Assuming the 35-year-old gets a clean bill of health, theCardinals would be foolish not to explore the idea ofadding one of the greatest QBs the game has ever seen.Manning has shown no signs of slowing down, and the ideaof pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald is enough to make anyCards fan drool. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke According to former NFL GM and current CBS NFL analystCharley Casserly, Arizona could be a landing spot forPeyton Manning, should the Colts release the veteran inthe coming months. That, he said, is possible because theQB is due a $28 million bonus that the team will likelyhave no interest in paying, especially if the Colts draftStanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick in a few months.“One team I would watch: the Arizona Cardinals,” Casserlysaid on Sunday’s show. “They can get out of the Kevin Kolbcontract, and also Ken Whisenhunt’s been down this roadbefore. “A veteran quarterback coming at the end of his career,Kurt Warner.”Indeed, the Cardinals have been down this road before, andfor sure, it worked out well. However, would a coupleyears of Manning be worth cutting Kolb, who is due arather large roster bonus himself, just one season aftertrading for him?In a word, yes.But before you go and order your custom No. 18 Cardinalsjersey, there are a few things to keep in mind, not theleast of which is the fact that, should he be released,Manning will have no shortage of potential suitors. After all, Manning is just one season removed from a 4,700yard, 33 TD campaign, so it’s not as if this is a guy on asteep decline. The former number one pick has thrown for54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns over the course of hiscareer, consistently leading his team to the playoffs andwinning one Super Bowl. All but a handful of teams wouldbe better with Manning under center, and while it’spossible the Cards would have some interest in Manning,there is no guarantee Manning will have any interest inthe Cards. Top Stories Are the Arizona Cardinals a QB away from being acontender?With the way the defense played late in the year and thetalent at receiver and running back, it’s hard to argueagainst the idea. With that in mind, along with questions about whether ornot Kevin Kolb or John Skelton will ever develop into theQB the team needs, another option may present itself thisoffseason.The player, it so happens, comes equipped with a laser,rocket arm. And a bad neck.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires This is what happens when you get good. The 49ers are experiencing it and, to some degree, so are the Seahawks. People want to get paid. People want more of the pie. People want what they think they deserve. That’s called human nature…and although Beastmode runs the ball with such ferocity it makes you question his humanity, he’s apparently just like everybody else.The way the game works in the NFL is the longer the contract the more up-front money you get in the form of a signing bonus. So guys sign these four and five-year deals, knowing they’re going to break their word, break a signed contract after 2 or 3-years, but they keep the signing bonus up front. This is disingenuous at best and malicious at worst. I’m all for players making the most money they can and too many NFL teams come back and ask for players to take pay cuts after they underperform their contracts. But they don’t ask, nor would they ever receive, for signing bonuses to be returned. But the player knows the longer the contract the more signing bonus he’ll receive and then, when things go well, he’s suddenly underpaid. Marshawn Lynch signed his name to a contract…he should honor that contract. If he wasn’t happy with his contract two-years ago he should never have signed the contract. But he did…because he wanted the signing bonus of a four-year deal. Let your conscience be your guide. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling According to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to skip the mandatory team minicamp next week because he wants a contract extension.Lynch signed a four-year deal that paid him $30-million, including $6-million in the form of a signing bonus. The problem is he signed that contract two-years ago. Beastmode’s base this season is $5-million and he’s scheduled to make $5.5-million in 2015. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) jokes on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Foxborough, Mass. Brothers Chandler and Arthur Jones willl be on opposing defenses in the AFC title game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Comments Share How I feel when I hear we just traded for @Chan95Jones https://t.co/UidifiC3OR pic.twitter.com/rZBBjdoyxX Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Calais Campbell made no secret of how pleased he was over the Arizona Cardinals’ acquisition of Chandler Jones Tuesday, and he let his feelings be known via a couple of tweets. — Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) March 15, 2016“Oh man, initial excitement right away,” Campbell told Off the Edge with B-Train on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday of his initial reaction. “I know what Chandler Jones can do; I’ve studied a lot of film on a lot of different great players in this game, and he’s one of them that I’ve always admired.“Just his relentless effort and his ability to rush the passer — he’s a game-changer, he’s a playmaker. He’s more than a pass-rusher, he’s just a great football player.”The 26-year-old Jones was fifth in the NFL last season with 12.5 sacks, and he is one of three players in the NFL with at least 200 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since 2012. In 55 career games, the former first-round pick out of Syracuse has notched 36 sacks.The move was made because the Cardinals struggled getting after the quarterback last season. Their leader in sacks was Dwight Freeney, who picked up eight in just 11 games.A 36-year-old free agent, there is no guarantee Freeney will return to the team in 2016, and even if he does, the Cardinals still wanted to make other moves to upgrade their pass rush. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I know it’s kind of the mentality, Super Bowl or bust, but the front office, they’ve really set that precedent, going forward every game is a Super Bowl game, a championship game.”Of course, talent like the Cardinals have added does not come cheap. Jones will make $7.79 million this season in the last year of his rookie contract, and Branch signed a two-year deal that could be worth up to $10.75 million with incentives.The 29-year-old Campbell is also making good money, and he is set to count $15.25 million against the 2016 salary cap. It is the final season of a contract extension he signed in 2012, and there has been talk about the team possibly approaching him about restructuring the deal in an effort to give the team a bit more flexibility.Campbell, though, said that has not happened yet.“It’s always very interesting when it comes to the business side of football,” he said. “I’m actually in the process of trying to solidify who my agent is going to be going forward. I’ve took meetings and I’m sitting here ready to make the decision, been contemplating and praying on it, and once I make that decision we’ll see what happens going forward. And in trading for Jones they have done exactly that.The move to land Jones to upgrade the pass rush and the free agency signing of safety Tyvon Branch last week were both done in an effort to improve a defense that was already pretty good. A captain, Campbell said the team bringing in that kind of talent adds to his motivation.“I think we have a short window where we have a real opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, so football is a team game and the more playmakers you can get on one team, the more opportunity you’ll have to win it,” he said. “So bringing in guys like Branch and Jones, they add a playmaker mentality to the defense that we already have — we were ballhawks, we got a lot of turnovers last year, but I think with these two guys on the field, I think we’ll be able to make a lot more plays going forward.”A two-time Pro Bowl selection who has been with the Cardinals since 2008, Campbell said the additions show just how much the front office wants to win. Especially over the last three years, he said, their decisions have led to positive results.“I know that they want to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, they want to win a championship, so they’re making every move,” he said. “They’re up there in the lab just calculating and running numbers and figuring out the best moves so we can win today. LISTEN: Calais Campbell – Arizona Cardinals DE How I feel when I hear we just traded for @Chan95Jones pic.twitter.com/CQlASStWLo— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) March 15, 2016 Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. “But the last couple weeks I haven’t been able to do much because I haven’t had an agent, but now that I’m getting that settled hopefully, I don’t know what the plan is upstairs, but once that situation is handled and I have an agent, we’ll see what happens going forward.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Asked to name where the Arizona Cardinals made the biggest progress this offseason, head coach Bruce Arians pointed to the secondary, specifically mentioning cornerback Justin Bethel.Through 10 organized team activities, or OTAs, and three mini-camp practices, Bethel “got his hands on a ton of balls,” according to Arians, who put the number of interceptions at five or six.Arians has not been one to heap praise on the former sixth-round draft pick. Late last season, he referred to Bethel as a “failure in progress.” 0 Comments Share So, what’s changed since then?“Yeah, he practiced,” Arians deadpanned. “He hadn’t practiced for two years on that broken foot. That’s the best news is he’s healthy. He’s been struggling with that foot for two years, and he looks extremely healthy right now. Knock on wood.”Unprompted, Bethel, too, cited his health, reminding reporters he was hurt at this point a year ago, meaning he missed all of the offseason work heading into 2016.Going from spectator to participant has meant all the difference, according to Bethel.“You always want to take mental reps and watch, but it’s different when you get out there and your body goes through the motions and you get muscle memory and you used to seeing things,” he said Thursday, right before he and the Cardinals broke for the summer. “Experience is a lot different than just thinking of something, so going out there and being able to practice, getting those reps, it really helps you. I know it’s been helping me. Even at the end of the season last year, when I was able to practice, it got me more comfortable with what I needed to do.”Bethel started the final two games last season. He recorded a season-best three passes defensed at Seattle and then a week later, in Los Angeles, he intercepted a fourth-quarter pass from Sean Mannion and returned it 66 yards for his third career touchdown. Though Arians wouldn’t say Bethel had completely separated himself from the other cornerbacks battling to be the guy opposite Patrick Peterson, it would appear Bethel will go into camp as the odds-on-favorite to win the job.At the moment, barring a late addition to the roster, Bethel finds himself in competition with Elie Bouka, Rudy Ford, Harlan Miller, Jumal Rolle and Brandon Williams.“Everybody knows this time is so important and everybody just tries to do the best they can for themselves, what they know they need to do, especially if you’ve been in the league for awhile you kind of know what works for you, and I think a lot of guys will be doing that,” Bethel said.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 12 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals DB Justin Bethel lines up for an OTA drill May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories That two-game stretch plus a full offseason of work is what has Bethel and the Cardinals excited about the rest of 2017.“I think I’ve been doing really well. I’ve been able to make some plays on the ball. I’m grasping the position and the technique of it all a lot better,” he said. “I’m excited to take these next couple of weeks, keep working and working and working and then go into training camp and implement all those things that I’ve been doing here and then when we get pads on and go into preseason games and just moving forward with it.”The season ahead is a big one for Bethel. He agreed to accept a pay cut in 2017. In return, the Cardinals canceled the final year of his contract, thus making him a free agent after the season.In other words, Bethel, a three-time Pro Bowler on special teams, needs to play big if he hopes to land a big deal next year.That’s next year, however.This year is at the forefront of Bethel’s mind, so he is taking advantage of these six weeks until the start of training camp to continue working, especially on bump-and-run or press coverage technique.“I’m going to spend all this time working on it and then when I get to training camp see where my work has led me, see how it works and tweak any little thing I need to so by the time the season comes I’m in full form,” he said.
Six Senses Spas has announce the latest addition to its worldwide spa portfolio at the renowned Belvedere Hotel, nestled on a hill overlooking the pretty white Cyclades houses of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea.Opening in early July, the spa has been inspired by the hotel’s stylish and contemporary design, reflecting the traditional Myconian architecture with a contemporary interpretation.Locally-inspired features such as whitewashed walls and marble floors sourced from the neighboring island of Naxos have been used throughout the spa. Special attention has been given to the local craftsmanship with the classic white interiors being complemented by beautiful wooden shelving carved by a local artisan. Natural fabrics in shades of Aegean blue and white together with soft lighting add warm highlights to the spa’s natural palette to evoke the serenity of the island.There is an open-plan spa reception area with a vaulted ceiling, comfortable seating and beautifully-crafted retail displays that lead guests throughout the spa like a silent guide. The three treatment rooms, one double and two single, feature steam showers and daybeds. For nail aficionados, there’s an intimate manicure area plus a separate pedicure area with seating built into the floor and wall. Several frosted glass skylights provide additional splashes of the Aegean’s special natural light.There is a wide selection of Six Senses signature massages, body treatments, rituals as well as beauty services on offer, all using local ingredients.There is also a range of result-driven face and body treatments from The Organic Pharmacy designed to restore, energize and nourish the body and mind. This renowned organic skincare is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation are paramount as well as dosage.
Go back to the enewsletterQantas is adding new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo, meeting a growing demand from Australians wanting to travel to the popular Japanese ski holiday destination.To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020, subject to regulatory approval. The flights will be operated with Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.Qantas will be the first airline to fly direct between Sydney and Sapporo and the service will be the national carrier’s 5th route between Australia and Japan.Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar said Sapporo was a highly sought-after holiday destination for Australian travellers.“Travel between Australia and Japan is booming. These new flights make it easier for Australians to reach Hokkaido’s popular ski resorts like Niseko and Rusutsu,” said Kumar.“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with almost 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone. We expect Japan’s popularity to continue with the country hosting a number of major international sporting events in the next two years.“Domestic connections with Jetstar Japan will also open up new options for customers who want to travel beyond the Hokkaido region for both business and leisure.”“In the past two years we’ve expanded our network by adding two new destinations in Japan to meet this growing demand: a year-round service to Osaka, and now seasonal services to Sapporo. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to meet customer demand.”The new service is also expected to drive tourism by creating a new option for travellers from the Hokkaido region to experience summer in Australia. Qantas will be working with the Hokkaido Government to promote the new service to travellers from across Australia and Japan.Customers can book Qantas’ new Sapporo service from today at qantas.com or through travel agents.The Qantas Group operates the largest Australia-Japan network and through Jetstar Japan, the Group also operates the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan. The new Sapporo service adds to Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka, Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) and Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Jetstar’s flights from Cairns to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka, and Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita).Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedSpanair ‘pleased’ to be moving to Barcelona’s new Terminal 1Spanair has begun preparations to move to Barcelona Airport’s new Terminal 1, which is due to open on June 16th.Heathrow welcomes Star Alliance loungeThe Star Alliance group of airlines has opened a new lounge in Terminal 1 at London Heathrow AirportBrussels Airlines to launch new flight to PalermoBrussels Airlines has announced that it will be launching a new flight between the Belgian capital and Palermo Star Alliance has launched a new service which allows passengers to ensure they have the correct travel documents for their journey.Called ‘Auto Doc Check’, the service is only available to travellers flying on Star Alliance member airlines.It will be in place at check-in counters, and will provide airline personnel and passengers with a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘conditional’ response as to whether the travel documents meet the necessary requirements.So far, Singapore Airlines has implemented the system and other Star Alliance member airlines are expected to launch it over the next few months.Vice president of products and services for Star Alliance, Lee Hock Lye, said: “Up to now it has often been a challenge for check-in personnel and passengers to keep current about what documents are needed for travelling abroad.”With this state-of-the-art technology now evaluating the passenger’s travel documents and deciding if the passenger is allowed to travel, Auto Doc Check is taking the guesswork out this decision.”Last month, Star Alliance opened a new lounge in Terminal 1 of London Heathrow Airport.Situated in the international departures area, it is open to first and business-class passengers, as well as invited guests and Star Alliance Gold Card holders flying from Terminal 1 with any member airline. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedNew flights to Canary Islands to be launched by MonarchMonarch will launch year-round flights to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from a number of UK airports later this yearMonarch reveals full winter scheduleMonarch reveals full winter scheduleMonarch to launch cheap flights to SantoriniMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here. Cheap flights carrier Monarch has launched new flights to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria from a number of UK airports.Beginning yesterday (October 19th), two flights a week will operate to Gran Canaria from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester.Elsewhere, tomorrow will see the introduction of flights to Fuerteventura from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.Liz Savage, Monarch’s flights and holidays managing director, said the airline is “delighted” to be expanding its route network to the Canary Islands.”These will operate in addition to our existing routes to Tenerife and Lanzarote, and we have been overwhelmed with how well these new services have been received with 35,000 advanced bookings already taken,” she commented.The airline now serves a total of 15 destinations from the UK, many of which could appeal to holidaymakers looking for some winter sun.A poll by Monarch last month revealed that 70 percent of British holidaymakers were “desperately seeking” a sunshine getaway.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedFive flights for £50 or less: super second citiesFive flights for £50 or less: super second cities6 Cheap summer holiday flights from £36Need a break but stressed out by scary summer prices? Take our advice and bag a cracking cheap getaway in July.Top 10 Things in Provence for FoodiesWhet your appetite with a taste of Provence’s fabulously rich bounty. All that luscious food and wine will soon have your mouth watering – think of plump red tomatoes, peppery olive oil, creamy goats’ cheeses and succulent slow-cooked lamb. Add to that some of France’s most prestigious and satisfying wines… With its fairytale turrets and ramparts, Carcassonne‘s Cité looks so perfect it should be in Disneyland. It’s a little too perfect actually – it was done up a bit in the 19th century. It possibly looks its best by night when it’s all lit up. In contrast, from Carcassonne, drive out into the garrigue of Haut-Languedoc, a semi-arid scrubland of eagles, boar and, well, not very much really, but not very much can be a very good thing sometimes. View flight prices for Carcassonne4. Mont Saint-Michel Listen to Joseph Canteloube’s spine-tingling Baïlèro, from his Songs from the Auvergne, and you’ll get a get a feel of the pastoral peace of this green and pleasant land right in the middle of France, known for its cheese, cows… and volcanoes. Clermont-Ferrand, the Auvergne’s capital will be your nearest airport to this magical part of France.Find cheap flights to Clermont-Ferrand13. Cap Ferret Cross-channel counterpart to St Michael’s Mount near Penzance, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy is one of France’s most recognisable landmarks, and one of it’s most-visited tourist attractions, so be prepared for crowds of plastic sword-toting schoolchildren pretending they’re storming the castle. Or buy a plastic sword and join in. Normandy is close to Paris but your nearest airport to Mont Saint-Michel is Rennes.See flight prices for Rennes5. Lyon Unless you’ve got a yacht, you have to walk across a desert to get to Saleccia. Hidden by the desolate Désert de Agriates, a sunburnt expanse of nothingness in north-west Corsica, Saleccia is the heaven after the hell, a mile-long desert island dream of white sand and tropical turquoise water. Epic D-Day romp The Longest Day was filmed here, but it looks better in colour. Retire to the French Riviera-feel resort of St. Florent (‘St. Flo’) for a _pastis _under the palms. Bastia and Calvi are the closest airports to this beautiful beach. See flight prices for BastiaMore: My holiday hell: trekking in Corsica12. The Auvergne Find cheap flights to NimesRome hasn’t got the monopoly on coliseums, you know. Nimes, birthplace of the bue-hued trouser (denim = from Nimes), boasts some of the best Roman remains this side of the Tiber. Check out its Pantheon too, and go for a freshwater swim under the monumental Pont du Gard.3. Carcassonne Check flight prices for AvignonCliché? Yes, of course. But isn’t it rather lovely? You’ll find fields of lavender like this on postcards in places brimming with the warmth of the south, like Avignon and Arles, and for real in the Luberon and Vaucluse. If you prefer orange to purple, go walking in the inside-of-a-Crunchie landscape of the aptly-named Colorado Provençal. 2. Nimes Nowhere quite sums up the French fame for food as Lyon. It would be lazy to employ the phrase ‘gastronomic capital’, but after a slap-up feed and a quart of Côtes du Rhône in a traditional bouchon, you’ll probably understand why Lyonnaise cuisine is so revered. Tip no.1: not every place that call itself a bouchon is worthy of the name, especially in the touristy old town. Tip no. 2: Le Café des Fédérations: enough said. Find cheap flights to Lyon6. Saint-Emilion Paris, oh Paris. Where do you start? Whether its proposing at the top of that tower that everyone makes so much fuss about, blowing your entire budget on a phone cover in Collette, or indulging in a late-night absinthe and electro session in Pigalle, Paris unarguably has a certain je ne sais quoi. Like Chris Froome or even monsieur Bonaparte Napoleon himself, we just had to finish our tour de France with a triumphal trip up the Champs-Élysées.Check flight prices for ParisMore: 10 best things to do in Paris – a local’s guideThings to do in Paris: a second-timer’s guideBrowse Paris hotel dealsSearch for flights to France to see a list of regional airports, from Bastia to Brest, Agen to Ajaccio, that you can fly yo from the UK. This displays the cheapest prices over the whole year. Or simply select the dates you want to travel… and away you go. Bon voyage!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map You’ll probably have to up at 5am to see Nice in this state of quietude, but if you’ve been high rolling with the big players in Nice’s infamous casinos, you may well be tripping back to your yacht as the sun shoots its first rays on the Promenade des Anglais.See flight prices for Nice10. Collioure We celebrate Bastille Day on 14 July with 20 Gitanes, a croque-monsieur, and a cracking bottle of Côtes du Rhône. Stick on some Serge and Jane and let us take you on our very own tour de France…1. Provence You may recognise the name Saint-Emilion, in the department of Gironde, Aquitaine, probably not because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but because of its wine. Get your nose round a Château Ausone or a Château Cheval Blanc. They’re the only two wines currently classified as Premiers grands crus classes A – basically, not bad bottles of plonk to wash down your picnic of ficelle and fromage. Your nearest airport to Saint-Emilion will be Bordeaux. Bergerac is also an alternative.See flight prices to Bordeaux7. Mont Blanc Fauvist master Henri Matisse had been feeling a bit down when he came to Collioure – a classy resort on the Med where France disappears into Spain. It obviously cheered him up a bit, as he proclaimed: ‘In France there is no sky as blue as the one in Collioure’. He obviously hadn’t been to Corsica, but he had a point. Your nearest airport to this lovely city is Perpignan.Check flight prices for Perpignan11. Plage de Saleccia, Corsica While France and Italy have long disputed whether it’s Mont Blanc or Monte Blanco, at 4,810 m (15,781 ft) it’s certainly western Europe’s highest mountain. Take the 10-day, 170km-long walking route Tour de Mont Blanc to admire the massif from every angle among a sublime snowscape of glaciers and icefalls. Or see from the sky by paraglider. The nearest airport to Le Mont Blanc is Geneva.View prices to Geneva8. Gorges du Verdon If you’ve already got a pleasant wee place on the Île Saint-Louis, a 50-foot yacht, and possibly a helicopter, and the Riviera is just getting too popular with the riff-raff, consider a holiday hideaway by the sea in Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux, the Antibes of the Atlantic coast. Bordeaux airport is the nearest to Cap Ferret.See flight prices to Bordeaux14. Paris River deep, mountain high. While the French Alps scrape the skies, the jaw (and altitude)-dropping 25km-long Gorge plunges 700 metres down into its limestone depths to the almost unreal turquoise River Verdon. Experience this natural wonder on foot (including vertigo-inducing ladders), by kayak or, if you are a rock climber, dangling from a rope. 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El Segundo, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineLuxury travel company Travcoa announced the official resumption of leisure travel to Libya this week with the arrival of its first group of US travelers into Tripoli in more than five years. Libya’s recently reinstated visa issuance to American travelers has again opened the door to a country whose cultures and renowned archeological sites have been largely inaccessible to US citizens over the past 40 years. Overcoming the complex new visa requirements and concerns surrounding arrival procedures, the Travcoa group was expedited through Libyan immigration without delay.Travcoa led annual expeditions to Libya until 1969 when the North African country stopped issuing visas to US citizens. With the exception of a brief period in 2004 and 2005, Libya was effectively closed to American visitors. “The chance for us to offer travel to Libya again means that Travcoa will have more experience than any other US travel company,” said Travcoa President, Jerre Fuqua. “We’re enormously pleased that the door to Libya is open to our guests again. I had the pleasure of visiting Libya in July under the new visa policy and was amazed by the well-preserved archeological sights, the warmth of the Libyan people, and seeing a country that will change dramatically in the coming years.”Modeled after the sold-out expeditions of 2004 and 2005, the current Travcoa travel itinerary takes guests on a 13-day exploration across a large portion of the country, from Tripoli, Libya’s capital, to the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Sabratha, Apollonia, Leptis Magna and other legacies of Libya’s history as a major trade center of the ancient Mediterranean world. The journey also includes a two-night desert experience at the oasis town of Ghadames.The Travcoa journey begins where the Sahara meets the sea in Tripoli, Libya’s most cosmopolitan city. Travelers will discover Tripoli’s historical significance as a key North African port on the Mediterranean Sea through visits to a mélange of artifacts and architectural gems of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Ottoman Empires.Travcoa travelers also visit Sabratha, a major city in the Roman Tripolitania Province. Known for its extraordinary architecture, Sabratha’s role as a key Phoenician and Roman trade center created immense wealth and power in ancient Libya. Sabratha’s theater, built in the second century A.D., is the most complete theater in the Roman world and a centerpiece of the city’s astounding attractions.A highlight of the journey is the sprawling, seaside UNESCO World Heritage site, Leptis Magna, the third city of the Tripolitania Province and the largest, best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region. An immense arch dedicated to Septimius Severus, the Libyan-born Roman Emperor of the second century A.D., greets travelers as they enter the ancient city. There will be opportunity to view many of the city’s original intricate and colorful mosaics, created during Leptis Magna’s Golden Age, one remarkable example stretching over 30 feet in length. Travelers on the Travcoa journey will also explore the Greek ruins of Cyrene and Ptolemais.In addition to the many historical sites, Travcoa travelers will also fly across the Libyan Desert for a two-night stay at the walled Taureg Berber oasis town of Ghadames. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ghadames is known for its traditional architecture and ancient, labyrinth streets. During their stay, travelers will venture out into the desert at sunset in 4-wheel drive vehicles to enjoy tea and a performance of Taureg songs and dances.Travcoa has organized six, small-group Escorted Journey departures travelers through the end of 2010 and 11 departure dates in 2011. Each departure is limited to a maximum of 18 guests and is led by a Travcoa Travel Director in addition to expert local guides. The price for the Escorted Journey, Libya: The Forbidden Sahara, is $6,995 per person based on double occupancy, including top quality accommodations, all meals, sightseeing and services.In addition, Travcoa offers pre-planned and pre-priced priced Independent Journey packages to Libya for those who prefer to travel privately, starting at $5,725 per person, including flights within Libya. Independent Journeys to Libya are hosted by local guides and available based on any Tuesday or Thursday arrival. Customized expeditions are also available for friends or family who wish to choose the specific destinations, experiences and dates best suited to them.www.travcoa.com
Archery. Falconry. Horseback riding. Fishing. Tennis. Clay shooting. Nature walks. Duck feeding. And not just one, but two, authentic Irish castles. The resorts of The Dromoland Collection have it all, making them the perfect playgrounds for even the littlest adventurers.Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort are renowned for their unparalleled service and luxurious ambiance, but that’s only part of the tale. At their heart is a tradition of warm and welcoming hospitality that embraces children and adults alike, ensuring a vacation that yields life-long memories for the entire family.Kids are encouraged to partake of any of the classic Irish recreational activities on offer; most are supervised by one of The Dromoland Collection’s kid-friendly experts, including Dromoland Castle’s falconer David Atkinson and Castlemartyr Resort’s ghillie Maurice Cahill and Roy Daily, the estate’s carriage man with Kerry Bog ponies. For older children, there are also guided tours that provide an introduction to the rich, and occasionally hair-raising, history of these centuries-old estates. For the wee ones, there’s hide-and-seek in the forests and gardens or, at Castlemartyr Resort, a few hours in the dedicated “Kids’ Zone” or a game of fetch with resident Irish Setters Earl and Countess.Thoughtfully planned children’s menus will sate the voracious appetites that all these fun and educational activities are sure to stoke, while in-room dining offers classic snacks to accompany a family movie night. The Dromoland Collection’s generous and attentive Irish hospitality doesn’t end there, however; special treats also await at check-in and turn-down. (Lollipops, cookies and warm milk, and teddy bears, anyone?) Pedal Go-Karts magically appear on request. And then there are the ever popular ducks….Additional amusements are not far away, including a wildlife park, beaches, Europe’s largest indoor activity center for kids and a go-cart circuit. Yet other family-friendly outings are easily arranged by the resorts’ knowledgeable and enthusiastic concierges; day sailing on the Celtic Sea and shopping in historic-yet-vibrant nearby towns are only the beginning.Kids are truly treated like royalty at Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort – guaranteeing a uniquely memorable Emerald Isle sojourn for the entire family.www.dromolandcollection.ie
Langham Hotels International has confirmed that The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai is just weeks away from its first enchanting encounters, with rooms now available from May 1st via the web, local travel agent or toll-free reservations.The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai boasts one of the best locations in the metropolis at the heart of Shanghai’s central business district. It’s also minutes from the city’s major cultural and entertainment highlights including Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Municipal Government building and The Bund. Every element of the property has been carefully visualized to recapture the glamour and grandeur of the era when Shanghai was famed as the “Paris of the East.”“Shanghai is the art deco capital of the Far East. The opening of The Langham, Yangtze Boutique on May 1st brings “service with poise” that has become synonymous with The Langham since 1865 while giving guests a unique opportunity to stay in a piece of Shanghai’s history,” said Bob van den Oord, Langham Hotels International Vice President of Sales & Marketing.www.langhamhotels.com
VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation continues to generate controversy. The Albuquerque, NM-based company confirmed Friday that is was unable to meet payroll obligations that came due on Thursday, Nov. 13, but would fully pay employees no later than the following Tues. In addition, the company denied reports of any layoffs and expected the full workforce on site the following week.Troubles began last summer as the company, arguably the primary driver of the Very Light Jet phenomenon in private aviation, dismissed 600 workers and ousted founder Vern Raburn in attempts to offset financial woes. Previously, the company enjoyed robust sales through 2007, with as many as 2,500 orders for the Eclipse 500 jet. Delivery backlogs and a controversial temporary FAA grounding and investigation of the jet owing to an emergency landing last summer hobbled operations. An influx of overseas investment, including an agreement with the Russian State Bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) Supervisory Board, chaired by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, that called for the construction of a factory in Russia to assemble jet seemed to renew optimism for the company.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2018 2:19 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebecor claims rights over sale of embattled Just For Laughs comedy festival MONTREAL – Media giant Quebecor Inc. is claiming the embattled Montreal-based Just For Laughs company cannot be sold without its consent.Quebecor (TSX;QBR.B) filed a request for an injunction in Quebec Superior Court on Wednesday demanding its 2012 partnership deal with the comedy festival be respected.It claims the agreement gives it a right of first refusal regarding the sale of the company.Quebecor says it has the right to buy the festival and that if it rejects the asking price, Just for Laughs cannot be sold to a third party for less.Gilbert Rozon, founder and majority shareholder of Just For Laughs, announced he was selling the company after becoming the subject of numerous allegations last year of sexual harassment and abuse.The sale has been entrusted to RBC Capital Markets, which is the target of Quebecor’s lawsuit.Quebecor claims to have injected more than $45 million into various partnerships and sponsorships in Just For Laughs since it signed the 2012 agreement.The president of Just For Laughs, Guylaine Lalonde, said in a statement the company will contest Quebecor’s legal move, which it described as “clearly ill-founded.”She said the sale process is proceeding as normal.
TORONTO – When “Black Panther” hit theatres, Toronto tattoo artist D.C Nchama saw an opportunity to fill a void, instil a sense of pride and dispel myths in his craft.Inspired by the film’s Afrofuturism esthetic and African cultural motifs, he designed a series of “Black Panther” tattoos and recently inked one them, of a Dora Milaje-style warrior, on a woman’s inner forearm.He hopes such work will bring a much-needed African cultural identity to the tattoo world, and stamp out the stigma that darker skin tones are difficult to ink.“What I’m hoping is that once the images start getting out there, that there will be more of an incentive and more of an empowering unification thing,” says the Funky Ink Tattoo Gallery artist, whose father is a Zulu, of the Ngoni tribes, from Malawi in Africa.Toronto tattoo artist Thomarya (Tee) Fergus says a growing emergence of “Black Panther” tattoos is part of an awakening when it comes to tattooing darker skin.“In the past two years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve discovered a lot of POCs (people of colour) that are tattooing amazing pieces and colours,” she says, noting social media platforms are helping show what’s possible.“Every day I’m pretty much sending someone to someone’s page on Instagram that I know who does colour work on POCs, just trying to let them know that it exists. It’s been a pretty big stereotype for a long time.”Elisheba Israel Mrozik, artist/owner of One Drop Ink Tattoo in Nashville, has some “Black Panther” pieces on the company Instagram account (@onedropink).She says she’s noticed more African-American clients asking for unique cultural designs.Nchama, Fergus and Mrozik all say they’ve had first-hand experiences with the stigma against tattooing on darker skin.Nchama recalls one artist in a parlour telling him: “I’m a tiny bit racist in the sense that I feel that black skin doesn’t work well for tattooing.’”Fergus says she’s heard it ever since she got into the craft: “I’m always like, ‘That’s a lie.’ I try to be a walking testament to that.”And Mrozik, who was on Season 8 of the U.S. reality series “Ink Master,” says the stigma is what prompted her to get into tattooing in the first place.A native of Memphis, Tenn., many of her black friends had “pretty bad” tattoos, largely because of discrimination.“A lot of times, as soon as you walk in the door, they either ignore you, they’re really rude, or if you give them the idea, they’ll price it as extremely more expensive because they don’t want to do it on you,” says Mrozik, noting many end up going to non-licensed tattoo artists known as “scratchers” who work out of their homes.She didn’t realize it was possible to do painting-style tattoos on darker skin until she saw one online and decided to apply her art degree to the craft.She opened up her own parlour, because she was “dismissed every time” she walked into other shops.“If the industry would open up their doors to letting more African-American artists into the legitimate industry then they wouldn’t be scratching,” Mrozik says.“They could learn more and be able to get better art to us and on our skin.”As the artists tell it, many of their peers think darker skin is too tough to tattoo and doesn’t show contrast and colour.And they fear that pieces on darker skin won’t be good for their portfolio because the tones and contrast won’t show up as well.That can all be worked around by knowledge, they say: of how to properly design the tattoos with the right colour palette, which materials and equipment to use, how to work the machine to get the right strokes, how to apply lines to get the right effect, and how to do visual contrast.“If you can balance out blacks and negative space, you can make a successful composition,” says Nchama.“I just think they had a very limited view of what was possible. So the incentive to make that (tattoo) flash was to break down those barriers while giving some sort of identity to our culture. Any skintone is workable.” Toronto tattoo artist hopes ‘Black Panther’ pieces instil pride, dispel myths by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2018 8:15 am PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tattoo artist D.C Nchama works on Shar Charlatan’s Black Panther tattoo at Funky Inc. Tattoo, in Toronto on Saturday, March 31, 2018. When “Black Panther” hit theatres, Toronto tattoo artist D.C Nchama saw an opportunity to fill a void, instil a sense of pride and dispel myths in his craft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
OAKLAND, Calif. – Basketball has been part of Doris Burke’s life for as long as she can remember.And it’s not going away anytime soon.Burke and ESPN announced Monday they have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, one that will see her retaining her role as a full-time NBA game analyst as well as a reporter for the conference finals and NBA Finals. She has been with ESPN since 1991, not long after her playing career at Providence ended.“It is hard to put into words how grateful I am to continue my career with ESPN,” Burke said. “I’ve loved basketball my entire life and to be able to cover this sport is a privilege that I don’t take for granted. My love for the game, and for my colleagues, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes, make this job such a rewarding experience every day.”Burke grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, and can still recall how she used to run through some hedges — as if she was running out of the locker room — as a 7-year-old on her way onto the basketball court at a park near her home.Now, 45 years later, she still has the same zest for the game.“Doris is exceptional at what she does. Her ability, knowledge, passion and versatility are virtually unmatched and it’s evident every time she calls a game,” said Connor Schell, ESPN’s executive vice-president of content. “She is dedicated to documenting the sport for the fans in the most prepared and informed manner possible. Our NBA coverage is better because of Doris and we’re thrilled that she’ll be with us for a long time to come.”Burke has had a hand in virtually every level of ESPN basketball coverage over the years — including game and studio coverage for the NBA, WNBA, women’s college basketball and men’s college basketball.At the start of this season, she became the first woman to have a regular, full-time national NBA game analyst role. Later this year, Burke will be honoured by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award — honouring what the Hall said is her “significant contribution to the game of basketball.”“The company that I’ll keep now because of that … I’m pretty amazed by it to be perfectly honest with you,” Burke said. “The game has been great to me. It continues to give and I’m kind of blown away by it.”___More AP basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball by Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2018 5:06 am PDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Doris Burke, ESPN agree on contract extension This Dec. 15, 2017, photo provided by ESPN Images shows Doris Burke before an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. Basketball has been part of Doris Burke’s life for as long as she can remember. And it’s not going away anytime soon. Burke and ESPN announced Monday, June 4, 2018, they have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, one that will see her retaining her role as a full-time NBA game analyst as well as a reporter for the conference finals and NBA Finals. (Allen Kee/Courtesy: ESPN Images via AP)
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2018 7:52 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 8:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Miles Teller to play Goose’s son in ‘Top Gun’ sequel NEW YORK, N.Y. – Miles Teller has been cast as the son of Goose in the long-planned sequel to “Top Gun.”Teller was announced Tuesday as the co-star opposite Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick.” He’ll be playing the son the of Maverick’s wingman. Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 original.The film, which will also returns Val Kilmer as Iceman, is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in July 2019. Directing is Joe Kosinski, who helmed “Oblivion,” also with Cruise.Actors Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult had been up for the much sought-after part, but Teller won out.The 31-year-old actor celebrated on Twitter with the first half of a famous quote from “Top Gun”: “I feel the need…” FILE – In a Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, actor Miles Teller attends a special screening of “Thank You for Your Service” at The Landmark at 57 West in New York. Teller was announced Tuesday, July 3, 2018, as the co-star opposite Tom Cruise in the sequal “Top Gun: Maverick.” He’ll be playing the son the of Maverick’s wingman. Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 original. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 23-29 Sept. 23: Singer Julio Iglesias is 75. Actor Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show”) is 73. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 71. Singer Bruce Springsteen is 69. Drummer Leon Taylor of The Ventures is 63. Actress Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” ”M.A.S.H.”) is 61. Actor Jason Alexander is 59. Actor Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-0,” ”Boston Public”) is 57. Steel guitarist Don Herron of BR549 is 56. Actress LisaRaye (“All of Us,” ”Beauty Shop”) is 52. Singer Ani DiFranco is 48. Singer Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice is 46. Rapper-producer-record head Jermaine Dupri is 46. Actor Anthony Mackie (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) is 40. Singer Erik-Michael Estrada of O-Town is 39. Actor David Lim (“S.W.A.T.,” ”Quantico”) is 35. Actress Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight,” ”The Good Wife”) is 33. Actor Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect” films) is 31.Sept. 24: Singer Sonny Turner of The Platters is 79. Singer Barbara Allbut of The Angels is 78. Singer Phyliss “Jiggs” Allbut of The Angels is 76. Singer Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is 76. News anchor Lou Dobbs is 73. Actor Gordon Clapp (“NYPD Blue”) is 70. Actress Harriet Walter (“The Crown”) is 68. Actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: Legendary Journeys”) is 60. Singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 56. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 56. Drummer Shawn Crahan of Slipknot is 49. Drummer Marty Mitchell (Ricochet) is 49. Singer-guitarist Marty Cintron of No Mercy is 47. Guitarist Juan DeVevo of Casting Crowns is 43. Actor Ian Bohen (TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 42. Actor Grey Damon (“Station 19”) is 31. Actor Kyle Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 30. Actor Ben Platt is 25.Sept. 25: Newswoman Barbara Walters is 89. Singer Ian Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 85. Actor Michael Douglas is 74. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 71. Actress Mimi Kennedy is 70. Actor Anson Williams (“Happy Days”) is 69. Actor Mark Hamill is 67. Actor Colin Friels is 66. Actor Michael Madsen is 60. Actress Heather Locklear is 57. Actress Aida Turturro (“The Sopranos”) is 56. Actor Tate Donovan (“The O.C.”) is 55. TV personality Keely Shaye Smith (“Unsolved Mysteries”) is 55. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black,” ”The Tudors”) is 54. Actor Jason Flemyng (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” ”The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) is 52. Actor-singer Will Smith is 50. Actor Hal Sparks (“Queer as Folk”) is 49. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 49. Actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) is 45. Actress Clea DuVall (“Heroes”) is 41. Actor Chris Owen (“American Pie” films) is 38. Rapper T.I. is 38. Actor Lee Norris (“One Tree Hill”) is 37. Actor-rapper Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) (“Atlanta,” ”Community”) is 35. Actor Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley,” ”The Office”) is 34. Actor Jordan Gavaris (“Orphan Black”) is 29. Actress Emmy Clarke (“Monk”) is 27.Sept. 26: Actor Philip Bosco is 88. Country singer David Frizzell is 77. Actor Kent McCord (“Adam 12”) is 76. “The Weakest Link” host Anne Robinson is 74. Singer Bryan Ferry is 73. Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 72. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 70. Actor James Keane (“Bulworth,” TV’s “The Paper Chase”) is 66. Singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos is 64. Country singer Carlene Carter is 63. Actress Linda Hamilton is 62. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 58. Singer Cindy Herron of En Vogue is 57. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 56. Singer Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl is 56. Guitarist Jody Davis of Newsboys is 51. Actor Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ”) is 50. Actress Tricia O’Kelley (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 50. Singer Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men is 46. Music producer Dr. Luke is 45. Singer and TV personality Christina Milian is 37. Actress Zoe Perry (“Young Sheldon”) is 35.Sept. 27: Actress Kathleen Nolan is 85. Actor Wilford Brimley is 84. Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 75. Singer-actor Meat Loaf is 71. Actress Liz Torres is 71. Actor A Martinez is 70. Singer-actor-director Shaun Cassidy is 60. Comedian Marc Maron is 55. Singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind is 54. Actor Patrick Muldoon (“Melrose Place”) is 50. Singer Mark Calderon of Color Me Badd is 48. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 46. Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down is 40. Bassist Grant Brandell of Underoath is 37. Actress Anna Camp (“The Mindy Project,” ”True Blood”) is 36. Rapper Lil’ Wayne is 36. Singer Avril Lavigne is 34. Actor Ames McNamara (2018’s “Roseanne”) is 11.Sept. 28: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 84. Actor Joel Higgins (“Silver Spoons”) is 75. Actor Jeffrey Jones is 72. Writer-director-actor John Sayles is 68. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 54. Country singer Matt King is 52. Actress Mira Sorvino is 51. TV personality and singer Moon Zappa is 51. Actress Naomi Watts is 50. Country singer Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town is 49. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 43. Rapper Young Jeezy is 41. Actor Peter Cambor (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 40. TV personality Bam Margera (“Jackass”) is 39. Actress Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 37. Guitarist Luke Mossman of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 37. Singer St. Vincent is 36. Drummer Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons is 32. Actress Hilary Duff is 31.Sept. 29: Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 83. Actor Ian McShane is 76. Guitarist Mike Pinera of Iron Butterfly is 70. Singer-guitarist Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad is 70. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 70. Country singer Alvin Crow is 68. Singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches is 62. Comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay is 61. Actor Roger Bart (“Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” ”Desperate Housewives”) is 56. Singer-bassist Les Claypool of Primus is 55. Actress Jill Whelan (“Love Boat”) is 52. Bassist Brad Smith of Blind Melon is 50. Singer Devante Swing of Jodeci is 49. Actress Emily Lloyd is 48. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 48. Actress Rachel Cronin (“Ed”) is 47. Guitarist Danick Dupelle of Emerson Drive is 45. Actor Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) is 38. Actress Chrissy Metz is 38. Actress Kelly McCreary (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 37. Guitarist Josh Farro (Paramore) is 31. Actor Doug Brochu (“Sonny With a Chance”) is 28. Singer and “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is 28. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 10:27 am PDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
CHICAGO — News that a grand jury had indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett had been arrested on last month had turned into 16.The reasons Smollett is facing 16 counts rather than just one count of disorderly conduct — the felony in Illinois that people are charged with when accused of lying to police — are not fully explained in the indictment that a grand jury returned Thursday. But legal experts say indictments like that aren’t uncommon in Chicago, and there are some explanations as to how the grand jury could have arrived at the 16 counts, eight of them for Smollett’s comments to a police officer and eight others for what he told a detective.The first starts with something that has been apparent since Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson briefed reporters last month on the investigation: Authorities are angry at Smollett.“What you have is a police department and prosecutors that are obviously mad at him for embarrassing the city so they took every one of his lies and made it into another count,” said Terry Sullivan, a prominent local attorney who as a young prosecutor helped convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 1980 of killing 33 young men.Smollett’s attorney, Mark Geragos called the 16-count indictment “prosecutorial overkill.” But prominent Chicago defence attorney Joseph Lopez, who is not involved in the Smollett case, said it’s the way prosecutors in Chicago do business.“It is common practice for the Cook County state’s attorney to charge as much as they can for any kind of crime,” he said.A former state appellate judge suggested such a strategy might be employed by prosecutors trying to protect themselves from the possibility that a jury or a judge might believe some, but not all, of the allegations.“If you only charge him with one or two counts and they find him not guilty of them, you’re done,” said David Erickson, who now teaches at Chicago Kent College of Law. “This gives the prosecution the ability to convict him of any one of these lies.”Lopez said it appears that when prosecutors went to the grand jury they simply dissected the case, breaking Smollett’s account into each individual pieces and accuse him of one count per detail they believe he made up.That means that one count might stem from Smollett’s contention that the men hurled racial and homophobic taunts at him and another for what he said was the way they beat him. Another could be tied to his claim that the men doused him with an unknown chemical and another still for his statement that one of them looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck. Then there was his assertion, police said, that he could see one of the men was white because he could see the skin around his eyes. The two men police say Smollett hired to take part in the attack are both black.“The lies add up pretty fast,” Lopez said.Another explanation for the multiple counts is that perhaps Smollett gave multiple statements to the police, meaning that individual counts represent separate interviews with police. But Lopez finds that unlikely because all the counts list the same date — Jan. 29.Each count is a Class 4 felony, which carries a possible prison sentence of one to three years. If Smollett is convicted, a judge could allow him to be given probation instead of imposing a prison sentence.Lopez and Erickson agreed that if Smollett is convicted, it won’t matter whether it’s on one or several counts when it comes to sentencing. That’s because he would be sentenced for only one of them.“If you add them all up it’s still only one crime,” Erickson said. “That’s just how it is.”Smollett’s legal troubles may not begin and end with this one indictment. Johnson told reporters that police suspect that Smollett sent to Chicago studio where “Empire” is shot a letter threatening the actor. The FBI, which is investigating that letter, has declined to comment on the investigation.But if he did talk to the FBI, depending on what he said, he could be in more legal trouble.“Lying to the FBI is a crime,” said Erickson.Smollett is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, where he will likely enter a formal plea to the 16 counts.“Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption,” Geragos, his attorney, said.___Check out the AP’scomplete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.Don Babwin, The Associated Press by Don Babwin, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2019 1:09 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts
Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra names new artistic director AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2019 8:33 am PDT SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra has a new music and artistic director.The Savannah Morning News reports Keitaro Harada is replacing founding Artistic Director Peter Shannon, who resigned last year. The orchestra made the announcement Tuesday.Harada signed a multi-year contract and is set to conduct the opening and closing concerts of the 2019-20 season as director-designate. The full title and responsibilities will begin in the 2020-21 season.Harada is originally from Tokyo, Japan and is currently finishing his fourth season as associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. He’s had recent and upcoming engagements with leading ensembles, such as Houston Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and New Japan Philharmonic.Harada will be the second artistic director the orchestra has had since 2009.___Information from: WJCL-FM, http://www.kix96.com/The Associated Press