-In His Bid for FIFA President: Bility Breaks New Ground

first_imgThings are falling into place for the Musa Bility Campaign with signs pointing to the fact that he is a man to watch in the FIFA Presidential race, come February 2016.Nordic countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Farore Island, Iceland, Finland and Norway have invited the Liberia Football Association President to Copenhagen on 23rd November.On behalf of the Nordic countries the President of the Danish Football Association Jesper Moller personally signed the invite to hear from Musa Bility.The letter dated November 2, reads: “First let me congratulate you on your candidature for the FIFA presidency. It is going to be some interesting months up to the election in February 2016, hopefully with a strong focus on how we can improve the world football, improved governance and transparency.”The interest of Nordic countries as contained in this letter is in sync with the Bility’s mantra for a new order in the affairs of FIFA after the waning Sepp Blatter hegemony.According to (Danish FA President) Jesper Moller: “We would like to invite you to our meeting in order to present our electoral platform and for us to question you about your ambitions, visions and ideas for the future of the FIFA.”Sources close to Team Bility have stated their preparedness to honor the offer in the confidence that Bility will be in the position to make strong impression on the host countries to eventually support his bid based on the quality of his message and track record.”Bility had in a press conference in Monrovia recently stated his desire to ensure that FIFA is no longer a savings bank for self serving officials but if elected promised to share the federation’s resources on an egalitarian basis that would ensure that weaker FAs are empowered to be at par.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2018 is going to be a big year for Crystal Cruises

first_img2018 is going to be a big year for Crystal Cruises, particularly in Australia. For the first time its two ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, will come together in Sydney. The newly refurbished ships will overnight in the harbour on 17 February, and celebrate President & CEO Edie Rodriguez’s vision for four world cruises, finally being realised in the illustrious year.To mark the occasion, Karen Christiansen, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, from Crystal Cruises’ nascent Sydney office, whisked members of the media away on a Sydney Seaplanes jaunt from Rose Bay to hatted restaurant, Cottage Point Inn, on Thursday 24 August. The Crystal Adventures excursion, called ‘Flightseeing Adventure & Riverside Lunch’, was an example of what guests could enjoy during their Sydney sojourn.The unique expedition, taking in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park and the landmarks of Sydney Harbour, must be pre-reserved and is available on Crystal Serenity‘s ‘Pacific Sojourn’ and ‘The Great Barrier Reef & Beyond’ itineraries, and Crystal Symphony‘s ‘Southern Australia & Tasmania’ and ‘New Zealand Explorer’.Guests enjoyed superb nouvelle Australian cuisine, including raw wild kingfish, stretched curd with truffle and jerusalem artichoke, and squid and pippies for entrée and mirror dory, duck breast and wagyu rump cap for main, accompanied by Latta Vino ‘Quartz Bianco’ Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Hentley Farm ‘Poppy’ White Field Blend 2016, Happs ‘I Series’ Pinot Noir 2014 and Mars Needs Shiraz 2014.During the lunch, Karen shared the exciting developments that Crystal has announced since she was first approached by Edie in June last year to open a Sydney office.Within a week, Edie had announced a thrilling brand expansion plan under owner, Genting. These have included the arrival of Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises, the building of a dedicated expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, the launch of Crystal AirCruises (with the B777 Crystal Skye christened at last Virtuoso Travel Week), and the multi-million-dollar refits of both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, the most awarded luxury ships in the world.OceanSymphony is set to debut her revamped look in October, including new penthouse suites, open seating in the main dining room and free Wi-Fi.RiverKaren recently went to Vienna for her first river experience aboard Crystal Mozart, the widest river ship on the Danube (leading to the widest range of dining options). The ship is the only one in the Crystal portfolio not to have been built by scratch, and she has recently been joined by Crystal Bach, the first of four purpose-built river ships planned for the next few years. Crystal Mahler is set to arrive later this year, followed by Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. All suite categories feature butler service, with technology integrated into the experience, including panoramic windows for the effect of a balcony and a pop-up bar on the Vista Deck.YachtThe 62-passenger Crystal Esprit yacht is currently deployed in the West Indies, where her onboard submarine is proving a popular toy. Esprit is also frequently chartered, and will be spending part of next year in the Adriatic between Venice and Dubrovnik.Crystal Endeavor, set to arrive by the end of 2019, will be a 200-passenger polar-rated vessel designed for exploration, fully equipped with all the toys, including a helicopter.AirCrystal Skye is the latest addition to the Crystal family, a Boeing 777 reconfigured to seat only eight passengers. Interest in this new mode of Crystal travelling is already quite strong in the Australian market. A French chef caters for the passengers while travelling, creating a ‘shoreside’ experience with locally sourced ingredients in each destination, including a mid-air high tea. The onboard dining room seats 28 at a time, with the option to dine in the comfort of your large, luxurious, lie-flat seat. “They have not forgotten a thing,” Karen says, citing the inclusions of an onboard bar, noise-cancelling Bose headphones and indulgent amenity kits.last_img read more