Go back to the e-newsletter >A group of lucky Australian travel agents recently sampled one of APT’s most sought-after Royal Invitations – an exclusive classical concert at the City Palace in Vienna, owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein.Widely regarded as one of the city’s most exquisite buildings, the group visited the palace as part of a week sailing aboard the award-winning luxury river cruise operator’s MS AmaVerde between Budapest and Nuremberg.On arrival at the palace, the guests were treated to a cocktail reception before enjoying an evening of culture and captivating entertainment.Other highlights of the special 8-day itinerary cruise included the chance to journey aboard the Majestic Imperator train between Passau and Linz, also an exclusive APT Royal Invitation.Taking in the scenery of Austria’s famous Salzkammergut region, the group of travel agents enjoyed morning tea aboard the train before disembarking in Salzburg for a tour, which touched on some of the sights from the classic ‘Sound of Music’ and the chance to explore Mirabell Gardens. They then reboarded, enjoying drinks, canapés and music en route to Linz, where they rejoined their river cruise.The agents also sampled APT’s all inclusive lifestyle on board their luxury river cruise ship; dining at the Chef’s Table Restaurant, enjoying complimentary beverages and relaxing in their Twin Balcony suites, all of which featured butler services and complimentary Wi-Fi.Pictured at the City Palace are, from left to right: Natalie Thompson (helloworld Moe), Fiona Borserini (helloworld), Jodie Pellegrino (helloworld Wangaratta), Elyse Hebblewhite (helloworld Shellharbour), Jane Thistlethwaite (helloworld Bankstown & Drummoyne), Kristine Fisher (APT), Jenaya Soster-Kath (helloworld Helensvale Westfield), Janelle Ramsey (APT), Corinne Ellis (helloworld Strathpine), Vivienne Seery (helloworld Bullcreek) and Kerry Holmes (Balnarring Travel & Cruise).Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterCachet Hotel Group (CHG) has announced the debut of its first resort development in Asia. Located in Guizhou Province, China, the dual-branded resort development Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley is set to open with both URBN and Cachet Resort concepts in October 2016.A national tourism destination known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenery, Guizhou enjoys the designation as one of “Top 52 Places to Go in 2016” according to The New York Times. Owned and developed by Guizhou SenYao Real Estate Development Company, the resort spans 121ha of natural scenic land in the Xingyi City of Guizhou province.“Travellers can now look forward to an unrivalled dimension of authentic local discovery, new experiences and innovative designs from the iconic Cachet and eco-friendly URBN brands, together with the benefits of Cachet’s technology platform.” said Liang Shang Yan, Co-Chairman of Guizhou SenYao Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.Designed by world-class Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri in tandem with Simon Ma – one of China’s most well-known, acclaimed artists – the resort complex will feature a 182-room Cachet Resort Hotel and a 71-room URBN hotel. In addition to well-appointed, design-focused rooms, signature amenities and personalised services, the lifestyle destination will also offer two restaurants and lounges. These will include a signature all-day dining venue and a specialty restaurant that will offer distinct culinary experiences for both guests and locals alike. Recreation facilities on property are set to include a swimming pool, spa and fully equipped fitness centre.The property will be on CHG’s revolutionary technology platform, CachetWorld, which is a lifestyle community that features a search and booking engine for boutique and lifestyle hotels and high-end residences worldwide.Nestled in the heart of Wanfeng Valley Village, the resort is within close proximity to the village’s major shopping, dining and entertainment outlets as well as only a short drive to the main airport and high-speed rail station, set to open in 2020. The recently opened convention centre will also help to attract corporate business travellers to the property in addition to leisure travellers.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterFairmont Hotels & Resorts and Next Century Associates have signed definitive agreements to revitalise and manage the historic Century Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles. The crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and every United States President since its opening in 1966. The hotel is currently undergoing a meticulous restoration and will re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018.The approximately $2.5 billion redevelopment project includes around 394 guestrooms and 63 branded residences within the original building, along with two new 46-story luxury residential towers with 290 luxury residences and approximately 9,200 square metres of boutique high-street shopping and expanded parking facilities.Originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki, Fairmont Century Plaza will be transformed by world-renowned architecture firms Pei Cobb Freed, Gensler and Marmol Radzinger and the internationally acclaimed design group Yabu Pushelberg. The team is revisioning the hotel’s renowned lobby, connecting it to a series of public plazas and fountains with two-acres of open space and gardens, surrounded by restaurants and retail boutiques.The Los Angeles landmark resides on a 2.5-hectare site within one of the most prominent neighbourhoods in the world. Built on the former backlot of 20th Century Fox Studios, the hotel faces the famous fountains at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard. The property is surrounded by class ‘A’ offices, residences, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues, and is adjacent to Beverly Hills, one of the highest grossing retail areas in the United States.Fairmont is expanding its strong partnership with Woodridge Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based multi-disciplined real estate development and investment company. The two companies have enjoyed success together at Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii. Go back to the e-newsletter
Delta’s first A220 rolled out of the paint shop in its signature Delta colors and took its first test flight earlier this month. Today, the aircraft will fly from Mirabel to Delta’s hometown of Atlanta, where Delta employees will carry out additional induction work and flight crew training on the A220 in the months ahead to finalise readiness for its first customer flight. Go back to the enewsletterDelta Air Lines‘ fleet now features the state-of-the-art and experience-rich Airbus A220-100, slated to debut on scheduled flights in January.At a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec today, Delta became the first North American operator of the A220, continuing its effort to transform the travel experience for Delta customers.“The innovation, creativity and remarkable engineering skills that went into the design and production of this aircraft is simply breathtaking,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian to an audience of Delta, Airbus and Bombardier employees gathered in Mirabel. “The A220 will serve as the cornerstone of our future domestic growth.”Delta’s A220 is the latest investment in a fleet modernisation program that aims to replace 20% of older, less efficient aircraft by 2020. The A220 will bring an elevated customer experience to top business routes with features that customers will look forward to every time they fly.“We at Airbus are dedicated to providing the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and customer-friendly aircraft, and the remarkable A220 certainly delivers,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business. “When a great airline like Delta puts a new aircraft into service, the entire industry takes note. The A220 team is gratified by the confidence that the Delta family has placed in this aircraft.”Delta employees inspect new A220 upon delivery to ATLIn addition to a modern interior with a spacious, wide-body feel, Delta’s A220 will feature best-in-class fuel performance. Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20% improvement in fuel efficiency over older, similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on 31 January from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth. Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterQatar Airways officially launched its award-winning Qsuite Business Class for Adelaide. Passengers can now experience Qsuite when travelling between Adelaide and 160 destinations worldwide, including over 55 European cities.Qatar Airways began its services to and from Adelaide to Doha in 2016, flying the first Airbus A350 into Australia. The introduction of the Qsuite service will offer travellers from Adelaide more comfort than ever before.Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class. Private cabins for up to four people feature privacy panels that can be stowed away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, an industry first. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager for Australasia, Adam Radwanski, said: “We have always been committed to providing the best service to our Adelaide customers. It was the first airport in Australia that welcomed the Airbus A350-900 aircraft when we launched here. Now we are excited that Adelaide passengers can experience QSuite, which won the 2019 Skytrax ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’”.The airline has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Mombasa, Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Izmir, Turkey; Rabat, Morocco; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will soon fly to Langkawi, Malaysia in October 2019.Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedFlights to Skiathos to be launched from BristolFlights to Skiathos to be launched from BristolEasyJet to introduce 15 new European flights this wintereasyJet will launch 15 new flights to European destinations as part of its upcoming winter scheduleFlights to Morocco and Canary Islands to be introduced by easyJeteasyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel Kiss Flights will launch its first cheap flights to Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh from Bristol at the beginning of July.The holiday company will operate flights to the Egyptian holiday destination every Thursday from July 2nd until the end of October, while weekly flights to the Canary Island will begin on July 3rd.Abbey Thomas, Kiss Flights’ national sales manager, said that the company had enjoyed “huge demand for local services” before choosing to expand its operations from Bristol.”[The flights] further underline our commitment to the general public to provide low-cost seats to popular holiday destinations from their local airport,” she commented.Kiss Flights offers flights to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands from its bases at Gawick, Manchester, East Midlands and Bristol.Flights to Tenerife will be operated by Viking Airlines, while the Sharm el Sheikh route will be operated by Koral Blue using its Airbus A319 aircraft.Cheap flights carrier Ryanair launched new flights to Belfast City from Bristol Airport on March 30th. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
More passengers took flights to international destinations from Bristol in May, despite the disruption to schedules caused by the volcanic ash cloud.That is according to new figures which revealed that passenger numbers increased by 5.3 percent at the hub in May, with ten percent more people taking international flights than in the same month last year.May represented the fifth consecutive month in which Bristol saw increasing passenger numbers – over 500,000 people passed through the terminal in that period.Commenting, Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s aviation director, said that the hub is seeing strong demand for both business and leisure travel.However, he warned: “This continued growth underlines the need to develop and enhance facilities for passengers.”Throughout the busy summer season, passengers are being asked to allow sufficient time at the airport to check-in, drop bags, clear security and board their flight.”Bristol is currently preparing for the arrival of a new service to Shannon, which will be operated by Aer Lingus six times a week from July 1st.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSecurity fast pass system at BristolSecurity fast pass system at BristolFlights to Shannon launched from BristolAer Lingus Regional has commenced direct flights to Shannon from BristolBristol Airport reports rise in cheap flights passenger turnoverBristol Airport reports rise in cheap flights passenger turnover
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Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – Developers and hoteliers behind the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos recently announced plans to expand the award-winning brand with the launch of Grace Bay Resorts. The expansion will move Grace Bay Resorts into other Caribbean destinations and Latin America with the ultimate goal of developing 10 additional properties within the next decade.“Grace Bay Club is a super luxury handmade brand. It was created from the ground up through the efforts of a world class team dedicated to creating world class residential ownership opportunities while redefining the hotel experience with personal service,” says Mark Durliat, CEO and developer for Grace Bay Club located on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. “We plan to duplicate this same hands-on approach with Grace Bay Resorts, maintaining an entrepreneurial mindset as we expand into other regions. While we plan on getting larger as a collection, we feel it is imperative that we never lose the feel of an intimate and personalized resort company that listens to and understands the needs and wants of our guests and residential buyers.”Under the umbrella of Grace Bay Resorts, Mark Durliat and Nikheel Advani, longtime partner and group Chief Operating Officer, plan on duplicating the existing Grace Bay Club model that has been so successful in the Caribbean into other regions including the Eastern Caribbean, Latin America and further expansion in the Turks & Caicos. To date, Grace Bay Resorts has entered into a Letter of Intent for two new Grace Bay Resorts branded properties in these regions and is currently reviewing other locations in the Caribbean and Latin America.In addition to duplicating the Grace Bay Club model, Durliat and Advani will introduce a new 5-star contemporary lifestyle resort brand, CAYA. CAYA, a design-driven modern luxury resort and residential experience, will provide guests with a vibrant mix of concept dining, entertainment venues, a signature rooftop bar and luxury shopping. Designed by award-winning architect Chad Oppenheim, the first CAYA property is scheduled to open in 2011. The 150-key resort will be located on a six acre site in Turks and Caicos adjacent to the existing Grace Bay Club on the island of Providenciales.
New Providence, The Bahamas – Spearheaded by master developer and real estate visionary Roger Stein, the New South Ocean Development Company’s future $1 billion mixed-use resort project is located on 385 acres of pristine shoreline along the southwestern coast on New Providence Island in Nassau. The exclusive development will encompass a large upscale casino hotel, an intimate five+ star boutique hotel, a lifestyle hotel brand, a mega yacht marina, spa, retail outlets, a world-class tennis center and residential components. The Blue Shark Golf Club, a 7,200 yard, 18-hole championship course recently re-designed by Greg Norman is scheduled to open in late 2008/early 2009.The resort is the third and final location designated by the Government of The Bahamas for a full-scale casino and hotel operation on New Providence. Mr. Stein saw the potential to expand in New Providence and create an upscale retreat with convenient airlift from U.S. gateways. The resort is just a 10 minute drive from Nassau’s International Airport and the destinations has held strong ties to long-established North American and European tourism.Resort development component plans are as follows:Casino Resort Hotel(s): A 1500 room beachfront property including hotel condominium units, casino, large pool complex, spa, conference and entertainment venues and retail and service space. Luxury Boutique Hotel: An exclusive, ultra-luxury beachfront five-star resort, featuring a large world-class spa, gourmet restaurant and beachfront serviced villas. Lifestyle Hotel: A beachfront, boutique hotel catering to the hip and chic market. Golf Course: The 7,200 yard Greg Norman signature Blue Shark Golf Course has plans for a world-class clubhouse and related facilities. Mega Yacht Marina with Marina Village/Retail Space Residential Estates: This component consists of secure residential estate lots, with frontage on the golf course Luxury Residences: To be serviced by the luxury resort adjacent to the golf course and the canal with docking. Racquet Club and Tennis Facilities: A world-class racquet club and tennis training center, run by world famous tennis star will serve as an amenity for visitors and residents.ABOUT ROGER STEIN: Roger Stein, a long time entrepreneur, is the Managing Director and Master Developer of The New South Ocean Development Company LTD, created in 2005 based in New York City. In his previous role as Director of Business Development of Plaza Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina, Stein oversaw negotiations for the firms’ real estate interests. He was involved in the development of the 1.4 million square-foot Crabtree Mall, the largest mall in Raleigh, as well as the Siena hotel in Chapel Hill, a winner of AAA Diamond Awards for Excellence in Food and Rooms.Also an accomplished musician, noted music producer and owner of indie record label Iguana Records, Stein has worked with many international recording artists including Keith Richards, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis and others. Mr. Stein holds a Law Degree from Duke Law School and a B.A. from Skidmore College. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in New York City’s Soho and in The Bahamas.
FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Aziz Ansari arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated in 2017. Ansari said in a statement Sunday, Jan. 14, that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer in an interview with Babe.net, says she was furious when she saw Ansari was wearing a “Time’s Up” pin while accepting a Golden Globe on Jan. 7.She said it brought back memories of him assaulting her after a date in his apartment.The next day, the woman texted Ansari letting him know that she was upset with his behaviour that night.Ansari says he was surprised and apologized.___This story has been corrected to remove the name of the woman provided by the Babe.net story. The AP does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault. Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations by The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2018 7:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Edwin Hawkins appears at the Apollo Theater Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration in New York. Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day,” died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at his home in Pleasanton, Calif., at age 74. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74.Hawkins died at his home in Pleasanton, California. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press.Along with Andrae Crouch, James Cleveland and a handful of others, Hawkins was credited as a founder of modern gospel music. Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and numerous other singers had become mainstream stars by adapting gospel sounds to pop lyrics. Hawkins stood out for enjoying commercial success while still performing music that openly celebrated religious faith.An Oakland native and one of eight siblings, Hawkins was a composer, keyboardist, arranger and choir master. He had been performing with his family and in church groups since childhood and in his 20s helped form the Northern California State Youth Choir.Their first album, “Let Us Go into the House of the Lord,” came out in 1968 and was intended for local audiences. But radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area began playing one of the album’s eight tracks, “Oh Happy Day,” an 18th century hymn arranged by Hawkins in call-and-response style.“Oh Happy Day,” featuring the vocals of Dorothy Combs Morrison, was released as a single credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers and became a million-seller in 1969, showing there was a large market for gospel songs and for inspirational music during the turbulent era of the late 1960s.“I think our music was probably a blend and a crossover of everything that I was hearing during that time,” Hawkins told blackmusic.com in 2015. “We grew up hearing all kinds of music in our home. My mother, who was a devout Christian, loved the Lord and displayed that in her lifestyle.“My father was not a committed Christian at that time but was what you’d call a good man,” he said. “And, of course, we heard from him some R&B music but also a lot of country and western when we were younger kids.”In 1970, the Hawkins singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for “Oh Happy Day.”Meanwhile, George Harrison would cite “Oh Happy Day” as inspiration for his hit “My Sweet Lord,” and Glen Campbell reached the adult contemporary charts with his own version of the Hawkins performance. Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis and numerous others also would record it.Hawkins went on to make dozens of records and won four Grammys in all, including for the songs “Every Man Wants to Be Free” and “Wonderful!” In 2007, he was voted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. He also toured on occasion with younger brother Walter Hawkins, a Grammy winner who died in 2010.Edwin Hawkins is survived by his siblings Carol, Feddie, Daniel and Lynette. Gospel star Edwin Hawkins, known for ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dies by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2018 1:17 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2018 1:04 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge denies bail for NXIVM founder NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal judge in New York has denied bail for a self-help group founder in his sex-trafficking case after questions were raised about an heiress who has bankrolled him.Lawyers for Keith Raniere had sought his release on Tuesday on $10 million bond, but the judge sided with prosecutors who argued he could flee with the help of benefactors known to include Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune.Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza labeled a person fitting the description of Bronfman as a co-conspirator in the case.There was no immediate response on Tuesday to a message left with a lawyer for Bronfman, who hasn’t been charged.Raniere has denied charges he formed a secret society within NXIVM (NEHK’-see-um) that branded victims with his initials.
Man sentenced for smashing Trump’s Hollywood star with axe FILE – This July 25, 2018 file photo shows Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after it was vandalized in Los Angeles. The man who smashed the star on has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to a felony count of vandalism. A judge also sentenced Austin Mikel Clay on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, to attend psychological counseling and pay more than $9,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 1:36 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A man who smashed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to a felony count of vandalism.City News Service reports a judge also sentenced Austin Mikel Clay on Wednesday to attend psychological counselling and pay more than $9,400 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He must also perform community service.Clay took a pickax to Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard in July. The star recognizes Trump for his work on the TV show “The Apprentice.” It was quickly repaired.After he pleaded not guilty in August, Clay told reporters the vandalism was a “rightful and just act.” He said he wanted to “bring about positive political change” and didn’t believe prosecutors should have charged him.
TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario says it now has the money it needs to buy a $2-million Infinity Mirror room.The Toronto gallery says its online crowdfunding campaign raised $651,183 from more than 4,700 donors. That’s about half of the $1.3-million target it had set for the month-long campaign.The rest of the money comes from the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, held in the AGO Foundation.Before the campaign, the fund provided $1 million for the piece. After the campaign, the same fund covered the balance remaining, which included an extra $300,000 to cover publicity and installation costs.The gallery says it is buying a mirrored room by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama called “Let’s Survive Forever.” It features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.Kusama’s Instagram-friendly contemporary art drew more than 169,000 visitors to an AGO exhibition last spring. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Art Gallery of Ontario says it has funds to buy a permanent Infinity Mirror room by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2018 9:03 am PDT The Canadian Press A woman looks at Yayoi Kusama’s “Love Forever,” part of the “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on February 27, 2018. A month-long bid by the Art Gallery of Ontario to raise $1.3 million for an Infinity Mirror Room is ending today well short of the goal. And so the Toronto gallery says it is accepting donations for several more days, until Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2019 6:24 am PDT The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US iBook charts for week ending December 30, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Becoming by Michelle Obama – 9781524763152 – (Crown)2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman – 9780062259677 – (Ecco)3. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – 9780062008671 – (Harper Perennial)4. The Terminal List by Jack Carr – 9781501180835 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)6. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)7. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci – 9781538761557 – (Grand Central Publishing)8. Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson – 9780316417501 – (Little, Brown and Company)9. The Reckoning by John Grisham – 9780385544160 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)10. One Day in December by Josie Silver – 9780525574705 – (Crown Archetype)____The Associated Press
Despite suit, effort for Robert Indiana museum is advancing by David Sharp, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 11:09 am PDT PORTLAND, Maine — Despite costly litigation embroiling pop artist Robert Indiana’s estate, the foundation tasked with transforming the reclusive artist’s home into an art museum is moving forward.The presumptive chairman of the Star of Hope Foundation is making plans to add board members, engage with the Vinalhaven, Maine, island community where Indiana lived until his death, evaluate the art collection and overhaul his dilapidated house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.“We generally feel optimistic about this. This is a wonderful, incredible opportunity not just for Vinalhaven, but for the state of Maine,” Larry Sterrs told The Associated Press.Indiana, whose iconic LOVE series is instantly recognizable worldwide, retreated in 1978 from New York City to Vinalhaven Island, 15 miles (24 kilometres) off the coast of Rockland.His home is known as the Star of Hope, after the former lodge of the fraternal organization Odd Fellows that used to be there. It has fallen into disrepair in recent years. When Indiana died at 89 in May, there was a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside.Board members say they are committed to fulfilling Indiana’s vision for transforming the place into a museum where the public can view the artist’s extensive works. But before the museum can be ready, a lawsuit filed the day before Indiana’s death that needs to be settled.Indiana’s former caretaker, Jamie Thomas, is accused in a federal lawsuit of taking advantage of the artist. It claims Thomas and an art publisher exploited Indiana in his final years by making unauthorized reproductions of his work. Thomas’ lawyers have said there’s more to the story and it will come out in court. A trial is scheduled for October in New York.Sterrs, who currently leads the Unity Foundation, said despite the litigation, work on the museum is continuing.The expectation is that Sterrs will serve as board chairman, alongside two current directors, Thomas and James Brannan, attorney for Indiana’s estate.Under Indiana’s will, Thomas was tasked with running the museum, but he’ll report to the board on which he serves.“Bob directed that Jamie be involved with Star of Hope Inc. because Bob trusted Jamie to turn into reality both Bob’s vision for preservation of his artistic legacy and Bob’s desire to make Vinalhaven Community life more sustainable,” Thomas’ attorney, John Frumer, said.Sterrs said he plans to name two more independent directors soon. The board will immediately engage with the local community to discuss the Star of Hope project, he said.Phil Crossman, chairman of Historic Down Street LLC, which was formed to protect historical properties on Vinalhaven, said he’s happy that progress is being made.“I’m encouraged by the prospect that it may happen sooner than later,” said Crossman, who operates The Tidewater.The Star of Hope is only a shell of it what it once was. The front windows are boarded up. Clapboards are peeling. There’s no electricity or heat.The foundation plans to enlist architects and engineers but reconstruction will not begin until the conclusion of the lawsuit.Nonetheless, both Indiana’s caretaker and the attorney for his estate are eager to fulfil Indiana’s wishes, Sterrs said.“They are anxious for the wishes and the will of Mr. Indiana to be carried out,” he said. “If I can help with that, then that’s great.”David Sharp, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2019 3:02 am PDT Books on slavery, prison system win literary prizes NEW YORK — Books on slavery, the prison system and the Harlem Renaissance are among this year’s winners of J. Anthony Lukas prizes, named for the late author and journalist.Shane Bauer’s “American Prison: Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment” won the $10,000 Lukas Book Prize for writing that combines “literary grace,” deep research and social impact. Two books won the $25,000 Lukas Work-In-Progress Awards: Maurice Chammah’s “Let the Lord Sort Them” and Steven Dudley’s “Mara: The Making of the MS-13.”Andrew Delbanco’s “The War Before the War,” a history of fugitive slaves; and Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Harlem Renaissance leader Alain Locke, “The New Negro,” each won $10,000 Mark Lynton History prizes.The Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announced the awards Wednesday.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Celebrities answer call to share abortion testimonials Many people think they don’t know anyone who’s had an abortion, actress and TV host Busy Philipps tweeted earlier this week, “but #youknowme.”So, she urged, “let’s share it and start to end the shame.” On her E! show “Busy Tonight,” she shared her own story of her abortion when she was 15. “I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over the country,” she said.Philipps’ call has inspired thousands of women to share the personal, often painful stories of their own abortions in response to Alabama’s vote for a near blanket ban. (Other states that have passed bans are Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and, on Friday, Missouri.) Among them are a number of celebrities. Here are excerpts from their remarks:CYNTHIA NIXON, actress and activist, on Twitter:“Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back. #YouKnowMe.”AMBER TAMBLYN, actress, on Twitter:“In 2012, I had an abortion. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. … It was the right choice for me, at that time in my life. I have not a single doubt about this. #YouKnowMe.”MINKA KELLY, actress, on Instagram:“When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could’ve made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus. … With all this punishment for women I wonder where all the punishment is for the men in this scenario. By looking at the photo of all the men who are making this mess, I find it hard to believe that if it were the autonomy of a man’s body, health and life in question, I can’t help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place.”TESS HOLLIDAY, model, on Instagram:“I’m from Mississippi, living in California, married with 2 kids, & I had an abortion. My mental health couldn’t handle being pregnant again & I made the best decision for ME & ultimately my family.”JAMEELA JAMIL, actress, on Twitter:“Call me whatever you like. I’m not sorry about my abortion. Contraception failed me and I did what was best for my mental and physical health at the time. And I would do it again if I had to. I don’t feel at ALL ashamed, and if you had one too, for any reason, neither should you.”MILLA JOVOVICH, on having to have a medical abortion after four and a half months:“I went into pre term labour and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.”MIRANDA JULY, filmmaker, on Twitter:?”I was 27. My then-boyfriend … thought we should consider having it and I said something like DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH I AM ON THE VERGE OF DOING?? 2 years later I started shooting my first feature. #youknowmeCECILE RICHARDS, activist, former head of Planned Parenthood?”I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me, and it wasn’t a hard one. My husband and I were working more than full time and had three kids already. I was fortunate that, at the time, accessing abortion in TX was not the nightmare it is now. #YouKnowMe.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 2:14 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Spider-Man’ soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2019 9:05 am PDT This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Tom Holland in a scene from “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” (Jay Maidment/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP) NEW YORK — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” swooped in to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening in North America on Tuesday and earning $93.6 million from Friday to Sunday.The opening gave Sony Pictures one of its best weeks ever. “Far From Home” has grossed $580 million worldwide in 10 days of release. It also came with an assist from Disney’s Marvel Studios, which has partnered with Sony on this and its previous “Spider-Man” release.Disney’s “Toy Story 4” slid to second, holding strong with $34.3 million in its third weekend.In third is Universal’s Beatles-themed “Yesterday,” which tallied $10.8 million in its second weekend.Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” fell shy of his debut sensation “Hereditary,” opening with $10.9 million over five days of release.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press