BusaboutSusie ByrdTalking Travel Susie Byrd recently joined Busabout as Sales Manager. Travel Monitor sat down and had a chat with Susie about her new role, what it involved and where she thinks the industry is going in the next 12 months.What does your job involve?Growing sales within my territory by providing training to agents however, it’s really all about talking to people and transferring your passion about the product.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love the fact that I’m constantly on the move. Coming straight off being a guide for the last 3 years living a nomadic lifestyle, this role is perfect for me as I get to meet so many beautiful people who are also curious to explore the world.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?As I’m only 2 months into the role, the biggest challenge for me so far is the learning curve required to get up to speed. The travel industry is changing so quickly so we have to be flexible and adapt.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?The travel industry really needs to keep up with the quickly changing demands of the everyday traveller. Everything is moving at warp speed and that includes how quickly a destination becomes popular and then slips into obscurity. We are responsible for providing for the demand but also ensuring that tourism in these areas remains sustainable so that destinations retain the reason we fell in love with them in the first place.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?Environmental travel- people are already looking to reduce plastic waste in their homes and everyday lives and are looking to make sure they’re supporting companies that do the same. Whether it’s having programs that plant trees, clean up waste or in general don’t support cruel animal tourism. It’s a step in the right direction for a more aware traveller to enrich the locals they visit, to do no harm and to also look for sustainable ways to support the countries, cities and villages we explore.Who inspires you most and why?I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to a singular person but anyone that is unapologetically strong and confident in their own self and skills is inspiring to me.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?My nerdy side is going to come out here but I would probably choose Nikola Tesla and just pick his brain about how he saw his inventions shaping the future. I’ve been wanting to go to on our Busabout Ultimate Vietnam trip so I’d definitely spend a day at the beach purely for the laughs of seeing Tesla in an 1890’s bathing suit.Contact Email: Susie.email@example.com
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Cardinals, winners of 6 of their last 7 games to even their record at7-7, are now 3-0 in overtime this year — all in Glendale. Previously,Arizona had beaten St. Louis and Dallas in overtime affairs.Cleveland started quickly, taking the opening kickoff and driving 76yards down the Cardinals’ throats, culminating in a Peyton Hillis 1-yardtouchdown run to give the Browns a 7-0 lead.In the third quarter, backup Seneca Wallace hit Greg Little on a 76-yardtouchdown pass to stretch the lead to 17-7. It was the Browns’ longestplay from scrimmage this season. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away GLENDALE, AZ — The Arizona Cardinals have found a comfort zone.Strangely enough, it’s in overtime.Jay Feely booted a 22-yard field goal with 10:56 left in overtime liftingthe Cardinals to a 20-17 win in front of 60,443 fans at University ofPhoenix Stadium.The winning field goal was set up by a 38-yard punt return by PatrickPeterson, which gave Arizona a first down on the Cleveland 40-yard line.Later in the possession, John Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 32-yardcompletion on 3rd down and 6 which took the ball down to the Browns’4-yard line.
TEMPE, Ariz. — At some point recently, you may have heard that the NFL has become a passing league. It’s true. Quarterbacks are piling up yards while receivers are putting up monster totals. Records are continually falling, and while it’s not quite the Arena Football League, defenses are still left trying to add pass rushers and cornerbacks to combat the aerial assault. “Yeah, probably since the last time they emphasized the rules after the New England/Indianapolis stuff that went on and it got hard for a couple years,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if it is more difficult to play cornerback now than at any other time in NFL history. “I like the new rules. I think our guys are athletic enough to play without their hands on defense, and people need to keep their hands off peoples’ facemask. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share “I think the rules are good.”Spoken like a coach whose background is on the offensive side of the ball.According to NFLPenalties.com, referees are flagging teams for an average of 0.99 defensive holding, 0.891 defensive pass interference, 0.457 illegal contact and 0.761 illegal use of hands penalties per game. Those numbers, while not necessarily high, are all up from last season, when there was less emphasis on enforcing certain rules.You will not find anyone in the Cardinals’ secondary complaining about the referees and attributing any struggles they may have to the way the games are being called. However, the already difficult task of containing the opponent’s receivers is now even more so.“Oh no question, no question,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said when asked the same question as his coach. “I mean, you can’t touch them. After five yards you can’t touch them. Football is a physical game; we all understand as defensive players it’s becoming more of an offensive game. The NFL wants TV ratings and wants the game to be exciting. We understand that part.“But it’s definitely tough to be a defensive back in this league because all the rules favor the receiver, and it’s just our job to adjust.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
Go back to the e-newsletter >The travel industry is waiting with bated breath for further information about the development of Kokomo Yaukuve Island Fiji, the first foray into resort properties for Lang Walker of Walker Corporation.Due to open to the public in 2016, the resort is accessed from the mainland by a Twin Otter seaplane, just the beginning of a series of luxuries that Walker hopes will render this resort the best in Fiji.In an interview with The Australian, Walker admits that although “I’ve got my training wheels on a bit,” the property is set to become the most luxurious in its radius.Aimed at guests from Australia, New Zealand, the US and Asia, the resort was originally under the clutches of Amanresorts.“The banks pulled the plug on the finance and it sat there for eight years,” Walker told the Australian, and he made this his opportunity to salvage the property.Surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, the resort in its current stage features five villas, each featuring four-to-five bedrooms. Formal and informal living rooms, a kitchen and a separate dining room facilitate the needs of each guests, as does the outdoor shower complete with timber deck.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Italy overtakes FranceThe USA held on to its number two position showing that Brits are still willing to spend on long haul flights despite tougher economic times, but the third most popular summer destination was Italy which moved up two places compared to last year, displacing Turkey (4th) and overtaking France (5th).After a summer of civil unrest in 2010, Greece also moved up two places to number six this year which will come as welcome news at a time when economic woes in the country are still ongoing. Portugal fell one place to number seven, Cyprus moved up one to number 8, and the UK also dropped slightly to 9th, suggesting a move away from the ‘staycation’ trend of last summer. Croatia moved into the top ten, displacing Thailand which fell one place to number 11.Balkans BoomingThe highest new entry was from Kosovo which rocketed into the top 100 at number 67. Interest in the Balkan region has increased generally, with neighbouring Serbia climbing 11 places, Macedonia entering the Top 100 at number 95, and Bosnia and Herzegovina also just squeezing in at number 100. With a choice of city breaks, stunning coastline and mountain retreats, the Balkan region is evidently increasing its appeal to British visitors looking for somewhere different and offering good value for money.High Risers: Bangladesh, Cape Verde and MadagascarDestinations to see the biggest jumps in popularity compared to last summer were: Bangladesh which rose 15 places to number 81, Cape Verde rising 13 places to 78; Madagascar rising 11 places to 86, possibly helped by the recent BBC documentary series on the country, and Serbia which has been marketing heavily to the UK over the last year, rising 11 places to number 40.Beach Luxury DownMauritius dropped in popularity as did Antigua, Barbuda, and the Seychelles which disappeared from the Top 100 altogether; possibly due to the recent increases in APD tax, and a drop in high- end, luxury destination bookings.100 Most Popular Summer Destinations for British Tourists 20111. Spain 2. USA 3. Italy [+2]4. Turkey [-1]5. France [-1]6. Greece [+2]7. Portugal [-1]8. Cyprus [+1]9. UK [-2]10. Croatia [+1]11. Thailand [-1]12. Bulgaria +13. Canada [-1]14. Germany [-1]15. Australia 16. Ireland [+1]17. Poland [-3]18. Netherlands [+6]19. India [+1]20. Morocco [+1]21. Malaysia [+1]22. Switzerland [+1]23. Malta [-4]24. Czech Republic [+2]25. Egypt [-7]26. Indonesia [+5]27. South Africa [-2]28. Austria [+1]29. Hungary [-1]30. Mexico [+3]31. Kenya [+4]32. Sri Lanka [+9]33. Sweden [-6]34. China [+6]35. Hong Kong [-5]36. Norway [-2]37. New Zealand [+1]38. Albania [+1]39. Brazil [-7]40. Serbia [+11]41. Singapore [+1]42. Jamaica [+3]43. Japan [-6]44. Vietnam [-1]45. United Arab Emirates [-1]46. Denmark [-10]47. Russia [+3]48. Philippines [+10]49. Romania [+3]50. Tunisia [-4]51. Cuba [+9]52. Saudi Arabia [+14]53. Tanzania [-6]54. Peru [+2]55. Pakistan [-1]56. Latvia [+5]57. Finland [+2]58. Lithuania [-1]59. Gibraltar [+4]60. Iceland [-7]61. Israel [-6]62. Ghana [+2]63. Slovenia [+2]64. Belgium [-2]65. Slovakia [-17]66. Barbados [+1]67. Kosovo [NEW ENTRY]68. Dominican Republic [+7]69. Ukraine [+1]70. Colombia [+2]71. Estonia [+8]72. Montenegro [+1]73. Costa Rica [-4]74. Mauritius [-25]75. Argentina [-7]76. Korea (South) [+1]77. Zimbabwe [-6]78. Cape Verde [+13]79. Uganda [-5]80. Lebanon [-4]81. Bangladesh [+15]82. Nepal [+1]83. Nigeria [-1]84. Fiji 85. Cambodia 86. Madagascar [+11]87. Ecuador [-7]88. Maldives [-7]89. Jordan [+4]90. Zambia [-1]91. Algeria [-13]92. Malawi [NEW ENTRY]93. Trinidad and Tobago [-7]94. Iran [-2]95. Macedonia [NEW ENTRY]96. Syria [-8]97. Bahamas [NEW ENTRY]98. Taiwan 99. Chile [-9]100. Bosnia and Herzegovina [NEW ENTRY]Most searched for destinations on Skyscanner website for UK departures for June-September travel. Numbers in brackets show movement in ranking compared to Summer 2010. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!Summer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakersSkyscanner Flight Trends June 2010Crete, Sydney and Jo-burg up, Malta, Madrid and Venice down Spain remains number one most popular holiday destination for British tourists, but Italy, the Balkans and Greece are all rising up the charts this year.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOcean Sky, one of Europe’s fastest growing private aviation companies, announces a multi-million pound transformation of its private jet base (Fixed Base Operation / FBO) at London Luton Airport, giving it the ability to handle the anticipated rush of international passengers to London over the Olympics.The enlarged facilities will also include a luxurious passenger lounge, a new concierge service and seamless screening. On completion Ocean Sky will be able to handle three times as much business.Ocean Sky CEO Stephen Grimes comments ‘we are forecasting a significant increase in turnover at Luton following the new FBO’s opening. With space for up to 3o aircraft at any one time we will have the capacity in our first year to double our annual movements.’The new FBO will cater for all types of business aircraft from helicopters to long-range business jets.Grimes comments further ‘our diversified model covering ownership services, charter, sales and acquisition, interiors, engineering and handling protects us from fluctuations in the demand for private aviation travel. We are strongly committed to growth, which will see us expand our luxury offering to new locations in Europe and emerging territories.’By developing a state-of-the-art FBO at Luton, Ocean Sky will cement its position as a major player in the aviation market.The development is scheduled for completion late summer.www.oceansky.com
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineHaving satisfied the palates of distinguished travelers for the past 170 years, Cunard Line continues this tradition as it announces the fine restaurants and bars aboard the Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, debuting this fall. Guests will be treated to an array of experiences, some of which pay homage to fondly remembered venues on the fleet’s predecessors and others that expand upon the successful restaurants and bars currently aboard sister ships, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The venues will exhibit art deco flourishes, rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles, each having a distinct design that enhances the room’s purpose and recalls the much loved traditions of Cunard Line.“In planning for the dining and bar options to be offered on board Queen Elizabeth, we looked for inspiration in all the venues that Cunard has created during its history and built upon the best of its offerings,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “With the debut of Queen Elizabeth, Cunard will become one of the oldest names in ocean travel, sailing the industry’s youngest fleet, so it is natural for us to recognize our past while always innovating for the future needs of today’s discerning traveler.”Whether guests look to participate in traditional British tea service, meet up with friends for a cocktail, indulge in a sumptuous meal or find a quiet table to enjoy a nightcap, they will find themselves surrounded by elegant décor, treated to Cunard’s signature White Star Service TM and the finest in food and beverage offerings. Heading the multi-layered culinary program is Cunard’s renowned Global Culinary Ambassador Jean-Marie Zimmermann, who continues to define the culinary standards for excellence aboard flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and now Queen Elizabeth.The Verandah – Continuing a Tradition of Fine Dining at Sea In their day, The Verandah Grills on Queen Mary and the original Queen Elizabeth were perhaps the most exclusive dining rooms at sea, on a par with exclusive private clubs in London, New York and Paris. On the former Queens, The Verandah Grills were available to first-class passengers who wanted a truly exclusive experience. The rooms would be frequented by royalty, film stars, the rich and the famous. In keeping with this tradition, The Verandah restaurant on the new Queen Elizabeth will offer an experience that encompasses exquisite cuisine, contemporary design and impeccable service.With menus created by Chef Zimmermann, The Verandah, located on Deck 2, will be a celebration of fine French cuisine, paying homage to the chef’s homeland. A light and elegant room, views of the ocean and the Grand Lobby will set the tone for a distinguished dining experience. The art is inspired by the playful and whimsical murals on the first two Queens and the vintage menus tell a story of the dining experience on board the original Queen Elizabeth.Guests will experience an emotional link to those that dined on the original Queen Elizabeth whilst enjoying the very best in French Cuisine.The dishes served will take guests on a culinary journey through France, evoking the special personality and flavor of regions such as Périgord, Pyrenees, Alsace, Bresse and Burgundy. Sourcing products from the finest purveyors, including many in France, Chef Zimmermann will combine these with the best methods to achieve the quintessential taste experience. Guests can look forward to enjoying culinary masterpieces, such as Monkfish and Rascas Fish Bouillabaisse, Magret Duck, Baked Brie de Meaux Brioche, and Hot Vanilla Soufflé infused with Edmond Briottet Peach Liqueur. The anticipated alternative restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner for a small surcharge.The Grills – The Ultimate in World-Class Private Dining at Sea The restaurants will follow a similar pattern to the award-winning Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, with the Line’s celebrated five-star Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants being offered to those guests in Grills suites. Both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants will be located on top of the ship (Deck 11), enclosed by graceful and gently curving panoramic glass walls on the seaboard sides, and cantilevered out over the side of the vessel above Deck 10. The Grills restaurants will offer a single seating, allowing for guests to enter at a time of their choosing. A la carte menus will be featured in both restaurants, featuring classic dishes Cunarders have come to know well and some new specialties.The restaurants, although architecturally similar, will be decorated distinctly in an Art Deco fashion to create an individual feel in each dining room. Grills guests also will have exclusive use of their own private bar and lounge, conveniently located next to the Grills restaurants, complete with resident Concierge.French-style doors will open from each Grills restaurant onto the Courtyard, an exclusive patio area, where al fresco dining will be offered. Steps will lead up to the Grills Terrace, a secluded retreat that is on the ship’s uppermost deck, where Grills guests can enjoy luxurious sun beds and dedicated waiter service.Britannia Restaurant – Refined Dining and Service at Its Best The main dining room, the Britannia Restaurant, is destined to be one of the most remarkable dining rooms at sea, spanning Decks 2 and 3 at the stern of the vessel. Art Deco decorative flourishes create a dramatic backdrop for this two-tiered dining room that is sure to evoke memories of classic ocean liner restaurants. A sweeping staircase, ideal for making a grand entrance, and a backlit decorative ceiling are among the focal points. Breakfast and lunch will be served by open seating and guests have the option of either early or late sitting for dinner.Britannia Club – Separate Single Seating Restaurant Like Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth also will offer the Britannia Club, where guests traveling in AA category staterooms will enjoy single-seating dining at a time of their choosing. New for Queen Elizabeth is that this is a separate dining room. The exclusive dining room will be rich with art deco flourishes, a beautiful ceiling with backlit decorative glass panels, a sand-blasted decorative glass wall and panoramic windows for sea views.Exploring the World’s Cuisines in the Lido Restaurants Open 24 hours a day, The Lido Restaurants on Deck 9 will be light, spacious, casual areas with wonderful sea views. Taking note of the cuisines from the exotic destinations that the Line visits during its legendary World Voyages, the Cunard culinary team presents a range of global dishes, offering guests an array of gourmet options that are sure to satisfy any palate. During the day, breakfast and lunch will be served buffet-style.In the evenings, the dining experience is elevated when one of three regional cuisines is highlighted and waiter table service becomes available. Each is offered for a three-day period and include:. Asado – The true essence of South American cuisine, Asado will feature the traditional style of cooking meats on a grill. Guests may choose from a selection of dishes from the Rotisserie and Grill, such as Roasted Chimmichuri Chicken and Argentinean Lamb Chops with Pistachio.. Aztec – A cut above the rest, featuring fine and authentic regional Mexican cuisine. Aztec will explore the variety of spices and ingredients which are native to the country. Guests can look forward to appetizing dishes such as Chile Relleno de Espinaca and Banana-Wrapped Snapper Veracruzana. Jasmine – Pan-Asian cuisine, drawing on influences from Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and China. Tantalizing dishes are inspired by the many flavors of the region, producing dishes that range from Aromatic Crispy Duck to Char Siew Pau.Nods to Past Queens Provide Familiar Venues for Cocktails and Light Bites Named after a room on the first Queen Elizabeth and inspired by the glass houses at Kew Gardens, The Garden Lounge will be a palm-filled conservatory with a magnificent vaulted glass ceiling, making it a truly light and airy place to sit by day. Murals of garden parties gracing the walls will lend to the open and whimsical feeling of the room. On select days at sea, the venue, located on Deck 9, will serve Champagne afternoon tea service, featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne, for a surcharge of $25 per person. Occasional evening “Supper Clubs” will present guests with the opportunity to mix dining with dancing under the stars. Small plates of savories and sweets will be served while live musical entertainment is presented.As a successor to Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship also will reflect this great liner via artwork and memorabilia and will have its very own Yacht Club, named after the lively aft lounge on QE2. Located on Deck 10, the nautically-themed room will offer guests 270-degree views and the perfect setting for activities and gatherings during the day. It also will double as a dramatic evening venue for cocktails and dancing. The Yacht Club will re-create the much loved ambience and experience that was so appreciated on board QE2 for many years.The original Queen Elizabeth will be celebrated in the Midships Bar on Deck 3 in a space named after one of the more popular spaces on the original ship. Cabinets will house memorabilia from that liner with artwork reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s. A piano will provide the perfect opportunity for lively musical evenings in the intimate lounge and – as they did on the original Queen Elizabeth – guests will meet at the end of the day to share the news and happenings of the day.Current Favorites Provide Ideal Settings for Cocktails and Nibbles Queen Elizabeth will offer a range of bars and clubs to suit a wide range of tastes with a variety of atmospheres.On Deck 10, guests will find the Commodore Club, a nautically-themed observation lounge, similar to that on Queen Victoria. Rich leathers and wood paneling give the feel of a classic private club. Maritime buffs will be treated to models of the entire current fleet, as well as murals depicting the liner and the historic moment when Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria met in Southampton. Providing extensive views over the ship’s bow and a host of intimate seating areas, the space is the perfect venue to enjoy a martini, cozy up with a novel or just watch the world float by.Due to the popularity of Café Carinthia on Queen Victoria, this inviting lounge will return to Queen Elizabeth and offer guests even more space to enjoy conversation and libations. Touting a leaded-glass ceiling, marbles and Art Deco touches, the space will be a beautiful retreat where guests will be able to choose from a selection of sweet pastries, fine teas and coffees. Located in a central position on Deck 2, overlooking the Grand Lobby, the Café is an ideal place for people watching.The Golden Lion Pub, another Cunard signature, will offer English pub food for lunch in a traditional British pub setting. From fish and chips to shepherd’s pie, guests will be able to enjoy a taste of the United Kingdom, no matter where in the world the ship is sailing. They also can select from a variety of ales and catch a sporting event on the plasma screen televisions in Cunard’s popular pub, located on Deck 2.A Cunard Tradition – Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room Queen Elizabeth’s two-deck Queens Room ballroom, another Cunard signature feature, is designed for traditional English afternoon tea service, complete with finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with jam and cream, served by white-gloved waiters. Musicians will play soft melodies, creating a soothing background for this civilized custom that has become a Cunard hallmark. This grand room on Decks 2 and 3 highlights Cunard’s royal links and traditions and will have murals inspired by views from royal palaces and a photographic collection of Cunard’s Royal ship namings.Queen Elizabeth will be the second largest Cunarder ever built and will join her sisters, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, as part of the youngest fleet in the world. The first Queen Elizabeth was one of Cunard’s greatest ships, and the new Queen Elizabeth will reflect her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with a modern twist.Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday 12 October 2010. This 13-night celebration will leave from the company’s home port, Southampton, and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (overnight call) and Funchal. She will then embark on five celebratory maiden voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean.www.cunard.com
FILE – In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Spacey arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Production is resuming next year on the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.” Taping of the political drama was halted in October amid sexual misconduct allegations against star Spacey. Netflix Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos told a conference Monday, Dec. 4, of the decision, Variety reported. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2017 12:56 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘House of Cards’ to resume taping minus star Kevin Spacey LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Production is resuming next year on the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.”Taping of the political drama was halted in October amid sexual misconduct allegations against star Kevin Spacey.Netflix Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos told a conference Monday of the decision, Variety reported.In November, Netflix said it wouldn’t be involved with the series if Spacey remained. Producer Media Rights Capital suspended him.The eight-episode season will focus on co-star Robin Wright. No release date has been announced.Netflix has said the decision to end the series was made before Spacey was accused of trying to seduce a teenager in 1986. He said he didn’t recall it, but allegations by other men followed.Spacey’s rep has said he is seeking unspecified treatment
by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 1:56 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conductor Levine, ousted after sex abuse inquiry, sues Met NEW YORK, N.Y. – Conductor James Levine sued the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday after a sexual misconduct investigation sank his storied career, saying the renowned company exploited baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him without so much as a phone call.“Cynically hijacking the good will of the #MeToo movement,” the Met and its general manager, Peter Gelb, “brazenly seized on these allegations as a pretext to end a longstanding personal campaign to force Levine out of the Met,” said Levine’s suit, filed in a Manhattan state court.But a lawyer for the Met said Levine wasn’t the victim of a vendetta but a man fired because of “credible and corroborated evidence of sexual misconduct.”“It is shocking that Mr. Levine has refused to accept responsibility for his actions and has today instead decided to lash out at the Met with a suit riddled with untruths,” attorney Bettina (Betsy) Plevan said in a statement.The suit accuses the Met and Gelb of defamation and breach of contract. It seeks at least $5.8 million in damages — and “to restore Levine’s name, reputation and career.”Unleashed three days after his ouster, the suit represents Levine’s most extensive public effort to date to combat allegations of sexual abuse and harassment that go back decades.Levine’s suit says one of his accusers sent him friendly letters for decades after their alleged encounter that never accused him of wrongdoing, and even talked of visiting. The suit says the Met wouldn’t tell Levine who some accusers were but acknowledged no one who worked at the opera company made a complaint about him during his 46 years there.The opera company suspended Levine and began an investigation in December, after the New York Post and The New York Times aired allegations of sexual misconduct from three men who said it took place decades ago when they were teenage music students or aspiring conductors. A fourth man later came forward to say Levine had sexually abused him when he was a 20-year-old music student.Levine, 74, has called the claims unfounded.“I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor,” he said in a December statement. “My fervent hope is that in time, people will come to understand the truth.”He hasn’t been charged with any crime. Prosecutors in Lake County, Illinois, said in December they had investigated a 1980s sexual abuse allegation but concluded that they could not bring charges, citing factors including the age of consent — 16 — at the time.But the Met said Monday that its investigation, by an outside lawyer, found credible evidence of “sexually abusive and harassing conduct” both before and during Levine’s tenure there.His suit calls the investigation “nothing more than a kangaroo court” that capped years of efforts by Gelb to get rid of him.“Gelb pursued this agenda for his personal gain to advance his own career and step out of the long shadow cast by Levine’s incredible talent,” says the complaint from Gelb’s lawyers, Elkan Abramowitz and Edward J.M. Little.The events have brought scrutiny upon the Met, as well as Levine.One of the world’s most prominent opera companies, the Met has faced questions about why it didn’t act sooner, particularly since a Lake Forest detective contacted the company in October 2016.Gelb has said he briefed Met board leaders about the police investigation and spoke to Levine. But at the time, the opera company decided to leave the matter to police, a Met spokeswoman said in December.The Met said its own inquiry found any claims of a Met “coverup of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated.”After Leonard Bernstein’s 1990 death, Levine was regarded as the top American conductor, so widely known he was given a starring role in the film “Fantasia 2000.”He made his Met debut in 1971, became chief conductor in 1973, then music or artistic director from 1976 until he stepped down two years ago because of Parkinson’s disease. Levine then became music director emeritus and headed the Met’s young artists program until his suspension.He has conducted from a wheelchair since a 2011 spinal injury.The Met paid Levine’s company, Phramus LLC, over $1.8 million for his services as music director in the year ending July 31, 2016, according to the Met’s last-released tax return. The lawsuit says his pay as music director emeritus dropped to $400,000, plus additional pay for performances.___Associated Press writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.
Harry, Meghan choose wedding photographer with royal link LONDON – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen as their official wedding photographer a man with a royal pedigree who has photographed Beyonce, Julia Roberts and other stars.Kensington Palace said Friday that Alexi Lubomirski will take pictures at the gala event on May 19 at Windsor Castle.He also took the couple’s engagement photos, which included a very personal black and white portrait of the couple embracing.Lubormirski holds the title His Serene Highness Prince Alexi. He is descended from a powerful Polish family that received the hereditary title of prince of the Holy Roman Emperor in the 17th century.He was born in England but now lives in New York.___For complete royal wedding coverage, visit https://apnews.com/tag/Royalweddings by The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 8:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AP advice: don’t make polls only subject of campaign stories NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Associated Press says its journalists should not use public opinion polls as the sole subject in a political campaign story.The news organization said Tuesday that it is updating its influential Stylebook with a new chapter on polls — at least in part as a response to the 2016 presidential campaign. The vast majority of polls that year showed Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump for president, and she did in the popular vote. But Trump won the electoral college and thus the presidency.The AP says polls are still an important part of campaign coverage. But polls are only one tool, and the Stylebook entry says that the mere existence of a poll is not enough to make it news. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 7:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 8:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home An ancient Dacian gold bracelet is displayed during a press conference at the national history museum in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, April 19, 2018. A treasure trove of coins and bracelets from the 1st century that were stolen from archeological sites in western Romania and illegally smuggled out of the country has been put on display after being recovered in Austria during a cross-border investigation.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) BUCHAREST, Romania – Coins and bracelets from the 1st century that were looted from western Romania years ago and smuggled out of the country were put on display Thursday after a joint investigation with Austria brought them back home.The treasure trove of gold and silver artifacts, stolen between 2000 and 2001, was presented at Romania’s National History Museum. The items were found in Austria in 2015 and returned following a cross-border investigation.The artifacts_473 coins and 18 bracelets— were taken from archaeological sites in the Orastie Mountains that had been inhabited by Dacians, who fought against the Romans in the early 2nd century.General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar said 21 people have been convicted in the thefts.Museum curator Ernest Oberlander-Tarnoveanu said it was “one of the finest recoveries of Dacian treasure in last 200 years” and called their return “a moment of joy, hope and … pride.”He said the artifacts may have been an offering that a Dacian family made to the gods, which now was valued at “tens of millions of euros (dollars).”Lazar urged Romanians to be vigilant in guarding their national heritage, and praised a local shepherd who called police after he saw someone entering an archaeological site with a metal detector.He said intermediaries had taken the artifacts to auction houses and antique shops claiming “they are from my late grandparent’s collection.” by Alison Mutler, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before — “Star Trek.”CBS All Access said Saturday that Stewart has been tapped to headline a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard.The new series is not a “Next Generation” reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed.Stewart headlined his “Star Trek” series for seven seasons and portrayed Picard in the movies “Star Trek Generations” (1994), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998) and “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002).In a statement, Stewart says he thought his “Star Trek” days “had run its natural course” so he considers it a delightful surprise to be playing Picard again.___This story has been corrected to show the name of the series is “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” not “Star Trek: New Generation.” by The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2018 5:01 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 file photo, Actor Patrick Stewart attends a press conference for the film ‘Logan’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before _ “Star Trek.” CBS All Access said Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 Stewart has been tapped to headline a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his “Star Trek: New Generation” character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File) Patrick Stewart to reprise ‘Star Trek’ role in new series
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2018 11:29 am PDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chicago ‘anti-bait truck’ event to offer free shoes CHICAGO – A Chicago rapper’s foundation will be giving away thousands of shoes in a South Side neighbourhood where a recent law enforcement sting using “bait trucks” to catch shoe thieves faced criticism.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that rapper Vic Mensa’s SaveMoneySaveLife foundation will give away shoes Sunday in the Englewood neighbourhood.The event comes after residents filmed police arresting a man and accused officers of trying to entrap poor residents with bait trucks.Norfolk Southern Railroad organized the sting with assistance from the Chicago Police Department. The company has since apologized.Foundation Co-Founder Laundi Keepseagle says the event will include multiple “anti-bait trucks” with gym shoes for everyone from toddlers to adults.Mensa and Chance the Rapper will also be in attendance.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2018 2:08 pm PDT Bestselling Books Week Ended November 25th.FICTION1. “The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 13)” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)2. “Paw Patrol 5-Minute Stories Collection” by Random House (Random House Books for Young Readers)3. “Trolls 5 Minute Stories” by Random House (Random House Books for Young Readers)4. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)5. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald-the Original Screenplay” by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine)6. “Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)7. “Look Alive Twenty-Five” by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)8. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)9. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)10. “Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine)” by David Baldaaci (Grand Central Publishing)NONFICTION1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)2. “Homebody” by Joanna Gaines (Harper Design)3. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)4. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines (William Morrow)5. “Whose Boat is This Boat?” by The Late Show Staff with Stephen Colbert (Simon & Schuster)6. “Elf on the Shelf” (Aabersold/CCA and B LLC)7. “It’s Not Supposed to Be this Way” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)8. “Killing the SS” Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)9. “Guinness World Records 2019” (Guinness World Records)10. “Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)FICTION E-BOOKS1. “Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)2. “Dark Sacred Nights” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)3. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)4. “Past Tense : A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child (Transworld Digital)5. “Beauchamp Hall” by Danielle Steel (Dell)6. “The Other Miss Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn (Avon)7. “Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum)” by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)8. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)9. “Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine)” by David Baldaaci (Grand Central Publishing)10. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron Books)NONFICTION E-BOOKS1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)2. “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund and Osa Rosling (Flatiron Books)3. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)4. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)5. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl (Beacon Press)6. “The Penguin Lessons” by Tom Michell (Ballantine)7. “Building a Storybrand” by Donald Miller (HarperCollins Leadership)8. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan Books)9. “The World of Lore: Dreadful Places” by Aaron Mahnke (Del Rey)10. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)NPD BookScan gathers point-of-sale book data from about 16,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 85 per cent of the nation’s book sales. Print-book data providers include all major booksellers and Web retailers, and food stores. E-book data providers include all major e-book retailers. Free e-books and those sold for less than 99 cents are excluded. The fiction and nonfiction lists in all formats include both adult and juvenile titles; the business list includes only adult titles. The combined lists track sales by title across all print and e-book formats; audio books are excluded. Refer questions to Michael.Boone(at)wsj.com.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts his first performance as the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera’s 135-year-old history when he mounts the podium of the financially challenged company Tuesday night in a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by Tony-winning director Michael Mayer.Rafael Kubelik lasted six performances as the Met’s first music director in 1973, quitting after clashes over casting. James Levine started a 40-year reign in 1976 that lasted more than 2,300 performances. He was pushed out two years ago following a decade of declining health. He was fired from his emeritus role last March after allegations of sexual misconduct the Met found to be credible.The Met said in June 2016 that Nezet-Seguin would become music director for the 2020-21 season and moved up the timetable last February.Ronald Blum, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2018 7:17 am PDT Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met
by Dan Sewell, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 11:15 am PDT Kentucky teen at centre of viral encounter sues over stories AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CINCINNATI — The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist is suing The Washington Post for $250 million. He is also threatening legal action against The Associated Press and other news organizations.In papers filed Tuesday in federal court in Kentucky, Nicholas Sandmann and his parents alleged that the Post had engaged in “targeting and bullying” and modern “McCarthyism.”President Donald Trump cheered the lawsuit, tweeting Wednesday that “Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!” The legal action, and possible future ones, comes at a time of intense scrutiny of Trump’s relationship with the press, which he has repeatedly labeled the “enemy of the people.”Dan Sewell, The Associated Press
World Video Game Hall of Fame to announce inductees by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2019 5:21 am PDT ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The World Video Game Hall of Fame is ready to honour a new group of games for their impact on the industry and pop culture over time.The class of 2019 will be inducted Thursday morning at The Strong museum in Rochester, where the hall of fame is housed.Officials announced the 12 finalists in March. In the running for induction this year were: “Candy Crush,” ”Centipede,” ”Colossal Cave Adventure,” ”Dance Dance Revolution,” ”Half-Life,” ”Microsoft Solitaire,” ”Mortal Kombat,” ”Myst,” ”NBA 2K,” ”Sid Meier’s Civilization,” ”Super Mario Kart” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee.”This will be the fifth class to be inducted since the World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015. Last year, “John Madden Football,” ”Spacewar!” ”Tomb Raider” and “Final Fantasy VII” were honoured.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
September 12, 2002 Concrete batch planthas been an integral part of our construction history for many years.[Photo & text: T] Conveyer belt movessand, gravel and cement into the transit mixer truck. [Photo & text: T] Breaking cement bagsby hand is indeed a hands-on-in-dust experience for Arcosanti workshop participants. [Photo & text: T] We are back! Weapologize for the whole week of absence while our web and mail serverswere down. We missed a few of the Daily Progress postings too. Soplease check the last few we posted with this announcement. [Photo &text: T]
October 23, 2009 The Different Skies musicians gave a special performance to a group of students from the neighboring ORME School, as well as to a group of 50 students from the Facultad de Arquitectura y Diserto, Extension Ensenada, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. The students from Ensenada visited Arcosanti for an extensive architectural tour and enjoyed the impromptu liveliness of the music. [photo: Anna Tran & text: hk] 2009 Different Skies participants: [back row from left] Ivan Schwartz, Allen Goodman, Brian Good, Bill Marx, Rus Foster, Jonathan Mills, John Rossi III, Giles Reaves and John Krikawa. [front row from left] Greg Hurley, Bill Fox, Kevin Haller, Mike Metlay, Otso Pakarinen and Tim Walters. The weeks practice sessions culminate into a public performance on Saturday, October 24. 2009. The evening event will start with a complimentary tour at 5 pm, followed by Dinner in the Cafe at 6 pm, and the Concert starts at 7:30 pm. For ticket information call 928 632-7135. [photo & text: hk]