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first_imgThanks to everyone who signed up to receive more information about the new Skyscanner iPhone App and enter our iPad draw.The new app has been massively popular recieving over 330,000 downloads in less than ten days.A massive congratulations to Julia Fern from Hampshire who was drawn at random to be the lucky winner of the iPad.Julia commented:‘What a wonderful surprise! Having only recently given birth to Beatrice-Rose it was in a fog of sleep deprivation that I decided to enter Skyscanner’s iPhone Application competition. I’m absolutely delighted to win the iPad. Skyscanner’s new IPhone application is fantastic – a must for everyone with an iPhone. Thank you Skyscanner!’Download the new Skyscanner iPhone app now!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related‘Appy Days for Skyscanner as flight comparison app downloads hit 5 million2011 has been the ‘year of the app’ for SkyscannerWinner of New York flights competition announcedDid you get lucky with a free pair of flights to New York ? Find out!Winner of £1000 ebookers travel vouchers announcedWinner of £1000 ebookers travel vouchers announcedlast_img read more

1 Mumbai India You could just get her the Slumdo

first_img1. Mumbai, IndiaYou could just get her the Slumdog Millionaire DVD, but movie-mad mums might relish a trip of the home to the Indian film industry, Mumbai. Like a scene from a Bollywood flick, Mumbai is frenetic, colourful, fast-paced, razzle-dazzle and ramshackle all in one. Find flights to Mumbai2. Mama, RussiaBeating the Statue of Liberty in a stone cold war, ‘Mother Russia’ is the largest statue in the world, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad in the city that’s now called Volgagrad. Mother Russia lends her name to Mama in Irkutsk, but the city is short on attractions for visiting mums. Find flights to Volgograd3. Mombasa, KenyaThere’s a pile of ironing to be done, but to hang with the housework! What mom needs is a hot, sunny, sandy beach and pina coladas on tap. How about the tropical paradise of Mombasa in Kenya? Find flights to Mombasa4. ‘The Mother City’, South Africa‘The Mother City’ is the nickname of Cape Town (it’s also called Cape Grab, and Tavern of the Seas, but we’ll press on). Apparently, it comes from the word ‘metropolis’, which in turn is derived from the Greek ‘meter’ meaning mother. So there you go. Find flights to South Africa5. St-Mère-Eglise, FranceSt-Mère-Eglise in Normandy, France was where American paratroopers landed in ‘D Day’, 1944. Its museum may be more of interest to dads, but the lady will enjoy taking the air in one of Normandy’s pleasant seaside resorts. Find flights to France6. Moma, New York, USATreat mother dearest to a trip to New York. The most maternal place in NY is the Museum of Modern Art, or Moma. She’ll love the Cindy Sherman photography retrospective on ‘the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth’. Find flights to New York7. Mère, HaitiShe may prefer a five-star resort in Barbados, but show your mum the real Caribbean with a trip to troubled Haiti. Highlights will include a visit to the town of Mère, and the ascent of La Belle Mere (it’s a hill). Find flights to Port Au Prince8. Grand Mère, CanadaGrandmothers are mums too, so honour them at Grand Mère in Quebec. The name comes from a rock formation at the bottom of the St. Maurice River that supposedly looks like an old woman. Find flights to Quebec9. Sainte-Mère, FranceSainte-Mère lies in the Gers, an area between Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-west France. As well as boasting more geese than people, the Gers is known for some rather odd events, so take mum along to the World Championship Snail Races or the World Melon Eating Contest. Find flights to France10. Mere, EnglandActually, this has got nothing to do with mothers: ‘mere’ comes from Old English and means not mum but ‘pool’. The village of Mere in Wiltshire is nevertheless a pleasant place for a wander and a cream tea on a Sunday afternoon. Or there’s Mere Green near Birmingham, with its controversial shopping centre. Find flights to Bristol10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Mum’s the word: Skyscanner celebrates Mothering Sunday with 10 places with mum in the name. Forget spas and high teas, surprise the old girl with a trip to one of these places of maternal moniker. Or just get her a card! Related6 flights for less than £70Keep mum sweet this Mother’s Day and book a bargain weekend getaway.Over half of Brits would consider holidaying with their mumMore than half of Brits would be happy to book flights and take their mother on holiday.Where to go on holiday in DecemberFancy Christmas abroad this year? Here’s our guide to where’s hot in December when you need a winter escape: the best cities, the greatest events, the sunniest beaches – and the best time to book a cheap deal.last_img read more

6 unbelievable hotels with surprising extras

first_imgAll flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 28 May 2019. 5. Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort, Turkey – fly from £89 Fly to Madeira from £70 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel, Madeira – fly from £70 Found your dream hotel? It’s time to book your flights. Search for your destination below: We’ve all come back from holidays having spent a whole lot more than we originally intended or could really afford. If you’re determined to do better next time, it helps to book the kind of hotel where meals and activities are included in the price, so you can keep unexpected extras to a minimum. We’ve found six places that fit the bill perfectly… If you’re travelling with young children in tow, they’re going to be happy little bunnies at this newly opened family-friendly resort on the south coast of Tenerife. Not only do they get assorted play areas, children’s clubs stuffed full of age-appropriate games, crafts and activities, plus their own dedicated water park and splash pool, there’s even a fairytale castle and giant Dragon Tree, complete with light show at night. Parents will probably be pretty content too, given that it’s all included in the price, along with meals, snacks, various activities and some lavish-looking evening shows. This fantasy-themed hotel is apparently based on the story of Papimber and the Gardens of the Hesperides. No, we haven’t a clue who or what Papimber is – but it all looks like jolly good fun. Rooms cost from around £185 a night. Most tourists in Marrakech spend their time exploring the city’s lively street life and haggling for exotic souvenirs in the maze of alleyways that make up the central souks. But if all you really want to do is soak up some sunshine you could just base yourself at the Labranda Targa resort hotel on the northwest outskirts of town and pass a day or two doing nothing more demanding than flopping on a sun lounger in between dips into one of the four pools. Children get their own playground, miniclub and a freshwater pool with slides, and there’s an animation team keeping guests entertained throughout the day. Rooms are fairly basic but also very affordable, with rates from as little at £60 per night in June (including meals, drinks and some activities). And if you do decide to head into town, there’s a free shuttle bus to take you there. Photo credit: Ikos Aria Fly to Marrakech from £44 It’s a half-hour drive from Madeira airport to the Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel, which sits right on the shingle beach of Praia Formosa. Leave your window open at night and you can fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on pebbles. A giant kingfisher mural adorns one end of the building and the simply furnished rooms (from £104 a night) have large windows leading out on to a balcony and splashes of tropical colour in the soft furnishings. All rooms come with kitchenettes – which you might never use, given that drinks and meals are included in the room rate. No need to fret about missing a meal if you go out for a day either – they’ll kindly give you a boxed lunch to take with you. Free facilities include an outdoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and games room, and if you want to head into central Funchal, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service until early evening. Fly to Dalaman from £89 Book your stay at Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel Fly to Tenerife from £45 Book your stay at Ikos Aria 4. The Syntopia, Crete – fly from £51 Photo credit: The Syntopia Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotelscenter_img Rethymno’s appealing combination of charming old town, taverna-lined harbour and long sandy beach makes it an understandable favourite with visitors to Crete. This year it’s acquired a handsome new place to stay with the opening of The Syntopia, set just back from the coast on the eastern edge of town. Designed to offer an alternative to the island’s classic hotels, this adults-only resort promises a barefoot-luxury, hippie-chic vibe and is clearly aimed at an Instagram-savvy, sociable clientele. The décor incorporates lots of wood, wicker and stone; there are stylish day beds, palm trees and a cushion-strewn tipi by the pool; and entertainment options include live music, weekly pool parties, an open-air cinema and a programme of occasional events including cheese-making and raki-tasting. Most of the facilities, as well as food and drink, are included in your room rate and although there’s an extra charge for spa treatments, you get a 15-minute massage on the house. Rooms cost from around £104 a night. 1. Ikos Aria, Kos – fly from £85 Book your stay at Labranda Targa Aqua Parc Book your stay at The Syntopia Fly to Kos from £85 Book your stay at the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort Book your stay at Fantasia Bahia Principe Photo credit: Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife Photo credit: Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc 3. Fantasia Bahia Principe, Tenerife – fly from £45 Photo credit: Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel 2. Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc, Marrakech – fly from £44 Photo credit: Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort Fly to Crete from £51 Ikos Resorts is a small Greek group of luxury hotels that’s already proved a hit in Halkidiki and Corfu. Now it’s brought its award-winning formula to the Dodecanese islands, where the brand new Ikos Aria, its fourth property, has just opened on the southwest coast of Kos. Rooms are super-chic, with a pale colour palette, smart TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light flood in. When it comes to food and drink, you get seven bars and eight restaurants to choose from, half of them with menus devised by Michelin-starred chefs. Better yet, they’re included in the room rate, as are the in-room minibars (refilled every day), the children’s clubs (for ages 4 to 17) and a wide assortment of activities, including yoga, paddle boarding and canoeing. Heck, they even throw in the loan of a Mini for a day, so you can explore the island without forking out more for car hire. Rooms from around £144 a night with a minimum stay of 5 nights over the summer months. Turkey’s Turquoise Coast enjoyed a real boom in popularity last year and that looks all set to continue this summer. It’s at least partly down to the fact that a great exchange rate makes the country extra affordable for UK travellers but it also helps that the beautiful shoreline of southern Turkey is littered with an ever-growing number of swish accommodation options. Among them is the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort, set in large, well-tended grounds and home to an abundance of facilities, including nine restaurants, even more bars, and a whopping 10 swimming pools, some with slides to keep the kids occupied when they’re not being entertained in the children’s clubs. Meals, drinks and snacks are included in the cost, minibars are refilled daily. And even better, you don’t have to pay anything extra for many of the on-site activities, such as archery, fitness classes, sauna and certain water sports. Rooms cost from around £141 a night. RelatedAll aboard: 8 of the world’s most amazing floating hotelsBe lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves, without staying in a cramped cruise ship cabin. If you’re after the riviera lifestyle book into the brand new OFF Seine in Paris recently launched on the famous Seine river. Start daydreaming about spending the night in one of these…The ultimate guide to help you bag the best hotel roomsEver get to your hotel after a long day travelling and wonder why the couple in front of you have the penthouse suite with the sea view and you end up gazing out at the car park on the ground floor? Whether you’re off backpacking or on a quick city…Where to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019Looking for a summer holiday but don’t want to travel during peak season when prices go through the roof? Check out these short-haul destinations perfect for early summer and bag a cheap flight while the kids are still at school…last_img read more

Guangzhou China – Reported by Erin Riley for Elit

first_imgGuangzhou, China – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSituated 103 floors above the Pearl River, the new Guangzhou International Finance Center building can now call itself home to the 88th property of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ burgeoning international selection, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Located in the top 30 floors, the property is a sight to be seen, as elevator doors open to a majestic atrium lit from the sky window above. Enclosing this tunnel of light is an array of restaurants and rooms that make up a height greater than the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.“We are particularly pleased to be the 88th Four Seasons hotel worldwide, doubling our luck for a successful future in Guangzhou,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager Bahram Sepahi.To celebrate the opening of this luxury destination, the hotel is offering its first guests a one-of-a-kind Have It All Introductory Package that includes luxury accomodation, a daily buffet breakfast, dining and entertainment credit and a daily spa treatment, which will be available from August 15 to October 15. The property will also be offering its prominent Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast package.Commemorating the dawn of a new era of luxury hospitality in China’s third largest metropolitan area, this remarkable property provides the ideal backdrop for its 302 premium guest rooms and 42 suites, each encased in floor-to-ceiling windows that set off the chic and smart interiors. Six dining and entertainment venues round off the property’s impressive variety, overseen by the likes of Executive Chef Law Yiu Choi, second Chinese chef to be named a Chef Rotisseur by the renowned international culinary society Chaine des Rotisseurs, as well as chef Kazumi Sawada, under whose leadership Tokyo’s Banreki Ryukodo restaurant received a Michelin star.The 11,517-square-foot Hua Spa offers a unique wellness experience with its a water-based treatment area that houses a Vichy-style shower, rhassoul mud chamber, crystal steam room and laconium in the women’s area, as well as a herbal steam bath, Swedish and Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the men’s read more

Nandana a private resort on the west end of Grand

first_imgNandana, a private resort on the west end of Grand Bahama, is challenging the traditional notion of an exclusive island retreat. Designed in the style of a Thai beach mansion, Nandana (paradise in Sanskrit) comprises more than 18,000 square feet of living space and offers guests the luxe trappings of a five-star hotel with the discerning service and intimate environs of an opulent private home.At the center of Nandana is the Great Hall—a soaring main house with living and dining areas and a 40-foot-high ceiling. A wall of sliding-glass doors opens to an expansive veranda that leads to a glimmering 120-foot-long infinity pool overlooking the sea. Surrounding the main house are five one-bedroom suites, including two 1,000-square-foot beach front pavilions, two garden bangalas (bungalows), and a 2,000-square-foot luxury “safari-style” canopy suite.Design details include Burmese teak wood floors, and walls of Balinese limestone and Italian marble fittings. More than 300 palm trees and tropical plants surround the property, which is set directly on the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular 180-degree views.A private gated estate, with 24-hour security and comprehensive surveillance systems, Nandana is the ultimate hideaway for today’s global jet set. There is a 5,100-foot landing strip allowing guests to arrive by private jet (only one hour from Miami) and a deep-water canal leading to two sheltered on-site docks able to harbor a pair of 100-foot yachts.Balancing the discreet nature of the property is the world-class guest service. On-property staff provide the services of an estate manager, concierge, chef, masseuse, personal housekeeper, butler, chauffeur and boat captain. Every detail, from pillow-top beds enshrouded in fine Italian linens to gourmet menus tailor-made to guest preferences, has been designed for a totally relaxing and completely private vacation.For more information visit, read more

by Hillel Italie The Canadian Press Posted No

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 5:01 am PDT Sigrid Nunez’s novel “The Friend” wins National Book Award NEW YORK — Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend,” a meditative novel about grief, books and, not least, a Great Dane named Apollo, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Other winners Wednesday night included Jeffrey C. Stewart’s “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” for nonfiction and Justin Philip Reed’s “Indecency for poetry.During a ceremony and dinner benefit at Cipriani Wall Street when those honored had roots throughout the world, from Peru to Japan, Elizabeth Acevedo’s “The Poet X” won for young people’s literature, and Yoko Tawada’s “The Emissary,” translated by Margaret Mitsutani, won for translation, a category newly revived.Nunez’s book tells of a woman mourning the death of her literary mentor and of her bond with the dog he left behind. It is a story, in part, of connection and distance. And Nunez, author of such previous novels as “Salvation City” and “The Last of Her Kind,” noted in her acceptance speech that she didn’t seek community when she became a writer, but unexpectedly found it.“I thought it was something I could do alone and hidden, in the privacy of my own room,” she said. “How lucky to have discovered that writing books made the miraculous possible, to be removed from the world and be part of the world at the same time.“And tonight how happy I am to feel a part of the world.”Nunez’s novel was chosen from among five fiction works set mostly in the present, and touching with lyricism and intensity upon everything from race and sexuality to climate change. Finalist Jamel Brinkley, author of the story collection “A Lucky Man,” told The Associated Press earlier Wednesday that “Our lives vibrate with uncertainty and mystery, with paths precariously taken or not taken, and they are often under threat by one thing or another. Many of our lives are under threat by design.” Lauren Groff, a nominee for the story collection “Florida,” said that “In these frightening and fraught times, I had to come into the full certainty that art was meaningful enough for me to devote my heart to it.”“Parks and Recreation” actor Nick Offerman served as master of ceremonies and soon learned that among the publishing community you’re more likely to get cheers with tributes to reading than with double entendre about “thumb drives.” One popular line: “In an age when our First Amendment rights and truth itself are very much in peril, books remain the ultimate repository of creative ideas and irreplaceable knowledge.”Honorary medals were given to novelist Isabel Allende and to Doron Weber of the Alfred P. Foundation for its support of books about the sciences. Weber was introduced by “Hidden Figures” author Margot Lee Shetterly, one of hundreds the foundation has helped support. Referring to concerns new and old, Weber called for the protection of “nonpartisan forms of knowledge” and the continued dialogue between art and science.“We continue to invite scientists and humanists to engage one another,” he said, calling them “two side of the same human impulse to understand and meaningfully describe the world around us and inside us.”Allende, author of “The House of the Spirits” and many other best-sellers, is the first Spanish language writer to receive an honorary National Book Award medal. A native of Peru, she has lived in the U.S. since the 1980s and for years was a political refugee from Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.“Although I am critical of many things in this country I am proud to be an American citizen. I have received much more than I ever dreamed of and I have been offered the opportunity to give something back,” she said.Allende said she has been an outsider, in transit, for much of her life. She spoke of her award as a kind of deed of ownership, a sign that she is home.“Maybe I’m not an alien after all. Maybe it’s time to plant my roots and relax,” she said. “Maybe I’m not going anywhere, anymore.”The book awards are presented by the nonprofit National Book Foundation. Judges, who include writers, critics and other members of the literary community, chose from more than 1,600 books submitted by publishers when considering the awards. Winners in the competitive categories each receive $10,000. In translation, the prize money is divided between the author and translator.Hillel Italie, The Canadian Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10 2019 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2019 1:55 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MLK daughter: Firing not best for weatherman who used slurcenter_img ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. says an upstate New York TV meteorologist who uttered a racial slur while saying her father’s name shouldn’t have been fired.Bernice King says on TMZ Thursday there should be repercussions for WHEC’s Jeremy Kappell for apparently referring to a park in his weather report as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” But she says bias training or demotion might be better in this case.Kappell has apologized for what he called a mispronunciation.The firing has sparked a passionate debate in Rochester and beyond. NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker tweeted in defence of Kappell on Wednesday.The station says Kappell’s utterance was inexcusable.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had called for his ouster. She reiterated her position in a video posted Thursday discussing MLK’s legacy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

RICK MERCER The political satirist from St Johns

first_imgRICK MERCERThe political satirist from St. John’s said Candy was an influential and beloved part of his generation.“Everyone watched ‘SCTV’ and John Candy was the big breakout star, and that was in a room of people who all became giant movie and film stars,” Mercer said. “So everyone is impacted by him. These days, of course, his legacy lives on because ‘SCTV’ is bootlegged the heck out of on YouTube. I think at least a dozen times in my life I’ve spent the night watching John Candy clips, and of course he lives on in ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ which will be a classic as long as there’s an Earth.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2019 5:00 am PDT Comedy stars remember John Candy, who died 25 years ago TORONTO — Canadian comics remember John Candy as a genuine talent whose legacy continues to reverberate among new generations of fans.Here is what some comedy stars told The Canadian Press about Candy, who died 25 years ago on Monday: MARY WALSHThe St. John’s-born creator of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” recalls “yelling” at Candy for five minutes about his use of the term “Newfie” in a Second City show he directed in the 1970s.She quickly backed down after he showed tremendous empathy.“I would have yelled much longer but he was just the nicest man, it seemed to me, so I had to go, ‘Well, I mean, it’s not right,’ and he was going, ‘Yeah, it probably isn’t,’” Walsh said.“He was the most agreeable fellow. He certainly damped down my righteous rage.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JENNIFER WHALENThe “Baroness Von Sketch Show” cast member said Candy connected with a lot of people.“There was something about him that you just want to hug him and be around him and near him,” she said. “I went to go see the ‘SCTV’ panel last summer and they were talking about how he had an entourage … because people just liked to be near him, so they would just follow him around.“He had that amazing thing of just so funny but so warm and so human, that he drew you in and you just can empathize with him so much.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press JAYNE EASTWOODThe Toronto actress, who knew Candy through the “SCTV” gang, remembers being on a plane with him rehearsing for an appearance on “The David Steinberg Show” and not being able to get through a line without laughing.“He was adorable,” Eastwood said. “John was as nice as you think he was, if not nicer, and he just wanted to laugh all the time and have fun. He made me howl.” Comedian and actor John Candy is seen on Nov. 5, 1987. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wise last_img read more

BCshot Harry and Meghan movie sequel dramatizes

first_imgB.C.-shot Harry and Meghan movie sequel dramatizes their lives as newlyweds TORONTO — A sequel to the made-for-TV movie about Prince Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind romance will hit screens next month.W Network set the date for “Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal” just as the real-life couple awaits the arrival of their first child.The British Columbia-shot film is a followup to 2018’s “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” and promises to delve into the first year of marriage for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.According to a press release, “Harry and Meghan’s core values are put to the test as they try to find the balance between honouring Royal tradition and staying true to their beliefs.”The sequel casts new actors in the lead roles, with Tiffany Smith plays the former U.S. actress Meghan Markle while Charlie Field plays the Prince.“Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal” airs May 31 on W Network.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actor Tiffany Smith as Meghan Markle is shown in a handout photo from the movie Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lifetime Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 9:40 am PDTlast_img read more

October 2 2007 Contemporary Dance Ensemble

first_imgOctober 2, 2007 Contemporary Dance Ensemble For this performance, the cafe crew, once again, put together a wonderful meal. Vegetarian chef Erin Turner and chef Carrie Krueger presented a menu of: Salmon with Dill and Capers, Portabello Mushrooms stuffed with Roasted Vegetables, Wild Rice Blend with Crinimi Mushrooms, Spinach Artichoke Soup with fresh Basil, Organic Greens with Radicchio, Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Pears and Vanilla Cream Pies with Caramel, Chocolate and Raspberry Sauce. [Photo & text: sa] [from the performance program] DANCEDOWNRIVER is a prayer for the river and for all wild places and wild things. It tells the story, in a non-literal sense, of the river’s journey from source to sea. [from left] Delisa Myles, Joanna Rotkin, Nathan Montgomery, Jayne Lee, Paul Moore [Arcosanti alumnus], and Mizu Desierto. Human Nature integrates live music, spoken word, and dramatic lighting with their movement phrases, communicating their creative ideas on a variety of levels. Each performance contains a central idea or narrative that flows through a number of individual pieces. Formed in 1994 by Jayne Lee and Delisa Myles, and based in northern Arizona, Human Nature performs regularly in Flagstaff, Prescott, and Jerome, as well as their annual engagement at Arcosanti. They work on a project-to-project basis, and have performed additionally in London, UK; Boulder, CO; and Sedona, Cottonwood, Tucson, and Phoenix, AZ. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Bases and government urged to do more to protect birds updated

first_imgApproximately 2.3 million birds have been killed in Cyprus in autumn 2016 alone, a new study by BirdLife Cyprus found.From August to October more than 850 mist nets were confiscated, the highest number in the past six years, and more than 3,500 limesticks were seized by enforcement agencies.The latest findings of the BirdLife Cyprus surveillance programme, released Thursday, show that 21 kilometres of mist nets were active during autumn 2016 within the survey area, which covered the Larnaca to Famagusta and the Ayios Theodoros to Maroni areas, both traditional areas for poaching.“Illegal bird trapping is a serious and persistent problem both in the Republic of Cyprus and the SBAs [British bases],” BirdLife said in their report, calling on the government and the British bases to take urgent action.“In the Republic, the use of limesticks is widespread and there are restaurants illegally offering ambelopoulia, while in the SBAs there is extensive mist netting activity and widespread use of calling devices to draw in birds to their death.”The figures make it very clear that joint action is necessary to address this persistent issue, the report says. As in the Dhekelia SBA area mist netting remained at record levels last autumn, the Bases need to do more to tackle the problem.The bases said they have stepped up enforcement, managing to halt the rising trend.“The UK is committed to tackling illegal bird trapping and are pleased that the RSPB has recognized the significant increase in enforcement activity which has led to a record number of arrests, equipment seizures, prosecutions and fines. “For the second year running we have halted the rising trend in numbers of birds killed and continue to work with RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus to implement a long-term strategy to significantly reduce this number of the coming years,” a British bases spokesman said.BirdLife Cyprus also criticised the government for a lack of political will, as a strategic plan for the selective hunting of blackcaps from 2015 needs to be implemented and there are a number of loopholes in the existing legislative framework. As well, serious action against restaurants illegally serving the birds need to be taken, the group said.“As well as the urgent need to deal with the restaurants which illegally serve ambelopoulia in the Republic of Cyprus, it is necessary to address the supply coming from the SBAs,” Jonathan Hall, Head of UK Overseas Territories Unit of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) commented. “The RSPB, as the largest nature conservation organisation in the UK, is calling on the UK government to crack down on this activity and end the illegal killing of songbirds in Dhekelia. This is an issue about which British people care passionately, so we expect the UK government to take firm action”.An efficient way to trap the birds is to use a net between acacia bushes, which are a rooting spot of the birds. Poachers play fake birdsong to attract the birds. Removing the acacia bushes, an invasive species, does much to stop the wildlife crime.“A key measure to stopping industrial scale illegal bird trapping within the SBAs is the acacia clearance programme that the SBA Administration started in December 2014. Unfortunately, this was halted by large protests organised by the local pro-trapping community in October 2016,” BirdLife said.The operation to remove the bushes was stopped last year when trucks were used to blockade the main road in and out of the base.This is not the first time the poachers defended their illegal actions. They have repeatedly attacked activists and police who were trying to remove trappings over the years.Selling ambelopoulia is a business worth some €16m million per year according to the Game Fund.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 AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkey issues threats following hydrocarbon contract signings updated

first_imgTurkey has warned that foreign energy companies will never be permitted to carry out natural gas exploration inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), disputing the Republic’s rights in the area.In a statement issued after Cyprus signed exploration agreements on Wednesday and Thursday, the Turkish foreign ministry said it would take all necessary measures to protect its rights and interests “in its continental shelf” as well as the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots.“It will be recalled that in the past, we have also repeatedly drawn attention to the problematic nature of activities carried out by hydrocarbon companies in maritime areas over which the Turkish Cypriots have rights,” the statement said. “Furthermore, a significant segment of one of the relevant areas, namely block number six, falls within Turkey’s continental shelf. Foreign companies shall never, under any conditions, be permitted to carry out unauthorized hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in our maritime jurisdiction areas.”Ankara said cooperating with the Republic were disregarding the will of the Turkish Cypriots, the island’s other founding people.“This stance will also be taken into consideration when evaluating their future involvement in joint energy projects with Turkey,” it said.The Turkish foreign ministry also said it was worrying and unacceptable that the Republic persisted in acting as if it was “the sole owner of the Island and continues with its unilateral activities,” during a period when they should be displaying strong political will towards establishing a new partnership with the Turkish Cypriot people.“Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side desire a negotiated settlement on the Island of Cyprus,” the ministry said. “The only way to utilize the Island’s natural resources prior to a comprehensive settlement, on the other hand, would be through arrangements for the joint exploitation of the resources with the consent of the Turkish Cypriot side and the fair sharing of potential revenues.”In response, the Cypriot foreign ministry reiterated the Republic’s determination to continue to apply its policy on hydrocarbons “fully exercising its sovereignty and its sovereign rights.”“The announcement and the threats included in it prove anew, Turkey’s disrespect, not only towards the Charter of the United Nations, but also conventional and customary international law, as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Seas, as well as the basic principles of behavior between civilized countries.”Such threats undermined the negotiating process and raised more doubts regarding Turkey’s dedication to the talks, the ministry said.“The government of the Republic of Cyprus has repeatedly assured that Turkish Cypriots will benefit from the exploitation of Cyprus natural resources as part of an agreed settlement.”You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo 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

Paphos motorists warned as heavy rain causes problems

first_imgDrivers in Paphos must drive with caution as heavy downpours have caused flooding and areas of standing water are affecting many roads in the town, according to officials.So far, emergency services have been called out to three instances of flooding, according to the local fire station chief, who said crews responded immediately.“One team was dispatched to each incident and used pumps and hoses to remove water which had flooded into the buildings,” he told the Cyprus Mail.The first incident saw the new court building in the centre of the town, which is currently under construction, being pumped free of water and the other two cases involved basements of houses in the town, he said.The main roads of Ellados Avenue and Nicolaou Nicolaides Road saw huge amounts of surface water accumulate, making it dangerous for drivers, he said.Pensioner Marios Costantinou, said many roads resembled rivers and drivers are finding it difficult.“I have seen many cars aquaplaning and I also ask that they think of pedestrians as I have already been soaked by a truck that was driving fast and covered me with water,” he said.By midday Thursday, no road accidents had been reported due to the inclement weather, said head of Paphos traffic police Zenon Psathitis.“Luckily there haven’t been any incidents, but people must drive with caution and care and travel at a slow speed, with lights on if necessary,” he said.A number of small streams and previously dry river beds are also inundated with water according to residents, in particular, a popular minor road in Chlorakas village used as a ‘cut through’ to Moutallos was flooded after a small river burst its banks.Local resident Jane Caldwell said it is dangerous and that along with many other drivers, she had to find another route for home.“The road is raised here above the river bed and I couldn’t see the edges. It’s very dangerous so I had to reverse and go back the way that I came. The road should be closed by the authorities until it is safe to pass,” she said.According to the met office, local showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast across the island until tomorrow afternoon; Saturday will be mainly fine.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley 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

Almost €7m to revitalise Livadia mayor says

first_imgAlmost €7 million of public money will be invested to revitalise the municipality of Livadia in the Larnaca district, the local authority said on Tuesday.Projects to improve the road network and finish the flood protection infrastructure are set to begin towards the end of 2018, and works to build a sports centre have already begun.Livadia mayor Marios Armenis told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the government had granted the town €2.5 million for the regeneration of the roads at the heart of the municipality. The plan includes completely reconstructing Makarios Avenue, replacing street lights, and building footpaths and paved roads.“In this area, a church, a cultural centre, a museum, a square, a bank, a park with a playground, commercial stores and more are all concentrated within a 500-metre radius,” said Armenis, who added that the project, which will begin in late 2018 or early 2019, would improve the quality of life of locals and visitors.Another infrastructure project aims to complete Livadia’s unfinished flood protection infrastructure, originally built in 1980. At the moment, the flood protection canals gather stagnant water in various places and become littered with trash, reeds, etc, which costs the government thousands of euros a year to clean, according to Armenis.The government is funding a €4 million project to fix and aesthetically improve a portion of the canal, and work is expected to start by the end of the year.Already underway is the creation of a sports centre in the Livadia Lyceum, with projects co-financed by the municipality, the Cyprus Sports Organisation and the government.The new centre will include basketball, volleyball and tennis courts to be used not just by the school’s students, but also the public. Further plans include laying grass and running tracks on the stadium and building stands and changing rooms. The total cost of the project will be €625,000.The cabinet has also approved the construction of a post office in Livadia this year. Work will begin in 2018, and the post office is expected to be in service in 2019.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

Nicosia race club says risks bankruptcy if municipal levy raised

first_imgThe Nicosia (horse) Race Club warned on Monday it risked bankruptcy if parliament agreed to raise a municipal levy on betting by half a percentage point, which is the demand of the hosting local authority, Ayios Dhometios.The matter was discussed before the House interior committee whose members heard that raising the levy to 1.5 per cent would fetch the municipality an additional €200,000 annually.A Race Club representative told MPs that for the industry to continue to operate, securing thus thousands of jobs, it was necessary not only to refrain from raising the municipal levy but also to scrap it.He said the club has been in an uphill struggle for the past eight years to avoid bankruptcy and save thousands of jobs.To go on operating, the club has already dipped into its reserves, MPs heard.In 2016 and 2017, the club lost some €9.2m on local betting while it collected some €8.7m from bets on foreign races – a net loss of €489,167.Horse racing betting representatives have also lost part of their commission as part of an austerity drive, which saw horse breeders and owners lose around €3.8m.“Other professional classes such as trainers and jockeys also experience the same tragic financial situation, as well as club staff who are demanding at least what had been cut,” he said.Since 1982, when the levy was introduced, the Ayios Dhometios municipality has collected some €18.7m. The proceeds in 2017 reached €326,129.Mayor Costas Petrou said the racetrack’s operation has been creating problems for years.“There is disturbance, stench, uncleanliness, new residents cannot be attracted around the racetrack and properties are degraded. Stimulus projects are needed to offset the problem,” Petrou said.Discussion will continue at a later date. You May LikeLifeInTheGoldenYears.com11 Most Difficult Dogs To RaiseLifeInTheGoldenYears.comUndo100JournalNewsTop 10 Largest Living Birds In The World100JournalNewsUndoMattress ReviewsHere Are The New Mattresses Everybody Is Talking AboutMattress ReviewsUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Health ministry to engage private sector during nurses strike Updated

first_imgThe health ministry is going to involve the private sector in a bid to remedy the situation expected to arise due to the decision of PASYNO nurses to go on indefinite strike from March 15, permanent undersecretary Christina Yannaki said on Wednesday.Speaking on state radio Yannaki said that the government will tap the private sector to make sure public health is not compromised in the slightest.“The health ministry has prepared a strategic plan to offer health services [during the strike],” she said.“There has been a mapping out the current situation, all procedures required to be adopted by all state hospitals have been drafted, and any incidents that cannot be addressed by the emergency rooms – due to the fewer available nursing staff – will be referred to the private sector.”Emergency incidents will be admitted at state hospitals, she noted, where security staff will be available, but other incidents, which were clearly laid out in a meeting, will be referred to private hospitals.“There will be coordination by the health ministry with teams at each hospital, which we will be in constant contact with, and it will all be supervised by myself,” Yiannaki explained.“The plan is already in place – I know the teams I have assigned at each hospital, and there will be two dedicated telephone lines connecting directly to my office.”Yiannaki added that the amount of money which is going to be spent on this has not been estimated yet, but “this, too, will be solved”.She stressed that by Tuesday morning, the health ministry will coordinate all efforts to avert risk to public health.On Monday, the overwhelming majority of PASYNO nurses’ union members voted in favour of going on indefinite strike to reinforce their demand for degree-holding nurses to be placed in higher pay scales.“I want to make clear that the state cannot function under threat, nor can it allow the patients to be taken hostage,” Yiannaki said.“Our primary concern is to help the patients.”You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hourlywage costs down in Cyprus

first_imgHOURLY labour costs in Cyprus dropped 7.6 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter of the year, the European statistical service Eurostat said yesterday.Hourly labour costs in the euro area (EA17) rose by 1.0 per cent in the year up to the third quarter of 2013, compared with +1.1 per cent for the second quarter of 2013. It was their slowest pace in three years in the three months to September, Eurostat said, in a sign the cost competitiveness of eurozone countries was improving.In the EU28, the annual rise was also 1.0 per cent up to the third quarter of 2013, compared with +1.1 per cent in the previous quarter.Labour costs in Cyprus’ construction industry dropped by 6.1 per cent, compared with a reduction of 0.2 per cent in the eurozone and 0.2 per cent in the EU.In the service sector, labour costs fell 5.5 per cent against a 1.0 per cent rise in the eurozone and 1.0 per cent in the EU.The two main components of labour costs are wages and salaries and non-wage costs.Wage costs in Cyprus dropped 7.7 per cent and non-wage fell 6.7 per cent.In the euro area, wages and salaries per hour worked grew by 1.3 per cent and the non-wage component by 0.4 per cent in the year up to the third quarter of 2013, compared with +1.4 per cent and +0.3 per cent respectively for the previous quarter.In the EU28, hourly wages & salaries rose by 1.2 per cent and the non-wage component by 0.3 per cent in the year up to the third quarter of 2013, compared with +1.3 per cent and +0.5 per cent respectively for the second quarter of 2013.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo 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

Deftera residents demonstrate to protect ancient cave church

first_imgScores of residents of Deftera village on Wednesday prevented the construction of a petrol station just a few metres from the cave that houses a church dating to the 1st century AD and threatened more serious protests unless plans to build there were scrapped.Local residents and members of the Green party gathered at the construction site and blocked the road with a coffin after word got out that work on the petrol station, temporarily halted in March, would resume on Wednesday.The works stopped last March after strong protests by the committee of  the church of Panayia Chrysospiliotissa and local residents who expressed concerns over the possible collapse of the cave from the tremors caused by the use of machinery. The church is classified as a type B monument.The church’s priest, Father Haralambos, told media that the business owner keeps breaking the law but there is no-one to stop him“They removed the metal fence without any permit and entered the plot with heavy machinery through a sidewalk, since there is no access to the plot,” he said.Father Haralambos said there is a law forbidding the construction of petrol stations less than 200 metres from a church. He said they had approved land conveyors make measurements and found that the construction site is 160 metres from the church.He said that there is a case pending at the Supreme Court but the transport minister did not ask for the construction works to be postponed until after the ruling.“Despite this, they have permission to carry on, how is this possible?” the Father asked.“There is no one to tell them anything,” he said.Protesters vowed to return on Thursday.“I don’t know how long the protest will be a peaceful one.  Residents are furious, they say they will allow this only over their dead bodies,” he said.The matter was discussed at the House transport committee last March. Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastassiadou had said at the time the government was determined to protect the cave of Chrysospiliotissa church.She said that works had been halted pending a study by the geological survey department and that regardless of the decision concerning the construction of the petrol station, the area would either be declassified as residential to avoid development, or there would be an expropriation of land.The Tamassos Bishopric, under whose authority the church lies, questioned assessments by state officials that recent cracks that appeared within the cave and rock slides were due to the heavy rainfall.A representative of the bishopric told MPs at the time that since 2002 when conservation works at the cave were completed, no cracks had been noted until construction started on the petrol station.He also said that the parish church committee was willing to offer to the businessman another plot to build the petrol station on. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law

first_img Categories: News Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical assistance. On hand for the ceremony were from left: Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director; Rep. Ed McBroom; Sen. John Moolenaar; Gov. Rick Snyder; Foster; Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bruce Rendon; and Sen. Tom Casperson. The program is capped at 1.2 million acres but less than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the program designed to ensure and increase a steady, sustainable supply of timber to an industry that generates $14 billion annually and directly employs 26,000 residents. The package includes Public Acts 42-50 of 2013. 06Jun Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into lawlast_img read more

Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensions

first_img Legislation ensures state can’t extend costly MEGA creditsMichigan taxpayers are protected from additional liability due to budget-busting Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credits under common-sense legislation introduced today that prohibits the state from extending the costly credits, state Rep. Lee Chatfield announced.Since the MEGA credits were greatly expanded in 2008, the program has accumulated a projected taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion. The Republican-led Legislature and newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder ended MEGA in 2011, but even with the irresponsible program’s demise, state law still allows the existing credits to be increased and extended.  Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Chatfield prevents this from happening.“No future governor of Michigan should be given the opportunity to extend these MEGA credits,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Although the current governor has no intention of extending these harmful credits, the reality is that a less fiscally responsible administration could come into office and put our state in greater financial jeopardy.  We simply can’t allow that to happen – the stakes are too high.  It’s up to us to ensure that the mess created during the previous administration is cleaned up not only for current Michigan taxpayers, but for our future generations.”The $9.38 billion estimated liability is projected to be incurred over the next 17 years.  This year, the credits created a $325 million state budget shortfall.House Bill 4333, sponsored by Rep. Chatfield, prohibits MEGA tax credit extensions as currently allowed in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act. Categories: Chatfield News 11Mar Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensionslast_img read more