After a full two years of idling rooms, dwindling guests, and shrinking services, hotels across Asia are turning on the fairy lights once again. Returning guests gratefully collapsing at the altar of this renewed five-star devotion would do well to examine the miracles of 2022 with a healthily jaundiced eye. As with the nouvelle cuisine trap, the art of the restart revolves around the promise rather than any proffered tangibles. That one buttered pea rolling around your expensive bone china plate in an orgy of solitary ecstasy and the boast of a brand marquee that excites smartphone shutters, is considered enough to silence any dissenting murmurs. But we do recall that 500-thread count linen in finest Egyptian cotton, the Bose surround sound, the Carrara marble that moans, “prego” every time you step on it with calloused feet, and the butler service (to turn on your taps): “I know naathing... I’m from Barthelona.” Well, perhaps we might do the flamenco as someone explains to me … [Read more...] about The disappearing hotel: Where has all the service – and the butter – gone?
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Stunning dishes, a gruelling competition and witty John Torode and Gregg Wallace - MasterChef has all the ingredients for a recipe to success. While sitting on our sofas at home, it's easy to end up starving as people whip up delicious meals in what seems like seconds. But is the MasterChef experience all it seems? Former MasterChef semi-finalist Liz Cottam , who appeared in series 12, has shared how the show really works. She now runs three restaurants with a 67-strong team and predicted revenues of £3.2M for the year ahead. But in 2016, she bravely went on MasterChef - and has shared how the gruelling process works - with contestants filming their tasks at the crack of dawn. Liz said: "It was pretty awful, I put so much pressure on myself to win, that was the only thing I wanted. "I just wanted to cook things that I was super proud of and I enjoyed cooking and that was stuff that was fairly advanced for an amateur cook. Get the news you want straight to … [Read more...] about ‘I was on MasterChef – contestants have a secret FB group and there’s a strict suitcase rule’
The Aurora city manager fired the city’s police chief Wednesday, saying he had general concerns about her leadership and that areas of the department needed “refocused attention.” The decision follows weeks of speculation as to the future of Chief Vanessa Wilson, who took over the leadership of the Aurora Police Department in 2020 as it careened through a series of high-profile controversies under its former chief. Wilson pledged to restore community trust in the department and implement reforms, even as the agency was thrust into the national spotlight following the death of Elijah McClain during a violent arrest by Aurora police. But she faced growing criticism and pressure as an increasing number of officers left the department and crime in the city spiked. “It is clear that Chief Wilson has prioritized community involvement,” City Manager Jim Twombly said in a news release announcing her firing. “However, the police chief also needs to effectively manage the … [Read more...] about Aurora fires police Chief Vanessa Wilson; chief was subject of “smear campaign,” her attorney says
Click here to read the full article. Sidley Austin , a law firm with offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific, is going big on sports law. Our sister site Sportico has learned that Charles “Chuck” Baker and Irwin Raij , most recently co-chairs of O’Melveny & Myers’ sports industry group, are joining Sidley as co-chairs of its Entertainment, Sports and Media industry group. The move will bring expertise in ownership transactions, stadium construction, media rights and international deal making. Baker has negotiated on behalf of buyers and sellers of pro teams. He counseled David Tepper in the billionaire’s purchase of the Carolina Panthers and has advised Arctos Sports Partners when the group acquired ownership stakes in NBA and NHL teams. Baker also represents Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly , an investor in the Los Angeles Lakers who has agreed to purchase Chelsea FC, and he negotiated on behalf of Kevin Durant when the Brooklyn Nets star … [Read more...] about Charles Baker and Irwin Raij Join Sidley Austin as Co-Chairs of Entertainment, Sports and Media Industry Group
As the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial continues, both sides continue to present scathing evidence against the other. The former married couple returned to the Fairfax County court in Virginia on Monday , May 16 for day 16 of the trial. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in loss of earnings after Heard wrote a 2018 op-ed stating she was the survivor of domestic abuse. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his team has argued the insinuation resulted in extensive financial losses and damaged his profitability as an actor. The trial began on April 11 and Depp's legal team has already mounted their case, calling on witness testimony and physical evidence to show that Depp was the wronged party. Heard's team began their making case to the jury on May 4 and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks. As the trial continues, here is six pieces of evidence presented in the trial so far which could be damning for Amber Heard. 1. Audio of Heard … [Read more...] about The 6 most explosive pieces of evidence against Amber Heard so far
C ongratulations to Jake Daniels , the Blackpool FC player who has come out as gay aged 17, becoming the first active male player to come out at the top of the British male game since Justin Fashanu , who tragically took his own life in 1998. Conversations have spiralled for decades about why male footballers haven’t come out when statistically there are obviously gay men playing – and by contrast, the women’s team is replete with “out” players. Daniels becoming the first openly gay professional player in 30 years should be rightly praised, but questions remain: namely, why has it taken so long? In many ways, football feels like the last bastion of sexual intolerance; the last sport where you can’t say you’re gay, even though rugby, cricket and swimming have all had openly gay players for years. And while not enough praise can be heaped on Daniels for coming out, the reality of the scale of representation at the top of the Premier League is woeful. While football … [Read more...] about Jake Daniels is a hero – more LGBT+ football players should follow suit
PA SPORT BIRTHDAYS Olga Korbut (gymnastics) – Soviet gymnast who won three gold medals and a silver at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, born 1955. Steve Lewis (athletics) – American 400 metres track athlete who won three Olympic golds and one silver, born 1969. Gabriela Sabatini (tennis) – Argentinian who won the US Open in 1990 by beating Steffi Graf, born 1970. Phil Clarke (rugby league) – Former Wigan and Great Britain forward, born 1971. Recommended Moscow makes fresh warning of retaliation against Finland over Nato ‘Computer says no’: Sunak blames ageing IT for not hiking benefits Michael Withers (rugby league) – Former Bradford and Wigan full-back, born 1976. Dirk Nannes (cricket) – Former Australia and Holland pace bowler, who had spells with Middlesex, Nottinghamshire and Somerset, born 1976. Andy Keogh (soccer) – Former Wolves and Republic of Ireland striker, now at Australian club Perth Glory, born 1986. Grigor Dimitrov … [Read more...] about PA sport trivia (16/05/2022)