Las Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler the privat

first_imgLas Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineDeluxe hotel group Mandarin Oriental have joined together with some of the world’s elite couture brands to present the Ultimate Luxury Wedding package in America’s number one wedding capital, Las Vegas.In a city where weddings are a dime a dozen, this new package promises unprecedented levels of service and exclusive features to provide the height of luxury for guests on their big day.The fashion-conscious bride will be treated to a private dress consultation with top Parisian fashion house Lanvin, and a bridal shoe selection from Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s most iconic luxury shoe collections. So that she walks down the aisle in head-to-toe couture, a diamond pendant from luxury jeweler Harry Winston is also included along with a bottle of Lanvin’s trademark perfume, aptly titled Marry Me.The reception party is held within the Mandarin Oriental hotel located in the heart of the Las Vegas ‘strip’. With a capacity of up to 200 guests it includes the AAA Five Diamond service and a team of dedicated wedding specialists on hand to make sure the event meets the needs of the bride and groom.The package treats don’t just stop after the ceremony—after a three-night stay in the premier bridal suite, which comes with complementary champagne glasses courtesy of Baccarat, the newly-weds can choose to spend their honeymoon at any Mandarin Oriental hotel for seven nights.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

The Yachts of Seabourn today announced that the co

first_imgThe Yachts of Seabourn today announced that the company will not operate a planned five-month, 15-cruise series of voyages in the Indian Ocean aboard the 208-guest, all-suite yacht Seabourn Legend in late 2010 and early 2011. The vessel will instead be positioned back to the Americas at the end of its Mediterranean season to cruise in the Caribbean for the winter.Calling the decision “regrettable,” Seabourn’s president and CEO Pamela Conover said that while the intended shore-side destinations remain apparently safe for visitors, the high seas routes between them are currently vulnerable to incidents of piracy that have not been adequately controlled.“It makes me sad to have to cancel these cruises,” Conover said. “I personally loved touring Kenya’s game parks, and the islands of the Seychelles, Madagascar and Zanzibar are lovely and exotic destinations where we sincerely had hoped to be able to take our guests. We look forward to a time when the sea routes are controlled enough for us to cruise there for a season.”Seabourn yachting enthusiasts looking for exotic itineraries still have a stunning selection from which to choose. Seabourn Spirit will depart the Mediterranean in November of 2010, sailing through Egypt, the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and Oman to Dubai. Spirit will then continue via India, Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore, to begin a season of cruises exploring Bali, Borneo, Java and the myriad islands of the Java, Flores and Savu Seas. The intimate vessel will even venture southward to Australia’s Northern Territories and Great Barrier Reef.Seabourn Pride, meanwhile, will be cruising in Asia for the full year, and in the autumn will be sailing in China, Thailand and Vietnam, with included or optional extensions to Beijing, Guilin, Cambodia & Laos and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Seabourn Odyssey will make a maiden circumnavigation of South America in early 2011, encompassing the Peruvian and Chilean coasts, the Chilean fjords and Patagonia, Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and the Amazon.Seabourn Legend’s voyages among the favored yacht harbors and unspoiled islands of the Caribbean remain a very popular choice for travelers looking for an award-winning small-ship experience in a relaxing and beautiful destination. Itineraries are designed to take advantage of Legend’s intimate size and features, such as the unique fold-out watersports marina that can be deployed in a secluded cove for Seabourn’s signature “Champagne and Caviar in the Surf” beach barbecue. Activities ashore range from snorkeling, yacht-racing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and zip-line adventures to visiting artists’ studios, tony boutiques and strolling or relaxing on world-class beaches. On board, deck barbecues and al fresco dining options make the most of the bucolic climate, as do Dancing and Movies Under the Stars. Week-long itineraries sail between Ft. Lauderdale and St. Thomas, or round trip from St. Thomas.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Florida – IYC International Yach

first_imgFort Lauderdale, Florida – IYC (International Yacht Collection, LLC.), is pleased to announce the addition of three new superyachts to their charter fleet.In the USA office, IYC has added the M/Y REJOYCE, the M/Y AQUA NOVIA, and the M/Y SUMMER NIGHTS.The 80ft. (24.38m) M/Y REJOYCE was built by Lazzara in 2002. She can accommodate six (6) guests in her three (3) en-suite staterooms. There are three (3) crew, and she can cruise at a comfortable 26 kts. The Master Stateroom is furnished with a custom king, large walk-in closet, Jacuzzi tub/shower, 46’ LCD TV and stereo/DVD player. The main salon and dining room accommodate seating for 6, as do the large country kitchen and the aft deck. She is available at a rate of $25,000/wk. for Summer in the Bahamas and Winter in the Caribbean. Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: charter@iyc.comThe 74 ft. (22.56m) yacht M/Y AQUA NOVIA is nicely designed with a spacious interior. She was built in 1999 by Sunseeker, and the beautiful sundeck provides for excellent outdoor lounging and entertaining. The flybridge has a bimini top, wet bar w/grill, table w/U-shaped lounge, two teak chairs and table, helm station w/bench seating. The bow area offers large sun pads for sunning. AQUA NOVIA’s tenders and toys consist of a 14” Nouvrania w/50hp Honda Outboard, snorkel equipment, water toys, and light fishing equipment. She has a crew of two (2) and can accommodate eight (8) guests (sleeping) and twelve (12) guests (cruising) and is available for $17,000/wk. for both the Summer 08 and Winter 2008/09. Her operating area forSummer is Bahamas/Florida. Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: charter@iyc.comThe 108ft. (32.92m) M/Y SUMMER NIGHTS was built by Broward Marine in 1983, with major refits executed in 2000 and again in 2006. Inside the cabin, enter the expansive full beam main salon through the all glass aft door and bulkhead. Follow the salon stairway down to the accommodations level where you will find three spacious and comfortable en suite staterooms, accommodating 6 to 7 guests. On board amenities include en suite heads in all guest staterooms and his and hers heads in master stateroom with Jacuzzi tub. She has a crew of four (4) and can accommodate seven (7) guests (sleeping) and twelve (12) guests (cruising). She is available at a rate of $25,000/wk. for Florida and the Bahamas in the Summer 08 and the Winter 2008/09.Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: charter@iyc.comIYC Management is pleased to announce the addition of three (3) new yachts to their central listing:Chany Sabates III and Thom Conboy’s central listing, M/Y MAGIC was recently added; MAGIC is a 150ft. (45.7m) Trinity Yacht built in 1998. MAGIC is maintained in like new condition and ready to cruise the world. Exceptional layout features fabulous Dee Robinsoninterior décor with European quality, raised panel woodwork throughout. Price: $21,750,000 Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: info@iyc.comJim McConville’s central listing, M/Y CAPRICIOUS has been added; CAPRICIOUS is a 74 ft. (22.6m) Hatteras built in 1999 with complete new décor completed July 2005. CAPRICIOUS has four (4) staterooms, including the master with king bed, maple finishes, and his/hers master baths. Price: $1,299,000 Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: info@iyc.comBob McKeage’s central listing, M/Y CITATION II was also recently added; CITATION II is a 98ft. (30m) Westship built in 1992. CITATION II was designed with families in mind offering large spaces (23′ 6″ beam), 3 large staterooms, a cockpit and a spacious fly-bridge. Citation II has been very well cared for and continuously updated. Price: $2,950,000 Tel: +1 954.522.2323 Email: info@iyc.com————————————————————————————————————————IYC (International Yacht Collection), a division of Trinity Yachts, LLC, is a privately held corporation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, America’s yachting capital. IYC also has offices in the major ports of call of Newport, R.I., Palm Beach, Monaco, Nassau/Bahamas and St.Maarten.With an extensive staff of experienced professionals who offer a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of yachting, IYC has approximately half a billion dollars in Central Listings, and over thirty (30) superyachts within their central charter fleet. With those resources at hand, IYC offers their clients an extensive array of services in every aspect of luxury yachting: yacht brokerage, new large yacht construction, luxury yacht charters, yacht and charter management, and crew placement.IYC is a member of the: Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA), American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA), Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA).last_img read more

Reports Guri Israeli poet of founding generation

first_imgReports: Guri, Israeli poet of founding generation, dies JERUSALEM – Israeli media are reporting that Haim Guri, a leading Israeli poet of the state’s founding generation, has died. He was 94.President Reuven Rivlin in a statement mourned his passing Wednesday as “the national poet of our time” and a “life teacher.”Guri was born in Tel Aviv and fought in the Palmach, the elite force of the pre-state militia later serving in Israel’s army, reports said.He was a prolific and influential poet with songs about the birth of modern Israel that became deeply rooted in the country’s ethos.He was not shy in airing his political views and was critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Five years ago he told parliament that despite “knowing almost every stone in this land” he now “has difficulty recognizing it.” by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 12:19 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 1:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7 2018 12

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2018 12:58 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 6/3/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner)2. “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s)3. “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)4. “To the Moon and Back” by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books)5. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press)6. “The Cast” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)7. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)8. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)10.”Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)11.”The High Tide Club” by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press)12.”The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)13.”The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)14.”Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)15.”By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes” by Wizards of the Coast (Wizards of the Coast)2. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (Morrow Cookbooks)3. “Calypso” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)4. “The Restless Wave” by John McCain, Mark Salter (Simon & Schuster)5. “The Soul of America” by Jon Meachum (Random House)6. “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey (Flatiron Books)7. “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan (Penguin)8. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)9. “Barracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad)10.”Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)11.”Facts and Fears” by James R. Clapper (Viking)12.”Three Days in Moscow” by Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney (William Morrow)13.”Tailspin” by Steven Brill (Knopf)14.”Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)15.”I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara (Harper)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Shadow Keeper” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)2. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel (Dell)3. “The Black Book” by Patterson/Ellis (Grand Central)4. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Dell)5. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben (Dutton6. “Beyond Control” by Kat Martin (Zebra)7. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks (Vision)8. “Evil Never Sleeps” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)9. “Use of Force” by Brad Thor (Pocket)10.”The Devil to Pay” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)11.”Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)12.”Navy Grooms” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)13.”The Summer That Made Us” by Robyn Carr (Mira)14.”Undaunted” by Diana Palmer (HQN)15.”Cowboy Ever After” by Miller/Yates (HQN)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)2. “Princess” by James Patterson and Rees Jones (Grand Central Publishing)3. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)4. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann (Vintage)5. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)6. “Hillybilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance (Harper Paperbacks)7. “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson)8. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)9. “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (Penguin Books)10.”Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central Publishing)11.”Come Sundown” by Nora Roberts (Griffin)12.”A Dog’s Way Home” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)13.”The Lying Game” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)14.”Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)15.”Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

Super Bowl ads offer simple escapism with star pow

first_imgSuper Bowl ads offer simple escapism with star power NEW YORK — Star power abounds in this year’s Super Bowl ads.Sarah Michelle Gellar, for instance, is making a horror movie parody for Olay, while Jeff Bridges revives his “The Dude” character from “The Big Lebowski” in a pitch for Stella Artois.Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction as economic fears persist and the nation’s political climate remains sharply divided.As much as Sunday’s Super Bowl will be a battle between players on the field, it will be a battle between advertisers over who gets the buzz — and who gets forgotten.The stakes are high. A 30-second Super Bowl ad can cost more than $5 million. More than 100 million people in the U.S. are expected to tune in to Sunday’s game on CBS.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 7:43 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Posted

first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 6:17 am PDT TORONTO — The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.Each show has 15 nominations for the awards, which honour Canadian talent in film, television and digital media.“Anne with an E” is up for trophies including best drama series and best actress for Amybeth McNulty, who stars as the young Prince Edward Island heroine from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel.“Schitt’s Creek”‘s nominations include best comedy series and acting nods for the main stars, who play a riches-to-rags family — Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy.Both “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” also stream on Netflix and have been gaining international buzz.On the film side, the leading contenders are from Quebec: Maxime Giroux’s allegorical drama “The Great Darkened Days” and Daniel Roby’s disaster thriller “Just a Breath Away” with eight nominations apiece.Both are contenders in categories including best picture and best director.Giroux’s film is about a draft dodger from Quebec who takes refuge in the American West.“Just a Breath Away” follows a couple trying to save their daughter from a toxic gas cloud in Paris.Also in the running for best picture are the post-apocalyptic “Genesis” directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills, coming-of-age drama “A Colony” from Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, and Sophie Dupuis’ Montreal crime story “Family First.”The Canadian Screen Awards, which will air from Toronto on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on March 31, have a total of 135 categories.The other best drama series contenders announced Thursday are City’s “Bad Blood,” OMNI’s “Blood and Water,” CBC’s “Frankie Drake Mysteries” and History’s “Vikings.”The best comedy series category is rounded out by CraveTV’s “Letterkenny,” CBC’s “Mr. D” and “Workin’ Moms,” and OMNI’s “Second Jen.”The CBC says its popular show “Kim’s Convenience,” which won best comedy series at last year’s awards and is also on Netflix, was not eligible to be nominated this year as its broadcast slot moved from fall to winter.Other major nominees this year include season 2 of CTV’s crime drama “Cardinal,” titled “Blackfly Season,” which has 14 nods including best limited series or program.“CBC News: The National” has 13 nominations, while Global’s end-of-life drama “Mary Kills People” and CBC’s parenting comedy “Workin’ Moms” have nine nods each.This year’s Canadian Screen Awards won’t have a host and will hand out special honours to stars including the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, who will get the Academy Icon Award.Meanwhile, comedy great Mary Walsh will receive the Earle Grey Award for her body of work and filmmaker Deepa Mehta will get the Lifetime Achievement Award.Toronto actor Stephan James — who has skyrocketed to fame with starring roles in the Oscar-nominated film “If Beale Street Could Talk” and the Amazon Prime Video series “Homecoming” — will get the inaugural Radius Award, which goes to a Canadian making waves globally.Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press File Photo: Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose, left to right, Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose and Dan Levy as David Rose in CBC’s comedy Schitt’s Creek pose in an undated handout photo. The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Anne with an E,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ lead Canadian Screen Awards nomineeslast_img read more

Foursome Alfred Stieglitz Georgia OKeeffe Pau

first_img “Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Carolyn BurkeIt’s been almost a century since Alfred Stieglitz scandalized polite society with nude photographs of his lover and soon-to-be-wife Georgia O’Keeffe.One of the visitors to his 1921 exhibition was Paul Strand, the brilliant photographer who’d been part of the group of artists nurtured by Stieglitz at his legendary gallery 291 and in his magazine Camera Work.Accompanying Strand to the show was his future wife Rebecca Salsbury, a wealthy young woman whose father had managed Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and who had artistic aspirations of her own.Over the years the two couples would forge numerous personal and professional bonds that Carolyn Burke painstakingly explores in her ambitious group portrait titled “Foursome.”Burke says the idea for the book came to her as she was reading Salsbury’s letters, in which the least well-known of the four sought to understand her role in their complicated web of relationships.“I came to believe that my four characters’ search to conciliate the often contradictory pulls of personal and artistic life still speaks to us a century later,” says Burke.But with four lives to account for, Burke, the author of biographies of Edith Piaf and Mina Loy, succumbs to the temptation to stuff too much in, stringing together one quote after another from letters, articles and other sources.Salsbury comes across as feisty and smart — like O’Keeffe, she posed in the nude for the libidinous Stieglitz — but her accomplishments are dwarfed by those of the others, all giants of 20th-century modernism.Yet Burke gives equal time to all of them, often dwelling on the intimate details of their private lives, especially their ailments, flirtations and infidelities.We learn, for instance, that Stieglitz and O’Keeffe referred to one another’s private parts as “Miss Fluffy” and “Little Man” or “The Little Fella,” often abbreviated “T.L.F.”Too much information? Good reporting? Or both? Certainly, the bibliography is extensive, and Burke has clearly done her homework.She quotes early critics of O’Keeffe’s work, who tended to ascribe its power to a specifically female, rather than universal, creative genius.Such sexist interpretations would seem to cry out for analysis in light of today’s more feminist-oriented criticism, but Burke just moves on.While there’s much to admire about the book, ultimately it could use a sharper focus — more art history, and less gossip.Ann Levin, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Foursome: Stieglitz, O’Keeffe, Strand, Salsburycenter_img by Ann Levin, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2019 5:56 am PDTlast_img read more

Stormy Daniels to make stop in Kamloops BC nigh

first_imgStormy Daniels to make stop in Kamloops, B.C. nightclub for book tour FILE: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of the adult entertainment fair ‘Venus’ in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2019 8:37 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img KAMLOOPS, B.C. — American adult film star and author of a tell-all book about her alleged affair with U.S. President Donald Trump is coming to Kamloops, B.C.Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, will be holding a meet and greet at the Duchess nightclub on June 2 to promote her book “Full Disclosure.”The city in south central B.C. is the only Canadian stop listed on Daniels’ website.Riis Ingalls, an event promoter with the club, says it’s an opportunity for fans to hear her speak, get photos and autographs.In 2018, Daniels became embroiled in a legal dispute with Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen.Trump and his surrogates allegedly paid $130,000 to silence Daniels about an affair she says she had with him in 2006. (CHNL)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FILE In this Thursday May 2 2013 file photo P

first_img FILE – In this Thursday, May 2, 2013 file photo, Philippe Lefebvre, 64, plays the organ at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Specialist says Notre Dame organ unharmed by fire PARIS — Notre Dame cathedral’s 8,000-pipe organ has escaped undamaged from the flames that engulfed the building last week.Pascal Quoirin, a specialist who restored the Notre Dame organ in 2017, has checked the instrument and says it did not suffer any damage in the blaze that destroyed most of the roof.Quoirin said “after two hours spent examining the instrumental part, I did not notice any damage that could have been caused by the fire.”According to Quoirin, the thermometer inside the organ showed that the temperature did not rise above 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit) on the day of the fire, ensuring no damage to the electronic components or pipes.Quoirin recommends protecting the instrument with a waterproof case, to dusting it and playing it regularly during the restoration work.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2019 3:40 am PDTlast_img read more

Roxodus music festival cancelled due to illprepar

first_imgRoxodus music festival cancelled due to ill-prepared event grounds by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2019 5:52 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img SIMCOE COUNTY, Ont. — The Roxodus music festival in Stayner, Ont., has been cancelled a week before it was set to get underway.Organizers for the event, which listed Aerosmith, Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd among its headliners, said the event grounds would not be ready in time.They say that the venue at Edenvale Airport “battled tremendous rainy weather” over the past several months, soaking the grounds and making it hard to produce the festival.Kid Rock, Alice Cooper and Blondie were also set to perform at the event, which was to begin on July 11.Roxodus had promised “a once in a lifetime experience” for rock lovers, and offered up a slate of paid VIP packages that included celebrity chef catering and an air conditioned tent that was to be decorated with skull-themed furniture.Roxodus says it will provide information about refunds soon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rain warning on NicosiaLarnaca highway

first_imgRainfall on the Nicosia – Larnaca motorway has made the road very slippery, police warned on Monday at 2.40pm.Drivers are urged to be very careful, drive at low speeds, have their vehicles’ driving lights on and keep a distance from the car in front of them.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Leaving for New York Anastasiades interview raises political firestorm

first_imgAS President Nicos Anastasiades prepares to depart for New York on Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly, during which some feel there could be a small window to the resumption of stalled talks for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, an interview to state broadcaster CyBC on Friday caused a political stir at home.Flanked by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, Anastasiades will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders before addressing the general assembly on Thursday and meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday.This meeting, along with Guterres’ meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, is expected to determine whether a resumption of talks, which came to a halt after a failure to strike a deal at Crans Montana, Switzerland, last July, could be in the cards.Following separate meetings with both leaders on Friday, Guterres’ special representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said the secretary-general wants to hear “concrete ideas on the way forward” from the two leaders.Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated on Friday that the effort for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, which started in 2008, ended at Crans Montana in July.At the conference in Switzerland, Cavusoglu said, Turkey “showed the required will to achieve a solution based on bizonality, bicommunality, and political equality for the two sides”, but the “Greek and Greek Cypriot duo did not respond to the extent necessary”.“The conference had no result and was closed,” he said.“Thus, the process of substantive talks that started in 2008 has ended.”Against this backdrop, Anastasiades opted to give a televised interview that raised a political firestorm.He repeated that the Greek Cypriot side “is ready to negotiate within the framework laid down by the secretary-general”, provided it will be an “inter-connected set”.“There cannot be a separate deal on internal issues while the issues of guarantees, intervention rights, and the presence of guarantees remain outstanding,” he said.Any new conference, Anastasiades warned, must be well prepared, arguing against a Crans Montana-type make-or-break dinner.“You can’t expect a final deal at a dinner, without any preparation,” he said.“In the end, due to this lack of preparation, we saw an effort to build on impressions formed – which proved false, a misdirection relative to the true intentions. There should have been better preparation.”He was referring to Cavusoglu’s alleged pledge to Guterres at Crans Montana, during their bilateral meeting, to meet Anastasiades’ demands on security and guarantees, which he reportedly denied at the dinner, when he was asked to put it in writing.“This, in itself, is proof that, if Turkey meant what it supposedly pledged to, it would have stated its readiness to resume talks based on the secretary-general’s parameters,” he said.“The view [Turkey and Akinci] will present to the secretary-general [at their meeting on the sidelines of the general assembly] will be the real test. Without Turkey’s contribution, the Cyprus problem cannot be solved.”On criticism that he offered rotating presidency despite earlier pledges that he would not accept it, Anastasiades hit back by citing former President Tassos Papadopoulos.“We accepted the rotating presidency clause 20 years ago,” he said.“On April 12, 2005, while we [at the National Council] were discussing with the late Tassos Papadopoulos the changes we would propose to the Annan Plan, he said he would not raise the issue of rotating presidency because that would shift the balance of the plan.”What he had pledged to do, Anastasiades claimed, was “not give rotating presidency unless I have made sure we are finally becoming an independent state”.The interview sparked the reaction of various political parties.“Vague statements for public consumption will not convince the secretary-general to involve himself with the Cyprus problem,” Akel spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.“The secretary-general is expecting to hear how the Greek Cypriot side approaches the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. What will Mr Anastasiades tell him?”In turn, this prompted a response by ruling Disy, in which spokesman Prodromos Prodromou claimed Akel continues to criticize our side, even in the face of Turkey’s stated intent to seek a solution “outside UN parameters”.“As [Anastasiades] has said, he will express the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness to resume negotiations to the UN secretary-general in writing,” Prodromou said.“What else, we wonder, does Akel want?”In a particularly harshly-worded statement, the Solidarity movement lambasted Anastasiades’ defence of his agreement to acknowledge rights to some users of properties owned by Greek Cypriots displaced in 1974, in which he pointed to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.“No refugee has authorized you to hand over his property to the user-usurper, and every refugee maintains his inalienable right to resort to justice himself to reclaim his violently seized property by your interlocutors and friends, the Turkish invaders, since the official state is capitulating without a fight,” Solidarity said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

Bad weather causes rockslides in Paphos area Update 1

first_imgBad weather conditions continue to cause problems on the roads, especially in the Paphos region and the mountains.Because of strong winds and heavy rainfall landslides and rockslides were reported on the following roads: Ayios Nicolaos – Kaminari, Ayios Nicolaos – Mandria, Lazanias – Macheras, Macheras – Kioni, Prodromos – Platres, Pedhoulas – Kykkos – Stavros tis Psokas, Prodromos – Lemithou, Pedhoulas – Pinewood – Kakopetria, Moutoulas – Pedhoulas, Kykkos – Milikouri and Kampos – Orkontas – Kato Pyrgos.Due to overflowing of the Ziripilli river the road from Kelokedara to Amargeti remains closed to traffic. The Avakas gorge is also not accessible.Police announced that due to snow the following roads in the mountains are accessible only to four-wheel-drive vehicles and those equipped with anti-slip chains: Prodromos – Troodos, Platres – Troodos, Karvounas – Troodos, Kakopetria – Karvounas, Platres – Trooditissa – Prodromos, Kakopetria – Spilia – Ayia Irini – Kannavia, Pedhoulas – Kykkos – Milikouri, Pedhoulas – Prodromos, Prodromos – Platres, Prodromos – Lemithou, Pedhoulas – Pinewood – Kakopetria, Moutoulas – Pedhoulas and  Kykkos – Kampos.Drivers are urged to drive at low speeds, keep their headlights on and maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead.For updates on the road network due to weather conditions check the ROAD NETWORK category on the Cyprus Police phone application, as well as the new information page www.cypruspolicenews.com and the social media accounts of the Cyprus police.     You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus football set for technological transformation

first_imgENGLAND fans bemoaning the fact that so few English players are given opportunities for their respective Premier League sides, should spare a thought for the continuing travails of the Cypriot national team.Incredibly, more than 80 per cent of players plying their trade in the Cyprus football league in 2017 were foreign, a huge 15 per cent spike on the previous year. Those eye-watering numbers – accumulated by the Football Observatory of the International Centre of Sports Studies (CIES) – means that it’s slim pickings indeed for national team head coach, Ran Ben Shimon, when it comes to selecting a squad of players capable of mixing it with even the lowest ranked European teams.The lack of effective youth development has long been blamed for the dearth of talent emerging on the island. However, Cyprus football could be on the verge of a paradigm leap forward thanks to a groundbreaking sports wearable technology company that’s aiming to transform the fortunes of the next generation of local talent.After years of extensive research, testing and fine-tuning, SportScientia have developed a revolutionary smart insole that is set to change the way grass roots players measure performance.SportScientia’s technology builds a virtual CV for players centred around the performance data they generate, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg; this real-time data can predict and prevent injuries once the technology learns an individual’s unique characteristics. It’s a staggering development, and one that could revolutionise the game.“Football here in Cyprus is something that I’m hugely passionate about, and it’s a crying shame that we’re not developing more quality players on the island who can then graduate to the professional set-up,” said Peter Lazou, co-founder of SportScientia.“To improve our league, get more Cypriot nationals playing in it, and to improve the fortunes of our international team, we need to be ahead of the game. The smart insole that we have developed here in Cyprus, could be the answer.”SportScientia’s 3P smart insole works by using advanced force sensors to measure and monitor player weight distribution, gait, load and movement. All the generated data can be viewed and visualised via a fully-customisable mobile app, which delivers tailored, real-time data for players, athletes, physios and coaches.“It allows an individual to monitor their performances and work on weaknesses, and in effect it will create that individual’s very own virtual CV. This will also make it easier for them to be scouted, because they can prove their performance data,” added Peter.“In a team situation, the technology allows a club to always monitor a player’s entire biomechanical dynamics, whether that be in a warm-up, warm down, training or match scenario. It generates real-time data on a mobile app so that coaches and managers can build programmes to improve athletic performance and tweak their sessions if they see that a player may be struggling physically, or may be prone to an injury.“Spotting a potential injury in a young player, and preventing it from happening, could be the difference in a player getting a scholarship, an apprenticeship, or a professional contract.“This injury prevention scenario also has the potential to save big clubs and sports organisations millions in revenue by keeping their highly paid stars on the pitch instead of the treatment table. And that’s what we want to help develop here in Cyprus – top quality, highly paid stars who can grace our league and any other league in the world.”It’s a real statement of intent from a hugely ambitious organisation. And Peter is already looking much further afield than football.“We want to revolutionise smart, wearable technology across all sports – as well as eSports, gaming and various other industries – by collecting biometric performance data, interpreting it, and delivering predictive information.“However, our top priority at the moment – in fact it’s our mission – is to improve football here in Cyprus. We are confident we can help achieve that, and ensure that the next generation of emerging talent can fulfil their full potential,” Lazou concluded.For more information visit www.sportscientia.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cannabis sentencing

first_imgA 34-year-old man from Limassol was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison after being found guilty for the possession of four kilogrammes of cannabis and intent on supplying others.His 37-year-old wife was sentenced two years in prison with a three-year suspension.The 34-year-old was arrested last July when three kilos of cannabis were located in his car by the drug squad after a tip off.Another kilo of cannabis was in the house of the 34-year-old, which his wife was seen throwing off the roof when she saw drug squad members approaching.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Illegal pesticides being used in Larnaca

first_imgA total of three fields of tomatoes were found to have been treated with illegal pesticides in the Larnaca area, just days after a number of contaminated strawberries were detected by the agriculture department.The agriculture ministry is now debating what measures to take.“We will definitely do something, but it is too early to say what,” said Marios Adamides, head of the agrochemicals and feeding staff at the ministry.There are two options. The agriculture director can negotiate an out-of-court settlement of up to €2,000, or if the case goes to court charges of up to €20,000 or two years in jail may be imposed.For now, the tomatoes are being destroyed, as were the strawberries.“When they mature, the farmers have to collect them and notify the health ministry, and they are destroyed under the supervision of inspectors, until the fields are totally free from the biocide,” Adamides explained.The chemical being used is chlorfenapyr, an insecticide, and according to EU law no trace of it is allowed to be present in fruits and vegetables.The actions of the agriculture and health ministry, who cooperate closely, are part of a routine yearly plan to protect the consumer.From March 23 until April 25 they collected 60 samples, and more tests are planned for Limassol and Paphos in the near future.12 of the samples contained the banned chemical.Head of the health services Alvertos Karis said that consuming strawberries contaminated with pesticides does not cause an immediate health problem. This, he said, occurs when someone consumes fruit or other foodstuff ridden with pesticides for a long period of time.He urged members of the public to avoid buying fruit and vegetables from street vendors as there is no way of knowing the production conditions.“We don’t know where they got them from, if pesticide was used, we don’t know if the produce was harvested at the right time or before the pesticides wore off,” Karis said.Fruit markets and supermarkets keep records of who supplied them with fruit and vegetables and it is easy to trace the producers, he added.Adamides urged customers who have information about the use of illegal pesticides to report them by calling the agriculture department at 22-408646 in order to help fight the illegal activities which ultimately damage our health.You May LikeNutrition ExpertYou Will Never Eat Another Banana Knowing ThisNutrition ExpertUndoDIYnFun.com20 Storage Ideas for a Small KitchenDIYnFun.comUndoFood Eat Safe9 Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your DietFood Eat SafeUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

ExLaiki exec says he was not in charge of goodwill valuation

first_imgA former Laiki Bank executive on trial for the lender’s collapse in 2013 said on Monday he was not responsible for issues relating to the value of the bank’s goodwill.Panayiotis Kounnis, the bank’s deputy managing director at the time, rejected the proposition that he ought to have weighed in on the matter of the goodwill.He was being grilled by the state prosecutor, who presented as evidence a number of emails Kounnis received from Annita Philippidou, then the bank’s financial director, concerning ongoing discussions within the bank about the value of the lender’s goodwill in its Greece operations.Kounnis said he used to get between 200 and 300 emails in his inbox every day, of which at least 100 were cc’d to him.“There was a policy at the bank, not to pay attention to cc’d emails. This was a cancer festering inside the bank. Whenever someone wanted to shirk responsibility, they would cc others.”The defendant went on to claim that issues relating to goodwill were not his area of expertise.In any case, he added, he was not a member of the bank’s audit committee which was handling the matter. Nor did the committee ask for his opinion.He went on to ask why Philippidou herself did not bring the matter up with the board.Kounnis said it appeared Philippidou at the time agreed with the handling of the goodwill issue, otherwise she would have expressed her disagreement and had it recorded into the minutes of meetings.He moreover stated that Philippidou, as financial director, was the officer responsible for the bank’s financial statements, which at the time in question had failed to factor in a goodwill writedown.The defendant also accused state prosecutors of drumming up charges against him simply to get a conviction.“The end justifies the means,” he said.Kounnis, managing director Efthimios Bouloutas, non-executive vice-president Neoclis Lysandrou and executive board member Marcos Foros face charges of market manipulation and submitting false or misleading information with regard to publishing an interim consolidated financial statement in November 2011, in which they omitted to include a goodwill writedown of €330m for Marfin Popular Bank’s – as Laiki was then known – operations in Greece.Legacy Laiki officials are claiming that in November 2011 the bank did not yet have a clear picture of the situation created after the EU decided the second writedown on Greek debt in October 2011, inflicting huge losses on Laiki and Bank of Cyprus of around €4.5bn.Their position is that without the practical implementation of the programme they were not able to make the correct accounting calculation.The prosecution argues that the bank, having omitted the goodwill writedown from its financial statements, was presenting itself to investors as being more robust than it really was.The trial continues. You May LikeIQgal8 Best Foods for Expecting Mothers to Eat During PregnancyIQgalUndoCampusPlus5 College Degrees That Will Be Gone In 20 YearsCampusPlusUndoAngelino'sKeurig Users are Loving Angelino’s K-CupsAngelino’sUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sailors prepare to race around Yeronisos Island

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneSAILORS are preparing to take part in the annual race around Yeronisos Island that will take place off the Peyia coast in Paphos this week.Also known as ‘Holy Island’ (and locally as Saint George’s island), Yeronisos has been uninhabited since the 15th century, but recent excavations have revealed it once held a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo in the late Hellenistic period.Ongoing excavations have been taking place at Yeronisos for almost three decades.Organised by avid sailors Sharon and Kit Whitehouse and volunteers from the Paphos International Sailing Club of which they are both members, the boats will set off from Mandoulis beach at Agios Georgios harbour in Peyia on Friday 1st June, 2018.Although the race isn’t due to get underway until 1.30pm, boats will be in the water before midday, said Kit Whitehouse.“Businesses have sponsored the participating boats in a bid to raise money for local charities,” he said.The two charities are the Margarita Liasidou foundation and the Paphos autistic association, he said.His wife noted that the Yeronisos Celebration Race 2018 is free for spectators and that they are encouraged to visit the area to watch the exciting spectacle. The event is now in its fourth year and has proved to be a success, enjoyed by both participants and spectators alike, she said.“The celebration actually starts around 5am when Joan Breton Connelly and her team from New York University are taxied by the fisherman to start their work on Yeronisos Island for the day,” said Sharon.The sailors then arrive at around 10am to prepare their boats for the race. They line up in readiness to go into the water, which is ‘a sight to be seen’. The colours of the boats and sails flapping in the breeze is magnificent, she said.The sailor noted that this year’s race highlights the celebration of 28 years of archaeological excavations on the historical island.“The anticipation and excitement is already creating a feeling of unity and pride to be part of the race ahead. We hope we will get the wind we need,” she said.First, second and third prizes will be awarded in both the adult and junior classes, along with a few ‘surprise prizes’ she said.You May Likeroyal-house.info9 Creative Offices We Wish We Worked Inroyal-house.infoUndoDirectExposeDon’t Believe In Evolution? This Underwater Cave Finally Gives ProofDirectExposeUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Airports introduce passport scanners

first_imgAirports operator Hermes on Tuesday introduced 74 interactive kiosks to facilitate passport control by allowing travelers to use a self-service option reducing overall processing time.In total, 74 BorderXpress kiosks have been installed at the two airports in the Republic — 44 in Larnaca and 30 in Paphos.Using the BorderXpress kiosks, passengers will scan their travel documents, complete their declaration and verify their identity and admissibility using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a police officer for final inspectionEach passenger will receive a receipt which they will then present at the checkpoint.At this stage, only European citizens will be able to use the system in arrivals while all travellers will be accommodated at departures.Transport Minister Vassiliki Anatasiadou, who officially inaugurated the system on Tuesday, said BorderXpress had been installed at Paphos last year on a trial basis and “has proven that their operation at both airports will contribute towards improving service and speed up the flow of passengers in the terminals.”  You May LikeWorldemandRemember Catherine Bell From JAG? See Where She Is NowWorldemandUndoSidiario.comHome remedies against dizziness and travel quietlySidiario.comUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more