Although Campbell is young he has shown great pro

first_imgAlthough Campbell is young, he has shown great promise and is expected to be a huge factor on the Cardinals defensive line next season.Although he also took a slight step backward last season, Campbell is an ascending player with a boatload of talent. Only 25 years old, Campbell is still learning how to best use his outstanding length and agility while playing with proper leverage. The best should be yet to come. Dockett, is among the best in the division, but Williamson believes that if Dockett played in a different defensive scheme he could be among the best in the entire NFL. Dockett didn’t have a great year in 2010. But he still demands a ton of attention from opposing blocking schemes and can be incredibly disruptive. He is also an extremely effective interior pass-rusher on throwing downs and has a flair for making big plays. I wish we could see this guy in a 4-3 as an upfield penetrating 3 Technique. If that were his role, he could be among the very best defensive tackles in the league. Although the entire list has yet to be revealed, the Cardinals are the only team to have two players make the cut thus far. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Although the Cardinals defense struggled last season, there are two members of Arizona’s defensive line ranked in the top-15 in the NFC West. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc, recently revealed players 11-15 of his top 15 players in the NFC West and both Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell were listed.While it is no surprise to see Dockett, ranked twelfth on the list, it may surprise some to see Campbell ranked so high.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “I think those other teams have seen what we’ve done andit’s no question they’re aware of that as well,”Whisenhunt said. “On the extra point after they scoredtheir touchdown Patrick [Peterson] almost ran past theball; he was almost on the other side of it when the guykicked the extra point and when you see that when you knowthat’s coming it’s got to affect you.” Before the game Bailey was 27-28 in field goal attemptsthis season and hadn’t missed since Week 2, that changedSunday against the Cardinals. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt actually thought aboutcalling a timeout before the kick, but remembered whathappened when the Cowboys came to Glendale in 2008. “I was thinking about it,” Whisenhunt said. “If youremember the last overtime game that we played them in 08I iced the kicker and he missed and then he made it. Whenthe time was called and he made the kick there was no wayI was going to ice him after that point because I figuredthe karma has got to turn around and he’s got to miss it.” After the Cowboys called the timeout, Whisenhunt actuallygave the perception he was going to use his timeout. “I was faking like I was going to call it,” Whisenhuntsaid. “You go right to the official and say, ‘I’m notgoing to call a timeout, but I’m going to fake like I’mgoing to’ so he’s kind of looking at you and you’restanding there like you’re going to call a timeout andthen you obviously don’t call it. It’s an art form.” Whisenhunt’s fake timeout plan may have flustered Bailey,but what probably had a more resounding effect on thekicker to miss two field goals in the game was theCardinals ability to block them. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away If you’re an opposing kicker with a chance to win the gamein the final seconds you probably expect a timeout to becalled, to supposedly “ice you.” That’s what took place Sunday, except it wasn’t theopposing team calling the timeout. Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey made a 49 yard field goalto all but assure a Cowboys win, only to find out his teamcalled a timeout right before the kick. Bailey missed thenext attempt, then came overtime which ended on a 52-yardtouchdown catch and run by LaRod Stephens-Howling to seala 19-13 OT win for the Cards. Top Stories last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Twelve weeks down, five to go.There weren’t any real seismic shifts in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings, especially at the top.The Philadelphia Eagles punished the Chicago Bears while the New England Patriots toyed with Miami to stay 1-2 in this week’s order. The New Orleans Saints, who saw their eight-game winning streak snapped by the Rams, took a bit of a tumble.Here’s a look at our 1-32 NFL pecking order heading into Week 13. Biggest Risers: Arizona Cardinals ▲6Biggest Fallers: Dallas Cowboys ▼7 1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)Shift: —Hi: 1Lo: 2Comment: Look borderline unstoppable. Road games against the Seahawks and Rams in the next two weeks will give us a clearer picture though. — LapinskiNext: at Seattle2. New England Patriots (9-2)Shift: —Hi: 1Lo: 2Comment: Rob Gronkowski was upset that he didn’t get to try the biscuits Tom Brady made for Thanksgiving. He got 2 TD catches instead. — MorganNext: at Buffalo3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2)Shift: —Hi: 3Lo: 4Comment: The upcoming game vs Patriots could decide home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. — JureckiNext: at Cincinnati (Monday night)4. Minnesota Vikings (9-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 3Lo: 4Comment: Case Keenum is probably making himself a lot of money. — MarottaNext: at Atlanta5. Los Angeles Rams (8-3)Shift: ▲2Hi: 5Lo: 5Comment: Revealing bounce-back moment against the Saints. — BurnsNext: at Arizona6. New Orleans Saints (8-3)Shift: ▼2Hi: 6Lo: 8Comment: Could end up with the offensive (Alvin Kamara) and defensive (Marshon Lattimore) Rookies of the Year. — LapinskiNext: vs. Carolina 7. Carolina Panthers (8-3)Shift: ▼1Hi: 7Lo: 7Comment: Fumble return TD and punt return TD bailed them out vs lowly Jets. — BurnsNext: at New Orleans8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)Shift: ▲1Hi: 6Lo: 9Comment: Julio Jones isn’t human. Neither was that throw from Mohamed Sanu. — MarottaNext: vs. Minnesota9. Seattle Seahawks (7-4)Shift: ▲1Hi: 8Lo: 10Comment: Jimmy Graham’s 16 TD receptions are the most by a Seattle tight end, passing Jerramy Stevens. — MorganNext: vs. Philadelphia10. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4)Shift: ▼2Hi: 9Lo: 12Comment: Leonard Fournette was dominant until Oct. 15. He has 169 total rushing yards since. — LapinskiNext: vs. Indianapolis11. Tennessee Titans (7-4)Shift: ▲2Hi: 10Lo: 14Comment: The Titans got their first win in 10 tries at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. — MorganNext: vs. Houston12. Detroit Lions (6-5)Shift: —Hi: 12Lo: 14Comment: Favorable schedule down the stretch: Ravens, at Bucs, Bears, at Bengals and Packers. — JureckiNext: at Baltimore13. Baltimore Ravens (5-5)Shift: ▲2Hi: 12Lo: 15Comment: Ravens in the thick of it and their down-the-stretch schedule is incredibly easy. — MarottaNext: vs. Detroit The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 21. Dallas Cowboys (5-6)Shift: ▼7Hi: 14Lo: 22Comment: The Cowboys have lost three straight games by at least 20 points for the first time since 2004. — MorganNext: vs. Washington (Thursday night)22. Green Bay Packers (5-6)Shift: ▲1Hi: 20Lo: 26Comment: Maybe the 57-yard field goal attempt was a bad idea? — MarottaNext: vs. Tampa Bay23. Houston Texans (4-7)Shift: ▼2Hi: 19Lo: 25Comment: Yeah, that’s the Tom Savage we expected to see. — MorganNext: at Tennessee24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)Shift: —Hi: 23Lo: 25Comment: Wonder if coach Dirk Koetter heard AD Ray Anderson’s press conference talk of ASU being a top-15 program? — MorganNext: at Green Bay25. New York Jets (4-7)Shift: ▼3Hi: 22Lo: 26Comment: They’ve quietly lost five of six – all by one score. — LapinskiNext: vs. Kansas City26. Miami Dolphins (4-7)Shift: ▲1Hi: 25Lo: 28Comment: Gase looks disgusted in South Beach. Cutler wasn’t the answer and they have to weed out some of the bad apples. — JureckiNext: vs. Denver27. Chicago Bears (3-8)Shift: ▼1Hi: 25Lo: 28Comment: John Fox is on LinkedIn working on his resume. — BurnsNext: vs. San Francisco 0 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 28. Denver Broncos (3-8)Shift: —Hi: 27Lo: 29Comment: Paxton Lynch cried when he left with an injury. Broncos fans were crying while he was on the field. — MarottaNext: at Miami29. Indianapolis Colts (3-8)Shift: —Hi: 28Lo: 30Comment: Chuck Pagano has done a lousy job, but he’s seen Groundhog Day a lot, so he’s OK in my book. — MarottaNext: at Jacksonville30. New York Giants (2-9)Shift: —Hi: 29Lo: 31Comment: Made the Thanksgiving night choice of their game or Planes, Trains and Automobiles real easy. — MarottaNext: at Oakland31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10)Shift: —Hi: 30Lo: 31Comment: Is that awful O-Line holding up the Jimmy G era? — BurnsNext: at Chicago32. Cleveland Browns (0-11)Shift: —Hi: 32Lo: 32Comment: With the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Cleveland…ah, who cares? Nothing helps. — MarottaNext: at LA Chargers 14. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5)Shift: ▼3Hi: 11Lo: 16Comment: Offense that looked unstoppable has averaged 307 yards and 12 points over the last three games. — MarottaNext: at NY Jets15. Los Angeles Chargers (5-6)Shift: ▲2Hi: 11Lo: 18Comment: Speaking of 5-6 teams…this one is heating up at the right time. — BurnsNext: vs. Cleveland16. Washington Redskins (5-6)Shift: —Hi: 10Lo: 21Comment: Cousins continues to carry the Redskins and if they don’t know what have by now, then move on. — JureckiNext: at Dallas (Thursday)17. Buffalo Bills (6-5)Shift: ▲3Hi: 14Lo: 23Comment: Tyrod Taylor’s steady play is exactly what the Bills needed in a win over Kansas City — and last week when he was benched. — MorganNext: vs. New England18. Oakland Raiders (5-6)Shift: —Hi: 18Lo: 22Comment: Only Michael Crabtree is crazy enough to fight Aqib Talib. — LapinskiNext: vs. NY Giants19. Arizona Cardinals (5-6)Shift: ▲6Hi: 17Lo: 21Comment:  Gabbert should start the rest of the season. He has shown great upside. — JureckiNext: vs. LA Rams20. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)Shift: ▼1Hi: 17Lo: 21Comment: The fact that they’re in playoff contention reflects the state of the AFC. — BurnsNext: vs. Pittsburgh Top Stories Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | MorganWeek 13 Composite Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Many luxury travellers have heard about Amans lat

first_imgMany luxury travellers have heard about Aman’s latest resort Amanemu but, as if it was the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, like that golden wonder, fewer know where it actually is. Thanks to help from the hotel, and Aman’s excellent team in London, my arrival journey involved one flight from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to Osaka’s Itami airport, one limousine bus, two trains, and then, on reaching Kashikojima, I’m picked up in a Lexus.Immediately on arrival came a sense of relief and wonderment, with fresh air and deep breaths. In villa 10, one of 24, all in semi-detached, grey-tiled houses with private gardens before and behind, one of the first things I did was look around. Each space, designed like the entire resort, is designed by Kerry Hill. I had 100 sq m of fabulous honey-coloured cypress soaring to a same-wood cathedral ceiling; attached to my living-bedroom was a dark grey stone bathing area that includes a big basalt tub with three taps, hot, cold and near-boiling onsen, hot spring water.Kumano KodoThis is my own spa area, no wonder many, especially the 60% of guests who are Japanese, come back again and again, maybe drawn by the fact that Amanemu is on the banks of idyllic Ago Bay in beautiful Ise Shima National Park in Shima, Japan’s smallest mainland province. No wonder, too, that Yamaha, the motorbike and piano company, chose here for an educational camp, then called Nemu, or Yamaha Village – people came, perhaps by bike but certainly to perfect their music skills. Then the entire area was bought by Mitsui Fudosan, whose resort division also includes Halekulani, in Honolulu. Mitsui Fudosan kept Nemu’s three golf courses and the original three-star Nemu hotel, but they added the luxury resort that has become Amanemu. Today people also come for the Aman brand, the property’s food, and for wellness.I loved eating in The Restaurant, where chef Masanobu Inaba, formerly at Conrad Tokyo. We went for Ise-shima Roman Set: a jellied anglerfish appetizer and a bite of pufferfish milt (intestine) on a barely-visible risotto, broth with local tuna and tofu, assorted sashimi, steamed abalone, a melt-in-mouth already-sliced Matsusaka beef sirloin and Zuwai crab blended with steamed rice. There was no space for the white bean soup dessert, with dumpling. We toasted Aman in its own-label Masumi Sake 1662, from Miyataka Brewing Co, and went on, interestingly, to the recommended wine by glass, a Greek Xinomavro, by Kir-Yanni Estate Ramnista, owned by an eccentric collector, Yiannis Boutaris.At night the gorgeous cedar tables are set with burgundy and black-swirl table mats and sage napkins, upright in drinking glasses. At breakfast, the only colour on tables is a single green leaf, in a clear pot (white napkins are rolled in interlinking bamboo rings, direct on tabletops). The view outside, down to the Bay, provides all the colour one wants, and there are more bright colours on the dishes of fruits and salad stuffs wheeled silently in on a trolley, its smooth wood exactly matching the champagne of chairs, banquettes, floors, screens, everything.After breakfast I headed out for a bike ride, up and down the hills on the estate – then back to the gym, a good LifeFitness setup with amazing views to the main onsen area. This has two outdoor pools, one 38 and one 41 degrees. Some Japanese, I was told, are initially rather amazed that they are shared, and everyone must wear swim gear: traditionally, men and women are naked in their one-sex facilities.Ise ShrineI was later taken buggy-touring, by Yoshi Kubota, the highly-sophisticated England-educated deputy to another female professional, hotel GM Hisayo Shimizu who was in Tokyo – apparently Adrian Zecha has recognised Shimizu’s potential when she was a flight attendant on an ANA flight he was taking. Kubota-san took me to see the Nemu marina, where summer long Amanemu guests can take an assortment of boating trips, or have a drink or outside barbecue overlooking the water.We saw the spa, another serene area where journeys, from 90 to 180 minutes, change with the seasons. Spring time? Cleanse with a seasalt compress of yomogi mugwort, and neroli and green tea essential oils. We saw the library, a magnetic room with a fireplace and views of manicured trees through all the picture windows, as if to divert me from so many gorgeous books. And then, all too soon, it was time, very sadly, to leave this fascinating luxury resort.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world.last_img read more

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The Ministry of Tourism has awarded the Fifth Star

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism has awarded the Fifth Star to Alila Jabal Akhdar, one of the first five-star boutique hotels in Oman to be recognised by Ministry in its new boutique hotel classification.General manager Julian Ayers comments: “It is a great honour to be commemorated for our bespoke services. Our team, along with our owner OMRAN, have worked passionately in delivering memorable destination experiences that are surprisingly different.“Alila Jabal Akhdar enjoys great repute with its stunning location and outstanding facilities. New activities have been added to the Alila Experience, which includes the Via Ferrata, a new Spa Arbour, Play Alila & the Butterfly trail, making the resort a truly unique destination that one can visit again and again.”Jabal Akhdar, meaning “The Green Mountain” in Arabic, is part of the Al Hajar mountain range, one of Oman’s most spectacular regions. Perched here 2000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by peaks of the Al Hajar Mountains. This Omani resort is the perfect base for exploring the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty at the height of indulgence. The only eco-luxury resort on the mountain, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a haven for adventure travellers, nature-lovers and those seeking a respite from the desert heat.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Anantara Peace Haven T

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAnantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort introduces four seven-day wellness journeys based on the guiding philosophies of Ayurveda, designed to balance and nourish mental and physical health.At Anantara Peace Haven, wellness journeys are centred on the ancient traditions of Ayurveda. Each program is tailored according to your doshas and vikruti or current imbalances. Holistically addressing exercise, diet, sleep, stress and relaxation needs, wellness journeys are planned after a personal consultation with the resident doctor. A week-long journey of coaching with personal yogis, life coaches, trainers and chefs culminates with a long-term plan for continued wellness back home – with the ultimate goal of empowering you to change your lifestyle and way of thinking.Dr. Jayachandran Thampi adds, “These guided programmes are designed to balance and introduce the benefits of Ayurveda; perhaps leading to a deeper immersion upon return. Complemented by yoga, healing arts and ayurvedic nutritional guidance they introduce the concept of ‘holism’ – not just evaluating our physical state, but along with it the more esoteric elements of being. Through our personalised approach, we gently ease guests through the process of healing.”The four ayurvedic journeys offer life enhancing, aspirational and transformational experiences in an incredible resort destination, taking the guests individual needs and time preferences into account. Each ayurvedic retreat offers a holistic journey of distinct benefits. Collectively these programmes encompass an ideal of happiness – a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.Inner HarmonyCalm your mind and body to create emotional and spiritual balanceThe Inner Harmony program consists of three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand your lifestyle choices based on your doshas, ayurvedic nutrition counselling, daily spa treatments and local excursions, and a contemplative environment with technology blackout and journal keeping.Deep SleepGive yourself well-deserved time to relax, heal and rebuildThe Deep Sleep program consists of two in-room slumber guru rituals, three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand your lifestyle choices based on your doshas, and ayurvedic nutrition counselling. Unwind with daily spa treatments, a guided excursion to a local Buddhist temple, a painting session with a local artisan, and yoga sessions with the resident yogi.Natural WeightDiscover the ayurvedic approach to healthy weight management and vitalityThe Natural Weight program consists of invigorating daily exercise including four personal trainer sessions and a half day of surfing. Make nutritional changes based on your doshas, with Eating for Balance counselling and life coaching according to Ayurvedic principles. Reward yourself with daily spa treatments, energy healing, and guided excursions to Buddhist temples.A Rebuilding DetoxDetoxify physically and mentally, and rebuild your natural energyThe Rebuilding Detox programme consists of two spa treatments per day using medicated herbs suited to your doshas. Virechana Karma evacuates toxins from the gut. Detox the mind with three energy healing sessions, two life coaching appointments, a painting lesson with a local artisan, and daily journal keeping.Each seven-night ayurvedic programme includes:Personal consultation with Resident Doctor of AyurvedaDaily early morning journalingPrivate Mindful Moment (healing arts) sessionsOne 60-minute Eating for Balance (nutritional coaching) session per stayTwo 90-minute Life Coaching sessions per stayAccess to resort’s fitness and healing arts classesTechnology blackout every eveningPersonalised ayurvedic therapies and Anantara Spa treatmentsLocal experiences including Guru-led trips to Buddhist templesPrices start at US$1350, inclusive of applicable local tax and resort service charge.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Related ACI records August international passenger

first_img RelatedACI records August international passenger growthIncreasing numbers of passengers travelled on international flights in AugustEurope’s airports record passenger increasesMore passengers travelled to and from European airports in July than compared to the same month last yearRecovery in passenger numbers continuing at European airportsRecovery in passenger numbers continuing at European airports Increasing numbers of passengers travelled on flights from UK and European airports between January and March compared to the same period last year.This is according to findings from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which reported a 5.2 percent increase during the first quarter of 2010.Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general, said it is “encouraging” that more than 80 percent of Europe’s airports have reported a growth in passenger numbers over the three month period.”However, the paralysis caused by the massive closure of airspace in response to volcanic ash dispersion has seen Europe’s airports losing up to 25 percent of their traffic in April,” he explained.”This is an extremely severe shock to our recovery, which is still evolving.”March was a particularly positive month for passenger growth, when a 6.9 percent rise was recorded compared to the same month in 2009.Separate ACI figures recently revealed a 5.9 percent decline in the number of passengers using North American airports in 2009 compared to 2008.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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This survey is now closed Thank you for taking pa

first_imgThis survey is now closed.Thank you for taking part. Full story coming soon!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPlane gadget ban set to end?Ban on electronic devices on flights could be lifted next year after study says they’re safe.Flying High | GroundedChristmas shopping significantly cheaper in New York than in the UK, according to a Post Office survey.How do you feel about travelling with noisy children?How do you feel about travelling with noisy children?last_img read more

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New York – Reported by Elite Traveler the private

first_imgNew York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineW Hotels Worldwide today announced plans to reinvigorate more than 10 of its hotel properties across North America within the next 18 months. The renovations, which vary by hotel, are slated to include cutting-edge updates to public spaces, new signature bar and restaurant concepts, and stylish revamps to guestrooms, enhancing the W portfolio overall for both its jet set travelers and locals alike. The ambitious renovation schedule is focused on many of the W brand’s early hotels in key markets such as New York City, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, among others.“When W Hotels launched in 1998, it quickly redefined the space and continued to transform the traditional hotel experience as we entered new markets across North America,” said Carlos Becil, Vice President of Brand Management, Starwood’s Luxury and Design Brands, North America division. “As W evolves from a U.S. phenomenon into a global design powerhouse, we are committed to fueling the innovation within our existing portfolio to create a consistent, cutting-edge experience for our guests.”Charged with further connecting hotel design to local contextual insights, W Hotels has engaged some of the industry’s brightest rising visionaries to collaborate with the W brand’s award-winning design team to transform various spaces within each of the hotels. In particular, many of the renovations focus on the Living Room (W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby), which is a key element to the W experience, offering a place for guests to mix and mingle over cocktails and pulsating music. Upgrades to these public areas, as well as the debut of new bar and restaurant concepts, allow for W to enhance the overall guest experience while also drawing in locals.Starwood and its ownership groups, including Host Hotels & Resorts, Rockpoint Group and Estein & Associates USA, have committed more than $100 million to the renovations, which include the following W Hotels:W New York – Union Square – Downtown meets uptown in the sharp new design aesthetic created by d-ash and Wilson Associates for W Union Square, which just underwent a renovation of all 270 guestrooms and corridors. Olives, the hotel’s popular Todd English restaurant, as well as its famed nightlife venue, Lilium (formerly Underbar), have also been revamped. The hotel’s Living Room is set to be updated by Krause + Sawyer early next year.W Seattle – Inspired by the feeling of a wharf, intermixed with a central “point of impact” that radiates outward, W Seattle recently unveiled a completely redesigned Living Room and bar area. Designed by Skylab Architecture, the hotel has also debuted the W brand’s signature restaurant concept, Trace, which focuses on conscious cuisine. The hotel has engaged Therese Virserius Design to renovate all of its meeting rooms later this year.W San Francisco – Earlier this year, the hotel unveiled an expanded Living Room and destination bar as well as the launch of Trace. Designed by noted San Francisco-based Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., the new design drew inspiration from the fog and city grid of San Francisco.W New York – The W brand’s flagship property, W New York, opened in 1998 and has remained a hub of New York culture and nightlife ever since. The property’s state-of-the-art meeting rooms and Great Room received a facelift by d-ash earlier this year. These updates are to be followed by the unveiling of a Krause + Sawyer-designed Living Room bar in 2013.W Chicago – Lakeshore – Envisioned by Josh Held Design, the renovations are a nod to the ingenuity of Chicago and the tension between city and nature. Each of the 520 guestrooms will be renovated and characterized by faceted patterns, a bridge of light and energetic colors. The hotel’s public spaces, including the Living Room, Wave restaurant, Whiskey Sky (rooftop bar), the Welcome Desk and the hotel’s prime meeting space, Altitude (with 360 degree views of the city), will also be transformed to recall the strength, invention and industrialism of Chicago, for a final reveal in 2013.W New Orleans – French Quarter – The award-winning, intimate hotel is currently undergoing complete renovations of all guestrooms by nemaworkshop, who incorporated both jazz and tarot motifs in the design. Renovations on the first floor were revealed this past month, with the project due to be complete by mid-Summer. Led by Ti Martin of the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants, SoBou, the hotel’s new destination restaurant, will present an artful cocktail program paired with a next generation Creole dining experience.W San Diego – W San Diego has re-energized its Rooftop Bar with a bright, bold bonfire theme – including a playful sculpture of stacked beach chairs – as envisioned by Mr. Important Design of Oakland, California. Inspiration ignites in the newly imagined Living Room where vibrant colors collide and heat up the lounge atmosphere. In addition, the hotel’s meeting rooms have been expanded and renovated as the hotel debuts its new restaurant, kelvin – which features touches of Latin soul – this month.W Los Angeles – Westwood – This beloved celebrity hideaway, featuring all suite rooms, has also engaged Mr. Important Design to expand and re-define its Living Room, bar and public spaces. The renovations will result in a more cohesive union of the Living Room and bar, engaging secret spaces, additional high-tech meeting room options, and a dramatic entrance moment with a signature chandelier inspired by city of LA. The hotel’s signature restaurant and popular Backyard will also be reimagined in 2013.W Dallas – With the design narrative of “Big/Bold,” Mars Culture is redesigning the guestrooms with traditional Texas accents that marry the juxtaposition of masculine and the belle. Accents include lasso sculptures, rhinestone hardware, armadillo skin embellishments, and more.W New York – Times Square – W Times Square gives guests and locals a place to experience the electric energy of Times Square from a voyeuristic, tucked away space. The WOW and EWOW suites (W’s take on the Presidential Suite), perched high above it all, will each undergo full-scale renovations.W Montreal – Later this year, the hotel will begin renovating all of its guest rooms with a colorful new palette that also pays tribute to the historical architecture of Montreal.www.whotels.comlast_img read more

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MIAMI – The ESPYs are breaking tradition for this

first_img MIAMI – The ESPYs are breaking tradition for this year’s Best Coach Award, awarding it posthumously to three Florida high school coaches who died shielding their students from gunfire.The ESPN network announced Wednesday that family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon will receive the award during the show on July 18.The award has previously gone to coaches who have shown extraordinary leadership of their teams — not for heroism off the field. Previous recipients include Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.ESPN’s Vice-President Alison Overholt said the men are being honoured for “their immeasurable bravery in the face of danger and for their ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of countless students.” Coaches killed in Florida shooting to receive ESPY awards by Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 7:10 am PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – This undated file photo shows Chris Hixon, the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The ESPYs are breaking tradition for this year’s Best Coach Award, awarding it posthumously to three Florida high school coaches who died shielding their students from gunfire. Family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon will receive the honor during the award show on July 18 in Los Angeles, the ESPN network announced Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) last_img read more

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first_img Mike Ward holds up his trophy for best podcast at the gala Olivier awards ceremony in Montreal on December 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2018 11:50 am PDT Comedian Mike Ward says Hells Angels protected him after joke about missing girl MONTREAL — The Hells Angels are “very good guys,” Quebec comedian Mike Ward says during the latest episode of a popular podcast hosted by American media star Joe Rogan.So good, in fact, that the biker gang “protected” Ward after outraged Quebecers threatened to kill him over a joke about a missing girl, the comedian told Rogan.“The only corporate gigs I’d ever do were shows for military, police officers or the Hells Angels,” Ward said on the profanity-laced show, which was uploaded Wednesday and already has more than 308,000 views on YouTube alone.“And then I realized,” Ward continued, “that when you talk to a group of cops or a group of Hells Angels — they’re the same guys. They have the same mentality.”Rogan replied, “The only difference is that you can call the cops — they’ll come help you. The Hells Angels won’t do (anything.)”Not true, Ward said.Ward, whose dark and abrasive style has landed him in trouble in his home province, told Rogan that in 2008 he joked about the disappearance of Cedrika Provencher — a nine-year-old girl who had vanished a year before — and Quebec’s revenue agency.Revenue Quebec had frozen Ward’s bank accounts, and Ward shared with Rogan the joke he told at a festival gala about the relentless tax collectors: “If you owe them eight dollars, they’re going to kidnap your little kids. They are the ones who have (Cedrika)!”Three weeks later, Ward said, a popular Quebec television host called Cedrika Provencher’s grandfather live on air and informed him that Ward had made a joke at his granddaughter’s expense.Before long, Ward’s manager was receiving threatening messages. “My manager calls me, and he’s like: ‘There are people who are going to kill you,’ ” Ward told Rogan.Ward said he looked out his window one day and saw people lined up across the street from his home.He said he learned two or three years later that the Hells Angels had stationed people at each end of his street to keep an eye on protesters. “They had told their dudes … to watch the people who want to kill Mike Ward,” he said. He marvelled, “the Hells Angels protected me.”Rogan mused that “a lot of Hells Angels are probably good guys.”Ward replied, “It’s the same with the Mafia guys. If you don’t owe them money, they are good guys.”The Hells Angels are considered an outlaw motorcycle gang by federal and provincial authorities. A war between the Quebec branch of the Hells Angels and the rival Rock Machine during the 1990s and early 2000s left more than 150 people dead, including an 11-year-old boy.Ward is no stranger to controversy.He was fined $42,000 by Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal in 2016 for making a joke considered in poor taste about a disabled boy.Ward contested the decision, and the matter is still before the courts. He told Rogan the entire legal ordeal is likely to cost him about $200,000.“I’m going to be 97 years old by the time I get the verdict,” he joked.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2019 8:28 pm PDT Alfonso Cuaron and his film ‘Roma’ win at Golden Globescenter_img Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the best foreign language film and best director honours at the Golden Globes, giving the Netflix film some added awards season momentum.Cuaron based the film on a nanny who raised him in the 1970s in Mexico and he said during his acceptance speech on Sunday night that he was in awe of the film’s two lead actresses, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio.The black-and-white period piece set in Mexico City likely would have been a favourite for the best drama picture, but the awards’ rules made it ineligible. “Roma” beat out the other nominees including the Japanese film “Shoplifters,” the Lebanese film “Capernaum,” the Belgium film “Girl,” and the German film “Never Look Away.”The Oscar-winning Mexican director spoke about the best cinema “tears down walls and builds bridges” to other cultures.“These experiences and these new shapes and these new faces, we begin to realize that while they may seem strange, they are not unfamiliar,” Cuaron said. “We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.”Cuaron ended by saying “Gracias familia, gracias Mexico.”After accepting the award for best directing later in the awards ceremony, he thanked those who brought this “very unlikely film into mainstream awareness.” He said the film was shaped by his family, his mother and his country.“Roma” is on a shortlist for the Academy Awards foreign language film category and many believe the film also to be a front-runner for a best picture nomination as well.___For complete coverage of the Golden Globes visit: www.apnews.com/GoldenGlobeAwardsThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Danica Patrick waits during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Patrick, who retired from racing after last year’s Indianapolis 500, will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as a studio analyst alongside host Mike Tirico. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) by Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2019 5:58 am PDT CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico.Patrick retired from racing after last year’s Indianapolis 500. Her eighth appearance in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” prepped her for a return as a television personality.She told The Associated Press racing at Indy last year after an eight-year run in NASCAR refreshed her knowledge bank and gives her plenty to discuss. Patrick will be a studio analyst on race day and contribute to NBC Sports’ pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage. She will also be part of the broadcast team for qualifying on May 19 and will promote the race across NBCUniversal platforms.“This is an event that means so much to me,” she said in a telephone interview ahead of Wednesday’s announcement. “I am so glad I did the 500 last year because my information is much more current and relevant. I think it’s going to be quite a bit of work — I’ve always thought being part of the broadcast team is a different kind of work — there’s a lot of preparation there.”Her homework began in earnest with the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, two weeks ago when Patrick tuned in to watch the race.“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to know all the names.’ I’ve got to know who’s the guy who has momentum and who doesn’t,” she said. “I need to respect the event and the position that I’m in. It’s so important for me to be up to date on everything.”NBC Sports this season snagged the entire IndyCar broadcast package and with it the crown jewel Indy 500, which had been aired exclusively by ABC since 1965 in the second-longest-running partnership of its kind.NBC has made the race part of its “Championship Season” marketing campaign that features high-profile events from May to July that include horse racing’s Triple Crown, Premier League Championship Sunday, the French Open, the Stanley Cup Final and the Tour de France.In treating the race as a prized property, NBC Sports is building a strong team for its debut broadcast that is expected to include in some role star NASCAR analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte.Patrick is the surprise addition. It will mark her return to a race track for the first time since she crashed and finished 30th last May. Patrick has previous analyst experience from three Xfinity Series races with Fox Sports, and last July she was the first woman to host the ESPYs.“Danica has a perspective unlike any other driver in the history of motorsports and will be a great addition to our first-ever coverage of the Indy 500,” said NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood. “She has proven to be as fearless with her opinions and analysis as she was in breaking barriers while racing in the most competitive motorsports circuits in the world.”On the track, Patrick is the only woman to lead laps in the Indy 500 and win an IndyCar Series race. Her third-place finish at Indy in 2009 is the highest for a woman. She moved to NASCAR and was the first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500, and she concluded her career last year with the “Danica Double” of racing in one final Daytona 500 and Indy 500.Besides the ESPYs, Patrick has had a lower profile since her final race and has focused much of her time on personal travel and her line of wine.___More AP IndyCar coverage: https://apnews.com/IndyCarJenna Fryer, The Associated Press Danica Patrick to join NBC’s Indy 500 teamlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — The Latest on Barbra Streisand’s comments about the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson (all times local):6:10 p.m.Barbra Streisand is apologizing outright for her comments about sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.She said in a second statement Saturday that she should have chosen her words more carefully, and admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.”Streisand was quoted in The Times of London as saying that Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”After an initial statement to The Associated Press in which she sought to clarify her remarks, Streisand posted an apology that went further.She writes in part: “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims.”She writes that she feels “deep remorse.”___3 p.m.Barbra Streisand is coming under intense criticism on social media for telling a newspaper that two men who say they were molested as children by Michael Jackson were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London, Streisand said she “absolutely” believes the accusers. Wade Robson and James Safechuck make their allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”But the legendary singer also raised eyebrows by saying Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”Streisand said through her representative Saturday it’s never OK “for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of.”Jackson’s estate has condemned the documentary. The pop star, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.___2:20 p.m.Barbra Streisand is coming under intense criticism on social media for telling a British newspaper that two men who say they were molested as children by Michael Jackson were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London, Streisand was quoted as saying she “absolutely” believed the accusers. Wade Robson and James Safechuck make their allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”But the legendary singer also raised eyebrows by saying Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”A message was left Saturday with Streisand’s representatives for comment.Jackson’s estate has condemned the HBO documentary. The pop star, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.The Associated Press The Latest: Streisand apologizes for Jackson commentscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2019 3:13 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barbara Bush blamed Trump for ‘angst,’ new book reveals by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2019 12:09 pm PDT FILE- This April 18, 2009 file photo shows former first lady Barbara Bush during the third inning of a Major League Baseball game in Houston. In excepts of an upcoming biography, “The Matriarch,” published Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in USA Today, the former first lady discussed how her trouble with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease were aggravated by Trump’s attacks on her son, Jeb, during the Republican presidential primaries. Bush was 92 when she died in April 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) WASHINGTON — Barbara Bush says Donald Trump caused her “angst” during the 2016 election and led her to question whether she was still a Republican in the months before she died.The late former first lady’s thoughts about Trump were revealed in excerpts published Wednesday in USA Today of an upcoming biography, “The Matriarch.”In a February 2018 interview, Bush was asked if she still considered herself a Republican. She replied, “I’d probably say ‘no’ today.”She died in April at age 92.Bush recalls drafting a funny letter to mail after the election congratulating Bill Clinton on becoming a presidential spouse. But Bush said when she woke up, she realized “to my horror that Trump had won.”A friend gave Bush a clock that counted down the time remaining in Trump’s first term that she kept at her bedside.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgC.I.O. Tomiaki Tamura, and PaoloSoleri dole out the simple vegetable soup to those in attendance. Frugal Soup coincided with the annual meeting of the Trustees.A.L.T. members joined with the Trusteesfor a breakfast meet and greet in the Caf». Stephane Jacques, filmed Arcosanti for the French travel show Detours duMonde. He is one of five reporters traveling the world visiting significantand interesting places February 22, 2001At Frugal Soup this month, Ron Chandler recounted his experiences with the homelessin America and Paolo’sdaughter, Trustee DanielaSoleri, offered an international perspective on food and hunger. WorkshopperRiku Hakateyama is seen here enjoying her modest meal. [Photos and text by JenniferThornton] Trustee Doug Lee looksover plans for new construction with Habitat Manager, Dave Tollas and PlanningVolunteer Victor Arcos.last_img read more

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first_imgFebruary 2, 2002 constructionhas reached the second level. Reinforcement steel layout and slab formdetails are checked by the crew {TT] The shoring postsbeneath the second floor slab forms are an integral part of themulti-storied construction system. The alignment is adjusted before thebraces are applied to stabilize the system. [TT]last_img

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first_imgMarch 24, 2010 Improvements are underway around the back of the Ceramics Apse. With the help of the previous workshop our landscaping department set pavers around the base of the apse, but now they are creating concrete panels for the project’s next step. The panels are created using the silt-cast technique. Landscaping crewmember Brian Fritz led volunteers Mike Kelliher and Ikue Saitou in construction of the formwork. Silt, a fine sand and clay mixture, is sifted and prepared to provide a base for the panel. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Design impressions can be made into the silt or left plain. In either case, the silt-cast side is exposed when the panel is lifted into place and the remaining silt leaves color and texture on the concrete. Here the prepared formwork with steel reinforcement bars awaits the concrete pour. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Participants of the current Workshop joined our landscaping crew to help pour the panel. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] A simple wooden board was used to smooth the top of the concrete. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] After it cured, this panel was tilted up to align with the existing walls behind it. Most of the silt will be brushed off or washed away, but some will remain. Formwork for the next panel is already in progress and we will report more on this in the near future. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow]last_img read more

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Loyal British holidaymakers honoured by mayor of Geroskipou

first_imgTwo British holidaymakers who have visited various Constantiou Bros hotels in Geroskipou in Paphos more than one hundred times have been awarded a plaque by the mayor and the group’s general manager.John and Carole Morley have stayed in the area one hundred and four times during the last twenty-five or so years, and keep coming back time and again, the groups’ general manager, Aristos Diomedous told the Cyprus Mail.“They have stayed at a number of our hotels, including the Athena and the Pafian Bay, since 1992 and they are booked to stay with us again in March 2018, which will bring the total up to 105 visits with us,” he said.A celebration to mark the occasion was recently held at Geroskipou municipality, when, at the invitation of the mayor, Michalis Pavlides, the couple’s loyalty was rewarded with a special plaque and a gift.“I presented the award to them, which was nice,” said Pavlides, “We cooperate with our hotels so that every year we present gifts to repeat customers that stay more than fifty times. This couple were more than double that.”He added that he is pleased that so many customers are choosing to return to the area year after year.Diomedous, who is also the vice president of the hotels managers’ association said that many hotels all over Cyprus rely on such customers and that they are of huge importance in the industry.“These people are what we need to invest in and they will help us to expand our seasonality issues as they chose to stay all year round, not just during the summer months,” he said.He also said that the couple, as is the case with many other ‘repeaters’, form friendships with other customers and tend to book their holidays at the same time so that they may meet up again.He noted that this Constantiou hotel ‘fan club’ are a valuable asset to the group and would be at any hotel.“During September this year, seventy per cent of our customers at our Athena Royal hotel were repeat customers and in our other hotels, at various times, this sector makes up around forty five to fifty per cent of our guests,” he noted.The industry expert said that the key to repeat custom is quality, hospitality, regular customer contact and showing them that they are appreciated, important and valued.“Offering value for money is also a must,” he said.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Unemployment rate falls to 82 in June Eurostat says

first_imgCyprus’s unemployment rate fell last month to 8.2 per cent from 8.3 per cent in May and 11 per cent in June 2017, the sixth lowest in the European Union, the European Commission’s statistical office said.The number of people out of work was 35,000 in June against 36,000 in May, and 47,000 in June 2017, Eurostat said in a statement on Tuesday. The drop in the unemployment rate in Cyprus was the largest in the EU.The jobless rate among men and women in June was 7.6 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, Eurostat said. Youth unemployment was 22.3 per cent in March, which is the latest available figure.The average unemployment rate in the EU was 6.9 per cent while that in the Euro area was 8.3 per cent last month, Eurostat said.The highest jobless rate was that of Greece with 20.2 per cent followed by Spain’s 15.2 per cent and Italy’s 10.9 per cent, the Commission’s statisticians said.The lowest rate was reported in the Czech Republic with 2.4 per cent followed by Germany with 3.4 per cent and Hungary with 3.6 per cent.You May LikeWater Purifiers | Search AdsWater Purifiers Might be Cleaning Water Better Than You ThinkWater Purifiers | Search AdsUndoTymOut7 Foods That Can Help Reduce Effects of Diabetes Naturally!TymOutUndoMuama Instant TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesMuama Instant TranslatorUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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