Arsenal’s Leonie Maier is excited to play in the ‘amazing’ FA Women’s Super League after securing a ‘dream’ move this summer.The 26-year-old joined the Gunners at the end of May after a frustrating campaign with Bayern Munich, in which she made just 12 starts in the league.But the defender holds no remorse towards a club where she spent six years, winning two league titles, and is looking forward to the next chapter of her career. Article continues below 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 “It’s a great honour for me to be here,” Maier told Goal.“I’m very proud to be part of the Arsenal family. I’m very happy to be here.“I played six years for Bayern and it was time to start something new,” the Germany international, who has 71 caps and won Euro 2013 for her country, explained.“[Last season] was really difficult for me because I didn’t know the situation.“I had a little injury during the winter break, so I missed three games and it was hard to come back to the starting XI because we had a strong squad in Munich.“We played very well and we had no reason to change anything.“It was a hard time for me but I also learned in this time.“It has always been a dream playing abroad and I think the Women’s Super League has developed in an amazing way for the last few years.“Joe [Montemurro, manager] also convinced me with his idea of playing football.“That is the reason I came to Arsenal. I also would like to win more trophies, with Arsenal hopefully.”That winning mentality should help Maier settle in with her new team-mates, who are targeting further success this season after winning the league last year, securing a return to the UEFA Women’s Champions League.Many of those team-mates are already familiar faces to her too, which has also helped in what is her first move away from Germany.As well as Maier, both Manuela Zinsberger and Jill Roord moved from Munich to the red side of north London this summer, so she is not alone in making the necessary adjustments.“I think that is the reason it was easy for me to fit in very quickly,” she said.“[Zinsberger and Roord] are very good players and will bring a lot with their quality and experience.“Also, the attitude we learned in Germany, it’s a very strong and tough attitude and a lot of pushing. Hopefully we can help Arsenal here with our experience.“I also knew my old team-mates, Vikki [Schnaderbeck], Lisa [Evans], Viv [Miedema]. I knew a lot of players here.“There were other clubs [interested], but I had a very good feeling here with Arsenal, especially with Joe and the whole club.“Here we have professional facilities and I think we can continue to improve ourselves every day. I really like it here.”England has made a very strong first impression on Maier, with her particularly impressed with the country’s investment and attitude towards women’s football.So much so, that she has called on Germany to follow the lead of their European rivals.“I think it’s a good sign for women’s football that big clubs are having women’s teams,” she said.“I think Germany has to do this also. We have just Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Hoffenheim, but that’s not that big a club.“I think they have to invest more money also for women’s teams.“In England, it’s a very good development here. It was also a reason for me to come to England because the league here has developed in a very good way in the last few years.”Maier’s competitive debut for the Gunners could come on Sunday, when they open their season at home to West Ham United.Whether that will be from the start or not is unclear – and another sign of how strong Arsenal’s squad this season is.“I think it’s always good for a player to have competition,” Maier says.“You have to work hard and give everything every training and every game give your best performance.“That’s the best way to getting better as a player but also as a team.”Kick off at Meadow Park this weekend is 14:30 BST.
Playa Hotels & Resorts Honored with 2017 Travel Weekly Readers Choice AwardNEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ:PLYA) was recognized by Northstar Travel Media at the 15th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards Gala at the Conrad New York. On December 14, 2017, Playa’s all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Ziva™ brands were named the “Best Hotel Chain in Mexico.” The Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2017 award winners represent the best of the best within the travel industry. These prestigious awards are presented annually to the industry suppliers who lead the way in both product and service. The nominees and award recipients, including Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resorts, are chosen in two rounds of voting by Travel Weekly’s audience of global travel professionals. “We are honored to receive this esteemed award from Travel Weekly. At Playa Hotels & Resorts we are committed to reimagining the all-inclusive experience. This commitment is not only reflected in the creative design and special touches throughout our resorts, but is also demonstrated in the level of service provided to our guests. We continue to evolve and set the standard for all-inclusive resorts at all-ages Hyatt Ziva and adults-only Hyatt Zilara and we look forward to doing the same at the new Panama Jack Resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen,” said Kevin Froemming, Chief Marketing Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts. For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts visit, www.playaresorts.com or contact your preferred travel agent. About Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V.Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns a portfolio consisting of 13 resorts (6,130 rooms) located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, as well as three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Gran. The Company also operates the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic, and owns five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party.
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“So I’m very flattered by the offer of a CBE and I hope to use it to open more doors and have more conversations.”Packham will soon be travelling to the Cairngorms in Scotland for four special programmes for the new series of BBC Winterwatch. This year, broadcasters disclosed, the programme will be mindful of how they show the cruelty of nature, after receiving complaints over a family of baby rabbits killed and eaten by birds on live camera.Michaela Strachan told the magazine: “So we’ve decided that if we have anything as horrific as that again we will say, ‘This is difficult to watch, so turn away if you don’t want to see it.’“But it’s like watching a really dramatic film and the main character dies, and you cry, and it’s awful, but you come out of the cinema and say, ‘That was brilliant.’“You want to feel something, don’t you?”Winterwatch returns to BBC Two on January 29. The full interview is in the Radio Times, out now. Chris Packham will interrogate the Royal Family over its participation in game shooting when he receives his CBE, he has claimed, saying: “I don’t care if it can be deemed inappropriate.”Packham, the BBC presenter who will soon receive an honour for services to nature conservation, said he felt it was “important to say something” when he has the opportunity.Insisting “nobody ever gets off the hook around me”, he added he planned to insert “lots of cheeky little words” into conversation when he visits Buckingham Palace to receive the CBE he was awarded in the New Year Honours.It is not yet known whether his investiture will be conducted by the Queen, the Prince of Wales or the Duke of Cambridge.Packham is an outspoken activist against driven grouse shooting, condemning the impact it has on the environment and urging the public to sign petitions against it.He also has some links to royalty, with his sister Jenny Packham a favourite fashion designer of the Duchess of Cambridge. “There will be lots of cheeky little words, I assure you,” he said. “Nobody ever gets off the hook around me.“You don’t get many opportunities in life, and sometimes people are a little bit shy, but if I meet someone of influence I will use that opportunity.“I don’t care if it’s a bit clumsy, I don’t care if it can be deemed inappropriate: it’s important to say something.“I don’t know anything about the ceremony or what happens, but I presume at some point someone’s going to hand me a medal. And whether that’s the opportunity, or another one is – don’t worry, I’ll do it.”Asked whether he had thought twice about accepting a CBE, he added: “I had a think about it and took some advice. If it had been for broadcasting, I don’t know what I would have done. But it’s for services to nature conservation, and that’s what I’m all about.“I’ve been given a small voice, and if I don’t exercise that voice for change then I’m not doing my duty and I couldn’t live with myself.“One of the positives of the royal family is that they have been talking openly and honestly about their mental health issues, such as Prince William and Prince Harry dealing with their mother’s tragic death. Prince Charles and a young Prince Harry out shooting at SandringhamCredit:Bennett/Parker “That’s just the sort of bravery that I’m talking about: having the courage to come out and talk about things that will change us. In an interview with the Radio Times after the new series of Winterwatch, Packham said he would use his visit to the palace to question the Royal Family’s penchant for shooting game, which he “deplores”. Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke, the Autumnwatch teamCredit:BBC