Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Then Brandt answers the question that’s probably lingering as you read this.What’s currently separating the Cardinals from the top three? Thus far, they — like the Falcons — have relied more on non-offensive touchdowns (three defensive, one return) than the three teams above, who have no return touchdowns and just one defensive touchdown (by the Packers) between them.Fair enough. It’s true that Arizona has gone 4-1 with a balance of offense and defense.However they’re getting the points, the Cardinals have thus far put together a historic season in that regard.When considering the offense only, Brandt ranks the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots — all perfect on the season — ahead of Arizona. – / 14 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals score 38 points per game, good for first in the NFL. They have a point differential of 100 through five games of 2015, which is also tops in the league.But NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ranks the Arizona offense fourth in the NFL, all after writing 302 glowing words about every Cardinal offensive contributor. Brandt likes what he sees from Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and coach Bruce Arians. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) Top Stories
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories But they’ve never played the Cardinals in “the nest” since Arizona moved across town in 2006. There are so many great angles to this game — at least on paper in April. There’s the polarizing Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, facing a Cardinals secondary led by Patrick Peterson and (hopefully) Tyrann Mathieu. There’s the battle of coaches — the gregarious yet formidable Arians against the stoic mad genius, Bill Belichick. Add in the offseason trade between the two teams that brought pass rusher Chandler Jones to the Cardinals and sent disappointing former first-round pick Jonathan Cooper to Beantown. Think they’ll want to impress their former teams?And, it’s the first Sunday night game of the year. 5. Week 17 – Cardinals at Rams Sunday, Jan. 1 @ Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumYes, the Cardinals lose the luxury of playing road games in St. Louis, their home for 28 seasons and where they still enjoyed good fan support, but a road game in Los Angeles gives Birdgang members a chance to conveniently hop in the car and support the team on the road for the first time since the Rams and Raiders bolted L.A. in 1994. Plus, the Cardinals are 14-6 against the Rams since 2006. As far as individual games, there are five that stand out a little more on the anticipation scale.Here they are: Last season’s playoff ouster was much more painful. The Panthers destroyed the Cardinals in every facet of the game, winning the NFC Championship Game, 49-15. Carson Palmer, who finished second to Carolina’s Cam Newton in the AP MVP voting, had by far his worst game as a Cardinal, throwing four interceptions and coughing up a fumble. Redemption will be a key theme for Palmer and the rest of his red-clad teammates.Surprisingly, this isn’t one of the Cardinals’ four primetime games, but this one will be heavily anticipated.– / 16 Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians before the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) 3. Week 7 – Seahawks at CardinalsSunday, Oct. 23 @ University of Phoenix StadiumThe Cardinals have proven they can accomplish the very difficult task of beating the Seahawks in Seattle. Arizona has taken two of the last three meetings at CenturyLink Field, including a classic 39-32 win last season. What the Cardinals haven’t proven is that they can defend their home turf when the guys in the neon green-accented uniforms come to town. The Seahawks, who always bring a healthy number of ’12s’ to the desert with them, have won the last three games in Glendale, and none of them have been particularly close. Last year’s Week 17 game was a 36-6 blowout that the Cardinals tried to downplay but actually served as more of a sign of things to come than anyone wanted to admit at the time. The NFL released its 2016 regular-season schedule Thursday night, creating another layer of optimism for fans of the Arizona Cardinals after their team was dismantled in the NFC Championship Game in January.Some highlights of the schedule:• Four primetime appearances in the first seven games of the season, including three at home in Glendale.• A well-placed Week 9 bye.• Five home games in the first seven weeks, creating a possibility for a good start to the season. Sunday, Oct. 30 @ Bank of America StadiumThe end of a brutal three-week stretch to end the first half of the season takes the Cardinals to the site of their last two playoff exits. Two years ago, the Panthers beat the short-handed Cardinals 27-16 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in an NFC Wild Card round. It was disappointing, but not unexpected as Arizona was quarterbacked by Ryan Lindley. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1. Week 8 – Cardinals at Panthers Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share 2. Week 1 – Patriots at CardinalsSunday, Sept. 11 @ University of Phoenix StadiumThe Patriots do have experience playing at UOP Stadium — they’ve split a pair of Super Bowls played there, including a thrilling win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX two seasons ago. 4. Week 6 – Jets at Cardinals Plus, the matchup gives us a great teacher-pupil showdown with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians facing his former underling, Todd Bowles. The history between the two goes all the way back to Bowles’ college career at Temple when Arians was in his first-ever head coaching position. Monday, Oct. 17 @ University of Phoenix StadiumThe Cardinals haven’t beaten the Jets since 1975 — it sounds a lot longer than it actually has been because these two teams just don’t play that often. In fact, they’ve faced each other only eight times total, with the J-E-T-S winning the last six. That includes officially the ugliest football game ever played — a 7-6 Jets’ win in December of 2012 that featured some of the worst quarterbacking the sport has seen. The Jets have played in Arizona only twice, and never at UOP Stadium. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires During training camp, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Cole Toner will join Doug and Wolf every morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station, to give an inside look at the daily grind of camp and a personal view of how his 2017 preparation is coming along.When fans attend open Arizona Cardinals training camp practices at University of Phoenix Stadium, they’re hoping the team is in full pads because it’s a little closer to real football. “For the most part, they’re right about stuff. You just kind of go with it. If you see yourself up there, take your ‘L’ and move on.” Your browser does not support the audio element. The players, especially in the fourth week of camp, don’t share that mindset.A full-padded practice is on tap for Wednesday afternoon in Glendale and the reason is clear.“We didn’t practice well enough (Tuesday),” Cole Toner said Wednesday morning in relaying the message from head coach Bruce Arians. “We’ve got to find a way to practice better and we’re doing that in full pads until we do.”Toner called that development “discouraging,” but somewhat expected, given the amount of mental errors the team has accumulated.“On the sheet last night, there was a good amount of M.E.’s,” he said. “I actually didn’t find myself up there, which is good for me.”The accountability board is a grading tool used by the Arizona coaching staff. Not only does it send a message to the player about errors, but it does so in a very public way. Toner intimated that the board works.“There’s no doing anything about it,” he said. “You see yourself, you try to get better. The coaches have control of who they put on there and who they don’t. Sometimes they’ll miss stuff. Usually, they catch it. Sometimes coaches will tell you to do something and you’re on there and you try to get it right. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share LISTEN: All-Access with Cole Toner The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
PHOENIX — The Cardinals return to Arizona for a three-game homestand after falling to the Houston Texans on the road last week. Two of Arizona’s next three opponents, Jacksonville and Tennessee, will be first-time visitors to University of Phoenix Stadium.This week’s game marks just the fifth regular-season meeting between Arizona and Jacksonville since the Jaguars joined the league as an expansion franchise in 1995. Among the other 30 NFL clubs, only Houston (four) has played fewer games against the Cardinals. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) 2 Comments Share CARDINALSQuarterback Blaine Gabbert passed for 257 yards and three touchdowns for a 92.4 rating in Week 11. He spent three seasons (2011-13) with Jacksonville and had 22 touchdown passes.He played last week for three and half quarters and had a career-high with three touchdowns passes but had two fourth-quarter interceptions. Gabbert deserved better from his receivers with at least four drops and the lack of a running game.Running back Adrian Peterson has 164 rush yards (82 per game) and three touchdowns in two career games against Jacksonville. He has 99 career rushing touchdowns and needs one to become the ninth player in NFL history with 100 rush touchdowns.He’s been up and down since he joined the Cardinals. Anytime he is tackled for a loss in the backfield that’s on the offensive line and he needs to little more patient on some of the run plays.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown last week. Has 15,157 career receiving yards and surpassed Tony Gonzalez (15,127) for fifth most all-time.He ranks second in the NFL with 69 receptions and fifth with 768 receiving yards. He also aims for this third in a row at home with 10-plus receptions & 100-plus receiving yards. Slot corner Tyrann Mathieu has an interception in two of his past three games facing the AFC. He has 22 tackles and a sack in his past three games at home.Mathieu has played better lately. They are using him in a lot of different situations on defense, blitzing and playing him closer to the line of scrimmage.Rookie safety Budda Baker had 12 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his first-career start last week.He graded out last week 99.9, a perfect grade, according to Pro Football Focus.JAGUARSQuarterback Blake Bortles has 1,144 pass yards (286 per game) and 11 touchdowns for a 102.1 rating in four career road games against the NFC.He’s done a better job of managing the game and not making the costly mistakes in the second half. Jacksonville’s strong rushing attack takes pressure off him.Rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 111 yards in Week 11. Has four 100-plus rush yard games in 2017, tied for the most in the NFL and the second most by a rookie in franchise history.Bruce Arians was asked if he sees comparisons between Fournette and other running backs he has coached.“Yeah, I mean he’s very close to (Rams running back Todd) Gurley. They were very similar coming out, and they both run, catch and are shifty, big guys. I think he was the closest thing to Todd.” Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey wasn’t on the injury report all week, but has a hand injury and he said he will not play. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report. He was scheduled to cover Fitzgerald during the game.According to Roy Cummings, Ramsey has been a critical part of a Jaguars defense that has risen to the top of the league rankings in total defense, points allowed, sacks and takeaways.Through 10 games this year he has recorded 36 tackles, 14 pass breakups, and two interceptions as part of what many have come to believe as the best secondary in the league.Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones had two touchdown catches last week, his first two career touchdowns and he only played eight offensive snaps vs. Texans. He’s a former wide receiver and the Cardinals moved him to tight end during the undrafted free agent rookie camp.Linebacker Chandler Jones is tied for fourth in the NFL with 10 sacks. He has four sacks in his past four games at home. Don’t mean to repetitive but he needs to make more impact or splash plays when the game is on the line.Cornerback Patrick Peterson had three pass deflections last week.Safety Antonie Bethea has two interceptions in his past three at home. He had an interception in his last game against Jacksonville. He’s been a great addition and provides excellent leadership in the locker room right mentor for some of the younger players. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Wide receiver Marquise Lee has two touchdowns passes in his past three games against the NFC on the road.Defensive end Calais Campbell spent nine seasons with Arizona. He ranks second in franchise history with 56.5 sacks. He is tied for the NFL lead with 11.5 sacks.Campbell was a great addition to the franchise on and off the field. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cardinals played a video tribute before the game honoring his nine years with the organization.Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had 2.5 sacks last week. He has four games with two-plus sacks in 2017, the most in the NFL. He has ten sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the past six on the road.Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. aims for his sixth road game in a row with a sack. Fowler is a situational pass-rusher on passing downs, a good open-field tackler that can drop back into coverage.Cornerback A.J. Bouye has had two straight games with an interception and was a big signing in the offseason coming over from the Texans. He signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Jaguars, including a $10 million signing bonus, $26 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $13.5 million.Some stats/texts are courtesy of NFL Media, the Arizona Cardinals and Pro Football Focus. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires One of the biggest question marks still remaining for the Arizona Cardinals this offseason is how the team will address the vacancy at the quarterback position.Luckily, the Cardinals have options.Whether it be via free agency, a quarterback-friendly class in the 2018 NFL Draft or via trade, there are enough options for general manager Steve Keim and head coach Steve Wilks to test the waters before pulling the trigger on a future quarterback.Related LinksArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft Tracker But with a new system under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, what type of characteristics is the organization looking for in its next gunslinger?“Each player is different,” McCoy said to reporters on Thursday. “When you look at players they all have their strengths and their weaknesses. Certain guys can move better than others, some have great arms, some have very good arms.“We all understand it is a unique situation, without any quarterbacks on the roster. But you put your system in and adjust accordingly.”McCoy added that his game plan for the Cardinals’ offense was always meant to be independent of who the quarterback was, even if it were a veteran such as Carson Palmer.Similar to McCoy, Cardinals quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich understands that each quarterback in both free agency and the draft have their own strengths.As a former NFL quarterback, Leftwich is keen on finding a quarterback that can adjust the different style of play in the NFL.“Around the college game and high school game it has changed a lot,” Leftwich said Thursday. “You have to be able to play within the pocket on this level. Some guys have mobility and the athleticism to get outside the pocket but most of the time you have to be able to play inside the pocket. That’s the way this league is going to be.” The age of the traditional pocket-passer has diminished within the lower levels and especially in the NCAA.While the NFL has seen dual-threat quarterbacks enter the league in recent years, Leftwich says the mobility factor has become an added bonus to their accuracy within the pocket.“I think it is great when you have a guy that has mobility,” he said. “But in my personal opinion, I still think a guy has to make plays in the pocket to have consistent success.”With the direction of the team taking shape, McCoy, Leftwich and the rest of the coaching staff will now start evaluating prospects for the first time as a group.“The most important thing was evaluating our team here and our current roster,” McCoy said. “College for me is the next step moving forward.“I haven’t sat down and watched every pass of everybody yet. That will all come with time.” 7 Comments Share (AP Photos) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona is now 3-11 on the season and with playoff teams Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks left on the schedule, the possibility of another win this season seems bleak.“I take full responsibility for what I consider to be an embarrassing performance,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. “It starts with me and we’re going to do everything we can to correct it moving forward.”There was early hope following an opening drive in which the Cardinals drove 64 yards, finished off by a touchdown run from David Johnson.Johnson had over 50 yards on the drive and the Cardinals had an early road lead like they did a few weeks earlier against the Chargers.Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ David Johnson scores on 27th birthdayDeone Bucannon, Budda Baker active, Chad Williams out against FalconsThen, the offense regressed into its typical form and the defense couldn’t carry it.Quarterback Josh Rosen had a pass tipped, intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Deion Jones less than three minutes after Johnson’s touchdown.It was a flashback to Week 7 against the Broncos, when Rosen threw pick-six in the first quarter against the Broncos that ultimately led to a rough rest of the game.“We have to be strong mentally to find a way to overcome that,” Wilks said of the interception. If the Arizona Cardinals’ game against the Atlanta Falcons felt like déjà vu, there’s good reason for it.The Cardinals turned the ball over like they did against the Denver Broncos, looked hapless on offense like they did against the Detroit Lions and most significantly, wilted like they did against the Los Angeles Chargers.It ended in a 40-14 loss for the Cardinals, their eighth double-digit loss of the season. The Cardinals finished with 253 total yards, 200 less than the Falcons.The reality was the game ended in another blowout loss for the Cardinals, who remained in prime position to land the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. – / 22 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 134 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The inconsistent Falcons offense woke up in the second quarter.A Rosen fumble led to a quick 34-yard touchdown drive ended on a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Matt Ryan.The Falcons’ then added a field goal on a 65-yard drive.It was Atlanta’s final drive of the half that buried the Cardinals before the second half even started.Rosen threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted with less than two minutes to go in the half.Ryan then fed Julio Jones, who caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left.All of a sudden, the Cardinals had 26 straight points scored on them and trailed by 19 points at halftime.Against the Chargers a month ago, the Cardinals turned a 10-0 first quarter lead into a 28-10 halftime deficit.The second half, predictably, wasn’t any better.Tevin Coleman went untouched on a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to push the lead to 33-7.Rosen continued his struggles and wasn’t helped by his porous offense line.He was pulled early in the fourth quarter after getting sacked seven times.The final few minutes were academic.Backup quarterback Mike Glennon threw a late touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield, his first as a pro, but all it meant was the Cardinals didn’t suffer their fourth 30th-point loss of the season. Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) leaps into the end zone as he scores on a pass from Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
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Go back to the enewsletterThe Squire’s Landing has officially arrived at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) with panoramic views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.Housing a two-storey restaurant, The Squire’s Landing features a freestanding fully glazed microbrewery, architecturally designed amid money-can’t-buy-views of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.As Australia’s newest James Squire flagship, The Squire’s Landing is a partnership between Mantle Group Hospitality and Lion, and tells the legendary tale of James Squire, a convict on the First Fleet and Australia’s first brewer.Lion’s Head of Craft Gordon Treanor said it was exciting to see this state-of-the-art venue come to life, which promises to be a mecca for craft beer fans from around the world.“We are enormously proud to be launching the flagship James Squire microbrewery in Sydney which is also the home of the James Squire brand. It’s only fitting that The Squire’s Landing is located in such an iconic location so close to where James Squire first landed in Australia on the first fleet,” said Gordon.The venue’s Head Brewer, Peter Merrington, will be permanently based on site crafting exclusive small-batch brews, and delivering James Squire Limited Releases and its nine core-range beers and ciders.“We’ll have some of the freshest beer being served in Sydney and a range exclusive to The Squire’s Landing. We’ll also be able to honour the legend that is James Squire, at the same location where he first set foot on Australian soil almost 230 years ago,” said Merrington.On the menu is one of the only locations in Australia that serves the world’s oldest surviving beer made new, The Wreck.The venue offers multiple external decks and terraces offer an open-air dining experience and the ultimate spot to host any function.The Squire’s Landing menu is set to tantalise tastebuds with its collection of uniquely modern Australian flavours, designed by Head Chef, Angus Harrison, in collaboration with Mantle Group Hospitality’s Executive Chef, Deniz Coskun.“Hearty pub classics including burgers and steaks make up the Brewhouse menu while intricate dishes using seasonal produce form the upstairs restaurant offering. Both menus have been carefully crafted, just like the beer, and each dish pairs perfectly with the James Squire core range,” said Angus.The Squire’s Landing will be the seventh James Squire Brewhouse in Australia, complementing existing Brewhouses in Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It is open for lunch and dinner daily and will soon offer breakfast options.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletter[9:00am 4 June, 2019]Qantas and American Airlines have welcomed the US Government’s tentative approval of a joint business agreement (see below). In a joint statement, Qantas said final approval will enable commercial integration, including new routes, expanded codesharing, access to lower fares, additional frequent flyer perks, co-location at airports and more.“Qantas expects to announce details of two new routes – Brisbane-Chicago and Brisbane-San Francisco – once final approval is received,” the airline said.Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said: “Both airlines submitted a compelling proposal to the DOT that would bring significant benefits to millions of travellers and a boost to tourism.“For more than 30 years, Qantas and American have connected the US and Australia as partners. This joint business means that we’ll be able to deepen this partnership to offer new routes, better flight connections and more frequent flyer benefits,” Joyce said.A final decision from the US Department of Transportation is expected in the coming weeks.——————————————————————————————————————————-[06:15am 4 June, 2019 Sydney]An expanded alliance between Qantas and American Airlines has been given tentative approval by the Trump Administration following 16-months of deliberation.Subject to specific conditions, the deeper cooperation spans a metal-neutral joint venture agreement between Australia & New Zealand and the USA, which must be implemented before the end of the year.The US Department of Transportation (DOT) said its analysis of the aviation venture found “substantial public benefits” would likely result from the proposed cooperation by granting antitrust immunity to the oneworld partners. Among the benefits flagged by Qantas and American are up to three new routes within the first two years of immunity, and ramped up capacity on existing routes.Non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago are an almost certainty, with LATTE last year reporting on detailed plans submitted by the airlines to the US Government highlighting the extensive benefits of operating to the “Windy City” (see below). Seattle is another destination that has been previously flagged by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Both routes would likely be operated by incoming Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.QF/AA’s submission to the Department of Transportation highlighted nearly 100 codeshare routes from Chicago under the JV.In its draft determination announced today [4 June, 2019], the transport regulator said QF and AA’s initial proposal four years ago had ultimately failed to provide sufficient evidence of their ability to execute their proposed capacity plan. As a result, Qantas and American Airlines withdrew that request, before resubmitting an application at the end of February last year.“A significant period of time has passed between the Department’s review of the 2015 proposal and its tentative decision here. The Joint Applicants stress that circumstances have changed in the U.S.-Australasia market, and that they have adapted their joint venture plans to enhance competition and provide more valuable benefits for the consumer compared to their last application. They have produced a large volume of specific evidence in both their application and their response to the Department’s evidence request.”The DOT cited three “relevant facts and circumstances” that now supported the alliance’s approval: 1) market conditions have evolved since 2016 to mitigate competitive harm; 2) changes to the structure of the Joint Venture to account for the ultra-long-haul market; and 3) supportive evidence of new technology to stimulate traffic in markets behind US gateway cities.Conditions of the alliance include a self-assessment review in seven years time, providing adequate time for the airlines to have implemented their joint venture. Qantas/American Airlines market shareThe US transport regulator noted that US-Australia country pairing has experienced both passenger growth and seat count growth since the Department’s last evaluation. There has also been increased participation from most carriers flying nonstop in the market.“While still commanding a large share, Qantas and American’s overall relative share of traffic has grown modestly, while each of their relative shares of seats has shrunk, indicating that the Joint Applicants must compete with the new capacity that all carriers are adding to the market.“At the same time, passengers originating in Australia comprise the majority of passengers in this market. Qantas and American have approximately 51 percent market share and 54 percent nonstop seat share. At the last application, Qantas had approximately 49 percent market share.Even though the planned alliance would boost overall market share for Qantas and American Airlines, other carriers such as Air New Zealand, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Fiji Airways and others raised their share of the overall U.S.–Australia market. At the same time, the total number of passengers jumped 16%.Additionally, nonstop capacity rose 2%.“The Joint Applicants have seen their share of nonstop capacity reduced by 5%, from 59% to 54%, while other carriers operating nonstop service from the U.S. to Australia, such as United and Virgin Australia, have grown their seats in the market. Demand and capacity are growing, and the market is competitive,” the DOT said.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedSkyscanner Real Value Resorts 2011Skyscanner Real Value Resorts 2011Tunisia remains popular holiday destinationHolidaymakers are still booking flights to Tunisia despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.Beyond the Eurozone: 9 Cheap Travel SpotsSkyscanner takes a look at the best value travel destinations, where euros are out and pounds still stretch Passengers travelling on flights to Morocco can experience “the most exotic experience for the shortest flight”, Wanderlust magazine has said.The travel magazine suggested that, after a flight of just three hours, holidaymakers can be “nose-deep in culture shock” and surrounded by bustling souks, Arabic architecture and muezzin-sounding mosques.Sarah Baxter, Wanderlust’s deputy editor, said Morocco is particularly appealing as more Brits are becoming adventurous in their holiday choices, with many seeking “experiential travel rather than just beach flops”.”In terms of adventure, the country has excellent hiking, boasting the highest peaks in north Africa just outside buzzy Marrakesh,” she explained.”But there’s also excellent surfing on the Atlantic coast and world-class whitewater rafting, which you might not expect for a desert nation.”Ms Baxter went on to recommend the blue-washed town of Chefchaouen, which she said forms a “magical base” for many Morocco holidaymakers.Findings from Gap Adventures published this week revealed a 200 percent increase in the number of bookings to Morocco and Egypt this year compared to 2009.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Polar Bears in ChurchillThe ultimate in polar bear observation, Churchill in Canada is the staging point from where to see some amazing interaction between stranded bears before they set off across the frozen waters of Hudson Bay. Based on the south west shores of the bay, the polar bears wait for the waters to freeze so that they can set off across the ice in search of fresh food. Due to so many bears congregating in one area there are some interesting encounters and you will often see young males sparring, in practice for the real deal later in life. There is also the option of spending nights out on the tundra in a unique tundra lodge. Find cheap flights to Winnipeg from £521Polar Bears in SvalbardIf it is wilderness you want, Svalbard for you. Boarding a small expedition ship (some with as few as 12 passengers) you can explore the Arctic regions of Svalbard and Spitsbergen for between 9 and 12 days, maximising your chances of seeing polar bears in the wild as they wander the ice floes in search of unsuspecting seals. This experience contrasts hugely with Churchill as you are sightings individuals or mothers with cubs, rather than groups of interacting bears. However, it is a truly unique experience with lots of interaction with your guide. Find cheap flights to Oslo from £521 Everybody loves bears. They’re cute and cuddly, right? Well, not exactly, but these endangered creatures rank among nature’s most majestic sights. Viewing them in the world can be a magical experience that will take you into some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Here, Will Bolsover, Managing Director of World Bear Safaris, explains the options. Grizzlies in Bella CoolaA remote pristine valley 90 minutes flying time north of Vancouver, Bella Coola is renowned for its grizzly bear sightings. Bella Coola has just 1,500 inhabitants but during a few specific weeks of August and September it becomes the grizzly bear capital of British Columbia. Staying at the cosy Tweedsmuir Lodge on the banks of the Atnarko River, you set off in your 8ft “drift boat” every day to float downstream and watch as these bears go about their fishing. The famous salmon run is what attracts our grizzly friends to these waters and as soon as supplies diminish the bears move on to pastures new. Other highlights include a helicopter flight over the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciated valleys, and cultural experiences hosted by the Nuxalk First Nations people. Find cheap flights to Vancouver from £426Big Bears in Katmai National ParkIf you want to photograph grizzly bears in the wild, this is the trip for you. Some of the biggest grizzlies on record have been sighted in Katmai and between July and September you have the opportunity to see them with cubs, fishing the rivers. This trip offers a unique opportunity to view the grizzlies safely on foot. Great photographic opportunities present themselves as big bear brawls break out over “fishing rights” and mothers and cubs go about their foraging, trying to keep a low profile. With a maximum of six people per trip staying on a cruiser boat that patrols the shoreline, this is a special trip. Find cheap flights to Anchorage from £678Spirit Bears in British ColombiaCruise the coastline of BC in a 68ft ketch, viewing spirit bears and humpback whales. On this 9-day trip, you navigate fjords and explore remote estuaries in the hope of spotting the elusive spirit bear. If we are lucky you may also see black bears as they patrol the shoreline. A highlight is spending time at the Spirit Bear Conservancy in the hope of spotting these creatures as they wander along the forested backdrop. With only 400 spirit bears left in existence, this trip offers the best of seeing them in the wild. Find cheap flights to Vancouver from £426ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 10 World Wildlife DestinationsGrab your cameras and binoculars and take a look at some of the best wildlife adventures in the world.Where the wild things are: 10 wildlife-filled destinations to check outIf you’re after a holiday that’s all about the animals, look no further. From Australia’s iconic kangaroos to some of the more unique creatures (we’re looking at you, fossa) we’ve pulled together 10 of the best destinations for wildlife lovers. Best place to see orangutans: Borneo Photo credit: Anup Shah…Top 15 attractions and things to do in VancouverGlass-fronted skyscrapers are crowned by the peaks of the North Shore Mountains in this feel-good Canadian city. Enjoy laidback life in ‘The Couve’, with our tips on what to do and see in Vancouver.
Richardson, Texas – reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen two entities like Flexjet and Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club come together the results are sure to set a new benchmark in luxury travel for years to come. Flexjet, a leading business aviation firm, and Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, the world’s largest equity-based club, are celebrating their exclusive alliance with one of the most shocking deals in the travel industry, regardless of status.Now all Flexjet fractional owners, with the purchase of an Abercrombie & Kent residence club membership, receive seven complimentary nights at some of the most luxurious homes, suites, and villas on the globe. Eliminating the logistical stresses of owning a premium vacation home, Abercrombie & Kent offers deluxe accommodations scattered throughout the world’s most desirable corners, proving that regardless of services and amenities no vacation can be complete without destination. Flexjet and Abercrombie & Kent offer these seven idyllic examples.First up is the Hawaii’s Big Island, featuring a sprawling four bedroom retreat on Kohala coast, with white sand beaches lying just steps from its heated pool, outdoor shower and fully-equipped theater. Hop a quick flight south and one will find themselves in Los Cabos, Mexico, overlooking the Sea of Cortez from Casa Mirmar’s heated infinity pool and two Jack Nicklaus-designed gold courses. And when you’re done you may as well shoot over to the Dominican Republic’s Villa Paraiso. Located in Punta Cana, the islands eastern-most point, the residence indulges traveler’s every desire, filling the garden walkways with Caribbean breezes and the dining room with bountiful meals cooked in its gourmet kitchen.Abercrombie & Kent then delays your island-lifestyle exit a little bit longer with its historic Kiawah Island getaway. Located just off the coast of South Carolina, the Osprey Point residence occupies 4,200 square feet of Vanderhorst Plantation’s 10-miles of palmetto lined beaches. With five world-class golf courses also lying within reach, this stay is southern comfort at its most comfortable.It doesn’t end there, however. Replacing the wagon-trains with Flexjet’s state-of-art Bombardier aircraft, Abercrombie & Kent reimagines the American tradition of westward expansion with three far-side-of-the-Rockies getaways. Begin in the heart of the Big Sky country, with the Jackson Hole, Wyoming residence. Tucked in the Teton Mountain Village and lying only minutes from Yellowstone National Park, this rustic destination offers serenity in many forms, such as deck vistas and an actual wood-burning fire place. Take a short trek over the state line to Sun Valley, Idaho, where a cabin-inspired three bedroom home sits at the feet of the jaw-dropping Trail Creek Summit, merging natural beauty and practicality with modern appliances, jetted tubs, and carefully carved marble countertops. Finally finish your seven-day, seven-stay journey in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Abercrombie & Kent’s hacienda-inspired masterpiece. Brimming with southwest flair, this four-bedroom desert escape sits among cacti, world-renowned golf courses, and gourmet restaurants, providing travelers ample opportunity to bask in both amenities and sun.Thanks to Flexjet’s alliance with Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, seven complimentary nights of travel perfection are waiting for you. Do not hesitate to climb aboard.www.flexjet.com
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland — CORUM announced today the appointment of Serge Weinberg as its new Chairman of the Board replacing the recently deceased Severin Wunderman, who purchased and managed the CORUM Group since 2000.Mr. Weinberg is the former Chairman of the Management Board of the Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (“PPR”) Group. In 2005 he founded the investment firm Weinberg Capital Partners, active in Lbo and real estate investments. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the Accor Group. He serves as a director of Schneider Electric, Gucci Group. He also has served as a member of various government advisory boards.Serge Weinberg, Richard E. Tomlin, Jr. (Managing Director of the Board) and Michael Wunderman (Creative Director of the Board) form the CORUM Group Board.Antonio Calce, Chief Executive Officer, will continue to manage the global operations of the company and will report directly to the Board.CORUM is a family-owned and operated Luxury Watch Manufacturer and Distributor located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland since 1955. As an exclusive brand, CORUM offers ranges of exceptional quality watches that are innovative, with a distinctive design and dedicated complications. Since 2005, the brand has grown at a rapid pace. Founded on four pillars (The Admiral’s Cup – The Romvlvs – The Golden Bridge – The Artisans), the collection includes models equipped with mechanical movements whose prices range from 5’000 US$ to 1 million US$ integrating precious metals and technical complexity.
by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2018 7:32 am PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gerry Marsden walked into Liverpool’s ODEON cinema for a Laurel and Hardy film. It was raining when he started to leave, so he decided to stay for the second part of the double feature and watch the comedy duo one more time.And with that, a part of soccer history was born.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” was the other movie, and Marsden perked up during the second half.“I thought what a beautiful song. I’m going to tell my band we’re going to play that song,” the 75-year-old Marsden recalled last week. “So I went back and told my buddies we’re doing a ballad called ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’”Manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin — the management team of both the Beatles and of Marsden’s Gerry and the Pacemakers — were skeptical. But when the cover version was released in October 1963, it became the band’s third No. 1 hit on the British singles chart. And then it was adopted by the Kop — the one-deck stand behind one of the goals at Anfield containing Liverpool’s most fervid supporters.The famous tune will be sung Saturday by 16,000-plus Liverpool fans at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, before the Champions League final against Real Madrid, most holding banners with the song’s title. And it will be sung that afternoon and evening at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre by soprano Renee Fleming, nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in this season’s revival of the musical.“It’s just one of those pieces, like ‘Amazing Grace,’ like Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah,’ that’s universal,” Fleming said. “It’s about resilience, and it’s about hope ultimately. Despite whatever travails we have, we have to keep going.”Cover versions also have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Olivia Newton-John and Barbra Streisand. Pink Floyd included the crowd singing it in “Fearless.”“You’ll Never Walk Alone” was the subject of a German documentary by director Andre Schaefer last year. Kent Roger Solheim, a Liverpool fan in Sandefjord, Norway, named his daughter, who was born on New Year’s Day, YNWA Sofie, according to reports in British media.“It’s a global phenomenon wherever we play, whether it’s Australia or England,” said John Henry, principal owner of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox. “My mother was a big fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein, used to play their works on a piano when I was a boy. I remember being moved by the lyrics. It’s a powerful combination of lyrics and music.”The anthem’s genealogy goes back to Budapest, Hungary, and the 1909 premiere of Ferenc Molnar’s “Liliom.” The play opened on Broadway in 1921, and a 1944 revival starred Ingrid Bergman, Burgess Meredith and Elia Kazan. Molnar turned down offers from Giacomo Puccini and Kurt Weill to buy the rights but reached a deal with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, whose “Oklahoma!” transformed musical theatre in 1943.The pair shifted the action from Hungary to coastal Maine, and with music by Rodgers and a book and lyric by Hammerstein, “Carousel” opened at the Majestic Theatre on April 19, 1945, after tryouts in New Haven, Connecticut, and a short run in Boston. Christine Johnson sang cousin Nettie Fowler, the spa owner who consoles the pregnant Julie Jordan with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” after the suicide of Julie’s abusive husband, carousel barker Billy Bigelow. The 1956 film adaptation by director Henry King starred Claramae Turner as Nettie.“When I sing it out of context, it’s an anthem, it’s a spectacular anthem that people know and love,” Fleming said. “In context, it’s a reaction to this extraordinary and shocking tragedy.”Marsden’s version most likely played at Anfield for the first time on Oct. 19, 1963, before a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. The top 10 hits of the week were played in reverse order before kickoff, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was No. 7. By the time the Reds returned to play Leicester on Nov. 2, it had risen to the top of the charts and was the last tune before kickoff.“I thought, oh, that’s lovely there,” said Marsden, who attended every Liverpool home match back then. “The next time I went to the match two weeks later, they did it again. And by then the Kop, the whole 22,000 of them, is singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ And I thought, wow! And that became the song for Liverpool.”The song remained on top for the home match against Fulham on Nov. 16, but the fans kept singing it even after it was displaced at No. 1 by the Beatles “She Loves You” for the Burnley match on Nov. 30. Marsden got to speak to Liverpool manager Bill Shankly about the song at “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York the following May 10.“He said, ‘Gerry my son, I’ve given you a football team. You’ve given us a song,’” Marsden recalled.The song title is atop the Shankly Gates, dedicated outside the Anfield Road stand on Aug. 26, 1982, and moved in a 2016 redevelopment to the entrance of the Centenary Stand car park. It was added to the Liverpool club crest in 1992-93, and supporters of Scotland’s Celtic and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund also have adopted it.Fleming sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during the 2002 Concert for America at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to mark the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and at the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Marsden performed it at Wembley before Liverpool’s win over Everton in the 1989 FA Cup final, just weeks after the Hillsborough disaster that led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans, and at the 20th-anniversary memorial.“From the moment you played for Liverpool, it’s a song that you always knew about,” said Steve McManaman, a Liverpool midfielder from 1990-99. “It was a song that everybody could gather around while the families of the 96 that died in Hillsborough, it was always very resonant in them, that thing if you’ll never walk alone, you’ve always got the football team behind you. You can call on anybody at any time and people will help.” ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is a hit from Broadway to Kyiv This image released by DKC O&M shows Renee Fleming performing “You’ll Never walk Alone,” from the musical “Carousel.” The famous tune will be sung Saturday by 16,000-plus Liverpool fans at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, before the Champions League final against Real Madrid, most holding banners with the song’s title. And it will be sung that afternoon and evening at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre by soprano Renee Fleming, nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in this season’s revival of the musical. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC O&M via AP)
FILE – In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Emma Stone arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Emma Stone plays Annie Landsberg and Jonah Hill plays Owen Milgrim in “Maniac,” about a radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment with no complications or side-effects whatsoever. Things do not go as planned. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2018 3:05 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Emma Stone, Jonah Hill star in new ‘fever dream’ comedy BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are starring in a new TV series that tackles sensitive issues of mental illness and the pharmaceutical industry.The Netflix series, a black comedy titled “Maniac,” follows two participants of a murky late-stage pharmaceutical drug trial.Hill plays a man diagnosed with schizophrenia, while Stone plays a woman fixated on broken relationships.Both sign up to test a mysterious pill believed to cure anything about the mind, but things do not go as planned.Cindy Holland, vice-president of Netflix original series, announced its debut date, Sept. 21, during a panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer meeting.Holland called “Maniac” a “thought-provoking, fever dream of a show.”The actors starred opposite each other in the 2007 teen comedy “Superbad.”
by Greg Beacham, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 1:54 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sports and gambling have been inextricably linked for Sal Iacono ever since he was a 6-year-old trying to win baseball cards off his fellow kids in the schoolyard.As he grew up, went to law school and eventually became a television personality, Iacono’s passion for betting and fantasy sports grew to the point where he regretted picking the Dallas Cowboys as his favourite football team because his affection messed with his gaming decisions.Iacono realizes millions of sports fans can relate to his happy affliction. As a panelist on Fox Sports 1’s new “Lock It In” sports gambling show, he’s combining his passions while riding the crest of a major wave of upcoming U.S. television content looking to capitalize on the gradual legalization of sports betting after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in May.“I can’t believe it’s taken this long, I really can’t,” said Iacono, better known as Cousin Sal in his many media ventures with and without his real cousin, Jimmy Kimmel.“I mean, I’ve been doing this since I was in college, but illegally. I’m just glad it’s all coming together, and it’s not as taboo as it once was. I really think we can help people. I anticipate that there will be about 10 shows like this at this time next year. I hope I’m only co-hosting like eight or nine.”As legalized sports gambling rolls out across the nation, the people who make sports television are eager to help with a series of shows explicitly about a pursuit that has long been a major — but usually unstated — reason to watch sports TV in the first place.“Lock It In,” which began airing Monday with host Rachel Bonnetta, is the biggest venture yet in what everyone expects to be an upcoming surge of shows focused on pointspreads, odds and helping viewers to make better bets.Like most sports TV executives, Charlie Dixon had been waiting for the chance to fill this clear need for some of sports’ biggest fans. Fox Sports 1’s executive vice-president of content has been fielding pitches for gambling-oriented shows for more than three years, but waited to jump in until the ban was lifted.“It just didn’t make sense to talk gambling, because it was always kind of a wink-wink thing,” Dixon said. “It’s too taboo. But the reality is, everybody was doing it and talking about it. We just couldn’t do it on the shows. … I think it’s the next natural step for the sports viewer. This is the conversation everybody was having at the bar already, so why wouldn’t we give them the fodder to go to the bar and sound smarter than their friends?”A vast ecosystem of gambling information and programming already exists online and around the world to serve this multibillion-dollar industry. But newer, bigger content is making its way onto just about every U.S. television or streaming device.The ESPN Plus streaming service started airing “I’ll Take That Bet,” produced by sports gambling company The Action Network, two weeks after the Supreme Court struck down the sports betting ban. CBS Sports’ streaming service, CBS Sports HQ, debuted “Sportsline Edge” last week, while NBC Sports Network is among several national platforms reportedly considering the addition of a betting show to their lineups.“Lock It In” wants to capture the attention of bettors by getting in early — and on the vast platform of Fox Sports 1’s 83.3 million homes. Five years after its creation, the channel is up to 11 hours of daily live programming with an emphasis on sports talk and opinion, and its first gambling show complements the vibe of its other programming.Bonnetta, who gleefully described her three panelists as gambling “degenerates” during the debut episode, hosts the show in Los Angeles. While “Lock It In” intersperses its betting analysis with interviews, it’s also a trash-talking game show of sorts, built around a segment in which the three panelists use virtual money to make daily “bets,” leading to the crowning of a weekly champion.“It’s incredible that we’re able to have a show that’s the first of its kind covering gambling, but I think that even if you were not a gambler, you’d enjoy this show,” said Bonnetta, a neophyte sports bettor who sees herself as a surrogate for viewers who aren’t yet degenerate gamblers. “Ever since the show was announced, so many people have come up to me and said, ‘I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen.’”Shows like “Lock It In” are just one phase in betting’s impact on the sports television industry, Dixon said. He expects talk about betting to become even more prominent throughout every form of sports programming, although he doesn’t expect it to become an annoyance for fans who aren’t interested in gambling.“Going back to 1980s college football telecasts, if you listen to what they’re saying as a gambler, you realize they’re having that conversation, but it’s in code,” Dixon said. “We’re just going to take the code out of it and be a little bit more overt. But I don’t think it’s going to be an overcorrection where all of the shows are about that.” Fox Sports 1’s ‘Lock It In’ leads rise of gambling TV shows This undated photo provided by Fox Sports 1 shows host Rachel Bonnetta on the set of FS1’s first-ever linear sports gambling show LOCK IT IN at the studio in Los Angeles. As legalized sports gambling rolls across the nation, the people who make sports television are ready to ride the boom with a series of shows explicitly about betting. Fox Sports 1’s “Lock It In” began daily production this week as the first of several planned major-platform shows focused on pointspreads, odds and helping their viewers to make better bets. (Fox Sports 1 via AP)
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2019 10:20 am PDT MEXICO CITY — The U.S. State Department has confirmed that American comedian Kevin Barnett has died in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.The department did not give any cause of death and declined to make any further comment out of respect for the family.On Sunday, Barnett posted an Instagram photo of himself standing on a street in Mexico wearing a poncho he said bought to keep warm.The entertainment news site E! News reported Barnett died of a hemorrhage due to pancreatitis.Barnett starred in the Fox sitcom “Rel.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US comedian Kevin Barnett died in Mexican city of Tijuana
Author Krakauer denied records on rape case against player HELENA, Mont. — Author Jon Krakauer’s five-year quest to find out how and why Montana’s top higher education official intervened to prevent a star college quarterback’s expulsion over a rape accusation stalled Wednesday when the state Supreme Court denied him access to those records.The 4-3 decision by the Montana Supreme Court found the former University of Montana player’s privacy rights as a student outweighs the public’s right to know what actions state Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian took in his case.Those privacy rights can’t be ignored just because he’s a star athlete whose case is already widely known, said the majority opinion written by Justice Laurie McKinnon.McKinnon faulted Krakauer, the author of “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air” for how he worded his public-records request in the highly publicized 2012 University of Montana case. He should have asked for more general information about sexual assault complaints and appeals that were reviewed by Christian, which would have allowed the commissioner to turn over documents with names and identifying information blacked out, McKinnon wrote.“But Krakauer requested information pertaining to one specific student, and now, no amount of redaction can protect that student’s privacy interests,” she wrote.Krakauer requested documents related to former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson’s case in 2014 as he was writing the book “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.”Much of the book focused on Johnson, whom an acquaintance accused of rape in 2012. Johnson was acquitted of the charge in court, but he first went through the university’s internal disciplinary process, where a recommendation was made to expel him.University president Royce Engstrom upheld the expulsion. Then Johnson appealed to Christian, who oversees the state’s university system.Johnson stayed enrolled in the university, but it was never clear what action Christian took or why. Krakauer requested any documents that had to do with Christian’s intervention.Three Supreme Court justices signed a separate opinion that agreed with the majority that Johnson, who is referred to as John Doe, has a right to privacy. But they said they would have ordered the release of information that discloses Christian’s action and the grounds for it.Justice Jim Rice wrote that the public’s right to know how a high official in state government exercised his authority is important, and a limited release of information on Christian’s actions should be allowed.“Did the commissioner make a decision on appropriate legal grounds? Did he exhibit favouritism? Was he subject to outside influence?” Rice wrote. “The court concludes that the wording of the request sinks the request entirely, and no records whatsoever can be released. In light of the critical importance of the right to know, I believe that conclusion is error.”The ruling, which overturns a lower court’s order to release the records, will be the final word in the case unless Krakauer asks the U.S. Supreme Court to take it up. Krakauer and his attorney, Mike Meloy, did not immediately respond to a call and emails for comment on Wednesday.Vivian Hammill, an attorney for the state Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, said the ruling is important to all students and gives sound guidance on how to request records in the future.“Commissioner Clay Christian greatly values the public’s right to know, but when it comes to student records that have enhanced privacy protections, those protections must be weighed very carefully,” Hammill said.Matt Volz, The Associated Press by Matt Volz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2019 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
September 12, 2001Frugal SoupApproximately once a month Arcosanti prepares a simple lunch consisting ofvegetable soup and bread, dedicated to exploring and acknowledging world hunger.This month Frugal Soup was held in the Ampitheater.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Then Workshoppers helped construct small wooden squares or framework to hold the silt. Pictured: September Workshop participants. Silt CastingDuring Seminar Week, September Workshoppers learned the process of siltcastingfrom Silt Workshop Coordinator Randall Schultz. Then they packed the silt into the wood framework, smoothed it out, and presseddesigns into silt using a variety of tools. Plaster was then poured over the silt to cast a relief of the design.[Photo by: Michael Muntinga]Due to recent events, coverage of the August Graduation and Party will be posted on Monday. Workshoppers mixed the silt (or earth) from the riverbed with water to obtainthe proper consistency. Resident Tony Fragiacomo doles out apple juice to members of a special workshopfrom Osaka, Japan. This workshopwhich is facilitated by Tomiaki Tamura, is a week long introductionto Arcosantiand Arcology Theory.