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Go back to the enewsletter Robertson Lodges in New

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRobertson Lodges in New Zealand is adding three new private residences to its stable at Kauri Cliffs. Developed for owner Julian Robertson and his family, The Residences at Kauri Cliffs will be available for guests when the retreat opens in November 2019.The Residences at Kauri Cliffs promises “the very best in accommodations, fresh farm to table cuisine and local beverages, and activities on the property, guaranteeing a memorable time for their guests“.Each of the four-bedroom residences has its own style, featuring a spacious living and dining room, family-sized kitchen, a butler’s pantry for exclusive chef services and a mini-bar stocked with New Zealand’s finest wines, beers and spirits. Each villa has a private 25-foot saltwater swimming pool and deck. In the master bedrooms, guests enjoy memorable views of the picturesque farmland, award-winning golf course and the Pacific Ocean.Guests have access to a private golf car to reach the main lodge where they can use Kauri Cliff’s resort facilities including the tennis courts, walking trails, private beaches and spa. They can also indulge in a full daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapes and a dinner that showcases local flavours.The Residences at Kauri Cliffs are taking enquiries now. Tariffs start from NZ$16,900 per residence per night for up to 8 guests, inclusive of breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, dinner and complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar.Contact the Robertson Lodges reservations team at reservations@robertsonlodges.com for more information.Robertson Lodges’ portfolio includes The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.Lead image: The Lodge at Kauri CliffsGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Related Is it all Greek to Brits abroadUK tourist

first_img RelatedIs it all Greek to Brits abroad?UK tourists put off holiday destinations because they can’t speak the language, while men take the lead with the lingo.8 tips how to make friends in a foreign countryDon’t know your ‘buenos días’ from your ‘bonjour’? No problem, here are 8 tips to make friends in a foreign country.Tactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaksTactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaks If “bon jaw” is the extent of your foreign lingo skills – you’re not alone.The Brits are notoriously bad at speaking foreign languages. According to a report by the European Commission, 62% of us can’t speak any other language. We’re officially the worst language learners in Europe.The cringe worthy British holidaymaker treating the intelligent native as a slightly deaf, mentally challenged child, is a woefully common scene played out across the holiday resorts of the world, wherever Brits wander.But it doesn’t have to be like this. European Languages Day, (26th September 2009) was created to encourage a love for languages, and to celebrate it, Skyscanner’s multilingual team shows you how to get to grips with the local lingo.Learning the basics of the language of the country you’re visiting is not only polite but fun, useful and will enrich your travel experience. Skyscanner is already available in 20 languages, so surprise the locals and impress your mates with our mini language guides. Norwegian Hello/Goodbye – Hallo / Ha det (ha-low/hah-deh)Please/thank you – Vær så snill / Takk (var shaw sneel/tahk)Where is the bar/beach? – Hvor er baren/stranda? (vohr ehr bah-ren / strahnn-ah?)I’d like to go to – Jeg vil dra til… (yai veehl drah teehl)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Kan jeg få en stor øl /et stort glass vin (kan yai faw ayn stohr uhl) /eht stohrt glahs veen)Cheers! (when toasting) – Skål! (skawl)My name is/What’s your name? – Jeg heter (yai heh-tehr)/ hva heter du (vah heh-tehr dew?)You’re very pretty/handsome – Du er veldig pen / kjekk (dew ar vehl-dee pehn / chehk)The bill please – Kan jeg få regningen, takk ( kan yai faw ray-ning-ehn tahk)I love your country! – Jeg elsker landet ditt! (yai ehl-skher lahnn-eh deehtt!)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – Hvis du vil finne billige flybilletter, prøv Skyscanner! (veehs dew veehl feehn-eh beehl-eeg-he flee-beehl-ehtter, pruhv Skyscanner!)**German**Hello/goodbye – Hallo/Auf Wiedersehen! (Halo/Awf veed-er-zane)Please/thank you – Bitte/Danke (bit-e – _dang-ke_)Where is the bar/beach? – Wo finde ich eine Bar/den Strand? (Voa feende eekh yn-e bar? deen shtrant?)I want to go to… – Ich möchte zu/m … gehen (Ikh moekhte tsoo/m…gay-en)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Ein großes Bier bitte/Glas Wein bitte (In growsehs beer bit-e/glas vyn bit-e)Cheers! (when toasting) – Prost! (prost!)My name is/What’s your name? – Mein Name ist/Wie heißt du? (myn nam-e ist/Vee hyst doo?)You’re very pretty/handsome – Du bist sehr gutaussehend. (Doo beest zayr goot-ows-see-hent)The bill please – Die Rechnung bitte. (Dee rekh-noong bit-e)I love your country! – Ich mag ihr Land. (Ikh maak eehr laant)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – Wenn Sie billige Flüge suchen, benutzen Sie doch Skyscanner! (Venn zee bil-lige flûg-e zookhen, be-nootsen zee dokh Skyscanner!)**Spanish**Hello/goodbye – Hola/Adiós (Ola/adios)Please/thank you – Por favor/Gracias (por favor, gra-see-ass)Where is the bar/beach? – Dónde está el bar/ La playa (don-de esta el bar/la playa)I want to go to…– Quiero ir a (ki-ero ir a)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Una cerveza grande/un vaso de vino (una servesa grand-de/un vaso de vino)Cheers! (when toasting) – salud (salud)My name is/What’s your name? – me llamo/Cómo te llamas? (me lamo/como te lamas?)You’re very pretty/handsome – eres muy guapo/guapa (e-res muy gwapo/a)The bill please – la cuenta por favor (la quenta por favor)I love your country! – me encanta tu pais (me encanta tu pais)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – si quieres vuelos baratos, prueba skyscanner – (see quieres vel-los ba-ra-tos prueba Skyscanner)**Polish**Hello/goodbye – Dzień dobry/Do widzenia (jyen dob ree/ do-viz-en-ya)Please/thank you – Proszę/Dziękuję (Proshair/jen-cu-yeah)Where is the bar/beach? – Gdzie jest bar/plaża? (g-zhare-yest a bar-ra/pla-ja?)I want to go to… – Chcę dojść do… (H-serr do eash do…)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Poproszę duże piwo/kieliszek wina (Po-pror-shor do-zha pivo)Cheers! (when toasting) – Na zdrowie! (Na zdrow-vya)My name is…/What’s your name? – Nazywam się…/Jak masz na imię? (Na-za-vam- she-ya…/Yak mash na iimya?)You’re very pretty/handsome – Jesteś bardzo ładna/przystojny (Ye-ste-zhe ba-zo-ard-na / Pres-to-in yeah)The bill please – Poproszę rachunek – (Po-pror-shor-reh ho-neck)I love your country! – Podoba mi się twój kraj! – (Podoba me-she foy kra-ye)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – Jeśli szukasz tanich lotów, wypróbuj Skyscanner! (Yesh-ni, shockash stani hlakof, vi-pruvov Skyscanner)**French**Hello/goodbye – Bonjour/ Au revoir (bon jaw/orr -rev-woir)Please/thank you – S’il vous plaît/ Merci (see vu play/ mer-see)Where is the bar/beach? – Où est le bar/ la plage (oo- eh- le- baar/ la plaa-zhe?)I want to go to… – Je voudrais aller… (zhe vu-dray a-lay…)I’d like a large beer/glass of wine – Je voudrais une grande bière/un verre du vin (zhe vu-dray oon gron be-air/oon vair du van)Cheers! (when toasting) – Santé! (san-tay!)My name is/What’s your name? – Je m’appelle …/ Comment appelez-vous? (zhe-ma-pell…/com-mon a-pe-lay vuu?)You’re very pretty/handsome – Vous êtes très belle/beau (Vu eh tray bell/beau)The bill please – L’addition, s’il-vous-plaît (la-di-shon see vu play)I love your country – J’adore votre pays! (zh’adoor votra payee)If you want cheap flights, try Skyscanner! – Si vous voulez trouver des vols pas chers, visitez Skyscanner! (see vu vu-lay tru-vay day vol pas share, vee-zeet-tay Skyscanner)ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore was recognize

first_imgThe Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore was recognized as “India’s Leading Business Hotel” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) in London on November 8. This is the third consecutive year that The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts’ flagship property has received the award.“We are humbled by this award. This brings the focus back to The Leela mission, to sustain and surpass excellence in service, ambience and performance. We do everything to ensure that our esteemed clients devote their time to the sole purpose of their stay – to conduct business and relax in the most conducive environment”, said Andrew Hendrian, General Manager of The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore.Located in the “Silicon Valley” of India, The Leela’s flagship property is set amidst nine acres of lush tropical gardens. Drawing inspiration from the architectural style of the Royal Palace of Mysore and the palaces of the Vijayanagara empire, the award-winning Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore has 357 rooms and suites. The property boasts the largest rooms in the city, with the average room measuring 575 square feet and Royal Club Suites measuring over 1,000 square feet. The palace hotel has four restaurants, Asia’s premier urban spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool. With a total 16,360 square feet of meeting space, The Leela is popular with the many IT, software, aerospace and telecommunications companies that are based in Bangalore.One of the world’s most prestigious awards program in the travel and tourism industry, WTA is recognized as the hallmark of excellence. Given out yearly, in recognition of excellence in all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, including hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise companies and destinations, the awards are recognized as helping to raise levels of supreme customer service, innovation, and creativity, as well as encouraging high standards of overall business performance.www.theleela.comlast_img read more

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In celebration of the new high wire attraction i

first_imgIn celebration of the new “high wire” attraction in Whistler, B.C. and perfect for those who enjoy exploring the peaks of the outdoors, Pan Pacific is offering an amazing, value-added Sightseeing Package for those who want to escape the chaos but not break the bank. The offer starts at only CAD$189 per night for accommodations and two Peak 2 Peak Gondola passes. Additional nights are available, starting at CAD$139.In addition to this amazing summer rate and the Peak 2 Peak passes, guests have the choice of two spectacular properties, namely the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre that anchors the world-class, pedestrian Whistler Village or the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, which is nestled at the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.The Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing Package is available through September 20, 2009 and subject to limited availability. For reservations and additional information, please call 888-905-9995 or visit panpacificwhistler.com.Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre are the only properties in this mountain paradise that offer all of the following value-added, complimentary features: Internet, local phone calls and in resort shuttle as well as in room signing privileges for the Spa, Salomon Rental Store, guest exclusive Pacific Lounge and the Dubh Linn Gate Restaurant and Pub. The Pan Pacific Village Centre also offers complimentary breakfast for all hotel guests.www.panpacific.comlast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Alicia Keys kicked off Grammy Awa

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alicia Keys kicked off Grammy Award week with an award — and was serenaded with “Happy Birthday”The 15-time Grammy winner and her husband, Swizz Beatz, were both honoured Thursday with an honour from the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. It was also Keys’ 37th birthday and media crews welcomed her on the red carpet with the traditional song.Keys felt the moment was surreal since she was being honoured on her birthday at the Grammys and in her hometown, walking distance from where she grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood.“I’m like, OK, they’re going to set up the Grammys, kick it off with my birthday. My husband and I (are being) honoured simultaneously in this most prestigious moment, and then we’re going to just keep going from there and it’s going to be a magnificent week. I do feel like this was made for me,” Keys said.Beatz said it doesn’t get much better than being honoured with your wife. He called the dual awards “a celebration of her life but also a celebration of our life as creatives.”Keys’ hits include “Girl On Fire,” ”Fallin,’” “No One,” ”A Woman’s Worth” and “Superwoman,” many of which salute strong women. TV personality Gayle King came to honour Keys and said many of her songs are especially relevant.“Alicia Keys is very good when it comes to doing women anthems,” King said. “She is a walking talking example of what a woman in power should be. She does that every single day. She walks the walk and she talks the talk.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 9:16 am PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alicia Keys kicks off Grammy week with a birthday partycenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Alicia Keys performs at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis’ gala, held a day before the 2018 Grammy Awards, launched the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, and have featured all-stars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Smokey Robinson and Carly Simon. He first held the gala 42 years ago. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File) last_img read more

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Miami stadium could rise from ruins under restorat

first_imgMiami stadium could rise from ruins under restoration plan Miami Marine Stadium is a shell of its former self.What was once home to world-class speedboat races, sold-out rock concerts and boxing matches now sits abandoned behind a fenced-off section of Virginia Key, a slice of land south of downtown Miami.More than a quarter-century after the modernist concrete structure was condemned due to hurricane damage, trespassers have replaced patrons. Security guards are the new ushers. Heaping piles of illegally dumped trash and rubble now cover a ground once carpeted by ticket stubs.The City of Miami has committed $42 million to restore the stadium and create a mixed-use park around it.“We want this to be a signature space,” the municipality’s chief of urban design, David Snow, said at a recent town hall meeting organized to solicit public opinion.Previous attempts by past administrations and outside groups all failed amid budget concerns and fruitless political negotiations. But now the city has the political wherewithal to get it done, and in fact has already hired a design team, Snow said, noting, “We’ve been waiting for this since 1992.”Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium was the brainchild of a young and ambitious Cuban architect named Hilario Candela.For decades, it was home to hundreds of spectacles. In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. warmly embraced President Richard Nixon at the stadium during a rally to support his re-election bid. Queen performed there in 1975, when tickets cost a mere $3 apiece. And other musicians, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Whitney Houston and Jimmy Buffet, entertained crowds from the stadium’s floating stage.The festivities came to an abrupt end in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew swept through South Florida, leaving cracks in the foundation that prompted Miami officials to condemn the building.Candela, now serving as the project’s associate architect, described the city’s original assessment as flawed and politically motivated. He said the damage was not from the hurricane but a direct result of lack of maintenance. “We knew that for a fact,” he said.For years, the stadium sat vacant without proper oversight and continued to decay. If not for the dogged efforts of the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, an advocacy group that successfully fought to have it designated as a historical landmark in 2008, it would have been demolished.“It felt tremendous” said Candela, who served as one of the group’s organizers. Something he dreamed up nearly 50 years prior would “remain forever,” he added.Despite this feat, the stadium remains fenced off from the public.Its rooms and concourses have been stripped bare, corroded by the elements. Rusted light fixtures from the vaulted cantilever roof have crashed to the ground and wedged themselves between aisles of janky seats. Layers upon layers of graffiti have spread like invasive vines across every wall.Silvia Royer is overwhelmed by a mix of nostalgia and frustration when she thinks of the stadium that she grew up with. The 45-year-old Miami resident said the city failed its citizens by closing it.“It made you love Miami,” Royer said. She recalled attending concerts and sporting events during which attendees docked their boats near the stadium and drank beer from flotation devices, watching performances while wading in the water.“You can’t do that in New York City. You can’t do that anywhere else,” she said.Four years after the stadium received historical landmark status, a 2012 study conducted by the World Monuments Fund deemed the building structurally sound. Public records show the assessment was backed by a 2017 study conducted by Wiss Janney Elstner, an Illinois firm responsible for overseeing the restoration and structural maintenance of the Sydney Opera House. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2018.“This entire project is meant to be a historic preservation,” said Richard Heisenbottle, president of RJ Heisenbottle Architects, a local firm hired by the city to oversee the stadium’s restoration.He added that although the group intends to maintain the stadium’s original structure, a significant emphasis will be placed on providing modern amenities so that the venue can once again provide a world-class sensory experience to audiences.“We want people to come to the stadium even when they’re not going to a concert,” said Heisenbottle, who noted that the firm’s goal is to allow visitors to have access on off days to enjoy the views of Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay.Officials hope the restoration will be completed by 2020.On a recent afternoon, the only sounds heard inside came from boaters playing electronic dance music on small luxury vessels docked out in the basin. Iguanas sunbathed and roamed freely throughout the structure. The closest thing to a celebrity sighting was a mother attempting to take headshots of her daughter for a television show audition.A security guard gently asked them to leave. They didn’t have a permit to be on the property.Ellis Rua, The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 photo, graffiti covers the walls of the derelict Miami Marine Stadium, on Virginia Key, in Miami. The stadium was once the home to world-class events such as concerts and speedboat races. The city condemned the modernist concrete structure after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992. The city has announced its intentions to restore the stadium. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ellis Rua, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2018 12:26 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Grande cancels show due to ‘unforeseeable health reasons’ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 28, 2018 10:35 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — Ariana Grande has cancelled a Las Vegas performance days before New Year’s Eve “due to unforeseeable health reasons.”Grande was originally scheduled to perform at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday. The hotel said Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that the pop star will not perform.The hotel said guests can receive refunds at their point of purchase.Grande has had a busy year: Her song “Thank U, Next” is spending its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, she recently earned two Grammy nominations and was named woman of the year by Billboard. Her year also included the end of her relationship with comedian-actor Pete Davidson and the death of her former boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30 2019 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 1:27 pm PDT Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge HOUSTON — Police have arrested a renowned opera singer and University of Michigan professor on allegations that he and his husband in 2010 sexually assaulted a singer in Houston.Countertenor David Daniels and his spouse William A. Scott Walters were arrested Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Texas warrants charging each of them with sexual assault of an adult. A Houston police spokesman declined to comment on the charges Wednesday.Samuel Schultz told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the couple assaulted him when he was living in Houston as a graduate student at Rice University.The AP doesn’t normally name victims of sexual assault but Schultz offered to publicly identify himself to help others fearful of reporting an assault.Houston attorney Matt Hennessy says Daniels and Walters “are innocent of any wrongdoing.”The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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AGO curator Alexandra Suda named next director of

first_imgAGO curator Alexandra Suda named next director of National Gallery of Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA — Alexandra Suda, a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, has been named as the next director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez announced Suda’s appointment on Wednesday.“Through her exceptional talent, she will lead the National Gallery of Canada with the highest standards, making Canadians proud of their national art institution,” Rodriguez said in a statement.Suda joined the AGO in 2011 and currently serves as the Toronto gallery’s curator of European Art and chair of prints and drawings.She earned a PhD at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, and her career began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.In a statement on the National Gallery of Canada’s website, Suda called it a privilege to lead the institution.“A thrilling adventure awaits us — one that builds on a rich tradition, a world-class collection, and the dedication of the institution’s incredible staff,” she said.Suda is set to start her five-year term at the Ottawa museum in April. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 9:09 am PDTcenter_img Alexandra Suda is seen in this undated handout photo. Alexandra Suda has been named the new director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, National Gallery of Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT* The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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March 26 2008 This continues 32408 report of

first_imgMarch 26, 2008 This continues 3/24/08 report of interior work on the north facing studio apartment on the first floor of Unit 10 in the East Crescent Complex. Construction crew leader Melissa Soluski works with workshop participant Colleen Reckow on tiles for the bathroom. Some of the tiles have to be trimmed at one edge to accommodate the small translucent red tile. [Photo & text: sa] The tiles have been grouted and now a sealer against moisture is applied to the grouted grooves. [Photo & text: sa] The same tile work provides a splash guard for the rest of the small bathroom. This report will continue as work progresses. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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March 21 2016On March 16 2016 the Arcosanti comm

first_imgMarch 21, 2016On March 16. 2016 the Arcosanti community lost our good friend and colleague Ed Werman.Ed first came to Arcosanti in 1988 and managed the Visitors Center for a few years.[photo: Ed with Nadia Begin, courtesy of Nadia Begin]He was the manager of the Arcosanti Ceramics Studio for many years and as a manager he very much inspired people to reach the height of their potential.We will miss his calm, serene manner and sparkling, quiet sense of humor. He had such a positive outlook on life.There will be a memorial celebration pot-luck at the Ceramics Apse and the Begin-Tollas residence, starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 23. 2016. [text by Nadia Begin and Valkiry]last_img read more

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Anastasiades answers critics with call for unity

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday hit back at critics of his stance on the Cyprus talks and called for the unity of the political parties so that the challenges ahead could be met.Unveiling a monument in Agios  Athanasios in honour of Greek Cypriots and Greeks who fell during the 1974 invasion, the president said that if there was progress at the talks, it was because the Greek Cypriot side showed courage and determination to meet the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots. He expected the Turkish Cypriots do the same.Anastasiades said that during the last two years of “difficult negotiations”, the Greek Cypriot side had made great effort to reach an overall agreement.“Throughout this round of talks we have achieved convergences on key issues and we have recorded positions that allow me to say that they constitute significant progress. Unfortunately, there are differences that remain unresolved,” he said.He appealed to all political parties for unity, “both to those who blame me for having made unacceptable concessions, but also to the others, who dictate that I must continue and exhaust all options”.The threats facing Cyprus needed unity, he said. “Now is the time to give our hands. When you are the target of threats, and you are still in negotiations, instead of exhortations about exhausting all options, it would be good to stand united to face the threats,” he said and had a dig at his critics, who “try to accuse of expediencies those that express the positions of the National Council.”Anastasiades wondered “why, in the event the talks collapsed, should I take equal responsibility, given that instead of goodwill, I am met by the hardened positions (of the Turkish Cypriot side)?”“I never sought the collapse (of the talks).  On the contrary, through concrete actions, for which I have received severe criticism, I have shown that my aim is to continue the dialogue,” he said.It should have been clear to all, he said, that when the aim was to create a homeland and a functioning European state that defended and safeguarded the human rights of all citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, one could not ignore positions that overturned basic principles.Anastasiades said that his vision “was, and remains, the reunification of our homeland, its liberation from the occupying troops, the creation of a functioning state, the creation of conditions for peaceful coexistence and prosperity, security for all, and not unilaterally for some and a threat to others”.He added that he would work for a settlement with the same determination but he knew where he could make concessions and what not to accept, “if we are to achieve a solution also acceptable by the Greek Cypriot community”.Anastasiades has been under fire from main opposition Akel for placing next year’s presidential elections ahead of the talks.Akel’s general secretary Andros Kyprianou warned on Sunday that the next meeting of the two leaders which was to take place on Wednesday, was critical, as, it would determine whether the effort to reach a settlement agreement would continue.If there was no progress, he said, the procedure would stop until after the presidential elections and then it would become “extremely difficult” to get anywhere as conditions would change. He said that it had been a month and a half ago thatSerdar Denktash had announced that 7,200 new ‘citizenships’ would be granted. This number could have risen said Kyprianou.This, he said, would change the agreement on population ratio and create huge problems as to the convergences achieved, whereas land development would continue thus affecting the issues of territory and property. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Live CransMontana Day One

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LIVE CransMontana Day 8

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Undocumented migrants among Syrians brought ashore

first_imgSeven of the 85 Syrians who arrived in Cyprus in a boat at Pomos, Paphos, on Friday turned out to be undocumented migrants and were brought before the Paphos district court, police announced on Saturday.The remaining 78 were transferred to the Kokkinotrimithia refugee reception centre shortly before midnight Friday.The Syrians, among them 11 underage children, landed at Paradise beach in Pomos at 2pm Friday in a ‘Motor Yot’ boat.The boat was tugged to shore by marine police.Police said they comprised 65 men, nine women, and 11 underage children.All were initially transported in Civil Defence buses to the Polis Chrysochous police station, where they were recorded following medical examinations.During questioning, they told police they had left a Turkish port on Wednesday night, after paying the smuggler 2.000 US dollars each, while families were given a better price.Four of them requested medical attention and were transported to the Polis Chrysochous hospital.They were released after receiving treatment.All 85 were supplied with food and basic necessities.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

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Eightday remand for suspected drug smuggler

first_imgA 35-year-old man was remanded for eight days on Thursday in connection with smuggling some five kilos of cannabis through the post.The suspect was arrested after Greek customs found the Cyprus-bound package at Athens airport containing 5.4 kilos of cannabis.After informing police on the island, the package was sent to Cyprus where the drug squad tracked down the 35-year-old.Limassol district court remanded the suspect, reportedly a special education teacher, an eight-day remand. He denies any involvement and his lawyer did not contest the remand order.He was arrested in Limassol on Wednesday and faces charges including illegally importing, possessing, and possession with intent to supply drugs.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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

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Arrest for steroid possession

first_imgA 43-year-old man from Nicosia was arrested on Wednesday for the alleged possession of steroids.The man was arrested when he went on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a package from the offices of a courier service. The drug squad had already been alerted of the arrival of the package and had been monitoring the shop, waiting for the man to pick it up. In the package were nine vials, each 10ml, with a substance believed to be steroids, as well as 50 tablets.During a search in the 43-year-old’s home, officers also located an open vial containing a substance believed to be steroids.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 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

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Ex official slam Coop CEO Altamira deal Updated

first_imgFormer Co-op officials continued to testify on Monday to a special committee probing the bank’s collapse which, they said, was the result of bad corporate governance and nepotism.Former chairman Christakis Taoushanis said that he “strongly” disagreed with the management’s handling of Altamira, Spain’s non-performing loans specialist, as it violated fundamental principles of corporate governance and were facilitated by a permanent “coalition” of board members favouring the management’s decisions.Taoushanis, who was testifying on the second day of hearings of the special investigation committee tasked with looking into the causes that led to the breakdown of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank, said that its management omitted to engage in negotiations with any other parties when it sought to create a platform for the management of its non-performing loans.Shortly before Taoushanis delivered his testimony, Andreas Trokkos another former Co-op official, said that he also felt disappointed over management decisions which affected the bank’s profitability.Later, board member Demetris Theodotou said that the finance ministry intervened in favour of Nicolas Hadjiyiannis being appointed CEO even though he had not been included in a shortlist with candidates for the job presented to the board.Former Co-op chairman Taoushanis said that the management of the bank which had handled the negotiations with Altamira had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Spanish financial company, which while non-binding, contained a provision for “binding exclusivity” in the negotiations.Objections he and other board members often raised at board meetings were overruled by the “coalition” of members which comprised the same persons and showed that their support for management was coordinated. “There was solidarity and understanding,” between the pro-management coalition members, he added.His comments supported the picture presented on Friday by previous board member George Strovolides and the bank’s former chief executive officer (CEO) Marios Clerides who said that his successor, Hadjiyiannis, a childhood friend of Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, had garnered too much power.The failure of the bank, recapitalised with €1.7bn in taxpayers’ money in 2014 and 2015, to reduce its non-performing loans stock of €7bn fast enough resulted in losses which wiped out is capital. The agreement with Altamira was announced a year ago and was implemented in January, and was too little too late to save the bank, which in March decided to seek a buyer for its operations and assets.Taoushanis said that both the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the European Central Bank’s (ECB) branch co-supervising with national banks systemic lenders in Europe, expressed strong disagreement with the government’s initial decision to donate 25 per cent of the Co-op’s stock to its customers. “There was very strong disagreement from the supervisor, both the CBC and the SSM, communicated both verbally and in writing,” he said.When the member of the committee George Charalambous, a former banker, asked whether the stock had to be conceded free of charge, Taoushanis reacted by raising his hands to demonstrate that he had the same question.“Having a company with 200,000 shareholders which is in need of funds, there is a chaos at shareholder meetings,” he said.He also criticised shareholder indifference in filling vacant posts in the board of directors with qualified members and singled out the case of accountant Susanna Poyiadji, who served in the board from July 2016 to April last year without being subsequently replaced by a person with similar qualifications. “Boards must have members with knowledge in areas such as accounting or technology so that one can complement the other,” he said.Taoushanis who had joined the bank’s board of directors also in July 2016, became its chairman the following month, before resigning in October, said that while he had asked to be shown references to the negotiations with Altamira in the minutes of past board sessions, he was never presented any.“As far as I know, there weren’t any,” he said. “Then came December 28, 2016, which was a milestone of bad corporate governance. The majority of the board of directors decided after being strongly encouraged by the management in favour of direct negotiations with Altamira.”The management, he continued, argued in favour of direct negotiations, without seeking an expression of interest from other parties, in an attempt to secure a “first-mover advantage” in announcing the establishment of the non-performing loans management platform.While he supported the idea of setting up a non-performing loans management platform in general, something which also CBC and SSM were in favour of, he objected to the way the deal with Altamira was completed.The bank’s slow progress in reducing its bad loans, prompted about a year ago an intervention by the supervisors who asked the bank to take steps to reduce its non-performing loans (NPLs) stock by a quarter.“It was considered that we hadn’t been aggressive enough with NPLs so we had to go back to the drawing board,” when the CBC and the SSM requested report on the progress on a monthly basis, he said. “We reached the target in the first month but after that I am not aware of what happened as I left the bank.”When Hellenic Bank which announced its agreement with the Prague-based non-performing loans specialist APS Holdings, it emerged that it had entered talks with 40 companies who offered that service, Taoushanis said, adding that it was unjustified for a state-owned bank to concede the management of 60 per cent of its portfolio without going to tenders.“My resignation didn’t come out of the blue,” he said. “Some may have been surprised because there aren’t many who give up a job paying 75,000 (euros) a year.”His resignation was initially communicated to the main shareholder, i.e. the government which owned 99 per cent of the bank’s shares, then to the board of directors and then to the Central Bank of Cyprus, he said.Andreas Trokkos, the bank’s former head of restructurings, told the committee, appointed by Attorney-general Costas Clerides, that his decision to resign from his position also had to do with a general disappointment over the legal framework on non-performing loans, in addition to what was happening in the bank, which could have improved its profitability.He said that his division recommended caution in decisions affecting profitability, such as the bank’s decision in 2015 to reduce its lending rates.The resignation of former chief executive officer (CEO) Clerides made Trokkos even more concerned, he said.Lastly, Demetris Theodotou, who served as member of the Co-op’s board of directors in 2013 to October 2015, said that Hadjiyiannis who succeeded Clerides was unqualified for the job.Theodotou said that he left the board after finance minister Georgiades informed him in a letter that he was fired without explaining the reasons, after he expressed his disagreement regarding the organisational structure of the bank, the approval of the business recovery plan and Hadjiyiannis’s appointment.Following the resignation of Clerides, who on Friday said that he felt undermined by Hadjiyiannis, the company tasked with finding a replacement presented a short list which did not contain Hadjiyiannis’s name, Theodotou said.In a meeting with Hadjiyiannis, he discussed the possibility of instead opting for a replacement ahead of the then planned capital increase, to assign Hadjiyiannis temporarily an executive role, the former board member said adding that he responded saying that he was uncertain if that was possible.Andreas Mouskallis, a representative of the old shareholders of the Co-op, whose shareholding following the bank’s bailout shrank to below 1 per cent, intervened with a letter praising Hadjiyiannis’s abilities and recommending him for the CEO role.Theodotou added that Dionysis Dionysiou, the finance ministry’s liaison with the Co-op, was behind “a lot of pressure” aiming at pushing the procedure in favour of Hadjiyiannis.Dionysiou argued that if it leaked to the public that there was disagreement regarding over who should be hired as CEO, it could cause concern among depositors, Theodotou said.He added that while the minutes show that the decision to hire Hadjiyiannis was unanimous, the minutes did not reflect that he and another board member dissented.The bank, he added, did not collapse from one or two bad appointments of executives but on the absence of corporate governance.  You May LikeQuizly(Quiz) Only 1 In 10 People Can Name These Female Icons. 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GreeceRussia expulsions nothing to do with Cyprus

first_imgThe mutual expulsion of diplomats by Greece and Russia has nothing to do with Cyprus, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.“It is a matter that concerns strictly these two countries,” government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said when contacted by the Cyprus Mail.“Cyprus has no such issues with Russia,” he added.Such quid pro quo measures are part of diplomatic craft, Prodromou said.On Monday, Moscow announced the expulsion of two Greek diplomats, also banning a senior official from Greece’s foreign ministry from entering Russia.In its statement, the Russia foreign ministry did not name the Greek diplomats it had expelled or say when it had asked them to leave.Citing unnamed sources, Russia’s state-backed RIA news agency said Moscow had expelled Greece’s trade representative as well as a Greek diplomatic employee responsible for the country’s communications policy in Russia.It was a tit-for-tat move after Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people from entering the country for allegedly trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal to allow Macedonia to join Nato.Athens had taken the unprecedented step of ejecting Russian diplomats, saying that Moscow sought to meddle in Greece’s internal affairs.The claim was that Russian diplomats, in cahoots with businessmen in Greece with ties to Russia, were behind demonstrations taking place in the region of Thrace.The demonstrations were opposed to a pending deal between Athens and Skopje to rename Macedonia.The subsequent agreement allowed Macedonia to join the ranks of Nato.Russia flatly denied the allegations, arguing that the Greek government levied the accusation under pressure from Nato allies.Following the initial diplomatic expulsions, Greece said it still sought good relations with Russia.However, ties appear to have deteriorated since, and Russia’s ambassador to Athens was reported as saying last month that the timing of a planned visit to Greece by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in September was no longer suitable.You May LikeFood Eat SafeWhich 9 Foods Are Bad For Arthritis?Food Eat SafeUndoTripminutes.com17 Summer Music Festivals in EuropeTripminutes.comUndoGreatestGeneva 2018: Top Concept Cars We LikeGreatestUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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House committees to meet again on education crisis

first_imgThe House labour and education committee is scheduled to meet at 1pm to discuss the crisis in public education.The meeting will be attended by the education minister, the auditor-general, the general director of the education ministry, the head of the budget of the finance ministry, the teachers’ unions, parents associations and others.On Tuesday, thousands of teachers and their supporters took to the streets to protest against the government’s decision to take measures to streamline teaching time.The ministry of education reiterated that the measures will remain in place but the government is willing to adopt other solutions which compensate the teachers.You May LikeHealthZapGlimpse Of 50 Places No One Is Allowed To VisitHealthZapUndoLifebiotic Protectival | Chemotherapy Natural Support SupplementsProtectival – Chemotherapy Natural SupportLifebiotic Protectival | Chemotherapy Natural Support SupplementsUndoReWork for Cornerstone OnDemandCartoon Coffee Break: Unconventional Recruiting | ReWorkReWork for Cornerstone OnDemandUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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