Plotting new direction, Liam Payne sells Monte Nido compound

first_imgLiam Payne and his Monte Nido home (Getty, Redfin)One Direction’s Liam Payne is steering a new course.The singer-songwriter sold his Spanish-style compound in the Santa Monica Mountains for about $10.2 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. That was $160,000 more than what he paid five years ago.Payne first listed the property in 2018, asking $14 million, but he also rented it before then. He dropped the price to $10.8 million over the summer.The property spans almost five acres and is anchored by a 9,700-square-foot main house. There is also a guesthouse, recording studio, pool house, and what the listing calls a “meditation house” on the property.The main house is typical of Spanish-style homes with wrought-iron accents, hardwood beams, and arched doorways. The home has five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.There is also a home theater, wine cellar, and billiards room, and a double-height library with a fireplace. A path leads from the back of the home over a footbridge and to the swimming pool and spa area.The remote estate is not far from Malibu, a particularly hot market in recent weeks. Several multimillion-dollar homes have sold in the last month or so there. Actress Gal Gadot is one of the most recent celebrities to buy there. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch  Share via Shortlink TagsCelebrity Real EstateLA luxury real estatecenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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#PayDecker: Female hockey star gets $25K after social media campaign

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Social media exploded with outrage after a female hockey player at the NHL All-Star skills competition on Friday was not awarded prize money for an event she seemingly won because they say nobody officially recorded her time.Brianna Decker, a player for the U.S. national women’s hockey team, beat out even the male NHL athletes at the premier passing event during Friday’s competition, getting an unofficial, record-breaking time of 1 minute, 6 seconds, according to ESPN.Her time wasn’t broadcast at the event, however, and Leon Draisaitl, a player for the Edmonton Oilers, was credited with winning the event and receiving the $25,000 prize. His time was 1 minute, 9 seconds, ESPN reported.“She beat me. Wow. That is impressive. That’s really impressive. Good for her,” Draisaitl said after learning of Decker’s time following the event, according to ESPN.It wasn’t until a fan posted a clip of Decker’s performance on Twitter, showing her clearly as the winner, that social media exploded with outrage and the hashtag #PayDecker was born. While the NHL has not publicly commented on Decker’s time, the Canadian hockey products manufacturer CCM stepped in, lauding Decker’s time and saying they would pay her $25,000.“We understand the importance of recognizing female hockey players and are pleased to give you the 25,000$ that you deserve,” the company said in a statement.Decker thanked CCM via a tweet for “supporting the men’s and women’s game equally!”The NHL also announced after the event that they would donate $25,000 each for all four of the female hockey players that attended Friday night’s All-Star event to a charity or hockey program of their choice.Decker thanked fans on Twitter for the “generous donations” that poured in after the social media campaign, and even lauded the NHL for everything it “has done for women’s hockey and the sport as a whole this weekend.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. BRIANNA DECKER IS A GODDESS Here’s her absolutely KILLING it!!! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/e4Z8povq85— Abby @ all star (@ArrowsandDemons) January 26, 2019 Beau Lundcenter_img Written by January 28, 2019 /Sports News – National #PayDecker: Female hockey star gets $25K after social media campaignlast_img read more

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UK: HMS Bulwark Receives 2012 RN Capability and Capital Ship Efficiency Awards

first_img View post tag: ship Training & Education Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: 2012 View post tag: awards View post tag: receives View post tag: HMS View post tag: RN January 29, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Bulwark Receives 2012 RN Capability and Capital Ship Efficiency Awards View post tag: capability View post tag: Bulwark View post tag: Navy View post tag: Efficiency UK: HMS Bulwark Receives 2012 RN Capability and Capital Ship Efficiency Awards View post tag: UK The Fleet Flagship, HMS Bulwark, has been presented with the 2012 Royal Navy Capability Award and the Capital Ship Efficiency award.The trophies were presented to the Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Burns Royal Navy, by Rear Admiral Surface Ships, Rear Admiral Potts, at the Surface Ship Command Symposium on the 10 January 2013.When asked what the awards meant to his Ship’s Company, Captain Burns said:“The Ship’s Company have delivered an extraordinary range of activity on behalf of Defence during 2012.“Bulwark has executed each task to an exceptionally high standard and I am delighted that this has been recognised through these awards.“Every member of the Bulwark team should be justifiably proud of their achievements.”During 2012, Bulwark has conducted the NATO Arctic exercise ‘Cold Response’, played a key role in the maritime element of the 2012 Olympics security plan and led the major UK Response Force Task Group Cougar 12 deployment to the Mediterranean.The Plymouth based amphibious assault ship was presented with the Efficiency Pennant by Rear Admiral Johnstone CBE, Flag Officer Sea Training at a ceremony on board the ship. In doing so he reflected on the efforts of the ship in maintaining a high level of operational capability and the consistent and outstanding contribution to maritime operations.Bulwark’s longest serving Junior Rating, Chef Michael Farnaby (27) from Plymouth, accepted the pennant on behalf of the Ship’s Company. When asked what the award meant to him, he said:“The Ship has worked hard over the past year during a hugely varied programme.“It’s great that our work has been recognised at such a high level of the Navy.”Bulwark’s Commander Engineering, Cdr Nigel Wright, received the Standing Joint Commander (UK) commendation for his contribution to Op Olympics in planning the ship’s guardship duties off Weymouth and Portland.HMS Bulwark moves into 2013 and a similarly high tempo programme, including operational sea training, Exercise Joint Warrior off Scotland and a subsequent overseas deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: capitallast_img read more

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Navy to cut LCS program to 40 units, choose one shipbuilder

first_img View post tag: LCS The U.S. Navy might have to give up on acquiring 52 littoral combat ships and reduce the number to 40 and decide on only one shipbuilder.U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter told this to the Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a December 14 memo, first reported by Defense News.Carter said that the funds saved from reducing the number of ships should go into the acquisition of more F/A-18 and F-35 aircraft, more SM-6 surface-to-air missiles, and more investment in the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) development for future Virginia-class submarines.It has been argued that boosting the number of ships came at the expense of “critically needed investments in areas where adversaries are not standing still.”These areas, besides electronic warfare and other capabilities include ship survivability, an issue addressed by many Navy officials and experts who claimed that the littoral combat ships lacked warfare capabilities.The memo also said that in the upcoming RMD the Department of Defense would allocate further $1.7 B to help the Navy with investing in the proposed upgrades and acquisitions.Concluding the memo, Carter said: “.. ship count alone is a poor measure of the effectiveness of the force. With the rebalance laid out in this memo, our fleet will not only be larger and more effective than it is today; it will also be equipped with the weapons and capabilities it needs to win any potential war.” Authorities Navy to cut LCS program to 40 units, chose one shipbuilder December 20, 2015center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy to cut LCS program to 40 units, chose one shipbuilder View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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St. Vincent Evansville Birth Announcements for week of December 5, 2017

first_img Ashlee Gilbert and Jared Wagner, Evansville, daughter, Sophia Elizabeth, Nov. 22Catherine and Zachary Zalucki, Evansville, son, Ryan JC Wayne, Nov. 27Mallory and Joseph Kiesler, Evansville, son, Edward Joseph, Nov. 27Rahni Taylor and Jermaine Johnson, Evansville, son, Jerijah Asad Hershel Luke, Nov. 27Chelsea Stuteville and Adam Whipkey, Evansville, son, Liam James, Nov. 27Holly Gentry and David Moseley, Tell City, IN, son, Westyn Owen Othmar, Nov. 27Alyssa and Brandon Slaton, Evansville, daughter, Hazel Jolene, Nov. 28Heather and Corey Hendon, Evansville, daughter, Ansley Reese, Nov. 28Kimberly or Garren Hill, Princeton, IN, daughter, Mia Rose, Nov. 28Ashley Hopf and DJ Hall, Poseyville, IN, son, Hayden Mitchell, Nov. 28Hailee and Damiem Grice, Evansville, son, Konnor McCoy, Nov. 29Brittany and Christopher Butler, Henderson, KY, son, Caspian Grey, Nov. 29Meagan and Tanner Telligman, Bruceville, IN, daughter, Lillian Abigail Mae, Nov. 29Mi’Randa Singh, Evansville, daughter, Ka’Lieyha Mo’Niek, Nov. 29Bailey and Joseph Stewart, Mount Vernon, IN, son, Maddux Wayne, Nov. 30Allison and Jared Stunkel, Owensville, IN, son, Jensen James, Nov. 30Whitney and Travis Taylor, Henderson, KY, son, Carson Daniel, Nov. 30Mia Mimms and Christian Voorhess Russ, Evansville, daughter, Aria Jane, Nov. 30Kaylee Ricketts, Evansville, daughter, Makayla Ann Marie, Dec. 1Kara and Tucker Evans, Rockport, IN, son, Jasper Avery, Dec. 1Sarah Benton and Christopher Cunningham, Evansville, daughter, Beckett Rose, Dec. 1Tara and James Holder, Evansville, son, Wyatt James, Dec. 2Desiree and Danny Scales, Evansville, son, Rogan Ryne, Dec. 2Jessica Trinh and Codi Meyer, Evansville, son, Jamison Joe Van, Dec. 2FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Stag completes £5k programme

first_imgStornoway-based Stag Bakeries has announced the completion of a £525k investment programme.Stag Bakeries, the Scottish family-owned bakery, has announced completion of a £275k expansion. Alongside this, Stag has invested in new machinery to enable further new product development – the total investment is estimated at £525k.The bakery has been expanded by 350 square metres, which will provide additional warehouse and office space.Charlie Macdonald, owner of Stag Bakeries, said: “Three years ago we took the decision to invest in the Stag brand so that it had a broader appeal both in the UK and overseas.“Stag has experienced exceptional sales growth in recent years, especially in the ambient biscuit range. In order for us to maintain efficiencies and plan for future growth and sales opportunities, we identified that we needed to create additional space at the bakery.He added that the company operated in a very competitive market, so it was vital that it remained “innovative and work hard on developing the bakery to remain ahead of the game”. The new machinery will enable it to extend its product offer and ranges.In March Stag launched a new range of biscuit-style snacks as the first stage of a new brand venture.last_img read more

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Perpetual Groove Offers Free Show Download In The Spirit Of Thanksgiving

first_imgPerpetual Groove recently wrapped up their first major tour in years, hitting venues nationwide for a run throughout the fall. In celebration of that tour, and certainly with Thanksgiving in mind, the band has posted up a free download from one of their more memorable nights on the road at The National in Richmond, VA.The free download can be accessed by heading to the band’s Bandcamp page, where they’ve set Live at The National as a “name your price” download. If you want the show for free, just enter $0.00! It’s that simple.The show itself is a two set masterpiece by P Groove, with extended jams on tracks like “TTFPJ”, “Playground”, “Teakwood Betz” and more! Check out the full show, downloadable by heading here.last_img

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Neil Diamond Officially Retires From Touring Due To Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

first_imgToday, longtime pop hit-maker Neil Diamond announced that he has officially retired from touring after receiving word that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to the official statement from Diamond’s camp, “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects. Based on his doctors’ advice, the third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been cancelled.”You can read Diamond’s comments on his retirement below:“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” said Neil Diamond.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”In making the announcement, Paul Dainty, President and CEO of promoter TEG Dainty stated: “I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil’s illness and his retirement from touring. I have had the honour of promoting Neil’s numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world’s greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under.”On January 24th, Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday and on January 28th The Recording Academy will honor him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.For information of ticket refunds for the cancelled tour dates, head here.We wish Neil the best of health and the best of luck in all his future endeavors.Below, watch Neil Diamond sing “Sweet Caroline” at the Boston Red Sox’s iconic home field, Fenway Park, where the song has become immortalized as a team anthem, via the MLB YouTube page:[h/t – Pollstar][Cover photo: MLB YouTube]last_img read more

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Hamilton Confirms Dates & Theater for West End

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments We told you so! Hamilton will reopen Cameron Mackintosh’s renovated Victoria Palace Theatre in London. The massive Broadway hit, nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, will open in the West End in October 2017. No word yet on casting, but creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is aiming to headline the production in 2018 or 2019.“The support Hamilton has received from our British fans has been incredible—I have been reminded of their love, which is just as our King George would want it to be!” said Miranda in a statement. “I’m thrilled the show will be shared with UK audiences starting in the fall of 2017 at the beautiful Victoria Palace Theatre.”Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Rory O’Malley as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate.last_img read more

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Beetles Attack

first_img Photo courtesy North Carolina State University — e-mail for high-res image. PITCH TUBES are the first and most-often overlooked symptom of pine bark beetles. A University of Georgia scientist said most people start looking for damage on the tree when the needles start yellowing. But by then, it’s often too late to save that tree. Quick work, though, can save nearby trees, so early identification is important. If your prized pine is suddenly yellowing, check it out. It may be the victim of pinebark beetles, says a University of Georgiaexpert. And these tree killers could be eyeing your other pines.”We’re seeing a lot of bark beetle activity,” said Keith Douce, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “If you suspect beetle damage, it’s important to identify themfast.”Douce said bark beetles attack pines that have been weakened by lightning strikes or,in many cases this year, drought stress from the hot, dry summer.The first signs of attack are the beetles’ small entry holes through the tree bark.Resin often oozes through these holes. The hardened resin forms telltale bark beetle”pitch tubes.”center_img Most people overlook these entry holes and pitch tubes, though. The first sign they seeis the yellowing of the trees’ needles. By that time, with most beetles, it’s too late tosave the tree. But it’s not too late to save the trees right around it.Most of the beetles identified so far this year are among three species of engraverbeetles, Douce said.The eastern six-spined engraver is about 5 millimeters long and usually attacks themain trunk. The eastern five-spined engraver, about 4 mm long, usually hits the uppertrunk and large branches. And the southern pine engraver, about 3 mm long, is almostalways only in small, treetop branches.The “good” thing about engraver beetles, Douce said, is that they usuallykill only a weakened tree and sometimes the trees right around it.”The southern pine beetle is a much greater threat,” he said. “Itusually takes out large numbers of trees at a time. A single infestation may kill hundredsof acres of pines.”So far this year, though, southern pine beetles have been reported only around Ft.Benning (near Columbus) and near Savannah.One other species hitting Georgia trees is the black turpentine beetle, Douce said. Itattacks the main trunk and usually leaves the most obvious entry signs, with pitch tubesthe size of half-dollars.All pine bark beetles chew into a tree’s vital inner bark to feed and lay eggs. Expertsmost often identify the species by the distinctive shape of their egg galleries.Pine bark beetles kill trees either by girdling them with their larval feeding or byintroducing fast-spreading blue stain fungi.The first thing to do is to identify the beetle attacking your tree. A”Bugwood” Web site has pictures, drawings and otherinformation that can help you do that.It’s best, Douce said, to get your county Extension Service agent, arborist or Georgia Forestry Commissionforester to confirm the species.If you catch a black turpentine beetle infestation early enough, he said, you may beable to save the tree by spraying the bottom 8 feet of trunk with Lindane or Dursban 4E.That may kill the adults and larvae in the tree.”This treatment can be effective since black turpentine beetles don’t introducethe blue stain fungus,” he said. “If you use an insecticide, be sure to followlabel directions.”Even if you catch engraver beetle attacks early, Douce said, it’s not often possibleand rarely is practical to try to save the tree. “The beetles will have alreadyintroduced the blue stain fungus,” he said.Two options can help protect nearby trees, Douce said. First, quickly remove anyinfested trees. This will eliminate a source of adults that can infest other trees.”A second, but high-cost, option,” he said, “is to spray nearby treeswith an approved insecticide.” The cost is high because you have to spray the entiretree. So you’ll have to hire a professional with special equipment to do it.last_img read more

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