first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There were several reports in the last week that Cribbs was on his way to Arizona to sign a free agent deal with the Cardinals.Cribbs made national news last week when he posted a farewell to the fans of Cleveland on his Instagram account. Cribbs has spent his entire eight-year career with the Browns.The Kent State product has 11 kick and punt return touchdowns in his career. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img For those who were counting on Joshua Cribbs becoming the latest member of the Arizona Cardinals — not so fast.According to a report from Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland, the two-time Pro Bowl kick returner failed his physical during a free agent visit with Arizona.ESPN Cleveland has learned from multiple sources that the delay in Cribbs signing is because he failed his physical with the Cardinals on Monday. It is unclear at this time what may have been the cause of the failed physical and if this will deter Arizona from signing the nine year NFL veteran.Cribbs’ agent, J.R. Rickert, confirmed the report to USA Today. Cribbs had off-season surgery on his knee and isn’t fully recovered according to Rickert, who also believes the Cardinals will administer another physical examination on his client in a few weeks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As for Larsen, the 26-year-old North Carolina State product spent the last four seasons in Tampa Bay and started 31 games. He has played both center and guard. The Arizona Cardinals added a couple new players late Wednesday.The team announced it had signed running back Jonathan Dwyer to a one-year contract and offensive lineman Ted Larsen to a two-year deal.Terms of the deals were not released. Dwyer, 24, spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in 36 games, rushing 230 times for 971 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also caught 27 passes for 176 yards. Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgWrote Kiper:Analysis: Left tackle was addressed in free agency, so the focus turns to the pass rush, and at this spot on the draft board I think Barr’s upside is hard to pass on, even if his senior tape was underwhelming. At one time I thought he’d be a top-10 pick, but if Barr is more consistent and improves on his awareness (he converted from running back) he could become a steal at this slot. It’s a close mix between need and “best player available” at this point. McCarron might seem like a bit of a luxury pick in Round 2, but tell me what the long-term solution is at QB in Arizona. The drop-off from Carson Palmer on the depth chart is scary-looking, Palmer isn’t young, and the roster is good enough to take a shot on a developmental backup a little early. Herron can be electrifying after the catch, and there’s a need for an added target at receiver after Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.Barr had 23.5 sacks in his two seasons as a linebacker for the Bruins and was a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection and consensus All-American in 2013.McCarron finished his career in Tuscaloosa as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history. The Mobile, Ala. native went 36-4 in three years as a starter and guided the Crimson Tide to two BCS national championships. Not to say that Steve Keim isn’t doing a tremendous job as the Arizona Cardinals’ general manager, but what if somebody else took over that role heading into the 2014 NFL Draft?Somebody like ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr.In his latest ESPN Insider piece, Kiper takes over the draft reins for all 32 NFL franchises, including the Cardinals. After diagnosing Arizona’s needs as safety, outside linebacker, wide receiver and tight end, Kiper went to work, choosing UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr in the first round (20th) overall, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the second (52nd) and Wyoming receiver Robert Herron in the third (84th). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Herron caught 152 passes for 2,030 yards and 20 touchdowns in his Wyoming career. In 2012, he was fourth in the nation when he averaged 21.2 yards per catch. Three of his eight touchdown catches were 70 yards or longer.last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Taylor said a few “odd-ball formations” took pressure off the Bills’ defense.“They can’t show their hand and it’s easy,” he said.Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu blamed execution more than strategy for his team’s defensive issues.“At the end of the day, it’s like I tell my defense, it doesn’t matter what call we get, it’s our job to go out there and perform that call, to execute that call,” Mathieu said.Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson said it’s something the defense takes personally when they allow the opposition to run the ball.“Oh yeah,” Jefferson said. “That’s more your manhood and attacking you, run the ball at us; that’s kind of a challenge there and we didn’t step up to the challenge today.”Arizona will need to figure out what went wrong quickly. The Los Angeles Rams and their star running back Todd Gurley return to University of Phoenix Stadium next week, where last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year ran for 146 yards in his second career game. – / 22 As expected, Taylor had a poor performance throwing the ball, amounting to only 119 yards through the air. Despite this, the Bills averaged 6.5 yards per carry and had 208 yards on the ground.Buffalo continued to keep Arizona guessing, running misdirections and options with Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy, two of the most agile players at their respective positions.“Cause they’re (so) fast, so the idea of the game plan was more a little misdirection, a little I-formation, a little option, so yeah,” McCoy said. “Option out of the pistol … I knew we would run the ball today. I didn’t know if we would run this well.”McCoy also attributed the pace the Bills set for the offense, which was clear on his first touchdown.“Yeah, oh no, it’s tempo. I knew we would run the ball well because (new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn is) big on that,” the running back said. “The urgency to get in and out of the huddle. Get up on the ball. There were some times where we would snap the ball when they were just kind of lining up and that helps out.“I don’t know if you noticed, but we ran some quick two-minute type of plays early in the game, so there is a lot of different things to prepare for.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Of all the shocking angles to take away from the Arizona Cardinals’ 33-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the success of the Bills running game might be at the top of the list.It was not going to be a surprise to see the Bills rely on it.Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor entered the 2016 season passing for under 250 yards in 10 of his 14 appearances in 2015.Buffalo would also be without their leading wide receiver Sammy Watkins — who was missing the game due to a foot injury — and his backup, Greg Salas, meaning their three lead wideouts would be Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Walter Powell. The trio entered the game with a combined seven catches on the year, while Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 13 on his own. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) scores a rushing touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The season started with David Johnson and Carson Palmer forming the offensive identity.Halfway through 2017, it’s suddenly Adrian Peterson who has become the focal point for the Arizona Cardinals on offense. That won’t change in a Thursday matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Vince Marotta and Mike Jurecki.In the Week 10 edition of the Vinny & Skinny show presented by Arizona Central Credit Union, Marotta and Jurecki pick their midseason Cardinals MVPs and bridge the brief gap between the Sunday victory over the San Francisco 49ers and this week’s home game against the Seahawks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It certainly didn’t look like a Bruce Arians-engineered win when you have a running back carrying the ball 37 times for 159 yards,” Marotta said, “but Adrian Peterson, I was a doubter, I was wrong. He has gas left in the tank.”Jurecki was quick to credit the improved offensive line play, which responded after a bye week.“You got to give (D.J.) Humphries and (Alex) Boone a lot of credit,” he said. “Jared Veldheer has played a lot better the last couple weeks.”So who are the guys’ MVP picks?Check out the video above to find out.Every week, Vinny & Skinny will break down the Arizona Cardinals’ previous game and look ahead at their upcoming matchup.You can also “like” Arizona Sports on Facebook and see Vinny & Skinny broadcast live. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Clients can celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary in true style and luxury at Raffles Singapore. The Celebratory Suite Package includes a stay in the Presidential Suite and a number of exclusive anniversary inclusions.The offer includes:1 night’s accommodation in a Presidential Suite with breakfast served in-suiteA man or woman’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch with the hotel 125th anniversary commemorative engravingA personal portrait shot in the vicinity of Raffles Singapore or in-suite by renowned Singaporean photographer Russel Wong5-course Elizabethan Grill Tribute Tasting Dinner at Raffles Grill, a tribute to the restaurant that was rechristened as Elizabethan Grill in honour of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950sA bottle of Private Label Billecart-Salmon Champagne, exclusively bottled to mark Raffles Singapore’s 125th anniversaryReturn airport transfers in the hotel’s classic Daimler24-hour Raffles Butler serviceHistory tour by Resident Historian (subject to availability)S$500 worth of Raffles Hotel Arcade shopping discount vouchers to be used at participating shopsAvailable until December 2015 at S$19,650++ (AU$19,673++*) and price is subject to 10% service charge and prevailing 7% goods and services tax. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQantas will welcome customers into the new spacious Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Airport this week, as the airline counts down to its direct 787 Dreamliner flights between Australia and London.Qantas has spent the past 12 months building a dedicated lounge at Heathrow as part of a multi-million-dollar investment for customers on its existing London services as well as the landmark Perth-London route starting on 24 March 2018.Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said investing in the first dedicated Qantas Lounge at Heathrow was key as the airline prepares to directly air link Australia and Europe for the first time.“The Kangaroo Route is at the heart of Qantas’ identity and London is one of our most important destinations,” said Mr Joyce.“We have worked with leaders in design, food and service to create a lounge that is modern and comfortable and incorporates the aesthetics of the Qantas lounges that make our customers feel at home.“We are reshaping what customers come to expect from international travel with direct flights between Australia and London. It’s a long flight, so we’re taking a holistic approach to passenger wellbeing on and off the aircraft, and the new Heathrow lounge is an important part of that,” added Mr Joyce.Key features of the lounge include:Seating for more than 230 customers to relax, work and dine before their flightSplit over two levels with views of the airfieldThe same concept as Qantas’ international lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles and Brisbane, with the food and interior design taking inspiration from the local regionDesign by Woods Bagot, with interiors that reflect London at twilight with deep greens and rich blues throughout the furniture, while warm-coloured timbers, stone and brass represent the historic architecture of the cityA marble cocktail bar beneath a brass chandelier on the upper level serving cocktails designed by the Qantas Rockpool Mixologists, as well as Australian and European wine and beerA gin bar on the lower level offering the finest Australian and British gins, alongside an all-day barista serviceMenus designed by Rockpool with a Sofitel service experience; customers will enjoy à la carte service in the dining room with a selection of plates of the day including:Quintessential British dishes such as ploughman’s platters, pot pies and scones with jam and creamAustralian favourites such as healthy brunch bowls with eggs, avocado and kale, and zucchini and haloumi frittersThe signature salt and pepper squid with green chilli sauce from the Qantas First LoungesPremium hot and cold buffets‘Quench’ hydration station with tisane, fruit-infused water, sparkling waterBusiness facilities including Wi-Fi, flexible work spaces and workstationsSix shower suites with Aurora Spa amenitiesThe new range of Noritake crockery by David Caon and a collection of tea cups and saucers by Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert.Qantas creative director of food, beverage and service Neil Perry said: “We want to help our customers feel great throughout every part of their journey so we have been working with the University of Sydney to create dining options for the lounge that are light and fresh with a focus on hydration and nutrition, while continuing to offer a variety of locally inspired dishes and comfort favourites.”In the last three years Qantas has built or refreshed nearly 30 lounges across its international and domestic network, with several other projects underway. Qantas has started building the new Melbourne Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club, and the Perth International Transit Lounge will open in March.From 25 March 2018, Qantas will offer the choice of three hub options between Australia and UK/Europe – a daily Sydney to London Qantas A380 service via Singapore, a daily Qantas 787 Dreamliner service from Melbourne via Perth to London, and daily services via Dubai with partner Emirates. The airline recently announced a major cabin upgrade on its fleet of 12 Airbus A380s.Located at London Heathrow Terminal 3, the Qantas London Lounge is open daily from 8am to 8.30pm to Qantas customers travelling in First and Business and Qantas Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers and their guests. It is also open to eligible oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers, Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold customers and Qantas Club members and their guests.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgSearch Everywhere to see where you can go Still not sure where to go? Here’s some more travel inspiration…Check out our trending destinations for 2017Know when you want to go, but not where? Here’s our full calendar of where to go in each month of the yearTravel without breaking the bank: discover Europe with a budget city breakSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDiscover Malta: A video tourThinking about booking a holiday to Malta but not sure what to expect? Watch this short video guide to this beautiful Mediterranean island, and discover things to do, beaches to visit, plus get a feel for Maltese food, nightlife and café culture.Find travel inspiration with SkyscannerPut those travel plans in motion and find tons of travel inspiration with Skyscanner. Here’s how to use our Everywhere search, plus Travel News & Features.Mythbusters: What are charter flights and how to find a good dealBudget charter flights could be a great option if you’re looking to get away for a bargain holiday. Here’s a rundown of the whats, wheres and whens of getting a great deal.last_img read more


first_imgNEXT: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Riga, LatviaAverage temperature: 21°CThis summer is the perfect time to discover this up and coming Latvian city. It’s the largest of the Baltic capitals, filled with Gothic spires and listed structures – sign up for one of the many architecture tours to learn more about the city’s Art Nouveau buildings. Riga summers can be hot, so consider heading to the nearby beach resort of Jūrmala, where you’ll find a wide stretch of powdery white sand. When it’s time to eat, head to Vincents, a favourite of Elton John and Prince Charles which is famous for its locally-sourced produce and Van Gogh-inspired décor. At 19 Elizabetes, it’s just a short walk from Riga’s old city, and close to some of the city’s best bars, like Krogs Aptieka on Miesnieku iela. Head over to this cosy venue after dinner to sample Latvian beer and mingle with the locals. Travelling eastwards? We’ve picked our top lesser-known Eastern European cities.Best time to book flights to Riga: 30 weeks before departureSaving: 22% on average flight prices from the UK to Riga Cornwall, UKAverage temperature: 19°COn a sunny July day in Cornwall, the beaches here resemble those found in the Caribbean, with vast stretches of white sand and endless expanses of calm, gem-coloured water. If sheltered coves are your thing, head for the south, where you’ll find Porthcurno beach, which is popular for its smooth swimming waters, thanks to the steep cliffs either side. The northern beaches, like Perranporth, are more exposed and attract surfers as well as sunbathers. Town beaches like the one at Marazion and Porthmeor are great places to spend the day, with restaurants and other facilities just a short walk away. Can’t believe Cornwall’s this good – and in the UK? We’ll prove it with these must-visit Cornish places.Best time to book flights to Newquay: 25 weeks before departureSaving: 34% on average flight prices from the UK to Newquay PREVIOUS: Best events in JulyExit festival, Serbia, July 6 – 9Average temperature: 27°CExit celebrates its 17th anniversary in 2017, and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is there to headline. Also on the bill are Jake Bugg, Rag’n’Bone Man and Duke Dumont. Held in Novi Sad, Serbia, Exit has won several awards at the EU Festival Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the festival world. A two-day ticket costs from just £97.90 and the setting is unforgettable – the event is held in the shadow of the Petrovaradin Fortress, just metres away from the Danube River and a one-hour drive from Belgrade airport.Best time to book flights to Belgrade: 29 weeks before departureSaving: 21% on average flight prices from the UK to Belgrade Rome, ItalyAverage temperature: 30°CJuly is one of the warmest months to visit Rome, (expect the mercury to hit 32ºC on a regular basis) so you can look forward to plenty of sun and long, balmy evenings. Make the most of the gorgeous weather by spending a few hours exploring the grounds of the Villa Borghese or the greenery-filled Villa Celimontana gardens, found to the south of the Colosseum. Heading to Rome but don’t know where to start? Take some advice from a local. Best time to book flights to Rome: 9 weeks before departureSaving: 17% on average flight prices from the UK to Rome San Francisco, California, USAverage temperature: 20°CSunny San Fran has always been a bit of a hot spot, and now there’s one more reason go. The new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art became the largest contemporary art museum in America when it reopened last May (tickets are $25 for an adult, $24 for ages 19-24 and free for under 18s). Those visiting in July should also head to the Asian Art Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, admission from $10), where they’ll be able to check out the Tomb Treasures exhibition, a fascinating insight into China’s Han dynasty. Find out more about San Francisco with our top things to do in the city.Best time to book flights to San Francisco: 30 weeks before departureSaving: 12% on average flight prices from the UK to San Francisco Got any recommendations for July holidays? Share them in our traveller forum for the chance to be featured in an alternative list of all your favourites. Image: Ricardo Sánchez / CC BY 2.0Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica, July 16 – 22Average temperature: 32°CJamaica’s legendary reggae festival celebrates its 24th birthday in 2017. Sumfest is the largest festival on the island, and in recent years Rihanna, Usher, 50 Cent and Stephen Marley have all performed (this year’s acts and ticket prices are yet to be confirmed). What is guaranteed is the unrivalled beauty of Montego Bay for a backdrop, and a week of live performances, DJ sets and street parties. If it all gets too much down on the sand, head to a local bar to take in a live DJ set – many of the island’s venues stage events to coincide with the festival. Accommodation-wise, Montego Bay has everything, from budget hostels to luxury hotels. But don’t expect to get much sleep, because the action generally starts at around 9pm and continues until the early morning. It’s a three-hour drive from Kingston international airport to Montego Bay, but internal return flights to nearby Sangster airport start at around £90. Read our guide to find out why Jamaica is the Caribbean at its most classic.Best time to book flights to Jamaica: 2 weeks before departureSaving: 18% on average flight prices from the UK to Jamaica Best beaches to visit in JulyCorfu, GreeceAverage temperature: 31°CCorfu’s the Greek island that pleases everyone, whether it’s the beautiful, secluded coves or a consistent swell crying out to be kite surfed. On the south west coast lies Gardénos beach, popular with sunworshippers, while Ágios Geórgios Págon near Cape Arílla is said to have Corfu’s cleanest, clearest water. And don’t forget Myrtiotissa to the west – an unbelievably pretty bay with golden sand, surrounded by steep cliffs. Although Corfu lacks the huge waves which advanced kite boarders crave, head to Chalikounas Beach and you can avoid rip currents or reefs and revel in the powdery dunes and small, consistent surf. Another advantage? It rarely gets crowded so if you’re a beginner, there’s a good chance nobody will see your spectacular bail. If you still can’t decide on a Greek island, take a look through our guide to 20 of the most beautiful.Best time to book flights to Corfu: 6 weeks before departureSaving: 6% on average flight prices from the UK to Corfu RelatedWhere to go on holiday in DecemberFancy Christmas abroad this year? Here’s our guide to where’s hot in December when you need a winter escape: the best cities, the greatest events, the sunniest beaches – and the best time to book a cheap deal.World Cup Brazil host cities: a bluffer’s guideKnow your Cuiabá from your Curitiba? Gen up on the essential facts about the 12 host cities of the World Cup in Brazil.Best value destinations for 2019 With new flight routes launching and some brand new hotels entering their soft opening phase, these five destinations are a bargainous choice for your 2019 travels. From tropical long-haul beauty spots to bustling cities where there’s always something going on, there’s something to suit every type of traveller. Cancun, Mexico… Tour de France, France, July 1 –23Average temperature: 21°CThe 115th Tour de France kicks off in July. Base yourself in the Alpine resort of Morzine (the best airport to fly to is Geneva), a beautiful French ski resort which is a magnet for outdoor types during the summer months and you’ll have a grand view of the action. When you’re not watching out for the world’s greatest cyclists, you can channel your inner Chris Froome by hiring a bike and tackling the brutal hairpin turns leading up to the resort, or spend the day hiking along the clearly marked trails. Prefer four wheels to two? Check our favourite French road trips.Best time to book flights to Geneva: 10 weeks before departureSaving: 16% on average flight prices from the UK to Geneva Virgen del Carmen Festival, Peru, July 16Average temperature: 18°CVisit Peru in July, and you’ll catch the Virgin del Carmen Festival, when locals pay homage to the dead with traditional parades, inventive masks and energetic dances. The biggest celebrations occur in Paucartambo, a town four hours east of Cusco, and usually take place between July 15th and 17th. On the 16th, the Virgen del Carmen is carried around the town in a spectacular procession to bless those present and scare away any lingering demons. Check out more amazing destinations to visit in South America, with our top picks of the whole continent.Best time to book flights to Peru: 24 weeks before departureSaving: 8% on average flight prices from the UK to Peru Here’s a full calendar of travel inspirationRead on for more summer holiday recommendations:The best beaches in the UKFrom pebble beaches and soaring white cliffs, here are 10 of the UK’s best beaches for you to bum around on.Family holiday ideas for every budgetSkyscanner brings you ten family holiday ideas which should keep everyone happy.11 beautiful film locationsLacking inspiration for a holiday this year? Take a look at these recent film locations to get your wanderlust going…Weather data provided by Weather2Travel.*Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall results should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Bali, IndonesiaAverage temperature: 29°CIt’s official: this Indonesian island has some of the world’s finest beaches. Kuta, in the southern Bukit peninsula, is one of the most famous and a handy 20-minute drive from Bali airport – prepare for the crowds and seaside hawkers that come with this accolade, but enjoy the cheap surfboard rentals and spectacular sunsets. After an alternative? Balangan Beach, on the other side of the peninsula, resembles something out of Robinson Crusoe, a palm-fringed strip of sand dotted with bamboo beach shacks and a temple (Pura Dalem Balangan) at one end. Divers and snorkellers will love Pemuteran, on the northern coast, where there’s an abundance of coral and chances to spot a whale shark or turtle near this arc of rainbow-coloured sand. Travelling Indonesia? Tick these five must-see destinations off your list.Best time to book flights to Bali: 30 weeks before departureSaving: 5% on average flight prices from the UK to Bali Best city breaks in JulyRio de Janeiro, BrazilAverage temperature: 24°CJuly is the perfect time to explore the pristine beaches and soak up the samba-fuelled nightlife of Jamaica. It’ll be Brazil’s version of winter, but don’t panic, because this simply means you’ll get long, sunny days instead of painfully hot ones – during summer, the mercury regularly hits 40ºC, while July gives you near-perfect temperatures of around 24ºC. This is also the best month for surfers, who flock to Brazil’s second largest city for the huge waves (Ipanema beach is particularly popular with adrenaline junkies), although there are plenty of beaches for those seeking calmer waters, too. We love Praia de Leblon, just a stroll down the coast from Ipanema – both are a twenty-minute drive from the city centre. Want to get the scoop on Rio de Janeiro? Check out our local’s guide from Rio resident, Alice.Best time to book flights to Brazil: 22 weeks before departureSaving: 10% on average flight prices from the UK to Brazil Baku, AzerbaijanAverage temperature: 30°CDescribed by Lonely Planet as ‘the architectural lovechild of Dubai and Paris’, Baku is a wondrous example of east-meets-west, with a UNESCO-listed old town at its heart. Wander along the arboreal, boutique-filled streets or check out the beautiful Palace of the Shirvanshahs, home to Azerbaijan’s ruling family during the Middle Ages. The romantically-named Maiden’s Tower is also worth a visit: a towering fortress which dates back to the twelfth century. You can read up on more alternative Middle East destinations here.Best time to book flights to Azerbaijan: 24 weeks before departureSaving: 21% on average flight prices from the UK to Azerbaijan CroatiaAverage temperature: 28°CThere’s a reason celebrities (including the likes of Beyonce, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Gosling) are heading to Croatia in increasing numbers. The island of Vis is easily accessible from the mainland and has some beautiful bays tucked away out of the wind, including Stiniva Cove, where you stand a good chance of spotting bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Back on the mainland, some of the best sunset-watching beaches can be found at Nin, 15 kilometres from Zadar, while Bačvice beach, near Split, is one of Croatia’s most family friendly, accompanied by a pavilion lined with restaurants (Pizzeria Karaka’s pizzas are legendary). 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first_imgHERNDON, VA., – Audi of America won two awards at the Eyes On Design Awards Ceremony at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Four awards were given out, two in each category, recognizing design excellence for both concept and production vehicles. Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro with a V10 engine won one of the production vehicle category awards, while the four-door Sportback concept won in the concept category.www.audiusanews.comlast_img

Hong Kong – Guests at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo can

first_imgHong Kong – Guests at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo can now gain a unique insight into the traditional aspects of Japanese culture and Tokyo’s intriguing past by taking advantage of an array of cultural options coordinated by the hotel, and focusing on its prime location in Nihonbashi, the historical heart of old Edo.The Delightful Japan package provides a three-night stay in a room or suite, round-trip airport limousine transfers and breakfast for two each morning. Within the immediate vicinity of the hotel, visitors can explore any number of traditional shops, many in business for centuries, specialising in bamboo fans, fine green teas, hand-made washi papers, Japanese confections and more. In addition, the hotel’s experienced concierge team has devised a unique array of optional cultural excursions that are available at an additional cost. These include performances by geisha at exclusive restaurants, an evening river cruise, a hot springs visit, or a hands-on sushi-making lesson at Tsukiji, the world’s largest marketplace for seafood. All the programmes are designed to appeal to both newcomers and repeat visitors to Japan alike.Between 1 November and 30 April 2009, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s Delightful Japan package starts from JPY256,200 and includes: • Three consecutive nights in a room or suite • Round-trip limousine Narita Airport transfer • American breakfast for two at K’shiki restaurant or in-room • A walking tour map of places of interest in Nihonbashi.The following optional cultural programmes are all available at an additional cost:Haute Kaiseki Cuisine and Performances by Geisha In a private room at Kanetanaka or Shinkiraku, two of Tokyo’s most exclusive traditional restaurants where first-time clientele require a formal introduction, guests can enjoy sophisticated kaiseki cuisine as kimono-clad geisha sing and perform traditional dances.Limited to one party per day; available weekdays except public holidays; seven-days advance notice required; from JPY150,000 for twoSumida River Pleasure Boat Cruise Enjoy views of the city from a different perspective, on this tour of Sumida River—the playground and poetic source of inspiration to Tokyoites since the early 17th century. The evening begins with a meal of traditional Edo cuisine at Kameseiro, established on the waterfront in 1855. Afterwards, guests will board a chartered yakatabune, a roofed pleasure boat fashioned after those used by the Tokugawa shogun, for a river cruise complete with entertainment by geisha dancing and playing the shamisen. Limited to one party per day; daily except Sundays and public holidays; seven-day advance notice required; JPY370,000 for twoA Two-Michelin Star Lunch at a Private Retreat Gather around a 750-year old hearth in a private room at Fukudaya, a favourite retreat of Nobel laureates, gourmands and other glitterati over its seven-decade history, for a lunch of refined kaiseki cuisine and a rare performance of Shinnai, a highly ornamented style of singing to shamisen accompaniment that dates back to the late 18th century. On Saturdays, dinner may be booked instead of lunch. Limited to one party per day; daily except Sundays and public holidays; seven-day advance notice required; from JPY240,000 for twoCraft Your Own Sushi in Tsukiji, ‘The Seafood Pantry of Japan’ This guided tour of Tsukiji’s inner and outer markets begins with a brief film presentation introducing the diversity of local colour to be witnessed at the world’s largest food market. After taking in the real action, convene at a popular sushi shop for a hands-on lesson by the chef in forming (and eating) the perfect sushi. Minimum parties of four; daily except Sundays, Wednesdays and public holidays; five-day advance notice required; JPY38,000 per personThe Ultimate Onsen Getaway at Gôra Kadan Hotel in Historical Hakone Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo can enjoy special privileges at Gôra Kadan, the ‘Grande Dame’ of hot-spring resorts in the Hakone National Park at the foot of Mount Fuji. Our Mandarin Oriental concierge will book a luxury stay at this exclusive and traditional inn and former imperial summer residence, where the spacious gardens, thermal baths and surrounding lush mountain scenery invites total relaxation in any season. Prices on requestReservations can be placed online or by contacting the reservations department via e-mail at The offer is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Early reservations are recommended.The package rates assume double occupancy and are inclusive of a 5% consumption tax. A 10% service charge and a daily municipal accommodation tax of JPY200 per person. The prices listed for the optional programmes are estimations, inclusive of tax but exclusive of beverage charges. A 100% charge will be apply for cancellations made within 48 hours of the booking dates of optional programmes.Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 40 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 24 countries, with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and 10 in Europe and North Africa.last_img read more

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first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It’s a bittersweet morning for the songwriters of “Remember Me” from “Coco.”Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez learned of their Golden Globe nomination just as a bomb exploded at New York City’s busiest subway station. The couple said they turned on the television to watch the Globe nominations when news of the Port Authority explosion broke Monday.“It’s a strange morning here in New York,” Anderson-Lopez said.This is the second Golden Globe nomination for the married songwriting pair. They were nominated in 2014 for “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” which won the Academy Award for original song.The two are now at work on “Frozen 2” and the Broadway version of “Frozen.”The couple says it’s a “giant thrill” to be nominated, but they didn’t plan to do much celebrating. Their cat is terminally ill and may be put down today.“We’ll probably sing ‘Remember Me’ to him,” Anderson-Lopez said.“That song has come in handy with the passing of many loved ones as we’ve been working on that movie,” Robert Lopez added. “It’s very sad, but it’s a good song to have.”The song is central to the story in “Coco,” about a young boy who learns about himself and his family when he pursues a life of music, which they forbid.Anderson-Lopez said her husband performed the song at his mother’s funeral earlier this year.“We’re dropping a lot of feelings,” she said. “It’s one of those days.” by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 11:26 am PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Remember Me’ songwriters on bittersweet Globes morninglast_img read more

AP Famed conductor faces 6 new sex claims includ

first_imgAP: Famed conductor faces 6 new sex claims, including 1 rape by Jocelyn Gecker And Janie Har, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 10:39 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fiona Allan poses for a photo in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Jan. 10, 2018. Allan said conductor Charles Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast when she delivered documents to his dressing room while interning in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) center_img SAN FRANCISCO – Six more women have stepped forward to accuse prominent conductor Charles Dutoit of sexually assaulting them in the United States, France and Canada, including a musician who says the maestro raped her in 1988.The women say they were compelled to speak out after The Associated Press published a story Dec. 21 detailing accusations from three singers and a musician who said Dutoit forcibly restrained them, groped them and kissed them without permission.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor emphatically denied the accusations, but eight major orchestras immediately distanced themselves from him and two launched their own investigations.The new accusers said they were angered by Dutoit’s initial denial and wanted to show the scope of his sexual misconduct during his globe-trotting career. They said the Swiss-born conductor attacked them in Paris, Montreal and the United States over a four-decade period, starting in the late 1970s.Dutoit had been principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Hours after the AP sent Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic detailed summaries of the new allegations, the orchestra announced Wednesday that he was leaving those posts.Dutoit issued a statement saying he was “appalled and sickened” to be accused “of the heinous crime of rape.”“I am shaken to the core by this bewildering and baseless charge. To this, I submit my categorical and complete denial,” he said.Dutoit also has held such notable positions as music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.The woman who accused the conductor of raping her said the assault occurred when she was working with Dutoit at an orchestra on the East Coast of the U.S. The AP does not publish the names of people who say they are victims of sexual assault without their permission so, to protect her identity, the AP also is not disclosing the instrument she plays, her orchestra or the city where she said she was attacked.Three of her colleagues in the same orchestra told the AP that the woman confided in them after the encounter.One of the new accusers told the AP that the Boston Symphony was aware of the famed conductor’s behaviour and looked the other way. The symphony said it had received no prior complaints but declined to say whether management had warned women to not be alone with Dutoit, a regular guest conductor since 1981.___The musician accusing Dutoit of rape was then 28 and auditioning for an orchestra in early 1988 while he was guest-conducting. She said they were staying at the same hotel and rode the elevator together up to their shared floor one night.“As soon as I got to my room, the phone rang. It was Maestro Dutoit,” she said.She had heard rumours about inappropriate behaviour but said she thought nothing of it when Dutoit told her his luggage was broken and asked if she had a specific tool sometimes used to fix musical instruments. He invited her to come in when she brought it to his room, she said, first offering her a drink, which she declined. Within minutes, he forced himself on her, she said.“He came closer to me and tried to kiss me, and held my head so strongly it ripped my earring out,” said the musician, now in her 50s. “He pinned my wrists to the wall and pushed me to the bed.”“His pants were down in a split second and he was inside me before I could blink,” she said. She said she started crying, told him to stop and that she was married, but that it made no difference.When she blurted out that she was not on birth control, he quickly pushed her out the door, she said. “‘I’ll get some condoms and I’ll get you back,’” she quoted him as telling her.AP spoke with two male musicians who said she confided in them immediately after the encounter. One of them recalled she was afraid to be alone and said he served as her chaperone at subsequent concerts. Another said he urged her to report Dutoit to police but that she never did. “I was so afraid I would never be asked to play again,” she told the AP.A third man who joined her orchestra after the attack said he had generally known for years that something had happened with Dutoit, but did not learn the details until a decade ago.All three spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the musician’s identity and because they remain professional musicians and said they fear retribution within the industry.___French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt was 31 in May 1995 when she said Dutoit began singling her out for attention. She was singing the principal female role in Debussy’s “Pelleas and Melisande” with Dutoit conducting the Orchestre National de France in Paris.Dutoit offered her rides home in his chauffeured car, then started leaving messages on her answering machine telling her she was “marvelous” and that he desired her, she said. She said he became angry when she ignored his advances and began humiliating her in front of the orchestra — a tactic mentioned by other accusers in interviews with the AP.On the day of a dress rehearsal at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, she said, she found herself in an empty hallway with the conductor.“He came out of his dressing room and he jumped on me, pushed me against the wall and started to touch me everywhere, on my chest, between my legs. He forced me to kiss him. I fought back, and I pushed him away,” Schmidt, now retired from opera, said in a telephone interview from southern France.Shortly after the opera’s run ended, she said, Dutoit dropped her from future recitals and concerts around the world, she said.Two of Schmidt’s friends told the AP she described the experience to them several years ago.One, a Paris-based lawyer, said Schmidt told him Dutoit had “wanted to sleep with her and she refused, and he cancelled all their concerts.” The attorney, who works in the music industry, asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution.The other, Suzanne Delorme, recalled Schmidt saying that Dutoit had harassed her, humiliated her during rehearsals and at one point “cornered her and touched her all over her body.”“When I read what the other women were saying, how he cornered them against a wall, it was exactly what he did to me,” Schmidt said.___Musician Mary Lou Basaraba was in her early 20s and working as a journalist in the winter of 1977-78 when the Montreal Symphony Orchestra asked her to interview Dutoit for an in-house publication, she said. She said she was told Dutoit had specifically requested her for the interview, to be held at his apartment.Within minutes of her arrival, she said, Dutoit forced himself on her, kissing her and placing his hands on her breasts and crotch. “It was so uninvited, it was so crass,” said Basaraba, now the chorus master for the California Philharmonic and Golden State Pops Orchestra.She pushed him away, she said, insisting she was there to work. He later walked her to a cab, where she remembers him saying: “‘I find you very charming. I’d like you to be the woman in my life when I’m in Montreal.’”Basaraba’s ex-husband, conductor Clyde Mitchell, who played French horn in Montreal under Dutoit, said she told him about the maestro “attacking her on the sofa in his apartment.” A friend, Nancy Newman, also said Basaraba told her years ago that Dutoit “chased her around the room” and “asked her to be his mistress.”Years later, in 1991, when Dutoit was conducting at the LA Opera, Basaraba said, he called her twice on the day of a performance and asked her to come to his hotel room after the show. She did not go, she said.___Canadian soprano Pauline Vaillancourt told the AP that Dutoit tried to force himself on her in March 1981 after inviting her to dinner “to discuss work” after her performance as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony.As he drove her home, she said, he pulled the car into a dark spot, groped her breasts and legs and asked her to come back to his room. She told the AP she pushed him away and insisted he drive her home.“When I opened the car door to return home, he told me, ‘I need this after a concert. I need a woman to come home with me,’” she said. “He said it like he was angry that I had taken away something he needed.”Vaillancourt’s brother said his sister told him of the incident the next day. Dutoit had “touched her breast and made it clear that if she wanted to pursue her career it would help if she was more co-operative with him, which she declined,” said Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt, a pianist, conductor and classical music professor at the University of Montreal.In the light of the growing accusations against Dutoit, Pauline Vaillancourt, now 72, said she wonders: “Does that mean he did this to someone after each concert?”___Pianist Jenny Q. Chai, now 34, said she encountered Dutoit by chance after a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in the early 2000s. Chai had gone backstage hoping to meet acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich, one of Dutoit’s ex-wives, but instead was greeted by the conductor, who she said spoke with her, then leaned forward, kissing her cheeks and lips and trying to put his tongue in her mouth while touching her body.And Fiona Allan, now 50, said Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast when she delivered documents to his dressing room while interning in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Allan, now chief executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in England, said she fled the room and encountered Ray Wellbaum, the Boston Symphony’s then-orchestra manager, who told her that officials had received complaints about Dutoit from other women and warned her not go into his room alone.“I said, ‘It’s too late. I’ve already been in there,’” Allan recalled.Both women’s accounts were first reported in the classical music blog Slipped Disc.A friend who also is a pianist said he recalls Chai visiting him in 2000 or 2001 and telling him she had attempted to see Argerich backstage after a concert and that Dutoit “tried to kiss her on the lips with his tongue sticking out in front of everyone.” The friend asked not to be identified because he still works in the industry.Chris Stafford, chief executive at the Curve theatre in Leicester, England, said Allan told him in 2015 that Dutoit had groped her in his dressing room while at Tanglewood.The Boston Symphony was the first orchestra to announce that it was ending its relationship with Dutoit and has said it is hiring a law firm to investigate Allan’s allegations.The symphony said Wellbaum retired in 2016. He did not return a message left at his home seeking comment.___This story has been corrected to show Boston Symphony says it had no prior complaints about Dutoit, not that it declined to say whether it did.last_img read more

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first_img Bill Goldberg is on another winning streak.The former WCW and WWE heavyweight champion can follow another, albeit less punishing, script on a show with an easy enough name for him to remember.Goldberg, meet “The Goldbergs.”The 51-year-old Goldberg has a co-starring role on the ABC comedy when he appears as coach Nick Mellor on Wednesday’s episode. He plays the brother of series regular Rick Mellor (Bryan Callen), the gym coach. The brothers have a strained relationship that can only be patched up by Beverly Goldberg when they are forced to temporarily move into the Goldbergs’ house.“I felt like I was at home. Everywhere I turned, I saw my name,” Goldberg said, laughing in a phone interview. “It gave me an opportunity to show the lighter side of Goldberg.”He built his reputation as one of the baddest men in pro wrestling.Goldberg, who had a brief NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, burst onto the wrestling scene with the now-defunct WCW on a 173-0 winning streak capped by a win over “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan for the championship. He moved on to WWE and won the championship before he took a 12-year hiatus from the sport.Goldberg returned in 2016 and would become the company’s universal champion. He lost the championship to Brock Lesnar at last year’s WrestleMania in what stands as his last match.“Do I want to roll the dice again? I don’t know,” Goldberg said. “I’ll quote one of the most famous movies that I was ever in, ‘Santa’s Slay’: It ain’t over ’til I say it’s over.”Goldberg made his surprise return in large part to get the chance to wrestle in front of his wife and young son. The son turned 11 last year and had never seen his dad wrestle. Goldberg often hoisted his son on his shoulders, brought him into the ring or gave him a shoutout during his comeback run.“The angle was real and it was touching and it was true. I kind of left it all out there. It was a cleansing experience,” Goldberg said. “I owe it all to Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar. They gave me the opportunity to be one of the coolest dads in the world and they didn’t have to do that.”He has more big days ahead.Goldberg is set to co-host the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” he hosts the automotive podcast “CarCast” and he has an April 6 date at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans set for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. He’ll headline a class that includes Mark Henry, Hillbilly Jim, the Dudley Boyz and celebrity inductee Kid Rock.“Thankfully for the people that didn’t forget about me, they welcomed me with open arms,” Goldberg said. by Dan Gelston, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2018 2:37 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former WWE champ Goldberg transitions to ABC comedylast_img read more

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first_img by Colleen Long, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2018 9:15 pm PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actress who accused Weinstein needs money to finish film This undated image from video provided by Paz De La Huerta Inc. shows the actress Paz De La Huerta in her film “Valley of Tears,” which she wrote, directed and produced over a 12-year-period, and is now trying to finish with a crowdfunding campaign. She began making it years before publicly accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, and in the movie, a girl is raped by a butcher who then cuts off her feet. But the rape scene isn’t about the media mogul, De la Huerta said, nor does it depict the assaults she said took place in 2010. (Paz De La Huerta Inc. via AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Actress Paz de la Huerta has started a crowdfunding campaign to finish a movie she began making years before she publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.The movie “Valley of Tears” is her take on the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Red Shoes,” about a little girl with a pair of enchanted shoes. The story is tragic; the shoes force the girl to dance until she asks an executioner to cut off her feet. A 1948 film set the story in the world of dance; a ballerina seeks to be the best by wearing the shoes and faces the same fate.De la Huerta told The Associated Press that she took her version of the story even further. The girl is raped by a butcher who then cuts off her feet.But the rape scene is not about the media mogul, she said, nor does it depict the assaults she said took place in 2010. De la Huerta said she wanted to include the scene, in part, because she had an experience on another film where she felt a sexual assault scene was not shown from victim’s perspective.“I wanted to show the rape scene from the point of view of a woman that had actually been raped,” she said in an interview.Prosecutors and police in New York are investigating de la Huerta’s accusations that Weinstein raped her twice in her apartment. The “Boardwalk Empire” actress said she could not comment on the investigation.Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex with the actress or other women who have accused him of assault.De la Huerta said she began making the movie 12 years ago. She said she has one scene left to shoot and then must edit the film. She hopes to raise as much as $500,000.De la Huerta said in making the film, she drew on both the emotional trauma of her encounters with Weinstein and her struggle with physical pain after she fractured her tailbone during an on-set accident in 2011 where she was struck by an ambulance. In some of the scenes in her movie, she said she had to dance while in extreme pain.“I shot while I was in horrific pain, and you can see it on my face — those scenes I’m in tremendous pain myself. They really reflect where I was at the time.”She had a surgery a few years later that she said “saved her life,” and she also wanted to reflect the feeling of redemption in the film — so she is adding a twist that will make the movie a bit more positive than its artistic predecessors.“I really believe this film is about the end of suffering,” she said.last_img read more

Comcast challenges Disney with 65B bid for Fox

first_imgComcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company.The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner and rejected the government’s argument that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies. The ruling signalled that Comcast could win regulatory approval, too; its bid for Fox shares many similarities with the AT&T-Time Warner deal.Comcast says its cash bid is 19 per cent higher than the value of Disney offer as of Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that Comcast had lined up $60 billion in cash to challenge Disney for media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s company. Disney’s offer was for $52.5 billion when it was made in December, though the final value will depend on the stock price at the closing.“This is a golden offer that will put considerable pressure on (Disney CEO Bob) Iger and Disney to step up their game on another bid,” GBH Insights analyst Dan Ives said. “This is even higher than the Street thought, which speaks to Comcast really wanting these key assets.”The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox comes as traditional entertainment companies try to amass more content to compete better with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars.If the Comcast bid succeeds, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. That could lead to higher cable bills or make it more difficult for online alternatives to emerge, though there is not yet evidence of either happening following other mergers. For Disney, a successful Comcast bid could make Disney’s planned streaming service less attractive, without the Fox video.Content is becoming more important as ways to deliver content proliferate. Cable companies like Comcast are no longer competing only with satellite alternatives such as DirecTV, but also stand-alone services such as Netflix and cable-like online bundles through Sony, AT&T and others.Disney already started its own sports streaming service and plans an entertainment-focused one late next year featuring movies and shows from its own studios, which include Marvel, Pixar and “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm.With the Fox deal, Disney would get more content for those services — through the studios behind the Avatar movies, “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family,” along with National Geographic. Marvel would get back the characters previously licensed to Fox, reuniting X-Men with the Avengers.Comcast, meanwhile, has been leading the way in marrying pipes with the entertainment that flows through them. It bought NBCUniversal’s cable channels and movie studio in 2013 and added Dreamworks Animation in 2016.The Philadelphia company has been tinkering with the traditional cable bundle, offering stand-alone subscriptions for some types of video along with smaller bundles of cable channels delivered over the internet. Comcast has said it will add Netflix to some cable bundles.With Fox, Comcast would expand a portfolio that already includes U.S. television rights to the Olympics and comedy offerings such as “Saturday Night Live.” Comcast already owns such cable channels as CNBC, Bravo and SyFy.Whichever company prevails would also control Fox’s cable and international TV businesses. That’s key for Comcast, which currently doesn’t have an international presence. The Fox television network and some cable channels including Fox News and Fox Business Network would stay with Murdoch’s family under either deal, as with the newspaper and book businesses under a separate company, News Corp.Fox shareholders are set to vote on the Disney bid on July 10. Despite Comcast’s higher offer, it’s not immediately clear whether Fox’s board would entertain it. According to regulatory filings, an unnamed company, widely thought to be Comcast, previously made an offer for Fox. But Fox went with Disney because of concerns it would face more regulatory scrutiny with the other company.That was before U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in AT&T’s favour and rejected the government’s argument that its takeover of Time Warner would hurt competition in pay TV and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars more to stream TV and movies. The government worried that AT&T, as DirecTV’s owner, could charge Comcast and other rival distributors higher prices for Time Warner channels like CNN or HBO. In turn, that could drive up what consumers pay. AT&T and Time Warner argue they’re simply trying to stay afloat in the new streaming environment.Disney wouldn’t face the same issues because it isn’t a television distributor as the way Comcast and AT&T are. But if Disney gets Fox, the combined movie studios would account for 45 per cent of worldwide box office revenue, according to BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield. That could raise regulatory objections. A larger studio could use its power to keep its movies in more theatres longer, dampening competition from rival studios.Disney and Comcast had already been at battle in the U.K. over Sky TV. Fox has a 39 per cent stake in that company and has been trying to buy outright, with the intention of selling the full company to Disney as part of that deal. U.K. regulators have given the OK to that offer if Fox sells Sky News. Regulators there also have cleared Comcast’s $30.7 billion offer for the 61 per cent of Sky that Murdoch doesn’t own.In addition to the $35-per-share cash offer, Comcast agreed to pay a $2.5 billion termination fee if the deal doesn’t pass regulatory muster. It also agreed to reimburse Fox for the $1.5 billion-plus break-up fee it agreed to pay to Disney if their deal doesn’t go through.Disney and Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment. FILE- This combo of file photos shows the 21st Century Fox sign outside of the News Corporation headquarters building on Aug. 1, 2017, in New York, bottom, and a Comcast sign on Oct. 12, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla. Comcast is making a $65 billion bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. (AP Photo/File) center_img by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 1:12 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2019 3:46 pm PDT Gladys Knight scored a touchdown with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 53.The legend’s voice shined brightly Sunday, as she hit all the right notes ahead of the big game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.Noise and controversy surrounded the 74-year-old’s performance since some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people.Before Knight performed, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle harmonized like a veteran girl group as they sang “America the Beautiful.”Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will headline the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presscenter_img Gladys Knight, Chloe x Halle shine at Super Bowllast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 6:06 am PDT LONDON — Family says British actor Albert Finney, star of ‘Tom Jones,’ has died at 82 .More coming.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NewsAlert: Family says British actor Albert Finney, star of ‘Tom Jones,’ has died at 82last_img

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