Montreal is all set to record its highest number of visitors ever this summer, thanks to a number of festivals as well as the city’s 375th-anniversary celebrations and Canada’s 150th birthday bash.According to Tourism Montreal Vice President, Pierre Bellerose, if the trend so far this summer continues, the city could see 11 million visitors.Bellerose believes a number of new initiatives have helped boost Montreal’s profile, from new attractions to festival buzz. “We have new flights, direct flights, from China for example, which has brought a greater numbers of Chinese tourists to Montreal,” he said.The city’s 375th-anniversary celebrations have helped, too, Bellerose said.Tourism Montreal says last year visitors spent $3 billion and the group expects that amount to increase this year by up to six percent.
According to data revealed by South African Tourism, Indian women have been found out to be the largest contributors to South Africa’s adventure tourism like bungee jumping, shark-cage diving and mountain hiking, Hanneli Slabber, India Country Manager, South African Tourism, revealed that the demand for adventure activities is largely driven by “enthusiastic Indian woman travellers.” Indian women are the biggest participants in the adventure tourism sector in South Africa, with majority of them taking part in hardcore adventure, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, shark-cage diving and mountain hiking. In fact, she said, Indians are only the second from the top nationality to bungee jump off the Bloukrans Bridge and the third from the top nationality to go for shark-cage diving in South Africa.Further, Indian travellers visiting South Africa buy five to six adventure activities per day, which is comparatively much higher than tourists from other nationalities. Revealing the reason for this, she said South Africa takes pride in offering the most-value-for-money adventure activities coupled with top safety standards which plays an integral part for driving in the Indian tourists.
The Seychelles’ national airline, Air Seychelles, will now offer ‘scenic flights’ to showcase the beauty that Seychelles is famous for. The new Air Seychelles’ 30-minute panoramic flights at low altitudes will allow guests to experience a bird’s eye view of some of the most beautiful spots of the Seychelles’ main island Mahé. The airline has received the cooperation of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority to develop the ‘scenic flights’ by assisting to design the low altitude routes.The North Mahé tour Cerf Island, Moyenne and Ste Anne islands will be visible to the right. The flight will then continue past the capital of Victoria, following the coastline around the northern point of Mahé to Beau Vallon beach. Heading past Anse Major, the Baie Ternay marine park and Port Launay, it also provides unparalleled views of the Morne Seychellois national park, before circling back at Grand Anse beach.The airline is also working with the travel trade and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) who will be key distributors of the new product.The scenic flights using a Twin Otter DHC-6 400 aircraft with 19 seats among which 11 are window seats, can be available daily from 1.30 pm to 3.00pm based on demand and the DMCs can also choose to have a guide accompany the guests on the scenic tours.Air Seychelles’ Head of Sales for the Home Market, Kathleen Payet said, “We are targeting large groups who before had to charter two or three helicopters for such scenic flights, including guests from the cruise ship who are very eager to embark on such experiences.”Air Seychelles is confident that the new scenic flights will appeal to both international visitors and residents looking to explore Seychelles from the air.
Home Values Housing Markets Zillow 2016-03-25 Staff Writer 11 Metros With Record-Setting Home Values March 25, 2016 472 Views With the days of the recession well in the rearview, housing markets have experienced dramatic growth in home values, and some market values have surpassed previous all-time highs set during the housing bubble.Zillow’s February Real Estate Market Report found that homes are worth more than ever before in 26 percent in U.S. housing markets, which shows that these markets are close to a full recovery.”These new records mean we’re no longer making up ground lost during the housing recession—we’re laying a new path forward, based on demand for housing and economic growth throughout the economy” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “In some markets, these new highs are a return to normalcy. The fact that other markets are still off by double digits may not mean those markets are far from being recovered. It just highlights how extraordinarily inflated home values had been during the housing bubble.”According to Zillow’s Home Value Index, in February, home values increased 4.3 percent year-over-year to $184,600, but remains 5.9 percent the record median home value set in mid-2007.Zillow identified 11 markets where home values have reached and/or surpassed their previous all-time high:Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas ($180,700)Houston, Texas ($170,800)Boston, Massachusetts ($387,400)San Francisco, California ($792,600)Denver, Colorado ($326,300)Portland, Oregon ($315,800)Charlotte, North Carolina ($159,000)San Antonio, Texas ($148,800)Columbus, Ohio ($152,300)San Jose, Carolina ($938,700)Austin, Texas ($245,500)Southern housing markets, especially in Texas and Tennessee, completely outdid their previous median home value highs. Dallas set a new record at $180,700 in February, up 13.7 percent year-over-year, and Nashville home values increased 9.5 percent to a median of $189,100, the report showed.Although home values and home prices are rising at a rapid pace but inventory remains low, making it “difficult to buy a home in many markets, especially for renters trying to save for a down payment amongst historically high rental costs,” Zillow said. Rents are rising at 2.6 percent year-over-year and Zillow expects rent will continue to slow significantly over the next year.Click here to view the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share
Dallas173.431.2%1.1%8.6% 10-City Composite Index 20-City Composite Index Core Logic Case-Shiller Indices Home Prices Housing Prices National Index 2017-05-30 Staff Writer Cleveland112.80-0.1%-0.3%4.3% in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News March 2017March/FebruaryFebruary/January1-Year New York186.850.8%0.0%4.1% Detroit111.011.3%0.3%7.0% Miami221.250.3%0.0%6.0% 18 of 20 Metros Report Homes Appreciating in Value Seattle216.792.6%1.9%12.3% Los Angeles257.441.0%0.3%5.3% Las Vegas156.510.8%0.4%6.4% Charlotte145.961.5%0.4%6.7% About the Indices The S&P CoreLogic Indices are measured on a three month moving average and published by S&P Dow Jones at 9 a.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. Levels are measured in relation to a normalization value of 100 in 1890 when the data first started being measured. Tampa188.73-1.1%-0.3%5.1% Composite-20195.391.0%0.4%5.9% Denver194.231.3%0.5%8.4% Minneapolis156.641.4%0.3%6.8% Share Phoenix166.320.6%0.4%5.6% Portland213.131.0%0.8%9.2% Chicago136.971.1%-0.1%5.1% San Francisco235.231.0%1.1%5.1% Composite-10209.110.9%0.3%5.2% Metropolitan AreaLevelChange (%)Change (%)Change (%) Washington218.110.8%0.2%4.2% U.S. National186.950.8%0.2%5.8% May 30, 2017 682 Views Boston198.261.4%0.4%7.7% Atlanta134.810.9%0.5%5.5% San Diego235.611.0%0.9%6.5% On Tuesday, the S&P Dow Jones Indices published its data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, a trio of indexes that measure change in the prices of residential homes on a national composite average, a 10-city composite average, and a 20-city composite average. March’s data shows a slow but steady rise in the price of homes on all three of the indexes measured, a trend which David Blitzer, the Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones, thinks will continue in the months ahead.“Over the last year, analysts suggested that one factor pushing prices higher was the unusually low inventory of homes for sale. People are staying in their homes longer rather than selling and trading up. If mortgage rates, currently near 4 percent, rise further, this could deter more people from selling and keep pressure on inventories and prices.”National Composite IndexFor the year ending in March, the National average rose 0.1 percent, from 5.7 percent to 5.8 percent, the highest it has been in the last 33 months. On a month-to-month comparison from February to March the index gained 0.8 percent before seasonal adjustments and 0.3 percent after.10-City Composite Index The 10-City Composite Index, which is composed of the Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, South Florida, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. metros, also saw increases in the prices of homes. Year-over-year saw a 5.2 percent increase while month-over-month, both the seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted data reported 0.9 percent increase, which was the same as February.20-City Composite IndexThe 20-City Composite Index showed similar results as its smaller counterpart. Non-seasonally adjusted month-to-month measurements showed a 1 percent increase in the price of homes, with 18 out of the 20 metro areas measured reporting average increases. The only two metros that reported cheaper houses Cleveland, and Tampa. Once the index was seasonally adjusted, that number fell to 0.9 percent, and the Chicago metro joined the ranks of eroding house prices. Year-over-year, the average increase held at 5.9 percent.Outliers The areas with the highest increase of home prices year-over-year were metros in the Pacific Northwest and southwest: Seattle, with a 21.3 percent increase; Portland at 9.2 percent; Dallas with 8.6 percent; and Denver at 8.5 percent. Cities along the east coast showed the lowest year-over-year increase, namely New York at 4.1 percent and Washington, D.C. at 4.2 percent. You can find a breakdown of all 20 individual metro areas and their month-over-month and year-over-year changes in the table below.
December has arrived and at this time of year, some folks’ thoughts turn to great ideas for the annual family photo that will grace the family Christmas Card for 2016…here’s some inspiration for you ;)The Spotlight Christmas fabric special – make your own family outfits!The Candy Cane Clan!Ambitious? Yes but so effective – a family of fir treesThe traditional Family Christmas Photo – sensational sweaters!.. and there’s plenty more where these came from! Travel Monitor looks forward to bringing you more family Christmas photo jollies! Fun Stuff
appointmentsVirtuoso Michele Saunderson, who recently sold her Virtuoso agency, Peninsula Travel, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, will be joining Virtuoso in the new role of Business Development Manager, commencing mid-May 2018. She will work with members across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.Saunderson’s appointment follows a number of recent strategic staffing changes for Virtuoso regionally, including the promotion of Evan Pierce and Cristina Magni to Regional Director roles for Asia and Australia/NZ respectively, along with the appointment of Adrian Clarke as the new head of marketing.Saunderson says the new role was a case of good timing.“I built my businesses up from the ground and have achieved some great recognition but joining the Virtuoso network back in 2016 really was a breath of fresh air to me and I am thrilled to be joining the team during this exciting time of regional growth and expansion.“I have always had absolute admiration for the Virtuoso organisation – I’ve respected the way it was run, and the feeling of belonging to a warm and friendly family. “My 15 years of experience as an agency owner will allow me to understand the unique challenges of running a business in this industry and I look forward to helping Virtuoso’s agencies drive more sales and get the most from their membership.” Michael Londregan, Virtuoso Asia-Pacific md, said Saunderson was a “high calibre addition to the Virtuoso APAC team.”“At the core of our business is ensuring that our Virtuoso members grow their businesses through their engagement with our Virtuoso programs.“Virtuoso is not a plug-and-play concept – it requires investment and commitment from agencies and making sure we have the right team in the region is critical to deliver business outcomes and investment returns.”
KiribatiPacificTAKtourism organisations A new tourism organisation, Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK), was established on 10 June 2019, to represent the “least discovered gem of the Pacific, Kiribati.The 33 islands of the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas) are situated at the heart of the Pacific Ocean where the Equator and International Date Line meet. Scattered across the central Pacific, Kiribati is the only country in the world that is positioned on all four hemispheres of the Earth – northern, southern, eastern and western.The establishment of TAK is part of the government’s 20-year vision (KV20) which recognises tourism as a potential contributor towards stimulating economic development, promoting employment, income generation, as well as supporting the retention of cultural traditions, sustainable management of national environmental assets and wider contribution towards socio-economic benefits. TAK is a state-owned enterprise of the Government of the Republic of Kiribati, tasked with the responsibility of promoting and encouraging tourism into the island nation, driving and promoting human resource development programs in the tourism sector, managing and monitoring tourism product development initiatives, and the implementing tourism related fees and levies and as well as strengthening minimum operational standards for tourism operations throughout the country. TAK will also be one of the primary advisory organisations for tourism to Government.Kiribati is a friendly and peaceful destination for travellers passionate about discovering and exploring, and one that enjoys an off the beaten track experience. The capital, Tarawa, is also home to the country’s main international airport (TRW) with direct services from Nadi, Fiji (NAN), Nauru (INU), Funafuti, Tuvalu (FUN), Honiara, Solomon Islands (HIR), Brisbane, Australia (BNE) and Majuro, Marshall Islands (MAJ). Kiritimati or Christmas Island (CXI) on the far east of the country is serviced by a weekly flight from Honolulu (HNL) and Nadi (NAN) by Fiji Airways.Accommodation options in Kiribati, and Tarawa, include simple hotels, guesthouses and traditional style accommodation for those seeking to experience the Kiribati way of life. For more information, email email@example.com
LISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald- Cardinals receiver Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. “All injuries are bad, but when you’re talking about a guy who’s been a fixture of your defense for many years, who’s a constant high-level performer for many years, it’s a devastating blow.”Fitzgerald said whoever takes Dockett’s place on the defensive line will have big shoes to fill.“We have to find a way to weather the storm. We’ve got to win for him. I know he’s going to be here with us in spirit,” he said.With the losses of Dockett, linebacker Daryl Washington (suspension) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (free agency), there is perhaps more pressure on the Cardinals’ offense to perform heading into the regular season. Fortunately, Fitzgerald said this year’s offense is loaded with dangerous players at running back, tight end and, of course, wide receiver. “We have a lot of weapons and a lot of guys to beat you, and that just gives defenses so much more to prepare for,” he said. “We have a lot of guys that can beat you in different facets, with the way Michael (Floyd) has continued to come forward and the speed that we have in Ted Ginn and the versatility that Jaron Brown brings and the explosiveness that John Brown brings, and Brittan Golden — we have a lot of guys that can play and play fast, and can do a lot of different things… Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said it was “devastating” to witness a major blow to the defense with Monday’s season-ending injury to Darnell Dockett — but he said this year’s offense is deep and talented enough to create concerns for opposing defenses.“For me, it was personally really tough to see him down, with the history that we’ve had together — all the big games and ups and downs throughout our career we’ve had together — and to see a guy that works that hard, who’s only missed two games his entire career playing at the defensive (end) position, is really astonishing,” Fitzgerald said Tuesday on the Bickley and Marotta show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM . “Guys are versatile in terms of what they can do, and that just presents many more problems (for opposing defenses).”
0 Comments Share Before you can get on the train and blast Palmer, however, look at the rest of the players that are expected to shoulder a large amount of the responsibility. Larry Fitzgerald had his worst game of the year. Patrick Peterson had his worst game of the year. Calais Campbell, Michael Floyd, John Brown and Rashad Johnson had their worst games of the year. Jared Veldheer had one of his worst games. Bobby Massie had one of his worst games. It’s fair to blame Palmer because the quarterback always gets blamed, but a good game from Palmer wouldn’t have overcome the franchise-wide beat down that Carolina put on Arizona.There are no excuses. There are facts. Before Palmer hurt his finger, his season QB rating stood at 106. After that incomplete pass to Floyd against Philadelphia until the end of the NFC Championship game, Palmer’s QB rating was 78.2. He went from a 31/9 touchdown-to-interception ratio to an 8/8. The finger isn’t an excuse because Palmer didn’t adjust. Palmer needed to learn sooner what his body could do and what throws he couldn’t make. I refuse to believe, however, his finger was irrelevant to how Palmer finished the season.After the way the 2015 season ended, it’s easy to bury Palmer. You can declare, “Palmer will never win the big game,” because he hasn’t proven you wrong. Let me be the only person in Arizona who will step up and sit in the driver’s seat of the Palmer bandwagon. I want Palmer back as the Cardinals’ quarterback in 2016. Not just because he’s a better option than “what’s out there,” but also because you can win a Super Bowl with Palmer. Yes, I said that. Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer watches from the bench during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling I don’t know if Arizona will win, but a healthy Palmer won’t be the reason they lose. I won’t dismiss the third-highest 2015 passer rating in the league due to what I saw Sunday. There’s a long list of quarterbacks with a history of playoff failure. Some of them got out from under the “can’t win the big one” tag to end up winning the big one. There’s no reason why Palmer can’t add to the list.Palmer is relentless in his preparation but most of that preparation is done through drawing on past experiences. He’s always learned through failure. We’re talking about a man who will finish second in the MVP voting. He will learn from this year and be more prepared for the emotions of the postseason next year. The players and coaches believe in Palmer, and so do I.Be angry. Don’t panic. Bet against Palmer now and I’ll bet you’ll get run over by the bus later. – / 69 Carson Palmer played terrible.There is no silver lining. Quarterback is the number one position in all of sports. The quarterback played poorly in his first Cardinals postseason start and was awful in his second. It’s almost impossible to win a playoff game when there’s a meltdown at the quarterback position.I’ll be glad to lead the frustration train that is angry at Palmer for playing so poorly. The Cardinals are 13-0 when Palmer has an 85 or better QB rating and are 1-4 when he finishes a game below 85. Palmer has been the key all year. Arizona can’t win when they get a performance at quarterback like what was on display in Carolina. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Arizona Cardinals’ Emmitt Smith (22) is stopped for a short gain by Miami Dolphins’ Sammy Knight in the first half Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) The piece, from a current Cardinals running back to a past one, closed with this realization: “I’ve somehow never met Emmitt Smith.”Johnson, a first-time Pro Bowler in his second NFL season, probably won’t have to wait much longer to do so.Smith saw the article and on Twitter posted a video thanking the current Cardinals running back for looking up to him as a child.@DavidJohnson31 thank you for picking me out as the one to inspire you. Good luck to you and the @AZCardinals and God bless… pic.twitter.com/N6BLoi3IdB— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) December 21, 2016“David Johnson, I saw the article and your tribute to Emmitt Smith, bro. It was definitely heartwarming and definitely, definitely I felt your spirit,” Smith said. “Thank you so much for picking me out as the one you wanted to watch ’cause you had many, many choices. I don’t know what it is about me that captured your mind, your emotions and your imagination. I’m just thankful God placed me in your heart and in your spirit. Good luck to you and the Arizona Cardinals, good luck to you and your career.“Give me a call anytime if you want to talk about anything, God bless.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals running back David Johnson saw Emmitt Smith’s spin moves and jump-cuts. His love of football grew around the desire to unnecessarily recreate them as a young child and physically punish his opponents in Pop Warner football, just as his Dallas Cowboy idol did on the NFL field.Johnson wrote about his obsession with Smith, the Hall of Fame running back, at The Players’ Tribune this week in an article titled “A Tribute to My Idol, Emmitt Smith.” With two games remaining in 2016, Johnson is chasing NFL history. He is the first player to record 100 yards from scrimmage in every one of his first 14 games and would break a record with 16 games of 100 combined rushing and receiving yards in every outing for a season.“He’s my childhood idol, guy I looked up to, the reason I played football and wanted to play running back,” Johnson said Wednesday after watching Smith’s video. “It meant a lot just to see him relay the message back, letting me know he read the tribute. It’s very cool to see him make a video like that.”He is also hoping to become the third member of the 1,000/1,000 club of players who have each rushed and received for 1,000 yards in a single season.The Northern Iowa product is sitting at 1,138 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns and 800 receiving yards with four more scores so far. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “I like to tinker with things,” he said. “Just kind of seeing how I like it. I ended up doing it, I think, the last two games last year so I’m just experimenting.”And now, of course, would be the time to do such experimenting.According to Palmer, the one benefit to wearing a glove is a better grip.“It’s kind of like cheating. Those things are so sticky now,” he said, referring to the footballs used.Quarterbacks wearing gloves is not a new thing. It wasn’t that long ago in which another Cardinals quarterback had his hands covered; though Kurt Warner, the recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had gloves on both hands late in his career.Palmer is choosing to practice with only one glove on his throwing hand.“I’ve done it before in below-zero temperatures with 30-40 mph winds. It helps you spin it a little bit,” he said. “Personally, I feel like you lose a little bit of touch, but depending on the weather there’s some situations that it can help and so that’s why. It’s August, so I like kind of tinkering with things right now, and if we go to Philly (Oct. 8) and we have a crazy wind game, weather game, whatever it may be, it’s something I have experience with.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Other players banged up who did not see the practice field Wednesday included receivers Carlton Agudosi (knee) and Brittan Golden (groin), linebackers Jarvis Jones (back) and Philip Wheeler (foot), cornerback Rudy Ford (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (hamstring). Deone Bucannon (ankle) remains on the physically unable to perform list.Linebacker Markus Golden (foot) and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (ankle) returned to practice.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share Back at left tackleLimited to strictly individual drills the day before, left tackle D.J. Humphries ramped up his work and appeared to practice fully on Wednesday. It was his first action in more than a week after dealing with a hamstring injury.“I’m definitely close, I’m definitely close,” Humphries said. “This whole situation kind of taught me to listen to my body a little bit and understand you’re not in college anymore. It felt good today. There was just a couple of movements here and there I felt it but other than that, man, I felt pretty solid.”Humphries called the week on the sidelines long, though he still was in meetings and participated in the morning walk-throughs.Humphries is unsure if he’ll play against the Bears. It’s been hard, he said, to watch from the sidelines, especially last week when the Raiders visited.“Even though them boys only played like 15, 14 plays, it was still like, ‘Damn, I could’ve got out there with those guys, man.’ They looked like they enjoyed themselves,” Humphries said. “It’s different when you don’t play at all in the preseason and you’re in your shorts, and you get to hang out with the guys and watch the young guys play. It’s definitely a different feeling.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Friday will mark four weeks since the Arizona Cardinals reported to training camp. And they’ve still got another week to go.Several teams like the Chicago Bears, whom the Cardinals host Saturday, have already broken camp. That’s not to mention they began camp well after Arizona.“They’re getting bored with each other, looking more forward to games,” head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday, prior to the team’s 17th practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. Another padded practiceA more physical training camp, something Arians had promised, continued with the Cardinals practicing in full pads for a third straight day on Wednesday. The good news is that the team wasn’t in pads long as practiced wrapped up inside of two hours: 107 minutes to be exact.Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Drew Stanton did not practice. They had the day off, as did safety Antoine Bethea, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Karlos Dansby; though Dansby was spotted working with a trainer on the lower field. He had dealt with a knee issue earlier in camp.Fitzgerald was scheduled to have Tuesday off but suited up anyway.“I think he wanted to help lead his group,” said Arians, who has been critical of the wide receivers this week. “He takes care of his room as good as anybody.”Injury updateAfter making a strong first impression with a team-leading seven tackles against the Raiders, linebacker Josh Bynes hurt his hamstring, which is going to sideline him for up to a week.“It sets him back,” Arians said. “He flashed, and like most guys you get off the street, they think they’re in shape but they’re not in football shape.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires No question training camp is a grind, moreso this year with the Cardinals playing an extra preseason game. By the end of August, they’ll have played five times and traveled back-and-forth six times, including a trip back East.“It’s tough. We’re kind of hitting a wall,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “I think the biggest thing is a lot of guys just want to sleep in their own beds. We started camp a week earlier than everybody else and we’re still here. We got about eight, nine days left so just got to finish strong.”Even quarterback Carson Palmer, who enjoys practice — “I look forward to it, I can’t wait for 2 o’clock,” he said — admitted the monotonous of camp is beginning to wear on the team.“Oh, no doubt,” he said. “You’re in a hotel, eating hotel food for a month. You got a roommate. There’s a lot of things that you got to fight through [in] training camp. That’s what training camp is. I think it hardens you. It makes you a better team the more time that you spend around each other, but there’s no doubt guys are waiting for next Thursday, counting down the days.”Looking like Michael JacksonFor the second time in as many practices, Palmer wore a glove on his left hand, his non-throwing hand.
RelatedLufthansa announces BMI takeoverLufthansa announces BMI takeoverLufthansa predicts massive growthGerman airline Lufthansa has forecast that 2008 will be a profitable year for the carrier.Quarter of a million passengers use Aer Lingus’ Belfast to Heathrow flightAer Lingus has announced that over a quarter of a million passengers used its Belfast to London Heathrow flight during 2008. German national airline Lufthansa has revealed a huge increase in profits over 2007, reaping the benefits of a successful takeover and increasing popularity of its flight routes.Net profit for 2007 was claimed to have doubled on the previous year, making last year a record one for Europe’s second-largest airline and confirming the benefits of its takeover of fellow national carrier Swiss.The unusual move was greeted with some scepticism, but now looks to have paid off: combined group traffic surged 30 per cent in January from a year previously, with collective passenger demand for European, American, Middle Eastern and African destinations growing fast.A group total of 62.9 million passengers were handled over the year, but the popularity of long-haul flight routes with premium passengers was also seen to have contributed greatly to Lufthansa’s growth.Another factor contributing to the firm’s record year was the sale of its stake in tourism group Thomas Cook for a gain of €503 million (£379 million), with full financial figures set for release on March 12th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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by Dan Gelston, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 12:45 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Goldbergs’ show throwback love to Super Bowl champ Eagles PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles might want to make room on the shelf for some Emmys next to the Lombardi Trophy.The real Philly Special was throwing it back to the ’80s on an episode of “The Goldbergs.”The casting call for an Eagles ensemble came last year when “Goldbergs” creator Adam Goldberg picked a football theme for his latest Philly sports episode. The furry green Philly Phanatic had guest starred and Flyers gear is much a part of the fabric of the show as Bev Goldberg dropping a “schmoopie” reference. So it seemed fitting the Eagles would eventually get co-billing, and they do, on Wednesday night’s “Hail Barry ” episode.About the only thing Goldberg couldn’t script was a perfect ending: He watched the Super Bowl at a party in Los Angeles and had to skip a hopeful trip to the Eagles’ championship parade in Philadelphia because of a time crunch to write this season’s final episodes.One cool part of being the boss of your own show is getting the chance to invite your idols to the set. His Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, family was part of a group that shared Flyers season tickets from 1985 to 1994 and older brother Barry was a die-hard Eagles fan. The 41-year-old Goldberg said his older brother arranged his wedding around an Eagles game, and is still a season-ticket holder even though he lives in New York. “The Goldbergs” featured an episode on Eagles’ gameday superstitions but Goldberg went straight to the source for this week’s homage — 1980s star wide receiver Mike Quick.Quick, a five-time Pro Bowl pick in the 1980s, was Barry Goldberg’s favourite player and plays an assistant high school coach in “Hail Barry.” Eagles president Don Smolenski, vice-president of football operations Howie Roseman and radio announcer Merrill Reese all make cameos. The Eagles executives made an appearance on the set when the team spent a week in Los Angeles in December between road games at Seattle and Los Angeles.Goldberg also taps into the NFL pop culture of the day with a shoutout to the Eagles 1988 rap video , “Buddy’s Watchin’ You .”Quick, a colour commentator for the team radio broadcast, was a natural on set.“He crushes every joke to the point where the writers are like, can he come back as a cast member. I’m like, this guy has a real job,” Goldberg said. “He’s so funny. If he went out here and went on auditions, he would get work.”Barry Goldberg, who swore he would never act on the “The Goldbergs,” broke his vow for the shot to live out a boyhood dream by playing catch with Quick . Barry Goldberg and his real-life Jenkintown Posse (JTP!) buddies play a game of touch football with their TV counterparts.At the end of the episode, the cast gathers for an “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles” chant as the screen shows “Dedicated to Eagles Fans Everywhere ,” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions” plays.“I knew the Eagles would win,” Goldberg said.Because of talent?“The minute I knew that (Barry) couldn’t go to the game because he got the flu , I said they’re going to win,” Goldberg said.Ah yes, some good-natured teasing between brothers, 3,000 miles from the City of Brotherly Love.The season five finale hit a bump this week when director Kevin Smith said he had a heart attack after performing at a Los Angeles comedy show Sunday night. Smith credited a doctor with saving his life after the 47-year-old “Clerks” filmmaker suffered a total blockage of his left coronary artery, often referred to as “the widow maker.” Smith was set to start shooting the finale of the hit ABC comedy on Monday but Goldberg said a staff writer will take his place for the episode.“I’m just happy he’s OK. I emailed him and told him don’t worry about my dumb comedy show,” Goldberg said . “Get better and we’ll have you back ASAP.”___For more AP NFL coverage: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Steven Wine, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 1:11 pm PDT Peter Mulvey, “There Is Another World” (Righteous Babe)Midway through Peter Mulvey’s new album, he sings about the ravages of time on the tune “Nickel and Dime.” It lasts 15 seconds.Mulvey always brings to his work whimsy and a willingness to push folk boundaries, and that’s the case on “There Is Another World.”The Wisconsin songwriter-guitarist quotes Yeats, Rilke and Greg Brown, and that’s just in the liner notes. There’s also a literary bent to the lyrics, which can be cryptic or opaque but benefit from imagery that’s vivid and sometimes beautiful. On the love song “Owl,” he describes two birds who “both dropped into the air.”Mulvey pairs his words with inventive arrangements anchored by his fingerpicking and by producer Todd Sickafoose’s standup bass, with further colour provided by violin, pedal steel, accordion, clarinet and wine glass rims. Unusual chord progressions lend further unpredictability to the proceedings.Mulvey celebrates nature on “The Fox,” mourns war casualties on “To Your Joy,” echoes Brown on “Henry’s Only Daughter” and gets his Irish up on “Beckett Was a Bird of Prey.” The 13-song, 34-minute set goes quickly, and not just because of “Nickel and Dime.”Steven Wine, The Associated Press Review: Whimsy and boundary-pushing from Peter Mulvey
ORO MEDONTE, Ont. — For a bunch of British chaps, the Rolling Stones sure know a lot about Canada, and Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate to flaunt his wisdom at their Canada Day weekend concert in Ontario.The frontman for the iconic rock band doled out handfuls of Canadiana on Saturday, pausing to reference everything from the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win to the “buck a beer” policy of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.Standing before a crowd of roughly 60,000 concertgoers, it didn’t take long before Jagger wished a simple “Happy Canada Day” to the receptive crowd, who didn’t seem to mind it was technically two days early.The concert at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie, was the only Canadian date on their North American tour. And for many people in attendance, it seemed a miracle that Jagger was even on stage, given his recent heart surgery.None of that was referenced in the 75-year-old singer’s tireless performance, which included swapping out one glittery jacket for another before eventually donning a hat and T-shirt emblazoned with the band’s famous tongue logo.Armed with his flamboyant swagger, Jagger zig-zagged across the massive stage — and strutted down the catwalk — for two hours, playing 20 of the band’s greatest hits.Popular classics “Paint It Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” were balanced with a selection of fan favourites, including “Before They Make Me Run,” a song Keith Richards wrote in response to his 1977 arrest for heroin possession in Toronto.And beneath four towering digital screens, Jagger played right into the audience’s hand at nearly every turn.“What about those Raptors?” he shouted, as the “We the North” logo flashed overhead. He poked a bit of fun at Toronto Mayor John Tory’s famous black-and-gold Raptors jacket, which he’s enthusiastically worn around town for weeks.“He’s still wearing his dirty blazer,” the singer said to Tory, who was in the audience.Jagger later introduced the band’s drummer Charlie Watts as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot, seemingly for no particular reason.He also took a jab at Ford’s “buck a beer” election platform, telling the crowd at one point that “for the next 15 minutes it’s a buck-a-beer — courtesy of Doug Ford.”The comment elicited some boos in parts of the crowd, and no apparent discounts at the beer tents.But the Stones’ fans didn’t seem to mind, so busy caught in a moment that would be a little piece of history, and perhaps even a farewell.Earlier this year, Jagger underwent emergency heart surgery, putting the single Canadian date on hold, and raising questions about whether the rockers would ever tour again. When the singer got the all clear, the date was back on.“The health scare was kind of an indication this might actually be the last one,” said Marc Fielding, who joined about 30 of his friends on a road trip from Toronto.“They’re such an iconic band, so you don’t want to risk them maybe not coming back.”For others in attendance, seeing the Stones live came with extra significance.Jackie Morin’s father, a longtime fan, died shortly after the Stones most recently played Toronto. So this night was an especially poignant moment.“This is a big deal,” she said. “Never will you ever see a concert like this — it’s history.”Dino Bruno landed tickets when his sister-in-law surprised him. He last saw the Stones in the mid-1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens where he said the local news captured him playing Frisbee with police in the street.“The Stones were the bad boys of rock,” he said. “I wanted to be here because I want to die happy.”Jayne Sidey first caught the Stones at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind benefit concert over 40 years ago in Oshawa, Ont. It was part of a court-ordered performance for Richards after he was arrested for heroin possession.She said she was forever changed by Jagger and his buddies and has gone to at least 20 Stones concerts since.“I saw them three times in the U.K. last year, and we’re booked for two shows on this tour,” she said. “The 2013 show in Toronto was so good we all jumped in a car to Montreal and saw them there.”Several homegrown acts performed before the Stones took the stage, including Saskatoon-formed One Bad Son, the Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., Toronto four-piece the Beaches, and longtime favourites Sloan.Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky played a late-night show of other rock and pop classics, ranging from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”A little over 60,000 people flowed onto the grounds, about 10,000 fewer than organizer Republic Live initially anticipated. The day-long festival marked the third concert on the Rolling Stones tour, which kicked off with two dates in Chicago a week ago.After the Stones finished their set, they offered a hint of the resilience that’s kept them going for more than half a century.“See you soon,” the digital screens read. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2019 1:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email —Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Press The Rolling Stones perform during the “No Filter” tour in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill From the Raptors to Doug Ford: Canadiana references abound at Rolling Stones
March 18, 2013The annual meeting for horse enthusiast ‘Caballeros Del Sol Trail Ride’ returns to Arcosanti for the third time.This week-long meeting includes daily trail rides for charity. The group donates proceeds to worthy causes like Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde, a facility for developmentally challenged adults.[A view of the camp from east, you can see Arcosanti on the second mesa above the camp; photo by Chihiro Saito][View of the camp from the mesa south of it; photo by Chihiro Saito][Construction volunteer Scott Neigut and visiting alumnus Patrick Doyle have a conversation; photo by Chihiro Saito]Their self-sufficient camp in Arcosanti’s ‘second field’ includes a large tent with a kitchen, where all the meals are catered. There is also evening entertainment, singing and dancing.[Chihiro took a peak inside of the community tent; photo by Chihiro Saito]You can see reports of previous visits at2007 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE2004 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE
April 15, 2016The construction crew has started to work on the second set of stairs leading into the Colly Soleri amphitheater.[photos by Chihiro Saito, text by Sue Kirsch]Here is construction manager Ron Chandler making cuts into the concrete to help demolish the old stairs.Paolo Van Erp and Rachel Holderbach.Rachel. More to come.
JUST because the law is routinely violated is no excuse for inaction when illegality is spotted, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said on Tuesday, referring to Finance minister Harris Georgiades’ attempt to justify Savia Orphanidou’s status as both civil servant and party official.Orphanidou is a ruling Disy official and Finance ministry employee, and was recently appointed to the European Investment Bank.When Michaelides first broached the issue last month, he had argued that Orphanidou may have been violating the law by holding posts in a political party – she is a member of Disy’s political bureau – and the public service, without the legally-required permission of the Public Service Commission.By law, such permission is required for all civil servants, over the A7 pay-scale, wishing to hold senior offices in political parties.In a letter to Georgiades, the auditor-general, who had cited a complaint filed by Akel MP Irene Charalambidou, asked the finance minister to launch a disciplinary probe into Orphanidou’s actions, and also explain how she came to be selected for appointment to the EIB in January, a move widely regarded as being politically-driven.Georgiades had replied that Orphanidou had been in no conflict because her election to the party’s political bureau had preceded the 2015 law that made PSC permission for political and public-service office mandatory.On a political talk-show last Thursday, Georgiades returned to the issue, arguing that her targeting was “unfair” and “suspect”.He blamed Disy’s leadership for not doing enough to protect her from vilification.“What I can clearly say now is that I will not accept the targeting of a civil servant just because an opposition MP requested the auditor-general to do so, much less when instances of civil servants routinely participating in parties’ bodies abound,” he told state broadcaster CyBC.He made the argument that Orphanidou was hardly the only civil servant who holds a party post.Georgiades said he has ordered an administrative probe, which will be on his desk “next week”.In a statement on Tuesday, Michaelides rejected the finance minister’s arguments, saying that, per the 2015 law, PSC permission for civil servants to hold party posts may only be granted if “the duties of their post in public service are not, in any way, compromised or affected by holding the relevant office in a political party”.In any case, however, the law prior to 2015 only allowed civil servants to be “mere members of a political party, not hold senior posts”.Further, the auditor-general said, the finance minister is “obliged” to launch a disciplinary probe against employees at his ministry who may have violated the law, and inform other ministers accordingly if he becomes aware of employees of other ministries doing so.“We stress the word ‘obliged’, because it has been reaffirmed in several legal opinions by the Attorney-general,” Michaelides said.There is no equality in illegality, Michaelides said, therefore “the minister’s reference to civil servants who hold office in political parties “parading television and radio shows on a daily basis is no argument for tolerating such behaviour from the civil servant in question”.“No one is allowed to intervene in favour of any civil servant,” Michaelides noted.“It is well-known that interfering either in favour or against anyone in connection with disciplinary proceedings is an illegal act. Even though it is redundant, we must remind that members of political parties may not be considered above the law.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola