Argentine cherry industry set for bright future … U.S. cherry exports to China were down by 41% by the end of August, and while Canada was far off being able to fill the supply gap, it enjoyed a very lucrative year.China hit U.S. cherries with two rounds of tariffs hikes this year in April and July, increasing duties from 10% to 50%.Newly published USDA data shows the U.S. sent 13,335 metric tons (MT) of cherries to China through August, compared to 22,662MT sent last year.Total U.S. cherry exports to all markets were down by 20% year-on-year at 84,743MT.Meanwhile, Canada boosted its exports to China by 82% to reach 2,914MT, according to Statistics Canada.The increase meant that 27% of its total cherry exports – which rose by 5% year-on-year to 10,620MT through August – were shipped to the Asian country.But while Canada’s cherry export volumes to China rose by 82%, the FOB values for its China shipments rose by double that rate, increasing 152% to US$25.8 million.This also helped push Canada’s total cherry FOB value up by 60% to US$88.9, despite total export volumes rising by just 5%.By comparison over the last three years – during which time its cherry exports weren’t far off this year’s level – the total FOB values ranged from US$55.5 million to US$62.9 million.The U.S. fetched slightly higher average prices for its cherries this season. The FOB value for exports to China dropped by 34% to US$80.6 million, against a volume drop of 41%, while total FOB values were down by 17% at US$497.1 million, compared to the volume decline of 20%.Chile increases Chinese focusMeanwhile, Chile, which last season increased total cherry exports by a massive 94% to 185,184MT through March, has been increasing focus on China, which was already its biggest market by far.Exports to China rose by 110% during the 2017-18 season to 156,944MT, meaning 85% of its shipments went to the Asian country.The result was lower prices for Chile than in the previous few years. But the declines mainly occurred in the latter stages of the season, and overall average FOB values per kilo were down by just 6% in China at US$4.35. October 12 , 2018 You might also be interested in Canada: BC cherry exports could still be significa …
July 01 , 2019 Bananas in Charts: U.S. market supplies hit five-y … Mexican avocados: WTO to mediate after Costa Rican … You might also be interested in Protests in Costa Rica have caused traffic jams and blockages impacting shipping exports through the Moín port in Limón, with estimated losses totaling US$12 million, according to Costa Rica’s Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO).The protestors object a new value-added tax, set to go into effect July 1. Over the last several days, truckers have demonstrated tortuguismo — intentional slowdowns, says The Tico Times.At the same time, high-school students blocked streets on Thursday and Friday in protest of Education Ministry policies. Spanish police find cocaine haul in Costa Rican ba … When drivers attempted to breach their roadblocks, student protesters allegedly attempted to damage their vehicles. Videos of these events spread across social media on Friday, notes the publication.The Public Security Ministry on Saturday confirmed long backups on Route 32, the highway which connects San José and Limón. A Route 2 bridge in San Isidro de El General remained closed as well.Additionally, tortuguismo was reported in Siquirres, Guácimo and Guapiles.The Tico Times explains that the Costa Rican government, including President Carlos Alvarado, met with truckers and with students on Friday to discuss their concerns.As for now, the publication notes that road conditions can change rapidly. Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports …
There is one notable difference between real and faux guac, it reports. That is that the squash version of the dish lacks the chunky consistency ideal for dunking chips. As avocado prices continue to skyrocket in Mexico, some of the nation’s taco restaurants are cutting high category costs with an unexpected type of fraud – ‘faux guacamole’.According to The Guardian, a number of taquerias have begun to substitute squash in their guac recipes, which reportedly results in a similar end product. You might also be interested in Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … July 24 , 2019 The factors behind the guac fraudThe reason behind the substitution is likely the soaring price of the beloved avocado, reports The Guardian.It quotes Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, explaining.“Basically, the prices have gone up significantly over the last year.”That’s due to a poor crop last year in Mexico that many are still paying for. As a result, wholesale prices have doubled and retail prices have tripled, Charlebois says.Rising border trade tensions are also forcing up prices. In addition, the crop in California was low. This was due to last summer’s devastating heatwave in central and southern California; the scorching temperatures slowed down the trees’ blooming, reports the publication.“As the world gets hotter, we’d expect more viruses and problems with the crop,” it quotes Charlebois saying.At the same time, the demand for the fruit is going up. No diet discriminates against avocados – not vegans, vegetarians, keto diet followers or omnivores, Charlebois points out. Everyone eats avocados, he says.Read the full story here Calavo kicks off 2019 with record results as Q1 ne … However, taco lovers are crying foul over the discovery that their guacamole might not be what it seems, it reports.First uncovered on social media and reported in Chilango magazine, some taco stands in the country are substituting calabacitas – a bright green Mexican squash – for pricier avocados in the famous dip.Once boiled and blended up with the traditional combination of ingredients – tomatillo, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno – it can be hard to tell the difference, the Guardian reports.No one knows how long the guac bait-and-switch has been going on, and it likely isn’t just limited to taquerias in Mexico, warns the publication. Peruvian Police make arrest after spate of avocado … Some side-by-side testers at LA Taco declared the squash sauce just as tasty, with a hint of sweetness, but not all taco lovers agree. South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl …
Patagonian cruise line Australis will launch its brand new expedition ship – Ventus Australis – in January 2018, with a spectacular, but remote, glacier at the southernmost tip of South America added into the new ‘bottom of the world’ itinerary.The huge and rarely visited Condor Glacier in Agostini Sound will be a highlight of a new, four-night Patagonian Explorer itinerary that the 210-passenger Ventus Australis will offer from Ushuaia in Argentina to Punta Arenas in Chile when the ship debuts on 2 January 2018.Passengers will be able to see the glacier up close on zodiacs, and also watch out for the Andean condors that gave the glacier its name. The Andean condor is the largest,flying bird in the world, weighing up to 15kg and with a maximum wingspan of 3.3m.Ventus Australis will be the only ship in the world to visit the Condor Glacier regularly, with the exclusive new four-night sailing from Ushuaia available every eight days from January to March 2018, and again from September 2018 to April 2019.To mark the debut of Ventus Australis, Australis has indefinitely frozen fares for the next two summer seasons at the same level as those for the current 2016/17 summer season.Australis is also offering a 10 per cent discount to passengers who combine two four-night cruises to create an eight-night exploration of the spectacular mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel. The route from Punta Arenas back to Ushuaia will vary slightly, taking in different glaciers, islands and bays, allowing those who do back-to-back cruises to enjoy an in-depth, eight-night expedition of the breathtaking fjords of Tierra del Fuego.Fares for four-night sailings aboard Ventus Australis in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons are available from USD$1440 person, twin-share. A combo eight-night cruise is available from USD$2592 per person, twin-share, including a 10 per cent discount. Prices include guided excursions ashore and beverages through an open bar.The Patagonian Explorer itinerary through the mountain-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego also includes Cape Horn, where guests can walk ashore, weather permitting, Wulaia Bay, a Magellanic penguin colony at Magdalena Island and three other glaciers – Pia, Giribaldi and Aguila – where guests will be taken ashore by zodiacs for close-up views and walks.Ventus Australis will be a twin sister to the line’s other vessel, the popular 210-guest Stella Australis, with both offering panoramic floor to ceiling cabin windows, free open bar, complimentary, guided excursions, nature lectures and gourmet cuisine including local dishes and Chilean and Argentine wines.IMAGE: Condor Glacier expedition cruisePatagoniaSouth America
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals will remain on the road for a second straight week when they travel to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The matchup will feature two defenses looking to make significant improvements. Friday, September 23, 2011• NFL Preview – Arizona (1-1) at Seattle (0-2)After a tough start to this 2011 campaign, Carroll could have one of his biggest offseason additions in the mix for the first time if Sidney Rice can get on the field for the Seahawks’ home opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. • Seahawks notes: Pete Carroll says Tarvaris Jackson isn’t missing open receiversThe most notable error Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found when reviewing film of Tarvaris Jackson’s performance in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers actually came on the team’s longest play from scrimmage.Tuesday, September 20, 2011• Carroll’s tinkering has Seahawks strugglingSeattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that he expected his offense to struggle early on. • Robert Gallery out a month to six weeks with groin injuryIf a shutout loss in Pittsburgh wasn’t bad enough, the Seahawks got some bad injury news the day after the game. Left guard Robert Gallery, who missed the season opener with a knee injury, then returned to play against the Steelers, will be out for a month or more with a groin injury that will require surgery. Monday, September 19, 2011• Seahawks’ offense must struggle before it growsThe Seahawks’ offense was blanked Sunday against the Steelers 24-0. The team punted eight out of 10 offensive possessions and didn’t run a play on the Steelers’ side of the field until 9:39 in the fourth quarter. The struggles on offense are probably due to the teams youth, something a Cardinals defense could benefit from. • Headcoach Carroll hopes wide out Sidney Rice will play against CardinalsThe young offense may get a boost if wide receiver Sidney Rice can play, but it was reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that Rice has a torn labrum the same injury that claimed Seahawks TE Jon Carlson for the season. However, Carroll still has confidence that Rice will be available for the teams home opener. • 6-foot-4 rookie cornerback Brandon Browner a weak spotSteelers’ wideout Mike Wallace torched the Seahawks’ secondary for 126 yards most of which came when he was lined up against rookie Brandon Browner. The Steelers continued to target the four year CFL veteran as he continued to struggle with the speed of their wide receivers. • What to take away from the 24-0 loss to the SteelersAmong the many problems the Seahawks already have more came to light Sunday. Some of the problems include defense isn’t as good as first thought, protection isn’t the offense’s only problem and the lack of Seattle’s pass rush. One of the offense’s problems has been the inability to run the ball, but that could change against the Cardinals 29th overall total defense. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation • Seahawks’ Brandon Browner will stand tall to CardinalsOne reason Seattle coach Pete Carroll signed the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Browner out of the CFL was he believed his length and size would matchup well against Larry Fitzgerald, the talented, 6-3, 218-pound Arizona receiver.• Pete Carroll talks about Arizona, pursuit of Kevin Kolb Thursday, September 22, 2011• Will Seahawks regret passing on quarterback Kevin Kolb?The Seahawks won’t just see the path not chosen on Sunday afternoon, they will face it when Kevin Kolb drops back to pass for the Arizona Cardinals.• Seattle Seahawks team report: Rice practices without limitationReceiver Sidney Rice practiced without limitation Wednesday, and while his status remains day-to-day, the Seahawks are hoping he is ready to make his Seahawks debut on Sunday.Wednesday, September 21, 2011• The Arizona Cardinals could be just what the struggling Seattle Seahawks offense needsThe Arizona Cardinals could be just what the struggling Seattle Seahawks offense needs.• Blaming Tarvaris Jackson for losses is amateurishJeff Foxworthy might put it this way: If you saw both Seahawks games this year and blame Tarvaris Jackson for the 0-2 start, you might be an amateur. If you read these statistics of Jackson’s first two games and think he should be replaced with backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, you might be an amateur. Comments Share
Three field goal attempts ago, Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely was the toast of the town.In his third year with the team, Feely had just made a franchise-record 61-yard field goal to tie the game late against the Buffalo Bills. He had made 11 of his last 12 attempts, and gained a reputation for being one of the more clutch kickers in the game.Then Feely got a chance to win the game just a couple minutes later, only his 38-yard attempt was tipped at the line before hitting the goalpost. The Cardinals eventually lost in overtime. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Feely missed another field goal attempt the next week, a 47-yard try at the end of the first half against the Vikings, and now it appears the Cardinals may have had enough.According to reports confirmed by Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi, the team worked out free agent kicker Josh Brown Tuesday. Brown, 33, most recently kicked for the St. Louis Rams. He made just 21 of 28 field goal attempts last season, and the team decided to go in a different direction. He joined the New York Jets for training camp this year, but the team decided to stick with incumbent Nick Folk.For his career, which spans nine seasons with the Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Brown has made 80.9 percent of his field goals and 99.3 percent of his extra points. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The fairytale season for the Arizona Cardinals continues.After a 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Cardinals now have a 7-1 record at the midpoint of the season.Not only does Arizona have the top record in their division, but they now boast the best record in the NFL.Let’s take a look at the team’s first half, by the numbers.3The Cardinals have been very effective in third down conversions this year. Their 45.4 percent conversion rate places them fifth in the league. Arizona converted nine third downs against Dallas, including all four of the team’s touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Top Stories 100Rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro has hit 100 percent of his attempted field goals and extra points this season. Catanzaro has scored 58 points off of 14 field goals and 16 extra points. The longest field goal he’s made was 51 yards against San Francisco.109Running back Andre Ellington is averaging 109 yards from scrimmage per game this season — good for seventh in the NFL. He has a total of 872 yards from scrimmage for the season.287The Cardinals are known for their aggressive rushing defense, ranked third in the NFL. However, on average they allow 287 passing yards per game, which is the worst in the league. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4-0With their win over the Cowboys Sunday, the Cardinals are 4-0 against the NFC East this season. The last time the Cardinals defeated the Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Washington Redskins in the same season was 1984 while they were still in St. Louis. The Cardinals played in the NFC East from 1970 to 2001.8Getting pressure on the quarterback has been an issue for the Cardinals thus far. They have just eight sacks this season — tied for second fewest in the NFL. The team is on pace to have the fewest sacks in a season by a Cardinals team since the sack became an official statistic. Coming into the season, their lowest number of sacks in a season came in 2001, when they dropped quarterbacks just 19 times.10Arizona’s +10 turnover differential is second in the NFL, behind only the New England Patriots. The Cardinals’ six giveaways are tied for second best in the NFL, while their 16 takeaways are tied for fifth best.12The secondary’s ability to intercept passes is a big reason the Cardinals have been so successful so far this season. Arizona’s 12 picks are the most in the NFL. Antonio Cromartie and Jerraud Powers are leading the way with three each. Rashad Johnson has two. 12With scoring plays from John Carlson, Jaron Brown and Marion Grice in Sunday’s win, there have been 12 different players to score for the Cardinals this season. Seven of them had not previously scored for the team.14-3The Cardinals’ record since Week 8 of last season, best in the NFL over that time frame.17-7Bruce Arians has a 17-7 record in his first 24 games with Arizona. That is the best record through the first 24 games for any head coach in franchise history.18Carson Palmer now has 18 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, dating back to Week 3 of 2013. This puts him third on the franchise list of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, with Kurt Warner and Neil Lomax ahead of him. He’s also tied with Tom Brady for the fourth-longest such active streak in the NFL, trailing just Peyton Manning, Tony Romo and Drew Brees.40It’s been 40 years since the Cardinals last started a season with a 7-1 record. The last time the team had sole possession of the best record in the NFC this late in a season was in Week 11 of the 1974 season.70-34If there’s one thing the Cardinals have been excelling at this year, it’s closing out games. Arizona has outscored its opponents 70-34 in the fourth quarter this season. Only Kansas City has a larger scoring margin in the final quarter.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals inked another member of their 2017 draft class on Thursday, as the team has agreed to terms with defensive back Budda Baker.A second-round pick out of Washington, Baker’s deal is for four years with the terms not being disclosed.The 5-foot-10 Baker was a dynamic player for the Huskies, for whom in 2016 he led the team with 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss while adding three sacks, two interceptions, eight passes defensed and one forced fumble in 14 games. A semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards, Baker was a first-team All-American selection whom the Cardinals traded up in the second round to select.With Baker under contract, the Cardinals now have all but one member of their six-player haul signed, as first-round pick Haason Reddick is the only player who has not yet agreed to terms. – / 21 0 Comments Share Top Stories Arizona Cardinals second round draft pick Budda Baker (36) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 20 August 2015, a group of 16 key product managers, team leaders and marketing managers from Australian wholesalers and Online Travel Agents (OTA) experienced the beauty of Vanuatu first-hand, as the destination shows it is open for business after the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam earlier this year.The itineraries were designed to showcase a large range of properties and activities available in Vanuatu by including the islands of Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna.Vanuatu Tourism Office’s (VTO) Australian representative Anne Morris said the trip was designed to ease the minds of those who sell Vanuatu to the Australian market.“The main aim of the trip was to instill confidence that Vanuatu has recovered from Cyclone Pam and that the group can continue to package, promote and sell with conviction and a renewed passion for the destination,” Ms Morris said.Nina Henderson, Destination Manager for Hoot Holidays said she was impressed with how Vanuatu has bounced back.“I experienced both the islands of Efate and Tanna and their quick recovery shows the true resilience of the nation. I was amazed on Tanna how little seemed to have changed since my visit two years ago. All over the country, hoteliers have chosen to see Cyclone Pam as a positive and have used the recovery time to rebuild or upgrade their properties,” Nina said.Therese Glover, Pinpoint Travel Group Product Specialist was a little more cautious with her expectations of Vanuatu. Therese said her clients had needed a bit of reassurance when considering Vanuatu but seeing it firsthand has given her the confidence to promote the destination.Sarah Beeken from Vanuatu Escapes said, “It is definitely business as usual for Vanuatu and you would never know a cyclone had wreaked so much damage just five months ago.Preceding the Australian group, wholesalers from New Zealand and New Caledonia also visited Vanuatu in an effort to build confidence in its key markets.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter –Go back to the e-newsletterThroughout 2018 Sangue na Guelra–Blood ‘n Guts will create a limited series of immersive experiences in the most legendary room at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon with some of the biggest names in world gastronomy.On the 10th floor, the door of the Presidential Suite opens only for those who hold the key. Inside, the table is set comme il faut, bringing out the hotel’s collection from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. An unprecedented dinner for 20 people only is underway, while in the hotel’s labyrinthine, backstage, a chef puts the finishing touches on a dish, but on the king-size bed, you can already taste something: welcome to the Ritz’s Secret Room by Sangue na Guelra.Each dinner will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a discreet yet engaging artistic performance that crosses the irreverent cuisine of the invited international chefs together with the hotel’s team and a handful of Portuguese artists.The first experience will take place on 14 April 2018 and will bring chef Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi, 3 Michelin stars, Spain) to Portugal. Alex Atala (DOM, 2 Michelin stars, Brazil) on 25 April, Mauro Colagreco (Mirazur, 2 Michelin stars, France) in September and Toño Perez (Atrio, 2 Michelin stars, Spain) in October, who also promise to “set ablaze” the hotel’s Presidential Suite with just a dash of provocation. Each dinner will be accompanied by an equally exceptional selection of national and international wines, with top references from Sogrape, Esporão, Bairrada and Château d’Yquem.Dressed by Storytailors, Gabriela Marques, the hotel’s sommelier, will also be part of the cast, taking on the mysterious character of a film noir, while the rest of the waiting staff seems to emerge from the 1950s in a story that will for now be told in four chapters, and whose ending will forever remain unwritten.The hotel’s executive chef Pascal Meynard said enthusiastically: “We’re absolutely stoked to kick-start 2018 with these unique dining experiences.” The Ritz’s Secret Room came to be following the Young Chefs with Guts dinner at Varanda restaurant in May 2017, and is a Sangue na Guelra production in partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, with the artistic participation of Alice Joana Gonçalves and the support of Vogue Portugal.“We believe in crafting remarkable experiences for our clients in Lisbon, and after many months in the works, in 2018 the Ritz’s Secret Room will see a series of the world’s most exciting culinary talent go hand in hand with the hotel’s food and beverage team to grace us with what we believe will be truly memorable pop-up dinners,” explained communications director Diana Castello Branco.Base price: EUR 550, varying according to the invited chef and wine pairing
Go back to the enewsletterOutrigger Hospitality Group has a one-of-a-kind loyalty program, DISCOVERY, that gives its guests recognition and benefits across 30+ hotel brands with 500+ hotels, resorts and palaces in 75 countries. Rewards come as local experiences – authentic activities that help guests connect to the culture and local traditions of each destination. Outrigger offers these perks to members rather than providing free nights, conforming to the way other hotel loyalty programs operate.One example is the Holokai sail from Waikiki Beach. The Holokai is a custom-designed, handcrafted 49-passenger beach catamaran. Equipped with spacious seating, netted splash area and Bluetooth sound system, DISCOVERY members can cruise the calm waters of Waikiki for a memorable hour. (Platinum level DISCOVERY members also have access to an ‘open bar’ while cruising).Other options in Hawaii include private hula lessons, private Hawaiian vow renewal ceremony, Ke Kani O Ke Kai summer concerts and private ukulele lessons.Other destinations come with their own perks: cooking classes in the Maldives, a vineyard tour and picnic in California and a private poolside cabana for the day at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand.There are three membership levels for DISCOVERY – Gold, Platinum and Black – and each qualifying stay counts equally towards elite qualification.Gold: upon joining Enjoy a range of complimentary benefits as soon as you enrol in the DISCOVERY program.Platinum: 10–29 nights Move up to Platinum level after staying ten qualifying nights in a calendar year.Black: 30+ nights Join the upper echelons of the luxury traveller and upgrade to Black after 30 qualifying nights in a calendar year.Tier status benefits of DISCOVERY are as follows:Local Experience awards are rewarded based upon membership level and activity in the DISCOVERY program https://www.discoveryloyalty.com/Membership-Benefits.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaks2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!Skyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinationsSkyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinations Say “good-bye grey sky”, and “hello heat” as Skyscanner looks at some of the best winter sun destinations so you can escape the rain and cold, and find sun, sand and warm seas instead, without busting your budget. Spain – a perennial favourite with the Brits, southern Spain remains warm (11C+), sunny and dry enough throughout the winter to be a very appealing alternative to the British winter. Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Palma and Murcia are the most popular Spanish destinations for British holidaymakers, known for their lively nightlife, good value and great beaches. Find cheap flights to SpainCyprus – things never get too cold on the beaches of this Mediterranean island, with temperatures on the coast holding steady at a pleasant 16-23C, (although skiing is possible in the Troodos mountains!). Cyprus remains extremely popular with British travellers, and featured in the top ten most searched for destinations for 2009 on Skyscanner; not surprising given the island’s warm weather, friendly locals and good food. Find cheap flights to CyprusFrance – even though skiers are enjoying deep snow in the Alps and Pyrenees just a few hours away, the Mediterranean coastline in the south of France generally enjoys mild and sunny weather during winter, with temperatures ranging from 10-15C, making it a great choice to escape the British rain. Find cheap flights to FranceIndia – as a very large country, temperatures in winter on the sub-continent vary from deep snowfalls in the north around the Himalayas to hot sunny weather further south, with temperatures that average a pleasant 20-25C. Goa’s palmed fringed beaches have long been popular with winter sun seekers, as well as families and backpackers, and India remains a very cheap country once you’ve arrived. Find cheap flights to IndiaPortugal – a very popular destination all year round, most of Portugal is blessed with 4-6 hours of sunshine, even in winter. The Azores have a mild climate throughout the year; cold weather and frost is unknown at sea level, so the islands are ideal for a winter escape. Find cheap flights to PortugalThailand – a long time favourite of backpackers and sun seekers, Thailand boasts a fairly steady 30-34C all year round, with no great temperature variation in the centre and south of the country. In fact winter is one of the best times to visit Thailand due to a cooling breeze that blows in from the North East and the lower humidity during this period. The country was also recently listed as one of the Top 10 cheapest countries to visit by the Post Office. Find cheap flights to ThailandCaribbean – winter in this part of the world is warm and dry with temperatures typically in the 24-27C range, and a whopping 9 hours of sunshine every day – so it’s little surprise that the Caribbean islands – that stretch from Cuba to Trinidad – are very popular winter sun destinations. And the Caribbean doesn’t have to cost the earth; Margarita Island and the Dominican Republic are some of the most affordable islands in the region. Find cheap flights to the CaribbeanMorocco – just a hop over the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco is great choice for winter sun, which temperatures sitting at 15C+. Aghazout and Agadir are already known to beach bums, and the cities of Fez, Marrakech and Rabat provide intoxicating city break destinations. The High Atlas Mountains also offer hiking, biking and skiing for the outdoor inclined. Find cheap flights to MoroccoTunisia – this small, North African country experiences sunny winters, with temperatures in the region of 12-18C, which combined with its numerous fine beaches, bars, cafés and restaurants, makes it an good winter sun destination. But it’s not all about lying around getting bronzed; Tunisia is a historical hot spot with several well preserved ancient Roman, Arab, Berber and Phoenician sites. Find cheap flights to TunisiaEgypt – temperatures rarely drop below 14C during winter, meaning the beaches remain popular throughout the year. The Red Sea, which is an established holiday destination, offers the closest tropical diving to Europe and Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the best known dive bases in the country with excellent options for learners as well as experienced divers who can experience wreck dives, night dives or multi-day dive expeditions. Find cheap flights to EgyptFind more cheap flights around the world ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Calistoga, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn its ongoing commitment to wellness, Auberge Resorts’ award-winning Calistoga Ranch Resort and Residences is launching “Body Bee Well” in partnership with Heather M. Peña M.D., a Harvard-trained physician with more than 25 years of experience in the field. “Body Bee Well” is a two-day experience designed to help guests optimize longevity and quality of life by combining the best of medical, nutritional and exercise sciences in a peaceful and inspiring setting. After completing the program, guests are empowered to lead healthier lives by implementing a customized “Body Bee Well” lifestyle plan.“Calistoga Ranch is designed to stimulate and soothe, relax and rejuvenate, and transport and transform,” said Coni Thornburg, General Manager of Calistoga Ranch. “There is no other place in Wine Country that is quite like Calistoga Ranch, rich with inspirational and invigorating experiences that tap into the region’s rituals and tastes. The ‘Body Bee Well’ initiative is a natural extension of the philosophy behind the Auberge experience.”Auberge’s philosophy of wellness is one of multi-sensory experiences that enable guests to nurture body, mind and spirit. Wellness at Calistoga Ranch includes an open-air fitness center, hiking trails, and thermal spring-fed pools at the famed Bathhouse Spa. Daily activities such as Ai Chi, guided woodland hikes, explorations into Haiku, journaling and photography round out the extensive activities program. In addition, the exclusive Lakehouse restaurant showcases Napa Valley’s organic purveyors, rustic flavors and texture, and healthful benefits.The newest extension, “Body Bee Well” integrates the best of modern science and technology; Dr. Peña’s expertise in powerful, personalized, proactive, prevention tools; and the natural, healing environment of the Upper Napa Valley. A consultation series, “Body Bee Well” begins with a focus on Cardiovascular Health.The three-night/two-day experience includes a questionnaire to be completed and returned by mail one week before arrival. Check-in for the program is 4 p.m. the day prior with lab tests to begin early the next morning:Day One • Morning Fast for Lab Test Blood Draw at Calistoga Ranch; Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Labs including lipids, VAP test, fasting sugar, fasting insulin, hs-CRP, homocysteine, Lp(a), TSH and Vitamin D • An hour and 15-minute assessment at Dr. Peña’s office in St. Helena to include Treadmill Stress Test to assess heart health, blood pressure, fitness level and heart rhythm; a Personalized Training Heart Rate and Exercise Recommendations will be made based on the results of the treadmill test; a “biospace” Body Composition assessment will show an individual’s weight, percent body fat, percent muscle, percent water and body mass index; respiratory function will assess Lung Health and Oxygenation in the bloodDay Two • Morning Guided Hike or Yoga • Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Peña to review the lab and test results and what they mean, “The Heart Disease and Wrinkle Connection” • Private Consultation with Dr. Peña to create an individual “Live Well” blueprint utilizing “Live Well Reward Scale” to establish goals and track progress • Take-Home Summary to be provided to each participant • Lunch and Learn with Calistoga Ranch’s Executive Chef Christian Ojeda and Dr. PeñaAfterward, spend the afternoon at The Bathhouse Spa to relax, rejuvenate and restore by a soak and steam followed by a choice of a Couples Honey Foot Treatment, a Writing/Journaling for Health & Wellness session to find your voice and transcend into your soul journey, or a Biodynamic Cranial Touch session to deeply relax your central nervous system.Price per couple is $3,795 in addition to the cost of lodging, and the experience can be booked Sunday through Thursday. As a result of participating in the “Body Bee Well” experience, guests will leave with the tools needed to live better, longer lives – a take-home summary to include test results, exercise prescription, nutrition guidelines, a “Live Well” blueprint and the Reward Scale and Goals.“The good life starts with good health, and it’s not only a matter of avoiding illness but also of optimizing your quality of life for the long term,” said Dr. Heather Peña M.D., who has a private practice in neighboring St. Helena. “’Body Bee Well’ is a transformative experience inspired by Blue Zones – pockets around the world where people live measurably better and longer. By bringing these lifestyle characteristics to Calistoga Ranch through the ‘Body Bee Well’ program I hope to promote the creation of optimal, vibrant good health among guests.”www.aubergeresorts.com
FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo, James Franco arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Facing accusations by an actress and a filmmaker over alleged sexual misconduct, James Franco said on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday the things he’s heard aren’t accurate but he supports people coming out “because they didn’t have a voice for so long.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Several women have made further claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour against James Franco in a Los Angeles Times article .In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him. Sarah Tither-Kaplan said in a nude orgy scene three years ago on the not-yet-released indie drama “Long Home,” he removed plastic guards covering the actresses’ groins while simulating sex.Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco’s now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a sex scenes class. Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, would go topless. One topless scene filmed during class with Tither-Kaplan was uploaded to Vimeo, she said.Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a car and that the “power dynamic was really off.”On Wednesday night’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Franco said the tweets by Paley and Tither-Kaplan were “not accurate” but he supported the women’s right to express their perspectives. A lawyer for Franco didn’t respond to queries Thursday. Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed the allegations to the Times.“There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story but I believe that these people have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in that so much,” said Franco to Meyers. “If I have to take a knock because I’m not gonna, you know, try and, you know, actively refute things then I will because I believe in it that much.”Paley and Tither-Kaplan earlier tweeted about their past encounters with Franco after the actor wore a pin supporting the “Time’s Up” initiative for gender equality at Sunday’s Golden Globes. He won the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for “The Disaster Artist.”Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business. Franco on Tuesday told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” that he had “no idea” why Sheedy said that. He directed her in a 2014 off-Broadway play.Several of Franco’s collaborators defended him from some of the claims. Vince Jolivette, Franco’s production partner at Rabbit Bandini Productions, which ran Studio 4, said the school “was always run professionally” and that he was investigating the matter.In a statement provided by Franco’s publicist, Robin Baum, Cynthia Huffman, casting director of “The Long Home” said Tither-Kaplan’s description of the orgy scene was inaccurate.“I feel so bad that Sarah feels the way she does. She is part of our camp! All actresses were aware of the nudity scenes ahead of time,” said Huffman. “I personally checked on all the actresses constantly to make sure they were ok and comfortable. I talked to them several times and told them if they were uncomfortable or did not like what was going on to come to me immediately and I would take care of it. I did not receive any complaints.”In 2014, Instagram messages showed Franco apparently trying to hit on a 17-year-old Scottish fan. Afterward Franco said he was “embarrassed” and said social media is “tricky.” ”I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson,” the actor said then. More claim sexual inappropriateness against James Franco by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 9:09 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Archive of Studs Terkel radio shows to be released to public by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2018 2:51 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – More than 5,600 of Studs Terkel’s radio interview programs on the Chicago station WFMT will be released to the public.The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will launch May 16, the 106th birthday of the late author, activist and oral historian. Terkel died in 2008 at age 96. The archive will be available on studsterkel.org.For 45 years — 1952 to 1997 — the legendary Terkel elevated oral history to a popular genre by interviewing both the celebrated and everyday people for books and on WFMT. Among the radio interviews to be released are those with Martin Luther King Jr., Simone de Beauvoir, Bob Dylan, Cesar Chavez and Toni Morrison.Terkel won the 1985 nonfiction Pulitzer Prize for his book, “‘The Good War’: An Oral History of World War II.”
2 Renaissance masterpieces coming to New Orleans museum by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2018 8:44 am PDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) shows Paolo Veronese painting “St. Jerome in the Wilderness.” Two Renaissance masterpieces, “St. Jerome in the Wilderness.” and “St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter” are coming to the New Orleans Museum of Art, only the third museum ever to display them together, and the second outside Italy. Their first showing after a thorough restoration by Venetian Heritage was last year at a museum in Venice. They will be in New Orleans starting Thursday, April 19, 2018 through Sept. 3. (The New Orleans Museum of Art via AP) NEW ORLEANS – Two Renaissance masterpieces are coming to the New Orleans Museum of Art — only the third museum ever to display them together, and the second outside Italy.Paolo Veronese (POW-loh veh-roh-NAY-zuh) painted “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” and “St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter” during 1566 and 1567 for a church on Murano, an island in the lagoon of Venice.“Though known to scholars, the paintings’ remote location … made them difficult to access and study,” a museum news release sent Monday said. The pair of paintings had never been shown outside Italy from their creation until the two-city U.S. exhibition which is bringing them to New Orleans, it said.Their first showing after a thorough restoration by Venetian Heritage was last year at a museum in Venice. The Frick Collection in New York showed them from October through March, and they will be in New Orleans starting Thursday (April 19) through Sept. 3. Both the restoration and the tour were sponsored by Bulgari.“The dynamic movement of the figures, bold modeling, and open and scintillating brushwork combined with high-keyed colour create a dramatic effect, representing Veronese at the height of his abilities,” the museum said.Nobody knows how a priest on a small island was able to commission work by Veronese, who was then one of the most successful and highest-paid painters in Venice, according to a news release from The Frick.The painting of St. Jerome, his chest bruised from beating himself with a rock, is about 7 1/2 feet (2.3 metres) high. The detailed painting of St. Agatha and St. Peter, lit by an angel carrying a torch, is nearly 7 feet (2.1 metres) wide.“The Veronese masterworks complement NOMA’s strength in Northern Italian art, particularly works from 16th, 17th and 18th century Venice,” said NOMA director Susan Taylor. “We are pleased to be able to present these magnificent paintings to the people of the city of New Orleans.”
Tom Thomson sketch discovered in Edmonton basement sells for $481K at auction by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2018 7:19 pm PDT Last Updated May 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A Tom Thomson painting that was given away as a gag gift just months ago fetched $481,250 on Wednesday night at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House semi-annual auction in Toronto.Until recently, “Sketch for Lake in Algonquin Park” was collecting dust among a pile of artworks in Glenna Gardiner’s Edmonton basement.The 71-year-old retired nurse said she used to laugh off her late father’s claims that the painting was created by Thomson, often considered the forefather to the Group of Seven.The work’s origins became a running joke between Gardiner and a longtime friend, who insisted it was authentic, leading Gardiner to present it as a gag gift.The two brought it to Heffel Fine Art Auction House for appraisal, where experts verified its pedigree and valued the sketch at between $125,000 and $175,000.The two friends will be taking a Mediterranean cruise with the profits, Heffel said in a release.Wednesday’s auction of 118 works — which raised a total of $14.1 million — included pieces by Paul-Emile Borduas, whose 1956 masterpiece “Figures schematiques” led the auction by fetching $3.6 million — an auction record for the artist.“Morning, Lake Superior” by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris sold for $1.1 million — far above the pre-sale estimate of between $100,000 and $150,000. The small work is described as a preparatory sketch for a pivotal canvas by the artist, hanging in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.Other Group of Seven paintings offered in the auction included A.J. Casson’s “Farmhouse Near Wingle.” The canvas also sold well over the pre-sale estimate at $541,250 (est. $150,000 — $250,000).Other highlights include “Strawberry,” a large-scale canvas by Jack Bush, which set an artist record by selling for $691,250.Two works by Quebec-born Jean Paul Lemieux sold at above pre-sale estimates. “Le Cavalier dans la neige” sold for $841,250 and “Le temps retrouve – Kent House 1913” fetched $391,250.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2018 9:04 am PDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 4-10 Nov. 4: Actress Loretta Swit (“M.A.S.H.”) is 81. Singer Harry Elston of Friends of Distinction is 80. Singer Delbert McClinton is 78. Actress Ivonne Coll (“Jane the Virgin”) is 71. Actress Markie Post is 68. Singer-guitarist Chris Difford of Squeeze is 64. Country singer Kim Forester of the Forester Sisters is 58. Actress Kathy Griffin is 58. Actor Ralph Macchio is 57. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst is 57. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 49. Rapper-producer Sean “Diddy” Combs is 49. TV personality Bethenny Frankel (“Bethenny,” ”Real Housewives of New York”) is 48. Singer Shawn Rivera of Az Yet is 47. Actress Heather Tom (“Bold and the Beautiful,” ”One Life To Live”) is 43. Actress Emme Rylan (“General Hospital”) is 38.Nov. 5: Actor Chris Robinson (“General Hospital”) is 80. Actress Elke Summer is 78. Singer Art Garfunkel is 77. Singer Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits is 71. TV personality Kris Jenner is 63. Actor Nestor Serrano (“24”) is 63. Actor Robert Patrick (“The X-Files”) is 60. Singer Bryan Adams is 59. Actress Tilda Swinton (“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” ”Adaptation”) is 58. Actress-singer Andrea McArdle is 55. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 55. Singer Angelo Moore of Fishbone is 53. Actress Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”) is 51. Actor Seth Gilliam (TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 50. Keyboardist Mark Hunter of James is 50. Actor Sam Rockwell is 50. Country singers Jennifer and Heather Kinley of The Kinleys are 48. Guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is 47. Actor Corin Nemec (“Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”) is 47. Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams is 44. Actor Sebastian Arcelus (“Madam Secretary,” ”House of Cards,”) is 42. Actor Luke Hemsworth (“Westworld”) is 38. Guitarist Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 31.Nov. 6: Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 86. Singer P.J. Proby is 80. Actress Sally Field is 72. Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is 69. Actress Lori Singer (“Fame,” ”Footloose”) is 61. Actor Lance Kerwin is 58. Bassist Paul Brindley of The Sundays is 55. Singer Corey Glover of Living Colour is 54. Actor Peter DeLuise (“seaQuest DSV,” ”21 Jump Street”) is 52. Actress Kelly Rutherford (“Melrose Place”) is 50. Actor Ethan Hawke is 48. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (“The Taste,” ”Chopped”) is 48. Actress Thandie Newton is 46. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 46. Actress Zoe McLellan (“NCIS: New Orleans”) is 44. Actress Nicole Dubuc (“Major Dad”) is 40. Actress Taryn Manning is 40. Actress Patina Miller (“Madam Secretary”) is 34. Actress Emma Stone is 30.Nov. 7: Actor Barry Newman is 80. Singer Johnny Rivers is 76. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 75. Actor Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 61. Guitarist Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne is 50. Actor Jeremy London (“Party of Five”) is 46. Actor Jason London (“The Rage: Carrie Two”) is 46. Actress Yunjin Kim (“Lost”) is 45. Actor Adam DeVine (“Modern Family”) is 35. Guitarist Zach Myers of Shinedown is 35. Actor Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”) is 33. Rapper Tinie Tempah is 30. Singer Lorde is 22.Nov. 8: Actor Norman Lloyd (“St. Elsewhere”) is 104. Singer Bonnie Bramlett is 74. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 69. Former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart is 68. Former Playboy CEO Christie Hefner is 66. Actress Alfre Woodard is 66. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 57. TV chef Gordon Ramsay is 52. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 51. Actress Parker Posey is 50. Singer Diana King is 48. Bassist Scott Devendorf of The National is 46. Actress Gretchen Mol is 45. Actor Matthew Rhys is 44. Actress Tara Reid (“Sharknado,” ”American Pie”) is 43. Singer Bucky Covington (“American Idol”) is 41. Actress Dania Ramirez (“Devious Maids,” ”Entourage”) is 39. TV personality Jack Osbourne (“The Osbournes”) is 33. Actress Jessica Lowndes (“90210”) is 30. Singer SZA is 29. Singer-actor Riker Lynch (“Glee”) is 27. Singer Lauren Alaina (“American Idol”) is 24. Actor Van Crosby (“Splitting Up Together”) is 16.Nov. 9: Actor Charlie Robinson (“Hart of Dixie,” ”Night Court”) is 73. Actor Robert David Hall (“CSI”) is 70. Actor Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) is 67. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is 59. Drummer Dee Plakas of L7 is 58. Rapper Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Rapper Scarface of Geto Boys is 48. Musician Susan Tedeschi is 48. Actor Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 46. Singer Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees is 45. Bassist Barry Knox of Parmalee is 41. Singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 40. Country singer Chris Lane is 34. Actress Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”) is 30.Nov. 10: Film composer Ennio Morricone is 90. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 84. Actor Albert Hall (“Ally McBeal,” ”Beloved”) is 81. Country singer Donna Fargo is 77. Lyricist Tim Rice is 74. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 69. Actor Jack Scalia is 68. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 62. Actress Mackenzie Phillips (“One Day at a Time”) is 59. Actor Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) is 55. Comedian Tommy Davidson (“In Living Color”) is 55. Actor Michael Jai White is 54. Country singer Chris Cagle is 50. Comedian Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) is 50. Actress Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 49. Actor Orny Adams (TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 48. Rapper Warren G is 48. Contemporary Christian singer Matt Maher is 44. Singer-guitarist Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is 43. Rapper Eve is 40. Bassist Chris Joannou of Silverchair is 39. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 36. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 35. Actor Josh Peck (“Drake and Josh”) is 32. Singer Vinz Dery of Nico and Vinz is 28. Actress Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) is 19.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 11:30 am PDT HOUSTON — A man shot by Houston rapper Bun B during an alleged home invasion is facing charges of aggravated robbery and burglary.Demonte Jackson was being held on $120,000 bond Friday at the Harris County jail.Police and Bun B’s attorney tell the Houston Chronicle that the rapper, whose real name is Bernard Freeman, was not injured in the incident around 5 p.m. Tuesday.Police say Jackson forced his way inside and held Freeman’s wife, Queenie, at gunpoint.Police say Freeman was upstairs, grabbed a weapon, and found Jackson in the garage, where they exchanged gunfire. Freeman hit Jackson in the shoulder. Police say Jackson fled on foot, but Freeman followed him and forced his mask off. He was later able to identify Jackson in a photo array.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Man shot by rapper Bun B jailed, accused of home invasion
by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2019 12:16 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Metropolitan Opera fetes Placido Domingo golden anniversary Tenor Placido Domingo poses for a photo against the backdrop of himself as a younger singer as Verdi’s “Otello,” Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Metropolitan Opera, in New York. Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years, and is still singing. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik) NEW YORK — Placido Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years – and is still singing, amazingly, at age 78.On Sunday, the Met literally turned the tables and threw a dinner on the same stage for the Spaniard’s golden anniversary. Guests included soprano Renee Fleming and the company’s new music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin.“I have been lucky with a healthy throat and the passion for what I do,” Domingo said, standing by his table in the middle of the stage before the empty 4,000-seat house, surrounded by dinner guests and joking, “for once, I’m here and I don’t have to sing!”He noted that the international competition he started, Operalia, means that in just about every opera house in the world, he encounters its winners who have become stars he still mentors.Nezet-Seguin, a French-Canadian about half Domingo’s age, remembers conducting the tenor some years ago “and every day he was the first arriving to work, he was coaching younger artists, coming to rehearsals, wanting to learn; he was always the most respectful, the most loving and passionate person in the room.”In terms of vocal longevity, he added, “he’s a miracle.”Domingo is currently appearing in his 52nd main role at the Met – as Germont in Verdi’s “La Traviata” – among 151 global career roles, and counting.The lifelong tenor now sings as a baritone, appearing in top theatres.On Sunday, he remembered his Met debut a half century ago, when he was suddenly called to replace an ailing singer.He was speeding in from his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, vocalising behind the wheel when the driver in the next car started laughing at him. Domingo rolled down his window and yelled out, “Why are you laughing?”The man said,”because I’m going to the Met and I’m already hearing the opera.”Domingo shouted back, “Well, you’ll be hearing me tonight!”Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press