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first_imgRelated LinksCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchFormer Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians ‘would listen’ to BucsCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald tweets his appreciation for Steve WilksBy the numbers: Steve Wilks’ lone season as Cardinals head coachCardinals players laud fired coach Steve Wilks’ leadershipNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachArizona Cardinals fire head coach Steve Wilks after one year“The fact we went backwards on both offense and defense,” determined Wilks’ fate, according to Bidwill.“Looking at his plan for 2019, I just didn’t feel like it was a plan I wanted to get behind, that would turn us around and get us back to the type of football that we expect and our fans deserve.”Bidwill did give Wilks the full season to fight for his job out of respect for the first-time coach. But he admitted that in speaking about the future with Wilks, the parties did not discuss potential coaching staff changes that could keep Wilks on board for 2019.Arizona finished 2018 with the worst scoring offense of 32 teams (14.1 points per game) and 26th in scoring defense (26.6 points per game). Under Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, the Cardinals had the worst rushing defense per game (154.9), which negated any good things they did by allowing the fourth-fewest passing yards per game (203.9).It wasn’t a matter of the Cardinals switching from a base 3-4 defense under Arians’ staff to a 4-3. Rather, it was failure on the coaching staff’s part in fitting the players into the defense, teaching them assignments and quickly plugging any holes due to injury. “One thing about a head coach is you’ve got to make changes or adjustments, whether it’s in-game or in a season,” Bidwill said.“That’s where you rely on your coaching staff, to get your next players ready. That’s where the coaches made a huge difference.”Cardinals injured players (Keim era)2013 – 170 missed games (127 on IR)2014 – 166 missed games (91 on IR)2015 – 148 missed games (108 on IR)2016 –  212 missed games (178 on IR)2017 – 242 missed games (196 on IR)2018 – 240 missed games (200 on IR)(Via injury report stats on Pro-Football-Reference.com) Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Just like Arizona Cardinals fans, team president Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim didn’t like what they saw or what they heard this season.The results came swiftly with the firing of head coach Steve Wilks on Monday.“I never expected this, to be in this position,” Bidwill said just more than 11 months after hiring Wilks to replace the retired Bruce Arians.The Cardinals looked at the record and the lack of competitive games in making the final decision to pull the plug on Wilks’ tenure as head coach. While Bidwill and Keim didn’t speak in depth about what went wrong, the obvious came across as they attempted to forge full-steam ahead into a second coaching search in a year’s time. ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOK Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Most notably, two of Keim’s first-round draft picks, linebackers Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick, were benched early on in the season.“I think at the end of the day, you have to cater to your defensive strengths,” Keim said. “The fact that it didn’t get right sooner than later, that was a real sticking point.“Didn’t honestly feel we were growing as a football team and headed in the right direction,” the GM added.Offensively, under offensive coordinators Mike McCoy and then Byron Leftwich, Arizona was last in total yards, passing yards, rushing yards and points per game.Injuries played their part in the Cardinals ending the year with three wins. Along the offensive line, all the projected starters from the preseason ended the year on the injured reserve list. Rookie receiver Christian Kirk, their biggest weapon, also went down.The Cardinals waived their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, and right tackle, Andre Smith, during the year.And on defense, middle linebacker Josh Bynes ended the year on the IR while Wilks’ staff waived two cornerbacks who started multiple games opposite Patrick Peterson.Bidwill said injuries weren’t an excuse. He cited past seasons of Arians’ staff taking health problems on with a next-man-up mentality and quickly introducing players off the street into key roles.center_img 129 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQantas customers can look forward to world-leading in flight Wi-Fi from next year under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the nbn™ network.The new service will feature speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board Wi-Fi, giving customers the ability to stream movies, TV shows, the latest news bulletins and live sports on domestic flights via the internet.In flight trials are expected to begin with a single Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft in late 2016, retrofitted with equipment to enable high-speed Wi-Fi. A full roll-out across Qantas Domestic’s fleet of A330s and B737s is planned from early 2017, with the aircraft to be fitted with modems and the advanced antenna that receives the satellite signal.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the goal was to make Australia home to the world’s best in flight Wi-Fi experience.“Bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” Mr Joyce said.“The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for in flight connectivity but the recent launch of nbn’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help,” he added.Under the deal, ViaSat will provide Qantas with connectivity between the aircraft and the high capacity KA-band satellite and ground stations, which will then provide a link to the internet.The user-friendly speeds delivered by ViaSat to airlines in the U.S. have driven take-up rates among passengers that are four times higher than the industry average.“This service will give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they’re used to on the ground,” Mr Joyce said.“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online.“This kind of in flight connectivity would also open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment, which we’re constantly looking to enhance.“As a premium carrier, delivering value for money to our customers is extremely important to us. That’s why we’ll be offering access to Wi-Fi for free, on top of all the other things that are included when you fly Qantas.”Qantas is also examining options for high-speed Wi-Fi across its international and regional fleet.“We are delighted to be working with Qantas, who share our commitment to offering airline passengers the best, most convenient in-flight connectivity experience,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s Chairman and CEO.“We bring deep in-flight internet expertise to Qantas, serving close to 500 U.S. commercial aircraft. We connect more passengers per flight with higher speeds and more bandwidth per passenger than any other service – reaching speeds up to 20 Mbps per person and enough total bandwidth to support virtually any activity including streaming live or on-demand video and music.“Our experience is proven on 1,500 flights daily, with as many as 148 simultaneous active devices on any given flight and with many of those devices using streaming media.”Qantas will be engaging with relevant regulators on the certification and approval for the new service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRech by Alain Ducasse is welcoming guest chef Kei Kojima, the acclaimed chef de cuisine at the two-Michelin star Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo (located on top of the Chanel Building) for Gala Seafood Dinners on 5-7 June 2018.Experience guest chef Kei Kojima’s refined French cuisine with Japanese influences, over a specially created five-course Gala Seafood Menu with top quality Japanese & French produce (HK$1688 plus 10% service per person).During his first Hong Kong visit, chef Kei is using the freshest seafood, imported from all parts of Japan, as well as France, combined with his French culinary mastery to create a unique dining experience.The Gala Seafood Menu includes:Delicate tomato royale, shellfishGrilled Japanese aoriika, seasonal vegetables and fruit, shaved black trufflePan-seared red mullet from Japan, girolles and green asparagus, mushroom reductionPoached blue lobster from France, quick-sautéed cabbageChocolate/matcha tea tartlet, cocoa nib crispAs per chef Kei Kojima, “The menu is all about freshness, immediacy and the genuine taste of the produce of the season. To mark the beginning of summer, my dishes are fresh, light and simple, while infused with my interpretation of nature.”The Amuse Bouche is an homage to Rech and its famous seafood platter, reinterpreted with the tomato, a star product in summer.Chef Kei has chosen grilled Japanese aoriika, as this is the perfect season for this ingredient. Its meat is soft, thick and a bit sweet. He lightly cooks this; there is no need for more. He is using colourful and attractive plating for this dish with zucchini, eggplant, tomato, and “confit” peach.Both the Japanese red mullet and French blue lobster are the most noble products of the sea. As such, the vegetables, condiments and jus do not need to show off. Chef Kei is just exalting the original flavour with his skilled cooking techniques, and dishes all prepared ‘à la minute’.The Japanese inspired dessert is made with matcha tea, exclusively paired with chocolate from the Alain Ducasse factory in Paris. It perfectly embodies the philosophy of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo cuisine.Click here for the Gala Seafood Dinner Menu.About Kei KojimaAfter beginning his career as a cook at the age of 18, Kei Kojima subsequently moved to France in 1988 and trained under internationally acclaimed chefs Michel Guérard, Alain Chapel and Pierre Gagnaire.Chef Kei then worked together with Alain Ducasse and his right-hand man Franck Cerutti for more than 10 years at the three-Michelin star Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse in Monaco, where he served as Sous-Chef for three years.Returning to Japan following 20 years of mastering French culinary techniques and experience at the most famous French restaurants, Kei became the executive chef at Alain Ducasse’s Bistrot Benoit in 2008.Since April 2010, he has been the executive chef of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo, which is located on the top floor of the CHANEL building in Tokyo.About Rech by Alain DucasseThe one-Michelin star Rech by Alain Ducasse offers an authentically French seafood experience, showcasing the best seasonal fish, shellfish and oysters with the chef’s personal interpretation and contemporary French cuisine and stunning harbour views.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterGlobal online payments juggernaut, PayPal, has named the recipient of its inaugural TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) scholarship: Stephanie Cowdroy, Finance Manager at Brisbane’s GlobeNet Travel.Stephanie will commence her mentoring experience alongside 10 other ambitious mentees in TIME’s final intake for 2018, commencing on 5 September.“I am delighted that Stephanie will be PayPal’s first ‘scholar’ in the TIME mentoring program,” said Anthony Drury, Director, Head of Enterprise Business, PayPal ANZ.“It’s a privilege to help advance such a talented young professional’s career and I look forward to sharing my expertise and experience with her over the next six months,” he added.Stephanie Cowdroy, GlobeNet TravelThe PayPal scholarship covers Stephanie’s TIME fees for six months of dedicated, tailored mentoring.“I am thrilled to be the recipient of PayPal’s first TIME scholarship. The TIME program is highly regarded by my industry peers and it is a huge privilege to join the TIME community,” says Cowdroy.“I am often told that I have my whole career ahead of me and I believe the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced industry leader will help me reach my full professional potential. I want to extend my thanks to PayPal for their commitment to professional development,” continued Stephanie.TIME program founder, Penny Spencer, also extended her sincere gratitude to PayPal.“We are so grateful for PayPal’s support of TIME, and we’re delighted to welcome Stephanie to the program as the 2018 PayPal scholar,” Spencer said.TIME founder and chair, Penny Spencer from Spencer Group of Companies“The Board was overwhelmed with applicants of the highest order, and Stephanie is a worthy recipient. We so look forward to hearing about her experience when she graduates in 2019,” she added.Since its foundation in 2009, TIME has accelerated the leadership and career paths of some 200 graduates from more than 100 travel, tourism and hospitality businesses.Expressions of interest for TIME’s 33rd program intake (commencing 13 February 2019) are due by COB Friday 25 January 2019.For more information, visit the TIME website or contact Marie Allom:Email Marie at time@travelindustrymentor.com.auSee travelindustrymentor.com.au/become-a-menteeLead image – Stephanie Cowdroy, GlobeNet Travel and Anthony Drury, PayPal.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSamsonite Australia has launched its first-ever sustainable collection, the Spark SNG Eco suitcase. Made out of textiles engineered from 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles and genuine cork material, Recyclex is promoted as being “as durable and reliable as Samsonite’s polyester fabric made from virgin materials.”Cork material serves as a nature-conscious alternative for the polyurethane trim on the carry handles, logo, ID tag and back protection, making Spark SNG Eco a strong, tactile and trendy option for travellers. Plastic waste is a critical global environmental issue that communities cannot ignore. To address this issue, Samsonite has been working tirelessly to create sustainable materials that are suitable for travel and lifestyleproducts.“Sustainability is a priority that runs through our products, from our hands to consumers. We recognise that travellers are increasingly aware of environmental protection and looking for ways to reduce theirenvironmental footprint,” said Subrata Dutta, President of Samsonite Asia Pacific.“We are proud to present the first wave of Eco Collection in Asia, as part of our commitment to increasing the sustainability of our products with more responsible and environmentally friendly materials. We expect to generate stronger awareness of environmental protection in the market, and will continue to seek opportunities to maximise the use of recycled and recyclable materials in our products and packaging.”“Samsonite is excited to work towards even more sustainable products while sustaining the passion for making high-quality bags and accessories.”In 2018 and 2019, Samsonite will launch at least 30 product lines worldwide that are made from recycled materials such as rPET or recycled polypropylene.The new SPARK SNG ECO will be available to purchase from leading luggage retailers and online in three sizes (55cm, 67cm and 79cm) and prices ($349, $465 and $499 respectively).All Samsonite travel products include a ten-year global limited warranty.See www.samsonite.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Skyscanner has teamed up with Fly Thomas Cook to offer these great deals on flights this winter.Don’t forget to also use exclusive Skyscanner discount code ‘SKYSCAN’ before the end of January to save £5 on every flight purchased – a saving of £40 for a family of four. This discount code can be used in conjunction with any sale offer on the Fly Thomas Cook site.Book before the end of January for the best deals – flights start at just £39.99! Greece from £47.99A trip to Greece conjures up images of whitewashed houses, clear blue seas and delicious Mediterranean food, and these are just some of the reasons why it’s one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations. With more than 3000 islands to explore, Greece is a popular sailing destination and its warm waters can be negotiated all year round while the stunning capital Athens oozes history.Flights to Greece start from just £47.99Discount code ‘SKYSCAN’ expires at the end of January 2011. Its is combinable with the current sales on the Fly Thomas Cook site. Turkey from £34.99A unique mix of east and west, Turkey offers an abundance of riches to visitors: beach resorts on the Black Sea are hugely popular with families, water sports fans and those simply wanting to relax, while the intoxicating capital Istanbul showcases Turkey’s amazing blend of European, Asian and North African culture.Flights to Turkey start at just £34.99.Canaries from £47.99Always one of the best bets for year-round sun, the Canary Islands all boast the same amenities you’d expect: plenty of sun, relaxing resort and lively bars. Each island also has its own uniqueness however, whether it’s Tenerife’s towering peak Mount Teide, Gran Canaria’s magnificent sand dunes or Lanzarote’s dark volcanic sand.Flights to the Canaries start from just £47.99 RelatedThomas Cook Airlines takes off at Leeds BradfordThomas Cook Airlines takes off at Leeds BradfordMythbusters: What are charter flights and how to find a good dealBudget charter flights could be a great option if you’re looking to get away for a bargain holiday. Here’s a rundown of the whats, wheres and whens of getting a great deal.24 hour Flash Sale: Thomas Cook flights to Boston from £230 returnThomas Cook have announced a 24 hour flash sale on flights from the UK to Boston. Here are the full details so check them out before these ridiculously cheap flights are gone!last_img read more

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first_imgCleveland, Ohio—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineNextant Aerospace, maker of the 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet, today announced that it has completed delivery of its 16th 400XT business jet. The delivery was made to a private buyer in the Czech Republic and will be managed by Time Air, a leading Czech Republic-based provider of charter and aircraft acquisition and management services. The delivery marks the first 400XT that will be accepted for European registration.“We are excited to make the Nextant 400XT available for charter services in the European market,” said Martin Pražský, Managing Director of Time Air. “The 400XT’s exceptional combination of highly affordable operating economics, best-in-class range, significantly reduced carbon emissions and noise compliance that exceeds Stage IV requirements makes it the perfect aircraft for the European market. There is no other aircraft in the world like it, and it is a highly attractive addition to our charter services offering.”The private purchaser and Time Air also will work closely with Nextant to provide demonstration flights for prospective buyers in Europe. Beechcraft Sales and Service GmbH (Beechcraft Augsburg) serves as Nextant’s maintenance hub in Europe, and will offer a full range of factory-approved services for the growing number of European 400XT owners and operators.“In just the last two weeks, we have had extremely positive feedback on the 400XT at Brazil’s LABACE, the world’s second-largest business aviation convention; have announced a 10-aircraft order by a purchaser in Asia; and are pleased to announce that our most recent delivery is to a European customer in the Czech Republic, all of which affirm the 400XT’s global appeal,” said Jay Heublein, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nextant Aerospace. “The 400XT is particularly well-suited to the European market, since its 2,003-nautical mile range enables travelers to reach destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with nonstop flights.”The latest delivery of the 400XT is the 16th for Nextant, which began deliveries in October 2011 following final certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently, Nextant has orders for more than 80 400XT aircraft, with greater than 40 percent of those orders coming from customers outside of North America. Nextant is forecasting delivery of 32 400XTs by the end of 2012, and will increase its annual production rate to 36 aircraft in 2013 to meet higher-than-projected demand.The 400XT development process employs a remanufactured airframe from the Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft, enhanced with new, state-of-the-art technology including the Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engine, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite, advanced electronics, including high-speed wireless Internet service, and completely rebuilt interiors.The resulting aircraft has a 2,003-nautical mile range and cruising speed of 460 nautical miles per hour. It supports a remarkable 30 percent reduction in operating costs over the Beechjet 400A/XP and fuel efficiency improvements of 20-30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment.The 400XT is considered to be a new type in the Aircraft Bluebook. Further options include additional avionics features, and an optional seating configuration that allows for the most legroom of any light jet in production without sacrificing seating capacity.www.nextantaerospace.comlast_img read more

Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTaj Boston has introduced new menus filled with heart-warming winter favorites, including delectable prix fixe specials for lunch and dinner in The Café ,and new savory and sweet options for weekend afternoon tea in The Lounge.Winter Dining in The Café-This charming spot with expansive views of fashionable Newbury Street is a local favorite for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and showcases culinary creations by Executive Chef Franck Steigerwald and regional Indian specialties by Chef Prabeen Prathapan -New prix menus for lunch and dinner offer a choice of two or three courses -Appetizer options include Soup Of The Day, Arugula and Blood Orange Salad with Pecans or Chickpea Sundal Salad, a beloved South Indian dish spiced with black mustard seeds and red chiles -For entrées, select from Braised Beef Cheeks with Mashed Potatoes and Gremolata, Seared Salmon with Sautéed Fennel, Basil and Tomato Bouillabaisse Sauce, or Murgh Methis Malai (chicken in fenugreek tomato cream sauce) with Basmati Rice -Desserts on offer are Raspberry Crème Brulée with Lemon Pound Cake and Raspberry Salad, French Pastry Medley or Ice Cream or Sorbet -In addition, The Café offers a number of breakfast and brunch dishes as well as a la carte starters, entrées and desserts for lunch and dinner daily; its popular Arlington Street Classics include Boston Clam Chowder, Lobster Salad, Chicken Pot Pie and Kobe Beef BurgerWinter Weekend Tea in The Lounge-A gracious tradition at the hotel since 1927, Afternoon Tea is served on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. -To complement the refined atmosphere of The Lounge and the adjoining French Room, savory and sweet tea selections are served on fine china, accompanied by your choice of exclusive teas, herbal infusions, wine, cocktails or even inventive cocktail teas -Taj Royal features tea sandwiches, canapés, sweet pastries and petit fours with your choice of tea -The Duchess offers a selection of sweet pastries and petit fours with your choice of tea -A Traditional Cheese Tasting included a selection of hard and soft cheeses with baguette, crackers and fresh and dried fruits and serves two to three -Fine red and white wines are offered by the glass, as are Champagne cocktails -Four signature cocktail teas are also offered, such as the Hot Toddy, featuring black tea with Dewar’s, honey and lemon, or Blueberry Tea, that blends Grand Marnier and Amaretto with Earl Grey tea designed to be sipped from a teacup holding blueberries and rimmed with sugar;www.tajhotels.com/bostonlast_img read more

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first_imgGuadalajara, Jalisco – The Governor of the State of Jalisco, Emilio Gomez, announced that as of today, all business will resume activities in the parts of the state where there has been no evidence or confirmed cases of the H1N1 Influenza virus to date.As of May 13th, 98 municipalities will continue all types of business activities, while at the same time, proactively continuing to take every measure needed to comply with sanitary preventions dictated by health authorities.Business activities will resume without interruption in the areas where no new cases of H1N1 Influenza have been confirmed and do not appear to endanger the lives of people. Each municipality will be individually evaluated and schools throughout the state continue to be suspended until Monday, May 18th.Gomez also informed that Federal Authorities have reported five new confirmed cases. Jalisco has registered 35 cases of the 2,282 cases reported nationally in Mexico.The Governor advised that residents of the state should not let their guard down and continue taking the proper precautions.last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, speaks for his client, Marion “Suge” Knight, right, in a court appearance for a bail review hearing in his murder case in Los Angeles. Authorities say the high-profile Los Angeles attorney, Fletcher, has been arrested. Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida tells The Associated Press that Matthew Fletcher was arrested on a warrant Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Robyn Beck, Pool, File) 2 former lawyers of rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Two Los Angeles attorneys who represented former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight were arrested on warrants alleging they were accessories after the fact to a felony, authorities said.The attorneys, Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, were arrested Thursday by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press. The warrants allege they were accessories after the fact to a crime, she said, without providing any additional details.Fletcher, 53, was arrested around 2 p.m. and was being booked at the county jail, officials said. Jail records showed he was being held on $1 million bail. No information was listed about Culpepper.In a court filing in August, prosecutors accused Fletcher and Knight of witness tampering in the rap mogul’s pending murder case. Transcripts of recorded conversations suggested the two had discussed fabricating testimony and Knight had tried to pay off potential witnesses with his lawyer’s help, the filing said.The alleged talks of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail and Fletcher, along with Knight’s fiancee and his business partner.Fletcher is one of several lawyers who has represented Knight, the Death Row Records co-founder, since he was charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015, killing one of them. Knight has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial later this year.The people on the calls discuss payments of as much as $25,000 to witnesses to say the victims or others at the burger stand were armed at the time, bolstering Knight’s argument that he was acting in self-defence.In one call, Fletcher said he would “pay anything” to bikers who were at the scene.“If we can get the two or three versions from the bikers on tape and we can get … we’re done,” he said. “It’s going home time. Right? That’s a fair … investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars.”After the court filing, Fletcher vehemently denied that he was suggesting bribing witnesses and said he was talking about bikers who may have had cellphone video that could be useful to the defence.The filing also included accusations that Culpepper had contacted a sheriff’s department informant and had agreed to pay for his testimony that he was present at the time of the crime and witnessed events that would favourable for the defence’s case.A text message sent to Fletcher’s cellphone Thursday night was not immediately returned and a woman who answered the phone at his law office declined comment and hung up without giving her name. A telephone message left for Culpepper was also not immediately returned.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .center_img by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 8:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 3:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img Netta from Israel reacts during the announcement of a voting in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) The Latest: Barzilai wins Eurovision Song Contest for Israel LISBON, Portugal – The Latest on the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (all times local):11:45 p.m.Netta Barzilai has won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel with her song “Toy.”Barzilai, who was the favourite to win ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final, saw off competition from 42 other countries’ performers to claim the music extravaganza’s annual crown at a show in Lisbon, Portugal.There was a strong field of contestants at this year’s event, which largely shed its traditional hallmarks of glitz and glitter in favour of a more restrained and tasteful tone.The international contest began as a competition between European countries, but its huge popularity has led to the inclusion of Israel and Australia among the performers.Around 200 million people were expected to tune in to Saturday night’s show.Portugal earned the right to host the event because it won last year with Salvador Sobral’s subdued ballad “Amar pelos Dois.”___10:45 p.m.It’s a duet for the ages: last year’s winner Salvador Sobral is on the Eurovision Song Contest stage singing his successful song alongside Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso.Sobral, 28, underwent a heart transplant last December and has been limiting his public appearances.But sharing a stage at the Grand Final with Caetano, 75, on Saturday night was too good to miss. The pair appeared after all 26 countries at the competition had performed at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.Sobral has made no secret of the fact that he prefers quality music over the showy, glossy style favoured in past Eurovision events. His ballad “Amar pelos Dois” was a massive success.___10:10 p.m.The last performance, by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro of Italy, has concluded at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Now the tense, drawn-out collating of international votes begins.In each participating country, a jury and viewers award between one and a maximum 12 points to their favourite songs. Those votes are combined to give each country a single score.No country can vote for its own contestant. By tradition, each announcement is made in English or French.Barring technical glitches, the winner of the 2018 event should be crowned before midnight (2300 GMT) at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.___9:20 p.m.A protester has climbed onto the stage in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest and snatched away the microphone of the United Kingdom’s contestant SuRie.The man got hold of the microphone but was quickly tackled by security and taken away while SuRie stood by.The British singer kept her composure and carried on her with her song at the event in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday night. She appeared unhurt.Previous editions of the annual event have also witnessed protesters getting onto the stage.Contestants from 26 countries are taking part in the hugely popular contest.___8:10 p.m.The opening of the Grand Final of the 2018 European Song Contest is showcasing Portugal’s traditional fado music.Accompanied by a Portuguese 12-string guitar and drums, fado singers Ana Moura and Mariza — two of the genre’s biggest stars — opened the performance on Saturday night.Beatbombers, a Portuguese DJ duo, then mixed a classic fado song with a techno beat while the contestants representing 26 countries paraded across the stage with their national flags.More than 10,000 people are in the audience at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, and thousands more are watching the show at a downtown fan zone. An expected 200 million people will tune in across the world.__7:45 p.m.A lot of thought went into the lineup for the Eurovision Song Contest’s Grand Final.The event’s producer, Christer Bjorkman, assesses each of the annual event’s 26 performers, figuring out how to create the best show. He juggles ballads with heavy rock, and balances solo acts with bands, to get the tempo right.He says: “You want to start with good energy. You want to get the party going.” Ukrainian entry MELOVIN is first up on Saturday night with his song “Under The Ladder.”One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds. That’s not much time to get the props off stage, though the commercial breaks offer more breathing space for the crew.___7:15 p.m.Lights, music, action! Europe’s annual music extravaganza is about to begin, with many people expecting a vintage year.The Grand Final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will crown one of 26 entries with dreams of following in the footsteps of past winners such as Swedish pop group ABBA and Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias.The show is taking place at Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday night, starting at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT.) Some 200 million people around the world are expected to be watching.The event started out as a competition between European countries, but its huge popularity has led to the inclusion of Israel and Australia as contestants.The country which furnishes the winner organizes the following year’s competition. Portugal won last year with Salvador Sobral’s subdued ballad “Amar pelos Dois.”___11:15 p.m.The kitsch is conspicuously absent this year and the usual extravagant stage effects are nowhere to be seen. Could the Eurovision Song Contest finally be focusing on the music?The annual Euro-pop fest has long been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year’s dancing gorilla.But Portugal — which hosting this year’s event because its entry, Salvador Sobral, won with a restrained solo ballad last year in Ukraine — is putting on a show with stylish, elegant performances by a strong field of competitors. And it’s doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.That means the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is heading to what many predict will be an exceptional year.center_img by The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2018 12:06 pm PDT Last Updated May 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this July 26, 2010 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) TORONTO – Hearing the powerful voice of Aretha Franklin over the airwaves of 1980s pop radio left a permanent impression on Canadian singer Jully Black.Hardly eight years old at the time, Black remembers even at that age she recognized the rarity of a black woman being played on a Top 40 radio station in Toronto.“To hear a soulful voice come through gave me hope,” she says.“Right here in Canada, I was hearing this voice that I knew wasn’t from here — but I knew I could do that too. As young as I was, that was the beginning.”Franklin, who is synonymous with her title as the “Queen of Soul,” died on Thursday in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.Black says her sisters were loyal fans of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio show where Franklin’s mid-1980s hits “Freeway of Love” and “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” would have made appearances.Those songs encouraged her to learn more about Franklin’s roots as the daughter of a church pastor, which Black felt paralleled her own experience as the daughter of a deacon. She supposes they might’ve shared a few viewpoints on the music industry.“There are times where we’ve had to pass up things because it didn’t align with our faith, with our integrity,” Black says.“That’s where the church always stayed with me and I believe that’s where the church stayed with her.”Over her career, Franklin proved a musical versatility that challenged definition.While she forged an early career in Motown with hits like “Chain of Fools” and “Respect,” she was also a steadfast gospel singer who played piano on a whim. Her career’s many chapters included a pop resurgence in duets with 1980s figures like George Michael and Annie Lennox and being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Franklin held the seemingly universal admiration of her peers.Celine Dion called sharing the stage with the vocal powerhouse on VH1’s 1998 “Divas Live” one of the greatest moments of her career.“She was an unbelievable artist who inspired me and millions of others,” Dion posted Thursday on Facebook.“She was the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time… there will never be anyone like her.”Dan Aykroyd, who spent time with Franklin on the set of both Blues Brothers movies, tweeted that he recalled “happy memories” of her.“The Queen had a wry, skeptical eye on the world but once you got her laughing you were in,” he wrote.“What a voice! What a soul.”Her extensive music catalogue also made Franklin’s songs frequent candidates for covers.Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona says she performed 1971’s “Rock Steady” on tour years ago. She considered it a high point of the show, but attests that covering one of Franklin’s songs is never easy.“It’s big shoes to fill,” she says.“You’re kind of diving in with the sharks because if you mess it up… your head’s on the chopping block. When you’re that great, like Aretha, you’ve got to do it justice.”Fiona credits Franklin with inspiring her own career and those of her idols, such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.“As a singer I feel such a great sense of loss,” she says.“That’s the mother of these voices.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 10:19 am PDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ‘She gave me hope’: Jully Black on how Aretha Franklin inspired generationslast_img read more

Batman Star Trek TV collectibles to be auctio

first_img‘Batman,’ ‘Star Trek’ TV collectibles to be auctioned LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A longtime TV memorabilia collector is putting props and costumes from “Batman,” ”Star Trek” and other shows up for auction.James Comisar said 400 items from his collection will be for sale. That includes the Riddler’s green jacket from the first episode of “Batman” and a protective glass “bat shield” from the camp 1960s series.Also going on the block are the egg-shaped spaceship from “Mork & Mindy,” a bag of Walter White-concocted fake drugs from “Breaking Bad” and a stalking costume worn by the title serial killer in “Dexter.”More than 50 lots of “Star Trek” costumes, sketches, jewelry and correspondence acquired from series costume designer William Ware Theiss will be part of the sale. Among them is the toga worn by William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk in a kissing scene with Nichelle Nichols’ Lt. Uhura.Comisar said he has been collecting TV-related items for 30 years and hopes to see a museum built to house the items and honour television history. The memorabilia is stored in a climate-, light- and humidity-controlled warehouse.With the industry slow to support his dream, Comisar said he decided to “share amazing pieces with collectors and fans who have always valued these shows” and care for them properly.Prop Store, a film and TV memorabilia company, is hosting the auction on Dec. 1 at its Southern California facility. Items can be viewed online and bids placed on auction day by phone or on the Prop Store website.___Online:Prop Store – Ultimate Movie Collectables This image released by The Comisar Collection shows costumes worn by characters Captain Kirk and Spock from the “Star Trek” TV series, which are among 400 items from his memorabilia collection up for auction on Dec. 1. (The Comisar Collection via AP) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 8:06 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Vancouver esports entry in the Overwatch League to

first_imgVancouver esports entry in the Overwatch League to be known as the Titans AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Vancouver Titans team logoi is shown in this handout image. Vancouver’s expansion Overwatch League esports team will be known as the Titans. The Vancouver Titans will join the Toronto Defiant and six other new teams for 2019: Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Paris, and Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Presscenter_img by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2018 3:34 pm PDT Vancouver’s expansion Overwatch League esports team will be known as the Titans.The Vancouver Titans will join the Toronto Defiant and six other new teams for 2019: Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Paris, and Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, China.The inaugural 2018 Overwatch season featured 12 teams: Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion in the Atlantic Division and Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons in the Pacific Division.The Titans are owned by the Aquilini Group, owner of the Vancouver Canucks. The esports team’s roster, management and branding were officially unveiled Saturday at Rogers Arena before the NHL game between the Canucks and Dallas Stars.The Overwatch League season kicks off Feb. 14.“In choosing our identity we wanted to introduce a team that would resonate with fans in the Pacific Northwest,” Francesco Aquilini, managing director of the Aquilini Group, said in a statement. “With a local feel and an experienced, skilled team, we are ready and can’t wait to have the Titans compete at the highest level in esports.”The Titans colours will be blue (primary), green (secondary) and white (accents), a combination the team says represents “Vancouver’s greenery surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.”The Titans logo features a Sasquatch with the monogram of a ‘V’ in the nose for Vancouver, and a mountain range on the top of its head.“The team name of the Titans is indicative of the traits associated with the Sasquatch — a powerful, imposing, and mythical being.”The Aquilini Group has partnered with Luminosity Gaming, an esports veteran, to steer the team.The Titans team roster includes former members of RunAway, a successful Overwatch squad.London won the inaugural league championship — and US$1 million — in July, defeating Philadelphia 3-0 at a soldout Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Philadelphia collected US$400,000 as runner-up.The league is the brainchild of Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment, whose gaming portfolio also includes “World of Warcraft’” and “StarCraft.” Overwatch has more than 30 million players.The league plans to continue staging its games at Blizzard’s esports arena in Burbank, Calif., in 2019 with plans to stage games in the franchise cities in 2020.last_img read more

Ruth Westheimer also known as Dr Ruth poses for a

first_img Ruth Westheimer also known as Dr. Ruth poses for a photograph in Toronto, on Friday, April 26, 2019. As the only child of Jewish parents who died during the Second World War, Dr. Ruth Westheimer says she grew up feeling like she had to “stand up and be counted.” “Because I am a survivor, an orphan of the Holocaust, I had to make a dent in society,” the 90-year-old celebrity sex therapist said during a recent interview in Toronto. “I didn’t know I would be talking about orgasms and erections.” The frank-talking media personality — who’s charmed audiences for decades with her four-foot-seven frame, German accent and squeaky-voiced “Grandma Freud” personality — opens up about her life, career and childhood in the new documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2019 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dr. Ruth on having the ‘guts’ to speak openly about sexual literacy TORONTO — As the only child of Jewish parents who died during the Second World War, Dr. Ruth Westheimer says she grew up feeling like she had to “stand up and be counted.”“Because I am a survivor, an orphan of the Holocaust, I had to make a dent in society,” the 90-year-old celebrity sex therapist said during a recent interview in Toronto.“I didn’t know I would be talking about orgasms and erections.”The frank-talking media personality — who’s charmed audiences for decades with her four-foot-seven frame, German accent and squeaky-voiced “Grandma Freud” personality — opens up about her life, career and childhood in the new documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth.”Opening Friday in Toronto and Vancouver, the film is a look at not only her smash success spearheading candid conversations around sexuality on TV and radio, but also the loneliness and challenges she faced growing up.At age 10, she was sent to an orphanage in Switzerland to escape the Holocaust back home. Her parents stayed behind and did not survive. Records show her father was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp and her mother disappeared.Westheimer found herself having to take charge of her own life early on, which she says helped her realize women “have the responsibility for themselves and for their own sexuality.”With headlines swirling over migrant children being separated from their parents in the U.S. — as well as changes to abortion laws, Planned Parenthood and Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum — Westheimer feels “the timing is right” and that “the film is just perfect for this year.”“It will make a real stand for sexual literacy, for the importance of having the guts to do something that wasn’t done before, and for being concerned about what happens in society,” she said.“While I’m not a politician, while I never talk about politics — I’m upset when I see children being separated and I’m upset about the issue of abortion being on the carpet again, and that there’s not enough funding, in Canada and the United States, for Planned Parenthood. So if people can show … my film at events to raise money for Planned Parenthood, I’d be very happy.”Los Angeles-based Ryan White directed the doc, which opens May 24 in Montreal and throughout the spring in other cities.It’s the “story of the American dream,” he said.“I think it’s very easy in the U.S. right now to demonize refugees and I think Dr. Ruth’s story stands for how special America is when we can embrace refugees and give them that opportunity.”Cameras follow Westheimer in the New York apartment she’s lived in for over 50 years and going about her career, which is still thriving with various appearances and more books on the horizon.“I have no time to retire; I have to rewire,” she said.Westheimer plans to publish two new books this year, including a children’s book on diversity called “Crocodile, You’re Beautiful!”The other is a new edition of “Sex for Dummies,” in which she addresses issues for millennials — particularly their attitude towards relationships and how they’re “losing the art of conversation,” as well as the often-reported claim that they’re not making enough time for sex.“I don’t know if that’s true but the newspapers say so,” she said,  “and I say, ‘Hold it, watch out. If that’s true, you are stupid. Here is an activity that doesn’t cost money, here is an activity that enhances your relationship — don’t put it on the back burner.’”Young adults also need to “be savvy and to know what is trash, what is unrealistic” when it comes to incorporating sexting and other forms of technology into their sex lives, she added.“In pornography they’re showing things that are unrealistic — nobody has an erection from the floor to the ceiling every minute,” Westheimer said.Talking so candidly about sex is something Westheimer chalks up to her cultural background and work as a postdoctoral researcher at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for Helen Singer Kaplan, a doctor known for her leadership in the field of sex therapy.“In the Jewish tradition, sex has never been a sin. It always has been an obligation for a husband to engage in sex, especially on Friday nights when they cannot do anything else, so it’s a good time to make babies,” she said with a chuckle.“So part of it has to do with my being Jewish, part of it has to do with that I’ve been very well trained. Helen Singer, I was very fortunate to be on her staff. And I have the chutzpah — chutzpah in Hebrew means ‘the nerve’ — to state what I believe in.”The film also sees Westheimer with her friends and family, including her son Joel Westheimer, who has American and Canadian citizenship and is an author and professor at the University of Ottawa. She said she often visits him and his family in Ottawa.At one point in the film, Westheimer’s granddaughter asks if she’s a feminist, to which she says she’s not.Looking back on that scene, Westheimer clarified: “I don’t consider myself a feminist; I consider myself equal rights for equal work.”“I certainly was a single mother when it was not so accepted but I don’t have that (feminist) label on me,” added Westheimer, who was married three times.“So we finally agreed with my daughter Miriam and my granddaughter Leora that I’m a feminist but not a radical feminist.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Secret Path to return with recreation concert

first_img‘Secret Path’ to return with ‘recreation’ concert telling Chanie Wenjack’s story AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gord Downie performs on stage in Toronto, on Friday October 21, 2016. Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” concert is returning to the stage as part of a live “re-creation” project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Presscenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 11:01 am PDT TORONTO — Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” concert is returning to the stage as part of a live “re-creation” project.Three years after the late Tragically Hip frontman performed his concept album at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, some of the artists who brought the story of Chanie Wenjack to life are planning an encore of sorts at the same venue Oct. 19.The new version incorporates the original band from Downie’s “Secret Path” shows, a cast of dancers and surprise guests who will “create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.”Downie launched his “Secret Path” project in October 2016 after revealing he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The album recounted the story of a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966.It was comprised of a music album, a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire that illustrated Wenjack’s life and an animated film featuring Downie’s songs.Following its release, Downie’s brother Mike launched the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to encourage reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.Last year, the fund introduced Secret Path week, an annual event running Oct. 17 to 22 that encourages people to learn about the history of residential schools.Organizers say proceeds from the “Secret Path” concert will go towards the fund. Tickets are on sale through Roy Thomson Hall’s website.Downie died Oct. 17, 2017 at the age of 53.last_img read more

by Jonathan Landrum Jr The Associated Press

first_img by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 1:55 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — David Hedison, who starred in the original sci-fi classic “The Fly” and appeared in two James Bond films, has died. He was 92.He died Thursday in Los Angeles with his daughters at his side, a representative for the family, Jennifer Allen, said in an email Monday.Hedison portrayed Capt. Lee Crane in the long-running sci-fi television series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and Spencer Harrison on the daytime series “Another World.”“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father,” his daughters Alexandra and Serena said in a statement. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefited from his warm and generous heart. Our dad brought joy and humour wherever he went and did so with great style.”Hedison played scientist Andre Delambre who turned into an insect in the 1958 film “The Fly.” He played CIA agent Felix Leiter in Bond films “To Live and Let Die” and “License to Kill.”The Providence, Rhode Island-native began his career under the name Al Hedison. In 1959, he took his middle name David after signing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox.Hedison’s family said the actor entertained friends and family with a positive attitude and “wicked” sense of humour.Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press This undated image released by Alexandra Hedison shows actor David Hedison, who starred in the original sci-fi classic “The Fly” and appeared in two James Bond films. Hedison died Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. He was 92. (Alexandra Hedison via AP) Actor in original sci-fi classic ‘The Fly’ dies at 92last_img read more

September 15 2004 Arcosanti residents staff

first_imgSeptember 15, 2004 Arcosanti residents, staff, volunteers and workshoppers on September 9. 2004. [top row from left]: workshoppers Therese Kristiansson and Paolo Meccaci, landscaping coordinator Ron Chandler, foundry manager Jim Huth, foundry staff Kip Hersted [also AZ Tourism coordinator] and Gabriel Hendrix, construction and utilities manager Scott Riley, workshopper Chihiro Adachi, almost hidden – bakery coordinator Gin Harris, construction crew leader Brendan Scott, planning coordinator Dan Kelliher, agriculture staff and camp coordinator Sean Smith, workshopper Bruno Larios, volunteer Craig Moore, workshopper Erika Peres, foundry staff Stephen Kelly, workshoppers Megan Willis and Alicia Rossberg. [middle row from left]: foundry staff Porter Smith, landscaping staff Josh Krimmel, workshoppers Yuta Senga and Satoru Kitada, construction volunteer Mika Kawai, workshopper Sofia Digerstedt, agriculture volunteer SaraBeth Kurzhals, archive staff Yuki Yanagimoto and maintenance staff Mark Baris. [lower middle row from left]: workshop coordinator Kelli Huth, Cosanti foundry staff Dave Koppe, Cosanti foundry manager Hannes Garrett, ceramics staff Nadia Begin, maintenance member Mark Whigham, workshopper Helga Roessler, agriculture volunteer and bakery staff Camilla Jolda, book initiative coordinator Jewel Blackfeather, foundry staff Monica Ramirez, agriculture manager Brad Crutchfield, receptionist Shirlee Wheeler, public relations Charlie Provine and ceramic tile staff Linda Fournier. [lower row from left]: ceramics staff Bernadette O’Neill [in purple shirt], construction and archive volunteer Jacob Schwartz [with sunglasses], sitting infront are workshopper Isaac Punzalan and italian project coordinator Matteo Di Michele, also project directors Tomiaki Tamura and Mary Hoadley, and planning intern Dennis Gerrigk. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

Human rights lawyer rolls out proposal to solve the property issue

first_imgHuman rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades has a series of proposals to muster funds in the order of €20bn, in an effort to tackle the property issue, one of the thorniest aspects of the Cyprus problem.The former member of the Technical Committee on Property told CNA in an interview: “We need to clearly define the property issue in order to present a ‘turnkey solution’ to the problem”.Demetriades, who has handled many cases in the European Court of Human Rights, analysed his set of proposals, which he calls “one page brainstorming”, containing facts, assumptions and incentives for a positive outcome.Among other points, Demetriades said that zoning should be frozen for at least two years to minimise speculation. He proposes that refugees’ claims to the Federal Immovable Property Commission to be separated between those seeking a “fast track” remedy, i.e. cash repayment, and those aiming for restitution or other time-consuming options.“Most people want to take their money and go” especially after the 2013 financial crisis, he said.Before explaining the rationale behind his proposal to secure the necessary funds, Demetriades refers to existing difficulties to agree with the math. “We get bogged down in details, unfortunately” although this shouldn’t prevent us from getting into the methodology of the problem, he says.The lawyer admits, however, that there is no agreed data, and says that numbers require perhaps adjustment. As the basis for his calculations, he uses various studies published by economists.According to the estimates cited by Demetriades, there are 1.3m donums of Greek Cypriot land in the north with a value €45bn. Turkish Cypriot land in the government-controlled areas of the Republic amounts to 0.4m donums, worth €5 bln.He says that in the event of a solution, each constituent state should undertake the cost of compensation and re-housing, potentially with international assistance. As an example, he points to Turkey’s capital share available in the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB).His first assumption is that territorial adjustments will eventually lead to the return of Greek Cypriot properties, worth €20-25m, to their owners. The return of the fenced-off part of Turkish occupied Famagusta, with its high value properties, will contribute to that. According to the same rationale, the remaining Greek Cypriot properties in the northern part of the island will account for around €20bn.Then there is the issue of Greek Cypriot refugees who say they want to return to their properties after a settlement. If we are to believe a study that sets their number to 22% of the total, Demetriades said that this will bring down compensation claims by another €5bn, leaving €15bn to be settled.Moreover, he says that at least three quarters of Turkish Cypriot land in the southern government controlled areas has been assigned to the unrecognised “government”, in return for receiving property that is located in the north. This, he said, facilitates the return of this property to the Greek Cypriot side, lowering the bill to around €10bn.One of the proposals to drop figures even further, is to allocate a share of the federal debt to Turkish Cypriots, after Ankara pardons their own debt. A share of €5bn will work as a “unifying factor”, Demetriades said and noted that this is “a creative way” to reduce the bill.Finally, he proposes the remaining €5bn to be covered by Turkey, either through guarantees to the Federal Immovable Property Commission, its CEB capital or otherwise.In case all of this is not enough to cover the necessary funds, Demetriades proposes to count in the proceeds of gas revenue and in particular those coming from the gas pipeline that will traverse Turkey.“All this will be widely contested’ the lawyer admits, he says however that “we should not let unknown factors prevent us from outlining the problem.”Demetriades also presented a series of possible incentives to make his proposal work. He proposes to pay compensation to Greek Cypriots in cash or set up a trust, similar to that in Lebanon.Another suggestion is to impose a two-year moratorium on foreclosures, in exchange of priority repayments of mortgages to Commercial Banks, using the money from compensation.As for the Bank for Reconstruction that will be called to subsidise rebuilding activity, Demetriades proposes to capitalise it, among others, by attracting funds through a tax amnesty for Cypriots, as well as for non-Cypriots opting for the nationality scheme.He also proposes the Federal Cyprus to enter into a Double Tax Treaty and a Bilateral Investment Treaty with Turkey, as well as to renegotiate the one with the UK in view of Brexit.The human rights lawyer said finally that Cyprus should not expect too much from an international donor conference, when there are so many pressing cases arounf the world, such as Syria.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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Paphos hotels 9395 per cent booked for August

first_imgTourism in Paphos during August will largely comprise southern European and Cypriot visitors, head of the Cyprus Hotel Association (Pasyxe) district office said on Monday, with hotels 93-95 per cent full.This month the hotels in Paphos are 97 per cent full.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Thanos Michaelides said that although so far, British, Russian, Israeli and to a lesser extent, German tourists have showed interest in Paphos, August will be slightly different as far as the nationalities it attracts are concerned.This can be largely attributed to several events being organised in Paphos, in light of it being the European Culture Capital for 2017 and will attract many Cypriot visitors, he added.Thus, locals wishing to spend holidays in Paphos should hurry and make reservations before rooms run out, he said.In August, occupancy rate based on bookings will be 97 per cent while for July, the rate is between 93 to 95 per cent – a slight increase compared to the previous year, Michaelides said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more