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September 26 2018

first_imgSeptember 26 , 2018 PRESS RELEASECesena, Italy – With less than a month before the start of the International Asparagus Days, the three-day event dedicated entirely to asparagus to be held in the renovated pavilions of Cesena Fiera from 16 to 18 October 2018, the organisers have finalised the side events programme. In addition to the exhibition, there will be numerous round tables, presentations and guided visits, making this event an international gathering of the entire asparagus supply chain.A series of conferences will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 October, whereas Thursday 18 October will be dedicated to technical visits. The conference programme will begin on the first day, in the morning, with a round table on the “Global situation and evolution of asparagus”, during which speeches by world-renowned speakers will be followed by debates on the addressed topics: Chang Huaxing and Wenjing Chen from China will give speeches, respectively, on the “Situation and evolution of fresh asparagus and asparagus for processing in China” and on “Asparagus growing: latest techniques in China”; from Peru, Ciria Quispe will give a speech on the “Situation and evolution of asparagus in Peru: physiology, irrigation and fertilisation of asparagus”; from France, Christian Befve – who organised the event together with Cesena Fiera and expert Luciano Trentini – will talk about “New asparagus growing techniques: how to minimise disadvantages in production to stabilise the market”. In the afternoon, the focus will shift to Europe with another round table on “Innovations in asparagus growing”, during which “Asparagus irrigation” and “European financial resources in support of asparagus growing” will be discussed, the latter illustrated by Areflh. You might also be interested incenter_img Two more round tables are scheduled on the second day: in the morning, Isabelle Kokula from Germany will discuss the “Situation and evolution of asparagus in Germany: the latest techniques”, Luciano Trentini from Italy will talk about the “Situation and evolution of asparagus in Italy: the mechanisation of asparagus”, Frederico Piccone from Mexico and Dominique Ruggli from Switzerland will discuss, respectively, the “Situation and evolution of asparagus in Mexico” and “Microorganisms in asparagus cultures”, Jean Michel Colliaud from France will discuss the “Experience of extracting pesticide molecules from borehole and runoff water”, and Federico Nadaletto from Italy will discuss “The use of microorganisms in Italy”. The last round table will focus on the asparagus market, namely “Asparagus for the market: a conventional, organic and biodynamic product” with a report by CSO on “The consumption of asparagus in Italy and Europe” and two debates with large-scale retail operators and fruit and vegetable market traders.Both days will end with presentations by the sponsoring companies and exhibitors. Participation in the round tables is free of charge.For further information:www.asparagusdays.comlast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in December 21 , 2018 Chile expecting U.S. to lift blueberry fumigation … Israel-based StePac has developed polyamide-based packaging technology for blueberries that it says ensures long-lasting freshness in bulk deliveries to distant destinations.It said this resolves the common challenge faced by growers and exporters from countries such as Chile and Peru which conduct long-haul shipments to faraway markets like China.StePac said that Chinese importers placed great importance on the appearance of the ‘bloom’ – the natural powdery white wax on the surface of the fruit which innately protects the fruit and reduces evaporation. Second in importance for them is the taste and third is fruit firmness, it said.The packaging is designed to not only regulate headspace gas composition but also relative humidity, reducing the risk of condensation build-up.According to Gary Ward, Ph.D., Technical Development Manager for StePac, blueberries are often packed in polyethylene-based modified atmosphere packaging which minimizes weight loss due to its very low water vapor transmission rate (WVTR).“This is important, but the advantage of reduced weight loss is outweighed by the disadvantage that condensation will inevitably form and become trapped in the packaging,” he said.”This free moisture is an enemy of the natural bloom and is highly likely to be washed from the surface of the blueberries making it less appealing to the eye and in fact increases the risk of decay.“The preservation of natural bloom is a far more important parameter than slightly lower weight loss. It is the outward indicator of freshness and translates into higher prices for blueberries in the Chinese market.” U.S.: California Giant predicts “milestone” volume … Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue … Blueberries in Charts: Mexico sends record volumes …last_img read more

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first_img Australian Table Grape Association to hold field d … The Biocontrol Brief: How to control mealybugs in … Worldwide expansionWith so many advantages of Clean Verification, the global industry is taking note.”We’re seeing a lot [of interest] at the farmer level and from the producers or the packers as well. We have installations ranging from Southern Ontario, where we are, and California, and Australia.”We have interests coming out of China, Southeast Asia, and Nepal. Africa is actually an emerging market for us as well … We do receive a lot of inquiries coming in from the avocado industry and a lot of that is coming out of Chile and South America.”The company is also gaining a lot of interest from Europe. He attributes this to the “very high standards for pesticide residues on their products.”He explains that this ties into another key function of the pioneering Clean Works process.”As a side benefit of our technology, we’re able to reduce the pesticide residue by 25-50%”; this is an especially attractive capability for industry players who otherwise wouldn’t be able to ship to the continent.”We have certain products that are grown in North America that we’re unable to ship to Europe because of their higher pesticide residue levels. So we have that advantage of being able to reduce that going into Europe,” he explains.As far as what this worldwide expansion looks like in the short and long term, Symons comments: “Short-term is North and South America and then spreading out from there.”Within a year and a half to two years, we’ll be covering Australia, New Zealand, and expanding east from there into Europe and the Far East.”For now, Symons says Clean Verification’s most prominent market is in California.”There’s a lot of large scale farms [in the state] and they seem to be the early adopters tied in with Sunkist – the citrus side of things have been very positive for us. I think [California] will be the leader for a while.”Awards and RecognitionA number of associations have applauded the company for its trailblazing efforts.In August, it will receive the International Association of Food Production Award for Innovation.Previously, it won Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.Symons comments: “The comments we get from academia have been great; the product in the process has been well received, and we see it as becoming an accepted science.” With the growing concern that food contamination is on the rise, food safety has never been more critical. Fresh produce is a particularly high-risk commodity, a fact that lead the pioneering Clean Works company to develop a revolutionary process to clean fresh fruit and vegetables more effectively.An interesting aspect of the cleaning method – called Clean Verification – is that it is completely waterless.Clean Verification is a decontamination treatment and alternative to traditional post-harvest washing.Traditional methods of cleaning produce using chlorine washes, only offer a 50% contaminant reduction. However, the company says this technology is up to 99.99% effective at killing harmful pathogens and mold.In many cases, this is could be the measure that prevents someone from suffering from E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, or human parasites.Plus, “it has the benefits of treating certain fruits and vegetables that cannot be washed with water – strawberries for one,” says Joe Symons, general manager of Clean Works. “Our technology works for things like that.”Benefits extend to all major players in the agri-food industry – growers, packers and processors, wholesalers, and retailers.The treatment also increases fruits’ shelf life by up to 25%, according to Symons.Additionally, customers can apply it to a wide range of crops more safely and effectively, he says.Clean Verification’s use along the supply chainTwo major players leading the way with this advance are Sunkist and Mission Produce.The Clean Works technology is infiltrating the market beyond these big names, though.”We’re seeing grapes, citrus, and apples as being the first innovators using our products. And then we’re actually seeing a lot of opportunity and great results with leafy greens, romaine lettuce, and things along those lines.”Plus, Clean Verification’s developers have adapted the technology for easy use along each point of the supply chain, he says.”We are able to treat the product as it comes in from the farmer’s fields through either our Batch machine, which is a large chamber that we treat the product with in the initial stages.”Then we have a certain sized unit that we can go in with the packers, people using the post-harvest treatment; plus, we also have a scale machine that can be implemented in kitchens or restaurants or even grocery stores for the fresh-cut fruit.” U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … center_img August 05 , 2019 You might also be interested in Wealmoor develops plant-based snack range, targets …last_img read more

LISTEN Chris Wesseling NFLcom Around the NFL

first_imgLISTEN: Chris Wesseling –, Around the NFL Podcast Your browser does not support the audio element. March is here.With the NFL Scouting Combine in the books, teams around the league are now shifting focus to free agency, which begins March 7.The Arizona Cardinals have 23 total free agents, including those in the exclusive and exclusive rights categories. One of the more important pending free agents is safety Rashad Johnson.Johnson just finished up a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals, the team he’s spent his entire seven-year NFL career with. In 2016, Johnson had a career-high and team-leading five interceptions for the NFC West champions. “I don’t think every team in the league considers him to be a starting-caliber player, so I think his best fit is with the Cardinals.”Powers, 28, just completed a three-year contract worth $10.5 million he signed back in 2013. In three seasons, he’s played in 45 games (40 starts), intercepted five passes, and like Johnson, been a key veteran leader in the group. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   But his value goes beyond statistics. The 30-year-old has proven to be an extension of the coaching staff on the field and is a key cog in leading communication in Arizona’s productive secondary.Whether or not the Cardinals opt to bring Johnson back remains to be seen, but one NFL insider doesn’t think there will be a lot of teams clamoring for his services.“I don’t know about a big market,”’s Chris Wesseling told Bertrand Berry on Off the Edge with B-Train Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think people took notice last year when he was injured toward the end of the season and everybody in Arizona spoke so highly of him. I’m sure people heard that around the league.“But he’s another guy where it seems like the Cardinals value what he does and they’ll probably find a way to keep him.”Earlier in the interview, Wesseling had similar things to say about cornerback Jerraud Powers, who is also about to hit free agency.“I think it would be in his best interest to stay in Arizona,” Wesseling said. “He sort of followed Bruce Arians from Indianapolis to Arizona and it seems like they are big fans of each other. It would probably be in his best interest to stick with Bruce, I would imagine. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Man of opinion Charles Barkley believes the NBA has never been worse.Hear him out and put aside the assumption the former Phoenix Suns star and current TNT analyst is being ageist, and there is sense to it. Look no further than the Eastern Conference playoffs, where the Cleveland Cavaliers remains loss-less through two-plus rounds and 10 postseason games.“People think us old guys hate when we talk about it,” Barkley told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It has nothing to do with the Warriors’ greatness, LeBron’s greatness. But I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is, and I’ve been saying it the last three or four years. We’ve got too many young players coming out of college that don’t know how to play. It’s frustrating for me because I want to see competitive basketball. 0 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. “We took a survey on our crew … How many actual NBA teams would you buy season tickets for?” he added. “Four in the west and Cleveland obviously in the east. That’s not good for our league.”From a hotel overlooking a Las Vegas pool, Barkley said he believes this offseason could set the tone for the league’s future success or failure. With an exploding salary cap giving many teams the ability to spend, Barkley doesn’t want to see superteams form, further watering down an NBA of five elite teams and few others.“There’s no chance at parity,” Barkley said. “This summer is going to be, to be honest with you, basically do or die for the NBA. Everybody can pay everybody this summer. If all these guys get together and we have five good teams and the rest of the teams are awful, it’s going to be a bad product.“Fans aren’t stupid.”He said it“I’m a big Cardinals fan. I love Larry Fitzgerald and one of my best friends is (former Cardinals receiver) Roy Green, and Roy Green is not an important enough … I’ve been trying to meet Bruce Arians for like the last year. And I don’t like to bother him during the season. Bruce Arians seems like a guy, you know I love to smoke cigars — and I love to drink too — I would love to go out and have a drink and smoke a cigar with B.A. I’ve been watching from a distance the last few years and he just seems like the best guy. I talk to Larry Fitzgerald all the time and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re going to love B.A. You’re going to love B.A. when you get to meet him.’ Roy Green is the only person I know with the Cardinals and he’s not important enough to get me a sit-down with B.A.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories — Charles Barkley on his desire to meet Bruce Arians (17:01) LISTEN: Charles Barkley, TNT NBA analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, basketball analysts Kenny Smith, left, and Charles Barkley are shown on the set at TNT studios in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories We’ve given you the number of 100-yard contests for each and the player’s current team (in other words, we’ve made it really easy). You just need to name the player — last names only is cool.You’ve got eight minutes on the clock — best of luck!Counting all games played through Sunday, November 11, 2018 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img According to Pro-Football-Reference, there are 173 active players who have notched a 100-yard receiving game in an NFL regular-season contest.No, we’re not going to ask you to name them all — that would be cruel and it would take a really long time. However, what we are asking on this Trivia Tuesday is for you to name the top 30 active players in terms of the most 100-yard games they’ve piled up in their careers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Related LinksArizona Cardinals release linebacker Josh BynesPeter King: 3 reasons to believe in Kyler Murray the NFL quarterbackIn his first mock draft, Jeremiah had the Cardinals selecting Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa, with Murray falling to the New England as the last pick of the first round.Jeremiah’s pick was followed by this short description:The Cardinals fully commit to Kliff Kingsbury and his vision in this scenario, which will lead the team to trade Josh Rosen.Ever since Murray announced his full commitment to football, the speculation of Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s fondness of Murray has led some to believe that last year’s Heisman Trophy winner may be in his plans for the Cardinals’ future.In a video from last October, when he was still the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury praised Murray by saying he would select him with the number one overall pick if he got the chance.Since becoming the Cardinals head coach, Kingsbury has addressed the video and commented on the status of current starting quarterback Josh Rosen saying that their feelings toward Rosen have not changed. On Feb. 12, Kingsbury called Rosen “our guy” and stated his commitment to the second-year quarterback.Murray finished his Heisman Trophy season with 54 total touchdowns, 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards. Murray also led the Sooners to their third College Football Playoff appearance in four years. Now that the annual NFL Combine has concluded, it is time for the already crazy NFL Draft speculation to heat up.With the Arizona Cardinals selecting first in this year’s draft, there have been plenty of predictions of who the team will select and whether or not they should trade the’s Daniel Jeremiah has become the most recent person to predict that the Cardinals will select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick in his NFL mock draft 2.0. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

Israir an Israeli airline has reached an agreemen

first_imgIsrair, an Israeli airline has reached an agreement to increase its service to Russia, according to a source.Starting this week, Israir will offer direct flights to Moscow after a government deal involving travel documents was reached, reports say.The weekly flights, which are being targeted at Russian expats, are able to be offered thanks to Russian and Israeli officials agreeing to a reciprocal waiving of visas.Airbus A320s are set to operate the new route, which will see flights travel from Tel Aviv on Mondays and Fridays, the news provider adds.The initial agreement of two flights per week could be increased to four, depending on demand.Earlier this year, the airline announced plans for two new routes which are set to begin operating next month.The Airbus A-330 flights from Israel to Bangkok and Phuket are available between December 15th and February 28th, reported ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFinnair unveils new Russia-Finland flightsFinnair unveils new Russia-Finland flightsNew Czech Airlines route opened to service Prague and NovosibirskCzech Airlines’ decision to open a new route will increase the number of cheap flights from Prague to NovosibirskNew bmi London to Moscow service unveiledbmi is set to launch new flights to Moscow from London as part of its winter schedule.last_img read more

The draw has now been made and England have discov

first_imgThe draw has now been made and England have discovered their fate at next summer’s European Championships – Ukraine, Sweden and France in Group D.Here are details of flights to the big group games:Match 1 v France, 11 JuneFind flights to DonetskMatch 2 v Sweden, 15 JuneFind flights to Kiev Match 3 v Ukraine, 19 JuneFind flights to Donetsk ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEnglish and Irish fans flock to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012Skyscanner reveals which fans will travel for Euros 20122012 Sports Calendar: 10 exciting sporting eventsHere are 10 of the best budget picks for top sporting events you should attend in 2012How to travel to France for Women’s World Cup Find cheap flights to France Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd What better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip across the English Channel to see the Women’s World Cup? Top-notch athletes from 24 countries compete in the eighth edition of the tournament taking place in France from 7 June-7…last_img read more

The Media Rotana Barsha If youre looking for a ho

first_imgThe Media Rotana BarshaIf you’re looking for a hotel in Dubai which offers easy access to the main attractions, this is the place for you. It’s just a 30 minute drive from the airport and even closer to Dubai’s main attractions – the Emirates Golf Course and the Mall of Dubai are within walking distance, and the Palm Jumeirah and the Marina Walk are a ten-minute drive away. It’s one of Dubai’s larger mid-range hotels, with 536 rooms, 16 meeting rooms and five restaurants. Travelling with kids? Drop the little ones off at the Flipper Kids club while you relax in the sauna or enjoy a massage at the hotel’s spa.Where:Media CityRooms:From £132 per room per night Mid-range and boutique hotels in DubaiGet a more comfortable stay for only a few extra pounds a night with an affordable mid-range Dubai hotel.The Address Dubai MarinaThis is one of the best hotels in Dubai if you’re planning on hitting the Emirate’s biggest malls – there’s a direct pedestrian link to Dubai Marina Mall. Head to the fourth floor infinity pool to get the best views as the hotel’s surrounded by some of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers. The 200 rooms all have marina views and spacious balconies, and they’re all beautifully designed. When hunger pangs strike there are several restaurants and bars to choose from, but for the best views grab a seat on the outdoor terrace at Mazina on the ground floor.Where:Dubai MarinaRooms:From £131 per room per night Armani Hotel DubaiAnother designer crash pad is the 160 room Armani Hotel, which occupies 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa. It’s the first hotel to be designed by Giorgio Armani and every element – from the food in the restaurant to the taps in the bathrooms – was selected by the man himself. And he certainly had his work cut out, because there are seven restaurants to dine in and a 12,000 square-foot spa. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s an Armani boutique at the hotel, although this is no ordinary shop; it’s the only place in Dubai where you can browse the Giorgio Armani Privé collection.Where:The Burj KhalifaRooms:From £378 per room per night Best hotels on the beach in DubaiStay close to the waves in the Dubai heat with these top beach hotels.Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & SpaOne of the most spectacular hotels in Dubai, this luxury resort can be found on The Palm. Make sure you’ve shopped til dropped and ogled the enormous aquarium at the Dubai Mall before bunking up here, because as soon as you step through the door at this hotel you won’t want to leave – and there’s no reason to. There’s a private beach, an enormous, 28 treatment room spa, five restaurants (including a deli and a steakhouse), a white sand beach and a library. Our tip? After a night on the dance floor at the hotel’s nightclub, 2Liv Dubai, soothe away any aches and pains with a poolside bamboo massage. If you love a good pamper, our guide to Asia’s best spas might just help you decide where you take your next holiday. Where:The PalmRooms:From £130 per room per night Budget hotels in DubaiOpting for a cheap hotel in Dubai doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. Here’s our pick of the best Dubai hotel deals out there…Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel DubaiThe 396 goregous rooms at this hotel were all inspired by Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, and it shows; beautiful latticework screens divide bedrooms from bathrooms, the latter being decorated with traditional lanterns and mosaic murals. There’s a complimentary shuttle service to nearby attractions (including the Mall of the Emirates and the Palm Jumeirah) but there are plenty of reasons to stay put, including eight restaurants and bars and a beautiful rooftop swimming pool. Where:Sheikh Zayed Road.Rooms:From £90* per room per night Radisson Blu Dubai MarinaIf you appreciate a good view, you’ll love this next hotel. Overlooking the Persian Gulf, but with a good eyeful of some of Dubai’s most famous architectural masterpieces, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The Jumeirah Beach Walk is 500 metres from the hotel, and there’s a Metro station next door, although you can also take advantage of ferry, taxi and bus shuttle services. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Mamma Mia, where you’ll find a 25 page menu filled with Italian cuisine.Where:Dubai MarinaRooms:From £141 per room per night Looking for other hotels in Asia or the Middle East?: Luxury five star hotels in DubaiTreat yourself at some of the most opulent hotels in Dubai and experience the real high life – even if it’s just for a night!Palazzo Versace DubaiIf money’s no object, check in to this breathtaking Dubai hotel, in the historic Dubai Creek and Cultural Village area. The designers were apparently inspired by Neoclassical architecture, so expect Grecian décor, high ceilings and fountain-filled gardens. Every single piece of furniture in this 5 star hotel was crafted by the House of Versace (this isn’t the place to spill that espresso) and if you book the Imperial Suite, you’ll get your own outdoor pool, walk-in wardrobe and private kitchen. Where:Dubai Creek and Cultural VillageRooms:From £575 per room per night Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah BeachCheck into this 301 room budget hotel and you’ll enjoy easy access to both Jumeirah Beach and the retail and leisure strip known as The Walk. It’s a fantastic family hotel – the Beach Mall water park and the Dubai Marina Promenade are just a few metres away, and there are four dining options. If you’re after some retail therapy, make use of the Rotana’s complimentary shuttle service, which connects to the city’s biggest shopping centres, including the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Mall, home to the largest aquarium in the Middle East.Where:Jumeirah BeachRooms:From £79.99 per night Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & ResidenceBudget doesn’t mean basic as this 296-room hotel, which is next door to Dubai’s Marina Mall. There are four restaurants but our favourite is Manzoni, where you’ll find a wood-fired pizza oven and an open kitchen. The rooftop pool is the perfect spot to admire the super yachts in the marina below – or you can work off all that pizza with a session at the gym, where the floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views make working out significantly less painful.Where:Dubai MarinaRooms:From £74 per room per night Madinat JumeirahMadinat Jumeirah comprises two properties: Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, and they’re two of the best hotels in Dubai. You’ll find everything you need at the Madinat, which has over 40 restaurants and bars, two ballrooms, an arena, an amphitheatre and a shopping centre. A network of waterways – complete with traditional Abra boats – connects the different areas, but you can also use one of the Madinat’s buggies to get around. The hotel, which has its own private beach, is adjacent to the Burj Al Arab – more widely know as the only 7 star hotel in Dubai – and the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Where:JumeirahRooms:From £375 per room per night Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media CityThe Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media is regarded as one of the best hotels in Dubai for business travellers – it’s just a short walk to the business areas of Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village – but it’s ideal for visitors, too. Swarovski chandeliers, beautifully designed rooms and a gorgeous rooftop pool give this place a boutique hotel feel, and we love the nightly happy hour at the super stylish Icon bar. There are three restaurants, one of which has a fantastic outdoor terrace – the perfect spot from which to admire Dubai’s skyline. Need more tips on how to holiday in Dubai on a budget? Check out our ten hacks for doing Dubai on the cheap.Where:Media CityRooms:From £75 per room per night Holiday Inn Express JumeirahChoosing a cheap Dubai hotel doesn’t mean roughing it at this particular Holiday Inn. Although it’s popular with business travellers – there’s a 24 hour self-service business centre and two large meeting rooms – the complimentary shuttle to nearby Jumeirah Beach makes it a great base if you’re here on holiday and want to spend most of your time on the sandy stuff. The lobby bar, with its colourful lanterns and Arabic-inspired design, is a wonderful spot for a pre-dinner drink.Where:JumeirahRooms:From £47 per room per night Liked this? Sign up to our free weekly newsletter for more Or get more inspiration for days in Dubai right here:The 10 best things to do in DubaiFrom skyscrapers and 7 star hotels to souks and even skiing, get insider tips on the top attractions in Dubai from a local resident.Five alternatives to DubaiWondering what else the Middle East has to offer? These destinations are a great place to start.*Published May 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in DubaiFrom the dizzying heights of the Burj Khalifa to pungent spices of the souks, Dubai is a culture collision and a half. Get insider tips on the top attractions in Dubai for your next city break.21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayTravelling the world doesn’t have to cost the earth. We’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. 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Emirates ▼ Emirates accept all sporting equipment

first_imgEmirates ▼Emirates accept all sporting equipment, including bicycles, as part of your checked luggage allowance. Individual or collective items exceeding 300cm will be sent as cargo instead of checked baggage, with an additional fee. See Emirates baggage rules for more details.Cost for one-way flightCanada/North America & Central/South America (Economy Class/Business Class/First Class) Free.Weight/size limit:Canada/North America (Economy) 2 x 23kg bags, (Business Class/First Class) 2 x 32kg bags. Individual items must not exceed 150cm. (Excess bags in Economy class are allowed to be up to 32kg).Central/South America (All fare classes) 2 x 32kg bags.Excess/oversized baggage feesCanada/North America (Economy Class only) $50 USD/CAD , if bag exceeds 150cm and weighs up to 32kg. (All fare classes) $175 USD/CAD if item is 150 – 300cm but within the 2-bag allowance. If oversized item is in addition to 2-bag allowance, fees are $350 USD/CAD. Central and South America (All fare classes) $175 USD/CAD for items exceeding the 2-bag limit up to 150cm, $175 USD/CAD for items over 150cm and up to 300cm but within the 2-bag allowance. If oversized item is in addition to 2-bag allowance, fees are $350 USD/CAD.Flybe ▼Bicycles cannot be pre-booked on a Flybe flight; they are accepted on a stand-by basis (ie. only if there is room on the flight), and are charged in addition to your standard Flybe baggage allowance. See the Flybe website for more details.Cost for one-way flightFlybe UK and Stobart Air operated flights Free if you book online. £30 by phone or at airport.Loganair operated flights Free if you book online. £10 by phone or at airport.Weight/size limit:20kg. Items over this limit with be charged as excess baggage in addition to fees above.Lufthansa ▼Bicycles are carried as part of your free baggage allowance on Lufthansa flights. Register bicycles at least 24 hours ahead of your flight, once you’ve booked. See the Lufthansa website for more information. If sports baggage exceeds the maximum 32kg per item weight, it will be treated as cargo, with these additional charges:Cost for one-way flight(Continental Europe) €50; (Intercontinental) €100.Weight limitIncluded in free allowance, apart from Economy Light fares which charge for any type of checked luggage. (Economy & Economy Flex) 1 x 23kg, (Premium Economy) 2 x 23kg, (Business Class) 2 x 32kg, (First Class) 3 x 32kg.Thomson Flights ▼To take a bike on a Thomson flight, you need to give 2 months notice and go through their call centre (0203 451 2695). Regardless of fees paid, no item must exceed 23kg. See the Thomson website for more information.Cost for one-way flight(Short/Mid-haul flights) £30; (Long-haul flights) £60.Weight limit:23kg.Turkish Airlines ▼Turkish Airlines allow bicycles on board for free, as part of their standard hold baggage allowance. From selected airports, bringing a bike as your second or third set of sporting equipment will incur a fee. See the Turkish Airlines website for more details. If any sporting equipment exceeds the weight restrictions, excess baggage charges will apply as follows:Cost for one-way flightWithin Europe, North Africa, the Middle East: €30.US, South America & Canada; South Africa; CIS (Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan); East/Southeast Asia: €60.Africa; South Asia: €50.Weight limitIncluded as part of standard luggage allowance; Economy 20kg, Business 30kg. (Exceptions) Flights between Germany & Turkey; flights originating in Switzerland or Ireland: Economy 30kg, Business 40kg. Flights originating in Edinburgh, Economy 40kg, Business 50kg. Flights between Turkey & Egypt 50kg all classes.Virgin Atlantic ▼Virgin accepts sports equipment, including bicycles, as part of your hold baggage allowance for bookings made as of August 2016 onwards. If your bike falls within the size and weight restrictions, there’s no need to pre-book. See the Virgin Atlantic website for more information. Cost: Free. Extra bags will be charged at excess baggage rates of £65 per sports item. Weight/size limit: 190cm x 75cm x 65cm; 23kg (all fare classes). Bikes on a plane: airline fees and restrictionseasyJet ▼Bikes can be pre-booked for a fee when you book your easyJet flight, or added to your booking (online or via their customer service centre) before you travel. It’s possible to ‘pool’ your hold luggage and sports equipment, so long you’ve purchased enough checked bags to cover it and no single item weighs more than 32kg, but you can’t pack clothes in your bike bag. See the easyJet website for more information.Cost for one-way flight(Online) £40, (at airport) £50.Weight/size limit32kg; under 275cm in total. Excess fees start at £10.Ryanair ▼Ryanair charge to take bicycles on the plane separately from your standard luggage allowance (which needs to be purchased per item with most fares anyway). See Ryanair’s website for more information or take a look at our guide to Ryanair’s baggage rules.Cost for one-way flight(Online) €60, (at airport) €70.Weight limit30kg. Excess baggage fees are charged at €10 per kilo.Aer Lingus ▼If you’re checking in your bicycle at the airport, bicycles will be taken on stand-by basis, so allow at least 90 minutes at check-in before the scheduled departure time. Most flights have a maximum limit of ten bicycles per flight, although selected European airports will only take 6. See our roundup of the Aer Lingus baggage rules for more details or go to the Aer Lingus website.Cost for one-way flightFlights within Ireland/UK/Europe (by phone or at the airport only) €50. Flights from Ireland to North America free, but if the weight exceeds 23kg, a €75/$100 fee applies.Weight limit23kg; maximum 1 piece of sports equipment.Air France ▼You’ll need to book 48 hours in advance with the customer service department at Air France. See our article on Air France baggage rules for more information.Cost for one-way flightZone 1(within France, within Caribbean region) €40.Zone 2(Between the Caribbean and Miami) €65/$75USD.Zone 3(Within Europe, between Europe and Israel, between Europe and North Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia – between metropolitan France and French overseas departments – Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis in Reunion – between Abuja and Port Harcourt, between Douala and Malabo, between Nouakchott and Conakry, between Niamey and Ouagadougou, between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, between Singapore and Denpasar or Jakarta, between Muscat and Doha, between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, and between Buenos Aires and Montevideo or Santiago €55/$55USD.Zone 4 (Between Europe or North Africa and the Middle East, India or Libya, between the US and Papeete, Europe and other countries, to and from Canada) €125/$175CAD/$150USD.Zone 5 (Other long-haul flights) €100/$120CAD/$100USD.Weight limit23kg or oversized baggage fees apply.British Airways ▼British Airways allows you to take your bike for free, as long as it doesn’t exceed your BA allowance. Some fare classes do not include a baggage allowance (so you will need to purchase checked bags if you want to put any luggage, including bikes, in the hold) and some allow for a more generous baggage allowance. See the website for more details. In the event you exceed your baggage allowance, the fees below apply to your booking:Cost for one-way flightEuroTraveller UK Domestic (hand baggage only fares) (Online) £20/$30/€25; (at airport) £40/$60/€50.EuroTraveller UK Domestic (Online) £34/$51/€43; (at airport) £40/$60/€50.Club Europe (Online) £34/$51/€43; (at airport) £40/$60/€50.World Traveller Eco (Online) £34/$51/€43; (at airport) £40/$60/€50.World Traveller Y class (full-fare economy) (Online) £77/$119/€98; (at airport) £90/$140/€115.World Traveller Plus Premium Plus (Online) £77/$119/€98.First Club World Biz Bed (Online) £77/$119/€98.Weight and size limitHeight 90cm x 75cm x 43cm, weight 23kg. RelatedExcess baggage fees: How to avoid annoying extra chargesNothing kills your holiday mood like unexpected baggage fees at the airport. Tip the scales in your favour, read our guide to excess baggage fees* from all the major European airlines, plus get tips on avoiding those annoying extra charges for your checked luggage.British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!KLM hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size does your hand luggage have to be be go on board a KLM flight? What liquids can you take in your cabin baggage, and what other items are restricted? Here’s everything you need to know about KLM hand luggage allowances and restrictions, plus a few tips on avoiding… Published March 2017. Any prices are subject to change; please check with the airline for full details baggage policy and fees.Read on for more on airline baggage policies (and tricks on how to beat them):Guide to hand luggage weights and restrictionsNot sure how much you can carry on board a flight? We’ve put together a handy table detailing all the cabin baggage allowances for major European airlines. How to take your pet on a flightThinking of flying with pets? If you’re planning a trip with your best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort. What’s the deal with liquids in hand luggage?Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.center_img How to pack your bicycle for a flightMost airlines require you to stow your bicycle in a bike travel bag or bike box in order to take it on board. Even if this is not a requirement, it’s wise to protect your bike by disassembling things like pedals and wheels and wrapping them securely in packing material to avoid damage en-route. Also consider getting insurance for your bicycle if you’re taking it on a flight.When you buy a bike bag for the plane, ask the shop assistant to show you how to take it apart and put it back together. This will need doing before you get to the airport.You’ll need a set of allen keys and a pedal spanner. Keep any tools you use to take it apart in the bag so that you have them to reassemble when you arrive!Before removing the seat, measure the seat height as you normally have it.Remove the handlebars and wheels and attach them to the frame using ties or straps – most bikes bags for air travel with come with some attachments.Many airlines ask that you deflate the tyres as well, as cabin pressure can cause tyres to over-inflate. Opinions are divided on whether you need to, but it’s a good idea to at least partially deflate them to reduce the risk of damage.Use plastic bags to wrap around messy parts such as the chain.You can use extra padding like bubble wrap, especially if you’re using a softshell bike bag. Ask your airline if you can pack clothes or other items in your bike bag to save room in your hold luggage, as some, like easyJet, don’t allow this for health and safety reasons. 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Master Chef Nobuyuki Nobu Matsuhisa is joining C

first_imgMaster Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is joining Crystal Serenity’s July 28 Mediterranean cruise to create a week of menus exclusively for Crystal Cruises guests. Nobu will prepare a week of Omakase dinners – or chef’s choice menu – each night in Silk Road, the complimentary shipboard restaurant that has featured his signature cuisine since 2003. Besides cooking, welcoming guests and signing books, the famed restaurateur will demonstrate his culinary techniques, providing a glimpse into the genius – and warmth – behind his dishes.

Nobu’s cuisine – prepared by Nobu-trained chefs – debuted on Crystal Serenity in 2003. With a shared reputation for excellent craftsmanship, creativity and incomparable service, Nobu and Crystal expanded their relationship with the introduction of Silk Road and The Sushi Bar aboard Crystal Symphony in 2008. Both restaurants complete the experience with Nobu’s sake and china.
”This is what makes fine dining on a ship so special. You can have an intimate contact with guests that you can’t have in a big city,” says Matsuhisa.The 12-day itinerary visits Venice, San Marino, Corfu, Rhodes, Bodrum, Istanbul, Mykonos and Athens. Cruise fares start at $6,055 per person, double occupancy. An All Inclusive – As You Wish promotion provides a $2,000 per couple shipboard credit to customize one’s cruise experience. The Crystal Assurance Plan offers reduced deposits and cancellation periods, as well as the assurance that guests will be protected at the reduced fare if a stateroom category is later reduced.crystalcruises.comlast_img read more

Douglas Coupland novel The Gum Thief being adapt

first_imgDouglas Coupland novel ‘The Gum Thief’ being adapted for a feature film by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Douglas Coupland’s 2007 novel “The Gum Thief” is bound for the big screen.Canadian production company No Equal Entertainment says it has secured the rights to the novel for a feature-film adaptation also penned by the Vancouver-based author/artist.J.B. Sugar will direct the story, about a depressed 40-year-old aspiring novelist named Roger and a 20-something woman named Bethany, who work in a North Vancouver office supply superstore.Roger ends up basing a character in his book on Bethany, leading to a story within the story.This is the second collaboration between No Equal, Sugar and Coupland, after they worked together on a TV adaptation of the author’s novel “JPod” for the CBC.No Equal and Sugar have previously adapted John Knowles’s “A Separate Peace,” for which Sugar was nominated for an Emmy Award, and the Space and Syfy TV series “Bitten,” based on the “Women of the Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong.Coupland has written 13 novels and is also a performer, columnist and visual artist.last_img read more

Parkinsons disease has forced legendary guitarist

first_img Parkinson’s disease has forced legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton to drop out of the upcoming Judas Priest tour.The British rockers say Tipton is stepping down from touring due to the ailment, which began to afflict him a decade ago. In a statement issued Monday, the band said Tipton can still play some of their less-challenging songs, but he insisted that a replacement be named for the tour.Tipton will be replaced on the band’s “Firepower” tour by Andy Sneap, a veteran heavy metal producer, and the guitarist for the British band Hell.“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead, and that I am not leaving the band; it’s simply that my role has changed,” Tipton said. “I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage … when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”The band’s tour begins March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Their biggest hits include “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law.”Tipton was the lone remaining original member of Judas Priest’s twin-lead guitar attack that powered solos on tracks including “Electric Eye” and “Hell Bent For Leather.” Guitarist Richie Faulkner replaced the other founding guitarist, K.K. Downing, in 2011.Tipton’s bandmates Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Scott Travis (drums) and Faulkner called Tipton “a true metal hero.”“We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real,” they said. “We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self-belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest.”Last month, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring, also citing Parkinson’s.___Online:www.judaspriest.com___Follow Wayne Parry at FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest performs at the 2015 Knotfest USA in San Bernardino, Calif. Tipton is stepping down from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, a condition that began to afflict him a decade ago. He will be replaced on the band’s “Firepower” tour by Andy Sneap, a veteran heavy metal producer, and the guitarist for the British band Hell. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File) by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 10:42 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Judas Priest guitarist Tipton won’t tour due to Parkinson’slast_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave at St George

first_img Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Danny Lawson/pool photo via AP) WINDSOR, England – The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local):9:20 p.m.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Britain’s Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle.An exclusive evening reception for 200 guests at the royal Frogmore House country estate could make it a late night before they can retire to the vast castle grounds.The newlyweds are expected to return to their home in Kensington Palace in London on Sunday.They are not immediately embarking on a honeymoon and have their first royal engagement as wife and husband scheduled at Buckingham Palace Tuesday.A honeymoon is expected to happen soon, though. Harry is partial to travelling in Africa, so it’s possible their destination may be somewhere there. After only two dates in 2016, they went camping together in Botswana.___7:10 p.m.Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a dramatic departure for their evening reception, making the short drive from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a classic Jaguar convertible with the top down.Markle, newly named by the queen as the Duchess of Sussex, wore a white gown with a high neck and bare shoulders designed by Stella McCartney for the reception, which will be hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. Harry wore a tuxedo. Both had big smiles as Harry opened the car door for his bride.The silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero was originally manufactured in 1968 and now runs on electricity.Only 200 guests have been invited to the reception, which follows a larger lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother.Guests invited to Frogmore House, a royal estate in Windsor Home Park, were given a few hours after the lunch to rest and change outfits.Markle had planned to make a speech at the evening event.The streets of Windsor remain thronged with members of the public celebrating the royal wedding.___4:25 p.m.Elton John has performed for guests at newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception.The singer was among 600 people invited to Saturday’s marriage ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. He sported a bold pair of pink spectacles as he arrived with husband David Furnish.Kensington Palace says John “performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”The palace did not disclose which songs the musician, who was made a knight in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, chose for the occasion.John was a close friend of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, and performed the song “Candle in the Wind” with recast lyrics at her funeral in 1997.___3:30 p.m.Meghan Markle was not the only star of the royal wedding on Saturday. The children who were her pageboys and bridesmaids captivated the crowd in Windsor and television audiences, too.Prince Harry’s nephew and niece —Prince George and Princess Charlotte— were among the six bridesmaids and four pageboys. The 10 attendants all are age 7 and under.The royal siblings are no strangers to performing wedding duties as they held the same roles at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, last year.Princess Charlotte waved at crowds outside St George’s Chapel following the service — proving that she’s catching on quickly to the duties of royal life.___2:35 p.m.Chloe Edwards still can’t believe she had a conversation with George Clooney on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day.The 16-year-old British army cadet yelled out to the actor as he and his wife, Amal Clooney, walked from St. George’s Chapel to a post-wedding reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.Edwards said: “I was like, ‘George.!’ and he came over, we had a bit of a conversation. It was fantastic. He asked if I had enjoyed the wedding.”Edwards received a coveted invitation to watch the procession from the grounds of Windsor Castle as recognition for her outstanding cadet work.“It was just so surreal,” she said. “I still don’t believe I was actually here. I just loved every moment.”Edwards said Prince Harry’s and Prince William’s military service has helped build morale.She said: “I think it’s brilliant that even though they’re royals, they still contribute toward the forces and it’s really an inspiration for the rest of the country.”___2:15 p.m.Guests are welcoming royal newlyweds Harry and Meghan at a reception featuring seasonal British produce and a nontraditional wedding cake.Kensington Palace says the 600 guests at the Windsor Castle wedding will eat canapés including Scottish langoustines, grilled English asparagus and croquette of confit Windsor lamb.There’s no sit-down meal at the lunchtime reception, but guests will be offered bowls of chicken fricassee with morel mushrooms, pea and mint risotto and slow-roasted pork belly.Place of honour will go to the wedding cake by California-raised London master baker Claire Ptak.The layered lemon and elderflower cake features ingredients including 200 Amalfi lemons and 10 bottles of elderflower cordial from Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate.The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British and in season, including peonies and roses.The reception is hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William, his brother’s best man, is the master of ceremonies. Harry and his father, Prince Charles, are giving speeches. ___1:35 p.m.Meghan Markle reached 125 years back into the British monarchy’s vault to choose her wedding tiara.The diamond bandeau Markle wore was made for Queen Mary, who was crowned with husband King George V in 1911. The tiara was specifically designed to accommodate a brooch that was given to Mary in 1893 to commemorate her engagement to the then-Prince George.Queen Elizabeth II inherited the pieces in 1953. The grandmother of groom Prince Harry has hundreds of tiaras stored in locked vaults. Royal tradition holds that the queen would let Markle borrow one of the sparkly heirlooms.In the months before Saturday’s wedding, there had been speculation over whether Markle would continue the tiara tradition and if so, whether she would choose one that belonged to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.___1:30 p.m.A teenage cellist is getting praise for his performance at the royal wedding.Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who is 19, performed for 600 guests and a huge global television audience as the newlyweds Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, signed the register.Kanneh-Mason performed works including Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” The cellist won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year contest in 2016, the first black musician to do so.___1:20 p.m.The leader of the Episcopal Church has quoted civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the “redemptive power of love” as he blessed the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, who was hand-picked by the couple to deliver a sermon at their wedding, told the bride and groom Saturday that there was “power in love” and that “love can help and heal when nothing else can.”But Curry, a champion of civil rights causes and outspoken supporter of gay rights, continued “it’s not just for and about a young couple, who we rejoice with, it’s more than that.”Invoking the days of slavery in the United States, he said love helped those in captivity persevere.He told the couple love has “the power to change the world.”Curry says “when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actual family.”___1:15 p.m.The royal newlyweds are taking a short trip through Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, to the delight of thousands of well-wishers.The crowd roared as Harry and Meghan emerged from St. George’s Chapel and kissed at the top of the steps.The couple, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will travel through Windsor in the Ascot Landau carriage before looping back to Windsor Castle for their reception.Tens of thousands of people have come to Windsor in hopes of catching a glimpse of the couple.___12:55 p.m.A buzzing crowd of Californians and British expatriates has packed into a Hollywood pub long before dawn for a pajama party and royal wedding viewing.British flags and pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hung all around the Cat & Fiddle Pub early Saturday. It’s just a few miles from Markle’s childhood schools.The sold-out pub is packed with guests wearing pyjamas party hats, nightgowns and crowns.Nottingham, England native Craig Young was giving a wedding-themed pub quiz as he wore a bathrobe and Harry mask.The 44-year-old actor says the wedding is especially sweet for Britons in LA because a woman from their adopted hometown is joining the royal family.It’s one of countless watch parties at pubs, hotels, movie theatres and elsewhere across the U.S.___12:40 p.m.The archbishop of Canterbury has declared Prince Harry and Meghan Markle husband and wife.Justin Welby, the head of the Church of England, has made the proclamation after the couple promised to love and cherish one another “till death us do part,” and exchanged rings.The British-American pair are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the duchess will take her place among senior members of the royal family.Saturday’s ceremony took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the British royals’ longtime home.___12:10 p.m.Dean of Windsor David Conner has welcomed the congregation at the start of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The couple are standing at the altar in St. George’s Chapel. They smiled at each other as a soprano sang a work by Handel.As they stood at the altar, Harry said to Meghan: “You look amazing.”Markle arrived to a fanfare and walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles, and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children include 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.___12 p.m.Meghan Markle is wearing a dress by designer Clare Waight Keller for her wedding to Prince Harry.Markle’s choice is being closely watched Saturday given how big an impact royal wedding dresses have on what brides everywhere want to wear. Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding gown, with its romantic details and dramatic train, defined the ’80s fairytale bridal look.More recently, when Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, her long-sleeved lace gown immediately sparked a trend for more covered-up, traditional lace bridal dresses.___11:55 a.m.Queen Elizabeth II arrived at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in a flared lime-colored dress in printed silk and an edge-to-edge coat with a lime silk tweed fastening.The royal palace said that both items of clothing were designed by Stuart Parvin. She was joined by her husband, Prince Philip. The guests stood to attention as the pair entered the chapel.___11:50 a.m.American television star Meghan Markle has arrived at St. George’s Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry.Markle, who is being ferried to the grounds in a vintage maroon Rolls-Royce with her mother Doria Ragland, is expected to enter the chapel shortly.Prince Harry and his brother and best man Prince William were seated waiting for her on Saturday.___11:35 a.m.Prince Harry and best man Prince William have arrived at St. George’s Chapel for his royal wedding in Windsor to American actress Meghan Markle.The pair, dressed in formal military uniforms, waved and smiled as they stepped across the grounds of the 15th-century church.William, who was married to commoner Kate Middleton at a ceremony in 2011, is carrying his brother’s rings. Saturday’s ceremony is supposed to last about an hour.Other members of the royal family have taken their places inside St. George’s Chapel, including Harry’s uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, his aunt Princess Anne and his cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.Guests are awaiting the arrival of the most senior royals, including Princes Charles, who will walk Markle down the aisle, and Queen Elizabeth II and her husband.___11:30 a.m.New York theatre producer Allen DeWane has a prime viewing spot on the sunlit grounds of Windsor Castle along the procession route Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will use. He was invited because of his charity work, and happy to have the chance to share the moment.The 47-year-old DeWane said: “I’m African-American and I’m very proud of Meghan Markle. She’s such a very class young lady. She carried herself so well and I think she’s made us all proud.”DeWane says his contacts in the industry speak highly of Markle’s professional conduct on the set of “Suits” when it was filmed in Canada.He said: “She’s got an excellent reputation with the workers and the crew, and not everyone does. It’s not talked about every day on the streets, but I think the majority of African-Americans are quite proud of her. And happy.”___11:25 a.m.American actress Meghan Markle has arrived at her hotel on her way to the royal wedding.The 10-mile (16-kilometre) trip will take her to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where she will marry Prince Harry.Markle waved for the cameras as the car she was travelling in, a vintage Rolls-Royce, drove past Saturday. She appeared to be wearing a white dress and a long veil.___11:15 a.m.Patsy Small, a 53-year-old nursery manager who was invited to the Windsor Castle grounds, says she is “very British” but she has close relatives in the United States who have been calling her in the last few days to talk about Meghan Markle.Small said: “As a black British woman I am so happy. Everyone’s phoned me from the States this morning, they are so happy that she’s here, that she’s biracial, all they’ve been saying is black people in America are so proud and so happy.”She said she is very impressed with Prince Harry and Prince William.Small said of Markle joining the royal family: “Will this bridge the gap? We don’t know. But one thing we know is these two boys are real. Harry and William. They are real. They go to the West Indies. They go to Africa. They are trying to have a legacy like their mother. They know they’re royals, they know who they are. But they are also entwined with the general public and the community. They have a mind of their own.”___10:55 a.m.Tennis great Serena Williams and soccer star David Beckham are among famous guests from the world of sports attending the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, said on Instagram on Saturday that she was “getting ready for my friends wedding.” She later walked into the chapel.Williams returned to the WTA tour briefly this year, after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter. But she withdrew from the ongoing Italian Open, saying she wasn’t “100 per cent ready to compete,” leaving her free for the wedding.Beckham won six Premier League titles at Manchester United and had 115 appearances for England. He also won league titles in Spain (Real Madrid), the United States (LA Galaxy) and France (PSG).Stars from the rugby world included Sir Clive Woodward, who coached England to the world cup in 2003, and Jonny Wilkinson, a member of that title-winning team.___10:35 a.m.A-list couples including George and Amal Clooney have arrived for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Crowds cheered as the Hollywood star and his lawyer spouse arrived at Windsor Castle — he in a grey suit, she in mustard yellow dress and matching hat.David and Victoria Beckham have also arrived at St. George’s Chapel for the ceremony. The former soccer star doffed his sunglasses to pose for photos with well-wishers. Designer Victoria wore a smart navy blue ensemble and hat with half-veil.___10:15 a.m.Kensington Palace says that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave & Company to make their rings.The American actress’ ring has been made with Welsh gold given by Queen Elizabeth II. The company also made her engagement ring.Prince Harry’s ring is a platinum band with a textured finish.Prince William will carry the rings into St George’s Chapel on Saturday.___10 a.m.St. George’s Chapel has been given an overnight makeover with flower arrangements at the main entry door and inside the great room where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed.A cascading hedgerow style using native flowers and foliage graces the entryway. A similar display was inside.Senior chapel official Charlotte Manley said the flowers were put in overnight while other decorations were put in place in recent days.She said Markle helped choose the plants but has not seen them in place. That will happen when she arrives to be wed.The chapel was filled with light from the extensive stain glass window on a bright sunny morning as guests started to arrive.___9:50 a.m.Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba are among the first guests to arrive at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The American talk-show titan and the London-born Hollywood star are among celebrities, royalty, athletes and family friends in the 600-strong congregation invited to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.Singer James Blunt has also arrived Saturday at the gothic chapel, where the wedding will start at noon (1100GMT).Royal relatives on hand include Charles Spencer, the brother of Harry’s late mother Princess Diana.___9:20 a.m.Royal fans have come from near and far for a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day in Windsor.Hundreds camped out overnight to get a prime spot outside for the newlyweds’ horse-drawn carriage near Windsor Castle after the ceremony.“I woke up wet, and I’m freezing cold, my back is sore, and I just want to go to bed,” said Bernadette Christie, a Canadian from Grand Prairie, Alberta.“I’m here for that 10 seconds when that coach goes around the corner,” she said. “It’ll be well worth it.”Farkahanda Ahmed came with her mother and a friend from Slough, a few miles from Windsor, arriving at 4 a.m. to get a good spot. The trio wore Union Jack hijabs in honour of the occasion.“It’s a proud moment for us — times are changing,” Ahmed said. “Who would have thought a Hollywood actress would become a British princess?“We are proud to be British and we wanted to come here and show our support.”___9 a.m.The members of the public selected for prime viewing spots for the royal wedding have started arriving.Alan Scott was one of the first arrivals among the roughly 2,600 people invited to watch the procession from the grounds of Windsor Castle. He was invited because of his 45 years of service to scouting, an activity that enjoys much royal family support.He will have a front row view of the wedding procession and hoped for a good chance to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the ceremony.The 69-year-old Scott had come in from Lincolnshire the night before for the big event.“It’s a great honour,” he said of the unexpected invite. “The atmosphere is great. The royals are great supporters of everything and the young element is really coming through. I think they’re going to take things forward.”___8:30 a.m.Royal watchers have swarmed the first trains from London to Windsor as they headed for the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.At the station in Slough, the changing point for travellers from London, revelers found sign boards reading “All aboard the royal wedding special to Harry & Meghan Central.”Many of those on the standing room only trains were Americans, including Christine Clancy from Virginia.Clancy says she’s “always been a royal fan — not an extreme one — I just love British history and love the royals. I just wanted to be part of the wedding celebration.”Irene Bowdry, a lawyer from California, booked her trip with four friends as soon as the date was announced. She said “an American in the royal family, isn’t that so exciting?”___8:20 a.m.Queen Elizabeth II has conferred a dukedom on Prince Harry — making him the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.The new title will mean that when Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle later Saturday in Windsor, she will become the Duchess of Sussex.The secondary titles are for use in Scotland and Northern Ireland.The monarch similarly bestowed titles on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before their wedding in 2011.___8 a.m.Thousands of people are on the streets outside Windsor Castle after many of them camped overnight to grab the best spots to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.It was the fourth night sleeping rough for Canadian royal-watcher Bernadette Christie, who says it will be well worth it if she sees the royal couple pass by in their state carriage.Christie says, “I’m freezing cold, my back is sore, and I just want to go to bed.”But she is unrepentant. She says “I’m here for that ten seconds when the coach comes around the corner.”Police and security marshals are out in force to ensure the safety of the tens of thousands of people expected to converge on Windsor during the day.___5 a.m.The big day is finally here: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.It all started with a blind date two years ago that went very, very well.That has turned into a global mega-event Saturday that is helping reshape the British monarchy and will be watched by tens of millions of TV viewers around the world. by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 2:09 am PDT Last Updated May 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castlelast_img read more

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first_img DETROIT – From the auditorium of Detroit’s main library on a recent weeknight emerged the sound of Motown: Spirited takes of tunes that sprung from a studio just a few miles away and made their way around the world.Some of Detroit’s best singers and musicians breathed new life into beloved songs more than a half-century old: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” ”Dancing in the Street.” ”Stop! In the Name of Love.” ”Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”They still beguile audiences across the globe, but the music of Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, the Supremes and Temptations doesn’t get heard regularly and reliably in the city of its birth. Joan Belgrave, one of the voices belting out Motown classics on the library stage, is out to change that as the label nears its 60th anniversary early next year.“There’s no place that’s dedicated to that genre. And this is Detroit,” said Belgrave, wife of the late jazz trumpeting great and Motown player Marcus Belgrave . “People come here (and) they go to the Motown Museum. And then what?”Sure, you can catch a whiff of Hitsville U.S.A. here and there in Detroit. Classic Motown singers and groups — some of which still boast an original member or two — certainly “can’t forget the Motor City,” to quote a Reeves and the Vandellas hit, on a tour. Other artists might throw a Motown song or two into their set lists. Further, there are tribute bands and even a local DJ who spins records from the label and era. To top it off, the Motown Museum plans a major expansion and upgrade that includes a performance space.Still, Belgrave said it’s not enough for a city with such a sonic lineage and legacy.“Marcus and I would go to New Orleans, Preservation Hall ,” she said. “It’s just a little bitty place. But it’s a place designated for that place’s music — traditional New Orleans music. Why don’t we have a place like that in Detroit?”Belgrave had high hopes for something regular earlier this year when she was brought in to book entertainment at a downtown bar. They started an open jam session one weeknight and brought in some Motown tribute bands on the weekends, but the efforts stalled when the bar closed.Among those joining Belgrave’s crusade is Mark Scott, who joined the legendary Motown group The Miracles about 15 years ago and sings the leads made famous by Smokey Robinson.“When we go overseas, the response is enormous,” said Scott, who also performed at the Detroit library. “A lot of people come here to visit, and they’re not able to see a lot of Motown acts consistently. … I think the thing about Detroit that the venues need to start doing is respecting the legacy.”Belgrave isn’t giving up. She’s grateful for places like the library, which has long supported local music and artists, including those with connections to or a love for Motown. She’s looking for a new venue or two to take up the cause.To be sure, she’s been feeling a surge of support for Detroit’s musical heritage as artists have been paying homage to Aretha Franklin , who died Aug. 16 at 76. Franklin wasn’t officially a Motown artist, but alums consider her family: She grew up alongside Robinson and recorded and toured with the Four Tops. Robinson delivered a touching tribute to her at her funeral, as did Stevie Wonder.Belgrave performed at a Franklin tribute at Chene Park, which is being renamed the Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheatre. She said she spoke with people about her “dream” and gained support that she hopes will bear fruit.Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the lone surviving original member of the Four Tops, still performs regularly with the group. He said it seemed for a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, “Motown music history just kind of faded away,” but he feels like there’s a “resurgence of the Motown sound and the great music” in recent years.“We’re getting more engagements, we’re getting more calls,” he said. “It’s more like now is back in the ’60s. … We’re selling out places again — the Tops and the Tempts.”He’s excited by what Belgrave is doing and can’t wait for the expansion of the museum.“It should be really a known part of our history that everybody knows about, everybody hears about and everybody can share in the wonder and the wonderful part that music has played in this city,” he said. “That community maybe is starting to get close again. … It’s starting to seem like that.”___Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at and find more of his work at . Ambassadors for Motown sound seek more of it in hometown In this July 31, 2018, photo, from left, Mary Robinson, Joan Belgrave, Mark Scott of The Miracles and Hazelette Crosby perform in Detroit. The music of Motown still beguiles audiences around the globe. But the music of Stevie, Martha, the Supremes and Temptations doesn’t get heard regularly and reliably in Detroit, the city of its birth. Joan Belgrave is among those out to change that: She’s brought it to many venues and hopes to secure a place “dedicated to the genre.” She said what exists isn’t enough for a city with such a sonic lineage and legacy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) center_img by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2018 7:37 am PDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – A fastmoving wildfire in So

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched a historic movie site recently used by the HBO series “Westworld” and forced numerous celebrities to join the thousands fleeing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the total evacuation of the celebrity enclave Malibu.Kim Kardashian West, Scott Baio, Rainn Wilson and Guillermo del Toro are among numerous celebrities forced to evacuate their homes, in some cases hurriedly trying to arrange transport for their horses. Some, like del Toro and Caitlyn Jenner, did not know the fate of their homes, but the wind-driven wildfire has destroyed the home of “Dr. Strange” director Scott Derrickson and the historic Paramount Ranch where shows like HBO’s “Westworld” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” were filmed.The blaze started Thursday night and by Friday had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Aguora Hills and other nearby areas.Alyssa Milano said her home is “in jeopardy” in hopes evacuating her 5 horses. The actress ultimately got the help she needed and tweeted that her “Horses are finally safe. My children are safe. My home is in jeopardy but… everything with a heartbeat is safe. Thank you all for your concern.”The celebrity website TMZ reported that Jenner’s home was burned, but her publicist said that was not yet confirmed. The Olympic gold medallist safely evacuated.Kardashian West posted video on Instagram of an area on fire with a message “Pray for Calabasas.” She said she landed back home, spent one hour packing and evacuated shortly afterward.Derrickson said he is safe despite losing his home.The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said the Paramount Ranch known as the “Western Town” served as a location for productions ranging from 1938’s “The Adventures of Marco Polo” to TV shows “The Mentalist” and “Weeds.” The location known as “Western Town” is set in the mountains west of Los Angeles dates to 1927 when Paramount Pictures leased the ranch and began making films there.Western Town specifically was built for TV productions in the 1950s and was used for such westerns as “The Cisco Kid” and “Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre.”Filming continued for decades even as the ranch changed hands. It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but has continued to function as a filming location, serving as a location for the first two seasons of the sci-fi series “Westworld.” HBO said it did not know extent of the damage and expressed concern for “all those affected by these horrible fires.”When not in use for filming, visitors could stroll through Western Town while hiking or ride through on horseback.Actor James Wood asked nearly 2 million of his Twitter followers to use the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods to help share names of those who are missing. He tweeted resources for horse owners to have their animals evacuated, and called Milano’s report that her family and horses had been evacuated “good news.” Woods was not among those displaced — he tweeted that he was on the East Coast.___Associated Press Writer John Antczak contributed to the report in Los Angeles. Celebrities flee fast-moving Southern California wildfire by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Nov 9, 2018 2:15 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched a historic movie site recently used by the HBO series “Westworld” and forced numerous celebrities to join the thousands fleeing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the total evacuation of the celebrity enclave Malibu. Kim Kardashian West, Scott Baio, Rainn Wilson and Guillermo del Toro are among numerous celebrities forced to evacuate their homes, in some cases hurriedly trying to arrange transport for their horses. Some, like del Toro and Caitlyn Jenner, did not know the fate of their homes. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2019 6:05 am PDT LOS ANGELES — “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with excessive drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor, according to a coroner’s report released Tuesday.Investigators listed “hypertrophic heart disease” as the cause of the 52-year-old’s death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. “Hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick, making blood-pumping difficult.Heavy alcohol use along with a congenital artery problem contributed to St. John’s death, the report said.Three days earlier, St. John had been released from a mental health hospital where he had been admitted for alcohol abuse and threatening self-harm, according to the report. It also listed a history of mental-health and alcohol problems.He last spoke to someone about 24 hours before paramedics declared him dead in his apartment on a Sunday morning, the report states.For 27 years, St. John played struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”He was nominated for 11 daytime Emmys, winning twice, for outstanding younger actor in a drama series, in 1992 and supporting actor in 2008.He died four years after the death of his 24-year-old son, and St. John had spoken on social media about his struggles with grief.He had become engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva in September.St. John’s last episode of “The Young and the Restless” aired in the week following his death. A story line that pays tribute to both Kristoff and his character is set to start in late April.The Associated Press FILE – In this June 20, 2008, file photo Kristoff St. John accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work on “The Young and the Restless” at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Officials say St. John died of heart disease, with heavy drinking at the time of his death as a contributing factor. A coroner’s report released Tuesday lists “hypertrophic heart disease” as the cause of the 52-year-old’s death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. “Hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Coroner says ‘Young and Restless’ star died of heart diseaselast_img read more

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first_img This cover image released by Thomas Nelson shows “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life,” by Randy Travis with Ken Abraham. (Thomas Nelson via AP) by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2019 10:54 am PDT Randy Travis gets candid in first memoir post-stroke AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE — More than a month after Randy Travis suffered a near fatal stroke in 2013, doctors were not hopeful about his recovery. Complications were piling up, including a collapsed lung and infections, and the country star was in a near comatose state. His doctors told his then-girlfriend that it would be a matter of time before his heart stopped.Mary Travis, who would later marry Travis in 2015, described in his new memoir that she sat at his bedside and asked him if they should keep fighting. She said she saw a tear fall from his cheek.“And the warrior that he is, he mustered up the strength to squeeze my hand,” Travis said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I was like, ‘We’re fighting this. He’s not ready to give up and we’re not giving up. Only the only person that’s going to take him out of this world is God.’”Travis, who has aphasia, a condition that limits his ability to speak and give interviews, reveals his painful, months long recovery from the stroke in the new memoir chronicling his rise to fame in candid detail. Called “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life,” the book reveals his highs and lows, from platinum albums and Grammy awards, to his arrest for driving under the influence and his divorce from his previous wife and manager.The Country Music Hall of Famer, who turned 60 in May when the book came out, ushered in a new wave of neo-traditionalism in the 1990s with hits like “Forever and Ever, Amen,” ”On the Other Hand,” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”Mary Travis said they wanted to be honest with fans about his life.“He felt like, cause he’s the one that ultimately made the decision after the survival of the stroke, it’s time to share these ups and downs,” she said.Co-writer Ken Abraham explained that he studied Travis’ speaking style over years of interviews and tried to mimic the way Travis would write.“I listened to everything I possibly could where Randy was speaking, on a TV interview, in a radio interview,” Abraham said. “Then I’d bring that back to Randy and Mary. ‘Does that sound like Randy? What I put into words, does that sound like Randy?’”The North Carolina native hit it big with his multiplatinum 1986 album “Storms of Life,” and went on to win seven Grammy Awards, in both country and gospel categories. He acted in movies and toured, but behind the scenes, the book said he was largely unaware of his financial situation because he left those decisions up to his wife and manager Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis.They filed for divorce in 2010 after 19 years together, but it turned contentious, with lawsuits filed over his management contract. In the book, he compared her to Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley’s controversial manager.For the first time publicly, the book addresses his 2012 arrest for driving under the influence, in which Travis, who was nude and intoxicated on sleeping pills and alcohol, crashed his car and was videotaped on police dash cam.“It was moving forward and it was time for his story to be told his way, not through a tabloid,” Mary Travis said. “Because sometimes in your silence you’re misunderstood. So if you’re quiet then they just make up the story.In 2013, Travis was hospitalized due to viral cardiomyopathy, a virus that attacks the heart, and then suffered a stroke. Travis had to relearn how to walk, spell and read in the years since his stroke and he still struggles with aphasia. But in 2016 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and surprised the crowd by singing “Amazing Grace.”“What Randy wants most is for that book to inspire people that maybe feel rejected or lonely, people are battling with things they don’t know how to understand,” Mary Travis said.__Online: Kristin M. Hall at M. Hall, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bases police arrest two men seize drugs and firearms

first_imgTwo men from Xylotymbou were remanded in custody for seven days on Tuesday after they were arrested at an abandoned farm in Ormidhia with drugs, firearms, and an assortment of other illegal items in their possession, British bases (SBA) police said on Thursday.The two men, who had been under suspicion for some time, were arrested after officers launched an intelligence-led operation and found them in the possession of what is believed to be one kilogram of cannabis, one regular and one sawn-off shotgun – reported stolen in 2003 in the Republic – a mistnet, lime sticks, a cross bow, 12 arrows, a smoke grenade, firecrackers and two motorcycles, which police also believe to have been stolen.After securing search warrants for the abandoned farm, officers swooped on the remote area and found one man asleep on the grounds. The other was arrested when he arrived during the search.Inspector Marcos Petrou, who is leading the investigation, said these were very important arrests for the police and revealed that both men were now facing lengthy prison sentences if found guilty.“These men are charged with very serious offences, from possession of drugs with the intent to supply, to firearms charges – the maximum term is life imprisonment,” Petrou said.“We have now sent the items we seized to the laboratory in Nicosia for testing to see if the drug we found is cannabis and to see if the weapons have been used in any other crimes.”Inspector Petrou also revealed the prosecution will continue in close liaison with colleagues from the Cyprus Police.“Given that we believe the shotgun to have been stolen within the RoC in 2003 and the suspected theft of the motorcycles, it is very important that we work closely with CyPol to see if the firearms for example have been use in any crimes outside of the SBAs.“Fortunately, we have an excellent working relationship with CyPol and that is very important in cases like this.”Both men are scheduled to appear again in the SBA court next week where it is likely that police will apply for a further remand.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more