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Boca Raton, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCielo, the restaurant perched at the top of the Tower at Boca Raton Resort & Club with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intra-coastal Waterway, has become an inviting showcase for coastal Mediterranean cuisine under the direction of Boston restaurateur Michela Larson, with delectable new dinner menus available as of today.“We’re thrilled to bring in Michela to update Cielo for today’s tastes in a fun and engaging way that complements our diverse array of resort dining and entertainment options,” said Stephen J. Ast, President, Boca Raton Resort & Club. “I have often enjoyed the exciting and surprising fare that she presents with such flair in her Boston area restaurants, and look forward to our guests and members discovering the same delights.”“Cielo is the high-in-the-sky crow’s nest from which all of Boca and beyond can be seen. And so it is the base from which we explore the exotic flavors of the worlds surrounding the Mediterranean Sea,” said Michela Larson, who directs the restaurant’s operations with Cielo Chef de Cuisine Nader Jaouhar, who grew up in Senegal, Africa. He studied pastry in Paris and after graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he worked for Pascal Oudin of Pascal’s in Coral Gables. With his French training and eastern Mediterranean background, he has the perfect credentials to create this flavorful cuisine.“Like sirens, these Mediterranean countries call to us to taste their wares: Spain offers us Paella from Valencia and Calcots alla Plancha (Grilled Leeks) from Barcelona; Cilantro Chicken with Crispy Cumin Potato Skins lures us to Morocco; Roman-Style Fava Bean Soup with Pancetta & Marjoram says, ‘Vieni qui. Sono italiano,’ while Zucchini Fritters tempt from Turkey. Other ports of call include Lebanon, Greece, France-who can resist a Provencal Daube of Short Ribs? The food is adventurous and fun, and so is the tone at Cielo,” said Larson, who is known for successful concept-driven restaurants with the highest quality of service.Cielo’s new coastal Mediterranean menu is offered for dinner Tuesday-Saturday evenings from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. To complement the appetizer, entrée and dessert dishes, the restaurant also offers hand-selected aperitifs, wines and liqueurs from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Lebanon and Greece, as well as a martini bar, frequent wine tastings and early evening specials.www.BocaResort.com
ORLANDO,Florida — Signature Flight Support Corporation has launched a mobile version of its website offering pilots on-the-go access to its global FBO network, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.The mobile site offers pilots on-the-go access to Signature’s 102 worldwide locations including airport navigation maps by AC-U-KWIK® (registered trademark of Penton Business Media, Inc) FBO contact information, local amenities, and area attractions with hyperlinks to all phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The site is designed to make the pilot’s job easier by offering a single source site when choosing an airfield and FBO.The site will incorporate Signature Flight Support Corporation’s proprietary fuel pricing calculator when it is launched in the first quarter of 2010. This innovative application will allow pilots and flight planners to calculate total fuel costs and savings by selecting a particular airport, aircraft and uplift amount. “The mobile site was designed in response to the growing trend for fast and convenient access to FBO information from handheld devices. Our goal is to offer pilots the most up-to-date and relevant data when making their flight planning and FBO decisions” stated Patrick Sniffen, vice president marketing for Signature Flight Support Corporation.The site can be accessed from a mobile device by visiting www.signatureflight.com/mobile. Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than (100) locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit:www.signatureflight.comBBA Aviation plc is a leader in flight support and aftermarket services and systems for business aviation, regional airline, military and commercial aviation operators, including FBO services, fueling, ground handling, turbine engine repair and overhaul and aviation components, landing gear and hydraulic systems.
Make this an unforgettable year for the entire family by spending seven nights in one of the luxury residences of the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, complete with A&K’s world-renowned service from start to finish. This Trial Membership allows you to choose from the club’s portfolio of multi-million-dollar residences in the finest beach, mountain and golf destinations, including the Turks & Caicos, Deer Valley and Kiawah Island.Each spacious residence – typically 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms and at least four bathrooms – is a comfortable home away from home for a gathering of family and friends, the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation.This Trial Membership includes the full range of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club services: · A dedicated Global Experience Manager to orchestrate every aspect of your stay and provide expert travel recommendations · Greeting at the airport and private transportation to the residence · Pre-arrival grocery shopping · Daily housekeeping · The superior local knowledge and activity-planning assistance of a Destination HostAs guests of the A&K Residence Club, your family will have access to memorable experiences such as a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium, the chance to ski with an Olympic legend in Sun Valley or meet an artist at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.For a limited time, Trial Membership in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club is available for $1,400 per night; an affordable and risk-free opportunity to experience the finest destination club in the world.www.akresidenceclub.com/trial
Boucheron, the jewelry of sensual desire opens a boutique in GenevaThe prestigious Maison Boucheron, who celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is pleased to announce the opening of its boutique located on the luxurious rue du Rhone in Geneva.In this new boutique, you can discover the jewelry collections as well as exceptional High-Jewelry pieces in diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies on black, white or yellow gold. Boucheron also offers its emblematic jewelry lines: Exquises Confidences, Trouble, Quatre, Déchaînée, Ava available in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Boucheron’s precious timepieces such as the Reflet, la Carrée, la Ronde et les MEC are also offered. Boucheron’s pieces manifest of the creative audacity, the know-how and the standard of excellence of the House which have all contributed to the success of the jeweler since its creation in 1858.Already present in the United States of America, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai and Qatar, Boucheron continues the development of its boutiques on an international scale, in the world’s biggest capitals of the world. “Switzerland, and more specifically Geneva, are not only a part of the most dynamic luxury markets, but they are also part of the most influential markets in terms of beyond luxury”, states Jean-Christophe Bedos, CEO Boucheron. “I’m very happy to know that the Swiss can now have access to our creations thus joining the circle of worldwide privileged clients”.Boucheron 13, rue du Rhône 1204 Genève TEL: +41 22 311 70 71 FAX : +41 22 311 70 73
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” a gig she calls “such a gift.”“I’m just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It’s like ‘Make America Happy Again,’” Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. “It’s like an antidote.”Buckley will star as matchmaker and schemer Dolly Levi in the production that won four Tony Awards last year, including best revival on Broadway and best actress in a musical for Bette Midler, who also played Levi.Buckley saw the show with Midler this winter and “was in rapture,” sitting in the second row and weeping. The production was “one of the most joyous pieces of musical theatre I have ever experienced.”“Bette Midler was absolutely like an ice cream sundae. You just wanted to scoop her up,” Buckley said. Producer Scott Rudin reached out and she didn’t need much persuading, citing the cast, production values and costume designs. “I’m such a fan of this production and I’m such a fan of Bette’s that it never occurred to me that it was something I would be invited to do.”The tour kicks off Oct. 2 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. It will have lengthy stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Full tour dates and cities will be announced shortly, as will the rest of the cast. Bernadette Peters has inherited the Broadway role of Levi.The show is a musical version of Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker” with the songs “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” ”Before the Parade Passes By” and “So Long Dearie.”She spoke while on the way to New Orleans to shoot the third season of the AMC series “Preacher,” playing Dominic Cooper’s grandmother.Buckley won a Tony as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” in the 1982 original Broadway production and received her second Tony nomination for best actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in “Triumph of Love.” She also starred in “Eight Is Enough” on TV.Buckley won an Olivier Award nomination in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Her other Broadway credits include “1776,” ”Pippin,” ”Song and Dance” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” in which she died onstage eight times a week.Now she’ll step into the role previously performed by Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Mary Martin, Midler, Donna Murphy and Bernadette Peters.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2014, file photo, Betty Buckley performs at “Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch” in New York. Buckley, the Tony Award-winning actress who belted out “Memories” in “Cats” on Broadway and starred in “Eight Is Enough” on TV, has been tapped to lead the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Betty Buckley to lead US national tour of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 7:04 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a “con man” and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era’s first big trial went the other way.Accuser Andrea Constand’s allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of nearly a decade of dormancy by another comedian’s viral joke, had coalesced into a movement of women who said he violated them, too.Prosecutor Kristen Feden told The Associated Press she was “nervous for Andrea and for sex crime victims as a whole” at Cosby’s retrial.“I felt like this verdict could dictate something more,” Feden said. “If they found him not guilty, I felt like they were feeding into every character assassination on sex crime victims.”Feden and prosecutor Stewart Ryan spoke to the AP on Saturday about the nearly three-year journey from reopening the Cosby case to last Thursday’s verdict, how they restructured their approach after last year’s hung jury and the sacrifices they faced along the way.Cosby, 80, is now a prisoner in his own home and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars as he awaits sentencing within the next three months on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He has maintained his innocence. His publicist has declared his conviction a “public lynching,” and his lawyers have vowed to appeal.But Feden, Ryan and their boss, District Attorney Kevin Steele, said they are confident Cosby’s conviction will stand.Prosecutors started thinking about a retrial as last year’s deliberations wore on for six days, Ryan said.“We could kind of see the writing on the wall with the first jury,” he said.Two days after Cosby’s conviction, law books and papers were still strewn on a long table in the war room where prosecutors plotted their strategy: leading off with an expert to educate the jury in victim behaviour, successfully fighting to call five additional accusers and fending off the defence’s allegations that Constand was a scammer framing Cosby for a big payday.The additional accusers allowed prosecutors to uncloak the man once revered as America’s Dad as a manipulative predator who used his built-in trust to trick women into taking powerful intoxicants so he could violate them. One woman pointedly called Cosby a “serial rapist,” and another asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Feden said she felt “that needed to be exposed.”“That was the most sickening part of this all,” she said. “When people in positions of power use that power to victimize people, I find that to be beyond disgusting.”Then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the Cosby investigation in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from the AP, unsealed portions of Cosby’s deposition testimony from a civil lawsuit he settled with Constand in 2006 for $3.4 million. In the testimony, which was read to jurors at both trials, he described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s and his encounters with Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball administrator.Ryan likened Cosby’s description of a purported sexual encounter with Constand to “reading some disgusting pornography novel.” He said the testimony, far more explicit than what Cosby said in his lone police statement, showed “exactly what’s going on” in his mind.Feden questioned Constand. Ryan cross-examined star defence witness Marguerite Jackson. Together they delivered a closing argument that wrested the “con artist” label from the defence and pushed back at suggestions the case was outside the statute of limitations.Feden, a point guard in her basketball days, said she pivoted immediately when she saw Cosby out of the corner of her eye, smirking as she spoke about the similarities in Cosby’s conduct with Constand and the five other accusers.“He’s laughing at the cost of these women? And then Andrea Constand’s in the courtroom? I’m furious,” Feden said. “No one in this courtroom is laughing. I understand that you’re a comedian, but this is not funny. This is not your stage. This is what you did wrong.”Judge Steven O’Neill’s court crier called Ryan with the news that a verdict was in around lunchtime, about 14 hours after jurors started deliberating.Ryan quickly relayed the news to Steele and Constand, who testified that she wanted justice. Then he called Feden, who had been so dedicated to seeing the case through that she worked out a deal to stay as a special prosecutor after leaving for the Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon.Feden and Ryan spent months of long days working on the case away from their families: she, her husband and their two young sons; he, his wife and their 9-month-old son.Ryan said the boy, born soon after the first trial, lifted him from hard days with a bright smile. Feden said she often thought of her late aunt, an OB-GYN, who had championed women and her career as a prosecutor.Cosby’s case drew worldwide attention. The courtroom gallery was filled with reporters, and cameras lined the railings outside the courthouse. But to Feden and Ryan, the man known for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” was just another predator whose victims were finally being heard.“There was someone who had been sexually assaulted, someone who deserved to hear 12 people say that not only do we believe you but we’re going to hold the person who did it accountable,” Ryan said.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done.___Follow Mike Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak___For more coverage visit https://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial___This story has been corrected to show the prosecutors spoke on Saturday, not Sunday. by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:36 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution
Elton John speaks at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Elton John remembers Aretha Franklin at his annual AIDS gala by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 12:24 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Elton John said he stood by the stage and sobbed at his foundation’s gala last year as Aretha Franklin made her final public performance.“I was shocked to see how thin she was, and she just smiled her sweet smile at me and said, ‘I didn’t want to let you down,’” he told The Associated Press on the red carpet Monday night at this year’s party.John said Franklin “gave us one of the greatest performances of our lifetime.” She died in August at age 76.From the podium, John also acknowledged Tony Bennett, who was in the audience, as another inspirational singer.“Artists like that don’t come around that often. They are dying out, and it’s such a shame because there’s no one to replace them,” the 71-year-old John told the crowd.The gala raised $3.9 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was launched in 1992.While the organization has been a leader in the fight against AIDS, the theme of the night at a grand Midtown ballroom was civility toward one another. John said he’s worried about America because “we live in perilous times.” He called on Americans to help all people feel like they belong.“There should be no difference between the colour of your skin, the religion you choose or your political party. We have to come together and embrace each other,” John said.From the red carpet, John said civility has gone off the rails over the past couple of years. He’s especially disturbed by attacks on the transgender community.“That doesn’t sit very well with me. Because people should have any right they want. People who want to be transgender should have their own rights,” John said.David Furnish, John’s husband, drew a similarity to the discrimination in the early day of the AIDS epidemic.“We like everybody to be treated with kindness and compassion,” he said. “You have to bring everybody along for the ride.”John’s global humanitarian efforts help raise money for innovative AIDS prevention programs and campaigns to end stigma, as well as providing treatment, care and support services for people living with the disease. He’s proud of the organization’s humble beginnings.“We started off on the kitchen table in Atlanta, and we’ve grown to where we are today. We’ve raised over $430 million worldwide. We’ve been responsible with matching funds worldwide over a billion dollars. That’s pretty amazing for a small organization like us. And we’ve survived,” John said from the carpet“Our motto is, no one gets left behind,” he said. “If you leave people behind, you’re never gonna win.”The evening was hosted by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative was the guest speaker. He made a passionate plea to reach out to people in places you have traditionally avoided.The evening’s honorees included the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Joe McMillan of the real estate investment firm DDG and philanthropist Patricia Hearst.The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she is known for the events following her 1974 kidnapping by the terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst spoke briefly on the red carpet.“This is really the only organization that right now I would do this for. Because I do prefer to just be behind the scenes. This isn’t a big ego moment for me. This is something very special, and that’s why I agreed to be honoured,” Hearst said.The night closed with a performance by Sheryl Crow.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 8:47 am PDT Chaka Khan, “Hello Happiness” (Diary/Island Records)With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan’s “Hello Happiness” is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn’t feel shortchanged.Consider it instead as a corrective to all those overlong, overblown collections of incessant sonic doodles and listen up as the iconic singer makes her feelings and intentions clear from the start: “Music makes me say/Goodbye sadness/Hello happiness.”Khan’s clarity of purpose comes on the back of a dramatic awakening after the 2016 death of Prince, a close collaborator, which helped her confront her own addiction to prescription drugs.The title track is a good sampler for the rest of the record — deep grooves, dancefloor beats and Khan’s excellent voice, which, even decades since her days with Chicago funksters Rufus and a dozen years after her last solo release, has not lost the ability to create its own flow while forming a tight connection to each song.The production from Switch and Sarah Ruba Taylor applies just the right amount of now sounds to classic disco and funk structures, with some space judiciously reserved for rapturous reggae on “Isn’t That Enough” and a gliding acoustic guitar and tap-tap-tapping percussion on cozy closer “Ladylike.”Elsewhere, the scalding, exuberant “Too Hot” isn’t shy to describe the kind of man who’ll earn a swipe right, and “Like Sugar,” a contortionist’s dream, features Khan on timbales and is based on the Fatback Band’s “(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop.”Chaka Khan has found some contentment and “Hello Happiness” is gratifying proof.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Review: Chaka Khan’s ‘Hello Happiness’ is mini bundle of joy This cover image released by Diary Records/Island Records shows “Hello Happiness,” the latest release by Chaka Khan. (Diary Records/Island Records via AP)
CHICAGO — The Latest on the unveiling of details about the final installment of the third “Star Wars” trilogy at the Star Wars Celebration being held this weekend in Chicago (all times local):12:10 p.m.No one is ever really gone, says Luke Skywalker in the first teaser for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which fans got a first look at Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.The short spot also revealed the title to the final chapter in the Skywalker saga will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”The voice of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker provided the narration for the teaser, with a voice telling Daisy Ridley’s Rey that the knowledge of a thousand generations has been passed on. He added that this is her fight now.Audiences also got to see a glimpse of the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa.The trailer ends with the ominous laughter of an old but familiar villain: Emperor Palpatine from the original and prequel trilogies.___11:45 a.m.“Star Wars Episode IX” doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of “The Last Jedi.”Director J.J. Abrams says Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that some time has gone by since the events of the last movie.He teased that it will be an adventure that the group goes on together. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also reiterated that “Episode IX” will close out the newest trilogy and the 9-film Skywalker saga that began in 1977.Stephen Colbert moderated the panel Friday where fans are hoping to get a title and a trailer for the film that opens nationwide on Dec. 20.___11:15 a.m.J.J. Abrams says that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will live in “Star Wars: Episode IX” through unused scenes from “The Force Awakens” that he’s been able to integrate into the story.Speaking Friday at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago, Abrams said having a CG character, recasting or just having her disappear, were not options.Fisher died in Dec. 2016, after shooting had wrapped on “The Last Jedi,” and her character is alive in the last shot of the film. It’s been a lingering question how the final installment in the new trilogy would handle Fisher’s passing.Abrams says that Leia lives in the film in a way that is mind-blowing to him.___1 a.m.The Skywalker saga may be coming to an end this December as the latest Star Wars trilogy finishes, but eight months out from its release fans still know precious little about what director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have in store for “Episode IX.”That should change Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago when Abrams takes the main stage with Kennedy for what is the most-anticipated event of the five day fan convention.Just what will be revealed remains a mystery, although many expect to learn the title at least and perhaps even see some footage. Earlier Star Wars Celebrations have shown trailers or teasers from upcoming installments in the most recent trilogy that kicked off with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.”“Episode IX” opens nationwide Dec. 20.The Associated Press The Latest: New ‘Star Wars’ called ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 10:58 am PDT