What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Despite the looming uncertainty of the NFL laborsituation, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt andgeneral manager Rod Graves said they are proceeding asusual with the off-season.Both joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Friday todiscuss the team’s quarterback situation, evaluation ofthe draft, free agent prospects and expectations for nextseason. “We’re obviously proceeding just like we normally do thistime in the off-season,” Whisenhunt said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “We’ve got a lot of players out there that we’ve got tolook at and rank and decide about where they fit and whoto go after and what needs that we have to address.”If the current collective bargaining agreement expires inearly March, teams will not be allowed to trade playersand free agency will not begin. It’s something Whisenhuntsaid he isn’t too concerned with. “Let’s not get too wrapped up in the whole CBA thing,” hesaid. “There’s going to be football. We’re going to playat some point and we’re proceeding like everything isnormal. “We’ve set a standard around here and we didn’t live up tothat standard. We’re not happy about it and we’re workinghard to get that fixed.” center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (31) runs during an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s training facility, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) David Johnson skipped mandatory minicamp in June as he negotiated a contract extension. While that’s not been officially concluded as of Monday morning, good news regarding those discussions came in the form of a tweet posted by the Arizona Cardinals running back. The fourth-year pro posted a video of himself in front of his Cardinals locker, helmet atop his head and all, as he reported to camp four days before the full team is officially back to work. 10 Comments   Share   In Gods hands now 🙏🏾 primed and ready to prove it! #ImBack pic.twitter.com/fde9QWPv7D— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) July 23, 2018Johnson checked in to training camp Monday along with rookies, quarterbacks and players returning from injury. Johnson, coming off a wrist injury suffered in Week 1 of 2017, is among that group.Related LinksKeim’s absence comes as Cardinals talk complicated Johnson extensionBickley & Marotta: A song parody a day while David Johnson is awayWarner thinks Cards’ David Johnson is walking fine line with contract talksArizona’s full roster will report for camp on Friday.Johnson, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal that pays him $1.88 million, was injured against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, 2017. The Northern Iowa product missed the rest of the year after undergoing wrist surgery.He appeared for the Cardinals during voluntary workouts in early April and said he was 100 percent healthy. Johnson then decided to hold out of minicamp as his future with the team was negotiated.During 2016, his second NFL season, Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns to go with 879 receiving yards and four more scores on the ground.center_img The running back told AZCardinals.com that negotiations with the team over his contract are going “in a positive way.”“I trust my agency, Sportstars, and I know they’ll get it done when the time comes,” he added. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The Mandarin Orienta

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an  array of new offerings and packages, as well as the hotel’s first expansion to the Middle East. The hotel group will manage a new luxury development in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut which will open in 2018, complete with 280 rooms and suites, and 25 luxury apartments.In Europe, Mandarin Oriental is celebrating the recent purchase of Hotel Ritz, Madrid with a cultural tour and luxury accommodation in Madrid and Barcelona, while Paris is getting ready for the festive season, announcing a new package and partnership with prestigious department store Printemps.In Asia, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s new boat cruise package takes guests on a limousine boat cruise along the Sumida River, and the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a dinner with acclaimed Spanish Chef Ferran Adriá.Barcelona and Madrid Guests can visit two iconic art landmarks in Madrid and Barcelona in one trip with Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona and Hotel Ritz, Madrid. The two hotels are jointly offering a four-night From Goya to Gaudi package that provides guests with exclusive visits to Barcelona’s Casa Batlló and Madrid’s Museo del Prado, and luxurious accommodation in both cities.Paris in the festive season Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering a luxury Christmas shopping experience from November. Guests booking the Festive Season Package will enjoy luxury accommodation at the hotel and VIP access to the city’s prestigious department store, Printemps Haussmann.TokyoMandarin Oriental, Tokyo is offering guests an accommodation package that includes a private limousine boat cruise in Tokyo Bay. Guests booking the Nihonbashi Boat Cruise package will be taken on a waterborne tour of Tokyo’s historical and cultural centre with a one-hour cruise along the Sumida River into Tokyo Bay and along rivers threading their way through Tokyo’s most intriguing neighborhoods.New Beirut Hotel Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new luxury hotel and branded residences currently under development in Beirut. Scheduled to open in 2018, the overall development comprises two adjacent buildings located in Beirut’s Central District at the heart of Lebanon’s capital. Mandarin Oriental, Beirut will be situated in the south tower, with 280 well-appointed rooms and suites and 25 serviced apartments.10th anniversary celebrations at Hong KongTo celebrate The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s 10th anniversary, the exclusive ‘Friends of Amber’ series will host an extravagant dinner with Chef Adriá. Held for two evenings only on 23 and 24 October 2015, the event at the hotel’s Amber restaurant is also an opportunity to mark the publication of Ferran Adriá’s seven-volume elBulli 2005-2011, the catalogue raisonné that documents his most prolific years as a chef.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHong Kong’s premier modern Korean restaurant, Jinjuu, will bring a generous serving of Korean love to the table this Valentine’s Day. The Lan Kwai Fong-based restaurant and bar is a stylishly romantic destination for couples in love on 14 February 2016, and for singles in search of some loving on 13 February 2016, with an unexpected rustic meets industrial setting and atmosphere that is full of Korean charm.Executive Chef – the French trained Korean-American Londoner and former UK Iron Chef – Judy Joo, says, “Jinjuu celebrates Valentine’s Day the Korean way – giving everyone, couples and singles, a chance to find love over delicious food and drinks.”On 14 February 2016, ease into a romantic evening with Jinjuu’s 4-course Valentine’s Day menu celebrating a modern spin on Korean tastes. Prices at HK$980 for two, the menu invites lovers and friends to indulge in the starters, the Scallop Carpaccio, Caesar Salad, Salmon Kimbap and Sliders with options of Wagyu-bulgogi, KFC chicken and crispy tofu. Promised to win hearts over are the mains with a choice from Marinated Fillet Steak, Grilled Salmon or Miso Grilled Veg. End the night on a sweet note with Jinjuu’s French style desserts with Korean touches, Yuzu White Chocolate Ganache Mousse and Snickers Hotteok. To end the night, couples are showered with mouth-watering home-made chocolates.“I am always finding inspiration in my everyday life, and the buzzy energy at Jinjuu has become a catalyst for great ideas. I love combining unexpected flavours and am particularly excited about this new cocktail dedicated to the most romantic day of the year – Busan Love at HK$150 for two to share, and HK$120 for one,” says Group Beverage Manager Kristian Breivik. “I’ve combined surprising ingredients – goji berry infused soju, vanilla liquor, cocody liquor and chocolate – that couples are sure to fall in love over.”For all the singles who are on a look out, Mingle & Match at Jinjuu on 13th February takes you to late nights with the DJ, lucky draw with a chance to win HK$2,000 and games that make you find your perfect match.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe renowned British artist Clifford Rainey will be visiting Soneva Fushi from 2 – 20 August 2016, as part of Soneva’s global ‘Featured Artist’ programme.Clifford Rainey is one of the true pioneers of the glass art movement. His work focuses on both the human form and the bottle form, and many of his works convey the human condition and its relationship to the environment. His works are collected throughout the world and are included in numerous major museum collections.During his tenure at the resort, Soneva Fushi’s guests can watch Clifford create unique art pieces, learn the art of glass casting, and also purchase his works of art from the boutiqueFeatured artists from around the world visit Soneva Fushi for a period of three to six weeks to create artworks in Soneva’s fully equipped interdisciplinary art studio. The project culminates in an exhibition of works, and artists are encouraged to create works from waste materials accumulated, and/or natural materials collected, on and around the island.Clifford is one of only several artists who have visited Soneva Fushi since the Glass Studio opened late last year, including the artist extraordinaire and master Venetian glassblower,Lino Tagliapietra, as well as glass artist Dr Sunny Wang and the American sculptor Howard Soneva’s studio was conceptualised as a state-of- the-art facility for resort guests to watch world-renowned glass artists create objects of art, and learn the art of glass blowing. It also includes a retail boutique and art gallery, designed to showcase the work of Maldivian and international glass artists.The facility uses only waste glass materials used at Soneva resorts and other resorts in the Maldives. It is estimated that the resorts in the Baa Atoll alone produce more than five tonnes of glass waste, every month. “The idea behind this project is to turn the glass into something that is much more beautiful and valuable than it was in its previous state,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Soneva.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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One of the cruise industrys most charismatic char

first_imgOne of the cruise industry’s most charismatic characters, Steve Odell, moved back to Sydney mid-2015 and quickly raised Australasian awareness of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCL), of which he is SVP/MD Asia Pacific.Without a second’s hesitation I switched cruise allegiance (anything that is good enough for Steve is more than good enough for this inveterate traveller). Coming to the end of my first NCL cruise with two more already signed up just shows how pleased I am.I have long felt there is nothing better than sailing away over Christmas, and the lovely thing about Regent Seven Seas, one of NCL’s top-tier luxury vessels, is that Christmas is tasteful. There are a couple of understated Christmas trees and a few strands of tinsel, but none of that ghastly Jingle Bells music. I am on board Seven Seas Mariner. It is sheer luxury, for those who want to escape sock-it-to-you commercialism. Of course, there are standard features common to all cruising. Before the ship even leaves the port of Miami there is the compulsory safety drill, and once sailing away, there are those who want to start downing the Jacquart or another bubbly (the glasses in some restaurants are Riedel, but sensibly poolside glasses are plastic, though you can hardly tell).Seven Seas Mariner is absolutely gorgeous, 15 years old but meticulously maintained. She carries 700 passengers on eight guest decks. Up on the 12th deck there is putting and two golf nets, and a full-sized tennis court and quoits. The gym is enormous, with a studio for spinning-for-10 and an ace fitness instructor, Slavi, one of three Serbs among the 446-strong crew from 40 countries. I quickly make myself at home. My daily routine starts with pre-dawn trekking round and round the jogging circuit, which is fine when the weather allows but is really ghastly when it rains, but who cares?By midday, the entire deck area around the pool and three Jacuzzis hums with activity. Seven Seas is so inclusive that most tours are all-in, too (as someone said, yes, you pay up front but, once on board, you never need to spend a cent, unless you head for the boutique, the casino or the spa). You also seem to be able to eat and drink anything, and wherever and whenever you like, but more of that later. What does this ship not have, you might ask? Well, it does not do formal nights, although some men do bring dinner jackets, and actually most women dress quite stylishly every evening.You generally do not see the officers eating in the buffet restaurant at breakfast or lunch, but they do host tables, in an informal and low-key way, at dinner. The first night on board I was lucky enough to have a table at Prime 7, the steakhouse that is so good it would give any luxury hotel’s Wolfgang Puck CUT or other carnivore theatre a run for its money, and, honestly, Prime 7’s truffle fries are as world-pinnacle as the onion rings at Le Grand InterContinental in Bordeaux, especially when paired with the Meritage Mondavi 2015 that the sommelier suggested that night. When I told the ship’s GM, Anatoli Makaev, how great the food is he just beamed.The itinerary on this voyage starts with Key West FL – where I alight for lunch at the two recently-flagged Waldorf Astorias – and Cozumel, which gives me a chance to see the franchised InterContinental Presidente, and catch up with the father of Californian cuisine, Jeremiah Tower, who has been living on this island for the last decade. We go on to Costa Maya, where the free tours include masses of Chacchoben and other Mayan ruins. Next comes Belize City, for more Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, and Santo Tomás de Castilla, for a Guatemalan rainforest hike in Las Escobas Springs Reserve. Honduras’ Roatán Island offered an introduction to local dancing and then, bliss, we had a day at sea. At Costa Rica’s Puerto Limón I took a century-old train through a banana forest, and a serene boat ride through mangrove swamps. At Colón, the Panama Canal was the big draw, and I learned to kayak. In Cartagena I visited this stunning Colombian city’s heritage hotel, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, and its newest hostelry, Hyatt Regency Cartagena, opened a month ago. Next, another day at sea, followed by Grand Cayman, which for me was not duty-free shopping, but lunch at the stunning beach-set Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, opened 15 November 2016. Now, our final day at sea, with nearly everyone on board packing for tomorrow’s disembarkation, though there are such onboard activities as demonstrations of ice carving and a National Geographic talk on Putin.Every day for what will be, tomorrow, two weeks, I have watched the sun coming up over the horizon, which is always such a gorgeous sight at sea. Seven Seas Mariner‘s 350 suites are all complete with balconies, with the interior sizes starting at 27 square metres; Penthouse Suites, with 34-square-metre interiors, seem like double the size of most lines’ cabins; and there is so much storage that few can need all the drawers or all the coat hangers that are provided. Toiletries are Guerlain or Hermès, and there are Illy Francis Francis espresso machines.Art in suites are, like the wallhangings around the ship, oil slapped on with a palate knife to give a feeling of nature. I think the piece above my bedhead would look like Cape Cod, were I American, or Norfolk, to someone from England. Beds are really comfortable and there are fibre optic reading lights, and European and US sockets, either side. Someone has thought of the customer, throughout. I had the great pleasure of lunching with Jason Montague, on boarding: he is the accountant who got into the cruise industry and became President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas this last September.He listens, and he always wants to make things better. Luxury, he says, starts with the first telephone call to plan a trip, and he wants the world to know that his ships are for those who love luxury, who like interesting destinations, and appreciate exquisite food and service. Luxury is also having a work force that knows how to communicate with consumers – the 450 working aboard this ship are amazing at remembering names and idiosyncrasies and, bliss oh bliss, the butlers never get in the way.Interestingly, the Captain is an Italian woman, Serena Melani, who apparently, when ashore, loves riding pillion on her husband’s motorbike. She is pretty extraordinary, not only for showing the distaff side of ship management, but for her general people skills. Instead of the industry-norm welcome cocktail, when passengers sit firmly in armchairs in a ship’s theatre and hardly meet anyone, here there is a ‘block party’. Take a glass from your suite and go out on to your corridor, where staff offer red and white wines and you meet your new neighbours, and the captain and officers manage to pass along all the corridors, a brilliant idea (luxury hotels, or at least resorts with long-stay guests, might think of devising something similar). And on more than one day, when coming back on the tender from yet another well-organised trip ashore, there was the Captain herself welcoming everyone back home.What else has made this cruise outstanding? A restaurant manager who always brings out a cushion for my husband’s back, the sommelier in the outstanding steakhouse Prime 7 who knows my favourite wine, the decent books in the library (I recommend Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, to everyone, regardless of gender), trivia points that can be redeemed for something you really want, professional evening entertainment…. and yes, the Captain’s farewell, an immaculately directed production opened and closed by the Captain, with a video from all back-of-house departments, live acts from Filipino, Indonesian and Thai staff members, and as many of the crew as possible coming on stage to wave farewell.I, like many of the Australians already hooked, will be back – next for me is Havana, this April.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Silversea guests enjoye

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea guests enjoyed two days of action at the Monaco Grand Prix 2019 last weekend, the 25 and 26 May. Participating guests witnessed the prestigious race from a prime vantage point, the Princess Grace Dance Academy, as an optional shore excursion included in their Silver Shadow voyage through the Mediterranean.Silversea’s guests relaxed in the gardens and on the terraces of the villa while sipping champagne, listening to live music and admiring motorsports-inspired artwork. Guests were then invited to sample a buffet of local cuisine and witness the race from the top floor of the venue before and after enjoying canapés and a lunch. Health and beauty treatments were also on offer for guests, including massages, nail treatments, 3D body photography and other amenities. A racing simulator enabled guests to compete virtually on the streets of Monaco before they had the opportunity to meet former racing driver, Felipe Massa, who was in attendance at the venue on Sunday.“There is no occasion quite like Monaco’s Grand Prix; the atmosphere is incredible,” says Adria Bono, Silversea’s Senior Director Destination Experiences. “By hosting this one-of-a-kind experience, we are enabling our guests to enjoy this unique sporting event – which is known worldwide – from a privileged venue, to travel deeper into the destination.”The Princess Grace Dance Academy is spread over a four-storey villa that overlooks the track.In May 2020, Silversea’s guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience once more. Silver Spirit will dock in Monte Carlo overnight from 23 May, with the following voyage options available:Venice to Barcelona – 5 – 26 May 2020Silver Spirit will depart Venice on 5 May 2020, on a 21-day voyage through the Mediterranean. Guests will discover Trieste, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Valletta on an overnight call; Gozo, Siracusa (Sicily), Lipari Island, Sorrento, Olbia (Sardinia), Rome (Civitavecchia), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Livorno (Tuscany), Cinqueterre (Portovenere), Cannes, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Palamos before arriving in Barcelona on 26 May. Fares start from AU$15,890 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite and including Early Booking Bonus.Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona – 17 – 26 May 2020On the shorter nine-day itinerary onboard Silver Spirit, guests will enjoy immersive experiences in Rome (Civitavecchia), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Livorno (Tuscany), Cinqueterre (Portovenere), Cannes, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Palamos before reaching Barcelona on 26 May. Fares start from AU$9,990 per person based on double occupancy in a Classic Veranda Suite and including a 10% Early Booking Bonus.Guests who book and pay for the above voyages in full by 30 June 2019, will also receive included Economy class flights or reduced Business class flights and transfers between airport and ship.The exclusive Grand Prix experience is offered as an optional extra.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedAirAsia launches maiden flight between Bangkok and BaliCheap flights carrier AirAsia launched its first flight between Bangkok and BaliAirAsia launches inaugural flight to Perth from BaliCheap flights carrier AirAsia has launched new flights to the Australian city of Perth from Bali.16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up… An increasing number of young people from Australia appear to be booking flights to Bangkok, figures from Contiki Holidays have revealed.The findings of the company’s Travel Trends Research Report show flights to Bangkok are the most popular among those aged between 18 and 35, with 45 percent planning to take a flight to Thailand’s capital in the next couple of years.Other locations cited in the survey include Ho Chi Minh City, which 32 per cent hope to visit, and Hanoi, the potential Asian cheap flights destination favoured by 23 per cent.According to Contiki Holidays’ managing director Tammy Marshall, there are a number of reasons why the region is popular among younger travellers.”It has a high level of accessibility due to budget airlines and new routes regularly popping up and offers amazingly unique sights and cultural experiences unlike anywhere else in the world,” she commented.The Pacific Asia Travel Association recently urged the British government to review its decision to increase air passenger duty for people travelling to the region.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img RelatedTop ten things to do before you dieTop ten things to do before you dieWorld’s most travelled man: The Fred Finn interviewSo you thought you were well travelled?Wikitude – app of the weekWikitude – app of the week Virtual Trans Siberian Railway It’s one of, if not, the most famous railway in the world, but now you can hop aboard the train in Moscow, skirt along the Volga river and weave through the Lower Urals without ever leaving your laptop.How? Google Maps have teamed up with Russian Railways to present a virtual Trans Siberian experience. The well executed project allows anyone with an internet connection to watch the entire journey from the window of the train in real time and follow the route as it moves along the Google map below.You can even choose from different sound tracks to accompany you on your way. There’s the comforting rumble of the train’s wheels, Tolstoy’s War and Peace (in Russian), or various Balalaika backdrops.The project has been so well done that the obvious question is – do you now need to take a trip on the Trans Siberian for real? Will virtual travel experiences replace the real thing?We suspect not. Seeing the landscape only serves to whet your appetite even more, so log on, hop aboard and head off on your own little Trans Siberian adventure and get a taste for this legendary rail journey for yourself.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgSome celebrities still manage to draw a crowd after their death. Skyscanner investigates…On the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, join Skyscanner on the trail of death where morbid fascination and genuine mourning continue to pull in the crowds for five of the world’s greatest music legends. Michael Jackson – Glendale, Los AngelesThe most recent superstar to join the ranks of the dead, big memorial celebrations will commemorate the anniversary of the troubled superstar today (25 June). Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a private cemetery in Glendale, LA, will allow fans to pay their respects to the King of Pop, with hundreds expected to make the journey. Find flights to LAElvis – Graceland, Memphis, TennesseeVisitors to Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ 14 acre estate, can see his sitting room, music room and his famous ‘Jungle Room’, complete with indoor waterfall, before arriving at the Meditation Garden where The King is laid to rest. Find flights to MemphisJim Morrison – Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.Passing on when he was just 27, Morrison now lies in Père Lachaise Cemetery in eastern Paris, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Hundreds come to pay their respects to Morrison where he lies in good company, with Chopin, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde also buried here. Find flights to ParisJohn Lennon – Central Park, New YorkLennon has no grave; he was cremated and the location of his ashes remains a mystery. However, Lennon fans still flock to the Strawberry Fields Memorial in New York’s Central Park which is dedicated to the famed singer. On Lennon’s birthday (9th October) fans from all over the world come to remember the Beatles big man. Find flights to New YorkKurt Cobain – Aberdeen, WashingtonHis angst-ridden lyrics provided the soundtrack to a generation during the early 1990s and fans still come to pay tribute to the life of the Nirvana front man in his home town of Aberdeen, Washington. No official grave exists, but Kurt’s first home, the Wishkah River where some of his ashes were spread, and the ‘Welcome to Aberdeen’ road sign which reads ‘Come as you are’ in tribute, are popular attractions for fans. Find flights to WashingtonReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDead weird: the World’s Top 5 Most Morbid Events5 festivals that celebrate the meeting with our makerHow to search for multi stop flights with SkyscannerFind out how to use Skyscanner’s multi stop search tool to build your perfect trip.The BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…last_img read more

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first_img7. Plockton, Ross and Cromarty, Highlands, ScotlandA sheltered position on Loch Carron and the Gulf Stream means warm waters, sun traps employed as beer gardens and even palm trees. Idyllic [Plockton] tends to grab people and never let them go – one visit here is never enough. Take a woodland stroll around the bay, walking out across the endless flat sands if it’s low tide and return in time for lunch, of Plockton prawns (langoustines) at the small and friendly Plockton Shores. 9. Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe have Baron Cushendun’s wife to thank for this village’s Cornish charm – she was from Penzance and architect Clough William-Ellis (he was a popular guy) wanted to make her feel at home with his 1912 design. Whitewashed cottages abound and the village square is an idyllic craft shop and tearoom packed haven. The setting is pretty special too, on an elevated sandy beach at the outflow of the verdant Glendun and Glencorp valleys. Head to [Mary McBride’s Bar] come sundown and be prepared for an impromptu singalong – the original bar was once Ireland’s smallest. 3. Port Isaac, north Cornwall, EnglandWhen the council builds a big car park just outside a village and encourages all visitors to explore on foot, you know it’s going to be a pretty unspoilt place. Port Isaac’s steep narrow lanes were not designed for cars, they were designed for fisherman, and this quaint Cornish village has long been devoted to all things lobster and crab. To fully understand their dedication and love the local sea crop yourself get down to Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, where the fishermen dictate the menu and the small plates are cooked to order. Expect to pay around £10 per dish. 4. Staithes, north Yorkshire, EnglandStaithes was once one of the largest fishing ports on the northeast coast: today it’s a far more laid back place, with higgledy piggledy cottages running down to the sea and a small beach perfect for hours of old fashioned rockpooling fun. Captain Cook spent some of his formative years here so there is, of course, a museum devoted to him on the high street. You can also eat in the eponymous Captain Cook Inn, or the Cleveland Corner Bistro, which endeavours to source as much of their fish as possible from the village itself. 5. Beddgelert, Gwynedd, WalesA stone humpbacked bridge crosses a burbling river, trees dip their branches into the water, hanging baskets bloom – Beddgelert would be scenic even if Snowdon weren’t lurking in the background. Don’t let it tempt you away too quickly, this is a beautiful place to linger, wandering from gallery to woodcraft shop, café to ice creamery. Don’t miss Glaslyn Ices, which everyone here will tell you makes the very best homemade ice cream in Britain. 1. Tyneham, south Dorset, EnglandIt’s still 1943 in Tyneham, where time stood still when the army told everyone to leave because they needed the surrounding hills for training. Most weekends and throughout the summer school holidays the village is open to the public, and you can stroll along the main street, between the abandoned stone cottages and poke your head into the old schoolhouse and church. Look out for wild flowers, abundant here thanks to the army keeping the public out and unable to trample them. For more places to stroll amongst the blooms, check out our round-up of the most gorgeous gardens in the UK. 8. Crail, East Neuk of Fife, ScotlandThe East Neuk of Fife is strung with quaint fishing towns, but Crail probably wins in the cutest village stakes, a maze of cobbled streets winding down the hill to the miniature harbour. There’s a cracking tearoom here – the Crail Harbour Tearoom which has a sheltered sea-facing terrace and dressed crab from the village’s fishing fleet – as well as the lovely Crail Pottery and you can join the Fife Coastal Path, linking it to larger Anstruther. Travelling from fields afar, planning your next staycation, or simply looking for places to go with the kids at the weekend? We’ve got lots more ideas on what to see and do in the UK and Northern Island right here:Top 10 castles and fortresses in the UKFair maidens and chivalrous knights, it’s time to take a tour of the UK’s prettiest and most impressive castles.Top 10 beaches in BritainGrab your bucket and spade and head to one of these beautiful beaches on the British coast.Readers’ tips: top 10 local beaches in the UKYou shared your beaches in Blighty with us, from Bognor to Barafundle, but did your favourite spot make the cut?Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, car hire and trains. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Avebury, Wiltshire, EnglandHow many villages are surrounded by their very own prehistoric stone circle? Not as many as you’d think – surprising huh? But Avebury is special. It sits in the centre of one of the UK’s most important ancient sites, open to all at all hours. Picnic among the stones at lunchtime or stroll through the circle at sunset. Make time to visit Silbury Hill, Europe’s largest manmade mound located just outside the village, and once you’ve worked up an appetite fall in to village pub the Red Lion for a pint of locally brewed Wadworth’s 6X. Read more about the UK’s most magical places and learn about their mystical pasts. 12. Luss, Argyll & Bute, ScotlandSituated around 10 miles south of Tarbet on the western shore of Loch Lomond, Luss represents the very best in Scottish loch-side beauty. It’s a great base if you’re wanting to explore the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and if you’re a fan of Victorian history, check out the 19th century village church. 6. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, WalesNope, not Italy, this is still Wales – although you might not know it standing in central Portmeirion. Architect Clough Williams-Ellis wanted to create a village that enhanced rather than blended into its landscape, and this place certainly stands out from its surroundings. Start in the central Mediterranean piazza, with its loggias and porticoes, before wandering at random into nooks and crannies hiding with cherub statues and painted in pastels. Endangered buildings from across Britain and around the world were brought here piece and piece and reconstructed – look out for the Buddha. 11. Castle Combe, Wiltshire, EnglandOften referred to as “the prettiest village in England”, Castle Combe is a looker, alright. It takes its name from the 12th-century castle, which at one time stood 600 metres to the north of the village. It’s now a popular home for motor racing, with Castle Combe Circuit bringing in visitors from across the country. You don’t need to be behind the wheel to enjoy this place, though. Go for a walk past the historic church, which was first build in 1434, and you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a history book. 10. Ardglass, County Down, Northern IrelandMake time for a meal in Ardglass. This thriving fishing village on an inlet of the Irish Sea is the landing site of some of Ireland’s best seafood and is renowned for the quality of its herring. Look out for the atmospheric ruins around the village – there were once seven castles (fortified tower houses) here. The local golf club uses the remnants of one as their clubhouse – said to be the oldest clubhouse in the world, it dates from 1377. RelatedReaders’ tips: even more beautiful villages in the UKScotland’s most picturesque villages – The prettiest fishing ports in Cornwall – Photogenic film and TV locations in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – And of course, the best traditional pubs and quaint tea rooms to keep you fuelled upBack to school: What is the UK?Much confusion surrounds the difference between Britain, Great Britain and the United Kingdom – generally shortened to just ‘the UK’ – even in the country itself. Call the whole lot England at your peril…Top 10 attractions in the UKFrom ancient stone circles and castles built on siege and turmoil, to dramatic modern museums and reinvented industrial sites, nowhere in the world showcases such diverse tourist appeal as the UK. Where to start? We’ve put together 10 must-go UK attractions you should squeeze in on a visit to Blighty.last_img read more

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New York NY Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite

first_imgNew York, NY- Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite Traveler MagazineFashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, known for his exquisite designs and ability to dress a woman’s silhouette, is entering the fragrance field with the launch of his first perfume, FABULOUS. The New York based designer’s first fragrance will contain a sensual and timeless scent that celebrates women.Mizrahi’s FABULOUS aims to make every woman feel like she’s just put on a glamorous evening gown and entered her fairytale fantasy, capturing the beauty and confidence often seen on the city streets. The feminine scent contains top notes of mandarin, nectarine and bergamot with hints of jasmine, tuberose, freesia, peony, sandalwood, vanilla and cedar, which blend together to invigorates the sense. Mizrahi also extends the feminine feel to the outer packaging of the fragrance, using old Hollywood, art-deco inspired bottles. Each vintage bottle is topped with a bright pink bulb atomizer and a gold cap with pink polka dots to create a simply chic yet bold feel, mirroring the fragrance.“Creating a fragrance feels like the last piece of the puzzle,” said Mizrahi. “I’ve been designing clothes, accessories, housewares- everything for a woman’s lifestyle- for nearly thirty years. FABULOUS is my opportunity to offer women something to identify with on a whole other emotional level.”FABULOUS by Isaac Mizrahi will debut exclusively on QVC during their Fashion’s Night Out event on September 6, 2012 and will also be available at Bloomingdales stores nationwide. The fragrance will retail $78.00 for 3.4 OZ and $65.00 for 1.7 OZ.www.isaacmizrahiny.comlast_img read more

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Cancun Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgCancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) launched its new promotional campaign and tourism route, “Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean,” on Monday with a fashion show at La Amada Hotel in Playa Mujeres, Cancun.The event featured world renowned international designers like Spain’s Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Mexico’s Pineda Covalin, David Salomon, Daniel Espinosa and Erika Flores, who all joined together to present the best of their spring-summer collections, using the beauty of Cancun as a backdrop.Taking place from February 28 to March 6, 2010, the campaign’s launch was attended by state and local officials. After the show, world-class chefs were invited to showcase the wide array of gastronomic delights Cancun and the “Treasures of the Caribbean” have to offer, with dishes ranging from the traditional tikinxic style fish and lobster pizza, to elaborate international gourmet plates. Cancun chefs such as John Gray, Federico Lopez, Alain Grimond, Heriberto Gomez, Cristian Morales and Juan Garcia showcased some of their most recognized culinary creations in a special sampling dinner.The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America is adding to its sun, beach, and nightlife offerings by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. The campaign is aimed at inviting travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel.This tourism route combines the best of each place: Swimming with whale sharks in Holbox, diving in the world’s second largest barrier reef in Cozumel, reliving ancient pirate history in Isla Mujeres, enjoying a colorful sanctuary of birds in Contoy Island and exploring the world’s most extensive underground river system in Puerto Morelos are just a few of the experiences that can be enjoyed when visiting Cancun and the Caribbean.According to Jesus Almaguer, Director of the Cancun CVB, approximately $500,000 will be invested this year in promoting these tourism routes throughout international tourism trade shows, to attract a premier class of tourists and increase the average stay in the Mexican Caribbean from five to seven nights.The Cancun CVB highlighted that some of the main companies specializing in adventure tourism will also participate in the program for the launching of this route and will show journalists the assorted range of activities that can be done in its destinations, which are capable of astounding the most extreme adventure enthusiasts and delighting them with the most representative settings of Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean.Visit www.cancun.travel.last_img read more

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Barely two months after crossing the magical 50kn

first_imgBarely two months after crossing the magical 50-knot threshold, the equivalent of breaking the sound barrier in aviation, l’Hydroptère confirmed its status as the planet’s fastest flying trimaran, beating the world record at an average speed of 50.17 knots* over one nautical mile (92.91 km/h). Alain Thébault and his ten-man crew achieved this exceptional feat at their speed base in Hyères on Sunday, November 8th, in a 28-knot northwesterly wind. L’Hydroptère capped off a fantastic series of records posted in the Mediterranean and set a new benchmark in the world of sailing.“For 30 years, passion and daring have carried me forward, but this victory really belongs to our indomitable, tight-knit team. The historic record of more than 50 knots over one nautical mile is powerful because it lies at the frontier between the twin capacities of this extraordinary flying trimaran that is both a high-speed craft and an ocean-going sailboat. Our team now holds the top two speed records in the world, 51.36 knots over 500 metres and 50.17 knots over one nautical mile*, and we can now concentrate on ocean sailing in 2010″, commented Alain Thébault.This performance is a wonderful welcome gift for watchmaker Audemars Piguet, which had decided to associate itself with this incredible adventure a few weeks ago, along with private bankers Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie. The union of Audemars Piguet and Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie around this project is almost natural: as age-old family businesses, they share many values, such as tradition, excellence and expertise. As entrepreneurs, they have a history marked by a commitment to innovation, discovery and inspiring challenges. “Our two firms share the same foundations and the same passions. So it was logical for us to come together on this unique, unconventional and avant-garde project that embodies incredibly powerful human and technological values”, said Thierry Lombard, an avid sailor who is keen on challenges, sailing and technology. Before it became a project of the private bankers, whose founding year – 1796 – is written on the mainsail, l’Hydroptère was originally a personal project.The 60-ft Hydroptère (from the Greek hydros, water, and ptera, wing), is a hydrofoil trimaran (the foils are actually underwater wings). It is a sleek and elegant craft with a central hull and a mast 28 metres high, stabilised by two side floats separated from the hull by huge 24-metre carbon crossbeams built at the Airbus plant in Nantes. The innovative design of the boat, which flies on submerged wings, cleverly constructed out of carbon and titanium, make it much faster, more durable and lightweight (only 6.5 tonnes). The flight envelope of the prototype is continuously defined and validated on a 3D flight simulator developed specifically for this carbon bird, which represents the new generation of extreme sailing.Alain Thébault, designer and skipper of this Formula 1 of the seas, had always dreamt of making a boat fly. After 20 years of research and development, the flying boat is now a robust, powerful craft thanks to the help of eight retired engineers from Dassault Aviation and EADS-Airbus who volunteered their time. l’Hydroptère is the perfect combination of cutting edge technology, performance and human adventure. This unique project was created by a team of sailing buffs, engineers, technicians and aircraft manufacturers. In 2006, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) joined the team and became “Official Scientific Adviser” to assist in advanced fields such as aero-hydrodynamics, composite materials, structural behaviour and video imaging.The world of sailing is a field that Audemars Piguet knows well. As early as 1985, the watchmaking firm accompanied Peter Fehlmann, winner of the Whitbread. In 2000, it participated in its first America’s Cup, with “Be hAPpy”, and then went on to take part in the fantastic Swiss victories in the 31st and 32nd America’s Cup. In 2008 and 2009, the watchmaker was alongside Ladycat on the Decision 35 circuit on Lake Geneva. Today, it has become one of two main sponsors in the wonderful world of l’Hydroptère.Audemars Piguet has authored the most beautiful pages in the history of watchmaking in its quest for technological innovation, daring and excellence, ceaselessly pushing back the limits of the possible, a philosophy shared by l’Hydroptère.Like Audemars Piguet, which can boast a number of horological performances including a many world firsts such as the creation in 1972 of the legendary Royal Oak, the first luxury steel watch; or the 2006 launch of the new high-performance, lubricant-free Audemars Piguet escapement, l’Hydroptère also has a long list of achievements to its credit. On Friday September 4th 2009, in Hyères, France, Alain Thébault and his outstanding ten-man crew set two outright sailing speed world records: over 500 metres, at an average speed of 51.36 knots (95.118 km/h) and over one nautical mile (1,852 m) at an average of 48.74 knots (90.266 km/h). These records were ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the official keeper of all records pertaining to sailing. On November 8th, 2009, l’Hydroptère once again made history by setting a new record: an average speed of 50.17 knots, equivalent to 92.91 km/h, over one nautical mile* with a peak at 55.5 knots (102.78 km/h). Even if all records are made to be broken, this one will be very hard to match over that distance.“Thanks to this historic double record, l’Hydroptère is confirmed as the fastest sailcraft on the planet. This exceptional performance is a tribute to the work of a determined and experienced team, which developed and implemented revolutionary and innovative solutions. We can fully relate to this extraordinary challenge, which is perfectly consistent with the pioneering and adventurous spirit of our brand,” said Philippe Merk, CEO of Audemars Piguet.But the human and sporting adventure does not stop there. Audemars Piguet and Lombard Odier are also sponsoring l’Hydroptère.ch, which will take to the waters of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in summer 2010. It will serve as a laboratory and a think tank for the ambitious Hydroptère Maxi project, the ultimate goal of which is to sail round the world in 40 days, thus pursuing the dream of Jules Verne.“This great human and technological adventure is backed today by two prestigious firms that solidify our roots. The arrival of Audemars Piguet alongside private bankers Lombard Odier moves me deeply. This strong support is a great motivational force for me and the team. In an ongoing humble family spirit, our ambition is now to unfurl our wings on the open seas, collectively and around the world,” concludes Alain Thébault.Audemars Piguet is featured in THE OFFICIAL WATCH BUYER’S GUIDE 2009/2010.www.audemarspiguet.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 2:17 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2018 at 6:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 3, 2000 file photo, members of NSync, from left, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpartrick perform at the 9th annual MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif. The boy band will earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) ‘N Sync to reunite to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Famecenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – ‘N Sync is finally reuniting — but not for new music or a tour.The boy band will earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30. Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpartrick will attend the event.‘N Sync released its self-titled debut album in the United States in 1998. The group’s hits include “Bye, Bye, Bye,” ”It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Pop.”The fivesome famously reunited at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, where Timberlake received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.Anyone can nominate a celebrity for Walk of Fame star consideration. Selections are made by a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce committee.Walk of Fame honorees or their sponsors must pay $40,000 for each star granted.last_img read more

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The Big Bang Theory regains its spot at top of r

first_img‘The Big Bang Theory’ regains its spot at top of ratings by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2018 12:19 pm PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – As it heads toward the end of another season, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” has regained its familiar spot at the top of the television rankings.The CBS comedy was seen by nearly 13 million people last week, the Nielsen company said. The revived “Rosanne,” which has created a sensation since returning to the air on ABC this spring, slipped to fourth in last week’s ratings, with an audience of 10.43 million viewers last Tuesday.CBS’ “NCIS” was the second most-popular show of the week for the first of a two-episode arc featuring actress Pauley Perrette’s exit after 15 years of playing the character Abby.Thirteen of the week’s 20 most-watched shows were on CBS and five were on ABC. The other two were episodes of “The Voice” on NBC.Network executives have spent the past few weeks looking at pilots to determine which new shows will hit the air next season. The networks announce their plans for the fall to advertisers next week in New York.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 6.7 million viewers. ABC had 4.9 million viewers, NBC had 4.5 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.32 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.3 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.71 million, ESPN had 1.33 million and USA had 1.28 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million viewers.For the week of April 30-May 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.93 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.36 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.67 million; “Roseanne,” ABC, 10.43 million; “Bull,” CBS, 10.38 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.12 million; “The Voice” (Monday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 8.82 million; “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 8.65 million; “Mom,” CBS, 8.63 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 8.48 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

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first_img Cassandra James is shown in this undated handout photo. Vancouver-raised Cassandra James is the first transgender actress to play a transgender role on “General Hospital.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Cassandra James by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 10:12 am PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After more than 14,000 episodes, long-running soap opera “General Hospital” is still breaking new ground with the recent debut of the show’s first transgender character to be played by a transgender cast member.But with the progress that’s being made in daytime television, Vancouver-raised actress Cassandra James says it’s time for the rest of Hollywood to catch up.“Film and TV reflects culture, it reflects the world that we live in. And if it’s not doing so accurately in terms of representation, then we have a problem,” James, 25, said in a phone interview from Los Angeles on Wednesday.“I’m happy to be changing that.”Not a regular soap-opera viewer before joining “General Hospital,” James said she braced herself for a “brave new world” of soft lights and high drama.Much of the serial’s cast, crew and devoted fan base have stuck with the show through decades of dizzying plot twists — from assassination attempts to alien encounters — over its 55-year tenure on the air.While some of the story lines may seem larger than life, James said there are elements of her “General Hospital” role that ring true to her experience as a member of the transgender community.James said she feels fortunate to have been supported by loved ones during her transition, unlike her character Dr. Terry Randolph, who struggles with acceptance by her family on the show.In one scene, Randolph tells a childhood friend that transitioning isn’t a decision she made on a whim, but rather, was a way for her to reconcile “the difference between the physical and the emotional.”One of the show’s male leads trips over his words as he tries to support Randolph, assuring her that it’s “awesome” she can finally be her true self.James said she thinks this could be a “teaching moment” for many in the soap opera’s broad audience, some of whom may have not encountered a transgender person outside the small screen.More poignantly, she said she receives messages from fans thrilled that they’re finally able to see themselves reflected on their favourite TV program.But these kinds of benefits are harder to realize when so many transgender roles are taken by cisgender actors such as Scarlett Johansson, said James.“I believe that my cis coworkers in the industry need to be doing better,” she said. “It’s just the culture that we live in. The pendulum swings, and really, visibility could not be more important than it is right now.”Johansson has been under fire over her casting as the lead in “Rub & Tug,” a biopic about prostitution ring leader Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born a woman but identified as a man.The backlash only intensified after the star’s team referred a press inquiry to representatives for Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman, all actors who won acclaim for portraying transgender characters.James said the fact that Johansson’s statement was vetted by industry professionals speaks to the need for Hollywood to increase transgender representation both in front of and behind the camera.It’s not that James believes an actor’s gender always has to be perfectly aligned with their character’s. Acting, she said, is about embodying an “imagined reality,” but in order for that reality to be rendered authentically, transgender people have to be part of the creative process.“We’re not being allowed to tell our own stories, and who better to tell our own stories than us?” she said. “It’s really about allowing us in the room.”James said she’s sworn to secrecy about what’s in store for the fictional town of Port Charles, N.Y. But at the end of last week’s episode, her character mentioned that she had a consult at General Hospital.“I’ll be back,” said James.— With files from the Associated Presscenter_img B.C.-raised transgender actress makes history on ‘General Hospital’ with castinglast_img read more

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Former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has re

first_img Former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has retired.In making the announcement Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cruz says he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut Wednesday.Cruz was a seven-year veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. He joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from Massachusetts. He had his first 1,000-yard season and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in February 2012.Cruz had 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2017 but cut before the season. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2018 8:33 am PDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Victor Cruz, left, and Karrueche Tran arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) center_img Giants receiver Victor Cruz retires, joins ESPNlast_img read more

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Pandemic rings warning bell about geneediting t

first_img‘Pandemic’ rings warning bell about gene-editing technology by Waka Tsunoda, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 10:37 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img “Pandemic” (Putnam), by Robin CookWhen there’s a scientific breakthrough, Robin Cook doesn’t just stand up and cheer. He uses his fertile imagination and writes a novel about its possible perils.In his latest medical thriller, “Pandemic,” Cook dramatizes the scary side of a miracle molecule called “CRISPR/Cas9,” which can easily be custom-tailored to seek out and alter genes in humans and animals.The story begins when a seemingly healthy young woman with a transplanted heart boards the subway in New York City but suffers abrupt respiratory distress and dies before she reaches her destination.Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner who appears in 10 of Cook’s previous novels, does an autopsy. He suspects that an unknown, flu-like virus is responsible for her death. He is duty-bound to identify and stop the virus before it can cause a pandemic and kill millions.Stapleton welcomes the challenge as a “diversion” from his many personal problems. To name a few, his daughter has just been diagnosed with autism and his mother-in-law is blaming his genealogy for it. His wife, Laurie Montgomery, has unexpectedly been named the chief medical examiner, making her his boss both at home and at work.Stapleton’s investigation reveals that a hospital in New York performed the woman’s heart transplant at the request of the Dover Valley Hospital in New Jersey. Dover also paid all her medical bills.Realizing that “something weird is afoot,” Stapleton drives out to Dover and receives a warm welcome from its owner, Wei Zhao, a Chinese billionaire businessman who holds a double Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics.Wei, a body-building enthusiast who admires Arnold Schwarzenegger, makes an intriguing villain. The novel also offers an intriguing look at the subterranean world of medical examiners, but “Pandemic” goes far beyond just entertainment.By graphically showing what could happen were CRISPR/Cas9 to fall into the wrong hands, the author rings a much needed warning bell about gene editing technology.Waka Tsunoda, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Quebec entertainer Eric Salvail charged with sexua

first_imgQuebec entertainer Eric Salvail charged with sexual assault, confinement, harassment by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eric Salvail holds up his trophy for best talk show host at the Gala Artis awards ceremony in Montreal on April 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes MONTREAL — A well-known Quebec entertainer is facing criminal harassment, forcible confinement and sexual assault charges stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred almost 26 years ago.The Crown announced the three charges against Eric Salvail today.Salvail, 49, turned himself in at a Montreal police station and was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 15.The allegations against the producer and talk show host date from between April and November 1993 and involve one victim, according to a charge sheet released by the prosecutor’s office.Once a major star in Quebec, Salvail abruptly departed from the entertainment scene following allegations of sexual misconduct published by Montreal’s La Presse in 2017.Salvail had his own TV production company, hosted a show on Groupe V Media and was a fixture on afternoon radio in the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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