The First Class kit bags, made from faux leather, come in eight designs with a new range of colours for men and women. Eight additional designs are available in Business Class – four for men and four for women. The amenity kits are available on long-haul overnight flights and designs are refreshed every nine months. The bags have been designed for multipurpose uses after the flight to store headphones, make up or jewellery.In addition to the Bulgari amenity kits, First Class customers will also be given Hydra Active moisturising sleep suits on long haul overnight flights.Fans of the First Class experience can purchase the Emirates sleep suits, First Class blanket or the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones from the Emirates Official Stores.On all Emirates flights, customers can enjoy a selection of the finest cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world. Emirates recently revamped its spirits offering across all classes to include exclusives like the Hennessy Paradis Imperial and introduced the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines which have been stored for up to 15 years. This includes the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998 served in First Class on select routes.In Business Class, Emirates is serving exclusive champagnes like the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial served on all flights from Dubai later this month. A global on board exclusive, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, will also be available for a limited time on select routes.Emirates’ premium onboard experience is complemented by on ground comfort with a network of 42 dedicated Emirates Lounges located within major airports around the globe, including its newly-opened Cairo lounge and refurbished New York lounge at John F Kennedy International Airport. First and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates’ complimentary Chauffeur-drive service – available in over 70 cities including Emirates’ latest destination Santiago.TOP IMAGE: BYREDO Wellness Kit First Class Emirates has partnered with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Bulgari to refresh its premium offering with new luxury products.Emirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience inflight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet. All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality.Products included in the BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit are:• Cleansing Face Towelette, leaving a clean base to enjoy the maximum benefit from skincare.• Facial Toner brings freshness and essential hydration, improving overall skin texture.• Eye Cream gently hydrates sensitive skin around the eye leaving it softer and suppler.• Chamomile roll-on Sleep Oil to apply on pulse points to ease into relaxation.• Chamomile Pillow Mist spray for textile to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphereThe kits are paired with a faux leather notebook and branded pen.To amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. These headphones were designed by award-winning audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and created exclusively for Emirates using a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimised for the Emirates First Class cabins.The headphones are lightweight and made of the finest materials, including aluminium and sheepskin leather for a comfortable fit. Customers can use the headphones to view up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 32-inch TV screen. The entertainment selection on ice across all classes includes up to 950 movies, 400 TV channels and 2,400 music and podcast channels. The headphones’ sound quality can also be tested on The Bowers & Wilkins Superior Sound playlist, a selection of tracks selected for their acoustic excellence available on ice.The new set of Bulgari amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari’s fragrance – Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert (Green Tea) – and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight. airlinesamenitiesBusiness ClassEmiratesFirst Class
Second-year Arizona Cardinals nose tackle David Carter will get a chance to show what he can do this week at defensive end.With Calais Campbell expected to be out Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Carter seems confident he can fill the void. “Moving outside to the defensive end position from nose tackle, it was a little harder for me than I thought it was going to be,” Carter said. “But, I finally came around and got it and now I am doing pretty good.” 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carter said he hadn’t played defensive end since his freshman year at UCLA. “I am used to making plays at nose tackle, then I got moved out to end and I wasn’t making as many plays as I am used to making,” Carter said. “So I had to figure it out, now I am making plays again.”Though he claims nose tackle is still “his heart,” The former Bruin is starting to fall in love with his new position too. “I’m doing pretty good at defensive end,” Carter said. “I like them both now. I didn’t like defensive end at first, I’m not gonna lie. I hated it, but now I like it a lot.”
0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Bruce Arians’ coaching staff is starting to take shape, and Sunday the first-time head coach reportedly is adding an old colleague to the fold in Arizona.According to CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora, long-time assistant Tom Moore will work alongside Harold Goodwin as the Cardinals’ new assistant head coach/offensive coordinator.Moore, whose career as an NFL assistant dates back to 1977, was the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis from 1998-2000 when Arians was the Colts quarterbacks coach. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 74-year-old has been a part of three Super Bowl-winning staffs with Pittsburgh (1978 and 1979) and Indianapolis (2006). He most recently served as an offensive consultant for the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets.In addition to Moore, La Canfora also reports that the Cardinals will add Tom Pratt as a pass-rush specialist. Pratt has coached with the likes of Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy and Marty Schottenheimer during his time in the NFL. He will be coming to Arizona from IMG Academies, where he has worked with prospects leading up to the NFL draft.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Playing at home should help.Peterson said “everything is against you” on the road, where “games are going to be called a little tighter” against the visiting team.“I have to continue playing my game within those rules,” he added. “If they call it, they call it sometimes. I’m playing football. At the end of the day, I just have to — for the most part, I have to make sure I keep my hands off these receivers, make sure I play within the five-yard rules (and) we’ll see what happens.” The Giants scored on the very next play to take a 14-10 lead.“I thought it was probably his poorest game since I’ve been here. He got frustrated and let the referees get to him,” Arians said.Peterson did not disagree.“I let the refs get to me. I didn’t compose myself throughout the game,” he said. “But after that series, that bonehead series on my behalf — me being selfish, not thinking of the team — that’s probably the poorest he’s seen me.“[However] I felt my technique in the game was solid. I gave up that one play (in the second quarter). I was looking for the back-shoulder and he threw it over (the top). Eli (Manning) made a nice throw and it was a great catch (by Rueben Randle). I’m still hurting over that. But I’ve got to move forward.”A new challenge awaits Peterson and the Cardinals secondary this week against the San Francisco 49ers, a team that lines up Michael Crabtree on one side, Anquan Boldin on the other, and features new additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. And don’t forget about tight end Vernon Davis.“These guys have weapons everywhere,” Peterson said, “so as a secondary we just have to make sure we’re going in fundamentally sound and making sure that we understand the assignment and what we have to do to slow these guys down.” TEMPE, Ariz. — According to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, the referees called “a heck of a game” Sunday in New York.He may be in the minority in thinking that, at least among fans and particularly those who make a living playing defense against wide receivers.The new NFL, if you will, is geared toward more offense and more scoring, meaning less grabbing and less holding by defensive backs. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It was a point of emphasis in the preseason, and the edict has shown no signs of slowing down through the first two weeks of the regular season. Take the game Sunday, where the Cardinals and Giants combined for five illegal contact penalties, five defensive holding calls and two pass interference penalties.No one appeared more frustrated by the yellow laundry on the field than Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who found himself on the wrong end of the whistle a couple of times.“The refs are calling the game correctly for the most part,” he said Wednesday. “But as DBs, we’ve just got to make sure we play within the rules. Keep our hands off them, play within the guidelines and practice that habit.”On the Giants go-ahead scoring drive in the third quarter, Peterson and Jerraud Powers were both penalized for defensive holding, though Powers’ call was declined. While pleading his case, Peterson pumped field judge Jon Lucivansky. There was no flag and subsequently no fine, according to Peterson, who three plays later received his second pass interference penalty after he intentionally grabbed Victor Cruz in the end zone to prevent a touchdown pass. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 50 After the Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers 27-16 Saturday in the Wild Card Round of the NFC playoffs in a game in which Arizona set a new postseason record for fewest yards gained (78), you couldn’t help but wonder what would have become of this team had it not been besieged by injuries.What if _____?“Yeah, I mean that’s the easy thing to say right now, is the ‘what-ifs,’” (injured) quarterback Carson Palmer said. “But everybody’s saying, other than the guys that are still playing, everybody is saying ‘what if this happened, what if that happened.’” TEMPE, Ariz. — As the injuries continued to mount at a rather ludicrous speed, the members of the Arizona Cardinals wore brave faces and said all the right things. “Next man up,” was repeated over and over again, to the point where you could almost predict when you’d hear it. But at some point, the concern — outside of the locker room, anyway — was that the games lost to injury, a collective 109 by the end of the regular season, would eventually be too much for the Cardinals to overcome. The fear was having to go on without their top two quarterbacks and being forced to choose between a rookie fourth-round pick and a player the team released at the end of training camp would ultimately be the team’s undoing. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Heading into the 2017 season, few Cardinals will be under as bright a spotlight as Robert Nkemdiche.The team’s first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he appeared in just five games as a rookie, collecting three tackles and one pass defensed.While disappointing, an ankle injury he suffered in training camp set him back, and he struggled to crack a deep defensive line rotation once the games started. His inability to get on the field had many questioning his work ethic, which at times was even brought up as a concern by his coaches. Ultimately, however, by the end of the season they said he had matured and still expect great things from the former No. 29 pick.They are not the only ones.“Of course,” Nkemdiche answered when asked if he notices himself improving.The 22-year-old was at Steak 44 in support of the Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser, and he said his goal is to keep growing.“The sky’s the limit for me and I know what I can do as a player and I want to keep that edge on me and keep it going day-by-day,” he said.Whereas last season the Cardinals may not have needed much from Nkemdiche, things are different now. With Calais Campbell in Jacksonville, there is now a hole on the team’s defensive front.Knowing that, Nkemdiche is aware how big this upcoming season is for him, even though it is only his second in the NFL.According to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the expectation of Nkemdiche is to play a bunch and play well.“He’s playing extremely well,” he said after Wednesday’s OTA practice. “He jumped offsides twice today, but that’s probably the first time. “He’s been playing extremely well and (we want him to) be the player we drafted, which he is. He is.”Asked if Nkemdiche could replace Campbell, Arians said, “Oh hell yeah.”Paying attention to details is the biggest difference, Nkemdiche said, adding that the biggest difference between his rookie year and now is that he truly gets what he must do in order to succeed. No one will know what kind of progress he has made until training camp and then when games begin, but for now Nkemdiche seems to be on the right track.If nothing else, he understands where his career is at.“I’ve got to prove to the coaches as much as I have to prove to myself,” he said.And what’s that, exactly?“What kind of player I can be, what I know I can be, what I’m supposed to be.”Less time in OTLast season the Cardinals were part of one of two ties the NFL produced, and no doubt their 6-6 bout with the Seattle Seahawks at least played a part in the league’s decision to shorten overtime from 15 minutes to 10.While evidence points to it likely leading to more games without a victor, Arians has no issue with the change.“I think it will effect the calling of the game a little bit,” he said. “People are worried about 10-minute drives — I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a 10-minute drive.” Dobson is a part of that, and while he knows he’s been playing well, he said he’s just trying to take things one day at a time while stringing good days together.“There’s going to be highs and lows, so I’m just trying to keep it more on the high end,” he said. “Just come to play every day, make plays when they come to me and just keep moving forward.”A 25-year-old former second-round pick, Dobson has caught 53 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns in his career. His best season was his rookie one, when in 2013 he hauled in 37 passes for 519 yards and all of his scores.He is excited to be in Arizona, where he said Arians and GM Steve Keim said he would have an opportunity to play.“That’s all I really can ask for, so now I’m here and I’m just trying to make the most of it.”Dobson understands how deep the team is at receiver, but says all it will do is make each player better. He likes the mix of skill sets, and while at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds he more or less fits the mold of a “big” receiver, he is confident he can fill whatever role is asked of him.With his roster spot not necessarily a given, he pretty much has to. As he said, every opportunity he has to play in the NFL is a big one. In Arizona, making good on it means continuing to do what he has been. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling DL Robert Nkemdiche chats with Ed Stinson during an OTA practice May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Just let them know that I can actually play, make plays when they come to me, learn my playbook and just keep moving forward,” he said.Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 21 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arians admitted he has probably seen a couple drives of that length, but added if a team gets the ball run on them for that kind of duration they “deserve to lose anyway.”The coach believes the change has to do with safety, as he noted following the tie vs. Seattle, in which each team ran an obscene number of plays, they were unable to actually practice the following week.Whether the shortened overtime period will lead to more ties, Arians said, is something the league probably understands. And while the game may be called a bit differently because of it, he is happy with the decision.The shortening of overtime is not the only rule change Arians appreciates, as he agrees with the decision to be more lenient on celebrations.“I’m happy with that,” Arians said. “I danced all the time when I scored touchdowns; I didn’t get many, but I danced my ass off when I got one.”And at receiverNot much was made of the Cardinals’ decision to sign receiver Aaron Dobson to a future contract in January, but as May nears its end the former New England Patriot seems to be making quite a name for himself.On Tuesday, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer mentioned how Dobson has “had a great spring,” and on Wednesday Arians said he had never been around a receiver group with as many NFL-caliber players.
RelatedSwitch to Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 for Finnair passengersFinnair’s Swedish passengers will benefit from a modern, spacious terminal.Passengers flying to Phuket on Finnair to benefit from new wide-bodied aircraftFinnair will introduce non-stop leisure flights to PhuketMD-11s removed from service by FinnairFinnair has used an MD-11 aircraft for the last time during a flight to Delhi from Helsinki Finnair passengers flying from Stockholm are now able to check-in to their flight at the city’s Central railway station.The airline will be trialling the system for six months by installing check-in kiosks at the departure hall of the Arlanda Express train, which transports customers to Arlanda Airport in approximately 20 minutes.This will save time for a number of busy passengers as the check-in kiosks can print out boarding cards and baggage tags, with customers’ luggage able to be dropped at the airport at the baggage drop desk.Check-in is also available for passengers embarking on a connecting flight at the Finnish capital, Helsinki.Finnair operates seven flights to Stockholm from Helsinki each day.Elsewhere, Finnair passengers flying to Osaka will now travel on new Airbus A330 aircraft, a move which came into effect on July 6th.This brings the total number of the airline’s A330 routes to four after New York, Delhi and Nagoya.It is hoped that Finnair’s fifth A330 will be added to its fleet by the end of this year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedShould airlines offer women-only toilets?Should airlines offer women-only toilets?Skyscanner reveals travellers becoming more tolerant of children, despite first class baby banSkyscanner reveals travellers becoming more tolerant of children, despite first class baby banBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner pollBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner poll Plans by one airline to add women-only toilets to its flights have split opinion in half according to the latest poll run by flight site Skyscanner.The poll asked whether travellers agreed with All Nippon Airway’s latest move to introduce dedicated women-only loos to most of its planes. The airline, which offers flights to Paris, Frankfurt and London as well as dozens of long haul routes, says that it introduced the women-only toilets following requests from its passengers.46% of voters agreed with the move saying that all airlines should do the same. However, 51% disapproved of the idea. Over 900 people voted in the Skyscanner poll which seems to have polarised the sexes.The move by ANA has sparked controversy because many men feel that they will be getting a raw deal. With fewer toilets to choose from when flying, men may have to queue for longer on flights that offer women-only WCs.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Development Director said:“Women-only lavs are great for the girls, but the problem is that most planes would not be adding extra toilets, instead they would convert a uni-sex toilet into a ladies-only loo. This is bad news for the boys as it’s likely to mean more queuing.”Comments from some of the respondents illustrated the split in opinion:“We need women-only toilets because men make so much mess” said one voter.But another countered: “If they introduce women-only loos, then they should introduce men-only loos too. Women take ages.”The onboard commode conundrum joins the other great toilet debate that has been at the heart of a long running row between men and women ever since the water closet was invented: should the toilet seat be left up or down?Cheap flights carrier Ryanair caused controversy last year when it joked that it might start charging people to use its toilets.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairFlights from Tallinn to be introduced by RyanairRyanair to add two new flights at Leeds BradfordRyanair has announced two new cheap flights to Spain from Leeds Bradford International Airport.Skyscanner traffic spikes 283% as Flyglobespan collapsesPassengers scramble to find replacement flights on Skyscanner Ryanair is operating additional flights to Malaga from London Stansted today (September 30th) to help passengers affected by the air traffic control strikes in Spain.Customers using the airline who have been affected by cancelled flights can transfer to one of the additional services free of charge.Stephen McNamara, Ryanair’s head of communications, said passengers affected by the strike should “switch to these flights as soon as possible”.Speaking yesterday, he said: “Ryanair passengers who had intended to travel from London to Malaga and from Malaga to London today can now switch to our extra flights which will operate from London Stansted and Malaga tomorrow.”Ryanair was forced to cancel most of its cheap flights to Spain because of yesterday’s strike action, although the country’s national aviation authority said that approximately 70 percent of air traffic controllers were able to show up for work.Meanwhile, on September 14th, Ryanair accommodated its 100 millionth passengers on its routes to and from Italy.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Car parking fees, fast track security lanes, departure lounges: the cost of using an airport can quickly mount up. So we’ve compared prices in 15 UK airports, across five key categories, to find out which ones offer the best value for money. The results are well worth considering the next time you search for a cheap flight. By considering an airport slightly further away from home than normal, you might be able to cut the overall cost of your trip.The UK’s Best Value AirportThe criteria we used were average flight prices, pick-up and drop-off charges, car-parking costs, fast track security fees and the price of using an airport lounge. And we discovered that, overall, the UK’s best value airport for European flights is Newcastle Airport, closely followed by Birmingham¹. Drop-off and Pick-up ChargesSome airports – London Gatwick, London City and Birmingham – don’t charge for drop-offs, but they do charge for collection. According to Skyscanner’s data3, Glasgow Prestwick comes out on top overall when passenger drop-off and pick-up charges are combined. Our figures are based on the cost of dropping off and collecting at the nearest location to the terminal. But for travellers who don’t need to be dropped off at the terminal doors there are airports that offer free drop-off and collection points further away from the terminal. For example, Leeds Bradford offers a free drop-off and collection point that’s only a four-minute walk to the terminal. London Luton also offers free drop-offs and collections in its mid-stay car park. 12345Glasgow PrestwickLiverpoolLondon StanstedNewcastleEast Midlands£94.37£104.94£107.71£116.85£116.97 Car ParkingThe cost of airport parking depends on the time of year you’re travelling and whether you book in advance or not. When looking at the cost of car park charges for a week during Easter, Summer and Christmas, Birmingham Airport came out on top, with Edinburgh Airport flying the flag for Scotland in third place4. Airport Average Return Economy Flight Price Top 5 Airports Value Lounges6 Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Car Parking4 Airport Ranking 12335Glasgow PrestwickBristolNewcastleLeeds BradfordLondon Heathrow Ranking 1234555BirminghamGlasgow InternationalLeeds BradfordLiverpoolEast MidlandsLondon StanstedManchester Airport Ranking 1134555London LutonNewcastleBirminghamBristolLiverpoolEast MidlandsLeeds Bradford ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Airport For more air travel hacks, read on:Revealed: flight-booking hacks that can save you cashFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel? Skyscanner’s experts have pulled together their insights and travel hacks to help you find the best deals.How to get over jet lag: 14 tips for beating timezone tirednessJetlag: it’s the bane of the timezone-crossing frequent flyer’s life. We take a look at ways to beat this unfortunate travel side effect. 7 foods to avoid on your next flightTake advice from our experienced Skyscanner travel writers and think before you eat to make sure that you don’t feel lousy on your next flight. Eight clever ways to make your airport time luxuriousDon’t let your departure become a chore. These airport treats are inexpensive and easy to organise: and they’ll get your holiday started long before you board your flight.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.1 Research conducted on the top 15 UK airports, based on Skyscanner exits from all UK airports to European destinations. Each airport was judged on average flight prices2, pick up and drop off charges3, car parking costs4, fast track5 and lounge costs6 2 Average flight prices were based on average flight prices for return economy adult fares, travelling from each airport to six of the most popular European destinations which each of the top 15 airports served. 3 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain drop off and collection charges. Each airport’s cost was divided by the number of minutes to achieve a cost per minute. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first based on cost per minute 4 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain car parking charges for key Easter period (7-14 April), Summer (11th-18th August) and Christmas (23rd-30th December). The cost for each of the three key periods were added up and the airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first. 5 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain fast track charge per person for departure on 11th August 2018. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first. 6 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain lounge access charge per person for departure on 11th August 2018. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first Fast Track SecurityThe need for fast track can depend on the airport you’re travelling from and your need to get to the gate quickly. To find out how to navigate through your airport faster, check this out. Looking at fast track prices for a specific week in August this year (11th – 18th August 2018), London Luton and Newcastle Airport came out joint first on Best Value Fast Track, with Birmingham Airport in third place5. 12335NewcastleBirminghamLiverpool John LennonLeeds BradfordEast Midlands Ranking Ranking Skyscanner’s Top 5 UK Value Airports European Flights² Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Passenger Drop-off & Pick-up Charges³ If fast track and lounge access are both important to you, then Skyscanner suggests looking to see if your airport offers ‘value added’ bundles. You might find savings if they’re booked together. Airport LoungesBusiness and first-class travellers aren’t the only people who can use an airport lounge. Many airports now feature lounges that are open to all, provided you pay an entrance fee. Aspire lounges are a good example – and are available in 18 UK airports. Airport lounges are great if you’re seeking time out before the flight, and many offer free food, drink, wifi and newspapers/ magazines. Some even have showers and massage therapists. According to our research6, Birmingham Airport came out on top for lounge prices, closely followed by Glasgow International. Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Fast Track5 Airport However, there were a range of different winners across the individual categories, as you’ll see below. Average Flight PriceFlight prices can vary from airline to airline, as well as from airport to airport. The best way to find out if you are getting the best airfare is to use our nearby airports tool. It gives you the results from your selected airport, as well as nearby airports. You can also use this for the destination airport. Judged on average flight prices alone2, Glasgow Prestwick came out on top, closely followed by Liverpool John Lennon Airport. London Stansted also made it into the top five for the best-value flight prices to key European destinations. Airport 12345BirminghamNewcastleEdinburghLondon StanstedGlasgow Prestwick Skyscanner’s Top 5 UK Best Value Airports1 Ranking RelatedThese 7 holiday mistakes are costing you moneyWhen it comes to travel, it pays to be smart. Here are our seven top money-draining mistakes – and strategies to help you avoid them.Which airlines offer the best value on short-haul flights?Just how cheap is a cheap flight? Often there’s more to consider than the basic ticket price. Baggage charges, seat reservations and on-board catering can all add to the total cost. So we’ve rated the 20 most popular airlines flying short-haul from the UK in four key categories – with…Monarch luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. 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Maranello – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineUsain Bolt, world-record holder and gold medal winner at the Olympic Games over 100 and 200 meters, experienced a special day in Maranello, where he tested a 458 Italia and 599 GTB Fiorano on the circuit of the Prancing Horse. The sprinter was excited in the cars as a passenger next to the test-drivers Dario Benuzzi and Raffaele De Simone, while later on he completed some laps himself behind the wheel. At the end of the day he couldn’t hide his love for the 458 Italia. “It’s a little bit like me, very reactive and determined!”Later on Bolt joked about the high heartbeat provoked by test-driver Dario Benuzzi, who showed him how to control the car on a wet track. “I was really scared, but it was a good scare. I’m excited like a child.”“Today,” Bolt added, “I feel very close to the team. I am sorry for yesterday’s result, but that’s sport, I know what I’m talking about. There are ups and downs, but it’s important to know how to get back on the track and I’m convinced that Ferrari knows how to do that.”www.ferrari.com
NEW YORK, NY – The Coral Reef Club Spa will open in Barbados during December 2008. The Spa, designed by British designer Helen Green, whose signature style combines a modern aesthetic with classic Barbadian charm, will use products from the multi award-winning luxury brand, Natura Bisse.Additionally, an exotic range of treatments using locally sourced plant life & fruits has been created by the Coral Reef Club Spa. Set amidst twelve acres of beautiful and mature gardens, its facilities will include: individual treatment rooms with private gardens; a couple’s outdoor treatment pavilion set in a lush private garden; a hydro pool with shaded cabanas for post treatment relaxation; a thermal suite with ‘experience’ shower; plus a beautifully designed spa lounge and relaxation room.Karen Capaldi, Director, Coral Reef Club, said, “The intention is to create a spa that fits with the existing Coral Reef environment. Totally luxurious, but with a sense of place, ensuring the spa client knows that they are in the Caribbean. The lush gardens, Caribbean architecture, its interiors and treatments using tropical ingredients all reinforce this sentiment. Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper recognize the need to constantly upgrade as the hotel industry is a highly competitive, global business, so we are very excited about this project which will enhance the guest experience.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Twenty years ago, Paula Cole heard her name called, went up to the stage and took home the Grammy Award for best new artist. It was an amazing achievement on a night that turned out to be quite complicated.The then-30-year-old met her idol, Aretha Franklin, and sang her hit “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” in front of millions. But she also felt misunderstood and uncomfortable in the spotlight. Cole shocked some people by raising her middle finger and beatboxing during her performance, and triggered jokes for daring to bare armpit hair.All these years later, that Grammy isn’t her favourite accomplishment. That would be her daughter, Sky, now 16. And her fans, who have stayed loyal, funding her last two albums via Kickstarter. Her story is a cautionary one for anyone thinking that winning one of music’s most coveted awards solves everything.“That night was laden and confused and amazing,” says Cole, who turns 50 in April. “My career on the other side of that has been definitely different — smaller, humbler, a more authentic career. A more authentic second adulthood, if you will.”The Berklee College of Music-trained Cole is now touring to promote her album “Ballads,” a collection of 20 jazz covers primarily from the 1930s-1960s. It honours her dad, a bass player in a polka band, and it also allowed her to go back to her roots.“I intended to be a jazz singer. That’s where I started and my first gigs were in jazz clubs,” she says. “I got rerouted because I wanted to write my own songs with my own truths.”Cole went into the Grammy Awards in New York in 1998 as a Lilith Fair veteran with seven nominations from her second album, “This Fire,” which contained the hit “I Don’t Want to Wait,” which became the theme song for “Dawson’s Creek.”Her “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” — a wry, ironic study of gender stereotypes — had been incorrectly seen by some as nostalgic and anti-feminist. Her flipping the bird onstage was a sign that she was firmly in satire mode but it also underlined her discomfort that night.“I was a very dark horse — self-produced, definitely very progressive and left,” says Cole, who took home best new artist honours, beating boy band Hanson, singers Fiona Apple and Erykah Badu, and rapper Diddy.In the aftermath, Cole faced a backlash and her manager complained that sales of her music plummeted. Jay Leno made a Paula Cole doll with rotating armpits to shine his shoes with.“There was a lot of hate coming down on me after,” she says. “All of that attention was ill-fitting for this introvert. And I ebbed away after the Grammys.”Cole took eight years off to raise her daughter, who was born with severe asthma. Cole re-emerged to a changed musical landscape, but with her determination to remain independent intact. She looks back and realizes she probably never really belonged on the Top 40 charts.“That trajectory that I was on needed to be stopped. This is who I’m meant to be now. I needed to stop and I needed a reset,” she says. “I needed to take a hiatus — kind of shed that ill-fitting skin that somehow was created for me.”Cole has returned to the Berklee College of Music in Boston as a voice teacher, offering classes that quickly oversubscribe.Anne Peckham, who chairs the voice department, calls Cole a beloved teacher who is known for her generosity. Cole even offers her most talented students the chance to open for her when she performs.“She has a quality about her that really draws people close to her and helps students learn more about themselves,” Peckham says. “Can you imagine as a student having a Grammy winner offer to help you in your career by opening up for them?”Cole says she learns from her students as much as they learn from her. She feels a responsibility to expose them to the pioneers.“Nourish yourself,” she says. “Go back and listen to the masters and honour the masters and be part of the legacy.”One of those masters is Bobbie Gentry, one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. She covers Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” on her new album.Cole remembers hearing Gentry when she played her parents’ albums as a kid, and the more that the adult Cole dug into Gentry’s past, the more she found parallels.Like Cole, Gentry also won the best new artist Grammy and self-produced. Like Cole, Gentry wasn’t a fan of the spotlight. “I found out she won best new artist and that she also did not like the attention and found herself in the patriarchal playing fields and withdrew as an introvert. And I relate to all of that.”She hopes to meet Gentry one day. “I’d love to just give her a big hug,” Cole says, “and say, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being a mentor to me and to so many.’”___Online: http://paulacole.com___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2018 8:56 am PDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paula Cole, a best new artist Grammy winner, looks back In this Jan. 3, 2018 photo, Paula Cole poses for a portrait in New York to promote her album “Ballads,” a collection of 20 jazz covers. 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by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2018 8:50 am PDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Grammy-nominated Ontario conductor facing sexual misconduct allegations Noel Edison is shown in a handout photo. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir says it has placed its Grammy-nominated conductor Edison on a personal leave of absence while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Symphony Orchestra MANDATORY CREDIT TORONTO – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir says it has placed its Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison on a personal leave of absence while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct.In a joint statement with the director of the Elora Singers, a southwestern Ontario choir that Edison also conducted, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s chair and executive director say they received letters of complaint “from third parties” regarding his behaviour.They add that news of the allegations have left them with “feelings of shock and sadness.”Both organizations also say they have launched an independent third-party investigation and will not comment further until they review the findings.Edison was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for best choral performance with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He was previously nominated in 2010.The longtime chorus master is also artistic director of the Elora Festival and was made a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009.A spokesperson at Dean Artists Management, which represents Edison, was not immediately available for comment.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The small, tired house with peeling white paint once served as a refuge for Rosa Parks in Detroit. It has travelled across the world and back in an odyssey conceived by an artist and a Parks family member determined to preserve the civil rights activist’s legacy.It was rescued for $500 off a demolition list, then disassembled and shipped to Germany, and was supposed to be the centerpiece of a weeks-long exhibition at Brown University this spring: an American homecoming amid a national conversation surrounding race, history and the value of certain monuments. Instead, the Ivy league school abruptly cancelled.Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, calls it a rejection of Parks and her legacy. But with the looming possibility that the house would come all this way and never be seen, the community has stepped in. Volunteers are working to reconstruct the home as much as possible so that it can be displayed to the public for free Saturday and Sunday, Easter weekend.Berlin-based artist Ryan Mendoza calls the two-day show “Farewell Rosa Parks: Outcast in Your Own Country.” Once it’s over, he will have to take the house apart quickly and ship it elsewhere, possibly back to Germany if he cannot find an American home.To escape death threats, Parks moved to Detroit in 1957, two years after her defining act of defiance: refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. She lived in the tiny house in Detroit with her brother and his family and struggled to make a new life for herself. The family says Parks lived there with 17 other relatives.It was abandoned and slated for demolition after the financial crisis in 2008 and Detroit’s dramatic decline, but McCauley instead bought it from the city for $500 and donated it to Mendoza, an American. After unsuccessful efforts trying to persuade the city to help save the building, Mendoza in 2016 carefully dismantled it and moved it to the German capital, rebuilding it on the lot of his studio.Despite being tucked away in an obscure location, the home drew daily visitors , many traipsing into the parking lot of the neighbouring apartment building to get a frontal view of from the other side of a small fence.It was almost as if only taking the house out of its context showed people its real value, Mendoza said.“This was the real success of the project in my eyes,” he said. “So many people learned who Rosa Parks was and what she did in her life, and how important one person is, that you don’t have to be a giant in order to effect change.”But the delicate structure was exposed to the elements in Berlin. Mendoza and McCauley were determined to bring it home, and display it indoors where it would be protected from vandals and the weather. Mendoza was drawn to Brown University because it has publicly acknowledged how it benefited from the slave trade.It took weeks for Mendoza and two architects to gingerly dismantle the house, neatly stacking and cataloguing each piece of the warped and cracked planks of cedar cladding. Then, it was shipped back across the Atlantic in two containers and brought to the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, where they began to rebuild.But earlier this month, Brown cancelled, citing an unspecified dispute involving the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which Parks co-founded but which has feuded with relatives for years. A lawyer for the institute has questioned whether Parks’ time there was significant, calling it “an unimportant blip in the timeline of her life here in Detroit.”“The ‘house’ is simply not a human interest story,” Steven Cohen told The Associated Press in an email.Mendoza, McCauley and many members of the Rhode Island community disagree. In the house, they see the story of so many African Americans who migrated north, only to face redlining and other discrimination that has affected generations of black Americans.Malia Quirindongo, 18, who was volunteering with the group YouthBuild Providence to reassemble the house this week, said what she has learned about its story shows that the country doesn’t value Parks as it should.“They were going to knock her house down, and sold it for $500 when they have hotels where presidents have stayed for one night yet there’s plaques talking about ‘he stayed here’?” Quirindongo said. “They’re going to knock down a house that is to someone who is so important in this country, and in history? It’s eye-opening.”Mendoza still hopes he can find a place for the house in America. He and McCauley wonder if the country just isn’t ready to examine this uncomfortable part of its past.“I would like for this house to have a home,” McCauley said. “This is a story that’s a larger part of American history. It cannot be overlooked.”___Rising contributed from Berlin. by Michelle R. Smith And David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2018 8:21 am PDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rosa Parks house to be shown, after trans-Atlantic odyssey
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 9:33 am PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 10:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tisch Fund gives $10 million for arts-mental health NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has pledged $10 million to fund arts programs focused on mental health issues in New York City.The New York Times reports that the goals include improving the lives of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They also aim to fight the stigma around mental illnesses and help people overcome trauma.Tisch says the initiative will likely grow, especially after her foundation is bolstered by the proceeds of a Christie’s auction of her parents’ $80 million art collection next month.Her father was Preston Robert Tisch, the investor who bought half of the New York Giants in 1991. Her mother was the philanthropist Joan Tisch.___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com
FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for “24K Magic” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. The Grammy Awards are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Grammy Awards are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight.The Recording Academy told its members in a letter released Tuesday that the nominee increase “will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year’s best recordings.”Album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist are the categories that will be affected. The change comes months after the Grammys were criticized for the lack of women nominees at this year’s awards show.For years, the organization has been called out for the lack of diversity when it comes to winners in the top four categories, where awards tend to go to acts in the pop, rock or country music genres, instead of hip-hop or R&B stars, even in years where Kanye West, Eminem and Mariah Carey were predicted to win.Another change at the organization is with Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of The Recording Academy, who will step down next year. Portnow, who has led the academy since 2002, was criticized at this year’s Grammys when he said women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast.Bruno Mars won album, song and record of the year at this year’s show, while Alessia Cara was named best new artist.Voting for the 2019 Grammys will take place in the fall and will include songs and albums released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018. Grammys to increase nominees in top categories from 5 to 8 by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2018 7:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Bob Einstein|Curb Your Enthusiasm|Smnothers Brothers|Super Dave Bob Einstein of Super Dave and ‘Curb’ fame dies at 76 Bob Einstein arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — The brother of Bob Einstein says the comedy veteran known for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has died. He was 76.Einstein’s younger brother, filmmaker and actor Albert Brooks, posted a tweet Wednesday in which he said Einstein “will be missed forever.”Brooks called Einstein a great brother, father and husband as well as a “brilliantly funny man.”R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 2, 2019Details of Einstein’s death were not immediately available.Einstein created and played the spoof daredevil character Super Dave Osborne, who appeared on comedy-variety shows and specials.Einstein played Marty Funkhouser on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”He won an Emmy for writing on the 1960s series “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” on which he also played opposite Tom and Dick Smothers. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2019 1:31 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 2, 2019 at 1:35 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 by The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2019 9:25 am PDT ELKO, Nev. — A northeast Nevada ranch once owned by Bing Crosby is on the market in Elko County for $7.28 million.The Elko Daily Free Press reports the Lawson Ranch 45 miles (72 kilometres) north of Elko was one of several properties the late singer and movie star owned in the area in the 1940s and 1950s.Crosby was a frequent summer visitor to the ranch. He was named the honorary mayor of Elko in 1948.Northeastern Nevada Museum archivist Toni Mendive says it was a place he liked to bring his boys to experience something outside of Hollywood.Todd Renfrew, the listing agent with Outdoor Properties of Nevada, said the Lawson Ranch has nearly 3,000 deeded acres (1,214 hectares). He says the old homestead house from the 1860s is still on the property.___Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.comThe Associated Press Nevada ranch once owned by Bing Crosby on market, $7.28M
TORONTO — The University of Toronto has acquired the career archive of Peter Mansbridge.The U of T Libraries’ Media Commons says the meticulous collection spans nearly five decades of his career as a journalist and includes press passes, letters and photos.The school calls it a “treasure trove” that depicts not just Mansbridge’s career at the CBC but also the news industry and current events throughout the decades.The 19 storage boxes of material will be housed in U of T’s Downsview library.An article on U of T’s website says the school asked Mansbridge to donate his records to the library.Mansbridge, who holds an honorary doctorate from U of T, will host an event for students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in April.The former anchor and chief correspondent of CBC’s flagship news program “The National” stepped down from his role in July 2017 after nearly three decades with the newscast.His work since has included freelancing on documentary projects for the CBC.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2019 8:40 am PDT University of Toronto to house Peter Mansbridge’s career archive Lifetime Achievement Award winner Peter Mansbridge poses backstage at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The University of Toronto has acquired the career archive of Mansbridge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email