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first_imgSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) as defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) follows during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   He has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons, however, and in 2016 managed just 25 total tackles along six tackles for loss, with four QB pressures and five QB hits. It was the first time since 2007 where Rucker failed to record a sack.Last month Rucker, who has 20 career sacks, said he wanted to return to the Cardinals, and was finally feeling healthy after battling knee and ankle issues last season.Rucker entered the NFL in 2006 as a third-round pick out of USC, and has played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns as well as the Cardinals. All I ever wanted was a chance today I got another one! Here’s to a healthy , strong and dominating #Year12 #AzCardinals #TustinUp #FightOn— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 17, 2017The 33-year-old Rucker joined the Cardinals as a free agent in 2013, and since then has provided steady play along with leadership in the locker room. Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ defensive line will look a little different next year with Calais Campbell now in Jacksonville, but they have found a way to keep another key member in the fold.As first reported by Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro and later confirmed by the team, Frostee Rucker signed a one-year contract with the team on Friday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMayor Bill de Blasio and NYC & Company today announced that 2015 was the sixth consecutive year for record-breaking tourism, with the city welcoming an estimated 58.3 million visitors last year, an increase of 1.8 million visitors than the year before.  Visitation for 2015 comprised 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors, both all-time highs.Hotel demand was also strong with a record 33.7 million hotel room-nights sold, and meeting and convention delegates reached new heights, with a total 6.1 million attendees. The announcement was made by NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon and Chairman of the Board of Directors Emily K. Rafferty during NYC & Company’s Executive Committee Meeting today.“Through the hard work of NYC & Company, and their support of the city’s various attractions, 2015 marked a new milestone for NYC tourism. As the safest and most exciting big city in America, we have so many rich offerings that continue to make the five boroughs a global draw,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.“We are pleased to see a sixth year of tourism growth in New York City as we welcomed 58.3 million visitors last year. The city continues to evolve, always offering fresh reasons to visit again and again, with more new developments on the horizon. However, with the continuing pressure on the global economy and the strengthening dollar, we will all need to work even harder in 2016 to sustain our competitive edge,” said Fred Dixon.In 2015 the city saw major attraction openings such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, One World Observatory, Brookfield Place, Kings Theatre, High Bridge and Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. Additionally, the seven subway line was extended to Manhattan’s Far West Side at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue and Queens benefited from being named the number one US destination by Lonely Planet. To commemorate these enhancements, NYC & Company held events around the globe to promote all these new openings under the banner of the ‘new New York’.In November NYC & Company also announced its latest tourism campaign, Unlock NYC, to promote winter travel to the city’s five boroughs.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMovies viewed under the stars, paired with a specially curated menu of delectable food; freshly redecorated suites; a modernised, fully realised Italian steakhouse… modern luxury travellers need look no further than Celebrity Millennium to find all of these experiences in one place.This month, the 2138-guest vessel will emerge from a dry-dock, reenergised and more luxurious than ever, with the same line-up of stunning enhancements that Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Infinity have received in recent months at a cost of US$8 million each.Guests sailing on Celebrity Millennium in Alaska this summer will be among the first to enjoy her new spaces and experiences, and Australian guests can expect to enjoy the new features a little closer to home in Asia, where Celebrity Millennium sails from Singapore and Hong Kong to Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea and more Asian favourites.“Celebrity Millennium is now more stunning than ever before as a result of the US$8 million that we’ve invested in this dry dock,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises.“We have added new elements and experiences that will help open up the world for modern luxury travellers, from our gorgeously updated Suite Class staterooms to the delicious Tuscan Grille menu, and, of course, the new Rooftop Terrace.”The Rooftop Terrace on deck 12, with its large screen, chaises longues, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, is a modern relaxing backdrop for Celebrity’s sumptuous new multi-sensory experience, ‘A Taste of Film’. The film programme presents modern and traditional classics that evoke a specific cultural, culinary or destination experience, paired with cuisine that brings the scenes on the screen to life through taste. The cruise brand’s culinary team, led by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, has carefully crafted a multi-course tasting menu for each ‘A Taste of Film’ selection.Additional dry dock enhancements will include significant renovations of the ship’s Penthouse and Royal Suites.As part of the US$8 million refresh, Celebrity is investing heavily in its Suite Class experience on Celebrity Millennium, as every Penthouse and Royal Suite will receive new glimmering fixtures, marble surfaces and comfortable seats in the bathrooms. The rest of the suite will get refreshing touches like new carpeting, drapes and bed linens.Conversion of Celebrity Millennium’s Olympic restaurant to the Tuscan Grille, Celebrity’s popular, Italian-inspired steakhouse that debuted on its Solstice Class ships, will include complete refinishing of the space and the introduction of a refreshed menu designed to tantalise, including fresh pasta made in house; an Italian cocktail menu, a first for Tuscan Grille; a wine list focused on the wine-growing regions of Italy; and new foods like artisanal salami and cheeses; crispy crab arancini with lemon pepper aioli; grilled branzino with spinach and olive oil; swordfish with Castelvetrano olives, fennel and white wine; and oven-roasted USDA Prime dry-aged steak.On Celebrity Millennium, the maritime artefacts in the Olympic restaurant will be featured in a special display area in the casino’s entry vestibule. Items include charts, maps, an original place setting, a ship model and more.Additional work taking place on board will include:The addition of an enclosed portrait studio similar to that found on Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity EquinoxThe creation of a new future cruise sales office, where guests can take advantage of special offersA refresh of the Solarium, with new furniture, new floors and refinished pool tops, and a refresh of finishes in the spa caféThe removal of the themed décor in the ship’s casinoCelebrity Millennium entered drydock on 26 April 2016 and will emerge on 12 May 2016. This northern summer, Celebrity Millennium will sail a series of itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska, before heading to Asia in September.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Sarojin is invitin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Sarojin is inviting exclusive-use bookings of this luxury boutique resort in Thailand for the ultimate in privacy.The property, set on an 11-kilometre stretch of secluded white sand lapped by the waters of the Andaman Sea in Khao Lak, is available for a sole-use booking of up to 130 guests priced from a minimum THB430,000 (approx. AUD$16,000) per night.Accommodation is across 56 Pool and Garden Residences and new Spa Suites and guests can enjoy amazing dining, spa and adventure experiences within and around this popular holiday resort which draws many Australians to its shores each year.The Sarojin is the ideal place for celebrating a special and large-scale celebration – a wedding, birthday, reunion of family and friends, business success – or just joining together for a big party in an abundance of indoor and outdoor settings.A proposal can be tailored by The Sarojin team to suit all requirements inclusive of group return limousine or coach transfers from Phuket International Airport which is less than an hour away.The Sarojin offers guests adventures into surrounding national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The famous dive sanctuaries of the Similan and Surin Islands, five primary rainforested national parks and Phang Nga Bay, with its limestone islands and captivating sea cave canoe journeys, are easily accessible. The resort provides bikes at no charge for off-road and leisurely rides through Khao Lak.Guests can Own An Elephant For A Day, participate in a Buddhist Blessing of Love and meet wonderful children from the local community during The Sarojin’s Street Food For Kids and The Camillian Centre activities.Dining is available in the resort’s Ficus and Edge restaurants, at the new informal Beach Bar or in an array of outdoor locations – including in jungle forest, by a candlelit waterfall, on a pool island pavilion, on a private sand isle, a short boat ride away and cruising aboard the luxury vessel, Lady Sarojin. Executive Chef Gogh is at the ready to host Thai cooking classes and amazing wines are unveiled at The Sarojin’s cellar tastings.Pampering and rejuvenating treatments and therapies await at the acclaimed Pathways Spa, a secluded haven, which harmoniously integrates with The Sarojin’s natural surroundings and is entered by a meandering boardwalk. For a complete workout, there is a fully equipped fitness centre and, for relaxation, an infinity pool complete with a sunken Jacuzzi lounge area.For an idyllic exclusive use wedding celebration, The Sarojin’s age-old Ficus tree amidst tropical gardens provides an exquisite canopy among the many garden, beach, sea and waterfall locations within the resort and its surrounds.The Sarojin’s wedding planner can organise the entire ceremony tailored to the couple’s requirements and any other special needs. A Buddhist monk is available to conduct a Thai ceremony whilst a celebrant can be arranged for a Western ceremony. The couple can leave everything to the planner to make it happen on the day. The reception menu, music, theming, cake, videography and photography – and more if so desired – can all be delivered by The Sarojin team.Bookings are recommended 12 months in advance to secure preferred dates.Guests not staying as part of this booking may attend associated events with participation and costings to be confirmed prior to the visit. Children under the age of 10 are unable to stay in the resort.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBusiness Class travellers on SWISS long-haul services can now enjoy a new line of amenity kits. The new collection and its design have been developed in collaboration with Victorinox, the renowned manufacturer of Swiss pocket knives. A total of six different kits have been created in all, which will be offered on board at differing periods. The collection has been specifically designed so that all the kits are reusable and can partially be combined.The collection for long-haul flights from Switzerland includes a practical passport holder, a travel toiletries bag with inner pockets and a longer bag with an inner pocket. On long-haul flights to Switzerland Business Class travellers will be offered a high-quality metal tin that is modelled on the Victorinox suitcase design and can find further use as a pen or pencil box.Every kit contains a toothbrush and toothpaste, a lip salve, a sleep mask, socks and earplugs. The new Victorinox Business Class amenity kits will be available in Business Class on SWISS flights for the next three years.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The official opening da

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe official opening date of Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree has been set for 1 December, 2018.The first property under the Pavilion Group, the hotel stands 13 floors above the six-storey shopping centre, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur features 325 rooms and suites decked in contemporary decor for the discerning traveller in need of an urban getaway. These include 115 City Oasis rooms (32 to 43 square metres), 60 Courtyard Oasis rooms (38 to 43 sqm) and 45 Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm).Artist rendering Guestroom © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeFor guests who enjoy a bit more exclusivity, the hotel has four dedicated club floors, including 59 Club City Oasis rooms (32 to 49 sqm) and 20 Club Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm). Club room guests have exclusive access to the Club Lounge located on Level 14, relaxing with a delectable breakfast spread, light bites or cocktails while taking in the magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape.There are also 26 contemporary suites available for an extra touch of luxe and space: 16 Urban Studio Suites (64 to 72 sqm), eight Urban Suites (70 to 76 sqm), one Pavilion Suite (113 sqm) and one Presidential Suite (319 sqm).Artist rendering Club Lounge © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeThe award-winning Banyan Tree Spa will feature a selection of Asian-inspired treatments, and with highly skilled therapists who have undergone a minimum of 350 hours of training at Banyan Tree Spa Academy, guests are in for a pampering time.Level 8 houses The Courtyard, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining restaurant that offers a mouth-watering smorgasbord of Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. Guests can also dine at Ebisu, a restaurant and bar space featuring an array of Japanese cuisine with a twist. On Level 7M, the Whisky Cove is the place to unwind with a wide selection of whiskies and blends from around the world.Artist rendering Whisky Cove © Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreePavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur also offers a range of meeting and event facilities suitable for all occasions. The total event space measures 1,298 sqm, with a ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 people, a crescent-shaped venue that sits 120 people in a banquet setting and five fully equipped meeting rooms that can accommodate 40 people per room.The Sky Gym and Rooftop Infinity Pool are located on Level 18, offering an unparalleled view of Kuala Lumpur.Lead image: Artist rendering – Infinity Pool / Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan TreeGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMandarin Oriental Hyde Park smells a whole lot sweeter, thanks to a collaboration with London-based perfumery Ormonde Jayne. The chosen scent is Isfarkand, an award-winning unisex cologne with top notes of mandarin, pure pink pepper, cedar and vetiver. All rooms and suites now feature a full range of Isfarkand products, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap.“Isfarkand is a timeless scent,” says Linda Pilkington, perfumer and founder of Ormonde Jayne. “It is masculine yet feminine, striking yet incredibly sensual, and utterly habit-forming, rather like a stay at a Mandarin Oriental.”To celebrate the partnership, the hotel is offering a Scented Stay package throughout February. Guests, residing in a luxurious room perfumed by a Ta’if Damascus rose-fragranced candle, are invited to one of Ormonde Jayne’s three London stores for a complimentary Perfume Portrait, a bespoke service that uses fragrant oils to help unearth their signature scent.www.ormondejayne.comlast_img read more

Switzerland Lausanne – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgSwitzerland, Lausanne – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Beau-Rivage Palace, located on the shores of Lake Geneva and considered one of the finest hotels in Europe, has announced a new Best of Beau-Rivage Palace package, created for travelers who will settle for nothing but, well, the very best. Highlights include dinner at the two-star Michelin restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau-Rivage Palace and luxurious treatments at the hotel’s world-class Cinq Mondes spa.The two-night package includes: • Accommodations in a luxurious double room * Welcome bottle of champagne * Classic Swiss buffet breakfast each morning * Six-course dinner at Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau-Rivage Palace (excluding beverages) * 50-minute treatment at the exclusive Cinq Mondes Spa read more

Los Cabos Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStarwood Capital Group, in collaboration with The Koll Company and Del Mar Development, introduces Hacienda Beach Club & Residences (, a new residential beach club resort on Medano Beach in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Leading a new era for luxury real estate in Cabo San Lucas, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences offers the unique opportunity to own and rent spacious Beachfront Villas and elegant Resort Residences with access to the region’s best swimming beach. Located at the site of the famed Hacienda Hotel, host to the likes of Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz, this vibrant enclave provides an exceptional resort-like experience within the comfort and familiarity of a private residence. Amenities on property include a spectacular Beach Club, festive Kid’s Club, fitness center and a resort spa. The highly anticipated restaurant, Cocina y Cantina, is open to the public.“Hacienda Beach Club & Residences’ idyllic location truly sets it apart from other offerings in the area,” said Dan Schwaegler, Senior Vice President of Starwood Capital Group. “In partnership with The Koll Company and Del Mar Development, we are meeting the significant demand for a residential resort development featuring stress-free living with personalized and sophisticated service, just steps away from all the excitement Cabo has to offer.”Hacienda Beach Club & Residences features an array of real estate options ranging from magnificent one- to four-bedroom Resort Residences and four-bedroom Beachfront Villas with private infinity pools. All residences are thoughtfully designed with artisan touches, including natural stone, ceramic and hardwood finishes. Resort Residences offer marina and Sea of Cortez views from private, sun-soaked terraces while the two-story Villas are appointed with every modern convenience, capturing the spirit of Old Mexico. Full-ownership real estate prices range from $751,500 to $5.2 million.Hacienda’s rental program offers an exquisite portfolio of accommodations for those seeking an unparalleled Mexican getaway. Guests receive daily housekeeping, access to the fitness center, spa, Beach Club and all dining outlets. Beachfront Villa guests receive the services of a butler, chef and a personal golf cart for use during the visit with no minimum night stay required.Perched on a quarter-mile of spectacular beach and overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land’s End, Hacienda’s elegant Beach Club provides the gateway to the best that Los Cabos has to offer. The fully staffed Beach Club is complete with Palapa Bar, cabanas, multi-tiered infinity edge swimming pools, recreational equipment, and the signature restaurant, Cocina y Cantina. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the restaurant serves family-style authentic Mexican cuisine showcasing fresh ingredients, including regionally grown produce. Guests can also enjoy a variety of Mexico’s best tequilas, an extensive wine list including many Mexican wines, locally brewed beers, and unique rum-infused drinks called Curas. The full-service Spa with four treatment cottages, including a spa suite for couples offers a menu of rejuvenating treatments and therapies steeped in Mexican traditions and rituals of renewal.For guests inclined to venture beyond the resort, Hacienda’s concierge can arrange a myriad of activities including; cultural tours, hiking, sport fishing, sea kayaking expeditions or a tee time at one of Cabo’s premier golf courses. Hacienda’s coveted location provides unprecedented access to Cabo San Lucas and the marina. Visitors can enjoy a modern array of restaurants, shopping and nightlife just steps away from home.www.haciendacabosanlucas.comlast_img read more

by Sally Ho The Associated Press Posted Feb 6

first_img by Sally Ho, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2018 11:50 am PDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Distinct style of Korean pop to echo in Olympic spotlight SEATTLE – The clothes, the hair, the confidence — the look of Korean pop music can feel like high fashion or just plain quirky.But that’s what draws fans to South Korea’s most famous musical export.As much as the music and lyrics themselves, the perfectly symmetrical stars and the meticulous choreography define K-pop for a country obsessed with image and beauty.And if you’ve managed to elude the beats and flash of its music and videos until now, rest assured it will be hard to bypass this cultural phenomenon during the Winter Games.Among the most viewed YouTube videos of all time with more than 3 billion hits is Psy’s 2012 earworm “Gangnam Style.” But that is hardly representative of the genre. It’s actually a parody of K-pop drawing on its own absurdities, which experts say was fully embraced locally when it became a global touchstone of Korean culture.Though the multibillion-dollar industry hasn’t yet become truly mainstream in the U.S. and other Western countries, there’s fanatical interest among millions of people old and young across Asia and in pockets of the rest of the world.The South Korean people and government are proud of their infectious brand of music and music videos, which feature Korean lyrics dashed with catchy English phrases, vibrant fashion and elaborate dance moves. Its fans are famous for their devotion to their favourite bands, which has created a spin-off hobby involving a sizable number of Koreans gathering to recreate the complicated routines with seriousness and accuracy.And in the U.S., American youth have driven demand for formal programs catering to their obsession. Clark Sorensen, Korea history professor and the director of the University of Washington’s Center for Korea Studies in Seattle, said he developed official course material about three years ago because his students showed up to his Modern Korean Society class asking: Where’s the K-pop?“I just started doing it,” the longtime anthropologist said. “They’re interested in Korea because they’re interested in K-pop.”The K-pop industry began in the 1990s as the country was growing as a democracy and its profile rising on the world stage. It was thought to be used to harness its rich history of highly-trained musicians and artists with the emergence of its home-grown high tech expertise, said Keith Howard, a music history expert and National Humanities Center fellow. But what began as a movement to develop cultural entertainment for its own people gave way to a massive, rabid fan base beyond its borders.The past decade saw another wave of K-pop that is far more commercial, as talent agencies develop rigorous training programs that capitalize on both the genre’s appeal as an export and as a vessel for mass-market advertising and product marketing.“It was very well placed to move very, very quickly to assimilating and appropriating Western music,” Howard said.What started as innocent Bubblegum pop has lately taken an edgier turn. Nods to the mainstream American taste have produced Korean hits swept up in rap, hip hop, R&B and reggae influences, as well as those that are more explicit and sexual. But that move hasn’t been without criticism as observers have called it out as cultural appropriation that can be downright racist.Here’s a sample at some kinds of K-pop:Bubblegum Pop“Gee” by Girl’s Generation is a reassuring taste of mainstream K-pop hit music, featuring simple but abundant dance moves performed by more than a half dozen females in matching casual and colorful outfits while they dance in a store, a nod to South Korea’s other beloved pastime: mall shopping.K-Hip Hop“AEAO” by Dynamic Duo sounds right at home as a hip-hop classic with melodic raps and hooks, moody lighting, breakdancing and turntable scratching.More Explicit“Hello Bitches” by CL is a more sexualized, explicit form in this edgier evolution of K-pop, taking black leather and twerking to a new level for the genre.Parody“Gangnam Style” by Psy is a parody by a pudgy Korean entertainer with a signature horse-gallop dance move. But he registers as an “anti-Korean” archetype among the very image-conscious, plastic surgery-embracing native population.___Follow Sally Ho at FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, South Korean singer PSY answers a reporter’s question during a news conference on the release of his seventh album in Seoul, South Korea. The clothes, the hair, the confidence , the look of Korean pop-music, or K-pop, can either feel like high fashion or just plain quirky. But that’s what draws in fans to South Korea’s most famous export. It will be hard to bypass this cultural phenomenon during the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6 2019 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2019 10:01 am PDT Jason Aldean to receive artist of the decade award at ACMs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NASHVILLE — Reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean will receive the artist of the decade award at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards in April.The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean will join only five other honorees that have received the award since 1969, including Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks and George Strait.The award is given to a country artist or group who has dominated the genre over the decade through radio, digital media, sales and streaming, events, touring, television and artistic merit. With 13 ACM awards, Aldean has had four consecutive albums reach No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart and 16 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s country airplay chart, which tracks radio airplay.The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on April 7 on CBS.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BERLIN — German authorities say theyve returned a

first_img BERLIN — German authorities say they’ve returned a painting looted by the Nazis, which surfaced in the collection of a reclusive Bavarian collector, to the heirs of its Jewish owner.Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said Wednesday’s return of “Quai de Clichy,” by French neo-impressionist Paul Signac, contributes “at least a degree toward historical justice” for Gaston Prosper Levy’s family.Experts determined the Nazis seized the painting from Levy in 1940 before he fled France.It was discovered in the possession of the late Cornelius Gurlitt in 2012 by authorities investigating a tax case. He inherited the 1,500-piece trove from his father — an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by Nazis.Many are thought to have been looted from Jews, but only six works have been identified and returned so far.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2019 8:57 am PDT Germany returns painting looted by Nazis to Jewish heirscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

A railing detail on the second floor of Unit 10

first_imgA railing detail on the second floor of Unit 10. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Volunteer Erin Jeffries applies rust protective primer. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] March 28, 2003METALSHOP: Welding manager Ron Chandler prepares posts for the installation of a railing on the third floor of Unit 9 and Unit 10 in the East Crescent complex. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Ron instructs welding student Leopoldo Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Leopoldi Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] last_img

Three arrested five more wanted in 2016 murder plot

first_imgTHREE men were remanded in custody for eight days on Friday on suspicion of taking part in a plot to kill an underworld figure last year.Police told the court they have also issued arrest warrants for five more people – four foreign nationals and a Cypriot – in connection with the case.The three remanded suspects are a 30-year-old Turkish Cypriot, a 35-year-old Greek Cypriot and a 47-year-old Serb who is currently a convict at the central prisons, serving out a sentence for a drugs-related offence.They are suspected of having played a part in arranging or mediating for the arrival of two Serb hitmen, whose target is believed to have been Alexis Mavromichalis, aka ‘Alexoui’.Chief inspector Marcos Nikolettis told the court that on March 22, 2016, the force had received an urgent message from Belgrade Interpol notifying them of an impending contract killing.The Serbian authorities had been investigating a crime ring when they found out that a number of its members were in Cyprus plotting a murder.The court heard that one of the wanted men had contacted an unknown individual in Nicosia’s central prison, who eventually hired him to carry out the contract for €100,000.The pair had agreed that the man would hire the hitmen.Police said initial investigations showed that the possible target was Alexis Mavromichalis from Nicosia. It also emerged that the contact was Marios Christodoulou, aka Benny, currently doing life in jail for the killing of Phanos Kalopsidiotis and conspiracy to murder Mavromichalis.On March 24, Serbian authorities notified their Cypriot counterparts that the wanted man had traveled to Cyprus through the occupied areas, and that he was staying at the Saray hotel in north Nicosia.Serbian Interpol said he had meetings with Benny on March 22 and 23.On March 29, police were told that the man bought two tickets for two of the other wanted men to come to Cyprus.Two days later, the two arrived in Cyprus through the north where they were met by two of the suspects.On April 5, Serbian Interpol informed the police that two of the currently wanted men had returned to Serbia the previous day and would return at a later date to carry out the hit.On April 13, it was arranged for a down payment to be paid during a meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece.The two men returned to Cyprus three days later, again using Tympou airport in the north. The men arrived at around 3.40pm, but they left the island some three hours later after they had been tipped off that they were being monitored.Police told the court that Benny was the one who had sent €1,000 to the first wanted man to pay for his trip. He had also met him on March 22 and March 30.Benny was charged for Kalopsidiotis’ murder and later changed his plea to guilty and also admitting to conspiring to kill Mavromichalis and two other people.Police said they determined that on March 31, two of the wanted men were seen outside a cafeteria frequented by Mavromichalis in Nicosia.The gangland killing in April of businessman Andreas Rodotheou in Limassol coincided with the sentencing of Benny for the murder of four people in Ayia Napa last summer.Marios Christodoulou was handed four life sentences by the Criminal Court after admitting to orchestrating the murder of Phanos Kalopsidiotis, police officer Elias and his wife Skevi Hadjiefthimiou, and Albanian Yani Vogli, one of the shooters.The four were killed on June 23, 2016, in an Ayia Napa restaurant.Mavromichalis had testified that he suspected Rodotheou and a man named Giorgos Phenek wanted Kalopsidiotis dead because they had professional differences.Kalopsidiotis, according to Mavromichalis, considered the pair responsible for his father’s murder in 2014 and a gangland hit in the summer of 2012 that saw five people killed.Benny worked for Rodotheou and had been arrested in February 2015 in connection with a rocket attack in Nicosia that was meant to take out Mavromichalis but killed his 28-year-old bodyguard instead.The attack followed an incident at the Apoel fan club in which Benny was beaten by Mavromichalis and his men.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus marks 43 years since Turkish invasion

first_imgCyprus marks on Thursday the 43rd anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion which resulted in the occupation of the island’s northern third, paying tribute to all those killed. A series of memorials and other events will be held to commemorate the fallen.Air-raid sirens sounded at 05:30, the time at which the Turkish invasion was launched with troops landing on the island’s northern shores.In the morning, a memorial service for army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion takes place at Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades, political party leaders, the religious leadership and other officials.A formal church memorial service will be held at Faneromeni Church in old Nicosia, to be attended by the President and the political leadership. A series of other anti-occupation events will also take place during the day.In the evening an event will take place at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversaries of both the 1974 coup engineered by the Greek military junta in Athens and the invasion.Political parties and other associations and groups have issued statements, condemning the invasion and the continuing occupation and reiterating their determination to fight for a just and viable solution.This year’s anniversary follows a round of UN-backed talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, which failed to produce any results.Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, following a military coup that toppled the legal government of the Republic which was engineered with the Greek military junta.Turkey continues to occupy 37 per cent of the island and maintains 40,000 troops here.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police officer rescues woman from sea

first_imgA woman who lost consciousness while swimming in the sea in the Kato Paphos area was rescued by a policeman who jumped into the sea fully clothed on Tuesday afternoon.Passers-by spotted the woman, 42, floating in the sea at around 4pm and alerted a police officer who was on patrol in the area.After the officer jumped into the sea and rescued her she received first aid with the help of a lifeguard.An ambulance took her to Paphos hospital where she was diagnosed with a head wound, treated and discharged. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Improved targeted care for autistic children

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for a centre to fully assess and evaluate children with autism and to create independent homes for disabled people.Speaking after a cabinet session, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said the operation of the evaluation centre for autistic children will aim to offer specialised services and support to families and the children themselves.The centre will be housed at the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation, while a daycare centre for autistic children will also be created.The centre will cost around €700,000 a year to run.She also announced the creation of five to ten communal houses catering for people with disabilities where they can be offered all necessary services.This, she explained, is a new scheme designed to integrate people with serious disabilities into assisted-living programmes and is particularly aimed at adults with special needs.The cost of operating each house has been estimated at around €300,000, the minister said, adding that both schemes can be co-financed by the European Social fund.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The loneliness of the longdistance cat catcher

first_imgBy Gavin JonesDuring our working lives many of us have experienced a rich variety of occupations from week-end newspaper rounds to being the head of a multinational company and with varying degrees of success. My own experiences have been no different: working in the washhouse of the family laundry business, assistant concrete tester for Taylor Woodrow on the M6 motorway, travel agent, business machine salesman, founder of several commercial enterprises. My latest foray into the world of work has entailed an occupation which is unpaid but no less rewarding for that and at times extremely intense. But more of that later.Like many who live in Cyprus, my wife and I have adopted an ever increasing ‘family’ of cats. I say ‘adopted’ as the reality is that they are the ones who choose us and we humans are mere bystanders as to whether or not our ‘hotels’ are given the seal of approval.I’m under no illusion that they actually like us per se and that in all probability it’s simply a question of the quality and quantity of food that we provide which decides whether or not they stick around. However, once bonds are established it soon becomes clear that like humans, each and every one has a distinct character. Some remain feral and display a suspicious tendency while others become home birds who hate being put outside.Little by little one learns the basic elements of cat husbandry such as the season when ticks and fleas are most prevalent and how to counter them, the removing of cereal ears that get caught in eyes and the importance of regular worming.This conveniently leads me onto the emotive topic of the relationship that exists here not only between humans and cats but also dogs and animals in general. Hardly a week goes by but walkers out on a stroll come across dogs tied up with no water under the blazing sun or else living in kennels in conditions of indescribable filth and squalor, often as not emaciated for lack of food. There have even been reported cases of animal carcasses being left in kennels.Understandable howls of anger are levelled not only at the perpetrators of such insufferable behaviour but also equal outrage is launched at the state’s veterinary authorities, whose reaction is rightly or wrongly perceived to be lacklustre at best if not downright non-existent. All too often this goes hand in hand with police inaction as they seem to view animal ‘mismanagement’, or should I say cruelty, as way down their list of priorities.Despite shocking, graphic images being posted on social media which are circulated worldwide, very little concerted action appears to be taken with the same indifference being shown to the trapping of migratory birds. Although this latter ‘pastime’ is illegal, all concerned turn a blind eye, especially politicians who perceive that popularity ratings among their electorate would be affected if they publicly came out to condemn the practice. Yet another example of a law being on the statute book merely for cosmetic purposes with nobody willing to actually enforce it.The cat catcher in the headline happens to be me although the reality is that I’m more of a gopher as my involvement has been very much on an ad hoc basis. The real professional and lead ‘catcher’ who works alone happens to be an American lady called Luanne who, like me, lives in the Paphos district. She prepares her day’s work along the lines of a military operation, loading her estate car with different sizes of cages which have sensitive foot plates which activate the gate at the entrance and ensure the cats can’t escape. In addition, there are cat bowls, tins of food to entice the cats into the cages and additional homemade traps which are meticulously laid and sprung by pulling on a long piece of string once a cat is inside.Touring Paphos and surrounding villages, Luanne makes notes where concentrations of cats, often centred on rubbish skips, are located and prioritises which ones should be attended to along the lines of a hospital triage system. In addition, she receives phone calls from the public with urgent pleas for her services as neighbourhoods are all too often overrun. Once a full complement has been caught, they’re taken to the Paphiakos clinic and shelter where they’re neutered and spayed, given time to recover and Luanne then returns to pick them up and releases them back to their original habitat. For the record, Paphiakos has been offering this service for free since 1992 and relies exclusively on donations to maintain this vital work.The reader may well ask why someone like Luanne does what she does. Quite simply, it’s out of love and respect. Would that more people were responsible and took the time and trouble to have their animals neutered and spayed.On a practical level, the objective is to keep colonies small so that they don’t attract as much attention and are therefore less likely to be poisoned. This is an archaic and brutal method of population control, especially as a humane alternative is available. Cats that have been surgically altered continue to hunt and keep down the snake and general vermin population. Moreover, both males and females live healthier and longer lives. Many question why males require neutering. The fact is that males fight for mating rights and claw and bite and thus spread disease such as the feline version of Aids. Hence surgery saves lives by limiting aggressive contact and helps to ensure that we have a better night’s sleep!Far too many on the island refuse to deal with their own cats let alone strays because they have the misguided notion that by doing so nature is being tampered with. Perhaps it’s more basic and that people simply can’t be bothered. That’s all very well but as a result the island is overrun with hundreds of thousands of emaciated and often injured cats whose very existence depends on scavenging around rubbish bins and restaurants or else relying on people’s goodwill to feed them.Many justify this laissez-faire attitude by professing that as animals don’t have souls, their existence has no value and it therefore follows they should be left to their own devices. It’s also conveniently sidestepped that a cat can produce litter after litter, sometimes with four kittens each time, and in due course they produce in turn.It’s all about education and one can only hope that a sea change in attitudes will ultimately take root, something that remains to be seen.What I’ve encountered from the public on my travels with Luanne is a mixture of appreciation but also on occasion abuse. Many questioned what we were doing, we were confronted with suspicion and foul language and even threatened with the police. And let’s not forget that like Paphiakos, Luanne is doing this for free in her own time as well as paying for cat food and petrol.With over a thousand cats caught by her, spayed and returned to their own environment, hopefully Luanne’s reward will be in heaven if not in this world.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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Queen awards CBE to Cypriot AI expert

first_imgBritish artificial intelligence (AI) researcher of Cypriot descent Demis Hassabis has been included in the 2018 New Year Honours’ list.The 41-year-old researcher, who was born in London to a father from Famagusta and a mother from Singapore, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to science and technology”.Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, an AI research firm which has developed software that has beaten a human professional player at ‘Go’, the complex Chinese strategy board game. DeepMind was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million.He was a child prodigy in chess and captained many England junior chess teams.After he graduated in 1997 with a Double First in Computer Science from Cambridge University the researcher obtained a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from University College London before cofounding DeepMind in 2010.Commenting on his award, Demis Hassabis said that he was “very proud” of his team at DeepMind. “This is recognition of the immense contribution they have already made to the world of science and technology, and I`m excited about the potential for many more breakthroughs and societal benefit in the years ahead,” he added.The honours are awarded by Queen Elizabeth to people with an important contribution to UK society.In total, 1,123 names appear in the New Year Honours’ list. Among them are former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and the Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img