Gender violence in Iraq threatens to undermine families and society UN warns

26 November 2008The top United Nations official in Iraq has called for the urgent establishment of a national legal framework guaranteeing the protection of women, warning that continued gender violence threatens to undermine the country’s families and society. “The situation of women in some parts of the country after years of conflict is very unsatisfactory,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Staffan de Mistura said in a message issued to mark the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.“Women and girls are paying a disproportionate price for violence. Some are suffering widowhood, targeted violence, discrimination and repression, lack of access to education and health care and increased violence at home,” said Mr. de Mistura.He added that he hoped the occasion would serve to draw an agenda of concrete measures and further a common awareness regarding the advancement of protection of women’s rights in all areas of Iraqi society. “UNAMI would like to urge the support of all law enforcing agencies to redress the current climate of impunity by prioritizing the resolution of cases of violence against women and bringing those responsible to justice,” he said, referring to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq. read more

RIMs revival given a shot against Apple Android smartphones with BB10 launch

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Research In Motion’s rebound in the smartphone market has been given a small chance of success against Apple and Android devices after another look at expectations for its new operating system.Some analysts have increased their share target prices and removed sell orders, helped by a firm launch date of Jan. 30 for the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the belief that hardcore customers will upgrade to the new smartphones.“This is a game of odds,” Troy Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier said Monday.“That’s why it’s very difficult to figure out what RIM’s going to be worth because we can’t say with any kind of confidence whether this is going to be successful, but history tells us it probably won’t,” he said.Crandall has raised his target price to $10 from $7 for RIM (TSX:RIM) and upgraded the shares for the Waterloo, Ont., company to hold.However, it’s very difficult to bounce back when a company has lost so much market share, he added.RIM has under 10 per cent of market share in the tech-savvy North American market. Its new operating system, expected to better browse the web and be app friendly, is considered a make-or-break product for RIM.Crandall also noted when there were so many sell orders on RIM, there was nowhere lower to go, adding he raised his price on RIM similar to a valuation on struggling handset maker Nokia.CIBC raised its target price Monday on RIM shares to US$17, up from US$8 a share, based on the strength of RIM’s customer base with older BlackBerrys.The CIBC analysis notes RIM has about 80 million smartphone subscribers and some of them will decide to upgrade when the BlackBerry 10 technology becomes available.“With a January 30 BB10 launch date locked in, along with carrier and developer feedback now more clear, an upgrade of the existing subscriber base will be the most likely outcome,” analyst Todd Coupland said in a research note.“Our rating change is based on RIM’s existing subscribers wanting to upgrade to BB10,” Coupland said.CIBC also put a “sector outperform” rating on RIM shares from “sector underperform” which was based on skepticism about its new generation of products.Last week, RIM shares surged $2.38 or 25.8 per cent to $11.61, with gains concentrated on Thursday. Shares closed up 29 cents, or 2.5 per cent, on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.CIBC’s revised price target is $2 above a price target of US$15 a share issued last week from National Bank Financial.But Edward Jones technology analyst Bill Kreher said he’s keeping his sell order on RIM shares.“I certainly can appreciate that the announcement of a launch date has reduced uncertainty and provided renewed hope, but I still think longer term it will be difficult for RIM to recover lost market share from the past,” he said from St. Louis, Mo.PC magazine analyst Sascha Segan said RIM could have potential growth with “mad messengers,” teens and 20-somethings who want to stay constantly connected with their friends.“That is BlackBerry’s other potential growth market,” said Segan, lead mobile device analyst with New York-based PC magazine.But it depends whether the social games they are playing will be available on the new BlackBerry 10 platform, he said.Segan said the enterprise market that includes departments at companies, governments and corporations — a traditional strength for RIM — is up for grabs with Microsoft making a play with the Windows Phone and Apple making inroads.“Business people are a big part of the equation here,” he said, adding expectations are “spectacularly” low for BlackBerry 10.“RIM has really lowered expectations to the point where even the company’s survival would be a pleasant surprise. If BlackBerry 10 actually appears on its proposed launch date, that actually exceeds expectations.”Analyst Peter Misek of New York-based Jeffries & Company has given the new operating system only a 20 per cent to 30 per cent probability of success. He removed his sell order on the stock and upgraded it to hold. RIM’s revival given a shot against Apple, Android smartphones with BB10 launch by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2012 5:39 pm MDT read more

As presidential vote nears UN envoy urges Somali parliamentarians to choose wisely

“After two decades of civil war, a collapsed state and innumerable indignities to the proud Somali people, we are hours away from the election of a new president – the event that will completely end the transitional period and move us towards a phase of political and socio-economic transformation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said in an open letter to the country’s parliamentarians. Mr. Mahiga, who also heads the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), called on the parliamentarians to choose the candidate who will be “honest and effective in leading the country with a vision appropriate for the next four years of transformation and peace-building.” After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with the country’s transitional governing arrangements coming to an end with the implementation of the so-called Roadmap for the End of Transition. The 10 September election will mark the culmination of a series of landmark events in recent weeks, including the adoption of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the inaugural meeting of its new parliament – which Mr. Mahiga described as the “most qualified and representative” in the country’s history – and the appointment of that body’s speaker. “It has not been easy getting us to this point,” noted Mr. Mahiga. “In addition to the privations you have all endured during these past difficult years, the political process and the security situation has not been easy. There have been moments when all seemed lost and we have sometimes been on the brink of despair. “Nevertheless, somehow, the courage, tenacity and determination of the Somali people has overcome these formidable obstacles and brought us to where we are now.” He urged them to listen to the presidential candidates as they publicly present their visions, and to make their choice accordingly, adding that all Somalis, the region and the rest of the international community are watching during these remaining few days. “My brothers and sisters, it is all up to you,” he added. “You are the highest sovereign authority in the land. You are the custodians of the future which is now in your hands.” read more

Ohio State mens hockey back in action with homeandhome series against Michigan

Junior forward Matt Johnson (26) switches onto the ice during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorLooking to be rested and re-energized, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set to take on its archrival.Coming off their first open weekend since early January, the Buckeyes (15-10-3, 5-6-3) return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against Michigan (15-10-3, 7-6-1), including a bit of a change in scenery.The Buckeyes were last in action Feb. 15 when they lost, 4-2, to No. 8 Wisconsin at home. But prior to that loss against the Badgers, the Buckeyes were on a six-game unbeaten run.Coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend without games has helped some of the players with injuries recover as the team enters “the final stretch.”“The biggest thing is to get re-energized,” Rohlik said. “At this time of year, the most important thing is trying to get a few guys healthy and trying to get a few guys back.”Sophomore forward Anthony Greco also cited overcoming injury woes as a positive outcome of the time off, even if it means he and his teammates don’t get to do what they enjoy most: play hockey games.“As a player, once you get into a rhythm, you’d like to play every weekend and keep the momentum going,” Greco said. “But I think for us it was a good time to relax and let some bumps and bruises heal.”An extremely competitive Big Ten conference schedule might be a contributing factor when it comes to the injuries OSU has sustained over the course of the season. It enters this weekend in fourth place, just one spot and three points behind its next opponents, the Wolverines.With only six games left in the regular season, every point is vital when it comes to tournament seeding. Junior forward Tanner Fritz said the team can’t wait to get the final leg of the season underway.“This is the most fun part of the season, and definitely the most important part for us,” Fritz said. “These next three series can put us anywhere from fourth to second place (in conference), so they’re really going to be some huge weekends.”Meanwhile, the Wolverines are coming off a win in their last game against last place Penn State.But much like the Buckeyes, their most recent result wasn’t indicative of their form as of late — before the victory against the Nittany Lions, the men from Ann Arbor had lost four straight.Regardless of their play over the past few weeks, Rohlik said the Wolverines pose a threat, especially considering they beat the Buckeyes in two one-goal decisions Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.“We played two tight games against them but now I think our team knows that if we’re in those tight games we’ve got to win them,” Rohlik said. “These guys (the Wolverines) are a very good team and we know we’re going to have to play our best hockey to beat them.”This weekend is different not only because it deviates from the normal Friday-Saturday doubleheader schedule in favor of a Friday-Sunday home-and-home, but also because of one of the venues. Instead of its normal home of the Schottenstein Center, OSU is set to host Michigan Sunday at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.The change of scenery might have excited the players, but Fritz said the team knows what its focus is.“It’s such a nice rink and a really great atmosphere so we’re hoping we can get a good amount of fans in,” Fritz said. “But the most important thing is getting three points for the team. Everyone’s looking forward to it and it should be a lot of fun.”Friday’s game is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich., while Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. in Columbus. read more

Billionyearold water ends up tasting horrible

first_imgThough it’s not quite as deep as Lake Vostok, water recently discovered about 1.5 miles below-ground in Canada has intrigued scientists — in more ways than one. Of course, they were interested in meaningful chemical analysis, and in the search for the ancient history of life. They were interested in what the water could tell them about geology and climatology and taste and — wait, taste?Yes, Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar took a small swig of the water she and her team dredged up, after having used the isotopes of natural gas found inside it to place its age at between one and 2.64 billion years old. Her review: yuck. Saltier than sea-water and the consistency of “light maple syrup,” this is one drink that only the most serious food adventurers should consider imbibing.Even Lake Vostok, almost 3 times as deep as this water, could contain life.The water has had plenty of time to soak of minerals from the surrounding rock, and as a result it is both thick and discolored, turning slightly orange when it comes in contact with oxygen. That’s mostly thanks to the large amounts of iron it contains, but it has had time to absorb any number of minerals. The water has been sealed off from the atmosphere, has neither evaporated or condensed, possibly since before the evolution of multi-cellularity.The researchers have already proven that the water has the chemical capacity to support life, but they’ve yet to determine if it actually contains life. Dr. Lollar may or may not now be inhabited by billion-year-old proto-bacteria. It holds the same sorts of potential fuel molecules as the water found near deep-sea vents or in a South African mine, both of which sustain life without significant energy from the sun.Water from the aforementioned Lake Vostok was, for a short time, thought to contain super-ancient life, but that finding was debunked by the study’s own authors. They discovered microbes in the water, but these were “merely” a new type of bacteria that had evolved to live off the kerosine-based antifreeze in use for decades as they drilled down to the underground lake.It might seem insane the think that life could exist for about a third of the lifetime of the Earth in total isolation, but always remember the words of Ian Malcolm: Life will find a way. Lollar has yet to be devoured in any Crichton-esque fits of natural retribution, however. Her team hopes to unlock and publish at least some of the mysteries of this water within the year.last_img read more

Man shot by deputy had felony record

first_imgThe suspected prowler who was shot and killed by a Clark County sheriff’s deputy Sunday was involved in an Idaho jail escape and an Oregon bank robbery in 2002.Paul Joseph Kolar, then 23, and an accomplice escaped from jail in Benewah County, Idaho, and drove to Elgin, Ore., in a stolen Subaru station wagon in May 2002, according to the La Grande Observer. Once there, Kolar entered a US Bank and used a shotgun to demand money from three female bank employees, the newspaper said.After escaping with money and leading police on a high-speed pursuit, Kolar and the accomplice were arrested at gunpoint, the paper reported.At the time of his escape, Kolar was being held in the Benewah County jail awaiting transfer to an Idaho state prison for a felony conviction, the newspaper reported. In October 2001, Kolar was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance, though the case was suspended and later dismissed, according to the Idaho Department of Corrections.He was convicted in Oregon of the robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison.It is unclear if Kolar had a connection to Clark County.Kolar was identified by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as the man shot and killed by a deputy who responded to a report of a prowler just before 8 a.m. Sunday at 310 N.W. 289th St. east of Ridgefield.The deputy encountered and engaged with Kolar, who the sheriff’s office said appeared to be armed with a handgun.The deputy shot Kolar multiple times, and Kolar was later pronounced dead at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy was not injured.The deputy involved has not been identified, though the sheriff’s office said the deputy has been placed on paid leave per agency policy.last_img read more

Macau GGR disappoints with 35 decline in July on VIP concerns

first_imgMacau recorded a 3.5% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue to MOP$24.45 billion (US$3.01 billion) in July, the result coming in well below initial predictions due in part to Chinese media reports alleging links between leading junket operator Suncity Group and online gaming.The result came despite a strong start to July in the mass market segment with JP Morgan analysts estimating mass GGR finished the month rising by 12% to 13% compared with July 2018, negated by an estimated decline of more than 20% in the VIP segment. They also suggest that Macau’s top three junkets all suffered significant falls in rolling chip volume with demand having “deteriorated sharply” as the month went on.Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu offered a similar analysis, stating “Demand fell off going into the latter half of the month with some agents and players pulling out on the back of worries over heightened scrutiny overall after the Suncity incident.”As a result, average daily revenue for July was MOP$789 million, down 1% on June and 6% on May numbers. Macau’s GGR for the first seven months of 2019 now sits at MOP$173.96 billion, down 0.9% year-on-year.Early estimates for August have GGR staying relatively flat year-on-year.last_img read more

MatSu Borough certifies election results

first_imgThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s new mayor was sworn in Tuesday.Vern Halter was declared mayor after the Borough Assembly certified the Oct. 6 election Tuesday night.“I thought we ran a very positive, very good campaign. We just tried to let people know who I was and why I was running and things like that,” Halter said. “And sometimes the outcome comes out the way you want it, and sometimes it doesn’t – I’ve been both directions, by the way.”All but one new Borough Assemblyman was sworn in as well. Doyle Holmes, who lost the Borough’s District 7 Assembly race, says he is contesting the outcome of his race due to problems with the Talkeetna precinct vote.“And, in the case of Talkeetna, with three different groups of people and a four-hour delay and such a deviation in percentages, then somebody needs to open up that bag and look in it, and see what’s going on,” Holmes said.The Borough will investigate the District 7 contest. Randall Kowalke is the unofficial winner of that race.last_img read more

Movie tribute to legendary Uttam Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty, government of West Bengal, and other senior officials of the Office of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The three films screened at the retrospective were Antony Firingee (1967) and Deya Neya (1963), both directed by Sunil Bannerjee and Chowringhee (1968), directed by Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee. Uttam Kumar — popular matinee idol and the first megastar of Bengali film industry — has left an indelible mark in the history of cinema of Bengal, especially the period which is regarded by critics as its “golden age”. The initiative by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, was an endeavour to bring some of the gems of Kumar’s long and distinguished career to the movie buffs of the capital city. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, regularly holds special screening of critically acclaimed movies for the connoisseurs of the national capital.On July 24, a one-day retrospective of films of Uttam Kumar was organised which received warm appreciation from the film lovers of Delhi, especially the members of the Bengali community.last_img read more

Amazon Discounts Game Consoles Controllers and Games Including God of War

first_imgThe Black Friday 2018 deals week has just begun for Amazon and the giant retailer has already listed quite a few interesting deals for gamers.There’s something for everyone here, from the DualShock 4 controllers (also usable on PC) to the Logitech G502 gaming mouse, two different PlayStation VR bundles, an Xbox One S Minecraft bundle and lastly the Xbox One X, the most powerful console available right now. Streamers, on the other hand, may want to take a look at the Elgato Stream Deck Mini deal; Christian checked out the device a few months ago, so don’t forget to read his review first.When it comes to games, the highlights are the amazing Forza Horizon 4 (though beware that only the digital version will unlock it for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC), the outstanding PlayStation 4 exclusives God of War and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the ever-popular Overwatch and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.We’ll post new gaming deals as they go live this week, on Amazon or elsewhere. Stay tuned!HardwareDualShock 4 Wireless Controllers (Blue Camouflage, Gold, Green Camouflage, Jet Black, Magma Red, Midnight Blue – $38.99 (40% off)Elgato Stream Deck Mini – $79.99 (20% off)Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse – $34.99 (59% off)PlayStation VR – Astro Bot Rescue Mission + Moss Bundle – $199.99 (33% off)PlayStation VR – Creed: Rise to Glory + Superhot Bundle – $249 (29% off)Xbox One S 1TB Console – Minecraft Creators Bundle – $199.99 Xbox One X – $399.99 (20% off)GamesBulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Xbox One) – $12.03 (38% off)Dark Souls Trilogy – PlayStation 4 – $59.99 (25% off)Firewall Zero Hour – $19.99 (50% off)Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition – $35.99 physical for Xbox One, $39.99 Digital for Xbox One and PCGod of War – $29.99 (25% off)Overwatch Legendary Edition (consoles, physical) – $19.99 (67% off)Overwatch Legendary Edition (PC, digital) – $19.99 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One) – $17.99 (43% off)Shining Resonance Refrain: Standard Edition – $24.99 (50% off)Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – $9.99 (50% off – as an Add-On Item, you’ll need to pick this up alongside other items for a qualifying order of at least $25) Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Luxperience 2017 Award submissions now open

first_imgLuxperience 2017 Award submissions now openLuxperience announces entries are now open for the prestigious Luxperience Awards. These awards recognise the industry’s endeavours and the evolution of luxury travel while highlighting the shining stars and visionaries of the premium leisure travel and business events markets.Awards are open to both leisure and business event specialists emphasizing the impact and influence of luxury travel across both segmentsMichelle Papas, Luxury Brand Strategist at Luxperience, says: “This year our Awards will align with our theme for 2017: ‘Through A New Lens’. An emphasis will be on exploring the creativity of marketing, innovation and meaningful activities that leave an inspiring influence on travel behaviours and events through impactful visual interpretations”.Now in its third year, winners will be announced in front of over 400 guests at the glittering Luxperience Gala Dinner, taking place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Doltone House, Darling Island, Pyrmont. This magical waterfront venue offers harbour bridge and city skyline views providing a glittering backdrop for the annual Luxperience gala night.“Some of the world’s most impressive suppliers and elite group of decision-makers in the global luxury and experiential travel and events arena will be in attendance,” Papas adds. “Our winners set industry standards, raising the bar for others to emulate.”Judging of the submissions will be by an esteemed panel of travel and lifestyle industry experts including Belinda Melocco, Senior Manager Client Engagement for law firm King & Wood Mallesons and award-winning photographer, Mags King, Managing Photo Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and the Sun Herald.Belinda is an accomplished and well-respected event professional. She is the founder and chair of the esteemed in-house corporate events industry association, Sydney Event Network with over 100 members.Mags’ photography career started at the Guardian in London after winning the prestigious UK Kentmere National Award over 20 years ago. Her meteoric rise in the photo-editing world has seen Mags managing major global photography companies such as Photobition and world-renowned publications such as Travel & Leisure. In 2005, Mags joined Fairfax culminating in her current role of the media company’s flagship papers.“Belinda and Mags will bring to the judging panel a wealth of knowledge and experience and will highlight the opportunities the Luxperience Awards can offer especially to the MICE market,” says Papas. “They will also emphasise the importance imagery plays in enticing where and when travellers and companies will visit next.”The full list of Award Categories:Inspiring AwardMeaningful AwardConnections AwardOutstanding Destination AwardThe Inspiring Award will recognise a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that best demonstrates excellence in the planning and development of innovative products, events and services, acknowledging entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness.The Meaningful Award will pay tribute to a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that contributes to a greater understanding of history, heritage and culture, incorporating elements such as sense of community, experiential travel or social responsibility within their program or product.The Connections Award will recognise a successful marketing strategy and campaign, both from the buyer or supplier side, which effectively connect with key target markets within the luxury or high end experiential travel space or events and incentives areaIn addition to these awards, Luxperience will recognise an Outstanding Destination, which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism or business events within their country or region.The invitation-only business forum, taking place in Sydney on 17-20 September 2017, is the only one of its kind based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel and business events providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.For more information on submissions click here.Source = Luxperiencelast_img read more

A Survival Guide for Todays Mortgage Market

first_img Borrowers Competition Kelli Yarbrough Lenders Lending mortgage RoundPoint Mortgage Travis Rulle 2018-11-30 Donna Joseph in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Survival Guide for Today’s Mortgage Market The mortgage industry currently operates in an environment of rising rates, narrowing margins, reduced volumes, and tough competition. The refinance boom is in the rearview mirror, and mortgage companies are now focused on building up their purchase business and making it the centerpiece of their revenue model for the next several years. But what’s the secret to doing more than just hunkering down and surviving the challenges?Get back to the basicsThere is simply no substitute for fundamental concepts like anticipating the customers’ needs (think of the waiter that refills your water without asking) and using all available tools to improve efficiencies. By utilizing new technologies throughout the loan cycle, we not only keep our cost per loan down but can provide a better customer experience that extends well beyond the close of the loan. Instituting workflow improvements allows us to reduce cycle time from application to closing – to be more rate-competitive in the market.However, we’ve found that technology and efficiencies can only take us so far. Customer commitment means expending the resources and human capital to personally guide borrowers, particularly first-time homebuyers. Technology is fantastic, but it can’t necessarily calm the concerns of a would-be borrower. Apps and APIs can’t feel and take part in the emotional process of taking on a mortgage loan and purchasing a home.As a retention-focused operation, lenders must look at processes at the micro level and find every opportunity to cultivate the borrower relationship in the origination stage and then “handshake” that relationship back to the loan servicing team. Keep origination and servicing teams in close communication so that customers receive a seamless, high-touch customer service experience that lasts beyond the loan origination process.Maximize your data utilizationIn addition to analyzing the mountain of data collected in the origination process, find value in truly listening to what customers have to say about their life goals. We want to know, for instance, how much they want to save each month, or what their retirement plans are. This enriches our data and magnifies its power. Now we can maximize new technologies, APIs and data analytics to better anticipate the customer’s potential need for a new mortgage. Since our focus is on retention, constantly review the lending portfolio against current market conditions. Having that knowledge, and being familiar with customers, allows the examination of their equity situation, and when appropriate, alert them to potential opportunities that they may not even be aware of. That’s a win-win: we’re providing valuable products that our customers need when they need it, and we’re creating customers for life. Know (and play to) your strengths. During periods of higher competition and/or lower volumes, it can be tempting to expand offerings and explore new revenue opportunities. However, the savvy mortgage banker should recognize the danger in abandoning your strengths and investing resources in unfamiliar products. It is important to fully understand what we are good at and can confidently let borrowers know if we are not a fit for a particular product they are interested in. Do not try to be something that you are not – that’s too ineffective in cost, time, resources, and can elevate your risk to an uncomfortable level.In today’s market, mortgage bankers simply need to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of building quality products, a solid customer-centered culture within the company, and balancing the need for technology with the value of the human touch. center_img November 30, 2018 929 Views Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Justin Bethel was about to answer some questions when Brandon Williams, who had walked into the locker room with him, sarcastically, chimed in with some of his own.“How do you think you’re doing in the battle between you and Brandon Williams,” he asked. “Do you think you’re leading him or he’s leading you?”Williams added he was ready to go on and conduct the interview, at which point featured a laughing Bethel. “The best thing with him, when he gives up a play right now he just comes back and goes to the next one — it used to bother him, now it doesn’t,” Arians said. “He’s learning to get amnesia.”That Bethel is playing well now may not come as a total shock, especially given how he finished the 2016 season. In Weeks 16 and 17 against the Seahawks and Rams, respectively, he collected four passes defensed as well as one interception, which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown.Yet, there was and is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding Bethel, which is why his contract was changed over the offseason to pay him less money but shorten it by one year, meaning he will be a free agent at the end of this upcoming season.Hence, the competition with Williams.“I don’t look at it as a competition,” Williams said. “I look at it as he does his job, I do my job, and we both go out there and dominate.”“I think we’ve both been working really hard in the offseason and I think it’s just one of those things where we both know our skillset and we’re going to just go out there and play the best that we can,” Bethel added. While their competition is serious — and, arguably, the most important with regards to the team’s chances in 2017 — the exchange underscored not only the players’ friendship, but also their confidence.Both Bethel, now entering his sixth season, and Williams, who is beginning his second, believe they have what it takes to play opposite six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro Patrick Peterson.Williams emerged as the starter out of training camp as a rookie, only to falter some before being supplanted by veteran Marcus Cooper. With Cooper now in Chicago, the job is again available, though at the end of the team’s mini-camp head coach Bruce Arians proclaimed it was Bethel who had the early lead.It helps that Bethel, who has battled foot and ankle problems for the better part of the last two seasons, is finally healthy.“It feels great,” he said. “You don’t realize how much you miss it until you can’t do it, and so being able to train this offseason and be able to prepare for this training camp and be able to look forward to going into the season healthy (and) being able to play, it’s a great feeling.”On Monday, he intercepted a pass while batting away a couple others, and Tuesday Arians said Bethel has had good days every day in camp. “At the end of the day let the coaches do what they want to do, and just know that either way both of us need to be prepared to start at any time.”The best-case scenario for the Cardinals would of course be having both players step up and prove worthy of a starting role. Since Arians took over in 2013, the team has seen Jerraud Powers, Antonio Cromartie, Bethel, Cooper and Williams all get time opposite Peterson, and before that, William Gay, Greg Toler, Richard Marshall and A.J. Jefferson were part of the revolving door.“Both of them look good,” Peterson said of Bethel and Williams. “Justin is playing at a high level right now; the biggest thing for Brandon is just growing that confidence.”Peterson said Williams has been a sponge around him, and spent much of the offseason working out alongside him. Williams, who said the biggest change for him from a year ago is on the mental side of the game, said Peterson is the top cornerback in the league.“His technique is what makes him the best, so when you have a technician like that on your team, being a young guy, you can learn a lot from him,” he said.It is rare for teams to have multiple shut-down corners; but then again, the Cardinals have had their share of swings and misses looking for a second. Peterson praised the work both of this year’s top candidates have put in. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s a general thing,” he said of being healthy now. “I’m not worried about it; certain things, I feel faster, I feel like my same speed again. I don’t worry about it.“When I’m out there playing, I’m not thinking, ‘OK if I do this I know it’s going to hurt’ and I think I just, I don’t know, I’m just happy to be healthy.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 14 “We’re going to need somebody to step up, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that these guys are ready,” he said. “But so far, Brandon and Justin are looking very, very good.“It’s a heated battle, and it’s definitely going to come down to the wire.”It also may be adding a contender.A report came out Monday that the Cardinals were set to work out veteran corner Brandon Flowers, who was a Pro Bowler in 2013 but has battled injury, most recently concussions. Arians said the team will indeed take a look at him Wednesday because he is a good player who happens to be available.“You’re going to see some guys coming in here real fast to build this roster, just in case,” Arians said. “Either young guys haven’t performed well enough and there are so many good veterans on the street, that you want to have guys ready to go.”The Cardinals may ultimately sign the 31-year-old, who has 21 career interceptions over nine seasons with the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.Until then — and, perhaps, even if they do — the job is still up for grabs. Bethel said he certainly feels like it is his, though he noted that is how he is supposed to feel. He added he had a similar thought last season before injuries took their toll. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals defensive back Justin Bethel (28) breaks up a pass intended for receiver John Brown, left, during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWaldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the highly-anticipated luxury hotel set to open in 2017, is excited to unveil award-winning Jean-Georges as the restaurant partner in the iconic brand’s Beverly Hills debut. Under the direction of Michelin-star rated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ signature dining restaurant and unique rooftop offerings will showcase sophisticated culinary experiences for a new generation of guests.“We’re thrilled to partner with Chef Jean-Georges, an acclaimed talent in the restaurant industry, to bring true epicurean excellence to Los Angeles,” said Luc Delafosse, Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. “We both share a passion and understanding for creative techniques and superb quality in culinary arts and exceptional service, a philosophy that is infused throughout Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.”A savvy businessman, restaurateur and one of the world’s most famous chefs, Vongerichten has an impressive three-star Michelin background and is at the helm of the operation and success of numerous restaurants celebrated worldwide. Through his extensive involvement in every aspect of his restaurants – from concept to menu to architectural design, as well as staff selection and trainings – the renowned chef is constantly developing fresh ideas inspired by his travels to impact the global culinary landscape.“I’m excited to have found the perfect partner to make my West Coast debut and bring my culinary passion to one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands,” said Vongerichten. “I truly value the opportunity to bring exquisite food and discerning guests together in one place and look forward to becoming a part of the Beverly Hills community, bringing a new inspiring environment to life and having a presence in California for the first time.”The concept for the menu and design of the Jean-Georges restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is currently underway and the new restaurant will be unveiled in 2017 with the hotel’s opening.Located adjacent to The Beverly Hilton on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills, the 12-storey, 170-room luxury hotel marks the brand’s first new build property on the West Coast- joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of 25 landmark destinations.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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