The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille on Wednesday was paused after homophobic banners were displayed.Two signs including homophobic language were seen in the crowd at Allianz Riviera, leading referee Clement Turpin to stop the game.A delay of around five minutes followed before the match got back under way, with Nice player Wylan Cyprien critical of the interruption. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “We can’t stop a game every time that stupid people act like that,” he said to Canal+. “I am against every discrimination, homophobia or racism.”But we can’t stop games for that. It’s ridiculous.”Referees in France have been instructed to stop matches if homophobic banners are displayed, or homophobic chanting is heard, during the 2019-20 season.The Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans on August 16 was the first to be temporarily suspended, while a referee threatened to do the same during the meeting of Monaco and Nimes in the top flight on Sunday.The controversy at Nice came in the week British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe completed his long-awaited takeover. Ratcliffe is the president of petrochemicals company INEOS, which this year bought the cycling outfit formerly known as Team Sky.INEOS already owns Swiss Challenge League side Lausanne Sport, which it acquired in November 2017, and the company will remain on as Nice’s main sponsor for the 2019-20 season.The club lost their first match of the campaign on Wednesday, with Marseille finishing as 2-1 winners away from home.Marseille originally took the lead in the first half on a goal from Dario Benedetto before Cyprien levelled the match from the spot in the 66th minute.However, a Dimitri Payet penalty in the 73rd minute sealed the match for Marseille, who picked up the club’s first win of the season having amassed one point from their first two matches.Next up for Nice is a visit to Rennes on Sunday while Marseille visit Saint-Etienne on Sunday as well.
Luxury Gold aims to put a smile on every traveler’s face RYE, N.Y. – March 20, 2018 – Many products claim to make life better, but it’s an eternal truth that travel will actually make you happier. Facts bear this out: a recent study done by researchers at Cornell University found that putting money towards experiences (like a once-in-a-lifetime trip) is more likely to bring lasting happiness than spending it on material objects. With March 20, the International Day of Happiness, now upon us, Luxury Gold wants travelers not only to be happy, but wants to send them to some of the happiest places on earth. The just-released 2018 World Happiness Report lists Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland as the top five happiest places in the world. Add to that list the magical country of Bhutan, Luxury Gold’s personal favorite happy place. In fact, Bhutan is so peacefully content that it actually originated the International Day of Happiness back in 2011. A former Prime Minister of Bhutan first proposed the day to the United Nations, to focus worldwide attention on people’s happiness and well-being. Here are some spectacular Luxury Gold itineraries that visit the happiest places on earth, while letting guests feel like they’ve traveled back into the golden era of travel. Magnificent Nepal and Bhutan: There is nowhere else in the world quite like the stunning Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan regularly reports a Gross National Happiness Index in the nineties, earning its citizens the distinction as some of the most joyous in the world. Luxury Gold’s 10-day journey to Bhutan visits the capital, Punakha Dzong, and the Buddhist sacred monastery of Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th century temple that emanates peace and features spectacular views. After an evening of Bhutanese cooking demonstrations, a private traditional mask dance and cultural show will delight guests and truly show off the joys of Bhutan. Timeless Scandinavia: The countries of Scandinavia routinely top most lists of happiest places in the world. While on this 13-day journey, guests will enjoy days filled with delightful excursions such as visiting the Amalienborg Palaces in Copenhagen, Denmark, home to the Danish royal family, including Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary. The journey continues with a leisurely cruise through the historic waterways of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a moving recital in a museum music hall devoted to composer and pianist Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway. A truly exquisite experience is a guided kayaking expedition past awe-inspiring waterfalls and towering mountains in Geiranger, Norway. Being in the presence of these magnificent natural wonders will put a smile on any face. Majestic Switzerland: Regularly ranked among the top three happiest countries in the world, Switzerland often seems like a fantasy, with its delectable chocolates and picture-perfect vistas. On this 11-day journey, guests will stop at St. Moritz for a guided nature trip through the scenic mountains, before hopping aboard the world-famous Glacier Express for unparalleled panoramic views of snow-covered peaks. The bliss of the locals is sure to rub off during an orientation walk in Geneva, culminating with a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Ferme de l’Hospital, a 17th century farmhouse serving innovative cuisine complemented by delicious local wines. Guests who book these itineraries by April 26, 2018 can take advantage of Luxury Gold’s 5% Early Payment Discount.* Book now before this offer expires! For reservations, contact your favorite travel agent, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com Join the conversation using the hashtags #LUXURYGOLDMOMENTS and #LUXURYGOLDVACATIONS About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold® sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.