Montreal Impact sack Garde, hire Cabrera

first_imgThe Montreal Impact have announced that head coach Remi Garde has been sacked, with former Houston Dynamo boss Wilmer Cabrera replacing him.Garde has the Impact currently in the seventh and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, with the club holding a record of 10 wins, 13 losses and four draws. “Because I have so much respect for Remi as a person and as a professional, it was a very difficult decision to make and it was well thought, but our latest series of failures in the past couple of months and the way the team acts on the field led to that change,” Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore said in a club release. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We hope to bring back confidence to this group of players for the last stretch of the season, to get a playoff spot and to perform in the Canadian Championship final.”Garde, who has also managed Lyon and Aston Villa, was named Impact manager in November 2017. In the 2018 season, his first in charge of Montreal, Garde led the team to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference which, based on the playoff format last year, was the final spot out of the postseason.Overall, Garde led the Impact to a record of 24 wins, 29 losses and eight draws in MLS regular season action.In Garde’s place comes Cabrera, who was only fired by Houston last week. Under Cabrera, the Dynamo struggled in 2019 after a hot start, and the Colombian couldn’t survive a run of two wins, 11 losses and one draw in the Dynamo’s 14 matches leading up to his firing. Overall, Cabrera posted a record of 32 wins, 39 losses and 22 draws in MLS play as head coach of the Dynamo.The Impact also announced that assistant coach Wilfried Nancy and goalkeeper coach Remy Vercoutre will remain with the club, while Patrice Bernier will also join as an assistant coach.Meanwhile, assistant coach Joel Bats and fitness coach Robert Duverne will not remain with the Impact. Montreal became the sixth MLS club to sack their head coach this season, following FC Cincinnati (Alan Koch), Colorado Rapids (Anthony Hudson), New England Revolution (Brad Friedel), Real Salt Lake (Mike Petke) and the Dynamo.last_img read more

New Crystal on Broadway Voyages Take Center Stage in 2020

first_imgCrystal Cruises brings award-winning talent from the Great White Way to its stages MIAMI, September 30, 2019 – Building on the tremendous feedback and enthusiasm from its guests, Crystal Cruises is announcing 20 new “Crystal on Broadway” theme cruises to its 2020 voyage roster. On 10 worldwide sailings each, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will welcome to their stages Broadway stars, and on some occasions, choreographers, directors, costume designers and other talented artists and professionals from Broadway. The programming is presented through Crystal’s exclusive partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum, whose more than 25-year career in stage and theater includes credits for Rent, Motown: The Musical, West Side Story, In the Heights, Something Rotten! and the upcoming stage musical adaptations of Mrs. Doubtfire and The Devil Wears Prada.  McCollum and his creative team debuted two original songs from Mrs. Doubtfire aboard Crystal Serenity earlier this year. “The caliber of talent and star power featured on Crystal on Broadway voyages is truly impressive and we are happy to offer guests the world-class entertainment of Broadway no matter where in the world they are,” said Keith Cox, Crystal’s vice president of entertainment. “The performers and insiders that grace our stages for these programs are true experts in their crafts, with stories and perspectives that are as entertaining as their performances and presentations.” During the Crystal on Broadway voyages, guests are treated to varied selections of elaborate stage productions, solo acts, Q&A sessions and entertaining presentations from special guests. The programming perfectly complements Crystal’s own marquee of showstopping productions. Crystal on Broadway, The Show, featuring songs from the hit musicals Rent, Something Rotten! and West Side Story, debuted aboard both ships following their recent redesigns, while intimate piano performances in Avenue Saloon, dancing and music in the Stardust and Starlite clubs and an array of vocalists, string musicians and pianists in The Cove offer guests an abundance of choices each evening. Crystal Symphony’s 2020 Crystal on Broadway voyages include: January 5, “Golden Pacific Paragons,” round-trip San Diego June 7, “Joie de Vivre et Jardins,” Lisbon to London June 19, “North Cape Brilliance,” London to Copenhagen July 14, “Tsars & Scandinavian Splendor,” Stockholm to London July 25, “British Isles Brilliance,” round-trip London August 8, “Royal Military Tattoo & Norwegian Fjords,” London to Amsterdam August 19, “European Cultural Canvas,” Amsterdam to Barcelona September 1, “Masterpieces of the Mediterranean,” Barcelona to Venice September 11, “Adriatic & Greek Isles Rendezvous,” Venice to Athens October 11, “Monumental Holy Lands,” Barcelona to Athens Crystal Serenity’s 2020 Crystal on Broadway voyages include: May 22, “Marvels of the Mediterranean,” Barcelona to Rome September 28, “North American Treasures,” Québec City to New York City October 6, “Cultural Treasures & Natural Wonders,” New York City to Québec City October 14, “Autumn in the Maritimes,” Québec City to New York City October 22, ���Fall Foliage Sojourn,” New York City to Québec City November 12, “Tropical Island Tapestry,” round-trip Miami December 2, “Tropical Serenade,” round-trip Miami December 9, “Island Discoveries,” Miami to San Juan December 16, “Caribbean Kaleidoscope,” San Juan to Miami December 23, “Holidays in the Caribbean,” round-trip Miami  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won “Cruise Line of the Year” and “Most Luxurious Guest Experience” by Virtuoso for 2018 & 2019. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.  For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page; @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram; @crystalrivercruises on Instagram; and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises, #crystalrivercruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.last_img read more

Eat less meat Hollywoods James Cameron invests in Saskatchewan pea plant

VANSCOY, Sask. — Oscar-winning Hollywood director James Cameron was in the heart of the Prairies Monday, pushing protein from plants and suggesting people eat less meat or dairy.Cameron and his wife, former actor Suzy Amis Cameron, are investing in an organic pea-processing plant in Vanscoy, a village southwest of Saskatoon.The couple has formed Verdient Foods to handle 160,000 tonnes of organic pea protein.He said Monday that it’s a wise business move to be in the plant protein sector as eating habits change.“I’m sympathetic to all farmers. My grandfather’s farm where I spent my summers was a small diversified farm, but he had his dairy herd and I grew up milking cows,” said Cameron, who was born in Ontario.“But what medical science and environmental science is showing us now, that collectively, globally, we’ve got to eat a lot less meat and consume a lot less dairy simply because of the efficiency of getting protein off of an acre of land … So if we’re going to feed the world as the population grows toward, call it nine billionish, we need to change our consumption patterns and that’s already happening.”He said animal agriculture heavily pollutes waterways and the air, “and frankly we can live without it — we won’t, so those guys are safe for a while.”“But it’s very important for us … as a civilization (to) shift our focus to that expanding wedge of plant-based proteins,” he said.“I tried not to throw them (cattle producers) under the bus. I think they got a little under the bus, but at least I didn’t back over them four or five times like I would if I had two or three beers.”The director behind the blockbuster movies “Titanic” and “Avatar” said he and his wife initially came to Saskatchewan to look at doing some organic farming and got turned onto the business opportunity.Amis Cameron, who is an environmental advocate, said they started exploring the idea of a pulse-processing plant three years ago. She said she was amazed by how “progressive” Saskatchewan was the first time she stepped foot in the province.“Both of us are so excited about working here for years to come, decades to come, with smart, conscientious, innovative people who care about the Earth,” she said.Cameron said that once fully operational, the plant will become the largest organic pea protein facility in North America.The aim is to develop value-added organic food products that will be produced by Canadian and global companies using ingredients from the Verdient plant.The Camerons have also entered into a four-year research contract with the non-profit Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre.They plan to work with Saskatchewan farmers in a mentorship program that is profitable and keeps younger generations of Canadian farmers engaged in organic farming.Cameron wouldn’t reveal how much money the couple has invested in the pea plant, but said “it’s big, but we believe more than worth it or we’d be dumb.”“Movies come and go and they’re relatively quickly forgotten, but this is something that’s lasting … we also see it as just the start of a bigger vision for the development of food products.” read more