AUS Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C

first_img AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … Granny Smith has also enjoyed an upturn in demand but demand for the Golden Delicious remains “below expectations”. However, VOG said that stocks of this latter variety are down 30% compared with 2016 and so there is “no need for alarm”.Similarly, stocks of the Fuji and Braeburn are down 20% but, like every year, the market is still waiting for an upturn in demand in February and March.“Another positive aspect at this stage of the campaign is the retail price which, having returned to normal levels, is now extremely attractive to the final consumer,” he said.The demand for club apples – of which the most important are Pink Lady and Kanzi – goes along with expectations. In the coming weeks they will be supported by many promotional activities. Demand from German supermarkets is also recovering after a very quiet autumn caused by the high production levels of private gardens in Germany.As such, the signs for the next few months of the campaign look promising, VOG said. Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in … You might also be interested in February 08 , 2019 center_img Italian apple cooperative VOG says sales in the European market are seeing an “upturn” following a tricky start to the season.It said the early season was “shrouded in doubt” due to the record production on the continent and the “excessively high retail prices” following the poor harvest of the previous season, but the early January markets were showing signs of improvement.“Compared with the market situation in the autumn, sales in the first weeks of January suggested an upward trend,” said Gerhard Dichgans, director of VOG.”From 1 February the stocks in our storage facilities will be about 10% down compared with two years ago. In fact, we have to exclude last season from this comparison given that the 2017 harvest in Europe was largely unprofitable.”In recent weeks, demand has centred around Royal Gala – which has been particularly popular in the Middle East – and the Red Delicious, which represents a big opportunity particularly for the Indian market given the lack of products arriving from the U.S., VOG said. T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations … Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … last_img read more

Hot on the heels of the opening of British Airways

first_imgHot on the heels of the opening of British Airways’ exclusive First Wing at London Heathrow Terminal 5, a new private check-in area for British Airways’ First, Gold Executive Club and oneworld Emerald customers, the airline has unveiled the refurbishment of its Concorde Room lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. The makeover includes the re-upholstering of iconic pieces of furniture, and adding new feature pieces to the room, all of which are illuminated by hand-blown glass lighting with bone linen shades and ochre silk linings. The popular terrace has been treated to new luxurious sofas and new elegant loungers, and guests will still be able to dine before they fly, in private booths with full waiter service. If they wish to unwind ahead of their flight, private cabanas with a day bed and ensuite are also available to book.Next in British Airways’ revamp schedule is the lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7. BABritish AirwaysHeathrowloungelast_img read more

According to their official website the Arizona C

first_imgAccording to their official website, the Arizona Cardinals currently have 100 players on their roster.Forty-seven of them weren’t on the roster when the 2012 season ended.But maybe the one new face getting the most attention is veteran quarterback Carson Palmer. Acquired in a trade with the Oakland Raiders in the offseason, Palmer is being counted on to jump-start a woeful passing offense that ranked 28th in the National Football League last year. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo New head coach Bruce Arians has no doubt that Palmer will be able to resuscitate the Cardinals’ offense.“He’s still got the arm, he can make all the throws,” Arians told NFL AM on NFL Network. “What I love about him is he brings spirit to the locker room. He’s on fire every day when he comes in there — he’s the first one in there, the last one to leave and (he’s) everything you want out of your quarterback.” – / 6 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If you listen to Doug & Wolf, you know I love stats. ESPN Stats & Info just produced a great piece on the Seahawks at Cardinals game.If you want the whole link, here it is. If you want just the highlights, keep reading.ESPN Stats & Info: The Seahawks are just 5-6 on the road over the last two regular seasons. In road games this season, the Seattle defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks a 69 Total QBR. That means the average quarterback playing at home against Seattle is basically producing at a Pro Bowl level this year.I’m not a huge fan of the QBR because it has a ton of subjective qualities yet I see the value of this info. Russell Wilson has never lost a home game but look at the road record. The defense stat is stark on QB rating. It shows the enormous affect the crowd noise has on Seattle’s opponents. You take that crowd noise away and the defense goes from “stellar” to “solid.” ESPN Stats & Info: Wilson has attempted 65 throws off play action this season, the second-highest total in the league, and his 93.5 Total QBR on such throws ranks behind only Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.Important point because it shows Wilson isn’t a total dog as QB but he’s a little over-hyped after his successful rookie season. Take away Marshawn Lynch and you’ve taken away a great deal of Wilson’s effectiveness.ESPN Stats & Info: Carson Palmer has more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) when throwing to Fitzgerald this season. When Kurt Warner throws to Larry Fitzgerald the Cardinals TD/INT ratio is +19 but when the other 8 Cardinal QBs since Warner’s retirement throw to Fitz the number goes to -10.I think we all understand. The bad QBs force the ball to Fitz because they panic and don’t read coverage. Warner forced teams to cover everyone because he was willing to throw to anyone, therefore passes to Fitz weren’t forced.ESPN Stats & Info: Over the last two seasons, the Cardinals are 1-7 against their fellow NFC West teams, the worst divisional record of any team in the NFL. However, the only win was the aforementioned win over the Seahawks in last season’s Week 1.Remember when Michael Bidwill said that he fired Whisenhunt because he was worried the Cardinals were falling behind the rest of the division? It’s hard to argue the point. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories ESPN Stats & Info: Lynch has 487 rushing yards this season, the third-most in the NFL. He’s done a large part of his work in the first quarter with 231 of those rushing yards (more than 47 percent) coming in the first quarter.This goes back to the Wilson play-action stats. LBs and DBs are much more disciplined at the beginning of a game. If Wilson starts a ton of play-action in the first quarter, it won’t be totally believable because Lynch hasn’t started gashing. Every team thinks they have a plan to stop Lynch. Panic doesn’t set in until they realize the plan didn’t work. Panic by the defense leads to play-action by the offense.We all know a huge key to the game is protecting Carson Palmer with the assumption protection will lower his turnover totals. Protecting Palmer is far and away the number one issue. It could be argued the second thing to study in this game, based on ESPN Stats & Info, is how well the Cards handle Lynch in the first quarter. If Lynch ends the 1st quarter with 50 or more yards rushing, it’s the 7 that will go up instead of the 1 in the recent NFC West division games for the Cardinals.last_img read more

thekylermurray cutting it loose at OUFootball

first_img.@thekylermurray cutting it loose at @OU_Football Pro Day!📺: Path to the Draft: Pro Day on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/NQe6Nr99gi— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2019The Arizona Cardinals, who own the No. 1 pick, are in attendance at Oklahoma’s pro day, but president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury did not make the trip. They are expected to work out Murray privately under settings more under their control. The weight nearly did. Murray, a potential top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, scaled in at 205 pounds Wednesday in Norman, Okla.Related LinksCardinals’ Bidwill, Keim and Kingsbury not at Murray’s pro dayArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Why NFL mock drafts are going all-in on Kyler Murray to the CardsBut the height measurement’s legitimacy? Well, we won’t know.Murray didn’t get measured on Wednesday and skipped agility drills such as the broad jump, vertical and 40-yard dash.NFL Network’s James Palmer confirmed Murray will not run the 40-yard dash to show off his speed that made him one of the most dynamic players in the country this past season.The quarterback went through throwing drills on Wednesday. Kyler Murray showing off his deep ball with these throws. #OUProDay pic.twitter.com/zPi6KZVyGE— Michael Kinney (@EyeAmTruth) March 13, 2019 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Kyler Murray to Myles Tease deep pic.twitter.com/UGLpvQsEnL Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo — Ryan Aber (@ryaber) March 13, 2019 Oklahoma quarterback prospect Kyler Murray’s height measurement at the NFL Draft Combine two weeks ago no doubt helped his draft stock.It forced evaluators to eschew using his height as a red flag, a reason not to consider him a top pick.Murray’s weight, 207 pounds, also helped his cause as detractors going into the Feb. 28 combine worried about his thin build and ability to take hits from the quarterback position. But skeptics wondered if those numbers would hold up — and if Murray could show off his speed — when Oklahoma’s pro day came around. Kyler Murray to Geno Lewis at #OU pro day: pic.twitter.com/6TtarSI9H1— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) March 13, 2019 Top Stories “He’s got an A-plus so far!”@TheKylerMurray is putting on a clinic at @OU_Football Pro Day. 🎯📺: Path to the Draft: Pro Day on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/VgKGVCM6a6— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2019 More Kyler Murray throwing pic.twitter.com/A5uNG7O0VY— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) March 13, 2019 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter American Airlines s

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >American Airlines’ state-of-the-art, flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft performed a flyover of Sydney Harbour this morning and was welcomed by joint business partner Qantas in Hangar 96 at Mascot. The aircraft visit is a prelude to American’s new daily service from Sydney to Los Angeles, which starts on 19 December, as part of the carriers’ expanded partnership announced earlier this year.Guests from media, aviation, corporate customers and sales agents were hosted by American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker and Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce . They toured the B777-300ER and experienced the all-aisle access, fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats and viewed the walk-up bar in the premium cabins.  Every seat on the aircraft, including Main Cabin and Main Cabin Extra, features personal, in-seat, on-demand, HD entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, 160 TV programs and more than 350 music selections and games. American also offers international Wi-Fi capability, universal AC power outlets and USB ports throughout all cabins.American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, “Bringing our 777-300ER to Sydney demonstrates our commitment to Australia. American is making a $2 billion investment in our onboard products and airport facilities by upgrading our cabins, offering more inflight entertainment options, refreshing our Admirals Club lounges worldwide and upgrading our food and beverage options. This visit is an important opportunity to showcase to Australian customers American’s world-class product.“It was an incredible thrill to witness our Sydney Harbor flyover this morning and it is a proud day for the 100,000 employees at American to see our aircraft with the iconic Sydney Harbour.”Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said Qantas was excited to welcome the carrier’s longest-standing codeshare partner to Sydney.“We are delighted to welcome our friends at American Airlines and their flagship B777-300ER on this visit to Sydney, to celebrate the next chapter in the 25 year partnership between our two great airlines. It really highlights to the Australian market what we can jointly offer across the Pacific,” said Mr Joyce.“This is a boom time for American tourism in Australia. More than half a million Americans visited Australia last financial year, spending over three billion dollars in the process.“Together we will be championing Australia in the US to unlock the potential of the trans-Pacific market, providing customers with more destinations, a more coordinated network, and world-class travel experiences,” said Mr Joyce.In June, American and Qantas announced increased options between the U.S. and Sydney Airport (SYD), with American launching a new nonstop flight from LAX, and Qantas adding a new flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), both beginning in December.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Sri Lanka has quickly

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSri Lanka has quickly become one of the world’s most trending holiday destinations for travellers of every taste, and Cape Weligama has become the one of the most celebrated Sri Lankan beach resorts. Thirty minutes east of Galle, Cape Weligama inhabits 4.8 hectares atop a promontory rising 40 metres above the Indian Ocean, with stunning panoramas that complement the 39 private retreats designed by one of Asia’s most celebrated architects, Lek Bunnag.Following the first full winter season at Cape Weligama, the resort has embarked on several exciting projects that will be launched its second anniversary this October.1. A new spa with two double and two single treatment rooms is to be developed and will be rolling out a new menu including treatments in conjunction with the Parisian Thémaé tea-based beauty brand.2. An “Ayurveda Taster” programme with the neighbours on the beach, Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Weligama. Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of medical science known to man, originating 5000 years ago. It is a way to a healthy and long life and can complement modern medicine. Guests choose three-, five- or seven-day programmes, staying at Cape Weligama and walking across to Barberyn for a 10am – 4pm daily Ayurvedic programme.3. A new shop at Cape Weligama will feature carefully curated, uniquely Sri Lankan products: teas, spices, cinnamon, tropical clothing, books, beauty products and chinaware.4. The appointment 0f Peter Kuruvita, the award-winning chef and restaurateur from Sydney, as the culinary consultant. Peter is revamping the resort’s menus to create special experiences for each location in the resort.5. The naming of the rooms is changing from Residences and Master Rooms to Villas and Suites for clarity.6. All guest bathrooms are being air conditioned.7. The Taylor living pavilion will be reborn as the Cape Colony Club, reminiscent of a 1920s tropical speakeasy with a selection of special cocktails that focus on rum, gin and arrack. The Moon Bar will be positioned as a Sports Bar with a pool table, table tennis, games on the big screen and a deck for sundowners.11. The resort has started work on a village community centre at the back of the resort that will be operated with assistance from the parent company Dilmah’s MJF Foundation. Ten per cent of the hotel’s profits before tax go towards the MJF Foundation. At this centre, which guests can visit, English classes, IT classes, programmes for mothers and general awareness programmes will be provided.12. Connected to that, plans are underway to develop a surfboard-making factory with Peter Kuruvita and top Aussie surfer Thomas Bexon. Village youths will be trained to make high-quality boards for sale to the booming surfing market in the region; all profits will go to the community centre.13. A Beach Club, a few metres away from the surf, is being designed.14. A signature Cape Weligama whale-watching experience is to be introduced. Twice a week from December the resort will deploy a catamaran for an exclusive seven-hour whale-watching exploration. Apart from the whales, guests go snorkelling, boogie boarding, stand-up paddleboarding and have a gourmet packed lunch in a secluded cove.Go back to the e-newsletterrlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Silversea has introduc

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSilversea has introduced its My Photo Academy on sailings to Antarctica aboard Silver Cloud, utilising the ship’s new Photo Studio as a hub for the multifaceted enrichment program.With a mesmerising landscape and amazing wildlife as the backdrop, guests will have the chance to elevate their photographic prowess by learning how to take and edit pictures like a professional while sailing on itineraries designed to maximise expedition time and provide opportunities for shooting great images.“Our new photography program is a perfect fit for the immersive expeditions we offer in Antarctica,” said Conrad Combrink, senior vice president, Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. “Voyaging to the bottom of the Earth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, full of magical moments which we will help our guests to capture in beautiful images they will be proud to display in their home or office.”With both private and group lessons, guests can learn to master the art of digital photography through the Academy, which provides an array of specialty workshops for both beginners and professionals. Among the topics covered is an introduction to photography, social media, and the use of Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® software tools to edit images to get just the right look.Photo StudioUnique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio – designed and implemented in collaboration with Galardi Media Network, a Swiss company specialising in new technologies and multimedia – is a vibrant space of creativity featuring state-of-the-art equipment for both MAC and PC users, including high-quality printers available for use on a fee basis for guests wishing to create postcards or take home frame-ready pictures, including panorama- and A2-size prints. A user-friendly, touch-screen interface makes it easy for guests to print their own photos.With the guidance of a professional photo manager, guests can learn and practice their photo-editing skills on such high-grade professional equipment as:Six HP Envy 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computersSix iMac 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computersFour Loupedeck photo-editing consoles for Adobe LightroomTwo DNP dye sublimation photo printersTwo Epson inkjet plottersCustom workshop management softwareThree Samsung 55-inch screens with 4K picture qualityOne Samsung 65-inch screen with 4K picture qualityAdditionally, guests can schedule a 20-minute, one-on-one appointment with a photo-editing expert to receive guidance on a host of topics, including:Smart gear recommendationsInstruction on proper camera useCamera menu optionsHelp with social media and posting: Facebook and InstagramSilver Cloud accommodates just 200 guests in polar waters. A fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides opportunity for up-close exploration, while 10 kayaks offer a personalised experience of nature in the polar realms. Twenty or more Expedition Team members are always at hand to share their knowledge and insights. They give lectures in the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead Zodiac and kayak trips, and guide nature walks, all of which is complimentary. Expedition voyages to Antarctica are offered from November through February.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

The adjacent Neni by contrast is absolutely rese

first_imgThe adjacent Neni, by contrast, is absolutely reservation-only. If you do not have a table you will not get in; this is a 149-room hotel that regularly does over 450 covers, total lunch and dinner, in its restaurant. At lunch, you look right down into Berlin Zoo. At dinner, you tend to look in at the other diners, many of them locals who know this is a jolly good place to eat, at extremely reasonable prices. Dirk Dreyer and I shared a three-plate mezze starter, which comes on one of those curate stands that are normally associated with afternoon teas. We had baba ganoush, a plain hummus and a beetroot hummus and, having lived in the Middle East, I must say this was entirely authentic and oh-so-flavourful. (It was also decidedly more enjoyable than the Alain Ducasse version I had in his new Omer restaurant, in Monte-Carlo, the week before.) Neni, in case you were wondering, is named for the four sons of chef Haya Molcho, an Israeli chef who lives with her mime-artist husband Samy in Vienna: their sons are Nuriel, Elior, Nadiv and Ilan, and lucky them if Mum cooks this kind of food at home.After dinner, Dirk Dreyer kindly drove me to my one-night home. I was staying at Orania.Berlin Hotel. This elegant five-floor building started life in 1914 as a café and today’s Managing Partner, who also did all the design, is an entrepreneur called Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, who, along the way invented the Fidelio software, which he sold on to Opera. The building is L-shaped. The ground floor has 3.6-metre-high windows looking out into Leuschnerdamm and Oranienstrasse and Oranienplatz, and an L-shaped bar with 15 leather-seated chairs with backs, right round to the one restaurant, run by GM Jennifer Vogel’s husband, Philipp Vogel. Once again, the hotel, which has 41 rooms, sees all 60 restaurant seats full at lunch and dinner.This place oozes culture. Bookcases in the main ground floor area are filled with German hardbacks. A prominent grand piano is a reminder that at least every night there is a serious event, up in fifth-floor salons. I was going out to dinner, but that night there was a Thibault Falk piano recital. To take three days mid-month, 17 March is a Benedikt Jahnel piano evening, 18 March is jazz, and on 19 March there are two consecutive events, a classical hour of soprano and piano, followed by two hours of Declan Forde on the piano. What an admirable benefit not only for hotel guests but also for Berliners who are lucky enough to live nearby.The brains behind this stylish and comfortable hotel also appreciate wellness. There is a charming inner courtyard for fresh-air dining when the weather allows, and the basement gym, 24/7, is first class. He also obviously has a sense of fun, as I found out when I spoke to a young front desk man who moved here from a legacy-hotel competitor. This is fun, he told me. A china elephant stands at the foot of the original-1914 staircase, and when I climbed 78 stairs to the third floor, to room 307, I found I shared it with about 90 elephants, printed on the dull-persimmon fabric that forms the headboard and cushions, including on big window seats at both windows. The windows open, by the way, and toiletries are local and organic, i+m, in big pump-pots. This is the ideal luxury hotel for those who want history, culture and delightful people.And so, I was all mentally fuelled up for the start of this year’s International Hotel Investment Forum. IHIF saw 2,400 delegates descend on InterContinental Berlin. The forum, now owned and organised by Questex, had more exhibition stands than ever. Standing out from enormously elaborate and expensive displays from Hilton and Marriott, as well as IHG, were less-expensive but oh-so-stylish presentations from, say, Rosewood. And what a relief that Hilton, and GOCO Hospitality, offered quick massages. Caesars enlivened the proceedings with a bit of jazz, which enlightened sessions full of investment types in dark suits (it must be said that an increasing number merely network around stands and in quiet corners, never entering plenary or break-outs). Lead roles on stage, however, were played by AccorHotels’ Sébastien Bazin talking with Expedia president/CEO Mark Okerstrom (‘We’re not fighting any more, our relationship is adult and sophisticated’). Asset management took a starring role. Amaris’ John Brennan said this discipline should be in from any development start, and at all times it helps to be able to benchmark within a family (his managers are all in-house and incentivised).Talking of families, Accor grew its portfolio by two additional members; Bazin was, apart from his one appearance on the IHIF stage, holding court across the road, at Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof, and, on the Monday evening, at Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm. On both occasions, he introduced Tribe, the Melbourne-based lifestyle brand conceived and owned by Melissa Peters. The following day, sbe – which is 50% owned by Accor – announced its new The House of Originals brand. As always, there were plenty of awards, highlighted by Sol Kerzner’s lifetime accolade, accepted by his daughter Chantal. Next IHIF is on 2–4 March 2020.As always, Berlin moved on from IHIF to ITB, 6–10 March at Messe Berlin. Though there were still elaborate, (sometimes two-storey) stands in Hall 9, traditionally the hotel world’s home, the actors morphed from IHIF’s dark suits, to a kaleidoscopic palette that included national dress and full-size bear outfits. Prominent Hall 9 stands included Accor, Hilton, Kempinski, Marriott, Steigenberger and Vienna House. And, of course, there were thousands of destination exhibitors to visit. At the end of one day, one ultra-fit hotelier said he was thrilled to see such exposure for Morocco and Maldives, though his feet were falling off and he had lost his voice. In all, says Messe Berlin, total ITB visitor count this year was up 3% to 160,000, of whom 113,500 were trade. They had on display 10,000+ exhibitors from 181 countries.ITB this year stressed Asia-Pacific, which in 2018 saw international (which includes regional) visitation up 6% to 343 million arrivals. Main ITB sponsor Malaysia, which aims for 28.1 million arrivals this year, sees 3.9% of business coming for health treatments. Globally, says ITB, 2018 saw 1.4 billion international trips. While Spain as a destination stagnated, Turkey saw numbers up 8.5 million over 2017 (safety perception has improved, as it has for Egypt and Israel). Messe Berlin already has an established ITB Asia – this year, 16–18 October in Singapore. Now it adds ITB India: 15–17 April 2020 in Mumbai. Next main ITB will be 4–8 March 2020.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterBefore Berlin’s annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and ITB, I enjoyed myself. First, I had yet another memorable evening at 25hours Bikini Hotel Berlin. This is an extraordinary hotel, managed by a unique GM, Dirk Dreyer, a one-time professional DJ who then spent years marketing music with EMI and Sony. At the age of 40, he wanted a lifestyle change and settled on hospitality; he now looks after music for the entire 25hours group. As always, there was a line in the ground-floor lobby, waiting to be allowed into the dedicated elevator that takes you up to the rooftop Monkey Bar, one of Europe’s best bars, a haven for all ages. It caters for over a thousand covers a night. There are no reservations, but it sensibly staggers those allowed up.last_img read more

Related Etihad launches flights to Astana from Abu

first_img RelatedEtihad launches flights to Astana from Abu DhabiEtihad Airways has launched its first flight to Kazakhstani capital Astana from its base at Abu Dhabi.New flights to Hyderabad launched by Etihad AirwaysEtihad Airways will increase the number of flights to India it offers with the addition of a new service to Hyderabad.Flights to Colombo to be reintroduced by Etihad AirwaysFlights to Colombo to be reintroduced by Etihad Airways Etihad Airways has launched new flights to Hyderabad from Abu Dhabi.Flights to the capital of Andhra Pradesh will operate four times a week, although the airline plans to increase this to a daily service from the start of next year.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said the carrier is “thrilled” to launch flights to Hyderabad, with the city considered a growing dynamic destination, much like Abu Dhabi.”Etihad has a recognised commitment to serving the Indian market whether it is expatriate Indian nationals who are residing in countries across the world or the business and leisure traffic that is increasingly heading to cities like Hyderabad via our Abu Dhabi base,” he commented.Etihad now operates routes to seven Indian destinations, including New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai, which amounts to 42 flights a week.An Airbus A320 is operated on the Hyderabad route, which has a capacity of 140 passengers.Etihad recently announced that it will introduce new flights to Nagoya and Tokyo from the emirate during the early part of next year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Bargains of the week Edinburgh Ljubljan

first_img RelatedBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Ljubljana | New YorkBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Ljubljana | New YorkHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…Ryanair Black Friday DealsDiscover the best Ryanair Black Friday 2018 deals and explore Europe at the cheapest price possible. Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is when the year’s best flight deals, discounts and special airfare ticket promotions become available. Snap up these sale prices while they’re hot and get ready to enjoy… Fancy a brief break in the UK, some chic shopping or an artistic retreat?Then check out our three best bargains this week and get ready for some spring sunshine; whether it’s daffodils in Edinburgh or the balmy blue skies of the Med… Edinburgh – £66Fly to one of Europe’s most beautiful cities; packed to the rafters with stunning historical architecture, pillared monuments, cobbled streets, medieval tenements and a skyline drawn in turrets and spires. Robert Louis Stevenson called Edinburgh ‘a dream in masonry and living rock’ and he wasn’t wrong. If you want to make the most of the spring sun, clamber to the top of extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, for inspiring views, or brave the blustery, white sandy beach at Portobello. Explore Edinburgh’s shadowy history through its castles and ghost tours, eerie alleyways and world famous Witchery restaurant. No other city of its size could offer more! Find flights to Edinburgh.Milan – £80If you long to see artistic Italian treasures or shop in some of the best boutiques in Europe, then Milan is the place for you. From Leonardo Da Vinci to Dolce and Gabbana, Milan is elegant and sophisticated, just like her local residents. Cruise the evening ‘aperitivi’ scene; nibbling on gorgeous food platters with champagne in hand then dance the night away in a very cool club after a long day in the boutiques. Let the avant-garde arts lure you into the world famous La Scala Opera House or visit the other mecca of Milan; the San Siro Stadium where AC Milan often play to a crowd of thousands. High fashion and hazy heat make a heady combination in this stylish city, that’s perfect for a long weekend. Find flights to Milan.Barcelona – £76Vividly vibrant and colourful, Barcelona is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. From Gothic to Gaudi, don’t miss the most famous example, the stunning Sagrada Familia. Not only has Barcelona some of the best buildings in Europe but its food isn’t bad either! For mouth-watering tapas and dishes that make even the French envious, tour the city’s dizzying selection of cafes and restaurants. If you can tear yourself away from the food, Barcelona has nightlife to rival New York. Get your dancing shoes on and party ‘til dawn, Spanish style! If the outdoors begins to call, Barcelona is surrounded by beaches and mountains, or why not take a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets and soak up the art of Picasso, Miro and Ortiz. Find flights to Barcelona.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

6 Ohrid Republic of Macedonia If you only see on

first_img6. Ohrid, Republic of MacedoniaIf you only see one place in the Republic of Macedonia, let it be Ohrid. Situated on one of Europe’s oldest, deepest and most enchanting lakes, Lake Ohrid, it’s one of the most popular summer resort towns in the Balkans. It might be wise to avoid peak season, unless you are a die-hard nightlife fan and you don’t mind paying double or triple prices. Related7 beautiful places to visit in MontenegroIt might be small in size, but certainly not in character. With spectacular scenery and picturesque towns, Montenegro has plenty to offer.Balkanology.com – Website of the WeekFor all their allure, most countries in the Balkan region still remain relatively untravelledBalkans booming; Brits travel plans for summer revealed by SkyscannerBalkans booming; Brits travel plans for summer revealed by Skyscanner 2. Sarajevo, Bosnia & HerzegovinaPerhaps no other city in the region warms the heart at the mention of its name as much as Sarajevo. East meets west is the easiest way to describe the aesthetics and mood of the place, but how it makes you feel on the inside when you are walking its streets and drinking kafa in its cozy cafes is reason enough to book your ticket. 7. Tirana, AlbaniaThis city might be a surprising addition to the list, but as a colourful, quirky gateway to the rest of Albania and subsequently some of the best beaches in Europe, it had to make the cut. Tirana is probably unlike any capital city you have ever visited, but what else would you expect from a country that was for the most part isolated from the rest of the world for nearly half a century? 3. Kotor, MontenegroKotor is one of the most magical towns along Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. Tucked down south in the Bay of Kotor, it is surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Its Medieval old town gets pretty jammed in July and August, but for the most part Kotor has retained most of its authenticity and charm. 8. Prizren, KosovoAs the cultural capital of Kosovo, Prizren might be the best place to start on a visit to the second-newest nation in the world. Once a prominent city under the Ottoman Empire, you can still find quite a bit of architecture from that era around town, and Turkish as a widely-spoken and understood language. The city comes alive in August when Dokufest, an international documentary and short film festival, takes over with its exhibitions, screenings, and parties.center_img 5. Plovdiv, BulgariaPlovdiv, Bulgaria is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe which you won’t be able to fully digest until you make your way up to the 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre of Philippopolis. It was only discovered in 1968, somewhat by accident, during the construction of a tunnel through the mountain. Although there are plenty of things to see and do in town, it also makes a great base for exploring Bulgaria’s Thracian wine region. Follow many more of Larissa’s adventures on her blog The Blonde Gypsy, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. If you enjoyed this, you’ll like these by Larissa:– 8 great places to visit in Portugal – On the Road with The Blonde Gypsy: 10 amazing places to visit on an epic journey from Europe to AsiaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Having fallen in love at first sight with this beautiful but complex region of SE Europe, the Balkans and I have been in a pretty steady relationship ever since.A diamond in a post-war and post-Communist/Socialist rough, it has exploded as a tourist destination over the past few years. It was only a matter of time before people put aside their doubts and saw it for what it is: one of Europe’s greatest treasures.From the Adriatic to the relatively untouched Dinaric Alps, this often-overlooked region of Europe truly has it all and for nearly half the cost of most other places on the continent. As with most rising stars on the travel scene, it still has some hurdles to overcome, and a visit sooner rather than later is highly recommended as it’s only a matter of time before prices rise and the crowds arrive.Though one could spend years, probably even decades, exploring all there is to see in the Balkans, here are eight great places to start with.1. Belgrade, Serbia‘Vibrant’ isn’t strong enough a word to describe Serbia’s beloved capital. It’s true that you can find a party going on every night of the week, and with layers upon layers of history, from ancient to modern, you will not be at a loss for cultural things to see and do. Rapidly-changing Belgrade is well on its way to being one of the coolest capital cities in Europe. 4. Split, CroatiaThere are ancient ruins all over Europe, but there is no other place you will be as immersed in them as in Split – that is, assuming you spend most of your time within the walls of 1600 year-old Diocletian’s Palace. While it has traditionally been the main port for exploring the nearby Dalmatian islands, it has blossomed into a destination worthy of spending a few days rather than a few hours. Along with the arrival of lots of new restaurants and classy places to stay, the attractions of Mosor mountain and Krka National Park are close by.last_img read more

EAST HAMPTON NEW YORK — London Jewelers is hostin

first_imgEAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK — London Jewelers is hosting its Fifth Annual Watch Fair August 8th to 10th at its store at 2 Main Street in East Hampton, New York.Running from Noon to 5 P.M. on Friday, Saturday from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. and Sunday from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., the event will be hosted by London Jewelers’ Owners Mark and Candy Udell.A cocktail reception is scheduled for Saturday evening from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.Among the luxury Swiss manufactured watches that will be shown are Audemars Piguet, Bell & Ross, Breguet, Breitling, Carl F. Bucherer, Cartier, Chopard, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Hermes, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Omega, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels. American designer David Yurman will also be showing his Swiss made watches while Vertu will present its hand manufactured phones.Call 631-329-3939 or visit www.londonjewelers.comlast_img read more

TORONTO – Its not typical to have to book months

first_img TORONTO – It’s not typical to have to book months in advance to get mere seconds with a piece of art at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario.But the much-Instagrammed contemporary art exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is no typical attraction.The gallery has been overwhelmed by the frenzy of interest in the exhibit, even though visitors will be expected to wait in long lines and then have only 20 to 30 seconds inside each of Kusama’s famous mirror-lined kaleidoscopic rooms.Infinity Mirrors was staged in Washington, D.C., in early 2017 and moved on to Seattle and Los Angeles. It will be at the AGO from March 3 to May 27 before heading to Cleveland in the summer.Adelina Vlas, the AGO’s associate curator of contemporary art, says the gallery is expecting to attract visitors from other parts of Canada, as well as outside the country.“(People) are looking at the closest, next destination for the exhibition, and it’s Toronto,” says Vlas. “I think the exhibition will have an appeal to all northern coastal U.S. cities as well as Canadian cities.”Member pre-sales for the exhibit drew record interest, says Herman Lo, director of visitor experience at the AGO. The gallery’s website can generally process about 1,500 tickets an hour but on the first day of the pre-sale event, the online queue approached 18,000 people.Some gallery members complained of wait times of up to eight hours, but the museum has promised to simplify the ticketing process for the next member pre-sale on Jan. 9. Tickets go on sale for the regular public on Jan. 16.The exhibit’s massive popularity “shows that there is a desire for those moments of wonder,” says Vlas.In the rooms that give the exhibit its title, Kusama fills the mirrored spaces with light and colour to create vibrant visions that seem to go on forever. Vlas admits the rooms are “a perfect opportunity for selfies and for beautiful Instagram moments.”Vlas says Kusama, who is 88, has long been respected in modern-art circles. But she didn’t receive worldwide recognition until the 1990s, when she became the first woman to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale.The Instagram following for “Infinity Mirrors” has given Kusama a new kind of fame outside of the art world. Tens of thousands of Instagram photos have used the #infinitekusama hashtag, and Adele performed in front of a background of one of the artist’s rooms at the 2016 Brit Awards.In Vlas’s view — as the curator planning the exhibit and as an audience member who has seen Kusama’s rooms several times before — the estimated wait times of 20 minutes to get into one of the rooms are worth it. Up to four people will be allowed inside the rooms at once so visitors can fully appreciated the experience.“As different as it sounds from other types of exhibitions, I think the reward of being in that environment for the amount of time that is allotted to each group of visitors — it’s quite rewarding, and quite significant,” she says.Vlas says she welcomes the audience members who came to Kusama through Instagram, and hopes they’ll stay to see the other works in the exhibit, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the artist.“I think it’s something that is quite important and that should not be lost in the hype about the exhibition: she is a really significant artist,” Vlas says. Art lovers from all over expected to flock to Toronto for Infinity Mirrors exhibit by Maija Kappler, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 1, 2018 3:00 am PDT Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 3:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

LONDON – Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is t

first_img LONDON – “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott is to receive the British Academy Film Awards’ highest honour.The academy announced Wednesday that the 80-year-old filmmaker will collect the BAFTA Fellowship at the British academy awards ceremony next month.Scott’s films include “Alien,” ”Thelma and Louise” and “Gladiator.”His latest release is kidnap drama “All the Money in the World,” which underwent last-minute reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct.Scott said it was “very gratifying” to be honoured for his body of work.The fellowship is awarded to one person a year for “outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.” Previous recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor and Judi Dench.The awards ceremony takes place Feb. 18 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Director Ridley Scott to be honoured by British film academy by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 5:55 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Ballot petition nixed for Law and Order actress

first_imgBallot petition nixed for ‘Law and Order’ actress Diane Neal by The Associated Press Posted Aug 24, 2018 1:06 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KINGSTON, N.Y. – It looks like curtains for “Law and Order” actress Diane Neal in her bid for a new role as congresswoman from a sprawling upstate New York district.The state Board of Elections has invalidated Neal’s nominating petition to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate in the 19th Congressional District. The board rejected 1,852 of the 4,181 signatures on Neal’s petition, leaving her 1,171 short of the needed 3,500.Neal said Friday that the board is doing the bidding of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She says she’s confident she’ll succeed in her appeal to the state Supreme Court.Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City metro area.Neal, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU,” hasn’t held political office.center_img FILE – In this May 2, 2018, file photo, Diane Neal poses at a diner during an interview in Kingston, N.Y., discussing her campaign for the 19th congressional district. It looks like curtains for “Law and Order” actress Neal in her bid for a new role as congresswoman from a sprawling upstate New York district. Neal tells the Times Herald-Record Friday, Aug. 24, she’s confident she’ll succeed in appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File) last_img read more

Oncebeloved actor comedian faces anything from p

first_img Once-beloved actor, comedian faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison for drugging, molesting Andrea ConstandCosby the first celebrity in #MeToo era to go on trial, first to be convicted by MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 25, 2018 5:50 am PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 4:02 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencingSentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probationBill Cosby’s wife wants ethics board to investigate judge Summary Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her “stuck in a holding pattern.”Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but “life as I knew it” ended on the night that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote in her five-page statement.“Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.” #metoo|bill cosby|cosby|sentencingcenter_img Earlier in the day, the judge declared the comedian a “sexually violent predator” as a first step toward sentencing him for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.Judge O’Neill made the decision as he prepared to sentence Cosby for violating Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby’s lawyers had fought the “sexually violent predator” designation, arguing that Pennsylvania’s sex-offender law is unconstitutional and that he is no threat to the public at his age. But O’Neill said prosecutors had met their burden of proof by “clear and convincing” evidence.When the ruling came down, a woman in courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!” Andrea Constand leaves after the first day of the sentencing hearing in the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) She also wrote: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.The judge ruled on Cosby’s sex-offender status after a defense psychologist, Timothy Foley, testified that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are “extraordinarily low” because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around.On Monday, a psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder that gives him an uncontrollable urge to assault women.Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff’s deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist on the stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator with signs of a mental disorder.Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom; they are generally banned in Pennsylvania.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.The proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.___Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer contributed to this report. NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby to three to 10 years in state prison on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defense requested house arrest, saying Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison. He is legally blind.The 81-year-old comedian did not make a statement in court. Cosby sat back in his chair, his head on the headrest, as the sentence was read.Defense lawyers tried to keep Cosby out of prison while he appeals his conviction, saying he’s frail and legally blind. Judge Steven O’Neill refused their plea for Cosby to remain on house arrest, ruling Tuesday that Cosby will be locked up immediately.O’Neill says Cosby could “quite possibly be a danger to the community.”WATCH: Andrea Constand leaves courtroom after Cosby sentencing Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in state prisonlast_img read more

The Latest Macron delays TV speech due to Notre D

first_imgThe Latest: Macron delays TV speech due to Notre Dame fire PARIS — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):7:45 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed a televised speech to the nation because of a massive fire enveloping the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the 12th cathedral, one of the world’s most visited landmarks.The sight stopped pedestrians in their tracks along the Seine River, which passes under the cathedral.Authorities said the fire could be linked to renovation work. It’s unclear if anyone has been hurt in the fire.Macron’s pre-recorded speech was set to be aired later Monday on French TV. Macron was expected to lay out his plan to address the citizen complaints that gave rise to the yellow vest protests that have rocked France since November.___7:35 p.m.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a “terrible fire” at the city’s Notre Cathedral.An AP reporter at the scene of Monday’s fire says the roof at the back of the cathedral, behind the nave, is in flames and yellow-brown smoke and ash fill the sky.Hidalgo urged residents of the French capital to stay away from the security perimeter around the Gothic-style church. The mayor says city officials are in touch with Roman Catholic diocese in Paris.___7:30 p.m.Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.Flames and black smoke were seen shooting from the base of the medieval church’s spire on Monday.The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is “potentially linked” to the renovation work.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2019 10:52 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Lori Hinant) last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShar

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Detroit artists marking Black Music Month with concert by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2019 6:15 am PDTcenter_img DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is marking Black Music Month with a concert featuring many of Detroit’s prominent musical, visual and literary artists.Singer Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave, is producing and performing at the June 27 concert, “Our Music Our Lives.”The show aims to explore connections between music and the American black experience, and will include works from slavery through modern times. The concert will span several genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel, blues and spoken word. Dance and graphic art also will be featured.Scheduled performers also include Mark Scott of the Miracles, Motown Legends Gospel Choir, poet and playwright Bill Harris and the Lisa McCall Dancers.Black Music Month was recognized by President Jimmy Carter 40 years ago.The Associated Presslast_img read more

December 7 2001 Changing of the guard A few month

first_imgDecember 7, 2001Changing of the guardA few months ago, Ron Chandler took over as Manager of the Metalshop.Pictured: Ron and Megan work on repairing some decorative railing on a small balcony off the roof ofWest Housing. Megan volunteered in the Metalshop for a few months after her Workshop (September).[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]Megan helps Ron prepare a section of railing to be welded. November Workshopper Brendan Doherty also spent a good part of his workshop working with Ron in the Metalshop. One of their projects was replacing a railing leading up the sides of the Lab Building.center_img Other current projects include constructing a rack for the “site truck” and fabricating woodstovesfor cubes (housing) in Camp.last_img read more