Stephen Marshall brings with him an extensive international travel career most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing – North America at Diethelm Travel Group in Washington D.C. His previous roles have included multiple positions within Tourism New Zealand, where he was Special Projects Manager and Premium Sector Trade Manager, both based in LA, and prior to that was General Manager for the New Zealand division of The AOT Group, also a Helloworld Travel Limited business. Stephen’s career also includes Rydges Hotels & Resorts in Auckland as well as Tui, British Airways and Thomas Cook, all in the UK.Stephen MarshallCinzia Burnes, Executive Director and Head of Wholesale & Inbound at Helloworld Travel Limited acknowledged and thanked Mark for his service to the company.“We thank Mark for his work and dedication to the Qantas Vacations business over the past 10 years, he has been a great team member and most recently a great leader for the brand and we wish him all the very best for his future.“We welcome Stephen into the position of President, a key role in our US operations. And we are so pleased to welcome him back to the company after many years since he was GM at AOT NZ. We are confident that Stephen’s knowledge and experience will be a great asset to Qantas Vacations and he will continue to build on growing the US businesses.” Qantas Vacations and parent company Helloworld Travel Limited have announced the appointment of Stephen Marshall to the role of President, following the departure of Mark Punshon from Helloworld Travel’s USA Wholesale division after 10 years of service with the brand. Marshall will commence in the role on 12 November, 2018, reporting to Cinzia Burnes. He joins the Qantas Vacations team based in Los Angeles. appointmentsHelloworld TravelQantas Vacations
Emirates is calling for both Melbourne and Brisbane locals to join its world-class Cabin Crew team as part of its latest recruitment drive. The announcement comes following growth within Emirates’ global route network and continued passenger demand.Recruiting both men and women for the roles, Melbourne locals interested in joining are welcome to attend the recruitment day on Sunday 25 November at 8am sharp at Oaks on Market Hotel, 60 Market Street Melbourne, 3000.Brisbane locals interested in joining the Emirates Cabin Crew team are welcome to attend on Thursday 22 November at 8am sharp at Novotel Hotel Brisbane, 200 Creek Street, Brisbane City 4000.“Emirates is proud to represent an incredibly diverse mix of cultures and backgrounds with Australians making up an important part of this. We’re in the business of people which is why it’s so important that we have the right team onboard to service our customers,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia.“Australian’s friendly nature, strong work ethic and commitment to succeed aligns closely with Emirates’ role in connecting travellers to the world while providing a superior service each time they fly with us. For anyone considering a role in aviation, we welcome you to come to our recruitment day where our team will be on hand to answer any queries and share insights into the life of an Emirates Cabin Crew,” said Mr Brown.Emirates Cabin Crew members are offered a complete employment package, which includes a variety of premium benefits such as tax-free income, free high standard shared accommodation in Dubai, free transport to and from work, coverage for medical and dental and exclusive discounts on shopping and leisure activities in Dubai.The package also offers attractive concessional travel benefits for employees, their families and friends, available across the airline’s global route network.Applications for Cabin Crew require detailed criteria. Candidates must be a high school graduate, at least 21 years of age at the time of joining and have an arm reach of 212cm when standing on tiptoes. Candidates wishing to kick start their careers should bring their CV, updated in English and a recent photograph. No prior registration is required to attend the open day.On the day, candidates must come prepared to spend the entire day in the selection process, if necessary. Those who are shortlisted will be informed of new dates for future assessments and interviews.Emirates offers candidates an outstanding career opportunity, in-depth training as well as an unmatched cultural exposure working within a truly international team from over 135 nationalities with a total of 1,311 Australian staff, including 572 cabin crew and 286 pilots.For further information regarding the requirements for the selection process, Cabin Crew starting salary and benefits CLICK HERE. cabin crewEmiratesMelbourneRecruitmentSydney
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It almost reads like a multiple choice question gone awry… Question: In Week 11, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the AZ Cardinals after the Falcons allowed which of the following to occur: A) A half-dozen turnovers, including 5 INT’s by Matt RyanB) Getting boo’ed at home (dome-not-so-sweet-dome)C) Allowing LaRod Stephens-Howling to rush for 127 yds (career high)D) Sleepwalking thru the first quarterE) All of the above And if you don’t make plays? Effective immediately, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 5-time Pro Bowler (Adrian Wilson) or the starting quarterback (John Skelton), the gauge has reached zero-tolerance. “The message this week was that we were going to make changes at different positions and the quarterback isn’t exempt from that,” Ken Whisenhunt replied when I asked him what prompted replacing John Skelton with rookie Ryan Lindley. “If they’re not making enough plays to win then you have to look and see if the next guy can do that…we had some throws early in the game we missed.” In fact, in baseball terms, this latest Cards loss is akin to an at-bat where you strike out swinging…after hitting 5 long drives – foul. “It really is a game that we should’ve won. There are some games where you say you should’ve won and other games where hands down, no question everyone in the locker room and everyone in the stadium knows you should’ve won that game,” Acho said. “That’s the toughest part about games like that.” Then I suppose this wouldn’t be a good time to mention to Cards defenders that Matt Ryan just became the first quarterback since Green Bay’s Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions and no touchdowns, according to Stats LLC. Considering that each of the multiple choice options actually took place during a 23-19 win by the Falcons, the correct answer is indeed “all of the above.” “We knew he’d throw us the ball, so it was up to us to just make the plays and make the catches. And we did,” Sam Acho said about Matt Ryan during our Cardinals radio network postgame interview on Arizona Sports 620. “Unfortunately, we were one stop too short.” Indeed, the Cards defense held the Falcons offense to just a single touchdown. Stating the ultra-obvious, the Big Red D played well enough to win. And the Cards offense left Atlanta with almost a guilty look on its face. “It’s terrible because of the job that the defense did. On offense, we need to score more points and help them out,” LaRod Stephens-Howling bottom-lined after a career-high rushing effort. The game plan called for the Cards to pump the A-B-S (brakes) in the A-T-L and bring the skidding to a halt. Thing is, that’s getting tougher as it’s a moving target right now. “We ran the ball well today, didn’t throw it. Last game, we threw the ball well, but didn’t run it,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt told me after the game. “We have to get a mix where we can do both of them well and move the ball well and make plays.” “We were kind of sleepwalking thru the first quarter of the football game,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith stated. “It shows our resiliency, that’s what it shows. We’re a very resilient football team that is going to find different ways to win.” Well, the Cards sixth straight loss was, uh, different alright. As in – all of the above. – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Carson Palmer goes under center during Arizona Cardinals training camp Aug. 11. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) – / 19 Until then, however, it’s more training camp. So let’s get into what went down in an afternoon where the players were in shells.The GoodRight tackle D.J. Humphries was back on the field after dealing with a knee injury for the better part of the last week. Given what’s going on with Bobby Massie, the team’s starting right tackle, Humphries’ return did not come a moment too soon.Andre Ellington was also on the field again, though he did not take part in any of the 11-on-11 work.Carson Palmer connected on a really nice deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald during 11-on-11, beating safety Rashad Johnson in the process. Drew Stanton did the same (minus Rashad Johnson) with Jaron Brown.In 7-on-7, Palmer hit Jaron Brown deep. During the two-minute offense, Jaxon Shipley made a great catch on a Stanton pass in ripping the ball away from the defensive back at the goal line.Also in two-minute offense, Stanton hit Brittan Golden for a deep pass.Ifeanyi Momah also made a couple of nice grabs on Stanton passes.The BadPractice ended with Logan Thomas being picked off by C.J. Roberts. Thomas made a few nice throws, but this did not seem to be his best afternoon.There were a few deep balls that may have been completed but would have been sacks if the defense was allowed to hit the quarterback. That went for both the first and second-team offenses. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — There appeared to be a more sparse crowd than usual at Tuesday’s practice, though that can be attributed to a lot of things including bad weather and this sort of being the dog days of training camp. Because while the team still hasn’t necessarily beat itself up, there is a definite feeling of it being time to actually hit someone wearing a different team’s jersey. It will happen soon enough, as the preseason opener looms. “You try to avoid that. It hurts you. It hurts you all around. It hurts you individually, it hurts you as a team. So it’s something you don’t want to do, but stuff happens and people make mistakes.” – Ted Larsen on Massie“A knee in his ass every day. A foot wasn’t going to do it, so I nicknamed him ‘knee deep.’” – Bruce Arians on what it takes to motivate D.J. HumphriesThe InjuredThe Cardinals got a little healthier Tuesday, but are still fairly beat up. Out of practice Tuesday was:WR Michael Floyd (hand)RB Marion Grice (hamstring)CB Jerraud Powers (oblique)CB Darren Woodard (groin)RB David Johnson (hamstring)LB Shaq Riddick (hamstring)LB Darryl Sharpton (hip flexor)OT Cameron Bradfield (unknown)OT Rob Crisp (knee)A Larry Fitzgerald Highlight Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Spectacular Catch Rating: 99. @LarryFitzgerald | #CardsCamp https://t.co/SNQCCdheNU— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 11, 2015Up NextThe Cards will be back at it again Wednesday with a morning walkthrough and an afternoon practice, which starts at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. It didn’t look like the secondary made too many plays. This would be alarming if not for the fact that Arizona is very talented in that area and there have been many, many times this camp where the likes of Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Rashad Johnson have come up big. Just not Tuesday.NotableThough Massie has been suspended by the league (a suspension he is currently appealing), the fourth-year pro still worked with the first-team offense at right tackle Tuesday. Humphries was running with the second-team, with Earl Watford — second-team right tackle Monday — was in that spot for the third group. Watford also saw time at left guard with the second-team.Though Thomas has not exactly been special, it still seems like the third QB job is firmly his. Phillip Sims is receiving very little work outside of the regular drills.Troy Niklas, who has been hurt most of camp, was on the field with the second-team for a few snaps in 11-on-11.Arizona’s four-receiver sets included Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden.Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice, but was seen sprinting across the field at various times.Quotable“It’s one of those things you hate to hear, you hope that the appeal process goes in our favor, but it’s one of those things you have to deal with. It’s one of those things that when something happens you look him in the eye, he has to be accountable to his team. Tell him ‘we need you back, make sure you’re ready if you do have to miss games,’ and somebody else gets the opportunity to step up.” – Calais Campbell on Bobby Massie being suspended by the NFL Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
It sounds weird to say it, but the Baltimore Ravens defense isn’t very good in 2015.Once the calling card for a team that a franchise that made the playoffs seven times in a nine-year span from 2006 to 2014, Baltimore is 16th in the league in total defense, and 20th in passing defense. That side of the ball has been a big reason why the Ravens limp into Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at 1-5 overall. Top Stories On the other sideline, we know how Arizona head coach Bruce Arians likes to take his shots down the field. It’s something that could be exploited by the Cardinals, according to ESPN NFL insider Mike Sando.“The Ravens had to turn over their defense, they lost Terrell Suggs,” Sando told Bertrand Berry Monday on Off the Edge with B-Train on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “They can’t cover down the field. They’ve given up more deep passes than any other team in the league, and that plays right into the strengths of the Cardinals.”Baltimore has yielded 26 passing plays of 20 or more yards in its first six games this season, or 4.3 per game. By comparison, last year’s Ravens allowed just 54 passing plays of 20 or more yards, an average of 3.4 per contest.The Ravens have also allowed three touchdown passes of 68 or more yards on the season.Baltimore’s secondary is banged up heading into the Arizona game, with cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson and safety Kendrick Lewis listed as questionable and another safety, Terrance Brooks, won’t play.In years past, the Cardinals had a lethal passing game, but didn’t offer much in terms of balance. In an 11-win season a year ago, the Cardinals ranked in the league’s top half in passing yardage per game, but were second-to-last in rushing. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 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 That’s changed this year, and should make things even more difficult for the Baltimore defense, according to Sando.“Their running backs are averaging over five yards per carry,” he said. “That’s number-one in the league. They were last in that category last year. You look at what this coaching staff and front office did to improve run game personnel — on the offensive line, at running back.“And you have to give Larry Fitzgerald a lot of credit for the way he’s blocking, too. I think they just need the threat of a running game, but they have a real running game and that’s huge.” Comments Share
On 15 July 2015, LATTE was welcomed by delegates from Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA) who hosted a travel industry workshop in Sydney to further encourage strong relations between Chinese and Australian tourism through promoting Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region.The event occurred prior to the Travel Industry Exhibition, held at Sydney’s Luna Park 16 – 17 July 2015, where SMTA will be strongly represented and a prestigious workshop promoting the Yangtze River Delta region at the Imperial Peking, Sydney, on Thursday 15 July 2015.Ms Connie Cheng, SMTA’s vice chairman, commented on the growth of tourism co-operation between Australia and China in recent years, saying that increased flights between capital cities and Shanghai (between 15 and 18 per week from Sydney) and a 72-hour visa-free transit within Shanghai for Australians make visiting the city all the more appealing.“We are natural partners blessed with different attributes and features. To many Shanghai citizens, breathtaking nature here in Australia holds powerful appeal for those who are going out especially while China is experiencing winter.”The 72-hour visa free transit is available to tourists from 45 countries, including Australia.It follows the introduction on 1 July 2015 of a tax refund policy for overseas tourists that spend less than 183 days in the Chinese mainland. Visitors are entitled to a rebate of 11 per cent on consumer goods purchased at designated department stores.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Crystal Cruises will reposition one of its luxury ocean vessels in 2017, unveiling an entirely new line-up of itineraries. Following the 2017 Southern Celebración World Cruise round-trip from Miami, Crystal Serenity will sail throughout North America for the remainder of the year, offering routes along the east and west coasts, through Alaska, New England and Eastern Canada, as well as the eastern seaboard into the Caribbean. Historically, Crystal Serenity has spent the majority of her 12 years at sea cruising the Mediterranean, Western Europe and the Black Sea.“The Mediterranean and surrounding regions have long been favourite destinations for our guests, and will continue to be, with the launch of Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal River Cruises,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “These new ventures allow us to expand our offerings for our guests, so they can continue to experience their favourite Crystal holidays in new ways.”Crystal Serenity’s new roster of ultra-luxury cruises includes a repositioning voyage from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal; convenient seven-day explorations of California’s coastline; a 14-day intensive Mexico itinerary; a 16-day route through the Hawaiian Islands; seven-, 9- and 10-day cruises through the ports and glaciers of Alaska and British Columbia; seven- and 10-day itineraries through the charming ports of New England and Eastern Canada; and warm-weather fall and winter cruises along the Southern East Coast into the Caribbean.Bookings for the newly unveiled 2017 Crystal Serenity voyages are now available with Book Now fares starting at US$2625 per person double occupancy including all taxes through 29 February 2016.Crystal’s newest vessel, luxury yacht Crystal Esprit, as well as its upcoming five luxury river yachts, will focus primarily in the waters of the Mediterranean region nearly year-round. Crystal Esprit will sail to and from long-favoured cities such as Venice, Dubrovnik and Athens, with calls to lesser-explored gems only accessible by yacht. Likewise, the river yachts will grace the waterways of Europe include the Rhine, Seine, Danube, Main, Garonne, and Dordogne Rivers, visiting charming ports throughout Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, and others.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways and the Sydney Opera House announced on 31 March the extension of their Major Partnership for a further five years.The extension will take Etihad Airways well into the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal – launched in its 40th Anniversary year in 2013 to ensure the World Heritage-listed ‘masterpiece of human creativity’ continues to inspire new generations of audiences and visitors.The announcement comes at an exciting time for Etihad Airways and Australia’s number-one tourist destination.In addition to being named Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year 2016, Etihad Airways was last year voted World’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year. The Abu Dhabi-based airline is also rapidly increasing its global footprint through groundbreaking innovations in product and service, major investments in destination marketing, and brand campaigns.Meanwhile, Opera House Renewal is well underway, from a suite of building projects that will touch all four corners of Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece to a renewed focus on integrating the experience audiences and visitors enjoy at the Opera House – transformative arts and culture, the greatest contemporary and classical music, inspirational speakers, creative shows for children and families, insightful tours and incredible Australian cuisine.Under the terms of the new deal, Etihad Airways will continue as the Sydney Opera House’s Major Partner and Opening Nights Presenting Partner. The airline will support Opera House programming by flying guest artists and performing arts companies to Sydney from across its extensive network of 116 international destinations. It will also leverage its investment in Australian tourism – through its partnership with Tourism Australia – to bring more visitors to Sydney and to the Sydney Opera House.NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said: “The Sydney Opera House is a world-renowned performance venue and continuing a partnership with the award-winning global airline Etihad Airways makes perfect sense.“I would like to congratulate both the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways on this agreement that will deliver countless benefits to both organisations.“The Sydney Opera House has attracted commercial sponsorship in a way that has brought serious innovation and investment in Australia’s most recognised building while maintaining its heritage and integrity.”Etihad Airways General Manager Australia and New Zealand Sarah Built said extending the partnership with Sydney Opera House for another five years underscored the airline’s commitment to Australian tourism and to the arts and culture worldwide.“The partnership with the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s architectural wonders, is especially significant for Etihad Airways.“Together with the five-year, $30 million deal we signed with Tourism Australia last year, it multiplies our efforts to promote travel to Australia and to elevate Sydney’s profile as one of the world’s great tourist and cultural destinations in key markets.“It also increases our investment in Australia’s cultural sector enabling us to support the programming of arts and entertainment experiences that enrich the lives of local citizens as well as visitors to the city.“The partnership is a natural fit because both organisations share many of the same values, including a shared passion for excellence and inspirational guest experiences.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Sofitel has announced the largest Sofitel property in the Middle East with development partner MKM Commercial Holdings LLC. Expected to open in early 2019, Sofitel Dubai Wafi will join the luxury brand’s growing portfolio of 14 hotels and 4400 rooms in operation and under development in the Middle East.Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in theMiddle East.”Sofitel Dubai Wafi will feature 501 luxury guestrooms, inclusive of 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 to 625 square metres, in addition to 97 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced residences to be operated on an extended-stay basis. The property will offer a number of dining concepts including an Asian specialty restaurant, gastro pub, a unique destination restaurant, bar and lounge on 43rd and 44th floors, a French lobby café, an all-day restaurant and a pool bar. Guests will have the option to relax and unwind at the SoSpa or use a comprehensive gymnasium, outdoor pools, private cabanas and a kids’ club. Business travellers will have access to 10 meeting rooms in addition to a 1115-square-metre ballroom.Guests of Sofitel Dubai Wafi will enjoy close proximity to Wafi Shopping Mall, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai International Airport. Corporate clientele will have convenient access to primary business and exhibition centres including the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City and the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. Located adjacent to Raffles Dubai, both properties will form a luxury cluster within Wafi offering guests a range of shared amenities and services.H.H. Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings said: “We are excited to sign this agreement with AccorHotels, our trusted partner for the Sofitel Dubai Wafi. We are confident that the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalised Wafi.”AccorHotels has 39 existing properties in the UAE, in addition to 23 others under development. In the Middle East and Egypt, AccorHotels currently operates 95 hotels encompassing 28,800 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group’s regional network is expected to double in number, bringing over 25,000 additional rooms and nearly 2400 branded residences to the Middle East.
Samsonite Australia will launch its new Evoa TECH collection to the local market next month. The Evoa TECH range features fingerprint-activated TSA locking technology, built in weight scale, Bluetooth tracking and a USB port. The new collection aims to bring a complete upgrade of experience to solve common problems in everyday travel, improve efficiency and enhance security.The fingerprint-activated TSA combination function can open and lock the luggage with one simple fingerprint touch, a godsend for frequent travellers. With the help of a user-friendly system, consumers can record up to (and later switch out) 10 selected fingerprints within the device, allowing the suitcases to be borrowed or accessed by friends and family with ease.There’s also an option of using a set-dial code, along with a USB port to charge mobile phones and tablets with the power bank kept inside the smart pocket of the interior divider.With the integrated weighing scale, travellers can avoid costly airline baggage fees with a simple lift of the side carry handle. The user-friendly design features a convenient one-touch display screen built into the handle that shows the weight by lifting up and down.Thanks to the Bluetooth tracker, owners will be able to ensure luggage is never left stranded at the airport as its proximity guidance feature can be set up to alert the user when their luggage is a set distance away.Evoa TECH also features double layer anti-theft zips and metal corner guards for increased protection.The new luggage line also features innovation Aero-Trac™ suspension wheel technology which effectively reduces rolling vibration and noise against frictional paths.Evoa TECH comes in a stylish Brushed Black texture to reduce the appearance of marks and scratches. It’s loaded with additional convenient features including expandability and multiple internal organisers including a smart pocket and wet pocket. Available this September from leading luggage retailers, as well as online at www.samsonite.com.au, the new Evoa TECH will be available in three sizes and prices: 55cm/$679.00, 69cm/$799.00 and 75cm/$899.00. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedNew connecting flights now on offerBrand new flight connection service via Gatwick Airport offers hundreds of new destinations with great time and money saving benefits.High Mileage – Low Cost? Round-the-world with (mostly) budget airlinesI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bustFamily Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children. “All flights £1!” reads the advertisement from the budget airline. Sounds good doesn’t it? You get online, the airline’s search engine is slick and works well, there’s availability on the flight you want and you go to pay….and suddenly the price is 25 times as much. This is not an uncommon experience.In February 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) told airlines that they had three months to include “fixed non-optional costs” in the price of flights they were offering. Whilst many airlines have made improvements in this area, the cost of travelling can still be misleading.At the time of writing, one low cost carrier is charging the customer the slightly bizarre amount of £2.09 to get from Edinburgh to Norwich – “Bargain!” you think. Then £25.90 is added in tax. This is still fairly cheap in itself, but annoying when you initially think you have found a great deal. To try and see the breakdown of the prices you can click for more details on their site and are told:“Additional taxes and charges are made on the basic ticket price to cover Airport Departure Tax, Passenger Service Charge, a Security/Insurance & Fuel surcharge. “It seems reasonable to assume that the company are not transporting passengers out of the goodness of their hearts and therefore, some of the taxes and extra charges will be at the airlines discretion to cover their costs – and indeed this is the case. A quick breakdown of these “extras” is outlined below:Taxes, fees and charges added to air faresAir Passenger DutyThis is a Government imposed tax (also known as Departure Tax) which is mandatory. The proceeds go to HM Revenue and Customs. The rate was increased by the Government on 1 February 2007.UK Passenger Service ChargeIn 1999 many airlines chose to separate the charge levied by UK airports on a per-passenger basis from the basic price of the ticket. The airlines are charged by the airports for passengers using their facilities during the arrival and departure process. This charge is not a Government tax.Insurance and security surchargeSeptember 11th 2001 changed the way of life for airline companies and since then many carriers have been adding an extra charge per passenger to meet the increasing costs of insurance premiums and the added security measures which have been put in place. This charge is not a Government tax.Fuel surchargeMany airlines have been subject to rising fuel prices over the last few years and as such, are charging an additional fuel surcharge. The amount charged can vary depending on which airline you use or where you are going to. This charge is not a Government tax.Other taxes, fees and chargesPassengers on international flights could well be charged taxes, fees and charges imposed by other countries including a Passenger Service Charge relating to the airport to which they are flying.It is also a “catch-all” term for any other charges the airline feels like adding on. For example, Ryanair will include a mysterious “Ins and Wchr levy” which for those of you who do not speak abbreviation, refers to insurance and wheelchairs. These are not Government imposed taxes.What the customer wantsSome airlines seem to have realised that headline-grabbing ticket prices which fail to materialise, are not actually the way to endear themselves to customers. British Airways for one have made a virtue of the fact that all prices shown on their website include all taxes and charges.It is interesting to note, that over the last few months, there has been a gradual movement away from the ludicrously priced flights which are advertised before tax is added. Instead, what some airlines are doing is offering flights with wording such as, “From £5 including charges.”The key word here is “From” since, much like the newspaper adverts that claim you can get very cheap tickets, when you actually try and find them, the blackout periods and scarcity of seats at this price, mean they are really quite hard to find with any consistency.Words like “tax”, “charge” and “levy” have a variety of official sounding connotations and it seems that the airlines are happy to hide their pricing strategies behind this linguistic smog. Ultimately, the non-corporate traveller wants to know how much his or her ticket is going to cost.We do not care how our money is divided up; we just want to get safely to our destination. Everyone accepts that airlines, just like any other business, are there to make money. They should accept this fact publicly and not blame their costs on the Government and certainly not on people in wheelchairs.You may also like to readLuggage Costs – weighing you down? ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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7. Copenhagen, DenmarkClubs like Culture Box attract electronic music heavyweights to play the Danish capital, giving a very serious edge to the city’s underground. As an added bonus, the club offers the liquid attraction of all-you-can-drink Heineken between 11pm and midnight. And this is a city in which beer holders for bikes are not unheard of and which has a creative and club-centric Meatpacking District to rival New York’s own. The good news about going out here is that there are plenty of good butcher-come-restaurants like Fleisch where you can sample fresh cuts before your night on the town. Under a strict budget? Read our guide to Copenhagen on the cheap 9. KaZantip, CrimeaHaving established itself as an independent clubbing republic (for part of the summer at least), KaZantip requires a specific ‘visa’ to enter, which is only granted once you’ve accepted laws such as ‘be happy, have fun and enjoy life.’ Bringing together extreme sports, beautiful people and the planet’s best DJs, it’s set on the beaches of otherwise sleepy fishing village of Popovka on the Black Sea and opens its borders for two weeks in the summer. Doublecheck the website for 2016 dates and tickets. 5. Zagreb, CroatiaWhile Croatia is known for its beautiful yachting types and champagne set nightlife in places like Hvar, as well as Brit-clubbers-abroad festivals like Outlook near Pula, capital city Zagreb offers grittier pleasures, where you’ll be more likely to be dancing alongside locals than ‘It’ girls. While there is a choice of characterful clubs and music bars like studenty SPUNK in town dishing up other musical forms, EDM fans shouldn’t miss intimate venue Sirup, south of the Maksimir Park and east of the city centre. Check out hotels in the area like Apartment Royal if you need somewhere close by to rest your legs. Read more about Croatia’s finest attractions in our top 10 post 8. Glasgow, ScotlandGlasgow’s music scene had long surpassed that of capital Edinburgh and one of the most exciting club nights and record labels to emerge from Britain’s shores in recent years is Numbers. The collective, headed by Spencer and Jackmaster – who’s become a Radio 1 presenter – is one of the most talked about, not only Scotland but the UK with their extended family including Rustie, Jamie xx and SBTRKT. The hub of their activity is the truly legendary Sub Club on Jamaica Street. It’s a must visit for anyone who wants to be at the vanguard of electronic music. Get the lowdown on where to go at night in Glasgow, with our eating, drinking and partying guide. 6. Budapest, HungaryThe beautiful blue River Danube runs right through the Hungarian capital, and every summer many, many thousands of partygoers run riot on an island in its midst. Hajógyári was originally the site of a Roman palace but it now hosts a plethora of bars and clubs – the three-tiered A38 is on a moored boat – as well as it being the location of Sziget Festival in August. Tickets for the festival as of 2016 cost €289 including camping on the island. Staying a bit longer in Budapest? Read our top tips for a fantastic break in the city 1. Amsterdam, The NetherlandsAny city which has it’s own mayor specifically for governing nocturnal activities is going to know what to do with a speaker and four walls. Sadly the iconic Trouw closed in early 2015, but Amsterdam still boasts a clutch of top notch clubs, with Sugar Factory boasting performance, cabaret and modern jazz amongst the more familiar techno club nights. The enormous and very ‘urban chic’ NDSM Docklands venue is located in the former shipyards of Amsterdam Noord, so jump on the free ferry from behind the train station, running every 15 minutes until midnight. In summer some of the action heads out the nearby Netherlands coast for legendary daytime beach parties at Bloemendaal aan Zee seaside resort (50 minutes drive from Amsterdam). Read more insider secrets in our guide to the top 10 Amsterdam attractions.2. Barcelona, SpainSpain offers a fantastic opportunity to have an awesome clubbing holiday, but it’s not all about the Balearic beats of Ibiza. Both Madrid and Barcelona have more than enough options to help you shuffle your feet. Madrid may be the capital, but Barcelona hosts two of the biggest events in the Spanish, if not European, music calendar: the ultimate urban festival, Sónar, and Primavera by the beach, both held in June. Razzmatazz is a must if you’re flying in any other time, named Mixmag’s club of the year in 2015 and spinning an eclectic range of music, from indie alternative to Kraftwerk. For the local’s take on Barcelona, check out our rundown of the best things to do in the Catalan city ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Basel, SwitzerlandIf you’re more into deep house than Richard Strauss, skip the elegant Swiss Alps for base-bumping Basel. The country’s third largest city is a stone’s throw from the dance music heartlands of France and Germany, a mere three hours from Stuttgart’s live music scene, so it’s hardly a surprise that a venue like Nordstern attracts some of the world’s top DJs, with resident local names like DJ Le Roi and Gomorra on-hand for regular nights. Across the Rhine lies the Klybeck/Feldbergstrasse neighbourhood, with enough late-bars like LadyBar and Fass Bar to keep the likes of Afro beat, electro swing and house coming until the wee small hours. 10. London, EnglandFor the ultimate domestic destination you can do no better than London. All four corners of the city offer something different – from the North’s legendary Fabric, to the often satirised ‘Dalston Strip’ in East London. But your best option for a focus on the music rather than whether you’re wearing the right kind of trainers is south of the river, where Corsica Studios atmospherically set under the railway arches in Elephant and Castle area and Fire (Vauxhall Tube station) deliver some of London’s best nights. For bedding down, there’s always Generator Hostel, which is not only one of the more lively stays in London with its late bar and games room, but one of the cheapest. Find more budget accommodation in London with our handy guide. Can’t get enough of music? Let us be your guide in the pursuit of sonic delights:6 money saving tips for clubbing holidaysParty hard and make your holiday spends go further on your next getaway.Latvia’s clubbing capital: Where the party’s at in RigaBold, brash and Baltic, Riga’s nightlife is notorious: here’s 9 top bars and clubs to drink, dance and party.The best of Prague’s nightlifeCzech out where to party in Prague with Skyscanner’s guide to the best bars in Prague.Follow Will on Twitter and get the latest on the best in up-front new dance music on Will’s blog: Radio ClubFootSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 4. Berlin, GermanyHaving a conversation about the best places to go clubbing in Europe without talking about Berlin would be like omitting eggs from any respectable post-rave breakfast buffet. The city dances to a techno beat with everything from abandoned warehouses to chic and intimate venues providing nights you’ll never forget. Berghain is famously difficult to get into but even if it’s all in vain you have to try because for the techno afficionado there’s no better way to spend 24 hours (if not longer!). Thankfully there are Berlin nightclubs where the door policy’s not quite so severe, so if the city centre snobs are not playing ball, get the shuttle from Ostkreuz and lose yourself in the magical maze that is Sisyphos for a few hours, noting the motionless bus and lake onsite before you have so many shots you think you’re imagining it all. Find out where to go and what to do in Berlin during the day with our local’s guide. RelatedEurope’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationsBest man? Maid of honour? You’ve got a job to do: arrange a stag or hen party that’s not going to cost a fortune. No problem. 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New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineA perennial favorite among collectors, “World Time” watches and clocks indicate time in all 24-hour time zones. Along with dual-time watches, these timepieces are particularly relevant in this era of global interaction and dependency. For its June 15 sale in New York, Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers plans to present a captivating selection of “World Time” men’s and women’s wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks, along with other collector-level timepieces.More than 200 timepieces, including the World Times, will be offered in the auction, with two sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the company’s gallery on the sixth floor of 595 Madison Avenue. A three-day Silent Sale of an additional 150 to 200 watches will be held from Saturday, June 12, to Monday, June 14.“World Time clocks and wristwatches eloquently capture a geographic history of the world,” said Osvaldo Patrizzi, president and chief executive officer of Patrizzi & Co.“These timepieces preserve the evolution of timekeeping and international capitals, going back to the magnificent clock from 1630 that we sold last summer in our Renaissance Clocks auction in Milan.” World Time watches and clocks in this auction date from circa 1940 to 2009, including models from Patek Philippe, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin.For the first time, the auction collection will preview in Shanghai where Patrizzi & Co has established a new office.Highlights:-F. P. Journe, “Sonnerie Souveraine – Grande et Petite Sonnerie – Répétition Minutes,” stainless steel minute repeating wristwatch with grande et petite sonnerie striking chimes and power reserve indication; made in 2007 Estimate: $450,000 – $550,000-Cartier Art Deco Mystery Clock, Model A, 18k yellow gold and rock crystal with diamonds; in mint condition; c. 1938-1940 Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000-Patek Philippe, Officer’s wristwatch, Ref. 3960, in platinum; made in limited edition to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary in 1989 Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000-Patek Philippe World Time, Ref. 5110, in platinum; self-winding with night and day indicator and dial depicting time in 24 time zones; made in 2004 and sold Oct. 15, 2004 Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000-Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5970, in 18k pink gold; sold Nov. 5, 2004 Estimate: $100,000 – $130,000-F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain, No. 141/01T, in 18k pink gold; sold Aug. 9, 2001 Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000-Breguet Souscription Set, No. 11, in 18k yellow gold; made in limited edition of 300 pieces to commemorate “The Art of Breguet” auction in 1991 Estimate: $100,000 – $140,000-Luminor Panerai wristwatch featuring Rolex case and movement and Panerai dial; c. 1940 Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000-Conrad Kreitzer, cross-shaped Pendant Watch in gilt brass, and rock crystal and in mint condition; circa 1620 Estimate: $28,000 – $36,000www.patrizziauction.com
South Norwalk, CT – Virgin Atlantic Airways today launched a second service between London Heathrow and Hong Kong. The new flight, which will begin daily service on Dec. 4, 2008, will complement the airline’s existing daily program to Hong Kong, which connects to Virgin Atlantic’s flights to Sydney.Virgin Atlantic first launched flights between London and Hong Kong in February 1994 and has since carried over 2.3m passengers on the route.The new second daily service will double the airline’s capacity between London and Hong Kong, offering passengers more choice and flexibility when traveling to the Far East and Australia.The new flight will be operated on an Airbus A340-600. From Oct. 28 through Dec. 3, 2008, flight VS238 will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and then operate daily starting Dec. 4, 2008. VS238 will depart London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 4:00pm, arriving in Hong Kong at 12:30pm the following afternoon.
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2018 5:31 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jesmyn Ward and N. Scott Momaday win Anisfield-Wolf Awards NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prize-winning novelists Jesmyn Ward and N. Scott Momaday are among this year’s winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, given for works that highlight race and diversity.Ward was honoured Thursday for her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” which last fall won the National Book Award. Momaday, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “House Made of Dawn,” was cited for lifetime achievement. Other winners included Kevin Young in nonfiction for his exploration of hoaxes and other forms of fake news in “Bunk.” Shane McCrae’s “In the Language of My Captor” won for poetry.The awards were established in 1935 and are presented by the non-profit Cleveland Foundation. Previous winners include the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Toni Morrison.
GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An estate sale in Michigan sold more than 200 items belonging to “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert and her husband, Emmy-winning actor Timothy Busfield.The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company’s online estate auction held this month included a red wedding dress, signed memorabilia and awards Gilbert received.Auction house owner Kenny Lindsay says interest in the sale exceeded expectations. The online auction catalogue received about 58,000 views.Redford resident Stacy Luoma was one of the bidders. The 45-year-old took home a nightgown, dresser, quilts and boots. Luoma says she grew up watching Gilbert, who is one of her favourite actresses.Gilbert and Busfield had been living in Livingston County since 2013, but relocated this year to New York City.___Information from: Livingston Daily Press & Argus, http://www.livingstondaily.comThe Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2019 8:55 am PDT In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Kenny Lindsay, owner/auctioneer of Kenny Lindsay’s American Eagle Auctions and Appraisals Co., holds an original cast and crew photo from the production of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie,” in Genoa Township, Mich. The photo sold for $1200 to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum from the estate of Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP) Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield sell items in estate sale
ATLANTA — Before there was Jared Goff, there was Warren Beatty.Years before Goff or any of today’s Rams were born, Beatty had been carried off on his teammates’ shoulders to celebrate a Rams title that only Hollywood could dream up.He played quarterback Joe Pendleton in the 1978 Academy Award nominated movie “Heaven Can Wait.” At the end, he leads LA to an otherworldly Super Bowl victory over the Steelers.It all happened during a time when the real-life Rams, with Joe Namath, Rosey Grier and the rest of the Fearsome Foursome, embodied everything about Hollywood cool, even if the notion of them winning the Super Bowl felt like something that could only happen in the movies.It was a time when the Steelers were winning all the Super Bowls and the Cowboys were becoming America’s Team.But, Beatty told The Associated Press, “there was no reason not to make the movie about the Rams.”“They were fun. It was fun,” Beatty said. “The only word I can come up with is, ‘fun.’”Funny, too.In “Heaven Can Wait,” Beatty’s character, Pendleton, is snatched away to heaven before his time by an overzealous escort (Buck Henry). After realizing the mistake, the escort and his boss, Mr. Jordan (James Mason), try to place the quarterback back into his original body, only to discover he has been cremated. The search for a substitute body ensues, and the result is a touching love story (with Julie Christie) punctuated by a steady stream of laughs, most courtesy of Pendleton’s hysterical, cheating wife (Dyan Cannon) and her bumbling, ridiculous lover (Charles Grodin).In the 70s, there was no bigger star in Hollywood than Beatty, who had burst onto the scene in “Splendor in the Grass” in the ’60s, produced and starred in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Shampoo,” and seen his films nominated for more than a dozen Academy Awards.Given his star power, Beatty had no trouble landing dozens of NFL players to play extras in the football scenes. In one, Fearsome Foursome member Deacon Jones repeatedly tees off on Pendleton, who stands underneath a centre unwilling to deliver him the ball.Beatty said he didn’t use a stand-in for that one. And though he had one on call for the scene at the end when he leads the Rams to their Super Bowl victory , he didn’t use him there, either.That scene was shot during halftime of an actual Rams preseason game at the LA Coliseum. They had limited time to run 14 plays.“I told him, ‘I’m going to run one play, maybe it’ll be good, but be ready to come in,’” Beatty said. “I completed the pass and thought, ‘Gee, it worked.’ Got some adrenaline out of that. I told him, “I’ll do the second play, then be ready.’ That worked, too. Then the third play worked. I ended up doing all 14 plays. And I got to do what I’d always wanted to do in junior high, which was to be the quarterback instead of the centre.”A recently retired Rams running back, Les Josephson, served as an extra, and as technical adviser for the football scenes. He said the plays Beatty ran during the Super Bowl scene came straight from the Rams playbook.“He could throw the ball pretty well,” Josephson said. “He was a pretty good athlete growing up.”But Beatty said he turned down a few scholarship offers, and gave up playing centre (and linebacker) for acting.“I went to New York and started getting serious about what you’d say was the stuff taught by Head Coach Stanislavsky,” he said. (Konstantin Stanislavsky is the forefather of method acting.)Beatty also directed and produced the movie, which won two Oscars and got nominated for seven others, including picture, actor and supporting actor and actress.Had he been more persuasive with his good buddy, Muhammad Ali, this remake of the 1941 classic “Here Comes Mr. Jordan,” would’ve been about boxing, same as the original.“I wanted to do a movie with Ali, and we went back and forth, we had a lot of fun talking about it,” Beatty said. “But I finally realized he wasn’t about to put boxing aside to do a movie, and I said, ‘Ali, if you don’t do it, I’m going to change it to a football player and do it myself.’”(Quick side story: Beatty said Ali liked to throw down the gauntlet at the actor: Let’s go out to lunch, he challenged Beatty, and see who more people recognize.)Sticking with a football theme turned out to be a good choice.And the movie wound up being prescient in more ways than one.About a year after it came out, the Rams, behind a backup quarterback, Vince Ferragamo, made a magical run that ended in the franchise’s first Super Bowl — against the Steelers, no less, just like in the movie. Only LA lost that one, 31-19.Fifteen years later, the Rams moved to St. Louis and lost their LA connection for two decades.But now they’re back, Beatty’s a fan — and there’s a delicious irony developing.At the end of “Heaven Can Wait,” the Rams are in the Super Bowl and their quarterback is knocked senseless by a vicious hit.Pendleton, in need of another, more-permanent body to inhabit, takes over and, a few minutes later, scoops up a fumble and runs it in for the winning touchdown.In the movie, the quarterback wears No. 16 on that classic, blue-and-yellow Rams home jersey . And Joe Pendleton becomes Tom Jarrett.In real life, a guy named Jared — Jared Goff — will wear the blue-and-yellow No. 16 for the Rams on Sunday.Will LA win again? Now, there’s a sequel Hollywood would love.___AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed to this report.Eddie Pells, The Associated Press by Eddie Pells, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 3:55 am PDT Heaven Can Wait: Back in LA, Rams go for a Hollywood sequel FILE – In this May 29, 1972, file photo, actor Warren Beatty stands outside the headquarters for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. George McGovern in Beverly Hills, Calif. Years before Jared Goff or any of today’s Los Angeles Rams were born, Beatty had been carried off on his teammates’ shoulders to celebrate a Rams title that only Hollywood could dream up. He played quarterback Joe Pendleton in the 1978 Academy Award nominated movie “Heaven Can Wait.” At the end, he leads LA to an otherworldly Super Bowl victory over the Steelers. (AP Photo, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2019 10:45 am PDT Ariana Grande to play Manchester, 2 years after arena bomb AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON — Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester, two years after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert in the northwest England city.Organizers say Grande will be a headliner at the Manchester Pride Live event on Aug. 25. Chief executive Mark Fletcher said Monday that “we’re truly honoured to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life.”Grande and Manchester were bound together in tragedy on May 22, 2017, when a bomber blew himself up at Manchester Arena as fans were leaving her show. The singer returned to the city two weeks later to take part in a memorial concert, which she helped to organize.Manchester authorities named Grande an honorary citizen of the city for her work in the wake of the attack.The Associated Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2019 11:39 am PDT TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.Organizers say the acclaimed singer-songwriter will receive the honour at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on April 1.Sainte-Marie’s 1964 peace anthem “Universal Soldier” was inducted to the same hall of fame in 2005.It’s among countless accolades the musician, Indigenous rights activist and educator has received throughout her career.She also won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for co-writing the 1982 song “Up Where We Belong,” which was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”The 78-year-old performer also has several Junos, a Polaris Prize, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.“I’m honoured to be recognized in the company of so many Canadian songwriters that have inspired me,” Sainte-Marie said in a statement.“As a songwriter, I never set out to be courageous or political, I just wanted to tell my stories as authentically as possible, and bring light to the truth.”Born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation in Qu’Appelle Valley, Sask., Sainte-Marie gained fame as a socially conscious folk singer and pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s.Her varied career has also included a five-year stint on “Sesame Street” and founding the Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education as well as the Cradleboard Teaching Project.Her other songs include “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone,” “Power In the Blood,” and “Generation.”The Canadian Press Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about diversity and inclusion at the Belong Forums, a public lecture series as part of the Year of Belonging, in honour of Dalhousie University’s 200th anniversary, in Halifax on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Sainte-Marie is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Buffy Sainte-Marie getting Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame honour