Go back to the e-newsletter >On 26 August 2015, the InterContinental Bali Resort was awarded the Bali Leading Family Resort award by Bali Tourism Award (BTA). The BTA is a non-governmental award given to a variety of tourism and hospitality industries based on an online voting system, assessed by Binus Business School and judged by the Board of Advisors BTA 2015.InterContinental Bali Resort has been acknowledged as one of the leading family resorts, providing a wide range of activities for parents, teens and toddlers. The kids’ club, Planet Trekkers, is a fully supervised and secured mini-resort for children, filled with ample recreational space, age-appropriate children’s facilities and indoor and outdoor activities including kite-making, dress-ups, dance, turtle release and Indonesian Bahasa language lessons.The resort also provides a variety of water sports, is located less than a 15min drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and offers 417 rooms, suites and private villas housed in 6 separate wings.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >With anticipation building toward the launch of Seabourn’s newest ship Seabourn Encore in December 2016, the cruise line has revealed the first look of the exterior of the vessel on its dedicated microsite.Seabourn Encore will cruise Australian waters during its first season, making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between January 22, 2017 and March 17, 2017 following its gala naming ceremony in Singapore in early January.“Detail by detail, the creation of Seabourn Encore has been exciting to behold and share. The new exterior renderings now posted on the ship’s dedicated microsite put Seabourn’s newest addition in perspective, and represent another milestone in the evolution of small-ship cruising,” Seabourn Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales John Delaney said.Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s Odyssey-class ships, and maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service by close to one staff member for each guest on board. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.Seabourn Encore is being fashioned by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, with contemporary interiors and modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The 40,350-tonne ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its first flight from Doha to Sydney on 2 March 2016, making it the airline’s third gateway into Australia.A delegation of VIPs from Qatar, including Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, were met from the aircraft by Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Kerrie Mather; Official Secretary to the Governor of New South Wales, Colonel Michael Miller RFD; Destination NSW Chairman, Mr. John Hartigan; and Tourism Australia Managing Director, Mr. John O’Sullivan.The award-winning airline now operates a Boeing 777-300 daily from Doha to Sydney connecting Australian passengers to its global network of more than 150 destinations. Qatar Airways has been serving Australia since 2009 when it commenced flights to Melbourne, later adding flights to Perth in 2012.The new route to Sydney is expected to generate an estimated 3,000 jobs in New South Wales and contribute more than AUD$240 million to the local economy.The new service will also provide 84 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the New South Wales capital, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo airline, already carries 301 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Perth and Melbourne per week.Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Kerrie Mather said: “Qatar Airways’ new daily service will boost tourism, providing an additional 245,000 seats per year, generating an estimated 3,000 jobs and contributing more than AUD$240 million to the Australian economy. It will also foster trade, providing greater air cargo capacity and access to the Middle East. Australian exports to Doha grew by 23 per cent last year, and the State of Qatar’s high demand for livestock, cereal, meat, dairy products and crops provides a significant opportunity for Australian exporters.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSet to open in December 2016, Crown Towers will bring a new era of luxury to Perth. Boasting exciting new restaurants including Epicurean, stylish cocktail bar The Waiting Room and unique event spaces such as The Great Lawn and the palatial Crown Ballroom, Crown Towers Perth will surpass even the most seasoned traveller’s expectations.The design team for Crown Towers Perth included Melbourne based architects, interior designers and urban planners, Bates Smart, who created the vision for the public spaces and have delivered an end result that is rich and layered, inviting, luxurious and meticulous in design with stand-out bespoke features.Award-winning interior architect, Michael Fiebrich created 500 guestrooms, suites and villas. Employing an architectural approach to the interior design, Fiebrich’s clean, tailored detailing carries through not only to walls, floors and ceilings but is expressed in everything from custom lighting to bespoke furniture.Designed by Blainey North who was inspired by the beautiful refraction of light underwater, Crown Spa will transport guests to another world with the aqua-hued treatment rooms partnered with La Prairie treatments. The male and female wet areas include an aroma steam room, Roman hot tub, sauna, and private relaxation areas. The Fitness Centre is complimentary to hotel guests and offers generous workout space with the very latest cardio and weights equipment as well as private training programmes.The Crystal Club also designed by Blainey North, is located on Level 15 of the hotel and will provide an exclusive space for the hotel’s Club guests featuring a private reception and concierge area, cocktail bar and outdoor terrace, with unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth skyline. The multi-tiered pool area, created by HassellLandscaping, will offer a truly unforgettable resort experience including the Enclave, a secluded poolside retreat with luxurious cabanas and cocktail bar surrounding a circular infinity pool.Guests have the luxury of choice with the renowned fine dining restaurants located across the complex including Silks, Nobu, Bistro Guillaume and Rockpool. As well as the new Epicurean restaurant where guests can experience the theatre of the active kitchens and dine on the outdoor terrace adjoining the resort pool.Crown own and operate Western Australia’s only fully integrated entertainment resort, gracing the banks of the Swan River and overlooking the Perth skyline. In 2004, Crown took ownership of the former Burswood International Resort Casino complex, and commenced an expansive eight-year $750 million development and renovation plan to transition the property into a premium tourist destination. The highly anticipated Crown Towers commenced construction in 2014 and will bring Crown Perth’s total capacity to 1200 rooms, making it the largest hotel complex the city has ever seen.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterMarriott Hotels has welcomed Rotterdam Marriott Hotel to its portfolio. Ideally located in the Millennium Tower opposite Rotterdam Central Station, the hotel makes for an ideal starting point for business and leisure travellers to experience this vibrant city in the Netherlands. Formerly known as The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam, Rotterdam Marriott Hotel has undergone extensive renovation of its interiors to meet the needs of today’s traveller.The hotel’s 230 guest rooms and suites feature modern amenities throughout and are designed with a spacious and upgraded look with inventive tailored solutions. The lobby has been transformed into a vibrant space to welcome and invite guests to relax and socialise. Pillars Bar & Restaurant offers all-day dining, with a menu showcasing small snacks, sharing dishes and multi-course meals.“We want our guests to experience forward-thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature,” said Matthew Carroll, VP Marriott Hotels. “Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in travel to create experiences that inspire and push our guests’ creativity.”The upgraded interiors are complemented by warm and personal service. Rotterdam Marriott Hotel offers 24-hour room service, valet parking and free high-speed internet. The fully equipped fitness centre offers guests the most high-tech equipment for any kind of workout they want. An Executive Lounge, Business Centre and nearly 600 square metres of flexible space for meetings and events cater for guests. Through connections, the hotel also has the ability to coordinate with De Doelen International Congress Centre, which can accommodate groups of up to 3000 visitors.The debut of Marriott Hotels in Rotterdam marks a key moment in the development of the port city. The hotel’s local area and commercial heart of the city, the Rotterdam Central District, has undergone significant change in recent years with the arrival of numerous international companies and extensive regeneration.Go back to the e-newsletter
With just three months until Christmas, American Express has launched the American Express ExplorerTM Credit Card designed to help get Australians to their next holiday destination, faster.Alongside benefits such as an annual $400 travel credit, travel and car rental insurance and airport lounge access, the American Express Explorer Credit Card comes with an introductory offer of 100,000 Membership Reward points. These points alone could take you to Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Queenstown this festive season. The card also has an earn rate of two membership reward points for every dollar spent, so by using the card in everyday locations like for groceries or fuel, you can be earning points very quickly to be able to redeem for travel.LATTE chats with Austin Huntsdale, Vice President Consumer Products for American Express Australia & New Zealand, at the launch, about the benefits of the new American Express Explorer Credit Card, Membership Rewards tips and Australia’s passion for travel. Whereabouts would you go with your 100,000 reward points and why?I haven’t been to China before. With the Explorer card and the Membership Rewards programme you can redeem for eight airline frequent flyer programmes so I’d probably transfer those points to Singapore Airlines and go to either Beijing or Shanghai. China is an amazing country in terms of culture, history, food – it’s just something completely different to all of the other destinations that I’ve been to previously. Who is the desired market of the card?It’s for Australians who are looking for exceptional value from a rewards credit card and who love to travel. Anyone looking to get on their next holiday destination sooner should take advantage of the great travel benefits available through this product. What would you say makes the American Express Explorer Credit Card different to other cards in the market?The 100,000 out-front bonus point offer, one of the richest acquisition bonuses available in the credit card market, the $400 travel credit each year which isn’t being offered by any other competitor, and obviously the extremely compelling earn rate, in terms of the two reward points for every dollar spent. You’ve also got travel insurance that’s built into the card as well as a range of retail insurances and a smart phone screen insurance benefit as well. If you crack your Smartphone screen and you’re using your Explorer Credit Card to pay for your telecommunication bill, you’ll be covered for that the repair. One of the other key differences is our Membership Rewards programme that offers an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of how to use your reward points, and you can, as I mentioned before, turn those points into airline frequent flyer points. How does the card compare to other American Express offerings?Overall, American Express cards offer choice and flexibility depending on what the customer is looking for. That means that if someone wants to use their points for a range of different purposes, such as travel, entertainment, retail or gift cards, then we have cards that are linked to the Membership Rewards programme. If people want to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points then we have products for them, as well as the same for Velocity Frequent Flyer, which is the programme for Virgin Australia. We also have a range of different types of products at different fee variances. So we have entry level cards with no annual fee as well as cards with annual fees which will offer a richer set of features and benefits. The American Express Explorer Credit Card is a premium rewards card for people who love to travel. Why do you think Australians are so passionate about travel?We’re a long way away from the rest of the world, so there’s a real aspiration that when you do book a holiday, you want to go as far away as possible. I mean, we do have amazing destinations on our doorstep as well, but I think that I saw some statistics that over 10 million Australians headed overseas in the last 12 months. Travel is clearly a passion that’s on the rise in Australia. Australians are adventurous, they want to see what else the world has to offer. No matter where you are in the world you will always find Australians that are there enjoying the experience as well. What sort of travel experiences do you personally seek out?I love sun, so I love a good resort holiday with beautiful beaches and white sand. I love scuba diving, just reading a book with a nice cocktail and some relaxing time. But at the same time I love the snow, snowboarding in places like Japan. My children are young, so at the moment my wife and I have to make sure we have a good mix of activities for them and for us! Our most recent holiday was in July this year, where we went to the US and went to Disneyland for the kids, and then the Napa Valley, where we did some wine tasting, and exploring the Yosemite National Park for us. What’s your number one bucket list destination?I’d like to go to Russia. Obviously the country is enormous, it’s probably not the easiest destination to visit, but people who have been to places like Saint Petersburg say that the architecture there is wonderful, it’s a very different travel experience than what you would get travelling to Europe or North America. What are your top tips for frequent flyers?Use your American Express credit card to optimise your point earning power. I think that people don’t realise that what they spend every day could be effectively paying for their holidays. Before I talked about getting two points for every dollar on the Explorer Credit Card and therefore by using the card to pay for everyday items and expenses such as gym memberships, phone bills, groceries, petrol and insurance, the points can really add up. All of the sudden you’re able to redeem those points for flights, hotels, car rental and travel experiences that you would have otherwise have had to pay for. So I think if people love travel, and they are not currently using a card like the American Express Explorer Credit Card that offers very generous rewards, then they are missing out!What does luxury mean to you?Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. For me, it’s those premium experiences that I can’t justify doing regularly. I usually save luxury for a special occasion, like a honeymoon, a milestone birthday or an anniversary. LATTE signature question: what is the best coffee experience you have ever had?I don’t actually drink coffee so this is a tough question! Do espresso martinis count? If so, last summer I was at Opera Bar at Circular Quay with some good friends that had just arrived from overseas. Given they were jet lagged we ended up with espresso martinis and it was great to catch up with them while enjoying one of the best views in Sydney.
Hyatt and Oceanwide Plaza, the first North American development by international developer Oceanwide Holdings, has unveiled plans for the Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences at Oceanwide Plaza, which will be the first Park Hyatt-branded residences on the West Coast.With sales set to launch early 2018, the 164 residences will sit atop the new five-star Park Hyatt Los Angeles, rising 53 storeys high and expanding on the personalised service for which the brand is known.Accompanying the premium residential offering will be an array of lifestyle amenities, providing options for gatherings, entertainment, fitness and relaxation. All residents of Oceanwide Plaza will enjoy convenient access to the 184-room Park Hyatt Los Angeles, as well as The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza, a 15422-square-metre open-air galleria of retail shops and restaurants.“We’re setting a new tone for what it means to live well in downtown Los Angeles by redefining urban living with an amenity and service offering never before seen on the West Coast,” said Thomas Feng, CEO of Oceanwide Plaza LLC. “The Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences will offer quiet sophistication and personalised service at every turn. Every detail of the residential offering at Oceanwide Plaza is a result of years of planning and surveying our future owners to deliver a luxury living experience.”Located at the pinnacle of art and culture in Los Angeles and only a short distance from the Broad Museum, Hauser & Wirth gallery, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences will include one to three bedrooms ranging from 99 to 252 square metres. Starting on the 50th floor, the penthouse collection will include half-floor and duplex residences ranging from 510 to 815 square metres. All residences are custom-designed by interior design firm Studio Munge to combine sophistication with a Southern California character.Upon arrival, homeowners will be welcomed by an art-infused lobby, a 24-hour concierge, and several services curated by Park Hyatt Los Angeles. The residences will revolve around the private 23rd level amenity floor, encircled by a 360-degree all-glass view of the Los Angeles landscape. The approximately 1765-square-metre private amenity floor will include a fitness facility, a natural-light filled yoga studio, steam rooms and saunas for relaxation, an exhibition kitchen and private dining space, a theatre and entertainment lounge for hosting guests, landscaped gardens, and a resort-style pool and outdoor cabanas that will pay homage to the California lifestyle. Beyond core hotel services including housekeeping, in-room dining and pantry-stocking, additional offerings will include services such as dog-walking and grooming, floral arrangement and delivery, tailored transportation arrangement and in-residence personal training. Privacy and security will be of the utmost importance, offering residents 24/7 valet parking with the option to self-park in a designated parking space, controlled access, and a private and secure residential lobby with access from the garage.“We are excited to bring our Park Hyatt-branded residences to the West Coast and offer a sophisticated and luxurious product in the significant market of Los Angeles,” said David Tarr, senior vice president of real estate and development for the Americas for Hyatt. “We’ve been looking to build our presence in this city, and with the addition of both the Park Hyatt hotel and residences, we look forward to the positive momentum that we’ll experience.”In addition to concierge services, residents will also be able to take advantage of a full suite of amenities located on the eighth floor, including a lush private amenity park with an event lawn overlooking the LA entertainment district, an 800-metre jogging track and basketball court, a resort swimming pool and spa, children’s outdoor playground, two designated dog parks (one for large dogs and one for small dogs), designated dog grooming spaces and an outdoor kitchen area with lounge seating and barbecues. Indoor amenities include an exhibition kitchen for dining and entertaining, a game room for families, private screening rooms, a fitness centre and yoga room, a children’s centre and an at-home workspace and library.Sales and marketing for the Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences and The Residences at Oceanwide Plaza will be led by The Mark Company.
Go back to the e-newsletterSeabourn is continuing to intrigue and inform guests with the upcoming season of Seabourn Conversations aboard Seabourn Ovation, scheduled to launch in May 2018. The line’s newest ship will offer the popular onboard enrichment program throughout its maiden season in Northern Europe, hosting distinguished speakers and personalities from a variety of fields to offer perspectives on the world we live in today. Seabourn Conversations are enjoyed by guests across the entire Seabourn fleet of ultra-luxury ships on all sailings.“We’ve always viewed enrichment as an essential part of the travel experience for our guests, bringing the most engaging personalities aboard to enlighten them, and the tradition continues on Seabourn Ovation during its maiden season,” said Seabourn president, Richard Meadows. “The Seabourn Conversations series builds with each passing year as we introduce prominent personalities to share their life’s work and experiences from a firsthand perspective.”Highlights of select speakers during the maiden season of Seabourn Ovation through 2018 include:Sir Tim Rice (5 – 16 May) – English author and lyricist, Sir Rice’s remarkable talents have earned him three Oscars, three Golden Globes, three Tonys and several Grammys. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994, he is most renowned for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and more. His production show, An Evening with Tim Rice, is a concert-style presentation produced by Belinda King Creative Productions that is narrated by Rice via video and is now playing fleetwide on all Seabourn ships.Dr. Andrew Weil (5 – 16 May) – A world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Harvard-educated Dr. Weil is Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and has authored 15 books. In conjunction with The Onboard Spa by Steiner, he co-created Seabourn’s new “Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil” program, which is available on every ship in the Seabourn fleet. The first of its kind available at sea, the mindful living program offers guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being.Michael Teitelbaum (26 May – 9 June; 14 November – 4 December) – A demographer and historian at Harvard Law School, Teitelbaum is the author of more than 10 books and numerous articles for publications such as Foreign Affairs, Science, The New York Times and The Atlantic. His work focuses on many regions including Europe, East and South Asia, and the Americas.Armando Manni (4 – 18 August) – Manni is the “M” in K+M Extra virgin Chocolate, together with world-renowned American chef and Seabourn partner Thomas Keller. A passionate gourmet and entrepreneur, Manni was the film director in Elvjs & Merilijn, which won the Golden Globe in 1998, awarded by the Foreign Press in Italy. In the culinary scene, since 2001 he is well-known for MANNI Oil, considered some of the finest extra virgin olive oil on the market. He also owns Casa MANNI Roma, a one couple only luxury accommodation designed by world-renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, who fashioned the interiors of Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore.Warren Fahey (14 November – 4 December) – An internationally recognized cultural historian, prolific author, broadcaster and performer, Fahey specialises in the “curious” side of history and folklore. Australian-born-and -bred, he has been awarded the Order of Australia, the Prime Minister’s Centennial Medal, and the Australian government’s highest prize for music, The Don Banks Music Award, for his lifetime contribution to the arts.Dean McFlicker (4 – 22 December) – An award-winning producer and director of countless productions for NBC Entertainment and others, McFlicker will share his experiences creating campaigns for some of the most successful shows on television, including The Voice, This Is Us, Law and Order, America’s Got Talent and more. On Broadway, he has been a choreographer for productions such as Sha*Bang (Lincoln Center) and Gypsy of the Year (Virginia Theater).Grant Harrold (1 – 13 October) – “The Royal Butler” draws on decades of passion for good manners, including time in Royal Households and leading his own Royal School of Etiquette and Butlers, to be Britain’s Official Etiquette Expert. A broadcaster, commentator, public speaker, and butler trainer for principals and their staff around the world, he also consults with top hotels, and is called upon as an advisor to Royals and celebrities.Go back to the e-newsletterDr Andrew Weil
Go back to the e-newsletterGreenland is an oxymoron: there is no natural greenery. Over 80% of this vast country, which is more than three times the size of Texas, is permanent ice cap (if it melted completely water levels would rise by around 20 feet worldwide). With a population of just over 56,000, Greenland has established a level of independence from nearby Denmark, although the Danes still contribute around a third of Greenland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and heavily influence decision-making processes affecting the island.So why go to Greenland? It’s never a bad thing to visit new and diverse countries; much to my surprise, my first-ever visit was an introduction to a very colourful land. Nuuk, the capital, has a population of only 17,000. Housing mostly consists of brightly-hued, two- or three-floor Scandinavian blocks that are colour coded originally because many Greenlanders could not read – say you wanted to find fishermen… The answer was simple: head for green-coloured houses. Now, with 100% literacy, thanks to six public schools and one private school, and a serious university, the tradition of coloured blocks of housing has been continued, for old time’s sake.I was cruising on Seven Seas Navigator, which docked in Nuuk’s main harbour – there is also a new harbour, specifically for containers. We boarded some of the city’s 20 buses, all bright yellow, for a tour around, which included stopping for a photo opportunity at the national cemetery, where all the plots face the water for good luck.After that tour I went for an equally fascinating introduction, to the city’s only luxury lodging, Hotel Hans Egede, named for the Danish-Norwegian Lutheran who in the early 18th-century tried to turn Greenland to religion (wonder what he would say if he coincided, as I did, with a 350-strong meeting of local Jehovah’s Witnesses at Hotel Hans Egede?). This is a really comfortable hotel, with a barista on front desk, and lots of colour everywhere. It caters not only for meetings but looks after government business, and sometimes has Chinese speculators who have been trying, unsuccessfully, to lobby Prime Minister Kim Kielsen to allow them to expand Nuuk’s one runway.There are so many Danes here – they constitute 35% of hotel guests. My new friend Marianne Holdgaard Rasmussen came from Copenhagen in 1990 and, apart from visits home twice a year, she stays put here. As GM of the 156-room hotel, which in addition has 20 apartments to rent, she has no problems filling rooms. There is no competition and business does have to come to this city, plus airport delays frequently mean last-minute demands for beds – her most famous guest, Hillary Clinton, obviously booked ahead, and had the courtesy to write a lovely personal note after her 2012 stay.The challenge, says Marianne Holdgaard Rasmussen, is that Nuuk operates on around-zero unemployment, and finding staff means relying on the cameraderie of those already in the team. She also has to staff the hotel’s two restaurants, which include a franchised A Hereford Beefstouw, as in Adelaide and Melbourne as well as in 12 locations in Denmark – the beef mostly comes from Australia (best-seller is ribeye on the bone, carved tableside), but if you want local go for red Löjrom roe with blinis, followed by Greenland redfish, or musk ox or reindeer fillet, and dessert has to be vanilla ice-cream with raisins in rum, ginger, whipped cream, powder coffee, and what is described, both in English and Greenlander, as ‘Caloric’ liqueur. Really, Hotel Hans Egede, still privately owned by its Danish founders, Carl Juhl and Helge Tang, is a most unforgettable, and agreeable hotel.The entire visit was truly memorable. Seven Seas Navigator then sailed on through Prins Christian Sund, with Greenland Ice Cap to port (north) and Sangmissoq to starboard (south). The sun shone, meringue-looking icebergs as big as apartment blocks floated silently past by the hundreds, some of the glaciers either side showed more shades of blue than I imagined possible. Put Greenland on your bucket-list, serious travellers.‘And, by the way, Regent Seven Sea Cruises has just won the ‘Best Small Ship’ accolade at Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s 2018 Cruise Awards.Main image: 2016 © Mads Pihl All Rights ReservedGo back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHurtigruten will offer environmentally conscious guests even more tempting and healthy food options. A new strategic partnership with the EAT Foundation will extend the onboard menus, reduce food waste and allow guests to choose more plant-based foods.The three-year collaboration will strengthen Hurtigruten’s work on sustainability along the entire food chain.“Tasty food and inspiring menus are an important part of the experience when travelling with Hurtigruten. We see a clear tendency for our guests to demand greener alternatives with raw materials produced in a good way,” says CEO Daniel Skjeldam.A few years ago, Hurtigruten removed industrially treated food and food from endangered species from all menus. The finished food was replaced by local food of high quality.Now the new Hurtigruten EAT partnership will take the sustainability effort a big step further.“Science is clear: we need to change our diet, and we need good solutions that are available to everyone. Companies like Hurtigruten play an important role in demonstrating that foods that are both healthy and environmentally friendly can also be tasty, varied and filling. We are proud to contribute with knowledge so that Hurtigruten’s skilled chefs can create good food experiences in line with the advice of science,” said Gunhild Stordalen, EAT’s Founder and Chairman.MS Roald Amundsen during her sea trialsIn addition to expanding the menus with more tasty and healthy foods, EAT researchers and experts will work with Hurtigruten’s culinary team to customise menus that also reduce food waste.Hurtigruten has already committed to reducing food waste by 20% by 2021, and is now aiming even higher.The collaboration with EAT is the latest in a long series of green initiatives from Hurtigruten. Currently, the company is building the world’s first hybrid-driven expedition vessel at Kleven Yard. Hurtigruten also celebrated the 125th anniversary by removing all unnecessary disposable plastic on all its expedition vessels.Over the next few years, all Hurtigruten ships will have propulsion systems that combine batteries and liquid natural gas (LNG) or biogas.Hurtigruten will launch the world’s first hybrid-driven expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen, later this year, followed by the sister ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, the following year.Lead image: Hurtigruten’s Daniel Skjeldam and EAT’s Gunhild Stordalen | Photo: Rune KongsroGo back to the enewsletter
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Katy Perry’s infuriatingly catchy single ‘California Gurls’ has been stuck in Skyscanner’s head for a while now, and it seems we’re not the only ones – the song recently spent 6 weeks at no.1 on the US Billboard. Of course, there are countless other songs which have been penned in tribute to destinations around the world, and if saccharine-sweet pop isn’t your thing, do not fear. Join us on our musical tour of the world!Berlin, GermanyThis uber-cool city has inspired countless artists, most famously David Bowie and Lou Reed in the early 1970’s. Berlin has now established itself as a focal point for progressive alternative music, with acts as diverse as Moderat and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club dedicating song titles to the city. Stay cool with the Berliners this summer.Flights to Berlin cost from £96pp and depart from London HeathrowLos Angeles, USAThe eternal glamour of Los Angeles, and Hollywood in particular, has been immortalised in song many times by artists such as Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Cranberries. Film fans can head to Beverly Hills, the inspiration behind Weezer’s 2005 hit of the same name – the video for this song was filmed at the Playboy Mansion. Sadly, we can’t promise you keys to Hugh Hefner’s pad.Flights to Los Angeles cost from £383pp and depart from London HeathrowCairo, EgyptAfrica’s largest city inspired Henry Spaulding’s 1929 classic ‘Cairo Blues’ which has been covered countless times since. 80’s female pop act Bananarama also had an eastern-influenced hit named ‘Cairo’ on their eponymous 1984 album. Cairo has also had a nod in song titles by The Cure and Madness and in more recent years Hot Hot Heat and Digitalism. Rock like an Egyptian.Flights to Cairo cost from £270pp and depart from London HeathrowParisThe romance of Paris is perhaps best summarised by the iconic French singer Edith Piaf, who was born in the French capital and produced a string of classics about life and love in the city. Recent ‘Paris’ hits include Groove Armada, Friendly Fires and Morrissey, the latter in typically flamboyant fashion with ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’.Flights to Paris cost from £47 and depart from BristolNew York, USAJay Z and Alicia Keys had a worldwide smash hit with ‘Empire State of Mind’ last year, name-checking Sinatra and De Niro and describing how dreams can come true in New York. If you’re in the Big Apple at Christmas time, you can relive the magic of ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues.Flights to New York cost from £264pp return and depart from London HeathrowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 top things to do in Berlin: a local’s guideFrom dancing to drinking to… kite boarding in an abandoned airport: 10 of the best things to see and do in Berlin.10 incredible places to visit in GermanyGermany isn’t all about swigging beer and the Berlin Wall (although both should be on your holiday hitlist!). From cutting-edge art collections to fairytale castles, feast your eyes on these 10 must-visit German destinations and the top things to do when you get there.Berlin: weekend of the weekBerlin – Germany’s cool capital
Lapland, FinlandKash Bhattacharya from Budget Traveller gives us the low down on why this is the best place to go in June:Where would you go in Lapland?Yllas, Lapland Why should anyone else bother going there?With no sunlight in winter, in summer Finns are blessed with the polar opposite: they call it ‘Midnight summer’ where you can experience 24 hours sunlight. The best place to experience this amazing natural phenomena of Midnight Sun is Lapland. What makes it such a great place to visit in June in particular?Being in the Arctic Circle, in Lapland the Midnight Sun touches the horizon from early June until early July. So with the magic availability of 24 hours sunlight, you find people going a bit bat crazy – losing sleep like I did, enjoying a hike or picnic in the fells then having a barbecue at midnight or going for a midnight dip in the nearby Äkäslompolo lake. Where would you stay?Love the 7 Fells Hostel in Yllas. Nestled in the forest, this is THE place to escape and relax. The common lounge area is cosy and organic coffee/tea is available for free in the shared kitchen. After a long hike up one of the nearby peaks, pop into their communal sauna, then later enjoy a barbecue around the open fire with some local beers from the supermarket. If you are on a budget, their dorm is very comfy, or if you want some privacy they have beautiful doubles decorated with second hand furniture. Owner Tinja is a beacon of knowledge about all things local and knows everyone so through her you will get to meet the whole local community!What would you do/which attractions would you visit in Lapland?Come here for the nature and to slow down. Go for a bike ride along Äkäslompolo lake. Towards late June/early July they have a trail of cloudberries growing around the lake. You can spend your midnight hours picking cloudberries or blueberries – this time of the year there are blueberries everywhere, even in the fields of the hostel. VisitNavettagalleria, a local art gallery where they create dolls of a sort of Finnish troll nature. All hand-crafted, very unique and enchanting. Plus they make fab doughnuts, delicious cakes and homemade blueberry juice in season. If you love hiking there are the 7 ‘fells’ or peaks around Yllas which all offer dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. You may encounter the odd reindeer or moose along the way. There’s a bike park in Ylläsjärvi and good mountain biking trails in the middle of the forest there. You can also rent Fat bikes nearby. You can also paddle with canoes or kayaks in Ylläs. Any recommendations for bars restaurants or cafes?For food visit Ravintola Rouhe, probably the nicest restaurant in the Ylläs Äkäslompolo region. They do a great range of stonebaked pizzas and traditional Finnish dishes. Perfect place for a romantic dinner or meal with friends. Nearby Pub Selva Pyy brews their own beer, does nice burgers plus hosts an excellent live music night. The Routa cafe inside the fantastic Jounin Kauppa supermarket building does good coffee, cakes and also offers a great value reindeer soup lunch. Niagara Falls, CanadaAverage temperature: 24°CWe know it might sound crazy to suggest a big-name attraction like Niagara in the summer, but stick with us. Take your holidays in June and you’ll be smack in the middle of the Canadian summer, considered the ideal time for a visit to the northern side of the falls – and you’ll be glad of the rising mercury when you’re cruising beneath 600,000 gallons of water at the famous Horseshoe Falls. If you want to break out on your own, take the ultimate riverside roadtrip along the Niagara Parkway towards Fort Erie and explore those gravity-defying gorges and tumultuous waters as you go. Find the most naturally scenic locations in Canada, with our top 10 Canadian beauty spots. Where to stay in NiagaraNot fussy about a falls view outside your window? There are plenty of lower budget B&Bs in nearby Saint Catharines and the eternally charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, still within walking distance of epic panoramas – try A Pillow and Toast for a good value stay. Best time to book flights to Canada: 30 weeks before departure, saving 9% on average flight prices from the UK to Canada. The Festival of the Sun, Cusco, PeruAverage temperature: 18°CJoin Peruvians and tourists alike at this 500-year-old celebration of all things Inca. It may be the depths of winter in Cusco, but the warm, breezy weather in June make this ancient mountain capital of Peru a delight for visitors, as do the annual festivities to pay homage to the Incan God of the Sun, or Inti Raymi. While things used to get a little cut-throat for the local llama population, there are no blood sacrifices these days but the rainbow-coloured Quechua costumes and the ritual procession all the way to the hilltop ruins at Sacsayhuamán is a sight well worth travelling for.Where to stay in CuscoStay near the main square to be within reach of the main cocktail bars, restaurants and salsa clubs in Cusco. Budget travellers should head for the excellent Ecopackers Hostels which can be as cheap as £10 a night but has a pretty courtyard for sunlounging, with table tennis and a pool room for socialising. At the other end of the scale is Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa; while the £400+ room tariff puts it firmly in the ‘luxury treat’ bracket, you might think it’s worth it when you’ve seen the elegant free-standing tubs in the ensuite or indulged in a fragrant spa treatment or two.Best time to book flights to Peru: 24 weeks before departure, saving 8% on average flight prices from the UK to Peru. Here’s a full calendar of travel inspirationHere are a few more tips and suggestions for you:Skyscanner reveals our travel trends for 2017Here at Skyscanner we’ve been pouring over the mountains of data so we can help you find the top 7 trending destinations for 2017.12 of the cheapest places to go on holidayWhether you’re looking for a quick sun fix, or you want to explore somewhere a tad more exotic than your usual beach hut in Brighton (a perfectly respectable alternative) we’ve scoured the globe for the cheapest holiday choices for 2016.Best summer destinations for familiesWe give you ten family holiday ideas which should keep everyone happy; from the affordable to the all-taken-care-of.Top summer holiday locations for BritsThough Spain remains the Brits’ favourite place to spend their summer holidays, many ‘off the beaten track’ locales have been seeing a rise in popularity in recent years.Weather data provided by Weather2Travel.*Published September 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.*Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall results should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has 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. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers.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 Ningaloo Reef, Western AustraliaAverage temperature: 24°CUnlike Melbourne and the South, which sees a lot of rain during Australia’s winter, this northwesterly marine park is the perfect June holiday destination, complete with nice, dry weather and underwater coral gardens to rival the better-known Great Barrier Reef. Scuba dive here, and you’ll be in good company, from whopping great whale sharks to the enigmatic dugong, or sea cow. But if all you want to do is relax, Ningaloo has those kinds of beaches as well – start your R&R at Bundegi Beach, north of Exmouth town, or see a shipwreck (the SS Mildura, to be precise) up close without even getting wet, at Lighthouse Bay.Where to stay in NingalooExmouth is the main centre for accommodation near Ningaloo Reef, with the Ningaloo Lodge Exmouth an affordable option. Otherwise, look along the nearby shores for everything from swish resorts to budget backpacker joints like the sociable Ningaloo Club hostel at Coral Bay.Best time to book flights to Learmonth: 3 weeks before departure, saving 37% on average flight prices from the UK to Learmonth. Midsummer Festival, SwedenAverage temperature: 20°CNot just a mere date to the Swedes, Midsummer is when the whole country celebrates the (extremely) long days of summer. It usually falls around 19–25 of June, so be there in time for a Midsummer’s Eve party in the countryside – or any outdoor space in fact. There are celebrations organised at the open-air Skansen Museum in Stockholm, but the best local shindigs happen out West, in more rural spots like Tjorn Island (roughly 90 minutes from Gothenburg). Expect maypole dancing, ‘firewater’ shots, flower garlands and feasts that last from afternoon ‘til evening. Food to try? Pickled herring, of course. How do other countries around the world celebrate Midsummer? Well, a bit like this. Where to stay in SwedenIt depends where you choose to spend your Midsommar of course, but if you are going local, try somewhere like Lekanders near Tyfta (on Tjorn), which is actually a working berry farm as well as being a homey and reasonably-priced B&B (rooms from £70). At the very southern tip of Tjorn, it’s hard to beat Salt & Sill for the cool factor, being a floating ‘boatel’ decked out in oh-so-Scandinavian furnishings and with a tavern/restaurant and ‘sauna boat’ next door (rooms from £100 a night).Best time to book flights to Sweden: 9 weeks before departure, saving 25% on average flight prices from the UK to Sweden. Image: Jess Pac, CC BY 2.0.NEXT: Best events in JuneParty hard this summer, as we bring you the top international events and festivals to hit on your holidays in June.Ibiza opening parties, SpainAverage temperature: 26°COK, so some Ibiza opening parties are scheduled for the last weekend in May, but all you need to do is book a few days earlier for your June holidays and you can be there for the event of the season. Catch the headline opening of Space Ibiza (keep checking the website for the latest dates), which has featured celebrity DJs like Darius Syrossian, Technasia and acts like Groove Armada in past years, or check out Amnesia, home of those legendary Thursday nights known as Cream Ibiza. And there’s good news if you’re more of a rocker than a raver: the Ibiza Rocks festival in San Antonio is always a hit, and with the venue also a hotel, you won’t need to stumble too far to get to your bed. Want more on how to party in Ibiza? Let us guide you through the best club nights around, with our Ibiza top party venues. Where to stay in IbizaDon’t fancy sleeping off your hangover in the same place you earned it? Get away from the melee (and the hiked-up summer prices) and see the more peaceful side of Ibiza for a few nights in the northern town of Portinatx, around a 40 minute drive from San Antonio. There are several well-priced apartments and hotels here, including the S’Arenal Apartments which has simple ensuite rooms, some with balconies, from £77 a night.Best time to book flights to Ibiza: 9 weeks before departure, saving 6% on average flight prices from the UK to Ibiza. Cork, Republic of IrelandAverage temperature: 17°CThe southern coast of Ireland twinkles even more warmly in the summer, and down in County Cork, picnics in Fitzgerald Park or a stroll along Inchydoney Beach become an absolute treat once more. Arrive in time for the Cork Midsummer Festival (see the website for next year’s dates) along the banks of the River Lee in Cork City and experience oddball theatre, live music and performances where you least expect them in this wonderfully leftfield celebration. A more low-key affair, the Shandon Street Festival keeps you in delicious hot snacks and local ice cream as you wander lanes filled with Irish jigs, circus acts and try-it-yourself tango dancing. Fancy exploring some of Ireland’s secret spots? Check out our guide to 10 islands off the coast of Ireland that you’ve probably never heard of. Where to stay in CorkThere are plenty of modern, flashy hotels in Cork, but try a locally-run B&B or guesthouse for a warm welcome and if you’re lucky, home-cooked Irish breakfasts. The turn-of-the-century-built Gabriel House Guesthouse is ten minutes walk from the centre of Cork but far enough to be outside of the hubbub, plus boasts a first-rate view of the harbour and city. And yes, the breakfasts are huge. Best time to book flights to Cork: 26 weeks before departure, saving 24% on average flight prices from the UK to Cork. Got any favourite hot places in June that you’d like to share? Leave us a comment at the bottom of the page and we’ll create an alternative list of all your recommendations.Best city breaks in JuneSee these fascinating cities around the world at their best this summer…Seville, SpainAverage temperature: 31°CCelebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy idyllic holidays in June in this spirited Andalucian town – breathing a sigh of relief that neither the seriously sticky temperatures nor the peak-season crowds have arrived yet. After the festival period of March to May (including the religious spectacle of Semana Santa, which also makes Seville a great place to visit in March) accommodation prices take a welcome drop, meaning you might just bag yourself a bargain. Packed with both grand Moorish and Catholic relics and a lively after-dark ambience, Seville’s charismatic blend of the ancient and the modern is perfect for long sightseeing days in the sunshine and even longer nights by the bar. Try a glass of Rioja and some generous plates of tapas at El Rinconcillo, just off Plaza Ponce de León. Want more tips on the best tapas in Seville? Check out our foodie guide for those on a budget. Where to stay in SevilleSave your soles and bed down for a few nights somewhere central, like Hotel Rey Alfonso X, just steps away from main attractions like Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar. If the Spanish sun’s got you craving a hotel with a pool, try Vértice Sevilla in the business district. It’s more functional than fancy, but there’s also a gym, saunas and library for £47* a night, so it’s a bit of a steal.Best time to book flights to Seville: 21 weeks before departure, saving 20% on average flight prices from the UK to Seville. Gozo, MaltaAverage temperature: 26°CEnjoy the start of the hot weather in Gozo before the schools break up with a trip to this glorious Mediterranean isle in June. It may be second to its big sister Malta in size, but Gozo claims more than equal shares of rugged, untampered beauty around its diminutive shores. Whether you want to laze in paradise (San Blas Bay), scramble over rock formations (the Azure Window) or swim in a sapphire blue lagoon (the Inland Sea), Gozo presents them all. You’ll have to fly to Luqa in Malta and then catch a ferry across to Gozo, but this is easy to arrange and costs pennies: €1.15 for children, €4.65 for adults, but check Gozo Channel’s website for more information.Where to stay in GozoStay at the Calypso Hotel and you can literally step out and sink your toes into the sands of Marsalforn Bay after breakfast. Looking for a peaceful hideaway? Cornucopia Hotel is tucked further inland, a beautiful flower-clad building and courtyard with three outdoor pools to make up for the sea being all of 5km away.Best time to book flights to Luqa: 7 weeks before departure, saving 10% on average flight prices from the UK to Luqa. Best beach holidays in JuneStart dreaming of sand and surf with our look at where’s hot in June.San Juan, Puerto RicoAverage temperature: 30°CPuerto Rico gives you the best of Caribbean beaches – all crystalline shallows and snow-white sands – but with the added bonus of a handy city base, San Juan. As June is bang in the middle of the Caribbean’s low season, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a deal. So forget Miami, the trendy Condado neighbourhood is where to strut your stuff on the sand, and chill at dusk with a cocktail at Oceano. Fans of the alternative should dig out the seaglass collection on Playa Bajamar in Old San Juan (watch out for strong tides here) or try nearby Balneario El Escambron, a small, palm-shaded stretch of sand that’s the perfect, camera-happy distance from the historic San Juan forts.Where to stay in San JuanCondado has a range of hip hotels to match its cocktail-drinking crowd. If it’s beachside glamour and infinity pools you want, La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort fits the bill nicely, from £148 a night. Tres Palmas Inn is east of San Juan centre, in the Ocean Park neighbourhood and has more of a low-key, family vibe with just 18 rooms (from £77 a night). You do, however, get the bonus of being right on the beach, and the terrace has barbecue grills if DIY alfresco dining takes your fancy.Best time to book flights to Puerto Rico: 22 weeks before departure, saving 15% on average flight prices from the UK to Puerto Rico. PREVIOUS: RelatedThe BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…Where to go on holiday and when in 2017Wondering where to go on holiday in August, or where’s hot in October? We’ve got ideas for a full 12 months of holiday ideas right here, from atmospheric city breaks in March to the best beaches to escape to this December! Start planning your perfect trip with our calendar of…6 flights for less than £50Six inspirational ideas for winter sports, spring breaks and summer holidays, all with return flights under £50.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOpened in 1926 to accommodate long-term stays on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, The Surrey has reinvented itself without losing the classic townhouse elegance that drew the likes of JFK and Bette Davis. In 2009, a $60 million renovation by design guru Lauren Rottet gave the 189-room space a modern, playful edge while nodding to its history with ornate details, a subdued color palette evocative of black and white films and a throwback cocktail bar (car) inspired by Coco Chanel.In 2011, the intimate hotel became the city’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property in 20 years. Now, as summer gives way to fall, and guests are enjoying the last of the seasonal English roof garden (herb-laced cocktails, bites from Café Boulud), The Surrey introduces Cornelia Spa, officially unveiled July 1. This petite oasis, awash with soothing grays, welcomes you as if into a home. Therapeutic Cornelia products, delicate lavender-glazed cookies and a spoonful of artisanal honey combine for sweet surrender to a shortlist of seriously revivifying treatments.Pair the caviar and oxygen facial ($325) with a stay in the 1,200-square-foot Penthouse Suite (from $7,500 a night), a skillful collision of old school New York glamour, laid-back refinement and contemporary art.www.thesurrey.com
Seattle, Washington – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSeabourn has announced a diverse line-up of prominent guest speakers who will be among those enhancing the 116-day world cruise aboard the Seabourn Quest in 2013. The speakers’ breadth of knowledge is as worldly as the cruise itself, including such notables as the sly, witty comedienne Rita Rudner, NASA astronomer Dr. Norman Caisse and satirical author Christopher Buckley. Seabourn Quest’s world cruise will depart January 6, 2013, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and end in Venice, Italy on May 3, visiting an array of exotic destinations in the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean.Luminaries including scientists, historians, scholars, maritime experts, documentary filmmakers and politicians will share their expertise and provide valuable insights on destinations to Seabourn Quest guests during their memorable world cruise.“This is a very exciting group of speakers with personalities and portfolios as diverse as the ports of call the cruise will visit,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Many of them specialize in the regions we visit, and their knowledge will undoubtedly enhance our guests’ cruise experiences and entertain them on their way around the globe.”The onboard enrichment line-up augments an extensive array of day and night entertainment that ranges from dynamic, up-to-the-minute vocal revues, classical recitals, comedy, engaging quiz shows, dance classes and live music for dancing.Introduced on June 20, 2011, Seabourn Quest is the third iteration of the sleek and widely admired design that has been hailed as a game-changer for the luxury segment. Seabourn Quest’s wealth of luxurious amenities and features make it the ideal ship for extended voyages such as a world cruise.www.seabourn.com
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney tells grads to have courage NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amal Clooney urged young students at Vanderbilt University to have courage, citing some of the human rights cases she has worked on, because it inspires others and creates rights for future generations.The human rights lawyer spoke Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, for senior day, a part of the university’s commencement activities. She was given the school’s Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal.She used examples of courageous people including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Vanderbilt students who took part in sit-ins during the Civil Rights era to fight for equal rights.“A hundred years ago there would have been few women here at the Vanderbilt commencement,” Clooney said. “Sixty years ago there would have been no African-American students in the senior day audience. There is still much to do but it is thanks to the courageous people who’ve come before us that we have the rights that we have today including courageous students who were right here on this campus.”She also told the stories of two clients she had represented, including a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by militants in Iraq and a female journalist who was arrested after reporting on corruption by the president of Azerbaijan. But she said more courage is needed around the world.“At a time when the LGBT community in every continent struggles for equal rights, freedom from imprisonment and even death, we need courage,” Clooney said. “At a time when more journalists are in prison around the world than at any time in the last three decades, and even here at home the media is under attack from the White House, we need courage. And at a time when our politicians try to conflate the terms refugee and terrorist and make us fear one another, we need courage.”Clooney admitted that she had never been to Tennessee before, but said her husband George Clooney told her the university had a good basketball team in the Vanderbilt Commodores. by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2018 11:42 am PDT Last Updated May 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks during Senior Day activities at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NEW YORK — The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade.Harper announced Tuesday that Albom’s “Chika” comes out in November. The title refers to a girl born days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The child was transferred to an orphanage Albom runs in Port Au Prince.Albom and his wife, Janine, eventually brought Chika to their home in Detroit after she was diagnosed at age 5 with a brain tumour. The book tells of their two-year journey to find treatment before Chika died in 2017, at age 7.Albom is known for bestsellers such as the nonfiction “Tuesdays With Morrie” and the novel “For One More Day.” He calls “Chika” his “hardest yet most important book.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Mitch Albom book, ‘Chika,’ coming in November by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 8:01 am PDT
FILE – This April 12, 2018, file photo shows Britney Spears at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday, May 28, 2019, that keeps Sam Lutfi, a former associate of Spears, away from her and her family. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Britney Spears family seeks renewed order barring ex-friend LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family.Sam Lutfi, 44, a onetime Spears confidante who has said he once acted as the pop star’s manager, was ordered on May 8 to stay at least 200 yards (183 metres) from Spears, her parents and her two sons, and to refrain from contacting or disparaging them. The order could be extended on Tuesday afternoon. Spears, 37, is unlikely to appear.Lutfi was a major presence in Spears’ life at the height of her fame, leading up to her public meltdown in 2008.The petition Spears’ attorneys filed for the order alleged Lutfi had been sending harassing and threatening texts to Spears’ family and disparaging them on social media.Lutfi’s attorney Marc Gans said the restraining order if overly broad and violates his client’s civil rights. Gans said he and Lutfi looked forward to fighting the order at the hearing.It’s the second time the family has received a restraining order against Lutfi, who has been in legal battles with them for a decade. He sued them in 2009, alleging Britney Spears had breached a contract with him, her father punched him and her mother defamed him in a memoir. The suit was settled in 2016.The petition for the latest restraining order alleged that Lutfi’s “unjustified interference in her life” threatens Spears’ “safety and well-being” and have caused her “severe mental trauma” at a time when stress and the poor health of her father have prompted her to put her career on hold indefinitely.It also alleges that Lutfi has sought to undermine the conservatorship that for 11 years has kept her affairs almost entirely under the control of her father.The status means a judge is unlikely to require Spears to appear at Tuesday’s hearing.Conservatorships, known in many states as guardianships, are normally reserved for people with conditions far more severe than Spears, including those with dementia or in a coma.But judges have allowed the arrangement to remain in place far longer than was expected when it was first imposed at a moment of crisis for Spears.There have been signs the arrangement may change.Spears made a rare appearance earlier this month at a status hearing on the conservatorship in a Los Angeles courtroom, along with father Jamie and mother Lynne. The courtroom was cleared and only those involved know what the three said, but a judge subsequently ordered an examination of the circumstances by a court official.Jamie Spears, who has reportedly been in poor health though no specifics have been made public, earlier this week notified the court that he is seeking to extend the conservatorship from California to Louisiana, Hawaii and Florida.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2019 10:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming, but he warns it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 2:04 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-defence secretary Jim Mattis has book coming this summer NEW YORK — Former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis has a book coming, but he warns it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump.Random House announced Tuesday that “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” will be published July 16. The publisher says it will be an “expansive account” of the retired general’s military career. Mattis will write about conflicts from Afghanistan to Iraq and use those experiences for lessons on war and peace. The book was under contract before Mattis became defence secretary in early 2017. It will touch upon events over the past couple of years, but will otherwise avoid what Mattis calls “the hot political rhetoric of our day.”Mattis announced he was leaving the Trump administration late last year. He said Trump had “the right” to have a defence secretary whose views were aligned with his.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
The reluctance of Lawrence Mafuru, the statutory manager appointed by Tanzanian authorities at FBME Bank, to cooperate with the administrator of the bank’s Cyprus branch puts the bank’s assets at risk and results in “significant” and unnecessary legal fees, says a document obtained by the Cyprus Business Mail.When on August 19, 2015 a group of depositors at the Cyprus branch of FBME resorted to an English court seeking the immediate repayment of almost $201.2m (€188.6m) in funds deposited at the bank’s branch in Cyprus, Mafuru remained idle, the report prepared by Meenaa Azmayesh, a London-based associate of Dentons, a global law firm. It was only mere chance that the Cypriot special administrator received information about the proceedings allowing him to initiate legal action to successfully set aside previously issued court orders 11 months later.Mafuru neither bothered to challenge the proceedings issued by the claimants that included Cinque Ports Trading Limited, Modena Corporate Services Limited, Saunders & Fyffe Corp., and Clifton Conroy Associates Limited against FBME nor to inform the special administrator appointed by the Central Bank of Cyprus about the development, even though he had been informed about the development days later, according to the report.“The claimants served the proceedings on FBME in Tanzania on 27 August 2015,” the report seen by the Cyprus Business Mail said. “The proceedings were not served on or notified to the special administrator or the Cypriot branch of FBME, either by the claimants or by Mafuru. Unfortunately, Mafuru ignored the proceedings and as a result of Mafuru’s inaction the claimants obtained default judgment on 2 October 2015”.After the claimants secured on October 14, 2015, European enforcement order certificates and 16 days later, they presented preliminary garnishment and transfer of claims orders against the correspondent banks holding the funds on behalf of FBME, the special administrator in Cyprus who was unaware of these developments, only found out when Commerzbank, one of the correspondent banks involved, sent him a notice, the report said.“The proceedings were first brought to the attention of the special administrator on November 2, 2015 by Commerzbank,” the report said adding that this prompted special administrator at the time, Andrew Andronikou, to contact Mafuru requesting information and ascertain FBME’s position.Andronikou received no “satisfactory responses,” the report said.Only then, the special administrator could take legal action –which Mafuru decided to join–, the report said. The joint application was heard in July 2016.“The English High Court stated that it was ‘…surprising and probably commercially unwise’ for the claimants not to have served –or at least given notice to– the bank’s branch in Cyprus,” Azmayesh said in her report.“Following service on the bank in Tanzania ‘nothing happened,’ she said citing the High Court. “It is clear that Mafuru’s failure to act resulted in the claimants obtaining default judgments against FBME. Following a hard-fought English High Court hearing, the default judgments were set aside. However, it seems likely that, had it not been for Commerzbank contacting the special administrator and notifying him of the proceedings, it would have been too late in the day to deal with this matter successfully”.“Mafuru’s failure to respond promptly to the proceedings in Tanzania placed substantial assets of FBME at risk and the significant legal costs incurred in salvaging the position have yet to be recovered,” the report said.In July 2014, the Central Bank of Cyprus placed the Cyprus branch of FBME under administration and later under resolution, after US authorities described as a “financial institution of primary money laundering concern” with links to the Lebanese group Hezbollah deemed as a terrorist organisation also in the EU and barred it from opening or maintaining correspondent accounts with US banks in July 2014. In December 2015, the central bank fined FBME €1.2m for failing to comply with the provisions of the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing and revoked the licence of its Cyprus branch.The central bank, which a year ago triggered the deposits guarantee scheme, is currently seeking to appoint a liquidator at FBME, whose shareholders deny the allegations and resorted to the Paris-based arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce seeking €500m in compensation.The Cyprus Business Mail is not suggesting that any of the above mentioned FBME depositors were involved in any sort of illegal activity.On March 30, Chris Iacovides whom the Central Bank of Cyprus appointed as special administrator at the Cyprus branch of FBME said on March 30 that Mafuru acts with “ulterior motives”. 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