A flight is regarded as a cancellation if it is ca

first_imgA flight is regarded as a cancellation if it is cancelled or rescheduled less than 7 days prior to its scheduled departure time. Every month, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) releases statistics on the punctuality of Australian airlines, with January 2017 figures showing an average 87.6% for on time arrivals and 87.2% for on time departures. Cancellations represented 1.1 per cent of all scheduled flights.This month’s on time arrivals figure was higher than the long-term average performance for all routes (82.8 per cent) and the on time departures figure was also higher than the long-term average (84.2 per cent). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long-term average of 1.4%.Qantas achieved the highest on time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 91.7%, closely followed by Virgin Australia at 91.6%, Jetstar at 81.2% and Tigerair Australia at 79.0%.When it came to regional airlines, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines achieved the highest on time arrivals at 90.3%, followed by Regional Express at 89.2% and QantasLink at 86.1%.Virgin Australia achieved the highest level of on time departures out of the major domestic airlines at 91.7%, followed by Qantas at 91.5%, Tigerair Australia at 77.5% and Jetstar at 76.4%.Regional Express and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines cent were equal best performing regional airlines for on time departures at 92.1%, followed by QantasLink at 86.6%.But what does ‘on time’ really mean?Here is the definition from the BITRE website, showing that 15 minutes either way still classifies as on time … although perhaps not for the people waiting for flight arrivals, with one eye on how much it is costing to wait another 15 minutes when paying the steep car parking charges at airports!A flight arrival is counted as “on time” if it arrived at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time shown in the carriers’ schedule. Neither diverted nor cancelled flights count as on time. Similarly, a flight departure is counted as “on time” if it departs the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time shown in the carriers’ schedule. BITREJetstarqantasRegional ExpressVirgin Australialast_img read more

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Alex Cruz chief executive of British Airways yes

first_imgAlex Cruz, chief executive of British Airways, yesterday announced a AUD$7.7bn (£4.5bn) five year investment program for the airline that will ‘improve the flying experience for all customers.’Speaking at the World Travel Market in London, Cruz said his strategy at British Airways was designed to enable increased investment for customers, and wider availability of affordable fares. The investment includes:72 new aircraft, including four new types for the airline: the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787-10 and the neo (new engine option) variant of the Airbus A320 and 321New interiors for 128 aircraft in the existing fleetAt-seat power for customers in all cabinsUpgraded catering for economy customers on long-haulRoll-out of fast Wi-Fi in all cabins on short-haul and long-haulCruz used the occasion to highlight AUD$344m (£200m) of additional investment in Club World cabins, following a AUD$689m (£400m) injection unveiled last year. He described customer feedback on recent improvements in catering and bedding as “fantastic” and identified New York JFK, Rome and Aberdeen for major lounge refurbishments in 2018.“As a national flag carrier, we are not granted some special immunity from the way the industry has changed,” he said.“Incumbency does not grant any privilege. We have no divine right to flourish, and we don’t ask for one.”The airline also announced a new route for next summer from Heathrow to Figari in Corsica. British Airways has also launched special earlybird fares on flights from Australia to the UK, Europe and Asia, available for booking from now until midnight on 30 November 2017, and valid for travel until 31 October 2018. Round trip fares to Singapore start from $669* in World Traveller economy class and from $1,273* to the UK and Europe.British Airways Chief Executive Alex Cruz British Airways. airlinesearlybirdslast_img read more

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Qantas QF and Vietnambased Jetstar Pacific BL

first_imgQantas (QF) and Vietnam-based Jetstar Pacific (BL) have entered a codeshare arrangement for travel between Vietnam and several destinations in Asia. From 1 March 2018, Qantas code has been added to Jetstar Pacific’s services from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok and Singapore, as well as service from Hanoi and Danang to Hong Kong, operated by Jetstar Pacific’s A320 fleet.Qantas customers travelling on Qantas codeshare service with Jetstar Pacific will now enjoy the following:• Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and status credits• A complimentary hot meal including water, tea or coffee• Access to Qantas International Lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong for eligiblepassengers• Qantas International baggage allowance (as stated on their ticket)• Option to stopover in Singapore or Bangkok airlinesJetstarqantasVietnamlast_img read more

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Cruise Lines International Association CLIA will

first_imgCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will present new ways for travel agents to enhance their clients’ cruise holidays at its dedicated Executive Partner Product and Destination showcase, to be held in conjunction with this year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference in Sydney.Bookings are now open for the 29 August 2019 event, which will allow agent members to find out more about the additional products and services that can be offered with a cruise holiday. It will be held on the same day as an exclusive ship inspection aboard Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess and precedes the main Cruise360 conference on 30 August 2019.“CLIA’s Executive Partners offer holiday experiences that combine perfectly with cruise bookings and can help agents increase the value and appeal of their cruise offering,” said CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz. “The Executive Partner Product and Destination showcase provides a forum for agents to learn more about what’s on offer while at the same time earning points towards their CLIA accreditation.”Executive Partners involved in this year’s showcase include Emirates, Rocky Mountaineer, Journey Beyond, Intrepid Travel Group, The Hotel Connection and Cruise Baltic.CLIA will award 20 accreditation points to members who attend all seminar presentations during the afternoon, but places are limited and agents are encouraged to register quickly. Attendance is open to registered Cruise360 conference delegates, without additional cost.To be held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, this year’s Cruise360 conference will be the sixth staged in Australasia. Keynote speakers will include CLIA’s Global Chair and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Vice President Adam Goldstein.Early booking rates for Cruise360 are available exclusively to CLIA members for a limited time. agentsCruise Lines International Association (CLIA)showcaselast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke There you have it, the Cardinals aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket devoting all their attention on acquiring Kolb.Whisenhunt’s statement seems to validate some of the other rumors of potential quarterbacks such as maybe Marc Bulger, Kyle Orton or Matt Hasselbeck.That’s probably a good strategy for the Cardinals to take, especially if the Eagles asking price remains ridiculously high. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ PHOENIX – Much of the talk surrounding the Arizona Cardinals is, when the lockout is lifted, the team will focus on trading for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.Not so fast says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.The Cardinals coach was a guest on NFL Total Access and suggested the team might be looking at other possibilities besides Kolb.“We’re very comfortable that there are a couple of guys out there that we think we’ll have an opportunity to get and help make our football team better,” said Whisenhunt. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   But the players have seemed to be a bit slow in picking up Arians’ system, which has caused the coach to try and simplify things heading into this week’s game. Maybe that will help, as there have been instances where it seems as if the wide receivers and Palmer have not exactly been on the same page. Those miscommunications lead to incomplete passes and turnovers, and it’s something Larry Fitzgerald said has plagued the team. “This week, hopefully we’ll be a lot sharper,” he said. “We’re going to do some things that make things a little bit easier for guys to just go out there and play fast.”After an entire offseason and training camp, as well as four games, the question becomes why exactly is the offense struggling to understand what their coaches are asking of them?“There’s a lot of nuances, there’s a lot of specific things,” Fitzgerald said. “A route could be run one way in this coverage, it could be run a different way in this coverage based on leverage.“There’s things you just have to pick up pre-snap and also while you’re running the route, but once you get it, it’s pretty indefensible.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The last time the Carolina Panthers took the field for an NFL game, they beat the New York Giants 38-0.They sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning seven times while limiting New York to just 150 total yards of offense. “When you turn on the Giants film if you don’t get scared, you at least get shaken up,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “By far the best front seven we’ve played, and they do it all very well,” Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer said. “They stop the run, they rush the passer.” The Panthers, who allow just 12 points per game on average, also present an incredibly stiff challenge for a Cardinals offense still trying to find its way in the early part of this season.In four games this season, the Cardinals have scored 24, 25, 7 and 13 points. They have struggled to protect Carson Palmer while failing to consistently open up holes in the running game. Those issues, along with the team’s 29.2 percent conversion rate on third downs, have been a great source of contention. However, the prevailing thought around the team’s Tempe training facility was one of them being not far away from turning things around. “It’s always one play here, one play there, guys off, all the guys are not on the same page,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “That’s the biggest thing; you’ve got to have all 11 guys on the same page and trust me, the plays will work.”There does not seem to be panic over the offense as much as maybe a hint of frustration. Coming off season in which the team struggled mightily on that side of the football, the hope — and belief, really — was that Arians, his staff and Palmer would go a long way toward making this a pretty solid group. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Rams were expected to struggle on offense with the loss of quarterback Sam Bradford, but their defense was supposed to be solid. It wasn’t in a 34-6 Week 1 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Shaun Hill left the game with a strained quad, leaving second-year man Austin Davis to control the Rams offense. They managed just two field goals under his guidance.And Arizona’s offense struggle for a good portion of the game, but came around when it mattered most. Carson Palmer threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to clinch a hard-fought 18-17 win over the Chargers on Monday Night Football.In Week 2, three of the four teams in the division are favored, including the Cardinals and Seahawks, who are both on the road for the first time this season.Week 2 Schedule• Arizona Cardinals (1-0) vs. New York Giants (0-1) – Sunday 10:00 a.m. @ Met Life Stadium (Fox)• St. Louis Rams (0-1) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Sunday 1:05 p.m. @ Raymond James Stadium (Fox)• Seattle Seahawks (1-0) vs. San Diego Chargers (0-1) – Sunday 1:05 p.m. @ Qualcomm Stadium (Fox)• Chicago Bears (0-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) – Sunday 5:30 p.m. @ Levi’s Stadium (NBC) 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Things pretty much went according to plan in the NFC West in Week 1. The defending champion Seattle Seahawks raised their banner in front of their home fans and then dismantled the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in the league’s Thursday night opener. Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two scores and Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns.In Dallas, the 49ers took advantage of four Cowboys’ turnovers in a 28-17 win that was closer than the final score would indicate. The Niners led 28-3 at half on the strength of two Colin Kapernick-to-Vernon Davis touchdown passes.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Patriots will look a little different Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be making his first career start in place of the suspended Tom Brady (did you hear he was suspended?). Defensive end Rob Ninkovich is also suspended — he got busted for performance-enhancing drug use and well, got the same penalty as a guy who may or may not have ordered a little bit of air be taken out of the game balls two seasons ago.Sunday’s matchup is one of the premier games on the schedule in Week 1, and marks the Patriots’ first-ever regular-season visit to UOP Stadium, although they’ve played in two Super Bowls in the building.All week, we’ll keep you updated on the Patriots and their preparation for the Cardinals as we go Behind Enemy Lines.Friday, September 9• Rob Gronkowski’s hamstring still bothering him (Boston Globe)Rob Gronkowski has been in and out of practice this preseason, and the Patriots tight end said Thursday that he’s still not fully healthy three days before the regular-season opener.• Patriots’ D.J. Foster keeps late sister’s memory close to his heart (Boston Herald)He misses his big sister, Jennifer, but he isn’t without her. The image, that beautiful memory, is permanently painted over his heart with the message, “Sweet Dreams.” 0 Comments   Share   Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/09/patriots-mailbag-barkevious-mingo-has-starting-potential-in-base-defense/Thursday, September 8• Scouting the 2016 Patriots (Boston Globe)Here’s a position-by-position look at the 2016 Patriots, with a rating of how the group compares to last season.• Bill Belichick is a master of roster manipulation (Boston Globe)The architect of the Patriots dynasty, Belichick and his staff have made trading commodities (i.e. players and picks) an art form. It’s only fitting, as Belichick was the central figure in the biggest trade in franchise history: the 2000 blockbuster that brought him to New England from New York.• Patriots defense poised to unleash surprise weapon on opponents (Boston Herald)The collection of personnel Bill Belichick has assembled at defensive end and linebacker, and the interchangeable nature of the players, allows him to bring some confusion every down.Translation? The best Patriots pass rusher will be the one the quarterback won’t know is coming.• Malcolm Butler shows he’s more than a one-trick Super Bowl hero (Boston Herald)Malcolm Butler is returning to the scene of the crime.But the Patriots’ serial burglar might not appreciate his Super Bowl fame as much if he hadn’t turned it into a springboard for his career. Now, Butler is gearing up for his first appearance at University of Phoenix Stadium in 588 days. In addition to Gronkowski and Hightower, two other players on the current 53-man roster were named captains, safety Devin McCourty and perennial Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater.• With Patriots’ acquisition of CB/S Eric Rowe, start with size and athleticism (ESPN.com)At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, and with 31.5-inch arm length, he has good size and length for a cornerback. Some teams viewed him as a solid press corner coming out of the 2015 draft, while others projected him to safety, but most seemed to be in agreement that he was a top-50 talent regardless.• New England Patriots face arguably toughest opening game in Bill Belichick’s tenure (ESPN.com)Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 11, at Arizona Cardinals, 8:30 p.m.One could make the case that this is as challenging of an opening game as the Patriots have had in Belichick’s 17 years as head coach. It was going to be a major test, even if Brady was at quarterback. Record: 0-1. The Arizona Cardinals, fresh off a 1-3 preseason, won’t have the luxury of easing into the 2016 season.Not there’s any easy weeks in the NFL, but the Cardinals will kick off season four of the Bruce Arians coaching tenure by hosting Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.New England has been the NFL’s picture of consistency, racking up 13 consecutive double-digit win seasons and seven straight playoff appearances. Over the last five years, Belichick’s team is an NFL-best 61-19 with a win in Super Bowl XLIX. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires • Patriots Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski Among Seven Limited In Practice (NESN.com)Rob Gronkowski is still nursing the injury that held him out of practices late in training camp. Gronkowski was one of seven players limited in practice Wednesday.Gronkowski was one of seven players limited in practice Wednesday.• Patriots Notes: Week 1 Bring Malcolm Butler Back To Spot Of Super Bowl Glory (NESN.com)Sunday’s game will be the New England Patriots’ first at University of Phoenix Stadium since Super Bowl XLIX — the contest that introduced the world to Malcolm Butler.• Jimmy Garoppolo Draws Tony Romo Comparison Ahead of Patriots-Cardinals (NESN.com)When Jimmy Garoppolo was preparing to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, Bruce Arians saw a lot of Tony Romo in the young quarterback — and not just because the quarterbacks are from the same school.• Carson Palmer on Tom Brady: You get busted, you suffer consequences (Boston Globe)All the way on the other side of the country, nearly 3,000 miles from Gillette Stadium, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer stoked a Deflategate flame during a news conference Wednesday.Tuesday, September 6• Danny Amendola pronounces himself fit for the opener (Boston Globe) • Patriots’ Defense Set For Breakout While Out Of Tom Brady’s Shadow (NESN.com)For the Patriots to have success and come out of Brady’s suspension with a winning record, the impetus is on the team’s defense, more than Garoppolo, to get it done. New England has all the piece to be considered among the best defenses in the NFL, and it’ll get to prove that Sunday night against a high-powered Arizona Cardinals offense.• Bill Belichick shuts down question on Jimmy Garoppolo’s ‘smoother operator’ comment (NESN.com)New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said Wednesday he’s experiencing a “smoother operation” now that Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension has begun. One day later, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked if he agrees: Are things running more smoothly with Brady out of the mix?He did not appreciate the question. “That’s his opinion,” Belichick responded, referring to Garoppolo.Wednesday, September 7• ‘Smoother operation’ for Jimmy Garoppolo as he takes Patriots reins (ESPN.com)Although a large mural of Tom Brady is visible from both sides of the lighthouse at Gillette Stadium, the keys to the New England Patriots’ offense have officially been handed over to Jimmy Garoppolo for the next four weeks. • Sean Payton’s support of Tom Brady, Patriots appreciated by Bill Belichick (ESPN.com)When the New England Patriots erected a Tom Brady mural on both sides of the lighthouse at Gillette Stadium, with Brady’s No. 12 on the top, it was noted by New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on Twitter. Payton’s tweet has more than 3,000 retweets and 6,000 “likes.”• Super Bowl preview? Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo face Cardinals in prime time (ESPN.com)Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss and Patriots reporter Mike Reiss take an in-depth look at Sunday night’s matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots in a battle of the two conference championship game losers.• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still not 100 percent with hamstring injury (ESPN.com)Gronkowski’s inclusion on the team’s first injury report of the season Wednesday adds context to what he’s been facing health-wise. Gronkowski took himself out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15 after attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady along the sideline. He returned to practice Aug. 24, but didn’t play in either of the final two preseason games, which wasn’t a major surprise considering Gronkowski hasn’t played in the preseason since 2012. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After missing the entire preseason while recovering from offseason knee and ankle surgeries, Amendola declared himself ready to play in the season-opening game against the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday night.• Patriots trade Josh Kline to Eagles for cornerback Eric Rowe (Boston Globe)Coach Bill Belichick told WEEI that Rowe “could possibly be a matchup-type of coverage player. Maybe he’ll be able to play safety. We’ll have to wait and see.”• Patriots a work in progress, but with real games to play (Boston Globe)“I don’t think you really know your team until the middle of October, especially now with limited training camp,” he told reporters Tuesday before the Patriots practiced in Foxborough to prepare for Sunday’s season-opener in Arizona.• Belichick on Brady banner: Not focused on ‘decorative and marketing things’ (Boston Herald)“Our focus is on the Cardinals. That’s who we play this week. All the other decorative and marketing things and so forth are not really part of the team’s preparation,” Belichick said. “We’re focused on Arizona.”• Rob Gronkowski, Dont’a Hightower named first-time Patriots captains (ESPN.com) • Nobody knows what Jimmy Garoppolo will be for Patriots (Boston Herald)Appearances can be deceiving, especially when those appearances come in exhibition football games. That is why, for all the talk the past month or two of what Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be this season, the truth is nobody knows. Not you, not me and not Bill Belichick either.• Chandler Jones ‘excited’ but downplaying reunion against Patriots (ESPN.com)“I’m just taking this like a regular Week 1, like any Week 1 I would go through,” Jones said. “A lot of people would say this is a big game for me, but I’m approaching it like any other game.”• Patriots have reason to feel good about their side of Chandler Jones trade (ESPN.com)When the initial swap was made, the Patriots received guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick (61st overall). They turned the draft pick into a third-rounder (guard Joe Thuney) and fourth-rounder (receiver Malcolm Mitchell).• Patriots Mailbag: Barkevious Mingo Has Starting Potential In Base Defense (NESN.com)Mingo offers the most upside in that role because of his Jamie Collins-esque explosive athleticism. The Patriots might feel McClellin is a stouter run defender, however.last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On if it can jump-start an offense:“Yeah, and I’ve seen it go three-and-out a bunch, too. It’s kind of one of those things, the grass is always greener. It’s easy to say, ‘Well, let’s go to this,’ but sometimes it can struggle, and you are in the wrong play at the wrong time, and before you know it, it’s third-and-10. So, it can go both ways.”On his locker room role in terms of getting guys on track and focused through injuries:“I really don’t see or feel like we’ve had much of a problem with that. You look at the defensive line, (Robert) Nkemdiche goes down, and you got O.P. (Olsen Pierre), who can’t wait to get in and play, and he got a game ball. Xavier (Williams) got a game ball; Rodney (Gunter) got a game ball.There are guys at different positions. We are very deep in a number of areas, where one guy goes down, and there’s another guy that has been waiting for the moment to get his opportunity. As far as lack of focus or guys being down or any of that, I just haven’t noticed that. I feel like we have been very focused.”On injuries to the offensive line and running back positions:“With the running back spot, that is another position where we are extremely deep at. To be able to sign Chris Johnson off the street, he knows the offense and has been here a couple of years. Andre (Ellington) has come in and done nothing but look explosive and fast and be a really good change of pace. Kerwynn (Williams) just hasn’t gotten in going yet, but everyone just can’t wait for him to. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He is one of those guys that, in the games that he has played in years past he has just exploded and looked explosive and been really difficult to tackle and difficult to find. And Elijhaa Penny is another guy I want to see run the ball. You want to get the ball in his hands.It’s just a crowded position. Offensive line hasn’t been as deep. We’ve obviously gone out and signed Earl (Watford) and guys have had to move around and play different positions. That has been difficult. But as far as every other position, I feel like we have been really deep at and very focused.”On if he thought WR Jaron Brown would look this good this fast after his ACL injury:“No. Jaron has been a guy that – kind of like I was just talking about – you want to get him the ball, but you don’t want to take him out for Larry (Fitzgerald) or Mike (Floyd) last year. But as far as coming back from the injury he had, he looked great. They were holding him during the first week of training camp, but it looked like he was ready.I was working out with him in July in California, and he looked ready to go in July, and that was eight months post-op, maybe nine. So, he has looked phenomenal, and that is nobody but Jaron. He has had a great team of help, but when a guy comes back that strong and that fast, you just know how hard – once you’ve been through it – Jaron worked to get to where he is. Top Stories On how his arm is holding up with high volume of pass attempts through four games:“Fine. 50 attempts are much less than I throw in practice.”On what stands out from Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme:“Maybe the best front seven we have played thus far. I’m trying to think, who would be better. All three linebackers are really good, really fast. They have five or six defensive linemen that are quality starter-type players. They do a really good job of rotating them in; they keep them fresh. They all have to get off. Chris Long is a backup. Chris Long has been a dominant player for a long time. So, it’s a very, very good group. They are playing at home. They’re going to be keying the ball, and we will have to play our best to beat them.”On how he feels after taking a high number of hits:“I feel great. Today is Wednesday, so I’d have had a different answer on Monday, but I feel great.”On if there is a secret to feeling good despite the hits:“No, there is a secret to recovery. I have got a good recovery and a good routine I go through to get ready to play on Sundays, but as far as a secret to getting hit, the secret is to not get hit. I don’t know any secrets about getting hit.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media every Wednesday during the regular season.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters.On if he likes running the no-huddle offense:“I do, yeah.”On what he likes about it:“It just puts stress on the defense. Defensive lineman get tired. The pass rush slows down a little bit. It makes it more difficult to get into some of the packages where you get some crazy fire zones or some different coverages just because they typically go to base calls. So, I like those things about it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 0 Comments   Share   We’re really proud and happy to see him back. He was a total of ten inches away from, two weeks ago, having a monster game. A touchdown here and another touchdown he got pushed out of the back of the end zone by an inch. He got pushed out on by an inch. He had a couple other catches where he was on the boundary and he just didn’t get his feet in and was a couple inches away from having even bigger games.”On if he noticed differences between the recovery process from his first knee injury to his second:“Yeah, it totally changed in the ten years that I had in between procedures. From the way they do the surgery to the machines and the devices you can use in rehab to the actual rehab protocol, it changed drastically.”On if he calls the quarterback sneak or if it’s something that comes from the sideline:“No, that comes from the sideline. We’ve been in some, it seemed like third-and-inches and third-and-a-half-a-yard, and had some good looks to do it against previous teams. We had talked about doing it and coach called it.”On if he gets the sense that, for the first time in a long time, the receivers are at full health:“Well getting Smokey (John Brown) back makes you feel like that, but then J.J. (Nelson) was hurt last week with the hamstring. Yeah, I mean Jaron (Brown) has looked great; Smoke has looked great, and Larry has had some little things he has dealt with but played through them. Getting J.J. back to 100 percent would be huge. I don’t know where he is at specifically, but getting him back would give us a chance to be at full strength at that spot.” On the types of hits versus the number of hits, and if family and friends are concerned with the number of times he has been hit:“Yeah, the wife always focuses on everyone, but like I said before, it’s those awkward ones, for every position. Whether you are getting tackled as a running back or a wide receiver, those odd injuries come from when you hit the ground oddly and the way you get landed on top of oddly. That’s where those injuries seem to come from.”On if it’s tough to watch himself get hit on film:“It depends on if it a win or a loss. It is a lot easier to watch game tape on Mondays after a win regardless, whether you get hit once or ten times. After a loss, you are always wincing.” On where the offense misses RB David Johnson the most:“Where don’t we miss David? Nowhere in particular – everywhere, from the week preparing to play against us, when you’ve got to get your defensive guys in the mindset that you’ve got to stop him, to the passing game, the running game, red zone and third down. He was such a big part of our red zone package. He was the focus of our red zone package and such a big part of our third down stuff. Not just third-and-two to three, but third-and-seven to 10 and third-and-four to six. He was such a big part of it. When you lose him, I can’t put my finger on one spot.”On if he sees explosiveness from RB Andre Ellington:“Yeah, he has looked great. He has caught really difficult catches. He just kind of has a natural ability, a Warrick Dunn-like ability, to slither through and fall forward and not take the direct hit between multiple defenders. And he can run (routes). You name a route, and he can run it. It’s really good to see him play the way he is playing.”On if his production this season is a product of offseason rest:“I don’t know. It’s early. We have been down, and we haven’t had leads where we have been able to run the ball. I don’t know if we have had a lead yet. So, that is part of it. Losing David (Johnson) is part of it; you get away from the run a little bit quicker. I think those two things factor in more than rest in practice.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Tight end Ricky SealsJones on Thursday signed his

first_img Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones on Thursday signed his tender offer with the Arizona Cardinals, a move that will bring the 24-year-old back to the organization.Seals-Jones caught 34 balls for 343 yards and a touchdown last season.The third-year pro should have an expanded role in Kliff Kingsbury’s high-flying offense.Seals-Jones played his college football at Texas A&M, where Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator before taking the Texas Tech head coaching position in 2013. Related LinksCardinals officially sign former Los Angeles Chargers DT Darius PhilonPFF: Cardinals among top 5 FA winners, Hicks deal ‘very good’ESPN gives Arizona Cardinals a C+ in 2018 draft regradeSeals-Jones will make $645,000 in 2019, according to Spotrac.The Cardinals also signed 30-year-old tight end Charles Clay earlier this week. 6 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (86) is hit by Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Mark Barron (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe annual Great Migration is one of the seven ‘natural’ wonders of Africa and guests staying at Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp located in Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy, will have a front-row seat for the spectacular event.The Great Migration sees up to one million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelles and other game undertake a journey of roughly 1600 kilometres through Tanzania and Kenya between July and September.This is a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the mass of wildlife and enjoy a truly intimate experience amidst this astonishing natural spectacle.Twice-daily game drives are led by expert rangers and trackers to witness the extraordinary sight while the 12 luxurious tented suites look out onto some of the world’s most stunning scenery.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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When it comes to your trip what part of your holi

first_imgWhen it comes to your trip, what part of your holiday do you book first?VOTE NOW!<a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1950430/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1950430/”>Holidays: what do you book first?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com” mce_href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>survey</a>)</span> ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow does strike action change the way you book flights?Does airline strike action (or the threat of strike action) change the way you book your flights?Bad Travelling Partners: Nightmare neighboursSo who really are the worst people to sit next to on a plane? VOTE NOW!Should airlines offer women-only toilets?Should airlines offer women-only toilets?last_img read more

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Being named in Time magazines 25 Best Blogs of 20

first_imgBeing named in Time magazine’s 25 Best Blogs of 2011 is quite an achievement. As is being selected as Skyscanner’s Blog of the Week, of course! RelatedTravel bloggers fall in love on TwitterShe was a travel blogger, he was a travel blogger too.Ladies & Light Packing: Tips for travelling with hand-luggage onlyI recently wrote about the joys of travelling light and flying with just hand-luggageAlmost Fearless: Blog of the WeekEver fantasised about living a life of lounging in a hammock on a beach in Thailand? The Everywhereistis so called so because its author, Seattle-ite Geraldine DeRuite, goes everywhere. Having been laid off from her job, she joined her husband on his jet-setting job travels. She says she blogs to help her husband remember where they’ve been and what they’ve seen.The Everywhereist covers everything travel-related from Peruvian tourist attractions to advice pieces like the wonderfully-titled ‘Superfluous Travel Item I Need (Kinda)’. But she doesn’t just travel, she entertains us with everything from old family photos to cupcakes.The appeal of The Everywhereist is that Geraldine voices those feelings that we’ve all had at one time or another on our travels. And she does it with a smart, sassy sense of humour. At her best when she ‘rants and raves’, Geraldine lets rip on everything from kids rocking her plane seat to finding hair in hotel showers.For example, here’s an excerpt from ‘An Open Letter to the Kid on My Last Flight’‘To the little blond kid on Alaska Air Flight #232,It seems we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.I see this as largely your fault, of course. When you saw me quietly sleeping in my chair, you – for reasons that defy logic (Was it curiosity? Thoughtlessness? Demonic possession? I’m leaning towards the latter) – decided to shake the back of my seat vigorously until I woke up.’Like the writing, the blog looks neat, stylish and urbane. We’d recommend it to like-minded travellers, or just those who want to come for the ride. Geraldine’s very personal style and autobiographical subject matter may be a little too intimate for some, but you’ll certainly laugh with her along the way.So next time you fly, mind your manners because you never know who you could be sitting next to. You could be the next unwitting victim of an Everywhereist rant and rave. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Related 6 flights for £60 or lessWith flights sta

first_img Related6 flights for £60 or less!With flights starting at just £29, why not give in to temptation?6 super cheap flights for less than £35Grab an amazing deal on last-minute flights to these European cities.6 unsung city breaks in Europe for under £60Visit an exciting alternative European destination on the cheap with these bargain flight deals. 5. Belfast, Northern Ireland from £42With plenty of interesting sites to explore, it’s worth dragging yourself out of Belfast’s many lively boozers, although they’re a great place to catch live music sessions and meet the friendly locals. Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, St Anne’s Cathedral, City Hall and Titanic’s Dock are just some of the places worth checking out. If you do get thirsty, pull in to the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous and popular public house. Owned by the National Trust, it is as notable for its history as it is for its food and drink selection.Check pricesRead more: 10 best things to do in Belfast – a local’s guide*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK in March 2015.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Prague, Czech Republic from £49Another popular spot to go before settling down in to marital bliss, Prague has plenty to offer families looking for a last-minute getaway, as well as groups looking for a good time. The City of Hundred Spires looks like it fell straight out of the pages of a fairytale book. Set on the vast Vlatva River, Prague is packed with stunning architecture, chilled out cafés and bars to unwind in.Check prices Need a holiday after all the half-term chaos? Looking for a last-minute flight to surprise mum with this Mother’s Day (March 15th, if you needed a reminder)?From pizza in Pisa to a bit of Czech charm, Skyscanner have it sorted. Check out these five European city break ideas for less than £45*1. Nuremburg, Germany from £43Leave the hipster beards in Berlin and escape to Bavaria for a weekend gazing at Gothic castles, gorging on Nürnberger Bratwürste sausages and sampling the regions famous beers. Many people go to Nuremburg at Christmas time for the wonderful markets, but there are plenty of awesome out-of-season stalls for you to shop at in Nuremburg’s old town. Be sure to pick up some souvenir gingerbread, a cookie that the city is famous for.Check pricesRead more: 10 best places to visit in Germanycenter_img 4. Pisa, Italy from £58Get a piece of the action in Pisa. Home of the famous Leaning Tower – a great spot for cringey tourist snaps – head to the Piazza dei Miracoli and then stroll along the Arno River. Work up an appetite then treat yourself to homemade pasta or great value gnocchi at a restaurant in Piazza delle Vettovaglie in Pisa’s medieval district.Check pricesRead more: 5 most romantic cities in Italy 2. Riga, Latvia from £46Riga doesn’t look bad for her age, founded over 800 years ago, despite being one of Europe’s most popular stag and hen-do destinations. But this UNESCO World Heritage site has more to offer than cheap pints. Explore the Latvian capital’s Art Nouveau district and Old Town area for a glimpse in to the city’s Soviet past. As evening draws in, get up to Skyline Bar, perched 26 floors high above the city for bird’s eye views and a sophisticated sundowner.Check pricesRead more: Europe’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationslast_img read more

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Super offpeak the cheapest times to visit your favourite destinations

first_imgIf this year’s Christmas build-up has been more ho-hum than ho ho ho, jazz things up a bit next year. November’s the month to pick up bargain flights to Singapore, with return fares currently available for around £462. Go mid-month and you can be there for the start of the Christmas festivities, when the Orchard Road lights are switched on and shopping malls and hotels start to go into full twinkle mode. Leave it till the end of the month and you can check out Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, where the already somewhat surreal setting of the Supertree Grove gets even more wonderfully bizarre with the addition of huge light sculptures, fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, a European style Christmas market and regular ‘Blizzard Times’, when fake snowfalls from the Singapore skies. Stay: Base yourself near Times Square and you’re right in the heart of the theatre district. At LUMA Hotel Times Square (where a night’s stay in January starts from around £123), you get bright, well-designed rooms and an in-house restaurant fronted by an award-winning chef. Oh, and Alina, a robot butler, who springs into action if you need extra towels or toiletries delivered to your room. Search flights to Paris Search hotels in Paris Search flights to Dubai 3. Dubai – Early March 2. Paris – February 4. Bangkok – March Stay: Glossy magazines love Hotel Henriette and it’s easy to see why. A sweet little boutique hotel on a cobble-stoned street in the 13th arrondissement, it’s owned by a former fashion stylist who’s brought her design-savvy eye to bear on the interiors, combining an eclectic mix of colours, fabrics and furnishings to give each of the 32 small bedrooms its own extremely photogenic boho-chic style. In February rooms start from £107 per night. Search hotels to New York 1. New York – January/February Ready to book your next off-peak adventure? Dubai’s not the cheapest of destinations and pinning down the best time to book a bargain break there is a tricky one. If you’re quick, there are good deals to be had on flights in January, with return fares from less than £300 – but hotel rates then are high, so any savings on transport might be eaten up in extra accommodation costs. You‘ll find cheaper rooms in July/August, when flights start from a still reasonable £330 or so – but you could end up spending a fortune in the shopping malls at this time because the summer weather is too hot for sightseeing and all you really want to do is hide out in air-conditioned cool. What to do for the best? Compromise. In early March you can still find flights from around £300, hotel rates are down from their high season peak, and temperatures hover happily in the mid 20˚Cs. Win, win, win. Search hotels in Singapore Stay: Go for a hotel where the bedrooms have air con rather than just a ceiling fan and you’ll appreciate it as the mercury begins to rise. At the rather chic 50-room akyraTAS Sukhumvit Bangkok you’ll find cool, calm decor, plenty of going-out options right on the doorstep, and rooms from around £90 a night. Search hotels in Dubaicenter_img Stay: Rooms at M Social Singapore (from £84 in November) aren’t huge but, designed by Philippe Starck, they’re cool and quirky with chapel-style ceilings, oversized bedheads and sometimes their own little terrace. Plus the whole hotel was created for ‘the Adventurers, the Explorers and those who live for new experiences’ – and they probably have far more exciting things to do than fret about room size. Search flights to Singapore Search flights to Bangkok ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search hotels in Bangkok All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of publication on 18 December 2018. Search flights to New York Stay: Dubai hotels may be famous for OTT glitz and expense but if fun and funky is more your style, check out Rove Hotels. There are five dotted around town (and more in the pipeline), all with pool, gym and eminently Instagrammable interiors. At the newest, Rove Dubai Marina, you’ll find double rooms in early March for around £94, while at Rove City Centre they’re an even cheaper £67. Given its city of lurve reputation, you’d think a February jaunt to the French capital would be off-limits for bargain hunters, with smoochy Valentine’s couples pushing up prices for the rest of us. Turns out Paris is anything but, with plenty of good deals on flights – London-based travellers, for example, can pick up returns from around £58. There’s also plenty to do that doesn’t involve roses or romance. Sports fans can head to the Stade de France to catch some of the fixtures in the 2019 Six Nations tournament; arts-lovers can check out the works of the 2,000+ artists who exhibit at Art Capital in the Grand Palais (13-17 Feb); and for something more offbeat there’s one of the world’s biggest circus festivals, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (31 Jan-3 Feb), and Paris Face Cachée (1-3 Feb), a weekend of opportunities to visit sites that are normally closed to the public. If you fancy nipping over the Atlantic for a buzzy few days in New York, take advantage of the slight tourism dip early in the year, when return flights start from around £212. Sure, the weather in January and February isn’t exactly balmy (wear your thickest coat and boots, pack lots of winter layers and prepare for sub-zero temperatures and every chance of snow) but the pay-off is fewer tourist crowds. That means museums and galleries are quieter, tickets for the big Broadway shows are easier to come by and you might even get to bag a table in the most in-demand restaurants. Better yet, if you come at the end of January/beginning of February, you’ll coincide with NYC Restaurant Week (21 Jan-8 Feb) and NYC Broadway Week (21 Jan-10 Feb) when hundreds of restaurants lay on special fixed-priced menus and many theatres offer two-for-one ticket deals. Itching to book a break away but wary of splashing too much cash? We’ve pored over flight prices to five of the most popular destinations to figure out the best-value time of year to travel. While we were at it, we picked out some pretty cool places to stay, too. Don’t say we never spoil you. Peak tourist season in the Thai capital is during the cooler winter months, so once visitor numbers thin out a bit at the end of February you stand a good chance of nabbing a bargain to Bangkok, with return flights in March starting from just under £300. Temperatures and humidity may be starting to pick up but it’s still nothing like as hot (or as rainy) as it will be come April. Do your sightseeing early in the day, take all the usual heat precautions, and it’ll be all hunky dory. Going at this time of year brings a delicious bonus for foodies as well: March is the start of mango season, when the ripe, fragrant fruits start to appear on market stalls and local chefs vie to see who can whip up the best mango sticky rice, so massively popular that it’s practically the national dessert. 5. Singapore – November Related8 of the cheapest flights to get winter sun right nowTo paraphrase Frank Sinatra, ‘Fly me to the sun, let me play among the sandbars. Let me see what winter is like in Florida and Oman.’ Ol’ Blue Eyes might have liked the moon, but as his perma-tan showed, he loved the scorching sun – as do we. So we’ve…Where to go on holiday in FebruaryJust when winter seemed like it might never end, these cool destinations will have you planning an escape route in no time at all. From crazy carnivals to lazy beach breaks, check out our inspired ideas for holidays in February.Match these flights to your favourite people to make the ultimate Christmas giftWhat would your loved one rather pull out from under the tree on Christmas Day – a scratchy wool jumper or a ticket to an unforgettable adventure? Whether you send them to seek out the Northern Lights or soak up some winter sun, you can match the type of traveller…last_img read more

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Las Vegas Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineVdara Hotel & Spa is offering an enticing Ladies ACCESS Package that gives the fairer sex an exclusive entry to the pleasures of Sin City. The CityCenter-centric thrills include special offers on nightlife, dining and all-important shopping. Guests who purchase the Ladies ACCESS Package are invited to indulge in a two-night stay in one of Vdara’s sumptuous Deluxe Suites, feast at a Wolfgang Puck eatery with a $50 lunch credit, and splurge on designer clothing with a $250 Donna Karan gift card, among other perks. Another spotlight of the stay is dinner for two at Beso, Eva Longoria’s Mexican eatery, where the dinner special features Eva’s intensely flavorful signature guacamole, homemade tortilla chips, chili-rubbed skirt steak and churros. The night is topped off with VIP entry into sizzling nightclub Eve with champagne for two. To placate the men at home, a 50 percent discount off a shirt with the purchase of jeans at ARIA Men’s will come in handy for gifts.Prices start from $580 mid-week or $692 on weekends. Choose from 60 exclusive packages available now through June 28, 2011.www.vdara.comlast_img read more

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Since 1970 Zilli has been an internationally reno

first_imgSince 1970, Zilli has been an internationally renowned name in luxury men’s fashion, with 37 freestanding boutiques and 100 points of sale in over 30 countries worldwide. Now the French house is bringing their special brand of je ne sais quoi stateside with the opening of their first-ever US flagship boutique in New York City.The spacious design, with a generous 2,500 square feet of browsing room, allows for an appropriately elegant and uncluttered display of Zilli’s luxury wares. In a nod to the city’s Art Deco era, dark mahogany and cream leather are adorned with gold and marble accents for an atmosphere that’s both opulent and inviting. A custom-made chandelier, inspired by the pattern in Zilli’s signature silk lining, adds warmth to the space.In keeping with its origins as a small, family-run factory specializing in leather and fur, the brand has become well-known for its use of high-quality leathers and exotic skins like crocodile, even as the line has expanded over the years into outerwear, knitwear, tailored clothing, eyewear, luggage, and more. The New York flagship will feature a broad spectrum of the brand’s offerings, from the ready-to-wear collection to accessories and footwear.The new Zilli boutique will be located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel at 57 East 57th Street in New York, and is set to open this September.Visit www.zilli.fr for more information.last_img read more

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Mexican relatives win injunction against Frida Kah

first_imgMexican relatives win injunction against Frida Kahlo Barbie FILE – In this April 14, 1939 file photo, painter and surrealist Frida Kahlo, who was the wife of noted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, poses at her home in Mexico City. Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction on Thursday, April 19, 2018, that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll. (AP Photo/File) MEXICO CITY – Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo said Friday they have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll.Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argues that Mattel doesn’t have the rights to use Kahlo’s image as part of its Inspiring Women series.According to a copy of the ruling, the toymaker and department stores in Mexico must stop commercializing the doll until the issue is resolved.Pablo Sangri, a lawyer for de Anda Romeo, said those named in the suit can appeal the ruling.Mattel has said it worked with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corp. which it claims has rights to the artist’s image. The corporation said it got the rights through Kahlo’s niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.Mattel did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.Critics also say the doll doesn’t reflect Kahlo’s heavy, nearly conjoined eyebrows, and its costume doesn’t accurately portray her elaborate Tehuana-style dresses.That is, it’s more Barbie-like than Frida-like. Barbie is an American icon that has often been criticized as promoting an unrealistic body image and consumerist lifestyle. Kahlo was a lifelong communist who died in 1954 before the doll was introduced.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 11:04 am PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img Sandra Oh is shown in a scene from “Killing Eve” in this undated handout photo. With Sandra Oh’s Emmy-nominated role as an MI5 operative hunting down a female assassin on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” she says she’s enjoying digging into a psyche she’s still trying to figure out. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Bell Media *MANDATORY CREDIT* Sandra Oh delves into female psyche with ‘Killing Eve’ by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2018 9:54 am PDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Sandra Oh likes untangling the minds of complicated characters who are driven by factors they don’t understand.As Dr. Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy,” the Ottawa-born actress moved audiences for 10 seasons by peeling away the seemingly impenetrable layers of a cutthroat character who was ultimately vulnerable.Now, with her Emmy-nominated role as an MI5 operative hunting down a female assassin on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” she says she’s enjoying digging into a psyche she’s still trying to figure out.“As Eve hunts Villanelle, I really feel like she’s hunting the parts of herself,” the Korean-Canadian star said in a recent phone interview, conducted just days before she was named as an Emmy contender for lead actress in a drama series for “Killing Eve.” The nod makes her the first Asian woman to be nominated in that category.Not that Eve is aware she’s doing that.As Canadian viewers will see when “Killing Eve” premieres Sunday on Bravo, Oh’s titular character starts the series in a slump of sorts. She’s sharp-minded and has ambitions of being a spy but is bored with her desk job.Enter Villanelle, a psychopathic contract killer played by Jodie Comer, whose brazen murders intrigue Eve and ignite something within as she tries to find her.“Here we find a woman who is in her mid-life, who has kind of plateaued … in her job that’s she’s fine at, and in her marriage, which is a fine and lovely marriage,” Oh said of Eve.“She’s not really curious, she’s not really paying attention and she’s not a really vital person,” Oh continued from London, where she’s shooting season 2 of the series.“But the fascination of a female assassin, let’s say metaphorically — here is a person who is committing the biggest transgression, and the style of this one person … is with flair, is without remorse, is with freedom, is with style.“Those are the qualities that I felt were missing from Eve and I liked playing that.”“Killing Eve” is based on the novellas by Luke Jennings.The drama’s dark moments of violence are contrasted with dry humour and Eve’s funny, down-to-Earth quirks that stand out when she’s with her stodgy colleagues.“I hope … you can see the spark of life in her,” said Oh, whose film credits include the wine-country dramedy “Sideways” and last year’s Canadian family tale “Meditation Park.”“She herself might not be aware or engaged in her own self, so that’s where we find her — at the beginning not very confident in her instinct and not really committing to her own instinct, her own passion.”English writer-actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge created the series and was a big lure for Oh.“The most important points were the voice of the show, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s take on the show, the writing, and the second one is the fact that we’re delving deeply into a piece about female psychology,” Oh said.“What is more interesting to me is seeing two human beings embroiled in a relationship that they can’t define or let go of.”Eve realizes she’s deeply enmeshed in that relationship during a devastating incident at the end of the first episode, when Oh’s acting chops are in full force.“Eve is very naive, she’s doing down a really dark pathway but she’s skipping down it until that scene happens,” Oh said.“Then as you go along in the episodes, it gets darker and darker.”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spike Lee on his first Oscar nomination for best director by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 2:12 pm PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — Spike Lee watched the Oscar nominations Tuesday morning on television from his bed, with his wife, Tonya, his two grown children, Satchel and Jackson, and their dog, Ginger.Screaming ensued .Lee landed his first directing nomination to the Academy Award nomination for “BlacKkKlansman,” his comic and furious send-up of white supremacism. The film, about a black detective (John David Washington) who leads an undercover investigation of the Klu Klux Klan, won six nominations altogether, including best picture and best adapted screenplay, a nod Lee shared with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott.But the most long-in-coming nomination was Lee’s first nod for best director, something many thought should have happened numerous times before, starting with 1989’s “Do the Right Thing.” Lee was nominated then for best screenplay for that film, but the lack of more Oscar attention for “Do the Right Thing” was lamented even then by Oscar presenter Kim Basinger .“Thirty years is a long time, ain’t it?” Lee said Tuesday by phone from the Brooklyn office of his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, before letting out a lengthy cackle.In that time, the 61-year-old Lee hasn’t escaped the notice of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His “4 Little Girls” was nominated for best documentary in 1998 and he was given an honorary Oscar in 2016 when he rebuked Hollywood’s diversity record, saying: “It’s easier to be president of the United States as a black person than be head of a studio. Honest.”But that Lee, the filmmaker of “Malcolm X,” ”25th Hour” and “When the Levees Broke,” has never won a competitive Oscar strikes many as a plain injustice. Now, Lee may have the best shot of his career in “BlacKkKlansman.”He likes his odds.“‘BlacKkKlansman’ is the dark horse — pun intended,” said Lee with another laugh. “You know what? That’s fitting. I’ve always been an underdog, from the very beginning, from film school. That narrative has not changed. And I like that position.”Lee regretted the oversight of his lead actor, John David Washington, whom he called on Tuesday to consoled. Lee told Washington, whose father Denzel has been a mainstay in Lee’s films, that there are awards in his future. “Young blood, you’ll be here,” Lee vowed.Adam Driver, who plays Washington’s partner in the film, was nominated for best supporting actor. “BlacKkKlansman” composer Terence Blanchard was also nominated for best score, the jazz musician’s first nomination after a career scoring most of Lee’s films since 1991’s “Jungle Fever.”Lee becomes the sixth black filmmaker nominated for best director. The last was Jordan Peele, who produced “BlacKkKlansman” and sent Lee the script, based on Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir. Lee and Willmott then gave the tale a searing coda, connecting the 1970s-set film with last year’s violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.No black filmmaker has ever won best director.“One day, one of us has got to break through,” said Lee.Lee planned to celebrate with a get-together in Fort Lee, Brooklyn, Tuesday evening. But his thoughts were also on the timely subject of his film, one he traces directly to President Donald Trump. After the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Lee lambasted Trump for his response to Charlottesville. Lee released the film in August on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville.“This film speaks directly to the Looney Tunes world we live in. It speaks directly to why the government is shut down, why 800,000 people are in desperation not knowing where their next check is going to come from. It speaks to everything this guy has brought to the world since he’s occupied the White House,” said Lee. “People get it right away.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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