Go back to the enewsletter The Landmark Mandari

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong  is delighted to announce a beautiful new redesign of all of its guestrooms and suites. Providing a peaceful and comfortable residential experience, all of the guestrooms and suites have been given a fresh and contemporary makeover by the award-winning Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang. Each room is complemented by bespoke furniture and lighting options to create a sense of relaxation; a calming colour palette and luxurious fabrics have been used throughout; while the signature bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and power showers have a sleek light-filled feel. A daily selection of culinary in-room amenities, prepared by Michelin-starred Amber restaurant, will also be featured in a stylish cooling vitrine. The in-room entertainment includes a personalised TV streaming in all rooms and suites on new 48-inch and 55-inch TV screens respectively, together with perfectly positioned BOSE speakers for personal access.“We are delighted to unveil our newly refurbished and refreshed rooms, which offer guests an extremely comfortable yet entirely stylish home away from home, with all the personal services they require when travelling to Hong Kong,” General Manager, Torsten van Dullemen said. “The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities, surrounded by prestigious fashion brands, businesses and international clientèle, and this redesign provides our guests with a luxurious retreat from the urban bustle and excitement.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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This post is in conjunction with The LEGO® NINJAGO

first_imgThis post is in conjunction with The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Ride the flying trainsEnjoy the efficiency of NINJAGO’s transport infrastructure, which was built brick by brick with painstaking care. Word of warning though: avoid using during one of Garmadon’s attacks as you can get really blocked in.Go trekking through the forestThe spectacular forests of NINJAGO City’s surrounding area will leave you speechless, literally so if you leave the Right Path. Branch out by taking a trip to the Temple of Fragile Foundations. Bored of Bora Bora? Been to Bali? Done with Dubai?If you really want to see exotic coastline, head to the beaches of NINJAGO, where the vivid blue ocean laps the sparkling sands, and the view of Garmadon’s Volcano Lair in the distance is so stunning you’ll wonder if it’s real. Visit the beaches Learn Spinjitzu with the NinjasGo down to the docks and embark on Destiny’s Bounty to learn the close-combat martial arts technique with real ninjas. You’ll be in your element.Boarding for NINJAGO is now in progress (Psst – just in case you were trying to find flights to this magical land, we’re afraid it’s not a real life destination. Perhaps you could give Japan a shot instead?) Observe the local wildlife…If you’re feeling adventurous, seek out some of the local wildlife and bond with the region’s giant cat. It would be a catastrophe if you missed the flea market, too.Find your inner-pieceJump aboard the meditation train and seek out Master Wu for mentoring. It can be a tough one to figure out, but finding inner-piece can transform your life. We’ve dug out seven essential things that you need to do on your trip, so start with these and build on your perfect itinerary from there… Related8 late season sun destinations for lessBeat the post-summer blues by jetting off to find some late season sun. Here are the top 8 destinations for some autumn sunshine.Love islands: are these the most romantic islands in the world?It’s only week two and although we promised ourselves it wouldn’t happen this year, we’ve done it again – we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Love Island. And while Majorca is the home of that villa, there are plenty of other destinations that will set hearts a flutter, and…50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii. 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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Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Mandarin Oriental, Boston rang in the New Year by launching the “Two’s Company” package, perfect for a couple or two good friends looking to achieve balance and enhance wellness in 2012. Home to the only Five-Star awarded spa in Massachusetts, the hotel—located in the very heart of Boston— is a true urban oasis.“Two’s Company” guests will check in to one of the hotel’s specialized Lifestyle guest rooms, conveniently located on the fourth floor for easy access to the adjacent 16,000-square-foot spa. Although they stay true to the Asian-chic feel of the property’s other accommodations, the serene Lifestyle rooms feature a lighter color palette, hardwood floors, window-side daybeds and yoga mats, making them the ideal retreat for wellness-minded travelers.The package includes a one-hour-and-50-minute Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy treatment, administered side by side in the thoughtfully conceived couple’s Sanctuary Suite. Tailored specifically to each individual, the sublime treatment will leave body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony. Nutritional and exercise guidance from the spa’s expert staff will give guests tips on how to extend the benefits of the treatment long after it is over. Guests will also enjoy a Bento Box lunch for two at the intimate Spa Café.The “Two’s Company” package starts at $909 a night.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

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Nashville Tenn finally has a luxury hotel as un

first_imgNashville, Tenn., finally has a luxury hotel as unique as the music that is created in this southern city. The 248-room Hutton Hotel opened in February, and is already attracting a starry clientele that includes country pop star Billy Currington and Tommy Lee.The hotel, which is already a memeber The Leading Hotels of the World, includes 54 suites, the best of which are the two top floor Penthouses, which feature restricted access, private balconies, fireplaces, steam showers, web bars, and technology like 50-inch LCD-HDTVs. The property is also decorated in a green way that doesn’t skimp on luxury. Environmentally friendly amenities include bamboo flooring and furnishings, card readers that disable guest room lighting upon departure, bronze exterior glass for high thermal insulation, a hybrid courtesy vehicle, and much more.To mark its grand opening, the Hutton is offering a “With Love from Nashville” package, which includes a two-night weekend stay for two in a suite, breakfasts en suite, a chilled bottle of champagne, dinner for two at the hotel’s 1808 Grille, and an Amazon.com gift card. The promotion is available through April 30, and costs $479.Call (615) 340-9333 or visit www.huttonhotel.comlast_img read more

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Los Angeles California – Abingdon Watches is prou

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Abingdon Watches is proud to present the first aviation watch made for women, available this fall at www.AbingdonWatches.com.Founded by female pilot Chelsea “Juice” Welch, Abingdon Watches fulfills the needs of the growing population of women involved in aviation who want a quality watch that is designed specifically to function for aviators and display a chic sense of feminine style.Abingdon’s watches feature all of the tools a pilot needs, including a Zulu time conversion function, E6B flight computer, chronograph, anti-glare overlay, and luminous hands for those night flights.“More women are flying today than ever before and the aviation watches available are just too big and bulky for a lady’s wrist,” says Welch. “We want to give women the opportunity to have a watch that is more feminine looking but functions as well as any other aviation watch – if not better.”The first two models, Amelia and Jackie, can be viewed and ordered online now at www.abingdonwatches.com and will begin shipping November 2007. Their retail value is between $250.00 and $400.00 USD. Orders must be placed now to ensure reservation for the holiday season.Abingdon Watches is a watch company specializing in aviation watches for women. It began with a young student pilot, Chelsea “Juice” Welch, who decided to adapt the typically masculine E6B pilot watch platform to suit the feminine sensibilities of her and her fellow female pilots. The company’s philosophy is one that aims to benefit women all over the world involved in aviation – be it recreationally, commercially, or militarily – as well as frequent travelers, with an underlying message of sisterhood.last_img read more

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Major League Soccer unveiled part of its esports b

first_img Major League Soccer unveiled part of its esports blueprint Friday, with 19 clubs looking to face off to decide the best “FIFA 18” video gamer in North America.The teams, including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, will pit their own pro gamers against each other to determine an eMLS champion who will then represent the North American league in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs leading to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August.All the MLS teams save Atlanta United, D.C. United, Los Angeles FC and Real Salt Lake are taking part in the inaugural eMLS Cup at PAX East, a gaming show set for April 5-8 in Boston.Each club will field a player from its region to represent it in eMLS competitive play. The three Canadians teams have yet to make an announcement about their pro gamers.“This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA Sports to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world,” Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS business ventures, said in a statement.EA has already had great success with its competitive “Madden NFL” series, with its gaming circuit boasting a purse of US$1.153 million.The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May. Toronto, whose eteam will be known as the Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (GC), is one of 17 teams that have signed up for the virtual hoops league.Each of the teams involved will draft gamers who survive the qualification process to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.The NHL is expected to announce its esports plans soon. The Philadelphia Flyers have already partnered with WorldGaming for the Snider Hockey Cup, a North American championship whose finals are in March.New York City was the first MLS team to sign an esports player in Chris Holly (for PlayStation 4). NYCFC has since signed a second player, Joey Calabro for Xbox One, and announced plans for its own “FIFA 18” tournament in February.The EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs draws players from a variety of competitions including league partners like the eMLS Cup.The top 128 players in the world will advance to two playoff events in June with 32 of those moving on to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Grand Final in August.Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on Jan. 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs.The hit FIFA video game franchise is developed at EA’s Vancouver-area studio.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2018 12:31 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Major League Soccer teams set to get into world of esports gaminglast_img read more

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Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig plays duet fr

first_imgAstronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space by The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2018 6:31 am PDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2018 at 10:43 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 file photo, German astronaut Alexander Gerst, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, waves as he boards prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Video posted Saturday, July 21, by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst ‚Äòdropping in’ for a live performance with German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk from the International Space Station. Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file) BERLIN – Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station.Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience.He’s not the first space musician. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and played a duet with the Barenaked Ladies while 400 kilometres (250 miles) above the Earth in 2013.American astronaut Ron McNair planned to play saxophone from orbit with Jean Michel Jarre in 1986 but died in the Challenger tragedy.___Video: https://youtu.be/rCQEzgtWv-E astronaut|duet|international space station|live performance|music|spacelast_img read more

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Painting seized at Poland border studied as possib

first_imgPainting seized at Poland border studied as possible Chagall WARSAW, Poland – Authorities are trying to determine if Marc Chagall was the artist of a painting that a man allegedly tried to smuggle into Poland from Ukraine.Marta Szpakowska of the Treasury Office in Lublin said Friday that if the painting turns out to be a Chagall, it would be one of the most valuable items discovered during a smuggling attempt at the Hrebenne border crossing.Polish customs officers reported finding the painting Tuesday under a jacket in the car of a 51-year-old Ukrainian man who had documents confirming his ownership of it.Szpakowska said the canvas measuring 59 centimetres by 29 centimetres (23 inches by 11 inches) depicts a person holding a kite in the shape of a face.A Chagall painting sold at auction last year for $28.5 million. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 10:02 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11 2018 12

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 12:34 pm PDT App Store Official Charts for the week ending December 9, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations6. Donut County, Annapurna Interactive7. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB8. iSchedule, HotSchedules9. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi10. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTDTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Crowd CityVoodoo2. Drive and ParkSayGames LLC3. BitLife – Life SimulatorCandywriter, LLC4. Popular WarsLion Studios5. Google ChromeGoogle LLC6. Google Maps – Transit & FoodGoogle LLC7. YouTube: Watch, Listen, StreamGoogle LLC8. InstagramInstagram, Inc.9. BURGER KING , AppBurger King Corporation10. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited5. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB6. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations7. Toca Kitchen Sushi, Toca Boca AB8. Toca Life: Neighborhood, Toca Boca AB9. Gorogoa, Annapurna Interactive10. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games ABTop Free iPad Apps:1. Popular Wars, Lion Studios2. Google Chrome, Google LLC3. Hello Neighbor Hide & Seek,tinyBuild LLC4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC5. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.6. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited7. Paper.io 2, Voodoo8. Fire Balls 3D,Voodoo9. Fortnite, Epic Games10. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Press The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Storecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Night dressed as Day explores the way that one wor

first_imgNight dressed as Day explores the way that one world speaks to another: unknown to known, extra-ordinary to ordinary, vision to memory.[this and the following images are still photos cut from video of a performance purposely conducted in very dim light; please excuse grainy images: Sue Kirsch]Human Nature: “As the twenty-first century begins to become comfortable with itself, as a blind juggler of multiple realms, we begin to tentatively see how we might find a new way of being in the world.Human Nature Dance Theatre creates cutting edge, original dance performance works.As a collective of multi-disciplinary performers we collaborate with other artists emphasizing experimental, environmental, cross-disciplinary and inter-generational perspectives.We intend our work to be a model for how diverse people can support and learn from one another in artistic collaboration.” It was an intelligent and passionate performance that explored the depth of human interaction with ourselves and others, as well as the world around us. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny, exilerating and thought-provoking, performed with assured excellence. Bravo! October 26, 2013Human Nature Dance Theatre celebrated its twentieth year in returning to the Colly Soleri Music Center with NIGHT DRESSES AS DAY, a retrospective look at the future.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img read more

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Timeless building to house Cyprus treasures

first_imgThe government will soon launch the tender procedures for the construction of the new archaeological museum in Nicosia at a total cost of approximately €50 million, President Anastasiades said on Monday.He was speaking at an award ceremony for the international architectural contest for the building at Nicosia’s Philoxenia conference centre.The first prize was awarded to architect Theoni Xanthi from Greece, the second prize to Pedro Pitarch Alonso from Spain and the third to Paul Kaloustian from Lebanon.Talking about the winning entry the president said it is “a proposal that will highlight a modern, timeless, public building/monument, which will be a reference point, having all the necessary technical facilities to maintain the invaluable works of Cypriot art.”Winning architect Xanthi announced in May the proposal will focus on three thematic units – the prehistoric period, the island’s timeless relationship with the sea and Cyprus’ ancient city kingdoms.“An archaeological museum protects memory and interprets the past, but is at risk of remaining idle as it deals exclusively with the past, thus requiring an injection of present time,” the winning team said.“The museum’s location is in-between the city’s green and urban zones, so it has the ability to function as a unifying presence and contribute decisively to the revamping and upgrading of Nicosia’s urban environment.”The new museum will be built on land opposite the House of Representatives which used to house the old Nicosia general hospital.The museum’s elevated structures allow the ground-level to be freed up so that the city’s large public space can be accommodated.“Starting with the central square, which will also tie in with the parliament building, it continues with the area outside the entrance, and a linear park alongside the Pedieos river will surround the library and the department of antiquities,” Xanthi said.On the upper level there will be the main collection, a restaurant, temporary exhibitions and the library. A quieter and more protected outer areas will feature the laboratories. In the middle, a children’s educational garden is planned.Accessibility, according to the architects, has been studied both with respect to bicycle lanes and ground-level and underground parking spaces, so that visitors, caterers and auxiliary services can approach unencumbered.Construction is scheduled to start sometime next year.The Cyprus archaeological museum has been at its current location, an old building close to the new site since 1909.A bird’s eye view of what the museum will look like   You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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The Cyprus problem Turkey and Socrates on justice

first_imgIn Book 1, of Plato’s famous dialogue The Republic, Thrasymachus, one of Socrates’ interlocutors, states that justice is that which serves the interests of the strongest so that what is right is always determined by might. Socrates refutes Thrasymachus’ notion of justice by simply arguing that justice as a virtue cannot be what serves the interests of the strongest as those interests might result in vice and evil and not in virtue, which is the hallmark of justice, the other cardinal virtues being courage, moderation and prudence.In the present context of the collapse of the talks in Crans-Montana it is obvious which form of justice Turkey favoured and vigorously promoted at that conference: it is the notion of “justice” put forward by Thrasymachus and refuted by Socrates: the notion that justice for Cyprus is what serves the exclusive interests of Turkey by maintaining their unilateral right to intervene in the internal affairs of the Cyprus Republic through its military presence in Cyprus, just as it did in 1974, with the disastrous consequences for Cyprus on both sides of the divided island.To use an argument from analogy, often favoured by philosophers, allowing Turkey to intervene militarily as it did in 1974 would be similar to allowing a rapist to oversee and guarantee the rightful and just interests of his raped victim. Allowing the other two countries as guarantors would equally be unwise and unjust as Britain stood by and did nothing to stop Turkey’s invasion or minimise its disastrous harm, and Greece prior to the collapse of the junta was the prime motivator for the Turkish intervention by furnishing Turkey with the much-needed pretext to invade. Conflicts of interest abound in having those same three countries involved as guarantor powers for Cyprus’ independence and integrity as a modern state in the 21st century.The arguments in the Cyprus press recently and throughout the talks ignore the fundamental issue that the Cyprus problem is not merely a political issue, an issue for a bit of horse-trading of “give and take”. Far more importantly it is a significant ethical issue concerning justice, as Socrates argued 2500 years ago. It is not only disappointing but also shameful that the EU and the rest of the civilised democratic world should stand by and watch Turkey threaten and bully an EU member, simply because Cyprus is a small country and Turkey is a very large country with a powerful army that serves the West’s military and trade interests.Perhaps it might seem that Thrasymachus’ was right after all – that “justice” is just whatever secures the interests of the powerful and “might is right”. But if that were the case, we should then drop the facade and give up on the humanist values of our civilised world for which Socrates lived and died for. Would such a life be worth living, however: a life of vice and lies and not a life of virtue and truth? I sincerely hope not.Dr Edward H Spence, Sydney, AustraliaYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Suspended sentence for student over attack on Turkish Cypriots

first_imgA 20-year-old man was sentenced this week to four months in prison with a three-year suspension and ordered to pay a €1,000 fine after admitting his participation in the 2015 student attack against vehicles belonging to Turkish Cypriots.Eleven more defendants who pleaded not guilty will be referred to trial. According to the daily Politis, the 20-year-old was found guilty of causing real bodily harm, property damage, unrest and cultivating a spirit of intolerance. Such actions, the court said, cannot be justified on the pretext of patriotism, or the struggle against the Turkish occupation. On the contrary, it said, they undermine the constitutional structure of the state. Patriotism, the court said, is exhibited by a productive contribution to social structures and not through acts of violence and intolerance. The court said that it took into consideration that the defendant was a minor at the time, his clean criminal record, that he has expressed remorse and that he agreed to testify as a prosecution witness. The attacks took place on November 16, 2015 during a student protest against the anniversary of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in the north (UDI). Students attacked three cars with Turkish Cypriot plates on three different occasions, which led to the injury of two Turkish Cypriots. The three cars were also damaged. You May LikeThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentBowling Tournament in Reno, Carson City and Gardnerville AreaThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentUndoHowStuffWorks.comThe Beverly Hillbillies Quiz! How High Will You Score?HowStuffWorks.comUndoParentologyBreastfeeding Basics To Keep You SaneParentologyUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus cannot afford to become complacent EU officials tells MPs

first_imgDespite the economic recovery, Cyprus cannot afford to get complacent in regard to necessary structural reforms, a senior European Commission official told local MPs on Tuesday.“Cyprus is in a comfortable position, with high growth, new jobs, the fiscal position is under control, non-performing loans remain at high levels but are declining. But the next crisis could be lurking around the corner and Cyprus must be prepared,” said Manfred Bergmann of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission.He was meeting with MPs of the House finance and labour committees. Bergmann is in Cyprus as part of a tour of EU member states ahead of preparing the Commission’s country reports.In his remarks, Bergmann urged the legislative and the executive branches to seek consensus for structural economic reforms, pointing out that the current government lacks a majority in parliament.“I encourage you to explore compromises as Cyprus has no need for a hung parliament, particularly in good times, because otherwise all you can do is wait for the next crisis.“You need to make hay while the sun shines,” he said.According to Bergmann, the Commission’s assessments and recommendations to Cyprus regarding structural reforms are largely unchanged compared to those in 2017 and 2016.Issues like non-performing loans and the public debt to GDP ratio are easier to manage in times of growth, he noted.“But on other issues, progress has been slow, and this is likewise as a result of the government’s minority in parliament.”For his part, MP Marios Mavrides of the ruling Disy party said the National Health Scheme is the only area where the European Commission has noted substantial progress.“On other issues, such as privatisations and non-performing loans, very little to no progress is noted,” he said.You May LikeArticles VallyRich List: The Top 25 Billionaires In The UKArticles VallyUndoWarped SpeedOnly True Americans Can Ace This State Capital QuizWarped SpeedUndopsychology degreeGet Psychology Degree Onlinepsychology degreeUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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US official says Cyprus not open for illicit business

first_imgIllicit actors should know that Cyprus is not open for business, a statement by the US embassy in Cyprus said on Friday, following a visit by U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea to the island.The purpose of Billingslea’s trip was to enhance cooperation between the US and Cyprus as well to ensure ‘that Cyprus has a strong and healthy financial sector’.According to the statement, Billingslea had a series of meetings with Cyprus’ foreign and finance ministers as well as the governor of the Central Bank.The assistant secretary ‘discussed the positive improvements and reforms that Cyprus has made in its anti-money laundering regulations and regulatory oversight’ and meetings also explored areas where the US and the island could ‘continue to partner to fight threats to the international financial sector’.The statement went on to add that the US ‘was encouraged by the commitments made by Cypriot officials’ and would continue to work together to combat corruption, money landering and other financial threats.It specified that positive, long-term economic development ‘requires a strong and well-regulated banking sector. It is vital that illicit actors know that Cyprus is not open for business’.You May LikeLilAnswer10 Amazing Photos Clicked At Exactly The Right Moment! | yes.lilanswer.comLilAnswerUndoNutrition ExpertEat Celery Every Day And This Can Happen to Your BodyNutrition ExpertUndoHealthCentralMake These 5 Smoothies To Eliminate Arthritis PainHealthCentralUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Three arrested in drug bust

first_imgThree people were arrested by the drug squad in Nicosia on Friday night after police seized 6.1kg of cannabis, authorities said on Saturday.According to police, after receiving a tip, Ykan stopped a 35-year-old man’s car in Nicosia at approximately 5pm. After receiving his consent, police searched his vehicle, where they found a package containing the cannabis, leading to his arrest.During their investigations, police also received information about two more individuals involved in the incident, a 34-year-old and a 28-year-old.After receiving a court ordered arrest warrant, the two individuals were also arrested.The three suspects are being held, Ykan are continuing their investigations.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Larnaca port workers protest against rejection of energy companies

first_imgLarnaca port workers and others held a protest on Thursday against the municipality’s decision not to allow the temporary operation of a company that provides logistics for hydrocarbon exploration.The workers marched to the town hall where they delivered a petition and then travelled to Nicosia where they continued their protest outside the transport ministry.The protesters included port workers and former employees of the logistics company, Medserv, and Italian oil firm ENI.On Monday, the council voted 13 to 12, against allowing the operation of the company, whose services were going to be used by energy giants Total — that plans to undertake exploratory drilling off the island’s coast – and ENI.Total wanted a six-month extension while ENI had asked for a year, with an option for an additional six months after that.Extension of the company’s operation is opposed by residents who fear that the town’s port would be turned into an industrial hub with all the risks to their health and the environment it would entail.This, they said, would also put an end to any prospects of tourist development in Larnaca.Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis told protesters he understood their concerns and promised to convey the memo to all councillors.“There was a majority in the council, which rejected Total’s request,” he said. “My appeal to the council was not to close the door to the company but give a few months extension and review the operations, the benefits to our town, taking into consideration energy matters in general.”Workers later met Transport Minister Marios Demetriades whom they briefed about their demands.The workers want a comprehensive plan for the port, arguing that without a decision about its future, and without the operation of oil and gas companies, employment would decline dramatically with dire consequences for families depending on it one way or another.SEK trade union rep Nicos Koliandris said they were clearly in favour of the oil and gas companies staying in Larnaca.“Of course, the whole issue also rests with Larnaca, and we hope that wiser decisions will emerge, through consultation, so that jobs and growth that the town needs so much are created,” he said.Koliandris said 150 people had found work because the oil and gas companies operations, which also helped port workers supplement their low income.The companies were scheduled to leave the port in August 2016 but the government can, in theory, override the municipal council’s decision.According to Koliandris, the minister told them the government took their positions into consideration but there was also the council’s decision which was difficult to overturn.“It is necessary to put everything on the table; the municipal council must make wise thoughts and the only way to get a positive outcome is through consultation,” he added.Ruling DISY chief Averof Neophytou criticised opposition parties for rejecting the companies’ request while at the same time, unions affiliated to them were protesting on Thursday along with the workers.Neophytou questioned why PEO, DEOK, and SEK did not take protesters outside the offices of AKEL, DIKO, and EDEK and instead demonstrated at the town hall and the ministry.“This populist mentality, municipal groups siding with the residents demanding the closure of the operations and party unions siding with the workers protesting the loss of jobs, present us as a third world country,” he said.While AKEL opposed the extension in Larnaca, its mayor in Limassol, was ready to welcome the companies there.Operations affected the health of Larnaca residents but they did not affect Limassolians, he said.“Honestly, I cannot understand this logic and what image we give off to global giants that have turnovers many times our country’s GDP. I wonder why they still put up with us?”Neophytou said he would oppose populism wherever it came from.“We will be here, the voice of rationality,” he said. “We will oppose populism, we will oppose populist approaches that hurt national interest.”  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Total to delay Block 11 drilling

first_imgFrench oil major Total has alerted the government that its planned drilling for hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ economic waters will be pushed back to the summer.According to daily Politis, the company has said that it will delay drilling its first exploratory well to June – rather than April, as indicated earlier.The well, codenamed Onisiforos, lies in Block 11, on which Total has a concession to explore for oil and gas.The delay is attributed to the prior uncertainty over the location of the company’s onshore support base.Late last year, Total indicated it was planning to drill in April 2017. However their plans were temporarily thrown in limbo due to disagreements over who was entitled to provide the company with onshore logistical facilities out of the port of Limassol.The hurdle was eventually overcome in late December following a deal struck between EDT, an oil and gas services company contracted by Total, and the consortium holding the marine services at the port after it was privatised.But the hold-up resulted in setting back Total’s drilling date by two more months.The agreement over the use of the Limassol port is but a quick fix, as far as Total’s programme is concerned. Whereas the arrangement does allow the energy company to use the port facilities until the end of 2018, beyond that, a question mark looms.That will be especially true should Total, which has also bid in the third offshore licensing round, were to be awarded an additional exploration concession.Earlier this month, Stephane Michel, Total’s president for exploration and production in the Middle East and North Africa region, told Reuters that the decision to drill Block 11 “was taken on the basis of the Zohr discovery”.In August 2015, Italy’s ENI announced it had discovered in Egyptian waters a field – dubbed Zohr – holding an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas. ENI had taken a gamble, using a geological sequencing model tracking carbonate reservoirs rather than the classical sand-reservoir model.A geological map of the Cyprus-Egypt maritime border area shows a large ‘carbonate platform’ existing in the island’s southern offshore blocks of 10, 11 and 12, and in blocks 7 and 8.Cyprus’ Block 11, operated by France’s Total since February 2013, lies about 6 kilometres from the Zohr discovery.According to analysts cited by Reuters, Total, which has not made a major oil discovery in several years despite pouring about $10 billion in its “high-risk, high-reward” strategy launched in 2011, will also drill a well onshore in Egypt this year.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Longterm Plan B needed to face EEZ crisis government warned

first_imgBy Elias HazouThe garden-variety playbook of condemning international law violations and verbal denunciations will not deter Turkey from challenging Cyprus’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), analysts tell the Sunday Mail.A longer-term Plan B is called for to resolve the dispute over maritime zones, but to date Nicosia appears to be content with improvising.“It is important, with strong international help, to find a way to achieve a longer-term resolution of these problems, including the Cyprus problem. It is not sufficient to just get strong international support – Turkey will not be deterred by this,” says energy analyst Charles Ellinas.On May 3, Turkish authorities issued a Navtex (navigational telex) advising that the drillship Fatih would be carrying out ‘drilling operations’ in an area west of Paphos from May 3 to September 3.The Turkish drillship, accompanied by three support vessels, is currently located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of Cyprus.Cyprus put on a poker face, with officials insisting they were not caught off guard. Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides pushed out the somewhat unpersuasive argument that the government’s swift response – submitting to the United Nations on the very next day the coordinates for the northern (undelineated) part of its EEZ – proved that Nicosia had been monitoring the situation and was on top of things.But even the seeking of international arrest warrants for the crews of the Turkish vessels – a straightforward action – turned sour. On Monday officials stated the applications for arrest warrants were to be filed to a court on the same day. By Tuesday the story changed, the government saying it would take a few more days while they identified the individuals concerned.At the time of writing, it’s understood the government had yet to file the applications. At any rate, this step is seen as a deterrent more than anything else – a warning to third-country nationals not to participate in unlawful operations in Cypriot waters in the future.Cyprus and Greece’ EEZ claimsCyprus is forced to go the way of international arrest warrants because Turkey is not a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) of 1982 which delineates a nation’s maritime EEZ and rights. Seeking arbitration with an international body is thus not feasible – particularly given that Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus in the first place.According to Zenonas Tziarras, a researcher with the Prio Cyprus Centre, the long-expected arrival of Turkey’s drillship has four fundamental aims.It seeks to question Cyprus’ right to have a continental shelf and EEZ – Turkey’s traditional argument that goes against Unclos. It is also to practically support and project its claim that the Turkish continental shelf extends up to and partly overlaps with Cypriot blocks 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and all the way to Kastelorizo and Crete.Increasing the geopolitical risk in the area and thus challenging the viability of the Republic of Cyprus’ energy programme is another aim, as is to push for the prospect of co-exploitation and co-management of natural resources with Cyprus and Greece, respectively.Ellinas warns of the need for a longer-term plan – to achieve a comprehensive solution to the issues: Cyprus problem and EEZ disputes.“Strong US and EU support, and support by other East Med and friendly countries, is very useful, but I do not believe it is enough to stop Turkey’s actions.”He cited other challenging issues, such as the S-400 missile system, as examples of how Turkey appeared to be determined to go its own way irrespective of international reaction.It was perhaps little surprise that Turkey did not bat an eye after the European Union’s display of solidarity to Cyprus. On Thursday, at the informal European Council summit in Romania, Europeans went through the motions, with Council President Donald Tusk saying the EU “stands united behind Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of EU member states”.No specific measures on countering Turkey’s actions were announced at this time.For Nicosia, the need to think bigger stems from Turkey’s upping the ante in the eastern Mediterranean.“Turkey has made claims and threats in the past, but now it is acting on them,” Ellinas stresses.“There may be a number of reasons why now, but key among these is Turkey creating a fait accompli in support of its claims in the East Med, forcing the issue and putting Greece on the defensive – having to react rather than lead. It could also be related to President Erdogan attempting to deflect Turkish public opinion away from the internal problems he is facing in Turkey.”Whatever the reasons, Ellinas adds, it is a massive provocation that can destabilise the region.“By doing this, Turkey is trying to enforce its own interpretation of what constitutes its exclusive economic zone and what it defines as its ‘legal rights’ in the East Med, ignoring Unclos – this claim is independent of the Cyprus problem. Cyprus is using all means available to it to respond to this, but may be unable to stop it.”What’s more, Nicosia should be thinking ahead in this chess game. Turkey may choose to up the stakes by following up with drilling in areas it lays claim to within Cyprus’ declared EEZ.“What happens if Ankara actually makes a hydrocarbon discovery?” asks Ellinas.Turkey’s EEZ claimAnd what of the drillship? Is its presence intended to merely rattle Cypriot nerves, or does Turkey intend to conduct actual drilling? And does Turkey possess the know-how?According to Ellinas, their rig is modern and capable of drilling at the water depths around the East Med. It can drill to a maximum depth of 12,000 metres.“Cyprus should not get complacent about this – the assumption should be that the Fatih can perform drilling as planned, with possibilities of a gas discovery.”Geopolitical analyst Tziarras agrees.He said that while Turkey’s previous drilling at the Alanya-1 target in the eastern part of Antalya Bay did not come up with any findings, the drillship was able, at least according to Turkish sources, to drill to up to 5500 metres deep.“This means the Fatih could theoretically drill at the location west of Paphos as well, regardless of the outcome,” he said.But Tziarras contends that Turkey’s main objective at this point is not to discover natural gas but to exercise continental shelf-related sovereign rights in an area that is not yet delimited and falls within the coordinates of Cyprus’ continental shelf and prospective EEZ.“It is possible that the Fatih will stay there until the expiration of Turkey’s Navtex in September. It is also likely that by then, Turkey will be able to prep its second drillship,” he says.“If necessary measures are not taken or do not succeed in preventing Turkey, the next target could be somewhere [else] within the Cypriot EEZ – either by the Fatih or the second drillship, the Yavuz (Deepsea Metro 1) – in a block that is either not licensed yet or is licensed to ENI, which as demonstrated in February 2018 cannot react effectively to such a scenario.”In February last year, a drillship belonging to energy giant ENI on its way to a drill site in Block 3 of Cyprus’ EEZ was harassed by Turkish warships and prevented from carrying out any drilling. You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. 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