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first_img— Upstaging all the draftees was a family member of UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley. His oversized cowboy hat was safely in the zone between pretty bold and Pharrell Williams’ hat. Also: That suit. It looks like an autostereogram.— Of note: LSU running back Leonard Fournette looks like a well-established businessman. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 16 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Young men clean up for the NFL Draft, and early returns from the 2017 event in Philadelphia was no exception.Draftees brought the heat on Thursday night before the first round.The highlights:— Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer’s purple suit was swaggy, but it wasn’t the color that was the story; the inside of the jacket featured a full Jack Link’s Beef Jerky sasquatch running on the quarterback’s back. It appears Kizer is already picking up some solid endorsement deals — ah, the life of a pro. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img 29 Comments   Share   Top Stories Meanwhile, drafting Ohio State’s Nick Bosa is another interesting proposition. His political leanings are his own and no reason to avoid employing him on a football field. But Bosa reportedly deleted a Tweet that called Colin Kaepernick “a clown.” And while that’s nothing he needs to discuss with me, it’s something he’d have to explain inside the locker room, to the players who feel passion for Kaepernick, who believe he should be honored for his courage.The Cardinals are about to learn what the Suns discovered in 2018. The No. 1 pick in any draft is a blessing and a curse. It generally means your team is in really bad shape, too much for any one single player to overcome. And it leaves you open to armchair critics in the likely event that somebody other than the No. 1 selection has a better rookie season.Which brings us to Josh Rosen.During the lengthy Murray debate in Arizona, Rosen has become a sympathetic figure. Plenty of fans don’t understand the logic, how the Cardinals could trade up to draft Rosen, surround him with a garbage offense, effectively throw him to the wolves, marvel at the mental and physical toughness he displayed in 2018 … and then give up on him for a quarterback who is 5-10 1/8. NASHVILLE — The best drama flows from a powerful brew, the intoxicating blend of anticipation and uncertainty.Barring any leaks or pre-draft trades, the NFL will deliver on Thursday night. The payoff will last 10 minutes, the time allotted for the Cardinals to make the No. 1 pick in the draft.It won’t rival the feeling when Larry Fitzgerald outraced Pittsburgh defenders to the end zone, giving the Cardinals the lead in the Super Bowl. Or when Mark Grace singled off Mariano Rivera to start the ninth inning of Game 7. Either way, the NFL careers of Rosen and Murray will be linked together for eternity. Because the Cardinals can choose either. And because General Manager Steve Keim will be forever tarnished if he makes the wrong choice at the sport’s most important position. Remember, the two greatest quarterbacks in Arizona history effectively came off the scrap heap.That’s why Thursday is a career-defining night. For a lot of people in the organization.On Wednesday night, hundreds of people milled around the NFL’s enormous stage on fabled Broadway Street. Near sunset, organizers conducted something of a dress rehearsal. They flashed the Cardinals’ logo. They announced the pick was in. And my heart started racing, with anticipation and uncertainty, elements that make for the purest drama.Just imagine what it will feel like Thursday night when the Cardinals are officially on the clock with 10 minutes to declare their starting quarterback of choice.Ten minutes that might make or break their next decade of professional football in Arizona.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. But it will be something to behold. It will be something to feel.Related Links98.7 FM roundtable: What should the Cardinals do at No. 1?N’Keal Harry: ‘There’s no way’ Cardinals let him slide past pick No. 33Vegas odds heavily favor Cardinals selecting QB Kyler Murray No. 1Cardinals open mini-camp with CB Peterson MIA, Rosen in chargeUntil Monday, the Cardinals have done a marvelous job at controlling the narrative. That changed when Patrick Peterson’s recurring unhappiness emerged on social media, raising all sorts of questions. Is it possible the team is fielding trade requests for three players entering a historic night in Nashville: Peterson, Josh Rosen and the rights to Kyler Murray?The suspense trumps all.Murray raised the stakes on Wednesday morning when he failed to show at a scheduled appearance benefitting a Nashville food bank. Twenty-one other draft candidates showed up for the charitable event, assembling 8,000 food kits. Murray was the only one missing.Maybe he had good reasons for arriving in Nashville unfashionably late. Or maybe it’s the nonchalant actions of a young athlete who already knows he’s the first pick in the draft with no one left to impress. But it’s a bad look, either way. Especially if Murray had committed his presence. Especially if he just wanted to avoid the 45-minute media session that followed the event.Would that be enough for the Cardinals to move away from Murray?If I’m the owner of the team, I’m demanding some answers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Luxury yacht cruise

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Luxury yacht cruise-line, SeaDream, is now offering golfing options for guests in the Mediterranean in 2016 on motor-cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Over a dozen sailings from May to October will include the chance to play some of the most famous courses in a broad sweep of ports along the coasts of Italy, France, Monaco, Spain and Portugal.Opportunities include having a game or more pre- or post-embarking SeaDream I or II for 7- or 8-night Mediterranean voyages.Some sailings include the possibility to play golf in a different port every day, and on others on select days; SeaDream Yacht Club arranges guest’s tee times, round-trip transfers from vessel to courses, shared golf carts and will assist with organising rental of any other equipment needed. Both yachts also have free 36 international course golf simulators.The cost of golf outings is additional to SeaDream’s voyage prices that begin from US$4626pp twin share for 7 days including drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water sports in ports where permitted, onboard gratuities and Government charges and taxes.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Philippines’ award-winning Discovery Shores Boracay of The Discovery Leisure Company has achieved another distinction by winning the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 as Country Winner in two categories: Luxury Island Resort and Luxury Wedding Destination. The award was won at the ninth annual gala ceremony held at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong on 24 October 2015.The award is regarded as the highest accolade that a property can receive within the global luxury hotel industry and was won from among over 1000 hotels nominated.Erwin Lopez, Hotel Manager of Discovery Shores Boracay, said “If it weren’t for the sheer passion of my colleagues to delight each and every one of our guests, we wouldn’t have gone this far. Together, we’ve made the Philippines proud.”A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Lifestyle Collection, Discovery Shores Boracay is known for its inspiring architecture, exquisite coastal cuisine and legendary service. The 87-suite beachfront property features the Terra Wellness Spa, restaurant Sands and Indigo and is an ideal wedding setting at the world-famous Station 1 of White Beach in Boracay.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter On 19 March The Westi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 19 March, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali hosted a special gala dinner dedicated to the delegation of Outbound Tour Operators Association (OTOAI) from India in the grandeur of Mangupura Hall, Bali International Convention Centre.All delegates were warmly welcomed at the resort by the Management team led by The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s Managing Director Mr Bipan Kapur. The evening begun with refreshing cocktails at the resort’s Beach Garden featuring selections of delicious food and refreshing beverages prepared by the Executive Chef Manoj Rawat and his culinary team.With a traditional procession the delegates were then escorted to Mangupura Hall to enjoy the gala dinner with various inspiring traditional dances and amazing modern performances. All delegates also joined the resort to participate in Earth Hour and experienced the lights off for one hour at 8.30pm.Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) is a national, not-for-profit organisation comprising of India’s outbound tour operators and travel agents as its members. With a targeted membership base of over 2000 members and regional chapters around India, OTOAI dedicates to develop and promote the highest ethical and professional standards in the travel and tourism industry.The organisation’s focus is to foster an environment of collaboration with various stakeholders through the ideology of collective ambition. The organisation aspires to be the leading voice on national and global issues of travel, tourism and hospitality industry while propagating fairness, market efficiency, and customer protection.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFollowing 10 weeks of extensive refurbishments, Grand Hyatt Seoul has announced the launch of a host of renovated premium guestrooms and executive suites.Under the auspices of leading Australian design firm Bar Studio, all guestrooms and executive suites on floors 15 to 18 underwent a significant upgrade to reinvent the rooms for modern travellers while embracing and maintaining the integrity of the original design by famed interior architect John Morford.Room layouts have been adjusted to reflect changes in contemporary guest expectations and room design, but the distinctive golden-oak finish and clean lines of Morford’s original design have been retained, with subtle references to Korean culture introduced. The renovations were also an opportunity for the hotel to integrate the latest technology into the rooms to provide modern travellers with convenience, efficiency and comfort.Today, the guestrooms are more open, allowing natural light to flood the space and envelop guests the moment they enter. By the window, a sofa and generously sized table encourages guests to work or dine while admiring the spectacular views over Seoul.A custom-designed white-painted glass panel between the bathroom and bedroom connects the two areas and maximises the overall sense of space while allowing natural light and views to penetrate the bathing area. Based on geometric patterns found in traditional Korean bojagi wrapping cloth, the striking panel adds a local, artisan element to the space and acts as a glowing lantern at night.Fish are a symbol of good luck in Korea and fish-themed ink-brush paintings from the original guestrooms have been reinstated. They served as inspiration for local artist Chang Eung-bok who was commissioned to create aquatic cushion designs. Fish also appear as unique lamp bases in the executive suites.“At Grand Hyatt Seoul – alongside exemplary service – our ultimate goal is to provide innovative, indulgent facilities to our guests,” says general manager Adrian Slater. “With our newly renovated guestrooms and suites, Bar Studio has retained the spirit of the original design while bringing about a subtle but significant shift in the way guests interact with the space, and also included engaging elements of detail and craftsmanship. Our hope it that guests find our new guestrooms a splendid space to rest and recuperate in after a busy day of work or sightseeing in Seoul.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedMexico’s tourist industry recovering from Swine Flu outbreakTourist interest in Mexico is recovering, following the Swine Flu outbreak which hit the country in April 09.Flight searches on handheld devices increases by 152% in 2014Brits feel more confident than ever before with booking flights on the goSkyscanner search traffic jumps following cancelled Edinburgh Ryanair flightsPassengers stranded by Ryanair’s Edinburgh flight cancellations are searching Skyscanner for alternatives Over 30% believe flying ban should be lifted nowWith thousands of travellers still stranded by the travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud and scrambling to get home, Skyscanner has seen a leap in flight searches to and from the European airports surrounding the periphery of the worst affected areas.There has been a 3000%* jump in searches for Stavanger airport, while Madrid airport saw figures rise by 1800%. The number of people searching for flights from Faro airport has risen by almost 800% while Lisbon airport has seen an increase of almost 600%.Commenting on the chaos, Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams said, “Although the flight disruption is of course affecting those due to go on holiday, the fall out is worse for those holidaymakers and businesspeople still overseas. We believe there are at least 150,000 British travellers marooned abroad.“Our figures indicate that the majority of those stranded are in the Canaries, the Costas and Portugal, although there will also be a lot of travellers stranded further afield in Thailand, Florida, Dubai and New York.”While many British travellers have resigned themselves to making lengthy detours in order to get home, 31% of travellers believe that UK airports should be opened now. Over 300 people voted in a poll on the Skyscanner site this morning (19th April) in the wake of news that several European airlines have flown successful test flights through part of the volcanic ash cloud. While the majority of travellers would rather wait for the all clear from air traffic control, many would still fly if the airlines believe it is safe.Even Skyscanner CEO Gareth William’s own family have been caught up in the volcano chaos:“My heart goes out to all those stranded. My wife and children were due to return from Geneva last Thursday but are still there. We’ve been looking at trains and ferry options to get them home, but at the moment, it’s looking like we won’t be reunited until the 28thApril – 11 days later than expected!”Check our Iceland Volcano Travel Updates for the latest news on airport openings.*Statistics are based on searches between 15th and 18th April, versus the prior week between 8th and 11th of April.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Las Ventanas has created some unprecedented incent

first_imgLas Ventanas has created some unprecedented incentives designed to make a visit to the Los Cabos resort more enticing than ever before.   The Rosewood Escape offer, good May 25 – Oct. 14, with a three-night minimum stay, features the following:     §         Reduced rates starting at $515 per night     §         Upgrade at check-in if available (i.e. pay $515 but stay in a $750 suite)     §         Complimentary breakfast for two daily     §         $200 resort credit per stay   The resort also reports that two of our guests made the journey to Las Ventanas by motorcyle when flights were restricted during the H1N1 care— all the way from San Diego to Los Cabos, To respond to this extraordinary show of faith, the resort  dispatched a member of its executive committee by Harley Davidson to greet them outside of Todos Santos with cold towels and a special Las Ventanas refreshment, and then provided a personal motorcycle escort back to the resort. This “motorcycle welcome” is now a new standard amenitites at Las Ventanas for any visitor who chooses to arrive on two wheels.www.lasventanas.comlast_img read more

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XOJET a private aviation company announced it wi

first_imgXOJET, a private aviation company, announced it will now offer fixed-price one-way coast-to-coast travel starting at $19,000 on its fleet of new Cessna Citation X aircraft.This new low pricing is available for flights covering more than 4,000 airport pairs serving nine major East and West coast metro areas. It includes service between preferred airports serving major U.S. cities including: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego.The Citation X seats eight passengers, and the “all-in” package includes ground transportation in both the departure and arrival cities, standard catering and unlimited in-flight worldwide calling. Clients will not pay any additional fees, repositioning costs, or face fuel surcharges, as is common in the industry.“XOJET has set the standard for service and value when it comes to transcontinental private travel,” said David Siegel, CEO of XOJET. “Travelers are seeking cost-efficient flight, but are unwilling to sacrifice quality. In this environment, our commitment to simplified pricing and the best possible flight experience has never been so important – or attractive. In fact, it’s because of these commitments that XOJET has established itself as the market share leader in the transcontinental charter market.”Preferred airports at which the $19,000 rate is available include: Teterboro (New York), Northeast Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Bedford (Boston), Manassas (Washington, D.C.), Van Nuys (Los Angeles), Henderson (Las Vegas), Oakland (San Francisco), Carlsbad (San Diego), and Deer Valley (Phoenix/Scottsdale).www.xojet.comlast_img read more

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Lake Louise CanadaOscar and Emmy Awardwinning c

first_imgLake Louise, CanadaOscar- and Emmy Award-winning celebrities will compete in an array of snow-filled activities (toboggan, biathlon, and dual giant slalom races) amidst the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Sports Invitational in Lake Louise, Alberta from January 15-18, 2009.This made-for-television extravaganza, held in support of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance organization, raised close to $1 million last year for the organization. Celebrity guests scheduled to attend this year include host Robert F. Kennedy, co-host and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Fonda, Alicia Silverstone, John McEnroe, Olympic medalist Karen Percy-Lowe and hockey legend Kevin Lowe as well as dozens more.Travelers can take part in this celeb-laden, snow-filled weekend by booking the 2009 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Sports Invitational Package. The package includes:One night accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseTwo tickets to the Saturday Night Gala Event featuring blues rocker Jonny LangBreakfast for twoOn-site parking.Package rates begin at $1,147 USD.www.fairmont.comlast_img read more

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Michelle Wolf to headline White House corresponden

first_imgMichelle Wolf to headline White House correspondents’ dinner by The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2018 1:28 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association says comedian Michelle Wolf will entertain at its annual dinner in April.Wolf is known from her work as a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” She recently premiered an hour-long HBO special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” and she’s set to star in a new weekly comedy show on Netflix later this year.The dinner attracts journalists, politicians and celebrities. The president traditionally attends.President Donald Trump boycotted last year’s dinner. The White House hasn’t said whether he’ll attend this year’s event on April 28.The White House Correspondents’ Association was founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps. Dinner proceeds support scholarships for aspiring journalists, along with awards recognizing excellence in news coverage of the White House.last_img read more

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Game on NBA makes esports entry with NBA 2K Leagu

first_imgGame on! NBA makes esports entry with NBA 2K League debut FILE – In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. On the night LeBron James began the second round of the playoffs, a computerized version of the Cavalier tormented teams the way the real Cleveland superstar does. The NBA is betting there are enough fans for both versions. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, FIle) by Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2018 11:43 pm PDT Last Updated May 4, 2018 at 12:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – On the night LeBron James began the second round of the playoffs, a computerized Cavalier tormented teams the way the real Cleveland superstar does.The NBA is betting there are enough fans for both versions.The league is staging the opening tournament this week of its NBA 2K League , hoping to cash in on the combination of the global popularity of basketball and the burgeoning business of esports.Television ratings have soared in recent years to watch James, the rise of the Warriors, and a thrilling era of high-flying dunkers and long-range snipers. But will fans really race to their computers to watch other people sitting around playing video games?“I think the esports universe is answering that question for us,” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said. “People are completely, 100 per cent engaged with watching others play games. I think Twitch is walking proof of that, and all the success these other games have had. The esports space has doubled in size the last three years and every prediction is it’s going to double in size the next three years, so I think we’re almost beyond that question a little bit.”So do NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and many of his owners. Donohue said the league hoped to get eight to 12 teams for its inaugural season and instead got 17, with enough interest remaining that he expects rapid expansion. Some owners of NBA clubs were already invested in popular esports such as Overwatch and League of Legends and had seen their arenas host well-attended competitions even before the league created the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.“Esports are big and getting bigger. 2K is a way to connect not only with gamers, but gamer fans and to turn both into NBA and Mavs fans and vice versa,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote in an email. “We think we can take traditional NBA fans, 2K fans and strengthen the bond they have to the NBA.”Each of the major sports leagues is looking to claim its share of what Newzoo, the market research firm, reports will be a $1 billion industry by 2019.The opening day of the Tipoff tournament had some excitement, highlighted by two 40-point performances by Cavs Legion GC’s Brandon Caicedo, who plays under the handle Hood. (The players are playing as themselves, not the guys on the NBA’s Cavaliers.) But the league was already encouraged by the response even before the games began.When Cuban’s team used the No. 1 pick on Artreyo Boyd (Dimez) in the draft, Donohue said 450,000 watched on Twitch, the streaming service popular with video-game players that will feature NBA2K action. More than 40 per cent of that audience was from outside the U.S., providing the international eyeballs that have been so crucial to the NBA. Some of the players drafted that day bring their own individual fan bases that have watched streams of their games in other competitions, and even people who don’t know the competitors may know enough about basketball to watch anyway.Kings Guard Gaming’s Mitchell Franklin, the No. 4 overall pick whose gamer handle is Mootyy, said that’s what separates NBA 2K from Overwatch League and Dota 2, which draw huge esports audiences.“Me, and I know I’m not the only person, I know there’s tons, if you don’t know what’s going on, you turn it on, you don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “With 2K, it’s very similar to basketball. It’s not like any unique twists or turns to it, so the average basketball fan, anyone and their mother that’s ever picked up a basketball can literally flip it on and really see and understand what’s happening.”The only thing the league can’t provide, at least for the first season, is the live atmosphere of playing in the arena. All games and tournaments will take place in a Long Island City studio, which features a first-of-its-kind competition venue in which the teams sit five on a side, diagonally from the player at their same position, with monitors in front of them and a huge video board called “the boat” above. There’s a table above the playing stage for the pregame studio analysts and one gameside for the duo calling the game, making it look just like an NBA game.Except that there are only about 115 seats for fans, so teams playing Warriors Gaming Squad won’t face anywhere near the noise they would if travelling to Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Donohue said perhaps next season the league would experiment with taking some games on the road, but doesn’t seem concerned about the location for now.“We think the vast majority of the audience, no different than any sport, is actually outside of the building,” he said. “So no different for us.”The NBA is treating the gamers just like players, including the same rookie transition program that first-year players receive, where they get everything from media training to lessons about sleep and nutrition, and explanations of their benefits.And they will receive the same power of the league’s marketing arm, which has made one-name stars of its players for years and now will attempt to do the same with its gamers.“I think now you combine the same talents, you have NBA teams and the NBA, you have 2K and their story telling and the incredible talents they have,” Donohue said. “It’s the same folks who are actually doing the story telling, so I think it’s a great opportunity for us. And some of the stories are incredible.”Such as Wizards District Gaming’s Austin Painter, who left a State Department job shortly before the draft, telling friends and colleagues he was off to go play video games for six months.“Then they were like, ‘What, you said you’re quitting a government job to go play 2K?’” And I was like, yeah, it should be pretty fun. I’m just going like 20 minutes on the other side of the city,” Painter said. “So that was like the best reaction. ‘Uh, can we get a job doing that?’”Maybe next season, if they’ve got enough game. For this one, only 102 of the more than 70,000 qualified candidates made it through the draft process to get picked.The reward was a salary of $32,000-$35,000 and housing expenses for six months, plus access to NBA facilities, training staffs and more. Franklin’s team, which has the first dedicated esports training facility and content studio to be located inside a pro sports venue, even trained with UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, Kings Guard’s director of Mental Performance and Human Optimization.“I thought it would just kind of be like a little bit like for show, like he’s going to be cool, but woo, I’m still a little sore, I’m not going to lie to you,” Franklin said.“We’re not used to working out all the time, we’re used to being on the stick. So being there and him, like, working us and stuff, it was pretty surreal.”As was the first game, featuring a chaotic situation that would be replayed for hours afterward if it happened in the NBA post-season. Matt Rux and Pistons Gaming led Bucks Gaming in the fourth quarter when suddenly his camera monitor malfunctioned. Unable to see the play, he was called for a defensive 3-second violation, and the ensuing free throw cut the lead to two. But Rux remained calm while his equipment was repaired during a timeout, and not long after hit a 3-pointer that helped put away the game.“That’s like the moment that I’ve been envisioning for the last 10 years with picturing this moment,” Rux said, “getting to play with an esport with this great organization and these great teammates. I couldn’t have asked to a better finish to Game 1.”Or a better start for the NBA’s new game in town.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoneylast_img read more

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In this Saturday March 26 2017 file photo Billy

first_img In this Saturday, March 26, 2017 file photo, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File TORONTO – Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates are putting more faith in Canada.The gothic rock ensemble has added three more stops north of the border for its Shiny and Oh So Bright tour over the summer.The Smashing Pumpkins will now play London, Ont. (Aug. 9), Calgary (Sept. 8) and Edmonton (Sept. 9).Those are on top of previously announced dates in Montreal (Aug. 7) and Toronto (Aug. 8).It marks the first time in nearly 20 years the Pumpkins have featured Corgan alongside founding members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. The band’s former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky won’t be part of the reunion.Toronto band Metric will perform as opening act for most shows on the North American tour.Tickets go on sale May 14 at 10 a.m. local time for each city. Smashing Pumpkins extend reunion tour with run of Canadian datescenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2018 11:33 am PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2018 6:56 pm PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jann Arden arrives on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Oilsands advocate chides singer Jann Arden over 2016 tweet about industrycenter_img FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An oilsands advocate is chiding singer Jann Arden for being “insensitive” to the plight of the ailing industry in a social media post she made more than two years ago.In the 2016 tweet, Arden criticized the Alberta government over its policy of rounding up wild horses on Crown land, saying the horses don’t do as much damage as the “Tar sands” — a derogatory term for the oilsands.Robbie Picard, who has a Facebook page called OilSands Strong, is calling on Arden to apologize for the tweet.Picard says if she doesn’t, fans should boycott her Oct. 30 concert in his home community of Fort McMurray.He says Arden, who was born and grew up in Alberta, should be aware of how the oilsands benefit the economy and First Nations.Picard also notes that Arden is doing television ads for Toyota.“Once again the total ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ hypocrisy of these celebrities,” he said Wednesday.He said Arden should be held to a higher standard because she is from the province.“She is not just a fly-in, fly-out celebrity like Jane Fonda or Neil Young or Leonardo Dicaprio,” he said of stars who have been critical of the oilsands industry over the years.“I’m sick of these people who drive cars and take planes and crap on the oilsands.”Arden took to Twitter to respond to Picard.On her website she noted that she had to block dozens of people on Twitter Wednesday.“So I basically said in a tweet 2 and a half years ago – that the WILD HORSES – didn’t do as much damage as the Tar sands – which is what they used to be called,” she wrote. “But I’m old. Wild horses. Just saying.”Arden, who has won eight Juno awards over the years since her breakout hit “Insensitive” in the early 1990s, is also famous for her sense of humour.“Not sure why a tweet from 2016 was dug up …. but I’ve got WAY WORSE ONES than that.”last_img read more

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DETROIT – A popular sand beach in the heart of dow

first_img DETROIT – A popular sand beach in the heart of downtown Detroit is getting a little sprucing up.The Downtown Detroit Partnership says a $125,000 grant from the Southwest Airlines Foundation will be used to improve the Beach at Campus Martius Park.Beach furniture, toys and games, lighting and landscaping will be enhanced. Beer and wine tastings will be among new events at the beach, which opened in 2014.Additional funding will be used to support existing events like the Friday Beach Party which features local bands performing reggae and Caribbean-style music.The Downtown Detroit Partnership works with the city, businesses and foundations to create a vibrant urban core. Grant to help spruce up sand beach in downtown Detroit by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2018 7:09 am PDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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NORRISTOWN Pa – Bill Cosbys lawyers are challen

first_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator.They also claimed in a court filing last week that the state’s recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively.The 81-year-old Cosby is due to be sentenced Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He was convicted in April of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. He plans to appeal.A judge must decide whether to accept the finding he is a predator.The designation would require the former TV star to receive sex offender counselling by a state-approved provider at least monthly for the rest of his life. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2018 10:05 am PDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE ‚Äì In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby’s lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator. They also claimed in a court filing that the state’s recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File) center_img Cosby fighting classification as sexually violent predatorlast_img read more

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The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

first_imgThe top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US iBook charts for week ending August 26, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – 9781442426726 – (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – 9780385536981 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)3. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 9781442426757 – (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)4. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – 9781400201662 – (Thomas Nelson)5. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 9781481430500 – (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)6. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan – 9780385539098 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)7. Texas Ranger by James Patterson – 9780316556682 – (Little, Brown and Company)8. Tailspin by Sandra Brown – 9781455572120 – (Grand Central Publishing)9. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – 9780062430298 – (William Morrow)10. Biology by Joseph S. Levine, Ph.D., Ph.D. & Kenneth R. Miller – 9780133226713 – (Pearson Education, Inc.)(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.____ by The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2018 1:13 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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The Gryphon Trio is seen in this undated handout p

first_img The Gryphon Trio is seen in this undated handout photo. Acclaimed classical music ensemble the Gryphon Trio is headed back to their roots at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The three performers who met at the school’s summer program for music students in the 1980s will oversee the same program staring in the 2019-2020 year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, John Beebe, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity *MANDATORY CREDIT* The Canadian Press BANFF, Alta. — Acclaimed classical music ensemble the Gryphon Trio is headed back to their roots at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.The three performers, who met as students at the school in the 1980s, will oversee the same summer program starting in the 2019-2020 year.The Gryphon Trio is comprised of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist James Parker.Since forming in 1993 they have won two Juno awards.They’re also nominated for two Junos this year, including classical solo or chamber album for “The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke & Ravel.”The trained musicians will assume the roles at the close of the 2019 summer season to prepare for the following year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Classical music ensemble the Gryphon Trio to oversee Banff Centre summer program by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 4:01 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_img No one going to see “The Wedding Guest” should expect a typical rom-com. The always-likable Dev Patel does star in it as a hunky guy who travels to a wedding party but he’s not been invited and he really ruins the wedding.That’s because he’s brought along not a tasteful 10-piece bakeware set as a gift for the happy couple but duct tape, fake passports, some guns and zip ties. His hope is to put the bride in his trunk.Michael Winterbottom, the director of “24 Hour Party People” and “A Mighty Heart,” has channeled Quentin Tarantino for his latest, a sparse and often quiet love story set against some of the most crowded spots in Pakistan and India.The poster for the film is a little misleading, with Patel in full menacing mode beside an ominous looking fire (look close: Is that a body?). There is violence onscreen, but this is not “Reservoir Dogs.” The trailer also pumps up the thriller aspect of the film but it’s much slower than that.“The Wedding Guest ” has actually got a thin story, but one saved by great acting and electric footage, from the rooftops in Amritsar to the crowded streets of Jaipur, as our heroine and hero travel through India, which we are told is “the perfect place to get lost.”Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion”) plays a mysterious guy named Jay who goes to Pakistan from the United Kingdom to kidnap bride-to-be Samira (a riveting Radhika Apte).But things don’t go according to plan and the kidnapping plot quickly unravels, forcing Jay and Samira, now weirdly teammates, to scramble. Will they become something more than captive and mercenary? Will her family and the police catch up to them?Winterbottom’s script is maddeningly thin on backstory or any revealing dialogue. We never learn why Jay is so proficient with weapons and SIM cards or what he thinks about really anything. We never learn much about Samira, either, or plumb the depths of her unhappiness.Winterbottom seems to want us to see them just as they are now, rushing from Mumbai to Delhi to Goa, taking cars, trains, mopeds and buses. Many scenes are silent or contain just a few words. (“We have to go,” is barked multiple times.) It is a film that requires careful watching to try to unlock the body language and determine if there is a double-cross or a romance brewing.Patel and Apte have a slow-burning chemistry. Their characters didn’t exactly meet-cute — remember the zip ties and duct tape? — and rushing from hotel room to bus stations isn’t exactly conducive to emotional connection. Above all, they are smooth, cool, resourceful and unruffled.Winterbottom has proven very adept at road pictures — “The Trip,” ”The Trip to Italy,” ”The Trip to Spain” and “On the Road” — and you might be forgiven this time for believing he’s less interested in Patel and Apte than in celebrating the colours, sounds and hustle of the streets of India. The soundtrack includes Desi tunes by DJ Vips, DJ Raj and DJ Harpz.So “The Wedding Guest” might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying rom-com, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it’s a film worth getting lost in.“The Wedding Guest,” an IFC Films release, is rated R for “language, some violence and brief nudity.” Running time: 94 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Online: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0BDQEslwQ___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Press by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 9:28 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by IFC Films shows Dev Patel in a scene from “The Wedding Guest.” (Ganesh Patil/IFC Films via AP) Review: ‘The Wedding Guest’ is a quirky but thin rom-comlast_img read more

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April 30 2003 UTILITIES This part of the ground

first_imgApril 30, 2003UTILITIES: This part of the ground floor right between Unit 9 and 10 of the East Crescent complex is right above the heatduct tunnel. Holes are cored through this floor to connect the utility lines to the main lines in the tunnel. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Two employees from ADS Coring use some amazing equipment that slices right through the concrete. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] The heatduct tunnel below has struts all along the wall which support the utility lines from all ten units. The holes in the ceiling will allow for connection of the new lines. [Photo: sa & Text: sa] >>left>> Water and electric lines have been layed up to the core holes. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] >>right>> When completed, these lines will be hidden by wallpanels on both sides. [Photo: sa & Text: sa]last_img read more

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