in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Disaster Bill Moves to President’s Desk June 4, 2019 301 Views Share On Monday, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.2940, which provides $19.1 billion in recovery funds for disaster-affected areas including Puerto Rico. The House passed the bill after a 10-day recess, voting 354-58. As the Senate had already voted to pass the bill 85-8 on May 23, the bill will now move on to President Donald Trump for his sign-off.”We must work together quickly to pass a bill that addresses the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border and provides law enforcement agencies with the funding they need,” said top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger of Texas on Fox News. “The stakes are high. There are serious—life or death—repercussions if the Congress does not act.”U.S. Reps. Randy Weber and Lizzie Fletcher introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act in May with support from 13 other co-sponsors from Texas, mostly from the Houston area, as well as supporters from other communities waiting on the funding, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”According to the Texas Tribune, Texas has already received billions of dollars for Harvey recovery, but each bucket of money is designated for a specific purpose. The $4.3 billion that Congress approved for Texas last February is part of a HUD grant program designed “to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas.”The Five Star Conference will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners. The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. Congress Disaster Relief House of Representatives 2019-06-04 Seth Welborn
Liu Zhi, the general manager and founder of Chinese importer and logistics company, Dalian Yidu, has won the Cherry Visionary Award at an international event in the cherry industry taking place today in Chile.The award was presented to Zhi at the second annual edition of the Global Cherry Summit by Gustavo Yenzten, general manager of Yentzen Group, one of the event organizers; Cristian Tagle, president of the Chilean Cherry Committee; and Alejandro García-Huidobro of Exportadora Prize.Yentzen said the award “recognizes cherry industry leaders who stand out for their innovation, initiative, because they dared to take risks, and who, thanks to their work, effort and example, helped to advance the whole industry”.(L-R) Gustavo Yenzten, general manager of Yentzen Group; Cristian Tagle, president of the Chilean Cherry Committee; Liu Zhi, general manager of Dalian Yidu; and Alejandro García-Huidobro of Exportadora Prize.Zhi has been involved in the Chinese fruit and vegetable import industry for more than 25 years, over which time he has worked to improve the agricultural supply chain through a logistics network in numerous cities that has allowed for better integration of imported fruit from farm to fork.In comments made to FreshFruitPortal.com, Zhi said: “I am very happy to receive this award. For us, it’s always been about working on trying to find the solution, how to improve the industry and how to get better returns for the growers.” April 25 , 2019 Experts analyze biggest challenges facing Chile at … Another round of heat coming to western U.S. … Washington cherries from Rainier Fruit – The taste … You might also be interested in He added that cherries have seen a huge change in China over the last 15 or 20 years, and that there’s no other fruit that can or will be able to challenge cherries’ position in the Chinese market.Tagle added that Yidu “has been a permanent actor that has been constantly contributing to the industry with new initiatives and development”.He highlighted the work the company has done with express air and sea freight services, as well as opening up distribution centers in China.The 2019 edition of the Global Cherry Summit, which takes place in the world’s top cherry-exporting country, has welcomed around 700 industry professionals from across the global supply chain. At the inaugural Global Cherry Summit that took place in April last year, the Cherry Visionary Award was presented to Hernán Garcés Echeverría of family company Agricola Garcés, an industry pioneer known as “the father of Chilean cherries”.Stay tuned for more coverage of the Global Cherry Summit 2019 over the coming days. Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for …
airlinesairportsqantas Qantas has today announced it will introduce Premium Lounge Entry – a new airport departure experience for eligible Qantas customers departing from Brisbane Domestic Airport. Opening in line with the new Qantas Business Lounge at Brisbane Domestic Airport in early March 2017, Qantas has announced it will introduce a new airport departure experience for eligible customers – Premium Lounge Entry – offering a dedicated check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Qantas Lounge Precinct.The new facility will be located on Level 1 and open 7 days a week, one hour prior to the first Qantas departure. Customers utilising Qantas Valet will also receive a new valet experience with direct terminal access. The new domestic experience will be complete with the opening of a new Chairmans Lounge, new look Qantas Club and lounge precinct in the coming months. Eligible customers include those travelling in Business, Qantas Club members, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald Members.
Over 250 Brisbane travel agents attended Tuesday night’s USA Expo in Brisbane, held at Howard Smith Wharves.US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean made a surprise visit to mix with the agents.“The energy and enthusiasm at the Visit USA Expos 2019 is really impressive,” said Ms Hudson-Dean.“The USA has an endless list of top class tourist destinations and we’re thrilled that Australian travellers come for long visits to explore and experience as much as they can, frequently more than once. Our doors are open and we love to host Australian visitors.”The major prize was won by Phil Feldman from Above Beyond Below, pictured with Mary Bergin from Virgin Australia, Naomi Allen from Delta Airlines and Richard Reid. Phil’s prize is return airfares to LAX with Delta Airlines and Virgin Australia, staying in Philadelphia and at the Beacon Hotel New York.The roadshow moved to the Hilton Hotel in Sydney last night.TOP IMAGE: US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean agents
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy with what team president Michael Bidwill has accomplished this off-season. “What Michael did as far as setting the tone for us this off-season goes a long way,” Whisenhunt told reporters in Flagstaff Monday. “He said he was going to be aggressive this off-season and there is no question that is what he did.”A few of the moves Bidwill made this off-season were bringing in QB Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia, signing free agent tight end Todd Heap and, most recently, inking wideout Larry Fitzgerald to an 8-year $120 million extension. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “You can say what you want to say the deal is done,” Whisenhunt said. “Larry is a great player, there is a lot of teams that would’ve liked to have an opportunity at him and they didn’t get because the ownership stepped up and got the deal done. That means a lot to our team, to the stability of our team and players recognize that.” Whisenhunt believes the additions to the team will have a significant long term effect on the perception of the Cardinals. That perception could help the team in free agency, as Arizona has become a good place to play, according to Whisenhunt.“Some of the moves we’ve made this off-season show that we’re serious about competing for our division and trying to be a Super Bowl contender,” he said.The head coach also thinks that since many players workout in Arizona during the off-season they will feel comfortable joining the team. Whisenhunt also pointed to the way the organization has treated players as a factor in recruiting.“We’ve always tried to be fair with our players,” Whisenhunt said. “We believe in competition, we believe in guys having to perform and that’s the way we operate. I think that means something with the players and they have been very complimentary of that.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Top Stories
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “I wasn’t feeling great coming out of that game but it was mostly the wind getting knocked out of me,” said Heap. Heap said it wasn’t the first time it has happened to him playing football, but it was one of the worst hits he’s had put on him. The 11-year veteran knows those types of plays are going to come with the game.“It’s football, you always have to expect the unexpected,” said Heap. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation After getting blindsided from a block by Seahawk Kam Chancellor, Cardinals tight end Todd Heap says he is good to go this week against the New York Giants. The hit drew an unnecessary roughness flag, but Heap is not holding on to any grudges.“I’m pretty much over it,” said Heap. “Obviously we play them again but I’m moving on to next week.”The hit came while Heap was running after a Seahawks defender carrying the ball after an interception. The interception was called back due to a penalty but the hit on Heap had lingering effects. Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
“My mindset is even though you’re a first round draft pick you’re not guaranteed a spot,” Floyd told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Show Monday. “This is a business and you’ve got to work for it.”The heralded receiver comes to camp with the raw talent and weapons necessary to make a lasting impact on this Cardinals’ receiving corps and he’s ready to prove his worth to the team’s decision-makers.“To be able to be in a starting position, you’ve got to show that you are that kind of person, showing that kind of detail of being that talented guy,” Floyd said. “I am just improving every single day and hopefully I get a chance to be out there and when I am, I am going to make the most of it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation When the Arizona Cardinals drafted wideout Michael Floyd with the 13th overall pick in the first-round of this year’s draft, they surely had aspirations he’d come to camp and win a starting spot opposite franchise star Larry Fitzgerald.Luckily for the Cardinals, Floyd hasn’t entered camp with any sense of entitlement. In fact, the Notre Dame standout’s mentality is to stay focused on earning his keep. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – With his playing status in question leading up to the season opener, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington turned to Twitter two hours before kickoff.“I thank God for these blessings!” he tweeted. Thirty minutes later, the news was confirmed: Ellington will suit up and play against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.The second-year pro was not among the list of seven inactives named 90 minutes prior to game time, despite being tagged questionable on the final injury report. Ellington had aggravated a foot injury that limited him in practice Thursday and Saturday and kept him out for all of Friday’s work. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Regardless of the number of injuries to have hit his team, Arians reminded the media this week that there is no pause button to push to halt the start of the regular season.“There’s going to be a bunch more bumps in the road down this stretch of games,” he said, “and we can’t worry about injuries, because nobody cares except us. Everybody else is happy about them, so we just keep on rolling.” “He practiced enough to let me see what I needed to see,” head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday.Punter Dave Zastudil will also be in uniform and available even though the team signed Drew Butler this afternoon after Zastudil was slowed by a groin issue during practice on Saturday.Butler is active, too.Tyrann Mathieu, on the other hand, is inactive, joining quarterback Logan Thomas, linebackers Glen Carson and Alex Okafor, guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells and defensive end Kareem Martin.Mathieu is just not quite ready.The Cardinals have said from day one they would be cautious with the playmaking safety as he works his way back from a devastating knee injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 8 of last year.“He’s looked very good in practice, particularly last week with full contact and tackling to the ground. He did a nice job, now it’s just whether he fits into the particular scheme this week when you talk about guys like Jerraud Powers and Tony Jefferson, who have played very well,” GM Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Now the biggest issue, or hurdle, that (Mathieu) has got to overcome is the change of direction and the coverabilty in space, with short-area quickness and lateral movement, just to make sure that knee is secure and feeling good.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He’s going to impact me a lot. Football’s a team game and you need 11 guys to go out there and lay it on the line. The better the guys are around you… guys who are long and can rush the passer like he can rush; we’re going to be able to do many more things together.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Top Stories Comments Share Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Having Jones around should help Campbell reach his peak performance.“Just having them side by side like it was with Dwight (Freeney) will be huge,” Arians said. “When Dwight was over there, Calais got free a lot because there was nobody sitting inside waiting for him in a double team.”Campbell had 61 combined tackles (46 solos) and just five sacks last season, but he played inside more than he has in the past. Jones believes he and Campbell will have a positive impact on each other’s numbers and overall effectiveness.“Calais is a guy that seeks a lot of attention from an offense and gets double-teamed a lot,” Jones said. “It takes pressure off of me and it takes pressure off of him when two guys get potentially doubled-teamed on one defense.“When you have an offensive coordinator or an offensive line focusing in on one person, that frees up the other guy and allows him to make plays.”Campbell said Monday there is no news to report on contract talks, but he echoed Jones’ thoughts about the havoc the pair could wreak on offenses.“Chandler has been here working out for the last few weeks so we got a chance to bond and get to know each other,” he said. “Chandler’s such a great guy. He’s a champion and he knows what it takes to win so I’ve been picking his brain on that mentality. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Calais Campbell has so much on his agenda that you’d expect him to be a basket case.He is entering the last year of a five-year contract extension worth $55 million, and his salary cap number this season is $15.25 million (including a $9.5 million salary). That’s the Cardinals’ third-highest number behind quarterback Carson Palmer ($17.88 million) and receiver Larry Fitzgerald ($15.85 million), so the team may look to lower the big defensive end’s cap number by signing him to an extension. Campbell, who turns 30 on Sept. 1, recently hired a new agent (Tom Condon) after the NFL Players Association suspended and fined his former agent, Ben Dogra, in January.Campbell has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, but coach Bruce Arians has higher standards for him, and with the addition of Chandler Jones this offseason, much is expected of Campbell.“I don’t worry about that at all,” Campbell said Monday. “I just put the work in and make sure that I am prepared to lead this team.”Given Campbell’s consistent, big-picture perspective and his easy-going personality, you believe it when he says the potential contract talks are not a distraction and that Arians’ tough love is welcome.“You want a coach that’s going to push you and get the best out of you,” he said. “I know he wants what’s best for me so it’s my job just to go out there and respond. We have a great relationship. I love B.A. as a coach and as a person.“The biggest thing is trying to dominate games every single game. Every time I step on the field I want to be the most dominant player on the field. I’ve just got to put that work in to make sure I’m physically fit and mentally where I need to be.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive back Josh Wilson (30) and outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) In Harmon’s findings, he ranks Fitzgerald at No. 9 with a 52.5 percent catch rate.The future Hall of Famer just keeps on chugging. Larry Fitzgerald posted a 52.5 percent catch rate on his targets (40) where he had less than a yard of separation. Fitzgerald still operates mostly in the short areas of the field as the Cardinals possession receiver and he averaged just 9.6 yards per reception on those 40 targets. With John Brown struggling through injuries and illness all year and Michael Floyd underperforming before a late-season DUI saw him hit waivers, Fitzgerald continued to shoulder the bulk of the load in the passing game. Yet, this was the third straight year he closed the regular season on a low note, recording more than 70 yards just once after Week 10. The Cardinals can still count on him as a contested catch threat next season, should he decide to return, but they’ll need better play from their younger receivers next year.The Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams led the league with a 69.6 percent catch rate, followed by Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears with a 60.9 percent catch rate.Former Cardinal and current Detroit Lions receiver Anquan Boldin was sixth with a 56.7 percent catch rate. If Larry Fitzgerald decides to call it a career and not return to the Arizona Cardinals this fall, the Cardinals are going to miss his ability to catch passes in tight coverage.In fact, in 2016 the 33-year-old wide receiver was still one of the best in the NFL at catching balls with less than a yard of separation between the receiver and the defender.Using the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, which tracks data to see which receivers caught the highest percentage of passes with a limited separation between the receiver and defender, NFL.com’s Matt Harmon came up with the top 10 best receivers in tight coverage. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There will be no surprises about who is atop the last 2018 Doug & Wolf power poll.It’s been clear for weeks that the New Orleans Saints are the least-flawed NFL team. They tied the Los Angeles Rams for the best record in the regular season at 13-3, but this week’s duo of pollsters are believing in the Saints’ stock with much more confidence.In fact, Max Starks, who was filling in for Ron Wolfley on Wednesday, doesn’t even rank the Rams as a top-five team in the NFL. Starks has, in order from best to worst, the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens ahead of Los Angeles. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) and defensive end Julius Peppers (90), asSaints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) tries to protect the ball, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) Perhaps that’s because the Rams lost two games in a row, to the Bears and Eagles, before easily handling the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers in the final four games of the year.Meanwhile, Doug Franz returned from taking off last week to rank the Chiefs, Chargers, Bears and Rams after the first-place Saints.Doug Franz5. Rams4. Bears3. Chargers2. Chiefs1. SaintsMax Starks5. Ravens4. Patriots3. Chiefs2. Bears1. Saints Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 2 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Go back to the e-newsletterOn Monday 23 April, at the Hilton Sydney, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) invited selected media, including LATTE, and industry agents to a three-course dinner followed by nearly two hours worth of intensive B2B meetings between Australian and Sri Lankan travel industry partners, and nine lucky guests even won a range of fully hosted fact finding trips to Sri LankaAddressing the delegation, which also included representatives from 26 Sri Lankan based tourism suppliers, SLTPB’s Director of Marketing, Mrs Madubhani Perera said that Australia is currently the seventh most important nation for tourism arrivals into Sri Lanka and is on a strong growth curve of 9 percent last year, with a target of 70,000 arrivals offered for 2016.The roadshow especially highlighted the island’s amazing wildlife viewing opportunities – the second best in the world after Africa and boasting a 60 to 70 per cent chance of seeing a leopard on a tour.The roadshows in Australia are just one of the strategies that SLTPB is adopting in the coming years to increase tourist numbers in Australia, which is emerging as a very significant market.On the way out, guests were farewelled with a Sri Lankan goodie bag, containing a map and brochures displaying the country’s many delights: wildlife, pristine beaches, heritage, thrills and colourful festivals.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury resort brand One&Only has launched a global partnership with health wellness and beauty expert brand, Chenot. The arrangement will see Chenot develop and adopt a variety of scientific solutions across medical spa, health and wellness for the One&Only portfolio of resorts.The Chenot Group has not only become specialists in the health wellness sector but has also developed its own line of skincare, teas, elixirs and supplements.The new offering will provide a completely holistic approach to wellness, offering guests the assurance that they will receive treatments based on in-depth scientific research. Guests will consequently have the confidence in knowing that every experience is catered specifically to them.Two different wellness approaches will be introduced across the One&Only resort collection: the well-established Espace Chenot and the new One&Only Spa by Chenot, which has been created exclusively for the ultra-luxury resort portfolio. One&Only Spa by Chenot will open at One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia and Espace Chenot will be introduced at One&Only’s new resort in Europe: One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro in 2020. As each and every One&Only resort celebrates each destination, both Espace Chenot and One&Only Spas by Chenot will craft experiences for guests bespoke to each location. The Chenot experience across the One&Only portfolio will give guests the opportunity to curate an international wellness journey that is perfect for them.Elements of the Chenot Method® will be woven into Chenot’s holistic approach and personalised to each guest in a non-intrusive way. With a focus on wellness-based science at the One&Only Spas by Chenot, a guest’s stay will include diagnostics and treatments that are customised for each One&Only resort and each guest. Resorts offering the Espace Chenot concept will focus on the medical wellness concept of Chenot, where the Chenot Method® will play the essential role of detoxing and resetting the body. From the initial stage of consultation and wellness screening by a Chenot trained specialist or medical doctor, guests will be offered bespoke programmes, including tailored nutritional menus, fitness schedules, targeted spa treatments, stress relieving activities, cosmetic beautification and more. The new wellbeing experience at One&Only will offer a true 360° approach to wellbeing with scientifically proven methods at its core.Go back to the enewsletter
Co-op Holidays and Real Ireland have teamed up to offer new flights to Donegal from East Midlands Airport from July 4th.The service to north-west Ireland, which will depart from the airport on each consecutive Saturday, will operate until August 22nd.East Midlands Airport’s director of marketing Caroline Plant said she was “extremely pleased and excited” that the airline would be offering flights to Donegal.”Our Irish routes have always proved popular with passengers and we are confident that the new tailored holiday packages to Donegal, offering a variety of tradition and culture, will mean even greater choice and flexibility when booking trips to Ireland this summer,” she commented.Donegal is an attractive destination owing to the surrounding hills, glens, mountains and moors and the region’s rugged Atlantic coastline, which has the highest sea cliffs in Europe.Elsewhere, Aurigny Air Services launched new flights to Guernsey from East Midlands Airport on May 1st.The airline has said that the service will prove popular because more Brits are choosing to fly to domestic destinations because of the weakness of the pound against the euro. Flights to Donegal to begin from East Midlands Airport in JulyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedKiss Flights to launch two new holiday routes from BristolKiss Flights will launch its first cheap flights to Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh from BristolNew flights to Monastir announced by Jet2.comCheap flights carrier Jet2.com will launch new flights to Monastir from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.Ash causes more flight suspensions in Scotland and Northern IrelandAsh causes more flight suspensions in Scotland and Northern Ireland
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The downside for most of us is that a stay will cost you around £100,000 for five-days, on top of an eye-watering £500,000 for the two-day journey itself. Guests can choose to sleep standing up or opt for a more traditional horizontal style, and will be offered zipped-up sleeping bags.Sealed shower cubicles will also be available for overwhelmed visitors in need of a cold shower.Food at the space hotel is also set to be of far higher quality than fare offered to average cosmonauts, with braised veal cheeks, white bean puree and plum compote to be prepared on planet earth and served up to guests in orbit.All aboard!Pictures © Orbital TechnologiesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Getting away from it all is what many of us crave on holiday, and those looking for the ultimate in peace and quiet will soon be able to take one giant step further in search of the ultimate in tranquillity. Russian aerospace firm Orbital Technologies has announced plans for a space hotel 217 miles above the earth in orbit, which will house seven guests in four rooms, each with mind-blowing intergalactic views of earth. The spacecraft will operate as a Commercial Space Station for half the year before opening its doors as the world’s highest hotel. RelatedThe best hotels in New York for every budgetHeading to New York but haven’t booked anywhere to stay? We’ve rounded up the city’s best accommodation options, ranging from cheap and cheerful hostels to five-star luxury hotels, leaving you free to focus on more important things – like taking that spectacular selfie from the top of the Empire State…The world’s most hi-tech hotelsA Singapore hotel has recently become the first to have a robot on its payroll. Whether it’s robot receptionists or keyless room entry, today’s hotel rooms are fabulously hi-tech affairs, and here are some of the most spectacular examples.15 of the weirdest hotels in JapanChecked in by a robot, sleeping in a capsule and a wake-up call from Godzilla? It can only be and stay in Japan.
2. BAZZARDecoration is definitely one of the highlights here! Modern, with plenty of candlelight and great lounge, bossa nova or jazz music. The menu is imaginative and well presented: Italian-influenced Brazilian dishes with touches from the Far East. A fine selection of international cookery books are sold inside the restaurant together with their own brand of sauces for your delight. Its location couldn’t be better: in the heart of Ipanema.Rua Barão de Torre 538 – check site for more locations(21) 3202 2884R$30-$90www.bazzar.com.brMon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-5pm3. Delirio TropicalFresh salads, quiches and varieties of healthy food are displayed at the buffet. Its price is affordable according to the menu set you choose. If you are looking for a quick lunch, during weekdays at lunch hours or on weekends after the beach, this is the place! The main branch is right at Ipanema beach or in the city centre, if you are touring around there.Rua Garcia D’Ávila 48(21) 3624 81649am-9pm dailywww.deliriotropical.com.brR$25-$45; sandwiches R$6-$12 Local foodie Alice Kuntz Moura takes a gastronomic tour of seven of the best places to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro.1. CT BoucherieThe latest venture is owned by Claude Troisgrois, a French chef who runs a few other trendy restaurants in town. Meat specialist with a difference type of ‘Brazilian rodizio‘: it’s all about the vegetables! Burgers are great and all vegetables that come as sides are incredibly fresh and varied. Steaks are not to be missed too!Rua Dias Ferreira 636(21) 2529 2329noon-4pm Mon-Fri & 7pm-1am; noon-1am Sat-SunR$32-$188 6. MIAM MIAMCharming and original, Miami Miam is one of the most trendy restaurants in town, Miam Miam is located in Botafogo, a student-friendly neighbourhood attached to crowded Copacabana .The menu gives a Brazilian twist to the obvious French and Asian influences. The decor is retro, the atmosphere a mixture of New Yorker hype and Berlin café. Don’t miss the extensive cocktail menu, while you wait to be seated. Rua General Góis Monteiro 34(21) 2244 01257.30pm-1am Tue-Fri; 8pm-1.30am Satwww.miammiam.com.brMains R$28-$577. Gourmet TropicalGourmet Tropical is a local hidden gem restaurant-café and plant nursery. A veritable forest of tropical plants, bonsai trees and flowers (for sale) offer a genuine refuge from the heat of the city, in Barra neighbourhood. The atmosphere is authentic yet surprisingly refined and so is the food. Rustic furniture inspired. In the same space there is a nice deli and bakery shop, with some great deal of wine, fresh bread and stylish Brazilian handicrafts. Also open for breakfast and afternoon tea, Gourmet Tropical will fit the bill perfectly for a brunch before enjoying the beach nearby. www.chacaratropical.com.brRua Dom Rosalvo da Costa Rêgo 420, Barra da Tijuca(21) 2493 0394Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-2.30pmR$19-$89 Thanks to Alice Kuntz Moura from Rent a Local Friend.com: Your alternative local tour outside the tourist scene.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 best things to do in Rio: a local’s guideBrazil’s best-known city is not all carnivals and Copacabana. Just in time for Rio 2016, join our local reporter on the ground, Alice, as she shows us her favourite bars, restaurants and things to do in Rio de Janeiro.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester for rugby fansCheck out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds. 4. ShirleyOriginally owned by a Spanish family, this restaurant strongly specialises in seafood, which is freshly displayed at the entrance. Portions are big, prices are fair and the atmosphere is typical from a traditional cozy restaurant. Politicians can be found there during lunchtime, which is always a good sign as they know how to eat well everywhere in the world. Try the mixed paella or the seafood spaghetti!Rua Gustavo Sampaio 610(21) 2275 1398Noon-1am dailyR$42,80-$1355. Bar do mineiroOn the heart of Santa Tereza’s main street, bar do mineiro offers one of the best feijoada in town. Its recipe comes from Minas, a state in Brazil known for its great culinary, and its where the bar gets its name from. Consequently, the traditional drink here, from the same region, is the famous cachaça . Its interior is nicely decorated with black and white photos of local greats like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa vie for space with vividly coloured paintings of small town Brazilian life. If you can’t get a table just linger on the pavement with the locals with your ice-cold beer in hand, and you’ll get a true taste of Santa’s life. Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 99(21) 2221 922711am-midnight Tue-Thu; 11am-2am Fri-Sat; 11am-1am SunFeijoada (serves two) R$65. Caipirinha R$9.50; 600ml of beer R$5,50
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New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGuinness World Records has awarded the accolade of “Most Expensive Whiskey Sold at Auction” to The Macallan. Now the definitive world record holder, The Macallan’s 64-year-old single malt, the Cire Perdue, sold at auction for $460,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting charity:water, an organization that provides access to clean and safe drinking water to over 30,000 people in developing nations.Coveted by bidders, the one-of-a kind Lalique crystal decanter housed the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the distillery, a 64-year-old single malt whiskey. The historic auction took place at Sotheby’s in New York in November 2010 and was the culmination of a 12-city “tour du monde” of the decanter.David Cox, director of fine and rare whiskeys for The Macallan commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most expensive whiskey sold at an auction. This major accolade from such a world-renowned and respected organization proves once and for all that The Macallan is the world record holder. We had a phenomenal response around the world to this very special and rare decanter and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the inspiring project which managed to raise a staggering $600,000 overall for charity.”Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique, commented, “We are enormously proud of this world record we share with our friends at The Macallan, with whom we have successfully collaborated since 2004. Over the years our crystal decanters, which are entirely handcrafted by our glassmakers, have proved hugely admired and sought after by whiskey consumers and connoisseurs, as well as collectors of Lalique crystal and lovers of beautiful “objets d’art.” This latest achievement, which was realized through the lost-wax moulding technique, is testament to the exceptional quality, artistry and longstanding tradition that is shared by both Lalique and The Macallan.”www.charitywater.org/themacallan
Gaydon, Warwickshire – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineJaguar Land Rover recently announced the appointment of Dr. Ralf Speth as the Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for the Company’s operations. He will report to Mr. Carl-Peter Forster, the recently appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Tata Motors.Dr. Speth, 54 years, has over 22 years experience in the European auto industry, most of which was at BMW where his last appointment was Vice President, Land Rover. Later he was Director Production, Quality and Product Planning at Premier Automotive Group of Ford Ltd. After that, Dr. Speth has been with the Linde Group where he was the Head of Global Operations reporting to the Chairman.Mr. Ravi Kant, Vice Chairman, Tata Motors said, “The introduction of Dr. Ralf Speth into Jaguar Land Rover under the guidance of Carl-Peter Forster will considerably strengthen the management of the Company and enhance the position and reputation of the two iconic brands in line with the long term strategy of the Company.”www.jaguar.com