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Meet Bruno Mars Backstage At Madison Square Garden

first_imgHere’s your chance to meet Bruno Mars backstage at his concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC on July 14.The star has donated the opportunity for you and three friends to meet him during a backstage tour. Bruno Mars is a incredibly talented singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. The 14-time Grammy Award nominee has now sold over 100 million singles worldwide, over 9 million albums worldwide, and not to mention over 1.5 billion views on YouTube.His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has been certified 48x Platinum worldwide. Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, released in December 2012, has already been certified double Platinum in the US. The album features two consecutive No. 1 hit singles, “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man,” in addition to his newly-released single “Treasure,” which is currently climbing the charts. Bruno Mars is currently traveling the world on a sold-out arena tour, “The Moonshine Jungle” Tour.Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Stephen Gaynor School. an independent, non-profit Lower and Middle School for bright students with learning differences. The school comprises nearly 330 students ages three to 14 with a range of learning challenges, from Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to speech, language, and motor delays. In a comfortable, nurturing environment and with an unparalleled level of personal attention from experienced staff, Gaynor School students break down barriers to learning, build self-esteem, and bridge the gap between their intellect and performance. Find out more here.The auction runs until April 29, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.last_img read more

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Scarlett Johansson Sings SHOPATHONRED Jingle

first_imgBono’s (SHOPATHON)RED, which launched December 1, World AIDS Day, has a fun new jingle attached to it performed by Scarlett Johansson as Barry Manilow’s muse.Video: Scarlett Johansson, Barry Manilow & Jimmy Kimmel star in the (RED) SHOPATHON Holiday JingleThe shopathon concept allows people can go to to bid on chances to win an experience with celebrities (rather than the prize going to the highest bidder), and (RED) donates the proceeds to fighting AIDS. Things to bid on range widely, and include going for a bicycle ride with Bono in NYC’s Central Park, being Cyndi Lauper’s VIP guest in New York, getting your portrait painted by James Franco, meeting George Clooney and receiving compliments from him for 45 seconds, and keeping Matt Damon company in the green room at Jimmy Kimmel Live.In an interview with Kimmel, Bono complimented the US on its contribution to fighting AIDS. “This is the greatest good news story that nobody knows,” said Bono. “Particularly for the United States of America, nobody knows that of the 15 million lives that have been saved over the last 10 years, the majority of those lives have been saved by American taxpayers.”While fighting AIDS these days is a matter of access to medication, ten years ago, says Bono, being diagnosed with AIDS was a death sentence. “I remember [seeing] the light going out of people’s eyes,” he says. “I’ve just been back to Rwanda and I’ve seen beds where there [used to be] three to a bed, [today] looking like every hospital you have here, and you should be very proud America of what you have done. It’s really serious stuff. Thank you.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador judge approves class action residential school settlement

first_imgThe Canadian PressST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has approved a $50-million class-action settlement for former residential school students in the province.The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Steven Cooper, says the settlement was approved by Justice Robert Stack today, ending a nearly 10-year legal battle.Cooper says the roughly 800 to 1,000 class-action members are pleased with the outcome, but they still want an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Former prime minister Stephen Harper excluded the province’s former residential schools from a national apology and related compensation package in 2008.But Cooper says he has no doubt Trudeau will make an apology and he commended the Liberal government, saying the legal process became much swifter after the change in government last year.About 120 class members died waiting for a resolution.last_img read more

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35 Million Tourists Visited Morocco During First Five Months of 2015

Rabat – The tourism sector in Morocco recorded a slight decline in the number of tourists who visited the Kingdom during the first five months of 2015.According to the Middle East Monitor, citing a report released on Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism, nearly 3.5 million foreigners visited Morocco in the first five months of 2015, marking a fall of 1.1 percent compared to the same period last year.The report said that the majority of tourists who visited the Kingdom in that period were mainly from France, Spain, Germany and Britain. “Italians ranked fifth, followed by Belgians, Dutch and Americans,” the report stated.Despite the slight drop in the number of foreign tourists, the number of domestic tourists reached 199,000, with an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period last year.The government is continuing to encourage domestic tourism, which is important revenue for the sector.Last July, the city of Agadir received 83,308 tourists from different nationalities while “the domestic tourists topped the list of arrivals, with a total of 32,057 tourists,” according to a report of the Regional Tourism Council of Souss-Massa-Draa, released on Thursday.In its efforts to boost tourism, the government is trying to attract more visitors from different countries namely Russia, China and Japan.As the second largest sector of Morocco’s economy, tourism accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Global Payments buying Total System Services in 215B deal

NEW YORK — Global Payments is buying Total System Services in an all-stock deal valued at $21.5 billion, the third major acquisition in the payment processing sector this year.TSYS shareholders will receive 0.8101 Global Payments shares for each share of TSYS common stock, about a 20% premium to TSYS’s common share price at the close of business on May 23, 2019.Upon expected closing in the final quarter of 2019, Global Payments shareholders will own 52% of the combined company, and TSYS shareholders will own 48%.The combined companies will provide payment and software technology to about 3.5 million small-to-mid-sized business and more than 1,300 financial institutions.In March, Fidelity National Information Services announced it was acquiring Worldpay and Fiserv bought First Data in January.The Associated Press read more

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After promising start 2016 has been worst for civilians in Syria –

“If we compare the year 2016 that happily is ending in a few days, I think that it was the worst in terms of attacks against the civilian population; that is, you have an escalation in terms of the military involvement by all sides against the civilian population,” said the Chair of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. “It was a tragic year for the civilian population.” Mr. Pinheiro pointed to the first three months of the year as offering “plenty of hope,” which was subsequently followed by “plenty of frustration.” He credited Staffan de Mistura for “moments of hope,” as the UN Special Envoy for Syria built possibilities for “a real negotiation” between all of the conflict parties. Mr. Pinheiro expressed optimism in the election and appointment of António Guterres as Secretary-General, calling it “a new element” in helping to end the Syrian conflict. “I think that with his large experience, we’ll be able to see new initiatives concerning the very difficult path towards negotiation and peace,” he added. Established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011, the Commission has been investigating and recording all violations of international law in Syria since March that year. It has conducted interviews with more than 1,400 witnesses and victims, exposing human rights violations committed throughout the country. read more

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UK weather Winter temperature record tumbles again as 208C in Wales makes

Fawley refinery in Hampshire Credit:Chris Gorman/Bigladder A stunning dawn breaks over Richmond Park in London on another high temperature forecast day for FebruaryCredit:David Sims/WENN Sunrise over Parliament Square, LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA A surfer makes their way into the sea during sunrise at Boscombe beach in Dorset Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA The sun rises behind the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry in FifeCredit:Jane Barlow/PA The East London skyline as the sun comes upCredit:WHAA/ZDS/WENN A stunning dawn breaks over Richmond Park in London on another high temperature forecast day for February Asked if the mercury is likely to rise during the afternoon, forecaster Alex Burkill said: “I think it could do – temperatures are still climbing.”If it does reach 21C, the temperature will match that of Cairo, Buenos Aires and Delhi. The warmth follows last February’s Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country. The UK has experienced its warmest winter day since records began for the second day running.Records were broken in England and Wales, as temperatures edged towards 21C (69.8F) and Britons continued to enjoy a spell of unseasonably mild weather.Temperatures hit 20.8C (69.4F) in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, at 1.22pm, the Met Office said.And 20.7C (69.2F) was recorded around half an hour later in Teddington, south-west London.On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London, in 1998.Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona.The Met Office has predicted maximum temperatures of 21C (69.8F) on Tuesday in areas across the South and South East of England. Sunrise over Parliament Square, London Temperatures from around the worldAthens, Greece: 14CBogota, Colombia: 18CBuenos Aires, Argentina: 21CCairo, Egypt: 21CCardiff, UK: 17CDelhi, India: 21CLondon, UK: 18CLos Angeles, US: 19CRome, Italy: 16CWellington, New Zealand: 18C A surfer makes their way into the sea during sunrise at Boscombe beach in Dorset  The sun rises as Newmarket thoroughbred racehorses are put through their paces on the GallopsCredit:Gregg Brown The East London skyline as the sun comes up The sun rises as Newmarket thoroughbred racehorses are put through their paces on the Gallops For the second day running we’ve broken the UK record for the warmest winter day with 20.8 °C at Porthmadog, Gwynedd— Met Office (@metoffice) February 26, 2019 Fawley refinery in Hampshire  The sun rises behind the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry in Fife Cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be “still above average” for February, Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said.Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend. Mr Miall added: “The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.”There’s lots of uncertainty over the details because it’s still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme through many areas.”Monday’s record highs were likened to a “climate breakdown” by Green MP Caroline Lucas.Mr Miall said: “This kind of event is what climate change would expect but we can’t directly relate it to climate change.”The sun rises across Britain Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Metso gets new mineral processing orders from Chinas TISCO

first_imgMetso has announced that it is again to supply minerals processing equipment to long time customer, Taigang Group Lanxian Mining (TISCO), the largest stainless steel manufacturer in China. The order includes seven units of vertical plate pressure filters, wear and spare parts, as well as services related to installation, start-up, commissioning and technical supervision. The delivery is for concentrate filtering for TISCO’s Yuanjiacun iron ore processing plant in Lan County, Shanxi province.The plant is expected to start operation in May 2012 with a daily processing capacity of 22,000 – 23,000 t of iron ore concentrate. The Yuanjiacun plant is designed to process 22 Mt / y of raw iron ore. When completed, Yuanjiacun will be the largest iron ore processing plant in China. TISCO is among the world’s largest producers of stainless steel. The pressure filter model VPA2050 is a medium pressure type operating in the pressure range of 6 – 10 bars. These filters are mainly based on the “air through-blow” dewatering concept, whereby water is displaced by air as it passes through a filter cake. Typically, they are being used to filtration of metallic minerals, industrial minerals, coal and tailings. Since 2009, Metso has provided the TISCO Yuanjiacun iron ore processing plant with key equipment including a gyratory crusher, three SAG grinding mills and four vibrating screens.last_img read more

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12yearold boy hurt in Cork hitandrun

first_imgGARDAÍ IN CORK are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car in Cork.The hit-and-run happened on Thomas Davis Street in the Blackpool area of Cork city at around 9.50pm last night.The boy was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to the Mercy University Hospital. The vehicle involved in the incident failed to remain at the scene.A technical examination of the scene was carried out and the road has since reopened to traffic.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more

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The RTCIPF launched K9 Unit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force has added two new members to its Department pairing Officers Mason and Ewing with K-9 partners Brutus 24 months old, and Jax 12 months old, both Belgian Malinois mix with Dutch Shepherd.The two which arrived on Providenciales on Thursday 3rd November 2016, brings the total of four (4) K-9 dogs within the RTCIPF including Labrador Retrievers Drake and King, 27 and 29, based on Grand Turk under the management of Pc’s Sanchez and Forbes Jr.The K-9s and their Handlers are all properly trained with the capabilities of detecting drugs, ammunition, firearms and the apprehension of criminals.  They K-9s and their handlers will continue to undergo rigorous training as much as needed. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Vancouver motorcyclist killed in Oregon crash

first_imgA motorcyclist who died Monday in a crash near Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton, Ore., was identified as a Vancouver man.Patrick C. Hope, 67, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Highway 214 about 2:30 p.m. behind another motorcyclist, according to the Oregon State Police.While going around a curve, the Harley-Davidson struck a tree and Hope was thrown, according to state police. The motorcyclist riding in front of Hope didn’t see the crash but noticed that Hope was no longer behind him so backtracked and discovered the crash.An air ambulance with Life Flight was called to the scene, but police said that Hope was pronounced dead before he could be transported. He was wearing a helmet.Police are continuing the investigation into what caused the crash.last_img read more

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Rodale Teams With Chefd to Deliver Meals

first_imgThis week, Rodale announced that it’s partnered with Chef’d to offer a selection of branded å la carte meals and meal plan options that stretch across Rodale’s portfolio of health-concious brands. Men’s Health is the first Rodale brand to get the Chef’d treatment with a selection of five meals released on June 16, during National Men’s Health Week (June 15-21). This is a new revenue stream for Rodale whose portfolio also includes Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, Bicycling and Rodale’s Organic Life, and their first domestic licensing deal since they signed with The Wildflower Group earlier in 2015. “We will be launching meal plans in the fall of 2015, starting with Men’s Health and Prevention.  These will be comprehensive meal plans over a period of time with a specific healthy lifestyle goal in mind, such as weight loss or maintenance,” Novick says. Through this partnership, “we are able to reach new and existing customers in an innovative way,” Novick says. “We are featured on the Chef’d site under fitness as well as on their home page. The meal cards will also have content from our brands to engage with our audiences.” The recipe kits were created under the direction of Men’s Health Food and Nutrition Editor, Paul Kita, author of the “Guy Gourmet” cookbook and blog of the same name. Offerings from the other Rodale brands will be available beginning July 21, except Rodale’s Organic Life (coming in 2016). According to surveys and feedback, Rodale has information that its readers love the company’s food coverage and this new Chef’d product line is set to take this commentary to the next level. “While we cannot disclose financial terms of the deal, we expect this to be the first of many new licensing partnerships that will help us further our mission to help people lead healthier and happy lives,” says Rob Novick, Rodale Inc. SVP of international business development & partnerships. These pre-portioned meals were produced in response to the nation’s growing interest in healthy food options; Whole Foods alone reported a 9-percent spike in earnings last year. Packaged in an insulated box, each including ingredients for two or four diners, a step-by-step recipe card with visuals, calorie information, spice level, common allergens and a suggestion for a beer or wine pairing.last_img read more

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Department of Energy scientists to attend first Alaska National Lab Day

first_imgThe University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010. The University will be hosting representatives from the Department of Energy’s national labs this week. (Creative Commons photo by Frank Monaldo.)On May 30 and 31, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy will visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Alaska National Lab Day.Listen nowNational Lab scientists along with Alaska researchers, officials and industry leaders will present their work and discuss opportunities for collaboration.Senator Lisa Murkowski, who helped organize the event, is scheduled to speak.Larry Hinzman, UAF’s Vice Chancellor for Research, says that the event will highlight research opportunities in Alaska for the Department Of Energy on a variety of issues including energy, climate change and security.“We think we’ve got some great challenges right now for them and we hope they’ll pick some up,” Hinzman said.Among those challenges are things like reducing rural energy costs and designing infrastructure that can deal with climate change.“And to do that, that requires a lot more understanding than we have now, a lot more engineering capabilities, and just a wiser designs and structural developments,” Hinzman said.It’s one area of collaboration that Hinzman hopes the national labs will be interested in.last_img read more

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HISD Trustees To Consider New Vote On Recapture

first_img Share Laura IsenseeHISD boardAt their monthly meeting, trustees for the Houston Independent School District will consider calling a new election on how to pay millions into the state’s school finance system.HISD is now considered property wealthy and has to pay into the state’s “Robin Hood” or recapture system. It takes local tax dollars from wealthy districts with property-poor ones.In November, HISD voters rejected the traditional way of paying that money, in the form of a check or “attendance tax credits.”Now HISD will lose nearly $18 billion in commercial, non-residential property from its tax base in July, unless something changes in the 85th Legislature. State law allows the commissioner to detach property and let another district tax it instead, as a form of payment.last_img read more

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Porpoises found to shift forehead tissue to finetune sonar signals

first_img Harbor porpoises can thank their worst enemy, the killer whale for their success More information: Directional acoustic wave manipulation by a porpoise via multiphase forehead structure, Physical Review Applied, 2017.ABSTRACTPorpoises are small toothed whales, and they can produce directional acoustic waves to detect and track preys with high resolution and a wide field of view. Their sound source sizes are rather small in comparison with the wavelength so that beam control should be difficult according to textbook sonar theories. Here we demonstrate that the multiphase structure in a porpoise’s forehead is the key to manipulate the directional acoustic field. Computed tomography (CT) derived the multiphase (bone-air-tissue) complex, tissue experiments obtained the density and sound velocity multiphase gradient distributions, and acoustic fields and beam formation were numerically simulated. The results suggest the control of wave propagations and sound beam formations is realized by cooperation of the whole forehead’s tissues and structures. The melon size significantly impacts the side lobes of the beam and slightly influence the main beams, while the orientation of vestibular sac mainly adjusts the main beams. By compressing the forehead complex, the sound beam can be expanded for near view. The porpoise’s biosonar allows effective wave manipulations for its omnidirectional sound source, which can help future development of miniaturized biomimetic projectors in underwater sonar, medical ultrasonography, and other ultrasonic imaging applications. © 2017 Citation: Porpoises found to shift forehead tissue to fine-tune sonar signals (2017, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A team of researchers in China has solved the mystery of how porpoises are able to locate tiny prey using sonar with wavelengths that seem too large to be of much use in such applications. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Applied, the group explains studying the sonar signal-generating parts of porpoise anatomy and what they found by doing so. The Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is one of six species of porpoise. Credit: Erik Christensen/Wikipedia. Dolphins and porpoises are known to use echolocation to find their way around underwater and to spot prey and predators alike. Their echolocation abilities involve producing high-frequency directional acoustic waves that bounce off objects, which the dolphins read as they come back. Scientists have been studying their sonar abilities for many years because of how well it works—their biological systems are far superior to technologies we humans have devised. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have resolved one of the mysteries of the small-toothed whales known as finless porpoises—how they use large wavelengths to “see” small prey.Prior research has shown that the sounds produced by porpoises and other cetaceans are generated in the forehead. The sounds that are echoed back are received by nerves in the jaw that pass on information to the brain. To gain an even better understanding of how the porpoises generate their signals, the researchers used computer tomography to get a better look at the creature’s forehead. They discovered that the forehead was actually far more complex than has been thought, and that several parts work together to adjust sonic beams as they are emitted. This, they note, allows an individual porpoise to expand the beam for discerning small nearby objects.The researchers found that the unique physical layout of bone, air sacs and muscle in the forehead was arranged in such a way to allow fine-tuning the acoustic field. They refer to the structure as a metamaterial because it can be altered on demand. They found that a porpoise can tune its beam to become narrower or wider depending on what it wants to detect. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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ParkN Fly has new longstay parking rates

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Just in time for summer vacation Park’N Fly is offering travellers the opportunity to park their vehicle for up to 28 days at participating Park’N Fly locations for one flat fee.There’s a savings coupon which must be presented at time of checkout. Go to and click on ‘Find Your Rate’.Park’N Fly operates in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Park’N Fly has new long-stay parking rates Travelweek Group Tags: Airport, Park’N Flycenter_img Posted by Thursday, May 23, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The 41room Hotel Oran

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe 41-room Hotel Orania.Berlin, which opened only August 2017 at Oranienplatz in the Kreuzberg area, must have got a lot of things right. One guest has just checked in for a 22nd visit. On the restaurant side, the gal was sadly not able to dine there, but the venue looked most enticing and apparently all 65 seats are filled every night for dinner. The bar looks super, and a sheet of paper lists concerts every night, with additional jazz specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.The building goes back to the year 1914 when it was built as a café with three letting bedrooms. Fast forward over a hundred years, through periods of hosting C&A and other retail companies, and it was bought by Dietmar Müller-Elmau, a renaissance man whose many talents include founding hotel software platforms Fidelio and Opera; he also owns his family-heritage castle Schloss Elmau. Here in Berlin he wanted to save the building and bring it back to life. He designed the interiors of what is now a 41-room Small Luxury Hotels of the World treasure (SLH is really helpful in making it all work, says hotel manager Jennifer Vogel who, with her husband Philipp Vogel, GM and executive chef here, previously worked at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, also in Berlin).There are so many features. The ground floor wraps around in a big-C formation, from the hotel’s entrance on Oranienplatz, immediately past a 360-degree real log fire (with a stack of Berlin local logs in a stylish black trolley), past the bar and casual dining area to the main restaurant and open kitchen. Here, you might choose winter beets with goat cheese and green wheat, a veggie delight sharing menu or oven-baked chocolate cake with vanilla sauce. Up in the rooms, even the smallest of the rooms is charming because it looks out at what is basically the five-floor wall of an inner courtyard but in fact gives a vista of beaches, sunsets or old movies, projected as needed.The top floor is one big salon, the size of two tennis courts. Here is a splendid Steinway, tuned to such perfection that it is often used by megastars practising before concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic. There are hundreds of polysyllabic books around. Special events are hosted here but every night there are free concerts with additional pay-for jazz twice a week. Last night (15 March 2018), for instance, at 7 pm there was an hour-long jazz special (tickets €12), starring saxophonist Felix Wahnschaffe and pianist Wolfgang Köhler. This was immediately followed at 8 pm by a free piano recital from Benedikt Jahnel.And now, for a completely different Berlin hotel, one that would cause some travellers’ jaws to drop in amazement. Where, for instance, you can be met by a bellman looking as if he is straight out of Cabaret, complete with Charlie Chaplin moustache and full morning suit. Well, for unique one-off experiences, head for Provocateur Hotel, Berlin, part of the Gekko Group, whose founders Berliner Micky Rosen and Romanian Alex Urseanu were honoured this January by Germany’s most important assessment, from AHOZ General Hotel and Gastronomy, as hoteliers of the year.This is a hotel, says GM Julia Himburg, for those who want something different, who love cabaret plus burlesque plus sexy elements. Every one of 58 rooms has a wall-set screen that plays a 45-minute black and white romantic movie when so required. Main television sets have home pages that ooze Hollywood. All rooms have high ceilings, dark one-colour walls, unvarnished wood floors. Bigger rooms have prominent, raised-on-pedestals bathtubs. There are several glossy colour magazines, including Playboy, German-version with several pages of voluptuous frauleins topless and, in many cases, bottomless too; all seem to have had a Brazilian wax or airbrushing. This was, in today’s #metoo world, somewhat surprising.The basement of the building used to have indoor bowls, back in 2011 when this was built as a townhouse for a wealthy individual. Today that space is being reimagined for weddings and other purposes. A lovely courtyard comes into its own during summer. The rest of the year, the deep-burgundy velvet snug/main bar/restaurant serves as a meeting place for locals. On a Sunday night when the main kitchen, which serves Chinese-French from Vietnamese chef Duc Ngo, gives way to such snacks as braised short rib meat with cucumber slices in soft yeast buns, and wontons filled with bamboo and shrimp. I ate in my room, with a glass of Becker Family Pinot Noir 2013, from Schweigen, on the Alsace border, but downstairs the bar was filling up, with Berlin ladies dressed to the nines in mid-calf cocktail dresses and, in at least one instance, a noteworthy hat.At breakfast, a hubbub of young German team members was cleaning and polishing. I went for my usual yoghurt and eggs, though the avocado on toast that Julia Himburg chose looked delicious. The menu, in a leather cover, is all à la carte. Its first listing is a hangover breakfast. You get a cigarette, a coffee and a vodka shot. Really? Yes really, and the cigarette is real, but you have to go outside to smoke, of course. They have sold two of these breakfasts in the last two months, says the charming young male receptionist. This is indeed a most unusual luxury hotel.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world.  Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Bill Cosby left arrives with his wife Camille

first_img Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The Latest: Cosby’s lawyers say accuser lied about assault by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 5:54 am PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):12:10 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are urging a jury to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they say are based on “flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence.”The defence at Cosby’s retrial gave its closing argument Tuesday. His lawyers slammed chief accuser Andrea Constand as a “pathological liar.” They highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years about her relationship with Cosby and her allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.Cosby’s wife of 54 years was in the courtroom for his lawyers’ arguments.Prosecutors will deliver their closing argument next. The jury is expected to get the case later Tuesday.Cosby says his encounter with Constand was consensual. A jury deadlocked on the charges last year, setting the stage for a retrial.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.___9:50 a.m.Bill Cosby’s spokesman says the comedian’s wife will be in the courtroom for the defence closing argument.Cosby arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial Tuesday morning accompanied for the first time by Camille, his wife of 54 years.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says he didn’t want Camille and other family members there for the rest of the trial.Wyatt says she’s in court to support defence lawyers Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss as they deliver their closing argument, just as she was there to support her husband’s lawyer during closing arguments at last year’s trial. That jury deadlocked on the charges.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says it was consensual.___8:45 a.m.Bill Cosby has arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial, accompanied for the first time by his wife of 54 years.The 80-year-old and his wife, Camille, didn’t talk to reporters as they entered the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, where closing arguments and deliberations are expected Tuesday.The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.The charges stem from Andrea Constand’s allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.Cosby’s lawyers devoted part of their case to travel records they say prove he couldn’t have been there when she says the alleged assault happened.They argue that any encounter there with Constand would have happened earlier, outside the statute of limitations.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___12:10 a.m.Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial will soon be in the hands of a jury.Closing arguments and deliberations are set for Tuesday. The defence rested Monday after Cosby said he wouldn’t testify.The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.The charges stem from Andrea Constand’s allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.Cosby’s lawyers devoted part of their case to travel records they say prove he couldn’t have been there when she says the alleged assault happened.They argue that any encounter there with Constand would have happened earlier, outside the statute of limitations.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.last_img read more

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New European fund to pay for development projects in north

first_imgA renewed European aid fund to the tune of €17.7 million that will go towards economic and social development in the north was announced on Thursday, and will fund projects such as the restoration of the Pedieos river and the extension of the linear park on both sides of the buffer zone.The European Union’s aid programme will have a duration of three years, while additional funding will be made available on a yearly basis, it emerged during an event held in the north on Wednesday.As part of the programme, a coordinating committee and consultative body will support beneficiaries and submit recommendations of projects approved for funding.The restoration project for Pedieos river that is a priority for the Turkish Cypriot community and which is already underway with the assistance of EU funding was presented at the event.The project plans to construct a five-kilometre extension of the linear park that runs along the river, which will be equipped with anti-flooding systems, bicycle lanes, walking paths, leisure areas and environmental education premises.Additional projects to be funded by the aid programme include a strategic plan for water resources, an enhancement of the sewerage treatment plants in Morphou and Famagusta, composting facilities in Nicosia, the sewerage network at Hamit Mandres, and the first phase of the closure of the old waste water treatment plant in Nicosia.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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