Chinese man fails breathalyzer test after eating d … November 08 , 2018 Facebook user Amir Zidane filmed the fruit being unloaded after the protest. Source: BBCAround two tons of durian had to be removed from the cargo hold of a plane in Indonesia after passengers complained about the stench.The fruit, considered to be the world’s smelliest, was taken of a Sriwijaya Air flight, bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu.The passengers demanded that the fruit be removed, with some almost coming to blows with crew members, according to the BBC.”When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian. I complained to the stewardess, but they told me to just fill up a complaint form,” said Amir Zidane, a passenger onboard the plane who detailed the incident in a Facebook post.Zidane said that crew members assured him the smell would vanish as soon as the plane was in the air, reported BBC.However, he was unsatisfied with the answer and called his fellow passengers against flying in those conditions.”I yelled at the other passengers ‘Who on this plane wants to fly?’. They all chanted back ‘not us!!'”Eventually, they were all asked to leave the plane while the crew unloaded the fruit.The airline later said that it was within its rights to carry the fruit in cargo, despite the smell.”It’s not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations – carried inside the hold. Many airlines do this,” senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Jakarta Post.The durian is a delicacy in much of Asia, but due to its potent stench in certain countries, it’s banned from public transportation, hotels, and even planes.Earlier this year an Australian university library was evacuated amid fears of a major gas leak, but the source of the smell later turned out to be durian fruit. You might also be interested in
Travel agents can order their Viking Cruises 2019 World Cruise brochure from Brochure Flow ocean cruisesViking Sun Viking Cruises has taken delivery of Viking Sun, the company’s fourth ocean ship, and she will set sail from Venice on 4 October 2017. The 47,800 tonnes, 930 passenger Viking Sun joins award-winning near-identical fleetmates, Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, in offering a destination orientated cruise experience, with few days at sea, long days in ports and more overnights in key destinations than offered by other lines.In early November, Viking Sun will cross the Atlantic to sail American autumn itineraries, and on 15 December, the ship will embark on Viking’s first-ever World Cruise. Over the course of 141 days, Viking Sun will journey around the world, visiting 35 countries and 66 ports, before the itinerary ends in London on 5 May 2018. In 2019, Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the recently-announced second World Cruise, which spans 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports with 10 port overnights.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals may have their eyes set on a few veteran quarterbacks for the upcoming season but it’s starting to sound like they’ll have competition for their services.According to CSN Washington, the Washington Redskins have interest in two of the names that have been linked to the Cardinals over the last few months.Identify a starting quarterback—John Beck may be “the man” right now but the Redskins will at least look for competition for him when free agency opens up. Rex Grossman is likely to return and such players as Matt Hasselbeck, Vince Young, and Marc Bulger could be targeted. Every day that goes by with the lockout in place will make it more and more difficult for a quarterback brought in from the outside to take the starting job, at least early in the year.While Hasselbeck has never been a lock to find his way to the Valley, it has been believed that Marc Bulger was almost a foregone conclusion. With Washington’s interest and possibly a team like Miami, who’s looking for veteran competition for Chad Henne, interested in the former Rams starter what once was looked at as a cheap solution for the Cards could get pricey. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The other interesting wrinkle is the fact that reports have suggested that Bulger is hesitant to move away from the east coast. The Redskins play just 75 minutes from Baltimore, where Bulger spent last season. If they make a similar offer to what the Cardinals might offer Bulger one would have to wonder if he’d opted to stay where he’s already comfortable.It’s just another interesting twist in the already mind numbing Arizona Cardinals quarterback drama. Can the lockout end already so they can make decision?
Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will don their black alternate jerseys when they face the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, according to @CardsGameday.The Cardinals debuted the alternates in 2010 and wear the jerseys twice each season per league rules. On Sunday, Arizona will also wear pink gloves and shoes to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The team went 1-1 last year wearing the black jerseys. Overall, they’re 2-4 when sporting the alternates. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Peterson, who grew up in Palestine, Texas, has often been linked to Dallas. However, the Cowboys let the NFL’s rushing leader, DeMarco Murray, leave for the Philadelphia Eagles because they did not want to meet his contract demands. Murray signed a five-year, $42 million deal, with $18 million guaranteed.Peterson’s current contract calls for him to carry cap numbers of $15.4 million in 2015, $15 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017, and while most believe any trade will involve him restructuring that deal, he still figures to earn a significant amount of money. And, given that the Cowboys were reluctant to pay Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season, you have to wonder just how much they’d be willing to spend on Peterson.If nothing else, with the NFL Draft getting closer, you would have to think a resolution to the Peterson situation — be it him going back to the Vikings, sitting out or getting traded — is on the way. For a while, it seemed as though Adrian Peterson not only wanted a trade out of Minnesota, but to land with the Arizona Cardinals.Should Peterson get traded, it’s still possible he’ll head to the desert. The Cardinals would seem to have enough cap space to add him, and a clear need for a player with his skill set.However, according to Bleacher Report NFL insider Jason Cole, Peterson’s “dream scenario” is a trade to the Dallas Cowboys.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates a first and goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Arians didn’t think his football team mirrored its coach’s no-risk-it, no-biscuit mentality last week in a loss to the New England Patriots.“It was too much holding your breath,” Arians said, “wanting it too bad.”That wasn’t a problem in a 40-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.“I thought we cut it loose today,” Arians said. The Cardinals needed one of those games after the weight of preseason expectations came crashing down in Week 1 against the Patriots.“We felt like it was a reality check last week, losing that game,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “The biggest thing was … all of us just to personally challenge ourselves and I thought we did that today.”Nobody is going to run away and hide after two weeks of the NFL season, but the NFC West and the greater NFC have obliged the Cardinals’ Week-1 stumble by feeding the league’s desire for parity.The Cardinals left the stadium on Sunday evening knowing they would be tied with every other NFC West opponent at 1-1. Barring a tie between the Packers and Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, only the New York Giants, the Sunday night winner and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles (if they beat Chicago on Monday night) will boast 2-0 records after just two weeks of football.With a date against the struggling Bills up next in Buffalo, the Cardinals have the chance to get on a roll — especially since they look like the Cardinals everyone expected to see when the season began.“We definitely had our swagger back this week,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “Today, we were a little loose and it was fun. We’ve got to remember to have fun.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact That was evident across the board.A defense that couldn’t solve first-time NFL starter Jimmy Garoppolo last week intercepted Bucs QB Jameis Winston four times, recovered another fumble and limited Tampa to 306 yards. Recent trade acquisition Marcus Cooper had two of those interceptions, including a pick-six late in the third quarter that all but sealed the game at 33-7.Aside from a missed extra point, the Cardinals’ special teams were excellent with Pro Bowler Justin Bethel setting the tone with a big hit on the team’s first punt — six days after his coach called him out for not playing up to his abilities.An offense that hadn’t looked right since a Dec. 27 win over the Packers rolled up 416 yards with running David Johnson accounting for 143 of those, receiver Larry Fitzgerald catching six balls for 81 more yards and career touchdown No. 101, and quarterback Carson Palmer completing 18 of 31 passes to nine different receivers for 308 yards and three touchdowns without an interception for a 124.1 passer rating.“We were just on fire on defense, we were aggressive on offense, we were nasty and extremely aggressive up front,” Palmer said. “Pockets were just perfect all day. It was just one of those games.” Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Feeling better, Cardinals Nation? The march toward Super Bowl LI is back on track after a temporary and unexpected delay.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 44
Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, right, talks with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, left, as players run drills during a voluntary team activity Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’ve coached plenty of different personalities,” he said. “There’s plenty of people that have opinions.”Rosen has experience running multiple offenses. He ran a spread under OC Noel Mazzone his freshman year at UCLA, then ran a combo offense his sophomore year under OC Kennedy Polamalu and a pro-style offense with new terminology his junior year under OC Jedd Fisch. That could help him prepare for life under McCoy, but Rosen does not expect to feel comfortable immediately.“My goals for the year are basically to accomplish what coach McCoy sets out for me,” he said. “Whatever he wants me to do, I’m going to do to the best of my ability. I’m not going to be that guy that comes in and thinks he’s the man from Day 1. It’s a long process. I’ve got a lot to learn from him.”In a show of surprising maturity, Rosen also acknowledged how much his OC, his coach and even his GM are depending on him.“The biggest thing is knowing I have careers on my back,” he said. “I have families, I have kids. If I don’t play well and I don’t pan out, people have to get new jobs, people have to get fired. You’ve got a lot on your shoulders, but I wouldn’t have come out, I wouldn’t have left college if I didn’t think I was ready for it.” 7 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. TEMPE, Ariz. – You can tell Josh Rosen played his college football in the shadow of Hollywood. He views the relationship between a quarterback and offensive coordinator in cinematic terms.“I always compare it to like a Star Trek mind meld,” Rosen said at his introductory press conference at the Cardinals training facility on Friday. “Basically, I’m trying to take his brain and put as much of his brain as I can into mine. When we go on the field, if I’m making a check or making a decision, he, in his head, is making that decision at the exact same time.” Top Stories Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy knows that process will require more than simply placing his hand on Rosen’s face with his fingers split in a V.“The first year in the system is always hard,” McCoy said. “We don’t have a lot of time so you’ve just got to throw a lot at them and figure out what our guys do best.”Related LinksStephen A., known for crazy remarks, calls Josh Rosen an ‘idiot’ for remarkPissed, motivated and determined: The best quotes from Josh RosenFormer UCLA OC: Josh Rosen ‘most impressive freshman QB’ he’s seenOne thing McCoy hopes to give Rosen is the freedom he has granted past quarterbacks he has coached, including Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning.“We’ve always given the quarterbacks the freedom to check plays at the line of scrimmage. I think that’s critical but you’ve got to make sure you put restrictions on that,” McCoy said. “There’s got to be an understanding of what we want to get done as an offense or as an organization.”“We’re going to give them freedom at the line of scrimmage to make those changes, but we’ve got to make sure they’re doing it the right way and we’ve got to make sure they make the right decisions and then hopefully, just let them cut it loose.“Rosen, who Arizona selected 10th overall in the NFL Draft after trading up five spots, has earned a reputation as a player that will challenge his coaches, or question why they are doing things the way they do them. Like general manager Steve Keim said Thursday, McCoy said he has no problem with that. LISTEN: Josh Rosen, New Cardinals’ Quarterback
Australia’s booming tourism industry is set for another boost when Qantas’ first Melbourne-Tokyo Narita service takes off this week.The new daily service is being launched in response to strong demand, as travel between Japan and Australia grows at around 20 per cent a year, and will be operated by an upgraded, two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft fitted with Qantas’ signature Marc Newson interiors.It takes the number of seats the national carrier offers on Japanese routes each week to 6000, following the launch of new Sydney-Tokyo Haneda and Brisbane-Tokyo Narita routes in 2015 – with extensive onward connections in both countries.Inbound flights on the new route are timed to link smoothly to the rest of Qantas’ Australian domestic network, including popular destinations like Hobart, Adelaide and Perth, while outbound services will connect with Jetstar’s extensive domestic network within Japan.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the new route was the latest example of the national carrier growing its international network to meet demand and unlock opportunities for Australia in Asia.“The clear message from our Japanese customers was that they wanted a direct link into Melbourne – so we’re delighted to be opening up that gateway for them today,” Mr Evans said.“We’ve had a great response from Victorian tourism operators and the many companies in Melbourne who do business with Japan.“With a new Free Trade Agreement in place, there’s tremendous potential to build on the fantastic growth we’ve already seen in this market, and we want the Qantas Group to lead the way in making it happen.”The route launch means Tokyo becomes the eighth international destination Qantas serves out of the Victorian capital. Flights to Christchurch began on 4 December, while Qantas confirmed earlier this week that Melbourne-Los Angeles would be the launch route for its game-changing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.Features of the Airbus A330 that serve the new route include the latest generation of its award-winning Recaro seat in Economy, a lie-flat Business Suite that can be reclined during take-off and landing, and more than 1500 inflight entertainment options.QF79 is set to depart Melbourne at 9.15am and QF80 will depart from Narita at 7pm, with launch celebrations in both cities, including a water cannon salute and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Doyle Collection, the privately owned and managed group of luxury hotels in Ireland, the UK and US, has embarked on a major redesign of The Bloomsbury, a 1928 Sir Edwin Lutyens, Grade-II listed building on Great Russell Street in London.Following the successful relaunch of The Kensington in 2016, The Bloomsbury redesign will be completed in November 2017. The hotel will be transformed following a multi-million-pound investment programme led by Bernie Gallagher, chairman of The Doyle Collection, in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.The transformation of The Bloomsbury has been a long-term focus for Gallagher, whose vision for the brand is to create a group of hotels at the forefront of cool design and product innovation with superb service, that are deeply rooted to their local area.Patrick King, CEO of The Doyle Collection comments: “Our aim for The Bloomsbury is to create a hotel that is a hub for the local area, offering guests a vibrant and fun place to come and stay, relax, meet and socialise. Having evaluated the kind of spaces that our customers like to use and live in, we are creating a hotel with a private club-like feel – informal yet luxurious, with the highest quality materials and design. As the Bloomsbury area continues its journey of redevelopment and rejuvenation, our hotel is poised to embrace and be part of these exciting changes within the cultural heart of London’s West End.”New designThe transformation will include the redesign of the public spaces of the Grade II-listed building, including a new reception area, guest lounge and stunning new bar, The Coral Room. The original entrance at the side of the property has been restored, incorporating a new glazed canopy to enhance the arrival experience. The original flight of Portland Stone steps leads guests into the new reception area, an intimate space which includes a beautiful Lutyens-inspired Living Room for the exclusive use of guests to relax and unwind. A colour palette of muted greens and pinks will be accented with an electric mix of furnishings, artwork and lighting.Mindful of the original Lutyens design and the building’s listed status, this bar area is being sensitively reimagined. The original panelled walls will be retained and given a high-gloss lacquer finish in vivid coral – a colour that Lutyens was fond of. A striking feature of the new interior will be the five bespoke Murano glass chandeliers which will be specially created for the space.The hotelThis refurbishment is the final chapter of the wider restoration of The Bloomsbury, following the very successful launches of the award-winning Dalloway Terrace and The Bloomsbury Club Bar, which were added to the property in 2016.Dalloway Terrace quickly became one of London’s most sought-after al fresco dining hotspots, serving brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The quintessentially English space, named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, is an indoor/outdoor restaurant, fully heated in winter, offering the peace and charm of a secluded garden.The Bloomsbury Club Bar, launched soon after, in the summer of 2016, brings old-school romance and the magic of a bygone era of glamour to the hotel. The bar has a members’ club feel and is furnished with leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and mahogany panelling, taking inspiration from the lives of the famously hedonistic Bloomsbury Set. The bar leads on to the outdoor space; a twinkling grotto perfect for long summer evenings, while the drinks menu takes influence from the 1920s and 1930s, with a selection of original cocktails named after literary icons and their libertine lifestyle, such as: ‘Virginia Woolf’, ‘Leonard Woolf’ and ‘Vanessa Bell’.The Bloomsbury continues to embrace its literary heritage with its wood-panelled Seamus Heaney Library, an ideal event space filled with the work of the area’s former residents. To complement this unique facility, the hotel also has a Poet in Residence.Bloomsbury the boroughCoinciding with the refurbishment of the hotel, the Bloomsbury borough is itself experiencing a transformation, not seen since the heady days of ‘The Bloomsbury Set’ in the first half of the 20th century. This influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey, all lived, worked or studied together in Bloomsbury and were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts. Their works and outlook deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism and economics. The new Bloomsbury crowd are still rooted to these literary and creative roots, with many companies such as Google taking root in the locale.A modern-day Bloomsbury set will emerge as access to the area rapidly increases with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, making the journey to and from Heathrow and other parts of London even more accessible. The neighbouring British Museum will complete a refurbishment by the end of 2018, with plans to open three new galleries. However, what continues to make Bloomsbury such a timeless hidden London gem, is its elegant garden squares and streets lined with an eclectic selection of shops and boutiques. The Bloomsbury is just a stone’s throw from Soho and Covent Garden and along with the rest of The Doyle Collection, is very much involved in the local area, which is highlighted via its ‘Slice of the City’ initiative and packages.
RelatedFewer passengers took international flights in OctoberFewer people chose to book international flights in October according to new figuresPassenger demand for international flights continues to fallDemand for international flights fell by 5.6 percent in January compared to the same month last yearSlight increase in demand for flights during 2008There was a 1.6 percent increase in the demand for flights from passengers over the course of 2008 The number of people taking flights in September fell by 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).The high cost of fuel and the effects of the global credit crunch have been blamed for the first decrease in global passenger traffic since the Sars outbreak in 2003.Commenting on the drop, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer said the figures revealed an “alarmingly fast-paced” decline.”Even the good news that the oil price has fallen to half its July peak is not enough to offset the impact of the drop in demand,” he said.Latin America was the only world region to show a rise in passengers, with its carriers enjoying an increase in turnover of 1.7 percent.Despite the figures, cheap flights carriers in the UK are remaining optimistic, with Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary announcing earlier this month that the credit crunch would be “good for business”. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedWorld’s worst biting bugs: how to avoid insect attackDon’t be bugged by bugs! Mossies, midges, no-see-ums, ticks and sand flies: how to avoid these little biters on your holidays.Thailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsThailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsSkyscanner donate laptops to KenyaSkyscanner donate laptops to Kenya As Cheryl Cole cancels lucrative commitments including The X Factor TV, to battle a bout of malaria believed to be contracted on a recent trip to Tanzania, Skyscanner offers up its anti-malaria advice.What is Malaria?Malaria is an infection of the blood cells caused by a parasite called a protozoa, which is carried by some mosquitoes which spread the infection when they bite. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia. The main symptoms are: fever, sweating, shivers and exhaustion. In severe cases, malaria can lead to death, but the good news is that it is both preventable and curable.How to Prevent Mosquito Bites and Malaria1. At least six weeks before you travel to a potential malaria zone, visit your healthcare professional who can advise the best type of anti-malaria drugs which can help prevent the disease2. During your travels, reduce the chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes using insect repellent (ideally containing up to 50% DEET) and mosquito netting when sleeping3. When outside, cover arms and legs, although be warned, the mossie’s long snout can penetrate loosely woven clothing. Burning mosquito coils or using plug-in vapour deterrents will also help repel the little critters4. Before you go to bed, ensure windows are shut and do a thorough check of the walls and ceiling, slaughtering any mossies you find, mercilessly.Bug Free Holidays; places with few biting insects:If you’d prefer not to give blood to bugs, creepy crawlies and other biting insects, where can you go on holiday to avoid them? Well, unfortunately, very few places in the world are completely free of such pests, but here a few suggestions where you can largely avoid being eaten alive.1. City Breaks – although not completely devoid of insect life, you’ll generally find that most dense urban areas are less prone to plagues of ticks, midges or mosquitoes than rural zones.2. Head High – the ‘mosquito line’ is the altitude above which mosquitoes don’t live, so the higher you go, the further you get away from biting insects. Therefore anywhere high in the Alps, Pyrenees, Rockies, Andes etc should have a low pest count.3. Go to the snow – you never hear skiers or snowboarders complaining of mosquito bites or midge attacks, so wait until winter and you can pretty much guarantee an insect free holiday.4. Scuba dive – you won’t find biting insects under sea, so coral reefs provide a bug free zone. Unfortunately, you’ll have to come up for air eventually, and don’t forget that there exists other things that can bite you under the ocean which may be of greater concern.5. Antarctica – although Antarctica’s largest true terrestrial animal is the wingless midge (which is a whopping 6mm long) it lives among penguin colonies and is unlikely to trouble polar visitors.6. Space – the final frontier is still insect free, though as soon as we get our first moon colony up and running, insects are likely to find their way up there too. However, space doesn’t come cheap; the Russians will take you to the International Space Station for around £15million and we’re still waiting for Virgin Galactic, the “world’s first space line” to launch, though they are taking bookings; tickets start at $200,000 . So unless you’re a millionaire, you may just want to settle for a bottle of insect repellent after all.7. Become a ‘Bubble Boy’ – buy a bubble suit and spend your holiday inside it, therefore avoiding any possible contact with the insect world.See here for more anti-bug advice Or check www.malariahotspots.co.ukReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 13. Rio Celeste, Costa RicaIn the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste flows down a waterfall and into a pool so luminously blue that it almost doesn’t seem real. The vivid turquoise is attributed to volcanic minerals absorbed by the flow of water.Find cheap flights to Costa Rica 12. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaAt more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. The seemingly unending expanse of white leads to an almost hallucinatory experience – especially after rain, when the sky reflects so perfectly off the flooded plain that it’s hard to tell up from down.Find cheap flights to Bolivia 4. Gili Meno, Lombok, IndonesiaTropical getaway Gili Meno is one of the three Gili Islands off the much larger island of Lombok in Indonesia. And Lombok features as one of our 10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on Earth.Find cheap flights to Indonesia 1. HawaiiHawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. If you recognise the Na Pali coast, it’s probably because it stood in for Isla Nubar in Jurassic Park.Find cheap flights to Hawaii Related8 best beaches in IndonesiaCheck out these heavenly beaches in Indonesia for some winter sun holiday inspiration.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…10 Best Island HolidaysLooking for an island in the sun? Skyscanner introduces 10 islands offering sand, scuba and seafood amongst other delights. 8. Tam Coc National Park, VietnamWith its surreal karst scenery, Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a much-visited tourist destination near Ninh Bình in northern Vietnam. Guides take you to see the natural sights, including stunning caves, in rowing boats. Vietnam is fairly inexpensive, too: it’s one of our 21 cheap countries to visit for a low cost holiday.Find cheap flights to Vietnam 6. Nassau, The BahamasThe Junkanoo street parade is the mother of all parties. It takes place across the Bahamas at New Year, but one of the wildest happenings is to be found on New Providence Island in Nassau – just one of our picks for where to go in January.Find cheap flights to The Bahamas 10. Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BrazilFernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands that forms part of Pernambuco state in Brazil. Only one of the islands is inhabited, and the chain has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its environmental importance. It has some stunning beaches, but Brazil has plenty more where they came from.Find cheap flights to Brazil 3. Jeju, South KoreaPerhaps thanks to Loveland, Jeju is a honeymooners’ favourite, but the island boasts natural beauty as well as odd sculptures of people’s bits! Head this way to see more of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.Find cheap flights to South Korea
Broomfield, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRockResorts International, LLC – a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.– announced that it’s expanding and enhancing its luxury resort collection with the addition of Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica, one of the premier Caribbean destinations. RockResorts has been selected to manage all resort operations starting on Jan. 1, 2011 when the property will be flagged as a RockResort with the official name of Half Moon, A RockResort.Situated on two miles of white sand beaches in Rose Hall, Jamaica, the 400-acre luxury resort features 398 rooms, suites, villas and cottages. In addition, Half Moon features the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, a teen centre, an equestrian centre, 54 swimming pools, six restaurants, seven bars, a Children’s Village, a dolphin lagoon and more.“We are excited and honored to welcome Half Moon into our family of RockResort properties,” said Paul Toner, chief operating officer and senior vice president of RockResorts. “Half Moon is internationally known as one of the best Caribbean resorts and we are committed to continuing the legacy of award-winning service, programs and amenities while looking for opportunities to enhance the guest experience in the future.”Founded in 1956 in the Caribbean by Laurance Rockefeller, RockResorts was acquired and re-launched by Vail Resorts in 2001. To this day, the environmental vision continues with RockResorts’ collection of luxury properties in the United States and Caribbean with the focus on providing guests with exceptional experiences in spectacular natural settings. In particular, RockResorts has become known for its innovative environmental programs, superb cuisine using sustainable ingredients, exquisite spas and welcoming hospitality from its friendly and attentive staff.“Since its inception in1954, Half Moon has been an iconic Jamaican destination for discerning travelers who appreciate the relaxed ambiance and amenities offered throughout the two mile long beach-front property,” said Guy Steuart, chairman of the Half Moon Board of Directors. “Our enduring success is due in large part to the Half Moon staff providing genuine and friendly service to our guests, making their stays familiar and memorable. We look forward to our association with RockResorts and firmly believe that together with their experience in resort operations, a commitment to common values and the founding families’ leadership, Half Moon will continue to evolve and thrive.”“I’d like to thank the Half Moon directors, management and staff for their direction and dedication for nearly 60 years in making Half Moon into a world-class destination,” said Toner. “We look forward to building on this success and we are thrilled to welcome this premier Caribbean resort into to our family.”www.halfmoon.com
The Chelsea Atlantic City is happy to announce the opening of their 10,000 square foot signature spa complex – Sea Spa – an exciting addition to the hotel’s first official summer season on the Shore. Offering guests a full menu of luxurious skincare and spa services tailored to women, men and couples alike, Sea Spa features ten private treatment rooms including two Vichy wet-treatment rooms and the Solarium, comprised of two Jacuzzis, sauna, and steam room.Drawing its inspiration from one of the great traditions and original attractions of Atlantic City – the nourishing, soothing, and healing properties of the sea – Sea Spa harnesses the qualities of the ocean in almost all of its treatments, such as the Sea Side Massage, inspired by the movement of the Mediterranean, or the Sea Silk Pedicure with Hawaiian Red Seaweed. Located outside, adjacent to the spa and open to the elements of nature, a seasonally heated saltwater pool promises to loosen tight muscles and enhance the detoxifying process of massage. With its decadent menu of services guests will feel fully relaxed after a visit to Sea Spa.SERVICE DETAILS:MASSAGEBlonde Ambition: A classic Swedish massage has all the favorite moves to send you to la la landThe Deep End: Those that want us to dive right into those tight spots may prefer to opt for the deep endGenie in a Bottle: Choose the sweet spots, feet, scalp, next, you name we’ll focus on itSea Side: A massage inspired by the essences and gentle movements of the Mediterranean, a sensory experience from head to toe.On the Rocks: Heated basalt stones massage deeply relax tight muscles for the ultimate in relaxationFACIALSExpress: Refreshing 25-minute moisturizing facialYoung Love: Nurture and strengthen delicate skin with this rebalancing facialDrink Up: Quench your skin’s thirst with this nourishing facial that leaves dry, stressed skin silky and softPurity: Clean up your act with algae and clay to deep cleanse impurities in the skinSmooth Operator: Wrinkle reducing formulas of alpha-hydroxy acids and pure collagen work their magic to smooth and plump.Secret Agent: Pearl powder and nature’s brighteners, bearberry and licorice, bring life and luminosity back to the skinDouble Agent: These agents are on night patrol to nourish and calm skinBODY TREATMENTSThe Go-Go Girl Glow: Botanical scrubs combine with sensuous aromatherapy blends and a buttery cream to unveil your silkiest skin everCalm and Cool: Rescue overly sun-kissed skin with a treatment dedicated to calm and restore the skinMediterranean Veggie Wrap: What’s good for you on the inside feels great on the outs. Extracts from a fresh garden are fresh blended to smooth, tone and elasticize the skinSkin Rehab: You won’t find this nut in rehab. Walnut extracts and Kamani oil combine to provide cellular renewal, a barrier to the environment and deep moistureMermaid Secret: Being green never was so easy. Algae and marine sediments give a warm and cool sensation to the body, stimulating circulation and renewing energyMudslide: A rich a creamy thermal Italian mud, applied warm relieve sore muscles and joints, and provides an overall sense of “ahhh”Remodeller: Serious gymnastics for the skin. This active treatment promotes drainage and circulationMANICURESHoney Hibiscus: Moisturizing treatment uses a hydro-active sugar for soft, smooth handsAnti-aging: Active elements such as retinol, lacto and soy proteins repair the look of mature handsLuminous: Real crushed pearl, mulberry, licorice and lemon even skin tone and bring a glowAromatherapy: Select from our ancient oil blends for a scent-sational experience.Lushly Hand: Based on a Polynesian tradition. The ritual includes masking, massage andTreatment Tiare Flower hand balm and polishingPEDICURESMineral Mud: Natural thermal mineral mud treatment from Montecelli, Italy soothes and restores feet and lower legsSea Silk: Sea water, silk powder and Hawaiian Red Seaweed fragrantly renew tired feet and legsLushly Ritual: Based on an ancient Polynesian ritual. Flower petal soak, foot cleanse andTiare shiatsu massageAromatherapy: Select and soak with precious oils from the Orient, India, Arabia or the Mediterranean.THE DETAILSGet Lippy: If your pout needs and little plumping this boost is the fix. Rose and fruit extracts reduce small wrinkles and contours, and plumps your kisserEye Spy: Mask dark circles, lines and stress with a targeted collagen treatmentSea Breeze: Rich in minerals and firming properties makes this an essential to any facialWAXINGOffering Bikini, Brazilian, Full/Half Leg, Under Arm, Full/Half Arm, Chest, Backwww.thechelsea-ac.com
By Tanya DukesPrada Miuccia Prada is one of the best mix masters in fashion, so her most recent collection’s tour of 1940s suits and dresses, outdoorsy countryside chic and punky techno touches was oddly coherent coming from her. Weighty Shetland wool jackets were cinched at the waist over coordinating skirts with up-to-there slits. And a series of dresses in silk jacquard and leather packed a strong, womanly punch. Prada also takes the prize for the most offbeat accessories of the season, including fringed, studded, cracked leather pumps and thigh-high leather waders (no word yet on whether those will actually be waterproof).Dolce & Gabbana Anyone starved for a celebrity presence at Milan’s ready-to-wear shows would find satisfaction at the Dolce & Gabbana show. Freida Pinto, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson brought big screen elegance to a season devoid of A-list lovelies. The designers took their cues from another larger than life inspiration, Elsa Schiaparelli, for their surreal collection of exaggerated silhouettes with flashes of her signature hot pink. The puffed up shoulders the pair favored in their spring collection remain in a revamped, tapered form on dresses that have a spare-no-expense exuberance that had been sorely lacking elsewhere. And their classic corsets showed up in shapely lace dresses.Giuliana Teso It’s hard to imagine any option that’s not available in Giuliana Teso’ encyclopedic inventory of spectacular furs. In particular, the fall collection brimmed with cropped jackets with youthful details like oversized buttons and horizontal panels joined by contrasting stitching. A first from the company is its ski collection. To ensure that the luxe garments could actually perform on the slopes, Guiliana Teso teamed with a performance ski brand that provided high-tech cushioning material to protect vulnerable pressure points and diffuse the force of a fall. In case of a less-than-graceful landing, you’ll look and feel better in Giuliana Teso.Etro You can always count on Etro to inject a flash of the exotic that makes classic, wearable design gloriously covetable. Spicy, shades, block prints, gypsy fringes and glitzy gold python turned straightforward separates and dresses into show pieces. The collection followed the prevailing mix of cropped pants and dresses and skirts that hovered about the knees. Diaphanous silk evening dresses in scrolling lines and paisley reestablished Etro’s place as the preeminent purveyor of luxe bohemian glamour.
LONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has started taking reservations for the ultimate traditional London Christmas for their “Christmas Extravaganza” experience which includes priority arrangements at Harrods ‘Christmas Grotto’, the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concert’, ‘Winter Wonderland Ice-skating’ in glorious Hyde Park, and a helpful gift collection and wrapping service.Guests are invited to spend the festive season in one of the most spectacular buildings of the Victorian era, for a time-honoured English Christmas with all the trimmings, unparalleled warmth, hospitality and service. Furthermore, the hotel’s concierge has created seamless arrangements to the most popular traditional Christmas festivities in the area.Priced from GBP 2525.00, the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ programme includes:• Accommodation for a family of four over three nights in two deluxe inter-connecting rooms, adorned with individual Christmas stockings, festive decorations, a bijou Christmas tree, and festive goodies at turn-down every evening • Full English Breakfast at a family table in The Park restaurant every morning • A Golden Pass to the Harrods Children’s Christmas Grotto between at 12.30 or 1pm on Christmas Eve • Access to the Mandarin Oriental box at the Royal Albert Hall for the Raymond Gubbay ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight’ concert at 7pm on Christmas Eve • Christmas Day Lunch in The Park with a special appearance from Father Christmas and gifts for the children • A family pass to London’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at the magical Winter Wonderland in adjacent Hyde Park • Complimentary porter gift collection for Christmas gifts from nearby Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the surrounding luxury boutiques of KnightsbridgeTerms and conditions:Prices are based on 2 inter-connecting rooms for a 3 night stay arriving 24 December 2008, for 2 adults and 2 children (0-12 years only) including a guaranteed early check-in at 9am and late check out to 4pm. This package is subject to availability and is non-combinable with any other offer or promotion, and excludes 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to arrival. Additional nights are available at prevailing rates.http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/tempting%5Foffers/festive%5Fseasons/Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 235 2000, or through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service, www.mandarinoriental.com. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.
NEW YORK – It was 80 years ago that two international legends were launched: the Academy Awards and The Leading Hotels of the World. To celebrate that mutual milestone, Leading Hotels has drawn on all the adventure, romance and excitement that made the Academy Award-winning classic “Around the World in 80 Days” so memorable to create an Oscar-worthy performance in luxury travel: “Around the World in 80 Ways.”Celebrating eight decades of international hospitality excellence, The Leading Hotels of the World pays homage to this epic film with the creation of an extraordinary journey around the globe. This once-in-a-lifetime offer, which loosely retraces the steps of Phileas Fogg (brilliantly played by legendary actor David Niven) lets travelers recreate the 19th-century around-the-world fantasy experience with 21st-century comfort and flair.In honor of the two notable anniversaries, this dream package debuted in Los Angeles during the 16th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. Arguably the hottest party ticket in town, this star-studded event attracted the industry’s glitterati and helped raise $5.1 million USD for the Foundation.Priced at $1 million USD, the 28-night trip is now available for purchase and begins in London , the starting point for Phileas Fogg’s quest. With private air transportation for the entire itinerary provided by Air Partner, the world’s leading air charter broker, it continues on to Paris, Dubai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Guests will stay in ultra-luxurious Leading hotels and resorts in all 12 destinations along the way, where they will enjoy exotic experiences and unmatched elegance. Although every detail has been richly imagined, components of the trip can naturally be completely customized to suit the specific desires and needs of the guests.Just a few of the elements of this incredible adventure include a camel safari in Dubai, an unforgettable dinner for two at Le Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Tokyo, couture and bespoke wardrobes, and Rolls- Royce Phantom limousine service.Perhaps most rewarding of all, 10 percent of the cost of the program will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“We are very pleased to help orchestrate this effort to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation. While guests of The Leading Hotels of the World are eager to experience luxury travel at its best, they are also strong proponents of philanthropy, and actively seek ways to contribute to the greater good,” said Paul McManus , president and chief executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. “As Leading Hotels marks its 80th anniversary in 2008, it seems especially fitting that our ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’ package celebrates the Golden Age of travel – and the current age of responsible luxury.”Here is a sampling of the highlights of “Around the World in 80 Ways”:London – The RitzA Green Park Suite at The Ritz; arrival and departure in a chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom; dinner for two in The Ritz Restaurant; tickets to an exhibition at the Royal Academy; couple’s treatments in The Ritz Salon; original Isabell Kristensen couture gown created for the lady; Aquascutum trench coat for the gentlemanParis – Hôtel de CrillonA historic suite at Hôtel de Crillon; lunch at Les Ambassadeurs followed by a personal tour with Chef Jean-François Piège of the gastronomic kitchens; limousine excursion through Paris; a gift from Baccarat; dinner at Le Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the City of LightsDubai – Al Maha Desert Resort & SpaThe Presidential Suite at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa; couple’s spa treatments; falconry presentation; camel or horse safari; guided tour of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; intimate dinner in the desert watching gazelles, rare Arabian oryxs and other indigenous species; hot-air balloon ride over the desert; lunch with the resort’s general managerMumbai – The Taj Mahal Palace & TowerThe Rajput Suite with Champagne welcome at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower; personalized shopping tour; cocktails aboard the exclusive Taj yacht on the Arabian Sea; specially prepared dinner in Chef Oberoi’s studio; dinner for two at Wasabi by Morimoto; drinks at the legendary Harbour BarUdaipur – Taj Lake PalaceThe Khush Mahal Suite, the former Queen’s chamber, at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur; vintage car tour of the city; romantic candlelit dinner on the pontoon on Lake Pichola; tour of the palace grounds and Lake PicholaJaipur – Rambagh PalaceThe Prince’s Suite with Champagne welcome at the Rambagh Palace ; transportation in a vintage car; rejuvenation therapies in the tented spa; dinner at Suvarna Mahal; a private visit to the Gem Palace , showcasing the jewels of the Maharaja and MaharaniHong Kong – The Langham HotelThe Premier Suite at The Langham Hotel; unlimited Champagne throughout the stay; helicopter tour of the city; a selection of hand-tailored shirts; lunch for two in T’ang Court; romantic dinner for two at BostonianTokyo – Imperial HotelThe Premier Suite at the Imperial Hotel; traditional Japanese Kaiseki dinner for two; customized tour of Asakusa, including a specially prepared lunch; traditional Japanese tea ceremonyHonolulu – The Kahala Hotel & ResortThe Presidential Suite at The Kahala Hotel & Resort; arrival transfer via limousine; welcome heralded by the Hawaii Symphony Pops Orchestra; Hidden Dragon Banded Jacket by designer Anne Namba; couple’s massage in a spa suite; DolphinQuest experience; dinner with custom tasting menu by the Chef in the hotel’s gazebo; curator’s tour of the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Hawaiiana ExhibitSan Francisco – Campton Place – A Taj HotelLuxury Suite at Campton Place; en suite dinner for eight and in-room movie night following dinner, with additional overnight accommodations in the California Suite; guided limousine tour of the city as seen through Hollywood’s eyes; gift of 25 DVDs of films shot on location in San Francisco; limousine transfer to Vine Cliff vineyard for dinner and wine tasting with vineyard owner; bottle of a rare vintage, etched with winner’s name; case of personally selected fine wines to take homeChicago – Trump International Hotel & TowerA one-bedroom Grand Deluxe Riverview Suite at Trump International Hotel & Tower; round-tip airport transfers in a Rolls Royce Phantom; couple’s massage at The Spa at The Trump; intimate dinner for two at SixteenNew York – The New York Palace HotelA Triplex Suite at The New York Palace Hotel; round-trip airport transportation in the hotel’s Maybach; full day of pampering for two at Cornelia Day Resort; luxury pajamas and robes for him and for her from Donna Nadeau; dinner for four at critically acclaimed Gilt restaurant.www.lhw.com/80waysFor further information on reserving this exceptional package, please contact Jon Londeen, senior vice president, reservations management, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (212) 515-5704.About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing nearly 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of www.lhw.com and www.lhwspas.com – the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 26 major markets across the globe.Since 1928, the company’s reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering 1,500 separate criteria.High-resolution images and press information on individual member hotels are available for downloading at www.lhw.com/press. For reservations and information, visit www.lhw.com or telephone toll-free from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, (800) 223-6800.
by Denise Wong Posted Feb 16, 2018 6:50 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 11:51 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hedley openers drop out of tour, management drops band amid sexual misconduct accusations Summary Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Canadian rockers Hedley say that recent allegations of sexual misconduct are “unsubstantiated.” The band has posted a message on Facebook to address claims of sexual misconduct involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – One of the opening bands on Hedley’s cross-Canada tour has dropped off the bill saying they “can no longer in good conscience” stick with the rockers.The members of Neon Dreams issued a statement saying they understood their decision could impact their careers but they had to “do what we feel is morally right.”The other tour opener, Shawn Hook, said in a statement late Thursday that he was “obviously disheartened” by sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Hedley but would continue “to fulfil my contractual obligations.”Earlier Friday, Hedley’s management team said it had terminated all “business relationships with the band” and the CBC said it was dropping the group’s music from its radio and streaming platforms.The rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.A statement issued by the group calls the allegations “unsubstantiated.”The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band “after careful consideration of the situation.”Wednesday’s move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came shortly after band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans.“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The band said they “respect and applaud the #MeToo movement” and say it is especially important within the music industry, “which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve.”“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.” Related Stories Corus Radio suspends airplay of Hedley in wake of sexual misconduct allegationsFull statement by Hedley on sexual misconduct allegationsHedley taken off Junos program, says sexual misconduct claims ‘unsubstantiated’Vancouver-area band Hedley accused of preying on underage teens Neon Dreams says it decided not to open for Hedley, ‘can no longer in good conscience’ stick with the rockersHedley’s management team said had it terminated all ‘business relationships with the band’ hedley|sexual misconduct
MCLEAN, Va. – Lawyers for actress Rose McGowan say a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.”McGowan faces a preliminary hearing next month in Leesburg after authorities say cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a United flight at Dulles International Airport in January 2017.In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyer Jessica Carmichael says five hours passed between the time McGowan got off the plane and her wallet was found by a cleaning crew.“There is simply no point in time at which the evidence places Ms. McGowan and the cocaine together in the same place,” Carmichael wrote.Carmichael argued the drugs may well have been planted, citing “the underhanded targeting of Ms. McGowan” by Weinstein.“It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” she wrote, citing reports that Weinstein hired private investigators to trail women who had accused him of mistreatment.McGowan was one of the first actresses to accuse the now-disgraced producer of sexual abuse.A spokeswoman for Weinstein did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday night.The motion also seeks dismissal on the technical grounds that drug crimes taking place on an airplane in interstate commerce should be handled in federal court, not state court. Rose McGowan seeks to have drug charge in Virginia tossed FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, actress Rose McGowan speaks at the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit. McGowan’s lawyers said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.” (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) by Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 10:36 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email