Anthony Martial is aware of the pressure which accompanies being Manchester United’s No.9 and says he is ready to embrace it as he seeks to add more ugly goals to a collection of “beautiful” ones.The Frenchman filled an iconic shirt upon arriving at Old Trafford, only to then see it passed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku.It was returned in his direction over the summer as a Belgium international striker was offloaded to Serie A giants Inter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Martial started the 2019-20 brightly enough, recording two goals in as many appearances, but has not been seen since August 24 due to a niggling thigh complaint.United have struggled for an attacking spark in his absence and, ahead of a potential return to action against Liverpool, the 23-year-old says he is ready to become a leading man.He told the Red Devils’ official magazine: “Now that I’ve taken the No. 9 shirt back once again, all he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] has said to me is that I have a lot of responsibility and that I have to score goals, so that’s what I am trying to do.”Martial has made a habit of netting spectacular efforts during his four seasons in England, but he is aware of the need to record a few more scrappier ones if he is to become a fearsome central striker.He added: “We all prefer beautiful goals but, at the end of the day, a goal is still a goal.”So, if I could score 30 goals like I scored in the game against Chelsea, I would take that right now!”I guess I have tended to score quite nice goals and so, if I managed to score more of this kind of goal, in addition to the more spectacular ones, then I’d end up with a much higher goals total come the end of the season.”Martial’s first goal for United, which came on his debut back in September 2015, was a memorable solo effort against Liverpool and he will be hoping for more of the same if he does make Solskjaer’s starting XI on Sunday. “My favourite goal still has to be the one against Liverpool,” he said. “It was my first game and I was still discovering Old Trafford for the first time.“It was a really magnificent goal and, more importantly, it meant that we went on to win the game. So, yes, that’s the best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Luxury Collection Debuts First Resort in Baja California Sur September 6th, 2018 – The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. Perched on a coveted 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort offers travelers a restorative, wholly transformative experience in the heart of Baja California Sur. Located midway between the bustling vacation city of Cabo San Lucas and the quaint historic town of San José del Cabo, the 128-room beachfront oasis is The Luxury Collection‘s first hotel on the beautiful Baja California peninsula. From design to cuisine, immersive adventures to spacious accommodations, Solaz Resort pays tribute to its Baja home, celebrating the magnificent natural landscapes and exquisite cultural marvels that are the region’s signatures. Solaz Resort has collaborated with the very best in locally grown talent, including Mexican architects, artists and chefs, to ensure a truly captivating experience rooted in authenticity. “A top resort destination, Los Cabos is rich in culture and acts a gateway for our Global Explorers to connect with the indigenous offerings of Mexico.” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Luxury Collection’s guests seek destinations with enriching qualities and there is a magnetic attraction to this Baja oasis. As the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico, Solaz Resort showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding its footprint and enhancing its offerings for discerning travelers to the destination.” Sophisticated AccommodationsEach masterfully designed guest room and suite at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos features a private entrance and patio, contemporary furnishings and original art. Further setting the mood, Bluetooth technology offers touchscreen remote control access to the curtains, lighting and music. Unobstructed views of the sea blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, with a natural flow from each room to its private terrace. Architectural MarvelsGuests of Solaz Resort will at once notice the striking architecture, which seamlessly blends the destination’s unique landscape, where the desert meets the sea. Springing from the fertile imagination of renowned Mexican architectural firm Sordo Madaleno, the resort’s cascading terraces mix desert vegetation with quarry stone, granite, marble and wood. Celebrating the distinctive endemic landscape of Baja, Solaz Resort features a sustainable lush “dry jungle” featuring only endemic flora. Mexican Art ImmersionCelebrating art at every turn, The Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort features original works throughout the property — all masterfully created by famed Mexican artist César López-Negrete, who travelled throughout Baja for years studying the region’s land, water, history and folklore. El Gabinete “Del Barco” is the resort’s indigenous gallery, showcasing rare regional artifacts such as a 43-foot-long whale skeleton and a historical map collection. Authentic Experiences and AdventuresSolaz Resort offers an array of bespoke, exclusive experiences designed to bring guests closer to the soul of Baja. Take a private helicopter trip to explore the rare cave paintings of Baja. Swim alongside whale sharks, gentle giants who can grow up to 33 feet long. Learn about the region’s deep culinary heritage during a cooking class. Enjoy a breathtaking night under the desert stars, soaking in crystal clear visions of the cosmos. Can’t decide what to do? No problem – each room will have a dedicated Artisan butler who will help curate these one-of-a-kind, luxury adventures. The Flavors of BajaCulinary offerings at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos are as authentically inspired as the property itself, with five unique restaurants and lounges designed for visitors with discerning palates.Mako offers an al fresco dining experience during the day, with salads from local biodynamic farms, and artisanal wood-fired flatbreads. By night, the Mako Dinner Grill offers such delicacies as dry-aged steak, local live lobsters and the sea’s freshest fish, all prepared in-house by Executive Chef Pedro Arceyut and his team.The resort’s all-day restaurant, Cascabel, is a vibrant venue for modern Mexican dining. Highlighting the diversity of Mexican cuisine from region to region at its bustling cooking stations, Cascabel prepares seasonal dishes using locally-sourced, garden-fresh ingredients. Communal seating creates a highly social environment for gathering with friends and family and local craft and botanical-infused libations give cause for celebration.Those looking for lively libations can enjoy the property’s impressive wine cellar at La Cava, offering a selection of more than 2,500 vintages, many of which are local to the region.Arabica, created in partnership with the award-winning Limantour Group, is about energy and creativity. At night, Arabica transforms into a hip and decadent spot offering and array of delicious tapas that reflect the seasonal colors and local flavors of Baja California, as well as creative cocktails including cocoa-inspired libations.The resort is also home to Xocolatl, a modern chocolate shop and ice cream boutique that sells organic and indigenous chocolate from Mexico’s diverse region. All of the resort’s restaurant menus have been developed to incorporate the captivating stories of local farmers that grow organic produce, fishermen that supply fresh and sustainable seafood, and the local artisanal craftsmen who specialize in traditional cheeses. Restorative AmbianceA restorative travel destination, Solaz Resort boasts five swimming pools including two 50-meter infinity pools lining more than 4,000 sq. feet of white sand beaches overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Each pool incorporates butterfly green granite, which emulates and seamlessly merges with the Sea of Cortez’s tranquil turquoise waters. State-of-the-art exercise facilities feature Technogym® equipment and group of personal fitness instruction, and the 10,000-sq.-ft. Ojo de Liebre Spa offers eight private treatment rooms and two VIP double rooms, along with a full range of services like halotherapy (Himalayan salt igloo) and thalassotherapy — the latter only available in Baja California at the Ojo de Liebre Spa. Baja’s Ultimate Meetings DestinationThe Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort offers the largest meeting space at any luxury hotel in Los Cabos, with 20,000 sq. feet of meeting, wedding and event space that can accommodate more than 1,000 guests. Whether hosting an intimate gathering for a select group of associates, or a grand-scale event in honor of an important milestone occasion, group events are met with flawless service and precise execution. A team of expert event planners ensures attention to every detail.The expansive 11,000 sq.-foot outdoor Calypso Ocean Front Deck invites guests to take in sparkling Sea of Cortez views during intimate or grand-scale events.The 3,400 sq.-foot Cousteau Ballroom is an ideal indoor events space for receptions, celebrations and award ceremonies. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is located at Corredor Turístico s/n, Km 18.5, Cabo Real, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico. For more information, please visit us at www.luxurycollection.com/solaz, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & ResortsThe Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com. About Quinta del Golfo de CortezQuinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC) is a hospitality group founded in 1994 devoted to developing unique destination experiences in the Los Cabos area. Other QGC projects have included Hacienda del Mar, featuring The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most renowned golf courses, and abundant residential offerings. Invested in and committed to luxury tourism and residential development, QGC is slated to open a St. Regis Hotel & Residences in 2021 as well as a new Town Center, Tennis Stadium and Athletic Sporting Center in Los Cabos by 2020. About Marriott International, Inc.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram.
Henrico-based company awarded Top Employer-Insurance and overall Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year Richmond, VA, October 09, 2018 – Allianz Partners has been named the winner of two 2018 Stevie® Awards in the third annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers. Allianz Partners won the gold in its category for Top Employer – Insurance and received the overall Grand Stevie Award for the Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year. The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on September 21. Allianz Partners stood out as a top employer due in part to its high associate engagement-exceeding benchmarks, ranking high for diversity, inclusion, integrity, and community service, as well as customer centricity and leader/manager effectiveness. New benefits offered within the last couple years include a $15 per hour minimum base entry-level pay, more flexible work schedules, parental leave benefits, career development support, and comprehensive wellness programs. In addition to offering all associates paid time off for volunteering in our local community, a flexible time-off program for exempt associates enables better work-life balance. The judges’ comments praised the company’s prominent initiatives: “Allianz Partners shows a 360-approach to becoming an employer of choice. Inclusion, engagement and generous workforce programs—clearly an impressive employment package at all levels of the organization that support meaningful engagement and positive business outcomes.” “It’s a great honor to be recognized by a prestigious organization like the Stevie® Awards as a top employer in our industry. When we show genuine commitment to our employees’ wellbeing with generous benefits and a rewarding workplace, we enable our associates in Richmond and Petersburg to thrive and achieve success in their careers,” said Denise Marshall, Chief Human Resources Officer, Allianz Partners. For additional information about employment benefits and current job openings, visit AllianzRVA.com/careers. More than 550 nominations from organizations in 21 nations were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of HR-related categories, includingAchievement in Workplace Safety & Compliance, Employer of the Year, andHuman Resources Team of the Year, among others. Fifty professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. “The judges were very impressed with the quality of entries we received in the third annual Stevie Award for Great Employers. The dedication these Stevie-winning organizations have to providing great workplaces for employees was evident in each nomination,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. Details about the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the list of 2018 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR. Allianz Global Assistance USAA leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 35 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visitallianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook atFacebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS. About the Stevie AwardsStevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards atwww.StevieAwards.com. *Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. 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