Image: Rachael Harding & Matthew Cameron-SmithTrafalgar has unveiled its inaugural e-learning program, specially created to help agents increase their earnings and make selling more fun. The Trafalgar Academy empowers industry partners with its interactive guidance on how to sell, as opposed to what to sell, and upon completion of each course they are further equipped to learn, earn and travel more.The initial launch phase of the Trafalgar Academy is available now and invites users to discover the Trafalgar difference. Following in close succession in the coming months are ‘Converting Opportunities Into Success’ and ‘It’s Lifestyle Not Features That Matter’, with additional courses forthcoming as the program gathers momentum. Agents registering for the Academy will uncover insights on increasing conversion and commission, as well as enjoying exclusive travel offers.“We are excited to introduce our latest industry initiative, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing our valued partners with all the tools they need for sales success. For those choosing to become Trafalgar experts, they can look forward to seeing conversion, commission and retention rates rise,” said managing director Australia Matthew Cameron-Smith.Whether agents wish to inject more energy and excitement in their sales process, unravel the best way to sell a destination or understand travel trends and what drives client preferences, the on-demand e-learning initiative has been created to cover all needs. Upon successful completion of each module, agents can access downloadable certificates of accreditation.The initiative complements the recently-launched parent group e-learning program from The Travel Corporation agent resourcesTrafalgarTTC
attractionsHollywoodWarner Bros. Studio Tour Visitors will now have the chance to experience the original costumes and props used by the cast on the film set of Justice League, as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood expanded DC Universe: The Exhibit.For the first time, fans are able to unite with their favourite League members through this new exhibit, which joins the tour’s popular Wonder Woman exhibition currently on display. The Justice League addition is offered exclusively to tour guests.“Get up close and personal with your favourite Justice League character including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. See the unique Mother Boxes that were used on the film set and designed to reflect the individual styles of the guardians that protected them.”
Emirates Skywards has partnered with the ENTERTAINER to launch the Emirates Skywards GO app for members, a mobile members’ travel companion with access to over 4,400 2-for-1 offers at some of the best restaurants and spas in over 20 cities. Emirates Skywards GO gives members access to day planners, city guides and the ability to instantly book tours and attractions in over 160 destinations. The app is free to download on iOS or Android devices.The 2-for-1 offers can be unlocked with 6,700 Skywards Miles and are available in over 20 cities that Emirates flies to including Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. After unlocking the app, members will have six months to start using the 2-for-1 vouchers. After redeeming the first voucher, they will have 30 days to enjoy as many offers as they would like. The special deals include restaurants, cafes, spas and wellness activities.Emirates Skywards GO complements the Emirates app where members can check their Miles, tier status and other member offers in the revamped Emirates Skywards section. airlinesappEmirates SkywardsEmirates Skywards GOloyalty programmembers
Bench Africa has developed a new help platform for agents, as a simple and easy way to consult and convert Africa enquiries.Working with the experienced team of reservations consultants, Bench has created a list of the most important qualifying questions to be asked, so agents can get the best answers from their clients. With their clients’ trips then properly qualified and understood, agents can send the form through to an African expert with the click of one button, even specifying which expert they wish to deal with.“It’s taking the stress out of an African enquiry and nice to know that giving your clients the trip that best suits is as simple as asking Bench for help,” says Trade Relations Manager Cameron Neill. agentsBench AfricaBenchHelp
From 20 June 2019, members of the loyalty programs for Accor Group and the Air France-KLM Group, will be able to enjoy Miles+Points, offering a dual reward scheme to their entire global loyalty customer base.The new initiative is being offered as Accor Group and Air-France-KLM Group strengthen their partnership with benefits for members, allowing them to simultaneously earn points & miles while travelling with both companies. Members of the Flying Blue and Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programs will be able to enjoy: · Earn Miles for your hotel stay and Points for each flight· Convert Miles and Reward Points for even more ways to redeemEvery time our customers travel on a flight marketed and operated by Air France and/or KLM, or stay a night at an Accor hotel, they will now earn both Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward points.To take advantage of the Miles+Points service, members must link their accounts on flyingblue.com or on Le Club AccorHotels website. After registering, customers will earn Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward Points automatically when flying with Air France and/or KLM or staying in a Le Club AccorHotels participating hotel. Accor GroupAir France-KLM GroupairlineshotelsloyaltMiles+Pointsrewards
AccorHotelsbaliHotel ReviewMövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali Away from the busier tourist spots, Jimbaran Bay is nestled away Bali’s southwestern coast. The bay area is part of the narrow strip connecting the Bali mainland and the Bukit Peninsula. Due to this, the beach and the bay offer small protected areas of peace and quiet, making it perfect for families.It certainly doesn’t have masses of tourists lining the streets like some other areas of Bali. The pace is far more mellow and has an authentic local community. Relax on the beach where the evening opens to a haven of restaurants to feast on local seafood or visit the local markets during the day.While you can feel far removed from the hustle bustle of Bali, you are still just a short distance to explore the rest of the island. Depending on traffic, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are about 30 minutes to 1-hour north. Uluwatu is just 15 mins – 30 minutes south. Nusa Dua is 15 minutes to 30 minutes away and Ubud is about 2 – 2.5 hrs away.The ResortAt Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali you can immerse yourself in 5-star Balinese island living at an affordable price. Located just a short walk from Jimbaran Beach and with Samasta Lifestyle Village on your doorstep, there is plenty to do in the area. It is what the resort offers however that makes this a hit with travellers.Set on an expanse of lush tropical gardens with pools that intertwine between, the resort is a paradise within paradise. The pools are separated to adults only and children’s pool, allowing for peace and quiet when needed. Hammocks hang over the water and cabanas line the pool edge for those wanting a bit more space than the deck chairs.The resort was built with families in mind, catering from parents needing a small break to kids who know how to have fun. Their global Family Programme provides fun, value and happy moments for every member of the family. Your family experience begins at check in, literally with small steps up to the counter allowing children to also be part of the check in process. There is a pirate themed Meera Kids Club that is open from 09.00 am to 08.00 pm daily and welcomes children aged four to 12 years old. You can still take in younger children, but they must be accompanied by an adult.The Arkipela Spa & Wellness centre offers the ultimate in relaxation with a range of treatments to soothe and rejuvenate. For the fitness fanatics, there is a gym packed full of the latest workout equipment.The RoomsThere are room types to suit any traveller and budget. The lead in Classic Room is appropriately appointed with modern Balinese amenities in a thoroughly modern setting. The 34 sqm rooms have the option of king-size bed or twin beds and have a bath and separate shower. Families can make use of the spacious Family Rooms which are also interconnecting, so you can open the door and suddenly you have a small villa. Rooms then vary in views from Garden View to Pool View. The ultimate Jimbaran Pool Suites are the largest suites at 108 sqm, and they boast incredible views over the Indian Ocean from the spacious private balconies. The private swimming pools also add another element of luxury. With separate seating areas, dining rooms, king-size beds, and opulent bathrooms, the Suites are perfect for honeymooners, families, or those who want a stylish spot.The DiningDining at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a cultural journey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Anarasa Restaurant. There is a communal feel here like you are home at your own kitchen, with live cooking stations and an international à la carte menu for meals throughout the day. There is even a breakfast bar for the kids full of creative delights like bananas dipped in chocolate, sandwiches with smiley faces, fruit kebabs and more. Light meals throughout the day can be shared around the pool areas in a relaxed environment. For a special treat, head up to the rooftop at Above Eleven Bali Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. With views over Jimbaran Bay and Indian Ocean, Above Eleven is the perfect spot to savour the sunset with live music at the rooftop sky bar. The cocktails were as spectacular as the sunset and the food has a Peruvian-Japanese flare. There is even a family zone on the roof setup with an open-air cinema and beanbags for the kids.ConferencingThe Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is positioned for business with dedicated meeting, conference and event facilities in the heart of Jimbaran for corporate travellers looking to conduct business in a vibrant lifestyle setting. With a choice of comfortable venues supported by modern equipment, a professional Meetings & Events team is on hand to deliver personalised service and tailor a memorable island experience. All meeting facilities are strategically located on a designated floor with direct VIP access in and out of the resort. For more information and reservations, please contact the Meetings & Events team at Resort.Bali.Mice@movenpick.com.To BookMövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, Jl. Wanagiri No. 1, 80362 Jimbaran, Bali, IndonesiaPhone: +62 361 4725777Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.movenpick.com/en/asia/indonesia/bali/jimbaran-bali
He plays loathe him/love him lawyer, Louis Litt, in the US drama series, Suits, but actor Rick Hoffman’s next starring role is in the upcoming rugby-themed Air New Zealand safety video, launching this Thursday (1 August 2019). Hoffman first visited New Zealand in 2017 and took to Twitter praising the airline as being “by far the most accommodating” airline in the world”, and ‘insisting’ on being Air New Zealand’s next spokesperson.“Air New Zealand is renowned for its safety videos and for risk taking and creativity. People want to see something fun onboard and Air New Zealand just has so much fun,” Hoffman said.“Kiwis are the nicest, friendliest, most laid-back crew. Air New Zealand has the most human customer service I’ve ever experienced – they’re incredible.”In the airline’s latest rugby-themed video, Hoffman plays a lawyer, alongside a star-studded Kiwi cast which features several All Blacks including Head Coach Steve Hansen and Captain Kieran Read, actor Cliff Curtis, Former Black Ferns Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili and members of the renowned 1987 All Blacks squad, along with former Wallabies Captain George Gregan.Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand & Content Marketing Jodi Williams says when Hoffman insisted on becoming the airline’s spokesperson it became clear he was going to be a fantastic ambassador for the next safety video.“Rick’s on and offscreen personality is infectious and goes hand in hand with the character of our tongue-in-cheek safety videos. He was fantastic to have on set and we had so much fun teaching him the ‘Kiwi’ way of doing things.”Hoffman says his affinity with New Zealand is “a love affair.”“It’s incredible – the food is amazing and the people are amazing. It’s the way it should be everywhere. I eventually plan on living there – not illegally but maybe becoming a resident somehow.”IMAGE: Rick Hoffman aka Louis Litt in Suits behind the scenes for the new Air NZ Safety Video Air New ZealandAir New Zealand safety videoairlinesLouis LittRick HoffmanSuits
Interestingly enough, there were some who thought this was going to happen as early as training camp. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had suggested Lindley would have a shot to play by midseason, and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski said back in May he believed the rookie would be a starting QB in the NFL in four years.Looks like Lindley, who finished his collegiate career throwing for 12,690 yards with 90 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions, is a bit ahead of schedule. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals are going with the rookie.Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced after practice Wednesday that Ryan Lindley will start for Arizona against St. Louis Sunday.Lindley, who saw his first game action last week against the Falcons, completed 9-of-20 passes for 64 yards in Arizona’s loss in relief of John Skelton.The decision comes as little surprise, as with Kevin Kolb still injured and Skelton ineffective, it makes sense that the coach would want to see what his sixth-round pick has to offer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 37 Top Stories Here’s what I saw and experienced at Cardinals practice on Tuesday (full disclosure, I was about 45 minutes late because I had a late meeting):JOHN BROWN:It finally happened. I was actually there to see it. John Brown made a mistake.During 7-on-7 drills, Palmer threw what appeared to be a slant pattern. I think Brown sat down and curled it to the sideline. I’m not reporting this to mock John Brown. I report in amazement. After attending every practice except one, I’ve never seen Brown make a mistake. Immediately after the pass, Palmer gave Brown the “go that way” signal. Coach Arians was just as fast with his sharp tongue. Although his mistake cost the team an interception, it’s a great testament to the rookie Brown that these moments are so rare.DEONE BUCANNON:Who was it that made the pick? Yeah, another rookie.DAN BUCKNER:He hasn’t shown much in camp. He’s been kind of forgotten with how intense the wide receiver battle has been. The only question has been whether Buckner will finish eighth in a five- or six-horse race. Tuesday was his day.He looked much more athletic and made some great catches. He had one touchdown (notice I said one, Craig Grialou). Didn’t fight the ball as he normally appears to. It would take about nine more practices like that for him to close the gap but you have to start somewhere.PAUL CALVISI:Jay Feely is involved in a drag-out kicking battle. He went 7-for-8 on field goals including two from 50+. The one that he missed occurred at exactly the moment Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi walked under the uprights. The Paul Factor struck.SCREENS:Heavy screen day by the Cardinals. Almost every drive had a screen mixed in it. The offense didn’t re-invent the wheel. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary but a very wide variety of screens. It was a very weak area for last year’s offense. An advanced screen game would dramatically help Arizona’s offense reach the much higher expectations for this year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The hotel scene of the Spanish capital has received a big piece of news – one of Europe’s original grand luxury hotels, Hotel Ritz Madrid, has been sold. Mandarin Oriental and Olayan Group (Saudi Arabia-based) have announced a joint acquisition of the iconic property, that was finalised in a deal worth $148 million. Hotel Ritz Madrid – once of Belmond acclaim – is a Baroque palace that has roots going back to 1910.The hotel is anticipated to undergo a $103 million renovation in 2017, which will see a destination spa and new restaurants added to the mix. All guestrooms and public spaces will get a makeover, and the historic façade is scheduled for a refit in the coming months.A new website for Hotel Ritz is coming soon: www.mandarinoriental.com/madrid.
Go back to the enewsletterQueenstown’s popular ski field, Coronet Peak, is amping up the snow magic with a new interactive experience called The Ice Slides by Ice Castles.Located next to the main Coronet Express chairlift, the display is within easy walking distance from the base building deck. Guests will be able to race down winding slides encased entirely in ice and perched on a frozen throne. The ice is illuminated at night with colour-changing LED lights which will add to the magic of Coronet Peak’s night skiing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Nigel Kerr, Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, says the experience is all about sharing the magic of winter, especially with those who don’t ski or snowboard.“The changing country-of-origin mix of New Zealand tourism means more people are attuned to sightseeing all year round, summer or winter. This is part of moving our product mix to appeal to them as well as our regular pass holders who will love the surprise.”Only 20 minutes from downtown, Coronet Peak is one of the most popular sightseeing ski fields in the region, with greater non-ski traffic than nearby Queenstown ski field, The Remarkables, which is 40 minutes from downtown.Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis said the icy attraction was the first for New Zealand.“We love being able to bring our experience to the Southern Hemisphere. Our team is all about giving more people around the world another way to enjoy the outdoors together, make memories and freeze time with their loved ones.”Utah-based Ice Castles is a seasonal entertainment company that creates elaborate, frozen castles, slides and other structures each winter in six cities across North America.Made entirely of frozen water, the giant structure at Coronet Peak has taken 52 days to build. A crew of six ice artisans from across the United States and Canada have moved to the area to construct the experience.Passes are priced at NZ$35 for 12+ and NZ$29 for 6-11, with 5 and unders admitted for free. Ticket sales are now available to purchase at http://icecastles.com/new-zealand, or with Coronet Peak guest services.It opens at 10am daily, weather permitting.The light display will operate on Coronet Peak’s night ski evenings, running on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from late July.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore’s The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is set to expand internationally for the first time, revealing it will take over management of The Westin Sydney and 1 Martin Place, effective 18 October 2019, re-branding the property as The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts presently owns and operates two award-winning hotels in Singapore: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (opened in 2001) and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore (opened in 2010). Both hotels anchor the historic and cultural Fullerton Heritage precinct located in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s city centre.The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeBuilt in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s building was previously home to the country’s General Post Office (GPO) and several other important government departments. In recognition of the building’s significance, and subsequent heritage conversion efforts, it was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015. This is the highest form of national recognition in Singapore and the equivalent of a listing on the National Heritage List in Australia.The Fullerton Hotel Singapore GM, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ award-winning style of hospitality and hotel to Australia,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.“The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will become a sister hotel to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, both of which share a similar rich history as former GPOs. We strive to deliver a luxury hotel that can further contribute to Sydney’s growth as an international tourist destination and showcase the beauty and heritage of the original building to a wider audience, both nationally and globally.”While hotel operations will remain very much ‘business as usual’, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s website is going live today.Another key project, scheduled to commence early in the new year, is remediation and repair of the hotel’s façade.“As dedicated custodians of the building, and as part of our commitment to the community, this project has been designed to restore the beauty of the façade and will be carried out in line with the Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations,” explained Cavaliere Giovanni.Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International said, “Marriott International has managed The Westin Sydney at 1 Martin Place for over 20 years and we would like to thank all of our colleagues at the hotel for their continued support, hard work and dedication to its success.”Hotel enquiries can be directed to email@example.comLead image: The arrival area of the Fullerton Hotel.Go back to the enewsletter
Holidaymakers looking for cheap flights to keep the cost of their holidays down this summer shouldn’t scrimp on car park costs.That is according to Stansted Airport, which has stated that its official facilities are the only ones for the airport that have been approved by Essex Police.Julia Gregory, head of transport planning and policy at Stansted, explained that the airport’s official parking is accredited to the Park Mark safety and security standards.”It’s the only place passengers should book to guarantee the safest car park option before jetting away,” she said.Her comments come after a Which Car magazine report highlighted the dangers of using unofficial car park operators.Graham Stubbs, deputy divisional commander at Stansted Airport, added that Essex Police is “thoroughly committed” to the Park Mark scheme, which is an official initiative of the UK police.Meanwhile, BAA Heathrow is planning to introduce a new parking enforcement scheme in its short stay car parks to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow around terminals and cut down on dangerous parking.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedStansted Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationCheck your flight is leaving on time, or be ready to meet friends and family off the plane with our Stansted arrivals and departures information. We’ve got accurate, real-time flight updates as they happen, to make your journey as easy and stress-free as possible. Find cheap flights direct from Stansted…Pay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?England’s cheapest airport parking can be found in LiverpoolLiverpool John Lennon Airport has the cheapest airport parking in England, a new survey from Which? has revealed.
As specialists in boutique and luxury hotels, Mr and Mrs Smith is a well-established brand in the travel industry. This new book – Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection, France – focuses on the finer accommodation establishments to be found all over the country, from Paris to Provence, Alsace to Aquitaine. In line with the high-end brand, the book is delightfully designed and laid out, full of eye-catching images of hotel rooms, restaurants and splendid views. Printed on thick, coloured paper – even the pages feel luxurious.The reviews are written in the first person by a small team who have personally visited each location, but have done so anonymously (so have received no special treatment that is often dolled out to reviewers). The result is a collection of well written, genuine accounts of each hotel which also include details on prices, favourite rooms and tips on local eating and drinking hotspots.The book also comes with a ‘BlackSmith’ Card which entitles you to six months’ free membership to the Mr and Mrs Smith website where you’ll be able to view last minute offers, and even get money back on bookings. You’ll also get extra goodies such as free champagne and spa treats as to be expected from The Smiths.An excellent resource if you’re looking to take someone away on that special break, this book would also make a great gift for anyone who is fond of France and the finer things in life. Having poured over the pages, I now know where I’m going on my next romantic weekend.Buy Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection, France on Amazon nowReview by Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel EditorRead more book reviewsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRemain in the UK: The best cities in Britain to visit in 2019Seeking a city break without spending a lot of cash? Given the current political and economic situation post-Brexit vote, you might want to consider a staycation if you’re looking to get the best value from your hard-earned ££. Yes there’s London and Edinburgh, but what about Nottingham or Liverpool? There…Unusual Hotels Europe: Book ReviewUnusual Hotels Europe: Book Review13 luxury celebrity spotting hotels around the worldThe secret’s out: see inside the five-star hotels where the rich and famous hang out on holiday.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Travler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAshford Castle, Ireland’s historic five-star castle hotel, is an ideal escape for families, offering a myriad of activities ranging from horseback riding and fly fishing to golf, clay shooting, river cruises and, perhaps most notably, learning how to fly hawks in Ireland’s first school of falconry.This summer, Ashford Castle invites families to hone their falconry skills, while enjoying plenty of the property’s other luxury amenities, with a special Summer Family Falconry Package which includes:* Two nights’ Deluxe accommodation for the entire family* Daily breakfast* Dinner in the George V dining room for entire family* 90-minute family falconry lesson* Falconry quiz for all children under 12 (given after falconry lesson)* For children under the age of 2: Ashford Castle teddy bear and baby pack (includes baby wash, moisturizing cream, talcum powder, baby wipes and sponge)* For children, ages 2-11: Bathrobes and slippers (blue for boys, pink for girls)* Special children’s menu* Babysitting services and junior spa treatments available upon requestwww.ashford.ie
BERLIN – The German foundation that co-ordinates research into the origin of Nazi-confiscated property says it will also start looking into cultural objects collected during Germany’s colonial past.The German Lost Art Foundation said Tuesday it will begin developing guidelines for project funding that will include provenance research in museums, collections and basic research.It says it will work closely with the German Museums Association and experts.Founded by the government in 2015, the foundation’s main job is help identify property confiscated from Jewish owners during the Nazi era from 1933-1945 to facilitate its return or compensation, and cultural assets lost under the Soviet occupation and in communist East Germany.German colonies included territories in what is today Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Mozambique in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. German foundation examining origin of colonial-era goods by The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 10:23 am PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 9:37 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big Hoss, left to right, Rick and Chumlee from the show “Pawn Stars” are seen in an undated handout photo in Las Vegas. When “Pawn Stars” premiered in July of 2009, few would have bet that it would last 100 episodes. Nearly 10 years later, however, it has soared past the 500 episode mark and counting. On a visit to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop earlier this year in Nevada, owner Rick Harrison modestly declared that the only prime-time shows with more episodes – in the history of television – are “‘Lassie,’ ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘The Simpsons.'” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-History, *MANDATORY CREDIT* ‘Pawn Stars’ returns with tribute planned for ‘The Old Man’ Richard Harrison LAS VEGAS, Nev. – When “Pawn Stars” premiered in July of 2009, few would have bet — even in this gambling town — that it would last 100 episodes.Nearly 10 years later, however, it has soared past the 500 episode mark and counting.On a visit to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop earlier this year in Nevada, owner Rick Harrison modestly declared that the only prime-time shows with more episodes are “‘Lassie,’ ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘The Simpsons.’”Harrison, who figures he currently owns around two dozen cars and motorcycles, many customized by his buddy Danny Koker (star of History’s spinoff series, “Counting Cars”), has parlayed his “Pawn Stars” fame into a tidy fortune. He’s added a small container park adjacent to the pawn shop, complete with a bar, rib joint and candy store.His son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison has shared the rewards, as has Corey’s childhood pal Austin “Chumlee” Russell. Harrison jokes that he gives Chumlee the same two Christmas presents every year: “fame and fortune.”Russell also runs the candy store in Harrison’s pawn plaza. The sleepy-eyed sidekick claims Harrison is “overcharging me for the rent, but it’s almost worth it because the customer base is built right in.” The pawn shop remains one of Las Vegas’ top tourist attractions.The series soldiers on this season without the fourth member of the reality show quartet: Rick’s father Richard Benjamin “The Old Man” Harrison. The no-nonsense shop co-founder passed away this June at 77 after coping with Parkinson’s disease.The series will mark the passing at the end of this season with a retrospective episode featuring tributes from the other cast members as well as clips of Harrison’s most memorable moments.A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Harrison was honoured with a full military escort at his funeral. Among those sending condolences were the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey club, Dana White from the UFC, Vegas headliners the Oak Ridge Boys, Boyz II Men and Oscar winner Russell Crowe.The pawn shop quickly got behind Vegas’ wildly successful new NHL franchise, cheering them on last spring to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. Russell even strapped on the goalie pads and stepped onto the ice for a series of promotional spots.There was one problem, however: the 36-year-old can’t skate. “Those guys shoot hard,” says Russell.Rick Harrison prizes the Golden Knights jersey he has hanging in the store, the first worn by the team’s actual netminder, Marc-André Fleury. “Some guy was offering me $2,300 dollars for it,” says Harrison, who turned down the bid — although he maintains that everything in his shop has a price.He’s one of the biggest buyers in his own store. Recently, when a dealer came in with original drawings by children’s books illustrator Maurice Sendak, Harrison purchased them for US$225,000. On another episode, he dropped US$100,000 on the portrait of former president Abraham Lincoln that appears on the American penny.Harrison and Koker were both part of the top-rated “Evel Live” special starring stuntman Travis Pastrana that took place this summer in Las Vegas. Even Harrison shakes his head at the notion that he, Koker, Corey and Chumlee are the new Rat Pack Vegas headliners following in the footsteps of Sinatra, Elvis and Evel Knievel.“I can’t complain,” he says. “Busy guy, got this place, got six kids, got a bar and restaurant.”Why do audiences turn to History for pawn shop programming? Harrison has a theory:“If you make something educational and you make people giggle while they’re learning, they don’t even know they’re learning. People love to learn, and they like to hear it from their uncle.”“Pawn Stars” is back with all new episodes Monday nights on History.— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ dead at 76 by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2019 1:48 pm PDT NEW YORK — Daryl Dragon, the “Captain” of “The Captain and Tennille,” has died.Dragon died early Wednesday at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona. Spokesman Harlan Boll said he was 76 and died of renal failure. His former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side.The Captain and Tennille had a run of easy listening hits in the 1970s, notably the chart-topping “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Their other songs included “Muskrat Love,” ”Shop Around” and “Do That to Me One More Time.”The couple separated in 2013 and divorced the following year. But they remained close, according to Boll, and Tennille even moved to Arizona to help care for Dragon.A classically trained pianist, Dragon performed at times with the Beach Boys before meeting Tennille in the early 1970s.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bryan Adams surprises Broadway audience at ‘Pretty Woman’ with performance by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2019 7:52 am PDT NEW YORK — Rocker and composer Bryan Adams surprised a sold-out audience at the Broadway show “Pretty Woman: The Musical” with a performance during the curtain call.The Canadian hitmaker appeared onstage at New York’s Nederlander Theatre with guitar in hand to serenade the audience Thursday.Adams sang “You and I” followed by “Together Forever” as cast members joined him onstage to clap and sing along. The Grammy-winner co-wrote the songs with long-time collaborator Jim Vallance.He jokes on his verified Instagram account that it was his “Broadway debut”.The musical is based on the top-grossing 1990 film featuring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The stage version stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl.The Canadian Press
April 4, 2002 This series of photosdepict the recent mammoth pour. Our construction team poured 112 tonsof concrete, which came to about 58 cubic yards delivered in 6 trucks.Remember this shot from the posting on March 26? This is the secondfloor of Unit 6 and 7 of the East Crescent showing the rebar cage before the pour.[Photo: David Tollas &text: Sue Anaya] On the morning of thepour construction manager Spencer Marrese-Atom is talkingthrough the expected chain of events with his crew in the classroom.[Photo: Ray Lam & text: SA] The first concretetruck is pulling up to the boom pump. [Photo & text: SA] Volunteer AndyBradshaw is stuffing a test cylinder with a sample from the first batchof concrete. The tubes are sent to a lab for compression strength.[Photo & text: SA] Workshopper SorenManillen is wetting down the forms before the pour. [Photo & text: SA] The pour starts atthe southwest corner of unit 6. [Photo: RL & text: SA] Constructionsupervisor Ray Shong is guiding the vibrating screed while Scott Reillyis smoothing out the surface with a giant bullfloat. [Photo: RL & text:SA] The pour in progress.[Photo: RL & text: SA] A view from the 3rdfloor of the 5th unit of the progress of the pour. [Photo: RL & text:SA] Our welding man RonChandler is guiding the pump hose. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text: SA] A view from thesky-suite onto the almost completed pour. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text:SA] With the pourcomplete there is still a lot of detail work to be done. [Photo & text:SA] Volunteer JunkoKobayashi is doing some of the edgework. Junko has gone back to Japan.[Photo & text: SA] Monster pourcomplete.