Month: August 2019

There was a lot said last week about him wanting

first_img“There was a lot said last week about him wanting to compete against Calvin Johnson and that’s putting it out there,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “Then you gotta back it up and just seeing him respond the way he does. He’s a very confident young man, which is something that you like but when you’re that way you have to back it up.”Peterson let his actions on the field do the talking against Johnson and the Lions on Sunday. He picked off a Matthew Stafford pass intended for Johnson in the second quarter, which paved the way for a crucial Beanie Wells touchdown. The 22-year-old now has seven picks on the season, which is tied for second-best in the NFL. He also had a team-high seven tackles in Arizona’s win over Detroit. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson has had his share of ups and downs in his sophomore campaign this season. But in the Cardinals’ much-needed 38-10 win over the Lions on Sunday, Peterson put his exceptional talent on display and showed once again why he is one of the top young corners in the game.Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt had nothing but praise for Peterson’s performance, which included a tremendous effort against arguably the league’s top wideout.center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So, Jackson’s nickname is ‘pound cake’; is it because of his hair“No, you have to get that story from (Larry) Foote and he’s been excused to go to Jerome’s (Bettis) hall of fame thing today.  He named him ‘pound cake.’”With Markus Golden, have you liked the kind of progress he’s made so far“Yeah, if he just quit losing contain.  I don’t think they had contain wherever he’s come from.  I’ve got to talk to Coach, did they teach him how to stay up the field instead of keep going under and let the quarterback out of the pocket.  But, he’s got high energy.  Yeah, I really like what he’s doing.”Why do you think GM Steve Keim has been so successful signing veterans late in the summer“Steve does a great job and his department of knowing who’s available, what it’s going to take — preliminary talks —so that if and when we look at young players and they’re not coming like we hoped and there’s a John Abraham out there, alright, let’s bring John in and bring the young guy along slower because he wasn’t ready.  We always know who’s out there and pretty much the price range of what they’re going to cost and then let our young guys go because most of these guys don’t want to come to camp anyway.  They like to get in those last two weeks.  Give them a little heads up, ‘hey, make sure you’re in shape and we’re thinking about you.’  And then pull the trigger when we have to.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories With a young guy like Ed Stinson, what does he have to do to make this squad“Consistently get after the quarterback, and he’s been doing a really good job.  Eddie has bounced back from his injury and has looked very, very solid.” – / 24center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“We look forward today.  The only live contact, we’ll have short-yardage, goal-line and then our 3’s will scrimmage with each other.  The quarterbacks will be live with the 3’s.  Some of them need to learn how to throw the ball when they got blitzes on you.  Looking forward to it.  I think it should be high energy and a good practice.  Yesterday was outstanding.  Just a little bit of poor etiquette of tackling guys.  Had to threaten some young defensive backs that they would leave the practice field today and they’d be gone if they keep tackling our starting receivers.  But other than that, it’s been really good.” Was Larry Fitzgerald OK yesterday“Yeah, Larry has got a sore foot.  It’s not really injury-related, but I don’t want it aggravated. He got stepped on.”Is Sean Weatherspoon a guy that needs to establish himself or re-establish himself in the NFL“Oh, I think re-establish.  He was, obviously, one of the top players going before he got hurt and one of the top inside linebackers and a playmaker.  It’s just a matter of re-establishing that he’s healthy and that he can stay out there.” What’s his biggest strength in your eyes“Passion.  He brings a lot of energy.  He’s an every-down backer.”Who are some of the young guys who have flashed with Weatherspoon sidelined“Well, Kevin Minter has done a really good job.  Andre Kirk has stepped up.  ‘Pound cake’ has stepped up, Edwin Jackson.  He’s done a nice job on some things.  And Alani Fua really flashes at times.  He’s a big, long guy that inside, outside, nickel, dime; he’s a guy that could really have position flexibility that could do a lot of things.”Is this a make-or-break season for Minter“I don’t think so.  In his package, when he’s healthy, he’s played really good.  He played with one arm last year.  But in his package — we didn’t bring him here to play dime.  We brought him here for Seattle and San Francisco, to play the run.  And in those games, he and Kenny Demens both have played good because they’re rock-‘em-sock-‘em football players.  They’re not basketball players spread out all over the field.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — “With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Deone Bucannon, safety, Washington State University.”Those words, or some similar to them, were uttered  by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a little more than one year ago when the Cardinals chose to make Deone Bucannon their first-round pick.A first-team All-American as a senior, Bucannon went on to post a very solid first year with the Cardinals. A nine-game starter, he finished with 75 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. His numbers were good — especially for a for a rookie — but what really stood out about his rookie season was just how little safety Bucannon actually played.Be it due to depth in the secondary, a need in the box or some combination of the two, the former Cougar often times found himself playing linebacker.Based on how training camp has gone, it appears Bucannon is likely to reprise that role. When Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked a couple weeks ago if the team has a healthy three-down inside linebacker on the roster, his answer was “yes” — they had Bucannon.Though safety is technically his position, the second-year pro said he has no issue with adding another spot to his résumé.“I love being on the field, quite frankly. It doesn’t really matter where I’m at,” Bucannon said. “I’m thankful to God that I’m out there, I’m thankful to God that the team has faith in me to put me, honestly, wherever they want to.“I’m going to get out there and I’m going to give it my all, every play.”It’s the right mindset for a lot of reasons, chief among them being that the Cardinals have no intention of limiting him to just one role. In fact, Arians said the only way he sees things change for Bucannon this season is that he’ll get more playing time. It’s not at all unusual to see a team rely on a first-round pick as much as the Cardinals did. What is a little strange is a team relying on said player at a position that isn’t theirs.In a way, this makes sense.On the big side for a safety, Bucannon is then a bit on the svelte side for a linebacker. However, his combination of strength and effort allow him to become a mismatch for Arizona’s defense, as lineman have a tough time getting in front of him. And, as Palmer said, when a play calls for Bucannon to drop back into coverage, he can do that too.Arians said Bucannon is likely fine with playing in the box because he likes to hit people. That penchant has gotten him in trouble at times, like in last Saturday’s preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers.In the first quarter, Bucannon, trying to get a shot on running back Danny Woodhead, instead lit up teammate Calais Campbell. Campbell, who had to leave the game for a bit, had this exchange with his teammate.“I’m curious, after you hit me and knocked me out of the game for a play, did you feel bad at all?,” he asked.“You put me on the spot. I definitely did,” Bucannon responded. “If you see, after the play, I had my hands on my head, like, ‘this is our top guy, this our top guy.’ It was like last year all over again, because I had hit Patrick Peterson last year, and I was like, ‘oh my gosh, here we go again.’ I was really just hoping and praying that you weren’t hurt.” Responded Campbell: “I’m pretty tough, but that was the hardest I’ve been hit, just so you know. You’re a hard hitter.”No one will argue with that. The only debate, really, is about what position Bucannon is dishing out his hard hits from. Bucannon doesn’t really care what his position is called as long as his number is.“I just see myself as an athlete — you can put me wherever you want. I played a little bit of safety, I played linebacker,” he said. “I came off the edge last year a lot, too, so honestly it’s wherever the coaches want me to be.“I take pride in that, and I’m happy that they see me as a player that can do that because I don’t feel like a lot of people can do that, and I think they have a lot of faith in me that I can.” Gallery could not load. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Ifeany Momah (80) makes a catch as Deone Bucannon (20) defends during an NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) According to ProFootballFocus, Bucannon was on the field for 705 snaps last season, a total that was fifth among the team’s defensive backs.That number can rise in large part because of the player’s versatility. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, Bucannon has enough size to go along with his speed to do many different things on the field.“He’s big, strong, fast and he can cover backs, he can cover tight ends, he’s got good length and he’s a tremendous hitter,” Arians said. “So he’s got linebacker skills, he’s got safety skills. It’s good for us to get him in there the most we can get him in there.”Arians said Bucannon’s ability to excel at linebacker was not a total surprise to them, though he added it’s a credit to the player that he’s able to get the job done.“He moves like a safety and in tight quarters, in tight spaces, and hits like a linebacker,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said, before citing a play in practice where Bucannon “brought it” to a 310-pound guard.“He’s built like a bigger safety, he hits like a linebacker, but he can still cover guys,” Palmer added. “He’ll be great for us against the teams that check the ball down to running backs a lot, because I’m sure he’ll be matched up with running backs and tight ends in the box.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Cornerback Bene Benwikere is expected to receive more playing time due to Baker’s absence.Related LinksWeek 11 NFL injury report: Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona CardinalsBené Benwikere continues patching holes for CardinalsWilliams has appeared in 67.05 percent of offensive snaps for the Cardinals this season. He has 11 catches on 31 targets for 113 yards and one touchdown.Rookie Trent Sherfield will be the likely replacement for Williams. Sherfield filled in for Williams against the Chiefs and will likely do the same against the Raiders.The Cardinals also brought in kicker Matt McCrane for a workout in case kicker Phil Dawson (right hip), who is a game-time decision, will not be able to play.D.J. Humphries and Robert Nkemdiche will also be game-time decisions for the Cardinals with knee and calf injuries respectively. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When the Arizona Cardinals take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday they will be without safety Budda Baker and receiver Chad Williams.Head coach Steve Wilks told reporters on Friday that Baker will sit with a knee injury and Williams could not recover from an ankle injury.Baker has been important part to the Cardinals defense leading the team in total tackles with 75.His eight tackles for loss lead the team by three, with defensive end Benson Mayowa the next closest with five. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Budda Baker (36) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) announces the completion of the sale of InterContinental Hong Kong to Supreme Key Limited, a consortium of investors advised and managed by Gaw Capital Partners. IHG will continue to manage the hotel under a long-term management contract.Gross disposal proceeds of $929 million have been received in cash, after initial working capital adjustments. The terms of the transaction are otherwise unchanged from those announced on 10 July 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the continuation of their F-scapes collection. Created especially to make the most of the winter season at some of North America’s most luxurious properties, the packages offer travellers exclusive insider access to the locales in which Fairmont is located.Fairmont is introducing a selection of the new F-scapes packages, available now through 30 April 2016:Peak performanceAdventure lovers can take flight amidst Colorado’s San Juan Mountains with an aerial sightseeing package from Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge. Guests will lift off from Mountain Village at sunset in a helicopter stocked with delicious snacks and refreshments to marvel at the peaks which soar some 400 metres. Led by a local mountaineering guide, guests will land in alpine meadows  and a luxurious slope-side suite. Prices start from $3900 for four nights for up to four people.Haute ArtWith Fairmont Pacific Rim’s art package, guests will take in the sights of the city’s landmark Vancouver Art Gallery, with a guided tour of the heritage building and its featured exhibits—all before the gallery even opens to the public; experience the art of sushi-making with a customised Omakase sushi dinner at The RawBar; and discover the hotel’s art and architecture with a self-guided podcast tour throughout the property. Prices start from $889 a night for two people.Taste of traditionFairmont Southampton is offering a Bermudian experience to satisfy guests’ culinary curiosities. Guests will spend the next morning on a private tour of the hotel kitchens and herb gardens, followed by an exclusive cooking class with the chef, and the evening channelling their inner mixologists with a Gosling’s Rum tasting and enjoying a meal at the historic Waterlot Inn restaurant. Prices start from $981 for three nights for two people.Winter wonderAccompanied by a local guide, Fairmont Winnipeg with take guests on a skate along the Forks River Trail and a swim in the outdoor thermal pools at Thermëa Spa. Upon returning to the hotel, the certified tea sommelier will lead guests through an exclusive tea tasting. Prices start from $369 a night for two people.Relaxation and restorationDiscover the Riviera Maya with an eco-culinary experience from Fairmont Mayakoba: guests will join Alonso Ortiz, the Ecology Manager, a senior member of Oceanus A.C., or an expert from the Coral Reef Restoration Team on a fascinating adventure of discovery with a private snorkeling tour of the resort’s coral nursery. Afterwards, guests can indulge in unlimited dining and drinks at the newly renovated restaurants. Prices start from $476 a night for two people.Break the iceEscorted by seasoned local fishing guides, Fairmont Chateau Whistler will take guests through Whistler’s landscape of snow-capped slopes, frosty evergreens, clear mountain streams and pristine ice-covered lakes. Guests can cast a line in search of freshwater rainbow trout, Kokanee, pike and more, followed by an open-air lunch and the catch of the day being prepared by hotel chefs for dinner. Prices start from $1,575 for a two night package for two people.StargazingNestled within Alberta’s Jasper National Park, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is offering a visit to one of the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves. Guests will join the experts at the Jasper Planetarium on a  journey through the lakes, peaks and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies at night, as well as a nocturnal flight. prices start from $918 for two nights for two people.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resorts’ $40 million dollar revitalisation is attracting attention within the MICE market, with the property seeing strong forward bookings for the next two years. The iconic resort is undergoing a full renovation of its guestrooms and facilities, which is due to be completed by June 2016.MICE bookings have shown exceptional growth for the next two years, with a pipeline of upcoming major conferences from a diverse range of industry sectors including telecommunications, finance and medical.“Feedback has been incredibly positive from our MICE customers and interest is strong from the domestic market, in particular Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as our neighbours in New Zealand. They are excited about the new and upgraded facilities and the creative ways we can host large scale events down to small team building incentives,” said Nathan Gadd, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort offers versatile spaces for over 1000 delegates with flexible indoor and outdoor conference or event spaces including; Mirage Island, Main Beach, Poolside Deck and The Glade Pavilion – North Queensland’s largest resort conference facility.The key upgrades include newly transformed contemporary guest rooms, refurbished function facilities including ballroom, breakout rooms and pre-function area and enhanced poolside areas with more useable outdoor spaces for stand-up receptions and seated dinners, new poolside deck space designed to seat 120 people with louvered roof, new bridge linking the fully refurbished ‘Mirage Island’ to other poolside areas allowing better flow around the poolside spaces, creation of a new Lobby Café ideally suited for business meetings and upgrades to Feast Restaurant – Sheraton’s signature restaurant with interactive buffets incorporating live cooking stations.The resort’s event organisers, catering team, on site audio visual and theming specialists offer professional advice and creative solutions for an unforgettable event. With varied and flexible venues equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and world class service, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort provides an idyllic setting for events.Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, two World Heritage Listed icons, and enjoys a year round average temperature 26 degrees. The resort is easy accessible from Cairns Airport, with over 800 domestic and international flights per week. The intimate village atmosphere is perfect for conference and incentive groups to relax and unwind; with a number of unique experiences on the resorts doorstep.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Leave the modern life far behind and immerse yours

first_imgLeave the modern life far behind and immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of the Kimberley region – relaxing into rhythms of nature. You can simultaneously indulge in the pleasures of the outback wilderness, complemented with supreme comfort and service that The Berkeley River Lodge is renowned for worldwide. The overall design and décor of the rooms are designed to make guests immediately feel relaxed and offer a setting to unwind in the cool tranquil colours.Travellers can experience the untouched Kimberley coast – a remote paradise offering a luxury outback experience like no other, located near a stunning river, with waterfalls and fresh water holes, and by a spectacular pristine section of the Australian coastline.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterStay 4 and Pay 3 at one of Western Australia’s leading luxury resorts – The Berkeley River Lodge –with the ultimate package during September and October 2016 where guests receive one night’s accommodation for free – saving $1650.The Berkeley River Lodge’s – Stay 4 Pay 3 Offer – offers guests four nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa, including one night free, with all gourmet meals provided and selected beverages. Guests can experience one of Australia’s most spectacular and beautiful retreats, filled with fishing adventures, river cruises, wilderness picnics, beach and bush 4WD tours and more.Opened in 2012 – The Berkeley River Lodge is located in the heart of one of the last wilderness areas on Earth, located right in between the Timor Sea sunrise and Berkeley River sunset where the ultimate Kimberley adventure awaits. Inaccessible by road, the unique and iconic venue offers the essential qualities of a remote location, only being accessible by air, making the journey to The Berkeley River Lodge half the adventure.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis year, more than 6000 attendees from 73 countries, including over 1300 international and domestic travel buyers and over 500 media from the US and abroad, including LATTE, attended the US Travel Association’s 48th annual IPW.The event, which is the largest single generator of travel to the US, convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.Over the course of five days, a record of over 105,000 pre-scheduled business meetings were conducted between travel buyers and US travel supplier organisations, who purchased a total of 1352 booths.Thank you New OrleansAccording to the independent research firm Rockport Analytics, travel initiated by IPW is projected to bring $4.7 billion in direct bookings to US destinations over the next three years.The delegate count at this year’s IPW represents a 20 per cent increase since the last time the conference was held in New Orleans, in 2002. In addition to the usual robust number of delegates from the UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany and France, this year’s IPW saw tremendous growth in delegates from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Chile and Colombia.The real pay-off for IPW will ripple through the local New Orleans economy for an estimated three years following this year’s event. IPW is expected to generate $1.7 billion in economic impact to the city of New Orleans and attract more than one million additional visitors to the New Orleans area during that time.Excitement and entertainment every nightIPW is renowned for its vibrant gala events, and this year was no exception. During ‘Carnival Around The World’, the Sunday evening event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Conventions & Visitors Bureau and Brand USA entertained attendees with music, food, cocktails and a Mardi Gras parade. The closing event, ‘Tastes and Tunes of Louisiana’, invited guests to dine on the banks of the Mississippi River, organised by the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Brand USA.On Monday, Brand USA hosted an opening lunch graced with a performance by Gladys Knight. Sponsored by NYC & Company and Broadway Inbound, Tuesday’s event brought some of Broadway’s biggest and best shows to the stage. On Wednesday, The Bare Naked Ladies raised the bar with a rock show, sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, Florida and Universal Orlando Resort.Stay open and connectedNoting the recent events in Orlando and the terror attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice and Istanbul, speakers at IPW recognised and discussed the problems facing the international travel trade.“IPW is a wonderful, unique event in that it brings the world to the US in one location,” said US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “We remain dedicated to welcoming ever more international visitors to our country, and maintain that encouraging travel to the US is the best way to keep us open and connected to the world.”Noting that current global concerns make it more important than ever to promote and foster international travel, he continued: “The world is ever more connected and complex, but it is impossible to insulate ourselves from risk … We must not retreat out of fear.”The US Travel Association, according to Dow, will carry on with its mission to increase travel to and within the US: “America is not a fortress and it should not be. It would be dangerous and costly to try to cut ourselves off from the world. We stand our best chance to achieve security and prosperity when travellers, and indeed all of us, choose freedom over fear.”The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) – online application for visitors to the States – is one way to maintain openness.World Travel & Tourism Council president and CEO David Scowsill said the VWP is “much more safe than manual visa processing”. His comment came amidst calls to suspend the programme.“Market the Welcome”An important initiative in response to these concerns is the “Market the Welcome” campaign. The programme was developed in response to negative perceptions of the arrival experience at US airports, said Brand USA President and CEO Chris Thompson.Comprising welcoming and informational signage, the programme is designed to provide travellers a warm and seamless arrival experience from the moment they enter the airport and continuing on as they proceed through immigration and passport control, and baggage claim.“One of the things we realised was that in the arrival halls of a lot of our airports, the experience is very stoic and not very welcoming,” he said.In time for the IPW 2016, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport became the fourth airport in the nation to implement the campaign. The other airports that have implemented the campaign are the Miami International Airport, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport and Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.“The United States wants more legitimate travellers to visit the US and experience all our great nation has to offer,” says Executive Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office at the US Department of Commerce, Kelly Craighead. “Knowing that a first impression is a lasting impression, we have set our sights on providing the best arrivals experience in the world to all of our international visitors, while simultaneously maintaining the highest standards of national security.” IPW raffle winners announced!San Francisco Travel hosted its annual IPW San Francisco evening party this year and, as always, it was a fun event that ended on a high note. United Airlines donated roundtrip airline tickets from anywhere in the world to San Francisco that were raffled during the event. The lucky winners were:Cathy WagstaffCEO/Group EditorSignature MediaChatswood, NSW, AustraliaCorey KirkhamProduct Manager, North America & Middle EastIPW 2017 will be hosted by Washignton D.C. from 3 – 7 June. To register, click here.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHoteliers from many lands convened in New York on Monday 13 November for HOTELS Magazine’s annual Hoteliers of the Year awards. The honorees were not a surprise, but the acclaim for them was universal. Corporate Hotelier was US-born William Heinecke, Chairman of the Minor Group, whose many brands include Anantara Hotels Resorts, and Spas, AVANI Hotels & Resorts, Elewana Collection and Tivoli Hotels & Resorts (Minor also owns, and in some cases manages under franchise agreements, Four Seasons, Marriotts and St Regis properties).In one of the exquisite historic rooms at Lotte Palace Hotel New York, HOTELS’ managing editor Barbara Bohm explained how talking to Heinecke earlier this year she learned how, as a teenager, he started the company – he called it Minor as he was then too young to register it in his own name. Now it has 154 hotels in 22 countries, and goodness knows how many hundreds of freestanding eating outlets there are in the group, which also includes private aviation facilities. After accepting the award, Bill Heinecke then continued, to describe his humanitarian work with elephants, both rescuing retired elephants and using them, via his Heinecke Foundation, as therapy for autistic kids. His company also hosts the annual Elephant Polo competition in Thailand.Next up was independent hotelier of the year, Edward Mady, GM of The Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotel and the Collection’s boss of The Americas (coincidentally he had been MD of this very hotel when it was simply called The Palace New York, managed by The Dorchester Collection). Born in Canada, Ed Mady has had a lifetime of hospitality service which, he says, will go on forever, whatever happens. Before The Dorchester Collection came into The Palace, for instance, it was part of the Helmsley empire and Harry Helmsley’s tempestuous wife Leona Helmsley fired him three times, on each occasion re-hiring him pretty quickly.Ed Mady’s modesty was shown by the fact that at the ceremony this week he was not sitting in the front row, as one would expect, but at the very back of the room. HOTELS editor-in-chief Jeff Weinstein called him forward, and recounted his fascination with baseball, especially the New York Yankees. Mady then went through a very long list of those who have influenced him – most of whom were in the room – and that number included the team’s one-time Captain, Derek Jeter, and two Hall of Famers, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. Another of Mady’s self-appointed personal advisory board is Ritz-Carlton founder Horst Schulze, who told me afterwards that he is writing another book.HOTELS Magazine’s Hotelier of the Year awards start with nominations from previous winners. These names are then passed out to all the magazine’s 90,000 plus readers, both in print and online, for final voting. Traditionally, the New York hotel that hosts the award ceremony then throws a cocktail and Lotte Palace raised the bar considerably. Food, especially addictive seafood bites and whole prime rib carved to order, was sensational, matched by stylish drinks and attentive service. Thank you Becky Hubbard, GM of the hotel. One other enhancement this year was that invitees were only hoteliers, plus sponsors, who included La Bottega.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSoneva has launched Out of the Blue, its latest dining destination at Soneva Fushi. The two-storey overwater structure houses 5 brand-new dining experiences, from intimate settings of just 5 diners presided over by world-famous chefs to large al fresco shared dining areas. The new launch forms part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, where a different activity is celebrated each month across Soneva’s resorts.Central to this new dining outlet is the eponymous 50-seater, all-day dining area, Out of the Blue, which hosts a number of different kitchens offering international dishes such as pizza, salad, grilled meats and seafood. This space shares a seating area with the Chinese and modern Japanese kitchens and lets guests choose between sitting under cover or on the open deck. Here guests will also find So Hot, which includes the Tandoor Oven, Robata Grill, Josper Grill, Pizza Oven and So Chilled, the chocolate and ice-cream parlour. So Fresh is the first overwater organic greenhouse in the Maldives, where guests can hand-pick the ingredients they wish to have in their salad. Soneva Fushi’s cheese room, So Cheesy, is also part of the offerings.Some of the most famous names in the culinary world will be hosting dinners at Once Upon a Table, only open for dinner. The unusual horseshoe-shaped table seats a mere 8 diners for up-close and personal dining experiences with Michelin-starred chefs and chefs from San Pellegrino’s Top 100 list. Included in this line-up are more than 30 of the world’s top chefs. Once Upon a Table has no menu, meaning dinners are always a surprise.So Hands On is the dedicated sushi counter, seating 5 diners for lunch and dinner. This outlet will see some of the world’s best sushi chefs visiting it throughout the year, notably chef Kenji Gyoten, who is cooking in August at So Hands On. He is the youngest three-Michelin-starred chef in Japan and one of the 4 three-starred sushi chefs in the world. During the rest of the year, chef Akira Koba, a highly trained sushi chef, will be running the table.Soneva Fushi opens its first Teppanyaki table with So Bespoke, an open-air restaurant with western views of the Baa Atoll. Chef Katushiro To, a famous Teppanyaki chef from Japan, will be grilling and barbecuing year-round for just 8 diners, for lunch and dinner.The Chinese Kitchen will be serving modern Chinese cuisine. The Modern Japanese Kitchen, run by Soneva Fushi’s Chef Nikki, is set to serve delicacies such as modern sashimi, torched wagyu, black cod and other Japanese favourites, all with a contemporary twist. Both of these outlets are open for lunch and come with a wine selection of 250 varieties of magnums, as well as a large selection of sakes and wines by the glass.Finally, the Bar & Cellar is where guests can choose from the extensive beverage encyclopaedia, which includes a selection of 200 high-end wines by the glass. A selection of beers, spirits and cocktails will also be on offer, as well as freshly squeezed juices and specialty teas and coffees. Open all day, every day, the Bar & Cellar seats 30.Soneva Fushi’s Out of the Blue is set to further expand upon the resorts already extensive dining options, visiting chefs from around the world will be showcasing their culinary skills and creations for guests year round as part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour.In February, Soneva launched its first-ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 to February 2019.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The lure of Thailands

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe lure of Thailand’s warm hospitality, sandy beaches, tropical climate and outstanding accommodation – often in secluded settings – has long been strong for visitors looking for romantic luxury holidays.The weddings and honeymoon markets are becoming an important niche market for Thailand’s tourism operators, as an increasing number of the 35 million tourists who visit each year look for destinations to celebrate their nuptials.This year’s Thailand Travel Mart, which brings together around 300 international buyers from over 60 countries to meet a similar number of Thai sellers, put the luxury and romance market in sharp focus.Themed ‘A Million Shades of Romance’, the trade event featured Thailand’s rich culture and history, beautiful natural attractions and beaches, superb cuisine and a full range of accommodation, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) shifts its strategy from mass tourism to niche markets that will attract more high-spending, long-staying visitors.Around US$1.77 billion was generated by the weddings and honeymoon markets in Thailand last year from around 1.1 million visitors. Major destinations for weddings are the resort regions of Phuket, Kho Samui, Krabi, and Pattaya, and Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north.Australia is one of the top three short-haul target markets for weddings, along with India and Hong Kong, but the Oceania region only accounts for about 18% of the wedding market.Around 104,000 visitors travel to Thailand for weddings each year, just outstripping the honeymoon market, which attracts around 988,900 visitors and generates US$1.4 billion in spending. The Tourism Authority of Thailand aims to grow these market sectors by 5% in the next year.Pattaya was chosen as the location for this year’s Thailand Tourism Market because of its ability to add new activities and attractions – and to reinvent or modernise existing ones – making a good example of the concept behind TAT’s latest concept of Amazing Thailand – ‘Open to the New Shades’. The concept encourages tourists to explore the many different facets of Thailand – gastronomy tourism, arts and crafts, culture and unique ways of life by discovering new attractions for the first time and rediscovering existing attractions from a new perspective.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img[World CupSchedule](—schedule.html)| Cheap flightsto South Africa Save more on hotelsin South Africa [World CupDestinations](—destinations.html)| [World CupNews](| [World CupVenues](—venues.html)| [World CupPackages](—packages.html) Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape ProvinceStadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Set on the shores of Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth is another plum draw for teams in the knockout stages. The “friendly city” as it is known has a fantastic climate and water sports enthusiasts can indulge in their hobbies all year round from golden beaches. The city gets more sunshine than any other coastal town in the country, and this no doubt contributes to the quality of life which is enjoyed by residents, and the number of flights to Port Elizabeth all year round. The city itself is an attractive mixture of historic buildings and well-tended green parks and tourists might like to follow the 5km Donkin Heritage trail which takes in numerous locations associated with the 1820 settlers in the Old Hill area of Port Elizabeth. If nature is more your thing, there are a number of game parks in the area like the Shamwari Game reserve where you can spot the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and the Addo Elephant Park- though it remains unclear what you might see there.Matches:Fixture| Date —|—South Korea v Greece | Sat 12 JuneIvory Coast v Portugal | Tue 15 JuneGermany v Serbia | Fri 18 JuneChile v Switzerland | Mon 21 JuneSlovenia v England | Wed 23 JuneLast 16 Match 1 | Sat 26 JuneQuarter Final C | Fri 2 July3/4 Place Final | Sat 10 July Get on the ball for less with Skyscanner [World CupGroups](—groups.html) —|—|—|— | Great deals on car hirein South Africa [World CupHome](—home.html)| | Great deals on packages to theSouth Africa World Cup [World CupTeams](—teams.html)| RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape ProvinceSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape ProvinceSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – VenuesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – VenuesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – HotelsSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Hotelslast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRiva, the iconic Ferretti Group brand, announces the birth of the new flagship of their open line. Riva 63’ Virtus, is the largest open yacht produced by the shipyard, characterised by unmistakable style and a distinctly Mediterranean character.The new Riva 63’ Virtus is the product of the unique relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the studio that exclusively designs all yachts in the Riva range, the AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, as well as the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferretti Group. The new model has been designed as a sporty yacht, created for owners wishing to experience the sea first hand.Riva reinterprets the concept of an open yacht with a model featuring a typical Mediterranean style maintaining the unmistakable elegance of all the shipyard’s models: class, refinement and clean lines. Created following the lines of the 63’ Vertigo, a classical highly successful Riva model, the new Riva 63’ Virtus is a flagship of the Riva opens. Virtus is designed to last, recapturing the strong character of the Rivale, another Riva open line, but incorporating larger spaces which guarantee excellent livability and total on-board comfort.The exteriors feature spacious areas which enable owners to enjoy the yacht in the company of their guests, thanks to two large sundecks, one at bow and one astern, under which the garage for the tender is located. This social aspect of the yacht is also extended to the helm area, where the driving seat consists of a three-seater sofa, enabling owners to share the pleasure of driving the yacht with their guests. Moreover, it is protected by a large windshield with a double curve ensuring great comfort while cruising. The cockpit is spacious, comfortable and equipped with a fridge, sink and – upon request – a grill. In the cockpit there are three sofas, one of which is L-shaped, on the port hand side, one astern and a third equipped with a system which slides and enables to move closer to the varnished teak table which has a flip up section. The cockpit is covered with a large, electro-hydraulically operated bimini which can also be kept open whilst running.Typical of Riva, the class and attention to fine detail is evident in the cleats and in the electric winches skillfully concealed to ensure aesthetic fluidity. Painstaking attention has also been paid to creating the functional, well-designed instrument mast in line with the style of all Riva open models.The interior fittings have been styled in such a way to attain the very best availability in terms of space and comfort, a spacious salon with a large wooden table is able to accommodate up to six people, without requiring the reduction in size of the galley. Riva 63’ Virtus is a yacht featuring contrasts of colour and materials: the alternation between the light shades of the oak and darker ones of the leather, and between the opaque and polished lacquering create a style which gives the new Riva 63’ Virtus a further touch of modern style, in addition to the traditional elegance of all Riva yachts.The master cabin is located portside astern and set slightly lower than the other two, enriched with a bed run around in leather stitching. The slightly lower position of the cabin makes it possible to use all the space available. The guest cabin, also located port-side mid-ship, features bunk beds, set out in an L-shape which offers a pleasant panoramic view of the surface of the water. The master and VIP cabins, set at bow, both feature en-suite heads, whilst the day head is located opposite the guest cabin.The harmonious profile of the yacht is further emphasised by the large arrow-shaped side windows, which have made so many other Riva models successful and guarantee excellent natural lighting below deck. The unusual features of the hull and teak of the deck and part of the cockpit, together with the many details in stainless steel, contribute to making the 63’ Virtus both modern and sporty.“Riva is an extraordinary brand, and always manages to innovate, creating unique, cutting edge models, whilst still maintaining the charm and magic which have characterised it for over 160 years,” said Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Group. “The 63’ Virtus, with her strong, decisive character combined with the elegance and refined features which are typical to this brand, is the perfect addition to the Riva range.”“Sporty, sociable and a pleasure to drive; these are the concepts which guided the design of the new Riva open”, asserted Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design. “With Riva 63’ Virtus, we wanted to create a long-lasting yacht, destined to become part of Riva’s history and its great classics.”“We are pleased to present the Riva 63’ Virtus, a sporty, racy yacht characterised by a style which has always distinguished the Riva brand”, stated Alberto Perrone da Zara, Riva Brand Manager Sales Manager. “Virtus is a model able to fully satisfy the needs of Owners who want to drive their yachts easily, with spaces suitable for sharing comfortably with whoever they choose.www.riva-yacht.comlast_img read more

Beverly Hills California – Reported by Elite Trav

first_imgBeverly Hills, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDuring the month of October, the SLS Hotel is aligning with one of the world’s premiere health care organizations, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, to fund pioneering research and treatment at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – A Project of Women’s Guild at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer InstituteCiel Spa Pink Package 30 Minute massage or facial 30 Minute scrub Manicure- with complimentary polish Pink cocktail $150 10% of proceeds donatedThe Bazaar by José Andrés Patisserie White Chocolate Bonbons with Pink Peppercorns $3 each 100% of proceeds donatedLuxe Relaxation Now that summer is over, give your skin (or gift someone else) with the perfect Holiday package. The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is offering the perfect relaxation day for you and/or your special someone.Your surprise will begin with an invigorating body scrub in the wet treatment room, complete with an “experience” shower. You will then be escorted to a beautifully designed Spa suite to enjoy a relaxing soak and then finish the perfect day of renewal with a 60-min Relaxation massage.You won’t leave empty handed as you will also be gifted with an eye pillow to take home with you.This package is $190 per person for 2 hours.Halloween is around the corner and the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills has some spooky little surprises for a festive time in Los Angeles. Enjoy everything the SLS Hotel has to offer and then join the many Halloween enthusiasts as they flock to the famous Santa Monica Boulevard for the much anticipated 24th annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. After a long night, come unwind and get your feet rubbed in the Ciel Spa.SLS Halloween package includes the following for $329 • Shuttle service to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval • Recovery at Ciel Spa with a Relaxing foot massage the following day. • Make up removal kit • One complimentary cocktail per registered guest • A night stay valid through October 29 – October 31, 2010Cuisine Scene Planning a trip to Los Angeles before the end of the year or just need a staycation? Spice up your stay at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills with a special invitation to savor epicurean delights at two of LA’s hottest restaurants, Katsuya or XIV. Your experience starts at SLS Hotel and then transcends into an invigorating culinary experience at your choice of these two highly acclaimed restaurants.With this package you enjoy: • Dinner for two at Katsuya or XIV • One cocktail or glass of wine with dinner • Luxurious guest room accommodations • Valid on stays through December 30, 2010www.slshotels.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Desmond Tiro, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2018 3:07 am PDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NAIROBI, Kenya – An extremist attack in Kenya inspired a short film that is in the running for an Academy Award.“Watu Wote” means “All of Us” in Swahili. The film depicts the true story of an al-Shabab extremist assault on a bus in northern Kenya just before Christmas in 2015. Muslim passengers helped to save the lives of Christian passengers by refusing to separate into groups.German film students read about the attack and decided to tell the story for its message of humanity and solidarity. Director Katja Benrath called the Oscar nomination “surreal.”The film used many young first-time actors, most of them Somalis. Thousands of people have left Somalia for neighbouring Kenya over the years as al-Shabab roams large parts of their homeland, carrying out attacks including the October bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed more than 500 people.“A lot of them already had traumatizing events in their past, also including terrorist attacks, so it was very, very emotional,” Benrath said. She said the crew tried their best not to re-traumatize people.Kenyan producer Bramwel Iro said the film shares the courage of the people on the bus with the world at large. The East African nation has been the target of a number of al-Shabab attacks, especially after Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to combat the extremist group. The attacks, some seeking to separate Christians and Muslims, have caused tensions at times between Kenyans and Somalis.“When I was introduced to this particular story I was like, ‘This is how I contribute. This is how I do my part in spreading a message of peace, spreading a message of love,” Iro said.The film competes against four others in the Best Live Action Short Film category at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4 in Los Angeles.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: Kenyan short film nominated for Oscar tells tale of survivalcenter_img In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, producer Tobias Rosen, left, director Katja Benrath, center, and cinematographer Felix Striegel discuss on location during the filming of the short film “Watu Wote”, meaning “All of Us” in Swahili, in Ngomeni, Kenya. The true story of an al-Shabab extremist attack on a bus in Kenya just before Christmas in 2015 inspired the short film, that is in the running for an Academy Award on March 4. (Eric Mwangi/Hamburg Media School via AP) last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2018 1:26 pm PDT Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A timeline of Roman Polanski’s 4-decade underage sex case LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the United States after he forced himself on a teenage girl during a photo shoot, has spanned more than 40 years, sparking court battles on both sides of the Atlantic. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him from its membership.Here are some key dates in the long-running case, which has kept Polanski living in exile in Europe:___March 10, 1977 — Roman Polanski conducts a photo shoot with a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house. As she later testifies, Polanski gives the girl champagne and part of a sedative during the shoot, then forced her to have sex. She says she repeatedly told Polanski no during intercourse, but says she did not fight him because she was afraid of him. The girl’s mother calls police after finding out what happened.March 24, 1977 — A grand jury indicts Polanski on six felony charges, including rape, furnishing a controlled substance to a minor and sodomy. He later pleads not guilty at arraignment.August 1977 — Polanski pleads guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and a judge orders the director to undergo further proceedings.September 1977 — A judge orders the director to undergo a 90-day diagnostic screening at a California state prison to help determine sentencing.January 1978 — The diagnostic screening — completed after 42 days — recommends Polanski be placed on probation.Feb. 1, 1978 — Polanski flees the United States on eve of sentencing after learning that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband intended to send Polanski back to prison. An arrest warrant is issued, confining Polanski’s movements to France, Poland and Switzerland. Polanski alleges Rittenband met with a prosecutor who was not assigned to the case — without Polanski’s lawyer present — to discuss sentencing.September 1997 — A new judge meets with prosecutors and Polanski’s attorney to discuss the case in chambers. The meeting is not reported, and elements of the discussion remain in dispute. Polanski’s attorney contends the judge wanted Polanski’s sentencing hearing televised, which the judge denies. Prosecutors contend Polanski sought to be sentenced without reporters present, which the director denies.November 2002 — Lawyers for Conde Nast Publications successfully unseal grand jury testimony presented in Polanski’s case.March 2003 — Polanski wins the best director Academy Award for “The Pianist,” but is unable to collect his Oscar in person due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest.December 2008 — Polanski’s lawyers seek a dismissal of the charges against him. His motion is supported by his victim.February 2009 — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejects Polanski’s dismissal motion, stating that Polanski must appear in court to resolve his case. The order goes into effect in May 2009.July 2009 — Polanski appeals the February ruling in his case.September 2009 — Polanski is arrested in Switzerland pursuant to a warrant. Extradition proceedings begin.December 2009 — A California court panel rejects Polanski’s appeal, ruling that the director must appear in court to resolve his case.January 2010 — Polanski’s lawyers request the director be sentenced without being present in Los Angeles.February 2010 — A Los Angeles court takes sealed testimony from Roger Gunson, the original prosecutor who handled Polanski’s case, about his recollections of the judge’s 1977 promises to the director.May 2010 — A judge rejects a motion by Polanski’s lawyers to unseal Gunson’s testimony.July 2010 — Switzerland rejects U.S. request to extradite Polanski, citing its inability to obtain the Gunson testimony.December 2014 — Polanski’s lawyers seek an evidentiary hearing to explore the director’s allegations of judicial misconduct in Los Angeles. A judge rejects the motion without conducting a hearing.February 2015 — Polanski appears in a Polish court for hours of questioning on whether a U.S. request to extradite the director is valid.October 2015 — A Polish court rejects an effort to extradite Polanski.May 2016 — Poland’s new justice minister revives extradition proceedings against Polanski.December 2016 — The Polish Supreme Court rules Polanski will not be extradited to the United States.February 2017 — Polanski’s attorney seeks an order in Los Angeles to unseal Gunson’s testimony. Later motions by Polanski seek an order confirming the director should not serve any additional time behind bars if he returns to Los Angeles. Polanski’s lawyer relies on information included in a lengthy Polish court decision.April 2017 — A Los Angeles judge rejects Polanski’s requests to be sentenced without returning to court or for a determination he has served his sentence.June 2017 — Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, appears in a Los Angeles court to ask a judge to end the case, calling it a “40-year-sentence” imposed on both her and the director.August 2017 — A Los Angeles judge rejects Geimer’s request to end Polanski’s case.May 3, 2018 — The film academy announces it has expelled Polanski and Bill Cosby, who was convicted of a sex offence a week earlier, from its membership.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacions shooting

first_imgSuspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death by Josh Replogle And Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 6:24 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder days after the killing of rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in his luxury BMW electric car as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership in Florida.Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday after a traffic stop, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said a statement Thursday. Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 20, who went by the stage name pronounced “Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was gunned down Monday, bringing a violent end to a brief music career that was marked by controversy and arrests.Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects. They did not give a motive in announcing Williams’ arrest but had previously said the shooting was an apparent robbery attempt.After Williams’ arrest, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said homicide detectives also were seeking additional suspects.An arrest report said Williams was alone in the silver 2004 Honda and driving without a license when he was spotted by an officer in Pompano Beach. He was taken into custody on an active felony warrant.XXXTentacion’s attorney, David Bogenschutz, said Tuesday that investigators told him the rapper had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation violation and for not having a valid driver’s license. He appeared before Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica via video Thursday afternoon. He wore an orange jumpsuit and did not speak during the minutes-long hearing and he was represented by a public defender.Mollica ordered Williams to be held without bond. Williams also was scheduled to appear Monday before a different judge regarding the probation violation charge that stems from a 2014 grand theft auto case.Court records show Williams has been charged previously with several felonies, including grand theft auto, domestic violence, cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It does not appear, however, that he has ever done prison time for these charges and some of them were dropped. Williams does not appear in the Florida Department of Corrections offender database, but was on probation for the auto theft conviction.Nobody responded at Williams’ home, a rental bungalow in a modest neighbourhood of Pompano Beach. Debris littered the yard in front and back along with the aftermath of some automotive work, with a tarp, oil and tools.Neighbours, many of whom did not want to be quoted, said they knew Williams as a tattoo artist. They complained of noise from his riding of all-terrain vehicles but said they didn’t otherwise have any trouble with the family that lived at the home.Richard Slappy, 58, an electrician who lives a few houses down and across the street, said a woman and children also lived there.“I’ve seen him riding them 4-wheelers,” Slappy said. “I was glad I didn’t stay next to him because there was all that 4-wheeler noise going on down there.”XXXTentacion, who sported dreadlocks and facial tattoos, was a rising star. He notched a No. 1 album in March with his sophomore effort “?”and had a top 10 hit with “Sad!”But he also generated controversy. In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was jailed on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. Later, he faced more charges including witness tampering.In a recent interview with the Miami New Times, XXXTentacion described his upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised by friends, family and babysitters. His mother bought him clothes, phones and other gifts. He said he used violence so she would engage with him.In one video on social media, he said: “If worse things come to worse, I (expletive) die a tragic death or some (expletive), and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves.”___Kay reported from Miami. Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed to this report.center_img In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, fans and mourners of rap singer XXXTentacion gather for a memorial outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the troubled rapper-singer was killed the day before. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot outside the motorcycle dealership on Monday, June 18, when two armed suspects approached him, authorities said. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) last_img read more

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first_img Whether it’s on an enormous estate or outside a little house, the modern garden aims for wild-looking landscapes, native species and seamless transitions to natural surroundings, according to a new book featuring the work of prominent contemporary garden designers.In “Garden Wild: Wildflower Meadows, Prairie-Style Plantings, Rockeries, Ferneries, and Other Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature” (Rizzoli), photographer Andre Baranowski explores a dozen very different gardens — all of them mostly devoid of manicured lawns and fussy pruning.The focus, instead, is on sustainability and plant diversity. Featured garden designers include Oehme van Sweden, Fernando Caruncho, Jorge Sanchez and Piet Oudolf.Each chapter explores a single garden, explaining the designer’s approach, the challenges posed and garden highlights, with an eye to inspiring home gardeners to try their hand at this more natural-looking approach.“Tons of money still goes into fertilizers and weed killers for traditional-style manicured lawns, but I’m trying to show people that weeds can be quite beautiful. They can be stunning. Gardens can be gorgeous and sustain wildlife, and at the same time be easier to maintain,” says Baranowski, who visited the 12 gardens hundreds of times, looking for the most evocative images.“This wilder look is absolutely catching on,” he says.The book begins with a garden in Water Mill, New York, designed in the 1980s by pioneering landscaper James van Sweden, co-founder with Wolfgang Oehme of the Oehme van Sweden firm. In a departure from the staid hedges, boxwoods and perennial borders that dominated the East End of Long Island at the time, von Sweden planted low-maintenance grasses and other native plants, and plants appropriate for the seascape like lavender, sedums, willows and magnolias.Bringing native grasses right up to the pool’s edge was considered revolutionary at the time, Baranowski says.In a garden in East Hampton, New York, Eric Groft, of the firm Oehme van Sweden, screened out traffic using ornamental grasses, which have the added benefit of deterring deer, the book says.Plantings focused on green, gold and purple shrubs, perennials, and grasses that thrive in the local microclimate, with annuals appearing only in pots. Mature old elms, flowering dogwoods and black locusts were left in place to give the garden a more established look.In New York’s Lower Hudson Valley area, meanwhile, landscape designer Kathy Moreau designed and refreshed several gardens on an expansive property, in one area creating a garden meant to be walked on — ideally with bare feet. While stepping stones suggested the walking path, ground cover like sedum, mosses and periwinkle (to add colour) were chosen specifically to delight the feet.Throughout the property, Moreau replaced invasive plants with native or sustainable plantings — “sustainable in the sense that they attract pollinators and do not require a lot of extra water or nutrients,” she says in the book.“With every garden, you have the chance to do more than provide a practical solution — for example, something pretty to look at, or screening from a neighbour,” she says. “The best landscape design does that and more: it should be environmentally responsive and also artistic to fully engage both the people lucky enough to enjoy the garden and the breadth of other living things that depend on it.”Most of the gardens featured are in New York or New Jersey, with the addition of one in Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, and one in Wilton, Connecticut.The most public of the gardens featured is the High Line in New York City, inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between the rail tracks after trains stopped running there in the 1980s.Baranowski notes that despite the trend toward more natural-looking gardens, many of America’s suburban spaces continue to run to manicured lawns and hedges.“If that could change, just a little bit, it could be so much more beautiful and wild,” he says wistfully.Katherine Roth, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wild-looking and sustainable is the trend in garden design by Katherine Roth, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2019 5:43 am PDT This photo provided by Rizzoli Press shows Round House by Richard Foster and a wild flower garden in Wilton, Conn. The photograph is featured in the book “Garden Wild: Wildflower Meadows, Prairie-Style Plantings, Rockeries, Ferneries, and Other Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature” by Andre Baranowski. (Andre Baranowski/Rizzoli Press via AP) last_img read more

Guy resident and construction team leader survey

first_imgGuy, resident and construction team leader, surveys a concrete wall in order to mark off targets to drive braces for a new wooden deck on the west side of the pool area. He also brings out a diagram from the planning department, and explains the finer details of the work yet to be done. May 9, 2011Preparation continues for the future installation of a new pool railing. Current workshopper in construction, Saki from Japan, wields a jackhammer and breaks away rock in order to make a smooth, durable surface. A special plate and metal pole will be constructed and installed in this place. The new fence will extend all the way from the heating tunnel on the west side of the pool area, and up and around the rocks on the south end to meet the preexisting fence on the east end. center_img Volunteer welding apprentice, Peter Lindgren, displays a newly cut metal support for the fence. last_img read more