Congratulations to the three lucky winners of Trav

first_imgCongratulations to the three lucky winners of Travel Monitor’s Keith Urban Competition!Heading to see Keith Urban at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne is Rhonda Smith from Executive Edge Travel; off to the Sydney show at the new ICC at Darling Harbour is Janelle Anderson from Moss Vale Cruise and Travel; and making her way to Brisbane Entertainment Centre is Rondell Herriot from Saizen Tours.Thank you to everyone who entered – we’ll have more fantastic competitions on the new-look Travel Monitor in 2017! CompetitionsFun Stufflast_img

8Hotels has launched the worlds first astrology h

first_img8Hotels has launched the world’s first astrology hotel in Sydney. The Ultimo Hotel in Haymarket features ‘everything star-struck travellers need’ and offers guests the chance to explore the city based on their sign.In partnership with leading astrologer Damian Rocks, The Ultimo has created unique experiences throughout the hotel to make guests feel aligned to their astrological sign, with city guides recommending the best ‘Gastrology’ (places to eat and drink) and ‘Experiology’ (things to see and do) destinations for each star sign. There are also zodiac appropriate ‘Do not Disturb’ signs, daily horoscopes, slippers in matching zodiac designs, as well as monthly updated horoscopes on the website.After a recent refurbishment, the boutique hotel features 95 rooms across seven categories, from cosy Ultimo Single to spacious Ultimo Courtyard. Stars Like You Astro Packages, complimentary Wi-Fi, a barista coffee station, Astrolo-tea specially selected to match guests’ zodiac signs and an astrology library round out the experience in the vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood.The Ultimo Hotel is offering 20% discount off its Astrology packages for the months of February and March. Email for bookings.Images: Nikki To 8HotelsastrologyThe Ultimo Hotellast_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Since completing his collegiate

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Since completing his collegiate career at Arizona State in 2010, Kerry Taylor has worn a lot of different NFL uniforms.The former Hamilton High star has donned the jerseys of the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. However, Taylor hasn’t been able to suit up most Sundays.Such is the plight of the practice squad player — a role Taylor has known all too well. After New England released him from the practice squad last September, Taylor hooked on with the Arizona Cardinals and even got the chance to dress for the season finale against the 49ers, although he didn’t play in the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img – / 13 Taylor has looked good in training camp thus far, and notices something different with this camp as opposed to the others he’s participated in.“This is the first camp where I’ve been given a real opportunity,” Taylor said Tuesday. “The numbers have been in my favor this time around and I’ve just got to make the most of the opportunity. I feel really comfortable with the offense and I have a good opportunity here to make things happen.”The Cardinals released their first preseason depth chart Monday, and Taylor is listed as the fourth receiver behind veterans Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts and second-year pro Michael Floyd. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 24-year-old has been sidelined the last two days with a minor hamstring injury.As far as the depth chart, Taylor isn’t all that concerned about where he is on the coaching staff’s pecking order right now.“I don’t really worry about that stuff,” he said. “I just try to come out every day and work as hard as I can. Numbers change, people are going to be here, people aren’t going to be here, so hopefully I’ll still be in the same spot when camp ends.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo One way to ensure that he’ll make the final 53-man roster is to impress in the preseason games. Head coach Bruce Arians mentioned Taylor as a player who could possibly return in time for the Cardinals’ preseason opener Friday in Green Bay against the Packers.“It’s one of those things where if it was a regular game, it might be a little different. You never know what the training staff wants you to do,” he said. “I’m just trying to get back as fast as a I can, but making smart decisions at the same time.” last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The last time Sean Weatherspoon took the field for a regular season NFL game was Dec. 15, 2013. He made one tackle before leaving with a knee injury that cost him the remainder of the year, and then the following offseason he ruptured an Achilles tendon during an OTA practice.Needless to say, getting out on the field Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 1 matchup with the New Orleans Saints carries some added significance for the former Atlanta Falcon. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals’ Sean Weatherspoon (55) walks past Damond Smith (42) during an NFL football organized team activity Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img “It’s fun,” Weatherspoon said. “I thought I’d be preparing for Drew Brees last year Week 1 and I wasn’t. So I’m just taking it one day at a time and coming out here getting from my coach and just continuing to work, get more reps in practice and just having fun with it.“I’m just going to be preparing to go out there and do whatever they ask me to do on defense. I’m just thankful.”Weatherspoon signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals with the idea that he could provide the team some impact play at a position of need while rehabilitating his image and reputation in the NFL. It’s not that he is viewed as an unproductive player — he has amassed 336 total tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 47 games as a pro — but rather, he has understandably been seen as a guy who just could not stay healthy.He dealt with a hamstring injury for most of training camp, finally getting on the field and making his preseason debut last week against the Denver Broncos. He played into the third quarter of that game, finishing with three tackles.Weatherspoon said it felt great to play football again, and for the Cardinals, getting the former first-round pick healthy will add to a linebacker group that enters the season with some question marks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   “It’s great, you see him running around starting to play, he’s getting his confidence back, getting his game legs going, got more and more snaps as the week went on,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said of what it means to have ‘Spoon back on the field. “All that does is it just helps us in a rotation with guys. Helps with depth overall, and he’s going to have some packages. He’s going to be in there rolling and playing.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, in fact, said Weatherspoon is slated to be a backup in about six packages and a starter in another, meaning he will have a “major role” in the team’s effort Sunday against the Saints.Weatherspoon, though, is less concerned about how much he will be play than he is about just being able to. It’s been a while.“I’m ready for whatever,” he said. “That’s it.”last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Gallery could not load. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Never does it finish happily for him,” Reddick said of opposing QBs.He sprinted 10 yards in 1.64 seconds and pushed through 1,500 pounds of heavy bags in 1.36 seconds. The heavy bags time was the fastest that Sports Science had recorded in the last five combines, they said.The staffers also recorded Reddick producing 2,000 microvolts of electricity in his legs, so if you were hoping that the Cardinals would draft an electric player on defense, well, they did — literally.The “Sports Science” folks project the 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker’s ceiling to be similar to five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Reddick better hope he lives up to the hype, because he’s going to owe those television producers some money for a new crash test dummy.When asked whether he felt bad about hitting the dummy by Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Reddick replied, “Not at all, not at all.” Comments   Share   Before the Cardinals selected Temple linebacker Haason Reddick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, he appeared on ESPN’s “Sports Science” and turned some heads.Or, in the case of a crash test dummy, he knocked a head loose from its body.The No. 13 overall draft selection told host John Brinkus that in Temple’s 14 games last year, the opposing starting quarterback finished the game only twice. Maybe that was partly because of Reddick’s explosive speed and power. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img 9 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona legend Kurt Warner gave his thoughts on the team’s quarterback situation during an interview on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.“It’s always more pressure when you’ve got a guy looking over your shoulder and you’ve got people clamoring for the young guy,” Warner said. “You’re in a situation where you know everybody wants to start the future. Now that doesn’t mean that they don’t want Sam (Bradford) to play right now and have a great season, it’s just that we know this guy is the future.”Related LinksGov. Doug Ducey talks Bradford-Rosen debate, stadiums and Arizona sportsQB Josh Rosen will play ‘when the time is right,’ Cardinals GM saysArizona Cardinals defense may have to trigger first win of seasonBradford faced two tough defenses to start the season with Washington and Los Angeles. Both teams finished top-four in passes defended last season and are headlined by star defensive backs Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Josh Norman. The Cardinals’ difficult schedule will continue on Sunday when they face a Chicago defense that leads the NFL in sacks through two games.Still, Bradford’s role with the Cardinals is threatened by the young gun waiting in the background. There’s no telling when Rosen’s professional journey will begin, but the window is opening for a sooner opportunity with Bradford struggling. Through Bradford’s first two starts, the Cardinals rank dead last in both first downs and third down conversions with 19 and 4 respectively. “[Rosen] is the guy that we expect to lead our franchise for the next decade or so, so when does that era start,” Warner said. “You’re caught between wanting to play great football but also knowing if you have one of those games where you’re trying to play confident and things just don’t go your direction. It could easily not be your fault, right? Now Sam’s in a tough spot to figure out how to play football now with the guys around him and the situation that he’s in so he can continue to play and do what this team needs him to do to win.”Rosen has yet to log any minutes for Arizona in the regular season, but he connected on 16-of-29 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown through two preseason games. Bradford will likely retain the starting position in the near future, but the team’s recent struggles may force head coach Steve Wilks’ into a change of direction moving forward. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner reacts after the NFL NFC championship football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 32-25. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been a rough start to the season for the Arizona Cardinals, who’ve dropped their first two games by an average margin of 26 points. In his first two games in Glendale, quarterback Sam Bradford has put up just 243 yards on a completion rate of 60.7 percent.Waiting in his shadow is rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who was taken with the tenth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The UCLA phenom finished his senior campaign with 3756 passing yards on a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 26-to-10.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter British Airways is lau

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBritish Airways is launching a new service to the French Alpine city of Chambery from Stansted and extending its Berlin service through the winter.The airline started flying from Stansted for the first time in May this year, adding a fourth London airport to its network. Summer-only flights to Berlin, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma were due to operate until the end of October. But Berlin will continue through the winter and services to Faro and Malaga will be extended until 20 November.The new twice-weekly service to Chambery will start on 16 December, complementing the British Airways service from London City Airport which operates three times a week increasing to a daily service over the Christmas and New Year period. Chambery is a gateway to many of the popular Alpine ski resorts in the area.Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ General Manager Commercial and Customer said: “Our flights from Stansted have proved so popular with customers that we wanted to continue flying through the winter.  The introduction of the new service to Chambery also gives skiers and winter sports enthusiasts a gateway to one of the best Alpine snow regions direct from their doorstep.”Mats Sigurdson, Stansted’s Aviation Director, said: “It’s fantastic news for passengers that British Airways will continue to offer flights during the winter season to Berlin plus launch an exciting new route to Chambery to serve the Alpine ski resorts of France. “The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and recognition of the strong demand that exists across the region and will provide passengers with even more opportunities to fly from their local airport this winter.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

This winter to celebrate the upcoming 100th annive

first_imgThis winter to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s first visit to Rome, Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Russie has created a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view some of the Spanish painter’s work in an intimate setting without going to a museum.Picasso and poet Jean Cocteau first stayed at Hotel de Russie in February 1917 when preparing to stage the first ever Cubist ballet. During his three-month stay in Rome, Picasso enjoyed the heritage of the city and immediately became part of Rome’s vibrant artistic scene, as guests will discover through this exclusive experience. The friends occupying adjoining rooms (what is now the Picasso Suite) would lean out of the windows to pick oranges from the garden. Since this time the hotel has quietly built up a small collection of his work.The first exhibit, which is currently on display features a collection of ceramics Picasso created when he was living in Provence; the second, from 20 January to 28 February 2017, will consist of a collection of engravings called “La Célestine”: a series of dry-points, etchings and aquatints that illustrate the 16th-century satirical tragedy attributed to the Spanish author Fernando de Rojas.For Picasso lovers wanting more, guests of Hotel de Russie can embark on a tour taking local cultural spots such as Via Margutta, Piazza di Spagna, Trinità dei Monti, Villa Medici, as well as an insider-only visit to the studio Picasso worked from in Via Margutta, just a few steps away from the hotel. And of course the Picasso Suite.Recently refurbished by Olga Polizzi, the Picasso Suite stands as a memory of the artist’s time spent in the Eternal City. Inspired by his signature style, the suite is decorated in cheerful yellow and purple tones, with lithographs and Picasso folio books, handcrafted tapestry cushions and some of his most famous paintings printed on pillows.last_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Lanesborough, offering distinguished residential-style service in elegant surroundings, announces the debut of The Lanesborough Suite, opening in May 2011. Designed by world-renowned designer Alberto Pinto, the namesake suite reflects a perfect blend of 19th century elegance and contemporary sophistication.One of the largest and most opulent accommodations in London, The Lanesborough Suite serves as a retreat for world leaders, captains of industry and renowned celebrities. In excess of 4000 square feet, the suite boasts four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen and a dining room ideal for those looking to entertain. Guests also enjoy floor to ceiling windows and sweeping views of Wellington Arch and Green Park.“Since opening The Lanesborough 20 years ago, we have been committed to surpassing our guests’ expectations and The Lanesborough Suite is poised to continue this tradition,” said Geoffrey Gelardi, Managing Director of The Lanesborough. “Alberto Pinto has the talent and vision to complement the unique residential style that makes The Lanesborough a favorite destination in London.”Mr. Pinto’s eclectic approach to residential decor has made him one of the most celebrated interior designers in the world. With a clientele that includes royalty and heads of state, Mr. Pinto is best-known for designing in atypical places, including large yachts and private jets. His classic vision perfectly complements the tastes and aesthetic of The Lanesborough.All guests of The Lanesborough Suite benefit from the property’s distinguished and uncompromised service, including a complimentary chauffeur driven Rolls Royce Phantom and 24-hour butler service. Among these many other inclusive amenities is the recently introduced cutting-edge IPTV Mac mini read more

Mexico City Mexico — According to published repor

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — According to published reports, Mexico President Felipe Calderon named Gloria Guevara as the new minister of tourism, putting her in charge of developing an industry that is the country’s third- biggest source of dollar inflows.According to Bloomberg, Guevara, who previously was chief executive officer of Sabre Holdings Corp.’s Mexican unit, replaces Rodolfo Elizondo who served as tourism minister since 2003.“This will be of great importance to design effective strategies to attract visitors and consequently generate more jobs and well-being for Mexicans,” Calderon told reporters today in Mexico City.Mexico over the past decade has worked to establish itself as a premier destination for elite travelers. It’s many international airports have improved facilities for private jets and in its various resort areas there has been significant expansion in luxury resorts, golf courses, spas, marinas and real estate developments. This premium product has attracted high spending private jet setters who spend as much as $250,000 to $500,000 in a single visit between refueling, hotels, dining, shopping, activities and the like.Guevara has master’s degrees in marketing from the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Sabre, which manages software for travel Web sites used by hotels, airlines and rental agencies, handles 71 percent of Mexican hotel, airline and car rental reservations, newspaper Excelsior reported today.Mexico’s biggest sources of dollar inflows are oil sales and remittances from workers living abroad.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Shannen Doherty will guest star in the

first_img NEW YORK — Shannen Doherty will guest star in the season four premiere of “Riverdale ,” which is set to honour Luke Perry.The show’s executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, made the announcement Sunday at Comic-Con in San Diego. Perry played Doherty’s love interest on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” On “Riverdale,” he played Fred Andrews, the father of lead character Archie Andrews.Doherty’s casting on “Riverdale,” said Aguirre-Sacasa, is something Perry was rooting for since season one.Her role is described as “pivotal” and “super-emotional.”The episode will air Oct. 9 on The CW.Perry died in March after suffering a massive stroke at age 52.___Online: Associated Press Shannen Doherty to appear on ‘Riverdale’ Luke Perry tribute AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, Shannen Doherty participates in a panel for the television show “Shannen Says” on WE tv during the AMC Networks portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Doherty will guest star in the season four premiere of “Riverdale,” which is set to honor Luke Perry. The show’s executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, made the announcement Sunday at Comic-Con in San Diego. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 8:07 am PDTlast_img read more

February 12 2002 hosted guest cooks to prepare

first_imgFebruary 12, 2002 hosted guestcooks to prepare a special meal for 70 residents and students, resultedin long waiting line. [TT] , made Lasagnawith homemade pasta. [TT] Nadia gives thefinal touch on the dish. Some of the materials were prepared the nightbefore to be ready for the evening. [TT]last_img

June 15 2016The Prescott Jazz Society presents JA

first_imgJune 15, 2016The Prescott Jazz Society presents JAZZ SPLASH – JUNETEETNTH FESTIVAL 
”The American Jazz Timeline II” this coming Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016A two-day festival celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation through all-American jazz, blues and Dance with Funk from world-class musicians. This year’s 2016 Juneteenth Festival will honor the memory of the late Muhammad Ali.Sat. 11 am–11 pmBoogie Woogie/Stride Piano 
Dance with Funk FrequencySun. 11 am–7 pmBe-Bop/Hard Bop 
Beyond Bop
[Cabaret] *
Jonathan BestEric Williams
R.D. Olson Band
Funk Frequency’s Michael Weight and Trial by Fire’s Carlton Godwin

Festival will conclude with Sunday’s annual Larry Wilson Cabaret Show featuring Phoenix Diva, vocalist SHERRY ROBERSON w/ Pianist Harold Land, Bassist Ray Carter, Drummer Leslie Daniels and Festival Director Milt Cannon saxophonist.Admission: $5/day 
Free for Teens and Jazz Society Members 
[Cabaret: $25 separate admission]* For tickets and more information,
928.237.7908 • www.pjazz.orglast_img read more

Limassol roadworks uncover mediaeval building

first_imgArchaeological finds possibly dating from the 13th century have been discovered during roadworks in Limassol’s old town, the antiquities department said on Monday.“Foundations of architectural remains of a monumental medieval building have been found on Ayias Theklis street,” archaeological officer Giannis Violaris told the Cyprus Mail.The roadworks in the old town are a €2.5 million plus VAT project to widen the roads surrounding the marina to four lanes, two in each direction, starting from Commandarias street until Siafi and Kioproulouzate streets.“It didn’t come as a surprise that we found these antiquities, it is an area rife with history as it is so close to the castle. We were prepared for this.”Stratigraphy is the next step the antiquities department will take, trying to discover if there are older archaeological finds under the most recently discovered ones that could be from an older time.“The ones we have found are most likely from the Middle Ages. There could be something underneath that from earlier,” Violaris said.Once the studies are completed, a decision will be taken as to what should be done. However Violaris believes the section will probably be backfilled and protected – meaning that instead of covering the findings with asphalt for the road, it will be covered with sand so it can still be used as a road.“It is a very difficult location, it is on a popular street cars use.”In the meantime, contractors are continuing their work by moving on to other streets until the antiquities department wraps up its work.“Our work won’t affect the project. Now if something important is discovered though and we will need three months, of course we will have to do that. The right course of action will be taken depending on what we find,” Violaris said.Thasos Aphanis, Limassol district officer of the public works department told the Cyprus Mail “works will still go on for the project, without causing disturbance on the scheduled duration of the project.”The 18-month project, currently in its first phase aims to improve the roads connecting Franklin Roosvelt Avenue with the seaside. Undertaken by An. Christou Properties and Construction Ltd, 80 per cent of the cost is paid for by the state while the remaining 20 per cent by the Limassol municipality.  You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverSmart: Homeowners With A Mortgage In California Take Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo 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

Second arrest in Paphos knife attack

first_imgA 21-year-old resident of Paphos was arrested on Thursday morning for attacking and injuring a 21-year-old man in the Chlorakas area with a knife on Wednesday afternoon.He was the second person arrested in connection with the case. A 23-year-old man had been arrested on Wednesday afternoon.Paphos police say the fight was the result of personal differences between the men.According to doctors, the 21-year-old suffered two injuries, one to his body and one on his elbow.His condition is considered out of danger but he remains at Paphos general hospital.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Anastasiades condemns London terror attacks

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday condemned the latest terrorist attacks in London.Anastasiades tweeted from New York: “Such cowardly acts succeed only to forge the will for decisive action on the part of the international community to fight terrorism. Our thoughts are with the people of London and with the families of those killed or injured by the heinous terrorist attack.”The president had met in London on Saturday evening with former British Prime Minister David Cameron. They exchanged views on the Cyprus issue and Brexit among other topics, CNA reported.They also discussed Anastasiades’ meeting in New York on Sunday night with UN chief Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to try and move the stalled negotiations forward. With Cameron, the president talked about the difficulties on the issues of security and guarantees. Britain is one of the three guarantor powers.CNA said Cameron put himself at the disposal of the president for any support needed.The two men also discussed the elections this coming week in Britain.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 Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Finance Minister praises economy

first_imgA prudent fiscal policy by the government as well as deleveraging by the banks have helped place the economy on a far better footing compared with its low point of 2013, finance minister Harris Georgiades said on Thursday.In his annual lecture to the University of Cyprus on the state of the economy, the minister said 2017 would mark the third consecutive year of growth.GDP is expected to grow more than 3.5 per cent, compared with 3 per cent in 2016 and 2 per cent in 2015.Rising private consumption, as well as increases in retail turnover and construction, were among the positive trends.The unemployment rate was still high, though it had dropped compared to previous years – another indication of an economic recovery in progress, Georgiades said.But it was still a fragile recovery, and to ensure its viability government would do its part by ensuring that the state does not live beyond its means.Expenditure increases would be made only when revenues allow, so that the budget is always balanced and no new deficits are created.“There are no magic wands to turn the situation around. I do not believe in miracles or messiahs,” Georgiades noted.“But I do believe in hard work and steady steps.”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 AdsUndoDr. 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 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

Russians in Cyprus voted in presidential elections Update

first_imgRussians living in Cyprus voted in Russia’s presidential election on Sunday at the polling stations set up in the five districts.Russia’s Ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy, said that turnout was high, as voters wanted to send a message of support to their country, in the wake of the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. The British government claimed the Russian state was behind the poisoning.Osadchiy dismissed the accusations. “They don’t have any proof, we don’t accept this and we counter (the accusations),” he said.Russians that are permanent residents in Cyprus as well as visitors could vote at one of the five polling stations, open since 8 am.Polling stations at the Russian Consulate in Limassol, at Sun Hall hotel in Larnaca , at the Russian Consulate in Paphos  and at the Thalassa Museum in Ayia Napa will be open until 6pm local time.  The polling station at the Russian Cultural Centre in Nicosia will be open until 8pm. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bank deposits drop sharply in March central bank says

first_imgThe amount of funds deposited in the Cypriot banking system dropped in March by €642.9 million to €48 billion, the lowest amount since September 2016 on extensive withdrawals by all categories of depositor coinciding with fears about the solvency of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.In March, the total amount of outstanding loans fell by €156m to €48.7bn mainly on loan repayments made by other financial intermediaries, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Friday.In March, total net loan repayments made by other financial intermediaries amounted to €111.9m, reducing their overall debts to €7.9bn, the bank supervisor said. Households repaid €63.3m against their loans, which fell to €20.8bn. Banks extended €21.3m in fresh lending to non-financial corporations while the general government’s total debt to domestic commercial banks fell by €2.2bn to €750.5m.Other financial intermediaries were responsible for €208.7m in total withdrawals in March followed by households, which saw their deposits drop by €183.9m, the largest reduction since September 2014, to €28.5bn, the central bank said. Households resident on the island reduced their deposits by €199.9m to €23.3bn, which is also the largest amount withdrawn by Cypriot households since September 2014 and may be related to fears over the solvency of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank which prompted the government last month to issue €2.35bn in bonds in favour of the state-owned lender and deposit €2.5bn in cash there.Deposits held by non-financial corporations fell by €83.8m to €11bn while the government’s deposits dropped by €112.1m to €818.4m, the central bank said. In addition, the amount of funds held by insurance and pension funds at banks fell by €54.4m to below €1.9bn.In its March balance sheet published on April 26, the Central Bank of Cyprus said that claims on euro area credit institutions rose to €393,000, from €6,000 the month before. This category of claims included in the past the emergency liquidity extended to Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, which Bank of Cyprus inherited five years ago.You May LikeElvenar – Free Online GameThe Most Addictive Game Of The Year!Elvenar – Free Online GameUndoCNETEven Siri Doesn’t Know about TheseCNETUndoBuzzSuperWhat Bernadette From “The Big Bang Theory” Looks Like in Real LifeBuzzSuperUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Regulators urge investment firms accountants to heed US sanctions

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) on Wednesday issued circulars cautioning supervised entities and individuals about the latest US sanctions imposed against Russian companies, enterprises and officials, and their implications.CySEC, which inter alia supervises listed companies, investment firms and fiduciary service providers, urged regulated entities to study the provisions of the sanctions implemented under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), including the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, and in addition “assess the extent to which the measures therein affect” them or their clients, the agency said in a statement on its website and asked regulated companies to assess the risks related to transactions involving individuals and companies included in the sanctions list.“In the case of a new (or) prospective client who is subject to sanctions, regulated entities are urged to avoid the commencement of any business relationship with such a person,” CySEC said. “In the case that a person subject to sanctions is an existing customer, regulated entities are urged to carefully examine the actions (or) measures which they may have to take,” including freezing of funds and accounts.The sanctions issued by the US Treasury against seven Russian “oligarchs,” including Bank of Cyprus’s single largest shareholder Viktor Vekselberg, 17 Russian government officials 14 companies in response to “worldwide malign activity,” prompted a similar circular by ICPAC which supervises accounting firms.“In case you come into contact with a new customer subject to sanctions, ICPAC encourages you to evaluate thoroughly the risks you may assume and the measures you will take, including avoiding even entering into a business relationship” with the customer, the association said.ICPAC also advised its members to carry out due diligence and constantly update customer data comparing their databases to sanctions lists issued by various organisations such as the United Nations or the European Union.“You are advised to remain alert for possible reports concerning new sanctions and high-risk individuals,” it continued. “Taking effective precautionary measures contains the risk of financial damages or loss of reputation”.The Cyprus Business Mail understands that the Cyprus Bar Association issued a similar circular on Thursday.In a telephone interview, Demetra Kalogerou, chairwoman of CySEC said that as a government body of an EU member state CySEC stood in no obligation of endorsing the sanctions and fining regulated companies in the case of failure to comply.“Still, we understand the seriousness of the situation after meeting other officials we thought it would be appropriate to informed regulated companies,” she said.Regulated companies, she continued, could also request for legal advice as transacting with individuals and entities subject to sanctions entails the risk of being considered in violation of US law. Receiving a legal opinion is also warranted in the cases of individuals considered as acting on behalf of persons and entities included in the sanctions list, such as in the case of members of the board of directors.The circulars were published less than a week after the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billinglea held meetings about Cyprus’s efforts to combat money laundering, with officials in Nicosia, including central bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji, finance minister Harris Georgiades and foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides.You May LikeFitness Engage7 Super Foods That’ll Super Charge Your Weight LossFitness EngageUndo23minutos.comDiscover the secrets of healthy skin23minutos.comUndoTop 10 FREE Antivirus | eyesintech10 Best FREE Antivirus Software For 2018 To Protect Your PC! (See inside)Top 10 FREE Antivirus | eyesintechUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more