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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced itineraries and shore excursion categories for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.Whether visiting a celebrated destination or one that is off the beaten path, guests will benefit from a dedicated Concierge Ashore in addition to five distinct categories of shore excursions, including Iconic Sights; Stirring the Senses; Cultural Connections; Active Explorations; and Epicurean Experiences.Designed to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation, no two itinerary routes are alike. Stopping at both intimate and signature destinations, voyages will range from seven to 10 days. The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada and Northeastern United States. Ports along the way range from Barbados, Cartagena, Bordeaux and Copenhagen, as well as ports that deliver a yacht-style sailing experience including Carriacou, Falmouth Harbour, Gustavia, the Balearic Islands, Mykonos, Portofino and more. Guests will have the opportunity to combine back-to-back voyages without repeating ports, allowing them to enjoy true exploration across a broad range of destinations.“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection itineraries and programs on land were created with the yachting lifestyle in mind and will offer a relaxed pace and intimate, highly personalised experiences on shore,” said Douglas Prothero, managing director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.As a complement to these unique itineraries, shore excursion tracks have been thematically crafted so guests can easily pick a category that fits their interests and activity levels. All shore excursions take advantage of local guides who have been handpicked for their insider knowledge, ensuring a highly personalised, relevant experience while exploring a destination. With a relaxed pace that includes both overnight and daytime ports of call and an intimate ship size that allows the yachts to sail right into city harbours while others must anchor offshore, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection gives guests more flexibility and options when it comes to their time on land.The Shore Collection excursion categories include Iconic Sights, which will offer guests the opportunity to discover the cultural, historical, and architectural marvels of a destination, perhaps by browsing a museum in Montenegro on an exclusive tour with its curator.Stirring the Senses is ideal for those wishing to focus on wellness and wellbeing and may include sunrise and sunset yoga in the Grenadines or an encounter with a spiritual shaman.For guests who wish to give back, Cultural Connections will offer the opportunity to spend a day helping protect wildlife or the natural environment, among other philanthropic activities.Active Explorations caters to travellers looking for outdoor adventure such as swimming with turtles in Tobago Cays or a private sea kayak tour off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.Guests can also sail into a world of culinary exploration through Epicurean Experiences by visiting a renowned winery in Bordeaux with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection sommelier or learning to grow baby oysters in a private farm in Sete, France.Meanwhile, for the discerning traveller seeking the most personalised way to explore a destination, a Concierge Ashore will be available to help craft a bespoke experience on land which will be meaningful and authentic. This may include insider access to a popular attraction or exploring a local community with a private guide.The first of three lavish cruising yachts is scheduled to take to the sea in November 2019 and distinguishes Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea. The specially designed yacht will measure 190-metres, accommodate up to 298 passengers and feature 149 suites, each with its own private terrace. The yacht will also feature two 158 square-metre lavish penthouse suites, each with its own private whirlpool, modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualised guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognised, with one of the highest staff to guest service ratios in the cruise industry.Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will open to the public in June 2018, following priority access booking in May 2018 for Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Rewards loyalty members.The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection guests will enjoy an all-inclusive luxury sailing experience including spacious accommodations, onboard activities and entertainment, multiple dining venues, onboard gratuities and Wi-Fi. Voyage prices will vary based upon the itinerary and season.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgCELEBRATING TRADITIONSRaising a glass to traditions in France and Mexico, Belmond takes guests on delicious discoveries of the drinks that are an integral feature of local celebrations, from tequila to champagne.Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa celebrates its Mexican culinary traditions with ‘Noches de Cantina’, a newly introduced celebratory dinner centred on the ritual of savouring tequila. It is inspired by Mexico City’s popularisation of cantinas in the 1950s, where friends and family would gather to socialise and drink tequila paired with complementary small dishes (‘botanas’).The Art of Gastronomy package, including breakfast and ‘Noches de Cantina’ is priced from US$475.00 / £368 per night based on two people sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room.Belmond Afloat in France launches new and exclusive slow cruises on the rivers of Champagne, exploring the spirit of the region. Following the trace of liquid gold along the river Marne, guests are transported in ultimate style as they are invited to taste and discover the history and future of champagne. Visiting world class institutions and artisanal houses and passing through picturesque landscapes, the gentle pace and elegant setting of the river echo the way in which champagne should be enjoyed: in relaxed indulgence.Aboard the elegant new addition to the fleet, Belmond Pivoine, guests explore Champagne’s iconic towns from Ay to Epernay, as well as Dom Perignon’s tomb at Hautvillers. A private guide ensures that no treasures are left unexplored, while an on-board chef prepares to spoil guests with local delicacies. A heated pool on the deck is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of local bubbly.Prices start from €5,200 per person for a six-night cruise on a fully inclusive basis based on eight guests travelling, excluding flights.See www.belmond.com/artofgastronomyGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterBelmond has debuted a new series of guest experiences called The Art of Gastronomy, building on the growth in culinary tourism and consumer demand for authentic gastronomic experiences.The series aims to bring guests closer to the land and the people who keep the culinary traditions and food of provenance alive.For the first time, experiences have been tailored to individual travel motivations; whether seeking cultural enrichment, adventure, wellness or celebration, Belmond has created a menu for all tastes: from breakfast in the wild, getting close to the elephants in Botswana; to sensory travel across plentiful landscapes in Asia or Peru; tequila rituals on a Mayan beach and slow cruises through Champagne; to nourishing the body and mind through sustainable soul food and Michelin-starred cuisine.AN ADVENTURE IN GOOD TASTEFor those seeking complete cultural immersion with a taste for adventure, there are two new culinary journeys crossing land, rail and river in the aromatic landscapes of South East Asia and Peru.The Grand Culinary Tour of Asia – A 14-night epicurean adventure encompassing the continent’s vast array of gourmet highlights, available only through Belmond’s unique portfolio of hotels in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, river cruiser and hotel in Myanmar and luxury train travelling through Thailand through Malaysia to Singapore.Highlights include: discovering the traditional art of Laotian rice farming; a mystery dinner safari by tuk-tuk in Cambodia; floating cookery classes on the River Kwai; and ‘Art’ernoon’ teas celebrating the emerging artists of Myanmar.Prices for the 14-night Grand Culinary Tour of Asia includes seven nights at a minimum of two hotels on bed-and-breakfast basis, combined with seven nights’ fully inclusive aboard Eastern & Oriental Express and/or Belmond Road to Mandalay: starts from US$14,499 / £11,160 per couple, inclusive of culinary excursions, excluding domestic and international flights. Terms and conditions apply.The Great Food Adventure: Peru – A 10-night tour throughout the culinary paradise of Peru, from the cosmopolitan buzz of Lima, to basking in the soaring, rugged beauty of the Andes, to uncovering the secrets of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Peru is a land of inspiring contrasts; its culinary identity is just as diverse.Highlights of the journey include: the traditional art of Peruvian Ceviche making in Lima; experiencing the ancient hot stone ‘Pachamanca’ ceremony on the shores of the mighty Urubamba River; harvesting some of the 4,000 varieties of potatoes with the local communities near Cusco; the ultimate sparkling champagne moment on a private island in the middle of Lake Titicaca and ‘Breakfast with the Condors’; a private dining experience in Colca Canyon.Prices for the 10-night The Great Food Adventure: Peru including all hotel accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis and two fully inclusive train experiences starts from US$7,340 / £5,674, with curated culinary experiences, excluding domestic and international flights. DINE IN THE WILDAt the newly imagined Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana, guests seeking a ‘wild awakening’ can have a front-row seat as the art of nature rises at dawn and breakfast is served from the new viewing hide. A tented oasis set beside the mysterious Savute Channel has reopened following a complete renovation, celebrating the ‘Timeless Art of Exploration’; the lodge has been designed to connect guests with the abundant wildlife of this rich region of Botswana. Taking a thrilling seat on the viewing platform, guests have a privileged and uninterrupted view of nature’s drama as elephants, lions, leopards and antelope gather for their morning rituals.A three-night package at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge starts from US$3,395 per person based on two sharing on a fully inclusive basis, including regional flights from Johannesburg from Maun, inter-camp flights and all safari activities.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Shandong cuisine is an experience itself! Just as the scenery of Shandong cannot be described in only one word, Shandong cuisine with its various flavors is also difficult to describe. There are two major styles, the Jinan style featured in the use of soup, and Jiaodong style characterized by seafood dishes with light tastes. The Shandong cuisine tries to keep the freshness of the ingredients and is fond of salt flavor featured with tender, savory and crisp. Some of the most famous dishes are Dezhou Grilled Duck, Four Joy Meatballs and Eight Treasures Stuffed Chicken in Milk Soup. Shandong is also a very good place to experience unique features. Especially beer lovers shouldn’t miss the Qingdao International Beer Festival which is held in August every year. The event is famous for artistic parades, “Beer Carnival” games, music. On the other hand wine lovers should visit Yantai which has several well-known wine brands and beautiful chateaus. As for traditional craftworks, the kite in Weifang has a long history. Visitors should take the chance to take part in the annual Weifang International Kite Festival.Chinatraveldepot.com helps you also to create your own personalized tour where all your wishes will be respected. Have a look at the new webpage of Chinatraveldepot.com and find out more about other available one-city and multiple-city tours!Welcome to Shandong Province in China!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map There is much to explore in Shandong Province and there are five different categories of themed tours of which visitors can choose from:– Beach & Sun– Confucius Culture– Mount Tai– Shandong Cuisine– Local Experience There is something for every taste! Shandong is a coastal province with a gorgeous seascape. People love visiting this place as it is blessed with beautiful sea views. Beach lovers therefore like to travel to Qingdao, which is also known as Switzerland of Orient and has the largest bathing beach in Asia. Everyone enjoys the mild waves, gentle wind and the blue sea. Yantai, which is located in the north-eastern part of Shandong, has its own unique charm as a coastal town. A promenade here is absolutely fabulous for walking, chatting and just having a rest. There is another very beautiful place called Weihai and located in the east part of the Shandong province. The picturesque scenery here has earned the city acclaim by the United Nations which lists it as one of the most inhabitable places in the world. Confucius Culture can be experienced in Qufu, which is the hometown of Confucius. It is also considered as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization and visitors can get an impression of the ancient China. Qufu is mostly renowned for the Cemetery of Confucius, the Temple of Confucius, which is the second largest historical building complex in China, and the Kong Family Mansion, which have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. In addition, the Qufu International Confucius Cultural Festival amazes and entertains visitors by its large-scale, commemorative and sacrificial activities as well as by the performances in honour of Confucius. A wonderful and impressing experience will be to climb the top of Mount Tai in Tai’an and watch the sunrise. Mount Tai is the leader of the “Five Sacred Mountains” and one of the most beautiful scenery and imperial history. In ancient times the emperors climbed the mountain to pray to heaven and earth or their ancestors in order to ascend the throne. Also lots of poets and artists got their inspiration from this gorgeous place.On the way to the top of the mountain, there are historical temples and monuments which are worth to see. Especially the Dai Temple is a most stop on every pilgrim on the way to the top. And for sport interested persons, the annually held Mount Tai International Mountain Climbing Festival is a must-see. It has become a large-scale touristic festival and has high popularity and prestige in China. 5% on Hotels and Flights However, the province has many other interesting cities to offer which are definitely worth to visit. Moreover Shandong is a province full of history. Here is where Confucius grew up and three centuries later in 219 BC China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang climbed Shandong’s highest peak to proclaim a unified empire.Recently, Shandong Tourism Administration promote Shandong inbound tour globally. Travelers can choose from a variety of offers such as Themed Tours, Car Rental Service, Flights and Hotels with great sales deals online. Shandong Province is located in the eastern part of China. The Province offers breathtaking attractions and a wonderful culture to explore. Cities like Qingdao are already well known among tourists from all over the world.center_img 20% on Tours Additionally there are online campaigns and events where people get the chance to win a free Shandong Tour.Visit shandong.chinatraveldepot.com for more information of ongoing sales. Great Sales available now! RelatedExplore China with Tianjin AirlinesIf you’re thinking about travelling to China for your next holiday, you probably have lots of questions, such as where in China should you go? How can you get there? And what should you do when you arrive? Luckily, we’re here to help you find answers for these questions, with…Fly into the New Year with Tianjin Airlines: 5 flight deals from London to ChinaWith a wealth of culturally interesting and tourist friendly cities, China has everything you need to make your holiday a success, and Tianjin Airlines can take you there. 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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Asian Contemporary Art & Chinese 20th Century Art Evening Sale on 27 November at Hong Kong realised HK$281,255,000 / US$ 36,225,644, with 84% sold by lot and 78% sold by value. 7 artists’ record were set, including Potted Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniére by Sanyu which was also the top lot of the sale by fetching HK$53,300,000 / US$6,865,040.Comments from Eric Chang, International Director of Asian Contemporary Art & Chinese 20th Century Art: “The strong results of our Asian Contemporary Art and Chinese 20th Century Art Evening Sale, which totalled HK$ 281,255,000 (US$36,225,644/ GBP 23,231,663), show solid demand for both categories of art, with six lots selling for over HK$10 million. Seven records were achieved for works by artists across a broad spectrum of Chinese artists such as Sanyu, Yee Bon, Wang Guangyi, Zhan Wang, and Mao Xuhui, and Japanese artists such as Aya Takano and Tatsuo Miyajima. As we can see from the intense competition that resulted in top prices for works by blue-chip artists such as Wu Guangzhong and Zeng Fanzhi, the market for Chinese 20th Century and Contemporary art continues to be steady and healthy. Asian buying remains strong, making the winning bids for nine out of our top ten works, among a global buying base. We look forward to continuing the momentum at our Day Sales on November 28th, 2010.”www.christies.comlast_img read more

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Koh Samui Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgKoh Samui, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineW Hotels Worldwide, the hotel category buster and industry innovator, today opens the doors of W Retreat Koh Samui, the first W in Southeast Asia. An all-villa beachfront resort uniquely located at the peak of the north shore of Thailand’s famed Samui Island, W Koh Samui brings an alluring new dimension to Thailand through its location, forward-looking design, and vibrant contemporary lifestyle. The opening of W Koh Samui is also an important milestone as W Hotels continues to grow internationally, on track to more than double its global portfolio by 2012, reaching more than 50 hotels worldwide.“W Retreat Koh Samui redefines the way we live and play. The day is dedicated to individual moments of relaxation and detox that will inspire you for a night of energy and celebration,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “We are delighted to have brought the W brand to Koh Samui, one of the coolest islands in Southeast Asia. W Koh Samui marks an important move in the global expansion of the W brand, and after W Maldives and W Vieques, it is our third Retreat worldwide.”“W Retreat Koh Samui is another great example of our ideology in investing in a destination with a great site, product and the ideal brand to compliment it – certainly a perfect blend of lifestyle, entertainment, hospitality and commerce,” said Sunny Bajaj, Managing Director of Amburaya Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that W Retreat Koh Samui will be a scintillating playground for the discerning leisure traveler and a fresh destination on the global stage of entertainment, music, fashion and culture for years to come.”A modern paradise of vibrant foliage, unspoiled golden sand and warm island breezes, W Koh Samui offers panoramic sunrise and sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand from its exceptional beachfront location. The Retreat features 75 private villas equipped with modern lifestyle innovations, including a private pool, daybeds, an outdoor shower, Yamaha sound system, 46-inch plasma screen TV, wine refrigerator, and the signature W bed.W Koh Samui’s signature services and amenities bring a new level of indulgence to a renowned Thai island. Exclusive experiences include W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy, providing guests and residents with whatever they want – from a Champagne brunch on a deserted beach to an intimate sunset wedding on a stretch of Koh Samui’s glistening sand to an impromptu island-hopping excursion – whenever they want it, as long as it’s legal!Showcasing innovative architecture by MAPS Design Studio and interior design by Thailand-based design firm P49 Deesign, W Retreat Koh Samui – like Koh Samui itself –is an island within an island, a place that will “light up the night.” With a hill separating its own peninsula of land from the rest of Koh Samui, W Retreat Koh Samui offers an escape within an escape for guests and travelers who seek something extraordinary – a far cry from the everyday resorts nearby.W Koh Samui has been designed as a modern paradise where the day is dedicated to individual moments in which guests can slip away from themselves and each other to refuel for what comes next. When night falls, the people and the Retreat come to life – nocturnal in nature like the W brand, full of energy and ready to mingle.W’s signature W Lounge (W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby), a magnificent design, rich with stunning ocean vistas welcomes stylish island guests as they arrive at the retreat. Upon entry, guests will experience interactive digital floor projections that give way to an environment accented with off-white terrazzo floors, high ceilings clad in angular bleached wood veneer panels, large bookshelves and oversized lamps. A key element of the W Lounge is a water feature and relaxing area, inspired by the shape of a lotus flower.W’s signature W Lounge brings an irresistible new highlight to Koh Samui’s nightlife scene. Right next to the W Lounge is the breathtaking WOOBAR. Open on three sides and perched on the corner of a hillside, WooBar offers 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding hillside. Overlooking the bar on the mezzanine level is the DJ booth, perched high from a commanding point in WooBar. The unique design allows WooBar to transform from day to night, becoming the ultimate destination to wow guests with W’s dynamic programming in the form of unique W Happenings – lifestyle events reflecting W’s passion for music, design, fashion and film.Guests of the Retreat may enjoy preferred dining reservations and seating at The Kitchen Table, which serves food from the heart, including freshly baked treats, gourmet pizzas and inspirational buffets, as well as at W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature restaurant, Namu. More than a Japanese restaurant, Namu creates the food of “Asia Tomorrow” and brings a modern reinvention of Asian ethnic cuisine styles for guests, from the menu to the design and the service concepts. Before dinner, guests may spice up their evenings with one of W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature cocktails at SIP while taking in the most spectacular sunset on the Edge of Wonderland.Away® Spa, the signature spa at W Retreat Koh Samui, will whisk away guests and in-the-know locals into a playground of surprising sensations and signature treatments that detox, decompress, delight and refuel, while enveloped in an aura of peace, silent beauty and simple elegance. Unlike any other spa in Southeast Asia, Away® Spa is an exceptional wellness escape that features signature treatments including massages, facial and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, as well as a range of treatments incorporating local Thai influences – whether it be ingredients or massage techniques – in a cool and playful way. A masterpiece of modern design, Away® Spa comprises 576 square meters of indoor and outdoor spa treatment areas that allow for total privacy and complete renewal, as well as TONIC juice bar and the first “Thaimazcal” treatment facility. The first of its kind in Asia, the Thaimazcal treatment is unique and based on Mexican tribal rituals, using local Thai ingredients. Guests will also be able to enjoy the WET pool, SWEAT state-of-the-art fitness facility, water sports center and tennis court, Style Lab and much more.The Great Room function area at W Retreat Koh Samui serves as an ideal island venue for weddings, business gatherings, creative meetings and so on. Creative in approach and innovative in design, the Great Room serves 60 people with the latest in meetings technology. With its location on the tropical wonderland of W Retreat Koh Samui, the Great Room is also expected to be one of the best venues in the world for WOW VOWS and wedding parties.Located adjacent to W Retreat Koh Samui will be The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui, which will feature 17 secluded beachfront villas ranging from three to five bedrooms and from 1,000 to 2,752 square meters. Each residence offers a modern tropical Zen style with exotic touches, and each offers full access to the benefits, services and amenities of W Koh Samui.www.whotels.com/kohsamuilast_img read more

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first_img Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan are among the Canadian nominees for this year’s Grammy Awards.Bieber is up for his vocal contributions to “Despacito,” the global hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which is in the running for record of the year, song of the year, and best pop duo and group performance.Cara is also nominated in the song of the year category for her vocals on “1-800-273-8255,” a song performed by rapper Logic and named for the U.S. suicide prevention hotline. The song is also nominated for best music video.Cara grabbed another nod for the best new artist award and the best pop duo and group performance trophy for the song “Stay” with Zedd.Buble and McLachlan have nominations in the best traditional pop vocal album category. Buble is up for the deluxe edition of “Nobody But Me” and McLachlan for “Wonderland,” her second Christmas album.Cohen is nominated in the best rock performance category for his song “You Want It Darker” and best American roots performance for the track “Steer Your Way,” both off his final album.Click here for a full list of the nominees.Albums and songs eligible in the 84 categories at the 60th annual Grammys had to be released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. This year is the first year the Grammys used online voting for its main awards show; it started online voting for the Latin Grammys last year.The Grammys take place in New York City on Jan. 28, 2018. Related Stories 2018 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs live during a small concert for charity in Toronto on Monday, December 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 5:42 am PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 6:44 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadians Justin Bieber and Alessia Cara among Grammy nomineeslast_img read more

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first_img TORONTO – Becky Marsh figures she’s slept an average of two hours a night since the Pyeongchang Olympics started.The diehard Olympics enthusiast from Spruce Grove, Alta., watches the Games daily from the time they start airing live in late afternoon until the wee hours of the morning, when she pulls the couch right in front of the TV and turns the volume down so she doesn’t wake up her husband or three kids.“I nap on the couch for about 10-minute periods and literally watch the Olympics all night long,” says Marsh, who works from home.“I have not missed an event, I have not missed a medal, I have seen them all. I know the channels and I flip back and forth, back and forth, back and forth so that I do not miss one live.”With Korean Standard Time over a dozen hours ahead of this country’s times zones (in Alberta, it’s a 16-hour time difference), Olympics junkies in Canada have to stay up late or get up at the crack of dawn to catch events live.Citing data from ratings tracker Numeris, the CBC said Monday that almost two-thirds of all Canadians (65 per cent) have tuned in to CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of PyeongChang 2018, with a total of 23.4 million in Canada watching at least part of broadcasts across all English and French television network partners and digital streaming simulcasts on the CBC’s Olympics websites and its apps. The data was from Feb. 7-11.For some, like Marsh, it’s a labour of love.The 33-year-old says she’s watched every Games since she was a toddler and buys official Olympic clothing for her family to wear during the competition.“It’s not the same getting it second-hand. It’s fantastic to watch them live and achieve their goals that they’ve worked so hard for,” she says, noting she played the Paralympic sport goalball for Team Canada for three years and knows the work and dedication that goes into such training.“I think they’re amazing and I cheer like a fool, even if it’s three in the morning and I wake up my whole house, knowing that even if they’re half a world away and they can’t hear me, that I’m probably the loudest person cheering in the whole world.”Lauren Simpson of Toronto is also a lifelong Olympics fan who has been juggling the odd Games hours with her day job and motherhood.“It doesn’t matter the time, I watch every single event,” says the 51-year-old activities co-ordinator at a long-term care home.“When it’s something that I love, I am more than happy and willing to wake up at whatever ridiculous time to see it live, because I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, did you hear how this person did’ or ‘Yay, we won another medal.’ I really do prefer the experience watching it, whenever possible, live.”On Sunday night and early Monday morning, Simpson had an added reason to tune in live: Her niece, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., won the gold medal in the team figure skating competition.“I’m a little bit tired but it’s an elated tired,” says Simpson, noting she functions well on four or five hours of sleep.“It’s such a short price to pay for being proud of Canada in everything that they do and their accomplishments. When a flag gets hoisted and I see someone winning a medal and they get to stand on that podium in front of thousands in person and millions on TV, there mustn’t be a better feeling in the world.“It does sometimes bring me to tears, just the experience of watching them take it all in.”Shireen Jeejeebhoy of Toronto is equally enthusiastic about the Games but is feeling the fatigue, noting “the odd hours are just really confusing and tiring.”“The weird time zone differences kind of blur all of the events together and makes it difficult to know what day you’re in,” says the 55-year-old writer and photographer.“I set my alarm for the opening ceremony so I wouldn’t miss anything…. I tried to do that the next day, do the same thing, but it’s very, very tiring to do that.“So instead I seem to be staying up much later, like midnight, 1 a.m.”Still, it’s worth it, adds Jeejeebhoy: “There’s an excitement and fear and thrill about watching live TV that you don’t get watching tape-delayed or packaged.” Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform their short program in the pairs portion of the figure skating team competition at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics Friday, February 9, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Olympics junkies in Canada are keeping odd hours to catch live events at the Pyeongchang Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Olympics junkies in Canada keeping odd hours to catch live eventscenter_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 2:27 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img Ashley Judd, left, and Annabella Sciorra appear during rehearsals for the 90th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 4. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) A-listers dress down for casual day at the Academy Awards LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A lot can go wrong on Oscar night.Even if all the right envelopes end up in the right hands, there are still lots of moving parts — literally. Stage elements move all around, screens lower from the ceiling, and microphones pop up from the floor.That pop-up mike immediately caused Sandra Bullock to panic during rehearsals Saturday afternoon, as she imagined it catching her gown and “suddenly the dress is just rising up.”The Oscar winner, casually glam in a cropped pink sweater and high-waisted trousers, was among a parade of stars who came through the Dolby Theatre to run through their lines and practice walking on the Oscar stage before Sunday’s big show.“Now everyone will hope for that to happen,” Bullock said, laughing over her microphone-dress worry. “Just chiffon going up.”Director Glenn Weiss and writer Carole Leifer greeted Bullock, but she declined to hug or shake hands with them, saying she was sick and “concerned about the phlegm factor.”Bullock wasn’t the only star in a playful mood at the dressed-down version of the Academy Awards. Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-winner Rita Moreno clearly enjoyed her return to the Oscar stage. The audience of rehearsal actors and show workers gave the 86-year-old entertainer a standing ovation.Moreno’s daughter, Fernanda Gordon, who tagged along to see her mother rehearse, revealed that Moreno will wear the same dress to Sunday’s show that she did when she won her Oscar in 1962 for “West Side Story.”Moreno was understandably concerned about the winner’s envelope after last year’s best picture mix-up. A stage manager showed her a redesigned envelope for this year, with the category boldly printed on both sides with an easy, magnetic closure.“Oh, this is nice!” said Moreno, chic in a poncho with a giant gold medallion around her neck.She had fun with the prop envelope on stage, saying “Oh, no!” and looking dejected as she opened it.“I had to do that at least once,” she said, turning to director Weiss. “Should I say it like that? ‘Oh no!’ and then throw it on the floor?”“No,” Weiss said.Actress Eva Marie Saint, who won an Oscar in 1955 for “On the Waterfront,” was also playful during rehearsals. When the stage manager showed her the new envelope design, she said, “I’m going to keep it.”Film academy president John Bailey, who snapped an iPhone photo of the 93-year-old actress, told her, “If you screw up the envelope, you get to come back next year!”Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who had the wrong envelope for the best-picture winner last year, are reportedly returning to present on Sunday.Saint was given a detailed explanation of Sunday’s proceedings before she ran through her lines. When she mispronounced a word, she quipped, “I haven’t been to school lately.”When it was time to open the prop envelope, Saint said, “The Oscar belongs to: You’ll never know!” And she tucked the card beneath her arm.The stage manager explained that she should read the winner in order to practice handing over the Oscar statuette and the stage walk-off.“It’s all going to be fine,” she told him. “I’ll be fine; I don’t know about you.”She also insisted that if the winner in the category she’s presenting isn’t there to claim the Oscar, she will take the statuette home.Other stars rehearsing Saturday included Matthew McConaughey, whose wife sat in the audience’s front row and cheered when he took the stage, along with Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Viola Davis, Ansel Elgort (who wore a sweatshirt with a plush face on it, including dimensional teeth and tongue), Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Mahershala Ali.Oscar winners Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren laughed through their rehearsal together. Fonda called from the stage to production designer Derek McLane, who won a Tony Award for his production design on “33 Variations,” in which Fonda starred.“What a fantastic set,” she said. “It looks like the Orgasmatron in ‘Barbarella,’ only way prettier.”The actresses discussed camera and teleprompter positioning with the director and discussed their heel heights with each other before practicing their lines, which elicited laughs from the audience of show workers.“Thank you guys for laughing,” Mirren said. “It’s much appreciated.”“Thank you,” Fonda said. “See you tomorrow. Bye!”___AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy .___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason .center_img by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2018 7:25 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 12:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Selena Gomez responds after bikini pics show scar

first_imgSelena Gomez responds after bikini pics show scar by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 6:19 am PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Selena Gomez arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Gomez took to Instagram after bikini photos of her in Australia showing a scar drew social media comments that she looked “thick.” The singer wrote that the beauty myth was “an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness and self-hatred.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Selena Gomez took to Instagram after bikini photos of her in Australia showing a scar drew social media comments that she looked “thick.”The singer wrote that the beauty myth was “an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness and self-hatred.”Gomez says she “chose to take care of myself” because she wants to and “not to prove anything to anyone.”The scar was the result of a complication from her 2017 kidney transplant.The post included a video of Gomez with friends on a boat in Sydney Harbor.last_img read more

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first_img STRATFORD, Ont. – Justin Bieber’s grandparents are known to frequent an exhibit on him in his hometown of Stratford, Ont.But on Friday the venue got an unexpected visit not just from them — but also from the pop superstar himself.John Kastner, general manager of the Stratford Perth Museum, said he got a text from Bieber’s grandparents about half an hour before they arrived around noon on Friday.“It said, ‘We’re just having breakfast. Can we drop by?’ And I said, ‘Sure,’” he recalled in a phone interview.“Reception called and said, ‘Justin’s grandparents are here and they have somebody with them’ — and I went downstairs and there was Justin Bieber.”Sporting a plaid hoodie, khaki pants, shaggy bleached hair and a bit of beard scruff, Bieber spent about 45 minutes in the exhibit.He arrived sans entourage and about an hour after a bus trip of about 200 students had left the exhibit. During his visit, there were only two patrons.“He couldn’t have been nicer,” said Kastner. “He couldn’t have been more humble, he couldn’t have been more appreciative.“He kept saying how fantastic it was, how much he appreciated us doing it, what a great job we did.”The Steps to Stardom collection opened Feb. 18 and profiles his rise to fame. It has artifacts including Bieber’s Grammy Awards as well as mementoes from his childhood in the southwestern Ontario city.Bieber took photos with staff and signed a T-shirt that they plan to frame, said Kastner.The “Sorry” singer was particularly excited by seeing the drum set he used to play as a child busker in Stratford. He was nine when he received it as a gift from three local residents, who held a fundraiser to buy it for him.He was also thrilled by an old hockey bag of his.“We have a big blackboard where people can put messages on there to him and he signed right across the top and said, ‘Justin was here,’ and then put a big heart,” said Kastner.“We’re going to urethane that over so that stays on the board for all eternity.”Kastner said Bieber’s grandparents, Bruce and Diane Dale, were at the museum nearly every day for the two weeks prior to the exhibit launch.They continue to visit it, about once a week, but this was Bieber’s first time taking it in.“He talked about what a great exhibit it was, how it spanned his life, how it was emotional for him,” said Kastner.“He said a couple of times, ‘Looking at this stuff gives me goosebumps. I never thought there would be a museum exhibit about me.”The exhibit runs until the end of the year.It’s been a boon for the museum, which also plans to open an exhibit on late author Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” next month.“This museum, in 2013, did 853 people in the year,” said Kastner, “And on Family Day weekend, we did 1,000 people.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2018 11:10 am PDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Justin Bieber visits hometown exhibit on himself in Stratford, Ont.center_img Justin Bieber signs a message board at the Stratford Perth Museum on Friday, April 27, 2018 in this handout photo. Justin Bieber’s grandparents are known to frequent an exhibit on him in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. But on Friday the venue got an unexpected visit not just from them, but also from the pop superstar himself.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, John Kastner *MANDATORY CREDIT* last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2018 7:17 am PDT Last Updated May 16, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRISTOL, Conn. – National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn’t compete against the NFL.In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night.___More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC’s Saturday Night Footballlast_img read more

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first_img JOHANNESBURG – David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who for decades chronicled the harsh fallout of white minority rule in his country, died on Monday at the age of 87.Goldblatt, whose images were shown in media and museums around the world, was a “legend, a teacher, a national icon and a man of absolute integrity,” the Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery said in a statement. The photographer died “peacefully” at his home in the city, said the gallery, which showcased his portfolio.Goldblatt used his cameras to explore apartheid and its devastating impact on daily lives, photographing blacks and whites in quiet ways that highlighted the state-backed system of racial repression, in contrast to news photography that focused on tumultuous events making international headlines. Apartheid ended with all-race elections in 1994 that propelled Nelson Mandela to the presidency.Descended from Lithuanian immigrants, Goldblatt documented South African blacks working in mines or travelling under racist laws that restricted their movements, as well as privileged whites at home, along with routine interactions between the races that showed, in his words, how South Africa’s normality was distinctly abnormal and abhorrent.“During those years my prime concern was with values — what did we value in South Africa, how did we get to those values and how did we express those values,” Goldblatt once said, according to the Goodman Gallery. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not particularly interested, and I wasn’t then, in photographing the moment that something happens. I’m interested in the conditions that give rise to events.”President Cyril Ramaphosa, a close aide to Mandela and key negotiator in the early 1990s transition to democracy, said in a statement after Goldblatt’s death that he was a “leading documenter” of the South African struggle.“He captured the social and moral value systems that portrayed South Africa during a period of apartheid system in order to influence its changing political landscape,” Ramaphosa said. “Our country remains proud of his contribution to the portrayal of its life through the medium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our inclusive literary culture.”Goldblatt started to photograph his country when he was 18, and today his photographs are included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other museums around the world, according to the Goodman Gallery. The Centre Pompidou in Paris held a retrospective of his work earlier this year and another exhibition will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in October, it said.Goldblatt’s archive of negatives will be transferred to Yale University under a recently signed agreement, the gallery said.His funeral will be held Tuesday.___Follow Christopher Torchia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/torchiachris by Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2018 7:08 am PDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Photographer David Goldblatt, who chronicled apartheid, dieslast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2010 file photo, author Ntozake Shange attends a special screening of ‘For Colored Girls’ at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Playwright, poet and author Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” has died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter, Savannah Sange. She was 70. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died NEW YORK, N.Y. – Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theatre piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70.Shange’s “For Colored Girls” describes the racism, sexism, violence and rape experienced by seven black women. It has been influential to generations of progressive thinkers, from #MeToo architect Tarana Burke to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. After learning of Shange’s death, Nottage called her “our warrior poet/dramatist.”Savannah Shange, a professor of anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, said Saturday that her mother died in her sleep at an assisted living facility in Bowie, Maryland. She had suffered a series of strokes in 2004.“She spoke for, and in fact embodied, the ongoing struggle of black women and girls to live with dignity and respect in the context of systemic racism, sexism and oppression,” Savannah Shange said.“For Colored Girls” is an interwoven series of poetic monologues set to music — Shange coined the form a “choreopoem” for it — by African-American women, each identified only by a colour that she wears.Shange used idiosyncratic punctuation and nonstandard spellings in her work, challenging conventions. One of her characters shouts, “i will raise my voice / & scream & holler / & break things & race the engine / & tell all yr secrets bout yrself to yr face.”It played some 750 performances on Broadway — only the second play by an African-American woman after “A Raisin in the Sun” — and was turned into a feature film by Tyler Perry starring Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington and Janet Jackson.Born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, she went on to graduate from Barnard College and got a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Her father, Dr. Paul T. Williams, was a surgeon. Her mother, Eloise Owens Williams, was a professor of social work. She later assumed a new Zulu name: Ntozake means “She who comes with her own things” and Shange means “She who walks like a lion.”“For Colored Girls” opened at the Public Theater in downtown Manhattan, with Shange, then 27, performing as one of the women. The New York Times reviewer called it “extraordinary and wonderful” and “a very humbling but inspiring thing for a white man to experience.” It earned Shange an Obie Award and she won a second such award in 1981 for her adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” at the Public Theater.Shange’s other 15 plays include “A Photograph: A Study of Cruelty” (1977), “Boogie Woogie Landscapes” (1977), “Spell No. 7” (1979) and “Black and White Two Dimensional Planes” (1979).Her list of published works includes 19 poetry collections, six novels, five children’s books and three collections of essays. Some of her novels are “Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo” (1982) and “Some Sing, Some Cry,” with her sister, Ifa Bayeza. Her poetry collections include “I Live in Music” (1994) and “The Sweet Breath of Life: A Poetic Narrative of the African-American Family” (2004). She appeared in an episode of “Transparent” and helped narrate the 2002 documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”She worked with such black theatre companies as the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco; the New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia; Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey; St. Louis Black Rep; Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota; and The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, Texas.Shange taught at Brown University, Rice University, Villanova University, DePaul University, Prairie View University and Sonoma State University. She also lectured at Yale, Howard, New York University, among others.In addition to her daughter and sister, Shange is survived by sister Bisa Williams, brother Paul T. Williams, Jr. and a granddaughter, Harriet Shange-Watkins.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitscenter_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2018 7:51 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Lady Gaga fiance Christian Carino no longer toget

first_imgLady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 1:50 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up.A representative for the singer-actress confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Tuesday. No more details were provided.Gaga, 32, and Carino, 49, began dating in 2017. Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney.Gaga has a big week ahead: She is a double nominee at Sunday’s Academy Awards for her work in “A Star Is Born.” Her nominations include best actress and best original song for “Shallow,” which won two Grammys and a Golden Globe.The Academy Awards will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los AngelesThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img This undated image released by WarnerMedia shows BBC executive Ann Sarnoff who was named CEO of of WarnerMedia. Sarnoff replaces former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations. She is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. company. (WarnerMedia via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2019 10:17 am PDT NEW YORK — WarnerMedia has named BBC executive Ann Sarnoff head of Warner Bros. where she replaces former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations.WarnerMedia chief executive John Stankey announced Sarnoff’s hiring Monday. She is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. Sarnoff is currently president of BBC Studios Americas and has previously been a top executive with the WNBA and at Viacom.In March, Tsujihara stepped down following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair. Tsujihara said he was departing to avoid being a distraction.AT&T last year acquired Time Warner Inc., which was renamed WarnerMedia. The company is planning to a launch a streaming service later this year.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Warner Bros. names BBC’s Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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May 16 2003 SILT 4 The siltcast crew experiments

first_imgMay 16, 2003SILT 4: The siltcast crew experiments with the paints that will be used on the lightscoop panel. To paint on fine sand is not as easy as it looks. A bit of practice will come in handy. [Photo & text: sa] Construction crew member Buck Hazzard and workshopper Robert Clyde test different consistencies of paint mix on the little mock-up panel. [Photo & text: sa] Crewleader Eli Michael and workshoppers Robert Clyde and Bethany Erfouth. [Photo & text: sa] Robert and Beth sift more silt to complete the form. [Photo & text: sa] The crew built a small form to protect the rebar curl from concrete. [Photo & text: sa] This little spider-looking detail is an attachement for a weldplate. There are four of these on this panel. These are the attachments by which the panel will eventually be lifted into place. [Photo & text: sa] Eli installs one of the weldplates on the form. Next will be painting of the design onto the silt and the pour. To be continued. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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first_imgAugust 19, 2009 To continue the report from 7/24: The formwork of the retaining wall has been removed. Next step is to have the floor of this heat duct tunnel extension raised and leveled. Here we see three workshop participants bringing in filler, which will be used to level the ground in preparation for a slab pour. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The filler helped level the ground creating just the right slope and foundation for pouring the concrete slab onto it. Another form was built at the end of the retaining wall to frame in this first part of the floor slab. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The new form has been completed for the base of the heat duct tunnel. The next stage involves pouring the concrete slab. Here we see part of the crew preparing and mixing the concrete early in the morning. [photo & text: Anna Tran] Volunteers made sure the framework is in ready shape before the concrete is poured down the chute. A slab pour is now in progress. We will continue this report with more photos on Friday 8/21/09. [photo & text: Anna Tran]last_img read more

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Cyprus academic says controversial lesbian report misunderstood Updated

first_imgA University of Nicosia social scientist, Menelaos Apostolou, has said a paper he published which some thought it claimed that women become lesbians because men find it sexy, was misunderstood by journalists after it provoked scathing reactions on social media.“There is some misrepresentation, that in this paper I argued that lesbianism has evolved because men find it a turn on.  Yet, this paper aims predominantly to account for the evolutionary origins of same-sex attraction in heterosexual women, and it does not address lesbianism, which refers to exclusive or nearly exclusive attraction to women,” Apostolou said to the Cyprus Mail.Apostolou was also criticised for implying that lesbianism is a choice rather that a biological result.“One of the criticisms was that in the current study I implied that lesbianism is a choice. I never made this claim in the paper, and my opinion is that sexual orientation is not a choice,” he asserted.Based on a poll of 1,509 Greek and Greek Cypriot heterosexual participants, Apostolou theorises in his paper The Evolution of Female Same-Sex Attraction: The Male Choice Hypothesis that same-sex attraction in women is prompted by male desire.“My argument in the paper is this: a considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions,” he said in an interview with online newsletter PinkNews.The misunderstanding may arise from the sample group deliberately not including lesbians or bisexual women, but instead heterosexual women who also experience same-sex attraction in some instances.Apostolou argued that the study was designed to test the hypothesis that heterosexual men and women differ in how they view same sex attraction in an opposite-sex partner. “As the hypothesis was about a difference between heterosexual men and women, our sample had to consist of heterosexual men and women.”Nevertheless, the study has caused much offense since it was published earlier this week. Many women, gay and straight, took to Twitter to point out that lesbian attraction has nothing to do with pleasing men.“I’m not a lesbian because men will find it hot. The more I learn about this ‘study’ the more I want to kick that guy in the face,” said a tweet from a user named Nighty.“An ‘academic’ seriously concluded that men’s desire created lesbian and bi women. Hmmm…,” a Dr Steve Thompson tweeted.Others seemed to understand that the poll group was heterosexual, but questioned the wisdom of not including lesbian respondents in a study about lesbians.“All heterosexual couples, not one lesbian in the group. Might as well do a study on the use of tampons with 500 men as participants,” tweeted a user called Daily Happenings.The report has also received criticism from other academics including Diana Fleischman, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth.“The paper totally ignores a lot of other possible hypotheses and makes claims that are really not supported by the evidence they provide,” she was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Memorials held on 6th anniverary of Mari blast

first_imgMinisters and other state officials on Sunday attended memorials for the victims of the 2011 Mari blast that claimed the lives of 13 men.Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, who attended the memorial of Sergeant Vasilis Krokos in Nicosia, said that the government would never again allow something like that to happen.“The promise that we have to give to both Vasilis and our 12 other heroes and their families, as well as our own society, is that as a state, collectively and in a coordinated way, we will do everything so that such a great failure of the bodies and mechanisms of the state will never happen again,” Photiou said.Seven sailors and six firemen died on July 11, 2011 in a blast caused by munitions haphazardly stored at the Evangelos Florakis naval base. The munitions, stored in 98 containers, had been confiscated in 2009 from a Cyprus-flagged ship en route to Syria. They were then stacked in an open space at the base and left exposed to the elements until the day of the explosion, despite repeated warnings about the risks.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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