Torres announces retirement from football

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Torres said on Twitter: “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”He will reveal more about his decision to retire at a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday at 1000 local time (0200BST).After breaking through at hometown club Atletico, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.He made a £50million deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and, despite recording disappointing goal hauls in the league, his late goal against Barcelona in April 2012 sent the Blues to the Champions League final, which they would go on to win at the expense of Bayern Munich.Torres had already won both the 2008 European Championship and South Africa-hosted World Cup with Spain and he conquered Europe for a second time with La Roja in 2012.A loan spell at AC Milan from Chelsea preceded his return to Atletico in January 2015 before the Fuenlabrada-born forward made his move to Japan last July.Liverpool and Chelsea both wished Torres well in retirement, tweeting video highlights of his goals for their respective causes. Atletico, meanwhile, said they were: “Very proud of a legendary career.”last_img read more


Glenmere Mansion Earns Andrew Harpers Recommendation

first_imgSource = PR Newswire New Hudson Valley Relais & Chateaux Hotel Garners Another Prestigious AccoladeAndrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, one of the world’s most respected luxury travel publications, anointed Glenmere Mansion,, with its coveted recommendation — one of only 1,000 properties worldwide to be so designated — in the September issue. The honor adds more luster to an already impressive roster of accolades the boutique hotel, housed in a historic circa 1911 mansion built as the country home for a Gilded Age magnate, has garnered since opening in January 2010. The rare embrace within the first year an operation’s existence by Relais & Chateaux and being named the No. 1 Romantic Hideaway in the World by International Hideaway among them. With his rating of 93, making Glenmere one of “Andrew Harper’s Favorite 500 Hotels in the World,” Harper declares, “Since its debut last year, Glenmere Mansion, an 18-room Italianate villa, has received a chorus of swooning praise from the travel press. For once, I tend to concur. The result of a heroic refurbishment, Glenmere goes a long way to address the relative dearth of quality properties within easy driving distance of New York City.” Alan Stenberg, Glenmere’s co-owner and innkeeper, is delighted with this latest recognition. “We know how exacting Andrew Harper’s standards are, so we are thrilled to have his recommendation. We hope he’ll come back after we’ve opened our spa later this year to sample what will the be the complete Glenmere Mansion experience as we originally envisioned it when we bought the property in 2006,” he notes. In keeping with the approach Stenberg and his partner in the project and co-innkeeper, Daniel DeSimone, have taken toward every detail of the Glenmere experience, the spa, as designed by Mindy Terry, founder and president of the globally renown Creative Spa Concepts,, will exude elegant luxury, drawing inspiration from the best practices of the most acclaimed spas in the world. The five-treatment suite, 7,000-square-foot facility will boast a Bath House, including an authentic Turkish hammam (one of only two in the state of New York), Vitality Aqua Massage Pool and cool mist room, among other attractions, and a Relax & Refresh Library, featuring a selection of teas, tonics, organic wines and spa tapas. The spa will be yet another reason that, as Harper notes, Glenmere guests “seem in no hurry to leave.” Despite its intimate size, the hotel fields two restaurants — the fine dining Supper Room (which rated the highest score for decor (29) in the latest Zagat Survey for Westchester County / Hudson Valley and a remarkable 24 for food and 25 for service and the more casual Frogs End Tavern. Its 150 acres sport exquisite gardens, two miles of walking trails, two bocce courts, two tennis courts, croquet, heated outdoor pool and a 10-person whirlpool spa.All of Andrew Harper’s recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. Mr. Harper does not evaluate hotels by means of a checklist, but uses his three decades of experience to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent. In Glenmere Mansion’s case, he characterizes it as a truly “outstanding hotel / resort of genuine sophistication.” last_img read more