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first_imgNew York, N.Y – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSummertime is a season of carefree fun as New York kids wave goodbye to school teachers and hello to camp counselors as they return to their favorite seasonal getaway…for parents, however, it is often not so simple. For families, the commute to camp can be a stressful experience— which is where Blue Star Jets steps in.Instead of packing up your kiddies for a long, stressful car ride, Blue Star Jets has developed a private aviation program to make the travel between New York City and your kids’ summertime home-away-from-home easier— The Blue Star Jets Camp Card.With round trips averaging $3,000 on a microjet (seating five) and $7,000 on a light jet (seating seven), The Blue Star Jets Camp Card offers parents and children up to three round trips to most summer camps in Maine, Pennsylvania, New York and New Hampshire, inviting them to travel comfortably on Greeting Day, Visiting Day and Closing Day.Blue Star Jets will also provide Taittinger Champagne for the parents (to help ease any nerves when saying goodbyes to their little campers) and gourmet PB&Js and care packages full of treats for campers, helping to make their summer camp experience extra special.www.bluestarjets.comlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTrump® Hotel Collection announced that Trump SoHo™ New York, the hotel in Downtown New York, will open its doors on April 9, 2010. Located at 246 Spring Street, the dramatic, 46-story silver-glass building boasts unrivaled views of the city’s spectacular skyline, the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building.Blending classically inspired interiors with contemporary New York design, this SoHo hotel’s 391 elegantly appointed rooms and suites will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, furnishings by Fendi Casa, and custom bedding by Bellino. With just 12 rooms per floor, Trump SoHo has the ambiance of an intimate hotel.Trump SoHo will offer such Trump Hotel Collection hallmarks as world-class dining at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, The Spa at Trump® with New York’s only authentic luxury hammam, the signature services of the Trump Attaché®, and the Trump® Kids and Trump® Pets programs. Bazaar lounge, seasonal Bar d’Eau on the lush 6,000-square-foot Pool Deck, and The Library, outfitted with TASCHEN books, will each provide a unique space to enjoy cocktails. Trump SoHo will offer the most meeting and event space in SoHo, with over 12,000 square feet that can be customized for any occasion.www.trumpsohohotel.comlast_img read more

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Created on December 28th 1909 by Barcelonabased

first_imgCreated on December 28th, 1909, by Barcelona-based jeweler and artist Luis Masriera, the “Eternity” was a handmade 18K gold and brilliant-cut diamond bauble inspired by myths of the ancients. Now, a full 100 years later, the label is paying homage to his creation’s enduring allure with a limited-edition re-release.Inspired by Art Nouveau, and symbolizing wisdom and eternal life, the new “Eternity” is an instant classic. It boasts a total of 1.335 carats worth of diamonds whose luminosity is set off by the addition of high-quality fired enamel, one of the Masriera house’s signature materials. Limited to just 15 pieces, it’s sure to become a treasured collector’s item—just like the original.The new “Eternity” will be available on December 28th, 2009. Visit www.masriera.es for more information.last_img read more

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Automobili Lamborghini SpA officially unveiled

first_imgAutomobili Lamborghini S.p.A. officially unveiled the “Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory” (ACSL) yesterday with an event held at the University of Washington. The unveiling of the lab publicly marks the leading super sports car manufacturer’s commitment to investing in the future of carbon fiber technologies by partnering with leaders in aerospace and composite material development, including University of Washington and The Boeing Company.   Lamborghini has made a substantial financial contribution to the ACSL with the goal of furthering the university’s long-time research in aeronautics and astronautics with partners such as The Boeing Company and the Federal Aviation Administration for application in super sports car development. Lamborghini intends to utilize the studies conducted through the ACSL to develop future vehicles with lighter, stronger and more versatile materials.    “Lamborghini remains committed to investing in its future, and advancing carbon fiber composite technologies is the key to achieving many our goals,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “As Lamborghini has long been influenced by aerospace technology, the University of Washington’s collaboration with The Boeing Company and the Federal Aviation Administration is the complementary fit to furthering our research and development programs that will continue to set the benchmark in carbon fiber technology.”  The ACSL has already contributed significantly to Lamborghini’s impact in certification methodology for carbon fiber composite materials. Lamborghini has collaborated with ACSL head Professor Paolo Feraboli on research projects since 2001. In 2007, the super sports car manufacturer increased activities with projects focused on “Crash Behavior of Composite Automotive Primary Structures.” Since 2008, Lamborghini has contracted a research project with the Advanced Structures Technology Group of Boeing Research & Technology, with the ACSL supporting the research collaboration.  “Partnerships between the University of Washington and industry leaders like Lamborghini give our students the advantage of working on real-world problems,” said University of Washington President Mark Emmert. “We are excited that University of Washington researchers and Lamborghini engineers will be collaborating to bring innovative materials to the automobile industry.”Carbon fiber is ideal for use in super sports car manufacturing due to the density of the material, which is far lower than steel. Substituting steel with carbon fiber reduces weight, which not only enhances the performance of the vehicle by increasing the power-to-weight ratio, but also lowers CO2 emissions by reducing the overall mass. Carbon fiber is also stiffer than other materials, thus creating better handling characteristics. In addition, carbon fiber provides greater manufacturing versatility, decreases the time it takes to make parts and simplifies the structure of the components. These key points provide proof that carbon fiber is the best material for nearly all applications which are essential for creating Lamborghini’s extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian super sports cars.The ACSL will provide the setting for testing and characterization, manufacturing and machining of carbon fiber materials.  www.lamborghini.comlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair always shows a great range of European art, dating from thousands of years ago up to 20th century modern classics. The show also encompasses furniture, paintings and jewelry and is now even more diverse by offering masterpieces from China and India, too. Naturally, this show is also the first choice for displaying specifically British works.Show HighlightsWith thousands of works of art on show, this preview only provides a taste of what to expect. Beginning with the dawn of European civilization—ancient Greece—Rupert Wace’s offering of a Greek amphora from about 500 BC, is decorated in red and black. Dionysus, god of wine, holds a drinking cup made out of a horn, which is a clever reference to the use of this amphora for holding wine. He is accompanied by two figures, and they are framed by floral patterns.Jumping ahead into the European Renaissance, Philip Mould is offering Portrait of a Lady by Lavinia Fontana, the first woman to be considered a professional artist in the 16th century. The subject of the portrait, dating from the 1590s, is unknown, though she most likely was a prospective bride whose family commissioned Fontana to paint her as part of the wedding negotiations. The details in the dress likely represent fertility, and the string of pearls and flowers in her hair symbolize purity.Britain’s greatest era for art may well be the 18th century, when the artistic innovations of mainland Europe had been fully absorbed and were then given new wings by the country’s increasing economic prosperity and scientific progress. A notable example is Matthew Boulton, who combined excellent taste and artistic creativity with new industrial processes. A pair of perfume burners circa 1772 show him at his best, mixing classical motifs such as harps and leaves in gilded bronze, with perfectly smooth white marble. They are offered by Ronald Phillips.All That GlittersJewelry is also a major attraction at the fair. Hancocks is showing an English diamond, ruby and platinum brooch in the shape of an orchid. Dating from 1930, it combines the lightness and dynamism of the 20th century with the elegance and luxury of the 19th century.But for luxury and fine materials no one can beat Fabergé, the great Russian jewelers to the tsars. A highlight at the show is a basket by chief workmaster Michael Perchin, from about 1900. The basket is made from agate. Rather than attempt to outdo nature, Perchin has emphasized the beauty of the naturally occurring stripes of red, white and pink in the precious stone. Then, he has embellished it with gold and gems.The 20th century saw a complete transformation in the limits of art. British sculptor Henry Moore was one of the many artists who found new ways to express himself in response to a changing world. His Helmet Head No. 3 is inspired by antique helmets the artist saw in museums as a boy. Moore does not use a traditional style but instead reaches out to abstraction, as can be seen from the rounded curves of the helmet and the archway-like mouth. It is on disply with Agnew’s.Another completely different thread of 20th century art is to be seen in Helmut Newton’s In My Garage, Monte Carlo. Newton was a fashion photographer and he elevated his work to fine art through lighting. His unique, subversive vision of society was inspired by early 20th century German cabaret, but he added a late 20th century aggression. This photograph, celebrating the human form, is a classic.Grosvenor House Art And Antiques Fair GuideWhen: June 11 to 17 Where: The Great Room, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London Contact: Alison Vaissiere, 44-20-7399-8100; info@grosvenorfair.co.uk; www.grosvenorfair.co.ukAirport London City Airport (LCY) is the only airport in the center of town. Contact: Andy Baker, 44 –20-7646-0222; andy@aircharter.com; www.londoncityairport.com.Hotel Since its founding in 1906, The Ritz has ranked as London’s most famous hotel. Its sumptuous Louis XVI style interior has been restored over the last 12 years at a cost of $100 million. Its guests have included King Edward VII, the Aga Khan and Charlie Chaplin. Select the 1,689-square foot Royal Suite ($6,900 a night). Contact: General Manager Stephen Boxall, 44-207-300-2221; execoffice@theritzlondon.com; www.theritzlondon.comRestaurant J. Sheekey is an excellent fish restaurant right in the heart of London. Enjoy traditional and modern dishes from scallops with cauliflower mash and black pudding, to monkfish and tiger prawn curry. The restaurant started in 1896 and it still enjoys a classic and timeless décor. Contact: Robert Moretto, 44-20-7240-2565; rmoretto@j-sheekey.co.uk; www.j-sheekey.co.ukArt CalendarUntil June 7 “Early Altarpieces,” Louvre Museum, ParisUntil August 23 “Silent Writings,” Espace Louis Vuitton, ParisMay 1 to 5 The International Fine Art Fair, New YorkMay 3 to October 4 “Pompeii and the Roman Villa,” Los Angeles County Museum of ArtMay 5 Impressionist and Modern Art Auction, Sotheby’s, New YorkMay 14 to 17 Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong KongJune 10 to 14 Art Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandBY SAMSON SPANIERlast_img read more

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Princess Royal Island BC Canada– In celebration

first_imgPrincess Royal Island, BC, Canada– In celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Day, King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort is offering guests the opportunity to give back to those who raised them, and treat Mom or Dad to a trip of a lifetime this June. Floating in a sheltered harbour, situated in the midst of the 21-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, King Pacific Lodge offers guests a rare and quiet retreat from the distractions of the modern world. With the largest remaining temperate rainforest, magnificent glaciers, mountains and ocean scenery surrounding the Lodge, families are given a rare chance to connect with one another and to create shared memories.Designed to provide guests with an intimate and awe-inspiring family adventure, the Parents’ Package takes families out into the wilderness or on to the water to discover new sights and experiences together, with opportunities to see orcas, humpback whales, eagles, wolves and bears. A private 15-minute helicopter sightseeing trip carries guests over waterfalls, lakes and absolute wilderness, offering a broader view of the pristine landscape. Heading back to the Lodge, sunsets and quiet moments on the deck allow the generations to reconnect. In the evening, the family will enjoy a private dinner in the Princess Royal Suite where they will share stories over gourmet cuisine featuring local seafood, the finest organic ingredients and award-winning British Columbia wines.“Family values are foundational to the Gitga’at Nation in whose territory the Lodge is located,” says Michael Uehara, President and Managing Director of King Pacific Lodge. “This is our way of celebrating family. Our guests are often successful entrepreneurs, many of whom credit their parents for their values and work ethic. This is an opportunity for them to enjoy time together in the most spectacular setting in the world.”The Parents’ Package includes a three-night stay in an Ocean View Room for the parents and a Wilderness View Room for additional family members, a special dinner in the Princess Royal Suite, a couples massage for the parents and a private 15-minute helicopter trip. The three-night package starts at $16,050 CAD for a family of three. Each additional family member costs $4,750 CAD. This package is available during the month of June 2008.last_img read more

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first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2018 6:29 am PDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2018 at 7:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Q&A: Four-time Juno nominee Jessie Reyez on why she refuses to shun awards shows VANCOUVER – Jessie Reyez is a leading contender heading into this weekend’s Junos, but the breakout singer says she’s not letting the awards buzz go to her head.“The last thing I want to do is get too happy,” the fiery 27-year-old musician said of her four nominations — a tally matched only by rockers Arcade Fire this year.“I feel like it’s dangerous to get complacent and celebrate too much… You can’t get comfortable.”But that doesn’t mean Reyez isn’t craving recognition.The Toronto-raised performer with Colombian roots says she’s excited about her Juno nods and what lies ahead this year. She’s in the running for best R&B/soul recording, best music video, breakthrough artist of the year and the Juno Fan Choice award.Reyez will also perform her single “Figures” on Sunday’s Junos broadcast airing live on CBC. Other nominated acts slated to play include fellow Toronto newcomer Daniel Caesar, Diana Krall, Arkells and Lights. The show at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena will be hosted by pop crooner Michael Buble.The telecast caps off a weekend of accolades for Canadian music, starting at the Juno Awards gala dinner on Saturday where most trophies are handed out. The event will be streamed on the CBC Music website.Reyez spoke to The Canadian Press about making her first impression on Junos viewers, and why she’s still chasing awards, even if Canada’s biggest hip hop acts refuse to submit their work for consideration to some awards shows.CP: You’re coming off a steady run of tour dates but this Junos performance is among your first on a big-time awards show. What’s going through your mind as you prepare?Reyez: A lot of people don’t know me, and for a lot of people this will be their first time hearing me. So it’s going to be me trying to make that moment as potent as possible. Not a lot of embellishments. It’s going to be honest. It’s going to be me.CP: You have a reputation for laying your emotions bare on the stage, sometimes even bringing yourself to tears when you sing. How do you consistently deliver these raw performances?Reyez: The stories in the songs come from my real life. And it’s kind of like, ah man, at the risk of sounding cheesy, it’s kind of like a wound, like a cut. People want to get over things, so (they) move forward and don’t think about it, but when you make a song, it’s there forever. If you go back to it, and get lost in it, it’s like digging your finger into that cut. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t cringe when I put my finger in a cut.CP: The song “Gatekeeper,” from your debut EP “Kiddo” released early last year, felt especially potent in the wake of the #MeToo movement. It’s a vivid retelling of your experience with a powerful music industry player who tried to pressure you into sex with promises of fame. What’s it like seeing that song take on greater significance amid conversations about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry?Reyez: It was a real story of something that happened to me, so it didn’t really hit me until after (the song was finished). I didn’t even think (of the impact it could have) until me and the producer were done and he was like, “This is crazy.” It messed me up more when we were in meetings and we’d play it. You’d see visceral reactions. You would see some girls just go tense and their eyes tear up because they see themselves in that situation and they went through it.CP: You’ve been secretive about the status of your debut full-length album, saying you’re a perfectionist and it’ll see the light of day “when God wants.” What’s the hold-up?Reyez: I want it to be great. I want it to be something that I’m proud of in 10 years. I want it to be something that, if I’m lucky enough to have kids they’ll be like, “Yo, remember when mom made this?” You know what I mean? I want there to be pride in it, my parents to be proud of it. I want accolades.CP: You’ve mentioned previously that one of your aspirations is having a shelf of Grammys. That’s pretty ambitious out of the gate.Reyez: That’s definitely my goal… but I’m still a rookie. That’s why I’m trying to do this for the long haul. I’m trying to think of the 10-year plan and the calibre of music I need to make. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of dope musicians. Any time I’m in a (recording) session, I try to walk in like a sponge and take notes, learn and try to get better.CP: Some of your fellow Toronto hip hop artists have shunned big awards shows like the Grammys and Junos in recent years under the belief they don’t give the music genre its due. (Drake and the performers on his OVO Sound label chose not to submit their work to the Junos for consideration this year and the rapper has famously shunned the Grammys.) Why have you decided to set your sights on these trophies?Reyez: I know (there’s talk) about how a lot people of colour don’t get recognized, a lot of hip hop music doesn’t get recognized. For me, I try to always look at the positive. If I get to hold that (Grammy) one day, I can say, “OK, dope. This little chick that was born in… Toronto, this little Colombiana woman of colour, a minority female, did it.” I want to be able to say that so my two little nieces can feel like they can do anything.CP: One trait that stands out about your personality is this determined trajectory you’ve set yourself on. What’s your mantra?Reyez: “You only lose when you quit.” It’s crazy, eh? All those cliches you hear in school and kind of brush off —because they seem to lose potency — are the keys to life. I wish more kids knew that.— This interview has been edited and condensed.—Follow @dfriend on Twittercenter_img Jessie Reyez is seen in this undated handout photo. Jessie Reyez is a leading contender heading into this weekend’s Junos, but the breakout singer says she’s not letting the awards buzz go to her head. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Universal Music Canada, Marlon Munoz, *MANDATORY CREDIT* last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this May 13, 2005, file photo, a man puts finishing touches on his sand castle along the beac in Boracay, central Philippines. As the Thailand government announced that it will close its iconic Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island, Philippines President President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to close Boracay, a small central island popular for its powdery white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife, saying it has become a “cesspool.” (AP Photo/Pat Roque, File) Thai beach from DiCaprio movie gets breather from tourists BANGKOK – The daily hordes of tourists have exhausted the Thai beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie.Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made Wednesday by Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department.“It’s like someone who has been working for decades and has never stopped,” said Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a prominent marine scientist and member of Thailand’s national strategy committee on environment development. “Overworked and tired, all the beauty of the beach is gone. We need a timeout for the beach.”Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained open year-round since a Hollywood crew set foot there in 1999 to film “The Beach,” the dark backpacker tale based on a novel by Alex Garland.The beach receives an average of 200 boats and 4,000 visitors each day. Recent surveys by a team led by marine biologists found a large part of the coral reefs around the area is gone and sea life has virtually disappeared.Other Southeast Asian beach resorts are under threat too.In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to close Boracay, a small central island popular for its powdery white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife, saying it has become a “cesspool.”“Their waste would go directly to the ocean. The germ content is already very high there,” Duterte said last week. “It only looks good because of the white coastline.”His top environmental officials say Boracay may be closed in the last week of April after a 30-day notice is issued and the tropical island placed under a state of calamity to allow the government to extend emergency funds to affected villagers and establishments.During the closure, which could last six months or less, a massive cleanup is planned and noncompliant beach resorts and other establishments would have to install waste treatment and disposal systems to halt further contamination. Boracay drew more than 1 million tourists last year mostly from Asia, the United States and Europe.Boracay officials may face administrative cases for allowing environmental laws to be breached for years and for failing to regulate the influx of tourists beyond the island’s capacity.Thon said the Thai beach’s temporary closing will kick-start the rehabilitation process.“If you ask me if it is too late to save our islands, the answer is no. But if we don’t do something today, it will be too late,” said Thanya Netithammakum, head of the National Parks and Wildlife Department.When Maya Bay reopens, the department will set a daily limit of 2,000 tourists, while boats will no longer be allowed to anchor there and will have to dock on the opposite side of the island at floating piers.The number of visitors the beach has been seeing is unsustainable, and a temporary closure is better than nothing, Thon said.“The locals know that and we all know that,” he said. “This would be a good way to start managing our tourist destinations. And we can improve on what we learn after the first year. We know that it’s important we manage our resources well. It’s not about more numbers of tourists but about sustainable tourism that benefit locals as well.”More than 35 million tourists visited Thailand last year, compared to around 10 million when “The Beach” premiered in 2000.Thai authorities have in the past closed off islands ruined by mass tourism. Koh Yoong, part of the Phi Phi island chain, and Koh Tachai, in the Similan Islands National Park, have been off limits to tourists permanently since mid-2016.Thon, who surveyed both islands recently, said the results have been amazing. Areas with a bleak sea life environment and coral bleaching are now teeming with robust and colorful sea life and coral, he said. He’s certain that the annual closure will also help restore Maya Bay.“I have always dreamt that one day we could work to bring her back to life. I have been following and working on Maya Bay for more than 30 years. I had seen it when it was a heaven and I see it when it has nothing left. Anything that we can do to bring this paradise back to Thailand is the dream of a marine biologist,” he said.___Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.center_img by Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2018 5:51 am PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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FILE In this May 23 2016 file photo Adam Levin

first_img FILE – In this May 23, 2016 file photo, Adam Levin, Casey Harris and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors attend the world premiere of “Me Before You” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York. The group’s newest album “Orion” to be released on June 14, 2019, bristles with interesting songs and textures, (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Music Review: X Ambassadors return right where they left off AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 10:47 am PDT X Ambassadors, “Orion” (Interscope/KIDinaKORNER)You really have to hand it to alt-rockers X Ambassadors: They’re not very pushy. This was the year they were supposed to shine but they’ve ended up helping others first.In 2019 alone they’ve contributed and produced tracks for Lizzo’s breakthrough album “Cuz I Love You” and lead singer Sam Harris co-wrote several songs for “For the Throne,” the album inspired by “Game of Thrones.”Maybe those were appetizers, getting our stomachs ready. Now the main course has arrived with “Orion,” the follow-up to their impressive 2015 debut “VHS,” with the beautiful songs “Unsteady” and “Renegades.” And it’s clear they really haven’t missed a step.From the infectious rockers “Hey Child” and “Boom” to the acoustic-and-strings heart-tugger “History,” the new album bristles with interesting songs and textures. Rising star K.Flay’s voice blends nicely with Harris’ on “Confidence” while “Wasteland” has a sort of U2-ish vibe. Lyrics that deal with economic insecurity fuel the super mid-tempo “Quicksand” and “Rule” is a little needy smoky piano ditty.Producer Ricky Reed, who also worked on Lizzo’s album, has come in to help oversee the band’s sound and he’s cut away at some of the band’s tendency to clutter, providing guitar and bass work, too. “Orion” is a quieter album than its predecessor but allows Harris’ voice and the songwriting to shine.The album continues with the band’s tendency for confessional lyrics, especially on “I Don’t Know How to Pray,” which has Harris on his knees in a bathroom fumbling a plea to heaven. That song fragment ends with a taped snippet of him spontaneously chatting with his brother, Casey, the band’s keyboardist. It’s hard to get more intimate than this.After a strong first half, “Orion” drops off somewhat, with “Shadow” and “Recover” merely treading water. The band pulls it together in time to deliver a final blistering tune, “Hold You Down,” an earworm of synth handclaps, quiet sections, explosive crests and electronic shards.It seems to be another song about lovers enduring — “We’ll be the last ones dancing/When the lights go out” — but as with most X Ambassador songs, there’s more to it than that. It’s really about the enduring bond of these special brothers. Having them back is a special treat._____Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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July 27 2009 Congratulations to the June 21 2

first_imgJuly 27, 2009 Congratulations to the June 21. 2009 Workshop upon their graduation day, which took place last Friday, July 24. 2009: [from left] Keegan Carmichael, Lee Davis-Mayberry, Eliot Clerke, Anna Tran and Felly Tesei Limpangui. Also graduated: Vittorio Leone and Tanner White. [Photo: sa & text: Anna Tran]last_img

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March 6 2013More images from the new Cordes Junct

first_imgMarch 6, 2013More images from the new Cordes Junction Interchange at Highway I 17, here from the actual ‘ARCOSANTI’ bridge.We are looking north, over the Cordes Junction storage facility, surely familiar to our alumni.Here is a closer look at the same view to better see the Soleri relief on the bridge abutment.Here we are driving from north to south, viewing the opposite side of the Arcosanti bridge. In the background we can see the new fly-over bridge to Highway 69.[photo: Chihiro Saito]Same view with a closer look of Paolo Soleri’s relief designs.We will report more on the new Interchange in upcoming reports.[photo: Chihiro Saito]last_img read more

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July 3 2013The Arcosanti community extends its de

first_imgJuly 3, 2013The Arcosanti community extends its deepest sympathy to the friends, families and co-workers of the Granite Mountain Hotshot heroes, who were our neighbors, and we give our thanks for the continuing good work of firefighters and other emergency personnel on the line right now. To those of you who are connected to Arcosanti from around the world, please know that we are fine here, at a safe distance of more than 30 miles from the fire.Information and updates about the fire are available through all major media outlets.Information and updates about the firefighters, including ways to donate or otherwise assist, are available here.last_img read more

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September 18 2017Last week Arcosanti was visited

first_imgSeptember 18, 2017Last week, Arcosanti was visited by Local Earth. “Local Earth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to upgrading the health and sustainability of our planetary systems. We are doing this by creating a regenerative model for human society that integrates harmoniously with our natural environment. We are cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship with the human species and the entirety of our global ecosystem. The old paradigm ways of fear and competition are becoming obsolete. We are upgrading the operating systems for planet Earth, just as we upgrade the operating systems on our computers.. Earth 2.0 is evolving from a solutions-based modest of creativity, cooperation, collaboration and abundance.”During their visit, they took time to learn about the Arcosanti project by interviewing different members of the community and employees of the Cosanti Foundation including, Co-president Jeff Stein. These interviews helped to explain the powerful work that the architecture and the community at Arcosanti are doing every day to live a more “regenerative” lifestyle. You can find more information about Local Earth here: http://local-earth.org/about/(Text and photos by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

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Cyta market share continues to shrink regulator says

first_imgWhen the government decided to withdraw its draft bill on the privatisation of state-telecom Cyta last year, the company lost more ground to its competitors, the telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday.The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, as the government owned corporation is officially known, saw its market share in the number of mobile phone users fall to 58 per cent in December, the lowest since 2009, from 60 per cent in June and 62 per cent in December 2015, the regulatory authority for telecommunications and postal services said on its website. In June 2009, Cyta’s market share in mobile phone users was 81 per cent.MTN’s share of mobile phone users rose in December to 34 per cent from 33 per cent in June and 32 per cent in December 2015, the regulator said. Primetel was also successful in increasing its market share to 6.7 per cent in December from 5.8 per cent in June and 4.9 per cent in December 2015. The market share of other providers such as LemonTel and CallSat rose marginally and remained below 1 per cent.MTN and Primetel won market share in December both in terms of number of mobile telephony contract subscribers and prepaid service users at the expense of Cyta, the regulator said. Cyta’s share in contract subscribers fell to 60 per cent in December from 65 per cent in December 2015, while that of MTN and Primetel rose to 32 per cent and 7.9 per cent from 29 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively.Cyta’s share in prepaid service users shrank to 55 per cent at the end of 2016 from 58 per cent a year before, while that of MTN and Primetel rose to 38 per cent and 5.2 per cent from 36 per cent and 4 per cent respectively, the telecommunications regulator said.In December, the number of total contract subscribers in Cyprus rose in December an annual 6.5 per cent to 648,184 while that of prepaid service users fell 3.4 per cent to 485,596, the regulator said. The total number of mobile phone users rose 2 per cent to 1,133,780.Finance minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday that the government would make another attempt towards Cyta’s privatisation this year by selling a minority package.Cyta generated a profit of €58.9m after tax in 2015, compared to a net profit of €47.6m in 2014.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Parents warned over dangerous toys on the market

first_imgA total of 14 products, most of them potentially dangerous toys, may be on the market in Cyprus and have been recalled, according to a Rapex (Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products) announcement on Monday.Outlining 35 dangerous products across EU member states, 14 may be on the market in Cyprus. The Cyprus Protection Service has begun inspections in the market, according to a statement.Among the dangerous items are dressing up costumes, a kitchen set and an archery set.The first item is a costume, model 91.115, brand name PROFISA, barcode number 8426215911153, made in China. Small items from the costume easily detach themselves and pose a risk of choking.The second item is a children’s kitchen set with the BULLYCAN brand, model 3320, code number 13039000321 and barcode number 8413419232184, made in China. According to the announcement, it poses a risk of choking in case any of the small items, which easily come off the set, are swallowed.An archery toy set YANI brand has also been recalled. The model number is J500054 and barcode number 80330670000342 made in China. The product poses risks of swallowing small parts of the products.A costume, model PZ28580, brand name SMARTY PARTY, barcode 8578083024913 made in China has been recalled due to a risk of strangling from strings on the costume.A witch’s hat, model reference 257-3389, brand name JUGUETES PASTOR, bar code 0202570033895, made in China, poses a risk of burning due to it being highly flammable.Fruit looking candles, model reference 404062, brand RS, barcode 8800884040626, made in China pose a risk to children that may perceive them to be real fruit and consume them or put the candles in their mouth.The same risk is posed for product number seven – candles which look like candy, reference number 404037, brand RS, barcode number 8800884040374 and made in China.Another archery toy, Norbi-Toys brand, barcode 5901289077798 made in China, poses a risk of choking stemming from possible ingestion of parts that are easily detached from the toy.Product number nine is listed as a police toy with an unknown brand, made in China. There is a risk of choking from small parts that may be swallowed.A game containing a toy gun, arrow, knife and arrows of an unknown brand, model number 2016 made in China poses the same risk of swallowing.Another costume, model reference 706030-T00-0000, brand name EUROCARNAVALES, barcode 8423667077345 made in China, a puzzle mat brand SUN TA TOYS REGIO JATEK model numbers 1017 and 1008M barcodes 5996055493360 and 5996055477117 made in Malaysia pose a risk of choking from possible ingestion of small parts.A soft toy which can also be used as a jacked model reference 98053 brand JAY@PLAY, product code 14004305015, SK02-01/15L20504 barcode 8436531980535 made in China carries a risk of choking stemming from the zip.A bubble blowing product from the General De Juguettes brand with barcode 4030681003874 made in Spain carries a microbiological risk of mesophiles in the liquid. For more information, or to file a complaint, members of the public are urged to contact the consumer protection service via a hotline at 1429, the website www.consumer.gov.cy or any of the district offices. Nicosia: 22200930, 22200923, 22200925, Limassol: 25819150, Paphos: 26804613, Larnaca and Famagusta: 24816160 You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Unemployed grads to staff polling stations

first_imgElection centres for the presidential election in 2018 will be staffed by unemployed graduates, the government announced on Monday.Unemployed graduates can declare their interest at aps.elections.moi.gov.cy. The site will be activated by midnight on Monday, December 18, 2017.Only those registered on the electoral roll may apply. They must also have been registered as unemployed with the labour ministry as of October 31, 2017. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Demonstration outside palace against rising rents

first_imgDemonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace on Sunday afternoon to protest against sky rocketing rents around the island.Organised by the Cyprus Demonstrators against Expense (Pod) and the Limassol-based Right to Shelter, demonstrators said every individual deserves a better future and the state is obliged to offer decent living conditions and equal treatment.Founder of Pod Constantinos Romanos said Sunday’s demonstration was not just about high rents and the right to a home but a series of issues that affect people including rising fuel costs, minimum wage and education.He said the demonstration was “for the guy next door who just wants their constitutional rights for a dignified existence.“We demand the authorities see that we are not just numbers, but people,” he added.Sunday’s demonstration, he said, would be followed by other moves.The protest aimed to inform the public of their rights according to the constitution and to the European Convention on Human Rights, according to the organisers.Last week lawmakers harangued the government for not doing enough to support vulnerable people as housing becomes ever more unaffordable due to rising rents. The discussion at the House interior committee will continue on Monday at which the ministers of labour and the interior are expected to attend.The House committee heard that rents in Cyprus are higher than in Amsterdam and that during 2017 the average price of flat rentals islandwide went up by 12.5 per cent; in Limassol prices soared by as much as 25 per cent.During the same year, the average increase in house rentals increased by 9.2 per cent across the country, and by 10.20 per cent in Limassol.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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POVEK hits back at Shacolas over opening hours

first_imgSMALL shopkeepers’ union POVEK general-secretary Stefanos Koursaris yesterday hit back at a statement by leading retailer Nicos Shacolas earlier this week raving about the new extended shopping hours.POVEK, has already said it will fight the decree legally. The union says its members cannot compete with larger retailers such as the Shacolas Group which has the resources to stay open late and to open on Sundays.“We recognise the right of your administration to defend and promote the interests of your group, but allow the other thousands of businesses and workers to have an entirely different and opposing view to yours,” Koursaris said in a statement aimed at Shacolas, who declared the new opening hours a success.Koursaris said that in almost all EU countries, where the option exists to remain open late and on Sundays, most shops remained closed.“Only malls and large department stores and supermarkets implement these extended hours,” he said.Shacolas said that on the first Sunday when the shops were allowed to stay open – July 14 – more people had gone out shopping, even in Nicosia where most of the population goes away for the weekend, he said.The new decree, announced on July 9, that POVEK intends to challenge, allows for shops outside tourist areas to stay open until 10pm on weekdays and from 9am until 9pm on Sundays.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Remnants from north oil spill being dealt with swiftly

first_imgOIL FROM the spill in the north, which had drifted south, is dispersing and the situation is under control with crews at the ready to deal with any clumps of drifting residue, authorities said yesterday.“Day by day the amount of oil in the sea is decreasing thanks to the clean-up crews who have been working extremely hard,” coastal inspector Giorgos Economou said.Members from the ParalimniMunicipality, district offices, forestry department and volunteers from civil defence and the scouts have been involved in the clean-up process.“The message is clear and that is that we have the situation under control and there is absolutely nothing to worry about,” he said.Economou revealed that only small amounts of oil had made it to the beaches and they were quickly removed by the crews.“Our people are ready to deal with any circumstances that may arise and we patrol the shores from the first light until sundown,” he added.Authorities had been put on alert on Friday after the oil-spill in the sea off the coast of the Karpas in the north reached government-controlled waters.According to reports in Turkish Cypriot Kibris on Sunday, ‘minister of tourism, environment and culture’ Mehmet Harmanci said, that the small amounts of oil residue which were spotted off the Palm Beach coast of Famagusta may be oil waste from ships which pass from the area.  He added that tight measures had been taken in order to prevent the oil spill from spreading.The paper also reported that members of the public spotted oil and tar on the beach.“Like a nightmare!” was the title of Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis’ front page on Sunday. It reported that the inhabitants of Gastria village had been living a nightmare for years now. Apart from the latest destruction caused by the oil spill, they have to breathe the poisonous gases coming out from the chimneys of power station AKSA, , which has been fined for the spill as the oil had been destined for the plant when it occurred.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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2014 probably the most difficult year

first_imgBy George PsyllidesNEXT YEAR will probably be the most difficult year for the Cypriot economy, the finance minister warned on Monday, but it is also the year to correct the ills that led to its collapse.Presenting the 2014 budget to parliament, Harris Georgiades also stressed that there was no room for any increases in expenditure as he repeated that the government had no intention of revising its conservative forecasts.“We remain cautious,” he told reporters. “We know 2014 will be a very difficult year. Perhaps the most difficult.”The island’s economy has performed better than expected so far as Cyprus reeled under the terms of an international bailout, which saw its banking sector decimated in return for €10 billion.Despite the results, international lenders expected deterioration in the second half of the year.According to their draft report on the first review of Cyprus’ programme, both the primary balance as well as the overall budget balance exceeded their targeted values, by 1.6 per cent of GDP and 2.3 per cent of GDP, respectively.The main factors behind the positive outcome were tight expenditure controls, sizeable consolidation measures, but also one-off revenues of 1.6 per cent of GDP from the sale of licences for gas exploitation and higher dividends due to extraordinary Central Bank profits.The budget reflects the difficult times expected ahead, Georgiades said, adding however, that 2014 was the year when the ills plaguing the economy must be corrected.“Let me stress that 2014 must be, and will be, the year when the most crucial decisions will be made to correct all those that led the economy to this difficult position,” Georgiades said. “It is the time to take and enforce the decisions, which were postponed in the past.”The budget is the island’s first post-bailout budget, providing for a 10 per cent, or some €626 million cut in net spending compared to 2013.Main opposition AKEL criticised the government for not spending enough on development.Georgiades said there was “simply no room” to increase expenditure but was prepared to listen to any proposals as long as they included suggestions on how to save money from elsewhere.“It is not as if we have more to spend but we are putting it aside,” Georgiades.Cyprus has been shut out of international markets since May 2011, leaving international assistance under painful terms as the “sole source of financing”.“Everyone’s aim should be to restore credibility, upgrading the Cypriot economy’s credit ratings and eventually returning to the markets,” the minister said.The minister said growth would come from the private sector and the government was not planning on imposing any more taxes.“We will not continue the policy of the past 18 months,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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