August, 2019 Archive
Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCelebrity starlet Leven Rambin, known best for her television roles in ABC’s All My Children and Grey’s Anatomy left Hollywood behind this past Labor Day weekend and escaped with friends to a chic celebrity favorite, the stunning Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Hunger Games celeb was relaxing after wrapping up a long and demanding shoot for the upcoming Percy Jackson 2: Sea of Monsters.The young star spent her time at the resort swimming in the breathtaking beachside pool, sometimes at night under the stars, as well as jet skiing in the warm Caribbean water that laps the resort’s white sand beach. She was also seen enjoying the resort’s famous fish tacos and spent a day exploring nearby Mayan ruins. To wind down after the adventurous getaway, Leven indulged in a deep-tissue massage at the resort’s luxurious Mayan-themed spa.This year, the exclusive jungle hideaway added 11 new luxury villas with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. As an ever-expanding exclusive getaway, Viceroy Riviera Maya’s detailed take on luxury hospitality includes clever additions such as their new Soap Concierge who deliver hand-cut, organic soaps daily, as well as a resident Shaman who bestows traditional Mayan blessings on arriving guests.www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/rivieramaya
Maranello, 23rd August 2011 – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 liter V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering excellence in terms of drivability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.Certain of the car’s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello’s exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car’s occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.Entirely in aluminum, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.The rear of the car is characterized by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimize the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h. New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterized Ferrari’s open-top berlinettas.www.ferrari.com
Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMore than just a day at the beach, the new Wellness Retreats at Rosewood Little Dix Bay will help you to stay connected with nature and your inner self amid the breathtaking tropical beauty of Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.The four-day retreats have been crafted to offer a total body experience through a carefully planned agenda of yoga or fitness classes, revitalizing cuisine by Executive Chef, Hemant Dadlani, and massage in SENSE®, A Rosewood Spa. Your rejuvenation vacation will be one to remember when you visit the Caribbean in January, April, June or November 2011. Yoga classes will leave you balanced and strengthened while the more intense fitness workouts will combine flexibility, cardio exercise and core training.Revitalize, Refresh, Renew Yoga: January 6-9, January 13-16 and June 16-19, June 23-26 Experience the ancient discipline of yoga while practicing postures in the beautiful environment of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Johnny Anzalone, a certified instructor of Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and dance, will lead students through daily classes. The classes will consist of Multi-Level Yoga, Meditation, Core Strength and Stretch and the Choreography of Asana and Alignment. The core work practice will be held throughout the tranquil resort and on secluded beaches and will offer the knowledge needed to enhance your body, mind and spirit.Fitness Immersion: April 6-9 and November 9-12 Move well, feel well, be well® is the philosophy of New York City fitness professional, Frank Baptiste. His experience working with a variety of clients of all ages and abilities from new mothers to professional athletes will help students during three classes each day learn the skills they need to achieve fitness goals and move well both during this program and after they return home. The beachside and poolside workshops including Move Well Morning Workout, Jump Rope Techniques, 21st Century Core Training, and Kettlebell Sessions will have the calories melting and the muscle building.www.littledixbay.com
Luigi Macaluso, chairman of the SOWIND GROUP (Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD), passed away unexpectedly, leaving his sons Stefano and Massimo Macaluso at the helm of the luxe watchmaking company.Born in Turin, Italy in 1948, Macaluso was one of the important pioneers responsible for reviving the tradition of the Swiss mechanical watch. Also an architect and a former car racing driver, Macaluso developed an integrated production strategy, and his entrepreneurial skills and visionary leadership are evident from the company he grew with foresight, passion and affection.Married to Monica, and the father of four children, Stefano, Massimo, Anna and Margherita, Macaluso was known as “Gino” to friends and family.His sons joined him at SOWIND GROUP over 10 years ago, and their intention is to continue the various projects he began, and to follow his laudable example of leadership and development.
East Meadow, NY – Lufthansa passengers departing on long-haul flights from Germany next year can look forward to menus designed by its newest Star Chef — Nils Henkel, head chef at the Dieter Müller restaurant at “Schlosshotel Lerbach“ in Germany, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Voted Chef of the Year 2009 by the German restaurant guide Gault Millau, Henkel’s gourmet creations will be served in First and Business Class during January and February, 2010.Henkel’s dishes harness the broad spectrum of herbs and flavors. His cooking is rich in contrasts and characterized by a light, modern touch. His culinary arrangements are noted for their spicy textures, remarkable in tasteful precision. The First-Class menu kicks-off with saddle of veal involtini, with horseradish, cucumber relish, horseradish ice-cream and mustard grain vinaigrette served from an étagère – or smoked eel with pear compote and green beans. After an assorted salad, guests have a choice between braised shoulder of beef served with Zweigelt vinegar jus, marrow balls, carrot and lovage confit or fried halibut in crab and dill sauce with North Sea crab and marinated potatoes with dill oil.Further choices include roulade of quail and spring chicken with liquorice and spice jus, bok choy, Muscovado sauce and pureed eggplant. For dessert, passengers will be treated to caramelized brioche with braised quince, Muscovado sauce and caramel ice-cream with fleur de sel, or a slice of milk chocolate and honey pie. Further dessert selections include sliced pineapple with cubeb pepper and cilantro, or an assortment of cheeses.In Business Class, guests can begin with slightly cured char on orange basil sauce with fennel salad and oranges. The choice of main dishes includes, among others, steamed filet of cod in caldeirada vegetable stock, potato brandade, cilantro, bell pepper and zucchini.The highlight among the desserts is gateau of Tanariva chocolate with pear compote and spiced crumbles.Inspired by the honest, homely dishes prepared by his mother, Nils Henkel chose cooking as his future profession while still in school. To him, cooking is “an expression of joie de vivre and a craft culture devoted to freeing and re-defining produce from its primary state.” He is a gourmet architect with a fine feel for trends which he blends discretely into his own creations. He began his career in 1986 as a trainee chef at the ”Romantik Hotel Voss Haus“ in Eutin, Germany. After working at a variety of renowned restaurants, such as ”Landhaus Scherrer“ in Hamburg, Henkel joined the team at the “Schlosshotel Lerbach“ in Bergisch-Gladbach near Cologne in 1997. In spring 2008, Dieter Müller made him chef de cuisine at his Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant at the hotel.A member of Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe since 2006, Nils Henkel is the proud owner of numerous coveted awards. For 2010, his restaurant again earned three Michelin stars, as well as 18 points from Gault Millau, five points from Feinschmecker, five spoons from Aral, five toques from the Bertelsmann restaurant guide and five diamonds from Varta.Lufthansa Star Chefs ProgramLufthansa passengers have been on a high in the world of haute cuisine since the launch of Lufthansa’s Star Chefs program in January 2000. Imaginative menus in the skies from chefs at the pinnacle of the world’s cooking fraternity have turned their flights into truly heavenly delights. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Daniel Boulud (New York) or Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged to provide savory star-chef menus in the aircraft cabin. Additionally, since early 2005, internationally renowned chefs from elsewhere on the world map have been serving special in-flight fare, focusing on regional specialties on selected long-haul routes to Germany.
Americana Manhasset is pleased to announce that NLD for Pediatrics will be the beneficiary for the 5th Annual Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegence, presented by Ritz-Carlton Residences, North Hills. The event will take place on Sunday, October 12.NLD raises funds for the Child Life Program at Schneider Children’s Hospital as well as other critical hospital based programs such as the Urgicenter walk-in center. A special raffle drawing for a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo will be held at the conclusion of the Concours award presentation. The car was provided by Maserati Long Island as part of a fundraising initiative to benefit the NLD. Tickets are $250 or five tickets for $1,000.“We are proud to support the NLD at this year’s Concours. The uncertainties of illness and hospitalization can be very traumatic for the entire family,” states Deirdre Costa Major, President of Americana Manhasset. “The money raised from this year’s raffle will have a direct impact on the Child Life Programs that are so vital to the health and recovery of sick children and their family.““Maserati Long Island is committed to help raise funds for the NLD. The excitement that surrounds the upcoming Concours provides a wonderful backdrop for Long Island Maserati to support the programs of the NLD for Pediatrics,” states Stuart Hayim, Owner, Maserati Long Island.Official judging begins at 9:30 am. Howard Krimko, head of the Antique & Collectible Division of Bentley Long Island, will serve as Chief of Judges for the event. The results of the competition and the award presentation, courtesy of Tiffany & Co., will take place at 1:30 pm on the north side of Americana Manhasset. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, North Hills, is the Presenting Sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include BWD Group and Chubb Insurance as the Premier Sponsor and HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as the Patron Sponsor.Americana Manhasset is a premier collection of sixty fine shops, including Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Hirshleifer’s, Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Dior, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brooks Brothers, Loro Piana, Toku Modern Asian and more, all within a unique outdoor environment designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and landscape designer Oehme van Sweden. Americana Manhasset offers a complimentary Personal Shopping Service, a remarkable luxury fashion and gift resource. Located on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Americana Manhasset is 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons. For more information on Americana Manhasset or the Concours d’Elegance, please visit americanamanhasset.com.
New entrant Virgin Charter, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group of more than 300 companies, plans to to make connections easier when people are combining a private jet segment with a commercial segment on its airlines ( think Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America), founder and CEO Scott Duffy told Elite Traveler during an exclusive interview at The National Business Travel Association trade show in Los Angeles.Duffy said that Virgin Charter, which launched in March, has developed a customer mix of two-thirds corporate and one-third individuals. He noted that most of its customers are current private jet users and the company’s request to close ratio has gained from 400 to 1 at launch to 15 to 1 for consumers and 10 to 1 for corporations. So far trips booked have ranged from $5,000 to $2 million (a 900 person corporate incentive), and the average trip is $22,000. Duffy described the West Coast/Hollywood market as remaining “strong” for business while leisure travel this summer from the U.S. to Europe has been good, nationally to the Hamptons, and from Texas to Colorado.
Famed Winnipeg filmmaker and animator Grant Munro dies at age 94 by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 3:04 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The National Film Board says famed Winnipeg filmmaker Grant Munro has died at the age of 94.Munro was born in 1923 in Winnipeg, where he attended the Musgrove School of Art and the Winnipeg School of Art.He earned a diploma at the Ontario College of Art where his teacher Franklin Carmichael, one of the Group of Seven painters, helped him get a job at the NFB.Munro was known for his animated paper cut-outs and, although he left the film board several times during his career, he always returned.At the NFB, he was involved in the Oscar-award-winning film “Neighbours” — one of the film board’s best-known productions.In an interview for “Making Movie History” that’s posted on the NFB’s website, Munro recounted how Carmichael had arranged for Norman McLaren, the future director of “Neighbours,” to interview Munro’s college class.Munro said he was offered a job making titles for films, and that he initially told McLaren he didn’t want it.“I said, ‘I’m very sorry but you’ve come to the wrong person. I hate lettering.’ Anybody else would have walked out. Not Norman. He said, ‘Well, depending on the director of the film, you might not have to do white lettering on black card. You could perhaps do the main title in pipe cleaners,’” Munro recalled.“I didn’t say anything. He said, ‘Or plasticine.’ I just sat there. ‘Or sugar. Or salt.’”Munro said his first assignment was the title for a film called “Salt of the Earth.” The shot had the words etched into a block of salt.“Neighbours,” the 1952 Oscar-winning anti-war film which used live-action that was shot in single frames, featured Munro and Jean-Paul Ladouceur playing amicable neighbours who resorted to barbarism over a flower.“We always collaborated. You never worked for Norman. You always worked with him,” Munro said.In the late 1950s, Munro departed the NFB to pursue an animation career in England. After working with George Dunning, the future director of “Yellow Submarine,” Munro rejoined the NFB in 1961.He worked on two other Oscar-nominated films — “My Financial Career,” a funny take on the Stephen Leacock short story directed by Gerald Potterton, and “Christmas Cracker,” a project with Norman McLaren, Jeff Hale and Gerald Potterton that Munro also starred in.Munro made the film “Toys,” a stop-motion film featuring children and war toys, and the anti-smoking comedy “Ashes of Doom” for which he once again played the leading role.He collaborated with McLaren again from 1976 to 1978 on the Animated Motion series, a five-part introduction to basic film animation techniques, and also directed several documentaries.Munro retired from the NFB in 1988 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
The Latest: Actor goes from playing clergyman to ‘McMafia’ Maddie Hasson participates in the ‘Impulse’ panel during the YouTube Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) PASADENA, Calif. – The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):9:20 p.m.“Grantchester” star James Norton is out of his clerical collar and into very hot water in AMC’s new drama “McMafia” coming in February.Norton told TV critics Saturday that playing a British banker entangled with organized crime taught him that people from every walk of life are susceptible to criminality.“McMafia,” based on the book by Misha Glenny, stars Norton as Alex Godman, the respectable son of Russian exiles with a shady past. When Godman’s loved ones are threatened, his effort to protect them creates a moral struggle.James Watlins, the show’s co-creator and an executive producer, said in contrast with classic gangster dramas that play out in closed worlds, the modern one portrayed in “McMafia” is intertwined with corporations and politics.Norton, who plays a crime-solving clergyman in “Grantchester,” was asked if another season was ahead for the PBS series that also stars Robson Green. Norton, who spoke via satellite, said he isn’t sure.“I’ll get told by powers much more important than me,” he said.___1:15 p.m.Antonio Banderas grew up in Malaga, Spain, walking by the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso on his way to school as a child. So it felt inevitable that he would one day portray him.Banderas said he turned down such opportunities before signing up for National Geographic’s “Genius” series, which for its second season will focus on the artist. The first season, with Geoffrey Rush playing Albert Einstein, was a critical and commercial success for Nat Geo.The Picasso miniseries debuts on April 24.Banderas, speaking at a news conference from where the series is being filmed in Budapest, said he’s pleased with the seriousness in which producers have approached the project. They’re exploring the complexities of Picasso’s character, including some messy relationships with women. Picasso died in 1973.“So far we are very happy, working hard but we have a long way to go,” Banderas said.No pressure, though.“If I don’t portray him properly, I may not be able to go back to my hometown,” he said.___12:50 p.m.A sexual assault scene in an upcoming YouTube drama series was re-shot and revised after a female showrunner joined the project.Executive producer Lauren LeFranc said Saturday she wanted to focus more closely on the experience of the victim, a 16-year-old played by actress Maddie Hasson in the drama “Impulse.” LeFranc said she wanted to depict the assault as “visceral and real.”The pilot episode of the upcoming “Impulse” was both shot and revised before the sexual misconduct scandal broke in Hollywood last year, Le Franc said.The emergence of the anti-misconduct #MeToo movement and the new YouTube drama is a coincidence but one that might draw more viewers to the important subject matter, she said.Hasson plays a teenager who discovers she is capable of “teleportation” in the sci-fi drama whose executive producers include “Bourne Identity” filmmaker Doug Limon.___11:15 a.m.YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn’t mean it won’t work with him in the future.The video service announced this week that it had pulled Logan Paul’s channel from its ad-supported Google Preferred platform and put two other projects on hold.YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said Saturday there’s no timetable for when Paul’s future will be addressed again. Kyncl didn’t shut YouTube’s door on Paul.“Everything is evolving so fast,” Kyncl said. “The best thing we can do is put all projects on hold indefinitely, and there’s no date or plan for him in the future.”Paul apologized for posting video of him in a forest near Mount Fuji in Japan near what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. The location is known in Japan as a frequent site for suicides.YouTube said the images violated its policies. Paul pulled the images from his channel on his own. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2018 12:55 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
TORONTO – Between a “Mad Max” spoof, a fight between a sasquatch and a unicorn, and a pirate-ship scene, it’s clear fantasy will be a main feature of the upcoming “Corner Gas” animated reboot.Creator and star Brent Butt says the animated version that premieres April 2 on The Comedy Network will include the same types of fantasy sequences that were in the beloved live-action version, only ramped up.“It fits into what people expect of ‘Corner Gas’ but we just have a little bit of wiggle room to go a little farther now,” Butt said Monday in a phone interview.Viewers got a first taste of that fantasy on Sunday night when a promo for the Canadian animated series premiered during the Super Bowl on CTV.The promo sees Brent’s grouchy dad, Oscar Leroy (played by Eric Peterson), leading a “Mad Max”-style trucker gang to the show’s signature gas pumps in the fictional community of Dog River, Sask.Butt said the series will also “see a sasquatch and a unicorn fight.”“We would not likely have been able to do that in the real world, especially as graphically violent as we did in the animated world,” deadpanned the comedian.In another episode, Fred Ewanuick’s character Hank imagines himself on a pirate ship with Brent, who is holding a lightsaber.“Corner Gas” was the No. 1 sitcom in Canada throughout its entire six-season run, which ended in 2009. The cast reunited for “Corner Gas: The Movie” in 2014. The entire “Corner Gas” series and the movie are streaming now on CraveTV.Butt said the reboot is set in contemporary times but the relationships between the characters are the same as they were in the live-action show and not the movie, in which Brent and Lacey (played by Gabrielle Miller) were dating.The goal with the animation was “to make a show that would stand up quality-wise against any U.S. network prime-time adult animated show — ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘The Simpsons,’” Butt said, noting the look is “open and bright” and colourful, like the Saskatchewan sky.“We also wanted to keep it fairly clean, which adult prime-time animation is generally.”Butt said season 1 will have a guest appearance, and he’s already writing a season 2 in the hopes the show will be renewed.The 13-episode, half-hour reboot sees the return of all the beloved characters of Dog River — but with a new voice.Corrine Koslo stepped in to voice long-suffering matriarch Emma Leroy, who was played by the late Janet Wright in the original series.Wright died in November 2016, when they were “pretty far down the road in terms of production,” Butt said.Wright’s husband emphatically stressed to Butt that she would want Emma to be a part of the animated series. Her husband then suggested she be voiced by Koslo, who was a friend of the late actress.“Her voice is really similar and she does understand Janet and her rhythms,” Butt said.“It was just nice that it was a friend of Janet’s and a recommendation of Janet’s husband.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 12:59 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brent Butt says animated ‘Corner Gas’ series pumps up the fantasy A scene from the animated “Corner Gas” show is shown in a handout. Between a “Mad Max” spoof, a fight between a Sasquatch and a unicorn, and a pirate-ship scene ??? it’s clear fantasy will be pumped up in the upcoming “Corner Gas” animated reboot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Comedy Network MANDATORY CREDIT
TORONTO – A former CTV News reporter facing sexual misconduct allegations is suing the broadcaster, its parent company and the woman who levelled the accusations against him.Paul Bliss, whose departure from CTV was announced last month, claims Bridget Brown defamed him with her allegations and CTV further defamed him by broadcasting and publishing stories about his suspension from the network in January.Bliss’ suit, which also targets four unidentified CTV journalists, seeks $7.5 million in damages.“The defamatory words have created damaging speculation respecting Mr. Bliss and his ability to interact and work with people and has lowered his reputation in the general public,” his statement of claim said.CTV refused to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in a Toronto court this week.Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee, said her legal team was reviewing Bliss’ suit.“I find virtually everything in the statement of claim to be false,” she said. “We have some time for our response and have not compiled one yet, nor any potential statements of claim of our own that we may decide to file.”Brown alleged in a January blog post that “an award-winning CTV reporter and anchor” had, in 2006, showed her to his office, began kissing her, pushed her head down to signal that he wanted oral sex, and exposed himself to her.Brown’s original blog post did not name Bliss, but left “no doubt” that he was the man being described, Bliss said in his statement of claim. Brown also later told CTV that Bliss was the man her post referred to, the claim said.Bliss denied Brown’s accusations in his statement of claim and said the pair engaged in a consensual encounter.CTV suspended Bliss, a veteran reporter who worked at its bureau at the Ontario legislature, shortly after Brown’s allegations came to light.Bliss claimed in his suit that the network broadcast and published “false, malicious, irresponsible” stories about his suspension and subsequent departure from the network — which the suit described as a termination.The statement of claim further says CTV’s coverage should have noted that Brown’s blog says the details of her online post were adapted from a memoir she is writing, which will be published in 2019.“Brown had an ulterior motive (in making the allegations), being the publication of her intended book,” Bliss said in the claim.None of the allegations have been proven in court. Former CTV reporter sues broadcaster, woman who accused him of sexual misconduct by Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2018 1:48 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2018 10:59 am PDT Last Updated May 10, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, after a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai smiles while listening to a question from a reporter in Washington. The FCC has set June 11 as the repeal date for “net neutrality” rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. Pai says the repeal aims to replace “heavy-handed” rules with a “light-touch” approach to Internet regulation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) FCC sets ‘net neutrality’ repeal for June 11, Senate to vote NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Federal Communications Commission has set June 11 as the repeal date for “net neutrality” rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.Among other things, the rules prohibited companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from favouring some services and apps over others.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal aims to replace “heavy-handed” rules with a “light-touch” approach to internet regulation.The FCC voted in December to gut the rules.Currently, more than half of states have introduced legislation to preserve net neutrality in their states. A Senate vote on a federal bill is expected next week. If that passes, the House has until the end of the year to vote on it.
UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2018 6:10 am PDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – A folk singer who posted videos on YouTube insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust has been banned from using social media.A judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Alison Chabloz on Thursday to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, a year-long social media ban and community service.Her songs, partly set to traditional Jewish folk music, included lyrics such as: “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes.”Chabloz said the songs were satirical. But the 54-year-old Swiss-British singer was convicted last month of sending offensive, indecent or menacing messages.Judge John Zani told Chabloz she had shown “no proper remorse” for her actions.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — When CBC president Catherine Tait compared Netflix’s presence in Canada to cultural imperialism at a conference last week, some audience members could be heard laughing and expressing disagreement.But around the tables of the three-day Prime Time event in Ottawa, many industry members agreed with her, says “Corner Gas” co-executive producer Virginia Thompson.“I’d say she’s bang on. I think she’s absolutely right,” said Thompson, co-founder of Toronto-based Verite Films, who was at the conference.“We’re now dealing with global players having free access to our country, our market, our audiences. They’re bringing the world’s best programming to us, so it’s a gift. But on the other hand, there also has to be a commitment to local programming … from the voices of the country in which Netflix is playing in.”Thompson is among several Canadian producers who say they support Tait’s comments, which were made on a panel last Thursday and criticized by some as being “tone deaf” for drawing parallels between Netflix programming and the colonialism of the British and French empires.Tait, who did not respond to a request for comment, also said Canadians should be “mindful” of how they respond to foreign companies entering the market here.“I think what she means, and what is correct in what she said, is that all of the big internet companies that have come in have (done so) in a new a way that is different than in the past culturally,” said Brad E. Danks, a Vancouver-based producer and CEO of OUTtv, who was in the audience for Tait’s panel.“And because of the scale and the scope of it, it’s not something that we’ve contended with before. In the past, American content, other content came in through Canadian services, and now with the internet, things arrive without any sort of regulation.”Vancouver-based producer and filmmaker David Paperny noted Netflix is “probably the most dominant cultural force globally” in terms of TV and film viewing around the world.“So the question I guess that Catherine Tait raised is…. Should they be regulated, as Canadian broadcasters are, to support Canadian content?” said Paperny, who got an Oscar nomination in 1994 for the documentary “The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter.”Thompson and Paperny said they appreciate that Netflix is making content in Canada and acknowledged that foreign streaming services are helping Canadian projects reach a wider audience.The rest of the world is now watching and “loving” “Corner Gas” thanks to its presence on Amazon Prime Video Direct outside of Canada (inside Canada, it’s on Bell Media properties), Thompson noted.And several CBC shows — including “Schitt’s Creek,” “Kim’s Convenience,” “Alias Grace” and “Anne with an E” — have received international buzz thanks to their presence on Netflix.But Netflix so far hasn’t fallen under federal regulations that require the country’s broadcasting companies to pay into the Canada Media Fund for the creation of homegrown programming, which is defined as being “Canadian” if it meets six out of 10 criteria in a points system.The California-based company has argued it shouldn’t be forced to pay into such funds, pointing to its 2017 pledge to spend $500 million over five years to fund original content made in Canada, a number it recently said it will “significantly exceed.”Because it’s a foreign digital company, Netflix also isn’t required to collect or remit federal or provincial sales tax.“They need to be regulated akin to and similar to what goes on in the system,” said Danks. “Netflix is probably a broadcaster and as such should have the same obligations as a broadcaster.”Paperny agreed, noting that while Netflix is benefiting from Canadian tax credit opportunities, the content it’s creating here isn’t necessarily originating from this country.The company is also likely taking away viewers from the country’s broadcasters and thereby reducing their advertising revenue, he added.Paperny would like to see Netflix do what he’s done with shows including “Yukon Gold” and “Chopped Canada,” and make homegrown cultural products that reflect “Canada back to itself.”“Could Netflix support more of that? Sure. Will Canadians watch it? Sure. And would people around the world watch it, like they’re watching ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Kim’s Convenience’ on Netflix? Sure they would,” Paperny said. “So I think it would be great to see Netflix step up and support more Canadian content.”Thompson wants to see Netflix commit to the same level of local programming here that it’s pledged to create in Europe, with the Canadian voice reflected on its services and celebrated worldwide.“I’m seeing Americans discussing what fun Canadian comedy is and seeing it as distinct. So we just have to wake up and smell the coffee and wake up and go, ‘Just like Italy or Spain or Belgium or Germany or the United Kingdom, we as Canadians have a voice, we have a culture, we are distinct,’” Thompson said.“And like everybody else we should have our place and our local voice being a Canadian voice on the world platform. And if we don’t demand that voice and that investment, then we will have no voice in the world.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 12:50 pm PDT CBC president Catherine Tait speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. When Tait compared Netflix’s presence in Canada to cultural imperialism at a conference last week, some audience members could be heard laughing and expressing disagreement.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Canadian producers say there’s a downside to ‘dominant cultural force’ of Netflix
Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges appears in a handout photo from the film “Living in the Future’s Past,” which he produced and narrated. Bridges wanted to avoid making a climate change documentary that only preached to the converted – he wanted to reach across the aisle and speak to people who didn’t already care about the issue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Beachwood Entertainment Collective *MANDATORY CREDIT* Climate documentaries aim to create change, not preach to the converted AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2019 4:00 am PDT VANCOUVER — Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges wanted to avoid making a climate change documentary that only preached to the converted — he wanted to reach and speak to people who didn’t already care about the issue.That’s why “Living in the Future’s Past,” produced and narrated by Bridges, deliberately avoids heaping guilt upon viewers or hammering them with warnings of impending doom, the “Big Lebowski” star said.“I think the fear makes you throw up your hands and feel like it’s too late, or think it’s going to trickle down from the government,” Bridges, 69, said in an interview.“But I don’t think we can wait for the government to be enlightened with what our scientists are telling us. I think it’s got to trickle up, if it’s trickling anywhere. I think we all have to take action.”The film is part of a rising tide of documentaries that aim to wake up viewers to the realities of climate change. But as governments, companies and individuals remain reluctant to act, it’s fair to question how much of an impact movies can have.Bridges wanted “Living in the Future’s Past” to take a fresh approach. When he first discussed collaborating with director Susan Kucera, he said he felt there were enough climate movies that pointed fingers and told audiences they were in dire straits.The pair discovered they were interested in why humans as a species were responding the way they were to climate change. As a result, the film interrogates how evolution, history and psychology have shaped our reaction to the unfolding crisis.Bridges likes to use a metaphor inspired by one of his heroes, Buckminster Fuller, who invented a small rudder called a trim tab that helps turn a larger rudder on a ship. The tab symbolizes how the individual is connected to society, he said.“We all can make a huge difference, just like that little rudder on the big rudder,” Bridges said. “We can all do it in different ways. I’m in the movie business, so I make movies.”The film showcases a wide range of prominent scientists and authors. Yet one of the most refreshing voices is former Republican congressman Bob Inglis, who argues caring about the environment is not at odds with a conservative or religious identity.“He has this idea that if you’re going to go to a group of people who are self-identified in one way, who better to talk to that group than someone from that group?” said Kucera. “We’re still kind of tribal that way, and so that’s what he does.”The beautifully shot film will screen this week as part of Elements Film Festival at Vancouver’s Telus World of Science. Also screening are local films including “Coal Valley” and “Plastic Beach” and international features such as “Queen Without Land.”Carol Linnitt, who co-founded online news outlet The Narwhal and directed “Coal Valley,” said documentaries allow storytellers to delve deeper into an issue and often the outlet’s films reach an audience far beyond its regular readership.“We live in a fast-paced, attention-driven world these days. Often, the dry written word sitting static on a page may not be what’s going to do it for a lot of people,” she said.Of course, it also matters who sees these films. Bridges said he was excited to be working on a curriculum that would allow his movie to be taught in schools, where it would encourage kids to take action and use their imaginations to solve the problem.Keith Scholey, series producer of the lush Netflix nature documentary “Our Planet,” said the filmmakers created a website, OurPlanet.com, to give viewers more details about solutions, and they’re also screening the show for global decision makers.“So far, we have been able to present ‘Our Planet’ to the World Economic Forum in Davos and next week will do the same to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. We think we have already started to bring about change,” he said.Still, humans are so notoriously apathetic about climate change that one environmental psychologist has catalogued all the reasons people don’t take action. Robert Gifford of the University of Victoria describes them as the “dragons of inaction.”“The less polite word might be excuses or justifications,” he deadpanned.He said common “dragons” include: “I’m only one person. Why should I do anything if my efforts don’t make a difference?” and “It’s the government’s job, not mine.”Environmental films are more likely to make a difference if they are quiet and serious, such as Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” as opposed to over-the-top Hollywood fare that will just make viewers roll their eyes, Gifford said.The most important factor in persuading people to care about climate change, however, is to demonstrate how it intersects with an issue they care about, such as their health, children or local community, he added.“There is no magic message for everybody.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2019 12:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — All things considered, guitarist Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones count themselves pretty fortunate these days.It’s only been a few months since lead singer Mick Jagger was rushed into heart surgery, throwing their North American tour into turmoil, and the band is already back in concert mode.The British rocker says “We thank our lucky stars.” News of Jagger’s surgery blindsided his bandmates shortly after they started rehearsals in Miami earlier this year.Doctors ordered Jagger to hang up his microphone, at least temporarily, to undergo medical treatment.At 75, nothing was certain about how quickly he would recover.The 72-year-old Wood says the band was “all gobsmacked” by the developments, but they rallied around Jagger before going their separate ways while he prepared for surgery.He says once they got a thumbs up from Mick they could breathe a sigh of relief and carry on with their lives again.Luckily for fans, concert stops for the Stones’ No Filter Tour went mostly unaffected, including the only Canadian show on June 29th.Wood is confident the band’s renewed thirst to perform will translate to the outdoor stage at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, about 30 kilometres north of Barrie.He says based on rehearsals — they’re ready.“We just need an audience now.”The Canadian Press ‘We thank our lucky stars’: Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood on Jagger’s return
September 6, 2013Congratulations to the July 28. 2013 workshop participants upon their graduation last Friday, 8/31/2013:Andres Felipe Quintero from Columbia continues with a planning and construction internship, Paul Hernandez continues as a construction volunteer, Matthew Burns continues as a volunteer in the foundry.Hsui Wei Chang from Taiwan, via California, also graduated.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]
As of Friday, Cyprus will officially have no means of disposing of animal carcasses as the contract with the current private operator expires and the two other companies that expressed interest in the job do not qualify, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said on Thursday.Speaking to the House watchdog committee which discussed the auditor-general’s annual report on the agriculture ministry, Kouyialis said that as regards the issue of the disposal of dead animals it was being handled by state institutions.“The contract of the current operator expires tomorrow while the two other operators who have shown interest for the job, are not covered by the necessary permits,” Kouyialis said.“We are at an impasse. We’ll see how tomorrow will turn out, if the lowest bidder will be able to obtain these permits and do the job, otherwise, the Veterinary Services have a backup plan”.Commenting on how companies that did not meet requirements were allowed to bid, he said “ask the audit office”.This issue, he said, was being handled by the committee on changes. “They should come here and tell us what they have been doing the last four years as regards these two contracts,” Kouyialis said. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Far Right party Elam said on Monday that unknown individuals had smashed the glass windows of its offices in Limassol.“It seems the national, clear, and honest voice of the National Popular Front (Elam) bothers many people, but they should know that such insidious and abhorrent acts will not muzzle us,” the party said in a statement. “On the contrary, they make us stronger and toughen our faith to continue.”The party said wondered if any of the other political parties would condemn the attack or whether, just like three months ago during a similar incident, “their selective sensitivity and ideological fixations won’t allow it”.The party urged the police to resolve the case immediately.“Terrorism did not silence and will not silence the National Popular Front.” You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The quality of patient care in Cyprus has improved over the past two years, general secretary of the health ministry Christina Yiannaki said on Monday, as waiting lists have shortened and better services are available.In a press conference giving an overview of the measures undertaken by the ministry, Yiannaki highlighted two programmes which were introduced in 2016 and 2017.They are the purchase of services from the private sector as well as surgeries and patient examinations in state hospitals outside of official working hours.In 2016, a total of 242 doctors, private facilities and diagnostic centres participated in the programmes for which 11,510 procedures and patient examinations took place.There were 271 patients examined outside normal working hours and 11,239 examined in the private sector with the ministry undertaking the cost in a bid to reduce waiting lists.“The entire programme was implemented with transparent procedures and proper paperwork for every procedure and/or examination,” Yiannaki said.Meanwhile in 2017, there were 274 doctors, private facilities, diagnostic centres participating as well as 55 private ophthalmologists.There were 20,571 cases, with 17,198 treated in the private sector and 3,373 treated through overtime work.The programmes are expected to be renewed for next year, Yiannaki said.The ministry is also examining the possibility of widening the scope of the services to include non-surgical procedures, Yiannaki added.Commenting on changes in the health sector over the past three years, Yiannaki said there is now the use of an S2 form which allows patients to seek healthcare in other EU countries, she added.In total, 3,270 patients were sent abroad since 2015, most frequently for pet scans that Cyprus does not have the facilities to offer, transplants and specialised pediatric cases the under-secretary said.According to Yiannaki, 1,285 were treated in Greece, 881 in Germany and 634 in the UK.There were 76 instances of patients sent abroad with the use of an air ambulance.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola