first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Jonathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals RB So why Arizona for the former sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech?“This is where I was mostly wanted,” Dwyer told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I had a lot of other teams that were on the list. I could have went back to Pittsburgh, but I felt like this was a better opportunity for me.“I saw the potential and everything we have here as an organization. It’s a fresh organization that’s on the path of going up, so I wanted to be a part of it.”After gaining a career-high 623 yards on the ground for the Steelers in 2012, Dwyer’s workload was cut drastically last season. He carried the ball only 49 times, mostly due to the presence of Le’Veon Bell, whom Pittsburgh drafted in the second round out of Michigan State in 2013.Dwyer, 5-foot-11 and 235 pounds, saw an opportunity with the Cardinals and was familiar with the coaching staff, including head coach Bruce Arians, who was his offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh during his first two years in the league.“The relationship goes far back,” Dwyer said. “He called me personally and told me they wanted me here and wanted me to help out. So it was kind of hard to say no.” The Arizona Cardinals definitely made some splashy acquisitions in the offseason.They signed massive left tackle Jared Veldheer to a similarly large free agent contract and brought in Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie to play opposite Patrick Peterson in the secondary.One of the more under-the-radar signings general manager Steve Keim pulled off was bringing in veteran running back Jonathan Dwyer, who inked a one-year contract after spending the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. While the Steelers have hitched their wagon to Bell, the Cardinals also have a second-year running back they are planning on featuring in 2014 in Andre Ellington. Despite the surface similarities, Dwyer believes his opportunity in the desert is greater.“B.A.’s mindset is he wants to play the guys he knows can help us win,” he said. “And he knows I can help this team and the development of these guys that are younger than me. Having a young veteran in the room helps us out as well.”The 25-year-old will gladly accept the role he’s give from his coaching staff, but believes he’s ready to shoulder a much bigger workload should the opportunity present itself.“I most definitely believe I am (an every-down back),” Dwyer said. “Compared to a lot of the bigger backs, I think I have some of the best hands catching the ball. I take pride in blitz pickup. I’ve been running the ball since I was five years old, so that’s me just being a natural runner.“I think most definitely I’m an every-down back and that’s another thing I wanted to prove here.”last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Reactions to the loss of Cardinals running back Chris Johnson have run the gamut. Some analysts believe it spells the end of Arizona’s Super Bowl hopes. Others believe it’s no big deal. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but coach Bruce Arians suggested it’s closer to no big deal when asked if running back is a position that can be filled capably by reserves such as David Johnson. David Johnson is still a rookie so the Cards may have to live with a few more mistakes in pass protection, route running and hole-reading, but Johnson also gives them a greater dual-threat than Chris Johnson because of his ability to catch the ball, so Arians will likely alter the play-calling slightly to play to his rookie’s strengths.It’s also important to remember that Ellington was averaging 6.9 yards per carry before his injury, the guys behind him have both played a significant number of snaps and, oh yeah, the Cardinals have a pretty competent passing game.“(Chris) is a definitely a big loss,” Taylor said. “But the past two years have been a next-man up mentality so you’re kind of prepared for it.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson, center, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) and linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Comments   Share   “Running back is one of the easier ones,” Arians said Wednesday. “Chris was having a heck of a year but David, given those same number of touches, I don’t think would be far behind him.”Johnson was having a heck of a year. He was fourth in the NFL in rushing yards with 814 and he had given the Cardinals’ running game a dimension it didn’t have before. He also gave the Cardinals enviable depth with Andre Ellington (also out with turf toe), David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams behind him. “It was a great comeback story,” Arians said. “How it affects our football team we’ll wait and see, but last year we lost what, 14 guys? It didn’t affect us until we lost our second quarterback. The next man up is a real thing.”Arians said that Ellington will likely miss this week’s game against the Rams in St. Louis, and it would not be a stretch to think he could miss the following week’s short-week game on Thursday against the Vikings. If Ellington’s injury sidelines him longer than that, the Cardinals will be more concerned. They also can’t afford to lose David Johnson with only Taylor and Williams to back him up at the moment, but the Cardinals prepared themselves for this current situation by acquiring such depth in the first place. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Somebody else is going to get hurt this week,” Arians said. “Somebody else is going to have to step up against Minnesota on a short week. That’s just the way football is, especially in December.“It really doesn’t change it at all. We’re not going to change what we do at all. David will just step up. When Andre was out, David was playing a lot more early in the year. He played extremely well.”While Johnson was giving the Cardinals some tough yards and also had the ability to attack the edge, it would be a stretch to say that his simple presence had dramatically altered the Cardinals’ running game.For starters, offensive line play has a whole lot to do with a running game’s effectiveness and the Cards have received solid play up front most of the season, with the addition of guard Mike Iupati (when he’s played) clearly helping.Rams defensive tackle Chris Long sees another factor in the Cardinals’ improved run production.“I just think you can see a difference in commitment level to it and it makes things even tougher to deal with, with Carson (Palmer) and all the weapons they’ve got on the outside,” Long said.last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates with cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) after intercepting a pass in the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Now, Pro Football Focus writer Gordon McGuinness has put together his ranking of the top ten defensive players in the NFC. Cardinals make up 20 percent of the list, with defensive back Tyrann Mathieu coming in at number-four and cornerback Patrick Peterson landing eighth.On Mathieu, McGuinness writes:What truly makes Mathieu special is just how good of an all-around player he is, and his success has spawned a search by other teams for a player like him in the draft every year. His run-stop percentage, our signature stat that tracks the percentage of plays where a defender makes a tackle resulting in a defensive stop, was the best among cornerbacks last season. He also had the third-best pass-rushing productivity rating among cornerbacks at 21.8, racking up a sack, two hits, and eight hurries on 39 pass-rushing snaps. In two of his three seasons in the league, he has graded positively in coverage, against the run, and as a pass-rusher.Mathieu was in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award until he tore his right ACL intercepting a pass in a road win over the Philadelphia Eagles in December. Without him on the field, the Cardinals went 2-2.The third-year player from LSU finished the season with 89 total tackles, one fumble recovery and a team-high five interceptions, including a pick-six in a Week 3 win over San Francisco. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img On Peterson:The highest single-game yardage total allowed by Peterson last year was 56 against the Bears in Week 2; after that, he didn’t allow more than 50 yards in a game until he gave up 52 yards in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Packers. Considering that he spent a lot of time covering the best receivers in the NFL, that’s a fantastic stat to back up his claim as one of the best CBs in all of football. That included allowing just two receptions for 26 yards against Steelers WR Antonio Brown.Peterson elevated his game in 2015, a season in which he made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. The fifth overall selection in the 2011 draft had 35 tackles and two interceptions despite being challenged infrequently by opposing quarterbacks.McGuinness’ top ten also included three members of the Seattle Seahawks — cornerback Richard Sherman (third), defensive end Michael Bennett (fifth) and safety Earl Thomas (ninth).The Minnesota Vikings also had two representatives in safety Harrison Smith (seventh) and linebacker Anthony Barr (10th).Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was ranked as Pro Football Focus’ best overall player in 2015, topped the list. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the heels of a fantastic 2015 season that ended one step short of a Super Bowl appearance, it’s no surprise the Arizona Cardinals have been showered with offseason accolades.In the past week alone, different writers have decided the Cardinals have the fifth-best offensive triplets in the league, the fourth-best defensive trio and that David Johnson will be the fifth-leading rusher in the league in 2016. One ESPN scribe said Tyrann Mathieu is the most versatile defender in the entire league, another concluded Arizona’s receiver and running back groups are among the best and at NFL.com, Adam Schein says the Cardinals are the team most likely to follow the footsteps of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and win their first title this season.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUtopian Hotel Collection, a collection of luxury, independent hotels hand-picked for travellers in pursuit of extraordinary experiences and modern, progressive luxury, has debuted.Utopian will sit alongside the likes of well-established hotel representative groups in the high-end accommodation field, such as Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels.With 24 hotels currently in the portfolio and growing rapidly, the properties within Utopian Hotel Collection are characterised by “a youthful mindset, intriguing stories and playful characters,” the company said.Member properties within the group from the outset are located in France, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Hotels can be searched under four categories: City, Mountain, Beach and Retreat.Gone are the days when luxury simply equalled opulence: 72% of people would rather spend money on experiences, with travellers now seeking more than just exceptional service, fittings, and furnishings. The launch of Utopian Hotel Collection is pioneering this shift in the industry and the move away from old-school luxury to one which focuses on one-off authenticity, openness and the verve of youth.From fig-picking in Europe’s biggest fig plantation which sits on the Hotel Furnirussi Tenuta’s doorstep in Italy, to a stay in the Salvador Dali Suite at the Hotel Vistabella in Spain or an old-school photo-shoot experience with the world renowned Studio Harcourt at the Nolinski Paris, there are unforgettable and wondrous experiences to be found in all Utopian hotels. Art lovers will be able to admire some of the finest art collections at The Emblem Hotel Prague and guests are also invited to display their artwork within the hotel.Guests staying at Le Grand Bellevue Hotel in Switzerland during the summer months have the option to be whisked away for a spot of heli-yoga: the perfect activity for those that want to channel their inner Zen, but also get their adrenaline racing while soaking up the panoramic mountain views. Located in Crans-Montana, the Hotel Chetzeron is a former gondola station which visitors can only reach by foot, ski, snowmobile or snowcat for the ultimate arrival experience. Guests staying at the Park Hotel Vitznau can explore Lake Lucerne on the hotel’s very own boat, which doesn’t require a license, while wine aficionados can fully immerse themselves in the world of wine with a private tasting or a tour with the sommelier through the hotel’s six wine cellars which hold 32,000 bottles.Founded by Paul Cordier and Ronald Homsy, Utopian Hotel Collection represents and markets a collection of independent and boutique hotels, operating in a niche market. The team behind the collection have spent their lives in the hospitality industry, travelling the world and staying in over 1,000 hotels.Announcing the launch of Utopian Hotel Collection, Co-founder and Chairman Paul Cordier commented, “We are at a significant turning point in the luxury travel industry. Utopian Hotel Collection is well positioned to offer a new type of luxury experience which enriches, surprises and reignites travellers’ passion for adventure.”Co-founder Ronald Homsy added, “We’ve made sure from Day One that our hotel curation process is meticulous and consistent. Selecting the perfect hotels for the collection is of paramount importance. Once a property has been invited into the Utopian Collection, guests are guaranteed an authentic, world-class experience with new levels of verve and spirit.”See www.utopianhotels.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHawaiian Airlines assembled a full house of trade partners from across the industry on Tuesday night (20 November 2018) for a Thanksgiving celebration in Sydney.Some 170 partners from all sides of the travel sphere – ranging from retail groups to wholesalers, from OTAs to MICE specialists, tour operators to aviation allies – along with a contingent of media congregated at The Hacienda Bar, Pullman Quay Grand, for an evening of networking and celebrating the American holiday while overlooking Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager, ANZ addresses the audience.Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager Australia and New Zealand gave a mahalo nui loa (sincere thanks) for the generous support the airline has received from the trade during 2018. Macmillan acknowledged the hardworking local Hawaiian team, and noted the airline this month proudly entered its 90th year of continuous service, a milestone “never reached” by some of the world’s most iconic carriers, she said.She also said the local team was excited for the appointment of Andrew Stanbury, who will join Hawaiian Airlines in January as its new Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand.Below are some of the happy guests at the Thanksgiving celebration.Kuber Narula, Flight Centre; Max Kingston; Jenny Edmunds, Hawaiian Airlines; Matt Quinn and Chris Neill, Flight Centre.Lauren Whicken, Brand USA; Michael Zhang, Webjet; Jess Luxton, Anne Lee and Mala Luke from GTI.Belinda Murphy and Mike Thompson, Helloworld Travel; Kate Cameron, Travel Partners; Jayson Westbury, Chief Executive, AFTA; and Kaylene Shuttlewood, Regional Managing Director Travel Counsellors.Heather Jeffery, Hawaiian Airlines PR Team; Vanessa Richards, Excite Holidays; Kylee Kay, Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services.Maria Alaveras, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Rod Carrington, Ignite and Andrew Gee, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.Lead image:  Andrew Best, Hawaiian Airlines’ National Account Manager; Kate Cameron, Travel Partners; Jayson Westbury, AFTA; Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines’ Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager ANZ; Kaylene Shuttlewood, Travel Counsellors and Bart Druitt , Hawaiian Airlines’ Partnerships and Promotions Specialist. Also present, hidden behind the Hawaiian Airlines banner,  Mike Thompson, Helloworld Travel.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedSwitch to Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 for Finnair passengersFinnair’s Swedish passengers will benefit from a modern, spacious terminal.Finnair opens Silver Wings LoungeFinnair opens Silver Wings LoungeText check-in introduced by FinnairFinnair has launched a text message check-in service for passengers travelling on flights to London and Manchester Finnair has announced that it has opened a new express service point for families travelling with children on the airline’s international flights. The new facility opened at Helsinki-Vantaa on Friday (January 2nd) and will cater for special needs passengers as well as young families. The service will be available every day in departure hall 2 of Helsinki-Vantaa’s second terminal, with the facility being identifiable by the Special Passengers sign that can be found over check-in desk 225. Commenting on the new service, Markku Remes, the person responsible for Finnair’s customer service, said: “A large number of families with children and other passengers with special needs travel on our flights. “We want to make the travel experience even easier for these important customers.” The service point can also be used by children travelling alone with chaperones, as well as wheelchair customers who require extra assistance. Finland’s flagship carrier carried 8.8 million passengers in 2006.Find cheap flights to Finland ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgIf you are going skiing or snowboarding for the first time it is vital that you choose a resort which caters well for beginners.Making the wrong choice may mean you get put off for life. Things to look for include lots of beginner’s slopes which can be accessed easily, beginner friendly lifts, good snowsports schools and it is a good idea to find accommodation which is not too far away from the lifts, or at least a good bus service that runs to the lift.Avoid resorts with lots of off-piste and black runs – you probably won’t be using them quite yet!Here are some beginner ski resort suggestions from the Ski Club of Great Britain.Avoriaz, FranceAvoriaz is convenient. Lying at 1800m the resort is snow sure and as the resort is purpose built, your apartment or hotel is likely to nestle right next to the lifts. There is a whole host of beginner lifts and plenty of confidence boosting green runs. It is also easy to meet up for lunch after your morning lessons. There are also plenty of advanced runs but these are found further away from the main village.Alpe d’Huez, FranceClose to Grenoble airport so easy to get to, Alpe d’Huez is great for beginners. Stay close to the slopes for quick access to lots of green and blue runs. Alpe d’Huez is mostly south facing often ensuring lovely long sunny skiing, especially in Spring.Wengen, SwitzerlandSitting in the Jungfrau region below the stunning Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountains, Wengen is a beginners paradise. Nursery slopes in the middle of the town and trains that link all the villages making access to all areas easier for starters to the sport. There are plenty of cruising blue runs once over the first few turns.Saas Fee, SwitzerlandChocolate box Saas Fee is ideal for beginners. They have excellent nursery slopes close to the village and plenty of wide open pistes to practice on. Make sure you stay not too far from the slopes as the accommodation does spread over a large area. Excellent lift system and gorgeous village centre.Soll, AustriaSoll has an abundance of pistes that are perfectly suited to beginners and are great for building confidence. The nursery slopes are situated conveniently at the bottom of the mountain. The resort is a large traditional Austrian village and rarely gets overcrowded. It is also well known for lively après-ski.Pila, ItalyGreat value Pila, sits above the town of Aosta perfect for shopping on an afternoon off. Pila has a good lift system, wide pistes for practicing the ski turns and offers excellent value for money for a first visit to the snow. There is some on slope accommodation for ski in/out or stay down in Aosta for a more ‘Italian’ experience with coffee shops and restaurants galore.Geilo, NorwayGeilo is a beginner’s heaven with lots of easy slopes and un-crowded pistes. It is a small resort but will keep beginners amused for a week. There is a choice of two beginner’s areas with Vestlia being the best. The ski schools are also highly rated.Soldeu, AndorraSoldeu has many British or English speaking instructors. This means there is no language barrier therefore learning to ski or snowboard is often made a lot easier. There is plenty of terrain for beginners in the rolling slopes both above and below the treeline.Beaver Creek, USAWith English speaking instructors, lots of easy terrain and a whole host of friendly people you can’t go wrong starting your skiing in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The resort is compact therefore a lot of the accommodation is very close to the slopes which makes the mornings a lot more manageable, especially if you are not used to carrying your skis or board around.Tremblant, CanadaTremblant has everything on your doorstep from the ski school, to cafes to shops, and of course the pistes. The resort has an abundance of easy slopes and is very much geared towards beginners. It is very easy to get kitted up, meet your instructor and jump on the lift.The Ski Club of Great Britain’s website has comprehensive information on over 250 resorts worldwide. Joining the Ski Club will give you discounts on ski and snowboard schools plus thousands of other discounts worldwide. For more information visit www.skiclub.co.uk or call 0845 45 807 80. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFamily friendly skiing: winter sports for kidsSkyscanner brings you a guide to some of the most child-friendly ski resorts in the world.Ski Bargains: last minute ski trips to popular ski airportsSkyscanner rounds up the best deals on flights to Europe’s ski airports10 of best cheap ski resorts in the worldLooking for the cheapest places to ski in Europe? Amidst the £10 beers in Zermatt and the fine dining in France, you can still ski the same slopes for a fraction of the price – in the French Alps, Italy, the US, and a few hidden ski fields in Europe!…last_img read more

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first_img12. Hunt for the sunGet as much daylight as you can. Daylight makes you feel better. Unless you’ve been up all night. Which is never, ever a good idea before a long flight.13. Get some exerciseDo some exercise to boost your endorphins and stretch out the kinks which develop on long haul flights. These days, almost all airline magazines will have a section dedicated to simple exercises for long haul flights.14. Catch up on sleepTry to get as much sleep as you normally would in a 24-hour period – make up any shortfall with a (short) snooze on the day of arrival if necessary.So you’ve worked out how to beat the jet lag and you’re ready to explore the world. Here are some other tips to help you get the most out of your big adventure How to survive a long haulFollow our 10 survival tips for long flights to emerge refreshed, relaxed and ready to start your holiday when you touch down…8 ways to turn your flight into a guaranteed nightmareHere’s a list of what not to do on a flight, from getting drunk to making ill-advised jokes at security.11 top tips to get through the airport quicklyGet your trip off to a flying start and whizz through the airport like a pro with a little help from our well-travelled staff and top travel bloggers.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Learn how to prevent jet lag with these 14 tips, for before, during and after the flight.1. Relax your scheduleKnowing how to prepare for a long-haul flight can mean you start your holiday feeling fresh, rather than fatigued. If you’re someone with a rigid schedule at home, try to relax that schedule during the days before your flight. Having a rigid routine of eating and sleeping will make it harder to adjust to new time zones. If you’re flexible about such arrangements, you’ll start your trip abroad with a major advantage.2. Get a good night’s sleep before you flyPeople often end up having slept for just a few hours before a long flight – whether it’s due to pre-holiday excitement or a deliberate attempt to tire yourself out so that you’ll sleep through the flight. Big mistake. Getting a good night’s sleep before your flight will leave you better equipped to cope with jet lag.3. Avoid arriving at nightIf possible, opt for a flight which arrives in daylight. This will make it easier to stay awake – you’ll be much more tempted to get out and explore if the sun’s shining and you’ve got a full day ahead of you. A more extreme solution? Only fly to destinations within the Greenwich Meridian – destinations with the most similar time zones to the UK. Options include France and Spain and (for the more adventurous) Togo, Ghana and some parts of Antarctica. Jet2Air FranceThomas Cook What causes jet lag?Working out how to prevent jet lag becomes significantly easier when we understand how our bodies work. Our bodies are naturally programmed to do a number of things throughout a 24-hour period, such as eating and sleeping. These built-in routines are known as circadian rhythms, and when we fly they’re thrown into disarray. Moving through time zones can play havoc with our bodies, leading to extreme fatigue along with indigestion, bowel problems, loss of appetite, memory and concentration issues. Sounds rough, right? Well, these are the most common effects of jet lag, but different people can be affected in different ways. And if your next question is “how long does it take to recover from jet lag?” then sorry to disappoint you keen travel planners, but there’s no fixed answer. Jet lag doesn’t just affect different people in different ways. Jet lag effects can vary depending on our age, state of health and stress levels. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Are certain countries worse for jet lag?The expression goes that west is best, east is a beast, and it’s true. This is because you’ll end up trying to get to sleep when your body is actually waking up, meaning you’re forced to get up at what feels like the middle of the night. To put it another way, your body is better equipped to cope with a longer day than a shorter one. Studies have found that it takes a full day to recover from each time zone you travel through. No matter where you’re going, we’ve got plenty of tips on how to survive a long-haul flight. 9. Set your watchWhen you get on the plane, set your watch to the time of your destination to get yourself psychologically aligned. A warning: don’t get clever and do this beforehand, unless you want to end up with the world’s most ridiculous excuse for missing your flight.10. Keep on movin’Move around regularly and do exercises to keep the blood flowing. And if you’ve ever wondered how to avoid DVT, you should know that good circulation is key. Investing in a pair of flight socks will minimise the risk of DVT and improve circulation (a slowing of which is one of the most common effects of jet lag). Who cares if they look horrendous? This isn’t a fashion show.11. Eat rightA more extreme tip is to start eating three meals a day in line with the new time zone, even if that means cornflakes at 11pm. And if you’re the type of person who enjoys a suppertime snack anyway, it might not be such a burden. 4. Be plane savvyYou don’t have to be a plane-spotter to know that A350s and A380s are two of the best planes for anyone wondering how to beat jet lag. Hi-tech humidification systems help the air retain moisture and LED lighting systems capable of creating 16.7 million shades of colour simulate natural phases of the day, helping stave off jet lag. Another perk is an air purification system which renews the air every two minutes.5. Split up the tripTry and build in a stopover, so your body has more time to adapt to the new routine. This can also slash the price of your airfare. Skyscanner’s multi-city flight search can help you choose the perfect one-day break.6. Avoid the barTempting though it is to kick off your holiday with a pre-flight gin and tonic, the effects of alcohol at altitude will increase tiredness and cause dehydration, making it even harder to beat the inevitable jet lag.7. Sleeping pills are a no noRelying on sleeping pills for long-haul flights is a bad idea. They’re not worth it. They’ll do nothing to assist your recovery from jet lag and will just leave you feeling fuzzy when you land. If you’re in need of some shut-eye, do it the natural way. Unlimited, free hot water is one of the best in-flight freebies, so why not bring your own herbal tea bags?8. Say goodbye to coffeeAvoid caffeine-heavy beverages such as coffee, cola and energy drinks. These artificial stimulants will affect your ability to sleep and increase jet lag recovery time. Your body functions best when it’s hydrated, so drinking lots of water is a great way to offset the effects of jet lag. Related10 things you should never do at the airportAirports can be stressful, alright. While there’s a lot of advice out there for what you should do at an airport, forget there are lots of things that you should never, ever do – from gate lurking to chatting up staff.10 common travel problems and how to deal with themIt’s Sod’s Law, you’re finally off on holiday and you start feeling ill. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. From sickness to sunburn, here are 10 of the most common travel problems to look out for (and how best to prevent them). 1. Being unprepared Photo…How to get a good night’s sleep on long flightsGetting to sleep on long-haul flights can be tricky, whether you’re on a cramped, cheap flight to Bangkok, or you figured out how to get an upgrade on that red-eye flight to Dubai. To help you on your way to the land of nod, we’ve put together our top tips…last_img read more

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first_imgCORUM links its name to the world’s most important regatta on an inland lake by becoming Presenting Sponsor of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, which will commence on June 12. Reaffirming its commitment to sailing, CORUM is continuing its history and expanding its presence in the sailing sponsorship arena.The Bol d’Or Mirabaud, currently in its 72nd year, is unlike any other regatta in the world. The legendary race is a place where sailing stars are mixed with non-professional sailors, and the event is the pride of the Lake Geneva region and delights sailing enthusiasts.Organized for the first time in 1939, this large nautical festival has become one of the greatest classics of the international regatta calendar. Each year, nearly six hundred sailboats and champions from all over Europe meet at the starting line, in the company of more than 3,000 participants from all backgrounds, having their passion for sailing in common.CORUM is very pleased to be associated with this major event. This partnership is completely consistent with existing partnerships and is in line with the brand’s primary goal which is to create long-term value.The Bol d’Or has indeed become one of the favorite venues of the Okalys-Corum team who won the regatta twice in the past five years (in 2005 and 2007). It is also to be noted that at the time of these two victories, the skipper alongside Nicolas Grange was Loïck Peyron, CORUM’s new ambassador. With his breathtaking list of accomplishments, the Frenchman, who is regarded as one of the greatest sailors, keeps a unique memory of his past participation in this regatta: « To win the lake’s most popular regatta is quite an achievement. Before I used to follow it from a distance, but in 2005 when we won it for the first time, Nicolas Grange presented us with a small replica of the highly coveted trophy. It still takes pride of place on my desk.This new partnership is strengthening the brand’s ties not only to amazing sailors such as Ben Ainslie and Loïck Peyron but also to prestigious sailing events such as the Grand Prix Corum, which this year will be the final race in the Challenge Julius Baer, taking place on September 17, 18 and 19.In order to celebrate this partnership, CORUM will launch a limited edition “Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2010 “ of 35 pieces. The special edition of the brand’s iconic model famous for its dodecagonal bezel and a dial decorated with nautical pennants, will play with the colors of the regatta which are Blue and Gold. The model will symbolize the partnership by becoming the official watch of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud and one of these limited edition timepieces will be presented to the winning team of the Bol d’Or and the Bol de Vermeil.CORUM CEO Antonio Calce said: The rebirth of the CORUM brand, which has expressed itself by returning to its roots, has naturally brought us to support the sailing world to which we have always had a strong connection. I am proud to associate CORUM with the historical regatta of the Bol d’Or. Today we build our future in continuity as in 1994, the Corum boat that participated in the 56th edition of the Bol d’Or won the monohull class competition and still holds the record in this category (Bol d’Or Vermeil). We therefore are looking forward to participating in this great adventure of which values cherished by CORUM, such as authenticity and passion, are also the key words of the event.Managing Partner and Member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud, Antonio Palma, added: Every year we look forward to the unique event that is the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. At the 72nd regatta, we are pleased to welcome CORUM by our side as presenting sponsor. We anticipate that the future of this collaboration will bring great rewards to all parties during one of the most important sporting events in Geneva.Bol d’Or Mirabaud Organization Committee President, Michel Glaus, said: As the world’s most important regatta on an inland lake, the Bol d’Or has always been able to count on very prestigious partners. The 2010 regatta will not be an exception as the Bol d’Or Mirabaud is pleased to welcome CORUM as the new “presenting sponsor”, alongside our title sponsor, Mirabaud private bank. We look forward to our future collaboration with this renowned watchmaking company, long known for its strong identification with the world of international sailing.While passion, determination and innovation are associated with CORUM’s image today, it is mainly shared values that are at the heart of this partnership. The magnificent adventure will take place June 11-13, 2010.THE BOL D’OR MIRABAUD The racecourse is as simple as it can get: Genève – Le Bouveret – Genève. There is only one mark on the course, halfway through the race (at Le Bouveret).The real time winner of the Genève-Le Bouveret-Genève race wins the Bol d’Or Challenge, which is presented each year, however if it is won three times in the previous five years by the same owner, it can be kept by the winner indefinitely. Only three boats have achieved this in over 70 years of the regatta: the Marie-José II owned by Horace Julliard (1961, 1962 and 1963), the Altaïr IX owned by Philippe Stern (1980, 1982 and 1984) and Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi (1997, 2000 and 2001). The Bol de Vermeil Trophy rewards exclusively the first monohull to cross the finishing line. As for the Bol d’Or Challenge, it has to be won three times in five years to be awarded indefinitely.www.corum.chlast_img read more

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first_imgIstanbul, Turkey – There’s much to explore in a country that boasts more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman archaeological sites than Italy. The Marmara Hotels & Residences offers Cultural Experience Packages that bring history to life in three of Turkey’s most enchanting cities. Each offers a unique glimpse of Turkey’s immensely rich history and culture, renowned Turkish hospitality and access to its top sites.From mosques and palaces to modern museums and ancient ruins, from lively bazaars to sublime Turkish cuisine, outdoor adventures and awe-inspiring scenery, discover it all with one of these Marmara Cultural Experience Packages. Guests can choose from the mesmerizing excitement of Istanbul, the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Antalya or the charming seaside town of Bodrum, or combine the city and seaside packages for one unforgettable journey.From its prime city center location in historic Old Istanbul, The Marmara Pera offers easy access to museums, shopping, Istanbul’s top sites and exciting nightlife. Explore the only city in the world located on two continents.The Marmara Pera Cultural Experience Package includes: -Three nights accommodation in a Superior Room -Daily buffet breakfast -Complimentary wireless Internet access -Use of traditional Turkish hamman at The Marmara Istanbul -Turkish raki and nuts served in-room -Turkish coffee and Turkish Delight at the Marmara Café -Half-day city tour of Old Istanbul -Tickets to Sabanci Museum -Tickets to The Istanbul Modern Museum -Tickets to the Pera MuseumRates range from 588 euro to 918 euro per couple, exclusive of tax and service.The Marmara Antalya Beach & Resort in southern Turkey is the world’s only revolving hotel. Located along the Turquoise coast with stunning views of the Taurus Mountains, the resort features its own private beach, a pool, a spa, a man-made river for watersports, and convenient access to the region’s archeological and historical attractions.The Marmara Antalya Cultural Experience Package includes: -Four nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room with Sea View -Daily buffet breakfast at Tuti Restaurant -Daily buffet dinner at Tuti Restaurant -Complimentary wireless Internet access -Chocolate platter in-room upon arrival -One massage -Full-day tour to Kekova-Myra-St. Nicholas -Full day 4 x 4 Jeep Tour to Beskonak-Koprulu Kanyon-SelgeRates start at 1276 euro per couple, exclusive of taxes and service.The Marmara Bodrum is a 5-star resort in the “St. Tropez of Turkey”. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, the luxury boutique resort is truly a seaside retreat with an award-winning spa and private gulet yacht for sailing trips along the coast. Sleepy fishing villages, the ruins of ancient cities, the Temple of Zeus at Labranda and The Mausoleum of Halikarnossos – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are all easily accessible from the resort.The Marmara Bodrum Cultural Experience Package includes: -Four nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room -Daily breakfast -Complimentary wireless Internet access -SPA credit of 25 euro, per person/per stay -Day One – visit to Iasos -Day Two – visit to Labranda and Turkish Village -Day Three – visit to Sazkoy Carpet village -Day Four – visit to Heraklia and Bafa Lake -Lunch is included in the daily toursRates start at 1570 euro per couple, exclusive of tax and service.The Marmara Cultural Packages are offered through December 31, 2008, based on availability. Rates are based on double occupancy and taxes and service are additional.ABOUT THE MARMARA HOTELS & RESIDENCES The Marmara Hotels & Residences marry the warmth of Turkish hospitality with European style. Turkey’s most prestigious hotel collection offers spectacular locations, stunning views, great architecture, and warm service throughout its hotel properties including: The Marmara Istanbul in the heart of Taksim Square, The Marmara Pera in historic old Istanbul, The Marmara Bodrum, a seaside resort on the Aegean coast, The Marmara Antalya, the world’s first and only revolving hotel and The Marmara Manhattan, a home away from home in the fashionable Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City. These hotels operate under the philosophy that “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” thereby offering guests the ULTIMATE luxury experience.last_img read more

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first_imgLAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — If you have about $80,000, or CHF 78,900 to be exact, the Beau-Rivage Palace here will show you what it is like to be an elite traveler.The luxury suite package includes:– 5 nights in the Imperial Suite with welcome amenities and daily bottle of champagne “Roederer Cristal” (140 m2, Jacuzzi, terrace, lake view. including breakfast and city taxes)– Welcome Champagne upon arrival– Daily full board including beverages prepared by our chef and the sommelier– Gourmet surprise- dinner in the 3-Michelin starred Restaurant of Philip Rochat– 5 days full open bar in our “English Bar”, known for its wide array of whiskey or in the cosmopolitan “Le BaR” with Cuban music and fancy cocktails– One picnic of your dreams- helicopter flight to the “Les Diablerets”- glacier with exclusive catering– Our Rolls Royce with chauffeur at your disposal for 24h a day during the whole stay– A dream- yacht at your disposal for 10h per day at the Beau-Rivage Palace private quay– One “Bliss for Two” spa sojourn in the VIP Spa suite “Félicité à Deux” with hammam and private garden for an exclusive spa experience.– 2 fashionable Parmigiani watches, the Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire for him and the golden Kalpa Piccola with diamantes for herOn a budget? A similar three day package is offered at CHF 59,835Contact:Thierry Dal Magro International Sales ManagerBEAU-RIVAGE PALACE Place du Port 17-19 CH – 1000 Lausanne 6 Tel. : +41 21 613 34 04 Fax : +41 21 613 33 36 E-mail: t.dalmagro@brp.ch Site: www.brp.ch Site: www.angleterre-residence.chlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2018 9:59 am PDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2018 at 10:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph (“The Honeymooners”) is 94. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 78. Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG’s is 77. Singer Elvin Bishop is 76. TV judge Judy Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) is 76. Actor Everett McGill (“Twin Peaks”) is 73. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago is 72. Actor Dick Christie (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 70. Guitarist Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go’s is 65. Singer Julian Cope is 61. Guitarist Steve Lukather of Toto is 61. Actor Ken Watanabe (“Letters from Iwo Jima,” ”The Last Samurai”) is 59. Actress Melora Walters (TV’s “Big Love,” film’s “The Butterfly Effect”) is 58. Singer-bassist Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) is 47. Keyboardist Charlie Lowell of Jars of Clay is 45. Actor Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”) is 42. Singer Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion is 41. Actor Will Estes (“American Dreams”) is 40. Actor Michael McMillian (“True Blood”) is 40. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is 38. Actor Glenn Powell (“Hidden Figures”) is 30. Country singer Kane Brown is 25.Oct. 22: Actor Christopher Lloyd is 80. Actor Derek Jacobi is 80. Actor Tony Roberts is 79. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 75. Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 73. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 66. Keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars is 66. Actor Luis Guzman (“Code Black”) is 62. Bassist Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 58. Actor Bob Odenkirk is 56. Christian singer TobyMac (dc Talk) is 54. Singer-songwriter Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding) is 53. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 51. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 50. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 50. Director Spike Jonze is 49. Rapper Tracey Lee is 48. Actress Saffron Burrows (“Boston Legal”) is 46. Actress Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) is 45. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) is 43. Guitarist Jon Foreman of Switchfoot is 42. Actor Michael Fishman (“Roseanne”) is 37. Guitarist Rickard Goransson of Carolina Liar is 35. Drummer Zac Hanson of Hanson is 33. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki (“Stuart Little,” ”Jerry Maguire”) is 28.Oct. 23: Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 75. Director Ang Lee is 64. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 62. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 62. Singer “Weird Al” Yankovic is 59. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 54. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 52. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 52. Singer Junior Bryant of Ricochet is 50. Actor John Huertas (“Castle”) is 49. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 46. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 44. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley is 42. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 42. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 35. “The View” host Meghan McCain is 34. Actress Masiela Lusha (“George Lopez”) is 33. Singer Miguel is 33. Actress Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) is 32. Actress Inbar Lavi (“Imposters,” ”Prison Break”) is 32. Actress Jessica Stroup (“90210”) is 32. Trumpeter Allen Branstetter of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 28. Actor Taylor Spreitler (“Kevin Can Wait”) is 25. Actress Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) is 20.Oct. 24: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 82. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 79. Actor Kevin Kline is 71. Actor Doug Davidson (“The Young and the Restless”) is 64. Actor B.D. Wong is 58. Drummer Ben Gillies of Silverchair is 39. Singer Monica is 38. Singer-actress Adrienne Bailon of 3LW (“The Cheetah Girls”) is 35. Rapper Drake is 32. Actress Shenae Grimes (“90210”) is 29. Actor Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”) is 23. Actor Hudson Yang (“Fresh Off The Boat”) is 15.Oct. 25: Actress Marion Ross is 90. Singer Helen Reddy is 77. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 74. Singer Taffy Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 74. Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is 71. Actor Brian Kerwin is 69. Guitarist Matthias Jabs of Scorpions is 62. Actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 61. Country singer Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown is 60. Drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot is 57. Actress Tracy Nelson (“Father Dowling Mysteries”) is 55. Actor Michael Boatman (“The Good Wife,” ”Spin City”) is 54. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) is 54. Singer Speech (Arrested Development) is 50. Comedian Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” ”The Daily Show”) is 49. Actor Adam Goldberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) is 48. Guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies is 48. Actress Persia White (“Girlfriends”) is 48. Country singer Chely Wright is 48. Actor Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is 47. Actor Mehcad Brooks (“Supergirl,” ”Desperate Housewives”) is 38. Singer Jerome Jones (Romeo) of Immature is 37. Singer Katy Perry is 34. Singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 34. Singer Ciara is 33. Actress Krista Marie Yu (“Dr. Ken”) is 30.Oct. 26: Actress Shelley Morrison (“Will and Grace”) is 82. Actress Jaclyn Smith (“Charlie’s Angels”) is 73. “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is 72. Musician Bootsy Collins is 67. Actor James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 66. Guitarist Keith Strickland of The B-52’s is 65. Actress Rita Wilson is 62. Actor Patrick Breen (“Madam Secretary”) is 58. Actor Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) is 57. Actor Cary Elwes is 56. Singer Natalie Merchant is 55. Actor Steve Valentine (“Crossing Jordan”) is 52. Country singer Keith Urban is 51. Actor Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash,” ”Ed”) is 50. Actress Rosemarie DeWitt (“The United States of Tara”) is 47. Writer-actor Seth McFarlane (“Family Guy”) is 45. TV host Paula Faris (“The View”) is 43. Actress Florence Kasumba (“Black Panther”) is 42. Actor Jon Heder (“Blades of Glory,” ”Napoleon Dynamite”) is 41. Singer Mark Barry of BBMak is 40. Rapper Schoolboy Q is 32. Actor Beulah Koale (“Hawaii Five-0”) is 27.Oct. 27: Actor-comedian John Cleese is 79. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 76. Director Ivan Reitman is 72. Country singer-guitarist Jack Daniels (Highway 101) is 69. Bassist Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 69. Author Fran Lebowitz is 68. Guitarist K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 67. TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 67. Actor-director Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”) is 66. Actor Peter Firth (“That’s Life”) is 65. Actor Robert Picardo (“The Wonder Years,” ”China Beach”) is 65. Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 60. Keyboardist J.D. McFadden (Sixpence None The Richer, The Mavericks) is 54. Drummer Jason Finn of Presidents of the United States of America is 51. Actress Sheeri Rappaport (“CSI,” ”NYPD Blue”) is 41. TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 34. Actor Troy Gentile (“The Goldbergs”) is 25. Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 21-27last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AM Prep-Music ANOTHER ALLEGED R. KELLY SEX TAPE SURFACESNEW YORK (AP) — A man cleaning out VHS tapes from his home popped in what he thought was an R. Kelly concert video, only to find what he believes is a tape of R. Kelly sexually abusing girls. Gary Dennis says he doesn’t know Kelly and doesn’t know how he got the tape. He says because there’s also a sports game on the tape, he thinks he may have gotten it from a friend. Dennis made the revelation at a news conference yesterday with attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several women who say they are Kelly’s victims. Allred says the video appears to show a different incident than the ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly already is facing. Allred says Dennis’ tape has been turned over to law enforcement. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, says he has not seen Dennis’ video but he denies it’s Kelly. Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents other alleged Kelly victims, says he has turned over to prosecutors two videos of Kelly abusing girls.___Sound:056183-w-425:52-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape)-“Julie Walker, New York”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056183 (03/10/19)££ 425:52 “Julie Walker, New York”056190-a-180:00-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-“thing like that”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056190 (03/10/19)££ 180:00 “thing like that”056189-a-88:80-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-“tape to them”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056189 (03/10/19)££ 88:80 “tape to them”056188-a-48:96-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-“African American girls”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056188 (03/10/19)££ 48:96 “African American girls”056187-a-99:84-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-“sickening and shameful”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056187 (03/10/19)££ 99:84 “sickening and shameful”056196-a-133:92-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-“believing it yes”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056196 (03/10/19)££ 133:92 “believing it yes”056195-a-124:32-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-“to do so”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056195 (03/10/19)££ 124:32 “to do so”056194-a-114:00-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-“R Kelly documentary”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056194 (03/10/19)££ 114:00 “R Kelly documentary”056191-a-179:04-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-“he likes sports”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056191 (03/10/19)££ 179:04 “he likes sports”UNKNOWN PERSON PAYS R. KELLY’S CHILD SUPPORTCHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly is out of jail thanks to an anonymous benefactor. An official with the Cook County Sheriff in Illinois says someone who did not want to be publicly identified handed in a check for the full $161,000 in back child support that Kelly needed in order to be released from jail. The section of the bond slip where the person paying writes a name and relationship to the inmate was left blank. Upon his release Saturday, Kelly said, “I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out.” A judge ordered Kelly into custody last week after he was unable to pay the entire amount he owed. Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, says he does not know whether Kelly’s $20,000 a month child support will be reduced, since Kelly is unable to work after aggravated sexual abuse charges were filed against him. Kelly was released from jail last weekend after a suburban Chicago business owner posted Kelly’s $100,000 bail pending the sexual abuse charges.___Sound:056091-w-408:00-(Ben Thomas, AP correspondent Ben Thomas, with singer R. Kelly and his lawyer Steve Greenberg)-“I’m Ben Thomas”-The Latest: Anonymous person pays R. Kelly’s child support (9 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056091 (03/09/19)££ 408:00 “I’m Ben Thomas”056085-r-109:92-(Sound R. Kelly, singer, making brief statement to reporters as he walked out of a Chicago jail, after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support.)-“this stuff out”-The Latest: R. Kelly speaks briefly after jail release (9 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056085 (03/09/19)££ 109:92 “this stuff out”056086-a-160:80-(Steve Greenberg, attorney for singer R. Kelly, speaking to reporters)-“on the evidence”-The Latest: R. Kelly speaks briefly after jail release (9 Mar 2019)<<CUT *056086 (03/09/19)££ 160:80 “on the evidence”MICHAEL JACKSON DOCUMENTARY AFFECTS “THE SIMPSONS,” CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, MUSIC SALESLOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s legacy is taking a hit since the documentary “Leaving Neverland” debuted on HBO last weekend. James L. Brooks, executive producer of “The Simpsons,” tells The Wall Street Journal the show has removed the 1991 episode “Stark Raving Dad” that featured Jackson as a character who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution. Brooks says fellow producers Matt Groening (GREE’-ning) and Al Jean agreed it felt like “the only choice to make.” The episode will be removed from streaming services and future DVD sets. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil (sihrk doo soh-LAY’) has not responded to an online petition calling for the end of its Las Vegas show “Michael Jackson: One.” The petition has gotten several thousand signatures. As for Jackson’s music, that’s a mixed bag, according to Billboard magazine. It reports since the documentary, Jackson’s sales and airplay dipped but streaming of his music is up. “Leaving Neverland” features two men who say Jackson molested them as boys.JENNIFER LOPEZ ENGAGED TO BE A BRIDE FOR THE FOURTH TIMELOS ANGELES (AP) — Looks like J-Lo is become J-Rod. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez posted the same Instagram photo announcing their engagement over the weekend. The photo shows their hands with a massive emerald-cut diamond on hers. Lopez just put hearts with her photo, while Rodriguez titled his, “She said yes.” They have been dating since early 2017. It will be Lopez’s fourth marriage and Rodriguez’s second. They have two children each from previous marriages.DOLLY PARTON, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA MUSIC USED IN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNSUNDATED (AP) — Dolly Parton and Lin-Manuel Miranda have differing responses to their music being used in political campaigns. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren recently used Parton’s song “9 to 5” to launch her presidential run, while California Senator Kamala Harris used Miranda’s song “My Shot” from “Hamilton” at her presidential campaign kickoff rally. Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell, tells The Associated Press Parton did not approve using “9 to 5” and generally does not approve requests of a political nature. He did not say whether Parton will file a formal complaint. Warren’s campaign declined comment. Meanwhile, Miranda’s publicist says he is “happy” about Harris using “My Shot.”CLUB OWNER SUES 21 SAVAGE FOR BREACH OF CONTRACTATLANTA (AP) — Like 21 Savage doesn’t have enough on his plate with the possibility of deportment. He’s now being sued for breach of contract over a 2016 club performance. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sadaetirs Kent Smith is seeking $60,000 for breach of contract and $1 million for emotional distress after she hired him to perform at a club in Hinesville, Georgia, two and a half years ago. Smith says 21 Savage accepted a payment of $16,500 but sneaked out of the club after getting paid and damaged the club as he left. Prosecutors last week rejected her felony case against 21 Savage and she has refiled as a civil case. His lawyer, Dina LaPolt, says, “This is a civil matter and will be handled accordingly.” U.S. Immigration authorities arrested 21 Savage last month, saying he overstayed his visa. He was jailed and released on a $100,000 bond.BRETT ELDREDGE SEES THE WORLD WHEN HE ABANDONS SMARTPHONELONDON (AP) — While smartphones help people communicate with the world, Brett Eldredge found he was a better communicator when he got rid of his. Eldredge says for a few months, he carried a flip phone instead. He says because he wasn’t always checking his phone, he spent more time looking around. That was the inspiration for songs like “Love Someone.” Eldredge says the song is about realizing that sometimes the best kind of love is the kind you don’t overthink.___Sound: UpcomingRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WILL PLAY THE PYRAMIDSUNDATED (AP) — Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing at the pyramids in Egypt, and you can watch it. The band will livestream their concert Friday from Giza on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. They say it’s the first ever livestream of a concert from the pyramids. Flea says his body tingles with excitement when he approaches a new place and it’s doing it now.NEW YORK WILL PUT UP BILLIE HOLIDAY STATUENEW YORK (AP) — New York City plans to erect a statue of Billie Holiday as part of its efforts to honour more women with public monuments. The Holiday statue will be placed near Queens Borough Hall. Three other women will be honoured with statues: lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker, pediatrician Helen Rodriguez Trias and teacher and activist Elizabeth Jennings Graham. The statues will take about two to three years to build and put into place.CAROLE BAYER SAGER WILL GET SONGWRITER AWARDNEW YORK (AP) — The woman who wrote such hits as “That’s What Friends Are For,” ”Nobody Does It Better” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” will get the highest honour from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carole Bayer Sager will receive the group’s Johnny Mercer Award for her achievements in music at the hall of fame’s induction ceremony on June 13 in New York. She was inducted in 1987.COACHELLA PLOTS TRAIN SERVICE FOR NEXT YEARINDIO, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials are trying to make it easier to get to Coachella by train. The Riverside County Transportation Commission says it has received funding for an $8.6 million temporary train platform in Indio, California, the site of Coachella. Concert-goers could board special Amtrak trains in downtown Los Angeles and travel about 130 miles to Indio, then take shuttles to the concert grounds. Coachella is notorious for its traffic jams getting into and out of the festival. The train service is scheduled to be ready by next year’s festival.FARRUKO PLEADS GUILTY TO NOT DECLARING CASHSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Farruko (fah-ROO’-koh) will be sentenced in June for failing to declare nearly $52,000 in cash in his luggage and shoes when he arrived in Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic last year. Farruko pleaded guilty on Thursday. He was detained last March after arriving by helicopter. He told reporters at the time he forgot to report the money. He was placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor.MIKIS THEODORAKIS HOSPITALIZEDATHENS, Greece (AP) — “Zorba the Greek” composer Mikis Theodorakis (MEE’-kihs thee-oh-dor-AH’-kihs) is recovering after having a pacemaker installed. A hospital statement says the 94-year-old composer had the operation on Friday in Athens, Greece. Besides “Zorba,” he also wrote the score to “Serpico” and “Z.”by Margie SzaroletaThe Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 12:07 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 20, 2014This is the second report about the Keystone project.The crew is chipping away at the ramp in the middle of the keystone.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Here is a view of the work site from the top of East Crescent Unit 6.The material is graded and the rocks are sorted out, so it can be used in the concrete work.[photo by Lorenzo Mastino]More to come.last_img

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first_imgBy Jean Christou and Evie AndreouNew calls went out on Monday from the hardline parties for the replacement of UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide after he was showered with blame and called a liar in a similar series of attacks on Sunday.On Monday, Diko leader and presidential candidate Nicolas Papadopoulos, also dragged President Nicos Anastasiades into the equation saying he had given everything away to the Turkish side.Eide’s statements proved, he said, “the collapse of the myth that the international community will attribute any responsibility to Turkey”.Papadopoulos said Anastasiades “gave away all or almost all”, and instead of congratulations from the international community, he received only accusations.“The supporters of any solution must finally be convinced that with the policy of generous concessions, the desired results are not achieved. The congratulations from foreigners only last as long as our concessions last,” he said.On Sunday, Diko called Eide a liar. “In spite of being proven wrong by the facts, the Greek foreign minister and others that were present at the July 6 dinner, he insists on lying with audacity,” the party said.Edek, the Greens and the Solidarity Movement also called for Eide’s head, accusing him of taking Turkish positions.“His efforts were, through verbal acrobatics and invoking the confidentiality of procedures, aimed at concealing Ankara’s responsibilities for Crans-Montana’s,” the Greens said.Solidarity’s Eleni Theocharous said: “We have long noted that the infamous Eide behaved as an agent of Turkish interests,” she said.Edek said Eide had a significant share of responsibility for the failure of the conference, because he was not well prepared, charges the UN envoy denied on Saturday.  The socialist party also said a great share of responsibility lay with Anastasiades “who tolerates his [Eide’s] unacceptable actions”.Main opposition Akel took a more measured tone, saying Eide’s statements raised many questions about what really took place in Crans-Montana.“The latest developments are a cause for concern,” Akel chief Andros Kyprianou said, adding that it also appeared, that though Turkey was mainly responsible for the failure, the Greek Cypriot side may also have made some mistakes.“It does not matter what we say here. Much more important is what will be recorded in the relevant reports that will be prepared by the international community,” he added.Kyprianou expressed his concern for the developments since Crans-Montana. He said TurkishForeign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu raised the spectre of a solution outside the framework of the UN, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was talking of a Plan B and a Plan C.Kyprianou also commented on statements by Archbishop Chrysostomos on Sunday.“He identified with the most extreme forces in Turkey and with the most extreme forces in the Turkish Cypriot community and all those who do not want a federal solution. He has done exactly the thing for which he blames others,” he added.Chrysostomos called for Eide’s replacement in an interview with CyBC on Sunday. He said the talks must be terminated and started over in a different format.The dialogue, he said, must be about the creation of a “functional, viable and proper state, without any vetoes”. The archbishop was referring to the right of veto of the Turkish Cypriot vice-president, which was deemed as problematic by the Greek Cypriots, who felt that the minority had the right to overturn the will of the majority.“If the settlement solution will include vetoes, then it will not function properly,” Chrysostomos said.He also urged the Turkish side, “if it truly wants the establishment of a proper state (in Cyprus) to work toward that end, otherwise, there will be a construction that will collapse and we will be in chaos”.Chrysostomos also wondered if a federal solution based on what every Cypriot government agreed to at the talks, would be viable, even if Turkey said it would give up its intervention rights and said yes to everything.He said that if he asked the president whether this federation would be viable, he believed that he would get a negative answer.As for Eide, the archbishop said that the government ought to ask for his replacement and referred to the statements by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias who accused the UN official of lying over what happened in Switzerland. Athens, on Friday, asked the UN to put Eide in his place for the ‘false statements’ he had been making about who bore responsibility for the deadlock. The memo sent to the UN, reportedly cited Eide’s “biased support for Turkey”.The archbishop also criticised some Greek Cypriot politicians on the way they present “historical facts”. “In 1963, we had a Turkish uprising in Cyprus. I am sorry to say that some people and even some who have high positions in the government, say that we have slain the Turks without shame and that what happened was intercommunal riots,” he said.He reiterated that, in 1963, it was “a Turkish uprising”.“If some are historically illiterate, then they should read a little history. We have lived those events. Those who did not live them, they ought to, at least, read history, and learn before speaking,” he said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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first_imgBy Andria KadesA company that says it has helped changed the face of Limassol is now in the midst of constructing a trio of towers in the heart of the city.Dubbed ‘Trilogy’ the ambitious project, taken up by Cybarco, spans 21,500 square metres of land, with the towers ranging from 36 to 39 levels, reaching a height of 161 meters.The allure of high buildings for office space or residential apartments is the inevitable view of the sea according to Cybarco development CEO Michalis Hadjipanayiotou and each tower has its own spa and gym for residents as well as outdoor and indoor swimming pools.Michalis Hadjipanayiotou, CEO Cybarco DevelopmentA ‘private oasis’ lies between the three, spanning more than 7,500 square metres with a tennis court, landscaped gardens, children’s play area, swimming pools and pool bar.Three months into construction, the price of a three-bedroom apartment starts at €950,000 and according to Hadjipanayiotou, the sales and reservations have already raked in over €60 million for the apartments and offices.The CEO stipulated that 30 per cent of the buyers are local with clientele also from Europe and the Middle East.Trilogy is also going to offer a public plaza facing the beach with dining and shopping facilities of over 6,850 square metres all with parking to accommodate approximately 1,500 cars.At this point, it is no longer news that high-rise buildings are controversial. Environmentalists time after time have expressed their concerns, for instance that residents living behind the tall buildings will be cast in shadow however Hadjipanayiotou said: “We can understand where this fear of change stems from, but it is important we comprehend that building up, rather than out, is a good way to maximize open space and views.“It is, in my opinion, an inevitable part of the city’s evolution like other cities abroad.”Hadjipanayiotou outlined that the company undertook all the necessary studies – including wind tunnel tests, environmental and traffic studies, before the development began.This is not the first time Cybarco has taken such a high-profile project however, he added.Trilogy’s Private Oasis“We have been involved in projects that have changed the face of the city, like The Oval and Limassol Marina, so our mission is to continue finding creative ways to have a positive impact on Limassol on all fronts – on the local infrastructure, aesthetics, businesses, employment and economy as a whole.”They are shareholders of Limassol Marina; and their involvement with the project was the construction of the Marina and the luxury residences and they are exclusively responsible for the sales of the properties.“It was effectively in the middle of its development when the crisis truly set in and yet it managed to withstand it. It was the first superyacht marina on the island, it was on a completely different scale to anything else we had done in the city and it also combined residential units in the sea with shops and restaurants, 650 berths, a spa and gym, a cultural centre and more. A first for all of us involved but the catalyst to some very positive changes on the west side of Limassol.”The price of a three-bedroom apartment starts at €950,000Next on Cybarco’s horizon, as part of the Lanitis Group, the company is also looking to build a golf resort in Limassol on the land adjacent to the new casino. Dubbed as the ‘Limassol Greens’, it will combine luxury residences with commercial facilities and an 18-championship golf course.It goes without saying that undertaking such projects means liaising with government and municipal officers for the necessary permits, something which Hadjipanayiotou describes as a process that is still challenging.The state offices are not sufficiently staffed, he said and as such affects the time it takes for procedures to move through.“Large-scale projects are huge investments and even the slightest delay impacts the projects cash flows and return significantly. We are working closely with the authorities but if we want to attract foreign or local investors, we need to simplify these processes and be faster in issuing permits. We are competing with other countries for investment and more needs to be done on this front.”Trilogy’s Public PlazaApartments in such luxury residences are popular with those seeking to take advantage of Cyprus’ citizenship by investment scheme, introduced in the wake of the 2013 economic crisis.The scheme states that foreigners who invest €2 million in the property market or Cyprus-based companies, including a residence worth at least €500,000, can obtain citizenship.You May LikeThe-best-life.xyzGreatest Natural Wonders In The WorldThe-best-life.xyzUndoit-house.infoConcept Cars That Should be Released by 2020it-house.infoUndoAssisted Living | Search AdsAssisted Living Communities in Rowland HeightsAssisted Living | Search AdsUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgTHEO PANAYIDES finds that the maths whiz charged with overseeing the facility in Limassol expected to draw in hundreds of thousands of extra tourists has had a successful life, built on rising to a series of challengesJust beyond MyMall, right on the edge of the city, land is being cleared for City of Dreams Mediterranean, the casino resort that’s projected to lure an extra 300,000 tourists a year to Limassol. A few minutes and a couple of streets away, a temporary casino – a ‘mere’ 33 tables and 242 slot machines, though still a multi-million-Euro investment – is due to open in a few days, presumably to whet our appetites till the main event opens in 2021. And a few minutes down from that – at the intersection of two main roads, in a building with a security guard who takes my name and makes me sign in – is the second-floor office where Craig Ballantyne, the casino’s ‘property president’, ponders this massive project, chatting cheerfully and sipping a cappuccino.Craig is beefy, shaven-headed, with unblinking grey-blue eyes and a Scottish accent that’s survived all these decades away from Dundee – and he loves to talk. “I love having an argument,” he tells me – but he also loves to talk about himself, and his life in casinos. The various adventures he’s had don’t go unrecorded; “I write all these things up, for posterity”. After 40 years in the business (he’s now 67), he’s writing his memoirs, though he still hasn’t settled on a title. “‘Casino Myths and Other Things’,” he offers vaguely, in the spirit of a work in progress – and the second half of that title could admittedly use some work. The first half, however, sounds like a winner.Casino myths loom large in our conversation. “There are many myths about casinos,” he points out wryly. The myth of ‘dealer signature’, for instance. The myth of patterns, and good luck coming in waves. “I’ve lost five times in a row, this time I’m going to win so I’ll increase my bet,” he says, in the voice of the inveterate gambler. Roulette players will invariably bet on red after three consecutive blacks, or on 17 after 29 if it happened to come after 29 the last time. Gamblers consult the display boards in casinos, showing the last few numbers, like a seer consulting her runes – despite the obvious fact that probabilities don’t change, whatever you choose to bet.“It could be birthdays. It could be all the 9s – 9, 19, 29 – because these are your favourite numbers.” Craig managed a casino in the early 00s where a player won €4.2 million over the course of a week – “and actually the guy’s game was so, so simple. He played nine numbers, maximum bet”. The player never varied his bet, regardless of whether he was winning or losing, and he played a section of the wheel, choosing nine numbers that were next to each other. Then he’d place his bet and leave the rest to Chance, or God or whoever. A casino is a place of magical thinking.Craig himself is nothing like that. I take it you’re not very spiritual, I hazard near the end of the interview, when I’ve gotten to know him a little; “Nope!” he agrees, and laughs uproariously. His front teeth show when he laughs, his round, bobbing face giving him the look of a jovial rabbit – but it’s clear he’s nobody’s fool, and I’m guessing he’s not always amiable. (I do overhear him talking to subordinates later, and catch a glint of steel in his voice.) One of his many challenges, he recalls at one point, was the Mont Parnes casino in Athens, a case of a joint venture which was 51 per cent state-owned: “The union was very strong, but the performance of staff generally was very weak. So I had to change the mentality. And I believe I transformed it, in less than two years.” I assume he did that by firing people? “No, by doing the right things,” he retorts firmly. “I mean OK, there were some terminations, but only for the right reasons”. The union couldn’t protest, because he was always careful to follow the letter of the law. “Must – follow – the law!” says Craig, knocking on the table for emphasis.That’s always been his style: firm, logical, above all methodical. One of his hobbies is cooking (he only has a handful of hobbies, the others being golf, snooker and classical piano), and his most successful dish is his beef bourguignon – “basically because it’s 49 steps,” he explains, and laughs again. “I know that sounds crazy, I suppose you could say I’m a little OCD when it comes to setting things out. I’m the same in business. I look at the KPIs [key performance indicators], I look at the analyses, I look at what every member of staff does, and I determine performance based on that”. Craig is the type of person who keeps a mental spreadsheet of his life so far: “When I was at school – the secondary school in Linlathen – we used to have positions in school, and from all the terms I can remember I was 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st. And then I was the dux of the school,” he concludes, ‘dux’ being a Scottish term for ‘top student’.His record spoke for itself. “I was very good at maths when I was young,” he recalls, with fine understatement. The Royal Bank of Scotland offered him a job right out of high school, without a degree (he did attend Dundee Commercial College during his time in banking), then he joined Ladbrokes, the betting company, in his early 20s – a job that suited his flair for complex mental arithmetic. “You could have six horses winning or coming placed, so you were betting on winning and placing for six horse combinations. And then you multiply them up by doubles, trebles, quads, fives and sixes,” he rattles off, by way of example. Ladbrokes moved him to their new casino division a few years later, by which time he’d also shown himself to be an excellent manager: “So, from 1976 on, I was a manager”.42 years later, that’s still what he does – though not in Britain; even now, “most of the casinos in the UK, you can fit inside your house,” he quips dismissively. So where has he worked? “I’ll try and do them in chronological order,” he says, pausing to lay down the sequence in his head: “So – Poland, Russia, Ukraine, then Romania, Kenya, Lebanon, Egypt, South Africa, Greece, Russia, Cyprus”. Poland was also where he met Gosia, his second wife; they’ve been married since 1998. (He also has a daughter, in her 30s, who lives in Canada.) His second stint in Russia was actually in Vladivostok, working for Hong Kong billionaire Lawrence Ho who needed an experienced veteran to spearhead his Russia operations. Ho is the chairman of Melco, the parent company behind the City of Dreams franchise – which explains why Craig is now here, tasked with setting up the first CoD casino outside the Far East.Those countries all sound quite… challenging, I point out delicately. Never mind placid places like the UK, he’s never even worked in a gambling mecca like Las Vegas; would he have liked to? “Not necessarily. Not in the middle of a desert, thank you.” Macau – where Ho owns a number of casinos – is more his speed.Maybe he could try it after Cyprus, I suggest.“Oh no, that’s me finished!” he replies, and gives another of his great rabbit laughs. “This is definitely the last one!” He’s 67, after all, and has worked crazy hours, six days a week and often seven, for nearly 50 years; “I’ve never had my holidays, not really”. He’s retired twice already, and twice changed his mind. People ask why he keeps doing it, and they have a point. Note, however, that his hobbies – golf and snooker, both of which he plays to a high standard – are individual sports; he’s never been terribly keen on team sports like rugby and football. “I think I like being challenged as an individual – and I think that’s why I took the challenge of Cyprus from Lawrence… People say ‘Why aren’t you retired, Craig? You’re 67, you’ve made enough money’. But I like the challenge.”The emphasis on unaided, individual success is significant. Craig Ballantyne, after all, is a man who’s been successful all his life. He never had that shimmer of self-doubt which afflicts most young people in their 20s; from school dux to maths whiz to casino manager, his path has been clearly defined. But there’s something else too. Craig was born with a talent for numbers, and numbers have their own special character. Numbers mean logic; numbers mean transparency; numbers – notoriously – don’t lie. His preference for personal challenges and a kind of stubborn individualism is reflected, indirectly, in his work, much of which has been spent standing apart from the crowd – protecting his casinos against corruption (the opposite of transparency) and relying on cold mathematical logic, as opposed to magical thinking.His 40-plus years in casinos appear to have been a constant battle against crooked dealers, corrupt employees and larcenous customers. In Poland, he once made a citizen’s arrest of a man who’d stolen chips from a gaming table, having marked the chips with UV then traced the man from Warsaw to Poznan. In Kenya, “I woke up to a Kalashnikov in my face one morning, I was arrested by the immigration authorities because I’d fired the food and beverage director” (who happened to be friends with the son of then-president Daniel arap Moi). Also in Poland, he foiled a complicated blackjack scam “which was worth in excess of six million – and that was what we call an unshuffled slug of cards,” he explains, and laces his hands around an imaginary deck to show me how cards can be shuffled in a way that keeps one section of the deck the same.Craig can do this, despite not being a professional cardsharp (he can also spin a ball better than most dealers; you pick up a lot after 40 years) – but his main weapon was always the numbers, indeed that’s how he first became suspicious of the scammers, “because I looked at the analytics and the game margins didn’t look right”. Craig is hard-nosed, and immune to casino myths. In a place where people believe that betting money on their son’s birthday will somehow invoke Lady Luck, this assertive, down-to-earth, even somewhat dour Scotsman is the last redoubt of rational thinking.What’s he like as a person? Is he conservative? “I’d say yeah, I’m very conservative I think. I’m a great believer in ‘everything in moderation’.” He likes to drink, but stops after a couple of whiskies. He’ll light a cigar now and then, but that’s all. He used to bet but doesn’t anymore, partly due to having been burned by the stock market. He doesn’t enjoy a wild social life; “I want to be low-key… I’m not [casino mogul] Steve Wynn and all these guys”. He’s also, he insists, law-abiding, whether it’s rooting out corruption or following AML (anti-money laundering) regulations. If a customer changes €100,000 into chips then comes back to the cash desk and returns the chips, asking for an electronic transfer, Craig will decline; “I say no, you came in with cash, you get cash”. These days, legal guidelines for casinos are almost too robust, he notes – then goes off on a rant about double standards, and bookies being allowed to advertise while casinos aren’t. Like he says, he loves an argument.What about the claim that casinos enable gambling addiction?“I’ve been in this business for more than 40 years. How many times have I seen a serious addict in my life?” He holds up the fingers of both hands, though it’s unclear if he actually means ‘Ten’ or ‘Not many’.Yeah, but you can’t really know, I point out. Maybe someone makes a relatively small bet, but that’s all the money they have in the world.“I’m not in the business of – let’s say, creating social problems,” he replies smoothly, “I’m in the business of providing a legal service in the right way… I’m not interested in having people addicted to gaming, where they destroy their business, their family and everything else. In fact, I’m probably more moral than most people – certainly most governments! When I was in Poland, to give you a small example, I actually reduced the hours of gaming by six hours.”He would say that, of course. Craig Ballantyne has been tempted to try other things over the years – open his own restaurant, most notably – but casinos have been his life, and he’ll always stand up for them. Meanwhile, City of Dreams Mediterranean looms large on the horizon, not just a resort but a “holistic” resort, not just a casino but also a 500-room hotel, 22 high-end villas, four restaurants, 11 bars, an amphitheatre, a wedding chapel, outside areas totalling 52,000 square metres, MICE facilities (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions) totalling 9,600 square metres. It’s going to be huge, certainly by Cyprus standards if perhaps not by Macau ones – and this smart, veteran manager is here to set it up, putting the numbers to work one last time before retirement. “The reality is, my job’s very hard,” says Craig, and laughs again. “You want my job, come and get it!” Another casino myth exposed, obviously. You May LikeArticles VallyDad Chops Daughter’s Hair Off, Mom Does UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoDefinitionThe 20 Greatest Sports Movies of All TimeDefinitionUndoThe-Best-InfoTop 10 Most Expensive Cat Breeds In The WorldThe-Best-InfoUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgBy Annette Chrysostomou and Kristian ChrysostomouThe Animal Party on Friday strongly condemned the poisoning of hunting dogs around Peyia in recent days and has called on the interior ministry and the game fund to help and identify controls to stop “such barbaric acts against defenceless and innocent animals”.Before the start of the hunting season, the party said, it has received many complaints about the poisoning of dogs, something that local hunters reportedly do to prevent other hunters from hunting in what they consider ‘their area’.According to information the party received from Peyia residents, hunters who covered their faces with masks have been leaving pieces of meat laced with poison in the area.Pieces of meat were sent to a lab for toxicological tests by police and suspects have been questioned.The animal party called on anyone who has information about such criminal acts to report them to police, to call the public hotline 1460 or the Animal Party at 70-078080.The game fund also sent out a statement on Friday ahead of the start of the hunting season on August 19, detailing various warnings and cautions to be taken by the hunters.The service asked hunters to show respect to each other and to the owners of any private land that might potentially be used for hunting during the season.The announcement emphasised the importance of not lighting any fires in locations other than camping sites with designated fire zones, as the current weather would likely cause an uncontrollable blaze.In addition, they advise hunters to hunt only in locations that are only designated as ‘hunting zones’ and to notify police by dialing 1414 if they witness anyone performing illegal actions.The number for Nicosia is 99-445697, for Limassol 99-445728, for Larnaca and Famagusta  99-634325 and for Paphos 99-445679.Hunters are also advised to be mindful of the heatwave, stay out of direct sunlight, wear light clothing, a hat and sunglasses and avoid drinking alcohol.Anyone who needs to renew their hunting licence can do so at their local bank, cooperative institutions as well as the web.Lastly, the service noted that due to the current laws in place, any hunter found without an updated license faces a €2,000 fine which includes an additional sum if the individual hadn’t renewed their license in years. For example, if a hunter is found without a renewed license and hadn’t done so in the last four years they face €2,000 and an additional €308 (€77 extra per every year not renewed).You May Likenewarena.comRanking The NFL’s Best Trios For The 2019 Seasonnewarena.comUndowww.moneysavingwallet.com15 Ways to Earn Money Online From home Without Investmentwww.moneysavingwallet.comUndoKayak.comFind the Ideal Rental Car – Compare 100s of Rental OptionsKayak.comUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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