Is the Future of CFPBs Arbitration Proposal in Doubt

first_img President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to roll back various regulations for the financial services and housing industries. While the reforms he has talked about—such as overhauling the Dodd-Frank Act or reforming the CFPB—would likely take more time, there are some areas within the CFPB’s proposed rules where the impact could be felt more immediately.One such area is the CFPB’s proposed rule to limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in business contracts, which caused a major controversy within the financial services industry when it first announced in October 2015 and then subsequently officially introduced in May 2016.The proposed rule to limit arbitration clauses is one rule that might not pass under a Trump Administration. The rule would essentially open the door for consumers to file class action lawsuits against financial services providers. Supporters of the rule say it is necessary in order to give consumers “their day in court,” while detractors of the rule claim that it creates a windfall for trial lawyers, and that only a small percentage of class action suits ever make it to court—and that the average payout per consumer in a class action suit is only $32.President-elect Trump himself is due in court on November 28 to defend himself against accusations of fraud surrounding his Trump University venture from a decade ago, according to Time.Like with most issues surrounding the CFPB and Dodd-Frank, the issue of whether or not to limit arbitration clauses is largely split right down the middle with Democrats in favor of the rule and Republicans against it—which makes it unlikely now that it will pass under a Republican Administration with Republicans holding the majority in both the House and the Senate.Even without the Trump University lawsuit, the rule was bound to face severe opposition, likely in the form of litigation, before it passed. Several groups have spoken out against the proposed rule. In August, the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and the Financial Services Roundtable created a 42-page rebuttal for the proposal, stating, “The proposed rule does not benefit society or consumers . . . Both lose because, as taxpayers, consumers will have to pay for additional resources needed by courts to accommodate the permanent influx of 6,042 additional class actions every five years. They lose because the cost of defending and settling cases—estimated to be between $2.62 billion and $5.23 billion every five years (100 additional lawsuits each month)—will be passed along to consumers in whole or in part in the form of higher prices or reduced services.”Credit unions are another group that has been petitioning for regulatory relief from the CFPB since the Bureau’s inception. On November 11, Jim Nussle, CEO of the Credit Union National Association, wrote a letter to “to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to impose an immediate moratorium on all of its pending and future rulemakings, other than those providing corrective regulatory relief. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) represents America’s credit unions and their more than 100 million members.”In May, the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit determined in a hearing that the CFPB’s proposed rule, if it passes, will result in higher costs to consumers and less access to financial products.The rule has gained some support—in August, Attorneys General in 15 states and Washington, D.C. wrote a letter urging the CFPB to adopt its proposal to limit the use of arbitration clauses in business contracts.“Consumers must have reasonable access to courts when they have been wronged by their bank,” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said. “The ever-increasing use of binding arbitration agreements has severely reduced the ability of consumers to protect themselves by going to court. We are urging the CFPB to adopt these rules to provide much needed oversight and help retain consumers’ access to the justice system.” Share November 14, 2016 532 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Arbitration Clauses CFPB Donald Trump Trump Administration 2016-11-14 Seth Welborn Is the Future of CFPB’s Arbitration Proposal in Doubt?last_img read more

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Lenders One Hires Brian A Simon

first_img Lenders One Cooperative, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers based in St. Louis., announced the appointment of Brian A. Simon as its new President. In this role, Simon will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic execution of the cooperative.Simon joins Lenders One with over 20 years’ mortgage experience and has an extensive background in C-level leadership at large independent mortgage banks, including COO at New Penn Financial (now known as NewRez), CEO at Caliber Funding LLC (acquired by Caliber Home Loans, Inc.) and COO at Freedom Mortgage. He was most recently the President of Thrivest Legal Funding, LLC, a full-service litigation funding company.“Brian brings deep industry experience to Lenders One as a seasoned mortgage banker and entrepreneur,” said William B. Shepro, CEO at Altisource and member of the Board of Directors at Lenders One. “His vision and leadership in managing large mortgage organizations through economic cycles will help Lenders One leverage the power of its 230+ lender members and solution providers to compete and win.”“I am extremely excited to join Lenders One at this very important time for our industry,” Simon said. “With margins continuing to compress, now more than ever, Lenders One needs to help its members compete against larger and often better capitalized companies. I look forward to working with the Lenders One team and partnering with the Lenders One members and preferred providers to continue to develop and implement solutions that improve our members’ competitiveness and grow their earnings.”Lenders One was established in 2000 as a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, correspondent lenders and suppliers of mortgage products and services. Lenders One is managed by a subsidiary of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A.Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ: ASPS) is an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries and helps solve the demands of the ever-changing markets it serves. Altisource Brian A. Simon Lenders One William B. Shepro 2019-03-10 Donna Joseph March 10, 2019 744 Views Sharecenter_img Lenders One Hires Brian A. Simon in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is the first in

first_imgHoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is the first in a new series of lifestyle-oriented hotels launched by Japanese luxury brand Hoshino Resorts, a ‘no-frills’ concept with stylish and contemporary design.LocationThe hotel is located in an old-style ‘retro’ Tokyo district, now revitalised with lots of local boutiques, bars and cafes. For visitors who have been to Tokyo a couple times already, Otsuka is an interesting change to the well-worn streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The hotel has a pleasant low-key atmosphere and is conveniently located, just two minutes’ walk from Otsuka station on the JR Yamanote line that loops the city. the energetic atmosphere of the streets outside ring with streetcar bells and lots of small izakaya restaurants and bars give the area a colourful, local feel.RoomsRooms at Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka are light and airy and even the single room is 19 sqm, which by Toyko standards is not even that small. Unlike any Hoshino Resort before, guest rooms are designed in a style of yagura, a type of Japanese-style wooden scaffolding, and combines high ceilings with large windows. The room makes use of traditional Japanese seasonal colour schemes, and materials such as wood and tatami mats. With a small staircase leading up to the bedroom, you can feel cuddled up in an intimate little hideout.Beautiful contemporary design and clever use of space © Hoshino ResortsDiningOMO Cafe, open to both guests and the public, is a casual gathering space serving fresh coffee and signature French vol-au-vent-style pastries. For the rest of the day, eclectic items on the menu range from apple pie, edamame beans and garlic toast to fried chicken and breaded tripe.Eclectic choices for breakfast at OMO Cafe © Hoshino ResortsThis is also where the Lobby Lounge can be found and the famed GO-KINJO map. As Otsuka is not a well-known treasure, the GO-KINJO map details the neighbourhood’s best local destinations, attractions and restaurants.ExploreHoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is located in Northern Otsuka, which is more modern, but Southern Otsuka is much more traditional so guests can explore all that the town has to offer. For those seeking more guidance, you can sign up to join various tours led by the OMO Rangers that explore the hottest spots and one-of-a-kind areas.Like the power rangers, each experience is led by a different colour, the green – is a walking tour around Otsuka, purple – explores bars and find the best sake, red – goes to Izakaya, a Japanese style pub, yellow – takes you to a traditional Japanese style restaurant known for their tempura, and blue explore more popular restaurants. The nightlife tours can also include dance shows and karaoke bars, so there’s plenty to explore.Colour-coded OMO Rangers guide guests around Osuka © Hoshino ResortsFor those wanting to immerse themselves in something more traditional, old style street car runs alongside the hotel (pay on board).Phone: 00 81 503 786 1144Web: omo-hotels.comAddress: 2-26-1 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.last_img read more

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As part of its global commitment to reduce plastic

first_imgAs part of its global commitment to reduce plastic waste, IHG has announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed in 2021, a move IHG believes is a first for a global hotel company.IHG currently has an average of 200 million-bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate every year. As the new brand standard is adopted between now and 2021, the company expects to see a significant reduction in plastic waste. “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect,” said ceo IHG, Keith Barr. “Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.“We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   – / 25 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Overshadowed by the signing of first-round pick Jonathan Cooper, the Arizona Cardinals made another roster move Sunday that puts the team at the league maximum of 90 players.Looking for added insurance at tight end, the Cardinals claimed Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Buffalo Bills. Shuler, a seventh-round pick out Penn State in 2010, played six combined games his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. He recorded two catches for 44 yards. He spent 11 weeks on the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2012 before being claimed by the Bills back in May. “Mickey is a talented guy,” said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who grew up in the same town as Shuler. “You all remember his dad Mickey Shuler from the Jets. He’s a guy who played at Penn State and is someone Director of Player Personnel Jason [Licht] and I evaluated years ago.“We’ve had concerns with the depth at that position and thought it would the right thing to do to claim him once he hit waivers.”Shuler joins a tight end corps that features Rob Housler, Jeff King, Jim Dray, 2013 seventh-round pick D.C. Jefferson and Kory Sperry.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals open their 2013 season in St. Louis against the Rams Sunday.Below is the official injury report for the both the Cardinals and Rams as they prepare for the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img

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first_img 13 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday the release of tight end Jim Dray, who was in his second stint with the organization after signing last Friday.Dray’s signing last week came as the Cardinals’ tight end position saw injuries to Jermaine Gresham (ribs) and Troy Niklas (hip). Niklas did eventually play in Arizona’s Week 2 overtime win at the Indianapolis Colts.Dray, meanwhile, appeared in five plays in Week 2, all on special teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 30-year-old Dray played for the Cardinals from 2010-13 before spending 2014-15 with the Cleveland Browns. Dray was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick (233rd overall) in 2010 out of Stanford. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Jim Dray (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati (76) during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Iupati had not played the last two weeks, but he was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, signaling a possible return Sunday against San Francisco.With Iupati sidelined and Alex Boone out with a chest injury, the Cardinals will likely plug-in John Wetzel at left guard. Wetzel has started at left tackle each of the past two weeks, but he may be moved inside should D.J. Humphries be available.“We’ll see,” Arians said, when asked if Humphries would start at left tackle.Humphries hurt his right knee in the season opener and has not played since. He was limited in practice all week and is officially listed as questionable.The Cardinals other guard and tackle options are rookie Will Holden and second-year player Daniel Munyer.“I’ll play wherever they need me to,” said Holden, who’s seen snaps at tight end this season. “You study the game plans, you kind of know what’s going on and if you’re confident in what you do, you’ll be alright.” Regardless of what the Cardinals decide to do, it will be their third different offensive line combination in four weeks.“It can be difficult, but at the same time, we just got to work with what we have,” Wetzel said. “We just got to, in general, just get better as a whole whoever is in there.”Continuity along the offensive line was an issue last season as well when eight different five-man units were used, including five in the last seven weeks.Arians, however, doesn’t want to hear any excuses.“They just got to step up and play,” Arians said. “We always believe in the next man, that’s no bull, that’s the real thing. Your job is now is you’re a starter. Play like one.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Though he had expressed confidence in playing this week, Arizona Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati will not. And won’t for awhile.The Cardinals announced Saturday they have placed Iupati on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Vinston Painter from their practice squad.Painter has played in eight career games since being drafted in 2013 by the Denver Broncos. He’s bounced around the league, spending time with the Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and, most recently, the Washington Redskins. He was signed to the Cardinals practice squad on Sept. 14 after the Redskins released him on Sept. 2. The news comes after head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Iupati needed surgery on his right elbow.“He had a bone spur that broke off that’s cutting his tendon and he was trying to play with it. He needs to get it done before it cuts it in half,” Arians said, adding “at the best” Iupati will miss at least eight weeks. Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 12 Comments   Share   Robert Nkemdiche could play greater role on SundayAs defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was holding court at his locker, speaking to reporters, cornerback Patrick Peterson walked by and shouted, “It’s a great opportunity for Robert to be dominant.”“Oh, he’s getting better and better,” Arians said. “He had a great week of practice. He was disruptive in the game — he’s been pretty solid for a month.”The Cardinals need Nkemdiche to be more than solid. They need him to be disruptive, whether that’s pressuring the quarterback or stopping the run and helping to create more turnovers. The Cardinals have only forced seven turnovers, all interceptions, in seven games.“It can help a lot, honestly, because when you have guys penetrating and getting vertical as D-linemen, it just helps,” Nkemdiche said. “That’s what I’m going to try to bring and that’s what we predicate on as a D-line anyway. It’s part of our technique and our assignment, is to get vertical. I’m going to do that. I’m feeling good and healthy, so.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But the Cardinals have been “intrigued” with Gabbert since signing him in the offseason for a league minimum contract, a low-risk, high-reward proposition. It’s also possible he could in the mix next year for one of the quarterback spots, depending on what the Cardinals do to address the position in the offseason.He stood out in the preseason, completing 36 of 57 passes for 496 yards with a touchdown and an interception over four games.The Cardinals decided to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster this year, but do they see him as a long-term option?“I’ve been very pleased,” Arians has said of Gabbert. “Short-term, I’d be very comfortable if he had to play for us. Long-term, if he continues at this rate, he could be a starter.”Are we ready for two quarterbacks against the 49ers?The latest on Carson PalmerStarting QB Carson Palmer was placed on injured reserve with a broken left arm, expected to be out at least eight weeks. It will interesting to see if Palmer returns at the end of the season. His first game would be Week 16 on December 24 against the Giants at home. Assume that part of the decision will be the team’s record, and Palmer probably doesn’t want his season to end with an injury in London. Top Stories PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be active Sunday for the first time this season, and considering his mobility, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see him in certain packages.Head coach Bruce Arians announced right after the Rams game in London that Drew Stanton is the starting quarterback, based on him being the No. 2 signal-caller behind Carson Palmer.Meanwhile, Gabbert, a former first-round pick, is 9-31 as a starter after spending three years in Jacksonville and the last two years with the 49ers — the Cardinals’ opponent on Sunday.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals moved offensive lineman Vinston Painter from the practice squad to the active roster Thursday as they prepare for a Week 11 game against the Houston Texans.He adds depth to an offensive line that lost starting left tackle D.J. Humphries to a knee injury last Thursday in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Humphries was placed on injured reserve and is out for the season.Meanwhile, right tackle Jared Veldheer moves into Humphries’ position across the line, and John Wetzel takes over at right tackle. Painter, who has experience at guard and tackle, is listed on the Cardinals’ depth chart as the backup at right tackle. Painter, the 6-foot-4, 318-pound sixth-round pick in 2013, has played for the Broncos, Browns, Giants, Dolphins and Redskins.Along with Humphries, Arizona’s offensive line is also without Mike Iupati, who is on IR and was the starting left guard heading into the season.Second-year pro Evan Boehm is listed as a backup at both guard spots and center, while rookie Will Holden is the listed backup at left tackle.The Cardinals also recently added 2016 third-round pick Max Tuerk — he’s currently listed as the third-string center — by signing him off the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories (AP Photo)last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories He performed at the NFL Combine, coming in a 6-foot-4, 254 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds.Related LinksReport: Arizona Cardinals worked out South Carolina OL Zack BaileyHe could fill a depth role for the Cardinals behind Chandler Jones and newly acquired Terrell Suggs.Arizona is expected to transition from a 4-3 defense back to the 3-4. Last season, the Cardinals made the opposite switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3, but did not select any defensive front-seen players in the draft to disastrous results.The 26.6 points per game allowed by the Cardinals ranked No. 26 in the NFL last season.Arizona was also reportedly linked to a work out with Texas A&M All-American tight end Jace Sternberger.According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Sternberger worked out with the Cardinals and Bengals and is set to meet with several other NFL teams.The Cardinals lacked a real pass catching threat last season and acquired former Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay to help sure up the position this offseason. 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Most of the NFL universe is fixated on what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but Arizona has 10 total picks in the draft and it has been active on figuring out who to take with those selections.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Cardinals will visit with Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller.Miller was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and selected as the Penn State defensive MVP in 2018. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) is tripped up by Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller (48) during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Westin Hotels Resorts

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWestin Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the brand’s first hotel in the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort heralds the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldivian oasis.“We are thrilled to introduce the Westin brand to the Maldives, strengthening our presence in Asia Pacific,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand and Marketing, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “The opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a significant addition to our portfolio underscoring a transformative and meaningful wellness proposition for travellers, who are increasingly prioritising wellbeing even while on the road.”Nestled on a beautiful coral island in the Baa Atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, guests of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will experience a tranquil escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. From the atoll’s most desirable locale, guests are in close proximity to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, which is known for the largest gathering of manta rays globally.The Westin Maldives Overwater Suite Pool“We look forward to welcoming our guests to discover the charm of the Maldives while at the same time enjoy the unparalleled level of service,” said Brendan Corcoran, General Manager at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. “Along with the Westin brand’s focus on wellness, we trust that every guest will feel exceptionally relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated during and after their stays.”Marine-inspired decor and modern villasLed by award-winning Milan-based architects PEIA Associati, the resort’s design takes inspiration from the ocean with a visionary approach towards environmental sustainability. All elements of the resort’s design take inspiration from the environment from the use of natural materials such as unique shells, to the movement and flow of marine life including sea turtles and whale sharks, providing guests with a link to the region’s exceptional enchantment. An aerial view of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort reveals an outline in the shape of a fish, a distinctive reflection of the beauty of surrounding marine life, while the arrival jetty is structured to resemble clamshells and the ocean’s waves.The Westin Maldives Island Villa or Suite Pool ExteriorThe Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 overwater. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create the perfect natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region.Refined venues, elevated experiencesThe resort features three unique dining experiences. The Pearl is the resort’s specialty restaurant and is ideal for indulging in exquisite Japanese cuisine with exceptional ocean views. The restaurant offers a refined Japanese menu with a focus on seafood and fresh local ingredients. The all-day dining experience at Island Kitchen stays true to the Westin brand’s Eat Well brand pillar through a balanced menu combining Chinese, Indian and Maldivian fare. At Hawker, guests can sample authentic Asian street food with a live kitchen in a casual bustling atmosphere. Adjacent to the Library and overlooking the azure Indian Ocean, Sunset Bar is a relaxed lounge serving tapas and imaginative cocktails.The Westin Maldives Overwater Suite Pool BathroomThe idyllic resort also features Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the Heavenly Spa by Westin with the latest in beauty treatments. The design of the Spa area exudes an intimate and serene ambience that allows guests to reflect on their destination, including a spacious treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and panoramic ocean views. Guests can stay active with the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio sprawled across two levels that features weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment that faces personal flat-screen televisions; and outdoor pool and recreation ground with tennis, volleyball and basketball options.Designed to cater to the way modern families travel, the Westin Family Kids Club offers reimagined family experiences that are tied back to the brand’s wellness positioning for young guests between the ages of four–12 years. Some of the activities includes nature walks, family-style runs and water activities. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is also well-equipped to play host to distinguished ceremonies or vow renewals with its multi-functional event spaces.The Westin Maldives Island Suite Pool InteriorDirectly from the beach, guests can explore the house reef with colourful corals and be surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Miriandhoo is a Turtle sanctuary, and guests can easily and often see turtles nesting along the white beaches. Reef sharks, lionfish, manta rays and often whale sharks all reside in the Baa Atoll. The stunning experience of the underwater world can be explored while snorkelling, diving, fishing and parasailing.Additional on-site facilities of the resort include a PADI dive centre and a boutique store.The Westin Maldives Overwater Suite Interior IIGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Related The hottest summer party destinations for

first_img RelatedThe hottest summer party destinations for every budgetWe’re halfway through the summer and party season is in full swing. But it’s not too late to get away if the FOMO is starting to bite. Whatever your budget, we’ve found a party destination for you – whether you want to get down and dirty to techno in Berlin…Europe’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationsBest man? Maid of honour? You’ve got a job to do: arrange a stag or hen party that’s not going to cost a fortune. No problem. We’ve chosen 5 top stag and hen do destinations in Europe and created his and hers guides to each party city to help you…Escape from Stag City: Five stag-do destinations off the sick-stained pathEscape from Stag City: Five stag-do destinations off the sick-stained path D is for Detroit, USAPut your hands up for Detroit, instructed Fedde Le Grande in his ‘club smash’ back in 2007. Why? Because Detroit was the birthplace of techno, a whole musical genre spawned by the robotic, electronic disco dancefloor sound of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’. No disco, and there would have been no house, no dubstep and no Steps – a ‘tragedy’ indeed. Hear the sound of Detroit still going strong today at Sub Club in Glasgow, Scotland.I is for Ibiza, SpainIn 1977, the Bee Gees recorded the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, not just one of the disco best records, but one of the best records of any genre, ever, end of. In 1984, Wham! recorded Club Tropicana in Ibiza. Then some blokes from the UK went on their holidays to the Balearic, played disco records that suddenly sounded better after a couple of sangrias, and the rest is history. Not that anyone can remember. S is for Sheffield, UKWe could go for Sweden, for the lunchtime discos of Stockholm and Malmo. The (ever-so-cool) ‘lunchbeat’ craze may be sweeping Europe, but super sexy S has got to be Sheffield, just for that scene in The Full Monty, where the unlikely lads start dancing to Donna’s infectious classic ‘Hot Stuff’ in the job centre. Sheffield was also home to one of the UK’s most famous clubs, Gatecrasher. Sadly the epicentre of hands-in-the-air dancefloor anthems is no more. It was certainly hot stuff in 2007, when it burned down.C is for Camboriu, BrazilWhere? Brazil. Camboriu is South America’s answer to Ibiza, a beach resort where the country’s cash-rich young generation go to boogie. Camboriu is home to Green Valley, the second-best club in the world, according to DJ Magazine. ‘The word’s latest destination venue’ is appropriately-named, set deep in the lush Brazilian countryside. Flights to Brazil are a little more expensive than to Ibiza, so it might only be an option for jet-setting high rollers. But Robin and Donna would have loved it.O is for Oslo, NorwayThe obvious choice is Odessa, the title of a 1969 Bee Gees song, but no, we take another trip to mirrorball-loving Scandinavia. While their Swedish neighbours boogie on down at lunchtime, Oslo’s cool kids do their jive talkin’ all night long at The Villa. No, not Aston Villa, but Oslo’s hottest club, a dark den of cool-as electronica with the Borat-esque slogan ‘SexyTimeDance’ where the spirit of disco is stayin’ alive 25 years on.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map You should be dancing (yeah!) In honour of two much-loved and sadly-departed musical greats, Bee Gee Robin Gibb and disco queen Donna Summer, Skyscanner brings you five D.I.S.C.O. destinations where you can catch Saturday night fever.last_img read more

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Lucerne Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgLucerne, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn January 1, 2011, Diego Benaglio, the Swiss national team goalkeeper, was appointed as an ambassador for Carl F. Bucherer. He is the perfect example of someone with ambition and self-confidence, who can make big dreams come true. Like the independent Lucerne watchmaker he demonstrates the uncompromising determination to go his own way.At 27 years of age, Diego Benaglio has already achieved a great deal. His childhood dream to become a footballer became a reality in 1999, when he received an offer to join Grasshopper, the Zurich football club. Next came a three-year contract with VfB Stuttgart. When he was 23 years old he transferred to the “Desportivo Nacional” club, who play in the top Portuguese football league, a move which seemed surprising to outsiders, but for him was extremely worthwhile. In 2008, Diego Benaglio went to play in the German national league and a year later, his team VfL Wolfsburg won the German championship.At the same time, Diego Benaglio was selected by the then national team Trainer as the main goalkeeper for the 2008 European Championships in Switzerland and Austria. During Switzerland’s first match of the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa against world champions Spain, he kept his goal intact. This enabled Switzerland to gain its first ever win against Spain and also its only victory in last year’s World Cup series.A strong character is required to be able to enjoy such exceptional sporting success. Mental strength, the right technique, an iron discipline and the continual pursuit of perfection are the qualities, which distinguish Diego Benaglio in his capacity as footballer and which he shares with watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer.For this reason, the Lucerne watch Manufacture, Bucherer Montres S.A., is convinced about its cooperation with its new representative. “Diego Benaglio embodies the values of our Carl F. Bucherer brand in an impressive way. His passion for what he does, his continual striving for technical perfection, and the determination to go his own way are the same qualities, which we also have to demonstrate constantly in the assembly of our top quality timekeepers”, confirms Sascha Moeri, CEO of Bucherer Montres S.A..www.carl-f-bucherer.comlast_img read more

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first_imgGive a gift that gives back this holiday season with Marni’s new line of special-edition t-shirts, parkas, hats and shopping bags for both women and men. Adorned with artwork from children all around the globe, these whimsical pieces will make any recipient feel like a kid again.The team at Marni was inspired by the beauty, simplicity and wide diversity of style in the children’s paintings—which were created as class projects—and wanted to do something to nurture that creativity.Proceeds from the line will be distributed to educational and development projects, including schools and hospitals, to benefit children in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Tibet, India and Sierra Leone.Paintings were printed directly onto cotton t-shirts and shopping bags, while a technical fabric was used for the line’s capes, parkas and hats. These wearable works of art will be available exclusively through Marni boutiques and the online store until sold out.Visit www.marni.com to get yours.last_img read more

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Aficionados of Scottish Whiskey whose name is der

first_imgAficionados of Scottish Whiskey, whose name is derived from the Gaelic, usige beatha (“water of life”), can spend their days visiting and touring several of Scotland’s most popular distilleries and themed events while enjoying their evenings at one of Connoisseurs Scotland’s 23 distinctive upscale hotel properties. Three of Scotland’s most popular distillery attractions are conveniently located near one or more Connoisseur Scotland property, who are offering their own reasons to visit.The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is located close to the Malt Whisky Trail, a 68-mile route through the picturesque glens of Speyside, connecting several of the country’s finest distilleries. The five-star country hotel is offering a “Partner Stay Free” package, allowing a second guest to stay for free when a single rate Executive or Deluxe room is booked Monday-Thursday; the offer includes a full Scottish breakfast and runs through the year. Amenities include world class salmon fishing, championship golf, nearby historic castles, chefs specializing in the best of Grampian produce and a selection of more than 400 wines and 100 malt whiskies.“Whisky Live” is a world-wide celebration taking place in cities from Glasgow to Tokyo, bringing together hundreds of different whiskies for tasting by both industry professionals and novices. Hotel du Vin (at One Devonshire Gardens) is the perfect host for those partaking, conveniently located in the fashionable West End of Glasgow. The boutique hotel has walled-in gardens, impeccable service and a new bistro and bar and is offering a free half or whole bottle of Macallan to those booking Standard/Club or Superior rooms, respectively, and a complimentary in-house whisky tasting to those booking suites.The Glasshouse, Edinburgh’s five-star boutique hotel – voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 50 hottest hotels – is ideal for those wishing to visit the popular Glenkinchie — the 19th-century distillery known for its highly regarded single malt whisky. The Glasshouse is currently offering three nights for the price of two, with regular prices starting at £185 ($250) per room per night. Built behind the facade of the 150-year-old Lady Glenorchy church, the hotel features a two-acre, lilac-scented roof garden, in-room massages and an impressive whisky selection. The special three-night offer, valid through July, includes full Scottish breakfast for two, a luxury fruit plate, noon checkout and VAT.Connoisseurs Scotland’s 23 members include four of the world’s finest golf resorts, including Gleneagles and Old Course, Inverlochy Castle, six outstanding city centre properties, Edinburgh’s only 5 Red Star hotel, a 19th-century castle health spa, a collection of intimate country house hotels, the Royal Scotsman luxury train, two exclusive use properties and three properties set in scenic coastal locations. Four properties boast Michelin-starred restaurants. Information on Connoisseurs Scotland, its member resorts and special offers can be found at www.luxuryscotland.co.uk.last_img read more

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NAPLES Fla – The enthusiasm of bidders at the ni

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – The enthusiasm of bidders at the ninth annual Naples Winter Wine Festival rose above the economic downturn as festival-goers raised more than $5 million under the auction tent, with 100 percent going to children’s charities. The festival is the most successful charity wine auction in the world as ranked by Wine Spectator since 2004. During the auction, attended by 500 guests at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, auction-goers bid on 65 one-of-a-kind lots, with winning bids ranging from $20,000 to $350,000.“No one is immune from the economic challenges, and so we are especially heartened by the phenomenal generosity of our patrons, donors and sponsors at this year’s auction,” said Tom Galloway, 2009 festival chair with his wife, Connie, and trustees of the Naples Children and Education Foundation, founding organization of the Festival. Connie added, “Yesterday, festival guests saw firsthand the impact of foundation grants. They toured a new pediatric dental clinic and early learning center made possible by festival proceeds. They heard a dad talk about his autistic son and the festival-funded organization that helped him: ‘You saved him when I could not.’ They heard a migrant farmer’s daughter tell how proud she is to be the first in her family to go to college thanks in part to NCEF-funded programs. Those children and thousands more are why we’re here. It’s all about the children.”Festival-goers’ generosity reached a fever pitch for a 10-day Caribbean voyage aboard a 170-foot yacht for 12 for $350,000. The highest bid for a wine lot was $150,000 for five Magnums from Domaine de la Romaine-Conti (DRC), widely considered the most famous producer of wines in the world. The lot featured Magnums of La Tache from 1999, 2000 and 2001 and a 2002 Montrachet and a 1971 La Romanee-Conti. Other wine lots included a vertical of Screaming Eagle in Double Magnum format complete with private vintner dinner, which was auctioned off for $110,000. A winning bid of $60,000 captured the auction’s opening lot, 28 Magnums of wine signed and personally selected by the festival’s 28 esteemed vintners.Fantasy trips and experiences also brought in high bids. The “ultimate house party” at Blackberry Farm with country star Lee Ann Womack was auctioned off for $240,000. A winning bid of $220,000 entitles three couples to go on a nine-day wild boar hunt in Tuscany. A precious jewelry lot, which included a Bulgari diamond-and-pearl necklace, a trip to Rome and tickets to a Bulgari private jewelry gala, was auctioned off for $160,000.napleswinefestival.comlast_img read more

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Meghan Markle says father wont attend wedding due

first_imgMeghan Markle says father won’t attend wedding due to health Planners used Thursday’s practice session to finalize some of the details of Saturday’s gala.The wedding day festivities will include a 25-minute carriage ride outside the castle grounds by the newlyweds after the ceremony is concluded. More than 2,600 members of the public have been invited onto the castle grounds to watch the procession.A large military contingent will also take part, reflecting Harry’s years of military service.Markle’s mother has arrived in England and is expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II — Harry’s grandmother — and other senior royals in the two days left before the wedding.Ragland — who arrived carrying a Burberry suit bag, a possible clue to her wedding outfit — will visit with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince William and his wife Kate, and other members of the family her daughter will officially join Saturday.The drama surrounding Mr. Markle, and harsh comments about Meghan Markle made by estranged members of her extended family who were not invited to the wedding, have increasingly dominated tabloid coverage of the royal wedding in recent days.Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine on Thursday castigated Harry’s Kensington Palace press operation for not doing more to prevent Markle’s relatives from sniping at her during the run-up to the big event.“Even the most cursory internet search would have thrown up a few red flags,” she said. “Could they not have taken at least a few steps to get them on-side?”The royal wedding begins Saturday at 4 a.m. Pacific. You can watch a live stream of the coverage starting 3 a.m. on Citynews.ca.__Martin Benedyk contributed from Windsor. Related Stories Canadian expats in London celebrate royal wedding, empathize with Markle’s moveCanadians gather in churches, theatres, halls for Royal Wedding viewing parties “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” said Markle in a statement released by Kensington PalaceThe palace has not revealed details about 73-year-old Thomas Markle’s health issues FILE – In this Monday Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file) center_img by Gregory Katz And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 3:40 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 6:29 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary WINDSOR, England – Meghan Markle announced Thursday her father will not be at her marriage to Prince Harry due to health problems.“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” she said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”The palace has not revealed details about 73-year-old Thomas Markle’s health issues, but the celebrity website TMZ says he is hospitalized in California after undergoing a procedure to clear blocked coronary arteries.He reportedly told the website he was ok but needed to rest. Thomas Markle had been scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle when she weds her prince Saturday at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.It is possible Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother, will fill that role instead. No replacement has been officially named.Meghan Markle’s statement came as military personnel rehearsed a procession on the streets of Windsor. This image shows a copy of a statement released by Kensington Palace from Meghan Markle dated Thursday May 17, 2018, confirming her father Thomas Markle will not attend the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday May 19. (Kensington Palace via AP)last_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Paul Taylor a towering figure in

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition, has died. He was 88.Spokeswoman Lisa Labrado told The Associated Press that Taylor died Wednesday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. The cause of death was not immediately available, but Labrado said Taylor was in hospice care.Taylor kept working well into his 80s, venturing into his company’s Manhattan studios from his Long Island home to choreograph two new pieces a year, and 147 in all.“The works that satisfy me the most? They’re the ones I’m working on,” he told The Associated Press in a 2011 interview, while rehearsing “To Make Crops Grow,” his 137th dance. “It’s the work process that I like. Once it’s done, I want to put everything out of my mind. I’d rather forget it.”The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most successful contemporary troupes, touring the globe year-round and able to pull off an annual three-week season at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Taylor dancer Michael Novak, named by Taylor as artistic director designate earlier this year, becomes the second artistic director in the company’s 64-year history.“Paul Taylor was one of the world’s greatest dancemakers, and his passing deeply saddens not only those of us who worked with him, but also people all over the world whose spirits have been touched by his incomparable art,” Novak said in a statement. “We are grateful for your love and support as we begin to carry on his legacy with the utmost fidelity and devotion.”Audiences often appreciated Taylor’s newer pieces, but his signature work remained “Esplanade,” from 1975, an explosion of joy and athleticism, with Taylor’s limber dancers running, skipping, hurling themselves into each other’s arms like missiles and tumbling to the floor with abandon, all to two Bach concertos.The pairing of classical music — especially 18th-century Baroque — with a very modern style of dance was one of Taylor’s hallmarks. But he also went far and wide with his musical choices, scoring his works not only with symphonies and concertos but ragtime, tango, barbershop quartet and even elevator music. In “Big Bertha” (1970), set in an amusement park, he used music from a band machine acquired from a St. Louis museum. “That gave me the idea for the dance,” he said. “Often one starts with an idea and then looks for music, but it works both ways.”“Big Bertha,” though, was most notable for its disturbing content, reflecting Taylor’s penchant for giving equal time to the darkest depths of human nature. “Bertha” is a robotic carnival creature. A wholesome 1950s family — a couple and their daughter — comes out to the fun fair to play, but after feeding coins into Bertha’s slot, slips into depravity; by the end, the father has raped and killed his pig-tailed young daughter. Even a lighter work, “Company B,” a set of jaunty dances like the jitterbug to the music of the Andrews Sisters, has its dark elements: Look closely amid the joyful dances and you see young men as soldiers, shot and crumpling to the ground.A strong message always emanated from Taylor’s work, said dance writer Allan Ullrich. “You know he’s always saying something,” Ullrich said. “There should be two words written on his tombstone: ‘He communicated.’”Paul Belleville Taylor, Jr. was born July 29, 1930, during the Great Depression. He began his life in a town outside Pittsburgh, but spent much of his youth in the Washington, D.C. area. In his whimsically written autobiography, “Private Domain,” he describes a childhood full of boundary-testing moments: A run-in with police after he and a friend steal a baby stroller from a variety store, or a prep-school stunt involving the actual excavation of a coffin.He wound up at Syracuse University, where he studied painting and then joined the swim team, purely to gain scholarship money. College sports was more work than he expected, but at 6-foot tall and with a huge arm span, he was well suited to the sport.Those arms, swinging through space, would become crucial to his dance work. In fact, Taylor’s signature move looks a bit like a swimmer in mid-butterfly stroke, albeit twisted up to the sky.But the desire to dance came as a shock to Taylor: In his sophomore year, he once wrote, he experienced “something stronger than an itch … an unignorable hunch … a flash.” He informed his incredulous swimming coach he was leaving, to dance. “Don’t tell me you’re any good at it,” the coach replied. Taylor couldn’t — at least not yet.Taylor transferred to Juilliard in New York, but first he attended a summer dance course where he met, and learned from, the great modern choreographer Martha Graham. Years later, his name would become forever linked with hers as part of the great trio of modern dance choreographers, along with Merce Cunningham. (Graham died in 1991, Cunningham in 2009.)A year after graduating Juilliard in 1953, Taylor set up his own company, rehearsing in whatever space he could find. He was 24, and his first work was a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” A year later he joined Graham’s company as a soloist — he would dance there for seven seasons, while continuing to build his own company.In 1956, Taylor choreographed one of his odder, but much-discussed works: “3 Epitaphs,” the oldest work in his company’s repertoire today (it opened the company’s Spring 2013 season at Lincoln Center.)For the score, he chose early New Orleans jazz, the music played at weddings and funerals in the south. He set five peculiar creatures — something like futuristic cavemen — gyrating across the stage, dressed head-to-toe in dark grey unitards, designed by Rauschenberg, with reflectors shining on their heads and hands.In 1959, Taylor collaborated with another giant of dance, George Balanchine, of the New York City Ballet, in his “Episodes.” The great Russian-born ballet master asked him to dance, Taylor has said, “like fly in glass of milk.” Balanchine also offered Taylor a permanent job, but he turned it down, put off by the formal strictures of ballet.“I just wanted to be a modern dancer,” Taylor told the AP in the 2011 interview. “I picked what I wanted to do, and I’ve stuck to that.”Taylor’s own dancing career ended abruptly in 1974, after he collapsed onstage from illness and exhaustion during a performance in Brooklyn. But as a choreographer, he was just getting going: A year later came “Esplanade,” later celebrated as one of the most wondrous works of dance anywhere.And in 1976, he came up with the deliciously odd “Cloven Kingdom,” whose famous “men’s quartet” section was performed in the East Room of the White House in 2010 at a dance event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. Men in tuxedoes dancing to Baroque music suddenly become four-legged animals, prowling to a drumbeat. The women? They dance daintily in evening wear, then suddenly turn up in metallic headgear from some old sci-fi film.Joy, passion, despair, death, depravity — there were few serious topics Taylor wouldn’t broach. But he was also known for his sense of humour. Sometimes it was merely weird, as in the curious “Phantasmagoria” (2011), which featured a Byzantine nun having a naughty interaction with a toy snake, not to mention an Irish step dancer, a group of Isadora Duncan disciples, a Depression-era Bowery bum and someone who infected everyone with a dancing virus — all to Renaissance music.But at other times it had a classic flair, as in the 1995 “Offenbach Overtures,” a foray into pure comedy and clowning to the spirited music of 19th-century French composer Jacques Offenbach, where buffoonish soldiers mixed with coquettish can-can dancers.“Without a doubt, the humour is in the choreography,” Parisa Khobdeh, a Taylor dancer, once told Dance Magazine. “It’s not something we put on. Paul has a pure talent for timing, for surprising you and the audience.”In his later years, Taylor spent most of his time in his house in Long Island, venturing into Manhattan for events, like the Lincoln Center season, or for a six-week rehearsal period each year for new dances.At one such rehearsal, for “To Make Crops Grow,” Taylor allowed a visiting AP reporter to watch him work. Again and again, he asked a dancer playing a child to repeat one small move: A skip across the stage. It was too fast, too slow, too long, too short. In a quiet voice, he cracked an occasional joke, to reverent laughter from the troupe.The dance had a dark theme: it was based on the famous short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, about a stoning ritual in small-town America. Taylor remarked that he was never at a loss for ideas.“There’s a bottomless pit of ideas in dance,” he said.Taylor has even described choreographing as an addiction.“To put it simply, I make dances because I can’t help it,” he wrote in an essay entitled “Why I Make Dances.”“Working on dances has become a way of life, an addiction that at times resembles a fatal disease. Even so, I’ve no intention of kicking the habit.” Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dead at 88 in New York by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2018 8:01 am PDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – This Jan. 8, 1969 file photo shows dancer-choreographer Paul Taylor in New York. Taylor, a giant of modern dance, has died Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 88. (AP Photo, File) last_img read more

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Musician R Kelly emerges from his Chicago studio

first_img Musician R. Kelly emerges from his Chicago studio Friday night, Feb. 22, 2019. R&B star R. Kelly arrived Friday night at a Chicago police precinct, hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP) Case against R. Kelly may be stronger this time CHICAGO — Tears streamed down R. Kelly cheeks as a court official read a jury’s not guilty verdict to all 14 counts of child pornography at his 2008 trial in Chicago. The R&B superstar had successfully dodged up to 15 years in prison and likely financial ruin.Eleven years later, Kelly, now 52, is headed back to the same Cook County courthouse to face even more serious charges . He’s due in bond court Saturday, when a judge will decide if he can be released on bail pending trial.A grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges him with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. In 2008, there was one alleged victim. This time, there are four — including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.Most critically, this time, prosecutors seem to have victims willing to co-operate. If convicted, the Grammy Award-winning singer could be sentenced to up to 70 years behind bars.Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that his client is devastated to be facing charges once again.“He is extraordinarily disappointed and depressed,” he said. “He is shell-shocked by this.”He added that prosecutors had “succumbed to the court of public opinion, who’ve convicted him,” adding that Kelly looked forward to being acquitted at another trial.One of Kelly’s victims in the new case was allegedly assaulted by him within just a year or two after his 2008 trial ended; the other allegations date to the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to the indictment.Prior to the 2008 trial, prosecutors didn’t state publicly why they chose not to charge and try Kelly for sexual assault. But legal experts widely agreed it had to do with victim’s unwillingness to testify. Child pornography was, or should have been, far easier to prove without a co-operating victim.At the heart of that child pornography trial was a VHS recording that prosecutors said showed Kelly, in his 30s at the time, having sex with a girl as young as 13 sometime between 1998 and 2000.Prosecutors played the 27-minute VHS tape — entered as “People’s Exhibit No. 1” — nearly every day for jurors during the monthlong trial. In it, a man has sex with a young female, who is not wearing any clothes for most of the recording. He speaks to her in a hushed voice, and she calls him “Daddy.” At one point, the man urinates on the girl.There are indications video evidence may be available in the new case. Attorney Michael Avenatti said he recently turned over to prosecutors a VHS tape of Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old. He said the girl is one of the alleged victims in the new case against Kelly.All prosecutors had to prove at trial in 2008 was that the girl was underage, that it was, in fact, Kelly in the video and that he had possessed the recording. At a future trial, prosecutors may enter video evidence, but proving the charges would depend first and foremost on testimony of victims.The atmosphere of intolerance for sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, may have emboldened Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx leading up to charges. And the loss at trial in 2008 stung the office, before Foxx headed it, said Monu Bedi, a professor at the DePaul University College of Law“Her office may feel justice wasn’t done and they may want to take another stab at it,” he said.Kelly’s attorney earlier criticized Foxx for using strong language in a public statement in January to characterize the allegations against Kelly before charges, saying it potentially showed bias against the singer.Foxx was speaking to reporters after watching a Lifetime documentary examining a history of abuse allegations Kelly, and she made an appeal for any victims to come forward.“I was sickened by the allegations. I was sickened as a survivor,” she said last month. “I’m sickened as a mother and I’m sickened as a prosecutor.”Kelly’s across-the-board acquittal in 2008 stunned many legal observers, and a future Kelly trial team may try to use similar defence strategies.Prosecutors then faced high legal hurdles they ultimately could not surmount, despite what appeared to be compelling video evidence. While grainy, it was otherwise good quality and the man appeared to be Kelly.Defence lawyers in 2008 focused on Kelly’s insistence that the man in the video was not him. They showed jurors that Kelly has a large mole on his back but played excerpts of the video in which a mole was not visible on the man appearing on the screen.One of Kelly’s attorneys, Sam Adam Jr., told jurors during closings there was no mole on Kelly’s back and that meant one thing: “It ain’t him. And if it ain’t him, you can’t convict.”Kelly’s alleged victim, who by then was around 23, did not testify. She denied before trial that she was on the video. Instead, prosecutors relied on friends of hers and four relatives to identify her as the girl in the video. Prosecutors also called on Kelly acquaintances who said the man in the video was clearly Kelly.Jurors who spoke to reporters after the trial ended said they had difficulty convicting someone when the alleged victim didn’t testify. One said jurors had reasonable doubts about the identity of the people in the video.“What we had wasn’t enough,” said one juror.___Follow Michael Tarm on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mtarm___See the AP’s full coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly.Michael Tarm, The Associated Presscenter_img by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2019 4:09 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2019 at 7:15 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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