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Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators

first_imgOn Sunday, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany became the first Canadian to win a lead actor Emmy for her role on a Canadian series. But many homegrown TV creators worry she could be the last, given a recent change by Canada’s broadcast regulator.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) revealed on Aug. 25 it was dropping the minimum certification points required for projects seeking access to funds that support Canadian independent productions.According to the CRTC, the decision provides “flexibility” for creators and could “facilitate the hiring … of non-Canadian actors or creators, who may increase a project’s attractiveness and visibility in international markets.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: But Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson says it’s a “vote of non-confidence.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian musical Come From Away wins Tony Award for best direction

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: A complete list of this year’s Tony winners can be found below.2017 Tony Award winnersBest musical: Dear Evan HansenBest play: OsloBest book of a musical: Dear Evan HansenBest original score: Dear Evan HansenBest revival of a play: JitneyBest revival of a musical:  Hello, Dolly!Best actor, play: Kevin Kline, Present LaughterBest actress, play:​ Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2 Best actor, musical:​ Ben Platt, Dear Evan HansenBest actress, musical:​ Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!Best featured actor, play: Michael Aronov, OsloBest featured actress, play:​​ Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes​Best featured actor, musical: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!Best featured actress, musical:​ Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan HansenBest scenic design, play: Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes WrongBest scenic design, musical:​ Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Best costume design, play: Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little FoxesBest costume design, musical: Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!Best lighting design, play: Christopher Akerlind, IndecentBest lighting design, musical:​ Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Best direction, play:​ Rebecca Taichman, IndecentBest direction, musical: Christopher Ashley, Come From AwayBest choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, BandstandBest orchestrations:​ Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan HansenWith files from Steven D’Souza and Jessica WongSOURCE:  CBC “If you want to learn, you’ve got to go to where some of the greatest hosts of all times have gotten their start. Carson, Crystal, Letterman. You’ve got to go to the Rock,” Goldberg said, just before the Come From Away company performed Welcome to the Rock from the musical.The cast of Come From Away, a Canadian-written musical about the Newfoundlanders who helped stranded passengers during 9/11, give a wave during their performance at the Tonys. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) “What’s amazing is seeing that the story behind it resonates just as strongly with everyone who comes to it,”  Hein told CBC News in New York. “Over this six-year journey, the same story that inspired us is inspiring so many other people and that means the world.”Come From Away received seven Tony nominations in total, including best musical, best book of a musical and original score.All of those awards, however, went to the heartfelt Dear Evan Hansen, about a teenager with social anxiety disorder who becomes an unlikely hero following the suicide of a classmate.Producer Stacey Mindich and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen accept the award for best musical. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt won for best actor in a musical. Other winners included Oslo for best play and Hello, Dolly! for best revival of a musical.House of Cards star and Tony-winning actor Kevin Spacey hosted the evening, opening the show with a lighthearted number about the pains of helming the Tonys for the first time.Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during his opening number, which included appearances by Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Colbert. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg made cameo appearances to offer hosting advice. Goldberg included a shout-out to Newfoundland.Whoopi Goldberg made a reference to Newfoundland, where Come From Away is set, just before the cast from the musical took the stage for a performance. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Twittercenter_img The cast of Come From Away performs the number Welcome to the Rock onstage during the awards show. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) “The people who gave their lives and the people who extended their hearts and their homes and were generous and kind at the very worst moments.”The feel-good hit, which has become the toast of the theatre scene since it officially opened on Broadway in March, was written by Canadian husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff.Irene Sankoff and David Hein attend the Tony Honours Cocktail Party celebrating the 2017 special award recipients at Sofitel Hotel June 5 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Facebook The Canadian musical Come From Away won a Tony Award on Sunday for best direction, which went to American stage director Christopher Ashley.The production is based on real-life stories of people in and around Gander, N.L., who provided food, shelter and comfort to thousands of stranded passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“I’d like to accept this [award] on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and all of the first responders and their families in New York,” Ashley said during his acceptance speech.Christopher Ashley accepts the award for best direction of a musical for Come From Away. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

UNbacked project helps villagers in Myanmar rebuild lives following floods

9 September 2010Almost 100,000 villagers in western Myanmar whose homes or croplands were badly damaged by floods earlier this year are rebuilding their lives under a United Nations-backed project that provides income-generating activities for locals. The scheme, supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in early July after torrential rains and strong winds a month earlier killed dozens of people and inundated swathes of countryside.Villagers have been paid for cleaning and repairing damaged houses, latrines and schools; cleaning water ponds and wells; rebuilding footpaths and jetties and reclaiming paddy fields that were covered with sand.The villagers who took part received $2 to $2.50 a day for their work, according to a press release issued today by UNDP. Many had no means of earning money following the floods.UNDP said the project, which is being carried out across 90 separate villagers, is likely to continue until later this month. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.69 points to 15,275.32, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.68 points to 22,032.92. The S&P 500 index was down 2.95 points to 2,474.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 7.04 points to 6,355.61.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.61 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 79.62 cents US.The September crude contract was up 14 cents to US$49.73 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $3.40 to US$1,275.00 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.88 a pound. read more

These Kings Are Better Than Gretzkys Kings

For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. They know that if you always have the puck on your stick, you can’t lose. read more

All cars sold after 2022 must have speedlimiting technology EU says

first_img File photo. The M50 in Dublin Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie The political agreement reached is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, with a view to the introduction of the rules in 2022. File photo. The M50 in Dublin By Sean Murray All cars sold after 2022 must have speed-limiting technology, EU says It is part of a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety. 91 Comments 24,404 Views With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when the safety belts were first introduced. Many of the new features already exist, in particular in high–end vehicles. Now we raise the safety level across the board, and pave the way for connected and automated mobility of the future.Last year, 148 people were killed on Irish roads, the RSA said.Recent road safety measures introduced by the government here include new zero tolerance drink driving laws which sees an automatic ban for drivers on their first offence in this regard.Other measures the EU wants to introduce include the reduction of dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses, and technology that warns the driver in case of drowsiness or distraction.  Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:45 AM THE EU HAS said a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see new road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 onwards.The new measures will see cars, for example, required to have features such as intelligent speed assistance, lane keeping technology and advanced emergency braking.EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: “Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. We can and must act to change this. Share1203 Tweet Email4 Mar 27th 2019, 7:46 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4562711 List of the proposed safety features Source: EUThe European Commission said it hopes these measures will help to save over 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. The new proposals were warmly welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council.Its executive director Antonio Avenoso said: “There have only been a handful of moments in the last fifty years which could be described as big leaps forward for road safety in Europe.  The mandatory introduction of the seat belt was one, and the first EU minimum crash safety standards, agreed in 1998 was another.If last night’s agreement is given the formal green light, it will represent another of those moments, preventing 25,000 deaths within 15 years of coming into force.last_img read more

Pêche en eaux profondes les associations de défense de lenvironnement fulminent

first_imgPêche en eaux profondes : les associations de défense de l’environnement fulminentFrance – Après 9 mois de réflexions, la Mission pêches profondes (MPP), mandatée par les deux ministres de la Pêche et de l’Écologie lors du Grenelle de la Mer a rendu son rapport. Dans un communiqué commun, les diverses associations de défense de l’environnement impliquées dénoncent une “imposture” doublée d’un “échec cuisant à tous points de vue.” Le WWF, Greenpeace ou encore l’association Bloom récusent aujourd’hui le rapport produit par Alain Biseau de l’Ifremer, rapporteur de la mission présidée par le député-maire de Pornic, Philippe Boënnec.Pour elles, la MPP n’a pas répondu à sa lettre de mission dont l’objectif principal était de “s’assurer que les pêches en eaux profondes sont viables économiquement, socialement et écologiquement, pour que leur poursuite, éventuellement adaptée, puisse être envisagée.” Cet objectif s’inspirait de la logique des dernières résolutions des Nations unies encadrant les pêches profondes. En effet, depuis 2006, deux résolutions exigent que les pêches profondes apportent la preuve que leurs pratiques n’impactent pas de façon significative les habitats profonds et les espèces qui les peuplent pour pouvoir opérer. Problème : pour les associations, les conclusions du rapport sont “biaisées et orientées” : “Les conclusions de la mission en matière de rentabilité économique s’inscrivent en complète contradiction avec le bilan économique des trois principaux armements concernés” (Scapêche, Dhellemmes et Euronor, présentant tous des bilans négatifs). Elles soulignent en outre que ces activités, très consommatrices de gazole (7 000 litres/jour pour un chalutier de 40 mètres, 1000 litres/jour pour un chalutier de moins de 25 mètres) rendent ces armateurs particulièrement vulnérables à l’augmentation des prix du pétrole. Un facteur qui suffirait en lui-même à mettre en cause la durabilité de ces pêches comme le soulignait, dès 2006, le rapport Poséidon du secrétariat général Mer rattaché à Matignon.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Sur le plan environnemental enfin, le rapport présenterait des conclusions aux antipodes de celles publiées par la communauté scientifique internationale. Les impacts de la pêche en eaux profondes sur les écosystèmes ou sur les autres espèces n’ont pas été pris en compte, et des problématiques comme celle des prises accessoires, constituées entre autres de requins menacés d’extinction, ont été mises de côté.Les dernières recommandations scientifiques de référence comme celles du Conseil international pour l’exploration de la mer (Ciem) préconisent pourtant de nouvelles réductions des captures pour 2010 et la question de la durabilité économique de ces pêches se pose donc avec encore plus d’acuité. Elle reste cependant en suspens.  Le 14 juillet 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sixfold increase in Uttar Pradesh Boards examination fees

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board has increased six-fold the examination fees for high school and intermediate board examinations in 2020. The fee for high school examinations has been raised from Rs 80 to Rs 500, while for intermediate examinations it has gone up from Rs 90 to Rs 600. Private students appearing in UP Board high school examinations will now pay Rs 700 instead of Rs 200, while those appearing in intermediate examinations will be charged Rs 800 instead of Rs 220. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Candidates will have to submit the fees to their school principal by August 15. In April, the UP Board had increased the fee for a re-evaluation of examinations by five times. Board officials said that the reason behind the steep hike was to bring it at par with CBSE and CISCE to some extent. UP Board secretary Neena Srivastava said: “We are still not charging as much fee as CBSE or CISCE since major ity of our students come from rural background.” Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In CBSE, high school and intermediate students are required to pay Rs 750 for five subjects. A fee of Rs 100 is charged if they opt for an additional subject. The examination fee for ICSE and ISC students is Rs 1,500. Meanwhile, the state president of Madhyamik Vittavihin Shikshak Mahasabha (Secondary Self-finance Teachers’ Association), Umesh Dwiwedi said: “At a time when the government talks about providing free food and uniforms to all, the fee hike is too steep for students.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 8187 up on Dec 6

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 81.87 points up to stand at 21,039.68. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 18.80 points up to stand at 6,259.90. Oriental Bank and Tata Power were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.01% and 6.35% along with Amara Raja and UCO Bank with an increase of 5.00% and 4.92% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. with a decrease of 2.39% and 2.11% along with Future Retail and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 2.09% and 1.84% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 50.23 points at 12,292.04, while the banking sector is up 133.56 points at 13,431.82 and the realty sector is up 4.22 points at 1,367.04. The Indian currency is up 0.22% at Rs 61.62 per dollar.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 elimination Not Fathima fans wanted this contestant to

first_imgFathima Babu is the first contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutFathima Babu is the first contestant to be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She ended her two-week journey in the show last weekend as she apparently received lesser votes than the other participants who were in the danger zone. But the netizens are not happy with the outcome because they wanted someone else to be out of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show.Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Fathima Babu, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination last weekend. The netizens, in large, wanted Sakshi to be shown the door as her behaviour had irked them. The actress’ proximity with Vanitha’s gang and her clever strategies have earned her the tag of “cunning woman.”The least there were expecting is Saravanan’s elimination as he lacks energy and has failed to entertain the views. The eviction of Fathima Babu has come as a big surprise as the netizens feel she deserved to be in the house. Her courage to speak out against Vanitha, who is accused by people of dominating the house, came late.”#Fathima amma, we love you. you are too good to be in the show #biggbosstamil3. [sic]” a fan wrote after her eviction.It looks like the love and respect from the netizens failed to translate into votes for Fathima.Speaking on stage with Kamal Haasan after her eviction, Fathima slammed Vanitha for her dominating behaviour. She was given the power to choose three people who will be the nominees for the captain of the house post next week. She choose – Abhirami, Sandy and Tharshan.Fathima Babu is a Tamil and Malayalam actress who was introduced to films by K Balachander in Kalki. Her notable films were : Ninaivirukkum Varai, Devathayai Kanden, Swarnamukhi and Azhagiya Pandipuram. At Andheri, Gramam and a few others in Mollywood.She had come to limelight in 80s as a new reader on Doordarshan. She was also seen in TV serials and Yaaradi Nee Mohini on Zee Tamil remains one of her popular shows.The nomination for the next weekend will be aired on Monday episode (8 July). It has to be seen who will be pushed to the danger zone in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.last_img read more

Latest fitness trends to keep you in shape

first_imgEvery time there is a photograph of a celebrity showing off his or her toned and fit body, hundreds of thousands of fans search eagerly for their diet and workout plan so that they can follow suit.To become as fit as them, one has to follow a fitness code. Experts jot down the latest A-to-Z fitness regime.Workleisure clothing: Athleisure contributed to the rise of wearing leggings outside of the gym, and now comfy clothes are making their way into the office. Basically, workleisure takes technical, sweat-wicking, and flattering fabrics and incorporates them into work, dinner, happy hour-appropriate pieces Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEntomophagy: Bugs, anyone? They’re a cheap and sustainable source of protein, so don’t be surprised to find crickets on restaurant menus instead of Fear Factor reruns. If you’re keen on trying the trend, just know that bug-based foods can still be heavily processed, so bear in mind what else you’re eating in addition to crunchy insects.Fat to fitness band: Move over, wristwatch, there’s a new accessory in town and it’s sleek, functional and wildly popular. These fitness bands are wearable devices that are strapped to the wrists tracking your every move. These can act as a substitute for a phone when you’re out for a run and can be an accurate fitness trainer. Get yours today. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndoor plants: Living walls have entered a bounty of corporate spaces while eucalyptus shower bouquets are trending due to the invigorating essential oils released when activated by heat and steam. Not to mention, plants are shown to boost moods, filter toxins, and produce oxygen.Matcha made: Not only has this green powder (which is packed with caffeine and antioxidants) popped up in cafes across the country, but bakeries, grocery stores, and even beauty products have also gone mad for matcha. Ketogenic diet: A low carb, high-fat diet, the ketogenic diet transforms your body into a fat-burning machine. You body runs entirely on fat, your insulin levels become low and fat burns drastically. The main focus is to get all the calories from the consumption of healthy fats.Paleo diet: Paleolithic living as a dietary model was introduced by gastroenterologist, Dr Walter L Voegtlin. Also known as the Stone Age or caveman diet, paleo diet includes consuming only fresh and organic fruits or veggies or meat. In the Paleo diet, there is no use of processed and canned food. Foods that have preservatives or chemicals are completely avoided in this diet.Atkins diet: This diet completely eliminates carbohydrates and focuses on proteins and fats for the daily source of energy.Dukan Diet: The Dukan diet is designed by the French nutritionist and dietician, Pierre Dukan. This is a protein-based commercial fad diet similar to the ketogenic diet, as both focus on the consumption of fats and proteins but omits carbohydrates.Zone diet: The Zone diet is a low- glycemic index diet introduced by biochemist Barry Sears. This diet includes foods that do not spike your sugar levels. The right proportion of fat, carbhohydrates and protein helps you lose weight and decreases the risks of heart diseases.last_img read more

Chris Paul is more valuable to the Rockets than James Harden

first_imgChris Paul is more valuable to the Rockets than James HardenJames Harden was recently named to the All-NBA 1st team, and is considered by many to be the leading candidate for MVP, but during Houston’s play off run that has them one win away form the NBA Finals, it’s Chris Paul who has stepped up in the crucial moments to make the difference.When the Rockets needed to put away the pesky Jazz, it was Paul who came through with a dominant 41-point night. In Game 5, when Harden disappeared with 19 points, including 0-11 from three, it was Paul that made the winning plays down the stretch before going down with a hamstring injury. In the postseason, the Rockets are 6-0 in Harden’s 6 worst offensive games, most of them blowouts.Colin thinks Harden is a fantastic individual talent, but he’s a solo act. It’s Paul who is Houston’s tough physical presence, vocal leader and communicator. Without CP3 in the lineup for Game 6, Golden State is currently a 10.5-point favorite. Vegas knows how valuable he is, too. Also:– Golden State lucks out again with CPS out for Game 6 Star studded Warriors lack a late game go-to guyFor the second game in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors kicked away their final fourth quarter possession in Game 5 and walked away with a tough loss. Similarly, in Game 4, a potential game-tying possession ended in a forced shot by Klay Thompson that missed.Despite being the NBA’s dominant team over the past three years, Golden State has been a disorganized mess on crucial late game possessions and don’t have a clear go-to guy in end of game situations. Colin thinks the ball should be in Curry’s hands since he’s the best ball handler and shooter, but since he’s not at 100% it’s not clear he’s up to the task.center_img Guests:Eddie House – FS1 NBA analyst and NBA World Champion talks Rockets/Warriors Game 5.Dahntay Jones – NBA World Champion with the Cavs looks ahead to Cleveland/Boston Game 6 in Cleveland.Cuttino Mobley – 10-year NBA Veteran is in-studio talking Rockets/Warriors and the impact of Chris Paul missing Game 6. Jason Whitlock – Host of FS1’s Speak For Yourself is in-studio explaining why Kevin Durant still can’t decide who he is.last_img read more

Appeals court grants bail to Indian movie star

first_imgBollywood actor Salman Khan, center, hugs Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray who called on him at his residence in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 7, 2015. One of India’s biggest and most popular movie stars, Khan, was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged for more than 12 years. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)n New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MUMBAI, India (AP) — A court on Friday granted bail to one of India’s biggest movie stars until it hears his appeal challenging his conviction in a drunk-driving hit-and-run case more than a decade ago.Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday on charges of driving over five men sleeping on the sidewalk and killing one of them in Mumbai in 2002.Justice Abhay Thipsay said the Mumbai High Court would start hearing Khan’s appeal in July, according to prosecutor Abha Singh. He asked Khan to pay a bail bond of 30,000 rupees ($500). Bollywood filmmakers were worried about the court case because Khan has several films in the pipeline. Film industry analysts said Khan had projects worth 2.5 billion rupees ($40 million) depending on him.It could take years more for Khan’s case to wind its way through India’s overburdened legal system. The system is plagued by a shortfall of judges, corruption, police delays and excruciating layers of paperwork.Even if the Mumbai High Court upholds his conviction, the actor could go to India’s top court, the Supreme Court, seeking reversal of his sentence.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Khan, 49, is one of Bollywood’s most popular stars, appearing in more than 90 Hindi-language films in his 27-year career.A large crowd of Khan’s supporters danced with joy outside his house in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital.However, one of his fans tried to commit suicide by consuming poison just before the start of the court proceeding on Friday, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Police rushed him to a hospital in an unconscious state.The fan, an aspiring script writer named Gourango Kundu, said in a pamphlet that he was hoping Khan would give him a break in Bollywood movies. If the actor was sent to the prison, he would not be able to help him, the pamphlet read.In convicting Khan on Wednesday, the trial court accepted the prosecution’s plea that Khan was drunk when he rammed his SUV into a group of homeless people and found him guilty of culpable homicide. The trial had dragged for more than 12 years.Khan began his career in 1988, playing a romantic action hero with many of his movies becoming box office hits. In recent years he turned to philanthropy, establishing a charitable trust called “Being Human” which works in education and health care for the poor. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Taliban attack underscores difficulties facing Afghan leader

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Some 60 people were held hostage until the early hours of Thursday morning. Sporadic gunfire and a series of muffled explosions were heard over about five hours, before Kabul police chief Gen. Adbul Rahman Rahimi announced the siege was over. Firefighters quickly moved in to clear the building, which was cordoned off as residents moved out.The Taliban claimed responsibility in an emailed statement that said the hotel was targeted because of the presence of foreigners, including Americans. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said it was carried out by a lone attacker armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a suicide vest and a pistol. However, authorities in Kabul said three gunmen were involved and all were killed in the shootout with Afghan security forces.Ghani condemned the attack and lashed out at the Taliban in a statement Thursday, vowing the insurgents would not derail his plans to bring peace to his war-ravaged nation. He said he had spoken to the leaders of the nations whose citizens were killed, adding: “The terrorists and enemies of Afghanistan cannot harm our country’s relationships with other countries with these activities.”Since taking office in September, public support for Ghani has rapidly evaporated, along with faith in his promises to bring reform and peace. His cabinet still lacks a defense minister and plans to kick-start a moribund economy, creating much-needed jobs after the withdrawal late last year of foreign combat forces and many non-government organizations, have stalled. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona In the months immediately after his inauguration, Ghani embarked on a diplomatic offensive aimed at winning the support of neighboring nations for his vision of transforming Afghanistan from a war-torn no-go zone into a hub for regional economic cooperation. Central to his plan was drawing the Taliban into a dialogue that would eventually lead to peace talks and its possible inclusion in government.Earlier this month, representatives of Ghani’s government and the Taliban met informally in the Gulf state of Qatar. During discussions there, both sides emphasized that peace talks were not on the agenda. Nevertheless, the Taliban issued a statement that implied a new flexibility on previously intractable issues, such as the presence of foreigners in Afghanistan and acceptance of a constitution.At the same, violence continues to escalate.The U.N. mission in Afghanistan condemned Wednesday’s assault as an “atrocity,” and said it had documented a record high number of civilian casualties — 974 killed and 1,963 injured — in the first four months of 2015, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year.“Taliban statements on avoiding civilian casualties ring hollow when we set them against the latest killings,” the mission’s human rights director, Georgette Gagnon, said in a statement. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An audacious Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, underscores the difficulties President Ashraf Ghani faces in providing even basic security following the withdrawal of international combat troops from Afghanistan.The hourslong siege, which ended early Thursday, was the deadliest in Kabul since the insurgents launched their annual “spring offensive” against Ghani’s administration in late April, sparking fierce battles that have forced the government to concentrate resources on security at the expense of desperately needed reforms. ___Associated Press writer Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The attack also shows how the Taliban have been able to adapt to the tightened security situation in the Afghan capital, where smuggling in large amounts of weaponry has become increasingly difficult.“Everyone had been expecting a big Taliban attack on Kabul to mark the launch of the spring offensive, something like a truck bomb, but that didn’t happen,” said a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. “So they come with smaller weapons and firearms.”At the same time, the Taliban has used the government’s preoccupation with internal machinations, including disputes between Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah over cabinet appointees, to formulate a strategy aimed at crippling plans for reform, said Mir, the analyst.That strategy “is now rolling out across the country, with attacks across the east and north — we don’t know what they will do from one day to the next,” Mir said.“The Taliban know that the government coffers are empty. Any attack will force the government to spend on security. The government is not yet fine-tuned and it needs to be fine-tuned to function properly,” he said. “This strategy of insurgency undermines its ability to fine-tune. Its focus has to be on security. It can’t do anything else.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Afghan security forces inspect the site of the Park Palace Hotel attacked by gunmen, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Gunmen stormed the guesthouse on Wednesday night as it hosted a party for foreigners. An hourslong siege ended early Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories An American, a British citizen, an Italian, four Indian nationals and two Pakistanis were among the dead. Five Afghans were also killed and seven were wounded, including a policeman.By targeting a guesthouse popular with international residents and visitors, the Taliban also stoked fears they were renewing their strategy of killing foreigners, which will further undermine Ghani’s credibility in his efforts to bring peace, stability and prosperity not only to Afghanistan but to the broader region.“The attack shows that Kabul is very vulnerable. An increase in attacks on Kabul can paralyze life here, and if there is a cascade of attacks in Kabul, it can hurt the government,” said Haroun Mir, an independent political analyst.Gunmen stormed the Park Palace Hotel in downtown Kabul as guests gathered Wednesday evening for a concert by a popular Afghan musician attended by an audience that included diplomats, business people, charity workers, academics and others.As gunfire echoed around the guesthouse in the Shar-i-Naw neighborhood — near United Nations compounds and a foreign-run hospital — the area was rapidly surrounded by heavily armed police and special forces in armored Humvees.last_img read more

Senators quiz military chiefs criticize US fight against IS

first_imgSen. John McCain, chairman of the committee and a persistent critic of Obama’s foreign policy, wasn’t convinced.“I got to tell you that after four years, Mr. Secretary, that is not an impressive number,” McCain, R-Ariz., said in one of several testy exchanges with Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.So far, Congress has approved $500 million to train Free Syria Army fighters. The Associated Press reported last month that the number of trainees involved in the program at bases in Jordan and Turkey had dropped below 100, with dozens of recruits fleeing the program.At the hearing, Carter agreed that 60 was not a significant number but said there were 7,000 prospective recruits in the pipeline. The U.S. goal is to train and equip 5,400 rebels a year for three years.At the Pentagon on Monday, President Barack Obama conceded difficulties in fighting “opportunistic” and “nimble” IS militants, but he defended progress that had been made in combating the extremists in Iraq and Syria.However, McCain, who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, argued that there is no compelling reason to think that anything the U.S. is doing will achieve the president’s goal of degrading and ultimately destroying IS. He accused the president of engaging in a “disturbing degree of self-delusion” when it comes to battling IS. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government,” Carter said.There are about 3,300 in Iraq assisting the nation’s security forces. Moreover, the U.S.-led coalition has conducted more than 5,000 airstrikes to counter IS. U.S. troops are now at a new base in the Anbar province of western Iraq, mainly to advise the Iraqis on planning and execution of a counteroffensive to retake Ramadi.Dempsey said that about a month ago the Iraqi forces were poised to start a counteroffensive in Ramadi but were persuaded by U.S. military leaders that they should wait to make sure their forces were ready.“The Ramadi campaign, which about a month ago was about to be executed precipitously, has actually (become) — with our help — now a very deliberate campaign first to isolate it and then to go back and recapture it, with a supporting effort in Fallujah,” Dempsey said.Carter said Ramadi needs to be retaken, but that it has to be done under competent Iraqi command and control, “which has been a challenge.”“This will be a test of the competence of the Iraqi security forces,” Carter said. “It is a test that they must pass.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.“That is a small class,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This is the number that got through a very vigorous vetting and selection process that we have. … We expect that number to improve.” Sponsored Stories Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Ash Carter take their seats as they arrive at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 7, about Counter-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) Strategy. Carter and Dempsey face questions from members of the Senate panel about President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Separately, the House passed by voice vote a bill to improve economic and defense cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan, which is suffering from an influx of 622,000 Syrian refugees.___Associated Press writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   “We have conducted thousands of airstrikes, taken out many ISIL fighters and much equipment and pushed it out of some territory,” McCain said, using an acronym for the Islamic extremist group. “None of the so-called progress that the president cited suggests that we are on a path to success.”The Iraqi military, which was equipped and trained by the United States, has struggled to recover from its collapse a year ago when IS militants captured the country’s second largest city, Mosul, and swept over much of northern and western Iraq. Iraqi commanders fled, pleas for more ammunition went unanswered, and in some cases soldiers stripped off their uniforms and ran.McCain said that since U.S. and coalition airstrikes began last year, IS has seized control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in western Iraq and other key terrain in Iraq and holds more than half the territory in Syria.“Our means and our current level of effort are not aligned with our ends,” he said. “That suggests we are not winning, and when you’re not winning in war, you are losing.”Carter acknowledged that more needs to be done to strengthen the mission to train local forces to combat IS. “The strategy is the right one, but its execution can and will be strengthened, especially on the ground,” Carter said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories “We have to find a way to keep getting the ball in his hands,” the receiver added. “He is a guy that can change the complexion of the game with one touch.”No one was underestimated hereFans and media alike probably felt like the Cardinals were going to cruise to a win over the Patriots on Sunday, as the visitors were without star QB Tom Brady and stud TE Rob Gronkowski, among other key players.Shoot, even the oddsmakers in Las Vegas had the Cardinals as nearly 10-point favorites over the Jimmy Garoppolo-led Patriots.Yet, while outsiders may have felt the Cardinals would roll, any sense that overconfidence may have cost the team Sunday is misguided. At least, according to those who coached and played in the game.“No,” Arians said. “There was enough veterans in talking about that, after Pittsburgh last year with Landry Jones, we talked about it a bunch. Jimmy played very well. Knew he would.”The way the Cardinals explained it, just because the Patriots were without some of their better players did not mean they were not one of the NFL’s better teams. There is a reason they are a perennial Super Bowl favorite, and it is not just because of a couple of players. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches his career 100th touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game as New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) defends, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires About that retirement talk…As noted above, there was a report that said Fitzgerald was planning on calling it a career after this season. On that, here’s a note from Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan:Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald addressed a report earlier on Sunday by NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport that he planned to retire after this season.“I don’t talk about the future. I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner tonight; let alone what I’m doing next year. I signed another year for a reason. I believe in what we’re doing here, I believe in the guys that I have in this room, the head coach, his staff, obviously, Michael Bidwill is doing everything he can to put us in position to win. That’s where my mindset is at. What I’m doing next year is of no importance. This is the year and I want to make sure we make it a great one.”Fitzgerald was asked if it was frustrating to read such a report right before the season started.“With the internet, people, they can speculate about anything and it goes viral. I saw a seven-legged dog cross the street this morning, too. I didn’t tweet it, but I’m pretty sure if I would have it would have gone viral, too. That’s the nature of the beast nowadays.” David Johnson, still legitIf you play fantasy football, you know all about David Johnson and the high expectations people have for him going into this season.Through one week, the running back did not disappoint.Johnson ran for 89 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and added another 43 yards on four catches, proving once again that he seems well equipped to handle the role of being the team’s No. 1 running back.One run in particular, a 45-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter that saw him break multiple tackles, was another in a growing list of “wow” moments for anyone who is watching him.“Yeah, I definitely thought I was going to take it to the house,” he said of the play, which saw him get dragged down at the New England 12. “I did not see that guy chasing me from behind. Hopefully, it was a DB and not a linebacker.”Johnson can rest easy knowing the man who tackled him was safety Devin McCourty, and besides, the run did set up a touchdown that for a little while seemed as though it would be the game-winner.Referring to Johnson and that long run specifically, Fitzgerald called the RB “the monster” and added that he is unbelievable. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img To wit: four of his catches, 47 of his yards and one of his scores came in the fourth quarter.“That’s just Larry,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s got to get open in crunch time.”While the Cardinals’ loss to the Patriots certainly takes priority over individual accomplishments, there is no denying the night Fitzgerald had.In classic Fitzgerald fashion, he took very little credit for either of his touchdowns, praising Michael Floyd for clearing the way for his first score and then David Johnson for putting him in position for the second.“He made a play in the flat and made a couple guys miss at the end of the run and it really got the momentum on our side,” he said of a 45-yard Johnson run. “I was just able to cap it off. That drive was all on his shoulders.”The drive, maybe. But the game — and this team — still rests on Fitzgerald’s shoulders, at least emotionally.“It’s awesome,” QB Carson Palmer said of having a player like Fitzgerald to throw the ball to. “We’ve got one of the best receivers to ever play the game. That’s a good situation to be in.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — Early Sunday morning, a report emerged that said Larry Fitzgerald planned on making 2016 his last NFL season.If that is indeed the case — and after the game Fitzgerald gave no validity to the report — then he began this final campaign with a bang.The 33-year-old led the Cardinals with 81 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches in a 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots, and as he has so often since the team drafted him in 2004, he came up with big receptions when the team needed him most. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Palmer said he does not necessarily try to find Fitzgerald in tight moments, though no one would blame him if he did.Few of Fitzgerald’s receptions Sunday were of the ordinary variety. Many were in traffic and with the receiver barely having time to react, or as was the case on his second touchdown, with him basically lying on his back.“The GOAT,” tackle D.J. Humphries said of Fitzgerald. “That’s the GOAT (greatest of all time) right there. He’s going to always show up, every time. That’s Mr. Consistent, for sure.”Fitzgerald was so good, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered this glowing review:“Larry’s a good player. He made a lot of good plays tonight. Stuff you’ve got to cover.”Often times — as was the case the last time the Cardinals played a meaningful game in University of Phoenix Stadium — Fitzgerald’s heroics end up being the catalyst for a victory.The Cardinals feed off of their future Hall of Famer.“It’s a huge momentum swing,” Johnson said of plays like the ones Fitzgerald was making. “Larry does that stuff all the time throughout practice and definitely throughout games. It’s just another boost for our offense. It gets me motivated to do what I can to help out the team.” “We didn’t underestimate them at all,” linebacker Kevin Minter said. “They are still the Patriots at the end of the day — they can fit anyone in there and have a chance to win, and they come in there with that mentality every game.”Minter said during the week he cautioned against sleeping on Garoppolo, who he knew was a good QB and highly-rated coming out of college. Garoppolo also showed flashes in the preseason.“They knew he might be the starter since what, OTAs? He was working with the ones — he’s a starting quarterback, it is what it is,” Minter added. “They’re the Patriots, and they executed well and we didn’t. It is what it is.” – / 55last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Excitement is building

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterExcitement is building ahead of the winter opening of Hayman Island by InterContinental, one of Australia’s most iconic island resorts. Located on a pristine 400-hectare private island, the 166-room luxury resort has undergone a multi-million-dollar refurbishment to ensure guests will experience a truly immersive stay in one of the world’s most unique destinations.Managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the resort will introduce a fresh concept of immersive luxury to travellers. It will feature new, world-class restaurants and bars alongside a plethora of experiences for guests including a new spa and impressive meetings and event spaces.Hayman Island by InterContinentalNestled in the world-renowned surrounds of the Whitsundays, Hayman Island by InterContinental will invite guests to enjoy stunning on-island experiences and all the private oasis has to offer: from secluded beach coves and jet ski adventures to seaplane rides boasting breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef. Hayman Island by InterContinental is guaranteed to have something to suit all travellers, from the adventurer to the luxuriously laid back.Mark Eletr, Resort Manager at Hayman Island by InterContinental says: “Opening our unique paradise inthe Whitsundays to the world under InterContinental’s trusted brand is a true privilege. Hayman Island continues to capture the hearts of domestic and international travellers and we are thrilled to announce that on 1 July our doors will open and a new chapter of immersive luxury awaits.”Beach Villa with Pool | Hayman Island by InterContinentalThe resort has announced five innovative dining experiences for guests to enjoy and experience on-island, inspired by fresh Queensland flavours with a contemporary menu design. From poolside fare to bold evening dining, the new offerings will delight and surprise guests, catering to a range of ages and lifestyles.The room configurations will encompass 166 stylish accommodation options across three distinct wings, spanning from suites and beachfront villas to lagoon and poolside rooms.Aquazure Pool | Hayman Island by InterContinentalThe newly built Beach House is an exquisite addition to the accommodation selection, offering guests a private slice of Hayman heaven with three suites and multiple private pools. In addition to the hotel, a new collection of private residences will be available to rent for those who want a more private experience. Perched on the hilltops overlooking the bay, the stunning properties boast complete privacy, yet full access to all the resort has to offer.Hayman Island by InterContinental will also be a meetings and events paradise. For corporate events, there is a selection of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces that can house meetings for 10 to 300 delegates.Completing the immersive on-island experience is a brand-new luxury spa with 13 treatment rooms, an all-new resort boutique, world-class kids’ club and state-of-the-art fitness centre.Located on the northernmost point in the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island by InterContinental isaccessible via either luxury vessel, helicopter or seaplane.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Avani Hotels Resorts

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAvani Hotels & Resorts is entering the Cambodian market with the launch of FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani. Following an extensive US$7 million renovation which includes the addition of 60 new rooms, the hotel is set to reopen its doors in the second quarter of 2019.The FCC Angkor is one of Cambodia’s best-known hotels and features authentic French colonial architecture intrinsic to the historic and cultural fabric of Siem Reap. FCC Angkor creates an inspiring ambience for remarkable experiences and unforgettable stories in the heart of Siem Reap.The town’s many day- and night-markets, eclectic restaurants and the popular Pub Street are all walking distance from the hotel. Angkor Wat, the internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing 400 square kilometres of ruins dating from the 12th–15th century, is 10 minutes from the hotel. The Preah Ang Chek Prea Ang Chorm shrine, known as the spiritual protection of Siem Reap, is a three-minute stroll from the FCC along the river.Along with the new and refurbished rooms and suites, FCC Angkor has updated and expanded its facilities. A brand-new bar called Scribe now complements the Mansion’s renovated restaurant, where guests can experience relaxed, personalised service whether sipping a refreshing signature cocktail or dining on authentic Cambodian cuisine. Other additions include a spa, pool, and a spacious and breezy lounge, surrounded by fragrant greenery, where guests can enjoy a drink, mingle and chat.See www.avanihotels.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Combine shopping shoes manicures and makeovers

first_imgCombine shopping, shoes, manicures and makeovers, and you’ve got the ultimate girl’s night out—or more accurately, you’ve got the upcoming Aruna Seth event at The Ritz in London.This exclusive shopping and pampering event is taking place on November 12th from 4 to 9pm and will be held, appropriately, in the hotel’s opulent Marie Antoinette suite. As if women needed extra incentive to pick up a pair (or two) of Aruna Seth’s chic shoes, guests will receive a special discount off their purchase in addition to a luxury gift and goodie bag with purchase. The glam squad for the day will consist of specialists from Laura Mercier, who will be offering up complimentary makeovers, and Sophie Hunter Beauty, who will get guests manicured to perfection.For more information on the event, contact Nia Thomas at nia@arunaseth.com. For more information on Aruna Seth shoes, visit www.arunaseth.comlast_img read more