New Affordable Housing Council Met With Positive Reviews

August 15, 2019

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s Executive Order to establish the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing has been met with positive reviews by several industry leaders.  “The Five Star Institute recognizes and appreciates the important work that Dr. Ben Carson, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Brian Montgomery are doing at HUD,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO of Five Star Global. “Their work simply cannot be overlooked. The commitment to fair and affordable housing is critical in today’s marketplace, and we thank them for their leadership and action on this issue facing the housing market.” The Council, chaired by Carson, Secretary of HUD, will be composed of members from eight Federal agencies, tasked to engage State, local, and tribal leaders across the nation to discuss and alleviate issues surrounding affordable housing. “The [National Association of Home Builders] applauds President Trump for making housing a top national priority. With housing affordability near a 10-year low, the president’s executive order on this critical issue underscores that the White House is ready to take a leading role to help resolve the nation’s affordability crisis,” said Greg Ugalde, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.  According to HUD, the construction of new homes has not kept pace with new household formations, because more than 25% of the cost of a new home is the direct result of Federal, State, and local regulations. Among the Council’s responsibilities, is to identify policies that artificially increase the cost of homeownership and reduce regulatory burdens.  “The National Association of Realtors thanks President Trump for taking much-needed steps to address housing affordability in this country, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the White House to ensure the American Dream remains attainable for all those who seek to become homeowners,” said John Smaby, President of the National Association of Realtors.  According to First American’s Real Estate Sentiment Index, affordability has been the primary roadblock to homeownership, as those who found affordability to be an obstacle in 2019 increased to 40% from 30.1% year-over-year. “The main burden, affordability, confirms the strong sellers’ market conditions from 2018 have continued in many markets in early 2019, as demand outpaces supply and prices continue to rise,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming.Editor’s note: Five Star Global is the parent company of MReport. New Affordable Housing Council Met With Positive Reviews June 28, 2019 336 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Affordable Housing Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development President Donald Trump 2019-06-28 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

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April 03 2019

August 13, 2019

first_imgApril 03 , 2019 The United Fresh Produce Association has praised the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding a hearing on “Securing the Future of American Agriculture” in Washington D.C.United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzen called the Wednesday hearing, which tackled labor challenges facing the produce industry, “the first…in many years where we truly heard a bipartisan commitment to finding real solutions.”At the hearing, United Fresh provided testimony outlining the industry’s needs as well as potential solutions.In the association’s eyes, the hearing could not be any more timely or important. “Chairwoman Lofgren understands that our industry is facing an uncertain future without a reliable, legal workforce,” said Tom Stenzel.“For too long, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has struggled to ensure that we have an adequate, legal workforce to harvest and produce the fruits and vegetables that consumers want and need. “This hearing is an important first step in the journey to pass legislation that will ensure we have the workforce needed to harvest America’s abundant fruit and vegetables.”United Fresh says it remains committed to pushing for legislation that addresses the legal status of the industry’s current workforce, a challenge being that many workers remain improperly documented. Another of the association’s aims is to help pass legislation that addresses the industry’s future needs.With that view, the United Fresh board of directors approved a policy focused on modernizing a number of immigration reform issues earlier this year.A few concerns the policy covers are year-round visas for workers rather than temporary or seasonal ones, a “fair and predictable” wage rate,  and housing and transportation allowances for foreign workers.Others include flexibility for workers and employers in portability with up to three-year visas, and calling for the USDA to take a stronger administrative role in supporting U.S. agriculture needs. You might also be interested in Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … center_img Chinese cherry grower kicks off domestic season … LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Chilean kiwifruit production to drop this season …last_img read more

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Zurich Insurance Group has appointed Hanno Mijer a

August 12, 2019

first_imgZurich Insurance Group has appointed Hanno Mijer as CEO of Cover-More. He will replace Mike Emmett who will continue to support the leadership transition until the end of 2018.Hanno is a senior global leader with extensive experience in the insurance industry having worked in Europe, US, Latin America and Asia for various companies including Zurich. As Head of Corporate Life & Pensions (CLP) at Zurich, he transformed CLP into a fast-growing and profitable business. CLP has now become a major contributor to Life in terms of new business. Hanno also has a consistent record of building global and diverse teams and embedding a client centric and entrepreneurial mindset within the businesses.Originally from the Netherlands, Hanno holds a Master’s degree in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and has attended executive leadership programs at Harvard, INSEAD and IMD. appointmentsCover-Morelast_img read more

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Topdeck Travel and BackRoads Touring Co have appo

August 12, 2019

first_imgTopdeck Travel and Back-Roads Touring Co have appointed David Gendle as their new Global Sales General Manager, joining from AAT Kings, where he spent 16 years. He will take up his new role on 22 October 2018.As Head of Sales at AAT Kings David provided strategic direction across a range of tourism brands driving improved commercial and operational performance for his sales teams within both domestic and New Zealand markets. “We are thrilled to welcome David to our team. David has a sterling track record with strong leadership and a solid background in Tour Operation Sales,” said Global Managing Director Janine Salame. “[He] intends to bring these strategic methods to Topdeck and Back-Roads Touring, as we continue to diversify our offering for both brands.” appointmentsBack-Roads Touring CoTopdeck Travellast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

August 11, 2019

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ While the majority of the Cardinals offseason news has revolved around the quarterback vacancy, there are a few other holes which still need to be addressed.Although quarterback is an important position, teams that go 5-11 usually have more than one hole and the Cardinals are no different. Arizona could use help on the offensive line as well as at the linebacker position and there are a few names that will be available in free agency once the lockout ends. 0 Comments   Share   Kirk Morrison: Having started 16 games for five straight seasons, Morrison is as consistent as they come. The former San Diego State Aztec recorded 64 solo tackles last season. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Linemen:Matt Light: Although Light has spent the last nine season with the Patriots, there is a chance he will need to find a new home in 2011. The Patriots like Light and want to resign him, but they may not want to get into a bidding war. If the Cardinals can make a competitive offer, the Patriots may cave. Kyle Kosier: Kosier has spent the last five season in Dallas and has been a very consistent member of their offensive line. The Cowboys will certainly try to resign Kosier, but Arizona should make a play for the lineman as well because a consistent starting lineman would be a huge boost for the Arizona offense.Ephraim Salaam: Salaam has had an up-and-down career. He has started 129 of the 159 games he has played in and while he may not be the biggest or best name available, he may be someone that cheaply slides under the radar.Linebackers:Takeo Spikes: A nine-year NFL veteran, Takeo Spikes started all 16 games last season and accounted for 82 solo tackles. While the 49ers would like to re-sign Spikes, he has not participated in team workouts this offseason because his future with the team is unclear. While he has not said anything publicly, Spikes unwillingness to workout could suggest a desired change of scenery. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

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Top Stories

August 11, 2019

first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 2013 Arizona Cardinals schedule has been released. – / 16 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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ESPNcom

August 11, 2019

first_imgESPN.com Here’s a look at where the Cardinals stand with five regular season games remaining. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Week 13 Average Rank: 4.05 (1.72 last week) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Well, you didn’t expect them to go 15-1, did you?The Arizona Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak snapped by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals, Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Cooper Helfet and the Seattle defense made things miserable for a Cardinals offense playing without Larry Fitzgerald.Not surprisingly, the Cardinals fell in almost every NFL power ranking from around the net — but not all. Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog, which has been a little less apt to believe in Big Red this season, kept Arizona at No. 3 in their weekly rankings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Top Stories

August 11, 2019

first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive end Cory Redding (90) jumps over Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) “When you have Josh (Mauro), when you have Rodney Gunter, you have Xavier (Williams), Calais (Campbell), Frostee (Rucker), myself, you have a lot of guys that have been around each other for a while, have seen other guys play from around the league, now we’re all together,” Redding told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday morning. “Really good, high IQ football, but at the same time really good people.”Redding said when you get players who have good attitudes and are good men, “it’s easy to go out there and play and lay it on the line for the man next to you.”The veteran said the Cardinals have something special in their defensive line room as well as their defense as a whole, and while the team could very easily be 5-0, having one loss on their record right now isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Redding said if mistakes are going to be made, he’d rather them be now.“I would like to welcome the mistakes so we can continue to tweak them and mold them and change them and come up with different ways to attack different guys from our schemes and protections and stuff like that,” he said. “I want to play our best ball in January and February.” Your browser does not support the audio element. “But other than that, I’m sitting back, helping the young boys, piggybacking off of the veteran leaders that are here and just playing hard ball when I can for my teammates when my number is called.”That will be the plan for as long as they are calling his number. At 34 years of age, Redding understands his career is closer to its end than its beginning. He’s been to the playoffs five times, including the AFC Championship Game with the Colts last season. He’s never reached the Super Bowl, though. Add it all together and it’s no wonder he has no trouble getting motivated for games.“That’s who I am because I know in the blink of an eye this game can be taken away from me,” he said. “And I’m truly blessed with skills and talent that a lot of people on this earth would wish to have. A lot of folks wish to walk, a lot of folks wish to talk, and to hit, and to move and to run, I can do these things on a daily basis.“So I’m truly blessed, so why not go out there and maximize on the gifts that I was given on the field every Sunday? Why not? Why hold back? Because once this Sunday is gone, that game is gone. When it’s triple zeros on the clock I will never get that opportunity back again. So go out there and lay it on the line one more time.” Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Redding added that unlike other sports, football guarantees just 16 games per season, meaning you have precious few opportunities to make an impact.“Anything after that is extra, that’s a bonus,” he said. “So I’m trying to go, my teammates are trying to go as hard as we can because we know these games in September and October set us up for December and January, and that’s where we want to be.“We want to be in the top, strong going into the playoffs. We don’t want limp in trying to get a win just to be a Wild Card — forget that. We’ve got too much talent on this team to do that. So I’m always up. That’s just me, and that’s Calais and everybody else on this team. That’s what I like about it.” – / 14center_img Cory Redding came to the Arizona Cardinals with 12 years of NFL experience under his belt.Never a star in the true sense of the word, the third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft has been a solid and productive defensive lineman, racking up 35.5 sacks over stops with the Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.This season, in Arizona, he has collected three total tackles along with one interception, which came in last Sunday’s win over the Lions. The victory improved the team’s record to 4-1, and the way Redding sees it, much of the success can be credited to the team’s mentality. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That big picture viewpoint is one that Redding has likely learned over the course of his career. His experiences on different, successful teams gives him a track record that not everyone in the locker room has. Though this is his first season in Arizona, he is already looked at as one of the team’s leaders.“The biggest thing is you have to be yourself,” he said of how that happens, adding you can’t act one way with one team and then come to a new team trying to be someone different. “Just be yourself. As long as you do that and not come in loud and just demanding the roles that I was given or earned on other teams from Day 1, it makes it easy for the guys to welcome you.”Redding said when he arrived in the desert his goal was to lead from the shadows because, in reality, there were already plenty of leaders already on the roster. He pointed to Larry Fitzgerald, Campbell, Rucker, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson and Rashad Johnson.“You have all these great leaders here, why would I come in here and try to step on their toes? No,” he said. “So I’m going to go ahead and piggyback off of them, step in and say things when I absolutely need to. When I feel like a panic button is being pushed, then I’ll say something. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Cory Redding, Cardinals defensive lineman Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Victoria Beckham has b

August 11, 2019

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVictoria Beckham has been named the World’s Best Dressed Female Traveller in British Airways’ Best Dressed Traveller List 2016 – #bestdressedtraveller.The fashion designer beat stars including Amal Clooney and Angelina Jolie to the top spot, as compiled by the airline and Hollywood fashion stylist and Vanity Fair’s Contributing Editor – Elizabeth Saltzman.Elizabeth, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Saoirse Ronan, said: “Victoria Beckham always gets it right when flying and it’s so impressive. Usually there is a menswear element to her travel wardrobe, it’s chic and sophisticated but still classic and comfortable.“The women on this list are all powerful examples of the modern world. Their style is classic with a personal twist. This is about the power of women and being able to balance it all.”British Airways Best Dressed Traveller List was created to celebrate the relationship between flying and fashion and honour today’s globe-trotting trendsetters, spanning the worlds of film, music and entertainment. This is the first award to be announced, with the Best Dressed Male Traveller being unveiled in the coming months.The judges reviewed hundreds of images of international celebrity jet setters taken at airports to compile the list.British Airways Top 10 Best Dressed Female Travellers are:1. Victoria Beckham2. Amal Clooney3. Kendall Jenner4. Angelina Jolie5. Gwen Stefani6. Charlize Theron7. Taylor Swift8. Marion Cotillard9. Lupita Nyong’O10. Heidi KlumAbigail Comber, British Airways’ Head of Customer, said: “We’ve always been associated with travelling in style – most recently with our elegant, new short-haul cabins and our new-look First cabin, created especially for the 787-9 aircraft.  We wanted to honour today’s style elite and those frequent flyers who embrace the enduring glamour and excitement of jumping on a plane.”Elizabeth Saltzman started her career at Giorgio Armani in 1983 and is today a prominent figure in the world of fashion, considered one of the most influential industry insiders and trend spotters.Here, she shares her exclusive insights on the world’s best dressed female celebrity travellers:1. Victoria Beckham“Victoria Beckham absolutely wants an empire and as far as I can see she is well on her way to building one. Wife, mother of four with her own brand, UN goodwill ambassador and all with lovely etiquette, warmth and effortless style.”2. Amal Clooney“Amal Clooney has brains, beauty and style. Amal got thrown under the style microscope when her relationship with Mr Clooney started. She wears clothes beautifully. Amal looks like she can go from the aeroplane to a meeting or into a page of Vogue and not look out of place. She is all business.”3. Kendall Jenner“Kendall Jenner embodies today’s youth. As a quintessential ‘It Girl’ and major model she is representing our fashion world beautifully. She has evolved from just jeans and a t-shirt to cool, sophisticated clothing. From her professional runway to the airport runway, she knows how to work it!”4. Angelina Jolie“Angelina Jolie (OBE), not only the mother of six, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian and wife. She is the epitome of classic style. If you had to pinpoint it, it could be that she has an ‘Audrey Hepburn-ish’ style. A classic flat, simple sweater or top and black trouser, usually with a handbag that probably holds all her travel needs”.5. Gwen Stefani“As a musician, mother, actress and fashion designer let’s just be honest – Gwen Stefani’s style is the definition of cool. What is so wonderful about Gwen is that she is continuously surprising us with her individuality. There is always a variation of a black trouser or a fun detailed jacket or top, but it is her little touches that make her a style star. The red lipstick, the platinum hair sometimes mixed with another colour, the leopard print belt, the fun phone case, the nail polish. She owns her look and wears it well.”6. Charlize Theron“Oscar-winning actress and mother, Charlize Theron, is chic and understated. What is so wonderful about her personal travel style is she keeps it neutral and stylish. In an airport you would take a triple take thinking, ‘Wow, she’s so beautiful’ without realising who she is at first. Her aesthetic is simple and effortless.”7. Taylor Swift“Mega pop star, Taylor Swift’s aeroplane looks don’t scream travel to most, however she pulls it off perfectly. Her never-ending legs and array of fabulous handbags paired with her flirty skirts and rockin’ heels are cute and fun. She represents her brand identity without a flaw.”8. Marion Cotillard“Ooh La La Marion Cotillard, is the most beautiful mother, actress, singer, songwriter and environmentalist – she’s the definition of French style. Marion’s effortless travel looks exude confidence and comfort. What is so terrific about Marion is nothing ever looks contrived, whether it be a leopard print cape with a blue and white striped sailor shirt, somehow she makes you want to run and buy it.”9. Lupita Nyong’O“Lupita Nyong’O is always stylish.  One of the most wonderful things about Lupita’s personal style is that she’s not afraid to use colour. This chic portrait collared coat is set off by the pink cowl neck accessory as well as the light coloured handbag added with a finishing touch of shades and fedora makes her super stylish for travelling”.10. Heidi Klum“Heidi Klum is one busy woman, mother of four, model, actress, TV host, designer and always looks upbeat with a natural glow. Heidi knows how to rock a great pair of jeans and always does so brilliantly. She oozes sex appeal and knows how to make heads turn – that’s what you would expect from this supermodel.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Related Ryanair to launch new flights from Trapani

August 10, 2019

first_img RelatedRyanair to launch new flights from TrapaniRyanair will launch 13 new flights from Trapani in Sicily following the announcement it is to base two new aircraft at the airportRyanair launches new base at Edinburgh AirportCheap flights carrier Ryanair has launched a new base at Edinburgh Airport, it has been revealed.Ryanair to launch eight new flights across EuropeCheap flights carrier Ryanair has announced that it plans to launch eight new flights across Europe Cheap flights carrier Ryanair has announced that it will open its 32nd base at Pescara in Italy from July.A single aircraft will be based at the Italian city, which will operate new flights to Cagliari, Eindhoven, Milan (Bergamo) and Venice (Treviso).The new routes will take effect in July and increase the airline’s passenger turnover at Pescara to more than 400,000 a year.Lesley Kane, Ryanair’s European head of sales and marketing, said she was “delighted” to announce the launch of the new base.”With a total of seven low fare routes from Pescara, passengers can beat the recession by choosing Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to exciting destinations all over Europe,” she said.The airline has said the base will sustain around 400 local jobs as well as generate increased tourism revenue for Italy’s Abruzzo region.Ryanair revealed this week that it had launched three new Italian bases at Alghero, Bologna and Cagliari airports. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Related Hidden charges number one gripe for air tr

August 10, 2019

first_img RelatedHidden charges number one gripe for air travellers say Skyscanner usersSkyscanner users have voted hidden charges to be the most annoying aspect of air travel in a recent poll.Banned on board: 17 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggageTrying to take a wheel of brie, viking helmet or sneaky perfume samples in your carry-on luggage? You might want to check out our banned on board list first!Laptop and tablet ban: How will this affect your travel plans?Just over a month since the initial laptop and tablet ban was announced, there is now speculation that the UK may be next to join the list of countries with new hand luggage restrictions for laptops and tablets on flights to the US. We explain what this flight ban could… “HELLO, I’M ON A PLANE. YES, IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE!!”The ban on the use of phones and laptops could be set to end, after a US scientific study found no reason why they should be turned off at take-off and landing.The study, conducted on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded that portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and e-readers could be used safely while a plane is taxiing, taking off and landing, as well as at cruising altitude.Air travellers will be familiar with the drill telling us to turn off all mobiles, Kindles and calculators (ok, maybe not calculators) during take-off. If you didn’t know, the rule is that once the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet, you are allowed to use your device. We’ll have all witnessed a member of the cabin crew uphold the rules by telling a fellow passenger to turn off their PED, and seen people get their phones out as soon as the plane hits the tarmac.The reason for the ban on PEDs is officially, according to the FAA:‘There are many uncertainties about the radio signals the devices give off. Even PEDs that do not intentionally transmit signals can emit unintentional radio energy. This energy may affect aircraft safety because the signals can occur at the same frequencies used by the plane’s highly sensitive communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment.This is to prevent potential interference that could pose a safety hazard as the cockpit crew focuses on arrival and departure duties. On a given flight, there could be hundreds of different PEDs in many different states of function or repair giving off spurious signals, so without proper testing there is no assurance they will not produce interference during these critical phases of flight.’The FAA is set to implement new guidelines following the findings of the ARC study, allowing passengers to read e-books, listen to podcasts or watch videos throughout a flight. News agency Reuters reports that the new policy will be implemented next year in the US. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority is expected to follow suit.HOWEVER, the ban on using your phone to text or make calls is expected to remain in place. In a recent Skyscanner survey*:• 61% of respondents said they’d use their mobile for calls and texts during flight if allowed• 71% turn their phone back on before security• A third turn on their phones as soon as they touch down• Just 6% resist the temptation until they get home• 52% would pick Wi-Fi over traditional in-flight entertainment*Source: 1000 international respondents via One Poll surveyListen to the Skyscanner travel podcast where we discuss gadgets on flights and other common myths and mysteries of air travel. Listen or download it below:https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84142414What do you think? Should PEDs stay banned? Should you be allowed to make phone calls on your flight? Have your say below.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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4 Prague Czech Republic from €61 Meet your princ

August 10, 2019

first_img4. Prague, Czech Republic from €61Meet your prince or princess on a trip to the fairy-tale city of Prague. Full of hill-top castles and ornate palaces, get swept away in the romantic surroundings. Share a hot date over a steaming bowl of traditional Czech dumplings and goulash, or celebrate singledom with a pint of Europe’s finest beer. Check prices Looking for a cheap weekend getaway with your Valentine?Fall in love with a new European city break destination, or revisit an old favourite, for less than €100 this February! Check out these five bargain flights:1. Bordeaux, France from €98Get tipsy and have a giggle in the second-largest wine growing region in the world, Bordeaux. Famous for their reds, you might want to flash the cash you saved on your flight and impress you other half with a bottle of the fizzy stuff instead. Heat things up in the kitchen and couple a wine tour with a cookery course at Saint-Emilion vineyard. Check pricesRead more: Extreme wines – 5 unusual wine regions 2. Barcelona, Spain from €47Save squabbling over maps and get lost amongst the narrow streets of the Barri Gòtic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Lose your heart, and sense of direction, wandering through this romantic rabbit’s den of winding alleyways. Lovebirds must also check out Carrer dels Petons, or ‘the street of the kiss’ in the Raval district.Check pricesRead more: 10 best things to do in Barcelona – a local’s guide Related7 romantic city breaks for less than £50You’ll love these bargain flights to seven sweet cities in time for Valentine’s Day!6 flights for £60 or less6 flights for £60 or lessBank holiday bargain breaks: 6 flights for less than £110Make the most of May’s bank holiday and jet off to one of these chic European cities.center_img 5. Brussels, Belgium from €30Swap a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine, for a romantic trip to Brussels. With this bargain flight you could visit the home of gourmet sweet treats, wine and dine your other half in Michelin starred restaurants and still have money to spare on a bag of famous Belgian chips at the end of the night. Check pricesRead more: 10 best things to do in Brussels – a local’s guide *flight prices correct at time of publication and for return travel from Ireland in February 2015.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 3. Geneva, Switzerland from €100Think you’ve got a heart of ice? Find love on the slopes in the Swiss ski centre, Geneva. Come nightfall get amorous in an awesome après-ski spot. If you prefer to take things slowly then warm up with a hot chocolate by the fireside in a traditional log cabin instead.Check pricesRead more: Top 10 party ski resorts – best après ski spotslast_img read more

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Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

August 10, 2019

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFine watchmaker Franc Vila, chic sports club Geneva Usine Opera and AMAG Audi center in Chatelaine, friends and guests, gathered for an evening of seduction and dynamism, on June 7, 2012. The event highlighted Franc Vila timepieces, Audi cars and the services of the sports club, Usine Opera, allowing Geneva residents to discover them all in a beautiful setting, the new Audi center AMAG Geneva.Guests were also treated to a surprise private performance by American singer Lutricia McNeal, who flew in from New York especially for the occasion. At the end of the exhilarating evening, Lutricia McNeal hosted the raffle drawing. Prizes included a weekend driving an Audi A3 Cabriolet, a membership to the Usine Opera club and a Franc Vila EVOS 8 Cobra watch.www.francvila.comlast_img read more

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Cancun Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

August 10, 2019

first_imgCancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTop luxury retailer La Boutique Palacio will carry a limited edition Gucci Cancun handbag and matching wallet. The high-end boutique, located in Cancun’s La Isla Shopping Village will be the only store to carry the new pieces.With light leather detailing, the woven bag is perfect for summer. Only 50 of the exclusive design will be sold.La Boutique Palacio has earned acclaim recently for its efforts to bring luxury labels and on-trend styles to Mexico, offering clients a shopping experience they can’t find anywhere else.Visit www.gucci.com.last_img

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Country music superstar Dolly Parton right laugh

August 10, 2019

first_img Country music superstar Dolly Parton, right, laughs as Sevier Co. Council on Aging’s Tom Brosch, left, hands her a membership card for the activity center at the renamed My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tenn., Monday, May 7, 2018. Parton came for a dedication ceremony Monday to rename the facility in honor of her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) Dolly Parton pays surprise visit to Tennessee senior centre SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Country music superstar Dolly Parton has paid a surprise visit to a senior centre in Tennessee, where she sang, lifted weights and joked about her age.The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Parton came for a dedication ceremony Monday to give the facility a new name: the My People Senior Activity Center, in honour of her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton. Parton is a native of Sevierville in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.The 72-year-old singer joked that she’s a senior, too, and made fun of her plastic surgery.She shouted “girl power” when she saw more women doing woodworking at the centre than men.At the event, Parton gave her own secret to staying young: Be busy, stay active and get involved.center_img by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2018 7:33 pm PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Harry Meghan star says the world needed their

August 10, 2019

first_img‘Harry & Meghan’ star says the world needed their ‘story at this point in time’ by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2018 7:13 am PDT Last Updated May 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – For Murray Fraser, nailing the role of Prince Harry for a Canadian-shot TV movie about him and Meghan Markle came down to one thing.“Dyeing my hair ginger,” the brunette Scottish star said in a recent phone interview.“Looking in the mirror every day at my ginger hair was enough. The hair was not too bad (to maintain) but it was the beard that kept having to get dyed … every few days, pretty much.”Tedious tasks aside, Fraser and co-star Parisa Fitz-Henley were excited to delve into the serious side of the engaged duo for Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” which makes its Canadian debut Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network — the same day as the actual wedding.A trailer for the movie shows the two discussing the “trolls and death threats” that Markle faced over the fact that she’s American, divorced and biracial.“It was a hopeful script and it dealt with reality — and that meant a lot to me,” said Fitz-Henley, a native of Jamaica who plays Reva Connors on Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones.”“The producers and writers and director have all spoken about feeling like the world needed Harry and Meghan’s real-life story at this point in time, and that also people could really potentially benefit from this portrayal of their lives as well.“They really wanted to focus on the warmth, the togetherness and the resilience through the challenges they had to face.”Laura Mitchell of Vancouver plays Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the movie. Shooting mostly took place in Vancouver, which stood in for England and Toronto. Simi Valley, Calif., was the backdrop for Botswana, where their romance blossomed.Fraser said the story looks at the background of Harry and Markle and features their families — including their parents and the Queen.Fitz-Henley said co-writer Scarlett Lacey was determined to get the details right, given her father is a historical adviser on the series “The Crown.”“Everybody did their best to be as close to real events as possible,” Fitz-Henley said.“Of course, no one knows what private moments are like, so any of that was people connecting dots or trusting their artistic voice to fill that in.”Fraser and Fitz-Henley watched videos of the duo and read interviews with them as part of their research.Fraser, who has a thick Scottish accent, affected Harry’s English pronunciation both on and off-screen for the duration of filming in order to nail it.But he also wanted to put his own spin on him.“From Day 1 when I auditioned, I made it clear that I didn’t want to have that pressure of trying to be a mimic or trying to be a copycat of Harry,” Fraser said.Fitz-Henley said she’s never met Markle but has some friends in common with her.Asked if Markle knows about the movie, she said: “I think she’s aware of it.“But I’ve asked myself, ‘Weeks out from my wedding, would I be paying attention to stuff like this?’ We know from their own words that they had to learn to really shut out so many things, good and bad, in order to focus on their lives.“So I think they’re aware of it but I don’t think they’re paying close attention.”Fitz-Henley feels the couple could be a “really effective team.”“Both of them are really outside-the-box thinkers, it seems, and both of them seem to be quite brave and willing to take risks — and the world that we live in right now needs those qualities to address the issues that are at hand,” she said.“I think bringing in someone who comes from a completely different culture, and by that I mean American culture who has a biracial experience, who has experience as an artist, I think it’s a great addition to this family.“Anywhere where you can increase diversity you increase strength and perspective, and the fact that they’re (getting married) I think bodes well for the future of everything that the family does.”?????last_img read more

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by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Sep

August 10, 2019

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2018 9:46 am PDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Lynda La Plante’s 1980s British crime series “Widows” had a curious hold of filmmaker Steve McQueen as a 13-year-old boy.The show was about a group of women who, after their criminal husbands are killed, band together to pull off the raid their dead spouses had planned. The women were, to young McQueen growing up in London, doing what they were deemed not to be capable of.“I was a person at that time who was deemed not to be capable, as well, being a young black boy at school and having to fight my own battles of stereotypes and people assuming things about me because of my appearance,” says McQueen. “I could relate to those women. I was going through the same thing.”More than three decades later, McQueen has adapted “Widows” into his much anticipated follow-up to the best-picture winning “12 Years a Slave.” While it preserves much of the original series, it also greatly expands its scope, transports the story to Chicago and richly populates its urban landscape with a sterling cast of Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Brian Tyree Henry.For one of the foremost makers of what could be called art films, “Widows,” with a script he penned with Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl’), is an unexpected turn into genre filmmaking. Before the film, which 20th Century Fox will release Nov. 16, made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, McQueen spoke about the ambitions behind “Widows.”AP: “Widows” might appear like a heist movie, but the genre seems like a mechanism for a complex investigation into gender, race and politics.McQUEEN: It’s a roller coaster ride but it brings to the surface things that are very much there. It’s what we know. When you think of the ’70s, you think of “Chinatown” and “The Godfather” — I’m not comparing my picture to those pictures at all — but these were real, gritty movies within a genre, and these were the biggest movies of their time. They brought the audience with them, as well as brought the sophistication. They catered to the high and to the low. I don’t think there’s any high and low. I think there are just good movies and bad movies, and that’s it.AP: How did you choose the setting?McQUEEN: I wanted to channel Chicago in all its complexities. Chicago is such a rich environment. The whole cross section of that political base, it all fascinated me. I’m surprised there aren’t much more movies made about it because it’s there for the taking. It’s like New York in the ’70s. I love that wonderful phrase, which is very Chicagoan and which might go back to Al Capone: “I gotta guy.” It’s all about getting something in a crafty way. “I gotta guy.” Fantastic!AP: The world in your films, from “Hunger” to “12 Years a Slave” to “Widows,” seems a mean and nasty place, where it takes just about killing yourself to keep your integrity.McQUEEN: They all deal with trying to defy one’s environment that the characters find themselves in, and how do we transcend that environment. And right now the world is a bit of a dark place. It is a bit of a difficult environment to exist in. It takes little sparks for us to keep our head above water.AP: Would you have wanted your next film after “12 Years a Slave” to come sooner than five years later?McQUEEN: You mustn’t forget, I did three films in five years. I was a little bit of a factory. The fact that I had this project with HBO that didn’t work out was a bit of a shame. For me, it was a big shame. I was doing art projects in that time as well. It was a bit of a break for sure. But I had been on a treadmill and it was good to have that time to reflect. It was imposed on me, in a way, because of what happened at HBO. But at the same time, you embrace the possibilities of a situation.AP: This is a studio film…McQUEEN: No, it’s not. Well, it’s a studio film but I could do what I wanted. When I think of studio films I think of something else. I don’t know what that means. Basically, the studio gave me the money to make what I wanted to make. If that makes it a studio film, then so be it. I was the instigator of “Widows.” The fact that they wanted to put money into it, great.AP: Your camera movement seems a blend of coolly observant and frighteningly intimate. There are shots you hold and hold.McQUEEN: I always feel like I’m a kind of Tai chi director. The environment or the location has to tell me what it wants. I don’t like to put my stencil on anything. I don’t like to dictate before I get to a situation. It’s very much a collaboration with the environment, with the actors, with what’s going on. Then we proceed in sort of translating the scene or the event. My dear friend Robby Muller, who passed away this year, said to me that a camera move should be as much effort as a cat jumping on the table. Just enough effort.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Q&A: Steve McQueen on his ’12 Years’ follow-up, ‘Widows’last_img read more

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BOSTON — Fifty people including Hollywood stars F

August 10, 2019

first_img BOSTON — Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools.Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.“These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the results of an investigation code-named Operation Varsity Blues.The scandal is certain to inflame longstanding complaints that children of the wealthy and well-connected have the inside track in college admissions — sometimes through big, timely donations from their parents — and that privilege begets privilege.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance or business, were among those charged. Dozens, including Huffman, were arrested by midday.The coaches worked at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting into college. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students, and paid off insiders at testing centres to alter students’ scores.Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children’s admission, officials said.“For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected,” Lelling said.Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved. The schools themselves are not targets of the investigation, he said.No students were charged. Authorities said in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.The investigation began when authorities received a tip about the admissions scheme from someone they were interviewing in a separate case, Lelling said. He did not elaborate.Authorities said coaches in such sports as soccer, sailing, tennis, water polo and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience. That, in turn, improved their chances of admission.Prosecutors said parents were also instructed to claim their children had learning disabilities so that they could take the ACT or SAT by themselves, with extra time. That made it easier to pull off the tampering, prosecutors said.Among the parents charged were Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Connecticut, a co-chairman of an international law firm based in New York; Jane Buckingham, CEO of a boutique marketing company in Los Angeles; Gregory Abbott of New York, founder and chairman of a packaging company; and Manuel Henriquez, CEO of a finance company based in Palo Alto, California.Caplan was accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on her daughter’s ACT exam after she took it. In a conversation last June with a co-operating witness, he was told his daughter needed “to be stupid” when a psychologist evaluated her for learning disabilities in order to get more time for the exam, according to court papers.“It’s the home run of home runs,” the witness said.“And it works?” Caplan asked.“Every time,” the witness responded, prompting laughter from both.At one point, Caplan asked if schools were “concerned with this.”“Schools don’t know. Schools don’t know,” the witness said.The bribes allegedly were dispensed through an admissions consulting company in Newport Beach, California. Authorities said parents paid William Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network, the bribe money to get their children into college.Prosecutors said Singer was scheduled to plead guilty in Boston Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy. John Vandemoer, the former head sailing coach at Stanford, was also expected to plead guilty.Colleges moved quickly to discipline the coaches accused. Stanford fired Vandemoer, UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.Several schools, including USC and Yale, said they were victims themselves of the scam. USC also said it is reviewing its admissions process to prevent further such abuses.In one case, a former USC women’s soccer coach and the consultant allegedly worked together in 2017 to help a client’s child get into Yale in exchange for $1.2 million from the family. A false athletic profile created for the student said she played competitive soccer and had been on China’s junior national development team.The profile was sent to the coach of the Yale women’s soccer team and the student was accepted. Prosecutors said the Yale coach, Rudolph Meredith, received $400,000 from the consulting company after the student was accepted, even though he knew the student did not play competitive soccer.Loughlin, who was charged along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, appeared in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” while Huffman starred in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”Messages seeking comment from Huffman’s representative were not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Loughlin had no comment.Loughlin and her husband allegedly gave $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, who has a popular YouTube channel, attends USC.Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance-exam cheating scam.Court papers said a co-operating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he “controlled” a testing centre and could have somebody secretly change her daughter’s answers. The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.Macy told Parade magazine in January that the college application process for their daughter was a source of stress. The couple’s daughter, Sofia, is an aspiring actress who attends Los Angeles High School of the Arts.“She’s going to go to college. I’m the outlier in this thing. We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful,” Macy said.____This story has been corrected to reflect Loughlin had not been arrested.Alanna Durkin Richer And Collin Binkley, The Associated Press TV stars and coaches charged in college bribery scheme by Alanna Durkin Richer And Collin Binkley, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2019 12:14 pm PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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July 25 2006 A major storm disabled TodayArco

August 10, 2019

first_imgJuly 25, 2006 A major storm disabled Today@Arcosanti. On the week-end before last, excitement continued from the Italian Night event on Saturday to a horrific monsoon thunderstorm Sunday evening. It was raining and hailing so hard, one could not see what was happening. Intense wind was coming from all directions at once and damage was only visible once the storm was past. There was some minor tornado activity with selective touchdowns in various locations at the Arcosanti site. The storm center tore apart the blue wall with the Arcosanti lettering, at the entrance to the Visitors Center. Nothing else around it was touched. The 5′ cinderblock wall in the keystone area, which was set up to protect the archive air-conditioning unit, was completely blown apart and at least half of the cinder blocks were broken, but there was not a scratch on the air-conditioning unit. [Photo & text: sa] The roof of the equipment shed was bent up, some of the roof panels torn of and flung into various corners of the recycling area. [Photo & text: sa] The Colly Soleri amphitheater tent was ripped badly, just after so much work has gone into major repair. A series of water-heating panels behind the East Crescent complex were flipped up and over, and there was a lot of minor damage all over the site. All in all we were very lucky. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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October 30 2008 Today Arcosanti gladly hosted 48

August 10, 2019

first_imgOctober 30, 2008 Today, Arcosanti gladly hosted 48 5th grade students and their teachers from the Phoenix Country Day School. The children stayed for three days packed with fun, exploration of nature and craft-workshops. Today, Arcosanti gladly hosted 48 5th grade students and their teachers from the Phoenix Country Day School. The children stayed for three days packed with fun, exploration of nature and craft-workshops. Immediately after arrival, the students gathered and watched one of the bell bronze pours here at Arcosanti. The night of the same day, the 5th graders performed an exhilarating talent show on the stage of our Colly Soleri Amphitheater. The night was over after a bonfire and smores under the bright stars in the Tuscany landscaped Minds Garden. [Photo & text: Darina Trendafilova] The next day, the children had an opportunity to explore our Agriculture department, or follow a nature walk where they saw thousands year old petroglyphs and hunting stone walls from the 13th century. A presentation by Cliff Hersted, an expert in the local cultural and natural history, preceded this walk. [Photo & text: Darina Trendafilova] In the afternoon of the same day, the student group enjoyed a silt-casting workshop organized with the help of Arcosanti’s residents. Later, the group met with Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti’s designer. The children had a one hour question and answer session with Paolo. Thank You PCDS for visiting Arcosanti [Photo:sa & text: Darina Trendafilova]last_img read more

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