PRESS RELEASEHollister, CA – Berry People has announced the start of its organic strawberry season from Baja California in Mexico, having recently completed a successful first year of operations.These top-quality strawberries, which are now available in both an 8x1lb and 12×8.8oz formats, will ramp up in volume in January, peak from February through April, and taper off in June.The Baja season comes at a time when U.S. domestic production is limited, providing retailers and their customers an attractive alternative for a reliable supply of organic strawberries. Work is also underway to develop acreage for substantial November and December volumes next season.”We are thankful for our strong following on Baja organic strawberries, due largely to the quality of work done by our alliance partner in that region,” said Jerald Downs, President of Berry People.”Not only is the growing area conducive to quality organic production in general, but our strawberries are grown and packed with real “craftsmanship,” where the minor details are given rigorous and recurring attention, producing an excellent and trustworthy product.””We are grateful for the industry support we’ve received to date, and we are at the same time challenged to improve our overall offering and execution to the brand promise of a year-round and full-line supply of branded organic berries,” said Downs.Company growth and completion of successful first yearBerry People has a unique and caring style of operating, maintaining close personal relationships with everyone along the supply chain from farm workers to consumers, providing an end-to-end value chain perspective. It is in part thanks to this ethos that the company has grown from strength to strength since it started operating in late 2017 and is now set for further controlled expansion in 2019.”We are building an experienced and well-balanced team, establishing our distribution and supply footprints, and developing important summertime production to finish out our year-round presence.”Downs also noted that shareholders recently completed a substantial 2018 equity capital contribution in preparation for 2019’s projected growth.”A strong balance sheet and sufficient capital resources are important to stay in the vanguard as to the marketplace’s product and service needs, whether that be in the development of new varieties, pack-styles and technologies, investment into new facilities, or in the provision of harvest advances to key outside growers,” said Downs.Berry People’s team continues to grow in size and experience. The most recent hires include Damon Barkdull and Tom Henslee, who collectively bring over 50 years of experience in produce sales and category management.”We very satisfied to see our talented team come together at all levels of the company, as well as our unique systems and process solutions, allowing us to effectively manage our planned inflection point for 2019,” Downs said.”These initial accomplishments, while significant, are difficult to savor in light of the plans that lie ahead. In all of this, we hope to remember every step and person along the way, carefully selecting preserving the relationships with the people that make up our inclusive berry community.”About Berry People: Berry People is a year-round, full-line shipper of organic and conventional strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and avocados, and owner of the Berry People® and Avo People brands®. Headquartered in Hollister, California, the company’s ownership and key alliance partners hold important production assets in California, Mexico, Chile and Peru. All product is graded and allocated by pallet, and all growers are fully compliant with USDA and FDA regulations on food safety and organic practices. Berry People operates with a strong company ethos along its entire supply chain that emphasizes complementarity, stewardship and empathy.For more information, please visit www.berrypeople.com You might also be interested in January 08 , 2019 Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue …
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All 32 teams in the National Football League have played at least half of their schedule, so the lists of midseason awards are plentiful.Mike Sando, who does a stellar job of covering the NFC West for ESPN.com, has released his midseason NFC West team, and three Arizona Cardinals got the nod.Defensive end Calais Campbell, inside linebacker Daryl Washington and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were all named to Sando’s 26-member squad. Campbell ranks third on the Cardinals’ defense with 38 total tackles, and has also registered 3.5 sacks.Washington leads the entire division with 75 total tackles and eight sacks. In fact, Terry Bradshaw named Washington his midseason Defensive Player of the Year during Fox NFL Sunday prior to the Cardinals’ game in Green Bay.And despite much discussion that Fitzgerald has not been featured enough in Arizona’s struggling offense, the nine-year veteran still leads the NFC West with 51 catches and 585 yards.In all, the San Francisco 49ers had 13 representatives on the team, Seattle had eight and the St. Louis Rams had two. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In some ways this game was like finding an old shirt you thought you had donated to Goodwill. It feels new again. Andre Roberts. Remember him? After five catches for 72 yards a crucial touchdown late in the game, sure you do. Rob Housler, the burner of a tight end who was pre-ordained for success? He had his first career touchdown to give the Cardinals a 14-7 lead. It only took him 34 games. Carson Palmer, the quarterback who was supposed to save but instead has stalled? He had one of his most satisfying games of the season. Not ‘Lead Story on Sportscenter’-type stuff, but certainly solid enough to deserve partial credit for the win. I apologize in advance for another boring defense and special teams column, but if you ask me why the Cardinals are dreaming the dream of a playoff spot, that’s my answer. We can argue about the validity of that dream. The Cards are 5-4 and should make it six wins a week from today in Jacksonville. Can they coax three or four more wins out of a schedule that features home games against the Colts, Rams and 49ers and road games against the Eagles, Titans and Seahawks? Of course no one knows for sure but of this I’m certain: if they do it will be because of the Same Old Cardinals.The good kind. – / 35 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Credit the “new” Cardinals all you want. For me, this game was about the Same Old Cardinals. No…not those Same Old Cardinals. I’m referring to the Same Old Cardinals who are the reasons why this team wins games. They are why we can have legitimate conversations about the playoffs during a time of year normally reserved for planning Thanksgiving dinner.This team wins games because of their defense. The unit that held Houston to 41 yards in the second half. The unit that held Quarterback Case Keenum to only seven second half completions. That hit Keenum 10 times and sacked him three. That unit put on a show in the second half of Sunday’s win. Palmer certainly noticed.“We played against the number one defense in the league today,” Palmer said. “I would take our defense over that defense.”The only touchdown allowed in the second half came on a short field, gift wrapped by a Rashard Mendenhall fumble and sealed with a Cirque du Soleil catch from Andre Johnson. But it’s not just the defense. There’s punter Dave Zastudil burying his kicks like a grave digger. Justin Bethel. In what ended up being a three-point game the should-be-a-Pro-Bowler blocked a field goal. Jay Feely — who spent much of August and part of September needing to earn his coaches’ trust — has now hit 15 straight field goals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager There are many reasons that the Arizona Cardinals own an 8-1 record, the best mark in the NFL.Many will cite their defense, which despite numerous personnel losses, continues to thrive. Others will talk about turnover margin. The Cardinals are tied with the New England Patriots for the best ratio in the league at plus-12.What you won’t hear a lot of talk about is the offensive line, particularly the tackles. Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie have played very well this season, and have drawn praise from general manager Steve Keim. – / 39 “The other thing is, I’m the general manager. It’s my responsibility to add the players to the roster and help pick the players. But I’m always going to defer to the coaches when it comes to playing the players. It’s not my place to step in and tell Bruce Arians or Harold Goodwin who to play from a personnel standpoint. That’s a decision those two have to make, and if they think it’s in our best interest to play the two guards we currently have out there right now, that’s what I’m going to go with.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “One of the primary reasons that we are 8-1 is because of the play of our offensive tackles,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I thought Jared Veldheer did an excellent job in holding Robert Quinn to one sack — and that sack really wasn’t his fault.“I thought Bobby did a nice job.”But for as good as the tackles played, Keim did express concern over the three interior offensive line positions. “Inside with the three interior guys, they were up and down,” Keim said. “At times, those athletes got the best of us and again, early in the game, I was concerned with our intensity level.“I think that’s got to pick up, particularly with the stretch of defensive players we’re going to face down the road.”Keim’s concern about the interior linemen has led some to speculate that Jonathan Cooper, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2013, could be inserted into the lineup to replace left guard Ted Larsen, who has started all nine games this year. Head coach Bruce Arians tersely shot down that thinking following Sunday’s game.“Any time you’re 8-1, there is a certain chemistry,” Keim said. “A lot of times, coaches don’t want to mess with chemistry, which I certainly can’t argue with.
Right now, Brittan Golden is fighting to make the Arizona Cardinals’ roster.The speedy receiver has appeared in five games for the team over the last two seasons — none in 2014 — and though he’s made some big plays during training camp, is in no way guaranteed a spot.But then again, the 27-year-old West Texas A&M product wouldn’t even be in position to make an NFL roster if not for his mom and dad, who supported him every step of the way. “It wasn’t really football when I was young,” Golden told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “It was more baseball, basketball. I had a couple coaches tell me ‘it’s going to be easier if you want to play football,’ so I kind of came on later in high school.“But everything I did — it didn’t matter if it was a piano lesson, a basketball game or anything I went –my parents were 100 percent behind me. If I said I wanted to do that, it was ‘If you dream it, you can do it. Just go ahead and go after your goals.’”And yes, Golden said he learned to tickle the ivories.“My mom made made me take piano lessons for three years when I was young, so I had to,” he said. “It was three years, and then you could do whatever you want.”Golden will not be the next Ludwig van Beethoven, though, as he said about all he’s able to play now is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”And that’s fine for a Cardinals team that would rather Golden put on a show between the white lines than in a concert hall. Still, it’s possible Golden would be in the middle of a Major League Baseball season instead if not for his mom, who worked really hard to make sure he landed at a school that could help his career. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Actually I had a couple calls from Division III schools and NAIA schools for baseball,” Golden said. “Football-wise, I didn’t really get recruited. My mom went to searching and she went and got some highlight tapes from my high school coaches. She sent them in and they said, ‘Hey, we’re having an open tryout at West Texas A&M.’”Obviously the tryout went well, as Golden went on to become one of the best receivers the school has ever had. He left college ranked second in school history with 3,007 receiving yards and fifth with 165 receptions. He also had 33 touchdown catches, which was tied for sixth on the all-time list. Golden excelled on special teams as well, returning 30 punts for 274 yards and 10 kickoffs for 112 yards en route to being a first-team All-LSC selection as a senior after being named second-team as a junior.It wasn’t enough to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, but that hasn’t stopped his career from moving forward. Golden said if not for his mom he would probably be playing baseball somewhere right now. Instead he’s battling to make the team, and he’s fine with that.“I feel like [Bruce Arians] and the coaches do a good job of mixing and matching, and getting us in our best situation to succeed,” he said. “Every day I just try to get better and try to put my best foot forward and let the coaches know that I can play if I have to get in the game.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Golden feels like he is doing that, but understands his chances of making the team may come down to math. The Cardinals will only keep so many receivers, and with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson all virtual locks, it’s possible there will not be room for Golden (or one of the other young receivers currently in camp).Prior to Floyd’s injury Arians had brought up the possibility of keeping six receivers, which would seem like good news for Golden.“Keeping six receivers is always good for the receiver room because we’re so deep in there and like I’ve said before, there’s so many receivers in there that could be playing anywhere, regardless of being a number two or number three on other teams,” Golden said. “But I guess it’s probably a good problem to have for a GM or a head coach to have six or seven guys that you’re like, they could all play somewhere; we have great depth so if we have to keep six, if God forbid anything drastic happens, we have somebody that can step up and play.” – / 19
Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, middle, watches his players against the Cardinals offense during an NFL football training camp practice, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1 Comments Share Top Stories Keim On James Bettcher: “He was a strong candidate; he’s a fantastic coach. He had a great interview and did a great job. I thought he did a phenomenal job with our defense, and he’s going to continue to grow in the league, and I think his future ahead of him for sure.”— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) January 24, 2018Carolina Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb followed Wilks to the Valley and become his new defensive coordinator.The 39-year-old Bettcher started in the NFL with the Colts in 2012 as the outside linebackers coach. He came with Bruce Arians to Arizona in 2013, serving as outside linebackers coach for two years before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015.Arizona has been in the top-seven for yards allowed in all three of Bettcher’s years running the defense.Bettcher and Shurmur was of the nine candidates to interview for the Cardinals’ previously open head coaching position after Arians retired. Rapoport reported Bettcher chose the Giants over the Tennessee Titans.Bettcher also had the option to return to Arizona as defensive coordinator under head coach Steve Wilks, reported 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki. After reports surfaced of new Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks looking elsewhere at defensive coordinator, it didn’t take long for James Bettcher to find a new defense to run.The New York Giants picked Bettcher as their new defensive coordinator, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Jan. 23. New York made the move official Feb. 15.“James coaches a defense that’s hard to score against,” first-year Giants coach Pat Shurmur said in a release. “He had great success in Arizona, and we’re certainly glad to have him here.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals defensive line was one of the bright spots in a difficult first half against the Kansas City Chiefs.Chandler Jones recorded two sacks and Rodney Gunter added another despite allowing two touchdown passes to the vaunted Chiefs offense.For Jones, his two sacks made him the NFL sack leader since the start of the 2016 season with 35.5. Jones moved ahead of the Broncos’ Von Miller who has 33.5 over the same time span. He leads the Cardinals with 8.5 sacks on the season. Danielle Hunter of the Vikings came into the game leading the NFL with 11.5 sacks on the year.Related LinksIupati, Williams, Nkemdiche out, Baker in, as Cardinals face ChiefsThe 5: Cardinals’ best quotes about Chiefs’ explosive weaponryThe Cardinals as a team came into the game tied for seventh in the NFL with 24 sacks on the season.Six players on the Cardinals are tied for second on the team with 2 sacks. Gunter’s first half take down of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes gave him 1.5 on the year. – / 28 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Related LinksPFF: Numbers show Cardinals rookie Andy Isabella is more than a slot WRFolston played four years at Pitt and signed as an undrafted free agent after this year’s draft. – / 15 8 Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals claimed linebacker Pita Taumoepenu off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced Wednesday.To make room for him on the roster, the team released fellow linebacker James Folston Jr.Taumoepenu played four games for San Francisco last season, recording three tackles. Prior to that, he played two games in 2017 without registering on the stat sheet.The 25-year-old was drafted in the sixth round (202nd overall) in 2017 after playing two seasons as a defensive end at the University of Utah. It was in the Pac-12 that Taumoepenu had 45 tackles in 16 games, 15 of those for loss to go with 13 sacks. He also had three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in college. Pita Taumoepenu #50 of the Utah Utes celebrates a called touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during their game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The call was later reversed. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
RelatedHow 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…10 beautiful places to visit in EdinburghEdinburgh – one of the most stunning cities in the world. Here are the most beautiful places to take the perfect holiday pics.Beyond the Fringe: More things to see and do around EdinburghWe bring you the best things to do in Edinburgh and around, perfect for when Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes to town this August. Princes Street is Edinburgh’s busiest shopping street, but it also holds a lot of history and there is far more to see than the many high street shops. Here are our top five things to do on Princes Street other than shopping.1. Princes Street GardensThis very grand public park beneath Edinburgh Castle can be accessed via gates all along Princes Street, on the opposite side of the road to the shops. There is always something happening in Princes Street Gardens, from the Winter Wonderland at Christmas, to Summer Festival events, to various concerts and celebrations throughout the year. Popular sights include the famous Floral Clock and impressive Ross Fountain.2. The Scott MonumentYou can’t miss this 200 foot Gothic tower at the East End of Princes Street. Completed in 1844, the Scott Monument was built in honour of Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish author of Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and many other famous novels. Climb the 287 steps for fantastic views of Edinburgh.3. Scottish National GalleryThis is the Scottish National Gallery of fine art. It can be found towards the middle of Princes Street, on The Mound. A must-see for art lovers, the gallery includes masterpieces from great artists Cézanne, Constable, Degas, Monet, Goya, Gauguin, El Greco, Titian and many more.4. Edinburgh Bus ToursThe open top city Bus Tours are a great way to explore Edinburgh, particularly if you only have a day or two to pack everything in. You can start the tour from Waverley Bridge next to the railway station, just off Princes Street, and can hop on and off the buses as many times as you like to explore the various attractions along the way.5. Edinburgh Street PartyEvery year on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve), Princes Street is transformed into an outdoor party venue with live music, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. People travel from all over the globe to experience this world-famous event.This post was brought to you by Apex Hotels in Edinburgh, with four city centre hotels, perfect for exploring Princes Street and the surrounding areas. Check out the Apex Hotels Blog for more Edinburgh travel tips.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
The next two days are about marine adventures in Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef. You’ll have the chance to see dolphins, manta rays, and more in action. Been dreaming of your epic Australian adventure, but think it might break the bank? Think again. With flights to Perth ranking as one of the best value long-distance routes in the world, getting to Western Australia is often a bargain. Want to explore more Western Australia tours? More importantly, Western Australia collects all your wishlist items in one region. Bliss out on white sand beaches? Check. Out-of-this-world rock formations and landscapes? Also check. Hanging with locals? You’ll meet whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, kangaroos in Esperance, quokkas on Rottnest Island. Surf, turf and wine? Margaret River has you covered. Looking for Perth flights? The highlights The day trip – Perth to Rottnest Island (1 day) In partnership with You don’t have to go far from Perth to experience extraordinary adventures. Case in point – Rottnest Island, home of the social media superstar quokka (a.k.a. “the happiest animal in the world”) is only 30 minutes from Fremantle or 90 minutes from the heart of Perth. Finally, you’ll step into the vast world of Cape Range National Park with its imposing limestone canyons, and perfect curves of beach where you can step off the sand and immediately float over pristine reef. Of course, first you’ll need to build up an appetite. That’s what the two-hour long, canoe ride on Margaret River is for. Also, a great opportunity for getting to know your tour mates. You can keep up the conversation over a glass of local wine or beer during lunch. Greens Pool, Denmark. 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Finding your dream job could be as simple as applying for a…How to get to Western Australia for lessSee how you can find cheap flights to Perth, save money on travel, and turn your Western Australia dream holiday into a budget-friendly reality.Gap year goals – how a Western Australia working holiday pays offThe adventure of a lifetime can also boost your CV. Here’s some of the many reasons why a working holiday in Perth and Western Australia is a great idea. Cover Western Australia highlights like The Pinnacles, Kalbarri, KarijiniSwim and admire waterfalls at Bell Gorge and Manning GorgeTraverse the stark landscapes of Windjana Gorge Immerse yourself in Aboriginal history in Tunnel Creek See some saltwater crocodiles Marvel at the unusual formations at the Bungle Bungle RangeWave to wallabies on the shores of Lake Argyle Get to bond with equally adventurous travellers The main course, on the following day, is an excursion down into Ngilgi Cave. There, a local guide can show you how to make a didgeridoo sing, start a fire the old-fashioned way, and introduce you to Aboriginal culture – one of the world’s oldest living cultures. Then, it’s time to climb up the metal rungs to the top the 50m Diamond Tree in William Bay National Park (don’t worry, you can also admire it from the ground floor too). *The tour ends in Adelaide– which means you can either book your return to Perth, or keep exploringonward. The highlights: A warning: things are going to get rocky on this camping tour – literally. And it begins with watching the unique formations and sands of the Pinnacles turn to crimson as the sun goes down. Well, if you don’t count the brief encounter with koalas at Yanchep National Park beforehand. Passing through the Darling Range, you’ll get to Wave Rock, the jaw-dropping granite formation that looks like an ocean turned to stone. By afternoon, you’ll be in Fitzgerald River National Park, a goody-bag of biological beauty and home to thousands of plants, rare marsupials, green hills, bays and inlets. Oh, and it’s where you’ll be staying overnight. From there, it’s on to Kalbarri National Park, where you can get a taste of the Australian Outback. Don’t forget to take a naturally framed photo of the canyons at Nature’s Window. This Western Australia tour shows you all the awe-inspiring forms nature can take along the coast. It also lets you tick off plenty of bucket list items off in one go. Starting from Perth, you’ll head out north toward the Pinnacles. Walking across the moon-like surface of the desert, you’ll feel like an astronaut in comfier clothes. Meanwhile at the Lancelin Sand Dunes, an hour’s drive from The Pinnacles, you can try out sandboarding. Find Perth flight deals For the next phase, you’ll be leaving rocks and deserts behind and heading into the ocean to meet the locals. First there’s the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia. Then you’ll get a whole day to explore Ningaloo Reef, snorkel to your heart’s content, and meet turtles, whale sharks and more. You can even swim with a manta ray. On the way up to the Kalbarri National Park, you’ll have a chance to see the very peculiar sight of trees growing horizontally out of the ground. The oddity oddysey continues when you reach the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. There, you’ll get to see the stromatolites – believed to be some of the first oxygen-producing organisms ever – and a beach made entirely of shells. Flights to Perth, this way Want to get away from it all and closer to nature? This camping tour through the south of Western Australia, including the most remote reaches of the Nullarbor, is for travellers looking for a proper outback experience. Those who cherish having the bare essentials – a place to sleep, tasty food and a clear view of the southern skies. And perhaps, some like-minded adventurers. Take a canoe ride – followed by fine food and finer wines – in Margaret RiverDive into Wadandi culture and Aboriginal history in the depths of Ngilgi CaveClimb the Diamond Tree to see Western Australia’s eucalypts from aboveSwim in a (very Instagram-worthy) pool within the ocean at Greens Pool Sleep under the stars in a swag at Fitzgerald National ParkClimb up a quartzite peak at East Mt BarronSunbathe with kangaroos at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National ParkDrive across the vast, awe-inspiring limestone flatlands of NullarborSwim with adorable bottlenose dolphins and sea lions at Baird BaySee koalas hanging out in Manna gum treesPretend to “surf” a 50 foot granite wave at Wave Rock, Hyden Karijini National Park. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Quokka on Rottnest Island, Perth. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Purnululu (a.k.a. the Bungle Bungle Range) is one of the last big highlights on the tour. Everything here is a geological wonder, but particularly the domes. Some say they look like beehives, but it could be argued they look like ornate temple roofs. Guess you’ll just have to see for yourself… Put short, there are enough extraordinary experiences to fill a whole year of travel. But even if your holidays are limited, you don’t have to miss out. The best way to get the most out of each day (and each Australian dollar) is to join a tour. That way, you’ll see hidden gems you would have otherwise missed, and have fellow adventurers to share you experiences with. Plus, you can let the driver watch the road while you keep your eyes glued to the scenery. Check into Perth hotels View of the Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Top day trips from Perth15 ways to get closer to nature and wilderness in Western AustraliaThe best of Perth on a budgetThe best places to eat, drink and stay in PerthLast minute flight deals to PerthHow to holiday in Western Australia for less than £1000 How to get to Western Australia for lessThe most Instagrammable road trip everGap year goals: Working Holiday in Western Australia Next up are the canyons, waterfalls and stunning rock pools of Karijini National Park. After a brief seaside pause in Broome, the journey ventures into true wilderness, into the Kimberley. A must-see here is Windjana Gorge, whose vertical cliffs sometimes look like they were cut by a knife. The region is also steeped in history. You can see this for yourself in Tunnel Creek, a massive undeground network, and its Aboriginal rock paintings. The highlights: The wilder west tour – Perth to Karijini (11 days) The south by southwest camp-athon – Perth to Adelaide* (9 days) The best bit of booking a tour is that your bicycle and snorkelling gear will be waiting for you when you arrive. That way, you can dive right in. Or cycle around around the island to expore its 63 beaches and 20 bays. The highlights The highlights: Ponder upon the fascinating rock formations of the Pinnacles See how good you are at sandboardingMarvel at the layered cliffs of Murchison Gorge in Kalbarri ParkMeet wild dolphins at Monkey MiaExplore Australia’s “other” big reef, Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and dugongsSee red canyons and golden beaches at Cape Range National Park The highlights: We’ve listed some of our favourite Western Australia tours here, which cover everything from short excursions to epic journeys: Take a selfie with cheery quokkas – which are only found in Western AustraliaExplore tropical fish and coral underwater in The BasinCycle to – and swim at – Little Parakeet Bay But at the heart of this Western Australia tour is Karijini National Park. It’s here that you’ll journey to the centre of the earth on energetic hikes, be dazzled by the views in Dales Gorge, and swim in the famous, cliff-circled Kermits Pool in Hancock Gorge. As you’ll quickly discover, it’s a naturally formed adventure playground. Camping Western Australia, bottom to top – Perth to Darwin* (20 days) Spanning three weeks, this all-out Western Australia tour is a wilderness experience (plenty of spots on the tour won’t have phone reception) that involves loads of hiking, climbing and swimming. It’s jam-packed too; on the first few days alone cover The Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park and its famous attractions like the Z-bend. The next few are water-themed, including a visit to the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, diving in whale shark territory in Exmouth, and relaxing at the appropriately named Turqoise Bay. Say hey to the koalas at Yanchep National ParkExperience a glorious sunset on the moon-like landscape of The PinnaclesSee stranger things – and some of the oldest living beings on earth – in Hamelin PoolGet close to all the beautiful beings under the sea at Coral Bay and Ningaloo ReefSwim in a pool surrounded by steep, red rock cliffs at Kermits Pool, Karijini National ParkGorge on the beautiful mix of waterfalls, cliffs and pools at Dales Gorge in Karijini National Park The coastal exploration – Perth to Exmouth (7 days) Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Looking for more inspiration? You can also further explore Western Australia by checking out these articles: *The tour ends in Darwin – which means you can either book your return to Perth, or keep exploring onward. In addition to these itineraries, you can find the Western Australia tours that best fit your budget, holiday duration and interests here by getting in touch with the team at Real Aussie Adventures here. They can even tailor private tours in Western Australia if you are looking for something extra special or you are travelling in a group of your own Got a few days to spend on a Western Australia tour from Perth? This one’s like a tasting menu of what the region has to offer. Quite literally, as you’ll be visiting wine heartland Margaret River for wine tastings and tasty morsels. You can also start looking forward to relaxing on Australia’s whitest sand at Lucky Bay, with your tour companions and beach-loving kangaroos. As you’ll be staying the night, you’ll have plenty of time to swim, chill or bushwalk. Then, it’s time for an epic drive across the stunning limestone landscapes of Nullarbor to leave you in awe, before you get to swim with dolphins and sea lions at Baird Bay. Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryDiscover much more The sweet finale is getting to swim in Greens Pool in the Denmark Region. Circled by sturdy rocks, it’s like an infinity pool inside the sea – and a must see if you’re planning an Instagram-worthy trip in Western Australia. One of the final campsites is near Australia’s seafood capital, Port Lincoln, and also dotted with Manna gum trees that are home to koalas. But that’s only part of the picture. Rottnest Island is a wildlife paradise, whose clear turqoise waters are home to around 135 species of tropical fish. Just 10 minutes from town, you’ll find The Basin, a real underwater playground.
Mexico City, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Mexico City Ministry of Tourism is excited to welcome the first ever International Tourism Fair of the Americas, FITA, taking place from September 23rd through 26th in the 349,000-square-foot Bancomer Expo Center Santa Fe in Mexico City.FITA 2010 will also coincide with the Bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s Independence and the Centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution, making it an outstanding opportunity to host such an important event.FITA will also help reinforce Mexico City as a premiere travel destination. “We asked the World Travel Organization for strategy for how we can make Mexico City much better known as a destination, and the WTO had several conclusions,” said Juan Carlos Arnau, manager of strategic projects for the Mexico City Tourism Board. “The main recommendation was to organize a world-class event, a very powerful event to make Mexico City important as a destination.”Mexico City’s Ministry of Tourism plans to make FITA an annual event that will gather a selected group of exhibitors from all over the world, as well as professionals within the national and international tourism sector, in an effort to promote the destinations and products of the tourism industry.
Mt. Tremper, N.Y. – Nestled in the tranquil natural backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, Emerson Resort & Spa is inviting couples on an intimate retreat to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply each other with its Intimate Indulgence Package. This package represents a total savings of 20%. Located just two hours from Manhattan, Emerson is an ideal destination for a romantic respite for old and new couples alike, boasting exceptional accommodations in both The Inn and Lodge, superlative dining at The Phoenix and premier service in the property’s Forbes four-star Spa.The Intimate Indulgence package provides a special retreat for true romantics who want to experience the utmost in pampering for an authentic Valentine’s Day getaway. With rates starting at $941 for The Lodge and $1,348 for The Inn, the package will be available from February 2 – April 5, 2010 and will include:-Two-night accommodations in The Lodge or Inn -One three-course dinner -Daily continental breakfast at The Phoenix -VIP Couples Suite spa treatment (includes a 50-minute couples massage followed by a 50-minute hydrotherapy soak) -Bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in room -One romantic-themed gift basket of bath and body productswww.emersonresort.com
by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2018 8:37 am PDT Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Casino is staffing up before its opening next month.The casino formerly known as the Trump Taj Mahal hired its 3,000th employee on Wednesday, and eventually plans to hire about 3,500.Leonard Coleman, a craps dealer who lives in Atlantic City, was honoured at a ceremony Wednesday marking the casino’s 3,000th hire.The casino has thus far received over 20,000 applications.Hard Rock, owned by the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, is re-doing the former Taj Mahal and rebranding it as a music-themed resort on the Boardwalk ahead of its June 28 opening.It is one of two shuttered casinos due to reopen this summer. The former Revel casino plans to reopen as the Ocean Resort Casino, and it, too, is in the midst of hiring staff.Ocean Resort has not yet announced an opening date.Together, the two casinos will return about 6,500 of the 11,000 jobs that were lost in a series of casinos closures in Atlantic City since 2014. Revel and the Taj Mahal were among the five casinos that shut their doors between 2014 and 2016.Hard Rock has stripped the Indian-themed domes and minarets that defined the property that now-President Donald Trump opened in 1990. It will replace them with a giant electric guitar at the casino’s entrance, and will pepper the property with music memorabilia from the largest such collection in the world, including items from New Jersey artists like Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston.It also began installing slot machines on the casino floor late last week in preparation for the opening.The casino recently announced it will feature over 300 nights of live entertainment in its first year.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Hard Rock hires 3,000th worker for Atlantic City casino
Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez to present at Oscars by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 11:12 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2019 at 10:45 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows, top row from left, Tina Fey, Daniel Craig, Constance Wu, and bottom row from left, Awkwafina, Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, who will be presenters at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. (AP Photo) NEW YORK — Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson will be presenters at the 91st Academy Awards.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its first slate of presenters. Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina.Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters.There has been some acrimony over exclusive rights to some presenters this year. The Screen Actors Guild earlier criticized the film academy for requiring that its potential presenters not appear at previous awards shows.ABC will broadcast the Oscars live on February 24. No host has been announced after Kevin Hart stepped down following a backlash over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 7:11 am PDT Russian actor, stage director Sergei Yursky dies at 83 MOSCOW — Sergei Yursky, a renowned Russian film and stage actor who has been widely recognized as one of the most talented actors of his generation, has died. He was 83.The Mossovet Theater where Yursky worked said he died in Moscow Friday. The Tass news agency quoted his daughter as saying that he died of heart failure.Born to an actor’s family in Leningrad, Yursky graduated from theatre academy and joined the city’s Bolshoi Drama Theater in 1957. He worked there for the next two decades and made his director’s debut with Moliere. Since 1979 he worked as an actor and director in Moscow’s Mossovet Theater.Yursky also had a successful movie career, starring in such films as “The Golden Calf” and “The Meeting Place Can’t Be Changed.”The Associated Press
The list of the winners so far at the 91st Academy Awards:Best supporting actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”Documentary feature: “Free Solo”Makeup and hairstyling: “Vice”Costume design: Ruth Carter, “Black Panther”Production design: “Black Panther”___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwards .The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 5:56 pm PDT A list of winners so far at the 91st Academy Awards
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 7:53 am PDT ‘Come From Away,’ ‘Company’ lead race for UK Olivier Awards LONDON — Musicals “Come From Away” and “Company” lead the race for Britain’s Olivier theatre awards with nine nominations apiece.“Come From Away,” about a Newfoundland town that sheltered stranded air travellers on 9-11, is up for best new musical, while a gender-switched production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” is nominated for best musical revival.Sweeping gay-history drama “The Inheritance” has eight nominations including best new play, best actor for Kyle Soller and best supporting actress for Vanessa Redgrave.A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe has six nominations.Other acting contenders announced Tuesday include Ian McKellen for “King Lear,” Gillian Anderson for “All About Eve” and Sophie Okonedo for “Antony and Cleopatra.”Winners will be announced April 7 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2019 7:48 am PDT AP names Michael Tackett deputy Washington bureau chief WASHINGTON — The Associated Press on Tuesday named Michael Tackett, an award-winning journalist, as deputy bureau chief in Washington, directing coverage of the White House, Congress and politics.The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP’s chief of bureau in Washington.“Mike cares deeply about asking the big questions about American politics and government, and telling the story of presidential campaigns not just from Washington, but from the places that ultimately decide elections,” Pace said.Tackett joins the AP from The New York Times, where he has worked as a political reporter and deputy Washington editor. He previously served as Bloomberg News’ managing editor and Washington bureau chief, and as Washington bureau chief and political writer at the Chicago Tribune. He’s covered six presidential campaigns.He is also author of “The Baseball Whisperer,” a nonfiction book about a summer collegiate baseball team in Iowa. The book was a finalist for The Casey Award, which honours the best baseball book of the year.Tackett graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington with a degree in journalism and political science. He has a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. His wife, Julie Carey, is the Northern Virginia Bureau Chief for NBC4 in Washington. They have two children.The Associated Press
April 18, 2002 California musiciansPaul Sprawl and Jaia Suri stopped by the Arcosanti Amphitheater for oneof the intersecting dates on their eight-month parallel U.S. tours.Arcosanti Community Council sponsors many impromptu concerts like thisoutside of the CollySoleri Music Center programs throughout the year. [Photo: RL &text: Ira Murfin] Jaia playedbeautiful songs and even graced us with a little poetry as she strummedher guitar and got wonderful and surprising new sounds out of thebanjo. For her CDs,info and tour schedule. [Photo: RL & text: IM] Paul gave us bluesy,haunting tunes that really showed off the versatility of the guitar, asa percussion instrument among other things. He improvised a song oftribute to the heater which kept his fingers nimble on the drizzly andchilly spring evening. For his CDs, info andschedule [Photo: RL & text: IM] A bluegrass/reggaeconcert was hosted at Arcosanti on Saturday. The High Grass Pickersplayed until sunset. [Photo & text: RL] Kindred, a reggaeband from Tempe, provided a mellow mood in the vaults. This was theirthird show here at Arcosanti. Check for more information aboutArcosanti Events. [Photo & text: RL]