“I learned from last year, it’s good to get a quarterback that you know you can have who can play for a while,” Whisenhunt said. “We weren’t strong enough as a team to compensate for not having the level of play at quarterback we’d had before … Hopefully, we’ll get it fixed.”It’s good to hear the coach admit that he and his team made a huge mistake last offseason assuming that a retread from the Cleveland Browns and two rookies could duplicate the kind of production that Kurt Warner provided the franchise.If he’ll find his man this offseason is still yet to be determined, but it’s safe to say the team will be looking for a quarterback with experience, accuracy and the ability to stick around for awhile. That last part seems to take grizzled veterans like Marc Bulger and Matt Hasselbeck off the list, that is unless they can borrow Phoenix Suns trainer Aaron Nelson for a while. He seems to have a knack for making players in their late-30s look like they’re in their 20s. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share Top Stories Fans and the media weren’t the only ones to notice the Arizona Cardinals were completely lacking a realistic option at quarterback last season. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt took note of it as well.In an interview with the USA Today Whisenhunt admitted that he found out a lot last year after starting a quartet of quarterbacks named Anderson, Hall, Skelton and Bartel. Not to mention the brief preseason flirtation with the player formerly known as the “quarterback of the future”, Matt Leinart. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
“I’m just looking forward to the opportunity and being able to embrace that and look forward to competition and whatever lies ahead.”NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah reports the deal is worth $8.2 million, with $3 million guaranteed and up to $12 million could be made via incentives. That is not exactly the type of money given to a starting quarterback in the NFL, but then again, Stanton has never really been a starter.But the chance to earn that role in Arizona was appealing, as was the chance to reunite with his former offensive coordinator, who is now Arizona’s head coach.“This is a great opportunity for Drew,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians in a press release. “He really impressed me during the year we spent together in Indy. “Physically he has everything you want in a quarterback — big with a strong arm, can get it up the field and make all the throws. He’s just as impressive mentally and understands the position. I’m excited to get him here and compete.”Whom Stanton will be competing with remains to be seen, as the futures of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley are very much up in the air. Only Brian Hoyer, who was recently offered a second-round tender by the team, is likely to return. The Arizona Cardinals went into the off-season potentially looking for some new blood to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2013, and they may have found just that in free agency with the addition of Drew Stanton.“I think in the back of my mind it was definitely my first choice,” Stanton said of the Cardinals during his introductory press conference. “Just when I saw [head coach Bruce Arians] come here and knowing what this team has to offer on so many different levels. In his career, Stanton has thrown for 1,158 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions. His most recent regular season game action came in 2010 with Detroit, where he led the Lions to a 2-1 record while completing 58 percent of his passes for 780 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions.Stanton, who was a second-round selection by the Detroit Lions back in 2007, has started four games in five NFL seasons. He’s appeared in 13 total contests and after backing up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis last season, was really just looking for someone to give him a shot.“Am I going to have a fair chance,” he said was his question going into the negotiations. “Knowing the type of guy that B.A. is and what they’re trying to do around here, the excitement that is surrounding this franchise.”Stanton said there “are so many pieces in place,” but acknowledges he knows the team is trying to find an answer at the quarterback position.“I want to be that answer; I’m going to do everything in my power to be that answer and given that opportunity, I feel like I can.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
Kiper praises the selection of guard Jonathan Cooper with their first-round pick, saying he’s the player that “has the best chance to go to a Pro Bowl as a rookie.”Jonathan Cooper isn’t going to maul defenders in the run game, but he’s a complete guard who further strengthens an offensive line that quietly made huge strides down the stretch last season. – / 32 Besides drafting Cooper, Kiper also thinks highly of the team’s move to trade for quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer still makes decisions that don’t live up to his talent profile, but if you protect him and give him any kind of running game, he’s a big step forward from what the Cardinals had. It’s not really a debate. And they basically paid nothing in terms of draft value and simply have to write Palmer his sizable checks. Top Stories He later goes on to note that the biggest question remaining for the team is how well it can protect Palmer, but says the growth of right tackle Bobby Massie last year was no fluke because the player was talented, if still a bit raw.Bottom line: The Cardinals could compete to win other divisions. Like the Rams, though, they could be cast as a noncompetitor in the NFC West. This defense has a chance to be really tough, and I don’t think any team will come to Arizona this year and assume a road victory. While being declared an offseason winner does not necessarily man a team will pile up victories in the regular season, it surely is better than the alternative. So, when the Arizona Cardinals repeatedly get recognized for what they’ve done since losing to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 27-13 in Week 17 of last season, it’s tough not to feel good about things.First, ESPN’s scout Matt Williamson praised the team’s offseason, and now ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., in an Insider piece, has done the same, saying the Cardinals had one of the five best offseasons in the NFL. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Well, that part isn’t as exciting, but things could be plenty worse for the Cards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share “My dad told me, ‘Don’t play this game if you’re just going through the motions.’ That’s not why I play this game. I play this game because I love it. I love the camaraderie. I love making plays for my team. I was telling people earlier, one of my favorite things is making plays and earning my teammates respect. That’s why I go out there and I play this game, to earn the respect of my team and my teammates each and every game, as if I lost it. That’s what I’m going to do here.” – / 35 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Growing up, Cardinals first round draft pick Deone Bucannon, selected No. 27 overall, found himself traveling quite a bit.He lived throughout California, spending time in Coronado, Fairfield, Miramar, Serra Mesa and Vacaville just to name a few cities.“The list goes on and on,” said Bucannon, who included Hawaii on the list as well. “Hey, I can’t complain. It was some nice places.” That’s what happens when you’re the product of military parents.Bucannon’s father, Duane, served in the Marine Corps while his mother, Sonji, was in the Navy for 23 years.“They were great parents,” said Bucannon after the Cardinals formally introduced the 21-year-old safety out of Washington State on Friday. “You hear military family and you think, ‘Oh, it’s just this guy and he has no say,’ and things like that, but it’s not like that. It’s just that there is a right and a wrong thing to do, and there is a right and a wrong way to do things. “That’s really what my mom and dad instilled in me. At the end of the day, it helped me be a better man.”And be a better football player.Bucannon was a four-year starter and a captain for three seasons. He led the Pac-12 in tackles (114) his final year at Washington State, recording six of his 15 career interceptions on his way to being named a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.Not bad for a kid who had only four scholarship offers coming out of high school,“If you want something, you have to work hard for it. You have to put in the work to get it. If you’re not willing to put in the work to get it, then it’s not worth getting,” Bucannon said.
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) is knocked out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) LISTEN: Mark Schlereth, ESPN NFL insider While Carson Palmer was the story in Week 1’s 31-19 win, the play of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu impressed ESPN NFL Insider Mark Schlereth.The third-year player out of LSU had eight tackles and three pass deflections in last Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.“Mathieu was all over the field,” Schlereth said. “He is just a great football player.”The 5’9″, 186-pound safety’s size problems stick out to Schlereth, but that doesn’t stop him from admiring his playmaking. Comments Share “He’s probably one of those guys, if you line him up against all of the safeties in the league, he doesn’t jump higher than anybody, he doesn’t run as fast as anybody,” Schlereth said. “He’d be one of the lesser impressive guys at that position.“He’s a ball-hawking, football playing Jessie. He is all over the place. I love watching him play,” Schlereth said.Speaking of mobility, while Palmer does not move like Mathieu, Schlereth was surprised by the way the quarterback operated against the Saints.“How well he moved inside the pocket, but how well he moved outside the pocket [as well],” Schlereth said. “That shocked me a bit.”Palmer was 19-for-32 with 307 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 1 win. He completed passes to eight different receivers.“Carson kept some things alive and moved around. I thought be bought himself time and I thought he was accurate with the time he bought himself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element.
LISTEN: Adrian Wilson – Former Cardinals safety Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — Adrian Wilson accomplished many things over the course of his 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.He was a Pro Bowler five times and an All-Pro once. He helped the Cardinals get to Super Bowl XLIII, and he is one of six players in NFL history to amass at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks in their career.So, what stands out to him as the pinnacle of his NFL tenure?“Making it past my rookie year,” Wilson said Friday from the Cardinals’ Tempe training facility. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The former safety smiled and chuckled while saying that, though he went on to explain that once he made it through his first campaign he felt like he had to keep learning more and more.“My second year was probably my worst year in the league as far as stats and play-wise because I had that sophomore slump and I didn’t know whether or not if I was going to be able to make it or not,” he said. “Once I got past that I kind of felt like I was going to be on the up and up and continue to get better.”He was and he did.Wilson finished his career with 893 total tackles, 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks and 87 passes defensed.One of the most feared safeties in the game during his career, the 2001 third-round pick out of North Carolina State was part of a handful of players who could genuinely take credit for the turnaround the Cardinals franchise underwent. It was not always easy — as Wilson himself wrote, there were was a lot of losing in the early days — but over time the Cardinals went from a bit of a laughingstock to one of the NFC’s better franchises.The team you see now, the one that is 2-0 and viewed as a contender? It started a long time ago with a different group of players than the ones on the field. Top Stories “I would say it was a pack among — a few of us — that we weren’t going to kind of leave this organization in a rough spot as far as talent, as far as just helping build the organization back up,” Wilson said. “It was a commitment from a few guys and I feel like we kind of held our own as far as that commitment is concerned.“We just wanted to kind of put this organization in a good place for when we decided to retire.”Wilson last played for the Cardinals in 2012. After he was released by the team, the veteran signed with the New England Patriots but never played for them. He also joined the Chicago Bears, though never saw the field for them, either.He is truly an Arizona Cardinal, and Sunday afternoon in Glendale when the Cardinals’ matchup with the San Francisco gets to halftime, his name will join 14 others in the Ring of Honor.It’s a moment he said he hoped would come. With it, his legacy as one of the franchise’s all-time greats will be cemented. It means a lot to him, but not because of him.“I’ve given my sons and my daughter something to kind of be proud of me about, given them something to kind of look forward to and can look back on what I’ve done and kind of compare themselves to me,” he said. “That type of thing — once you have kids, it’s one of those things where you have to be very very careful of a lot of things that you do and say, and I think I’ve done enough good things throughout my career and just my every day life that they’ll be proud of me down the road.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 29 Your browser does not support the audio element.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Warner will be the loudest supporter for former Ram Isaac Bruce but maybe even moreso, he’ll be clamoring in support of former Arizona teammate Anquan Boldin.“So I believe (Bruce) belongs in but I also believe he and Torry will get in, and so I might bang the table for Anquan Boldin because I think of all those guys he gets the least respect for how great he is,” Warner told Florio. “It amazes me, we want to keep looking at measurables and how fast guys are as opposed to just one of the greatest football players I ever played with. Competed more than anybody I ever played against. Wanted the ball in his hands. Was a difference maker.“Everybody tries to get rid of him, and he just goes and he’s the number one receiver on that next team,” Warner added. “So I would love to get on the table for him as well because I believe when you look at his overall numbers and what he’s done it’s incredible as all those guys are. It’s a tough call but I want to get Isaac in because he belongs in and then I think ‘Q’ does too and so I would try to stand on the table for two guys if I could.”Boldin, who is reportedly mulling retirement, has accumulated 13,779 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his 14 NFL seasons, the first seven of which came with the Cardinals. No offense, Larry Fitzgerald, but Kurt Warner isn’t going to be jumping on the Pro Football Hall of Fame promotional bandwagon for you.It’s only because he doesn’t need to.“I think Larry’s a lock, so I’m not going to get up on the table for him,” Warner said in an interview with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio for a PFT Live segment that will air Wednesday.Florio asked the former Cardinals quarterback and recent Hall of Fame inductee Warner which of his former teammates he will work hardest to promote when they are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. No, it’s not Fitzgerald, or former Rams teammate Torry Holt. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) and quarterback Kurt Warner (13) talk during football drills Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York) More than half of those yards (7,520) and touchdowns (44) came in Arizona, but he’s spent the last seven seasons in Baltimore (3 years), San Francisco (3 years) and Detroit (1 year).
Stephen PaeaDTKneeDNPDNPDNPQuestionable Deone Bucannon$LBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Orlando ScandrickCBHandLimitedLimitedFull— Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires D.J. HumphriesLBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Karlos DansbyLBHipLimitedLimitedFull— Mike IupatiGTricepLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Carson PalmerQBNot Injury Related—DNPFull— Top Stories Chidobe AwuzieCBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut The Arizona Cardinals (1-1) open the home portion of their 2017 schedule on Sept. 25 when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time and can be heard on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, beginning with pregame coverage at 1:30 p.m.Below is the official Week 3 injury report for both teams. Terrance WilliamsWRAnkle—DNPLimitedQuestionable Jermaine GreshamTERibsLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Brice ButlerWRAnkle—LimitedLimitedQuestionable Nolan CarrollCBConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut John BrownWRQuadricepDNPDNPDNPOut PlayerPositionInjuryThursdayFridaySaturdayGameStatus Comments Share Anthony HitchensLBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo PlayerPositionInjuryThursdayFridaySaturdayGame Status Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact J.J. NelsonWRHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Stanton, 34, moved on from Arizona after the team signed quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in free agency.Related LinksFormer Sun Devil Demario Richard works out for CardinalsReport: Bears expected to re-sign former Cardinals CB Marcus CooperPrior to his time with the Cardinals and former coach Bruce Arians, Stanton spent his first three years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. He then had a brief stint with the New York Jets before he joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, where he backed up Andrew Luck under Arians, who was offensive coordinator and for a time was interim head coach.The quarterback turnover for the Cardinals began this offseason with Palmer’s retirement.While Stanton now has a new home, Gabbert remains unsigned. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 21 Comments Share Free agent quarterback Drew Stanton will be dancing on the sidelines of the Cleveland Browns next season after agreeing to a two-year deal to back up starter Tyrod Taylor, the team announced Friday.Stanton spent the past four years with the Arizona Cardinals playing behind Carson Palmer and last year threw for 894 yards while completing 49.7 percent of his passes. He threw six touchdowns to five interceptions.A Nov. 9 game against the Seattle Seahawks saw him injure his knee, leaving the starting spot open for Blaine Gabbert to quarterback the next five games. Stanton returned for the final two games of the regular season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >PER AQUUM is jump-starting 2016 with the launch of PULSE – a stream of immersive avant-garde experiences from A-list affairs to intimate celebrations.Kicking off PULSE’s debut line-up is Justine Picardie, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, UK. Justine has two loves: fashion and the written word. As bestselling author of four books, Justine is the literary genius behind the widely acclaimed biography, ‘Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life’.This January guests have the opportunity to meet the author at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi where she will reveal secrets unearthed during her research on Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. As part of its ‘Popcorn Under the Stars’ series, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi will air the movie ‘Coco Before Chanel’ starring the beguiling Audrey Tautou. PER AQUUM’s first-ever PULSE experience will offer a captivating insight from one of the industry’s leading influencers into the links between fashion and art, and the emotional resonance of fashion in all our lives.Hot on Justine’s heels in early January will be Chef Nelly Robinson from nel. restaurant in Sydney. Celebrated for his contemporary interpretations of modern Australian dishes, Chef Nelly and his team pride themselves on working with only the freshest seasonal produce with a weekly changing degustation menu. nel. restaurant currently claims the top spot on Australia’s largest restaurant booking network, Dimmi, and was awarded the 2015 Time Out Sydney’s People’s Choice Award. Chef Nelly Robinson will dive eight metres underground at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi’s unique cellar cave, Vinum, for an exclusive one-night-only dinner.With all this and more on the horizon – from parties until dawn to one-on-one masterclasses – Nick Downing, Vice President of PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts, has appointed a new Creative Director, Angeline Leo, one of the trendsetting brand’s original dream team. Angeline has spent the last 10 years curating and realising a number of exclusive events, including PULSE’s previous incarnation as the brand’s iconic ‘Dream Calendar’ which was shortlisted for several awards including Most Original Campaign and Greatest Guest Experience at LE Miami.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterScenic has named Jean Kittson, popular Australian performer and writer, as Godmother to Scenic’s first river cruise ship on Portugal’s Douro River – Scenic Azure.Jean will christen the 96-passenger river cruiser in Porto in April before it commences a full season sailing through the sun-drenched Douro Valley from World Heritage-listed Porto down to Vega de Terron over the Spanish border.Jean is an actress, comedian, and writer for TV, theatre, film and radio. She came to national attention on ‘The Big Gig’, followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, and comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 10. She is a host and speaker at conventions, conferences and festivals. Jean is the author of two books, most recently ‘You’re Still Hot To Me’.Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “We are so delighted Jean accepted our invitation to become Godmother to Scenic Azure. What better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary year than with another witty and wonderful Australian woman christening our newest ship.”Scenic is the first operator to own and operate a purpose-built river cruise ship in the region. At 80 metres long and with only 48 cabins, Scenic Azure is the next-generation of river cruisers and has been custom built to sail the picturesque Douro River and deliver a truly exceptional and intimate river cruising experience for only 96 guests.The 5-star Scenic Azure boasts the same all-inclusive luxury experience synonymous with the all Scenic Space-Ships from butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages including mini-bar re-stocked daily to full size private balcony suites with exclusive Scenic Sun Lounges. As with all Scenic river cruises, guests will also enjoy included tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterFollowing an intensive two-month renovation programme, Halong Bay cruise operator Bhaya Group has revealed an impressive new upscale design for its two luxury level vessels, collectively known as The Au Co.The complete redesign of the ships’ combined 64 cabins is complemented by a host of revamped onboard facilities, including a new reception area, indulgent spa, stylish restaurant, cocktail bar, a classic library and a private onboard cinema for guests.The boats are now also fully equipped to take travellers on continuous three-day, two-night cruises encompassing activities such as mountain biking on Cat Ba Island and luxury dinners in Virgin Cave. Previously, The Au Co was able to visit the more remote parts of Halong Bay for one-day excursions only.“Every year the twin ships undergo refurbishment that lasts at least a month, but after four years in operation, we were looking to offer our passengers something different – an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles,” said Bhaya Group Managing Director, Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.Along with a scheduled annual maintenance for all onboard safety equipment to ensure the highest safety standards, the latest upgrades focus on exclusive relaxation and entertainment for passengers. Special touches include the addition of a second bar on the sun deck and the remodelling of the Jacuzzi areas.Prior to the refurbishments, French balconies and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors were signature features of the vessels, and these extravagant colonial touches remain; the luxurious aspect of the passenger cabins is accentuated further with the addition of plush new curtains and fine, multiple-thread count bed linen.Beyond aesthetics, complete passenger comfort is a major priority to the redesign of the boats, with key adjustments made such as relocating the exhaust pipe from the top to the rear of the vessel to minimise engine noise. Along with all the physical enhancements, guests will also be immersed in Vietnamese culture whilst on board The Au Co, with morning Tai Chi sessions, traditional dance performances in the evening and an emphasis on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.“This year, for the first time, we have put the focus of the renovation on completely reinventing the cruise experience for our guests,” added Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu. “The new look boats will further strengthen Bhaya Cruises as the leading luxury provider on the waters of Halong Bay.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThe Star Sydney has revealed a new signature restaurant, Chuuka, with two rising young culinary talents teaming up to take over the iconic location in Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, that was previously home to Flying Fish.Chef Chase Kojima (The Star’s Sokyo and Kiyomi) and Chef Victor Liong (Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook) will turn tradition on its head at Chuuka by converging the distinct flavours and techniques of Japan and China into one visionary dining experience featuring fresh local produce.Chuuka, the first off-property restaurant venture for The Star, will open in July and will be brought to life through the fusion of two distinctive cultures coming together, with vivid colour and art to offer a striking contrast to the history and beauty of the wharf.Dino Mezzatesta, COO at The Star Sydney, says the new off-property investment is part of The Star Entertainment Group’s ongoing transformation, and firmly establishes the company as a luxury hospitality group.“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open our first standalone dining venue on the iconic Jones Bay Wharf,” said Mezzatesta. “As a beloved harbourside venue with unrivalled views, we knew that we could bring an exciting second life to the city’s favourite venue.”This is the first business venture the two acclaimed chefs have worked on together.“This will be the third signature dining restaurant I have opened with The Star, but the first in collaboration with Victor,” Kojima said.“It’s great to work with different people to expand your creative horizons. This is an incredible opportunity to challenge and push myself into new gastronomic realms and learn a whole new cuisine.”Chef Chase Kojima and Chef Victor LiongLiong said he is looking forward to getting back to Sydney, where his career began, and working with Chase to create a unique concept that focuses on excellence in ingredients and creativity in technique.“We’ve had a lot of fun creating the concept and designing the menu. We both have such different backgrounds, which has worked to our advantage in coming up with a truly unique offering,” Liong said.“I think we’ve created a concept that’s interactive and engaging by having a style of cuisine that is familiar, that references our heritages, all the while inserting our combined layers of creativity.”Chuuka will feature a spectacular 130-seat dining area across two levels. The ground floor will host a 60-seat dining space, with an indulgent wine room and an outdoor bar area with panoramic views across the harbour. The first floor of the restaurant will be home to a private dining area able to cater for up to 70 guests.Chuuka will join The Star’s existing line-up of standout hatted culinary attractions including Momofuku Seiōbo, Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill and Flying Fish.*Chuuka [ch-oo-ka]: When Chinese immigrants arrived in Japan at the end of the 19th century, they brought their food with them. Over the last hundred years, these dishes have developed and adapted in line with Japanese tastes.Go back to the enewsletter
Flickr/Jeff Gunn If you’re looking for a break from nature, Mount Desert Island is also home to its fair share of charming village communities, many of which offer quaint shops, cozy restaurants, and plenty of space to enjoy a leisurely stroll. We recommend grabbing a bite of traditional Maine seafood at Galyn’s in Bar Harbor or stopping in for a creative dish at Burning Tree Restaurant in Otter Creek. Round out your visit with a healthy dose of educational fun by exploring the Bar Harbor Historical Society or Maine Granite Industry Historical Society Museum. No matter how you choose to spend your time on this one-of-a-kind island, you’ll quickly understand why its praises continue to be sung by travelers and reviewers alike. Flickr/Peter Rintels Mount Desert Island sits off the coast of Maine and holds the title of second-largest island along America’s eastern seaboard. This ruggedly beautiful destination features 108 square miles of land to explore, including Acadia National Park and all sorts of breathtaking rocky points, sea coves, and sweeping vistas. July 17, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau This Gorgeous Maine Island Was Recently Named One Of The World’s Best Ready for an unforgettable adventure that will perfectly combine natural beauty, family fun, unique sightseeing, and some of the most serene surroundings imaginable? There’s one spot here in the United States that has gained worldwide accolades for its many underrated delights, even landing a mention on the annual Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” list. Whether you’re a retiree or a young traveler, you’ll find something to love about this Maine gem. For additional information about Mount Desert Island and its seemingly endless attractions, click here. Have you ventured to this Maine wonderland during past travels? Share your best recommendations for visitors in the comment section below.If you’d like to read about another award-winning American destination, read our previous article by clicking here. Flickr/Glass_House Begin your visit to the island, which houses just over 10,000 year-round residents, by visiting the historic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This 19th-century gem is ideal for photographers and hikers alike, offering some of the island’s prettiest views. Continue on for a more intensive hike at Cadillac Mountain, enjoy the idyllic waterfront at Jordan Pond, or soak up some sun at Sand Beach. Posted in Travel News
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jte lifestyle magazineThrough an exclusive partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, a new fine-dining experience at 30,000 feet awaits First and Business Class passengers on Lufthansa. Beginning in 2012, premium guests traveling from the airline’s 17 U.S. gateways to Germany will enjoy the culinary creations of award-winning chefs at Mandarin Oriental properties in San Francisco, New York and Miami. This collaboration is part of the Lufthansa “Star Chefs” program, which began 12 years ago and consists of imaginative in-flight menus created by top chefs from all over the world.“Mandarin Oriental and Lufthansa are both committed to providing superlative service and a high quality guest experience,” said David Nicholls, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Director of Food & Beverage. “The chefs at our luxury hotels around the world are known for culinary excellence and innovation, and we are delighted to extend that dining experience to Lufthansa’s onboard menus in 2012.”The featured Mandarin Oriental chefs in the Lufthansa “Star Chef” program in 2012 include: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Executive Sous Chef Annie Hongkham; Mandarin Oriental, New York Executive Chef Toni Robertson; and Mandarin Oriental, Miami Chef de Cuisine Joel Huff. Each chef will be featured in two month time frames, a schedule that frequent flyers will find beneficial, as they will continually experience a variety of new menus. All menu offerings arrive fresh onboard, despite the logistical challenges that accompany such high level catering. The First Class menu will consist of five courses, while the Business Class menu will offer three courses.“After nine months of extensive testing, intense planning, detailed discussions and the tasting of all possible culinary offerings, the collaboration between Lufthansa and Mandarin Oriental came to fruition with a first-rate product that takes the Star Chef program to an entirely new level,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, Lufthansa Vice President, The Americas.Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will be the first featured property in the 2012 Star Chef line-up. The hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Annie Hongkham will entice Lufthansa passengers in January and February 2012 with contemporary cuisine that melds the techniques of Europe with the flavors of Asia. A sampling of some of Chef Hongkham’s selections include, in First Class: Dungeness Crab and Avocado salad, served with Lemongrass Gazpacho Dressing; and Braised Beef Short Ribs, accompanied by Fava Bean Purée with Wasabi and Red Cabbage Slaw. For Business Class passengers, menu items such as Vegetable Nasi Goreng, a stir-fried dish spiced with tamarind and chilies, or Roasted Breast of Chicken with Savory Bread Pudding and Tarragon Jus, offer similarly creative and compelling choices.The Mandarin Oriental “Star Chef” menus will be available onboard all Lufthansa long-haul flights from the U.S. to Germany until February 2013.www.mandarinoriental.com
Traditional workmanship together with innovative ideas, aesthetic and manufacturing perfection, the will to define ambitious visions and to go one’s own way fully committed – these are values, which Carl F. Bucherer and the American leather manufacturer Stallion have in common. For this reason Stallion designer and founder, Pedro Muñoz, is the new enthusiastic Brand ambassador for the independent watchmaker.The fascination for boots characterizes his whole life, ever since the age of five. In Zaragoza, Mexico, his grandfather gave him his own first boots. While at college, Pedro Muñoz designed a pair of boots entirely from his own imagination and had them made up individually by his father’s shoemaker. In so doing, he discovered his passion for the laborious process, during which a perfect comfortable boot comes into existence, made from the finest leather with concentrated craftsmanship by experienced and skilled hands.Five years later, the Stallion Boot & Belt Co. was founded under his aegis in El Paso, Texas. The handmade boots, belts and leather accessories from his manufactory have become “musts” in the much sought-after ranges of the best fashion addresses, such as Colette in Paris or Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as well as on the catwalks in Paris, Milan and New York. Pedro Muñoz travels the world in search of exotic, highest quality leathers such as alligator, crocodile, cayman, lizard, elephant, hippopotamus, python, ostrich or stingrays. He combines these with exquisite metals or stones in unusual creations. Stallion is one of the world’s last companies, still making boots and belts exclusively with traditional handcraft methods. So production output stands at only 70 pairs of boots per week, which are attractive for their inimitable quality and durability. “By enhancing designs from the rich history of cowboy boots with new ideas, I am creating modern classics. This passion and the quality of the materials and the devotion to and love of the minutest details in production can be detected in every individual Stallion article,” explains Pedro Muñoz.Pedro Muñoz finds this same attention to detail and passion for creation and production, together with authenticity and independence in matters of aesthetics and appearance, with the Carl F. Bucherer timepieces: “I recognize in these watches the same claim to the unusual that I make with my own work. They are inspired by the same spirit as my products.” Thus he and his company are the perfect partners for the Lucerne watchmaker. As new Brand ambassador, Pedro Muñoz wears the Patravi TravelTec – a chronograph with simultaneous display of three different time zones. This watch is the ideal companion, when he goes off round the world again on his quest for exquisite materials or to visit his distribution partners.www.carl-f-bucherer.com
Bangkok – Bangkok Airways has won the Best Regional Airline for Asia according to this year’s announcement from the World Airline Awards poll conducted by Skytrax www.worldairlineawards.com). This achievement follows the airline’s recognition on the top rung in the regional category since 2004.The airline’s strategic positioning as ASIA’S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE has earned reputation for Bangkok Airways’ service quality far and wide through discerning travelers from around the world. The airline’s evidently the only one in Asia that has received the distinction in the category of the Best Regional Airline for five consecutive years through considerable votes from passengers who’ve experienced the ‘BOUTIQUE’ legend.Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, the airline’s President, has given compliments to all staff particularly those in the front line. “In receiving this merit, I’m as much grateful as everyone else in the company. Amidst the fierce competition in the field of airline business, this award-winning title has clearly made its own statement that the airline’s ‘Boutique’ concept has reached a commendable service level we all strive on,” said Captain Puttipong.The task of delivering quality service for passengers has its prime focus on front-line service from the Boutique lounges which are open for all passengers, in-flight meals, Boutique airports in Samui, Sukhothai and Trat (Koh chang); new aircraft with liveries inspired by the spirits of the region’s most exotic destinations, as well as helpful and friendly staff that has escalated the joy of travel labeled under one-of-a-kind ‘BOUTIQUE’ brand.
Quintessentially, the global luxury lifestyle group has announced today that it will be offering bespoke concierge services to home owners at the exclusive Ancient Sands Golf Resort in El Gouna, Egypt.Designed by internationally acclaimed SB Architects and with master planning by ESDA, Ancient Sands is poised to become the most exclusive and breathtaking development on the Egyptian Riviera. Situated just behind the new marina in El Gouna, apartments, townhouses and villas will be spread around lagoons and a Karl Litten designed 18 hole championship golf course with a Hilltop Village boasting beautiful views of the Red Sea, lagoons, golf course and mountainous backdrop.Universally acclaimed as the world’s leading global concierge service, Quintessentially prides itself on fulfilling those tasks that baffle even the most competent of personal assistants, and provides an unrivalled global network on hand to look after members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service, which includes bookings and VIP treatment at restaurants, spas and hotels around the world, is also acclaimed for its insider knowledge of the hottest parties and access to events at the Cannes Film Festival, The Oscars and many other Red Carpet nights. Quintessentially launched in Egypt in April 2008 and has quickly become the indispensable “assistant” of some of Cairo’s most influential, jet setting crowd.Quintessentially boasts similar partnerships within the real estate sector around the world including The Phillimores and Pan Peninsula in London, 25 Bond and 20 Pine in New York and Jade Beach in Miami to name but a few. Other corporate Quintessentially partnerships include British Airways, Jaguar, Bedat & Co., Sunseeker and many more. Quintessentially Estates, the world’s most exclusive and personalised property service, will be acting as a global sales agent for the Ancient Sands Golf Resort project.Quintessentially Egypt’s Managing Director Youssef Semaan says of the partnership; “Our partnership with Ancient Sands is a natural extension of their vision to deliver an outstanding project and limitless luxury to home owners. Our role is to make sure that their every whim is attended to and that, wherever they maybe around the world, they know they can count on us to make it happen”.Ancient Sands is being developed by Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD), the leading regional town developer and part of the colossal Orascom Group in a Joint Venture with IFB Resort Developers. Samih Sawiris, Chairman of OHD comments; “The partnership between Quintessentially and Ancient Sands Golf Resort is an exciting prospect for us here at OHD. We are looking forward to offering a unique luxury residential community within El Gouna and enhancing the existing town with the new 18 hole Golf course, spa facilities and new neighbours”.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A television producer for one of Emeril Lagasse’s cooking shows is fighting a subpoena to turn over financial records to the Florida House of Representatives.The House demanded last week that producer Pat Roberts and his company turn over records by Tuesday or risk hefty fines and even jail. Instead of complying, Roberts filed a lawsuit in federal court that contends his constitutional rights are being violated by the Republican-controlled House.Legislators are asking for years of records detailing how the show “Emeril’s Florida” spent millions of dollars it received from the state’s tourism agency. Those documents include tax records from Roberts’ company MAT Media as well as information on how Lagasse was paid.Visit Florida paid at least $10 million over a five-year period for the show that aired on The Cooking Channel. A House committee last October issued its own subpoena asking for the records, but Roberts refused to turn them over and instead filed a lawsuit in state court.House leaders, worried the legal battle could be dragged out, took the extraordinary step of having the entire House vote on the subpoena request during the opening week of this year’s legislative session. House Speaker Richard Corcoran signed the subpoena in front of the entire chamber and had it delivered within minutes of approval.Tim Jansen, one of the attorneys representing Roberts, said the House can’t threaten to punish his client without giving him a chance to challenge the request in court.“Pat Roberts and MAT Media are not below the law and Speaker Corcoran and the House are not above the law,” Jansen said.A spokesman for Corcoran, who is widely expected to run for governor this year, did not immediately respond to the latest lawsuit. But in the past, Corcoran has defended the House’s actions over the last few months, saying that legislators are trying to safeguard taxpayer money and that if Roberts has nothing to hide he should co-operate.Attorneys for Roberts, however, have argued that some of the information the House is requesting is confidential business information that will trigger lawsuits if it is revealed. by Gary Fineout, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2018 9:12 am PDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2016, file photo, Emeril Lagasse poses for a portrait in promotion of his television show ‘Eat the World’ in New York. In Florida, a television producer for “Emeril’s Florida” show is fighting a subpoena from legislators seeking records detailing how the show spent millions of dollars it received from the state’s tourism agency. Producer Pat Roberts asked a federal judge on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, to block the subpoena. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File) Emeril TV producer fighting subpoena from Florida House
Berlin film fest to open with new movie from Lone Scherfig by The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2018 4:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN — Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival say the 2019 event will open with a premiere of Danish director Lone Scherfig’s new movie, “The Kindness of Strangers.”This winter’s “Berlinale,” the first of the year’s major European film festivals, will be the last under longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick.Organizers on Thursday announced the movie from Scherfig, “An Education,” which follows an ensemble of characters through a New York City winter, as the opening film on Feb. 7. It features Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy among others. Kosslick said that Scherfig’s “feel for characters, strong emotions and subtle humour promises a wonderful start to the festival.”The 69th edition of the event runs through Feb. 17.The Associated Press