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And according to Arizona Cardinals free agent Karlos Dansby, Sam’s presence — and everything that comes with it — will pose a problem for whatever team he’s on.“It will definitely be a distraction, without a doubt,” he told Sirius XM’s NFL Radio. “That’s something that you really don’t even really want to talk about. You want to talk about football and making plays, and doing stuff like that. And the team you’re about to play against. You don’t want to answer questions about one’s sexual preference.”A prevailing thought seems to be if Sam can help a team win football games, his teammates will accept him. Of course, that would not prevent others from continually pressing the issue of his off-the-field lifestyle, which could be the distraction Dansby is referring to. Even if his teammates do not care, the questions from media, friends, fans and family could persist to the point where they — not Sam — become the distraction.But the only thing people know is whoever selects Sam in May’s draft will do so with the idea that they know how to prevent their rookie from being an issue. And then, the distraction Dansby is referring to would likely go away. No one truly knows if Michael Sam, who recently came out as being gay, will be a distraction for an NFL team should he be drafted by one.The Missouri linebacker would be the first openly gay player to be in the league — and while there is little doubt there have been others like him throughout the course of the league’s history — he would be the first not to keep it a secret during his playing days. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “You’ll try to mask the situation, but it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be hard, man,” Dansby said. “Because it’s such a big topic. Him being the first guy to really come out and say those things, there’s going to be a lot of questions being asked day in and day out.”But those questions come from people who are not part of the team, not in the locker room. It is in there that Sam will need to be most accepted, though Dansby thinks it will be a bit of a challenge. “I think it will be difficult, just from the nature of the game,” he said. “And the history of the game and the things that go on in a locker room; I think it will be tough, I think it will be tough on him.“I think it will be real hard on him.”Sam seems ready to embrace the challenge, though. He came out to his Missouri teammates prior to the 2013 season, then helped lead the Tigers to a 12-win season and becoming a unanimous first-team All-American in the process. He tallied 48 tackles — 19 for loss — along with 11.5 sacks. If he can play like that in the NFL, it’s possible the conversation will go from him being a gay football player to him being a good football player.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “It’s a very hard place to leave. When you’re on a team who was a game away from a Super Bowl, who got the type of coaches that we have and the type of players and just the type of bond that we have, it’s a very hard place to leave.”Last season, Johnson ran for three touchdowns and 814 yards in 196 attempts, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He fractured his tibia in a Week 12 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers and was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list.Johnson would have been eligible to return to play in Super Bowl 50, but the Cardinals were bounced from the playoffs by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game.“It was tough, because that was my first time in my whole career ever missing a game due to injury,” Johnson said. “So, what helped me get over it was I was having a chance to go to the Super Bowl. So, you just come in every day and just rehab, rehab. I really thought in my mind that we were going to be there. Everybody on the team just knew we were going to be there. And that’s the mindset you got to have, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.“That was a big part of why I came back. Knowing that we were so close and we had unfinished business.” Chris Johnson entered free agency following a productive 2015 campaign, and chose to re-sign with the Arizona Cardinals. Even though he could’ve pursued more money or a different situation, Johnson said the thought of signing with another team never really crossed his mind.“I’m glad to be back,” Johnson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “You know there were a couple of teams involved, a lot of good situations. Once I left here in the offseason, talking with my agent and stuff I always said, in order for me to leave here, I was going to have to get an offer that I couldn’t refuse. An offer that I couldn’t turn down; (an offer) that was blowing out the offer that I got here. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Chris Johnson, Cardinals running back Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson signed a one-year deal in March worth $1.5 million, which included a $615,000 signing bonus. – / 16 Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) is chased by the Detroit Lions defense during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals are likely still trying to sort out the aftermath of Jenkins’ injury and the impact it will have on the position, but Bethel tried to calm everyone’s nerves by relaying what he has seen in practice.“We have a lot of young guys,” Bethel said. “I’ve been in the league but when it comes to the corner position I haven’t played a lot of reps at it, but from what I’ve seen, Brandon’s been playing great. He’s been getting better every week.“When I get healthy, it just adds to it. If everybody can stay healthy through the season, we’re just going to get better as the time goes on; the more we play.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 33 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Jenkins hurt his right knee trying to tackle Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the first quarter. As he was being carted off, he slammed his fist hard on the cart, knowing the injury was serious.It’s possible the Cardinals will find some help when other teams announce their initial cuts on Tuesday and their final cuts on Saturday when NFL rosters must be trimmed to 53 players. Seattle cut veteran Brandon Browner on Monday, but it’s unclear if the Cardinals would have much interest in a guy whose best days appear to be well behind him.“We’re one down from where we were but the same guys are battling it out,” Arians said. “It’s not like there’s a bunch of them running around on the street so you take what you got and you coach ’em up and you go.”While Arians praised the solid camp of Cariel Brooks, the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson appears to be a competition between Justin Bethel and rookie Brandon Williams, both of whom have had their struggles in the preseason. Bethel saw his first game action on Sunday and got beat twice by Texans receiver Will Fuller, once for a TD.“I obviously gave up a couple plays, but it’s going to happen, especially when you haven’t played in about four months and you only got three practices to get back into it,” Bethel said. “It shows me where I’m at; definitely not 100 percent but getting there. The first deep ball was just bad feet at the line. That second one, I’ve just got to work on better positioning.” TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals didn’t need any more challenges at the non-Patrick Peterson cornerback position. They got one anyway.Coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that veteran Mike Jenkins suffered an ACL injury in Sunday’s preseason loss in Houston and will go on injured reserve, robbing a group that already lacks depth of another key piece.“It was a shame because he had a chance to be our starting corner,” Arians said. “He was battling through the (broken right) hand (injury) and it was another one of those non-contact injuries.” Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive back Mike Jenkins (43) is taken off the field by cart after an injury during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arians had more advice for his highest paid full-time corner behind Peterson.“Bethel obviously was very rusty,” Arians said, “trying to stop back-shoulder throws instead of upfield-shoulder throws — throws for touchdowns. The others are just first downs.”Williams had a better day. He was beaten once on a ball that was dropped, but he held his own against Hopkins on several snaps, and he came out of the game feeling good about his play.“It was my best preseason game, technique-wise,” he said. “The first two games, my technique wasn’t where it was supposed to be. In this game, I feel like my technique got way better.”As the Cardinals search for depth beyond those two, Arians was asked about the possibility of shifting Tyrann Mathieu to cornerback for more snaps than the versatile defensive back normally takes away from the safety position. Arians appeared to contradict himself.“If he were healthy and full speed, yes but probably not for a while,” he said.When asked later what sort of role he anticipated for Mathieu in the season opener against New England on Sept. 11, Arians said: “I expect to him to be out there full speed, ready to roll.”
Fitzgerald’s name was never added to the walk because he left Pitt after his sophomore season to enter the NFL.“They had a banquet maybe three weeks ago and I didn’t find out until that night that I was being honored,” Johnson said. “They actually put my name in, engraved it, so I got to see it.“It’s a huge sidewalk. Whenever you come on your official visits they take you on the walkway and a lot of people walk past it. I wanted to leave a legacy at Pitt; have my name remembered so it’s pretty cool.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — When Dorian Johnson took his first official visit to the University of Pittsburgh during his junior year at Belle Vernon Area High School, he toured the program’s practice facility that Pitt shares with the NFL’s Steelers.To get to the locker rooms at Pitt, you have to walk down a long hallway, past a display on the left side that honors the school’s first-team All-Americans. That display features Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but it also features a litany of offensive line greats from Pitt’s past, including Mark May, Jimbo Covert, Bill Fralic, Mark Stepnoski and Ruben Brown. Johnson walked past that display every day for four years, marveling at the names, but he also noticed a gap that he hoped to fill.“When I was getting recruited, the O-line coach at the time was Jim Hueber,” Johnson said. “He told me there was a need for offensive linemen. It had been a while since we put a guy up on that wall. We had a lot of guys that were converted from D-tackles, tight ends, stuff like that.”The Panthers wanted to redshirt Johnson, but the need for starters on the patchwork line was so great that he jumped into the lineup at tackle in the eighth game of his freshman season. His first assignment: Georgia Tech All-American Jeremiah Attaochu, now an outside linebacker with the San Diego Chargers.“Attaochu gave him an education that night,” Pitt Executive Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations, EJ Borghetti said. “It was basically trial by fire and it served him well. He never looked back from that.”Johnson went on to become a three-year starter and a first-team All-American his senior year. Now he hopes to do what those Pitt legends before him did at the NFL level, after the Cardinals drafted him in the fourth round with the 115th overall selection. “Like anything, if you haven’t played it in a while you have to work on it so I’ve actually been staying after practice, or coming before practice just working on my sits, just my fits out of a right-handed stance, just getting back in the groove for it,” he said. “From what I’ve heard, recovery is the biggest thing you can do to play at a high level in the NFL. If you’re not fully recovered you can’t come out and compete against these guys. They’re different animals, playing at the top of their game.”Time will tell if Johnson can make that quick adjustment. In the meantime, he is also adjusting to the Arizona heat and looking forward to working with Fitzgerald next week when OTAs begin.Johnson has something from his Pitt days that Fitzgerald never achieved, but he has no intention of ever bringing it up.In addition to the All-American display, Pitt honors its greatest seniors in a highly visible manner. In the heart of campus, between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel, is a sidewalk known as the Varsity Walk. There, embedded in the stones, are the names of former Pitt athletes who have promoted the university through their athletic or academic achievements. Arizona Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Dorian Johnson (64) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) “Even for people to put me somewhat on that level with those names means a lot to me,” he said.The Cardinals believe they selected the best interior offensive lineman in the draft, a 6-feet-5-inch, 300-pound specimen that some scouts and draft services projected as a low first-round to high second-round pick.“We really thought that there would be no chance that he’d be where we were picking in the fourth,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said. “We were fortunate.”Johnson may not have fallen so far if a recent medical check-up hadn’t revealed a health condition related to his liver, known as primary sclerosing cholangitis. Johnson has known about the condition for years and takes medication twice a day to manage it, while foregoing alcohol and medications like Tylenol.“I didn’t anticipate it being as big of a deal as it is,” he said. “It won’t affect me on a daily basis at all.”The Cardinals think Johnson could be a plug-and-play addition at right guard, which would allow 2016 draft pick Evan Boehm to move back to his natural position at center. Johnson played the right side all of his life, until his sophomore season at Pitt. He’s trying to regain the muscle memory and technique. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 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 “We had been talking and (general manager) Steve Keim had worked on it over the last couple of days so it came together pretty quickly. It was emailed to me so (I) was able to print it off and run it over before he left town yesterday. It was fantastic to get that piece in place.” “Well, I think you need to ask him that, but I think the answer is, I believe so,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Kingsbury and his Air Raid spread passing attack led some of college football’s most explosive offenses as the Texas Tech head coach over the past six seasons. Despite lacking NFL coaching experience, he’s now tasked with replacing coach Steve Wilks, who led Arizona to a 3-13 finish in his only season at the helm.Related LinksCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald back for 2019, re-signs on 1-year dealLarry Fitzgerald hits hole in one while playing golf with Barack ObamaLarry Fitzgerald will take time deciding to return or not next seasonKingsbury’s unique resume apparently didn’t put apprehension in Fitzgerald.“I think they had a great conversation and he’s excited about focusing on the offense,” Bidwill said Wednesday. “Obviously, he was very disappointed as all of us were in 2018. He bleeds Cardinal red. He wants to be part of getting this turned around. It’s exciting he was able to make a quick decision and get right to it.”Bidwill said Fitzgerald had been in an “ongoing dialog” with the Cardinals over the last couple of weeks.“I don’t want to push Larry, I want him to come to his own decision,” Bidwill said. “When he was ready … we did the deal. Was over at his house signing it on his kitchen table yesterday morning before he left town. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Kingsbury admitted that he would lean on Keim in filling out his coaching staff, and Bidwill believes the duo is putting in the necessary work to make the right hires, even if the head coach is relatively unfamiliar with some of his staffers.“I’ve been around this franchise my entire life. He is putting more time than I’ve ever seen any coach put in to the interview process,” Bidwill said. “They’re going for half a day or more with many of these assistants, just making sure they’re on the same sheet of music.“I know that there’s been, ‘Well, he’s relying on Steve.’ I think that’s a good thing, ’cause a lot of times in this industry, when a coach gets a job, they tend to hire their friends. Sometimes their friends are really good coaches, and sometimes they’re guys that may not be as strong as some of the other people out there in the marketplace.” Thank you to Mr. Bidwill for your honesty, support, and friendship (and for lowering the hurdles for your guy lol) https://t.co/UhINlrO7eV— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 23, 2019With the exception of the line, the Cardinals’ offense appears to be in relatively decent shape well before the draft and free agency.With quarterback Josh Rosen entering his second season and franchise running back David Johnson also in the fold, Fitzgerald returns to a wide receiver room that will again include Christian Kirk, who is coming off 590 receiving yards in a rookie season cut short due to injury.Chad Williams is also under contract for his third season, as is late season waiver pickup Pharoh Cooper and undrafted free agent Trent Sherfield. Sherfield made 19 receptions for 210 yards as a rookie in 2018.Keim, Kingsbury meticulous in vetting coaching staffThe Cardinals wanted to act fast in replacing Wilks. They did that by hiring Kingsbury but have since taken their time in a thorough evaluation of his assistant coaches. 4 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald made a relatively hasty call in his now-annual retirement decision-making cycle.On Tuesday, he signed on the dotted line of a contract that will keep him an Arizona Cardinals receiver through the 2019 season, his 16th year with the franchise and in the league. It came about three weeks earlier than Fitzgerald’s decision to return for the 2018 season last Feb. 15, and one could insinuate without speaking to him that the hiring of head coach Kliff Kingsbury played a key part in his decision. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
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Go back to the e-newsletterANA Crowne Plaza Osaka is the latest hotel in the group to earn a prestigious Michelin star for Maison Tateru Yoshino, taking the accolade in its first year of opening, and making it the first Crowne Plaza-branded hotel in the world to earn a star.It joins InterContinental Osaka’s Pierre restaurant, headed by IHG’s homegrown chef de cuisine Susumu Okubo, which earned one star for a second consecutive year, and legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire’s self-named restaurant at ANA InterContinental Tokyo, which has earned two Michelin stars for the seventh year in a row since it opened in 2010.Chef Tateru Yoshino from ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka, who is known for preparing traditional French cuisine incorporating an array of select vegetables to artistically accent each course, said, “It is a huge honour to earn a coveted Michelin star in our restaurant’s first year. Our service team’s attention to detail provides each guest with a memorable dining experience for lunch or dinner, and the striking white and gold interior by designer Toshio Nagao creates an elegant and sophisticated space inspired by my native Kikai Island.”Chef de cuisine Susumu Okubo from InterContinental Osaka’s Pierre restaurant said: “I would like to thank all our guests and the team at Pierre for their continuous support. Getting our second consecutive star embeds Pierre’s reputation as one of the best restaurants in Osaka. We will continue to work hard to offer innovative dishes using carefully selected seasonal ingredients, which are sourced without compromise, while also delivering a luxurious and highly personalised service experience.”ANA InterContinental Tokyo’s Pierre Gagnaire added, “Anyone who has visited the restaurant knows to expect something unforgettable: contemporary French cuisine in elegant surrounds with the breathtaking 36th-floor view of the Tokyo metropolis and Tokyo Tower as a backdrop. Creating that touch of magic has been our goal for the past 7 years and we are excited to continue it for many years to come.”IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, the joint venture between IHG and Japanese largest airline ANA, currently has 33 hotels operating under five brands in Japan, including InterContinental, ANA InterContinental and ANA Crowne Plaza.Hans Heijligers, CEO of IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan reflected on the achievements, saying “This is truly brilliant recognition for the amazing culinary talent we have in our hotels. There is a good reason why so many Japanese guests and visitors, including myself, count these restaurants amongst their favourites.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Budget carrier Ryanair is one of several airlines coming under fire for reportedly sidestepping employment legislation in its French operations.Scara, the French union of autonomous airlines, singled out the Irish airline alongside AirFrance subsidiary CityJet, US company NetJets and Switzerland’s Global Jet, accusing them of ignoring French law and achieving savings as a result.Alerting the French government to what it claims is an unfair competitive advantage, Scara said that the airlines were cutting costs by paying employees only according to their own national laws – avoiding the additional social benefit payments that French workers should legally receive.The French transport minister, Dominique Bussereau, has been called upon to investigate company employment practices at the relevant airlines, with the application of sanctions a possible outcome.A spokesman for the French transport ministry said: “Scara has already alerted the State to the issue of the application of regulations by companies based in France and work inspectors regularly carry out checks.”But whether cutting costs on employment or not, Ryanair has claimed today that its profits are likely to fall next year as consumer spending tails off and oil prices keep fuel costs soaring.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair seeks French revolution with first domestic flightsRyanair has launched into unknown territory with plans for domestic flights within France and Germany.Ryanair chief announces plans for low-cost transatlantic carrierMore passengers could soon be flying to the US after Ryanair announced their intention to set up a low-cost transatlantic carrier.Budget airlines ramp up French connectionsFrance has seen its status cemented as a popular flight location with a host of new low cost routes getting under way.
RelatedAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerIncreased flights to Monastir from Robin Hood AirportIncreased flights to Monastir from Robin Hood AirportWizz Air flights to Vilnius welcomed by Robin Hood AirportRobin Hood Airport has welcomed airline Wizz Air’s decision to launch flights to Vilnius from the Yorkshire airport. As Robin Hood fever hits an all time high with the release of the new Robin Hood film, Skyscanner reveals the destinations which could benefit from the renewed popularity of the world’s most famous outlaw and his Merry Men.Sherwood ForestNowhere says Robin Hood more than Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, which was of course home to the legendary outlaw. Visitors can see where parts of the new Robin Hood movie were filmed and there is even an annual Robin Hood festival celebrating his life and times which involves archery, sword fights and medieval music.NottinghamThere are numerous sites in Northern England that are linked with Robin Hood, but it is Nottingham, home of Hood’s archenemy – The Sheriff of Nottingham – which is probably the most well known after Sherwood. Nottingham Castle has teamed up with Universal to bring an exhibition of the costumes, props and weaponry from the new film which will be open to castle visitors from now until October 2010.Freshwater West, WalesThis part of Pembrokeshire is no stranger to fame having starred as a film location in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The stunningly wild beach was used for a battle scene in the new Hood film where 600 warriors and 200 horses fight it out on the golden sands. When not being used as a film set, the beach is popular with surfers and walkers, and at low tide, a petrified prehistoric forest is revealed.Carcassonne CastleWatching over sun-dappled vineyards, this imposing stronghold with fifty-two towers was used for the exterior shots of Nottingham Castle in the climactic final scenes of the 1990s Prince of Thieves film. Carcassonne Castle hosts regular jousting tournaments and renaissance pageants throughout the year which allow visitors to get a taste for Robin Hood’s medieval period.Aysgarth Falls,Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe setting for the scene where Robin Hood battles Little John to cross the river in Prince of Thieves, Aysgarth Falls are one of Yorkshire’s most famous beauty spots. With pleasant riverside walks linking the upper, middle and lower falls, the area attracts Hood fans and nature lovers alike.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-Founder commented:“Films can have a huge positive impact on tourism. The popularity of flights to New Zealand rocketed after the release of Lord of the Rings as did flights to Australia following Baz Luhrmann’s Australia film. We expect that locations associated with Robin Hood may well see a boost in visitors this summer.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Agnes Varda is happy, but not proud, of her Oscar nomination FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Agnes Varda arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Varda shares the documentary feature Oscar nomination for “Faces Places” with her co-director, JR, and her producer daughter, Rosalie Varda. She received an honorary Academy Award in November recognizing her decades of filmmaking. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2018 4:38 am PDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Documentarian Agnes Varda is not only the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award, she’s the first woman to receive an honorary Oscar and a competitive nomination in the same season. And while she’s quite delighted by the recognition, the 89-year-old notes that she is “not proud.”She is so not proud that she mentions it several times during a brief telephone interview from her home in France last month after learning that “Faces Places” was nominated for best documentary feature.“There is nothing to be proud of, but happy,” Varda said. “Happy because we make films to love. We make films so that you love the film.”She sees herself as more modest than proud.“I love my own work and I’ve done it for so many years, so I didn’t do it for honour or money,” she said. “My films never made money.”Varda shares the Oscar nod with her co-director, JR, and her daughter, Rosalie Varda, who produced “Faces Places.”The film was inspired by the elder Varda’s connection with JR, a 34-year-old street artist known for installing massive portraits on real-world landscapes: a boy peering over a border wall in Mexico, a pair of giant eyes on a pair of water tanks. The film follows the French New Wave pioneer and journeyman photographer as they travel through France, meeting people, capturing their images and talking about art.Varda said they spent more than a year and a half making the film, diligently shooting one week a month.“I could not shoot more than one week a month,” she said. “Because it leaves me tired, you know. I’m old!”“Faces Places” was released in U.S. theatres in October.She did not attend Monday’s luncheon for nominees, but JR made sure she was in the class photo: he brought a cardboard cutout of Varda holding a cat that he displayed on the red carpet and on the risers with the rest of the assembled nominees.In November, Varda danced with Angelina Jolie at the film academy’s Governors Awards, where Varda received an honorary Academy Award recognizing her decades of filmmaking.“Everyone was there in the room, so I was very welcomed and I felt very good,” she recalled of the untelevised ceremony.The honour came with an invitation to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, so Varda was already planning to attend with her daughter, even before they were nominated.“But I won’t change my hair, my double-colour hair,” Varda said, though no one has suggested she should. “We are happy. Nothing to be proud of.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy .___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason .
AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win by Lindsey Bahr And Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 1:53 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ahead of Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony with few sure things.BEST PICTUREThe Nominees: “Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”The Favourite,” ”Green Book,” ”Roma,” ”A Star Is Born,” ”Vice”BAHR:Will Win: “Roma”Should Win: “A Star Is Born”COYLE:Will Win: “Roma”Should Win: “Black Panther”BEST ACTRESSThe Nominees: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”BAHR:Will Win: Glenn Close, “The Wife”Should Win: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”COYLE:Will Win: Glenn Close, “The Wife”Should Win: Glenn Close, “The Wife”BEST ACTORThe Nominees: Christian Bale, “Vice”; Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”BAHR:Will Win: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Should Win: Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”COYLEWill Win: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Should Win: Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSThe Nominees: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Marina de Tavira, “Roma”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”BAHR:Will Win: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”Should Win: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”COYLE:Will Win: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”Should Win: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”BEST SUPPORTING ACTORThe Nominees: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice”BAHR:Will Win: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”Should Win: Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”COYLEWill Win: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”Should Win: Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”DIRECTORThe Nominees: Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”; Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”; Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”; Adam McKay, “Vice”BAHR:Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”Should Win: Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”COYLEWill Win: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”Should Win: Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYThe Nominees: “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara; “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader; “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly; “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón; “Vice,” Adam McKayBAHRWill Win: “The Favourite”Should Win: “The Favourite”COYLEWill Win: “Green Book”Should Win: “First Reformed”ADAPTED SCREENPLAYThe Nominees: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen; “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee; “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins; “A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will FettersBAHRWill Win: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”Should Win: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”COYLEWill Win: “BlacKkKlansman”Should Win: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”DOCUMENTARYThe Nominees: “Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross; “Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu; “Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki; “RBG,” Betsy West, Julie CohenBAHRWill Win: “RBG”Should Win: “Minding the Gap”COYLE:Will Win: “Free Solo”Should Win: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMThe Nominees: “Capernaum” (Lebanon); “Cold War” (Poland); “Never Look Away” (Germany); “Roma” (Mexico); “Shoplifters” (Japan)BAHRWill Win: “Cold War”Should Win: “Cold War”COYLEWill Win: “Roma”Should Win: “Shoplifters”ANIMATED FEATUREThe Nominees: “Incredibles 2,” ”Isle of Dogs,” ”Mirai,” ”Ralph Breaks the Internet,” ”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,”BAHRWill Win: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”Should Win: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”COYLEWill Win: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”Should Win: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”___Follow Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/ldbahr and Jake Coyle at http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP___You can find a fuller version of this story here: http://apne.ws/sQSzzJW___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwardsLindsey Bahr And Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
FILE – This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, shows WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? Federal regulators are already investigating Facebook’s privacy practices. And the antitrust question has been rumbling in the background, with critics calling for spinning off WhatsApp and Instagram. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2019 10:30 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — The new documentary “The Great Hack” captures how Facebook’s cavalier handling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal posed a threat to democracy.But it doesn’t prove the filmmakers’ claims that the ill-gotten data helped elect Donald Trump.The movie, out on Netflix and some theatres Wednesday, follows former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser around the world, from the Burning Man festival in Nevada to a pool at a hideout in Thailand to a flight from New York to testify in Robert Mueller’s investigation on 2016 election interference. She reveals internal emails, calendar entries and video sales pitches, although the movie doesn’t quite connect the dots on what the documents really say.Instead, the movie is mostly a recap of what’s already been reported in various news outlets. If you’ve never heard of Cambridge Analytica, or you aren’t steeped in all the details of the scandal that landed Mark Zuckerberg in front of Congress and his company under major federal investigations, “The Great Hack” provides a good overview on way companies like Facebook collect and use data to influence your thinking. It’s also worth watching for a reminder of the tremendous power and threat of Big Data.Cambridge Analytica drew data through a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool. Roughly 270,000 people downloaded and shared personal details with the app. Under Facebook’s policies at the time, the app was able to draw information from those users’ friends as well, even though those friends never consented. Facebook said as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed.The app was designed by then-Cambridge University psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan. Cambridge Analytica, whose clients included Trump’s 2016 general election campaign, paid Kogan for a copy of the data, even though the firm was not authorized to have that information. Cambridge Analytica shifted the blame to Kogan, who in turn accused Facebook of trying to deflect attention from what he called its own negligent and systematic exposure of user data. The scandal broke in March 2018 after newspapers reported that Cambridge Analytica still had data it had promised to delete after learning of its questionable origins.Listening to Kaiser, a self-described whistleblower, you might think Cambridge Analytica won the election for Trump. Kaiser, who was the firm’s business development director, explained that the data helped Cambridge Analytica identify “persuadable voters.” She said the firm targeted blogs, websites, articles, videos and ads specifically at them “until they saw the world the way we wanted them to.”David Carroll, a Parsons School of Design professor who is also heavily featured in the movie, said that given how close the election was in certain states, just turning a “tiny slice of the population” was enough.Federal election records show that the Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica roughly $6 million. Cambridge Analytica said it never used Kogan’s data in its work for Trump. The Trump campaign also denied using the firm’s data.Experts say Cambridge Analytica’s influence was plausible but inconclusive.“They had the data, (but) it’s not quite clear how it was fully rolled out,” Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor, told The Associated Press. “It looks like they did take some kind of action. We just don’t have enough detail to see what kind of impact it had.”But she said Cambridge Analytica’s work cannot be taken in isolation.Not until 12 minutes before the credits roll does the movie mention other factors at play, including a Russian-led misinformation campaign centred on fake posts and ads to sow discontent in the U.S. electorate. It was then that Kaiser expresses doubt: “Maybe I wanted to believe that Cambridge Analytica was just the best. It’s a convenient story to believe.”Kaiser told the U.K. Parliament last year that Cambridge had also worked with Brexit supporters. Among other things, “The Great Hack” shows footage of Kaiser on stage during the Leave.EU campaign launch. It also shows Leave.EU’s online statement on hiring the firm. But Cambridge Analytica has denied involvement in the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union.It’s not surprising that Cambridge Analytica’s marketing pitches, as disclosed by Kaiser and through undercover footage captured by Britain’s Channel 4, would boast of the company’s capabilities. And it’s not surprising that the company would seek to minimize its role once caught. The truth is likely somewhere in between — but just where, the movie doesn’t explore.The original Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie, told the U.K. Parliament that it doesn’t really matter whether the firm succeeded.“When you’re caught in the Olympics doping, there’s not a debate about how much illegal drug you took, right? Or, ‘Well, he probably would have come in first anyway,’” Wylie said in a snippet included in the movie. “If you’re caught cheating, you lose your medal.”He was discussing the potential role Cambridge Analytica played in Brexit, but his sentiment could have easily applied to Trump. In other words, it’s bad enough that this was going on, irrespective of whether it worked.The movie could have left it there. Instead, it tries to suggest a larger influence, without fully exploring those dynamics.British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the initial stories on the scandal for The Guardian newspaper, noted in the movie that Cambridge Analytica “actually points to this much bigger, more worrying story, which is that our personal data is out there and being used against us in ways we don’t understand.”The movie tries to illustrate that through Carroll’s quest to get information on what Cambridge Analytica had on him. His efforts were ultimately rebuffed, and the filmmakers didn’t learn more on their own. Nor did the movie explore Facebook’s own attitudes toward data or what Syracuse professor Grygiel described as a fake news environment for Cambridge Analytica to exploit.“If I were to make a movie today, it would not be about Cambridge Analytica,” Grygiel said. “It would be about Facebook Inc. and the depth of their influence.”Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Did Facebook data help Trump? ‘Great Hack’ explores scandal
September 18, 2003OCT OSAKA CIVIL ENGINEERING: The Civil Engineering class of OCT College, Osaka, Japan has started their 10 day workshop. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] The schedule of activities for the group includes tours and introduction to Arcosanti and the Arcology Concept, as well as the history of the Architecture of Paolo Soleri and a meeting with Paolo Soleri. The students also participate in work projects. Tomiaki Tamura explains one of the activities infront of Unit 8 of the East Crescent. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] Planning intern Jorge Mata explains the use of survey equipment to OCT students Yumi Fukasawa and Youko Nishitani. Previous OCT Civil Engineering workshops have surveyed large portions of the hillside below Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] Instructor Shoji Kawamoto and students familiarize themselves with the equipment before they start the survey. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] With laser and reflector the students measure the levels of elevation below Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] The equipment used is a Surveyers Total Transit Station laser set-up. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] Details of the landscape plan are getting filled in. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa]
A human rights campaigner who ended up in the House of Lords speaks to NAN MACKENZIE about what continues to drive herSycophants tend to show their true colours when faced with a man or a woman bearing a title; one can almost see the imaginary genuflecting going on when a Sir, Lord or a Baroness is introduced to the company. I observed this behaviour last week when going to interview Baroness Frances D’Souza, guest speaker at the Creative Women conference in Paphos.But meeting her wasn’t as simple an undertaking as I had planned, taking a flurry of e-mails between my cosy Paphos desk and the London offices of the conference organisers. The time I was originally allotted would have just about allowed me a handshake (or curtsey?), which was upped by the PR to a 40-minute slot between coffee break and the next forum. This was no way sufficient to find out more about the woman. Eventually I was given a proper slot but with dire warnings about running over. So it was with some misgiving I sat in the foyer waiting with our photographer when a somewhat diminutive figure was gently guided towards me as if made of glass. Dressed impeccably in a linen shirt and trousers with a pale blue silk pashmina draped around her neck, she is a good looking woman but with a handshake that nearly broke my knuckles. She later proved herself to be in possession of a quite penetrating stare that when fixed on you for a period of time might render those with a weaker constitution to seek comfort behind the nearest sofa.It then took me about six minutes to partially dispel my prejudice surrounding those holding a title, as does Frances Gertrude Claire D’Souza in addition to a ‘gong’ in the form of a CMG – a companion of honour of the order of St Michael and St John, a diplomatic honour instituted in the wake of the Napoleonic wars and given on the recommendation of the foreign office to those who have given distinguished service overseas. Frances turned out not to be the snobby fragile flower one was led to believe but a woman firmly fitted with a jolly good length of steel running through her backbone. Importantly she has a good sense of humour, something which I suggest was an essential attribute for her role as Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, a post she held from 2011 to 2016.Frances read anthropology at University College London and completed a doctorate in philosophy at Oxford before working as a science lecturer in addition to working as an independent research consultant in human rights for the United Nations – all this after being married at 16, having eloped to Canada to marry a man 15 years her senior with parents in hot pursuit, and giving birth to her daughter at 17. She is now a very proud grandmother. She also surprised a good number of people when at the age of 58 she remarried her first husband after being apart for 38 years. Put that down to a young marriage and a woman who after you talk to easily disavows Byron who said that love for a woman is her whole existence. Frances could possibly have such an opinion on love but she seems far too absorbed in the world around her, not to mention in herself, for it to be the beginning and end of her life. Many would be intimidated by her sheer drive to achieve a result but her optimism, passion and faith in tomorrow are what make her company so uplifting.I liked her and not only because she freely admitted she has made enemies in the House, specifically when she stated in a BBC2 documentary in 2016 that the House of Lords did indeed have a core of peers who work incredibly hard but there were others who do absolutely nothing. She also mentioned direct to camera that although the peers don’t receive a salary for the work they do they do receive an attendance allowance. She went on to regale a story of a peer who kept a taxi running while he dashed into the foyer of the Lords so he could ‘sign in’ and thus claim his daily allowance before rushing out minutes later to depart in the taxi. Muck then began to fly and she was outed by the Daily Mail as being a woman who had spent £4,000 on flowers for her office, a somewhat over blooming statement when it was for a five-year period.When they walk through the impressive doors and take their seats in whichever House, a career-based politician will have been active in school, and again in further education, and may even have gone into a post that is again politically based through supporting a candidate or lobbying, meaning many arrive not having had what most people would call a “proper job working alongside different cultures, being able to take on different challenges. I do believe this must lead to a sort of isolationist mentality which isn’t always healthy.”While many in the UK dismiss the Lords as being out of touch and one even recently described the facility as the best day care for the elderly in London what can’t be debated is how the men outnumber the women, but this too is something that didn’t overawe Frances, who was nominated to the House by Tony Blair. “My gender really hasn’t been a problem for me although other women have had sexist comments made about them and even to their faces. I dislike this but slowly but surely the obvious feelings of the male members of having to cope with woman invading their private club is mercifully changing mainly because women are also making huge contributions for the good.”A far cry from the somewhat cosseted “bubble” that is the House of Lords were her days at the forefront of human rights. “I lived for several years in Mozambique during the civil war and witnessed some terrible abuses in Soweto after the uprising in 1976. I travelled a lot through the country and saw people being whipped in the street and a good deal more regarding the sheer savagery that occurs when violence is aimed at a country’s own people. One of the problems we have had to solve over the years is the somewhat misguided concept that aid to these countries would be based on the attitude of ‘we know what’s best for your country so we will do it our way’. This had to change and a better more effective method of targeting aid had to evolve and, importantly, once you take on this massive commitment there has, from the off, to be a very well thought out exit strategy in place and that was usually absent in many cases,” she explains from the comfort of the Elysium hotel’s lobby.Presenting House of Lords address to the QueenPerhaps a more high profile was her leading role in the Article 19 human rights group as the director of which she took on the defence of Salman Rushdie after Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa against him and others associated with the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. Article 19 was established in 1986 and was named for the provision in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that protects freedom of expression. “We succeeded in bringing about a huge level of international awareness and Rushdie was able to come out of hiding in 1998 after the Iranian government lifted the fatwa against him, but I do believe these days it would be a much harder job to have the same outcome. Liberty is the air that we breathe and to us it is freely available but many hundreds of thousands of men women and children around the world do not have the opportunity to have breathable ‘air’ freely available to them”.While here in Cyprus, Frances gave a speech based on the premise that women can and do make a difference in whatever sphere they choose but for many this keeps them clear of the field of politics for a whole host of reasons. “I firmly believe that without women the political conversation is simply incomplete,” says Frances. “Democratic systems are at their most legitimate, credible and effective if there is engagement from all corners of society and democracy is undermined if women do not participate. Some of the obstacles women face include outright discrimination and harassment, child marriage, modern slavery, and female genital mutilation – to name only a few.” The World Bank reports that of 173 countries it recently examined 90 per cent have legal restrictions on women in a variety of contexts including ownership of property, and in 35 of these countries women have grossly unequal property rights. In 17 of these countries women cannot leave their homes without an accompanying male relative. “I believe passionately in education being the one key that can unlock the fact that so many women still live in states of poverty, fear, exploitation and utter weariness. Although political empowerment is undoubtedly their right it is unrealistic to expect these women to aspire to political involvement when their primary concern is basic survival and subsistence. The conditions have to be created which first allow political equality. I said in my speech that in order to achieve women’s development and inclusion there has to be the following: education, financial inclusion, employment, stable societies, leading to economic growth, and the answer always has to be – politics”.Over her long career in politics and human rights a continuing theme for Frances has been the education of girls, “this for me is an absolute must and a subject which is very close to my heart”. And to push the subject she has for several years been “quietly entering Afghanistan” with her latest trip being only a couple of weeks before her sojourn to Cyprus. At 73 that is tenacious indeed. It was here several years ago that she first met a young man called Aziz who was trying to set up a school in Kabul with a rudimentary shack with a sheet hanging from the ceiling to separate the two tiny classes. Over the week around 30 pupils took it in shifts to attend the school. “These girls routinely encountered frontline dangers and showed enormous bravery in just getting to this shack safely. I was so impressed with this young man’s commitment to educating girls as he knew this had to be the way to free them from everything from child marriages, abuse, FGM and massive inequality. He was giving them the basic tools needed to be an active force for good for themselves and their families. Aziz told me that he had one old lady who came to the ‘school’ wanting to learn about geometry as she needed to know how to properly divide up her family land!” For the past 15 years support has been put in place for Aziz and today the school boasts a new building which houses 4,000 pupils, half of which are girls, and has been named The Frances d’Souza Marafat High School. “That has been the highest honour ever given to me.”Frances D’Souza is a woman who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and she basically works to uplift human dignity through human rights, which in her view is not a privilege granted by the few, but a liberty entitled to all. She is a pragmatist and realises the world isn’t a great place, she also knows through years of experience just which battles to take on and win, and although she has a role for life within the Lords, her life’s work of raising awareness of women’s rights is always going to be placed front and centre for her.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A Greek MEP censured House president Demetris Syllouris for inviting members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to a dinner he was hosting for Cypriot and Greek members of the European parliament.In a letter responding to Syllouris’ invitation, Greek ruling party Syriza MEP Stelios Kouloglou declined because two Golden Dawn MEPs had also been invited, apparently breaking with the established practice of past years.“I don’t know if you know that the neo-Nazi formation is on trial in Greece, charged with being a criminal organisation after the murder of (rapper) Pavlos Fyssas and the murderous attacks against Greek citizens and migrants,” Koulouglou said in his letter.“It is however, impressive, that the president of the Cypriot parliament invites MPs from the party of the people who longed for the April (1967) dictatorship, which is responsible for the treachery in Cyprus and its occupation by Turkish troops,” he added.Golden Dawn has two MEPs out of Greece’s 21.Golden Dawn was put on trial following the stabbing murder of outspoken songwriter and singer in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini on September 18, by a self-confessed member of Golden Dawn.The party is accused of being a criminal organisation structured along a strict hierarchy that determines its members’ actions.At issue are Fyssas’ murder, but also attacks on members of a Communist-affiliated union as well as on migrant workers and individuals opposed to the party.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Environmentalists have described the new legislation allowing the creation of ‘mini marinas’ that will be leased by the government into private hands as a de facto privatisation of the beaches.By ‘renting out beaches’ privately, it will inevitably lead to public land being closed off to the public, they say.Approved by MPs last week with 21 votes in favour, the controversial law has now broadened the scope of what constitutes state land, to include beach areas with jetties.Such areas can now be leased, following state approval, into private hands to create docking areas for boats which have been coined as ‘mini marinas’.To receive such a permit, property owners – in this case hotels – must first have a jetty in the sea. An application to construct one must be submitted to the state and once it is ready, then the government will be able to lease the sea as a docking area.What opposition MPs and environmentalists argue, however, is that several hotels have already constructed jetties in the sea illegally and this bill is an attempt to legalise what is already illegal.“This bill was incredibly rushed,” Akel MP Eleni Mavrou, who chairs the House Interior Committee told the Sunday Mail.“There are no limits on how many of these docking areas can be created. Any hotel can just apply for one.”The ‘mini marina’ must have the capacity of up to 150 boats, she said, but by no means did it mean the application has to be for that number of boats.“It could be for five, 25 or 105.”“If Ladies Mile in Limassol did not fall under the (British) bases, how many of these docking areas could be constructed there? Is there even a limit?”Furthermore, beyond the risk of the coast filling up with docking areas, public access is yet another concern.Although the law stipulates free access to the public, Mavrou questions how that could be enforced in practice.“Docking areas, in reality are closed off when you think of the security that’s going to be there,” she said.“Additionally, the beach is lost. If we keep making docking areas outside hotels then how will the public even be able to use the beach?”The bill was voted into effect with 21 votes in favour from Disy, Edek, Citizens’ Alliance leader Giorgos Lillikas and the Solidarity Movement.Akel, Green Party, independent MP Pavlos Mylonas and Citizens’ Alliance MP Anna Theologou voted against with a total of 18 votes.Diko and Elam abstained with seven votes.The discussion had reached stalemate after two hours of discussion which ended after Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos submitted an amendment that stipulated the state land could only be leased – and not sold or swapped.“But if the land is leased for 30 years does that really make a difference though?” Mavrou asked.But Disy MP Nicos Nouris, who voted in favour of the legislation, dismissed the branding of the bill as ‘renting out beaches’ as an attempt at populism and insisted there were enough safeguards in the law to prevent any abuse of the system.For starters, leases would not be handed out left, right and centre but would be properly evaluated, he said.“If there were an application for a docking area at Fig Tree Bay for instance, then of course it would be rejected, it’s a lovely beach and we don’t want to affect it.”Countering claims that the bill serves to legalise hotel owners who have already illegally constructed jetties, Nouris said not only would those premises not receive a lease but they would also be prosecuted.The law has no such provisions, said Koulla Mihail from the conservation foundation Terra Cypria.“Where does it say that?” she asked.Already, nine complaints have been filed to the state and MPs about premises that have illegally constructed jetties and nothing has been done about them, Mihail told the Sunday Mail.Nouris countered that no complaints have been submitted whatsoever.He also went on to say that with the current legislation any cases where the beach may be affected by a docking area, then the property owner will have to offer compensatory measures.“The Limassol marina had to be constructed on the beach and that’s why they’ve created an artificial beach where the floating restaurant is.”“Any property owner that gets a lease will have to offer something in compensation.”The MP also argues that the picture painted by opposition groups in which docking areas would be surrounded by bars and cafes are entirely inaccurate.“Only one café or bar is allowed to be constructed there. Nothing more.”But according to Mihail this misses the main issue.“Our concern is that the beach is preserved as a public good.”“No studies were conducted on whether Cyprus even needs more docking areas.”What was presented in parliament was in fact a study conducted back in 1993 by the environmental department and was used as a basis to argue in favour of the legislation.Nouris said the environmental department said no new strategy was needed as no applications for docking areas had been submitted.Discussions on creating docking areas have been around for years, and, according to Mavrou, four applications for approval have already been submitted since 2013 but could not be processed due to the impending legislation.Nouris argues that “there’s not enough places for people to park their boat,” at the moment in Cyprus. Asked if the Limassol marina was not enough, Disy’s MP said absolutely not.“At the marina, you pay a lot for the luxury but a docking area has less facilities and just operational costs. It is much more attractive.”You May LikeGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementThe Classic American Food That Doctors Say You Need To AvoidGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
As part of an effort to develop the next generation of supercomputers Cyprus became the fifteenth country to sign a European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC) this week, the European Commission said in a statement on Friday.According to the commission, supercomputers are at the core of major innovations in many areas such as personalised medicine, energy saving and smart urban planning. They also hold great potential for job creation and the competitiveness of the European economy.“Currently, the computing and data needs of European scientists and industry are not matching the computation time available in the EU. Moreover, the EU does not have the most powerful machines that some of their applications require. Therefore the European HPC users are increasingly processing their data outside the EU,” the commission said in a statement on its website, adding that the outsourcing may create problems related to privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets and ownership of data.None of the EU supercomputers being in the global top 10 and the existing ones depending on non-European technology means the EU risks being deprived of strategic or technological know-how for innovation and competitiveness.The joint undertaking aims at pooling European and national resources to build and deploy across Europe supercomputers that will rank among the world’s top three by 2022-2023. The declaration was originally launched in March 2017 and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Since then another eight countries have joined in addition to Cyprus – Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, Croatia and the Czech Republic.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Annette ChrysostomouNext week’s film summit aims to persuade big foreign producers to choose Cyprus as a location, but it should also boost the island’s own film industry, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Cipa) and local film directors have said.A Cipa official said a number of big players will be attending the event, the first of its kind in Cyprus, from October 9 to 12.“We have invited producers of Hollywood movies who work with big stars like Richard Gere and Morgan Freeman, and the cream of Bollywood, Pinewood Studios from UK, and people from many countries like Germany, Italy, Australia, France, Sweden and others,” Cipa’s senior investment promotion officer, at Cipa Lefteris Eleftheriou, told the Sunday Mail. “There will be a total of 60 to 70 producers from around the world.”Altogether more than 120 international and local professionals are expected.The Cyprus film directors’ guild, which in the past said legislation needs to be improved so the local industry can be empowered and flourish is convinced that Cypriots will successfully be working alongside the international professionals.“The summit is definitely a good thing because this initiative will probably put Cyprus on the film production map. Cyprus is a giant studio lit by the sun 300 days a year. The huge diversity of the landscape and the various natural sets are a filmmaker’s heaven,” head of the guild, Daina Papadaki, commented.She added familiarising producers with the reality of the Cyprus film industry structure will likely trigger their interest.“The event is a stepping stone to initiating a broad understanding in the international film world that we are here and up and running.”The calibre of the people invited will hopefully mean the professionals in Cyprus will be involved in international high budget productions, which Papadaki believes the locals can fully support.She also anticipates Cyprus-based directors will be hired in productions and will be approved for the incentive package.“Cypriot directors are skillful and creative, they work hard and are unstoppable despite the difficult local industry conditions. When such talented individuals work with low budgets and do miracles, create films that look way more expensive than what they actually cost, that get recognised worldwide with awards, that says something.”The visitors will also scout out Paphos as a possible locationGuests arrive on Tuesday with the actual conference in Nicosia’s Filoxenia conference centre on Wednesday morning, with presentations by Invest Cyprus and the Press and Information Office as well as structured one-to-one meetings.Also scheduled is a short visit to Lefkara, which, according to Eleftheriou is one of the possible film locations bound to inspire the foreign participants. In the evening, a cocktail party at the Presidential Palace provides more opportunities for interaction.During the following two days, the visitors will be taken to a variety of other possible locations including Paphos, Ayia Napa, Troodos, Larnaca, Limassol and around Nicosia before their departure on Friday.Local filmmakers have long suffered from a lack of money and found it hard to compete with other countries with more resources at their disposal. They hope this will change with the introduction of the new legislation.Lack of incentives such as those offered in other countries and a tortuous red tape involved also scared away international filmmakers in the past, and this has also been addressed by the new law.The scheme aims on the one hand to allow inflows of capital from international productions to Cyprus and on the other to support the local industry. It is addressed to Cypriot as well as foreign producers under the same terms and is conditioned on the employment of Cypriot professionals.Production companies that opt to film in Cyprus will be able to choose between cash rebate or tax credit and can also benefit from tax discounts on investments made on equipment and infrastructure, and VAT returns on expenditure.Qualifying production categories include feature films, television series, documentaries, animation and natural history programmes.On the website to promote the scheme http://film.investcyprus.org.cy there is a link to local professionals with whom international filmmakers can cooperate and another one to local locations recommended for filming. Local film industry professionals have the opportunity to register on the platform and create their own profile.To see more about the summit and to register visit www.cyprusfilmsummit.com.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola