Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … In a blow to the plaintiffs, Chhabria this year approved Monsanto’s request to prohibit Hardeman’s attorneys from raising allegations about the corporation’s conduct, saying issues about its influence on science and government were a “significant … distraction”.That means jurors must narrowly consider the studies surrounding Roundup’s cancer risks, and if they rule that Monsanto caused Hardeman’s illness, then in a second phase the jury would learn about the company’s conduct when assessing liability and punitive damages, The Guardian reported.Hardeman’s trial is considered a “bellwether” case for hundreds of other federal plaintiffs who have made similar claims, meaning its outcome could have an impact on the course of future litigation and potential settlements. The high-stakes case comes amid growing global scrutiny of the health impacts of glyphosate, which is sold under the Roundup brand.Germany-based Bayer purchased U.S.-based Monsanto last year, and its share price was rocked by the US$289 million verdict in California state court that Roundup had caused a man’s cancer.To read the full story, click here. Monsanto is facing its first federal trial over allegations that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, but a U.S. judge has reportedly blocked attorneys from discussing the corporation’s alleged manipulation of science.The Guardian reported that in an extraordinary move in a packed San Francisco courtroom on Monday, U.S. judge Vince Chhabria threatened to sanction and “shut down” a cancer patient’s attorney for violating his ban on talking about Monsanto’s influence on government regulators and cancer research.“You’ve completely disregarded the limitations that were set upon you,” the visibly angry judge was quoted as saying to attorney Aimee Wagstaff, threatening to prevent her from continuing. “If you cross the line one more time … your opening statement will be over … If I see a single inappropriate thing on those slides, I’m shutting you down.” You might also be interested in Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … U.S. judge calls for second reduced damages award … Bayer hit with US$2B verdict in third Roundup tria … February 26 , 2019
hotels & resortsKuala Lumpur Following its recent makeover ANSA Kuala Lumpur has released a City Tour package that includes 2 Hop on Hop Off bus tour tickets plus 4 Starbucks vouchers to spend at any outlet including the Starbucks located just outside the ANSA lobby. Strategically located within KL’s Golden Triangle, on the famous Bukit Bintang Road, ANSA is smack bang in the middle of KL’s shopping and entertainment district, with the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus stop right outside the hotel and a monorail station just steps away. Prices for the City Tour package begin from AUD$93 per night twin share.ANSA Kuala Lumpur on Bukit Bintang Road
appointmentsTravel Counsellors Kaylene Shuttlewood has been appointed to the role of Regional Managing Director of Travel Counsellors’ Australian operation. Kaylene joins the group with over 25 years of international and Australian travel industry experience and was most recently Managing Director for Travelport Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands. Kaylene will step into the role following a year’s secondment by Acting Managing Director Fred Van Eijk, who will return to oversee the Travel Counsellors’ Netherlands and Belgium operations and support the Company’s further growth plans in Europe and elsewhere.
IMAGE: Samuel Johnson with Love Your Sister supporters/loveyoursister.org TravelManagers will kick off its 2019 National Conference in Perth in August, and three keynote speakers for the event – themed ‘Customer’ – have just been announced.“This year’s conference is all about celebrating the customer, along with their hopes, dreams, needs, sense of place and, most importantly, experiences,” said ” said TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal. “We’ll be looking at how TravelManagers as a group and personal travel managers (PTMs) as individuals connect with our customers, how we use technology to enable a richer sensory experience, and how we work together and within communities to create a sharing culture and better outcomes for all.“We firmly believe that the future of travel is in sensory experiences, and customers are looking for stories as evidence and to inspire them. This conference is an opportunity for PTMs to share their stories and hear others that will inspire them.”Speaking at the conference (9-11 August 2019) will be Peter O’Donohue, who is currently the head of Qantas’ Boeing 787 program; Amanda Stevens, a renowned thought leader on the customer experience; and Samuel Johnson, an actor and accomplished unicyclist who created the ‘Love Your Sister’ charity with the support of his sister, Connie. “Peter has recently overseen the entry into service program of Qantas’ new Dreamliner fleet and is now focused on the next Qantas challenge, Project Sunrise, the airline’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York,” said Gazal. “Amanda’s presentation, entitled ‘Turning Customers into Advocates’, will cover the changing expectations of today’s consumer, the science of client loyalty and the power of customer centricity, which ties in neatly with TravelManagers’ focus on putting customers at the heart of everything.”Samuel Johnson’s keynote address will close the conference. By providing insights into his life and journey with ‘Love Your Sister’, which has raised more than $6 million to assist in cancer research, Sam will link the personalisation of everything the charity does with providing a great customer experience.“For the last three years, TravelManagers has partnered with ‘Love Your Sister’ for its annual charity golf day, so many of our PTMs, clients and suppliers have already been inspired by Sam’s energy and determination,” said Gazal. “It is an honour and privilege to have him join us at this year’s conference, where many more will be inspirited by his story.” conferenceconsultantshome-based travel agentsTravelManagers
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The linebacker has veterans Joey Porter and Clark Haggans to learn from. “I basically just try to be a sponge around them,” Acho said. “Just suck up all the information they know and the ins and outs of the defense and all the nuances.” While Acho is waiting for his chance to make a difference on the field, off the field he’s already made an impact. Acho’s parents co-founded Living Hope Ministries of North Dallas, a group that leads an annual trip to Africa with 20 to 30 doctors, nurses and other missionaries. The rookie usually makes the trip, but was unable to this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the NFL lockout.“Next year, I definitely have plans on going,” Acho said. “Hopefully I can bring some Cardinals with me.” While rookie Patrick Peterson is grabbing most of the attention, another first-year player is trying to make a big transition. Sam Acho was the Cardinals’ fourth round selection, and the Texas product is trying to transition from defensive end to linebacker in Arizona’s 3-4 defense. “All I’ve been working on is basically standing up as an outside linebacker and working on dropping into coverage,” Acho told Gary Mihoces of USA Today. “I think every day I’m out here I get more comfortable.” Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share
Comments Share Top Stories When he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals back in April with the No. 69 overall pick in the NFL Draft, the buzz words surrounding Tyrann Mathieu was ‘risk’ and ‘locker room cancer.’Seven months later, there are new buzz words being echoed in reference to the former LSU standout.NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.Although he doesn’t have a final say in the matter, NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling believes heading into the final month of the regular season, the Cardinals safety has earned the right to be the leading candidate for the top honor awarded to defensive rookies. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In 12 games, Mathieu is second on the team in total tackles with 67 and also has two interceptions, five tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. But its his versatility and ability to play on all three downs that has impressed Wesseling most in the 2013.What’s amazing about Mathieu is that he’s already one of the NFL’s most versatile and well-rounded defensive backs, playing safety in base packages and switching to cornerback in nickel and dime packages. I haven’t seen a single cornerback who can match the third-round rookie in run support or blitzing.Mathieu has also shown a knack for big plays, punching the ball out of Jared Cook’s hands on a would-be long touchdown and tackling Nate Burleson short of the sticks on a potential game-winning drive. The Honey Badger is a key chess piece in Todd Bowles’ defense, which rivals Seattle’s for the No. 1 spot in Football Outsiders metrics. The last Cardinal to win Rookie of the Year honors was Simeon Rice back in 1996. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share As for the rest of the list, the Cardinals’ duo trails Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery (Chicago), Julio Jones and Roddy White (Atlanta), Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate (Detroit), Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb (Green Bay), Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson (Washington), Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) and Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker (Denver). Given that Fitzgerald was just 56 yards short of also reaching the 1,000 yard mark, it seems a bit harsh to call out his skills. While he was not the player he was back when Kurt Warner was the team’s quarterback, his 10 touchdowns tied him for 10th-best in the NFL. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2013, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for 147 receptions, 1,995 yards, 15 touchdowns and 97 first downs.The duo provided Carson Palmer with a couple of dangerous weapons in the passing game and helped the Cardinals reach the 10-win mark.But where does the pair rank with regards to other receiver duos around the league? According to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, they come in at number eight.Even if we give Fitzgerald a pass for playing through a pair of hamstring injuries last season, he hasn’t been an elite playmaker since 2011. That doesn’t mean he can’t recapture that form again, but he has to show it on the field. Floyd cleared 90 yards in four of the final six games en route to a quiet 1,000-yard season. Still improving, Floyd is a fine second fiddle and emerging deep threat.
ESPN.com Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals, confidence is not at an all-time high.For just the second time in two seasons under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have dropped two straight games — the second coming Sunday in a 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals still own the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff pecking order with four games to play, but their sputtering offense coupled with a lackluster defensive effort in Atlanta has many experts moving Arizona from contender to pretender. Here’s this week’s look at the Cardinals’ place in various NFL power rankings from around the country. Week 14 Average Rank: 7.37 (4.05 last week) Highest Rank: #4 – CBSSports.com Top Stories Lowest Rank: #13 – Washington Post Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Last season, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and completed more than 70 percent of his throws. He had 43 touchdowns with only six interceptions.Arizona will be one stop of Mayfield’s tour, which will take him to Cleveland, Buffalo, both the Giants and Jets in New York, Miami and Denver, according to MMQB.Related LinksBaker Mayfield met a psychic who predicted him going to the CardinalsThe Cardinals may need to trade up if they want to draft Mayfield. All six of the other teams he is visiting have a pick before Arizona.Mayfield is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft in a list that includes USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.If any fall to the middle of the first round, though, it could be Mayfield. Fox NFL’s Charles Davis said it’s not unprecedented, citing players including Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta.“It’s a matter of who might be that one this year,” he said.The most-likely culprits, in his opinion, are Mayfield and Allen. He also included Rosen, but to a lesser extent “in case everybody doesn’t like his personal interviews” or medical issues.“Mayfield could be, height concerns,” Davis said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Charles Davis, NFL Network analyst Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, the last day teams can bring draft prospects to their facilities, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.MMQB’s Robert Klemko first reported Mayfield would visit Arizona in March.Mayfield, the 2018 Heisman winner, is one of the players Arizona is considering drafting No. 15 overall in the NFL draft, though he is expected to be picked well before the Cardinals pick. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. And on Allen: “A big thrower, but is accuracy going to be an issue for him?”This doesn’t necessarily reflect Davis’ beliefs of what will happen. In his mock draft 2.0, Davis predicted Rosen would go No. 2 to the Giants, Mayfield No. 3 to the Jets and Allen No. 12 to Buffalo.He has the Cardinals taking offensive tackle Connor Williams from Texas.If Arizona goes the quarterback route at No. 15, they could pick Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who Davis thinks will be available in the middle of the first round.The Fox analyst doesn’t think the poor Wonderlic score that got leaked should negatively impact perception of Jackson.“There’s some guys who are wearing gold jackets that if you knew their Wonderlic score, you would’ve questioned why anyone would even put them on a roster,” Davis said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 7 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The tight end immediately grabbed his arm after the play and was seen heading to the locker room with medical staff.Although he was officially listed as questionable, the tight end did not return with what the team called a forearm injury.Seals-Jones had two catches for 12 yards before going down with the injury.The Cardinals fell 45-10 to the Broncos. – / 45 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals night took another negative turn as tight end Ricky Seals-Jones left the game with a forearm injury on Thursday.Looking at a third and four, quarterback Josh Rosen stepped back to pass before scrambling to find time. He was met by Denver Broncos’ Von Miller who knocked the ball out of the rookie’s grasp.Related LinksWilks: ‘Premature’ to talk changes after Cardinals loss to BroncosArizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen has ‘frustrating’ night in loss to BroncosBickley: Arizona Cardinals hit rock bottom in lopsided loss to DenverRapid Reactions: Cardinals struggle on both sides of ball in loss to DenverTrying to recover the loose football, Seals-Jones made a play for it, getting hit on his right arm with a helmet as he dove. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Go back to the enewsletterA sister-ship of the ultra-luxury Silver Muse has been ordered by Silversea Cruises with European shipbuilder Fincantieri, to be delivered in November 2021.To be named Silver Dawn, the signing of the new $507-million vessel comes weeks after Silversea Cruises finalised a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of Silver Moon, another sister ship to Silver Muse, which is due to be delivered in 2020. Dawn will benefit from the same sense of intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation options that characterise Silversea vessels.“Following the extraordinary success of Silver Muse, we are delighted to announce Silver Dawn as the 11th ship to join the Silversea fleet,” Silversea Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said.“Silver Dawn will bear the same hallmarks of quality that guests currently enjoy on our six-star ships. It was my father’s dream to grow Silversea to at least a 12-ship fleet; today, we are one step closer to fulfilling his vision,” Lefebvre d’Ovidio added.Fincantieri’s CEO Giuseppe Bono said, “It is a great satisfaction for our Group to see an ambitious project like Silver Muse establish itself on the market and get the highest appreciation from an exclusive and demanding customer like Silversea, that today confirms its trust in us.”Since 1990, Financtieri has built 82 cruise ships and has another 44 vessels either in production or in the design phase.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAustralian travellers can’t get enough of Oceania Cruises, with the local market soaring to now sit as the cruise line’s second largest source. And it’s the cuisine served onboard that is luring a large slice of new and returning guests, according to Oceania Cruises’ Vice President of Sales Australia and New Zealand, Steve McLaughlin.“I think we are leaning very heavily on that brand pillar of food,” McLaughlin told LATTE this week at an event in Sydney coinciding with the imminent arrival of Insignia to Australian waters after exiting a dry-dock in Singapore today.McLaughlin said food writers are increasingly inspiring Aussies to experience the Oceania product.“We’re actually not even in the Travel section of the Sydney Morning Herald some weeks. Some weeks we’re actually in the Food section, so we are appealing to a much broader audience. People may not have been looking for a cruise and they’ve accidentally come across our company,” he said.Oceania Cruises’ audience demographic is an average age of 59 – depending on the length of voyage and the destination – an age that is “coming down”, McLaughlin told LATTE.The biggest market share for the company is “definitely” NSW, followed then by Queensland and Victoria.In the past 18 months, Australia has jumped to the number two global market, overtaking the UK, which slipped to number three. Australian sales are only bettered by North America.“Very interestingly high is the significant number from New Zealand. They are Oceania’s fourth largest market in the world, not bad for a destination with a population less than Sydney.“So there’s some very interesting twists to where we find our customers, and actually one of the big pointers goes back to people love the culinary experience and Oceania’s very laid back experience. There’s no dressing up…”McLaughlin said the fly/cruise market for Oceania out of Australia to the Baltics and Mediterranean is enormous, accounting for between 63-65% of sales. “That’s a huge chunk of our business and so that is what we are focused on and do particularly well. And our repeat factor there is huge.”“We are also very successful selling back-to-back, and back-to-back-to-back voyages as there’s no repeat ports,” he explained.“Most Australians and Kiwis will go to Europe for certainly a month, sometimes two, sometimes three. They are escaping the cold weather. They go up there and have a great time.”McLaughlin said Australian frontline sellers are also very well versed on promoting and booking connecting sailings.“We’ve got the travel agents trained very well now to do the McDonald’s of the 1980s – to say “Would you like fries with that?” What we’ve got them now saying is “Did you realise where the ship will be on the voyage before, or that the ship goes onto Athens after you disembark? Have you been to that region at all?”“And for agents booking back-to-back-to-back voyages for two travellers counts as six people. That really helps our revenue and agents with commission.”Guests who book back-to-back cruises also receive special value-add on their second and third voyage.Further, McLaughlin noted that Oceania’s 180-night World Cruise have been very successful with Australian cruisers.“Our numbers that are going on it from Australia, on the full world cruise, are going through the roof. Prices are starting at just shy of $400 per person per day with absolutely everything included. So really, it’s not out of the ballpark for a lot of people.”Every year, between 200-400 passengers take the World Cruise. A significant figure when the ships have a capacity of around 650 guests.With the $150 million OceaniaNEXT revitalisation program scheduled and underway across Oceania Cruises’ four R-Class ships, and two O-Class ships, it begs the question, are more ships on the horizon?McLaughlin’s response? “We always have a burning desire to have more.”Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAccor has expanded its footprint in the Maldives with the officially partial opening of the extravagant Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. The opening of the 21-villa Beach Island Experience in the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll is Accor’s fourth property in the Maldives and the first under the Raffles brand.Raffles Maldives Meradhoo | Arrival PavilionThe main island is home to Beach Villas and Beach Residences which opened on 9 May 2019, featuring private pools, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower.The Raffles Royal Residence and a secluded collection of Overwater Villas and Residences, which lies adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs and can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat, is set to launch during the last quarter of 2019.In each of the terraces, guests can marvel at the marine life below through the glass flooring panels. There is an extraordinary display of natural beauty with white, powdery sand that frames sparkling clear waters. Two magnificent reefs provide a thriving habitat for marine life, including baby sharks, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish. For those that wish to know more about this marine life, the hotel’s resident marine biologist and a team of marine butlers are on hand to personalise guest experiences and offer beautiful insights about the underwater world. At night, the moon and stars reflect on the mirror-like ocean, creating an extraordinary spectacle.Raffles Maldives Meradhoo | Pool VillaDining options include the all-day diner Thari; Yuzu, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine; The Firepit for flame-grilled dishes; the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar for a selection of tapas, sashimi and cocktails and the Long Bar.Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.Raffles Maldives Meradhoo | YuzuLots more images of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo on LATTE‘s Facebook page here.Lead image: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo – Beach VillaGo back to the enewsletter
4. Dance the night away in Panama CityHead to the shore for a decent night out in Panama City with plenty of old town charm. Check out vintage salsa bar Havana Panama for a unique and authentic experience. 6. Soak up the sunshine at Isla IguanaLocated outside of the sleepy beach town of Pedasi, Isla Iguana is aptly named after the black iguanas that lounge on the island’s beaches. Do like these reptilian locals and lay out to soak up the sun, or you could go snorkeling or adventuring through mangrove forests, the choice is yours. 3. Admire the Panama CanalOk, so while it’s not the only attraction, you can’t visit Panama without seeing it. The main trade route between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean for 100 years, the Panama Canal is an engineering marvel. Be sure to time your visit when a giant vessel is passing through the impressive lock system. 2. Stroll through Casco ViejoPanama City’s hippest hangout, Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also one of its most historic neighbourhoods. With a unique blend of pretty and gritty, make sure you pay a visit to Granclement for some of the best gelato outside of Italy. 10. Savour the local coffeeGot to get that morning caffeine fix? Panama produces some of the world’s finest jo, thanks to its volcanic soil and tropical climate. The coffee farms around Boquete are considered some of the best. Pick up a cup of Panama Geisha, a local roast, for $9. Dan and Casey are the two lovebirds, world travelers and adventurers extraordinaire behind the popular travel blog A Cruising Couple – adventure travel with a dash of class. Their stories and photographs feature that special place where experiential and stylish travel meet. Find out how you can spend less money, live more adventurously and travel more luxuriously on their blog,Find the perfect hotel in Panama City with Skyscanner’s hotel searchReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map If you’re looking for more than 1000 miles of spectacular coastline, millions of acres of lush national parks and countless cultural encounters, then check out Panama.Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama has long been defined by its famous waterway. But the southernmost country of Central America has much more to offer: travel bloggers A Cruising Couple recommend 10 must-dos for your holiday hit-list:1. Sail the San Blas IslandsWant secluded, tropical islands without the millionaire price tag? San Blas Islands are comprised of 378 islands and cays, of which only around 40 are inhabited. Expect underwater encounters with sand dollars, sea urchins and colorful fish, while back on dry land visit the indigenous Kuna tribes and experience their traditional way of life. 5. Go hiking in Altos de Campana National ParkAltos de Campana was Panama’s first national park, yet only avid birdwatchers and a handful of locals seem savvy to the natural treasure. Just an hour outside of Panama City, the cool rolling hills, lush forests and stunning ocean vistas are easily accessed. 9. Island hop at Bocas Del ToroBocas del Toro province is made up of nine islands, two national parks, and is home to a diverse array of wildlife and world-renowned surf and scuba spots. Explore all nine islands by boat, with stops at Bird Island, Starfish Beach and Dolphin Bay. No prizes for guessing what you’ll find at these appropriately-named places. 8. Go jungle trekking at Soberania National ParkWith beautiful rainforests just 45 minutes outside of the capital city, it’s easy to take a day trip out to Soberania National Park. Keep an eye out for sloths, monkeys, toucans and maybe even a jaguar! 7. Try white-water rafting in BoqueteIf it’s adventure you’re after, then make sure you check out Boquete. Go white-water rafting through mountain valleys, or try your hand at zip lining high above the Chiriqui Highlands. For a more sedate activity, try spotting the rare and brightly coloured tropical birds called Quetzals that live here. RelatedWorld’s Most Christmassy Places: Top 10 festively themed destinationsWorld’s Most Christmassy Places: Top 10 festively themed destinations15 Festively Themed Places: World’s Most Christmassy Destinations15 Festively Themed Places: World’s Most Christmassy Destinations5 Secret US StatesForget Florida, give NY the KO… and say hello to OK, hi to RI and more as our Secret series goes Stateside.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Guests sailing aboard Silver Spirit’s 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage this month are set to enjoy an exclusive evening of entertainment when multiple Grammy Award-nominee Michael Feinstein takes to the stage. The performance will follow a gala bon voyage dinner to be held aboard Silver Spirit in Fort Lauderdale on January 20, the day before the ship embarks on an expansive journey exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas — for the very first time.“Every detail of Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage has been designed with a highly discerning and experienced traveler in mind, and we want the onboard entertainment experience to be of equally exceptional caliber,” said Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president of vessel operations. “We’re delighted to have such an extraordinary performer as Michael Feinstein on hand to help us celebrate the launch of our new flagship and what is sure to be the voyage of a lifetime for our guests.”An outstanding vocalist and pianist, Michael Feinstein is arguably the single most knowledgeable and dedicated musical anthropologist and archivist the Great American Songbook has ever known. Renowned for finding “lost,” older songs and breathing new life into them, his repertoire includes songs by such great songwriters as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington.His 150 plus shows a year have included Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and major concert halls, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. At his nightclub in Manhattan, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, a showcase for top-drawer cabaret performers, Feinstein plays to a sold-out crowd. The Sinatra Project – his new CD from Concord Records which celebrates the musical sensibilities of “Old Blue Eyes” – earned Feinstein his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009. He is currently preparing the PBS-TV series “Michael Feinstein’s American Popular Song” – to start airing in 2010 – in which Feinstein discovers treasures of the Great American Songbook around the world.The newest addition to Silversea’s ultra-luxury, six-ship fleet, Silver Spirit debuted in Europe in December and will host several days of inaugural activities in Fort Lauderdale when the 540-guest, all-suite ship arrives on January 19. Among the highlights is the Christening Ceremony scheduled to take place on January 21.Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.In the U.S., Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include “Best Innovation in Products and Services” from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); “World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2009); “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Spain’s Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2008).www.silversea.com
MINNEAPOLIS – The Latest on an accusation of improper conduct against humorist and author Garrison Keillor (all times local):6 p.m.Minnesota Public Radio says it has just one formal complaint against Garrison Keillor from one person, but that “includes multiple allegations related to Garrison’s behaviour.”MPR said Wednesday it had terminated contracts with Keillor over allegations of improper behaviour with one person. Keillor, in an email later to MPR’s news department, said two employees had made allegations.On Thursday, MPR said the lone complaint included multiple allegations. MPR declined to give any details.Keillor has mentioned only one incident in which he put a hand on a woman’s bare back while trying to console her, and apologized.He did not immediately respond to a message asking whether there were additional incidents with the same person.___5 p.m.The remaining shows on Garrison Keillor’s East Coast swing have been cancelled.Keillor was scheduled to appear through Sunday at theatres in Torrington, Connecticut, and in Tarrytown, Ithaca and Buffalo, New York, with the folk duo Robin and Linda Williams. But the websites for those theatres say the shows are cancelled.Keillor also was set to appear Wednesday night at a theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but that show was cancelled after Minnesota Public Radio had cut ties with the bestselling humorist over alleged workplace misconduct.Keillor retired last year as host of his popular public radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” but continued doing solo shows on the road.___4 p.m.Outraged Garrison Keillor fans are deluging Minnesota Public Radio with complaints for dismissing the humorist over alleged workplace misconduct.Some say they will no longer support MPR, one of the nation’s largest public radio operations, which depends on financial contributions.MPR said Wednesday it was cutting ties with Keillor, former host of the popular public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” over an allegation of workplace misconduct. The network did not give details, but Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back while trying to console her.Minnesota Public Radio News reports dozens of people said they planned to cancel their MPR memberships.More than 60 per cent of last year’s revenue for MPR and its parent company, American Public Media, came from the public.___1:40 p.m.The Washington Post says it won’t distribute any more columns by Garrison Keillor because he didn’t reveal he was under investigation in his most recent effort.MPR announced Wednesday it was terminating contracts with Keillor because of an allegation of improper conduct by someone he had worked with. MPR said it had learned of the allegation last month, and it had hired an outside law firm to investigate.Keillor said nothing about the investigation in his last column, in which he criticized calls for Sen. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt says Keillor’s column failed a basic transparency test.The Post had syndicated Keillor’s column after his retirement from “A Prairie Home Companion.”___12:05 a.m.Humorist and bestselling author Garrison Keillor is off the air after Minnesota Public Radio terminated his contracts over allegations of workplace misconduct.Keillor told the Associated Press on Wednesday he was fired. The former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” did not detail the allegation to AP, but told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back when trying to console her.Keillor later told MPR News that two employees had made allegations.MPR said only that it received a single allegation of “inappropriate behaviour” against Keillor last month.Mandolinist Chris Thile (THEE’-lee) now hosts “Prairie Home.” He tweeted that he was shocked by the news.MPR says it will rename the show and stop airing rebroadcasts of the show hosted by Keillor. FILE – In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of, “A Prairie Home Companion,” talks at his St. Paul, Minn., office. Keillor said Wednesday, Nov. 29, he’s been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File) The Latest: MPR says 1 person complained about Keillor by The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 1:16 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award by The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2018 1:33 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email File-This June 1, 2017, file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner, it’s Stephen King. The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History. His new novel, “The Outsider,” is also published on that date. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner — it’s Stephen King.The literary and human rights organization will honour King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident’s new novel, “The Outsider,” is being published on that date.The award is handed out every year to a critically acclaimed writer “whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition, engendering empathy and imagination in even the darkest hours.”King’s books include “It,” ”The Stand” and “Misery.”Other writers who have won the prize include Stephen Sondheim, J.K. Rowling (ROHL’-ing), Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie (SAHL’-mahn ROOSH’-dee), Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Chris Pratt always declined previous offers to do commercials, but he made an exception for an upcoming Super Bowl spot — mostly because he likes beer.Pratt will make his advertising debut Sunday in a pair of commercials for Michelob Ultra.“I’ve watched every single Super Bowl since 1985,” he said. “I’m a Super Bowl guy, and I definitely feel really connected not only to football and to the NFL and the Super Bowl, but also to the commercials… That’s always the most exciting part for me, and it feels good to be part of that, like I’m a little tile in the mosaic of American culture.”The star of the “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” film franchises also joked that being in a Super Bowl ad could “open things up” for him professionally.“The Super Bowl launches people’s careers — like Whitney Houston,” Pratt said from his trailer on the set of the Michelob spot. “She sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl and it was like the highlight of the whole day, and then it launched her career… And I’m really hoping this is my Whitney Houston national anthem moment.”Houston was already a Grammy-winning star when she performed at the game in 1991. Pratt was among the world’s highest-paid actors last year, according to Forbes.He joins this year’s crop of celebrities starring in Super Bowl ads, including Tiffany Haddish, Cindy Crawford and Morgan Freeman. The airtime alone for a 30-second spot this year costs more than $5 million this year.Pratt, 38, said he approached the job just as he would a big-screen gig. He even bumped up his training for his next film, “Cowboy Ninja Viking,” so he would be in peak condition for the commercial shoot.“If I’m going to be having my shirt off… in front of 100 million people, I want to look good,” he said, “so we worked really hard.”The commercial, dubbed “The Perfect Fit,” is about balancing a healthy lifestyle with beer-fueled fun.Pratt famously dropped 60 pounds before playing Star-Lord in the first “Guardians” film. Incorporating fitness into his life “changed everything,” he said.“It’s not just an esthetic thing,” he said. “I sleep better. I feel better.”His favourite is exercising outdoors. Pratt said spending time in the woods near the farm he owns in Washington doesn’t just keep him fit, it keeps him grounded. He particularly loves a trail there that passes through the woods and down to the beach.“I feel the very best when I am running on that, and I feel very dialed in and close to nature and close to God,” he said. “I think anytime you can just stop and worship this creation, it makes you feel good.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy . by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2018 7:18 am PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beer inspires Chris Pratt to star in his first commercial This image released by Anheuser-Busch shows actor Chris Pratt in a scene from a Michelob Ultra commercial. Pratt, the star of the “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” film franchises, will make his advertising debut Super Bowl Sunday in a pair of commercials for the light beer. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)
Alice Paul Tapper, daughter of Jake, has picture book coming by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2018 12:23 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jake Tapper isn’t the only author in his family.The CNN anchor’s daughter has a picture book coming in March, Penguin Young Readers announced. Alice Paul Tapper, who turned 11 on Monday, has collaborated with illustrator Marta Kissi on “Raise Your Hand.” The book originates from an idea Alice and fellow Girl Scouts developed after Alice noticed that on a school trip the boys spoke up and girls remained quiet. Girl Scouts can receive a “Raise Your Hand” patch by promising to raise their hands in class and get at least three others to do the same.Tapper, whose father contributes “spot illustrations,” said in a statement that she hoped her book would inspire girls “to be bold and brave.”Jake Tapper’s books include the bestselling thriller “The Hellfire Club.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2019 2:40 pm PDT Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees NEW YORK — Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York.The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month. A pair of tickets per performance can be reserved in advance by telephone or in person at the Met box office.Twelve performances are available: for Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande,” Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” and a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”The Associated Press