Aboriginal Affairs parliamentary secretary dismisses First Nation concerns over proposed federal election

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Harper government’s parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal Affairs dismissed concerns tabled before a House of Commons committee Thursday that proposed changes to the law governing federal elections would reduce voting participation by First Nation people.Aboriginal Affairs parliamentary secretary Mark Strahl said he believed the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, would actually help more First Nation people vote.“(The proposed bill) is providing opportunities for Canadians to vote,” said Strahl, who initially tried to avoid questions on the issue from APTN National News. “I think that all Canadians are concerned about their elections and the Act clearly takes into account the concerns of all Canadians.”The House of Commons’ Procedure and House Affairs committee heard testimony from two First Nations organizations and a band from Saskatchewan. All three told the committee the Harper government’s proposed election changes would keep more First Nation people from casting a ballot.First Nation voting participation rates range from 35 per cent to 75 per cent across the country.“How can the Canadian government continue to monitor the voting procedures and processes in other countries when they are excluding the disadvantaged voters in Canadian federal elections?” said Gladys Christiansen, director of human resources for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. “If Bill C-23 is not amended the number of First Nations people that will be able to vote in the next and future federal elections will be significantly reduced and will be eliminated for many.”The proposed bill would eliminate the use of vouching which allowed people without proper identification to vote if someone with proper ID vouched for them. It would also disallow the use of Elections Canada’s voter information cards as proof of address.Christiansen said those changes would directly impact First Nations people on reserve who don’t possess the required identification to vote. Someone with only an Indian status card would not be able to vote because the card does not include an address. The issue of addresses is also tricky because many reserves used PO Boxes and the documents listed among the 39 forms of authorized ID are difficult to find in many communities, she said.Many people living on reserve do not have things like bank or credit card statements, vehicle ownership records, residential lease or insurance policy documents. With the type of overcrowding faced by many communities, with sometimes up to a dozen people living in one house, utility bills would also be useless because they would name only one person.Christiansen took aim at Pierre Poilievre who is the minister of state for democratic reform and point person for the government on the bill.“Unlike the Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, who has numerous pieces of identification in his wallet, most First Nations people do not have any of those pieces of authorized identification and documents, much less one that contains an address,” she said.Saskatchewan Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski said the proposed bill would allow the use of a vouching letter from band politicians or officials to confirm place of residence.Christiansen said such an option was too onerous for a band like Lac La Ronge which has 3,778 on-reserve members eligible to vote.“We have nothing better to do than to sit around and write letters to prove who we are? Why do we have to do that? We have been doing it long enough,” said Christiansen, in a separate interview.She said status cards should be enough for a First Nation person to vote.Assembly of First Nations CEO Peter Dinsdale raised a different concern centred on the proposed bill’s shackling of the Chief Electoral Officer. Under the bill, the Chief Electoral Officer would be restricted to communicating only about how and where to vote.Dinsdale said this would hurt work between First Nation organizations and Elections Canada on increasing First Nation voting participation.“The AFN has worked productively with Elections Canada in a non-partisan capacity over the past three federal elections to help ensure that First Nation voters have information on how to participate in federal elections,” said Dinsdale. “These changes, it would seem, would eliminate our efforts to reach out to band offices to provide information for an upcoming election.”Conservative MP Scott Reid, who is a member of the Procedure and House Affairs committee, said the proposed bill would not prevent the AFN from partnering with Elections Canada on outreach projects.Conservative MP Blake Richards, also a committee member, said he didn’t think ID issues kept First Nation people from voting.“I don’t think that anything that is being eliminated here in this bill would create a greater barrier. What this bill does is provide a mandate that Elections Canada must do a better job of focusing on making sure people are aware of the logistics that are required in order to vote,” said Richards.NDP MP David Christopherson, who is a member of the committee, said First Nation concerns over the bill should have been enough to stop it.“When you hear representatives of the First Nations people and reminding us of the existing challenges that exist and to add to that that new challenges are being created…given the critical importance of that relationship and the incredibility poor job this government is doing…this alone should have been enough for a government that really cared about First Nation people to say, wait a minute,” he said.Teresa Edwards, in-house legal counsel for the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said it appears that the Conservatives are trying to keep First Nation people from voting.“That is the fear that anyone could have when you look at the situation. It would create a barrier for First Nation people in the next election,” she said. “Are they trying to limit the amount of people who are eligible to come out and vote?”Poilievre was also asked by the NDP about First Nations concerns over his bill during question period Thursday. His answer ignored the question.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

US law poses dilemma for dying vets seeking lethal drugs

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Suffering from heart problems, Bob Sloan told his children he wants to use California’s new law allowing life-ending drugs for the terminally ill when his disease becomes too advanced to bear.But then the 73-year-old former U.S. Army sergeant learned that because he lives at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville — the nation’s largest retirement home for veterans — he must first move out.Veterans in government-run homes in many parts of the country that have legalized physician-assisted death, including Colorado, Vermont and Washington, D.C., are finding similar restrictions because assisted suicide goes against the policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.Veterans like Sloan say relocating would cause undue hardship during an already painful time. Veterans living at the Yountville home raised the issue in recent weeks with California lawmakers, and one organization is considering taking legal action if the regulation stays in place.“I should be able to die peacefully in my home, and this is my home,” Sloan said of Yountville, where he has lived since 2013. “If I’m in that state or condition, why should I be forced to move to make use of what has been changed into law? It just doesn’t make sense.”Doctors also can legally prescribe lethal medication for terminally ill patients in Oregon and Washington. Veteran homes in those states do not require the person be discharged to take the drugs, though staff cannot be involved, and no federal funds can be used. Montana’s state Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that doctors could use a patient’s request for life-ending medication as a defence against criminal charges.Opponents say the option could lead to hasty decisions, misdiagnosis and coercion.Regardless of state laws, the 1997 Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act passed by Congress prohibits the use of federal funds for assisted suicides, Veterans Affairs spokesman Curt Cashour said. The VA provides many state homes with money for veterans’ care, including the doctors. It leaves it to states to decide their own regulations regarding the homes.The funding restriction act is the only federal law regarding the issue. The Supreme Court has left it to states to enact legislation permitting or prohibiting physician-assisted deaths.After California’s law took effect in 2016, California’s Department of Veterans Affairs, or CalVet, mandated the discharge of residents intending to consume medication to achieve a peaceful death and barred any employees, independent contractors or anyone else from participating in any activities under the End of Life Option Act while on the premises of one of its homes. If a veteran decides not to go through with it, the person will be re-admitted immediately.It also promises, like in other states that require veterans move first, to assist them in transferring to hospice, a home or another facility.“The safety and support of our veterans is our No. 1 priority, and we cannot implement policies or programs that could result in California losing vital federal funding for our veterans,” CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani said in an email to The Associated Press.Funds from the VA account for more than half of the operating budget for CalVet’s eight live-in care facilities, which serve more than 2,600 people.After veterans at the Yountville home and advocates for the end-of-life option sent a letter protesting the discharge policy, CalVet officials promised to look into the matter. But so far, they have not proposed a solution.Yountville resident Ed Warren, who signed a protest letter sent to CalVet in October, said he believes there are ways the homes can get around the federal restrictions.“It is an inhumane act because these people, if they’re at such a point of considering ending their life, they are not in a position to go through the mechanics of disenrolling to check out of here,” said the 82-year-old who served in the Air Force.Advocate Kathryn Tucker, of the End of Life Liberty Project, said many states are interpreting the federal restrictions too broadly. The 1997 law does not bar such deaths from occurring on the premises of state homes if no federal funds are spent.She is considering legal action if CalVet’s regulation remains.Nationwide, only one veteran in a state home is known to have requested lethal medication. He died at a veteran home in Washington state in 2015.California requires patients make an oral and written request for a prescription for life-ending drugs to their primary doctors. Two doctors must determine if the patient has fewer than six months to live.The state requires the person be able to administer the drugs themselves without help. A common drug used for such purposes, secobarbital, can run up to $5,000 for a lethal dose.Tucker recently gave a talk to a small group at Yountville, but the home would not allow the in-house TV station to air the presentation to its more than 900 residents.CalVet officials said they considered her presentation to be political since it involved changing the home’s policy, and state resources, which fund the TV station, cannot be used for political purposes.Ed Warren’s wife, Jac, quit working at the station over what she saw as censorship.“It was an informational meeting,” said Jac Warren, 81. “If you live in a state facility, you should not be disallowed from taking advantage of state legislation.”last_img read more

The City of Fort St John launched the first video for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of FSJ has released their first video ‘Move up Here’ to boost the message of their recruitment campaign to online and social platforms to encourage new people to move to the area for work.Earlier in the year, the City released a hard copy brochure to help local businesses draw new people to the community for employment.  By collaborating with businesses that require skilled employees and trained professionals to fill employment positions, the City helped to create a visually appealing campaign to attract potential employees to ‘Move up Here’.With the launch of the first of four videos online, the reach of the message has the ability to extend to a different group of people. As this part of the campaign can be seen and shared in a different capacity, this will help get the message out further to inspire more. “The Campaign is a celebration and showcase of the community,” said Ryan Harvey Communications Coordinator of the City of FSJ. Collaborating businesses included in the recruitment campaign are the Chamber of Commerce, School District, Northern Health, the Northern Lights College as well as others.The campaign has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.last_img read more

Ohio State seeking board approval for athletic facilities facelift

Ohio Stadium and other university athletic facilities could see multi-million dollar renovations. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Friday, Ohio State announced its plan for construction on several athletic venues across campus, including Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center.OSU is seeking approval from the Board of Trustees for several multi-million dollar construction and renovation plans. The board is set to meet next week.The university proposed a $39 million dollar facelift to Ohio Stadium. The construction plan includes the laying of new concrete on the C-deck, plus the addition of new suites and boxes for fan seating. The estimated time of completion is set for before the beginning of the 2020 football season.A university spokesman could not comment on whether renovations would add seats to the already 104,944-seat stadium.“Ohio Stadium is the crown jewel of our athletic operations,” said Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation-endowed athletics director, in the press release. “These renovations will improve the fan experience and continue to make it one of the best facilities in the nation.”Another project awaiting approval from the Board of Trustees is a $31.5 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center. The project would expand the concourse, improve the team store and athletic ticket office, as well as add natural lighting to the venue. Construction is estimated to take a full year and be completed in Feb. 2018. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally announced last fall to be located on the corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, is being moved north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and will be combined with the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally reported as a $30 million investment, costs north of $49 million with the addition of the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility.OSU women’s and men’s volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s fencing teams will compete at the 3,700-seat venue, scheduled to be completed in 2019.“Innovation and creative planning helped find a new opportunity for the Covelli Multi-Sport/Jennings Family Wrestling Facility,” said Alex Fischer, Trustee and head of the Master Planning and Facilities Committee, in a press release. “Combining the arena and the practice facility will ultimately realize a cost savings on both projects.”The Biggs Facility that is attached to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be replaced with the Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Center. The new facility will include around new athletic offices and a “state-of-the-art” athletic training facility. The project’s cost is estimated at $43 million. There was no date given in the press release for completion of the project.All athletic construction projects are self-funded by the Athletic Department through revenue and fundraising. read more

Queen honours Grayson Perry and other leaders in fields of visual arts

first_imgAwards were given to architect David Adjaye, Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick and photographer Martin Parr.Others receiving prizes – a bronze acorn from the tree presented to the Queen – were artist Cornelia Parker and Chris Fisher, an artist and teacher at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths.Each was nominated by an eminent member of the Royal Academy of Arts – artist Chantal Joffe, architect Farshid Moussavi, ceramicist Grayson Perry – who was resplendent when he met the Queen in a silk shift dress with a comical face on, underneath a pink and red chiffon over-dress matched with enormous purple wedge shoes – artist Conrad Shawcross, the youngest living member of the academy, and fellow artist Yinka Shonibare.Among the guests were Sir Rod Stewart, who received his knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace earlier on Tuesday, and his wife Penny Lancaster. Queen Elizabeth II presented awards to five titans of the visual arts and architecture world as she and the Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at a ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts.The monarch, patron of the Royal Academy, gave the awards in recognition of their decades-long work in their respective artistic fields.During the reception in central London the Queen herself was presented with a large bronze replica sculpture of one of the oak trees in Windsor Great Park to commemorate her contribution to the arts in the year of her 90th birthday. Grayson Perry speaks as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look on as they attend a reception and awards ceremony at Royal Academy of Arts on October 11, 2016 The pair chatted with Sir Lenny Henry, actor Richard E Grant and comedian David Walliams, who brought his mother Kathleen to the event and was keen to introduce her to Sir Lenny and Sir Rod.Welcoming the Queen and guests at the ceremony, Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “This awards ceremony recognises five individuals who make a valuable contribution as practitioners or educators in the fields of visual arts and architecture.”The list of award winners shows the great breadth of achievements during Her Majesty’s long reign, during which time the arts have been significantly transformed and are now more prominent in national life and more internationally successful than ever before.”After the presentation the Queen and Duke mingled with guests, among them senior members of the Royal Academy. Grayson Perry speaks as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh listen during an awards ceremony at Royal Academy of ArtsCredit:Getty Perry said it was a “lovely” event, describing the academy as almost a “trades union” of artists, a meeting place of tradition and innovation.Speaking about the impact of this summer’s political upheaval on art and culture, he added: “Brexit was about culture, wasn’t it? Culture isn’t just what people in Islington love, culture is what everybody, whatever their views, what they do – what telly they watch, what clothes they wear, what music they listen to, what football they go to – that’s all culture.”It’s not just something that people in posh London do – there’s people here that go to football matches and there’s people here that watch Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off, I’m sure there are.”We’ve all got a guilty pleasure, so I think that the idea of culture as this harsh, unavailable thing, it’s not. It’s what everybody does and there’s a smooth spectrum of it that goes right through society, whether it be from the trashiest TV to the most difficult foreign language novel or modern contemporary classical music.”The newly-knighted Sir Rod chatted and laughed with his wife and Walliams before the couple went off to admire the artworks in the galleries. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh listen as Grayson Perry RA introduces Martin Parr, his nominee for a @royalacademy award pic.twitter.com/dyRluQ1iH2— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 11 October 2016 He revealed he is a great fan of high art, saying: “I am a big collector of art – I collect pre-Raphaelite and Victorian paintings and some of them have the ‘RA’ after their names in the corner, so it was interesting for me to come.”Sir Rod revealed he hopes to have a private showing at the academy this week, saying: “I’ll melt – I love this stuff so much.”His wife joked that the Queen had asked Sir Rod about how well the Duke of Cambridge had performed when he knighted the singer at Buckingham Palace earlier on Tuesday.Lancaster said: “She said, ‘I hope he did a good job – did he do it properly?’ She just wanted to be sure, as she wasn’t there, someone was doing it properly. It was incredible.”And she revealed that their young son, five-year-old Aiden, had a tear in his eye because he was “so proud of daddy”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

PSNI refers its handling of Tyrone disco crush to Ombudsman

first_img 28 Comments By Sean Murray Image: Liam McBurney/PA Images THE PSNI HAS said that the first police officers on the scene where three teenagers died following a crush on St Patrick’s Day in Cookstown “withdrew to await further police support”. Further investigation is now needed on the timing and nature of police actions during this period, the PSNI said this afternoon in a statement.Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “The Chief Constable has therefore decided that the initial police response should be subject to independent scrutiny and it is in the public interest to refer the circumstances and the nature of the actions of the first officers arriving at the scene to the Police Ombudsman.”Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) were killed in the apparent crush outside a disco at the Greenvale Hotel in Co Tyrone.A number of other teenagers were also injured in the incident. Police have issued a number of appeals for anyone who was there that night to come forward as they attempt to provide answers as to what happened that evening.The alarm was raised for emergency services to attend the scene at around 9.30pm on Sunday 17 March. Martin said today that part of the police investigation has focused on the initial police response.He said: “The first police officers arrived at the hotel grounds shortly after receiving the 999 report.  Students from Holy Trinity College leave floral tributes outside The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown Image: Liam McBurney/PA Images Share19 Tweet Email Mar 26th 2019, 1:35 PM PSNI refers its handling of Tyrone disco crush to Ombudsman The PSNI has said the first officers at the scene “withdrew to await further police support”. https://jrnl.ie/4561607 center_img Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 1:35 PM 18,730 Views Following their initial assessment they made attempts to establish more detail and information about what was happening and subsequently withdrew to await further police support. When the first ambulance arrived police moved forward in support of them. Students from Holy Trinity College leave floral tributes outside The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown The timing and nature of police actions during this period require further investigation to fully establish the facts.With the matter now referred to the Police Ombudsman, Martin said that the confidence of the families and communities were at the forefront of this decision.“We will work with the Ombudsman to support whatever action he undertakes and would ask that people do not speculate or prejudge the outcome of the Ombudsman’s investigation,” he added. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Govt works with church on real estate revenue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government is working alongside the Church of Greece to generate revenue from real estate assets owned by the Church.Legislation approved by the Finance and Education ministries foresees the creation of a company in which the state and the Church will each hold a 50 per cent stake after putting up half of the share capital, set at a total of 300,000 euros, each.The company, known by the acronym EAEAP, aims to make commercial use of the substantial property owned by the Church. The real estate assets will pass to the firm via a 99-year lease. The five-member board will consist of three people appointed by Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos, one from the Finance Ministry and one from the Education Ministry. Revenues will be split between the Church and state.Since the start of the crisis, Ierynomos has been keen to show that the Church is not shirking its duty and has denied that it benefits from tax breaks.last_img read more

Carlsbad desalination plant celebrates delivery of 40 billion gallons of water

first_img KUSI Newsroom Carlsbad desalination plant celebrates delivery of 40 billion gallons of water KUSI Newsroom, December 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI)- The desalination plant in Carlsbad is marking a major milestone today.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has our story. Posted: December 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Magazine MA Moves In Two Directions

first_imgCore sectors of the magazine media industry saw relatively steady levels of M&A activity in the first half of 2015, but dollars continued to pour into ancillary categories, according to investment advisory firm, the Jordan Edmiston Group. It’s also worth noting that JEGI changed their methodology this year, broadening several of the categories related to magazines in particular. Consumer Magazines and B2B Media classifications no longer exist, for example—those subsets instead fall under Consumer Media and Technology, and B2B Media and Technology, respectively. While the move may be a sign of the times, it’s also makes the stats less indicative of patterns in the magazine business specifically. Two other high-priority areas for magazine media companies, mobile media and technology, and database and information services, followed suit—they were each the second-fastest growing segments for volume and value, respectively. Exhibitions and conferences saw the biggest increase in M&A movement of any of the seven media, marketing and technology sectors measured by JEGI—volume rose 40 percent to 42 deals, while value shot up 760 percent to $2.5 billion. Part of the exponential increase in events spending was due to the $1.2 billion purchase of Cirque du Soleil, though the segment still posted growth north of 340 percent without it. Consumer media and technology saw both deal volume and value increase slightly through June, up 9 percent and 18 percent, respectively (100 deals; $9.1 billion). Activity in B2B media and technology declined slightly with the number of deals down 27 percent and aggregate value dipping 14 percent (44; $3.1 billion).center_img Overall, M&A kept the momentum going from 2014’s strong performance, and JEGI thinks it’ll continue in the near future. Debt concerns in Greece and Puerto Rico muddy the waters a bit, but small business optimism and hiring each hit recent highs in the beginning of the year, while macroeconomic trends continue to move in the right direction. “Companies are flush with cash and robust debt markets continue to offer historically low interest rates,” the report says. “The strong U.S. economy and rising confidence signals a strong finish to 2015, making it another record year for M&A value since 2007 and the doldrums of the financial crisis.” Meanwhile though, categories that many magazine media companies may have a stake in are seeing activity rise.last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, December 11, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Masonic Lodge (32 Church Street)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite may come to Verizon in

first_img Read Google Home Hub review 0 Review • Pixel 3 XL review: Everything we love about the Pixel 3 on a bigger screen Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice Google Pixel 3 XL TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review See it Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Sprint Comments Tags See It Rylo Post a comment Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB, just black) Phones Angela Lang/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $520 at HP See it I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon $6 at Tidal Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img $59 at eBay $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Verizon Wireless $929 See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $919 3:05 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 7 $949 2018 was the year of the phone. It’s only getting better Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $929 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 14 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Google Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The purported Pixel 3 Lite (left) and the Pixel 3 XL (right).  Notchless! Wylsa Reports about Google’s supposed budget model of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL Lite, are taking shape; the latest says that the new phones are coming to Verizon in spring 2019. The news comes via a source for Android Police, adding to the supposed photos that surfaced at the end of November from Wylsa, one of the blogs that had gotten its hands on the Pixel 3 XL before it was released.Wylsa also said that the cheaper models will have plastic backs instead of glass, incorporate midrange Snapdragon 670 processors and come with 4GB RAM/32GB of storage.  We reached out to Google for comment but didn’t immediately hear back. 12 awesome cheap phones you can buy right nowlast_img read more

Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept is a sharp electrified sports sedan

first_img More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2019 Infiniti QX50 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e review: Premium plug-in hybrid feels like an efficiency half-step Tags Enlarge ImageHigh-riding sedans offer a bit more versatility, and that could spell the difference between a buyer choosing a sedan or a crossover. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Infiniti first teased the new Qs Inspiration concept in the first week of April, but at that time, it only said that it was a sedan that happened to be electric. Now, on the eve of its on-stage debut, there’s a bit more information (and some actual pictures) to share.Infiniti on Wednesday unveiled the Qs Inspiration ahead of its formal debut at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. Billed as offering “a new perspective on the design and layout of the sports sedan,” the Qs packs some interesting aesthetics wrapped around an electrified center.Upon first glance, it’s hard to tell there’s even four doors on this thing. Both pictures Infiniti supplied only really show the front end, but some clever zooming shows that the second set of doors appears to be hidden away. If the off-color hinge-looking bit at the back is any indicator, it might rock a set of suicide doors, because concepts can get weird like that. It’s also taller than your average sedan, sort of like the Polestar 2, because everybody is interested in SUVs and quasi-crossovers these days. Concept Cars Hybrids Sedans 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm Review • 2019 Infiniti QX50 review: New-school engine, old-school luxury Infiniti debuts Qs Inspiration concept EV in Shanghaicenter_img Preview • 2019 Infiniti QX50: Engine witchcraft and semiautonomy 30 Photos 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? Post a comment Infiniti claims the Qs Inspiration rides atop an entirely new platform that’s meant specifically for electrified powertrains. To that end, Infiniti did say that this concept previews a future production model. The automaker hasn’t revealed any specs yet, saying only that the concept rocks “electrified all-wheel drive.” That means it could be a hybrid of some kind with an electric motor independently powering one of the axles.If you’re hoping for a picture of the interior, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. But don’t fret, because Roadshow will be on the ground in Shanghai to check out the Qs Inspiration and plenty of other unique vehicles headed China’s way. If it’s anything like the Q Inspiration concept from 2018 or the QX Inspiration from earlier this year, it’ll be a proper looker with the electrified bite to match the bark.infiniti-qs-inspiration-inlineEnlarge ImageThere’s a second set of doors back there… somewhere. Otherwise, Infiniti wouldn’t be calling it a sedan. Infiniti 0 Infiniti Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Infinitilast_img read more

The 5 best Easter weekend deals

first_img The Cheapskate Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop $99 See it $99 Mentioned Above Google Home Hub Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs Small Appliances Toys and Tabletop Games Smart Speakers & Displays See It Walmart $99 Share your voice $79 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Best Buy This weekend, the Easter Bunny takes care of one basket; allow me to take care of another. I mean your shopping basket, of course, because there are a few good deals to be had.For starters, Best Buy has a pair of TVs worth considering. If you already own a media-streaming device like an Amazon Fire TV or a Roku, there’s the Insignia 55-inch 1080p LED TV for $229.99. That’s $100 off the regular price.See it at Best BuyIt’s “dumb,” though, so you’ll need to BYO streamer. For just $20 more, though, you can get built-in smarts — but a slightly smaller screen. The Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV is $249.99, also a savings of $100. (Great news, too: YouTube is finally coming to Fire TVs.)See it at Best BuyBoth earned top marks from Best Buy customers, so it really comes down to size versus smarts. More screen estate for less money is always good, but 4K is kind of wasted on a 50-inch TV. Anyway — you’ll figure it out.screen-shot-2018-11-14-at-2-43-16-pmA smart screen for the kitchen for under $75! Mark Serrels/CNET Next, there’s never been a better time to scoop up a screen-equipped smart assistant. For a limited time, and while supplies last, MassGenie has the Google Home Hub for just $73.95, shipped. That’s after clicking the orange Power Deal button (which requires you to have a MassGenie account and be signed into it).See it at MassGenieThis thing was $150 when it debuted back in October, so getting it for half off? That’s some nice work, Easter Bunny. Read CNET’s Google Home Hub review to learn more. (TL;DR: “The cameraless, petite Google Home Hub will blend into any room in your home. It’s affordable, and quite useful as a digital assistant (especially in the kitchen), a photo frame and a smart home control panel.”)Won’t someone please think of the children? OK, I will: Target is having a pretty excellent toy sale, with $10 off when you spend $50 or $25 off when you spend $100.See it at TargetYou can also score a $10 Target gift card if you spend at least $50 on LEGO stuff.instant-pot-kitchen Instant Pot via Amazon Finally, what holiday sale would be complete without an Instant Pot? Not this one: Kohl’s is discounting the 3-, 6- and 8-quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers with stackable coupons. Use BASKET and HOME10 at checkout to get them for $56, $72 and $88, respectively.See it at Kohl’sYou’ll also receive $10 in Kohl’s Cash, regardless of which size you get. Just take note that the sale ends tomorrow, April 20.Have a safe and happy Passover and Easter, my friends! Dell 2:11 See It Google Nest Hub Target Amazon Best Buy Google How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Best Buy Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat 8 essential Instant Pot tips Now playing: Watch this: Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1 Commentlast_img read more

Hecla Greens Creek wants to close mine to hunters

first_imgHecla Greens Creek Mine. (Photo courtesy Hecla Mining Company)The Hecla Greens Creek Mine is asking the Board of Game to ban hunting near its mine facility southwest of Juneau. The mining company says hunters are endangering its workers.The metals mine is on leased federal land on Admiralty Island.Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Stephen Bethune said a single-track dirt Forest Service road used primarily by mine trucks is also trafficked by hunters.“Juneau-based hunters are using skiffs to transport bicycles and bike trailers over to the mine facility and using the bikes to access their mine infrastructure road,” Bethune said by phone from his office in Sitka.Greens Creek Mine spokesman Mike Satre says the company has cataloged several near misses between bikes and mine trucks. Add incidents of miners reporting hunters firing on prey near the mine operation and he says it creates a dangerous situation.“They are putting our employees at risk by shooting in blind areas, by leaving carcasses in places that attract bears in our work areas,” Satre said by phone. “And they’re in places that heavy equipment are working on a regular basis and they’re not a hazard that we’re used to having around.”Territorial Sportsmen has not taken a position on the proposal.“And I don’t anticipate it doing so,” Vice President Doug Larsen wrote in an email.Bethune said his agency hasn’t heard from opponents of the proposed closure.“The department’s neutral on this proposal,” Bethune said. “We’ll present the information and let the Board of Game decide how to proceed on this.”The proposed closure wouldn’t affect a second Forest Service road that connects a dock at Young Bay and the mine’s main loading dock at Hawk Inlet.Satre said that road has less mine truck traffic and fewer safety concerns.“We are not asking to close that,” he said. “That is a road that is very heavily traveled by recreational users.”The Board of Game will deliberate on this and 52 other proposals when it meets next month in Petersburg. The deadline for written comments is Friday, Dec. 28.Testimony will be taken at the five-day meeting that begins Jan. 11.last_img read more

Dog saves newborn buried alive in Thailand

first_imgAn attentive dog in northeastern Thailand is being hailed as a hero after finding and saving an infant allegedly buried in a field by his teenage mother, police said Saturday.The newborn was lying under a layer of dirt near a farm in the Chumpuang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province but was found the same day — 15 May — by a curious canine named Ping Pong.The dog dug around the area and began barking, alerting his owner a cattle herder, who went to the site.”I don’t think it was long after his mother buried him before the dog found him,” case officer Panuvat Udkam told AFP.He added that the boy was healthy, was recovering in hospital, and was so young he had not been named yet.The teenage mother was charged with attempted murder and abandonment of children.Officer Panuvat said the suspect was 15 years old and had tried to dispose of the child because she was afraid her parents would get angry.”So after she delivered the baby by herself she buried it,” he said.Local media coverage hailed the achievement and social media users praised Ping Pong’s good deed.A dog is the “best friend” of human beings, a Facebook user commented on the page of media outlet Khaosod English.last_img read more

How to Uninstall the April 2018 Update and Go Back to a

first_imgThe April 2018 Update is stable, efficient, and adds a lot of nifty new tricks and features that Windows users are sure to love. But, we get it, change is hard. If you’d prefer to go back to the tried and true version of Windows you were using before you made the switch to the newest version, it’s actually quite simple.But be warned, this will remove any changes you’ve made (or apps you’ve updated/downloaded) since updating to the latest version. As always, it’s best to do a full backup before attempting something like this.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/uninstall-april-2018-windows-update?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Open the Start Menu and click Settings. Click Update and security. Select Recovery from the sidebar at the left. Click the Get started button under Go back to a previous version of Windows 10 section. Choose the reason you’d like to roll back the latest update to a previous version. Click Next to continue. Or choose Cancel if you’ve changed your mind. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book2019’s Honda Clarity Will Make You Love Plug-In Hybrid CarsKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue BookSee Our New Favorite Compact Luxury SUV—Kelley Blue BookKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue Book25 Best-Selling Cars of 2019…So FarKelley Blue BookUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img – / 40 LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals defensive lineman Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Campbell and the Cardinals defense were tested against Green Bay, especially in the first half. Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers on two 17-play drives that took a combined 15:21 off the clock. But to the Cardinals’ credit, they held Green Bay to just six points on those drives.“We found a way to make a play and hold them to field goals,” Campbell said. “That turned out to be huge toward the end of the game. They’re playing for a chance to tie it up instead of a chance to win it.”The Packers did tie it, ultimately. Rodgers found receiver Jeff Janis on a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time remaining to send the game to overtime. Instead of playing it safe and employing a prevent defense with six or seven defensive backs in the end zone, the Cardinals opted to blitz Rodgers.Some were surprised by the decision. Campbell wasn’t.“That’s who we’ve been all year. We’re and aggressive team, go get ’em, and try to make a play,” Campbell said. “You can’t take anything away from what Aaron Rodgers did on that play, because we hit him when he threw the ball, he put the ball right on the money where his receiver had a chance.” The last time the Arizona Cardinals advanced to the NFC Championship Game, Calais Campbell was a 22-year-old rookie reserve defensive lineman.Seven years later, the Cardinals are again one win away from advancing to the Super Bowl. Sunday, Arizona (14-3) will face the Carolina Panthers (16-1) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the NFC Championship.Campbell’s role with the team has changed since the last time he was in this position. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Completely different,” Campbell told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “As a rookie, you’re just happy to be there. It’s impossible to appreciate it the way you do now after playing eight years in the league and having some down years and struggling to win.”Campbell had two total tackles and deflected a pass that led to a Rashad Johnson interception in the Cardinals’ thrilling 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. He appreciates those down years (Arizona went 18-30 from 2010 to 2012) now that the Cardinals are on the doorstep of a second trip to the NFL’s biggest dance.“You get a great team, you know a team that has confidence and believes, and you fight and you do everything you can to protect the possibility and now you’re 60 minutes away from a chance at the Super Bowl,” he said. “It’s a completely different feeling. Now, it’s my responsibility to make sure we’re on point and we’re focused and that we capitalize on this opportunity.“As a rookie, I was just a guy happy to be around, try to do everything I can not to mess it up, you know.” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) pursues during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Luxury travellers wi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Luxury travellers with an appetite for global flavours can indulge in two notable ‘Wine & Food Festival’ themed voyages Crystal Cruises in 2016. Crystal Symphony will sail a 12-day Mediterranean voyage from Istanbul to Rome on 1 May, while Crystal Serenity will welcome master chef Nobu Matsuhisa back aboard for a 10-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver. The former offers flavours of the destination at virtually every turn, with a number of opportunities for guests to learn to create some of the specialities from world renowned chefs. The latter features personally hosted dinners and special menus created by Nobu, whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s onboard Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, and cities worldwide.“Food and the overall dining experience is such an integral component of a destination’s culture, as well as the experience shared among travellers aboard Crystal ships,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “The experiences and expertise of Chefs Nobu and Gauthier will treat our guests’ to an even more extraordinary culinary experience abroad.”On Crystal Symphony’s Wine & Food themed Experiences of Discovery cruise, Crystal’s own culinary team will be joined by Michelin starred French chef Alexis Gauthier of the Gauthier Soho in Soho, London. The chef will lead guests through demonstrations of his most famous dishes, and also offer hands-on instruction to small groups of participants in the ship’s galley.  On select evenings, guests will enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Gauthier in the Crystal Dining Room.Travellers can treat their taste buds ashore, too. Crystal Adventures include a visit to the Misir Carsisi spice market and 5 O’clock Tea at Çirağan Palace Hotel (Istanbul), exclusive cooking lessons with the head chef at Feggera Restaurant (Santorini) at a private villa on the Italian countryside (Sorrento) and at a working farm just outside of Rome. Feasts and accompanying wine tasting top off the experiences.The voyage begins with an overnight stay in Istanbul, then sails to Kuşadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Santorini/Thira, Navplion and Kefalonia/Argostolion, Greece; Crotone and Sorrento, Italy; and concludes with an overnight stay in Rome/Civitavecchia.Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Alaska cruise, Crystal favourite Nobu Matsuhisa will return to the ship to mingle with guests and host multi-course omakase (or chef’s choice) dinners in Silk Road, as well as other feasts and special menus.  Nobu personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.All-inclusive Silver Celebration cruise fares for the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages start at $3,745 and $4,295, respectively, per guest when booked by 30 December.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

The Temple House is one compelling reason that the

first_imgThe Temple House is one compelling reason that the gal diverted to Chengdu, China. In the under two years since opening, the 100-room beauty has become TripAdvisor’s 2017 top hotel in China for service, and the accolades never stop. Look at one day’s worth of TripAdvisor postings and the all-five-star assessments include: “they have it all”, “a wonderful combination of very minimal modern design with unexpected touches of Chinese elements”, and “high luxury that somehow manages to stay accessible”.OK, first the setting. An ancient temple, which today houses a gallery for pop-ups of modern Chengdu art, and also a 24/7 library of some 10,000 hardbacks from Heywood Hill, has been extended to an outside hilly garden, all grass, and an 11-floor L-shaped hotel block. Below the garden, cut-outs give light to a lower level that includes an Olympic-sized indoor pool and the gym – from which you can look up to daylight. Many of the new walls are formed of traditional Chinese bricks.The designer inside and out is Dan Shuttleworth of Make, and he has obviously worked minutely closely with Swire Hotels’ Brian Williams and Dean Winter. I love the EcoSmart fire plinths that light and warm the garden – and I love looking across the garden and its hills to buildings that include a café, which has a really admirable herb garden outside, a project initiated by the extremely creative GM, Kurt Macher. See how there are sculpture-shapes in the garden that actually have inset video screens: this is an entire ambience of continual surprise. Come on a Saturday and you might coincide with weekly yoga on the roof of the Italian restaurant, which is actually lower, below-ground level – a wedding was taking place there the afternoon I arrived. Every Saturday is also European picnic day: you are loaned blankets to spread out on the grass, all the better to open the hamper filled with goodies from chef Joshua Nudd.Kurt and I ate Italian that night, doing the simple thing of rucola salad with sun-dried tomatoes followed by oven-baked spring chicken with truffle mash that brought back lifetime memories of the spring chicken at the eternally youthful Prezza in Singapore. Actually, I predict now that Temple House will quickly become immortal, just as its elder siblings are: Opposite House in Beijing and Upper House in Hong Kong. I love the way that this House is integral with the amazing hectares of designer shops and teahouses, all in traditional tiled houses, immediately around. There is, admittedly, one exception: surrounded by Gucci, Hermès, Marimekko and Zara and the like, all in those tile-roofed buildings, is one white-and-glass box, Apple Studio.Yes, this is style, throughout – the room service menu suggests one gin, Hendrick’s, and one vodka, Ketel One, to give a single example. There is no space to describe rooms but it is essential to talk about the super staff, one of the key reasons for this luxury hotel’s deserved success. Kurt Macher has painted back-of-house walls in soft ice-cream colours, and some hold framed photos of all 360 team members – if and when any dare to move on (and, typically, China’s hotels have some of the highest staff turnover rates in the entire industry globally), they are given their photo as a leaving present. There are boards to sign up for car-sharing, there are listings of departmental initiatives. Kurt Macher personally leads Stretch With Kurt warm-up physical jerks at the beginning of housekeeping shifts, and so on and so forth. What an extraordinary hotel this is.And then I walked across the chic Tai Koo Li shopping village that separates the two new hotels. This is the village that is mostly traditional-look tiled Chinese houses; here you find Armani through to Zara. Interestingly, the shopping needs both hotels, and both hotels need each other.To the other new property, Niccolo Hotel. It is rare indeed to find designers of modern luxury hotels who get everything, or nearly everything, right from the viewpoint of busy 21st-century travellers. Congratulations, therefore, to HBA, and to the powers-that-be at Marco Polo Hotels for what has been achieved at the launch Niccolo Hotel. Room 1907 was bright and light. The bathroom has a clear wall, with electronic screen, through to the main room, where half the floor is uncluttered wood-look, just right for a ballroom dancing lesson, says the gal. Other admirable points include a long table-desk, and a low coffee table, both ideal for opening a wheelie. Other designers please note that time-starved travellers are, more and more, living out of open suitcases rather than unpacking properly.So many other highlights come to mind. The espresso machine is easy-to-work Nespresso, the safe is a drawer-set SafePlace Tiara II, the Toto sinks have simple inbuilt stoppers, bathroom lighting good enough for makeup is complemented by a magnifier mirror; there is a bathroom wall television and, in the main room, the wall-set LG screen swings around to wherever. The bed is uncluttered by comforters or the like and has just one show cushion (with the pillows). All-wall windows, looking down over the shopping area, have three coverings, blinds, blackouts and sheers, all simply worked with clearly-marked switches. Honestly, as I said to the hotel’s Portuguese GM Adriano Vences, and its local distribution guy, Simon Wang, my room is as near 100 per cent as is possible.We had dinner in the very thoughtful Niccolo Kitchen. Why thoughtful? It has a menu that satisfies every taste, from appetisers to sushi via desserts that include furikake pineapple cake. What on earth is furikake? To find out I started dinner with furikake-crusted tuna loin, apparently the favourite of Marco Polo boss, Jennifer Cronin. It turns out it is a Japanese seasoning, dried and ground fish, plus bonito and chopped seaweed – worryingly, it can also include MSG, a good thing I did not know that at the time. Over a glass of Caliterra 2015 Merlot Reservas Colchagua, Simon Wang filled me in on Chengdu life. Weddings here are, for instance, not evening affairs, as in Beijing and elsewhere, but they are generally at lunchtime. This is excellent news all round. Guests do not need to go to the office at all.They turn up early at the wedding venue for pre-event mahjong and when the nuptials are over it is back to the mahjong, sometimes continuing on to a dinner, which all means the host hotel gets more income from rent of mahjong rooms, and accompanying edibles and potables, and a good time is had by all. Even though I did not coincide with weddings here, everyone was having a good time, and I can see why. This is a modern luxury hotel that does not waste space and labour by having a dedicated executive club lounge. Instead, take an executive room and you get, free, a bento box breakfast, 24/7 non-alcohol mini bar, evening cocktails and (bliss!) pressing and laundry – I could not believe that after I gave one item to lovely duty manager Nancy it was brought back 90 minutes later. At my – non-bento box – breakfast, back in Niccolo Kitchen, the buffet ranged from home-made yoghurt to deep-fried bananas, and really fibre-full toasting bread, and, bliss, there were optional paper cups for coffee. Yes, modern luxury hotels do understand what today’s travellers, not only millennials, want.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

TEL AVIV Israel – An Israeli artist has placed a

first_img TEL AVIV, Israel – An Israeli artist has placed a statue mocking Israel’s controversial culture minister in one of Tel Aviv’s major squares.Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Miri Regev wearing a white gown and gazing into a full-length mirror early Thursday.It comes as Regev, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest allies, is pushing for legislation mandating “loyalty” in cultural works. Artists have lashed out at her practices as an attempt to censor artistic expression.It’s not the first time Zalait has taken to life-size art to express his protests. Two years ago, he erected a golden statue of Netanyahu to mock the idolatry of many Israelis toward him.Tel Aviv City Hall said it respected the protest, but ordered the statue removed because it was placed without a permit. People look at a statue of Israel’s Culture and Sports minister Miri Regev in Tel Aviv, Thursday ,Nov. 8, 2018. Israeli artist Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Regev as a protest of her pushing for legislation mandating ???loyalty??? in cultural works. AP Photo/Oded Balilty) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2018 7:36 am PDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Israeli artist mocks culture minister with life-size statuelast_img read more