Viking CruisesViking Sigyn The captain of Viking Sigyn, a 64-year-old Ukrainian national, has been charged with ‘reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties’ after Sigyn collided with the much smaller Hableany, or Mermaid, on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, last Thursday. Through his legal team, the Captain has formally protested his detention and denied violating any rules, citing his 44 years of experience without incident or accidents.Seven people from the Hableany have been confirmed dead, with a further 21 passengers and crew of the boat missing. Thirty South Korean tourists and three tour guides, as well as two Hungarian crew, were on board the Hableany.In a statement, Viking Cruises said:“The Viking river ship Sigyn was involved in a collision with another vessel – a Hungarian tourist ship – on the Danube River in Budapest [on 29 May].“Sadly, there have been reports of fatalities and we offer our heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragic accident. There were no injuries to Viking crew or Viking guests. We have been and continue to cooperate fully with the authorities while they undertake their investigations.”
There was more than a little disbelief when the Arizona Cardinals went to Gillette Stadium and beat the New England Patriots 20-18 last Sunday.The Pats were a 13.5-point favorite, and had won ten straight home openers, so something extraordinary had to have taken place for the Cardinals to win, right?Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton shared what he thought was a big difference in the game during Doug and Wolf’s show on Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday. 0 Comments Share – / 18 “We knew that whenever [Aaron] Hernandez was in tight, it was going to be a run, so we had a run check. But when he got hurt, it screwed that up because they went to three wide receivers. What they did, and we figured out real quick was, whenever Tom Brady was under the center, they were going to run the ball and whenever he was in the shotgun, they were going to pass the ball,” Horton said. “We told our players ‘hey, make the run check if Tom Brady’s under the center. If he’s in the gun, go to the pass check.’ D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share To put that in perspective, there were 13 NFL tight ends who had more yards individually than the Cardinals’ crew amassed. Arizona ranked dead last in the NFL in touchdowns by tight ends the regular season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Now that the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 season is over, it’s time to reflect. Over the next ten days or so, we’ll look back at the Cardinals’ 11-win campaign, position by position.The Arizona Cardinals had trouble with tight ends in 2014 — both their own and defending those from other teams. We’ll focus on the group of tight ends who wore red and white. This year, the combination of John Carlson, Rob Housler, Darren Fells and Troy Niklas had 50 catches for 588 yards and one touchdown in the regular season — the lowest positional totals for a Cardinals team since 2010 (25 catches, 210 yards, no touchdowns.) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kelly was a three-year starter at Arizona State, where he threw for 8,819 yards and 79 touchdowns. A dual-threat who can also make plays on the run, he also rushed for 13 scores.How Kelly would fit with the Cardinals is unclear, as they appear to be set with a quarterback room that includes starter Carson Palmer, backup Drew Stanton and project Logan Thomas. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It looks like the Arizona Cardinals are going to get an up-close look at a prospect who plays in their own backyard.Taylor Kelly is visiting the #Cardinals on Monday.— Adam Stites (@AdamStitesASU) March 6, 2015 But if nothing else, it never hurts to get a better look at a player, and there’s no reason not to see what Kelly has to offer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Nkemdiche, who was slowed a year ago by an ankle sprain, has not practiced since Aug. 22 and did not appear to be ready to do any on-field work on Monday. He and dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon both worked outside with a trainer while their teammates were inside the practice bubble.“It feels good,” Nkemdiche said. “My status is between me and the coaches and the staff in there, so I’m just going to keep going forward and getting healthier and taking it day by day.”So, does Nkemdiche think he’ll play against the Lions?“We’ll see,” he said.The Cardinals did not have to issue an injury report on Monday, and Arians was not forthcoming with any news on that front.The first injury report of the regular season will be released Wednesday.Philip Wheeler just wants to make playsSome eyebrows were raised when the Cardinals decided to keep only three outside linebackers—Markus Golden, Chandler Jones and Kareem Martin—on the initial 53-man roster.Perhaps, many reasoned, rookie Haason Reddick could slide outside if needed. That was, after all, the position he played and excelled at in college.On Monday, Arians offered up another explanation: Philip Wheeler.A nine-year veteran, Wheeler had been practicing at outside linebacker the week leading up to the preseason finale. Against the Broncos, he recorded three tackles, including one for loss, one sack and one quarterback hit in 26 defensive snaps. The Cardinals will practice four times ahead of their Week 1 opener at Detroit.“It’s definitely game week, and we’re ready to go play some football,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said.Over the weekend, the Cardinals released 31 players, placed wide receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve, waived/injured defensive tackle Ed Stinson and reached injury settlements with linebacker Tre’von Johnson and linebacker Jarvis Jones.In addition, 10 players were signed to the practice squad, including guard Dorian Johnson and linebacker Scooby Wright; both of whom had been cut on Saturday.Finally, a group of players who had come together in late July have become the 2017 Cardinals, a familiar refrain of Arians.“I think we’re smarter,” he said, comparing this year’s roster to 2016. “That’s the biggest thing, especially in the back end of the secondary. We’re, I think, longer and faster again. Each year, we’ve tried to get longer and faster. I think our biggest improvement would be special teams.”Robert Nkemdiche healthierDay-to-day is how the Cardinals described the status of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche after he strained his calf the last week of training camp. On Labor Day, the Arizona Cardinals labored.For 90 minutes Monday, the Cardinals got after it inside their practice bubble. It marked their first time together since the preseason finale in Denver and cuts reduced an 89-man roster to the required 53, per NFL rules.“I really like the look of our squad,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “All the painful days are over and it’s good times. We got a very good practice start with the bonus day and I look forward to getting back here Wednesday.” Top Stories “I like to go where the ball is going,” he said. “I would like to think that if I get in a game that I’m getting in there to make a play. I want to be where the action is. If team is running behind the tight end a lot, I want to go on that side. I want to be stacked behind that side. If their passing a lot, sometimes I might want to be pass rushing. Wherever the team needs me. If they don’t need me. Whenever they do, I’ll be ready.”The Cardinals signed Wheeler when injuries depleted the depth at inside linebacker a week into training camp. Soon Wheeler, too, got hurt. A foot injury cost him the first three preseason games, leaving him not much time to impress the coaches.“It kind of made me feel like I need to show everything I got and make plays; try to make plays. I was able to make a couple of plays the other night,” he said, referring to the Broncos game. “I feel like it worked out fine.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6 Comments Share
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) After 10 years in the NFL, former Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson has formally retired from the NFL at 33 years old.Over three seasons in Arizona from 2015 to 2017, Johnson totaled 1,023 rushing yards and four touchdowns across 19 games.The retirement was announced via Twitter, where his agency, EAG Sports Management released an official statement written and signed by Johnson himself.“After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look forward to the new possibilities that have been afforded to me. I would like to thank the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to play the game I love and to be part of their amazing communities.”At his peak, Johnson was an explosive player with the ability to find gaps and exploit defenses regularly. 6 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksBruce Arians says only the Browns job could bring him out of retirementArizona Cardinals re-sign wide receiver Kendall WrightThe Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Sam BradfordThough his three seasons in Arizona weren’t his best, Johnson provided a nice boost during a period of transition for the Cardinals.Johnson’s greatest single season came in 2009, when he rushed for a league-high 2006 rushing yards which resulted in 14 touchdowns, two totals that he was unable to replicate over the following eight years of his career. He carried for over 1000 yards in six of his 10 seasons in the NFL.As an emerging prospect, Johnson set the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine ablaze by recording the fastest 40-yard dash the league had ever seen. His 4.24 seconds was the fastest recorded at the time and was held until 2017, when Bengals receiver John Ross set the new record at 4.22 seconds. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
🙃 https://t.co/C5a4jGWtnJ— William Holden (@holden_it_down_) January 23, 2019 Asked Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson on Larry Fitzgerald returning for another year: “What? He’s coming back? So he’s coming back? I thought he was going to retire, man. I’m so happy to hear that!”— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) January 23, 2019 Oh you back back @LarryFitzgerald I guess golf ain’t as fulfilling yet 😂😂 Glad to have you back 11— SweetJonesJr (@RickySealsJones) January 23, 2019 😎😎 He’s BAAACCKKK https://t.co/ErR9qIB0dV Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I show up, there’s no cars in the parking lot. The course had been closed down for four months because they were getting it ready for the senior British Open,” Shipley recalled. “Did he just bamboozle me? I’m confused. There’s nobody here. This guy comes walking out. He’s like, ‘Hey, I’m your caddie today. Mr. Fitzgerald called and got it all set up.’ It was him and I on the course.”Related LinksBy the numbers: Larry Fitzgerald’s legacy (so far) with the CardinalsCardinals’ Bidwill believes Kingsbury helped quicken Fitzgerald’s returnCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald back for 2019, re-signs on 1-year dealSo there’s a snapshot of playing with Fitzgerald, whose announcement on Wednesday that he’ll return to play a 16th season with the Cardinals unsurprisingly went over well with teammates.From golfing partner Patrick Peterson (who spoke on the matter at the Pro Bowl) to mentee Christian Kirk, here are a few Cardinals who publicly expressed their excitement about the return of their long-time leader. 4 Comments Share Top Stories I told ya he was coming back 🤷🏾♂️ Let’s gooooo big bro @LarryFitzgerald— Trent Sherfield (@Channel__10) January 23, 2019 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Objectively, Larry Fitzgerald is a well-liked dude.His Arizona Cardinals teammates have plenty of stories. For center A.Q. Shipley, it was a brief request for a tip on a nice golf course in London a few years back that explained the generosity of Fitzgerald as a teammate.“Called him up and I’m like, ‘Hey, is there a golf course that you know over here that you know any connections, that you can get me on?’” Shipley told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “He was like, ‘Gimme 10 minutes, I’ll get back to you.’ Calls me back and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re going at 1:30, just make sure you’re there at 1:15. Great course — they’re hosting the senior British Open there in a couple of weeks.’ — Christian Kirk (@ChristianDavon2) January 23, 2019 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
In 2016, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express embarks on a new journey to Berlin taking guests on a fascinating journey through time. In the tradition of the first pioneering days of rail travel, this new route links three historic European capital cities: London, Paris and Berlin. The inaugural departure leaves from London to Berlin via Paris on Thursday 2 June 2016.Travelling in the original Art Deco carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express evokes the glamour of the roaring 1920s when Berlin was a post-war metropolis with a flourishing arts and cabaret scene. Today, Berlin is a monument to living history as well as the emblem of reunified Germany signified by striking architecture such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall Memorial, and a thriving contemporary arts scene, lively bars and gourmet restaurants.Departing London on Thursday 2 June, the two-day, one-night journey from London to Berlin allows guests the time to slow down, relax and enjoy the journey as the train makes its way through Northern France, traversing the German countryside and arriving in time to spend the weekend in one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.Venice Simplon-Orient-Express brings to life the romance and nostalgia of the golden age of travel with its luxurious vintage carriages. The decorative wooden marquetry and ornate furnishings provide the stylish setting for memorable experiences from the fine dining in the elegant dining cars, to classic cocktails, Champagne and entertainment in the bar car. The sleeper cabins are attended to by personal stewards who ensure a comfortable journey.The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express makes its return journey from Berlin to Paris or London on 4 June 2016. Prices start from AUD$ 3440 per person sharing a double cabin includes all meals served on board.www.belmond.com
Go back to the e-newsletter >AccorHotels has announced the opening of Hotel des Arts Saigon, a member of the MGallery Collection. The newly built hotel is centrally located in the most vibrant district of Ho Chi Minh City.“MGallery hotels offer savvy, bold travellers inspiring and singular hotel experiences, and Hotel des Arts Saigon provides guests with a uniquely modern twist on Saigon,” said Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia. “We’re proud that it’s the fifth MGallery in Vietnam and the fifth AccorHotels property in Ho Chi Minh City.”The guestrooms and suites are elegantly designed with traditional Indochine elements elevated with eclectic touches of custom-painted furnishings and 19th-century French herbs that have been pressed and framed. All of its 168 luxurious rooms and suites feature the most modern of conveniences such as complimentary WiFi, 50-inch LED TVs and signature amenities.Ms. Julie Anne-Marie Bruley, General Manager of Hotel des Arts Saigon, said, “At every turn, guests are immersed in the romance and elegance of a bygone era, while maintaining comforts and amenities that are exquisitely modern. Our staff is key to creating an authentic, refined experience, with a bespoke approach that integrates the most extraordinary aspects of ‘East meets West’ hospitality.”Four restaurants and bars serve up a range of culinary experiences at the hotel. Social Club restaurant and lounge serves casual European cuisine, paired with an array of spirits, fine wine and Champagnes as well as cocktails from the stunning oak wood bar. The Social Pool Bar is an outdoor lounge one floor above Social Club, while Saigon Kitchen offers authentic, street food-inspired Indochine and European cuisine and Café des Beaux-Arts on the ground floor serves coffee or cocktails.Le Spa des Artistes provides guests with luxurious spa treatments before or after working out in a state-of-the-art fitness facility.The hotel offers two function rooms that are ideal for small meetings, banquets or cocktail receptions and can accommodate up to 200 people.To celebrate, the hotel is offering a special opening rate of USD120 for a Superior room, valid until 26 December 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterTravelmarvel has revealed it will soon expand its river cruise destinations to include the Douro in Portugal and Russia’s lakes and waterways.The cruises will feature in Travelmarvel’s new Europe River Cruising 2017 brochure, set to launch soon.Commenting, Travelmarvel General Manager David Cox said, “We’re seeing increased demand for these destinations amongst our guests so we have responded with an exciting portfolio of journeys that offer comprehensive inclusions, balanced with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. We are inviting our travel industry partners to pre-register to ensure their clients are amongst the first to find out more about what we’re offering.”Travelmarvel’s Douro river cruising portfolio comprises three cruise and land combinations, all of which cover both Portugal and Spain.Ranging from eight days to 21 days, the Douro river cruises will set sail aboard the newly refurbished ms Douro Queen.Offering an intimate experience for just 130 guests, the ship features a pool on the sundeck, a lounge bar offering panoramic river views and a choice of suites. Travelmarvel guests will enjoy Portuguese and international cuisine, complementary beer wine and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner and evening entertainment.Travelmarvel’s Insider Experiences for this destination include an onboard Portuguese lesson; a sunset sailing accompanied by the soulful sounds of Fado performers; and a delicious dinner at a local Quinta.Lead in itinerary is the Eight-Day Douro Discovery. It offers a range of comprehensive inclusions and Travelmarvel is operating two dates on this departure, which is priced from $3795 per person twin share. Travelmarvel will be offering a ‘2 for 1’ economy return flight deal with Singapore Airlines or another airlines of its choosing.In Russia Travelmarvel is offering cruises aboard the ms Surikov. The new 11-day Treasures of Russia Cruise is priced from $4795 per person, twin share and sails from St Petersburg to Moscow via Lake Lagoda, Lake Onega, White Lake, the Volga River and the Moscow Canal, guests will experience an in depth discovery of Russian history and culture. Guests who book early will qualify for a Fly Free deal, again offering free return economy flights with Singapore Airlines or an airline of Travelmarvel’s choosing.Also available soon is a 14-day Treasures of Russia with Helsinki. For those wishing to immerse themselves further in Eastern Europe, Travelmarvel will also offer an immersive land and cruise journey that covers Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia.Go back to the e-newsletter
Cunard has unveiled more details of the new and refreshed features which will be offered on Queen Victoria following its refurbishment next month. Scheduled for completion on 4 June 2017, some of the many highlights include a new exquisite lido sun deck as well as a stunning Winter Garden, refreshed and enhanced for guests looking to relax while enjoying some of the best views at sea.The luxury British cruise line also offers an inside look at the Britannia Club Staterooms, Britannia Club Restaurant and five new luxurious Penthouse Suites. Cunard senior vice president Simon Palethorpe said the ship’s refurbishment was designed to heighten guests’ experience in every way, from the extension of the aft lido sun deck to refreshed interiors across the board.“Responding to the demands of our guests, we’ve introduced 43 Britannia Club Staterooms, bringing the Queen Victoria in line with the rest of the Cunard fleet. The distinctive Cunard elegance remains of course and design cues have been taken from previous Cunard ships, such as the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. At the same time, there are many enhancements – for example, new bar concepts and large flat screen TVs in all staterooms – that meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller. We’re looking forward to inviting the first Cunard guests on board to enjoy the new additions and refreshed features,” Mr Palethorpe said.Highlights include:Aft Lido Sun Deck: This stunning lounge space has been extended to provide guests with additional deck space. Windbreakers and additional sun loungers and luxury cabanas have also been introduced to accommodate sunseekers on board, while the shaded area has been extended for those looking to dine al fresco. Full beverage service is also available throughout the day and into the evening to enjoy alongside live entertainment.Britannia Club Staterooms: In a prime mid-ship location on decks 7 and 8, all staterooms have been upgraded and refreshed with newly-designed carpets featuring a contemporary geometric design as well as the addition of new soft furnishings. New flat-screen TVs and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities, have also been added to upgrade the stateroom experience even further. The additional 43 balcony staterooms will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine-pillow concierge menu to ensure maximum comfort for guests on board.Britannia Club Dining: The new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior redesign and will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former chart room, the new restaurant will be built alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.Penthouse Suites: Five of Queen Victoria’s elegant Penthouse Suites have been completely redesigned to maximise space and luxury. The new suites feature floor to ceiling windows and doors, private balcony with stunning sea views, additional storage space and beautiful bathrooms with luxurious whirlpool baths. With butlers and concierge also on hand to take care of every need, the luxurious suites are among the finest accommodation available at sea.The ship will be taken out of service on 5 May 2017 to undergo the refit at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy.
Dear Skyscanner,I’m looking for a warm, sunny autumn break, but don’t want to have to travel too far. Where can you recommend?Amy, DorsetDear Amy,Autumn is a wonderful time to catch European sunshine, but without the crowds. There are still plenty of Med destinations where the mercury is at a respectable level, so you don’t have to spend hours on a plane to bag those sun lounger days and al fresco evenings. I’ve just come back from northern Spain and would highly recommend it for an autumn break. You’ll get sunshine, but with a refreshing breeze, and it’s ventage, or grape harvesting, season. It’s the most exciting time of the year across the rural Basque and Rioja regions, when the landscape turns to stripes of red and green vines and the task of reaping the season’s harvest gets everyone into the fields. If you fly to Bilbao, there are hundreds of vineyards within a couple of hours’ drive where you can take wine tours, tastings and, in some cases a meal, while watching the wine making process. If you’d like to enjoy a tipple, the Rioja Alavesa Tourist Board operates a wine tour and buses between vineyards. You can get all of the details to plan your trip at www.rutadelvinoderiojaalavesa.com. The region is renowned for its striking architecture, including the Marquis de Riscal hotel, designed by Frank Gehry. Hotel Viura opened this year and is another design hotel. It has a striking exterior that looks like a pile of shipping containers at jaunty angles (trust me – it’s fantastic), plus modern décor and wonderful food. If that’s too much for your budget, you’re still spoilt for choice for places to stay – many of them listed on the website above, including single-room B&Bs and “agrotourism” guesthouses in many Riojan villages. If that’s not quite hot enough, why not head a little further east to Greece? Of course, the Greek islands are wonderful, and you’ll be able to rent a villa on Kefalonia, for example, or the tiny Paxos islands for a fraction of their August prices (as long as you avoid the October half-term). However, if you want to try something a bit different, the Peloponnese, a huge peninsula of western Greece, remains largely undiscovered by mass tourism.I’d suggest heading to Messinia. It’s a region in the south-west of the peninsula and although it’s little-known, you might have heard of the capital, Kalamata – famous for its olives.The area offers easy and more challenging hiking, and the sea is still at a swimmable temperature in the autumn. You’ll dine on fresh fish, Greek salads and flavoursome grilled meats. As you’d expect in Greece, there’s also a good chunk of Greek history to explore. From Homer’s tales to the Byzantine adventures. Sunrise Village, at Chrani, is good for families, as it has a kids’ club and lots of activities on offer. If there are just two of you, try the three-star Comfy Boutique Hotel (better than the name suggests). It’s boutique, but simple, and close to the beach. Still not hot enough? Try Cyprus, which can reach 25 degrees in September and October. Most Britons holiday in southern Cyprus around resort towns like Paphos and Limassol. There’s plenty to do here, from water activities to spas, walking, cycling and golf. You can pick a family-friendly hotel, like Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort, which has a kids’ club and babysitting, or bust the budget with a property like the Hotel Anassa. It’s in the shadow of the mountains and pine forests of the Akamas Peninsula – a stunning location. The hotel has been designed to look like a white-washed Cypriot village, with guests staying in individual villas. There are four restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with waterfalls, tennis, squash, and a stunning spa. As with any autumn sun destination, it can get chillier in the evenings, so take some clothes to cover up. It’s a small price to pay, for having space on the beach, your pick of sun loungers, and a wonderful villa or hotel for a fraction of the peak summer price.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email email@example.com and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAutumn city breaks with sunshine and culture? Ask SkyscannerAutumn city breaks with sunshine and culture? Ask SkyscannerWant winter sun? Ask Skyscanner!Want winter sun? Ask Skyscanner!New Autumn Routes? Ask Skyscanner!During 2010, something like 2,000 new air routes will take off around the world
2. Gugh, EnglandSub-tropical Scilly, off Land’s End, does a fine line in islands. Only five of its 140 are inhabited, including St. Agnes, from where, depending on the state of the tide, you can walk across the sand ‘tombolo’ to tiny Gugh. Its highest point is lofty Kitten Hill, 34m above sea level. 11. Reichenau, GermanyReichenau is unique in our collection in that it is an island not in the sea but in a lake – Lake Constance in southern Germany. Fans of cabbages, cauliflowers and potatoes will be in their element on the island which is revered for the quality and quantity of its vegetable production.More:10 best beautiful secret beaches in Europe9 countries to visit in Europe that don’t exist7 Secret Cities in EuropeHave you got a secret island you’d like to share with us? Let us in on it below.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Porquerolles, FranceExclusive hideaway for the rich, famous and reclusive of the French Riviera, Porquerolles is the largest of the three Îles d’Hyères. Mere mortals like us can visit for the day. Practitioners of naturism, and missile testing, will prefer the neighbouring Île du Levant. 8. Inishmore, IrelandInishmore, or Inis Mór, is one of the Aran Islands off Galway. Visitors will be enthralled by its two main attractions, the illegal poteen distillery that produces ridiculously high strength liquor, and some fine examples of Glacio-Karst landscape. 6. Sark, The Channel Islandsin 1990, 50 years after German forces arrived to occupy tiny tax haven Sark, an unemployed French nuclear physicist named André Gardes attempted a one-man invasion. He was arrested by the island’s volunteer police constable. 7. Elba, ItalyThis mountainous island in the Tuscan Archipelago boasts one famous ex-resident. Napoleon woz ‘ere, in exile for 300 days in 1814-5. After defeat at Waterloo he was exiled again, this time a little further away to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. Leave Capri, Santorini and Fuerteventura to the tourists and find your own island adventure with our selection of 11 of the most interesting islands in Europe. 5. Texel, NetherlandsThe Netherlands’ North Sea coast isn’t exactly the most glamorous location for a get-away-from-it-all island, but who needs the Maldives when you’ve got white beaches, windmills and loads of sheep, on the same latitude as Stoke-on-Trent? 4. Colonsay, ScotlandStuck out in the middle of nowhere in the Atlantic, there isn’t a lot to do on Colonsay, but that’s one of its selling points. If you’re not high on life after a bracing walk along its vertiginous cliff-tops and vast beaches, you’re sure to be smiling after a a couple of pints of the locally-brewed Colonsay lager. 3. San Miguel, PortugalDots in the ocean half way to America, the Azores are a distant outpost of Europe where sperm whales frolic and the scenery looks like a set from Jurassic Park – for example, the volcanic crater lake Lagoa do Fogo on the island of San Miguel. 10. Ile Lavezzi, FranceJust one of a clutch of islets in the Mediterranean between Corsica and Sardinia, Lavezzi is the kind of place where you’d drop anchor in a pristine turquoise-and-coral bay, crack open a bottle of Dom P and feast on fresh lobster, if you were really rich and owned a yacht. 9. Mykines, Faroe IslandsThe Faroe Islands seem to exist only to provide embarrassing results for national football teams who really should be able to beat a motley crew of fisherman and lighthouse keepers, but it looks utterly spectacular. The approach to the island’s airport, over towering sea stacks, must rank among the world’s most nerve-wracking. RelatedA complete guide to 20 beautiful Greek islandsNeed help choosing the best Greek islands for couples, family holidays, week-long parties or chilling out on the beach? We got you covered – here’s our guide to the most beautiful Greek islands and how to get there.Love islands: are these the most romantic islands in the world?It’s only week two and although we promised ourselves it wouldn’t happen this year, we’ve done it again – we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Love Island. And while Majorca is the home of that villa, there are plenty of other destinations that will set hearts a flutter, and…Lanzarote Focus: a closer look at the Island of FireThe small Canary Island of Lanzarote is best known as a sunshine holiday destination
Likoma Island, Malawi – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSomewhere in the midst of loyal destinations like South Africa, Kenya and Botswana and problem zones like Sudan and Somalia are a cluster of recently stable and lesser-known countries that have begun to open their arms to luxury travelers. Only recently coming into its own as a tourist destination, Malawi is an example of a truly untouched retreat, with empty beaches and exclusive luxury lodgings that will entice even the most seasoned of elite jetsetters.True to its name, Kaya Mawa, or ‘maybe tomorrow’ in the local Chewa language, is a stunning five-star lakeshore resort that urges its guests to leave their worries behind and anticipate the bevy of once-in-a-lifetime experiences inherent in every detail of this magnificent African destination.Along with its extensive selection of water sports and activities that includes sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and some of the world’s most famous fresh-water diving, Kaya Mawa has launched the first and only kitesurfing school in Malawi.The perfect choice for adventurous couples and families, these kite surfing lessons will give guests of all sizes the opportunity to enjoy the singular and fun-filled sport. The school offers a range of new Cabrinha kites and boards suitable for every level and uses rigid inflatable boats which maximizes the time kite surfers spend in the water, as a boat captain will be on hand at all times to ensure safety.Laden with giant baobabs and fringed with soft, golden beaches and rocky alcoves, Lake Malawi is seductively warm and blissfully salt-free. Kaya Mawa’s ten romantic stone and teak-framed thatched cottages offer breathtaking views of Lake Malawi and private terraces allow direct access to the water. 11 rooms and guesthouses sit atop rocky knolls and house 360-degree views and infinity plunge pools, while a honeymoon chalet sits on its own private island.www.kayamawa.com
Dave Matthews to perform at hurricane relief concert in NYC by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2017 9:33 am PDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio Band will perform at a concert in January to benefit hurricane relief efforts in United States and the British Virgin Islands.Aaron Neville and Hurray for the Riff Raff will also perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York for “A Concert for Island Relief” on Jan. 6. Tickets go on sale Friday.The Madison Square Garden Company, which owns Radio City, says it will donate the use of the venue and “will cover all venue-related expenses.” Ticketmaster will also donate proceeds from ticket service fees to the event.Funds will benefit those affected by Hurricane Irma, which ripped through Florida and is blamed for at least 70 deaths, and Hurricane Maria, which caused widespread destruction in Puerto Rico.____Online: http://www.concertforislandrelief.com
Saara Chaudry of ‘The Breadwinner’ among ACTRA Award winners Actor Saara Chaudry poses for a photo as she promotes the movie “The Breadwinner” at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday, September 10 , 2017. Chaudry was among the honourees at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2018 7:40 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The star of the Oscar-nominated animated Canadian co-production “The Breadwinner” was among the honourees at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.Toronto actress Saara Chaudry, who voices the lead role of a young girl who helps her family in Afghanistan, won the award for best voice performance at Saturday’s show.The annual event recognizes outstanding performances by Toronto members of the national performers’ union.Other winners included Sheila McCarthy for best actress in the feature film “Cardinals,” and Stuart Hughes for best actor in the feature film “The Drawer Boy.”An ensemble award chosen by fellow ACTRA members went to the cast of the CBC-TV comedy “Baroness von Sketch Show.”Actress-producer Jennifer Podemski received the Award of Excellence.ACTRA Toronto also celebrated its 75th anniversary at the gala.
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2018 4:02 am PDT Last Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pitbull to speak at United Nations about global water crisis NEW YORK, N.Y. – Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day.The organization Clean Water Here announced on Monday that the international pop star will be named Clean Water Here Ambassador on March 22, when he visits the U.N. in New York City.Pitbull also will receive the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts. He is leading the celebrity-driven social media campaign dubbed “Clean Water Here Cause Flash,” in hopes of raising awareness of the water crisis. Other participants include Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes.On March 22, U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will launch a 10-year plan focused on sustainable development of water resources.
Q&A: Opioids crisis is backdrop to new play about Betty Ford In this undated photo provided by Birch Tree Productions, actors Richard Snee, left, and Paula Plum portray President Gerald R. Ford and his wife Betty Ford in the documentary play, “SHE DID ALL THAT — Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives.” The stage production debuts June 28, 2018, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centers credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction. (Nile Hawver/Birch Tree Productions via AP) by William J. Kole, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 3:45 am PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – It’s no exaggeration to say Betty Ford changed the national conversation about addiction.The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centres credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction. She also was a leading advocate for breast cancer awareness.Her pioneering work both inside and outside the White House has inspired Boston playwright Lisa Rafferty to create a new documentary play. “SHE DID ALL THAT — Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives,” premieres June 28 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.The Associated Press caught up with Rafferty, a breast cancer survivor whose own goddaughter is battling opioid addiction, about the play and Ford’s fresh relevance today:AP: Your last big production, “Finish Line,” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, was also a documentary written for the stage. What captivates you most about that format?Rafferty: I’ve completely fallen in love with the documentary theatre genre. I really believe in its power to tell stories through the words of the people who lived those stories. I knew the best way to tell Betty Ford’s story would be verbatim — in the words of Betty herself as well as in the words of people who wrote to her.AP: How did this play come about?Rafferty: We were visiting my son at the University of Michigan and came across the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor. The library told me Betty got 50,000 letters of support when she opened up about battling breast cancer. I’m a survivor myself. When I saw some of those letters, the documentary play wrote itself.AP: How does Mrs. Ford’s work on drug addiction speak to Americans in today’s opioid crisis?Rafferty: Her story is still so relevant today. She herself was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs. She pinched a nerve in her neck while leaning over to open a window — she ended up in traction at the hospital but couldn’t get rid of the pain. They sent her home with a whole bunch of pills. She went on to change the world’s discourse on treatment and recovery, stressing the importance of speaking out about it.AP: Was there anything about her that surprised you?Rafferty: There were surprises almost every day I spent researching this incredible first lady. She was the only Republican feminist. She was into modern dance. Think about that: the 1930s, modern dance and Betty Ford from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was an outspoken advocate of gay rights and marriage equality long before anyone else was.AP: You’ve got actors portraying some of the many celebrities who credit Betty Ford centres with saving their lives and careers. Which ones?Rafferty: Stevie Nicks, Mary Tyler Moore, Steven Tyler, Elizabeth Taylor. The Betty Ford clinics are still offering hope and healing to celebrities and non-celebs alike.AP: How has the opioids crisis affected you personally?Rafferty: As I was working on this play, my goddaughter in her mid-20s has been struggling with addiction. I’ve been educating myself about the language of recovery and the steps that people in that situation have to take. Betty Ford’s story has given me faith and courage that my goddaughter can overcome this.AP: You’ve got an all-women production team — is that a coincidence or by design?Rafferty: It’s no coincidence. I was inspired by Betty Ford’s lifelong commitment to women and women’s health issues. She talked a lot about how women weren’t getting proper care because the treatment culture was geared toward men. Theater at the organizational level is male-dominated. I wanted to empower women.AP: What’s next?Rafferty: I’m hoping to bring it to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, which this year is celebrating the centennial of Betty Ford’s birth. And I hope to bring it to New York City for benefits for addiction and breast cancer research and treatment.___Follow Bill Kole on Twitter at https://twitter.com/billkole . His work can be found here .
Executive director of Toronto film festival plans to retire in summer 2019 Toronto International Film Festival executive director Michele Maheux is seen in this undated handout photo. The executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival plans to retire next summer. The organization says Michele Maheux, who is also chief operating officer, will continue in her current role until Nov. 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TIFF *MANDATORY CREDIT* TORONTO – The executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival plans to retire next summer.The organization says Michele Maheux, who is also chief operating officer, will continue in her current role until Nov. 1.After that, she will help ensure a smooth leadership transition as Cameron Bailey takes on the extended role of artistic director and co-head.Bailey has been artistic director since 2012.His newly created role is part of a two-headed structure to replace outgoing director and CEO Piers Handling, who announced last July that this year’s festival would be his last.Maheux will be replaced by a new executive director and co-head, who will be announced prior to this year’s festival.Maheux has been with the organization for 30 years, playing a role in such achievements as the TIFF Bell Lightbox.“I’m excited for the future of TIFF and the new team at the top,” Maheux said in a statement.“The organization is on a great path with a new five-year strategic plan and a team passionate about the mission and vision.” by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2018 6:55 am PDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dies by Andrew Dalton And Dave Zelio, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 1:41 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. He won the National Medal of Arts in 2008.Recent projects Lee helped make possible range from the films “Avengers: Infinity War,” ”Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” to such TV series as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Daredevil.” Lee was recognizable to his fans, having had cameos in many Marvel films and TV projects, often delivering his trademark motto, “Excelsior!”“Captain America” actor Chris Evans mourned the loss on Twitter: “There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”Lee hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life. “It was like there was something in the air. I couldn’t do anything wrong,” he said.His heroes, meanwhile, were a far cry from virtuous do-gooders such as rival DC Comics’ Superman.The Fantastic Four fought with each other. Spider-Man was goaded into superhero work by his alter ego, Peter Parker, who suffered from unrequited crushes, money problems and dandruff. The Silver Surfer, an alien doomed to wander Earth’s atmosphere, waxed about the woeful nature of man. The Hulk was marked by self-loathing. Daredevil was blind and Iron Man had a weak heart.Some of Lee’s creations became symbols of social change — the inner turmoil of Spider-Man represented ’60s America, for example, while The Black Panther and The Savage She-Hulk mirrored the travails of minorities and women.“I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The AP. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”Lee scripted most of Marvel’s superhero comics himself during the ’60s, including ones about the Avengers and the X-Men, two of the most enduring. In 1972, he became Marvel’s publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of “Spider-Man” were sold.CBS turned the Hulk into a successful TV series, with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno portraying the doomed scientist from 1978-82. A Spider-Man series ran briefly in 1978. Both characters were featured in animated TV series as well.The first big-budget movie based on Lee’s characters, “X-Men,” was a smash in 2000, earning more than $130 million at North American theatres. “Spider-Man” did even better, taking in more than $400 million in 2002. A Marvel movie empire would emerge after that, one of the most lucrative mega-franchises in cinema history, with the recent “Avengers: Infinity War” grossing more than $2 billion worldwide. In 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film shave netted over $17.6 billion in worldwide grosses.Lee’s direct influence faded in the 1970s as he gave up some of his editorial duties at Marvel. But with his trademark white moustache and tinted sunglasses, he was the industry’s most recognizable figure. He lectured widely on popular culture.As sales of comics declined, Marvel was forced into bankruptcy proceedings that meant it had to void a lifetime contract prohibiting Lee from working for anyone else. Lee later sued Marvel for $10 million, saying the company cheated him out of millions in profits from movies based on his characters.In 2000, Lee agreed to write stories for DC Comics, reinventing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other signature characters for Marvel’s one-time rival. In the late 1990s, he looked to capitalize on the Internet craze, offering animated “webisodes” of comic-like action.Lee’s wife and partner in nearly everything, Joan Lee, died in 2017, leaving a void that made her husband, by then in mental and physical decline, vulnerable to hangers-on who began to surround him. Lawsuits, court fights and an elder abuse investigation all emerged in the fight over who spoke for the elderly Lee.Lee is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and a younger brother who also worked in comics, Larry Lieber.___Associated Press writer John Rogers contributed to this story FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, comic book writer Stan Lee waves to the audience after being introduced onstage at the “Extraordinary: Stan Lee” tribute event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)