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11 Aug
2019

Etihad Airways has announced the yearround deploy

first_imgEtihad Airways has announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route.The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France.Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the 496-seat aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi home base.The additional capacity will provide business and leisure travellers from France with more opportunities to visit Abu Dhabi.It will also support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia from Abu Dhabi including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi at 2.15am which arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.50am local time. The return flight, EY32, takes off from the French capital at 10.40am and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 7.30pm.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO, said: “We believe that our  customers travelling to and from Paris will really enjoy what we see as unparalleled comfort and services on board our A380. Flying our flagship aircraft to France helps fulfil growing demand and offers greater travel experiences for the flying public.“Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will provide benefits to travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats: up to two in ‘The Residence’, nine in first class, 70 in business class and 415 in the economy cabin.The Residence is an ultra-private, three-room suite featuring a living room with a 32” LCD monitor, bedroom with a double bed, separate en-suite shower room and dedicated personal butler trained at the world-renowned Savoy Hotel in London. The cabin also comes with a private chef ready to custom-create menus to order.The nine First Apartments feature a flat-screen television, a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit, wardrobe and a fully equipped shower room.The 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380 and all offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space.The Lobby, a luxurious lounge located between the first class and business class cabins, features two comfortable sofas and a staffed bar.On board food and beverage managers, with experience of working in luxury hotels and top restaurants, offer business class customers an extensive menu and provide recommendations on the perfect accompaniment for their meals.And a ‘Flying Nanny’ trained by the world-famous Norland College in the UK, is on board every A380 to provide dedicated childcare support for families travelling with young children.last_img read more

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11 Aug
2019

Go back to the enewsletter Silversea Cruises will

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises will raise the curtain on six entirely new theatrical performances over the coming months. Developed in partnership with renowned Luna Rossa Productions, the new shows will be performed in the theatres aboard the cruise line’s ultra-luxury ships and will enrich the existing onboard entertainment program.Featuring musical tracks, vivacious costumes, evocative set designs and elaborate visual effects, the performances will spotlight the talents of ‘The Voices of Silversea’, an international ensemble of accomplished vocalists.Each of the new shows will be exclusive to a particular ship, adding to three productions that are common across all ships: the new signature production, Grande Amore, an opera-themed show that features musical tracks composed exclusively for Silversea by world-leading conductor, orchestrator and arranger, Richard Balcombe, and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Argento, an Art Deco-inspired production dedicated to the swing era; and Blues Brother Soul Sister, a musical experience that captures the funky vibe of the 1960s and 1970s.In addition to Grande Amore, the new shows will include:The King on Strings, an exciting tribute to the legendary Elvis Presley, will premiere on Silver Whisper‘s Fort Lauderdale-to-San Francisco voyage, which departs 20 December 2018. This sophisticated celebration of the hip-swivelling King of Rock and Roll features orchestral interpretations of such classics as ‘It’s Now or Never’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and many more.Silver, Platinum, Gold, set to debut aboard Silver Shadow in the Far East from 1 February 2019, is a fun journey back to the age of Motown. Singers dressed in sparkling costumes from the era, a live DJ and feel-good, nostalgic hits from artists including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes will have the audience grooving to some of music’s most memorable decades.Rhapsody in Rock honours Queen, one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s. Launching aboard Silver Muse‘s Far East sailings from 8 March 2019, this energetic, rock-inspired production will entertain guests with a selection of the British band’s most iconic hits, including ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’Lyrically Yours will take to the stage aboard Silver Spirit‘s European cruises from 15 April 2019. The eclectic show, inspired by Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the greatest songwriters of all time, showcases the music of some of the world’s most beloved lyricists, from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to ABBA and James Taylor.Jersey Beats will debut aboard the 30 May 2019 sailing of Silver Wind in Northern Europe. It will take a nostalgic tour through the hit songs of The Four Seasons, the 1960s pop group immortalised in the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys and the Hollywood movie of the same name. Known for their distinctive style of harmony, the group entertained the world with such sing-along hits as ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like a Man’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’.“With this entertaining collection of new shows developed in partnership with Luna Rossa Productions, our guests will enjoy beautifully staged live vocal performances of some of the world’s most celebrated music,” said Antonio Marangi, Silversea’s Director of Entertainment. “From the emotion of the blues and opera to the uplifting rhythms of swing and rock and roll, our full line-up of production shows is carefully designed to connect with the audience on many levels, enriching the cruise experience immensely.”“It has been a pleasure to work with Silversea Cruises to compose a unique soundtrack for Grande Amore,” says Richard Balcombe, Conductor, Orchestrator and Arranger. “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – renowned as probably the world’s greatest symphony orchestra – has recorded the musical accompaniment exclusively for this production, which is special indeed. I’m sure Silversea’s guests will enjoy the experience enormously.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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11 Aug
2019

Go back to the enewsletter Major enhancements to a

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMajor enhancements to all guest suites aboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow have been revealed as part of the ship’s refurbishment in November 2019, part of the Project Invictus overhaul.Silver Shadow’s corridors, La Dame restaurant, Connoisseur’s Corner and Casino will be revamped for the project. A new Atrium area on Deck 5 will also be introduced.Suites will receive a floor-to-ceiling renovation, inspired by the design and colour palette of Silver Muse. Vista and Veranda suites will benefit from a full renovation of all fixed and loose furniture, in addition to new lighting, carpets, and headboards. Bathrooms will also be upgraded with new sinks and Silestone material. Silver Shadow’s Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Royal suites will be upgraded with a new colour scheme and new materials, as per Silver Muse; and bathrooms will also undergo refurbishments. The ship’s Owner’s Suite will be entirely renovated too, with a full refurbishment of the bathroom.New Atrium & Arts Café: The space currently occupied by the Lobby, Boutique and Casino will be redesigned as a new Atrium. A social hub featuring an updated interactive guest reception area, the open-plan Atrium will comprise boutiques and, as its centrepiece, the Arts Café: a Silver Muse-inspired space where guests can relax amid sophisticated artworks and enjoy coffees, pastries, sandwiches and other delicacies during the day or cocktails during evening hours.La Dame: La Dame restaurant will be refurbished and enlarged to accommodate 40 diners, ensuring that every guest will have the opportunity to experience the venue.Connoisseur’s Corner: The Connoisseur’s Corner will be moved to Deck 8 (in the space formerly occupied by the Library and Internet Café), where its complete reimagining will include the addition of a new outdoor smoking area.Casino: A complete redesign of the ship’s ever-popular Casino will entail moving it to Deck 8, and placing it adjacent to the relocated Connoisseur’s Corner.Observation Library: Formerly the Observation Lounge, this quiet space for reading and reflection, which is set at the fore of the ship on deck 10, will be known as the Observation Library. Its panoramic ocean views will be complemented by new carpet and furniture.Zagara Beauty Spa & Fitness Centre: The top-to-bottom renovation of the Zagara Beauty Spa and the Fitness Centre will encompass new steam and sauna rooms, fully refurbished treatment rooms, new furniture and flooring, updated state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and more.Refreshed Public Spaces: Also scheduled for comprehensive renovation are The Restaurant, La Terrazza, Panorama Lounge, The Bar, The Show Lounge, Card and Conference Rooms, each of which will benefit from décor upgrades: new furniture, upholstery, carpets, window and wall treatments. The pool area will boast new outdoor furniture, refurbished teak flooring, a new canvas awning with inserted lighting, and new outdoor heaters, while the jogging track will receive a new teak resin.Silver Shadow’s first voyage following the transformation will help guests travel deeper into the Caribbean on a seven-night itinerary, departing from Fort Lauderdale for San Juan on 3 December 2019.See www.silversea.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

Mobissimo 610 1 min 9 secs £19702 Air India thr

first_imgMobissimo6/101 min 9 secs£197.02Air India (through Cheapflights) WebsiteLookSearch timePriceAirline Skyscanner.net first appeared on the scene as the original flight search engine but over the last few years, a number of other companies have developed sites which offer a similar service. Every now and then, we like have to a trawl through the internet to see who is doing what in the flight search market and have a look at which products are out there.One of the major factors for designers of a flight search engine is deciding which results to display – do you show affiliate airlines and companies only? Do you show just airline results or those from travel portals as well? For example, some flight search engines do not show any budget flights so when you could be flying somewhere for a fiver, you are shown only results for the scheduled airlines where you might pay twenty or thirty times as much for a ticket. The best sites quickly show as many airlines as possible and take you direct to the airline’s booking page with your travel dates filled in.We looked at eight popular travel search sites and whilst many of them do lots of other things other than show you flight results, this is the functionality on which we concentrated. We did the same search on each to compare the results where the standardised search was for a single, transatlantic flight on the highly competitive route between London Heathrow and John F. Kennedy International in New York. We assessed the sites on a number of criteria and the details can be seen in the table below: Travelsupermarket7/101 min 14 secs£199.20Air India Sidestep8/101 min 41 secs£202.70Virgin Atlantic We also had a good rummage around in the functionality of the various sites and the reviews below are our initial thoughts about the sites. Skyscanner.net was not included in the comparison – partly because impartiality seemed to be an issue but also because we are much too sporting to gloat – should we get the opportunity….Cheapflights.co.ukCheapsite.co.uk might be a more appropriate title for this one. The second thing you notice is how difficult it is to find your way around. The homepage doesn’t default to a search by date and instead this requires clicking a not very obvious tab elsewhere. The results when they arrived were mixture of airline and portal with the cheapest being a US Airways flight using AirlineNetwork.co.uk. Clicking on this link meant having to re-input details and when the results eventually came back, no US Airways flights were shown. Instead, the best they could come up with was £249 with a completely different airline – £45 more than the quoted price.Verdict: tedious to navigate and unhelpful results.Dohop**.co.uk **Dohop has a simple and efficient homepage and the predictive destination list works well. The calendars are a bit confusing, but overall, you can input your information easily. You would expect the results page to show flights in price order – which it sort of does – but not quite. The speed of the results is impressive, but a large proportion of the prices are not immediately there – which accounts for the speed. Clicking on the cheapest flight at £186 (including all fees and taxes the site claimed) meant going through to the airline site, where it turned out the quoted price was wrong and was in fact over sixty pounds more expensive than Dohop had suggested.Verdict: simple to use but prices inaccurate.Flightcentre**.co.uk**The main thing you notice when you go to the Flightcentre homepage (apart from the unpleasant colour scheme) is their strapline – “unbeatable”. It depends what they are referring to of course but if it’s flight prices, then in this test, it is rather ironic. Not so much “unbeatable” as “beaten by everyone by a country mile”. The results (all two of them) came back quickly but the price of £503.80 with Virgin Atlantic was over £300 more expensive than a price Sidestep found with the same airline on the same day.Verdict: looks cheap and the price is through the roof.Kayak**.co.uk**This site is very much one of the best out there at the moment. The interface is simple to use, the results come up quickly and in our test, the site found the cheapest available flight having searched through a comprehensive list of airlines. The results are displayed in a variety of ways depending on your preferences and these can be customised to best suit your requirements. In addition, the site looks professional but “friendly” which all adds up to a very good travel search engine indeed.Verdict: looks great, has flexible search options and results are quick and accurate.Mobissimo**.co.uk**With a homepage that looks remarkably similar to the Easyjet website, the snappily titled Mobissimo challenges its users’ knowledge of American geography from the start. If you choose the “Airport look up” option, you will have to know which state your destination city is in – fine if you live in the States, not so fine if you live anywhere else. Results come up quickly and are comprehensive but presented as a big chunk of data which is hard to read. Once through to the vendors the prices are often quoted in US dollars which means you need a calculator handy. There is also a “Top Mobissimo Pick!” – though having done numerous searches, this is never the cheapest option and presumably is the “top pick” for them rather than you.Verdict: US-focused site which makes little concession to European users.Momondo**.com**Going to the Momondo site is rather like walking into a disco – not necessarily unpleasant, but certainly loud. The interface works well and predictive destination lists are fast. The flight results take a while to arrive but on the plus side, they are comprehensive and filters can be applied to narrow down your search. The price calendar is rather confusing and also displays Danish text even if you select an English language version of the site from the outset. Overall though, this site works well and looks sufficiently unusual that you would probably remember it.Verdict: a few bugs to iron out but basically a very good site.Sidestep**.co.uk**This is another impressive search engine. Again, simple to use and the results – whilst a little on the slow side to arrive – are thorough and well laid out. The layout is reminiscent of Kayak and you are given the opportunity to refine your search based on a number of criteria. One useful filter allows you specify landing and take off time slots so that a flight on a particular day is as convenient for you as possible. The only minor criticism is that the results page might have a few too many options on it but it’s hard to criticise extra available functionality.Verdict: difficult to find fault – an excellent site that is easy to use.Travelsupermarket**.co.uk**This site delivers decent prices in a relatively timely manner. The interface is perfectly user-friendly but it lacks the more advanced functionality of some of the other sites. Results are displayed in a format which is clear – unless, that is, you click for alternative dates and airports. Having done this, it is not immediately obvious which are the alternative flights and they appear in a random date order. Equally, “LHR London Heathrow” and “London Heathrow” were listed as two different airports – a potentially confusing distinction to make for some travellers.Verdict: a basic site which is basically okay.Figures quoted correct as at 29 January 2008ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flightcentre3/101 min 11 secs£503.80Virgin Atlanticcenter_img Momondo6/101 min 40 secs£194Air India Kayak8/101 min 17 secs£193.10Air India Dohop5/102 mins 25 secs£248.36Aer Lingus (via Dublin) Cheapflights2/102 mins 16 secs£249Swiss International Airlines RelatedTravel agents, airlines and fair faresHow we offer unbiased flight search and show you prices from airlines and travel agents so you can see all your flight options.What are Skyscanner’s quality ratings all about?We don’t like to brag, but sometimes there are just too many great deals to choose from on our site! To make your choice a little bit easier, we’ve introduced a new feature: Quality ratings. But what is it, how do we calculate it and how can it help you…When is the best time to book your flights?Save money on your travel in 2017. To help you get the best price for your flight, we reveal the best time to book and some handy tipslast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

FlyMontserrat will launch daily flights to Antigua

first_imgFlyMontserrat will launch daily flights to Antigua from December 1st following the route’s approval by the island’s government.One daily return flight will operate until December 15th, with two return flights per day commencing thereafter.To accommodate the route, FlyMontserrat has acquired two additional Islander aircraft, which are expected to arrive before Christmas.A Twin Otter aircraft will be added to the airline’s fleet next year providing that passengers numbers and the frequency of flights increase.FlyMontserrat chief executive officer Nigel Harris said: “We hope that Montserratians will appreciate and support their ‘home-grown’ service which as it grows will provide more employment and training possibilities on island.”Flights will take off from Montserrat at 12:30 (local time) and return at 17:30, although an earlier departure will take effect from December 16th.The carrier was granted an Air Operators Certificate in May by the UK overseas Civil Aviation Authority Air Safety Support International.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAirTran Airways to introduce flights to Key WestUS cheap flights carrier AirTran Airways will launch new flights to Key West from Orlando in the run-up to ChristmasFlights to Tripoli to be launched by bmiBritish Midland International (bmi) will launch new flights to Tripoli from London Heathrow this winter.Flights to San Francisco to be launched by Air BerlinFlights to San Francisco to be launched by Air Berlinlast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

Related 5 top tips for accessing the airport loung

first_img Related5 top tips for accessing the airport loungeTips and advice on how to improve your airport experience – and save money – by booking an airport lounge.Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…10 tips for flying with kids: secrets of travelling with toddlersHow to keep your kids happy at 30,000 feet: a frequent-flying mum reveals her top tips. Flying with a new born can strike fear even into the most adventurous travellers, but with a bit of planning and a few essentials stashed in your hand luggage, the whole process of getting to your holiday destination with your baby can become part of the adventure, not a necessary evil!Wendy Shand, founder of TotsToTravel.co.uk gives us her top tips to make travelling with a baby a breeze:1. Plan your timeDecide how long you need for each part of the journey – then add some! Allow for longer than normal feeds (lots of distractions to look at in an airport!), a little exercise if they are crawling (find an empty gate or ask if there’s a play area) and emergency changes before boarding or getting back in the car.2. Hang on to the buggyRemember you can usually keep it right to the steps of the plane, a lifesaver if it’s Gate 99 of 100!3. Seating planUnless you are in your own car, getting to the airport can be tricky without your car seat and there’s the onward journey to consider too. Check with your airline well in advance as some will allow you to check in your car seat as luggage.4. Check inDo it online or get to the gate early if you can – being forced to sit apart and pass your little bundle back and forth is a hassle you can do without.5. CateringEveryone’s appetite seems to increase when travelling so pack extra bottles and healthy snacks (check with the airline for their policies on what you can carry on). If the timing works out, a well placed feed at take-off or landing, or a dummy, will help to protect little ears.6. EntertainmentThe message here is to be prepared and provide variety – a selection of lightweight, stimulating soft toys or colourful story books won’t take up your baggage allowance and some new ones brought out at strategic moments can work wonders.Don’t forget any essential comforters and for the sake of the other passengers’ sanity, no squeaks or loud rattles!For toddlers, colouring books (with magic, mess free pens!) can provide a welcome distraction as can games such as snap or noughts and crosses. Interactive learning systems, such as those by Leapfrog, are brilliant, and portable DVD players are now much more affordable – a new DVD of their favourite TV show makes irresistible viewing if the plane doesn’t have inbuilt TVs.7. SleepyheadCall the airline and ask about a bulk head seat where they may be able to provide a small crib. If not, consider taking the mattress from a moses basket or pram to lay them across your lap.Happy travelling!For more tips on travelling with babies and young children, go to www.totstotravel.co.uk. The company provides family friendly self catering holiday properties in Europe, all of which have been visited and vetted to ensure that they’re 100% family friendly. ReturnOne 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 Aug
2019

A must for all golfers both green and experienced

first_imgA must for all golfers both green and experienced, The Golf Guide published by FHG is a comprehensive book that tells you exactly where to tee off and where to stay on golf courses across Britain and Ireland. RelatedCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldTop 10 Golf Resorts in Europe: Start the New Golf Season in StyleTop 10 Golf Resorts in Europe: Start the New Golf Season in StyleGolf Guide Winners announcedGolf Guide Winners announced Now in its 34th year of publication, the guide includes details on almost 2800 courses, along with golfing events for each region. Each entry includes all the vital information a dedicated golfer needs to know: location of course, number of holes, standard scratch score, green fees, as well as details of nearby accommodation and even non-golfing facilities for those who aren’t so keen on putting and par.More info: The Golf GuideReturnOne 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 Aug
2019

Ready set go How to spend 24 hours in these top 5

first_imgEvening: 1. Melbourne – fly from £430 A morning without brunch in San Francisco is a morning wasted. Right now, ‘millionaire’s bacon’ is all the rage – a thick, candied bacon with a hint of spicy, smoky cayenne pepper. Pair it with bottomless mimosas at Kitchen Story on 16th Street. Morning: It’s worth the early start and slightly steep ticket price to get a bird’s eye view of the Yarra River, Eureka Tower and West Gate Bridge from the wicker basket of a hot air balloon. The daily dawn trips with BalloonMan come with photos and a time lapse video souvenir. Afternoon: Fly to Dublin from £23 You’ll need a warming pint of Guinness after that. Get your fill on a literary-themed pub crawl, hopping from boozer to boozer in the old town’s warren of streets to quotes from Dublin’s famous authors. Throw all self-consciousness aside and go to a singalong performance at The Castro Theatre, where the likes of Grease, West Side Story and Frozen are belted out by audience members dressed up to the nines – each night begins with a costume contest, so don’t let the side down. Fly to Melbourne from £430 2. Dublin – fly from £23 Whenever you’re getting to know a new city, it never feels like you have enough time. We’re here to help you make the most of every hour in these five incredible cities – from dawn ’til dusk. Morning: Afternoon: Morning: Make like Scarlett Johansson and get down at Karaoke Kan, the karaoke bar from Lost in Translation – which happens to be super cheap and easy to find in central Shibuya. Fly to Bangkok from £285 4. Tokyo – fly from £452 Evening: Fly to Tokyo from £452 Burn off those breakfast calories on an urban hike from downtown to Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sutro Tower – the tallest point in the city.  Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Catch a movie at the intimate arts-house theatre Light House Cinema, which specialises in indie Irish feature films and documentaries. It’s in the up-and-coming Smithfield neighbourhood, as is the smart Maldron Hotel (prices start at £155) – which is also just a 10-minute tram ride from the lively Temple Bar district. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Photo credit: Shahid A KhanPhoto credit: Conor LuddyPhoto credit: StockbytePhoto credit: Shahid A KhanPhoto credit: Conor LuddyPhoto credit: Conor Luddy Search hotels in Dublin Morning: Spend the afternoon floating down the Chao Phraya River on a boat trip, which is easily accessible from Wat Pho – although you’ll get a far cheaper ticket price if you opt to explore the waterways on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Photo credit: BeboyltdPhoto credit: Coward LionPhoto credit: Beboyltd Search hotels in Melbourne Search for car hire Take a calming morning stroll through the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a 144-acre park that combines native, traditional Japanese gardens with French and English styles.center_img To round off the day, spend the night at Hotel Majestic, a romantic, historic hotel that dates back to 1902 and is adorned with vintage details and antique furnishings. Rooms start at £140. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Photo credit: Aaron KatoPhoto credit: Edgar ChaparroPhoto credit: Braden CollumPhoto credit: Aaron KatoPhoto credit: Edgar ChaparroPhoto credit: Edgar Chaparro Afternoon: Photo credit: Thor AlvisPhoto credit: Sean PavonePhoto credit: Kazoka30Photo credit: Thor AlvisPhoto credit: Thor Alvis RelatedThe butcher, the baker and the donut-maker – London’s best street food revealed!Five years ago if you were visiting London you might have accidentally stumbled across the odd brilliant farmer’s market or a low-key food stall of sorts. Skate forward to 2016, and there are now so many street food traders selling their wares – think roti wraps, Chinese dumplings, chargrilled oysters,…£25, £50 or £150 a day: the best places to holiday whatever your budgetDreaming of a long-haul adventure but not sure you can afford it? Check out our roundup of global hotspots where even after paying for your flight you can still eat, sleep, and have fun without busting the daily budget. Your daily budget: £25 For a relaxing beach getaway: Ko Lanta,…24 hours in Dublin: a video city guideVisiting Dublin but stuck for time? Fear not, Dublin city centre is so compact that it’s possible to see all the main sights and get in a few sneaky pints in less than 24 hours. Here’s our quick guide to spending a morning, afternoon and evening in Dublin’s fair city. Head straight to the Queen Victoria Market for brunch so you can fuel up for an afternoon perusing the open-air stalls of fresh fruit and veg, bric-a-brac, clothes and knick-knacks. Be sure to pick up a hot jam doughnut from the American Doughnut Kitchen. Evening: There’s a reason why a visit to the ancient Wat Pho temple complex is on every visitor’s agenda: it’s home to the 46 metre-long Reclining Buddha, a gold-plated statue that was built in 1832 and is one of Thailand’s most recognisable sights. Evening: You’ll never go hungry in Bangkok, where grilled skewers and noodle soups are proffered on every street corner. But treat yourself to a really special meal at Nahm, currently 28th on The World’s Best 50 Restaurants list, where Aussie chef David Thompson crafts masterpieces from Thai ingredients using his classical French training. 3. Bangkok – fly from £285 Start the day with an icy dip at Forty Foot, an outdoor swimming spot on Scotsman’s Bay that’s not for the faint of heart – but legend has it that the clean, deep waters are good for your health. Deep breath… Afternoon: Morning: Download the Skyscanner app Less than 15 minutes’ walk from the market and hidden in an old bank vault is the basement bar Beneath Driver Lane, where inventive cocktails made from over 100 whiskies are served on thick leather coasters. After a nightcap or two, head back to the Mantra City Central hotel to lay your head among funky artwork and stylish décor. Prices start at £57. Search hotels in Tokyo 5. San Francisco – fly from £265 Afternoon: Search hotels in Bangkok For lunch, ramen is a no-brainer – but head to BumBunBlauCafe, which is famous for its kakigōri, shaved ice cream desserts, drizzled with homemade condensed milk. Search hotels in San Francisco Have you got 24 hours to spare and a city you want to explore? Find cheap flights below: All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 7 May 2019. Fly to San Francisco from £265 Then it’s back to your hotel to sleep off all that food. We like Galleria 12 Sukhumvit Bangkok, which is simple and clean, with a relaxing pool area, right by ASOK Station. Rooms start at £35. Photo credit: GordonBellPhotographyPhoto Credit: BalloonMan / Lexicon ArtworkPhoto credit: Benjamin AshtonPhoto credit: GordonBellPhotographyPhoto credit: GordonBellPhotography Then, you won’t need to travel far if you book a room at the Shibuya Excel, which (luckily) has a 24-hour front desk. Prices start at £112 a night. Evening:last_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

Mexico City Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgMexico City, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine“True Love Has No Limits,” a new Valentine’s day experience at The St. Regis Mexico City, is a unique experience sure to create unforgettable memories.How can you ensure your loved one is on top of the world this Valentine’s Day? Show her the heights of your affection with “True Love Has No Limits” – an incomparably romantic and exciting experience on the helipad of The St. Regis Mexico City.Set 33 stories up, atop one of the tallest and most exclusive addresses in Mexico City, “True Love Has No Limits” affords couples stunning 360 degree views of the sparking skyline. The city lights and night stars provide a brilliant backdrop to a candlelight four-course dinner and wine pairing – personalized according to the duo’s tastes, a bottle of champagne, live music by a solo musician, and private security. Couples will find the bespoke experience not only full of romance but also very raw, as the center of the helipad is only steps from the unobstructed edge of the high-rise hotel, 492 feet above the ground.www.stregis.com/mexicocitylast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

On the eve of the Baselworld 2009 watch show Blan

first_imgOn the eve of the Baselworld 2009 watch show, Blancpain presents the “big sister” of its now famous Fifty Fathoms watch: the brand-new 500 Fathoms. More high-performance and high-tech than ever, the brand’s latest diver’s watch displays an uncompromisingly sporting design. Waterresistant to 1,000 metres, it is equipped with a helium decompression valve that is vital when diving in a closed environment. The ultra-virile 500 Fathoms is fitted with a 48 mm-diameter titanium case – an unusual size for Blancpain.Presented as the ultimate sports watch, the 500 Fathoms is making a striking entrance into the collection of Blancpain diver’s watches. Endowed with a new face, a new size and new performances, the 500 Fathoms is water-resistant to 1,000 metres. It features a brushed titanium case measuring 48 mm in diameter, equipped with a crown guard. Placed inside the case at 10 o’clock, a self-winding decompression valve guarantees the security and the reliability of the watch, without requiring any handling on the part of the wearer.To enhance readability, Blancpain has designed large phosphorescent Arabic numerals that are hollowed into the sunray-brushed metal appliques. The luminescent coating on the hour-markers, bezel marking and hands, along with the red tip of the sweep seconds hand, ensure optimal readability in all circumstances. The luminescent base of the black dial reveals its fluorescence only in the dark, while the date appears in white against a black background at 4 o’clock. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel facilitates handling and avoids any involuntary extension of the dive time. Crafted in titanium and sapphire crystal, it features a gentle cambered relief that reduces the risk of impacts.The 500 Fathoms is powered by the self-winding Calibre 1315, specifically designed to equip sports watches. It incorporates a glucydur balance with micrometric regulating screws, which helps to prevent any jarring from disturbing the smooth running of the watch. Three series-coupled barrels guarantee constant energy and a five-day power reserve. The calendar system enables fast adjustment of the date at midnight in both directions. Another noteworthy feature of the 500 Fathoms is its sapphire crystal allowing one to admire its self-winding movement, as well as its engraved oscillating weight shaped like a boat propeller, without compromising either water resistance or safety.The new 500 Fathoms is equipped with a sturdy, sporty and watertight strap in rubber-lined black sail canvas. A brand-new triple-blade folding clasp secured with two pushers on either sides sets the finishing touch, while an additional rubber strap and the implement required to fit it complete the set which comes in an ultra-rugged presentation box designed to withstand extreme conditions. The performances and the reliability of the 500 Fathoms represent a major new technical accomplishment bearing the unmistakable signature of Blancpain, which is thereby eloquently reaffirming the expertise of its Manufacture in the demanding world of diver’s watches.www.blancpain.ch/last_img read more

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2019

by Lynn Elber The Associated Press Posted Feb

first_img by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Feb. 6, 2018 photo, comedy writer Bruce Vilanch poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Vilanch has made nearly two-dozen Oscar ceremonies funny and memorable. Vilanch isn’t working on the Oscars airing ABC this year. Instead, he’ll be watching comfortably at home. He was the subject of the 1999 documentary “Get Bruce!” about his life and work. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Put comedy writer Bruce Vilanch on the spot by asking if he has a political gag suitable for the Oscars, and he makes a game try.“There’s probably a joke in Trump buying three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Vilanch said, “because that’s all he does is publicize himself. So it seems to me you have a nice, clean shot on the ninth hole.”He doesn’t have to sweat polishing the riff on best-picture nominee “Three Billboards.” While he’s crafted one-liners for hosts and presenters for 23 Oscar shows, he’ll be watching comfortably at home and with Koosh balls at the ready.“So you can throw them at the screen when people you don’t like win,” Vilanch said. The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. EST Sunday, March 4, on ABC.He isn’t playing at being a critic: In his salad days, he wrote film reviews and celebrity profiles for the Chicago Tribune. He and rising star Bette Midler clicked during an interview, and he helped shape her comic stage persona on his way to becoming an in-demand writer for TV shows and big-ticket events including the Tony and Grammy awards and Comic Relief, and for stars ranging from Billy Crystal and Robin Williams to Donny and Marie Osmond.Admirers sang his praises in the 1999 documentary “Get Bruce!” about his life and work.“Part of the way that people view me is because of how Bruce has written for me,” Whoopi Goldberg says in the film. “And I’m very grateful for that, because it makes me actually look much smarter than I am.”Viewers got acquainted with the distinctively mop-topped, bespectacled man himself in a late 1980s revival of “Hollywood Squares,” in which he and Goldberg traded quips from adjacent squares.After writing for a quarter of all Oscar ceremonies — this year is the 90th — and winning two Emmys along the way, Vilanch is uniquely positioned to size up the grande dame of Hollywood awards shows, and how it and repeat host Jimmy Kimmel can serve TV viewers and the anxious stars who fill the theatre.One hint: The jaw-dropping best-picture envelope mix-up of last year is pretty much a gift to Kimmel.___TIMES CHANGE. THE OSCARS DON’T.Vilanch says the movie academy has kept the ceremony template intact from the very beginning, “which is to give every award on the air. So you have to figure out a way to entertain the audience while the sound effects editor is thanking his Hebrew school teacher.”Social media is routinely incorporated now in awards show — think of Ellen DeGeneres’ star-filled selfie at the 2014 Oscars that went viral on Twitter — but Vilanch says the Academy Awards are in a league of their own.“The thing about the Oscars is it’s the biggest one. … I would love to see them do more to own the past and the history of the movies,” he said, but acknowledges that the passing years stand in the way.“As you get farther and farther from the Golden Age, fewer and fewer people of the audience, outside of the theatre, are getting who you’re referring to. … There will be a component of the audience saying, ‘Audrey Hepburn? Was she the one in the boat with the guy? Oh, she was Tiffany,’” he said, adding, unhappily, “It’s real.”___NO EGOS WERE DAMAGED IN THE MAKING OF THIS SHOWA host who plays it “too inside or too snarky” is courting trouble, according to Vilanch. That includes even being mildly insulting to actors and filmmakers who are on hand to be celebrated, as 1995 host David Letterman found when he turned Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey’s given names into silly sing-song.“Neither of those women were there that night to have their names made fun of. They’ve come a little farther than that,” Vilanch said. “They’re sitting there and it’s like, ‘Really, TV boy? This is what you’re going to do, you’re going to make fun of my name?’”Audiences in general have become very sensitive to humour they deem cruel or unseemly, Vilanch said. A joke about a heavy-set actor, for instance, likely won’t fly even if it’s delivered by a similarly rotund comedian, he said.How to avoid putting a foot wrong in writing for a ceremony seen by millions, even in an era of declining ratings?“You have to trust your judgment, and sit down at your computer wearing a parachute kit. Just in case,” he said. A line might go too far, but if it’s “a beauty, it might be worth it.”___SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, THE THIRD RAIL?For an industry in the midst of confronting alleged misconduct by major figures, how can Kimmel pay heed to the crisis yet keep it from overshadowing Hollywood’s biggest night?Golden Globes host Seth Meyers handled the issue deftly with quips about Harvey Weinstein and others facing accusations, Vilanch said. But a broad-brush approach may be smarter at the Oscars.Calling out individuals who are under a cloud and are past Oscar winners is an intersection that could prove embarrassing to the movie academy, Vilanch said.“The more general, the better. Now that I’ve said that, who knows what Jimmy Kimmel will do,” he said. He lauded the ABC late-night host for “brilliantly” handling last year’s best-picture disaster and suggests Kimmel “can spend time on that, which kind of deflects everything else. … It’s almost like a gift.”___PERSONAL BESTAsked to pick a favourite among the nearly two-dozen Oscar shows he’s worked on, Vilanch settles on one that included the stuff of highlight reels.It was 1992, the year that Billy Crystal hosted and Jack Palance, announced as best supporting actor for “City Slickers,” did one-armed push-ups on stage to prove he still had it at age 73. Vilanch, his fellow writers and Crystal churned out a series of jokes about the moment to be delivered by Crystal at regular intervals.“It was so insistent that Billy’s manager came backstage about an hour in and said, ‘How many more of these are you going to do? I’m running a pool in the audience,’” Vilanch recalled. “We won an Emmy for writing that show.”It also became an Oscar template.“From then on, every other host was watching the show in the wings, and as things were happening we were writing new jokes,” he said.___Online:http://www.oscars.org___Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason .center_img Oscar funnyman to show: play up envelope mess, not harasserslast_img read more

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FILE In this Dec 5 2011 file photo Yannick Ne

first_img FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director for The Philadelphia Orchestra, poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned. His appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40 year-run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2018 8:13 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Montreal’s Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade.Nezet-Seguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40-year run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate.Levine became music director emeritus but was suspended in December following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from the 1960s to ’80s.“They need guidance. They need leadership,” Nezet-Seguin said Thursday. “If this can be something to stabilize the future, my advanced presence, then I’m happy to provide this.”He gave up European guest conducting next January and will lead 17 performances next season, adding a revival of Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande” to his previous commitment of a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and a revival of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites.” He will conduct three operas in 2019-20, then at least five each season starting in 2020-21.“I think he realizes how important it is for the Met to have a music director who can also handle the important decision-making that only a musical director from a contractual point of view can do in terms of tenured positions in the orchestra,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said. “This obviously has not been the easiest time for the company with the news about maestro Levine, so it will be very comforting and reassuring to the orchestra and the chorus to know his tenure is starting earlier than originally planned.”Nezet-Seguin turns 43 next month and represents a generation change. He felt an impetus to move up the timetable after returning to the Met last spring for the first time since appointment.“I became even more eager to get started with the orchestra and the chorus and the music staff, seeing and feeling they needed the leadership at that moment,” he said.Gelb said the Met’s investigation of Levine is getting “very, very close to its conclusion.” Levine, who turns 75 in June, is not scheduled to conduct next season.While Levine helped raise the Met orchestra to among the world’s best in the 1980s and ’90s, his physical ability started to deteriorate in 2001, when he began to conduct from a chair. Tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable in 2004, and his health worsened with shoulder and kidney surgery followed by three back operations. His frequent absences led to orchestra players feeling a lack of direction, and many left. An improved relationship with the orchestra and other unions could be significant heading into labour negotiations this summer, when the Met is expected to ask for permission to schedule regular Sunday performances for the first time.“As fellow musicians excited by Yannick’s vision for the future, it is our hope that the Met’s inspired investment in his brilliance underscores its commitment to the musical artists and artistry that are the lifeblood of the Met Opera,” Jessica Phillips, a clarinetist who chairs the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Committee, said in a statement.Next season will have just four new productions, the fewest for the financially challenged Met since 2005-06. Gelb said the reduction was due to the need for stage time to rehearse a revival of Robert Lepage’s controversial staging of Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle in the spring of 2019. Paris Opera music director Philippe Jordan leads a cast that stars Christine Goerke as Bruennhilde.Darko Tresnjak’s new staging of Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Dalila” opens the season Sept. 24. Nico Muhly’s “Marnie” gets its North American premiere Oct. 19 conducted by Robert Spano in his Met debut. Michael Mayer directs “La Traviata,” which opens Dec. 4, and the last new production is David McVicar’s staging of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” opening New Year’s Eve with Gianandrea Noseda conducting a cast led by Anna Netrebko.Acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut Dec. 14 in Verdi’s “Otello.” Gelb said Lepage’s “Ring” set with its giant planks starts a three-month remediation next week at a warehouse in Middletown, New York, to get “back in fighting shape.” The set will be reprogrammed to make movements quieter.The ticket price range remains unchanged at $25-$480. Paid percentage of box office realized is in the upper 60 per cent range this season, Gelb said, the same as last year. Gelb said the Met is considering collaborating with other institutions in New York to present a “chamber-sized opera in a more appropriate venue other than the Met.”Nezet-Seguin is moving forward with plans for the Met premieres of the French versions of Verdi’s operas that premiered in Paris plus contemporary projects.center_img Montreal’s Yannick Nezet-Seguin becomes Met Opera’s music director next seasonlast_img read more

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first_img WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome — but she admits she wanted to get it earlier.The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, whose ABBA-tribute album “Dancing Queen” was just released, acknowledged she’d long hoped for that call. She said she “wanted to get it so badly” during the Obama administration.Now she will, at age 72, during the Donald Trump administration, which might make for an awkward gathering. A regular at anti-Trump rallies and marches, Cher ranks among the most outspoken celebrities against the U.S. president. The White House said no decisions had been made on whether Trump would participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors program.The Kennedy Center prize is given to those in the performing arts for lifetime contributions to American culture. This year’s other recipients are composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music entertainer Reba McEntire, and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The co-creators of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” will receive a special award as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.Cher missed out on the first wave of ABBA-mania, which began to sweep most of the rest of the planet with the Swedish quartet’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo” and was confirmed by the successes of “SOS” and “Mamma Mia” a year later.“I was most Americans,” Cher commented. “I knew ‘Waterloo,’ ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia.’ And that’s pretty much it. And then I became a fan with ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’” she continued, referring to the 1994 Australian dark comedy that played a key role in reviving interest in ABBA recordings.After the 1999 West End debut of the jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” as well as subsequent productions around the world and the 2008 first film “Mamma Mia!,” ABBA-mania was back — and now included the U.S. The band’s 1992 greatest hits album climbed to No. 25 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart this year.Cher appeared in the movie sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” and she met lyricist Bjorn Ulvaeus and composer Benny Andersson from ABBA.Recording the album of covers gave Cher greater ABBA insight. “I was a little cranky with Bjorn because of the way he writes, and then I realized he writes this way because he doesn’t write in English. So, he tells the story in a more interesting way. He has to get to the story.“And I didn’t realize how intricate the music was,” she continued. “I thought, ‘Whoa! Benny has really got some stuff going on there: all these lines, and riff over riff over riff. And so I had more respect for them.”It’s a busy period for Cher, whose latest world tour began Sept. 21 and runs through May, ending in Minneapolis. She’s co-producer of a jukebox musical about her life, “The Cher Show,” with previews set to begin Nov. 1 on Broadway. And the Kennedy Center Honors will be taped Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.Through it all, Cher no doubt will be paying attention to other happenings in D.C., keeping her eye on the Trump administration. “We’ve got to watch out,” she noted. “There were signs at other times in world history and some people didn’t watch them.”___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report. by Michael Cidoni Lennox, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2018 8:26 am PDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, Cher speaks during a women’s march rally in Las Vegas. Authorities say a man living at Cher’s home in Malibu, Calif., has been arrested on suspicion of providing fentanyl to someone who died of an overdose. NBC Los Angeles reports that 23-year-old Donovan Ruiz was arrested by Ventura County sheriff’s investigators. Authorities say he is the child of someone who works at the home.(AP Photo/John Locher) center_img Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honour during Obama yearslast_img read more

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Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen

first_img Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 17-23. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Sunday Night Football: Kansas City at Seattle, NBC, 19.6 million.2. NFL Regular Season: New Orleans at Charlotte, ESPN, 13.3 million.3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 12.6 million.4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12 million.5. “Fox NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 10.3 million.6. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 9.9 million.7. “The Voice (Monday),” NBC 9.5 million.8. “Thursday Night Football: Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers,” NFL Network, 8.2 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC. 8.1 million.10. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.7 million.11. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 7.2 million.12. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.1 million.13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7 million.14. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 6.6 million.15. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.57 million.16. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.4 million.17. “America’s Got Talent: Holiday,” NBC, 6.2 million.18. Thursday Night Football: Washington at Tennessee, NFL Network, 6.19 million.19. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 6.1 million.20. “Thursday Night Football Pre-kick,” NFL Network, 5.6 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2018 2:44 pm PDTcenter_img Nielsen’s top programs for Dec. 17-23last_img read more

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2019

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WICHITA, Kan. — The Latest on a California man who pleaded guilty to making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man (all times local):11:15 a.m.A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed Kansas man following a dispute between two people over $1.50 bet in a “Call of Duty: WWII” video game.Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats, the most serious one for making a false report resulting in a death. Officers who responded shot a Wichita man who opened the door at the former address of a gamer involved in the dispute.Prosecutors sought a sentence of 25 years. The defence sought 20.The case drew attention to the practice of “swatting,” a form of retaliation used by gamers and others get police to descend on an address.___8:45 a.m.A California man faces decades in prison when he’s sentenced for making hoax emergency calls, including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man.Tyler R. Barriss will be sentenced Friday in federal court in Wichita, Kansas. The 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats under an agreement calling for at least 20 years in prison. His case drew national attention to the practice of “swatting,” a form of retaliation gamers and others use to get police to go to an someone’s address.One of Barriss’ calls led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not playing video games. Barriss’ call followed a dispute between two other people over a $1.50 bet in “Call of Duty: WWII.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 9:13 am PDTcenter_img The Latest: Man sentenced to 20 years in fatal ‘swatting’last_img read more

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by John Wawrow The Associated Press Posted Ap

first_img by John Wawrow, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 1:29 pm PDT Spoiler Alert: LeSean McCoy tweets out Avengers movie plot AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If you haven’t done it already, and you’re on social media, mute LeSean McCoy’s account.The Buffalo Bills running back proved to be a one-man spoiler in tweeting out a significant occurrence in the newly released movie, “Avengers: End Game,” shortly after it premiered.The tweets didn’t go unnoticed, especially among Bills fans. Rather than eagerly trying to search out any possible news on who the Bills might select with their two draft picks in the second and third rounds on Friday, they instead learned a key plot twist.The reaction to McCoy’s tweets was so swift, it began trending on social media, and became its own “Twitter Moment.”Twitter posted a thread titled, “LeSean McCoy makes an enemy out of every fan who hasn’t seen Avengers yet,” and included several spoiler alert warnings.The thread then featured several reactions to McCoy’s tweets.Jake Bencie, of Indiana, posted a note asking the NFL to suspend McCoy, while adding he hoped “the Bills don’t win a game this season.”Sara Cichon of Buffalo posted a message that read: “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SAY SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! I wish I could unsee this tweet…this is a horrible day now.”And an account named BetTheOver concluded: “Just forced me to buy a Yeldon jersey with that tweet,” in reference to running back T.J. Yeldon, who signed with the Bills on Monday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Author Richard Ford to be honoured by Library of C

first_imgAuthor Richard Ford to be honoured by Library of Congress AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Independence Day,” is being honoured by the Library of Congress.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Ford has won the library’s Prize for American Fiction. Hayden said in a statement that Ford was a “luminous storyteller” and “eloquent” writer. Ford will be presented the award Aug. 31, during the National Book Festival, which takes place in Washington, D.C. Ford said in a statement that the prize made him feel “useful” to the country’s “conversation with the world.”Ford’s other books include “The Sportswriter” and “The Lay of the Land.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2019 7:06 am PDT FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford poses during a photo call at the 39th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, western France. Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Independence Day,” is being honored by the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday, May 16, 2019, that Ford has won the library’s Prize for American Fiction. He will be presented the award Aug. 31, during the National Book Festival, which takes place in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) last_img read more

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April 22 2003 EASTER The children at Arcosanti c

first_imgApril 22, 2003EASTER: The children at Arcosanti celebrate Easter with a traditional easter egg hunt. Little Robert. [Photo & Text: sa] Bowman, Charlie and Anisa. [Photo: Scott Reily & Text: sa] The peach orchard is the perfect place for the egg hunt. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img

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first_imgMarch 31, 2008 Soleri Studios Scottsdale, aka Cosanti, has been buzzing with spring activity. On Saturday, March 29, it was the site of “The Desert Environment and Urban Sprawl”, a panel discussion with Paolo Soleri, Arizona photographer The event was organized by alumnus Alex Barragan [right photo]. Opening and closing the event was music by Dennis Yee on cello, accompanied by Pinna Joseph [left photo]. Ms. Joseph is the owner of the event’s co-sponsor, Tempe’s “Changing Hands” bookstore. [Photos: tt & text: Amber Klatt] The gentlemen, moderated by local architect Vern Swaback, spoke about the necessary ecological considerations that must be part of current city planning. Instigated by a particularly engaged audience, the artists returned to the topic of a light rail system. And, at the reminding of Arcosanti Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley, there was mention of Soleri’s concept of the Lean Linear City, in which city limits would stream alongside a transportation route. Thank you to everyone who was part of this successful afternoon. We look forward to seeing you at Sundays with Soleri, an afternoon discussion with Paolo Soleri occurring Sundays at 3pm at Cosanti. [Photo: tt & text: Amber Klatt]last_img read more

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July 6 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraArcosanti 5wee

first_imgJuly 6, 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraArcosanti 5-week Workshop program starts with One-week Seminar which consists of in-depth tours of the site and its activities, lectures on Soleri and Arcosanti related subjects, nature walk, sample work, siltcast tile-making and more.[Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraSiltcast instructor Randall Schultz guides each of the Seminar participants in making an 8 inch by 8 inch square plaster tile for this morning session which takes few hours.last_img

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