Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1. Patrick Peterson 3 votesWho voted for him?: Mike Jurecki, John Gambadoro, Dave BurnsThere is little question that Peterson is the Cardinals’ best player, but his value is a little harder to quantify simply because on most Sundays, you don’t notice him. That’s how good he is at his job — he completely nullifies the player he’s covering and makes most passing downs a 10-on-10 proposition.From Pro Football Focus: Clearly avoided at the position, 57 cornerbacks have seen more passes thrown into their coverage than Peterson. On the 30 targets into his coverage, he is surrendering a league-low catch rate of 33.3 percent. Perhaps most impressively, Peterson has given up just 22 yards after the catch, a testament of how tight he has covered his man.Peterson’s stats are meager due to him not being challenged. The six-time Pro Bowler has 13 total tackles and doesn’t have an interception. In fact, it’s been 12 games (dating back to 2016) since Peterson snared his last pick. That came in a Week 13 win over the Washington Redskins last December. The receiving corps has been spotty, with one exception. Fitzgerald continues to be a rock for whomever is throwing the ball his way.At the midway point of the season, he’s got 50 catches, which is not only tied for sixth-most in the league, but puts the future Hall-of-Famer on track for 100 catches for the season. It would be the fifth time he’d reach the century mark in his career and the third year in a row. Only Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker have had more 100-catch seasons than Fitzgerald. Not bad for a 34-year-old. 2. Adrian Peterson3 votesWho voted for him?: Dan Bickley, Luke Lapinski, Vince MarottaCan the team’s MVP be a guy who wasn’t on the roster until Week 6?In a word, maybe?The other Peterson was acquired in a trade with New Orleans in October and immediately made his impact felt. In his first game as a Cardinal, he ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Tampa Bay.Game circumstances and a head coach who admitted he abandoned the running game too soon limited Peterson’s effectiveness in a Week 7 loss to the Rams in London. But after the bye, Peterson was at it again, running 37 times (a career-high) for 159 yards in a win over San Francisco. The 32-year-old has overdelivered on what the Cardinals brought him in for — to ignite a stagnant (OK, nearly dead) running game. Over the first five weeks of the season, Arizona averaged a league-low 51.9 yards per game on the ground. Since Peterson has taken over in the backfield, that number is up to 117.3 yards per contest.For those who were doubting it, A.D. still has a lot of gas left in the tank. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3. Larry Fitzgerald3 votesWho voted for him?: Bertrand Berry, Doug Franz, Craig GrialouThe Cardinals’ offense isn’t the high-flying, wide-open unit it was earlier in the Arians era. Offensive line issues and running woes have affected the once-potent Arizona passing game. The Cardinals are still fifth in the league, averaging 261 yards per game through the air, but their 11 aerial touchdowns rank tied for 18th-most in the NFL. 4. D.J. Humphries1 voteWho voted for him?: Ron WolfleySo if Adrian Peterson, a running back who has played in three games can get consideration, why can’t Humphries, a left tackle who has played in only four?The Cardinals are 2-2 in games in which the third-year tackle has been available, although it is fair to point out that he was injured in the opener against Detroit. Humphries played only eight offensive snaps against the Lions, and the Cardinals were leading 7-0 at the time of his injury.And as much as Peterson gets credit for energizing the team’s running game, his arrival did coincide with Humphries’ return from injury. With Humphries at left tackle in the last three games, Arizona has yielded only five quarterback sacks in 89 dropbacks. 5. Corey Peters1 voteWho voted for him?: Paul CalvisiPeters has been very good in the middle of the Cardinals’ defensive line in 2017. The 29-year-old has played the second-most snaps on the D-line and has registered 16 tackles and a sack.Pro Football Focus has had Peters ranked as one of the Cardinals’ top five overall players in five different games this season, including last Sunday’s win against the 49ers, in which he received the top grade on the team (81.9). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories I asked 11 different members of the staff of 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station that very question — and got five different answers. 5 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With half of their 2017 schedule already in the books, the Arizona Cardinals are a team facing a lot of questions.Can Adrian Peterson continue his Herculean workload over the last eight games?Can Drew Stanton guide the Cardinals’ offense with the necessary efficiency to win games?Will Tyrann Mathieu once again become a havoc-wreaker on defense like he was prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2015?The next two months will provide answers to those questions. There is another question, however, that wasn’t sufficiently answered in the season’s first half: Who is the Cardinals’ team MVP at this point?
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While a forearm injury kept Mike Glennon out of Friday’s game, you wonder if a trade is imminent and inevitable, a good-faith gesture to a player who showed up first but has found little opportunity in Arizona.A maligned group of wide receivers just took a big step in soothing our worst fears. Christian Kirk could have posted two jaw-dropping touchdowns in his first two preseason games, had he not tripped over the grass on his inaugural punt return. In the post-game glow, offensive lineman Justin Pugh compared him to Odell Beckham Jr., his former teammate in New York.That was an unexpected sound bite, and it seemed to settle the search for a viable No. 2 receiver. The rest of the crew is still benign and non-threatening, but at least they catch the football when thrown to them, likely a byproduct of pinpoint passing from their quarterbacks.The defense remains something of a mystery — up and down, too often gashed in the running game. They are also rich in playmakers credited with eight turnovers in the first two games.Tackle Robert Nkemdiche remains enigmatic, inconsistent and susceptible to lower leg injuries. Third-year corner Brandon Williams will be fighting for his job in the coming days while end Markus Golden has yet to take the field. But safety Tre Boston is a gem, Bene Benwikere is a surprising addition at cornerback and the new head coach is surely saving a few surprises. After all, if Steve Wilks is so impressive with all the other stuff, it’s fair to assume his area of expertise (defense) will follow suit in the near future.It’s also important to breathe deep and remember the delusions of low-risk football, how all that glitters will mean little in September. Too many NFL impact players are slow-rolling their way into the regular season, and once they get down to business, it will completely change the landscape and the optics. Play callers and defensive coordinators know better than to try hard and show too much, thereby luring rookies into a false sense of security. The greatest team in NFL history – the 1985 Bears – went 1-3 in the preseason, starting with a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.But for a team predicted to rank among the bottom feeders of the NFL, the 2018 Cardinals couldn’t look better after two preseason games. The running back without a contract extension seems unstoppable and exhilarated. The quarterbacks are better than expected. Larry Fitzgerald’s advice to bet the over in Las Vegas, where Arizona is on the board for 5.5 wins, seems to be prophetic advice.Alas, the NFL is never as easy as it seems in August. The Cardinals can’t give you meaningful victories until the scam and charade of preseason football is over. But a revamped team seems to act smart, hit hard and block well, emitting an unmistakable scent in Arizona: Preseason football is a blur of blah. Trust nothing when the final score doesn’t matter.But every now and then, there’s a play that changes everything. Like David Johnson’s nine-yard touchdown run against the Saints on Friday, when there was no room to run but plenty of friends to follow, when he simply churned along with a moving pile all the way into the end zone.It was the first highlight-reel moment for the Cardinals’ offensive line. Maybe their first declaration as well. There are well-worn paths to NFL superiority. An elite quarterback is the fast lane. A great defense is a pickup truck plowing through mud. A juggernaut offense is the sports car that goes fast but not far, not to be trusted in inclement weather.Or you do it the hard way. Like the 2018 Cardinals.Of all the changes accompanying the new regime in Arizona, there is something afoot, something the eyes can trust. There is a new physicality that quickens the pulse, mostly from an offensive line that has long been the scourge in these parts.The loss of center A.Q. Shipley hasn’t been a problem because Mason Cole is just what you hoped from a Michigan rookie, hard to move and eager to please. Left guard Mike Iupati is once again healthy and hard as steel, a bulldozer in the running game.Related LinksCB Benwikere hoping to make most of opportunity with CardinalsCardinals’ regular-season routine in effect, Robert Nkemdiche day-to-dayWilks: Cardinals QB Mike Glennon dealing with forearm injuryThe 5: Key observations from Arizona Cardinals’ win over SaintsThe unit set the tone in New Orleans, in the first road game of the preseason, inside a hostile building full of passionate fans. The Cardinals made it look easy. Like they could pave the way for David Johnson, NFL MVP.It’s dangerous to feel too comfortable about their 20-15 victory over the Saints. But Josh Rosen is thriving between the ears, ahead of the game and not behind. Sam Bradford moves quickly and seems in full command, despite Rosen’s presence. The quarterback room is trending in the right direction, built on quick hits, smart reads and extremely accurate passing. It’s called hope.Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) carries in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 15 Comments Share
Squeezing through the Corinth CanalGo back to the e-newsletter >SeaDream Yacht Club is kicking off next year’s Mediterranean Summer with 7 days aboard its boutique SeaDream II from Rome to Athens, and with the opportunity to stay aboard for a second week to visit some of the smaller ports in Greece and Albania.After departing Rome’s port of Civitavecchia on 11 June 2016, the 5-star mega-motor-cruiser will visit dreamy Capri, have an overnight stay in Sorrento for time to visit Pompeii, call at Taormina in Sicily with an option of climbing volcanic Mt Etna, have a full day at sea, and then visit Fiskardo, Galaxidi (for ancient Delphi,) and make a transit of the famed Corinth Canal before Athens’ port of Piraeus.Prices start from US$4726pp twin-share including drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, onboard gratuities, and Government charges and taxes.An immediately-following 7-day Piraeus-return allows an opportunity to take in more of Delphi (one of the top three archaeological sites in Greece,) the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Butrint in Albania, Katakolon where the ancient Olympics were held, Gythion to visit Sparta for a taste of yesteryear’s Greece, Elafonisos Island with its famed seafood tavernas, and historic Hydra whose port is renowned for its restaurants, shops and markets – and for being car-free.That week is priced from US$4297pp twin-share including a 10% Second Week Saving on the cruise portion.SeaDream II has just 56 staterooms for a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Under his new lifestyle brand Soori, architect Soo K. Chan has relaunched his beachfront resort, set between a beach and rice fields in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, as the ultimate wellbeing destination.The relaunch of Soori Bali, which has just joined The Leading Hotels of the World, marks the first in a series of major developments to be rolled out under the Soori brand. Soori High Line, a residence opening in New York City’s West Chelsea, and Soori Niseko, a forthcoming ski resort in Japan, will underscore Soori’s philosophy of “living exceptionally well through holistic design”.Each of Soori Bali’s 48 private pool villas and residences are in the midst of refreshment. Soori Bali will soon introduce a new Indonesian restaurant, moored in a traditional wooden Balinese house amid the resort’s rice fields. In late 2017, Soori Bali will expand its vast helipad lawn on the 10-bedroom Soori Estate totalling 5250 square metres, culminating in the unveiling of a cantilevered platform jutting over the Indian Ocean.Soori Spa’s offerings are being expanded, in line with the resort’s vision of becoming Bali’s premier wellbeing destination. A team of onsite practitioners and visiting wellness experts will offer physical alignment and massage therapies, acupuncture, meditation, neurotherapy and longevity procedures among many other bespoke techniques, while special retreats will be hosted throughout the year by visiting international wellness experts.The EarthCheck-certified resort minimises its carbon footprint through its design as well as a host of measures including reduced energy consumption, water conservation, waste management and use of organic products.The hotel’s facilities include an infinity pool, gymnasium, library, spa, helipad, two restaurants, leisure concierge and butler service, and round-the-clock room service. The 10-room Soori Estate comes with its own infinity pool, gym, spa, kitchen, chauffeur-driven car and private butler.
Go back to the e-newsletterShangri-La Hotel, Colombo has announced the launch of its urban safari experiences, which have been especially curated for guests who wish to go off the beaten track and uncover the metropole’s hidden gems.From an exhilarating tuk tuk ride through Colombo’s lesser known streets to an afternoon selecting precious gems with a local expert, the concierge team at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers guests unparalleled access to a bespoke collection of cultural and historical experiences.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opened its doors on 17 November 2017 and is situated at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade – the most exclusive address in Colombo. The hotel offers uninterrupted Indian Ocean and city views in its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years and now serves as a gateway to the capital through an array of exciting immersive experiences.Tuk tuk safariGuests are invited to zip around the lively streets of the city in true Sri Lankan style. Colourful and characterful, the classic tuk tuks draw up right outside the hotel to take guests on an exploration of the city’s best local sites from the bustling outdoor bazaar of Pettah to impressive colonial buildings, army barracks and military lookouts still intact from the Civil War. Tuk tuks are the most popular mode of transport in Sri Lanka and this special urban tour ensures guests have the opportunity to feel totally immersed in the city’s culture.Temple trailThe well-informed concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is on hand to design a curated tour of the city’s traditional temples. Guests are able to experience an inspiring and bespoke visit to four prominent Buddhist temples in and around Colombo – Gangaramaya, Abhayasinharamaya, Vidyodoya Pirivena and Paramananda Purana Viharaya. The trail allows guests to marvel at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple’s eclectic mix of Asianarchitecture as well as observe a fascinating range of religious statues and artefacts. During the trip, guests will also have the chance to see famed architect Geoffrey Bawa’s beautifully sculpted Buddha statues at the Seema Malakaya set against a beautiful lake background – a perfect spot to reflect and relax.The gem aficionadoIn celebration of the country’s affectionate nickname ‘Gem Island’, the concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo can arrange a Sri Lankan gemstones session with a local expert in order for guests to gain a unique insight into the precious gems of Sri Lanka. From colonial times, traders have travelled to Sri Lanka in search of the most exquisite pieces. This unique experience informs guests of how the island became famous for mining and faceting gems.Further to this, the hotel can organise visits to a range of gem shops and workshops with the most delicate and stunning jewellery. This will give guests the opportunity to choose precious gems and have them individually crafted whilst in the city. Local jewellers in Sri Lanka are often involved in all aspects of the process including the mining, cutting, manufacture and design of the end piece, thereby creating a very special and bespoke experience for those purchasing the jewels.The Gem Aficionado experience can be completed by the most luxurious and exclusive afternoon tea in the city at the hotel’s Sapphyr Lounge which boasts innovative gem-themed intricacies such as sugar sapphires and custom-made edible chocolate jewellery (the first of its kind in Colombo) presented in elegant mother of pearl jewellery boxes.Sunset Colombo city walksShangri-La Hotel, Colombo also offers guests the opportunity to take their urban safari by foot with hosted sunset city walking tours. The two-hour walking tour includes visits to prominent historical spots as well as the most hidden and discreet gems of Colombo. While on the walk, guests will undoubtedly spot colonial landmarks such as the Old Colombo Lighthouse among other grand buildings all of which are all the more spectacular against the warm hues of the setting sun. The group leaders are enthusiastic and engaging with a truepassion for telling Colombo’s story thereby making the city walks more than just a tour but a memorable and inspiring experience for all those involved.The art loverColombo is well known for its art scene with the city’s famed “Art Street” bordering the scenically landscaped Viharamadevi Park. The “Art Street” comes alive on weekends with talented artists lining the streets showcasing their paintings of various styles and tastes ranging from traditional to contemporary. The hotel’s concierge will guide guests to the famous street and organise a stopover at the city’s iconic park. Not to mention, the city also hosts many art exhibitions which the concierge will also alert guests to.In addition to offering one-of- a-kind urban safari experiences, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo also provides an unrivalled social and dining scene in the city with five restaurants, bars and lounges offering an extensive selection of local and international cuisine, al fresco dining, daily live entertainment and innovative menus. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind after their city adventures, CHI, The Spa is a welcoming sanctuary with seven treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s offer, Discover Colombo, includes a Sunset Heritage City Walk to explore the colonial charm of the historic Colombo Fort, or a tuk tuk safari of street shopping for hidden gems, dining on native cuisine and more. Priced from US$245 (£174 approx) per room per night, the package includes daily breakfast, a dinner for two at the local specialty restaurant, 20 per cent off on food and beverages,and complimentary Wi-Fi.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCroatia’s Uljanik Shipyard has been declared bankrupt by a commercial court in Pazin, with proceedings against the parent company, Uljanik Group, commencing earlier this week.The bankruptcy proceedings follow a visit by a potential investor from China a few weeks ago, CSIC (China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation), which surprisingly resulted in “no concrete offer to date”.Along with a site in Pula, Uljanik shipyards include the 3. Maj yard in Rijeka, Croatia. The company has 1,118 employees, of which all but 60 are based in Pula.Uljanik shipyard’s debt totals 164.8 million kuna (approx AU$36 million), including 76.5 million kuna (approx $16.7 million) in unpaid wages that has prompted on-again, off-again strikes for months.It’s unclear if bankruptcy proceedings will impact Australian luxury cruise and tour company, Scenic, and the delivery of its first ocean-going luxury cruise ship, Scenic Eclipse. Delivery of the ultra-luxury vessel has been continually hampered by the ongoing industrial action at the Pula shipyard, resulting in a near 12-month delay of the ship.It is also unclear of the impact on the previously flagged strategic partner consortium between Uljanik, Croatia’s DIV and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and their plans for future ships and a new Discovery Yacht division.Late last month, Scenic Eclipse (identified by Uljanik as project “530”) was relocated to the Viktor Lenac yard, also in Croatia, where it entered dry dock. Eclipse was expected to remain at Lenac for “approximately 10 days” before returning to Pula in preparation for final fit-outs and sea trials.Minutes from the court hearing filed on Monday by Uljanik Group state that there are “tenders for the continuation of the construction of 530”, but make no further mention of the delivery of the Australian-owned 200-passenger six-star vessel.In February, Scenic expanded its own team of Cruise Ship specialists within the Pula shipyard, employing professionals from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway to ensure the Scenic Eclipse build was kept on track.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic said in February.Comment from Scenic on the situation and its impact on the delivery schedule and 15 August maiden cruise of Scenic Eclipse had been sought by LATTE.In the meantime, however, Scenic has released an updated video (below) following the completion of Scenic Eclipse’s drydock at the Lenac shipyard, which reiterates its scheduled 15 August 2019 inaugural sailing.“Defining a new era of luxury and discovery, these final images show the sleek lines and profile of this incredible innovative luxury discovery yacht,” the video’s caption reads.
British Airways have today announced dates of their forthcoming cabin crew strike.The dates for the BA strike are:March: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30thBA has published detailed plans of how they intend to deal with the strike, and has listed the exact flight numbers and flight schedules, including details of the franchise, codeshare and alliance partners, that will be affected.Flights from London City to and from New York (JFK) and all long haul flights to and from London Gatwick will continue to operate normally and any changes to bookings on these flights are subject to the original fare rules.For all other flights, until BA finalise their flying schedule, if you are booked to travel between 19 and 31 March 2010, you have the choice of rebooking or cancelling and obtaining a refund.What should I do?There is a possibility that the strike will not go ahead. If you have a non-refundable ticket, it might be worth holding on a little longer to see what unfolds.Call the BA Strike Hotline to check the status of your flight.If you have a fully refundable ticket, it may be best to cancel the ticket, get the refund and book alternative flights. See our list of quick links below:BA Strike – Flight OptionsFlights from London HeathrowFlights from London GatwickFlights from ManchesterFlights from BirminghamFlights from LiverpoolFlights from CardiffFlights from EdinburghFlights from GlasgowFlights from AberdeenFlights from all UK airports ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA will publish flight schedule ahead of latest strike actionBA will publish flight schedule ahead of latest strike actionSkyscanner German traffic up 13% following Lufthansa strike disruptionSkyscanner’s German site (www.Skyscanner.de) saw a 13% rise in traffic as travellers scrambled to find replacement flightsBA sets up free disruption hotlineBA sets up free disruption hotline
New York, NY — Monica Rich Kosann, a fine jewelry and home accessory designer with a shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and a distribution that includes fine Jewelers and specialty stores, has been awarded the Rising Star award for Fine Jewelry by the Fashion Group International.According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, the award was presented at the groups’ 13th Annual Rising Star Awards Luncheon this past Friday at Cipriani in New York City. Nina Garcia, Fashion Director of Marie Claire and a judge on the show Project Runway was the keynote speaker at the event. Previous Fine Jewelry Award Winners Amedeo Scognamiglio & Roberto Faraone Mennella presented the Fine Jewelry Award.Known for their lockets, charm bracelets, and home accessories, Monica Rich Kosann is a brand that helps customers capture and celebrate their most cherished moments and memories while creating a unique sense of their own personal style. Her Fine Jewelry collection was launched in 2006.ABOUT MONICA RICH KOSANN: www.monicarichkosann.com Monica Rich Kosann is a fine art portrait photographer who – inspired by vintage lockets, cigarette cases and powder compacts she collected and used to house her clients photographs – created a jewelry and home collection carried by over 100 fine jewelers and specialty stores. She has been featured in numerous media including Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living and The Today Show for her collections and her ideas on how families create and live with their precious memories. Her newest book, Living With What You Love http://tinyurl.com/yfn8x5k is scheduled for publication by the Clarkson Potter Group – Random House in Spring 2010.ABOUT MONICA RICH KOSANN COLLECTION: www.monicarichkosann.com : Monica Rich Kosann is a fine jewelry and home accessory brand with a shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and a distribution that includes fine Jewelers and specialty stores http://www.mrkphoto.com/collections/retailers.html Known for their lockets, charm bracelets, and image cases, Monica Rich Kosann is a brand that helps customers find ways to celebrate their most cherished moments and memories while creating a unique sense of their own personal style.
Those not lucky enough to live near one of Roberto Cavalli’s fabulous flagships are in luck: This fall, the inimitable Italian designer launches his first-ever online store, bringing his signature brand of sexy to shoppers in 46 countries worldwide.Powered by the YOOX group, the world’s premier e-tailer for luxury fashion and accessories, the new website will put the full spectrum of Cavalli collections at customers’ fingertips—from ready-to-wear for both men and women to watches, eyewear, underwear and even pet products, all will be just a mouse-click away.To celebrate the e-store’s international launch, the first 500 people to shop the site will receive a free bag with purchase featuring one of Maison Cavalli’s signature prints, exclusively designed by the man himself.Shop at www.robertocavalli.com starting in November 2009.
St. Regis Monarch Beach, California’s only five-star, five-diamond resort, takes its award-winning service online with the launch of its new Web site, www.stregismb.com. The new site provides guests and travel planners alike with an intuitive and interactive WEBUTLER™ enabling guests to virtually explore the resort and customize their visit in a few easy clicks. With 75 percent of all travel planning now occurring online, this new contribution to the realm of “hospitechnology” responds to the needs of travelers seeking fast and efficient tools and information to book a dream getaway, meeting or special event with ease.“We are delighted to see our brand represented in a modern, forward-thinking venue,” said Johnny So, General Manager, St. Regis Monarch Beach. “It has been a priority of ours to translate St. Regis Monarch Beach’s core values of personal attention and customized service to the highly accessible Web. Our new Web site affords users with control, speed and efficiency.”Advanced Technology; Seamless Experience: More than just a resource for garnering resort information and booking room nights, the new St. Regis Monarch Beach Web site features streaming video, an interactive resort map, flash commercials, embedded links to virtual tours, Web 2.0 applications and social networking tools to maximize the guest experience. Integrated booking links will direct guests to OpenTable.com, Starwood Reservations and Monarch Beach Golf Links to help them easily arrange the perfect itinerary.Personalized Service: The site’s new WEBUTLER™ concept brings St. Regis’ iconic high-touch butler service into the high-tech world, extending the brand’s personalized service from the resort to the desktop, laptop or mobile device. Guests can now engage with the WEBUTLER™ pre-arrival to explore their options on property and book all elements of their desired experience – from spa to dining, golf to beach activities, and in-room requests to special amenities.Social Media Features: Hotel guests and locals alike will now benefit from St. Regis Monarch Beach’s custom social network, RSS feeds and links to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, creating an easy forum to coordinate plans at the resort, share comments and join the virtual community.Using the site’s mobile version, www.stregismb.com/mobile, a traveler sitting in an airport can plan the perfect trip to St. Regis Monarch Beach and navigate the Web site fluidly on a two-inch screen. With the signature WEBUTLER™ “Whatever Your Wish” form, the guest can book a massage at Spa Gaucin, enroll the kids in the Sandcastle Kids Club, confirm a tee-time at Monarch Beach Golf Links, make reservations to enjoy brunch at Motif or dinner at Stonehill Tavern – even request a family s’mores cookout and beach bonfire, all before even stepping on the plane.www.stregismb.com
by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2017 8:17 am PDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After Music Row rejection, Walker Hayes made a DIY studio In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, country singer Walker Hayes poses for a portrait in New York to promote his latest album, “boom.” (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several years ago, producer and songwriter Shane McAnally met Walker Hayes, a country singer from Alabama who was struggling to find a hit while signed to Capitol Records Nashville.“He had a song or two that hadn’t worked and they were like, ‘We just need a hit,’” said McAnally, who has written No. 1 songs with Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney. “There’s nothing organic or honest about telling someone that you just need a hit.”Hayes, who had a wife and six kids, left Capitol after his record fizzled with no radio success and took a side job at Costco to pay the bills. He kept returning to a 160-square-foot storage shed behind his publisher’s Music Row office, where he set up a DIY studio with an old version of Pro Tools, a keyboard and a guitar.“You find yourself writing the truth, because it’s like, ‘Well, I ain’t writing for anyone but myself anyway,’” said Hayes, 37, as he sat in the storage shed known as The Shack. “The delivery, the style, the beats, I am going to make it all. I couldn’t hire a band. So I was making a lot of this stuff here in this shack. Beating on this table, shaking that shaker, whistling. And really just having fun making music ’cause I just loved it.”Hayes went back to McAnally two years ago with a batch of new songs that were conversational, highly personal and sung like an Ed Sheeran track. McAnally said no other country artist felt comfortable singing Hayes’ songs, which immediately raised a flag in his mind.“What I am always drawn to is an artist that has songs that nobody else can perform,” McAnally said.Now Hayes is signed to Monument Records, a historic country label dating back to the ’50s that was relaunched by Sony this year and led by McAnally and Jason Owen. His first single, “You Broke Up with Me,” has pushed into the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, fueled by strong digital song sales. His new album “boom.” was released Dec. 8.The single isn’t too much different from the demo version he made in The Shack, complete with his co-writers chattering to each other in the background as he recorded a guitar riff and beatboxed the rhythm.Hayes doesn’t write with much bravado, preferring the humour and striking honesty of a dad of six kids who has another baby on the way. He sings about taking his children to shop at the dollar store and the time a man from his church gave his family a minivan. He writes about quitting drinking but keeping that one last beer bottle in the fridge.Country artists like Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett have opened the door to Hayes, who finds more inspiration in loops and beats than twangy guitars.“Growing up all I cared about in a song, before I really listened to lyrics, was that beat,” Hayes said. “I didn’t want a pickup with mud tires. I wanted an old blazer with as many speakers in the back as I could afford. I would even steal them out of my brother’s car and pack them in there. I remember sitting in a parking lot and turning my radio up and walking down the street to see how far you could feel it.”___Online:Home___Follow Kristin M. Hall at twitter.com/kmhall
Blockbuster hopes Russell Crowe’s jockstrap helps business Blockbuster Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man” at the video store location in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. HBO’s John Oliver bought the jockstrap and other items at auction and sent them to Anchorage, in hopes it would help the store stave off pressure from streaming movie services. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A celebrity jockstrap that’s been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks went on display Wednesday at one of the nation’s last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business.“I tell you, we’re going to get a lot of traffic, is what I’m expecting,” said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.He expects the store to get a lot of calls: “Did you get it in? Can we go see it?” he said.The jockstrap has a strange history since actor Russell Crowe wore it in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man.”It recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed ‘the divorce auction,’ where it caught the eye of the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation’s most remote state.Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor’s hood from “Robin Hood,” his vest from “Les Misérables” and a director’s chair with Crowe’s name on it.But the prize is the leather jockstrap, and Daymude believes it might have a unique place in movie folklore.“The very first jockstrap memorabilia I can think of, yes,” he said.And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn’t know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did.Daymude admits it was “be awesome” if Crowe were ever to show up at the store, but in the meantime he’d like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you.And as for Oliver, Daymude said he would like to thank him by sending him copies of the movies that features the memorabilia Oliver sent to Alaska.“I don’t know if he’s ever seen the movies, but I figure we can send him the movies and he can watch them,” Daymude said.A message seeking comment from HBO wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday. by Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 5:10 pm PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Beatles’ process for making ‘White Album’ taxed producer FILE – In this Aug. 23, 1966 file photo, The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; and George Harrison appear at a press conference in New York. Giles Martin says his father, producer George Martin, would wince whenever a fan would say that the “White Album” was their favorite Beatles’ record. The late George Martin would recall how tough it was to make the sprawling double album, titled “The Beatles” but given its familiar nickname because of the all-white cover. His son is in charge of a 50th anniversary repackaging that is due out Nov. 9. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 12:16 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Giles Martin says his father, producer George Martin, would wince whenever a fan would say that the “White Album” was their favourite Beatles’ record.The late George Martin would recall how tough it was to make the sprawling double album, titled “The Beatles” but given its familiar nickname because of the all-white cover. His son is in charge of a 50th anniversary repackaging that is due out Nov. 9.“He liked things to be organized, and the ‘White Album’ wasn’t organized,” Giles Martin said recently.The Beatles worked through the summer of 1968, often in exhausting all-night sessions. As evidence of the time spent, the new package includes the 102nd take of “Not Guilty,” a Harrison song that wasn’t even included among the 30 cuts of the original album.The recording sessions were said to be rocky, and Ringo Starr quit and walked out for an 11-day period. But Martin said he believed some of those reports to be exaggerated, based on the tapes that he waded through.“I looked for the arguments, I looked for the stress,” he said. “And there really wasn’t any.”Besides punchier, remixed versions of songs on the original album, the anniversary package includes 27 acoustic demos of material the Beatles made at Harrison’s house before recording sessions began, and 50 studio outtakes.
Son of slain rapper XXXTentacion born in Florida AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MIAMI — The son of slain rapper XXXTentacion was born last month at a South Florida hospital.The baby’s 20-year-old mother Jenesis Sanchez tells Miami television station WPLG that she named the boy Gekyume (pronounced GEK-yoom) which the rapper made up before he was fatally shot June 18 during an apparent robbery near Fort Lauderdale. She says the name means a “different state or next universe of thought.”Sanchez says she’ll call the baby Yume. She shared his photo in on Instagram. Sanchez said she had planned a home delivery but instead underwent an emergency C-section in Boca Raton.XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, would have turned 21 three days before the baby was born Jan. 26.___Information from: WPLG-TV, http://www.local10.com/index.htmlThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 11:16 am PDT
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Royce to headline MLS All-Star concert by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 6:09 am PDT NEW YORK — Latin singer Prince Royce says he’s looking forward to headlining the 2019 Major League Soccer All-Star Concert because he loves singing live. But another motive? To gain some new fans.The Dominican singer will perform at the free July 27 event in Orlando at Wall Street Plaza.Royce says: “I think for me it’s a great way to continue to gain a bigger audience. It’s a whole different type of crowd.”The concert will kick off five days of soccer festivities, with the MLS All-Star Game capping off events July 31 at Exploria Stadium.Royce released his self-titled debut in 2010, topped the Latin charts with “Corazon Sin Cara,” ”Las Cosas Pequenas” and “Darte un Beso,” and earned 13 Latin Grammy nominations.He released a new song, “Curame,” last week.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
August 12, 1997Ken and Lori examint the results of previous night’s glaze firing.
April 30, 2007 Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab. Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab.[Photo & text: sa] [from upper left] Here again the slab is impressed with lines of individual pavers. The concrete is a mixed with a very grainy combination of sand and gravel. Fernando uses a heavy brush and water to scrub the surface before the concrete hardens. This exposes the pebbly roughness to make the surface of the slab as slip-proof as possible. This method has been used on all of the path surfaces.[Photo & text: sa] The small slanting retaining wall between the path and the first level of the ramp was poured in several stages. Paolo Soleri joins the crew to teach a finishing technique that he used on many walls at Cosanti. The mixture of concrete used for this is like a creamy soup, which he calls slip. Paolo distributes this onto the top of the wall in such a way that it slowly melts down the side. He then uses a can to give the upper surface a kind of half moon rigded appearance. Before the concrete dries, some silt is powdered over it. The wall then is covered with wet cloth to let it cure very slowly. Report on construction in this area will continue on 5/16/07.[Photo & text: sa]
Police are investigating a case of assault and battery after a man injured two tourists in Mazotos on Monday evening.According to a police report, a 41-year-old man entered the building of the Mazotos Νationalistic Αssociation at around 10.30pm and allegedly started shouting at the woman in charge of the canteen.A couple of tourists, a German man and a British woman, who were coming out of a bar opposite the building rushed to the scene to protect the woman.The 41-year-old, a Kiti resident, then assaulted and injured the tourists, who were taken to the Larnaca General’s emergency room for treatment.The attacker was arrested.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
There can be no interim agreement on the Cyprus problem, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, responding to rumours that UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide intends to table one at the second leg of the international Conference on Cyprus, which starts on Wednesday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.Speaking to the Greek News Agency, Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side’s goal is “a comprehensive settlement”.With regard to a statement on Monday by Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes, that the conference is being forced on the parties by the United Nations, the spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is going to Switzerland “with the clear political will to create the prospects for optimism”.“[But] if Turkey continues to hold positions at Crans-Montana like the ones we heard in the last few days, there will not be a positive outcome, and Turkey will be responsible,” he said.On a contentious document proposed by Eide for a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ to govern post-solution arrangements, Christodoulides declined comment on “the details of a document that has no substance and cannot be used as a basis for discussions at the conference.”In a written statement on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades rejected a draft ‘common’ document prepared by Eide – which included the treaty proposal – supposed to form a guide for discussion on the chapter of security and guarantees, saying it did not reflect the Greek Cypriot side’s views and was thus neither common nor binding.The Greek Cypriot delegation for the conference left for Switzerland on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, various foreign diplomats voiced support for the upcoming conference, largely viewed as a final push for a comprehensive settlement.British Secretary of State, who will head the British delegation despite earlier reports that it would be headed by deputy secretary Sir Alan Duncan, said the conference is a “great opportunity” to find a solution.Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart in Paris, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “supports the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem”.“All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island,” a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said.US ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty told the Cyprus News Agency that the conference is the “best chance in decades” to solve the Cyprus problem.“The US’ role in the peace process entails support and readiness to act in the appropriate way at the appropriate time to assist the leaders and the UN,” she said.A bi-communal grassroots movement created to nudge the leaders toward a solution, #UniteCyprusNow, has announced that a delegation of its members will travel to Crans-Montana in a show of support for the talks.“At this critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations, ten volunteers from #UniteCyprusNow will be travelling to Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution among the international media and community, to encourage the leaders and to call on the guarantor powers to be constructive,” a statement said.The delegation’s trip is funded by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Hadj-ioannou’s charity, which “has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace in Cyprus for many years”.The president and his entourage were flown to Crans Montana with a helicopter. Video courtesy of Politis newspaperYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo 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 Taboola
Bank workers’ union Etyk said a 24-hour strike scheduled for Friday at Hellenic Bank was going ahead as planned, blaming the management for digging its heels in over the terms of employment in a separate company set up to administer bad loans.“Unfortunately, despite our latest efforts to strike a deal with the bank’s management, there has been no result, with the bank insisting on positions that endanger labour rights, agreements and procedures, including jobs,” the union said in a statement on Thursday.The union opposes the bank’s decision to transfer around 130 employees to APS Debt Servicing Ltd, to which it will outsource management of its non-performing loan portfolio, currently standing at €2.5 billion, or 57 per cent of its loan portfolio.Hellenic announced its agreement with Prague-based APS Holdings to set up the debt servicing company in January.The union charged that Hellenic had initially agreed that workers transferred to the new company, through a deal with Etyk, would be given the status of secondment.It accused the bank of changing its mind “for unknown reasons” and complained that it had no clue what the provisions of the agreement with APS are.“We won’t allow around 130 colleagues to be kicked out, nor those who could find themselves in the same situation in the future if the bank is allowed to have its way,” Etyk said.The bank has repeatedly said affected workers will work under the same employment terms in the new company, due to launch its operations on July 1.It also promised, in writing, to hire back any worker who would seek to return to the bank after a two-year period at APS Debt Servicing.In a letter to staffers, Hellenic said any rights and obligations would be transferred to APS and there would be no difference whatsoever with the terms they had at the bank.“All of your rights deriving from the collective agreement in force on the transfer date, will be respected by APS Debt Servicing in accordance with applicable law,” the bank said.It also afforded the affected employees additional rights, over and above those provided for by law, including low-interest loan rates and credit cards and participation in early retirement schemes announced by Hellenic.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo 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 Taboola