Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In college, Shumpert played four seasons with Iowa, which was also where he got his coaching start as a graduate assistant helping with wide receivers and special teams in 2016-17.Related LinksThe Kliff Kingsbury-loves-Kyler Murray narrative growsMichael Bidwill: Cardinals will continue leaning over their ski tipsCardinals’ Patrick Peterson to Antonio Brown: ‘Hit my line’The Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship was first introduced ahead of the 2015 season. It was created to provide more opportunities to incorporate diversity into the Cardinals’ coaching staff.McKinney will join the staff following three seasons as the defensive quality control coach with the Miami Dolphins.He was also an intern with the Cleveland Browns in 2014-15.His college experience includes five years coaching at Division II Bentley as a special teams coordinator, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator in 2013.He was a linebacker at Towson, an FCS school, earning All-Patriot League honors as a junior and senior in 2000 and 2001. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact New Arizona Cardinals defensive assistant coach Rusty McKinney. (AP Photo) The Arizona Cardinals added Don Shumpert to the offensive coaching staff and Rusty McKinney as a defensive assistant coach on Tuesday, the team announced.Shumpert will help fill the offensive staff as a participant of the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship, following other participants Levon Kirkland and Terry Allen.Shumpert was an assistant with the New York Giants last season and spent time as a wide receiver in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. 0 Comments Share
Go back to the e-newsletter >The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced the completion of a multi-million dollar restoration of the historic St. Anthony hotel. Built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in Texas and located near the San Antonio’s enchanting River Walk, the hotel has unveiled a redesign including enhanced accommodations, refreshed public spaces and new dining venues.“The restoration of The St. Anthony is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s $300 million dollar investment effort this year to renovate and reopen some of our most iconic hotels in North America,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to reintroduce this legendary property as part of The Luxury Collection, returning the beloved St. Anthony to its original grandeur and carrying on its legacy as a San Antonio mainstay for locals and visitors alike.”Taking special care to preserve authentic design elements and architectural details, the two-year renovation was led by ForrestPerkins, a Dallas-based interior architecture and design firm. The new design aesthetic was significantly influenced by Fiesta – San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century. From the earliest days, The St. Anthony has played an integral role in Fiesta, hosting the festival’s finest events in its elegant ballrooms. The hotel’s new interior design weaves traditional Fiesta floral patterns and jewel tones into decorative elements including stylised carpets, upholstery, artwork and light fixtures.The signature colour for The St. Anthony was selected from a magnificent set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by innovative interior designer Dorothy Draper during a renovation in 1959. Now referred to as ‘St. Anthony Green’, the hotel’s trademark colour is featured throughout the property.The hotel’s renowned grand lobby, also known as ‘Peacock Alley’, has been fully restored to welcome visitors with all of its storied finery – including the Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano acquired by owner Ralph W. Morrison after he purchased the hotel in 1935. Entirely transformed, the hotel lobby greets guests with soaring ceilings, elaborate mouldings and beautifully sculpted columns, complemented by an authentic Calacatta marble floor and a grand staircase.The renovated hotel now features 277 fully remodelled guest rooms, including 72 suites such as the John Wayne Suite, named for the actor who frequently stayed at the hotel and celebrated the premiere of the 1960s’ ‘The Alamo’ at the hotel. Adorned in hues of black, white, gray, and gold, the accommodations are accented with hints of the hotel’s signature shade of green. The refurbished guest rooms are complemented by expanded and modernised bathrooms, featuring vanities, oversized showers and lavish marble and tile detail. Situated on the 10th floor, the hotel’s renewed Presidential Suite offers more than 278sqm of luxury accommodations, including three bedrooms and four bathrooms.The restoration includes the reopening of the celebrated St. Anthony Club, the city’s first private members-only venue. Now open to the public, the club offers handcrafted cocktails and a glimpse into the unique history of a bygone era. Established in 1959 when Texas laws prohibited selling liquor by the drink, except in private clubs, The St. Anthony Club was Dorothy Draper’s first Texas hotel design project.Helmed by locally acclaimed Chef Stefan Bowers, the hotel’s new flagship restaurant, Rebelle, offers a unique sharing style and personal plate experience of local meats and farm-fresh produce sourced from Texas’ vast agricultural locales. The St. Anthony’s chic new cocktail lounge, Haunt, offers creative libations inspired by the hotel’s storied past.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterRosewood Hotels & Resorts has launched a new agent specialist course on the premier travel industry e-learning platform, Travel Agent University. Travel Agent University (TAU), with 45,000 plus active members, is the industry’s largest online travel agent community, having graduated more specialists than any other industry education programme, awarding over one million diplomas since inception.“We are very proud to partner with Travel Agent University, the travel agent’s preferred e-learning platform,” says Radha Arora, President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to many years of continued collaboration educating agents about our elite suite of products.”Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages 19 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 11 countries, with 16 new hotels under development. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing and Rosewood London.Kimberly Newbury, Questex Travel Group Managing Director of e-learning & loyalty said TAU is thrilled to partner with a brand that truly sees the value of agent training and specialisation.“The Questex Travel Group has been deeply invested in travel agent education for more than 23 years, and has proven time and again that agents who specialise are seven times more likely to sell a supplier’s products, than a non-specialist.”Launched in 1993, Travel Agent University is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The e-learning site’s resource centre provides access to valuable sales tools, webinars, videos itineraries and other assets designed to help agents increase sales after they graduate. Agents also can utilise a central dashboard to review their course activity, track the status of their progress and access rewards, including gift cards, bonus commissions, familiarisation trips and monthly giveaways.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedBargains of the Week: Faro | Geneva | MalagaBargains of the Week: Faro | Geneva | MalagaBargains of the Week: Kerry | Malta | HelsinkiBargains of the Week: Kerry | Malta | HelsinkiBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | Amsterdam Tokyo (return from £449)Some good deals to be had for the land of sumo and sushi for travel in Autumn which is an excellent time to visit Japan. At this time of year, the mountain forests are ablaze with colour and the hot, humid summer has given way to cooler, refreshing weather.Find cheap flights to Tokyo from London Heathrow.Malaga (return from £19)If you’re looking for quick, cheap, no hassle fun in the sun, Malaga is hard to beat. Still a huge hit with the Brits, this Spanish gem has excellent beaches, good value food and drink, and is just a short three hour flight from the UK.Find cheap flights to Malaga from 22 UK airports including Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Southampton, Aberdeen, and London airports.Helsinki (return from £53)Finland’s cool capital is surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago, creating a city that blends Nordic urban chic with outstanding natural beauty. Even though Helsinki is one of the world’s most northern capitals, the summers are extraordinary pleasant, with temperatures in the high 20s and the beautiful people taking to the city’s green parks and beaches to enjoy the sun.Find cheap flights to Helsinki from London airports and Manchester.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations.
RelatedTravel Light: how to pack with hand luggage (carry-on) onlyWhy travel light? The pros of taking hand luggage only.Monarch luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees: Don’t turn up to the airport dragging a suitcase the size of a small car; learn the art of travelling light.Remember most things can be bought at your destination if forgotten, so as long as you have your passport, wallet and the clothes on your back, the chances are, everything will be ok.Why travel light? Because it’s:Cheaper – at the moment, airlines don’t charge for hand luggage, but with the cost of checking in baggage as much £40 per return flight, careful packing can save you a packet. Faster – if you check-in online, there’s no need to stand in lengthy check-in queues – just head straight through to security. Plus, there’s no need to wait for your bags to be spat out on the carousel at the other end, just get off the plane and walk straight out of the airport.Easier – one bag means less luggage to lug around and less chance of your luggage getting lost, damaged or stolen.Want to know more? Read Skyscanner’s advice articles:The One Bag Challenge: packing with hand luggage onlyLight Packing for LadiesSee more Travel TipsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Do you really need that extra pair of shoes, the hair dryer and that second jacket? Probably not.
2. St Isaac’s CathedralSt Isaac’s, the world’s fourth largest cathedral, has undergone a tumultuous history, including being stripped of religious trappings and turned into a museum during the Soviet era, but the building has remained remarkably intact. The interior has a huge amount marble and granite, and the 100-metre-tall dome is plated in pure gold, although it was painted grey during the Second World War to avoid attracting attention from enemy aircraft.3. The Hermitage MuseumContinuing the ‘grand and old’ theme, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world, having been founded in 1764. It is a museum of art and culture situated among several buildings, including the Winter Palace, that are themselves of historic note, and are often just as, if not more impressive than the items they showcase inside.4. Grand Peterhof Palace and Grand CascadeThe Peterhof Palace is, as palaces go, fairly small, although beautiful. However, the real beauty is its grounds. Based on French styles, from the Grand Cascade fountains to the tranquil lower gardens, it is known as the ‘Russian Versailles’.5. Peter and Paul FortressHome to the State Museum of St Petersburg and filled with many beautiful buildings, the Peter and Paul Fortress is an essential visit. The cathedral within the complex is especially worth a look: the massive bell tower means you won’t be able to miss it. In the summer, the sands surrounding the base of the castle walls turn into a prime sunbathing spot. It gets extremely busy, but braving the crowds is worth it so you can say you went sunbathing in the centre of St Petersburg.6. Boat trip on the NevaGet acquainted with the sights of the city from the comfort of a seated position by taking a boat trip on the River Neva. Tours cost as little as £5, so it’s definitely worth it if you have a couple of hours spare.7. Nevsky ProspektWith its souvenir shops, palaces and cathedrals, Nevsky Prospekt will probably be on your list, but being at the hub of metro lines, you’ll probably end up there without even trying. 8. Church of the Saviour on Spilled BloodThis Russian Orthodox church goes by many names and, depending on who you talk to, you’re almost certainly going to get a different name each time. It is festooned with crazy blue and gold domes on the outside, and inside is covered with exquisite mosaics. From Lenin to the Kremlin, via vodka, 10 of the must-see and do sights, attractions and activities in Moscow. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Video by Pavel Tenyakov. Find hotels in St Petersburg Top 10 things to see and do in Moscow Kornstadt Naval Cathedral is another orthodox cathedral that demands a visit. Recently reconsecrated in order to be used for its intended purpose, chandeliers, a beautiful inlaid floor and colourful mosaic walls decorate its interior. RelatedBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueTop 15 attractions and things to do in MoscowFrom Lenin to the Kremlin, via a few shots of vodka, we bring you the best things to see and do in Moscow.Winter wonderland escapes: 5 magical cities of snowWe know a winter escape isn’t about getting your followers double tapping your holiday pics. But if your getaway happens to be dusted with a magical coating of snow, we can’t blame you for snapping every angle. That’s why we’ve picked five destinations that are guaranteed to look amazing under… 9. Drink Russian vodkaIn short, we drink vodka wrong. Really wrong. A trip to Russia will make you realise that sipping it pre-frozen shot glass is how it should be done, not mixing it with cola or orange juice. The Vodka Room is particularly worth visiting to indulge your newfound passion, as it serves a selection of over 200 vodkas. The Vodka Museum is also worth a look, but bear in mind that there is no English translation for the bulk of the museum – so unless you have a translator it can be a bit of a struggle. Amazing architecture of all sorts abounds in stately St. Petersburg, both above ground and under. Mike Sammels takes a look at the top 10 things to do in Russia’s second city. And drinks vodka.1. Take a trip on the metroThe journey is almost definitely more important than the destination when travelling via the metro in St Petersburg. Each station’s decoration is palatial, with exquisite artwork and decorations, making it easily one of the most beautiful subways in the world. B because St Petersburg has a largely one-way driving system, it’s much easier to get around underground (and affordable too, at around 75p per journey). It also happens to be the deepest subway in the world, so prepare yourself for some long escalator journeys.More: 15 most beautiful underground stations: in pictures Read more: Check flights to St Petersburg
In partnership with Visiting Western Australia in Autumn (March–May) The idea of skipping the UK summer for an extra winter might not sound appealing, but then winter in Perth isn’t the same as winter back home. This sun-soaked city has clear blue skies 144 days every year, and even in the depths of July temperatures still sit around 18°C – pretty warm by British standards. Western Australia has one of the world’s longest whale watching seasons, running from May until December. Visit in spring and you’re likely to spot blue, southern right and humpback whales as they make their way along the Indian Ocean coast. You can take whale watching tours from Shark Bay, or try your luck spotting whales from the shore – go at midday when the sun is at its highest. Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), on Rottnest Island. Credit: Tourism Western Australia The best of Perth on a budget Fly to Western Australia If you’re into food, your Aussie friends and family will want to take you to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape food festival. New for 2019, the festival will be held across three locations, including the Swan Valley and Perth as well as Margaret River. Spanning nine days in mid-November, the festival is a celebration of all things food and wine. Celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein attended in 2018, so it’s a pretty big deal. One of the best reasons to visit Western Australia in autumn is that it’s whale shark season, when these gentle giants of the sea migrate through the waters of World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, can grow up to 16 meters longs and swimming alongside them is often described as one of the world’s most electrifying wildlife encounters. Temperatures stay warm throughout January and February, and highs of 35°C in Perth are par for course so It’s a great time to make the most of Western Australia’s al-fresco lifestyle. Beaches are often transformed into art galleries, and parks come alive with music concerts and outdoor cinemas. Want to learn more about visiting Western Australia? Exploring Western Australia: 20 things to add to your bucketlist The Skyscanner Edit: the best flight deals to Western Australia Or for something a bit different, take your friends and family to the south-west for a spot of truffle hunting. The season runs from June to September and kicks off with a big festival in Manjimup – the heart of Western Australia’s truffle region. Join in the search with trained sniffer dogs, or sample some truffle-infused dishes in the town. Someone you love has taken the leap and moved to Western Australia. Every time you Skype they can’t stop banging on about how great it is, and whenever you take a peek at their Facebook page it’s packed with photos of pristine beaches, sun-soaked rooftop bars and cute wildlife – who can resist a quokka? It all looks so tempting, so a visit is a must! Spring in Western Australia is absolutely blissful, with temperatures rising from 20°C in September to 26°C in November. If you want to hike, bike and generally explore the national parks of the south west, spring is the time to go. Here’s what to expect from Western Australia’s four seasons. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map A Day at a Time: top day trips from Perth Working hard or hardly working? Here’s 7 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia With so much to see and do, you can’t just spend one season in Western Australia. We reckon it’s worth making a few repeat visits to friends and family – after all, experiencing a WA winter is far different to a summer or spring. All you’ve got to do now is find the perfect flight deal. If you’ve always fancied Christmas on the beach, visit your friends and family in December. It can feel a little odd at first, tucking into a barbecue and basking in 30°C heat while everyone is wearing Santa hats and belting out Jingle Bells, but it’s a bucket list experience. This is also when the state’s wildflowers burst into full bloom – 60% of the 12,000 species of flowers that grow in Western Australia can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. Lesueur National Park, Mullewa, Three Springs and Carnamah are some of the best places near Perth to go and spot some unique blooms. When is the best time to go to Western Australia? In Ningaloo Reef visitors also have the chance to swim with other friendly locals, including sea turtles, giant manta rays and hundreds of species of tropical fish. Tick off the bucket list with your friends and family to really make it a trip to remember. Couple taking a selfie while on the lookout at City Beach. Credit: Tourism Western Australia Look for flights to Western Australia When deciding when to visit friends and family in Western Australia it’s important to think about what else you’d like to do to maximise your stay and make the most of your time in the sunny state. It sounds a bit cliché, but Western Australia really is a year-round destination. There’s always something going on, so when you’re deciding on a time to visit look for events and weather that line up with what you enjoy most. Remember that Australia’s seasons run opposite to Britain – if you visit in December you’ll be landing in the height of summer, and if you go in July you might want to pack your jacket for the cooler evenings. Visiting Western Australia in Winter (June–August) Visiting Western Australia in Spring (Sept–Nov) Because the weather is at its mildest, this is the best time of year to head out into the outback and explore the Kimberley region – one of the world’s last true wildernesses. One of the best ways to see this rugged area is to hire a car and do a road trip like the West Kimberley Crossing, which takes in breathtaking gorges and quirky outback towns. Finish your trip in Broome, where you can take a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach. 5 Western Australian road trips to drive before you die Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryDiscover much more Plunging into the Indian Ocean is one way to cool off, and Western Australia has plenty of inland freshwater swimming holes to discover. One of the best is Serpentine Falls in the Perth Hills, an idyllic spot for a picnic and a paddle with your pals. There are gas barbecues near the shaded tables, and grey kangaroos often come to nibble on the grass in the late afternoon. Hunting for truffles, The Truffle & Wine Co. Credit: Tourism Western Australia Check out flights to Perth Ready to see more of Western Australia? Check out the cheapest flights for your next adventure now! Couple in Bright Podolepis wildflowers near Windajinni Rocks, located on Wooleen Station. Credit: Tourism Western Australia RelatedSkyscanner Edit: Best Deals to Western Australia this WinterIn partnership with Get 2019 off to a sunny start by booking flights to Perth, the gateway to Western Australia. While Britain shivers under dark clouds, horizontal rain and generally grim conditions, the population of Perth is in the middle of summer. As the mercury reaches 31°C they’re splashing in…How to get to Western Australia for lessSee how you can find cheap flights to Perth, save money on travel, and turn your Western Australia dream holiday into a budget-friendly reality.Gap year goals – how a Western Australia working holiday pays offThe adventure of a lifetime can also boost your CV. Here’s some of the many reasons why a working holiday in Perth and Western Australia is a great idea. Get closer to nature and Wildlife in Western Australia The crowds of summer have started to leave, and temperatures begin to drop to a pleasant 22°C in May. Hotel and flight prices are often a bit lower at this time of year too, so look out for great deals. Visiting Western Australia in Summer (Dec–Feb) The largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), in the Ningaloo Marine Park. Credit: Tourism Western Australia 15 of the best places to eat, drink and stay in Perth
Lake Como, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGuests are invited to travel back to a time of eras bygone with the celebration of Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s 102-year anniversary. Designed to embody class and sophistication, the 98-room hotel was built to satisfy the demands of turn-of-the-century tourists flocking to the world’s most beautiful lakeside retreat.The cosmopolitan hotel opened its doors 102 years ago today, on July 10, 1910, creating the ultimate symbol of Italian hospitality on the shores of Lake Como. The centenary family-run hotel owes its origin to Lake Como native, Enea Gandola, who, after being inspired by his many travels throughout Europe, returned home to create a grand hotel of his own that would represent a haven of beauty while commanding the best views of the famed lake for their guests. Art Nouveau in style and décor, design elements evoke a sense of majestic grandeur with elegantly appointed rooms and suites featuring panoramic views of the lake and surrounding gardens. A veteran of two world wars, the iconic palace has remained a sanctuary of peace and tranquility throughout the years, offering guests a welcomed retreat filled with serene pools, unparalleled views of the Bellagio and signature culinary offerings. The hotel has played host to a number of elite visitors and was referenced in Greta Garbo’s 1932 hit film Grand Hotel as a simple, quiet and happy place.Today, owned and managed by the De Santis family, the timeless hotel recently unveiled an ultra-exclusive all-suite rooftop floor featuring three junior suites, three corner suites and two front suites, each boasting their own private terrace, outdoor heated jacuzzi and breathtaking views of the lake. In keeping with the hotel’s lavish standards, luxury amenities include a private butler, champagne mini-bar and a rooftop skybed for romantic star gazing. www.grandhoteltremezzo.com
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe new hotel brand Harlequin Hotels & Resorts recently announced the U.S. launch of Buccament Bay Resort, the first luxury resort on the island of St. Vincent. Located 90 miles west of Barbados, St. Vincent is an unspoiled tropical haven that provides visitors with an opportunity to explore an island less traveled, yet still gives its guests an authentic Caribbean experience. This all-inclusive 5 star resort delivers extraordinary service and offers a range of unique activities that cater to all interests.Built to the highest specification, Buccament Bay Resort’s state-of-the-art facilities include 95 villas. Situated among the lush tropical gardens or directly on the pristine beach are a selection of one-, two- and four-bedroom villas, equipped with spacious living rooms and sophisticated décor. With two master bedrooms furnished with king size beds and two bedrooms with twin beds, the plantation villas are the perfect setting for a vacation with family or friends. All of the property’s villas have large wooden shutters that open directly onto a deck with a plunge pool, the ideal location to enjoy spectacular views of the sea, lake or river.“We are thrilled to announce the U.S. launch of Buccament Bay Resort, the first property under the Harlequin name,” said David Ames, founder and chairman of Harlequin Hotels & Resorts. “We have appointed a management team consisting of individuals with excellent reputations and proven track records for managing five star hotels worldwide and cannot wait to welcome U.S. visitors to the resort.”The resort’s General Manager Mark Sawkins is well established in the hotel industry and has over twenty years of involvement in successful enterprises. Of the property, Sawkins said, “At Buccament Bay Resort, we fully understand Harlequin’s mission to deliver an unprecedented new level of supreme luxury at each resort. I truly believe that our property will redefine luxury in the Caribbean and deliver a world class destination experience that offers something for everyone.”The beautiful island of St. Vincent provides Buccament Bay Resort the opportunity to create the ideal setting for a wide variety of activities and an environment in which every guest will be entertained. Whether guests prefer lounging and rejuvenation, exploration or developing an array of skills, the resort has it all.For water sports enthusiasts, Indigo Dive offers a wide range of PADI courses and dive excursions around St. Vincent. Guests can also enjoy three swimming pools with sun loungers, umbrellas and waiter service; snorkeling; kayaking; motorized water sports; glass bottom-boat tours; dolphin and whale watching; deep sea fishing; and catamaran and motor boat trips.If guests prefer to hone a particular talent, the property features a one-of-a-kind resort Academy that offers experts soccer and tennis coaching, and includes the Pat Cash Academy and Liverpool Football Club Soccer School. Music lovers of all ages have the rare opportunity to be coached in voice, acting and movement by world-class professionals from Broadway and the West End. Private and group classes are available, where the syllabus is inspired by hit television shows and musicals, such as Glee and Mamma Mia!For relaxation, The Spa at Buccament Bay Resort is an oasis of peace and tranquility and just steps from the beach. The Spa is the ideal escape from the stresses of everyday life to relax, and offers a selection of treatments with ESPA products. Cocoon-like treatment suites, as well as outdoor gazebo and beach treatment options provide guests with a haven of relaxation.There is a collection of dining options from around the world. Safran offers fine Indian cuisine in a sophisticated and contemporary atmosphere. Ginger & Co. Sushi Bar is where guests can watch expert Sushi Chefs create authentic Japanese culinary delights for a light lunch or an afternoon snack by the pool. Surrounded by palm trees and bamboo, Bamboo is a chic restaurant that provides al fresco dining with popular Caribbean dishes and Italian stone baked pizzas. Overlooking the swimming pools and the tranquil Caribbean Sea, The Bay Beach Club offers casual all day dining. Favored by younger guests, HQ serves freshly-squeezes juices and smoothies as well as homemade croissants, pastries and gelato.www.buccamentbay.com
Paris, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineNumber one tennis player and Richard Mille brand ambassador Rafael Nadal claimed his seventh straight victory on the clay courts of Monte Carlo on April 17. Wearing the Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon on his right wrist, Nadal beat David Ferrer in two sets. Meanwhile on May 1, American golfer Bubba Watson, also an ambassador for Richard Mille, won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his third PGA Tour title in 10 months, while wearing the Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon.Rafael Nadal won against fellow countryman David Ferrer in two sets, 6-4, 7-5. This success makes him the big favorite of Les Internationaux de France, next May at Roland Garros where he will hope to win his sixth title. At only 24 years old, Rafael Nadal has already won nine Grand Slams. He is the favorite for seizing a 10th at the French Open.Nadal has been playing with a Richard Mille on his wrist since last year. This exceptional watch, the RM 027 Tourbillon, was specially created for him by Richard Mille. Following the success of this watch and the collaboration with Rafael Nadal, the brand presented its new model, the RM 035, at the beginning of this year. The RM 035 is equipped with the skeletonized RMUL1 manual winding movement weighing only 4.3 grams and is the first of the collection to have obtained the Chronofiable® certificate after a series of exacting tests to gauge its capacity to withstand extreme conditions without affecting the watch’s performance.Bubba Watson, who hails from Bagdad, Florida, now holds the number one spot on the FedEx Cup rankings and is number ten in the world. In the final round on Sunday, Bubba Watson found himself back in contention and tied for first with his opponent, Webb Simpson. With only two players remaining, they battled it out in an intense two-hole playoff and once again, Watson prevailed. Watson is famous for his powerful game and the length off the tee and with another PGA Tour victory on his resume, he has reconfirmed his great talent.The tourbillon RM 038 Watson wore was specially created to be able to work in golf’s specific conditions with 3 objectives: lightness, extreme shock resistance and comfort. The RM 038 encloses a skeleto¬nized caliber, with a manual-winding tourbillon. Its bottom plate, bridges and balance cock are made of grade five titanium, in order to provide a great rigidity to the whole assembly as well as a precise surface flatness. The fast rotating barrel provides significant decrease of periodic internal mainspring adhesion, which improves performance. The RM 038 case is made of an extremely rugged alloy, famous for its lightness, called magne¬sium-aluminum AZ91, which is given a Titalyt II® treatment improving both hardness and resistance even more.www.richardmille.com
East Meadow, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineToday Lufthansa announced that it will be the first airline to offer scheduled Airbus A380 service to Miami with daily flights between Frankfurt and the “Sunshine State” beginning June 10, 2011. Flight LH463 will leave Miami at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:15 a.m. the following day; the return flight LH462 will depart Frankfurt at 9:55 a.m. and arrive back into Miami International Airport at 1:50 p.m. (all local time; flight times will fluctuate slightly depending on the day of the week). Starting today, these flights are available for booking on www.lufthansa.com with rates from Miami to Frankfurt starting at $614 (one way fare based on roundtrip purchase; including taxes).“We are extremely excited to introduce our new, flagship A380 aircraft as the very first in the Miami market,” said Jens Bischof, Vice President, The Americas for Lufthansa. “I applaud Miami International Airport’s management team for their determination to become A380-ready. We share in their excitement and are both committed to Miami’s community of global travelers in both the business and leisure markets. Very soon, Europe’s most highly regarded airline will serve Miami with the industry’s most advanced aircraft to date.”“Lufthansa’s announcement of the A380 coming to MIA is a pinnacle moment we have eagerly anticipated for many years,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu. “We are honored to be one of the first U.S. airports Lufthansa has chosen for A380 service and we greatly look forward to welcoming the historic first flight from Frankfurt in June.”For more than 30 years Lufthansa has had a presence at Miami International Airport and throughout this time period has seen a growth in the popularity of the Miami – Frankfurt route. Furthermore, Lufthansa will reinstate its seasonal Miami – Düsseldorf flight which will fly three times per week beginning in October. Daily flights will commence in November.The Airbus A380 is the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, burning about 12 percent less fuel than other wide-body jets, and is approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft. Currently, Lufthansa provides A380 service to various destinations including Johannesburg and New York’s JFK, and will begin service as the first A380 flying to San Francisco on May 10. The airline has ordered a total of 15 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. This will make Lufthansa the largest A380 operator in Europe.Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats and features the airline’s new First Class product. Located on the upper deck, this space is the quietest cabin in commercial aviation and boasts an air humidification system – the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft – that improves air humidity to help fight off jet lag. Two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas offer enhanced personal space and storage. The cabin’s eight generously proportioned, ergonomic seats measure 6’9” feet in length and 2’7” feet in width and provide the ultimate in comfort and innovation for an exceptional travel experience.Also located on the upper deck is the award-winning Business Class cabin with 98 seats featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections.The main deck is home to an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin. Each of the 420 seats features an in-seat video screen, an optimized ergonomic design and a slimmer seat back that adds two inches of personal space per passenger.www.lufthansa.com
Jason George, left, and Jaina Lee Ortiz participate in the “Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) PASADENA, Calif. – The Latest on ABC’s upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):11:30 a.m.The “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff has yet to be titled, and “Chicago Fire” shares the blame.ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the NBC franchise drama’s name is the reason the “Grey’s” spinoff about firefighters won’t be called “Seattle Fire.”It’s challenging to come up with a good show title, Dungey told a TV critics’ meeting Monday, noting that the Seattle-based “Grey’s Anatomy” wasn’t named until shortly before it debuted.The network is sorting through options and hopes to make the pick in the next couple of weeks, she said.The “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff will debut with a two-hour episode on March 22 as part of ABC’s lineup of shows from producer Shonda Rhimes. One of them, “Scandal” with Kerry Washington, is wrapping its seven-season run with the finale airing April 19.___10:45 a.m.Upcoming Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel says it’s hard to tell how the public will react to the subject of sexual misconduct when he delivers his monologue at the event in two months.To that end, the ABC late-night host said Monday he felt that one of Seth Meyers’ jokes at the Golden Globes was written specifically for him — when Meyers said he felt like the first dog being shot into outer space. It was a reference to Meyers being a test case for how Hollywood would talk publicly about the topic.One event sure to come up is last year’s epic envelope mix-up, where actor Warren Beatty announced the wrong best picture winner. Kimmel said if something like that happened again, everyone at ABC should be fired. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 11:44 am PDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: ABC mulling ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spinoff options
Well-known Bollywood actress dies suddenly in DubaiSridevi, Bollywood superstar, dies at the age of 54 I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018Many describing Sridevi as charming, graceful, and beautiful with a dazzling smile and her well-known expressive eyes.Sridevi stepped away from the industry for a few years to raise her family, but returned with two well-received movies — the feel-good flick English Vinglish and the thriller Mom.She began acting at the age of four and performed in several languages including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Over five decades, she starred in more than 100 movies, including Bollywood classics like Chandni, Mr. India, ChaalBaaz and Khuda Gawah.In 2013, the Indian government awarded her the Padma Shri — the fourth highest civilian honour.Sridevi leaves behind her husband and two daughters. Bollywood|Sridevi Heartbroken & shocked to hear that my all time favourite #Sridevi is no more. May god give peace to her soul & strength to the family #RIP— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 24, 2018 Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away suddenly on Feb. 24, 2018, at the age of 54. (Photo via Twitter: @SrideviBKapoor) DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (NEWS 1130) – Bollywood fans have been left devastated this weekend after a popular, well-known actress died.It came as a shock to many that Sridevi, while attending a family wedding in the United Arab Emirates, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.She was 54.Immediately, there was an outpouring of grief as fans and celebrities paid tribute, calling her death heartbreaking.pic.twitter.com/DYMMKulTbL— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) February 25, 2018 Tributes pour in after Bollywood actress Sridevi dies suddenly I am shocked . I have no words. My condolences to the family , friends and fans of cinemas darling … Sridevi ji .. #RIPSridevi— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) February 24, 2018 Summary SHOCKING. JOLTED. Am I having a horrible dream. Sridevi no more? This is SO SO SAD. AND SO SO NOT FAIR. One of the most brilliant, elegant and talented actresses ever. The queen of Indian cinema. And a friend. Worked with her in so many movies. So many amazing memories…..— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 25, 2018 by Sonia Aslam Posted Feb 24, 2018 5:59 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2018 at 10:50 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email So grateful to have grown up and lived in the times of #sridevi . Thank you for the movies, thank you for the magic. You shall live on forever.. pic.twitter.com/jS2YJU1zoq— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 25, 2018
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, actress-producer Jessica Biel attends a USA Network’s “The Sinner” screening and conversation at 92Y in New York. Biel is nominated for an Emmy for best lead actress in a limited series for her role on the show. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) ‘The Sinner’ was cathartic for Emmy nominee Jessica Biel by Brooke Lefferts, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2018 12:13 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – As a kid, like a lot of us, Jessica Biel practiced giving a speech in front of a mirror for that fairytale moment when she won a top award.But unlike most of us, Biel’s moment has a chance to come true — she’s nominated for an Emmy Award for best lead actress in a limited series for her role in “The Sinner,” the USA Network series that she stars in — and helped bring about as its executive producer. And now that the moment is closer — the Emmy Awards will be presented next month — she’s worried that she might get a little tongue-tied.“I’ve recently had a thought of like ‘do I need to prepare something?’… I’m a really bad public speaker when I have to be me, I’m way more nervous about it. So I’m not quite sure what to do with that yet. I’m still trying to figure out, you know, do you have a paper just in case? But then what if you lose? Now you have this paper and it’s like embarrassing,” she said, laughing. “I haven’t quite put together what my path is yet.”Her acting path has taken her far. She started out as a teen in the TV series “7th Heaven” and has starred in numerous TV and film roles since then. But her biggest role has been as a mom to son Silas with husband Justin Timberlake; she’s been in Europe this summer with the family, accompanying Timberlake on tour.In a recent interview, Biel talked about the satisfaction of bringing “The Sinner” to the small screen, its dark nature, and escaping with her husband and 3-year-old son.Associated Press: This was your project, you’re the show’s executive producer, so was it extra-sweet?Biel: I think when you put so much heart and blood, sweat and tears, and you’re there at the beginning and you know you have no idea if this thing’s going to even work, and then it works and it really works. And then not only do you have a great audience response, but your community really loves it and specifically your performance, it’s awesome.AP: The show is dark. How did you get to those places and sustain it?Biel: It was definitely the most challenging creative experience — emotional experience — I’ve had at work ever because it was relentless. … Honestly it’s hard to describe in words how you get into a place like that. But what I know for sure is that I just felt great compassion for this woman, even though she did something so horrific. I somehow connected with her and related to her — I think probably one element was because she was a mom and the idea of having a small kid and never seeing that kid again because you’re in prison for the rest of your life. … I mean I could just get emotional thinking about that. … And honestly, I think I was exorcising a lot of my own demons. … My own baggage and history and trauma that I’ve had in my past. Obviously I … don’t have an experience like this woman has had, but I have my own stuff. And I think it was an amazing place to just kind of work it and get catharsis through it and just splay out like all of my guts on the table every day in a safe environment. It’s kind of an amazing part of the job that I do.AP: How did you compartmentalize it and go home to your son?Biel: I thought it was going to be really hard, and it was like my sanctuary, you know? At the end of the day, I could throw it all off on the floor and leave it at work and go home to something very simple. You know what it’s like when you have a 2- or 3-year-old: food, play, water, change the diaper, take a nap (laughs). Things need to be done. There’s no complicated mind games, there’s no complicated emotions. … And there was something freeing about that.AP: How has your summer been touring with your family?Biel: I really love (to travel) and I just feel grateful that we’re having this experience. It’s definitely not without its challenges having a small kid, moving him around a lot. But it’s amazing. It’s such a great education for him and for me — out of our comfort zone hearing new languages, trying foods. It’s fun to do it as a family even though, you know, my husband’s working a lot. That is what it is. I’ve probably seen the show at least 30 times. Never gets old. It doesn’t. He’s the best. Truly. And I mean that! I’m biased, of course. But I think also if I saw the show completely not knowing him I think it’s the best show ever.
Elizabeth Hay among finalists for Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction TORONTO – Acclaimed author Elizabeth Hay is among the finalists for this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.The Ottawa-based novelist, who won the 2002 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award and the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize, is a finalist with “All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir” (McClelland & Stewart).The book details her role as guardian and caregiver to her parents.A total of five authors are on the short list for the $60,000 prize, which is said to be the richest annual literary award for a book of non-fiction by a Canadian writer.Other finalists include Montreal’s Will Aitken for “Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo Van Hove, and the Art of Resistance” (University of Regina Press), about a stage production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone” in Luxembourg.Terese Marie Mailhot of Seabird Island, B.C., made the cut for “Heart Berries: A Memoir” (Doubleday Canada), about “her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation.”Montreal-based investigative journalist Judi Rever is in the running for “In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front” (Random House Canada).And Vancouver’s Lindsay Wong is a finalist for her debut memoir, “The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family” (Arsenal Pulp Press).Finalists were selected by a three-member jury comprising writers Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky.The winner will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony on Nov. 7. Acclaimed author Elizabeth Hay is among the finalists for this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The Ottawa-based novelist, who won the 2002 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award and the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize, is a finalist with “All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir” Hay is seen here in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Writers’ Trust, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 7:21 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Celine Dion, John Legend, SZA and Janelle Monae will also perform some of Franklin’s biggest hits at the concert. Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry will host the event.Tickets go on sale Friday. Other performers include Common, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R. and Alessia Cara.Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit apartment. She was 76.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Aretha Franklin to be honoured with tribute show next month by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2018 12:24 pm PDT
by Berenice Bautista, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2019 11:51 am PDT MEXICO CITY — Playing Cleo in director Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish-language film “Roma ” was for Yalitza Aparicio much more than putting herself in the shoes of another woman. For the lead actress of Mixtec origin praised for her moving portrayal of a domestic worker, it was personal: that was her mother’s occupation.“For me it has been very important to grow up knowing about my mom’s work and that she was always at every moment supporting me and teaching me to have this strength,” she said in a recent interview.Her mother raised Aparicio and her siblings alone after their father left the family when the actress was about 15-years-old.Aparicio had never seen a Cuaron movie or acted. She had to look for photos of the director online to be able to recognize him when they met for the first time. Up until that moment she planned to be a pre-school teacher.She accompanied her sister, who was the one originally interested, to the audition in the southern state of Oaxaca. Aparicio ended up being the one called back.Her mother accompanied her to subsequent meetings, worried that it could all be human trafficking ruse. Once she had the part, Aparicio recruited her friend and fellow teaching student Nancy Garcia, who plays domestic worker Adela in the movie.Cuaron had embarked in a quest to find a woman who reminded him most of Liboria Rodriguez, his childhood nanny to whom he dedicated the film. Rodriguez is also from the southern state of Oaxaca, one of the poorest of Mexico and also one with the biggest indigenous population of the country, but she is of Zapotec origin, while Aparicio is Mixtec. The film includes dialogue in Mixtec.If “Roma” ends up winning the Oscar for best foreign language film, it would be also a victory for the 68 indigenous languages spoken in the country. In the movie, Cleo and Adela are scolded by one of the children for speaking their language.“I tried to make a tribute to that job that I feel is so important,” Aparicio said. “I see it as what many women do in real life: they enter a home to work and give their hearts and their all as if it were their own family even though they have their own lives and sometimes difficult ones.”In spite of her lack of acting experience, Aparicio has dazzled audiences. She leads a list of best performances of 2018 in Time magazine and was also included in a similar list from the New York Times . On Sunday she will compete for the Critics’ Choice best actress award alongside Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Toni Collette, Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy.The role of the domestic worker, which in many movies is secondary, takes on a whole new dimension in “Roma.” Aparicio achieves scenes of great expressiveness in spite of having little or no dialogue. From the first scenes she maintains an enviable complicity with the children she cares for while facing the complaints of her employer and a profound romantic failure.In her acting debut, Aparicio meshes perfectly with Marina de Tavira, who plays Sofia, her employer and a mother of four who is abandoned by her husband. De Tavira, whose roles in the television series “Las Aparicio,” ”Capadocia,” and “El Senor de los Cielos,” made her the most experienced hand in a cast where many actors had no credits.One thing the whole cast had in common was Cuaron’s decision to break with his previous practices and try a new and different tactic: he never gave the actors the whole script. The director filmed the scenes in chronological order, and gave the actors instructions for the day that sometimes contradicted each other. That was the case in the scene where Sofia asks her children to write a letter to their absent father.Cuaron told de Tavira that it was especially important for her character that her son Tonio (Diego Cortina Autrey) write a letter. But before filming started on the scene, Cuaron whispered to the young actor that he should leave without writing anything. The result was genuine reactions to unforeseeable situations. Cuaron has said he did it that way because that’s the way real life is.Just as Aparicio connected to the script through her domestic-worker mother, de Tavira had a personal connection: she lived through her parents’ divorce in real life in the 1980s, a decade after the era depicted in the movie.Even then, divorced women faced stigma in conservative Mexican society and normally had to take over full responsibility for child care, de Tavira said.“The way I remember it, and the way Alfonso talked about with me too, the woman felt guilty and she was also blamed by society for the breakup of the marriage, and you had to look at the children with pity, not empathy, as if they were going to grow up twisted, as if something was wrong,” said de Tavira.“It was even the subject of religious condemnation. If you were Catholic, for example, a divorced woman could no longer take communion. There is this big stigma attached to it as a woman’s failure.”Despite the differences in their backgrounds and social class, in the movie Sofia and Cleo grow close in their disappointment after their husbands and boyfriends abandon them. In an era marked by movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo, for gender equality and against sexual harassment, both actresses hope that situations like the ones depicted in “Roma” can change.“The role of fatherhood has to be strengthened,” de Tavira said. “We talk a lot about the empowerment of women, but we don’t talk much about educating to be a man, how much they are harassed and society demands they be violent and very strong, and that being very manly also means abandonment.”“We hope things will change little by little,” Aparicio said. “Just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you have to suffer more. We have to get that idea out of our heads.”Berenice Bautista, The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, actresses Yalitza Aparicio, left, and Marina de Tavira arrive at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Aparicio and De Tavira portray a domestic worker and her employer, respectively, in the Spanish-language film “Roma.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) ‘Roma’ actresses drew on personal lives for inspiration AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
[from left] Fellow Gala Honoree Amelia Viola Gallucci-Cirio, Resource Center Italiano founder Michelle Nardi, Paolo Soleri in a rare tuxedo-clad appearance, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa] The NIAF award text reads: YOUR UNIQUE VISION IS HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE AND PROVIDE A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE ARCOSANTI PROJECT, IN NORTHERN ARIZONA, IS DEMONSTRATING WAYS TO IMPROVE URBAN CONDITIONS AND LESSEN OUR DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT ON THE EARTH. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa] May 13, 2004The NIAF – National Italian American Foundation – honored Paolo Soleri at their May 8. 2004 Gala Dinner, held at the Ritz Carlton on Camelback Road and 24th Street in Phoenix. Governor Janet Napolitano and Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa]The NIAF – National Italian American Foundation – honored Paolo Soleri at their May 8. 2004 Gala Dinner, held at the Ritz Carlton on Camelback Road and 24th Street in Phoenix. Governor Janet Napolitano and Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa]
Conor and Peter in the welding shop, checking the angle of the bench.More to come. Paolo Van Erp is grinding the welding joints of one of the benches. September 7, 2015This continues our report on the re-design of seating on the East Housing Balcony.The steel frame for the benches has been welded and put into place to make sure that they fit.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Workshop participant Conor Denison is working on one of the benches.
With summer approaching, many people will be embarking on new goals such as graduating from university with a good degree or losing some weight before an upcoming holiday. While we always start our goals with the best intentions, we often find that our motivation to continue fades over time. Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Canada, however, have recently offered a possible explanation for this; claiming that our source of motivation changes as we progress towards our goal.Their study further explored the theory of Regulation Focus originally proposed by Higgins in 1997. This theory states that there are two main drivers of motivation: promotion-focused or prevention-focused. Those whose goals are promotion-focused are driven to pursue their goals by hopes, aspirations and ideals of the future (getting a good degree). Those who are prevention-focused are influenced by a sense of duty, responsibility or obligation to something in the present (getting into that bikini). What the researchers in Canada found, is that an individual’s motivation and psychological states do not remain constant while working towards their goals. In fact, the researchers found that individuals will change their motivational drives from promotion-focused to prevention-focused half-way towards achieving their end goal.At first glance, this may seem like another psychological theory that seems irrelevant to everyday life. However, it’s not hard to find everyday examples of this theory in practice, the obvious example coming from today’s dietary and fitness crazes. Fitness, activity and diet trackers – available through various technology wrist-bands, watches and phone apps – allow us to track and visualise our goal’s progress.Initially, we are motivated by aspirations of becoming fitter and healthier (promotion-focused), and are encouraged by looking at the total number of steps increasing throughout the day, and seeing how many calories this has burned. Over time however, this is not enough, our motivation changes. Instead, we may become motivated by a responsibility to obtain a minimum number of daily steps, or to achieve a higher count than the previous day. This motivation can lead us into choosing to go for a walk after dinner, instead of watching TV, in order to ensure we reach our minimum number of total steps that day (prevention-focused).So, how can these findings help us achieve our goals and stay motivated?One of the main applications of these findings is the benefit of trying different motivational strategies, and being more aware of what drives us to achieve our goals. When setting goals, we should also identify our reasons for trying to achieve them; are we motivated by the thought of future change (promotion-focused)?Or are we driven by the desire to avoid or resist something (prevention-focused)?As well as monitoring and reassessing our goal progression, it may be beneficial to also reassess our motivators. Most fitness and dietary apps enable this process through a ‘Notes’ sections, where users can record any changes in drive. Similarly, if you’re currently working towards a goal but feel your progress is fizzling, perhaps you could take some time to reassess your different drives and change your motivational style, which may help you get back on track.Marios Adamou is a professor of psychiatry based in Yorkshire, EnglandYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola