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Canterbury Bulldogs off to horror start to NRL season, prompting calls

first_imgPay remains without a win in his short coaching career after the Sydney Roosters sent his Bulldogs back to their kennel with an 18-point loss and their tails between their legs on Friday.The Bulldogs conceded three tries in 38 minutes and never got within striking distance as they allowed Roosters pair James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk to click into gear at their new club.It was the second week in a row Pay’s side gave up 30-plus points, following their heavy defeat to defending premiers Melbourne in their season-opener.Not since the old ‘Berries gave up 93 points in 1971 have the Bulldogs allowed as many points over the opening fortnight of a competition.“It’s becoming frustrating, that’s for sure,” Pay said.Roosters backline stars Blake Ferguson and Latrell Mitchell joined Tedesco in combining for 562 metres, 15 tackle busts, four line breaks and two tries.“In the first half their back five rolled out of their end too easily. We said we were going to try and nullify that, but I just thought we didn’t do a good enough job of that,” Pay said.Pay was also unhappy with their restructured attack, particularly during a crucial 10-minute period in the first half when the Roosters had forward Isaac Liu in the sin bin.Pay was left to rue the bunker’s decision to overturn a Marcelo Montoya try due to an obstruction, but was otherwise unimpressed by their play with the ball.“We’ve worked hard in the off-season with how we want to attack and we didn’t get that on tonight, so that side’s frustrating as well,” he said.Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson refused to use the daunting task of facing the Storm and Roosters first up as an excuse.“It doesn’t matter who they are, 30 points isn’t good enough,” he said.“If we want to be there in September we’ve got to match it with every team in the competition, regardless of how good of a footy team they are. Very disappointing in that aspect.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Established leader of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEstablished leader of the five-star boutique segment, Epoque is the first hotel in Romania to become a member of Relais & Châteaux.Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 550 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. Member properties are defined by flawless service, exceptional gastronomy and a singular expression of the “art de vivre” concept. Relais & Châteaux’s vision is to protect and champion the richness and diversity of the hospitality tradition, promoting “l’Art de vivre” as the 10th art.Epoque is a boutique hotel with a concept on the local market, which brings together all the attributes of a de luxe experience: suite-only lodging facilities with ample living and bedroom areas, a fine dining restaurant, a state-of-the-art SPA and a premium Conference & Events Centre.Signing “Retreat in the heart of the city”, Epoque promises an exclusive haven of serenity in the heart of the busy metropolis. The façade proposes classical French architecture, a tribute to Bucharest’s “petit Paris” age. The interior evokes a more personal experience, unveiling a contemporary interpretation of the Neo-Romanian style, the local architecture of the first half of the XIXth century, and integrating national motifs within signature decors.Relais & Châteaux is a collection of powerful individuals who share the same vision and enthusiasm, but also the rigour and tradition of hospitality. “Hoteliers must speak from the heart” was the recommendation of the founders of Relais & Châteaux over 60 years ago; it still rings true today.Similarly, at Epoque there’s a genuine desire for authenticity and sincerity, fostering warm, generous and welcoming service. “Epoque aims to spoil and surprise each guest with tailor-made experiences during every stay. We are happy to welcome them in the Relais & Châteaux family”, said Johan Creytens, area delegate for Benelux, Eastern Europe & Scandinavia at Relais & Châteaux.“We are absolutely delighted to become a member of Relais & Châteaux and to announce Epoque’s affiliation to the most prestigious hospitality association in the world. The invitation to join honoured and thrilled us, especially since we feel in perfect alignment with the mission and values of Relais & Châteaux. As a passionate hotelier, I have followed their activity closely and admired their unique mission to not only promote excellence in hospitality, but also to be defined by l’art de vivre. l’Art de vivre is at the core of Epoque’s philosophy, while each step in our development is the expression of the same mission: to offer our guests exceptional experiences of cuisine and hospitality,” declared Diana Popescu, owner & CEO Epoque Hotel.The Relais & Châteaux affiliation procedure is thoroughly complex, including over 300 criteria of analysis, which are structured according to the association’s essential values: Local focus, showing that each establishment is the living embodiment of a place, and its history, environment and culture; sharing, proving that the head of each establishment transmits his/her passion to patrons and staff; commitment, actively contributing to build on the history of hospitality and cuisine; humanity, each establishment endeavours to respect the people who participate in the life and culture of the place.The stages of the affiliation process are: identification of candidates and multiple evaluations of the commissions of inspectors, anonymous quality audits, the reviews of 5C guests club, assessment by the central quality department in Paris and the vote of the Board. Out of approximately 120 properties inspected annually, only a quarter becomes a member of Relais & Châteaux at the end of the selection process.Member benefits include: access to the Relais & Châteaux specific client segment, central reservations system, a recruitment platform to help attract the best candidates for members’ staffing needs, Relais & Châteaux Academy training in person or online, access to the communication infrastructure of the Relais & Châteaux brand.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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