NEW YORK – Reported by Elite Traveler the private

first_imgNEW YORK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Trump Organization announced that it has closed on its purchase of Doral® Golf Resort & Spa and that the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION has assumed management of the iconic Miami resort. Known for its five championship golf courses, including the legendary Blue Monster, Doral once represented the pinnacle of luxury. By investing over $200 million in capital improvements to the almost-800-acre resort – including its 700 guestrooms, vast ballrooms and meeting facilities, and sprawling spa — the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION will aggressively reposition Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami over the next 18 months, restoring it to the magnificence of its heyday half a century ago. ““Every year, my father and mother would take me to Doral for a weekend. It was the ultimate treat for me. It was beautiful,” recalled Donald J. Trump, chairman and president.“My ambition is to bring Doral back to its first 20 years and then top it by a wide margin,” Trump continued. “When the renovation is complete, Doral will be the greatest resort anywhere in the country. With almost 800 acres in the middle of Miami – and home to the Blue Monster and four other soon-to-be-great courses – nothing will be able to compete with it. This amount of land in this prime a location can never again be assembled.”World-famous golf course architect Gil Hanse will work directly with Trump and the PGA TOUR leadership to completely rebuild the Blue Monster and the other courses. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to renovate the Blue Monster Course at Doral,” stated Hanse. “Few courses on Tour can claim such a long history and can span the generations of Tour players from Nicklaus and Palmer to Woods and Mickelson. We intend to focus on these traditions as we seek to update the course to meet the demands of modern day tournament conditions. We are also pleased to be matching our attention to detail in golf course design with The Trump Organization, with its similar passion for detail, as it seeks to revitalize the entire Doral resort.”TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION has retained WATG and Wimberly Interiors to reimagine the architecture and design with a fresh, relevant vision that capitalizes on Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s prestigious heritage. Donald Trump – along with his daughter, Executive Vice President Ivanka Trump – will closely oversee all aspects of the renovation, which will return Doral Golf Resort & Spa to the apex of luxury and sophistication.“The architectural inspiration for the resort is Spanish Revival, with Floridian details and motifs,” explained Mark Yoshizaki, vice president of WATG and the lead architect. “The property’s facade will be enhanced with coquina stone, elegant outdoor walkways and decorative tile work. We are honored to once again collaborate with Mr. Trump, Ivanka and their team as they expand the Trump brand to this strategic asset, which will be synergistic with his hospitality and golf investments around the globe.”“We are thrilled about this tremendous opportunity to transform Doral with a fresh and relevant vision, mingling the tradition of the Trump brand with the casual elegance of Miami as a destination,” stated Margaret McMahon, managing director of Wimberly Interiors. “The design vision is sophisticated, tailored and chic, including warm Floridian colors and bold details.”The complete renovation will dramatically elevate all aspects of the resort, with luxurious hotel rooms and a greatly enhanced guest experience throughout the public spaces. Renovation of the main building, lodges, conference areas, spa and Champions Pavilion will set a new tone for the resort, while the Members’ Clubhouse will be redesigned to include vastly upgraded facilities and amenities. All four golf courses will be completely rebuilt, and the driving range will be lengthened and expanded to more than twice its current size, making it a world-class facility befitting of the resort and its historic golf legacy.The property will remain fully operational during the renovation, which is expected to conclude in Fall 2013.www.trumphotelcollection.comlast_img read more

BEIJING – Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide Inc

first_imgBEIJING – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) proudly announces the debut of the newly renovated St. Regis Beijing, following the completion of a comprehensive, $27 million renovation and restoration of its 258 guest rooms, 102 luxuriously appointed suites, signature restaurants and public spaces. The St. Regis Beijing also features Danieli’s, one of Beijing’s finest Italian restaurants, a luxurious natural spring water spa, more than 13,114 square feet of meeting and event space and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service. For more than a decade, the award-winning St. Regis Beijing has offered global travelers an unrivaled dimension of luxury, sophistication and bespoke service at the heart of China’s bustling capital city. “We are delighted with the newly renovated St. Regis Beijing. The hotel’s exceptional service, luxurious interiors and sheer beauty make it a perfect fit within the St. Regis brand, beautifully complementing a portfolio which includes The St. Regis Singapore and The St. Regis Shanghai, with several others under development in Bali, Bangkok, Jakarta, Lhasa, Kuala Lumpur, Macao, Osaka and Tianjin,” said Mr. Miguel Ko, President for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. Designed by New York-based Alexandra Champalimaud & Associates, the renovated property combines European style with distinct Chinese design influences to create a unique, luxurious and modern space. The lobby is both inviting and elegant, featuring hand-painted ceilings, pure silk embroidery and custom-made rosewood and lemonwood furnishings. Respecting the heritage of the Orient, Feng Shui designs for the water features of the hotel’s newly landscaped gardens are visually integrated into the design for the renovated Garden Lounge and Garden Court restaurant. In addition to Garden Lounge and Garden Court, the hotel’s line-up of distinguished dining establishments includes Danieli’s, voted “Beijing’s Finest Italian Restaurant,” Astor Grill, Wine Lounge and Celestial Court, offering authentic cuisine from Southern China. The legendary St. Regis Bloody Mary and an enticing array of teas and signature cocktails are served daily in Garden Lounge, where guests can enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening. The Press Club Bar offers a lively, private club-style ambience reminiscent of a bygone era.As part of the renovation, The St. Regis Beijing features 28 additional lavishly appointed St. Regis suites, bringing the total number of suites to 102, or 40 percent of its total room count. Overlooking the property’s tranquil gardens, the luxury accommodations feature extraordinary furnishing including cherry wood armoires, Chinese silk upholstery, fine European tableware, flat-panel LCD televisions and spacious work desks. In addition, WiFi service is available to all guests, throughout the hotel.The St. Regis Beijing houses The St. Regis Spa & Club, the first natural spring water spa in the city of Beijing. Since it opened in September of 2001, this urban sanctuary has featured exceptional services in a calm and exclusive setting. Drawing natural hot spring water from nearly 1,500 feet below the earth’s surface, this 21,480 square-foot facility provides guests with the ultimate spa experience. In its 10 revitalizing treatment rooms, professionally trained therapists deliver various styles of European, Western and Oriental massages, as well as traditional spa therapy treatments.More than 13,114 square feet of meeting and event facilities are available at The St. Regis Beijing, named as one of the best choices for meeting planners in the capital city. Accommodating virtually any type of meeting, conference or social event, the hotel offers a variety of meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology offerings. In addition, the hotel’s elaborate gardens provide a unique and seductive setting for private functions.The St. Regis Beijing features the famed hallmarks of the St. Regis brand including bespoke guest experiences and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service at one of the world’s best addresses. Trained in the English tradition, St. Regis butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guest needs and customizing each guest’s stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.The St. Regis Beijing is located on Jianguomenwai Dajie in the heart of the city’s diplomatic district, near Beijing’s center for upscale shopping and business. Ideally located near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the hotel is within walking distance of the Silk Market, Ritan Park and the historic Beijing International Club.As the brand’s first hotel in Asia Pacific, The St. Regis Beijing has enjoyed a proud legacy of accommodating Beijing’s most prominent guests ever since its debut in October of 1997. In its distinguished 10-year history, The St. Regis Beijing has received extraordinary and consistent recognition from a wide array of prominent global lifestyle and travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Institutional Investor, and Elite Traveler.For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Combining timeless sophistication with modern luxury, the St. Regis brand is uncompromising in its commitment to excellence. Founded by John Jacob Astor with the landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, St. Regis is known for delivering an unrivaled dimension of luxury, bespoke service and refined elegance at the best addresses in the world. The brand plans to further its legacy globally and will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Atlanta-Buckhead, Baha Mar, The Bahamas, Bahía Beach, Puerto Rico, Bal Harbour and Deer Crest in North America, and in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Mexico City and Punta Mita in Latin America. In Asia, St. Regis has announced plans to open properties in Bali, Bangkok, Jakarta, Lhasa, Kuala Lumpur, Macao, Osaka and Tianjin. In the Middle East, St. Regis will expand in Cairo, Doha and Bahrain. Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.last_img read more

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2018 11:41 am PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Super Bowl week to feature Snoop Dogg, J. Lo, Pink, Cardi B FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Pink performs “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Pink will sing the National Anthem before Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, and will perform a concert Friday night at NOMADIC LIVE! at The Armory. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Snoop Dogg will be celebrating Super Bowl week with two of his favourite things: worship and women.The rapper, who is working on a gospel album, will headline BET’s annual pre-Super Bowl gospel concert and the Playboy party in a busy week also featuring performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Cardi B and the Chainsmokers. Super Bowl 52 takes place Sunday at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.The biggest of the stars is Justin Timberlake: Before he headlines the halftime show, he will hold a listening party Thursday at Paisley Park for his new album, “Man of the Woods,” to be released Friday.The week also includes performances by Diddy, DJ Khaled, Kelly Clarkson, Migos, Imagine Dragons, Busta Rhymes, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding and Post Malone.last_img read more

LONDON – British writer Penny Vincenzi whose stor

first_img LONDON – British writer Penny Vincenzi, whose stories of romance, rivalry and family secrets topped bestseller lists, has died. She was 78.Publisher Headline says Vincenzi died peacefully Sunday. The cause of death wasn’t given.Vincenzi worked as a journalist before publishing her first novel “Old Sins,” in 1989. Her 17 novels and two story collections sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Her last book, “A Question of Trust,” was published in 2017.Her four daughters said in a statement Tuesday that she was “a true trailblazer” who broke down barriers. Fellow novelist Sophie Kinsella said Vincenzi was “like one of her own novels: once you were in her company you didn’t want to say goodbye.”She is survived by daughters Polly Harding, Sophie Cornish, Emily Gunnis and Claudia Vincenzi. Bestselling British novelist Penny Vincenzi dead at 78 by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 8:38 am PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Rep EDM star Avicii has died in

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28. . by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 10:30 am PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28.last_img

An array of voices Five highlights from the Polar

first_imgAn array of voices: Five highlights from the Polaris Music Prize short list by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2018 7:14 am PDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Daniel Caesar performs at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March 25, 2018. Performers singing in at least five languages are among this year’s diverse selection of Polaris Music Prize nominees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck center_img TORONTO – A dizzying array of musicians from distinctly different backgrounds round out this year’s selection of Polaris Music Prize nominees.Ten contenders were revealed for the $50,000 award, which goes to the best album from a Canadian artist or band. Among them is “Antisocialites” the second release from dream pop band Alvvays and “Freudian,” the breakout debut by R&B singer Daniel Caesar.Others on the short list include operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher’s “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa,” where he duets with recordings captured in the Wolastoq language over a century ago and a punchy effort from rock band Weaves.The Polaris winner is chosen by a large team of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers, irrespective of genre or sales, and will be announced on Sept. 18 at a gala presentation held at Toronto’s Carlu. A webcast will be hosted by CBC Music.Here’s a look at several highlights from the full list of nominees:CAESAR’S REIGN: Rarely does a performer soar to the heights of Daniel Caesar in less than a year, but the Oshawa, Ont.-raised R&B singer’s debut “Freudian” was received like few other albums in recent memory. Its tender, soulful tracks created buzz on streaming music services before it captured the hearts of Grammy voters — scoring two nominations at the most recent awards show. The singer, born Ashton Simmonds, also sold out five nights in Toronto last December, making it seem like he almost came out of nowhere for many music listeners. His rise proves that while his fan base might be under the radar, but his music certainly isn’t.INDIGENOUS HISTORY: Two potent albums on the Polaris list dig up archival recordings from very different sources to spotlight for the damage levelled on Indigenous communities over the years. The Snotty Nose Rez Kids, a Vancouver-based duo, draw on audio samples from cartoons and Oprah’s talk show to provide a framework for their raps about racism in Canada on “The Average Savage.” Jeremy Dutcher’s debut album, “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa,” finds parallels between the trained operatic singer’s voice and audio captured nearly a century ago of his ancestors. Dutcher, who was raised partly in the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, sings the album entirely in the endangered Wolastoq language in hopes of preserving its roots.QUEBECOIS PRESENCE: Sounds from la belle province this year showcase a thriving community that can’t be pinned to one genre. The pensive and insular second album from pianist Jean-Michel Blais, “Dans ma main,” was recorded almost entirely between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Bursts of glam rock and sometimes jovial French pop carry Hubert Lenoir’s “Darlene,” an album that mainly tells the story of a young woman who falls for an American guy who visits Quebec City with a plan to commit suicide by jumping from Montmorency Falls. Congolese-Canadian Pierre Kwenders takes a totally different path on “Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time,” a punchy album sung in four languages and flavoured with inspirations from hip hop, electronic, and Afropop music.STONER ANTHEMS: Whether it’s singing about marijuana or playing into the dreamy world it inspires, a number of Polaris nominees find themes appropriately timed to the legalization of marijuana, set for this fall. Indie grunge duo Partner, from Sackville, N.B., open their debut album “In Search of Lost Time” with the song “Everybody Knows,” all about paranoid weed smokers, while Toronto pop rockers Alvvays drift into their own fantasies on “Antisocialites,” a collection of jangly guitar tracks led by singer Molly Rankin’s mesmerizing voice. It’s the second time the band has been up for the Polaris prize, after their 2014 debut scored a nomination as well.BACK AGAIN: Other contenders this year have experienced the embrace of the Polaris jury before, including Toronto-based expat Meghan Remy, who performs as U.S. Girls. She was in the running two years ago and returns with her 2018 album “In A Poem Unlimited,” a collaborative effort with other local musicians that explores the nuances of gender and politics. Only a year after first being shortlisted for the Polaris, Weaves is back with sharper compositions and more focused ideas on their second album “Wide Open.” Two of the tracks include the punctuation of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, who took home the Polaris prize in 2014.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Bobby Orr is pictured in a Toronto hotel room as h

first_img Bobby Orr is pictured in a Toronto hotel room as he promotes his new book “Bobby: My Story in Pictures,” on Monday, October 29, 2018. Orr doesn’t like the look of the NHL labour clouds forming on the horizon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – Bobby Orr provided hockey one of its most iconic pictures with his flying, horizontal celebration after scoring the winning goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup final.The Bruins defenceman beat St. Louis Blues goalie Glenn Hall from the lip of the crease just 40 seconds into overtime of Game 4 to complete the sweep and send fans at the old Boston Garden into a frenzy.Orr remembers the moment well — the joy on the Hall of Famer’s face is woven into the sport’s fabric — but as he explains in his new book “Bobby: My Story in Pictures,” a photo differs from a memory.“It represents a single moment in time,” Orr writes. “When you look at a picture, you might think at first that you’re just looking at a person, or maybe a place or some object.“But really, you’re looking at a time.”In his new book out this week, Orr shares plenty of his own intimate moments in time.There are photos of his parents, pictures from his childhood growing up in Parry Sound, Ont., the start of his hockey career, his triumphs, heartbreaks, and life following a premature retirement at age 30 because of injury.“It was a fun process,” Orr said in an interview with The Canadian Press this week. “A trip down memory lane. Seeing old friends, being able to put some of them in there was great.”The 70-year-old Orr also wrote a 2013 autobiography titled “Orr: My Story,” but said the new book gives readers the opportunity to experience what shaped him through pictures.“I wish I could have put more photos in there,” he said. “Seeing everything was nice.”There are the ones of his father on a Corvette in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War — including an outdoor hockey game with shipmates during some down time — and his mom and dad in a canoe passing the camera back and forth to take pictures of each other.There are shots of grandparents, hockey buddies, siblings, and personal family moments with his wife, Peggy, and their sons.“We had tons of photos,” Orr said. “Then we had to whittle it down.“It took a long, long time.”There’s the picture of Orr and a Bruins teammate on the shoulders of wrestler Andre (The Giant) Roussimoff, another of the time he played golf with comedian Bob Hope, LPGA star Juli Inkster and former U.S. President Gerald Ford.“It was a round that you didn’t want to end,” Orr recalled with a smile. “We laughed for five straight hours.”The overtime goal in 1970 is presented in three frames, but there’s another lesser-known picture of Hall and Blues defenceman Noel Picard, the player who helped launch Orr in the air, with their heads bowed as the crowd focuses on the Bruins’ celebration.“Their attention is directed towards the corner of the ice at the exact moment,” he writes of Boston fans. “I am on the bottom of the pile.“That’s the winning part of this moment in time.”But not all of the moments in the book involve good memories.There’s a picture of Orr in a Canada jersey before the 1972 Summit Series, which he would miss because of his troublesome knee. There’s also one of him putting on a brace and of the MRIs of his knees, while the book’s cover has him seated in an empty locker-room wearing shorts to emphasize the scars from his surgeries.Orr won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman eight straight times between 1968 and 1975, took the Hart Trophy three straight years as league MVP (1970-72) and grabbed the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top playoff performer in Boston’s Cup victories in both 1970 and 1972.He’s still the only defenceman to win the scoring title, doing it in both 1970 and 1975, but wound up playing only 657 games — with a mere 36 total coming in his final three seasons because of his knees.Orr scored 270 goals and 645 assists for 915 points with Boston and Chicago, where he finished his career in 1978.“It wasn’t hard,” he said of including pictures documenting difficult life moments. “(But) you sit and think, ‘What could I have done, what should I have done.’ You go through all that.”Orr does wonder what might have been if medicine were different in the 1970s or if he had suited up in a later era.“I wish I would have played longer,” he said. “My style didn’t help. I liked to have the puck a lot. When you have the puck a lot in our game, you’re going to be hit.”The book’s last 60 pages focus on Orr’s life after hockey. There are pictures with friends, including Don Cherry, and fellow athletes.But Orr said it’s no coincidence the book begins and ends with chapters dedicated to his loved ones.“It’s about how important family is,” he said. “There are lessons for everybody.“I just hope they enjoy it.”—“Bobby: My Story in Pictures,” Bobby Orr, Penguin Random House Canada, 213 pages, $37.00.Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Orr shares life in and out of hockey in new book “Bobby: My Story in Pictures”center_img by Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2018 6:50 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

September 2 2009 Congratulations to the Jul

first_imgSeptember 2, 2009 Congratulations to the July 26. 2009 Workshop participants for successfully completing the Arcosanti program! [left to right] Jason Kipp, Claudia Ardolino, Ander Bilbao, Claudia Cimino, Pasquale Lacovone, and Filippo Bazzoni. Claudia Ardolino will start an internship in planning and construction. [photo: sa & text: Anna Tran]last_img

Earth still adhearing to the concrete was washed a

first_imgEarth still adhearing to the concrete was washed away with water. – Roger TomaltyThis report continues on 8/12/2013. August 9, 2013This continues our report about participants in the last 2 workshops who worked on light weight earth cast panels as part of their Phoenix field trips.[photos by Aimee Madsen, text by Roger Tomalty]After curing for over a week the panel pieces were carefully lifted from the earth form. last_img

November 4 2015Here are is a photo selection of c

first_imgNovember 4, 2015Here are is a photo selection of costumes from last Saturday’s Halloween party.[photos by Sue Kirsch]The theme of this years dress-up was MAD SCIENTISTS and the party took place in a terrifically decorated Lab Building.The “Joker”, “Black Dahlia” and “Cat Woman”The “Lumber Jack” and ErinIn the Vaults before the partyRowan and Sasha were “Green Spiders”NickDr. Sparks as a “Black Widow”Colleen, Rowan and Pete“Cat Woman” and visiting alumna Segolin.last_img

Cyprus ranks high on freedom of political rights and civil liberties

first_imgCyprus ranked 19th out of 195 countries for its high level of political rights and civil liberties in 2016, higher than France and the US, which came in at 27th and 28th place respectively.The island scored 94 points out of 100 compared to 90 points for France and 89 for the US, 84 in Greece, 89 in Italy and 84 in Greece, which came in 36th place. Finland, Norway and Sweden were the top three with 100 out of 100.The Freedom in the World Index from Freedom House’s annual report on political rights and civil liberties showed that the level of rights in Turkey dropped 28 per cent due to the security and political repercussions of an attempted coup in July, which led the government to declare a state of emergency and carry out mass arrests and firings of civil servants, academics, journalists, opposition figures, and other perceived enemies. Turkey was in 108th place for 2016 with only 38 points out of 100.“The troubling impression created by the year’s headline events is supported by the latest findings of Freedom in the World. A total of 67 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties in 2016, compared with 36 that registered gains. This marked the 11th consecutive year in which declines outnumbered improvements,” the report said.“In fact, Free countries accounted for a larger share of the countries with declines than at any time in the past decade, and nearly one-quarter of the countries registering declines in 2016 were in Europe.”Although the report talks at length about the rising dangers of populism in the EU and in the US with the election of Donald Trump, this does not explain why countries in the bloc have registered declines in freedom over the past decade, before the rise of populist politicians.Similarly the US scored 90 in the previous year’s report and 89 last year. It its last report, Freedom House did single out the US for having received a downward trend arrow in 2015 because of the cumulative impact of flaws in the electoral system, a disturbing increase in the role of private money in election campaigns and the legislative process, legislative gridlock, the failure of the Obama administration to fulfill promises of enhanced government openness, and fresh evidence of racial discrimination and other dysfunctions in the criminal justice system.In the previous report, Cyprus’ score was unchanged at 94 points.The scores are used to determine two numerical ratings, for political rights and civil liberties, with a rating of 1 representing the most free conditions – Cyprus gets a 1 in each category. The number 7 is the least free. A country or territory’s political rights and civil liberties ratings then determine whether it has an overall status of Free, Partly Free, or Not Free, according to the report.The number of countries designated as Free in the world stands at 87, representing 45 per cent of the world’s 195 polities and approximately 2.9 billion people—or 39 per cent of the global population.The number of countries qualifying as Partly Free stood at 59, or 30 per cent of all countries assessed, and they were home to nearly 1.9 billion people, or 25 per cent of the world’s total.A total of 49 countries were deemed Not Free, representing 25 per cent of the world’s polities. The number of people living under Not Free conditions stood at just over 2.6 billion people, or 36 per cent of the global population, “though it is important to note that more than half of this number lives in just one country: China”.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish 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

Cyprus developing into an important energy hub says minister

first_imgCYPRUS can develop into an important energy hub in the Mediterranean, transport minister Marios Demetriades said on Thursday, adding that government policy will include Cyprus’ future maritime transport needs for the island’s hydrocarbons.“Our objective for the future is to consolidate and further develop our role in world shipping and to provide the adequate conditions for a sustainable growth of the shipping sector in Cyprus,” Demetriades said, addressing the opening in Limassol of the East Med Marine and Oil & Gas Exhibition.The minister said that Cyprus has been firmly established as a reputable international maritime centre combining both a sovereign flag and a resident shipping industry which is renowned for its high quality services and standards of safety, adding that the Cyprus Ship Registry today ranks among the leading registries internationally and has the third largest fleet within the European Union.Furthermore, he noted that the discovery of hydrocarbons places new challenges to Cyprus’ shipping industry and creates new prospects for the country and its economy, and a whole new industry is currently emerging in Cyprus to meet the needs of the offshore activities.“Cyprus has the potential to develop into an important energy centre in the Mediterranean. Offshore exploration and production of gas and oil, as well as their transportation ashore, require the operation of specialised ships and equipment and the supply of specialised supporting services. These new developments are very promising and widen the horizons of our shipping industry, creating relevant synergies,” the minister noted.Besides being a successful shipping centre, he said, Cyprus fulfils the criteria to become a trade hub in the region, as well as a transhipment centre for the Europe-Far East trade, due to its strategic location.(CNA)You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Water cuts in Famagusta area from Tuesday

first_imgWater supply in the Famagusta district will be restricted from Tuesday, the Ayia municipality announced on Monday.Officials said there was a problem with the central pipeline running through the Larnaca-Dhekelia road.The municipality said that the cuts on Tuesday would last from 7am to 7pm leaving the whole district with a restricted supply.The cuts will continue until the fault is fixed. A municipality official could not say when that might be but hoped the fault would be fixed within a couple of days. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo 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

Reports say plans to repopulate northern village abandoned

first_imgTurkish Cypriot authorities have said that residents of a village in the north that had to be abandoned after it was included in a military zone won’t be going back before a settlement of the Cyprus problem, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Monday.Yeni Duzen reported in March that the Turkish military had begun clearing the once-mixed village of Ayia Marina (Gurpinar) which would have allowed its former Maronite and Turkish Cypriot residents to move in, although no specific deadline was given.Reports said that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had promised Maronite former residents that they would be returning.It had been rumoured at the time that settlement would begin in two to three months, but that was dismissed as speculation since a lot of houses needed repairs and the necessary infrastructure was absent, Yeni Duzen said.In 1963, 400 Maronites and 65 Turkish Cypriots lived together in the village, which is located between Morphou and Nicosia.Around 1,000 Maronites and 300 Turkish Cypriots are recognised as being from Ayia Marina.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

Nissi beach ranks third in Instagram postings

first_imgNissi Beach in Ayia Napa has been ranked third among social network Instagram’s most popular and most-photographed beaches.In an announcement, Ayia Napa municipality said that with 124,910 photos, Nissi Beach was recently ranked third as the most popular and multi-photographed beach on Instagram.The survey on the social media network where people post photos, was done by the well-known Globehunters website.https://www.globehunters.com/blog/europe-s-most-instagrammed-beaches.htmIn the first 60 places there are also three more beaches in the Famagusta area: Fig Tree Bay in 20th place, Konnos in 40th and Makronisos in 53th place, the municipality said.According to the announcement, the president of the Famagusta Tourist Development Company, Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos welcomed the fact that yet again the beaches in the Famagusta district have been proved popular. You May LikeHyreCarDoorDash Delivery: How to Earn Up To $1,000 Every Week!HyreCarUndoThePhotoStickHow To Keep Your Photos And Videos SafeThePhotoStickUndoHonest To PawsHere’s One Genius Trick Nobody Ever Told You AboutHonest To PawsUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Anastasiades says UN did not put out feelers about envoy

first_imgPRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday that the United Nations Secretariat did not put out feelers for sending an emissary to Nicosia specifically from June 9 to 12.He was responding to earlier reports, which citing a UN source said that the international organization had sounded out the two sides in Cyprus for sending Jane Holl Lute to the island on those dates.“No. What happened, and this is well known, is that we were sounded out as to whether we consented to the appointment of a special envoy who would explore the terrain…so that the UN Secretary General would decide on whether to call a new conference on Cyprus.”Anastasiades was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event taking place at the Russian embassy to celebrate the National Day of Russia.To date, Turkey has not given the nod to Lute’s appointment.Also on Thursday, Anastasiades attended an event at the High Commission of the United Kingdom celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth.In his address, the president spoke of the ‘close ties’ between the two nations and their peoples.On the Brexit negotiations, he stated:“Cyprus is part of the consultations and process currently underway. To this end, I take this opportunity to reiterate our sincere commitment to support the efforts in establishing a mutually beneficial future partnership between the EU and UK, as well as to work closely with Her Majesty’s Government towards ensuring that our two countries forge an even closer and reinforced bilateral relation.”You May LikeGoGoPeak10 Tips to Quickly Improve Your PhotosGoGoPeakUndoThe-best-life.xyzTop 7 Greatest Natural Wonders On EarthThe-best-life.xyzUndoTopix29 Dogs Living Their Best LivesTopixUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos ecologists raise concerns over high rises

first_imgThe Paphos Committee of the Ecologists Movement on Friday expressed its deep concern over Paphos municipality’s decision to allow the construction of high-rise buildings in the city.The committee was particularly critical of the decision to erect tall buildings in an area not suited to the structures.In a press release, the members argued that without notice or public consultation certain economic interests are preventing the reactions of residents and organised groups.The committee also criticised Limassol municipality as they have decided to build a high-rise building right next to the municipal park.The first building licences in for coastal developments in Paphos have already been granted.The movement said questions remain unanswered on the environmental impact of the high rises and their effect on traffic.The statement said that one of the aspects of Paphos that makes it stand out as a city is its scenery and the construction of high-rise buildings so close to the coastal front will inevitably detract from that.The committee said decisions that have a great impact on the future of the city should be informed and publicly consulted and that a local referendum should be a possibility as the residents themselves should be given the chance to vote on them.You May LikeDirectExposeMan Purchases 42 School Buses For $300 And Buries Them UndergroundDirectExposeUndoScience101Do You Own One Of These Smartest Dog Breeds In The World?Science101UndoLifeInTheGoldenYears.com11 Most Difficult Dogs To RaiseLifeInTheGoldenYears.comUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police launch traffic light campaign

first_imgPolice launched a week-long campaign on Monday on traffic lights, to stamp down on those driving through red lights and creeping over lines.This will be the sixth such campaign this year, police said, as part of efforts for the prevention and reduction of road accidents, but also raise road safety awareness among drivers.The campaign will continue until Sunday.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo 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

Ministerial decree settles coop pay dispute

first_imgThe finance minister yesterday issued a decree that sets the pay cuts in the co-op sector, thus settling a dispute with the bank workers union ETYK, which disagreed with the scale of the reductions.Talks between ETYK and the Central Co-operative Bank (CCB) over scale of salary cuts of its 300 members broke down, with the union accusing the CCB of blackmailing its members.The matter was resolved by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades who issued a decree setting the cuts at the same level that was agreed with other unions.“Because there has been no agreement with ETYK regarding the minimum wage cut of 15 per cent, it was necessary to solve the problem in another way, in the framework that has already been agreed,” as part of the island’s bailout, CCB board chairman Nicolas Hadjiyiannis said.The decree, he said, included the terms agreed with the employees of the broader cooperative banking sector, totaling 2,700, who are represented by trade unions SEK, PEO and PASYDY.“After this, we can proceed immediately with the implementation of the voluntary early retirement programme, in order to give the employees the opportunity to make their choices,” he said. “The implementation of a very ambitious but necessary five-year scheme for the rationalisation of expenditure, totaling €300 million, is starting.”Reduction of expenditure will be achieved through the minimum 15 per cent cut in payroll, from savings stemming from the early retirement programme in the medium-term, and generous cuts in operational expenses, he said.ETYK had threatened with industrial action and its reaction remains to be seen.The CCB official said there aim was not to fight with the unions.“There is a common interest for the employees and the shareholders, and for everyone, and I do not see any substantive issues that divide us and ETYK, or the other trade unions, with which we have a sincere cooperation,” he said.Following a deal clinched recently, workers at cooperative credit institutions took a 3.0 per cent cut on salaries across the board.Their unions also agreed to additional tiered salary cuts ranging from 8.0 per cent to 25 per cent.The agreements did not apply to employees of the CCB who are all members of ETYK, with which the CCB board had been holding separate talks.After negotiations between the CCB and ETYK broke down last week, the former threatened to begin layoffs unilaterally.The CCB brass said it would ask each of the 300 employees to respond whether they individually accepted either the proposed pay cuts or a redundancy scheme sidelining ETYK.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo 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