Beat the Queue for 2020 Club Med Ski and Sun Resort All

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first_imgSource = Club Med Beat the Queue for 2020 Club Med Ski and Sun Resort All inclusive HolidaysBeat the Queue for 2020 Club Med Ski and Sun Resort All inclusive HolidaysPre-registration now open!From today, travel agents can pre-register their client’s 2020 holiday requests, for travel 1 November 2019 – 31 April 2020), allowing them to beat the queue when sales open on 30 January 2019, and secure their client Club Med’s infamous super early bird price of up to 30% off – the best price on Club Med’s premium all-inclusive holidays, guaranteed.Due to increasing demand, Club Med’s most popular Ski and Sun resorts are expected to fill fast thus agents are encouraged to get in early to secure their client’s dream holiday.Whether your clients are after a winter escape in the powder snow of the extremely popular Club Med Japan resorts (Tomamu and Sahoro Hokkaido) which saw 37% of Aussie visitors returning again this year for another season, or an Asia escape to the family favourite Indonesian resorts (Bali and Bintan Island) which remain as the top-sellers for Aussie clients, pre-register now and enjoy:* Personalised quote sent to your inbox once sales open on 30 January, 2019* First choice of dates (January and Easter holidays included)* Full availability of rooms and services, including suites and childrens services* Streamlined confirmation process to secure your client’s holiday at super early bird price, by simply quoting the reference number once sales openPRE-REGISTER NOW: AU: http://bookearly-clubmed.com/For travel agents tools and resources to help lock-in client pre-registration, visit the dedicated trade portal: https://www.clubmedta.com.au/special-offer/club-med-resort-offers-en-au/w20-pre-registration-for-ski-sunNEW FOR 2020 CLUB MED HOLIDAYSFor luxurious holidays, look no further than Club Med’s Exclusive Collection resorts from the stunning Club Med Finolhu Villas in the Maldives to the brand new Club Med Cefalu in Sicily, Italy. Or try something new with re-vamped destinations: Club Med Cancun, with new additions for foodies and families, or the newly renovated and stylish Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius. Stay Zen and indulge in pure bliss at Club Med Bali, Indonesia, re-connect with yourself and the family at Club Med Bintan Island, near Singapore, or get that well-deserved holiday in Club Med Kani, Maldives.Looking for something more… refreshing? Re-visit or discover Club Med’s most popular ski resorts! Ride a different wave at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan or experience authentic Japanese snow holidays at Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido. Be a pioneer and ski in the beautiful Chinese mountains at Club Med Yabuli or Club Med Beidahu, China. Or go explore the breathtaking European Alps, and choose between an array of chic and modern European ski resorts including the brand-new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama in France.With so much inspiration for 2020, what are you waiting for? Pre-register your interest now!About Club MedClub Med provides amazing holiday experiences, made easy, in the world’s most beautiful destinations. With over 70 premium and luxury all-inclusive sun and snow resorts located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Club Med resorts blend seamlessly with their environment, drawing inspiration from the local culture and nature to immerse guests in the destination.Since 1950, Club Med has been dedicated to providing guests with amazing new experiences that make for an unforgettable holiday – from the rejuvenating to the exhilarating, and everything in-between. Each resort offers a vast selection of opportunities to try something new, immerse in local culture, revive body and mind, and give back to the local community and environment.Club Med holidays are a truly hassle-free experience, with premium all-inclusive packages and a wide range of innovative services – giving guests more time to spend doing what they love. For more information, visit www.clubmedta.com.au / www.clubmedta.co.nz, www.clubmed.com.au or follow Club Med at: * Instagram @clubmed * Facebook /ClubMedAustralia * Twitter @ClubMed_Au * Travel agent Facebook /ClubMedforTravelAgentslast_img read more

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Rajesh Sethi

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first_imgOTM 2017 has been as good as its previous editions. I have been attending this show for a very long time. Through this platform, I have been able to interact with various potential new suppliers. The overall response from the buyers and sellers at OTM has been tremendous because the show is growing perfectly with its year on year editions.last_img

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Indiana Credit Union Chooses MortgageFlex LOS

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first_img in Origination, Servicing, Technology June 26, 2013 424 Views “”MortgageFlex Systems, Inc.””:http://www.mortgageflex.com/, a provider of loan origination and servicing technology, announced its LoanQuest loan origination system (LOS) has been selected as the platform of choice for Indiana’s “”FORUM Credit Union””:http://www.forumcu.com/.[IMAGE]FORUM’s search for a new LOS began in May 2012, when the credit union started looking for a company with a proven track record whose platform could accommodate [COLUMN_BREAK]its range of product offerings. The search ended with LoanQuest, which offers a variety of features, including a single comprehensive database of customers’ financial situations, a product and pricing tool, and an imaging center that allows users to clear conditions while viewing.””MortgageFlex provides a flexible software solution that offers efficient and effective loan origination tools. Their configurable solution will improve our member’s experience and give us the flexibility to offer a wider range of products and adapt to the ever changing market,”” said Brian Crum, VP of lending for FORUM.Crum also added that MortgageFlex’s reputation “”as an experienced software provider in the industry”” was another factor in its selection.””We’ve seen a lot of mergers, acquisitions, and closures among our competitors and we’ve learned from them. We’ve learned that you have to continue to improve your technology and listen to your customers,”” said Craig Bechtle, COO of Florida-based MortgageFlex. “”To be selected by a progressive lender like FORUM after a yearlong due diligence is very gratifying and we are looking forward to a long term partnership.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-06-26 Tory Barringercenter_img Indiana Credit Union Chooses MortgageFlex LOS Sharelast_img read more

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Price Gains Stay on Slow Track in June Index

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News FNC Inc. Home Prices National Association of Realtors 2014-08-14 Scott_Morgan Price Gains Stay on Slow Track in June Index August 14, 2014 551 Views center_img According to the latest Residential Price Index report from FNC, home prices are still on the way up, just not at the pace they used to be.FNC found that despite continued signs of leveling off in home price appreciation, U.S. home prices were up another 0.8 percent from May to June and 2.3 percent throughout the second quarter.According to FNC, whose data excludes distressed properties, year-over-year growth is decelerating as expected. The rate of growth in price appreciation is down to 8 percent; in February, the rate was at 9.4 percent.FNC expects July home prices to also trend upward, thanks to record lows in the number of mortgage defaults and foreclosures, favorable mortgage rates, and continued job growth.This snapshot of the market jibes, mostly, with a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, which found that while home prices are slowly rising in 71 percent of the metro markets it studied, the numbers reflect a slowdown from the first quarter, when prices rose in 74 percent of metros and 37 areas saw gains higher than 10 percent. This, according to NAR, brings national year-over-year appreciation to its slowest pace since the beginning of the housing recovery.According to NAR’s released report, which does include foreclosures and short sales, the median existing single-family home price across April, May, and June nationally was up 4.4 percent from a year ago. That rate of growth was about half the gain recorded in the first quarter.FNC studied the 100 top metros for its latest index and found that on a quarterly basis, prices increased faster during the second quarter than the first. On a year-over-year basis, “the indices continue to exhibit moderating growth,” according to the report.Prices were up from May to June in most markets, though Washington D.C., Phoenix, San Antonio, and St. Louis showed a negative month-to-month change.Sacramento, New York, and Charlotte show the largest price gains during the month—1.9 percent, 1.7 percent, and 1.7 percent respectively. This is the second consecutive month that Sacramento and Charlotte saw a sizeable month-to-month price increase.On a year-over-year basis, Sacramento, Riverside, and Miami led national growth, each showing double-digit price gains amid a notable slowdown in the annual rate of price appreciation across much of the country, the report stated. . The Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Cleveland markets largely remain outliers, and their latest numbers (from June) continue to point to weakening prices year-over-year. Sharelast_img read more

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Disparate Impact Claims Allowed Under Fair Housing Act US Supreme Court Rules

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first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News June 25, 2015 584 Views Share Disparate Impact Claims Allowed Under Fair Housing Act, U.S. Supreme Court Rulescenter_img Disparate Impact Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs The Inclusive Communities Project Inc U.S. Supreme Court 2015-06-25 Seth Welborn The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday by a 5-4 vote in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. that disparate impact claims can legally be brought about under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often has the swing vote in Supreme Court cases that are divided between the Court’s four liberal and four conservative justices, wrote the court’s opinion on behalf of the majority. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined in the majority opinion of the court. Justices Alito, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas filed dissenting opinions. To read the complete opinion of the Court, click here.While the Court ruled that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, that ruling came with a caveat.”So the Court holds that there is a disparate impact claim under the FHA as a matter of statutory interpretation, but the Court cautions that remedial orders in disparate impact cases that impose racial targets or quotas could be unconstitutional,” Attorney Kevin Russell said on the SCOTUS blog. “. . .The Court emphasizes, however, that disparate impact liability should be impose cautiously. To avoid constitutional problems, statistical disparity is not enough.”HUD Secretary Julián Castro praised the Supreme Court’s decision via Twitter on Thursday morning, tweeting that “Today’s SCOTUS opinion upholding disparate impact analysis under Fair Housing Act is a strong victory for equal opportunity in our country.” Castro issued an official statement on Thursday saying, “Today is another important step in the long march toward fulfilling one of our nation’s founding ideals: equal opportunity for all Americans. The Supreme Court has made it clear that HUD can continue to use this critical tool to eliminate the unfair barriers that have deferred and derailed too many dreams. Working with our partners on the ground, we will continue to do all we can to build a housing market that treats all Americans with basic dignity and respect.”The Office of the White House Press Secretary issued the following statement: “Too many Americans are victims of more subtle forms of discrimination, such as predatory lending, exclusionary zoning, and development policies that limit affordable housing. This decision reflects the reality that discrimination often operates not just out in the open, but in more hidden forms. And, it preserves a longstanding and important method for challenging and eliminating those practices and continuing the work to end discrimination in housing.”Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee, stated on the SCOTUS ruling: “I’m pleased that in their decision, the justices recognized the importance of disparate impact liability in uncovering discriminatory intent, and noted that appropriate safeguards in the use of disparate impact already exist, such as requiring plaintiffs to demonstrate causality between the defendant’s practices and its adverse effects. The disparate impact standard is absolutely essential to providing for fair housing throughout our nation. Its decades-long use to weed out discriminatory practices that create barriers to housing is critically important for minority individuals and communities. But our work is not finished. In Congress, we must continue to fight strongly to protect disparate impact, as Republicans have consistently sought to undermine law enforcement’s ability to combat discrimination in our housing and lending markets.”Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, said: “Today’s decision is a major victory for civil rights and equal opportunity in America. As recent events have shown, our country continues to struggle with a legacy of racial injustice and inequality. The court’s ruling preserves one of the most important tools we have to fight discrimination and ensure that all Americans have fair access to housing and economic opportunity. We need to continue efforts to combat discriminatory practices, not just in housing but in all consumer financial markets.”The disparate impact issue has become a heated one in housing in the last few years, especially since the Obama Administration passed a rule allowing disparate impact claims – which are allegations made based on neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect, under the Fair Housing Act in February 2013.The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project Case centers on allegations that low-income tax credits were awarded to real estate developers who own property in low-income minority dominated neighborhoods and denied to developers who own property in predominantly white neighborhoods. A district court originally ruled that the manner in which the Texas Department of Housing allocated the tax credits, though neutral, had a disparate impact on the basis of race. In March 2014, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s ruling. The Supreme Court heard arguments for the case back in January.”The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is affirmed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” Kennedy wrote in Thursday’s opinion.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon struck down the rule in November 2014, saying that only claims of intentional discrimination could be made under the Fair Housing Act. At the time of his ruling, Leon said the belief of those in the Administration who interpret the Fair Housing Act to allow disparate impact claims “appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking on steroids.”The issue as to whether disparate impact claims are allowed under the Fair Housing Act was previously slated to go before the U.S. Supreme Court twice, but both cases settled before it reached that point.In early June, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act, which included an amendment added by Scott Garrett (R-New Jersey) that prohibited the Department of Justice from funding disparate impact claims.last_img read more

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US Apple sales perked up in January after slo

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first_img U.S.: Apple sales ‘perked up’ in January after slo … The Michigan Apple Committee has granted ÚS$309,000 in funding for research that aims to improve its industry, specifically in areas including profitability and production, new markets and products, and consumer trends and insights. The funding, which was approved at its annual March board meeting, will enable 11 new research projects to be carried out in 2019.According to the Michigan Apple Committee’s executive director Diane Smith, the projects are on “everything from the best way to store apples to the best way to grow apples”.”They’ll look at a lot of different areas from the maturity, pests and diseases, just about everything you can think of that might affect the production of apples.”Smith says the majority of the studies the committee funded were proposed by researchers the group has previously worked with. They’ll present their findings in December, when the Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo is held in Grand Rapids. In the meantime, Michigan’s apple industry is doing well despite difficulties, says Smith.  Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … April 05 , 2019 Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … center_img China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … Commenting on the changing political landscape, she explains: “We have definite challenges with trade right now. we have a lot of tariffs that have been placed on U.S. apples in retaliation for the tariffs that have been placed on steel and aluminum, and so those have… hit U.S. apples in various export markets.”Also, NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] was a great trade agreement for apples and with the new USMCA [United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement] that we’re waiting on, it would equally be fine for us but we need something passed. “Another hot topic always for us is labor–making sure that we have a consistent labor force. We’re hoping that, at some point, the government can work out the immigration issues we have in this country so that we have a reliable workforce.”Still, Smith says Michigan produced 24 million bushels this year and reports good domestic market sales.One of the reasons she gives for this is Michigan’s “prime location”.”We’re close to Chicago and many big populated locations where we’re considered the local apple, so that’s something that’s always really important for us. Our production was pretty average for this past year, and we had great quality for our fresh crops. It was a good year for that.” You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE — Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has mentioned a couple of times since the start of training camp how he’d like to see his defense get its hands on a few more balls, whether it be deflections, pass breakups or turnovers.His message appears to be getting through.The defense has been much more active, especially during Thursday’s practice, which was relocated to the team’s facility in Tempe because of a soccer match at University of Phoenix Stadium. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A number of defenders, including Yeremiah Bell, Rashad Johnson and Daryl Washington disrupted passes downfield.No one though had a better day than Tyrann Mathieu, who picked off two passes, including one in the end zone on a ball thrown by Drew Stanton.“Definitely, by far,” Mathieu answered when asked if it was his best day of camp. “Any time you can get turnovers for your team — I think I had a forced fumble too — any time you can get turnovers for your team, it puts your offense in a position to score and that usually puts us in position to win.”Said fellow LSU alum Patrick Peterson, “Really excited for him. Hopefully, we’ll have to find a spot for him with the first defense.”Right now, Mathieu is running with the second team, but is occasionally getting a snap or two with the first unit on dime packages (six defensive backs).“I don’t think I was making as many plays when camp first started because I had that whole year off,” he said. “This week I’m getting more comfortable. I’m getting used to the shoulder pads again and just flying around now.”Near the end of the more than 90-minute padded practice, during live tackling inside the red zone, defensive tackle Dan Williams had his left knee rolled up on and according to the Cardinals is undergoing tests to determine if there was any damage. Moments after Williams was carted off, defensive end Calais Campbell limped off the field favoring his left leg.The outdoor practice was the first of camp.“It’s good for us to come out here and face these conditions and just do something different and get a shock to our bodies and check our mindset. It’s all mental,” Johnson said. Temperatures hit 100 degrees, though it felt much worse given the humidity.“At the end of the day, we’re going to be playing half of our games in open stadiums. We want to make sure that we can think in the heat and make sure we can execute plays when we’re tired,” Peterson said.The Cardinals will be back indoors in Glendale Friday. “We want to get outside and get a little toughness working in the heat,” Arians said. “There’s some dog days of camp that need to happen. It’s tough to get it in the air conditioning.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Cardinals running back David Johnson is the first

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first_img Cardinals running back David Johnson is the first player in NFL history to begin his season with 14 straight games of 100 or more total yards.Johnson’s big drive in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 48-41 home loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday saw him eclipse the 100-yard mark yet again.“That’s elite company, nobody,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said this week of the possibility of Johnson reaching the milestone. “That speaks for itself, really. The people that he’s being mentioned with are Hall of Fame guys, so for a second-year player, I think it’s outstanding.” .@DavidJohnson31 has multi-TDs in 7 games this yr. That’s a club record & most in NFL since Arian Foster’s 7 in ’10 #NOvsAZ— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo .@DavidJohnson31 has 30 TDs in 30 career games; just 11 in @NFL history w more thru their 1st 30 games (7 are in HOF) #NOvsAZ pic.twitter.com/DnDCarTTl2— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates his touchdown with Carson Palmer (3) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments   Share   With rushing TD @DavidJohnson31 joins Gale Sayers as only players in @NFL history w 20+ rushing TDs, 5+ rec’ing & 1 KOR in his 1st 2 seasons Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling — Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Johnson, who recorded four catches for 55 yards along with 12 carries for 53 more, is just the third player in history to record 100 or more scrimmage yards in 14 straight games or more — he joins the Lions’ Barry Sanders’ stretch of 15 games (1997) and the Raiders’ Marcus Allen’s stretch of 14 games (1985). Nobody, however, has gone on such a streak to begin a season.The running back’s second rushing touchdown of the day also gave Johnson his 30th touchdown in 30 career games.He tied the game 34-all with a touchdown run that ties John David Crow’s franchise mark of total touchdowns (17) for a single year. Johnson is one short of matching Crow’s mark with 14 rushing touchdowns for a season.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Buffalo Bills wide receiver Corey Coleman catches a pass during his first practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Coleman wouldn’t last long in Buffalo, failing to make the roster and being cut on Sept. 1.In the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman was the No. 15 overall selection by the Browns after racking up 74 catches for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season at Baylor.In his rookie year, Coleman broke his hand early in the season and finished 33 receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.Last season, he broke the same hand two games into the year and missed eight weeks. Hid production once again underwhelmed, regressing to 23 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns.The Cardinals did not have a wide receiver stand out beyond Larry Fitzgerald heading into the regular season. Former Cowboy Brice Butler was expected to battle for the No. 2 job, but he dealt with an injury in the preseason and didn’t make the final roster. Second-year receiver Chad Williams is listed on the team’s unofficial depth chart as the team’s other starting wide receiver. The Cardinals elected to have only five wideouts on the final roster. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly still looking around at more options for their wide receiver group.ESPN’s Field Yates reported Friday the Cardinals worked out wide receiver Corey Coleman.In HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series profiling the Cleveland Browns, Coleman was shown being upset at not receiving first-team reps and having a conversation with head coach Hue Jackson regarding the matter. On Aug. 5, Coleman was traded to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Top Stories last_img read more

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Downtown Dubai at night showing the Burj Khalifa a

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first_imgDowntown Dubai at night showing the Burj Khalifa and FountainWithin months of the successful opening of its first hotel in Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a second, complementary location in the heart of the city’s International Finance Centre.“Our entry into Dubai has been extremely well received by locals and global travellers alike, and we are very pleased to be able to offer them a second Four Seasons experience in the city,” said Allen Smith, President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.“We look forward to building on our reputation with our second hotel, at the epicentre of the financial district.”Four Seasons Hotel Dubai at DIFC, expected to open in 2016, is conceived as a sophisticated oasis where international business travellers in particular will find their every need anticipated and where local executives will find a favoured place for informal meetings, entertaining colleagues and celebrating the day’s achievements.“The strategic location within DIFC was carefully chosen to cater to high end business travellers and will be of the highest quality,” added Shahab Lutfi, Chief Executive of Bright Start which also owns Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.At the same time, Four Seasons also announced the appointment of veteran hotelier Carlo Stragiotto as GM of the new hotel.“Carlo is the ideal choice to lead the team at our second location in Dubai, and we look forward to his unique insights as we create this luxurious hotel in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities,” says Christian Clerc, President Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa.13 May 2015last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter French Luxury Expe

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >French Luxury & Expedition cruise line Ponant has released an expansive brochure featuring a range of itineraries for sailings between September 2016 and May 2017.For the first time, Ponant ships will visit South Africa, voyaging from Cape Town to Durban, visiting the rarely visited Scattered Islands in the Mozambique Channel, and on to the idyllic islands of the Seychelles archipelago.The brochure details a selection of 62 Luxury voyages and 28 designated as Expeditions, with itineraries that include Japan, Vietnam, Australasia, Java, Borneo, Tahiti and Melanesian islands, east and west coasts of South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Antarctica.Varying between 7 and 17 nights, but mostly of 10 nights’ duration, those with wanderlust can sign on for extended voyages – Grand Voyages that feature a 79-night itinerary wending from Hong Kong to Auckland; 45 nights from Panama to the Antarctic Peninsula; 51 nights from Milford Sound to Osaka, including Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Sub-Antarctic Islands; or 54 nights from Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing two oceans and including visits to remote British Overseas Territories, Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island and Gough Island, en route to the Seychelles Islands.Whether it be Fogo, ‘the island of the volcano’  in Cape Verde, mythical Easter Island, far-flung South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, the eco-systems of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers,  or the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, the voyages in this brochure are sure to entice potential travellers interested in engaging, adventurous voyages, as well as those seeking a luxury cruise.A number of shore excursions and land-based pre-cruise options extend the holiday experience. In South Africa, travellers can visit Zulu villages in Phezulu Reserve, while Pumba Private Reserve provides the chance to see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). From Pisco, South America, they can take a flight over the extraordinary Nazca Lines, an archaeological enigma of gigantic size. Alternatively, they may like to visit the beautiful temples of Prambanan and Borobudur in Java or experience the biodiversity of the Kinabatangan River, home to proboscis monkeys and endangered orangutans. In Cambodia, the Kingdom of Angkor awaits your pleasure.Ponant’s small ships: L’Austral, Le Soléal, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial, represent the youngest fleet in the world. With a maximum of 132 staterooms and suites (just 122 on Le Lyrial), guests can enjoy French ambience and style combined with the benefits of small-ship cruising – access to lesser visited places, travelling in the company of like-minded fellow guests, attentive crew, chic surroundings – the feeling of being on your own private yacht rather than a floating mega mall.Some voyages are designed as pure luxury cruises, perfect for relaxing holidays in style, while others have the added designation of Expeditions, taking advantage of the ships’ compact size and manoeuvrability to probe hidden waterways, before launching Zodiac expedition craft for adventurous close-up opportunities. Throughout these cruises, specialist lecturers will enhance the experience, while Expedition voyages will also have a specialist expedition team on hand to guide, inform and enhance the experience.Price ranges:From A$6380 pp twin share for a 12 night Christmas voyage – The Mysteries of Melanesia – Cairns to Port Vila: 16 December 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (25% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5600 pp twin share for a 12 night cruise – Cordillera & Andean Secrets –   Valparaiso to Guayaquil: 18 March 2017, Le Boréal. Twin share, DeLuxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5360 pp twin share for a 7 night cruise – Cape Verde – Praia to Praia: 12 November 2016, Le Ponant. Twin share, Marie Galante Stateroom, Ocean View cabin, (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$9370 pp twin share for a 15 night Expedition cruise – Scattered Islands & Seychelles – Durban to Mahe: 2 April 2017, Le Lyrial. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$38,200 pp twin share for a 79 night Grand Voyage cruise – Hong Kong to Auckland: 13 November 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Prestige Stateroom, private balcony, deck 4. (Ponant multiple voyage Bonus Fare applied)Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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In a first for AMEX the credit card comes with an

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first_imgIn a first for AMEX, the credit card comes with an AU$400 travel credit, as well as travel and car insurance, and smartphone screen insurance when you use the card to pay for your phone or contract.Illustrating the need for a travel rewards-specific credit card, Huntsdale said, “The majority of our card members use their membership rewards points for travel.”Membership points can be converted to members choice of eight airline partner programmes and a selection of hotel loyalty programmes.“Of those who book their trip at American Express Travel Online, 66 per cent converted their points to air travel and 32 per cent to hotels,” he added.LATTE and other guests in attendance left with a complimentary access card to the American Express lounge at the international airport, an Oroton passport wallet, a Glasshouse candle and Aesop travel-size product set.Go back to the e-newsletter According to insights from American Express (AMEX), around 9.7 million Australians, just over 40 per cent of our population, headed overseas last year for short-term trips.With just over four months until Christmas, AMEX revealed that white Christmas holidays are trending for Australians, with Aspen, Whistler and seeing the Northern Lights in Yellowknife at the top of our destination lists. Go back to the e-newsletterLATTE attended an intimate breakfast with American Express at Hacienda Sydney at the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour hotel on Tuesday 6 September 2016.Attendees were picked up from their homes or offices in a 1984 Austin English Taxi Cab for the event.While guests sipped on espressos and enjoyed a contemporary breakfast menu at the newly opened vista bar, Autstin Huntsdale, Vice President of Consumer Products for American Express, introduced its latest product offering, the Explorer Credit Card.The American Express Explorer Credit Card is designed to help get Australians to their next holiday destination faster, adding a host of travel rewards features to its already renowned service.center_img Members will receive an introductory offer of 100,000 Membership Reward Points, enough to fly to Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles or San Francisco.last_img read more

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As always anyone who is anyone in the glorious wo

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first_imgAs always, anyone who is anyone in the glorious world of luxury hotels was in Cannes this last week for the 15th annual International Luxury Travel Market. It started officially Monday 15 December 2016, and it ran through Thursday 8 December 2016. And, true to form, CEOs and other top people arranged to be in town just for this must-visit gathering, which this year saw 1550 exhibitors having one-to-one appointments with the same number of absolutely tip-top travel advisors, from 76 countries.The opening Forum, on the Monday afternoon, is education meets inspiration. This year, presenter Chris Hollis introduced first New Zealander James Kerr, who shared the All Blacks rugby team’s secrets of success, and then Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr Andrew Solomon, who reminisced and name-dropped around the world. After that, much to the surprise of 99.9 per cent of the assembled thousands, came the announcement and presentation of the first annual Mary Gostelow Award. This will be given every year, by one recipient to the next, but always called the Mary Gostelow Award.Oh what a surprise! There was a video eulogy from Hyatt’s Alvaro Valeriani in Miami, Belmond’s Andrea Natal in Rio de Janeiro, Dubai Holdings’ Gerald Lawless in UAE, and Marriott’s Derek Flint in Singapore, after which the recipient said a few words, stressing inspiration and passion, and then the parties started. Again as always ILTM is one party after another. That night I went to a Barrière cocktail, and afterwards to a cocktail dinner – bite-sizes of foie gras – at Villa Domergue, hosted by Atout.Fr, which hands out France’s ‘palace’ accolades. The next day was the InterContinental lunch, with cocktails by Lungarno at Ferragamo, Taj, AccorHotels-FRHI and dinner with Gansevoort.Then came the official ILTM party, at Grand Hyatt Martinez, where the Taittinger fortunately flowed. It went on and on. Wednesday was Pierre Hermé savoury and sweet macaroons with three Dom Pérignon vintages, at the new Dior boutique (hosted by Dolder Grand, and Terre Blanche). That evening the hosts were Oberoi, Peninsula, Majestic Barrière and ILTM, at the Carlton. Sadly, I never got to Four Seasons’ party, which is always the place to go for best risotto in town – next year. And luxury hoteliers everywhere already have the next date firmly etched, 4-7 December 2017.If you would like more information, see the daily Gostelow Reports Live, that I do daily for ILTM/Reed Travel Exhibitions.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Ensemble Travel Group h

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEnsemble Travel Group hosted a successful Forum in Sydney last week, providing attendees with valuable tools, industry insights and inspiration to optimise success for the coming year.North America-based Ensemble Travel Group is a leading global provider of luxury and experiential travel products and services which has seen significant growth in Asia Pacific in recent years particularly in Australia.Over 70 Members and 45 international and domestic suppliers attended the event at Hyatt Regency in Sydney. Attendees heard from a range of speakers including a panel moderated by TV presenter Gillian Bowen with travel industry experts discussing travel trends and disruption.Trish Shepherd, Ensemble Senior Vice President and General Manager Australia/New Zealand; Libbie Rice, Ensemble Travel Group Co-President and Katy Muyt, Ensemble Senior Director Sales and Supplier Relations Australia/New Zealand.Ensemble Travel Group Co-President Libbie Rice travelled to Australia to attend the Forum and update Members on some of the new programs and plans for 2019.“At Ensemble, the success of our Members is our only business. 2018 was a fantastic year of growth for our network. It’s wonderful to be in Sydney to share some of the exciting things we have planned for our Members in Australia this year. Our Forum provides an excellent opportunity to come together, hear from some industry experts and suppliers, share updates, inspiration and information to help optimise success in 2019 and beyond,”  Rice said.“At Ensemble our core focus is on the brands of our Members and ensuring they have the right tools, unique products and marketing to stand out as clear leaders in the travel marketplace,” says Ensemble Senior Vice President and General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Trish Shepherd.“Ensemble has seen significant growth in Australia in recent years and it’s wonderful to see so many travel agencies unlocking the suite of benefits available as a member of our incredible global network,” Shepherd said.Ensemble Travel Group Members benefit from a bank of existing relationships with suppliers across the globe as well as leading technology, marketing and luxury products. Over 45 specialist suppliers attended the forum in Sydney and participated in a trade show with Ensemble Members.“Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers, sponsors and everyone who attended our Forum in Sydney particularly those who have flown in from across Australia and overseas. We are thrilled with the high level of support and engagement and look forward to continuing to provide our Members with the market leading tools, products and tailored support they need to deliver the best travel solutions for customers,” added Shepherd.Ensemble will be holding its Global Conference in Seattle from 23-27 October, 2019.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Pharaohs and Pyramids is priced from AU7995 per

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first_imgPharaohs and Pyramids is priced from AU$7,995 per person, twin share and operates 10 months of the year. The fare features all the inclusions that travellers have come to know and appreciate from Viking: meals, beverages and Wi-Fi and a culturally enriching shore excursion at every port of call.Terms and conditions apply. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (Australia) or visit vikingcruises.com.auGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterAfter sellout seasons in 2019 and 2020, bookings for 2021 departures of Viking’s Pharaohs and Pyramids sailing have now opened.The 12-day Pharaohs and Pyramids Nile River cruise-tour itinerary includes 11 guided tours and comprises a mixture of cruising and land accommodation to allow guests ample opportunity to experience the wonders of Egypt from land and sea.In Cairo, guests spend three nights in a first-class hotel, giving them time to explore the modernity and the history of this great city before flying to Luxor where guests board their ship. With no ‘sea-days’, guests will follow in the footsteps of ancient traders and sailors of the Nile to destinations such as Aswan, Edfu, Qena and Esna.last_img read more

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British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage

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first_img6. Join the clubWhile British Airways’s Executive Club may sound like you have to be an international jet-setter and criss-cross the Atlantic several times a week to join, membership is actually free. Registering will put you in the basic ‘Blue’ Tier, in which you’ll automatically start collecting Avios (the airline’s version of reward points) on flight purchases as well as member offers and the chance to rack up Tier points in order to progress to the next level. Make it to the Bronze Tier (300 Tier points on BA and partner flights) and you’ll start getting perks like priority check-in and boarding as well as being able to select a seat a whole week before you fly. Silver Tier (600 points) comes with extra luggage allowance among other things, while the Gold Tier (1500 points) pretty much guarantees you a First class experience, complete with exclusive lounges and bonus rewards. You don’t even need to be a British Airways frequent flyer to start earning points. Number of bags allowed onboardBritish Airways cabin bag sizeBritish Airways hand luggage weight allowanceCost to check in oversized hand luggage ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Aer LingusThomson AirwaysAlitalia What is British Airways checked luggage allowance?This is where it gets complicated: it all depends on the route you’re flying and what ticket type you’ve purchased. British Airways offers free checked baggage on most flights from the UK, but if you’ve purchased a ‘hand luggage only’ ticket, you will need to pay extra for checked bags. It’s worth doing this before you get to the BA check in – fees can be double if you pay at the airport. Here’s a summary of BA’s hold luggage rules:‘Hand baggage only’ tickets: depending on your destination and departure airport, you’ll pay between £20 and £35 online in advance per checked bag, and between £40 and £65 if you pay at the airport.In general hold luggage can’t be bigger than 90x75x43cm in sizeAll other flights, including Economy, Premium Economy, Business come with a free checked bag allowanceClub World and First Class travellers can get three bags weighing 32kg each for free, again, depending on where you’re flying to and fromTo check your allowance or fees, log in to your booking on the BA website or browse this table of charges.Can I bring musical instruments or sports equipment on British Airways flights?You are allowed to bring additional items like guitars as part of your hand baggage, if they fit the above size restrictionsBA will try to accommodate larger and heavier musical instruments up to 45kg and measuring 190cm x 75cm x 65cm if you give 24 hours notice before departureSporting goods like tennis rackets and diving equipment must be under 23kg and up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm to be counted as hand luggage, otherwise you may have to pay a heavy/oversized bag chargeYou can bring a bicycle up to 190cm in length if it’s packed in a bicycle bag with tyres deflated and pedals and handlebars fixed to minimise width 2 hand luggage bags per passenger: one cabin bag and one handbag or laptop bagBritish Airways hand baggage allowance includes duty-free purchased at the airportChildren (under 2) allowed 1 additional cabin bag56x45x25cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions40x30x15cm maximum size for additional small bag45x36x20cm on flights arriving and departing from Brazil23kg maximum weightIf your hand luggage is over the size or weight limit, or you have more than your allowance, it will be checked in and count towards your checked bag allowanceCheck British Airways website to find out the cost for your particular route ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How can I make the most of the British Airways hand luggage allowance?If you’re determined to travel light, read on for our top tips on getting all of your luggage on board:1. Always check your hand luggage dimensionsAll airlines have slightly different luggage restrictions so always measure your hand luggage bags well before flying, especially when travelling with an airline for the first time. Remember, British Airways’s baggage allowance includes handles and wheels, so don’t get caught out by that awkward baggage gauge at the last minute! If you’re in danger of exceeding the limitations, look for a new cabin bag – most luggage stores now make it easy to find ‘cabin-approved’ rucksacks and suitcases. Unsure where to start?Use our carry-on bag guide to review the best of the bunch. Image: Jun Seita, CC BY 2.0.4. Fly to BrazilWe’re not kidding. As mentioned above, there are different, more generous, rules regarding British Airways luggage allowance on flights in and out of Brazil. In fact, several other international airlines including American Airlines make the same exceptions. Why? Well, officially, Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) stipulates that flights to and from Brazil must allow two checked bags weighing up to 32kg and hand baggage can measure up to 45cm (although the number of cabin bags vary between destination/origin countries). Some speculate that this allows travellers to buy more Brazilian goods to bring home. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) states that the absolute maximum weight for checked luggage is 32kg, though airlines can choose to restrict this to a lower weight, so it may be that Brazil is just maxing out the amount holidaymakers can take. Either way, even if the dazzling white beaches and upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics aren’t enough of an incentive, Brazil seems to be a good choice for people who like to travel with all their home comforts! RelatedQatar baggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on board a Qatar Airways flight? How much checked luggage can you fly with? Avoid excess baggage charges with this handy table of luggage weights, sizes and fees, plus tips on making the most of your checked and hand luggage allowance.Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on an Aer Lingus flight? What’s the airline’s hold luggage allowance? Don’t get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance.KLM hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size does your hand luggage have to be be go on board a KLM flight? What liquids can you take in your cabin baggage, and what other items are restricted? Here’s everything you need to know about KLM hand luggage allowances and restrictions, plus a few tips on avoiding… 2. Grab a guaranteeMost airlines can’t promise that your cabin bags will make it into the overhead lockers, meaning you may be left waiting around the baggage carousel, just for your overnight bag to Edinburgh. But British Airways does guarantee your smaller bag will be taken onboard, as long as you attach one of their yellow tags to the bag (available at the airport check-in desk). Make sure the tag’s visible before you board, and you’ll never have to go without your ear plugs or your travel pillow again!3. Shop around for a fare dealBritish Airways is no budget airline and has an impressive range of airfare grades, meaning you don’t have to struggle with the zip on your tiny suitcase! Even what the airline terms ‘Economy’ class includes a lot more than the seat, with snacks, drinks and family-friendly extras. On short-haul BA flights, Economy comes with three options: Basic, Plus and Plus Flex (Europe) or Business UK (British Airways UK domestic). While Basic is the ‘hand luggage only’ option you may be looking for, Plus comes with free checked baggage and Business UK allows you priority boarding so you can easily slide your holdall into the lockers before everyone else gets there. Alternatively, British Airways Premium Economy is available on some international flights and lends you a little more legroom for your oversized handbag, plus two pieces of hold luggage (23kg each) included in the price. Know all the rules when it comes to airline luggage restrictions with these guides for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.The Legroom League: Which airlines have the most spacious seating?Not all airlines offer a meagre 31”. Find out which airlines to book if you fancy a roomier flight.Decoding airline jargon: a traveller’s glossaryThere’s a fair amount of jargon in the airline industry. Skyscanner has put together a list of travel-related words, phrases and acronyms to help you plan your journey.Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials before booking a tripSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: British Airways hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees 5. Use those extra centimetresThe BA hand luggage allowance is actually 5cm x 5cm bigger than Ryanair’s maximum dimensions for cabin baggage. So that’s a whole 25cm you can make the most of. Sure, you might have paid a little more for a British Airways flight, but that gives you a valuable bit of room for those little luxuries you thought you couldn’t squeeze in, whether it be your fanciest pair of pants, your favourite perfume or slipper socks for the journey. If you want more ways to up your comfort levels when flying, check out our guide on how to make economy feel like first class. Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Image: Gary Bembridge, CC BY 2.07. Fly with another airlineNot many airlines can match the BA baggage allowance with even big names like Virgin Atlantic (56cm x 36cm x 23cm) and KLM (55cm x 35cm x 25cm) stipulating a slightly smaller hand luggage size, lending some truth to their ‘most generous’ claim. But if you have heavier items, like an SLR camera or sports equipment to transport, consider companies like Delta which has no weight restrictions on hand luggage apart from at selected airports.* For a full round-up of cabin bag restrictions across major airlines, see our comparison table.Liked these tips? Try these…last_img read more

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New Yorks Palace Hotel and Lowell Hotel have team

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first_imgNew York’s Palace Hotel and Lowell Hotel have teamed up with Versace: Starting now, guests of either hotel will receive $200 off a purchase of $800 or more.Additionally, a Versace representative will come to the hotel suites to showcase the collection or guests can have a private preview at the Versace Fifth Avenue boutique. Just be sure to bring the gift certificate below.For more information, contact Courtney Debaun at Versace, (212) 317-0224. Visit versace.com.last_img

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White Plains NY – Linear Air a provider of point

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first_imgWhite Plains, NY – Linear Air, a provider of point-to-point air taxi service, announced today the launch of its Eclipse E500 flight service in the greater New York City area. The expansion of its fleet in the New York region reaffirms the company’s commitment to offering business and leisure travelers unprecedented access and affordability to private jet travel.Linear Air’s Eclipse E500 is part of a new class of very light jets (VLJ) poised to redefine air travel. Using less fuel than other light jets, the eco-friendly and efficient, twin engine Eclipse E500 offers jet aircraft performance at an unprecedented lower overall cost. That savings is directly passed on to the Linear Air customer.“Linear Air’s goals are to provide customers with a high-quality travel experience that is hassle-free, time efficient and cost effective,” said William Herp, president and CEO of Linear Air. “With convenient and personalized service, Linear Air is pleased to offer business and leisure travelers in the greater New York City area a bold new option for air travel.”In addition to cost-savings, other considerations that make air travel with Linear Air appealing include: • Linear Air serves 10 times more airports than the traditional commercial airlines serve. By utilizing regional airports, Linear Air can accommodate clients’ air travel needs from locations that are closer to their homes and offices. This saves travelers the time, headache, and expense of commercial airports. • The flexibility of Linear Air’s air taxi service allows business travelers to land in destinations not served by commercial airlines, creating opportunities to reach remote or multiple destinations in single day trips. Air travel is easily complemented by accessible ground transportation options. • Business travelers benefit from the ability to turn travel time into productive work time by flying in well-appointed comfortable cabins conducive to conducting meetings. • Leisure travelers are able to more easily make weekend trips from New York to Nantucket by avoiding the long security lines and other hassles associated with commercial air travel.Linear Air’s aircraft is based at the White Plains/Westchester County Airport in New York, but will be servicing major and regional airports throughout the tri-state region as well as the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.About Linear Air Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented access and affordability. Based in Concord, Mass., the Linear Air fleet includes four three-passenger Eclipse E500 business jets and five, eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 750 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada from its bases in Boston and New York. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator that maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com or call 1-877-2-LINEAR.last_img read more

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Maya ThurmanHawke attends a photocall during the

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first_img Maya Thurman-Hawke attends a photocall during the PBS Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) ‘Murder, She Wrote’ star Lansbury, 92, schools young actors by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2018 6:36 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PASADENA, Calif. – Angela Lansbury has words of wisdom for young actors.Lansbury, 92, who plays crusty Aunt March in PBS’ new adaptation of “Little Women,” advised newcomers to learn everything possible about the character they’re playing and “don’t just go out there and spout words.”Actors who fail to approach their work thoughtfully will end up “a flash in the pan,” Lansbury said during a Q&A session with TV critics Tuesday.“It’s terribly important to get out of yourself and into that character. Leave yourself at home,” she said.The two-part version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, debuting May 13 on PBS’ “Masterpiece” showcase, stars Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, in her screen debut. She plays aspiring writer Jo March.Hawke called it a “huge gift and a huge honour” to work with Lansbury and Emily Watson, who plays Jo’s mother, Marmee.Lansbury knows what it’s like to be a novice amid big names: She was on the brink of turning 18 when she began working on her debut film, “Gaslight” (1944) with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer and directed by George Cukor.The stars were generous with their advice, while Cukor provided another kind of learning experience.Lansbury said she was late coming back from a lunch break to be confronted by Cukor.“‘How dare you be late? How dare you keep this casting waiting?’” Lansbury recalled him asking. “I hadn’t realized the strict rules of the road.”“Gaslight” earned her the first of three Oscar nominations, and she received an honorary trophy in 2014. Her long-running role in TV’s “Murder, She Wrote,” earned her multiple Emmy nods.last_img read more

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Jill Daum poses for a photo at the Belfry theatre

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first_img Jill Daum poses for a photo at the Belfry theatre in Victoria, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Jill, the wife of Spirit of The West frontman John Mann has written a play about how the family is struggling with Mann’s Alzheimers disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Alzheimer’s story from wife of Spirit of the West singer takes the stage VICTORIA – Jill Daum says writing a play about a family’s struggles with Alzheimer’s helped her get out of bed some days as she fought to accept her husband’s diagnosis of the cruel disease.Daum is married to musician John Mann, the driving force behind the Canadian band Spirit of the West, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s almost six years ago and now, at age 55, lives in a care home.“Forget About Tomorrow” opened Jan. 25 at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre and is scheduled to run until Feb. 18. It is also scheduled to start March 1 at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre.“The story is fictional but it was certainly inspired by what I learned from living with John. What I learned as a caregiver and what I’ve had to watch him go through,” said Daum in an interview hours before the opening night performance.She said Alzheimer’s takes its toll on more than just the individual with the disease. It ransacks families and the play explores the decline of a family and couple as the disease slowly gnaws at long-standing bonds, she said.“It’s about the wife who’s married to the person who gets the diagnosis and how it affects her and her family, and her path to accepting what her life will be,” Daum said. “She goes down a few rabbit holes … and eventually comes to a place of acceptance.”Daum, who was rewriting lines right up until opening night, said the play evolved during sessions at a women’s writing workshop in Vancouver. She said she didn’t tell anybody about her husband’s diagnosis and the foundation of the play emerged during those gatherings.“I started to write scenes about a woman whose husband had early-onset and nobody in the group knew John had it,” said Daum. “They were really impressed with my knowledge about the disease. I got to talk about what it was like for a caregiver. I got to do all of that without anybody knowing it was actually about me.”“Forget About Tomorrow” is Daum’s first solo project, though she has collaborated on other plays.She said Mann is not able to attend the Victoria performances.“We’ve just gone through a really rough patch with him. But he’s still beautiful Johnny. He’s still snapping his fingers. There’s a lot of love for John in this show.”She said Mann often helped her read lines in the scenes and he contributed two songs to the play.The songs, “Forget to Forget,” and “Tom’s Song,” are the last songs Mann has written. The play opens and closes with the songs.Daum said the play is an emotional roller-coaster, humorous and moving, as the family attempts to cope with upheaval in their lives. The performance arrives at a crossroad, where actor Jennifer Lines, who portrays the wife and caregiver, meets a new man and confronts a difficult decision.“The dilemma is should Jane take it or stay with her husband when we all know in two years he won’t remember her name,” she said.Daum said her personal road to acceptance of Alzheimer’s has been difficult, especially since the journey is continuing to its ultimate end.“I will have a life past Alzheimer’s and John won’t. It’s hard for everybody,” Daum said.center_img by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2018 1:00 am PDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2018 at 1:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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