Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations Huckberry’s New Clothing Line, Wellen, Is All About Sustainable Style You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Deciding on the best fall menswear to pack for a long weekend instigates a critical search that we all surely need help with right now. Maybe it’s your first getaway of the season, no less? Wonder no more — today’s rugged, essential menswear picks will answer that question quite handily. It’s certainly something to get excited about; that is, the promise of fun and adventure on a fall weekend trip. Whether you’re heading upstate, heading down south, heading to a friend’s house, or exploring an entirely new town, it’s the best time to layer up and get dressed in rugged fall fashion. We think you’ll like the gear we’ve got on hand if you need to know about the best fall menswear to pack for a long weekend this Autumn.Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover, $89Want a hoodie that’s so much more than your average, old-school college hoodie? One that looks as great over a classic Oxford as it does over a simple T-shirt? One that practically screams fall style? The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover is your best bet if ever you were curious about menswear to pack for a fall trip.Danner Vertigo 917 Boots, $220If your fall getaway involves anything from hiking to exploring old cobblestone streets — which it should — you’re going to need footwear that can keep up. With the heritage of a pair of classic leather boots and the comfort that comes from Danner’s signature construction, the new Vertigo 917 Boot is the ideal pair in terms of menswear to pack for a fall trip. Western Rise Dryweight Merino Henley, $98Is there any item of menswear more fitting for fall than the rugged henley? Whether you layer this handsome, functional piece under a leather jacket or a workshirt is entirely up to you — and the blend of Merino wool and Tencel fibers is going to make for a piece that stands up just fine on its own this fall. If you were wondering about menswear to pack for a fall trip, start with this rugged Henley. Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch, $165Your outfits, whether on the road or trekking just down the street, should start to reflect rugged fall style accordingly. Adding a textured, tough watch to your travel ensemble is but one way to get in the spirit of the season while looking great no matter where your first fall getaway takes you. Pack it or wear it the whole weekend — it belongs on any what-to-wear list.FairEnds Flannel Ballcap, $48As we said above, your accessories should reflect essential fall style just as readily as the main parts of your travel ensemble — this flannel ballcap should serve as a quick-and-easy ballcap to toss on before exploring your new favorite town this fall. Certainly, this hat should handsomely round out any list of of the best fall menswear.
How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail While most of us won’t remember which football team scored the most football points and won the big football game, many of us will revisit the best Super Bowl commercials throughout the years.If you watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 3, for the commercials (or halftime) rather than Super Bowl LIII, as it has become so chic to claim, it would behoove you to recall some the greatest ads of all time. Let’s start off with a magical time called The Seventies!Many people still consider this Coca-Cola commercial starring Mean Joe Greene and a charming youngster to be the best Super Bowl commercial of all time. Today’s audience doesn’t know Mean Joe’s reputation quite so well, but believe it when you hear it — this one struck a chord in 1979:Flash-forward a scant five years. This commercial, released at a time when personal computers were still almost the stuff of fantasy, helped put Apple on the map in a way that lives up to the company’s current dominance of the tech world. The ad played off the year it was released and was inspired by the eponymous book and film, 1984 by George Orwell:Now, those commercials are both classics, sure. But they also both feel a bit dated, don’t they? There was something missing from a lot of the early Super Bowl commercials that was hit upon by Pepsi in the early 1990s. It was, in a word, sex. Or rather, sex appeal:And then look, the clever scamps did it again less than a decade later, turning to another young lady this time, the then-wildly-popular Brittany Spears:Is either of those ads truly great? No, not really.But they stuck in the larger American consciousness nonetheless, despite there being nothing clever, original, or all that interesting about them other than sex appeal.Now for the cute stuff. Let’s start with the absolute classic ad titled “The Force,” or “Star Wars kid” commercial, as it is usually called.While this ad might seem blasé today, when it was released, it was a true sensation. And it still ranks near the top among critics. Yep, it’s the Budweiser Frogs:But you know what’s even more popular than frogs these days? Dogs. And puppies, to be specific. If there is one thing that has driven recent ratings, it’s dogs. And it doesn’t really matter what these pooches are “selling,” but usually they’re selling beer:And we can just all forget about this Budweiser ad and the cultural phenomena it created:Beyond the charm and the sex appeal, there’s one other trend we have seen more and more advertisers turn to for their recent Super Bowl commercials: absurdist humor. All too often, it’s done terribly and comes off as a craven attempt at wit or comedy. Occasionally, though, it works perfectly. Case in point: every Doritos Super Bowl ad ever. We’re particularly fond of this one:However, this hilarious Doritos vs. Mountain Dew ad from 2018 featuring Peter freakin’ Dinklage and OMG-is-that Morgan Freeman might be the greatest one yet:This year is already shaping up as one for the books. We haven’t even witnessed Super Bowl LIII — we hope you have all of your party food, beer, and prop bets ready — but we’re ready to watch the best ads of 2019. Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail
Analysis of the Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet on April 3, 2019, notes that poor and sub-optimal diet is responsible for more deaths across the world than any other risk factor. In 2017, the report says, poor diets were responsible for 10.9 million deaths, or 22 per cent of all deaths among adults. Additionally, 255 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) — which equal the sum of life years lost and years lived with disability — were because of poor diet. Also Read – A special kind of bondThese risks affect people regardless of age, sex, and socio-demographic development status. The main problem was identified to be low consumption of whole grains, fruits and high intake of sodium. These accounted for more than 50 per cent of deaths and 66 per cent of DALYs attributable to diet. The mean consumption of nuts and seeds per day was 12 per cent of the optimal level, while that of milk was 16 per cent and 23 per cent of whole grains per day. Also Read – Insider threat managementAlong with this, the researchers found that daily intake of all unhealthy foods and nutrients exceeded the optimal level globally. Though the team accepts that there is a paucity of data across the world on what people are eating, they recommend that instead of trying to reduce bad diet such as those high in sugar, fat, and sodium; policymakers should focus on increasing the consumption of good components. In a press release, lead author Ashkan Afshin, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said the report highlights the importance of low consumption of healthy foods as compared to the greater consumption of unhealthy foods. “Dietary policies focusing on promoting healthy eating can have a more beneficial effect than policies advocating against unhealthy foods,” he said. This recommendation has raised the hackles of activists who want to know how the researchers came to this conclusion. “While I don’t disagree that people should get good food, the report is not trying to discourage unhealthy food. It emphasises on personal responsibility for eating good food and has abdicated the industry,” says Arun Gupta convener of the Alliance Against Conflict of Interest. “They are not even talking about marketing. We have seen that policies which encourage bad food, discourage good food,” added Gupta. Low intake of whole grains was the leading dietary risk factor for deaths and DALYs in India. The report estimates the dietary consumption of key foods and nutrients across 195 nations annually, between 1990 and 2017. More than 130 scientists from nearly 40 countries have contributed to the analysis. This study quantifies the environmental burden of current dietary consumption patterns at global, regional, and national levels. The researchers used existing studies providing nationally or sub-nationally representative estimates of consumption of 15 foods and nutrients. (The author is Associate Editor, Down To Earth and a biologist by training. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati mounted a scathing personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he could not be expected to respect others sisters and wives when he had left his own wife for political gains. This is the first time that any political leader has criticized the Prime Minister’s personal life. In an interview given to a news agency on Monday, Mayawati accused Modi of playing politics on the Alwar rape case and said: “I have also come to know that married women are now trying to make sure that their husbands do not go near Narendra Modi because they fear that their husbands may also leave them like Modi left his wife.” She slammed the Prime Minister for showing sympathy for Dalits and said that his words rang hollow. “If Modi had genuinely been a backward caste person, he would not have objected to bungalows owned by Dalit and OBC people. He changes his caste everyday for electoral gains,” she added. Mayawati said that Modi had tried to break the Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP alliance and would earlier address her as ‘behenji’ but when he realized that the alliance would not break, he has started addressing her as ‘bua’. “The ‘sanskari’ people in the country address me as ‘behenji’. Even my parents call’behenji’ and so does Akhilesh Yadav,” she stated. She appealed to people to vote for the alliance in the final phase of elections.
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief ExecutiveToday’s cars are all offered with a safety system that enables motorist to deal with punctures. The majority of cars are available with a spare tyre as standard or as an option within the range, but increasing tyre sizes and customer demand for better fuel efficiency, more boot space and lower vehicle prices have driven the market towards a range of other options including tyre repair kits, space saver tyres and run flat tyres.A tyre repair kit is safe and easy to use and many motorists prefer the benefits offered by the kits, particularly over changing a wheel at a busy roadside. Most new car packages also include roadside assistance for those that need extra help or to manage more serious tyre failures.It is important for new car buyers to understand the safety systems provided with their vehicle and take time to consider the best options for their circumstances.If you are unable to view the embedded video below, click through to watch on YouTube.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
If you want to start getting used to the idea of seeing a Sprint logo next to the iPhone, here you go. After staying initially quiet following Tuesday’s iPhone 4S announcement, Sprint has now updated their website with information on the updated phone. As we reported earlier, they are continuing to offer unlimited data plans for the iPhone. The plans don’t appear to have changed from those that Sprint has been recently offering for other smartphones.The carrier’s info about the iPhone 4S is basically identical to that on Apple’s site. Highlighting Siri, the A5 processor, the upgraded camera, iOS 5, and iCloud, it all looks quite familiar.Not surprisingly, they are pitching the uncapped data offering as their network’s biggest perk. Taking a direct stab at Sprint’s rivals, their site highlights both AT&T and Verizon only offering 2GB of data and charging you extra past that limit.The carrier’s plans, as you can see below, are exactly what Sprint customers have been offered for a while now. Packages start at $69.99 for 450 voice minutes, and unlimited data and messaging. A similar plan, but with 900 minutes, can be had for $99.99, and an unlimited everything offer will cost you $109.99.Sprint, of course, will become the third US carrier to sell the iPhone, after AT&T and Sprint. Their network is the only one of the three that still offers unlimited data.All versions of the 4S will be available for online pre-order on this Friday, October 7, at 12:01 am PST. The phone will be available the following Friday, October 14.Sprint via Electronista
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 7 Nov 2014 – Distributed to about 200 people last night over our Magnetic Media WhatsApp contacts were the sights of the opening dinner from Blue Haven Resort and Marina’s Fire and Ice Restaurant… and it looked marvelous. Ahi Tuna Sashimi and Grilled Mahi Mahi with Fennel, Mango, Lime and Basil for dessert Key Lime Parfait with Graham Cracker Streusel and burnt Meringue as three items in the five course meal… and wines including Benziger Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 2012 and Benziger Tribute Sonoma Mountain 2011. The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is officially opened now… the wine makers introducing themselves on Wednesday at the Wine Cellar and last night the opening dinner was the prelude to the Gourmet Safari which is on tonight. Remember, you can always be a part of the Island Street Food Fair with tickets available, contact the Grace Bay Club – that event held Saturday afternoon on the Grace Bay strip … you can dine on as much as you want at the event. Last year’s winner was Mr. Grouper. Recommended for you Related Items:Benziger Sauvignon Blanc, Benziger Tribute Sonoma Mountain 2011, Blue Haven Resort, Caribbean food and wine festival, fire and ice restaurant, gourmet safari, Island Street Food Fair, mr. grouper, North Coast 2012 Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delano Williams judges Conch Fest; Kalooki’s, Mr. Grouper & Pavillion big winners What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales
Emerging markets have become a critical piece of the company’s events strategy—the largest piece, in fact. The segment—comprised primarily of shows in China—now accounts for more than 37 percent of total annual event revenues. At $122 million, emerging markets bypassed North America ($114 million) as the highest-earning geographic region.Across borders, UBM’s annual events posted a 3.3-percent revenue gain, bringing in $324 million. Total square footage (up 8.4 percent to 2.5 million sq. ft.) and attendance (up 11.9 percent to 1.3 million) mirrored the earnings increase.Significant losses in biennial events dragged down the group figures as a whole however. Though biennial shows account for just 3 to 4 percent of total event revenues, a $15 million (53 percent) loss was enough to bring the entire segment into negative territory.UBM notes that it expects a “biennial uplift coming through in the final quarter.”For all business divisions, total revenue for the company fell 1.5 percent to $598 million and adjusted operating profits dropped 9 percent to $123 million.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! UBM events rebounded from a tough first quarter, but still experienced year-over-year losses in the first half of 2013.Revenues for events—the largest of three divisions within the global media conglomerate—dipped 1.1 percent to $336 million, while profits fell more than 14 percent to $96 million.“As highlighted at the [interim management statement] in April, challenging market conditions, particularly in the U.K. construction sector, meant we had a tough first quarter,” says David Levin, CEO of UBM, in a statement. “A good second quarter substantially offset the Q1 performance, thanks in large part to healthy growth at our shows in China. With continued strong forward booking trends for our H2 emerging markets events we feel confident about the second half.”
Will reform bill be enough for France?144 viewsWill reform bill be enough for France?144 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Will reform bill be enough for France?144 viewsBusinessIt’s been a difficult year for France – this week’s desecration of Jewish tombs the latest incident to shock an already battle-scarred public. Three days of violence in Paris last month have had aVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s been a difficult year for France – this week’s desecration of Jewish tombs the latest incident to shock an already battle-scarred public. Three days of violence in Paris last month have had a
The Opposition parties, led by Congress, held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi to urge him to hold the elections only after the presentation of the Union Budget 2017. However, after the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who led the delegation said that the opposition parties have demanded that the Budget be presented after the assembly elections end on March 8.The Opposition is against the Centre’s decision to present the Budget on February 1 — two days before the assembly polls in Punjab and Goa and 10 days before Uttar Pradesh goes to polls.Assembly elections in UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur are scheduled to be held between February 4 and March 8, while the counting of votes will be done on March 11. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be presenting the budget for fiscal year 2018 on February 1.TMC,Congress,DMK,JDU,RLD leaders arrive to meet Election Commission on issue of budget date being too close to polls pic.twitter.com/A6cGVkouYr— ANI (@ANI_news) January 5, 2017Azad, who is the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, represented the Congress Party at the meeting, while other Opposition parties that joined the meeting included Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Trinamool Congress (TMC). The Left, however, has decided to not attend the meeting. They had also not attended the press meet called by the Opposition parties against demonetisation.”Populist measures could be taken in budget. So a just and fair election can’t be held. We demand that budget be presented after March 8, which is when polling for elections will be over,” Azad said after meeting with Zaidi.”It is clear that the Govt will misuse the budget presentation and try to allure the voters just before polls,” Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI.A few political parties had requested the EC to not allow the presentation of the Budget during the assembly polls since the announcements made during the Budget Session could influence votes. Zaidi had said on Wednesday that the EC was looking into the matter and would take a call in “due course of time.” All major opposition parties — Congress, Left, BSP and Shiv Sena — then demanded that the date on which the Budget will be presented be changed.Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury lashed out at the Centre on Wednesday saying that it was “a short-term political move with an eye on UP and Punjab elections.”However, Jaitley said that he did not understand how the Budget Session would have an imapct on the assembly elections. He also pointed out that an interim Budget was presented before the general elections in 2014 as well.Meanwhile, the EC has asked Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav to respond to the petitions filed by them claiming the party symbol by January 9, ANI quoted EC sources as saying.
Set against the setting sun, an Air India plane makes a landing approach. Modi 2.0 is beginning from where the previous government left off and Air India divestment is a matter of top priority. HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty ImagesThe government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resumed where it left off in its previous stint and Air India privatization seems to be at the very top of its priorities. The government may spice up the offer with 100 per cent divestment this time around to lure potential buyers as against the 74 per cent stake sale proposed in 2018. The sale then had to be put on hold after the authorities failed to get any worthwhile offer.The preliminary information memorandum (PIM) which seeks expressions of interest (EoI) from potential buyers for the stake sale is expected soon and the two-stage bidding process could begin as early as July 7, media reports say. “Besides offering 100 per cent stake to private investors, more loans of the airline would be transferred to the special purpose vehicle (SPV) in order to further sweeten the deal,” an IANS report said quoting an unidentified senior official. The government has already transferred debt amounting Rs 29,464 crore along with other non-core assets to the SPV, Air India Assets Holding Ltd that was floated in February last year, to attract more bids for the carrier. “The transaction advisor (Ernst & Young ) has proposed to raise the transferable debt amount,” the report said.The government last year initiated the process to sell the majority 74 per cent stake in the national carrier but the plan did not take off as no private investor responded. It then put the process on hold because of rising fuel price and weak investment climate dampened investor enthusiasm. The Narendra Modi government may spice up the divestment deal with the offer 100 percent stake in Air India.Creative CommonsThe last government had missed the divestment target by a big margin majorly because of the failure on privatising Air India and Modi 2.0 has taken the divestment target seriously. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has directed the Civil Aviation Ministry under Minister of State (independent charge) Hardeep Puri to complete necessary works for Air India’s disinvestment as early as possible, reports say. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola has instructed the airline to finalize the financials of Air India and its subsidiaries by end of June. “Also, the accounts for FY 2018-19 would form the basis of bidding. Therefore, it is necessary that they are prepared with utmost caution so as to reflect the correct financial status,” Kharola said in a letter to Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani.The national carrier is now the second largest airline of the country after IndiGo. Jet Airways, which used to be the second largest, has now become defunct. The airline, which flies to 93 destinations including international ones, has 125 aircraft and accumulated losses of about Rs 55,000 crore. The government has yet to decide on a request from the airline management to approach the National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) for a loan of about Rs 2,500 crore to raise working capital.Rest well, wake up refreshed in the comfort of flatbeds with Air India.#FlyAI #StarAlliance #Airbus #AirIndia #Boeing #FrequentFlyer@staralliance @BoeingAirplanes pic.twitter.com/lEHcUDdBJ1— Air India (@airindiain) May 26, 2019
Source = Adelphi Hotel Adelphi Melbourne, the first hotel to launch LUXE Concierge AppAdelphi Melbourne, the first hotel to launch LUXE Concierge AppAdelphi Hotel have launched a new co-branded LUXE Concierge App – making the property the first in Melbourne to offer the bespoke global travel-app to their guests. The App, which offers unique insider recommendations of the city’s most interesting places, will be a complimentary addition to the Adelphi guest-experience.Adelphi’s custom LUXE Concierge App will include recommendations curated by local insiders, covering Melbourne’s best hidden bars, hottest restaurants and the latest things to do and see. Guests will receive the app free for 12-months following their stay.The LUXE Concierge App is known for delivering highly engaging destination experiences to hotel guests across every single touchpoint of the customer journey – from the planning and booking stages to the pre-arrival email, at check-in and during their stay.Digital-savvy Adelphi guests will have unprecedented access to the LUXE Concierge App on both Android and Apple platforms.All LUXE recommendations are genuine, insider and local resident contributions that have been personally tested and carefully curated by LUXE expert editors in order to deliver the highest quality experiences for users. It covers 30 destinations globally.The LUXE Concierge App joins a host of complimentary benefits for guests of Adelphi Hotel, including mini bar, unlimited new release movies, WIFI and local phone calls.For more information about LUXE City Guides, visit luxecityguides.com
UK has received the highest number of visitors from India ever for the year ending June 2016, as recorded by UK Visa and VisitBritain. The statistics reveal that over 380,000 visit visas were issued, an increase of six percent in arrivals.The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, International Passenger Survey show an eight percent rise in visitors from India from that of 2014.“India is a priority growth market for Britain and is one of the seven markets globally to receive additional funding for tourism promotion. Our partnership with the airlines, travel industry and Indian movie industry has enabled us to reach new customers in the major cities of India. Increasingly, we are seeing demand for British itineraries covering London, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham and Edinburgh. As the market evolves, we will continue improving and enhancing the travel offer for the Indian visitor,” said Sumathi Ramanathan, VisitBritain Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.“Over the last two years we’ve seen big increases in the number of Indian nationals apply for Visit visas, and we expect the numbers to keep rising. We continue to make improvements to our visa service to make it quicker and easier for customers to apply for UK visas. This year we launched a new online application form for visitors, Access UK, which is shorter and which allows customers to download a completed Schengen visa form to make it easier to apply for both visas at the same time. The form is now available in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and Gujarati, so Indian customers can read through the application forms in their own languages for the first time. Other recent improvements to the service include the opening of a new Visa Application Centre in Lucknow and the expansion of the Priority and Super Priority Visa services so that all visitors can use the service,” added Nick Crouch, Regional Director for UK Visas & Immigration for South Asia.
Go back to the enewsletterThe Ritz-Carlton Abama, on the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife, is honestly the most unusual of that brand that this gal has ever seen. After a 90-minute drive diagonally from north-east to south-west of Tenerife, I entered the top of what is a massive green bed quilt – 400 acres in all – flung over an undulating slope that goes down to the ocean, or at least to a clifftop 100 feet above it. The 465-key hotel occupies just some of this acreage. You enter what looks like a low-rise terracotta fortress and look straight through to an impressive view of the green ‘quilt’, and on and on. This is the entrance to the main block of the hotel, comprising a zig-zag building and villages of seperate or semi-detached terracotta houses that stretch down the ‘quilt’.The Ritz-Carlton Abama | Citadel Koi Carp PondI met with the hotel’s newly-arrived GM Gregory De Clerck, who first took me on a walk around the campus. First stop was the kids’ club, a large garden with every plaything you could think of including a wooden version of Louise Bourgeois’ famous metal spider sculpture. Inside, the club has various rooms for eating, sleeping, watching movies and – in all of them – for making NOISE. (How do the 40 nannies, numbering one for every eight kids, retain their hearing?) Next, we took the tarmac road that forms one side of the whole: it runs from the entrance building down to the clifftop. As we walked down we passed some villages and pools that are family-friendly. We passed others that are for adults only.The Ritz-Carlton Abama | Abama BeachAt the end of the road is the top of a funicular that works non-stop, taking hotel guests down to a secluded beach that is miraculously hotel only. We lunched at the closest of 12 eating places, dining on magnificently sweet Santona anchovies from the north of the Bay of Biscay, followed by today’s catch, an enormous sea bass cooked in salt crust and cracked table-side. I heard how the hotel is going after a ‘five Gs’ market: golf, grey, gay, group and gourmet. On the ‘golf’ front, the course immediately above the main resort is still owned by the entire Abama complex and the Spanish media group, Polanco – the hotel is now part of Blackstone’s empire. And on the ‘group’ front, Dom Pérignon is about to host two back-to-back getaways to launch a new vintage – 70 lucky recipients at each. Another upcoming booking is an incentive for 800.The Ritz-Carlton Abama | Restaurant El Mirador – TerraceHow do they manage this when such invitees obviously want their own bedrooms? Simple, said Gregory De Clerck. It will be a buy-out of the hotel and he is renting the required number of time-share golf villas that are still owned by Polanco. Having walked down to lunch, we took the delightful toy town-like shuttle train back up to the main building. My car was waiting, and several of the dispatch team made sure its Wi-Fi would work for a scheduled Skype call (it did). After promising to come back for more – including hopefully dinner at MB, the two-star Michelin overseen by Martin Berasategui (who has three stars for Restaurante Martin Berasategui at Lasarte-Oria, 15 minutes’ drive south of San Sebastián on the Spanish mainland) – I sadly left this very friendly and eventful luxury resort.The Ritz-Carlton Abama | Club Level Deluxe – OceanviewWhy did I have to leave? I was cruising on Regent Seven Seas Explorer, from Lisbon to Barcelona via Madeira, the Canary Islands, with ports of call in Morocco and mainland Spain. The Canaries – named for dogs rather than birds – also included the unusual Lanzarote, an island more or less exclusively formed by volcanic lava and ash. A highlight was a Disney-like tour through lava fields around Timanfaya volcano. Lanzarote was named for an Italian, Lanzarotto (or Lancelotto) Malocello, who discovered the island in the early 14th century. Its activities today include production of aloe vera, and also wine, from vines individually bedded right down into the ash to reach the fertile soil beneath.Seven Seas ExplorerIn between sightseeing and constant education in local history and geography, I was back on board. Regent Seven Seas Explorer, built in 2016, is the perfect example of today’s maxim that luxury requires space. The ship has 750 passengers in an overall space that could likely accommodate twice that number. Cabins, called suites (technically correct as there are curtains to separate bedroom from living area), have big terraces with loungers as well as upright chairs.Seven Seas Explorer Concierge SuiteThere are so many bars you never have to rush to get an at-the-counter stool. Other than the sailing part, the whole operation was run by a GM, Michael Coghlan, who unlike his land-based colleagues works seven days a week from about 7 am through dinner with a few hours off in the afternoon. (After three months on, he does have two months’ leave.)Seven Seas Explorer | Explorer LoungeThe food on board was superb, with copious buffets at breakfast and lunch for those – like me – who prefer helping themselves at those meals. Of the many dining choices my favourites were, rather surprisingly, the general-menu Compass Rose, with its superlative service and exquisite food of Chartreuse (the French fine-dining). This could, possibly, have been labelled a ‘foodie cruise’. We had father and son Michel Roux and Alain Roux on board (the Explorer has a fully professional cooking class kitchen, thoughtfully with glass walls to allow others to see what’s going on).Seven Seas Explorer | ChartreuseIn Cadiz, the fish section of the main covered market, held daily Mondays to Saturdays from dawn to about 2 pm, was a true educational eye-opener. I loved Cadiz (pronounce it as near to ‘Cardiff’ as you can): it has narrow streets and a plethora of narrow shops that specialise in hams and ladies’ shoes. The cathedral has a cavernous catacomb beneath that still has masses of space for saints to come. This is a highly religious city and just before Easter, religious groups parade every night carrying mighty treasures from the cathedral through those eight-foot wide streets. One of the best viewing places must surely be a luxury hotel I discovered purely by accident, the 14-room Hotel La Catedral, directly opposite the cathedral. From its fourth-floor rooftop, take 20 steps up to its glass-sided pool. What a clever feature. I am lucky enough to come across memorable hotels, everywhere.Go back to the enewsletter
NEW YORK — For Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh, the Academy Awards are so close and yet so far.Shuckburgh should be celebrating as an Oscar nominee since a song he co-wrote — “All the Stars” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack — is competing for best original song on Sunday.But he isn’t.That’s because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences limits the number of nominees in the best original song category to four, forcing one of the song’s five writers to take a backseat. Shuckburgh shares writing credit with Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Anthony Tiffith and Mark Spears.Some feel that Shuckburgh should be able to call himself “an Oscar-nominated songwriter.”Linda Moran, the president of Songwriters Hall of Fame, says “it is definitely not fair to limit the number of writers.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 11:21 am PDT At the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the dark FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Common, left, and John Legend pose in the press room with the award for best original song for “Glory” from the film, “Selma” at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Che “RhymeFest” Smith earned credit from the Grammys for his songwriting work on “Glory,” but not at the Oscars because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences limits the number of nominees in the best original song category to four. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
State Rep. Ray Franz read the final roll call for Custer Fire Chief John Allison during a special 9/11 Memorial Service in the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday as part of a ceremony that also honors first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan the past year.Allison died Oct. 8, 2013, from a cardiac event following a personal injury auto accident mutual aid response in Mason County the previous day. “I spent 30 years as a medical first responder, so I’m familiar with seeing people who realize that help is there, and the calming, soothing effect that it has on helping people get through their crisis,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “During his many years of service, I am certain Chief Allison provided that comfort to countless people in emergency situations. Chief Allison’s legacy is a model for all to follow, and we can’t thank these local heroes enough.”The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for Chief Allison and three additional Michigan first responders who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013, special music by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” played by two members of the Grand Ledge High School Marching Band. House ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary, honors first responders State Rep. Ray Franz and special guests Command Sgt. Major Dan Lincoln (left), and Steve Kozera of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (right), took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service that also honors first responders. 11Sep Franz announces tribute to Custer Fire Chief Allison Categories: News
29Sep Rep. Rendon storage facility insurance passes through House Categories: Rendon News Lawmaker: We’ve eliminated over-regulated procedures for businesses, customersA bill introduced by state Rep. Bruce Rendon to revise the requirements necessary for storage facility owners to sell their customers insurance was passed by the Michigan House today.House Bill 4636 addresses issues when a person’s property in storage is not covered by their home owner insurance policy, either because the policy is too weak or the value of the goods is too low.“Many times, students, soldiers and seasonal employees store their items without any property insurance,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “This bill will streamline the rental insurance process for self-storage facilities, making it easier for businesses to offer insurance to rental customers.”Under current law, an occupational license is required to sell insurance. The bill exempts businesses from the current occupational licensure requirement in instances where the insurance is only for property stored at a storage facility.“Self-storage businesses will legally be able to provide and sell insurance to rental customers for the storage of their personal property,” said Rep. Rendon.HB 4636 moves to the Senate for further consideration.###
Tags: #SB, Cole, HB5163, MI open for business, no greater than the feds, regulatory climate 07Jun Rep. Cole’s ‘no greater than the feds’ legislation clears House Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal government’s regulations.House Bill 5613 will further solidify the fact Michigan is open for business.“This legislation does not prohibit greater rules from ultimately being implemented, but does require greater justification,” Rep. Cole said. “It also does not prohibit the Legislature from enacting laws greater than the federal government. This is rock-solid policy, a positive move forward and works to keep the separation of powers in check.”House Bill 5613, also nicknamed ‘no greater than the feds,’ will increase and protect Michigan’s competitiveness by stabilizing our state’s regulatory climate.“Bureaucrats do not make policy, the Legislature does. This bill will strengthen that separation and distinction, something my constituents have repeatedly asked for,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona. “Moreover, such burdensome rules put Michigan at a competitive disadvantage with other states.“Overregulation is debilitating to Michigan’s economy and with this legislation implemented we can effectively prevent the burdensome regulations that hinder local growth for businesses within communities across the state.“Prospective clients from out-of-state will be more inclined to consider developing a business in Michigan if we cut the red tape and allow people to build their businesses without government interference.”HB 5613 will now move to the Senate for consideration.######
25Apr Rep. Hornberger welcomes local deacon to lead House invocation Categories: Hornberger News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township welcomed Deacon John Fitzmaurice to the state Capitol to lead Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Fitzmaurice is a deacon of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum.