Effective 6 July 2019 SilkAir has added an additi

first_imgEffective 6 July 2019, SilkAir has added an additional weekly service from Darwin to Singapore, increasing its direct flights from six to seven times weekly.The additional service represents an increase of almost 17% in the number of seats per week on the route and continues the SIA Group’s strategy to invest and expand its operations in Australia.“This new service will provide Territorians with even greater access to our global network, as well as providing an additional choice for those looking to travel directly to Singapore,” said Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Philip Goh.“The increase also provides additional options for international visitors looking to travel to the Northern Territory to explore the magnificent wonders of this very special part of the world and reinforces our commitment to Darwin and Northern Australia. “We’ve seen steadily rising demand for flights to and from Darwin since we introduced services in 2012, and we are thankful for the continued support of our partners, the travel trade, and our loyal customers.” airlinesDarwinSilkairSingaporelast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Cardinals fans should be familiar with one of the Ravenstop two receivers, but one they may not know could posejust as much of a challenge. Anquan Boldin — the receiver fans should know — andTorrey Smith are the Ravens’ top two targets this season. Each play a different style that could potentially causeproblems for the Cardinals secondary. Cornerback AJ Jefferson says Smith uses his speed whileBoldin will play a more physical style of game. Thegameplan to prevent the receivers from running free is tojam them at the line. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “For me I just don’t want to give them any space to makemoves on me so I’ll be at the line putting my hands onthem and running with them hopefully,” Jefferson said. In order to prepare for the speedy Smith and physicalBoldin, Jefferson has been practicing against someone thatis both fast and physical: Cardinals wide receiver LarryFitzgerald. “Larry is one of the best wide receivers,” Jefferson said.“He’s a big body receiver and he likes to use his handsand get away with illegal stuff sometimes so that alwaysprepares you for the game.” While Boldin and Smith are the focus down the field, theymight not even be the Ravens biggest threat. Running backRay Rice has 337 yards receiving this season, which ismore than Smith and only 57 short of Boldin’s 390. The defense seems to looking forward to facing formerteammate Boldin for the first time. “It’ll be good to see him, talk to him a little bit, he’sa trash talker and competitor,” defensive end CalaisCampbell said. “He’s going to come out with his A gamejust because he’s playing his old team. He’s a guy I loveplaying with but it’ll be fun to play against him.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   center_img Nearly half of Phoenix’s TV viewers tuned in to watch the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.The local broadcast of the Cardinals’ Week 3 game drew a rating of 25.7 with an audience of 476,000 Valley households, according to the NFL and The Nielsen Company. The ratings are a 20 percent increase over the Week 3 matchup of 2013, the second-highest increase in the NFL.Arizona’s game telecasts are the most-watched programs in the Phoenix market. The Cardinals’ 2014 season has averaged a 25.2 rating with an audience of 467,000 local households. Those numbers represent a 12 percent increase from 2013, also the second-highest in the NFL.Arizona’s next game is on Oct. 5 in Denver against the Broncos. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But how would you rank each of the wins? Here’s our shot. – / 11 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Any season that does not end with a Super Bowl victory will go down as some kind of disappointment, and the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 campaign is no different. But most will remember this season for, if nothing else, the fun ride that it was.Arizona was besieged by injuries for much of the season, yet continued to find ways to win. “Next man up” became both a mantra and a rallying cry, and it helped propel the Cardinals to 11 victories, a mark that is tied for the most in franchise history. Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel will pl

first_imgArizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel will play for Team Chris Carter in this weekend’s Pro Bowl.Selected to the NFL’s All-Star game as a special teams specialist, Bethel will be very familiar with his surroundings as the game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.Bethel will be playing in his second Pro Bowl after making the team for the first time last season. Twenty-six players were drafted in Tuesday’s pre-draft, while the other 56 will find a team on Wednesday night. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is awaiting word from the NFL on a potential punishment stemming from a DUI citation on July 4.According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the punishment for an executive is not as predictable as it is for players because the players punishments are collectively bargained between the NFL and the players union.There is a slim chance, according to Florio, that Keim may not be punished at all. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In similar circumstances, assistant coaches who were cited for DUI were not punished by the NFL, including George Edwards of the Minnesota Vikings and Darren Perry of the Green Bay Packers.Related LinksArizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim cited for DUI on July 4On the other hand, the NFL punished Denver Broncos executive Tom Heckert in 2013 and Detroit Lions CEO Tom Lewand in 2010 for 30 days apiece for their DUI incidents. Lewand’s suspension was reduced to 21 days but he was also fined $100,000.The precedent set by the NFL gives little clarity on the predictability of a punishment for Keim. Even if Keim were to be suspended, most of his day-to-day work, particularly in scouting players, would be minimally affected anyway. 70 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff only made

first_img Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff only made one bad decision Sunday: He threw toward Patrick Peterson.The Arizona Cardinals cornerback intercepted a pass as the defense finally got a stop against the surging Rams in the third quarter.The drive began with a 57-yard bomb from Goff to receiver Brandin Cooks, who had beat Jamar Taylor deep. The Rams jumped from their 21-yard line to Arizona’s 22 in one play. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   It looked like the Rams were going to extend their 19-0 lead.But the next time Goff targeted Cooks, Peterson was there. He intercepted it at the two-yard line, getting his feet down just before falling out of bounds.PICKED!!@P2 with the snag. pic.twitter.com/AcamgkO9i3— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 16, 2018It was his first interception of 2018, which matches his 2017 total.On the ensuing Cardinals drive, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also reminded the Rams of his presence. He made a diving catch on third-and-five to push Arizona off their own goal line and make a little progress down the field.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals get shut out by Rams in Week 2Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks on loss: ‘Everybody will be evaluated’Tale of two quarterbacks: Cards’ Bradford outplayed by Rams’ GoffCardinals looking for answers on offense after loss to RamsIt couldn’t spark a drive, though, as the Cardinals punted yet again.Arizona lost 34-0 to the Rams. – / 19 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Anantara Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is appointing new General Managers in two of its resorts in Thailand and Mozambique.In Thailand, Marc Gussing has been appointed as General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa. Marc joins the Anantara Thailand team following several positions in the Maldives, most recently from PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, another Minor Hotel Group property, where he was GM since early 2014, and before that from Jumeirah Dhevanafushi where he was Resort Manager.Marc spent the early years of his career in Food & Beverage, working in a selection of hotels, bars and on cruise liners. Post the completion of his schooling in hotel management in Switzerland, he spent approximately a decade in roles as General Manager and hospitality consultant for a spectrum of companies, including ALiLA Hotels & Resorts, Paresa Corporation and Nira Hotels & Resorts.A Swedish national speaking four languages, Marc’s career has taken him across the globe to Switzerland, the UK, the USA, Monaco, Israel, France, the Seychelles, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.In Mozambique, Franco Rienzo is the new General Manager of Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa. Franco joins Anantara from Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) SEG Education Group, Switzerland, where as Programme Leader he lectured to First Year Food & Beverage and Operations Management MIB students. Prior to this he held management positions at the Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino, India and at Silversea Cruises.A Swiss-born, Italian National, Franco speaks four languages and graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca (USA) with Certifications in Foodservice Management.Now, some 25 years later, he has a wealth of experience in the industry having worked at a range of five-star hotels and restaurants, including: Relais & Chateaux Caesar Augustus Hotel, Anacapri, Capri, Italy; Connaught Hotel, London, UK, and Grand Hotel et de Milan, Italy, where he spent 13 years. Franco started his career in hospitality in Food & Beverage, followed by Banqueting, before moving into hotel management.From 2004 to 2008 he lectured in Conference & Banqueting Organisation for post-graduate Masters in Hotel Management at UET Milan, Italy.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways has anno

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways has announced that it will uprade its Doha–Guangzhou service with the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on the route. Guangzhou will be Qatar Airways fourth A380 destination, after London, Paris and Bangkok.Daily flights on board the world’s largest commercial aircraft will begin 1 July 2016 from Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Passengers travelling to and from Guangzhou on Qatar Airways QR874 and QR875 will enjoy a unique and enhanced travel experience on the airline’s bespoke A380 super-jumbo aircraft.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This year marks our eighth anniversary of operations in Guangzhou and we are delighted to celebrate this milestone by introducing our bespoke A380 aircraft, reaffirming our long-standing commitment to China. The Pearl River Delta region is one of China’s most vibrant trade and travel hubs and we have witnessed steady passenger growth both to and from Guangzhou over the years. Passengers from Asia can now enjoy their entire journey on our luxurious A380 aircraft when they fly to popular cities such as London and Paris via our state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.”The A380 provides outstanding levels of comfort and reliability using state-of-the-art technology and sets new benchmarks for all the key qualities related to a passenger’s well-being while on board. Wider seats, lower noise levels, draught-free air circulation, and accurate temperature control are among the many advancements on the A380 that keep passengers feeling fresh and comfortable during a long flight.The 517-seat aircraft is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class. Seats in each cabin class are proprietary to Qatar Airways and have been crafted in close collaboration with the designers and manufacturers.The First Class cabin features eight exclusive suites on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat features a 90-inch pitch with a fully lie-flat bed, 26-inch HD in flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access. The First Class cabin also offers features such as spa-inspired bathrooms with luxurious amenities to ensure passengers enjoy a comfortable and leisurely flight.Qatar Airways’ acclaimed Business Class cabin on the A380 features 48 seats on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration, with an 80-inch full flat bed, 17-inch HD in flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access. The upper deck also features a spacious in flight lounge offering First and Business Class passengers an escape from the typical airplane environment, a Qatar Airways experience that is unique to the A380. In addition, First and Business Class passengers can look forward to a sumptuous on-demand à la carte service menu and luxurious Giorgio Armani amenity kits when flying with Qatar Airways.The two Economy Class cabins on the spacious Qatar Airways A380 can be found on the upper deck in a 2-4-2 configuration and on the main deck in a 3-4-3 configuration. Each Economy Class seat is 18.5-inch wide with a 32-inch seat pitch. Coupled with the higher ceilings on the main deck and a configuration that uses fewer seats, the in flight environment contributes to a real feeling of spaciousness when on board the A380 super-jumbo.Travellers can indulge in luxury and spacious extravagance on their way to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair – one of China’s largest import and export trade events – in October for which Qatar Airways is the official airline partner.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Entire Travel Group has

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEntire Travel Group has introduced a unique ‘Self Famil’ program designed to ensure its reservation teams continue to offer unrivalled up-to-date local knowledge.Under the Self Famil program, Entire Travel Group consultants will travel annually on 10-day educational trips to the destinations they sell in order to experience key products, including hotels, villas, airlines and sightseeing tours.French Travel Connection’s Lauren Trott at Chateau dAmboiseThe study tours – all scheduled to take place during traditional low seasons – are not counted as annual leave and involve no cost to team members.Entire Travel Group Sales Director, Greg McCallum, says the self-famil program represents a significant investment, but one that is further enriching a company culture that celebrates and rewards genuine expertise.“It is also contributing positively to staff members’ self-esteem, as well as driving productivity gains and helping us attract and retain the industry’s most talented consultants, which is in turn ensuring our travel agency partners reap the long-term benefits,” says McCallum.“Ultimately we believe that unless a wholesale company has a credible, structured program in place to ensure its consultants are getting regular on-the-ground experience then it is really just ‘talking the talk’. It’s the difference between speaking to someone who ‘went there once’ and someone who ‘just got back’.”Entire Travel Group’s portfolio of nine wholesale brands covers key destinations across Europe and North America, along with the Pacific and Indian oceans.McCallum says that more than half of Entire Travel Group employees have now embarked or are currently booked to take part in Self Famil journeys to destinations such as Tahiti, Italy, France, Switzerland and Canada.Lead image: Tahiti Travel Connection staff explore Bora Bora Pearl on an Entire Travel Group self familGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedEgypt becomes more popular with families this half termFamilies could book flights to Egypt because the country offers a variety of activities aimed at children and adults.Egypt Travel AdviceEgypt Travel AdviceWhy Luxor is the new Sharm el SheikhA holiday in Egypt is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap package deal, usually to Sharm el Sheikh. But this year, why not try something different but still stay within your budget? Give Luxor a look and discover the ancient Egyptian capital, the sun-soaked banks of the River Nile… Is it safe to travel to Egypt?I cannot say that Egypt (or any other country) is safe. The Foreign Office warns: “There is a high threat from terrorism,” and over the past two decades there have been numerous attacks – including some aimed at tourists. I believe the risk of harm to the average holidaymaker is extremely low. Personally, I would not hesitate to go to any of the tourist areas – the Red Sea resorts, the Nile and the great cities of Alexandria and Cairo – tomorrow. Indeed, I hope to be aboard the first departure from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt’s premier resort, when the British government gives permission for flights to re-start. If you want to cancel your holiday, what are your rights?As nothing has changed in terms of the official threat level, normal terms apply. In many cases that means you will lose some or all of your money. Some holiday firms may offer you the chance to transfer to another destination, but this is by no means a legal entitlement.Stranded abroad and looking to get home? Here are Skyscanner’s best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.What can travellers to Egypt do to stay safe?While you can never eliminate all danger, you can certainly take action to reduce risks. Minimise the amount of travel you do by road; I prefer to fly domestically rather than going overland. That might sound flippant, but it is meant in all seriousness. Driving standards and the enforcement of traffic laws are much inferior to Britain.Is this, in any sense, a good time to visit Egypt?Yes, and in my opinion it is imperative that people do. Millions of Egyptians depend on tourism for their livelihood, and I believe the best possible gesture of faith in humanity is to travel there, meet the friendly, welcoming people and enjoy their amazing country.Discover more top places to visit in 2016, in our pick of the best value holidays for this year… What is the latest travel advice for Sharm el Sheikh?The Foreign Office does not warn against travel to the resort. But after the loss of the Metrojet flight to St Petersburg last October, it ordered UK airlines to stop flying to Sharm el Sheikh until security measures at the airport were stepped up. The Egyptian government has poured tens of millions of pounds into beefing up airport security, but the UK government is not yet content with the programme for keeping flights safe. The Foreign Office says: “We are advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh,” adding that it is working with travel companies “to resume flights and holidays in Sharm el Sheikh as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place.”The resort itself is open for business – and some British travellers are flying in and out via Cairo or Istanbul, despite the Foreign Office advice about Sharm el Sheikh airport.Want to receive updates on the latest travel news and advice, straight to your email? Enter your email address below to sign up to our free newsletter:What about the rest of the country?All the tourist areas are open. That includes the resorts of Hurghada and Marsa Alam, the pyramids at Giza (just outside Cairo) and the marvellous cities of Luxor and Aswan on the Nile, where I have spent fascinating, relaxing and happy holidays with my family.If you’d like more advice from frequent travellers, read Skyscanner’s [50 insider travel tips from our staff](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/50-insider-travel-tips-tricks-what-we-ve-learned-about-travelling). Twitter: @SimonCalderLooking for safety advice for a different destination? We’ve got more information and tips for you…Is it safe to travel to Turkey?Read more of Simon’s invaluable travel safety advice in his Q&A on taking Turkey holidays in 2016.Safe travel in Brazil: Advice and tips from Skyscanner’s Brazilian teamPlanning a holiday to Rio for the Olympics? Whenever and wherever you’re travelling in Brazil, read these insider tips from our Brazilian team on how to stay safe and enjoy your trip.A short guide to disabled travelSkyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers travelling to Rio and elsewhere this summer.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

What are the Southern Lights So whats the differ

first_imgWhat are the Southern Lights?So what’s the difference between the Northern and Southern Lights? In summary, very little. A quick science lesson: When charged particles from the sun collide with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere, they charge electrons in the atoms with energy. When the electrons’ energy levels reduce, they release a photon: light. This process creates aurora, whether it’s the one in the northern hemisphere or the south. “Other than location, there really is no difference to the Northern Lights and the Southern Lights,” explains Dr Ian Griffin at the Physics Department at New Zealand’s University of Otago. “They both take place over the polar regions and are basically the same phenomenon, caused by material from the sun getting trapped by the Earth’s magnetic field and causing our atmosphere to glow.”When is the best time to see the Southern Lights?While the best time to see the Northern Lights is between September and April, the best time to see the Southern Lights is between March and September. It’s also worth considering how strong the Southern Lights have been in recent years. Find out how strong the Northern Lights have been recently, and if they’ve been putting on a good show, it’s highly likely that spotting the Southern Lights will be easier than usual, too. “The lights are caused by material from the sun interacting with the Earth – the same process which results in the Northern Lights,” points out Dr Ian Griffin. “If the lights are strong in the north they will be strong in the South.” Another one of our top aurora hunting tips? View them from the water if possible. A number of specialist tour operators, including Hurtigruten, are well known for their Northern Lights cruises, but many also offer cruises for those wishing to spot the Southern Lights, too. 4. The FalklandsA recent study by astronomers found that the Falkland Islands is one of the top places to see the Southern Lights. It’s significantly easier to get to than Antarctica (although this will still be one of your most expensive holidays) and the Southern Lights period is long, stretching from April and August. As for how to get to the Falkland Islands? There are regular flights from Punta Arenas in Chile and from Rio Gallegos in Argentina, but the islands can also be explored on a growing number of cruises. Credit: Dr Ian Griffin2. South Georgia IslandYou’d be forgiven for not having heard of this tiny chunk of land. So where is South Georgia Island? A British Overseas Territory, it can be found almost 2,000 miles to the east of the tip of Argentina. It’s even more remote than the Falklands, but travellers’ growing thirst for adventure cruises means it’s becoming more accessible – luxury cruise line Silversea is one of the latest tour operators to offer tours to South Georgia. 5. ArgentinaUshuaia (the world’s southern-most city) is closer to the Antarctic Circle than Tasmania, South Georgia and Stewart Island, making it a pretty good place from which to view the Southern Lights. During the darker months, the sun disappears for up to 17 hours a day, making it much easier to see the natural phenomenon. But a word of warning: this part of Argentina can be prone to long spells of bad weather so it’s worth checking out long-range weather forecasts before you go. Have we fuelled your wanderlust? If you’re keen to channel your inner explorer, read on….10 epic road trip adventuresSome travel-themed eye candy to inspire your travels.10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on earthNot only do these places actually exist, but they’re actually possible to get to. Here’s how.10 alternative city breaksAre you an urban junkie? You can still get off the beaten track. Here’s how.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 3. AntarcticaYou don’t need to be an astronomer to know that you have to head North to see the Northern Lights (Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland are the best countries for viewing the Aurora Borealis) so the fact that you have to head South to see the Southern Lights shouldn’t come as a surprise either. And Antarctica, a continent which covers 20 percent of the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere and has no permanent residents, is as south as you can get. Considering signing up for a Southern Lights Antarctica cruise? Oceanwide Expeditions, Southern Explorations and Six Star cruises are just some of the companies which operate Aurora Borealis cruises through Antarctica, but unfortunately, they don’t come cheap. Expect to pay a minimum of £5,000 per person for a week-long cruise. 1. New Zealand and TasmaniaNew Zealand is one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis (the scientific term for both the Northern and Southern Lights). Stewart Island, the South Island’s Mount Cook National Park and the Catlins coastal region (also on the South Island) are all great places from which to see the Southern Lights. Australia is another option, although only Tasmania – not the mainland. “Hobart in Tasmania is a good example of a non-Antarctic land mass where the aurora can be seen during elevated geomagnetic activity,” says Professor Mark Conde, a physicist and Southern Lights expert at the University of Alaska. “The other easy option is the South Island of New Zealand. It’s further south than Hobart geographically, but about the same geo-magnetically.” RelatedWhere to see the Northern Lights in the UK in 2016-17If seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of your bucket list, you might be surprised to learn that with a little luck, it’s possible to see them here in the UK. Find out where and when to see the mighty Aurora Borealis without leaving home, plus get tips…Best places to see the Northern LightsBest places to see the Northern Lights6 best places to see the Northern Lights this yearWould you like to see the ‘Northern Lights’, or Aurora Borealis? Viewing their unearthly colours and sounds in the night sky above a snowy Arctic wilderness is on many bucket lists. Let us make those dreams come true! We answer the important questions on when and where you can see…last_img read more

6 SZONE Waterproof Shockproof Practical Foldable

first_img6. S-ZONE Waterproof Shockproof Practical Foldable Padded DSLR PackIf you’re a professional photographer (or amateur) you’ll know your lenses often cost more than the camera itself. Why would you not protect them in the same way? Order this piece of padding to turn your regular backpack into your camera pack – easy. Follow these 11 Instagrammers for more travel inspo on the daily.What they say:”Check the dimensions as it’s probably a bit smaller in reality than the stock photos show. The flap is attached via velcro so if like myself you wanted this to go inside another bag to turn it into more of a camera bag. Then the flap pulls off easily.I have managed to fit my two rather large Sigma ART lenses and there’s room left for a speedlight. You may be able to fit three small lenses but i doubt you will fit three pro grade lenses.” – Mr M Cheung7. 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The padding of the shoulder straps are sooo comfy, making it a perfect bag to carry your laptop and other essentials for work/uni etc.” – grei9. Purederm exfoliating Foot Peeling MaskYes, it’s a weird one to be in the travel category. But on the off chance you’ve been backpacking through Thailand or running barefoot on Australia’s beaches this summer, your feet might be looking worse for wear. These sock-like masks fix your feet back to the soft skin you may have once had.What they say:”It’s amazing! Within a week hard, dead skin just melted away, brilliant would definately recommend.” – Chris Miller10. Personalised Keyring, Keychain 3D Name Rubber Key RingManaging 2 AirBnBs and need to keep track of the keys? Maybe you just want a cute new key ring? Did you know you can order personalised items from Amazon? These rubber key rings make it easy to find your keys in a backpack full of receipts, purses and odds and ends.What they say:”This product is definitely something to buy it looks great on your keys and just brings such a rustic feel to them which is something I personally love.” –Amazon CustomerAll packed up? Now choose the destination ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. AKORD Credit Card or ID Case Need a card protector, but want to keep it pretty? The sixties flower print on this one takes all the seriousness out of the RFID protection. Why is RFID Protection important? Because it stops criminals lifting your electronic credit card details from the outside of your pocket, which is a crime that’s on the up. 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Already showed it off to a friend who was equally impressed.” – Amazon Customer 3. SEAGULL Black Laptop Backpack for up to 15.6 inch laptopsLaptop struggles aren’t an issue with this backpack, as it fits up to 15.6 inch screens inside. There are multiple pockets and sleeves for your phone, wallet and coins, so it’s perfect for travel too. The air mesh spine will make it slightly more comfortable in hot and humid climates, too What they say:”I have used this for around 5 months now and it is a great bag with excellent cushioning. Plenty of compartments for my daily commute.Comfortably fits my largish aging Dell inspiron 15″ laptop.” – GadgetDad4. Ultra Slim RFID BlOCKING High Quality Genuine Leather Credit Card HolderIf the hippie sixties print wasn’t your bag, the smooth leather on this one is a little less distracting. It’s still got the same RFID protection which will avoid your details being lifted when you don’t want them to be. What they say:”Needed a slim card holder to use when out for the evening without having to carry a bulky wallet. This fits the bill perfectly, very unobtrusive when in a shirt, trouser or jacket pocket. ” – 21Riva75. Rainbrace Clear Transparent Bubble UmbrellaYou can tell winter is back when multiple umbrellas start trending on Amazon. Thus bubble style will avoid to poking out fellow walkers eyes on your way home, and it’ll keep your dry on your weekend away to Berlin. What they say:”Absolutely love this umbrella! Walking on a rainy day with a regular umbrella is horrible – nobody can see where they are going and I always felt like someone was going to poke my eye out with their umbrella.” – Amazon Customerlast_img read more

7 surprising driving laws you need to know before your next holiday

first_imgItaly’s perilously-winding mountain roads and narrow medieval streets can either be a lot of fun or completely hair-raising, depending on your perspective. But if you’re planning to head into a historic city centre, such as Rome, Florence, Milan and or Pisa, you should leave the car behind entirely. Many of them now have Limited Traffic Zones (Zona Traffico Limitato or ZTL), which means you could face a hefty fine if you get caught on camera driving through them. What’s more, permits are only ever issued to locals. In the UK, chances are your sat-nav gives pre-programmed alerts to let you know when a fixed speed camera is coming up ahead. If you’re taking it with you to use on holiday, beware – several countries take a stricter approach and it’s illegal in several countries including France and Switzerland. The good news is that most sat-navs allow you to disable this function, so you won’t have to wrestle with old-school paper maps instead. RelatedDriving abroad: Top tips for 10 fly-drive destinationsSpeed limits, strange traffic signs, unique laws and handy driving tips: we bring you essential guides to driving abroad in 10 popular fly-drive holiday destinations.15 surprising driving laws: rules of the road revealedWe reveal 15 strange and surprising driving laws around the world – so you don’t get caught out when driving abroad.How to save money on driving abroad: Skyscanner guide to car hire chargesHere’s our handy guide to car hire charge costs, with some money-saving advice on getting a cheaper car hire deal that’s right for you. Skyscanner have checked the policies and prices of the big car hire companies so you can see clearly what the charges are if you’re driving in… 1. Take off your flip-flops: Spain 7. Watch out for the under-takers: USA 3. Don’t drive through historic towns: Italy Surely the ultimate destination for a fly-drive holiday, the USA is hard to beat for staggering scenery, affordable accommodation and famous roads such as Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s also well-known for weird state-specific driving laws, although many of those you’ll find online are in fact urban myths (it is for example, not illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday in Colorado). However, there is one rule of the road that throws most Brits on their first drive through America: it’s A-OK to “undertake” on the highway. So take extra care when you’re switching lanes. Spain’s diverse and magnificent landscapes make for a thrilling driving destination. But what you wear matters. If you need glasses for driving, Spanish law says you must always carry a spare pair in the car with you. Pay attention to your footwear, too. It’s not actually illegal to drive barefoot or in backless, open-toed or high-heeled shoes. But if the police think your shoes (or lack of them) are affecting your ability to drive safely, you’re likely to be fined. Find cheap flights and start planning your next trip Germany’s 7,500 miles of Autobahn make up one of the finest motorway systems in the world, and – as anyone with a fast car will tell you – there’s no speed limit in many areas. However, stopping on the Autobahn unnecessarily is outlawed: and running out of fuel is no excuse. There are rest stops (Raststätten) every 40-60km, usually equipped with bathrooms, restaurants and petrol stations. But keep an eye on your fuel gauge, just in case. Roads in Thai cities can seem like a whirl of chaos, packed with scooters, tuk tuks, taxis and trucks. Outside the built-up areas, though, there are some beautiful routes to be driven, particularly in the north of the country, so you may consider taking your International Driving Permit and hitting the open road. Just don’t strip off if you do. Yes, Thailand can be hot and humid: but it’s illegal for both men and women to travel topless in a bike, car or tuk tuk. 6. Disable your speed camera warnings: various, including Switzerland 4. Watch out for low-emission zones: France Recently, Paris, Lyon, Lille and Grenoble have become low-emissions zones, so you must display a Vignette sticker on your windscreen to drive in the restricted areas of these cities, or risk a fine. Demand for the stickers is currently high, so apply well in advance of your trip by visiting the Air Quality Certificate Service website. The Vignette, plus postage, costs €4.21 (around £3.70). 2. Don’t run out of fuel on the Autobahn: Germany Below, we’ve picked out seven of the most surprising laws to watch out for. But wherever you’re heading, it’s worth doing some research before you pick up your hire car. The AA’s handy guide to the documents and equipment you’ll need, as well as its country-by-country guides, are great places to start. 5. Keep your top on: Thailandlast_img read more

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first_imgToronto, Canada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFairmont Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the opening of Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, the luxury brand’s first hotel in Eastern Europe. Located in the heart of the Ukraine capital’s historic Podil district, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv joins a growing portfolio of Fairmont hotels in Europe, including the soon-to-open Fairmont Baku, Azerbaijan.The classically designed Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv features 258 elegant guestrooms, including 54 suites as well as Royal and Presidential suites, offering spectacular views of Podil Square and the Dnipro River. In addition, the hotel features Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive hotel within a hotel, which offers the highest levels of service and additional privileges and amenities such as a private reception desk and a comfortable guest lounge. The hotel also offers a fully equipped business center with 24-hour access as well as secretarial services.The property will welcome guests at a particularly exciting time, as the city prepares to host numerous high profile international events and continues to establish a reputation as one of Eastern Europe’s prime tourist destinations. Kyiv will be center stage during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, which runs from June 8 to July 1, drawing football enthusiasts from across the continent. The final match will take place in the city’s Olympic Stadium, guaranteeing all eyes will be on Kyiv. Also attracting attention this spring will be the inaugural Kyiv Biennale, ARSENALE 2012, an international gathering highlighting contemporary art. Under the direction of seasoned curator David Elliott, over 80 artists from 40 countries will showcase their works at the exhibition, running from May 24 to July 30.Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv promises to be a top spot for dining and nightlife, drawing the city’s trendsetters to the Grand Cru Champagne Bar, where guests can sample an impressive selection of champagnes by the glass or bottle, while taking in the elegant lobby and views of the Dnipro River, and the Vintage Cocktail Bar, which offers classic cocktails, cigars and world-class shisha. Dining options also include The Strand Grill, a contemporary all-day restaurant featuring dry-aged beef and fresh seafood, and the spacious, art nouveau-influenced Atrium Lounge and Pâtisserie, which operates 24 hours a day and offers an international selection of beverages and afternoon tea. For special events, the hotel offers 1,210 m” (13,000 square feet) of meeting and function space, including a 480-m” (5,160-square-foot) ballroom and eight private meeting rooms.Recreational facilities include a 641 m” (6,900 square foot) spa, offering six treatment rooms, including a relaxation room, separate women’s and men’s areas featuring sauna, steam and swiss, and a full beauty salon. The hotel also offers a fully equipped fitness center, group exercise classes, and access to an indoor/outdoor tennis club and the nearby Royal Kyiv Golf Club.The hotel is close to many of the city’s numerous landmarks, with easy access to the international airport and central business district. Kyiv is renowned for its arts and culture, including architectural landmarks such as the city’s Golden Gate, Kyiv Pecherska Lavra (an ensemble of churches and cave monastery first built in 1051), and St. Sophia Cathedral, all easily accessible from Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv.Guests of Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv can enjoy the Opening Offer package which includes two nights’ accommodation, with the second night complimentary. Package rates start from 319 EURO, including taxes, based on double occupancy. The Opening Offer package is available through August 31, 2012 (excluding June 1-July 2), based on availability.www.fairmont.com/kyivlast_img read more

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first_img In this Feb. 8, 2018 photo, Merlin Crossingham, left, and Will Becher, animation directors for the stop-motion animated film “Early Man,” discuss the puppet characters Hognob, left, and Dug during an interview at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film opens nationwide on Friday, Feb. 16. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The kooky caveman characters that come to life in “Early Man ” have been kicking around in Nick Park’s imagination for decades.Long before he created Wallace and Gromit, Park was taken with Ray Harryhousen’s animated dinosaurs in the 1966 Raquel Welch movie “One Million Years B.C.”“I just couldn’t believe real dinosaurs moving around with people,” Park said, recalling the film he saw as an 11-year-old that would inspire his love of animation. “So I guess that sort of thing has been in the back of my mind for many years.”“Early Man” translates Park’s vision into an epic claymation adventure about a tribe of colorful cave people who stake the future of their homeland on a soccer showdown, despite not knowing how to play. An ambitious young caveman, Dug, and his loyal pet warthog, Hognob, believe the plucky tribe can prevail.“I’ve never seen a prehistoric underdog sports movie before,” Park mused.U.K.-based Aardman Studios tapped its largest production team yet — with nearly 40 animators and sets working at once — to make “Early Man,” which uses stop-motion animation techniques essentially unchanged since Harryhousen’s day.It’s a slow and painstaking process to bring clay characters to life.“We’ve used some of the most advanced filmmaking techniques in post-production, together with stop-motion, which is as old as cinema itself,” said animation director Merlin Crossingham.Stop-motion animation (or “stop-frame,” as Park calls it) creates the illusion of movement through a series of still images. For “Early Man,” Aardman’s team of artists built a cast of puppets based on Park’s sketches that serve as the film’s actors. Each seven-inch-tall silicone puppet has a jointed metal skeleton inside so it can move.“They’re like expensive action figures,” Crossingham said.The faces are made of modeling clay — except for the noses and eyes, which are hard plastic and serve as “grab points” for animators while changing the puppet’s expression. Moldable brows and more than two dozen removable and interchangeable mouths allow for a variety of looks.Animators pose the puppets for each frame — every movement, every gesture — with 24 frames in each second of film. Mouth movements are synched to pre-recorded vocal performances. (Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams lend their talents here.) For every shot, the puppets are bolted into place on exquisitely detailed sets that stand about two feet high.Capturing just a few frames could be a full day’s work.“Getting about five seconds of finished film is a really good week,” said animation director Will Becher.Because the process is so time-consuming, artists make duplicates of every set and puppet so multiple animators can work on various shots simultaneously.“The art department has to be really on their game keeping the continuity,” Crossingham said. “Because of that, we use technical drawings for everything — the puppets, the locations. Everything is documented so that we can reproduce it, and that gives us flexibility in working.”To show the disparate team of animators just what they’re looking for, Park, Crossingham and Becher act out each scene on video, highlighting comic timing and behavioural specifics. Park confessed that sometimes he can see reflections of himself in the characters’ movements.As director, he was involved with every aspect of “Early Man,” from character and story development to finding just the right colour for the soccer field’s grass. Park also personally worked with the vocal performers, something he wasn’t always comfortable doing.“I used to find it quite nerve-wracking working with actors, especially if they were quite famous actors,” he said. “I find it much easier to manipulate a puppet or a clay character, because they do as they’re told. And if they don’t, you can squish their head in or whatever you want. With actors, you have to be a little bit more tactful.”Park voiced Hognob himself.While the techniques of stop-motion animation haven’t changed much since their inception, the technology around them has. The puppets are now made of a state-of-the art plasticine material, and most sketches and renderings are done in the computer.As for the film itself, Park said he tried to use as little digital intervention as possible: “It’s always lovely to keep the sense of it’s all been done in front of camera and not an effect.” Background characters in stadium scenes were computer-generated, he said, while other scenes called for the puppets to be filmed against green screens.Park may have been dreaming about “Early Man”-type characters since he was 11, but his first sketches for the film date back to 2010. Still, that’s nearly eight years spent bringing these bobbling clay cave people to the screen. Park said imagining the audience’s eventual reaction is what sustains him through the sometimes tedious work of stop-motion animation.“For me, it’s never really been a choice between stop-frame and any other medium,” the four-time Oscar winner said. “I love the way it’s so expressive — even going back to Gromit, he was born out of clay.“It’s the fact that the animator has to do the brow or whatever it is, just to tease out the character frame by frame. There’s a certain quality to do with nuance and acute human observation,” Park said. “It’s often the very small things that really win the audience over, because they see somehow themselves or their friends in that character. I love the way you have a real puppet and you can light it with dramatic lighting, just like any movie. It just feels very real and very special.”___AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy . 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The growing pains of being Alessia Cara In this Nov. 19, 2018 photo, singer Alessia Cara poses for a portrait in New York. Cara, who won the best new artist Grammy Award this year, releases her sophomore album, “The Pains of Growing,” on Friday, Nov. 30. (Photo by Victoria Will/ Invision/AP) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 9:33 am PDT NEW YORK — One day Alessia Cara got a request from a friend: Write a song about my breakup.“He was like, ‘Listen, I’m not a songwriter, I’m not good at writing. Could you maybe one day … write a song about somebody falling out of love with you?’”The concept had been in the back of Cara’s mind, and when she was in a studio without a topic to write about it, she took a stab at her friend’s wish.Ten minutes later, she birthed “Out of Love,” an airy, slow and personally deep song. She called the making of it “one of those weird cosmic things that just happened.”“I played it for my friend and he got very emotional and he was like, ‘Thank you!’ And he actually got back together with the girl after that song. It’s a magic song.”Cara said it was the first song she’s written from someone else’s perspective. But she said it was easy to pull from her own experiences — and pain — to relate to the song.You’ll be able to hear about her pain — or “pains” — on her new album, from her own breakup to learning how to be happy alone to — simply put — growing up.“I was 18 when I first started in the industry — it’s hard enough to figure yourself out at that age, but then to figure yourself out in front of many people with so many eyes on you and ears on you is very challenging,” the 22-year-old said. “That was causing a lot of strange dissonance within myself. It was making me just really confused.”Cara burst on the music scene in 2015 with the Top 5 hit, “Here.” She went on to launch more Top 10 successes with “Scars to Your Beautiful,” ”Stay” with Zedd and “1-800-273-8255” alongside Logic and Khalid. And her debut album, “Know-It-All,” achieved platinum status.With all the success comes criticism, and Cara got her fair share of it. When she won the best new artist Grammy earlier this year, some felt she didn’t deserve to win over acts like SZA and Khalid. And even this week, the singer took a short break from social media after she posted the nasty comments she has received from people online, including words like “ugly,” ”fat” and others we won’t print here.But she rose above the hate and returned to social media to celebrate the release of “The Pains of Growing,” out on Friday. The album is all about coming out on top after dealing with hard times.“The second I wrote ‘Growing Pains,’” she said of the album’s opening track, “I knew what the premise of the entire album was going to be. I think that’s because, honestly, I was going through a lot of different feelings and experiencing many different feelings, a lot of which had to do with some sort of pain. It sounds very dark but it’s the truth.”“(It) was my way of finding silver lining … and reminding myself that every type of pain is something that we can grow from,” she said.The Canadian artist started writing most of the album before she won the Grammy, so she said that negativity didn’t affect her music.“I was like, ‘Thank God, because I don’t know how I would have reacted otherwise.’ At the same time, I think the backlash about the Grammy just made me want to prove people wrong a bit more,” she said. “I want to prove to people and to myself that I deserve to be here.”Warren “Oak” Felder, who produced both of Cara’s albums, said he was deeply impressed by the way she tackled her follow-up album.“I think the first album was such a process of, ‘Well, these people want me to do this’ and ‘the label wants me to do that’ and ‘this writer wants me to do this’ and ‘this is the sound that they want me to do,’ and here’s me trying to incorporate myself into all of this,” he said. “And this album was just purely her. Like, ‘This is what I wanted it to sound like. This is what I want to talk about it.’ She literally wrote every song on the album 100 per cent on her own.“Going from one form to the other, it’s like watching someone go Super Saiyan,” he added.Cara’s new album expands her sound even more than her debut. You can’t put her music in a box if you tried: She goes from positive pop to acoustic singer-songwriter to R&B, sometimes a couple of those sounds in a single song.She takes on an old-school, doo-wop style on “Comfortable;” she questions where we are in the world on “7 Days;” and she makes a number of pop culture references on the album, namedropping the iconic series “Friends” on “Wherever I Live,” and on “Nintendo Game,” she references Zelda and sings: “And so we treat love like it’s a Nintendo game, but nobody wins.”“I think people have labeled me as this conscious pop star who’s always preaching about something, which I think can be true … but I don’t think that’s all I make. I’m not always preaching to the choir,” she said. “I’m a versatile person.”Regardless of how she’s been labeled, her music has helped her build a strong fan base and she’s become a strong role model for young boys and girls, who often thank Cara for her honest lyrics and positivity.“It’s pretty baffling, in the best way, to know that your music has done that for somebody so personally and so directly,” she said.____Online:http://www.alessiacara.com/Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 7:30 am PDT CARACAS, Venezuela — Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela’s border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country’s economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered up a rival concert of its own.Maduro denies any humanitarian crisis exists, and has blocked food and medicine from the United States that is being warehoused on the Colombian border from entering Venezuela, claiming the relief effort led by opposition leader Juan Guaido is part of U.S.-orchestrated “coup” to oust him from power.Branson told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that the concert he’s throwing on Friday will save lives by raising money for “much-needed medical help” and other aid for crisis-torn Venezuela. Minutes later, Maduro’s government announced what it called a “massive” concert for Friday and Saturday on the Venezuelan side of the border.Here are some of the details for the dueling concerts:LIVE AID CONCERT VENEZUELA-STYLEAlthough he backs Guaido’s claim to the presidency, Branson told the AP that his concert is not funded by any government and that all the artists are performing for free. The wealthy British adventurer and founder of the Virgin Group said he’s aiming to raise $100 million from donations from viewers worldwide watching the concert on a livestream over the internet.Branson’s concert plan and even its name — Venezuela Aid Live — immediately evoked comparisons to Irish rock star Bob Geldof’s 1985 Live Aid concert that raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia. It is to be held in Cucuta, a Colombian border city of some 700,000 that has been swollen by hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine in their homeland.“Venezuela sadly has not become the utopia that the current administration of Venezuela or the past administration were hoping for, and that has resulted in a lot of people literally dying from lack of medical help,” Branson told AP in a telephone interview from Necker, his private island in the British Virgin Islands. “I think it will draw attention to the problem on a global basis.”BATTLE OF THE BANDSBranson says up to 300,000 people are expected to attend Friday’s concert, which is free to the public so impoverished Venezuelans can attend. Its lineup includes Mexican band Mana, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz and Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra. The organizers confirmed Tuesday that despite reports, Manu Chao would not be performing, and Branson said Peter Gabriel could not attend.Branson said he hopes Venezuela’s armed forces, who remain loyal to Maduro, will allow the U.S. aid to cross the barricaded Las Tienditas Bridge connecting the two countries and reach Venezuela.“We want to make it a joyous occasion,” Branson said of the concert. “And we’re hoping that sense prevails and that the military allows the bridge to be open so that much-needed supplies can be sent across.”“HANDS OFF VENEZUELA”Maduro’s government will throw what it has dubbed a “Hands Off Venezuela” concert Friday and Saturday on Venezuela’s side of the border. The government has not announced the lineup, but Maduro said that Venezuela will import 300 tons of aid from Russia and his government has promised to send 20,000 boxes of government-subsidized food to the poor in Cucuta, where tons of U.S. aid is sitting earmarked for Venezuelans.Saturday’s government concert coincides with the date Guaido has called for “caravans” of tens of thousands of Venezuelans to assemble to carry the aid from Colombia into Venezuela.Calling the government plans “cynical,” Guaido said it would not change the opposition’s plans to bring in the aid. “If it doesn’t enter on the 23rd, it will enter on the 24th, it will enter on the 25th” of February, he said.POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN TWO PRESIDENTSThe rival bids for aid and concerts to shore up support are part of a tense bid by Maduro and the opposition to break a nearly monthlong stalemate over power in Venezuela. Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s rightful president on Jan. 23, a claim backed by the U.S. and dozens of other countries that argue Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent because popular opposition candidates were banned from running.Maduro has held on to the support of the military, the country’s main powerbroker, and relies on powerful allies like Russia and China in a conflict with increasingly Cold War-like dimensions.Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press Workers begin to build the stage for an upcoming concert coined: “Concert for the freedom of Venezuela” on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Billionaire Richard Branson is organizing the concert to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela on Feb. 22, featuring Spanish-French singer Manu Chao, Mexican band Mana, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz and Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “One Small Sacrifice (a Thriller)” (Thomas & Mercer), by Hilary Davidson.Photojournalist Alex Traynor lost his friend Cori to suicide a year ago. Detective Sheryn Sterling tried very hard to prove that Traynor pushed Cori off a ledge rather than the case closing with her jumping off a roof. Even though he claims to have no memory of the events that resulted in Cori’s death, Sterling knows Traynor is guilty.Traynor has moved on and is about to marry Emily, a doctor. When Emily disappears, Sterling investigates and discovers connections to Cori’s death. Now she’s certain Traynor is responsible, but can she prove it and put him away for good?She starts to get different and varying statements from witnesses. Traynor swears he’s innocent and wants Sterling to find his fiancee. Has she made a mistake in believing he was guilty or is he even more manipulative than she previously thought?The story line veers between alternate points of view with Traynor and Sterling, and their perspectives on the same information provide different results. Writing the novel in this fashion amps up the suspense while also giving the narrative a complex and compelling flair. In addition, Davidson does an admirable job of making a complicated issue such as PTSD relatable.With an unpredictable ending and evidence that this is the start of a series, definitely check out “One Small Sacrifice.”Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Review: A detective pursues justice in ‘One Small Sacrifice’ This cover image released by Thomas and Mercer shows “One Small Sacrifice” by Hilary Davidson. (Thomas and Mercer via AP) by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 7:12 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_img Join the conversation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2019 9:48 am PDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — PBS will air a five-part documentary series called “Asian Americans.”The series will chronicle the Asian American story in the U.S. and aims to launch in 2020 during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is in May.In 2010, the U.S. Census identified the Asian population as the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.PBS says the series will use personal stories to explore the impact of the group on the U.S.The network announced the series Monday.The Associated Presscenter_img PBS to air five-part docu-series on ‘Asian Americans’ Cancel reply Sign in to comment (not connected to your Insider Club login).You’re logged in as . Edit Profile | Logout.Loading profile…Unexpected error. Please try again.Notice: Your email may not yet have been verified. Please check your email, click the link to verify your address, and then submit your comment. If you can’t find this email, access your profile editor to re-send the confirmation email. You must have a verified email to submit a comment. Once you have done so, check again.Comment Please read our commenting policieslast_img read more

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