PATA announces 2015 Grand and Gold Award winnersThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 PATA Grand and Gold Awards. Proudly supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 20 years, this year’s awards recognise the achievements of 25 separate organisations and individuals.PATA will present 29 Grand and Gold Awards to such organisations as Accor Asia-Pacific, Cox and Kings Ltd, Hong Kong International Theme Park Ltd, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Korea Tourism Organization, Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taylor’s University.The awards luncheon and presentation takes place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 during the PATA Travel Mart 2015.Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, said, “The list of PATA Gold Awards 2015 winners unveils once again the very best of Pacific-Asia tourism practices. The excellence and innovation revealed by the works and projects awarded are impressive and can certainly provide inspiration to raise the standards of the tourism industry stakeholders in the region. Macau Government Tourist Office congratulates all winning organisations and individuals for such outstanding achievements and we are honoured to be part of this prestigious PATA initiative for the 20th consecutive year.”Mario Hardy, PATA CEO, added, “On behalf of PATA, I extend our warmest congratulations to all 2015 Grand and Gold Award winners and I also thank all participants. This year we received 269 entries from 83 travel and tourism organisations and individuals – the highest number since 2007. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation at the PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India.”The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage & Culture.Taylor’s University, Malaysia will receive the 2015 PATA Grand Award for Education and Training for its ‘Tourism Academy at Community College Langkawi, Malaysia’ project. It is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiated by the Government through the Ministry of Higher Education jointly with Taylor’s University to establish a Tourism Academy in Malaysia. The hotel industry, through this strategic partnership, has committed to support the learning and development of the students and eventually hire graduates at a more competitive remuneration package in recognition of the skills and learning that they attained directly with the hotel partners through the Tourism Academy. This initiative will support the vision of the government to make Langkawi among the top 10 tourism island destination with qualified manpower to support and complement the service sectors.The Environmental Award will be presented to Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Sri Lanka, for its “The Success of Self-reliance” project. After a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004, Jetwing brings a truly one-with-nature concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala boasts a tremendous commitment to sustainability and the environment, bringing a wildlife experience complemented with the finest in luxury and comfort. Designed by renowned architect Murad Ismail, Jetwing Yala has been created from the ground up to be as sustainable as possible with the intention of conserving energy and resources by reusing and recycling and by being part of the environment without inflicting harm upon nature.The Heritage and Culture Award will be awarded to Ratchada Niramit Co., Ltd, Thailand for its ‘Siam Niramit Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam’. Siam Niramit is a world-class performance that displays Thailand’s artistic and cultural heritage. This must-see show is performed on a gigantic stage, listed in the Guinness World Records, and features over 100 performers and more than 500 costumes. Enhanced special effects and the world’s most advanced sound, light and stage technology combine to make this a realistic, stimulating and inspiring experience. Siam Niramit aims not only to introduce Thai arts and culture to the world but also to make Thai people take pride in their culture and inspire them to love and preserve it.The Marketing Award will be presented to Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Hong Kong SAR for its ‘Follow Me to Hong Kong’ campaign. Hong Kong Tourism Board invited world-renowned Russian ‘Instagram’ couple Murad Osmann and Natalia Zakharova to Hong Kong to enable them to capture romantic Hong Kong SAR images and then share them with their followers on social media. Using the ‘instagrammer’ as a personality, HKTB spins off their Hong Kong SAR travel story to print and online media in Russia, Hong Kong SAR and all over the world. In the online world, ‘meet the fans’ meetings and videos are organised to maximise Hong Kong SAR’s exposure as a travel destination via the couple’s personal experiences. View the winners hereSource = PATA
Maharashtra Tourism has signed a MoU with Airbnb to promote affordable accommodation and genuine local experiences to boost tourism in the state.Airbnb and the Government of Maharashtra will come together to boost tourism in the state by utilising Airbnb’s global lodging platform. Airbnb would assist home stays across Maharashtra by bringing them onto its global platform and would also help provide information to its users on less-explored but high potential destinations in Maharashtra.Commenting on the MoU Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Tourism is a key pillar for the State of Maharashtra and we are committed to increasing the number of global travellers to the State who could benefit our’ local communities. In a bid to attract foreign tourists, we have announced 2017 as ‘Visit Maharashtra’ year. As our alternative accommodation partner, we look forward to working with Airbnb to achieve the goals of the Visit Maharashtra campaign. Through this partnership, we aim to create at least 50,000 micro-entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector in the next five years, build the homestay ecosystem in the State and improve hospitality standards of homestay owners.”Nitin Gadre, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra, stated, “We are excited about working together to promote Maharashtra’s tourism potential through joint promotion of Maharashtra destinations, and bringing an ever-increasing number of homestays and other unique accommodation options to Maharashtra.”Amanpreet Bajaj, Country Manager – India, Airbnb, said, “Airbnb and Maharashtra’s connection goes back to our roots. The first ever guest hosted by Airbnb’s co-founders came from Pune in Maharashtra. In the last few years, that connection has continued to strengthen through the State’s growth as a high priority market. It is extremely heartening to see the State government’s vision to develop and promote tourism in the State. We are honoured and delighted to partner with the Department of Tourism and MTDC in this journey.”
A bevy of international productions is heading to Portugal, lured by its unique light, landscapes and a revamped 25-30% cash-rebate scheme.With a 30% rebate, Portugal competes with territories such as UK, Hungary and France, and may expand to their levels.Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” benefited from the incentives; upcoming productions include Ira Sachs’ “A Family Vacation,” shot in Sintra and produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Luis Urbano. “The new scheme gives me greater chances to work with directors such as Ira Sachs, but for me, it’s important that the projects have an organic link with the locations,” pointed out Urbano.With its warm climate, beaches and long daylight hours, Portugal is positioning itself as the “California of Europe” — with a booming tourism industry, start-up culture and high-profile events such as the Web Summit.Last year, Portugal experimented with a 20-25% tax rebate scheme, a minimum of EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) production spend and supported four projects. The revamped scheme provides a cash rebate, a higher 30% maximum rate and lower minimum production spend.The 2017 World Travel Awards voted Portugal the world’s best destination, and filming of commercials is booming — with campaigns for Apple, Volkswagen, McDonald’s, El Corte Ingles and Yves Saint Laurent filming in the country.
Brazil’s visa waiver policy announced in March is already generating positive results as Americans responded positively to the action of the Brazilian Federal Government to end visa requirements. Recent data from a study done by Amadeus Group shows a significant increase in the number of reservations made in the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan and Australia, the other three countries benefiting from the new policy.Amadeus is one of the 10 largest technology companies in the world and one of the three largest in the travel segment. In the United States, the increase was 53% in the number of trips confirmed for June and 97% in July compared to the same period last year. In Canada, growth was 86% for June, 54% for July and an impressive 135% for August this year.“The numbers show that visa exemptions for strategic countries are a good measure, which generates jobs and income in Brazil. It is time for the country to take advantage of all its tourism potential,” said Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, the Brazilian Minister of Tourism.
Freddie,Freddie Mac, MGIC Work Out Business Obligations in Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Service Providers 2012-10-01 Krista Franks Brock “”MGIC Investment Corporation””:http://www.mgic.com/ is on its way to resolving stipulations set forth by “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ in order for the insurance company to continue issuing insurance. MGIC announced that Freddie Mac reduced the amount MGIC Investment Corporation must pay to its subsidiary from $200 million to $100 million. The GSE also extended the deadline for this contribution from the end of September to the end of December. Additionally, Freddie Mac approved MGIC Indemnity Corporation (MIC), a subsidiary of MGIC, to write insurance in 16 jurisdictions besides Wisconsin “”that have specific regulatory capital requirements when MGIC is not able to write new business in a jurisdiction because MGIC would not meet those requirements,”” according to MGIC’s announcement. MIC is approved to write new business through the end of 2013 in areas where MGIC does not meet the necessary capital reserve requirements. This is an extension of its previous approval through the end of this year. The revision of MGIC’s obligations may be seen as a step toward reconciliation following a dispute in the summer over aggregate loss limit under certain policies. MGIC “”announced in May””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/mgic-files-lawsuit-against-freddie-mac-and-fhfa-over-pool-dispute-2012-05-18 that it had filed a lawsuit over the issue.””I am pleased with the spirit of cooperation all parties have sown in moving forward to reach this point,”” said Curt Culver, CEO of MGIC Investment and MGIC. Freddie Mac’s approval of MIC may be revoked at any time and is contingent on Freddie Mac and MGIC reaching an agreement regarding their pool insurance dispute by the end of this month and confirmation from the state of Wisconsin that MIC’s capital will support MGIC policies “”without segregation of those obligations.”” “”While there can be no guaranty that the open matters that remain can be successfully resolved, I am hopeful we will continue to make progress,”” Culver stated. With $166.7 billion in insurance on 1 million mortgages as of the second quarter of this year, MGIC is the nation’s largest private mortgage insurer. October 1, 2012 391 Views
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Census Bureau Confidence Credit Standards Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-04-15 Mark Lieberman April 15, 2013 440 Views Weak Prices Drag Down Builder Confidence in April in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share With the price of a new home barely above year-ago levels, builder confidence fell for the third straight month in April, dropping two points to 42, the lowest level since October, the “”National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&newsID=16244 reported Monday. Economists had expected the Housing Market Index (HMI), the measure of confidence, to improve to 45 from March’s reading of 44.[IMAGE]It was the second straight month the index fell when economists had expected it to improve.The median price of a new single family home, according to the Census Bureau and HUD, has fallen for three of the last five months and in “”January””:https://themreport.com/articles/new-home-sales-jump-to-6-1-2-yr-high-2013-02-26 dropped $20,500 (7.9 percent) the steepest month-over-month decline since October 2010. The median price of a new home recovered somewhat in “”February””:https://themreport.com/articles/new-home-sales-in-steepest-drop-two-years-2013-03-26 (the last data report), increasing $7,200, but was just 2.9 percent of the median price in February 2012, the slowest annual change since prices were down 3.2 percent year-over-year from June 2011 to June 2012.The drop in the overall index was driven by a sharp decline in the gauge of buyer traffic, which fell four points to 30, its lowest level since September. The measure of current sales fell two points to 45, the lowest level since October. The outlook for sales in the next six months improved three points to 53, its highest level since February 2007. While the overall index for March was unchanged from the original report, the future sales and buyer traffic components were each revised downward by one point. The buyer traffic measure has fallen six months in the last three months, losing one-sixth of its value in that period.The drop in the HMI, while surprising economists, has to be a blow to the Nationals Association of Realtors (NAR), which has argued the drop in the inventory of existing single-family homes for sale is due in part to the falloff in construction of new homes.NAHB Chair Rick Judson explained tight credit conditions–affecting both builders and buyers–contributed to the drop in confidence.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Many builders are expressing frustration over being unable to respond to the rising demand for new homes due to difficulties in obtaining construction credit, overly restrictive mortgage lending rules and construction costs that are increasing at a faster pace than appraised values,”” Judson said in a statement. “”While sales conditions are generally improving, these challenges are holding back new building and job creation.””But, despite Judson’s comment, the drop in the index comes after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an 18,000 increase in all construction jobs in March to 5,802,000, the highest level since August 2009. In March, according to the BLS, the number of residential construction jobs improved by 2,300 to 578,100, the highest level since May 2010 and the number of residential specialty contractor jobs increased 12,500 to 1,543,700, the highest level since August 2009.Tighter inventories of new homes had been expected to improve confidence, but builder attitudes have also been weighed down by prices of new single-family homes. The last government report on new home sales showed a 4.4 month supply of new homes for sale, an improvement from the 4.2 month supply in January, but still the second weakest reading since July 2005. The report also showed builders completed 574,000 single family homes in February, 163,000 more than they sold.Builder confidence fell in all four Census led by an eight point drop in the Midwest to 41. Confidence fell four points in the Northeast to 34, three points in the West to 52 and two points in the South to 40.With the April report, the total index remained below 50–the tipping point between a positive and negative market assessment–for the 84th straight month. The last time the HMI was above 50 was April 2006 when the reading was 51 as the index was falling. NAHB began the index in 1985. It peaked at 78 in December 1998. The dip in the current sales should be reflected in the government’s new homes sales report to be issued on April 23 and the drop in confidence in the report on housing permits and starts out Tuesday.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. _Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. and again at 9:20 a.m. Eastern time._
April 27, 2017 668 Views The prices on luxury homes have jumped more than 4 percent since this time last year, according to a Luxury Housing Market Report released by Redfin on Thursday. The average luxury home price hits $1.65 million for the first quarter of 2017.In total, luxury house prices—which include only homes in the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in a city—increased 4.2 percent in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016, though they decreased 1.6 percent for the quarter-over-quarter. According to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin, President Trump’s promises to cut taxes for the wealthy may have a lot to do with the annual uptick in luxury purchases, especially coming off a slow year for luxury sales in 2016.“After tepid price growth in the luxury segment throughout 2016, the luxury market rallied at the start of the year, following big gains in the stock market,” Richardson said. “Luxury buyers may be acting on their optimism about the economic outlook thanks to President Trump’s promises of large tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.”Growth in the luxury home market was particularly strong in Washington, D.C., which saw luxury prices rise 32.6 percent over the year. The average sale price on a D.C. luxury home was $2.7 million for the quarter. According to Redfin, this is likely due to wealthy political appointees and employees moving into the area.Other cities to see high year-over-year luxury home price growth were St. Petersburg, Florida (28.5 percent); Portland, Oregon (23.5 percent); Paradise, Nevada (22.4 percent); West Palm Beach, Florida (21.4 percent); and San Francisco (19.9 percent).Still, despite growth in the luxury sector, non-luxury homes came out on top. With an average sales price of $307,000 for the quarter, non-luxury property prices were up 7 percent over 2016’s Q1 numbers. This marks the ninth consecutive quarter that non-luxury price growth has outpaced that of the luxury market.Non-luxury homes also sold above their listing price more often than luxury ones, with 20 percent of non-luxury properties going for higher than they were originally put on the market for. Only 1.2 percent of luxury homes sold above listing price.Luxury homes also took longer to sell in Q1 of 2017, with an average of 91 days on the market, up from 89 days in 2016. Non-luxury homes averaged 69 days on the market—six days faster than one year ago.See the full report at Redfin.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies Luxury Homes Prices Up; D.C. Sales Spike DC luxury home prices Prices 2017-04-27 Aly J. Yale Share
Affordability Home Prices Inflation sales 2019-05-28 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Gauging Housing Affordability and Inflation Share Home prices rose 1.1% in Q1 2019 from Q4 2018, and 5.1 % from Q1 2018 to the Q1 2019, according to the latest Home Price index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).“House prices have risen consistently over the last 31 quarters,” said Dr. William Doerner, FHFA Supervisory Economist. “Although price growth is still positive, the upward pace is softening across the country, especially among states with the largest supplies of housing.”Home prices rose in all 50 states, according to the FHFA, however, according to First American’s Real Home Price Index (RHPI), affordability also increased in this time, up for the first time since 2016 in March. Additionally, First American notes that real home prices, or home prices adjusted for inflation, have fallen despite nominal growth.“In March, two main components of the RHPI swung in favor of increased affordability—continued strong household income growth and declining mortgage rates,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. “Nationally, affordability improved on a year-over-year basis for the first time since 2016.”Home buying power has reached 2017 levels after an 11-month slowdown. Fleming states that the declining mortgage rates and rising income have led to boosted home buying power, overcoming the drag on affordability from rising nominal house prices.Average household income 3.0% since March 2018 as of March 2019, and 56.0% since January 2000, while real house prices are 15.0% less expensive than in January 2000.When not adjusted for inflation, house prices are now 2.6% above the housing boom peak in 2006, but real, house-buying power-adjusted house prices remain 40.0% below their 2006 housing boom peak.Columbus, Ohio experienced the greatest increase in real home prices by metro area, up by 5.9% year-over-year. Behind Columbus are Providence, Rhode Island (+5.5%); Salt Lake City (+5.1%); Atlanta (+3.7%); and Cincinnati (+3.6%). On the other end of the scale, San Jose, California, experienced the largest decline in RHPI, falling by 7.6%, followed by Seattle (-6.4%); San Francisco (-4.4%); Portland, Oregon (-3.9%); and Los Angeles (-3.1%). May 28, 2019 409 Views
NZ maintains ‘vigilant’ efforts to control fruit f … You might also be interested in After weeks of intensive trapping and inspections, New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has concluded there are no breeding populations of fruit fly in the Auckland suburbs of Devonport and Ōtara.Biosecurity New Zealand placed legal controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Devonport after a single male Queensland fruit fly was identified from a national surveillance trap on Feb. 14.This was followed by the detection of a male facialis fruit fly in Ōtara on Feb. 18, and then two more on Feb. 21 and March 5, prompting a similar response from officials. But after concerted actions that involved the inspection of hundreds of kilograms of fruit, fresh produce movement restrictions have now been lifted in these two areas.”To date no further adult fruit flies, eggs, larvae or pupae have been found,” says Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Dr. Cath Duthie.”We are satisfied that with no further detections, the Controlled Area Notices can be lifted today.” “As a precautionary measure, we will be keeping in place an enhanced network of fruit fly traps in Devonport and between Devonport and Northcote, as well as in Ōtara, for an extended period. If fruit flies are present, these traps will detect them.”Restrictions do however remain in place in the North Shoresuburb of Northcote, where there was a Queensland fruit fly detection on March 14.”Our teams on the ground have been removing fallen fruit from backyards, inspecting compost bins, and placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females,” says Duthie.”The bait is made up of a protein to attract adult fruit flies, and a very low concentration of insecticide to kill the flies. It’s similar to how people bait wasps in their backyards.”The baits are toxic to fruit flies. We have taken every precaution to make sure the baits are safe around people and animals. They are not harmful to bees.”Biosecurity New Zealand and the country’s horticultural industries would like to sincerely thank the residents and businesses in Devonport and Ōtara.”You’ve borne the brunt of this situation with the movement restrictions and regular checking of traps on fruiting plants in your gardens and we’re extremely grateful for your support,” says Dr Duthie.”I can’t stress enough how vital this work has been. This particular insect pest is a significant threat to our horticultural export industry and home gardens.” NZ govt reinstates produce restrictions after anot … EU to tighten mango import regulations … Fruit flies evolving to resist common insecticides … March 21 , 2019
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D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ But, as Warner noted, Kolb’s presence alone has helped energize a franchise that was beaten down by poor QB play last season.“They’re excited for what he brings to the table, they know that he’s working hard, that he wants to be great,” Warner said. “That’s part of the position, you’ve got to want to be great and put in the time.”And maybe, in time, Kolb will improve on the 55 percent completion percentage he tallied in four exhibition games, but the rest of the NFL Network gang seemed rather unimpressed with the Cards’ signal caller.“Here’s the problem I see with my man Kolb,” Warren Sapp said. “You get big money as a veteran you have to produce right now.“He’s under that pressure of getting big money as a veteran quarterback and he must perform right now. Is he going to be a franchise quarterback? I have to say no.”One preseason, one analyst, one whatever do not a QB make. Kevin Kolb will ultimately determine how this story unfolds, and the analysts agreed that the NFC West is there for the taking, provided the former Eagle can be better than what the team had one season ago. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share Kevin Kolb finished his first preseason in Arizona having completed 21 of 38 passes for 353 yards and one touchdown. Not bad, but not great. “Seven starts under his belt, a few preseason games,” Kurt Warner said on the NFL Network, “nothing extremely impressive that we’ve seen up to this point in a Cardinal uniform.”As far as criticism goes that’s fairly mild, but it’s also not what Cardinals fans want to hear (or maybe even believe). What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away One area of Lindley’s game that needs improvement is his accuracy throwingthe football. He never completed more than 57.7 percent of his throws in fouryears at San Diego State.In 2011, Lindley was named the Aztecs offensive MVP and ranked third in theMountain West Conference in total offense with 238.6 yards per game. Lindleythrew just eight interceptions and compiled ten games with at least 200 yardspassing.The 6’4″ 230-pounder is one of six quarterbacks who played in the 2012Senior Bowl. Lindley was also rated the 34th-best quarterback nationally byRivals.com. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals selected quarterback Ryan Lindley from San Diego Statewith the 185th pick overall Saturday.The 22-year-old signal caller was a four year starter for the Aztecs and setschool records with 12,690 passing yards and 90 touchdowns.Lindley possesses incredible arm strength, completing at least 237 passes ineach season as the Aztecs starting quarterback.A confident quarterback who has proven to be a model of consistency, Lindleyalso holds a school record for starting 49 straight games.
Another NFL insider has reported the Arizona Cardinals may be interested in the services of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.Yahoo! Sports’ Rand Getlin reported Friday that the Cards are among the teams who may pursue Spiller, a five-year pro who the Bills selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.Getlin’s report comes three days after ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported the Cardinals may be interested in bringing the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Spiller on board. Six other teams, including the NFC West division rival San Francisco 49ers, have also expressed interest in Spiller, according to Getlin.Spiller will become eligible to join another team when the free agency signing period begins Tuesday.The 27-year-old has 5,550 all-purpose yards in his NFL career but just one 1,000-yard rushing season (1,244 yards in 2012). He had 300 rushing yards on 78 carries to go with 19 receptions for 125 yards last season, but he missed seven games with a broken collarbone.Spiller could be one of the odd men out in the Buffalo backfield, as the Bills traded for former Philadelphia Eagles star tailback LeSean McCoy earlier this week. The Cardinals have also been rumored to be possible destinations for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
And while the offensive coordinator position has yet to be filled, one thing is already known; Kingsbury is calling the shots.“[I’ll] be calling the plays. That’s something I think is important to have that relationship with the quarterback that’s what I’ve always done,” Kingsbury said. “I take a lot of pride in that.“I think the offensive coordinator will be somebody who can come in and mesh some of my ideas with maybe some traditional things that they’ve done in the NFL, be a great leader of men, be able to handle the room, help me install different things.”Kingsbury looking to the future, not stuck on college recordAlready having bit the bullet on a first-year coach with some NFL experience in 2018, the Cardinals turned to one with zero NFL coaching experience to lead the team into the future.While his record doesn’t necessarily reflect a ton of success, going 35-40 as Texas Tech’s head coach, Kingsbury fits the mold for an NFL trending more and more toward high-powered offenses.“There’s nothing I can say that’s going to change that,” Kingsbury said of his record. “I know it’s about the work that started yesterday and what we do from this point forward. That’s how I’m attacking that. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A new era of Arizona Cardinals football has officially begun in the desert.The state got its first look as the Cardinals officially introduced new head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday.But while he’s a new face in the Valley — and the NFL — he’s quite familiar with the Cardinals.“Even though I grew up in Texas, I actually became a Cardinals fan in high school when they drafted Jake Plummer,” Kingsbury said. “Then that rolled right into Kurt Warner. What an incredible story he was, the type of man he was, what he gave back to the community and what he’s still giving. And then came Carson Palmer … and the run he had here was fantastic and followed that closely. Top Stories Related LinksHere is Stephen A. Smith yelling about the Kliff Kingsbury hireDom Capers reportedly a consideration as Cardinals eye veteran DCReport: Cardinals interested in Texas State coach Jake Spavital as OCMcVay and friends: Rams coach endorses Cardinals’ hire of Kingsbury“Then of course Pat Tillman. What a legendary name. … My father was a former marine and Purple Heart recipient and so we’ve always had a great appreciation of the military in our family and to learn the legend of Pat Tillman, to hear that story is always inspiring to my life.”Taking over the reins of the team he once watched growing up, Kingsbury now meets head-on with the tough task of turning around a franchise that finished the season an NFL-worst 3-13 under former head coach Steve Wilks with a young quarterback in the beginning of his NFL career.Kingsbury ready to get to work with RosenWith Josh Rosen’s rookie year coming to a close, he heads into 2019 unknowingly of what to truly expect in the offense.Luckily for the rookie, Kingsbury brings with him an offensive mind focused on the quarterback.“I take a lot of pride in that position, I try to see from their eyes,” Kingsbury said when asked about developing Rosen and the offense. “I want to customize the offense to what they do best and make sure they understand me as a play caller and I think that’s worked to our benefit so far.“Josh Rosen is incredibly talented and one of the most talented throwers you’ll see. A young player obviously that I’m excited to work with and develop, but as a pure thrower, it’s hard to find a guy who throws it better.” 8 Comments Share (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) “This is a new chapter and a great opportunity and an incredible organization to work for.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Go back to the e-newsletterJust when things start to get chilly further north, one of the Caribbean’s finest beachfront resorts will reopen with a new name and a new attitude. Debuting this October, the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is extending several limited-time offers to welcome sunseekers to the beautiful island of Anguilla, and introduces new features and experiences to those who already know it well.“Here in Anguilla, the warmth comes not just from the sun, but from the people who call the island home,” says General Manager Ilse Harley, who has just relocated here with her young family. “It will be our pleasure to extend the friendly welcome we’ve received to our first guests, and in the spirit of celebration, we’re offering some very special introductory packages.”With a range of accommodations from Deluxe Rooms to luxurious Five-Bedroom Villas, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is the ideal destination for extended families and groups of friends, as well as couples looking for a romantic retreat. Onsite restaurants, lounges, recreation and a 975-metre beach – not to mention the island’s dining and exploration options – offer diversions for everyone.Reservations are now being confirmed for the fall and winter season, with these vacation packages available in addition to standard room rates:Opening offer: Complimentary nightIdeal for busy people with only a few days to spare, the Stay Longer package offers travellers a complimentary extra night with consecutive nights paid. As a special introductory offer, a third complimentary night is offered with two consecutive nights paid between 20 October and 15 December 2016. In 2017, the Stay Longer package includes a complimentary fifth night when four consecutive nights are booked.Festive package: Spend the holidays in paradiseIn anticipation of its first holiday season as a Four Seasons, the resort is offering a special Resort Credit that merrymakers can apply to incidental charges including onsite dining, spa and onsite recreation. The Experience More credit is based on room category: US$500 for one-bedroom suites, US$800 for four-bedroom oceanfront villas and US$1000 for five-bedroom villas, per stay. This offer is available for stays between 17 December 2016 and 5 January 2017. Minimum 10-night stay required.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterPassengers flying with Oman Air are now able to purchase sleepwear, an exclusive amenities kit and other Oman Air-branded merchandise on a select number of routes.The new amenities will be available on all long-haul flights to and from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The product offering reflects Oman Air’s commitment to provide all guests with the best in luxury and comfort.The elegant Business Class Amouage amenity kit, designed especially for Oman Air, contains a set of luxurious travel essentials including hand and body moisturiser, face cream, a sleeping eyeshade and shaving razor. A dental kit and mouthwash are also included in the kit.Oman Air is also introducing comfortable, yet stylish, sleepwear on selected flights which can be bought at a nominal price. The new sleeper suits will provide Oman Air guests with plenty of comfort and ease when travelling on long-haul night flights. A set of soft slippers is also included to guarantee comfort when resting or moving during the flight. Go back to the enewsletter
Washington, D.C – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineEthiopian Airlines recently announced it will launch new service and vacation packages to Seychelles as of April 1, 2012. The new nonstop flights from Addis Ababa to Seychelles, combined with daily service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Addis Ababa, make this spectacular tropical destination more accessible than ever before for travelers based in the eastern United States.Seychelles is a magnificent archipelago of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, providing dramatic natural beauty among their 41 mid-oceanic granite islands and 74 low-lying coral atolls and reef islands. The destination has much to offer worldly travelers, from breathtaking landscapes of stunning beaches to lush tropical vegetation; and from luxury hotels and resorts to villas and boutique hotels; as well as incredible conditions for water sports such as deep-sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Exquisite cuisine, world-class golfing, and casinos appeal to those looking for an adventurous getaway. Pristine, often deserted, white-sand beaches, luxurious accommodations and spas, and outstanding service also make Seychelles the ideal destination for romance in this venerated paradise.“Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to fly to Seychelles, offering travelers access to its legendary beauty and amenities,” said Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.” Travel to Seychelles is now not only more convenient from the eastern U.S., but also more comfortable, with reasonable upgrades to Ethiopian Airlines’ Cloud Nine business class on flights to Addis Ababa and Seychelles.As a member of the Star Alliance, and with daily service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Addis Ababa aboard Boeing 777 aircraft, Ethiopian Airlines offers the fastest and most convenient flights to Seychelles from the eastern United States. Ethiopian Airlines is also proud to introduce complete travel packages to Seychelles, which include airfare, multiple-night stays at a variety of properties, and unforgettable activity offerings. With included accommodations ranging from two to five stars, as well as exquisite dining, spa, and excursion options, a trip to paradise is just a call away.www.seeyouinethiopia.com
Opening on February 15, 2010, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will be the first luxury hotel of its caliber in Downtown L.A. and will be a cornerstone of L.A. LIVE, the $2.5 billion sports and entertainment center, which is at the forefront of the renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles.The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will feature 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites with contemporary décor, as well as the downtown district’s only full-service hotel spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, providing a luxurious, 8,000-square-foot sanctuary. Steps away from Staples Center, The Nokia Theater, The Grammy Museum and an array of restaurants and nightspots, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will be at the center of one of the most exciting parts of the city.“L.A. LIVE brings a much-needed dimension to Downtown Los Angeles, with many dining and entertainment options that simply were not available previously, while The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles provides an oasis in the middle of this rejuvenated area,” said General Manager Javier Cano.The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will partner with a celebrity chef on its signature restaurant and lounge, which will be situated on the 24th floor. Guests will be surrounded by panoramic vistas of downtown and surrounding Southern California. A private dining room and wine cave will complete the offerings of this exciting new destination restaurant.The 3,400-square-foot signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will also boast spectacular views from the 23rd floor. In addition, guests can enjoy the city sights from the 26th floor as they lounge by the exclusive, private rooftop pool and bar. Cabana and conversational seating arrangements will allow guests to enjoy the outdoors both day and night. For those interested in more active pursuits, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center on the 26th floor will allow for productive workouts while enjoying the city views.The Gallery Collection will offer the most efficient meeting space in Downtown Los Angeles, with more than 77,000-square-feet of ballroom and meeting room. With the size and flexibility of the event space, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will serve as the long awaited headquarter hotel supporting the Los Angeles Convention Center.The hotel’s location in the heart of the L.A. LIVE project will give guests direct access to a unique collection of entertainment and sporting options, including:-STAPLES Center – The world’s most successful arena, STAPLES Center is home to five professional sports teams in addition to serving as the premier venue for musical performances, family entertainment and televised award shows, including the GRAMMY® awards. -NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE – A state-of-the-art 7,100-seat venue for live performances and events, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE is the new home to two of the most highly coveted awards shows, the ESPY Awards and Emmy® Awards, not to mention the upcoming American Idol finale shows. -Club NOKIA – Expected to host 150 events a year, the 2,200-capacity Club NOKIA will be the perfect venue for emerging acts and cultural shows, while providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. -ESPN Broadcast Studios and ESPN Zone – The broadcast studios will be home to a number of live shows and original programming, and the ESPN Zone is the nation’s most popular sports-themed restaurant and bar. -The GRAMMY® Museum – Developed by The Recording Academy (NARAS) and AEG, the museum will offer visitors a one-of-a-kind museum experience paying tribute to music’s heritage and rich cultural history. -Conga Room – The legendary venue will relocate from its mid-Wilshire location to open at L.A. LIVE. The intimate performance venue is owned by a group of high-profile celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits. -Lucky Strike Bowling Center- In addition to 18 bowling lanes, the popular Lucky Strike will feature a café, bar, billiard tables, darts and private function rooms.L.A. Live currently offers guests a multitude of dining options from the city’s top restaurateurs, including:-Katsuya – The sushi and robata bar concept created by nightlife guru, Sam Nazarian -Wolfgang Puck – A California cuisine concept brought to life by the culinary icon himself -Rosa Mexicano – A fine dining concept of traditional and nouvelle Mexican food in a contemporary David Rockwell designed space -Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – Located on the bustling corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., the well-known steakhouse will occupy approximately 7,250 sq. ft. -The Farm of Beverly Hills – An American restaurant from one of Beverly Hills’ most popular operators that serves breakfast, lunch and dinnerThe Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will share space with The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE and the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in a one-of-a-kind, distinctive 54-story tower designed by Gensler that will be LEED certified.www.ritzcarlton.com
PHILADELPHIA – Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he “used to be a comedian” and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case.The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage for about an hour Monday night at a Philadelphia jazz club for his first show since May 2015. Before a friendly crowd, he told stories, honoured old friends and finished by leading the band in a set, first using his mouth to scat in place of a missing horn section and then taking a turn at the drums.Cosby, handing the drumsticks off to the bass player’s 11-year-old son, asked if the boy knew who he was and then told him.“I used to be a comedian,” Cosby deadpanned.Cosby reminisced about his childhood, telling the crowd about how when he was 4 he grilled a relative about the impending birth of his brother. He mimicked his Uncle William, who took a swig from a cocktail before answering every question — including whether a stork was really delivering the baby to his parents.Afterward, Cosby nearly dropped a glass jar he was using as a prop, prompting a “Whoa!” from the crowd.Cosby, who’s legally blind, seized on the moment.“Let me tell you something about people talking to blind people, you sighted people,” Cosby said. “If you see a blind person walking into a pole or something, if you speak perfect English, there’s a word called ‘Stop!’ Not ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!’“You laugh when blind people walk into things,” he continued. “And guess what: Blind people laugh when sighted people fall down!”Cosby arrived at the jazz club on the arm of his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt. He wore a grey hoodie bearing the phrase “Hello Friend,” something his late son, Ennis Cosby, often would say.He posed for photos with friends, including a couple he honoured at the start of his set. They all grew up in the same public housing complex.Cosby said he decided to make his return to the stage because of his friends.“I came here tonight to enjoy being with my friends and the musicians and the people who came,” he said after the show.He declined to discuss his upcoming retrial in a sexual assault case.During the show, the receptive crowd applauded and laughed along with Cosby’s jokes, a far cry from how his last performances went. His last comedy tour ended amid protests as about 60 women were coming forward to accuse him of drugging and molesting them over five decades, something he has denied.Cosby is scheduled for an April 2 retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail. His first trial ended with a hung jury last year. Jury selection for his retrial will start March 29.Cosby’s spokesman notified reporters of the comedy performance about two hours before he was to take the stage at the LaRose Jazz Club. The show was part of a program honouring jazz musician Tony Williams.Outside the jazz club there was one protester, a woman who frequently hounded Cosby at his trial last year. She played Helen Reddy’s song “I Am Woman” on a loop and held up a sign that said, “Perseverance to all survivors.”The jazz club performance is Cosby’s latest step back into the spotlight he’s mostly shied from since his December 2015 arrest.Two weeks ago, Cosby invited reporters to tag along as he ate dinner with old friends at a Philadelphia restaurant.Over the weekend, Cosby’s social media accounts featured photos of him visiting a barber and a cafe in the area and showing support for the Philadelphia Eagles, who won Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings and secured a spot in the Super Bowl.___This story has been corrected to show the arrest was in 2015, not 2005. by Michael Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2018 12:29 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 12:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby performs comedy at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. It was his first public performance since his last tour ended amid protests in May 2015. Cosby has denied allegations from about 60 women that he drugged and molested them over five decades. He faces an April retrial in the only case to lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak) Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he ‘used to be’ comedian
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local):11 p.m.The shimmering, grown-up musical “The Band’s Visit” has nabbed the best new musical Tony Award.The show is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, songs by David Yazbek and a sardonic story by Itamar Moses.It centres on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at the Israeli city of Petah Tikvah but accidentally ending up in the drowsy town of Bet Hatikva. Over the next few hours, the townspeople and the musicians learn about each other and themselves.A critical favourite off-Broadway last year, “The Band’s Visit” made the leap to Broadway this year starring Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, who both earned Tony Awards on Sunday.For the top crown, it beat out musicals adapted from such more established brands as “Frozen,” ”Mean Girls,” ”SpongeBob SquarePants.”___10:55 p.m.Katrina Lenk has won the Tony Award for best actress in a musical for her work in “The Band’s Visit.”In the musical, Lenk plays a cafe owner in a small Israeli town who helps a lost Egyptian orchestra. Before rehearsals for the Broadway production, Lenk travelled to Israel and visited Yeruham, the town that inspired the story.Lenk has previously appeared on stage in “Indecent,” ”Once” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Her additional screen credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Get Down.”Born in Chicago and raised in both Illinois and Iowa, Lenk started taking dance classes at age 3, and she picked up the viola when she saw the Des Moines Symphony perform. She graduated from Northwestern University.She beat out Lauren Ambrose, Hailey Kilgore, LaChanze, Taylor Louderman and Jessie Mueller.___10:50 p.m.The fourth time is the charm for Tony Shalhoub. The actor has won his first Tony Award after four nominations.The actor is perhaps best known for his role as an obsessive-compulsive detective on television’s “Monk.” His Tony for best leading actor in a musical is for “The Band’s Visit.”In the musical, Shalhoub plays the stiff leader of an Egyptian orchestra which accidentally ends up in the wrong Israeli town. Over the next few hours, the townspeople and the musicians learn about each other and themselves.Shalhoub’s film credits include “Big Night” and playing a space alien in the “Men in Black” films. His Broadway roles include “Act One” and “Golden Boy.” Other TV shows include “Wings” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”Shalhoub beat out Harry Hadden-Paton, Joshua Henry and Ethan Slater.___10:35 p.m.“Once On This Island” has been named the best musical revival Tony Award winner.The 1990 musical with a Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s calypso-infused score unfolds as a group of storytellers — caught in the midst of an unrelenting storm — recount the tale of a Caribbean island country girl in love with an aristocrat.The revival is made to resonate deeply for today’s audiences, who are all too familiar with the devastating impact hurricanes have on a community. Many of the characters play instruments made out of found objects, including trash bins, flexible piping and more.It stars Lea Salonga, Phillip Boykin and newcomer Hailey Kilgore.The revival beat out “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”___10:20 p.m.A British revival of “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the 1980s, has won the Tony Award for best play revival.The show is an astonishing kaleidoscopic seven hours with an assortment of characters that includes Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a young man living with AIDS, his cowardly ex-lover, a Mormon housewife, the world’s oldest living Bolshevik and a high-flying winged creature.The latest version stars Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, and it won the best revival Olivier Award. It is directed by Marianne Elliott, a veteran of “War Horse” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”It beat out “Three Tall Women,” ”The Iceman Cometh,” ”Lobby Hero” and “Travesties.”Both Lane and Garfield won acting Tony Awards earlier Sunday.___10:10 p.m.J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” franchise has cast its spell on Broadway, winning the best new play Tony Award.The win for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” adds to the franchise’s haul of seven bestselling books and eight blockbuster films.The two-part play, which picks up 19 years from where Rowling’s last novel left off and portrays Potter and his friends as grown-ups, won nine Olivier Awards in London before coming to America and bewitching critics and audiences alike.It beat out “The Children,” ”Farinelli and The King,” ”Junk” and “Latin History for Morons.”___9:50 p.m.John Tiffany has won his second directing Tony Award for his work on the two-part play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”Tiffany previously won a Tony for directing the musical “Once.” He also was nominated for the 2014 revival of “The Glass Menagerie.” Tiffany won the directing Olivier Award for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012. Some of his other credits include “Black Watch” and “The Ambassador.”He beat out Marianne Elliott, Joe Mantello, Patrick Marber and George C. Wolfe.___9:45 p.m.David Cromer has won his first Tony Award for directing “The Band’s Visit.”The musical is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, has songs by David Yazbek and a sardonic story by Itamar Moses. It centres on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at an Israeli city who accidentally end up in the wrong town.Cromer directed the short-lived Neil Simon revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in 2009 and the 2011 revival of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves.” He drew acclaim for two productions at the off-Broadway Barrow Street Theatre — “Tribes” and “Our Town,” for which played the Stage Manager in addition to directing.He grew up outside Chicago in Skokie, Illinois, and won a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2010. He taught acting and directing at Columbia College Chicago for 15 years and has often returned to the works of Tennessee Williams.He beat out Michael Arden, Casey Nicholaw, Tina Landau and Bartlett Sher.___9:30 p.m.Glenda Jackson has added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play.The 82-year-old British actress won her first Tony for playing a flinty woman facing the end of her life in the new revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”Jackson has two Academy Awards, for 1970’s “Women in Love” and 1973’s “A Touch of Class, and credits in such films as “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” ”Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Hedda.” She won two Emmys for starring in the television miniseries “Elizabeth R.”She stepped back from acting in the early 1990s to enter politics and is famous for a 2013 speech she gave after the death of Margaret Thatcher, bitterly decrying the late prime minister.She beat Condola Rashad, Lauren Ridloff and Amy Schumer.___9:15 p.m.A heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has been honoured from the Tony Award stage.Melody Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was cheered by the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform, including organizing the March For Our Lives demonstration and the charity single “Shine.”Members of Herzfeld’s drama department then took the stage to sing “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”___9 p.m.Nathan Lane has won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his role in “Angels in America.”Laurie Metcalf won best featured actress in a play earlier Sunday for her role in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” It is Metcalf’s second Tony win — she won best actress last year for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”Lane’s win is the second of the evening for an “Angels in America” actor. Andrew Garfield won for best leading actor earlier in the evening.___8:10 p.m.Andrew Garfield has won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play for his work in “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s monumental drama about life and love during the 1980s.Garfield plays a young gay man living with AIDS in the sprawling, seven-hour revival opposite Nathan Lane.He previously was nominated for a featured role in “Death of a Salesman” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.Garfield has been nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Hacksaw Ridge.” His other film work includes “The Social Network” in 2010 and the 2012 superhero film “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its 2014 sequel.He beat out Tom Hollander, Jamie Parker, Mark Rylance and Denzel Washington.___8:05 p.m.Tony Award co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles have gotten the show started with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there — including them.Neither Bareilles nor Groban have won a Grammy or a Tony despite selling millions of albums and appearing on Broadway in hit shows. They turned that into a playful song.“Let’s not forget that 90 per cent of us leave empty-handed tonight. So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes,” they sang in the upbeat opening number. “This one’s for the loser inside of you.”The co-hosts then noted that such noted shows like “Hair” and “Into the Woods” didn’t win the best musical prize. Nor did “Waitress,” the show Bareilles wrote music for.At the end of the song, the pair were joined by over a dozen members of the ensemble from each this year’s nominated musicals.___7:55 p.m.Condola Rashad has a special reason to celebrate on the Tony Award red carpet Sunday. She also just closed her show, “Saint Joan.”The actress says she has “a lot of emotions today.” She likened it to the last day of school mixed with prom and graduation at the same time. She says: “It’s a celebration.”The daughter of Phylicia Rashad and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad earned a best actress in a play nomination for playing Joan of Arc in the play by George Bernard Shaw, which ended its run with Sunday’s matinee. Her dad and sisters were her dates to the Tonys.She says “it’s been a really great opportunity for us to come together.”Rashad also earned a 2012 Tony nomination for “Stick Fly” and plays a district attorney on the Showtime series “Billions.”___7:45 p.m.Broadway’s SpongeBob, Ethan Slater, has walked the red carpet with a ribbon supporting the American Civil Liberties Union pinned to one lapel.He says the organization is “incredibly important to our country” when it comes to guarding civil liberties. He called his show “aligned with the values of the ACLU.”How exactly? Well, in terms of diversity, for one.The “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical includes Sandy the squirrel, a scapegoat for Bikini Bottom’s problems who is targeted for banishment.Slater calls the story line “really relevant to the Muslim ban” in the United States and the way he says that “Muslim-Americans have been treated.”___7:25 p.m.Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has no problem with nerves as he heads into the Tony Awards. His accolade to come once inside is all sewn up as an honorary tribute.The musical theatre legend says the feeling is wonderful: “I don’t have to worry about it.” He says all he has to do is “just go and get it.”Webber says this season on Broadway is exciting, in particular amid musicals with many fine new writers. He also praised the night’s co-host, Sara Bareilles, for her work in the recently televised rock opera he co-created back in 1970, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”Webber describes Bareilles as an “extraordinary actress,” especially through music.___6:50 p.m.Andrew Garfield says the social message of “Angels in America” is a huge part of why he agreed to star as Pryor Walter.The nominee says on the Tony red carpet that he doesn’t want to “tell a story unless it has the potential to change people.”The British actor says the eight-hour play is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago, when Tony Kushner first staged it and won a Pulitzer Prize for his trouble.Garfield says theatre must be political and mirror the times we’re in. Otherwise, he says, “we’re wasting everyone’s time.”___6:20 p.m.Josh Groban is promising “a really fun” Tony Awards.Says the first-time co-host: “I feel really excited about the show we have ready for everybody tonight.” He says it’s been a fun season and he called co-host Sara Bareilles “brilliant.”He says the chance to collaborate and bounce ideas off her has been “nothing less than a dream come true.”He adds “We’re just going to go out and be ourselves.” Groban promises the show will be a combination of slick and two musical theatre geeks being “total weirdos.”For her part, Bareilles says she “just wants to stay present.” She added that her job is to make sure everyone else is having a good time, saying “that’s the goal — people pleasing.”___6:10 p.m.Cynthia Erivo and Brian Tyree Henry say the theatre is a perfect place to deal with social issues.Says Henry, who is nominated for his work in “Lobby Hero”: “It’s happening right in front of your face.” He adds that something about the stage encourages tough issues to be worked on by strangers.He says the cast and audience of a show go on a ride together and hopefully it creates a platform for discussion.Erivo, winner of the best actress in a musical award for her work in “The Color Purple” in 2016, agreed: “People can see themselves live.” She says theatre gives people a chance to express themselves freely.John Leguizamo adds there are no “gatekeepers” in theatre, which allows many points of view to emerge.___5:45 p.m.“Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, walked the red carpet at the Tony Awards on Sunday for the first time as equal nominees.Robert Lopez co-conceived and co-wrote the smash-hit musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” both earning him Tony Awards. “Frozen” marks Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s first nomination.“I’m so proud of her,” her husband said. “She’s been here before as my plus-one.” His advice to her was “enjoy this thing.” It might be scary, but he calls it like a “prom.”Anderson-Lopez acknowledged she was going to be nervous for the cast of “Frozen” and suspected that she would share their butterflies. Joked her husband: “She’ll be mouthing every word along with them.”___2:45 p.m.The Tony Awards dress rehearsal — normally with few actual stars in attendance — got a shock of A-listers this year, including Tina Fey, Kelli O’Hara, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Leguizamo, Tituss Burgess — and Bruce Springsteen.The four-hour rehearsal at Radio City Music Hall allows producers to go through the show from start to finish before the Sunday telecast. Usually, stand-ins are used for Hollywood presenters, who prefer to hit the snooze button.But the audience this time cheered loudly when Patti Lupone, Uzo Aduba, Ming-Na Wen, Melissa Benoist, Tatiana Maslany, Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart and Rachel Brosnahan showed up in the flesh.The highlight was Springsteen, who walked onstage in a T-shirt and jeans, performed one song on the piano from his sold-out one-man show and departed to a standing ovation.___12:15 a.m.The Tony Awards kick off on Sunday night with a pair of first-time hosts, no clear juggernaut like “Hamilton” to cheer for, but a likely assist by Bruce Springsteen.Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles face their biggest audience yet and a careful political balancing act when they co-host the CBS telecast from the massive 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall.Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show’s future, both on Broadway and on tour. Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won’t compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2018 12:33 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department perform “Seasons of Love” at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) The Latest: ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins Tony for best musical