Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy to finally have stability at the running back position. With incumbent starter Beanie Wells returning and second-year back Ryan Williams both expected to play this week against the Broncos, Whisenhunt can breathe easy. “Its been nice not to be talking about the running game every day, like we have in the past about how bad our running game was,” Whisenhunt said. “I know we are one of the better running teams.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Wells is recovering from offseason knee surgery and Williams is still recovering from a torn patella tendon that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season. “He (Wells) and Ryan both need to play in this game just to get some reps,” Whisenhunt said. “Beanie has made progress physically, but we need to see him get more live reps and he wants to get more live reps.” Whisenhunt called the running game “encouraging” and hopes that the team’s success will carry over to the regular season. “I think we have been effective running the football, which can help us in season,” Whisenhunt said. “It can take a lot of pressure of the quarterback position. It can help you with your play-action game.”The star of the Cardinals running game so far (maybe the entire preseason) has been running back William Powell. Powell is currently the leading rusher in the NFL with 231 yards on 33 carries. A practice squad player last season, Whisenhunt said that he “grew” and “worked hard last season.”“He has come here and every opportunity that he has had whether it has been as a returner, on special teams, on offense, he has consistently made plays and that’s what gets your attention,” Whisenhunt said. “I would like to look at him and see what other sorts of things he can do.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Losers of a league-high nine games in a row, the Cardinals are in turmoil.After being embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 last week, it can’t get much worse for Arizona. Sunday’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals will be a meaningless matchup between two of the coldest teams in the NFL.After a surprising 10-win season in 2011, the Detroit Lions failed to live up to the hype this season. Despite being the top passing team in the league, the Lions find themselves at 4-9 and are losers of five straight games. Luckily for them, they are about to visit the coldest team in the league. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Thursday, December 13 Lions without five starters at practice (DetroitLions.com)The team was without cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Brandon Pettigrew for the portion of practice open to the media. Drew Sharp: Lions’ draft gambles are not paying off (Detroit Free Press)The Lions have the best wide receiver in the NFL, an extremely talented young quarterback who nonetheless has taken a significant step backward this season, and an impressive defensive tackle tandem they probably can’t keep together beyond next season because of salary-cap limitations. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on critcism from anonymous teammate: ‘You know where my locker is if you got something to say to me’ (MLive.com)Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was criticized again last week, but dismissed the latest condemnation. Detroit Lions projected to select CB Dee Milliner in Todd McShay’s first mock draft (MLive.com)After a one season reprieve, it’s back to a point where Detroit Lions fans are spending December thinking more about the draft than the playoffs. Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford shakes off criticism about his performance this season (MLive.com) Tuesday, December 11Lions put Corey Williams on IR, sign Andre Fluellen (Detroit Free Press)The Lions informed Williams today that they are placing him on season-ending injured reserve because of a right knee injury that has limited him to just seven games this season. Stafford talks touchdowns, Megatron and hitting a stride (DetroitLions.com)In an interview with Sirius NFL Radio Tuesday, quarterback Matthew Stafford discussed, among other things, the offense’s slow start to the season when it came to scoring touchdowns.Detroit Lions second look: Running backs equally effective, Joique Bell slightly more explosive (MLive.com)Carries in the Detroit Lions’ ground game were essentially even split between running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Monday, December 10 NFL Injuries: Detroit Lions Tight End Brandon Pettigrew Injures Ankle (Rant Sports)The Detroit Lions’ starting tight end, Brandon Pettigrew, injured his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. His status was reported as questionable for the upcoming game against the Cardinals. Despite record, Lions plan to play veteran linebackers, not youngsters. (Detroit Free Press)According to Detroit Lions’ defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, the team will continue to play their veteran linebackers over younger players despite being out of the playoff race. O’Hara’s Monday Countdown: Strong performances aren’t changing the bottom line (Detroit Lions)Much like the Cardinals, the Lions don’t have too much to play for. Both team have clinched their spots at the bottom of their divisions and scrambling to find meaning and answers from their disappointing seasons. Detroit Lions Have Lost 22 Straight Games at Lambeau Field (Rant Sports)The Lions welcome a trip to University of Phoenix Stadium because it means they don’t have to play at Lambeau Field, where the team has not won a game since 1991. Comments Share Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford joined “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio on Wednesday morning. Here’s a full transcript from the interview.Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Snap a five-game losing streak (MLive.com)The Lions have tied and broke records for futility during their recent struggles. There are only three games remaining in this disappointing season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Friday, December 14 Detroit Lions Notebook: Teammates support Suh (The News-Herald)Last week, an anonymous Detroit Lions player had a few critical words to say about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. But this week, center Dominic Raiola came to his defense. Detroit Lions shift focus to Megatron’s record pursuit (NFL.com)Much like the Arizona Cardinals, the Detroit Lions chances to make the playoff are long gone. At this point, the team is shifting their focus to star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and his pursuit of the single-season receiving yards record. Pettigrew and Fairley miss practice again (DetroitLions.com)After missing practice for the third time this week, tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s availability for Sunday’s game seems unlikely. Ndamukong Suh to fight latest traffic citation (SB Nation)Despite earned millions of dollars a year, Ndamukong Suh plans on going to court and fighting a $130 fine that he received for a recent traffic violation. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been criticized for awkward throws and lack of touchdowns this season, but is not concerned about outside opinions. Detroit Lions still taking Louis Delmas’ status day-by-day after shutting down Corey Williams (MLive.com) Like Corey Williams, safety Louis Delmas has been battling a knee injury all season. For the second time this week, coach Jim Schwartz was asked if the team is considering shelving Delmas as well. Wednesday, December 12Lions, Cardinals both haunted by tough losses, long losing streaks (Detroit Free Press)When two teams have combined for 14 straight losses, how can you tell which is worse? How bad is bad? How low is low?Coordinator Cut-Up: Cunningham says Jackson is a starting-caliber end (DetroitLions.com)The Lions have plenty of decisions to make on defense this offseason with seven free-agent starters and a number of other key free-agent reserves.Among the latter includes defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who is coming off probably his best game of the season in Green Bay. Jackson recorded a season-high three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford talks about team’s maturity, leadership role, and importance of finishing strong (MLive.com) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
There is a constant internet rumor that says this quarterback class is weak, doesn’t have talent, and is full of question marks.Now it is rare that a quarterback class has no question marks in it, and this class is absolutely littered with them. That doesn’t make it a bad class — it just makes it a normal class.Note: Rankings are based on where I believe the prospect will be at when their career is said and done, not where they will be drafted. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 8. EJ Manuel, Florida State – 6-4, 235 lbsThe Jekyll and Hyde of this year’s NFL Draft process, Manuel is the one quarterback outside of Barkley that had talent surrounding him and yet never put it all together.He struggles with decision making, accuracy and ball security, but he has a lot of tools.Manuel possesses excellent athleticism, a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his legs, not just his arm at the next level.Like Dysert, Manuel needs to simmer for a while before knowing whether or not he can be an NFL starter, but he has a future in the league as a backup quarterback at least.Projection: Fourth round9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma – 6-4, 220 lbsJones’ numbers scream that he’s a top of the line QB; luckily that isn’t how quarterbacks are drafted.Jones struggles with decision making, can imagine pressure too often and look to dump off the ball instead of progressing through his reads. Unlike Glennon, Dysert and others in this class, he doesn’t trust a fairly strong arm to make throws in tight windows.Projections: Fourth-fifth round Projection: Second round4. Tyler Bray, Tennessee 6-6, 215lbsBray is an upside pick, plain and simple. He has a howitzer for a right arm, but has flaws that make that arm seem weak at times.He can be lazy with his footwork, and combine that with the fact that he is rather slow-footed and you have a guy with a penchant for throwing off his back foot when faced with any type of pressure.There are concerns with a lot of the things Bray does technique-wise, but he gets away with things because of his arm strength. He also does an excellent job driving the ball down field, especially in a vertical scheme attack.Projection: Third round5. Matt Barkley, USC – 6-2, 230 lbsOne of the more polarizing players in the 2013 NFL Draft is Matt Barkley. While many point to his numbers, leadership, heady play and poise in the big game, none of that necessarily translates to the NFL field.Barkley possesses rare accuracy at the collegiate level, both standing in the pocket and while on the move, but many of his throws, like Geno Smith and Zac Dysert, were quick, underneath routes that lead to his high completion percentage.Barkley struggled to drive the ball down the field consistently with any authority or success, and his accuracy waned greatly when he was asked to deliver the ball into tight windows making NFL caliber throws. Comments Share Wilson, much like Smith, fell into terrible habits like bad footwork and throwing off his back foot, which led to a drop in accuracy.Wilson has a very good arm but relies on it far too often, and he doesn’t set himself up properly and doesn’t drive the ball down the field, but a lot of his flaws are correctable with coaching.Projection: Top 15 pick3. Zac Dysert, Miami of Ohio – 6-3, 224 lbsA common theme within the quarterback prospects for this season is good players that regressed either from their 2011 performances or during the 2012 season.Dysert is another in the line, and while he was let down greatly by his teammates in his 2012 showcase game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, he has put out enough good tape for me to feel like he can come in, sit for a year or two and then become a quality NFL player.Dysart is another guy who developed some awful habits behind a bad offensive line throwing to not-so-good receivers. He was awful during Senior Bowl week and maybe I am too stubborn with my rankings in not moving him down, but his problems in Mobile seemed to be different than his problems during the season.Dysert has a strong arm, moves well in the pocket and shows an ability to stand tall and make his reads. He is a guy who needs some time to simmer before he is game-ready, but I believe given that opportunity he could be a solid NFL starter. Top Stories Projection: First Round6. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse – 6-2, 225 lbsThe darling of the post-college football season, we have seen the stock of Nassib skyrocket to the point it’s possible he could be the number one overall pick.While I don’t see that happening, I do see a guy that has a lot of the talent you look for in a quarterback with room to grow.Nassib possesses a strong arm, good movement ability within the pocket and good footwork that allows him to drive the ball with authority.Nassib too often loses touch on the ball because of velocity and needs to work on his accuracy and touch when pushing the ball down the field.Projection: First round7. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State – 6-6, 220 lbsGlennon is another QB with a cannon for an arm, but also has cement feet that causes me much concern to see so many people mocking him in the first round to the Arizona Cardinals.Glennon has the stereotypical “can make all the throws” type of arm strength and can move on designed rollouts and make throws.He absolutely needs a clean pocket to make NFL-level throws, but with a clean pocket, you are often left saying… “WOW”.Projection: First-second round Scott displays a good arm, excellent mobility, and a does a solid job of throwing on the run, but is susceptible to long spells of inaccuracy and bad decision making that may come from lack of playing time at the collegiate level.There isn’t a ton of film on Scott, but he shows flashes of starter ability, and even when mixed with his bad streaks, it shows he is more than just draftable — it shows a guy that could mature into something down the line.Projections: Fourth-fifth round Full prospect scouting reports will come over the next three months1. Geno Smith, West Virginia – 6-3, 220 lbsSmith is not my favorite quarterback in this class, but I do see him as being the most NFL-ready as well as the guy that could become the “franchise” quarterback everyone is looking for.He possesses ideal size, an above average arm, and the ability to move in and outside the pocket with excellent effectiveness while keeping his eyes downfield.There are questions about his ability to drive the ball downfield into tight windows, and he picked up some bad habits as the year went along at West Virginia, including lazy footwork, bad mechanics and locking into his primary read far too often, which led to a drop in play.Still, Smith is the top player at the most important position in the draft.Projection: Top 5 pick2. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas – 6-2, 218 lbsWilson was dealt a terrible hand for his senior year, and it showed up not just on the stat sheet, but also on film.A guy that I believed was the top QB prospect entering the college season, Wilson had to deal with losing his top three wide receivers to the NFL as well as the firing of of his head coach all in one offseason. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 10. Matt Scott, Arizona – 6-2, 205 lbsA smaller-framed quarterback who was an ideal fit in Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense, Scott has all the things you want in a quarterback, he just never seemed to be able to put it all together. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the first time since becoming an NFL player in 2010, defensive tackle Dan Williams will suit up in something different than an Arizona Cardinals uniform.The Raiders have agreed to contacts with DT Dan Williams and LB Curtis Lofton.(via @mikecwright) pic.twitter.com/Rm2YV7kTFp— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 11, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories I would like to thank the Bidwill family, @azcardinals coaches,staff and fans for making my dream of playing in the NFL a reality. This first class organization and fanbase made the last 5 years amazing for my family and myself. Thank you!! #Bestwishes #Appreciateit #nolovelostA photo posted by Dan Williams (@dan5592) on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:48am PDT Williams is the first of Arizona’s free agents to sign elsewhere this offseason. The former first-round pick out of Tennessee had a solid 2014 campaign, registering 31 total tackles and one quarterback sack. In his career, Williams has 156 tackles, two sacks, eight passes defensed and one interception.He was a key part of the Arizona defensive front, and Pro Football Focus had him rated as the 14th-best defensive tackle in the league last season. Williams, 27, signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday morning that will average around $6 million per season and will pay out around $15 million guaranteed according to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Kareem Martin (96) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis to cause a fumble for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories However, about that play by Martin: It was very good.Martin rushed the Rams’ right tackle, then as he pulled off the lineman to chase running back Todd Gurley in coverage had the wherewithal to see quarterback Jared Goff attempting to loft a pass over him.That’s a hard thing to do considering Martin’s height. Martin leapt and nabbed the pass attempt out of the air, giving the Cardinals the ball on their 39-yard line.It didn’t lead to any points, but it was a nice moment for Martin, the outside linebacker who is trying to make a name for himself with Markus Golden out for the season.Arizona trailed 16-0 after the first quarter before a drive led by running back Kerwynn Williams got his team within 16-7 midway through the second quarter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kareem Martin reads Jared Goff and makes a great play for the INT. pic.twitter.com/ziGGP0wEoc— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 3, 2017Cardinals linebacker Kareem Martin isn’t a small man.But he’s limber.At 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds, the edge rusher made the play of what was otherwise a gut-kick of a first quarter for Arizona against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals lost a challenge on the opening play Sunday, dropped a potential pick and recorded two interceptions by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the second coming just after Martin made what appeared to be an opportunity for his team to get back into it.
(AP photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After studying the NFL schedule release, out of all the conflicts, the one I hate the most is on a Thursday night. I love college football on a Thursday night. I’m not a fan of NFL Thursday nights. Just to rub it in, the NFL jumps right on top of one city’s Thursday night of college football: OUR CITY!The NFL announced the schedules of each team. Every team plays a Thursday night game. The Cardinals play at home against the Broncos on Oct. 18. At the same time, in the city that hosts the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters, Arizona State hosts Stanford.It’s not the Cardinals fault. They have very little say in their schedule. There is no grassy knoll conspiracy of the NFL secretly out to stick it to Ray Anderson for leaving the company. Out of all of the issues the NFL has trying to schedule games, trust me, no one sits in the NFL front office and says, “When does ASU play?” It just stinks that it happened.A year after my family moved to Phoenix, I was so honored to be asked by ASU to work on their broadcasts. I did it every year until I started coaching two soccer teams and then something had to give so I chose my daughter over ASU. Since I try to go to every Cardinals home game, each April I would juxtapose the Cardinals schedule against Arizona State. Even though I’m not a part of ASU broadcasts anymore, I still like to see what problems are created by comparing the games. It’s hard to make the NFL schedule.32 teams in 31 stadiums. The Raiders share their building with the A’s. The Chiefs share a parking lot with the Royals. The Chargers play in a soccer stadium. The Bengals and Reds are too close to play on the same day. Despite having three venues for the four teams, it seems like the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers all play in the same building since they’re so close together. There are other conflicts around the league but you get the picture. That September weekend is also one of five weekends during the Sun Devil season where we have no football in the Valley, including three weekends in a row in October. The first weekend to start October has ASU in Boulder and the Cardinals in Santa Clara. ASU is off the second weekend, while the Cardinals take on Kirk Cousins and his big contract in Minnesota. The third weekend of the month is the weekend after the “Thursday Night Doubleheader” so both teams have their “mini-bye” that weekend. The only other time it happens during ASU’s season is the last weekend. It’s an even year so ASU plays for the Territorial Cup in Tucson. The Cardinals make the rare second trip to Los Angelos, this time to face the Chargers the next day.Besides the double-double of Thursday night, there are only two other weekends where the Devils and Cardinals are both at home. The Cardinals start the season at home against Washington on Sept. 9, the day after ASU hosts Michigan State. At the end of September, the Beavers and Seahawks travel to Tempe and Glendale.I hope this helps you plan out your football weekends. Without malice, the NFL didn’t do us any favors to root, root, root for the home teams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo For an example, for a few years in a row, Washington State or Washington would play on a Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium on the same weekend the Cardinals hosted Seattle, creating only a small home-field advantage because of the deluge of “bored with life Seattle-ites” who would invade the city. Another neat coincidence a couple of years ago had ASU and the Cardinals playing in the Bay area over Thanksgiving weekend.Ever since I compared schedules the first time, I’ve done it every year since. I’m interested in the small coincidences. I also did it for travel purposes and prep for the Doug and Wolf show.This year the big takeaway is joint Thursday night games in the Valley, but here are some other tidbits I picked up, if you’re interested.There’s a small road trip available for those of you that are hard core enough to root passionately for both teams and have worked so hard to be in a financial position to enjoy a football road trip. You could drive or fly to San Diego after work on Thursday night, Sept. 13 and sit on the beach all day Friday. ASU plays San Diego State on Saturday the 15th. After the game or the next morning, you could drive to LA to see Arizona in their first divisional game against the Rams at the Coliseum. 7 Comments Share Top Stories
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact General manager Steve Keim has emphasized recent tweaks in the “Cardinal filter,” the final weeding out process used to finalize the team’s big board of draftable players. In recent years, prospects’ character and football passion have carried more weight in Arizona’s evaluations.UMass receiver Andy Isabella, who became the 62nd overall pick on Friday, might be the poster boy for that filter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Cardinals expect Isabella to challenge for an immediate role.In the pre-draft process, Isabella got the sense Arizona wants to use him in the slot, where many receivers on the shorter end of the height spectrum have made their name. But his speed and ability as an outside receiver could give head coach Kliff Kingsbury the ability to move him around just as Arizona did with then-rookie Christian Kirk in 2018.Being a lightly-recruited prospect playing in college near the New England Patriots — and expected to play in a similar spread system with the Cardinals — leads to easy stereotypes and comparisons. It’s a compliment to Isabella, yet the Cardinals think he can bring something unique to the table.“It’s funny because when I first watched him, I walked down to Kliff’s office, and if there’s any school that has great white slot receivers, it’s Texas Tech,” Keim joked. “And I said, ‘I went back in the scouting system and I tried to look up all your buddies, whether it was (Wes) Welker, (Danny) Amendola and all those guys, they have tremendous quickness but all those guys ran in the 4.6s.“This guy ran 4.3 and has that type of quickness.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 2015, Isabella won the state 100-meter dash finals, beating 2018 No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward, who is now a cornerback for the Browns.Four years later, the Cardinals got turned on to Isabella because of a few UMass connections on staff. Cardinals college scouting coordinator Ryan Gold had served as UMass assistant line coach from 2011-13, and recently-hired offensive quality control assistant Spencer Whipple, Mark’s son, was previously the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Minutemen.The highlight tape backs up Isabella’s speed. And he used it well.Against Liberty last year, he made nine catches for 303 yards. Facing more challenging competition, Isabella put up 191 yards on 14 catches against South Florida and 219 yards on 15 receptions against Georgia last season.How did that work ethic show up?Mark Whipple remembers a Sunday when snow dumped about 10 inches on the UMass campus. In the office overlooking the field, he noticed somebody had shoveled 40 yards worth of snow.“I look out there and it’s Andy with a shovel and a hat on and everything else, he takes it off and he starts running,” Whipple said. “That’s just the way he is. He’s not going to miss a workout. He didn’t miss a game in four years (after earning a role as a freshman). He’s a tough, tough kid.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For sure, Isabella’s 4.31-yard time in the 40-yard dash opened eyes at the combine. He also led the NCAA with 1,698 receiving yards last season and tied for the fifth most receiving touchdowns (13) in 2018.Yet the juxtaposition of the 5-foot-9 Isabella going two picks ahead of D.K. Metcalf, a Hercules-looking receiver with measurables but shrug-worthy production at an SEC school, highlighted Arizona’s priorities well. The Cardinals fell in love with Isabella’s work ethic as much as his numbers.“He bought a jugs machine three weeks ago just so he could get ready, not for the draft, but for wherever he went,” former UMass head coach Mark Whipple told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.“That’s just the kind of kid he is. One of the five hardest workers I’ve ever coached, and that’s at any level.”Related LinksCrazy NFL Draft weekend ends with Cardinals looking coherentCardinals gave Kliff Kingsbury ammo, didn’t go reaching in 2019 NFL DraftCardinals draft WR Andy Isabella with 62nd pick from Josh Rosen tradeCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWhipple, who is now the offensive coordinator at Pitt, has experience as an NFL assistant coach with the Steelers (2004-06), Eagles (2008) and Browns (2011-12). His connections in Cleveland led him to discovering Isabella, ultimately offering him a scholarship when few others would.Out of high school, Isabella was a running back and more well-known for his accolades on the track in Ohio. 10 Comments Share Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Go back to the enewsletterIndonesia’s luxury wilderness resort, Nihi Sumba, is the latest addition to World Resorts of Distinction’s (WRD) stable of world-leading resort brands.CEO Tess Willcox said the resort operates according to a responsible luxury ethos that makes it a complementary fit for WRD’s collection of like-minded properties around the world.“Our goal is to transform the tourism industry by working with resorts that are pioneering the conscious travel space and Nihi Sumba is one of the first names that comes to mind in that regard,” she said.“Home to the Sumba Foundation and a slate of sustainability practices, including organic gardens that produce the majority of the resort’s food and an impressive composting and water recycling system, we are proud to market this innovative property to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”Located 400 kilometres east of Bali on Indonesia’s most unexplored island, Sumba, the resort is easy for Antipodean travellers to access.“Most metropolitan airports in Australia and New Zealand offer direct flights to Indonesia and there are three flights per day from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar to Sumba Island’s Tambdaka Airport,” Willcox said.As the brainchild of American entrepreneur, Chris Burch and South African-born hotelier, James McBride, it has been reborn as a luxury resort with a conscience, featuring 27 pool villas built in the traditional Sumbanese style, set on 467 acres of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands wrapped around the stunning 2.5-kilometre-long Nihiwatu beach.Nihi Sumba has evolved into one of the most coveted resorts in the world and is an example of a sustainable operation in harmony with the environment and the Sumbanese people.Guests can enjoy horseback riding on the beach, private surf breaks, spa safaris and signature excursions including visits to local Stone Age sites, picnics under waterfalls and treks along butterfly trails.Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Sumba’s magnificently preserved ancient culture on the island, such as trips to local villages to see traditional arts and crafts, megalithic burial sites and exquisite Ikat weavings.For more information, visit nihi.com/Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has launched its innovative new Scenic Tailormade App in Europe, which transforms guests’ Apple and Android devices into their own personal Scenic Tailormade self-guiding GPS device.The Scenic Tailormade App can be uploaded prior to departure and used both on board and on shore, offering guests a choice of over 240 tour options in over 140 locations with more than 1,500 expertly narrated points of local historical and cultural interest. The Riverview Commentary System is automatically activated at highlights and points of interest along each of Europe’s major waterways. While on shore, guests can use the Independent City Tours function with point-to-point navigation, maps, expert commentary and off-line Navigation System to discover Europe’s fascinating cities at their leisure.For those guests wanting to travel further, there are also 50 custom-designed cycling options that can be used with Scenic’s e-bikes allowing guests to explore at their own pace.Liz Glover, Director Marketing and Strategy for Scenic, said the new Tailormade App will change the way guests experience a destination.“This new generation of Scenic Tailormade means our guests no longer need to use the existing onboard handheld devices and allows them more freedom to discover Europe’s rich and fascinating waterways and cities at their leisure. It’s simple to download before travel and lets them start planning their journey itinerary ahead of their river cruise. We’re incredibly excited to be sharing this new app with our guests. It’s unique to Scenic and has an informative and practical range of functions which can only improve the cruise experience.”Using the My Cruise function, guests can also access information on the Daily Cruise Program including the entire Travel Guide Book and full listings of Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich excursions and experiences. The app also provides a Travel Wallet for all travel documents and a Badge Scan option.Scenic Tailormade can be downloaded on board through the ship’s Wi-Fi and is free to use with no additional costs if data is downloaded using the onboard connection. Headphones and existing Scenic Tailormade devices are also available on board and free of charge. The app has been developed for Scenic in conjunction with Initree Software GMBH (App software) and iTour (Hardware service).Scenic Tailormade was originally launched in 2013 and comprised a purpose-built handheld device.More at https://www.scenic.com.au/river-cruises/tailormadeGo back to the enewsletter
11. Shop for bargains at El Rastro and the street marketsIf your budget break to Madrid brings you here on a Sunday, then the local flea market at El Rastro is the place to discover some bargain souvenirs. Forget the high end stores around Sol and hunt out clothing, unique jewellery and antiques to fill your luggage with here. Even if you’re not in town on a Sunday, there are plenty of other markets which pop up on various days throughout Madrid. The second hand book stalls located near the Retiro are ideal for book worms looking for that perfect holiday read. Need a budget hotel? Find accommodation deals here9. Grab a bargain breakfast from Mercado de la ReinaThis trendy restaurant on Gran Via is highly rated for its creative cuisine. If you feel like splashing out then head to the mercado for truffled prawn carpaccio and grilled octopus starting from €13. But if you’re watching your euro then check out their breakfast menu. With drinks combos such as hot chocolate and churros, or fresh coffee and Spanish omelette coming in at around €3, it’s the perfect fuel for a day of sightseeing and won’t blow your city break budget. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Feast for cheap at 100 MontaditosThis cheap and cheerful chain restaurant can be found dotted around Madrid and is a perfect way to feast on a budget. Whether you’re after a quick snack or want a whole table of tapas, this could be your answer. As the name suggests, they serve up to a hundred different sandwiches and snacks at only €1 a pop. With a beer at the same price and a glass of vino at €1.50, you certainly won’t feel guilty or be pushing the purse strings when you order seconds (or thirds…) Need more city break inspiration? Try some of these…A locals guide to MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Weekend city breaks for less than £20Celebrate making it through the week by escaping on a last minute flight out of here! Go on, you deserve it!Top 10 alternative winter city breaksWondering where to go for a winter city break? Well we’ve got a few alternative suggestions for you, with cheap flights and plenty to keep you busy. Avoid your typical weekend away and see what you think of these city break ideas.THE cheapest European cities for budget holidaysEurope has plenty of affordable cities for you to explore on a budget – plus flights are usually quite cheap. But which city has cheap hotels and doesn’t charge a fortune for dinner or a night out? We’ve calculated cost of accommodation plus a few extras and here are the cheapest holiday destinations across Europe.*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only, for flights in February, and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 2. Enjoy discount drinks at San Anton rooftop barRooftop bars in Madrid are usually known for expensive cocktails and over-priced snacks. Not at San Anton’s. Ok, so it’s views might not be the best, but this classy joint more than makes up for it with bargain drinks prices. Located atop of a market with the same name, this quaint rooftop terrace is a short walk from Cheuca station. Serving up glasses of wine from only €2.75, it makes for an ideal place to settle into a comfy sofa and enjoy a nightcap on a warm or even wintery evening. 8. Relax in Atocha Station gardensPublic transport in much of the world can be a nightmare: Madrid however offers a great value and well connected Metro and Train system. Not content with simply moving you about the city, Atocha station is also home to an impressive and free indoor tropical garden. The large roof houses 4000 square metres of plants and even boasts ponds full of turtles. It certainly beats reading a paper whilst waiting for your next train. 7. Take advantage of free museumsWhether you love contemporary art, grand classics or exploring palaces, Madrid has got you covered. Tickets to individual exhibitions can cost a pretty penny, but many of the city’s best museums and galleries offer free admission to holders of an EU passport at certain times of the week. The impressive Palacio Real opens its doors for nada between 6-8pm and the famous modern art gallery, The Reina Sofia, offers their bargain entry on Sunday mornings, as well as some weekday evenings. Check with individual museums for particular free to visit hours. 1. Rent a bike and explore the city on two wheelsThe BiciMAD bicycle hire scheme is a great way to explore Madrid on a budget. These electric and environmentally friendly bikes can be picked up from stands all around the city. You’ll have to leave a refundable card deposit the first time you register, but at only €2* an hour they make for a fun way to zip around some of Madrid’s finest attractions, including Plaza Mayor, The Royal Palace and the nature filled ride along Madrid Rio whilst enjoying that free Spanish sunshine. 4. Tour the Templo de DebodThis odd attraction and its fascinating story is one of the best free things to see Madrid, especially at sunset. The ancient Egyptian temple was donated as a thank you gift by the Egyptian government to Spain for their help saving temples from ruin following the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Flown from Egypt, the Temple of Debod was lovingly reconstructed in Madrid’s Park del Oeste in 1960, where you’ll find it today and can visit for free. Accompanied by a daily interactive exhibition, audiovisual information and facts are projected onto a nearby wall which makes it a great attraction for both kids and adults. 6. Get your fill of free tapasLooking for cheap eats? You’ll find most bars in Madrid will offer you some kind of small tapas every time you order a drink – usually your typical bars snacks, but some will stretch to a slice of tortilla or even a small bowl of paella. But if you really want to fill your boots for free then head to El Tigre on Calle de las Infantas. Just a few minutes walk from Gran Via, down an unassuming side street, this bar may look like a hole in the wall but step inside and you will see why it’s packed very night with locals and city breakers. This small bar, with cheerful service and lively atmosphere, dishes out heaving mounds of free tapas to accompany your tipple of choice. With a range of snacks and hearty pans of paella on the menu, for the price of few cervezas you’ll likely leave with no need for a formal dinner. Get here early if you want to bag a seat though, it fills up quickly. Ready to go? Find heap flights to Madrid5. Explore El Retiro ParkIn Madrid you are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, but by far the most famous and central is El Retiro. With over 300 acres of well-groomed gardens and walking paths, it’s a great budget way to spend an afternoon in Madrid. With regular, free exhibitions housed in the Palacio de Cristal and rowing boats to hire on the park’s lake from €5.80, this city oasis will keep you entertained for hours. 3. Admire the skyline at Azotea rooftopFor some of the most breathtaking open air views of the city you will have to drop a few euros. The central Azotea rooftop offers a fixed price entrance of €4 to access its 360 panoramic views of the city. Although the restaurant and bar are pricey, the entrance fee means you don’t have to buy an expensive cocktail to snap the perfect aerial Instagram. For only €1 more you can get a combined ticket giving you access to the five floors of exhibitions below, including work by Picasso. RelatedTapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Bank holiday bargain breaks: 6 flights for less than £110Make the most of May’s bank holiday and jet off to one of these chic European cities.10 New Year’s Eve parties in Europe for under £250No sleep ‘til 2015! Spend 24hrs celebrating 2015 and spend less than £250 in these European cities.
• British Airways • Qantas • Cathay Pacific (on some routes) How can I save money on a round the worldticket? What is a round the world (RTW) ticket? A round the world ticket lets you create a custom round trip, so you can join the dots on your dream destinations. Most tickets last for one year. They’re possible thanks to airline alliances, which are essentially networks of different carriers. Your RTW ticket acts like a pass so you can book flights with any of the airlines in that alliance. Totally up to you, although travelling west can help with that pesky jet lag each time you fly. Air Europa Air France Aeroflot Russain Airlines Aeromexico Aerolineas Alitalia China Airlines China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines CSA Czech Airlines Delta Garuda Indonesian Airways Kenya Airways Korean Air KLM Middle East Airlines Saudi Arabian Airlines Shanghai Airlines Tarom Vietnam Airlines XiamenAir American Airlines Finnair LATAM Qatar Airways SriLankan Airlines British Airways Iberia Malaysia Airlines Royal Jordanian Cathay Pacific Qantas S7 Airlines Let’s face it, travelling is fun. So fun in fact, that you may well decide to extend your trip. Most tickets give you the option to buy extra miles – with a Great Escapade ticket you can add up to 33,000 miles. Global Explorer Mileage: 29,000 milesStops: 6 stops max (must include Australia or New Zealand)Airlines you can fly with: Yes. In some places, you have to provide proof of your departure date (and ticket) to get a visa. Your travel agent or the Foreign Office can tell you which countries need this. Star Alliance Air Adria Aegean Air Canada Air China Air India Air New Zealand ANA Asiana Airlines Austrian Airlines Avianca Brussels airlines Copa Airlines Croatia Airlines EgyptAir Ethiopian Eva Air LOT Polish Airlines Lufthansa Scandinavian Airlines Shenzhen Airlines Singapore Airlines South African Airways Swiss TAP Portugal Thai Airways International Turkish Airlines United Airlines World Journey What’s better, a round the world ticket or booking multi-city flights myself? Mileage: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 milesStops: Minimum 2, maximum 15Airlines you can fly with: Unlike other airline bookings that change over time, prices for a round the world ticket tend to remain steady. Most alliances have an online booking tool, so you’ll get an upfront quote for the whole itinerary. Play around with dates and destinations and see how it affects the price. Generally, leaving between April and mid June is the cheapest time. If you’re thinking of booking each leg separately, our handy tool can work out the best time to book. Mileage: 26,000, 29,000, 33,000 or 38,000 milesStops: Max 15Airlines you can fly with: Your trip is less than a year You’re not bothered about flying with budget airlines (like Ryanair or AirAsia) You have a set travel plan You’re buying tickets on behalf of a group or family You’re part of a frequent flier programme and collect miles and perks Mileage: 25,000 or 29,000 milesStops: Up to 7 stopoversAirlines you can fly with: American Airlines British Airways Emirates LAN Qantas World Discovery/Plus Turning your layovers into stopovers will also give you more bang for your buck. With some tickets, they’ll count as stops anyway, so make the most of them by extending your stay for a while. Popular stopover destinations include Dubai, Singapore, Amsterdam, New York, LA, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Fiji. Bear in mind that other people might have the same idea. Most European travellers head to Asia first, for example. Going against the grain, including flying to places off-season or in shoulder seasons, could cost less and earn you an adventure off the beaten path. Mileage: 29,000 milesStops: UnlimitedAirlines you can fly with: Great Escapade Stops vs mileage: Some alliances will give you a maximum number of stops, while others only care about mileage.Travel direction: The majority of tickets expect you to travel continuously in the same direction and will only let you cross the Atlantic and the Pacific once. Some even require it: with a World Journey ticket, you have to do one transatlantic and one transpacific flight. Other tickets are slightly more flexible and let you double-back over continents (but not oceans). The lowest fare usually equals the fewest miles, so try to avoid backtracking unless you really have to.Travel restrictions: This varies per ticket, so get checking that small print. Some tickets insist on a ‘minimum stay’. For example, with Global Explorer, you can only return to your point of origin after 10 days.Changing flights: Plans change, especially when you’re booking travel so far ahead. Most RTW tickets are flexible and will let you change the time of travel for free, but they will charge for changing a destination – usually around $125. RelatedSix steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balanceIf you feel like you aren’t making the most out of all those air-miles then check out these tips to supercharge your frequent flyer balance.How to book a round the world trip in a lunch hourThink it’s complicated planning a multi-continent journey? Not the case. With oneworld’s round the world trip planner, it’s fast, simple. And cheap, too.High Mileage – Low Cost? Round-the-world with (mostly) budget airlinesI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bust It really depends what you’re after. A Great Escapade ticket gives you unlimited stops, while the oneworld Explorer is great because there’s no maximum mileage, and it doesn’t dock overland ‘surface’ travel from your mileage like other tickets. If you’re planning on mixing up flights with travel via trains or car – the oneworld Explorer could be the best option. It mainly depends on where you want to go though. The best ticket for you is the one that flies to all the places on your travel bucket list. There are three major alliances that offer round the world tickets. They are: OneWorld (Global Explorer and oneworld Explorer), Star Alliance and Skyteam (World Journey). We’ve outlined the different options below, as well as a couple of smaller alliances you might find useful. Go for a round the world ticket if: Can I buy extra miles? Book your ticket at least four to six months in advance for the best price. Tickets also vary in price depending on your start city, so you could save by starting somewhere other than your home airport. For example, it might be cheaper to start your trip in Madrid rather than London. You’d still need to get to and from the cheaper city, but if you can do that on a budget airline, the potential savings could more than cover that cost. World Walkabout So, what’s the difference between the tickets? Aer Lingus American Airlines Alaska Airlines Bangkok Airways British Airways Cathay Pacific Fiji Airways Finnair Iberia Jetstar Jetstar Asia Jetstar Japan Jetstar Pacific LATAM Malaysia Airlines Meridana and WestJet Qatar Airways Qantas Royal Jordanian SriLankan Airlines S7 Airlines Look into multi-city flights if: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Mileage: No maximum mileageStops: 16 flight segments, and 5, 6 or 7 stopsAirlines you can fly with: Visainformation correct as of 12 July 2019, obtained from www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Please always check thelatest guidance at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice before booking a trip. Mileage: 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 milesStops: 16 flight segmentsAirlines you can fly with: Oneworld Explorer Your trip is longer than a year You don’t have a set plan yet You want to fly using budget airlines where possible You’re not part of a frequent flier programme You’re doing a lot of overland travel You want to be more flexible Ready to go? Find your perfect flights for you’re next round the world adventure, right here When is the cheapest time to travel? A round the world ticket will save you roughly a third on the full-cost price of all your flights, however it’s worth checking both options. If there are legs you could do with budget airlines, you could save more money that way. It’s a better idea to plan your direction based on the weather conditions at each of your destinations. You probably don’t want to hit India in the middle of the Monsoon. Equally, if you’re planning a seasonal highlight, like experiencing cherry blossoms in Japan (April) or whale watching in South Africa (June to November), you’ll need to be there for specific times of the year, so this will influence your choice. Who offers round the world tickets? • Air New Zealand • Singapore Airlines • Virgin Atlantic Do I need an onward ticket before landing in some countries? What’s the best direction to travel aroundthe world? What’s the best round the world ticket?
East Meadow, NY, June – In July and August, to coincide with the Summer Olympics, Lufthansa will offer its First and Business Class passengers culinary creations from the host country China. For two months, Star Chef Ray Lim from Beijing will indulge passengers on long-haul flights from Germany with his specialties. Dishes on the First Class menu include grilled scallops in a caper and raisin sauce served with spinach and couscous or breast of turkey au jus stuffed with rocket, accompanied by stir-fried vegetables and jasmine rice. In Business Class, passengers will be offered a selection of mouth-watering dishes such as chicken breast with mange tout and long-grain rice or prawns on chili sauce with bok choi and rice with scrambled egg.Ray Lim was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents. For more than ten years he has been head chef at The Courtyard, Beijing’s gourmet temple, where evening after evening he enthralls his guests with his imaginative cuisine. Originally, however, the Filipino master chef started out in a very different direction. He studied dentistry at the University Of Manila for five years before deciding to hang up his dentist’s drill and dedicate himself to cooking. He learned his craft from scratch, then spent the next few years serving an apprenticeship and working as a qualified chef in such top-ranking establishments as Bouley, one of the most sought-after restaurants in New York as well as at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing.Lufthansa Star Chef program Since January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.
FILE – In this June 21, 2013, file photo, Jonas Kaufmann, right, in the role of Manrico and Elena Manistina as Azucena sing during a dress rehearsal for the opera “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi in the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich, southern Germany. The world’s most sought-after tenor is back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s most sought-after tenor, hopes his cancellations are in the past.Back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children, the 48-year-old German with the clarion voice and heartthrob looks is giving recitals in California and New York this week and returns in April for performances in Boston and New York.“I’m very happy and thankful that I have so enthusiastic fans that they would love to see me every day perform,” he explained during an interview this week.He missed the Teatro Comunale of Bologna’s 2011 tour of Japan because of surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest, and a burst blood vessel on his vocal chords sidelined him from September 2016 until the following January.Kaufmann withdrew from two performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in 2014-15 and an entire run of a new staging of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” there the following season because of illness.Then he missed this season’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” saying he needed to skip the rehearsal period and early performances to spend time at his home outside Munich with his 19-year-old daughter and younger teenage sons. The Met decided to replace him for the whole run, though he is scheduled to return next season for Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West).”He now limits travel to three consecutive weeks.“Even though my kids are getting bigger and bigger all the time, they still need me,” he said. “There are lots of things, school and private life, that they need to discuss or want to discuss with their father. So, you see, that’s the thing. And I could have said I need a sabbatical or whatever, that’s not the case. I just need to reschedule my daily life so that it somehow works for everyone, including the opera.”With a burnished tone in the most demanding repertoire, Kaufmann received raves for his debuts in the title roles of Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Met in 2013 and in Verdi’s “Otello” at London’s Royal Opera last summer.This season, colds caused him to cancel appearances in Bucharest, Romania; Moscow; and Rome.“If I would come back too early, I would probably ultimately ruin my instrument,” he said. “I think it’s best also for my fans if I protect my instrument in a way that I know exactly when to stop singing and to wait until it’s good enough and safe enough to start again.”After studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, he spent 1994-96 at the State Theatre in Saarbruecken, and debuts followed at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala (1999), The Royal Opera and Paris Opera (2004), and the Met and Vienna State Opera (2006).He will be at Carnegie Hall on Saturday to repeat the Schubert program he sang in Santa Monica and will make his first public try at Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in an uncut second act concert version at Boston and New York in April. His first staged performance is not for 3 1/2 years.Up ahead are more stagings of “Otello” and the French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlos.” He will sing an unusual tenor version of Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” in London this May — usually performed by a soprano — and plans to learn Wagner’s Tannhaeuser” and Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City).”The work comes even as he tries to maintain a private life. He separated from his wife, mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig, four years ago and is partnered with opera director Christiane Lutz.“There was a generation of singers that dedicated their lives, at least it seemed that would be the case, to the art and they couldn’t do anything but — they would never go to do sports, they would never go outside if the temperatures are too low,” he said. “They would forget what life is about, and if you don’t know that, you have nothing to tell on stage.” Opera star Jonas Kaufmann returns to the spotlight by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 12:10 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police say a zebra was killed when a number of the animals broke out of the grounds of an Arizona festival and were wandering on a nearby road.The accident on Wednesday morning occurred near the grounds of the Chandler Ostrich Festival in a suburb of Phoenix.Chandler police Sgt. Daniel Mejia says the SUV driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.The Ostrich Festival, which will be held this weekend, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Activities include ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities and a parade. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2018 9:53 am PDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police: Runaway zebra killed by car in Phoenix suburb
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:33 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Trump, others give thumbs-down to dinner’s roast WASHINGTON – The Latest on the controversy over the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (all times local):4:20 p.m.The reviews are in: President Donald Trump is giving a thumbs-down to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.Present and past members of his administration say they were offended. The head of the association says she regrets that the routine may end up defining an evening designed to rally around journalism.Comedian Michelle Wolf is known as a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” But some of her jokes drew gasps and groans. A series of barbs about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as Sanders sat just feet away, seemed to spark the most outrage.Trump regularly lobs sharp attacks at the news media. He declined to attend the dinner for the second consecutive year.___1:30 a.m.If President Donald Trump isn’t comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf gave him and others plenty of reasons to squirm.“It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up,” Wolf cracked Saturday night, “unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”No, Trump’s personal attorney wasn’t there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally near Detroit.Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN.
‘The Favourite’ named best UK film at British Academy Awards LONDON — Tragicomic royal drama “The Favourite” took best British film and a clutch of other trophies Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars but where the audience is studded with British royals as well as the A-list stars who are royalty in Hollywood.Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama had a total of 12 nominations going into the night. Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” and was favoured to take the best-actress prize in London.The 18th-century queen’s distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge — wearing a white, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress — joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other film stars for the black-tie ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.“Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley was the gently risque host.“The Favourite” lived up to its title, snapping up the outstanding British film award and prizes for its opulent production design, its larger-than-life hair and makeup and the supporting actress performance of Rachel Weisz.Weisz, who plays the queen’s confidante and rival Sarah Churchill, said she “had the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women” — Colman and Emma Stone.Production design winners Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton dedicated their award to “every woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen.” ”The Favourite” also took the trophy for best original screenplay.“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power,” said Deborah Davis, who won the award alongside co-writer Tony McNamara.Other winners included Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for best adapted screenplay, the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born” for music and Alfonso Cuaron’s lush black-and-white “Roma” for cinematography.Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor as a concert pianist touring the 1960s Deep South in “Green Book.”The awards, known as BAFTAs , will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24, in what’s shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.Colman is up against Glenn Close, who took Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for “The Wife.” The other best-actress nominees are Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born,” Viola Davis for “Widows” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”“I feel like I’m in a fever dream,” said McCarthy of recognition for the offbeat film, based on the story of a real literary forger.Her “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” co-star Richard E. Grant has secured both BAFTA and Oscar nominations for his performance as an affable rogue.“I’ve been working for 40 years, I’ve never won anything,” said Grant, who called this awards season “the ride of my lifetime.”Best-actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and Steve Coogan for “Stan and Ollie.”Best-picture nominees are “The Favourite,” Roma,” ”A Star is Born” and two very different movies about racism in America: “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman.”British academy voters have all but ignored superhero blockbuster “Black Panther,” which is up for best picture at the Oscars and took top prize at the SAG awards last month. It had a single BAFTA nomination, for visual effects, although one of its stars, Letitia Wright, was named Rising Star, the only category decided through a public vote.The red carpet glamour unfolded against a backdrop of soul-searching and scandal about abuses in the entertainment industry.Last week, the British academy suspended director Bryan Singer’s nomination as part of the team behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” after four men accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were minors.BAFTA said the alleged abuse was “completely unacceptable” and incompatible with its values. Singer, who was fired while “Bohemian Rhapsody” was in mid-production in 2017, denies the allegations. The film itself is still nominated.At last year’s BAFTAs ceremony, many women wore black as a symbol of opposition to harassment, abuse and inequality in the wake of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.A British wing of the “Times’s Up” campaign founded last year is vowing to keep the campaign going and to double the number of women in film, on and off screen.The number of female nominees is up this year, but there has been criticism of the academy’s failure to nominate any female filmmakers in the best-director category. Only one woman has ever won the directing prize, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.BAFTA chairwoman Pippa Harris said only 10 per cent of films entered for this year’s awards were directed by women.“It needs to be 50 per cent,” said Harris, who called the gender imbalance an industry-wide problem.“There has been a traditional problem with getting females to be noticed in terms of their TV work and then get picked up to make feature films,” she said. “Men seem to find that transition much easier.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessJill Lawless, The Associated Press by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 1:04 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actress Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the Finch Chanel Pre BAFTAs Dinner in London, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
“Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh” (I.B. Tauris), by Alan StrachanPlaying two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” — has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have been the true showcase of her talent.Alan Strachan, a director and a chronicler of the British theatre, gives Leigh’s full career a stirring reassessment in an immensely readable biography, “Dark Star.” He argues convincingly that there was far more to Leigh than her mesmerizing beauty, which could blind critics to the power behind her performances.Strachan also pierces the darkness that never left Leigh: mental illness. Bipolar disorder, called manic depression in her day, explains in part her failings as a wife and mother. It certainly seems to have fueled her drinking, extramarital affairs and occasionally odd behaviour, allowing comparisons to the faded, shattered Blanche — the performance that put an Oscar next to the one for Scarlett O’Hara.The surprise of “Dark Star” is that Leigh’s life doesn’t appear as sunken by sadness as it’s been described elsewhere. While not downplaying the manic episodes that damaged her career — Elizabeth Taylor took over the film “Elephant Walk” following a Leigh breakdown — Strachan describes the good times, too. By his account she was a loving companion, a loyal friend and a generous, amiable colleague. His evidence comes from Leigh’s diaries and letters and those of relatives, friends and colleagues.The actress who played two iconic Southerners was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, British India, in 1913, and was raised in Calcutta. Her mother was also India-born and perhaps in a mixed-race family. Her father, born in Scotland while his Yorkshire family was visiting, had moved to India and become wealthy as an exchange broker. An amateur actor, he shared his pastime with his daughter and theatre became her passion.The Hartleys sent 6-year-old Vivian to England for a Catholic education. Her convent education continued in her teens with schools in France, Italy and Germany. She was attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London when she met a handsome lawyer, Leigh Holman, whom she married in 1932. Soon a mother, she went on to seek work on the stage and in film under the name Vivien Leigh.Upending her personal and professional life was Laurence Olivier, a charismatic actor who, like Leigh, was married with a child. Their wildly passionate love affair, begun in 1936 as they made the film “Fire Over England,” led to divorces and marriage in 1940.They co-starred in two other films, “21 Days Together” (1940) and “That Hamilton Woman” (1941), but the Oliviers would become the first couple of the British stage, appearing in classical productions together — “Romeo and Juliet” and “The School for Scandal” were but two — and separately. He directed her in the London productions of “The Skin of Our Teeth” in 1945 and “Streetcar” in 1949, both personal triumphs for Leigh.Selfishness, a trait that brought them together despite obligations, probably doomed their relationship. The passion cooled, at least for Olivier, as Leigh’s illness became more pronounced and led to hospitalizations and shock therapy. (Olivier may also have grown professionally jealous of his wife.) He engaged in affairs with relish, and she abandoned her marital vows, too, flaunting an affair with a young Peter Finch.Nevertheless, the Oliviers continued to play their public roles until he decided young Joan Plowright would make a better partner for the long haul. Divorced in 1960, Leigh continued acting and even found a companion. Her life ended abruptly at 53 when tuberculosis led to a fatal hemorrhage in 1967.Was Leigh herself more like the vivacious and beautiful Scarlett O’Hara or the fading, delusional Blanche DuBois? Strachan doesn’t bother with such pointless musings, instead focusing on the evolution of a unique artist who overcame personal struggles to master her craft and bring joy to her audience.___Douglass K. Daniel is the author of “Anne Bancroft: A Life” (University Press of Kentucky).Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 5:30 am PDT Review: Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh
January 7, 2008 It’s raining hard and has been raining all night. The sky is grey and leaden and we continue our report from 1/4/08 about last summers cob construction in the gardens with fond memories of summer heat. Part of the walls have been covered with cob plaster. [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb, sa] Workshop participants from Italy and India apply the plaster with their hands to the entire structure, inside and out! [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb] Morning light shines through the recycled bottle design on the northeast wall and through the air vents below the nesting boxes. Report continues on 1/9/08. [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb]
Levels of dust in the atmosphere will be even higher than in the past few days on Thursday but levels are expected to be back to normal by Friday.The Labour Inspection Department again warned the public on Thursday, telling vulnerable groups to stay indoors as much as possible due to the increase. Employers are urged to take necessary measures to protect employees who work outdoors.On Wednesday the average hourly concentrations of respirable particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) in the atmosphere increased to 113μg/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre), exceeding the safe limit of 50μg/m3.By 8am on Thursday, the amount had increased to 145μg/m3 in some areas.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Almost 2,000 runners took part in the 19th Logicom Cyprus Marathon in Paphos on Sunday.A spokesman for the organisers said there had been a 60 pr cent increase in entries this year, according to CNA. Around half of all participants for the four events – the Logicom Cyprus marathon, the half marathon, the 10km road race and the 5km fun run -came from abroad, he said, including the UK, Russia and Poland.This year’s marathon had extra significance as Paphos was the cultural capital of Europe, the spokesman said. Also it has been officially recognised for the first time this year as it has been certified by an AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) official, who accurately measured the course.This year’s marathon is again dedicated to the memory of legendary Paphos born marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the 50th Marathon of Boston in 1946, and the overall winners will be presented with gilded olive wreaths by his son, Dimitris.The marathon spokesman said the event was also important in contributing to the development of winter sports tourism in Paphos.The marathon is being followed by a programme of entertainment with the Paphos municipality philharmonic and the radio station Rock FM.Logicom is also marking 30 years in the IT industry this year.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola