The Packaging Pitch: Why the museum of ice cream i … Opinion: Produce and politics … You might also be interested in By John Giles, divisional director of agri-food & sustainability, Promar InternationalHaving just returned from recent trips to Poland and Turkey to look at the opportunities in the horticultural sector, I found myself thinking about what both these producing and exporting countries had in common with each other.Poland is now the dominant apple producer in the EU at almost 4.5 million tonnes per annum out of a total of 12 million tonnes. In the past, it has been noted mainly for the production of apple juice and fresh exports to Russia and other East European markets. Poland is now firmly established as one of the top 10 apple exporters in the world.The overall direction of trade, however, has changed considerably in the last few years with the imposition of the trade embargo imposed by Russia. This has seen Polish exporters look for new markets in regions of the world, such as the Middle East, India and even in SE Asia. It has been harder work to gain a toe hold in the main EU markets of the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, but the aspiration is still strong to do so. This change in trade flows has been accompanied by significant investment in the physical infrastructure of the country and in the fruit production and distribution sector too. It was noticeable how much of this investment has been underpinned by funding from the European Commission. You were left with the very strong impression that Poland has fully embraced the benefits of EU membership in a way I am not sure we really ever really here in the U.K. July 29 , 2019 Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken … Turkey is also a large scale apple producer at around 3 million tonnes. As well as a relatively large domestic market of some 80 million consumers, exports have traditionally been made to the likes of Germany, Russia and the Middle East. This includes countries such as Iraq – now the 6th largest apple import market in the world and a place where many international fruit exporters would be wary of doing business in. For Turkey, however, it seems a natural thing to do, even if trade is often conducted on both sides of the border by a series of agents.Turkey, of course, is also a significant producer of citrus at around 4 million tonnes, as well as stone fruits at c. 590,000 tonnes and another 600,000 tonnes of cherries. Turkey also has a strong fruit processing sector and is particularly strong in product categories such as juices and concentrates, as well as in dried products.The country is full of reports of increased plantings over the next few years and this leads to a familiar question – and maybe an answer too: where will this additional fruit be sold? And the answer being – some more to the EU for sure, but a lot more in the future to Asia. India and SE Asian markets. Markets such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and then the likes of HK and Singapore are all very much on the Turkish radar.What then did I find these countries have in common? In summary, this can be given as:The leading players are highly professional, have well laid out orchards and packhouses to international standards. They have often traveled the world, seen what others have – and are willing to learn from them in terms of production and post-harvest infrastructureThey are both looking for new, emerging markets in a combination of the Middle East and Asia, but see supplying more mature markets in Western Europe as probably more difficult (but not impossible) As a result, there is a clear recognition of where they can compete in the future and maybe where they will find it more challengingMindset – the managers and owners of these businesses are invariably well informed, ambitious and well-traveled and are characterized by a very much “can do” attitude in terms of export developmentRecognizing the need to “import” technical and commercial skills from abroad and adopt new forms of technology across the supply chain in the race to secure new markets and customers. These businesses are in a hurryA ready willingness to ask themselves the “hard questions” about where their businesses are heading and then think about the actions they need to take in order to achieve mid to long term goalsA positive view of the world per se, and a fascination to understand more about the decisions we have made in this country about our future membership of the EUIn both countries, there is, of course, still a good deal of work to do in order to achieve the success they desire, but from what I have seen over the last few months, you wouldn’t bet against them achieving this in the future. Orchards will need to be replanted, new varieties will need to be developed, investments in post-harvest technology planned and implemented and new marketing and customer development skills learned. Winning new export markets is hard work and takes time.Coming back from both trips, I returned home invigorated and feeling I had been privileged to spend time with these businesses, and in many ways, the opportunity to have enhanced my own personal knowledge too, about what is happening on the other side of Europe.John works for Promar International, a leading agri-food market research and consulting business and the value chain consulting arm of Genus plc. He can be contacted on email@example.com Opinion: Inaugural Global Grape Summit gathers the …
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Travelport has launched a global campaign to encourage more support for airline passengers with intellectual disabilities, aligned with the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019.The travel commerce platform says it aims to improve awareness and use of the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which can be used by travel agents, among others, to alert airlines when a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance.Travelport’s six-month long campaign will reach more than 100,000 travel agents in over 30 countries. It features electronic direct mails (EDMs) as well as ‘sign on alerts’ and graphical ‘prompts’ delivered through the company’s flagship Travelport Smartpoint tool, which is used by travel agents, among others, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms and more. The EDMs and ‘sign on alerts’ are being shown to its travel agent partners globally, while the ‘prompts’ are activated when a consultant is at the booking stage of a flight to over 30 of the most popular destinations in the world such as London, New York, Sydney and Delhi.The campaign was initiated after Travelport found evidence of exceptionally low use of the code on bookings made through its global distribution system (GDS). GDS are vast hi-tech reservation networks that allow travel agents, travel management companies and large corporations, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items. Despite registering more than 250 million flight bookings through its GDS globally in 2018, and an estimated 200 million people worldwide having an intellectual disability (2.6% of the global population), the code was used just 4,309 times (approximately 0.0015% of total flight bookings). A poll of 136 of travel agents, conducted by Travelport, revealed just 24% know the code exists.Gordon Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Travelport, said: “Travel can be a particularly challenging time for people who require special assistance, so once we discovered such low use of the DPNA SSR code, we decided to take action. Our point of sale, Travelport Smartpoint, with all of its graphical and prompted capabilities offers the perfect channel to reach and remind travel agents across the world of the existence of this facility, enabling them to work in better partnership with our airline customers in the service of these travelers. We hope this campaign will not only make a difference in the travel industry but act as a catalyst for other organizations to investigate how their industry or the industry they serve can better support people with intellectual disabilities and make improvements where needed.” airlines
No one has the answer as to what the Arizona Cardinals will do for a quarterback once the NFL lockout is lifted. Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley thinks he has a pretty good idea what should happen though.“You don’t typically have twenty-six year olds that have started seven games who in three of those games they threw for well over 300-yards and twice were named NFC players of the week,” he said Thursday on Doug and Wolf. “You don’t have those guys just walking around out there. The reason being is because they are at a premium. Quarterbacks, young quarterbacks who can play, are at a premium in the National Football League.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Hmm, 26, seven starts and two NFC player of the week awards? Sounds like Wolf has someone specific in mind who could fit what the Cardinals are looking for.“Marc Bulger he’s got his own holes,” the host said. “Matt Hasselbeck everyone talks about, well he’s got a rickety and I do mean rickety back at 35-years of age. All these guys you can bring in as a free agent they have their problems as well. It’s about percentages. Kevin Kolb represents to me the highest percentage chance of being the ‘guy’ the Arizona Cardinals hope they can bring in here to play quarterback.”What that percentage truly is, is anyone’s guess, but based on all the talk over the last three-plus months, it sounds like a lot think it will be high. It sounds like the Cardinals front office likely agrees with his assessment. Now if only we knew what the price for Kolb really was, we’d be all set. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation But no one is at that point, not yet. For now all we haveare rumors of the Cardinals being interested in a QB whotechnically isn’t even available, one who if he does reachthe open market comes with as many question marks as anyplayer in recent history. Somers said some fans may see Kolb as a player who lackspassion, that his attitude of “what will be, will be” is asign he doesn’t really care.“I don’t think that’s the case at all,” Somers said. “Ireally think, as much as any player can, I think he triesto take that attitude that this is a business and teamsare going to do whatever they’re going to do.”That means if his time in Arizona ends after one season,Kolb will understand and, at 28-years-old, find somewhereelse to work. Assuming Manning doesn’t come to Arizona, though, theCards will have to turn the reins over to someone who theywere possibly looking to replace. That could mean soothingsome hurt feelings.“I think he would be hurt in the sense that maybe there’snot the commitment to him that he thought there was, but Ithink he’s tougher than that, I don’t think he will gointo a shell,” Somers said. “I think in that case, theCardinals — or any other team in that situation — couldgo to their number one quarterback and say ‘look, we had achance to get a premier quarterback, maybe the best in theleague, a Hall of Famer, and we rolled the dice.’” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals could put an end to the Peyton Manningrumors by coming out and saying they will be payingKevin Kolb his $7 million roster bonus and won’t beparting with the QB less than a year after trading forhim.But that hasn’t happened.“I fully expect this team to be interested, at least kickthe tires on the situation,” Arizona Republic Cardinalsbeat writer Kent Somers told Arizona Sports 620’s Burnsand Gambo of the Cardinals and Manning. The fact that the Cardinals have not come out and said itwon’t happen could just be standard operating procedure,as Somers noted the Cardinals don’t like talking aboutmoves that haven’t happened. Still, with Manning being linked to Arizona and the Cardspossibly being a QB away from being a playoff team again,it would make plenty of sense if they were interested inthe future Hall of Famer.“I don’t think there’s any doubt that they’re sittingback, looking at the timing of the whole Manning situationand are curious to see how it’s going to play out,” Somerssaid.Given that Manning will have his choice of teams oncereleased by the Colts, it stands to reason he may notchoose Arizona. If that’s the case, the team will likelyturn to Kolb in hopes he will be the player they thoughthe would be. Asked if the rumored pursuit of Manning has affectedKolb’s demeanor, Somers said he hasn’t seen anythingindicating that is the case.“He’s not sweating it,” Somers said of Kolb’s reaction tothe rumors. “It’s kind of the attitude Kevin hadthroughout this whole year, in dealing with the trade andthe contract and the pressure being on him.” 0 Comments Share
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Norv Turner, former head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins – The 60-year-old Turner has been regarded as one of the top offensive minds in football for two decades. However, as a head coach, he’s left a little to be desired, compiling a 113-122-1 record in 15 seasons. After coaching the Chargers to three straight playoff appearances from 2007 to 2009, Turner posted a very pedestrian 24-24 record over the last three seasons which led to his dismissal in San Diego. After six seasons in the desert, the ax fell on head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the majority of his offensive staff and general manager Rod Graves Monday morning.The Cardinals became the first team in league history to start a season with a 4-0 record and end with a 5-11 mark.Whomever the franchise hires as the new GM will have a long and impressive list of candidates to choose from to replace the winningest coach in team history. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires McCoy has proven he can thrive with established star quarterbacks like Peyton Manning this season, or young, inexperienced signal callers like Tim Tebow, who under McCoy’s watch, led the Broncos to a division championship and a playoff win in 2011. In-house candidatesRay Horton, Defensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals – Horton has only two years of experience as a coordinator in the NFL, but has opened the eyes of many around that league in a short time. Most feel the Cardinals, fueled by Horton’s defensive scheme, would have been a playoff-caliber team with even an average NFL offense.Horton will be a popular target for interviews around the National Football League this offseason, as seven head coaching jobs have opened up.Former NFL head coachesJon Gruden, ESPN analyst and former head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gruden’s name comes up often for coaching vacancies in both the pro and college ranks, but he claims he’s happy as an analyst opposite Mike Tirico on Monday Night Football.In 11 seasons as an NFL head coach, Gruden racked up a 95-81 record, five playoff trips and a Super Bowl title for the Bucs in 2002.Bill Cowher, CBS analyst and former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers – Cowher has been out of coaching since 2006, but is a frequent target of coaching rumors. In 15 years at the helm of the Steelers, Cowher finished 149-90-1, guided ten teams to the playoffs, won two conference championships and a Super Bowl in 2005. NFL CoordinatorsTodd Haley, offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers – Haley was part of Whisenhunt’s staff during the Cardinals’ improbable run to the Super Bowl in 2008, and nearly rejoined the team last offseason before landing in Pittsburgh. Haley spent two-plus seasons as the head coach in Kansas City, coaching the Chiefs to an AFC West title in 2010.He’s not the easiest guy in the world to get along with, but is reported to be held in high regard by the Bidwill family.Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos – The 40-year old McCoy is one of, if not the, hottest commodity among coordinators in the NFL. He hasn’t been a head coach at any level, but has served as the O.C. in Denver since 2009.And besides Horton, McCoy’s name was the first to pop up in Cardinals-specific rumors Monday.Arizona and Chicago have asked for and received permission to interview Broncos OC Mike McCoy for their HC job. Will interview this weekend.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012 Lovie Smith, former head coach of the Chicago Bears – Smith guided the Chicago Bears to a 10-win season in 2012, but they missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and team ownership wasn’t pleased.Smith had an 81-62 in Chicago and guided the Bears to a 13-win season and an NFC championship in 2006. Smith also has familiarity with the Valley, having served as the linebackers coach at Arizona State under Larry Marmie from 1988 to 1991.Tony Dungy, NBC analyst and former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts – Dungy last coached in the NFL in 2008 with the Colts, and compiled a very impressive 139-69 record on NFL sidelines. In his 13 seasons as a head coach, he missed the playoffs only twice and suffered only losing season — 1996, his first season in Tampa Bay. While his name appears in rumors frequently, Dungy appears to be very content as a studio analyst for NBC, as he very succinctly stated on his Twitter feed last week.We lived in Kansas City 3 years and loved it. I love the Hunt family. But I will not be back in coaching, there or anywhere else.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 27, 2012 Top Stories – / 8 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks – Bradley spent 16 seasons as a defensive assistant at small colleges before joining Monte Kiffin’s defensive staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. In 2009, he became the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks, where his unit ranked fourth in the league in total defense this season.College coachesChip Kelly, head coach at the University of Oregon – Kelly has been one of the most successful coaches in the country over the last four seasons, compiling a 45-7 record and guiding the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl games. He’s arguably the most coveted candidate for all NFL coaching candidates, but there is some question about whether Kelly’s offense will translate well to the pro game.Nick Saban, head coach at the University of Alabama – Saban has been long considered a coaching nomad; in fact his current six-year stay in Tuscaloosa is the longest of his coaching career. That fact has led to rampant speculation that he’ll try his hand at the NFL after a failed two-year experiment with the Miami Dolphins. His services will command a high salary — one probably not in line with the Cardinals’ budget. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The Arizona Cardinals released second-year cornerback Jamell Fleming and upgraded wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad to the active roster, according to a team tweet Saturday.Fleming was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma alum saw action in 15 games with the Cardinals last season. He was not active for the season-opening 27-24 loss in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 8. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Taylor was originally released as the team made its final round of cuts before the regular season began, but he was later added to the practice squad. The Arizona State product caught nine passes for 122 yards during the preseason. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
In his career, he has 226 tackles and 10 interceptions.The Cardinals had previously been linked to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and while he visited with the team last week, no deal was signed and both parties may have decided to move on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals’ search for cornerback depth is leading them in a new direction.According to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers, Mike Jenkins is expected to visit with the team Tuesday.Jenkins, 28, spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after being with the Dallas Cowboys the previous five.The former first-round pick, now 28, tallied 65 combined tackles along with two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed last season.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. As it pertains to Iupati, Bob McManaman — senior sportswriter for The Arizona Republic — is confident head coach Bruce Arians and the Cards can manage the situation. He joined Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday to shed some light on what exactly Arizona’s options are when it comes to temporarily filling Iupati’s void.“A knee scope usually isn’t that big a deal with a meniscus,” McManaman said. “I’ve seen guys come back in three weeks. This is a big guy and a lineman who is a pulling guard and a great run blocker and it might take him another week or two or three longer than it takes a [defensive back] or a tight end. The good news is, they’re inserting a guy (Ted Larsen) that started 17 games for them last year, so I’m not terribly concerned there.”McManaman feels similarly about the Cardinals ability to compensate for the loss of Peters, who was regarded as a key offseason addition when the team signed the former Kentucky product this spring after spending the previous five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Though the loss of Peters hurts, McManaman doesn’t believe the injury will drastically affect the defensive line unit’s morale or quality of play. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “You would think it does, losing a starter for the year before you’ve played a game, but if there was any a place they could afford it, it was on the defensive line quite frankly,” McManaman said. “That’s where the depth is. There’s depth on both lines on both sides of the ball, but I love Rodney Gunter and I think he could be a superstar within a year. It shows you that he’s jumping from third-string, fourth-string all the way up to a starting role — at least this week. He can play anywhere on the front, and I love Corey Peters, but this is the second torn Achilles in basically two and a half years.”Though adding an extra body along the defensive line doesn’t seem likely at this point, McManaman offered a somewhat fresh take on what the Cardinals should do in the event they run into depth issues under center. Last season, Arizona’s woes at quarterback were well documented after Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending knee injury Week 6 versus St. Louis. To avoid similar trials and tribulations this season, McManaman believes the Cards should go all in on one particular backup quarterback currently holding a clipboard in the AFC South. “Here’s the position no one is talking about: Quarterback,” McManaman said. “Shouldn’t you bring in another guy just in case since Logan Thomas apparently isn’t going to be the guy? Why haven’t they done that yet? What happens if something happens to ‘No. 3’ (Carson Palmer).“Here’s my take, guys and this is just my opinion, but I think some people will share it. Zach Mettenberger is going to be there for the taking in Tennessee and that’s a good, solid young player who could fit really nicely into Bruce’s offense, in my opinion. If you could trade some of your depth, even at wide receiver, running back, defensive line, secondary — they’re a little thin there right now — but to get that guy, I think they could do it. I think it would be a hell of a move.”One highly publicized acquisition the Cardinals did make to their offensive backfield was that of running back Chris Johnson. Prior to his only season with the New York Jets in 2014, Johnson rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his previous six seasons with the Tennessee Titans, including a magnificent 2009 campaign that saw “CJ2k” rush for over 2,000 yards. According to McManaman, Johnson is already fitting in famously with his new stable mates in the running back meeting room. 0 Comments Share Top Stories LISTEN: Bob McManaman, AZCentral sports reporter “What I love is that him and Ellington are like best buddies now,” McManaman said. “That was the biggest concern I had.“Some of the things you hear about a guy when you don’t really know him — will he be standoff-ish, will he be me-first with a CJ2K kind of attitude? — but Ellington warmed up to him right away. Chris Johnson and him are hanging out everywhere they go, and I love that. They’re the same kind of player, which is great. You just have a healthy one now in CJ because he doesn’t get hurt. He’s shown a lot of quick moves and we’ll see a little bit of them Saturday in five or six plays. And I’ll tell ya, here’s a little tip, when he goes into the game as No. 27, the Cardinals will not be throwing the ball…Arians doesn’t want him on any blitz pickup at all. Even though he can do it, he just doesn’t know the offense well enough to risk Carson Palmer getting killed.” We’re still a few scant weeks away from the start of the NFL regular season, but the Arizona Cardinals are already feeling the affects of the injury bug. It was announced Thursday that the Cardinals would be without the services of offensive guard Mike Iupati (knee) for the next three to eight weeks, while defensive lineman Corey Peters has been lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles.While it’s an unfortunate reality for the preseason to be marred by significant injuries, it is a reality nonetheless. Coaches and front office personnel do what they can to have contingency plans in place, while players simply fighting for a spot on the roster are suddenly gifted the opportunity to compete for a starting role. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Through the first two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have not allowed a sack and rushed for better than 100 yards in each game, the latter of which hasn’t happened to begin a season in nearly a decade.The offensive line has performed admirably despite missing starters Mike Iupati and Bobby Massie.Iupati is still out and is listed among the seven game-day inactives.Massie, though, will make his 2015 debut against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Not only will Massie play, but he will start and replace Earl Watford at right tackle.“We’re going to go with Bobby Massie and see how it goes,” head coach Bruce Arians said, during his weekly TV show. “Earl did a heck of a job. We had a few too many hits on the quarterback. I’ll say this: Bobby is on a short leash.”Massie missed the first two games serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, stemming from his arrest the week of the Super Bowl.He started every game last year.Iupati, signed to a five-year, $40 million free-agent contract in the offseason, has yet to practice fully in the two weeks since he’s been back from knee surgery.Also inactive are quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver J.J. Nelson, running back Andre Ellington, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tackle D.J. Humphries and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Nelson had already been ruled out. A shoulder injury he sustained last week at Chicago is expected to keep him off the field for two-to-four weeks.Ellington was listed doubtful as he works his way back from a knee injury suffered Week 1.“He’s making really good progress,” Arians said.For the 49ers, those not dressing include wide receiver Bruce Ellington, running back Reggie Bush, cornerback Shareece Wright, guard Brandon Thomas, offensive lineman Ian Silberman, nose tackle Mike Purcell and tight end Vance McDonald.
Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“OK, out today with the intent to be back Wednesday: Shaq Riddick, Mike Iupati, Earl Watford, Antoine McClain, Ed Stinson, Asa Jackson. Out for sure: Gabe Martin, Alex Okafor, Alan Ball, Elie Bouka, Larry Fitzgerald — that’s more me than him. That’s pretty much it. (Robert) Nkemdiche will back today individually and see how he does. – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I thought we started the week off extremely well yesterday; one of the best practices we’ve had the entire camp and see if we can put two together, take a day off and then get into a gameplan week, a normal week, non-camp week but more of a gameplan week. I like where we’re at.”Is Fitzgerald just precautionary?“He over-did it yesterday and got (the knee) sore again, so just take some time.”Is defensive tackle a position where Nkemdiche can get up to speed pretty quickly? “No, it doesn’t take much time. He’s been in all the meetings, and he should know what gap to get in.”What will you need to see physically from Justin Bethel to know he’s ready? “Just the bravado that goes with a corner; going out and jumping in somebody’s face covering them and getting beat and shaking it off. He struggled last year thinking he let the team down when somebody caught a pass on him. It bothered him. They’re going to catch passes on you because they’re going to throw a hell of a lot of them at you. Just come back and battle, which he did a pretty good job of. With him coming back this soon, as good as he looked yesterday, that’ll be a nice battle going all the rest of the way.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks with cornerback Brandon Williams during a training camp practice Aug. 21. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) “We would probably switch D.J. (Humphries) back to the left if we had to. But John, he’s done a pretty good job at left (tackle).”What makes you think Andre Ellington can be a good punt returner?“Well, he’s unbelievable in space. The more times he can touch it in space the better we’re going to be, and he’s a natural punt-catcher. Not many guys can go back there and just jump in there and catch balls like he has. Now he’s got to make some judgment things. We worked a lot of guys running in his face yesterday with (expletive) kicks. Running up there, do I catch it, do I fair catch it, do I let it hit the ground just so he could get a lot of decisions in that manner. It doesn’t take much for him. When you think about a punt return, it’s just the running zone play. You stretch it, then you hit a crease. He’s just got to make one guy miss and it’s a house call.” How much playing time do you think he’ll get with the regular offense?“He’ll get his share because he’s too explosive to be sitting next to me all day.”Because this is the third preseason game do you consider the best gauge of the team? “No. It’s the third preseason game and whether Carson (Palmer) plays the whole first half, we’ll wait and see. It depends on how we play. I’m not interested in seeing (the starters) play 30 plays. I know what they can do. I’d like to see them against a really good quality front. I wish J.J. (Watt) was playing because he is the best there is and I hope he is playing soon because he’s great for the game. I don’t need to see these guys play a bunch.” Top Stories What kind of an impact did the end of last season have on Bethel?“It should’ve been a very positive one. He didn’t give up that Hail Mary (against Green Bay). That wasn’t his fault. He got blamed for it. He wasn’t even in that coverage as far as where he was supposed to be. He was in the right spot. He had a hell of a ballgame in a couple of ballgames. I don’t care who you put opposite of Patrick (Peterson), they’re going to catch balls over there because that’s where they’re all going.”What did you see out of John Brown in his return to practice yesterday?“He looked good. We’re going to put a yellow jersey on him today so he can go through the practice with no contact.”What did you see from Tryann Mathieu yesterday?“Moved around really well, just like he has been out there running around. Took a cheap shot on J.J. (Nelson), which was OK. J.J. needs it.”How would you describe the responsibilities of your offensive tackles? “Block the best players on the other team. That’s pretty much it because those defensive ends get paid a bunch of money. They get paid a million dollars a sack, you get paid half a million for 59 good blocks.” Have you seen enough from John Wetzel that you think he could step in for Jared Veldheer if necessary? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share That’s why in an ESPN Insider article listing one free agent each NFL team should sign, tight end Martellus Bennett was chosen for Arizona.The 29-year-old could give the Cardinals a new weapon at the tight end position.Here’s what ESPN said about Bennett potentially going to Arizona:For a team that uses a tight end as such a crucial part of its offense, the Cardinals might want to fix the revolving door of inadequacy that they’ve managed in recent years. For Arizona, it’s a blocking-first position, and New England’s Bennett has been one of the top blocking tight ends over the course of his career. The journeyman also adds some playmaking ability after the catch, as he led the league in broken tackles in 2013 and 2014.Bennett would be a valuable signing for the Cardinals. He spent 2016 with the Patriots and helped them win Super Bowl LI with five catches for 62 yards in the OT win over the Atlanta Falcons. During the regular season he caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.If Bennett does sign with Arizona, it would be his fifth team, with previous stops with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Patriots. He would join his brother Michael Bennett, who is a defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, in the NFC West. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have been very proficient on the offensive side of the ball.But despite having one of the NFL’s best offenses, Arizona has not used tight ends as much as one might think.In 2016, the Cardinals’ leading receiver for a tight end was Jermaine Gresham, though his 391 receiving yards ranked sixth overall on the team. Gresham’s receiving yards were 28th in the league for tight ends. FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates a touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland. In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an organization that usually shies away from individuality. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
6. New Orleans Saints (6-2)Shift: ▲2Hi: 5Lo: 9Comment: Saints have won six in a row, but enter a rough stretch starting Sunday in Buffalo. — MarottaNext: at Buffalo7. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)Shift: ▲2Hi: 6Lo: 9Comment: The Cowboys are playing good football and Jerry Jones continues to say stupid things. — MarottaNext: at Atlanta8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)Shift: ▼4Hi: 5Lo: 9Comment: The Chiefs’ end zone sack race was hilarious. Losing three of four? Not so much. — MorganNext: Bye Week9. Seattle Seahawks (5-3)Shift: ▼4Hi: 7Lo: 12Comment: They were this close to another typical Seattle win. I got a bad feeling about Thursday night. — BurnsNext: at Arizona (Thursday)10. Carolina Panthers (6-3)Shift: ▲1Hi: 8Lo: 12Comment: ‘The Titanic’ must go on without Benjamin. Hope there’s room on the door for Cam and all his dumb hats. — MarottaNext: vs. Miami11. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)Shift: ▲1Hi: 8Lo: 12Comment: The Jags are on pace for 70 sacks, which would tie the 1987 Bears for third all-time. — MorganNext: vs. LA Chargers12. Tennessee Titans (5-3)Shift: ▲4Hi: 11Lo: 14Comment: They have a good one-two punch with Murray and Henry behind a very good offensive line. — JureckiNext: vs. Baltimore Top Stories Wow.The Philadelphia Eagles looked like the best team in the league heading into their matchup against Denver last Sunday. Then, they went out an hung 51 on the Broncos’ defense and came out of Week 9 looking like the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl.The Broncos haven’t had 50 or more points scored on them since 2010 and haven’t given up more than 34 in the last three seasons. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw for four touchdowns against Denver, is looking like the front-runner for the league MVP award at the season’s midway point as well. 1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)Shift: —Hi: 1Lo: 1Comment: Well I’m sold. When’s the last time anyone put up 51 on Denver’s D? — LapinskiNext: Bye Week2. New England Patriots (6-2)Shift: —Hi: 2Lo: 2Comment: Did the 49ers really ask Patriots coach Bill Belichick if he would trade Tom Brady? FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer says yes. — MorganNext: at Denver3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)Shift: —Hi: 3Lo: 4Comment: Steelers are always one of those teams that just get better as the season goes on. — BurnsNext: at Indianapolis4. Los Angeles Rams (6-2)Shift: ▲3Hi: 3Lo: 5Comment: The number-one scoring offense in the NFL at 32.9 points per game. — JureckiNext: vs. Houston5. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 3Lo: 9Comment: CBS Sports reported that QB Teddy Bridgewater will be activated to the 53-man roster. How long before he starts? — MorganNext: at Washington ErrorOK ErrorOK 20. Green Bay Packers (4-4)Shift: ▼5Hi: 14Lo: 20Comment: Aaron Rodgers’ MVP stock is rising as he sits out. Not really, but you get my point. — MarottaNext: at Chicago21. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)Shift: ▲5Hi: 19Lo: 24Comment: The Cardinals’ four wins are against the 49ers (twice), Colts and Bucs. Those teams have combined for five wins. — MorganNext: vs. Seattle (Thursday night)22. Houston Texans (3-5)Shift: ▼9Hi: 18Lo: 25Comment: Losing Deshaun Watson was a big blow to the offense. Tom Savage isn’t the answer. — JureckiNext: at LA Rams23. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)Shift: ▼1Hi: 19Lo: 25Comment: After winning three of four heading into Week 10, the Chargers’ LA bandwagon is growing. Just kidding. — MarottaNext: at Jacksonville24. Denver Broncos (3-5)Shift: ▼5Hi: 21Lo: 24Comment: Absolutely falling apart. Issues run deeper than quarterback, apparently. — BurnsNext: vs. New England25. Miami Dolphins (4-4)Shift: ▼1Hi: 16Lo: 27Comment: Why are the Dolphins always on in prime time??? — LapinskiNext: at Carolina (Monday night)26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)Shift: ▲1Hi: 25Lo: 27Comment: AJ Green losing his mind might be the weirdest thing that happened this week. — BurnsNext: at Tennessee Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Here’s a look at our 1-32 pecking order heading into Week 10.Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | Morgan Week 10 Composite BallotBiggest Risers: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders ▲6Biggest Fallers:Houston Texans ▼9 27. Chicago Bears (3-5)Shift: ▼1Hi: 26Lo: 28Comment: The Bears defense has improved from a year ago when it was 24th in points allowed. This year, it’s 13th. — JureckiNext: vs. Green Bay28. Indianapolis Colts (3-6)Shift: ▲2Hi: 28Lo: 29Comment: Of T.Y. Hilton’s 702 yards, 505 have come in three games — all wins, by the way. — LapinskiNext: vs. Pittsburgh29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)Shift: ▼2Hi: 27Lo: 29Comment: It looks like the Bucs have tuned out Koetter and Jameis’ weird pregame pump-up speeches. — MarottaNext: vs. NY Jets30. San Francisco 49ers (0-9)Shift: ▲1Hi: 30Lo: 31Comment: The good news: the 49ers have their QB of the future in Jimmy G. — JureckiNext: vs. NY Jets31. New York Giants (1-7)Shift: ▼2Hi: 28Lo: 30Comment: The McAdoo halftime speech will live in infamy. — BurnsNext: at San Francisco32. Cleveland Browns (0-8)Shift: —Hi: 32Lo: 32Comment: A week without a loss. Yep, the Browns were on a bye. — MorganNext: at Detroit 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 13. Buffalo Bills (5-3)Shift: ▼3Hi: 10Lo: 16Comment: One more win and the Bills are surprisingly bowl-eligible. — MarottaNext: at NY Jets (Thursday night)14. Washington Redskins (4-4)Shift: ▲3Hi: 11Lo: 14Comment: That’s the game that should convince the Redskins that Cousins is their franchise QB. — BurnsNext: vs. Minnesota15. Detroit Lions (4-4)Shift: ▲3Hi: 15Lo: 17Comment: They had a bounce back game against the Packers on Monday. — JureckiNext: vs. Cleveland16. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)Shift: ▼2Hi: 15Lo: 20Comment: Honestly not sure Steve Sarkisian knows Devonta Freeman is on his team. — LapinskiNext: vs. Dallas17. Oakland Raiders (4-5)Shift: ▲6Hi: 13Lo: 22Comment: Oakland (4-5) still must face the Patriots, Chiefs, Cowboys and Eagles. The playoffs are a longshot. — MorganNext: Bye Week18. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)Shift: ▲2Hi: 16Lo: 21Comment: Like Matt Damon in Rounders they’re “hanging around.” — BurnsNext: Bye Week19. New York Jets (4-5)Shift: ▲6Hi: 18Lo: 22Comment: Heading right for 8-8 or 7-9. Which means they’ll need to trade up to draft their QB of the future. — LapinskiNext: at Tampa Bay The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP photos) 0 Comments Share 👊 #AllAZ #AllWins pic.twitter.com/bQEXFBo4a8— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 4, 2018 Related LinksConnauton scores again to lift Coyotes over FlamesJackson scores 28, Suns escape with win over Kings to snap losing streakLefty hitters, Godley give D-backs win over Kershaw-led DodgersAs for the other professional Arizona sports, Carson Palmer had been a Cardinal for eight days and Brittney Griner was five days away from being a member of the Mercury.The Rattlers were a month away from winning their fourth Arena Bowl Championship, while Phoenix Rising FC wouldn’t be founded for another year as Arizona United SC.Tuesday was a good night for all three teams to win — this was the final time the Suns, Coyotes and D-backs will play on the same night this season.The next opportunity will roll around in October. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories And the Coyotes? Well, they were still known as the Phoenix Coyotes when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.The teams had a little fun with this after the game.Hey, @Dbacks @ArizonaCoyotes how you guys feeling right now?!#AllAZ #AllWins— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 4, 2018 pic.twitter.com/9NdAgQFkf9— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 4, 2018Take the five years with a grain of salt – April is the only full month all three teams play. The Suns and Coyotes don’t have a full summer with the D-backs, and spring training in March doesn’t count – though all three teams have won on the same night multiple times during the respective preseasons.A lot has changed in the world since then. Twitter has taken over as the voice for millions. A different president sits in the Oval Office. Star Wars has expanded its movie empire three times.At the same time, not much has changed for these three teams. Paul Goldschmidt has manned first base for the D-backs since 2013. The Suns were trying to get over Steve Nash’s recent departure. And though the Coyotes changed their city name, they haven’t changed their arena’s city. The Diamondbacks, Suns and Coyotes achieved a feat on Tuesday for the first time in five seasons.April 10, 2013 — the five-year anniversary will be next week — was the last time all three Arizona teams won on the same night.On Tuesday, the D-backs beat the Dodgers 6-1. The Suns broke their 15-game losing streak by defeating the Kings 97-94 and in Calgary, the Coyotes skated to a 4-1 win over the Flames.Five years ago, the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 behind Wade Miley’s strong pitching performance and A.J. Pollock’s two home runs. The Suns recorded one of their 25 wins by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 102-91, when Luis Scola pulled down 15 rebounds.
W Retreat & Spa – Maldives has unveiled a fresh new take on the luxury retreat. Curated by cutting-edge trend influencers, the retreat reflects a unique vision of the Maldives, now and beyond, of Angela Chang, Director of Design, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific; Tahir Sultan, well-known fashion designer; Alec Monopoly, famous street artist; Tara Stiles, yogi and W Hotels’ FIT consultant; Su-Man Hsu, the most in-demand celebrity facialist; and renowned DJs such as Scarlett Etienne, Silky and Erica Rhone.“We are thrilled to work with this eclectic group of trendsetters, who came together and fused their imaginations to create a buzzing new energy on the island,” said Jean-Louis Ripoche, Complex General Manager, W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.Luxury Playground, RebornLed by Angela Chang, the new look of the retreat evokes a sensory experience that reflects the perfect blend of W’s innovative architectural design and contemporary aesthetics. At the same time, the colours, materials and glowing elements convey the unique, vibrant and playful personality of the island.Ideally located on the seaside with breath-taking scenery, the restyled Wonderful Beach Oasis retreats bring to life the synergy of the beach and Indian Ocean.Set over the Indian Ocean, the newly designed Fabulous Lagoon Oasis and Spectacular Ocean Oasis overwater retreats capture the energy of the Maldivian underwater sea life with blue and white tones. Signature items include a white super-sized stingray rocking chair designed by Thomas Pedersen as a modern interpretation of the classic rocking chair, a jellyfish see-through coffee table, stunning medusa bedside lights designed by Roxy Towry-Russel, a glowing starfish pillow and an Italian designer trolley bar that highlights the cocktail culture of the W brand.W Retreat & Spa – Maldives features 78 private retreats and suites, including 28 Wonderful Beach Oasis, 25 Spectacular Ocean Oasis, 21 Fabulous Lagoon Oasis, 3 WOW Ocean Escape and 1 Extreme WOW Ocean Haven (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). Each chic and spacious retreat features a king-sized signature W bed, deluxe Bose® sound system, 42-inch television, wine refrigerator, delightful Munchie Box (the W brand’s reinterpretation of the staid mini bar), sumptuous Bliss® bath amenities, infinity plunge pool and sundeck.‘Let It Glow’ PackageTo commemorate W Retreat & Spa – Maldives’ restyling, the ‘Let It Glow’ package offers:Vibrant UV night snorkelling experience on the breathtaking house-reef‘Ocean-to-table’ dinner curated by Chef Paul Lewis on Escape, the luxury two mast yacht, under the starry Maldivian skyInfinite glowing cocktails at 15Below, the only underground night club in the Maldives5-hour body treatments and massages at Gaathafushi, W Maldives’ private islandA minimum stay of 4 nights is required. The package starts at US$2285++ per night.Digital DetoxGuests may also embark on a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience on Gaathafushi, W Retreat & Spa – Maldives’ very own private island. Here, they can stay overnight on their own deserted island, intact and wild, with no TV or Internet; indulge in exquisite serenity, exploring the surrounding silent lagoon before hanging on the beach; and unwinding like never before with a glass of Champagne and the best sunset views, while their own private chef sets up a special candlelight BBQ dinner.Rates start from US$1480 per night. A minimum stay of 5 nights is required (including 1 night at Gaathafushi).www.whotels.com/maldives
Go back to the e-newsletterFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll, the first private island in the company’s portfolio and the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway located in a World Biosphere Reserve.Opening in late 2016, this secluded two-hectare oasis transcends the private island experience. “Entirely yours” from the moment of booking, the island’s seven bedrooms, Beach House, Dive Centre, Oceans of Consciousness Spa and 18.9-metre yacht extend the spoils of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to up to 22 guests on an exclusive basis.Alongside the Four Seasons Private Jet and the company’s array of Extraordinary Experiences, the island showcases the company’s commitment to offering the world’s most discerning guests the best of a destination, while surrounded by the personalised service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of Four Seasons.“Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will redefine exclusive luxury, opening as a tropical haven for those who seek an unprecedented experience of private luxury alongside Four Seasons legendary service,” said Mike Crawford, President, Asia Pacific. “As the latest addition to our Extraordinary Experiences collection, the island speaks to the company’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience and our ability to reimagine the limits of luxury travel in creative and innovative ways. It’s just one of the many ways we’re constantly evolving our offerings to deliver the kind of memorable, fully-customised and exclusive experiences our guests want and value.”“At Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, guests can design their own experience,” commented Armando Kraenzlin, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. “They can treat the island as a space to spend captivating moments with family and friends; a place to play to the extreme and explore to their heart’s content; a secluded sanctuary to retreat and spa; the most exclusive VIP venue to celebrate and party; or an inspiring landscape to meet and motivate.”Many experiences – from year-round manta ray sightings to mind-expanding kids’ activities – focus on the surrounding UNESCO territory, guided by a team that has already spent a decade protecting it. Indeed, Four Seasons developed Voavah in close coordination with local environmental consultancies to ensure proper maintenance of the balance between man and nature, culture and conservation – in keeping with the prerequisites of the Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere designation.Voavah days revolve around the double-storey Beach House and adjacent white sands, crystal waters and abundant reef – all exemplary even by Maldivian standards. The Beach House hub offers an open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge, while seven bedrooms span three separate locations: on the beach, over the lagoon or elevated in panoramic Mezzanine Suites.As are all aspects of Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, dining on the island is tailored to the mood of island guests, meal by meal, from poolside to The Beach House dining room, at the water’s edge or on a sandbank. A private yacht – Voavah Summer – invites exploration of a dazzling and undisturbed UNESCO territory. From diving with whale sharks to snorkelling with year-round manta rays, swimming with neighbourhood turtles, fishing for dinner, visiting local islands, surfing unknown breaks and cruising into breathtaking Baa Atoll sunsets, the possibilities on Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah are endless.Expanding horizons, The Oceans of Consciousness Spa offers bespoke overwater spa therapies and rituals; yoga, meditation and pranayama classes; high-end beauty treatments; and Rossano Ferretti hair consultant on call.In the mood for a party? On Voavah, there are no neighbours, no paparazzi and the possibilities are endless. Groups can create one-of-a-kind birthday surprises and celebrations, fly in big name acts or create their own mini music festival or beach party, all perfected with a sprinkling of Voavah magic.The island is accessible via a 40-minute seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport, or a 20-minute speedboat ride from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will be the fourth addition to the company’s Maldives collection, including Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, and Four Seasons Explorer.The experience of Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will set the benchmark for private island travel, both due to the transfixing natural beauty of the island and the highly bespoke, privacy-protected service that epitomises Four Seasons. It is the very definition of an Extraordinary Experience. Such offerings invite travellers to see the world differently, with a level of access that is otherwise unavailable. The current collection of Four Seasons Extraordinary Experiences includes a wide range of unforgettable options, including those in:MauiGuests will soar by helicopter above towering waterfalls, rainforested peaks and a dormant volcano before touching down on Hana Ranch for a private tour and foraging expedition through the working ranch and organic farm. Guests will then enjoy a private lunch prepared by Four Seasons Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and Hana Ranch’s Chef Jon Watson featuring ingredients freshly picked from the farm.San DiegoArmed with a waterproof camera and wetsuit, guests will capture the beauty of coastal California from sea to sky through an underwater photography expedition with Aaron Chang, considered by many to be the creator of modern surf and ocean photography. Following a morning of diving, guests will join Chang in a helicopter tour above the San Diego coastline to capture the perfect aerial shot of the breaking shore.Cairo at Nile PlazaGuests will relive the 7,000-year history of Egypt and the Pharaonic Empire by enjoying a spectacular sound and light show of the Pyramids at night. Narration and light displays will bring the history and mystery of the Egyptian empire to life, recounting the legends of ancient Pharaohs and the majestic Sphinx. Set against the backdrop of the Great Pyramid, guests will then enjoy a private dinner under the stars while listening to the gorgeous strains of the private Cairo Symphony Orchestra.Cap-FerratGuests will enjoy a private tour of Villa Santo Sospir, the legendary French Riviera estate that formerly belonged to socialite Francine Weisweiller and was once the favourite gathering place for celebrities, writers and artists such as Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and Pablo Picasso. After exploring the Villa and taking in its many whimsical mosaics, murals and frescos, guests will enjoy a private dinner, prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Didier Aniès, overlooking the Mediterranean on the estate terrace.Maldives at Landaa GiraavaruGuests will channel their inner Jacques Cousteau during a journey of discovery in the underwater world of manta rays and whale sharks. Led by some of the world’s leading experts on manta rays, guests will cruise the turquoise waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, learning to spot the creatures in the water and helping to record essential environmental information and take identification photos. Taking their oceanic study to new depths, guests will then free-dive into the Indian Ocean to observe the manta rays and whale sharks in their natural habitat.HangzhouGuests will journey back in time on a traditional Chinese rowboat ride through one of Eastern China’s most lush and fabled lakes, taking in majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges while sipping premium Hangzhou tea and sampling local delicacies from Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake.Go back to the e-newsletterVovah Aerial
Go back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways and Royal Jordanian have announced an expansion of their current code-share agreement, which will add six new destinations to Royal Jordanian’s existing network. Royal Jordanian will enhance Qatar Airways’ network with the addition of flights from Amman to Doha, furthering the existing Qatar Airways code-share on Royal Jordanian-operated flights to Doha.Royal Jordanian customers will have access to more destinations on Qatar Airways’ global network such as Dhaka in Bangladesh, Muscat in Oman, Karachi in Pakistan, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Perth in Australia, and Singapore. This expansion will open up 18 weekly flights between Doha and Amman in addition to numerous new connections on Qatar Airways global network from the award-winning Hamad International Airport.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterCunard has revealed a new menu for its popular Commodore Club, featuring a blend of signature cocktails created in honour of each of the cruise line’s seven knighted commodores.The menu shares the fascinating stories of the knighted Cunard Commodores and features special illustrations in a modern menu design, infusing the cocktail experience onboard Cunard’s three Queens with rich maritime history.With the Commodore Club enjoying a prime location on each of the Cunard Queens, the transformed menu is one of a number of new food and beverage concepts being launched across the fleet.The seven newly designed cocktails include ‘Over the Top’ inspired by Commodore Sir James Charles (1865-1928). Known for doing things on a grand scale, this Commodore’s dinner parties aboard Aquitania were renowned as opulent social affairs, and this aromatic and refreshing sharing cocktail is extravagantly presented, just the way Sir James would expect.Another cocktail on the menu is the ‘Punch Romain à la Carpathia’, believed to be the last libation served onboard the Titanic. This intriguing cocktail is inspired by Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron (1869–1940), who led the safe rescue of passengers on the Titanic, and features Advocaat as the signature ingredient.Cunard worked with illustrator Lauren Crowe who created intricate pencil illustrations of each of the knighted commodores as part of the new menu design. Cunard Director Angus Struthers said commemorating Cunard’s seven most decorated commodores was testament to their prestige and rich history.“Inspired by this history, each character is reflected in an artful and carefully crafted way, and we hope our guests enjoy this new series of cocktails celebrating the Commodores’ remarkable stories,” Mr Struthers said.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has unveiled new Combination Cruises, which join two or more select voyages into one experience. Encompassing nine different regions, Silversea has selected a limited number of “perfectly balanced” voyages. Fares for a 14-night sailing in the Mediterranean lead in from $7,600* per person.“By combining consecutive cruises, our guests are able to discover the authentic beauty of different regions, contrasting cultures and unique experiences, designing their own travels with incredible value,” says Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises.“As a cruise line, we are committed to offering more choice than ever before: we travel to more destinations than any other cruise line. In combining a number of select voyages, we are enabling guests to spend more time immersing themselves in each region while travelling in intimate luxury.”Designed to combine, Silversea’s selection of cruises consist of 26 voyages which offer richly diverse itineraries, created to “enthrall the most discerning travellers, as they visit a range of breathtaking destinations,” the luxury cruise company said.Mont St Michel, FranceOptions span three categories – Classic, Classic & Expedition and Expedition.ClassicThe Mediterranean – Eight voyages ranging from 14 to 23 days, with lead in fares starting from $7,600* for a 14-day voyage on Silver Shadow.Northern Europe and the British Isles – Seven voyages ranging from 17 to 35 days, with lead in fares starting from $11,000* for a 17-day voyage on Silver Spirit.Alaska – A 21-day voyage, with lead in fares for a classic veranda suite starting from $14,000* on Silver Muse.Classic & ExpeditionAsia – Three voyages ranging from 22 to 31 days, with lead in fares for a Panorama suite starting from $15,300* for a 26-day voyage on Silver Muse.Canada and New England – Two voyages ranging from 20 to 35 days, with lead in fares starting from $10,000* for a 20-day voyage on Silver Whisper.ExpeditionSouth America – A 41-day voyage, with lead in fares starting from $28,600* on Silver Cloud.Caribbean and Central America – Two voyages, ranging from 24 to 27 days, with lead in fares starting from $9,400* for a 27-day voyage on Silver Cloud.Lisbon, PortugalHighlights of the diverse Combination Cruises include:Venice to Dubai – departing on 18 October 2019 on a 23-day voyage aboard Silver Spirit, guests will enjoy relaxing in the stunning Mediterranean, encountering firm favourites such as Santorini and Dubrovnik and the sea of Trieste, Crete and Rhodes. Guests will also have the opportunity to: explore the world centre for the Baha’I faith, Haifa; discover the busy city of Ashdod, one of Israel’s fastest growing cities; transit the world-renowned Suez Canal; and enjoy the resort town of Aqaba, a popular spot for divers with some of the best coral reefs in the world.Prices lead in at $11,500* per person based on double occupancy – the equivalent of $500 per person per day.____________________________________________________________________________Lisbon to Dublin – departing on 1 May 2019 on a 22-day voyage on board Silver Cloud Expedition, guests will discover the flavours of Portugal, Spain, France and Holland as they travel up the Atlantic coasts. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy the legendary hospitality of the Celts with the opportunity to island hop the most beautiful British and Irish isles, complete with colourful vistas and infused with drama, decadence and aeons of history.Fully inclusive prices lead in at $17,300* per person based on double occupancy – the equivalent of $786 per person per day._____________________________________________________________________________Vancouver to Tokyo – Departing on 5 September 2019 on a 21-day voyage from Vancouver to Tokyo aboard Silver Muse, guests can take in the untamed landscapes and beautiful wilderness of Alaska before reaching the fascinating city of Tokyo. Whilst travelling through Alaska, guests can encounter diamond blue icebergs and humpback whales. They can also discover: the Hubbard Glacier, the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front more than six miles wide; the jaw-dropping scenery of Kenai Fjords National Park; and the colourful totem poles of Ketchikan.Prices lead in at $14,000* per person based on double occupancy in a classic veranda suite – the equivalent of $666 per person per day._____________________________________________________________________________In addition to the exclusive Combination Cruises, guests can enjoy extended stays aboard Silversea’s selection of indulgent Grand Voyages. Ranging from 48 to 74 days, these voyages offer a home away from home on extended sailings, as guests are transported to discover the landscapes, cuisine and characteristics of a region, from the comforts of a Silversea cruise.View the complete range of Combination Cruises HERE.For more information contact Silversea Cruises on (02) 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com.*All prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Combination Cruises are available on a selected number of limited voyages. Fares are based on double occupancy on a Vista Suite unless otherwise specified. Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterNominations for the 2019 Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards are now open. The AFTA NTIA celebrates excellence in the Australian travel industry through a process which includes nominating, voting or supplying a written submission, and judging candidates by an independent panel, culminating in the announcement of the winners at a Gala Awards Dinner.There are four nomination forms used in the NTIA process:Travel agent form to nominate a supplier in various supplier categoriesSupplier form to nominate travel agents and travel agencies in both the AFTA NTIA & CATO AwardsEmirates Travel Consultant Scholarship for self-nominationsTravel Writer nomination form, also for self-nominationsNominations will only be accepted via the online forms, and each nomination will be verified to ensure both its eligibility and validity. Nominations can be made here.The travel industry is encouraged to view the conditions of entry prior to nominating, available here.The nomination period will run from 9:00am (AEDT) 21 January through to 5:00pm (AEDT) 15 February 2019.The list of all 2019 nominees will be announced in March 2019.Go back to the enewsletter