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Iconic hotels that still rock

first_imgHistory with a shot of the modern, the hip and the cool. With snazzy makeovers and new additions, the buzz is back in ten of the world’s most iconic hotels. Rashmi Uday Singh finds out what keeps them ticking.Beverly Hills hotel, Los AngelesThis is an icon of Hollywood–decades of glamour and history distil themselves and yet this legendary hotel continues to rejuvenate itself. Its iconic Polo Lounge, a premiere dining spot in LA, may look the same as it did when it was first set up but the culinary flavours are all contemporary. The creative force behind the kitchen is Malaysian Executive Chef Alex Chen. Graceful palms, lush gardens, rare plants and flowers make this into a 12-acre haven. Who’d believe that we are in the heart of Los Angeles? www.beverlyhillshotel.comTaj Pierre, New YorkIt’s a happy coincidence that this fabulous Georgian style hotel (located on New York’s 5th Avenue), born out of inspiration from a French chateau, has now been taken over by our very own Taj Palaces and Resorts. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar revamp. Not only have the rooms and baths of my most favourite New York hotel been renovated but they’ve also added on a new destination bar, Two E. Le Caprice continues to be an upper crust restaurant with a sublime touch of British class. www.tajhotels.comThe Dorchester, LondonIn the gold room the frescoes are restored by Gaugin’s great grand-daughter, a gold plated spiral staircase glimmers in a grand suite and the uber cool, elegant China Tang restaurant rocks with a glamorous vibe and haute Chinese cuisine. In the hallowed, very British, Grill Room, Chef Aiden Byrne is reinventing traditional British dishes in modern terms. Alain Ducasse has set up his temple to French gastronomy here. I revel in the brand new spa with its Spatesserie (where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails), South Sea pearl chandeliers and the Vaishaly facial, which is exclusive to The Dorchester. It is the best treatment your skin could ask for. www.thedorchester.comRitz, Paris This more than a century-old beauty continues to reinvent herself and yet preserve her style. Even the Bloody Mary cocktail was created here for Ernest Hemingway in Bar Hemingway. And the crepes suzette by chef Auguste Escoffier. Colin Field, the “world’s best mixologist and head bartender” (Forbes magazine) creates magic cocktails while Chef Michel Roth rustles up classics. I also attend a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school! And I never skip a swim in the fabulous indoor pool (probably the only pool in the world with so much art around it). www.ritzparis.comMandarin Oriental, LondonWhat a shot of youthfulness has been injected to this Knightsbridge legend! I love its spruced up high-ceilinged plush rooms as much as I do the superb massages in its new spa. April saw the opening of Bar Boulud here and it is already one of London’s most happening places. I love the fabulous French bistro meals here. The trendy new Mandarin Bar, too, is a rage. There’s more in offing: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to launch Dinner with Heston before Christmas this year. Talk of Victorian heritage infused with contemporary buzz! www.mandarinoriental.com/londonBeverly Wilshire, Los AngelesIf it’s Hollywood, it’s got to be the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Here eight decades of Hollywood glamour are distilled within its elegant interiors located on the stunning sun-drenched Rodeo drive. Radha Arora, the dynamic vice- president keeps injecting energy and youth into this hotel, from the state-of-the-art spa to setting up a cutting-edge restaurant from America’s leading chef Wolfgang Puck. Hollywood dines, meets and stays here and so does our own Bollywood. www.fourseasons.comMandarin Oriental, BangkokThe inspiration of Somerset Maugham to Paul Theroux, this Grand Dame on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok, continues to amaze me with its grace and energy. She continues to update herself. Two outdoor swimming pools, the most well-equipped sports centre and spa beyond comparison too. In order to keep up with the times, The Thai Cooking & Cultural School offers the most amazing classes, which I have attended with great joy. I stayed at the rejuvenated River Wing… an exquisite balance of modern technology and sumptuous comfort. www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkokBreidenbacher Hof, DusseldorfIn Dusseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof (two centuries of history cohabit with the most contemporary hi-tech) I taste my finest Frikadeller (traditional German meat ball). It is a favourite of Beyonce, Tom Jones and the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. What does the Dusseldorf Air Taste Like? is the intriguing name of the must-have dessert here. It’s not just the restaurant, even the rooms are fully equipped with thoughtful hi-tech flourishes; automatic lights come on when you enter the walk-in cupboard at this hotel located across the style mile–the glittering Konigsallee or the King’s Avenue. www.breidenbacherhofcapella.comFour seasons George V, Paris The legendary George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. Every detail is impeccable, luxury and technology blend stylishly–antique clocks, bronzes and more and yet there is up-to-date technology here. From the complimentary 24-hour business centre to the poshest spa in the City of Lights. From the rejuvenating Oxygen Facial, chocolate massage to Chef Eric Briffard’s Michelin starred magical food… there is magic everywhere. And then there is their Silver Ghost Rolls Royce (with custom made interiors by H?rmes). Did you just say ‘by George’? www.fourseasons.com/parisHotel de Paris, Monte CarloThis landmark hotel of Monaco (the balmy playground of the rich and the famous) lives up to its grand history in every single way. It adds on the fabulous sprawling state-of the-art Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo spa. I not only have the most unique and rejuvenating crushed red ruby massage but also feast on Louis XV’s ‘Essential Cuisine’ served amid flamboyant luxury in a Versailles-style dining room. Here super chef Alain Ducasse delivers a fabulous experience. Contemporary melds with the traditional in the sensational Grill restaurant which also dishes out memorable views of Monte Carlo. en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Feeling blue! Jose Mourinho rues Hazard’s perceived selfishness

first_imgChelsea’s 3-1 loss against Atletico Madrid led to their exit from Champions LeagueChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at his midfielder Eden Hazard after the Belgium international blamed team tactics for their Champions League exit.Hazard, who has been pivotal in Chelsea’s English Premier League title challenge, said after the 3-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the semifinals second leg this week that the team was not set up “to play football” but to excel on counterattacks.At a news conference on Friday, Mourinho says Hazards comments are not critical, but adds, “When the comments come from a player like Eden it’s normal because he’s not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team.”Hazard’s failure to track back allowed Atletico to equalize in Wednesday’s game, a costly error on his return from a calf injury.last_img read more

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Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors

first_imgCJ Perez shrugs off rookie jitters to deliver PBA debut fitting of top pick View comments Durant said: “Hopefully that’s the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.”Cousins credited his teammates for making his return “as smooth and easy as possible.”“They all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a really good teammate. He’s an emotional guy but he’s loved because he cares about us.”And the Warriors feel the same way about their new big man.“This is not the end of the story,” Kerr said. “It’s the middle and there’s a long way to go.” Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, pats center DeMarcus Cousins, center, on the chest as forward Draymond Green smiles during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins was nervous. His stomach felt tight and filled with butterflies. He grabbed his phone and fired off texts to family and friends. He talked to his brother and sister.Golden State coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors reassured Cousins it wasn’t just about Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was like poetry,” teammate Stephen Curry said.Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.“I’m just glad to know I can still dunk,” he said. “That felt good.”Cousins joined the lineup at a time when Golden State has won seven in a row and an NBA-leading six straight on the road. Friday was the start of a five-game trip that will take the team back East, giving players time to bond.“It’s good for him to come in at a time we’re playing well and things are calm,” Kerr said. “It allows for an easier re-entry.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s about the rest of his career.Making his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, the big man called Boogie scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s been a long journey,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”After missing his first shot, Cousins announced his presence with a one-handed slam off Kevin Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket.center_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño As if the Warriors weren’t potent enough with Curry and Durant, Cousins’ return made them the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.“We’re not going to drink our own Kool-Aid in terms of understanding that just because he’s back, it’s a totally different team,” Curry said. “We still have things we’ve got to work on. We still have details we have to focus on. These next four games on the road are going to be tough, so it’ll test us right out of the gate with DeMarcus in the lineup.”Against the Clippers, Cousins shot 5 of 11 from the field. He was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers to go with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in 15 minutes before fouling out. He became the first Warriors center to hit at least three 3-pointers in a game since Anthony Tolliver on March 17, 2010, against New Orleans.“This is almost like training camp for him,” Kerr said.Cousins played his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon with New Orleans. He missed the rest of the season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him in July.“We haven’t even really practiced together, so we’ve got a lot of growing to do,” Cousins said. “I still don’t feel like my rhythm is where I want it.”After getting his fifth foul 30 seconds into the fourth, Cousins hit consecutive 3s, throwing up three fingers as he ran down court.“He does so many things well for them,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The post game, which he didn’t have because of rhythm, but he made a couple of 3s and he just knows how to play.”When he got his sixth foul a few minutes later, instead of his usual scowl, Cousins smiled and high-fived his teammates, who gave him a standing ovation.“Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,” he said. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

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Diego Simeone vows to stay on and improve Atletico Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, a month on from a second Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in three years, has made it clear that his immediate future is with the Spanish club.The Argentine, who has been at Atletico since 2011 and is under contract for another four years, said after the loss on penalties to Real that he wanted to explore his options. But now he says he is only concentrating on making the team better.”I spoke in the heat of the moment,” Simeone told reporters on Wednesday in Buenos Aires. “We Argentinians are like that. Others are not at fault for beating you, I learned that a long time ago.”To remember the pain and the suffering is necessary to better yourself.”Simeone has won the Europa League, King’s Cup and La Liga in his four-and-a-half seasons at the Spanish club.The 46-year-old says only a few teams that have “more resources” are superior to Atletico and expects his side to continue to fight for titles domestically and internationally. “I don’t believe there are many teams better than us,” he said.”We have created a strong group. To be better than Atletico is very difficult because we play as a team. Only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are better than Atletico, no one else. We are constantly anxious to improve.” Atletico president Enrique Cerezo is looking to keep the same core of players while also bringing in reinforcements.French forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored 32 goals in 51 appearances for Atletico this season, signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month.advertisementAtletico have agreed to sign Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica and are looking to strengthen their attack. “The aim is to improve from last season,” Cerezo told reporters on Wednesday. “I know what Atletico needs and that is why we are working well and we will bring in players and good ones.””We have turned down offers of millions for almost every player that we have and we will assume that financial weight in order to maintain the backbone of this team and for the important players to remain here.”last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2018: Top seed Simona Halep crashes out in third round

first_imgWorld No.1 Simona Halep suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the third round of the Wimbledon 2018 to be knocked out of the third Grand Slam of the year.The French Open champion looked in complete control to begin things with but lost her way in the second set. Halep was leading 2-0 in the third set before Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei battled her way back to clinch the match.Halep crashed out when she was beaten 6-4, 4-6, 5-7 on the No.1 Court in a match that lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes on Saturday.The Romanian world number one, who claimed her first Grand Slam title at last month’s French Open, never got to grips with the tricky 32-year-old who battled back from 5-3 down in the deciding set to claim a stunning victory.A weary-looking Halep ended the match with successive forehand errors.The top seed is toppled.The #Wimbledon shocks continue as Su-Wei Hsieh defeats world No.1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 pic.twitter.com/KQRjt8ANZF Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2018Her defeat means only one of the top 10 seeds has reached the last 16 in the women’s draw.She is the first women’s top seed to lose to an unseeded player at Wimbledon since Ana Ivanovic lost to China’s Zheng Jie 10 years ago, also just after winning the French Open.Hsieh thoroughly deserved her win which booked her a fourth-round clash with Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.”This is the first time I have beaten the world number one, it is amazing,” the world number 48, who made her Wimbledon debut in 2006, said.advertisement”I had to run and fight for every point. I tried to concentrate on my game and calm down a bit, that helped a lot. This year I have tried to enjoy more, not just tennis but life, food, strawberries and cream, lobster.”I am really enjoying playing tennis.”A *very* special momentCongratulations, Su-Wei Hsieh #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/PEabOhuRZG Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2018The crowd clearly enjoyed it too.In a sport often dominated by relentless baseline bashers Hsieh brought so much more to the party.Cunning drop shots, often played with two hands on the racket, delicate slices and laser-like flat groundstrokes that hugged the turf kept Halep continually off balance.She also used the volleying skills that helped her win the Wimbledon doubles title in 2013 to great effect.Halep did not play a bad match but simply ran out of ideas at the end of an absorbing two-hour-20-minute duel full of spellbinding rallies and shots not found in coaching manuals.”I know she’s mixing the rhythm, she’s playing everything,” Halep, 26, said. “It was really hard on grass court to do better. “She deserved to win. She had more things to do on court today. I am too tired. I was too tired. I have pain everywhere.”A curious match began untidily with five successive breaks of serve before Halep steadied to hold for a 4-2 lead and went on to clinch the opening set.Hsieh continued posing puzzles though and broke in the third game of the second set as she absorbed a fierce baseline barrage before punishing a clumsy Halep volley by spearing a backhand down the line to roars from the crowd.Halep broke back with a pummelling forehand for 3-3 but dropped serve again at 4-4 when she netted at the end of a baseline duel and Hsieh then calmly held serve to take the contest into a decider.When Halep led 4-1 and 5-2 in the final set it looked as though she would live to fight another day but Hsieh broke back and repeated the trick at 5-5 when she landed a sweetly-timed backhand into the corner and Halep could only net.Hsieh’s serve is hardly a weapon — her second serves often crawling over the net — but she battled back from 15-40 to deuce in the final game, then closed it out as a weary-looking Halep dumped consecutive forehands into the net.It was only the third time Hsieh had beaten a player ranked in the top 10 although she tamed Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at this year’s Australian Open where she also enjoyed a memorable run to the last 16.KERBER REACHES PRE-QUARTERSBack-to-back fourth round appearances for @AngeliqueKerberThe German prevails 6-2, 6-4 against Naomi Osaka #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/6u83hv30Gg Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2018Even in her wildest dreams 11th seed Angelique Kerber could not have imagined that by the end of the first week of this year’s Wimbledon, she would be the highest ranked player left in the top half of the women’s draw.advertisementBut after six days of non-stop destruction of the women’s seeds, and with the demise of world number one Simona Halep on Saturday, Kerber found herself the favourite to reach the final from the top half following her 6-2 6-4 win over Japan’s Naomi Osaka.On a hot and sticky day at the All England Club, barely anyone could be spotted in the 15,000-seater Centre Court with the match clashing with England’s World Cup quarter-final with Sweden.Even the Royal Box, that had been heaving with sporting greats such as England 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Charlton and golfer Sergio Garcia for Rafael Nadal’s win just minutes earlier, was deserted.The lack of atmosphere on the Centre Court, however, did not seem to throw Kerber off her stride as she did not face a single break point during her 63-minute outing against Osaka.The German, runner-up to Serena Williams in 2016, is one of only five top 16 seeds to make it into the fourth round.Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova and 13th seed Julia Georges have survived from the bottom half, while Kerber, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina complete the not-so-famous-five.OTHER RESULTS:Daria Gavrilova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6, 1-6Elise Mertens lost to Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 2-6Carla Suarez Navarro lost to Belinda Bencic 1-6, 6-7(3)Jelena Ostapenko beat Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4Theres no stopping @JelenaOstapenk8 at #WimbledonThe 21-year-old advances to the fourth round, defeating Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4 in 62 minutes pic.twitter.com/8ooqK0ykB6 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2018Daria Kasatkina beat Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-3Anett Kontaveit lost to Alison van Uytvanck 2-6, 3-6(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madridby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did all it could to retain Brahim Diaz.The midfielder joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after entering the last six months of his city contract.And Guardiola warned he only wanted players who wanted to stay at the Etihad.Asked about Diaz’s departure, Guardiola said: “Like I said many times, I don’t want people that don’t want to stay here.”We did with Brahim everything we have done with Phil (Foden) and with Jadon – important players and we did absolutely everything. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.”We wish him all the best. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn’t want here for many reasons.”He’s a nice guy. Congratulations to the academy and the club for working so well, because important teams in Europe want our players.” last_img read more

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4-Star Alabama Commit VanDarius Cowan Makes It Clear He Isn’t Interested In Any Other Schools

first_imgVanDarius Cowan commits to Alabama and poses with Nick Saban.Palm Beach Gardens (FL) defensive end/outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan wants fans to know he’s not considering any other school.After committing to Florida State, Cowan switched his interest to the Crimson Tide, to which he gave a hard commitment in April. With recruits constantly posting their top schools of interest across social media, Cowan took the time to emphasize to ‘Bama fans that he’s not going anywhere else. Here is my Top 4 No order … Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Thanks To Everyone that have recruited me this far— VanDarius Cowan (@vandarius98) July 15, 2016The OLB is ranked at No. 141 on 247Sports’ National Composite Rankings. The site also ranked him as the 23rd-best player in the state of Florida.last_img

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Stars Gather At TigerTime Fundraiser

first_imgTigerTime campaign celebrity supporters, including actors Abi Titmuss and Peter Egan and designer Elizabeth Emanuel, gathered in London last week to celebrate an absolutely fabulous £10,000 fundraiser.Abi Titmuss with Emre ErtukThe money, raised through the sale of a one-off custom made designer handbag created by New York handbag designer, Emre Ertuk, will be used to fund anti-poaching and educational awareness programmes supported by TigerTime and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in India, Russia and Thailand.The handbag was sold to Turkish television presenter and producer, Nilgun Colak.Commenting on the plight of the tiger actor Peter Egan said: “Tigers are in our dreams when we are children, and they must remain in our lives when we are adults. Only we can make this happen. Our legacy must be to create not destroy. I support the TigerTime campaign and together we can save the tiger.”“It is amazing that a fashion brand and TigerTime have worked together to produce vital funds for tiger conservation. TigerTime is a crucial campaign for the survival of the wild tiger and will always have my loyal support,” added actress Abi Titmuss.Among the celebrities supporting TigerTime at the event were actor Peter Egan, award winning actress Abi Titmuss, fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel, presenter Wincey Willis and TV vet Zara Boland. TigerTime is lucky to have such dedicated and passionate supporters behind the campaign that care deeply about the future of the wild tiger. For a full list of TigerTime celebrity supporters – such as Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais and Joanna Lumley – click here, and for more on TigerTime (a campaign run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation), visit TigerTime.info.The TigerTime team would like to thank Emre Ertuk, Nilgun Colak and Meera Gandhi, founder of the Giving Back Foundation who hosted the reception at her London home.last_img read more

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UN envoy to Iraq to be named shortly – Annan

The last Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among 22 people killed in a terrorist attack last August on the UN’s Baghdad office. The UN eventually withdrew international personnel from Iraq and based its operations in Jordan.At a press conference today in New York, the Secretary-General said the UN has continued its work on behalf of the Iraqi people, including by helping to set up the transitional administration.”Over and above our efforts in the electoral area and eventually in the constitutional area, those [UN staff] in Amman are operating within Iraq through the local staff and contractors,” he said, citing the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is implementing a $2 million project on the ground.”We are doing whatever we can from Amman and, where necessary, we do cross-border trips,” he added.The aim, he explained, is to find creative ways to assist the Iraqi people without over-exposing UN personnel to risk.The Secretary-General also emphasized the crucial political work underway. “Quite frankly, if we are going to resolve the conflict in Iraq, it’s through political reconciliation, it’s through political work, it’s through inclusive, participatory elections and the national conference which will be held next month,” he said.Force alone would not resolve the conflict, he stressed. “You have to go the political route, so please do not underestimate efforts to get the political process going and to get the Iraqis engaged in talking to each other democratically.””In the long-run, that is going to make much more difference than any force you can put in,” he said. read more

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Ohio State reacts to disciplinary actions handed out by football coach Urban

Lantern file photoOhio State football coach Urban Meyer did not waste much time responding to recently filed police reports involving members of the team. Four separate, unrelated incidents involving four players resulted in disciplinary action Monday, an act that sparked a reaction in some students.After learning that starting senior running back Carlos Hyde was listed as a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, Meyer suspended him from all team activities pending the outcome of both the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.Starting redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who was scheduled to represent OSU at Big Ten Media Days later this week, will no longer be making the trip to Chicago. Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. and charged with misdemeanor battery, according to a police report.A pair of incoming freshmen, defensive lineman Tim Gardner and tight end Marcus Baugh, were also disciplined by Meyer. Gardner was sent home and removed from the team for the 2013 season and Baugh was suspended from all football team activities as well as the team’s season opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31.Some OSU students said they think Meyer sprang to react too quickly.“In my opinion, he spoke a little too soon because you never know especially since it happened on the weekend,” said Carly Weintraub, a third-year in early childhood education. “If I were in his shoes, I probably would have waited until I got the full story because you never know what happens on the weekends.”Jakob Schumann, a fourth-year in civil engineering, disagreed. He said he agreed with Meyer’s fast action.“I’m all for it,” Schumann said. “The media is already having a field day with it, so I think you have to be proactive and take action right away.”Weintraub said she was disappointed after hearing about the allegations against Hyde and Roby.“I think it’s kind of sad to be honest because in my opinion, Ohio State was doing so great,” she said. “On top of the world, 12-0, and now we have all this bad publicity.”Meyer said he has “a clear set of core values in place” that those inside the program are meant to live by, according to the press release.Schumann said because of these values, acting quickly in response to the police reports was the right thing to do, as things could change depending on if Hyde is charged.“With Hyde, you would think you have to kick him off the team, but he’s innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “Once he’s charged, you would have to kick him off the team, but for right now, this is the right move and you just reassess once you know more.Weintraub said she thinks OSU fans are frustrated after hearing of the suspensions because the team has been expected to perform well this season.“There are two bad stories in one day when we should just be focusing on winning and getting to the Rose Bowl,” she said. “I know a lot of people who are already planning on going on that trip and we can’t have any bad publicity or let anything get in the way.”Schumann said he thinks the potential to lose Roby for the season will hurt the Buckeyes more than if they lost Hyde.“I think they have enough running backs that they’re going to be all right,” Schumann said. “Roby is a big loss. He is the best defensive player on the team, and he’s a leader.” read more

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Hellenic Heart kickstarts its Greece donations

first_imgFresh from its launch earlier this year, the Hellenic Heart foundation has shipped 469 boxes containing 11,535 units to Greece in an effort to support struggling families through the economic woes faced by the country.The items included clothing, toys, baby feeding equipment, sanitary items, blankets, linen and stationery. Owner Rea Liapis said she is overwhelmed by the response Hellenic Heart has received since getting off the ground and is reaching out to Melbourne’s Greek community to assist those facing hardship ahead of the Christmas period here, with some items left over from those sent to Greece.“I would love to create care packages for local Greeks needing some help,” she said. Hellenic Heart can be reached via its Facebook page. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Spalleti fired up for Milan Derby

Spalleti fired up for Milan Derby

first_imgLuciano Spalletti is hoping to make history with Inter Milan as he believes the Derby “is worth far more than three points.“I think the derby is worth far more than three points for what it brings out in the minds of the players and the enthusiasm of the fans,” said the Inter boss in his Press conference via Football Italia.“This week we haven’t thought about Barcelona or anything else, just the derby. We knew this would be a packed season with so many tournaments and the derby is a competition all by itself. This game is the thermometer to measure the Inter fever in the city.“A victory could give us so much more than just three points. We must be demanding of ourselves and expect great things, because that is what this game requires. We won’t stand for any fear, because we are convinced that what we are doing is right.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Since coming here, I’ve realised that Inter fans are more likely to forget the birthdays of their husbands or wives than they are the date of the derby. There aren’t three tiers at San Siro, but a fourth with all our fans on their couches cheering us on from home.“If you want to go down in the history of Inter, and not just for the length of your contract, then you’ll do it via this game.“People shouldn’t talk about the crowd as the frame to this match, but as part of the painting itself, because no other game can provide the kind of passion that represents a Milan Derby and the city ought to be proud.”last_img read more

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At least 60 vehicles tires slashed at Coral Springs condo complex

At least 60 vehicles tires slashed at Coral Springs condo complex

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a Coral Springs community woke up to tire trouble this weekend.Residents of the Holiday Village condo complex near the intersection of North University Drive and Sample Road found their tires completely slashed, Saturday.Police said at least 60 cars were damaged.“It’s not fun, it’s not funny. It’s pretty downright evil,” said a resident who was not identified. “I’m like, ‘How would you feel if someone did it to you?’”Area residents said they worry the slasher could strike again.Police said they are following up on multiple leads.If you have any information on this act of vandalism, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Oscars 2019 Results red carpet watch online and more

first_img Hulu with Live TV costs $40 a month and includes ABC, but check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area. PlayStation Vue Culture Media Streamers TV and Movies PlayStation Vue’s $45 Access plan includes ABC. Use the PlayStation Vue Plans page to see if you can get a live feed of Fox where you live. Read full review The above streaming services offer a free, seven-day trial. Another option is Locast, which streams local broadcasters, including ABC, in certain large US cities, for free. And of course you could always use an antenna to try to pick up the ABC station in your area (DVR optional). For folks looking for an insider’s look into the show, you can also watch the IMDb LIVE at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Twitch. It’s hosted by Aisha Tyler, who is good at that sort of thing. For viewers outside the US, oscars.org has a list of providers around the world that will carry the broadcast, including BSkyB, Canal+ France and CCTV-6.   Where can I stream the red carpet? The earlier red carpet proceedings will be streamed live on Twitter. You can watch by following the Academy Awards official Twitter account here. Sister site Entertainment Tonight Online and as usual the E network, available on many live TV streaming services, will have Oscars pre-coverage all day Sunday, with E’s red carpet coverage beginning at 2 p.m. PT.  Who are the nominees? black-panther-tchalla-1 Marvel Studios Let’s focus on the big six: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. (And here’s our full list of the nominees.) Best Picture Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star is Born Vice Best Director BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee Cold War — Paweł Pawlikowski The Favourite — Yorgos Lanthimos Roma — Alfonso Cuaron Vice — Adam McKay Best Actor Christian Bale — Vice Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born Willem Dafoe — At Eternity’s Gate Rami Malik — Bohemian Rhapsody Viggo Mortensen — Green Book Best Actress Yalitza Aparicio — Roma Glenn Close — The Wife Olivia Colman — The Favourite Lady Gaga — A Star is Born Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me? Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali — Green Book Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman Sam Elliot — A Star is Born Richard E Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me? Sam Rockwell — Vice Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams — Vice Marina de Tavira — Roma Regina King — If Beale Street Could Talk  Emma Stone — The Favourite Rachel Weisz — The Favourite How can I watch the nominees online? We have a list of where you can watch the Oscar 2019 nominees.  Who’s going to win? You can read our predictions for Best Picture here. But some believe that Black Panther could have a shot at Best Picture. Maybe.  Now playing: Watch this: YouTube TV costs $40 a month and includes ABC. Plug in your ZIP code on its channel lineup page to see what live, local networks are available where you live. See at YouTube TV Comments Hulu with Live TV Share your voice See at Hulu with Live TVcenter_img YouTube TV See at PlayStation Vue Rick Meyer The 2019 Oscars, aka the 91st annual Academy Awards, are happening right now. As if you didn’t know.But maybe you don’t know where you can stream the show live, or the start times and everything else necessary to make your Oscars 2019 experience go off without a hitch.That’s where we come in. We’ve listed the top ways to watch online — including free options that are nice and legal — as well who’s nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and all the rest. Yes, Black Panther is up for best picture (as well as best costume design) and might even have a slight chance, though Roma’s our top prediction.Want to know more? Read on.Who won?We’re already halfway through the Oscars. Head to our results posts to see who’s won so far!Where can I stream the 2019 Oscars online?For audiences in the US, ABC is streaming the live broadcast of the Oscars on the ABC website, but only to specific cities and only after you sign in with a participating pay TV provider — typically a cable company, satellite provider or live streaming service. Click here for details. If you subscribe to a live TV streaming service that carries ABC in your city, you can use it to watch the Oscars too. DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV all carry ABC in most US cities. All of them offer a seven-day free trial, so you can sign up now and cancel after the ceremony if you want. Note that Sling TV, Fubo TV, AT&T Watch Now and Philo do not carry ABC at all. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… 4:15 See at DirecTV Now Tags DirecTV Now DirecTV Now’s basic, $40-a-month Live a Little package includes ABC. You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of Fox and the other local networks in your ZIP code. 8 Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019last_img read more

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Man beaten dead by police in Joypurhat

Man beaten dead by police in Joypurhat

first_imgjoypurhatA man was beaten to death allegedly by police at Harunga village of Kalai upazila early Monday.The deceased was identified as Saidur Rahman, son of Ashraf Ali, a resident of the village.Belayet Hossain, additional superintendent of Joypurhat police, said that a team of police locked into an altercation with Saidur around 5:00am when they went to the village to arrest his nephew Shapla, accused in a case filed in connection with sexual harassment.At one stage, Saidur suffered a brain stroke and died on the spot, the police official said.However, the family members claimed that Saidur was beaten to death by police.Police sent the body to Joypurhat Modern Hospital for an autopsy.A tense situation was prevailing at the village following the incident.Later, the additional superintendent of police went to the spot and brought the situation under control.Meanwhile, four policemen, including two sub-inspectors of Kalai police station, were withdrawn from their posted station.last_img read more

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HMC all set to introduce online tax payment system

HMC all set to introduce online tax payment system

first_imgKolkata: The Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) is all set to introduce the online payment system of property tax.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in HMC recently. It was presided over by Mayor Rathin Chakraborty. It may be mentioned that Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) have already introduced the system for collection of property tax.Arun Roychudhury, member, Mayor in Council for Tax and License, said the system will benefit the property tax payers immensely. A property owner can now go to the website of HMC and give the holding number of the premises or the assessee number of the premises, to get the property tax amount which he/she has to pay. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been decided that the online system will be introduced in wards 1 to 50 and will be later introduced in the 16 wards that fall under Bali. There are 1.42 lakh property tax payers in Howrah and another 27,000 in Bali. The HMC has also introduced the system of paying property tax through credit and debit cards. Counters have been opened in the seven borough offices and employees are extending all possible help to the property tax payers in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedEarlier, to pay property tax, property owners had to go to the HMC headquarters and stand in long queues, a process which often took several hours to complete. The present system will help them to save time and embarrassment, Roychowdhury said. He said the new system may have some teething problem at the beginning, but the problems that will be detected will be ironed out subsequently. The HMC had placed an order to a private firm to prepare the software for the online tax payment system. To make people aware of the new system, HMC will send a pamphlet along with the property tax bill next month.last_img read more

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Bringing alive authentic flavours of Punjab

Bringing alive authentic flavours of Punjab

first_imgIndian culinary tradition boasts of exquisite and authentic recipes that are bound to satisfy every palate and JW Marriott as a brand has continuously worked towards bringing culinary intelligence to the forefront. Seizing the real essence of the diverse cuisine, this November K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi brings to you the much awaited Amritsari food festival – a fantastic medley of finger-licking delights to indulge in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmritsar is synonymous with finger-licking awesomeness when it comes to food. A lot of times the ‘Amritsari’ is used just to attract the crowds without any real effort to give a genuine feel to the food. Not so at the Amritsari food festival at the JW Marriott, New Delhi. This is one authentic experience – as real as you can get to sample some fine Amritsari food in Chandigarh. The carefully crafted menu comprises traditional spice laced food, deliciously created from fresh ingredients keeping in mind a healthy nutritional balance and preserving the wholesome goodness. It would be a delightful experience for food lovers of the city as they could eat the varieties of traditional Punjabi dishes each day. The festival would take the foodies of on an extraordinary voyage to taste the flavorsome Punjab di dishes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe dishes are specially curated by renowned and expert Chef Sweety Singh, a man of few words. He would much rather ply you with his delicious creations than talk about himself or his culinary expertise that has people from politicians to film stars wanting a spell of the Sweety’s magic. An exceptional culinary artist, Chef Sweety Singh believes in mining swaad (umami) without stifling preparations with tomato puree, full-fat cream, and butter – the standard taste enhancers employed by restaurants claiming to offer “authentic” Punjabi cuisine. Chef Sweety does not use any cashew, almond, saffron, and food colour in any of his dishes. And being a puritan, he uses ghee in abundance. Chef’s signature recipes have been developed and perfected throughout his career as they are authentic slow-cooking dishes which are made in homes across the world. They are packed with flavor and unique in taste. The current festival gives the food connoisseur a wide range of Punjabi dishes to choose from – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Bhatti ka kukkad, Lahori paneer tikka, Meat diya seekha, Highway tandoori kukkad and a lot more to serve your hunger with. Every cuisine is prepared with homemade masalas and traditional style to keep the cultural Punjabi vibes alive. The Chefs at K3 along with Master Chef Sweety Singh are dishing out an opulent list of culinary showstoppers for both lunch and dinner during the sumptuous festival. From November 16-25, the guests can find a lunch and dinner homemade set menu and also can experience a feast on traditional Indian food in K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi.last_img read more

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Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on Bitcoin

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Reid Hoffman has an expert eye for promising tech startups. The LinkedIn chairman and co-founder’s early stakes in Facebook, Airbnb and Dropbox prove he’s able to see the next big thing before most of us even know what it is — and it’s paid off for him time and again.These days, the so-called “startup whisperer” is placing his bets on Bitcoin. As a full-time partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, he claims his primary focus is to invest in “world-class entrepreneurs with new categories of ideas with the possibility of massive scale.” One of those entrepreneurs is Wences Casares, co-founder of Xapo, an ambitious, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bitcoin wallet and storage startup. With Hoffman leading the charge, Greylock invested $20 million in Xapo last year.  “Bitcoin has the potential to be a massively disruptive technology,” Hoffman wrote in a post announcing the investment last July. “It is the leading digital currency and it’s growing fast.”Related: LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman: Success Tips From Silicon ValleyThen, in November — a month before Bloomberg declared Bitcoin the worst-performing currency of 2014 — he announced a hefty personal stake in Bitcoin that he brokered, a $21 million investment into Blockstream. The Montreal-based startup aims to improve upon Bitcoin’s blockchain backbone, the shared public ledger upon which the virtual currency’s entire network relies.We caught up with the father of online professional networking recently to find out why he’s betting big on Bitcoin and why he thinks the controversial cryptocurrency is here to stay. What follows are portions of that interview, edited for clarity and brevity.Related: Why This Internet Pioneer Thinks Bitcoin Has the Power to Break the Cycle of PovertyWhen did Bitcoin first pique your curiosity and when did you become a believer? I first got into it after speaking with Wences Casares, who I refer to as Patient Zero for Bitcoin in Silicon Valley. Patient Zero is the first infection of a viral contagion.I’d been paying attention to Bitcoin because a couple of other people that Wences had talked with, like Katana Capital founder Charlie Songhurst, had also talked to me about it and said that it was very important. No one had made the argument in a way that stuck yet, but it made me curious. I started to really think about it, so I sought out Wences in the summer of 2013. We had a fairly thorough conversation. He articulated very strong positive theories about Bitcoin and I began to feel empowered.Related: IBM Looking at Adopting Bitcoin Technology for Major CurrenciesWhat is most interesting about Bitcoin to you? What attracts you to it? Once I started really digging into it, I came to realize that there are three aspects to Bitcoin that are interwoven and Bitcoin is most interesting because of them. They are: One, it’s an asset, like digital gold 2.0. Two, it’s a currency in as much as currency is like the digital app that allows you to begin to transact and trade. And, three, it’s also a platform where you can build financial and other products on top of it. These attributes all bound together are what convinced me that there’s a certainty that there will be at least one global cryptocurrency and that there’s a good argument that it’s Bitcoin, or that Bitcoin is one of them, if not THE one. And, if Bitcoin isn’t that global cryptocurrency, then something else will be.I think that a global cryptocurrency that is an asset, a currency and a platform, is pretty essential for good progress in what we can do when it comes to building products and services, banking the unbanked in the third world and creating effective commerce across borders, among other things.Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a WeekYou’ve said that you’re not concerned with the day-to-day price of Bitcoin, that you’re more focused on the long-game outlook of your Bitcoin investments. Why? My investment philosophy is very much long-term. I don’t do any small trades, like, “Oh, I’ll own this for a year and then I’ll sell it.” I invest only in long-term trends. That’s part of the reason I’m a venture investor. When I invested in Airbnb, when it was totally a new and random thing, most people said, “No way, no one’s gonna’ have strangers over at their house to rent a room, etc.” I saw it differently.When I invest, I think, “What is the way the world should be and is this investment part of that end? Is this plan the best plan for that to happen?” So that’s minimum five years. When it comes to Bitcoin, that’s the framework that I think about it in.Why do you think the price of Bitcoin has diminished so much since late 2013, when it soared above $1,000?I think that the price drop has gotten lost in asset speculation. A lot of people were like, “Oh, my God, I gotta’ get in now!” They thought it was a get rich quick scheme. Obviously the run up was driven by speculation. Speculation tends to be very volatile to, “Oh, my God, it’s headed down now. Oh, get out quick.” Speculators are not long-term buyers. Speculators are cash in on the upswing and know when to get off the boat.Honestly, I don’t even check the price. I don’t even know what it is right now. I would guess it’s around $200-ish. Once it went down to $200, it’s actually not been that volatile since. The volatility decreased after that big drop and it’s now coming to a point where it’s at the current clearing price.Related: How a Teenage Entrepreneur Built a Startup on Bitcoin RichesWhat are the biggest challenges holding Bitcoin back from mass adoption? There aren’t enough use cases that make it easy enough to transact in Bitcoin yet. It has to be easy to use and reliably fulfill people’s needs. Most of the places a digital asset is needed very badly are not places like the U.S., where I can sit with my dollars in the bank. It’s more like Argentina or Ukraine or Russia. Those areas still have to get to the point where it’s useful.Once you get the asset store working in those locations, you have to figure out where people want to transact in Bitcoin. Is it cross-border transactions? Is it other types of transactions that are unique and difficult to do?While it’s cool that Overstock will accept Bitcoin, a lot of people in the U.S. have credit cards and can buy from Overstock with them, so they don’t need to get Bitcoin in order to buy from Overstock. Most mass adoption of technology doesn’t just go do something just because it’s cool. When you get mass adoption, it’s because it’s serving a need.Related: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Is Like a ‘Child Taking Its First Steps’ But Will One Day Win the Finance MarathonWhat is your advice to those considering investing in the Bitcoin space? Roughly speaking, it’s very much like a venture investment. What I tell people who are angel investors investing in it, even though I think that the likelihood that Bitcoin will go to zero is very low, I say don’t invest in something you’re not willing to lose, or lose a good portion of. Now, for portfolio management, like if you have $10,000 and you invest $500, that’s usually kind of an unsafe side bet.If you’re interested in Bitcoin, if you believe it’s part of how you think the world should be, the way the world will eventually end up going towards and you want to participate in that, then it might be for you. Or, if you’re in some place where you have no real, good asset value store and you’re uncertain about the banks, you’re uncertain about the government currency, then Bitcoin can provide a useful asset store for you.Related: 16 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge in 2015 Register Now » April 10, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 8 min readlast_img read more

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