New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn honor of the London 2012 Olympics, Trump International Hotel and Tower New York’s Trump Spa will offer a trio of Olympic medal-themed packages from July 27 through to August 12.The Gold Package consists of the Radiant Gold Treatment, a revitalizing body treatment that starts with a Golden Body Wrap and concludes with an exquisite Golden Nectar Emulsion Massage, Trump High Performance Facial, and a classic manicure and pedicure. The Silver Package features a Pearl Treatment, a nourishing and oxygenating body treatment that provides a detoxifying effect and incorporates crushed pearls and a Platinum Massage. The Bronze Package includes a Saffron Delight Massage using an anti-aging cream based on saffron extract and choice of Trump-tailored facial or classic manicure and pedicure.Suzie Mills, general manager of the hotel and a native of London, conceived the treatments. “I grew up watching my father, Peter Mills, compete in hockey in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, and wanted to honor him, the games and the new spa.”Trump New York recently completed an $8 million total renovation of its concourse level, including an expanded Trump Spa, Salt Pure pool, reconfigured TechnoGym fitness center, fully equipped meeting room and business center and waiting rooms. Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions of The Trump Organization, orchestrated the design./www.trumphotelcollection.comlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6 2018 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2018 10:23 am PDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, cellist Yo-Yo Ma rehearses Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto for cello and orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston. The World-famous cellist performed a special concert for the California children who authorities said were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents. Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel says Ma performed Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Corona Regional Medical Center. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Yo-Yo Ma performs for California siblings held captivecenter_img CORONA, Calif. – World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma held a special concert for the California siblings who authorities said were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents.City of Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel says Ma performed Friday at the Corona Regional Medical Center. The hospital posted a photo of Ma on Twitter and thanked him for sharing his love of music with the siblings.Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.The Turpins were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their home in the city of Perris. Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds.An attorney for the adult siblings didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers

first_imgPUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 9/2/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Texas Ranger” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle (Little, Brown)2. “The Fall of Gondolin” by J.R.R. Tolkien (HMH)3. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown)4. “Tailspin” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)5. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner)6. “Pieces of Her” by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow)7. “Circe” by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)8. “Magic Triumphs” by Ilona Andrews (Ace)9. “There There” by Tommy Orange (Knopf)10. “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)11. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (Penguin)12. “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter (Gallery Books)13. “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s)14. “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva (Harper)15. “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)2. “The Restless Wave” by McCain/Salter (Simon & Schuster)3. “The Russia Hoax” by Gregg Jarrett (Broadside)4. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (William Morrow Cookbooks)5. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)6. “Liars, Leakers and Liberals” by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street)7. “Aware” by Daniel Siegel (TarcherPerigee)8. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)9. “Unhinged” by Omarosa Manigault Newman (Gallery)10. “House of Trump, House of Putin” by Craig Unger (Dutton)11. “Winners Take All” by Anand Giridharadas (Knopf)12. “The Plant Paradox Cookbook” by Steven R. Gundry (Harper Wave)13. “Resistance is Futile” by Ann Coulter (Sentinel)14. “Unshakable Hope” by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)15. “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling (Flatiron)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)2. “Haunted” by Patterson/Born (Grand Central)3. “Springtime in Salt River” by RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin)4. “A Reason to Die” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)5. “The Crooked Staircase” by Sean Koontz (Bantam)6. “Dark Legacy” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)7. “Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel (Dell)8. “You Will Pay” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)9. “Vince Flynn: Enemy of the State” by Kyle Mills (Pocket)10. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Dell)11. “Big Sky River” by Linda Lael Miller (HQN)12. “Escapade” by Diana Palmer (HQN)13. “End Game” by David Baldacci (Vision)14. “Wind River Lawman” by Lindsay McKenna (Zebra)15. “Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)2. “The Winner” by David Baldacci (Grand Central)3. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)4. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)5. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)6. “Crazy Rich Asians” (movie tie-in) by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)7. “Grit” by Angela Duckworth (Scribner)8. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)9. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)10. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)11. “Fifty Fifty” by Patterson/Fox (Grand Central Publishing)12. “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson)13. “A Simple Favor” (movie tie-in) by Darcey Bell (Harper)14. “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)15. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2018 1:01 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Actors Benicio Del Toro left and Paul Dano are s

first_img Actors Benicio Del Toro (left) and Paul Dano are shown in a scene from the new series “Escape at Dannemora.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO -Wilson Webb/Showtime MANDATORY CREDIT by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2018 8:46 am PDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Outlaw King’ and ‘Homecoming’ hit streaming services in Novembercenter_img A monthly look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video:TOP PICKSNetflix’s historical epic “Outlaw King” took the spotlight on opening night at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but many critics felt its massive scope was suited best for theatres. That presents a challenge to the streaming service, which hopes audiences stay home to see Chris Pine as a Scottish king who wages a bloody fight for power. Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, a real-life figure known as the King of Scots, who gathered a crew of loyal supporters to battle the King of England — and make Scotland an independent nation. The sprawling film debuts Nov. 9.Julia Roberts leaps to television with “Homecoming,” a twisty psychological thriller that begins with her as a caseworker at a transitional support centre for soldiers returning to civilian life. Years after she’s left to start a new life, she’s confronted by a U.S. Department of Defense auditor who’s investigating an incident and wants to know why she suddenly quit the job. The questions send her down a rabbit hole of repressed memories and the truth behind what she was telling herself for so long. “Homecoming” co-stars Sissy Spacek and Shea Whigham and makes its debut Nov. 2 on Amazon Prime Video.Seven-part limited TV series “Escape at Dannemora” dives into the unbelievable true story of a prison break, tangled in a love triangle. Patricia Arquette plays the supervisor of a New York state prison tailor shop who’s carrying on affairs with two of the inmates (Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano). After gaining her trust, the two men convince her to help them escape, leading to a statewide manhunt that captured headlines in 2015. The seven-part weekly series is directed by Ben Stiller and begins Nov. 18 on CraveTV.Here are the lists of movies and TV shows expected in November. Release dates are subject to change.NETFLIXNov. 121Angela’s ChristmasBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBeverly Hills NinjaChildren of MenDisobedienceEthel & ErnestFollow This (Part 3)Jason BourneKatt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1Look Who’s Talking TooLowridersOnce Upon a Time in MexicoSchitt’s Creek (Season 4)The Da Vinci CodeThe Judgement (Season 1)The Untold Tales of Armistead MaupinThe Water Horse: Legend of the DeepNov. 2Brainchild (Season 1)House of Cards (Season 6)ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in BlackThe Holiday CalendarThe Other Side of the WindThey’ll Love Me When I’m DeadTrolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 4)Nov. 5Homecoming (Season 1)John Leguizamo’s Latin History for MoronsNov. 6Happy! (Season 1)Nov. 7Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find ThemLive by NightLove ActuallyRobin HoodScent of a WomanSmokin’ AcesThe Break-UpNov. 9Beat Bugs (Season 3)Medal of Honor (Season 1)Outlaw KingSpirit Riding Free (Season 7)Super Drags (Season 1)Treehouse Detectives (Season 2)Westside (Season 1)Nov. 10American UltraShaun the Sheep MovieNov. 12My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 8)Nov. 13Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving TwinOh My Ghost (Season 1)Warrior (Season 1)Nov. 14The Flash (Season 5)Nov. 15May The Devil Take YouThe CrewNov. 16CamNarcos: MexicoPonysitters Club (Season 2)Prince of Peoria (Season 1)She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 1)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Kominsky Method (Season 1)The Princess SwitchNov. 17I Feel PrettyNov. 19Donald Glover: WeirdoThe Last Kingdom (Season 3)Nov. 20Kulipari: Dream Walker (Season 1)Motown Magic (Season 1)SabrinaThe Final TableTrevor Noah: Son of PatriciaNov. 21The TribeNov. 22Mystery Science Theater 3000: The GauntletThe Christmas ChroniclesNov. 23Fugitiva (Season 1)Sick Note (Season 1 and 2)Sing StreetTo Build or Not to Build (Season 2)Nov. 24Forever My GirlHostilesNov. 25Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love StoryNov. 26Bad SantaNov. 27Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave AttelOperation Red SeaNov. 28Bleed for ThisNov. 29PassengersSoltera codiciadaNov. 301983 (Season 1)A Christmas Prince: The Royal WeddingBaby (Season 1)Death by Magic (Season 1)F is for Family (Season 3)Happy as LazzaroNicky Jam: El Ganador (Season 1)Rajma ChawalSpy Kids: Mission Critical (Season 2)The World Is YoursTiempo compartidoCRAVETVNov. 2Bonacini’s Italy (Season 1)Homegrown ComicsKid vs. Kat (Season 2)The Librarians (Season 4)Nov. 4Our Cartoon President: Election SpecialNov. 9Peppa Pig (Season 1)Rolling Stone: Stories from the EdgeRumble: Indians Who Rocked the WorldStar Trek: Short Treks – CalypsoNov. 16Clang’s Invasion (Season 1)Crashing (Season 1)Storm Hawks (Seasons 1 and 2)War Dog: A Soldier’s Best FriendNov. 18Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBIEscape at DannemoraNov. 23Animal Mechanicals (Season 2)Fireman Sam (Season 6 and 7)Gravity (Season 1)Nov. 30Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show (Season 1)Krypton (Season 1)Meth StormWorld of Quest (Season 1)AMAZON PRIME VIDEONov. 1McLeod’s DaughtersThe Trial: A Murder in The FamilyThe Surreal Life (Seasons 1 and 2)The Force (Seasons 4 to 7)The Honeymooners Specials: The Valentine SpecialThe Honeymooners Specials: Second HoneymoonNov. 2Homecoming (Season 1)Nov. 5Midsomer Murders (Seasons 1 to 10)Madonna: Sticky & Sweet TourMuse: Live from Rome Olympic StadiumStevie Nicks: Live in ChicagoNov. 6Odds Are…Nov. 9StartUp (Season 3)Patriot (Season 2Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on FootNov. 16Mirzapur (Season 1)The Gymkhana Files (Season 1)Nov. 30Inside Jokes (Season 1)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version of this story had the incorrect launch date for Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming.” The show premieres Nov. 2.last_img read more

Man accused of defrauding comic book icon appears

first_imgMan accused of defrauding comic book icon appears in court by The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2019 12:46 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PHOENIX — A former business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee has had his initial court appearance in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse.Keya Morgan appeared Sunday in Maricopa County Superior Court on a charge of being a fugitive of justice.Court documents show Los Angeles police alerted authorities in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale that Morgan’s cellphone was being used in north Scottsdale.Police say the 43-year-old Morgan was found in a house with his mother and arrested without incident.It’s unclear when Morgan will be extradited to California, where he’s facing felony charges including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult.Lee died in November at the age of 95.The Associated Presslast_img read more

November 24 2008 The The The Ecosa group enjoy

first_imgNovember 24, 2008 The The The Ecosa group enjoyed a view of some of the materials in the Soleri Archives. Part of the visit were also an extended tour of the Arcosanti site and a hike into the surrounding desert with Cliff Hersted, to see some of the petroglyphs around the Arcosanti site. The group also participated in a silt-workshop. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Turkey acquires drillshipreports

first_imgTurkey said Thursday it will start drilling for hydrocarbons using its own drillship in the Mediterranean later this year.Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Berat Albayrak said the country planned to start drilling in the area later this year or early in 2018.Reports in Turkey said Turkey had acquired a drillship, the Deep Sea Metro 2, from South Korea. The total cost to start drilling will be $200m, the reports said.However, Turkish Cypriot internet news outlet kibrisgazetesi reported that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) office in the north said the ship had not been bought yet and the company’s search continued.If it goes ahead eventually, the move is expected to fuel fresh tension with Cyprus whose sovereignty over its exclusive economic zone Ankara disputes.Turkey does not recognize the Republic, nor therefore the latter’s jurisdiction over its EEZ, and considers that an agreement between Cyprus and Egypt delimiting their respective economic waters is null and void as far as Ankara is concerned.In September 2001, Turkey and the breakaway regime in the north signed a continental shelf delimitation agreement.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the breakaway regime’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field. You 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 SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

SyrianKurdish family protesting for Cyprus passports ends latest hunger strike

first_imgA Kurdish family from Syria has ended its second hunger strike of the year after 24 days after being given reassurance that the Cyprus government will do something about their stateless status.The Hasan family have been living in tents outside the Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Interior in Nicosia since March, protesting peacefully for their legal right to Cypriot citizenship.This time the whole family refused food, while sons Akid and Ferhad began a hunger strike in June that lasted for 67 days until August 11.Akel party leader Andros Kyprianou told the family to stop the strike this week and called on Interior Minister Petrides to arrange a meeting on the matter.According to Akid, the minister said he is busy this week but that he will set up a meeting next week. The Hasans haven’t heard back and are waiting every day to be told when the minister will have time for them.Andros Kyprianou on Friday declined to comment on the situation until a later date.“We haven’t been able to leave Cyprus in 12 years,” said Akid, 31, who was married to a Cypriot before getting a divorce this year and has an 8-year old son living in Paphos. “We live in a jail.”Asked what they will do if the situation drags on while winter approaches, Akid shrugged. “What to do? We will continue to live here although we are tired of living in tents.”The family includes father Ibrahim Hasan, mother Sabah, sons Mahmud, Ferhad, Akid , Akef , 16-year old Batran, and daughter Roukan, all of whom arrived in Cyprus between 2006 and 2009.Under EU law they should have been granted Cypriot citizenship after staying in the country for five years, but only one of them, Mahmud, received it in 2015 after an intervention from then Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, who, according to Akid, promised them all Cypriot passports but later rejected the applications. Mahmud received his papers after refusing food for 57 days and water for five days.The rejection letter stated that one of the reason for turning down the application was that the family hardly speaks any Greek, although two of the siblings finished public schools in Cyprus and the youngest, Batran, is still at a public school. Only the parents don’t speak Greek.The family lost the right to passports in Syria when they refused to abandon their national identity as Kurds and register as Syrian. Without papers they cannot travel, work or open a bank account.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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

Netanyahu and Anastasiades discuss convening of new tripartite meeting

first_imgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades have discussed the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting with Greece in late April or early May.According to reliable sources, the two leaders had a telephone conversation on Monday evening during which Netanyahu congratulated Anastasiades on his re-election on Sunday and they discussed the next tripartite meeting of Greece, Cyprus and Israel.The same sources indicated that the meeting will probably be held around the end of April or early May, however this will be confirmed after they discuss it with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.The tripartite meeting was scheduled to have taken place in early December last year but was postponed at the request of the Israeli Prime Minister.CNAYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Mother and son in UKCyprus drug ring

first_imgA mother and son are believed to have been involved in an international cocaine and heroin trafficking ring linking Devon, London and Cyprus.According to the Devon Daily, Helen Katsigianni, 67, from London, faces trial and is believed to have been part of a gang for transporting drugs from London to Plymouth between 2016 to 2017.Her son, George Pikounis, 28, is believed to have been the ringleader of the conspiracy.“Over a 10-month period there are a known 33 trips and there may have been more. From these trips payments of approximately £85,000 were paid into banks in Plymouth and transferred to London and then out of the country to Cyprus,” said prosecutor Sean Brunton QC.Also facing trial is Martin Payne, 27, from Plymouth, accused of transporting the drugs. He was caught by police red-handed with the narcotics in a car in Exeter.He is believed to have been Pikounis’ right-hand man after his release from prison.“When Payne emerged from prison he can be shown to have commenced regular contact with George Pikounis and Helen Katsigianni within two weeks,” the prosecutor said.According to the Devon Daily, Katsigianni said she was completely unaware that her son was involved in drugs and claimed she believed she was collecting debts on his behalf.The prosecutor said she was either “the most unlucky, gullible, naïve and blind person in London or she is guilty”.Text messages between mother and son showed that she “helped to run the drug business on a week to week basis” while he was in Cyprus, he said. You May LikeOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndoroyal-house.infoHow to Modernize Your Outdated Kitchenroyal-house.infoUndoFIXD”Check Engine” Device Leaves Auto Mechanics AngryFIXDUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Larnaca man killed in traffic accident updated

first_imgA 23-year-old man was killed in a traffic accident in Larnaca on Saturday night, police said.Larnaca resident Andreas Georgiou was rising his motorbike when a bus turned off Tasos Mitsopoulos avenue into a side street and crashed into him.Georgiou was critically injured in the accident and was taken by ambulance to Larnaca general hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident while a breathalyser on the 52-year-old driver of the bus recorded zero.The driver was arrested and kept in a police custody while the circumstances of the accident are being investigated.In a second accident at 3.10 on Sunday morning a second motorcyclist, aged 17, was critically injured when the car he was trying to overtake on Spyros Kyprianou Avenue in Limassol turned right, hitting him and knocking him off his bike.The teenager is in the intensive care unit at Limassol general hospital with injuries to his liver and lung.You May LikeUniversityFoxMovie Bloopers That Actually Cost The Producers A Ton Of MoneyUniversityFoxUndoWomen's MethodThese Dog Breeds Are The Greatest Partners When Getting OldWomen’s MethodUndoManGoWild10 Important Stretching Exercises to Do Every Day to Keep HealthyManGoWildUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

A big winner and big loser at Cyprus casino

first_imgThe most money won by a person at the Limassol casino in one stroke during a game of roulette was €500,000 while the biggest loser so far went home €130,000 poorer, it was revealed on Tuesday. Neither were Cypriot.The two open casinos in Cyprus now employ more than 700 people, the operator said during a media tour of the newly-opened Nicosia casino, which employs 135 people, while the remainder are employed in Limassol.The operators have also paid the government €6m in taxes to date since the Limassol casino opened earlier this year.The numbers were announced by Craig Ballantyne, head of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos at a press conference on Tuesday to introduce the Nicosia venue, which opened last week and is now hosting around 600 visitors a day.He also revealed that both the biggest winner and loser were playing roulette, a game known to have relatively good odds of winning. Though he was not at liberty to disclose the identity of these persons, he did say that in both cases they were foreigners.“We want people to win. Without winners we would not have players,” he said.He also revealed that the overwhelming majority of gamblers visiting the casino in Limassol were Cypriots at 84 per cent, with the remaining 16 per cent coming from 21 countries including Russia, Israel, Jordan, the Emirates and to a lesser extent China.Unlike in Limassol where it is open 24/7, the betting house in the capital will open from 3pm until 6am during the week and all day and night during weekends.This is because it is housed close to the University of Nicosia, Ballantyne said, as the company is about “responsible gaming” and tries to keep students from gambling when they are supposed to be studying.Only those aged 21 years old are allowed to enter. “Even if we think someone looks under 25 we will check their ID,” Ballantyne said.The responsible gaming does not extend to a ban on smoking in the building, and the owners blame the need to compete with casinos in the north, which are not regulated. However, it was said that the establishment’s ventilation system was so sophisticated that the smoke was barely noticeable even if someone smoked nearby.They also check if people change their behaviour. “The last thing we want is addicts or people threatening staff,” said the head of the casinos. Guests may be excluded or be asked to take ‘time out’, that is to return after a month or longer.In order to monitor what is happening, the Nicosia building has more than 100 cameras to cover all gaming positions, while the temporary Limassol casino has 402.The second casino is just one in a series of satellite gambling houses which are opening over the island.The opening of the Larnaca premises is planned for Friday.While the Nicosia building houses five tables and 50 slot machines, the Larnaca casino will have only slot machines. At the airport, it consists of two parts, an air site behind the duty free section with 28 machines and a land site before passport control with 22, Ballantyne explained.Paphos is next, and the Melco group is currently negotiating to finalise a deal for the site.Another casino in Ayia Napa will likely start operations after Easter 2019.All this is only part of the big plan. The first integrated casino resort, the City of Dreams Mediterranean, is expected to open its doors in 2021.Estimated to cost around €555 million, it will create 4,000 jobs during the construction period alone.The plans for the main building in Zakaki in western Limassol include a five-star hotel, suites and villas, while the four satellite casinos will remain in Nicosia, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

DEFA wraps up talks with Russias Itera

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has wrapped up talks with Russia’s Itera on the potential interim supply to Cyprus of natural gas, and is now set to deliver a report to the government.DEFA’s board of directors yesterday heard from its negotiating team but, due to an apparent lack of consensus, decided to schedule a further meeting.“The Board examined and decided the procedures to be followed. The next Board of Directors meeting will be scheduled depending on developments,” DEFA said in a brief statement.Once DEFA has made up its mind, it will present its report to the energy minister, who will make a recommendation to the Cabinet.Cyprus is looking to secure intermediate supplies of natural gas until it can bring ashore its own gas from the offshore prospects.The talks with preferred bidder Itera are bound by a confidentiality agreement. DEFA has said only that under the terms of the tender it is not obligated to pick a supplier, and that the key criterion for any decision is a substantial reduction in the cost of electricity production from natural gas compared to current costs using heavy fuel oil.But press reports suggest DEFA and Itera have been edging closer to an agreement, after the Russian company quoted an even lower price.Phileleftheros reports that Itera’s latest offer was for just under €12 per million BTU (mmBtu) for natural gas. That’s a significant drop from their earlier proposal for €15.6 per mmBtu.The trade-off for the lower price is extending the supply period. The tender provided for supplies from September 2015 to September 2018, with an option to renew the contract to late 2020.Late 2020 or early 2021 is as of now the approximate timeline for the operation of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant which will generate electricity from natural gas extracted from offshore hydrocarbon reserves.EAC’s current cost of electricity stands (on average) at 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). According to its latest report, the electricity utility spends some €550m a year on the expensive heavy fuel oil that fires its power plants. The utility has meantime invested hundreds of millions in acquiring turbines that can burn natural gas.A rough calculation indicates that the €12 per mmBTu offered by Itera is considerably lower than the current cost of electricity production. Since one mmBTu corresponds to 293 kWh, the EAC’s current cost of production per mmBtu works out to 293 kWh times 16 cents, which comes to around €47.Itera’s offer – €12 per mmBtU – is approximately four times cheaper than the EAC’s present electricity cost. Alternatively, under Itera’s offer the cost of electricity would be a little over 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.But this is an indicative figure; the end-price charged to consumers would be higher, since the EAC includes a host of other fees on its electric bills on top of the core cost of electricity production.Itera’s proposal envisages the deployment of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), which will cost the company some €150m. To sweeten the deal, it’s understood that the Russians have offered to allow Cyprus use of the FSRUs once the contract expires.In addition, Itera is reportedly offering to build a natural gas pipeline running from Vassilikos to the Dhekelia power plant.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

Turkey pushing ahead with hydrocarbons exploration around Cyprus

first_imgThe Turkish vessel Barbaros will begin explorations in Cyprus’ offshore block 9 on Sunday, while explorations in blocks 1, 8 and 12 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will take place by end of May, according to Turkish daily Yeni Şafak on Saturday.Block 9 was drilled twice by Italy’s ENI in 2014 and 2015, coming up empty in both instances. The company said it had not found sufficient commercially exploitable natural gas either in the Onasgoras or Amathusa fields within block 9.Yeni Safak also reported that on February 27, Turkey would also be staging its biggest naval exercise in and around Cyprus’ offshore blocks, CNA reported.The Barbaros has been sailing to the coastal area south of Cyprus for natural gas explorations, and will remain in the area until the end of May in view of explorations licenced by the Turkish Cypriot ‘government’, the report added.The Turkish ship will be accompanied by two frigates and two corvettes.According to Yeni Şafak, “due to the stance of the Greek Cypriot leadership, which is ignoring north Cyprus, Turkey issued successive Navtex notices declaring the wider Mediterranean region for training exercises.”Navtex notices have also been issued for areas spanning EEZ blocks 4, 5, 6, 7, and 1, which has been characterised as a joint Turkey-Nato training exercise.The paper adds that in February, the Barbaros will be undertaking joint naval exercises with the navies of the Mediterranean countries within the Standing Nato Maritime Group.The frigates accompanying the Barbaros will also undertake joint exercises with military vessels from the USA, the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy, which are also stationed in the area.These exercises, Yeni Şafak added, will take place on the blocks that the Republic of Cyprus licensed energy companies Total and ENI to begin exploration.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12.US giants ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum last month completed drilling activities in the Delphine target in Cyprus’ offshore block 10 but there will be no announcements until after the end of drilling in the block. The Stena Icemax drillship is currently drilling in Glafcos-1, the second location in block 10.Reports over the past few days suggest there would be an announcement on the findings in around two weeks’ time. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo 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

Safety fears over energy hub

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouIT WAS a typical morning at Buncefield, Hertfordshire on December 11, 2005, just a regular Sunday in which the quiet seemed as certain as the biting cold, but only until 6 am. At 6.01 came the first blast at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal. Courtesy of a malfunctioning level gauge that had allowed one of the storage tanks to overfill for about forty minutes, the explosion measured 2.4 on the Richter scale.The initial detonation and subsequent explosions took out more than 20 large storage tanks and badly damaged several surrounding office blocks – which were empty on Sunday, sparing many lives. The ensuing fire, the largest in Europe since World War II, took over two days to extinguish and required the commitment of enough personnel, equipment and supplies to deem the incident “the 9/11 of industrial fire fighting”.The Vassilikos Energy Complex (VEC), as envisioned by the Cyprus government, will be smaller than the Buncefield oil depot, but the reserves and facilities it is designed to accommodate will be of critical importance to Cyprus.The Vassilikos area, roughly half-way along the coast between Larnaca and Limassol, is the island’s only coastal industrial area with a port and has been chosen by the government to contain a bewildering array of major energy-related projects. In addition to the existing Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) power station and oil-storage space for two private companies (VTTI and Petrolina), the government has designated the area as the host of the country’s strategic oil reserves and a future natural gas liquefaction terminal. It has also approved the expansion of VTTI and Petrolina’s tank farms, a project almost completed. In some respects, the match of location and purpose is near-ideal. In several others, less so.VTTV jetty under construction with four berths to handle oil productsA report – or Master Plan – has been commissioned by Noble Energy, on behalf of the Cyprus government, for the VEC. The finalised report was issued on October 31, 2013 and proposes the construction of a natural gas liquefaction terminal, assuming sufficient offshore gas reserves are found to justify the facility’s cost. Phase 1 of the proposal calls for the construction of three ‘trains’ – liquefaction facilities – and is yet to be decided on pending confirmation of amounts of gas discovered. Phases 2 and 3 call for the construction of additional trains and storage space, but would only be adopted if ‘rich’ gas reserves were found. At present, the discovery of enough quantities to justify phases 2 and 3 is considered improbable.The Master Plan called for public consultation with the affected communities, which ended on February 7. The eight communities of the area strongly oppose the government plans but deny any consultation has taken place, causing the government to extend the consultation period to the end of February.Such concentration of nationally critical installations and reserves has raised a few eyebrows, especially considering that the EAC power plant at Vassilikos suffered devastating damage from the 2011 explosion at the adjacent naval base in which 13 people were killed. The power station has since been repaired and upgraded at a reported cost of hundreds of millions of euros and substantial social cost – daily power cuts at peak consumption times throughout the island were enforced for several weeks in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Although building the liquefaction terminal hasn’t officially been green-lighted yet, clustering almost everything energy-related in this 25 square kilometre area almost borders on hubris.Not surprisingly, local residents have major environmental and safety concerns. Andy Renals, a retired command-level officer in a UK fire brigade with 27 years of experience in dealing with the hazards and risks associated with fire-fighting, harbours serious doubts as to whether Cyprus has the necessary equipment, manpower, or planning to effectively deal with a Buncefield-type incident. His interest may not be purely altruistic – he lives in Maroni village, some 10 kilometres away from the Vassilikos site and one of the eight affected communities.“If you look at the existing storage facility that VTTI have created, there are as far as they’ve published [on their website], currently 20 storage tanks that have been completed, and I would like to be reassured that Cyprus has the fire-fighting capability to deal with that particular hazard,” he explains.According to Renals, containing and extinguishing a fire at an oil terminal would require staggering amounts of foam concentrate and water, as well as the necessary delivery equipment – fire engines, pressure pumps, support vehicles – and the manpower to handle it.Yiannis Loizou, assistant chief of the fire service, rejects the use of the Buncefield incident as an operational benchmark for the Vassilikos site because of “different conditions”.The EAC power station at VassilikoHe said that the fire service is both sufficiently stocked and adequately trained for any emergency, with an ‘under 30 minutes’ operational readiness plan for half of its force at any time.Outside the storage facilities, where people live, the responsibility for immediate-response action to protect the public in the event of an industrial accident at the Vassilikos terminals lies with the civil defence department. The department’s head, Maria Papa, explained that specific plans to reflect increased risk to residents in the surrounding area are currently being worked up and are not expected to be finalised until the end of May at the earliest.“Though current plans do exist, they are somewhat archaic and empirical. The new ones are more professional and include expert input,” she said.Existing emergency plans provide for collaboration with the fire service and the police to determine incident magnitude and action needs. According to current planning, evacuation of at-risk residents will be achieved primarily by alerting village community councils, as well as by civil defence officers travelling to the affected residential areas to coordinate the effort.The Master Plan includes provisions for “facilities for fire protection systems and fire-fighting automation” in the tank-farms, refers to European regulations setting safety standards, and recommends the construction of a fire station near the site, but does not address the issue of current response capability. Hopefully, the fire service has a plan – and the resources – in place to deal with the increased risk posed by the expanding tank-farms, but if it does, it hasn’t told the public.“I’ve lived here for a number of years and, had there been for instance an exercise in the existing site at Larnaca, I suspect the local press would have covered it, it would have been a significant event, because such events require a lot of pumping appliances, a lot of staff and a lot of materials,” Renals says.Is it possible that the government may have authorised the expansion of oil storage tank-farms without due regard to the country’s disaster-response capability? Perhaps, given safety and security standards adhered to in the construction of the facilities, the risks of accident and containment failure have been deemed negligible. According to Renals, when it’s all said and done, that shouldn’t matter, because the mindset required in planning for such eventualities is “if it can go wrong, it will.”Safety concerns, Andy Renals, a retired command-level UK fire fighter“Ultimately an incident can be predicted to happen, we just don’t know the timescale that that incident will happen,” he says with eerie conviction.In any case, risk is determined not only in terms of the direct and immediate threat to human health. Any incident at the site could incur substantial financial cost and environmental catastrophe. The nearby desalination plant would be the likely first victim. According to the water works department, water quality is checked by the plant, and samples sent to government labs for testing, on a daily basis. Upon identification of any pollution or contamination, the plant would cease to operate immediately, thus minimising risk to public health, but the impact on the local fish and agriculture industries would be devastating.And opportunity costs of the VEC don’t just lie in increased safety and environmental hazards, nor in the risk inherent in the concentration of critical assets. In the – improbable at present – case of sufficient amounts of natural gas being found in Cyprus’ EEZ, the Vassilikos Master Plan goes into Phase 3, which calls for the construction of additional natural-gas liquefaction ‘trains’ and requires the relocation of the entire Mari village to free up building space.“We have not yet filed an official complaint because no final decisions have been announced by the government. But we are against the development of the area for a number of reasons, not least of which is that it would require, if not force, residents to relocate,” Mari mukhtar Maria Georgiou says.“Though the relocation effort by the government is not new – it started about 19 years ago, with the plans to construct the EAC power plant – we were never engaged in any part of the decision-making process.”Mari is a village of refugees. It used to be a Turkish Cypriot village, inhabited by refugees following the 1974 Turkish invasion. Its residents aren’t willing to relocate – again – but that is not an immediate concern. Right now they oppose the planned development because, as succinctly phrased by Georgiou, “really, where does it stop?”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 To Your Body 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

Special committee planned to oversee medical cannabis production

first_imgA committee tasked with evaluating applicants for licences to cultivate medical cannabis is to be set up, the cabinet agreed on Wednesday.Under the law passed in February regulating the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, the committee will process the submitted applications and select the three to whom a licence will be granted.According to the legislation, once selected, the producers will be required to cover the €500,000 fee for issuing the licence. The annual renewal of the licence will cost producers €30,000.Each medical cannabis producer will need to submit a report outlining the security measures being taken every three months, while the producers will also be evaluated by an inspector who will submit reports to an advisory committee.Should a producer break the regulations and the terms of their licence, a relevant authority will be tasked with destroying the cannabis with the costs to be assumed by the producers.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 Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Arrest after child porn distributed on social media

first_imgPolice on Thursday arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with a case of child pornography in the Famagusta district.He was detained after the electronic crime prevention unit was informed by Europol that an account holder on a social media site was distributing child porn from his home.During investigations conducted in the afternoon a mobile phone was seized.Just two days earlier, another man, 46, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for a similar offence. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoBishop says homosexuality passed on to the unborn when pregnant women enjoy anal sexUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House approves Rep Heise bills as part of juvenile reform package

first_img Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, celebrated the full House approval today of a 20-bill bipartisan package to address the detention of juveniles within state Department of Corrections facilities.“It makes no sense to confine young people under the age of 18 with adult prisoners, even before final adjudication,” said Rep. Heise, chair of the House Committee of Criminal Justice. “This reform package is long overdue for Michigan and is the right thing to do to achieve real justice and reduce recidivism.”Rep. Heise has three bills in the package:House Bill 4957: Prevents a child under 17 from being held with adults or in a detention facility intended to house adults.House Bill 4958: Prevents a child under 17 that is arrested for a felony offense from being housed in a county jail unless physically separate from adult prisoners.House Bill 4959: Prohibits a child under 18 from being confined and transported with adults, nor in a courtroom during a trial involving adult offenders.“We’re in the process of reforming criminal justice in the state of Michigan and this legislation is a key part of it,” said Rep. Heise. “We need to protect our citizens with the most up-to-date laws, and make sure juveniles are not thrown into the same room with hardened career criminals.”The bipartisan package advances to the state Senate for its consideration. Categories: News 28Apr House approves Rep. Heise bills as part of juvenile reform packagelast_img read more

Rep LaFave calls for credit for high school internships

first_img07Nov Rep. LaFave calls for credit for high school internships State Rep. Beau LaFave today spoke in support of his legislation to give high school students course credit for completion of an internship or work study program.“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” said LaFave during his comments to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “Many high school students in my district start their career development before they graduate. This is a program that will encourage students across the state to take advantage of opportunities in their own backyard because career exploration and on-the-job training is also part of education.”LaFave, of Iron Mountain, emphasized that current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow the work-based internship in grades 9-12. LaFave’s legislation allows students complete their work study, covering 4 to 10 hours a week, with the local district’s board of education providing oversight to determine if requirements are met for course credit.“Employers across the state are calling for students with real-world abilities and experience,” LaFave said. “This legislation puts students into that environment, learning job-specific and soft skills while exploring a career option.”House Bill 4106 remains under committee consideration. Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more