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The legendary Kahala Hotel & Resort announces completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. Work began in March 2007 with just a whisper, and continued with minimal impact to the impeccable guest service the resort is renowned for.“We’ve accomplished our goal of restoring The Kahala to the grand splendor for which it’s been known. The refreshed spaces and brand new rooms offer guests the latest contemporary comforts and many have already told us we’ve exceeded their expectations, with every detail befitting of The Kahala’s elegant style,” said Thomas Pauly, general manager of The Kahala. “The resort has never looked better and will continue to evolve, but we have completely remade the hotel in time for The Kahala’s 45th anniversary.”While renovation work has been discreet, the improvements now are unmistakable. All guestrooms in the resort’s Tower and Dolphin wings, The Kahala Spa, signature suites, meeting spaces and porte cochere have been redone with costs totaling US$52 million (US$30 million solely for guest rooms).The resort’s Diamond Head and Koko Head guestrooms and suites have taken on an island-style influence. Each room and suite epitomizes the resort’s signature “Kahala Chic” design, a contemporary look with an open and airy tropical feel reflecting the elegant island lifestyle enjoyed in residential Kahala. Other notable influences include:-Decor: Guest rooms and suites feature ivory and coffee color tones, new Sealy Stearns Foster Memory Foam Pillow Top beds, and accents such as window-box framed nautilus shells, ruffle-edged mirrors and uniquely painted dressers. Guest rooms also include hibiscus-patterned wall-to-wall carpeting while Ipe (Brazilian walnut) wood flooring and hand-woven dhurrie rugs in tropical flower patterns decorate all suites.-Technology: wireless Internet access, Sony 40-inch flat screen LCD TVs, Sony alarm clock radio with iPod hook up and cordless phones. (Suites also include a Sony home theatre system and deluxe espresso machine.)-Amenities: silky heavy thread count Egyptian cotton linens embroidered with tropical island flowers custom designed for The Kahala by Frette of Italy, Frette towels and plush chenille robes are standard; rain showerheads in all showers; Floris of London bath amenities with a signature Kahala fragrance.The Kahala also boasts a pair of newly refreshed beachfront sister suites, the Kahala Suite and the Beachfront Suite, both located in the most private area of the Dolphin Lagoon Wing and steps from the beach. The Kahala Suite features Nicole Miller furniture in dark woods and earth tone fabrics for an elegant yet contemporary look. Complete with a dining table and outside barbecue grill, The Kahala Suite is snazzy enough for formally entertaining up to 50 guests, or a casual get together in a comfortable indoor/outdoor setting. The second-level Beachfront Suite has a cozy beach cottage feeling with décor from the Ralph Lauren Polo Collection.Five new treatment rooms have also been added to the Kahala Spa, each with a commanding view of the golf course and Koko Head Crater and large enough to accommodate couples treatments. The spa also includes a men’s retreat complete with a barber’s chair for shaves and there is another suite dedicated to manicures and pedicures. Spa guests can also enjoy a new outdoor lounge area.The Kahala has refreshed over 11,500 square feet of meeting and ballroom space with a complete décor redo from floor to ceiling. New carpeting of yellow and orange cymbidium orchid patterns, a Celadon and sage color scheme with damask wallpaper and carved wood panels emphasize the hotel’s Hawaiian charm. Impressive hand-carved and custom buffet tables, armoires and hutches along with the custom designed chandeliers and island inspired shell mosaic artwork further accent the spaces.www.kahalaresort.com
The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has fashioned a special Bejeweled Martini, a captivating new cocktail that swaps the traditional olive for a sparkling gemstone.Kenya is a recognized hotspot for collectors holding an affinity for precious stones and no visit is complete without a visit to the top shops and hotels to browse the merchandise. Guaranteed to set the scene for any honeymoon, anniversary or long-awaited safari journey the Bejeweled Martini can be paired with an array of precious jewels including the locally sourced Tsavorite mined near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzanite, Garnet, Pink and Blue Topaz and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.At the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, an urban beekeeping initiative not only nurtures the spread of pollinating bees to the neighboring Toronto Islands, Don Valley watershed and city parks, but has also inspired a special hotel libation. The Festive Buzz combines white peach puree, the hotel’s local honey and Moet Chandon champane for a distinctively enjoyable drink fit for any toast (see recipe below).FESTIVE BUZZ · 1OZ WHITE PEACH PUREE · 1/4 OZ Royal York HONEY · 4OZ MOET CHANDON · SERVED IN A FLUTE GARNISHED WITH SUGAR POWDERED MINT LEAF
For opera’s Netrebko and Eyvazov, the on-stage kiss is real Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, left, Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly and Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov pose prior to a news conference to present La Scala season-opener Umberto Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier”, at La Scala opera house, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2017 9:31 am PDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MILAN – It won’t be all acting when soprano Anna Netrebko and her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, sing the final, climactic duet in “Andrea Chernier” for La Scala’s gala season opener.“The love is true. The sentiment is true. The kiss is real,” Eyvazov said Wednesday. “More than this .”Eyvazov will be making his debut at the famed Milan theatre when he performs the title role in an opera that first was staged at La Scala more than 80 years ago.“The responsibility is great. The fear also,” he said.For Netrebko, who sings the role of Maddalena di Coigny, the Dec. 7 season premiere will be her third at La Scala. She opened the La Scala season as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” in 2011 and in the title role of “Giovanna D’Arco” in 2015.While Eyvazov has sung the Chernier role previously, this is his celebrated wife’s first outing as Maddalena. The couple often sings the final Chernier duet at concerts, but this will be their first time performing it together in the full opera.“The music is very climactic. I love to sing with him because our voices are blending together,” the Russian soprano said.“It is the smallest role I have sung,” Netrebko said. “It’s a wonderful role to rest. Because my repertoire is very hard. I am always singing these booming roles. This one, it is nice to be a little more quiet.”Still, she said Chernier’s rhythms are challenging. Besides the big aria and final duet, “between it is just little phrases, which is actually very difficult,” Netrebko said.Riccardo Chailly conducts “Andrea Chernier” as the opera by Umberto Giordano returns for the first time in three decades to the stage where it made its world premiere.
TORONTO – Canadian funnyman Howie Mandel is known as many things: a veteran stand up comic, a reality show judge, a germaphobe, a mental health advocate.And now, he’s part-owner and the face of the venerable Montreal comedy festival Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire.Upon announcing his role in a new ownership team led by the U.S. talent agency ICM Partners, Mandel adds a new chapter to a decades-long, multifaceted career that’s spanned comedy club stages, network television, various reality shows and charity work.Here are four things to know about Howie Mandel:HE BEGAN ON THE STAGELong before judging “America’s Got Talent,” anchoring “The Howie Mandel Show” and creating and voicing the animated hit “Bobby’s World,” Mandel shot to fame in the ’80s, thanks in large part to a stand-up gag that involved putting a latex glove over his head, stretching it over his nose and filling it with air.The trick lives on online, with one video clip featuring the boisterous jokester demonstrating his technique to actor Ted Danson: “Is this what you’re known for?” Danson asks in a video dated 1986.“Yeah. Isn’t that weird?” Mandel replies sheepishly.Nostalgic comedy fans will also find images of a baby-faced Mandel with a mop of dark curly hair gesticulating wildly with outstretched palms as he paces the stage. And the earliest incarnations of his popular alter ego Bobby, a squeaky-voiced boy with an overactive imagination.Despite moving on to TV roles that included a long-running stint as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the 1980s medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” Mandel would continue to return to his standup roots, even hosing a multi-comic gala at Just for Laughs in 2016.HE’S A PROUD CANADIANMandel has said he “resented leaving” Canada in order to pursue a career in Hollywood, explaining that it was only because he found it so hard to build comparable success here.But he did his best to remain plugged into the Canuck scene, even gushing over homegrown TV hits “Kim’s Convenience,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Orphan Black” before hosting the Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.“I believe that we are probably the most underrated country in as far as what we’re able to produce and what happens in our industry,” said the Emmy-nominated comedy star, who was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2009.“I’m amazed that it’s not more well-known worldwide. Maybe it’s just that what we have in creativity we lack in the entrepreneurial spirit of getting it out there.”And now that he has a stake in Just For Laughs, Mandel vows to continue championing Canadian talent.“Any reason I can get on a plane and come to Montreal I will and now I have many reasons and I expect to spend a lot more time there.”HE’S A SAVVY BUSINESSMANYuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin recalls the days of a wild comic who once stripped to his underwear on a flight to Los Angeles to unleash jokes on fellow passengers. This was back in 1979 when Breslin says he accompanied Mandel to his first show in L.A.“Howie’s come along way from the latex glove on the head,” says Breslin.Behind the scenes, Mandel has established himself as a proven show creator and executive producer, with a keen eye for preserving the bottom line, says Breslin.“I know he’s made a lot of money in California real estate, which he told me once upon a time, so I have to assume he knows something about money. I know he also negotiated a brilliant contract with NBC for ‘Deal or No Deal’ that made him an awful lot of money.”Breslin says Mandel is one of the few big comedians who cuts across a lot of demographics, and that should serve Just For Laughs well.“He knows everybody and he’s a very powerful player in Hollywood.”HE’S A MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATEMandel has lent his star power to several charities over the years.That includes raising awareness of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart beat associated with an increased risk of stroke that he himself has.But he’s probably best known for speaking about his obsessive compulsive disorder, and an intense fear of germs that keeps him from shaking hands with people.“I have mental health issues as it is and as I sit and talk to you I am medicated so the highs and the lows aren’t really bothering me. I’m just floating in the middle,” Mandel admitted during a question-and-answer session at the Banff World Media Festival in 2011.Mandel also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which he details in his autobiography “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.”He has said he was “always nervous and neurotic and afraid.”“I wouldn’t tie my shoelaces at school. If mine came undone, I wouldn’t pick them up to retie them because the laces were on the floor,” Mandel said.“I would be anxious and angry and then I’d go home and take a shower until my Mom would say it was dinner time. I would be in the shower for hours and I’d use every towel.”———With files from Ross Marowits by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 1:44 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Howie Mandel wanders into the crowd during the opening of the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Canadian funnyman Howie Mandel is known as many things: a veteran stand up comic, a reality show judge, a germaphobe, a mental health advocate. And now, he’s part-owner and the face of the venerable Montreal comedy festival Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power Before Just for Laughs: A look at the varied career of Howie Mandel
A still from the game “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” for the Nintendo Switch is shown in this undated handout photo. Donkey Kong is giving an encore performance of his latest adventure, and this time he’s expecting a bigger audience. “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” makes its way to the Nintendo Switch this week. The challenging platformer starring one of Nintendo’s oldest characters was originally released in February 2014 for the Wii U, earning critical acclaim but seeing its sales limited by the console’s modest install base. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Nintendo MANDATORY CREDIT Winter Is Coming: “Tropical Freeze” gets deserved second chance on Switch by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2018 9:20 am PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Donkey Kong is giving an encore performance of his latest adventure, and this time he’s expecting a bigger audience.“Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” makes its way to the Nintendo Switch this week. The challenging platformer starring one of Nintendo’s oldest characters was originally released in February 2014 for the Wii U, earning critical acclaim but seeing its sales limited by the console’s modest install base.The Switch, however, has easily outsold the Wii U in just one fiscal year, and that has presented Nintendo with an opportunity to beef up the library for its new console/handheld hybrid with excellent, ready-made games. Nintendo released “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” on the Switch last year, and the former Wii U exclusive went on to sell 9.22 million units worldwide as of March.“Tropical Freeze,” the fifth instalment in the main “Donkey Kong Country” series, is no doubt deserving of such a second chance. The game features the lovable cravat-sporting ape in a meticulously designed and fun 2-D side-scrolling romp, difficult to challenge even expert gamers. Perhaps it’s a touch too unforgiving for casual players, but Nintendo has found a way to address that in the Switch version.The game begins when Donkey Kong’s birthday is rudely interrupted by a horde of Viking penguins, who sail their longships to Donkey Kong island, turn it into a wintry wasteland and exile our hero and his simian cohorts to a distant island.Not one to take a ruined party lightly, Donkey Kong begins on a quest to defeat his new Nordic enemies and restore his island to a sun-splashed paradise. Along the way he will get help from his fellow Kongs — Diddy, Dixie and Cranky. Each one increases Donkey Kong’s health bar and has an ability to help DK navigate the levels. Diddy Kong can hover for a short while, Dixie can increase the height of DK’s jump and Cranky can use his cane as a pogo stick to traverse otherwise harmful surfaces.DK’s companions are found in barrels scattered throughout the levels. While he can trample throughout the levels without help, the companions make life easier and are necessary to get at the well-placed collectibles necessary to unlock secret levels.Difficulty ramps up quickly as players traverse several worlds, each with their own enemies, traps and pitfalls. After lulling players into a false sense of security with a couple of easy introductory levels, the game throws some prickly platforming sequences early on. A fast-paced ride in a mine cart, with whirling propellers from a downed plane to avoid and dangerous chasms to jump over, will have average gamers leading Donkey Kong to his demise several times before getting the timing right. And that’s before facing off against the first boss.The game’s difficulty was praised by reviewers when released for the Wii U, but the biggest addition to the Switch version centres around an option to dial it down. A new game mode lets players enjoy the adventure as Funky Kong, whose usefulness belies his surfer slacker motif that comes complete with sunglasses and tank top.Funky Kong’s advantages go beyond his significantly larger health bar, and he can roll and breathe underwater indefinitely, double-jump and even hover momentarily and avoid damage from spiky floors thanks to his surfboard. Essentially he diminishes some of the game’s tougher challenges and makes it easier to get all the collectibles.Other than the Funky Kong addition, this is pretty much a direct port of the Wii U version, with enhanced graphics and a smooth frame rate thanks to the Switch’s more powerful hardware. But as many Switch owners would have missed this gem on the Wii U, Nintendo doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel here.With Wii U games like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Bayonetta 2” enjoying new life on the Switch, “Tropical Freeze” stands to finally get the sales to match its deserved critical praise.“Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” is rated E for all audiences and retails for about $80.
The Latest: Lawyer: Alleged Weinstein victim would testify by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2018 5:53 am PDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the arraignment for Harvey Weinstein on charges that he committed a sex crime against a third woman (all times local):10:35 a.m.A lawyer for the third alleged sex crime victim in the prosecution against Harvey Weinstein says her client will testify if the case goes to trial.Gloria Allred said outside court Monday that she doubts Weinstein’s lawyer would allow him to do the same because it would subject him to cross-examination by prosecutors.Defence attorney Ben Brafman said during an arraignment that he expects more charges against the movie mogul. Weinstein maintains all the allegations are false and he will be vindicated.The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty after he was brought into the courtroom while handcuffed from behind, then uncuffed for the proceeding.A grand jury previously indicted Weinstein on charges involving two women.The next hearing for Weinstein is scheduled for Sept. 20.___10 a.m.A judge has ordered that Harvey Weinstein (WYN’-steen) be released on continued bail while fighting sex charges.Weinstein pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Manhattan.He was brought into the Manhattan courtroom while handcuffed from behind, then uncuffed for the proceeding.Lawyer Ben Brafman argued there was no evidence the 66-year-old Weinstein would flee.An updated indictment alleges the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006.The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.Lawyer Ben Brafman says Weinstein maintains all the allegations are false and he will be vindicated.A grand jury previously indicted Weinstein on charges involving two women.___8:50 a.m.Harvey Weinstein (WYN’-steen) is at a Manhattan courthouse for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman.Courthouse guards told people arriving for jury duty to wait or use a different entrance as Weinstein arrived on Monday.An updated indictment alleges the movie mogul-turned-MeToo villain performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006.The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with “some of the most serious sexual offences” that exist under state law.Lawyer Ben Brafman says Weinstein maintains all the allegations are false and he will be vindicated.A grand jury previously indicted Weinstein on charges involving two women.___12:05 a.m.Harvey Weinstein (WYN’-steen) is due in a New York court for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman.An updated indictment alleges the movie mogul-turned-MeToo villain performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006.The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with “some of the most serious sexual offences” that exist under state law.A lawyer for Weinstein has said he will plead not guilty on Monday. Lawyer Ben Brafman says Weinstein maintains all the allegations are false and he will be vindicated.A grand jury previously indicted Weinstein on charges involving two women.
Noted jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers found dead in the Bronx AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Noted jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers has been found dead outside a Bronx apartment.Police say the 37-year-old Leathers was found Sunday in a stairwell outside the apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris.Police say Leathers was involved in a physical dispute with Harris and a man. They say Harris punched him and the man, 28-year-old Sterling Aguilar, of Brooklyn, placed him in a chokehold.Leathers was pronounced dead at the scene.Both Harris and Aguilar were arrested Monday on assault charges. It wasn’t clear if they had lawyers.Leathers, a native of Lansing, Michigan, worked on two Grammy Award-winning albums by Cecile McLorin Salvant, who posted a link of Leathers playing on Instagram .Drummer E.J. Strickland remembered Leathers on Instagram as “one of the most musical, swingingest, honest drummers out there.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 6:15 am PDT