The Murray Hong Kong A Niccolo Hotel will open

first_imgThe Murray, Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel, will open in mid-December 2017, on Cotton Tree Drive in Central.As well as being the first significant new luxury hotel to open in Hong Kong for several years, The Murray will breathe new life into one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and historic buildings. The tall white landmark structure, with its distinctive arches and unique recessed windows, was built in 1969 and has since won many awards for its groundbreaking and energy-efficient design. The building is now being reimagined by Foster+Partners to feature 336 luxurious rooms and suites spanning 25 floors, a rooftop bar with incredible views of the city and Hong Kong Park, remarkable restaurants, as well as creative meeting and social spaces.The hotel has an agreement with Fook Lam Moon Restaurant Group to open Guo Fu Lou, a prominent Cantonese restaurant at the hotel. Scheduled to open together with the hotel in late 2017, Guo Fu Lou at The Murray, Hong Kong is expected to attract its devoted patrons, including Hong Kong’s most prominent and influential movers, shakers and epicureans.Facing Champion Tower (formerly Citibank Tower), the restaurant is situated within a two-storey pavilion adjacent to Cotton Tree Drive and across from the hotel’s main entrance.The 90-seat restaurant will boast a contemporary chic and authentically inspired design. Guests who prefer more privacy may choose to book one of the private dining rooms which can accommodate between 6 to 40 guests.  A sprawling terrace, with an additional 48 outdoor seats beneath the hotel’s courtyard heritage tree, provides the perfect vantage point to observe the hotel’s arrival and departure activities. The distinctive setting is ideal for outdoor dining, a unique feature among Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong and the region.With its unique location in a stand-alone building positioned between the Central business district and the green oasis of Hong Kong Park, the hotel will offer a sophisticated, urban chic sanctuary in the heart of the city.“I am quietly confident this will become the preferred hotel in Hong Kong for visiting dignitaries, captains of industry and leaders in style. They will appreciate the sophisticated and international standard of hospitality that the Niccolo brand delivers.” said Duncan Palmer, the hotel’s Managing Director.The first hotel under the new Niccolo Hotels brand, Niccolo Chengdu, opened in April 2015 and has been recognised as the city’s leading centre for luxury accommodation, fine dining and events. It is located as part of the International Finance Square (IFS) a mixed-use retail and commercial centre which has become the epicentre of Chengdu’s events.The new Niccolo Hotels brand was conceived and designed to cater to the growing maturity and sophistication of the luxury hotel sector in China, and Chengdu was chosen as the setting for the brand’s first hotel since it has become the most successful economy of any city in mainland China. Niccolo Hotels was recently recognised as the “Best Luxury Hotel Brand of the Year” at the 2016 Asia Hotel Awards held in the mid of September, adding yet another illustrious accolade to the brand’s growing list of honours.last_img read more

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The British public are still willing to book fligh

first_imgThe British public are still willing to book flights to the Mediterranean despite feeling the effects of the credit crunch, according to the results of a new survey.A recent poll by cheap flights carrier Monarch revealed that 36 percent of flight passengers thought that the credit crunch was having no effect on their flying habits, while a further 41 percent said that they were looking to spend less despite flying the same.Commenting on the findings, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled service division, said: “The results of our recent online survey are contradictory to the current situation in the economy, however, that’s not really surprising when looking at the recent booking patterns for Monarch’s scheduled flights.”Ms Savage added that bookings for summer flights were currently 43 percent up on last November’s figures, which suggests that more people are taking advantage of the lower fares currently being offered by airlines.The latest figures from the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) have revealed that the number of flights in UK airspace fell by 5.3 percent in October compared to the same period last year.Find flights from Monarch here. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMonarch to launch new Ibiza services next summerCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to IbizaMost holidaying Brits intend to travel abroad this summerMore than half of Brits are intending to take a holiday abroad this year despite the effects of the credit crunch.More Europeans choose to book flights to the UKMore Europeans are booking flights to the UK, it has been revealed.last_img read more

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New data from Skyscanner has revealed that the lon

first_imgNew data from Skyscanner has revealed that the long running British love affair with Spain may be coming to an end.Examining flight search data for travel during the Easter holiday period, Skyscanner found that although Spain remains the most popular country overall for holidaying Brits, it’s not as popular as it was just one year ago.London is the most searched for destination for Easter travel by UK travellers. Not only does the city itself have a huge number of attractions for families and couples, but the capital is also a hub for travellers heading for destinations outside the UK.Malaga remained the second most popular place for an Easter break for the second year running. However, there has been a marked drop in popularity for Spain compared to Easter 2009. Searches for flights to Alicante have fallen three places and Palma dropped out of the top ten altogether.Meanwhile, searches for flights to Amsterdam were up, with the Dutch party capital rising two places. Barcelona held firm at number three, but the biggest winner was New York. Completely absent from Easter 2009’s top ten, flights to New York were the fifth most popular search for British travellers this year.Dublin remained a firm favourite at eight; Paris fell two places to nine, whist Geneva, gateway to the Alps, was a new entry at number ten. Europe’s excellent ski season this year has likely led to more people taking a late ski break. Berlin, Marrakech and Istanbul all featured in the top 20.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Business Development Director commented:“Spain’s long domination over the British tourist market may be on the wane. Whilst it’s still the most popular country for an Easter break, it seems to be falling from favour. Meanwhile, New York has risen massively and we’re seeing less well known destinations such as Marrakech and Istanbul rise in popularity. UK destinations are also faring well with three in the top 20, suggesting the ‘staycation’ trend is alive and well.”1. London (UK) [0]2. Malaga (Spain) [0]3. Amsterdam (Netherlands) [+2]4. Barcelona (Spain) [0]5. New York (USA) [NEW ENTRY]6. Alicante (Spain) [-3]7. Rome (Italy) [-1]8. Dublin (Ireland) [0]9. Paris (France) [-2]10. Geneva (Switzerland) [NEW ENTRY]11. Palma (Spain)12. Berlin (Germany)13. Faro (Portugal)14. Marrakech (Morocco)15. Prague (Czech Republic)16. Istanbul (Turkey)17. Edinburgh (UK)18. Milan (Italy)19. Madrid (Spain)20. Belfast (UK)Ranking based on flight searches on the Skyscanner site for UK departures for travel over the Easter 2010 period. Difference in ranking based on flight searches for Easter 2009 period. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhere are Brits going on holiday this Easter?Where are Brits going on holiday this Easter?Spain still big for August bank holiday reveals SkyscannerSpain still big for August bank holiday reveals SkyscannerSpain reigns again this EasterCrippling economy won’t deter sun starved British familieslast_img read more

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A new exhibition Cartier Treasures King of Jewe

first_imgA new exhibition, “Cartier Treasures: King of Jewelers, Jewelers to Kings” is now on display at the Palace Museum in Beijing until November 22nd. Featuring precious antiques on an unprecedented scale, the exhibition assembles the essences of the East and West, demonstrating the Palace Museum’s dedication to world art.This exceptional display will take place in the Exhibition Hall of the Meridian Gate, whose recent renovation won the Inaugural Heritage Award Jury Commendation for Innovation by UNESCO for the quality of the resources and techniques implemented, all of which were in harmony with the building’s original character. More than 350 items, including archives dating from the founding of Cartier to its creations from the 1970s, will be unveiled. Partly dedicated to royal jewels, the exhibition will be housed in China’s former Imperial Palace and will be illustrated by historical documents relating to European royal courts, which earned Cartier thanks to King Edward VII of England, its reputation as the “Jeweler of Kings and King of Jewelers.” Moreover, part of the items selected highlight the Chinese influence on Cartier creations: lacquer ware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, ancient carved and engraved pieces of jade, and divinities and fantastic animals created by the jeweler’s hand. Such creations bear witness to the bonds that have united Cartier with the Far East since the beginning of the 20th century. The distinctive creativity, style and expertise of the jeweler are illustrated by a selection of drawings and archive documents, together with a set of rarely displayed plaster casts from the Cartier archives. The related experts of Palace Museum have celebrated the cultural and artistic aspects of Cartier, as well as its contribution to the heritage of the decorative arts.Inaugurated a quarter of a century ago, the Cartier Collection today comprises more than 1,360 historic pieces that mirror the social evolution and which have been repurchased over the years by Cartier from private owners or at public auctions. Inventoried using original archive documents, the items in the Cartier Collection include sumptuous jewelry, precious watches and exceptional timepieces, such as the Maison’s famous mystery clocks. Exquisite articles and more specific accessories complete this cultural legacy: ladies’ vanity cases, decorated boxes, cigarette cases and writing instruments. Exhibiting articles from the Cartier Collection at the Palace Museum in China is part of an ongoing cultural exchange between the Parisian jeweler, based in the Rue de la Paix, and the Palace Museum.www.cartier.comlast_img read more

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JADE Condo Hotel Residences Beach Club at Manuel

first_imgJADE Condo Hotel Residences & Beach Club at Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica announced its official groundbreaking, moving forward with the construction of what is anticipated to be one of the region’s most sought after condo hotel/ resort destinations. The property is situated one mile from Manuel Antonio National Park-the most visited park in Costa Rica-and approximately five miles from Quepos, considered the sport fishing capital of the world.JADE Condo Hotel Residences & Beach Club will feature 240 designer residences within a four-star hotel setting complete with world-class hospitality Laura,Laura,services and resident and guest amenities. JADE is a branded Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property and is affiliated with The Registry Collection® Exchange Program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program offered by Group RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals, and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN).Among plans for JADE Condo Hotel Residences & Beach Club are: a private beach club featuring an oceanfront cafe and bar with lagoon pool, cabanas and a lazy river (the only one in Costa Rica); a luxurious resort pool with 180-degree Pacific Ocean views, cabanas and poolside services; a lobby featuring a magnificent nine-story atrium and a 40-foot cascading waterfall; a 2,000-square-foot health, fitness and aerobics center; “Tico,” an upscale Latin fusion restaurant; a wellness spa; a 6,000-square-foot meeting facility; and an array of concierge and guest services. Area activities include golf, white water rafting, kayaking, treetop zip-lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, water sports and other beachside recreation.Dan Dykgraaf, lead developer for JADE Condo Hotel Residences & Beach Club said, “Our vision was to create a place of peaceful discovery and adventure, where people can connect with nature and themselves. In creating this, we were inspired by the stunning backdrop and rainforest of ManuelAntonioNational Park and the pristine beachfront. JADE is situated beautifully in the center, combining a modern design approach with natural and cultural influences.”www.jademanuelantonio.comlast_img read more

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Domee Shi director of the Pixar short film Bao

first_img Domee Shi, director of the Pixar short film “Bao” poses for a photo at the Shangri La Hotel in Toronto on Monday, June 11, 2018. The latest Pixar short is packed with firsts: the first directed by a Chinese-Canadian, the first directed by a woman, the first helmed by an all-female writer-director-producer team and the first to be set in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin. Toronto director first woman to helm Pixar short by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 12:51 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – The latest Pixar short is packed with firsts: the first directed by a Chinese-Canadian, the first directed by a woman, the first helmed by an all-female writer-director-producer team and the first to be set in Toronto.Canadian animator Domee Shi, also believed to be among the youngest to helm a Pixar production, says it’s all “amazing, very humbling, (and) awesome,” to be the one to break so many barriers with her eight-minute film, “Bao.”“It’s about time and I’m excited to be the first of hopefully many female directors,” Shi says during a recent visit to Toronto to promote the film.“It’s been amazing how the studio has gotten behind the short and really supported it and supported me, and our producer Becky Neiman and all of the female leadership on this short and on ‘Incredibles 2,’ as well.“It just feels like Pixar is really embracing and celebrating diverse storytellers and they really want to create a safe and awesome place for us to thrive.”In crafting “Bao,” Shi mined her own experiences growing up as the only child of Chinese immigrants in Toronto.The story revolves around an older Chinese woman who is astonished when one of her steamed dumplings springs to life as a plump and perky dumpling-shaped boy, but she quickly embraces the adorable creature as her baby.Their escapades include trips downtown where the CN Tower looms overhead, shopping in Toronto’s bustling Chinatown and riding the city’s distinctive streetcars.“My Chinese mom would be super over-protective of my growing up, she’d always treat me like a precious little dumpling, just making sure I was safe, that I never wandered away too far, that no one ever whisked me away,” chuckles Shi, who was born in Chongqing, China and moved to Toronto when she was two.“There’s definitely a lot of me in this short and a lot of my mom in the mom character…. She’s kind of a representation of all the strong Chinese women in my life.”But the Toronto setting wasn’t always part of the plan. It only emerged when production designer Rona Liu asked where Shi wanted the story to be set.“I was like, ‘What about Toronto?’ I thought it would be so cool to ground the short in a real location because I think that’s what gives it that sense of realism, that sense of authenticity,” she says.“The characters in the world are very stylized and cartoony so you want those details to kind of make the story feel real and truthful and authentic.”Shi says she began pitching the story back in 2015, dropping ideas to acclaimed director Pete Docter while they worked together on the Oscar-winning feature “Inside Out.” The 28-year-old now considers Docter a mentor, and a key advocate for establishing her burgeoning career at the studio.Shi has certainly enjoyed a quick rise since nabbing an internship at Pixar during her graduating year at Sheridan College in 2011.The internship led to a job as a story artist on “Inside Out,” and from there she moved on to the feature films “The Good Dinosaur,” this Friday’s “Incredibles 2” and next year’s “Toy Story 4.”“It’s very unusual, especially when you talk to other people who work at Pixar — their path to Pixar is very all-over-the-place,” she admits.Shi muses on a cultural sea change that seems to have hit home at Pixar, a studio rocked by misconduct complaints against its former creative titan John Lasseter, who announced last week he would leave the animation company he co-founded. In November, Lasseter acknowledged some “missteps” and apologized for behaviour that made staff feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.”Disney said Lasseter will stay on through the end of 2018 as a consultant.She shies away from touching on reports of turmoil at the studio, focusing on its efforts to support new voices and reach new audiences.“Over the last year or two, Pixar has definitely embraced storytellers from all different backgrounds, stories from all different backgrounds,” she says, pointing to the recent success of the Mexico-set “Coco” and the Indian-American themed short “Sanjay’s Super Team.”Shi says she’s now on track to direct her first feature-length film, which would be another benchmark if carried through.The only other woman to helm a Pixar feature was Brenda Chapman, but her oversight on “Brave” was famously short-lived. Although the story originated with Chapman, she was taken off the project in 2011, and it was handed over to Mark Andrews. It was released with a shared directing credit.Shi acknowledges that the animation world has been especially hard on women trying to make inroads, but insists Pixar is committed to changing that story.“You’re definitely seeing it shift, especially in animation schools. Animation schools now are at least 50 per cent if not more, female,” she says.“Animation is just becoming more and more of a female-dominated industry, which I’m really excited about.”“Bao” opens in theatres on Friday in front of “Incredibles 2.”last_img read more

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Mahershala Ali center wears a hat to promote his

first_img Mahershala Ali, center, wears a hat to promote his new movie “Blade” at the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Marvel’s next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off LOS ANGELES — Marvel’s push for more women and people of colour in its cinematic universe is extending to behind the camera for its next slate of films.Of the five films Marvel Studios announced at Comic-Con on Saturday, only one is set to be directed by a white man.In addition to a slew of women and people of colour at the helm of upcoming Marvel films, the weekend’s announcements promised more diversity on screen, including the female-led “Black Widow” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Also in the works are films starring Marvel’s first Asian American superhero — Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi — and its first LGBTQ character — Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie.Marvel veteran Scarlett Johansson said the increase in diversity made her proud to be a part of the franchise.Ryan Pearson And Katie Campione, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Pearson And Katie Campione, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 4:49 pm PDTlast_img read more

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August 5 2009 The planning department has put tog

first_imgAugust 5, 2009 The planning department has put together a new collection of 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”. Contemplation of a Linear City threads throughout Paolo Soleri’s work and with this first of a series of reports we introduce a small fraction of a rich history on this subject. [image] from “Macro Cosanti” scroll drawings, 1963. Page 156 from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri”, published 1970 by M.I.T.: The oddest thing about the automobile is that it is a very sophisticated machine devised for the purposes of the most primitive logistics with the sophisticated intent of liberating man from the slavery of time and space. The result is (1) a savagely convulsive primitivism of interrelation between man and man, man and institutions; (2) an inflation of physical interstices and functions; (3) a progressively widening time lapse between stimulus and response; (4) the poisoning of the environment; (5) a sacrificial heap of metal and upholstery offered to the god of waste; (6) an endless network of cement and asphalt; (7) a systematic butchering and maiming of the software, man, trapped in his hardware, the machine; (8) a mindless depletion of the energetic sources of the earth’s fuels; (9) an insularity of action represented by the busts of men and women visible inside their own moving and mystical cages; (10) an explosion into fragments and a segregation of the urban fabric; (11) the paralysis of ugliness and chaos, a possibly irreversible decadence of the human environment. [Image: Soleri Archives & text: excerpts from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri, sa] [image] from Paolo Soleri sketchbooks, ca. 1964-1965. Page 156 continues from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri”, published 1970 by M.I.T.: The obscurantism of the automobile age might well go down in history on par with some of the most fierce catastrophies man has brought upon himself. A cultural catastrophe, first of all. An ecological catastrophe. A logistical catastrophe. A social catastrophe. Those are some of my comments on the car now, when my naivety in seeing redeeming features in the idea “car” is all but gone. Only at the service of leisure might the car redeem itself and then only with well-defined limitations. The major reason why the car is an insult to life is its use as a “work” device. Work has a mandatory character: survival; thus the linkage car-survival and, among others, the folly of the commuters’ tide. Eliminate the car as a means of survival, and we can return to the pleasure of the country drive for the sake of leisure and family outings. This would automatically deflate the intrusion of steel tonnage and rubber tires and submission to a major catastrophe. [Image: Soleri Archives & text: excerpts from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri, sa] [image] from “City in the Image of Man” drawings, 1970. Page 231 from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri”, published 1970 by M.I.T.: Le Courbusier, as a god prophet, saw that, where there is a function demanding large investments and substantial intrusion on the land, you might as well make full and multiple use of the instrument you construct (the road becoming the roof of a continuous building). One of the things that marks an instrument for obsolescence is its narrow specialization. This is certainly a virtue when the instrument is a small fraction of a larger process and its task is so “absorbing” as to veto distraction or secondary actions. One can hardly object to the narrowness of a bench drill or a fan. The aberrant thing comes about when the instrument achieves environmental proportions and becomes a preponderant part of the envelope sheltering and serving man. If the envelope was built in obsolescence (often defined by a mortgage coverage), the expediency of the instrument imprints itself on the people who are tied to its performance. Obsolescent environment makes expedient people. [Image: Soleri Archives & text: excerpts from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri, sa] [image] from Paolo Soleri sketchbooks, 1989-1991. Page 231 continues from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri”, published 1970 by M.I.T.: The specter of not keeping up with the times because of an environment that is too “permanent” is one of the afflictions of poor perspective. Even though communication time has enormously decreased and production time has been separated from hand manipulation and its “organic” pulse, psychological growth and real knowledge have not left the channel where they develop for a faster one, certainly not much faster. How could they? Biological changes are enormously slow for our limited patience, and the mind can go only so far out without balking. The naked mind is a dangerous and savage mind, a mind of abstraction and segregation, a deadly mind. It is unfortunate, but possibly unavoidable, that the inventible mind, the technologically inclined, tends to be the naked mind. (The most productive age span of discoverers and inventors is in the twenties.) It is the naked mind and the desensitized body that find an obsolescent environment to their liking. They indeed are alike, both sensing the presence of a dark chasm of senselessness only one step ahead of themselves, as if man’s fall reflected itself endlessly on the sloping bastions of a deterministic and indifferent universe. [Image: Soleri Archives & text: excerpts from “The Sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri, sa] [image] from “Two Suns” scroll drawings, 1975. Introduction from “BEYOND GRIDLOCK – Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City”, written by Tomiaki Tamura: The project SOLARE: Lean Linear City, proposed by Paolo Soleri, is a suggestion that may trigger a positive change in how we develop the human habitat in harmony with the environment. [the complete text will be featured in the upcoming reports]. This series continues on 8/7/2009. [Image: Soleri Archives & text: Tomiaki Tamura, sa]last_img read more

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Brothers arrested on suspicion of drugs possession

first_imgTwo brothers aged 37 and 22 from Aradippou were arrested on Saturday evening on suspicions of drugs possession, police said.The pair were driving in the village when police stopped them during a routine patrol.Police said the driver of the car tried to speed off but the patrol chased them down.During the chase, police said the brother on the passenger side threw something from the window. Later it was determined to be a plastic bag with some 14 grammes of cannabis, police said.The brothers were arrested.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Coop Q1 profit shrinks to €26m amid rising NPLs

first_imgThe state-owned Cooperative Central Bank said that it generated a €2.6m after-tax profit in January to March this year compared to a profit of €23.6m in the respective period of 2016.The drop in net earnings was partly on a €18.2m increase in provisions in the first quarter to €29.3m and a €10.1m drop in net interest income to €62.6m compared to the respective quarter of 2016, the bank said in an emailed statement on Thursday. The bank, which is currently facing demands from unions for more pay, reduced its staff costs to €23.1m in the first quarter from €23.6m a year before helping overall expenses drop to €40.5m from €42.8m respectively. The cost to income ratio dropped to 49.7 per cent from 59.5 per cent.The bank, which received following the 2013 banking crisis a capital injection of almost €1.7bn from the taxpayer, saw its non-performing loans rise by €5.6m to €7.2bn which translates to 60.1 per cent of total loans compared to 59.9 per cent in the fourth quarter, it said. The amount of restructured loans dropped in the first quarter of the year to €204.4m from €281.7m in the fourth quarter of 2016. Loans with 90 days in arrears or more rose by €24.9m in the first quarter to €5.7m making up 46.7 per cent of total loans.The Cooperative Central Bank, rocked by a decision of the financial ombudsman in March, as a result of which it returned €111m to overcharged borrowers, posted a €7m net profit in 2016 and adjusted its 2015 results to reflect a net loss of €176.4m. It originally posted a net loss of €165.6m in 2015.At the end of the first quarter, the bank saw its core equity tier 1 ratio rise by 9 basis points to 15.51 per cent compared to three months before, the Co-op said.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Boat with 85 refugees lands in Pomos  Update

first_imgA boat with 85 Syrian migrants landed in Paphos early Friday afternoon, after departing from Turkey earlier this week, police said in a statement.The boat landed at the Paradise beach in Pomos at around 1.45pm, with 64 men, nine women and 12 children.Authorities went on site to transfer the migrants to the nearest police station for identification.Four requested medical assistance and were transferred to the Polys Chrysochous hospital and were later released. No serious injuries have been reported.The migrants said they had departed from a Turkish port on Wednesday paying their smuggler $2,000 (€1,750) each. Where families were concerned, a discounted price was offered, it emerged.Paphos police is currently investigating whether the smuggler is one of the 85 Syrians that arrived in the boat.Civil defence, the Red Cross and social welfare officers met with the migrants offering assistance and food.Authorities were trying to evaluate whether all 85 migrants could be transferred to the Kokkinotrimithia reception centre.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsStop Joint Pain. Search Joint Pain ReliefYahoo Search | Search AdsUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Ertuğruloğlu says focus now is on recognition for the north

first_imgTurkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu said he was focusing his efforts on seeking official recognition of the north from the US and the rest of the international community, he told an American media outlet in an interview published on Tuesday.Ertuğruloğlu told The Hill: “We keep asking everybody that this discrimination that they have caused of the Turkish Cypriots, because of their recognition — undue recognition, unlawful recognition — of the Greek Cypriots as the Republic of Cyprus, must come to an end”.Referring to the collapse of the latest round of Cyprus talks in Switzerland lastJuly, he added: “It was inevitable”.Ertuğruloğlu said there were no plans for future peace talks and that the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ “will not stop its push for independence”.In a statement sent to The Hill, officials at the Cyprus Embassy said Turkey’s insistence on keeping their military forces in the north prevented peace talks from going forward, but they are still open to reunification.“The president of the Republic of Cyprus has expressed his readiness to resume negotiations at any time,” a Cypriot official wrote in a statement, according to The Hill.“President [Nicos] Anastasiades remains determined to work for the reunification Cyprus as a bizonal, bi-communal federation, with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and single international personality, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions,” the official wrote.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Supreme court increases sentence for child molester

first_imgThe supreme court on Thursday overturned an 18-month prison sentence given to a child molester by the Paphos Criminal Court and condemned him to three years behind bars.The case concerns a 36-year-old man from Paphos who had been sentenced in February to 18 months in prison for sexually harassing a six-year-old girl.The man had pleaded guilty in November 2016.He was arrested last October, following a complaint filed by the girl’s parents after she told them that she had been sexually molested by him during a visit to his house a few days earlier.The decision was appealed by the state, which argued that it was a blatantly inadequate sentence and that the court had improperly enforced the principles of case law.The Paphos criminal court also failed to take into consideration the change in the legal framework which raised the maximum penalty for such crimes to life in jail.In its decision, the supreme court said the maximum penalty for such offences was life in jail and there was a pressing need for a general deterrent to curtail the upsurge in such crimes.Without the defendant’s admission and his personal problems, the sentence would have been much higher, the court said.The court highlighted the need for strict sentences in such cases since children had to be protected. That was why the law was changed to provide for life in jail as the maximum sentence in cases where the child is under 13, the court added.“This relates to the victim’s respective inability to protect themselves from the sexual appetites of individuals, particularly those in the close environment, and the inherent difficulty of voicing a complaint regarding such traumatic experience,” the court said.Because of her age, the victim was easy prey to people like the defendant, the court said.The criminal court, despite grasping the seriousness of the offence, as well as the need to impose a deterring sentence, had failed to realise this objective by opting for an 18-month sentence.In its view, the court said, the appellate court’s intervention was necessary because it was a manifestly inadequate sentence.It was crucial that the sentence imposed by the court of first instance reflected the need to protect underage victims from prospective offenders given the worrying rise of such crimes, the court said.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 SearchUndoSecurity 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

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Health ministrys mea culpa over autopsy debacle

first_imgThe health ministry conceded on Wednesday that there were shortcomings in the island’s forensic medicine mainly due to the dated administrative structure of the civil service.In a statement following the debacle into the investigation of the death of a 46-year-old woman from Bulgaria who appears to have been mauled to death by dogs, the ministry expressed regret and apologised to the family over the fact that five post-mortems were needed to clear up the matter.“We recognise the problems of the forensics medicine sector, which mainly stem from the administrative structure of the civil service,” the statement said.The ministry said there was a gap in the method of evaluation, a general problem that concerned all health workers assessed on the basis of the public sector’s procedures.Under the current system, longest-serving civil servants are typically regarded as the best suited to move up the administrative ladder and the vast majority are considered ‘exceptional’ in their evaluations.The ministry said the absence of best practices, performance indicators, and quality controls constitute problems that will be resolved as part of the national health scheme.Pending that, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou is seeking solutions to the problem through in-house meetings and talks with external experts.“The minister, who is already considering two possible solutions, will go ahead with corrective measures as soon as possible in consultation with all parties involved,” the statement said without elaborating.Irrespective, if any disciplinary offences arise following the completion of the investigation, the health ministry will carry out the necessary actions, it added.In what has become a major embarrassment for Cyprus, on Monday the attorney-general ordered a fifth post-mortem to be carried out by a foreign pathologist, to be certain there would not be any doubts after the first one gave a different cause of death.Petruna Nikolova arrived in Cyprus a few days before her February 22 death with her partner Ivan Ivanov and stayed in Yeroskipou.She was out searching for work when she was found seriously injured in a field and died on her way to the hospital before being able to tell anyone what had happened.The first autopsy, carried out by state pathologists Angeliki Papetta and Nicolas Charalambous, cited the cause of death as being hemorrhagic shock resulting from multiple injuries, possibly caused by farming equipment.In the meantime, suspicions were raised due to the presence in the area of several rottweilers, prompting a second autopsy by Charalambous in the presence of a vet. That one found her death was “likely caused by dogs”.Two more autopsies were carried out since, one on behalf of her family and one by a pathologist hired by two suspects arrested by police. Both found that her death was caused by dog bites.You May LikeThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Mathiatis groups slam mining companys trojan horse plan to extract gold

first_imgCitizen initiative groups in the Strongylos-Mathiatis region have expressed their opposition to Hellenic Copper Mines’ new request for the removal of mine waste from the area and its restoration, calling it “a trojan horse” for the extraction of remaining gold reserves, which they also oppose.Hellenic Copper Mines has recently submitted a proposal for the removal of mine waste and restoration of Strongylos mine in south Mathiatis, following the rejection of their previous proposal, which also contained plans for the extraction of remaining gold reserves.The rejection of the original plan was made on the basis of the antiquities department’s position regarding the possible existence of ancient artefacts within the mine.The group for the protection of the historic and environmental wealth of Mathiatis as well as the group of residents affected by the reopening of the south Mathiatis mine have called attention to the negative environmental, archaeological and cultural impacts of the mining company’s proposal.The Strongylos mine, which is on the tentative list of Unesco World Heritage Monuments as part of the Troodos Mountain ophiolite – a 90-million-year-old fragment of well-preserved oceanic crust and an excellent example of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit – is about 2km south of Mathiatis community and is a gold mine dating back to 600BC.The groups said that the proposal to move the three stacks of waste and to restore the area with a play area, a park, parking, kiosks, benches and pathways, “involves disrupting the area, altering the geomorphology, cutting tens of pine trees, significant deterioration of the flora and disturbance of the fauna of the region.”The groups referred to the proposed plan as “the trojan horse for the degradation, alteration and destruction of the southern mine’s important and unique natural and cultural landscape, all with the aim of further exploiting the remaining gold reserves in the wider region.”The two groups suggest that it would be in the public interest to create “a model archaeological and environmental park with international recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site”.You May LikeAmiraspantry.comMediterranean Chickpea SaladAmiraspantry.comUndoOrganic Welcome9 Best Drinks For Knee and Joint PainOrganic WelcomeUndoAmazon | Moral PanicRead the novel that will make you rethink your internet securityAmazon | Moral PanicUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Property questions Does private complex need lifeguard

first_imgOur complex has been informed by our administrators that we now need certificates and lifeguards during the operation of our communal pool.Our complex consists of three blocks with a total of 51 private apartments. The area is all fenced and the entry and exit is gated. There are also signs to say that it is private property with no entry signs.Is this really going to be enforced? Or is this a case of our administrators looking to line their own pockets by charging sky high prices and in turn claiming to be the first to enforce this vague law, from which I believe EU law exempts us, but Cyprus government does not?I cannot see that there are enough lifeguards in Cyprus to cover all the complexes. Are other complexes training their own lifeguards and applying for certificates? Or are we the only ones?If Cyprus government enforced this ruling, how would they do this? And if they could, surely it would drive people away from Cyprus and would be devastating to the economy.Looking forward to your reply.Kind regardsWalter Hart I could not agree with you more. It is not enforced but as in most cases if an accident happens, then the authorities might throw the book at you/ the administrative committee. It is a risk that one takes since many/most such ‘private’ pools do not abide by the unworkable regulations.Regards,AP LoizouIn our little complex, we have a homeowner complaining about some of the units being used as holiday rentals. He suggests that we, as the home owners committee, have responsibility for ensuring that the homeowner doing the renting conforms with Cyprus regulations in the matter.Do we indeed have such a responsibility? Our Articles of Association are silent on the matter.Kind regards,G Bond At this point of time there are no regulations regarding rentals. AirBnB and other forms of rentals will be governed by a new law which is still pending. Whether the owners can let or not and under what terms should be addressed in your general agreement. If not there is nothing much you can do I am afraid. If the tenants create nuisance you may have a point against the buyers however.Regards,AP LoizouYou May LikeFunny AndThis Rescue Dog Did The Most Incredible Thing To Save His Adoptive FamilyFunny AndUndoWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader?Warped SpeedUndoAngelino'sAngelino’s Saves You Money On Keurig K-Cup CoffeeAngelino’sUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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More than 30 traffic deaths so far this year Updated

first_imgTWO road deaths in two days has brought the total fatalities this year to 34.Last year, 53 people in total lost their lives in traffic accidents. The latest victim was a 44-year-old motorcyclist, killed on Monday night in Nicosia after he apparently lost control of his bike and crashed into a road barrier.Demetris Andreou died after crashing into the steel barrier on Limassol Avenue in Strovolos at around 5.30pm, police said. He was rushed to Nicosia general hospital where he later died from his injuries. Investigators said it appeared the 44-year-old was not wearing a crash helmet.On Sunday night a 64-year-old woman died in a crash on the Kofinou to Larnaca road. At around 8pm a car driven by a 30-year-old woman from Limassol collided with a motorcycle, which was dragged 250 metres.The passenger on the bike, Emilia Repousi from Greece, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Larnaca hospital while the driver of the bike was treated for severe injuries in the intensive care unit.The car driver suffered from shock and was hospitalised at a private clinic.  Due to the accident the motorway was closed in one direction until 10.30pm.Meanwhile in the north, 57 people were said to have died in road accidents  between January 2017 and August 2018, according to Turkish Cypriot police.Daily Havadis reported on Monday that during this period, 548,000 vehicles were screened during police campaigns and more than 137,000 drivers were caught speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and committing other offences. In 2017, some 15,486 were driving too fast, while in the first eight months of 2018 police recorded more than 10,000.During the past year, 3,672 road accidents resulted in 37 deaths, and this year 20 people died on the roads in the north.  You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchCheck Out These 7 Natural Pain Relief TechniquesHealth & Human ResearchUndoHome Insurance | Search AdsOverpaying for your home insurance?Home Insurance | Search AdsUndoHealthZapGlimpse Of 50 Places No One Is Allowed To VisitHealthZapUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Spehar sounding out parties over talks

first_imgUNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, is currently holding meetings with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties to hear their views on how they see the future of the reunification talks, the Cyprus News Agency said on Thursday.Quoting an unnamed source, CNA said that before flying to New York in January, Spehar is also expected to hold meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.The UNSG’s report on the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate will be presented by Spehar during the third or fourth week of January, according to the same source.On Thursday, Spehar sent invitations to the two leaders and politicians from both communities and to members of the diplomatic community for the end of year reception to be hosted at Ledra Palace on December 11.However, Anastasiades will in Strasbourg during that period, where he will address the European Parliament. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Bank of Cyprus announces first half €18 billion loss

first_imgBank of Cyprus (BoC) on Tuesday reported a €1.8 billion net loss for the first half of the year, impacted by its forced disposal of Greek operations and rising provisions.The bank, forced to seize client deposits to recapitalise in March, was one of three Cypriot lenders forced to sell its Greek operations in March in an attempt to ring-fence the eurozone from contagion from a messy international bailout for the island.Disposal of Greek operations resulted in a loss on disposal of €1.4 billion while impairment of loans was €539 million, BoC said.“The elevated provisioning reflects the continued deterioration in the loan portfolio due to the advancing recession and the ongoing reduction in collateral values in Cyprus.”BoC made a loss of €134 million a year earlier.Since when it has been transformed by the forced acquisition of assets of now-defunct Laiki Bank and the Greek asset disposal this year.CEO John Hourican conceded that the lender was faced with “unprecedented challenges” but the course of action was clear.“Our priority remains to restore investor and customer confidence in the Bank,” he said. “This can only be achieved through our focusing on arresting asset quality deterioration, making progress on non-core disposals and maintaining capital ratios so as to build a strong platform for the safe return of depositors to the Bank.”Based on new Central Bank definitions for non-performing loans the bank had an NPL ratio of 36 per cent in the first half of the year.Bank of Cyprus seized 47.5 per cent of clients’ deposits exceeding €100,000 to recapitalise itself when international lenders discussing a bailout for Cyprus refused to inject cash into the bank.It is the first time in the history of the eurozone crisis that client deposits were tapped to boost regulatory capital. Based on central bank guidelines its core tier 1 capital should exceed 9 per cent.The bank presently has a core tier 1 ratio of 10.5 per cent.“The Group’s Core Tier 1 capital ratio has been restored to 10.5 per cent. The restructuring plans are underway and the Group is taking decisive steps to deal with non-performing loans, strengthen risk management and defend its deposit franchise,” Hourican said.The Group’s total deposits were €17 billion on June 30, 2013 compared with €28.4 billion at the end of the previous year.The drop is primarily due to the disposal of €7.7 billion deposits in Greece and the conversion of €3.8 billion of deposits to equity as per the Bank’s recapitalisation.Deposits in Cyprus account for 85 per cent of Group deposits, Russia, 7 per cent, and deposits in the United Kingdom for 8 per cent. The Bank’s deposit market share in Cyprus was 30 per cent at the end of June.Customer deposits remain the Bank’s primary source of funding and accounted for 51 per cent of assets, while the Bank’s net loans to deposits ratio totalled 140 per cent.Following the absorption of Laiki, Emergency Liquidity Funding was €11.1 billion – some €9 billion came from Laiki.At present, the lender, ELA was €9.8 billion and funding from the European Central bank €1.3 billion.The Bank said it aimed to increase the contribution of deposits towards its funding and to reduce the reliance on funding from Central Banks, and in particular its reliance on ELA.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

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