A New Bank Rises

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination BB&T and SunTrust have announced that they will combine in an all-stock merger valued at $66 billion to create the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.According to Reuters, this is the biggest bank deal since the 2007-2009 financial crisis with the combined company expected to operate under a new name and have around $442 billion in assets. It is expected to have $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits.The new bank’s footprint would cover the East Coast with new corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.In terms of its revenue from the mortgage business, the banks projected the combined fee income of the merged entity at $88 billion with 7 percent coming in through residential mortgage banking. Of the combined loans of $301 billion, 27 percent would be from residential mortgages, the banks said in their presentation to investors.The new entity would be combining the current reach of BB&T and SunTrust bank to reach 10 million households and would have a Top 3 market share across eight states.In a statement, the companies said that the combined company’s board of directors and executive management team would be evenly split between the two institutions. In the current home markets for both companies, the combined company would maintain the Community Banking Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Wholesale Banking Center in Atlanta, Georgia reflecting the combined company’s commitment to increase the respective banks’ current levels of community investment.”This is a true merger of equals, combining the best of both companies to create the premier financial institution of the future,” said Kelly S. King, Chairman and CEO at BB&T. “It’s an extraordinarily attractive financial proposition that provides the scale needed to compete and win in the rapidly evolving world of financial services. Together with Bill’s leadership and our new SunTrust teammates, we’re going to bring the best of both companies forward to serve our clients and communities.”Looking at the strategic and financial benefits of the merger, the banks said that the combined company would preserve and maintain the strong cultures of BB&T and SunTrust to “deliver superior client service and preserve the community banking model to maintain close ties to shared local communities.” In terms of financial profile and operating metrics, the merger is expected to generate an internal rate of return of around 18 percent.The companies said that the merged entity would also take advantage of its enhanced scale to focus on selecting best of breed systems and processes and making significant investments in technology to “create a sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly digital-first world.””By bringing together these two mission- and purpose-driven institutions, we will accelerate our capacity to invest in transformational technologies for our clients. Our shared culture embraces the disruption of technology and we will take this innovative mindset to expand our leadership in the next chapter of these historic brands,” said William H. Rogers Jr. Chairman and CEO of SunTrust. With our geographic position, enhanced scale and leading financial profile, these two companies will achieve substantially more for clients, teammates, associates, communities, and shareholders than we could alone. I have tremendous respect for Kelly, his leadership team and the BB&T associates. We will leverage our respective strengths as we focus together on the future.”The new company’s leadership team would have King serving as the company’s Chairman and CEO until September 2021 with Rogers serving as the President and COO of the combined entity. Rogers will take over as the CEO of the combined entity post-September 2021.The transaction for this merger is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019. A New Bank Rises BB&T SunTrust 2019-02-07 Radhika Ojhacenter_img February 7, 2019 4,115 Views Sharelast_img read more

September 24 2018

first_imgSeptember 24 , 2018 “One of the sergeants just noticed one of the boxes didn’t seem quite right,” Jeremy Desel, department spokesperson, told CNN affiliate KTRK. “[He] looked a little further, removed that box off one of the pallets, took a look inside and saw something extraordinarily suspicious.”Within the boxes, officials discovered 540 packages of cocaine hidden among bundles of bananas. The donation came from Port of America in Freeport, Texas, according to the department.”There are several federal entities that are investigating and it’s a pretty significant find for them,” Desel was quoted as saying. The DEA and the US Customs and Border Protection are continuing to investigate, the Texas department said.”Our correctional officers and supervisory correctional officers are trained to notice things out of place that don’t seem quite right,” Desel was quoted as saying. U.S. authorities have discovered a massive haul of cocaine hidden in Dole-brand boxes of bananas that were due to be given to a Texas prison.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice found the drugs when officers went to pick of the two-pallets of fruit being donated to the prison and noticed someone was off about the weight of them.The haul is believed to be worth around US$18 million, CNN reports.”Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!,” posted the department on Facebook. China imports record banana volume … International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … center_img Colombia denies rumored outbreak of TR4 in the cou … You might also be interested in Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports …last_img read more

Viking Ocean CruisesViking Orion

first_imgViking Ocean CruisesViking Orion “Today is a proud day for the entire Viking family. Just three years ago we launched our first ocean ship, and now we are welcoming our fifth ship, whose name was selected to honour both the original Viking explorers who used the constellations for long-distance navigation, as well as the great space explorers of our time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We are grateful for Dr. Fisher’s many contributions to the scientific community, and we are humbled that she is godmother to Viking Orion. The spirit of exploration is at the heart of the Viking way of travel, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard our newest ship, which has been designed to offer opportunities for learning about the great history of space exploration.” American chemist and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher officially named Viking Orion in a ceremony at Livorno, Italy on Friday 15 June 2018. Now on her maiden voyage, the 990-guest Orion’s NASA links extend beyond her godmother with onboard ‘stellar’ features including a planetarium-like immersive theatre, an “Explorations in Space” collection conceived as a photographic journal through space, with a broad range of vintage photographs, including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA and captured by National Geographic photographers.During the naming ceremony, guests enjoyed a high-tech show and musical concert that paid tribute to Nordic mythology and the spirit of exploration. In keeping with the naming custom, Dr. Fisher used an historic Viking broad axe to cut a ribbon that allowed a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break on the ship’s hull.Named in honour of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project, the ship will continue her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean this summer before heading east to sail Viking’s newest itineraries in Asia, Australia and Alaska.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The selection of Cam Newton early in the draft Thursday could effect the Cardinals greatly, even if he ends up in a Panthers uniform. With the combination of labor uncertainty and the Panthers holding their plans for the first overall pick so closely, this is one of the murkiest drafts to project in the history of the NFL. All this speculation leaves the Cardinals in a precarious position with almost no idea how the top-four will shake out before they are on the clock. “I think everybody kind of figures they are going to take him number one but they haven’t said anything one way or another.”But if they go with a different player, the decision could affect the Cardinals who will be forced to debate if Newton is the answer should he last to number five. On the eve of the draft, Graves is probably wishing Moon is a little bit more sure than 90 percent. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Cardinals general manager Rod Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Wednesday and said he would want to know the Panther’s plans more than any other team ahead of the Cardinals in the draft. “I think what Carolina does will dictate what happens really throughout that first round,” Graves said.“Whether they decide to ultimately go with a quarterback or whether they go with some other position, I think it’s going to have a huge bearing on what takes place. I’d like to know if I could what they are going to do but the possibility of that is probably unlikely.”The Panthers had the league’s worst passing offense in 2010 but Newton could step in as the dynamic answer they covet after scoring 50 total touchdowns en route to a National Championship and Heisman trophy at Auburn last year. Newton’s mentor and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon put the odds of his protege ending up in Carolina at 90 percent on the Doug and Wolf show Wednesday. “Usually at this point, a team has pretty much played their hand if there was a guy that they were going to take at that position and maybe even started negotiations with the guy this late if they really felt they were going to take that guy number one. Carolina has really played their hand close to the vest,” Moon said.last_img read more

Arizona Sports Ron Wolfley also serves as the col

first_imgArizona Sports’ Ron Wolfley also serves as the color commentator for Arizona Cardinals radio broadcasts. He’s been kind enough to share his notes for this game against the St. Louis Rams. Here’s a look at what Wolf will be paying attention to Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Here comes the blitz!1) The CARDINALS need to beat the blitz Sunday!!a. Kevin Kolb was sacked 9 times the last time these two teams played. The Rams came after Kolb with a vast a varied blitz package that included a couple zero looks. If they did it to Kolb, they’ll do it to Ryan Lindley. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling BIG RED DEFENSE:Rams Offense: Points/Game: 17.4 (28) Red Zone: 48% (22) QBR: 83.5 (21) Sacks/Attempt Allowed: 23 Third Down %: 35% (22) Average yards/Carry: 4.35 (10) Rushing First-Downs: 54 (22) Rushing TDs: 3 (29) Giveaways (plus/minus): 15 (-6)The Dark Corners and the Shadows Creeping…Ryan Lindley v Jeff Fisher BlitzNate Potter v Robert QuinnBobby Massie v Chris LongFront 7 v Steven JacksonPatrick Peterson?Beanie Wells v EverybodyMichael Floyd?One’s a point, two’s a trend, three’s a pattern… Takeaways (plus/minus): 9 (-6)Balance and moderation in all things…The Rams revealed how you beat Ray Horton’s defense: run the ball and use play-action. Atlanta didn’t pay attention to what the Vikings, 49ers and Packers did and threw the ball with impunity. They almost lost the game (and should have) because of their insolence and played into the strength of this defense. This will not be the case Sunday. The Rams will run it and stay balanced.1) Stop Steven Jackson and Co. Do not allow the zone-scheme to have success.a. Gap disciplineb. Tackle well2) Be good on play-action: There is not a better play-action passing game than the tackle zone play-action. And Bradford is good at it. They will use it to throw the ball down the field.3) Get to Bradford. Much has been said about the Cardinals protection problems (and rightfully so) but the Rams have struggled to protect Bradford.4) Continue the turnover trend. The Rams have turned the ball over 15 times in 10 games. They will give the defense an opportunity to make a play and generate a takeaway.5) Don’t get cocky: the pass defense for the Cardinals has been outstanding for most of the year (Cards are #2 in DQBR: 72.8 {Bears}). They can ill-afford a letdown against Bradford; even though he only completed 7 passes against them in October, the Cards cannot get complacent on defense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo b. They did it to Ryan Tannehill until he threw a 9-route for a TD. Once he proved he could beat them, the Rams backed off and gave him more vanilla coverages. But then they ramped it back up again. MAKE THEM PAY WHEN THEY BLITZ!!2) The Cards have to stay out of third and obvious situations with Lindley.a. Be good on first downb. Get Larry involved underneath early in the game.c. REDRUN!3) Balance, balance, balance…a. The Cards need to run the ball as much as they throw it and use play-action liberally. They need to be three-dimensional.4) Pound the rock with Beanie Wells…I don’t care if he’s rusty, these guys remember Beanie Wells knocking their face off. As long as he’s healthy, I’ll give him the ball 25 times!5) Protect the ball. There is only one other team in the league that has generated fewer turnovers than the Rams defense (9). The Cardinals need to continue that woeful trend by not giving up anything cheap.BIG RED OFFENSE:Rams Defense: Points Allowed/Game: 23.7 (T18) Red Zone Defense: 59% (26) DQBR: 91.0 (17) Sacks/Attempt: (3) Third Down %: 39% (18) Average yards/Carry Allowed: 4.14 (15) Rushing First-Downs Allowed: 72 (25) Rushing TDs Allowed: 12 (T29)center_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley

first_imgArizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley completed 14-of-21 passes for 104 yards and an interception Sunday against the Lions. He was sacked once and had a quarterback rating of 58.4.But the most important number was the one on the scoreboard when the game clock reached 0:00, and that one read Arizona 38, Detroit 10. The Cardinals ended their nine-game losing streak and Lindley, a sixth round pick out of San Diego State in April, earned his first NFL win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   No one is declaring Lindley to be the team’s quarterback of the future or anything, and while Sunday’s game was not great, it was a step in the right direction. The 23-year-old said his comfort level is “a lot different” now from where it was when he made his NFL debut a few weeks ago in Atlanta, so one could surmise the should continually to gradually improve.“I feel a lot better, the game’s slowing down,” he said. “The biggest thing, I think, is knowing how to take the game all the way through, how to ride it out.“I think I learned a lot going through New York (a 7-6 loss) and what happened there, making the mistakes that I did.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It feels good,” Lindley said, noting how tough the last couple months have been for the team. “Just how it feels for us, getting off our back, the confidence we’re going to have going into these last two games and going into the offseason is big.“We wanted to pull this one out and be able to go in feeling good these last two weeks.”Of course, the Cardinals have to feel better about things if only due to the fact that their losing streak is over. However, Lindley still has yet to throw a touchdown pass,is completing just 51.1 percent of his passes and has thrown six interceptions. Add in that the team signed quarterback Brian Hoyer just last week, it would seem Lindley may not have a firm grasp on the starting job. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Lindley “played better” Sunday, pointing to a couple of throws the rookie made that left him impressed.“You can definitely see improvement as far as how he mentally and physically went into that game and handled it,” the coach said. “Now, we’ve got to see better as we continue to progress, that’s the expectation. I want to see him make some more throws, have a little bit more production, and hopefully that will happen.” Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson left Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints a little less than whole.The fifth-year pro was going down the field as part of the team’s punt coverage unit when, somehow, he severed the tip of his left middle finger. He didn’t return to the game.“It was pretty devastating for myself because it was a very close ballgame,” Johnson said Monday. “It was 7-7 at that point and it was a big game that I wanted to be a part of and wanted to do everything I could to help my teammates win. “I was thinking more about them and being more upset about that then I was, pretty much, about my finger.”Johnson commended the team’s trainers and coaching staff for handling the situation, and said the reality of him losing part of his finger did not set in until Monday morning.“I was joking around in the hospital, because they had some pretty good stuff to help me get through the pain,” he said, adding he was taking pictures and laughing about it. “It really didn’t set in until this morning when I got here and we took the gauze off and we got it cleaned up here and I actually got to see that it was the same length as my index finger.”The 2009 third-round pick out of Alabama said things like this happen, adding that you can’t play football without risking your health.That said, it’s not often a player loses part of a finger, so the recovery timetable is a bit uncertain.“The big part of it is infection just because the bone was exposed once I pulled it out of the glove, so they wanted to make sure that they got everything clean and got the stitches put in well,” he said, adding that pain tolerance is also part of the equation. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Johnson is not too concerned about how the finger — or lack there of — will impact his play, saying the middle finger has little impact on how a player catches the ball. In fact, he said his middle finger “probably wasn’t getting used for anything good anyway.”But football or not, this is something he’s going to have to live with.“It’s a different injury. We hear about ACLs, we hear about shoulder separations or different things like that,” he said. “But for someone to actually lose a part of their finger, and that’s something that you can’t just go and put back on. It’s gone.“It’s something that I will be without, something that I will have to adjust to. At the end of the day, I’ve got nine more and just move forward with it.”The Arizona Cardinals Broadcast Department contributed to this report 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

But if money is not the only determinant for Alber

first_imgBut if money is not the only determinant for Albert, don’t rule out Big Red. Steve Keim has proven himself to be an excellent recruiter and very persuasive: Jon Abraham, Karlos Dansby, Eric Winston, Matt Shaugnessy and Rashard Mendenhall were major contributors to the Cardinals’ 10-6 record in 2013. They all settled on Arizona as their free agent destination when they had other opportunities. Recruiting professional football players is now one of the new talents a GM must possess. The Art of the One Year Deal has become “en vogue” in the National Football League. Persuading free agents to sign one-year deals with your team may be the difference between a winning team and everybody else. And when money is comparable and is not the end-all-be-all for coveted free agents, the ability of GMs to persuade players becomes a critical free agent factor.In regard to Branden Albert playing LT for Arizona this season, let’s hope it comes down to more than just money. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img The salary cap continues to climb. The projected cap is now up to $133 million for 2014. This is great news for teams that are cap-strapped and the Arizona Cardinals are in good shape to be a player in free agency on March 3rd.If the projection is accurate, the Cardinals are $16 million under the cap.This means they have a real chance to re-sign Los Dirty, Karlos Dansby, fill holes by recruiting more one-year contracts AND get free agent LT, Branden Albert…Depending on what the Miami Dolphins do. The Dolphins are $39 million under the cap. If they want Branden Albert, and money is the only factor, I doubt the Cards could outbid Miami. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona ranked No. 31 out of 32 teams last season in rushing yards, coming in just ahead of Oakland Raiders, but finished dead last in the league with 3.3 yards per carry. The Cardinals had just six runs of 20 yards or more, with none of 40 yards or more.Ellington led Arizona in rushing in 2014, rushing for 660 yards on 201 carries with three touchdowns in 12 games before sustaining a season-ending hip injury against the Atlanta Falcons.Johnson is the Cardinals’ third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa.Stepfan Taylor ran for 208 yards on 63 carries in 2014, scoring just once in 14 games (four starts).Kerwynn Williams was thrust into action by injuries in 2014, rushing for 246 yards on 53 carries in five games. He ran for 23 yards on 10 carries in Arizona’s playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers last season.Marion Grice is an ASU alum who carried the ball just 15 times last season for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also scored Arizona’s second touchdown in their first-round loss to the Panthers.Arizona is met with stiff competition in the NFC West from Seattle (No. 2), San Francisco (No. 17) and St. Louis (No. 19). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img How intimidating do Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor, Kerwynn Williams and Marion Grice sound?Not that intimidating, according to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler.In Sessler’s list of the top running back groups in the NFL, he ranked the Arizona Cardinals as No. 27 out of the league’s 32 teams.The mark is last in the NFC West, and second-worst in the NFC.The Cardinals were one of the few teams he had no explanation for in the rankings, but the numbers speak for themselves. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Former Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas was claim

first_imgFormer Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Top Stories Thomas was 1-for-9 in two games in 2014. He played well in the final preseason game against the Denver Broncos, completing 9-of-10 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.The Cardinals did not make a waiver claim. #Dolphins got a QB, as Logan Thomas was claimed by MIA— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2015The former fourth-round pick battled for the third string quarterback job with Phillip Sims in the preseason. Thomas and Sims were both cut on Saturday to make room for the recently acquired Matt Barkley. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — When the NFL schedule came out in A

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — When the NFL schedule came out in April, the Week 8 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers looked like a premier game.Why would it have not been? The Panthers went 15-1 last season and reached the Super Bowl, while the Cardinals went 13-3 and fell to Carolina in the NFC Championship Game. Both were quite good last season, and were expected to once again be among the best in the league. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact A look at the statistics would show some of the reasons for their struggles. In Carolina, a defense that ranked sixth last season in yards and points per game has fallen to 24th and 29th, respectively, while in Arizona, the Cardinals’ offense has fallen from No. 1 in the NFL in yards and No. 2 in points per game to eighth and 15th.Those, among other issues, may be symptoms, and while they surely help to explain the teams’ slow starts, the question of why remains.Why did the Panthers’ defense slip so far? Why have the Cardinals been unable to replicate last season’s success?Perhaps the preseason expectations were a bit too much to handle.“I think so,” Rivera said. “I think the one thing you have to be able to do is separate what people are expecting as opposed to what you are, more important than anything else.“Sometimes it creates a lot of outside noise that could get in the way as well. As coaches, it’s our job to make sure our guys are focused and moving forward.”Rivera may be onto something, though it’s important to note he can only speak for his own team. Posed with a similar question, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said pressure to succeed this season has had nothing to do with his team’s early struggles. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   “I don’t think that had any damn thing to do with us,” he said. “We had a young player that was put in a position and he failed. He gave up a touchdown. We missed a kick. I don’t think it had anything to do with our performance in Buffalo. And, we missed another kick or we’d be in first place.”Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly feels similarly about his own team.“I just think you look at some of the games we’ve played and we’ve been close in a lot of games,” he said.  “It’s just that’s what the NFL is — it’s who can make a play at the end of the game and we just haven’t been able to do that.“We’ve been in a lot of games and you’ve just got to find a way at the end of the game to make something happen.”Of the Panther’s five loses, three have come by three points or less, while the Cardinals have fallen by two and four points while also tying a game they probably should have won.All that said, there is an old adage in the NFL that says a team is what its record indicates. If that’s the case, then neither the Panthers nor Cardinals are anything special.Arians’ perspective on his own team makes sense when you consider just how bullish everyone was with regards to the Super Bowl hype during the preseason. The expectations were embraced, because the belief was the team was certainly good enough to reach the big game. The caveat was that they would have to play well in order for it to happen. Then this season happened. Neither team got off to the kind of start that was predicted.The Panthers are a woeful 1-5, while the Cardinals are a pedestrian 3-3-1. Surprising?“Oh yeah. Most certainly,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “You’d like to believe that as well. Heck, the league thought that. We were the 4:30 game at one time, so we had an opportunity to do some good things and unfortunately that’s not it.”A few weeks ago, when the Panthers were 1-4 following a home loss to Tampa Bay and the Cardinals were 2-3 after a road win in San Francisco, the NFL elected to move the game from the primetime afternoon slot to a less-exciting morning window. It will instead feature the 4-2 Green Bay Packers at the 4-3 Atlanta Falcons.The NFL obviously wants to feature its best teams, and through seven weeks, neither the Panthers nor Cardinals can make a staunch claim that they belong in the conversation.The question is, why?While each team did lose some players from their 2015 rosters, conventional wisdom had each returning enough — with some key additions, too — to make you believe they were not going to take a step back. Just before the season the Las Vegas oddsmakers had them each at about 11/1 to win the Super Bowl, and Arizona was a popular pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI in Houston.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Like the Panthers, the Cardinals also are not out of the running, which means the preseason expectations are still reachable. Arians said the path to get there has changed, and that’s true. But whereas Carolina maybe needed a chance to breathe, Arizona believes it just needed time.Since starting the season 1-3, the Cardinals have seen their record improve while playing a much better style of football in wins over the 49ers and Jets along with a tie to the Seahawks.“Every year you get a new football team,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “Last year, the expectation was for us to come back this year and win the Super Bowl, but we’ve got a new football team.“So it’s going to take us a couple weeks to kind of find our groove, to just get back comfortable. And I know — especially defensively — we had a lot of new faces, so it was going to take us a month or so to really get comfortable with each other, to trust each other, just to build that chemistry.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories Just because they have not played well consistently does not mean there was a level of overconfidence based on the hype.“I don’t see it being a problem,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said. “I don’t feel like we’ve ever gone into a game or a week where we just felt like we’re going to line up and play and win. We understand anybody can beat you on any night or any day. So, I think we’ve done a good job, and B.A. reminds us all the time. He makes sure to throw out little one-liners and zingers to keep us grounded. He’s done a great job of that.”The way Arians sees it, his team has to expect to win, and win a lot.“You set a goal; you don’t talk about it every day,” he said. “You set a goal and then you go to work. That expectation never changes. Our expectations haven’t changed at all. Now, how we get there has changed.”The same can also be said for the Panthers, who even at 1-5 cannot be counted out in the mediocre NFC South. Remember, it was just two years ago when they won the division and reached the postseason with a 7-8-1 record, and it would probably not come as a shock to anyone to see them make a run by the time the season is over.last_img read more

Heres motivation for them Bruce Arians talkin bo

first_imgHere’s motivation for them. Bruce Arians talkin bout CenturyLink being the Cards Home field… 😂 #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/kuRXZxull4— (@3lone) December 25, 2017“We’ve got a big one next week, we know that’s our home field,” Arians said Sunday of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. “We’re going up there and kicking their (expletive).” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in overtime in a 6-6 tie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seattle’s home stadium has been named as one of the toughest stadiums to play in the NFL.However, the Cardinals have found their fair share of success in Seattle, winning the past three out of four meetings at CenturyLink Field.Still, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll laughed off Bruce Arians’ comments about it being the Cardinals’ home turf.“Bruce gets to say whatever he wants, man,” Carroll told MyNorthwest.com. ” “I don’t care, bring it on. We’ll go play some football Sunday and figure it out.”Carroll added that the comments made by Arians may motivate his team, saying they “might have a little fun with that.”The Seahawks playoff chances rely on their ability to beat the Cardinals and an Atlanta Falcons’ loss or tie against the Carolina Panthers. For the Cardinals, a win in Sunday’s game gives them the chance to play spoiler and finish 8-8 in a season riddled with injuries.Arians has confidence in his team and in quarterback Drew Stanton, who will make his second straight start since taking over for Blaine Gabbert after Week 15.Though, Arians admits he wishes he had quarterback who orchestrated the Cardinals three previous wins in Seattle, Carson Palmer. “There is just something about Carson up there and the way he throws the deep ball,” Arians told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Craig Grialou & Mike Jurecki on Tuesday. “We’ll be fine, I think Drew is going to be healthier. We were real close a couple years ago up there with Drew, we dropped a touchdown right in our hands at halftime.”Still, he expects his team to be ready for what is sure to be another physical matchup in this bitter rivalry.“It’s Seattle,” Arians said. “We’ve had some success up there and every time we play them it’s a knock down, drag out (game).” With the playoffs out of reach, the Cardinals’ chance to end the playoff hopes for Seattle is extra motivation for the players and head coach Bruce Arians. 6 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

Someday in August a decision could rock the Valle

first_imgSomeday in August, a decision could rock the Valley. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks will declare his starting quarterback for Week 1 of the NFL season. The moment could polarize the locker room and sports fans all across Arizona.Enjoy the calm before the storm.Sam Bradford vs. Josh Rosen is not a guarantee. It might not be necessary. It could be one of the most gripping competitions of training camp, worthy of national headlines. Top Stories This much is certain: Rosen has won the Super Bowl of first impressions. He has dispelled questions about his commitment to football. He’s earned glowing praise from grizzled veterans. He’s impressed his most discerning critics, the Cardinals’ offensive linemen, the men who must protect him.Related LinksCardinals’ Rosen chases perfection not worrying about rookie hurdlesKurt Warner: Rosen needs to prove he’s capable of starting earlyThat’s a heavy accomplishment for a 21-year old who came to Arizona on the strong tailwind of hype, a kid who arrived as a brash loudmouth and instantly changed the narrative.“No one is going to say you’re stepping on toes if you’re doing as much as you can every single day,” Rosen said.For now, the quarterback competition has been clean and full of camaraderie. Bradford texted Rosen shortly after the NFL draft, offering his support. Rosen has been careful to straddle the line, knowing his place while simultaneously declaring his talent. Mike Glennon has faded happily into the background, content to be somebody’s $4 million backup.So far, there are no bruised egos or hurt feelings.“With Sam, Mike and Chad (Kanoff), it’s a really awesome, productive, up-tempo quarterback room,” Rosen said Tuesday. “I’m finishing reps, coming off the two-minute period today, and Sam’s giving me tips here and there. I’ll be there for him for anything he ever needs from me. He’s been flattening out the learning curve for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Sam Bradford (9) hands off to David Johnson (31) during an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s training facility, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wilks has made it clear that Bradford will enter training camp as the team’s starting quarterback, but Rosen will have an opportunity to win the job on merit. It’s an open competition that seems to hinge on the degenerative knee of a duct-taped veteran, and if Rosen’s brainpower and arm strength are indomitable forces.The rookie has a unique advantage. He excels at communication. He hates clichés and people who bring their cellphones to dinner. He’s personable and fully engaged, exhibiting early traits of a great leader. His persona is much different than Bradford’s, an Oklahoma native who is more humbled, reserved and laid-back.“I like his spunk,” tight end Jermaine Gresham said. “(He has a) great personality. He’s not dry.”Rosen has also benefitted from the Bradford Protection Plan, where the veteran has been kept on a leash to preserve his damaged knee. That meant Rosen received rare reps with the first team in 11-on-11 drills, where he validated his candidacy as a potential Week 1 starter.Now it’s Bradford’s turn. The veteran will start testing the knee and assuming more reps in the dangerous drills. It’s a chance for Bradford to build separation in his race against a rookie, a battle that will culminate in training camp. Either way, Rosen has succeeded all early expectations. He’s changed his perception, defying critics who downgraded him as an affluent, loudmouth, distracted quarterback. But there was some truth in the opinion of former UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr., who said Rosen would “set the world on fire” if he ever fully concentrated on football.“Whatever activity it is, I want to be great at it,” Rosen said. “I want to be the best at it. And football in particular, I wanted to sort of put school to the side for a little bit and put everything into this just to see how good I could be. Because I’m really curious.”So are Valley sports fans, a group that could be treated to one of the most riveting competitions in training camp history. After all, greatness rarely waits or sits on the sideline for too long.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. – / 34 44 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Genting Hong Kong has completed the acquisition of

first_imgGenting Hong Kong has completed the acquisition of Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha in a transaction worth US$550 million.GHK also announced a new chairman of Crystal and promotions for Crystal’s current senior management team, guaranteeing a streamlined transition and virtually no interruption in operations and ensuring award-winning service.Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, executive chairman of the Genting Group and the former chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line, assumes the position of chairman of Crystal, replacing Nobuyoshi Kuzuya who will return to NYK in a key executive position.Edie Rodriguez, a 34-year travel industry veteran who was previously president and chief operating officer will be promoted to president and chief executive officer.Thomas Mazloum, a 20-plus year veteran of Crystal’s management team who was previously executive vice president will be promoted to chief operating officer.Established in 1993, GHK is part of the Genting Group, a global hospitality and leisure company with business in over 20 countries, including the United States in New York, Florida and Nevada.GHK wholly owns Star Cruises and is a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.Crystal Cruises’ first award-winning luxury vessel, Crystal Harmony embarked in 1990, with sister ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity joining the fleet in 1995 and 2003, respectively.Crystal will continue its innovative momentum in 2016 when it becomes the first large luxury cruise line to navigate the elusive Northwest Passage. Looking ahead, the cruise line will expand its coveted World Cruise portfolio with four separate global itineraries come 2018.last_img read more

The view from Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de

first_imgThe view from Belmond Copacabana Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, is truly unforgettable. But then the wedding-cake façade is uniquely memorable, too. Architect Joseph Gire based the hotel on the Carlton in Cannes and Le Negresco, in Nice. When it was built in 1923 it stood alone and proud on Copacabana Beach, but it attracted other buildings, and in 1970 Roberto Burle Marx tidied up the four-kilometre-long roadway in front, putting in thousands of black and white mosaic stones, in Portuguese style. Now what is called Avenida Atlantica is side-by-side hotels, says the gal, but it is still ‘the Copa’ that dominates.  Over the years it has been so lovingly restored that apparently 11 shades of white are used on its exterior, both the six-floor original palace and, behind it, its 11-floor Tower annexe, added in 1948.Swimming Pool © Belmond Copacabana PalaceFor many guests the 30-metre pool, flanked by both buildings, is the heart of the hotel, and sunworshippers have their favourite chairs from the moment light dawns until early afternoon (those in the know apparently order pizzas, which are said to be outstanding, from the pool bar). This hotel, which has a total of 241 rooms, is beloved of so many. Roughly 20% of staying guests are repeats, and some of the most loyal have formed an unofficial Copa club, to fly in here from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, New York or Rome, or wherever, to party seriously, which they do twice a year.  At the same time locals use it, for meals, for special events and just to network. I missed the 400-person wedding of television celebrity Isis Valverde who had met her now husband at a pool-side function. A photo gallery inside has 128 signed portraits of celebrity guests, the latest being Phil Collins.  I did wonder who all the people were around me as I sat by the pool, under the awning of Pérgula, having a simple lunch, just a starter, a simply gorgeous whole burrata, its creamy centre oozing out in a most wicked way.  It came with sautéed Mediterranean vegetables and a beetroot reduction, on a most attractive ceramic plate with its edges turned up. They do make basic ingredients look jolly good here.Apartamento Luxo Vista Mar – Deluxe Ocean View Room © Belmond Copacabana Palace Andrea Natal has been at this hotel for quite some time (a driver later told me he had worked with her at another hotel in town when she was 18). She looks ageless, in fact.  Perhaps it is the Biologique Récherché in the spa or practising for the Carnaval. Every year, on the Saturday of Rio’s worldwide-famous extravaganza, she hosts the best party in town, for at least 1,500, and she dresses up with the best of them. She does actually admit that in another world she would like to have been an actor…She is certainly always creating (not the same as improvising – everything she does is well thought out).At the moment the hotel is about to start renovating the 400-seat tiered theatre that is part of the rear of the building. Also in creative mode, the the Copa is about to open a mammoth Gucci store, attached to the front of the hotel and opening on to Avenida Atlantica. This will replace the current H. Stern, which will relocate inside the main building (Ronaldo Stern, by the way, is married to travel advisor Carolina Perez).The recently renovated Restaurant Pergula © Belmond Copacabana Palace Renovations already finished include Pérgula, the all-day restaurant that offers inside and air-conditioned, or outdoor, poolside – the designer here is Muza Lab, no not Inge Moore, who did such a splendid job on Belmond’s Andean Explorer train, but one of her colleagues. They fortunately left in place Pérgula’s splendid local-view trompe l’oeil murals, done in 1997 by French artist Dominique Jardy, who also produced other similarly charming and stylized wall paintings for other public areas.  One, for instance, now graces the lobby where the Concierge used to be – cleverly, the Concierge and Reception share a long counter the other side of the lobby. The former conciergiere is now a brilliant and highly successful AQUIM chocolate stall (Samantha Aquim uses cocoa from the Brazilian rainforest that are 50% up to 100% cocoa and her Q Collection is already available in Harrod’s in London).  Next visit too, I will hope to dine once again at MEE, the Asian restaurant that is overseen by Ken Hom. And I have promised that I will do a Sugarloaf Mountain climb, going up to the 396m-tall peak – this is the peak, by the way, that appeared in the James Bond movie Moonraker. Perhaps if I do make it my photo might be added to the 128-strong rogues’, sorry VIPs’ gallery elegantly displayed in public areas… Already there is more to do here than ever before.  The hotel always had Caloi bikes which it rented out for the beach circuit, along the length of Copacabana and back, over four kilometres. Now the surroundings are not quite literally but quite obviously littered with drop-anywhere bikes, sponsored by the financial giant Itau. I did not see any drop-anywhere electric scooters, thank goodness.  The news that electric scooter startup Bird has been the fastest company ever to reach US$1 billion valuation is scary.  The scooters are potentially dangerous and they need armies of workers to find them, wherever they have been dropped, and charge them every night. No, on this trip to this vibrant city I was happy merely walking along Avenida Atlantica and seeing the sights, whether human or weirdly artistic.  As always there were opportunists building elaborate sandcastles in the hope of a few bills, especially greenbacks, fluttering their way.Here is a hint before leaving town. First, allow at least 90 minutes to get to the airport, any time of day. Next, American Airlines’ airside lounge is one of the most gracious anywhere, with super food and a good choice of wines, all served in full-size Chef&Sommelier glasses.  And yes, even though I ate, and drank, superbly at the unforgettable Belmond Copacabana Palace, I, like many, was still a little peckish when we got to the airport.  My lasting memory, however, is of Andrea Natal miraculously appearing by front desk to say farewell.  Now THAT is one of the signs of a true luxury innkeeper. Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Fullerton Hotel Syd

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be the city’s newest luxury heritage hotel in the heart of the Central Business District. Opening on 18 October 2019, guests can look forward to an elevated hospitality experience steeped in character, culture and heritage that is synonymous with the award-winning The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts company.A sister property to the beautifully restored National Monument – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – which shares a similar rich history as a former General Post Office (GPO) building, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is the brand’s first international expansion outside of the Lion City.Heritage and hospitality at the heartIn the lead up to the launch of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, remediation works on the façade of the historic landmark continues. The first stage of cleaning commenced in April and is expected to be completed in time for the Hotel’s official opening in October.“We have earned our reputation as custodians of heritage through our transformation of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Similarly, in Sydney, we hope to advocate heritage preservation and shine the spotlight on the unique characteristics of the historic building, especially one as iconic as Sydney’s former GPO. It is our desire to retain the soul of the building and share it with locals and global travellers,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Heritage.Guests at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will experience a home away from home feeling, delivered with genuine service and utmost discreet luxury by the Fullerton team which espouses “hospitality from the heart.”“Genuine personalised service and hospitality from the heart is at the core of what we do. While we advocate the employment of new technologies, automation and digitisation, our view is that sincerity and compassion make us human, and that these are the elements that keep our guests returning,” added Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.Location, location, locationLocation is paramount for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, with each of the brand’s properties enjoying a prime position in the heart of the city. Prominently located in Martin Place, in Sydney’s CBD, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be minutes away from the city’s thriving cultural and arts precincts, retail centres, dining destinations and boutique bar scenes.The city’s iconic landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art and the historic Rocks district can all be reached in under 15 minutes by foot. The Hotel is adjacent to Sydney’s luxury retailers, and just minutes away from major department stores.Authentic experiences and heritage toursAs part of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ unique trait to showcase experience-based travel and local colour, Fullerton Experiences, a bespoke programme created for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, allows guests to discover a different side of the city they are in, through a range of guided activities, excursions and experiences. Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale confirms that The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will offer bespoke experiences to guests keen to get up close and personal with Sydney’s history, diversity, arts and culture.“Each of our properties delivers an authentic and rich cultural experience, based on both its location, and its heritage. Our commitment to experience-based travel connects our guests with the distinctive characteristics of the cities in which we operate, through local arts, cultural and culinary adventures,” explained Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.“Starting from opening weekend, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will offer complimentary heritage tours for hotel guests and the public. We plan to share the building’s fascinating history, which spans the hallowed hallways of the heritage building to the ornamental carvings on the façade. We want to tell the tales of early Sydney, where the building dominated the Sydney skyline, and bring the building’s soul and historical significance to life,” he added.Community and corporate engagementThe Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ commitment to heritage, arts, culture and community is part of the brand’s DNA. Beyond breathing new life into its buildings and the locations they inhabit, the Fullerton team wants to engage with locals through events.In the mid-20th century, Sydneysiders dressed to the nines and came into town to meet under the GPO clock. The building was long known as an iconic rendezvous point. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney aims to recreate this upon its opening, with plans currently underway to host several community events at the Hotel, starting with launch celebrations in October.The brand is also committed to implementing corporate social responsibility programmes and will implement an extension of Singapore’s Fullerton Academy at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.“At The Fullerton Hotels Singapore, we have The Fullerton Academy, a staff volunteerism programme that provides hands-on mentoring and training for underprivileged teens. The Fullerton team actively engage the youths to impart both hospitality and creative skillsets through regular workshops on culinary, service, pastry, videography and photography. Personally, I have conducted a course on dining etiquette too. We are looking to replicate that in Sydney, and are currently seeking a suitable partner, with details to be revealed after opening,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.The Fullerton storiesSharing stories of the people, food, culture and heritage behind each of the properties and locations is important to The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, which positions itself as a storyteller keen on sharing stories of provenance, as well as creating new stories.“In our ongoing efforts to share stories that matter, we have embarked on a “Fullerton Stories” project which is currently being researched and written by a team of historians. The project will chronicle memories and tales of the former Sydney GPO building’s past through the personal recounts of former employees and members of the public,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.SustainabilitySustainability and green technology are integral to The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ business and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be no exception. Committed to a raft of sustainable strategies which build upon existing environmentally friendly credentials, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts signed a Plastic ACTion commitment (PACT) agreement with the World Wildlife Fund to reduce a significant amount of single-use plastic by 2020. This includes the elimination of plastic straws and plastic bags.“Beyond delivering excellent service and customer satisfaction, we strive to be responsible stewards of the environment in the way we operate and serve. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint and increasing sustainability initiatives across our hotel property portfolio by 2020. Through our efforts, we hope to send an important message about sustainability and join the global effort in creating a greener future,” says Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.Building a sustainable Fullerton does not just stop at reducing the use of plastic. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ in-room tablet is one of the many digital sustainable initiatives which reduces paper wastage. The e-Compendium tablet runs Tapendium, a technology solution that provides a digital concierge service. At the touch of a button, guests of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be able to place a dinner reservation; book a spa treatment; schedule a taxi or arrange a laundry pick-up service.Pictured from left are The Fullerton Hotels & Resorts’ Robert Gauer, Director of Operations; Dr Kimberley Webber, Historian; Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale; Cathy Chia, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications and Vanessa Frances Paul, Corporate Communications Manager.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Whether you specialise in stag weekends or spa day

first_imgWhether you specialise in stag weekends or spa days, African safaris or wine weekends, we’re offering you the chance to promote your company and gain exposure by writing advice articles for our readers. Your article will be published in the News and Articles section of Skyscanner, and will also be included in our weekly traveller Airmail newsletter.In return for an 500-800 article, we will publish your logo, a link to your site and a brief bio on the author and company.Articles must be original content, travel themed and written from a neutral standpoint. For example – YourGolfTravel.com recently wrote about the Top 10 Golf Resorts in Europe.If you’re looking for brand exposure and a way of positioning your company as an authority on your sector of travel, this is an ideal opportunity – email your ideas to: news@skyscanner.net for further consideration. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCarry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…February’s most popular travel storiesSee if your favourite travel story from February made the top 10, and find interesting travel tips and inspiration for trips at home and abroad that you might have missed the first time round.7 secrets to getting an upgrade on your next business flightWhat better start to a business trip is there than swapping your cramped economy seat at the back of the plane for the sophistication of a premium cabin at the front? We take a look at the 7 ways you can increase your chances of being upgraded on your next…last_img read more

Where the streets are fit for foodies 5 destinations with amazing and

first_imgPhoto credit: MILKOVÍ Portland RelatedThe 5 most hipster cities in the USCheck out these five too-cool-for-school counter-culture US cities.Where to go on holiday in AugustWe’re all going on a summer holiday… Ditch your vain hopes of a decent British summer, pack your bags and get out there this August. Whether you want a sunny city, a sandy beach or a silly festival, we’ve got you covered. You can always catch up on the DIY…Top 8 things to do in PhiladelphiaIf you’re planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, don’t feel overwhelmed by the wealth of things to do, check out our eight essentials. Dotted around town are several hotels from the HappyCulture collection, all boutique properties with their own distinctive look and reasonable rates. Among them is The Jay, around 10 minutes from the station and five from the beach, with Art Deco furnishings and rooms from around £68 a night. Photo credit: Pixabay Search hotels in Portland Think Nice and you automatically think sun, sea and old-school glamour, all of which are definitely present and correct. They’re not the only reasons to head to this part of the French Riviera, though. The street food, too, is a cut above your average seaside resort, with delicious local specialities including socca (a thin chickpea pancake that goes down nicely with a glass of rosé), pan bagnat (essentially a salad niçoise in a bun) and pissaladière (the local take on pizza, topped with caramelised onions, anchovies and black olives). You can also feed your mind as well as your body – the city is home to some excellent museums such as the Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall, each dedicated to the work of its namesake artist, and MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain), where the collection of 1,300-odd artworks includes pieces from the likes of Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Andy Warhol. It’s not that long ago that most travellers viewed Singapore as a bland stopover en route to somewhere more interesting. How things have changed: these days the combination of dramatic new skyline, fascinating history and top attractions have made it well and truly a destination in its own right. In between sightseeing, soak up the city’s fabulous street food at one of the hawker centres. Not only are their stalls famously a good place to eat on the cheap, you’ll also find a couple of them have Michelin stars, too: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in the Chinatown Food Complex and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at the Tai Hwa Eating House on Crawford Lane. You’ll have to queue (and queue and queue) but just grit your teeth and remember that waiting at the end is a bowl of Michelin-starred food for just a few quid. Search hotels in Nice Singapore Photo credit: Lily Banse Search flights to Portland Search flights to Nice Meals out can eat up a big part of your holiday budget – so the booming global street food scene has been a godsend for cash-strapped travellers. We’ve picked out five great destinations where you can eat really well at local food trucks and market stalls and make major savings in the process. Search hotels in Mexico City Download the app and buy train tickets Brisbane Search flights to Brisbane Stay: TRYP Fortitude Valley Close to the National Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Fort Canning Park, and with Bencoolen MRT station practically on the doorstep, Hotel Mi has modern, minimal rooms from around £70 a night. Australia’s buzzy food scene isn’t confined to Sydney and Melbourne. Up on the Queensland coast, Brisbane has undergone a bit of a foodie renaissance in the past few years, with a growing number of markets popping up to feed the demand for cheap and tasty street food. Leading the pack is Eat Street Northshore, a collection of brightly painted shipping containers converted into food stalls, where more than 70 vendors serve up everything from Chinese dumplings to Swedish sweets. Meanwhile, Boundary Street Markets recently launched a bang-on-trend vegan version on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. You’ll have plenty of chances to work off all the food – the city is full of more active entertainments, too, from kayaking down the Brisbane River and climbing the Story Bridge to abseiling down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point or cycling along the waterfront on the Bicentennial Bikeway. Search hotels in Singapore Wherever you wander in the Mexican capital, you’ll never be too far from a vendor selling tacos al pastor – little taco shells filled with thinly sliced spit-roasted pork and caramelised pineapple – along with many other stalls selling tamales, tortas, tostadas, tlacoyas and even some dishes that don’t begin with a ‘t’. They’re all part of a food scene that is both tasty and good value, making Mexico City a great destination for travellers on a tight budget. Some of the key museums help save you money too: the Museo de Arte Moderno and Palacio de Bellas Artes waive their entrance fees on Sundays, while the Museo Soumaya and Palacio Nacional (home to Diego Rivera murals) are always free. Elsewhere, a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, where the artist was born and died, has to be on the cards, along with a cruise through the Unesco World Heritage-listed canals of Xochimilco, last remnants of an Aztec waterway system. Photo credit: Frederik Trovatten The Hoxton Portland opened towards the end of last year in a 1906 building in Chinatown. There’s a mid-century look to the décor and plenty of places for guests and locals to hang out, including a rooftop taqueria, basement bar and ground-floor coffee bar. Rooms from around £92 a night. Search hotels in Brisbane Nice Search flights to Mexico City Stay: Hotel Mi From street food to street art… TRYP Fortitude Valley is all about contemporary urban design and features work by internationally famous Aussie street artists such as Fintan Magee, Numskull, Rone and Beastman. Rooms, all adorned with artworks, start from around £58 a night. Photo credit: Paul Rysz All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 11 February 2019.  Mexico City Search for hire cars Portland’s street food scene is the stuff of legends. There are more than 600 food trucks and stands around the city, many of them gathered together in ‘pods’ and serving up everything from Norwegian flatbreads to Mauritian curries. It’s all totally in keeping with Portland’s reputation as hipster central – if you like your craft beers, micro roasteries, urban wineries and vegan tattoos, you may never want to leave. Oregon’s largest city is also a magnet for bibliophiles, thanks to the presence of Powell’s City of Books, a massive new and used bookstore that takes up an entire block. If you’re partial to a quirky attraction, Portland delivers on that front, too, with museums dedicated to puppets, hats, vacuum cleaners and kayaks, and The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium, part store, part café, part collection of sci-fi-themed exhibits. You can see why ‘Keep Portland weird’ is the unofficial city motto. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Ready to find your own foodie destination? Stay: The Hoxton Portland Stay: The Jay ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Stay: Room Mate Valentina Everything about Room Mate Valentina says young and lively, from the playful, colourful decoration and digital music system to the location just off Paseo de la Reforma in the Zona Rosa, a party part of town. The cheapest rooms are the Executive Rooms, from around £59 a night. Search flights to Singaporelast_img read more

Las Vegas Nevada – Reported by Madeline Boardman

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada – Reported by Madeline Boardman for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has mixed a little bit of Chinese history with a whole lot of luxury to introduce a new Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package. Perfect for a group of three couples, the Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package begins with accommodations across three luxury suites. Named after different titles for the leader of the Chinese Empire, the Taipan, Emperor, and Mandarin suites all offer over 3,000 square feet of living space and breathtaking views of the strip.The package also includes six “Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Experiences” at The Spa in private Spa Suites, a private poolside cabana with catered lunch included, a three-course dinner at Forbes Five-Star restaurant Twist, and 24-hour luxury transportation including to and from the airport.Renowned for its sophisticated style and luxurious touch in the middle of the city of sin, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas promises guests a satisfying stay. For the guests in the Taipan Suite, the suite offers two bedrooms, a living room, and a private dining room that seats eight. The Emperor Suite, located one floor above Taipan, is the largest one-bedroom suite in the hotel. In addition to an open-plan kitchen, sitting room, and bar and dining room, the Emperor Suite offers a media room equipped with Bang and Olufsen technology and seating for eight guests to enjoy private screenings. Finally, the two-bedroom and two-bathroom Mandarin Suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows in an expansive living space made up of a living room, study, and dining area.A stay with the Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package begins at $39,168 a night.www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegaslast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSummery white declinations from DeWitt’s Twenty-8-Eight collection are the perfect accessories for these sun-filled days. They are available in the collections automatic and tourbillon timepieces.In the automatic editions, Ref. T8.AU.005 is a white gold version that creates light blue waves in the center and an intense sapphire around the border. Ref. T8.AU.007, another automatic, is a sporty variation with navy numerals and circle appliqué that navigate upon a silvery sea while rhodium-plated hands act as aesthetic masts.The tourbillon’s white gold Ref. T8.TH.006 is a bright, summer-ready variation that has a subtle opaline center surrounded by an intense silver appliqué in palladium. The white gold Ref. T8.TH.005, meanwhile, encompasses the magic of horological reflections, displaying varying shades of the royal hue throughout the day. Anchored by a galvanic cobalt, the circle applique features turquoise tonalities, playing on the ocean’s ever-chaning depths of the color blue.www.dewitt.chlast_img read more