But thats not the primary issue The Cardinals lo

first_imgBut that’s not the primary issue.The Cardinals look lost in time. Josh Rosen is starting to regress. The offense is stripped of talent and any sign of intelligent design. They took over late in the first half, and promptly chose to hand the ball off to Johnson. It didn’t work. They called timeout. And then they asked Johnson to run up the middle again, running out the clock.That’s white-flag football at its worst, the kind that sucks all pride from a fan base. And that’s why this loss was worse than either of the 45-10 blowouts.Because this game made you feel nothing. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The sun was setting when an elderly woman walked slowly out of State Farm Stadium, each step guided by her dutiful husband. She looked disgusted. He looked dazed.“That was the worst football game I’ve ever seen,” she said. “And at my age, I’ve seen a lot of football games.”Something awful is happening in Arizona. The Cardinals are really bad and really boring. They’re low on talent and completely out of touch. Those who witnessed a 17-3 loss to the Lions on Sunday would agree that raking rocks in the front yard would’ve been a better way to spend the day. We have seen worse football teams in the Valley. We haven’t seen worse football.Maybe this will be Waterloo for Steve Wilks, the rookie head coach who just posted Arizona’s first season with double-digit losses since 2012. Maybe another blowout wasn’t necessary to pull the plug on a new regime. Maybe it was a game like this.The kind that bores you to tears, with decisions that are daffy and indefensible.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals’ offense struggles in loss to LionsCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald sets NFL record for most rec. with one teamCardinals’ Patrick Peterson sports Pat Tillman jersey before Lions gameCardinals follow win in Green Bay with ‘surprising’ flop vs. LionsOn Sunday, Larry Fitzgerald reached an epic milestone, finally passing Jerry Rice for a record he richly deserves. Fitzgerald set the NFL mark for receptions with a single franchise, and just like his infamous end-zone spike against the 49ers, his reaction was priceless.He stood up and threw the ball the width of the field, to the Cardinals’ sideline, a memento worth keeping from a dumpster-fire season.Except, Fitzgerald wasn’t even targeted until the second half. Even though Christian Kirk is no longer an option, done for the season. Stupid.After a spectacular showing in Green Bay, Chase Edmonds was mostly a spectator. Patrick Peterson was tasked with half-hearted punt returns, i.e., the guy who might not even want to be here.Meanwhile, the Lions stalked David Johnson and beat the stuffing out of the Cardinals’ running back. Their cornerbacks jumped routes and their linebackers snuffed out screen passes. They knew everything that was coming. And after the Cardinals’ offense finally showed a pulse, the Lions changed the rules of engagement. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) reacts to a dropped pass during the second half of NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Lions won 17-3. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 170 Comments   Share   They switched to a jumbo package and ran the ball down the throat of a defense that had performed admirably for most of the game.It didn’t matter. By the time the Lions scored their clinching touchdown, most Cardinals fans had already left the building.It was further proof the Cardinals need a change in leadership in 2019.This is not personal. This isn’t about the mistakes Wilks and his staff have made over the previous 13 games, and there have been plenty. This is about the future, their rookie quarterback and their place inside a fast-changing NFL, where dynamic offenses are revolutionizing the game.Rule changes continue to tilt the playing field in favor of offensive stars. The commodification of football is surely on the league’s agenda, feeding a new generation of fans weaned on fantasy statistics and joystick football. Innovation is hot and old-school dogma is dying, a long way from when Bruce Arians declared spread quarterbacks as no quarterbacks at all.The Cardinals’ lack of sizzle on Sunday was troubling on many levels, despite their injury issues. They entered the game with a better offensive line than the one that walked off Lambeau Field in victory. They failed to build on the momentum of that celebrated win against the Packers, invalidating any hopes of Wilks finally building a solid foundation for 2019. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hong Kong Airlines a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Hong Kong Airlines and Air Mauritius have entered a codeshare agreement to provide travellers with improve connections to Mauritius. The codeshare will see twice-weekly direct flights between Hong Kong and Mauritius.Mr Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of HX, said: “This agreement enables us to maximise the travel opportunities offered to passengers as our network further expands across continents to the Indian Ocean.”Dr Arjoon Suddhoo, Chairman of MK, said: “We will continue to work together and explore other avenues for strengthening this cooperation.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Ultraluxury resort ope

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury resort operator One&Only has broken ground on its second European property. One&Only Kéa Island will be located on a 60-hectare beachfront site in Vroskopos Bay on the Cycladic island in Greece that shares the same name.The development on the Aegean Sea will comprise of 75 resort villas, along with a limited number of One&Only Private Homes. It will join One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, slated to begin welcoming guests in 2020.Kéa island is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is easily accessible by ferry, speed boat or yacht from Lavrio Harbour. One&Only Kéa Island will provide the ultimate hideaway for guests with a choice of accommodation and secluded villas that are perfect for couples or large families, all with private swimming pools. Home to a destination spa with holistic wellness at its heart, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, captivating culinary experiences and a vibrant beach club, One&Only Kéa Island will be an inspiring destination for all generations.The project is being developed in Vroskopos Bay in the northwest part of the island. One&Only Kéa Island resort and Private Home community will be built in a style reminiscent of a Greek amphitheatre, maximising the sea views on two slopes of the bay.One&Only Kéa Island is a joint venture between Kerzner International, Dolphin Capital Investors, Dolphin Capital Partners and Heah&Co.The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, Executive Director & CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai and Chairman of Kerzner International; Michael Wale, CEO of Kerzner International; Miltos Kambourides, Founder and CEO of Dolphin Capital Partners; John Heah, architect and owner of Heah&Co.; Konstantinos Terzitanos, Managing Director Redex; the Governor of South Aegean region; the Mayor of Kea and other representatives of the local authorities.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Welcome to Skyscanners low cost space programme

first_imgWelcome to Skyscanner’s low cost space programme. We wish!Unfortunately it looks like it may be a bit longer before there is a low cost commercial carrier for space travel but here at Skyscanner we are huge fans of the work that Copenhagen Suborbitals is doing – yes, it is a real company, and yes they will be sending a manned capsule into space. They just aren’t selling tickets. Yet…The low cost bit is real too. Copenhagen Suborbitals is a non-profit space endeavour led by Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen and is funded entirely by sponsorship and run by volunteers. For more information on this fascinating low cost space programme – and perhaps to donate some money to help them achieve lift off – click hereAnd if you want to stay up to date with all the latest news in Skyscanner, sign up for Airmail and be the first to know when you can book your low cost space flight.As they say, watch this space!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCountdown starts for budget space tourism lift off on Skyscanner siteFlight comparison company Skyscanner today launches cheap flights into space.Blast off with Skyscanner’s top 6 space destinationsBlast off with Skyscanner’s top 6 space destinationsSpace cowboys: 5 ways to be an astronautReach the final frontier, with five space-faring companies offering blast-off for ordinary earthlingslast_img read more

Kauai Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgKaua’i, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs part of a new partnership with Malie Organics, the St. Regis Princeville Resort is offering a new bespoke spa experience, featuring completely customized holistic spa products, in the onsite Halele’a Spa.Malie Organics founder Dana Roberts will work one-on-one with guests to create custom-blended products that meet their own unique needs and preferences. Products from the company’s new Laha’ole Pure Rituals collection, designed exclusively for the resort, feature local ingredients like taro root, ginger, coffee berry and Kaua’i clay, all chosen for their healing properties.“Our goal is to develop completely unique spa experiences for our guests,” said Roberts. “Using only Hawaii’s freshest ingredients to make our products, we can design a fully customized program to best suit each client’s needs.”The Bespoke Spa Experience includes a private consultation with Roberts, which begins in the guest’s room with a selection of hand-blended Hawaiian hydrosols—tinctures that have been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries that are then mixed with champagne, water or juice for guests to sip on during the consultation process. Next, guests select their custom products before heading to the spa to enjoy treatments like a purifying bath soak, body exfoliation and lomi lomi massage. Post-treatment, the resort can ship products to a guest’s home so they can take a little piece of spa bliss back with them.To kick off the treatment’s launch, St. Regis is offering a Bespoke Spa Experience Package that includes a five-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, private consultation and treatments, daily breakfast and an oceanfront dinner for two, featuring spa-inspired cuisine.www.stregisaficionado.comlast_img read more

LOYALIST TOWNSHIP Ont – Stories from the Tragica

first_img LOYALIST TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Stories from the Tragically Hip’s fabled Bathouse studio came to light on Thursday at a rare open house for a small group of friends and family.The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in.But as much as the night highlighted their stake in the legalization of marijuana, nothing could overshadow the legendary property.The Bathouse studio is a stone-cut structure that was built as a coach house, but became the Hip’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s. Here they put some of their biggest albums — including “Trouble at the Henhouse” and “Phantom Power” — to tape and filmed a number of music videos.Well over 100 other musicians, including Matt Good, Sarah Harmer and members of Broken Social Scene, have also hammered down ideas for their songs here over the years.Each artist leaves behind stories that Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, head of the Hip’s stage crew and the Bathouse’s caretaker, loves to share with visitors.One of his favourites is the time Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy recorded a song, strolled down the front porch and took a quick dip in the pool outside the house. He returned a few minutes later, still dripping wet, to listen to a playback of the tape.For most of the artists, the Bathouse becomes their temporary home away from home. They’ll sleep in one of its four bedrooms and balance studio time with enjoying the property, which is steps away from Lake Ontario.Gord Downie spent much time here, Koster said, and slept in an upstairs bedroom with a view of the waterfront through the trees.Tucked at the back of the property is an attached rehearsal space Koster called “the Hip’s sacred clubhouse.” It’s the only working space in the Bathouse that’s almost entirely off limits for musicians who rent the place to record.The Hip prepared for many of their concerts here, including the 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, which marked Downie’s final shows.Koster said the Hip maintained a strict regiment as they prepared for those important dates. They’d rehearse for an hour before taking a break to grab a beer or a smoke.But Downie remained focused during that time. While everyone else relaxed, he jumped on an exercise bike in the corner of the room and pedalled away to build his strength.“He worked incredibly hard here to be able to do those 14 shows,” Koster said.“We did more rehearsing for that entire tour than we did for all the other ones combined — just to get him back to where he was.”Aside from the stories, the Bathouse is stacked with memorabilia.In one room, they’ve framed the winning Juno Award envelopes for “Trouble at the Henhouse.” There’s also many pieces of artwork originally used on their album covers.Many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf.Koster said it’s actually an airplane’s flight line tester that drummer Johnny Fay purchased at a New York City junk shop.He’s known for “buying things and figuring out what they do later,” Koster explained.When Fay brought the hefty device back to Canada, and learned that it was useless for producing audio, the band decided it would make a cool album cover.They screwed a small “Phantom Power” title plate on the front and asked a photographer to shoot some photos.The rest is Tragically Hip history.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in. A section of the studio, in which many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf, is seen on Thursday, May 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Friend by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2018 12:38 pm PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Tragically Hip opens doors to Bathouse studio for a glimpse of music historylast_img read more

Prince Harrys transformation The kids all right

first_imgPrince Harry’s transformation: The kid’s all right by Gregory Katz, The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2019 2:13 am PDT LONDON — Princess Diana’s little boy — the red-haired prince with the mischievous smile and his mother’s wild streak — is about to become a father.The arrival any day now of Prince Harry’s and American wife Meghan’s first child will complete his public transformation into the admirable and modern family man who took his grandmother’s crown last year as Britain’s most popular royal.Confidence, a sense of humour and a fun-loving personality are some of the qualities the public sees in Harry, according to a U.K. polling company’s rolling online surveys.Those old enough to remember his coming of age – watching him grow from a child swimming in palace trappings to a rebellious teen, from an army officer speaking up for rank-and-file soldiers to a ginger-bearded groom – can’t help but take some pleasure in the expectant father’s next milestone.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the titles conferred on the prince and his bride by Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, have tried to keep plans for Baby Sussex’s birth veiled in privacy. Kensington Palace didn’t give a due date, saying only that it would be in the spring.The news cameras that chronicled every awkward moment and misstep of his difficult adolescence often captured Harry at his best when he was doing charity work that involved playing with or comforting children.His natural ease with young ones invited obvious questions. The prince acknowledged in general terms that he looked forward to having children of his own. It’s clear from his quiet smile whenever Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, are out together that he is treasuring the time now that he will.His circle-of-life moment also closes a familiar cycle of ruin, rebirth and redemption for the exceptionally privileged and unremarkably flawed family he joined as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales on Sept. 15, 1984.Harry was the proverbial “spare” to older brother Prince William’s heir-to-the-throne role as the firstborn child of Diana and Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest. By the time he was born, his parents’ marriage was already in trouble. They separated when he was 8.In the four bitter years before the divorce, Charles and Diana both acknowledged extramarital affairs. Charles’ was with a married woman he had had a relationship with before he married Diana, Camilla Parker-Bowles. She has now been his second wife, and William and Harry’s stepmother, since 2005. Diana’s was with an army officer who was her horse riding instructor.Harry suffered an almost unimaginable loss when Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997. Millions around the world watched the funeral, and his pain.The image is indelible: a 12-year-old Harry walking in the funeral procession behind his mother’s casket, his face set in angry stone days after she died in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi in Paris.Harry has acknowledged that Diana’s death and the aftermath set him on a destructive path.“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me, while millions more did on television,” Harry told Newsweek magazine as the 20th anniversary of that day was approaching. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”He was angry, he told Newsweek, as well as adrift as he fought to break his royal bonds so he could live the “ordinary life” his late mother tried hard to show her two princes.That’s another chapter of the story. In his late teens and his 20s, Harry had to publicly apologize for engaging in crude antics that were normal for his school and army buddies but earned a prince embarrassing coverage in British tabloids.His elders issued a statement acknowledging Harry had smoked marijuana – more than once. He was photographed wearing Nazi gear at a costume party, recorded using racist terms.The 2012 “strip billiards” incident in Las Vegas, where Harry was photographed nude with a female companion, only added to the perception of an entitled prince who knew no boundaries.In the past two years, Harry has spoken out about mental health issues and the need for better treatment throughout Britain, using his own experience as an example.Harry’s willingness to air his demons in public and jettison the royal tradition of keeping a stiff upper lip about personal problems has seemed to raise his stature with Britons.As part of a campaign to end the stigma surrounding mental health problems, he told The Daily Telegraph in 2017 he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly 20 years after his mother’s sudden death and had been “very close to a complete breakdown” and “on the verge of punching someone” on numerous occasions.He said only by entering therapy at William’s urging was he able to come to grips with his suppressed grief about losing his mother at such a young age. He said he took up boxing as an outlet for aggression.Candidness about his own struggles isn’t the only reason for Harry’s steady rise in stature. During 10 years as an army officer, he served in Afghanistan twice, including a tour piloting a helicopter.Harry’s military experience led to the cause he brought to life with clear passion and no qualms for once about using his palace connections: the Invictus Games, his concept of an Olympics-style sports competition for injured and disabled military men and women.The 2017 games in Toronto is where he chose to make his first official appearance with Meghan Markle, a divorced actress with whom he was clearly besotted. The couple kissed and cuddled for the cameras Harry had so long resented.When they attended the next year’s Invictus Games in Sydney as newlyweds, Harry mentioned Meghan’s pregnancy at both the opening and closing ceremonies. A compassionate man anticipating contentment had emerged from a brittle shell.Flashes of anger still surface in defence of the woman he loves. His rebellious side hasn’t gone away, either, but has become part of what his fans find intriguing.In recent days, he and Meghan announced their newborn would not be making his or her public appearance on its first day in the world, a custom observed by his parents and William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.They also haven’t confirmed or denied speculation that Baby Sussex will be born at home at Frogmore Cottage, located near Windsor Castle.Gregory Katz, The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 16, 1987 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry waves to photographers on his first day at a kindergarten in Notting Hill, West London. Princess Diana’s little boy, the devil-may-care red-haired prince with the charming smile is about to become a father. The arrival of the first child for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will complete the transformation of Harry from troubled teen to family man, from source of concern to source of national pride. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, 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 FILE – This July 20, 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the San Diego Convention Center, the site of Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year’s Comic-Comic kicks off Wednesday, July 17, 2019, with a big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town. (Photo by Christy Radecic/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost? by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 1:22 pm PDT LOS ANGELES — No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement of a San Diego hotel 49 years ago for what would become known as the first Comic-Con.Except Jack Kirby.“A long time ago he said, ‘One day Hollywood is going to come to Comic-Con to get its ideas,’” co-founder Mike Towry said. “That seemed pretty far-fetched to us, but Jack Kirby was pretty visionary.”As the 50th Comic-Comic kicks off Wednesday, with a big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town, and Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the box office, Kirby proved to be right. But it took a while for Comic-Con to really “go Hollywood.”“We were just looking to get together with our fellow comic fans and some of the people who created the comics and science fiction we enjoyed,” Towry said of the early years. “Comics back then were looked down on by pretty much everyone.”Roy Thomas remembers being part of one of the first “real movie events” at Comic-Con. In the summer of 1976, the artist and two other panelists took the stage to preview an unknown sci-fi property that wouldn’t hit theatres for another 10 months.It was, of course, “Star Wars” and he was working on the promotional comics that Marvel would put out prior to release.“We had a few posters. But we didn’t even have any footage,” Thomas said. “All we could do was sit there and talk about it and show a poster.”He remembers the PR guy, Charles Lippincott, trying to sell the posters later for $1 apiece.“He didn’t even sell them all,” Thomas laughed. “He ended up giving some of them away.”Compare that to 28 years later, when Lucasfilm revealed the title for the final Star Wars prequel, “Revenge of the Sith.” Germain Lussier, a staff writer for the websites io9 and Gizmodo, remembers it being “electric.” Some 7,000 screaming people jumped out of their seats and made a mad dash to the showroom floor to get one of the T-shirts available at the Star Wars booth.The success of the original Star Wars may have a wake-up call for Hollywood.“It made Hollywood sit up and take notice,” Towry said. And, he thinks, it began the slow evolution of the convention into what it is today.For most, the real tipping point for Comic-Con and Hollywood came in 2008 when “Twilight” descended on the Gaslamp District. The “Twihards” took fandom to a new level when they camped out overnight to secure a spot to see the panel. That had never been done on that level.Since then, Comic-Con has been a madhouse. Nowadays, some 135,000 people descend on the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding Gaslamp District every year. There are lines everywhere for fan needs (panels, toys, autograph sessions, events) and human ones (food, bathrooms, transportation). Tickets are hard to come by, as are hotels and parking, and everything is expensive.There are still artists on the showroom floor and off-the-beaten path panels in the spirit of those first few years. But look around the Gaslamp District where every inch of space has been branded by a movie, TV show, tech company or corporate brand (even down to the hotel key cards and elevators), and it’s clear that Comic-Con has become one big advertisement.“You could feel it when Hollywood really started figuring out that that this was a major publicity opportunity and targeting it,” said film critic Drew McWeeny, who started attending in the early 1990s. “For me that was the end of it.”For McWeeny, the intense focus on movie trailers and tidbits teased by those involved in the major panels at Comic-Con, “reflects the problem with overall culture beautifully: Our conversation about films happens 99% before they come out and 1% after they come out. The film is almost inconsequential. Our cultural conversation is about marketing.”For others, Comic-Con holds value in that filmmakers get face time with fans. “It” director Andy Muschietti is returning this year with some cast and new footage from “It: Chapter Two,” which Warner Bros. and New Line will premiere at its Wednesday night ScareDiego event.“It’s huge. You’re really getting in contact with the fans, even for a brief moment,” Muschietti said. “The fans have the opportunity to meet the cast there that they love so much and get an autograph. I think it’s great.”Lately, it’s become a bit of a mixed bag with just how involved Hollywood movie studios, which can fluctuate based on what there is to promote. Marvel Studios has sat out before, and this year Warner Bros. is not bringing any of its DC properties.“I suspect a lot of studios realized that having movies at San Diego Comic-Con costs a lot of money and I don’t know if it’s worth all that money in the end,” said Perri Nemiroff, a senior producer for Collider.com and host of the YouTube series Movie Talk. She also noted that studios like Disney have their own brand-specific conventions like D23 and Star Wars Celebration.“I do think to some degree it’s rolling back,” McWeeny said. “The best thing that can happen is Hollywood just gets bored of it and it becomes something that is really for fans again.”Plus there’s just the hassle of getting and being there. And perhaps “missing out” is no longer a fear: Fans can see most of the footage online soon afterward.“It’s become so huge now, it’s almost like Yogi Berra said: ‘Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded,’” Thomas said. “That’s why I stay away. I do like it, but I just feel like maybe it’s better to stick with my memories.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 9 2006 Welcome to the October 1 2006

first_imgOctober 9, 2006 Welcome to the October 1. 2006 workshop participants. Back from left: Angela Truffa, Errin Turner, Jung Ju Lee, David Hutchens and Alfonso Elia. Front from left: Stanford Mandizha and Ilaria Ferraboli. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

The wooden formwork has been taken off the wall an

first_imgThe wooden formwork has been taken off the wall and we see a collection of the clamps that held it in place. Notice the decoration at the top of wall. The impressions were made by wooden pieces fastened to the interior of the formwork. September 2, 2011August 3. to 8. 2011 was the last time we reported on the construction of an additional segment of the wall behind the metal shop. We can see a good photo of the wall form in the 8/5/2011 posting.The concrete wall has cured and construction staff and workshop participants are assembled to remove the formwork.center_img The crew.Photos were taken by planning intern Julie Pedtkelast_img read more

November 9 2016This is the third year that master

first_imgNovember 9, 2016This is the third year that master glass instructor Joshua Dopp of ‘Highway Hotshot’ Glass visited Arcosanti to teach a series of beginners courses in glass blowing and casting.Glass workshop participant Lana Morris and Josh.[photos and test by Sue Kirsch]  He taught introductory classes on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with additional student bench time on the 24th and 25th, and classes for small projects like flowers, ornaments or drinking glasses on the 28th and 29th of October. Here is Josh with a college and Arcosanti resident Brandon Siegl in the background. They are working on a three layer project with poco dots between the layers.Here we can see the set-up behind the Building.center_img The three layer glass project.The set-up was moved into the Vaults for the second week-ends classes, see the next posting.last_img read more

Medical students want to be taught by professors not state doctors

first_imgMedical students from the University of Cyprus have appealed to President Nicos Anastasiades, to intervene and allow their professors to teach them during internships at state hospitals, it emerged on Friday.In the letter, published in Phileleftheros, the fourth-year medical students claimed their education was suffering as a result of disagreements between the university and state doctors regarding practical training.The agreement between the university and the government as regards the training of medical students in state hospitals was put on hold last fall after state doctors at Makarios hospital went on a three-hour work stoppage to protest against the presence of the then dean of the medical school Dr Zacharias Zachariou, who had gone there to assume duties.State doctors said they found the cooperation agreement between the ministry and the medical school to be irregular as it was approved by the cabinet and not by parliament. They had also complained that state doctors were being unfavourably treated due to this agreement and that there was also a huge difference in salaries as university doctors’ annual income would be more than three times that of state doctors.Negotiations between the two sides continue, but no agreement has been reached yet.Fourth-year medical students however, already began their clinical training at the Nicosia general hospital in October, without the supervision of their university professors.“Unfortunately, while a semester and a half have passed, our academic lecturers have not been allowed into hospitals to teach us our clinical part of the study, but are merely present in the room as observers without being able to practice their research and clinical work and by extension to teach,” the letter said.This, students said, is in contradiction with international guidelines of the World Federation for Medical Education.At the moment, students are being trained by hospital doctors.“But for the establishment of a proper university clinic and the successful evaluation of our degree from the international external committee, the substantial involvement and leadership in teaching also of academic physicians is required, who have the expertise to implement the curriculum and student assessment during clinical training,” they said.Students called on the president to intervene so that existing problems “that hinder our excellent clinical training”, are resolved. They also asked the president help so that any personal interests are sidelined.“We laid our trust on our country. We stayed [in Cyprus] to support the state medical school thus contributing to the effort to upgrade public health in our island.It is therefore our right to receive the best education so that we can give back tomorrow to the maximum as doctors,” students said.If no decision is taken to validate the admission of the teachers in public hospitals, they said, it would aggravate the already existing problem of the understaffing of the medical school as it would not attract renowned teachers. This, they said, would lead to the degradation of their medical training.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos police arrest child pornography suspect

first_imgPolice in Paphos have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.The man was arrested on Friday lunchtime after officers searched his home and seized two computers, two external hard drives, two memory cards, and a mobile phone.A preliminary examination of the equipment found a number of archives containing child pornography, police said.The equipment was undergoing further examination by the cyber-crime unit. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Four people fined €647m for market manipulation in 2007

first_imgCyprus securities and exchange commission (Cysec) fined four people a total of €6.47m on Wednesday for violating the law on market manipulation in 2007.Ioannis Vardinogiannis bore the brunt of the fine and is now legally required to pay €6.4m for obtaining almost 20 million shares from Sea Star Capital Plc (formerly Megabet) using Amalia Vardinogianni.Though the nature of their relation is not specified, the decision outlined that Ioannis was aware of confidential information relating to the company over how they were to be changing their activities to gear it to the shipping sector.He was also involved in the company’s share capital.Consequently, with this information at hand, Amalia Vadinogianni purchased 19,358,487 in company shares at a price of €0.09 each, with a total sum of €1.7m on March 29 in 2007.On June 29 in the same year, she sold all the shares at €0.42 per share on the Cyprus stock exchange, making €8.1m.The total profit was €6.4m.Though the shares were purchased and sold by Amalia, Cysec ruled the purchase was really for Ioannis but had been done in a disguised way.As part of the investigation, she was found to have lied to Cysec employees looking into the wrongdoings and was consequently fined €50,000.Christodoulos Ellinas and Filippos Larkos were fined €20,000 each for also providing misleading and false information to Cysec as part of its investigation. You May LikeHealthZapHe Was A School Janitor, Who Served His Nation In The Army Uniform As WellHealthZapUndoMoney VersedPeople Are Now Putting Cinder Blocks In Their Living Rooms And It’s Making Everyone JealousMoney VersedUndoInspireNeed9 Things You Must Do Even If You Love Your PartnerInspireNeedUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man who duped workers with fake jobs in custody

first_imgAfter five years police appear to have in their hands the suspected mastermind of a scam who managed to steal some €300,000 from Cypriot craftsmen and workers seeking employment in the aftermath of the economic collapse.Tunisian Mohamet Jamel Ben Hassen, 63, aka Giorgos Krasopoulos, a Greek national, was on Saturday remanded in custody for six days after he was extradited from Greece in connection with stealing €290,000 from desperate people between June and September 2013 who had been promised work in France.Police said the suspect had registered a construction company on the island, G. Krasopoulos International Ltd, with headquarters in Larnaca and branches in Limassol and Dherynia.Through ads in the press and on the internet, the company sought craftsmen and workers for a project it was undertaking in Lille, France.It presented contracts to the candidates stipulating they had to pay €620 upon signing and an additional €600 when they started work in France.The suspect, according to police, presented himself to staff as the director, Giorgos Krasopoulos, and claimed he had an agreement with a French company for a large housing project.The court heard 470 people signed contracts and paid the initial €620 between June and September 2013, when the island was reeling from the economic collapse.Between September 4 and 8, a total of 72 individuals from Cyprus flew to Lille to start working but when they arrived, they realised they had been conned.During the investigation, police found that the suspect had used a copy of a counterfeit identity card to hire people who later registered the company for him.The ID had been issued in Greece in June 2011. It later transpired that Giorgos Krasopoulos was a real person living in Greece who had declared his ID lost at some point.The ID was used at the social insurance office in Larnaca to secure an employer’s tax registration number and register a company in Nicosia. It was also used at the VAT and inland revenue departments.According to Interpol, the man had been arrested in the Netherlands in July 2013 in possession of the Greek ID and a Bulgarian one. Both documents had his photo.He told the authorities the Greek ID was forged and that he had it because he was wanted in Greece because he owed the state €500,000.In August 2013, he was also arrested in Germany with the same ID.In his possession, the authorities also found a forged residence permit and forged Belgian and Cypriot driver’s licences.He told German authorities he was Krasopoulos and that his personal documents had been stolen in Bulgaria, forcing him to obtain the forged ID from an unknown foreigner in Athens.The suspect also claimed he could not get a new Greek ID because he owed the government €2m.German authorities took photos and his fingerprints, which they communicated to Interpol. The suspect was released after paying a €1,000 bail.Cypriot authorities matched the fingerprints to Hassen, whom it emerged had been arrested and convicted in Cyprus back in 1978 for fraud.Police said they have evidence showing the cash collected from the workers ended up in the suspect’s pocket, either through transfer companies or carriers who met him overseas.The suspect had flats in Hungary and Bulgaria, which posed as his company offices, police said.Two of his associates were arrested in 2013 in Bulgaria and Serbia and were later extradited to Cyprus.Hassen was arrested in Greece in August 2016 and was sentenced to nine years in jail for fraud and forgery a year later.In December 2018, Greek authorities notified Cyprus they had decided to extradite the suspect.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLifestyle Daily ReviewsThese Top-Rated Online Degrees Are Perfect For Seniors (See The List)Lifestyle Daily ReviewsUndoGundry MDThis Is What Happens To Dark Spots (When You Do This Every MorningGundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus gardens at their best

first_imgGardening with Patricia JordanMay is such a lovely month in the garden. Everything is bright and fresh while temperatures are still bearable and heady perfume is everywhere emanating from the early flowerers such as wisteria, roses and sweet peas.The Chelsea Flower Show is held this month in London, showcasing all that is new and wonderful in the early British summer garden. I well remember the ‘showing season’ and the heartaches when flowers had gone over too soon or were not mature enough to display!Gardens here have recovered from the abundant winter rains, which were so beneficial and brought some wonderful displays of flowers everywhere. My mature clumps of Calla lilies have been sensational this year, well over 1.5m in height and much admired. I had to keep a watchful eye on them though, as the snails tried to spoil the virginal white flowers. Next to them were some hollyhocks plants that were chewed nearly to death by the snails. I hear that plans are afoot in the UK to ban slug pellets containing Metaldehyde from spring 2020. We will have to come up with something else to deter those blighters!Citrus leaves in need of ironHaving been a gardener and flower arranger for most of my adult life, my gardens are always full of plants for bees and butterflies to feed on and I was well rewarded recently when hordes of ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies swarmed in on my huge Echium webbii which attracted them to feed on the blue flower spires. It was a wondrous sight!Not only do certain flowers attract bees but also humming bird moths, which are driven to a frenzy by the flowers of polygala! Verbena bonariensis is much loved by ‘Swallow-tailed butterflies’, whilst buddleja, which I have grown from seed on several occasions, is a well known shrub for attracting both bees and butterflies to its fragrant flowers.Most people grow herbs and they are amongst the most popular plants to attract wildlife. Salvias (sages), fennel, thymes, borage, oregano as well as lavender and rosemary are the favourite hunting grounds of bees.I expect that you are thinking that I am always writing about growing more flowering plants as well as trees and shrubs, to attract the butterflies and bees, but it is a serious concern which we must all try to address, even if you only garden on a veranda!WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTHYou may find that certain trees such as Tecoma stans, duranta and jacaranda are very slow to lose their leaves and sometimes need help by taking off those within reach. It could be that the night temperatures were not cold enough in the late winter to encourage the leaf drop. I love Jacarandas for their very frothy flowers, which come into bloom first if they haven’t been watered regularly. The leaves will appear before the flowers if they have been watered during the winter.There are lots of bugs about now, some good and most not! Locusts are not good to have and there is nothing better than a dead one! I find that knocking them off a plant with a broom is the best way to deal with them or the leaves will be full of holes. They surprisingly like the very tough strelitzia leaves! When the British came here in the late 1870s the place was riddled with them and very serious steps were taken to get rid of them by burning them in huge pits. They are still around, though in smaller numbers thankfully! They devour soft green foliage, spoiling the unfurled canna lily leaves. For most other bugs you can spray with soapy water, or hang out those yellow sticky cards among your fruit trees, now that the flowers have all been pollinated. Greenfly can also make a real mess of plants. Sometimes they cause citrus leaves to curl up as they move around them. They also gather on rose stems, although Banksia roses do not seem to suffer that fate, perhaps because they are such early flowerers.Although most of the big jobs have been completed, May is the last time to feed any fruit and nut trees that you have, until the winter. At this time of year as the new leaf growth comes in, it’s so important to feed the trees. Mature trees need a dose of 20.10.10 fertiliser, 900g for large trees and smaller trees need 300g. You may have to water the fertiliser in this month unless there is some rain. Remember when feeding that the fibrous roots are not near the trunk, so make sure that you spread it between the trunk and the edge of the tree canopy.This is also the time to look for any mineral shortages which show in the colour of citrus leaves. If they are short of iron they will be a very light green colour, sometimes even yellow, with the veins showing up very clearly. Two dessertspoons of iron chelate mixed in ten litres of water should be applied to the watering area around the base to sort out this problem. An old Cypriot remedy is to put some iron nails in the soil around the base of the tree if you want to give that a try.Zinc shortage is another problem that occurs in citrus trees and you will see this in a mottling on the leaves. For this problem, you will get better results by spraying the leaves with a mixture of a level dessertspoon of zinc chelate in five litres of water, which the tree can absorb more easily. Spray it onto the leaves until the mixture runs off. Then check all the fresh new leaves for signs of greenfly and black fly, for when they hatch and start to feed, they will spoil the leaves for the whole season. Use a soapy water spray for them or rub them off with gloved fingers.Other trees which suffer from a shortage of zinc are pecans and at the beginning of the year, it is advisable to water 2 dessertspoons of zinc chelate mixed in 10 litres of water into the ground around the tree. Later in the year, the leaves may have dark blotches on them, so spray them this time with a level dessertspoon of zinc chelate in five litres of water until the solution runs off.After the wonderful early flower show that wisteria puts on, the new leaves and tendrils start to appear in earnest and will need some help to wind themselves around trellises or supports. Care should be taken while performing this job as the stems are very brittle and can break easily if mishandled. Bougainvillea is also pushing out new growths which may need tying in or helping over supports, but watch out for the thorns underneath the stems that are there to assist the plant to cling on trees in its natural habitat.The wonderful flowering plants that you see in the garden centres at the moment are difficult to resist. Many people won’t buy plants unless they can see what the flowers are like, which is probably when the plant has reached its maximum growth. I try to buy plants that aren’t at full growth that have lots of new stems and buds appearing at the base and get them home as quickly as possible. I plant them in the evening when it is cooler so that they have the night to settle in. Some don’t like to be moved at all once they are planted, so make sure that the spot you have chosen is the right one! Don’t sow any more seeds or take any more cuttings. You will probably get the seeds to germinate, but temperatures are rising steadily which may prove to be too much for little plantlets to survive now. Plant of the Month May Plectranthus neochilus Plectranthus neochilus are attractive ground-cover herbaceous plants that grow well in hot gardens. However they may die during very cold nights. These southern hemisphere plants can adapt well to high temperatures with the minimum of water and they are also salt and wind tolerant. Growing best in a shaded position in part sun in loamy to sandy soil, ensure there is good drainage, as root rot can occur if over-watered.The succulent, highly-fragrant grey-green leaves are toothed or wavy-edged and the flowers appear on very short stems among them. These prolific light blue, two-lipped flowers are small and are attractive to bees and butterflies. They can be used in planters or hanging baskets but beware as these plants put on a lot of growth and in the garden can become somewhat invasive.Stems root easily in water at any time or from soft-wood cuttings. Mealy bugs or spider mites can sometimes be problematic. Members of the Laminaceae family, they have various common names such as Smelly Spur Flower, Lobster Flower or Mosquito Bush, as well as being a deterrent to snakes and therefore known in some places like Cyprus, as the Snake Plant.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoA new way of doing businessUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Short circuit at EAC substation sparks brush fire

first_imgA short circuit at an EAC substation in Kambia in the Nicosia district on Sunday sparked a brush fire that destroyed six hectares of vegetation, the fire service said.The fire department said the fire broke out around 2pm but was put under control in around 40 minutes using five fire-fighting vehicles.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 AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkey sending fourth ship to region Cavusoglu says not taking EU measures

first_imgTurkey plans to send a fourth ship to waters off Cyprus to search for gas and oil despite European Union moves to curb contacts and funding for Ankara over the issue, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.“The decisions will not affect in the slightest our country’s determination to continue hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Turkish foreign ministry said.“There is no need to take it very seriously. These are simple things. These aren’t things that will impact us,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier Tuesday at a news conference, broadcast by CNN Turk, in the North Macedonian capital Skopje.  He said Ankara would be sending a fourth ship to the region.“We have three ships there, God willing we will send a fourth ship to the eastern Mediterranean as soon as possible. Let them understand that they cannot deal with Turkey with such methods,” he added.The Turkish ship Fatih started drilling off western Cyprus in May. A second drilling ship, Yavuz, arrived off the northeastern coast this month. Turkish seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa is currently south of Cyprus, while the fourth ship will also be a seismic research vessel called Oruc Reis, Turkey’s energy minister Fatih Donmez said in a tweet. He said it would be sent after completing its current activities in the Marmara SeaTurkish Cypriot newspaper Kıbrıs Postası reported on Tuesday that a high-ranking diplomatic source had confirmed information published recently in Phileleftheros saying that the Turkish petroleum company (TPAO) had discovered natural gas in the sea off Paphos where the Fatih was drilling.“It is true that Turkey found something. If some things are written on this issue, they would not turn up to be false”, the source said. The report, which was dismissed by the Cyprus government, suggested the Fatih discovered a resource of 170bn cubic metres of gas.The ‘diplomatic source’ told Kibris Postasi, that according to the first findings, the information “could be correct” and that official announcements could be made by TPAO.EU foreign ministers on Monday suspended negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agreed not to hold the Association Council and further meetings of the EU-Turkey high-level dialogues for the time being due to Ankara’s drilling activities off Cyprus.It also endorsed a proposal to reduce the pre-accession assistance to Turkey for 2020 and invited the European Investment Bank to review its lending activities in Turkey, notably with regard to sovereign-backed lending.According to the Cyprus News Agency, Cavusoglu said the EU’s move was merely a solidarity message “taken to satisfy the Greek Cypriot side”. He said he had warned Brussels that if they took steps, Ankara would increase its drilling activities.“The EU needs us,” he was quoted as saying. “Whether it is the issue of refugees or otherwise, they will necessarily come to us. We will have contacts, there is no escape. And they themselves know that they cannot implement these decisions they have taken. That is, they were taken to satisfy the Greek Cypriot side. That is, with a silly understanding of solidarity, under the pressure of the Greek Cypriot side and of Greece,” he added.European Union decisions to curb contacts and funding for Turkey over its drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus would not affect Ankara’s determination to pursue energy activities in the region, the Turkish foreign ministry said earlier on Tuesday.It also said the EU’s failure to mention Turkish Cypriots in its decisions “showed how biased and partisan the EU is on the subject of Cyprus”.Cyprus says Turkey’s drilling operations are contrary to international law and that decisions on hydrocarbons are its sovereign right.The Turkish foreign ministry said Ankara was protecting its rights over its continental shelf and the equal rights of Turkish Cypriots over hydrocarbon resources.Cavusoglu said on Sunday Turkey will continue drilling if the Cypriot government did not accept a Turkish Cypriot cooperation proposal.(Sources: Reuters/Cyprus News Agency)You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Coles bill to help couples recognize private marriages on public record

first_img Categories: Cole News 15Dec Rep. Cole’s bill to help couples recognize private marriages on public record becomes law State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18 was signed into law by the governor this week.Only persons at least 18 years of age may be married without parental consent. A probate judge may marry minors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old if these individuals have their parents’ permission – but these marriages are not put on public record.  Cole’s bill will allow the marriage record of these individuals to be made public once they reach 18 years old, if both parties in the marriage agree.“Privately married couples now have the ability to see their marriage on public record,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The court will be able to unseal the record of the individuals’ marriage when they both reach 18 years of age.”A couple from Alden Township discussed the bill idea with Rep. Cole. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year and the only gift they were asking for was to recognize their private marriage on public record.The legislation will allow marriage licenses to be unsealed upon the following conditions:·       All petitioners were married without publicity.·       The petitioners are both at least 18 years of age at the time of the filing.·       Both of the petitioners wish to unseal the record of the marriage.Once the petition has been received and the court determines the above qualifications are met, the court shall forward a copy of the license and certificate of marriage to the clerk in the county the license was issued. The court shall also forward a copy of the marriage record to the state registrar.House Bill 4802 is now Public Act 200 of 2017.###last_img read more