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first_imgEvery week, Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) will catch up with an Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video.Submitting a question is easy. Head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of. The best ones will make the cut!This week features Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (@JaronBrown13). The video game he “dominates” at might be a little surprising and he’s asked who his favorite Clemson Tiger-now Arizona Cardinal teammate is. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Chinas landscapes are

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterChina’s landscapes are vast, its history and monuments epic. Complex and energetic – this country must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.And the Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river at 6280 kilometres is its symbolic lifeline. Flowing from Tibet to Shanghai, and cutting through the dramatic mountains of the Yangtze River basin, the river’s fortunes are inextricably entwined with those of the country itself. Historically, the Yangtze served as a divider between northern and southern China, a natural barrier against invaders, and a waterway for transport and commerce. Today, the river basin is the country’s heartland, home to 500 million people – a tenth of the world’s population.There’s no better way to soak up the beauty of China’s heartland than embarking upon a voyage down the Yangtze to explore this immense waterway. River cruise specialist, Sanctuary Retreats, offers a range of Yangtze cruises aboard the luxuriously appointed Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in partnership with various operators including APT, Abercrombie & Kent and Wendy Wu Tours.Boutique cruisingAccording to Michael McCall, Sanctuary Retreats’ Director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets a new standard of cruising in China. Says McCall, “We’re passionate about making our client’s travels as memorable as possible. Which is why we believe small is especially beautiful.”Carrying a maximum of just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 or more favoured by other operators, guests aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer are assured a more intimate experience – and with a far more personalised touch. And with one crewmember for every guest – the highest ratio along the Yangtze, McCall says, “the on-board atmosphere is more private club than cruise ship.”Luxurious designAuthentic charm, unrivalled comfort and meticulous attention to detail are hallmarks of life on-board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Nowhere is this quality more evident than in the vessel’s elegant 38 deluxe cabins and 20 fully serviced luxury suites. Amongst the largest on the river, all feature private balconies and floor to ceiling picture windows, ensuring guests wake up to dramatic views every day. Throw in bespoke 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi, and the experience is hard to beat, says McCall.World class cuisineOf course China is also celebrated for its cuisine. The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’s Dynasty Dining Room, features a delectable East meets West menu, with expertly crafted dishes capturing the very best of continental classics and local flavours. Says McCall “The farewell dinner aboard each sailing provides the ultimate flourish, with guests treated to a traditional Chinese banquet – the perfect occasion to feast on some of the mouth-watering specialities characteristic of this alluring Asian corner.“Me time”The leisurely pace of a Yangtze cruise naturally lends itself to relaxation, and the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the ideal place to unwind. According to McCall, the onboard spa features six treatment rooms offering an indulgent menu of options to ensure guests look and feel their best, while an adjoining state of the art fitness centre helps them reenergise.“Passengers can also dip into our onboard programme of free activities spanning everything from traditional performances and lectures and morning tai chi sessions to Chinese medicine master classes, calligraphy lessons and dumpling making, with something guaranteed to entertain guests of every age.Special offerIf you have ever harboured the idea of sailing down China’s mighty Yangtze River, now is definitely the time to book. Take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ extended Early Booking Offer. Book and pay in full three months before any 2017 sailing and receive a 25 per cent discount and a free cabin upgrade for bookings made for the shoulder and high seasons and a 10 per cent discount for bookings made in the peak season.Great savingsShoulder season: 12 – 30 March 2017, 1 June – 7 September 2017.Priced from US $2025 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $2700 (save from US $675 per couple).High season: 2 – 27 April 2017, 2 – 16 November 2017.Priced from US $2805 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $3740 (save from US $935 per couple).Peak season: 30 April – 28 May 2017, 10 September – 29 October 2016.Priced from US$3564 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $3960 (save from US $396 per couple).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Outrigger Hotels and R

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOutrigger Hotels and Resorts has announced that Jeff Wagoner is joining the company as president and CEO, effective 26 April 2018. KSL Resorts cofounder and CEO Scott Dalecio, who has been serving as Outrigger’s interim CEO since early 2017, has been appointed the executive chairman of the global hospitality brand.Wagoner joins Outrigger with wide-ranging hospitality leadership experience in both domestic and international markets. His previous appointments include executive vice president of hotel operations for Trump Hotels as well as several senior level positions within the Wyndham Hotel Group, including president Wyndham Hotel Group Management, EVP global brand services and president Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.“Jeff is a proven leader with the operational strength and industry intelligence to successfully steer Outrigger Hotels and Resorts as we further expand the global footprint of this iconic hospitality brand,” said Dalecio.“His skillset is a tremendous asset to our organisation, and equally important, his leadership style fits impeccably with Outrigger’s culture of Ke `Ano Wa`a – caring for the guest, the host and the place.”Outrigger’s portfolio currently includes nine premium beachfront resorts in Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, Guam, Mauritius and the Maldives, alongside 27 owned and/or managed hotels, resorts and vacation condominiums.“It’s a tremendous time of reinvestment and growth for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts and I am honoured for the opportunity to be a part of this new chapter,” said Wagoner. “Building on Outrigger’s 70 years of hospitality, I look forward to enhancing and growing our portfolio while upholding the authenticity and integrity of this iconic brand.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed its fourt

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group has signed its fourth Australian upscale voco branded property in the NSW Hunter Valley. The group’s Kirkton Park property will be refreshed and rebranded as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley in early 2019.IHG took over management of the 70-room hotel in June 2017 and has since built a reputation for being one of the wine region’s most desirable destinations. It’s the second hotel for the brand in an iconic Australian winery destination after IHG announced voco Yarra Valley would open in Victoria in 2021.The confirmation comes a month after voco Gold Coast opened in Queensland (previously the Watermark Hotel & Spa), as the first ever voco property globally.As part of the rebrand, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley will make several aesthetic upgrades with the distinctive and luxurious voco brand hallmarks: ‘Come on in’, ‘Me time’, and ‘voco life’. The boutique hotel will once again join forces with luxury interior designer, Greg Natale, to bring the interior design concept to life in a new and inventive way that celebrates its location and surroundings.Located in the heart of Pokolbin and just minutes away from the region’s most popular wineries, the Australian colonial heritage property is complemented by 70 acres of rural surroundings including manicured gardens, a wholesome vegetable garden and picturesque walking trails.Penny Crossley, General Manager of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers. voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable. As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”See www.kirktonparkhuntervalley.com.aulast_img read more

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first_img3 =Canada 9 1Australia 9.7 The survey results also exposed which Brits were happiest on holiday and found that those on the South Coast had the sunniest outlook on their holidays with residents of Brighton ranking as the no.1 happiest on their travels. Despite a reputation as dour Scots, residents of Edinburgh were actually the third happiest on holiday, and although only 40 miles apart, Manchester and Leeds were eight places apart with Leeds coming in last place.Ranking of ‘holiday happiness’ by region (out of 10): 2Manchester 9 3 =Hungary 9 7Glasgow 8.14 The survey asked travellers to rate how happy they were on their last holiday, and the results showed that on average, UK tourists in Australia scored a massive 9.7 out of for 10 happiness on holiday.The “once in a lifetime” destination has a wealth of activities and natural beauty making it a popular choice for many and perhaps unsurprisingly a destination where it’s easy to be happy. Australia is expecting to see a further increase to this popularity from UK visitors in 2012 following a number of recent innovative campaigns promoting flights to Australia.At the other end of the scale, it appears the economic problems in Greece may be having an impact on the happiness of tourists with the country coming in bottom of the rankings with a score of just 6.2.The top 20 happiest holiday destinations (out of 10): 19France 7.2 11Scandinavia 8.6 8Spain 8.8 Monday 16 January was Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year but a survey conducted by Skyscanner has shown that Brits who escaped to Australia on holiday were happier than in any other country. 8Birmingham 8.12 20Greece 6.2 7USA 8.9 15 =Turkey 8 13 =Croatia 8.2 9 =UK & Ireland 8.7 15 =Portugal 8 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 13 =Japan 8.2 5London 8.44 3Edinburgh 8.77 17 =Netherlands 7.6 1Brighton 9.33 2Italy 9.2 4Newcastle 8.71 3 =Thailand 9 RelatedTourists must travel far for happiness; Australia is happiest holiday destinationSkyscanner devises formula for happy holidayHolidaying Brits more likely to sunbathe than visit cultural attractionsBrits spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries.Turkey Vs Greece: Brits swapping Greece for Turkey reveals SkyscannerTurkey Vs Greece: Brits swapping Greece for Turkey reveals Skyscanner 6Belfast 8.16 10Leeds 7.25 9 =Egypt 8.7 17India 7.6 9Liverpool 8 3 =Malta 9 12Germany 8.5last_img read more

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first_imgFind cheap flights from: If you fancy a short break a bit closer to home, check out our ultimate guide to holidaying in the UK… Signed up? Then expect more of this…Cheap flight deals of the weekLooking for cheap flights or fancy a last-minute holiday? Each week we round-up the best travel offers and the cheapest flights to a range of destinations. So whether it’s a sunny beach or a budget city break you’re looking for, check out the best deals here before you book.Get the best air fares with Skyscanner Price AlertsOur handy flight price tracker will keep an eye on your chosen flight and let you know as soon as the price drops – or if it starts to climb. The Skyscanner guide to finding a late dealLast minute flights used to be the go-to for travellers looking for cheap flights. But in our era of budget airlines, are last minute flight deals dead?20 money saving travel tips and secretsFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel?*Flight prices are for journeys from the UK for two adults and two children and are correct at time of publication and subject to availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWeekend city breaks from just £20Make the most of the next bank holiday and get those Instagram filters at the ready. We’ve got cheap flights from airports across the UK – all you’ve got to decide is whether to go for a city break or a few days lazing on the beach! Go on, you…Last minute UK hotel deals from £24 a nightFancy a last minute weekend away without jumping on a plane or a train? Family, romantic, boutique or business: whatever kind of accommodation you’re looking for, we’ve got hot deals on hotels in the UK, perfect for that last minute weekend break. Compare prices and book yourself in for a…Cheap flights for Easter holidays from £31With so many ridiculously cheap flights to choose from, why not over-indulge on chocolate Easter eggs somewhere exotic this year? Check out our flight deals and you could pay a visit to your loved ones or explore a new city this Easter weekend. Because cheap flights make you happier than… Looking for more city break or family holiday inspiration?last_img read more

Travelers to Israel this summer can experience mor

first_imgTravelers to Israel this summer can experience more than 80 musical, dance and theatrical performances by hundreds of international artists at the Israel Festival (May 24 – June 11).With performances in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Modi’in, the Israel Festival will showcase several world-renowned dance troupes, including the National Dance Company of Spain, the Canadian Grand Ballet of Montreal and America’s Lines Ballet.The Festival will present musical performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gil Shohat, Cantus Colln, Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini, Portuguese singer Misia as well as musicians from Azerbaijan and India. Also, free jazz concerts will take place in the Jerusalem Theatre and in the downtown Mamilla Mall.“The Israel Festival is always an exhilarating time of entertainment for Israelis and travelers of all ages,” says Arie Sommer, Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America,”and adds extra excitement to the bustling streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.”The Festival will also feature several international acting groups, including Israeli mime artist Hanoch Rozenthe alongside the Klipa Theatre Company, Spanish acting trio Tricycle, the State Drama Theatre of Tbilisi and the Yiddishspiel Theatre. In addition, the Israeli theatric dance group Mayumana will return to the Festival stage with a performance of their new show ‘Momentum’.www.israel-festival.org.illast_img read more

Luxury hotel brand Dorchester Collection is set to

first_imgLuxury hotel brand Dorchester Collection is set to open a new 69-room country house hotel, to be called Coworth Park, near Ascot and bordering on Windsor Great Park in Surrey. The hotel, which stands in 200 acres of parkland, will also boast an equestrian center with stabling for up to 40 horses, as well as 2 polo fields and a practice field.Scheduled to open in 2010, Coworth Park will be the ninth property in the Collection. The current portfolio of iconic hotels includes The Dorchester in London, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, The New York Palace in New York,and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Dorchester Collection recently announced the opening of another London hotel, 45 Park Lane, also anticipated for 2010.Located just 40 minutes from Central London, Coworth Park will be a valuable addition to the Collection’s UK portfolio. It will have 69 rooms, including 30 in the main house and 39 in a converted stable block and adjacent cottages. Guests will be able to enjoy an eco-luxury Spa, a bar and 2 restaurants (including a fine-dining restaurant and casual restaurant with open-air terrace), and outdoor pursuits such as archery and pitch-and-putt golf. Fox Linton has been appointed to manage the interior design and EPR is the architect.www.dorchestercollection.comlast_img read more

Actor Liev Schreiber denies hitting photographer

first_imgActor Liev Schreiber denies hitting photographer FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Liev Schreiber attends a news conference for the movie “Isle of Dogs” in Berlin, Germany. Schreiber on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, denied allegations that he attacked a local photographer while he was in suburban New York filming the popular Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2018 8:09 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NYACK, N.Y. – Actor Liev Schreiber on Tuesday denied allegations that he attacked a local photographer while he was in suburban New York filming the popular Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”The 50-year-old was hit with a harassment violation after photographer Sherwood Martinelli claimed Schreiber damaged his camera when he tried to photograph him on June 7.Schreiber appeared in a Nyack courthouse on Tuesday with his lawyer to ask a judge to dismiss the charges.The judge has set a Sept. 20 court date to decide on the dismissal motion.“I never touched him. I never touched his body with my body,” Schreiber told The Journal News as he was walking toward his car outside the courthouse. He admitted being annoyed but wouldn’t elaborate. “I have nothing else to say,” he said.Schreiber’s lawyer, Jonathan Ripps, said Schreiber is accused of pushing the camera away after its flash went off. Ripps says the allegation “doesn’t rise to the level of any law being broken.”Martinelli, who was at the hearing snapping photos, shouted “liar” as the actor got into his car and drove away.“It’s a total, complete miscarriage of justice,” Martinelli said. “It just proves that the justice system … is only for the rich and elite. Because he’s somebody special, he’s getting away with this.”last_img read more

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivank

first_img White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, right, sit with Kim Kardashian, who is among the celebrities who have advocated for criminal justice reform, as they listen to President Donald Trump speak about second chance hiring in the East Room of the White House, Thursday June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 1:42 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON — Reality star and activist Kim Kardashian West has returned to the White House to speak at an event promoting efforts to help those leaving prison return to the workforce.Kardashian West, who has been advocating for criminal justice reform issues, tweeted a video of herself en route to the event Thursday afternoon.“I am heading to the White House to speak at the second chance hiring and reentry event,” she said, adding in another tweet that she was “honoured to be a part of the announcement that the administration and the private sector are stepping up to create opportunities for these men and women to succeed once home.”Kardashian West has been to the White House several times to discuss criminal justice reform issues and successfully lobbied President Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving life without parole for drug offences.White House officials have been working to make sure that prisoners released early because of the passage of the First Step Act have the tools and jobs they need to successfully adjust to life outside prison.More than 1,000 federal inmates have had their sentences reduced because of the legislation, according to a recent report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Kim Kardashian back at White House to talk criminal justicelast_img read more

February 22 2003 Alumnus Rohan Loveland attended

first_imgFebruary 22, 2003Alumnus Rohan Loveland attended the May 2002 workshop. He returned for a brief visit with his parents Radon and Mary Loveland and his friend Stephen Ulrich. The discussion in the cafe centers around a project that the Loveland family wants to do during their visit. Scott Riley, head of utilities, Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors and chief of electricity at Arcosanti, Dr. Sparks, suggest to refurbish the old well pump in camp. The Loveland family donated funds to engage a pump-specialist and the time to address the problem and get it solved. We now have a working pump to expand the irrigation system for the gardens and the second field. “Thank You” to Rohan and his family for their time and generous donation. [from left] Scott Riley, Radon Loveland, Adam Nordfors, Stephen Ulrich, Rohan Loveland, Dr. Sparks and Mary Loveland. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

February 24 2006 The agriculture crew is working

first_imgFebruary 24, 2006The agriculture crew is working on a trench surrounding a portion of the large field behind camp. Keeping cows, as well as native browsers away from the crops has been a recurrent problem. [Photo & Text: ss]The agriculture crew is working on a trench surrounding a portion of the large field behind camp. Keeping cows, as well as native browsers away from the crops has been a recurrent problem. [Photo & Text: ss] Current workshoppers Dylan and Lisa contribute some labor to the task, which was begun over a year ago. This solution was suggested by Saravanan, a workshopper from Sarah Beth has worked in the Agriculture department on and off since April 2003. She really enjoys digging. [Photo & Text: ss]last_img read more

Health minister to be honoured after he helped save Israeli mans life

first_imgIsrael will award Health minister Giorgos Pamboridis with an appreciation certificate after he helped save the life of an Israeli patient who could not find the medication he desperately needed.According to Israel’s ynetnews.com  on January 13, the head of general surgery trauma department at Hadassah Medical Centre requested the foreign ministry’s assistance in saving the life of a patient who needed a drug that was not available in Israel.The Israeli ministry conveyed the request to the country’s embassies across Europe in a bid to locate the drug, ynetnews said.Israeli Ambassador in Cyprus, Yael Ravia-Zadok, received the request and immediately contacted Pamboridis who responded despite it being Friday night.He got back to the ambassador in under an hour, saying: “We have the medication. The Nicosia general hospital is waiting for you to come and pick it up,” ynetnews said.When the ambassador asked how to transfer payment, the minister replied: “Payment? What payment?” and refused to accept any compensation for the life-saving medication.The medicine was picked up and flown to Israel in time to save the patient’s life. He was released from hospital shortly afterwards.The immediate response and willingness to help save a life with no interest for compensation show Minister Pamboridis’s moral dedication, the Israeli ambassador was quoted as saying.The actions also “embody the depth of the friendship between Israel and Cyprus, the Cypriots and Israelis,” she added.“We will always remember the Cypriots’ commitment to human lives experienced first-hand by Jewish Holocaust survivors who were on their way to Israel and deported by the British to Cyprus; 53,000 survivors were concentrated in detention camps on the island in 1946-1949. Even then, we saw humane gestures of many Cypriots who assisted people in the camps,” the ambassador said.The foreign ministry and the Israel Export Institute decided to grant a certificate of appreciation to Pamborides, who is set to arrive in Israel in the coming days on a work-related visit, ynetnews said.The certificate will state: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government still hopeful peace process can be reignited

first_imgDespite a week of blunders, big and small, in the fight to handle the fallout from the failed Conference on Cyprus at Crans-Montana earlier this month, the government is gearing up for a return to the process with the framework drafted by United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the table, a government source has told the Sunday Mail.According to the source, the framework is deemed an important gain for the Greek Cypriot side in the talks because it clearly and unequivocally favours its views on security and guarantees, while giving away only “equitability” for Turkish nationals relative to Greeks on the island. The Greek Cypriot side interprets this as a 4:1 ratio but the Turkish side takes the figures at face value, arguing for numerical equation.The week started with a very public row between UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide and President Nicos Anastasiades over whether an opportunity was missed at Crans-Montana and continued with a late and tepid response to the announcement by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that the Turkish army will withdraw from its military facilities in Maronite villages in the north, so that lawful residents can return. The week ended with a UN Security Council resolution that may have answered the question of whether the three-year push for a solution ended with the Crans-Montana dinner on July 7.“[The Security Council] calls upon the two leaders to […] put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues […] improve the public atmosphere for negotiation to secure a settlement, [and] increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate,” the resolution said.The council also expressed “full support” for keeping the secretary-general’s “good offices at the disposal of the parties”, and reaffirmed resolution 1251, which laid down the UN’s parameters for the solution of the Cyprus problem.“It’s obvious,” the government source said on whether the UN text translates to “it’s not over yet”.Asked whether Anastasiades’ statement on Wednesday, in which he declared his readiness to return to the table “if the Turkish government accepts Mr Eide’s claims as true”, marked a departure from the conditions he laid out on return from Crans-Montana, the government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told the Sunday Mail that the two “amount to the same thing”.“If Turkey announces that it is ready to drop its demands for guarantees and intervention rights, we are ready to go back to the table,” he said.In this context, acceptance of the Guterres framework – which defines the abolition of guarantees and intervention rights as one of the elements of an agreed solution – would be an equivalent move by Turkey.Both Turkey’s foreign ministry and Akinci have remained conspicuously silent on the claims Eide made in various interviews – that Turkey was ready to move back from its position that it would accept a review of the guarantee and intervention right questions fifteen years into an agreed solution.Meanwhile, in the midst of the chaotic hours between the decision to make public the Greek Cypriot side’s ‘minutes’ from the Crans-Montana ill-fated dinner and the one to share them with various international stakeholders only, Anastasiades’ announcement of a National Council session on Tuesday went unnoticed.The body last convened on return from Crans-Montana in a two-day session, of which only the first involved discussion – the second was dedicated to Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias, who sat in and shared his account.Tuesday’s session, the government said, is simply a continuation of those meetings, addressing the need to discuss the unfolding situation post-Switzerland.But the Sunday Mail understands that the session is being called in a bid to foster support for attempting to restart the peace talks and – crucially – find ways to ensure that Guterres’ framework remains the basis for discussion. Opposition parties have voiced disagreement not only with the “equitability” clause but also with the prospect of accepting different priority rights to property (lawful owner versus user) in each constituent state of reunified Cyprus.“We’re past the reflection period – we’re now at the stage of making proposals,” Christodoulides hinted on Friday, referring to Guterres’ urging for the sides to take some time and reflect on the way forward after Crans-Montana.A push for the quick resumption of talks on the substance would help the government avoid a protracted discussion of its response to the Turkish Cypriots’ announcement that Maronites will be allowed to return to their villages in the north, with the fenced-off town of Varosha rumoured to follow soon.The announcement prompted a response by the government late on Thursday, attacking the Turkish Cypriot side for attempting to entrench the status quo and strengthen its arguments for keeping Maronite villages under Turkish Cypriot administration, but gave no indication of its view or guidance to those affected.“The government can’t tell people what to do in such a situation,” the government source told the Sunday Mail.“It’s their properties, how could we tell them not to return to them, even if we thought they shouldn’t? When someone resorts to the European Court of Human Rights with a claim for restitution, would they have to ask the government? Or, if they turn to the Immovable Property Commission, would they require permission from the government?”The problem for these people, the Mail was told, is the restrictions they are going to face.“For instance, if the original owner has died some time post-1974, the heirs aren’t recognised as the rightful owners – instead, the land is passed to the regime in the north,” the source said.“These are the kinds of problems they are going to face, if they are not the original owners.”But the Maronites won’t be faced with any real dilemmas for some time – the Turkish-army occupied villages are apparently not connected to the electricity grid or water supply – which is why the Cyprus government is focusing on shaping shorter-term developments.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsStop Joint Pain. 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All hopes of modernising the economy have now been dashed

first_imgBy George KoumoullisIT IS SAID the biggest robbery of all time in in real terms – that is taking into account inflation – was carried out in 1990 when John Goddard, an English messenger, was robbed at knife-point of Bank of England Treasury bills and certificates of deposit from banks, worth a total £292 million.This robbery pales, however, when compared to the theft by Cyprus Airways (CY) that lasted decades with the support of the government. Although it may sound like an oxymoron, this was lawful theft. On the one hand, CY exploited its monopolistic status, imposed extortionate fares and, on the other hand, the government – the taxpayer – picked up the bill for its continuous deficits.The story of CY is an extremely interesting case study on the astonishing disadvantages of nationalisations in countries like Cyprus, in which nepotism and corruption are deeply rooted and party clientelism is endemic. It is made even more interesting because the company ‘Charlie Airlines Ltd’, part of which belongs to the Russian group S7, a few months ago bought the rights to the use of the CY name and logo for a decade and will soon start operations. What does this say? That CY could not only survive but also thrive as a privately owned company, but would remain permanently grounded if nationalised again, except if the theft described above, God forbid, was repeated.In advanced economies, when they talk about the weaknesses of state-owned companies, they usually refer to the lack of competition as well as the absence of an incentive to reduce costs. It was for this reason that British Airways was privatised in the 80s. These reasons, though, are of secondary importance for our country when we discuss privatisations. For Cyprus, privatisations mean a fatal blow to nepotism and the clientelism of the parties; it is from this angle it must be viewed.In other words, it is imperative that the privatisation issue is cut off from the ideological thinking of the parties because Cyprus is not a normal state in this respect either. The picture of nepotism is freakish while the behaviour of the parties is pathetic, bordering on the paranoid. While nepotism is a criminal offence, deputies and parties not only condone it but engage in it in a variety of ways for their own benefit. Instead of deputies being the custodians of transparency, morality and legality, they engage in nepotistic matters and party horse-trading.The most adverse consequence of this mentality is the expansion of the public sector. The Troika found in 2013 that 24,000 or one third of the 72,000 employees working in the broader public sector were superfluous. This appalling situation resulted from the parties’ ongoing drive to place their ‘own’ in the public sector, which makes me wonder whether our deputies understand the huge macro-economic problems caused by this behaviour, such as low productivity, inflation, erosion of the competitiveness of services and exports, fall in living standards and, ultimately, bankruptcy of the state.If we are to judge by last month’s approval of the Akel bill, banning privatisations, it becomes apparent that the majority of our deputies are unaware of the problems they cause. By a small majority, admittedly, the House plenum approved the bill to close down the de-nationalisation unit and banned any actions aimed at de-nationalising public organisations or the sale of state assets. They learnt nothing from the CY experience and they voted against modernisations. Modernisation of the economy cannot be achieved through nationalisations. It is a striking contradiction. It is a bit like the church promoting an atheist for archbishop.Those that argue that ‘profitable’ semi-governmental organisations must not be privatised either do not know the basics of economics or are consciously misleading people. Even lyceum students who study political economy are in a position to explain that, once an organisation has a monopoly over a service for which demand is almost completely inelastic, it can not only set the price but also determine its profits in advance, from the start of the year. ‘Profitability’ is the result of its monopolistic status and reflects the exploitation of consumers.Another myth doing the rounds is that in the case of a privatisation of a state organisation, price increases would be inevitable as there would be a private monopoly. Nothing could be further from the truth if we look at the experiences of the EU and US. Governments do not abrogate responsibility for privatised organisations, but, on the contrary, they exercise close control over prices and the quality of the services, as all economists know.Two plagues have descended on Cyprus recently, both caused by our politicians – the re-introduction of the Cost of Living Allowance and the abolition of the de-nationalisation unit. All hopes for substantive change and the modernisation of the economy have been dashed, the political pledges for a new beginning proving as reliable as an oath of love. George Koumoullis is an economist and social scientistYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. 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Man arrested for drugs possession

first_imgA 23-year-old man was remanded in custody for eight days in Nicosia on Saturday on suspicion of possession and trafficking of drugs.The man was arrested on Friday evening after he tried to evade a police check.Police said the man, who was in his car at the time, was stopped by drug squad officers at 7.40pm.  The suspect reversed his vehicle in a bid to escape but crashed into a patrol car.No one was injured in the incident.Officers searched his car and found 60 grammes of cannabis, a precision scale, and an undisclosed amount of cash.He was arrested at the scene and was brought before a court on Saturday which ordered his remand. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

My heroes

first_imgTHE WAYS THINGS AREBy Colette Ni Reamonn IoannidouPeople have asked me why I never remarried as I was widowed young. The answer is simple: it’s hard to find the right man second time around. Looks don’t really matter, nor does money… although I’d be lying through the few teeth I have left if I said I didn’t care about money. What does matter is intelligence, respect, humour, love of music, books, Art, shared interests and, being introduced to his interests, which open new horizons. Most importantly, a man who can make me feel his world would be void and empty if I wasn’t in it. A rare species!Nature engineered tempestuous volcanic sexual urges into us, initially to go forth and multiply when young, which the human species has done very successfully. It would be nice to think that when the temperature has cooled and we no longer need to procreate that nature has allowed us the reward in later years of a sex life that is freer, gentler, age and ailment accommodating, hopefully with the right partner. Men in need of ‘action’ are not hard to find. Even this battered old relic has her… I hesitate to say admirers; rather men who give off signals that they are available should the person they assume is in need require their services.Hero number one tried the ‘Nice dog,’ opener. I said thanks and hurried on. His dog is tiny and mine is plump, so the trot-area for our canines is limited therefore, we were bound to run into each other from time to time. It occurred to me he was always ‘there’, popping out like a jack in the box at various corners attempting to open a conversation that lasted longer than ‘Hi.’ And then –‘I live near here, would you like to come to my house for a coffee?’Cheapskate! If a man wants to invite me for a coffee, there are plenty of cafes up and down the main avenue. Meantime, his Chihuahua is mincing on his chopstick legs barking aggressively at my bemused fatso. I’ve seen this wee thing whose brain is probably the size of a walnut go for a huge Rottweiler with the same invitation. When his master tried to foist his phone number on me I said two words: ‘harassment’ and ‘police’. Bye, bye No.1.When Number Two sees me coming he adopts a pose, one hand up on the trunk of a tree, the other cradling a cigarette. Subtitle: ‘I’m so cool I could chill a Polar bear’s bum!’ His faded bathrobe looks like it might have come from the costume department of a long gone production of Joseph’s Technicolor Raincoat. This is tethered tenuously with a thin cord below a bulbous belly, wide open from navel to chin displaying his grey pelt of a chest. I hope he has his Mike Tyson’s on. Still, I keep my eyes on the tree top just in case. He grins coyly,‘Hi Doll.’ (!) And wriggles his hips, (Elvis is back in town!) a move I sincerely hope is not intended to air his nether regions as a bargaining ploy to entice the old girl with his er, charms. Some hope! He can take root alongside the tree before that happens.Last but not least, there’s Clint, an Eastwood type, slim and rangy with a handsome, weather beaten face. He has his own small construction business and does jobs in the area. I also run into him at the kiosk and in the supermarket. We smile, his glance lingers and we go our ways.One day while reconstructing a neighbour’s kitchen, he crossed the road to hand me his business card – in case I knew anybody who needed his services. Slow smile, lingering glance. I tucked the card away in my card holder and that was that. The next time I saw him I had the impression he was miffed because I hadn’t called him. His smile was gone and the glance was cool. Fine. If he’s waiting for me to call him he can take root beside Elvis.‘Perhaps,’ Stavroulla said, ‘he’s been hurt and afraid to ask you directly.’‘Maybe,’ Susie added, ‘he’s got low self esteem, scared of rejection.’‘Could be he’s lonely and shy,’ Cassandra nodded.‘All the maybes in the world make no difference,’ I said. ‘The last thing I need right now is a complex or damaged man. I’m in need of some fun, some good conversation over a nice meal out with a guy who has a life. Not someone who hopes I’m going to be a shoulder to cry on or whatever in exchange for a homemade coffee, or the glimpse of a hairy belly.’The thing about being alone is to face the loneliness but never allow it to become desperation. Heroes don’t come easy so they are worth waiting for.You May LikeAudiplus247These Invisible Hearing Aids Are Secretly Sweeping Our Country!Audiplus247UndoFood PreventMagical Banana Weight Loss SmoothieFood PreventUndoEchobeatThese New Wireless Earphones Are The Best Buy Of 2019EchobeatUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government produces €05bn surplus in first seven months

first_imgThe government generated a fiscal surplus of €514.7m on a cash basis in the first seven months of the year, compared with €217.2m a year before, the statistical service said.Total revenue rose by €267m to below €4.3bn in the first seven months of the year, Cystat said in a statement on Thursday. The rise was mainly on a €219m and €72m increase in indirect tax revenue, to €1.9bn, and social security contributions, to €730.2m, respectively.During the same period, government spending rose by €1m, to €3.8bn, Cystat said. A €35m increase in wages and salaries, to €984.5m, accompanied by an increase of €22m and €15m in payments for social security, and purchase of goods and services, to €914.4m and €235.5m respectively. The increases practically offset a €63m drop in interest payments which fell to €312.1m.The primary surplus which excludes interest payments on government debt, rose in the first seven months of this year, to €828.1m, from €547.5m the previous year before, Cystat said.You May LikeJobsParade.comNeed A New Job? Find One Here – Up to $25.50+/Hr – View OpeningsJobsParade.comUndoFaresaver.TravelDelta Airlines Deals From Only $59.99 One-Way!Faresaver.TravelUndoTravel Insurance | Search AdsTravel Insurance Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkTravel Insurance | Search AdsUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoRouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus problem is European problem says Anastasiades

first_imgThe Cyprus problem is in fact a European problem and healing this wound would contribute to a stronger Europe, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday.Speaking at the 25th Congress in Helsinki of the European People’s Party (EPP), of which ruling Disy is a member, Anastasiades expressed appreciation for the renewal of EPP support for “efforts to find a fair and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem”.“As we endeavour to ensure peace, security and prosperity in Europe and our wider region, we must not forget that the European Union was founded on principles to safeguard peace, our way of life, democracy and prosperity, equality and human rights,” Anastasiades said.He added that what happens on the eastern and southern regions has a direct impact on the EPP family.As the President of Cyprus, he said, “which still endures occupation of 37 per cent of its territory and flagrant violation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights of its citizens, either Greek or Turkish Cypriots, by Turkey contrary to international and EU law, I need to press on the importance of reunifying the EU’s last divided member state.”The outdated division of the island, he said, has been known as the ‘Cyprus problem’. “This is not an accurate title. It is in effect a ‘European problem’, an open wound for Europe.”Healing this European wound, Anastasiades said, would contribute significantly to a stronger Europe, also in light of the huge prospects in the energy field.“Reunification, a viable, functional and lasting solution that safeguards Cyprus’ independence and sovereignty based on UN Security Council Resolutions and the EU acquis, principles and values, will allow it to further develop its role as an anchor of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and as a bridge between the region and Europe benefiting all Europeans.”The EPP Congress on Wednesday adopted an emergency resolution on the Cyprus problem talks whereby it reiterated its support for a comprehensive, sustainable and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and in line with EU law and values.The 44 years of military occupation imposed by Turkey on Cyprus, it said, must cease while it expressed deep regret about the recent stalemate in the negotiations. There is an urgent need for the negotiations to resume between the two communities under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission, it said, adding that the EPP “supports Anastasiades’ and Disy’s efforts to maintain the dialogue between the two communities and welcomes the initiatives taken in this respect.”The EPP called on Turkey “to take all necessary and constructive steps” to facilitate the negotiations. It also said it condemns Turkey’s threats to disrupt Cyprus’ drilling programme within its Exclusive Economic Zone, and called on her to respect Cyprus’ sovereign rights over its EEZ.Anastasiades and a delegation of the ruling Disy, headed by its leader Averof Neofytou, are attending the congress which elected leader of the EPP in the European Parliament since 2014 Manfred Weber as its candidate for the European Commission presidency.The other candidate was Vice President of the European Investment Bank and former Finnish Prime Minister Alex Stubb. Disy supported Weber.According to the Cyprus News Agency, on the sidelines of the congress Neophytou had the opportunity to chat with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President DonaldTusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.He also had a conversation with Spain’s People’s Party leader Pablo Casado, with whom they agreed that there can be no cessations within EU member states, referring to Catalonia and the Cyprus issue.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more