Major parties rallying around telecom pricing issue as election nears

first_imgOTTAWA — Consumer advocates say a rare consensus is forming among the major political parties ahead of the federal election that Canadians need to be protected from gouging by the country’s big telecom companies.Even before the official campaigning begins for the Oct. 21 vote, all the major parties are pledging to find ways of curbing increases to telecom rates.The New Democrats laid out their plan for reducing wireless and internet-service rates in June, vowing to impose a price cap on monthly bills that they estimated will save households about $10 a month for each service.Recent media reports have indicated the Trudeau Liberals are preparing a campaign pledge to reduce cellphone and internet costs either through a cap on monthly bills or by requiring major service providers to offer mobile virtual-network operators wholesale access to their infrastructure.The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have criticized the Liberals for being ineffective on the subject, but have not laid out their own plan to deal with a rising household cost.Industry players warn that attempts at rate-fixing could result in reduced investment in critical infrastructure, particularly as Canada heads toward development of 5G networks across the country.John Lawford with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre says if rates for internet, cellphone and other telecom services are a political football, that’s because the service providers have done nothing to take themselves off the radar of the political parties.Consumer watchdog organization OpenMedia says big telecom has been gouging people in Canada for far too long and change is long overdue. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Texas white buffalo hunt triggers outrage

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe birth of a white buffalo in many cultures is said to be a sign that people from different cultures will unite.But in the U.S., however, Native American groups are up in arms because a Texas ranch offers hunters a chance to bag the sacred animal for sport.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Canada Pension Plan to buy UK equipment maker for 11billion

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for the air distribution division of Tomkins, a diversified U.K.-based industrial company.The division makes products used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for commercial and residential buildings.The pension fund manager is already a part owner of Tomkins, which was acquired in 2010 by CPP and Toronto-based Onex Corp.Since then, Tomkins has been selling off non-core businesses.With the deal announced Friday, CPP Investment Board will have a “significant majority interest” in the Tomkins air distribution division including the portions it owns directly and indirectly through its stake in the parent company.The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter but other financial details of the transaction weren’t disclosed. read more

Russia uncovers network of shell companies behind 235 billion in illegal foreign

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 5:26 am MDT Russia uncovers network of shell companies behind $23.5 billion in illegal foreign transfers MOSCOW – Russia’s central bank has uncovered a network of shell companies that illegally funneled staggering sums of money abroad.Outgoing central bank chief Sergei Ignatiev told lawmakers Wednesday that 173 “one-day firms” smuggled at least 760 billion rubles ($23.5 billion). So-called one-day firms are shell companies that have been a favoured money-laundering technique in Russia.He said most of the transactions took place between 2010 and 2012, although some dated back to 2008. Ignatiev said he filed a request to police in May in connection with an unspecified ongoing criminal investigation.Ignatiev, who is to be replaced by presidential economic aide Elvira Nabiullina next month, told the Vedomosti business daily that $49 billion a year is laundered from Russia every year, half from a single criminal group he declined to name. read more

Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 5

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) and Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) battle for the puck during the 1st period of their NHL game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 30, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAnother winning week for the Columbus Blue Jackets, however a team identity hasn’t surfaced five weeks into the NHL season. Yet, the team sits tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the New Jersey Devils.The Jackets (9-4-1) took Tampa Bay, the league’s top team, into a shootout on the road Saturday night, before losing 5-4. Tampa Bay Lightning superstar center Steven Stamkos went top shelf on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the third round of the shootout to win an up-and-down 5-4 affair. It was the Jackets’ first shootout loss in five such games this year.Last Monday, Columbus led 3-0 against Boston at Nationwide Arena, but allowed three unanswered goals to send the game to overtime. Left wing Artemi Panarin and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand delivered the decisive shootout goals in a 4-3 victory, and Bobrovsky stopped the two shots he faced.Thursday against the Florida Panthers, the Jackets’ offense let loose for seven goals on 40 shots. Both Bjorkstrand and right wing Josh Anderson scored twice.StaHere are some headlines from the fifth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Boone Jenner impactBoone Jenner’s back injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him anymore. The Jackets’ second-line left winger is picking up the slack from the team’s other top scorers. In three games last week, Jenner tallied five points, on two goals and three assists.Jenner scored in the first period against Boston and in the third period on a power play against Florida, deflecting a shot in front of the net from Panarin past the netminder. Jenner added two assists against Florida and another against Tampa Bay on the game-tying goal in the third period.Jenner’s contributions are even greater than what the box score shows given the relative lack of production from his linemate, center Brandon Dubinsky. With just one goal and three assists in 14 games, Dubinsky’s dirth in scoring has been mitigated by Jenner’s impact since returning from injury.Consistency on defense neededThe top defensive line of Zach Werenski and Seth Jones has played as expected with its combined 20 points and a plus-17 rating, but behind the duo, there has not been much help.Jack Johnson and David Savard, the second defensive pair, has tallied just nine points and a minus-three rating. In the two games that went to a shootout last week, Johnson and Savard were each a minus-three in two games combined. For comparison, Werenski and Jones were on ice for all four goals against the Lightning.The third line of Markus Nutivaara and Ryan Murray were plus-two against Boston and minus-one against Tampa Bay, but clearing the puck from the zone continues to be an issue early in the season.They’re still winning, somehowThe Blue Jackets are ahead of the Washington Capitals and the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins. The power play ranks last in the league and the team allowed nearly four goals in all three games last week. Yet, the Jackets earned two victories and a shootout loss on the road to the best team in the NHL. That has to be a positive sign for the fanbase that the team continues to win without clicking just yet.Panarin’s expected impact has been discussed at length in this weekly update, and again, it has yet to truly emerge. His mere presence on the front line and the first power-play unit is an influence, without a doubt. But at some point, one has to think he’ll break through. Panarin has collected just one point in the last five games and hasn’t scored since Oct. 13.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert was placed on injured reserve Monday. Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reported Calvert is expected to miss three to four weeks with an upper body injury.Fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak is on injured reserve with ankle injury retroactive to Oct. 23.First-line right wing Cam Atkinson moved to injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 25.Looking aheadThe power play remains the Blue Jackets’ biggest struggle 14 games into the season, but they will face two of the most penalized teams in the league this week. Nashville averages more than 16 penalty minutes per game and has been shorthanded a league-high 69 times through 14 games. Detroit has been shorthanded 59 times, which ranks fifth highest in the league.Both teams, however, have formidable penalty-kill lines, ranking 10th and ninth in the league, respectively in penalty-kill percentage.The Jackets also hope to have one of their top power-play threats back on the ice soon in right wing Cam Atkinson. He was placed on injured reserve Sunday in order to activate defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from the injured reserve list. Atkinson’s hip injury is retroactive to Oct. 25, so he has already surpassed the seven-day IR requirement, making him eligible to return to the ice whenever healthy.Top performersBoone Jenner – two goals (2), three assists (3), five points (5), +2Markus Nutivaara – four assists (5), four points (5), +2Markus Hannikainen – two goals (2), one assist (1), three points (3), +3Josh Anderson – two goals (5), one assist (3) three points (8), +3Seth Jones – one goal (3), two assists (8), three points (11), +5Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 2-0-1 (8-2-1), 3.16 goals allowed average (2.23), 90 saves, .900 save percentage (.927)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 31-24, 56.4, 27-24, 1-0, 3-0 Nick Foligno – 25-30, 45.5, 23-20, 1-6, 1-4Alexander Wennberg – 19-19, 50.0, 13-17, 5-2, 1-0Boone Jenner – 5-9, 35.7, 5-4, 0-2, 0-3Overall: 399-478 (44.8 percent), ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-5 vs. Boston; 2-for-4 at Florida; 0-for-4 at Tampa BayOverall: 5-for-43 (11.6 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-4 vs. Boston; 2-for-3 at Florida; 1-for-1 at Tampa BayOverall: 30-for-36 (83.3 percent), ranked eighthUp next:11/6 – at New York Rangers (6-7-2)11/7 – vs. Nashville (7-5-2)11/10 – vs. Carolina (4-5-3)11/11 – at Detroit (7-7-1) read more

PAUS Minca personnel carriers prove their reliability in Kazakh mines

first_imgInternational Mining’s October issue, currently in final production, includes a focus on the mining industry of Kazakhstan. Paus reports that since 2007 it has delivered a total of 34 personnel transporters to one major metallic ore mining company. In these underground mines, the Minca 18 carries miners quickly, safely and comfortably through the mine to their workplaces. For more than 40 years, German company Paus has been successful with solutions for underground mining. For example Universa vehicles, trucks, dump trucks and LHDs are all part of the substantial product range of this family-owned company in northern Germany. One of the most successful products in the mining range is the Paus Minca (Mining Car) – a 4WD transportation vehicle, available in two models: Minca 5 with a total length of 4.6 m and Minca 18 (5.7 m). The basic vehicle is designed to carry different attachments: personnel cabin, loading platform with crane, fire fighting cassette as well as an ambulance are only some superstructures which make the Minca very suitable for underground operation.Paus says that “in many mines around the world customers are impressed by the high qualitiy of the Minca.” The Minca 18 embraces very sturdy design and high reliability. High quality components, made in Germany, help the machines to offer “outstanding economy and availability,” Paus reports.Powered by a water-cooled 2012 series 93 KW DEUTZ engine, the Minca features a monitoring device that shuts down the engine automatically in case of any failures such as engine or converter oil temperature or pressure. The first units have now already undergone more than 6,000 operating hours within two years without any major failures.The conditions in the mines are pretty tough: The environment is very wet, besides humidity the water is very acidic and therefore corrosive. Additionally, the roads are subject to frequent changes of horizontal transversal gradients, potholes and slippery surfaces. In some areas the water is knee-high, but has to be driven through. “The Minca was built for these conditions: with its four-wheel drive, integrated differential and powerful engine slopes up to 40 % can be managed,” Paus says.Another feature that was particularly used for this application is the hydrostatic drive, that gives constant traction without any gear shifting on the numerous inclines. Engine power is used optimally, which reduces fuel consumption. Also braking is much easier since the drive is a closed circuit. This reduces wear and maintenance and increases safety. The maximum speed is 35 km/h. Powershift transmission is also available.Both front and rear axle are suspended by spiral springs and shock absorbers, the front axle is oscillating. Special attention was paid to a high ground clearance to deal with tough conditions.When the Minca was designed, Paus also paid great attention to the passengers. The drivers’ and the passengers cabins are comfortable; roof and sidewalls are covered with insulation material. “In addition, the dashboard and instruments as well as the adjustable steering wheel make it a preferred unit to use,” Paus says. A closed cabin with heating and air conditioning is available as option. For use in extremely cold environments, the installation of a winter-start-package is possible.The German-Kazakh service company OOO “Eurotechservice” (ETS) is responsible for service and maintenance on the mine sites. ETS has a central workshop on the client’s premises, which is quickly accessible from the mines. Well trained service engineers and technicians maintain the units. With up-to-date tools and equipment, failures can be addressed directly without delays; oil samples are regularly taken and analysed in the laboratory.All maintenance and service jobs can easily be performed since at the Minca design stage a large number of flaps and openings were included to enable quick access especially for frequent maintenance spots like filters and filling points.Paus concludes: “The successful operation of the Minca 18 units in the Kazakh mines shows that these machines can run successfully even under tough underground conditions: this is what they were designed for.”last_img read more

iPhone 5 NFC Rumors Persist

first_imgRumors that the forthcoming version of the iPhone will sport Near Field Communication (NFC) technology are back, after being shot down by a number of sites, earlier in the week. Of course, we’re still a ways from a formal announcement for the handset (that will most likely come in the early summer months), so fittingly, the current batch of rumors are third-hand. Forbes is citing an “entrepreneur who is working on a top-secret NFC product” who is in turn citing “a friend who works at Apple.”AdChoices广告It wouldn’t be a shock, of course, were Apple to offer such a technology on the new iPhone–and Steve Jobs would, no doubt, present such a feature as though his company invented it. Google, as present, is pushing the mobile payment technology, having backed in the latest version of Android. The technology gives users a simple way to make payments via their handsets without actually touching the phone to a retail terminal.last_img read more

We cant conserve what we dont have Skerries residents fuming as water

first_img‘We can’t conserve what we don’t have’: Skerries residents fuming as water restrictions continue Irish Water said it would be asking residents to conserve water for the “foreseeable future”. Restrictions were placed on the supply on Thursday June 7, and will continue over the weekend subject to ongoing review of water levels in the reservoir. The restrictions are being lifted for a period each morning from 6am to 10am to allow tanks in homes and businesses to fill. Image: Mark Stedman/ Jun 10th 2018, 6:01 PM Short URL By Sean Murray During the water restriction periods the majority of homes and businesses will still have a flow of water to their properties however low water pressure may be experienced. A small number of properties, those located on the extremities of the network or on higher ground may lose water supply during the restrictions.A number of alternative water supplies are being provided at Newtown Parks near the Dublin Road and Selskar Court junctions, at Skerries point shopping centre near the Eurospar and at Millers Lane.The issue has ignited the fury of local residents with many taking to community Facebook groups to share stories of their own affected supply.“This is beyond a joke,” one wrote. “We brushed our teeth, flushed the toilet twice and our tank is completely empty this morning,” another said.And another wrote: “Loads of people in the estate have small kiddies – not sure how we are expected to manage with very little warning for such a long period without water.”A group of locals have even started a petition calling  on Irish Water to provide reliable access to water in their area.Karen Power, a resident of Barnageeragh, told that water outages are a regular problem on their estate.“We’re not able to do our washing,” she said. “And we’ve had to go buy disposable plates. It’s just so frustrating. When we turn on the tap – even in the morning when we’re supposed to have it – nothing happens.”Power said she’d been told that issues with water pressure meant that there were problems getting water to their estate which is on a hill.“We can’t conserve what we don’t have,” she said.Another local resident of Barnageeragh told “Once is enough, and twice is a joke. To be told this is going on for the foreseeable future is crazy.”She said that locals are already having water problems and that building works on more property is continuing in the area. She added:It feels like Skerries is being isolated here. I appreciate there’s hot weather at the minute, but if they fixed all the water leaks and practised what they preached, they’d be able to conserve water so that we could then use it. File photo. Irish Water said time must be given to allow water levels to recover center_img 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRISH WATER HAS told people in the north Dublin town of Skerries to “continue conserving water for the foreseeable future” after restrictions placed on their supply on Thursday are set to continue.Locals, however, have expressed their displeasure at the restrictions, and said that a large number had been left without water due to the restrictions in place.In a statement this evening, Irish Water said that the water restrictions are required to allow water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir to recover.The areas affected include Barnageeragh, Hamilton Hill, Newtown Parks, Skerries Rock, Millview and Hillside Gardens.It said it is “asking customers in Skerries and surrounding areas to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and reducing water levels”.Irish Water added: “The current dry spell and increased seasonal demand are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. In order to avoid widespread water outages it is necessary to carry out water restrictions on the water supply in the coming days. Share88 Tweet Email File photo. Irish Water said time must be given to allow water levels to recover Image: Mark Stedman/ 17,457 Views Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 6:01 PMlast_img read more

Study reveals inadequacies in Modern Greek teaching

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new study into the teaching and learning of Modern Greek across Australia has revealed that the current approach and methods used are no longer adequate for maintaining the future use of the Greek language down under. Professors Anastasios Tamis and Michael Tsianikas are the academics responsible for the study, which looks at all facets of Modern Greek education in Australia from 1997 to 2014, including the attitudes of parents and students.The study revealed a number of compelling findings, one of which was the insufficiency and inadequacy of the teaching time allocated to language learning.“We are devoting very limited time for Modern Greek teaching and learning, which has now been reduced almost to 95 minutes per week on average in both government and independent schools,” Professor Tamis told Neos Kosmos.“It is humanly impossible, even if you are dealing with the most genius students, to teach any language in that time, let alone Greek, which necessitates 2,600 hours to learn,” he says.Further findings showed that teachers are not well-accustomed with electronic teaching methods, which doesn’t allow for a contemporary interactive learning experience.Other contributing factors included the attitudes of parents, their willingness to use Greek in the family home and the time they are willing to devote to their child’s education.However, one of the biggest changes that must be made is the perception of Greek as a community language. “The fallacy is that Greek is not a community language. Greek is not just a language spoken by the Greeks. As I say to my students, if you want to speak good English you have to learn Greek. This is how we should portray the language to the outside world,” he says.The 91 pages of the study give an insightful view into the state of Modern Greek in Australia’s diaspora, with the contributing knowledge of Greek educators across the country. Professor Tamis revealed he was not surprised by the findings.“It’s a consequence of the actual historical, social and economic grievances of our community, and of course it is also the consequence of the lack perhaps of systemic thinking and policies about the future,” he explained.“If you were to travel to Collins Street you will find out there are many heritage buildings there from the 18th and 19th centuries and the government is investing millions of dollars to preserve them, to make them look nice. The same thing has to happen with the Greek language.”Prior to 2009 academics estimated that the Greek language would still have a strong base of usage within Australia until the year 2025. However, due to the economic crisis that has plagued Greece, and the estimated 80,000 Greeks that have migrated to Australia, another 10 to 15 years has been added to its expected lifespan.Despite the findings, there is still hope for Modern Greek. Professor Tamis proposes that “a real round table discussion must take place” with educators, institutions and community leaders to decide on future movements for the language, where modern technology should be encouraged and the amount of time students spend on language and the frequency of classes be increased.Greek Australian parents are also urged to play their part and should to be made aware that Greek must return home as a family language.“Unless we use those four elements I don’t see how the language is going to survive beyond 2040.”* Remember to pick up your copy of Monday’s Neos Kosmos Greek edition and Saturday’s English edition to get your free supplement on the teaching of Modern Greek.last_img read more

Hulk Hogan booked to appear on next weeks 1027 RAW

first_imgFacebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest In addition to being booked to appear on tonight’s show in Kansas City, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is also booked to appear at RAW next week on 10/27 in San Antonio.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Twittercenter_img WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

TCI Premier Robinsons address preIRMA

first_img New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 6th, 2017 – Providenciales –“My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, Residents and Visitors to our shores.In the coming hours, we face a storm that is by all of man’s account, is poised to have a devastating impact on countries that it comes into contact with. Turks and Caicos Islands remain in its path and we are readying all systems to be able to endure the storm. Nonetheless, it is my Government’s position that a country is as ready as its people and so yesterday, the Hon Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Health and I made contact with Salt Cay, one of the Islands that is the subject of an Evacuation Order. We were able to travel to Salt Cay and explain the effects of the Order. We are pleased that a very large percentage of the population has left Salt Cay. However a few have elected to remain. Likewise the Minister of Home Affairs and I were able to join Town Hall Meetings in Middle Caicos who for the first time has been the subject of an Evacuation Order and regrettably, the majority has elected to stay. An Evacuation Order is never taken to be taken lightly and we are still hoping and praying that these individuals will comply and will not risk life. Experience has taught us that the remote Islands of Salt Cay and Middle Caicos can easily be cut off from access to assistance and with the magnitude of this Storm, there is a great possibility of loss of and damage to property as well as a great possibility of injury and loss of life. It is always better to be safe than sorry. We call on family and friends to assist in reaching out to relatives and friends and encourage them to comply with the Order. We see similar Evacuation Orders issued for Inagua and parts of Florida.  The Government continues to encourage all residents to continue to rush in your preparations: secure your property, stock up on basic supplies but above all ensure you and your family’s personal safety. Shelters will be activated today and encourage those of you near the sea, in flood prone areas or in homes that you know are unable to withstand strong winds to seek refuge with family and friends in the first instance and then seek shelters if necessary.Today we had hoped to travel to all of the other Islands today but because of the current circumstances, we are unable to.The Hon Williams and I also used the opportunity last evening to address the creole and Spanish communities in a joint appearance on four radio Stations urging these communities to also rush in preparation. It remains my Government’s stance that of paramount importance at this time is the protection and preservation of life and though criticized, we have ceased all immigration operations to detain undocumented nationals. It is the right thing to do and we stand by it. I am therefore appealing to all documented and undocumented nationals in this country to seek refuge in safe premises.I am personally disappointed that there are instances of price gouging and that too many merchants have seen it fit to exploit consumers at this time by raising prices on critical hurricane preparedness items. It is rather unfortunate. We are as a government cognizant of the fact that preparing for the storm on the heels of readying our children for school return can be challenging and we have agreed and as Minister of Finance, I signed a Warrant to allow for the payment of salary advances to Government workers. I ask only that you be wise and remember your obligations post storm. It is not meant to bring undue hardship which if not managed properly but help during a difficult time.I am again appealing to members of the Private Sector to not be inconsiderate during these times, please allow your staff time to prepare for the Storm. There is a narrowing window and we appreciate that there are services that we continue to wish to access and we appreciate your accommodation but your staff must also be allowed to prepare for the storm. I encourage you to allow essential staff a reasonable and practical shift system that allows them to secure their property and prepare. I pray that many of you will reconsider your positions.Additionally as Acting Minister of Tourism, I am grateful to the Airlines that have arranged rescue flights for tourists that are on Island. Unfortunately airlift could not be arranged for all but we are satisfied that all Hotels and Resorts have Plans that will ensure as best it can, their guests safety. We encourage all guests to remain indoors and to take all precautions to remain safe.I am also pleased that the meeting held with stakeholders that included Telecommunication Communities, Airlines, Ferry Services, Utility Service Providers, Hotel Association demonstrated that they too are ready and have activated their individual plans. Government stakeholders continue to work hard to ensure that we as prepared as one can be to endure this storm.Today marks 9 years since the passage of Hurricane Ike, many of us in the Salt Islands have been sharing our experiences over the years and more so over the past few days. What is obvious is that many are indeed fearful but have used that fear not to paralyze themselves into inaction but to fuel their preparations. As I drove through Grand Turk yesterday and visited key places like the Prison, DDME’s Office and RTC, I was pleased with the level of preparedness. That experience though sad has been the best teacher for many of us and encourage those of you had been fortunate not to experience it to take stock of the level of preparedness of Ike survivors. This storm is the largest storm ever formed in the Atlantic and CNN has dubbed it a different type of animal. I encourage us to not be paralyzed by fear or anxiety but to prepare and pray.PREMIER CALLS A TIME FOR PRAYEROn September 6, 2008 many of us were praying to God for help from closets, under tables, compromised homes and in less than ideal situations. I am calling on us as a people to call on Him for help and mercy. Man can do as much as we can to prepare in anticipation of a storm but this country serves a God that is bigger than any storm and His voice can command stillness in the firmament that He has established by His hands. Our prayer must be for mercy and whilst many including Pastors in this island have said that this storm must come, we hold fast to our faith praying believing that God in His mercy will hear our prayer and the desires of our heart, not that we deserve it but because His mercies are new every morning and grace continues to abounds. To this end, I am calling on all prayer warriors to congregate at 5pm around this country. I want to encourage us all to leave indoor and pray and praise in open areas around the Islands. In Grand Turk, please go to the Parade Grounds, in Providenciales the Down Town Ball Park, in South Caicos, the Salina, in North Caicos in front of the DC’s Office, in Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, step outside of your homes and let us lift up our collective voices. On all Islands, if you are unable to make it to these locations, step outside wherever you are and pray. We are not looking for numbers, nor taking register, we are being obedient and know that at this stage and level of preparedness, we hand it over to Him publicly and declare it in the open heavens.”End Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #PremierAddress FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Interview Crispin Freeman and Jad Saxton on voice acting in games and

first_img 1 2 The increased popularity of anime in the US, combined with a renewed focus on quality voices in video games, may seem like a trivial thing to some, but the voice actors who help create these characters wind up being just as important as the animations. At the recent Otakon convention in Baltimore, we sat down with veteran voice actors Crispin Freeman and Jad Saxton separately to talk about their experiences in the industry and some perspective on the future of voice acting.Jad Saxton is an American voice actress from Texas, whose talents have been heard in shows like Soul Eater, Shangri-La, and most recently Wolf Children. When not voice acting, Saxton is a stage actress among other things.Russell: How do you feel about the characters you voice? Do you grow as attached to them as you would a character you would play on a stage?Saxton: It ebbs and flows. For theater, you work so much prior to performance and in that arena there’s a lot of cast bonding. With voice acting, you’re in a room all alone with that character and often don’t meet the rest of the cast until after everything is over. I’ve done a few shows, Michiko to Hatchin was one of them, where I just did not want it to end and got super attached to those characters. I get really excited with those when they get picked up for a second season because I get to come back and do it again.Russell: What about fans and supporters? With Anime you see people dressing up as the characters you have voiced, and with a show like Soul Eater that dramatically increased in popularity long after the show had ended it seems like there’s an experience there that doesn’t exist on the stage.Saxton: Toonami, man. The easier access to the show, the more people will see it and want to cosplay and stuff. I’ve been voice acting for 7 years now and this is my first time going to conventions like this. Fans come up to me and tell me how much they loved Baccano! and that’s a show that ended over five years ago. It’s really interesting for new stuff too, especially when you find super avid fans who have the early released boxed sets that I haven’t even seen yet. It’s great, because it helps me relive that character and talk about it. You can’t really do that with the stage, outside of getting back together with your cast mates.Russell: Has the easy access of so much content, especially through services like Crunchyroll and Toonami, influenced the voice you create for the next role? When you see shows become popular over time, does that have a bearing on your next voice?Saxton: It’s hard to say, because sometimes you record something and you feel like it was so good but the show doesn’t pick up steam right away. Shangri-la is a great example of that, where it’s not been very popular so far but it certainly could be in a few years. I don’t think you can create a voice based on what you think will be popular, because that ends up being kind of random. It’s got a lot more to do with the bond your form over time with the character.Next page: Talking anime and voice acting with Crispin Freeman…last_img read more

Tourism potential of Kolkatas iconic General Post Office to be explored

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal circle of the Department of Posts is taking significant measures to tap the tourism potential of the General Post Office (GPO) that will be stepping into its 150th year on Tuesday.”The GPO is already very much in the tourist map and the postal museum attracts a good number of visitors daily. We will unveil a permanent exhibition hall inside the GPO building on Tuesday. Apart from philatelic exhibitions, we will also hold art or exhibitions of similar nature to attract more number of people here,” said Chief Post Master General (PMG), West Bengal Circle, Arundhaty Ghosh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GPO will arrange visits for school children at the premises of the GPO for witnessing such exhibitions and creating awareness that letter writing, which is on the wane in the days of WhatsApp and texting, is an art and needs revival.The sesquicentennial celebration for the GPO kicked off on Monday with the unveiling of a special cover and the extension of the postal museum was also thrown open for the public.According to a senior GPO official, personal letters now account for less than 20 percent of the postal items that are dispatched through the GPO daily while official mails are more than one lakh per day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”School children are not encouraged to write letters nowadays. When I visit schools for work related to the department and ask students why they have stopped writing letters they say they are not taught how to write one. They tell me if I teach them they will write letters. Letter writing is one of the best forms of expressing oneself and we hold letter writing competition once every year both at the state and national level to revive the art of letter writing,” Ghosh added. Speaking on the occasion, PMG (Kolkata) J Charukesi said people have an emotional connection with the GPO and go there with the hope that they will get the best of services.”The most important aspect of the GPO is the professional services we offer,” she added.The GPO is a heritage building and at the same time a working post office. “Our employees have tirelessly worked for conservation of this historic building whose conservation is a real challenge. Let us take pledge for its further conservation in the days to come,” Ghosh added.last_img read more

Why teenagers indulge in risktaking behaviour

first_imgIf you find your teenage son indulging in alcohol or drugs, do not just blame his peers. A specific imbalance in the functioning of his brain may put him at risk-taking behaviour risk, a study has found.The study conducted on animals showed that the adolescent-specific behaviour may be driven by an imbalance in activity between the prefrontal cortex (PFC) – an area of the brain involved in cognitive control and inhibition – and the nucleus accumbens (NAC) which plays a central role in reward-seeking and addiction.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the US said that the low activity in PFC with concurrent high activity in NAC – an imbalance which appears to exist only during adolescence – is essentially at odds with each other. This imbalance is behind the tendency that could lead to potentially dangerous behaviour, including drug use, harmful drinking, addiction, unsafe sex and risky driving, which may result in unintended injuries, violence and/or even premature death. “Understanding how specific changes in brain function during development relate to behaviour is critically important for determining why some individuals engage in excessive risk-taking behaviour during adolescence,” said David J Bucci, professor at Dartmouth College.“Our hope is that these findings will inform new means to minimise the potential for engaging in drug use and other harmful behaviours during this important period of development,” Bucci added in the paper published in the journal Current Biology.last_img read more

Curtains come down on Doons literary extravaganza

first_imgThough initially doubtful about attending a literature festival in Dehradun, I was surprised by an unexpected number of literature enthusiasts crowding the event on its very first day. The second edition of ‘Valley of Words’ – a three-day extravaganza aiming to further the literary pursuit of Doon – got underway on November 23 and concluded on a Sunday afternoon at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun.Amidst the scenic ambiance and hustle-bustle of the crowd, VoW was inaugurated by Governor of Uttrakhand Baby Rani Maurya, who also released the special first-day postal cover. Following the grand opening, Economist and Author Bibek Debroy gave a keynote on ‘Universal Learnings from Sanskrit Classics’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival brought together best of writers, critics, painters, photographers, academicians, and other literarians to have compelling panel discussions across various fields. Among the 70 plus sessions, what caught my attention was the one on ‘India’s wars since Independence: (With a special tribute to Gen Zorawar Bakshi. Featuring notable names like Major General VK Singh, Major General Randhir Singh and Moderator Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, the session highlighted how Britishers identified the potential of Indian soldiers in fighting even the deadliest wars. But Indians in today’s time fail to acknowledge the contribution of their own soldiers. Cardozo concluded the session stating, “Events like Valley of Words give an opportunity to reminisce stories of the soldiers before and after Independence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnother highlight of day 1 was a session on ‘Women Extraordinaire by Dr Suchita Malik: A saga of the lives of five women of indomitable spirit, who refuse to crumble under pressure or give up because of the cruel twists of fate.’ Juggling between different halls of the hotel which hosted varied panel discussions, exhibitions, and book launches, I managed to get the final glimpse of this session where Malik talked about her book being the solid supporter of marriage – a crumbling institution. “This is the era of divorces, separation, and fights. Tolerance level has reduced to zero and we are not ready to rectify the problems, talk of compromises or adjustments in marriages. But I believe that marriage is an institution which gives us the anchor to society. You just need to give space to your partner and learn the art of tolerance. And as a writer, I believe that I have the creative freedom of highlighting different aspects of a situation/concept,” she stated. When asked about beautifully intertwining partition in the backdrop of the story, Malik drew parallel as to how Kaushalya’s story (lead protagonist) and India’s story (transformative stage of partition – pre-partition, partition and post-partition are synonymous with each other. “They grow up together, evolve together, face life together, struggle together and build up a new life,” she said. From theatre, journalism, music to politics and history – all of which influence literature directly or indirectly, gripping discussions around every possible field occupied other slots of the day. The evening got even more interesting when students from Graphic Era Hill University presented a Nukkad Natak that brought forth the pitiable condition of women in today’s society. First up for day 2 was a Hindi debate on ‘Bollywood ne Hindi ko Aabad/barbaad Kiya hai’, featuring Leela Dhar Jaagudi, Budhinath Mishra, Sangeet Gupta, and Kumudini Nautiyal. Rather than sticking to my chair, I decided to explore the exhibitions and craft expo presented by maestros as well as budding talent. ‘Gossamer Dreams’ by a 4 year old Ayan Gogoi Gohain, ‘A bird came down the walk: An ode to the birds in Mussoorie’, ‘Philately: Icy Continent and Indian Expedition’, ‘Images and Words: From a village in the valley’ and many more art shows were truly a feast for eyes. What stood out from the rest was ‘Glimpses of Last Shangri-La – The spirit of celebration’, an exhibition highlighting the aspects of the celebration of Indo-Tibetian Buddhism prevalent in the north-eastern Himalayan belt of India. The spiritual attainment in this ‘Land of the Lamas’ is evident through the use of enigmatic chantings, cosmic sounds of their traditional cymbals, wind instruments and drums. There is also a bountiful use of vibrant colours in their traditional attires which are used in their religious dance forms. The artist has attempted to represent these aspects in his artwork. Heading back, I took a seat to hear another panel discussion on Jairam Ramesh’s ‘Intertwined Lives’ which threw light on the life of PN Haksar. Jairam, who was in conversation with eminent journalist and author Sir Mark Tully, and Sekhar Raha elaborately talked on the relationship that Haksar shared with Indira Gandi. During the discussion, Jairam evidently mentioned Haksar’s voluntary exit from the sanctum sanctorum after he realised how things changed because of Sanjay Gandhi. Manish Tiwari in conversation with Manoj Jha, DP Tripathi, and Tarun Vijay were part of this edition’s Vox populi: ‘The best debate occurs outside the parliament’. Manoj Jha spoke of how people are unaware of the essence of ‘Debate’. “Debate is more about listening to other person’s point of view and countering it with a witty remark. The very essence of debate is wit, humour, addressing the point that your opponent makes and the ability to turn even the most intense conversation into an engaging dialogue.” Other sessions of the day including ‘Raga Bollywood by K L Pandey (where he introduced audience to the patterns of notes in a song), ‘Murder in Mahim’ (Author Jerry Pinto discussed his latest novel with RVS Kapur) were equally appreciated by the audience. Up next, on the stage was Vidya Sagar Group from Srinagar, singing folk songs of the valley to an enthusiastic audience. People couldn’t control but dance to their tunes until they ran out of breath. Soon after, ‘Cash and Russel show’ proved another treat for the music lovers who were enthralled by the duo’s (Vicky Cash and Sharon Russel) guitar showmanship. Organised in collaboration with REC (Rural Electrification Corporation) and Shivalik Hills Foundation, Valley of Words also offered a platform to young authors and poets to showcase their work. The third and final day had some of the best sessions of the festival but unfortunately wasn’t attended by many people. Speaking about ‘Literature in School’, the discussion among Syeda Imam, Matthew Raggett and Bijoya Swain was punctuated with interesting insights as they shared their views on ‘why today’s students lack interest in literature’. One of the panelists said, “This is the age of loneliness. Each member of the family is living in his own universe, unaware of the other person. But if we come out of our shell and start sharing our stories with others, we can in a way instill the love for literature within us as well as children. Because literature to me is ‘a sense of sharing’. We need to look beyond the books and experience life.” The next session titled ‘Yes Chief Minister’ was perhaps the most interesting of all. Prem Shankar Jha was in conversation with three biographers Dola Mitra, Khushwant Singh, and Shantanu Gupta, who have written about Mamta Banerjee, Amarinder Singh, and Yogi Adityanath respectively. The session started on a lighter note where the three of them talked about what struck them to write books on their respective subjects. But the panelist got into a heated argument after Jha questioned Shantanu Gupta about not maintaining neutrality in his book. The festival closed with acceptance speeches and valedictory address by Tarun Vijay.last_img read more

Why are cruise retailers optimistic Sales are up and 40000 bookings are

first_img TORONTO — More consumers are using travel agents to book their vacations, and especially for cruise vacations they’re reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their travel experience versus travellers who book on their own, according to the latest findings from CLIA.Not only was consumer use of travel agents up nearly 80% year-over-year in 2016, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, the outlook for cruise bookings in 2017 is smooth sailing with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to cruise this year, up from 15.8 million 10 years ago, says CLIA.There’s an abundance of choice when it comes to ships: 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships will come on line in 2017, worth US$6.8 billion. And in 10 years from now, by 2026, there will be 97 new ships, an investment of US$53 billion), according to CLIA’s 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook.Even now in 2017 there’s a lot of capacity but that’s not a bad thing, says Nathalie Tanious, Vice-President, Cruise for TravelBrands, overseeing Encore Cruises. “There’s so much capacity in the marketplace but that’s not a concern,” she said. New ships create buzz, and the cruise lines are doing a great job marketing cruise product and the cruise experience, she notes. And with all the ships sailing now, “there’s an offer out there for everyone, whether it’s a $50 onboard credit for a mainstream cruise line, or a category upgrade for a higher end line.”The incentives are so plentiful that while Wave Season “will give us a bit of a push” there’s not as much of a need for clients to wait for the traditional savings season that kicks off this month and runs through March, adds Tanious. “The deals are good year-round now. And we start earlier and go later” with Wave Season.MSC Cruises got a jump on Wave Season in December with inaugural season deals offering up to US$600 in added value on MSC Seaside, one of the new ships coming in 2017. MSC Seaside is scheduled to make its debut in Miami at the end of this year.Through March 31 clients interested in securing a stateroom on MSC Seaside can get up to $600 of additional value including free shipboard credit, free WiFi and free mealtime drinks depending on the category of stateroom booked. Passengers will also benefit from reduced deposits of only $49 per person. Kids 11 and under sail free.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnother early Wave Season promotion sees Crystal Cruises adding more than a dozen sailings to its Crystal Clear Choices deal, along with a new March 31 booking deadline. The deal applies to select river cruises as well as ocean cruises.More than two-thirds (67%) of CLIA-member travel agents see growth or significant growth for river cruise lines, and 57% report high growth rates for mass market cruise lines. Sandra McLeod of RedDoorTravel in LaSalle, ON says many of her clients are looking at smaller ships “for more intimacy, less children, no lines and more flexibility. We promote the deluxe and luxury brands and also the suites on the larger ships where more amenities are included.”CLIA-member agents are reporting higher projected sales volumes, with more than 75% of agents predicting a year-end increase for 2016 over 2015, and a third of agents predicting a gain of 10% or more. About 8% of agents said they expected lower volumes than 2015.Agents are also seeing higher cruise spend. Nearly three-quarters of CLIA-member agents say they’re seeing an increase in cruise booking spend, including 22% who say spend is up 10% or more. And 43% say clients are booking nine months to a year in advance, with a further 37% saying they’re seeing cruise bookings as far as one year to 18 months out.Pat Probert of the Bob Family Travel Team at TravelOnly says he’s seeing much higher cruise spend than in past years, coming off a record year with the average cruise sale much higher than in the past few years. “Clients are spending more and more on cruises to get to more exotic places like Alaska, South America, Cape Horn, Europe, Russia and in 2015 we already started booking Australia for 2018,” says Probert. “We are also finding more and more clients doing back-to-back cruises and spending upwards of 15-30 days on cruises if they are retired.  Where people only thought of a five to seven day cruise in the past, it is not uncommon to see people taking nine to 14 day cruises on a regular basis as the cruise lines are really mixing it up now.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Never judge where a client will go or how much a client will spend to be on a cruise ship, says Probert, who adds his team rarely sells an outside or even an inside cabin nowadays “as people want to feel the wind and hear the ocean from a balcony”.Just a few years ago Probert’s team had “tire kickers looking at cruises for $10,000 to $20,000” and now they are selling these more than ever, and he says it’s not uncommon for him to see people to spend $40,000 to $50,000 on a cruise, something he has rarely seen before.  “Cruising has no limits and for quality it has no barriers because people will spend the money.”And while the mood for 2017 is good, Probert feels it’s important to still be mindful of client sensitivities when it comes to safety. “People want to travel and if someone brings something negative up, we bring up four things that are positive. We like to talk about everything positive and never negative. If there are problems with cruise ship incidents or other things related to cruising we never post these on social media as we want people to think of all the benefits and positive things in cruising.”Among 2016’s highlights for Expedia CruiseShipCenters was a 1-Day Sale for Princess Cruises, creating a windfall $13 million in Princess bookings for the retailer on a single day.Heading into 2017, Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters & Head of Global Cruise for Expedia, Inc., said he’s feeling optimistic. After opening 34 new retail locations across North America in 2016, and adding more than 1,200 new vacation consultants to create a team of 4,200, on the sales side Expedia CruiseShipCenters and Expedia online brands have been seen “encouraging growth” for destinations ranging from Hawaii to Panama, he said.This article originally ran as the lead in the January 12th, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine.Travel agents can subscribe for free to the magazine here. Share Why are cruise retailers optimistic? Sales are up, and $40,000 bookings ‘are not unheard of’ << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: CLIA, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, TravelOnly Friday, January 13, 2017 last_img read more

Record increase in South African tourist figures

first_imgSouth Africa is hailing 2010 as a bumper year in tourism, when numbers of foreign arrivals increased by a record 15.1 per cent.South Africa tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk made the announcement on Thursday, stating the country had received more than eight million arrivals last year, compared to seven million the previous year.“This compares very well in international terms,” he said.“Figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) show that global tourism arrivals [are] estimated to have grown by 6.7 per cent in 2010, which means that South Africa outperformed the global market by more than eight per cent.”Mr van Schalkwyk attributed last year’s FIFA World Cup as a major reason for the record increase, saying more than 309,000 tourists arrived in the country specifically for the tournament – about four per cent of the total arrivals figure for 2010.“South Africa in fact recorded a peak in tourist arrivals in June and July 2010, which is traditionally our low season,” he said.”The World Cup was not only a particular highlight for our country, but also a victory for the entire tourism industry.“The tourism sector did an excellent job of hosting hundreds of thousands of guests and contributed to ensuring unprecedented global exposure for our beautiful destination and its hospitable people.”During last month’s Meetings Africa 2011 conferences, Mr van Schalkwyk said the World Cup had given South African business tourism “a new sense of energy and direction” and proved the country’s ability to host major international events. Mr van Schalkwyk reaffirmed this on Thursday, and called on the industry to capitalise on the benefits sown from the World Cup into the future.“I would like to call on the entire industry to continue to build on this positive affirmation of our country and to aggressively entrench our core tourism markets and attract exciting emerging markets,” he said.”The 15.1 per cent growth in tourist arrivals to South Africa outperformed that of every other region in the world, including arrivals growth of 13.9 per cent for the Middle East, 12.6 per cent for Asia and the Pacific, 7.7 per cent for the Americas, 6.4 per cent for Africa and 3.2 per cent for Europe.”Mr van Schalkwyk said arrivals from the Americas grew the fastest last year with a 37.4 per cent increase from 2009, followed by Asia and Australasia at 34.6 per cent.“Long haul markets grew the fastest in 2010, showing an increase of 21%, and the strong growth of 14% from air markets within our continent is also particularly encouraging,” he said.”The UK, USA, Germany, the Netherlands and France remain the top five overseas source markets. Notable countries where considerable tourism growth to South Africa was recorded in 2010 include India with growth of 29.7 per cent, China with an increase of 62.3 per cent, Brazil with growth of 66.7 per cent and Nigeria with an increase of nearly 10 per cent, albeit from relatively low bases.“We are delighted with these strong growth figures, particularly as it comes so soon after a global economic recession,” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: V.Vlast_img read more

Company Invests in SingleFamily Rental Properties

first_imgCompany Invests in Single-Family Rental Properties July 3, 2017 517 Views Amherst Holdings announced today that its Single-Family Residential platform sold a portfolio of 751 single-family rental properties to Altisource Residential for a total sale price of $117.1 million.The Single-Family Residential platform currently manages multiple pools of capital that invest in single-family rental homes, and it has raised more than $3.5 billion of debt and equity capital in support of its acquisition, stabilization, and portfolio sale activities since 2012.Amherst’s platform combines a combination of national scale with local market knowledge and execution. The platform has sold over 9,000 professionally managed rental properties since the beginning of 2016 to institutional investors and operators.The transaction announced Friday signifies Amherst’s second closing with Altisource Residential as part of a March 2017 agreement to sell Altisource Residential up to 3,500 single-family rental properties this year. Amherst and Altisource Residential have now closed on the purchase and sale of 1,508 single-family rental properties in the first half of 2017.Under terms of agreement, Altisource Residential has purchased a fee-simple interest in the portfolio of properties, and Amherst-sponsored entities are providing seller financing equal to 75 percent of the sale price.Drew Flahive, President of the Amherst Single Family Residential platform said the firm is excited to continue its partnership with Altisource Residential to deliver portfolios of professionally managed single-family rental properties with strong cash flow.”Amherst is committed to investing significant capital in this asset class as single family rental properties continue to demonstrate strong performance momentum and institutional investor interest in this asset class continues to rise,” Flahive said.Amherst will remain the property manager for the portfolio. To manage its portfolio of single-family properties and support its development and sale activities, Amherst founded Main Street Renewal, LLC, an internally managed, vertically integrated property acquisition, repair, and management business that currently manages more than 12,000 single family rental properties across the U.S. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img 2017-07-03 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson, right, intercepts a pass intended for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Besides, as Johnson said, he was close to being back last week against Green Bay.“Very, very close,” he said. “I just felt the caliber of player that Aaron Rodgers and what he could do with the ball, I didn’t want to be a detriment to my team.“It’s bigger than Rashad; it’s all about the Cardinals. So that was a decision that I made, I had to step back and humble myself and know that I wasn’t able to get the job done.”He’s ready nowAccompanying David Johnson’s rise to the top of the running back depth chart as well as the minds of many NFL fans and analysts has been the question of why he wasn’t given this kind of a role from the start.In Arizona’s first 11 games, the rookie carried the ball 35 times for 139 yards and four touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 241 yards and three scores.In Arizona’s last four games — all of which Johnson started — he carried the ball 79 times for 417 yards and four touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 182 yards and one score.While some people may wonder why the third-round pick from Northern Iowa did not see this kind of a workload earlier in the year, the player himself does not. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “But they don’t give you four years anymore; you’re lucky if they give you four months. You better have your system ready to roll.” Comments   Share   center_img Johnson, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, said he was able to get some work in Friday and that the ankle felt “really good.”“Looking good to be able to go Sunday,” he said. “Excited about getting back out there and whatever rust, if there is any, just to work it off and be ready to go this Sunday and get some down time to be ready for the divisional round.”The seventh-year pro who is tied for the team lead in interceptions with five and is viewed as one of the leaders in the secondary said he would like to get some game action to help prepare him for the postseason. If he doesn’t play, he noted it would essentially be five weeks off between live NFL action for him.And while he said that probably wouldn’t be an issue because he is mature and old enough to understand how to prepare for a playoff game if he is out of the action for that kind of time, he “would love to get some work and just let your body feel the hits and get the rust off.”Arians said Friday Johnson was one of a few players who was limping around during practice but was able to make it through, which likely means he will be able to give it a go Sunday. TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, we know they will be without the services of defensive lineman Josh Mauro and linebacker Markus Golden.Head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday afternoon that neither player will be able to go, adding there are some others who will be game-time decisions.One of the players in that group figures to be safety Rashad Johnson, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is hoping to finally get back on the field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “What B.A. did was a really smart move,” he said of being brought along slowly. “By now, especially getting comfortable with the team, getting comfortable with the offense, by now it’s definitely helped out a lot.”It has helped so much that Johnson, while not the favorite, is being talked about as a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.Johnson. who is seventh in the NFL in all-purpose yards and is tied for third in the league with 13 touchdowns, said he does not think about the possibility of earning the award because, especially now as a starter, he has to make sure his focus is on each game.But, he did say he hopes he has made a strong case to be considered.It’s a tough businessArians was asked about a comment Bill Belichick made in response to the Philadelphia Eagles firing Chip Kelly after just shy of three seasons with the team. The Patriots’ coach was quoted as saying it usually takes a coach four years to really get their program implemented.If that’s the case, what can be expected from the Cardinals next year, Arians’ fourth with the team?“I’ll worry about next year next year — it’s going to be a whole different football team,” he said, “and we’ve got a lot of football to play this year. Top Stories last_img read more

Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler the p

first_imgReported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePREBROADWAY RUN Before Brooke Shields took the Broadway stage to portray Morticia in The Addams Family musical, the mother of two slipped away with her own family to experience the new St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. The bright and cheery Iguana Kids Club, which is fully staffed and located in an airy pavilion on the resort grounds, makes the Caribbean resort a destination where both parents and children can enjoy the good life. “It was a superb vacation,” Shields said. “The kids had fun, but it was still luxurious for the adults.” Shields’ St. Regis Ocean Suite included butler service, an oversized private terrace overlooking the sparkling ocean, marble bathrooms, a living room and a dining area. She and her family enjoyed the culinary creations of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose restaurant Fern uses produce, herbs and spices from the resort’s own 2.4-acre plant nursery. “The food was so delicious,” she said. “We did not feel the need to leave the grounds. We cannot wait to return.” Since opening last November, the resort has quickly become a celeb draw: Jennifer Lopez, House actress Jennifer Morrison, fashion designer Jason Wu and renowned jewelry designer Alexis Bittar have also been spotted at the spectacular 483-acre resort, which features two miles of private beaches, a 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa and a magnificent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, The always-fashionable Jessica Alba didn’t let her second pregnancy put a damper on her beach style. As her due date neared, the expectant mother rocked a glamorous snakeskin print bikini with decorative trim by ViX from A Pea in the Pod Collection during a quick girlfriends’ getaway to Cabo San Lucas. Alba, who enjoyed a belated 30th birthday celebration, brought along her two-year-old daughter Honor for her stay at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort. Famous for pampering its guests, the hotel sends a butler to greet those who arrive via an exclusive new terminal (built to accommodate the high demand for private jets), then whisks the glitterati to the discreet property for in-room check in. Alba, whose next film Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opens in August, probably wishes a butler accompanied her on the return flight. “Traveling w a carry on, purse aka large bag &toddler whilst preggs is not that fun… Must pack lighter,” she Tweeted on her day of read more