Embiid, Towns ejected after brawl as Sixers rout T’Wolves

first_imgNationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title LATEST STORIES Sixers coach Brett Brown said he’s not concerned that Embiid will receive a suspension.“I don’t see punches being thrown (by Embiid) and I don’t believe he was the instigator,” Brown said.Both teams entered 3-0. The Spurs, at 3-0, are the only other unbeaten team in the NBA.Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Towns had 13 points and former Sixer Robert Covington had seven for the Timberwolves.Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 17 off the bench and Simmons added 16 for Philadelphia. Al Horford grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 12 points.Minnesota led 11-9 midway through the first quarter before Harris hit a 3-pointer. Harris followed with a driving layup and Philadelphia led the rest of the way.Embiid punctuated a dominant first half with a 3 to put the Sixers up 63-42 going into the break.“It’s competitive, we knew it was going to be that way,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said.BACK TO AIThe Sixers haven’t been 4-0 since Allen Iverson led them to the NBA Finals in the 2001-02 season. Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics SIGHTINGSNew Phillies manager Joe Girardi sat courtside in the first half. … Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders rang the bell and teammates Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and several other players watched from a suite.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Covington got some applause in pregame introductions. He was traded along with forward Dario Saric to Minnesota last year for Jimmy Butler. … Towns shot 3 of 5 from 3-point range. … Jeff Teague scored 15 points.76ers: Matisse Thybulle had three of his four steals in the first half and is the fifth rookie over the past 25 years with multiple steals in each of his first four games. … G Trey Burke wasn’t available because of illness. … Embiid only played 20 minutes and still led the team in scoring. … James Ennis had 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit Washington on Saturday76ers: Open a four-game trip at Portland on Saturday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:23Bong Go on Barreto sisters’ brawl: It was like a movie scene02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts after it was announced that he and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns had been ejected, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns got into a brawl that overshadowed a rout on the court.Embiid scored 19 points before he was ejected for fighting with Towns, and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 117-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win to begin the season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ The Sixers were leading 75-55 midway through the third quarter when Embiid and Towns went at it. The two big men have a history of talking trash to each other. After they got tangled under the basket, Embiid shoved Towns, who answered with a punch that missed as both men fell to the floor. Ben Simmons jumped in and forcefully held Towns down as other players and coaches ran onto the court to separate everyone.“I didn’t throw any punches, so I shouldn’t get suspended,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEmbiid and Towns were tossed after a video review.“We deemed the altercation a fight. Therefore, by rule, they’re both ejected,” said Mark Ayotte, the officials’ crew chief. “I just saw them each lock arms. And that escalated to the fight.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Embiid shadowboxed to the crowd’s delight on his way back to the locker room. Fans responded with “MVP!” chants.Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, looks for a shot as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 117-95. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)“I was built for this city,” Embiid said. “The love they have for me, I can’t thank them enough. I appreciate all the love. That reaction was probably the loudest I ever heard them. That’s what the city of Philadelphia is all about. You gotta come in here, you gotta fight, you gotta play hard, you gotta be gritty, you gotta be a Broad Street Bully. We’re gonna keep on fighting and try to accomplish the goal we have set for us.”Towns downplayed the fight.“It’s a competitive game. As a team, we need to play better with our system. We didn’t execute our game plan,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the (loss). I don’t think we played our game. We were playing a different type of basketball. It wasn’t what got us to 3-0. We can learn a lot from this game.”Embiid said the fight “happened out of nowhere,” but added: “I like to get in people’s mind.”ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! 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Iconic WACA prepares for life after Ashes

first_imgA ground rich with cricketing history but wanting of modern comforts will take its final Ashes bow when Australia host England in the third test at the WACA on Thursday.Australia’s pace bowlers will hope to make England’s last visit a forgettable one for their batsmen on a wicket renowned as one of the world’s fastest and bounciest.Future Ashes contests will be held at the shiny, new Perth Stadium on the opposite bank of the Swan River, a 60,000-seat arena that will use a drop-in pitch, host rock concerts and share tenancy with two Australian Rules football teams.The 22,000-capacity WACA will remain a cricket venue but only host lower-profile internationals, having fallen behind the standards of rival stadiums around the country.Fans seeking a ‘state-of-the-art’ viewing experience may be glad to head across the river and leave the WACA’s bland terraces and ageing facilities behind.England may also be happy to move on from a venue where they have won only once in nearly 50 years of tests.#VIDEO | Your Perth Scorchers checked out Optus Stadium last week… and safe to say, they were in awe! ?? >> #MADETOUGH pic.twitter.com/uO87HkQh7a- Perth Scorchers (@ScorchersBBL) December 4, 2017Of the rest of those matches, most have been painful defeats, including the last visit in 2013/14 when Michael Clarke’s side thrashed Alastair Cook’s tourists by 150 runs to reclaim the Ashes.England will march out on Thursday facing the same 2-0 predicament that weighed on Cook’s men but Joe Root’s team can draw little inspiration from recent history.advertisementThe last time the English won at the WACA was in 1978, against an Australia team left threadbare by the World Series Cricket rebellion.DESTRUCTIVE BATTINGAs forgettable as the WACA experience has been for England, it has been mostly glorious for Australia, and the backdrop for some classic, comical and quite bizarre Ashes moments since the first test between the teams in 1970.England batsman Brian Luckhurst holds the distinction of scoring the WACA’s first Ashes century with his 301-ball knock of 131 in that drawn first test.Australians, however, may remember the match as the arrival of one of the game’s rarest talents when Greg Chappell, batting at number seven, scored 108 on debut.Adam Gilchrist’s 57-ball century in the 2006 win against England set an Ashes record that still stands and ranks as one of the most destructive batting displays in test cricket.Fast bowler Denis Lillee made his mark in Australia’s win in the 1979 test by striding out to the crease with an aluminium bat made by a business partner.He faced a few balls from Ian Botham before the match paused for 10 minutes as the umpires demanded he swap the metallic bat for a wooden one.”It was against, if not the rules, all expectations,” said Tony Barker, a historian commissioned by the WACA to write a book about the ground.”He got into a lot of strife about that — and a lot of ridicule from the English team at the time.”???The wickets are in! Five drop-in wickets have successfully been moved into the centre of #OptusStadium.We are ready to host cricket. How good is this?! ??? pic.twitter.com/xUWK8BDU0R- Perth Stadium (@NewPerthStadium) November 24, 2017In the heated atmosphere of the 1982 test, Australia seamer Terry Alderman suffered a calamitous shoulder injury when he tackled a crowd invader after a number of spectators leapt onto the turf.Greg Chappell led his team off the ground and police arrested dozens in the crowd for unruly behaviour. The injury set Alderman’s career back years.’FREMANTLE DOCTOR’Alderman notwithstanding, seam bowlers have usually thrived at the WACA where an afternoon sea breeze known as the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ provides additional assistance to the pace and bounce.”Never underestimate how important that sea breeze is because when you’re batting from the far end and there’s a fast bowler running from behind it, it’s quite intimidating,” former test batsman and Western Australia coach Justin Langer told Reuters.Left-arm pacemen, particularly, enjoy the conditions, as Mitchell Johnson would attest.The retired quick took six wickets to help beat England in the 2013 match and had nine victims in 2010, Australia’s only win in the dreary 3-1 series defeat.The WACA may yet be the backdrop to further definitive moments in international cricket but will only welcome fans, ironically, when not enough of them are expected to turn up to the new stadium.Western Australia state’s sports minister Mick Murray said the two grounds could co-exist but suggested the WACA would need some measure of renewal.advertisement”Over a period of time I think the interface between the two stadiums themselves will become special,” he told Reuters.”Nobody wants to go to a big stadium if there’s only 10,000 people there … You’ve lost that atmosphere.”But you put 10,000 at the WACA, if there’s redevelopment there, you’ll make that a place to be.”As cricket in Western Australia enters a new era, Langer expressed a personal desire for the ground where he scored 711 test runs, including two centuries, to continue hosting matches.”I hope it remains the hub of cricket in Western Australia, that’s very important,” he said.last_img read more

Olympiakos Fires Coach Bento After 3rd Straight Loss

first_imgATHENS – Greek league leader Olympiakos has fired former Portugal coach Paulo Bento as manager after a third straight league defeat.The club said Monday that youth coach Vassilis Vouzas has been appointed caretaker coach.Olympiakos has only lost two league titles since 2000 and currently leads with 51 points from 23 matches. But its advantage was narrowed further by a 2-0 loss at PAOK on Sunday.Bento, a former national team defender and coach, took over at Olympiakos in August last year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019 Match 1, England vs South Africa: When and Where to watch live streaming

first_imgHosts and hot favourites England will know this is their best chance to lift the crown for the first time when they take on perennial underachievers South Africa in the World Cup opener at The Oval here on Thursday. England, who are still in search of their first trophy like South Africa, have risen from the ashes of their poor campaign in the showpiece last time, following that group-stage exit by ascending to the summit of the ICC ODI rankings.South Africa, always considered one of the favourites, have also had injury concerns over their two other main strike bowlers, Lungi Ngidi (side) and Kagiso Rabada (back), though both played in the warm-up win over Sri Lanka last week. As far as their batting is concerned, Du Plessis will have to shoulder a lot of responsibility along with stumper batsman Quinton de Kock. Hashim Amla’s international career appears to be winding down as this could be his last World Cup.Here’s all you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 1, England vs South Africa:What TV channel and live stream is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa being broadcast?The opening match, England vs South Africa, of the ICC Cricket World Cup can be viewed on Doordarshan, Star Sports 1 and 2. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream the opener.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match be held?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match will take place at Kennington Oval, London, May 30.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019.What time will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match start?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where can I watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network, Doordarshan and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.last_img read more

Contribution to the Debate on the National Registration and Identification Bill, 2017 – PM Holness

first_img At present Mr. Speaker, Jamaica does not have a national identification database which can reliably and uniquely verify the identity of its citizens. I therefore repeat Mr. Speaker that Jamaica does not at this time and has never had a secure National Identification System that can uniquely and reliably verify the identity of its citizens. Mr. Speaker, it is indeed my honour to submit for the consideration of this Honourable House today, the National Identification and Registration Bill, 2017, which was tabled in this Honourable House on the 6th of June 2017.Mr Speaker, members will recall that on March 21, 2017 a similar Bill was tabled by me, however, because of deliberations that continued with valuable stakeholders, the Government listened and thought it best to withdraw the original Bill and table a new Bill taking into account the feedback received.Mr Speaker, the Government listened to the people and responded.The National Identification System project, spearheaded by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) commenced in 2011.In my 2016 Budget Presentation; I advised this Honourable House and the people of Jamaica that the implementation of the NIDS would be a priority for my administration.The NIDS project team was re-energized and as a result a White Paper was tabled in this Honourable House on November 8, 2016.Mr. Speaker, discussions about a NIDS has been on-going for too long as the Government and people of Jamaica have been discussing the introduction of a National Identification System for over 40 years.Mr. Speaker now is the time to cease talking and to act on this vital tool for the betterment of the people of Jamaica.At present Mr. Speaker, Jamaica does not have a national identification database which can reliably and uniquely verify the identity of its citizens.What we have at this time Mr. Speaker is the existence of a number of specific identification systems and cards for various Ministries, Departments and Agencies For example, The Tax Administration of Jamaica issues a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).We also have a driver’s licence regime which authorises individuals to drive on our roads and this licence is also used and accepted as an identification card.The Passport, Immigration, Citizenship Agency as well as the National Insurance Scheme, and the National Health Fund also have their own systems.We are all also aware that another form for identification in use in Jamaica is our Electoral Identification Card. It must however be noted that the purpose of the electoral card is for the individual to exercise his democratic right to vote.The point is Mr. Speaker; all the systems referred to above and many more not mentioned are in fact sectoral and functional systems created for a specific purpose by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.I therefore repeat Mr. Speaker that Jamaica does not at this time and has never had a secure National Identification System that can uniquely and reliably verify the identity of its citizens.Read More Here Mr. Speaker, discussions about a NIDS has been on-going for too long as the Government and people of Jamaica have been discussing the introduction of a National Identification System for over 40 years. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Cabinet to Get Document on Climate Change

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mrs. Sewell said the document will be made available to Jamaicans as soon as it is approved by the Cabinet. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, received Jamaica’s 3rd National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, today (March 27), for submission to the Cabinet.The National Communication highlights the activities that Parties have completed or are planning to complete in fulfilment of their obligations as Parties to the Convention.Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Una May Gordon, handed over the document at a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Climate Change Division is the National Focal Point to the Climate Change Convention and has responsibility for the preparation of the document.Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mrs. Sewell said the document will be made available to Jamaicans as soon as it is approved by the Cabinet.“The acceptance of the third National Communication is an integral step in the process to obtain Cabinet’s consideration of this important report by the Minister with responsibility for Climate Change in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,” she said.The Permanent Secretary noted that the document, a repository of useful climate change information, includes the most up-to-date inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2006 to 2012 as well as a profile of projected GHG emissions up to 2050.Additionally, she said the document contains several assessments of Jamaica’s vulnerability and options for coping with the adverse impacts of climate change on several sectors, including water resources, agriculture, human health, coastal resources, human settlements and tourism.“This information will be used by several individuals, including urban and rural planners, decision-makers, students, project developers, energy generators and a host of persons who rely on climate change information specific to Jamaica,” she noted.The Permanent Secretary also revealed that Jamaica submitted the First Biennial Update Report in 2016, in association with its implementing partner, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica.In her remarks, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP, Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said it is important that all aspects of climate change be addressed, “given the impact of climate change on economic growth and poverty reduction.”She said the UNDP had worked with personnel of the Climate Change Division to complete the publication of the 1st and 2nd National Communication.“This is the third and we will continue to work on the fourth. We will continue to support the Government’s National Communication and other future endeavours,” she added. Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Una May Gordon, handed over the document at a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, received Jamaica’s 3rd National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, today (March 27), for submission to the Cabinet.last_img read more

Western Bulk Enters 2015 Better Prepared

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk’s Chartering division increased its contract coverage for 2015 and thereby reduced its market exposure in the fourth quarter of 2014.By booking forward cargo contracts in Q4-14, the 2015 contract coverage for the firm chartered-in tonnage reached 94% by the end of Q4-14, compared to just 36% in the beginning of Q4-14. says Jens Ismar, Chief Executive Officer of Western Bulk.The group managed to increase its financial flexibility by entering into a new USD 22 million bank overdraft facility in the fourth quarter. As of 31st of December 2014, the group had drawn USD 20 million on the overdraft facility, the results read.The group’s Adjusted Net Result in 2014 ended at USD -11.8 million, compared to USD 11.2 million in 2013, the group said in its preliminary quarterly results.Weakened results were attributed mainly to a Net TC result that declined by USD 21.9 million from 2013 to 2014, as WB Chartering’s Net TC margin declined.The Net TC result continues to be weak due to the losses from the previous long position on tonnage.The USD 6.8 million decrease in the Net TC result from Q3-14 to Q4-14 was primarily caused by WB Chartering’s weaker performance, the group said.“This was related to weak market conditions combined with base margin being hampered by falling fuel prices, as freight rates were rapidly adjusted down in the market to reflect reduced fuel costs, while the more expensive fuel stock onboard had to be consumed before restocking with cheaper fuel,“the results added.last_img read more

DMK assures scrapping of NEET, quota in private sector

first_imgChennai: The DMK on Tuesday promised to do away with the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions and ushering in quota in the private sector in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. “The NEET for medical admissions will be scrapped,” DMK chief M K Stalin said while unveiling the salient features of his party’s manifesto. Opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu from major political parties and students had taken emotive overtones in the past. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Stalin said steps would be taken for implementing reservation in the private sector. The party also assured steps for waiver of all educational loans taken by students. Against the background of agitations by state government employees seeking reversion to the old pension scheme in place of the newly-introduced contributory scheme, the DMK chief said: “We will bring back the old pension scheme for both the central and state government employees.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The DMK president said the party would revert to the administered-price mechanism to regulate the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Another key feature of the manifesto is doing away with the direct cash transfer of subsidy for the LPG and bringing down the prices of cylinders. The DMK is contesting 20 seats in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to its allies. The state goes to polls in a single phase on April 18.last_img read more

Afghanistan UN relief chief urges immediate release of kidnapped aid worker

Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes strongly condemned the abduction of the aid worker, who serves as a consultant for Amitié Franco-Afghane (AFRANE), a non-governmental organization (NGO) active in education and development in Afghanistan.The incident is the latest in a series of attacks against civilians in the strife-torn nation. Just two weeks ago Gayle Williams, who worked for the Christian NGO known as SERVE Afghanistan as a volunteer on projects assisting the disabled, was shot dead in Kabul on her way to work.Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, voiced his deep concern about the worsening trend of killings and abductions of both civilians and aid workers in Afghanistan.In a statement issued in New York, he “reminds the Government of Afghanistan and all parties to the conflict of their obligation to protect civilians, including all aid workers.” 3 November 2008The top United Nations relief official has called for the immediate and unconditional release of an aid worker kidnapped today in Kabul and deplored the killing of an Afghan citizen shot while trying to prevent the incident. read more

The Latest PGE Corp plan offers billions after wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on PG&E’s bankruptcy proceeding (all times local):3:50 p.m.PG&E Corp. has released a plan to offer nearly $18 billion to wildfire victims, insurance companies and cities and public entities in California that battled wildfires sparked by electrical equipment.The preliminary plan was filed in bankruptcy court on Monday.PG&E sought bankruptcy protection in January because it said it could not afford an estimated $30 billion in damages from recent deadly wildfires caused by company equipment.The company says in court papers that it could raise more than $30 billion in debt and equity financing from the largest banks in the nation. The company said the strategy will not result in rate increases for its customers.___10:30 a.m.San Francisco officials are offering to buy Pacific Gas & Electric’s power lines and other infrastructure in the city for $2.5 billion.Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera presented the offer in a letter sent to the utility Friday.Breed said in a statement Sunday the offer was “competitive, fair and equitable” and will offer financial stability to PG&E. It doesn’t include PG&E’s natural gas system in the city.The utility is set to submit Monday its plan for getting out of bankruptcy, which will include how it intends to repay billions in liabilities from wildfires in 2017 and 2018.PG&E said in a statement that selling assets to San Francisco wasn’t in the best interest of its customers and stakeholders.The Associated Press read more

Peacekeeping missions are fighting HIV UN expert says on eve of World

Roxanne Bazergan, HIV/AIDS Policy Adviser in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, told the UN News Service that she works with experts deployed in the field to reduce the risk of peacekeepers either contracting or spreading HIV. Awareness-raising activities, condom distribution and related medical services also benefit nearby communities.The Security Council first took up the issue of HIV/AIDS in January 2000, adopting a landmark resolution which forms the basis for her work, as does the mandates of the 2001 UN General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS, which identified peacekeepers as a high-risk group operating in a high-risk environment.Security Council resolutions on peacekeeping operations now mention the importance of sensitizing peacekeepers about HIV. “It’s seen as an increasingly central component because of the high risk,” said Ms. Bazergan, a former research fellow with King’s College in London who gained experience by studying how HIV affects militaries in Africa and Asia.The UN has policy advisers in nine missions, with a tenth being established, while all others have a focal point coordinating HIV response activities.In addition to providing information, UN officials are setting up voluntary counselling and testing while reaching out to local communities. As an example, Ms. Bazergan cited collaboration between the UN and religious leaders in Liberia aimed at enabling them to use their sermons to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.UN peacekeeping missions often use their own radio broadcasts to disseminate HIV prevention information. In Liberia, these programmes were recognized by local churches, which gave an award to the broadcaster, Col. Joyce Puta.To maximize the effectiveness of their efforts, the UN peacekeeping advisers work with their partners in other UN agencies, Ms. Bazergan said, citing cooperation with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Soldiers, she pointed out, are, “far from home, young, mobile and of a sexually active age” – all factors which could lead to unprotected sex. Further adding to the risk, peacekeepers may have to deal with people who are injured and can become infected if they do not use protective gloves.In order to overcome denial about the prevalence of the epidemic, the UN organizes “living testimonies” of HIV-positive people. Ms. Bazergan cited the example of a Liberian army veteran and who lost two wives to AIDS. Hearing experiences like these “wakes people up,” she said, “because it’s real and it’s before them but you wouldn’t know it to look at him.”She noted that UN peacekeepers are deployed in numerous countries with high infection rates – notably those in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Haiti – but cautioned that no place is free of HIV. “You can’t hide behind a low prevalence because you still can’t tell [who is infected].””We don’t want to be part of what makes that change,” she stressed. “We as a peacekeeping mission do not want to aggravate the spread of the epidemic.”Regarding allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), she said discussions about what constitutes appropriate behaviour could serve to stem these egregious actions.”What we are increasingly trying to do is to involve local women’s groups so that they actually talk to peacekeepers and explain why it is these women may be turning to sex work to survive – it’s because they have no other options – to try and give a face to the people who are surviving by that means and humanize it.”Assessing the progress achieved since she took on the job in January 2003, Ms. Bazergan hailed the fact that HIV policy advisers are now a standard component of major peacekeeping operations.She pointed out, however, that it is difficult to assess success given the fact that there is no mandatory testing or way to determine how someone became infected. But she added that the UN will work next year with the United States Centers for Disease Control to conduct a survey in Liberia aimed at gauging the impact of HIV-prevention efforts.Overall, she said, the aim is to change behaviour. “Everything is about prevention, prevention, prevention because there is no cure and the vaccine is way off.” read more

FANTASY PLAYS Samuels at TE and RB creates interesting add

Kareem Hunt and James Conner showed the value of fantasy handcuffs this week as fantasy leagues head toward the playoffs.Hunt’s release by the Chiefs after video surfaced of him in a scuffle with a woman at a Cleveland hotel prompted many fantasy players to flock toward Spencer Ware. And on Monday night, an injury to Conner led to Pittsburgh turning to Jaylen Samuels, who caught a late touchdown pass against the Chargers.Fantasy players who hedged on Conner got immediate relief if they rostered Samuels ahead of time as a handcuff. If not, let the anxiety begin about whether you’ll have enough free agent acquisition dollars or waiver positioning to grab him from free agency.Samuels is owned in only 3.4 per cent of leagues, so not enough owners have been adequately prepared. The stampede for his services will come with a twist — on some fantasy platforms, Samuels actually qualifies as a tight end, a position he played at North Carolina State. That makes him even more sought after since he can be plugged into an incredibly thin TE position, a rare sight in fantasy.It also harkens back to the unforgettable days when Saints wideout Marques Colston had TE eligibility on some sites early in his career, giving owners another unique advantage.Mike Tomlin has said that he will employ a committee at RB in Week 14, but Samuels will surely lead the crew and should at least be viewed as a RB2 for fantasy purposes. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott owners need to grab Rod Smith and the Saquon Barkley owners must add Wayne Gallman. Injuries and other unforeseen events could push guys like Smith and Gallman into more prominent roles, as we have already seen with Ware and Samuels. The backups to Elliott and Barkley are much less talented, but could have an opportunity to produce at least decent totals if needed in plug-in roles.In the Fantasy playoffs, you also want to play a little defence on the waiver wire, blocking your opponents from gaining the players they need. If you see that the team you are facing this week has Conner and not Samuels, you need to either outbid him for Samuels or make him your top waiver priority to prevent the other team from gaining his services.MORE ADDS FOR WEEK 14Jeff Wilson Jr. (0.4 per cent owned) will likely start at RB for the 49ers this week as Matt Breida has already been ruled out with an ankle injury. Wilson caught eight passes for 73 yards at Seattle last week and rushed for 61 yards. He could be in line for more quality volume against Denver. He’ll be worth flex consideration.There is a good chance that Melvin Gordon returns from a knee injury this week, but just in case, Justin Jackson (12.2) looked better than Austin Ekeler in Week 13, rushing for 63 yards on only eight carries. Jackson may usurp Ekeler as the best handcuff to Gordon.Bills QB Josh Allen (3.7) has rushed for 234 yards and a TD in his past two games. Savvy fantasy players well know that any QB with that sort of rushing upside deserves immediate starting consideration. As crazy as it would have sounded in the preseason, Allen now needs to be in starting conversations possibly over disappointments such as Tom Brady.Dante Pettis (2.2) has 206 yards and three TDs in his past two games, and has emerged as the top playmaker in the 49ers depleted passing game. He has big-play ability and also demonstrated he can score.In point-per-reception leagues, Curtis Samuel has three consecutive double figure outings, yet he remains only 12.5 per cent owned. He has two TDs in his last three games. He’ll challenge defences with his speed and has shown red zone promise.___For more fantasy football playoff advice, visit RotoExperts: https://rotoexperts.comScott Engel, The Associated Press read more

JD Martinez Is Always One Step Ahead

Martinez adjusted and raised his slugging percentage to .500 against fastballs in the upper third and above the zone in 2017 when he became aware of the counterpunch that pitchers were throwing at him with the four-seam spin. Martinez slugged .584 against fastballs in the same location this season.Here’s Martinez versus an elevated 99 mph fastball from Houston’s Gerrit Cole earlier this year:“I knew there was an adjustment that needed to be made,” Martinez said. “I can’t tell you my secrets. No one told me. I had to go in there and grind myself and figure it out.”That’s not the only change Martinez has made.His pull percentage is also at its lowest level (at 37.7 percent) since he was an Astro in 2013. Out of 360 qualified hitters, Martinez ranked 268th this year despite playing in a home park with some of the most favorable left-field dimensions for a right-handed hitter. Perhaps with this approach, Martinez is also trying to combat defensive shifts.While 55.1 percent of ground balls were pulled this season, only 51.9 percent of Martinez’s grounders were hit to the pull side, ranking 252nd out of 340 hitters. In each season from 2014 to 2017, Martinez hit at least 60.8 percent of ground balls to the left side. Also of note is that his ground-ball percentage (at 43.5 percent) is the highest since before his metamorphosis, speaking to a change in swing angle. Martinez dropped his average launch angle from 13.4 degrees in 2016 and 15.2 degrees in 2017 to 10.6 degrees this season.Though Martinez is spreading his batted balls around more on the ground now, he’s always had power to all fields in the air, where he still wants to drive the ball. He had the seventh-highest rate of air balls hit to the opposite field this season at 47.7 percent. Since that 2014 season, when he remade his swing, he has increased his opposite-field fly ball and line drive rate every year. But unlike many hitters, Martinez uses the opposite field for power. Martinez had the fourth highest home run-to-fly ball rate on balls hit to the opposite field this season. He hit .360 on balls to right field and slugged .919.But when he does pull the ball in the air, he’s even better. He hit .828 and slugged 1.813 on air balls he hit to the left side. At a time when so many complain about hitters not using the whole field, Martinez is doing just that.Though Martinez has made plenty of changes, he’s still squaring up pitches like few major league hitters. Statcast’s “barrels” per plate appearances metric, which evaluates the quality of a hitter’s contact using exit velocity of ball off bat and launch angle, has him near the top of the leaderboard again this season — as he has been since the measure was introduced in 2015.Over the past five years, Martinez has been at the vanguard of the sport’s trends. He may just be giving hitters a road map for adapting to an ever-changing game.Check out our latest MLB predictions. J.D. Martinez changed baseball hitting philosophy once. Maybe he’s playing a part in changing it again.Martinez was one of the original fly-ball revolutionaries. He was one of the first hitters to go against convention, possibly risking his career, by adopting an uppercut swing to try to hit for more power. Like many hitters, he was taught to use a flat, level swing. But he wondered more and more why his best swing, what coaches preached, resulted simply in singles up the middle. From 2011 to 2013, while with the Houston Astros, Martinez posted a .251 average, a .387 slugging mark and an 88 OPS+.1OPS+ considers a hitter’s overall ability but adjusts to account for ballpark and run-scoring environment. An OPS+ of 100 constitutes league average. OPS+ allows players across eras to be compared. He knew as a corner outfielder that his career was in jeopardy. After watching former teammate and fly-ball hitter Jason Castro, Martinez sought out a private swing instructor and transformed himself. He tried to convince Astros management that he had changed the following spring, but he was released in March 2014.You probably know the rest of the story. The Tigers picked up Martinez in 2014, and he immediately became a star. Prior to this season, the Boston Red Sox guaranteed him $110 million over five years even though he’s entering his early 30s, when most hitters are expected to begin to decline. But instead of showing his age, the 31-year-old Martinez rewarded the Red Sox with a .330/.402/.629 slash line, 43 homers and 130 RBIs, along with a career-best 173 OPS+. The Red Sox were so invested in Martinez’s style of hitting they even hired a like-minded hitting coach in Tim Hyers. Hyers and Martinez helped Mookie Betts take the next step in his development to become an undersized slugger and the American League’s best player.All of that has taken the Red Sox to just one win away from advancing to the AL Championship Series, with the Houston Astros waiting. Boston meets the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS Tuesday night.Martinez isn’t the same hitter that he was when he turned around his career in 2014. He keeps evolving.“Look at my swing from 2014 to now, and it’s changed so much,” Martinez told me in September. “Just look at it. Just look at the swing. It’s black and white. It’s looks different. Every year it’s kind of changed. Everything changes.”As hitters like Martinez have started to crush low, sinking fastballs, more and more pitchers have tried to counter uppercut swings with elevated high-spin fastballs. In 2015 and 2016, pitchers could and did exploit Martinez at the top of the zone. Consider Martinez’s slugging-per-pitch numbers against fastball locations from 2014-17 (visualized by FanGraphs): In 2015 and ’16, he slugged a paltry .347 against four-seam fastballs in the upper upper third and above the zone. Here’s Martinez flailing at a high fastball from Mike Montgomery in 2015:But that hole in Martinez’s swing is gone this season. read more

Broadway Navy Project latest

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Last year, President Trump promised to rebuild American’s Military strength by ending the sequester which resulted in eight years of downsizing our Military forces.A part of that rebuilding will take place on Friday. That’s when they will break ground for a new headquarters building for the Pacific Fleet on San Diego’s waterfront.The President’s promise came last year in a speech to Navy personnel aboard the USS Gerald Ford.“I asked Congress to eliminate the defense sequester and to support my request for a great rebuilding of the united states military and the united states navy,” President Trump said.The Fleet Headquarters at Harbor Drive and Broadway is one of the oldest buildings in San Diego, built nearly 100 years ago. The Navy has wanted a new building for more than 30 years, but couldn’t get the funding until it cut a deal with Developer Doug Manchester to get a new headquarters building in exchange for development rights to an 8-block area along Harbor Drive.“Papa Doug Manchester is fronting quite a bit of cash to get the project underway and its backed up with our investors,” Project Manager Perry Dealy.The new headquarters is a $165 million, 17-story highrise building as part of the Manchester Pacific Gateway Project to transform San Diego’s waterfront. It is one of five buildings including two hotels and a couple of office buildings.“We are going to open this up for pedestrians, and for cars to go east and west to the waterfront and back into downtown,” Dealy said.This will be the largest development in the history of downtown.“We’re gonna have about 400 thousand sq ft or retail, both entertainment, restaurants, in line retail, a great place for the community for tourists, for residents and a great place for kids,” Dealy said.Residents and tourists will enjoy a 1.9-acre park and a stroll down a pedestrian paseo.“Running down the middle of the master plan that will be very unique and unusual in urban America but certainly appropriate for this location,” Dealy said.This project has been held up for 12 years by lawsuits over environmental and safety concerns and had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get approval.“It’s gonna have 3 million sq ft when complete, and its gonna transform the whole western part of downtown,” Dealy said.By early 2021, the Navy will move in its new building. The old building will come down to make way for a public park. Posted: May 28, 2018 Steve Bosh Updated: 7:01 PM Broadway Navy Project latestcenter_img Steve Bosh, May 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Time Warner Ends Time Inc Sales Talks with Meredith Announces Spinoff Instead

first_img“After a thorough review of options, we believe that a separation will better position both Time Warner and Time Inc.,” says TW chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes in a statement. “A complete spin-off of Time Inc. provides strategic clarity for Time Warner Inc., enabling us to focus entirely on our television networks and film and TV production businesses, and improves our growth profile. Time Inc. will also benefit from the flexibility and focus of being a stand-alone public company and will now be able to attract a more natural stockholder base. As we saw with the prior spin-offs of Time Warner Cable and AOL, we expect the separation will create additional value for our stockholders.”According to the announcement, Lang notified Bewkes that she wanted to step down. “Laura indicated to me that we should find a different kind of CEO for this new public company, and I respect her decision,” says Bewkes. In a separate announcement today, Meredith Corp. confirmed the discussions, indicating the deal was initiated by Time Warner. “At Time Warner’s initiation, we discussed combining our National Media Group with certain Time Inc. brands to create a new publicly traded company.  There are natural synergies between our two portfolios; however, we respect Time Warner’s decision and certainly remain open to continuing a dialogue on how our companies might work together on future opportunities.” After weeks of reported negotiations, Time Warner has abruptly ended talks to combine Time Inc. titles with Meredith into a new company and is instead announcing that it will spin off Time Inc. as a separate, publicly traded company. The separation is expected to be finished by the end of the year.In the meantime, Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang has decided to step down following the transaction. last_img read more

Rep Sam Kito III will not seek reelection

first_imgRep. Sam Kito III addresses the Alaska House of Representatives on April 7, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Juneau Empire reports that Rep. Sam Kito III will not run for re-election this fall.Listen nowKito represents House District 33, including Skagway, Haines, Klukwan, Gustavus, downtown Juneau and Douglas.Kito could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He told the Empire he made his decision Friday due to financial concerns. Last week, the Legislature let the State Officers Compensation Commission cut per diem payments for lawmakers living within 50 miles of the state capitol.That means Juneau’s three state lawmakers will not receive a daily allowance on top of their annual salary during regular or special sessions. Lawmakers had 60 days to pass legislation rejecting the commission’s recommendation, but did not act.Kito spoke about the recommendation at a meeting of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on March 7. The single parent said he had saved money during his career as an engineer for his daughter’s college tuition. He said his job as a legislator was forcing him to draw from his savings.“With this reduction I am in a situation now of having to choose whether I run again or whether I take money out of my daughter’s college account to continue this job, and I’m not prepared to do that,” Kito said.Kito said the increasing length of regular and special sessions has made it a nearly full-time job. He said he has not been able to bill hours through his consulting job for three years due to the time commitment.“If the choice or the decision of the compensation commission was to pressure legislators to not run, they’ve succeeded, at least if this goes forward,” Kito said.Kito, a former civil engineer and legislative lobbyist, was selected from among nine other applicants to former Rep. Beth Kerttula’s open seat in 2014. He’s been re-elected twice.So far, Democrat Sara Hannan and independent Chris Dimond have filed to run for Kito’s seat.KTOO’s Jacob Resneck contributed to this report.last_img read more

Gas Prices Drop For First Time Since Harvey

first_img Share The average price per gallon in Texas is now $2.52, according to AAA Texas.The price for a gallon of gas is dropping for the first time since Hurricane Harvey, according to AAA Texas. The average price at the pump across the state is now $2.52 per gallon. In Houston, the average price for a gallon of gas, $2.48, is 2 cents lower than it was a week ago.AAA Texas says the drop is happening even though 11 refineries in Texas either just restarting production or are still inactive. These facilities account for 17 percent of the nation’s refining capacity.Daniel Armbruster of AAA Texas says the eventual increased production will help reduce gas prices even more.“Most market analysts expect those prices, by the end of September, to fall,” says Armbruster. “Of course, it’s a little hard to predict gas prices — especially in situations where you have these powerful storms like Harvey and Irma, affecting so many people not only in Texas but of course in the southeast of the country and the Atlantic coastline.”Gas prices would need to drop by about 35 cents to reach pre-Harvey levels in Houston.last_img read more

Infinity pool On the Dune dining new for Four Seasons Resort Nevis

first_imgInfinity pool, On the Dune dining new for Four Seasons Resort Nevis Share Tags: Four Seasons Friday, June 14, 2019 NEVIS — Four Seasons Resort Nevis is now in the final stages of its multi-phase enhancement project, which has already seen the launch of upgraded guest rooms and suites, an updated look for the Great House lobby and the opening of new F&B outlets.The latest enhancements, set to wrap up this fall, include a redesign of the main pool and a new restaurant concept, ‘On the Dune’, that extends out on to the sand.“These new areas will continue to evoke the fresh take on a timeless Caribbean experience that we began rolling out in 2018,” says General Manager Gonzalo Güelman Ros. “We are excited to bring the entire resort enhancement full circle to fulfill our vision of a luxury Caribbean playground, offering infinite perfect places in one perfect paradise.”SIGNATURE INFINITY EDGE POOLThe resort’s signature pool will be completely reconstructed and raised to create one long sight line from the Great House lobby straight out to the Caribbean Sea horizon. Surrounded by lush new landscaping, the 3,300 square foot infinity edge pool will be the centerpiece of the resort, featuring 86 new loungers and four luxury pool cabanas equipped with comfortable seating and furnishings, WiFi connectivity and power. The pool’s 5,350 square foot hardwood deck will showcase a feature fire pit that will be installed to the west of the pool, towards the beach.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyON THE DUNEReplacing the existing Cabana restaurant, On the Dune will be a 7,300 square foot outdoor restaurant with seating for 138 and additional capacity at the bar. The new venue will serve as the new signature pool and beach dining option, offering casual fare throughout the day with views leading out to the Caribbean Sea, the Narrows Channel and the neighbouring island of St. Kitts. In the evening, the restaurant will transform into a beachfront party atmosphere providing indoor and outdoor elements, accented by an extended, shaded covered seating area with the option of retracting the awning for views of the stars at dusk. The menu will consist of an ‘farm to table’ blend of Caribbean and American cuisines, using the freshest in regional seafood and produce. The 4,000 square foot covered bar area will complement the overall feel of the pool experience during the day and focus on a noteworthy selection of wines by the glass and a well-executed cocktail program in the evening.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongENHANCED EXPERIENCES Also receiving enhancements are existing areas such as the Kids For All Seasons kids camp and Mango and Kastawey Beach Bar restaurants. Kids For All Seasons will be moved from its current location out next to the Ocean Pool to offer more outdoor programming and activities for younger guests. Mango will see a redesign of its bar area to allow for more unobstructed Caribbean views during cocktail hour, while Kastawey Beach Bar will be transformed into a beachside hot spot with beach games during the day and live music and entertainment in the evenings.The majority of the current renovation work will continue through Sept. 30, 2019, during which time the hotel will be closed. The resort will have select villa availability upon request for the summer months, with customizable private retreat experiences on offer. All renovations are expected to be fully completed before the end of the year.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals added to their offensive line on Saturday, nabbing Georgia center Lamont Gaillard with the No. 179 pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.It was the second pick in the round for the Cardinals, who selected Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson.“The matchup [with the Cardinals] is amazing,” Gaillard told reporters after being selected. “We just got a great quarterback and I feel like I’m going to fit right in once I get into the offensive line schemes and everything they do there. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)center_img For his efforts, he was named First Team All-SEC by coaches and Second Team All-SEC by the media.Gaillard joins an Arizona offensive line in desperate need of improvement.Seven offensive linemen saw themselves on the IR at one point or another, while rookie center Mason Cole was the lone constant in the trenches, starting all 16 games.The offense suffered greatly as the team ranked dead last in rushing yards per attempt (3.8) and rushing yards per game (83.9). The line also allowed 52 sacks last season, tied with Oakland and Miami as the fifth most in the NFL.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m just going to come in and ball and show my versatility around the board and just do what I can to provide for the team.”Gaillard comes to the Cardinals after being a three-year starter with the Bulldogs.Initially projecting out of high school as a defensive lineman, Gaillard made the switch after arriving at Georgia in 2015. The center redshirted one year before being named a starter.“That’s one of the things that we liked so much about him. He brings that intensity to the offensive line,” general manager Steve Keim said about the lineman’s defensive background. “The key for him and for us is he’s not a center only. We were excited to watch him at those spots.”Related LinksCardinals take 3rd WR of draft, Fresno State’s KeeSean Johnson in 6thCardinals take ‘Bama S Deionte Thompson, who downplays knee issueArizona State DT Renell Wren drafted 125th overall by BengalsEarp and Holliday draft for Cards from O.K. Corral in TombstoneCardinals take Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler in 4th round of draftGaillard started 13 games at right guard in the 2016-17 season before moving to center his junior year. He went on to start all 15 games the next year as Georgia went on to the National Championship game.His senior year, Gaillard was one of the catalysts of an offensive line that garnered national recognition for its play all season, being named as a Joe Moore Award finalist. The award is given to the nation’s top offensive line.With Gaillard under center, the Bulldogs bolstered four different 1,000-yard runners in Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield.last_img read more

BOSTON — The luxurious Mandarin Oriental Boston o

first_imgBOSTON — The luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Boston opened its doors today, bringing the hotel group’s signature oriental service excellence and distinct ‘East Meets West’ design to the vibrant city of Boston.  A celebratory ribbon cutting and feng shui ceremony marked the hotel’s grand opening on October 6, officiated by the Mayor of Boston, the Honorable Thomas M. Menino, and attended by 150 distinguished guests, development partners and Mandarin Oriental executives from around the world.     “We are delighted to open this incomparable new hotel in the celebrated city of Boston,” said General Manager, Susanne Hatje. “With the commitment of our dedicated colleagues, we look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to this historic American city.”   Ideally located in the prestigious Back Bay, the new Mandarin Oriental combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create the most distinctive hospitality experience in the region.  With 136 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 12 suites, the property will provide the city’s most spacious accommodation amongst Boston hotels. The 16,000-square-foot Spa and Fitness Center, along with 10,000 square feet of stylish function space, the signature restaurant Asana, and the chic M-Bar & Lounge complete the luxurious setting.    To celebrate the arrival of this exclusive hotel, Mandarin Oriental has introduced a special opening promotion available until March 31, 2009.  Guests can enjoy one complimentary night accommodation in conjunction with two or more consecutive paid nights of stay with the “We ‘Fan’ Boston” offer. The package also features daily American breakfast for two at signature restaurant, Asana, and special benefits to showcase the city’s finest cultural attractions.  This offer is subject to space availability, and advance reservations are required.  Rates for the “We ‘Fan’ Boston” offer start at US$1,560 for a Deluxe Room for a minimum of two nights, and are exclusive of taxes and gratuities.  All room categories are available for the inaugural offer.    For reservations and further details, please contact the hotel at 1-866-526-6567, or visit Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s online reservation service at: www.mandarinoriental.com/boston.  Deluxe Room rates begin at $665.last_img read more