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News: Hurley takes up sales leadership role with Rotana

Rotana has announced the appointment of industry veteran Declan Hurley as its new corporate vice president of sales. With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Hurley has demonstrated both his leadership skills and passion for driving high-performing teams by achieving excellent business results. Hurley joins Rotana from The Ritz-Carlton, where he was vice president, international sales office for the Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. In his new role at Rotana, Hurley will be in charge of developing and executing strategies to maximise the company’s sales and…

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Woakes takes six wickets on day one of England's final Ashes warm-up

Tour match, Townsville (day one of four) Cricket Australia XI 249-9: Short 51, Woakes 6-54, Overton 2-32 England: Yet to bat Scorecard Chris Woakes took six wickets as England were made to field all day by a Cricket Australia XI in their final Ashes warm-up match. Woakes (6-54) took four wickets for eight runs either side of lunch to help reduce CA XI to 118-5, but the hosts stubbornly reached 249-9 at the close. England dropped three catches and their bowlers sometimes struggled with length on day one of the…

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Hamilton starts from back after crash as Bottas takes pole

Lewis Hamilton crashed out of Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying on his first lap and will start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas won a battle for pole with Hamilton’s former title rival Sebastian Vettel. The new world champion lost control of his Mercedes at the fast and difficult Ferradura/Laranjha double right-hand corner. It was the first significant mistake Hamilton has made all season. Media playback is not supported on this device F1 ‘needs to do more’ after Mercedes robbery Robert Kubica set for…

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The Costume Institute Takes on Catholicism

The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is stepping into the religious fray. The title of the department’s blockbuster 2018 fashion exhibition will be “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Stretching across three galleries — the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval rooms in the Met on Fifth Avenue and the Cloisters — and approximately 58,600 square feet, it will feature 50 or so ecclesiastical garments and accessories on loan from the Vatican, multiple works from the Met’s own collection of religious art and 150 designer garments…

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Sia takes on paparazzi by posting her own naked photo

Sia Furler has responded to an apparent attempt by paparazzi to sell naked pictures of her by posting one of them herself on Twitter. The Australian singer-songwriter is known for being secretive about her life, including what she looks like. She regularly hides her face under masks and wigs. Sia tweeted a blurry photo of the back a naked woman, accompanied by the words: “Save your money, here it is for free. Every day is Christmas!” The picture has a watermark from a photo agency and a message saying there…

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News: Qatar Airways takes $662m stake in Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways has entered into an agreement to purchase an amount of 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific Airways, being approximately 9.61 per cent of the total issued share capital. Completion of the transaction is expected to take place later today in Hong Kong. Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is very pleased to complete its financial investment in Cathay Pacific. “Cathay Pacific is a fellow oneworld member and is one of the strongest airlines in the world, respected throughout the industry and with massive potential…

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News: Dukes Dubai takes top World Travel Awards title

Dukes Dubai has taken the title of Middle East’s Leading New Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The trophy was presented at the Armani Hotel Dubai during a glittering red-carpet Middle East Gala Ceremony. The five-star hotel, which opened its doors in March this year, beat off strong competition from other leading hotels across the GCC to lift the award at a glittering ceremony in the Armani Hotel, Dubai. Dukes Dubai general manager, Tristan de la Porte du Theil, said: “It is a huge honour to receive this award,…

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