When he’s not on tour with Turkuaz, drummer Michelangelo Carubba tends to keep busy by playing the music that he loves with his various talented friends. From his annual birthday super jam in Brooklyn, to his all-star tribute to Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill benefitting Planned Parenthood, Carubba has established himself in the New York live music scene as a dedicated and passionate bandleader and organizer for a wide array of special performances.Turkuaz’s Michelangelo Carubba Hosts All-Star Birthday Bash [Full Audio/Photo]On November 17th, Carubba will return to American Beauty NYC for a tribute to the legendary Tom Petty featuring Turkuaz bandmates Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell, Kung Fu keyboardist Beau Sasser, and Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis, and more. While the show had been on the books for weeks prior to Petty’s sudden passing earlier this month, the performance will now take on an added emotional weight as Carubba and company pay their respects to the fallen rock and roll icon.Below, you can read Michelangelo Carubba’s thoughts on performing the music of the late, great Tom Petty:When I booked this show in July with American Beauty, I had been on a Tom Petty kick for a month or so. My uncle Dave had given me ‘Full Moon Fever’ when I was about 6 or 7 years old, and that album changed my life. I played it non-stop for about a year. I didn’t know what it was then, but there was this appeal to his sound that just spoke to me.We were on tour last month, and I woke up to hearing my band members on the bus saying Tom Petty had suffered a heart attack and was on the verge. I was just so shocked. At the time, it didn’t compute that I even had this show to put on. I just didn’t want to lose another hero. Between 2016 and 2017, we lost a lot of legendary artists, but none of them really hit me that hard. I had what I considered a really close and personal relationship with Petty’s music. It’s sentimental to me. And as that day went on, it was confirmed that he had, in fact, passed on.Back in the summer, I had tapped my band mates Taylor Shell and Dave Brandwein to fill out the rhythm section for this show. We as Turkuaz have done special tribute sets for artists like The Talking Heads, Sly and the Family Stone, and Joe Cocker. I know Taylor and Dave always do their homework and respect the source material, and always do it justice. Knowing their personal styles as well, it was a no brainer.With all the keys work on Tom Petty’s stuff–between organ, Rhodes, and piano–my big bro Beau Sasser from Kung Fu was an obvious choice. Sasha Brown will be special guest guitarist with us, and Sasha is a damn gunslinger on the guitar, not to mention one of my best friends, so I was stoked when he was available too. Danny Mayer from Eric Krasno’s band was around that night as well, so he’s gonna play with us too.But when it came to who was going to be my Tom Petty, there was a day or two where I was kind of blanking. I knew I wanted someone who, at their artistic core, represented the same sort of values that I felt Tom had. A real story teller. Someone who could resonate with the universal message that Tom put out. Love, life, heartbreak, sadness, happiness, a sense of wonder, determination. Someone who won’t back down from living life, so to speak. Then a picture of Mihali Savoulidis popped up on my Instagram feed, and I just went, “Oh, he’s it.” I texted him right away. His response?“I have just the right hat for this occasion.”I couldn’t have been more excited to play this show when I booked it 3 months ago. His music means so much to me, as it does to the rest of the band. And now, with his sudden passing, it really turned into something special, where we could really take a look at this music, at Tom Petty’s entire body of work, and really get inside of it and play the living hell out it. Even better to do it with your best friends.Tickets for Michelangelo Carubba & Friends’ “Don’t Do Me Like That” Tom Petty tribute are moving quickly. Grab yours today and join in this emotional celebration of one of rock and roll’s greatest talents.***Tickets are available here***[Cover Photo by Capacity Images]
Governor Jim Douglas today announced the “Enhancing Quality of Life” grant recipients. More than $160,000 will go toward measures that will improve the quality of life for residents in Vermont nursing facilities.“These grants will enable our high quality nursing facilities to further enhance the nursing home residents’ everyday experiences” said Governor Douglas. “I am pleased that we will be able to help our elders live better, fuller lives.”The grants are funded from penalties collected from nursing facilities across the state over the last decade for regulatory deficiencies. By law, these funds must be directed to improve resident life in Vermont nursing facilities.“It took ten years to accumulate enough money to make this grant process successful,” says Jim Beeler, President of the Vermont Health Care Association, the trade organization representing long term care providers. “That says something about the high quality services our nursing facilities provide.”The competitive grant process was open to all of Vermont’s 42 nursing facilities as well as others interested in implementing quality improvement projects in nursing facilities. Eight projects were awarded a combined $166,654. Winning project ideas ranged from creating a courtyard garden to implementing a nationally recognized end of life program for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases.Each applicant submitted a proposal on how they would use the money to make improvements for the benefit of nursing home residents. The projects were required to have a continuing and long-term beneficial effect on the quality of life of residents in nursing homes. “The winning projects are consistent with our members’ continuous focus on quality improvement and ‘culture change’,” said Laura Q. Pelosi, Executive Director of the Vermont Health Care Association. “We’re excited because these projects will enhance the individual residents’ experiences in such a positive way.”Grant award recipients include Derby Green in Derby; Mountain View Center in Rutland; Pine Heights at Brattleboro; Porter Healthcare and Rehab Center in Middlebury; Starr Farm in Burlington; Thompson House in Brattleboro; the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington; and PHI in coordination with Bel-Aire Center in Newport, Greensboro Nursing Home and Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Grant recipients were acknowledged at an event on May 19. In addition, the Vermont Health Care Association will designate the 2010 Nursing Home Gold Star Employers to those facilities that have achieved success in creating a workplace that staff enjoy and take pride in. To round out the day, recipients of the 2010 Nursing Home Quality Awards will be recognized at this event for achieving high standards of quality service and care to residents. These awards are presented annually to no more than five nursing facilities by the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living based on stringent criteria. Source: Governor’s office. 5.19.2010###
July 1, 2003 Regular News How a UPL complaint is investigated UPL Update Lori S. Holcomb UPL CounselIn the last column I discussed filing an unlicensed practice of law complaint. This column will discuss what happens once the complaint is received. Of course, each case is different — this discussion is generally what takes place.Complaint processing and initial investigatory procedures are set forth in Bar Rule 10-5. All complaints are reviewed by Bar UPL counsel to determine whether the alleged conduct, if proven, would constitute the unlicensed practice of law. If the conduct would constitute UPL, the complaint may be referred to a local circuit committee and/or a staff investigator for investigation although Bar UPL counsel may also handle it. There is a good chance that you, as the complainant, will be contacted for additional information. You may be contacted by Bar UPL counsel, a staff investigator, or a public or attorney member of the local circuit committee.People often ask whether the nonlawyer respondent will be told about the complaint. The nonlawyer may be sent a copy of your complaint during the course of the investigation. There are circumstances where Bar UPL counsel will decide not to send the respondent the complaint form, such as if there is a concern that the nonlawyer will leave the jurisdiction before the investigation is complete. Even if a copy of the complaint is not sent to the respondent, if the nonlawyer asks who complained, your name will be given. Once a matter is closed or a recommendation is accepted by the statewide Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law, the matter becomes public information and the part of the file defined as the UPL record is available to anyone who wishes to see it, in accordance with Bar Rule 10-8.1.The actual investigation can take many forms. The respondent and other witnesses can be subpoenaed to a hearing. The Bar also may subpoena documents. A hearing may not be necessary if the facts can be obtained in other ways. Court documents may be reviewed, other individuals may be interviewed, or information may be obtained from other sources.The next column will discuss what happens after the investigation is complete.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis’ public trade demand last month has created a swirl of chaos that has everyone in the league paying attention. Owners and front offices are asking if it should be concerning that Davis, a top-five player early in his prime, can attempt to force his way out of town with a year and a half left on his contract. Players are asking why it’s wrong for a star to ask for a change when teams can trade away talent in a snap. And it’s a debate that seems unlikely to end neatly even after Davis is traded – if he is traded at all.The Pelicans fired General Manager Dell Demps on Friday, looking for new leadership to handle the transition from the Davis era. Davis himself remains unmoved.“Obviously, the Pelicans are going to do what is best for them,” he said. “They need to do what’s best for them. My intentions are the same, no matter who the GM is.”The heart of the discussion – power, self-determination and who possesses it – has always been a historically difficult tussle for the NBA. And in an era when players have more ability to choose where they go than ever before, there’s a shrill cry from smaller NBA markets that if the current trend holds, it will be difficult for them to retain their superstars from the clutches of teams such as the Lakers, traditional powerhouses situated in big markets and desirable locations.That’s often been the case in the league, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quick to point out Saturday that the competitive balance of the league is, in one sense, as even as it has ever been in correlation to market size. The Lakers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have all struggled of late. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He hunched forward in his seat and wore his black hoodie draped over his head. On the court, Anthony Davis is imposing. Off it, the flat timbre of his voice comes off almost as meek.But the 25-year-old, 6-foot-10 forward is at the center of a seismic grinding of powerful forces that has left much of the NBA restless. And he only added to the tension as he spoke throughout a 25-minute session on Saturday morning.He said he does indeed have a list of franchises he would like his current team, the New Orleans Pelicans, to trade him to. He acknowledged New York and Milwaukee, two teams previously reported to be desired destinations, are on that list. So is Boston, though that wasn’t reported. And even though Davis later tried to amend his comments, saying he would be willing to be traded to all 29 other NBA teams, it didn’t put a lid on the whispering, the speculation and everything else that has driven this saga along.“I knew that’s all y’all wanted to talk about,” Davis said roughly two-thirds of the way through the session, as a handler attempted fruitlessly to convince the media to ask questions related only to All-Star weekend. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Pistons forward Blake Griffin can have sympathy rooted in the other side of the power dynamic: The Clippers traded him seven months after he signed a massive contract extension (including an elaborate free agency presentation in which they enacted “retiring” his jersey), so he understands as well as anyone in the league that teams’ loyalty is a mere matter of convenience. Many players do, he said.“We realize as players that it’s not always, I don’t want to say ‘fair,’” he said. “But as players you make sure you support guys. Guys know whatever decision they make, that’s the decision that’s right. You don’t want to peer pressure someone into staying with a team if they’re not happy.”For now, the Pelicans and Davis have reached a difficult detente: Davis is permitted to play, but is often pulled late in games. He’ll finish out his seventh season in New Orleans, and it’s unclear how long into his eighth he’ll have to wait. In the meantime, speculation about his next stop will continue to swirl.Amid Saturday’s media scrum, someone asked him if he envisions playing alongside LeBron James.“Yeah, I will,” he said. “On Sunday in the (All-Star) game.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But the speculation around teams such as the Lakers and Knicks – and the salary-cap room they possess – has also heightened a level of sensitivity around the potential of tampering. The Lakers have been fined twice in the past two years under the NBA’s tampering guidelines, and as recently as last week, the league had to look into whether Magic Johnson’s comments about Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons violated league policy (they did not).The nature of the NBA is for young players to talk to former greats and ask for advice: That’s what the league found Simmons was doing when he reached out to Johnson. With many former players occupying prominent roles with teams, that line has become more and more blurry, and tampering concerns have inched their way into more of those conversations.“It’s almost odd that this one was a public situation,” said Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, who coaches a number of burgeoning young stars who would look through similar channels for advice. “It does get difficult when you have a player who works for an NBA team and is someone as well respected as Magic.”Silver said he believes the league has the power to investigate claims of tampering and enforce the rules as need be. He also believes the issue of trade demands and tampering are separate, but teams might feel differently: In their statement acknowledging Davis’ trade demand last month, the Pelicans asked that the league “enforce the tampering rules.” Davis’ link to the Lakers through his agent Rich Paul, who is also LeBron James’ agent, is a commonly speculated source of intrigue.Silver is most sore about the situation leaking out from behind closed doors. When the league negotiated the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, it gave teams the power to offer a contract extension a year before one of its drafted players becomes a free agent. The idea was to give teams a chance to learn before the competition whether a player would be willing to re-sign or not, then make a deal as needed – all in private.The actual consequences of that provision have played out differently. Davis simply accelerated his timeline.“Once again, the law of unintended consequences: It hasn’t worked out exactly as we had planned,” Silver said. “That’s another area we have to focus on.”It’s unclear if Davis truly understands the gravitas of his decision. He was booed in his return to Smoothie King Center, and the Pelicans, fearful of injuring their chief trade asset, have been skittish about playing him for whole games. Still, Davis insisted he would have “a heartwarming message” for fans that he would post on Instagram “when the time comes.”Paul George went through a similar situation in 2017 when he told the Indiana Pacers he would like to be traded. He was dealt to Oklahoma City that summer, turning fans against him not only in Indiana, where he was the biggest star since Reggie Miller, but also in Los Angeles, which he spurned last summer in free agency.George said he feels for Davis’ situation, knowing he will have “a city and a fanbase turn on him,” while still trying to win.“It’s definitely going to make him tougher,” he said. “It’s going to give him a thicker skin.”Players generally seem supportive of Davis. He said he and his teammates rarely talk about the absurd nature of their predicament in the locker room. They focus on the things teams do: the coming opponent, and how to play better.Related Articles
The appendix, that lowly dollop of tissue relegated to vestigial organ status by the Darwinians, is alive and well with new respect. Science Daily announced results of the “first-ever study of the appendix through the ages.” Conclusion: “Charles Darwin was wrong: The appendix is a whole lot more than an evolutionary remnant. Not only does it appear in nature much more frequently than previously acknowledged, but it has been around much longer than anyone had suspected.” Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center had reported earlier that the appendix seems to “reboot” intestinal flora after a crisis (10/06/2007). This time, they started with Darwin’s ideas about the evolution of the appendix from a cecum in a limited group of mammals, but found “two major problems with that idea.” For one, some animals have an appendix and a cecum. Second, the appendix is actually widespread in nature, indicating it has a function and is not withering away as a useless vestige. The Duke researchers believe the appendix has a vital role in the immune system. It becomes inflamed and dangerous not because of its uselessness, but because of cultural changes and improvements in sanitation that leave our immune systems “with too little work and too much time their hands – a recipe for trouble.” The article tried to soften the blow on Darwin by saying that the old wise man just didn’t have enough facts at this disposal. “If Darwin had been aware of the species that have an appendix attached to a large cecum, and if he had known about the widespread nature of the appendix, he probably would not have thought of the appendix as a vestige of evolution.” Whoever’s to blame for the misunderstanding, “Maybe it’s time to correct the textbooks,” advised Dr. William Parker, senior author of the study. “Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a ‘vestigial organ.’” Parker was even more careful not to offend Darwin. He told Live ScienceLive Science, “We’re not saying that Darwin’s idea of evolution is wrong – that would be absurd, as we’re using his ideas on evolution to do this work. It’s just that Darwin simply didn’t have the information we have now.”Why does Charlie always get off with a tender wrist slap for his crimes? If creationists proposed a theory that led medical science astray for more than a century, they would be thrown in the intellectual dungeon without possibility of parole. Darwin gets away with murder. How did these guys use Darwin’s theory to do their research? Nothing about their work indicated that the appendix emerged from animals lacking one. They could not explain its origin by slight, continuous, small modifications. All they did was assume the Darwinian millions-of-years timetable. Charlie’s only help to them was like a defense lawyer telling a crook how to lie effectively in court. Notice that the doctors said textbooks are still teaching that the appendix (and other body parts) are vestigial organs. The few remaining such organs from the 100+ that were cited a century ago should be re-examined (05/20/2008) in light of this revelation. Consider how false Darwinian ideas about tonsils led to many unnecessary tonsillectomies decades ago, to the detriment of some of their owners who needed their immune-system functions. That’s an ideological crime. Just because a person can live without an organ does not mean it is vestigial. In fact, Darwinian theory has trouble explaining any trait that is not required for survival and reproduction. The whole population without the trait has to perish in the struggle for existence for the perpetuation of an organ to be explained in Darwinian theory (this is the “cost of fitness”). Undoubtedly you can think of parts you could survive and reproduce without. Humans and animals are overdesigned for their life on this planet. It’s a travesty to consign everything about living things as solely justified on its ability to pass on genes. Darwin was wrong. The appendix undermines the book.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Last week The Startup Bus announced some changes to their original plans, allowing for 40 spots on the bus, which could just be for mentors, investors and journalists on top of the 12 main participants. By more than doubling the number of people riding the bus, its uncertain if they will still be able to secure a motor coach with beds, something they had originally planned. Regardless of the amenities, however, sleeping on a bus doesn’t come easy, beds or no beds.Issues have risen from collaboration events in the past surrounding intellectual property; when a group of people come together on an idea, who’s to say who owns it? The Startup Bus is tackling this problem by having participants auction off ideas to the highest bidder at the end of the trip, an interesting solution to IP disputes. But enough about The Startup Bus, this article really isn’t about them. This isn’t meant to be critical of their experiment, or of the man in Australia, or any other startup “challenge” for that matter. In fact, The Startup Bus actually seems like a interesting experiment in entrepreneurship that could leave the participants with lessons they will carry with them into their futures. Additionally, these groups are providing a unique experience that can actually foster good ideas through collaboration of entrepreneurs, programmers and business people. The real question here is do these kinds of experiments ultimately benefit the overall startup community? Or do they give a false impression about the time, dedication and persistence that are required to start a successful company? Are people outside of the startup culture receiving the wrong impression about the seriousness and validity of startups? Granted, the conclusion of events like these marks only the beginning for a possible company or product, but does the haste in which these groups and ideas are thrown together speak to their overall quality? Eric Woodward of Nambu made his opinion on this matter clear Monday night in his Twitter status below. Tags:#events#start Related Posts chris cameron Is Woodward right to be critical of The Startup Bus? Or is he missing the broader point? I would argue that events like these do have a benefit, especially to those directly involved. The mentorship received by the participants at Startup Weekend is certainly enough to make it worthwhile, not to mention the potential created by having a large group of smart people all in one room. When smart people get together, good things happen. The Startup Bus could certainly replicate this experience, but the challenges of being on a bus will undoubtedly make things tricky.However, one could also argue that these benefits come at a price by creating a false sense of what starting a company requires, though I doubt any of these events or organizations are actually trying to belittle these ideals. I’ll be interested to see what kinds of ideas manage to be built and launched by the Startup Bus participants when the group arrives at SXSW in a few weeks. This issue is bound to draw strong opinions on both sides, and that’s not a bad thing. Please let us know how you feel about this issue in the comments below. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Monday evening I was made aware of a particularly interesting promotion that will be taking place over the course of two days before South by Southwest (SXSW). The event, or tour, is called The Startup Bus, and will challenge 12 participants to create as many tech startups as possible during a 48 hour bus ride from San Francisco to SXSW in Austin. The question this event raises in my head is whether these “beat-the-clock” entrepreneurship experiments are actually healthy for the broader startup culture.This event isn’t the first of its kind; in fact, it closely resembles the Startup Weekend event series, just on wheels and with fewer people. We also reported back in January on an Australian man who was attempting to create and launch a startup in a week with just $500. Going solo is a little different than collaborating with a large group of entrepreneurs with the guidance of experienced mentors, which has helped Startup Weekend produce several success stories from their events. It’s unclear whether The Startup Bus will host a similar makeup of entrepreneurs and mentors, but what is clear is that they will face many challenges on the road to Austin.The participants will be crammed into a crowded bus for two days – not an ideal environment for constructive thought, at least not after the first day or so. A few years ago I took a two day bus ride of similar length from Madison, Wisconsin to my home in Phoenix, Arizona. I can attest that being on a bus (even a nice bus) for that long is not the most pleasant experience. I could have flown home, but I thought that a two-day bus ride with friends would be fun, and it was, but it was also exhausting. Sleeping, at least for me, was near impossible, and the claustrophobic nature of being packed elbow-to-elbow with 40-60 people (people I would even consider close friends) does not leave your brain in a great state, let alone foster the kind of critical thinking required by great entrepreneurs. 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reading • Despite slow sales, Infiniti remains committed to QX30 and sedans Compact and curvy QX30 sets new entry point for Infiniti Share your voice 89 Photos May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star The current QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and this shared effort isn’t likely to continue in the future. According to a Motor Authority report, Infiniti president Christian Meunier said the QX30 “is not a product that has a future beyond its current life,” and that it “will be replaced by an all-Infiniti platform.”In 2018, Infiniti sold just 8,101 QX30s in the US. That’s a 42.5-percent decrease over the previous year, when the company moved 14,093 examples of the subcompact SUV in our market.”We definitely want to be in the space,” Colleran told Roadshow in regards to the subcompact crossover segment. “We’re going to have to figure out how to go forward to grab that share.”In the year since Colleran took over as Infiniti’s American VP, the focus has definitely been on launching the QX50 and keeping the momentum going on the QX60. Both vehicles saw healthy sales increases in 2018 — year-over-year gains of 50.6 and 17.1 percent, respectively. And though crossovers are the company’s main focus at the moment, Infiniti hasn’t forgotten about its other passenger car offerings — specifically, sedans. When asked if Infiniti is still committed to bolstering and expanding its sedan lineup, Colleran enthusiastically responded, “100 percent yes. Not even a question.””We are going forward in the future and working on programs on sedans,” Colleran said. Infiniti sold 34,763 examples of its Q50 in 2018, making it the brand’s second best-selling vehicle. The larger Q70, meanwhile, saw just 4,479 sales — a 22.4 percent decrease over 2017’s similarly meager 5,772 sales. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Infiniti Review • 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport: A quirky little crossover Still, as Infiniti looks into 2019 and beyond, crossovers are at the center of what’s ahead. The QX Inspiration Concept, which debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, previews what’s possible from a design standpoint as Infiniti moves toward an electrified future. The company has already said it’ll launch electrified versions of all its cars — as well as a new dedicated EV — beginning in 2021.”2021 is not very far away,” Colleran said. And referring to how a QX Inspiration might transform into a road-going product, Colleran said “you can see that the vehicle is starting to take shape.” 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is cover-worthy Tags Comment Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Preview • Infiniti’s new QX30 shares a little too much with Mercedes-Benz model Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 1 See All Luxury cars Crossovers Sedans More From Roadshow “It was the year of the SUV.” That’s how Mike Colleran, vice president and managing director of Infiniti Americas, describes the company’s performance in 2018. Indeed, crossovers and SUVs accounted for two thirds of the brand’s US sales last year. But while the compact QX50, midsize QX60 and full-size QX80 all posted strong year-over-year sales increases, the subcompact QX30, meanwhile, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.”Frankly, we haven’t seen the retail that we’d like to see on that vehicle,” Colleran told Roadshow in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show this week. And as small SUVs — especially premium ones — continue to be red-hot in the US market place, Infiniti’s US VP admits, “we’re figuring out how to be a better player there.” 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 3:10 32 Photos Infiniti Mercedes-Benz Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews the brand’s… 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: •
Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, September 1, 2016 Cathay Pacific boosts Vancouver service with 3 new nonstops VANCOUVER — Cathay Pacific is adding three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft.The three extra flights will be added to Cathay Pacific’s existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week. The new flights will offer early morning departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.“It’s exciting to be able to grow our operations in Canada,” said Cathay Pacific’s VP Canada, Nick Hays. “As a China and Asia travel specialist it’s our pleasure to provide more choice, convenience and world-class service to passengers travelling between Vancouver and Hong Kong and beyond to our unrivalled Asia and China network.”The brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft will feature a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. In Business Class, alongside a fully-flat bed, new features includes extra stowage space and the personal service offered by a ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Wake-up Call’ function in the entertainment system.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats also come with a number of new features, including dedicated tablet holders and exclusive power outlets and USB ports. Each Premium Economy Class seat has a fully integrated legrest, while Economy Class has six-way headrests.New flight CX855 departs Vancouver at 9:25 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Hong Kong the next day at 1:45 p.m. On the return leg, flight CX 856 departs Hong Kong at 11 a.m., arriving in Vancouver at 7:55 a.m. Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Vancouver Travelweek Group