1,303In 2018, Fitzgerald accumulated his 1,303rd career reception, which ranks third all-time behind only Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325), making Fitzgerald second all-time in receptions by a wide receiver. The feat also places him as the all-time leader in receptions for a single team.227To go along with his career receptions accomplishments, Fitzgerald also caught a pass for a franchise record 227 consecutive games, placing him at second all-time only behind Rice (274). That number could still rise.16,279Another milestone Fitzgerald achieved in 2018 is becoming second all-time in receiving yards by passing yet another Hall of Famer in Terrell Owens (15,934).116With his six touchdown receptions in 2018, Fitzgerald now has 116 career touchdown receptions, which makes him tied with Antonio Gates at sixth all-time for career receiving touchdowns.30-546-7No other player in NFL history has had a better postseason at the wide receiver position than Fitzgerald. In the Cardinals’ 2008 run to Super Bowl XLIII, he set the all-time record for receptions (30), receiving yards (546) and touchdowns (7) in a single postseason.15,000-100In 2017, Fitzgerald became one of only five players that are a part of the exclusive 15,000 receiving yards and 100 receiving touchdowns club. The likes of Rice, Owens, Gonzalez and Randy Moss are the only other players to accomplish that feat. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 150-2,000Also in the 2018 season finale, Fitzgerald surpassed Rice to become the only player in NFL history to have 150 or more receptions and 2,000 or more yards against three different teams (170-2,022 vs Seahawks, 173-2,306 vs 49ers, 185-2,098 vs Rams).90-100-1,000Fitzgerald owns numerous NFL and franchise records, but what may be most impressive is the consistency and longevity in which he did it. No other player has as many seasons with 90 or more receptions than Fitzgerald. He is tied for third all-time with nine seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards behind only Rice (14) and Moss (10) and also holds the franchise record for 100-yard receiving games (46). Top Stories When teams select players with a top-five pick in the NFL Draft, they hope to get at least a few Pro Bowl seasons and maybe a franchise player out of it.Seldom do those players become all-time greats and Hall of Famers, especially while playing the entirety of their career for the team that drafted them.For the Cardinals, that gem was Larry Fitzgerald, who on Wednesday announced he’d inked a one-year contract to return for a 16th season with Arizona in 2019. It’d be an understatement to say that the Cardinals struck gold by drafting the wide receiver out of Pittsburgh with the third overall pick in the 2004 draft.Related LinksCardinals’ Bidwill believes Kingsbury helped quicken Fitzgerald’s returnCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald back for 2019, re-signs on 1-year dealIn his time with the Cardinals, “Fitz” led the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns twice, was named a first-team All-Pro and won an NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He also holds franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns.Here is a look at the career of one of the all-time greats heading into his 16th season.15Fitzgerald has played 15 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, which ranks second all-time in seasons played with an Arizona professional sports team. Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes leads all Arizona professional sports team tenures with 21 seasons with the franchise.11Not only will 11 be added to the Ring of Honor, but it is also the amount of Pro Bowls Fitzgerald was elected to, which is tied for fourth all-time for all positions and second all-time for wide receivers. Jerry Rice is the all-time Pro Bowl election leader for wide receivers with 13.234Over the course of his 15-year career so far, Fitzgerald only failed to suit up for six games, three of which came in 2006. In his 2018 finale, the future Hall of Famer started his 234th game, setting a franchise record for starts and tying kicker Jim Bakken for games played as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
Go back to the e-newsletter >APT have introduced two new itineraries, a river cruise safari and a number of private luxury game reserves to its Africa itinerary in 2016.One of the new featured tours, the nine-day Kenyan Discovery tour, takes guests to the Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara, with the opportunity to visit local villages to learn more about customs, culture and daily life. It also features two nights at the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club, a bush dinner in the Masai Mara and the chance to experience a private performance by the Kenyan Boy’s Choir.Also new is the 12-day East Africa, which journeys to Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, Ngorogo Crater and the Serengeti National Park before crossing to Kenya to visit the Masai Mara and Nairobi. Guests stay in luxury camps and game lodges, including Coffee Lodge on a plantation in Arusha, Tarangire Balloon Camp, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti and Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara.Travel agents can also offer clients exclusive access to APT’s new three night river cruises on the Chobe River, which feature on ten of the itineraries in APT’s Africa portfolio.With just 14 suites, the Zambezi Queen features internet access, plunge pool, sun deck and shaded area, as well as an open restaurant and lounge area with windows for viewing the animals. In 2016 these will be available for two and three night cruises.Three new private game parks have been added to APT’s South African tours: Msenge Bush Lodge at the Pumba Private Game Reserve, Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve and Lion Sands River Lodge at Tinga Lodge.Commenting on the new program, APT Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Fox, said, “Africa is really special. No matter where guests travel, they are sure to experience unforgettable moments; from game viewing, which we now feature on every itinerary, to the chance to meet local people to learn about their history, way of life and local customs. We’re really excited about our new Africa program and we look forward to working with our industry partners to open up the doors to one of the world’s most magical destinations.”Extensions for 2016/17 include a Rovos Rail journey from Pretoria to Cape Town, an Elephant Interaction at Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta, a four day Rwandan Gorilla Encounter, the chance to have breakfast with the giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor and four-day beach break in Zanzibar.APT’s group sizes are limited to 28 guests in Africa, with a maximum of six guests on 4WD game drives. A long list of guaranteed inclusions feature across all journeys, including all flights within Africa, a local Tour Director, sightseeing, accommodation, most meals, and all tipping, airport transfers, game park fees and porterage.Two APT SuperDeals are available, a ‘Companion Fly Free, including air taxes’; and an ‘Air Credit’ on select Africa itineraries.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterSpicers Retreats is proud to announce the acquisition of Peppers Guest House, a boutique property situated in the Hunter Valley, to its expanding portfolio. The property, which is now the largest in the Spicers Retreats portfolio, opened 18 January as The Guest House.The Guest House is Spicers Retreats fourth property in New South Wales, joining Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains, Spicers Vineyards Estate, also in the Hunter Valley, and Spicers Victoria Court which is currently being redeveloped and will open in 2017.Founder of Spicers Retreats, Mrs Jude Turner comments: “We are delighted to expand our offerings in New South Wales and the majestic Hunter Valley. The Guest House will make the perfect sibling to Spicers Vineyards Estate and has all the right characteristics and potential to undergo a Spicers transformation to embody our unique brand of relaxed luxury.”David Assef, Managing Director of Spicers Retreats comments: “The Guest House and Spicers Vineyards Estate will echo the symbiotic relationship between Spicers Clovelly Estate and Spicers Tamarind Retreat on the Sunshine Coast. The experience offered in The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, is truly world class. With 48 rooms, a six bedroom cottage, three unique conference and event spaces including the perfect set up for weddings, an on-site restaurant, and a swimming pool and tennis court, all set on 40 acres, we will be able to offer the Spicers Retreats experience to even more guests.”Spicers’ unique brand of luxury goes far beyond the bricks and mortar with each and every Spicers team member taking the time to get to know guests and learn their preferences giving them a very personal experience, an ethos which will be continued at The Guest House.” Mr Assef continues, “At Spicers Retreats we pride ourselves on effortless service which is why we have appointed Ryan Dillon, former Front Office Manager of Qualia Resort as General Manager of The Guest House.”“Ryan Dillon brings a wealth of experience and expertise in managing five star properties and his understanding of our brand and commitment to giving guests a truly memorable experience makes him the perfect fit for The Guest House. He will be joined by Chef Brett Hobson, who will transform the restaurant Chez Pok, with his authentic, seasonal and creative style of Italian food.”Since acquiring the property in 2016, Spicers Retreats has commenced soft internal refurbishments as well as work to the exterior and grounds in order to start the property’s physical transformation, which will involve additional renovations further down the track.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSummer is the perfect time to experience an epic family vacation – one that is great for family bonding, but also where kids can be kids and adults can enjoy some precious alone time. The lakeside 11-hectare Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, heralded as a ‘kids’ paradise’, offers amenities and activities for all ages to enjoy. From making s’mores by the fire pit to scavenger hunts, timed water slide races and Lazy River relays and more, nothing says summer fun more than a vacation at the only AAA Five Diamond award-rated property at Walt Disney World Resort. The newly introduced Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package provides added value and gives an extra reason to do just that – stay longer and experience all the resort has to offer.The Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package offers a complimentary fourth night with every three paid nights, 1 May through 30 September 2016. Rates start at USD434 per night after the fourth night free is applied. Numerous added values are included within the rate, such as the complimentary kids’ camp daily; kids five and younger dine free at resort restaurants; complimentary transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort parks; and complimentary access to the on-site two-hectare waterpark, 24-hour fitness centre, and spa relaxation areas. With all of the added values, plus the fourth night free and no resort fee, there’s never been a better time to celebrate summer and enjoy the unparalleled amenities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.For a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in perfect balance, guests can enjoy the Disney parks along with the many on-site recreational activities at Four Seasons. Parents can enjoy a break while children ages four-12 opt to spend just a few hours, or the whole day, at Kids For All Seasons, a complimentary kids camp open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.“With the dynamic diversions offered right here on property, and easy access to Walt Disney World Resort, guests will be assured the perfect summer vacation,” says Thomas Steinhauer, General Manager of Four SeasonsResort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterTourism Australia has confirmed that next year’s five-day Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event, will be held at the brand-new ICC (International Convention Centre) in Sydney. The announcement was made following the wrap-up of ATE 2016 on the Gold Coast.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said ATE 2017 will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the newly constructed International Convention Centre (ICC), Australia’s largest exhibition and convention centre.“This is fantastic news and the NSW Government is delighted to be working with Tourism Australia on delivering a spectacular, world-class tourism event for NSW,” Mr Ayres said.“In the year ended December 2015, NSW welcomed nearly 87 million overnight international, domestic and day trip visitors who spent more than $30.6 billion in the State – demonstrating NSW’s capacity to compete on a global scale.“This five-day event will generate significant economic benefits to the State while highlighting our iconic attractions, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine scene and provide delegates from overseas and across Australia with the chance to explore Sydney and the breathtaking surrounding regions of NSW.“We look forward to showcasing our incredible State during ATE 2017, set to provide delegates with a forum for Australian tourism businesses to display their products, make overseas contacts and negotiate deals.”Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said ATE presents a great opportunity to bring the tourism industry together.“Our wonderful State never fails to impress and I am excited by the tourism opportunities that ATE 2017 will bring to Sydney and Regional NSW, cementing our position as one of the world’s most desirable tourism and business event destinations.”More than 2300 delegates from 30 countries across the world are expected to attend this years event, which took place on the Gold Coast this week. More than 840 travel wholesalers and buyers from Asia, the Americas, Continental Europe and the United Kingdom met and did business with 1500 Australian tourism seller delegates from 532 companies. Tourism Australia is working with host-state partner, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), supported by Gold Coast Tourism (GCT), as well as airline partners Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways to deliver ATE16.Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said hosting the event on the Gold Coast would help to further boost Australia’s inbound tourism sector, already at record levels with international visitor arrivals reaching 7.4 million in 2015 and visitor spend rising 18 per cent to $36.6 billion.“ATE enables Australian tourism businesses to increase their exposure to the international travel businesses responsible for putting Australian holidays in the hands of consumers in our key overseas markets – helping to grow our inbound travel sector.”“Given it’s the first time that ATE has been held on the Gold Coast there is a high level of excitement around the event, with the number of Australian travel businesses participating reaching its highest level in eight years as well as 98 new buyers from nine markets attending for the first time,” Mr O’Sullivan said.ATE 2017 is scheduled to take place from 14 to 18 May 2017.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterLe Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has announced an agreement with Treasure Resort Pte Ltd. for Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa, following the renovation and conversion of the hotel. The agreement marks the highly anticipated return of the Le Méridien brand to Singapore after nearly a decade.“We are excited to welcome Le Méridien back to Singapore with a property that can truly represent the new direction of the brand,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.“Le Méridien’s mission is to expose the creative-minded traveller to the most unexpected and engaging experiences, inside and outside the hotel. We are confident that we will be able to offer this distinctively memorable experience at Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa.”Rodney Tan, Chairman of Treasure Resort Pte Ltd., added, “It is a thrill to bring a deluxe five-star brand Le Méridien back to Singapore, fully drawing out the richness of the destination through the brand’s unique vision. We’re looking forward to working with the conversion team, and hope to cultivate a long and successful partnership with Starwood.”Designed by DP Architects and Japanese studio Super Potato, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa provides a juxtaposition of the old and the new, offering a glimpse of Singapore’s vibrant past and present. The hotel complex comprises a contemporary building and a pair of restored former barracks, which housed Southeast Asia’s first Malay artillery back in 1940. The hotel features 191 contemporary guestrooms, including suites with Japanese outdoor private Onsen pool, and a duplex penthouse suite with its own rooftop garden and infinity pool. Other facilities include a swimming pool and 243 square metres of versatile function space, with a 198-square-metre pillar-less ballroom fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows.In the upcoming months, the hotel will undergo a renovation to feature two distinct restaurants and the brand’s signature bar. In addition, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa will introduce Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place. Building on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture, key features will include signature elements from the Paris-born brand such as a 24-hour soundtrack curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, a variety of delectable éclairs, exclusive illy coffee prepared by Master Baristas, and sparkling cocktails inspired by Europe’s aperitif hour.Situated directly opposite of Imbiah Station on the Sentosa Express monorail, Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa is located just minutes from a myriad of attractions including Merlion Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, the newly opened KidZania Singapore as well as world-class culinary delights and entertainment. The hotel also affords convenient access to the Central Business District and the downtown area via a quick transfer at Harbourfront MRT station.“Le Méridien has been experiencing phenomenal growth in the past few years, thanks to its distinctive new positioning as well as a conversion-friendly strategy,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “Le Méridien continues to forge a presence in new and established markets worldwide; in 2015 alone, we opened eight hotels in Asia Pacific including the brand’s debuts in exciting destinations such as Thimpu and Paro in Bhutan, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Dhaka in Bangladesh.”Inspired by its European heritage and mid-century modern design, Le Méridien offers a unique experience at some of the world’s top travel destinations. Since Starwood’s acquisition of the brand in 2005, Le Méridien boasts the strongest portfolio and performance levels in the brand’s history – increasing its footprint both in North America and Asia Pacific by 25 per cent, and renovating more than half of the brand’s European and Middle Eastern hotels over the last three years. With more than 100 hotels and resorts in 37 countries, Le Méridien is poised to open more than 30 hotels in the next four years. Plans in Asia Pacific include the brand’s debut in Taiwan and further expansion in gateway cities in China, India and Malaysia.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterQantas‘ first Perth to London flight took off on Saturday 24 March, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of travelling between the two continents.The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7 pm on Saturday evening and landed in London at 5 am on Sunday.Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path.Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who was one of the passengers on the inaugural flight, described it as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation.“This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link,” said Mr Joyce.“The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap.“The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.”Mr Joyce said a huge amount of work had gone into improving the experience for customers taking the 17-hour journey.“This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky. Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise. We’ve taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers more space in every class as well as bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag and adjusted the timing of when we serve food to encourage sleep.”The daily QF9 begins in Melbourne, flying to Perth before then flying nonstop to London. Qantas has adjusted the timing of some domestic services into Perth so that passengers from Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane can join the flight to London.Today’s first flight coincided with the opening of the airline’s new Perth International Transit Lounge featuring jetlag reducing lighting as well as pre-flight stretching classes and relocating all of the airline’s domestic and international flights into a single terminal at Perth Airport for faster, smoother connections.Mr Joyce added: “I’d like to specially recognise the support and cooperation of the Federal Government, the West Australian Government and Perth Airport. Without their help this flight, and all its broader benefits, wouldn’t be happening.”Qantas chose its newest Dreamliner ‘Emily’ to operate the inaugural service, which features a striking livery by Balarinji based on the artwork Yam Dreaming by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The initiative is part of the national carrier’s commitment to promoting the best of Australia to the world.From today, Qantas customers can choose from three routes between Australia and London – the direct Perth-London service on the Dreamliner; a reinstated Sydney-Singapore-London service on the A380; and via Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to London via Dubai with partner Emirates on a mix of A380 and 777 aircraft.Nine fast facts about QF91. QF9 is operated by four pilots across the 17-hour journey, with one or two pilots resting at any one time.2. The flight will follow different flight paths depending on the best winds, helping the aircraft fly faster and more efficiently. Qantas analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns in preparation for the new service.3. At 14,498 kilometres, QF9 is the third-longest commercial flight currently in operation. It is the world’s longest Dreamliner flight.4. QF9 will carry around 92 tonnes or 110,000 litres of fuel with the Dreamliner burning approximately 20% less than traditional aircraft its size.5. With a total seat count of 236 passengers, the Qantas Dreamliner has significantly fewer seats than many other airlines who have configured the same aircraft to carry more than 300 passengers.6. Currently, most aircraft have cabin air pressure equivalent to that of an altitude of 8000 feet. For the Dreamliner, Boeing cut that down to 6000 feet, meaning it’s closer to conditions on the ground.7. Menus for the flights between Perth and London have been designed to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jetlag and include poke bowls as well as home-style comfort food.8. There are more than 21,000 individual items loaded onto the aircraft for each flight between Perth and London including 330 peppermint tea bags and hundreds of chocolate biscuits.9. In 1947 a return flight from Sydney to London cost £525 when the average wage was £7. Today, the average Australian weekly wage is $1600 and a return fare from Perth to London can cost less than $1300.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate Earth Day 2018, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is launching a program to thank guests and patrons of the hotel for their commitment to sustainability. Beginning 22 April 2018, the hotel will offer complimentary valet parking to all drivers of zero emission electric vehicles.“We would like to thank our guests who share the same commitment to sustainability by offering them complimentary valet parking at our charging stations,” says managing director, Offer Nissenbaum. “Our local community visits our spa and restaurants often, and hotel guests have been known to stay weeks at a time. This new program is designed as an exclusive benefit, to support and encourage our clients who choose to drive electric vehicles.” The hotel also offers guests and visitors ENVi environmentally sustainable waterless car washes to help address the California water shortage. A traditional car wash uses 178 litres of water and the run off contributes to water pollution. The ENVi sustainable wash requires no water, and only 237 millilitres of locally produced, biodegradable cleaner.“At The Peninsula Beverly Hills, our priority is to deliver the highest standard of luxury in a sustainable and responsible way,” adds managing director Offer Nissenbaum. “Our partnership with ENVi is a seamless extension of our commitment to taking proactive measures to aid our water-stressed environment.”Waterless carwash services will be available every day at The Peninsula Beverly Hills from 22 April 2018. Prices start at $45 and a portion of every sale will be donated to Water.org, a non-profit organisation founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, dedicated to creating water equality worldwide.The Peninsula Beverly Hills has also partnered with “Clean the World,” an organisation that collects and recycles used soaps and bottled amenities. The soaps and cleaning products are picked up each month and sanitised, re-packaged and distributed within 60 days to children and families in more than 40 countries, including the United States and Canada. By recycling and sanitising soaps, shampoos and conditioners, thousands of children around the world can be protected from deadly illnesses each day.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedGatwick to become Flybe’s 14th baseFlybe has announced that London Gatwick will become its 14th base following the introduction of new flights to Dusseldorf.Flybe begins winter schedule at BristolFlybe begins winter schedule at BristolFlybe intends to increase capacity on flights between Cardiff and GlasgowFlybe has confirmed that it will ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flight Regional carrier Flybe has emerged as the busiest airline operating from Cardiff Airport.The airline has become the largest at the Welsh capital in terms of how many flights depart from and arrive at the airport each week.Cardiff Airport’s head of air service development Spencer Birns said he was pleased to see the carrier’s “consistent growth” at Cardiff, with the airport now offering passengers a wide choice of flights to domestic and European locations.”We hope travellers in south Wales will continue to use the services offered by Flybe in order to demonstrate the demand for routes from Cardiff to domestic and other short-haul destinations,” he commented.”An increase in passenger numbers would encourage the airline to continue to grow its route network from Cardiff.”Flybe operates seven routes from Cardiff, with passengers able to fly to Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Newcastle, Paris and Aberdeen.Since basing itself at the airport two years ago, the airline now operates 122 movements per week.Flybe recently launched flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford after BMI axed its route between the Yorkshire airport and London Heathrow.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs the Official VIP sponsor of The Armory Show 2011, held annually in New York City, The Surrey hotel is poised to offer guests an artful experience worthy of the largest modern and contemporary art show in the United States. Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, the hotel recently underwent a $60 million recreation reflecting the Beaux-Arts style by renowned architectural and interior designer Lauren Rottet.Well-known modern, contemporary and conceptual artists including Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Mel Bochner and Donald Baechler, all of whom have works in The Surrey’s in-house collection, will also have pieces on display at this year’s Armory Show. Additionally, the hotel’s signature armoire commissioned by London-based artists, Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlman, will be relocated to the Armory Show and shown on display in the VIP lounge for the show’s duration March 2 – March 6, 2011.Taking her cue from the surrounding neighborhood which houses some of the world’s most prestigious art museums, as part of the recreation process Rottet purchased and commissioned a number of art pieces and objet d’art to create an intimate modern art collection at the hotel. Guests can now experience both a culturally inspiring in-house art collection in addition to visiting some of the nearby museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection.Several highlights from this world-class art collection are displayed in the lobby of the hotel including two photographs, You Are My Own and But The Myth Of Love, by American conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer and an interactive video piece by South African artist, William Kentridge, located in a niche just before entering the hotel’s bar. In addition to the armoire, Jimmie Martin created a custom design playful chaise lounge on display in the hotel’s Presidential Suite which features a recipe for the perfect Manhattan cocktail. Guests are also greeted by a tapestry of model, designer, musician and fashion icon Kate Moss, by portrait artist Chuck Close, upon entering the lobby.Not only an art-lover and collector, but an artist in her own right, Rottet routinely attends art shows around the world which she feels help inspire her own work. She notes, “I’m constantly fascinated by artists’ expressions of modern society which they habitually contemplate and criticize in their work. I wanted to bring a bit of this contemplation to the hotel not only through the art collection, but also in my interpretation of the hotel as a set design in which the guests become characters in a living piece of art.”For more information on The Surrey hotel, please visit www.thesurreyhotel.com.
Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, was proud to join Ernesto Bertarelli to announce Hublot’s commitment to supporting Alinghi’s extraordinary campaign in the 33rd America’s Cup. A marriage of excellence, technology and passion to defend the Swiss colors together!This is a new, prestigious partnership for the watch brand, which will join the race campaign alongside the Swiss defender Alinghi. The Swiss yacht’s bid to win the America’s Cup in February 2010 against the American BMW Oracle yacht has inspired Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver. His meeting with Ernesto Bertarelli revealed the many values shared by the brand and Team Alinghi. Both are at the cutting edge of technology in terms of brand new materials and innovations, and are engaged in a constant search for excellence. Partnerships with research and development centers such as the SwissFederal Institute of Technology (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL) reveal a common passion for the quality and precision characterized by “Swissness”. The two owners of Alinghi and Hublot also share a vision of work as a team effort, and a respect for tradition.Hublot has always had close links with the world of yachting – firstly through its name, which means ‘porthole’ in French, through its partnerships with prestigious sailing clubs such as Yacht Club Monaco and Real Club Nautico de Palma, or through sponsorship deals with numerous races and yachts. This new alliance with Alinghi seems the obvious choice for the brand. Next February it will embark on an adventure with all the energy and passion for which it is renowned, in a race taking place in the waters off Ras al-Khaimah, aboard a truly remarkable catamaran.Jean-Claude Biver is thrilled: “We had the chance to admire the yacht as it left the yard, and when it first took to the water on Lake Geneva. It is a magnificent boat and it represents the essence of Swiss expertise, with nearly 200 Swiss companies having worked on it. The “Swiss Made” label has never been more appropriate! The Swiss people – myself included – have shown no hesitation in displaying their admiration for Team Alinghi, and I am even more proud that we are the first brand to become one of the main sponsors of this incredible adventure. I am delighted to be able to help Switzerland win the Cup once more, this time against the USA.”Hublot will produce an exclusive limited edition watch in the Alinghi colors, made from materials similar to those used in the construction of the yacht itself.www.hublot.ch
Meek Mill’s lawyers appeal again to free him by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 7:36 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Nov. 6, 2017 photo, rapper Meek Mill arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 denied a motion allow the 30-year-old rapper to be bailed out of a Pennsylvania correctional facility. Mill was sentenced last month to two to four years for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PHILADELPHIA – Meek Mill’s legal team is again asking an appeals court to free him from prison.Lawyers for the rapper filed their appeal with Pennsylvania’s Superior Court on Monday, the same day that the Philadelphia judge who jailed Mill denied to release him and called him a “danger to the community.”The 30-year-old rapper was sentenced to two to four years in prison last month for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case.His lawyers unsuccessfully appealed to the higher court last week and have also called for the judge to step aside because “there was an FBI investigation” into her conduct and Mill’s case.The FBI says it does not confirm or deny investigations. The judge has had no comment.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on a performer known as Grandma the clown who resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.(all times local):2:10 p.m.An official at a Vermont-based youth circus says she doesn’t know when or where a former circus performer met a 16-year-old aerialist he pressured into posing for pornographic photos.Circus Smirkus Executive Director Jennifer Carlo says Wednesday the victim travelled with the youth circus from 2002-2004 and could have met Barry Lubin, also known as Grandma the clown. She says it was common for Circus Smirkus performers to meet other members of the circus world.At the time Lubin was not employed by Circus Smirkus .Lubin says the allegations are true and has apologized.His accuser says she first met Lubin while she toured with Circus Smirkus. She says the incidents happened in 2004 while she was performing with the Big Apple Circus in New York.Carlo says Circus Smirkus has severed its relationship with Lubin, who worked for the circus as recently as last summer.____10: 25 p.m. TuesdayA beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that 65-year-old Barry Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward.In a statement released by his lawyer, Lubin apologized for his conduct, saying the sexual misconduct allegations are true and that he takes full responsibility for his actions.The female victim said it happened during the Big Apple’s 2004 season in New York. She said she was at first hired to work with the mini-troupe, but then Lubin persuaded her to model for his personal photography business. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 11:18 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Circus exec: not sure when clown, teen met
FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, people wait for this first “Saturday Night Live Arabia,” show to start in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian official says authorities have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show Saturday Night Live for allegedly using “sexual expressions.” Ahmed Salim of the Supreme Media regulations Council told The Associated Press Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 that an investigation of the show’s content showed that SNL Arabia has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations and that the show’s entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria.”(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File ) Egypt orders ban on SNL Arabia over ‘sexual expressions’ by Samy Magdy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2018 7:17 am PDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAIRO – Authorities in Egypt have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show Saturday Night Live for allegedly using “sexual expressions,” an official said Tuesday.An investigation of the show’s content by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council showed that SNL Arabia has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,” Ahmed Salim of the council told The Associated Press. The show’s entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria,” he said.SNL Arabia was first aired in Egypt two years ago. It follows an identical format to its U.S. namesake, featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, musical performances, videos and parody news. It has stayed well away from politics.The show is produced by the United Arab Emirates’ pay-tv network OSN and has been aired most recently by Egypt’s ON ENT. The station’s chief, Mustafa el-Saqa, told the AP they have stopped airing the show’s promos since the ban was announced late Sunday. He did not say whether Saturday’s episode would be aired or not.“We are now negotiating with the Supreme Council in an effort to continue to air the program,” he said. “I hope they understand that we are airing the program late at night and flag it for an audience that is 18 or older,” he said.Repeated telephone calls to the producers of SNL Arabia went unanswered.Two comedians from Egypt’s hit satirical show al-bernameg — Shady Alfons and Khaled Mansour — star in the Arabic SNL.The al-Bernameg, modeled after the U.S.’s “Daily Show,” was hosted by popular heart surgeon-turned-satirist Bassem Youssef. It was taken off the air in June 2014, the month when Egypt’s general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office. Youssef now lives in exile in the United States.As defence minister, el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and went on to oversee the biggest crackdown on dissent in Egypt’s modern history, jailing thousands of Islamists before broadening the crackdown on dissent to include secular activists. He has also silenced most critics in the media and rolled back most of the freedoms won as a result of a 2011 popular uprising that toppled the regime of autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 8:15 am PDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s hoser heroes on “Letterkenny” are headed stateside under a new streaming agreement with Hulu.The beer-swigging comedy has struck a deal to make seasons 1 and 2 of the series available through the U.S. streaming service on July 13.It’s the first time “Letterkenny” has been made officially available south of the border.Shot in and around Sudbury, Ont., “Letterkenny” stars Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales as best buds in a small town that lives for hockey, partying and its population of colourful characters.“Letterkenny” scored Canadian Screen Awards for best writing and best direction under the comedy program or series categories earlier this year.The show, created by Keeso, will return to CraveTV with a fifth season on June 29. Crack a cold one: ‘Letterkenny’ grabs U.S. distribution deal with Hulu Jared Keeso, left to right, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson of “Letterkenny” pose in this undated handout photo. Canada’s hoser heroes on “Letterkenny” are headed stateside under a new streaming agreement with Hulu. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – BellMedia *MANDATORY CREDIT*
by Pablo Arauz Pena, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2018 12:00 am PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Saturday, June 16, 2018, photo, Chris Pratt accepts the generation award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honours including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman.Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. “This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show’s golden popcorn award.The actor said while it was an honour to be recognized for playing a superhero, it was more important to “acknowledge the heroes we have in real life.”Boseman, who starred as T’Challa in “Black Panther,” also won the award for best performance in a movie. Michael B. Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, won best villain.“Stranger Things” was the top television honoree, winning four awards including a repeat win for best show.The awards were handed out Saturday and were broadcast Monday night.The show is known for bringing fresh talent to light, as well as acknowledging established celebrities in more quirky categories like best kiss and most frightened performance. Host Tiffany Haddish donned a variety of costumes throughout the ceremony, including nods to classic film and TV roles such as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Starlet from “The Carol Burnett Show.”She kicked off the show with a “Black Panther” skit, foreshadowing the film’s big night, noting in her opening monologue that is it the first African-American film to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. Throughout the night, Haddish also parodied other hit films such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “A Quiet Place.”“Black Panther,” about a king and virtuous superhero of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, broke barriers earlier this year as the first Marvel film to feature a black lead. Its massive popularity overshadowed competing films like “Wonder Woman” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”Haddish, who also won an award for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip,” noted that she is the first black woman to host the awards show, which is in its 27th year.The gay teen comedy “Love, Simon” won for best kiss for a scene between Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale.While Robinson wasn’t there to accept the award, Lonsdale gave some encouraging words to LGBTQ youth.“I just want to say to every kid,” he said. “You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender.”In addition to winning best show, kids of “Stranger Things” also won awards for most frightened performance, best musical moment and best performance for Millie Bobby Brown. The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn’t make the event because of a broken kneecap. Brown accepted the award for best performance via satellite.Other winners included Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom in “Riverdale” for scene stealer, Gal Gadot for best fight as Wonder Woman and the young cast of “It” for best on-screen team.“Gaga: Fight Foot Two” won the award for best documentary. The Netflix feature followed Lady Gaga during the production of her fifth studio album “Joanne.”Common presented Lena Waithe with the trailblazer award for her activism, writing and “deeply honest art.”During her acceptance speech, Waithe paid tribute to “Paris is Burning,” the 1990 documentary released about the drag scene in New York during the late ’80s. She called those documented, many who aren’t alive anymore, “the bravest human beings that ever lived”“I’m doing what we as a society should have done a long time ago and give them the glory and shine that they deserve,” she said.Chris Pratt mixed humour and religious messages while accepting the show’s generation award, telling the crowd to “breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”He also urged fans to “learn to pray” and accept that they are imperfect.The show also featured musical performances by Nick Jonas and Mustard, as well as rising stars and Beyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle.___Follow Pablo Arauz Pena on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pabloaarauz On a big night for ‘Panther,’ Boseman honours real-life hero
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2019 3:37 am PDT Judge dismisses part of Judd’s lawsuit against Weinstein AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd’s lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein.Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the actress’ sexual harassment claim does not fall within the scope of a California statute. But he said Judd may go proceed to trial with separate allegations against Weinstein of defamation and economic interference, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.Judd says that after she rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, hurting her career.Weinstein, 66, also faces criminal prosecution in New York City and is the target of other criminal investigations.The former movie mogul has denied engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity.The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 11:06 am PDT Cosby vows no remorse, even if he sits in prison 10 years PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby says he “will never have remorse” for the sexual encounter that sent him to prison because he considers his conviction the work of “a low-life district attorney and a corrupt judge.”Cosby’s stance could leave him to serve the high end of a three- to 10-year prison term since sex offenders often must show remorse to win parole.Spokesman Andrew Wyatt says Cosby is prepared to stay in prison rather than apologize for a 2004 encounter he considers consensual.Cosby in a statement calls himself a political prisoner in keeping with Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Spokesman Andrew Wyatt says the legally blind, 81-year-old actor dictated the statement for NBC-TV to his wife Camille during a phone call Tuesday night from a suburban Philadelphia prison.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 17, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Eric Church; $2,848,366; $97.59.2. Elton John; $2,537,107; $138.32.3. Fleetwood Mac; $2,345,717; $143.93.4. Justin Timberlake; $2,146,500; $132.55.5. Metallica; $2,094,252; $119.42.6. Luis Miguel; $2,003,661; $80.67.7. Michael Bublé; $1,517,024; $124.47.8. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,405,405; $115.69.9. Cher; $1,345,126; $114.96.10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $1,309,680; $64.80.11. KISS; $1,243,595; $105.96.12. Mumford & Sons; $1,230,658; $73.96.13. Marc Anthony; $1,190,570; $104.62.14. Florence + The Machine; $1,144,592; $73.15.15. Travis Scott; $1,136,791; $75.16.16. Blake Shelton; $1,044,392; $89.58.17. Dave Matthews Band; $1,014,332; $94.92.18. André Rieu; $947,246; $87.54.19. Shawn Mendes; $861,630; $68.73.20. Panic! At The Disco; $785,504; $60.47.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 1:46 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mavis Staples throws a party at Apollo Theater Singer Mavis Staples, left, and Jon Batiste perform at the Apollo Theater to celebrate the release of her new album “We Get By,” on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 2:45 am PDT NEW YORK — Mavis Staples, two months shy of her 80th birthday, threw a party at the Apollo Theater.The singer known for such hits as “I’ll Take You There” was joined Thursday night by David Byrne, Norah Jones among other musical guests and by a capacity crowd that stood throughout the nearly 90-minute show and at one point sang her happy birthday. Staples turns 80 on July 10 and is celebrating with shows around the world. She also has a new album, “We Get By,” coming out in two weeks.With enthusiasm to be envied at any age, Staples told stories, joked with the audience and at times pumped her fists and danced in place as she performed “I’ll Take You There,” ”The Weight” and a mix of rock and gospel songs.The Associated Press