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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMore Australians than ever are taking to the seas for a holiday, with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia revealing that in 2017 the Australian cruise market grew by 4.4%, equating to almost 6% of the Australian population taking a cruise last year.Over 1.34 million Australians took to the open seas in 2017, prompting CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz to say cruising had now become the quintessential modern Australian holiday. According to the industry body’s annual ocean passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report, Australia remains the only market in the world to surpass a 4% population penetration rate, well ahead of more mature markets.Katz said that while the growth wasn’t as dramatic as recent years, it was more than two and a half times higher than the rate of Australia’s inbound holiday arrivals growth rate of 1.7%.“This growth rate puts Australia on par with the world’s largest cruise market, the USA, which experienced growth of 4.7%, and was well ahead of more established cruise markets such as Europe (up 2.5%), and the UK and Ireland (up 0.5%).“With demand for cruising as high as ever, there is still so much potential. The best way to future-proof cruise tourism in Australia is to resolve infrastructure constraints and ensure the right regulatory settings to allow more cruising to Australian ports. As long as we can solve the lack of cruise infrastructure development in Sydney and across the region, we’ll see further increases in passenger numbers,” Katz said.“As cruise continues to grow in popularity, more cruise lines will base more ships down under and the number of homeports and itineraries will only grow. With the equivalent of almost 1 in every 18 Australians cruising last year, Australians are overwhelmingly choosing a cruise as their holiday of choice and they’re coming back time and time again.”The report also revealed that Australians still spend most of their time cruising local waters with the South Pacific (35%) and Australia (34%) accounting for the most cruise passengers.Katz said one of the great success stories of the booming cruise industry was seeing valuable cruise dollars spread right around Australia’s vast coastline.“With about one-third of Australian cruise passengers embarking on an Australian itinerary in 2017, regional economies continued to reap the benefits of cruise tourism. As long as infrastructure and regulatory policy allows, we will increasingly see vessels homeporting outside of Sydney in cities including Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide, and visiting regional ports such as Broome, Eden, Geraldton and Gladstone, to cater to this demand,” Mr Katz said.“Australia needs to develop appropriate infrastructure and policy to ensure the growth potential here is fully realised. With the popularity of cruising booming in Asia, and specifically in China, and regional Asian governments developing berthing facilities for the cruise market, Australia cannot afford to be left behind,” Mr Katz noted.Other key findings of the 2017 Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report include:Australasia accounted for 5.4% of global cruise passenger numbers and as a region with a comparatively small population, is punching well above its weight in the cruise stakesAsia remained the most popular long-haul fly-cruise destination for Australian cruisers accounting for 7.3% of travellers, followed by the Mediterranean (4.6%) and Alaska (2.8%).The youngest average age demographic for Australian cruisers (44 years old) was found on South Pacific and Caribbean cruises, while the oldest average age (67 years old) was found on longer expedition itineraries.Global statistics showed that Australasia was an attractive cruise destination for international visitors with around 200,000 people travelling to the region for a cruise holiday, mostly from the USA (87,000), and the United Kingdom (21,000).View the full report by clicking here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedText message boarding passes from bmiText message boarding passes from bmiBA extends mobile boarding pass serviceBritish Airways (BA) passengers with Android-operated smartphones will be able to take advantageFlight passengers could soon be using mobile boarding passesFlight passengers could soon be using mobile boarding passes The UK is pioneering the first use of the Lufthansa’s new mobile boarding pass system outside of Germany.Passengers on Lufthansa flights from London Heathrow have had access to the new mobile boarding pass technology since October 13th.Mobile boarding passes will be accepted on all direct, non-stop routes to Germany and most onward destinations throughout Europe.The passes will be sent to passengers with an internet-enabled mobile phone, where all relevant data is stored on digital 2D barcode.Marianne Sammann, Lufthansa general manager UK & Ireland, explained that the new service should make journeys easier.She said: “Selecting London Heathrow as one of the key launch markets outside Germany for the mobile boarding pass clearly demonstrates just how much we value our UK customers.”I am sure this new service will prove to be invaluable, particularly to business travellers, making their journeys simpler, more flexible and more convenient.”The pass was introduced on Lufthansa flights from Germany last month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgHolidaymakers travelling on long haul flights overseas are seeking more than relaxation, ABTA – The Travel Association and Kuoni have said.A survey published by Kuoni last week revealed that 40 percent of holidaymakers use time abroad to discuss important matters, while more than a quarter (26 percent) have discussed whether or not to change jobs.Almost three quarters (74 percent) believe that their holiday will be the making or breaking of their relationship.ABTA spokeswoman Frances Tuke said that holiday destinations are often the ideal place to talk about life-changing matters.”Some of these long haul destinations really give people the space in their heads to do that,” she explained.”A lot of destinations are bubbling through because we have become more adventurous essentially and we are looking for a little bit more when it comes to travel.”We want personal fulfilment, we are not just looking to flock and drop onto the beaches.”Kuoni’s long haul report also revealed that 27 per cent of holidaymakers use an excursion to reignite their love life.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsThailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsLong-haul destinations more affordable for British holidaymakersHolidaymakers are snapping up flights to mid and long-haul destinations because they offer a better cost of living than the UK.More UK holidaymakers book long-haul flightsBrits are more likely to book holidays to longer-haul destinations because the cost of flights has come downlast_img read more

Related 7 flights for under £40Seven great autumn

first_img Related7 flights for under £40Seven great autumn break ideas – all with flights under £406 Flights for under £60Bring on the bargain flights, with this week’s handpicked selection of deals, all for under £60 return.Bargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | Barcelona Summer may be slowly slipping away here in the UK, but there is plenty of sun only a couple of hours away. This week’s bargains are all under £44 return! Berlin from £40Despite its size, Berlin is one of Europe’s most relaxing cities and is an ideal place to cycle around – discover quirky new neighbourhoods, an abundance of street art before stopping for a cool drink in the shade. Enjoy some jazz in the park at Tiergarten, or hang out by the river in one of many beach-themed bars. Find cheap flights to Berlin Asturias from £44Instead of heading to southern Spain, why not try the north? The Asturias region is home to Oviedo, the historic capital city of the Asturias region, and Gijon, a coastal town with its many fishing villages and beaches. For an even cooler experience, try the mountain range of Picos de Europa national park, 20km from the coast. Find cheap flights to AsturiasTrieste from £40The small city of Trieste, on the beautiful Adriatic coast of northern Italy, is part of the smallest province in the country. Trieste is close to the borders with Croatia and Slovenia, the latter surrounding the city to the south, east and north, and also boasts a unique history due to its prosperous seaport and links to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Find cheap flights to Trieste ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgReported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePREBROADWAY RUN Before Brooke Shields took the Broadway stage to portray Morticia in The Addams Family musical, the mother of two slipped away with her own family to experience the new St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. The bright and cheery Iguana Kids Club, which is fully staffed and located in an airy pavilion on the resort grounds, makes the Caribbean resort a destination where both parents and children can enjoy the good life. “It was a superb vacation,” Shields said. “The kids had fun, but it was still luxurious for the adults.” Shields’ St. Regis Ocean Suite included butler service, an oversized private terrace overlooking the sparkling ocean, marble bathrooms, a living room and a dining area. She and her family enjoyed the culinary creations of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose restaurant Fern uses produce, herbs and spices from the resort’s own 2.4-acre plant nursery. “The food was so delicious,” she said. “We did not feel the need to leave the grounds. We cannot wait to return.” Since opening last November, the resort has quickly become a celeb draw: Jennifer Lopez, House actress Jennifer Morrison, fashion designer Jason Wu and renowned jewelry designer Alexis Bittar have also been spotted at the spectacular 483-acre resort, which features two miles of private beaches, a 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa and a magnificent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.www.starwoodhotels.com/stregisCABOLICIOUS The always-fashionable Jessica Alba didn’t let her second pregnancy put a damper on her beach style. As her due date neared, the expectant mother rocked a glamorous snakeskin print bikini with decorative trim by ViX from A Pea in the Pod Collection during a quick girlfriends’ getaway to Cabo San Lucas. Alba, who enjoyed a belated 30th birthday celebration, brought along her two-year-old daughter Honor for her stay at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort. Famous for pampering its guests, the hotel sends a butler to greet those who arrive via an exclusive new terminal (built to accommodate the high demand for private jets), then whisks the glitterati to the discreet property for in-room check in. Alba, whose next film Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opens in August, probably wishes a butler accompanied her on the return flight. “Traveling w a carry on, purse aka large bag &toddler whilst preggs is not that fun… Must pack lighter,” she Tweeted on her day of departure.ww.rosewoodhotels.com/lasventanaslast_img read more

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first_imgMontage Beverly Hills, the 201-room luxury hotel that opened November 2008 in Beverly Hills, California has earned Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for New Construction rating system.This is the first certified ultra-luxury hotel in Southern California for LEED for New Construction, one of just four Gold certified hotels worldwide designated by this third-party benchmarking system designed to encourage the design, the construction and the operations of more sustainable buildings. Montage Beverly Hills is also the first newly constructed mixed-use hotel and residential project to be LEED certified as a single development, denoting it as a high performance building that is a responsible, efficient and healthy place to live and work.“We’re gratified to have created and be operating Southern California’s first hotel and residential project to obtain Gold level certification,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts.www.montagehotels.comlast_img read more

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first_imgSeverin Wunderman, the chairman and owner of Montres Corum, maker of Swiss Corum watches, died in Europe, Elite Traveler has learned.Wunderman was a leading figure in the Swiss watch industry, first with the license for Gucci watches which he sold back to the company, and until his death owner of Corum which he bought and repositioned into the luxury watch segment.Wunderman was known for his philanthropy and in 2004, the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, raised Wunderman to the level of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of honor. The medal was given to him on June 17, 2005 in Paris, in the salons of the Minister of Culture and Communication, by his Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.According to his biography, Wunderman was born in Belgium in 1938, he was forced during the second World War to seek exile in the United States, where he later became an American citizen. Thanks to his exceptional adaptive qualities, he became very successful in the business world. From his youth, when he was just an apprentice watchmaker, he was attracted by art and culture and showed a certain taste for the works of Jean Cocteau – a taste that would later be confirmed after a meeting with the artist’s heir, Edouard Dermit.With Steven Spielberg, he founded “The Severin Wunderman Collection of Child Survivor Testimonies from the holocaust: The children speak to children”. At the same time, he realized a dream: create a Cocteau Museum, the “Severin Wunderman Family Museum”, situated in Orange County.“The entire family of Elite Traveler is saddened by this news,” said Douglas Gollan, president and Editor-in-Chief of Elite Traveler. “Mr. Wunderman’s purchase of Corum came at a similar time to our launch of Elite Traveler in 2001, and he was an early supporter of our business. His creativity and business acumen always stood out, and he will be greatly missed by ourselves and his many friends. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”The family could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

by Freida Frisaro The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Freida Frisaro, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2018 7:02 am PDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New app offers interactive experiences for Disney guests LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World is also offering guests a new mobile app called Play Disney Parks.The app debuts Saturday, the same day that Toy Story Land opens to the public.Entertainment options include interactive themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements and music playlists.Scott Andress is vice-president of Digital Guest Experience for Disney. He explains that the app is designed to give people an alternative to a “heads down” cellphone experience. The idea is to turn wait times for rides into engaging entertainment for families and friends. It is available for iOS and Android platforms. It is free to download and use.The app can be used at the four parks just outside Orlando and two at Disneyland Resort.last_img read more

by Dan Gelston The Associated Press Posted Ja

first_img by Dan Gelston, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2019 9:14 am PDT FILE – In this July 24, 2018, file photo, reigning ONE featherweight and lightweight world champion Martin Nguyen addresses reporters during a news conference for the ONE Championship mixed martial arts event in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. One Championship, the MMA organization out of Asia, is going global in 2019 and it’s making the kind of moves that shows it plans to become a player in combat sports. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none.OK, maybe that’s a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC’s heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace.Try ignoring One Championship now.After staging shows for seven years across Asia from Myanmar to China, One has come out swinging in the U.S. — throwing millions at big-name free agents, signing a major cable TV deal and raising capital needed to not only keep its grip as the dominant MMA promotion of the East, but perhaps use global expansion to eventually rival UFC as the champ of the West.“They’re making a serious push,” One fighter Eddie Alvarez said. “I don’t think it’s going to be long before you can crown them one of the top promotions in the world. They’ve done everything possible in their favour to become that.”Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, should know as well as any fighter about One’s commitment to becoming a major player in the U.S. fight game. “The Underground King” has fought for several MMA promotions and made his name in Bellator as a two-time lightweight champion and in UFC where he won the same title in 2016 and headlined the promotion’s first card in Madison Square Garden against Conor McGregor. The 34-year-old Alvarez became a free agent after his last fight in July 2018 and decided to explore his options outside UFC. He travelled to Singapore and met One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and learned U.S. expansion plans and acquiring other name fighters were on the horizon, as well as ongoing talks that would broadcast fights in America. Alvarez was impressed, not just by One’s outline for the future, but in a multimillion dollar contract offer that he says makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the sport.“Our deal is more in the lines of a real pro sport deal, like football or baseball,” Alvarez said. “The package deal is an eight-figure deal. When we brought that to the UFC to match it, they declined matching it and I had to move forward. I’m happy I did because One Championship is the only major promotion that I have not won and conquered the world title in. It’s history and legacy for me.”Alvarez was part of a flurry of transactions that put MMA fans on notice that One was intent on becoming a singular sensation. One obtained Demetrious Johnson, the long-reigning UFC flyweight champion better known as “Mighty Mouse,” in a trade with UFC — yes, a trade — for Ben Askren. Sage Northcutt, once hailed as a future UFC star, also signed with One. Meisha Tate, a former 135-pound champion in UFC and Strikeforce, has signed on as One’s vice-president and was set to move to Singapore.One strengthened its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports. The three-year deal will see One content broadcast on Turner’s platforms including TNT, which is received by more than 90 million households in the United States, as well as streaming platform Bleacher Report Live and other Turner properties. Turner, which also broadcasts the NBA and the NCAA Tournament, is set to air 24 events in 2019 on its various outlets. B/R Live will stream One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 from Jakarta, Indonesia.That date is already familiar to MMA fans — UFC is running its debut show on ESPN-plus the same night (yet in different time zones).Johnson and Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts on March 31 in Japan in tournament competition.“I’m not the smallest guy in the organization anymore,” the 5-foot-3 Johnson said. “In America, everybody always looked at me as a child. I won’t have that issue when I’m in Asia competing.”More elite fighters could be on their way to One.Alvarez, who said he left on good terms with UFC and President Dana White, has suddenly become quite popular among his MMA peers.“Every fighter in town is sliding into my DMs. What’s going on? What are you being offered?” Alvarez said, laughing.Sityodtong, raised in Thailand and a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur behind One. He’s made a name as the most powerful MMA executive in Asia and has trained and coached in martial arts. Alvarez was wowed — and wooed — by Sityodtong’s approach toward building One into an American MMA juggernaut.“In three years, our goal is 100 million live viewers per event, making us as big as Super Bowl Sunday,” Sityodtong said at the press conference to introduce Alvarez.One has been aggressive in establish a U.S. foothold in large part because of an influx of cash from some of the top venture capital firms in the world. Sequoia Capital and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek helped One secure an additional $166 million in funding in October. One said at the time of the announcement it had exceeded $250 million in total capital base. One also recently announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of the country’s largest national television broadcasters.One could quickly crush Bellator as the No. 2 promotion in the United States with a national TV deal and become a viable option for free-agent fighters — even with no scheduled events in America. Plenty of other promotions are also trying to compete or at least carve out a viable slice of the MMA pie, including the Professional Fighters League, which boasts Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett as celebrity investors, as well as Cage Fury Fighting Championship and numerous promotions that air fights in various disciplines under UFC’s Fight Pass online subscription service.Alvarez has a stout belief that the MMA promotion made in Asia can make it in America.“The fans there get it,” Alvarez said, “and it won’t be long until the American fans here get it, as well.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Gelston, The Associated Presslast_img read more

by Amanda Lee Myers The Associated Press Post

first_img by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2019 8:12 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Actress Julianna Margulies knew she was claustrophobic, but she didn’t realize just how much until she had to wear a sealed, full-body biosafety suit while filming the upcoming limited series “The Hot Zone.”Margulies spent hours in the suit while filming the six-part show about how the deadly Ebola virus appeared on U.S. soil in 1989. She says the experience, which she describes as strange, lonely and extremely constrictive, brought her to tears three times.But it was worth it, she says, to tell a story that will allow audiences to see Ebola as a global problem. Margulies hopes the series will drive home the importance of scientists and research.“The Hot Zone ” premieres on National Geographic on May 27.Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press For ‘Hot Zone,’ Margulies confronts claustrophobia and Ebola AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This June 7, 2018 file photo shows Julianna Margulies at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring George Clooney in Los Angeles. Margulies stars in the upcoming limited series “The Hot Zone.” (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

76th Venice Film Festival to embrace not reject

first_img76th Venice Film Festival to embrace, not reject, Netflix by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2019 6:43 am PDT Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, left, and Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta meet the journalists on the occasion of the official presentation of the 76th edition of the festival in Rome, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The Venice Film Festival will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, 2018, at the Venice Lido. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ROME — The 76th Venice Film Festival will feature three Netflix productions alongside Hollywood titles, embracing the streaming giant again after the Cannes Film Festival excluded it for a second year in a row.Among Venice’s 20 competition titles, which were unveiled Thursday in Rome, is the Netflix-produced Panama Papers drama “The Laundromat,” starring Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas, which couldn’t run in Cannes. Netflix will also present “Marriage Story” and “The King,” with the latter debuting out of competition.The world’s oldest film festival also features Hollywood productions like “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix in the comic book classic role, as well as Brad Pitt in the sci-fi space journey “Ad Astra.”The competition also includes “J’accuse” by director Roman Polanski, a controversial figure in the #MeToo era.The festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 7.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgJune 18, 2003SCHOOL VISIT: The ‘Art Club’ is a group of students in 4th – 8th grade at Squaw Peak Elementary School in downtown Phoenix. They visit Arcosanti for the 3rd year, this time for an overnight stay. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop coordinator Wes Ozier gives an indept tour of the site. [Photo & text: sa] The group learns the process of silt-casting, each student designs a 8″ x 8″ plaster tile. Art teacher Hugo Medina organizes this program. For more information on young student programs contact Kelli Huth, Arcosanti Public Relations. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Citi announces coverage of BOC with €410 target price

first_imgCiti Research, a division of the US bank and financial services provider Citigroup Inc, said that it will initiate coverage of Bank of Cyprus with a target price of €4.10 per share with a “buy rating”, adding that it expects a €4.5bn reduction of bad loans by 2019.“We expect that the bank will be able to meet its targets for NPE (non-performing exposures) reduction, given the operational performance so far and the improving macro outlook for Cyprus,” with the European Commission forecasting a 2.5 per cent growth rate this year, Citi said in a May 26 statement. “We think corporate loans should prove easiest to restructure, while retail loans will be more difficult, but overall we see a €4.5bn reduction in NPEs over the 2017-2019 period and expect the performance of forborne loans to continue to improve”.Citi added that it does not expect additional austerity measures in Cyprus, citing the economy’s 2.8 per cent expansion last year accompanied by the fiscal surplus of 0.4 per cent of economic output.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 AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo 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

Cyprus President to probe possibility of new settlement initiative during UN General

first_imgThe President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said that he will probe the possibility over a new initiative for a Cyprus settlement during the UN General Assembly, next September in New York.Speaking on Tuesday morning in the village Prodromos, President Anastasiades noted that this is a period of reflection and said that he does not see any initiatives arising at the moment.“We will try to see during the UN General Assembly, through the meetings we will have there, how to reactivate an initiative or how to reactivate the international community” concerning a Cyprus settlement, the President said.He also highlighted the statements from Turkey, showing Ankara’s pursuit of a settlement that is not within the UN parameters, adding that “this is something that the Secretary General and the international community must take into account”.Asked if he prefers the appointment of a European Adviser by the UN, President Anastasiades said that everyone admits that Cyprus is also a European problem. Furthermore, he expressed hope that in the event of a new initiative, the appointment of a new UN Special Adviser will reflect this aspect.UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana commenced on June 28. In the early hours of July 7 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement.The talks, held under the auspices of the UN, aim at reuniting Cyprus under a federal roof.CNAYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Not For The Reason You Think)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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

Police and public in red light tussle

first_imgTHE police have adamantly denied accusations from the public that drivers are being fined for offences they did not commit for the sake of meeting internal quotas, especially when conducting high-profile road safety campaigns.In the space of one week last month, the Sunday Mail received complaints from several readers claiming they had been wrongly fined for traffic offences.Two different men were fined in Germasogia, Limassol at two traffic lights close to each other for running a red light – charges they both deny.One of them, Robert Michael, a 70-year-old retired British policeman who had worked in London, said he was absolutely perplexed by the fact he was fined when the light was very much green when he passed it.“I braked as I approached the traffic lights just in case they would go amber but they were still green. I continued to drive on and a policeman pulled me over to say I had passed with a red light,” he told the Sunday Mail.“I’m an ex policeman from London. I don’t break the law. If it was justified I certainly wouldn’t dispute it.”An old photograph of Robert Michael who was involved in the security of former President Demetris Christofias when he visited the UKMichael said he began disputing the case with the police officer on scene and when Michael told him he was willing to take the case to court, the officer allegedly responded with “you can try but we always win.”Cases such as these are always very difficult to prove or dispute.Unlike London, which is covered with cameras and CCTV, in Cyprus a court case would be the word of one man against that of an officer.“In the UK I would have a shot at justice but not in this country,” Fields said.“I had children in the car, so of course I was driving carefully.”On the same day, a friend of Fields, Egis Rukviza also got stopped at a nearby set of traffic lights in Germasogia for what he was told at the scene was running a red light.Rukviza has been living in Cyprus with his wife Neringa for the past seven years after they moved from Lithuania and says in all his time here he had never once been fined.Due to Rukviza’s broken English, his wife spoke on his behalf to the Sunday Mail “my husband stopped at the traffic lights because it was red and there was another car in front of him. Then it became green and they drove on. Police didn’t stop the first car. It was an expensive one, so they didn’t bother, but they stopped my husband.“I know my husband, he drives very carefully,” Neringa said.According to their account, once pulled over, the police officer called on a colleague of his – who was sitting in the car – to write up the fine.“He didn’t even see what happened. My husband kept insisting it was green,” she said.Later that evening, the couple went to the police station to complain and ask for proof of the offence – they were told there were no CCTV cameras.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the difficulty with such complaints is that there is hardly ever any evidence – unlike those that are caught speeding with the use of a radar – and it was the word of one person against another.“We also have to keep in mind that the person being fined might be overreacting,” and perhaps falsely denying the charge, Angelides told the Sunday Mail.Police’s campaigns are aimed to clamp down on bad drivers not an attempt to give out tickets left, right and centre, he added.On August 29, in a one-day campaign, 259 people were booked in Limassol alone between 8am to 5pm.Of those, 78 were booked running a red light while 82 were caught using a mobile phone while driving.“I don’t mind these campaigns. I think they’re great. But you can’t fine innocent people as a source of income,” Michael said.There are three courses of action available for people to follow when they feel they have been wronged – send a letter to the chief of police, take the case to court, or speak to the local traffic police supervisor.If there is a case of bad police behaviour, then the public can also file a report to the independent authority for the investigation of allegations and complaints against the police.Michael and Rukviza however tried – and were rebuffed twice – when they tried to speak to Limassol traffic police, they said.After they discovered they had both been fined, they headed to the Germasogia police station asking to speak to the traffic supervisor. They were advised to go the next day.The following day however the supervisor was apparently still unavailable to meet them and sent out the police officer that fined Rukviza.Upon closer inspection Rukviza also realised that although his supposed offence was running a red light, the ticket said he had been driving while on his phone – an offence he also denies.“The officer, when he came out to meet my husband and Mr Robert (Michael) at the station, then insisted they had driven past a red light,” Neringa said.“So they asked him why the ticket was for driving while using a mobile phone and he said ‘you committed both but I fined you only for one’.”Rukviza was considering filing a report over the police officer but said “they all work together. I don’t think a complaint would even make it to the policeman’s file. I doubt they even have a file.”Angelides told the Sunday Mail that under no circumstances do police have quotas of fines that have to be filled.“On the contrary, officers are told that if they’re not sure about an offence – say someone was caught for speeding but they weren’t sure if the person was wearing a seatbelt – then to ignore the seatbelt offence,” he said.“Over the years, the behaviour of the police force has improved as well and the way they respond to the public. Many times the officers are on the receiving end of abuse from people that are upset about being fined who start shouting and swearing.”All of which is no doubt true, but is of little solace to Michael and Rukviza. Both men paid their €85 fines, but feel it is unjust, as they insist they didn’t commit the offences.“If I’d done it, of course I’d pay,” Fields said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap New Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndo‘Enosis or death’, ‘taksim or death’.UndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Nicosia condemns the illegal UDI and calls for the reunification of Cyprus

first_imgNicosia has once again condemned the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) which the Turkish Cypriots announced on 15 November 1983, through which they claimed to have established a self-styled regime, in Cyprus’ northern Turkish occupied areas.The government and the political leadership have reiterated their determination to continue the struggle for the reunification of the island.On 15 November 1983, nine years after the Turkish invasion of the island, Turkey instigated and endorsed a “unilateral declaration of independence” in Cyprus’ occupied areas announced by the Turkish Cypriot leadership. The United Nations Security Council with Resolutions 541 and 550 calls upon all States to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, unity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus. They also describe the UDI as “legally invalid.”The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in the occupied areas is recognized only by Turkey.Political parties, student organisations and other associations and organised groups have issued announcements condemning the UDI.Protests by students will take place under the umbrella of the Pancyprian Coordinating Students Committee (PSEM) and the Pancyprian Federation of Student Unions (POFEN).CNAYou 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 SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo 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

Limassol watersport operators in permit protest

first_imgA senior member of staff at the shipping sub-ministry is trying to scupper water sports operators, their association said on Monday, during a demonstration outside the ministry’s offices in Limassol.Water sports operators and representatives from the small business’ union, Povek, gathered outside the ministry demanding that the long-standing problem, which affects their permits, is resolved.They outlined that the man in question, a senior officer at the ministry, has in the past year become incredibly difficult to work with over inspections.Now into summer season, several water sports operators say they have been unable to get their permits and instead keep receiving unclear and unprecedented notes and regulations.After meeting with the Deputy Shipping Minister Natasa Pilides, the demonstrators left saying they felt reassured the matter would be resolved.“We discussed the problems which are not personal and concern the broader implementation of the regulations and law,” Pilides said. ”We believe the law can be implemented in the best possible way so as to ensure safety but allow the tourist season to go smoothly.”Some operators left satisfied but were quickly angered again after the government official reportedly still refused to issue their permits.They returned to Pilides and are awaiting for answers they were promised to receive by the end of the week, according to Povek head, Stefanos Koursaris. You May LikeAssisted Living | Search AdsAssisted Senior Living in Rowland Heights Could Be Surprisingly AffordableAssisted Living | Search AdsUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsGetting an Online Job Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndoAdviceHer4 Positions Offered by Fashion IndustryAdviceHerUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Memorials v celebrations to mark 44th anniversary of Turkish invasion

first_imgCyprus will on Friday mark the 44th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion with air raid sirens at 5.30am and memorial services islandwide.Air raid sirens will sound at the same time the Turkish invasion was launched and Turkish troops landed on the island`s northern shores at dawn.Throughout the island memorial services and other events will take place to honour the victims of the war and condemn the ongoing occupation.President Nicos Anastasiades will in the morning attend a service for the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion at the Tomb of Makedonitissa in Nicosia, where he will also lay a wreath.He will also unveil an aircraft similar to Noratlas transport plane sent in from Greece during the invasion which was shot down by friendly fire. The aircraft had been transferred from Greece last month and assembled at the Tomb of Makedonitissa.He will later attend another memorial service held at the church of Phaneromeni in central Nicosia in memory of those killed during the invasion.Late in the afternoon, he will receive the second deputy speaker of the Greek Parliament, Georgios Varemenos, at the Presidential Palace. At 8.45pm, he will address an event at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversaries of both the coup and the Turkish invasion.In the north, the anniversary will be marked with celebrations and a military parade in the morning.  Celebrations began on Thursday with a 21-gun salute and the address of Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.On Friday afternoon, the Turkish Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team, The Turkish Stars, will perform a show at around 6pm, in Kyrenia.  Akinci and his wife, Meral Akinci, will host a reception in the evening.You May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Things That Happen To Your Body If You Eat A Banana Every DayHealth & Human ResearchUndo100JournalNewsThe Most Luxurious Restaurants in London100JournalNewsUndoEveryday HealthA New Initiative in MS: Brain PreservationEveryday HealthUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img