IT CHAPTER 2 Has Started Production and James McAvoy Shares a Photo

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Director Andy Muschietti has officially started production on the highly anticipated film IT: Chapter 2. James McAvoy shared a photo having fun with a little Derry related pun which you can see below.The movie is shooting in Toronto and the sequel has a great cast that includes James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben, James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, and then there’s creepy Bill Skarsgård as the Pennywise the Clown.The original young cast will also return for the sequel for some flashback scenes. They include Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. Advertisement Advertisement The sequel is set 27 years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise The Clown when they were kids. As they’ve grown up, they’ve forgotten about what had happened. When bad things start to happen in Derry again and kids begin to go missing, Mike Hanlon, who stayed behind in Derry to keep watch over the town, calls up his old friends and reminds them of the promise they made to come back and stop it if it ever came back.The movie is set to be released on September 6th, 2019. I loved the first film and I can’t wait for this sequel. I’m curious to see how Muschietti handles it. He has said in the past that it will be even scarier and more intense than the first one, so that’s something to look forward to!It has previously been revealed that Chapter 2 will include more of the interdimensional turtle, which was teased in the first film a few times. It will also have a much darker tone to it, and it has been said that Mike Hanlon’s character will be drastically changed, as he will be a junkie. You can read more about that here.The sequel will also most likely explore Pennywise the Clown a little more. We’ve heard that the sequel may include elements from Pennywise’s history in Derry such as the story behind The Black Spot and there was a deleted scene from the first film that was revealed that included Pennywise eating a baby. That could be included in the sequel as well if they really do plan on giving us a history of the monster. Then Bill Skarsgard hopes that it will explore the twisted mind of Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Fed expected to keep interest rates unchanged

first_imgWASHINGTON – When the Federal Reserve wraps up its latest meeting, it will likely point to strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising inflation as reasons to stay on a path of gradually lifting interest rates. It is unlikely, however, to make any interest rate moves Wednesday.The Fed’s statement may also discuss potential risks from rising trade tensions. But it is almost certain the statement will not acknowledge the recent criticism lodged at the central bank from President Donald Trump.The Fed has already raised rates two times this year in March and June. It signalled at the June meeting that it expected to raise two more times in 2018. Many analysts believe those hikes will occur in September and December.The March and June rate hikes followed three hikes in 2017 and one each in 2015 and 2016. The Fed’s key policy rate is now at a still relatively low level of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. But it’s up from the record low near zero where it remained for seven years as the central bank worked to use ultra-low interest rates to lift the economy out of the Great Recession.The string of quarter-point rate hikes is intended to prevent the economy from overheating and pushing inflation from climbing too high. But higher rates make borrowing costlier for consumers and businesses and can weigh down stock prices. Trump has made clear he has little patience for the Fed’s efforts to restrain the economy to control inflation.“Tightening now hurts all that we have done,” Trump tweeted last month, a day after he said in a television interview that he was “not happy” with the Fed’s rate increases.Over the past quarter-century, presidents have maintained silence in public about Fed actions, believing that lodging complaints would be counter-productive. That’s because it could produce even faster rate hikes if the central bank feels the need to convince financial markets that it will not yield to political pressure and allow inflation to rise to worrisome levels.Following Trump’s comments, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to strike a reassuring note that the White House doesn’t want to interfere with the Fed’s policymaking.“We as an administration absolutely support the independence of the Fed, and the president has made it clear that this is the Fed’s decision,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”At the moment, economic growth is strong, rising at an annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years. Unemployment is at a low 4 per cent, and some analysts believe it will fall further when the government releases the July figures on Friday.But there are worries as well, led by fears of what a Trump-led trade war might do to growth in the United States and around the world.Many analysts believe that the possible harm from rising tariffs was a key discussion topic this week, although it may not show up in the Fed’s policy statement.Delivering the Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress last month, Powell refrained from criticizing the Trump administration’s effort to use the threat of tariffs to try to lower trade barriers. But Powell noted that the Fed was hearing a “rising chorus of concern” from business contacts about the harm a trade war could cause.Powell hasn’t publicly addressed Trump’s criticism of Fed rate hikes. But the chairman had previously said in a radio interview that the central bank has long operated independently in making interest-rate decisions based on what was best for the economy and not in response to political pressure.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral urges completion of global decolonization process

“Achieving self-government for the peoples of the world has been one of the cardinal goals of the United Nations since its inception,” Mr. Ban told the Special Committee on Decolonization, which is meeting in St. George, Grenada, at a regional seminar that coincides with the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories. In the statement, delivered by Freda Mackay of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Mr. Ban recalled that “under the Organization’s auspices, nearly 750 million people have benefited from the exercise of the right to self-determination, and decolonization can truly be considered a United Nations success story.”The regional seminars are important part of completing this decolonization process, Mr. Ban noted, because they provide a forum for the two million people living in the remaining territories to air their views about the unique problems they face, and for direct communication between the Special Committee, the representatives of the territories and the administering countries.As a result of that kind of dialogue, he said, the Pacific island of Tokelau will soon hold a second referendum on the option of self-government in free association with New Zealand, and other territories, some in the Caribbean, have also made considerable progress in their constitutional, political, economic and social development, moving a long way towards self-government. At the time of the UN’s creation in 1945, there were 72 non-self-governing territories. The Special Committee was established by the General Assembly in 1961, to further the application of the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. In 1963, the Assembly approved a list of 64 territories to which the Declaration applied. Now, just 16 such territories remain, with France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States as administering powers.The 16 remaining territories are Western Sahara, American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Tokelau, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands. 22 May 2007Strategies should be found for determining the future of each of the world’s 16 remaining territories that are not yet self-governing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a United Nations seminar on decolonization in the Caribbean today. read more

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Closing Bell TSX ends higher amid positive US jobs data rising commodities

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher for a sixth session Thursday, boosted by another string of advances from beaten down commodity prices and strong earnings reports from the retail, resource and tech sectors.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,329.51 +59.08 0.48%S&P 500 — 1,585.16 +6.37 0.40%Dow — 14,700.80 +24.50 0.17%Nasdaq — 3,289.99 +20.34 0.62%The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 59.08 points to 12,329.51 following a 179-point surge Wednesday as traders bargain hunted after the TSX tumbled more than two% last week on worries about slowing economic conditions.“When you look at where we are, some of these commodities have all of a sudden come back to life,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“If you can get a few days under your belt and there is some consistency to it, it reinforces the confidence that people have that maybe there is a recovery in that (commodity) sector.”Strengthening prices for oil and metals and positive economic news from Canada’s biggest trading partner pushed the Canadian dollar ahead 0.46 of a cent to 97.96 cents US.U.S. markets also advanced as traders balanced earnings disappointments from energy giant ExxonMobil and conglomerate 3M with a strong reading on jobless insurance claims.The Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 24.5 points at 14,700.8 as unemployment insurance claims for last week were down 16,000 to 339,000 — the lowest in six weeks. Analysts had forecast expectations of 350,000.The Nasdaq climbed 20.34 points to 3,289.99 and the S&P 500 index rose 6.37 points to 1,585.16.The base metals sector led TSX advances, up just over three% as May copper gained eight cents to US$3.24 a pound following a six-cent run-up Wednesday after Goldman Sachs said it expected copper prices to rebound in the next three months.The rising copper price is also being driven by hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates to stimulate the economy next Thursday. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 65 cents to C$18.The gold sector was up about 0.7% while gold futures jumped for a second day, with the June bullion contract rising $38.30 to US$1,462 an ounce.The trend is partly due to bargain hunters looking for a deal after bullion plunged last week to US$1,361 an ounce, its lowest level in more than two years. It is now halfway back to levels it was before the price of gold began dropping in the second week of April.“(Gold) is in the recovery ward — now I don’t know how long that’s going to last,” said Ketchen.Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) improved by 96 cents C$13.89.The energy sector was also positive, up 0.69% as positive jobless news helped send the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $2.21 to US$93.64 a barrel. Prices advanced more than $2 on Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much weaker than forecast rise in U.S. inventories last week.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) said its first-quarter net income was down 21% from a year ago, mainly because of a wider discount on the price of bitumen produced at its Cold Lake oilsands operation. The company’s profit fell by $217 million to $798 million, or 94 cents per share, down from $1.19 or about $1 billion a year earlier. Its shares were up 42 cents to $40.51.ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), which owns a majority stake in Imperial Oil, reported net income of US$9.5 billion in the quarter, or $2.12 per share, on revenue of $108.8 billion. Analysts expected Exxon to earn $2.05 per share, on average. Exxon shares were down $1.36 to $88.07.The tech sector grew by 2.68% as Open Text (TSX:OTC) charged ahead $7.17 or 12.42% to $64.91 as it announced plans Wednesday to start paying a quarterly dividend of 30 cents a share starting in June.At the same time, the company reported lower net profit of US$25.8 million in its third quarter compared with US$34.7 million in the same period last year.The consumer staples group was also positive. Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) earned $119.5 million or 59 cents per share on sales of $2.49 billion in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $118.8 million or 56 cents per share on sales of $2.39 billion a year ago. Same-store sales were up 2.5% for the quarter. Its shares gained 15 cents to $44.85.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) is reporting an improved first-quarter profit, with $556 million or 63 cents per share of net income that beat analyst estimates. However the company’s guidance for the second quarter is estimated at 70 to 85 cents per share, which was below the consensus estimate of 89 cents per share. Its 2013 guidance remains unchanged at between $275 and $3.25 per share. Potash shares were up $1.08 at $41.72.In the U.S., net income for 3M (NYSE:MMM) was just slightly higher than a year ago at $1.13 billion, or $1.61 per share. Revenue rose two% to $7.63 billion. Revenue and profits were both short of analyst expectations. 3M, the maker of Scotch tape and construction and safety materials, is a good window into the broader economy. Its shares fell $3 to US$104.87.Traders, meanwhile, looked ahead to the major report of the week on Friday with the release of U.S. economic growth data for the first quarter. Economists expect U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of three% in the January-to-March period.The TSX Venture Exchange rose 12.97 points to 964.67.Here’s the news investors were watching today:BlackBerry shares fall on report Z10 production being scaled backThe biggest losers in gold price plunge? Central banksBritain dodges triple-dip recession, while Spain unemployment goes off the chartPotash Corp scraps takeover bid for Israel Chemicals; tops profit expectationsON DECK FRIDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADAOttawa’s fiscal monitor (Feb) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Real GDP (Q1): Economists expect a 3% rise annualized 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (April): Economists expect a reading of 73.5, up from last month CORPORATE NEWSCANADAFirst Service Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 1¢ a share Annual general meeting Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd TransCanada Corp UNITED STATESChevron Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.07 a share Tyco International Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 39¢ a share Weyerhaeuser Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ a share read more

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UNs Rwanda tribunal voices concern about arrest of defence counsel in Tanzania

Calixte Gakwaya, who is the leading defence counsel in the trial of Yusuf Munyakasi, was taken into custody on Friday in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, according to a media statement released by the ICTR. The Tribunal’s registrar, Adama Deng, has requested an explanation from the local authorities. He noted that the ICTR did not receive any prior notice of an intention to arrest Mr. Gakwaya and that it had not engaged in any prior consultations with Tanzanian police regarding the case. As soon as the Tribunal learned of Mr. Gakwaya’s arrest, it took appropriate measures to secure his welfare, the statement said. Security officers have visited and spoken with him several times, and the ICTR’s security chief has met with his counterpart in the Tanzanian police to discuss the case. Mr. Deng noted that the UN and Tanzania have agreed on certain immunities for lawyers representing those accused before the Tribunal and added that Mr. Gakwaya had travelled to Tanzania in his official capacity. Mr. Deng observed that he has no warrant of arrest to execute from any government and that he exercises his functions independently from the interests of the parties before the ICTR or from external pressures. read more

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Could Elon Musks Boring Company address mining as well as tunnelling

first_imgElon Musk of course is already globally famous as the Founder, CEO and Lead Designer of SpaceX and Co-Founder and CEO of Tesla amongst other things. But he is also in the tunnelling market – Chicago has just selected his new Boring Co to build a $1 billion underground transit system that will transport people from Chicago’s downtown Loop district to O’Hare International Airport at 240 km per hour. This news comes on top of the company’s first major project to excavate a high-speed tunnel network in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, in July 2017, Musk said that The Boring Company had received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. And in October 2017, the company obtained a utility permit for the construction of the Baltimore-Washington tunnel from the Maryland’s Department of Transportation.But from a mining perspective we are interested in what the company says about underground development. On its website it asks the question: How can we reduce the cost of tunnelling? But equally valid is: How can we reduce the cost of rapid underground mine development? This of course is something the mining industry has been trying to address for years. TBMs have already been used for specific projects in large mines – OK Tedi, Los Bronces and Stillwater being good examples, while the latest generation of continuous hard rock mining machines are progressing fast, from Epiroc’s Mobile Miner range such as the 40V which is to be used at Hecla Mining and Sandvik’s MX650 which is heading for one of Petra Diamonds’ operations for trials.What does The Boring Co have to say on its vision for tunnelling technology in terms of reducing cost? “First, reduce the tunnel diameter. The current standard for a one-lane tunnel is approximately 28 ft. By placing vehicles on a stabilised electric skate, the diameter can be reduced to less than 14 ft. Reducing the diameter in half reduces tunnelling costs by 3-4 times. Second, increase the speed of the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). TBMs are super slow. A snail is effectively 14 times faster than a soft-soil TBM. Our goal is to defeat the snail in a race.” The company offers the following suggestions to increase TBM speed: Increase TBM power. The machine’s power output can be tripled (while coupled with the appropriate upgrades in cooling systems).Continuously tunnel. When building a tunnel, current soft-soil machines tunnel for 50% of the time and erect tunnel support structures the other 50%. This is inefficient. Existing technology can be modified to support continuous tunnelling activity.Automate the TBM. While smaller diameter tunneling machines are automated, larger ones currently require multiple human operators. By automating the larger TBMs, both safety and efficiency are increased.Go electric. Current tunnel operations often include diesel locomotives. These can be replaced by electric vehicles.Tunnelling R&D. In the United States, there is virtually no investment in tunnelling Research and Development (and in many other forms of construction).  Thus, the construction industry is one of the only sectors in our economy that has not improved its productivity in the last 50 years.The first three boring machines used by The Boring Company are Godot, a conventional and second hand TBM used for research purposes; Line-storm, a highly-modified conventional boring machine, a hybrid design, the company says boring 2–3 times faster than pre-2018 boring machines and Proof-rock, a “fully-Boring-Company-designed machine”, it says anticipated to be ten times faster than conventional boring machines, with hopes of making it even faster. This is cited as currently under development.Of course the established TBM experts like Herrenknecht and Robbins along with key players among the mining machinery OEMs have the right to be dismissive of Musk’s grandiose plans with all their vast experience gained all over the world over many years, overcoming countless hurdles in rock type, obstacles and seismicity risk. Having said that, Musk’s other companies have achieved heights no-one ever thought possible; and it is because of this he has been entrusted already with some major works. So just don’t be surprised if one day soon The Boring Company also becomes The Mining Company.last_img read more

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Michael Biegler to overtake job in Leipzig in summer 2016

The Polish national team coach Michael Biegler could look for a new club’s challenge in case that black predictions about HSV Handball destiny become true. Under that circumstances, Biegler could overtake the new role in SC DHfK Leipzig, the newcomers in the elite German league – DKB Bundesliga.Handball superstar Stefan Kretzschmar, Leipzig president, has a huge confidence in knowledge of Michael Biegler. Current coach Christian Prokop is linked with SC Magdeburg.Leipzig playing surprisingly good debut season. Team from the East is at 12th place with 17 points, far away from the stressful relegation battle.Source: Hamburger Abendblatt ← Previous Story Ortega 3.5 years in Kolding as part of 2020 strategy! Next Story → Wisla Plock and Manolo Cadenas in separate ways at the end of season! Leipzig Handball read more

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Sonys new Google TV set top box

first_imgDespite not having any time on stage whatsoever at Google I/O, it seems that the search giant has not quite given up on their dreams of controlling the TV just yet. During CES we saw many new hardware partners talking about their release of Google TV devices, and we’re finally seeing some of those devices come to market.Arguably one of Google TV’s biggest supporters so far has been Sony, who was the first to embed Google TV into a line of televisions. Now, Sony is approaching Google TV from a set top box perspective.The device itself is very unassuming. This box will sit on your TV stand and not really move after you have turned it on. The back of the device is home to HDMI input and output ports, a pair of USB ports, and a port for power and an optical audio connection. Out of the box you get the power cord, IR blaster, the device itself, and Sony’s new remote control.In many ways, the set top box resembles the original Google TV box, the Logitech Revue. At least, on the outside. On the inside, the new Sony Google TV has a much faster processor, lots more RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The hardware bump makes sure the device doesn’t stutter when watching HD, and keeps the Chrome browser running very smooth.Where this device really shines is with the odd looking remote control. It’s not often you come across a remote that is covered all the way around with buttons. Both the front and the back have different uses and different features.The front of the remote is your basic navigation. You have the trackpad for browsing the web and playing some of the games in the Google Play Store, and you have your home buttons, color map buttons, and basic TV controls. On the back, you have a complete keyboard with backlit physical keys.The keyboard buttons are just sturdy enough that you won’t be pressing them accidentally when using the other side of the device, but are soft enough that you can type URLs and search for things with ease. After Sony’s last keyboard controller, which more closely resembled a failed PS3 concept controller, this new one makes a welcome change.For $199, Sony’s new Google TV is everything the Logitech Revue should have been. The sooner this box hits the shelves — which should be in the next few weeks — the better chance Google TV as a platform has of surviving.This box is easy to use, powerful enough to handle any kind of user, and priced exactly right for what you are getting. If Google’s other partners follow Sony’s lead, we will see a lot more Google TV devices being sold very soon.last_img read more

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Innocent motorists in serious road accidents 5 years ago still havent seen

first_imgInnocent motorists in serious road accidents 5 years ago still ‘haven’t seen a cent’ Some drivers who have been out of work since their accident have yet to receive their insurance payout. It’s a nightmare, an absolute nightmare. It’s not fair to leave people’s lives in limbo. This is an urgent consumer issue.SOME MOTORISTS WHO were in serious road accidents more than five years ago are still waiting for insurance payouts, according to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath.The cases are linked with the Maltese-regulated Setanta Insurance, which collapsed in April 2014.Over 1,600 claims – worth up to €95 million – are still outstanding.The insurance firm was wound up almost three years ago with the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) urged to step in after the company went belly-up.The bureau’s principal role is to compensate victims of crashes caused by uninsured and/or unidentified vehicles. However, MIBI did not provide funds for stranded Setanta claimants.The case is currently before the Supreme Court, which will decide who should pay the money due to these customers.The complainant (the Law Society of Ireland) is arguing that there was an agreement that the MIBI would pay out if a member became insolvent. However, the MIBI says the State-backed Insurance Compensation Fund (ICF) should pay the Setanta bill.The industry’s ICF, which can pay out up to 65% of a sum due to a policyholder, has been severely strained since the collapse of Quinn Insurance in 2010. Following the insurance company going under, a 2% levy was imposed on insurance customers to bump the fund back to a healthy level.Out of work“I know a number of those [Setanta] cases myself personally, people who were involved in serious crashes as far back as 2012; people who have been out of work since; people who have suffered very serious injuries who are thousands upon thousands of euros out-of-pocket,” McGrath said today.It is a nightmare for people caught up in the [collapse]. People have not worked since 2012 and 2013, they haven’t got one red cent and the State is standing over that situation. There is no clarity as to who pays the final bill and we all know, ultimately, it’s motorists who will end up paying the final bill. So we need to deal with it.Aside from those directly impacted by Setanta going bust, McGrath said all Irish motorists have seen their insurance premiums rise in the aftermath.The Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson said this is why his party will tomorrow move a motion in the Dáil calling for the Insurance Compensation Fund to provide the necessary resources to the Setanta Liquidator to deal with the outstanding claims.Lives in limbo“It is not good enough to leave people hanging in limbo like that with their lives being completely put on hold,” he said.McGrath said his party’s motion will provide clarity on who is responsible for costs that may arise if another insurance company collapses in Ireland.It also calls on the Central Bank to conduct an awareness campaign so that consumers are better informed about who regulates the motor insurance firm their policy is with.In a separate development today, the regulator published the outcome of its inspection of motor insurance providers, which assessed how insurers are treating claimants when processing and settling their claims.InspectionTo better understand consumers’ experience and overall satisfaction with the process, the review dealt with feedback from the initial contact with their insurance providers through to the settlement (or not) of their claim.A number of areas where firms need to improve were identified.The research found that while 74% of claimants agreed that the claims process is carried out fairly by the insurance company, when prompted on specific issues, 53% of claimants said they were dissatisfied with at least one aspect.In some cases, policyholders were not informed of settlements paid to third-party claimants which could potentially impact on their future insurance contracts, and even result in the loss of all or part of their no claims bonus.Commenting on the review, the director of consumer protection Bernard Sheridan said:Making a claim following an accident can be a stressful and difficult time for consumers and it is important that insurance companies ensure they help consumers through the process.Read: ‘If you’re over the alcohol limit, you’re over the limit’: Ross wants more support for drink-driving law>FactCheck: How many new social housing units did the government provide last year?> Share18 Tweet Email1 Feb 28th 2017, 7:00 PM 10 Comments 21,406 Views Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM By Christina Finn Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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OReilly could get €23m payout from Fox after being ousted over sexual

first_img Friday 21 Apr 2017, 9:46 PM FORMER FOX ANCHOR Bill O’Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million (€23 million) after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media reports.Fox did not confirm the sum, equal to about a year’s salary for the populist firebrand.O’Reilly, a major draw at the news network favored by conservatives, will be replaced in the primetime 8pm slot by Tucker Carlson.The conservative Carlson, 47, has enjoyed strong ratings at Fox since taking over the 9pm time slot from Megyn Kelly, who left for NBC.Kelly, who was considered more middle-of-the-road politically than other leading Fox personalities, has also indicated that she was harassed by Roger Ailes, the former chief of the news network, who left Fox in July 2016 under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations.The successive departures of two such big media names risk further tarnishing the empire of Rupert Murdoch, who is seeking approval from British authorities to purchase full control of British satellite company Sky.O’Reilly had been in the headlines constantly since an 1 April New York Times investigation revealed that he and Fox had covered up allegations of sexual harassment against him for at least 15 years, paying five women a total of $13 million(€12 million) in exchange for their silence.Numerous companies pulled advertisements from O’Reilly’s show in the wake of the revelations.O’Reilly’s departure may not completely close the book on the scandal. Earlier this month Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed suit charging that she was harassed by Ailes.CNN journalist Alisyn Camerota, who previously worked at Fox, said on the air today that more women could come forward.© – AFP 2017 Read: Bill O’Reilly shown the door at Fox News after sexual harassment allegations> Share Tweet Email Apr 21st 2017, 9:46 PM Image: William Regan 14,972 Views By AFP O’Reilly could get €23m payout from Fox after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations He has been in the headlines since an 1 April New York Times investigation revealed that he and Fox had covered up allegations of sexual harassment against him for at least 15 years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: William Regan Short URL 51 Comments last_img read more

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Voting rights for Greeks abroad take centrestage on political debate

first_imgOne of the longest-standing unresolved political issues, the right of Greeks abroad to participate in elections, has gained new relevance recently, during a parliamentary debate in Greece, regarding legislation to change electoral divisions – and particularly to break the country’s largest electorate, that of the outer suburbs of Athens, into three divisions.The opposition proposed an amendment to the legislation (which also regulates municipal elections, linking them to the ones about the European Parliament), suggesting that every Greek citizen, registered in the electorate catalogues, should be able to vote at Greek embassy or consulate offices of their place of residency (the same right should be reserved for sailors, at the place where their ship is docked on election day).This draft legislation was rejected by government MPs, leading Nea Dimokratia to issue a strongly worded statement, noting that this is the third time in two years that the opposition has raised the issue of voting rights for Greeks abroad, asking: “Is the government afraid of Greeks?”The same accusation was expressed in parliament by Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the centrist party ‘To Potami’ (‘The River’), who submitted his own proposal in parliament, that includes provisions for a postal vote and an electronic vote for Greeks abroad, but also sees that these votes would add to the ones that each party would get throughout Greece, instead of being counted to specific electorate divisions.In his response to Stavros Theodorakis’ speech, the Minister of Interior, Panos Skourletis, expressed the government’s commitment to present a draft bill to resolve the issue, by the end of 2018. The leader of Potami went on Twitter to celebrate this “victory for Greeks living abroad”.The issue of voting rights for Greeks abroad has been looming for 43 years. The 1975 Greek Constitution, written after the fall of the dictatorship, and marking the start of what is known as the ‘Third Hellenic Republic’, clearly states that every Greek citizen has the right to vote. Specifically, Article 51. 4 states: “Parliamentary elections shall be held simultaneously throughout the State. Matters pertaining to the exercise of the right to vote by persons living outside the Country may be specified by law.” However, such legislation is yet to be presented, largely due to reluctance from a series of governments, including five led by Nea Dimokratia, which now claims that ‘the Greeks abroad’ vote has always been a high priority for the party.WHO, WHERE AND HOW TO VOTEDespite polemic rhetoric and accusations being exchanged between parties, the difficulty to regulate it is believed to be multi-faceted – any law regulating this issue would have to address three questions: who is allowed to vote, where and how voting takes place and how are these votes counted.The first question is the only one answered in the constitution; all Greek citizens can vote. Constitutional and civic law experts have long called for this to be further specified. According to the Hellenic Citizenship Code, “any child born to Greek parents acquires citizenship rights by descent. This would include children of migrants throughout the diaspora, provided they have declared births to the specific registry, or that they can prove descent – which might mean tracking back records dating back decades, and there are many cases in Greece where authorities are unable to unearth or locate documents, sometimes due to them being destroyed. This means that the actual number of voters who would effectively get to take part in the elections would be much smaller than what many in Greece imagine, confusing the Greek citizens abroad with the whole of the Hellenic diaspora as a whole. Another issue that constitutional law experts raise has to do with how long has someone lived abroad, as a factor that would determine whether they should have the right to vote, as opposed to everyone carrying a Greek passport automatically given this right.As for the voting process itself, this reflects to systemic problems of the Greek state – and the overall efficiency of the public sector. All parties participating in the current debate have said that voting should take place in embassies and consulates, but many Greeks who have the right to vote, do not live in proximity of diplomatic missions. Best practice, based in international experience, has shown that the most efficient and reliable method would be the postal vote, but Greece remains averse to this voting method. International experience could also point to the most practical way to count these votes. Greek politicians have yet to decide whether these votes would count to the electorate division each voter is registered under, or if they should be added to each party’s overall performance. Some point to what applies in other countries, calling for specific electorate divisions to be created, catering for the representation needed of Greeks abroad.Analysts largely dismiss the theory that Greek governments are afraid of Greeks abroad, because they would affect the outcome; what most see as a real problem is the country’s ability to set up a mechanism that would ensure a successful process. Which means that Mr Skourletis has a lot of work – and consultation – awaiting, if he really means to live up to his commitment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cyclist hospitalized after crash in North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a bicyclist to the hospital after the victim was hit by a car on a busy North Miami Beach roadway.North Miami Beach Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along the 1400 block of Northeast 163rd Street, just after 6:30 p.m., Saturday.7News cameras captured the two-door car with a cracked windshield and crime scene investigators removing the victim’s bicycle.Police shut down Northeast 163rd Street near the scene of the crash while they investigated.Paramedics transported the adult victim to Aventura Hospital as a trauma alert in unknown condition.The car involved in the crash was later towed from the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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State House OKs Refinery Subsidy Plan

first_imgThe Alaska State House has a approved a deal to give the state’s refineries – and one fertilizer plant — up to $200 million in subsidies spread out over five years.Download AudioThe plan was introduced by Gov. Sean Parnell, and it comes in response to the closure of the Flint Hills oil refinery. It originally applied to the Petro Star refineries in Valdez and North Pole and the Tesoro refinery in Kenai, but was amended yesterday to include the shuttered Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski.The bill allows each of those facilities to secure an tax credit or payment of $10 million a year if they spend $25 million on tangible assets.Supporters of the bill argue it’s necessary to keep the refineries running because of the jobs they provide and their importance to the state’s military bases. But some Democrats have characterized the bill as a bailout, and they unsuccessfully tried amending the bill so that the money would be given out as loans instead. The bill passed today on a 35-5 vote. Anchorage Democrats Les Gara, Harriet Drummond, and Andy Josephson opposed the bill, along with Juneau Democrat Sam Kito III and Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold. It still needs to be approved by the Senate.last_img read more

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High Blood Pressure Disproportionately Affects Black Community

first_imgDr. Frank H. Morris had a new patient in his cardiology office at Mercy’s The Heart Center at Lutherville. Her blood pressure was 210 over 120.Frank H Morris is a cardiologist and internist at Mercy’s The Heart Center at Lutherville. (Courtesy Photo)While overweight, nothing else upon the initial exam revealed just why her blood pressure was so exceptionally high.When Dr. Morris noticed her large neck, he asked if she snored at night.“Yes,” she said.“Do you ever wake yourself up from snoring?” he asked.“Yes,” she said.After completing a sleep study on the patient, Dr. Morris determined that she had sleep apnea. In addition to causing cardiac rhythm problems, congestive heart failure, and other coronary disease; sleep apnea can also cause hypertension, or high blood pressure.Despite just how high the patient’s blood pressure was, the patient expressed no symptoms. This is not unusual.“You can’t feel high blood pressure,” said Morris. “It’s an asymptomatic disease. You have to check the blood pressure manually with a blood pressure cuff to know whether it’s high or not.”With the use of a sleep mask, controlling the patient’s blood pressure became easier.“She was back today,” said Morris. “And and her blood pressure was back to 130 over 90.”The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) all recognize May as stroke and high blood pressure awareness month. The HHS and CDC cite strokes as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.High blood pressure, is a persistent elevation of pressure in the blood vessels over the norms says Dr. Marc I. Leavey, an internist and primary care physician.“The norms have changed through the years,” Leavey said. “But these days if you wanted to use a ballpark, you could use 130 over 80 or so for most people.”This elevated pressure can cause something to “blow out” says Leavey and can “can cause all kinds of problems.”In addition to aneurysm, heart attack and stroke, the NHLBI, an Institute with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cites eye damage, chronic kidney disease and cognitive changes as additional complications from high blood pressure.The American Health Association and American Stroke Association state that there are almost  80 million cases of hypertension in the United States affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults.Coarctation of the aorta, what Dr. Morris describes a “pinch” in the largest artery leaving the heart; pheochromocytoma, a cancer of the adrenal glands, are along with sleep apnea the more unusual causes of high blood pressure.But 95 percent of blood pressure is determined by heredity, says Dr. Morris.“The thing that I like to point out to people is that it is ubiquitous, it is all over the place,” Leavey said. “Every socioeconomic group, every race, every religion, every economic strata suffers from this disease.”Beyond its ubiquity, hypertension disproportionately affects the African-American community. 45 percent of African-American men and 46 percent of African-American women are so affected compared to a national average of 33 percent.“In some populations hypertension is more common genetically,” said Dr. Morris. “That’s a definite reason.”“We know that certain medications work better in African-Americans than they do in Caucasians and vice versa,” said Dr. Leavey. “So, there are some clear, although poorly elaborated biochemical and genetic differences between groups of peoples.”Drs. Morris and Leavey both acknowledge that while medication may become necessary; diet, exercise, weight loss and other lifestyle changes can also control blood pressure.“The key thing is number one: don’t be afraid to get your blood pressure checked. And number two: don’t be afraid to go to the doctor and say ‘I’ve got a problem.’”last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | September 07, 2011 Viztek Offers Dual Detector DR for the Price of Single Detector System Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more September 7, 2011— Viztek debuted the high-performance FIT-DR (fixed integrated with tethered digital radiography) solution, a unique dual-detector X-ray system that combines superior image quality, ultra-fast throughput and an affordable price point compared with a single-detector wireless DR unit. The newest configuration of this system gives a wireless option with the incorporation of the new Leggera DR, the lightest weight wireless DR panel available equipped with auto-trigger.With its pair of high-quality cesium detectors, the FIT-DR is versatile enough to accommodate a full repertoire of X-ray exams without the time-consuming repositioning required by single-detector wireless systems. The new unit is suitable for both new and retrofit installation. The solution not only speeds throughput, but also minimizes the risk of damage due to frequent handling of delicate DR panels and places less stress on busy technologists.The FIT-DR includes one tethered, adjustable panel that sits in a pull-out tray in the table enclosure. The panel can be easily rotated within the tray to achieve portrait and landscape orientations. A second 17-by-17-inch fixed position panel positioned in the upright wall stand eliminates any need to rotate the detector to support different patient views. Together, the two panels result in an extremely easy-to-use system that significantly reduces exam duration by eliminating most of the time-intensive panel handling required by competing single detector wireless systems.“The Viztek FIT-DR provides the most cost-effective way to achieve high image quality with the least amount of technologist intervention and time-delay during the imaging process,” said Steve Deaton, vice president of sale for Viztek.  “For sites transitioning to digital as well as those that need additional exam capacity, the unit offers a significantly better alternative to today’s wireless DR.  We believe it will compete head-to-head with even our own wireless DR systems and achieve strong marketplace acceptance.”The Viztek FIT-DR is available with a range of options for new room installation as well as for retrofitting into existing equipment.For more information: www.viztek.netlast_img read more

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first_img Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Posted by TORONTO — There are plenty of reasons why Texas is a bucket list destination for 2018: Route 66, kiteboarding off South Padre Island and, for die-hard fans of the Ewing family, how about a 40th reunion and fan fest for the hit TV series Dallas?It’s been 27 years since the show ended its 13-year, 356-episode run but Southfork Ranch, which viewers will recognize as Ewing Mansion, still draws thousands of people every year, and during its heyday the show put Texas on the map for millions of people.The reunion takes place March 30 – 31 with events at Dallas and Southfork Ranch, and tops the list for any visitor looking to experience a one-of-a-kind trip to Texas. The event comes complete with a Southfork Fan Day with meet-and-greets with show stars Linda Gray, Charlene Tilton and Patrick Duffy, better known to many as Sue Ellen, Lucy and Bobby Ewing.The fan fest is just one of many attractions for Texas visitors in 2018, says Rosalyn Hunter, representing Texas Tourism with VoX International at a media event in Toronto yesterday.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesTexas took a hit from Hurricane Harvey last August but “we’re open for business and certainly welcoming visitors back,” said Hunter.The 2017 visitor stats will be ready in a few weeks, she added, noting that 2016 brought just shy of half a million – about 498,500 – Canadians to the Lone Star State. Canada remains the #2 source market for international visitor arrivals to the state.Clients will find plenty of bargains in Texas, adds Hunter. “Texas is very competitively price with good value for vacation dollars.”Attraction highlights include the new Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences now under construction in Lubbock, Holly’s hometown. The US$140 million concert and performing arts venue is scheduled to open in early 2020 and will be a focal point for downtown Lubbock.Look out, Austin: Lubbock is home to more live music venues per capita than any other city in Texas. It’s also one of the state’s wine capitals, with 90% of Texas’ wine grapes grown within 10 miles of the city.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthVisitors to Houston meanwhile will find themselves in the fourth largest city in the U.S., close to the coast and front and centre for Space Center Houston, gateway to NASA. Direct air connections are available from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.Quaint and charming Fredericksburg, billed as ‘Texas Heart, German Soul’, punches above its weight when it comes to restaurants, shops and art galleries, plus 45 wineries and tasting rooms.And San Antonio, celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, is marking its tricentennial all year long with special events. San Antonio is “affordable, authentic and incredible” says the city’s rep in Canada, Sana Keller with Pulse Communications. With Air Canada’s daily nonstop from Toronto to San Antonio, launched in 2017, “you can come down to San Antonio in less than four hours,” says Keller. It’s been 40 years since ‘Dallas’ put Texas on the map for millions of viewers Sharecenter_img Tags: Texas Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Spains Repsol sells Chile unit for 540 million

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MADRID (AP) – Spanish energy firm Repsol is selling a Chilean natural gas unit for $540 million in cash and will use $317 million of the proceeds to pay off debt.Repsol SA says in a statement Wednesday that it is selling Repsol Butano Chile to a consortium of Chilean investors.Repsol Butano Chile holds a 45 percent stake in the Lipigas natural gas firm, a major player in sales of bottled gas used by residences and business. Repsol says Lipigas controls 38 percent of Chile’s bottled natural gas market. It has 1,000 distributors. Bottled natural gas is used widely throughout Latin America. Comments   Share   center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The company says the deal will generate a net capital gain of $170 million.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Turkey redefines armed forces duties

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s parliament has amended an internal armed forces’ regulation long relied on by the country’s once-powerful generals as grounds for intervening in politics, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Saturday, in a move that further strips the military of its political influence.The military has wielded huge political power in the country, overthrowing four governments between 1960 and 1997 and issuing a warning against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted government as recently as 2007. Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system The vote also comes at a time when Turkey has spoken out against the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the country’s Islamist leader, Mohammed Morsi, with whom Erdogan had formed an alliance.“This is an important legal reform that ends any legal justification for staging coups,” Lale Kemal, an expert on military affairs and columnist for Today’s Zaman newspaper, said of the amendment.However, further reforms were needed to assert full civilian control over the military, including placing the armed forces under the defense ministry’s subordination and opening up military spending to greater civilian scrutiny, Kemal said.Since coming to power in 2003, Erdogan has reduced the general’s powers through reforms driven by Turkey’s ambition to join the European Union, including for example, reducing the influence of a national security council where the generals usually imposed their will on the government. A series of trials against hundreds of military officers, including top army commanders, accused of alleged anti-government plots, have furthered impeded the military’s ability to intervene.The opposition Republican People’s Party, long associated with Turkey’s pro-military secular guard, also voted in favor of amending the regulation in a show of support to democracy. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories The generals have in the past pointed to an internal military regulation that stipulated the army’s duty as watching over and protecting the Turkish republic, to justify army takeovers or stepping in whenever they felt uneasy over civilian leaders’ policies.In a midnight vote Friday, legislators voted to redefine the military’s duty as: “defending the Turkish homeland against external threats and dangers, and maintaining and strengthening military powers to ensure deterrence.”They also emphasized the Turkish army’s role in international peacekeeping missions, saying its tasks also included taking up any overseas duty assigned by parliament and helping secure international peace.Erdogan’s party proposed the amendment to strip the military of any legal basis for intervention in domestic affairs following a spate of anti-government protests in June, which the prime minister has blamed on a conspiracy against his democratically-elected government. The protesters were airing discontent with what opponents have said is Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style of governing and moves to impose his conservative and religious views on society. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “As of now, I hope Turkey will no longer speak of coups and will develop its democracy,” said Republican party legislator Sezgin Tanrikulu, who branded the military regulation as a “dirty and bloody” excuse for military intervention.The two surviving leaders of the country’s 1980 military coup, Kenan Evren and Tahsin Sahinkaya, are currently on trial for overthrowing a government and have cited the internal military regulation in their defense. The 1980 takeover stopped deadly fighting between political extremists, but also led to a wave of executions and torture.“Our country has a tradition of coups,” Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz told parliament, speaking in favor of the amendment. “And the true victim of the coups has always been the people.”The military has long regarded itself as the protector of Turkey’s secular traditions, imposed by the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was a former army officer.As the second-largest army in NATO, the Turkish military is involved in the alliance’s operations in Afghanistan, though it is not directly involved in combat. It has also fought Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey until earlier this year, when the Turkey and the rebels started talks in a bid to end a nearly 30-year old conflict. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Oakland Raiders don’t plan to pay Palmer’s $13 million salary and the grizzled veteran is “highly unlikely” to take a pay cut. With a divorce looming, Palmer is a logical target for coach Bruce Arians in Arizona. The Cardinals are upbeat about Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer, but Palmer is a present-day upgrade over both. Adding Palmer to the mix also allows the Cardinals to use their No. 7 pick on an offensive tackle. Palmer is a plodder who must be protected well — not a Cardinals specialty of late — but he’d give Arians a known quantity under center. Destination: Cardinals If Palmer is released and the Cardinals make an offer, they would be pursuing a 33-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler who threw for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 61.1% completion percentage last season. Based on statistics alone, Palmer would appear to be an upgrade at the quarterback position for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals in 2013. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have been one of several teams in need of an answer at quarterback during the offseason. While some thought the Cardinals were done looking for a quarterback in free agency after the signing of Drew Stanton,’s Marc Sessler thinks otherwise. In a piece titled “Who’s next on the NFL quarterback carousel?”, the Cardinals are the likely landing spot for Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City has announced the official launch of the hotel’s Sir Winston Churchill Suite. The spacious two-storey suite was formally debuted in the presence of Mr. Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of the inspirational statesman, writer, orator and Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in the Second World War and Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group.Fittingly designed to meet the discerning eye of Sir Winston Churchill, the three-bedroom suite holds a meticulous attention to quality and detail, housing a collection of 15 paintings and art pieces from the Churchill archives that include portraits and photographs of the legendary statesman, paintings he mastered himself, and a well maintained Cuban cigar that once belonged to him from the private collection of Chairman Khalaf Al Habtoor.Spread across 913-square-metres, the sprawling suite is the largest of the hotel’s 52 luxurious suites and even bigger than the 800-square-metre Astor Ballroom. The suite features a vast living room, a formal 12-seater dining room, elegant study, relaxing lounge area and a spacious majlis that is ideal for meetings.  The Sir Winston Churchill Suite includes a master bedroom connected to a generously sized bathroom with an exquisite free-standing bathtub in the centre and adjoining separate male and female walk-in dressing rooms. Two additional bedrooms – one king bed and one twin bed – feature their own double vanity bathrooms. The suite’s pièce de résistance is a majestic in-room spiral staircase that leads into the central dome of the hotel, where a rooftop plunge pool reveal panoramic views of the landscaped gardens and surrounds.The suite also exhibits a La Corona Cubano cigar, dated April 1949, personally donated from the private collection of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of UAE conglomerate Al Habtoor Group and creator of Al Habtoor City. Once owned by Sir Winston Churchill, Al Habtoor acquired the priceless piece late last year. The cigar, housed in a La Espana box, has a Colorado claro wrapper with a special label bearing Churchill’s name.The Al Habtoor Group Chairman said: “I have always been a great admirer of Sir Winston Churchill. He was known as the greatest statesman of the 20th century. He was a great and effective leader with a strong personality.”He added: “I purchased one of Sir Winston Churchill’s cigars for my private collection last year. He was very rarely seen without a cigar in his hand. It was his signature piece. Once the decision was taken to name this spectacular suite after the wartime prime minister then it seemed fitting to share this piece of history with the future guests of the Sir Winston Churchill Suite.”Sir Winston Churchill was an accomplished artist who produced more than 500 canvases over 48 years despite being 40 years old when he discovered the pleasure of painting. His art quickly became his greatest hobby, and he even, exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.Holding a strong connection with the Middle East, Sir Winston Churchill was responsible for the creation of a Middle East Department at the Foreign Office. It was also while he was in Cairo, that he rode a camel to the pyramids to paint them in the sunset.Ignace Bauwens, General Manager of The St. Regis Dubai, said: “The St. Regis Dubai is honoured to display this collection of Sir Winston Churchill’s work and name our signature suite after him. We are proud to present our guests with this rare and refined opportunity to enjoy his art.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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