form the centerpiece of a brand new 688,890 sq. ft. development incorporating luxury retail outlets and state-of-the-art offices. Located in the heart of the main business and shopping district, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya will be within close reach of the Kremlin, City Hall and bustling Pushkin Square.Every aspect of the hotel’s design and amenities has been chosen to reflect InterContinental’s commitment to delivering authentic and enriching experiences to its guests. Guest rooms will be well-appointed, with hardwood parquet flooring, built-in TV in both the bedroom and bathroom, bespoke furniture, luxurious fabrics, and a striking glass wall between bathroom and bedroom. The hotel will also have a collection of suites, including a Presidential Suite on the 12th floor. Other facilities include a Club InterContinental floor and lounge, restaurant, lobby bar, health club, day spa, and extensive meeting and conference facilities.Designed by London-based consultancy AlexKravetzDesign, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya will have the look and feel of a “Grand Boutique,” combining contemporary features with accents inspired by Russian landmarks including the Seven Sisters skyscrapers and the Moscow Metro.The lobby bar on the ground floor is anticipated to be the place to meet, while the restaurant on the first floor will offer live cooking, a comprehensive wine list and spectacular views across Tverskaya. An oval wine room will provide a sophisticated entertaining space for private dining and events.For business guests, meeting facilities at InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya will include a divisible ballroom with natural daylight and views, seating up to 200 guests theater-style.Designed by international spa consultants Raison d’Etre, the health club and day spa will offer an idyllic retreat to escape the hustle and bustle with a comprehensive and innovative treatment menu.Commenting on the opening, Jennifer Fox, Chief Operating Officer, Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group, says, “The opening of InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya will reinforce our commitment to a long-term Russian development strategy – it is an extremely important market for us and we understand the undeniable strength and power of the market. To be back in Russia is an enormous achievement and we are confident that we have created a luxury hotel that is reflective of our brand in one of the world’s most significant capital cities.”As the world’s first truly global hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from more than 60 years of experience. With more than 150 hotels and resorts across the globe, each property offers a wealth of authentic and enriching experiences connecting guests to what is special about a destination. By sharing knowledge of the local culture, history and attractions, InterContinental helps guests to make new discoveries and get the most out of their visit.InterContinental is the world’s first hotel brand to provide destination specific concierge websites and videos, enabling guests to pre-plan their trips. Featuring interactive maps, insider tips, recommended itineraries, and digital destination-specific concierge videos, the websites allow guests to seek information about their trip and put together an itinerary. For more information, visit www.intercontinentalvideo.com.InterContinental’s parent company, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), maintains a leading position in Russia with a portfolio of 20 properties open or in the development pipeline in six of Russia’s 13 largest cities. The hotel brand has a large presence in Moscow with almost 1,400 rooms already open and rising to more than 2,000 by 2010.The seven IHG hotels open in Russia today include six Holiday Inn hotels (Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya, Holiday Inn Moscow Suschevsky, Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki, Holiday Inn Moscow Vinogradovo, Holiday Inn Chelyabinsk Riverside, Holiday Inn Samara) and one Crowne Plaza hotel (Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Center).Capitalizing on the growing business and leisure markets across the country, IHG’s has 13 hotels in the pipeline including construction in St Petersburg, Samara, Rostov and Novosibirsk. In addition, IHG and Crocus Group have recently signed a deal to build the world’s biggest Holiday Inn hotel in Moscow, a 1,000 -room hotel scheduled to open in 2014.www.ihg.rulast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Anello Gold the new Graf von Faber

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – Anello Gold, the new Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Shimmering brushed barrel with gleaming gold-plated ringsThe aristocratic pens and pencils in the Anello range very quickly developed into collectors’ items. And so these elegant writing implements, made of matt black ebony combined with fine platinum-plated rings, have been joined by some exclusive companions.The series now appears in gold: temptation at first sight! The fountain pen, roller-ball pen, propelling pencil and twist-action ball pen each have a barrel made of gold-plated segments with a brushed matt finish, separated by gleaming gold-plated rings. These give them their purist looks and also the name: anello is Italian for ring.Optically it is a refined contrast that also proves a perfect combination to the touch. The transitions between the matt surfaces and the slender rings are precisely matched, so that the pen sits comfortably balanced in the hand.The fountain pen is fitted with an 18-carat bicolour gold nib and equipped with a practical cartridge/converter system. Each nib has been individually run in by hand; there is a choice of six different widths. The new model is also available as a ball-point pen, roller-ball with liquid ink, and propelling pencil with a replaceable eraser under the end cap. All the metal fittings are plated in gleaming gold. Among the practical details are a spring-loaded clip.As ever, a quality fountain pen with a gold nib conveys a unique feeling. Thanks to its smooth-running precision point, however, the roller-ball pen can also be recommended as a comfortable and convenient alternative for everyday use. The ball-point pen with its jumbo refill is very useful for spontaneous notes, while the propelling pencil will soon become a constant companion. Naturally all four exclusive writing implements are as functional and reliable as every product in the Graf von Faber-Castell series.The Anello Gold pens and pencils make a delightful present for men and women alike, and will grace any desk or act as luxurious accessories for business trips. Ideal for signing a decisive contract or drafting a letter to a loved one, they will become treasured possessions that are extremely useful as well as aesthetically pleasing.The pricing for the Anello Gold Graf von Faber-Castell designs are as follows:Fountain Pen: $750Rollerball pen: $525Propelling Pencil/Ballpoint Pen: $425Faber-Castell USA Tel. 800-311-8684 or WWW.FABERCASTELL.COMlast_img read more

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