Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Things haven’t gone completely cleanly for any of the players involved.Abdullah put together seasons of 597 rushing yards in his rookie year (2015) and 552 yards last season. But he also only was able to play two games in 2016 due to a foot injury. This season, he was pushed down the depth chart by veteran LeGarrett Blount, rookie Kerryon Johnson and the versatile Theo Riddick.Johnson, meanwhile, has for the most part thrived when healthy. He broke out with 581 rushing yards as a rookie, then became the best receiving running back with 879 yards to go along with 1,239 more on the ground in 2016.His wrist injury cut into all but 11 carries last season, and offensive woes around him have limited what he hoped would become a bounce-back year in 2018.Meanwhile, the Golden pick after Abdullah came off the board has looked favorable on the Cardinals’ end. He produced 12.5 sacks after a strong rookie season and after playing just four games because of an ACL tear in 2017 has just begun to look like his old self through five games played this year. Top Stories 19 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ameer Abdullah entered the NFL out of Nebraska with all the hype. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons, finishing his senior year with 19 touchdowns to cement himself as one of the best running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft class.And that’s how many saw him. The Detroit Lions picked Abdullah 54th overall, taking him in the second round as the third running back off the board, behind Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah rushes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Tuesday, less than four full years into his NFL career, Abdullah found himself — for the time being — jobless.The Lions waived Abdullah on Tuesday to sign running back Zach Zenner and receiver Bruce Ellington, ending a relationship that began just after the last-minute heartbreak between the Nebraska product and the Arizona Cardinals.Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Saints reign supremeThe Chiefs are very big favorites over the CardinalsBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals prep for Chiefs’ offensive buzzsawDetroit drafted Abdullah just four picks ahead of the Cardinals’ second-round selection. On draft night in 2015, Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough had Abdullah on the phone, a moment captured on camera and produced into the Amazon web series “All or Nothing,”“So are we excited? I know we’ve done so much work on you, from all the times we talked to you, we definitely are one of the places you wanted to be,” McDonough told the draftee.“We’ve been talking about this pick since the Combine,” adds general manager Steve Keim.That’s when celebration turned to shock.The Cardinals listened as Abdullah told them that the Lions were on the other phone line.Arizona attempted to rebound quickly. It used the 58th overall pick to nab pass-rusher Markus Golden, then took Northern Iowa running back David Johnson with the third-round selection at 86th overall. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Top Stories Some people are tickled. Country music star Blake Shelton hilariously threatened general manager Steve Keim on Twitter, saying he would “personally wrap my guitar around your neck” if Keim left Murray on the board.Related LinksCardinals’ potential Josh Rosen trade partners snap up QBs in draftNew Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s career timeline: By the numbersArizona Cardinals pick QB Kyler Murray 1st in 2019 NFL DraftRaiders blow up 2019 NFL Draft, make questionable decision againSome people are angry. Murray encountered a Cardinals fan in Nashville who was less than tickled with the Cardinals’ newest first-round pick.“There was a guy out there in the crowd, waving at me, saying they don’t want me, they want Nick (Bosa),” Murray said. “It is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy, but at the same time, I hope to make them happy with my play.”When Murray showed up for his official press conference, the walls had come down. He smiled frequently. He showed real charisma. By then, the game was over, the game had been won and it was as if Murray was finally free to be himself.After a few private moments with Murray, I can attest that he’s taller than I thought, much bigger than he looks on television. That’s reassuring. It’s also clear he ended up with the franchise of his choice.“It’s a surreal feeling for me,” Murray said. “I’m (most) glad that I’m going to the Cardinals, honestly. That’s where I wanted to go play.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NASHVILLE – The underdog wears pink. He calls himself the consummate winner without reservation or whiff of humility. He shows zero sympathy for the quarterback he just displaced in Arizona.Welcome to the new world, Kyler Murray, where you will inspire a new generation of undersized quarterbacks to reach for the stars.And welcome to Arizona, where you will find a house divided. At least until you beat the Seahawks, and then everyone will be on board. Just like their newest quarterback.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 – / 52center_img 167 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As for what kind of person Arizona is getting?“Great guy. I try to do the right things on and off the field. Try to do right by everybody. Once they get to know me, I think they’ll see it.”It’s easy to feel bad for Josh Rosen, the quarterback who made the best of a horrible situation in 2018. He endeared himself to teammates for absorbing a beating and never once pointed fingers. He showed great physical and mental toughness. But this was the right play for Arizona.Their rookie head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, needed a quarterback to call his own. Now he can pour all his energy into developing the player he recruited out of high school, and when Murray shines, so will Kingsbury. The quarterback will give the unseasoned head coach his best shot at credibility.Murray needed Kingsbury. He needed a head coach who recognizes the quarterback’s stunning gifts and not his deficiencies. A head coach who doesn’t hold any preconceived notions about height requirements in the NFL.Together, they represent a bold declaration and a new direction for a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2015.“Knowing he’ll let me play and be me is probably the biggest thing,” Murray said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Murray’s familiarity with Kingsbury and his system make it realistic that he can succeed as a rookie starter in the NFL. There are high-profile games against Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, Sean McVay’s Rams and Bruce Arians’ Bucs. With one draft pick, the Cardinals have morphed from one of the most irrelevant NFL outfits to one of the most compelling.Maybe that energy will help heal a team dealing with the collateral damage of a one-and-done head coach (Steve Wilks) and a star cornerback (Patrick Peterson) who is once again unhappy with the organization.“I know they were very fond of me,” Murray said. “But I’m the type of guy that I wasn’t going to believe anything until I got that phone call. Finally getting to play for coach Kingsbury is something we’ve been talking about for a long time.”Skeptics will wonder if the Cardinals selected Murray to sell tickets. Rosen fans have reason to be angry with how the incumbent quarterback has been treated during this process. But this the NFL, and it’s no place for the weak. And the easy thing for the Cardinals would’ve been to pass on Murray, aware that his size is an easy alibi.They went the other route. They authored one of the riskiest picks in NFL history, especially since there was no real public pressure in the Valley to draft Murray. But fortune favors the bold, and the Cardinals showed great conviction on Thursday.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAmerican Airlines and Qantas have filed a new application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval to form a joint business to better serve customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand.The proposed joint business will significantly improve service, stimulate demand and unlock more than US$300 million annually in consumer benefits that are not achievable through any other form of cooperation, including:Up to US$221 million in value from expanding codesharing between American and Qantas, opening more connections to more destinations.Up to US$89 million in value by offering a wider range of fare classes across each other’s networks, including lower fares and discounts.The joint business will also give American and Qantas the opportunity to launch additional routes between the US and Australia and New Zealand, including new flights to city pairs currently not served by either carrier.An expanded relationship will encourage significant improvements in the overall customer experience, including more improved frequent flyer benefits and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.All these benefits will stimulate significant demand for new travel, generating up to 180,000 new trips between the US and Australia and New Zealand every year.Critically, if the joint business is not approved, American and Qantas will have no choice but to further reduce codesharing on their networks. This will jeopardise the number of services and routes each carrier flies between the US and Australia and New Zealand.For example, Qantas may be forced to reduce the frequency of, downgauge or potentially cancel its A380 service between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, and American may further reduce its services between Los Angeles and Sydney and Auckland. These routes rely on codeshare support from each airline’s feeder network via their respective hub cities to be economically viable.American and Qantas look forward to working together to deliver new routes, a more seamless travel experience, and greater access to lower fares under a joint business.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Related EasyJet to introduce 15 new European fligh

first_img RelatedEasyJet to introduce 15 new European flights this wintereasyJet will launch 15 new flights to European destinations as part of its upcoming winter scheduleAirbus 320s to be used by easyJet at LiverpooleasyJet’s new flights to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from Liverpool will be operated using a brand new Airbus 320 aircraftNew flights to Canary Islands to be launched by MonarchMonarch will launch year-round flights to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from a number of UK airports later this year Cheap flights carrier easyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel this winter.Flights to Marrakech from Manchester will commence on Thursday (October 29th), while routes to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from Liverpool will take effect on November 3rd.Elsewhere, the airline is launching flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton, which will also begin on November 3rd.Fuerteventura will be additionally served by Manchester, while easyJet will also introduce flights to Porto from London Gatwick, to Sharm el Sheikh from London Luton, and to Geneva and Paphos in Cyprus, also from Luton.A total of 22 new routes are being introduced by the carrier as part of its winter schedule, while it will continue to operate high frequency services to key city airports and popular ski destinations.The airline’s shift in focus to sunshine destination are likely to appeal to holidaymakers who chose to stay at home this summer, but were ultimately left disappointed by the poor weather.In May, easyJet commenced flights to Corfu, Athens, Dalaman and Bastia using its new Airbus A320 based at Manchester Airport.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img RelatedLaunch of new campaign hopes to tempt US holidaymakers to the UKAmericans look set to book flights to the UK after Virgin Atlantic airways and Visit Britain launched a new campaignNew aircraft will allow Virgin Atlantic to launch flights to long-haul destinationsVirgin Atlantic will be in a position to launch new flights to BeijingEssential guide to 10 of the best Caribbean islandsConsidering a holiday to the paradise islands of the Caribbean? Planning a Caribbean cruise and trying to decide which beaches to hit? Whether you’re booking a family holiday, searching for a dream honeymoon or just wanting sand, sea and rum cocktails, here’s an essential guide to 10 of the best… The perfect time for a couple to book cheap flights for their first holiday is after six months, two weeks and one day.This is according to a survey by Virgin Atlantic, which also revealed that 67 percent of people discover “another side” to their partner during their first trip overseas.Some 42 percent of men realised they had chosen the wrong partner during the holiday, while a further 33 percent of travellers said their first trip as a couple either “make or broke” their relationship.Dee Cooper, Virgin Atlantic’s director of product and service, said “lots of couples” use the airline for their first flight together.”Of course they are excited but they may also be a little nervous jetting off to a faraway country with somebody new, so we do our best to help them relax and enjoy their trip,” she commented.In July, Virgin Atlantic celebrated the tenth anniversary of its flights to Delhi from London.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img5. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United StatesGood old Mother Nature has done her best with screensaver favourite Antelope Canyon. Geologists call it a ‘slot canyon’ – a narrow gorge carved by water and mud. Photographers will have a field day here thanks to the natural lighting as well as the procession of sculpted shapes and forms. 2. The Trulli, ItalyYes, they are real, people do live in them. These cone-topped fairytale dwellings are not populated by Hobbits but the inhabitants of the Itria Valley in Apulia, southern Italy. Dating back to 1500, the Trulli (one of them is a ‘Trullo’) are adorned with symbols that range from the Christian to the bizarre. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. The Tunnel of Love, Klevan, UkraineTake your ‘loved one’ (or lover, if we’re not beating around the bush) to the Tunnel of Love and legend has it that ‘ask a sincere desire and it will be fulfilled’. Sounds a bit creepy, especially after dark. This naturally-created tunnel in Klevan, Ukraine is in use three times a day when a train passes through to take wood to a nearby factory. So don’t get too lost in the moment. 10. The Fairy Glen, ScotlandThe Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland is a weird place. It’s not actually inhabited by fairies, but the further you go up the valley, the more your sense of scale goes awry and it’s easy to imagine that this word-in-miniature hides away a population of otherwordly beings. 3. The Enchanted City, Cuenca, SpainCuenca, in Castile-La Mancha in central Spain is famous for its hanging houses), but tear yourself away from admiring precipitous architecture to be awestruck by rock formations that make you think ‘how on earth did those get there? Resembling giant mushrooms, put there by a creative, slightly psychadelic god, these natural monuments actually owe their appearance to erosion (sorry, boring).More: Secret Spain: 9 places to find the real España 7. Red Seabeach, ChinaThe beach in Dawa in the Liaoning region of China, is famous for being, well, not beach colour, but red. It’s not actually sand that gives it its colour, but the plant, Chenopodiaceae, which in autumn turns this saltmarsh-type land into a mind-bending sea of red.center_img 6. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaDid you know that Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the largest salt desert in the world? Ok, another question, name a salt desert. Pretty weird. huh? 9. MUSA Underwater Museum of Art, Cancun, MexicoThe Underwater Art Museum is a magical place off the coast of Cancun, which aims to protect the areas’s coral reef, in style. Underwater there are more than 400 works of art from Jason Taylor deCaires resting peacefully between fish and marine vegetation. Unsurprisingly, it’s a favourite with scuba divers. 8. To Sua Ocean Trench, SamoaThis paradisical pool isn’t, as it sounds, an ocean trench deep under the sea, but a ‘blowhole’. Translated unglamorously as ‘big hole’ To Sua, on the island of Upolu in Samoa, must be up there in the most amazing places to go swimming anywhere. Take the ladder to descend into its depths or, if you’re feeling brave, dive off it. Magical, mysterious, surreal and simply stunning: 10 of the world’s most magical places you’ve just got to go to. Or just look at the photos!1. Lake Retba, SenegalWhat the devil? It’s pink? Ok, it looks orange in this picture. Lake Retba (in French it’s the more descriptive Lac Rose) has been described as looking like raspberry milkshake. Unfortunately, up close it’s not quite as pink, nor can you drink it as you do the breaststroke. The lake gets its Lambrusco Blush tone from an algae that produces a red pigment to resist the water’s high salinity level. When pigment and salt collide in sunlight, the water goes pink. It’s at its pinkest in the dry season. Like the Dead Sea, it’s so salty that you can float in it. Related26 unbelievable aerial photos of EarthHave you ever wondered what the planet looks like from above? What it would be like to get a bird’s eye view of sprawling cities, stunning landscapes and rugged coastlines? Wonder no more as these incredible 360˚ panoramic images take you on an exciting tour from above.10 magical places in the UKFancy getting away with the fairies, or reliving the romance of Arthurian legends? Wander through magical labyrinths filled with fantastic creatures from British folklore, or enjoy an afternoon spotting mermaids. Have an enchanting weekend escape and pay a visit to any of these mystical places across the UK.7 of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomena: in picturesPrepare to be amazed at these seven incredible phenomena from around the world.last_img read more

Los Cabos Mexico — Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico — Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSpecial promotional rates, as well as “Design-it-Yourself Savings,” give vacationers the opportunity to choose between a complimentary night, resort credit, room upgrade or car rental—enabling guests to save up to $985 on their summer vacation at the all-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort.The Summer Savings Promotion at Marquis will run from June 1st through October 10th, 2010 and provides room rate savings as well as a choice of one of the following: A complimentary third night, a $500 resort credit (casita only), two complimentary days with a rental car or a complimentary upgrade to a Marquis Suite with private pool (Junior Suite only). Also from June 1st through October 10th, rates will start at $250 per night for a Junior Suite, or $985 per night for a Private Pool Casita.For additional information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.last_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Lanesborough, London’s premier luxury hotel offering distinguished residential-style service in elegantly historic surroundings, has been bestowed a prestigious Michelin star for ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant.’ Since beginning service in September 2009, the restaurant has become the epicenter of the London dining scene under the supervision of Chef Heinz Beck and Executive Chef Massimiliano Blasone. The restaurant now holds the record for the fastest London restaurant to be awarded a star, less than 5 months after opening in September 2009. The 2010 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland was be released on January 20, 2010.“Since opening in 1991, The Lanesborough has been unwavering in its commitment to delivering first-class service and amenities to its visitors,” said Mr. Geoffrey Gelardi, Managing Director of The Lanesborough. “The award bestowed upon ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ by Michelin reinforces this ideal and compels us to continue to strive for excellence.”‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ features traditional Italian fare with antipasti, soup, pasta, meat and fish main courses as well as desserts. Beck, who already holds three Michelin stars for his work at Rome’s La Pergola, created the menu with the intention of keeping dishes healthy and approachable yet still exciting.The menu features starter dishes such as ‘Seabass Cannolo with Celery and Melon’ and inspiring pasta dishes including ‘Rabbit Ravioli and Pistachio’ and ‘White Truffle Risotto with Salmon Carpaccio.’ Main courses such as ‘Cod Nero Chickpeas and Red Pepper Jus’ and ‘Slow Braised Veal Cheek on Apple Puree and Salsify’ are also on the menu. ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ also highlights a ‘Menu del Giorno’ available at lunch with three courses priced at £28. Finally, Beck created a seven course ‘Apsleys Tasting Menu’ available at £85 per person.The cuisine featured at ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ compliments the grandeur of The Lanesborough creating an experience that is ideal for both a formal business meal and relaxed social dining. The recently renovated dining room, which is located under The Lanesborough’s famed conservatory, was designed by the world-renowned Tihany Design, founded by Adam Tihany. The firm has been responsible for some of the world’s most noteworthy restaurants including Le Cirque, Jean-Georges and Per Se in New York and The French Laundry in California.The Lanesborough is a luxury hotel offering distinguished, residential-style service in elegant, historic surroundings. The Lanesborough recreates the elegance and sophistication of an eighteenth century private residence. The Lanesborough is situated in Knightsbridge in the heart of London. The hotel is situated directly across from Hyde Park and Constitution Arch, adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace. It is ideally located for many of London’s top attractions, including perhaps the world’s most famous store, Harrods.www.lanesborough.comlast_img read more

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first_imgKinston, N.C. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineKinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation. The all-cash transaction will double the size of the Delta AirElite fleet and improve Web-based booking and the travel experience for fleet membership card and charter customers.“This is an excellent opportunity to couple Delta AirElite’s award-winning product and scheduling flexibility with Segrave’s leadership in online flight management and operations control,” said Wayne Aaron, Delta’s vice president – Corporate Strategy and Business Development. “The Segrave acquisition supports Delta’s strategy to offer differentiated products and services to our high value customers.”Delta is the only U.S.-based carrier with commercial and private jet service, enabling customers the ability to design their travel plans with the combined reach and convenience of an on-call fleet and the world’s largest commercial airline network. Delta AirElite offers customers the ability to earn SkyMiles and immediate Medallion qualification up to Diamond status, further integrating Delta’s commercial and private jet product offering to high value customers.“Coupling Delta’s world-renowned brand and reputation for service with Segrave’s history as an innovator in private jet operations is a natural fit for the customers who have long counted on Segrave and Delta AirElite,” said Jim Segrave of Segrave Aviation. “All of us at Segrave look forward to our new partnership with Delta and the opportunity to grow this exciting segment of Delta’s business.”Segrave Aviation began operations in 1994 from Kinston, N.C. Today, it directs a fleet of managed aircraft specializing in wholesale charter aviation services, private aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and fixed base operations.www.AirElite.comlast_img read more

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first_imgSouth Norwalk, CT – Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the world’s leading long haul airlines, has launched new round-the-world service with limited time fares starting as low as $2,939 (including all taxes and fees).With the new inaugural flight of V Australia, which begins service between Los Angeles and Sydney on February 27, Virgin now completes its missing link in global service.Passengers will be offered two ticket options for their round-the-world trip – ‘Virgin Global East’ and ‘Virgin Global West’. The ‘Virgin Global East’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, continuing to Hong Kong and Sydney with Virgin Atlantic, and then from Sydney to Los Angeles with V Australia. The ‘Virgin Global West’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to Sydney with V Australia, then onto Hong Kong, London, and back to Los Angeles with Virgin Atlantic.The launch of the new fares coincide with Sir Richard Branson’s ‘Round the World in 8 Days’ tour, celebrating the 25th birthday of Virgin Atlantic and the launch of V Australia.Speaking in Sydney, Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: “Passengers now have a fantastic choice to make – which way to go around the world with Virgin! The combination of Virgin Atlantic and V Australia offers travelers huge flexibility in their global planning and some of the best value round the world fares available. The destinations are also some of the most exciting in the world.”The special round-the-world launch fare of $2,939 (including all taxes and fees) is available for sale only through March 6, 2009, and is valid for departures throughout the year.www.virgin.com/atlanticlast_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate the $1.5 million he made reshooting a film to sexual misconduct defence initiative Time’s Up (all times local):11 p.m.Michelle Williams says her co-star Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate the $1.5 million he earned for reshoots for “All the Money in the World” to the sexual misconduct defence initiative Time’s Up isn’t about her.The actress, who reportedly was paid less than $1,000 for the reshoots, says in a statement Saturday that her fellow actresses and activist friends stood by her and “taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted.”She says it was “one of the most indelible days of my life” because of Wahlberg, talent agency William Morris Endeavor and “a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment.”The reshoots occurred over 10 days when Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film after sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey surfaced. Both Plummer and Williams were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.___2:33 p.m.Mark Wahlberg has agreed to donate the $1.5 million he made for reshoots on the film “All the Money in the World” to the sexual misconduct defence initiative Time’s Up.The actor said Saturday he’ll make the donation in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the reshoots.The agency William Morris Endeavor represents both actors and said it will donate an additional $500,000, also in Williams’ name.The reshoots occurred over 10 days when Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film after sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey surfaced.Both Plummer and Williams were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.Williams had no immediate comment Saturday. Wahlberg said he “100 per cent” supports the right for fair pay in Hollywood. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2018 8:27 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Williams: Wahlberg’s donation ‘isn’t about me’last_img read more

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first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 9:56 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Noel Edison is shown in a handout photo. Edison didn’t expect to rub shoulders with Lady Gaga when he attended the Grammy Awards for the first time, but the chorus master at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir couldn’t resist the opportunity when it arose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Symphony Orchestra Grammy-nominated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir leader recalls brush with Lady Gagacenter_img TORONTO – Noel Edison didn’t expect to rub shoulders with Lady Gaga when he attended the Grammy Awards for the first time, but the chorus master at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir couldn’t resist the opportunity when it arose.At the glitzy celebration for the 2010 awards in Los Angeles, Edison found himself standing near the “Bad Romance” singer. So he stuck out his hand and introduced himself.“(I) said, ‘Look, I want to congratulate you — I think you’ve got a unique sound and a unique approach to this modern-day popular culture,’” he recalls.“We had a nice chat with her big thugs standing around. We had a little vodka together, so that was fun.”Edison didn’t win the Grammy that year, but he’ll have another chance on Sunday as he vies for best choral performance with his choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.The Toronto performers share a nomination with British conductor Sir Andrew Davis for his daring take on Handel’s “Messiah,” which throws in new elements that elevate the composition’s theatrical flair.Edison said he was intrigued by the changes Davis brought to his version of George Frideric Handel’s 1741 biblical epic, known through generations for its rousing “Hallelujah!” crescendo.“He brought it into a modern setting with a lot more instruments,” Edison explained.“He thickens it up, makes it bigger and more opulent in its colouring.”Recorded at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in December 2015, the Grammy-nominated project was a risky proposition when Davis envisioned it years earlier, the conductor said.He felt purists might balk at his decision to add instruments like the English horn, oboe and piccolo. Even punching up the presence of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir could be seen as taboo.But now that he holds his third Grammy nomination, Davis feels a sense of accomplishment in finding new grandiosity within the age-old baroque composition.“People (at the Grammys) have recognized, I think, that it’s not some gimmicky attempt to dress the piece up in colours that aren’t appropriate,” Davis said.“I’ve introduced, in a way, a bit of a sense of fantasy.”Before he recorded the album, Davis tinkered with the elements of his version, adding percussion he later restrained. By the time he stepped onto the Toronto stage for the five performances that comprise the album version, his “Messiah” was more focused in shape.“What I’ve done is perhaps underscore some of the drama in the piece,” he said.Edison said recording with a chorus of over 120 singers in Toronto seemed especially appropriate, since the city has an unusual fascination with “Messiah.”“I can’t to this day quite figure out why it’s got such popularity in Toronto,” Edison said. “The performances that go on (here) … there are hundreds of them.”Neither Davis nor Edison will be in New York to claim their Grammy, if they win on Sunday. They have packed schedules that put them on both sides of the pond — Davis in a Manchester recording studio and Edison performing with his choir.“I don’t live my life for these recognitions,” Edison explained.“I just do my job, do the best that I can, and if somebody likes it — great. It’s that good old Canadian: ‘Thank You.’”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.Note to readers: REMOVES reference to chorus of more than 100 professional singerslast_img read more

Singer Rachid Taha who fused Arabic music and roc

first_imgSinger Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies PARIS – Algerian singer Rachid Taha, who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France, has died. He was 59.Taha’s record label, Naïve, announced his death in a statement Wednesday on its Facebook page. It said he died overnight Tuesday to Wednesday following a heart attack at his home in the Paris suburb of Les Lilas.Believe Digital, which owns Naïve, confirmed the veracity of the statement.Taha had recently finished recording an album due for release in 2019. He was scheduled to film the first music video for one of the new songs, “Je suis Africain” (“I am African”), this weekend, Believe Digital said.Born Sept. 18, 1958, in Algeria, Taha would have marked his 60th birthday next week. He moved to France at age 10 with his parents.With the group “Carte de Sejour” (“Residence Permit”), Taha caused a stir in France in 1986 with a husky-voiced rocky cover of legendary singer-songwriter Charles Trenet’s sentimental, patriotic, “Douce France,” (“Sweet France.”)The group distributed copies of the song in France’s parliament as lawmakers were debating changes to the country’s nationality laws. FILE – In this July 19, 2005 file photo, Algerian singer Rachid Taha sings on the main stage during the opening day of the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Rachid Taha, an Algerian singer who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in France, where he made his home, has died. He was 59. (Sandro Campardo, Keystone via AP, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 8:41 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img Related Stories Weinstein lawyers try again to get sex assault case tossedLawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted girl, 16 by Jim Mustian, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2018 6:58 am PDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2018 at 7:11 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Prosecutors double down on Harvey Weinstein chargescenter_img #metoo|Harvey Weinstein|Weinstein New York prosecutors pushed back Monday against Harvey Weinstein’s latest attempt to have the criminal case against him dismissed, saying there is “ample evidence” to move forward with the sexual assault charges against the former Hollywood producer.In new court filings, the Manhattan district attorney’s office played down the witness coaching allegations against the lead detective in the case, saying the indictment against Weinstein should stand despite prosecutors’ recent decision to dismiss one of the six counts.“There is no possibility that this issue in any way impaired the integrity of the grand jury or prejudiced the defendant,” Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson wrote in the motion.Prosecutors also opposed Weinstein’s request for an evidentiary hearing to probe allegations of police misconduct.“In truth, the only reason the defendant wants a hearing is to provide a public circus that will further the public relations campaign the defendant has been waging from the outset of this case,” Wilson wrote.RELATED: Actress Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein, alleges rapeWeinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman countered in a statement that “it is they who created the circus with the DA and the NYPD calling each other liars.”Monday’s back-and-forth came two weeks after Weinstein’s lawyers asked a judge to jettison the entire case, citing evidence that Detective Nicholas DiGaudio told a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of a sexual assault allegation against Weinstein.DiGaudio told the witness that “less is more,” prosecutors acknowledged last month.Prosecutors also have disclosed an allegation that the same officer urged another Weinstein accuser to delete material from her cellphones before handing them over to prosecutors. The material did not pertain to Weinstein, prosecutors said, and ultimately was not deleted.Weinstein’s attorneys have described DiGaudio as “a serial obstructer” who was “singularly hell-bent on concealing the truth.” The officer’s conduct prompted the district attorney’s office to dismiss a count that alleged Weinstein forced Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student and fledgling actress.RELATED: Mira Sorvino urges #MeToo to do more than ‘name and shame’The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly, as Evans has done.Weinstein, 66, was originally charged with assaulting three women. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.In their attempt to have the case dismissed, Weinstein’s lawyers accused prosecutors of failing to show the grand jury evidence that they contend undermines the charges.Wilson, the assistant district attorney, countered Monday that prosecutors have no obligation to present to the grand jury evidence favourable to a defendant.“A review of the grand jury minutes will reveal that evidence was presented properly and with correct legal instructions,” Wilson wrote in the filing.Brafman, the defence attorney, said he plans to file a reply to the prosecution’s motion after Thanksgiving.Jim Mustian, The Associated Presslast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — A documentary film about two boys wh

first_img LOS ANGELES — A documentary film about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.The Sundance Institute announced the addition of “Leaving Neverland” and “The Brink,” a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.A description of “Leaving Neverland” says it will tell the story of two men who are now in their 30s and began long-running relationships with Jackson at ages 7 and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame. The names of the Jackson accusers profiled in the documentary were not released. Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005.The film is produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed.The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Jan 24 and runs through Feb. 4.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2019 1:13 pm PDT Sundance adds Michael Jackson Neverland doc about accuserscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2019 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rihanna, Snoop, Ice Cube react to death of Nipsey Husslecenter_img Reaction to the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on Sunday in Los Angeles.___— “This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! … I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle” — Rihanna, via Twitter.— “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. LA is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence. My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief.” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on Twitter.— “Words cannot express our sadness. Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father & leader in his community. One of the kindest & brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all. We will miss him, his music & everything he stood for.” — Atlantic Records, Hussle’s label, via Twitter.— “Prayers out to the whole family, man. This … got to stop, man.” — Snoop Dogg in one of several Instagram videos he posted on Hussle.— “Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @Nipsey Hussle.” — Ice Cube, via Twitter.— “Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.” — actress-writer Issa Rae on Twitter.— “This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his work! Sending love to his family. Rest in Power King” — former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Twitter.— “Thoughts and prayers go out to @NipseyHussle’s family and especially his children… hope they receive every ounce of strength and positivity the universe is sending them right now #RIPNipsey.” — New York Knicks player DeAndre Jordan via Twitter.— “REST IN PEACE NIPSEY HUSSLE.” — rapper Vince Staples, via Twitter.— “It’s dangerous to be an MC. Dangerous to be a b-ball player. It’s dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man … So much hatred. We live like our brothers and sisters in third world countries live. Right in America … Its so deep rooted. It’s not a easy fix. Hard to fix anything when kids are still living in poverty. I ain’t shutting up though, Nipsey is a True voice. He will never be silenced.” — rapper Nas on Instagram.— “Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighbourhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you.” — rapper J. Cole, via Twitter.— “Thinking of all the positive things Nipsey Hussle brought to the community he loved so dearly.” — journalist and commentator Tamron Hall on Instagram.The Associated Presslast_img read more

NASHVILLE — Country singer Granger Smith says that

first_img NASHVILLE — Country singer Granger Smith says that his youngest son, River Kelly Smith, has died after an undisclosed accident.In a statement put out Thursday through his label, Smith said that after doctors were unable to revive the 3-year-old, the family decided to donate his organs to other children.Smith says that the family was heartbroken, but took solace that River was with God. The family asked that donations be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.Smith, who is signed to Broken Bow Records, has released songs “If The Boot Fits,” ”Backroad Song” and “Happens Like That.” He and his wife, Amber, also have another son and a daughter.The Associated Press Son of country singer Granger Smith dies after accident FILE – In this April 7, 2019 file photo, Granger Smith arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. Smith said that his youngest son, River Kelly Smith, has died after an undisclosed accident. In a statement put out Thursday, June 6 through his label, Smith said that after doctors were unable to revive him, the family decided to donate his organs to other children. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 12:55 pm PDTlast_img read more