Last week Virtuoso conducted a series of one day ‘Cruise Host Training’ programs in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast – the first time the program has been run in the region.Virtuoso’s Senior Manager, Global Cruise Programs, Tony Logan was on hand to host the series, which qualifies Virtuoso advisors to host a Virtuoso Voyage.With over 600 Virtuoso Voyages held globally each year, the company was keen to see more Australian based network advisors qualified to host sailings from the APAC region.The training also coincided with the Virtuoso Travel Week on Tour held across Australia and New Zealand, which included professional development ‘Deep Dive’ sessions held by Virtuoso’s Director of Training, Helen Nodland. The program teaches the advisors how to position themselves confidently in the value chain from travel agent to trusted advisor by utilising Virtuoso’s features.More than 80 Australian advisors took part in the Virtuoso Voyages training and 380 advisors attended three days of roadshows presenting cruise product partners. The deep dive NZ was attended by 14 travel advisors (Photo) and 48 New Zealand based advisors attended the Auckland roadshow which included cruise, hotel and destination product partner presentations.IMAGE: Virtuoso Voyages training at the Crown Casino in Melbourne) australiacruise hostNew ZealandPacifictrainingVirtuoso
Event organisers who book a residential conference or event at the newly refurbished Sofitel Sydney Wentworth by 31 January 2020 have the chance to win a 7 night holiday in Bali, including 5-star beachfront resort accommodation, return flights from Sydney, daily breakfast for two and transport to/from the airport.The updated Wentworth Ballroom has hosted many big names in the past 52 years, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and is one of the few pillarless ballrooms in Sydney accommodating up to 1,100 delegates. Guests can select from 11 meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology by Encore Event Technologies and newly launched French inspired culinary delights by Executive Chef Boris Cuzon.Residential conference guests also benefit from the 436 newly refurbished guestrooms featuring new upholstered bedheads, artworks, carpets and high backed fabric armchairs with matching ottomans.Event organisers can also choose from a number of conference incentives and bonuses. event organisershotelsincentivesMICESofitel Wentworth SydneySydney
Apparently Daunte Culpepper wants a job in the NFL. According to ProFootballTalk, the veteran cites “unfinished business” as reason for wanting another shot.In fact, the site lists the Cardinals as a team that should at least consider giving Culpepper a tryout. Please.Unless, of course, the Cardinals are seeking a QB whose touchdown celebration is as good as his throwing arm (see :22 into the video). 0 Comments Share Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Beleaguered Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown knows the spotlight is on him, and it’s likely brighter than usual after allowing three sacks — two of which led to fumbles — in Sunday’s 27-24 loss to St. Louis. “I can handle it,” Brown said. “The spotlight’s always on me. I get back to work Wednesday and I’ll do what I gotta do.”The line allowed pressure on 15 of Carson Palmer’s 44 dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus, with Brown and right tackle Eric Winston each allowing five. Though Pro Football Focus gave Brown a -2.8 grade in pass protection, he was the only Cardinals offensive lineman to grade positive for run blocking. – / 27 Head coach Bruce Arians said a left tackle’s struggles stand out more than any other position on the line, and while Brown “reverted back” to bad habits in technique at times, he was able to stop Rams defensive end Robert Quinn “a bunch,” and was effective in the run game. “You do poorly on four plays (three sacks and one holding penalty), they’re really going to stand out at left tackle,” Arians said. “When you give up the big ones and there are sack-fumbles, there is concern. But I think they are correctable.”Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had a slightly different take on Brown’s struggles. “There’s no way to sugar coat it,” Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “I take it personal, because it wasn’t good enough. And I think it starts with me. It comes down to making sure that (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin and (offensive line coach) Larry Zierlein continue to work with him.” Brown and Arians said much of his struggles are technique related, specifically regarding his hand placement in pass protection. “Obviously what they told me is correctable,” said Brown, who saw his first regular-season action since 2011 on Sunday after suffering a torn right triceps last preseason. “Whether there was or wasn’t rust, that’s not the result I wanted to get.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Justin Bethel walks around during OTAs. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — Wearing an oversized white sun hat, cornerback Justin Bethel is easily spotted among Arizona Cardinals coaches and players during organized team activities.While his teammates participate in drills, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, Bethel is watching intently, often times taking notes and shouting instructions.He stays active without being active while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. “(Rehab) is coming along good; excited about the progress,” he said, then added with a smile. “After awhile you just start getting tired of sitting on the sideline.”Bethel said he’d be back on the field “for sure by training camp,” where he once again intends to display his cornerback ability.Last season Bethel set career highs with 29 tackles and two interceptions — including a pick-6 against San Francisco in Week 3 — and nine passes defensed.“I’ve been making strides every year,” he said, “and so going out there knowing I’m 100 percent and knowing I don’t have anything to worry about (and) anything breaking while I’m out there, I’m just ready to go out there mentally, physically and be way better than I was the year before.” – / 16 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bethel is keeping up with his fellow cornerbacks by taking mental reps.“Being able to just watch, you see a couple of things, things you might’ve had questions on, and you get to see it play out over and over again. You get to see every rep. I think that helps me with solidifying what I think I know on the plays. I usually go through the calls. I see motions and stuff. I’ll call out what I think; trying to help the other guys out,” he said.“I do the physical stuff I can, but right now it’s more mentally for me getting what I need to get out of these practices.”Bethel is four years into an NFL career that has seen him get selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons.The Cardinals now expect Bethel to become a starting cornerback.“I think I’m capable of being a great starting corner,” he said Tuesday.Bethel made five starts last season, three times filling in for Jerraud Powers and twice after Tyrann Mathieu went down with a season-ending ACL injury, which forced Powers to move inside.To say Bethel was picked on by opposing quarterbacks would be an understatement.For one, he lacked experience at the position and two, Patrick Peterson kept throws to his side of the field at a minimum with his play. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Last year was my first year of really going out there and playing. I think for me the biggest thing is just getting that feel of it and getting more comfortable in the position,” said Bethel, who was drafted as a safety. “Once I get enough time playing it, especially during training camp and getting those reps, I’ll be more comfortable at it and I’ll just keep getting better and better.”The Cardinals are banking on that.In December, they rewarded Bethel, 25, with a three-year, $15 million contract extension, including $9 million guaranteed; and then this offseason allowed Powers to depart for Baltimore via free agency.At some point last season Bethel suffered a left-foot fracture, yet he still played all 16 games plus two more in the playoffs.Bethel managed the pain — “usually before a game I would take some ibuprofen or something to try and calm it down,” he said — but certain plays, mainly on special teams, would cause the pain to flare up again.“It would come and go. I knew it was there, and certain things would bother it, but I tried to not let it affect me too much,” he said.The pain is now gone, as is the boot Bethel wore following surgery, which has allowed him to do some light work on the treadmill. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photos) Johnson also was selected by Marc Sessler to win Offensive Player of the Year.He does it all. The numbers will be there, too, as Arizona leans on Johnson from wire to wire.Mathieu also appeared on the list twice. The safety has dealt with numerous injuries in his career but has been back and healthy so far in 2017. For that, Dan Hanzus picked the Honey Badger to win Comeback Player of the Year.Meanwhile, Maruice Jones-Drew said Mathieu would win Defensive Player of the Year.He spoke his greatness into existence.The Cardinals begin their regular season on Sept. 10 in Detroit. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NFL.com released Tuesday a list of award predictions given by a panel of analysts, and the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu and David Johnson each appeared multiple times.In the 2017 NFL season award predictions, the Patriots’ Tom Brady was a favorite to win MVP. But Johnson was selected by Gregg Rosenthal to win that award.A player can only break up the QB hegemony of this award with something truly spectacular, like a 1,000-yard rushing, 1000-yard receiving season.Johnson eclipsed 2,000 yards from scrimmage last year to lead the league in that category, but was 121 yards shy of 1,000 receiving. This year, he’s poised to make another run at the impressive 1,000-1,000 milestone. At age 24, the Northern Iowa alum has tallied more than 3,000 yards over two NFL seasons. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Go back to the enewsletterFamed for its dramatic treetop arrival via a suspension bridge, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is now offering guests a 180-degree change of perspective, with Bali’s first hotel arrival by river raft.Submerged in a river valley close to the artistic centre of Ubud, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has launched the innovative rafting check-in as an option for guests transferring from its sister Resort, the beach-front Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s south-west coast. Instead of the usual 90-minute road transfer, travellers combining a stay at both Resorts can instead be taken by private car (60 minutes’ drive) to the departure point for a two-hour rafting adventure down Bali’s longest river, the Ayung. While they enjoy a leisurely guided adventure through Class III rapids with views of lush jungle, rice terraces and majestic gorges, their luggage continues by car and precedes their arrival at Four Seasons Resort Sayan.After discovering secluded sites – including a natural holy spring and an historic dam belonging to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed subak irrigation system – rafters land directly at the Resort’s Riverside Restaurant. Waiting staff ensure a seamless check-in and within minutes guests are relaxing in their room, delivering a hotel arrival unlike any other.“This new arrival by river offers the opposite view with a slow reveal from under the canopy of trees, making it perfect for repeat guests who have experienced the bridge arrival before,” says Resort Manager Gianni Costa. “It does not feel like a check-in experience, but rather a transition to another world, welcomed by the friendliest people on Earth.”Located amid two acres (almost a hectare) of rice fields and groves of fruit trees, vegetable and herb gardens, 42 private pool villas and 18 suites enable guests to retreat from the world and embrace the valley’s healing energy.For guests who book the Bali: Twice the Magic combined stay package at Four Seasons Resorts Jimbaran Bay and Sayan, a private rafting transfer is available priced at IDR 3,400,000++ for two people.For all other bookings and packages, a Private Rafting Transfer from Jimbaran Bay to Sayan is IDR 4,450,000++ for two people.Four Seasons private rafting is also available for daily excursions for guests of both Resorts.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThailand’s major river, the 372-kilometre Chao Phraya, flows through Bangkok and on to the Gulf of Thailand. There will be new hotels springing up along the east bank of the river in Bangkok, namely Steigenberger, between Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and Shangri-La Bangkok and, only a little further south, Capella Bangkok and Four Seasons Bangkok in the same complex (all these future hotels are much more convenient than the further-out The Siam, which was so glorious in the days when it was run by the charismatic Jason Friedman).The doyenne of the river, and indeed the city and the country, is Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Its Ambassador Suite, #102, is a microcosm of the entire history of Bangkok over the last 180 years. The 31 framed photos on the suite’s walls are so fascinating you wonder what and why… what was King Chulalongkorn doing with 11 morning-suited teenage boys at England’s Eton College (it turns out the king, who lived 1868-1910, had 77 surviving children, including 33 sons, so it is quite possible he had 11 at that school at the same time). His Majesty obviously packed a lot into his schedule. As well as having what is thought to have been a total of 116 ladies, either wives or concubines, he also travelled extensively: photos show him in Paris, and in Russia with the Tsar in 1897. And he obviously loved having his photo taken, which in the 19th century meant posing for some time for each shot.The Ambassador Suite, all 173 sq m of it, is up 24 carpeted stairs from the Authors’ Lounge, in the two-floor original 1870s hotel building: this, and the 1858-vintage Garden Wing behind it, constitute the entire hotel for the next few months of 2019. The River Wing is currently being dramatically being brought up to date by designer Jeffrey Wilkes, whose new-look lobby, with more wood, all champagne-white, and Lasvit chandeliers, was unveiled June 3rd. When the rest of the renovation is revealed, bedrooms will be 4.5 sq m larger. Magic? Wait and see. There will also be magic in the re-done Verandah restaurant in the form of Chinoiserie wallpaper that promises to be as significant as the palms lining walls of The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Until this new wallpaper is revealed, breakfast is served in the all-purpose Authors’ Lounge – papaya and yoghurt watched by Graham Greene and his ilk, or at least framed photos of those literati.I took the hotel shuttle boat across the river; such a romantic prelude to pumping iron (the gym is on the river’s opposite bank, next to the hotel spa). On my way back to the boat I passed several expat guys in matching suits standing around rather self-consciously, listening to a string quartet warming up. Some guests for this, Wedding One, were having a little something, waiting for the bride. Back home, in the Ambassador Suite, I too dressed up. The hotel’s manager was waiting and we went up to have a peek at Wedding Two, in the main ballroom (the hotel does over 250 weddings a year and at this one all arrivals were photographed in front of a wall of flowers). We then walked across the hotel’s courtyard, its canopy a living fringe of greenery, for another ambassadorial experience…China House is a two-floor heavy wood building in Maccanese style — not surprising since apparently this was once the home of the Ambassador of Macau. Lucky man. I hope he, too, dined in a small corner room that was just big enough for a circular dining table with an enormous Lazy Susan, and four chairs. I was with Sydneysider Greg Liddell and his wife, Victoria, who chose our meal. We kicked off with truffle-filled dumplings in individual wicker lidded baskets, went on to a soup, a whole and magnificent Pekin duck, big chunks of fish with julienne of leek, and small portions of sweet and sour pork with fried rice and broccoli. We drank a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Light Band 2018 Brightwater Nelson. Amazingly, just as I returned home someone in a mushroom-coloured Thai silk jacket appeared, with yet another glass of water, stemmed of course, with a purple orchid sharing its silver tray (and knowing this luxury hotel as I do, I bet you do not have to be Ambassador status to enjoy such luxury service at this thoughtful hotel).All day and all night, it seems, there is traffic plying the Chao Phraya. There are hotel boats and public ferries going across and back. And with or against the current, there are ‘trains’ of connected tugs, occasional cruise ships and, every night, highly dayglo-decorated dinner boats. I took a boat over to the primary luxury hotel on the west bank, The Peninsula Bangkok. Since its 1999 opening it has been somewhat lonely on the west bank but no longer. Head north — five minutes on a shuttle boat or nearly twice that walking from the hotel — and there is the giant ICONsiam entertainment centre, a US$1.5 billion portfolio of designer retail, including such necessities as a giant Apple Store and a Swatch shop, plus food outlets and restaurants and a 3,000-seat events space. The result is, well, just amazing, and to be able to shop, at more, at ICONsiam is yet another plus for staying at The Peninsula Bangkok.The 765-strong team that looks after the 370 rooms on the 37 floors of this building have one of the lowest turnovers around: The Peninsula is celebrating its 20th birthday this year by honouring the 80+ team members who have been there since its opening. Every six weeks there are inter-departmental sports events, teams competing at basketball one day, squash the next. They have a new gym, and 30 are, working in pairs for moral support, being coached in improving their overall fitness. Others are taking lessons in finance management. Joseph Sampermans, the hotel’s GM, may not have the newest hotel in town but this is an advantage when it comes to staff, who are meticulous about detail.With a GM who is passionate about health and wellness it was not surprising that this time the books in my room, #3104, included The 150 Most Effective ways to Boost Your Energy, by an American doctor Jonny Bowden. I dipped into it and found a reiteration of what the commonsense follower already knows: eat well, drink well, sleep well and exercise body and mind. Here it is easy to do all those necessities. To complement the hotel’s well-supervised LifeFitess gym, which opens at 6 a.m., you can get extra exercise by eschewing the elevator to and from the main lobby and taking the 35 carpeted steps up from the outside garden and the river. There are three connected outdoor pools and the spa is ESPA, with Biologique Récherché, Subtle Energies and, coming shortly, Margy’s Monte Carlo.And what about the exercising the mind at this comfortable-luxury hotel? Well even those with families can learn, whatever, on their iPads and phones: access to the free WiFi allows no fewer than ten to be connected, and yes, I am told, adults with, say, two kids in tow often need that number. For me, I was merely delighted to have those proper books and a satellite copy of The Financial Times. We dined casually in the lobby lounge on seabass tartare with avocado, salmon and spinach and a glass of Head Over Heels Shiraz 2017 from Bob and Cherie Bertons’ eponymous Vineyards in Barossa Valley. Joseph Sampermans, who ate no meat or fish, shared his exploration of the “telomere effect” and “hacking of the American mind”, as well as “grain brain’ and “power foods for the brain”. Then, back down to earth, he said the luxury hotel, which already has free half-hourly boat shuttles to ICONsiam, is adding a six-seat electric tuk-tuk to go every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Life at The Peninsula Bangkok gets better all the time.The Peninsula Bangkok Deluxe RoomGo back to the enewsletter
Palm Beach, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStriking a serene, spa-inspired sensibility that suits both the sophistication and natural beauty of its oceanfront locale, celebrated Canadian interior designer Brian Gluckstein is at the helm of a total transformation of the guestrooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Gluckstein, who last year won rave reviews for his design of a new Spa at the resort, once again draws on a soft palette of sea-glass colors, infusing the resort’s 210 guestrooms and suites with a clean, contemporary look. The renovation is well under way and scheduled to be completed in time for Christmas 2010.“The change is dramatic, yet consistent with the timeless feel of the new spa and lobby of the resort” said General Manager Kathleen Horrigan. “It’s the style of décor our guests would choose for their own ocean-front homes,” she said, noting residential touches such as plush, comfortable seating and artwork evoking the sea’s rhythmic tides. In keeping with the ocean themes of the Spa, the new rooms feature modern Art-Deco style custom furnishings in colors that mirror the changing hues of the sea, sky and sand; “iced slate”, “seafoam”, “cirrus” and “soft fern” are just a few of the names for the luxurious fabrics. Maple credenzas and nightstands finished in a special blend of colors and faced with a glaze called “seashell”, contribute to a light, airy look.Gluckstein created spaces that are a restful oasis, while emphasizing the views. The renovated bathrooms feature separate tubs and shower stalls, with pale ivory marble throughout and ivory, taupe and white mosaic floor tile from Greece reminiscent of seashells on the beach. “As with the Spa, my approach was to create restful spaces inspired by the Resort’s ocean-front setting, intimate nature, and residential style. Guests of Four Seasons Palm Beach think of it as their home and my objective was to bring an elegant beach house aesthetic to the rooms,” said Gluckstein.Amongst interior designers, Brian Gluckstein is known for combining casual sophistication, comfort and understated elegance. His designs grace public spaces such as the model residences at the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the Windsor Arms Hotel and private residences across North America. His retail lines include home furnishings and accessories sold throughout Canada.www.fourseasons.com
Phillipsburg, Montana – The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana’s newest luxury guest ranch, is pleased to announce two new packages in commemoration of fall and the upcoming Holiday season. Situated on 6,600 picturesque acres of rugged wilderness, the Ranch opened in May, 2010 and offers an unparalleled luxury escape while providing an authentic Ranch experience beneath the big Montana sky.The Harvest Package(Available through November 28, 2010)Celebrate the fall at The Ranch at Rock Creek with seasonal fun and hearty fare fit for all ages. The Harvest Package includes: • Four all-inclusive nights in any of the Ranch’s luxurious accommodations.* • Special fall-themed activities, including pumpkin carving, spooky cookie decorating, trick-or-treating, an autumn scavenger hunt and a guided tour of nearby Granite Ghost Town. • An Autumn Feast, prepared by Executive Chef Josh Drage. • The Ranch’s full roster of fall activities, including horseback riding, clay shooting, archery, hiking, mountain biking, paint ball, photo safaris, fly-fishing and more. *Package rates starting at $6,400 based on double occupancy, with additional nights beginning at $800 per person, per night. 10% ranch fee due upon departure. Spa treatments not included.The Winter Wonderland Package(December 13, 2010 – March 31, 2011)For its first official winter season, The Ranch at Rock Creek invites families, couples and friends to experience the ultimate winter or holiday getaway. Complete with classic snowy activities and toasty amenities, the Winter Wonderland Package includes: • Four all-inclusive nights in luxurious accommodations, including the Granite Lodge, Bluebird Cabin, Wrangler, Trapper Tent, Loft, Bunkhouse and Log Homes.* • Lift tickets and equipment rental for snowboarding and/or skiing at Discovery Basin. • All winter activities, including snowshoeing, sleigh rides, horseback riding, sledding, snowman building, ice hockey, ice skating and ice fishing on the Ranch’s frozen ponds, clay shooting and more. • Two 60-minute Rock Creek Hot Stone massages.*Package rates starting at $6,700 based on double occupancy for a minimum 4-night stay, with additional nights available from $800 per person, per night. Reservations made after January 1, 2011 starting at $7,500, with additional nights available from $900 per person, per night. 10 % ranch fee due upon departure.
New York, NY – Children of the world, a special porcelain sculpture created in partnership with Operation Smile, will be presented today, September 18, in the United States during the organization’s Annual Gala in Los Angeles. This beautiful porcelain creation has been conceived to homage the exceptional work of Operation Smile, which has already helped thousands of children from around the world born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.Since 2006, Lladró collaborates with this humanitarian organization thanks to different initiatives that have already made possible to raise $350,000 up to date. This collaboration, which started through Lladró in the US, was extended in 2007 to subsidiaries of the brand in other countries.The piece Children of the world signifies a step further in the collaboration between both entities for one shared dream: to bring a smile to thousands of children across the globe. For that reason, five children representing the world are shown on this beautiful creation. The special design expresses the spirit that motivates the work of the non-profit organization. The matte white porcelain of the children contrasts with the glossy finish of the base, decorated with blue enamels. The result is a powerful and meaningful decorative sculpture.Together with Santo Versace, President of Versace, the world-renowned fashion brand, and also President of Operation Smile in Italy, the piece has been presented to the Italian Privilege Gold members, a society of privileges for the best Lladró customers. The sculpture will be soon available at Lladró Boutiques.About Operation Smile. Founded in 1982, Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is a worldwide children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers are dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. Since its founding, Operation Smile has treated more than 100,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.About Lladró Lladró was established by the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in 1953, and currently holds a presence in over 120 countries. Lladró has proprietary shops in the most important commercial centers in the world: London, New York, Beverly Hills, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, the company’s home city. For further information on Lladró, visit www.lladro.com.
Spirit of the West frontman John Mann, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, performs his final concert in Vancouver, Saturday, April 16, 2016. A fundraising campaign for Spirit of the West singer Mann is seeking $10,000 to help pay for the musician’s medical and personal needs.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Fundraising campaign for Spirit of the West’s Mann follows celeb-studded concert VANCOUVER – A fundraising campaign for Spirit of the West singer John Mann is seeking $10,000 to help pay for the musician’s medical and personal needs.Mann was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014 at age 52.Supporters previously raised more than US$56,000 for him to pursue an experimental form of stem cell therapy.A new GoFundMe campaign launched late last year features a star-studded video recorded at a benefit concert for Mann on Nov. 19, 2017 in Vancouver.Nearly 50 musicians including Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan, Alan Doyle and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies recorded a cover of Spirit of the West’s signature foot-stomper “Home For a Rest.”The video from that night shows Mann dancing on stage while his celebrity friends belt out the song.———On the web: https://www.gofundme.com/john-mann-home-for-a-rest by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2018 1:15 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 8:04 am PDT Dalhousie administrator’s controversial book shortlisted for $50K Donner Prize AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — A book on campus debate by Dalhousie University’s interim president that stirred controversy at the Halifax school is among the books shortlisted for the $50,000 Donner Prize.Peter MacKinnon’s “University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus” (University of Toronto Press) is one of five finalists for the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian.MacKinnon’s interim appointment at Dalhousie earlier this year was met with outcry from a group of students who rebuked his book for expressing “racist perspectives” and “oppressive rhetoric,” prompting some to call for his dismissal.A group of law professors at Dalhousie University also wrote a letter to school’s provost in February asking MacKinnon to confirm that blackface violates the code of student conduct and personal harassment policy.In the book, MacKinnon suggests there was a “lack of proportion” in the outraged responses to campus incidents involving white students in blackface, saying these were “just Halloween parties.”In response to the backlash, MacKinnon issued a statement saying he does not condone blackface.Ken Whyte, chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, announced the 2018/2019 short list on Tuesday. In a statement he said the selected titles, which also examine topics including basic income, police reforms, and population growth and climate change, “will undoubtedly provoke debate and elevate the conversation in Canada.”Other Donner finalists include:– “Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond” by Thomas J. Courchene (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University)– “Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change” by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak (Global Warming Policy Foundation)– “Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier and More Secure Life for All” by Evelyn L. Forget (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.)– “Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing” by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper (Douglas & McIntyre)The winner of the $50,000 honour will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 1. Each other nominated title receives $7,500.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2019 10:13 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aerialist Nik Wallenda walks on a high wire above Times Square, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes) NEW YORK — Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement.Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him Sunday night for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.The siblings walked from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire (396-meter) suspended between the towers, crossing each other in the middle, where Lijana Wallenda sat on the wire and let her brother step over her. Both then continued to the opposite side.Their latest daredevil stunt was streamed live on ABC and watched by thousands of spectators from below. The two were wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fell.The Wallenda family has been a star tightrope-walking troupe for generations, tracing their roots to 1780 in Austria-Hungary, when their ancestors travelled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers, and trapeze artists. They never use nets in live shows or in rehearsals.In 1978, 73-year-old Karl Wallenda fell to his death from a high wire strung between two buildings in Puerto Rico. In 1962, Karl Wallenda’s nephew and son-in-law died, and his son was paralyzed, after a seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance. Lijana Wallenda’s fall happened during an attempt to break a Guinness world record with an eight-person pyramid.Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walks above Niagara Falls, the Chicago skyline, and the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park were broadcast on national television.The Associated Press
The sole builder of this model, planning coordinator Dan Kelliher, explains the planned construction phases. [Photo & text: sa] January 31, 2006The Arcosanti 5000 model returns from Rome. It was one of seven models displayed in the recent exhibition. [Photo & text: sa] The model was built to be displayed in the visitors center for the introduction presentation to Arcosanti, given to visitors. [Photo & text: sa]The Arcosanti 5000 model returns from Rome. It was one of seven models displayed in the recent exhibition. [Photo & text: sa] The model was built to be displayed in the visitors center for the introduction presentation to Arcosanti, given to visitors. [Photo & text: sa] A group of Arcosanti tour guides meets to be familiarized with the details of this latest design of Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
July 9, 2007 Sunday evening, July 8. 2007, the Colly Soleri Amphitheater welcomed Ruth, Lucy and Rowena performed part of the program on their own. The girls all sing and play a lot of instruments between them – fiddles, ukulele, bass, harmonica and various percussion instruments. [Photo & text: sa] This very talented family band delighted their audience with a wide repertoire which included fiddle tunes from Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, some Basque, French Canadian, Cajun, Blues, pre-Blues African-American folk songs, Scottish and Appalachian traditional songs, works of contemporary songwriters, and original songs reflecting their region of Australia. The family comes from Margaret River in Western Australia’s deep southwest, where the forest and ocean make a great atmosphere for music and instrument-making. All of their playing, rehearsing and recording happens at the kitchen table in their big green house beside the forest. The performance was preceeded by a delicious out-door barbeque dinner in the Vaults prepared by Arcosanti chef Carri Krueger. The menu: Beef Shishkabob / Barbeque Chicken, vegitarian Portabello Mushroom Shishkabob, Wild-Rice Salad, Pepper Salad, Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese and mixed Melon Salad. [Photo & text: sa]
June 26, 2013Arcosanti celebrated Summer Solstice, the SuperMoon, and what would have been Paolo Soleri’s 94th birthday this past Friday evening, June 21, 2013.Paolo’s birthday – the first without him here – gave us an opportunity to start a new tradition at Arcosanti. We intend in future to host an annual dinner on June 21 to honor Paolo, celebrate the work he began here, and allow all of us who are alumni and who have become part of that work, to continue to share in it.[photos by Sue Kirsch; text by Jeff Stein]For this first time out, with just Arizona alumni invited, we had barbeque in the vaults, socializing with friends we haven’t seen for awhile, and a screening of Aimee Madsen’s film, PAOLO SOLERI: BEYOND FORM.We had conversations about the work that’s coming up at Arcosanti, and how staff here, with input from alumni and others, are at the beginning of developing a 6-year plan that would bring a couple projects to fruition by 2019, the hundredth anniversary of Paolo Soleri’s birth.And we spoke of plans for the public celebration of Paolo’s life, this coming September 20, 21, and 22, with events at Cosanti, at Arcosanti, and at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale. Save those dates, please, and watch the Arcosanti website as we remember the life and work of Paolo Soleri this fall.
October 18, 2013The Arcosanti 5K ZOMBIE Run took place on October 5. 2013 on a very cold morning. 16 people ran and walked the 5 kilometer circle from the Visitors parking lot down the low road below the Arcosanti site, around the bend right before camp into the Agua Fria river valley road to the ranch, then the ranch road back to the Arcosanti road and to the Visitors parking lot.Michael Herrick just arrived to attend the October 6. workshop and took first place in the run.[Photos and text: Sue Kirsch]Arcosanti residents Isaac Meuske and Ering O’Laughlin ran with Zombie make-up.Here are Arcosanti residents Sasha and Nadia arriving at the finish line …… and accepting Sasha’s medal. Arcosanti resident Colleen Reckow.Here are the participants with their medals. Results can be seen on the AllDistanceRunning web-site.
February 25, 2015You can view reports on all of the different steps in the upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area, starting with the plans in our report from August 15; the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 9/26, 10/1 – 10/6, 10/22, 10/24, 12/3, 12/12 and 1/5 – 1/21, 1/26 and 2/23/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Cayo Romero is putting together plumbing lines that will help to water the forthcoming lawns. Here are Ron and Cayo connecting the water lines.The walkway is complete and the areas on either side will be planted with grass after the winter weather.More to come.
November 3, 2017Edgar Ramírez visited the Urban Laboratory with GQ Style and created a beautiful video about the history of Arcosanti and what we are up to now. Watch it below!