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first_img July 25, 2017 697 Views A long-standing member of the mortgage industry could be making the jump into politics if all goes according to plan, according to a recent press release.Kevin Stitt, Founder of CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group, which was founded in 2000, spoke of his intention to run for the Governorship of Oklahoma in 2018.“I am excited to announce my candidacy for the office of the Governor of Oklahoma. I’m not a politician, but I feel I have the qualifications and leadership skills to bring Oklahoma to the top, where we should be,” stated Stitt. “This campaign is about growth. I built my business; now I want to grow our economy and give teachers the tools they need to make our schools and children successful. Our state’s problems are too large to ignore. I’m running for governor because I believe we need new leadership to turn our state around.”Gateway Mortgage is one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in the U.S., employing more than 1,100 people and servicing mortgages across 40 states.“I can bring the unique ideas we use at Gateway and apply them at the state level to fix our budget, grow our economy and improve education. For 17 years, I have worked tirelessly to grow and strengthen not only the lives of families at Gateway but also the families of our customers. Now I want to do the same for the citizens of Oklahoma,” said Stitt. “I have traveled the country and see the momentum other states are getting, and I know Oklahoma can do better. I want to see Oklahoma grow and prosper. As a person who has built a business, I think I can lead the state by improving our education system and helping businesses create jobs.”Stitt is a lifelong Oklahoman, having grown up in Norman and attended college in Stillwater.“Over the next year, I am going be traveling the state so I can talk to and learn from Oklahomans from all walks of life. I want to hear their thoughts on education and economic development. Oklahomans will see I am the only candidate in this race who has the business experience to make the necessary changes so Oklahoma can be number one.” Kevin Stitt of Gateway Mortgage Group to Enter Race for Oklahoma Governor in Government, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Oklahoma Politics 2017-07-25 Joey Pizzolato Sharelast_img read more


first_img Safeguard Properties recently announced Jennifer Anspach, AVP of Human Capital, as HR Executive of the Year Finalist in the private companies category for Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2017 Archer Awards, which recognizes those in Human Resources that have “hit the mark” and build companies with the best people, talent, development, and culture.Anspach has bettered Safeguard by implementing initiatives like work from home, part-time and flex schedules, casual dress code, wellness imitative, and career enhancement and tracking opportunities through goal development and training.Her background in accounting and thorough understanding of each of Safeguard’s service lines enables her to effectively manage recruitment strategies, employee relations, training, personnel policies, retention, and benefits programs.Since she too the leadership role in human resources three years ago, Anspach has been successful in reducing the company expense for health care premiums, as well as worker’s compensation, unemployment, and full-time employment requirements.“We congratulate Jennifer on being recognized for the significant role she plays leading our associates,” said Alan Jaffa, Safeguard’s CEO. “Over the past few years, Jennifer has worked diligently to ensure Safeguard is a premier workplace by establishing new employee policies and initiatives. She is always up for a challenge and deserves this recognition.” August 25, 2017 651 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing 2017-08-25 Joey Pizzolatocenter_img Jennifer Anspach of Safeguard Properties Named HR Executive of the Year Finalist Sharelast_img read more


first_img This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at news@freshfruitportal.com The industry is currently in the peak harvest for its seedless varieties, which are the most abundant in Murcia.Exports to China Gomez said 90% of exports go to the EU market.”Our main markets are the U.K., Germany and northern European countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland,” he said.He said Spain is also entering other markets such as South Africa, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.The opening of the Chinese market is pending, as they are negotiating the phytosanitary protocols, which they hope to resolve for the next season.”For mainland China, we hope to bring grapes for the 2019 campaign. There, logically, on those dates we would be competing with the U.S.,” said Gomez.Another market they are venturing into is Canada, now under improved trade conditions thanks to the free trade agreement between the North American country and the EU.Plastic trends could drive innovationGomez said also predicted that the anti-plastic movement sweeping the globe would lead to some significant changes in packaging for grapes.”I believe that everyone will want [plastic] to disappear in the coming decades or that volumes will be infinitely smaller than at present, which will force us to innovate in packaging and in new varieties that can withstand longer trips”, he said. The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl … Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … August 30 , 2018 Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … You might also be interested in Murcia, Spain’s grape-growing region, is expecting exports to reach record levels of around 160,000 metric tons (MT) this season.Last year the region exported 130,000MT, and so this season’s projection would mark a sharp increase.”It’s more volume than in previous seasons. Spain is growing,” said Joaquín Gómez, president of Murcia-based grower’s association Apoexpa.Gómez said the volume rise is due to an increase in plantations, and he added that many growers of other fruits have been converting to grapes. “We are growing around 10% in production every year,” he said.The Spanish table grape season begins mid-June and ends in early November, depending on the weather. This year they are a little behind compared to the 2017 season.”If there is an absence of rain, the campaign arrives later and if there are heavy rains, it shortens,” he said. India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke …last_img read more


first_imgTourism New Zealand To celebrate 15 years as the real Middle-Earth, Tourism New Zealand has launched a new way to explore the country like a Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf or Wizard. The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies have had huge appeal and attract thousands of visitors annually, with international tourism contributing NZ$14.5 billion to the economy last year. The International Visitor survey in June showed 16 percent of international tourists last year cited The Hobbit Trilogy as the initial reason they considered a trip to New ZealandTake the Middle Earth Quiz! Director Peter Jackson says that since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 15 years ago nothing has changed- New Zealand is and will always be the real Middle-earth.Evangeline Lily – Tauriel“New Zealand has such a variety of landscapes from lush green forests, to soaring mountains. The grandeur of these landscapes saw tourists flock to our shores, and made a huge impact on the tourism industry. New Zealand is the perfect Middle-earth and a real place that visitors can experience for years and years to come.”Main Image: Hobbiton, Waikato CREDIT Sara Ormelast_img read more


first_imgThe South African High Commission in New Zealand has launched two South African Visa Application Centres in New Zealand – one in Auckland and one in Wellington.The new centres will be run by VFS Globaland go live today, 14 February 2017. New Zealand passport holders in Australia do not have to travel to New Zealand and can apply for visas at the South African High Commission in Canberra, by presenting a bill from their municipality or telephone account indicating their residence in Australia.Image: South Africa Tourism South Africalast_img


first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals got bad news on Monday concerning free safety Kerry Rhodes.Rhodes, who left Sunday’s 34-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field, will be out for an extended period of time with a foot injury.“He has a broken bone in his foot,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said during his Monday press conference. “It’s not going to be season ending, but he will miss some weeks.” 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Rhodes, who is the Cardinals’ fourth-leading tackler on the season with 24 total, will be replaced in the starting lineup by third-year pro Rashad Johnson.But Whisenhunt also indicated that the Cardinals will scour the waiver wire and/or practice squad rosters to find help. “We’ll obviously look and see what’s available to us, potentially bring in some guys and work them out, see if we can get an extra body, because you certainly need that,” Whisenhunt said.The Cardinals head into their bye week at 1-4 and will resume regular season play October 23rd against the Pittsburgh Steelers at University of Phoenix Stadium.ArizonaSports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE — Jaron Brown and Tony Jefferson hit the practice field Monday.They represent a growing group of players in the NFL: The undrafted rookie free agent.According to ESPN’s John Clayton, 77 such players made rosters over the weekend — a better than 50 percent increase over a typical season.Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com noted there are more undrafted free agents (which he pegged at 78) than sixth and seventh rounders on NFL rosters. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   The Cardinals hope for the same with former Clemson receiver Jaron Brown, who at 6-foot-2 caught 11 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in four preseason games.“I think I was more nervous about my Clemson Tigers winning that Georgia game,” he said, smiling when asked how nervous he was over the weekend waiting to find out if he had secured a roster spot.“It’s a blessing really,” continued Brown, one of only four receivers the team decided to keep. “One thing I got to do is just not get complacent and keep working.”At one point, the Cardinals had three undrafted rookie free agents on the final roster, but linebacker Kenny Demens was released Sunday. So, with the addition of Brown and Jefferson, there are now 10 players on the 53-man roster who entered the league as undrafted rookie free agents.“More and more guys, with only seven rounds in the draft, get left out,” Arians said. “There’s a lot of quality football players out there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Those guys come in with the same opportunity as everybody else,” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “As soon as we got here, we made it clear that it’s not how you got here; it’s what you do while you here. And Tony Jefferson was a prime example. Jaron Brown was a prime example.”Jefferson, a second-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection out of Oklahoma, is one of six cornerbacks on the roster. He had a team-high two interceptions and tied for third with 14 tackles in the preseason.“Getting here is just one step, one part of it,” Jefferson said. “I got a long way to go to be where I’m satisfied and content, and I’m nowhere near that. This is just a stepping stool to build confidence — let you know you’re good enough to be here. So, now I’ve just got to continue to progress. I want to make plays and get on the field.”Fellow defensive back Patrick Peterson praised Jefferson’s efforts.“I’m excited for him. I thought he had a great preseason,” Peterson said. “I believe he’s definitely ready to go. He’s going to be a player for us in the years to come.”last_img read more


first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He is a Phoenix native who graduated from Horizon High School and played football at Northern Arizona.Anau earned FCS All-American and first-team All-Big Sky honors as a senior in 2016, totaling 55 tackles, a conference-high 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.He also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick.Finally, the Cardinals signed Pyke, an offensive lineman who signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2017 as an undrafted rookie, but was released after training camp.Pyke played at Georgia, starting 49 games and tackle and guard.His NFL Draft profile slotted him to be a prospect at guard. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Duncan posted a photo of himself signing with the Cardinals in their facility on Instagram on Sunday. Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals signed four players to contracts after they participated in rookie mini-camp over the weekend.They added rookie wide receiver C.J. Duncan, rookie linebacker Airius Moore, defensive tackle Siupeli Anau and offensive lineman Greg Pyke.The Cardinals released cornerback Elijah Battle, linebacker Mike Needham, offensive lineman Austin Olsen and wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman to make room for the players. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Duncan had 52 receptions for 517 yards and five touchdowns for Vanderbilt in 2017. He also served as the kick returner.At pro day, Duncan ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical lead.Arizona is looking for help at both receiver and returner. The team lost wide receivers John Brown and Jaron Brown during free agency and ranked near the bottom of the league in kick and punt return yards in 2017.The Cardinals also signed a rookie linebacker.Moore, who started 43 games at North Carolina State, amassed 267 tackles, 26 for loss, during his collegiate career.He had three interceptions, all during his senior year, which was tied for a team-high in 2017.Related LinksUnusually large crop of free agents opens Cardinals rookie mini-campRosen-Kirk connection highlights first day of Cardinals rookie mini-campMoore had a 4.75 40-yard dash and jumped 32 inches in the vertical at pro day.After releasing Anau last week, the Cardinals invited him to participate in the mini-camp. Anau was on the practice squad last season. Top Stories Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan (19) celebrates a touchdown with Sam Dobbs (84) and Trent Sherfield (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTo mark the arrival in the SWISS fleet of the Boeing 777-300ER, and as a core element of the new partnership, Breitling has worked with SWISS to create an exclusive limited-edition version of its iconic Navitimer watch.Breitling became SWISS’s ‘Official On-Board Timekeeper’ this year. As such, the company will have a strong presence on all SWISS flights, including those of its new fleet flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER.A 777 limited-edition exclusiveIn the special edition, which will be strictly limited to just 777 examples, the stainless-steel case will be combined with a black dial and a red second hand with a small aircraft at its tip. The exclusive Navitimer SWISS Boeing 777 Limited Edition will only be sold aboard SWISS flights, and will be available from March onwards at a price of CHF7077.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgSingapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to get more mileage out of flights on company business. The new corporate travel programme is designed to reward both corporates and employees when they fly with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.Corporates will earn HighFlyer points while employees continue to earn KrisFlyer miles each time an employee flies with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, making it a more rewarding way to travel for business. With no minimum annual travel spend required, corporates earn five HighFlyer points for every S$1 spend on tickets booked through Singapore Airlines’ corporate booking platform or an appointed travel agent.Businesses have the flexibility of choosing how and when to utilise HighFlyer points earned, with the option to offset future ticket purchases partially or in full for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir to more than 100 destinations across 30 countries.Through a self-service web portal, corporates can check HighFlyer points balance, utilise HighFlyer points, manage travellers and bookings, and download e-statements.Corporates that reach a stipulated annual spend will have the choice of transferring to the Singapore Airlines Corporate Travel Programme, a corporate programme for large businesses to enjoy corporate fares and additional benefits.last_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOceania Cruises is unveiling new dinner menus featuring a spectrum of world flavours as well as an all-new executive chef’s Food & Wine Pairing, available every evening. Another standout attraction of the menus are the new Global Cuisine dishes each evening – these are bolder and more adventurous ethnic dishes – for the traveller with a spirit for spice.“These spectacular new menus exemplify our commitment to culinary excellence and offering our guests not just the finest cuisine at sea, but diverse dining choices that surprise and delight the palate,” stated Bob Binder, president & CEO of Oceania Cruises.The ultimate in dining choiceEach evening in the Grand Dining Room, guests will be treated to more than two dozen dishes to choose from (6 appetisers, 3 soups, 4 salads, 9 main courses and 9 side dishes). Every menu incorporates imaginative vegetarian dishes along with Canyon Ranch Balanced Selections that follow the mantra for indulgent yet healthy living. All in all, the menus comprise more than 800 dishes.Not only are there more choices in the new menus but they also offer guests the ultimate in flexibility and customisation. They may choose as many, or few, courses as they wish along with their side dishes and all accompaniments which are ordered à la carte. Dinners may just as easily comprise a meal of appetisers and side dishes as they may run the menu or order one of the paired tasting menus.Hundreds of new dishes accompany old favouritesTravellers sailing for the first time with Oceania Cruises or the 50th will delight at the diversity of selections with fresh and bold flavours, in addition to classic dishes that have been favourites ashore and at sea, for years or decades.“The new Grand Dining Room dinner menus are truly the most creative and varied that you will find at sea. I’m so tremendously proud of our entire culinary team as every member had a hand in the crafting of these amazing creations,” stated Franck Garanger, corporate executive chef for Oceania Cruises.Scintillating new additions – such as herb-crusted cornish hen Diavolo, Palermo-style grilled swordfish, smoked ricotta risotto and Paul Bocuse’s Alaskan halibut Viennoise – accompany time-honoured favourites such as Jacques Pepin’s quartet of beef bourguignon, salmon supreme, steak frites, and herb-crusted rotisserie chicken. Other classics being reprised include involtini di melanzane alla parmigiana, traditional coq au vin, golden-friend wiener schnitzel and Dover sole meunière.Perfect pairings for a perfect eveningGuests looking for a more adventurous dining experience, to create a special evening or just something with a healthy bend will want to experience one of three new tasting menus. Reflecting Oceania Cruises’ globetrotting adventures, the new menus feature a Global Cuisine tasting every evening that focuses on a particular region, specific country or particular cooking style: Asia, France, Cuba, India, United States, Spain, Thailand, Morocco, Polynesia, Greece, South America and Japan. For those seeking a healthy choice, Balanced Selection offers up 4 courses of lighter offerings. The Food & Wine Pairing menu offers up 4 courses selected by master chefs that are paired with 4 wines selected by the head sommelier.These new menus are currently available on board Riviera and will be introduced aboard Sirena in May, Insignia in June, Nautica and Marina in July and Regatta in August.Cuisine, Oceania CruisesGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterA new range of short-duration “action-packed” voyages has been unveiled by Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic targeting time-poor travellers.The “Wild Escapes” adventures are mostly seven days or less, and offer Lindblad the opportunity to target a new audience of expedition travellers, including families that find journeys of 10 days or more difficult to experience.Wild Escapes will be offered in 2020 in Costa Rica, California, Baja, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland and Belize.“The demand was evident when we introduced the shorter voyage concept in Galapagos and Alaska, with most departures selling out. In 2020 we will have over 100 Wild Escapes departures and have expanded the concept into regions where we have been operating for decades,” said Phil Auerbach, Lindblad’s Chief Commercial Officer.National Geographic Islander, GalapagosOptions include:Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Dry Tropical ForestWild California Escape: San Francisco to Monterey BayWild Baja Escape: Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of CortezWild Alaska Escape: Sitka to KetchikanWild Alaska Escape: Sitka to JuneauWild Galapagos EscapeWild Galapagos & Peru EscapeWild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena BayWild California Escape: Channel Islands National ParkWild Iceland EscapeWild Belize Escape: Wildlife, Reefs & RiversFor more information, contact Adventure World Travel.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


first_imgUpdated: 27 April 2010, 12:40.Due to ongoing political demonstrations currently occurring in Bangkok, the British FCO is advising against all but essential travel to the whole of ThailandThis advice does not apply to passengers transiting Bangkok airport on their way to international destinations.The situation is changing on a daily basis so people with planned travel arrangements to Thailand are advised to check the Thailand Travel Advice page of the FCO for the most up to date information.Those who have booked flights to Bangkok and wish to cancel are advised to contact the airline they booked with and their travel insurance company directly for specific details on compensation, flight alterations and other advice.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedForeign Office updates Bangkok travel adviceBrits planning to embark on cheap flights to Thailand should only travel to Bangkok if it is essentialEgypt Travel AdviceEgypt Travel AdviceThai tourism resilient despite Bangkok protestsSkyscanner can report that tourists have not been dissuaded from flying to the Thai capital for their summer holidays.last_img read more


first_imgDespite increasing global competition, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is still by far the largest arts festival in the world. RelatedFind your fringe festival: 5 of the best to exploreEdinburgh’s epic Fringe offers more than 50,000 performances at 300 venues. But it’s not the only celebration of comedy, theatre and all things quirky.Edinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skyscanner recommends…Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skyscanner recommends… Bucking the economic downturn of the last two years, new venues continue to be introduced and last year a record 1,859,235 Fringe tickets were sold, an increase of 21 per cent up on the previous year. This is the 64th Fringe, and there are an amazing 2,452 shows scheduled across comedy, theatre and music.Every space in this small city seems to be used as a venue in August – last year even saw a show take place in a toilet! But don’t let that put you off; there are performances in some truly stunning locations, from atmospheric underground caves to world-class theatres. With plenty of flights to Edinburgh there’s no excuse not to get yourself into the swing of things in ‘Auld Reekie’ between 6 and 30 August 2010.If you’re travelling from abroad and can’t fly direct to Edinburgh, book flights to London and then get flights from London to Edinburgh. And remember to book your accommodation early – things get booked up fast!Cutting The Fringe: Top Tips• Check out the Half Price Hut every day – lots of great (and expensive) shows are often reduced• Hang around outside venues – there are masses of free tickets given away every day• Bring an umbrella – August can be beautiful, but expect unexpected downpours• Try and get some sleep while you can – you’ll need it for the next day’s marathon of shows• Word of mouth really is best way to find out – chat to people about what they saw• Wander around – follow your ears, eyes and noses to discover one-off eventsBest Of The Fest: Skyscanner RecommendsAlun Cochrane: Jokes. Life. And Jokes About Life. The loveable Yorkshireman and former Perrier nominee will be performing at his sixth Fringe, seducing audiences as he recounts his love of scratchy, freshly-washed towels and explains why he can’t resist texting a friend when he’s made an amazing sandwich.Emo Phillips: Please Witness My ActBack in Edinburgh for the first time since 2001, Emo’s distinctive comic surrealism has won countless fans and awards and influenced a generation of stand-ups. Emo has also featured in a number of successful films and TV series, and lent his voice to a range of cameo voiceover appearances. The Skyscanner team are excited to have him back in Edinburgh! The Gilded Balloon 25th Anniversary Shows The legendary venue hosts three nights of special shows on 27-29 August to celebrate 25 years at the heart of the Fringe. A spectacular line-up is promised, so advance tickets are highly recommended.The Oxford Alternotives The Alternotives have been performing since 1993 and have notched a string of gongs: check out their hugely entertaining a cappella show before they hit New York in September.Tim Vine: The Joke-amotive We simply cannot resist a good pun here at Skyscanner, and Tim Vine certainly delivers them in abundance. The Punslinger returns with two shows this year – in addition to the Joke-amotive, Tim Vine Chat Show is on for three nights only between 26-28 August. Find out if he’s the pun for you. Phil Kay: In Tweed‘The bearded heart and soul’ and ‘fairy godmother of the Fringe’ are just some of the things that have been said about Mr Kay over his 21-year Fringe career. A truly unique and unpredictable experience, Phil will take you on a whirlwind tour of life, love and yesterday’s lunch. Also back to due popular demand is afternoon kids show ‘Gimme Your Left Shoe’. The surreal deal. The Penny Dreadfuls Virtually a sell-out last time around, the multi-talented The Penny Dreadfuls return with a brand-new sketch show at Pleasance Courtyard. The wondrous ‘Aeneas Faversham Trilogy’ and ‘The Brothers Faversham’ mesmerised audiences over the last few years and this is definitely one show not to miss.The Phantom Band The eccentric Glaswegians return with new material following the critical acclaim of their 2009 debut album, Checkmate Savage. We’ll see you there at the Electric Circus on 24 August. Part of The Edge FestivalS1L3NC3: Mind Reader A sell-out performance at Camden Fringe 2009, prepare to be shocked and amazed by the debut Edinburgh Fringe show by S1L3NC3 which promises to ‘alter your perceptions of reasoning and belief.’ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


first_img Related9 flights for under £30Book a budget break for the autumn – nine cool city break ideas, all with return flights under £30.5 flights for under £45: bargains of the weekOur pick of the best bargain flights on the web this week, from Palma to Ljubljana.6 big city breaks with flights for under £60Six big-hitting city break bargains: Berlin, Barcelona and more – all with flights under £60. We have scanned the skies, and the web, to bring you our six flight bargains of the week, taking you to Berlin, Buda and beyond.1. A bargain break in Budapest, Hungary from £26If you’re on a tight budget but have just got to get a cheeky break booked for the new year, then Budapest is on the money thanks to a captivating combo of cheap flights and accommodation. See our selection of Budapest hotels in to grab yourself a great-value place to lay your head down.2. Hi-tech to high art in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from £34The name might only register to football fans thanks to PSV, but the resolutely un-touristy city of Eindhoven is a slick, hi-tech city with an artistic side. Check out the Van Abbemuseum – one of the world’s best modern art museums, which houses a quality collection with works by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and Mondriaan.3. Ice, ice, baby in Bologna, Italy from £35There’s more to Bologna than eating, drinking and shopping. Work up an appetite for lunch or pass the time before you can head to a bar for aperitivo hour at the world’s first ice cream museum. Discover why the Italian gelato is the best frozen dessert on the culinary planet, and indulge in a taste test yourself, just to keep yourself going ’til dinner.4. Modernist masterclass in Reus, Spain from £35Who needs Barca? The diminutive city of Reus in Tarragona is the birthplace of world-famous architect Antoni Gaudi, who designed famous landmarks up the road in the Catalan capital. Reus is in fact a Mecca for Modernist architecture admirers. Take the Reus Modernist Route for a tour of the best buildings. For adrenaline addicts, Port Aventura theme park is a short trip away.5. Magical moments in Prague, Czech Republic from £39Prague may be more touristy and less of a dirt cheap destination than it was a decade ago, but it still offers good value, and is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent of European capitals. Visit in winter and you’ll be free of the crowds. The famous Old Town is even more magical in the snow,6. Food, glorious food in Berlin, Germany from £41It is quite possible to spend a weekend break in Berlin without doing the big sights, such are the less-touristy attractions of its neighbourhoods. Foodies should head to Kreuzberg for Turkish tucker at its most authentic, or go German with a hearty plate of spätzle – washed down with a beer – a Berliner, of course.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


first_imgCancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLuxury hotelier Excellence Group, responsible for the management of many top five-star Caribbean resorts, has announced plans for a new brand structure that will reaffirm the company’s high standing in the hospitality industry.As a result of the new structure, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is now the umbrella brand for the company’s product lines, Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels. The company has chosen the luxurious La Amada Hotel in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, as the first hotel to launch under the banner of Beloved Hotels.“The goal of this restructuring is to meet the needs and demands of our clientele. Our mission is to always be attentive to satisfy our guests and to continuously surpass the highest standards of quality. We’re dedicated to offering an unforgettable experience of sophistication and pleasure in each of our properties,” said Excellence Group VP of sales and marketing, Ignacio Fernandez.Along with the rebranding, the company has invested heavily in its Excellence Resorts in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana, improving both accommodations and amenities, including renewed spas and restaurants.Visit www.excellence-resorts.com.last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThai Airways International Public Company Limited marked its 50th Anniversary across destinations and offices in 74 cities, 36 countries, and five continents this past May 1, 2010.Mr. Sutsveta Svetasobhana, THAI USA, Central and South America’s General Manager said that, “This year marks a special occasion for THAI as it is not just another anniversary to celebrate. We are very pleased to be celebrating 50 years of longstanding quality service. In this extremely difficult environment for airlines around the world, we are continuously looking for ways to expand our network and offer more choices to our customers. We look forward to providing the world with 50 more years of our legendary Smooth As Silk service.”The history of THAI has been a story of rapid growth and success. On the morning of May 1st 1960, THAI’s first flight on a Douglas DC-6B aircraft, took off from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport with 60 passengers bound for Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo. 50 years later, THAI boasts a fleet of 84 jetliners that carry almost 20 million passengers and 500,000 tons of air cargo annually. Started as a purely regional service from Bangkok to just nine cities in Asia, THAI’s global network now extends to over 74 destinations across five continents.THAI has played a vital role in the development of Thailand’s dynamic economy, and helped establish Bangkok as the leading aviation hub of Southeast Asia by promoting tourism and trade worldwide. As the Asia-Pacific region is set to become the world’s largest and fastest growing market for passenger and cargo services, THAI is committed to build upon their heritage and further expand their award winning services to global travelers.With their success, THAI also understands its responsibilities to the global environment. As a major consumer of energy, THAI was the first Asia-Pacific airline to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to provide passengers with the opportunity to offset carbon emissions generated from flying.www.thaiairways.comlast_img read more


first_imgClearwater, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazinePrivate aircraft operator Avantair, Inc., is donating planes, staff and flight hours to help bring supplies and medical aid to Haiti, which was recently devastated by an earthquake.Avantair has assisted in two missions to facilitate bringing a medical team and supplies, including food, blankets and clothing, to those who have been uprooted by the massive earthquake. Nearly a month after the disaster, provisions are still in short supply and Avantair, along with the aid workers the company is sponsoring, is working to keep the Haitian relief efforts progressing.“Some of our owners and companies that regularly partner with Avantair were closely affected by this tragedy and we’re doing our best to support them during this difficult time,” said Steven Santo, founder and CEO of Avantair. “We’re contributing flight hours and pilots to help bring doctors, volunteers and supplies to the country and our owners are donating their own flight time to add to the contribution.”On February 9, Avantair carried a team of four Ocean Reef Club staff members from Key Largo, Fla., to Haiti, where they delivered packages containing rice, beans, cornmeal, canned meats, fruits and oil to family members of Ocean Reef employees, many of whom had lost homes and loved ones in the quake. The team distributed 150 packages in less than five days, and plans to return to Haiti within the next week to deliver as many as 200 more packages.In addition to that flight, Avantair also made a holiday gift donation which included a plane and flight crew to Northern Lights Foundation, on behalf of Avantair-owner David Turock. The donation was used to fly a team of doctors and nurses from East Hampton, N.Y., to West Palm Beach, Fla., where they met additional medical staff for a coordinated trip to Haiti. A total of 16 doctors and nurses flew to the country where they performed a wide variety of surgeries and other medical procedures.To date, Avantair’s contributed flight hours for the Haitian relief effort have reached a total value of $24,000.www.avantair.comlast_img read more


first_imgWHAT: Each month guests can enjoy a new multi-course vintner dinner at fin, The Sky Lodge’s fine dining restaurant. Karen Cakebread, the property’s Vice President of Marketing, has introduced this new program and aligned with acclaimed Oakville Ranch and Judd’s Hill Winery to kick-off the upcoming July and August summer vintner series, which will continue through the year and introduce a new wineries each month.Diners attending The Sky Lodge vintner dinners will enjoy a delectable 5-course meal created especially for the occasion by The Sky Lodge’s culinary team, including Executive Chef Scott Boberek, fin Chef Briar Handley and Executive Pastry Chef Nova Bevier. Each course will be perfectly paired with wine selections from visiting vintners.Guests interested in staying in one of The Sky Lodge’s 33 luxury-suites can reserve a room by calling 435.658.2500 or toll free at 888.876.2525. Introductory rates for a one-bedroom suite at the hotel start at $250 per night.WHEN: Upcoming vintner dinners, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,include:July 18, 2008 – Paula Kornell, GM at Oakville Ranch Hosted by Paula Kornell, GM at Oakville Ranch www.oakvilleranch.comAugust 28, 2008 – Judd’s Hill Winery Hosted by Judd and Holly Finkelstein www.juddshill.comWHERE: fin at The Sky Lodge 201 Heber Ave. Park City, UT 84060 435.658.2500COST: $125 per person, including wine, tax and gratuityABOUT THE SKY LODGE: The Sky Lodge, a distinguished member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, honors the traditions of the finest boutique resort hotels throughout the world, where a limited number of rooms and an ample, superbly trained staff combine to deliver a highly personalized experience that consistently exceeds the expectations of even the most sophisticated travelers. With 33 exclusive one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences, loaded with traditional craftsmanship and high-tech conveniences, this new luxury hotel, featured inCondé Nast Travelermagazine’s Hot List 2008, as well asRobb Report’s “Best of the Best”,offers the finest amenities in Park City, including an opulent spa, superb dining and pride of ownership in the magical setting of the Wasatch Mountains. The Sky Lodge is located at 201 Heber Avenue, in the heart of Park City’s historic Old Town district. For additional information, or to make hotel reservations, call 435.658.2500 or visit www.theskylodge.com.last_img read more


first_imgQ&A: Country’s Kacey Musgraves on evolving sound, marriage by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2018 4:27 am PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 3:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this March 28, 2018 photo, singer Kacey Musgraves poses for a portrait in New York to promote her third album, “Golden Hour.” (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles might sound like an odd pairing for a tour, but for Musgraves, it makes perfect sense.That’s because Musgraves is happy to bring country music to new and unexpected audiences and, at the same time, continue to expand her own sound, like she does on her recently released third album, where the influences include Sade and the Bee Gees.“I’ve always wanted to be the kind of artist that can play Bonnaroo or Coachella and then turn around and play a country festival. I love both sides of the coin — whether it’s going on tour with Willie Nelson or Katy Perry,” she said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.“Golden Hour,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this week, sticks to Musgraves’ country roots, but the result is more pop-leaning compared to her first two full-length albums. She said while crafting the songs she was “trying to think bigger, think more globally.”“I’m really excited for this record to reach an audience that I haven’t reached yet with my other music. One thing that I’ve always been very proud of is when someone says, ‘I don’t like country music, but I love your music.’ That’s a huge compliment to me. I love being an ambassador.”Musgraves has been playing the new songs on the road with Little Big Town, and she’ll reach more — and new — fans when the two-time Grammy winner opens for the former One Direction member on June 5.Musgraves talks about her new album, switching up her sound, tripping on acid and more.AP: How do you feel that you’ve grown in the last couple of years?Musgraves: I feel like I’ve grown in a lot of ways… If you kind of start off from Day One just being yourself, you really don’t owe anything to anybody from then on. There’s a lot of freedom in just coming out and just saying, ‘This is me. And if you like it, cool and if not, that’s fine, too.’ It’s been really fun over the years, just following those inspirations and just kind of rolling with it, whether its country or not.I love the idea of country music translating to people of all kinds, everywhere. And it doesn’t have to be about only five subject matters, tailgates and beer. Those are great things, but country music — real country music — is about life, and that’s what this album is about.AP: Was the goal of reaching more people in the back of your mind when you were recording?Musgraves: A lot of influences were in my ear going into making this. I’m a big fan of Sade and I grew up listening to her and the Bee Gees and Neil Young and all these things, Imogen Heap and Daft Punk. I was like, ‘Where’s a world where all of these things can live, (along) with the things that inspire me about country music?’ Like, pedal steel guitar, banjo, my country centre, my organic centre.It was real important for people not to hear this and go, ‘Where’s Kacey? Where’d she go? This is the third album. Oh, she just tried to get weird for weird’s sake.’ No, it’s like, I was very adamant about finding the balance and not losing my spirit or my character within all of this, but also evolving.AP: Are you excited to go on tour with Harry Styles?Musgraves: I love the challenge of being put with an artist that you normally probably wouldn’t think to put me with. I think it’s a brilliant combination, especially considering where his album … the direction that went. When I got asked to do it I was like, ‘Yes, I can totally see this being so fun and making sense.’ And I honestly think that his fans are going to dig the record. And they may not know anything about country music, but hopefully they like it.These days, people don’t think in terms of genre. You know, genres might have been created for store shelves. A categorizing system of sorts and we don’t have that anymore obviously as much, so I really just see music falling into two different categories: good and bad. I think most people are starting to see that way. A good song is a good song no matter how it’s dressed up.AP: “Mother” is a wonderful and personal song. What was it like creating that?Musgraves: It’s a song that, long story short, was inspired by an acid trip and my mom texting me during said acid trip, and it just open the flood gates for all these emotions and reflections on the cycle of life and mothers. The fact that I was sitting there in Tennessee missing my mom, who was sitting in Texas missing her mom, who passed away several years ago. I surprised her with the song one day. I didn’t tell her that I wrote it. I just said, ‘Hey, I have something to play for you. And I wrote this for you and it’s the shortest song on the album, but I think it’s kind of the one that means the most.’AP: How has married life been for you? (She married musician Ruston Kelly in October).Musgraves: Married life has been really fun. It feels just really solid and like I have a teammate for life. I married my best friend, so we have each other’s backs so that feels really good. Although it is hard, both being touring musicians, we got to, like, pencil each other in. But we can get through the next couple years being really busy and you know, take some time.AP: You’ll turn 30 in August. How do you feel about that?Musgraves: It feels really good, to be honest, to be kind of in the golden hour of my twenties. That was kind of a factor, thinking about this album. I turned 29 on August 21, which was the same exact day that the total solar eclipse happened in Nashville. And there we were, we were like smack dab making the record, it was my 29th birthday, I was about to get married, and then we had the path of totality of Nashville, and it just felt like the culmination of so many events, cosmic and personal. It was really cool. I hear from everybody that is 30-plus that your 30s are your best. I’m personally excited. Everything gets better with time. And I’m still finding inspiration and having fun, so I can’t really ask for more.___Online: http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/last_img read more