Go back to the enewsletter Another lively TIME gat

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAnother lively TIME gathering took place in Melbourne last week, with Travel Counsellors hosting an evening of networking and inspiration fuelled by a generously laden spread of food and refreshments.“This was another classic TIME event,” said Melbourne’s departing Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) convenor, Intrepid’s Brett Harvey. Moving to Bangkok for a new role with the company, Harvey has handed the TIME reins over to Ingrid Berthelsen, General Manager Brand, Strategy & Partnerships at Evolution Travel Collective.“It was great to see so many new faces,” said Berthelsen.“RSVPs were at capacity within a week of invitations being sent out to the trade. It’s hardly surprising, though; TIME events are brilliant meet-ups of ambitious, generous and interesting travel-and-tourism professionals. And, just quietly, they’re great fun,” she added.Kaylene Shuttlewood from Travel CounsellorsThe event’s MC, Hawthorn Travel & Cruise’s Casey Murphy, introduced guest presenters, Ines Iniesta from Insight Vacations – a recent TIME program graduate – and Kaylene Shuttlewood, Regional Managing Director of Travel Counsellors and long-time TIME supporter and Mentor.Brett Harvey and Damian Cerini“It’s always great hearing tales from both sides of the mentoring equation. Invariably, our Mentors seem to learn as much from their Mentees as they impart themselves,” says TIME program Founder, Penny Spencer.Penny continues to be inspired by the presence TIME now has in Melbourne.“Brett Harvey has done an incredible job for us in Victoria, he has been the driving force behind our Melbourne events. We’re thrilled about his exciting relocation but will miss his energy and presence,” said Spencer.Incoming convenor, Berthelsen, will be supported by the TIME Melbourne Committee of Sandy Colombo of Colombo Consulting, Peter Topping of Topping Business Consultancy, Emma Whiting of Emma Whiting Travel, and Hawthorn Travel & Cruise’s Casey Murphy.“I have no doubt Ingrid will fill Brett’s shoes wonderfully and make her own mark on TIME in Victoria,” she added.Travel-tourism-hospitality professionals are encouraged to follow the program on Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with what’s going on inside the industry’s premier career accelerator.For more information, visit the TIME website or contact TIME Program Manager, Marie Allom:Email Marie at time@travelindustrymentor.com.au or see www.travelindustrymentor.com.au/become-a-menteeLead image: Casey Murphy Hawthorn, Travel & Cruise; Ingrid Berthelsen, Evolution Travel Collective; Sandy Colombo, Colombo Consulting; Peter Topping, Peter Topping Business Consultancy and Brett Harvey, Intrepid.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Miami Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler the p

first_imgMiami, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Yachts of Seabourn has announced that Twiggy will be the Godmother of its newest yacht, Seabourn Sojourn, at a glamorous naming ceremony hosted on board on the River Thames Friday, June 4th, 2010. On Saturday, June 5th, The Yachts of Seabourn has donated Seabourn Sojourn to the non-profit Breast Cancer Haven as the venue for an exclusive fundraising gala event to celebrate the charity&rsquos 10th anniversary.Twiggy exploded onto the international modelling scene as a London teenager in 1966. She went on to define the term “supermodel” and to become the icon of 1960s style worldwide. In the early 1970s she became an actress and singer, winning two coveted Golden Globe Awards for her first filmThe Boyfriend. In the 1980s she took Broadway by storm in the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical My One & Only. More recently, she has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model and fronted the phenomenally successful campaign for the British retail giant Marks & Spencer. Along with this she designs her own clothing and bed linen lines in the UK and has just launched her “Twiggy London” collection in the United States on the Home Shopping Channel.She is an ardent campaigner for animal welfare and breast cancer support. Twiggy’s renowned elegance and style perfectly complement the values of Seabourn, reflected in the gracious lines and sophistication of Seabourn Sojourn, which she is delighted to be naming in her home town of London.“I am incredibly excited that Seabourn has asked me to be Godmother to Seabourn Sojourn.” said Twiggy. “Her stylish interiors and sleek silhouette make her one of the most elegant yachts at sea. I am thrilled that Seabourn is combining their inaugural celebrations with Breast Cancer Haven’s 10 year anniversary — it really is a wonderful organization.”Pamela Conover, president and CEO of The Yachts of Seabourn commented, “Seabourn enjoys a truly international clientele and welcomes a significant number of new and repeat British guests on nearly every sailing. As such, it is entirely appropriate that we should choose London to introduce our beautiful new vessel to the world. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Twiggy on board Seabourn Sojourn on June 4th. She is the perfect choice to name our beautiful new yacht in London. ”Following an early morning transit of the River Thames, Sojourn will position mid-river at Greenwich for two days of inaugural celebrations, and will sail from there on its maiden voyage on Sunday, June 6th.Seabourn Sojourn is the second of the three new, ultra-luxurious vessels to be launched by the Yachts of Seabourn in a three-year period. The first, Seabourn Odyssey, launched in 2009, has already been hailed as a “game-changer” in the luxury cruise segment. Seabourn Sojourn departs on its Maiden Voyage from Greenwich on June 6th, 2010. Destinations on the 14-night “Northern Star Sojourn” cruise include Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian Sea, Norway and the Netherlands. The voyage ends on June 20th in Dover, England.Seabourn Sojourn will sail a series of 12- to 14-day voyages of Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic throughout the summer season of 2010.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

Ft Lauderdale FL—Yacht charter and management le

first_imgFt. Lauderdale, FL—Yacht charter and management leaders The Sacks Group announced some of their new Central Agency Brokerage listings at the recent 49th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. New yachts available for charter and sale include:PORTOFINO: a quality 118’ Intermarine built in Savannah, Georgia. She has 5 staterooms, as well as, the ability to sleep up to 6 crew. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she is listed for sale at $6,900,000 with Bruce Schattenburg.QUIVIRA: a classic 116’ Benetti built in 1979, just completed a major refit including exterior and soft goods, plus a complete paint job and is now sporting a blue hull. QUIVIRA is available for charter this Winter Season in Central America at a rate of $55,000 per week, plus expenses and is listed for sale with Bruce Schattenburg at $4,800,000.CALYPSO: a 1971 Long Range Cruiser Feadship with refits in 1994 and 2008. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she is listed for sale with Bruce Schattenburg at a price of $2,995,000.ISLAND VOYAGER: a classic 93’ Broward, was built in 1979 and had a refit in 2004. Listed for sale with Curtis Stokes, ISLAND VOYAGER is for sale for $865,000 and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The WARREN: at 87’, is a 2007 Express Cruiser listed for sale with Curtis Stokes at a price of $6,500,000. This sleek vessel can be seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Call (954O) 764-7742 for more information.www.sacksyachts.comlast_img read more

West Side 4 stories Development features movable

first_imgWest Side, 4 stories: Development features movable building NEW YORK, N.Y. – The city’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics in a rebuilt neighbourhood of rail yards and industrial buildings never came to fruition, but the massive Hudson Yards project rising there now isn’t suffering from a lack of Olympic-size ambition.After five years of construction, a $25 billion mini-city has been taking shape on Manhattan’s West Side where officials once wanted to build an Olympic and NFL stadium.The development, which will include a hotel, a school, a retail mall, restaurants, public plazas and a skyscraper taller than the Empire State Building, is intended to transform what was one of the last underused, industrial stretches of Manhattan into a destination like Rockefeller Center.And there’s hope a performing arts centre being built in the area called The Shed will make it a cultural draw.The four-story-high building, now partially complete, is equipped with a mechanical marvel: a giant telescoping shell that can be extended to turn an adjacent, public open-air plaza into a climate-controlled performance hall with 120-foot ceilings.Made of a steel frame covered by translucent panels, the shell rests on giant wheels that slide along rails to move it out to cover the plaza, which then becomes a space called The McCourt, named in honour of businessman Frank McCourt Jr., who donated $45 million to the project, an independent non-profit cultural organization. The shell deploys in five minutes, at a speed of a quarter-mile per hour.When in use, the shell can hold an audience of 1,250 seated or 2,700 standing, which can come up to 3,000 when combined with space from the fixed building.At a presentation to announce part of the performance schedule for The Shed’s inaugural 2019 season, Robert Katchur, an associate principal at Diller Scofidio and Renfro, the design firm that in collaboration with Rockwell Group came up with the concept of the shell, said the idea was to give the art presented there as much room as possible, instead of being limited to the space in the fixed building alone or to an open-air plaza that could be used only in good weather.“We wanted it to be able to engage with the public realm,” he said.When not being used, the shell will be “nested” over the fixed structure, which is next to a residential skyscraper also designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro and Rockwell Group.Among the inaugural offerings next year will be a live production, conceived by filmmaker Steve McQueen and music giant Quincy Jones, exploring the impact and history of African-American music. Other artists connected to inaugural projects include poet Anne Carson, opera singer Renee Fleming, and screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.“If the range of artists that we present represent the range of society, then you have a chance of welcoming people from all over the place,” said Alex Poots, the founding artistic director and CEO of The Shed.The Hudson Yards site and its environs today is still a hive of construction activity. The skeleton of The Shed and its telescoping shell are both in place. External cladding is underway.Nearby, the steel structure of another centerpiece at the site — a 150-foot (46-meter) climbable sculpture called The Vessel, made up of 154 twisting flights of stairs — has topped out.Both attractions are ringed by finished and unfinished skyscrapers, including 30 Hudson Yards, which is well on its way to its planned height of 1,296 feet (395 metres).Making Hudson Yards a must-visit place has always been the plan for its developers, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group.That part of Manhattan has already gained immensely in popularity in recent years thanks to the High Line, an old, elevated rail line that was turned into a strollable green oasis stretching about 1 1/2 miles (1.61 kilometres). The High Line wraps around the Hudson Yards complex.It has also become much more accessible, thanks to the opening of a subway station and the extension of the 7 train line.When Hudson Yards is fully complete sometime in the first part of the next decade, developers say there will be 18 million square feet (1.67 million sq. meters) of residential and commercial space, as well as 14 acres (5.67 hectares) of public space.___Follow Deepti Hajela at www.twitter.com/dhajela. For more of her work, search for her name at https://apnews.com___This story has been corrected to add Rockwell Group as a collaborator on the design of The Shed. by Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2018 7:32 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img In this in Tuesday, March 6, 2018 photo, people walk on the High Line Park that passes the Shed, center, in New York. The building, in Manhattan’s Hudson Yard’s development, is a new arts space consisting of a stationary building with a a shell constructed around it that can move in a matter of minutes to cover the adjacent public plaza and create an additional 120-foot-high giant room. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) last_img read more

FILE In this May 20 2018 file photo Taylor Sw

first_img FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Swift honored Aretha Franklin with a moment of silence during a concert in the Queen of Soul’s hometown. Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Franklin did so much for music, women’s rights and civil rights. Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) DETROIT – Taylor Swift honoured Aretha Franklin with a moment of silence during a concert in the Queen of Soul’s hometown.Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women’s rights and civil rights. Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place.The pop star asked for a moment of silence so “every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her.” After asking for the lights to go out, Swift said, “We love you Aretha.”The public is paying respects to Franklin during a two-day viewing at a Detroit museum.Franklin, who died on Aug. 16, will be laid to rest on Friday. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2018 8:14 am PDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Taylor Swift pays tribute to Aretha Franklin at Detroit showlast_img read more

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomas new Republican Gov Kev

first_img OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking a shot at the “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course outside the state capitol in Oklahoma City.Organizers of the reality television show that features high-level athletes racing through grueling obstacles say the 47-year-old ex-CEO is the first governor to give the course a try.Stitt bloodied his elbow completing a rope swing to a landing pad after jumping across a pool of water. A spokeswoman says he finished two of the three obstacles.Filming for the show will continue Friday and Saturday night for the NBC program’s 11th season. Other stops this season include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle.The show qualified for an Oklahoma program that offers a cash rebate of 35% for qualifying production expenditures.The Associated Press Oklahoma governor tries ‘American Ninja Warrior’ course by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 8:53 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German party rescinds invite to pundit Milo Yiannopoulos BERLIN — The nationalist Alternative for Germany party has withdrawn an invitation for right-wing British writer Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at an event in parliament Saturday.The party confirmed Friday that Yiannopoulos, who has been banned from Facebook and Twitter for breaching the sites’ policies on hate speech, won’t be taking part in a seminar for bloggers.German media reported that Alternative for Germany lawmakers had a heated discussion Friday about Yiannopoulos’ past comments appearing to defend pedophilia.Yiannopoulos lost his job at Breitbart News over the comments two years ago, has since said they were misguided.Alternative for Germany had earlier failed to secure former White House strategist and ex-Breitbart chief Steve Bannon as a speaker at its conference.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 10:25 am PDTlast_img read more

May 23 2007 Golf at Arcosanti Oh yes The amazin

first_imgMay 23, 2007 Golf at Arcosanti? Oh yes! The amazing ‘Dinky Links’ tournament is the brainchild of alumnus Richard Johnson and originated in Jerome, Arizona. Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman organized last week-ends tournament with a course planned throughout the Arcosanti site. This environmentally friendly golf course requires zero maintenance and zero water. [from upper left] Participants meet at the old water tank in the Minds Garden. Golf at Arcosanti? Oh yes! The amazing ‘Dinky Links’ tournament is the brainchild of alumnus Richard Johnson and originated in Jerome, Arizona. Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman organized last week-ends tournament with a course planned throughout the Arcosanti site. This environmentally friendly golf course requires zero maintenance and zero water. [from upper left] Participants meet at the old water tank in the Minds Garden. Dr. Sparks explains the rules of this local game, like if your ball lands in a cactus or behind a rock, you can move the ball one club-length away for your next shot. At one of the holes in the Minds Garden all participants tee off at the same time. Whoever hits the old cement mixer first gets a shot subtracted from their score. [Photos: Lissa McCullough & text: sa] Sparks makes the point that anyone can hit a ball on a lawn. [from upper left] This much more difficult course consists of 16 holes, 9 holes in the very difficult terrain of the Minds Garden, and 7 holes in various locations between the Arcosanti buildings. One of the most challenging shots is bouncing the ball down into the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Another shot is from the south-end of the Music Center into the lower level of the silt workshop area. Those balls will be picked up at a later time in the course. The group moves up the path from in front of the Music Center to their next shot in the Vaults. [Photos: Lissa McCullough & text: sa] [from upper left] This shot is from the middle of the Vaults into the little Teilhard memorial planter right on the edge of the mesa, part of the Colly Soleri Garden in front of the Vaults. A very challenging shot, if the ball is tapped too hard it will go right over the edge of the mesa. The next hole is from the path in front of West Housing to a the small lawn in front of the Ceramics Apse. One of the holes is located below the Crafts III building, and another along the path below the Foundry. The image is small but you can see the group below the Foundry Apse on their way to the silt area. The so-called 19th. hole [in this case the 17th. hole], is ‘The Beach’ at the pool cube where Sparks announces the winners. Among the awards were trophies for first, second and highest score. The trophies are in the best of Arcosanti recreational tradition. The most coveted award is the mediocrity award, for the person that finishes right in the middle. [Photos: Lissa McCullough & text: sa]last_img read more

Pillow fight held in Nicosia video

first_imgDozens of people took part in the first ever organised pillow fight event to take place in Cyprus on Saturday.The event, that took place in Phaneromeni Square, aimed at putting Nicosia on the International Pillow Fight map.Despite that organisers expected many more people to show up, with over 500 people signing up to the Facebook event, and almost 2,000 listing themselves as ‘interested’, only dozens attended, some in their pyjamas, although they appeared to have great fun bashing each other with pillows until they burst and the air filled with feathers.Initiated by the Urban Playground Movement – a global group which organises ‘free, fun, non-commercial events’ in the hope of replacing ‘passive, non-social, branded consumption experiences such as watching television’ – International Pillow Fight Day is now an annual event.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Here’s Why)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Pensioner dies hours after being run over by own tractor

first_imgA 70-year-old man from Paphos died on Tuesday a few hours after being run over by his tractor.According to CyBC, the 70-year-old from Fyti, was injured in the morning, while trying to load bales of hay on to a trailer. He was taken to Paphos hospital where he died some four hours later, probably from a heart attack, doctors believe.While in hospital, he told police that he had gone to the field, which had a steep slope, to load bales of hay. While loading, the tractor began to move down the slope and Aristidou tried to get into the cabin to steer it but didn’t manage and was run over.He was taken to Paphos hospital where he died four hours later. A post mortem is to be carried out to confirm the cause of death.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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

German Defence Minister visits Cyprus

first_imgGerman Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen will pay a visit to Cyprus today Wednesday. According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Defence Ministry, this is the first visit of a German Defence Minister to Cyprus.The German Minister will be received by her Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaides in the “ZENON” Coordination Center in the coastal town of Larnaka where delegations from both countries will hold consultations.Following that, the German official will visit the German contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stationed in the coastal town of Limassol.CNAYou 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus wildlife mysterious and misunderstood

first_imgCyprus has exactly 30 species of wild mammal – hardly a menagerie, barely comparable with the average English family’s pet complement. But what we do have is some of the most interesting – and little known – mammals. Take the Cyprus Mouse (or Mus cypriacus) for instance. Only discovered in 2004, this is a species previously unknown to science – “the only new mammal to enter the European annals in the past century!” exclaims Haris Nicolaou.[smart-photo][/smart-photo]The reason he knows this, is that Haris – our very own David Attenborough – is the author of Wild Mammals of Cyprus, a book which has been 15 years in the making and very much a labour of love for this Forestry Department official. A trained biologist, Haris is responsible for research into, and the conservation and protection of, the island’s wild fauna – a subject in which he has been interested since childhood. “I’ve had a fascination for insects and birds and snakes since I was five years old,” Haris reveals. “I always wanted to study something to do with animals, and though I studied forest management at the University of Cumbria, and then did a masters in experimental molecular biology, my thesis was about the fruit bat of Cyprus – and that’s how I started to become involved in the study of wild mammals.”In fact, the bat is Haris’ favourite animal, and is much in evidence in the book. Of the 30 wild mammals on the island, 19 are species of bat – so understandably they feature quite a bit. “Bats are a very mysterious and misunderstood mammal,” Haris explains. “When I first started my research back in 2003, there was almost no data on the local populations. So I started from zero: exploring caves, mines, and abandoned buildings, collecting data on the different species of Cyprus. Then, after my masters, I began recording all the places with bats on the island,” he continues, adding that he’s since set up a database of locations, “and started to put them under a protection scheme.” Sponsored by the European Union, Haris and his team of bat enthusiasts also worked to guard entrances to the caves, mines, and abandoned buildings – locations where the mammal is under threat.“For example, the fruit bat,” he reveals, “is indigenous to Cyprus, and though it exists in Asia and Africa, our island is the only European country with a population of this species. But, since 2005, the population has decreased by about 85 per cent due to the abandonment of agriculture, a lack of water sources, disturbances to the colonies by people, and the proximity of building development to the colonies – so it’s very important that it is protected.”With such a fall in the bat population of late, snapping photos and gathering data for the book has been “a real challenge” Haris acknowledges. And with every one of the book’s 700 photos taken personally, the author is no stranger to danger. “There was often a lot of time and risk involved in taking these pictures,” he explains. “One particular species of migratory bat only appears on the island for about two months a year, and hides itself away at a particular elevation; it took several years to find and photograph! Then, there was the time I was deep down in a former mine taking pictures when part of the gallery collapsed. It was quite worrying, being nearly trapped half a kilometre inside a mountain, but thank goodness I got out okay!”When you’re this focused on your subject, narrow escapes are all part of the job, it seems. Gathering data on the Mediterranean Monk Seals – “a very rare marine species which breeds on the land in caves; there are only about eight or 10 of the species known to visit our coastline” – in a remote sea cave a few years ago, Haris forgot about the incoming tide. “I was very nearly trapped inside the cave.” But a true professional doesn’t give up… “I went back the next day, this time with scuba gear, and got some great pictures!” he laughs.Along with bats, seals and our newly-discovered mouse, the book also includes reams of information on (and spectacular pictures of) every other local mammal. The long-eared hedgehog (an endemic subspecies found only in Cyprus), the mouflon, two species of shrew (Etruscan and Garden), and the much-maligned fox all make an appearance. “I talk quite a lot about foxes in Wild Mammals,” says Haris. “They’re a very misunderstood animal, hunters seem to think they’re in competition for prey, but that’s not the case at all. Actually, the fox is very useful in the ecosystem, they eat a lot of rats and other diseased animals, and get rid of carrion.“I’ve actually managed to include every single wild mammal on the island, as well as a great deal of information on mammals of the past – pygmy hippos and elephants, a type of wild cat and a wild boar, to name just a few,” says Haris with quiet pride. “In 2015 I co-authored a book called Amphibians and Reptiles of Cyprus – there was much more data available on these types of animals – but my real goal has always been to write and print a book on the mammals. And it was kind of a deal I made with myself: I had to photograph every single mammal before I could go ahead and publish!”A mere six months ago, Haris achieved his goal, and since has managed to publish his glorious compendium with the help of the Cyprus Forest Association. “All of the profit from the book goes to them and will be put to good use. I don’t want any money from this,” Haris concludes. “I didn’t write it for the money, I wrote it because I wanted to share my knowledge and love of local fauna with the public: I want people to discover the incredibly rich biodiversity of this island, and learn about how we can protect it. So I’ve created something that I hope will really intrigue the reader: not too much text but instead something you can flick through, learn from, and really enjoy.” Wild Mammals of Cyprus By Haris Nicolaou costs €45 and is available from all good bookshops on the island, as well as Amazon and Amazon UK You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Voters going to the polls after shallow campaign

first_imgBy Elias HazouBy most accounts the lead up to Sunday’s presidential elections has seen the most detached election campaign in living memory.The reasons are many, but may be distilled into one sentence: quite simply, the stakes were not that high. And although the Sunday Mail is loath to forecast the outcome of the election, it’s fair to say that this state of affairs tends to favour whoever is the incumbent.“There’s been a disjointed, generic even, coverage of issues,” says Yiannos Katsourides, adjunct lecturer at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus (UCY) and director of the Prometheus Research Institute.“Mostly it’s been about the candidates challenging one another on who is the most fit to govern, who is the more reliable, who is more credible – did you keep your promises and so on. And while there were proposals made by the camps, the discourse usually slipped into personal attacks.”Katsourides has aptly dubbed the 2017-2018 election campaign a “Hobbesian ‘war of all against all’.” In a blog he writes:“This is particularly true for the three main candidates, Anastasiades, Papadopoulos and Malas. Accusations are exchanged constantly and on a daily basis between them, as well as between their supporting parties on all issues. For example, [Giorgos] Lillikas indirectly accused [Nicholas] Papadopoulos of offering him money and public office to withdraw his candidacy and support him.”Looking ahead, Katsourides predicts that “This polarisation between the candidates, in turn, questions their ability to form alliances at the second round and arguably places the strongest candidate (N. Anastasiades) in an advantageous position since the bridges between Papadopoulos and Malas and the parties supporting them seem broken.”The main ‘issue’ of this campaign has been the economy, with the Cyprus problem demoted to lower rungs. But here again, none of the nine candidates have offered a comprehensive economic model that they envision, with the discourse confined to minor tweaks – be it pledges to support research and development or business startups.Kasourides points out that major issues – such as Cyprus’ role in the European Union, or its participation in Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation) did not even get a mention.“It’s taken for granted, for example, that Cyprus being all-in in the EU is the way to go, which is a little surprising when you recall that European institutions played a part in the 2013 meltdown. And as far as Pesco goes, it seems to be a niche topic, with the opposition parties realising that it’s too complicated to explain to voters, who are mostly concerned with job security and the price of milk.“There appears to be a sense that the worst of the economic crisis is behind us, that after the shock of 2013 things are beginning to stabilise. And in the minds of many people, the thought then occurs: do we really want to experiment now and change things?”Once more, Katsourides tells the Mail, this plays into the hands of the incumbent.Antonis Ellinas, associate professor of political science at UCY, thinks that in these elections many will be voting for whom they consider to be the lesser evil.Polls have consistently reflected this sentiment, as there is little to choose between the candidates in terms of real issues.Matters are not helped by the fact the debate has been rather shallow. For instance, some of the candidates are promising to expand welfare spending, but their proposals lack any cost analysis whatsoever.“No spending figures are cited. There’s just an assumption that the government will keep generating fiscal surpluses to pay for these expenditures,” says Ellinas.With Anastasiades widely expected to make it to the second round, many will be glued to their TV sets today as they await to see who will be joining him in the runoff ballot.But if recent history is anything to go by, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. The best example being the 2016 US presidential elections, where a combination of flawed opinion polls and complacency among the Democrats led to the election of Donald Trump.We’ve had examples closer to home, too. A case in point are the 1993 elections when everyone predicted George Vassiliou would win in the runoff, but Glafcos Clerides just scraped through.Katsourides does not rule out an upset – Anastasiades not being re-elected – but thinks it will take a confluence of variables to make that happen.Certainly, the chances of a surprise result increase should an alliance be struck between Anastasiades’ second-round opponent and the camp that misses the runoff ticket.“If the Malas and Papadopoulos camps make a deal, true, it will hard to sell it to their respective supporters, given all the bad blood during the campaign. There’s no telling how people will respond. However, usually the thinking is: Let’s vote for Papadopoulos (or Malas, as the case may be), because that way our party will at least have some influence on the next administration.”Absent a pact between the Malas-Papadopoulos teams, Anastasiades’ chances of winning rise exponentially.Then there is the not-insignificant matter of voter turnout. Five years ago, the abstention rate in the second round came to 18.42 per cent, surpassing that in the first round (16.86 per cent). And the indications this time are that voter turnout could be the lowest on record for presidential elections.In total, there are 550,876 registered voters for these elections. Polling stations open at 7am, closing for a one-hour break at noon. Voting resumes at 1pm and polling stations will close at 6pm.The first returns should start coming out around 6.30pm, according to Deputy Chief Returning Officer Demetris Demetriou.The final result is expected a little after 8pm. Back in 2013, about 97 per cent of the ballots had been counted by 8pm.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo 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

Economy expands 4 in Q1 Cystat says

first_imgCyprus’s economy expanded 4 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the respective three-month period last year and 1 per cent compared to the quarter before, the statistical service said.In January to March, economic output rose a seasonally adjusted 4 per cent compared to the respective period of 2017, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.On May 15, Cystat announced its preliminary estimate of an annual growth rate of 3.8 per cent and a quarterly 0.8 per cent.The increase in output was in the areas of hotels and restaurants, retail and wholesale trade, construction, manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical activities and administrative and support service activities, Cystat said.You May LikeDomesticatedCompanionWhere You Should Retire in the USA: States Ranked From Worst To BestDomesticatedCompanionUndoMortgage After LifeWhich High School In America Has Produced The Most NFL Players?Mortgage After LifeUndoJobs I Search AdsRowland Heights Jobs – Hiring Up To $22.50/Hr – View OpportunitiesJobs I Search AdsUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

North accuses Republic of trying to damage economy

first_imgOfficials in the north on Friday accused the Greek Cypriot side of using fuel checks to try to damage the economy by hiding behind excuses and preventing the implementation of the Green Line Regulation.The Turkish Cypriot regime said the government’s decision earlier in the week to check vehicles at crossing points for fuel bought in the north will harm relations between the two sides.In a written statement, Baris Burcu, spokesman for the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, said the new checks include hundreds of excuses to prevent the Green Line Regulation from being effectively implemented and are a direct warning to Greek Cypriots who shop in the north.Due to the constant fluctuations in the value of the Turkish lira against other currencies, he said, fuel prices in the north are sometimes cheaper or more expensive than prices in the south.“We have never introduced such measures when prices in the south were cheaper. The Greek Cypriot side’s unacceptable and despotic stance in response to this temporary situation does not serve to develop the much-needed good relations and trust between the two communities,” he said.Burcu said that improving relations between the two communities is the responsibility of both sides. He added that the Turkish Cypriot side is trying to do so but that they do not see the same positive response from the other side.The Greek Cypriot side, he said, puts obstacles in the way of the application of many decisions regarding confidence building measures and remains insensitive towards efforts aimed at increasing cooperation and establishing an environment of trust.‘Foreign Affairs Minister’, Kudret Ozersay said in a Facebook post said that such moves oppose efforts aimed at building trust and confidence between the two sides.“The latest fashion on the Greek Cypriot side is to act in a way that damages the Turkish Cypriot economy or obstructs any benefit to our economy,” he said.The Greek Cypriot side has resorted to the excuse that goods or services sold in the ‘TRNC’ do not meet required standards, he added.Ozersay wondered if the standard of the fuel is upgraded when Turkish Cypriots fill up their cars in the north and crossover to the south.He also recalled ‘other excuses’ given by the Greek Cypriot side on inferior standards, referring to reactions in the south in the past concerning tiles used in a school building in the south purchased from the north, and the transfer of tourists from the south to the north in Turkish Cypriot buses.Ozersay also referred to the refusal by Greek Cypriot authorities’ to allow some third-country nationals to enter the country when they said they intended to visit the north.He said that behind those excuses was an intention to harm the Turkish Cypriot economy or to prevent the Turkish Cypriots from benefitting economically.Most Turkish Cypriot newspapers on Friday ran on their front-pages instructions given by the customs department on the intensification of checks at crossing points on Greek Cypriot vehicles to find out if they have bought fuel in the north.The inspections will include taking samples from vehicles’ fuel tanks, customs said, as the sulphur content of diesel sold in the north does not meet the standards applied by the Republic. They said the sulphur content is higher and thus in violation of the fuel standards law. The measure was introduced to target illicit trade, customs said.You May LikeFitness Engage10 Vitamins to Take if You Want to Stay FitFitness EngageUndoWmnLife.comTrying To Lose Weight? Eat These 10 Foods!WmnLife.comUndoAp +10 Coolest Japanese Cars Ever BuiltAp +Undo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Archbishop discharged following surgery

first_imgArchbishop Chrysostomos has been discharged from hospital where he had undergone surgery to remove a tumour from his large intestine, it was announced on Thursday.According to a Church statement, the archbishop’s condition is good and he is recovering fast.“I am very well and doctors who undertook my treatment are excellent scientists,” the head of the Church of Cyprus said. “Nevertheless, we must accept both the good and the bad in our lives. God loves us much more than we love Him. We shall overcome. God bless.”The operation was carried out at the Areteion private hospital in Nicosia. The 77-year-old Chrysostomos returned to the archbishopric in the early hours of Thursday.You May LikeHabit TribeOver 55? These Foods Open Up ArteriesHabit TribeUndoBrowserguides.com for BraveA Browser that’s 200% Faster than ChromeBrowserguides.com for BraveUndoUpRight GOThis Little Device Improves Your Posture In Just 2 Weeks!UpRight GOUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Worlds largest passenger plane drops in to Larnaca

first_imgThe world’s largest passenger plane, an Airbus A380, landed in Larnaca early on Thursday after departing from Denmark at 8.15pm the day before.The plane, which ordinarily would be used to reach destinations far from Copenhagen, was reportedly used because tour operator Thomas Cook was left without an aircraft following a technical problem on the Greek island of Rhodes which left the operator short of a plane. The plane was leased from Hi-Fly, which is leasing it from owner Doric for almost six years.While some airports need to upgrade to accommodate this type of planes, Larnaca is not one of them.Though unusual, it is not the first time this type of plane has landed in Larnaca airport, a spokesman for airport operator Hermes said. “It happened a few times, and every time everything went well,” he said.The Airbus A380 is a double deck four-engine jet plane. It has 550 square metres of floor space, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.The service from Copenhagen to Larnaca would normally use an Airbus A321 with less than half the capacity of an A380. You May LikeObsevAncient Greece – Lesser Known Facts About The Founders Of Western CivilizationObsevUndoInsurance Idea106 Wonderful Benefits Of Eating Artichoke During Pregnancy!Insurance Idea10UndoHealth & Human ResearchThe 7 Best Herbs for Kidney CleansingHealth & Human ResearchUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Another boat load of migrants found off Cape Greco Updated

first_imgA vessel carrying 36 migrants and refugees from Syria, including babies and underage children, arrived in Cyprus on a boat on Monday, the most recent of several arrivals in the past 10 days or so.The vessel was escorted by marine police to a fishing harbour in Paralimni where the 11 men, 11 women, and 14 underage children, including four babies, were received by the immigration service and members of the civil defence.The vessel had been detected by radar at around 2.30pm sailing 14 nautical miles off Cape Greco.A marine police patrol boat was dispatched to the area and escorted the vessel to the fishing harbour at Paralimni at around 5pm.The migrants will be processed by the authorities before they are transferred to a reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia, Nicosia.The frequency of irregular migrant arrivals from Syria has seen a spike in recent days with over 100 people coming to the Republic either by boat or through the buffer zone from northern Cyprus.Deeply concerned over the fact, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has summoned a meeting on Tuesday with his counterparts at the ministries of foreign affairs, justice, and labour to take stock of the situation.Petrides has previously said that Cyprus has reached its limits as concerns asylum seekers and called for a holistic approach that includes an automatic mechanism for redistributing asylum seekers.Most of the 15,000 people who have been granted or are seeking asylum in Cyprus are Syrian with a 40 per cent increase in applications in the first five months of this year alone.Between 2002 and 2017, the island afforded international protection – asylum and subsidiary protection – to some 10,000 foreign nationals. There are 3,000 pending applications since last year plus a further 2,435 in 2018.You May LikeTronodes.comBest Fat Burning Foods For A Healthy LifestyleTronodes.comUndoObsev.comThe Right Way to Restore Old SneakersObsev.comUndowww.treasureofcoins.bizhttp://www.treasureofcoins.bizwww.treasureofcoins.bizUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Nicosia ICU has only four doctors out of the ten needed to

first_imgSTATE doctors announced on Thursday that for the next three days there would be no afternoon on-call doctors at the Nicosia intensive care unit (ICU).The head of the ICU, Theodoros Kyprianou said that doctors in the unit are exhausted from working “to the limits of their human strength”.ICU doctors, he said, have been working overtime all last month trying to cover all shifts, but that this is to the detriment of patients as an overworked doctor cannot take prompt and proper decisions that are necessary when working in such a department.He added that after three months of asking for help, the health ministry only arranged a meeting with them on Wednesday to seek solutions.Kyprianou said that at the moment there are only four doctors in the ICU of the 10 needed.The solution, he said, is not the transfer of three doctors who do not wish to be there.Permanent Secretary of the health ministry, Christina Yiannaki said that they have found two doctors who agreed to temporarily work at the ICU until another physician from Greece assumes duties in March. The two physicians will start working at the ICU on Monday. One of them will work there until the end of the month and the other until the end of February.The ministry, she said, is also working to buy the services of another physician for the ICU, while a Greek doctor is expected to assume duties at the beginning of March. You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Doctors insist minister penned Gesy compromise deal

first_imgThe medical association (CyMA) on Wednesday insisted that it was Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou who prepared a document attributed to them as a proposal aimed at striking an agreement with the government over their participation in the National Health Scheme (Gesy).Ioannou, however, reiterated that this was not the case, and that he would no longer comment on “the contradictions and various versions of statements” by representatives of CyMA.The dispute concerns a document published in the media earlier in the week which reportedly had been prepared by CyMA in the form of a memorandum of understanding and included a number of proposals by the association which could have cleared the way for private doctors to join Gesy.A CyMA representative on Monday had said that the document was an informal one as it was not approved by the board of the association but did not deny it having been submitted to the minister. The story changed on Tuesday, however, when the vice-chairman of the association accused Ioannou of preparing the document himself in a bid to divide the medical community.In a written statement on Wednesday the minister said that he received the document in question from a person acting on behalf of the CyMA leadership and that he forwarded it to the board of the Health Insurance organisation (HIO), which, following a meeting some two weeks ago, prepared a counterproposal. That counterproposal was sent to him by the HIO, he said, and he promptly forwarded it to the CyMA through the mediator.Later on Wednesday, Haris Armeftis, on behalf of CyMA, repeated that the proposal was prepared by the minister himself and that the association was presented with it through an external consultant and rejected it after assessing it.“I was there,” Armeftis said, adding that the minister had formed the document in question in cooperation with HIO, and had it delivered by hand to CyMA in an official envelope by an associate doctor.“So far so good. It was a proposal, we read it, we rejected it,” Armeftis told state broadcaster CyBC radio. “We told our associate that if the minister wished to make an official proposal to do so through the secretariat of CyMA and it would be discussed by the assembly.”What did not sit well with CyMA, he said, is that a few days after they had rejected it, the document was leaked to the media aiming to mislead public opinion and mainly the medical community.“That is the grievance of CyMA,” he said, adding that the mediator who had delivered the document had told them that it was a message from the minister.“What really took place, I will leave that to the judgment of each and every one,” said Ioannou, adding that he would no longer make any further comments out of respect to the doctors who believe in the Gesy and support it.Armeftis also defended the attempt to set up the Private Medical Network Cyprus, a platform offering information to patients about private doctors and hospitals, which the health ministry has described as an attempt to boycott Gesy.“It is an organised effort aimed at coordinating the free will of doctors wishing to continue practising privately,” Armeftis said.The platform, he said, will be an alternative to Gesy, and could also be a solution in case Gesy collapses.“If the system collapses, and there is no other alternative then there will be a serious problem,” he said.Registration of private doctors to the platform has started this week. After registration is completed, the platform will be made accessible to members of the public.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndoVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more