US Major storms to strike California threate

first_img U.S.: “Major storms” to strike California, threate … Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv … Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … You might also be interested in U.S. authorities have removed the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine in the Half Moon Bay area of San Mateo, California.The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) said the action was effective of Oct. 4, 2018.The control area was established on Nov. 22 last year following detections of two adult male insects over the previous week.”Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the CDFA and the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office to eradicate the transient Medfly population through various control actions per program protocols,” APHIS said.”APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Medfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in this area.” October 22 , 2018 California Navel season ‘one of worst in history o …last_img read more

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first_imgagents resourcesSwiss Travel Systemswitzerland Swiss Travel System AG has launched a new website, ‪mystsnet.com , designed as a resource for agents, trade and media partners to get to know the services and the company. The site features useful information, including the Swiss Travel System Sales Manual, and factsheets regarding product range, prices and various services. Images, videos, maps and logos are also available for download and distribution.The News Centre on the home page provides updated information on the public transportation network, while the Download Centre provides material for marketing and promotional purposes.Agents who are not already familiar with the Swiss Travel System are encouraged to visit the website to discover the depth of resources and available information.last_img read more

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academyagentsswitzerland

first_imgacademyagentsswitzerland The 12 lucky agents who will be heading off in September for a true Alpine experience as winners of Switzerland Tourism’s Switzerland Travel Academy for 2017 are:Debra Andrews – MTATrixie Kennedy – Qantas HolidaysTina Backer – CPE TravelJennifer Phillips and Courteney Gast – Helloworld TravelMadelaine Stangewitz – Phil Hoffman TravelKarryn Bartlett, Karen Doyle and Rosemary Febo – TravelManagersAmy Wilson and Erin Sykora – Escape TravelMichelle Harvey – CFS Travel GlobetrottingThe agents will be escorted by Director of Switzerland Tourism AU&NZ, Mark Wettstein on a week-long famil to Switzerland where they will visit some of the country’s most iconic and naturally Instagram-worthy destinations, experience myriad products on offer in terms of the Swiss nature, cities, adventure, cultures, history, cuisine and, of course, the local transportation system.To learn more about Switzerland, agents can CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Bon Voyage is offering a luxury Atlantis The Palm

first_imgBon Voyage is offering a luxury Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, deal for families (2 adults and 2 children) including four nights’ accommodation in an Ocean Deluxe Room and two meals a day for $1,899 when booked by 7pm AEST this Friday 25 August, 2017.The company says the deal represents 57% off the standard price of $4,505. Inclusions cover daily breakfast and dinner, complimentary cocktails, Ultimate Snorkel sessions, unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark & Aquarium, 50% off lunches at a selection of 11 restaurants on site and more. Atlantis the PalmDubaifamilylast_img read more

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That evening the Hydro will once again resound wi

first_imgThat evening, the Hydro will once again resound with the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel when the hotel hosts a Gangster Casino Night in support of Katoomba Hospital. Guests can play all the traditional games at casino-quality tables with professionally trained casino standard croupiers.There will be an array of prizes, and money raised at the 18 years plus-restricted event will go towards refurbishing the waiting room in the local Katoomba Hospital emergency department. Cost: $55 per person. *These are not cast members from Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey or Poirot but REAL people enjoying themselves at the Hydro’s annual Roaring 20s Festival! If you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders* A decadent regional food and wine showcase of shared plates follows, featuring the culinary skills of Hydro Majestic head chef Mate Herceg and his team, as well as other exceptional local producers. A fashion parade of exquisite 1920s clothing will add an extra course to the long lunch menu. Cost: $95pp.Sumptuous high tea will be available in the Wintergarden Restaurant, overlooking the Megalong Valle,y throughout the day, along with history tours of the world-famous hotel. or Poirot*center_img or Downton Abbey* … head to the iconic Hydro Majestic hotel in the NSW Blue Mountains and step back in time to those halcyon days over an art deco-inspired, Roaring 20s festival of vintage revelry.On Saturday, February 24 2018, revellers can kick off in style with a community Charleston for Charity dance in front of the Majestic Pavilion at 11am, with prizes for best dressed lady, man, couples and hats, all for the price of a gold coin donation to Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. Blue MountainsHydro Majestic HotelNSWlast_img read more

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first_imgagentsawardseventsluxuryVirtuoso Virtuoso held its annual Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Luxury Awards at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on Sunday night, to recognise its top performing agency members.For the first time, in recognition of Asia’s growing importance in the Virtuoso network, Singapore has played host to more than 60 owners and managers representing Virtuoso agencies from across the region. Virtuoso senior executives including the organisation’s Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, joined members for two days of strategic overview, business seminars, partner networking and information sharing, culminating in the 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards and Gala Dinner.The Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards honour member agencies and advisors whose luxury sales performance, reputation and service levels have excelled over the past 12 months. “Luxury travel advising is all about keeping the client in the centre of the business and these award winners have grown their business by focusing on their customers and delivering service that has differentiated them from the mass market offerings,” Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Managing Director Michael Londregan said.“The Virtuoso Luxury Travel Awards are the result of members’ performance; they are the perfect reflection of both a growing client base and the ability to maintain client loyalty.“These are the advisors and agencies who have been nominated by the most important audience panel that exists – their clients. Virtuoso is simply recognising client and market sentiment.”This year’s awards included two new categories acknowledging individual achievements: the Virtuoso Rising Star award, which went to Lynn Mayer, Sabra Travel; and the Most Innovative Advisor, which went to Gloria Gammo of Smartflyer Australia.The 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Award winners are:Cruise ProductionMember – SavenioPartner – SeabournCruise GrowthMember – FBI TravelPartner – Oceania CruisesHotels & Resorts ProductionMember – Goldman Travel CorporationPartner – HalekulaniHotels & Resorts GrowthMember – Country HolidaysPartner – Rosewood BeijingDestinations & Experiences ProductionMember – MTAPartner – Island EscapesDestinations & Experiences GrowthMember – Mosman TravelPartner – 50 Degrees NorthMost Engaged AgencyWinner – Executive EdgeNominees – Alpha Travel, Charlotte TravelMost Hospitable AgencyWinner – Sabra TravelNominees – FBI Travel, TravelcallAdvisor AwardsVirtuoso Rising Star – Lynn Mayer, Sabra TravelMost Innovative Advisor – Gloria Gammo, SmartFlyer AustraliaIMAGE: Member winners – L- R: Anthony Goldman, Michael Londregan, David Brandon, Jessica Yap (Country Holidays), Penny Spencer, Lauryn Belleli (Sabra), Matthew Upchurch, Sara Pearce (MTA), David Goldmanlast_img read more

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The Flight Centre Travel Group FLT has strengthe

first_imgThe Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has strengthened the European footprint of its flagship global business travel division, FCM Travel Solutions, with the announcement that it has taken 100 per cent ownership of 3Mundi, FCM’s partner in France and Switzerland. In July 2017, FLT made an initial 25 per cent investment in 3Mundi, which has been a licensee partner of FCM since 2015. On 30 June 2019, FLT acquired the remaining 75 per cent of 3Mundi’s business. Executive General Manager – Flight Centre Travel Group Corporate Division, James Kavanagh, said the acquisition has further underlined FCM’s position as one of the world’s largest corporate travel management businesses. “The acquisition will unlock further benefits both for Australian customers as well as FCM’s multi-national clients. France and Switzerland are important corporate travel hubs – in fact France is now the sixth largest corporate travel market in the world.“We now have a stronger corporate network and an even more powerful proposition for French and Swiss customers, and for global customers who travel to and transact in these key markets.” In addition to the UK & Ireland, FCM’s equity-owned footprint in Europe now extends to Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Globally, Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate businesses have continued to perform strongly and together generated AUS$ 4.2 billion in TTV during the six months to December 31, 2018, about 37 per cent of the group’s global TTV for the period. Besides FCM Travel Solutions, which has a presence in 97 countries worldwide, FCTG’s corporate brands are: Corporate Traveller, specialising in the SME sector; cievents – a globally recognised full service strategic meetings and event management agency; and Stage & Screen, specialist travel provider to clients in the television, film, music, performing arts, sports and creative industries. Agency NewsFCM SolutionsFlight Centre Travel Grouplast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It was nice to see the breakout game Michael Floyd had on Sunday against Jacksonville. He had six catches for 193 yards and a touchdown, good enough for the second 100-yard game of his career. And he is on pace to eclipse 1,000 yards this season. There was some debate in the 2012 draft as to where Arizona would go with the 13th overall pick. They were desperate for offensive line help and Riley Reiff, David DeCastro, Kevin Zeitler, Cordy Glenn and Jonathan Martin were still in the board when Arizona’s pick came up. But needing to fill a void for a number-two receiver and possible future #1, they selected the Notre Dame standout despite a drunken driving citation that led to a suspension in college.Arizona had struggled to find a complement to Larry Fitzgerald since Anquan Boldin was traded. Players like Steve Breaston, Early Doucet and Andre Roberts failed to give Arizona a dynamic duo at wideout. There were some doubts about Floyd last season as to whether he could elevate his game to become a primary receiver. He had a decent season with 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns. But this season, Floyd has emerged as a go-to receiver. He has led the Cardinals in receiving yards in four of the last seven games. He leads the team in receiving yards with 657, which is 103 more than Fitzgerald. He is proving that Arizona made the right call in the 2012 draft and he way very well develop into a future #1.center_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img2 (Part II)After starting his NFL career a perfect 17-for-17 on field goal attempts, Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro has missed four of his last nine kicks, including two misses on Sunday.7The Cardinals have yet to lose inside the friendly confines of University of Phoenix this season. Arizona is a perfect 7-0 at home in 2014.13The Cardinals forced a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter that allowed them to salt away the waning minutes of the game. Arizona leads the NFL with 13 fourth quarter turnovers this season.63Jamaal Charles’ big day began early, as he capped off the Chiefs’ opening drive with a 63-yard touchdown run just 4:05 into the game. Charles finished the day with 111 total yards and two total TDs.100Kerwynn Williams was promoted from the practice squad on Friday and he went on to lead the Cardinals in rushing yards with 100 on 19 carries. It was the first game in which Williams got a touch.141Thanks in no small part to Williams, the Cardinals rushed for 141 yards on the ground after coming into the game with the NFL’s 31st-ranked rushing offense, averaging 74.8 yards per game on the ground. 160Larry Fitzgerald returned from his two-game absence to catch four balls for 34 yards. He now as at least one catch in his last 160 games played, the longest active streak in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona weathered the early Chiefs storm, as Kansas City found the endzone twice in the first half while Arizona could only muster a pair of field goals. Call it a team stepping up, call it halftime adjustments, call it what ever, the Cardinals shut the door in the second half. Arizona outscored Kansas City 11-0 in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth as the Cardinals held on for the three-point victory.The winning formula on Sunday revolved around the running game, as the team ran more often than they passed (33 to 30), despite playing without starter Andre Ellington, who is out for the season.Sunday’s win puts the Cardinals in firm control of their NFC West and playoff destiny. Here is how the Cardinals won by the numbers:0 (Part I)Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver this season. 0 (Part II)After giving up 14 points in the opening half, Arizona’s defense shut the door and shut out the Chiefs in the second half. 2 (Part I)Number of sacks by Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker, the first multi-sack game of his career. Rucker came into the game with two sacks for the season and 14 for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 43 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   While various media outlets around the country were preparing for the Arizona Cardinals’ fall from grace, the team itself was preparing to right the ship.Despite coming into Sunday’s game on a two-game losing streak and falling behind early, the Cardinals rallied to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-14 and improve to 10-3.Win No. 10 marks the eighth time in franchise history the Cardinals had a double-digit win season. It is the first time that has happened in back-to-back seasons since 1975-76. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Five NFL.com writers were asked to give their dream Super Bowl matchups Thursday and three of them wrote they are hoping to see the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl LI in Houston.With the Cardinals only making it to one Super Bowl where they lost to the Steelers 27-23 in 2009, Solomon Wilcots feels that a rematch against the gold and black would be a match made in heaven.I want a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals. This time around, the matchup would be focused on the coaches. Bruce Arians was a member of Mike Tomlin’s coaching staff during the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII victory. Arians was a great mentor of Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and is trying to do the same with Carson Palmer in Arizona. He’s also built the Cardinals’ defense like the one the Steelers had in the 2008 season. Both teams are dominant on offense, but I think Arizona has the defensive edge. The story writes itself: Arians coached under Tomlin, was essentially fired by him and comes back to beat him in the Super Bowl.The Cardinals have yet to win a Lombardi Trophy, while the Steelers boast the most Super Bowl titles in the league (six). It would be a phenomenal, historic matchup — and one of potential revenge.The game would feature two of the best passing offenses, as Arizona ranked 2nd in the league with 288.5 yards per game, while the Steelers were 3rd with 287.7 in the 2015 season. On the defensive side, both teams held their opponents to an average of 91.2 yards running the ball, but the Cardinals gave up more touchdowns to running backs with nine to Pittsburgh’s six. The Cardinals did have a leg up on the Steelers in yards allowed per game with 321.7, while the Steelers struggled, giving up 363.1.For Michael Robinson, his Super Bowl matchup deals with another west coast team.I want to see the West Coast Super Bowl matchup of Arizona vs. Oakland. First of all, I like to see Oakland doing well because it takes everybody back in history to when they were unstoppable.We’ve all seen, especially in the last few Super Bowls, how a defense can dictate the game. And both of these teams could be quite stout on that side of the ball in 2016. We know the Cardinals have defensive talent at every level — the group’s been nasty in recent years. Meanwhile, the Raiders are loaded with promise, boasting a fine mix of youth and experience on D. I’d like to see two dominant defensive units play in Super Bowl LI.The matchup between the Cardinals and the Raiders would be a surprise to a lot of people, but Oakland has made improvements under head coach Jack Del Rio going from 3-13 in 2014 to 7-9 last season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals outplayed the Jets in almost every category last season, both defensively and offensively, but New York did rank 2nd in rush defense, holding opponents to 83.4 yards per game and only giving up four touchdowns in the season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even still, Oakland has room to improve work after only averaging 333.5 yards per game last season, which ranked 24th, while they were 28th in rushing with 91.1 yards per game. The Cardinals on the other hand were 8th running the ball with 119.8 yards per outing.Shaun O’Hara believes a Jets-Cardinals matchup would be enticing with a lot of subplots leading into the big game.There are some great veteran players in the league who haven’t had a chance to play in a Super Bowl, so I’d like to see the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals face off in Houston.Ryan Fitzpatrick used to play for Houston, so it’d be interesting to see him lead the Jets to football’s biggest game — after signing a contract before training camp — and play back in NRG Stadium.Prior to becoming the Jets’ head coach, Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals under Bruce Arians. Both are respected coaches and it would be a hotly contested matchup with the rosters they have.A Jets-Cardinals Super Bowl would be a rematch of Week 6 when the Cardinals play Monday Night at home against New York.The Cardinals would play against a familiar face in Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles, who was Bruce Arians’ defensive coordinator for two seasons before taking over in New York in 2015.last_img read more

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first_imgEnd of third quarterCardinals have the ball and are on the move as the quarter comes to an end. Just 15 more minutes of preseason football!:51 left in third quarterA lot happened, with the most important thing being Kareem Martin suffering an apparent knee injury. He was down on the turf for a while being looked at by trainers, but eventually walked off. He is walking to the locker room under his own power, for what it’s worth. GLENDALE, Ariz. — We made it.The Cardinals are playing their final preseason game Thursday night as the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in town.Given that it is the fourth preseason game neither team’s starters are expected to play much — if at all — and instead the game will feature reserves and players who are fighting for the final handful of available spots on each roster. Cardinals will take over at their own 36 and have a little momentum at the moment.Still 3:20 left in first quarterCatanzaro’s kickoff sails out of the back of the end zone. Our own Craig Grialou surmises the kickers were instructed to just boot everything deep so as to minimize chance of injury. That would make some sense.Broncos begin at their 25.3:20 left in first quarterIt was the Penny show, as the big back kept lowering his shoulder and trying to run through defenders. Looked he was going to reach the end zone on third down but somehow got stood up at the one. The Cardinals went for it on fourth down and Barkley hit J.J. Nelson with a nice corner fade.The PAT is good and the score is now 10-7. Hey, something good!6:29 left in first quarterA 41-yard pass to Brittan Golden was just what the doctor ordered, and then on third down Barkley found Golden again to keep the drive going. An eight-yard run from Elijhaa Penny has Arizona at the Denver 11.Still 9:41 left in first quarterCardinals take over at their 25 after another touchback. It would certainly behoove Barkley to start making some plays.9:41 left in first quarterCardinals surrendered a first down but then the defense stiffened. Arizona held the Broncos to a field goal, which is a bit of a win for how that was going. 6:43 left in preseasonPenny punches it in and for good measure does so again for a two-point conversion. The hole for the conversion was rather large, he could have walked in.The score is 31-17.Still 7:42 leftRefs overturned the call on the field, which led to me making an “a Penny short” joke on Twitter. Sorry. On the next play, Barkley came up short on a sneak.7:42 left in preseasonElijhaa Penny punches it in from five yards out, putting a nice ribbon on an excellent night for him. Refs are taking an extra close look at it — all scoring plays are reviewed, though this one was announced to the crowd.If it stands, the score will be 29-17, pending the PAT.11:17 left in preseasonMarquis Bundy made a really nice catch in traffic while taking a hit, and the Cardinals have a first down on the Denver 17. 2 Comments   Share   2:46 left in second quarterBarkley tried to thread the needle again on third down, but this one was less successful and got batted away. A lot of traffic but didn’t seem close to being picked. Catanzaro came on for a short field goal, and now the Cardinals are up 13-10.For what it’s worth, this is the first time the Cardinals have led this preseason since going up 3-0 on the Raiders in the first game.3:41 left in second quarterFollowing a screen pass that fell incomplete it is second and goal from the nine. Cards got there after Barkley hit Marquis Bundy with a really nice pass in traffic. The QB has settled in nicely, and the offense is moving (against backups) because of it.6:14 left in second quarterA nice gain on a pass to TE Hakeem Valles and then some solid runs from Penny have the Cardinals moving. A penalty pushes them back to their own 49, where it is now first and 20.9:02 left in second quarterCardinals lose LB Tristan Okpalaugo to an injury, looked to be leg-related. He walked off the field with some help. Defense forces a punt, which bounces around before being downed at the Arizona 24. Andre Ellington was back to return the boot, by the way.Score is 10-10 and Cardinals seem to be settling in. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges) For the Cardinals, Matt Barkley is expected to be the QB the entire game, and his performance will be something to watch.Let’s get to it.Game overAnd that’s it, the preseason is over! Cardinals win 38-17 and the next time you see them on the field it will count.1:05 left in preseasonCardinals are forced to punt, and Ronald Zamort just crushes the returner but is flagged for kick catch interference. No fair catch was called, for what it’s worth. Ball moves up to the Arizona 40.2:00 left in preseasonThe Cardinals face a third and two from their 17 as there are just two minutes left in the preseason.3:05 left in preseasonCardinals give up some yards but force a punt when Robert Nkemdiche brings down Lynch. The rookie fought through double team to get there, and showed how talented he is. Too talented, in fact, to be on the field this late in this game.Punt is downed at the Arizona nine.5:26 left in preseasonDrew Butler handles kickoff duties and the ball is returned to the Denver 45.5:36 left in preseasonLinebacker Gabe Martin picks off Lynch and takes the ball to the house, with the touchdown and PAT making the score 38-17. Martin is on the bubble and that certainly won’t hurt his cause. Still 10:55 left in second quarterBroncos take over at their own 25. Arizona’s defense started generating pressure, winning the line of scrimmage. That would be a good thing to continue.10:55 left in second quarterIt got to a third and short and Barkley completed a pass to Nelson, but the throw was a bit behind him and the receiver didn’t have a chance to shake the defender. Catanzaro came on for a 45-yard field goal, and the score is knotted up.Arizona’s offense seems to be finding a rhythm, which is good to see.12:57 left in second quarterKerwynn Williams is chewing up plenty of yards on the ground, and Barkley found J.J. Nelson with a nice pass on third down. Offense is moving.End of first quarterKerwynn Williams picks up five (could have been more if Nelson would have attempted to block) and the quarter comes to an end. Cardinals are starting to get things going, maybe?:12 left in first quarterJordan Taylor breaks another tackle — this one Brandon Williams’ — and picks up some good yardage. However, the Cardinals defensive front, with help from Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson, began to make its presence felt. Pressure was good and the tackling was better, and McManus’ field goal attempt sailed wide right. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Also, the Broncos scored a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Lynch to Taylor. The score is 23-17.5:00 left in third quarterBarkley hit Shipley with a really nice pass down the field, but the drive stalled and Butler was brought on to punt. The QB looked sharp again, and even on third down threw a nice, catchable (but difficult) ball to Chris Hubert.Penalty on the punt pushes the ball back to the Denver six., with the score Arizona 23, Denver 10.7:53 left in third quarterRed Bryant destroys Paxton Lynch after getting off a third down pass, and got some high fives on the sideline for it. The pass fell incomplete, and there was a block in the punt during Jaxon Shipley’s return. All told, the ball is at the Arizona 14 to begin the drive.9:33 left in third quarterKick is returned out from the back of the end zone to the Denver 17. Not a great decision, really.9:43 left in third quarterCardinals moved the ball well as Barkley found Shipley for a good gain and then running lanes were open, but on third and two Penny dropped a catchable and Catanzaro came out for a 59-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, so that’s cool.Score is 23-10, Cardinals.13:15 left in third quarter Score is 10-0 visitors.10:57 left in first quarterCardinals picked up a first down after a couple of nice Kerwynn Williams runs, but then on a play where Barkley seemed to have some time to get rid of the ball ended up getting sacked and fumbling. The Broncos recovered and have the ball at the Arizona 27.Preseason or not, this is a terrible start for players who are fighting for their jobs.Still 12:16 left in first quarterKickoff sails to the back of the end zone. Another touchback and the Cards take over at their 25.12:16 left in first quarterA couple of really good runs for Kapri Bibbs (big holes to run through) set the stage for a touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor. It went for 57 yards and was made possible by a missed Cariel Brooks tackle. Brooks has had a solid camp, but plays like that will not help his chances of sticking.PAT is good and the score is 7-0, Broncos.13:26 left in first quarterBarkley threw behind Brittan Golden on first down, Chris Johnson gained a yard on second down and then Barkley found Kerwynn Williams for a short gain on third down. Cardinals punt, Broncos take over at their 25.Note: John Brown was in the game for the Cardinals, getting his first action this preseason. Earl Watford was at left tackle. 15:00 left in first quarterCardinals won the toss and chose to receive. Kickoff sails deep into the end zone and goes for a touchback. Barkley and the offense take over at the Arizona 25.5:00 before kickoffIn case you were wondering, it looked like everyone on the Arizona Cardinals’ sideline was standing for the National Anthem. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Defense forces a three-and-out with help of a Denver hold, and the punt bounces out of bounds at the Arizona 27. Barkley and the offense take over.HalftimeWell, that got better. Cardinals found their offense and the defense started to impose its will, and the home team carries a 20-10 lead into the break.Matt Barkley’s chances of making this roster are slim no matter what happens tonight, but he’s looked very good and shown a kind of promise that he hadn’t yet.:30 left in second quarterA negative run and a penalty pushed the Cardinals back, but a good pass to TE Ifeanyi Momah preceded a really good ball to Jaxon Shipley, which went for a 14-yard touchdown. The PAT is good and the Cardinals are up 20-10.Nice hurry-up drive from Barkley, who has really looked good today.1:15 left in second quarterBarkley hit Jaxon Shipley for a nice gain and then connected with Marquis Bundy, who took a big hit but held on. Cardinals have it at the Denver 15.1:39 left in second quarterCardinals force a punt and it is downed at the Denver 45. Cardinals take over with two timeouts and a chance to see Barkley run the hurry up offense.2:00 left in second quarterThe Broncos face a second and 12 from their 18. Cardinals have taken some control of this game, though they most certainly would have liked to have scored a touchdown on their last drive.last_img read more

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The Pittsburgh product then joined the practice sq

first_imgThe Pittsburgh product then joined the practice squad after clearing waivers.Price re-joins the Cardinals after having already served time on their practice squad.The second-year pro was released on Sept. 14 of this year after making one appearance for Arizona last season. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle/guard spent 14 weeks on the practice squad prior to that game and, out of Nebraska, was an undrafted free agent pickup by the Cardinals in 2016. Arizona Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Dorian Johnson (64) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cardinals fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson was signed off the practice squad by the Houston Texans on Wednesday, and Arizona announced it had replaced him with fellow offensive lineman Givens Price.Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound fourth-round pick in 2017, didn’t make it onto the season-opening, 53-man roster despite being drafted to challenge for the right guard role currently occupied by second-year pro Evan Boehm. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 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 Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter > Photo Credit: Damian BennettGo back to the e-newsletter >Qantas together with its Ambassador Hugh Jackman, has announced a new grants initiative with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) that will empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be leaders in their communities.The initiative will be funded by a $1.4 million donation from the Qantas Foundation and help IMF graduates, known as Frontrunners, further their education or career, pursue a business enterprise or support a community development project.Founded by world champion marathon runner Robert De Castella, IMF selects a squad of 18-30 year old Indigenous men and women from around Australia to train for the New York Marathon with little or no running experience.  An IMF squad member graduates when they cross the finish line in New York.Qantas Ambassador Hugh Jackman said he was proud to represent Qantas as it deepened its relationship with IMF.“I’ve been so impressed by the inspirational work that Rob does and the brilliant young runners he’s mentoring through IMF,” said Mr Jackman.“I’m a passionate believer that if you give young people the opportunity and the tools to make a difference, there’s no limit to what they can achieve. That’s what IMF has been doing for the past five years and with the Qantas grant program we want to take it to the next level.“The finish line in New York is really just the starting point for these young leaders and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said creating opportunities for young Indigenous people was fundamental to Qantas’ role as national carrier and at the heart of its Reconciliation Action Plan.“We’re hugely excited about the potential for this initiative,” said Mr Joyce.  “We know that the most powerful thing Australia can do for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is develop the skills, the ideas, the social programmes and above all the leadership that can make a concrete difference in Indigenous communities.“The Qantas-funded grant program will give IMF graduates a platform to build on their achievements and realise their potential as Australia’s next generation of Indigenous leaders.“IMF changes the lives of its graduates.  We want to enable those graduates to change lives in their communities.”Robert De Castella welcomed the Qantas investment.“When the runners cross the finish line of the biggest marathon in the world they know they can achieve anything. They become role models within their communities and are leaders in the promotion of health and physical exercise to help alleviate the high instance of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,” said Mr De Castella.“Qantas is making strategic decisions that will have a very real and direct impact both for individuals in the short term and for entire communities in the longer term.“The Qantas Grants will help kick start our graduates’ journey to step up and lead change in their community be it through creating a small business or developing sports programs like previous graduates,” said Mr De Castella.In July 2015, Qantas’ Reconciliation Action Plan – first launched in 2007 – was awarded Elevate status, the highest level of endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.Since 2010, there have been 43 graduates of IMF, all of whom have contributed in some way to creating change in their lives and those of their families and communities. By 2018, there will be over 80 graduates.The 2015 Indigenous Marathon Foundation squad of ten young Indigenous Australians will fly to New York tomorrow to run in this year’s marathon.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCrystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has won the tender to acquire Newcastle’s iconic ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre and intends to convert the building into a luxury five-star hotel, ready to open in late 2020.The hotel is to be called Kingsley, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. The name follows a Crystalbrook Collection naming convention where each of their hotels is given a gender-neutral name and its own unique personality. The name Kingsley is a nod to Newcastle’s heritage and the city’s earlier name Kingstown dating back to 1804.CrystalBrook says the conversion will be the first five-star hotel for the city of Newcastle. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said he was thrilled with the result of the tender: “There’s really nothing like this building, it has a strong identity and connection to the city of Newcastle. I see a lot of potential.“We think the location, with the City Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Art Gallery and the War Memorial Cultural Centre right on the doorstep, makes it a perfect location for a five-star hotel.”Davie said he had been watching Newcastle’s growth in recent years and felt strongly that Crystalbrook Collection should become a contributor to the future growth of the city.Initial studies indicated the ‘Roundhouse’ could accommodate at least 100 five-star hotel rooms. Initial renders developed by Newcastle’s Barney Collins of EJE Architecture also show the introduction of a rooftop restaurant and recreational area complete with a swimming pool.To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed to investments in excess of $800 million in Australia including six luxury five and six-star hotels currently operating or under development.In the last quarter alone, Crystalbrook Collection has opened Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in Cairns and acquired Little Albion, a Crystalbrook Collection Boutique Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightsAir Berlin adds Dusseldorf-China flightsAir Southwest launches ski flights from Plymouth and NewquayCheap flights airline Air Southwest has announced the launch of its first ski flights from Plymouth and Newquay to GrenobleGerman holidaymakers to benefit from new flights to InvernessLufthansa has launched new flights to Inverness from Dusseldorf Lufthansa flights from Dusseldorf to Newquay Airport are to be resumed by the airline later this month.From June 20th, a service will be operated between the two hubs by the German airline’s regional franchise partner Eurowings.Flights from Dusseldorf to Newquay are scheduled to take place once a week on Saturdays, with the route due to be serviced by Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft.According to Lufthansa vice president Oliver Wagner, the route is likely to be the subject of high demand as Newquay will serve to open up the surrounding area to German holidaymakers.”The south-west is well known to German tourists owing to the popularity of the Rosamunde Pilcher novels that have been made into a TV drama series there,” he explained.Meanwhile, Lufthansa passengers on flights to Heathrow will benefit from a brighter and more spacious environment on arrival thanks to the German airline’s relocation to Terminal 1 after a £100 million refurbishment.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgActor-turned-singer Hilary Duff and former sportsman Mike Comrie: MexicoHilary and Mike headed by private jet to the honeymoon idyll of Los Cabos, Mexico, booking a private residence at the ultra-exclusive El Dorado Golf and Beach Club, costing thousands of dollars per night.On a budget: stay at the nearby Capella Pedregal which is a fabulous five-star hotel on a secluded stretch of beach within easy walking distance of Los Cabos. Rooms for two cost £475 a night. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 10 luxury honeymoon destinationsWhere to go and where to stay in 10 of the world’s best luxury honeymoon destinations, from Paris to the Seychelles.Kate and Will’s Honeymoon – where they should (and shouldn’t) goSkyscanner suggests five honeymoon destinations for the royal couple – and three places best avoided.Visit the most beautiful islands in the world… on a budget!The Maldives, Bora Bora, the Seychelles – here’s our guide to navigating the most beautiful islands on earth – without the eye-watering price tag. As the setting of some of the world’s most extravagant resorts, these tropical islands have become synonymous with splashing the cash. But good news, budget travellers:… Actors Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr: AnguillaOrlando and Miranda headed to the tiny and very chic Caribbean island of Anguilla and checked into a beachfront villa with personal butler, private pool, cabana and spa at the Viceroy Anguilla. It costs from US$16,000 per night.On a budget: you can stay in a standard room at the Viceroy Anguilla for a fraction of the cost – just £250 a night for two. Or splash out on the dinner, bed and breakfast package, which includes soft drinks and service, for a total of £445 a night. Pop stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z: Arizona, USABeyoncé and Jay-Z honeymooned in Scottsdale, Arizona in a private home at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, costing around US$4,000 per night.On a budget: you can stay at Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa for a fraction of the price. It has a special deal until the end of December on a standard room which costs just £240 including breakfast. Prince William and Kate Middleton: SeychellesWilliam and Kate jetted off to the Seychelles and were rumoured to be staying in Villa 11 at the luxurious private eco-retreat of North Island, where the nightly room rate is around £3,100 per person per night.On a budget: you could stay instead on the gorgeous private island of Desroches where Kate and William previously took a secretive holiday. A fabulous beach suite at Desroches costs £500 per person per night – including all your meals and drinks. The rich and famous have the knack of knowing where’s hot. Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons, tracks down where the stars stay on honeymoon and tell you how to do it – without a celebrity budget. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and Transformers actor Josh Duhamel: MaldivesFergie and Josh honeymooned at the ultra exclusive One&Only Rheeti Rah, Maldives, staying in a suite reported to have cost more than £10,000 per week.On a budget: what’s great about the Maldives is that wherever you stay you’ll experience the same glorious weather, the same blue skies and turquoise lagoons. The five-star Kurumba Village Maldives Resort is just 10 minutes by speedboat from Male airport. It may not be as luxurious or remote as the One&Only but at £240 a night for two – with breakfast thrown in – it’s a darn sight cheaper.last_img read more

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first_imgWhere’s hot in June? Top 10 holiday destinations… PREVIOUS: Average temperature in April City Beach holidays in JuneBrits head to Spain in their thousands in June. The Costa Del Sol is literally the coast of sun, so if you’re looking to bask in a pleasing 22 degrees, this is the place for you. Or, if you’re looking for something outside of Europe, try the Maldives. Your instagram will look like a Bounty advert.City holidays in JuneStep away from the Costa for a moment and you can visit Barcelona. It’s in the same neck of the woods, and has a similar temperature. Hang out in the Barri Gotic for arty bars, and take in some masterpieces by the world-famous architect Gaudi, such as the expansive Park Guell, or the Sagrada Familia.More June holiday suggestionsFrom swanky city breaks in Seville to relaxing beach holidays in San Juan, we’ve got plenty more suggestions for June holidays. You’ll find all our top suggestions, from mini breaks to the Ibiza opening parties here. Greece Paphos 24°C / 75°F ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Canary Islands Tenerife 21°C / 69°F Greece Kos 24°C / 75°F Balearic Island Majorca 22°C / 71°F Mexico Riviera Maya 28°C / 82°Fcenter_img RelatedPay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?Getting to TwitchCon 2017: Flights to Long Beach, CATwitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, is back with their third annual convention and this time it’s heading to sunny Long Beach, California. Looking for flights to TwitchCon 2017? Then you’ve come to the right place.Monday blues: the best travel deals to get you through the weekFed up with the week already? Need something to look forward to? Boss driving you absolutely insane? We’ve found a handful of the best deals so you can start planning your escape. You’re welcome. Maldives Male 28°C / 82°F Turkey Antalya 25°C / 77°F Compare cheap flights using the Everywhere toolNEXT: USA Orlando/td> 27°C / 80°F Country READ MORE: Spain Costa Del Sol 22°C / 71°F Kick start your wanderlust with our destination inspiration series:Alternative attractions: 10 tourist spots you haven’t visited yetEver since Verlag Karl Baedeker founded the first worldwide travel guides in the early ninteenth century, tourists have been heading to the same old recommended spots again and again. But there’s more to cities than just a handful of ‘must-see’ sights. So here’s our guide to the top alternative attractions in ten famous destinations.21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayWe’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a short, cheap holiday in Europe, or planning a low cost backpacking trip in Asia.Travel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.last_img read more

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first_imgUAE – Dubai– You’ll want to avoid the exceptionally hot sun from May to October when daily temperatures exceed 30ºC.– Visit in the cooler climates of March and April or November and December.– As a Muslim country, the religious fasting month of Ramadan, which runs from 6 May-3 June in 2019, means you can expect some altered opening times. Attractions operate shorter days and some restaurants remain closed until after sunset. USA – Chicago– Winter is known for being cold and often freezing temperatures take over the city. Spring brings warmer weather but it’s also typically Chicago’s wettest season.– Summer can be hot and sticky, with the good weather bringing more tourists to the lakes and beaches. June also hosts plenty of outdoor music and food festivals.– Autumn is therefore considered a perfect time to enjoy warm weather while avoiding the bustle of summer. Photo credit: Tokyo – Jezael Melgoza Singapore– April to August are the driest months in Singapore but, with year-round summer temperatures, an afternoon shower shouldn’t put you off visiting in the wetter months.– It’s worth seeing Singaporeans celebrate Lion Day, their National Day, on 9 August with parades, festivities and fireworks.– The only days this busy hub really shuts down are the first two days of Chinese New Year (which falls on a different day each year but always in January or February) – all other national holidays often result in busier crowds as locals eat, shop and visit friends and family. USA – New York– The cheapest time to visit the Big Apple is from January to mid-February – but you’ll have to wrap up warm.– For warmer temperatures and less tourists, late spring and early autumn are prime times to miss the summer crowds.– May gives you Fleet Week and Memorial Day (27 May) celebrations across the city. While September boasts one of two annual Broadway Weeks, where smash-hit shows are on a 2-for-1 offer. Egypt– June to August can be overwhelmingly hot, especially once you move away from the coast. Daily temperatures exceed 30ºC, but if you’re looking for a hot, relaxing beach holiday this may suit you nicely. – Temperatures between October and April are more enjoyable, especially when you consider most tourist attractions are located in the desert. – Shops, restaurants and attractions may have different opening hours during Ramadan (6 May-3 June 2019). Italy– Italy has a selection of mountain resorts with snowboarding, skiing and après ski options. January to March has the best weather, but it’s worth avoiding the February half term when school trips descend on the slopes.– For the popular cities of Rome, Venice, Pisa and Milan, visit in spring or early summer (April, May and June) to avoid the overcrowded (and often sweaty) streets. Brazil– The rainy season in the south lasts from October to January, but it arrives even earlier in the northeast of the country. Rain showers may be intense, but they pass relatively quickly.– Visit in September and early October to avoid the crowds, bypassing the winter months in the south and rain showers in the north – this is when the whole country is at its best. RelatedAlternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…When is the best time to visit India?The subcontinent of India has been capturing the hearts and minds of travellers for years. Colourful spice markets, elegant palaces and a rich cultural heritage make this a dream destination for everyone from budget backpackers to bourgeois yogis looking to find themselves.   Ladakh and the HimalayasFebruary to MayAgra and…How to search for multi stop flights with SkyscannerFind out how to use Skyscanner’s multi stop search tool to build your perfect trip. As the world’s largest continent, Asia has both a temperate seasonal climate to the east and a year-round summer in the south. You’ll be able to experience wet and dry seasons, avoid the monsoons and find the sun as you reach the equator – Asia has something for everyone. Photo credit: New Zealand – wnjay_wootthisak North America’s climate drastically differs, from Canada’s subzero winters to the humid tropics of the Caribbean. Then you’ve got the whole of the USA to consider. So whether you’re after a fly-and-flop beach getaway or an ice cool skiing holiday, there are many options available to you. Search flights to South AmericaFind hotels in South America All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 16 April 2019. New Zealand– February, as the last month of summer, has fewer crowds and some of the warmest temperatures. Waitangi Day, on 6 February, is New Zealand’s National Day. – Visit from November to February for the warmest weather (with November and December the more expensive and busiest months).– Queenstown kicks off snow season with a 10-day winter festival in June. Then skiing and snowing activities can take place up until August. Africa brings to mind dry, open plains and hot, really hot, temperatures, perfect for those summer travels. From once-in-a-lifetime safaris to the perfect white sands of the Seychelles, here are the best times to visit Africa. Botswana– For a safari, visit in Botswana’s dry season that runs from May to September. At this time of year, the days are sunny and clear, but remember that early morning game drives can be cold. – Avoid the rainy season of June to October when the Okavango Delta plains flood – that’ll quickly put a stop to your safari plans. Panama– January to March is the popular dry season and with less rain you’ll have clearer visibility for diving and snorkeling around the coast. – As May to December is when the tropical rains arrive, April is viewed as the midpoint between the busy dry season and before the wet season really gets going. Plus, Easter processions across the country add a celebratory touch to an April trip. When is the best time to visit… Africa? Photo credit: Chile – O’car Johann Campos Morocco– Avoid the hot summer months of June to August and visit in the shoulder seasons of March to May and September to October.– Spring is ideal for hiking activities when the mountains are green and lush but not too hot.– As a predominantly Muslim country, Ramadan will impact opening times of many attractions, restaurants and shops. The dates you need to know for 2019 are around 6 May-3 June. Kenya– For a safari, visit during the hot, drier months, when animals rely on watering holes and have less vegetation to hide in (January to March and July to October).– The wet season is divided into the long rains (April to June) and the short rains (November to December), but the added green landscapes and smaller crowds mean it’s still a good time to visit. When is the best time to visit… Oceania? Iceland– If the Northern Lights are on your bucket list (and they really should be), your best viewing opportunities are from late September to late March. – You’ll have an even higher chance during the Equinox (when the centre of the sun is directly above the earth’s equator). The Equinox occurs twice a day in March and September. Netherlands– As the nation is known for its tulips, arrive between mid-April and mid-May to see the famous flower in bloom.– Amsterdam’s Tulip Festival takes place between March and May every year 35 km from Amsterdam in the town of Lisse.– While you’ll get snow-sprinkled Insta pics, the day time temperature from December to February hovers just above freezing. The land down under is on its head to Europe, with summer running from December to February and winter from June to August. Spring and autumn switch places too. Australia’s large land mass plus New Zealand’s North and South Islands create a range of climates, from the tropics to the snow covered mountains. When is the best time to visit… Central America? It may seem obvious, but it’s worth remembering the seasons of South America are the opposite to the northern hemisphere – winter is from June to August and summer takes place between December and February. Although the closer to the equator you are, the more consistently hot it will be. Cyprus– Winters are mild in Cyprus and spring can arrive bright and early from February onwards on this Mediterranean island.– However, winter has the highest rainfall, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re on the hunt for winter sun.– For a summer visit, June hosts the Festival of the Flood (celebrating a certain Noah and his ark) with open-air fairs at most beach resorts. Search flights to AfricaFind hotels in Africa Photo credit: Lisbon – Sean Pavone ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Madagascar– The wet season runs from late December to March and often includes cyclones. – The north of the island is often hot and humid, whereas towards the east the weather tends to be wetter. The south of the island is much drier. – To see baby lemurs, visit from October to December when they’re still newborns and close to their mothers. Search flights to North AmericaFind hotels in North America Photo credit: Panama – Pablo García Saldaña Portugal– Avoid the summer crowds with a visit from March to early June, when temperatures are in the high teens.– Autumn has similar temperatures but often with more showers throughout the day. Mexico– For sunny weather and less rain, plan a trip between December and April (as the wet season runs from May to October).– For optimum weather and less crowds, visit from January to March to avoid the Christmas and spring break holiday rush. Search flights to Europe with the Skyscanner map searchFind hotels in Europe South Africa– March to May has warm dry weather across the country and avoids the tourist peak season that coincides with school holidays.– Summer in November and December can be very hot and you’ll find that the majority of visitors arrive around the Christmas holidays.– For a successful whale watching trip, visit from July to November. Germany– Forget the summer holidays, Germany is also worth considering later in the year, especially for Oktoberfest (which, you guessed it, occurs in October) and the many Christmas markets that pop up in December. – Spring attracts fewer crowds, making it the optimum time to travel, and it ends with the Karneval de Kulturen (festival of culture) in June. New York We’re all too familiar with the European climate, and its unpredictability, in the west. That’s why it’s imperative that you get the booking right. From snow sports in the Alps to tulip spotting in the Netherlands, here’s all you need to know about the optimum time to visit Europe. China – Hong Kong– Hong Kong’s peak season runs from October to mid-May and avoids the hottest and most humid summer months of July and August.– Before booking your travel, make sure you take Hong Kong’s national holidays into consideration: Golden Week (usually the first week of May), National Day (1 October) and Chinese New Year (which changes annually but falls between January and February) are when the locals are celebrating and travelling, with attractions and businesses changing their working hours. Search flights to Central AmericaFind hotels in Central America Greece– The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn still have warm weather and you’ll have the islands more or less to yourselves.– Autumn, especially September to mid-October, has the benefit of a sea that’s been heated up all summer long; sea temperatures sit at around 25°C. Ooh, toasty. When is the best time to visit… Asia? Search flights to AsiaFind hotels in Asia Indonesia– Indonesia is divided into two seasons, wet (October to April) and dry (May to September).– Although the high season of July and August brings more crowds, it also offers more parties and festivals for you to enjoy. Peru– Peru’s winter (May to September) is the dry season and the ultimate time to hike the Machu Picchu trail.– The summer months (December to March) may be warmer but also bring strong rainfall across the region. USA – San Francisco– Surprisingly, autumn (September to November) has warmer weather than the summer months. – The first weekend in October hosts a free music festival, the three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival takes place in Golden Gate Park. Turkey– Avoid the very hot summers (and crowds) with a trip between September and mid-November. Plus, join the locals in celebrating Republic Day on 29 October.– It’s worth noting that, as a predominantly Muslim country, some shops and restaurants may close early during Ramadan (6 May-3 June 2019). India– Avoid the wet monsoon season that runs from July to September with a trip from October to March.– If you’re thinking of visiting north west India, the winter months can be surprisingly cold so if you’re looking for some winter sun, maybe give this one a miss… or dig out those thermals.– Join the locals in celebrating Diwali, the five-day festival of light that begins on 27 October 2019. Australia– For such a big country, it’s worth remembering the tropical climate of Queensland is a lot hotter than Victoria’s Melbourne.– Winter (June to August) can bring cool temperatures to the south but summer can bring temperatures above 40ºC.– Spring and autumn have more pleasant temperatures across the country, with spring awakening local wildlife.– Australia’s summer (November to February) brings more crowds and higher prices in the south of the country, with long school holidays and locals travelling for Christmas and New Year.– For the Great Barrier Reef, avoid the stinger (jellyfish) season of November to May and rainy season (January to March) which has less visibility in some areas. – Avoid schoolies or leavers’ week (a week long party in late November/early December of high school leavers celebrating the end of their exams). If you’re planning a trip then, you’ll want to avoid the Gold Coast in Queensland and Victor Harbor in South Australia. When is the best time to visit… Europe? Croatia– Summer brings higher temperatures and more crowds, but the shoulder months of May and September are pleasantly warm and an ideal time to escape the tourists.– For Dubrovnik, visit in September or October when the cruise ships have left port and the city walls are quieter.– Across the colder winter months, most beaches and coastal resorts shut up shop and it’s not uncommon to find snow inland. Costa Rica– The dry season (January to April) coincides with Costa Rica’s peak tourist season, with perfect temperatures to explore the rainforest or lie on the beach.– January is viewed as optimum time, as the rainforests are lush following the wet season but the daily weather is dry and sunny.– The wet season (May to December) may be cheaper, but be warned if you’re around the forests as rain comes in by the bucket load. Pakistan– Winter brings snow to the region, whereas summer can be uncomfortably hot with temperatures reaching 40ºC. Travelling between May and October brings warm, pleasant weather across most of the country. – As a predominantly Muslim country, Ramadan is observed (6 May-3 June 2019) which may impact shop, restaurant and attraction opening times. Search flights to OceaniaFind hotels in Oceania Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels USA – Orlando – November to May has enjoyable weather and less rainfall than the summer months.– For Orlando’s theme parks, visit in January and February when the kids are in school and you’ll have shorter queues. Disney World’s Epcot also runs its International Festival of Arts towards the end of February. When is the best time to visit… South America? Thailand– Peak travel time for the dry, hot holiday climate is March to May. This is when you’ll also be able to join in with the Thai New Year celebrations on 13 April.– After the wettest months of September and October, you’ll find less crowds and cooler weather in November and December before the hot season fully kicks in. The Seychelles– April, May, October and November are the transition months between the humid and hot months (November to March) and the colder months (June to October).– October is the peak season for nature lovers, with sightings of whale sharks more common. It’s also when hawksbill turtles start laying their eggs. Central America has only two seasons – the dry and the wet. But even in the wet season you can have days of sun and blue skies… just with an hour of heavy rain in the afternoon. The cheaper wet season prices are still worth considering for a bargain trip, but we’d recommend packing your raincoat. Canada East – Toronto:– The harsh Canadian winters can bring a fair amount of snow to the city and temperatures can drop well below freezing.– From June to September weather is warm and pleasant, although July and August have the most rainfall.– For Niagara Falls, visit between June and August for the best weather, plenty of open attractions and shuttle bus options running from the city. West – Vancouver:– April to October has the most enjoyable weather (after the freezing winter has passed).– The whale watching season lasts from March to October, as the humpback, orcas, grey and minke whales migrate through Vancouver waters. Nicaragua– Nicaragua’s dry season can be extremely hot and popular as it attracts the most tourists.– The wet season (May to November) differs by coast. The Pacific coast often sees rain in the afternoon, while the mornings remain sunny and dry. The Atlantic coast is more prone to tropical storms in September and October, but can be hot and humid year-round. Spain– Visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn to avoid busy summer crowds (and the hottest temperatures).–  Holy week (the week preceding Easter) is celebrated across the country with each city and town holding a procession. The best celebrations of Semana Santa take place in Seville, although be aware that some businesses and restaurants may close early for the national holiday. Now to decide which country to visit. Search ‘Everywhere’ to find cheap flights: Japan– The popular cherry blossom season in late March/early April is a pretty time to visit, but the pink hues bring higher hotel prices and more tourists.– Summer can be overly hot, so take in the pleasant weather that early autumn offers and you’ll see the changing colour of the leaves.– Avoid Golden Week (normally the last week of April/beginning of May) when the country celebrates four national holidays in one week and the Japanese take advantage of travelling around the country to visit friends and family. Caribbean– High season across the Caribbean islands is from December to mid-April, with dry and less humid weather. It’s a peak time for sun hunters arriving from the northern hemisphere. – Avoid hurricane season that runs from June to November (with September and October bringing the worst storms). Unless you’re a crazy storm chaser of course. USA – Los Angeles– The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn allow for more breathable temperatures (in the low twenties), less crowds and more reasonable room rates.– Spring gives you the opportunity to go whale watching, while autumn is a surfer’s paradise with waves galore at the beaches. Although we’d recommend avoiding the Thanksgiving and Halloween rush in October. Photo credit: Kilimanjaro, Kenya – Sergey Pesterev When is the best time to visit… North America? Argentina– The Argentinian spring (September to November) gives good weather across the country.– If you’re keen to climb the Andes, summer (December to February) is the only time to climb the highest mountains. USA – Boston– June to October is prime time to visit, with baseball games, outdoor festivals and concerts bringing tourists into the city.– September and October are still warm (and less sweltering than July and August) with slightly fewer crowds and reduced hotel rates. Deciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all your favourite destinations. Pick your continent, find your country and get booking. Find your hire carDownload the Skyscanner app France– For plenty of snow sport options, the Alps have guaranteed snow with ski resorts open from late December to April.– As many of the French like to holiday in their own country (and who can blame them, it’s beautiful) the tourist peak season of mid-July to August is busy and often more expensive. Instead holiday from April to June or September to November for pleasant weather and less crowds. – For le capital, take your umbrella in May as Paris can be sprinkled with showers. USA – Miami– Florida has a hurricane season running from June to November, which is worth avoiding if you’re after good weather and a holiday without 80 mph winds.– Miami’s high season is the winter months (late November to February) when Americans flock south to the warmer weather. last_img read more

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London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLuxury goods retailer Asprey is collaborating with famed British artist Chris Levine, known primarily for using light as his canvas, to create a 3D portrait of Queen Elizabeth complete with 1,000 white brilliant-cut diamonds.Craftsmen from Asprey are working to install the diamonds into a piece of platinum, which will then serve as the recreation of the Queen’s diamond diadem, worn on her coronation sixty years ago.The piece, called The Diamond Queen, will be on display for four weeks from May 28 till June 27 before it is sold in late June.Proceeds from the sale will go towards two of Queen Elizabeth’s charities, The Woodland Trust and QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust).www.asprey.comlast_img read more

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Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrédérique Constant, the independent family owned watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, has signed Miss Earth Nicole Faria as global Brand Ambassador. Frédérique Constant hereby also seals its association with conservation and environmental projects in India as Nicole Faria is actively involved with earth-related initiatives. Frédérique Constant announced this partnership in Mumbai where it presented the stunning Nicole Faria a special Chocolate Double Heart Beat watch to commence their association.Miss Earth Nicole Faria, now Brand Ambassador, Frédérique Constant, said, “Time has always fascinated me. I was amazed to hear of the fact that Frédérique Constant is a rare brand that supports earth-related initiatives. I strongly believe that this earth is a legacy that we need to pass on to future generations and the time to act is now. Similarly Frédérique Constant is a brand that one would like to pass on to Gen-Next as a legacy. From the fashionista point of view, its classical styles is exactly what the Indian customer requires today.”Originally from Bangalore, Nicole Faria is passionate about modelling and improving the world. She strongly believes in the values of honesty, integrity and fair-play. Her dream is to leave a legacy of goodness, peace and happiness amongst people. She loves to learn from every experience and to grow in someway through everyone she meets. Some of her more memorable moments were when she won the Miss India crown in 2010 and later the Miss Earth title. Her hobbies include listening to music, dancing, reading and visiting orphanages.Sebastien Cretegny, International Sales Manager, Frédérique Constant, said, “In India, we decided to do something daringly different. When we met Miss Earth Nicole Faria, we felt that there was a sharing of passion, especially when she spoke about her conservation projects. I am proud to announce that this is the first time that Frédérique Constant has associated with a beauty pageant icon anywhere in the world and it happened in India. We have seen that Miss Earth Nicole Faria is very passionate about earth-related social causes such as global warming, environment hazards, pollution, etc. Most of the target customers we associate with are involved with such causes and initiatives. There is a need to create more awareness in a country like India about various aspects of the earth-related issues. We have just taken a step ahead and there will be continuity in thought process.”www.frederique-constant.comlast_img read more

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