Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On YouTube there is a three-minute teaser clip. The NFL Network interviewed Arians’ past quarterback pupils, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. The film will also feature current Arizona players Carson Palmer, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald, along with Cardinals president Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim.For those looking to watch the documentary on a device other than a television, it can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile app (, the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network ( for viewers who use use a participating cable or satellite provider. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The NFL Network will feature an hour-long documentary on the career of Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.“Bruce Arians: A Football Life,” is set to air at 7 p.m. MST Friday on the league network.The documentary will cover Arians’ NFL coaching career and his quest to become a head coach.It will also touch on his upbringing, his commitment to his family and his success mentoring several successful quarterbacks.last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones celebrate during the Arizona Cardinals’ 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 12,2016. (Associated Press) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Burns and Gambo posed the conundrum to ESPN’s Ron Jaworski on Thursday, and the analyst gave what might be the the more controversial answer.“I keep Calais Campbell,” Jaworski said when asked to pick one or the other, “but I’m going to try like hell to keep both of them. Hey, I think Calais Campbell is one of the best defensive linemen in the National Football League, and I think Chandler Jones has also played very, very well.“You put the gun to my head, you said, ‘Which one?’ I’m going to go Calais.”Problem is, Campbell and Jones are at different points in their careers.Jones has his prime to look forward to at 26 years old. With another 0.5 sack in the season finale Sunday, he can post his second double-digit sack campaign in a row. He has 9.5 sacks, 47 tackles, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed through 15 games in 2016.Campbell, on the other hand, is 30 years old. But 2016 has been one of his more productive seasons. He has 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception to go with a fumble recovery for a score.Age doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.“Very productive though,” Jaworski said of Campbell. “Hey, I know you got to look at (age) and (GM) Steve Keim and (head coach) Bruce Arians, that whole bunch, it’s going to be a hard decision. A guy who’s been consistent over a long period of time and I still think has a lot of fuel left in the tank is Calais Campbell. And I’m not going to diminish Chandler Jones one bit — I think he’s played very, very well.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Among the Cardinals’ free-agent decisions this upcoming offseason, the first and second will most likely come along the defensive front-seven.Defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Chandler Jones will enter free agency commanding the most attention and, likely, the biggest paydays of Arizona’s free agents. The unknown for the Cardinals is if and how they can retain both, and if they want to do so. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the online brochureAward-winning tailor-made specialist, Adventure World Travel, has launched its 2019 India, Sri Lanka and Nepal collection, with a focus on wildlife and heritage properties in the region.India was the first destination Adventure World Travel explored with guests 40 years ago, and this new collection further cements the brand’s commitment to the destination.Adventure World Travel has expanded its wildlife collection, with the addition of a wildlife-focused section in the new brochure. The new four-day ‘Kaziranga Land of the Rhinoceros’ boasts some of India’s best wildlife, plus the brochure offers more opportunities to spot tigers, snow leopards and Asiatic lions in the country’s world-renowned national parks. The brand has become distinguished for crafting its trips to suit travellers’ needs, with ample opportunities to experience the wonders of nature, responsibly.Also new for 2019, the five-day Andaman Islands Discovery offers travellers the chance to experience the incredible beauty of this remote and mostly uninhabited part of the world, staying on Radhanagar Beach, a slice of tropical paradise located on Havelock Island.In Sri Lanka, Adventure World has added a 13-day Sri Lanka Tea, Sea and Safari trip for 2019, allowing guests to experience the country’s best cities with stays in unique heritage properties. A highlight of the trip is a hot air balloon ride over spectacular landscapes and historic sites.Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director commented: “From a market analysis we noticed there was a void in the provision of in-depth India & Sri Lanka tailor-made portfolios.“By returning a dedicated brochure, it has allowed us to further highlight our complete collection with an emphasis on wildlife experiences and heritage properties. With the removal of India Tourism from the local market earlier this year we thought it even more important to showcase the range and support marketing of the destination.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Jumeirah at Saadiyat Is

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterJumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort opened last week as Jumeirah Group‘s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort, second location in Abu Dhabi and sixth opening of the year for the upmarket hotelier. The luxury beachfront resort overlooks 400 metres of beautiful white sand on the Arabian Gulf and offers beautiful scenery and undisturbed wildlife. Guests may catch a glimpse of Indo-pacific humpback and bottle nose dolphins, green or hawksbill turtles and dugongs, which live in the Saadiyat Mangroves. Inland, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons and greater flamingos are known to visit.Eco-conscious practices at the resort go beyond preserving the island’s protected sand dunes; Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles. The resort has also eliminated plastic straws.“Our commitment to protecting the natural sand dunes and sea around this hotel means that we are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses,” said Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort GM.Located 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi centre, guests can explore nine kilometres of mesmerising white beach and the crystal-clear waters. Golf aficionados can enjoy Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront course.Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort | Ocean Deluxe King RoomSunlit rooms overlook the water and the panoramic suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and have balconies. There are three infinity pools, a kids’ pool and Bodyism Wellness Centre, the first to open in the United Arab Emirates. The two-, three- and four-bedroom duplex villas also offer private pools.The 2,700-square-metre spa is a haven of tranquillity and includes a Moroccan Hammam, 15 treatment rooms (male and female facilities), saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam and salt rooms and a traditional Arabic rasul. Guests staying in the Spa Villas can enjoy pampering in the privacy of their own room.Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort | Presidential SuiteThe resort offers traditional Arabic cuisine at Levantine-inspired TEAN, long poolside lunches at the pool bar and Italian al fresco dining at Mare Mare.Saadiyat Island is undergoing a transformation into a world-class destination. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last year and will be joined by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The resort is 10 minutes away from Yas Island, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the e-bookVirtuoso‘s new 2019 Best of the Best is every luxury traveller’s dream book. Lined with more than 1,300 of the globe’s top luxury hotels as well as the hottest trends for the coming year, readers will find special benefits at each property valued in excess of $500 per night.As part of Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts Program, each featured property is thoroughly vetted through the renowned global luxury travel network and its force of expert travel advisors.With more than 1,300 properties in Virtuoso’s portfolio of hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments, there is something for everyone, whatever your hospitality style might be. Ranging from one to 4,004 rooms, almost half (48%) are under 100 rooms, and the same number are unaffiliated with a collection or brand. More importantly, though, 44% only provide these enhanced benefits to Virtuoso travellers.As the largest-ever version with 700 pages, the directory features properties in 103 countries alongside 52 pages of exceptional experiences. In a first, this year’s printing includes a limited number of hardcover copies for Virtuoso travel agencies in the US and Canada to display to clients as a coffee table book.In an effort to keep it fresh and responsive to consumer preferences, Virtuoso added 94 properties toits 2019 Best of the Best.Top trends in luxury hotels for 2019 include:Private Retreats: Villas and residences are seeing a surge from travellers who want privacy andthe opportunity to feel more local than tourist.Luxury Retreats offers more than 4,500 villas in 100 of the world’s most sought-after locales,from urban lofts to private islands to ski chalets.Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is an all-villa property along the island’s coast;each features a patio, garden and pool.Cotton House Mustique offers 17 cottages with private verandas and plunge pools on a spacious estate.Rural Rewards: Travellers want countryside escapes infused with a definite sense of place,including somewhere they can live like historic aristocracy.Domaine des Etangs features an 11th-century French château, contemporary art, landscapedgardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.Penha Longa Resort, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, once a retreat for Portuguese royals, contains fivecenturies of history nestled in a spectacular national park.Kurà Design Villas in Costa Rica features just eight sleekly modern suites highlighting architectural design and sustainability from its placement on a mountaintop amid native gardens.Wellness Wows: As travellers increasingly seek relaxation and restoration, Virtuoso wellness salesare up more than 15%.Waldhotel & Medical Excellence in Switzerland focuses on prevention and regeneration,with specialist consultations and personalised treatment plans that continue once travellersreturn home.Rosewood Hong Kong will feature a naturopathic doctor to oversee nutritional education andprogramming, as well as DNA testing and analysis, arts therapy and emotional awareness.Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, New York City will be the flagship hotel of the high-performance focused luxury brand, with Equinox club and innovative guestrooms.Recovery and Revitalisation: Hotels turned natural disasters such as 2017’s Hurricane Irma intoopportunities to rebuild and provide travellers with “new” options.Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands is welcoming guests again.On St Barth, Le Sereno,  Hotel Le Toiny and Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle de Francehave reopened after significant restoration and renovations.In Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is now open with expanded facilitiesand enhanced guestrooms.Quick Escapes: Travellers seeking a short break from the stress of daily life or unpleasant weathercan choose from 21 new American gems, as Virtuoso’s US bookings have grown 13% yearover year.Iconic Gurney’s in New York’s Hamptons offers access to a private beach, fiverestaurants and bars and an ocean-fed seawater pool, the only one of its kind in NorthAmerica.Mr. C Beverly Hills marries timeless glamour with contemporary amenities andpersonalised experiences from the fourth generation of hospitality’s famed Cipriani family.Prestige at the Palazzo is one of Las Vegas’s best-kept secrets: a hotel within a hoteloffering elevated luxury, with benefits such as a champagne check-in.Best of the Best is being distributed to the homes of 150,000 of Virtuoso’s finest clients around theglobe. To view the directory online, click here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Riviera Maya Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrom July 11 to 23, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort will host a delectable culinary festival commemorating the French Revolution. The luxury retreat’s gourmet restaurant Piaf, an inspiring work of French classicism, welcomes New York City’s Madison Bistro chef and owner, Maître Cuisiner de France Claude Godard, on the occasion of this tribute to the venerable French culinary tradition.Godard, who has worked alongside some of the best chefs in Paris, Burgundy and South Africa, will now work with Piaf’s executive chef Michele Mustiere to craft an unforgettable five-course tasting menu with wine pairings to celebrate the momentous Storming of Bastille.This special prix fixe menu will include such delights as sautéed foie gras with artichoke mousseline and white truffle; hazelnut-butter roasted sea bass and a decadent chocolate dessert served with poached raspberries and caramel fudge. The tasting menu is available to all resort guests at no additional charge as part of the all-inclusive rate. For outside guests, dinner is $1,200 pesos (about $100) per person and $1,500 pesos (about $125) with wine pairings.www.velasresorts.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2018 10:12 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celeb birthdays for the week of March 11-17 March 11: Singer Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is 71. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 68. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 68. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 67. Actress Susan Richardson (“Eight Is Enough”) is 66. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine (“American Idol”) is 65. Country singer Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers is 63. Actress Alex Kingston is 55. Actor Wallace Langham (“CSI”) is 53. Singer Lisa Loeb is 50. Keyboardist Al Gamble of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 49. Singer Pete Droge is 49. Actor Terrence Howard (“Empire”) is 49. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 47. Musicians Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte are 39. Actor David Anders (“iZombie,” ”The Vampire Diaries”) is 37. Singer LeToya Luckett (Destiny’s Child) is 37. Actress Thora Birch (“Ghost World,” ”American Beauty”) is 36. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 35. Actor Rob Brown (“Blindspot,” ”Treme”) is 34.March 12: Actress Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 85. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 72. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 70. Singer Bill Payne of Little Feat is 69. Actor Jon Provost (TV: “Lassie”) is 68. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 62. Actress Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”) is 62. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jackson Five is 61. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 58. Actor Titus Welliver (“Deadwood”) is 56. Actress Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”) is 55. Actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) is 50. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 49. Drummer Tommy Bales of Flynnville Train is 45. Actor Rhys Coiro (“Hostages,” ”Entourage”) is 39. Country singer Holly Williams is 37. Actor Jaimie Alexander (TV’s “Blindspot”) is 34. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones (“Ghost Whisperer”) is 24. Actress Kendall Applegate (“Desperate Housewives”) is 19.March 13: Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 79. Actor William H. Macy is 68. Comedian Robin Duke is 64. Actress Dana Delaney is 62. Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is 58. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is 56. Drummer Matt McDonough of Mudvayne is 49. Actress Annabeth Gish (“The West Wing,” ”The X-Files”) is 47. Actress Tracy Wells (“Mr. Belvedere”) is 47. Rapper Common is 46. Rapper Khujo of Goodie Mob is 46. Singer Glenn Lewis is 43. Actor Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”) is 42. Musicians Natalie and Nicole Albino of Nina Sky are 34. Actor Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild”) is 33.March 14: Singer Phil Phillips is 92. Actor Michael Caine is 85. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 85. Comedian Billy Crystal is 70. TV and radio personality Rick Dees is 67. Country singer Jann Browne is 64. Actor Adrian Zmed is 64. Actress Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 59. Actress Penny Johnson Jerald (“Castle,” ”24″) is 58. Actress Elise Neal (“All of Us”) is 52. Actor Gary Anthony Williams (“Boston Legal,” ”Malcolm in the Middle”) is 52. Drummer Michael Bland of Soul Asylum is 49. Singer Kristian Bush of Sugarland is 48. Actress Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”) is 45. Actress Grace Park (“Hawaii Five-0,” ”Battlestar Galactica”) is 44. Actor Daniel Gillies (“The Originals,” ”Vampire Diaries”) is 42. Actor Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” ”The Bourne Legacy”) is 42. Actor Chris Klein is 39. Actor Ryan Cartwright (“Kevin Can Wait”) is 37. Actress Kate Maberly (“Finding Neverland”) is 36. Singer-keyboardist Taylor Hanson of Hanson is 35. Actor Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”) is 32. Bassist Este Haim of Haim is 32. Actor Ansel Elgort (“Insurgent,” ”Divergent”) is 24.March 15: Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana is 87. Actor Judd Hirsch is 83. Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 78. Singer Mike Love of the Beach Boys is 77. Singer-keyboardist Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 75. Guitarist Howard Scott of War is 72. Rock guitarist Ry Cooder is 71. Singer Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 63. Actress Park Overall (“Empty Nest”) is 61. Model Fabio is 57. Singer Bret Michaels of Poison is 55. Singer Rockwell is 54. Actor Chris Bruno (“The Fosters”) is 52. Singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray is 50. Bassist Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and of Plus-44 is 46. Singer-guitarist Matt Thomas of Parmalee is 44. Actress Eva Longoria is 43. Musician of Black Eyed Peas is 43. DJ Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park is 41. Rapper Young Buck is 37. Bassist Ethan Mentzer of The Click Five is 35. Actor Kellan Lutz (The “Twilight” films) is 33.March 16: Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 77. Game-show host Chuck Woolery is 77. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 76. Actor Victor Garber (“Alias”) is 69. Actor Erik Estrada is 69. Country singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel is 67. Guitarist-singer Nancy Wilson of Heart is 64. Actor Clifton Powell (“Ray,” ”Norbit”) is 62. Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 59. Actor Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”) is 55. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 54. Singer Tracy Bonham is 51. Actress Lauren Graham (“Parenthood,” ”Gilmore Girls”) is 51. Actor Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) is 49. Actor Tim Kang (“The Mentalist”) is 45. Singer Blu Cantrell is 42. Actor Brett Davern (“Awkward”) is 35. Singer Jhene Aiko is 30.March 17: Singer-songwriter John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is 74. Percussionist Harold Brown of War is 72. Actor Patrick Duffy is 69. Actor Kurt Russell is 67. Country singer Susie Allanson is 66. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 64. Actor Mark Boone Jr. (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 63. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 63. Actor Gary Sinise is 63. Actor Christian Clemenson (“CSI: Miami”) is 60. Actress Vicki Lewis (“NewsRadio”) is 58. Actor Casey Siemaszko (“NYPD Blue”) is 57. Actor Rob Lowe is 54. Singer Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 51. Bassist Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 51. Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole) is 46. Drummer Caroline Corr of The Corrs is 45. Singer Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square is 45. Actress Marisa Coughlan (“Boston Legal,” ”Freddy Got Fingered”) is 44. Rapper Swifty of D12 is 43. Actress Brittany Daniel (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 42. Bassist Geoff Sprung of Old Dominion is 40. TV personality Rob Kardashian is 31. Singer Hozier is 28. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett (“Nanny McPhee”) is 26. Actor John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is 26.last_img read more

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first_img Director Cody Westman looks at a monitor in this undated handout photo. Cody Westman first stumbled onto a film set in Montreal after reading an ad for extra work. Westman fell in love with film sets. After years as a background actor, and a brief stint in Vancouver’s film industry, he’s found himself on the other side of the country, and on the other side of the camera. The St. John’s-based director is flying to France to show his short film “Casey” at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins Tuesday, as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Short Film Corner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Cat’s Eye Cinema ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Cody Westman first stumbled onto a film set in Montreal after reading an ad for extra work.The music school graduate had just moved to the city, but soon found his language skills left him unemployable.“I thought [I] could live in Montreal and not speak French, you know, which is not the case,” Westman recalls in an interview.Westman fell in love with film sets. After years as a background actor, and a brief stint in Vancouver’s film industry, he’s found himself on the other side of the country, and on the other side of the camera.The St. John’s-based director is flying to France to show his short film “Casey” at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins Tuesday, as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Short Film Corner.Casey is one of 22 films selected to screen at Canada’s short film pavilion during the festival. Westman and his co-producer Jenny Hawley are heading to Europe armed with copies of the film to hand out to interested buyers.The gothic-influenced short follows a day in the life of a young girl living with an overprotective mother. After an encounter with some well-dressed bullies, Casey’s reality starts to unravel.The film was written, filmed, and produced in St. John’s, but Westman says the story could be take place anywhere.“The only hint of Newfoundland in that story was a couple of the kids’ accents and that’s it. I wanted [it] to be sort of almost timeless in a way,” Westman says. “I didn’t want to stereotype anything, and you kind of want it to read anywhere.”The story might not be specific to the place it was filmed, but the province certainly played a role in Westman picking up the camera, and in funding his work.Westman moved from B.C. to St. John’s to be closer to his wife’s family. After a few months of working in restaurants and playing local shows, he decided to take his passion for filmmaking one step further. He bought a camera online, and taught himself to shoot from watching YouTube tutorials.His first documentary “Erin’s Pub,” about an historical St. John’s bar was picked up to play on Air Canada flights in 2015. He hasn’t stopped shooting since.“I’ve had so many jobs in my life and I’m finally able to do this for a living, so I feel very grateful about it,” he says.While Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal often double for American cities in film productions, Westman says Newfoundland and Labrador has developed its own class of creative filmmakers.“Out here is totally different because we’re so isolated and everything,” says Westman. “There’s just a lot of talent here and there’s also a lot of funding here too. There’s a lot of support.”Westman says he feels fortunate for the funding he’s received from the City of St. John’s, Telefilm, and the Newfoundland Independent Film Makers Co-Op since starting his directorial career.Filming in Newfoundland and Labrador comes with its challenges. Westman and his crew filmed “Casey” late last April in what Westman describes as “long johns weather.” The year before, he filmed another short during the same time of year, in 50 centimetres of snow.“It can be very challenging to make films here, 100 per cent. Shooting anything outside, the wind is nuts,” Westman says. “I think this place creates some tough filmmakers.”But Westman is toughing it out for the time being. He’s looking forward to his trip to Cannes and screening “Casey,” which is currently being re-written as a feature by a local screenwriter.He’s not worried about potentially feeling star-struck at the international festival after years of extra work on films with legends like Eddie Murphy and Sylvester Stallone.And Westman says his time in the pits has informed his directorial style. Watching young actors nervously audition for Casey reminded him of his own early days in the industry.“It’s funny because I’ve been there so many times trying to go out for commercials in Vancouver, Montreal, and I just remember being really nervous,” Westman recalls. “And I’m sitting there now in this other chair, on the other side of the table saying ‘It’s OK! Let’s just have fun.’” by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2018 5:00 am PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img St. John’s filmmaker goes international with short film at Canneslast_img read more

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first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2018 11:24 am PDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion is shown in the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan (Nate) Drake during filming of a short “fan film” adaptation of the PlayStation video game “Uncharted” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Jerry Buteyn Nathan Fillion stars in short film adaptation of ‘Uncharted’ video gamecenter_img TORONTO – Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion is mapping out his own “Uncharted” course.On Monday, he and Toronto director Allan Ungar unveiled a short “fan film” adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game “Uncharted” on YouTube, with Fillion in the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan (Nate) Drake.Many “Uncharted” fans have long wished for the former “Castle” star to play the adventurer/thief, noting they share a similar look and mix of brawn and humour.The actor himself has also long wanted to play Nathan Drake.Yet in the years that a big-screen version has been in development at Sony, Fillion’s name hasn’t been attached.Perhaps that will change with this surprise new project, which is in no way associated with Sony or “Uncharted” video-game developer Naughty Dog, they say.“There’s that little part of every one of us that safety-pinned a towel around our necks so that we could fly as a kid — that’s the itch that’s being scratched inside of me with this project,” Fillion, who recently teased the idea on his Instagram account, said Monday in a phone interview.“It’s the ‘Indiana Jones’ that we’ve all been waiting for.”Both Fillion and Ungar said they’ve been fans of the video game since it launched in 2007.“It’s a character that I love, it’s a character that is flawed, it’s a character that I can relate to,” Fillion said.“What’s so great and wonderful about ‘Uncharted’ is that it’s like a movie — you are immersed in a film,” added Ungar.Toronto producer Alex Lebovici introduced Fillion to Ungar, who came up with the idea for the short. He also directed the 15-minute fan film and co-wrote it with Jesse Wheeler.Ungar said he wanted to focus on the story and the character’s heart and humour rather than “big set pieces, exotic locales, explosions and action.”They shot it over five days in May in Los Angeles, with a cast that also includes Stephen Lang as mentor Victor (Sully) Sullivan, Mircea Monroe as journalist Elena Fisher, and Geno Segers as the villain.The fan film sees Nathan Drake, wearing his signature shoulder holster, being held captive and hunting treasure in the Baja Peninsula, Mexico.“When you’re watching a superhero movie and you’re seeing the montage of the donning of the equipment … that was me in my mind getting changed every day for this project,” said Fillion, who played Capt. Malcolm Reynolds in the series “Firefly” and its feature film continuation, “Serenity.”“Doing this project for me with Allan and just having all this fun, to me it’s like buying a lottery ticket. I don’t expect to win the lottery but I still have an amazing time.”As for the odds of winning that jackpot and turning the short film into a big-screen movie?Fillion and Ungar aren’t speculating.“When we first sat down and spoke about this, I think we agreed that no matter what happens, this is what we set out to accomplish,” Ungar said.“We don’t want to cheapen what we did, which was a love letter to this incredible property, a love letter to fans who have wanted to see something,” added Fillion.“We’ve wanted to see something for 10 years. It’s been a long time. I’m super excited to see what Sony has (in store), I’m super excited to go watch any ‘Uncharted’ movie. I’m a fan — I just got a little tired of waiting.”last_img read more

NEW YORK — Critics have generally not been kind to

first_img NEW YORK — Critics have generally not been kind to the new Hudson Yards complex.The new neighbourhood, built atop a platform over train yards on the west side of Manhattan, features sleek glass towers with stratospherically expensive residential, retail and office space.Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times’ architecture critic, lamented this spring, “It is, at heart, a supersized suburban-style office park, with a shopping mall and a quasi-gated condo community targeted at the 0.1 per cent.” Even the design centerpiece, a 15-story honeycomb of stairways called the Vessel, has been mocked by some as looking like a giant shawarma. (The New York Post, on the other hand, was kinder, with a headline: “Why the Hudson Yards Vessel is $200M worth of glistening glory.”)The Shed, a performance and arts space at Hudson Yards, has generally been cut more slack.The 300,000-square-foot Shed can be expanded into a 3,000-seat concert hall or shrunk down to an intimate theatre space. The whole thing moves on giant wheels, and is covered by a sliding roof (which Kimmelman said was “eye-catchingly swathed in a tufted Teflon-based sheeting that can bring to mind inflated dry cleaning bags”). The Shed also includes art galleries.It opened in April with British director Steve McQueen’s survey of the African-American influence on music. Bjork’s show “Cornucopia” has landed there. So has opera star Renee Fleming in “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy,” a theatrical mashup of the stories of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy. A Steve Reich-Arvo Part soundtrack accompanies paintings by the German artist Gerhard Richter.Shed artistic director and CEO Alex Poots is sensitive to criticism of the complex as a billionaire’s playground. But he maintains that whatever you think of fancy retail stores, “The Shed is the Robin Hood of the neighbourhood,” an institution that “everyone wants.”As for its association with the rich, he says, “I don’t know where else you get money to invest in artists on this scale.”And he promises it won’t be just a touring spot for shows created elsewhere, or a haven for established names only. Poots, the former director of the Birmingham International Festival, is interested in commissioning new work geared to the space.For more on the Shed and the Hudson Yards, check out The Associated Press’ podcast, “Get Outta Here .”Warren Levinson, The Associated Press The Shed brings art to NYC’s new Hudson Yards complex by Warren Levinson, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2019 9:38 am PDT FILE – This April 1, 2019 file photo shows The Shed, the latest addition to Hudson Yards, in New York. The building is a new arts space consisting of a stationary building with a a shell constructed around it that can move in a matter of minutes to cover the adjacent public plaza and create an additional 120-foot-high giant room. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 8:06 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Riot Games has named John Needham its new global head of League of Legends esports, putting him in charge of the world’s most popular competitive video game and its 13 professional leagues.Riot announced the promotion Wednesday. The current co-heads of esports, Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle, will remain with the company in other leadership positions.Needham previously helped oversee LoL’s top-level leagues in Europe and North America. Clubs from those regions have had breakthrough success in the past year in a game long dominated by South Korean and Chinese teams. Europe’s G2 Esports recently beat North America’s Team Liquid to win the Mid-Season Invitational, the first time teams from those regions met in the final of a major, international LoL event since 2011.Rozelle and Kennedy have overseen the past three world championships, growing the elite competitive scene to over 100 pro teams with more than 800 players. Last year’s world championship drew nearly 100 million viewers, on par with that of this year’s Super Bowl.Kennedy will oversee a division focused on new business, and Rozelle will lead a group exploring new esports initiatives, according to a news release from the company.___More AP Esports: and Associated Press Riot announces new League of Legends esports bosscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

November 30 2003 In the DINKY LINKS III tournamen

first_imgNovember 30, 2003In the DINKY LINKS III tournament at Arcosanti, Dr. Sparks leads the game in a golf tournament on the rugged desert terrain that surrounds Arcosanti. Sparks makes the point that anyone can hit a ball on a lawn. This is a much more difficult course. Visiting alumna, Liz Schiffler, chips to the turtle rock hole. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Visiting alumna, Gwen Burke, uses every advantage. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Everyone is a Winner! The DINKY LINKS award ceremony takes place at the Colly Soleri Minds Garden. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi]last_img read more

Cypriot and bases authorities slammed by antipoaching NGOs

first_imgSome 430 wild birds from 25 different species were found trapped or killed, and more than 1,800 limesticks, were seized during the Spring Bird Protection Camp (BPC) that took place between March and May in Cyprus, it was announced on Thursday.According to a report by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and of the Pro Biodiversity Foundation (SPA – Stiftung Pro Artenvielfalt) which organised a Spring Bird Protection Camp(BPC) in Cyprus, despite the big impact of spring trapping, the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus and British bases “are not taking this issue seriously and are not implementing the Laws for the Protection of Wild Birds”.During the camp, that took place between March 25 and May 7, around a dozen activists from six countries monitored bird trapping activity in the south-eastern part of the island; in the Famagusta and Larnaca districts. This was their 10th camp in Cyprus.CABS and SPA organise Bird Protection Camps in Cyprus three times per year; in spring, autumn and winter to prevent illegal, non-selective and large-scale trapping, killing and trade of migratory birds passing through Cyprus.In total, activists removed 1,834 limesticks, 19 mist nets and 10 electronic bird callers, and found trapped or killed 430 wild protected birds belonging to 25 different species, the majority of which were Lesser whitethroats and Blackcaps. Other species found were Common Nightingales, Willow Warblers, and Wrynecks.It added that during the camp, 282 known trapping sites were investigated and 62 were found to be active. “The percentage of active trapping sites is the second lowest ever recorded and 6.1 percent lower as in previous spring”. The majority of all detected active sites – 56 – were found in the Famagusta district. The number of seized limesticks, it said, is similar as the previous spring while the number of seized nets was lower than in spring 2016.The activists cooperated with Cypriot and bases (SBA) police, the Anti-Poaching Squad (APS) and game wardens . Cooperation with law enforcement units this spring however, they said, “was the worst in the last years”.“We reported 32 active trapping sites to them and they investigated 14 of them. Enforcement officers have caught and prosecuted trappers only at six sites reported by our teams. The percentage of investigated trapping sites is the lowest ever recorded at Spring BPCs and the number of prosecutions lowest since 2012,” it said.With less joint operations carried out together with enforcement officers as in previous years and with less hours of cooperation per day, they said, “we had the chance to report only 32 out of the 62 detected active trapping sites”.Without their interventions, activists said, all enforcement agencies in the Republic of Cyprus would have achieved only one prosecution on their own. Especially disappointing, they said, was the cooperation with game wardens as they investigated only one out of eight reported cases and with APS officers, who investigated only five of the 15 reported sites. “Worrying is also the overall low number of prosecutions made for reported cases. All together only six prosecutions for bird trapping were made during the Spring Camp, this is much less than previous spring, when 13 prosecutions were made”.The group said that this was not the first season to observe lack of response from game wardens for reported trapping cases.According to the report, Cyprus lies on one of the key migratory routes that birds use during their journey between Europe and Africa, with around 100 million birds visiting the island every spring and autumn. The island, it said, is also an important wintering place for birds which migrate to Cyprus to avoid harsh winter conditions in Europe. Cyprus however, the report said, is one of the main hotspots of illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean. It is estimated that more than 2 million migrating birds get caught and killed in illegal traps every year in Cyprus, while trapping has affected a total of 153 recorded wild bird species, of which 78 are threatened and listed on Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

British bases drugs arrest

first_imgMembers of the drug squad and British bases police arrested four people for the possession of six kilos of cannabis on Thursday.The four, two of them aged 41, one 38-year-old and a 37-year-old man, all residents of Limassol, were arrested during a coordinated operation targeting drug traffickers.The suspects are being held by the British bases in Akrotiri while investigations are being conducted.You May LikeeHarmonySeniors: Only 4 Easy Steps To Find That Special SomeoneeHarmonyUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Could Make You Look 10 Years YoungerFood Eat SafeUndoFood PreventTop 9 Kidney-Friendly SuperfoodsFood PreventUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Public urged to avoid beaches in bases areas after sharp objects found

first_imgThe British bases on Friday advised the public to avoid the beach areas around the Akrotiri Peninsula and Lady’s Mile for the time being after “small items of medical equipment, including sharp objects”, were found there.“We are investigating the source of this material in conjunction with the Republic of Cyprus,” a bases statement said.Over the next three days, a clean-up operation will be taking place from mid-morning onwards involving personnel from the bases.As the items include sharp objects, the personnel carrying out the clean-up will be wearing protective gloves and aprons as a precautionary measure, the statement added.“We recommend the public avoid the areas until further notice. If you are in the area and you find any such equipment, please do not touch it, instead call 1443,” it said.“The safety of the public remains a top priority for the bases.”A bases spokesman said later they did not have any further information to offer.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Joint committee to promote CyprusUAE ties

first_imgA memorandum of understanding was signed on Saturday between Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and his United Arab Emirates counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the establishment of a joint cooperation committee.During their meeting in Nicosia, the FMs also signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between Cyprus and the UAE.Sheikh Al Nahyan also met House President Demetris Syllouris on Saturday to discuss political developments in the eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus problem.Syllouris informed Sheikh Al Nahyan on a number of initiatives, among which is the creation of a Middle East cooperation centre and the promotion of the Arabic language in Cyprus, for which the head of the Emirates’ diplomacy showed particular interest, an announcement said.Ways to promote bilateral and regional relations across all areas and levels, including Cyprus-UAE parliamentary cooperation, were also discussed.The FM was accompanied by the ambassador of the UAE to Cyprus Sultan Ahmed Ghamen Al Suawaidi and a group of top officials of his ministry.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Anthoupolis water now cleared for use

first_imgWater supply in an area of Anthoupolis was on Wednesday cleared for safe use, the Nicosia Water Board said.Earlier in the month, the board said tests had found the water in the Anthoupolis refugee estate unsuitable for consumption and crews have been working to clean the system and inspect the tanks.The board had been informed of the problem by the health services who had tested the water and found deviations from the specified chemical parameters.On Wednesday, the board said the water was now suitable for drinking and cooking. “After new tests carried out by the state lab, it was found that drinking water no longer deviates from specified chemical parameters and is suitable for drinking and use in food preparation,” the board said.The board expressed regret over the inconvenience but said its mission and main concern was the uninterrupted supply of water and the preservation of public health.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Representative Garcia honors Black River Public Schools commitment with state tribute

first_img Categories: Garcia News,News State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, recognized Black River Public School’s 20 years as an outstanding public charter school in Holland with a state of Michigan Tribute on Monday.“Black River Public School combines a Montessori elementary school with a college-prep middle school and high school to provide an education that is second to none,” said Garcia in the tribute. “The school features some of the highest test scores in the state and annually ranks among the best high schools in the country. In 2011, Black River Public School was named the No. 1 high school in the state by The Washington Post.”Representative García presented the tribute to Shannon Brunink, the head of school at Black River, Monday. 24Feb Representative Garcia honors Black River Public School’s commitment with state tributecenter_img Black River Public School is a publically-funded school chartered by Grand Valley State University and works with students in kindergarten to 12th grade.The tribute was also signed by State Senator Arlan B. Meekof, of West Olive, and Gov. Rick Snyder.last_img read more

Rep Howell bill prohibiting gun ordinances in violation of state law passes

first_img09Jun Rep. Howell bill prohibiting gun ordinances in violation of state law passes House committee Categories: Howell News,News A House bill introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch that would penalize local officials who knowingly enact or enforce gun ordinances which violate state law passed on Wednesday in the House Committee on Local Government.No one testified against the bill when it came before the committee for a vote.“This legislation simply enforces a state firearms preemption law that has been on the books since 1990. I would note that this is not a partisan issue. The 1990 firearms preemption law was passed by a Democrat House and signed into law by Democrat Governor James Blanchard. Twenty-seven years is far more than enough time for municipalities to come into compliance with the law,” Howell said. “This bill will protect the pivotal right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as spelled out in the Constitution of the United States, and will help them defend themselves and their families.”Added Howell: “Without the penalty provisions contained in this bill, local officials could continue to enact ordinances in violation of state law and the Michigan Constitution. I am pleased to report that I am not aware of any Lapeer County municipalities that have adopted such illegal ordinances.”Howell explained support for the bill has flowed in from residents.“I have received a significant number of phone calls and emails from residents of my district in support of this legislation. I am very proud that it has the full support of both the Michigan State Police and the National Rifle Association,” Howell said. “I am also pleased to report that I have received a high volume of positive comments and feedback as I have conducted my office hours in the district.”House Bill 4616 would protect law-abiding gun owners who comply with state law from being forced to defend themselves in court at their own expense in order to prove that ordinance citations issued against them are invalid.The measure provides that municipalities will have 60 days after the effective date of the bill to repeal all remaining invalid ordinances. Any local unit of government refusing or neglecting to repeal such ordinances could then be sued by the Attorney General or any citizen in circuit court.Under Rep. Howell’s bill, anyone proposing to sue a municipality would have to give 90 days written notice to the municipality in order to provide the local unit of government a final chance to repeal an invalid ordinance.The bill stipulates that a court would be obligated to issue an injunction against further enforcement, order that such ordinances be repealed, and assess costs and attorney fees against the offending municipality. In addition, any local elected official who knowingly and willfully enacts or enforces such ordinances would be subject to fines between $500 and $2,500.“The Michigan Constitution in Article I, Section 6 clearly states that ‘every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state’,” Howell said. “To force law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in court and also pay the costs, especially when one considers they are simply defending themselves in court to exercise their basic American rights, is a slap in the face.”Howell added: “I will not allow our citizens’ Constitutional rights to be infringed upon by illegal local ordinances.”HB 4616 now moves to the House floor for further consideration, where it could come up for a vote as soon as next week.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Gary Howell, member of the House Local Government Committee, provides testimony in favor of House Bill 4616, which was recommended to the House floor on Wednesday for further consideration.last_img read more