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Ireland must now face Italy in Chicago, then Argentina, New Zealand and the USA in Dublin without British and Irish Lions and Munster scrum-half Murray.
Reported by MailOnline 2 hours ago.
Reported by RIA Nov. 1 hour ago.
Intimate supper club to debut in November following the luxury ship’s redesign
Miami, FL, Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Crystal Cruises announced it would debut a new Supper Club experience on Crystal Serenity when she emerges from dry dock on November 10. The Stardust Supper Club combines the impeccable culinary experience and style for which Crystal is known with the glamourous vibe found in dining concepts of a different era. Set in the ship’s Stardust Club, the supper club will be offered on the first and final “Black Tie Optional”* evenings of voyages beginning with cruises of eight days or more.
“The Stardust Supper Club highlights the music and vibe of the exclusive clubs of the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin heyday, and perfectly complements the elegance of a formal evening aboard Crystal ships,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “In keeping with our commitment to offer guests choices to make the Crystal Experience their own, this new dining and entertainment experience is an intimate alternative to the grand occasions found in the Crystal Dining Room, which will be transformed into Waterside during the redesign.”
Guests will enjoy a four-course menu of select Waterside favorites as they dine to performances by Crystal Serenity’s Show Band and featured vocalists. In between performances, musicians will provide non-stop music throughout dinner, while the ship’s Ballroom Dance Quartet takes to the floor to perform a couple of spotlight dances including one during dessert and coffee service where guests can join in on the dancing.
The Stardust Supper Club will accommodate up to 108 guests per evening, with reservations available upon embarkation with the restaurant manager aboard the ship. At a later date, reservations can be made via Crystal’s Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC). Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. giving guests ample time to dine and dance before the night’s 9:15 production show begins in the Galaxy Lounge.
Crystal Serenity will sail from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale on November 10 for her first voyage after completing her extensive redesign. With an aim to elevate the onboard guest experience by expanding the space and choices that have been a part of the company’s credo since its inception, the award-winning ship is seeing a transformation of accommodations, dining options, technological advancements and public spaces.
Part of her transformation includes a new look for the Stardust Club – a long favored central hub for bridge groups, enrichment speakers and nighttime dancing and drinks. A new dance floor, lighting, bar finishes, and refreshed décor is featured, as well as several enhancements behind the scenes to the overall entertainment experience.
Additionally, during the dry dock the Crystal entertainment team is installing a new Broadway-style production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show featuring songs from the hit musicals Rent, Something Rotten! and West Side Story.
Open seating dining will debut aboard Crystal Serenity, allowing guests to dine at their leisure with whom and where they choose affording more flexibility for evening activities and entertainment. While the dining concept has evolved, the Michelin-style cuisine and exceptional service remain. The Crystal Dining Room will be transformed into Waterside, with an increased seating capacity with more tables for two and four, and new décor and finishes. Silk Road will be re-branded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar and will continue to serve Nobu’s famous signature dishes prepared by his trained and hand-picked chefs. Tastes will become Silk Kitchen & Bar serving Chinese comfort food; and Lido Café becomes The Marketplace in the daytime and Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse, in the evening. Prego, Crystal’s Italian restaurant, will continue to serve guest-favorite regional specialties of Italy.
The ship is also receiving 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites effectively reducing the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board remains the same.
Crystal Serenity’s Palm Court, a favorite spot on board for gatherings of all sorts, will see a dramatic transformation with more intimate seating. The lounge will receive new finishes, carpeting and more tables for two including a combination of cocktail tables and chairs, dramatic wingback chairs with footstools, sofas and coffee tables. The stage will be removed and relocated in an “in-the-round” concept along with a new modernized bar area.
The ship’s spacious enrichment facilities are also undergoing a redesign. The Computer University@Sea and adjoining classroom, as well as the multi-purpose Studio will receive new carpeting; seating and equipment, along with 70-inch TVs further enhancing the robust programming offered through Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute and Crystal Visions Lecture Series.
*Black Tie Optional evenings are based on itinerary. Eight to 10-day itineraries may have up to one Black Tie Optional evening; 11- to 16-day voyages have two Black Tie Optional evenings; and World, Grand, Holiday, Crossings and voyages of 17 days or more may have additional Black Tie Optional evenings depending on the cruise, special events and occasions, etc.
The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for four years (2014-2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
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Juventus are ready to battle Chelsea to sign teen star Sandro Tonali, according to reports in Italy. The 18-year-old wonderkid has shone for Brescia in Serie B this season and he is now expected to move clubs in the summer. Chelsea are tracking the midfielder, who has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, and […]
Reported by talkSPORT 1 hour ago.
MILAN (AP) — The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons — believed to […]
Reported by Seattle Times 21 minutes ago.
MILAN (AP) — The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79.The director...
Reported by New Zealand Herald 45 minutes ago.
In straightforward terms, the issue is that Italian government wants to spend far more money on various benefits payments and government programmes than it takes in in taxes.
Reported by MailOnline 25 minutes ago.
Italy's economy minister Giovanni Tria recently crossed the wires saying that he was surprised by the EU's rejection of the budget. "Some of the analysis was superficial," Tria added, as reported by Reuters.
· Government thinks the budget is correct, sees no reasons to present EU with a new one.
· 2.4% deficit/GDP target in 2019 is "ceiling".
· If tomorrow we see a repeat of the 2008 crisis, we will make changes to the budget. Reported by FXstreet.com 27 minutes ago.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that European Union sanctions against Russia had to come to an end, but declined to say if his government was ready to veto any further rollover of the economic curbs.
Reported by Reuters 9 minutes ago.
· *EUR/USD has been hit hard ahead of the ECB meeting tomorrow, falling from a high of 1.1476 to a low of 1.1379.*
· *EUR/USD has been suffering due to a mix of poor data, technicals and ongoing political angst between Brexit to Italy. *
· *The greenback is also catching a bid due to the positive US data and markets continue to back the buck due to the divergence between the US economy and Central Banks.*
· *ECB to leave policy on hold – TDS*
First of all, we are in a volatile environment, and the divergence between US equities and the rest of the global equity market looks set to narrow. Markets behave with a herd mentality and can be fickle for that reason, but the bull market in the US is running out of backers all of a sudden. It has been well telegraphed from many years that the Fed is on a tightening path and were reducing their balance sheet. However, it is only now that the complacent bulls of this market have suddenly woken up and have not only smelt the coffee but have downed cups of it and are now fully charged and sprinting to the exits.
The knock on effect is weighing on market sentiment. As a proxy to risk, the euro is suffering partly because of risk sentiment, but also it is carrying the burden a troubled eurozone project with the likes of Greece, Brexit and the Italian budget all playing their role in the longer term decline in the single currency.
The latest from Italy is that the Italian Economic Minister, Tria, has said that the Italian budget is correct and he sees no reason to present a new budget to the EU. This follows yesterday's news that Conte says Italy won’t accept substantial changes to the budget - "There is no plan B on the 2019 budget".
The implications of this egregious rhetoric from Italy, considering that the European Union has demanded unprecedented changes to bring the country into line with its spending rules, put the country’s populist government on a collision course with Brussels as its spending targets far exceed EU limits.
Just as Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters in Strasbourg yesterday, "Europe is built on cooperation. The euro area is built on strong bonds of trust." If Italy starts to break these bonds of trust and while Britain is adamant of leaving, Greece as being a ticking time bomb as well, (recently advised by the
Greece debt crisis veteran, Yanis Varoufakis, to quit the euro), then who is next to challenge the office of bureaucrats in Brussels?
· *ECB to leave policy on hold – TDS*
As for the ECB, no changes are expected and nor to its forward guidance on monetary policy following tomorrow’s Governing Council meeting. What markets are looking for is whether their views on the economic outlook and risks have worsened considering the amount of recent turmoil in Chines markets, the latest Wall Street rout, trade angst, political angst and the list goes on ...
Nick Kounis & Aline Schuiling, economists at ABN AMRO, think that core inflation will undershoot ECB forecasts against the background of slack in the eurozone labour market as a whole and relatively moderate economic growth. They warned that the risks to the economic outlook are to the downside.
"Our base case is that the ECB will raise its deposit rate by 10bp in December of next year, taking it to -0.3%. The risks are skewed towards the later."
With respect to the divergence between the Fed and the ECB, the economists argued that by the end of next year, Fed rate hikes will be behind us, and US economic growth will be slowing - "The ECB may then be in a position to deal with significant euro strength if it were to move too quickly. We, therefore, think financial markets are too aggressive in their current pricing."
If you add all of these risks up and then consider the US current economic divergence and Central Bank rate paths, it would indeed seem that the Bears just bought a ticket for the fast train on the way to 1.13 the figure.
· *EUR/USD Technical Analysis: Euro hammered down to monthly lows as 1.1400 becomes the new battleground*
· Support levels: 1.1375 1.1330 1.1300
· Resistance levels: 1.1430 1.1470 1.1510
*Valeria Bednarik*, Cheif Analyst at FXStreet explained that the EUR/USD pair accelerated once it broke 1.1430, its former October low, and has now little in the way toward 1.1300, the yearly low posted mid-August:
"The pair recovered some pips after bottoming at 1.1378 but maintains a strong bearish stance according to technical readings in the 4 hours chart, as the decline accelerated after multiple failed attempts to overcome its 20 SMA. The Momentum indicator maintains its sharp downward slope while the RSI also heads south within oversold levels, maintaining the risk lean to the downside despite the ongoing bounce." Reported by FXstreet.com 13 minutes ago.
Italy centre Michele Campagnaro will leave Exeter Chiefs on 31 October after three years at the club.
Reported by BBC Sport 13 minutes ago.
But a Rome rescue package that half solves the problem would leave too high a burden
Reported by FT.com 11 minutes ago.
MILAN (AP) — With the rugby World Cup less than a year away, Italy captain Sergio Parisse knows that the November tests have an added significance for everyone.The Azzurri travel to the United States to play Ireland in Chicago on...
Reported by New Zealand Herald 9 minutes ago.
Naval Group and Fincantieri join forces despite souring relations between countries
Reported by FT.com 4 minutes ago.
This picture of ordinary Italians sending innocent people to their deaths is controversial in Italy because it undermines a popular image of Italians as unusually humane.
Reported by Brisbane Times 4 hours ago.
Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, is now responding to questions from the press with key quotes, via Reuters, found below.
· Monetary union remains fragile.
· I'd be surprised if we were to use a different concept than the capital key.
· Still confident that good common sense solution will be found for Brexit that reduces financial stability risk.
*ECB leaves benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0%, reduces monthly QE to €15 billion.*
At its monetary policy meeting held today, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to leave the interest rates on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40%, respectively.
*EUR/USD moves to session highs near 1.1430 on Draghi.*
The single currency manages to keep the bid tone intact on Thursday, with EUR/USD navigating the area above the 1.1400 handle.
*About Mario Draghi*
The European Central Bank's president Mario Draghi was born in 1947 in Rome, Italy. Graduated of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Draghi became the president of the European Central Bank in 2011. As part of his job in the Governing Council he gives press conferences in the back of how the ECB observes the current European economy. President's comments may determine positive or negative the Euro's trend in the short-term. Usually, if he shows a hawkish outlook, that is seen as positive (or bullish) for the EUR, while a dovish is seen as negative (or bearish). Reported by FXstreet.com 5 hours ago.
The European Central Bank kept policy unchanged as expected on Thursday, staying on course to claw back unprecedented stimulus even as the growth outlook continues to darken and political turmoil in Italy looms large over the currency bloc.
Reported by Reuters India 4 hours ago.
· *ECB leaves rates unchanged as expected.*
· *Draghi says the monetary union is fragile.*
· *US Dollar Index advances to 10-week highs above 96.50.*
After rising to a daily high of 1.1432 during the first half of the ECB president Mario Draghi's press conference, the EUR/USD pair lost its traction and quickly retraced its upside to touch its lowest level since August 17 at 1.1370. As of writing, the pair was trading at 1.1385, losing 0.06% on a daily basis.
As expected, the ECB decided to leave its policy rate unchanged and reduced monthly QE purchases to $15 billion until the end of the year. While delivering his prepared comments, Draghi recognized the weak data but said that they were still expecting the underlying inflation to pick up towards the end of the year. Responding to questions about the situation in Italy, Draghi said that the monetary union was fragile to trigger a euro sell-off.
On the other hand, today's data from the United States showed that durable goods orders increased by 0.8% in September to beat the analysts estimate for a 0.9% decline by a wide margin. Other data revealed that the trade deficit rose to $76.04 billion from $75.83 billion in August. Boosted by the data and the shift of market demand from euro to the buck, the US Dollar Index rose to its highest level in 10 weeks at 94.60 and was last seen up 0.2% on the day at 95.56.
Later in the session, FOMC members Clarida and Mester are scheduled to deliver speeches. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas will publish its regional manufacturing report.
*Technical levels to consider*
The initial support for the pair aligns at 1.1370/65 (daily low/Aug. 17 low) ahead of 1.1325 (Aug. 14 low) and 1.1300 (Aug. 15 low). On the upside, resistances could be seen at 1.1430 (daily high), 1.1480 (Oct. 24 high) and 1.1500/05 (psychological level/20-DMA). Reported by FXstreet.com 4 hours ago.
Claire Foy is picture perfect as she hits the red carpet ahead of The Girl In The Spider’s Web special screening held during the 2018 Rome Film Fest at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica on Wednesday (October 24) in Rome, Italy. The 34-year-old actress was joined at the event by her co-stars Sylvia Hoeks, Andreja [...]
Reported by Just Jared 3 hours ago.
ROME (AP) — Italian police have detained three suspects, all immigrants, in the slaying of a teenage girl who was drugged, gang-raped and left in an abandoned building in Rome that is known as a center for drug dealing. Authorities said on Thursday that the suspects, two Senegalese citizens and one Nigerian, were being held […]
Reported by Seattle Times 3 hours ago.