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 system.www.lanesborough.com/last_img 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:https://www.cwtv.com/shows/riverdaleThe 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 
Blues
Jazz
Dance with Funk FrequencySun. 11 am–7 pmBe-Bop/Hard Bop 
Beyond Bop
[Cabaret] *
Finale
Performers:
                
Jonathan BestEric Williams
MUDDBONE Trio
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,
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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

Loan demand picks up as banks maintain standards unchanged

first_imgWhile demand of both households and corporations for lending rose in the first three months of the year and is expected to continue to do so in the second quarter, banks are likely to keep their lending standards unchanged, the central bank said.The increase in demand is expected to affect in April to June all loan categories, i.e. corporate loan, mortgages and consumer loans, after it already did so in January to March, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a statement on its website.Banks, plagued with a €22bn mountain of non-performing loans, are expected to continue applying the same unchanged standards in the second quarter in all above categories of loans, just as they did in the first quarter, the bank supervisor said.You May LikeRelay by Foundry TechnologiesThese little wifi-connected displays are popping up on desks and at doors everywhere.Relay by Foundry TechnologiesUndoHistory Daily60 Abandoned Places Untouched For DecadesHistory DailyUndoKiwiReportAll The Guests At The Wedding Were Looking At Her DressKiwiReportUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Domestic worker accused of theft

first_imgPolice arrested a 23-year-old domestic worker on Monday to help with investigations into an alleged case of theft.A home owner from Konia, 63, who is the employer of the suspect, reported to police that the assistant left her home taking clothes worth €3,000, a diamond ring worth €5,000, and a pair of earrings valued at GBP500.The young woman who was arrested at dawn denies stealing the objects.You May LikeLifestyle Daily TipsBanks Could Be Paying $500+ in Sign Up Bonuses in 2019Lifestyle Daily TipsUndoinvesting.comAll-Star Commentators: Meet the Folks Who Get Rich Talking About Sportsinvesting.comUndowww.tracemedia.comTrace Media | New York SEO & Digital Marketing Agencywww.tracemedia.comUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Opposition raises red flags over new state health services body

first_imgOpposition MPs on Thursday accused the government of attempting to legitimise the appointment of the board of the organisation of state health services (Okyy) through an amendment it filed of the law establishing the body.Members of the House health committee said that the composition of the Okyy board is contrary to the law, and also cited possible conflict of interest.The amendment, MPs said, provides for a change in the composition of Okyy’s board of directors.Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou said after the committee meeting that the proposed changes are aimed at legitimising the current Okyy board which, he said, does not fulfil the criteria set by law.“They sacrificed the substance of the unhindered operation of the organisation for pre-election purposes, cancelled all their announcements for the transparent appointment of the most competent persons with knowledge and experience in hospital management, did not implement the law that they themselves filed and now they want to change it to accommodate their chosen ones,” Georgiou said.The government, he said, must answer for the appointment of the board, whose composition is not in line with the law.Georgiou also called on the government and the health minister to give an account of the organisation’s actions so far, what has been done concerning the restructuring of state hospitals and promptly submit timeframes for hospital autonomy.He also questioned whether the current board itself is legal and wondered why the government filed an amendment, given that the composition of the board was not subject to change.The government, Georgiou said, ought to stop toying with public health and focus on state hospitals being prepared to ensure a smooth transition to the introduction of the National Health Scheme (Gesy).Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos said that the government is aiming to legitimise the existing Okyy board, and spoke of ‘a new arbitrariness of the executive’.“The government appointed the board tasked with (hospital) autonomy and before their meetings even began as well as relevant plans, it tabled to parliament an amendment of the bill in question with a clear aim to justify and legitimise the arbitrariness that has been made in terms of the appointments,” he said.It seems, he said, that most of the Okyy board members have failed to file the declaration concerning conflict of interest, as required by law.“It is precisely for this reason that the government will – in retrospect – legalise through this procedure the unlawful appointment of those persons, the failure to observe the provisions of the legislation and, moreover, the possibility of exempting members who have a conflict of interest with regard to the specific appointment,” Sizopoulos said.He said that he believes there is an issue of conflict of interest and that his party has asked that the declarations of all board members are filed in parliament.That four of the eight board members do not reside in Cyprus, he said, raises the question of whether they have adequate knowledge of ‘Cypriot reality’. He also said there are grey areas as regards the board chairman Sir David Nicholson, citing reports in the UK media on alleged scandals during his term as Britain’s NHS chief.The eight-member board of the organisation of state health services was appointed last December, following cabinet approval. The main responsibilities of the board of directors are to oversee the operation of all public hospitals and centres of primary health care as well as the implementation of administrative and financial autonomy in public hospitals. Hospital autonomy is the first step toward the implementation of Gesy.The board, which will serve a five-year term is chaired by Nicholson, and its members are businessmen Anastasios David and Nikolas Shiacolas, Professor David Anthony Haslam, Chartered Accountant Marios Klitou and Dr Peter Martin Dawson. The permanent secretaries of the health and finance ministries are ex officio board members.The board assumed duties at the beginning of this year and was to begin procedures to man Okyy and hire the managing teams of each state hospital.Okyy will replace the health ministry in providing health services.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameMen over 40 Would Consider This Game a Must-TryPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs OnlineMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo 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

Georgiades hits back at being blamed for Coop collapse

first_imgHours after the release of the report which largely blamed him for the Co-op’s demise, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades hit back on Wednesday, saying political responsibility was one thing and acting responsibly another.Georgiades said he could not comment directly on a report that he had not yet seen, but he defended the government’s actions on the issue.“In the case of the Co-op bank we had been called on to manage a chronically toxic situation,” he told reporters. “Some people may have a different view. Some people may have wanted this situation maintained.”The minister said the administration had taken difficult but necessary decisions and their results were already visible.“The government’s decisions have secured confidence and stability, have bolstered the Cypriot economy through consecutive upgrades, (and they) have ensured growth prospects,” he said.Differing political views are understandable and respected but the government’s plans were clear, as is the distinction between political responsibility and acting responsibly.“I will respond when I get the chance to study the report,” he said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo 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

Govt announces public procurement reform

first_imgThe cabinet on Thursday approved a series of measures to modernise the framework of public procurement in a bid to make it more transparent and speed up procedures.The reforms were deemed necessary after a number of cases of possible corruption that saw the light in recent days.“The presidency and the treasury, in cooperation with the auditor-general, have decided to reform the framework that governs public contracts as part of the wider public sector reform,” Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides told reporters after the cabinet meeting.“The new framework not only speeds up procedures, but we expect that it would lead to fewer appeals, which will result in faster implementation of public contracts and projects the country needs.”The measures involve changing the composition of the tender review authority to include at least two lawyers and three other experts.Review time will be cut from five to three weeks and fees will be raised to discourage “filing appeals for the sakes of appealing.”Fifty per cent of the fee will be returned to the applicant if their appeal succeeds, Petrides said.The cabinet also decided to set up central supply services in ministries and departments that deal with a large number of contracts, which will be staffed by qualified individuals.This will prevent tender competitions from different departments. These services can also conduct procedures on behalf of smaller authorities.The measures also include the introduction of a certified supply officer – full time employees trained to deal with public contracts.“This is very important and it is something we want to introduce for a number of professions in the public sector,” Petrides said. “To have certification that someone is a qualified professional and has been trained to carry out these duties.”In addition, tenders for competitions of a certain value would be filed electronically “something we believe will increase the speed of the evaluation procedure and strengthen transparency.” Petrides said four bills have been prepared and submitted to the state law office for processing. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo 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

Red lake water where bodies being sought is akin to battery acid

first_imgBy Philippe OrphanidesResearch conducted in 2015 on the Kokkinopezoula ‘red lake’ showed high acidity levels, which could considerably affect the condition of a body, if there are any there.The red lake has always fascinated many hikers and tourists but little has been known on its origins and how toxic it is.In 1923, the Hellenic Chemical Society (renamed Hellenic Mining Company in the 50s) was licensed by the British for copper extraction in the Mitsero location. The prospection showed that, instead of expected copper deposits, there were gold deposits. The mine operated from 1934 until 1945.In 1959, Kokkinopezoula (the current location of the red lake) was discovered in Mitsero, in the same vicinity as the closed gold mine. Bulldozers, excavators and dynamite shaped what is today’s remnant of the mine where workers extracted pyrite.The Hellenic Mining Company phased out the Kokkinopezoula mine until 1967, and completely uncovered it to leave it in the crater-like shape it has today.The bottom of Kokkinopezoula has trapped water from successive rainfall and created a ‘red lake’, the colour of which can be attributed to sulfur.According to a 2004 report on the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive by the Water Development Department, the Mitsero ‘red lake’ is dangerous and the measures that had been taken so far were not sufficient for protecting the environment.In 2015, a Mitsero case-study published in Engineering Geology Journal showed that “the pH of the crater lake was noted to be extremely low (pH < 3) during both seasons and that it contains high heavy metals concentrations that pose a risk to the surrounding environment.”A pH lower than 2 is comparable to battery acid and is enough to kill fish and potentially damage a body.The case study concludes that Mitsero findings make a compelling argument for remediation of such legacy sites.Mitsero mine has been abandoned for 70 years, and according to Ifigenia Gavriel, Geologist and Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Chemical Engineering and Engineering Sustainability of the University of Cyprus, the current legislation on remediation of such sites does not address the pollution problems seen in Mitsero, Sia or Kampia. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Parties field candidates for Euro elections

first_imgPolitical parties and movements on Friday submitted their candidacies for the European Parliament elections at the Philoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia between 9am and 12 noon with a combined total of 74 candidates from 17 groups and independents.Ruling Disy were first up with their six candidates, Giorgos Constantine-Panagiotou, Panagiotis Sedonas, Eleni Stavrou, Nicos Tornaritis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas.In a statement after the filing, party leader Averof Neophytou said his party was keeping up its tradition of putting forward “the best team” and called on voters to support the party’s efforts to strengthen the country in the EU by voting Disy.Akel candidates were next up, led in by party leader Andros Kyprianou and candidates, Georgios K Giorgiou, Giorgos Chrysanthos, Niyazi Kızılyürek Giorgos Koukoumas, Marina Nicolaou and Neoclis Sylikiotis who is a current MEP for the party.Kyprianou said the party was proud of the work its MEPs had done in the preceding period and urged voters to “resist the forces that violate social freedoms and the forces that bring Europe back into the interwar period”.“The stakes for Europe are high in these elections,” he said, and the same applies to Cyprus where there are phenomena of mismanagement and it’s time to say so here. Send the message to the government.”Socialist Edek candidates who submitted registrations were, Diomedes Diomidous, Christos Iakovou, Natasa Ioannou, Elias Myrianthous, Tea Nicolaou and Dimitris Papadakis.“It is very important for us socialists that Cyprus should be able to be represented in the second largest political group of the European Parliament in order to become stronger,” party leader Marinos Sizopoulos. “We ask the citizens with a sense of responsibility to move forward and support Edek at the ballot.Diko candidates are Eleni Theocharous, who is already an MEP for the Solidarity Party, Katerina Christofidou, Marinos Mousioutas, Kostas Mavridis, Aristos Zachariadis and Zacharias Koulias.Party leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said after the submission: “We are choosing a more democratic Europe on May 26 and we are sending a message about the mistakes and omissions of the government, and so we ask the citizens to vote for us,” he said.Other small parties also submitted candidates such as the Citizens Alliance the Animal Party and the Jasmin Movement presented its six Turkish Cypriots candidates Sener Levent, Ibrahim Aziz, Oz Karahan, Leyla Hussein Kiralp, Zeki Besiktepeli and Faize Ozdemirciler.The Afrika daily’s publisher and journalist, Levent, said that they are not running as Turkish Cypriots but as Cypriots, citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, “who condemn the Turkish occupation”.Far-right Elam also presented its candidates Marios Vassiliou, Panagiotis Tofinis, Giorgos Nikolaou, Georgios Solomonidis, Maria Ierodiokonou and Geadis Geadis.Elam leader Christos Christou said: “On May 26 Cypriot Hellenism will decide who its representatives will be in the European Parliament. Our candidacy is different as they are the people who undertake to represent the nationalist movement in Europe which will form a major political group of which Elam will be a member.”According to the latest poll, main opposition Akel appears to be closing the gap on ruling Disy, while nationalists Elam could overtake socialists Edek to become the fourth largest party in Cyprus.Conducted around the time of the release of the report documenting the demise of the co-op bank – which pundits say reflects badly on the Disy-led administration – the poll discerned a higher interest among the public to vote compared to the 2014 European Parliament elections.The survey, disseminated to political parties and to the media, found that public engagement was comparable to the 2018 presidential elections in Cyprus.The findings indicate that Disy is haemorrhaging supporters to Elam; as many as 5 per cent of Disy fans could end up turning to the nationalist party.Unlike Disy, Akel does not appear to be experiencing leakage. Of those respondents who identified as traditional Akel supporters, 70 per cent said they were sure to vote for the party.Akel came in second place with 21 per cent, trailing Disy at 24 per cent.Meanwhile Diko was clinging to third spot, at about 8 per cent. At the same time, the newly formed party known as the Democratic Front – comprising Diko dissidents who broke away – should garner around 2 per cent, though nowhere enough to elect a MEP this time.As for Edek, its slide continues, with the poll finding only 3.1 per cent will vote for it. At the same time, Elam is projected to garner 4.5 per cent, supplanting Edek as the fourth largest party.Should Edek lose its one seat in the European Parliament, this could pose a leadership problem for Marinos Sizopoulos.Elsewhere the Greens and the Citizens Coalition, running on a common ticket, are expected to gain about 2 per cent.Assuming this coalition does relatively well in the upcoming ballot, commentators say these two parties could formally merge in the aftermath.Cyprus elects six people to the European Parliament.In the 2014 elections, Disy and Akel elected two MEPs each, Diko one MEP, and a coalition of Edek and the Greens one MEP.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more