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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today signed three new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years. This announcement follows receipt of authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department for Starwood to operate hotels in Cuba. Long-time Havanaicon, Hotel Inglaterra, will join The Luxury Collection and Hotel Quinta Avenida will become a Four Points by Sheraton. Both hotels will undergo renovations before raising their new brand flags later in 2016. The Company also announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to convert the famed Hotel Santa Isabel into a member of The Luxury Collection.Thomas B. Mangas, Starwood’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Starwood’s history of creativity, innovation, sustainability and being a first mover is core to who we are and what has made us a formidable competitor in the industry with a long, global lead. I am proud of our team who worked tirelessly to make today possible. With Cuba’s rich history, natural beauty and strong culture, there is no question the entire U.S. hospitality industry has watched Cuba with great interest, and we are thrilled to lead the charge and bring our sophisticated, high-end brands into the market at this inflection point.”Kenneth S. Siegel, Starwood’s Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, added: “We are confident Starwood is the right partner to help write the next chapter of relations between Cuba and American business, and we moved quickly and enthusiastically to pursue opportunities following recent government actions. As we’ve seen throughout the world, our entry into new markets has a positive effect on local communities, preserving and protecting the culture and delicate ecosystems while improving employment opportunities, which were driving forces in our discussions.”Hotel SigningsJorge Giannattasio, Starwood’s Senior Vice President and Chief of Latin America Operations, said: “We are excited to add this sought-after destination to our growing Latin American and Caribbean portfolio, and offer our loyal guests more choice in this evolving market. Hotel conversions, like those we announced today, allow us to preserve history, architecture and culture while offering a unique branded experience. With our long-standing, locally based and highly experienced team in Latin America and the Caribbean, we look forward to welcoming guests to Cuba for many decades to come.”Starwood has partnered with owner Gran Caribe to rebrand the renowned Hotel Inglaterra as a member of The Luxury Collection. A national landmark just steps from the Gran Teatro de La Habana in the heart of downtown Havana, the Inglaterra first opened its doors in 1875 and is home to the famed Gran Café el Louvre, which has hosted artists and travelers for over a century. Upon completion of the preservation and conversion projects later this year, the hotel will offer 83 rooms and reopen under The Luxury Collection banner.Starwood has signed an agreement with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. , owner of Hotel Quinta Avenida in Havana’s Miramar district, to rebrand the hotel as Four Points by Sheraton Havana later this year. The hotel will cater to business travelers with approximately 186 rooms and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.The Company also has signed a letter of intent with Habaguanex, owner of the famed Hotel Santa Isabel, to convert the nineteenth century colonial-style palace to a member of The Luxury Collection, pending U.S. Treasury Department approval. Situated on the Plaza de Armas and overlooking Havana Harbor, the Santa Isabel will offer Starwood guests a conveniently situated respite in the heart of Havana’s historic city center, with 27 rooms, including 11 suites.Steps to Groundbreaking AnnouncementOn 17 December 2014, President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and in August 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Cuba was re-established. Then, last month, the U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement that provides U.S. airlines the opportunity to operate up to 110 daily roundtrip flights, which would resume commercial airline service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years and promises to vastly increase the number of Americans travelling to Cuba.Keith Grossman, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Starwood, concluded: “Through our discussions and due diligence, it became clear that Starwood was the right choice for its unique approach to hospitality, sustainability and design that would enrich the local communities and enhance the guest experience. We plan to cultivate local talent, provide career enriching opportunities, and locally source art, décor, food, and materials to ensure we deliver authentic experiences.”Starwood was advised by D17 Strategies, a consulting firm providing strategic counsel to clients seeking to carry out Cuban trade, investment, travel, and exchanges permitted under new U.S. regulations.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On 12 May 2016 Jon St

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 12 May 2016, Jon Stonham, owner of Elite Havens Luxury Villas, hosted a function at Spice Temple by Neil Perry to update key media, including LATTE, on Elite Havens’ portfolio of luxury villas in Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.Among Perry’s roasted pork and pickled bamboo salads, stir fried spanner crab and chocolate jaffa mousse cake, the assembled media discussed the more than 200 hand selected and personally inspected Elite Havens luxury villas which include a round the clock concierge and are staffed by dedicated personal chefs, butlers, housekeepers, gardeners and drivers.From 1 to 21 bedrooms, Elite Haven Luxury Villas cater to all lifestyles and personal tastes, whether beach front or cliff top properties, ultimate party pads, tropical hideaways, rural estates, botanical havens or island paradises.Ranging from classical simplicity to antique grandeur, colonial splendour and modern edge villas, all the properties in Stonham’s collection offer privacy and masses of space and also cater perfectly for weddings and events as well as multi-generational family escapes.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSouth Australia will soon have a new boutique hotel with the commencement of the final redevelopment stage at award-winning Mount Lofty House, part of AccorHotels’ MGallery by Sofitel brand.Named ‘Sequoia’, the development, which will sit separate from Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, will include 15 luxury villas which will be positioned on the front escarpment of Mount Lofty Estate, and will capture unparalleled views of the Piccadilly Valley. Each of the villas will have private balconies overlooking the valley, fireplaces and views from every angle, whether it be from the bathroom, bedroom or lounge area.The development of Sequoia is part of a $14 million upgrade of Mount Lofty House, which has seen the construction of the triple-hatted, multi-award winning Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, the introduction of the Stables Day Spa, and a new heritage inspired entry to the estate.Also part of the upgrade, work is well underway on refurbishing all existing rooms of Mount Lofty House, which will elevate the property to an all-suite hotel. The refurbishment of the guestrooms is expected to complete in February 2019, while Sequoia is scheduled to open mid-2019. The hotel’s Piccadilly Panorama Event Centre is also undergoing a redesign which will be completed by the end of 2018.General Manager of Mount Lofty House, Jesse Kornoff, said, “Construction has now started on Sequoia and we are all incredibly excited by the development as it will add an entirely new level of guest experience on the estate which has been synonymous with decadence and celebration in Adelaide for 170 years.“The Sequoia development will rival some of the best boutique hotels in Australia and together with the refurbishment of the rooms at Mount Lofty House, we are confident that Mount Lofty Estate is going to become a destination in its own right”.Mount Lofty House offers guests a truly unique experience, showcasing South Australian produce, history and lifestyle within 15 minutes of the CBD. From this gateway among the gardens, visitors can tour some of the best wine regions in the State and taste the seasonal flavours of SA as winter weaves its way through the Hills.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises will nearly double its existing internet bandwidth size across its fleet of ships by January 2020. The move was announced as one of three guest experience enhancements.Guests will begin to benefit from bandwidth expansion starting April 2019. Signing on to Wi-Fi will be smoother through a login webpage that appears when guests connect to the ship’s network, and guests will have a more streamlined login process enabling unlimited complimentary and effortless web surfing.Other enhancements include free unlimited valet laundry service for guests sailing in Master and Grand Suites.  All guests who sail in those cabin types on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ships will enjoy the added benefit of free unlimited valet laundry service, starting in April 2019.Further, a new Digital Guest Survey will help Regent track guest experiences and feedback in real-time. The digital survey replaces end-of-cruise paper guest satisfaction questionnaires.Guests may easily provide feedback through this web-based questionnaire during the voyage and the feedback is automatically sent to the ship’s officers and company leaders in Miami. This new system will be deployed fleetwide by October 2019.“Nearly doubling bandwidth provides Regent guests with an even faster and easier free internet experience to stay in touch and share their travel experiences with their family, friends and business associates at home while sailing around the world,” says Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and Chief Executive Officer.“Across our fleet, we continue to refine the small details, such as creating a faster internet, including free valet laundry service for Master and Grand Suite guests, and deploying a tool for real-time guest feedback. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to providing guests with an unrivalled experience.”These three initiatives are Regent’s latest guest experience enhancements. Over the past year Regent has completed a $125 million fleet refurbishment program, unveiled its 2020-2021 Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining fleetwide at the Pool Grill, debuted the most immersive luxury Cuban voyage itineraries, and revealed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group shore excursions – all while readying to launch its fifth ship, Seven Seas Splendor, in February 2020.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgTERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. These terms & conditions (the “Terms”) apply to all participants in the Lonely Planet Make My Day Giveaway promotion (the “Promotion”).2. The organiser of the Promotion is Skyscanner Limited, a company registered in England & Wales with company number 04217916 and registered address at c/o Pinsent Masons LLP, 5 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7BA (“Skyscanner”).3. By entering the Promotion you confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to these Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) and that you consent to the processing of any personal details you submit by Skyscanner in accordance with its Privacy Policy.ELIGIBILITY FOR ENTRY4. The Promotion is open to residents of the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) aged 18 or over as at the 14th April 2015.5. Entry to the Promotion is free of charge and is not conditional on the purchase or use of any products/services of Skyscanner or its group companies (the “Skyscanner group”).6. 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first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFor its latest monobrand store, Tissot has chosen a location on ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’, the famous Champs-Elysées in Paris. Neighbouring the flagship stores of the world’s leading brands, the 100 square metre boutique opened its doors for the first time on July 8, 2010. An elegant Parisian facade encloses two floors of products. These accommodate eye-catching displays, as well as interactive presentations that enable visitors to experience the diversity and energy of the Tissot brand. Wrapping up the monobrand store package are a terrace and café, where shoppers can relax and refuel.A lifestyle experience Tissot is at the forefront of the retail trend geared to meet increasing customer demand for participation. The highly modern interior presents the products in the context of a lifestyle experience. Expansive, back-lit walls showcase large prints of the new Tissot black and white ambassador campaign shot by Jeff Burton. A brand new boutique design concept plays with glossy and matt surfaces, demonstrating an abilty to stimulate and soothe in rapid succession. A 117 cm flat, tactile screen presents the Tissot Augmented Reality facility, which enables visitors to view watches in 3D on their own wrist. This expresses the Tissot commitment to continual innovation, in this case inspired by the latest IT advances.For Tissot, “In touch with your time” is far more than an advertising claim. This phrase expresses the brand’s DNA; its proven dedication to being perfectly in tune with the technology and tastes of each era. Tissot has been growing and developing its tradition of innovation since 1853. From the early days to the present, in its home in Le Locle in the Swiss Jura mountains, Tissot has translated craftsmanship and precision into stylish timepieces now sold in more than 150 countries around the world. Special materials, advanced functionality and meticulous design detail join forces to create the luxury of accessibility. Tissot is a member of the Swatch Group, the world’s largest watch producer and distributor of Swiss Watches, as well as official timekeeper and partner of NASCAR®, FIBA, AFL, CBA, MotoGP and the World Championships of cycling, fencing and ice hockey. With the latest innovations in its communication and product, Tissot presents impressive proof of its signature, “Innovators by tradition”.www.tissot.chlast_img read more

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first_imgSan Francisco – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineExperience the magic of Shanghai, San Francisco’s sister city, with Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s Sizzling ‘Summer In Shanghai’ package in conjunction with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and its highly celebrated Shanghai exhibition.The one-night package includes deluxe room accommodations with, spectacular city or Bay views, two admission tickets to the Asian Art Museum and the Shanghai exhibit, and two complimentary MO Bar signature cocktails to welcome and refresh ‘Summer In Shanghai guests.The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition is the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration-a year-long Bay Area-wide collaboration honoring San Francisco’s sister city and coinciding with the 2010 World Expo now being hosted by Shanghai. The Shanghai exhibition explores, through the mirror of its art, the tumultuous history that resulted in one of the world’s most dynamic, cosmopolitan cities. It features more than 130 oil paintings, Shanghai Deco furniture and rugs, revolutionary posters, works of fashion, movie clips, and contemporary installations.www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfranciscolast_img read more

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first_img by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2018 6:18 am PDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 10:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Roll out the barrels: Christo artwork floats on London lake Artist Christo attends the unveiling of his first UK outdoor exhibit, The London Mastaba, on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, central London, Monday June 18, 2018. The sculpture consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the lake. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) center_img LONDON – The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London’s Hyde Park have a new neighbour: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue.“The London Mastaba,” unveiled Monday, is the latest installation by Christo, a master of supersized artworks who has previously wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag in silver fabric and festooned New York’s Central Park with thousands of saffron-colored cloth gates.The 83-year-old artist’s first major creation in London rises 65 feet (20 metres) above the surface of the park’s Serpentine Lake. Its slope-sided trapezoid was inspired by ancient Mesopotamian benches and Egyptian tombs. The colours have been chosen to complement the lush greenery and grey-blue skies of a London summer.The sculpture, which will float on the lake until Sept. 23, is accompanied by an exhibition at the nearby Serpentine Gallery tracing the barrel-based artworks Christo has created since the 1950s — often with his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009.The pair started experimenting with paint cans and upsized to oil drums, using them to create walls, mounds and other structures both monumental and temporary.Many of their grander schemes have never been built. Others took decades.Christo and Jeanne-Claude first dreamed of a floating mastaba — Arabic for bench — in 1967. Initially it was to be built on Lake Michigan. Five decades later, it has finally arisen in London.Since 1977, Christo has been planning an even bigger version: a mastaba set in the Abu Dhabi desert that would be made from 410,000 barrels, rise 500 feet (150 metres) and constitute the largest sculpture in the world.Like Christo’s other works, “The London Mastaba” is temporary. At summer’s end it will be dismantled and the barrels recycled, in keeping with Christo’s “leave no trace” philosophy.For now, it floats serenely, drawing a mixed reaction from the walkers, joggers and cyclists who use the park each day.Local Lucia Halpern, who watched the work being constructed in the park over two months, said her cockapoo Coco was a fan, “because it keeps the ducks away and she can go in the water.”But she declared herself “a bit disappointed” by the structure.“The only thing I find beautiful about it is the reflection in the water,” she said. “Maybe that’s the point. It’s quite pretty when it gets the light and puts these magenta and pink colours on the water.”The Bulgaria-born, New York-based Christo is unconcerned about getting divergent reviews.“Any interpretation is legitimate — critical or positive,” he said. “All make you think. This is why we are human — to think.”last_img read more

The Latest Crazy in Love Beyonce endorses ORour

first_imgThe Latest: Crazy in Love? Beyonce endorses O’Rourke WASHINGTON – The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local):6:30 p.m.Beyonce has endorsed Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the final hours before her home state’s polls close.The native Houstonian released a series of Instagram posts with a black and white “Beto” cap partially covering her face on Tuesday afternoon.O’Rourke himself then retweeted one of the pictures under the caption “Thank you, Beyonce.”An El Paso congressman, O’Rourke is trying to become the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas since 1994. He’s drawn the admiration of many celebrities, including Texas country music icon Willie Nelson.Cruz dismisses his opponent’s upset-minded campaign as too liberal for Texas since O’Rourke supports universal health care and impeaching President Donald Trump.___2 p.m.Republicans are aiming to retain Senate control in Tuesday’s voting.Democrats’ longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority are pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls. Democrats and some independents have been motivated by Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama.The Democrats have history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority. Democrats need to gain two Senate seats to win a majority. But they and their two independent allies are defending 26 of the 35 seats in play. Those 26 seats include 10 in states that Trump won in 2016. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 3:38 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., feeds his ballot into the vote counting machine as he votes in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Kaine is running against Republican Corey Stewart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) last_img read more

FILE In this Sept 13 2018 file photo singer R

first_img FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018 file photo, singer Rihanna attends the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Rihanna is partnering with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to launch a new fashion label. The pop star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that a new line called Fenty will debut this spring and will be based in Paris. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 11:33 am PDT Rihanna to launch groundbreaking new fashion label with LVMH NEW YORK — Rihanna certified her status as a cultural fashion icon with her groundbreaking new deal with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.The pop star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, announced Friday that she will debut a line called Fenty this spring through LVMH. Her luxury house will be based in Paris.The 31-year-old singer becomes the first person since 1987 to launch a new house with LVMH (the last person was Christian LaCroix). Rihanna is also reportedly the first woman to create an original brand at LVMH and the first woman of colour at the top of an LVMH maison.“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us,” Rihanna said in a statement. She added that Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, “has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”LVMH’s leather and goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, Celine, Kenzo, Givenchy, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and more, while its wine and spirts includes Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon. The company has also backed Rihanna’s ultra-successful cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty.Arnault said “everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader.”“She naturally finds her full place within LVMH,” he continued. “I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”Fashion has been synonymous with Rihanna’s name since the Grammy-winning superstar launched her music career in 2005. She has collaborated with brands like Armani, Puma, Dior and more to launch products and lines, and she debuted her lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, last year. Her Fenty Beauty collection disrupted the beauty industry when it launched in 2017, offering 40 foundation shades and bringing in more than $500 million by the end of last year. The success of it forced other cosmetic brands to be more inclusive and launch more foundation colour shades, while Fenty even extended to 50 shades.A release date for Rihanna’s new Fenty line with LVMH was not announced, but a website where consumers can eventually purchase the line launched Friday. The new line “is centred on Rihanna, developed by her, and takes shape with her vision in terms of ready to wear, shoes and accessories, including commerciality and communication of the brand,” according to a press release.“Celebrity fashion brands have been around a long time and led by singers, but in the past they’ve tended to be done via licensing, wholesale distribution and often more with mass retailers or department stores. What’s different about this Rihanna project is her partner, which is the world’s largest luxury group, which has expertise across a range of leather goods, perfumes, fashion, beauty — so it really raises the bar for celebrity-led fashion brands,” Miles Socha, editor-in-chief of WDD, said in an interview with The Associated Press.Rihanna, a native of Barbados, expressed her excitement about the epic new deal in an Instagram post Friday.“Big day for the culture,” she wrote. “Thank you Mr. Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH. This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

November 2 2016Here are a few more photos of this

first_imgNovember 2, 2016Here are a few more photos of this years Halloween costums.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Lana and RobPart of the Foundry crew and ZakDevron and RachelZeb, Ryan, Travis, Melissa, Aimee and DannyDr. SparksEllen and Nadialast_img

EAC unions heading towards strike action

first_imgTrade unions of the state power company EAC will next week ask their members to endorse “dynamic measures” – usually code for “strikes” – in protest at government plans to open up the electricity market.The syndicates are opposed to the government’s proposal – already in progress – to make the Transmission System Operator (TSO) a full independent agency.The TSO, which monitors transmission and production, is currently dependent on seconded staff from the EAC.The TSO argues this needs to change, as seconded EAC technicians cannot possibly be given access to electricity competitors’ proprietary data once the market is opened.In addition, it’s understood the government intends to empower the TSO to act as a ‘Market Operator’.This would enable the TSO to interface with independent power producers, thus ending the EAC’s monopoly.Andreas Panorkos, head of the powerful Epopai union, on Thursday accused the government of forcing through its plans without consulting the state power company.He said the energy ministry is lying when it claims that the EAC unions were consulted on the pending changes to the electricity market model.And according to Panorkos, during a closed-doors session of House commerce committee, the ministry conceded that the changes would drive up the cost of electricity anywhere from 20 to 30 per cent.Under the model envisaged by the government, an intermediate period to full competition will be ushered in by allowing private energy producers – mainly from renewable energy sources – to sell their electricity through monthly, bilateral contracts.As it stands, July 2019 is the target date for full market liberalisation.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Russian jailed after maiming man who kissed his girlfriend in Ayia Napa

first_imgA 24-year-old Russian man, Alexander Okazkov, was jailed by the Larnaca-Famagusta court on Monday for causing grievous bodily harm to a 49-year-old Greek Cypriot whom he caught kissing his girlfriend, 27, in Ayia Napa last year.According to the court, the incident happened on April 12, last year when the older man bought a beer for the woman and she failed to tell him she was on holiday with her partner. She let the Greek Cypriot man walk her back to the apartment she was sharing with Okazkov, who saw them kissing.He attacked the older man, grabbing him by the throat but it went no further. In the ensuing days however, he began to complain of dizziness, which became worse and by April 18 woke up and was unable to speak, and when he stood up began to lose consciousness, the court ruling said.The Greek Cypriot man was taken by ambulance to the Nicosia General Hospital where doctors found serious damage to his carotid artery, caused by injury. This had led to permanent brain damage and even though the victim is still undergoing treatment, he is unable to speak properly and can only produce small words and phrases. No significant improvement in its condition is expected, according to doctorsIn its decision, the court said the incident had been triggered by “the behaviour of a 24-year-old’s companion, and that this provocative and unacceptable conduct was not the only cause of the unfortunate incident.”The defendant’s actions when he saw them kissing had also been “unacceptable and provocative”, the court ruled, but noted that it had not been a planned attack but an impulsive one. The court took into account the mitigating factors that the 24-year-old had a clean criminal record, his young age, his family and personal circumstances and the fact that while in custody had tried to committee suicide and had been treated at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital, but stopped short of granting a request by the defence that the two-year sentence be suspended. You May LikeBrighterWoman.comHow to get rid of stiff neck at homeBrighterWoman.comUndoproperty.feedbox.info10 things you should not put on a credit cardproperty.feedbox.infoUndoThebest1.xyzVery Beautiful And Very Dangerous Places On The PlanetThebest1.xyzUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Motorist caught with knives replica pistol

first_imgLimassol police arrested a 43-year-old man early on Friday, after he was found to have the replica of a gun, a number of knives, and a walkie-talkie in his vehicle.Police on patrol stopped and searched the 43-year-old’s vehicle at around 2am. During the search, officers found two knives, both of which were around 20 cm in length.They also found a replica of a pistol and a portable radio. The man was not able to provide a reasonable explanation as to why those items were in his possession.The 43-year-old man was arrested and is being held for further questioning.You May LikeQuizly(Quiz) Can You Pass This Eyesight Test?QuizlyUndoJobsAdvisorTop 15 Business Schools In the WorldJobsAdvisorUndoHealthZapA Photographer Gave A Homeless Couple A Makeover. Now They Have Plenty of Job OffersHealthZapUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

War games and the banks

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouIN A DRAMATIC last-minute intervention last November, reminiscent of plot twists found in Hollywood dramas, a highly profitable gaming company doled out €40 million to buy a 30 per cent ownership stake in the then-undercapitalised Hellenic Bank.On the face of it, internet gaming companies, no matter how successful, and banks make for peculiar bed fellows.Buying a bank is no simple task, not least because it’s an expensive sport, nor because running one is hard, tricky business.As banks pose systemic risks to national – and even regional – economies, whoever wants to control them is heavily scrutinised, closely monitored and tightly regulated by competent authorities.Entities buying banks typically fit a standard profile, which usually includes prior involvement in money markets or financial industries.World of Tanks is one of Wargaming.net’s most popular gamesWargaming.net is an international online gaming developer, created by Belarus-born founder and CEO Victor Kislyi in 1998, registered and headquartered in Cyprus that has seen huge success over the years.As suggested by its name, the publisher focuses on a series of war scenarios in which over 70 million gamers – as of 2013 – are challenged to make use of their military strategy prowess in order to progress through a series of levels.The Massive Assault franchise was the company’s ticket to the big league, and World of Tanks heralded its entrance to the gaming elite. It currently employs over 2,000 employees globally, and 2012 profits exceeded €6 million.“Wargaming considers Hellenic Bank a very good investment opportunity,” director Vangelis Georgiou told local press back in November, explaining that the gaming giant had been seeking a strategic partnership with a banking institution in Cyprus or abroad because its registered users pay for their gaming subscriptions through their bank accounts.But if it had been looking to buy a bank, the world never realised.When Wargaming made its move to enter Hellenic, the first eyebrows were raised not because of the company’s apparently dissonant area of activities, but because it was made at the eleventh hour, helping yank the lender back from the brink of nationalisation.Earlier, an offer by American hedge fund Third Point had been made for a stake in Hellenic – €40 million for 30 per cent.By itself, this would have significantly diluted existing shareholders’ holdings and grant the Americans major shareholder status – they would effectively run the bank. But in a surprising twist, two local entities promptly joined in to counter balance the distribution of ownership.Demetra Investments, a local investment vehicle mostly owned by the now state-owned network of co-operative banks, offered €20 million for 15 per cent, and Wargaming put down double – matching Third Point’s offer.All three bids were accepted by Hellenic, and the lender’s shareholding map reflected the development.A serious investment by a foreign entity would normally be hailed as excellent news, but Cypriot media instead seemed to focus on the dilution of the Cyprus church’s stake in Hellenic. The church, previously the biggest shareholder, has long had a strong grip on the bank.Archbishop Chrysostomos was eager to keep Hellenic Bank in Cypriot handsFollowing the dramatic developments, some were quick to turn their eye to Archbishop Chrysostomos, whose business prowess has often been cited as one of the reasons Hellenic never found itself in the deep, like the two major banks that had caused the banking system to implode.It had not been in need for a government bailout, it had never tapped Central Bank-provided emergency funding, nor had its depositors been forced to participate in its recapitalisation via ‘haircuts’ or otherwise.“Following extensive research, we have found that Hellenic Bank was the best option because it has not had to resort to the government for capital, nor seize deposits for recapitalisation,” Georgiou said. “The bank’s strong brand in the Cyprus market was considered, and we believe it has significant potential, given that its basic shareholders hold large liquidity reserves and are able to support its needs.”Shrewd businessman and religiously prudent as he may be, Chrysostomos had also voiced another concern in the past, relating to Hellenic.To him, it seemed that the bank remaining in “Cypriot hands” was of the utmost importance, and because it was registered in Cyprus, Wargaming could be considered a local entity.“The church’s first and foremost concern is that Hellenic is saved, and that it remains in Cypriot hands,” he told the press a few days before the recapitalisation offers were made.Though the archbishop seems significantly predisposed to self-aggrandising soliloquies – as in an earlier 2013 interview, when he had claimed that he single-handedly threatened Laiki Bank’s then-reigning boss Andreas Vgenopoulos away from buying up Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic Bank – the suspicion that he orchestrated counter-offers by Cypriot companies in order to neutralise a New York hedge fund from seizing control of a local bank may not be all too unlikely.But the archbishopric’s continuing serious cash-flow problems are no secret, even alluded to by its leader himself in recent public statements.Earlier this month, Third Point sought to tap the archbishopric’s holdings in Hellenic’s convertible bonds – approximately €24 million. Chrysostomos had no choice.He surrendered about a third of the bonds, helping Third Point raise its stake in the lender even further.The religious leader’s wheeling and dealing aside, a separate issue has been raised by commentators.While Wargaming has been reported as “actively participating” in various fundraisers organised by the archbishopric, indicating at least some ties, its board of directors shares members with Demetra’s board.The investment vehicle’s chairman, Nikos Michaelas, also sits on Wargaming’s board, while Georgiou has served on Demetra’s board. This, commentators argue, could be an indicator that the two entities’ decision to enter Hellenic may not have been made independently and on purely financial grounds.The decision to appoint chartered accountant Irena Georgiades – former senior aide to Finance Minister Harris Georgiades since his days as a deputy, until her appointment as Public Service Reform Commissioner a couple of months earlier – at the bank’s helm raised suspicions of political entanglements.Opposition parties voiced concern over her political past at the finance minister’s side, implying insider knowledge and influence. It is rumoured that Georgiades was Wargaming’s pick, with all other key players giving the nod, but all appointments to the board had to be approved by the Central Bank.In a news conference on Wednesday, Central Bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji confirmed that the vetting process on Hellenic’s new board had been completed and decisions were taken, declining to reveal what they were until “interested parties” had been notified.In the meantime, Wargaming is one of the very few organisations in Cyprus that has defied the economic downturn, increasing its operations and hiring staff throughout the crisis period. It has recently also acquired and moved into brand new – and impressively futuristic – office space in Nicosia.“This is a Cypriot company, with presence in 17 countries,” Georgiou said. “Following March 15 [of 2013] we did not reduce our presence, but further expanded our activities and hired new staff.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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

Man with West Nile virus dies in the north health advisory issued

first_imgA 62-YEAR-OLD man who had been diagnosed with the West Nile virus and was in the intensive care of a hospital in the north died on Friday of cardiac and respiratory arrest.It was not made clear however if he had died of the disease or if it aggravated a pre-existing medical condition.Authorities in the north said the man had been in the intensive care after being diagnosed with the virus. It also said seven other people were as of yesterday in hospital while their blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples were sent to Turkey for testing. The results of the tests would be announced, they said.Earlier in the day, the health services of the government-controlled areas explained how the public should protect themselves from mosquito bites, while unconfirmed reports said that a case in the south was being treated in a private hospital.Efforts are underway to arrange a bi-communal meeting to discuss the issue, the statement said.The virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes who have bitten infected migratory birds. It cannot be transmitted from one person to another, hence it is of importance that people protect themselves from being bitten by the insects.As most mosquitoes are active from dusk to dawn, wearing suitable clothing with long sleeves and trousers during this time is one protective measure.Insect repellents can be applied when people move around outside, but the public should take care to follow instructions on the packaging. Pregnant and nursing mothers should follow doctors’ orders and the repellents need to be used with caution in children under the age of 12 years.The installation of mosquito nets at windows and doors prevents them from entering houses. The health services also recommend removing stagnant water from the home and garden, as this is where mosquitoes store their eggs. Swimming pool filters need to be cleaned regularly to remove eggs and larvae.Gardens should preferably be watered in the early morning hours while yellow lamps outside attract less mosquitoes than white ones.The use of air conditioning and air coolers deters the insects but does not kill them.Insecticide use is recommended but it should not be applied to the skin.In case members of the public know of a case of West Nile virus infection, they are urged to contact the infectious disease surveillance and control unit of the health department at 22-605601 or by fax at 22-605491.Outbreaks of West Nile virus have occurred in Africa, North America, the Middle East, Central and South-Eastern Europe, Russia, Australia and South-East Asia.According to the health services announcement, over the past 20 years the frequency of outbreaks seems to have increased.The largest epidemics have been recorded in Romania, Russia, Israel, the USA and Greece. Areas with epidemics usually are those with large migratory routes of birds.In Cyprus, the first incident was recorded in 2016, while the second one occurred in 2018. “However, because the disease is transported by migratory birds, it is an unpredictable disease for which competent authorities worldwide take a series of preventive measures,” the department warned.There is no specific treatment for the virus, and no vaccine, but only a small number of people develop severe symptoms, less than 1 per cent of those infected.Concluding, the health services said they have already carried out an extensive mosquito control programme as the number of mosquitoes was expected to be higher than usual because of the rainy weather during the winter and spring.According to the US Centres for Disease Control approximately 80 per cent of infected people have few or no symptoms, around 20 per cent of people develop mild symptoms, such as fever, headache, vomiting, or a rash, while less than 1 per cent of people develop severe symptoms, such as encephalitis or meningitis with associated neck stiffness, confusion, or seizures. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCyprus and Italy in hot water over tax breaks for yachtsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency

first_img16Mar Rep. VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency State Rep. Curt VanderWall voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.VanderWall, of Ludington, was author of House bill 4150, one of the 11 House bills. The entire package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).“I am a firm believer that people have a right to access information that will show them how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent,” VanderWall said. “Holding government officials accountable for their actions has long been a priority of mine, and with this legislation we are taking a huge step forward in achieving that goal.”VanderWall’s legislation creates and sets definitions for LORA, a key component of the package.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not reach the governor for signature.VanderWall said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House decided to include a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: News,VanderWall Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucidos juror compensation bill approved by state House

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 03May Rep. Lucido’s juror compensation bill approved by state House Michigan has taken one step closer to increasing juror pay to anyone called to serve in civil and criminal court proceedings after the state House unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido today.Lucido’s legislation increases individual juror pay by $5 – if the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund, which reimburses local and county courts for jury-related costs, has more than $2 million over the two previous fiscal years.“Performing a civic duty shouldn’t involve having to pay out of your pocket for doing the right thing,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “There are basic costs incurred just for serving as a juror, such as transportation and parking, so the least we can do is pay better for it. We have not increased our juror pay rates in almost 15 years and it’s time we improved our compensation in a fiscally-responsible way.”Currently, jurors are paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day.“What we pay our jurors needs to meet the economic reality to thank them for being a critical part of our justice system,” said Lucido, a member of the House Law & Justice Committee. “It’s the least we can do, especially without creating any additional costs for the taxpayers.”A second bill Lucido spoke to would update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.House Bills 4209 and 4210 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Infrastructure for Marijuana Businesses Still Blocked by Feds Ambiguity

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 8, 2014; The OregonianAs marijuana is legalized either for medical purposes or for recreational use, depending on the state, an infrastructure must be built around it. Some of that infrastructure is limited by its continued categorization as an illegal drug on the federal level. In Colorado, as we reported a few days ago, legislators are trying to get cannabis businesses completely above-board by helping them to access banking services. Operating on a cash-only basis leaves businesses at risk in terms of crime and unable to operate in standard ways, but bankers do not now want their business because of the vagueness of the position of the Feds.According to the Chicago Tribune, “The Obama administration in February issued new law-enforcement guidelines aimed at encouraging banks to start doing business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers, even though such enterprises remain illegal under federal law. The guidance stopped short of promising blanket immunity to banks, and financial industry officials have said they doubted many banks would begin to accept cannabis suppliers as customers without changes in federal law.”So on Wednesday, Colorado approved a co-op banking system, or a nonprofit credit union of sorts, for marijuana-related businesses, although this too will need approval and backing from the Federal Reserve.On another front, insurance companies are not planning on covering the use of cannabis anytime soon. While it is prescribed in 21 states for such ailments as epilepsy, AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, insurance firms are unwilling to pay for the treatment. Part of the reason has to do with the conflict between state and federal law (for goodness sakes, Feds, just move it along!) and part of their reasoning has to do with the fact that cannabis is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Studies may take years to complete, according to this article, and even those studies are being blockaded by federal law.Currently, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act and is heavily restricted. Studies would have to gain permission from the FDA, the Public Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

New Hampshire City Challenges Arts Nonprofits Dissolution Plans

first_imgShare10TweetShare9Email19 SharesBy Jon Platek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 31, 2017; New Hampshire Public RadioNew Hampshire’s second-largest city is taking legal action against a mysterious arts nonprofit in order to keep the organization’s assets local as it dissolves. What does the Nashua Center for the Arts owe its donors and its home?The nonprofit, founded in the ’60s, recently filed a petition to dissolve and distribute its nearly $1 million in assets to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, according to a story in the Nashua Telegraph. Although state law requires a dissolving charitable organization to distribute assets in accordance with its articles of incorporation and bylaws, the Nashua Center for the Arts’ broad mission to promote arts in the region—and its five trustees’ silence—hasn’t helped clarify its purpose to local leaders.Many were apparently unaware that the organization was still in operation in recent years. According to the nonprofit’s IRS Form 990s filed over the past three years, it has awarded less than $20,000 to only five organizations: Symphony NH (based in Nashua), Rotary Club of Nashua, Nashua Sculpture Symposium, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, and Bishop Guertin High School.Nashua Telegraph reporter Damien Fisher explained the situation to NHPR as follows:Sometime in the 1990s, (Nashua Center for the Arts) dissolved after falling on financial hard times. It was dormant for a while, then in 2003, when the Nashua Charitable Trust merged with the New Hampshire Charitable Trust, there was this money left over from the will of a woman named Edith Carter. She had given about $200,000 to the Nashua Charitable Trust to promote arts in the city. So it was decided to revive the Nashua Center for the Arts so it could manage this money. Today, that money is over $900,000, and I’m not sure exactly what they’ve [been] doing with it.Fisher reported that Nashua’s attorney general wants the local probate court to direct the funding to arts nonprofits that focus on the city. Though the Currier Museum of Art primarily focuses on operation of its museum in Manchester, the organization also reports serving preschool-aged children at a HeadStart program in Nashua with arts enrichment.Still, Nashua has its own arts-focused nonprofits that could certainly use the funding, particularly at a time when the National Endowment for the Arts is endangered and in a state that consistently ranks among the least charitable in the nation.The city has long been planning for a $20 million performing arts center but has yet to move past feasibility studies.What’s next? State law dictates that “any transfer of remaining assets inconsistent with the organization’s stated purpose or with donor restrictions may be subject to legal action by the Attorney General.”So, while the Nashua Center for the Arts’ dissolution plans may technically pass muster in the courts, it’s clear that the organization didn’t follow Lee Bruder’s golden rules, including, “A successful dissolution preserves an organization’s legacy and contributes to a positive collective memory of the organization.”There are also lessons to be gleaned as nonprofit leaders in the U.S. carry out development plans in an aging country: bequests can be as complicated as they are exhilarating.—Anna BerryShare10TweetShare9Email19 Shareslast_img read more