in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development rolled out another confirmation hearing Thursday morning for two roles in the financial sector. Joseph Otting, former President and CEO of OneWest Bank—who’s tenure at the bank also coincided with Secretary of the Treasury Stephen Mnuchin—was nominated for Comptroller of the Currency; and the Honorable Randal Quarles was nominated to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Vice Chairman for the Supervision of the Board of Governors.As was expected, both men fielded inquiries regarding the roll back of Dodd-Frank Act rules and the overall loosening of financial regulations. Such topics have been popular amongst the Senate Committee as of late.Otting and Quarles received harsh questioning from Democrats, particularly from ranking member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who didn’t hesitate to voice his concerns in his opening remarks.“Mr. Otting’s bank made money by kicking seniors out of their homes, and then turned around and said the government made them do it,” he said. “[And] many of [Mr. Quarles’] statements leading up to the crisis lead me to wonder whether he was asleep at the switch or willfully turning a blind eye to Wall Street abuses.”Both men defended their past positions just before the crisis. Otting referenced a “false narrative” surrounding the actions of OneWest, while Quarles spoke of hindsight and unnamed political obstacles that forced caution when determining whether or not to push for regulatory reform.And while Otting and Quarles’ answers to the committee’s questions remained relatively ambiguous, citing need for further information or desire to sit down with the members and explore issues further due to the complicated nature of the subject, the two members agreed on numerous topics when pressed.First, both men thought that the bankruptcy code should be reexamined to ensure that government-backed financial institutions weren’t bailed out by tax-payer dollars, as well as the fact that regulations should be simplified and more transparent with clearly defined rules. Quarles in particular voiced his opinion that the stress test should be relaxed and given to the banks prior to the exam. Neither of the nominees denied that regulations were necessary, however, only that they needed to be reexamined.“As recognized by the Treasury report, regulatory policies enacted since the financial crisis have improved the safety and soundness of the financial system,” Quarles said. “But as with any complex undertaking, after the first wave of reform, and with the benefit of experience and reflection, some refinements will definitely be in order.”The next step in the nomination process will be a vote, after the committee has been given time to ask the nominees additional questions. No vote has been scheduled as of Thursday afternoon. Another Piece of the Puzzle Jospeh Otting Senate 2017-07-27 Joey Pizzolato July 27, 2017 639 Views
“Passing by the North Sea, the ship arrived at the port of Antwerp in Belgium, and according to data we were assured that the container had not been lowered in this city,” director of Anti-narcotics of Colombia, Fabián Cárdenas, was quoted as saying.He said that after a week the ship continued its course to the port of Rotterdam, where the seizure was made.The authorities intervened after the product was taken to a truck, at which time a chase was reportedly made to a warehouse on the outskirts of the port.Colombian authorities say they have not yet established which group of drug traffickers is responsible, although local media are speculating that it could be the “Gulf Clan”.It has become increasingly common to find shipments of fresh fruit carrying hidden drugs to Europe or the United States. Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … You might also be interested in U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … December 12 , 2018 Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … More than one ton of cocaine has reportedly been discovered in a Colombian avocado shipment in the Dutch port of Rotterdam following a joint operation between the two countries.The seizure of 1,188 kilos of the drug was made based on information provided by the Colombian Anti-Narcotics Police who had warned of the shipment coming from Antioquia, publication El Tiempo reported.The drugs, which were reportedly valued at US$40 million, were found in a shipment of 35 metric tons (MT) of avocados from the South American country.Eight Dutch citizens were arrested in the port, through which a large proportion of European avocado imports pass. Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral …
0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The only thing that went right for the Arizona Cardinals in Saturday’s preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers was the running game. Now, even that positive is thrown for a loop with the news that first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper has a broken leg and could be out for the season.There are some ways to sugar coat the news: “At least it happened before first cuts” or “thankfully Paul Fanaika has had a good camp.” But those phrases hardly sweeten the word “devastating.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling This offensive line is simply too weak to survive an injury to its best player. – / 30 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cooper has been great in camp. His specialty has been the run game. He’s constantly the first non-ball carrier down the field to throw an extra block, extending the play.The big question now: What happens next? I think Daryn Colledge will move to left guard. That’s the position he’s played most of his career. Sure, there’s an argument to be made for replacing Cooper with a player from the bench versus moving two players (Colledge from right to left and a player from bench to starter). I don’t subscribe to that thinking because Colledge will immediately adjust. Plus, Colledge has been out with a broken leg and Paul Fanaika has been spending most of practice at right guard. Fanaika is ready to play right guard so don’t move him to left.The big reason to move Colledge to left guard is Levi Brown. Brown is one of the top 32 left tackles in football. However, there are only 32. He is a major weakness on that line. It would be a mistake to replace Cooper with a less-experienced player. Colledge is familiar with Brown. They worked together for the 2011 season.The Cooper injury affects every aspect of the offense. Play action has been a major success in the preseason. Teams won’t need to honor the run game as much without Cooper. As the run game slips, so does the effectiveness of play action. Head coach Bruce Arians loves the deep ball but it will be harder for quarterback Carson Palmer to have the time to step up in the pocket. Penalties normally increase (e.g. false starts, holding) when you have to reach to fill a spot vacated by a player as good as Cooper. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOK
Bundy played 50 games at New Mexico. In his final collegiate season, Bundy caught seven passes for 110 yards. He caught 31 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns in college. He participated in the Cardinals rookie mini-camp in May on a tryout. The Boulder Creek High School alum earned first-team All-Section 3 honors and was an honorable mention All-State selection in his senior season of high school.Zimmerman signed with the Cardinals on Jan. 5, but was released by the team on May 4. He started at Oregon State University for three seasons, including his final 38 collegiate games. He finished his career at Oregon State with 266 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and 12 passes defended.The Cardinals had a trio of open roster spots after waiving guard Edawn Coughman, receiver Chris King and safety Brandon Person Wednesday. The Arizona Cardinals announced the signings of three players on Thursday.The team reached deals with guard Jake Bernstein, wide receiver Marquis Bundy and safety Tyrequek Zimmerman.Bernstein played 48 games at the University of Vanderbilt. He finished his collegiate career with 34 consecutive starts, with his final 24 coming at left guard. He led the Vanderbilt offensive line with 63 pancake blocks in his senior season, while helping sophomore running back Ralph Webb run for 1,152 yards (second-highest in school history). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share New Mexico’s Marquis Bundy (81) is tackled by Wyoming’s Tyran Finley (5) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Laramie, WY. (AP Photo/Michael Smith)
Long before he was tearing up the National Football League, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was dominating at the high school level.Fitzgerald attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota where he played for coach Ray Betton.Betton is now the head coach at Shakopee High and sees great potential in junior-to-be Garrett Mitchell, who like Fitzgerald, plays wide receiver and linebacker in high school. For a piece on The Player’s Tribune, Fitzgerald goes back to Minnesota to meet Mitchell, watch film and give him some pointers on how to improve as he enters the season.Fitzgerald writes:During my childhood, a lot of older friends and mentors inspired me by providing words of encouragement. I think it’s important for me to do the same for the younger generation because I know those words played a big role in my journey to the NFL.If I see a young man who has great potential and there’s something that I can say to motivate him, I believe I have the responsibility to speak up. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
– / 22 Robison looks genuinely concerned he that he might-ve just ended that man’s life, but in the brevity of what a Vine clip can provide us, it appears that Joseph was just fine to keep on running.Here’s to hoping FOX sound guy is alright.It’s apparent his glasses aren’t. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Watch out!The Minnesota Vikings in their spiffy new stadium were pumped to run out of the hull of their Viking ship of a tunnel before their showdown against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Unfortunately, this not-so-aware FOX sound guy attempted to cross in their path.That’s 329-pound Linval Joseph and 259-pound Brian Robison leveling the man in the green vest. Eyeing the poor fellow, he’s probably 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds or so. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo for those asking, the Fox sound guy is ok. He’s gonna need new glasses though pic.twitter.com/uscqXzfMBy— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 20, 2016
Carson Palmer with the back, back, back shoulder throw. 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZWW0lvkjYY— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) October 15, 2017This is how good of a day it was for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.His team led 24-0 in the third quarter when, at the 17-yard line, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher burst through the O-line up the middle, putting a 2nd-and-7 in jeopardy. But Palmer dropped back, loaded up and lofted a ball to the right pylon toward receiver John Brown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Tampa Bay rookie defensive back Justin Evans in coverage and sprinting with Brown, the back-shoulder toss by Palmer allowed Brown to hit the brakes, turn and grab the ball to walk into the end zone easily as Evans streaked past him.The pass, Palmer’s 14th on the day, was also his 14th completion. Three of those passes went for touchdowns as Arizona scored the first 31 points in the 38-33 win.Palmer played behind a healthier offensive line, and the addition of running back Adrian Peterson, who eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the third quarter, didn’t hurt, either.Palmer’s 15th passing attempt, a deep ball to J.J. Nelson, was intercepted.The quarterback finished 18-of-22 for 283 yards on the day. – / 37 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
One of the San Francisco 49ers best wide receivers has been deemed out for Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.Goodwin suffered from a leg injury all week and ESPN’s Adam Shefter tweeted that despite his tag as questionable in the 49ers injury report, he will not play due to injuries to his quad and hamstring.Despite catching only five passes in three games this season for 54 yards and one touchdown, the speedster had an exceptional season in his first year in San Francisco last year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) holds up a fist as he stands with teammates Kendrick Bourne (84) and Joe Williams (32) as the national anthem is played before an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Goodwin caught 56 passes for 962 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.Related LinksWeek 5 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ersHe was slated alongside Pierre Garcon as the top two receiving threats from the wide receiver position for the 49ers coming into the year.Goodwin broke into the NFL scene as a third round pick in 2013 out of Texas. He was a two time NCAA champion in the long jump and posted what was then the third-fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL combine history at 4.27. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has officially opened its spectacular new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport, offering guests a stylish, comfortable environment in which they can relax, re-energise, dine, work or be entertained pre-flight.A natural light-filled space with floor-to-ceiling glass, it offers expansive views across the runway. At more than 800 square metres with seating capacity for up to 133 guests, it is the airline’s largest Premium Lounge outside Abu Dhabi.A centrepiece of the new lounge is the intimate 26-seat dining area. Here guests will enjoy the airline’s signature hospitality with restaurant-style à la carte dining and an international buffet.The kitchen prides itself on making everything in house. Professional chefs prepare each dish on site using the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce. This includes bread – fresh-baked twice daily – grissini breadsticks; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush and muhammara; pickles; labneh; cookies; and even ice-cream.Cheeses, fruits and vegetables are sourced from Victorian suppliers and coffee is from a Melbourne-based roaster.Another striking feature is the sculptural showcase bar, stocked with wines from Victorian makers and more than 70 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs. A bespoke cocktail menu is also available. The innovative selection, developed in partnership with leading London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement, includes one-of-a-kind cocktails with destination-inspired names like Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and New York, and mocktails called Abu Dhabi, Controlled Airspace and Winglet. The cocktails and mocktails, like the food on the lounge menu, are all handmade by specially trained mixologists, using syrups and garnishes such as candy floss and dehydrated rhubarb that are made in-house. For the traditionalists, the bar offers a selection of ‘modern classics’, such as the Mach 10 Mojito, also conceived and developed by Fluid Movement. Negroni lovers will be delighted to know their favourite aperitif is mixed, barrelled and aged behind the bar.From an interior design perspective, the principles of style, space and serenity are complemented by Etihad Airways’ distinctive ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ branding. With its geometric patterns and colour palette inspired by the UAE landscape, it is the ultimate expression of 21st century Abu Dhabi modernism.Custom furnishings – by Boss – offer lounge guests a choice of seating styles, each designed for maximum comfort while dining, working and relaxing.With the commencement of A380 services from 1 June, guests in The Residence will enjoy the exclusivity of a private lounge – discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entry. With custom-made arm chairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather, plush soft furnishings, its own restroom and separate entry, The Residence Lounge embodies the bespoke luxury and personalised service that is synonymous with the airline’s most exclusive hospitality experience.Other amenities in the main lounge include separate male and female restrooms with shower facilities and Scaramouche + Fandago products, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a children’s playroom, and a luggage room.High speed Wi-Fi connectivity is complimentary and multi-zone electric and USB power outlets are conveniently located throughout the lounge.Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Marketing, who cut the ceremonial ribbon with Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi at today’s official opening said: “The new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport is in a class of its own – it is the airport lounge as it is commonly known, totally reimagined.“Blending the best of a fine dining restaurant and a chic city cocktail bar, this lounge is a showcase of intelligent design and sophistication where guests will enjoy the highest levels of comfort and luxury, complemented by our world-class hospitality, culinary innovation and cutting-edge beverage technology.“At the same time, it has a strong local feel with the freshest produce, cheeses and wines – sourced from growers, makers and suppliers throughout the state of Victoria – offering our guests a tantalising taste of the state’s renowned culinary culture.“The opening of this remarkable new facility and the launch of our flagship A380 services on 1 June, offer travellers on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route our most compelling guest experience proposition ever.”Guests in The Residence, First Apartments and Business Studios will be invited to visit the lounge pre-flight. Platinum, Gold and Silver members of Etihad Guest and eligible members of Etihad Airways Partners and partner airline loyalty programmes will also be able to use the lounge when travelling in Economy Class. Guests must be booked on an Etihad Airways-operated flight on the same day.Located in Terminal 2 adjacent to gate 10, the lounge will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways’ twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights.The new facility adds to the airline’s expanding portfolio of premium lounges in Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris, Washington DC and New York. A new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport and a new First and Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles will follow in the coming months.Etihad Airways commenced daily flights to Melbourne in March 2009. Today, it operates double daily, non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond to the GCC, Africa and Europe. It is the only airline offering double daily non-stop flights between Melbourne and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE flag carrier will introduce its flagship Airbus A380 to Melbourne from 1 June 2016 bringing to the route The Residence, the world’s only private three-room cabin on a commercial aircraft.In addition to double daily services to Melbourne, Etihad Airways operates daily flights to Brisbane and to Perth and 11 weekly services to Sydney. Its equity partner airline, Virgin Australia, operates an additional three weekly services between Sydney and Abu Dhabi.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterEntries are open for the Luxperience Awards, run in conjunction with the annual luxury travel expo, Luxperience. The Awards recognise the industry’s endeavours and the evolution of luxury travel while highlighting the shining stars and visionaries of the premium leisure and experiential travel markets.“This year our Awards will align with our theme for 2018: The Blue Print – A World Re-Designed,” Michelle Papas, Event Director at Luxperience, said.“We’re taking Luxperience and the industry, to the next dimension: providing the framework, the connections and collaboration to create exclusive experiences and unique opportunities for the end consumer. The Awards will emphasise this by acknowledging the architects and creative designers re-imagining and motivating the experiential, luxury travellers’ behaviours.“The Awards component of Luxperience is now in its fourth year and winning one of the Awards is now a highly sought after accolade,” Papas said.“We’re expecting submissions from some of the world’s most impressive suppliers in the global premium travel arena. With the involvement of our new Diamond Partner, Tourism Australia, we are anticipating an avalanche of entries from Australian elite suppliers.“These Awards recognise not only their efforts but the evolution of luxury travel and highlight the trendsetters of this uber-luxe community,” Papas adds. “Our winners set industry standards for inspiration, innovation and quality, raising the bar for others to emulate.”Awards are open to both leisure and business event specialists emphasising the impact and influence of luxury travel across both segments. Submissions must be received by 3 August, 2018 to be included in the judging.The full list of Award Categories are:Inspiring AwardMeaningful AwardConnections AwardOutstanding Destination AwardThe Inspiring Award will recognise a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that best demonstrates excellence in the planning and development of innovative products, events and services, acknowledging entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness.The Meaningful Award will pay tribute to a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that contributes to a greater understanding of history, heritage and culture, incorporating elements such as sense of community, experiential travel or social responsibility within their program or product.The Connections Award will recognise a successful marketing strategy and campaign, both from the buyer or supplier side, which effectively connect with key target markets within the luxury or high end experiential travel space or events and incentives areaIn addition to these awards, Luxperience will recognise an Outstanding Destination, which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism or business events within their country or region.The invitation-only business forum, taking place in Sydney on 16-19 September, 2018, is the only one of its kind based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel and business event providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.For more information on submissions click hereGo back to the enewsletter
British Airways (BA) is set to launch an additional route through its new OpenSkies airline with a new flight to Amsterdam from New York.This is the second route to New York JFK airport that has been launched by the service, which is due to commence on October 15th.The carrier already runs flights to New York from Paris Orly.OpenSkies operates with a three-cabin service that includes business class, premium economy and a smaller economy section.The launch of the new service by BA follows the £54 million purchase of business class carrier L’Avion, which will be incorporated into OpenSkies.BA launched its new subsidiary to take advantage of the EU-US open skies agreement designed to open up the transatlantic aviation market.OpenSkies, which was launched last month, will run its services to New York alongside the established L’Avion routes. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA acquires L’AvionBA acquires L’AvionOpenSkies launches second routeOpenSkies has launched its newest service between the US and Europe with flights to Amsterdam from New YorkOpenSkies gains US approvalOpenSkies gains US approval
North Carolina, The Hunger Games (2012)The smash hit of this year, The Hunger Games has already generated a great deal of interest in western North Carolina where it was filmed. Even without the peacekeepers, mockingjays and colourful citizens of The Capitol, holidaymakers can follow in Katniss and Peeta’s footsteps and bring the film to life when visiting the places featured in the film.The main site used was the DuPont State Recreational Forest, the location of the outdoor arena in The Hunger Games, in which tributes from each district (one boy and one girl) had to compete in a televised fight to the death. You can even find Katniss’s pond – the location from the fireball sequence in the film.Bali Eat, Pray, Love (2010)The exotic Island of Bali was the last stop for Julia Roberts’s character in the cult hit Eat, Pray, Love, a story following the life of Liz Gilbert – post divorce – in her quest of ‘finding herself’. Amidst the lush green rice paddies, volcanic peaks and tranquil temples, Gilbert found real peace and spirituality through yoga and meditation with her spiritual guide; it’s also, of course, where she fell in love with hunky Felipe (played by Javier Bardem). The film caused a surge in tourism to the island with the province’s tourism agency reporting a huge increase in the number of visitors after the movie was released; especially tourists looking for self-discovery, healing, and an escape from daily life – just like Gilbert was.Hawaii, The Descendants (2012)Set amidst the stunning scenery of Oahu, The Big Island and Kauai – dubbed the ‘garden island’ – The Descendants is a story of heartache in paradise. The film follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads, when Matt King (played by George Clooney) loses his wife in a boating accident off Waikiki.Director of photography Phedon Papamichael divided the film between two Hawaii’s: the more hectic, citified Hawaii of Honolulu and the stunning, natural haven of Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai, draped with verdant, tropical rainforests and surrounded by sapphire seas. The film is already doing wonders for tourism to Hawaii, with Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB) already expecting a big boost in tourism to the ‘garden island’. RelatedStar Wars: 12 incredible filming locations around the worldSeeing as it’s Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you and all that jazz), we’ve searched our planet for the most spectacular destinations to feature in the films. Put your Star Wars knowledge to the test and be amazed by what these filming locations look like in real-life!6 places from the UK’s most romantic films that you can actually visitRomantic gestures need not cost a fortune or involve travelling very far. Visit these famous film locations from some of cinemas’ soppiest blockbusters, right here in the UK, and save yourself some cash while winning a few hearts. What’s there not to love? Here’s your ticket to romantic superstardomSet Jetter: 10 movie destinations to visitwners Direct introduce their top movie destinations to help remind you of some of the places you promised to visit. Paris, Midnight in Paris (2011)Anyone who has a penchant for Paris will fall even more in love with the city after watching Woody Allen’s new film – Midnight in Paris. Released in 2011, the film stars Gil (played by Owen Wilson) – a struggling writer who is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920s, when artists and writers flocked to the City of Lights in a celebrated period of creativity.For Gil, the romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with his impatient, unimaginative future wife, especially after he begins to have magical experiences that take him back in time each night at midnight. Filming locations included the grand Chateau de Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny, Musée Rodin as well as countless cobbled streets, jazz bars and classy hotels. In fact, the whole film is one long love letter to the city.Dartmoor, War Horse (2011)Following phenomenal success as a West-End production, War Horse, written by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, hit the big screens in 2011. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows the story of a young man named Albert and his remarkable friendship with a horse named Joey. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he comes in contact with, before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.Although set in Devon, most of the filming took place in Dartmoor predominantly around Meavy and Sheepstor and War Horse features beautiful, panoramic vistas of the rolling landscape throughout the film. The setting clearly inspired Steven Spielberg as he was quoted as saying: “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The locations and settings of films can act as a source of travel inspiration, making you want to follow in the footsteps of the characters that you watch on screen. From the rice paddies of Bali in Eat, Pray, Love to the sun-kissed sands of Hawaii, which featured in The Descendants, Sarah Gibbons, editor of Travelbite.co.uk, picks out her top 5 film-inspired holiday destinations.
1. Oslo, Norway from £40*Today, Oslo is a thoroughly pleasant and green city packed with hip coffee shops and chic clothing stores – but when it was founded 1000 years ago, it was a considerably-less-chic Viking stronghold, full of warriors who couldn’t tell a flat white from a mochaccino. They could probably handle a battle axe a darn sight better than a hipster could, however. King Harald III (aka Harald Hadrada) established a trading outpost at Oslo in 1048, in between terrorising residents on the Danish coast, but in 1066 he turned his nefarious attention towards England. Ultimately, Harald, and with him the Viking Age, was brought to a violent end by the English king Harold (with an ‘o’), who himself was smited mightily just days later at the Battle of Hastings. You can find out all about Oslo’s fascinating and bloody Viking past at the city’s Historical Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm; adults 80 krone), which boasts the only complete Viking helmet ever found, and make sure to see the stunningly preserved 9th-century Viking longboats at the Viking Ship Museum (open daily 9am to 6pm; adults 80 krone). And if you just can’t get enough Haralds in your life, take a guided tour of the Royal Palace (open daily 11am (12pm on Fridays) to 5pm; adults 85 krone), which is home to Norway’s King Harald V.Read more about the best things to do in Oslo RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in OsloSitting pretty on the banks of Oslofjord, Norway’s essential city break destination combines natural beauty with avant-garde flair. Explore folklore, forested islands and ‘new Nordic’ food with our top suggestions on what to do in Oslo.Bargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | Prague5 Flights for £60 or lessLooking for a great value getaway? Then we’ve got a flight for you: 5. Gothenburg, Sweden from £67Sweden’s second city is nicknamed ‘little London’, and it has more than enough gentility and handsome buildings to spare. In Trädgårdsföreningen park it has the Swedish equivalent of London’s Kew Gardens, and the comparisons don’t end there – this elegant botanical garden is even home to a 19th-century palm house that was built in the style of London’s long-lost Crystal Palace. Thankfully, this version is still standing, unlike the London original – which was lost to fire in 1936 after a mysterious explosion in the women’s cloakroom. To add a bit of glamour to your Gothenburg trip, make sure to stop off at Karingo Oyster Bar, where you can indulge in oysters with champagne – all served in a hot tub.Want more Sweden? Read about the top 10 things to do in the nation’s capital, Stockholm 4. Copenhagen, Denmark from £61We already know that nudism is de rigeur on the paradise beaches of Formentera, but did you know that naturism is hugely popular in the rather less hospitable climes of Denmark? Nudism is perfectly acceptable in the country, so don’t be surprised to see young and old baring all on the nation’s beaches – although naturists are expected to retain consideration for the clothed by remaining at a reasonable distance. Amagur Beach Park right in the centre of Copenhagen is probably the city’s most popular beach, but if it’s naturism you’re after, then the most popular nude beaches are much further along the coast at Tannisbugten and Skagen. However, if you fancy releasing your inner nude in the inner city, then head to the Frederiksberg Swimming Baths on Sunday evenings, when the Danish Naturist Association organises skinny dipping – followed by a nude sauna.Read more about how to get around Copenhagen on a budget 6. Helsinki, Finland from £108Probably the most exciting thing about Helsinki is that it’s home to an utterly massive sea fort called Suomenlinna (free entry; check website for opening times). This impressive fortification can be found on an island just a short ferry ride away from the city, and in the past it was fiercely fought over by the Russians and Swedes – although since 1973 it has been open to civilians. Nowadays you’re far more likely to see picnicking city dwellers than marauding Russians, and the island has become a hotspot for artists – there’s even a theatre. But perhaps its star attraction is a decommissioned submarine, which offers a rare opportunity to witness life from the perspective of a sardine.Read more about the top nine things to do in Helsinki Get more tips on how to grab a bargain flight:Find cheap flights with the Skyscanner Best Time to Book toolGet the best air fares with Skyscanner Price AlertsThe Skyscanner guide to finding a late deal20 money saving travel tips and secrets*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK between 11th and 30th August.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 Map 2. Ibiza, Spain from £59Ibiza is famous as a party island (check out our guide to Ibiza’s clubs), but if you want a quieter, more relaxing holiday, then its tiny neighbour, Formentera, is the place to go. This diddy island just to the south of Ibiza is only 19 kilometres across, but it harbours some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean. The Aquabus will get you there from Ibiza in around 40 minutes (19 euros return), then it’s a case of hiring a bike or scooter to get around the beaches. Playa Illetes is probably the highlight – a beautiful stretch of white sand with none of the gaudy hotels and sunbeds you might expect, just a few simple restaurants built from wood. Prudes beware, however: like many of Formentera’s beaches, Illetes is unofficially nudist. Should you tire of checking out naked sunbathers, head to the excellent artisans’ market at El Pilar de la Mola (Wednesday and Sunday afternoons).Read more about the most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands 3. Faro, Portugal from £59Faro is the gateway to the stunning beaches of the Algarve – spread along 200 kilometres of coastline, there are dozens of golden beaches backed by soaring cliffs. Some of the highlights include Praia da Rocha, which is a huge expanse of relatively uncrowded sand near Portimao, and Praia da Marinha, which lies just east of Carvoeiro and has plenty of underwater crevices for snorkellers to explore. Praia do Castelo is another secluded gem that remains fairly quiet despite its proximity to the package-holiday haven of Albufeira. But if you get bored of beautiful beaches – conceivably this could happen, however unlikely it seems – then the Algarve has plenty of history to uncover. The Castle of Silves near Portimao (entry fee approximately 3 euros) was built between the 8th and 13th centuries and is one of the most well preserved Moorish fortifications in the area. And who doesn’t love a Moorish fortification?Read more about the best beaches in Portugal
3. Because you can experience Santa Monica and Los Angeles without a carAlthough may people immediately associate Los Angeles with freeways and traffic, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to arrive at the western end of Route 66 and discover that Santa Monica is entirely accessible without a car. The city’s 8.3 square miles are best explored on foot or by bike, and the majority of Santa Monica’s hotels are close to the city’s top shopping, outdoor activities, entertainment and dining. The newly opened Expo Line in Downtown Santa Monica provides rail service to the city for the first time in over 50 years. Visitors and locals are now able to take advantage of a daily service between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica in only 46 minutes, no matter the time of day. With consistent access to Los Angeles’s growing rail network, visitors will find it easier than ever to base their stay on the beach while enjoying convenient and car-free access to the rest of Los Angeles. Want to see what Santa Monica’s like for yourself? Keep reading and watch our video guide 1. Because you’ll get sun, sea and sandSanta Monica is where the city meets the sea. Its three and a half miles of glistening coastline dazzle on more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The wide beaches stretch north and south from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, while the adjacent oceanfront bike path offers an easy cruise through one of the most scenic backdrops in the world. Don’t forget to hit Perry’s on the Beach, where beach butlers will set up your lounge chairs, coolers and serve you delicious snacks – all you need to worry about is getting those toes in the sand. 5. Because you’ll stay in styleSanta Monica is home to one of the most unique, celebrated hotel collections in all of California. The city’s 38 hotels range from world-famous oceanfront resorts to more budget-friendly stays. Check out the classic rooms at the historic Hotel Carmel, in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica just one block from the beach. Best Western Plus Gateway’s central location on Santa Monica Boulevard offers modern double rooms at affordable prices, while The Comfort Inn’s outdoor pool is always a hit with holidaymakers. The newly-renovated Le Meridien Delfina’s contemporary style is complete with cabana beds. For stylish suites, book at Doubletree Suites Santa Monica, or experience mid-century luxury at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow’s newly renovated bungalow suites. This article was produced in conjunction with and paid for by British Airways and Santa Monica Tourist Board, who also supplied the images.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 Map Now see if you can resist Santa Monica… RelatedLA life: Explore the best neighbourhoods in Santa MonicaThinking of taking a trip to Santa Monica? Find out what the LA lifestyle is all about by checking out one of these eight unique neighbourhoods: 1. Montana Avenue 2. Pico Boulevard 3. Wilshire Boulevard 4. Main Street 5. Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade 6. Santa Monica Pier…Winter sun stars: 5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter bluesSitting, staring out of the window dreaming of white sand against bright blue skies? Yeah, us too. But wait, those beaches are not a figment of your imagination – and it’s entirely possible to escape the dreary British weather for one of those exotic, sandy hotspots with long, sun-drenched days.…Top 15 attractions and things to do in Sal, Cape VerdeThe Cape Verde islands, or Cabo Verde (as they’re locally known) truly earn their nickname with the glorious weather, vibrant Creole culture and snow-white beaches of Sal. Throw in a short flight time from the UK (around six hours), and it’s a no-brainer why the island’s becoming one of the… 2. Because you’ll live the healthy Santa Monica lifestyleSanta Monica has been the home of pioneering fitness and nutritional practices since the 1920s, and continues to be a centre for wellbeing to this day. Trying one of the city’s innovative workout options for yourself is the best way to get into a healthy mindset and experience the culture of this wellness hub. Try your hand on the famous rings at the original Muscle Beach at the foot of the Pier, or learn to surf or paddleboard on Santa Monica’s gentle waves. Break a sweat at one of Santa Monica’s countless yoga and spin studios, go for a run along the beach, or work those obliques during a thrilling flying trapeze class on the Pier. Grab a post-workout green juice, or fill up on some of the healthiest cuisine around at one of the city’s many renowned vegan or raw restaurants. 4. Because you’ll find plenty of things to doYou won’t sit for long in Santa Monica – there’s too much to do. You can’t miss the famous Pacific Park amusement arcade on the Pier, with its brightly painted roller coaster and the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. Get behind two wheels on the longest oceanfront bike path in the world, or head to the pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade to shop and people watch. Santa Monica is also home to eight distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique character and plenty of visitor attractions. Check out the eclectic bars on Main Street, the high-end boutiques of Montana Avenue, or discover Mid-City’s art scene just for starters. No trip to Santa Monica is complete without experiencing the city’s thriving culinary scene, fueled by celebrity chefs, culinary innovators, and access to some of the finest produce in the world at the city’s four weekly farmers markets.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrom June 21 to 24, 2012, the charming island of Isla Mujeres, just off of Mexico’s eastern Quintana Roo shores, will host its fifth Whale Shark Festival. The annual celebration of these majestic creatures—affectionately known as “dominoes” for their spotted skin—will feature local cuisine, art, dance and, of course, the awe-inspiring opportunity to snorkel alongside the whale sharks.In addition to immersing participants in the cultural traditions and stunning natural environs of this magical Mexican locale, the festival raises awareness of sustainable tourism, ocean conservation and wildlife protection. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to environmental non-profit organizations, and eco-focused activities for kids will be on offer through festival sponsor Amigos de Isla Contoy, A.C.“Sustainable ecotourism engages guests in the effort to preserve the culture of Isla Mujeres, their way of life and the marine environment,” said John Vater, who co-founded Ceviche Tours, an ecotourism travel agency, with his wife Adriana and longtime friend and Isla Mujeres native Luis “Cuco” Refugio and his family.As many as 1,400 whale sharks make their way through the waters north of Isla Mujeres every summer, and the festival is the perfect opportunity to witness, marvel at and celebrate the graceful animals. For the scientifically minded, the event offers various fascinating presentations delivered by experts in marine biology, the ecosystem and Mayan culture.whalesharkfest.com
The Manufacture Jaeger LeCoultre – reference of Swiss Haute Horlogerie – opened during the month of July, the first Boutique in Mexico, located at Av. Presidente 440 Masaryk, Polanco; a new location for luxury in Mexico.With a space of over 120m2, the new boutique will become a place of numerous encounters for collectors and lovers of High-end Watchmaking. In this exclusive location people will be able to experience and discover the great icons of the Manufacture: the “Reverso” watch or the “101” watch (with the smallest mechanical caliber in the world), the high complications, high jewelry pieces, the “Atmos” clocks, and the special editions, created exclusively for the Jaeger LeCoultre Boutiques.The brand’s collection will be presented in a perfect ambiance of Art Deco type symmetry, designed for each element of the Boutique, from the elevated displays and entrances to the most minimal detail. The dark and ocher shades of the wood are associated with materials resembling the skin, hickory, steel and panels brought from India, which transmit the calm and serenity of the Vallée de Joux, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the “artisans of the time.”In the new Boutique one will be able to discover the authentic universe of the “Grande Maison”, a constant search for innovation and quality, an impeccable customer service, and the most extensive watch collection.With the opening of this new location – the largest in Latin America -, Jaeger LeCoultre will now have 40 Boutiques worldwide. Along with the recent inaugurations in Macau and Hong Kong, this Jaeger LeCoultre Boutique in Mexico will be the newest reference within the world of High-end Watchmaking.www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
No longer just Yoko Ono’s, Porsche Design has now resurrected the P’8479 frames long made famous by the pop icon. Once pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone, this unisex, retro-inspired style’s timing couldn’t be more fitting, given the ’80s revival that has exploded into more than just a trend this season.In a sea of aviator and acetate designs, the P’8479 is the ideal choice for finishing off a more modern but luxe look. Porsche Design has long been known as a luxury brand with a particular focus on technically-advanced products. Made from state-of-the-art materials like Beta-Titanium, commonly used in space travel technology, the P’8479 edition manages to bring a past era in sunglasses into a new century.Established with a technical eye in 1972 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, Porsche Design Group—the self-titled “Engineers of Focus”—continue to prove they can keep raising the bar, in terms of the principles the group was founded under: A functional, timeless, purist approach to design. Durable yet lightweight, the P’8479 is a testament to the Austrian craft and sensibility that seeps into the entire product range, from men’s accessories to electronics.Launched this fall, the sunglasses can be found in exclusive retail outlets, department stores and of course, Porsche’s own locations worldwide and retail for around $419. Both flexible in their mechanics and entirely versatile, these P’8479 shades (or Yoko Ono sunglasses to those who once sported a pair) will wear just as good on the slopes this winter as they will driving in your hard-top the following season.Visit www.porsche.com for more information.
A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold at auction for a record figure – 9,020,000 Euro. The car, one of just 22 similar models built at Maranello, boasts an important race history in North and South America. It debuted at the Buenos Aires 1000 Km in 1958 where it came 4th overall before being sold to a US client who raced it extensively in the SCCA championship.The 250 Testa Rossa went under the hammer over 2 million Euro higher than the previous record set last year for the ex-James Coburn 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider which fetched 7.040 million.With this new record, the Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction organized by RM Auctions in collaboration with Sotheby’s has once more demonstrated that it is the top venue for collectors and enthusiasts of the marque.www.ferrari.com
New York, NY – Jewels from the collection of Madison Avenue jeweler, Stephen Russell, will appear in the Metropolitan Opera Opening Event tonight.The opening gala of the company’s 125th season will star Renee Fleming in three of her most acclaimed roles. Ms. Fleming will be wearing a selection of Antique jewels from the Stephen Russell collection during her performance.Stephen Russell is internationally known for offering the finest jewels of the past and present. Stemming from an appreciation of fine art and design, they offer extraordinary examples from influential periods of design including Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro pieces that continue to infiltrate today’s style. Their admiration of Old World jewelry continues to inspire them to find today’s most exceptional jewels and to continue to create innovative, yet wearable new designs that will transcend generations to come.The Stephen Russell collection has become one of the most important fine jewelry collections in the world and has been featured in international exhibitions, museums, as well as today’s highest luxury and fashion magazines.
The perils of live microphones tripping up NBC’s Olympics NEW YORK, N.Y. – Every two years, a miracle of technology unfolds: televising and streaming an Olympics with miles of cable, hundreds of cameras and producers who make split-second decisions on which pictures to beam halfway around the world.So it’s with a certain irony that when NBC has had problems in Pyeongchang, it has all been very simple: one person, one live microphone and some 20 million critics. The network has apologized — or not — for a handful of gaffes seen as insults by South Koreans, by the Dutch, by women athletes, by ski fans.Live television and the risks that it brings are nothing new. The climate surrounding it is.“Live TV used to be fleeting,” says Brett Kurland, a broadcast professor and director of sports programs at Arizona State University. “Something would happen, and you would either see it or you didn’t. Now if you say something that someone doesn’t like, they’ll cut it into a GIF and post it on the Internet. Before you know it, it blows up on your Twitter feed.”He adds: “Everyone is aware that you’re just a screen grab away from infamy.”NBC’s first problem came from an unexpected source, an expert on Asia assigned to provide context about the host country during the opening ceremony. Joshua Cooper Ramo has impeccable credentials — educated at the University of Chicago, a former Time magazine foreign editor, now a top executive at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm.When pictures of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on the screen, Ramo noted that Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, “but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.”That angered many South Koreans who caught wind of Ramo’s remark and resented their country’s treatment by the occupying force. NBC quickly apologized. Ramo hasn’t been heard from since on the network, although NBC said he was not contracted to work beyond the opening ceremony.NBC has also delved little so far into the culture of South Korea the way it has with other Olympic sites, although a heavy schedule of live events in prime time is a factor, too.Katie Couric, brought back by NBC for the opening ceremony, was the next to take heat. NBC’s telecast of that ceremony wasn’t televised in the Netherlands but, again, social media quickly made the Dutch aware of comments she had made.She was discussing the Dutch tradition of excellence in speedskating, and said it stemmed from skating being an important mode of transportation in Amsterdam when canals freeze and people skate from place to place. That left her open to ridicule by some in the Netherlands, who pointed out that the canals rarely freeze anymore and, besides, they have cars now.When a backlash reached the Twitter feed of the Dutch embassy in the United States, Couric tweeted a good-natured apology about having been “on thin ice.”NBC’s team of ski announcers has had a rough Olympics so far. Former ski champion Bode Miller is on his first Olympic assignment for NBC and his overly technical, bland approach to calling races has left some viewers drowsy.But it was his sudden foray into gender roles that really caused him trouble.Commentator Dan Hicks brought up Austrian skier Anna Veith’s serious knee injury when he and Miller were discussing her career decline. Miller suggested another condition — matrimony — may have been to blame. “It’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married,” he said. “Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”The backlash from people who considered the remark sexist was so immediate that Miller apologized on the air barely an hour later. He said it was a failed attempt at humour; his deadpan style had left almost no one suspecting he had been trying to make a joke.Veith was also central to a serious mistake by Hicks. She was in first place during the super-G competition — apparently, marriage wasn’t hurting her in the Olympics — when Hicks prematurely anointed her the gold medal winner.After the person considered to be Veith’s last serious contender couldn’t beat her time, Hicks said she was the winner and NBC switched to figure skating. But a longshot contender, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, beat Veith’s time and took gold.The producers’ decision to move on was defensible; no one really thought Ledecka and some other final skiers had a chance. The mistake was Hicks’ certainty. The announcers sought to explain themselves the next night by describing just how improbable Ledecka’s victory was, but that felt more like an excuse than an attempt at accountability.While all different, NBC’s problems didn’t stem from attempts to be overly provocative or shocking, unless Miller had motives he wasn’t letting on. Instead, they were misstatements made in front of listeners ready to pounce (the hashtag #nbcfail is a venue for people who want to grumble).For two weeks, the men and women behind NBC’s microphones command the public’s attention the way very few can anymore in a fragmented society of media consumers. They’re ambassadors for sports that most Americans don’t care about for the three years and 50 months between each Winter and Summer Games.That provides them with an unparalleled opportunity, and many potential potholes.___More AP Olympics: https://wintergames.ap.org by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2018 2:38 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Television personnel work inside of the International Broadcast Center at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Live television has always presented challenges, but NBC’s Olympic stumbles this month have unfolded before an audience ready to pounce. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)