Go back to the enewsletter To celebrate Scenics 2

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTo celebrate Scenic’s 2019 Canada, Alaska & USA season, Scenic is offering the top selling agent for these products a place on an 8-Day Scenic East Coast Canada famil departing in October 2018.In addition, the top selling agency will be treated to a Fairmont-style dining experience for the entire team, hosted by Scenic.To be in the running, agents simply need to deposit the highest number of clients on any Scenic 2019 Canada, Alaska or USA journey between 01 June and 31 July 2018.Book online at https://bookings.scenicglobal.com, call reservations on 138 128, visit Scenic Hub at scenic.com.au/hub, and sign up for Scenic Rewards at scenicrewards.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The View – a newly reva

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe View – a newly revamped, premium, one-bedroom villa at Six Senses Yao Noi – has begun welcoming guests. Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion, it provides an abode of comfort, exclusivity and space with fun and quirky elements.Originally created as a celebration venue, the ultra-spacious, 225-square-metre villa now boasts an infinity-edge pool, a pool shack, private cinema and sunken dining area, plus a mezzanine floor and a fitness studio, among its new refinements.Stepping into the villa, guests feel in harmony with nature due to Thai-inspired interiors, infused with a contemporary twist. A newly added waterfall is visible through a glass floor in the bedroom as it flows beneath the king-size bed, connecting the occupants with the soothing sight and sounds of flowing water.True to its name, The View offers a 360-degree view of the surroundings, including the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay. As all main walls are glass, the ocean, jungle and waterfall can be seen, along with the different hues of the sky, from inside or outside the villa.In-villa dining for The View also goes beyond the ordinary. Lunches can be enjoyed from a floating tray in the pool, while barbecue dinners are served by a private chef in the sunken dining area after drinks overlooking sunset on the bay. The pool shack is a cocktail master’s dream, where a ‘cocktail of the day’ and mix of ingredients and recipes are sure to inspire. Martini lovers can also make their own – shaken or stirred – and enjoy a perfect James Bond moment.A GEM (guest experience maker) is on hand to personally tailor guests’ journey throughout their stay.From now through 30 September 2019, guests of The View who stay a minimum of three nights are treated to a private in-villa barbecue dinner for two people.For pricing or enquiries, email reservations-yaonoi@sixsenses.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Silversea Cruises has b

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has bolstered its expedition team ranks, appointing Bill Davis to the position of Vice President Expedition Operations and Development, effective 1 June, 2019.Bringing vast knowledge and experience garnered over many years in the expedition industry, Davis will oversee Silversea’s expanding expedition destination operations, assisting with the development of new programs, and managing the cruise line’s Expedition Field Staff from his Miami base.Davis will also oversee the Silversea Expedition Academy, which recruits and trains top industry talent to enable guests to travel deeper into destinations from pole to pole.In addition to working extensively in the field, in which he has led and participated in more than 200 expeditions on more than 40 vessels since 1993, Bill has gained an MPhil in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. As well as both Polar Regions, Bill has journeyed to the world’s remotest locations in the South Pacific, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Russian Far East, Newfoundland & Labrador, Alaska, and around the coasts of the UK and Norway, among others.“I am delighted to have joined the team at Silversea Cruises at this exciting time,” Davis said.“With destination expertise that is unparalleled in the industry, the cruise line’s Expedition Team is enabling guests to really explore the authentic beauty of the world in depth, sharing local knowledge and expertise accrued over many years. I am excited to further enhance Silversea’s offering for guests, with more immersive experiences in spectacular destinations,” Davis remarked.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related New flights to the Maldives from Sri Lanka

first_img RelatedNew flights to the Maldives from Sri Lankan AirlinesSri Lankan Airlines is to add direct flights to the Maldives from London HeathrowLBIA hopes to launch new flights to European destinationsLeeds Bradford International Airport has said it hopes to secure new flights to Germany, Switzerland and ScandinaviaThomas Cook Airlines takes off at Leeds BradfordThomas Cook Airlines takes off at Leeds Bradford Direct flights to Islamabad will soon be available from Leeds Bradford International Airport.Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will start flights between the two destinations in July.Running twice a week, the new flights mark the first introduction of Leeds Bradford into the PIA airline network.Tony Hallwood, commercial and aviation development director at the airport welcomed the news, commenting: “We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of Pakistan International Airlines to deliver this important flagship service.”A direct flight to Islamabad, Pakistan by PIA, one of the leading international airlines is a major achievement for the airport and we are proud of our success.”This is the latest international route to be added at Leeds Bradford, with low-cost airline Jet2 recently announcing cheap flights to Egypt from the Yorkshire terminal.Flights to Sharm el Sheikh will start next February, with the Egyptian resort the latest destination from Jet2holidays.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Air One starts Boston flightsItalian cheap

first_img RelatedAir One starts Boston flightsItalian cheap flights airline Air One has started flights to Boston from Milan Malpensa Airport.Southwest Airlines to launch new flights to ChicagoUS cheap flights carrier Southwest Airlines will launch new flights to Chicago and Baltimore/Washington from Boston.JetBlue announces intention to expand during 2009American low fares airline JetBlue has announced its intention to increase the number of flights it operates. California-based Virgin America has announced that it will launch new services to Boston Logan International Airport from San Francisco and Los Angeles.The airline will fly from San Francisco International Airport to Boston on two daily round trips, with the Los Angeles service operating on a three-times-daily basis.Commenting on the new routes, Virgin America president and chief executive officer David Cush said: “Boston is one of the world’s premier cities and travel markets and is a perfect fit for our award-winning service and urban point-to-point, transcontinental business model.”The new services will commence on February 12th next year, with Boston becoming the eighth city in Virgin America’s network.Virgin America was launched in August 2007 and recently won ‘Best Domestic Airline’ in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards.Fliers participating in the 2008 Zagat Global Airline Survey last month voted Virgin America the best domestic mid-sized airline in premium class.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img[World CupHome](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005215-south-africa-world-cup—home.html)| [World CupSchedule](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005224-south-africa-world-cup-2010—schedule.html)| England| USA| Algeria| SloveniaIf England do not qualify from (and preferably win) their group, then the team should remain in South Africa since they will not be popular back home. By anyone’s standards, this group is a gift and Capello must have been delighted, and he will be able to test out his squad in matches which should be comfortable, and not exhaust his best players. The US will be solid, fit but uninspiring, the Solvenians could perhaps turn it on, and the Algerians will just be pleased they got to have a holiday.Fixtures: [World CupVenues](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005220-south-africa-world-cup—venues.html)| Cheap flightsto South Africa England v USASat 12 JuneRoyal Bafokeng England v Algeria| Fri 18 June | Green PointSlovenia v England | Wed 23 June | Nelson Mandela BayUSA v Algeria | Wed 23 June | Loftus Versfeld Get on the ball for less with Skyscanner [World CupTeams](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005223-south-africa-world-cup-2010—teams.html)| [World CupPackages](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005233-south-africa-world-cup-2010—packages.html) World Cup Group C [World CupDestinations](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005221-south-africa-world-cup-2010—destinations.html)| | Great deals on packages to theSouth Africa World Cup [World CupGroups](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005225-south-africa-world-cup-2010—groups.html) —|—|—|— Algeria v SloveniaSun 13 JunePeter Mokaba ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Slovenia v USAFri 18 JuneEllis Park | Great deals on car hirein South Africa [World CupNews](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/south-africa-world-cup-news/)| Save more on hotelsin South Africa RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – SloveniaSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – SloveniaSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – EnglandEngland – World Cup Group CSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – GroupsMillions of us tuned in to see if our country was drawn in the so-called “Group of Death” in December last year.last_img read more

ABU DHABI UAE — The Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

first_imgABU DHABI, UAE — The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, has launched a package with a hefty $1,000,000 price tag.This package claims “pure opulence” and includes the following for two guests:• First class return trip from any international destination serviced by Etihad Airlines to Abu Dhabi • Seven night stay in a 680 sqm Palace Suite at Emirates Palace on an all-inclusive basis. • Chauffeur driven Maybach at your disposal daily during your stay in Abu Dhabi • Daily spa treatment in the Anantara Spa • Day trip in private jet to Iran to create your own Persian carpet from the most exclusive and well-renowned hand-maker • Day trip in private jet to the Dead Sea Jordan to experience the famous sea and an afternoon Anantara spa treatment in the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar • Day trip to Bahrain in private jet for a pearl deep sea experience. Your pearl will then be hand designed with jewellery settings • Royal Golf experience at Abu Dhabi Golf Club • Make your own perfume with experts from YAS Perfume • Deep sea fishing trip • Gifts including champagne sunset and desert island tour. • Gifts including the rarest pearls in the world from Robert Wang and a selection from Holland & Holland Sporting Guns.For reservations call 00 971 6908888last_img read more

MASH star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson

first_img‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease FILE – In this April 26, 2013 file photo, actor Alan Alda listens during an interview at Stony Brook University, on New York’s Long Island. Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease. Appearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on “CBS This Morning,” the former “MASH” star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2018 6:08 am PDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease.Appearing Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” the former “M.A.S.H.” star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. Alda says he expects a tabloid will soon publish a story about his diagnosis.The 82-year-old says he’s not angry and considers it a challenge. Alda says he has acted and given talks since then. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story.Alda says revealing his diagnosis might be helpful to others with Parkinson’s that there are things they can do.Alda played a senator who ran for president on “The West Wing” and he also hosted “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS.last_img read more

FILE In this Aug 14 2018 file photo former Wh

first_img FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman smiles during an interview in New York. Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged” sold 34,000 copies, NPD BookScan reported Thursday, Aug. 23. BookScan tracks around 85 percent of the print market. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) Omarosa memoir sells 34,000 copies during its first week by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2018 7:48 am PDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Omarosa Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged” had a strong first week of sales, although it seems unlikely to match the success of Donald Trump tell-alls such as “Fire and Fury” and “A Higher Loyalty.”“Unhinged” sold 34,000 copies, NPD BookScan reported Thursday. BookScan tracks around 85 per cent of the print market. Newman, the former White House aide and “Apprentice” star, wrote that she became disillusioned with Trump and decided he was a racist. The president responded by calling her a “dog.”“Unhinged” finished third last week in overall sales, behind Rachel Hollis’ lifestyle guide “Girl, Wash Your Face” and Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” the basis for the hit movie.Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” has sold more than 1 million copies and James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” has sold hundreds of thousands.last_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – When Chris Pratt is running

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When Chris Pratt is running his fastest, he has a tendency to fall.The “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star broke a femur growth plate as a kid, leaving him less than confident in his sprinting abilities — and a bit self-conscious about some action scenes.“My leg grew in a little funny. So when I run, I run a little crooked. And if I run at top speed, there’s a high likelihood I will fall down,” he said. “My high school football highlight tape was all just images of me falling down midfield, like I just tripped over my shoe laces or something. So that’s always a little bit of a concern for me.”Pratt discussed running in an interview with The Associated Press after meeting at a bar with seven athletes with disabilities, part of the non-profit group Achilles International. He surprised them with the news that they’re being sponsored by Michelob Ultra to run in the New York City Marathon. The 39-year-old actor, a spokesman for the beer brand, talked to AP about his passion for fitness, his religion, and his admiration for Tom Cruise. The following remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.___AP: What do you get out of meeting people like this?Pratt: Fitness is a lifestyle. And I think it’s a great common denominator. So you can sit me down with anybody if they have that portion of their life. We always have something in common. That makes this brand a good fit for me and makes this type of experience with Achilles International a really good fit for me. It’s hard enough to do a marathon or to do a triathlon. But to do it when you have physical limitations and disabilities, it’s pretty awe-inspiring.AP: What the fitness routine when you’re at the farm?Pratt: At the farm (Pratt’s property in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state), there is actually a fitness club in town. So I go there. But I do a lot of biking and running there, and ocean swimming. … For me, it really clears my mind. Sound body, sound mind. I’m an actor so I don’t have that kind of job I can just shut my mind off and do physical labour. I think that’s what I was probably genetically made for, you know? I should be moving refrigerators or something. But now I’m doing a job that really isn’t that physically demanding. So having something that I can just shut my mind off and do physically every day is good for me.AP: Running on screen, who is your top person for that?Pratt: Oh, Tom Cruise. ‘Mission: Impossible’ — he ran across London, across bridges, over buildings. Yeah, Tom is a great runner. He did all his own jumping, he was flying the helicopter, he really was like — oh, if there’s a question of whether or not I’m the best at this, let me put that question to bed. He’s the best.AP: Is that a career goal, to be able to be doing that kind of thing when you’re 50-plus?Pratt: One of the career goals that I have based on Tom Cruise is his reputation as being a really nice, positive guy who works hard. I’ve never actually met him, but I would like — if you’re going to leave a legacy, it’d be nice to have it be that people thought you were nice and easy to work with and you worked hard. I think that’s pretty cool.AP: At recent awards show appearances, you went out on stage and talked publicly about your faith. Is it an especially important time to do that?Pratt: I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things. … That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.AP: Does it feel like a risk sometimes in Hollywood?Pratt: No, not at all. … I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryanwrd by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Q&A: Chris Pratt on running on screen, Tom Cruise, religioncenter_img This Aug. 14, 2018 image taken from video shows actor Chris Pratt during an interview at the Fellow Bar in Los Angeles. Pratt met with disabled athletes as part of the nonprofit group Achilles International. He surprised them with the news that they’re being sponsored in the New York City Marathon. (AP Photo/Jeff Turner) last_img read more

Fixer Upper stars Chip Joanna Gaines at Silos s

first_img‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip, Joanna Gaines at Silos service WACO, Texas — The stars of TV’s “Fixer Upper” show joined a relocated Texas congregation for church on the lawn of the couple’s Magnolia Market at the Silos amid expansion of nearby Interstate 35.Chip and Joanna Gaines were on hand Sunday as about 200 members of Church Under the Bridge in Waco began outdoor services in their temporary new home.Pastor Jimmy Dorrell called the couple to the stage to praise the Gaines family for sharing the space during the $300 million interstate widening project.Church Under the Bridge, which meets under an I-35 span, was seeking another site during highway construction when Chip Gaines last fall offered the Silos’ lawn for a year, at no charge.The church’s website now welcomes all to “Church Under the Bridge at the Silos.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2019 9:44 pm PDTlast_img read more

Letterkenny tour to hit the US for the first t

first_img‘Letterkenny’ tour to hit the U.S. for the first time in June AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Letterkenny” stars Jared Keeso, left to right, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson are seen in this undated handout photo. “Letterkenny” is taking its live show to the U.S. for the first time. Producers say the cast of the Canadian small-town comedy will go south of the border in June due to popular demand since its U.S. debut on Hulu last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bell Media *MANDATORY CREDIT* by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 8:52 am PDT LOS ANGELES — “Letterkenny” is taking its live show to the U.S. for the first time.Producers say the cast of the Canadian small-town comedy will go south of the border in June due to popular demand since its U.S. debut on Hulu last year.“Letterkenny Live!” is a 90-minute comedy show with sketches and video performed by the cast, as well as stand-up sets from K. Trevor Wilson and Mark Forward.Cast members Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, and Michelle Mylett are also in the live show.Keeso created and stars in the Crave series, about the antics between rivals of a small rural Canadian community.The live show will hit New York, Minneapolis and Chicago.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The construction crew and Habitat Manager also pre

first_img The construction crew and Habitat Manager also prepare the ground for extendinga gas line to a more convenient location. Photo by:Jennifer Thornton November 13, 2000 Workshoppersassist the Arcosanti construction crew to proactively reroute winter rains awayfrom the wood and metal shops. Photo and text by:Jennifer Thorntonlast_img

July 28 2003 ITALIAN NIGHT at Arcosanti was prese

first_imgJuly 28, 2003ITALIAN NIGHT at Arcosanti was presented jointly by the Colly Soleri Music Center and the Italian Institute of Culture. Arcosanti residents and workshoppers gathered to prepare for this big event. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] >>left>> Chef Robert Fresquez came from Phoenix to supervise production of the special menu. >>right>> Resident Jeff Buderer and workshopper Dana Coelho helped with food preparation. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The crew arranged the 300 place set-up. Sunflowers are in bloom, so Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors assembled beautiful floral arrangements for the tables. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The Vaults provide a dramatic ‘al fresco’ dinner setting. The menu consisted of: Antipasto – Brushetta with Black Bean Slather and Arcosanti Olives, Pasta – Penne with Rapini in the Wheelbarrow, Pollo Galatina, Rattatouille, Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas and Mixed Vegetables, Mixed Greens Salad with Chef Robert’s Special Fresh Lemon Dressing, Demi Baguette Bread and for Desert – Lemon Italian Ice with Mini Biscotti and Red Grapes. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] >>left>> Mickey Hamil and Hiroshi Kondo prepared a wheel barrow in the Ceramic Apse. >>right>> True to tradition Paolo served the pasta dish from this wheel barrow. Workshopper Jennifer Wolf helped. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] Paolo is served delicious chicken by landscaping employee Yvonne Brooks. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] Since visitors filled most of the tables, residents and workshoppers got their meal sitting on the stairs beside the vaults. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The Concert audience filled the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Cellist Luca Pincini and pianist Gilda Butta delighted the crowd with a program including pieces by Claude Debussy and Asta Piazzolla. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler]last_img read more

Bill on organ donor motorists to be tabled after Easter

first_imgDISCUSSION has concluded on the bill that will allow the authorities to ask people whether they want to become organ donors when they apply for their driver’s licence, and it will be tabled to the plenum for a vote after Easter, the head of the House health committee Costas Constantinou said on Thursday.The move is part of the effort to develop a culture of posthumous organ donations, which at present is at a very low level, at the same time when many Cypriots are waiting for a transplant.According to the proposal, people who apply for a driver’s licence will be asked whether they would like to become posthumous organ donors.Discussion of the bill at committee level has been completed, Constantinou said, and it will be forwarded right after Easter so that it is tabled to the plenum for a vote.“Some reservations have been lifted. The proposal is comprehensive, without any restrictions and it concurs with the free will of (driver’s licence) applicants,” he said.MPs said that the same practice already takes place in a number of developed countries.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

Umbrella sports body struggling to collect debts

first_imgCyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) is taking measures to collect the debt owed to it by sports clubs and federations but at the same time it does not want to exert too much pressure that would lead to their closure, a representative said on Thursday.According to the latest report of the audit office, until the end of last year, sports clubs, associations and federations owed more than €3.2m to the CSO mainly in usage rights and other expenses of the organisation’s own sports facilities.Education Minister Coats Kadis – under whose ministry the CSO operates – said the board decided in January that one third of the annual state grant given to the clubs would go to their debt. The CSO had also launched consultations with its 15 biggest debtors to settle their obligations to it, he said.But the Audit Office said in its report that the problems arising from money owed to CSO by sports clubs “seem to be perpetuated, without the will to take appropriate measures to deal with the problems in a timely and effective manner”.Delays in addressing the matter, it said, would further increase the problems and the debt.It added that the board’s January decision to manage this debt concerns only that created after July 2015, when it introduced a new pricing policy, thus “the problem of collecting debt created until July 1, 2015 which amounts to €2,259,726, is not being resolved”.According to the vice-president of CSO’s board, Demetris Leontis, the organisation has already collected some money following the measure decided in January, but admitted that more needs to be done.At the same time however, he argued that CSO cannot come down too hard on the sports clubs.  “If CSO acts as a business, it will strangle them. Our mission is to promote sports, we don’t want to close them down,” Leontis told the Cyprus Mail.He added that by keeping one third of the state grant, they have been able to collect money from sports clubs toward their debt, but that the problem remains on debt accumulated until July 2015.“We have been stricter since July 2015, when our new pricing policy was introduced,” Leontis said. But as to debt up to 2015, it is not easy to collect it, he said. “That’s the biggest problem. Especially after the economic crisis, it hasn’t been easy for the sports clubs and federations to pay their debt that has accumulated over the years,” Leontis said.Admittedly, he said, CSO’s measures had not been effective, but that they are launching more actions toward that end.On CSO’s argument that if extreme debt recovery measures are introduced sports clubs may be forced to close, the audit office said that despite this, the organisation ought to comply with its recommendations for full recovery of debts and the write-off of a debt when there is no way of recovering the amount due.The audit office said the CSO did not have procedures for checking and monitoring debtors against whom legal measures should be taken, while it appears that it does not systematically apply the necessary internal procedures for collecting debts, such as sending account statements on a monthly basis, meetings with debtors at regular intervals, preparing and maintaining a chronological analysis of debtors, etc.It proposes that CSO ought to utilise law provisions calling for debt write-offs – following the approval of the education ministry – in cases when a sports club closes down or when there is no possibility of ever collecting the debt. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo 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

Our View The smart money is on Anastasiades to win the presidential

first_imgNine men submitted their candidacies for next month’s presidential election on Friday. There would have been 10 if the head of the bank bondholders had gone through with his plan to stand and not decided to back one of the other candidates. In such a case, half the candidates would have been party-backed and the other five no-hopers, wanting to have some fun.In fact, there are also two party-backed candidates that could be classed as no-hopers – by which we mean they have no chance of entering the second Sunday run-off – as they will be happy to secure a 5 per cent share of the vote. One is Giorgos Lillikas, who is backed by the Citizens’ Alliance and is probably standing in the hope of securing a respectable share of the vote that he will subsequently offer to a candidate in the run-off in exchange for something. The other, Christos Christou, the leader of Elam, will be hoping for a good result to show the extreme nationalists he has become a political force nobody can ignore.The remaining no-hopers are there to have a little fun, paying the €2,000 deposit so they can have a few minutes in the political limelight, during which they will utter their political views. Andreas Efstratiou, who arrived in a wheelchair, has become a veteran of the presidential elections, this being the tenth time he will be standing. Although he has become well-known to the electorate, his tiny share of the vote has been stagnant.This election will be a three-horse race, with Nicos Anastasiades as the big favourite. All opinion polls showing him sailing into the second round and comfortably winning regardless of who his opponent will be. The only fear in the president’s camp is that his big lead in the polls, combined with the inability of his two main opponents to have a major impact in the campaign so far, could cause complacency among his supporters and lead people to choose not to vote.The battle for the right to stand against Anastasiades in the run-off will be between Nikolas Papadopoulos, backed by the hard-line nationalist parties, and Akel candidate Stavros Malas. Polls suggest these two are very close, with Malas having covered the big difference earlier polls showed. Things could change for all of the candidates in the four weeks remaining until the elections, but for now the smart money will be on Anastasiades. Not only was his presidency a success, but his two main opponents do not seem to inspire any confidence that they can do a better job than Anastasiades.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Coop sale gets go ahead

first_imgCabinet on Friday night approved in principle Hellenic Bank’s offerfor the acquisition of a section of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB).Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace after the decision, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said the proposal had been approved on the condition that Hellenic Bank submitted a binding capitalization plan before the CCB convened a general meeting slated for Monday to discuss and decide on the matter.The proposal outlines that Hellenic will be subject to a capital raise and will undertake payment of the CCB’s total deposits, amounting to €9.7 billion.Hellenic will also take on €10.3bn of CCB’s assets consisting of loans, bonds and cash, including non-performing loans valued at approximately €500 million.Assets worth approximately €8.3bn will be transferred to the state.“In various cases we had to take difficult decisions but down the road it became obvious that where we dared, the result was worthwhile,” Georgiades said.“As far as the Co-op is concerned, it is clear that behind the human element and behind the cooperative idea which certainly helped several of our fellow citizens, there was bad management. This relaxed structure can have no place in the demanding European environment.”In April, the government deposited €2.5bn in the co-op bank raised from several bonds in return for non-performing loans worth €7bn and company shares worth €165m.With an additional injection of €1bn towards the CCB, all of the lender’s property, worth €600m, and performing loans valued at €500m will be in the government’s hands.All revenue reaped from the proceeds, sale and management of these assets will be additional public revenue and this is the key difference between previous deposits towards banks, Georgiades said.“This makes the additional burden on public debt manageable,” the minister stipulated but stressed it would not be repeated.The European Commission will also be called to approve the move, putting forward its own conditions broadly aimed at maximising state revenue.Though damages to portfolios are not expected, the proposal includes a guarantee to buyers for any potential damages. Based on figures from an independent agency, the potential and unlikely damages in a 12-year period are not expected to exceed €184m, the minister said in his statement.“Our aim is to have banking institutions that aren’t supported on clay legs, that have been rid of the pathogens and mistakes of the past. Through this decision, we are taking a decisive step in that direction,” Georgiades said.Responding to criticism that has surrounded plans for CCB’s partial acquisition, the minister suggested self reflection from those complaining.“I’d like to remind that in 2013, the CCB had €300m negative working capital. This means €300m was needed just so capital could be at zero and much more so it could be at the necessary levels. The risk of a haircut was visible and demanded state support.”Though progress has been noted, the problem with non-performing loans granted before 2014 still burden the CCB despite the drop from €7.4bn to €6.2bn, he said.Taxpayers are also expected to foot the bill relating to the compensation granted to staff who will be made redundant.On Friday morning, a representative of Etyk, the bank workers union, revealed more details about how the deal will affect the state-owned bank, into which Cypriot taxpayers have already pumped more than €4bn over the past four years.Christos Panagides, secretary-general of Etyk said in an interview with state radio CyBC that Hellenic will take about 1,100 of the co-op’s 2,650 staff, while another 900 will have to retire through a voluntary retirement scheme.The rest, he said, will continue to work for the body that will remain in place after the deal to administer the bank’s non-performing loan portfolio, which accounts for roughly six tenths of the total.In a statement released on Friday afternoon, following negotiations between the two sides, Hellenic said it “submitted today a final offer for the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of CCB, which is subject, amongst other things, to a capital raise of the company.”The statement followed an announcement from the CCB that it had received a revised acquisition proposal from Hellenic.The CCB said it had convened a general meeting for Monday at 6.30pm to discuss and decide on the matter.“Further to our May 14, 2018 announcement, the Cyprus Cooperative Bank confirms that it received a revised proposal from Hellenic Bank as part of the strategic transaction, and in accordance with the relevant invitation for demonstration of interest.”You May LikeOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndoHer MomentsEveryone Is Jealous Of What This Little Girl’s Mom Can DoHer MomentsUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Animal Party protests Limassol mayors dog ban

first_imgThe Animal Party strongly criticised Limassol municipality on Monday for banning dogs from the Molos area of the city.At least 100 people showed up at a demonstration on Sunday to express their disapproval over the mayor’s decision.Dog lovers taking part in Sunday’s demonstration“The demonstration was created last-minute and got a lot of support, but our party is in the process of also organising demonstrations in the very near future,” the head of the party, Kyriakos Kyriakou, told the Cyprus Mail.The party has also received support from the public who have taken to social media to oppose the municipal ban and argue that that the Molos area has much larger issues that need resolving.The Animal Party said that most dog owners are respectful of the area, making sure that they pick up any of their dog’s litter. It also questioned whether the municipality would extend the ban to blind people – who need their dogs to help guide them.In a statement issued on Monday, the party cited article 18 of the offences and penalties laws, arguing that the outright ban of dogs from a public area is anti-democratic, as dog owners who are not respectful of the law could simply receive a fine for neglecting to pick up their dog’s litter. They also pointed out that the interior ministry had not yet approved the decision.Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said on social media that dog owners will be receiving warnings effective immediately. He said that dogs should only be walked in areas which are not forbidden. In its statement the party said it wondered where those places were located – as they had formally asked for a dog-friendly park at the beginning of last year.“The introduction of such extreme laws only serves to alienate the people who go the extra mile in being respectful,” the statement said.On his Facebook page, Nicolaides had argued that the municipality’s decision to ban dogs from the area was because the dogs pose a threat to the health and safety of the public – particularly children.He said government workers will be patrolling the area and issuing warnings for those who might still be unaware of the new, oncoming legislation.“Dog faeces can cause a threat, not only to one’s health, but our negligence to picking it up shows how irresponsible we are!” the mayor said. You May LikeTop4ListsGet a Good Night’s Sleep! Search For Purple Saatva Casper SaleTop4ListsUndoZoo.comAce It or Leave It to Beaver: Take The 50s & 60s Shows QuizZoo.comUndoRelocation TargetTop 15 Countries Where People Live Longest LivesRelocation TargetUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Deal apparently finally reached in teachers dispute Updated

first_imgThe government and public school teachers agreed on Wednesday to immediately start talks on the various problems faced by state education, apparently ending a dispute that started more than two months ago.The agreement was announced by Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris.The minister said he was certain that through talks conducted in good faith and with all the parties’ cooperation, “the best results will be achieved on behalf of our children’s best interest, as civil society expects.”The head of the primary school teacher union Poed, Fylios Fylactou said the agreement will eventually benefit the children.“What is important is the positive conclusion,” he told state television. “We are entering a substantive dialogue.”Fylactou would not get into details on the agreement that kept evading the two sides since early in July, saying only “we bridged the gap in a positive way.”But no sooner was the deal announced than the vice chairman of secondary education teacher union Oelmek said he disagreed.Pantelis Nicolaides told Sigmalive that the union’s chairman had no authorisation to strike a deal and anything put on the table on Wednesday would have to be approved by Oelmek’s board.The crisis, which was marked by a 48-hour strike last week and work-to-rule action, began in July, when the government announced a string of measures designed to streamline the operation of public schools.Teachers returned to their classrooms but had threatened rolling strikes if the dispute persisted.At the end of August, thousands of teachers and people who supported them staged a protest march, which ended outside the presidential palace.Unions were up in arms when the education ministry decided to reduce the free time previously afforded to senior educators as well as to union cadres to engage in trade-union activities during normal working hours.With the change, certain union cadres would have been forced to spend more time in the classroom.The government also proposed a reduction in the teaching periods, which educators got depending on years of service from two to one. Under the current system for example, primary school teachers have their periods cut by two to 27 after 15 years, and to 25 after 21 years.The government has since largely walked this back, bringing a revised proposal where the top officials from each trade union will be allotted a certain number of hours per week to engage in union work during normal working hours.      You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo 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