Ellie Mae Looks Forward to Dan Maddens Leadership

first_img Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that Dan Madden will join the organization as EVP and CFO on December 20, 2018. Madden will report to Jonathan Corr, Ellie Mae’s President, and CEO.“Ellie Mae is leading the industry as we drive toward our mission of providing the true digital mortgage to lenders of all sizes,” Corr said. “Dan’s extensive financial, operational and strategic experience coupled with his knowledge of technology and SaaS businesses will be a huge asset to Ellie Mae as we continue to grow. We look forward to having Dan’s leadership and expertise on our team.”Most recently, Madden served as CFO for Revel Systems, a cloud-based POS platform, where he led the growing organization’s finance team. Prior to joining Revel, Madden was the CFO at Cepheid, a publicly traded leading molecular diagnostics company, and VP Finance & Corporate Controller at Symmetricom, where he led the company’s finance, accounting, and investor relations functions. Previously, Madden held financial leadership positions at Sonic Solutions, Advanced Fibre Communications, and McKesson. He began his career with Ernst & Young and holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.“I am excited to join Ellie Mae at such a pivotal time for the company,” said Madden. “Ellie Mae has been an industry leader for two decades and I’m thrilled to join the seasoned team as we continue on the path together toward transforming the mortgage industry.”Ellie Mae’s digital mortgage solution enables banks, credit unions, and mortgage lenders to originate more loans, lower origination costs and reduce the time to close, all while ensuring compliance, quality, and efficiency. Ellie Mae serves over 2,500 lenders and mortgage brokers who originate approximately 35 percent of all residential mortgages and more than 26 million transactions per month.   November 30, 2018 564 Views Advanced Fibre Communications Dan Madden Ellie Mae Ernst & Young Jonathan Corr McKesson mortgage Revel Systems Sonic Solutions 2018-11-30 Donna Joseph Sharecenter_img in Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Ellie Mae Looks Forward to Dan Madden’s Leadershiplast_img read more

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Contours Travel recently hosted eight agents on a

first_imgContours Travel recently hosted eight agents on a nine-day famil through Chile, with the group including top-selling agents and an extra lucky agent who won the trip after participating in Contours Travel’s regular Latin America webinars for travel agents.To win a spot on Contours Travel’s 2018 agent famil, register for the fortnightly webinars here Highlights of the Chile famil included cooking classes, wineries, Santiago, the colourful houses of Valparaiso as well as the Atacama desert – the world’s driest non-polar desert. The agents flew with LATAM and were able to visit first-hand the hotels and restaurants Contours recommends for travellers and experience the support and services offered by Contours Travel.Rainbow Valley in the Atacama DesertL-R: Alan Riedel from Andrew Jones Travel TAS, Heather Poppelier from Contours Travel, Peter Scott from Helloworld Belgrave VIC, Sarah Smith from MTA Travel NSW, Nicole Reber from Mosman Travel NSW, Tarnia Boyce from Phil Hoffmann Travel, Glenelg SA, Sharron Hungerford from The Travel Agent at Caloundra, QLD, Vanesa Tihic from Boutique Travel Services NSW and Khushnuma Suntoke from Flight World WA agentsChileContours TravelEvent & Famil photoslast_img read more

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first_imgEmiratesqantas Qantas and Emirates have announced additional network changes under the joint partnership that provides customer services between Australia and New Zealand.*From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland, and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service. Emirates will retain its existing daily A380 flights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and the airline is also evaluating potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between the two countries, adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and an extra two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland. Some of these services will be up-gauged from a 737 to a wide-body A330.Qantas’ new trans-Tasman services will carry Emirates code and will connect seamlessly to Qantas’ London services via Perth or Singapore and Emirates’ services between Australia and Europe via Dubai.The airlines have applied to regulators to extend partnership until 2023The submission includes adjustments to trans-Tasman servicesCo-ordinated route changes improve connectivity and schedule choice across combined network – including Qantas’ re-routing of its Sydney-London service via Singapore rather than Dubai, and Emirates’ new, fourth daily A380 Sydney-Dubai service.President of Emirates airline, Sir Tim Clark, said the first five years of the partnership has been a success.“Reauthorisation of the partnership will allow us to leverage our combined network strengths to offer customers even more flight choices and reciprocal benefits for our millions of frequent flyer members.“It will enable us to continue developing world-class customer experiences, and contribute to stimulating increased opportunities for international trade, tourism and commerce.”Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce said the network changes outlined in the airlines’ submission to the regulators provide even more options for customers.“Since 2013 we have delivered more choice and a larger network to eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on our joint network.“We are now enhancing the partnership to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and our respective network strengths.“The premise of the partnership has always been that we could serve our customers better together. That’s certainly been true for the past five years and now we’re evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five.”Tickets and existing bookingsTickets for Qantas’ new Tasman services will be available progressively from today (12 October 2017)Emirates customers with existing bookings impacted by the Tasman changes will be re-accommodated onto Qantas services or will be given the option to change their flights*subject to government and regulatory approvalsᶺsubject to slot approvalslast_img read more

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first_imgEurailEuroperail Eurail is slashing 10% off all Global and most One Country Passes, with the latest discount available on top of the existing permanently reduced prices for Eurail passes, including up to 37% off Global Passes.Discounted fares are available for purchase between 7 March and 9 April 2019, and valid for travel within 11 months of booking.The following One Country Passes are excluded: Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Finland, however, travellers can still travel across these destinations on a Eurail Global Pass.The non-refundable offer is available to all travel agents. Agents should book via their preferred Eurail distributor. The sale does not apply to AD75 agent discounted passes.last_img read more

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The following statement has been issued by G Adven

first_imgThe following statement has been issued by G Adventures in response to the events in Sri Lanka:“Following the attacks in Colombo and Negombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April, 2019, G Adventures can confirm all our travellers and staff in the country are safe and accounted for. Currently we have eight groups carrying 116 travellers on the ground and all trips have been rerouted to avoid Colombo. All travellers have been advised to contact their family and friends to assure them of their safety, however the government has temporarily blocked social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, so communications may be delayed. Colombo International Airport has also been closed. G Adventures’ local team is monitoring this ongoing situation and will determine if any itinerary changes or cancellations are necessary.If any travellers with future bookings wish to postpone their tour to a later date, they can do so with no change fees. Travellers with questions regarding upcoming travel arrangements can also contact their travel agent or our sales team by telephone or email at the below:From the UK: 0344 272 0000From Australia: 1 300 796 618From Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999Email: experience@gadventures.comFrom Bruce Poon Tip:G Adventures’ founder, Bruce Poon Tip, stated that any attack on our religious institutions is an attack on all of us, regardless of faith. “We cannot allow this wave of division to further separate humanity. We must use this tragic loss to unite us. It’s my belief that compassion for all people, combined with an understanding of different backgrounds, religions and cultures, has the potential to be the fastest path to peace.”IMAGE: Tea Plantation in Kandy, Sri Lanka/G Adventures G AdventuresSri Lankalast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Larry should have a massive year. The Japanese Fighting Fish is going to draw single coverage more times than he’s seen in the last three seasons, combined. Michael Floyd is trending to eclipse last year’s 1,000-yard season and should have a monster year. His understanding of the offense, commitment to being a great player and overall athleticism has improved…and this is weird. It doesn’t typically happen where scouts are talking about somebody improving their athleticism but the evidence is there: Floyd is smoother, not nearly as stiff as he once was in the hips and upper body and he’s catching the ball more naturally than I’ve ever seen him. Ted Ginn Jr. can run and is a threat merely because he can still run by many DBs. John Brown is getting ready to explode on the national scene. John Carlson does nothing but catch balls all over the field every day. And the TD that was called back on Saturday is just a shadow of what he can do, especially in the red zone. And now you have to get the ball to Ellington? The Cards have a great problem on their hands: they have weapons. And this is one more reason why I think Carson Palmer is going to get paid after this year! If they can protect him, he’s going to explode. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 31center_img Andre Ellington is running receiver routes. He has all camp but I’ve noticed more of this lately, the final manifestation of an offense that will try to get him the ball in many different ways. He motioned out of the backfield and ran one of the prettiest 5 routes I have ever seen. He’s going to represent a nightmare match-up whether they put a safety on him or a backer. There are so many ways the Cards can get him the ball but…that really got me thinking. The Cards have so many weapons and one ball. Getting Ellington the ball is paramount but making him the focal point may prove to be a ruse in the end. There’s only one ball. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. – Signed to a three-year contract, defensive tackle Corey Peters was among the more high-profile free-agent additions by the Arizona Cardinals last season.Three weeks into training camp, however, he hurt his left Achilles tendon and was lost for the season.The injury forced Peters to become a spectator and watch as his new team enjoyed its best regular season in franchise history, culminating with an appearance in the NFC Championship Game. With his first season in the desert spent on the sidelines, Peters wants to make up for that time lost.“Last year, I had a good understanding of what we were trying to do,” he said, referring to the defensive scheme. “I actually think that it fits me perfectly as far as my body type and what I do well, so I’m looking forward to kind of getting back in there this year and hopefully picking up where I left off.” – / 16 Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Corey Peters (98) works out during an NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “It always sucks (to be on the sidelines),” he said Tuesday, the start of the Cardinals third and final week of organized team activities. “I tried to keep a positive mindset and to look forward as opposed to backwards. Last season was completely disappointing, but my focus since I got injured has been on putting my best foot forward in training camp, so I can’t wait for that to come.”Peters called himself “somewhat full speed” right now, concentrating both on the field and in the weight room at building up strength, especially in his legs.“I’d like to get another level of explosion,” he said. “That takes a while to come back, but as far as being able to do the necessary movements and everything that I’ll need to do, I feel comfortable doing that stuff.”Head coach Bruce Arians noted they’ll “be real careful with (Peters) because of his history, but he should be more than ready to go” once training camp begins in two months.Twice now in three seasons Peters has suffered an Achilles injury. Back in 2013, he tore the tendon in his right leg late in the year.Peters, 27, joined the Cardinals after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, where he collected 172 tackles and 11 sacks in 70 games, including 55 starts. Comments   Share   “People don’t realize how much we could’ve used him last year. He makes our defensive line so much better; just his knowledge, his experience and his athleticism,” defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “You forget how special he was until you see him out here again.”Peters’ healthy return is expected to only add to an already deep defensive line room.Starters Campbell, Rodney Gunter and Frostee Rucker are all back as are key reserves Josh Mauro, Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams plus rookie Robert Nkemdiche.“We feel really good about our defensive line,” Peters said. “It’s going to be a huge point (of emphasis) to get a lot of pressure on the quarterback, especially with the way we like to play; a lot of man defense and that sort of thing. We got great pieces; great guys, great men, more importantly than football. I look forward to big things coming out of our group.”Of the Cardinals 36 sacks last season, which ranked 20th, tied with Jacksonville, 11 came from the defensive line. The Cardinals hope to see that number increase in 2016, and it should with Peters now part of the rotation.It’s been nine months since Peters got hurt.The support of the organization, he said, made it easier for him to keep his head up and remain positive throughout the rehab process.last_img read more

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first_img SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Cardinals entered Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in a spot no one expected them to be in.Tied for last place in the NFC West at 1-3, they were in danger of seeing a season that had Super Bowl aspirations and expectations all but end in early October with a loss. While 1-4 would not have mathematically eliminated them from postseason contention, it would have put them in a considerable hole. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “If that’s desperate, it’s desperate.”It’s semantics, really, though there was not much disagreement in the locker room.Left tackle Jared Veldheer said his coach was spot on with his assessment but did note there was “a ton of urgency” to earn a victory Thursday night. Center A.Q. Shipley, overhearing the line of questioning, interjected and said that yes, this was a must-win game.“We wanted to win,” Veldheer added. “We wanted to get that win going, and we were able to get a win tonight and be able to search for another win next week. But it meant a lot.”Added safety Tyrann Mathieu: “We weren’t desperate. We’ve got a lot of talent. A lot of times the execution part of it doesn’t match up to our potential. But I wouldn’t say ‘desperate’. We were definitely hungry for a win.”Mathieu cited the expectations the team has for itself as part of the driving force, and to a man, the Cardinals strongly believe they are more talented than their early-season record would indicate. That’s why, according to defensive lineman Calais Campbell, saying they were desperate isn’t an insult or even necessarily off-base. “Given our situation and how good we can be, you have to be desperate in this situation,” he said. “It’s not OK to be 1-3, and now we’re 2-3 and there’s a lot of football to be played. It’s a better situation.“But we still have a long way to go. Got to just keep stacking them because this next game is crucial; at home, another primetime game. It’s going to be huge for us. We’ve got to find a way to get it done.”Arizona’s next game is Monday, Oct. 17, at home against the New York Jets. A win would even up the Cardinals’ record at 3-3 and give them some positive momentum heading into a stretch of games. A loss, however, would essentially put them back in the position they were in leading into the game against the 49ers.That’s a conversation for next week. For now, the Cardinals get to enjoy a win. Whether it will be remembered as the one that turned their season around has yet to be determined.“There’s only 16 games in the regular season,” Fitzgerald said. “I mean, you know after four games you’ve got 12, and the wins start becoming much more important every single week. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald walks off the field after the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Top Stories LISTEN: Luke and Paige Show “We understood getting that getting into a 1-4 deficit this early in the season, that’s really tough to climb out of that hole. You know, 2-3 is tough to get out of, but it gives you a fighting chance.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 31 Your browser does not support the audio element. The shovels can be put away, at least for one more week.The Cardinals started off slowly but ultimately pulled away from the 49ers for a 33-21 win. It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest of victories, but it was a victory. For a team that had lost its last two, it could not have come soon enough.“It’s good to get back on the winning track,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “Getting to 2-3 is a lot better than being 1-4.“I think on all three sides of the ball, special teams, offense and defensively we made plays today, and we fed off each other. That’s what it’s going to take for us to get wins.”This win, in particular, had the Cardinals, for perhaps the first time in a while, with their backs somewhat against the wall. They were without starting QB Carson Palmer, who stayed in Arizona while he recovers from a concussion, and also had to go without running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch, both of whom were placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.The saving grace for the team having to play in this situation on a short week may have been that their opponent, the 49ers, were dealing with their own injuries and, really, are not as talented a team as the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But in losses to the Patriots, Bills and Rams, one could argue being the more talented team did not do a whole lot for the Cardinals. Thursday night, with big plays on special teams, defense and offense, they finally did what they were supposed to do.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the win “was what we needed,” and it is difficult to argue. He lamented his team’s third-down offense (5-for-16) and said Stanton was playing a little too fast at times. The biggest issue he had was the team’s failure to score a point in the first quarter for the fifth time in five games.“So you can write about that — you’ve got something to write about,” he told the media. “Other than that, I’m pretty damn happy.”The truth is, there is no such thing as a bad win in the NFL, especially for a team whose season was teetering on the edge.Given that, conventional wisdom would say the Cardinals played well Thursday in part out of desperation, perhaps not just to get a win but save their season. Arians, though, wasn’t a fan of the word.“I think we’re a hungry team,” he said. “A team that knows that we dug a hole for ourselves and we had to win this game.last_img read more

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AZCardinals resign Scooby Wright to the practice

first_img#AZCardinals re-sign Scooby Wright to the practice squad.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 13, 2017Wright, The 2016 seventh-round pick by the Cleveland Browns signed with the Cardinals in December of 2016, but was cut to make way for the 53-man roster and signed to the team’s practice squad this year. The Arizona Cardinals re-signed former University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright to the practice squad Wednesday. Linebacker Philip Wheeler was originally on the 53-man roster, but due to his contract situation, he was released by the team. If Wheeler would have suited up, his $695,000 contract would have been guaranteed. Wright was signed to take his place on the active roster on Sept. 8 prior to week one’s showdown against the Detroit Lions, but was inactive for the game.The Cardinals flip-flopped that move on Monday by re-signing Wheeler and releasing Wright.In five preseason games with Arizona, Wright totaled 18 tackles and forced a fumble. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 3 Comments   Share   Chicago Bears tight end Dion Sims (88) is hit by Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Scooby Wright, left, during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)last_img read more

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first_imgI think it’s sometimes only one or two players you could be away (from improving). I think you can quickly rebuild in free agency and then with the draft picks we have — we’ll have a number of draft picks. We’ll have opportunities to improve this roster. My attitude and my mindset is we’ll have a chance every year moving forward.From a cap perspective, what kind of shape are you in?I think we’ll be in a good position. I mean, we’ll make some tough decisions as well to free some space. (Director of football operations) Mike Disner does a phenomenal job with me trying to eliminate as much dead money as you can. Again, we’ll have opportunities to be aggressive not only in free agency but the draft and then moving forward. Some of the better additions that we’ve made over the years have been in the late part of the season. Whether it’s (cornerback) Tramon Williams this year or (linebacker) Josh Bynes, that’s sort of been one of the better things we’ve done as we’ve self-evaluated.After the bells and whistles come off some of these big-name free agents, you watch the film, you evaluate and you see where key players can make positive additions to your club. What have you seen from (safety) Tyrann Mathieu this year that affects your decision for keeping him for 2018?Well, I think the one thing is he’s flying around and he’s … the thing that you love about Tyrann is his instincts, his ability to see things before they happen. The fact that he’s continuing to get healthier and healthier, and he’s improving I think the confidence and all those sort of things, are coming together at the right time. – / 13 Four of our five starters yesterday were not our starters at the beginning of the season, which is always difficult. Those guys have to step up, too. Those are the expectations you always have to have in my position. We’ll just continue to get back to work tomorrow and put our best foot forward against the Giants next week.I don’t know if this is the kind of thought process a general manager considers but this is a media guy’s point of view in looking at a team like the Cardinals, and that is, you have to decide how far away you are. And if you’re far away, it’s quarterback of the future. If you’re not that far away, then it’s quarterback that might be on someone else’s roster or it’s, ‘Carson, hey, please come back.’ Do you look ahead right now and look at your franchise and say the quarterback of the future is on the roster, is on somebody else’s roster or is playing college football right now?I just think that there is going to be a lot of opportunities to get better next year when I look at the big picture. We’ll certainly be aggressive in every one of those decisions. I will say this: I think you have the opportunity to do what the Rams have done. Look at how they have improved. I think it’s a year-to-year thing here. I never want to approach another season with the mindset that we’re building or it’s a step back. That’s not fair to your fans, it’s not fair to our organization. I think you have to do everything you can to try to improve your roster, and so-to-speak, go for it every year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM Again, as an organization, we’ll go through the conversations moving forward internally but this isn’t the time or the place for me to talk about the moves that I feel like we need to make.Steve, is it safe to say the status quo will not be in 2018, that you’re willing to make big changes?I would say that’s an understatement.As you look forward, there’s also a lot of things that are out of your control. (Head coach) Bruce Arians, (quarterback) Carson Palmer, even the extension with (receiver) Larry Fitzgerald but he hasn’t said officially, ‘I’m 100 percent playing in 2018.’ What questions do you have to get answered, and when do you have to have those questions answered to know going forward that you’re going after a free agent or the quarterback of the future is in the draft? All those other things you are in control of, when do you need to know the things are aren’t in your control?As soon as the season’s over, we’ll sit down and have conversations and a lot of those things will play themselves out. Regardless of the circumstance, we’ll be prepared for anything that may happen. It’s no different from 2013 when I took over, and (president) Michael (Bidwill) and I hired Bruce Arians and we rolled up our sleeves and got to work and, again, produced three seasons of double-digit (win) teams we were proud of. It’s Keim Time.When you look at Blaine Gabbert, how do you assess him?I mean, I think it’s a number of things. This is one of the games that I think I’ll probably look back and point to as one of the more frustrating games not only this season but of my tenure as a general manager. It’s really difficult to process the lack of execution. I didn’t see a lack of effort, which has been a reoccurring theme. Our team continues to fight and play hard but so many times when there were situations where it was an overthrown ball, or a dropped pass, or missed block and you know, again, the red zone woes were concerning. There were many, many plays to be made and not only just Blaine’s fault but there were many others to be blamed in the process. The guys just weren’t getting it done.Again, it was a frustrating game — disappointed. The fact that we were eliminated from playoff contention, you know, again, is a disappointment and I apologize to our fans, everybody in our organization and moving forward we have a lot of work to do. It’s going to be a busy offseason. We’ll continue to evaluate this team the last two games. I promise, the product on the field in 2018, we’ll finish much stronger. No, no. But I will say that I think anybody will play a little better with David Johnson. It’s unfortunate to lose such a quality player so early in the season. But I will give credit yesterday to (running back) Kerwynn Williams and I thought even Elijhaa Penny stepped up and had some big runs and showed his physicality between the tackles — he had fairly nifty feet for a big man. Both of those guys did some nice things. It’s nice to see them step up. But yeah, I think that David Johnson makes a lot of people look better because of his ability to create mismatches in the passing games, his natural hands, his run-after-the-catch. It’s just, again, an unfortunate thing to go through the injuries we incurred this year, but you’ll never hear me use that as an excuse.Here comes the obligatory offensive line question this year: How did they play in general and in particular, (first-time starting left tackle) Will Holden and (right guard) Evan Boehm?Yeah, they played OK in the run game. I thought we did some nice things running the football between the 20s. But at the end of the day, not good enough. From time to time, there was some protection issues in the passing game. Again, there’s no doubt, you know, we’ll continue to try to improve that area moving forward. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Steve, when you have this many injuries, how difficult is it to evaluate the talent on the field?You can probably look at it and say it’s easier because you’re not evaluating your frontline starters. You’re looking at guys who in most circumstances would not be playing for you on Sundays, so you have a chance to look at some guys getting some action for the first time, or guys getting action for their first time for several games in a row, where you can judge them based on their body of work and potentially help you make decisions moving forward in 2018.As you were flying home from Washington, as you now know, it’s all about 2018. What’s the number one thing on your mind right now that you have to get done for 2018 to be able to back up the promise that was very strong that you just gave to the fans?Well, I think it’s one of those things that there’s again a lot of work to be done this offseason. I rarely think about the things that work — usually the things that constantly race through my mind are the things that didn’t work or the areas that I need to improve personally. Again, I take it personal. It’s one of those things that keeps me up at night and it’s one of those things that really, again, fuels the fire for me to continue to improve this roster. 4 Comments   Share   Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo To me, it’s always fun and exciting to get back to the grind and get back to building a football team. Again, just disappointed we fell short in 2017.(Receiver) Brittan Golden, what can you tell us about Brit?Well, I don’t know the exact details. I do know that it was a pretty severe (broken arm) injury and highly doubtful that he will return this year. Our thoughts and prayers are out to him. He has been a really good core player for us, not only on special teams but just one of those guys that sort of flies under the radar and gets it done with not only his toughness but his intangibles as well.Speaking of IR, who do you want to bring off of IR, or is there somebody you want to bring off IR for the last two games?At this point, again, a guy has to be completely healthy for us to consider taking him off of the IR. So you know, we’ll continue to meet with (head trainer) Tom Reed and our medical staff and see if there are any opportunities. There could be a possibility that we go through the entire (rest of) the season and there is nobody else to return.This is something John Clayton said to us two weeks ago. I want to give him credit, if you like this idea — you can make fun of him if you don’t — he said something very interesting about bringing back David Johnson, not for the point of David Johnson (wrist) and obviously as you said, he’s got to be 100 percent healthy. But to evaluate Blaine Gabbert with David Johnson behind him, would that matter to you at all? Would that go into your decision-making at all, to bring someone off IR, just to play with Blaine Gabbert? Now that the Arizona Cardinals are officially out of the playoff picture following a loss to the Washington Redskins, general manager Steve Keim has put his full attention into 2018. Long story short: Expect big changes.Keim joins Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station every Monday morning during the season, and this week, he addressed what he calls one of the most frustrating losses during his time as Cardinals GM, the play from quarterback Blaine Gabbert and more.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Lanesborough Club & Spa, part of the Oetker Collection, will launch on 13 March 2017 as London’s finest private members’ club, offering hotel guests and club members access to internationally recognised experts and leaders in the fields of fitness, wellness and lifestyle. Spread over 1672 square metres, the ‘luxury club for life’, has a 360° approach to wellbeing for Londoners living and working in both the local area and further afield.Design: British in character and bespoke in craftsmanshipPerfectly positioned between Mayfair and Belgravia, The Lanesborough Club & Spa is an exquisite space offering members and hotel guests a discreet haven away from the hubbub of London. Luxury interior design practice, 1508, has created a sophisticated décor providing grandeur and grace in equal measure. Social spaces include a restaurant with private dining room and an opulent spa lounge.Service: Highly personalised with dedicated spa butlerDedicated spa butlers will be on hand to cater to members’ every need, providing a personalised concierge service and unique client journey.Fitness: Customised and tailored to the individualExpansive fitness facilities offer equipment and technology to provide members a tailored and varied work-out. All members receive a Body Oracle session and are allocated a team of trainers who specialise in different areas of fitness, offering a full repertoire of expertise at the member’s disposal. The team works in synergy to help members achieve their goals, while focusing on what they enjoy to ensure optimum results.The Club & Spa will host a series of classes featuring handpicked fitness coaches, personal trainers, dance tutors and yoga instructors, with a private studio available for one to one workouts. Programmes are customised and flexible using a bespoke system, ensuring an integrated approach to wellness for all members.Nutrition: Michelin-inspired healthy menuExpert nutritional advice is available for members, supported by clean and lean Bodyism-inspired dishes on the all-day menu. The Lanesborough’s executive head chef, Florian Favario, has created specialist dishes such as Marinated Yellowfin Tuna or Pineapple Tomato Gazpacho with a Tartare of Green Zebra Tomato and Datterino Sorbet. Member benefits include preferred dining rates at The Lanesborough’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Céleste, and guaranteed room upgrade for hotel bookings.Spa: Raising the bar in spa design and treatmentsFrom a hydrotherapy pool to massage muscles and minds alike alongside gender-specific thermal suites to provide a detox. Signature therapies include Lanesborough Lather and Absolute Facial. Spa experiences take place in one of the four individual or the VIP treatment room complete with double showers and Rasul. A spa area with manicure and pedicure suites gives members and guests privacy while offering a range of products that include a face serum, body cream and candle created exclusively by ila for The Lanesborough Club & Spa.Partners: Best in classThe Lanesborough Club & Spa will operate in collaboration with expert partners bringing together the ‘best in class’ in their respective fields:• Bodyism: The Bodyism movement is a holistic, powerful and vibrant way to live your life, with a focus to inspire people to be the best, happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. James Duigan will be available to give sessions for members upon request.• ila: Much-loved British spa brand with a ‘beyond organic’ philosophy which seeks the highest levels of natural and ethical purity in their products and treatments to deliver spectacular results.• La Prairie: Legendary skincare brand, fusing the very best in Swiss science with some of the world’s rarest ingredients, such as caviar, gold and platinum.• Anastasia Achilleos: ‘Super therapist’ Anastasia brings her unique multi-platform spa treatment which incorporates elements of craniosacral therapy and massage, personally offering the treatment for members.Membership: A grand home from homeIt will seek to mirror The Lanesborough’s core principles of being vibrant, elegant, discreet and a grand ‘home from home’ with world-renowned service. Memberships are now available with Full Individual Memberships from £6000, with joint and international options available upon request.last_img read more

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first_imgCruiseco is offering guests the opportunity to join a new musical experience ‘Back to the 80s Cruise 2018’. Guests will depart from Southampton, UK on 6 May 2018, for a seven-night round trip voyage aboard Navigator of the Seas, enjoying extraordinary musical performances.Laura Clarke, manager special projects and group sales, Cruiseco said, “Our ‘Back to the 80s Cruise 2018′ itinerary provides guests with an unforgettable musical holiday, and a step back in time. Featuring performances and shows from some of the biggest names in music, the songs that will be performed aboard really did became the soundtrack to a generation during this amazing decade. We encourage guests who would like to sail to book their spot now, as this is sure to sell very quickly.”Guests will enjoy performances from artists including:Tony Hadley, who first rose to fame as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, a successful band in the Romantic Movement with international hits including ‘Through the Barricades’ and ‘Gold’. Hadley is considered one of pop music’s greatest vocalists.ABC, a pop band in the 1980s whose debut album The Lexicon of Love was a UK #1 and featured hit single ‘The Look of Love’Kim Wilde had her first worldwide hit with ‘Kids In America’ in 1981, since then her musical career includes 30 million record sales and a hit single with ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ reaching #1 in the USBelinda Carlisle began her successful career as lead vocalist for The Go-Go’s before embarking on a solo career with international hits such as ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’, ‘I Get Weak’ and ‘Circle in the Sand’Go West is an English pop duo lead by vocalist Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist Richard Drummie, who are known for their number one hits including ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’, ‘Call Me’ and ‘We Close Our Eyes’Paul Young is a 1980s teen idol, with multiple successful albums and his biggest worldwide hit ‘Every Time You Go Away’ reaching number one in the USThe BABYS are a British rock band who have reformed, featuring original members Tony Brock and Wally Stoker. The band are known for their hits including ‘Every Time I Think of You’, ‘Midnight Rendezvous’ and ‘Isn’t It Time’Cutting Crew had a multi-million selling debut album Broadcast and hit single ‘(I Just) Died in Your Arms’ which earned many prestigious awardsT’Pau led by Carol Decker is a British pop group with a string of hit singles in the UK including ‘Heart and Soul’.Sailing for seven days aboard Navigator of the Seas, guests will stop in ports Bilbao, Vigo and Lisbon. The ship can accommodate 3990 guests and features a three-storey dining room, a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and mini-golf course for travellers to enjoy.Prices start from AU$2875 per person based on twin share for an Interior Stateroom.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Coral Expeditions and t

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCoral Expeditions and the Australian Geographic have joined forces in a new partnership, uniting a shared heritage of exploration and conservation of the coastlines around Australia. The venture will allow for a deeper level of guest immersion on board the Coral Expeditions fleet.The partnership will encompass special Australian Geographic-curated expeditions and the development of year-round Australian Geographic Society “In Residence” programs using the research facilities on the new-built Coral Adventurer, due to launch in April 2019.The alliance will launch four especially curated immersive expeditions. Each of those voyages to remote expedition destinations will contribute funds benefiting projects of the Australian Geographic Society.The itineraries include:10–22 September 2019 – Ningaloo and the bluewater wonders of Australia’s west – A coastal odyssey from Broome incorporating the Rowley Shoals, Montebello Islands and the Dampier Archipelago4–15 October 2019 – The saltwater people of northern Australia – A journey across the top of Australia from Darwin to Cairns via the Torres Strait, Arnhem Land, Cape York and The Great Barrier Reef12–24 November 2019–- Pioneers and frontiers of Papua New Guinea – An expedition along the exotic coastline of PNG from Madang to Cairns via Sanananda and the Sepik River2–14 January 2020 – Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands odyssey – Exploration along the ancient spice routes and history in the West Papua region taking in legendary Cenderawasih BayCoral Adventurer has been designed as a specialist tropical expedition ship and will host the Australian Geographic Society Research Room. This is a dedicated interpretive space to host live science, culture and research projects that connect guests and destinations in an engaging format across all voyages. These projects will be integrated into the Coral Adventurer’s offerings all year-round with scientists, cultural leaders, artists, adventurers and storytellers in residence joining departures and taking an active role in the education of guests.Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager, comments: “This is an important and exciting partnership development for Coral Expeditions. For over 30 years, Coral Expeditions has had one purpose: taking small groups of like-minded explorers on our ships to the most remote parts of the world with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. We are pleased to grow with a partner who shares both our passion and our uniquely Australian ethos.”Jo Runciman, Managing Director at Australian Geographic said, “These special Expeditions will be supporting scientific endeavour in some of our most remote regions via the unique scientists-in-residence programs running on board the Coral Adventurer. In addition to this, part proceeds from these expeditions will also go towards supporting the Australian Geographic Society in its endeavours to fund Adventure and Conservation projects.”Expeditions are available to book along with a range of year around experiences with Coral Expeditions.Visit www.coralexpeditions.com or phone 1800 079 545.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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TravelBlathercom

first_imgTravelBlather.com The design is no work of art, but content is king on Jeremy Head’s blog which explores the universe of online travel and in particular travel journalism, in an intelligent, honest and often scrutinising fashion.A travel writer, broadcaster and editor by trade, Jeremy’s extensive travel experience combined with his excellent writing style mean posts are always an engaging read.If you’re interested in keeping tabs on the world of travel, and especially the travel writing and editing industry, then TravelBlather.com is one to bookmark.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the WeekTripsource.com – website of the weekThe design is simple and the layout plain, but as the old saying goes: never judge a website by its template.last_img read more

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Every princess needs a pearl on her pillow Thats

first_imgEvery princess needs a pearl on her pillow. That’s why New York’s Jumeirah Essex House decided to up the ante on those traditional chocolates – from now until July 1, 2009, the luxury hotel will be surprising its guests staying in suites with a $250 gift certificate to pearl jeweler Mikimoto on their pillows. With Mikimoto located just around the corner on Fifth Avenue, the gift certificate can be redeemed locally or at one of Mikimoto’s boutiques in Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, or Las Vegas.“We are delighted that the Jumierah Essex House is able to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests with Mikimoto,” the hotel’s general manager, Scott Dawson, said in a press release. “Mikimoto’s commitment to providing only the finest quality cultured pearls streamlines flawlessly with the hotel’s commitment to providing the premium in service and accommodations.”Mikimoto America’s COO, Meyer Hoffman, also expressed his excitement about the collaboration, saying that he hopes the certificates will help new customers find “the perfect piece of pearl jewelry.”For more than 115 years, Mikimoto has been known as one of the world’s finest pearl jewelers – in fact, the company’s founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, was the first person to develop a technique that produced perfectly round cultured pearls. Likewise, the NYC institution Jumeirah Essex House has provided Michelin and AAA Four Diamond- award wining service for more than 75 years. With a recent $90 million renovation and addition of Tony Chi-designed restaurant, South Gate, the hotel has become a jet-set staple.Visit jumeirah.com.last_img read more

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by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Dec

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2017 1:20 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – With glowing reviews from critics and $450.8 million of worldwide box office in the first three days of release of “The Last Jedi,” all would seem to be right in the “Star Wars” universe.But some audience reaction metrics suggest not all Star Wars fans are so thrilled with Rian Johnson’s eighth episode in the franchise. While “The Last Jedi” sports a sterling 93 per cent fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the website’s users give it only a 56 per cent score . A similar dichotomy is also found on the movie review aggregation website Metacritic , where the movie has a score of 86 out of 100 from critics but earned a woeful 4.9 out of 10 from users.The role reversal between critics and fans has caused consternation throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Could “The Last Jedi” be a critical smash and a dud with audiences? Is “The Last Jedi” more “Attack of the Clones” than “The Empire Strikes Back”? What in the name of midi-chlorians is going on here?For starters, the responses on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are to be taken with a Death Star-sized grain of salt. They’re supplied by users to the website who can, by creating numerous accounts, vote limitlessly, and need offer no proof of having actually seen the movie. Some believe a nefarious plot is at play, a theory backed up by the boasts of a few on social media . Similar ploys , after all, were used against the female-led “Ghostbusters.”But why would anyone want to sabotage “The Last Jedi”? Well, there have been growing signs of rebellion against the galaxy far, far away. Some conservative moviegoers have taken issue with the current trilogy’s embrace of multiculturalism. Claiming an anti-Donald Trump agenda, some called for a boycott of last year’s spinoff “Rogue One.” Writer Chris Weitz noted the Empire “is a white supremacist (human) organization.”Politics have always played a role in “Star Wars.” George Lucas has said he wrote it as a Nixon-era parable for the Vietnam War, about how democracies turn into dictatorships. But in carrying those themes forward to today, “The Last Jedi” has — like virtually everything else — been fed into America’s combustible politics. Even Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has volleyed with Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Twitter over net neutrality.“Similar to other movie sites, we’re currently experiencing a high volume of fan activity around ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’” said Rotten Tomaotes spokesman Tiyson Reynolds. “We’re closely monitoring all user review activity to make sure it’s valid.”But their low ratings don’t jive with other, more scientific data.Like “The Force Awakens,” ”The Last Jedi” won an A CinemaScore, which polls audiences coming out of theatres. CinemaScore counted feedback as 89 per cent positive. ComScore’s PostTrak audience survey recorded an average five-out-five star rating from moviegoers, with 80 per cent saying they would definitely recommend the film.And then there’s the mammoth box office. With $220 million in domestic ticket sales, “The Last Jedi” now ranks as the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, after J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens.” Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis estimates “The Last Jedi” will have legs through the holiday season similar or close to those of “The Force Awakens,” which ultimately grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. “The Last Jedi” is likely to eventually rank among the highest grossing films of all time, but it will depend on strong word-of-mouth and repeat viewings to sniff the realm of “The Force Awakens” or “Titanic.”Yet regardless of any user scores, “The Last Jedi” has proved to be easily the most divisive “Star Wars” film. (Lucas’ second trilogy was too universally panned to be much argued over.)Even many fans who generally applauded the film have taken issue with its comic flashes, a Princess Leia moment roundly compared to Mary Poppins, and of the film’s treatment of Hamill’s Skywalker. (Cantankerous and ornery, he spends most of the film on an isolated island.) And by shifting the parameters for how the Force works, some have said “The Last Jedi” is, as Variety claimed, “making stuff up as it goes along.”For its part, Disney has sensed the tremors of backlash.“Rian Johnson, the cast, Lucasfilm, they’ve delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ but at the same time is filled with things that are unexpected and new,” said Hollis. “And in that unexpected and new, it’s going to have people really talking.”Even the cast of “The Last Jedi” acknowledged they were surprised by the direction mapped out by Johnson, who wrote and directed. “What Rian came up with, I was stunned,” Hamill told The Associated Press earlier this year. Said Daisy Ridley of first reading the script: “I was going, ‘Uh, I’m not sure about this. It just took us all a second to be like, ‘OK, this is where the story is heading.”But Johnson made “The Last Jedi” disruptive by design.“Having been a Star Wars fan myself for the past 40 years, I know intimately how passionate they are about it and how everyone has stuff they love and hate in every single movie,” said Johnson. “That takes the pressure off a little bit just thinking, ‘Ok, there’s going to be stuff that everyone likes, there’s going to be stuff that people don’t like and it’s going to be a mixture.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP) center_img ‘The Last Jedi’ is a hit but how much did audiences like it?last_img read more

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Suge Knight attorneys released 1 day after arres

first_img‘Suge’ Knight attorneys released 1 day after arrest FILE – In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, speaks for his client, Marion “Suge” Knight, right, in a court appearance for a bail review hearing in his murder case in Los Angeles. Authorities say the high-profile Los Angeles attorney, Fletcher, has been arrested. Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida tells The Associated Press that Matthew Fletcher was arrested on a warrant Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Robyn Beck, Pool, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2018 4:14 am PDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2018 at 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Authorities have released two Los Angeles attorneys who represented former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight a day after they were arrested.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper were let out of jail Friday night because their “complex” case requires further review by prosecutors before they can be charged.Both men were arrested Thursday on warrants alleging they were accessories after the fact to a felony, authorities said, without disclosing what the felony was or what they are believed to have done.Messages to the district attorney’s office and the two attorneys were not immediately returned.The attorneys are among several who have represented Knight, the Death Row Records co-founder who was charged with murder and attempted murder in 2015. Knight has pleaded not guilty.last_img read more

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FILE In this May 25 2018 file photo Darius Ruc

first_img FILE – In this May 25, 2018 file photo, Darius Rucker performs on NBC’s Today show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Country singers Rucker and Kane Brown are sharing a chart record as the first two solo acts who are also minorities to follow each other with No. 1 country songs in the 28-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Darius Rucker and Kane Brown are sharing a chart record as the first two solo acts who are also minorities to follow each other with No. 1 country songs in the 28-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.According to Billboard, Brown, who is biracial, had a two-week No. 1 with “Heaven” and Rucker, who is black, followed him with his single, “For The First Time,” on the chart dated June 2. The chart, which digitally measures airplay, began in 1990.“I wanted to be involved in and make country music because I loved it,” said Rucker in a statement. “To be making history, especially with my little brother Kane Brown, is incredible and a great, added bonus.”Rucker got his first country No. 1 “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” in 2008, which was also followed at the top by Kenny Chesney’s song “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” with reggae group The Wailers.Meanwhile this is just the latest chart record for newcomer Brown, who is the only artist in Billboard history to top all five country charts simultaneously. He hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums, Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Songs charts.“I’ve always tried to make the music that I liked, and that I knew my fans would like, and have tried to stay true to that, and I am such a big fan of Darius’ musically, that sharing anything with him feels like an honour,” Brown said in a statement.But prior to the current Billboard chart, other minority acts have followed each other with No. 1 country singles. In 1975, Latino singers Johnny Rodriguez and Freddy Fender twice followed each other to the top of Billboard’s previous country singles chart. Darius Rucker, Kane Brown make country chart historycenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2018 9:56 am PDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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FILE In this October 1987 file photo Adrian Cr

first_img FILE – In this October 1987, file photo, Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on the Saigon-based Dawn Buster radio show from 1965-1966 whose experiences in the Vietnam War were chronicled in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam,” poses outside his home in Philadelphia, Pa. Cronauer died Wednesday, July 18, 2018. He was 79. Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) by Ben Finley, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2018 12:37 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORFOLK, Va. – Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” has died. He was 79.Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home, she said.During his service as a U.S. Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!”Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer’s time in Saigon.The film was a departure from other Vietnam war movies that focused on bloody realism, such as the Academy Award-winning “Platoon.” Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the 1960s fighting the military establishment.“We were the only game in town, and you had to play by our rules,” Cronauer told The Associated Press in 1987. “But I wanted to serve the listeners.”The military wanted conservative programming. American youths, however, were “not into drab, sterile announcements” with middle-of-the-road music, Cronauer said, and the battle over the airwaves was joined.In the film, Williams quickly drops Perry Como and Lawrence Welk from his 6 a.m. playlist in favour of the Dave Clark Five.Cronauer said he loved the movie but much of it was Hollywood make-believe. Robin Williams’ portrayal as a fast- talking, nonconformist, yuk-it-up disc jockey sometimes gave people the wrong impression of the man who inspired the film.“Yes, I did try to make it sound more like a stateside station,” he told The AP in 1989. “Yes, I did have problems with news censorship. Yes, I was in a restaurant shortly before the Viet Cong hit it. And yes, I did start each program by yelling, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam!’”The rest is what he delicately called “good script crafting.”When the film was released, the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Jackson called asking if Cronauer would help out. The conversation died quickly after Cronauer asked the caller if she realized he was a Republican.In 1992, George H. W. Bush’s re-election campaign taped a TV ad slamming Bill Clinton’s draft record. In the ad, Cronauer accused Clinton of lying.“In many ways, I’m a very conservative guy,” he said. “A lifelong, card-carrying Republican can’t be that much of an anti-establishment type.”Cronauer was from Pittsburgh, the son of a steelworker and a schoolteacher. After the military, he worked in radio, television and advertising.In 1979, Cronauer saw the film “Apocalypse Now” with his friend Ben Moses, who also served in Vietnam and worked at the Saigon radio station.“We said that’s not our story of Vietnam,” Moses recalled Thursday. “And we made a deal over a beer that we were going to have a movie called ‘Good Morning, Vietnam.’”It wasn’t easy. Hollywood producers were incensed at the idea of a comedy about Vietnam, said Moses, who co-produced the film.“I said ‘It’s not a comedy — it’s the sugar on top of the medicine,” Moses said.Writer Mitch Markowitz made the film funny, and director Barry Levinson added the tragic-comedy aspect, Moses said. Williams’ performance was nominated for an Oscar.Moses said the film was a pivotal moment in changing the way Americans thought about the Vietnamese and the war.Muse, the wife of Cronauer’s stepson, said the movie “helped open dialogue and discussion that had long been avoided.”“He loved the servicemen and servicewomen all over the world and always made time to personally engage with them,” she said.She added that he was “a loving and devoted husband to his late wife Jeane (as well as a) father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”Cronauer attended the University of Pennsylvania’s law school and went into the legal profession, working in communications law and later handling prisoner-of-war issues for the Pentagon.“I always was a bit of an iconoclast, as Robin (Williams) was in the film,” Cronauer told the AP in 1999. “But I was not anti-military, or anti-establishment. I was anti-stupidity. And you certainly do run into a lot of stupidity in the military.”center_img Airman who inspired ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ film has diedlast_img read more

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Author Margaret Atwood to mark Handmaids Tale s

first_imgAuthor Margaret Atwood to mark ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel with live theatrical event AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Margaret Atwood is coming to a theatre near you in a special live event timed with the release of her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood poses for a photo as she promotes “Alias Grace,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept.13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2019 1:31 pm PDTcenter_img TORONTO — Margaret Atwood is coming to a theatre near you in a special live event timed with the release of her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”The celebrated novelist will be the focus of “Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas,” a fireside chat hosted by BBC journalist Samira Ahmed.Atwood will reflect on her acclaimed career and what led her to write “The Testaments,” a second handmaid book she’s releasing more than three decades after the first.The event will be broadcast live from National Theatre in London on Sept. 10, the same day her book hits stores.Organizers promise a number of special guests will be announced later this year.“Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas” will be beamed to more than 1,000 screens, including Cineplex theatres across Canada.It’ll also play movie chains in the United States and the United Kingdom.Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET through www.margaretatwoodlive.com. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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