Updated 19:31GARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT have said Martin McDonagh, who had been missing since Monday, has now been located.The 31-year-old had been missing from his home in Jobstown, Tallaght and today gardaí issued a public appeal for help in tracing him.This evening they said he has been located “safe and well”.- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.
As Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick had told Neos Kosmos a couple of months ago, Enterprise Greece is coming to Australia for a roadshow to promote investments in and exports from Greece.Leading the deployment will be the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism Dimitris Papadimitriou. Although the full program of the roadshow is yet to be announced, it is almost certain that the minister will visit Melbourne and Sydney in his attempt to hold discussions with Greek Australian community leaders and entrepreneurs to attract investors to Greece. A former professor of economics at New York’s Bard College and chairman of the Levy Economics Institute, Dimitris Papadimitriou has been vice-chairman of several US Congress committees, before he was recruited by Alexis Tsipras for the role of Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism. He has recently pointed out that “2017 will be a landmark year for the Greek economy and its growth, as conditions have dramatically improved”. According to the Minister, the reason behind this change in economic climate is the recognition of investment opportunity that Greece can offer now that the economy is stabilised after a long period of divestment.Choosing to lead the deployment of the country’s official investment and export trade agency, Mr Papadimitriou hopes to inform entrepreneurs about the Greek government’s focus on developing a new national growth strategy which will act as a “compass for the creation of a new productive model”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter wins and loses WWE 24/7 Title before RAW started With the show just two weeks away, WWE is still pushing that tickets are available for the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV on January 27 at Chase Field.The company will be holding four events in the Phoenix area (mainly at the Talking Stick Resort Arena) starting Saturday with NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, Rumble PPV on Sunday at the baseball stadium, RAW on Monday and Smackdown Live on Tuesday.R-Truth and Carmella at WWE HeadquartersWWE posted footage of R-Truth and Carmella visiting WWE Headquarters in Stamford. Facebook WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter
LONGVIEW — In a potentially fatal blow to Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed Longview coal export dock, the state Department of Ecology has denied a water quality permit for the project, concluding that it would cause unavoidable harm to the environment.The $680 million terminal would worsen air quality, vehicle traffic, vessel traffic, rail capacity, rail safety, noise pollution, social and community resources, cultural resources and tribal resources, Ecology said Tuesday.“The 1971 State Environmental Policy Act confers an awesome responsibility on the Department of Ecology and that is a responsibility to protect land, air and water for future generation and I take that responsibility very seriously,” Ecology Director Maia Bellon said. “And future generations deserve no less than Department of Ecology’s decision today to deny the Millennium coal export terminal to be constructed on the shores of the Columbia River.”The terminal is contested by some in Vancouver and the Columbia River Gorge because of the 16 nearly mile-and-a-half-long coal trains it would bring through the area on a daily basis.Citing the volume of coal that would move through the city, the Vancouver City Council passed a resolution opposing the project last year.
What: An organic food seller that will host a grand opening Tuesday for its first Clark County store, carrying produce, meats, groceries and vitamins in Hazel Dell.Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.Where: 7604 N.E. Fifth Ave., Vancouver.Employees: 25, including a store nutritionist to advise shoppers.Web: www.naturalgrocers.com.Lakewood, Colo.-based organic grocer Natural Grocers will hold a grand opening Tuesday for its first Clark County market, as it brings its no-frills concept to formerly vacant space in a Hazel Dell shopping center. The store at 7604 N.E. Fifth Avenue carries vitamin supplements, specialty groceries, all-organic produce, and meats raised without antibiotics, growth promoters or feed containing animal byproducts, said Kemper Isely, president of the company that was started in 1955 as a door-to-door vitamin business by his parents, Margaret and Phillip Isely. The business gradually grew, as the bulk natural foods and vitamin supplements offered by the Iselys caught on. The company, called Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, is publicly traded now and operates about 110 stores in 14 states west of the Mississippi. Isely said store prices are kept low because Natural Grocers’ store model doesn’t have labor-intensive departments such as deli counters and bakeries. The company also gets a volume discount when buying organics for its large chain. Isely said store prices are generally between 10 and 15 percent lower than Whole Foods and other organic food sellers.Natural Grocers’ new 12,000-square-foot Hazel Dell store is in the center of a five-mile area where households earn an average income of $66,624 annually, according to statistics by SitesUSA. It is between three and 13 miles away from organic grocers that already operate in Clark County, such as New Seasons Market, Whole Foods Market, and Chuck’s Produce and Street Market.
Organizers reveal 1.2% increase in visitation to G2E Asia in 2019 Load More Weike Gaming Technology has announced that it will present its new line of electronic table gaming products; Multi Electronic Table Game – Real Cards Virtual Chips (METG RCVC) and Virtual Multi-Game (VMG) at G2E Asia this year.The METG RCVC is a newly released Semi-Live Baccarat Dealer Table using Real Cards Virtual Chips technology; an add-on module to the METG Emperor for “Real Card” experience in an electronic table gaming environment. It replaces the RNG simulated outcomes with live results of the Baccarat game using real poker cards which are barcoded. The product also includes a high definition camera to stream “live” action of the card games to the METG Emperor’s table. METG RCVC dealer table is equipped with an intuitive user interface and peripherals to aid the dealer in facilitating the Baccarat game with absolute ease. Scientific Games completes first installation of Quartz Hybrid at Seoul’s Seven Luck Casino VIP Baccarat falls below 50% of Macau GGR contribution in 2Q19 as mass continues to rise The VMG is a fully automated electronic table gaming product which offers players with three virtual table games to play, namely Roulette, Baccarat and Sic-Bo. Players can choose to place bets on any or all of the available virtual games simultaneously. This gives players a variety of game options as well as the flexibility on the number of games they want to play concurrently. VMG eliminates the risk of human dealing errors and fraud, and it is a more efficient and cost-effective solution when compared to using semi-automated electronic table gaming products.“We are very excited of our new range of electronic table gaming products. It shows our commitment to our customers in providing innovative technology and a wide array of gaming options” said Daven Tay, Executive Director of Weike Gaming Technology.Weike will be at Stand #741 at G2E Asia. RelatedPosts
Rep. Hawker won’t seek re-electionAssociated PressIn a statement, Hawker said he wants to make the most of his “miraculous” response to cancer treatment and “the renewed life God” has given him.Russian icebreaker makes record-setting Arctic voyageEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeAccording to the Russian media outlet Port News, a Russian icebreaker just completed the fastest transit of the Northern Sea Route. Along with setting the speed record at 7 and a half days, the icebreaker also completed the trip over a month after the shipping season usually ends in the Arctic.Fairbanks marijuana club treads carefully forwardDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks first marijuana business has been open for just over a month. “The Higher Calling” is one of several so called “clubs” in the state that have arisen since voter’s passage of a marijuana legalization initiative in 2014. Clubs like Fairbanks’ “The Higher Calling” do not sell marijuana.About 7,700 Alaskans have enrolled in expanded MedicaidAssociated PressA state health department official says that since the state expanded Medicaid to cover more lower-income Alaskans on Sept. 1, about 7,700 people have enrolled.Alaska school districts advised to adopt transgender policiesHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamSchool bathrooms & locker rooms have become legal battlegrounds recently as courts in the Lower 48 puzzle over how schools should treat students who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. Now, two statewide education organizations are trying to equip Alaska school districts with policies regarding transgender students.Behavioral health the focus of Mat-Su grantsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA Mat-Su nonprofit is looking to fill the funding gap for behavioral health services with more budget cuts on the horizon at the state level. One program benefiting from that grant money is aiming to curb the earliest sources of drug and alcohol abuse with a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences awareness.Holy Bible translated into modern Yup’ikCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe Bible is now available in the modern Yup’ik orthography after nearly half a century of work put in by fluent Yup’ik speakers in the area and the American Bible Society.Former Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons dies at 74Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauFormer Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons died Saturday in Washington state after more than a decade battling cancer. He was 74. Friends and former colleagues remember his sense of humor, his love of sports and his unfailing commitment to the capital city. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio
Rajendranagar: GHMC Town Planning Team of Rajendranagar Circle on Wednesday removed over 50 encroachments over footpath from Hyderguda X Circle to Jana Priya Apartments in Attapur. During the demolition drive which was supervised by the Zonal Commissioner (South), B Srinivas Reddy with the police assistant commercial hoardings, construction over footpaths and profile sheets hanging on the roofs were removed to make the footpaths free from all kind of encroachments. “We have started acting against encroachments on footpaths. We will continue the drive against such act in a phased manner. Today we have removed over 50 encroachments at Hyderguda to Attapur stretch. We will go on with a similar drive from Attapur to Langer House bridge via Erraboda in the next phase,” said Balananda Swami, ACP Town Planning, Circle No.11, Rajendranagar. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us In recent days the burgeoning encroachments on footpaths at various locations under Rajendranagar has turned the roads into narrow passages. Traffic congestions and water stagnation is also making the situation more pain staking for the commuters. To make the footpaths fully useable for the road users, the town planning wing removed almost all types of encroachments from over one kilometer long stretch here. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us However, the local people are totally disapproving the way GHMC’s Town Planning Wing undertook action on Wednesday. They opined that to turn the attention from enormous level of encroachments on water bodies and heavy construction in illegal layouts, the civic body has taken up the task to remove hoardings and profile sheets hanging on the roofs over footpaths. “This is simply an eyewash, if they are really serious against the encroachments they must have to take actions against the large scale unauthorised constructions in unapproved layouts where the heavy structures are being raised one after another on daily basis,” felt K Ashok, a depressed man who was affected due to demolition drive.
Neredmet: The drainage overflowing at Neredmet Crossroads is causing trouble to the commuters and locals. The manhole situated at the crossroad is not covered with the lid, due to which the drainage water outpours onto the main road which is causing inconvenience to the commuters. The overflow of drainage is posing a severe threat to motorists as it can cause a major accident. The residents alleged that the drainage overflowing issue has been daunting the commuters for months now. A heavy monsoon would be enough to worsen the situation of the roads.
Bharti Airtel on Thursday launched 4G trials exclusively for its customers in Delhi NCR.Airtel’s 4G services in the National Capital Region are the first in India to leverage an integrated FD and TD network which will deliver the fast 4G experience and a better network coverage.Airtel 4G enables superfast internet speeds and allow customers to enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading entire photo albums in less than five minutes (i.e. uploading two high resolution photos per second), connecting multiple devices without compromising on the experience, etc.As part of the trial offer, Airtel customers across Delhi NCR can now avail a complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices and experience blazing Airtel 4G speeds.The company will assimilate valuable customer feedback from these early adopters and leverage the initial market response towards strengthening its service experience – thus building a world-class 4G network infrastructure for the city.”As customers in India show an increasing propensity for consuming data services, we at Airtel are excited to take the lead in introducing the market to power of blazing 4G speeds,” said Sarang Kanade, Hub CEO – Delhi NCR and Rajasthan, Bharti Airtel (India).Aimed at transitioning more and more customers to superfast 4G experience, Airtel has also announced a go-to-market partnerships with Samsung and Flipkart for 4G devices.Select retail stores of Samsung India will shortly facilitate easy Airtel 4G SIM swap for customers buying 4G smartphones. Airtel 4G double data offers are now available for customers of Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 mobile devices.Samsung has recently also launched its all new Core Prime 4G mobile smartphone in Airtel 4G markets. In the weeks to come, Samsung will also offer bundled Airtel 4G SIMs alongwith select Samsung 4G handsets in the Indian market.Additionally, Flipkart now offers Airtel 4G with double the data benefits for customers buying select 4G handsets. Flipkart-exclusive 4G devices (including brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei) will come bundled with an Airtel 4G SIM.While existing Airtel customers will be able to follow a quick SMS registration process to activate 4G, non-Airtel customers buying their 4G device from Flipkart will be guided through a simple process to smoothly transition to the Airtel 4G network.
The freedom of the press and expression was put to the sword, journalists and rights defenders feared, according to an ANN report carried by Phnompenh Post.It referred to the Bangladesh cabinet’s approval of the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.The newspaper wrote that there would be every chance of the act being misused against people’s right to express themselves after it is passed by the Jatiya Sangsad, some observed. .Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Dhaka to amend the proposed ‘Digital Security Act’, removing provisions that pose a grave threat to freedom of expression.The proposed law is supposed to replace ‘the notorious and controversial’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, Section 57 of which criminalises online content regarded as defamatory or blasphemous, RSF said in a statement.It pointed out that at least 25 journalists and several hundred bloggers and Facebook users were prosecuted under Section 57 in 2017 alone.But, RSF added, many of its provisions are reproduced in different sections of proposed new law, and still carry sentences of up to 14 years in prison.“The proposed Digital Security Act is not satisfactory, especially as, on several points, it is even more draconian that the previous law,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge the Bangladeshi authorities to withdraw all the provisions that could be used to gag journalists and bloggers.”RSF said, “The still vague wording will allow the same abuses as before, benefitting those who do not want freely and independently reported news and information.” A gag on freedom of expression
Kolkata: State-run oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is investing nearly Rs 12,000 crore in Bengal for development of various infrastructure, capacity enhancement and boosting their delivery network in the next two to three years.”We are investing Rs 4,190 crore to augment the capacity of Haldia refinery, while the investment requirement to make it BS VI compliant would be to the tune of Rs 3,415 crore,” executive director of IOC Dipankar Ray said at a Press conference on Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRay said that they have set a target of April 1, 2018, for making the Haldia refinery BS VI compliant, up from the present BS IV. “The amount of sulphur will be reduced to 10 ppm from 50 ppm when it becomes BS VI compliant,” he added.The IOC further announced an investment of Rs 4,325 crore for a pipeline project, which will not only increase the logistical capability of the company as LPG can be transported directly from Haldia to the bottling plants without any hassles, but will also help reduce road accidents and other untoward incidents during the transportation process. The gas pipeline from its refinery in Haldia will link its bottling plants in Durgapur, Kalyani and Budge Budge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior IOC official, 54 lakh LPG connections have been released in the state under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) by the oil marketing companies and another 5 lakh will be released by August. “LPG coverage in the state has reached 81 percent from about 40 percent in the last two-three years,” the official added.Ray further said that Indian Oil will be adding 631 new distributors in the state, taking the distribution strength to 1,271 in the next five months. In Bengal, LPG penetration stands at 81 percent against the national average of 84 percent and the IOC is working towards providing LPG connections to 95 percent households in the state.
Kolkata: The Bolpur Court on Wednesday convicted former Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Visva Bharati Dilip Sinha, former Registrar Dilip Mukherjee and a former faculty member on charges of cheating, forgery and conspiracy.”The quantum of punishment will be announced by the Magistrate Arvind Mishra on Thursday,” said Naba Kumar Ghosh, special public prosecutor for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Sinha served as the V-C of Visva Bharati between 1995 and 2001. On January 16, 1997, Mukti Deb, an applicant for the post of Mathematics lecturer, was interviewed. She had furnished certificates of BSc from Calcutta University and MSc and MPhil from Jadavpur University, which were later found to be forged. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring investigation, it was revealed that Deb had appeared for the Part-1 exam of BSc but failed in it. But during the interview, she had produced photocopies instead of original testimonials and also got the job. The copies of the testimonials were attested by Dilip Sinha. After Deb was recruited as a lecturer in Mathematics, she worked for five years there. After five years, Deb wrote to the university authorities, seeking permission for enrolling in PhD. When she was asked to submit the original documents, instead of furnishing them Deb stated that she is not interested in pursuing PhD. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring May 2004, Sunil Kumar Sarkar, former Registrar of the university, had lodged a complaint with Bolpur police station. The former state government led by then chief minister Buddahdeb Bhattacharjee had ordered a CID probe. Deb had taught the students of Visva Bharati for seven years before she was sacked in 2004. Sinha was arrested by the CID in June 2004 from his residence. After a year spent in judicial custody, he was granted bail during March 2005. Later, CID submitted the chargesheet against Sinha, Mukherjee and Deb at Bolpur Court, on charges of forgery, cheating and conspiracy.
Sir Isaac Newton is a world-famous icon of science. The publication of his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) in 1687 proved earth-shattering for science. In it, Newton cracked open the secrets of numerous aspects of the physical world, such as the laws of motion and universal gravity.During his lifetime, Newton also helped to formulate the theorem of calculus and significantly contributed to the knowledge of optics. When he died at the age of 84, Newton was well known and respected.Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, oil on canvas.However, to his grave he carried a set of knowledge that his contemporaries would have deemed dangerous. Something which he preferred to conceal from the alert, scrutinizing eye of the public — a huge pile of writing that was “unfit to publish.”Newton’s academic interest extended from mathematics and physics to the study of the Bible, as well as texts that belonged to the branch of alchemy, or as the 17th century world preferred to say, “chymistry.”Newton authored vast amounts of pages that spoke on more esoteric topics. Some of it included notes on his laboratory work or analysis of various substances. Also, he wrote transcriptions of medieval and ancient authors, including material produced by the occult sects of late-ancient Alexandria.Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica manuscript, volume from which the first edition was printed.While Newton sometimes relied on the knowledge of alchemy when he formulated some of his great theories and ideas, he never felt comfortable to share with the world that he had tapped into that kind of knowledge as well.He concealed this aspect of his career as he wanted to avoid facing harsh criticism. His secret was well kept by those who inherited the complete output of his research.Portrait of Newton in 1689 by Godfrey Kneller.It wouldn’t be until 1936 when Newton’s Corpus Obscura finally saw the light of day, at a Sotheby’s auction. The manuscripts, which were displayed in a total of 329 lots, were consigned by Gerard Wallop, the 9th Earl of Portsmouth. He had obtained the material from Newton’s family where they remained sheltered for two centuries.One of the people who eagerly sought to check Newton’s secret writing was John Maynard Keynes, a famed British economist of the early 20th century, who eventually declared that “Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians.”An 1874 engraving showing a probably apocryphal account of Newton’s lab fire. In the story, Newton’s dog started the fire, burning 20 years of research. Newton is thought to have said: “O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done.”For the average 18th century mind, the contents of those manuscripts would have been interpreted as heresy. An endless source to denounce the figure and legacy of Newton. The material presents Newton’s personal views on religion, both complex and controversial.The English scientist subscribed to the idea of non-Trinitarianism, which, in short means that Christ and God cannot be equal in their power.Newton presumed that God did create the universe as a type of machine, and since God was this divine creator of something so huge, he remained present to adjust how the system he created functioned. In this context, studying the way the universe worked was a sort of spiritual undertaking for Newton.Page from from Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s life, by William Stukeley, 1752.As he read through the Bible, Newton sought to decode secret meanings embedded there by the Bible authors, who he believed were directly connected with God. For instance, in the descriptions of the Temple of Solomon, Newton searched for extraordinary meanings. He deemed that King Solomon built the temple with divine help.He even added a chapter on the temple in his piece entitled “The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended” as for him the temple was more than just a splendid architectural gem. The temple’s geometry journaled ancient Jewish history.In the Bible’s prophetic books, Newton further looked for signs he could use to really foresee the future. Principally he aimed at finding out when the Second Coming will happen so that humans can prepare. His bid was that the world as we know it will end around the year 2060.Isaac Newton left behind alchemical notes amounting to an estimated one million words written in his own hand. This page shows two steps (“periods”) in the manufacture of the philosophers’ stone that were drawn from a work by the obscure German alchemist Erasmus Rothmaler.In legacy to future generation who would accept the same research challenges as he did, Newton also worked on interpretation tools to decode the esoteric information left in the Bible. He believed that part of this knowledge was left there for the redemption of the humankind.To give an idea of how much time Newton spent studying the Bible — he dedicated way more time on the holy scriptures than he did on his most famous scientific discoveries.Newton dedicated another tremendous effort in studying and writing on the matter of alchemy, the Middle Age discipline which had a principal task to devise the philosopher’s stone that had magical properties. Alchemy eventually led to the commencement of chemistry.Newton in a 1702 portrait by Godfrey Kneller.Newton studied ancient Greek literature in his bid to find a pure alchemic formula. He even wrote alchemical poems. However, portions of the alchemical writing Newton authored has been lost in a fire that engulfed his lab one day.What did survive was a great deal of transcription of alchemy texts from other authors. We can only wonder precisely what he was thinking when he was going through these texts, sometimes producing multiple copies of them.Isaac Newton’s diagram of part of the Temple of Solomon, taken from Plate 1 of The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended (published London, 1728).With an extensive output that borders on the obscure, it is easy to question if Newton was somewhat crazy and foolish. Was he wasting his brilliant mind on obsolete things instead of figuring out more science?Knowing Newton, it was just his admirably curious mind. He used any method at his disposal at the time to understand the principles of nature and the universe.Had he not had such curiosity to delve deep, had he not been dedicated to everything that stirred his interest including all things occult, perhaps he would have never devised many of his most significant findings. Sir Isaac Newton, after all, is one of the most brilliant minds that the 17th century ever produced.Read another story from us: The Codex Gigas Contains the Most Famous Medieval Image of SatanNewton’s obscure corpus of writing can today be accessed via several platforms. One of them is the Newton Project backed by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Board. Another one is The Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project backed by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Go back to the e-newsletterSilversea Cruises has unveiled its new 2018 Couture Collection, an industry-first, exclusive series of ocean and land adventures, which are custom-designed. Priced up to AU$105,000 per guest, the inaugural 2018 Couture Collection is a portfolio of nine pre- and post-cruise luxury land programs of five to 11 days, offering travel experiences in remote and untouched regions.“Our guests are seasoned luxury travellers, aiming to discover the least accessible corners of our planet, where nature can still astound with its untouched beauty,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “The Couture Collection reveals the most exotic places and cultures on carefully curated journeys that feature all the extraordinary touches of comfort and luxury for which Silversea is renowned.”The pre- and post-cruise Couture Collection includes exclusive experiences, ranging from a private helicopter service in Mongolia to a vintage rail journey in India, and Gulfstream jet charters in and out of Antarctica. Prices start from AU$18,500 per guest, with an 11-day South Pole itinerary leading the collection starting at AU$105,000 per guest.The Couture Collection programs are limited to small groups and include most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events. Accommodation is provided at renowned boutique hotels, lodges and private tents specifically built for these experiences. Each program is fully escorted.Conrad Combrink, Vice President Product Development Expeditions and Experiences hand crafted each of these expeditions under the watchful eye of Silversea’s Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Rwanda & the Serengeti: Walking in the Footsteps of Giants – Explore the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, while searching for the mountain gorilla on an exclusive two day trekking experience. Go on a game drive to seek the Big Five from a custom 4×4 in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for its amazing annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. Eight days from AU$33,000; departures on 20 or 27 November; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on 16 or 27 November.White Desert & South Pole: Standing on the Bottom of the Earth – No place on Earth can compare to Antarctica. Explore spectacular ice caves and tunnels and climb a glacial island. Photograph a colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay before following in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott and be among the privileged few who have reached the South Pole. Enjoy the comforts of a stay at Whichaway Camp. Fly in and out of Antarctica on a Gulfstream business jet. This 11-day adventure, starts from AU$105,000 per person, departing on 2 January 2018; combinable with Silver Spirit‘s 18 December 2017 voyage.Namibia & Rovos Rail – Experience the Namibia Desert at Little Kulala Camp in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Go flightseeing over the Skeleton Coast. Marvel at Sesriem Canyon and float above enchanting desert landscapes in a hot-air balloon. From Pretoria to Cape Town, journey in aboard the iconic Rovos Rail, known as The Most Luxurious Train in the World and savour the South African scenery from a carefully restored carriage. Six days from AU$18,500; departs on 8 January or 14 March; combinable with cruises on Silver Spirit, departing 15 January or Silver Cloud, departing 21 March.India: In the Path of Powerful Titans – Enjoy private flights throughout India. Track tigers in Ranthambore wildlife reserve. Journey by vintage rail to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, where dinner includes stunning views of Mehrangarh, an impressive centuries-old fort. Witness the charms of the ancient city of Jaisalmer from the comfort of The Serai camp. Explore majestic desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari, then sample delicacies at an elegant bush dinner. Six days from AU$49,000; departs on 23 October; combinable with Silver Muse‘s 8 October cruise.Australia: Exploring the Unforgiving and Unforgettable Outback – Enjoy private air travel to and from Darwin to experience an authentic outback adventure at the Bullo River Station, a cattle ranch in Australia’s Northern Territory. Explore Aboriginal rock art galleries and cruise up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge. Discover the amazing landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range before swimming in the jade-green natural rock pools of the Cascades. Five days from AU$42,500; departs on 23 or 29 July; combinable with Silver Discoverer, departing on 19 or 29 July.Iceland: Revealing the Legends of Fire and Ice – From thermal springs to glaciers, Iceland is a land of contrasts. Enjoy private helicopter travel to explore its most amazing wonders. Sip a champagne toast at the famous Godafoss Waterfall. During a stay at Deplar, a sheep farm turned lodge, go kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching and more. Visit the bird-watching wonderland of Drangey Island and enjoy lunch atop a glacier-capped volcano before entering a man-made ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. Five days from AU$66,500; departs on 2 or 8 August; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on 27 July or 8 August.Tibet: Standing on the Rooftop of the World – Discover some of the most amazing and isolated places on Earth. Observe morning prayers at a Buddhist nunnery and visit Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Witness a lively debate among monks at Sera Monastery and then unwind with a meditation class led by a monk. Picnic amid the stunning beauty of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake before strolling through Norbulingka, the splendid former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. See the gigantic gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Five days from AU$18,500; departs on 7 or 14 October; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing 28 September or 14 October.Mongolia: Echoes of Genghis Khan – Visit with one of the last remaining groups of reindeer herders, the Tsaatan community of Northern Mongolia. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Khuvsgul and learn about the culture of the Kazakh people, witnessing their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles. At the Naadam Festival (Three Games of Men), observe an ancient spectacle of horse racing, archery and wrestling, valued as sports of strength, wisdom and courage. Six or seven days from AU$44,000; departs on 2 or 10 May 2018; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing 25 April or 10 May 2018.Bolivia: A Short Walk onto Another Universe – Stay at the bottom of ice-capped Sajama, Bolivia’s highest peak and explore volcanoes, hot springs and 3000-year-old plants. Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, and stay in a camp of geodesic dome tents. Discover the small village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, then hike to the cave of the Coquesa mummies to learn about their history. Relish in vistas on a drive through Los Flamencos nature reserve before indulging in the luxuries of the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa. Eight or ten days from AU$36,000; departs on 17 or 26 October; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on 15 or 26 October.Go back to the e-newsletter
Fun moments before, during and after the Oscars luncheon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Cidoni Lennox, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 6:02 pm PDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards convened at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday for this year’s Oscar Nominees Luncheon, a gathering that gives honorees a chance to socialize at an event where everyone’s name will be called and they’ll get a moment onstage.That moment is for the “class photo,” but the day is so much more. For some nominees, it’s the first time they’ll meet someone whose work they cherish. Many will do interviews where they can reflect on their films, and look ahead to the Feb. 24 and what they’ll wear and who they’ll thank.Here are a few moments from Monday’s gathering, both inside the ballroom and in interviews with The Associated Press.___PART OF THE .1 PERCENTRichard E. Grant is basking in his Oscar nomination, including a joke about him being an “overnight success.”Grant is nominated for best supporting actor for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, which is his first nomination. He says Steve Martin, with whom he co-starred in “L.A. Story,” emailed him Sunday: “Congratulations on your overnight success.” Grant cackled with laughter recounting the message.“I’m one of those actors, like the majority, 99.9 per cent of actors, who don’t get nominated or awarded things. So that’s just the way it is, unless your name is Helen Mirren or Judy Dench or that tiny group of people who always get nominated,” Grant said.“It’s all unbelievable.”DEBATING A PRE-NOON COCKTAILHow early is too early for a cocktail? “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” writer and producer Phil Lord found himself among the early arrivals to the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon contemplating that very question. With few around to talk to yet, a companion told Lord that she was headed to the bar.“Oh great idea,” Lord said in deadpan with a little laugh. “It’s not yet noon, right?”While the passed champagne and wine may have sat out for a bit when the doors to the Beverly Hilton Ballroom opened at 11, by noon, the nominees and guests were ready to toast.Lord eventually found some fellow early birds to socialize with, by the way, in “Free Solo” climber Alex Honnold and best actress nominee Glenn Close.SUPER BOWL SHADEIt’s the day after the Super Bowl and Regina King walks through a restaurant at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when she spots a fan in a New England Patriots jersey.“Congratulations,” the effervescent best supporting actress nominee shouts to the man, in a less than enthusiastic tone.If there are any hard feelings about the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, King certainly doesn’t have them for the man wearing the Tedy Bruschi jersey. She stops and shoots a selfie with the man and his companion before heading off to do interviews.A SPECIAL TIE FOR JENKINSBarry Jenkins chose his Oscar luncheon attire carefully, pairing a dark suit with bees stitched on it with a burgundy tie.“I bought this tie when I was broke,” Jenkins explained. “Not that I’m not broke now.”And busy. Jenkins was seated at a table Monday that included best supporting actress nominee Rachel Weisz and Disney CEO Bob Iger. He said the conversation turned to hobbies. Jenkins wouldn’t divulge how others pass their spare time, but said he didn’t have one at the moment. “Right now, I’m just obsessed with work.”Jenkins is nominated for best adapted screenplay for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and explained why he wanted to keep some things around from before he was famous.He said he always wants “to keep a few things around that predate all this (expletive).”SPIKE LEE FINDS SYMBOLISM IN 2019 OSCAR RECOGNITIONSpike Lee says 2019 is an appropriate year for him to score his first best director and best picture Oscar nominations.Lee cited two historic events that make it a meaningful year for him to get recognized for “BlacKkKlansman” — the 30th anniversary of the release of his breakthrough film “Do the Right Thing.” In addition to that, Lee said it was the 400th anniversary of his ancestors being brought as slaves to Jamestown, Virginia.Lee told The Associated Press Monday that if he wins at the Oscars, he would thank his ancestors. He was interviewed ahead of the annual Oscar nominees luncheon, a private gathering where nominees get to mingle and get pointers ahead of the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.Lee, who was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2015, rocked a pair of custom gold Air Jordan sneakers to the luncheon. On the left foot is written “BlacKkKlansman’s” title and “Speak On It” written on the right.He kept the focus not just on his film but on longtime collaborator Terrence Blanchard, who is nominated for best original score, and Adam Driver, who is nominated for best supporting actor.“You’re grateful when you get awards,” Lee said. “The great stuff is going to live on.” He noted that people still debate scenes about “Do the Right Thing.”___AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.Mike Cidoni Lennox, The Associated Press
All three Cyprus teams, Apoel, Apollon and AEK came away with excellent results in their first leg games in the third qualifying round of the Europa League giving them the perfect platform to progress to the fourth and final round before the group stages of the competition.Apollon scored four past hapless Dynamo Brest from Belarus while AEK stunned Sturm Graz in Austria by 2-0 while Apoel held on for a 2-2 against Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel.Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 Apoel 2The Hamas rocket incident that almost caused the postponement of the tie seemed to have shocked the Israelis more as it took them over 20 minutes to launch their first attack in tight first half.Apoel opened the score in the 11th minute from the penalty spot through captain Nuno Morais after Al Tamari was upended in the penalty area by Tzedek.Guilerme Delatorre doubled the score with a spectacular overhead kick in the 28th minute giving the Cyprus champions a two-goal cushion.Beer Sheva responded and reduced the deficit in the 42nd minute through Ogu after Roland Sallay failed to clear the ball allowing the Nigerian to prod ball into the net.In the second half Beer Sheva poured forward looking for the equalizer and it came through Nwakaeme in the 70th minute.In the final 17 minutes Apoel were reduced to ten men after Delatorre was shown a second yellow card but they managed to hang on to give them the platform to get the result in Nicosia to progress to the next round.Apollon 4 Dynamo Brest 0Apollon were by far the superior team and dominated from the first whistle but could not find a way past Dynamo’s goalkeeper Gutor in the first half with Zelaya, Facundo Pereira and Fotis Papoulis all guilty of some poor finishing.On a rare breakaway Dynamo Brest could have opened the score when Fereira raced clear only to send the ball the wrong side of the post with Apollon goalkeeper Bruno Vale beaten.Zelaya finally gave Apollon an early second half lead while a couple of minutes later the same player was denied his second by the post. However in the 58th minute he managed to grab his second.Apollon made the return leg a formality with two late goals from Marcovic and Joao Pedro.Dynamo Brest finished the game with ten players after Zaleskiy saw red for a reckless challenge on Zelaya.Sturm Graz 0 AEK 2Despite playing away from home AEK were by far the better side against Sturm Graz, creating enough chances to seal victory in the first 45 minutes.Acoran twice went close while Giannou just failed to reach a tantalizing cross with the goal at his mercy.However just after the restart Truyols headed the ball into the net to give AEK a deserved lead.The Larnaca team continued to be the better team and added a second in the 74th minute through Ivan Triskovski.The game was interrupted in the final stages when the assistant referee was struck and injured by an object thrown from the home fans. Play resumed after a lenghty delay with the Austrians expected to be handed a hefty penalty.You May LikeHairstyles10 hairstyles that will knock 10 years off your ageHairstylesUndoBrainy Penny25 States That Will Make You Regret Retiring ThereBrainy PennyUndoMy Food and FamilyPlanning A Summer Monday BBQ? Try Out This Dill Pickle Pasta SaladMy Food and FamilyUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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