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first_imgcuisinefoodIndonesiaShangri-La Sydney Agents can direct their clients to a pre-travel or post-holiday flavour burst of Indonesia’s delicious cuisine at the inaugural “Taste of Indonesia” Food Festival at Café Mix, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney from 4 to 12 August.Presented by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Sydney in partnership with Wonderful Indonesia and Garuda Indonesia, the tourism body cites a CNN survey that rated Indonesian food tops in the world – with Rendang at #1, Nasi Goreng at #2 and Satay at #14.Indonesian food is among the most varied in the world. The possibilities are infinite with over 17,000 islands, 350 ethnicities and among the world’s greatest variety of exotic spices, plants and marine life. Recent research undertaken by a leading Indonesian University suggests there are over 3,200 traditional Indonesian dishes.Dishes from across the archipelago will be included such as Beef Rendang, Udang Bumbu Bali (Spicy Balinese Prawns), Soto Ayam (chicken soup) and Gado-Gado.“Sydney-siders are sophisticated diners and already familiar with “Asian” food,” says Miriam Tulevski, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office, Country Manager, Sydney. “However, with so few Indonesian restaurants in Sydney, and most Australians only visiting Bali, there are thousands of flavours and dishes that foodies won’t have experienced and won’t want to miss!“Almost 20 dishes from across the archipelago will be available at Taste of Indonesia” Food Festival. Come along and discover something new.” “This flavour diversity could even tempt customers to explore undiscovered parts of Indonesia – like Lombok Island, Flores Island or Yogyakarta in Central Java,” Ms. Tulevksi adds.“Taste of Indonesia” features at Cafe Mix, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney at the buffet lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. at $55 per person. The buffet dinner is available from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at $85 per person. For bookings, call (02) 9250 6000 or send an email to dine.slsn@shangri-la.comlast_img read more

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first_imgA total of 29 land-based and gulet cruising itineraries are featured in the new 2019 Peter Sommer Travels brochure, which has just been released in print and is also available online. The new brochure reveals a record number of tours for the cultural and archaeological tour specialist, with more than 50 departures on escorted holidays, traditional gulet cruises and archaeological tours spanning Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom.The company’s first tour to Wales is also a highlight, combining expert historian and archaeologist guides, small guest groups, superb local scenery and cuisine. Other tours include a 13-day Exploring Crete: Archaeology, Nature and Food; 14-day Exploring Sicily; 7-day Exploring Hadrian’s Wall; 15-day gulet cruise “Cruising the Lycian Shore”; an 8-day Gastronomic Gulet Cruise in Croatia.For full details and bookings contact Peter Sommer Travels in the UK on 0011 44 1600 888 220, email info@petersommer.com 2019archaeologyBrochurescultureguletPeter Sommer Travelstourslast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   A fourth round pick in 2013, Okafor missed most of his rookie season due to injury but recorded eight sacks in 13 games in 2014 while also intercepting one pass. The 24-year-old is expected to be a key part of the team’s defense going forward. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL teams worry about the offseason in part for this very reason.Arizona Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor was arrested just after 3 a.m. Monday.According to police, the Cardinals’ 2014 leader in sacks was taken into custody at 3:22 a.m. and was still in police custody as of 10:30 a.m. (Texas time). Police say they were originally called out due to a disturbance, and when they arrived Okafor ran away. He has been charged with evading on foot as well as a previous Class C misdemeanor warrant. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img“Arik’s got a better upside – strong, fast, athletic, played basketball. And he listens. He’s going to be a dominant force for us,” Dockett said. “I’m glad to be able to enjoy rookie (dinner) night with him and really take advantage of him. Because at some point in his career, man, he’s going to be a dominant force, and he’s going to be terrorizing everything.”To be fair, Dockett’s tone wasn’t to downplay Campbell and he did mention him as a dominant player.What stands out is that Dockett compared a rookie who has yet to play a single down in the league to a NFL Pro-Bowler, who also happened to play on his former team that spurned him in the off-season.The Cardinals rivalry with the 49ers is always entertaining and will continue to be with Nine Oh playing for the bad guys. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Darnell Dockett was known for making outrageous statements and regularly speaking his mind during his 11 years with the Arizona Cardinals.The 3-time Pro Bowler was released by the Cardinals this past off-season and signed with division rival San Francisco, perhaps to spite his former team.Today after practice, Dockett gave some bulletin board material to former teammate Calais Campbell by saying that rookie teammate Arik Armstead has a brighter future in the NFL according to 49ers.com’s Tyler Emerick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable NaVorro BowmanLBAchillesDNPDNPDNPOut D.J. HumphriesOTAnkleLimitedLimitedFull— Jeremy KerleyWRAnkleDNPLimitedLimittedQuestionable Vance McDonaldTEHipLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Darren FellsTEShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Tyvon BranchSGroinDNPIR—— Keith ReaserCBAnkleFullFullFull— Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Frostee RuckerDTKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Marcus CromartieSAnkleFullFullFull— Zane BeadlesGAnkleLimitedLimitedFull— Mike PurcellDTAnkleFullFullFull— Drew ButlerPLeft calfDNPWaived—— Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jimmie WardCBQuadricepDNPDNPDNPOut Jaquiski TarttSKneeFullFullFull— Andrew TillerGAnkleFullFullFull— The roof to University of Phoenix Stadium is open during the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Glenn DorseyDTKneeFullFullLimitedQuestionable Quinton DialDTKneeFullFullFull— PlayerPositionInjuryMondayTuesdayWednesdayGame Status Carson PalmerQBConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut Ed StinsonDTToeDNPDNPDNPOut The Arizona Cardinals head to the Bay Area to face the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday for a Week 5 matchup coming off a 17-13 loss to the Rams that put them at 1-3 on the young season.Of note, the Cardinals waived punter Drew Butler (left calf), and placed running back Chris Johnson (groin) and safety Tyvon Branch (groin) on injured reserve on Tuesday.Here is the official NFL injury report for Sunday’s game. Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) DeForest BucknerDTFootDNPDNPDNPOut Josh MauroDTChestDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Chris DavisCBQuadricepLimitedLimitedFull— Top Stories PlayerPositionInjuryMondayTuesdayWednesdayGame Status Arik ArmsteadDTShoulderFullFullFull— Comments   Share   Chris JohnsonRBGroinDNPIR——last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >This winter at Six Senses Laamu will see the launch of its three-night Mind Fitness programme which blends the expertise of in-house experts with specialist therapies and wellness activities that have been used for centuries to calm the mind and bring about a sense of stillness and peace.Each stay starts with a wellness consultation during which the consultant discusses the guest’s current lifestyle, concerns and determines the areas that require most attention. This is followed by a programme of treatments which have been specifically chosen to help calm and ‘exercise’ the mind.The three-night Mind Fitness programme includes:Wellness Consultation, 45 minutes on arrivalThree Pranayama sessions, 45 minutesThree Mindfulness Meditation sessions, 45 minutesTwo Nasyam treatments, 30 minutesTwo Abhyanga & Shirodhara treatments, 90 minutesPlus complimentary Sukodu puzzlesPrice: USD 1,115++ per person. The price does not include accommodation and meals and is subject to tax and service charge.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterKeemala offers unique Phuket experiences to its guests, centred around its innovative accommodation choices, each incorporates the story of one of four different clans and the history of these fictitious ancient Phuket settlers. The architecture is a stark contrast to most hotel accommodation, blending the indigenous stories of the clans with the decadence of an upscale resort,  and is designed by Thailand-based talent Architect Space.Pisit Aongskultong from Pisud Design Company has designed the interiors and is managing the creative vision of the resort. Set into the hillside, the resort makes use of slopes offers sea views, streams, waterfalls and indigenous trees to create unique topographical conditions for its cottages, treehouses and pool villas.Keemala offers accommodation choices with sizes ranging from 126 square metres to 185 square metres. All dwellings come complete with private pools and offer a range of both sea and mountain views.The design of the 16 Clay Cottages reflects the earthiness of the Pa-ta-pea (earth) clan who believed in a strong connection to the earth and harnessed agriculture as their trade. As the name suggests, clay, straw and ceramics have been featured in the overall design.The design of the seven Tent Cottages was inspired by the Khon-Jorn (wanderer) people – a tribe of nomads who excelled in hunting and trading. Their roaming lifestyle is exhibited in the tent-structures and the use of animal prints and richly dense textures of materials pays homage to their way of life.The seven imaginative ‘Tree Houses’ are built to represent the We-ha (sky) clan who worshipped the universe and chose to live suspended from the trees to be nearer to the sky. This accommodation category uses building techniques to give the impression that the tree houses are indeed hanging from the nearby trees; some of the furniture inside the two-storey cocoons is also hung from the ceiling.The Rung-Nok (nest) community inspired the design of the eight Bird’s Nest Pool Villas. This group enjoyed an opulent way of life compared to the other clans. Thus the interwoven design of their homes was to aid protection and to maintain privacy.The architecture and interiors of the four different accommodation types reflects the skills and way of life of each of the groups, in design, texture of fabrics used, colours and construction materials. Fixtures and furniture is being in the most part sourced from within communities in Thailand and handmade using local and traditional methods, adhering to the Keemala ethos that serves to celebrate and cultivate Thai culture. In the spa, treatments and wellness programmes are designed to utilise bygone techniques, with natural herbs used as medicinal remedies in conjunction with old-fashioned pampering. The eight treatment rooms offer a haven of renewal and the spa also offers a Thai massage pavilion, steam and sauna rooms along with a fitness room with views of the sea, yoga and meditation spaces, making Keemala an ideal destination for retreats.As an extension of the wholesome spirit of Keemala, cuisine offered is also organic and locally sourced and grown where possible. The menus incorporate healthy and nutritious meals. Keemala offers three outlets for dining; the main restaurant, a pool bar, a smaller wine cellar ideal for small parties and meetings and destination dining will be offered to those guests who would like to enjoy the ambience of somewhere distinct.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgTimes change. People change. Culture changes. Luxury as we once knew it has changed. Hotels have not. A new way of living requires a new kind of hotel. There has not been a new idea in the lifestyle space since Ian Schrager’s Morgans, Royalton and Paramount hotels over 25 years ago. Every hotel since then has been derivative of those. The time is right for a disruption, as there clearly is a dislocation in the market. It is the same type of dislocation and void that led Schrager to conceptualise Morgans back in 1982 which created a cultural revolution and changed the industry.“I wanted to create a hotel for my generation, not my parents’, and one that reflected my tastes and sensibilities as well as popular culture at the time. I was responding to cultural shifts that were see the exact same opportunity now. That is the reason for PUBLIC,” says Schrager.PUBLIC’s fundamental premise is luxury for all. It is built on four key pillars: service, style, unique experience and value.“I truly believe that everyone deserves a one-of-a-kind experience that lifts their spirits and makes their heart beat faster, one that elicits an emotional response…and to deliver this at a reasonable price even more on the mark for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveller,” says Schrager.By understanding how to create these one-of-a-kind experiences where a hotel is more than just a place to sleep, and taking note that travellers today only want things that matter, are and make their lives easier, Schrager was able to create a completely new luxury brand that promises innovation, fun, style and service while simultaneously being affordable and accessible to everyone.Service and comfort are at the heart of PUBLIC, and were completely rethought for this new brand response to new desires and needs. PUBLIC captures a vast array of today’s universally appealing services with great precision while doing away with those that are obsolete and superfluous.The delivery of service was also rethought for PUBLIC because service is not ‘one size fits all’. The service is personalised, with personalised attention and tailored solutions. Here Schrager introduces the concept of the Public Advisor. They are the rock stars, the go-to people, the hosts at the party who bring the brand to life. Public Advisors direct, lead, solve problems, console and know every square beyond. There isn’t anything they would not do to make a guest’s experience the best it can be. The job has no boundaries or limits.Ever-emerging new technology needed to be seriously considered at a hotel responding to a modern lifestyle. The use of technology is smart, well planned, well thought-out and hassle-free.“We didn’t just put an iPad in every room under the guise of being a “tech hotel” like so many other brands are doing. Every interaction with technology was considered for ease, efficiency and effectiveness,” says Schrager.The hotel prides itself on the fastest Wi-Fi in the city, which is free for all throughout the entire hotel, mobile service that works everywhere, mobile and self-check-in, mobile key, Apple TVs in every guest room so you can watch what you want, when you want from your own device, online food ordering and expedited communication via a custom-designed, state-of-the-art chat bot. Other thoughtful details were added such as 12 easy-to-reach outlets and USB ports in all of the guest rooms, communal work spaces within the public spaces so that anywhere in the hotel would be conducive to working remotely—a necessity today where the line has been blurred between work, leisure, fun and culture. The food, beverage, meeting and entertainment spaces at PUBLIC have been rethought to reflect the modern lifestyle, and once again Schrager is able to offer a myriad of unique adventures and experiences all under one roof. The ‘best of’ ‘New York’ food, ‘world food’ really, is the idea behind Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s PUBLIC Kitchen and LOUIS, both with healthy and organic eating at their core. The former is the hotel’s main restaurant featuring a smoker, wood burning oven and wood burning grill as a focal point. The food, reflecting all cultures that make up the eclectic melting pot that is New York City, ranges from spicy Korean chicken to hot pastrami sandwiches, sushi and Dim Sum to the best hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza in the city. LOUIS, part grocery, part luncheonette, part coffee shop and part market, is the alternative, serving gourmet, reasonably priced ‘slow food’ in a fast, friendly, casual way via counter service.The 3 bars – Diego, The Roof and Lobby Bar – each have their own unique vibe and personality so depending on the time, guests might end up hitting all three on the same night or just one, depending on their mood. Lushly landscaped gardens, multiple communal workspaces, and private event rooms, both indoor and outdoor atop the building with 60-degree unobstructed views of the city, the spaces provide the ultimate in socialising, entertaining, working and even just people watching.Public Arts is another new and innovative offering at the hotel. It’s a progressive, avant-garde multimedia performance space like no other, that will be home to cutting-edge cultural programming including: film screenings, theatrical and dance productions, intimate musical performances, art exhibitions, lectures, talks, readings, product launches, comedy and amateur nights, and even hot sweaty dancing!“I am always looking for a new and better way of doing things…to upset the status quo and shake things up,” claims Schrager.  With PUBLIC, a soon-to-be new object of desire, Schrager had undeniably created a new hotel for a new way of living that may very well be the new benchmark for the rest of the pack to follow… again.last_img read more

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first_imgStansted Airport is preparing for the launch of new cheap flights to Africa, winter sun destinations and ski resorts.With the summer holidays having drawn to a close and winter getting closer, Ryanair has confirmed that it is introducing flights to Plovdiv in November, a route that will afford Brits access to Bulgaria’s Bansko ski region.Meanwhile, Air Berlin will introduce flights to Salzburg in December, which will allow passengers to visit Austria’s nearby Alpine ski resorts.Nick Barton, London Stansted Airport’s commercial and development director, said it is “encouraging” that airlines are launching new routes despite the economic uncertainty.”AirAsia X’s onward connections to Bali, Phuket, Perth and Brisbane will be popular once again with those looking to escape the cold British winter, and we’re delighted The Gambia and Cape Verde join our route network, connecting Stansted to these tropical retreats in just six hours flying time,” he commented.Earlier this summer, Stansted was awarded Code F status by the Civil Aviation Authority, which will allow large aircraft like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 to land at the airport.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMore cheap flights on offer from StanstedMore cheap flights on offer from StanstedBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaAegean expands European routesAegean expands European routeslast_img read more

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first_imgWith Miss World celebrating its 60th pageant on October 30th 2010, Skyscanner reveals which nations are perceived to contain the planet’s most beautiful people according to its latest poll.Brazil, home to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, topped the charts for being home to the world’s most attractive population; the South American country took the number one position with 12% of the vote. The Brazilians were closely followed by the Swedes, stereotypically known to be tall, blonde and blue-eyed, who took 10% of the vote. India was ranked in third place with 8% of the votes and Poland 4th with 6%.The UK was ranked 5th, despite holding the most titles for Miss World (along with India, and Venezuela which ranked 6th in the Skyscanner poll).World’s most attractive people according to Skyscanner users1. Brazil2. Sweden3. India4. Poland5. UK6. Venezuela7. Russia8. Czech Republic9. USA10. Netherlands10. ItalyOver 500 people voted in the poll which asked users to select the nation they believed to have the most attractive people. The shortlist was compiled of 34 countries that had all won a Miss World title at least once*.Skyscanner has seen the popularity of flights to India rocket by 45% in the last 6 months, although whether the attractiveness of the locals is the primary reason for travel is unconfirmed!Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner travel editor commented:“The poll opens an interesting point on stereotypes and people’s perception of beauty, and how certain countries are often thought of having universally attractive people. In reality it is likely that no single nation is uniformly more attractive than any other, as most countries display a considerable amount of genetic variation across their populations.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTurning Staycationers into Vacationers: the global battle for international touristsThe global recession has led to an increasing trend for staycationsHigh fashion goes sky high: dressed airlines reviewedAviation and fashion have always enjoyed a close relationship.Best places for New Year partyingBarcelona, Edinburgh and Iceland are the places to head for the best New Year parties, say Skyscanner users.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRed-haute menswear label Dior Homme opened its first outpost in San Francisco on December 19th. The new boutique is the brand’s seventh freestanding shop in the U.S., joining stores in New York and Beverly Hills.Located at 216 Stockton Street in Union Square, the 2,200-square-foot, two-story space offers a wide range of men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, including footwear, eyewear, watches and jewelry, as well as fragrance. With a multi-dimensional, masculine design that incorporates luxe fabrics and finishes for a tactile feel, the boutique also features a custom mural by San Francisco-based artist Hannah Stouffer.Visit www.diorhomme.com.last_img

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first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Beverly Hills Hotel will debut two ultra-luxe, residential-style “Presidential Bungalows,” offering the ultimate accommodations at Dorchester Collection’s “Pink Palace.” Carefully nestled within 12 lush, landscaped acres of banana leaves, palm trees and perfectly manicured gardens, the new Presidential Bungalows will be the largest, most prestigious suites in Los Angeles with more than 5,500 square feet of living space indoors and out. Reservations can be booked now for arrival beginning on February 15, 2011 for the first new Bungalow. The second Bungalow will be available as of March 2011. Rates range from $9,000 to $12,000 per night. Leading the first additions to the landmark hotel grounds since renowned architect Paul Williams added the Crescent Wing over half a decade ago, Rottet Studio of Los Angeles drew inspiration from the sought-after original Bungalows, casting a modern eye on traditional design to create a “new Beverly Hills” experience that updates the historic Mediterranean character of the hotel and grounds. The Presidential Bungalows resemble individual homes set in the most prestigious residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills, with indoor living opening to the outdoors while assuring absolute privacy.Wrapped in the seclusion of The Beverly Hills Hotel, each Presidential Bungalow is a home away from home in classic pink stucco with its own private entrance; a Great Room with dining room and chicly furnished living room; a professional kitchen; custom-designed furnishings and beautifully collected pieces from the 1920s to modern day; three bedrooms with luxurious baths featuring free-standing tubs, steam showers and vanities; and, in the timeless Hollywood tradition, a limestone fireplace in every room. Beautiful gardens surround each bungalow with outdoor spaces with private lap pool, fireplace, dining area with nighttime illumination, entertainment systems, exercise areas, courtyards, and the only private outdoor showers in Los Angeles.Notable interior design highlights include: • Fireplace in every room – five in total, including circular outdoor fireplace • Great Room with classic cottage raised-beam ceiling, custom walnut wood planked floors, and a dining room with seating for 10 overlooking a waterfall-edge plunge pool • Professional chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, stove, microwave, undermount sink with stainless steel apron, stone counter tops, glassware display shelving and mirror backsplash as well as a butler’s pantry and private entrance for staff • Bright interior color palette inspired by the beauty of California outside • Wood-clad Art Deco-style Study overlooking gardens and the pool, with custom-designed rolled-edge peninsular desk with innovative swivel lamp and every technology • Master Bedroom with unique furnishings and a fireplace facing inside and out before French doors that open onto an individual private garden • Sizable walk-in closet with vast luggage space and adjacent makeup room to appease the legendary Hollywood pastime of getting Red Carpet-ready in style • Master Bathroom with garden views and a freestanding bathtub for two, stone Deco-inspired vanity, nine-foot counter, separate W.C., and rain shower/steam shower with two showerheads • Two spacious Junior Bedrooms with individual private gardens and courtyard access • Gallery/Sun Porch with fireplace, sectional sofa, custom tables and high-tech entertainment components. Can be joined to each of three bedrooms to create a privately keyed suite • Home-theatre components in virtually every room with Bang & Olufsen flat-screen monitors (65-inch in the Great Room) with BluRay/DVD players and input for game controllers. MP3 player docks with built-in speakers in all rooms and outdoor spaces, including underwater in the swimming pool • High-touch technology with a single, easy-to-use remote control for lights, drapes, fireplaces and all media optionsNotable exterior design highlights include: • Over-sized private gardens landscaped with inspiration from The Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary tropical paradise • Lap pool with waterfall features and underwater speakers • Custom-designed lounge furniture for relaxing beneath the stars or in the sunny California climate, with dining area lit by elegant wrought-iron gas lanterns • Outdoor fireplace and outdoor design elements unique to each bungalow including circular outdoor banquette seating at Bungalow 23 and a greenwall garden backdrop behind the pool at Bungalow 24 • Outdoor garden shower for two off the Master Bathroom, with absolute privacywww.beverlyhillshotel.comlast_img read more

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first_imgFlorence, Italy – Palazzo Tornabuoni, a private residence club located in central Florence, Italy, which opened earlier this year, is showing signs of out-performing the downturn in the property market.Developed by RDM (the real estate division of Florence-based Fingen Group), and Kitebrook Partners of Washington DC, Palazzo Tornabuoni co-owner and co-developer Byrne Murphy has announced plans to release a select number of apartments onto the market, with immediate effect. The move, which comes as Palazzo Tornabuoni enters its second phase, is due to the success Tornabuoni has achieved to date in selling out its first phase, and the significant interest it has received in the whole ownership of apartments.Palazzo Tornabuoni, the 15th-century Florentine palace and home of the Medici family, took five years to restore with the collaboration of Michele Bonan, the award-winning and acclaimed Tuscan-born interior designer. Its contemporary design underpins Bonan’s signature style in creating “an environment in which the owner feels they belong…and are not just visiting.” This historical treasure trove is home to a central courtyard by Renaissance architect Michelozzo (1400), original 16th-century frescoes by Ciampelli, a baroque statue of Diana the Huntress by architect and sculptor Gherardo Silvani and an exquisite fireplace adorned with micro-mosaics by the miniaturist Rafaelli (c.1800).There are a limited number of one- and two-bedroom apartments for sale, alongside the 20 apartments that are available to buy under its fractional ownership concept. Whole owners are eligible for Tornabuoni’s highly esteemed Club membership status providing access to an extensive array of facilities and services. Faciltiies include use of the Palazzo’s well appointed indoor and outdoor communal areas: a cigar room; lobby lounge and library; fitness, sauna and steam rooms; covered outdoor terrace and winter garden. Also, wine storage, access to the spa facilities at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, along with member transportation services can be arranged for additional fees. What is unique about the Palazzo is its distinctive Attaché Service, headed up by Florentine local Eleonora Lucifero. The Attaché Service ensures ‘entree’ into the contemporary Florentine lifestyle. Its provision runs the gamut from private vineyard tours, behind the scenes tours of Florence’s museums and galleries and bespoke tours of private art collections not available to the public, to the more everyday tasks of setting-up a bank account or acquiring an Italian phone number.Palazzo Tornabuoni prides itself on how easily its private residence club eliminates many of the qualms and inconveniences associated with buying a home abroad. The properties are managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts with available services to include housekeeping, maintenance, concierge and Attaché.The elegantly designed residences on the market feature elaborate stuccoed ceilings through to individually designed BOFFI kitchens, Bang & Olufson equipment and are fully-furnished by Bonan; or alternatively the whole ownership residences can be completely designed to the owners’ specifications. Each property is set amongst Palazzo Tornabuoni’s various courtyards and terraced gardens, including its beautiful and elaborate ‘Winter Garden’ and certain residences feature roof-top views of Florence and the Duomo. Prices start at €1.6m ($2.3m) rising to €5m+ ($7.3m+) with the addition of annual membership fees.For more information call Simon Tyre at 44-870-609-8555 or visit www.palazzotornabuoni.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 11:52 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shaquille O’Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017 file photo, Shaquille O’Neal, performing as DJ Diesel, appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego, Calif. O’Neal will put his deejay skills on display at his private carnival-style event in Miami. O’Neal said that his new event concept called “Shaq’s Fun House” will debut March 23 during Miami Music Week. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) center_img ATLANTA – NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.O’Neal said that “Shaq’s Fun House” will debut March 24, immediately following day one of the three-day Ultra Music Festival. Both events are taking place during Miami Music Week.He said the one-night, invite-only affair will feature EDM performers, a cabaret show and “over-the-top” carnival attractions. It will be held at an unannounced warehouse venue.“Despite all the problems that are going on in the world, there are two (things) that’ll bring people together: it’s sports and music,” he said in an interview Wednesday. O’Neal added that there will be “flame throwers, people swinging from ceilings, a lot of costumes. We want this to be very different than any other festival.”“Shaq’s Fun House” will run from 2 a.m. to sunrise.O’Neal will perform under his stage name DJ Diesel. The four-time NBA champion said he came up with the concept after he performed at the EDM festival TomorrowWorld, held near Atlanta, in 2015.“I want to do something big and develop a brand that represents this younger world,” he said.O’Neal won’t announce who is performing at his event because he wants to surprise the audience. Performers at the Ultra Music Festival include David Guetta, the Chainsmokers and Afrojack.O’Neal, 46, has been performing at small and big venues since the age of 14, even DJ’ing at parties during his college days at Louisiana State University. He released multiple rap albums in the 1990s, and in recent years he’s performed at music festivals around the world.At “Shaq’s Fun House,” O’Neal said he’ll play a mixture of EDM, hip-hop and classic songs.“I like to read the crowd and see what they like, but I want to hit them with that base, edgy trap. I like all types of music. I’m mixture of AoB and Skrillex,” he said, referring to the electronic soul duo and Grammy-winning dub-step DJ-producer.“That’s my alias, the black AoB-Skrillex.”_____Online:http://www.shaqsfunhouse.com/_____Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31last_img read more

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first_img This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Noah Jupe, from left, Millicent Simmonds and John Krasinski in a scene from “A Quiet Place.” Horror has emerged as one of the most bankable and inventive genres for a Hollywood desperate for hits. The $50 million debut of John Krasinksi’s “A Quiet Place” suggests horror’s big 2017 has carried over to 2018.(Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES, CA. (NEWS 1130) – “A Quiet Place” and “Rampage” are fighting it out again for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend and easily beating newcomers like Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” and “Super Troopers 2.”According to studio estimates Sunday, John Krasinski’s thriller, “A Quiet Place,” has sneaked back into first place in its third weekend in theatres with $22 million, while the Dwayne Johnson movie “Rampage” landed in second with $21 million.The strong hold for both films left “I Feel Pretty” with a third place debut for STX with an estimated $16.2 million. The sequel to the cult comedy “Super Troopers” meanwhile cruised into fourth place with $14.7 million.The Blumhouse horror “Truth or Dare” took fifth place with $7.9 million. ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Rampage’ lead newcomers at box office by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2018 9:05 am PDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2018 at 9:34 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories ‘A Quiet Place’ roars at box office with $50M debut center_img Summary John Krasinski’s latest flick rakes in big bucks at the weekend box office A Quiet Place|box officelast_img read more

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first_img In this July 9, 2018 photo, Daveed Diggs, left, and Rafael Casal, cast members, co-producers and co-writers of “Blindspotting,” pose for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote their film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:52 am PDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” and wasn’t answering his emails.So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across the country, and set up camp in Diggs’ dressing room.“Every night, he’d just be there at intermission,” Diggs laughs now. “He had to move to New York for us to maintain a level of creative output.”With the opening this week of “Blindspotting,” their Oakland, California-based, rap-infused feature film debut, the duo is earning buzz for the onscreen chemistry that gives the film its energy. That chemistry, in turn, is fueled by a nearly two-decade friendship and a creative synergy that both men call remarkable.“As long as I’ve known him, I’ve never had an idea that I didn’t run by him, and that includes character choices in ‘Hamilton,’” Diggs, 36, said recently over tea in New York. “I don’t have a ton of things that don’t involve him, and even if they don’t in name, realistically they still involve him.”To Casal, 32, a spoken-word artist, what’s most rare is how versatile the partnership is. “You pick your partners in the trenches because they make you better,” he says. “What’s unique about our dynamic is that it’s cross-medium — film, music, theatre, television. That’s not even a once-in-a-lifetime thing, because many people go through life and it never happens.”Though “Blindspotting,” directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, is a buddy film — both comic and tragic — it’s also very much about a place: Oakland, a town both men hold dear. It’s there, in the Bay Area, that they first met, at Berkeley High School. They didn’t become friends right away, because Casal was a freshman and Diggs a senior. “That might as well be a 50-year gap,” Casal quips.Diggs went off to Brown University, where he ran track and studied theatre. By the time he came back, Casal, who’d made a name for himself on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” had opened a recording studio and needed artists.“Somebody played me his music. I loved it. He came by, and we just hit it off,” Casal says. “From then on, all I remember is him being around.”It was nearly a decade ago that they began work on “Blindspotting,” the story of Collin (Diggs), who has three days left on probation for a violent incident, and Miles (Casal), his mercurial, unpredictable best friend. Collin witnesses a police shooting of an unarmed black man; the two must navigate the next few days together, each in his own way, in an Oakland that is rapidly changing. The film explores themes of race, economics, gentrification — and friendship.Back in 2009, when they started the project, Oscar Grant had just been killed by a San Francisco transit officer. “His face was everywhere,” says Diggs. “There were rallies and protests and riots.” It became a key element in early drafts.The pair wondered how their idea would fly. “It’s a hard sell, a race-politics comedy-drama that’s in verse,” says Casal. “But it’s the movie we wanted to make.”The project came close to being made a few times, and then didn’t, for various reasons over the years. Meanwhile, their lives changed.“In the early days, it was the two of us huddled over one laptop,” Diggs says. “Long drives up and down the I-5 between Oakland and LA, trying to impress (producers Jess and Keith Calder) and pretend we knew how to write a script.”Casal recalls nights in LA sleeping “in one of our crappy cars. Trying to pretend we weren’t so poor that we had to sleep in our cars.”It seemed like the movie was about to happen when suddenly Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” came up for Diggs. They figured it would be a quick project for a few months. It turned out to be — well, “Hamilton.”Diggs won a 2016 Tony Award, and left the show the next month. A slew of opportunities, including TV’s “black-ish,” awaited. In early 2017, Casal was home watching “Moonlight” win the Oscar. He was so happy, “I drunk-texted one of our producers and said, ‘I wish we had made OUR ‘Moonlight.’ And then they said, ‘What if we made it right now?’ And I was like, I don’t know, Diggs is really famous, and really busy.”But it turned out that Diggs, who was involved in at least four projects, would have exactly 22 days free that June. “You know the script isn’t ready, right?” he told Casal, who suggested he could move to LA and grind it out, calling Diggs every night with updates. “To me it sounded like an insane undertaking,” Diggs says. But he was in. He adds: “There’s nobody else I would trust to write raps for me.”The duo makes clear that “Hamilton” wasn’t the reason the film got made — in fact, it interrupted things. But Diggs’ rising fame has made it a lot easier to sell the film. “I think my name opens some doors now,” the actor says. “A lot more people will see it. Which is great.”The film screened on opening day at Sundance. What was most gratifying, both men say, is how eager people were to discuss it afterward — and argue. “The best works of art are ones you come away from and want to talk about,” Diggs says. “We’d have been disappointed if everybody walked away with exactly the same feeling.”The two have lots more going on. “I think we just cherish it,” Casal says of the partnership.“Somebody referred to us as platonic life mates,” laughs Diggs. “It’s a pretty apt description.”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traffic advisories out for Coachella, Stagecoach festivals by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2019 6:43 am PDTcenter_img RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Travellers planning to drive through the Indio area of the Southern California desert should prepare for heavy traffic each weekend for the rest of the month due to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals.The California Department of Transportation says the festivals affect traffic on Interstate 10 and State Route 60.Peak travel days for eastbound traffic are the Fridays before the events. Sundays are peak travel days for westbound traffic.Caltrans advises that people travelling to the events on northbound Interstate 15 should be aware of long-term closures of routes 74 and 243 for storm damage repair and instead connect to Interstate 215 north to the 10 or 60.The Coachella festival spans the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21. Stagecoach runs from April 26-28.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img (Courtesy MAD Magazine via Twitter) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2019 8:57 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2019 at 11:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURBANK, Calif. — Long-running satirical publication MAD magazine will be leaving newsstands this fall. Really.The illustrated humour magazine will still be available in comic shops and through mail to subscribers — but after its fall issue it will just reprint previously published material.The only new material will come in special editions at the end of the year.DC, the division of Warner Brothers that publishes the magazine, said MAD will pull from nostalgic cartoons and parodies published over the magazine’s 67-year run.The company also said it would still publish MAD special collections.Illustrators and comedians, including one-time guest editor “Weird Al” Yankovic, mourned the magazine’s effective closure online.“It’s pretty much the reason I turned out weird,” he said on Twitter.The Associated Press fall|MAD Magazine|newsstands|publication|satire MAD magazine to leave newsstands; no, really!last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The top 10 books on Apple Books-US by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 11:36 am PDTcenter_img Apple Book charts for week ending July 7, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. Backlash by Brad Thor – 9781982104054 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)3. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes – 9780525619253 – (Random House Publishing Group)4. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand – 9780316419994 – (Little, Brown and Company)5. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts – 9781101621219 – (Penguin Publishing Group)6. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben – 9780698411661 – (Penguin Publishing Group)7. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – 9780698408326 – (Penguin Publishing Group)8. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – 9780812998276 – (Random House Publishing Group)9. Paradox by Catherine Coulter – 9781501138140 – (Gallery Books)10. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – 9780735212770 – (Penguin Publishing Group)____The Associated Presslast_img read more

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