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first_img“We’re very fortunate that we get him in here now,” saidhead coach Ken Whisenhunt, “and can get him acclimated tothe defense so when we get to training camp we can reallysee what he does when he gets the pads on.“This guy is a talented football player. I thinkhe’s agood fit for our defensive scheme—whether it’s at end asa pass rusher in the sub (package) or as an outsidelinebacker. He brings an element of potential pass rush,which you can never have enough of.”Groves played the past two seasons in Oakland but was notre-signed by the Raiders.He said he had trips scheduled to Baltimore and Cincinnatibefore signing with Arizona. “As I was here (visiting theCardinals), Cincinnati was trying to offer me.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Quentin Groves is fitting right in with his new teammates.“The guys have welcomed me with open arms,” he saidfollowing OTAs Wednesday, just his second day on the fieldwith the Cardinals.“[I] had a little jawing session today with (Larry)Fitzgerald; and me and (Darnell) Dockett kind of got intoit over what college was the best: Florida State orAuburn. We all know that answer: Auburn.”The Cardinals signed the veteran free agent late last weekto add depth at the linebacker position, particularlyoutside linebacker. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ – / 33last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires This is a dream come true! #BirdGang— David Johnson (@DavidJohnsonRB) May 2, 2015 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Johnson caught more than 30 passes in each of his four seasons with the Panthers, topping out at 536 yards receiving in his senior season. He also tallied 14 receiving touchdowns in his four-year career.The Clinton, Iowa, native also said he believes he can become a three-down back for the Cardinals.“I’m able to catch the ball out of the backfield on third downs, and then, with my bigger frame, I’m able to protect for (quarterback) Carson Palmer and make sure that he doesn’t get hit — make sure he stays healthy,” Johnson said. Top Stories center_img Johnson was also named a third-team FCS All-American in 2014 after breaking 15 school records. He racked up career high of 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns on 287 carries in his senior season, and he had eight games of more than 100 yards rushing, including a 205-yard, three-touchdown effort against Missouri State on Nov. 22.On the Cardinals, Johnson will compete with a running back corps that includes Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams. The Cardinals only gained 1,308 yards on the ground last season, second-worst in the NFL. Also, the team’s 3.3 yards per carry was the lowest mark in the league.Johnson said he knew the Cardinals had some interest in him after he spoke with running backs coach Stump Mitchell at the Senior Bowl.“They said they were looking for a bigger back,” Johnson said. “They said I fit that mold really (well).”The former Northern Iowa Panther said he’s ready take the pounding of NFL defenses, but he also touted his abilities in the passing game.“Something that a lot of teams don’t really look into with bigger running backs is my ability to catch out of the backfield,” he said. The Arizona Cardinals didn’t go with a running back in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft as many fans wanted, but they did take one two rounds later.With the 86th overall pick, the Cardinals selected running back David Johnson, who was a four-year starter after redshirting at Northern Iowa.The 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back played in the 2015 Senior Bowl and was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in both 2013 and 2014. He became the first player in school history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014, and if not for an incredible amount of injuries very well could have had an even more successful season.Look around, though, and you’ll see varied opinions on how they will fare in 2015. Some view them as a contender, a team that will compete for a Super Bowl if it can have a little luck in the health department. Others believe last year was a bit of a fluke, that they are destined to take a step back. As training camp nears, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the team on a position-by-position basis, grading each group on a five-star scale. So, how does the team look? Though there are some question marks along the line, the good news is the position group itself might be the deepest in the team’s history. Earl Watford was the talk of mini-camp after proving he could play at either of the guard or tackle spots, while Larsen, Humphries and Bradley Sowell — the starter at left tackle in 2013 — should all be capable of filling in if needed, assuming of course none of them start. Of course, while the left side of the offensive line looks dominant, everything to the right of Iupati is, well, a bit questionable. Not necessarily bad, but questionable.At center, the team will likely turn to either Ted Larsen or A.Q. Shipley. A free agent pickup from Indianapolis, Shipley is the favorite to earn the job with Larsen moving into more of a swing-lineman role, which may be what he’s best suited for. Last season, with the Colts, Shipley graded out as the 13th-best center by ProFootballFocus, with positive grades for both run and pass blocking. In fact, in seven games at center, he allowed just three QB hits and zero sacks. Next to Shipley, assuming he earns the job, will be Jonathan Cooper. The team’s first round pick — seventh overall — in 2013, Cooper has battled injuries and inconsistency his entire professional career. Now healthy and on the right side instead of the left, the former North Carolina Tar Heel is confident he will start to be the player the team thought it was drafting.Where things are likely to be very interesting is at right tackle, where the incumbent, Bobby Massie, will look to hold off this season’s first-round pick, D.J. Humphries. Massie, who will be 26 when the season begins, was adequate as the team’s right tackle last season, credited by ProFootballFocus with nine sacks allowed last season, along with eight QB hits and 28 QB hurries. However, the team spent its first 2015 selection on Humphries for a reason, and surely wouldn’t be upset if the rookie played his way into the lineup. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo OL: Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Jonathan Cooper, Bobby Massie, D.J. Humphries, Earl Watford, Ted Larsen, Bradley Sowell, Antoine McClain, Cameron Bradfield, Rob Crisp, John FullingtonGrade: 3.75 starsWhen was the last time you felt good about the team’s offensive line entering a season? If your answer is “never”, you’re probably not alone. But times, they are a changin’. We’ll start things off at left tackle, where Jared Veldheer exceeded expectations after signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract last offseason before producing a season ProFootballFocus rated as the ninth-best among all left tackles. According to them, Veldheer allowed just one QB sack and four QB hits last season while grading out positively as both a pass and run blocker. Shoring up that position allowed the Cardinals to focus their attention elsewhere, which brings us to the man who will be lining up to Veldheer’s right, Mike Iupati. The team’s big free agent signing of 2015, the former Pro Bowler form the San Francisco 49ers comes to the Cardinals with a reputation for being one of the game’s best run blockers, though a bit shaky in pass protection. ProFootballFocus rated him as the 14th-best guard in the NFL last season, though sixth-best among left guards. If he can be the run blocker the team is expecting as well as the pass protector he says he is, then the left side of Arizona’s offensive line will be one of the most dominant in the NFL. Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo THE GOOD– On the game’s first play, Fitzgerald caught a 12-yard pass to extend his franchise record of at least one reception to 173 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. Two plays later, Fitzgerald caught a 10-yard pass, pushing him past 13,000 receiving yards for his career. He became the third-youngest player (32 years, 83 days) in NFL history to reach the mark behind Randy Moss (31 years, 298 days) and Jerry Rice (32 years, 59 days).– Third-and-8 converted, third down-and-16 converted and third down-and-1 converted. The final of those was a was an 18-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Darren Fells that tied the game at 7 with 9:44 left in the second quarter. Palmer was 4-of-4 for 54 yards on the drive, moving him past David Krieg (38,147) for 18th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list. The score by Fells was his third of the season, tying him with John Brown for third-most on the team.– Give Palmer a clean pocket and time to throw, and he’ll make you pay. Palmer and Nelson connected on a 64-yard game-tying touchdown to tie the game at 14 apiece on the Cardinals’ first possession of the second half. The score at 11:21 of the third quarter was Nelson’s first career touchdown and the 14th different Cardinals player to find the end zone this season. On the play prior, John Brown caught a 13-yard pass to convert a third down-and-7 at the Arizona 23. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling STAT OF THE GAME34: The Cardinals’ final point tally, the most allowed by the Bengals this season. It was the seventh time Arizona scored more than 30 points this year.HE SAID IT“I’m so happy right now,” Catanzaro said, before describing his teammates’ reaction. “They went berserk. It was pretty cool. It was pretty cool. We found a way to win in the fourth quarter and that’s what we’re known for.”NOTED– The Cardinals, for the first time since 1975-76, begin back-to-back seasons with at least eight wins.– The Cardinals improved to 21-5 against teams outside the division (10-2 vs. AFC) under Bruce Arians.– Patrick Peterson exited the game midway through the fourth quarter after suffering a left ankle injury.– Rodney Gunter’s fourth-quarter sack was the first of his NFL career and the fourth by the Cardinals defense.– Rookie Markus Golden’s fourth-quarter strip-sack (recovered by Deone Bucannon) was his second of the season.– Dwight Freeney’s third-quarter sack was his third of the season and No. 114.5 of his career, making him 20th all-time in that category.– Frostee Rucker suffered a right ankle injury late in the third quarter and was later ruled out for the game. – Undrafted rookie free agent nose tackle Xavier Williams saw his first NFL action on the second defensive series.– The game, the 100th in the history of University of Phoenix Stadium, was played with the roof open for the first time this season.– Among the Cardinals inactives were starting receiver Michael Floyd and starting right guard Jonathan Cooper.UP NEXTIt’s back on the road for the Cardinals as they visit San Francisco in Week 12, the first of two straight road contests against NFC West opponents.They play at St. Louis the following week.The Cardinals will look to sweep the season series from the Niners for the first time since 2008 when they meet Sunday, Nov. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.In the first matchup, Palmer threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, both to Fitzgerald, who caught nine passes for 134 yards. Chris Johnson rushed for 110 yards and scored twice in a 47-7 Week 3 victory in the desert.The defense added three scores of its own with back-to-back pick-6s by Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu to begin the game and a third-quarter safety from Kevin Minter, who tackled 49ers running back Carlos Hyde in the end zone. For a team that once upon a time wasn’t quite ready for primetime, the Arizona Cardinals are certainly excelling under the national spotlight this season.With a 34-31 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 with the nation watching, winning on Sunday Night Football in consecutive weeks.They beat Seattle a week ago and earlier in the season defeated Baltimore on Monday Night Football.center_img Top Stories The Cardinals led 28-0 in the second quarter and never looked back.Though the Cardinals are just 3-10 against the Niners over the past seven seasons, they’ve won two of the last three meetings.Overall, the Cardinals are 19-29 in a series that dates back to 1951. – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The difference in the game was a 32-yard field goal kicked by Chandler Catanzaro with one second remaining.Carson Palmer overcame two first-quarter interceptions to pass for 317 yards and four touchdowns against the NFL’s number-one scoring defense; and oh yeah, his former team.His favorite target was rookie J.J. Nelson.Inactive last week, Nelson caught four balls for a season-best 142 yards and a touchdown.Larry Fitzgerald added eight catches for 90 yards, while Chris Johnson rushed for a team-best 63 yards on 18 carries as the Cardinals outgained the Bengals, 383-377.Andy Dalton accounted for 315 of those yards for Cincinnati (8-2). He was 22-of-39 with two touchdowns.After the Bengals had tied the game at 31, the Cardinals, with 58 seconds left and no timeouts, marched 70 yards on six plays to put Catanzaro in position for the game-winning kick.The Cardinals (8-2) have won four straight and maintained their three-game lead in the NFC West.The Cardinals became only the fourth team to win back-to-back games on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, joining New England (2007), Washington (2007) and Philadelphia (2013).Arizona has at least one more primetime matchup; it’s against Minnesota on Thursday Night Football in Week 14. – After a three-and-out on their second possession, the Cardinals third drive lasted all of one play. Palmer went deep looking for Nelson but the ball was a good 10-15 yards overthrown (miscommunication?) and intercepted by Reggie Nelson. The Bengals capitalized with a six-play, 64-yard scoring drive that ended with Tyler Eifert catching a 3-yard touchdown on third-and-goal. The play gave Cincinnati a 7-0 lead at :22 of the first quarter.– A costly Cardinals penalty allowed Cincinnati to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. With the Bengals facing a third-and-19 at their own 27, Kevin Minter was flagged for defensive holding, which is an automatic first down. Nine plays later, Jeremy Hill rushed for two yards a touchdown, capping a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took just over 8:30 off the clock. On the drive, the Bengals converted all three of their third downs.– Twice in the fourth quarter, the Bengals scored red-zone touchdowns. First, Jeremy Hill rushed from a yard out; and then two possessions later, Dalton completed a 10-yard pass to Eifert. On the first scoring drive, the Bengals converted a fourth-and-4 at the Arizona 16—Mohamed Sanu 10-yard catch—to move the chains. The second scoring drive was set up by a 58-yard kickoff return by Brandon Tate allowing Cincinnati to start possession at midfield. – Through the first two quarters, the Cardinals gained a grand total of 102 yards. They surpassed that mark with their second possession of the third quarter with a balanced eight-play—four runs, four passes—66-yard drive that ended with Brown catching an 18-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals their first lead, 21-14, at the 5:32 mark. In just two drives to open the second half, the Cardinals not only scored twice but gained 146 yards.– Call it a perfect third quarter for the Cardinals, who scored on each of their three possessions. David Johnson was the third different receiver to catch a Palmer touchdown in the period. He beat former ASU Sun Devil Vontaze Burfict on a wheel route and ran 16 yards into the end zone to give the Cardinals a 28-14 lead at the 11:26 mark. In the quarter, Palmer recorded more touchdowns (three) than incompletions (two) as he went 9-of-11 for 171 yards.THE BAD– Just two plays into the game, starting left guard Mike Iupati exited the game. Earl Watford entered and soon after gave up a sack after being beaten by Geno Atkins. The play lost 10 yards, and on third-and-20, Palmer was picked off by Leon Hall on a pass intended for Fitzgerald. It was Palmer’s eighth interception of the season. Iupati suffered a stinger—the same injury he sustained last week at Seattle—but returned three possessions later.last_img read more

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first_img 36 Comments   Share   Top Stories So now that the Cardinals have for all intents and purposes been eliminated from playoff contention, let’s ask the simple question: When did you know it was over? We certainly didn’t need Seattle defeating Los Angeles Thursday night to understand this season was finally finished. It was over long before that game.So when was it? Was it week one when with no Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski, Nate Solder and Rob Ninkovich, the Cardinals lost at home to the Patriots thanks to a missed 47-yard field goal on a bad snap? Or was it Week 3 when the Cardinals went on the road and got beat by Buffalo 33-18 in a game that included 208 rushing yards by the Bills, a huge Michael Floyd drop, a bad snap on a field goal attempt that went for a Bills touchdown along with a 19-yard punt and a 1-of-9 start for Carson Palmer? But for me, it was the Carolina game. Yup that was the one. Carolina was awful with a 1-5 record. Arizona needed that one and they needed it bad. A win would have given them a 4-3-1 record and got them back on track. To me, that was the game they could not afford to lose, not with upcoming trips to Minnesota and Atlanta in the next three weeks. So what did Arizona do in that game? The Cardinals fell behind 24-0 as Carolina scored on four of their first five first-half possessions. It looked and seemed like Arizona was not ready to play that game. They were not prepared. They had a season high 10 penalties. Palmer had a fumble returned for a touchdown, was sacked eight times and had an interception. Arians was bad again as he failed to challenge what should have been an incomplete pass to Greg Olsen on 3rd and 11 that went for 11 yards and set up first and goal that Carolina converted into a touchdown and a 21-0 lead. What also made that the game for me, the one where I knew this season was over, was that left tackle Jared Veldheer was lost for the season with a tricep injury. Tyrann Mathieu was lost with a shoulder injury and Ifeanyi Momah broke his wrist. The Cardinals lost the game to fall to 3-4-1, they lost their starting left tackle and the toughest part of their schedule was coming up. It was then halfway through the season when I knew the 2016 Cardinals were done. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) hits Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) behind the line of scrimmage during an NFL football game in Atlanta. “Looking back to last year, I think we got through most of the year with the same guys,” said Palmer, whose current line includes two players who weren’t starters when the season began and a third lineman playing out of his usual position. “This year, it’s been the exact opposite. It’s been different guys, different spots, different weeks.” The Cardinals, who made the NFC title game last year, are 4-6-1 this season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo For some it may have been later in the season — maybe after the bye week when Arizona needed a field goal as time expired to beat a pathetic 49ers team or the Vikings game when Palmer was hit 23 times, knocked down 17 and sacked four times in a 30-24 loss. Certainly the 38-19 setback in Atlanta that saw their record fall to 4-6-1 could have been the game that put the nail in the coffin. Let’s not forget the Floyd drop on 4th and 7 down 24-13 with 14:30 left in that one as one of the huge plays. Or Calais Campbell being offsides with Atlanta punting on a 4th and 5 that gave the Falcons a first down, and four plays later they scored a touchdown to go up 31-13. You may still have been holding out hope when they went to Miami, but that loss in which they turned the ball over three times in the first quarter and had their special teams miss an extra point, a 41-yard field goal and have an extra point blocked and returned for two points summed up their season. They fell to 5-7-1 after that debacle.Whichever game it was, there is most likely one game in which you knew this was not going to be the Cardinals’ year. Like I said, for me it was Carolina. Which game was it for you? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Maybe it was loss at home to the Rams that dropped Arizona to 1-3 and gave them just a 14 percent chance of making the playoffs? Only 26 out of 183 teams have made the playoffs after a 1-3 start, so it could have been that game you realized this thing was going nowhere. Chris Johnson and Tyvon Branch got hurt in that game and went on IR, Palmer went into concussion protocol late in the fourth quarter and Arizona gave up a 47-yard punt return that was aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty which gave the Rams the ball at the Arizona 19, and five plays later a 4-yard Case Keenum to Brian Quick TD pass put the Rams up 17-13.The tie against Seattle gave the Cardinals a 3-3-1 record, but we all know they should have won that game. They dominated the Seahawks. Seattle had just 130 yards in regulation and five first downs. But Arizona’s special teams were a disaster once again. They had a 39-yard field goal blocked, a punt blocked, and they missed a 24-yard field goal in overtime. And let’s not forget that huge Floyd drop on 3rd and 5 from the Seattle 27 in overtime. Arians was at his worst in that game as well. He lost a timeout on a non reviewable call when he tried to challenge and at the end of the first half, when he needed a timeout to stop the clock and kick a field goal after a Palmer fumble was recovered by Earl Watford, he didn’t have it and time ran out. He also went for it on 4th and 1 instead of kicking a field goal to go up 6-0 in a game where points were crucial. And he didn’t use any of his three timeouts at the end of the game with Seattle facing a 2nd and 30 from their own 28 with 41 seconds left.last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing its attendance at ILTM Asia 2015,  Preferred Hotels & Resorts announced four executive appoints from within the organisation.Casey Ueberroth has been named Chief Marketing Officer; Ken Mastrandrea has been named Chief Operating Officer; Hiren Chandiramani has been named Chief Financial Officer; and Michelle Woodley has been named Executive Vice President. Coming less than 100 days after a major rebranding, the promotions represent a pivotal expansion in the leadership structure of the family- owned and –operated company, helping better position Preferred Hotels & Resorts to achieve its goals of strategic growth globally.“Casey, Ken, Hiren, and Michelle have all been instrumental in guiding the company’s development over the past decade, and I am very proud to have these exceptionally talented executives transition into enhanced leadership roles,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, President & CEO. “As we embark on an exciting new chapter in the history of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, I have explicit trust and confidence that their invaluable expertise and strategic foresight will help the company further elevate its profile as one of the world’s top travel and hospitality brands.”John and Gail Ueberroth, who purchased Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 2004, remain active in the company’s global efforts, serving as Executive Chairman and Vice Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, respectively.For more information on Preferred Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.preferredhotels.com.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAir Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, and Montenegro Airlines, the flag carrier of the Republic of Montenegro, have signed a codeshare agreement that provides travellers with greater air connectivity when flying between Europe, the Middle East and North America.The codeshare agreement was signed this week in Tivat, Montenegro, by Branislav Malović, Chief Government Affairs and Relations Officer of Air Serbia, and Zoran Kostić, CEO of Montenegro Airlines.As part of the deal, Air Serbia will deepen its air links to Montenegro by placing its “JU” code on Montenegro Airlines’ flights between Belgrade and Podgorica and Tivat. In addition, the Serbian carrier will codeshare on services between Podgorica and Rome.In return, Montenegro Airlines will tap into Air Serbia’s growing network by adding its “YM” code on Air Serbia’s flights between Belgrade and 32 destinations, including Tivat and Podgorica. This will provide unprecedented access between the two countries and offer Montenegro Airlines’ passengers convenient travel options to major cities such as New York, Abu Dhabi, Paris and London via the Serbian capital.Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia, said: “We’re thrilled to sign a new codeshare agreement with Montenegro Airlines, which is mutually beneficial not only for our businesses but most importantly, our guests.“With this agreement, travellers in Montenegro can take advantage of seamless connections over Belgrade to key cities in Europe, the Middle East and North America that are now within much closer reach.“In turn, Air Serbia will deepen its network footprint in Montenegro, a country with many historical, cultural and religious links to Serbia and a popular summer hotspot, making it a win-win deal for both airlines.”Daliborka Pejović, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Montenegro Airlines, said: “We believe that signing the codeshare agreement with Air Serbia is an extraordinary opportunity for the future of Montenegro Airlines. In doing so, we have opened the door of our national airline to enter Etihad Airways Partners, with airlines such as Alitalia and airberlin, which was an objective of the meeting held with representatives of Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi in February this year.”“By opening 32 new destinations for passengers from and to Montenegro, the national carrier is significantly contributing to the transportation accessibility of Montenegro, particularly by air, and establishing links between our country and new markets.“The agreement with Air Serbia is an exceptional opportunity for helping find a future strategic partner for the Montenegrin carrier, which is the objective of the Privatisation Council of the Government of Montenegro.”Flights under the codeshare agreement can be booked from September 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Traveller Made network highlights the talent of luxury Travel Designers to create the most beautiful and unique trips. This prize is very important as it contributes to the recognition of expertise and to shining light onto an unknown profession, together with the rising stars of the luxury sphere. Who are they?The 12 people featured in this photo have been voted as the best Travel Designers in the world by Traveller Made. These movers and shakers of the travel world have been rewarded for their expertise in five specific aspects of luxury travel: Tailor-made Travel Design, Destination Knowledge, Client Knowledge, Supplier Knowledge, and Crisis Management. For the very first time, Traveller Made is revealing its 12 most influential luxury Travel Designers (along with CEO and founder, Quentin Desurmont). What is it about?Launched in 2013, Traveller Made − the world’s largest network dedicated to ultra-luxury travel − has just revealed its best 12 Travel Designers. For the first time ever, they have come together for an exclusive photo shoot in Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy, Deauville. Much more than just planners, trend-hunters, ultimate luxury suppliers or influential pathfinders, these up-and-coming stars of luxury travel create unforgettable moments for the wealthiest people on the planet. They are the brains behind some of the most extraordinary trips ever organised.It’s all about valueBy 2020, the luxury travel sector will be revolutionised: wealthy clients prefer small, intimate units in terms of accommodation. But there is also another phenomenon that deals with organisation. More than just tailor-made, wealthy travellers want haute couture, uniqueness. Money is no object: the essential thing is that the trip is designed only for them and cannot be done by anyone else.Creating rarity, uniqueness and, therefore, value is the primary talent of the Traveller Made community, which was inspired by the stakeholders in luxury goods companies, those which used to be small local businesses and have transformed into well-known international empires. Key figures about Traveller MadeLaunch date: September 2013283 member agencies: 137 in Europe and 146 in North America, South America, Russia, Asia, Middle East, OceaniaPresence in 58 countriesSignificant growth: 50% more member agencies in 2016 vs 2015100% of itineraries are tailor-madeNo deals with cruise companies or tour operators (unlike other networks)Member agencies’ clients are 50,000 ultra-wealthy families worldwide (out of 200,000 total ultra-wealthy families worldwide, i.e. 25%)These families own $30 million to $50 billion in liquid assets.Main image, from left to right and from top to bottom: Top Row:Jan Vos – The NetherlandsIco Inanc – ItalyJonas Rask Eilersen – IsraelEvgenia Komarova – RussiaDoug Easton – USAGemma Antrobus – UKMiddle Row:Manuel Chablais – SwitzerlandSheila Zatz – Brazil Olivier Weisse – FranceGonzalo Gimeno – SpainBottom Row:Michaela Kügler – Germany Quentin Desurmont (CEO & Founder Traveller Made) Isao Numano – Japanlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystal River Cruises has welcomed its fifth ship and the newest member of the fleet, Crystal Ravel, during a christening ceremony in Budapest, Hungary. The company celebrated the occasion with Crystal’s President and CEO Tom Wolber; the ship’s godmother, Hungarian philanthropist and creator of the hit “Virtuosos” classical music talent show, Mariann Peller; and Crystal River Cruises’ Vice President and Managing Director Walter Littlejohn.“Today is a proud day for the entire Crystal family. In just over two years, we introduced five ships, which is a tremendous accomplishment of growth for this expansion of the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “But what makes us most proud is that with each new ship and new experience, Crystal’s commitment to superb quality and exceptional luxury and service has remained unwavering.”Crystal Ravel’s Captain Ferenc, Godmother Mariann Peller; Feren; President and CEO of Crystal River Cruises Tom Wolber and Vice President and Managing Director Walter Littlejohn.Crystal River Cruises now comprises Crystal Ravel and her identical sister ships: Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Debussy; as well as Crystal Mozart, which at twice the width of any other river cruise ship, is Europe’s most spacious river cruise ship and launched the brand in July 2016.Crystal Ravel’s Captain Ferenc“Beyond these exquisite ships – which are earning the acclaim of luxury travellers from around the world – the heart of the Crystal River Experience is the people,” Littlejohn said.“To be named the godmother of a ship that celebrates the classical musical heritage of this country and the lands that surround her – is an honour that speaks to my heart,” Peller commented.“Beyond the connection to the musical masters of this region, Crystal River ships represent the stunning grace, elegance and beauty of the rivers that flow here. I am honoured to become part of the Crystal Family, as this company embodies a dedication to excellence,” Crystal Ravel Godmother Marianne PellarTenor Steffan Mullan performed during the ceremony, while Young Virtuosos artists performed aboard the ship following the traditional blessing, including clarinetist Ali Dániel Lugosi, double bassist Tamás Kökény, violinist Amira Abouzahra, violinist Mariam Abuzahra, and Budapest Festival Orchestra harpist Ágnes Polonyi with a special performance onboard the ship.The ceremony took place during the ship’s overnight stay in Budapest on its week-long “Danube Serenade” voyage, allowing guests aboard the sailing to participate in the festivities, while Crystal crew members also looked on from the decks of the ship.Crystal Ravel is currently sailing itineraries of six to 14 days between Vienna and Basel and in 2019 she will be the only river ship to sail seven-night Danube cruises round-trip from Vienna to ports in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With a 30year legacy o

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWith a 30-year legacy of showing travellers the wonders of Egypt, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold say they are excited to see the country make its highly anticipated comeback as a top 2019 bucket-list destination.According to a September 2018 UNWTO global travel and tourism annual report, Egypt has seen a 55% increase in visitors, making it the world’s fastest-growing destination. Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, two award-winning premium and luxury escorted journeys, stand proud of their continued support and exceptional journeys to Egypt, where travellers can visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.After visiting Egypt recently with her family, Insight Vacations & Luxury Gold’s CEO, Ulla Hefel Böhler, spoke highly of the experience.“Egypt must be on every traveller’s 2019 bucket list. I travelled to Egypt previously and loved the country then, with all it had to offer. We were welcomed back this year with open arms and felt perfectly comfortable and at ease at all times, without any crowds around. Apart from experiencing the incredible sights with our Egyptologist, it was also the personal touches that made a huge difference. We visited a local family home to learn more about Egyptian traditions and their way of life.”The Great Pyramids of Giza, along with the ancient treasures and sacred temples that line the legendary Nile River, have been attracting visitors to Egypt for centuries. Guests can explore Egypt with an Egyptologist on the following guided journeys, including the nine-day Wonders of Egypt with Insight Vacations, 12-day Splendours of Egypt with Insight Vacations and 12-day Elegance of the Nile with Luxury Gold.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related The future is now 11 modern airports you

first_img RelatedThe future is now: 11 modern airports you need to visitFrom Los Angeles to Singapore, discover the most high-tech airports in the world and learn what’s to come in the future.Heathrow Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet Heathrow arrivals and Heathrow departures information in real time with Skyscanner’s flight status board. Find cheap flights direct from Heathrow Download our app Search airport hotels Find out your flight status at London Heathrow Airport using the flight arrivals and departures board above, searching by flight number, airline or…The rise of the gourmet airport restaurantNew York’s LaGuardia airport is the latest in a line of major airports keen to capitalise on travellers’ appetites Thanks to the launch of a new smartphone app, searching for the departures screen at the UK’s busiest airport is now a thing of the past. Travellers can now access a wealth of airport information at their fingertips with the official BAA London Heathrow Airport guide, featuring terminal maps, shop and restaurant guides, and most importantly, live flight updates on demand.With 13.6 million passengers expected to pass through the airport this summer, the app is a great way of avoiding the crowds around departure boards by getting the latest info straight to your phone.The app’s impressive mini-live arrivals and departure screens also let you add flights to ‘My Trips’ and schedule notifications on changes to flight times in case there are any delays to your flight.Shoppers and hungry travellers will love the interactive map of the airports facilities, which have detailed information on shops and restaurants in each terminal. The weather and city guides are also a great addition and a good way of whiling away time before you depart.Heathrow’s app also features travel information to and from the airport, and information on internet access, car parking and other services and is also a useful tool for those who are picking someone up at the airport.If you’re travelling through Heathrow anytime soon, this app will make the experience that little bit easier.Heathrow Airport Guide is available free on iTunes, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.You can also check out live Heathrow flight information on Skyscanner’s own arrivals & departures page.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

8 Isola Bella Italy A secluded beach on a privat

first_img8. Isola Bella, ItalyA secluded beach on a private islet, you can’t really get much more ‘secret’ than that can you? Catch a boat from Sicily and spend the day snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing on one of the few undiscovered corners of Italy.How to get there: Fly to Sicily‘s east coast airport at Catania. A popular way to get to the beach at Isola Bella is to join a day cruise from Taormina, although it’s also possible to walk across the causeway from Lido Mazzarò beach, depending on the tides.Where to stay near Isola BellaPick a bright yellow umbrella to perch under around Hotel Caparena‘s pool. This plush pad has ocean views, Sicilian ceramics and local art all over the place. Search for cheap flights to Sicily 7. Liepaja, LatviaYou might not think about stripping off at the seaside in Latvia, but the Baltic coast is full of hidden gems and Liepaja, on the country’s west coast, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. This is where the Latvians go when they want white sand and sea and, until now, it’s been a (well-kept) secret beach – sorry locals, but we think you guys deserve to know about it too!How to get there: Take a bus from Riga to Liepaja, or hire a car and drive into Latvia from the north of Lithuania.Where to stay near LiepajaThere’s a 5 star experience waiting for you in the Promenade Hotel, Liepaja. The sauna is welcome respite after a day in the cold water. Search for cheap flights to Riga 16. Flag Beach, Fuerteventura, SpainHang on, isn’t Fuerteventura already one of our favourite beach holidays in Europe? Surely we’ve discovered all the most beautiful shores on this popular Canary Island? You might think so, but no, there are a few secluded spots that we Brits have not overrun with all-day breakfast cafes and Irish pubs. Join those in the know who seek out the tropical turquoise beauty at Flag Beach, on the north Fuerteventura. It’s a long, hot walk from the resort of Corralejo to Flag Beach, but it’s most certainly worth it. Kite surfers should definitely check it out too! Find out more about the best beaches in the Canary Islands with this handy island guide.How to get there: Fly into Fuerteventura‘s airport and drive up the FV1 to the north coast, taking the exit for Flag Beach.Where to stay near FuerteventuraThe Atlantis Adults Only resort is ideal for romantic weekends.Search for cheap flights to Fuerteventura 11. Dhermi, AlbaniaNot heard of the Albanian Riviera before? Well you should have! This stretch of the Adriatic coast has been widely-tipped to be ‘the next Croatia’ and Britis are bound to be flocking to its shores for a sunny beach holiday in the not too distant future. So get there before the rest! Although getting to Dhermi Beach involves a nerve-jangling drive over a mountain pass, you’ll appreciate it even more when you go for a paddle!How to get there: Take a bus from Tirana (where you’ll also find Albania’s international airport) and make sure it’s going along the coastal road to Dhermi. The more reliable (and recommended) way is to hire a car.Where to stay near DhermiSink into that new book in the leafy garden of the Yard Paradise Hotel in Dhermi, the beach is in walking distance and breakfast is included. Search for cheap flights to Tirana12. Dune du Pyla, FranceThe Flanc Côté Ouest is the seaward side of the Dune du Pyla, a giant sand dune on Aquitane’s Atlantic coast near Bordeaux. The beach is hidden by a 108 metre-high wall of sand, so you have to climb up and roll down it to get there – great fun for you and the kids but perhaps go with caution, this is Europe’s largest sand dune after all! It’s some effort on a hot day, but you’ll be rewarded with this incredible stretch of sand all to yourself.How to get there: Fly in to Bordeaux and Dune du Pyla is less than 40 miles away in the Arcachon Bay area. Once you’ve arrived in La Teste-de-Buch just look for the dunes and head in that direction, you can’t miss them!Where to stay near Dune du PylaArc Hotel Sur Mer has a gym and spa for relaxing (if you don’t manage to chill out on Dune du Pyla…). Search for cheap flights to Bordeaux 10. Skagen, DenmarkSkagen headland, also known as the Scaw, is at the tip of one of the world’s largest spits, a 10,000 year-old stretch of sand that keeps on growing. Stand with your feet in two seas at the end of the spit – the Skagarak Sea and the Kattagat Sea – but it won’t be bikini weather, as average temperatures just about tip 19°C in Skagen at the height of summer.How to get there: The nearest airport is just over an hour away in Aalborg, which does operate direct flights from London, although you may be more likely to find the really cheap flights in Copenhagen or even Gothenburg City Airport in neighbouring Sweden. Once you’re in Skagen, there’s a handy local tractor service from the Grenen parking lot which runs along the beach.Where to stay near SkagenOpt for seaside chic in Hotel Plesner, just 10 minutes from the beach and Skagen’s old town. Search for cheap flights to Aalborg If you have a favourite coastal spot in Europe that we’ve missed, don’t forget to share in the comments section below!1. Praia de Ursa, PortugalThis seriously secluded spot is reserved for the very, very determined few – it’s not easily available by public transport, and even in the car you’ve got to scrabble at the end. But once you arrive you won’t have any other distractions than the warm sand between your toes and the cliffs on either side of this beautiful bay. The waves can be pretty rough, so do be cautious when taking a dip. Want more Insta-worthy Portuguese beaches? Right this way…How to get there: The closest town is Sintra, served by Lisbon Airport, and the easiest way to get to Praia de Ursa is by car. Where to stay near Praia de UrsaPraia de Ursa is pretty remote, so stay in Grand Villa Reale in Cascais. There’s plenty of restaurants and easy transport connections to Lisbon.Search for cheap flights to Lisbon 13. Nida Beach, LithuaniaNida Beach is on Lithuania’s Curonian Split, a 98km long strip of land, with the pine forest covering the outback, white soft sand to lay your towel on and epic views of the Baltic Sea beyond. When you’re done soaking up the sun on one of Europe’s best beaches, take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Curonian Lagoon, a body of water formed by the Split.How to get there: Your best bet for cheap flights from the UK is Vilnius Airport – Nida is around 4 hours drive away from here. Once you get near, follow the signs for the Blue Flag beach.Where to stay near Nida BeachThe natural decor and modern appliances in Nidus make for a comfy stay near Nida Beach in Lithuania. A tasty fresh breakfast is included too. Search for cheap flights to Vilnius 20. Plage de Saleccia, CorsicaSecret beaches usually take a bit of effort to get to, but the rewards usually make up for sweating in the midday sun. Nowhere is this truer than in Corsica: unless you’ve got a boat to hand, you’ll have to walk across a desert to get to arguably one of the best beaches in Europe, Saleccia. Hidden by the desolate Désert de Agriates, a sunburnt expanse of nothingness, Saleccia is the heaven after the hell, a mile-long desert island dream sitting pretty on the Mediterranean Sea.How to get there: Flights to Corsica go direct from London Gatwick, with most airlines routing through the island’s capital of Ajaccio. To get to Saleccia Beach, off road it in a 4×4 from Casta in the northern prefecture of Bastia, or take that private yacht you’ve got stashed away.Where to stay near Plage de SalecciaThe rose-pink walls of Hotel Posta make quite the weekend pad. Search for cheap flights to Corsica 2. Cala de sa Forcanera, SpainNot all secret beaches require several miles of hiking and a secret treasure map. In fact, Cala da Forcanera is an hour away from Barcelona and Girona, which makes it perfect for escaping the city. However, you will need a kayak to get there – access via land means traipsing through private property, which is why it’s usually deserted. After a day spent topping up the tan head to the town of Lloret de Mar for a seafood supper. And if you’re planning on spending any time in nearby Barcelona, check out our city guide for tips on where to go and not get ripped off.How to get there: Fly into Barcelona and access Cala de sa Forcanera by kayak from one of the other surrounding beaches on the Costa Brava. Nearby resort Blanes makes a good base.Where to stay near Cala de sa ForcaneraAlba Seleqtta in Lloret del Mar is the perfect place to stay, as you’ll have plenty more beaches on your doorstep. Search for cheap flights to Barcelona Related10 best beaches in Portugal: in picturesFrom rugged surfing coves on the west coast of Portugal to idyllic hidden bays in the Algarve, here are the top 10 beaches in Portugal, in glorious pictures…Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…10 of the best places for family holidays in the AlgarveAh, the Algarve. Easily accessible from Faro, this beautiful stretch of Portuguese coastline is blessed with gorgeous beaches and sublime light. July and August offer the highest temperatures, but book for May, June, September or October if you want to avoid the biggest crowds but still enjoy the sunshine –… Extra doses of sun, sea and summer 50 of the best beaches in the world: in photos Grab a cup of tea to browse through rocks on the Atlantic, the foamy waves of the Pacific and the secret beaches of the Med. Where to go on holiday in AugustStep out of Europe and into China or Portland for your next holiday. Yep, you can still get a tan in Oregon! 10 best beaches around the worldFor when Blighty won’t cut it… From California to Croatia: these beaches around the world are oh-so Instaworthy. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Reynisfara, IcelandWho says beaches have to be golden or talcum powder white? Near the town of Vik in the south of Iceland, Reynisfjara is beautiful in black and blue, its sand decorated with the odd lump of ice from the Vatnajokull glacier. Which should tell you that the water might be a bit chilly for getting your tootsies wet, but it’s certainly a beautiful place to admire. For more on what to see and do in Iceland (that doesn’t involve the Northern Lights) check this alternative guide out.How to get there: Take a flight to Reykjavik and hire some wheels to explore Iceland’s incredible geography to the full. To get to Reynisfara beach, turn onto the 215 from Highway 1 and look out for black sand!Where to stay near ReynisfaraThe Puffin Hotel is ideal whether you’re going solo or with a group. It’s in the village of Vik, close to Reynisfara.Search for cheap flights to Reykjavik 14. Melide, SpainSpain’s Atlantic coast doesn’t receive as much attention as its Mediterranean counterpart, but these shores have their fair share of beauty, just without the crowds. Melide Beach is an unsung sweep of sand in Pontevedra, Galicia, watched over by three lighthouses and frequented by very few people; just the odd surfer, here to ride the waves in peace.How to get there: It’s a short 27 mile trip from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Melide Beach. You can also get here by car from Cabo Home and Cabo Pequeño – the beach is in between these capes.Where to stay near MelideFall or Galician charm in A Parada Das Bestas. The stone walls, cosy beds and original doorways make this cottage the perfect hideout.Search for cheap flights to Santiago de Compostela 9. Virgin Mary Bay, ItalyThe shores of Capo Vaticano make it on to lists of the best beach holidays in Europe quite regularly. You might have read about Groticelle, the most famous, or even Tano Bay, an amazing 124 metres above sea level, but Virgin Mary Bay is the real undiscovered beauty. As far as hidden beaches go, it helps that this one is found in Calabria, a region less defined by tourism and more by an authentic, unadulterated Italian vibe. Besides the perfect sands and clear waters, what else makes the Cape worth visiting? Why, the fact that it boasts the ideal climate for growing red onions of course!How to get there: Calabria forms the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, with a local airport at Reggio Calabria. The cheapest UK flights here are usually to and from London, with a stop in Rome. You can reach Virgin Mary Bay by driving from Ricadi, the nearest small town.Where to stay near Virgin Mary BayChill out with an Aperol Spritz and Wifi in Hotel Eolo Capo Vaticano. Parking is also complimentary. Search for cheap flights to Calabria 15. Virgin Island’s Creek, Brittany, FranceThis little bay is hidden on an island off the coast of Finistère, to the west of Brittany and is nestled between two cliffs, which is why it’s called a ‘creek’; the French term is actually ‘Ile Vierge’. Not many venture out here, and those who do are offered total seclusion.How to get there: Brittany has a few regional airports but the most convenient for the beach is probably Brest. It’s around an 80 minute journey to Perros on the north coast, from where you can take a boat to Virgin Island’s Creek.Where to stay near BrittanyGet amongst the surf culture in Finistere with a stay at the Inter-Hotel Armen Le Triton. Wake up to waves, fresh croissants and coffee before exploring the secret beaches Search for cheap flights to Brest 3. Pentire Steps, UKHave you heard of Bedruthan Steps? Probably. This is the more popular beach of the two in Cornwall, but for secret picnics and long, quiet afternoons, go to Pentire Steps, part of the same stunning National Park. Forming a scenic stretch of the Portcothan Bay Walk, why not combine it with a lengthy stroll – this is also a dog-friendly beach. Efforts will be rewarded with Flake 99s. 17. Saharun, CroatiaCroatia, home to some key Game of Thrones film sets, various Medieval ruins, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, including a few not many people know about. This Caribbean-esque gem, hiding in Zadar’s archipelago, is easy to miss but make sure you seek it out if you’re heading to Croatia this summer. The white pebbles on the bottom of the ocean and cloudless skies means that the water here is truly glass-like. Veli Rat is the nearest village and it’s well worth climbing the lighthouse if you have time, too. How to get there: You’ll need to take an 80 minute boat ride to get to Saharun on the island of Dugi Otok, from Zadar. You can take a car aboard the ferry if you’ve rented your own wheels but remember to fill up the tank before leaving the mainland as fuel can be pricey on the island.Where to stay near ZadarBoutique Hostel Forum is a comfortable option for backpackers in Zadar – you’ll be in the centre of the nightlife and culture. Search for cheap flights to Zadar18. Polly Joke, Cornwall, UK‘Polly Joke’ is the local name for Porth Joke, one of the lesser known beaches in north Cornwall. It’s tucked into the headland of Newquay‘s countryside and it’s just a short walk down to Joke’s beautiful shoreline. This descent puts a lot of people off, which is usually why it’s so quiet, but don’t let this deter you from exploring one of Europe’s best beaches if you’ve made the effort to get to Cornwall.How to get there: Park at West Pentire car park and follow the signs for Porth Joke Beach. Where to stay near Porth JokeThe Rose In Country House Hotel has Austinite charm, in walking distance of Truro cathedral and Holywell Bay. If Cornwall is a little far south for you, check out some of the best beaches in Wales – Pembrokeshire has beaches to rival Porth Joke! Search for cheap flights to Newquay 4. Anamur, Iskele, TurkeyThe lack of a main road and high rise resorts usually leaves this little hidden beach deserted. A favourite with Turkish locals on their holidays, if you decide to head to this corner of Europe for your beach holiday this summer, you’ll be staying in small, family-run hotels paying local prices for delicious Turkish food. Sounds pretty perfect to us.How to get there: The nearest airport to Iskele is Antalya, some 160 miles away. Luckily, Iskele is connected to the big city by the D400, so it won’t be too hard to find Anamur if you’re renting a car on arrival.Where to stay near AnamurThe Guest House on the Aegean is a home away from home, with the addition of your own garden and terrace. Search for cheap flights to Antalya 19. Cala Xarraca, SpainAdmittedly, there are parts of Ibiza that have been somewhat spoiled by 40 years of mass tourism, but away from San Antonio, Playa d’en Bossa and the like, the White Isle hides away several beaches that rank among the best in Europe, like this patch of postcard-perfect Mediterranean sand, Cala Xarraca. Otra cerveza por favor!How to get there: Although Cala Xarraca is at the opposite end of the island to Ibiza Airport and Ibiza Town, it’s just a 45 minute drive to the beach from here. If you’re sharing, a taxi to Xarraca from one of the resorts like San Antonio should be fairly affordable, at around €30 to €40 during the day. Whilst you’re road tripping, hit up a few more of Ibiza’s best bays, coves and beaches.Where to stay near Cala XarracaHippy markets, poolside bars and juices on demand: welcome to Agroturismo Ca Sa Vilda Marge.Search for cheap flights to Ibiza How to get there: Cornwall’s airport is found at surfing capital Newquay, just under 20 minutes drive along the coast from the National Trust site of Bedruthan. Follow the signs for Pentire Farm and park there, then take the narrow footpath down to the coast – wear proper walking shoes.Where to stay near Pentire StepsThe Windward in Newquay is a cute cosy hideaway for weekends on the beach.Search for cheap flights to Newquay 5. Traigh Eais, the Outer Hebrides, ScotlandSituated on the tiny Hebridean island of Barra, Traigh Eais beach doubles as Barra airport; obviously, you can only land when the tide is out. The airport beach would be a grand place to stretch out your towel, if it wasn’t for incoming aircraft, but walk just five minutes west to find a quieter stretch of Traigh Eais, and enjoy this secret gem in a bejewelled crown of Scottish beaches – don’t just take our word for it, discover more of Scotland’s fantastic beaches!How to get there: You can get a direct flight to Barra with Flybe from Glasgow International, then rent a car to reach the beach. Where to stay near Traigh EaisThe Polochar Inn on Barra is an affordable, basic accommodation option for exploring the island.Search for cheap flights to Barralast_img read more

Grenchen Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGrenchen, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineBreitling introduces its flagship Chronomat 01 model in a limited series endowed with exclusive finishing and a transparent caseback providing a fascinating view of the 100% in-house made chronograph caliber. A close-up look at elegance and top-flight performances.First introduced in the spring of 2009, the Chronomat 01 was the first Breitling watch to house Caliber 01, a chronograph movement entirely developed and produced in the brand’s workshops. The leading model in the Breitling collections, this instrument is distinguished by the powerful character of its case, its bezel engraved with original numerals, and its distinctive blend of strength and elegance. Available in a number of different versions, it has established itself as the new benchmark in the field of mechanical chronographs – and indeed as the ultimate chronograph.For devotees of rare and exclusive timepieces, Breitling now offers this iconic model in limited series of 2,000 in steel and 200 in rose gold, all bearing the individual number engraved at 9 o’clock on the case middle. The strong and unique design of the case, bezel and bracelet is highlighted by subtle contrasted finishing – satin-brushed on the top and polished on the sides. The black dial is adorned with applied hour-markers. Contrary to the standard Chronomat 01 models, equipped with solid steel or gold casebacks, the Chronomat 01 Limited Edition features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback providing optimal views of the in-house made chronograph movement. An exceptional glimpse of this high-performance motor boasting a column-wheel, an entirely original architectural design, and assembled according to a revolutionary industrial process.www.breitling.comlast_img read more

Westfield New Jersey – Ecostreamjet is launching

first_imgWestfield, New Jersey – Ecostreamjet is launching a private jet air travel brokerage firm “commitment to the environment.” With its official launch slated for August 6, 2008, Ecostreamjet has committed to offset all jet fuel used on its flights.Its “greener skies ahead” philosophy is second only to its commitment to the highest safety and service standards, including the use of ARG/US Gold and Platinum rated jets, according to the company.Founded by veteran pilot and pilot-instructor Richard Shiarella, Ecostreamjet is poised to effect change from within the private aviation industry. Instead of placing so-called voluntary carbon calculators onto its website and asking travelers to pay more to offset their trips, Shiarella’s company does that as a matter of course. Ecostreamjet goes even further by serving as a conduit for information and advocacy on environmental issues.When asked why Ecostreamjet chose the environment as one of its leading causes, Shiarella states: “There is no reason why the private aviation industry should not take it upon itself to be more environmentally responsible. Ecostreamjet will combine a memorable customer experience – safety, convenience and excellent service with environmental stewardship. We created Ecostreamjet as a company of substance -genuine in its commitment both to clients and to the environment. I hope the entire private aviation industry follows Ecostreamjet’s lead.” Ecostreamjet operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. “We use the best business jet operators with the most experienced pilots,” says Kim Canavan, Ecostreamjet’s VP of Operations and Client Relations.The Ecostreamjet tagline is “Committed to clients, dedicated to the environment.”For more information on Ecostreamjet or to book a flight, please visit: www.ecostreamjet.comlast_img read more

JERUSALEM – Staring at grainy video footage of Jew

first_img JERUSALEM – Staring at grainy video footage of Jewish children marching to their freedom though the barbed-wire fences of the Auschwitz death camp, 79-year-old Vera Kriegel Grossman excitedly points a finger at the screen upon identifying a dark-haired girl in a dirty striped uniform as her 6-year-old self.“I can’t believe that happened to me,” she said Wednesday. “I wasn’t a child there. I was all grown up … it was like I was 100 years old.”Archival footage shot by Auschwitz’s Soviet liberators is part of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial’s latest exhibition, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday, exploring the power of photography during World War II. The 1,500 photographs and 13 films displayed come from various perspectives, victims and perpetrators alike, and look to offer today’s media-saturated visitors a new angle of looking at the horrors of the Holocaust.Photography, perhaps more than anything else, has come to shape our memory of the Holocaust. The “Flashes of Memory” exhibit also offers a glimpse behind the lens — showing the actual cameras used, the photographers who took the pictures and their various motivations.“The exhibit is aimed at the brain, not the heart,” said Daniel Uziel, its historical adviser. “We are asking the visitor to look beyond the image and examine the wider historical perspective.”It includes Nazi-produced material that was part of their vast propaganda machine aimed at both enhancing their powerful image — such as Leni Riefenstahl’s famous films — and portraying the Jew as a decrepit, disease-infested yet sinister creature that was worthy of extermination. Also featured are the vivid photographs of American troops who freed the camps — depicting emaciated survivors, ash-filed crematoria, piles of corpses and the German civilians they forced to bury them so they couldn’t plead ignorance later. Besides serving as vital future evidence to try Nazi criminals, these were also aimed at re-educating the postwar German population and for domestic American consumption to legitimize the huge cost and sacrifice of joining the war.Perhaps most insightful are the everyday photos taken by the Jewish victims themselves in various ghettos, some in the service of the Nazis and some in stealth in a desperate attempt to document the atrocities against them to serve as future proof. For example, Zvi Kadushin, an underground photographer in the Kovno ghetto, did so at great personal risk and produced essential documentation as a result.“They used those images in order to present to the Germans their usefulness, their effectiveness,” said Uziel. “On the other hand, the Jews also seek, without permission, to document the crimes done by the Germans.”Six million Jews were killed by German Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust, wiping out a third of world Jewry. Israel’s main Holocaust memorial day is in the spring — marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising — while the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.That’s the day Grossman considers her second birthday, since she was delivered from the horrors of the camp to freedom.“God opened the skies and sent us angels and rescued us,” she recalled, upon seeing the Soviet troops who later filmed her and the number tattooed on her arm. “I am happy it was documented.”Grossman’s father was gassed and incinerated in the camp’s crematorium and she and her twin sister Olga were subjected to the ruthless experiments of the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. She said her resistance to him is what kept her alive.“I told myself what he would tell me to do I would do the opposite because he had no right to do these things to me,” she said. “He took away my body because he could do that but he couldn’t take away my mind.”Far less eager to discuss their experiences were identical twins Lia Huber and Judith Barnea, both 80. Seeing the images, and themselves in them, brought back memories both had spent decades suppressing.“It is buried inside our hearts and we don’t talk about it,” said Huber. “If you want to survive and continue life, you must continue and live with what you got and carry on.”Photos from various chapters of the Nazi persecution of Jews were scattered across desks to depict the chaos in which they were taken. But it was the displaying of Nazi propaganda in the museum in particular that posed a difficult dilemma for Yad Vashem. Vivian Uria, the exhibit’s curator, said they tried to balance this with artifacts and testimony of survivors and victims who told their point of view. Ultimately, though, she said the visuals were essential and it was up to the viewer to look back at that dark era with a critical eye toward all those who documented it.“The camera and its manipulative power have tremendous power and far-reaching influence,” she said. “Although photography pretends to reflect reality as it is, it is in fact an interpretation of it.”____Follow Heller at www.twitter.com/aronhellerap In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, photo, Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz concentration camp Kriegel Grossman points at herself shown in a video from Auschwitz camp at the opening of “Flashes of Memory” exhibition of the photos and videos from the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial’s latest exhibition explores the power of photography during World War II. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) by Aron Heller, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 11:03 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img New Israeli exhibit highlights power of photos in Holocaustlast_img read more

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first_img In this Friday, March 16, 2018 photo provided by Opera Philadelphia, Marietta Simpson and Frederica von Stade pose at Opera Philadelphia in Philadelphia. Mezzo-soprano von Stade, who turns 73 this summer, will star with Simpson in the Sept. 20 world premiere of “Sky on Swings,” an opera about two women afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease. The show has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia from composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch. (Dominic Mercier/Opera Philadelphia via AP) Frederica von Stade to star in opera about Alzheimer’s by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2018 5:04 am PDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Frederica von Stade is taking on another challenging late-career role, singing in the world premiere of an opera about two women afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease.Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday it will present “Sky on Swings,” composed by Lembit Beecher with a libretto by Hannah Moscovitch, to open its 2018-19 season on Sept. 20.Two of Von Stade’s aunts, Carol and Marjorie, died of Alzheimer’s.“It’s not that far from us all, Alzheimer’s, old age,” von Stade said. “It’s not all loss. It’s not all disintegration, it’s not all negative. There are parts of it that, though it’s a major, rather frightening, change, there can be something great that comes from it.”A mezzo-soprano known as Flicka, von Stade starred on the world’s top stages from the 1970s-1990s. She will be 73 in June. Von Stade sings Danny, who at the start of the opera has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Mezzo Marietta Simpson portrays Martha, whose disease is more advanced. Both characters live in a care facility and are envisioned to be in their late 70s or early 80s.“Does the disease change who we are or reveal who we are?” Beecher said. “I think ultimately in the piece that question sort of becomes moot. What matters is that these two characters have a relationship and a connection.”Beecher, 37, was Opera Philadelphia’s composer in residence from 2011-14 and had written a scene portraying characters with Alzheimer’s that was performed in a workshop about five years ago. Beecher orchestrated the 70-minute, one-act chamber work for 11 musicians, and Opera Philadelphia will present the four-character opera at the 627-seat Perelman Theater as part of its O18 Festival.Moscovitch first paired with Beecher at a 2009 workshop in Toronto and wrote the librettos for his “I Have No Stories To Tell You” (2014) and “Sophia’s Forest” (2017). The Canadian has written the plays “East of Berlin” about the Holocaust and “This is War” focusing on Canadian military in Afghanistan, but she found Alzheimer’s a far more difficult subject.“Is it terrible to admit I was scared?” she said. “The story of Alzheimer’s is someone finds out they have Alzheimer’s and then they degenerate and die. So I was scared of how dark a story that is “Since the last of her central repertory roles in about 2001, von Stade has sung in contemporary works that included Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt” and Jake Heggie’s “Great Scott.” This represents a great arc from her early career, which included teenage trouser parts such as Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)” and Octavian in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.”“I really didn’t figure out exactly how to sing until I was 55,” she said. “Then I had to extend that to 60, and then I had to extend it to 65, and then I extended it to 70 and now I’m going for 75. And then maybe I’ll figure it out.”___Online:http://www.fredericavonstade.com/https://www.operaphila.org/last_img read more

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 12:50 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBC documentary looks at images that propelled civil rights FILE – This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a black 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. Photos of his tortured body propelled the civil rights effort and is the subject of an NBC documentary “”Hope & Fury,” premiering Saturday. (AP Photo, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gruesome images of a lynched Emmett Till were seared into the minds of many black Americans in 1955 and helped lead to the modern civil rights movement. But few whites knew of their existence at the time.That reality is at the top of NBC’s two-hour documentary about how images propelled the civil rights effort. The film premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET as the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s assassination approaches.Till was the 14-year-old black Chicago boy visiting relatives in Mississippi, killed after a white grocery store clerk claimed he treated her rudely. Decades later, she recanted her story. That was far too late to save Till from being bludgeoned, shot in the head and thrown into a river. Two men were acquitted of the crime, even though they later admitted to it.Given a casket nailed shut, Till’s mother ordered it open and Jet magazine took pictures of his horrible maimed head, beaten beyond recognition.“For a mainstream, news audience, my guess is a large number of people knew his name, but didn’t really know what happened, which is the best and highest calling for a documentary like this,” said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack. “Seeing these pictures underscores what happened, what really happened, why the murder of Emmett Till was such a shocking and important event in the civil rights movement.”There’s no evidence that NBC ever showed the picture of Till’s body until a “Today” show story on the anniversary of his death in 1985, the network said. NBC wasn’t alone among the mainstream media.“It was a different America,” Lack said.As if to make amends, the documentary shows the image of a murdered Till seven times. NBC compared Mamie Till’s insistence that the brutal truth of what happened to her son be made visible to actions 2016 by the girlfriend of Philando Castile, who streamed the aftermath of his shooting by a police officer outside of St. Paul, Minnesota where he had been pulled over for a busted light.Mamie Till went to Jet because, at the time, it was the top news source for black America, said MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who participated in the documentary. “If you were a mother in Mamie Till’s position, you wouldn’t go to NBC or CBS or even The New York Times,” she said.The pictures “took the issue of lynching away from the grainy photographs of a body hanging in the woods,” she said. The anniversary of Till’s death was later chosen as the date of King’s March on Washington, she noted.“The civil rights movement never forgot Emmett Till,” Reid said. “He was to that movement what Trayvon Martin was to Black Lives Matter, a symbol that remained incredibly potent.”NBC’s documentary shows how King innately understood the power of images beamed by the still-infant medium of television. A peaceful march or sit-in could draw yawns from a general public, yet a march of well-dressed children set upon by police with dogs and fire hoses produced pictures that made many Americans recoil when they saw them on the evening news.Repeatedly, King could count on racists to reveal themselves and provide the pictures he needed to give the movement momentum. Many demonstrations were planned before noon to give enough time for film to be delivered to New York to be shown on the network evening news.Noted civil rights icon John Lewis is quoted in the documentary as saying, “without television, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings.” The movement changed television, too: evening news programs expanded from 15 minutes a day to half hour to keep up with the news.Lack said he also hoped the documentary would give attention to some notable black journalists from the time. Two examples: Ernest Withers, who took the picture of a man who stood in the courtroom and pointed to Till’s murderers during their trial, and L. Alex Wilson, who followed black students integrating a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, and continued walking despite being beaten by a crowd of angry whites.The documentary was initially made for MSNBC but, midstream, Lack said he felt compelled to request a prime-time window on the network. Once common, documentaries are now such a rarity on network television that NBC said it hasn’t aired a two-hour film like this since 2004.It is being repeated on MSNBC Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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first_img by Frances D’Emilio, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 7:25 am PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 10:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Italian movie explores Berlusconi’s relations with women Italian actor Toni Servillo poses for photographers during the photocall of his latest film “Loro 2”, in Rome, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The movie will open in Italian cinemas on May 10. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP) center_img ROME – Italian voters’ love affair with Silvio Berlusconi may be waning, judging by the slumping fortunes of his Forza Italia party in recent elections.But Italians are invited to explore the politician’s relations with women in a new film by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.The director on Wednesday described his film “Loro” (Them) as neither pro- or anti-Berlusconi — but instead tries to contemplate the “feelings” of the now 81-year-old ex-premier and media mogul toward his wife, who later sought a divorce, citing his keen interest in very young women.“It is not an ideological film or a film that takes a side,” Sorrentino insisted to reporters after he screened the film in a Rome movie house. “On the contrary, it’s just the opposite.”Instead, so far, what “hasn’t been emphasized was the dimension of the feelings that were behind the political man,” he said.The director described his latest film as also exploring people’s fear of old age and death. “Berlusconi’s fear of old age and death is the fear we all have,” he said.Berlusconi, who served three terms as premier, cannot currently hold office due to a tax fraud conviction, so he couldn’t run for a fourth term in March 4 elections. But he still leads the centre-right political party he created in the early 1990s.Italians were fiercely divided when Berlusconi used his media empire as a springboard into politics. Detractors feared he wanted to use his political power to protect his business interests. Admirers saw him as a fresh, straight-talking, can-do figure after decades of byzantine politics yielding short-lived governments.Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which won the 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, described the decadent political environment in Rome. His 2016 “Youth — La giovinezza” described aging men’s struggle with dwindling sexual energies.His latest film probes the collapse of Berlusconi’s second marriage, to Veronica Lario, and her disappointment at the unraveling of their relationship.The backdrop for much of the film is a Sardinian villa, and the film features decadent parties there with lots of single young women present as Berlusconi’s guests. But the movie doesn’t cover Berlusconi’s notorious “bunga bunga” sex-fueled parties at his Italian mainland homes — or the related legal woes that plagued him.Berlusconi, who has insisted that those evenings with his guests were “elegant soirees” with clean-cut entertainment, was acquitted on appeal of paying for sex with an underage woman.Italian actor Toni Servillo plays Berlusconi in the film, which is divided in two parts: “Loro 1” and “Loro 2.” The first part opened in Italian cinemas last week, while “Loro 2” opens May 10.One of Italy’s most acclaimed theatre and screen actors, Servillo has played another iconic Italian politician, former seven-time premier Giulio Andreotti, in Sorrentino’s movie, “Il divo.”While Andreotti was a man who “moved through the palaces of politics as an introvert,” Servillo said Berlusconi is an “extroverted diva who puts himself at the centre of the political scene…waiting only for the moment to come back” to the centre of politics.Italian newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano,” known for its anti-Berlusconi stance, said Sorrentino with “Loro” effectively “sanctions the recognition in the (not only) Italian collective imagination of the end of a personality, who already belongs to this country’s past history.”___Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemiliolast_img read more

Seth Meyers on Trump fatigue returning to standup

first_imgSeth Meyers on Trump fatigue, returning to standup for JFL42 Seth Meyers attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Invision, Willy Sanjuan by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 11:22 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Between upcoming cannabis legalization, the tense tenure of Ontario Premier Doug Ford and endless social media parodies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, late night TV host Seth Meyers admits Canada has plenty of political fodder to mine for comedy these days.“There’s a lot going on, you guys should be very proud right now,” Meyers says in a recent call from New York while preparing to tape “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”The comic is known for skewering U.S. President Donald Trump and the beleaguered White House administration nightly on his NBC talk show, but says he’s looking forward to curtailing his U.S. politics material when he lands in Toronto to headline a weekend show at the JFL42 comedy festival.He admits to having some Trump fatigue.“I think we all do, you know. I don’t think there’s anybody out there saying, ‘You know what I’m not getting enough of? Donald Trump information,’” says the former “SNL” regular.“So, it’s nice to have the framework to be able to go out and talk about the things that actually have more impact on my day-to-day life and are little bit more universal. Things like family and kids.”That also means he’s not drumming up Canadian politics jokes.“I assume that you would all be correctly insulted if I came in with slap-dash understanding of what’s going on,” says Meyers, adding that a Canadian audience would likely be too polite to protest.“That’s the thing. I’d find out years later from someone else. You would tell some French person and they would be quick to tell me.”The veteran performer is typically found sitting behind a desk these days — even during his show’s opening monologue — and says he finds returning to the more traditional standup delivery without TV cameras offers a welcome “intimacy” with the audience, as well as “a bit of self-therapy.”While he’s not up-to-date on the latest political controversies in Canada, Meyers says he has been following the recent media blunders of Canadian comic Norm Macdonald.He notes the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” faced a tough decision last week in cancelling Macdonald’s appearance after the fellow “SNL” alum appeared to defend disgraced friends Louis C.K. and Roseanne, while seeming to disparage the #MeToo movement in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.Meyers says he’s not sure whether he would have made the same call, while acknowledging the chaotic pressures of putting on a nightly talk show make such decisions all the more difficult: “These things happen very fast these days and you have to make a choice.”“It’s hard to put yourself in that situation but I certainly would have wanted to … ask Norm about things he said in that interview that I had found troubling,” he says.“Much in the same way that I believe Howard Stern did the next day and ultimately, let’s be honest, if there’s anybody you want to ask people about anything, Howard’s probably the best one out there as far as getting people to give an answer,” says Meyers, adding that he’s a big fan of Macdonald, a fellow former “Weekend Update” anchor.He notes the conversation around many shamed stars has revolved around how and when they can return to the spotlight.For Meyers, that’s the wrong question.“It’s not really about the time. I think that’s what we’re getting caught up in is saying: ‘What’s the amount of time that has to pass before people are free of what they’ve done?’ And the answer isn’t there’s a number — it’s not like, ‘Oh, for this crime it’s 11 months and then they get to go back on talk shows, and for this crime it’s two years and then they get to have talk shows again.’“I think the thing is, how have they behaved? And do you actually get a sense that they realize what they did wrong and why they did it wrong and do you believe it’s not going to happen again? Those are hard things but ultimately those of us who make the decisions as to whether or not we have people on our talk shows, we’re not victims in any way shape or form but we just have to be thoughtful about it and weigh it and decide as a show if the person themself has changed in any way since the act happened.”Meyers appears at Toronto’s JFL42 on Saturday.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2019 4:22 pm PDT Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died.Mayhew’s family said in a statement Thursday that he died at his home in Texas on Tuesday. He was 74. No cause was given.The 7-foot-3 Mayhew played the shaggy, towering Chewbacca, sidekick to Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, in the original “Star Wars” trilogy.He went on to appear in 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” and shared the part in 2015’s “The Force Awakens” with actor Joonas Suotamo, who later took over the role.Born and raised in England, Mayhew had appeared in just one film and was working as a hospital orderly in London when George Lucas found him and cast him in 1977’s “Star Wars.”The Associated Press FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Peter Mayhew arrives at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Los Angeles. Mayhew, who played the rugged, beloved and furry Wookiee Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. Mayhew’s family said in a statement that he died at his home in Texas on Friday, April, 26, 2019. He was 74. No cause was given. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more