Robbers have made off with gems worth 300,000 euros ($370,000) snatched from two Indian diamond traders as they were entering a Paris metro station, a source close to the investigation said Friday.“The two traders were coming back from a business meeting and were attacked Monday afternoon by two men,” the source said, confirming a report by French magazine Le Point.“A bag containing several precious stones — but no diamonds — was stolen,” the source added. “Early indications are that it could have been a premeditated attack.”Read it at India Abroad Related Items
LAS VEGAS – With a $70 signature cocktail, clubs seeking to attract elite travelers are still going strong. SUGARCANE, a new nightlife venue from restaurant group SUSHISAMBA, debuts on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 at The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino, adjacent to SUSHISAMBA’s Las Vegas outpost. The nightclub embraces the spirit and design aesthetic of Brazil, Japan and Peru. SUGARCANE is the first West Coast location for SUSHISAMBA’S late night concept.“The experience at SUGARCANE will be unlike any other in Las Vegas,” says Todd Rubin, general manager, SUGARCANE. “Samba dancers, geishas, distinctive cocktails and over-the-top interior design will ensure that this interactive nightlife experience fulfills its promise for stylish entertainment.”THE SPACE A dark corridor from SUSHISAMBA leads guests to the 4,000-square-foot SUGARCANE nightclub. Designed by ICRAVE, an award-winning design studio with deep roots in the hospitality industry, SUGARCANE’s interior fuses the raw and industrial with polish and sophistication. A stage, dance floor and DJ booth are made of bamboo, smoked and frosted acrylic, resin and paper. Gold and chocolate brown leather cover exotic wenge wood banquettes. More than 4,000 custom-made simulated “sugarcanes” drop down from the ceiling and contain moving lights that wind through the tubes and rods. Internationally-acclaimed lighting designers Isometrix developed an innovative lighting program with theatrically-colored lights projecting through the dramatic sugarcane ceiling terrain.Glimpses are stolen back and forth between the main room and VIP area which is situated behind a barricade of broken-down walls and fencing behind the bar. The VIP area includes plush seating, mood lighting, global handicrafts and Brazilian Favela street finds.Celebrated Brazilian graffiti artist Felipe Yung (“Flip”) displays his talent with spray paint in various elements of SUGARCANE’s dcor. As one of Brazil’s most influential street artists, Flip’s work reflects urban culture and Japanese calligraphy. His signature characters, including “Flipitos” (little ones) and “Jagunos” (giants with small heads), are showcased throughout both SUSHISAMBA and SUGARCANE.SUGARCANE is available for special events and occasions. The nightclub includes 174 seats in the main area and 20 seats in the VIP room.THE AMBIENCE SUGARCANE will play host to a number of special events and performances. On select nights, expect capoeira – a Brazilian dance that incorporates martial arts which gained popularity in the 16th century amongst sugarcane plantation workers; samba dancers; geishas; Japanese taiko drummers; models posing as Brazilian soccer players as they juggle soccer balls at the entrance; and SUGARCANE’s in-house dancers. Resident DJ’s spinning a blend of music genres ranging from house to Top 40 to Brazilian and Japanese pop will on occasion be accompanied by live bands.The percussion-driven “SUGARBEATS” promotion will take place every Wednesday night, beginning in September and will feature an eclectic variety of DJs, music genres and rhythms in partnership with nightlife guru Marc Jay. Doors open at 10 p.m. Table reservations can be made in advance at email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).THE COCKTAILS SUGARCANE serves SUSHISAMBA’s impressive array of signature cocktails. To reflect the restaurant’s Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culinary roots, SUGARCANE’s in-house mixologists offer cocktails made from fresh muddled fruits, juices and herbs. Out of 17 featured drinks, eight are exclusive to the Las Vegas menu.Highlights on the menu include the Parisian Geisha (vodka, sake, mint and lemongrass), the Figo (Montecristo spiced wine, fig liquor, pear juice and lime) and the Bushido or “Soul of Japan” (shochu, plum sake, muddled plum and daikon beer float). New cocktails join SUSHISAMBA classics such as the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha, Peru’s frothy and famed Pisco Sour and variations of Japanese Chu-His along with much more.SUGARCANE’s signature Cocktail Tree ($70) is a great way to experience many different drinks with groups both large and small. This festive collection showcases 12 different drinks (four samples of three different drinks), creatively positioned within the branches of a wrought-iron, sculptural “tree.”With one of the largest sake collections on the West Coast, SUGARCANE is one of the few nightlife venues to host sake bottle service.“You can order standard drinks anywhere,” states Rubin. “SUGARCANE continues the tradition of SUSHISAMBA’S distinctive and fresh cocktail program.”THE DETAILS SUGARCANE is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. with no cover charge; industry night runs every Wednesday beginning at 10 p.m. The industry-standard dress code is enforced.