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Go back to the enewsletter Spanish hotelier RIU Ho

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSpanish hotelier RIU Hotels & Resorts has opened an all-inclusive, five-star resort on Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. Riu Palace Maldivas has been in the pipeline for over seven years and under development for two. The luxury escape offers overwater villas and opens alongside a sister four-star resort callled Riu Atoll.The two properties, located on two separate islands, are linked by an 800-metre walkway over the water. The 72 suites over the water of the Riu Palace Maldivas are located both sides of this walkway.Riu Palace Maldivas is also spread on the private island of Kedhigandu. It has a total of 176 rooms, including Junior Suites and overwater suites, some of which have private pools.Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas offers a range of cuisines. The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners with live cooking stations. At the Japanese and Fusion restaurants, guests can enjoy à la carte dishes for dinner.Riu Atoll is on the private island of Maafushi. The four-star Riu Classic hotel has 264 rooms, 36 of which are over the water. The hotel has a main restaurant, the Dhoni; an Italian restaurant, Sophia; and a steak house, Beef Steak House.Overwater suite with private poolThe complex has a jetty and a wellness centre that offers various beauty treatments as well as a gym and steam room. The excellent location on two deserted paradise islands offers guests long, dreamlike beaches and water activities to ensure that they can explore the stunning sea surrounding the Maldives.More images on LATTE’s Facebook page here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Cheap flights carrier Jet2.com has announced it will launch a new service between Manchester and Crete in May next year.The airline will now fly to 19 destinations from its Manchester base, with the carrier also announcing that it will increase the number of flights to popular holiday destinations in Turkey, while launching a new flight to Dalaman.Jet2.com will also be affording Sharm el Sheikh passengers more flexibility with its announcement that it will continue operating flights to the city until the end of the 2009 summer season.Commenting on the new route, Jet2.com boss Philip Meeson said: “Jet2.com is increasing capacity as other competitors cut back and filling gaps where demand is clear.”Flights will begin on May 19th with one-way flight tickets starting at £68.99 (including taxes).The carrier said earlier this week that it would increase passengers’ hold baggage allowance by 30 percent – a rise from 17kg to 22kg.NEW: Skyscanner Widgets! RelatedJet2.com to launch flights to Majorca from ScotlandJet2.com to launch flights to Majorca from ScotlandJet2 to launch new flight between Manchester and Tel AvivJet2 has announced the launch of the first low-cost flight between Manchester and Tel AvivNew flights to Monastir announced by Jet2.comCheap flights carrier Jet2.com will launch new flights to Monastir from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.last_img read more

Wikitravel is a user generated travel guide with

first_imgWikitravel is a user generated travel guide, with a mission to create the most complete, up-to date and relevant travel content in the world.The site has good coverage allowing you to drill down from continental level, right through to country, region, city, town and village. As to be expected, there is more content for better known locations, whereas small, more obscure places may not be covered at all (yet).Like Wikipedia, Wikitravel is a free site that anyone can add information to or edit. Unlike Wikipedia, the site is a commercial operation – which is no bad thing as the ads tend to be unobtrusive. Wikitravel also vies to make its content printer friendly, encouraging travellers to print out and take with them relevant content for use on the road.The idea is that because anyone can edit articles on Wikitravel, the info should be kept fairly up to date and accurate, although again, like Wikipeida, it’s best to use it as a place to begin your research, rather than a definitive fountain of truth.My one criticism of Wikitravel is its layout and appearance; it looks almost identical Wikipedia, yet the two sites are completely unrelated (other than both use MediaWiki sortware).This does seem like a slightly cheeky move by its creators to piggyback on the trustworthy image and non-profit nature of Wikipedia, even though Wikitravel is a for-profit site.However, it is a great place to start researching a destination, and if you find some nugget of travel info that is missing – why not add it yourself?See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Wikitravel.org RelatedSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the Week101Honeymoons.co.uk – website of the week101Honeymoons.co.uk – website of the weeklast_img read more

Now Time Out comes to iPhone with eight guides av

first_imgNow, Time Out comes to iPhone with eight guides available at present including Manchester and Zagreb. Each app is packed with the same quality content and useful insider tips as the magazine.Each section in the app has an ‘Editor’s picks’ area which is a good way of quickly finding recommended venues. Each attraction can also be added to your bookmarks easily for you to find later.We particularly liked the ‘Inspire me’ section which selects attractions for you based on your location and the type of activity you’re looking for. If you’re hungry in Manhattan, for example, be prepared to be inundated with an array of mouth-watering suggestions.All content in the guides is available offline, which means no nasty roaming charges. More and more apps are now being built this way, as smartphone users savvy up (often after seeing their last holiday phone bill!) to the reality that using the full capabilities of their mobile phone abroad can cost a lot.The built-in content of the app (and the fact that GPS on your iPhone is free) means you can use the ‘What’s nearby’ section without worrying that you’re going to clock up a huge phone bill. The ‘locate me’ function is also handy should you lose your bearings, as is the ‘Search keyword’ box on the app homepage.The Time Out iPhone app is the ultimate companion for travellers who want to keep up to date with the latest events and happenings in their chosen city – and best of all; the apps are currently available free on iTunes!Time Out Travel Guides are available on iTunesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Time Out’s cutting edge insider knowledge has always been at the heart of their city magazines, which were first published in London over 40 years ago. RelatedWallpaper City Guides – app of the weekWallpaper City Guides – app of the weekApp of the week – A Hedonist’s Guide (Hg2)App of the week – A Hedonist’s Guide (Hg2)TripIt – app of the weekTripIt – app of the weeklast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineJust in time for Mother’s Day, Gucci has unveiled the limited edition Mamma bag, designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini as part of the label’s ongoing partnership with UNICEF, now in its sixth year.Available exclusively online, a quarter of the proceeds from the sales of each bag will go directly to UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS programs, which provide HIV test kits to expectant mothers with the goal of eliminating infections in newborns. Gucci has guaranteed a minimum donation of $70,000 to the organization.“My inspiration for this special edition bag came from my trip to Malawi with UNICEF in November 2009, when I witnessed first hand the AIDS epidemic that affects entire generations of families,” said Giannini. “As part of our continued efforts with UNICEF to improve these circumstances, the Mamma bag allows all those who would like to help make a difference in the lives of these families to contribute a gift that will have double meaning on Mother’s Day.”Designed for modern mothers-on-the-go, the Mamma bag features a front-zip pocket and two open side pockets for extra storage, as well as the house’s signature green-red-green web and a touch of luxe leather trim. Celeb moms like Salma Hayek have already gotten their hands on the chic tote.The Mamma bag retails for $970 will retail at Gucci.com through June 15th.www.gucci.comlast_img read more

Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDetermined to pursue their development, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet are to be featured at Colette in Paris. A Tempograph will be displayed in the windows of the famous Parisian store, a leading place for fashion and avant-garde trends. As an exclusive high-tech watch with an eminently contemporary design, the Tempograph values match those conveyed by this concept-store and will doubtless appeal to customers looking for a unique experience.www.colette.frlast_img read more

FILE In this 1963 file photo Black Nationalist

first_img FILE – In this 1963 file photo, Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X attends a rally at Lennox Avenue and 115th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. For decades, a burning question loomed over one of the most important books of the 20th century, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of his most explosive thoughts. The answer came on Thursday, July 26, 2018, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey’s auction house in Manhattan, for $7,000. The buyer was The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (AP Photo/Robert Haggins, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – For decades, scholars have wanted to get a closer look at unpublished sections of a towering 20th century book, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” including cut chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965.They may get their chance after an auction on Thursday, when a manuscript of an unpublished chapter, titled “The Negro,” was sold by Guernsey’s auction house for $7,000.“We are like the Western deserts; tumbleweed, rolling and tumbling whichever way the white wind blows,” reads part of the chapter. “And the white man is like the cactus, deeply rooted, with spines to keep us off.”The buyer was The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, based in Harlem. The Schomburg Center also acquired a 241-page early draft of Malcolm X’s autobiography at the auction for an undisclosed sum.The existence of unpublished chapters of the book has been known since 1992, when an entertainment attorney, Gregory Reed, bought them at an estate auction following the death of the autobiography’s co-author, Alex Haley.Some pages have been exhibited in a Detroit museum. An unpublished introduction was read aloud at an event in 2010. But mostly the sections of the draft that were cut before publication have been locked away from public view.Schomburg Center director Kevin Young said after the auction that the draft of the entire book is of immense value, beyond the historic, for the handwritten revisions and comments by Malcolm X and Haley.Their dialogue, in writing, reflects the human rights activism of the Muslim minister, who indicted white America for what he saw as criminal behaviour against blacks.Opponents including the U.S. government accused Malcolm X of inciting racism and violence. He was assassinated in Harlem by three members of the Nation of Islam, a radical religious movement, shortly after he had broken away from the group.The scribbled notes in the manuscript “are a very direct narrative that he’s crafting,” said Young, citing the image of racist cross-burning that Malcolm X’s mother described to him as a child. “And that’s what brings him into the world.”Loose fragments of Malcolm X’s writing-in-the-works suggest a question: Is it possible there are other chapters that were written but cut?“I examined them, and I don’t know what those are,” Young said. “It’s too early to tell. They look like they were probably stapled at one time or cut and pasted. Some are half of a page or just slips of paper. The best way to describe them is that they’re literal fragments and literary fragments.”It may take years before the story of the fragments is pieced together.“You see in these pages the history of black people in America,” Young concluded. “And we’re bringing the sons and daughters of Harlem home.” by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2018 9:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Unpublished parts of Malcolm X’s autobiography auctioned offlast_img read more

John Singleton to be taken off life support by fam

first_imgJohn Singleton to be taken off life support by family Monday by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2019 10:57 am PDT FILE – This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo shows John Singleton at the 71st annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. The family for Singleton says the filmmaker will be taken off life support Monday, April 29, 2019, after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. In a statement Monday, Singleton’s family said it was “an agonizing decision, one that our family made over a number of days with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — The family for John Singleton says the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be taken off life support Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago.In a statement Monday, Singleton’s family said it was “an agonizing decision, one that our family made over a number of days with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”Reports earlier in the day had said Singleton died Monday morning. But a representative for Singleton said those reports were inaccurate and that Singleton remained on life support.The director of “Boyz in the Hood,” ”Poetic Justice” and other films has been in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital. A court filing last week by his mother, Shelia Ward, requested that she be appointed Singleton’s temporary conservator in order to make medical and financial decisions while he is incapacitated.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Review Tembi Lockes From Scratch is a gorgeous

first_imgReview: Tembi Locke’s ‘From Scratch’ is a gorgeous read AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This book cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home,” by Tembi Locke. (Simon & Schuster via AP) by Kim Curtis, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2019 9:20 am PDTcenter_img Kim Curtis, The Associated Press “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home” (Simon & Schuster), by Tembi LockeNot interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling crazy in love with the man of your dreams? Me neither. But don’t let that stop you from picking up “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home” by Tembi Locke.Yes, the literary debut from the Houston-born actress is the no-longer-unique combination of travelogue, recipe book and love story. And, yes, it’s primarily set in Sicily.But “From Scratch” manages to elevate itself with a few key additional elements.First, Locke is a black American actress forging a career in Hollywood. She meets Saro, a Sicilian chef, when she’s 20. Their interracial, intercultural relationship is shocking enough that his parents boycott the wedding. Then Saro is diagnosed with a rare cancer and dies early in the narrative.Readers observe Locke attempting to work through her paralyzing grief while caring for a young daughter, Zoela, and providing them with a stable home in Los Angeles. They spend summers in Sicily where Zoela thrives and Locke gets to know her late husband’s family.The writing in “From Scratch” is sublime. Locke allows her readers to revel in the sensory experiences of Sicily. She offers a peek into her deeply satisfying relationship with her daughter, her husband and their family.When she compares cheese-making to grief, describing how both need “time, labour and attention,” she offers a new perspective on an age-old emotion. Even her description of the classic Los Angeles fog feels fresh: “A haze always hung over the city, separating the lives we led from the open sky.”Because of her obvious writing skills, readers get lost in her prose, which leads to some confusion and unanswered questions. For example, the book glosses over Saro’s cancer diagnosis, lengthy treatments and Locke’s 10 years as his caregiver. And while readers understand that they were each other’s great love, we’re not sure how or why that became true.Her characters, too, are presented in broad strokes and feel two-dimensional. Zoela as a typical kid is whiny and impatient at times, but she’s also smart, kind and wise beyond her years. Saro is handsome, supportive, understanding and great in the bedroom as well as the kitchen. And Locke herself, despite sharing stories of her love, family and grief, keeps a safe distance.Despite its flaws, “From Scratch,” which ends, as this sort of book does, with a collection of recipes, is a gorgeous read.___Online:Homelast_img read more

This cover image released by Cooking Vinyl shows

first_img This cover image released by Cooking Vinyl shows “Where the Action is,” a release by The Waterboys. (Cooking Vinyl via AP) by Steven Wine, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2019 9:24 am PDT Review: The Waterboys do musical archaeology on new album The Waterboys, “Where the Action Is” (Cooking Vinyl)The liner notes to the Waterboys’ latest album credit frontman Mike Scott for vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass — and “archaeology.” And “Where the Action Is” does indeed offer an entertaining survey of music history in 10 songs.The title track, which opens the album, is a bracing cover of Robert Parker’s 1960s soul gem with updated lyrics. “You can fool the whole world with just one tweet,” Scott sings. The next cut advances the focus a decade with “London Mick,” a rollicking autobiographical tribute to the Clash’s Mick Jones.There are swinging salutes to R&B, and mashups bridging genres and generations. Scott pairs hip-hop verses with a Beatles-style chorus on the sunny “Take Me There I Will Follow You,” and he puts 18th century lyrics to a 21st century rhythm track on “Then She Made the Lasses O.”Most ambitious is the closing “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 novel “The Wind in the Willows.” For nearly nine minutes Scott speaks over a simple piano pattern as he describes an enchanting vision. It’s Scottish folk reminiscent of the Waterboys’ wonderful 2011 album, “An Appointment With Mr Yeats.”On “Where the Action Is,” the best archaeology is self-referential.Steven Wine, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

May 2 2008 While Paolo Soleri was in Rome

first_imgMay 2, 2008 While Paolo Soleri was in Rome for the conference on sustainability in April 2008, he also went to Naples to attend a special conference organized for him by Professor Luigi Fusco Girard at Naples’ prestigious School of Architecture. [Photos & text: Matteo Di Michele] The conference was attended by about 200 students and professors. Architect Iolanda Lima, author of the book “Soleri, Architecture as Human Ecology” also attended the event. Paolo Soleri’s presentation included a complete slide show of his most recent projects, including SOLARE and the SUN DIAL BRIDGE designed for the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale, AZ. [Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele]last_img read more

October 6 2010This model of the pulse bridge was

first_imgOctober 6, 2010This model of the pulse bridge was first built for the exhibition “Soleri’s Cities” at Scottsdale Center for the Arts in 1993. It was displayed for many years in the Crafts III cafe. Architect Young Soo Kim restored the model for the upcoming exhibition at SMOCA – SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART.Paolo Soleri conceived the ‘Pulse Bridge’ in 1988 for the New York cityscape. He designed it so as to alter its own stress configuration according to the traffic loads it carries and the temperature and wind variations. It does not so much react to such stresses as it dynamically adapts to them. This is achieved by suspending the whole structure on two sets of hinges and altering the weight distribution by way of four ballast spheres, constantly changing in weight because of the water volume they contain that is pouring in or spilling out of each. Temperature differential and wind loads will suggest asymmetrical ballast content.The exhibition BRIDGES: SPANNING THE IDEAS OF PAOLO SOLERI, opens to the public this Saturday, October 9. and will be on display until January 23. 2011. Staff from Arthandlers wrapped the model for secure transportation.The Pulse bridge model is one of three bridge models that will be on display. Also on view will be one of the metal bound sketchbooks, Soleri Sketchbook #3, covering drawings and notes from October 1961 until March 1964. There will also be a 40 page section of Soleri Sketchbook #10, pages 81 – 120, covering the time from October 1989 to January 1990. This contains some of the very first sketches for the Scottsdale bridge. There will be bridge drawings and silk screens of bridges, as well as two bridge scrolls. One of the scrolls is from a collection of ‘folded’ scrolls and has not been shown in any previous exhibition. It is dated 1957, over 100 feet long, folded into 13 inch wide panels. Only some of the panels will be displayed in a 24 foot long case, but Soleri Archive photographer David DeGomez photographed and printed out the scroll in its entirety in a 5 inch wide strip displayed with the original scroll. The scroll has sketches of many bridges.The exhibition will be in the Virginia Ullman Gallery at SMoCA.This fall Soleri will complete his first built bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront, commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art. Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri will highlight a single important aspect of Soleri’s career as a means to understand his vision for creating livable, sustainable communities. This exhibition of drawings, models and video documentation will provide a unique opportunity to see the mind, hand and beauty of one the world’s pioneers in bridging us to a more holistic and elegant future.THE OFFICIAL BRIDGE DEDICATION TO CELEBRATE SOLERI IN SCOTTSDALE – December 11, 2010 – 11a – 2p – FREE – Scottsdale Waterfront. Visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org for details on an entire weekend of festivities: December 10+11+12, 2010.

 Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri is a collaborative exhibition organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art and the Cosanti Foundation.last_img read more

Paphos delegation heads to Israel for Herzlyia twinning

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES of Paphos municipality, headed up by mayor Phedonas Phedonos leave for Israel on Tuesday evening, for the second part of the twinning ceremony of the town with Herzlyia.The trip is being described as a historic one for Paphos and is the second part of the official twinning of Paphos and Herzliya, the initial event saw a delegation from Israel visit Paphos in October last year.Herzliya is well established in the field of technologies and Paphos municipality is hoping that collaboration between the two will focus on tourism and new technologies.The delegation will depart from Paphos airport aboard Ryan Air’s inaugural flight to Tel Aviv. Accompanying the group is Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petridis, the chairman of the CTO, Angelos Loizou, and a delegation of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce –EVE- led by Chairman Andreas Dimitriades, members of the Paphos regional board of tourism, and numerous group of tourism businessmen.The flight leaves at 8pm on Tuesday evening.On Thursday morning, a meeting of the heads of Paphos delegation with the Israeli Minister of Tourism is scheduled and on Wednesday, a meeting between tourism entrepreneurs of the two countries, will cover a number of issues. The main events of Pafos2017’s cultural capital title will also be promoted and discussed.The Israeli market is being actively targeted as part of an ongoing tourism plan to encourage travellers between Paphos and Tel Aviv.On Thursday, a meeting will take place between the delegation of EVE and the leadership of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tel Aviv, as well as meetings of the Paphos municipality representatives with companies and organisations that specialise in the field of new technologies.The delegation also includes the president and members of the committee of foreign affairs and tourism, Panagiotis Vorkas, Linos Tsokkas, Marinos Stylianou and George Sophocles. The municipal secretary Themis Filippides and municipal service officer Yiannis Anthis will also be on the trip.The delegation will return to Paphos on Friday afternoon.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Senior Homeowners Are Taking Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Twice missing boy found

first_imgThe 12-year-old boy Goatsa Sebastian Petricior, 12, from Romania, who has been reported missing from his house in Larnaca since Sunday morning, has been found by police at his friend’s home.The boy was safe and in good health condition and was picked up by his parents.This is the second time in a week the same boy was reported missing.Last Tuesday he was reported missing by his mother and was located later in the day in an Ayia Napa playground.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

Kidd CransMontana a chance to take an important step forward Updated

first_imgBritish High Commissioner Mathew Kidd said on Friday that next week’s Conference on Cyprus at Crans-Montana is a chance for big discussions and big progress to be made, noting his country is a junior participant in the discussion at the Conference.The Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana is just over two hours drive from Geneva, where the previous Conference on Cyprus was held in January this year.Speaking to reporters ahead of the new Conference slated for June 28, Kidd, who was asked to comment on reports suggesting a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ would be under discussion, said: “I think it is a new concept that is worthy of serious discussion next week in Switzerland and that should help to identify whether it can be a useful part of the answer”.However he underlined that it was an “an idea that it’s not yet cooked” but it is certainly worth trying to develop.Asked about the initial draft of a common document on security and guarantees and whether London wished to make changes to the draft,Kidd said: “I hope that the paper can be a guide to the discussion, sort of a structure for the discussion next week rather than becoming something which gets negotiated in detail in itself”.On his expectations from Crans-Montana, Kidd added: “I hope we can make really good progress. I think it’s a moment in which the parties have all been preparing themselves for serious discussion. We have had time to reflect on the beginnings of the discussion in Switzerland in January and the timing is going to be there, the opportunity is going to be there, to take a really important step forward”.To a question on whether this was the end of the road for Cyprus, the British diplomat said: “I think that’s a kind of an unhelpful way of thinking about it. It’s an opportunity, it’s not a threat. It’s a chance actually for big discussions, big progress to be made and all the right people will be there to get somewhere really important”.As far as the UK role was concerned he said Britain would like to be a junior participant in the discussion.“We are there but we don’t have the same fundamental interests at stake as others do so that gives us a chance… to support the discussion, to enrich the discussion to be part, challenging the discussion to help keep it focused on outcomes and that’s what we will try to do, in a subordinate way and in a respectful way knowing that others have vital interests at stake and we are there just to help the process along,” he said.Greece and Turkey will be represented at the conference by their respective foreign ministers, and Britain by an under-minister. The EU will be there as an observer. UN chief Antonio Guterres is due in Crans-Montana on June 30.A draft common document on security and guarantees prepared by UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide was delivered to both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides earlier this week. The common document drafted by Eide aims to guide the discussions on the issue of security and guarantees.The document and the new conference were also discussed on Friday in Brussels when President Nicos Anastasiades met British Prime Minister Theresa May, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.“The president of the Republic had a very interesting meeting with the British prime minister. The discussions were dominated by the upcoming conference on Cyprus. It was common belief that the results of the discussion of security and guarantees are those that will show whether we are optimistic about a positive outcome of this process,” he said.Beyond that, there was also an exchange of views on Eide document, he added.  Christodoulides said that late Thursday, the written positions of the Greek Cypriot side on the content of the draft were sent to the UN.Anastasiades and May also discussed Brexit, Turkey’s EU relations and bilateral Cyprus-UK ties, the spokesman said.He also said that during the EU Council meeting on Thursday night, the number of member states that agree with the position of the Republic that the EU is enough of a guarantee for a federal Cyprus, was in the double digits.You May LikeMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap New Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo 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

Please release my Dad

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneThe father of a baby that underwent a life-saving operation in Israel in 2013 after the minister of health stepped in, is still being held at Menoyia detention centre in Nicosia, almost two months since his arrest at Paphos immigration in July.John (Sanjeev) Dhull, 36, visited immigration at their request to collect a letter and was arrested. On July 20 he was moved to Menoyia in Larnaca where he remains.His daughter, Zoe, aged 5, is distraught that her father has still not returned home to Paphos and asked her mother to help her write a sign to send to friends of her parents and the media, to try and help her father.“Zoe is so not doing so well, she is upset most of the time and not eating or sleeping properly and losing weight, I am worried about her. Zoe understands that her father is being held, but not really why he can’t come home. She wanted to do something to help and asked me to write out ‘Please release my Dad- I love me Papa,’ which she then copied and drew hearts on,” Dhull’s wife Virginia said.Zoe’s mum said she was unsure of sending out the photo of Zoe, but that the determined youngster asked her to do it to try to help her father.She added that the office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner, Leda Koursoumba, had contacted her this week for information about Zoe and their circumstances.“It is difficult for us to stay alone and support ourselves.”She said that whilst officials from the welfare department had visited the duo at home, she made a request for help.“They said they couldn’t help us as we are not European, refugees or asylum seekers.”The pair are reliant on the help of friends, she said.When Zoe, now 5, was born in Paphos general hospital on June 25, 2013, she was diagnosed with a heart defect, which had gone undetected during pregnancy.Her parents had less than two weeks to raise the €15,000 needed to pay for a vital cardiac catheterisation in Israel as the operation could not be done in Cyprus.They had no private medical insurance and were unable to obtain a state medical card as their visas had expired. The health ministry stepped in and offered to pay the costs, and at just three weeks old Zoe underwent the life-saving operation at the Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Israel. The family are extremely grateful for this act. She will most probably need another operation at the age of 16 and undergoes regular check-ups in Nicosia.Dhull had been working at a restaurant in Paphos ( he had a valid work permit) at the time of his arrest, and was supporting his family. However, the permit was revoked, according to officials.The ministry of the Interior listed the couple’s immigration history, noting that they both remained in Cyprus illegally after their visas had run out – before Zoe was born – and that Dhull was given a ‘final residence permit’ which expired in October 2017. The ministry said this ‘cancels out any requests filed by him, his wife or daughter’, despite him having a work permit valid until October 2018.However, Dhull’s Nicosia-based lawyer, Maria Serghi Mirbagheri, is waiting for a response from the office of Leda Koursoumba, and a request to put the family unit first on humanitarian grounds by granting Dhull an extension.The lawyer noted that she is not disputing the points made by the ministry, adding that subsequent permissions to stay had been granted on humanitarian grounds. She said that although Dhull was given a letter by immigration to leave Cyprus, it also includes the right to appeal the decision, which is what he is doing.She said: “I hope that it’s just a matter of time before he comes out”.Dhull’s first court appearance to appeal this decision is slated for October 9.Speaking from Menoyia on Friday, Dhull told the Cyprus Mail that as he is allowed his phone at the centre, he speaks to his daughter every day, but that she continually questions when he will be going home and cries.“It’s very upsetting for both of us. I keep telling her maybe next week, but she is fed up with hearing that. I would like to go home to Paphos, back to my family and my job and take care of them,” he said.You May LikeAnswer MindTrying to Lose Weight? Eat These 5 Things!Answer MindUndoGundry MDFeeling Worn Out? Top Surgeon: How To Truly Restore Your BodyGundry MDUndoCollider30 Popular Movies That Were Banned Around The WorldColliderUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man pleads not guilty to premeditated murder of shop worker

first_imgThe 40-year-old man suspected of killing Yiannoula Hadjiyianni, who was found stabbed to death in her car last November in Ikos Marathasas in the Nicosia district, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charge of premeditated murder.The accused’s lawyer told Nicosia criminal court that he had filed a request with the attorney-general for the charge facing his client to be changed to manslaughter.Giorgi Baratashvili from Georgia was arrested on November 12, hours after 56 year-old Hadjiyianni was found dead in her car with stab wounds to the upper part of her body. An eyewitness placed Baratashvili inside Hadjiyianni’s car earlier on. It is believed that the man had hitched a ride with the 56-year-old knowing that she worked for a grocery shop in nearby Kalopanayiotis and that she had the store’s takings on her.The accused had admitted to killing Hadjiyianni with a knife and stealing the money she had in her vehicle. He had initially refused any involvement in the case.On the day of his arrest, €1,505 was found in his possession that he could not justify.Baratashvili on Wednesday was called to answer to the charge of manslaughter which is subject to life imprisonment. Speaking through an interpreter, he pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder.His defence told court that a request has been submitted to the AG to change the charge from premeditated murder to manslaughter.The trial adjourned until April 8. Until then, Baratashvili will remain in custody.Police had said they found blood on his clothes and in the bathroom of his flat in nearby Kalopanayiotis. The suspect had undergone a medical examination after his arrest and abrasions were found on his hands. Police told court that they had also recovered a pocketknife from the women’s front passenger seat, which they believe had been used to stab Hadjiyianni multiple times.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Construction workers to stage strike next month

first_imgConstruction workers will go on a 24-hour strike next month as a warning to the building contractors that employ them to respect their collective agreement and restore their slashed salaries and benefits.Trade unions Peo, Sek and Deok announced their construction members would go a 24-hour warning strike on February 13.Construction workers had authorised their trade unions last month to announce strike measures when deemed necessary to defend their rights and convince employers to respect their collective agreement.Unions said last month that construction workers were angry, but also determined to get the Federation of Cyprus Building Contractors (Oseok), to finally respect the agreements and invite its members to apply the collective agreement and restore their employees’ slashed salaries and benefits.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Consumer prices fall 02 in November on fuel drop

first_imgBy Marie KambasConsumer prices fell an annual 0.2 per cent in November and a monthly 0.4 per cent, compared to a 0.5 per cent deflation rate the month before a 2.1 per cent price drop in November last year, amid decreasing prices for energy products, fruits and vegetables as well as fares, the statistical service said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Larnaca attracts another international hotel chain

first_imgThe Larnaca Tourism Board (Etap) on Thursday announced the arrival of another renowned hotel chain, Indigo of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).Indigo is one of the biggest boutique hotel chains in the world, the organisation said in an announcement.“Hotel Indigo® Cyprus-Larnaca is the first unit this hotel colossus will operate in Cyprus.”Etap said the development of this new “quality tourist facility” coincides with its own goal to preserve and highlight Larnaca’s special character by utilising the town’s listed buildings since the new hotel will be combining the development of an old residence with a new building.Indigo chain is the third hotel chain to express interest in Larnaca following the arrival of hotels by Radisson Blu and Βest Western brands.“It is now a self-evident fact that Larnaca has entered for good the tourism game by attracting the interest of both investors and travel agents,” Etap said.Over the last three years, nine new hotel units have been built in the Larnaca district with a total capacity of 614 beds.The latest addition is Hai Hotel in Laiki Yitonia which is the traditional quarter of Larnaca city. The hotel in question also combines the development of an old building with a new one, the tourism board said.In 2020, at least seven new units are expected to operate, mainly within the limits of Larnaca Municipality and Oroklini, including Radisson Beach Resort Larnaca, Solaar Boutique Hotel & Spa, Samirana Boutique Hotel, Alexia City Hotel, Hotel Indigo Cyprus-Larnaca and Executive Residency Zenon by Best Western.Etap congratulated Sunnyseeker Hotels and Quality Group for their successful efforts to attract international chains and to upgrade Larnaca’s hotel infrastructure in general.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more