Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa has announced the openin

first_imgSofitel Fiji Resort & Spa has announced the opening of a new FJ$3.2 million adult’s only area – Waitui Beach Club – with its own pool, champagne bar, poolside cabanas and restaurant.Guests will be welcomed to the beach club by their own personalised butler and receive a daily essentials kit of water, sunscreen, body mist and a cold towel.Poolside dining is headed by Sydney nutritionist Lucinda Zammit, and for those wanting to keep up their fitness while away, complimentary yoga, stretching and boot camp classes will run every morning and afternoon. By night, regular live entertainment from the club’s resident DJ sets the tone.Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa General Manager Alan Burrows said: “The couples and singles market are on the rise and we’re delighted to open this standalone, specifically designed new facility for adults of all ages.  We hope to appeal to singles travelling with friends, solo travellers, honeymooners or any couple escaping on a short break to the Pacific Islands.”Other features available to guests of the club include a private, dedicated check-in area, a 25m lap pool, gymnasium and enhanced room amenities. The club will also be closely aligned to the resort’s So Spa facility.Guests who book the Beach Club rooms will have immediate access to all the facilities located within and connected to the Waitui Beach Club. Complimentary entry to the Beach Club is also available to anyone booking to stay in one of the resort’s 10 suites (including the Presidential Suites).In celebration of the opening, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa offers travellers the following package:Return international flights with Fiji AirwaysFour nights at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in a Luxury Room twin shareWaitui Beach Club accessPersonal meet and greet at Nadi airport and return transfers to Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.Champagne breakfast daily for two adultsComplimentary snacks and water throughout the day at Waitui Beach ClubTwo house cocktails in Breeze Bar per room per stayFJD$400 Food & Beverage credit per room per stayArrival gift and turn down amenitiesDepartures from Sydney and Brisbane start from $1420 per person based on twin share. Four nights departing from Melbourne starts from $1520 per person based on twin share.This deal is on sale until 14 August 2015 with travel dates from 21 October 2015 to 31 March 2016, some block out periods apply.For more information and to book your stay direct, please visit read more

Go back to the enewsletter Conference and incenti

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterConference and incentive business worth tens of millions of dollars will be contracted at New Zealand’s national business events trade expo MEETINGS next month in Auckland.The annual event run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) generated more than $50 million in business for New Zealand industry suppliers during its two days last year.CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says over 190 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand will be at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds to do business with more than 500 New Zealand and international event organisers.“The business end of New Zealand’s tourism industry is high value with huge growth potential. International convention delegates spend an estimated $350 per night, twice as much as other visitors to New Zealand,” she says.Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler, who will be speaking at MEETINGS, says the international business events sector, particularly international conferences and incentive travel, offers considerable opportunity to attract new high value international visitors to New Zealand.“International conference and incentive delegates bring significant value to the country with the potential to extend the summer peak season and enhance employment opportunities bringing economic benefit to the country,” he says.More than two million delegates attended over 36,000 events for around three million delegate days in the year ended March 2016. Multi-day conventions alone were worth $472 million to New Zealand last year, and the average per night delegate spend was up 15 per cent from 2014.“This can only grow as our value proposition strengthens, and we gear up for major new convention centre and hotel infrastructure to cater for much larger conventions,” Sue Sullivan says.Over 100 hosted buyers and media from Australia, 40 from international markets, 90 hosted buyers and media from New Zealand and 300 day buyers from all around New Zealand will be hosted in Auckland from 14 to 16 June. Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media from China, South East Asia, India and North America.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Silversea has set thre

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSilversea has set three new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017. Designed for the adventurous traveller, who is also a culinary explorer at heart, these theme-focused expedition cruises aboard the all-suite, 132-guest Silver Explorer offer an array of complimentary culinary and wine events on board and ashore. These culinary experiences are in addition to enriching explorations of the natural, cultural, and historic landmarks visited along the way.An Epicurean Adventure Along the Humboldt Current: This fascinating 14-day expedition along the west coast of South America, showcasing the natural and cultural wonders of Peru and Chile, sets sail 31 October 2016 from Guayaquil and concludes in Valparaiso. The voyage includes a complimentary flight over the famous Nazca lines, providing an incredible aerial view of the giant geoglyphs etched onto the arid Peruvian coastal plain.It is further enhanced by a culinary enrichment programme where the region’s outstanding food and wine heritage takes centre stage. Ashore, guests will have the chance to savour a pisco sour cocktail and dinner at one of Lima’s best restaurants, set amid the ancient ruins of an adobe pyramid; enjoy a three-course meal in the dining hall of a 16th-century monastery in Peru; sip cocktails while observing an indigenous ritual in Chile’s Atacama Desert; and sample great vintages at a winery in Chile’s Limarí Valley.Highlighting the onboard experience are culinary workshops and discussions about the gastronomical specialties of the region hosted by Rudi Scholdis, Silversea’s culinary director, and invited guest chefs from the region, such as Antonio Perez, Executive Chef of Guayaquil’s Oro Verde Hotel. Plus, a Chilean wine expert will be available to share insights and lead wine tastings.Silver Explorer’s South America voyage departing 25 October 2017 will offer a similar culinary enrichment programme as the ship again explores along the continent’s west coast.Atlantic Europe’s Epicurean Journey: Departing Lisbon 20 May 2017, Silver Explorer will journey north along the European Atlantic coast to Honfleur, calling in Portugal, Spain, France, and Guernsey to explore picturesque harbours, medieval villages, and key historic sites. This 11-day expedition voyage will also spotlight some of Europe’s finest cuisine – from bite-sized pintxos in Bilbao, and fresh oysters in Saint-Malo, to croissants and fine wines in Bordeaux.There will also be a culinary demonstration program with market tours, special menus, and cooking classes hosted by Rudi Scholdis and David Bilsland, who oversee Silversea’s L’Ecole des Chefs program. Silversea’s wine ambassador, Lawrence D’Almeida, food and wine expert James Robinson, and cheese specialist Tom Badcock will also be on hand for onboard enrichment activities.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Mandarin Oriental Hote

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new hotel in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, to be named the Mandarin Oriental, Saigon.The property will form part of Union Square Saigon, a commercial building in the city centre, that is currently under renovation. The hotel will be situated on the upper floors of this mixed-use complex, which will also house a variety of international luxury retail outlets. Mandarin Oriental, Saigon is expected to open in 2020.Mandarin Oriental, Saigon will comprise of 227 guestrooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, a range of meeting and banqueting spaces, a fitness centre, a Spa at Mandarin Oriental and an outdoor swimming pool.“Ho Chi Minh City is the leading commercial hub in Vietnam and at the heart of the country’s rapidly growing economy. We are delighted to be opening a hotel in such a prime location in the city. We look forward to working with our partners to create a world-class experience and to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned level of service excellence to Vietnam for the first time,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental.“With its exceptional design, locale, history and culture, Union Square Saigon is destined to become a landmark destination. We are delighted to welcome Mandarin Oriental to this project, which will not only raise the level of luxury hospitality in the city but will also increase awareness of Vietnam internationally,” said Jonathan Au, General Director of Union Square Saigon.Mandarin Oriental, Saigon is adjacent to the Saigon Opera House and the People’s Committee Building and within walking distance of most landmarks in the city. Its position is ideal for guests wishing to enjoy the city’s vibrant dining and shopping areas.About Union Square SaigonUnion Square Saigon is located in the heart of the city and at the centre of local and international art activities. On completion, the property will successfully combine a mix of Vietnam’s historic aspects with contemporary facilities and will be the perfect place in which to experience the best of the city’s culture and values.Earlier this year, Mandarin Oriental confirmed it would also be opening a new hotel in Viña del Mar, Chile in 2020.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter French billionaire Bern

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFrench billionaire Bernard Arnault and the LVMH Group have committed to assist with the reconstruction of the partially damaged Notre Dame Cathedral.They will donate a total sum of €200 million to the fund dedicated to the reconstruction of the architectural landmark, which remains a core part of French history.LVMH is a fashion house that owns a luxury portfolio of brands spanning wines and spirits, fashion, perfumes and cosmetics, watches and retail stores. Among these are Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, Fendi, Parfums Christian Dior, Parfums Givenchy, Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Dior Watches, DFS and Sephora. In December, the company announced it would enter the travel space by acquiring luxury travel business, Belmond.LVMH Group has also put its team at the disposal of the State and local authorities, including their creative, architectural and financial specialists, to help with the long work of fundraising and reconstruction. The company has made a statement that this work is already in progress.Fellow luxury fashion and beauty brand Kering, which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, has pledged €100 million. Chairman of the Kering Group, François-Henri Pinault, is also the chairman  of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family, including the luxury cruise company PONANT.French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the rebuilding of Notre Dame – the most visited monument in Europe and a bastion of France’s national identity – will be a high priority in the years to come.Image credit: Thierry Mallet | The Associated PressGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related AirTran Airways to introduce flights to Or

first_img RelatedAirTran Airways to introduce flights to OrlandoAirTran Airways to introduce flights to OrlandoAirTran Airways to introduce flights to Florida from LexingtonUS cheap flights carrier AirTran Airways will launch new flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from Lexington in Kentucky.AirTran to launch flights to Indianapolis from New YorkAirTran Airways will introduce new flights to Indianapolis from New York’s LaGuardia Airport this winter US cheap flights carrier AirTran Airways will launch new flights to Key West from Orlando in the run-up to Christmas.Flights to the Straights of Florida island will begin on December 17th and will allow holidaymakers from Britain to experience both the peaceful Florida Keys and the bustling Orlando theme parks.AirTran will operate the route using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with take-off from Orlando scheduled for 11:30 (local time).Passengers can expect to touch down at Key West International Airport at 12:40.Return flights depart at 13:30 (local time) before landing in Orlando at 14:40.Key West is located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys and is approximately four miles long and two miles wide.Air Tran will introduce additional flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Washington’s Reagan National Airport on November 4th.Flights to Indianapolis will be launched from LaGuardia while its number of flights to Orlando will increase.The carrier will begin operating more services to both Orlando and Atlanta from Reagan National.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Liverpool John Lennon Airport has the cheapest air

first_imgLiverpool John Lennon Airport has the cheapest airport parking in England, a new survey from Which? has revealed.The consumer group examined parking costs at 15 of the UK’s busiest airports, with Liverpool only being beaten on on-site parking by Belfast International Airport.Which?’s poll found that it cost just £27.99 per week to park at the on-site car park, which is just a short walk to the terminal building.Sammy Patel, Peel Airport Group’s head of car parks business, said Liverpool John Lennon Airport attempts to “strike a balance” between value for money parking and a “more premium car parking product”.”We are naturally delighted that of those airports surveyed, this comprehensive Which? report highlights that Liverpool has the cheapest onsite airport car park in England and we aim to grow our reputation for giving our customers great value for money,” he commented.The survey also revealed that passengers driving to Heathrow are paying almost three times as much for airport parking as some airports in the north.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?These 7 holiday mistakes are costing you moneyWhen it comes to travel, it pays to be smart. Here are our seven top money-draining mistakes – and strategies to help you avoid them.Amsterdam Airport Arrivals & DeparturesGet up to the minute Amsterdam Schiphol Airport departures and arrivals information with our flight status board below. Whether you’re departing from the airport or going to meet an arriving flight we have all the flight information you need. Find cheap flights direct from Amsterdam Find Airport Hotels Download our…last_img read more

Flight deals to Provence in SEPTEMBER

first_imgFlight deals to Provence in SEPTEMBER 0123456789101112131415161718192021222324Cheaper-15.00-10.00- 5 Events in Provence, to add to your listFind out more Cheapest Flight Deals Flight deals to Provence in AUGUST Best time to book in advance Flights to Avignon from £167 Last Minute Flight Deals Flights to Marseille from £120 Flights to Marseille from £29 RelatedExploring Provence: 10 Things to Add to Your Bucket ListProvence landscapes are like something out of a dream – all those shimmering lavender fields, turquoise waters and gently rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards. Here are just a few ways of getting the most out of this delectable region.Top 10 Things in Provence for FoodiesWhet your appetite with a taste of Provence’s fabulously rich bounty. All that luscious food and wine will soon have your mouth watering – think of plump red tomatoes, peppery olive oil, creamy goats’ cheeses and succulent slow-cooked lamb. Add to that some of France’s most prestigious and satisfying wines…Experience Provence Like a LocalThe sights, sounds and scents of Provence will instantly put you under their spell. But if you really want to get under the skin of this sunny slice of southern France, follow the locals and try some of these experiences. To AlicanteAmsterdamBirminghamEdinburghFaroGlasgowKrakowLanzaroteLeedsLiverpoolLondonMalagaManchesterNew YorkNewcastlePalmaTenerife check best prices Belfast – Alicante *Best time to book is based on two years’ worth of historic Skyscanner flight booking data from 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2017. Price data is based on return economy adult fares. Whilst we can’t predict the factors that may impact flight prices in 2018, we have looked at a wealth of data to enable us to identify clear patterns that we would expect to be replicated in future years. These results should be considered as a guide for travellers and whilst we have identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. Flights to Toulon-Hyères from £168 Exploring Provence, Top things to doExplore now Flights to Avignon from £139 Flying to Marseille can be expensive during the summer months. July being the most popular month. You could try to bag yourself a bargain during the months of April and May to still get some sunshine and enjoy the warmer climates of the southern region of France. Alternatively, if you are looking to have a late summer break, September is also a good time to consider your trip around the Provence region.  There are three gateways into Provence; Avignon, Marseille and Toulon-Hyères. Below we’ve found the cheapest deals currently available within the next 12 months. Flights to Marseille from £29 In partnership with Atout France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region Best time to book your flights From BelfastBirminghamBristolCardiffDoncasterEdinburghGlasgowLeedsLiverpoolLondonManchesterNewcastleNottinghamSouthampton Experience Provence, Live like a localExplore now Cheapest and most expensive months Flights to Toulon-Hyères from £200 Using our tool below, key in your origin eg. London and your destination eg. Marseille and our chart will tell you when’s the best time to book in advance and the cheapest and most expensive months. If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway to Provence, scroll down for August and September deals. Delight your appetite, Top things for FoodiesSee more Fancy jetting off to sunnier climes? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a two week break you’re looking for, we have found the cheapest flight deals, last minute flight deals and best times to go to Provence. Flights to Toulon Hyères from £136 Published 18 June, 2018 and prices updated on 23rd July 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Flights to Avignon from £109last_img read more

Tokyo Japan – Reported by Donovan Longo for Elite

first_imgTokyo, Japan – Reported by Donovan Longo for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePalace Hotel Tokyo is new to the luxury hotel scene but is already making a splash. Opened in May 2012 the Palace Hotel Tokyo redefines the fine art of Japanese hospitality. Celebrating the country’s rich culture, guests will encounter an unparalleled experience of Japan. Now only four months after opening their doors, Palace Hotel Tokyo has established itself as a much sought-after culinary destination.“Most hotels endeavor to have at least one widely talked about signature restaurant,” said Executive Director & General Manager, Masaru Watanabe. “What we’ve established at Palace Hotel Tokyo is a constellation of restaurants, each a new beacon for diners intent on experiencing some of the most sophisticated cuisine of its class in Japan.”Palace Hotel Tokyo has a total of ten restaurants and bars. While the hotel caters to its Japanese culture and cuisine, guests can also experience the fine dining cuisine of France thanks to Patrick Henriroux. Henriroux has laid claim to two-star status for the past decade for La Pyramide in Vienne, France, and is now collaborating with the hotel on Crown, the hotel’s fine dining French restaurant. Bringing French cuisine to Tokyo has been built for years, this lavish fusion of cuisine and cultures will continually be refreshed with periodic exchange visits between the culinary team in Vienne and their counterparts in Tokyo.Another beacon of the hotel is the signature restaurant of Palace Hotel Tokyo. Wadakura can be viewed as the gem of Japanese cuisine. Wadakura is a multifaceted luxurious dining experience where guests can enjoy tempura fresh from the famous Tsukijji Fish Market at Tatsumi; an exclusive six seat bar. If you are not in the mood for fish, try out GO, where you can taste the finest Japanese beef grilled specially for you on teppanyaki grills. At Sushi Kanesaka, Kanesaka is sharpening the reputation of a venue to rival his own Michelin two-star eatery in Ginza. And if guests can still not satisfy their taste buds, the main dining room presents other Japanese favorites such as sukiyaki and shabu-shabu alongside seasonal kaiseki-style chef’s tasting menus.Another option for jet-setting food lovers is Amber Place, where Old World China is displayed through a world of antique wood paneling and deep amber colors. A team of seasoned chefs in Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisines create a dining experience that is unlike anything else.If guests are looking for a more intimate meal, Palace Hotel Tokyo offers a number of other wine-and-dine opportunities. Found in the grandiose main lobby is the Grand Kitchen where diners can experience an open-air kitchen. Lounge Bar Privé offers a chic, intimate dining and lounging experience. Located on the sixth floor, guests can take in views of the city skyline and the Imperial Palace gardens. Palace Hotel Tokyo also offers a lofty, welcoming Palace Lounge. Adorned with a luxurious fireplace, guests can sip cocktails or Japanese-style afternoon tea in this inviting and beautiful space.If the Lounge Bar Privé is too personal for your taste, wander into the Royal Bar where deep leather alcoves and dark wood paneling create a classic 1960’s atmosphere. Indulge in top shelf liquors and some of the world’s finest cigars.Palace Hotel Tokyo offers both a luxurious stay for guests and a lavish experience for diners. Experience the culinary journey and all the majestic tastes Japan has to offer.www.palacehoteltokyo.comlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi UAE – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgAbu Dhabi, UAE – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of tourism, cultural, and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, today announced that Monte-Carlo SBM will manage its first chic and stylish beach club in the Middle East on Saadiyat Island, to be named the Monte Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat Island.Established for almost 150 years in Monaco, the home of glamour, luxury and style, Monte-Carlo SBM has a rich heritage in Europe and a world-wide reputation for delivering elegant destination clubs, hotels and restaurants.Scheduled to open in March 2011, the Monte Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat Island, will be the first beach club on Saadiyat and is designed to celebrate fine living, culture, wellbeing and health, reflecting the values and heritage of Monte-Carlo SBM’s sister hotels and clubs in Europe, in a uniquely Arabian way. Nestled between two luxury beach resorts, members and visitors will have direct access to the pristine waters of Saadiyat beach, and the award winning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.On the announcement, Lee Tabler, Chief Executive Officer of TDIC, commented; “TDIC is developing Saadiyat Island as an unrivalled destination for culture and a contemporary urban lifestyle, and the Monte-Carlo SBM brand complements these aspirations perfectly. Monte Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat Island will bring the history and style of glamorous Monte-Carlo, with its rich heritage of culture, sport and tourism, to Saadiyat as the island’s unique reputation builds.By expanding the number of world renowned premium brands and partners on this beautiful natural island including St. Regis, Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt and now Monte-Carlo SBM, TDIC is looking to provide unforgettable experiences and an incomparable lifestyle choice for every resident or visitor to Saadiyat Island.”The 36,500 square meter beach club will provide Saadiyat Island’s residential community and visitors with a range of premium services and facilities during the day, including a private beach, kids’ area, swimming pools, a health & fitness centre and an all day dining restaurant. In the evening, the Monte Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat Island will become a ‘must visit’ evening hotspot for Abu Dhabi filled with action, buzz and sophisticated entertainment.Visiting Saadiyat Island, Bernard Lambert, CEO of SBM, the mother company of Monte-Carlo SBM Group, explained, “I am delighted that TDIC and SBM have entered into this first phase of what we are sure will be a long and successful partnership between our companies. TDIC’s focus and passion in developing a social, cultural and tourist infrastructure here in Abu Dhabi echoes SBM’s own development of Monte Carlo almost 150 years ago.Saadiyat is a remarkable vision, combining art and culture with tourism and sustainable communities in a wonderful location. The Monte Carlo Beach Club is our first contribution to this already successful concept, bringing our own style and luxury to this vibrant and visionary destination at the heart of the Gulf.”www.tdic.aelast_img read more

New York NY – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pri

first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThis holiday season the acclaimed St. Regis Bora Bora, known to be a hideaway for celebrities and VIPs from around the world, will be hosting a Polynesian style Christmas with exclusive festivities. For those looking to skip the frigid cold and snow, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the holiday season in the sun on the pure white sand feeding into the beautiful blue lagoon around St. Regis Bora Bora’s private motu.The St. Regis Bora Bora provides ultra luxurious accommodations for a relaxing vacation in one of the world’s most stunning natural settings. The St. Regis Bora Bora is the first resort in French Polynesia to offer overwater villas with their own private pools perched above the crystal-clear lagoon and provides the largest stretch of beach access in French Polynesia surrounded by lush tropical jungle. Guests can also indulge in the personalized services provided by the on call 24/7 staff and St. Regis’ world renowned Personal Butler service.Guests can start the day off each morning with a South Pacific breakfast buffet at the Te PahuRestaurant. Visitors have their choice of exotic fruits, and or a traditional Tahitian breakfast consisting of coffee, toast, and Poisson Cru àla Tahitienne, Tahitian style raw fish. At the resort’s exclusive Spa MiriMiri, located on its own private island, guests can be treated to a Balinese or Polynesian massage. The resort is no stranger to comfort and will make certain all wishes are met beyond satisfaction.St. Regis Bora Bora guests can partake in new and unusual ventures that are sure to put anyone in a joyous spirit this Christmas. An activity not to be missed is the Polynesian show on Wednesday December 22nd, outfitted with exotic fire dancing on the Te Pahu Beach. Following the performance, foodies can excite those taste buds with a South Pacific inspired buffet including an award winning selection of fine wines and Tahitian inspired deserts.St. Regis Bora Bora’s General Manager Michael Schoonewagenand his team will be hosting Christmas Eve with a champagne cocktail and canapés reception at the Aparima Bar. Guests have the option of choosing between two menus this evening: a Christmas inspired selection at the Te- PahuMediterranean Grill, or Jean George Vongerichten’s French creations at his overwater restaurant Lagoon, also located on property. Both menus offer equally tantalizing selections, however very different in theme, the choice solely relies on the party’s mood. True Christmas festivities ensue, on December 25th when the menu and atmosphere are both decked with holiday spirit. For the younger set, or children at heart, Santa Claus will make a visit bearing gifts for all guests. Later on, guests can retire to the Open Air Cinema where the St. Regis Bora Bora will feature a classic Christmas film with complimentary popcorn and sweets, ideal for couples and visiting families alike.Guests can enjoy their holiday vacation with leisurely days at the beach, and indulge in the delectable flavors of the beach barbeque party that will take place in the evening. Cocktails and beer will be provided, along with a variety of culinary delights while a DJ ensures guests dance the night away to a number of American inspired tunes.When the moment finally comes to ring in the New Year, the all white party featuring two separate menus at either Te-Pahuor Lagoon will ensure that guests start off 2011 on a grand scale with fine gourmet selections and a remarkable fireworks spectacle which will be on display off of the Te PahuBeach.www.stregisborabora.comlast_img read more

Rutherford California – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgRutherford, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAuberge du Soleil, one of Napa Valley’s most luxurious resorts, is inviting guests to come celebrate the iconic hotel’s 25th anniversary.In 1985, Auberge du Soleil opened as Napa Valley’s first luxury inn, alongside the now renowned wineries Swanson and Staglin. Toasting to 25 years of success, Auberge du Soleil, Swanson, Staglin and the acclaimed Far Niente Winery are all teaming up for an exclusive two-night package and a series of exceptional soirées. The “25 Years Young” overnight package includes the following extras:* Two-night stay in a Main House Hilltop View Room * Signature bottle of wine and fresh fruit in room on arrival * Chef’s tasting menu for two (additional alcoholic beverages not included) * Daily breakfast for two * 60-minute Herbal Tea & Steam Therapy for Two, a signature Auberge Spa Creation * Four-hour winery tour for two with a private sedan and driver—Including an exclusive visit and private tasting at one of Auberge’s 25th Winery Partners, all celebrating anniversaries this year: Far Niente’s 125th anniversary, Staglin’s 25th annversary, and Swanson’s 25th anniversary * Special Auberge du Soleil 25th Anniversary Gift * All taxes and gratuities * Available Sundays through Thursdays, subject to availabilityPackages start at $2,500 for two nights/three days and can be booked from now through June 30, 2010.In keeping with the celebratory spirit, Auberge du Soleil will also host a series of three ultra-exclusive events, each limited to just 50 guests. The first, a private reception hosted by Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson of Swanson Vineyards, will take place on June 25th. Guests will savor a five-course tasting menu created by Auberge du Soleil Executive Chef Robert Curry, complete with Swanson wine pairings. Similar soirées hosted by the award-winning Staglin Winery and Far Niente will also be held in July and September. Guests of these festive fêtes are also eligible for a special room rate at Auberge du Soleil.Visit to learn more.last_img read more

Airbus A318 Elite has successfully passed the mil

first_imgAirbus’ A318 Elite has successfully passed the milestone of its tenth aircraft delivery, highlighting the widespread and growing appeal of this new member of the family, which was launched less than four years ago, in November 2005.The A318 Elite has won more than 25 sales in Asia, Europe and the Middle East – about a quarter of the 100-plus sales won by the Airbus ACJ Family to date.Derived from the smallest member of the modern Airbus aircraft family, the A318 Elite is unique in bringing the space and comfort previously only associated with much larger jets, to a much broader market.“Our A318 Elite is the new space-ship of corporate jet travel, because of the leap in comfort and space that it brings to a broad market,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The A318 Elite is also a very affordable package, delivering value as well as comfort and space,” he adds.The A318 Elite features an optimised cabin, produced in co-operation with Lufthansa Technik, offering attractive affordability and unmatched comfort.Comlux of Switzerland took delivery of the first A318 Elite in 2007, and recently became the first to take delivery of a second for VVIP charter, which Airbus is displaying at this year’s NBAA show. The A318 Elite has met with great success on the VVIP charter market, and is currently available for charter from Global Jet Concept in Geneva, as well as Comlux Aviation in Zurich.This A318 Elite on display at NBAA features further improvements, such as a domed ceiling that brings a refreshing new ambiance to what is already the widest, tallest and most spacious cabin in its class.In essence, customers get even more of a feeling of being in a stylish home or office rather than an aircraft, which is, in Airbus’ experience, what most of them really want.Airbus can offer the domed ceiling because the upper interior of its aircraft is relatively uncluttered, allowing the installation of concave panels that create a pleasing impression of light and space that is unique to its aircraft in this class.The A318 Elite has a range of more than 4,200 nm/7,800 km, allowing it to fly coast-to-coast within the USA, and to fly non-stop between London and New York.Total sales of the Airbus corporate jets now stand at more than 150, comprising over 100 of the ACJ Family, plus a further 50 or so Airbus widebodies for VIP and government read more

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first_img David Copperfield gestures as he takes the stand during his civil trial at the Regional Justice Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Las Vegas. A British tourist claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions in 2013. Plaintiff Gavin Cox of Kent, England, alleges he fell after being hurried by stagehands through an MGM Grand hotel alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Latest on civil trial involving Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield and a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion in 2013 (all times local):12:55 p.m.A judge in Las Vegas has rejected a request by David Copperfield’s attorney to declare a mistrial based on the amount of media coverage that a civil negligence lawsuit involving the magician is getting.Attorney Elaine Fresch complained Tuesday about interviews involving plaintiff Gavin Cox’s attorney, Benedict Morelli.Fresch noted that one interview aired on CBS-TV just hours before proceedings resumed.Under questioning by Nevada state court Judge Mark Denton, three jurors said they turned off broadcasts when they saw references to the case on the news during a five-day break in the civil trial.The judge allowed the trial to resume.Copperfield is testifying about whether he knew of anyone besides Cox who was injured taking part in the magician’s audience-volunteer illusion over nearly 20 years he has performed it.____9 a.m.Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield is due to return to the witness stand in a lawsuit by a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions in 2013.The magician resumes testimony Tuesday after last week revealing secrets behind a trick that appears to make volunteer audience members vanish onstage and appear a few moments later in the back of the theatre.Plaintiff Gavin Cox of Kent, England, alleges he fell after being hurried by stagehands through an MGM Grand hotel alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin.Copperfield’s lawyers lost pretrial bids to close proceedings to the public to avoid revealing performance secretsCox and his wife are seeking unspecified damages. The Latest: Judge rejects mistrial bid in Copperfield trialcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 1:00 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 1:41 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 FILE – In this May 12, 2018 file photo, Netta Barzilai from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal. When the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israelis hoped other countries would follow suit. Instead, the move has created a backlash. The Eurovision song contest has become the latest battleground between Israel and boycott activists, threatening the contested city’s hopes of hosting the 2019 Eurovision song contest. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File) by Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 11:14 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jerusalem backlash casts shadow over Eurovision contestcenter_img JERUSALEM – When the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israelis hoped other countries would follow suit. Instead, the move has created a backlash. The latest setback threatens the contested city’s hopes of hosting the 2019 Eurovision song contest — an affair that has become something of a national obsession.The Jerusalem recognition, warmly welcomed by Israel, appears to have triggered a series of unexpected diplomatic fiascos.Earlier this month, Argentina pulled out of a highly anticipated exhibition soccer match with Israel after the government moved the game to Jerusalem. Britain’s Prince William, set to visit next week, has listed Jerusalem’s Old City as part of the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” on his schedule.And now, the city’s hopes for the beloved Eurovision finale are fading.“There is a greater concern this year than any other year I can remember about the political backdrop surrounding Eurovision,” said William Lee Adams, who runs a popular Eurovision blog. “Many Eurovision fans build their whole year around a trip to Eurovision, and just given the nature of what’s going on their ideal has been tarnished.”Israel won Eurovision last month with a flashy pop tune called “Toy” by the charismatic, previously unknown singer Netta Barzilai, who dazzled viewers with her feminist lyrics, unconventional appearance and signature chicken dance. Her May 12 victory won Israel the right to host next year’s Eurovision contest.But the celebrations were tempered by continued bloodshed along the Gaza border, as well as the controversial move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem two days later.More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since weekly protests began in the Gaza Strip in March. Some 60 people were killed on May 14, marking a jarring contrast to the Israeli jubilation over the embassy move and the Eurovision victory.Israel says it is defending its border against mass infiltrations by Palestinian militants. But the military has come under international criticism because of the large numbers of unarmed people shot by its troops.Israel is also confronting an international activist group calling for boycotts against the Jewish state. Supporters say it’s a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means, but Israel says the campaign masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country.The so-called BDS group — for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions — has called on the European Broadcasting Union, the contest’s sponsor, to boycott the Eurovision contest in Israel next year.“This contest must be boycotted to avoid complicity and business-as-usual with this regime and to avoid irreversibly tarnishing the Eurovision brand with Israel’s egregious human rights record,” the group said.Activists had targeted Barzilai and her song ahead of this year’s contest with a campaign calling on voters to award her zero points. But win she did.The winning country traditionally hosts the contest the following year. But exactly where the show will be held remains an open question.In Europe, capital cities have usually played host. But the city Israel considers its capital — Jerusalem — is not recognized as such by most of the international community. Just two countries, Guatemala and Paraguay, have followed the U.S. and moved their embassies to Jerusalem.Hosting the competition in Jerusalem could present a predicament for the public broadcasters that make up the European Broadcasting Union, sparking criticism that they are taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Israel is expected to present four cities as potential hosts, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.Israel held the Eurovision contest in Jerusalem following its previous victories, most recently in 1999, without incident. But following the snub by Argentina, Israel is backing off its insistence that the contest take place in the city next year.Argentina cancelled the much-awaited match just days before it was to be played, after Israel moved it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, triggering angry Palestinian protests and calls for soccer fans to burn T-shirts of superstar Lionel Messi. Israel said Argentina had cancelled because its players received threats from “terrorists.”Israel’s outspoken culture and sports minister, Miri Regev, who was the driving force in moving the soccer match to Jerusalem, has also pushed to bring Eurovision to the holy city.“The state of Israel has the right to decide where Eurovision will be held. I will recommend to the government and to the prime minister that it won’t be right to host Eurovision if it will not be held in Jerusalem,” Regev told Kan Bet radio.Sensing that the Eurovision contest could see the same fate as the Argentina game, Israel has taken action to tone down what could be seen as the event’s politicization.After consulting with top aides, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resolved that the government would not intervene in the event.Israel’s internal culture wars have also seeped into the Eurovision show, with an ultra-Orthodox member of Netanyahu’s coalition government urging the government to prevent the sabbath from being violated. The finale usually takes place on a Saturday night, shortly after the end of the sabbath, meaning that preparations for the show could violate the sabbath.The EBU has called for keeping politics out of the contest.“The EBU insists that every host broadcaster takes all necessary steps to safeguard the non-political character of the event,” it said.According to the EBU, initial discussions about the contest began this week and the host city is set to be announced by September.Israel has fought to stave off any inroads by the boycott movement, making lists of activists and denying them entry to the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the group.The movement’s successes have been mixed. It takes credit for persuading a slew of musicians not to perform in Israel.But many others still do and Israel recently hosted the first leg of the Giro D’Italia, the first time the cycling event has been held outside of Europe, despite fierce BDS opposition. The first stage of the race took place in Jerusalem.___Associated Press writer Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2018 9:29 am PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Andrea Constand arrives at the sentencing hearing for Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) Victim impact statement submitted in writing by Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee whom Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting in 2004, and released by prosecutors at Cosby’s sentencing Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania:To truly understand the impact that sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened.At the time of the assault, I was 30 years old, and a fit, confident athlete. I was strong, and skilled, with great reflexes, agility and speed. When I graduated from high school in Toronto, I was one of the top three female high school basketball players in Canada. Dozens of American colleges lined up to offer me basketball scholarships, and I chose the University of Arizona.For four years, I was a shooting guard on the women’s basketball team, scoring up to 30 points a game. It was an amazing time in my life, and I learned a lot, developed a circle of really good friends, many of them teammates, and travelled around the U.S. to compete.The only downside was that I missed my family and developed severe homesickness. When it started to affect my studies and my training, my Dad came up with the idea to move his own father and mother to Tucson.My grandparents were in their late 60s when they gamely agreed to move more than 2,000 miles to help me adjust to life away from home. They were retired after selling their Toronto restaurant business, and figured the warm, dry climate would suit them anyway. I had always enjoyed a special relationship with my grandparents. Not only had I grown up in their home, but I spoke Greek before I spoke English. They got an apartment close to mine, and I was there most days, talking and laughing over my favourite home-cooked meals. The homesickness quickly evaporated.After I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Communications, I signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball for Italy. Going pro took my athletic training to a whole new level. Once again, I thrived in the team atmosphere, and enjoyed travelling Europe although we rarely saw more than the basketball venues and the hotel rooms where we slept.When my contract ended, my former coach from the University of Arizona encouraged me to apply for a job as Director of Operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia. It was a busy, challenging position that required me to manage a lot of logistical details so that others could focus on training the team for competition. I also made all the travel arrangements and went to tournaments with the team and support staff.It was a great job but after a few years, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the healing arts, my other passion. I also wanted to work closer to home, where I would be reunited with my large, extended family, and many friends.I knew who I was and I liked who I was. I was at the top of my game, certain that the groundwork provided by my education and athletic training would stand me in good stead whatever challenges lay ahead.How wrong I was. In fact, nothing could have prepared me for an evening of January 2004, when life as I knew it came to an abrupt halt.I had just given my two-month notice at Temple when the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me. Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself.After the assault, I wasn’t sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did. I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself.I made it through the next few weeks by focusing on work. The women’s basketball team was in the middle of the Atlantic 10 tournament and was travelling a lot. It was an extremely busy time for me, and the distraction helped take my mind off what had happened.When the team wasn’t on the road, however, I was in the basketball office at Temple, and was required to interact with Mr. Cosby, who was on the Board of Trustees. The sound of his voice over the phone felt like a knife going through my guts. The sight of the man who drugged and sexually assaulted me coming into the basketball office filled me with dread. I did everything my job required of me but kept my head down, counting the days until I could return to Canada. I trusted that once I left, things would get back to normal.Instead, the pain and anguish came with me. At my parent’s house, where I was staying until I got settled, I couldn’t talk, eat, sleep or socialize. Instead of feeling less alone because I was back home with my family, I felt more isolated than ever. Instead of my legendary big appetite and “hollow leg” — a running joke in my family — I picked at my food, looking more like a scarecrow with each passing week. I was always a sound sleeper but now I couldn’t sleep for more than two or three hours. I felt exhausted all the time.I used the demands of my new courses to opt out of family gatherings and events, and to avoid going out with friends. As far as anyone could tell, I was pre-occupied with my studies. But the terrible truth about what had happened to me — at the hands of a man my family and friends admired and respected — was swirling around inside me.Then the nightmares started. I dreamed that another woman was being assaulted right in front of me and it was all my fault. In the dream, I was consumed with guilt, and pretty soon, that agonizing feeling spilled over into my waking hours too. I became more and more anxious that what had happened to me was going to happen to someone else. I grew terrified that it might already be too late, that the sexual assaults were continuing because I didn’t speak out.Then one morning I called my mother on the telephone to tell her what had happened to me. She had heard me cry out in my sleep. She wouldn’t let me put her off, and insisted that I tell her what was wrong. She wouldn’t settle for anything less than a complete and truthful explanation.__Reporting the assault to the Durham Regional police in Toronto only intensified the fear and pain, making me feel more vulnerable and ashamed than ever. When the Montgomery County District Attorney outside Philadelphia decided not to prosecute for lack of evidence, we were left with no sense of validation or justice. After we launched civil claims, the response from Mr. Cosby’s legal team was swift and furious. It was meant to frighten and intimidate and it worked.The psychological, emotional and financial bullying included a slander campaign in the media that left my entire family reeling in shock and disbelief. Instead of being praised as a straight-shooter, I was called a gold-digger, a con artist, and a pathological liar. My hard-working middle-class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man.At the deposition during the civil trial, I had to relive every moment of the sexual assault in horrifying detail in front of Mr. Cosby and his lawyers. I felt traumatized all over again and was often in tears. I had to watch Cosby make jokes and attempt to degrade and diminish me, while his lawyers belittled and sneered at me. It deepened my sense of shame and helplessness, and at the end of each day, I left emotionally drained and exhausted.When the case closed with a settlement, sealed testimony and a nondisclosure agreement, I thought that finally — finally — I could get on with my life, that this awful chapter in my life was over at last. These exact same feelings followed me throughout both criminal trials. The attacks on my character continued, spilling over outside the courtroom steps attempting to discredit me, and cast me in false light. These character assassinations have caused me to suffer insurmountable stress and anxiety, which I still experience today.I still didn’t know that my sexual assault was just the tip of the iceberg.Now, more than 60 other women have self-identified as sexual assault victims of Bill Cosby. We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.I have often asked myself why the burden of being the sole witness in two criminal trials had to fall to me. The pressure was —enormous. I knew that how my testimony was perceived — that how I was perceived — would have an impact on every member of the jury and on the future mental and emotional well-being of every sexual assault victim who came before me. But I had to testify. It was the right thing to do, and I wanted to do the right thing, even if it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. When the first trial ended in a mistrial, I didn’t hesitate to step up again.__I know now that I am one of the lucky ones. But still, when the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities. Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.I’ve never married and I have no partner. I live alone. My dogs are my constant companions, and the members of my immediate family are my closest friends.My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Many of my clients need help reducing the effects of accumulated stress. But I’ve also trained in medical massage at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and often help cancer patients manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. I help many others too — people with Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, and so on. Some of my clients are in their 90s. I help them cope with the ravages of old age, reducing stiffness, aches and pains.I like my work. I like knowing that I can help relieve pain and suffering in others. I know that it helps heal me too.I no longer play basketball but I try to stay fit. Mostly, I practice yoga and meditation, and when the weather is warm, I like to pedal my bike up long steep hills.It all feels like a step in the right direction: away from a very dark and lonely place, toward the person I was before all this happened.Instead of looking back, I am looking forward to looking forward. I want to get to the place where the person I was meant to be gets a second chance.I know that I still have room to grow.__I would like to acknowledge some of the people who have helped me get here today. I will always be grateful for their counsel, friendship and support.First of all, my lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz. These two smart, courageous women have been there for me since the beginning. Without them, I would never have been able to navigate this legal and emotional minefield.I will also be eternally grateful to Kevin Steele, the District Attorney of Montgomery County, who had the guts to believe in me, in the truth, and for trusting that the justice system could get things right- even if the process had to be repeated.I also want to thank Mr. Steele’s incredible team of professionals. including assistant district attorneys Kristen Feden and Stewart Ryan, detectives Richard Schaffer, Mike Shade, Harry Hall, Jim Reape, Erin Slight, Kiersten McDonald, victims services, and many others, for their passion for justice, their skill, and their hard work and perseverance despite the odds.Thank you to the jurors for their civic duty and great sacrifices.Thank you to all of the friends, old and new, who have stood by me. You know who you are, and each and every one of you has made a huge difference. Please know that.Last but not least, I want to thank my incredible family: my mother, Gianna, and my father, Andrew, my sister Diana, her husband Stuart, and their beautiful daughters — my nieces Andrea and Melanie. Thank you for proving over and over again that if there’s one thing in life you can always count on, it’s family.center_img Andrea Constand’s impact statement: Bill Cosby ‘robbed me’last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. The Imprisoned actor says his insurance company is settling another lawsuit filed by a woman accuser without his permission. In a statement, Cosby accuses American International Group Inc. of “egregious behavior.” The 81-year-old is serving a three- to 10-year prison term, after a jury found he sexually assaulted a woman at his home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby says his insurance company is settling another accuser’s lawsuit without his permission, a week before his scheduled deposition.Cosby in a statement accuses American International Group Inc. of “egregious behaviour.” He says he could have proven he was in New York during the alleged 2008 encounter with 18-year-old Chloe Goins at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.Goins says Cosby drugged and molested her. Cosby was set to give a deposition in the case in prison next week.Lawyer Craig Goldenfarb says Goins is pleased with the confidential settlement. An AIG spokesman says the insurer has no comment.The 81-year-old Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term near Philadelphia for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.AIG this month has also settled defamation lawsuits filed in Massachusetts by seven other Cosby accusers.The Associated Press Cosby’s insurer settles LA accuser’s suit before deposition by The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 9:58 am 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2019 10:32 am PDT Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty to sex abusecenter_img AMERICAN FORK, Utah — A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child.Sterling Van Wagenen entered the plea Tuesday during a court hearing in American Fork, Utah, south of Salt Lake City. Van Wagenen’s attorney Steven Shapiro said that his client wanted to “acknowledge wrongful conduct.”Prosecutors charged Van Wagenen earlier this month on accusations that he inappropriately touched a young girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015.The 71-year-old co-founded a Utah film festival that came to be known as Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford, but hasn’t been with the organization for more than two decades.He was a producer on the 1985 film “The Trip to Bountiful.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2019 7:01 pm PDT Trump claims his support among Latino voters is rising WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claims his policies to stop illegal immigration are helping his standing with Latino voters, and he is taking undue credit for uniting families who were separated at the border.Trump made the statements in a sometimes combative interview airing Thursday on the Spanish-language network Telemundo.Trump says Hispanics want toughness at the border and says his poll numbers with the increasingly important voting bloc have “gone way up” because he’s delivered.He says Hispanics “don’t want people coming and taking their jobs” and “don’t want criminals to come because they understand the border.”The most recent AP-NORC poll conducted in mid-June showed Trump with 26 per cent support among Hispanics. The White House has not provided the polling to support Trump’s comments.Kevin Freking, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img FILE – This July 11, 2019 file photo shows U.S. women’s national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe accepting the generation change award at the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Penguin Press announced Thursday, July 25, that Rapinoe’s book, currently untitled, will come out in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a “perfect vehicle” for an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” take on everything from soccer to nationalism to gay rights. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Score! Megan Rapinoe book to be published next year by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2019 8:34 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has scored again, this time with a book deal.Penguin Press announced Thursday that Rapinoe’s book, currently untitled, will be published in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a “perfect vehicle” for an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” take on everything from soccer to nationalism to gay rights. Meanwhile, a division of Penguin Young Readers will work on a Rapinoe book for middle graders.Rapinoe became an international celebrity this summer after she helped lead the U.S women’s soccer team to a World Cup championship. She openly denounced President Donald Trump and said she would refuse to attend a White House celebration if invited. Trump tweeted in response that Rapinoe should “never disrespect our country, the White House or our flag.”The Associated Presslast_img read more