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first_imgBelmondentertainmentfamilieshotelsluxuryrailSouth America The little bear from ‘darkest Peru’ has returned to the big screen with the release of ‘PADDINGTON 2’ on 10 November 2017 and, since Belmond British Pullman has a starring role in the film, Belmond is celebrating too (perfect for families!).Adventurous travel packages to the famous bear’s homeland are on offer – ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ – and may even include marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront, and discovering Peruvian oranges growing along the route to Machu Picchu!POSTCARDS FROM PERUThe new four and seven night packages aptly begin in Lima – where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives – at the city’s most stylish address, Belmond Miraflores Park, overlooking the seafront and bustling promenade. From the hotel’s rooftop, children can gaze across the ocean, dreaming of their upcoming adventure as they feast on sticky marmalade breakfast treats and get into character with their very own red bush hat, courtesy of Belmond.From Lima, the journey takes guests to Cusco, and one of the city’s most treasured landmarks – Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Families can explore the city on foot or spend time meandering through the hotel’s stunning courtyard, cloisters and flower-lined walkways, stopping to make a wish at the 300-year old cedar tree and mythical fountain. After a long day of sightseeing, children are invited to make bear-shaped cookies with the chef – a sweet-tasting stopover to help bear cubs re-charge for their next escapade. Next on the itinerary is one of the most highly-anticipated experiences in Peru; a journey to Machu Picchu aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham – the country’s most famous 1920s-inspired vintage train. Just as Paddington arrived into London by train, families will arrive by rail in unrivalled luxury, through wild river canyons and lush jungle, to the heart of the Inca Empire. Passengers will be gifted a special jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where the most succulent Peruvian oranges are grown along route. Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to be situated at the gates of the ancient citadel and overlooking the breath taking sacred peaks. Hidden within the tropical plantation and garden terrace are jars of marmalade, just waiting to be discovered by mini explorers. Guests on the longer seven-night package are transported to the heart of the Sacred Valley and oasis of calm Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, exclusively located on the shores of the Urubamba River. A special Paddington-themed ‘movies under the stars’ night offers family fun by the wild-running river, with cosy woollen blankets provided to wrap up warm, popcorn waiter service and dessert bar inspired by the film.BEAR NECESSITIESThe four-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $3,158/£2,835 per person and includes one night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on B&B and one night full board at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, with one day train journey aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham and entrance to Machu Picchu, Paddington-themed activities across properties, transfers, and sightseeing tours and is valid for travel from now through 2018. The package does not include international and domestic flights, airport departure taxes and travel insurance. Prices per child are on request.The seven-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $4,804/£3,625 and includes the above plus a second night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado on B&B and return domestic flights, Lima/Cusco.MONTH OF THE MOVIESDuring November and December 2017, guests wishing to embrace the magic of the film will be able to join in the fun as Paddington-themed activities take place daily across Belmond’s Peruvian portfolio. At Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco families can enjoy a Paddington-afternoon tea time in the hotel’s ‘secret garden’ with preservative sandwiches in generous supply. All activities are offered complimentary to guests staying overnight at any of the six hotels and/or travelling aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham. LONDON – Paddington Afternoon Tea journeysBelmond British Pullman offers steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing London Victoria Station on 2 December 2017, 16 February 2018 and 7 April 2018. Prices start from £550, based on two adults and two children (under 16) travelling together.Visit Belmond.com or call Peru reservations on +51 1 519 5705 last_img read more

While guys like Reggie Bush and Reshad Mendenhall

first_imgWhile guys like Reggie Bush and Reshad Mendenhall are spending their free time due to the lockout ruining their reputations via Twitter and Chad Ochocinco is spending it riding bulls, one Arizona Cardinal has decided to do something a little more productive.In a month that he’d usually be reporting to Flagstaff for training camp, Cards punter Ben Graham will be in Austria. He won’t be there on vacation or to sight see though. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ According to the Herald Sun in his native Austrailia, Graham will take part in the International Federation of American Football world championships this July held in Austria. He will be a member of the Austrailian Outback team that will play in Group A against the US, Mexico and Germany.It’s interesting that Graham has committed to this event. One might be able to read into it as him believing that training camp is unlikely to begin on time. That or he just has tremendous pride for his home country and they were short on good American football players.Either way it’s good to know that football involving an Arizona Cardinal is guaranteed to be played come this July. Too bad it will take a 12 hour flight, rather than a two hour drive, to be able to watch it.center_img Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Peterson pointed out how last season, the Cardinals struggled early in the season only to get hot late and just miss the postseason; the hope is to avoid an inverse, yet similar fate this time around. He said there isn’t any concern within the locker room that their chances are slipping away, because every team will go through a rough patch during the season. But not all struggles are created equal.“What is concerning is the way we’re losing,” linebacker Kevin Minter said. “There’s a lot of mistakes; mistakes we don’t make at each position. “It has to turn around, or… it will get bad these last four games.”How it turns around is the big question. Arizona’s last four opponents are all of the “tough” variety, starting this Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs at home. That game is followed by a Thursday night game at the St. Louis Rams, a home game against the Seattle Seahawks and then the season finale, on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Right about now it would be easy to look at that slate and wonder if there is a win to be found among it, but this team has not lost its confidence. “I think it’s still there,” Minter said. “We did show some resiliency early in the season. We came back and played good football after the Denver game, we obviously went on a bit of a winning streak. I feel like we can do it again; it’s just you’ve got to re-focus, just get back to it.” And that’s the silver lining to all of this. While things are not going well now, this team has proven itself plenty capable, having already knocked off some of the NFC’s better teams. So would the players start doubting themselves now?“No, because they are the same guys that won nine,” Arians said. “The same guys who beat Philly and Dallas and all those teams. You learn why you lost, and you learn why you won, and hopefully you get it corrected at home.”The quickest way to restore confidence and, perhaps, a bit of order would be to win Sunday. If the Cardinals do that, then all of a sudden the skies brighten and the conversations turn back to playoff positioning rather than playoff chances. At the same time, though, a loss would be equally damaging.“I will say this is definitely a turning point,” Peterson said. “This team can go up or this team can take a major step back, and that’s something that we don’t want to do.“Like I said earlier, this is an opportunity that we do not want to piss away because we had this feeling last year, depending on other teams to help us get in the playoffs. Now we’re in a position of controlling our own destiny; we can’t let this fall to the wayside because you don’t know when you’re going to get these type of seasons back. So we have to make sure these last four games, 16 quarters, every guy on this roster has to put 110 percent in, because that’s what it’s going to take to get us to the playoffs.” TEMPE, Ariz. — It was just two weeks ago the Arizona Cardinals were 9-1 with the best record in the NFL and a three-game lead on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. It seems like ages.Arizona lost its second consecutive game Sunday, falling to the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 29-18. The offense, just as it did the prior week in Seattle, sputtered, gaining just 329 yards while failing to reach the end zone until the final minutes after the outcome had been decided. The defense, which had been stout all season, was gashed for 500 yards, including 142 on the ground. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It was by far the worst effort this team has put forth in 2014, and one that has led to some wondering if, finally, the numerous injuries have caught up to them. But no matter how bleak things may look right now, the Cardinals are still 9-3 and in control of the NFC West, along with their possible playoff future. There are four games left to sort it all out, meaning their season has reached a bit of a turning point. “Not the next four, this next one,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “The next one is huge to maintain where we’re at. The sky has not fallen yet. We’re still No. 1, and we’re playing at home (this week). We need to stay there this week and just take them one at a time.”Arians is disappointed in his team’s performance the last two weeks, but at the same time knows that while the season has hit a bit of a speed bump, the road continues on. The Cardinals are still in the driver’s seat, which is a message he’s imparted on his players.“He just wants to make sure that we understand the position that we’re in,” Patrick Peterson said of what the coach is telling them. “As a ballclub, we don’t want to piss away this opportunity that we have in front of us.” – / 33 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The veteran says he plans to appeal the fine.“I don’t know if I even have a voice in it. All I can do is appeal it,” Moore said. “Do I disagree? Yes. Do I dislike it? Yes. I don’t feel like that was a fine. But I would like for us to be able to play real football.”Moore was fined nearly $75,000 for illegal hits last season.center_img In the waning moments of the Atlanta Falcons’ 29-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton connected on a 23-yard pass over the middle to Jaron Brown.At the tail end of the play, Brown was walloped by Atlanta safety William Moore. The hit drew a loud reaction from Falcons fans in attendance at the Georgia Dome, but didn’t draw a flag from the officials.Thursday, Moore told the Atlanta media that he had been fined $22,050 by the NFL for the hit. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Would the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up

first_imgWould the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up?After a dominating opening-game performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the Niners got smacked early and often in a 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.For the first time in 2015, we’ll get to see the new-look 49ers take on a division foe when they head to Glendale to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. • Cardinals ready for Kaepernick to scramble on third downs (CSN Bay Area)The Arizona Cardinals want to squeeze the middle of the field and force 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball outside the numbers, safety Tony Jefferson said on Tuesday.• 49ers’ O-line ranks last in pass protection (CSN Bay Area)While the 49ers own the league’s top rusher through two games, the offensive line ranks as the league’s worst pass-blocking unit, according to Pro Football Focus, which grades the performances of every player in every NFL game.• Anatomy of a Play: Colin Kaepernick’s 75-yard Touchdown Pass to Torrey Smith (49ers.com)One bright spot from the San Francisco 49ers Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the second-half performance of the passing attack.Colin Kaepernick completed 22-of-31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns after the break. The biggest play came midway through the fourth quarter when the quarterback hooked up with Torrey Smith down the middle of the field for a 75-yard score.Tuesday, September 22• Right side of 49ers offensive line showing its warts (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers’ rebuilt offensive line, with only one starter remaining at the same position he played at in the 2014 opener (paging left tackle Joe Staley), was a concern entering this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Colin Kaepernick: Not fun being down by 20-plus points (ESPN.com) Yes, Colin Kaepernick got his passing groove on late in the San Francisco 49ers’ 43-18 loss Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.No, he did not have much fun in finding that rhythm with first-year 49ers receiver Torrey Smith.“I don’t ever see it being fun being down by 20-plus points,” he said Wednesday.• 49ers injury report: Bush plans to play vs Cardinals (CSN Bay Area)Bush sustained a calf strain in the first half of the 49ers’ season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. He did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. He remained in the Bay Area to rehabilitate.• Tomsula weighs in on Mitchell’s ‘low tackle’ against Hyde (CSN Bay Area)“He came in to tackle him low,” Tomsula said on Wednesday, the first time he has been asked about the play. “I put it as a low tackle. Carlos is a big, strong, physical back. That’s all I have to say about that. It’s not a knee or a hip, it’s a quad.”• Tomsula: No personnel changes planned for 49ers’ secondary (CSN Bay Area)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh had pass plays of 59, 56, 48, 41, 35 and 28 yards. The 49ers surrendered an average of 13.7 yards for every Steelers pass attempt. After two games, Pinion ranks 24th in the NFL in gross average (44.4) and 15th in net (40.9). Meanwhile, Lee, a three-time All-Pro, ranks second in gross (55.0) and third in net (45.8).• 49ers’ Kaepernick free to run and gun (SFGate.com)In the season’s first two games, the 49ers have used far more of the pistol formation Kaepernick ran at Nevada and have frequently rolled him out of the pocket. The 49ers have run 45 percent of their plays (73 of 163) from the pistol — a shortened version of the shotgun in which the quarterback lines up only 3 or 4 yards behind center — this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Last year, they used the pistol only 6 percent of the time (65 of 1,088 plays). They have also used either a shotgun or pistol formation on 88 percent of their snaps this season (53 percent in 2014).• 49ers defense expects Palmer to look deep (CSN Bay Area)There is little doubt that if Carson Palmer has time to throw on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals face the 49ers, he will look repeatedly for the home-run ball.• 6 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers’ Week 3 Matchup (Bleacher Report)San Francisco 49ers starting running back Carlos Hyde will struggle against the Arizona Cardinals—that’s bold prediction No. 1. • Pros and cons of Colin Kaepernick: Does the good outweigh the bad? (SFGate.com)Colin Kaepernick set career highs for attempts (46) and completions (33) in the 43-18 loss in Pittsburgh. Overall, Kaepernick played solidly and corrected some mistakes from last week and last year. Here are the good and bad from Kaepernick in the game.• 49ers notebook: Kaepernick comfortable in revamped offense (San Jose Mercury News)“The biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone for me.“It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”Wednesday, September 23• 49ers defense singing the third-down blues (ESPN.com)The 49ers also had a hard time getting off the field on third down in the first half, with the Steelers converting four of five third-down opportunities and six of 10 overall. And if it seemed like Pittsburgh had some big plays on those conversions, you’re right.• 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith could be impressive tandem (SF Gate)The 49ers hope so after one of the few bright spots in their 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday was a 75-yard touchdown from rocket-armed Colin Kaepernick to fleet wideout Torrey Smith. Top Stories center_img Comments Share • Jim Tomsula updates injuries for Torrey Smith, Reggie Bush, other 49ers (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers had been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL after Week 1, with running back Reggie Bush the only player listed on the team’s injury report through last Thursday. But then receiver Bruce Ellington landed on it with a sprained ankle.• Colin Kaepernick: ‘We don’t play for moral victories’ (ESPN.com)Because while Kaepernick had his fourth career 300-yard passing game with 335 yards, 274 of those yards came after halftime … when the Steelers led 29-3.• Transcript: Tomsula addresses 49ers’ struggle on defense (CSN Bay Area)49ers head coach Jim Tomsula addressed the media in the aftermath of his team’s 25-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.• 49ers snap count: Davis takes over as backup RB (CSN Bay Area)Jarryd Hayne opened the game Sunday as the 49ers’ backup running back against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but rookie Mike Davis quickly replaced him in that role while making his NFL debut.• Bowman: ‘You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past’ (SFGate.com)What happened to a defense that’s ranked among the NFL’s top five in yards allowed every season since 2011? Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman provided the most sobering and honest assessment. All week, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings in the Bay Area as the 49ers prep for the Cardinals. Friday, September 25• Kenneth Acker expects Cardinals, Carson Palmer to test him like Steelers (ESPN.com)Has Kenneth Acker recovered from his baptism by fire at the feet of Antonio Brown this past weekend?If not, the rite of passage for the San Francisco 49ers’ first-year cornerback will continue this weekend in the Arizona desert against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald.• NaVorro Bowman returns to practice, Reggie Bush still out (ESPN.com)As noted earlier, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had a vet’s day off Wednesday, returned to practice and was a full participant. Meanwhile, running back Reggie Bush, who has not suited up since straining his left calf in the season opener, remained sidelined.• 49ers ‘strip’ back playbook for Colin Kaepernick (ESPN.com)Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows Wednesday when he said, unsolicited, that he was now “being asked to be myself this year,” as opposed to the past, when he was “asked to do things outside of my character.”• Growing pains: Pinion, 21, aims to emerge from slow start (SFGate.com) “You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past,” Bowman said. “We had probably eight or nine vets on our defense.”• 5 Things We Learned from Jim Tomsula to Start Cardinals Week (49ers.com)The San Francisco 49ers coach spoke about cleaning up mistakes from the Pittsburgh Steelers game as well as looking ahead to a Week 3 divisional showdown versus the Arizona Cardinals. • On 49ers: Can defense gain its footing? It’s been done before (Sacramento Bee)There were plenty of problems Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially safeties who were either late arriving on deep passes or, in the case of Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, had a Steelers wide receiver blow past him for a touchdown.• Red-zone failures continue to haunt 49ers (San Jose Mercury News)What the 49ers want to play out better is their red-zone offense. Only 3-of-8 red-zone possessions have led to touchdowns this season. The Cardinals, Sunday’s opponent, are 7-of-7 through their two wins.Thursday, September 24• Reggie Bush still sitting out practice (ESPN.com)A week ago, the San Francisco 49ers’ injury report consisted of one player — running back Reggie Bush. But after Sunday’s 43-18 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the report has grown to eight players.• Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 49ers defense to ‘clean up’ mistakes (ESPN.com)But while Palmer, like Roethlisberger, is a vet, he does not anticipate the 49ers breaking again on third down come Sunday in Arizona.“We’re not expecting that to happen,” the Cardinals quarterback said in a conference call on Wednesday, referencing the 49ers getting caught out of position often by bluffing at the line of scrimmage before the snap.last_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

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice ce

first_imgWashington Redskins running back Derrius Guice, center, receives attention on the field after an injury during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Arizona hosts Washington at University of Phoenix Stadium to open 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 9.Related LinksCardinals get CJ2K, lose out on Campbell in The Ringer’s 2008 re-draftThe 5: Things to watch in the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason openerArizona Cardinals sign cornerback Tim ScottCardinals refresh game day reminders for home opener vs. RedskinsGuice was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.In camp, Guice had been splitting first-team carries with Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. Coach Jay Gruden has said there was competition for the No. 1 job along with third-down back Chris Thompson. Now, it’s wide open after Guice’s season-ending injury.The team said tight end Manasseh Garner, a long shot to make the roster, is out for the season with an ACL injury. The Arizona Cardinals’ first regular season opponent suffered a serious blow to its season in its first preseason game on Thursday.Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft. The LSU product was considered a first-round prospect and went late in the second. Top Stories 3 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Icelands most signi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Iceland‘s most significant new attraction, and a new Seven Skies experience, is the man-made ice cap glacier, located high on Europe‘s second largest glacier, Langjökull. The ice tunnel and caves offer an amazing opportunity to explore a glacier from the inside.Travellers can hop aboard a customised 8 wheel monster glacier truck for a short drive to the top of the ice cap glacier, marvelling at the spectacular white landscape along the way. Stepping inside is initially daunting as you adjust from the shocking bright white of the surface to the dimly lit interior. But as you journey deeper into the glacier, witness white walls transform to the beautiful blue ice at the heart of the glacier.This unique encounter is part of the Iceland Experience that also includes:A Seven Skies handpicked private guideHandcrafted, flexible and seamless itinerariesInsider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of a destinationOn ground flexibility to accentuate your journey with impromptu experiencesLuxury accommodationPrivate luxury transfers and ground transportation Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Raffles Group of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts, which manages three iconic Fijian Resorts, is pleased to announce that it will be rebranding to Raffe Hotels & Resorts effectively immediately. Founded by the late Reginald Raffe, the hotel group has been trading in Fiji for more than 40 years and is led by its flagship property, Plantation Island Resort.Bradley Robinson, CEO of Raffe Hotels & Resorts says: “We are truly proud of the history our properties have in Fiji. Our founder Mr Raffe was extremely hard working and entrepreneurial; traits that we continue to value in our organisation today. It seemed obvious to us that his reputation as a visionary leader of local tourism should lead us into the future.”Raffe Hotels and Resorts offer a range of products to suit most visitors to Fiji; Plantation Island Resort is the quintessential island experience, a three-star value for money resort great for families of all ages, couples and groups. Lomani Island Resort is a boutique four-star adult only resort nestled in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. Raffles Gateway Hotel is conveniently located across the road from Nadi International Airport and provides pre and post accommodation for an island stay or exceptional service for corporates or last minute travellers.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Waldorf Astoria Beverl

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

Go back to the enewsletter Nihiwatu has announced

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterNihiwatu has announced two special offers, valid from 1 September to 20 December 2016: Stay 7, Pay 5 nights or Stay 4, Pay 3 nights – ideal for extending stays and enjoying more of the truly special place that is Nihiwatu.Nihiwatu is a truly unique experience – a chance to relax and reconnect with a simpler, healthier and more mindful life. Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba and just a 50-minute flight from Bali, Nihiwatu offers a remote and pristine setting in which to enjoy barefoot luxury, a myriad of activities and natural surrounds.An outpost to world-class surfing, Nihiwatu also offers snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, nature walks, sunset horseback rides on the resort’s 2.5-kilometre private beach, hikes to nearby waterfalls, and more. Another out-of-this-world destination is the Nihi Oka Spa Safari, where a 90-minute hike through rice paddies sees guests arrive to a cluster of private bales nestled between two private beaches.Both offers are inclusive of:All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon teas and coffeesAll non-alcoholic beveragesWi-Fi internetScheduled excursions and activities on land: trips to local Sumbanese villages in Rua / Lamboya and Sumba Foundation Projects; treks to nearby Weihola, Lamboya and mountain bikingActivities by sea: stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling around Nihiwatu beach (when weather conditions permit)All guests can participate in Nihiwatu’s daily scheduled group yoga classesTerms and conditions:Staying period from 1 September until 20 December 2016Flights from Bali to Sumba (return) are at an additional charge of US $550 per person including transfers to and from the resortRoom is subject to availabilityCannot be combined with any other promotionRate is exclusive of 11 per cent government tax and 10 per cent service chargeGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The new hotel partnersh

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe new hotel partnership between Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World has kicked off for stays after 6 December 2018 for members of the World of Hyatt loyalty scheme.Initially, 54 SLH properties in locations including Belgium, China, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK are involved in the new relationship, offering World of Hyatt members the opportunity to be rewarded when booking through the channel.Among the collection are Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens in Rotherwick Hook, UK; Palazzo Vecchoetti in Florence, Italy; San Antonio in Santorini, Greece; Gaya Island Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; and The Sukhothai in Shanghai, China.World of Hyatt members can earn five Base Points for every US$1 spent on qualifying room rates, and can redeem points for free nights at participating SLH hotels. Members can also enjoy exclusive in-hotel benefits when staying at participating SLH hotels including:Complimentary continental breakfastComplimentary Wi-FiEarly check-in 12:00pm (based on availability at check-in)Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)Gaya Island ResortAdditional Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties will also be added to the line up regularly.Members who book a stay at a Participating SLH Property through Hyatt Booking Channels are not eligible for benefits of SLH’s Invited loyalty program. Other terms and conditions also apply. Details here.Lead image: Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens in Rotherwick HookGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Honolulu Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgHonolulu, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFresh off of last June’s Kahala Food & Wine Classic, chef Emeril Lagasse returns this spring for another soon-to-be-sold-out Kahala foodie extravaganza. The Kahala Hotel & Resort welcomes back the beloved star-chef of New Orleans cuisine, and will also feature wine selections from the award winning Schrader Cellars and cigars from Davidoff.Chef Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of thirteen award-winning restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico). He is a national TV personality and best-selling author of 14 cookbooks, including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced the world to his creative take on Creole cuisine, and his latest book, Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast. His new, hour-long primetime television series “The Emeril Lagasse Show” will debut on March 28 on ION Television. He was the featured chef at the last Kahala Food & Wine Classic in June 2009.The Kahala Food & Wine Classic featuring the Best of Emeril’s Kitchen includes these events:E Komo Mai, New Orleans Opening Night Dinner Friday, April 9 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration and Reception 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Outdoor dinner, Kahala o Ke Kai Lawn By the shores of The Kahala, Chef Emeril, paired with the majestic red wines of Schrader Cellars, will present Spring’s freshest local ingredients and flavors of the Pacific. A night influenced by Hawaii, yet inspired by New Orleans. Cigars from 10 p.m. to midnight.Cooking Demo: Emeril Live Saturday, April 10 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Maile Ballroom The stage is set for a culinary showcase; up close and personal with Emeril Live, just like the TV show. Be entertained by Chef Emeril, the heart and soul of New Orleans cuisine, as he highlights the magic of the Pacific. Emeril will be available to answer questions from the audience following the demonstration.Wine-ology Wine Tasting Saturday, April 10 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Waialae Ballroom Wine tasting with Napa Valley vintner Fred Schrader and winemaker Thomas Brown of Schrader Cellars. The tasting will also feature paired tapas.The Art of Blending and Tasting: A Cigar Lesson with Michael Herklots Saturday, April 10 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Kainoa Terrace Dissect the science of cigars with the finest tobacco blends. Join Davidoff’s Michael Herklots for a lesson where all the secrets of the cigar are divulged, from plant to puff.Emeril’s Kama’aina Affair: Final Night Dinner Saturday, April 10 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration/Reception 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Plumeria Beach House Come feel the love of New Orleans, highlighted with the flavors and produce of Hawaii. Prepared by Chef Emeril, and paired with the award winning wines of Schrader Cellars. The food, wine and celeb-appeal of Chef Emeril offer a truly unique Big Easy experience.Mississippi Smokin’ (After Hours) Saturday, April 10 10 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. Koko Head Lawn Guests can enjoy the elegance and pleasure of Davidoff Cigars with “stickman” Michael Herklots and a glass of liquid gold.www.kahalaresort.comlast_img read more

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin impact

first_imgDetroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city by Corey Williams And Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 8:46 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 12:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Karon White sings outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. C.L. Franklin, her father, had been pastor at the church that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) center_img DETROIT – To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel.To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career, she was simply “Aretha” or more personally “Ree-Ree” — the city’s favourite daughter, often singing at the Baptist church her father once led or headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate.“She was a pioneer woman for Detroit,” said Myron Pullin, fighting back tears Thursday morning outside New Bethel Baptist Church after learning of Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer.“It really hurt my heart. I wanted to cry,” Pullin, 56, added beneath sombre, grey and swollen clouds. “Her music touches you, but her voice. Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, they’re beautiful singers, but to me, Aretha just stood out differently from all of them.”Franklin, who died at her home in Detroit, had moved to the city from Tennessee as a young child.“She was just special and she always came home and she always gave back,” Pullin said. “She really, really always loved Detroit.”The feeling was mutual. Franklin is so beloved in Detroit that not one, but two streets bear her name.“Few people in the history of our city have been as universally loved or left as indelible a mark as Aretha,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “From the time her father gave Aretha her start in the New Bethel choir, it was clear to everyone how special she was. She was a performer without peers. Throughout her extraordinary life and career, she earned the love — and yes, the respect — of millions of people, not just for herself and for women everywhere, but for the city she loved so dearly and called home.”In 2010, she and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice performed a duet at Philadelphia’s Mann Music Center to raise money for urban children and awareness for music and the arts. “It is a joint effort for the inner-city youth of Philadelphia and Detroit,” Franklin said at the time.She also worked with the United Negro College Fund and in 2005 held a party in the Detroit area for dozens of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.“Detroiters realize how deeply I appreciate the city in which I was raised,” Franklin wrote in her 1999 autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots.”She continued, “And it is in Detroit that I continue to cultivate my career; it is to Detroit that I direct most of my charitable activities; and it is from Detroit that I receive much love and support, which I reciprocate.”Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the lone surviving original member of the Four Tops, told the AP earlier in the week about a recent conversation they had about the city.“She was telling me she rides around the city every now and then — she talks about how beautiful it is again,” Fakir said.Lisa McCall, whose quarter-century career working with Franklin started at age 12 as a dancer and continued for many years as her main choreographer, said Franklin was loyal to her “camp,” many of whom were from Detroit. They had a two-hour conversation when McCall was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago, and another heart-to-heart came more recently.“She heard I was ill and she called me — she gave me hope and inspired me,” McCall said Thursday, adding that she still has the card that came with a bouquet of flowers Franklin had sent. “Then, last year in the dressing room she said, ‘Lisa, you’ve been through this — I hope I come out on top like you.’ … I knew what she meant.”McCall said Franklin was an inspiration both personally and professionally. The singer trusted the choreographer to assemble the team of dancers and make sure they were ready to perform at venues across the country.“I think that’s why I always hire Detroit artists — because of Aretha. She kept Detroit artists working,” McCall said. “She always gave opportunities to Detroiters … because she said we have great talent.“She’s Detroit’s queen — she’s our queen,” McCall added. “She belongs to us.”___Associated Press writer Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, New Mexico, contributed to this story.___Online:For more, visithttps://apnews.com/tag/ArethaFranklinFollow Corey Williams on Twitter at https://twitter.com/coreyAPReporterFollow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffkaroublast_img read more

Judge wont block Miss America Org from state chan

first_imgJudge won’t block Miss America Org from state changes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences.Superior Court Michael Blee on Friday urged four state pageant groups that had their licenses terminated to try to reach an agreement with the parent group.But he also determined that the state groups did not demonstrate that they have a significant chance of prevailing at a trial. That was a central reason he did not issue an order the state groups had sought preventing the parent group from replacing some of them.The Miss America Organization called the ruling “complete and total victory,” adding it has the “green light” to move forward with its management of the group.“We are pleased that the new licensees in these states can continue their work unencumbered by these meritless legal challenges,” the statement said.Numerous state groups have been battling national Miss America leadership over the way the organization is being run.Last year, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia filed a lawsuit seeking restoration of the situation that existed before Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper assumed leadership of the group.On Friday, Blee urged both sides to try mediation before deciding whether a trial might be scheduled.“Try to reach a possible amicable solution,” the judge said after a nearly three hour hearing in Atlantic City, not far from where the pageant is held every September. “I strongly suggest you think about that.”Blee made his suggestion after denying a request from the four state organizations for an order that would have barred the Miss America Organization from terminating their licenses or soliciting new state leaders until the court case has been completed. The judge noted that his ruling was a preliminary one, and that the case would continue.New Jersey and Florida had their licenses restored after appeals to the national group.The lawsuit, filed last December, asserted “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant by current national leaders.“We’re not fighting over money,” said Paul Perkins, an attorney for the state groups and for Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former board member. “We’re fighting for the survival of an institution.”Tim Davis, an attorney for the Miss America Organization, said the group is within its rights to license — or not license — state groups. He said many opponents cannot accept that the pageant, under Carlson and Hopper, eliminated the swimsuit competition last year.“There’s a vocal minority that is unwilling to accept change,” he said. “The change that the new leadership is trying to bring about is moving it away from a competition in which a young woman is judged on her looks and physical appearance. People don’t like change; that’s what this is all about.”Perkins disputed characterization of the opponents as a minority, saying that 46 out of 50 state organizations eventually called for new national leadership of the Miss America Organization.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Presscenter_img by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2019 12:11 pm PDTlast_img read more

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marria

first_imgCountry star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2019 6:15 am PDT FILE – In this April 15, 2018 file photo, Miranda Lambert performs “Keeper of the Flame” at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Country star Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married to Brendan Mcloughlin. A rep for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos of her in a white lace gown with her unknown new husband to her Instagram account on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NASHVILLE — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married.A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. She wrote that in honour of Valentine’s Day, she wanted to share that she “met the love of my life. And we got hitched!”It’s unclear when the marriage occurred.The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn’t spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday. The Texas-born singer who is also a member of the group Pistol Annies has had hits with songs like “The House That Built Me,” ”White Liar,” ”Mama’s Broken Heart,” and “Gunpowder and Lead.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

September 28 2005 On Sunday October 2 2005

first_imgSeptember 28, 2005 On Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 3 pm Sonya Kumiko Lee will play works by Bach, Beethoven, Ginastera , Tchaikovsky and Chopin to celebrate the 24th annual Colly Concert at the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater. This concert honors the memory of Cosanti Foundation Co-Founder Colly Woods Soleri who with Paolo Soleri founded the Cosanti Foundation. Colly was an avid supporter of art and cultural events during her lifetime and the tradition has continued through the Colly Soleri Music Center’s Concert Season which continues to bring excellent music to the high desert. Concert-goers may choose to follow a complimentary one hour tour at 11, 12, 1 or 2 and enjoy a gourmet luncheon between noon and 2 pm consisting of Roasted Red Pepper and Coconut Soup, Mixed Green Salad with Sweet Pecans, Blue Cheese, Pears and Arcosanti Peach Vinaigrette Dressing, Butternut Squash with Orange Cranberry Glaze, Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Garlic, Portobello Pizzas with Fresh Tomatoes and Goat Cheese, Flank steak on Greens with Mango and Pepper Sauces and Hazelnut Custard with Chocolate. Tickets are $30.00 for Luncheon and Concert , $15.00 for Concert Only, $7.50 Student Concert Only. Reservations are required. [Photo: Sonya-Kumiko Lee & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more

Boy 7 critical after being hit by car

first_imgA boy aged seven and a half was injured after he was hit by a car on Thursday in Larnaca and is currently hospitalised in critical condition.According to police, a 29-year-old man from Ormidia, who was driving on Famagusta avenue in Oroklini hit the boy at around 7pm. The incident is under investigation by the police.The child, who was walking on the left-hand side of the road was attempting to cross when he was hit. He was taken to Larnaca general hospital where it was established that he had suffered both internal and external injuries. The child, who is in critical condition, was later transferred to the Makarios hospital in Nicosia. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Papadopoulos says Anastasiades has no clue what Greek Cypriots want

first_imgThose who have the impression that the Cyprus talks will continue from where they left off in Crans Montana, “just do not have proper understanding of what Greek Cypriots want”, Diko leader and presidential candidate Nicolas Papadopoulos said on Sunday.On the sidelines of a memorial event in Limassol to mark the 1974 coup, Papadopoulos also suggested that President Nicos Anastasiades was afraid to have the minutes of the negotiations in Switzerland out in the public arena because the world would then know “what he gave away”.Papadopoulos was commenting on the interview with Anastasiades published in Kathimerini on Sunday where the president said the talks were merely on a break.“The conference on Cyprus was a failure and it was not a failure of a process, it was the failure of a policy that has been followed for nine years,” Papadopoulos said.“If some people have the impression that we will continue from where we left off after a break, they just do not have the proper understanding of what Greek Cypriots seek,” he added.“There is no instance in which Cypriot Hellenism will accept the rotating presidency, numerical equality or the four freedoms for Turkish nationals, guarantees, intervention rights, troops, users’ rights to property and retention of all of the settlers. ”“The only question left to ask is whether those who bring such proposals to us are really seeking partition because such a solution will not pass from Cypriot Hellenism,” he added.Papadopoulos said the only option was to prepare the next steps “with care and responsibility, and unity”. What was needed, he said was a new strategy on the Cyprus issue. “We need a new strategy to free ourselves from a solution that is not going to pass through a referendum,” he said, saying everything Anastasiades had negotiated was a retreat.The Diko leader who will be the candidate for the so-called ‘centre-space’ or hardline parties, has been accused by ruling Disy and main opposition Akel of always talking about a new strategy but never producing one.Asked by reporters on Sunday what this new strategy might entail, Papadopoulos said it was based on “a very simple argument”. “We cannot solve the Cyprus problem unless Turkey is persuaded to change its intransigent positions. We cannot solve the Cyprus issue with generous offers and concessions, but only by provoking a political and economic costs on Turkey in order to convince it that its failure to resolve the Cyprus problem has unpleasant consequences for it,” he said. “So far we have done exactly the opposite.”You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Auditors begin checking VIP tax returns

first_imgA delegation from the audit service arrived at the tax department on Friday morning, requesting information on, among other things, whether politically-exposed people (PEPs) have filed their tax returns on time since 2008.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the team has already started drafting a record with the names of such individuals.Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides appears to have ordered this audit following a series of conflicting claims by tax commissioner Yiannis Tsangaris.Michaelides told CNA that he expects Tsangaris to hand over all evidence in connection with the procedures followed with regard to the people the commissioner termed “VIPs” in parliament.“[Thursday’s] session of the House Watchdog committee once more showcased the problem with varying statements made by the Tax Commissioner,” Michaelides was quoted as saying.“The evidence requested must answer the following questions: who is considered a VIP and why, which of the major taxpayers are classed as VIPs, and what particular special handling they are subjected to.”The auditor-general said the information was requested in a letter dated November 28 and a deadline to furnish it was set for December 8.“Responding to the request of the Watchdog committee, we have already started working intensively on preparing a record that will include information on presidents of the Republic, party leaders, government ministers and members of parliament since 2008, with a view to submitting it to parliament within the next four days,” Michaelides said.“The record will reflect whether these people filed their annual tax returns during this period on time, and if not, when, whether they were fined for any delays, and what was the last year for which they were taxed by the tax department.”The auditor-general said the service will retrieve this information from the department’s archives, access to which ‘we consider a given’.“Preparing the list of these individuals started on Friday by listing the names and ID numbers of these people,” Michaelides said, adding that audit service officials tasked with drafting the record are already at the tax department.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more