Located adjacent to the walls of one of the most t

first_imgLocated adjacent to the walls of one of the most treasured historic sites in the world, Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, has introduced a unique formula to enable its guests to relive the splendor and pomp of Imperial China. Aman’s Discover Beijing offer introduces a unique way to experience the rich architectural marvels of China’s capital with visits to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites of which the Summer Palace is one of the most intriguing.The Discover Beijing offer includes: * 3 nights accommodation for two at Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing * daily American breakfast * complimentary Chinese tea ceremony * guided Summer Palace tour * excursion to one of the following UNESCO World Heritage sites: o The Forbidden City o The Great Wall of China o The Temple of Heavenwww.amanresorts.comlast_img read more

Hannelore Baron 1926 – 1987 a Germanborn artis

first_imgHannelore Baron (1926 – 1987), a German-born artist who escaped from the Nazis and emigrated to New York City in 1941, conceived small-scale works of extraordinary impact. She used everyday materials to create delicate collages and mysterious box constructions that evoke both the fragility of life and the power of courage and endurance. These intimate compositions read as universal expressions of human emotion. Baron produced works of beautiful color with her very distinctive touch. Although Baron suffered from severe childhood trauma and debilitating anxiety as an adult, her work shows a joyful energy. Although deeply loved by people who know her work, she still remains an undiscovered treasure to others.Hannelore Baron’s work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in 2002, and a show at the Guggenheim Museum in 1989.The opening reception will be held Tuesday, September 16 from 6:00 to 8:00, and the exhibition will run through Saturday, November 1.Leslie Feely Fine Art is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.For more information, please contact the gallery at: Leslie Feely Fine Art, LLC 33 East 68th Street Fifth Floor New York, NY 10065t: 212.988.0040 f: 212.988.0041last_img read more

BAHRAIN — Avcon Jet announced it has opened an off

first_imgBAHRAIN — Avcon Jet announced it has opened an office in Bahrain, and signed a partnership agreement with local charter company to start a charter division in the Middle East with a new Challenger 300.Austrian based business aviation company Avcon Jet AG (plc.) said the opening of its new branch office in the Persian Gulf will be in Manama, and will be responsible for chartering out the business jets of the Austrian business aviation company to new worldwide customers with focus on the Middle East.Accompanied by that, Avcon Jet recently signed a partnership agreement with MAE Jet Charters WLL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL, both based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The companies will cooperate on various activities. The new office and the collaboration are supported by a Bombardier Challenger 300, which fits perfectly in the market and will be based in Bahrain.The branch office is located in Al Zamil Tower South, Manama.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake says hes made peace with Janet

first_imgJustin Timberlake says he’s made peace with Janet Jackson by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 9:19 am PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, Justin Timberlake performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn. Timberlake previewed his new album “Man of the Woods” Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at a venue that was decorated with bushes and trees, and served ants coated in black garlic and rose oil and grasshoppers, showcasing the album’s theme. Timberlake, who will headline next month’s Super Bowl halftime show, worked again with his mega-producer Timbaland on the album. First single and album opener, “Filthy,” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Justin Timberlake says he has made up with Janet Jackson following the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl in 2004.When asked on a Beats 1 radio interview broadcast Thursday if he and Jackson have since made peace, Timberlake said, “Absolutely.”The singer, who is preparing for the release of his fourth solo album, says he and Jackson have talked privately about the incident.“I don’t know that a lot of people know that,” Timberlake says. “I mean, I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”At the infamous halftime show, Timberlake ripped Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast, bare except for a nipple ring. Jackson was barred a week later from the Grammy telecast.last_img read more

The Latest Weinsteins attorney Lawsuit without

first_imgThe Latest: Weinstein’s attorney: Lawsuit ‘without merit’ by The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2018 5:56 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general against Weinstein (all times local):9 p.m.A lawyer for disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein says he believes a “fair investigation” by New York’s attorney general will show that many of the allegations against Weinstein are “without merit.”State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn) filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Sunday against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.In court papers, Schneiderman says the Weinstein Co. “repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”Schneiderman also says that any sale of the company “must ensure that victims will be compensated” and that employees will be protected.In a statement Sunday night, Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, says that while Weinstein “was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality.”___6 p.m.New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.In court papers filed in Manhattan on Sunday, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn) says the Weinstein Co. “repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”Schneiderman says any sale of the company “must ensure that victims will be compensated” and that employees will be protected.Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Weinstein were not immediately returned.last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6 2018 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2018 10:44 am PDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US women’s goalie wants Bieber to take shot NEW YORK, N.Y. – Olympic goalie Maddie Rooney is challenging Justin Bieber to take his best shot.Rooney and the U.S. women’s gold-medal hockey team appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night. She says she’s still waiting for a tweet from Bieber.Rooney says she’d like a chance to stop a shot from the hockey-playing Canadian pop star. She revealed a “Team Bieber” shirt under her USA jersey.Rooney’s stop of a shootout goal against Canada clinched gold for the Americans.Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson’s triple-fake past the Canadian goalie in the shootout is nicknamed “Oops, I Did it Again.” Fallon asked, “Heard from Britney Spears?” Lamoureux-Davidson says she did get a tweet and thought it was “pretty cool.”During their celebration tour, the players sat courtside and took photos with Serena and Venus Williams during a tennis match at Madison Square Garden. The team will attend home games of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.center_img CORRECTS MONTH OF SHOW TO MARCH, NOT FEB. – FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, United States’ goalie Maddie Rooney blocks a shot during the first period of the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Rooney and the U.S. women’s gold-medal hockey team appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Monday, March. 5, 2018, where she said she’d like a chance to stop a shot from Justin Bieber, the hockey-playing Canadian pop star. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) last_img read more

TI wants to highlight trap music with popup mus

first_imgT.I. wants to highlight trap music with pop-up museum, album by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2018 12:24 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sept. 14, 2018 photo shows rapper Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., next to a car once owned by 2 Chainz and converted into an exhibit for Trap Music Museum in Atlanta. The rapper is paying homage to the trap music culture with its own museum dedicating areas of the exhibit to rappers including himself, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Rick Ross and Future. The museum opens on Sept. 30. Trap is a popular sub genre of hip-hop with the term trap referring to places where drug deals take place. (AP Photo/John Amis) center_img ATLANTA – Rapper T.I. took a stroll through one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Atlanta as children on school buses screamed his name, several motorists honked their horns and men asked for a selfie.Bankhead, an impoverished area known in the city for its high criminal activity, is viewed as a “trap” area — where drugs are regularly distributed and used. Most would be fearful of venturing into the potentially dangerous environment, yet T.I. walks the streets where he grew up with no worries and no security, while sporting a glistening gold watch and pinky ring.That’s because T.I. is highly respected in Bankhead, a neighbourhood he helped popularize through his songs viewed as trap music, a subgenre mostly detailing the lifestyle of selling drugs, highlighted by gritty lyrics and heavy beats.“He is respected because he respects us,” said Rosie Brittain, a Bankhead resident who helped raise T.I. “He represents us. He always comes back home. Nothing but love for him.”The three-time Grammy winner will pay homage to trap music culture with the Trap Music Museum, even dedicating areas of the exhibit to rappers like Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Future and himself. It opens Sunday in Atlanta.The pop-up museum will offer an “Escape the Trap” experience — much like the popular Escape the Room adventure game — where visitors have to use clues to find their way out of a house littered with illegal drugs before authorities arrive.While sitting on his grandfather’s front porch, T.I. spoke with The Associated Press about the museum and his 10th studio album, “Dime Trap,” out on Oct. 5.______AP: Why do you feel so safe in Bankhead?T.I.: It’s a little old lady right up the street. She only leaves her house to go to church and the grocery store. She got a little .38 Special (handgun). She keeps it under pillow or in her nightstand next to her blood pressure pills. And she will blow your damn head off if you come (messing) with T.I. That doesn’t come from anything I’ve done for myself. It comes from me being a genuine person and caring enough about the community and the people in it to treat them with respect.______AP: Why did you feel the need to curate the Trap Music Museum?T.I.: I want to celebrate the culture and not just me. The easy thing for me to do is set up a show and it just be me and perform all the songs from trap music, which I was tempted to do. The genre has become so significant that I felt it deserved more than that. It’s really going to be a place where people can take pictures and kind of interact.______AP: When did you realize trap music was about to take off?T.I.: The first time I saw the potential, I hardly noticed it. You know, when you’re so close to something you can’t see it growing. Like if you’re around a puppy dog every day, it’s still a puppy to you even though it’s getting bigger. That how trap music was to me. Even when it was at its biggest point, I never really noticed until people in the EDM world started to call their music trap. That’s when I started taking notice.______AP: How do you feel when people criticize trap music for its glorification of drugs and gunplay?T.I.: It did that, but so did mafia movies. So did “Scarface.”…If I am being reflective and honestly interpreting the effects my experiences had on me, the people who weren’t there won’t be able to decipher that reflection from glorification. I’m going to speak about it the same way Al Bundy speaks about scoring three touchdowns in one game at Polk High. That’s how he spent his teenage years. Those were his glory moments. I didn’t play football. I sold dope. …I’m proud I survived those things. I’m not proud of all of things I necessarily did, but proud of all the lessons that I learned from them.______AP: Will your “Dime Trap” album harken back to your drug-selling days?T.I.: Slightly. The first record “Trap Muzik,” it was about the experiences I endured and the lifestyle before I made it in the music industry. With “Dime Trap,” this is the evolution of trap music and what I learned and some of the epiphanies along the way. I’ll talk about the things that really matter to me now.______AP: You recently signed with Epic Records — what are the details of the partnership?T.I.: Equity. We have the majority share. I own my masters. I have creative control. It’s a good partnership. It’s extremely rare for a major (label) to extend themselves to an artist.______Online:https://trapmusicmuseum.us______Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31last_img read more

by Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Posted

first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 1:02 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Filmmaker Ryan Boyko is shown during shooting for his new documentary “That Never Happened.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Armistice Films MANDATORY CREDIT Canada’s first national internment operations detailed in new doccenter_img TORONTO – When actor-filmmaker Ryan Boyko was in Grade 10 in Saskatoon, he saw a documentary about the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during the First World War that left him stunned.Growing up in a Ukrainian-Canadian household, he’d never heard that about the war and he went to his history teacher to learn more.“He said, ‘You mean the Japanese internment during World War II?’ and I said, ‘No, I mean the Ukrainian internment during World War I,’” Boyko, 38, recalled in a recent phone interview.“And he looked at me and said, ‘That never happened.’”The experience sparked a decades-long research journey into the little-known chapter of Canada’s history for Boyko, resulting in his feature directorial debut “That Never Happened,” which screens in Ottawa on Thursday and several other Canadian cities through Nov. 12. It hits various digital platforms on Nov. 13, and will be available at the on-demand services of Shaw and Bell.The documentary features interviews with experts and internee descendants as it details Canada’s first national internment operations between 1914 to 1920, when roughly 8,500 people from Ukraine and other European countries — some of them women and children — were labelled “enemy aliens” and unjustly put into camps under the War Measures Act.Described in the film as essentially “prison camps,” some of them were in national parks and had inadequate food, clothing and shelter for the internees, who were forced to do hard labour in rough conditions. At least 106 people died in the camps, said Boyko.Most of those interned were Ukrainians but they also included Croatians, Serbians, Bulgarians, Czechs, Slovaks, and Armenians.During the same time period, more than 88,000 people from the same countries were forced to register in Canada and had to report monthly to the police. In some cases, officials demanded payment from registerees to get their documents stamped, according to those who speak in the doc. If they didn’t pay up, they were interned.As Boyko’s film explains, in 1954 the government destroyed all of the records and ledgers pertaining to the internment operations. It wasn’t until the late ’70s and early ’80s that people started talking about it, mostly a result of aging internees finally revealing their harrowing experiences to their loved ones.“Most people don’t know that they had family members who were interned, because most didn’t talk about it,” said the Hamilton-based Boyko, founder and CEO of Armistice Films Inc.“And because there isn’t a complete record of all 8,579 people who were interned — there are only about 3,000 names that people know at the moment — there are a lot of people missing.”In 2005, a private member’s bill, C-331, was passed into law to recognize the internees.There’s also a Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and an educational component in Canada’s high-school curriculum.Some individuals, like Boyko, are also raising awareness through various forms of research and initiatives like monuments at internment sites.Bokyo, who also dove into the subject matter with his 2016 award-winning web series “The Camps,” recently screened “That Never Happened” at the United Nations in Geneva as part of its celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. The post-screening chat was free-flowing and full of questions from UN representatives, which Boyko was later told is unusual for the typically regimented organization.Boyko’s next project is a feature film about the same subject matter, which he hopes to start filming in March as a co-production between Ukraine and Canada. The story will feature two brothers in the camps.“I think it’s the start of the conversation that hopefully people are going to continue well after they’ve seen the film,” Boyko said.Online: http://www.armisticefilms.com/that-never-happenedlast_img read more

Shaquille ONeal bringing Shaqs Fun House to Supe

first_imgShaquille O’Neal bringing Shaq’s Fun House to Super Bowl AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA — Shaquille O’Neal has been to enough parties before Super Bowls to know that he can do much better.“I’ve been to a million Super Bowl parties the past 15 years, and they’re all boring,” O’Neal said. “So this is Atlanta, I’m bringing the party to Atlanta. I wanted to do something big, so I called my friends.”He’s bringing “Shaq’s Fun House” to Atlanta on Feb. 1 with a little bit of everything, from the Migos, a Waffle House pop-up diner and a Ferris wheel to even Cirque Du Soleil featuring a special appearance by the NBA Hall of Famer himself.“I’m doing rehearsals now, and it’s going to be epic,” O’Neal said of his part in “Mystère.”“It’s going to be talked about, and hopefully people pull out their phones and it goes viral because that’s my favourite show, ‘Mystere’ by Cirque Du Soleil. I know I was a great athlete, but these guys are some of the finest athletes in the world. Every time I’m in Vegas for the past several years I always hit up a show.”O’Neal brought his Fun House experience to Florida during Miami Music Week in March, and he wanted to outdo that. For music, he’s tapped rap trio Migos, DJ Tiesto, Lil Jon, T-Pain, plus Grammy-award winning producer and DJ Diplo. O’Neal also will perform a set as DJ Diesel. The Fun House also will feature a carnival midway and food from Atlanta restaurants.“There’s two things that bring people closer together despite what’s going on in the country,” O’Neal said. “That’s sports and music, and I happen to dominate in both. So when I was putting this together I was saying, ‘OK, I want part music festival. I want a carnival. I want a circus, and I want to do it on a nice, big platform, and I want to have fun doing it.”O’Neal said he learned approximately a thousand people couldn’t get into his Miami party, which was secret invite only earlier this year. That’s why this party will be held at Live! At Battery Park at SunTrust Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public for this party starting Thursday morning beginning at $249.99, with VIP tickets for $999 for access to a fast entrance and other VIP areas.“We’re going to have a good time,” O’Neal said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 3:27 am PDTlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2018 5:17 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dead at 74center_img LOS ANGELES — Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died.A death certificate obtained by The Associated Press shows Locke died Nov. 3 at age 74 at her home in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. Locke’s death was promptly reported to authorities, but was not publicized until a RadarOnline story Thursday. It’s not clear why it took so long to come to light.Locke was best known for the six films she made with Clint Eastwood in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” ”Every Which Way But Loose,” and “Sudden Impact.” She and Eastwood also had a 13-year romantic relationship.She was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” her first film.The Associated Presslast_img read more

February 27 2009 We continue the report on the

first_imgFebruary 27, 2009 We continue the report on the construction of the new Visitor’s Center Entrance AOT ramp. The Construction crew and workshop-participants completed the form for a retaining wall below level 2. [Photo:sa & text: dkt] The crew works with a dry-pack technique, often used by Paolo Soleri for creating slanted surfaces. Concrete is packed and shaped into the form from the bottom up. [Photo:dkt, sa, csa, ts & text: dkt] The wall is complete. Once the concrete has set, a soupy concrete slip will be applied to give it a specific pattern, see report schedule for 3/2/09. Notice the railing above has been painted with a rust-prevention primer. [Photo:dkt, sa, csa, ts & text: sa]last_img read more

June 21 2010 A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Paolo So

first_imgJune 21, 2010 A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Paolo Soleri. 91 years young, here on a visit to the High Tunnel Greenhouse at Arcosanti. [photo: Jon Goodbun & text: sa] The photos were taken on June 17. by visiting scholar Jon Goodbun. [photo: Jon Goodbun & text: sa] With Paolo were his daughter Daniela with husband David Cleveland and granddaughter Xina. [photo: Jon Goodbun & text: sa]last_img

February 5 2018 Repositioning Paolo Soleri The

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018“Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature” closed last month and was delivered back to Arcosanti this past week. The whole archives crew, construction, and even members of the foundry pitched in to help transport the large models into storage.The models were moved from off the truck, through the East Crescent to the storage area. (photos by Sue Kirsch and Rebecca Weeks, text by Shannon Mackenzie) In the storage area, the models were moved on to the custom made shelves built in the metal shop over the last few weeks. See “Fabricating Shelves for Archives” Arconews post to see how the shelves were made.last_img read more

Nicosia mayor refutes new mini buses have no licence

first_imgNicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis on Tuesday rejected claims that the newly launched mini bus service into the old town had been shut down over the lack of an operating licence.Yiorkadjis also pointed out that there are objections from specific people who, due to competition, do not want the bus network to operate.In a statement on Tuesday, the Municipality of Nicosia said that in accordance with the Road Traffic Law, it had secured a licence for 15 vehicles with full insurance coverage since 2010.“We have secured a temporary license to use the vehicles for the provision of the service in the Nicosia centre. Therefore, the mini buses can and will continue to run on a trial basis,” the announcement said.The mini buses started operating on a trial basis on Monday. Unlike the bigger buses which can only get to Solomou Square, the 13 mini buses will be able to negotiate the narrow roads in the old part of the city.The 22-seater buses are fully air-conditioned and have the facilities to transport wheelchair users and strollers. They also have racks for bikes.The service is available free of charge during the trial period. No decision has yet been made about what the charge will be later on.The aim is to revitalise the historic centre by improving accessibility through sustainable means of transport and gradually reduce the number of cars within the walls.The trial period will be used to detect and correct problems before their official operation. After a few days, passengers will be asked what they think about the timetables, the routes and the service in general.The municipality said on Tuesday in cooperation with organisations for people with disabilities, 15 issues have been identified that need to be fixed to facilitate access for the disabled.After any other changes deemed necessary have been made the municipality expects to officially start the service in about a month.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Biofuel likely cause of Vassiliko blaze Updated

first_imgIt was no surprise that the fire near the Vassiliko cement factory on Monday began at night as combustible material in the area absorbed heat throughout the day, fire services chief Marcos Tragkolas said on Tuesday.Speaking at the House environmental committee that convened to discuss fire prevention, Tragkolas explained how before firefighters began using soil to try and obliterate the flames, they noticed quantities of spontaneously combustible renewable biofuel (RBF).The factory is located in the same area as the VTTV oil depot and an electricity authority (EAC) substation.The EAC has an agreement with the factory whereby they give it waste materials such as old electricity poles to burn using RBF.A statement by the fire services said investigations indicate RBF was present around the old electricity wooden poles and plastic material, thus making it highly likely to be the source of the fire and the reason the fire spread so quickly to the nearby flammable materials.A factory employee had reported that when he first noticed the fire, it was small, but become a full-scale blaze within seconds.“We are not surprised by the fact that the fire began at night as throughout the day, temperatures had gone incredibly high and the RBF was being used. Combined with the humidity and the winds in the area, it caused the fire to begin,” Tragkolas said.A spokesperson for Vassiliko was not immediately available for comment, but in earlier statements said the factory was working closely with authorities and that all staff were working under safe conditions.The fire services were notified at 10.35pm on Monday night that a fire had started in a pile of wood and rubber near the installations. It took until Tuesday lunchtime to bring the flames control  and too eight fire trucks.According to the fire services, the fire broke out at an EAC storage area. North-easterly winds meant heavy smoke was blown in the direction of Limassol.The area is also the location of the Mari naval base blast in 2011 which killed 13 people and injured dozens more after 98 containers of munitions that had been stored for two-and-a-half years in the sun self-detonated.Though discussions for opening a fire station in the area had arisen since then, it has yet to be opened. Plans are underway to have it up and ready by 2019, fire services spokesman Andreas Kettis told the Cyprus Mail.“It has already been approved. Works will begin in 2018 and the plan is to have it operating by 2019. It will be staffed by 56 firefighters whose sole responsibility will be that area. They will not be called to other areas.”Speaking broadly on fire prevention, Tragkolas told MPs that he had been in touch with both the environmental committee and community leaders to further cooperate “for cases where the fire services sees some areas or properties at high fire risk.”The fire services have a duty to notify relevant authorities and recommend any solution, he added.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus government spends least on health in EU

first_imgCyprus ranked last in government expenditure on health in 2015 and 8th in the EU28 in education-related government expenditure, according to an infographic published by Eurostat.When it came to health, Cyprus’ government spending stood at 2.6 per cent of GDP, last in the EU, and less than half the bloc’s average of 7.2 per cent of its GDP.This translated into €532 per person per year, leaving Cyprus close to last – Latvia clocked in at €468 – in the per capita category, and around only a quarter of the EU average of €2,076 per inhabitant.In 2015, nearly €1,058 billion of general government expenditure was spent by EU member states on health. The figure is equivalent to 7.2 per cent of the EU’s GDP. Health is the second largest item of public expenditure, after social protection at 19.2 per cent.Cyprus’ government spending on health stood at 2.6 per cent, followed by Latvia at 3.8 per cent, Romania 4.2 per cent, Greece 4.5 per cent, Luxembourg 4.6 per cent and Poland 4.7 per cent. By contrast, in Denmark spending on health stood at 8.6 per cent, France 8.2 per cent, while Austria and the Netherlands both spent 8 per cent.The member states that spent above €3,000 per inhabitant were Luxembourg €4,112, Denmark €4,094, the Netherlands €3,194, Sweden €3,170, Austria €3,149, Ireland €3,138 and the United Kingdom €3,020.At the opposite end of the scale with Cyprus, spending stood below €600 per inhabitant in Romania at €340, Bulgaria €343, Latvia €468, Poland €520, Cyprus €532 and Hungary €592.When it came to education, according to the findings, in 2015 over €716 billion of general government expenditure was spent by member states on education.This figure is equivalent to almost 5 per cent of the EU’s GDP. Education is the fourth largest item of public expenditure, after social protection 19.2 per cent, health 7.2 per cent and general public services such as external affairs and public debt transactions, 6.2 per cent.In 2015, overall, 18 of the 28 member states recorded a ratio of 5 per cent or more. Cyprus stood in eighth place at around 5.8 per cent, following Denmark 7.0 per cent, Sweden 6.5 per cent, Belgium 6.4 per cent, Finland 6.2 per cent, Estonia 6.1 per cent, and Latvia and Portugal both 6.0 per cent.At the lower end were Romania at 3.1 per cent, Ireland 3.7 per cent, Bulgaria and Italy both at 4 per cent, Spain at 4.1 per cent, Germany and Slovakia both at 4.2 per cent, and Greece 4.3 per cent.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Poor gas drilling results not all doom and gloom

first_imgBy Elias Hazou News this week of the outcome at the Onisiphoros well generated all sorts of reaction, but for experts the main takeaway is that the gas find – albeit a small one – holds great promise for the future because it has scientifically confirmed the existence of a carbonate platform around the Eratosthenes Seamount south of the island.“It’s a milestone in a long road. No doubt this confirmation will trigger more aggressive exploration in the acreages awarded in the third licensing round,” Constandinos Hadjistassou, assistant professor at the University of Nicosia, told the Sunday Mail.“We now have useful data on the permeability, composition and depth of the traps. This information will help Total and ENI – and others – to map out the area on the edges of Eratosthenes, previously unexplored.”Hydrocarbon traps are locations where permeable reservoir rocks (carbonates, sandstones) are covered by rocks with low permeability that are capable of preventing the hydrocarbons from further upward migration.Hadjistassou says too much attention is being paid to the size of the reservoir discovered in block 11.“I’d be far more worried had the drill not confirmed the carbonate structures in the bedrock. Now, the chances of finding larger accumulations of hydrocarbons have increased.”And the carbonate platform covers a vast area.“Bottom line, Eratosthenes is a hot spot. Drawing on the data from the Onisiphoros drill, the energy companies will recalibrate their geological models, which in layman’s terms means they can more accurately pinpoint the possible location of hydrocarbons in carbonate structures.”The professor points out also that the largest reserves worldwide have been found within carbonate formations.The LNG plant at Damietta in EgyptEven prior to the drill at Onisiphoros, seismic data released to the bidding companies showed a large-sized formation within block 10, licensed to ExxonMobil.That’s all well and good, but what’s next? Following the announcement of the ‘poor’ results in block 11, some commentators and MPs went into doom-and-gloom mode, while others turned into the opposite direction entirely, predicting that huge gas discoveries lie in wait.“Forget what the politicians say,” remarks energy analyst Charles Ellinas.“It’s all about the companies. They want to find gas and develop it, they make their own plans and analyses, they take their decisions and then inform the government.”With that as the jumping-off point, Ellinas opines that both ExxonMobil as well as ENI will proceed with further drills in blocks 10 and 8, respectively, regardless of the results at Onisiphoros.“Take ExxonMobil. They had already identified a target in block 10 and were going ahead with drilling anyway. If anything, now with the data from Onisiphoros, they are even more determined to drill in their acreage. Not only that, the data will help them fine-tune their search models.”More broadly, the trend in the hydrocarbons industry is shifting toward natural gas. The challenge, says Ellinas, is that gas has to compete with renewables – becoming cheaper all the time – and with coal.Because renewables – solar, wind – are becoming more efficient all the time, it is taking greater and greater volumes of gas to generate the same amount of energy on the consumption end.“So there’s plenty of energy around, but with gas due to heat loss you are not using all of it. As a result, with renewables on the rise, oil and gas prices are projected to stay low in the long run, if not forever.”Consolidation and joint ventures are thus the way forward for the gas players of the world.Energy companies keen to develop their gas will increasingly look to Asian markets, as selling to Europe is becoming very difficult – Russian gas is very cheap, with the Russians willing to sell for as low as $5 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) in order to keep their share of the market.The Russians are prepared to do that since their production cost is just 80 cents per MMBtu.But Cypriot gas cannot possibly go for $5 in Europe. For starters, it would cost around $2.5 just to produce, plus another $1 for a pipeline to Egypt, another $3 to liquefy the gas at the facilities there in Idku or Damietta, and finally half a dollar more for shipping it to Europe.With European markets not viable, Asia is the only option.This means the gas would need to be liquefied (LNG) before being shipped to Asia.“But crucially also, the companies engaged in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone will try to pool their projects, thus avoiding duplication of infrastructure, risk, cost, and so forth,” says Ellinas.Additionally, the United States is now exporting shale gas to Asia, so LNG would be competing with this market as well in the Far East.Therefore, slashing the cost of natural gas production, for example through joint ventures, is an imperative.“If you manage to shave just half a dollar off the price, that could be key,” he says.Asked what these joint projects might look like in practice, the analyst envisions a network of connected pipelines from the various blocks, criss-crossing the Cyprus EEZ and ending up off Egyptian shores.Yet another factor arguing for collaboration is the considerable water depth in the EEZ. The deeper you go, the higher the pressure, and so the narrower the pipeline must be designed in order to cope.It follows that only a small-diameter pipeline would do the job – but that in turn means less gas flowing at any given time.In Ellinas’ view, the best way forward for Cypriot gas might be for the companies to jointly fund the construction of additional trains (production lines) at the Damietta LNG terminal.The Damietta facility is currently idle – but that is about to change, and fast. Egypt expects to become energy self-sufficient by the end of 2018, at which time it will stop importing LNG.And the neighbouring country should begin exporting their own gas after 2020, thus assigning priority to liquefying their own gas.This will necessitate the building of more trains for gas coming from elsewhere – for example Cyprus.As for the Aphrodite reservoir, discovered by Houston-based Noble Energy in late 2011, Ellinas thinks it will remain on ice for some time to come, and for the same fundamental reasons – the high cost of development.Noble Energy are busy pouring their resources into developing the massive Leviathan gas field in Israeli waters and, with the company having spent billions buying up a Texas shale oil company earlier this year, the cash is not there to develop Aphrodite as well.“Again, I have to stress that Cyprus doesn’t dictate what happens. Our role, the government’s role, is simply to facilitate the companies in any way we can.” You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

Last chance to renew road tax

first_imgMembers of the public have until Sunday to renew their road tax before they are reported to police.In an announcement on Friday, police said the road transport department had given a 70-day extension which was set to expire on Sunday.After the deadline, officers on the road will report any drivers found not to have renewed their road tax, the announcement said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Use of foreclosure in Cyprus weak says European Commission

first_imgPrivate debt in Cyprus continues to be among the highest in the EU, in no small part due to the limited use of the insolvency and foreclosure frameworks, the European Commission has said.Reporting on Cyprus in its 2018 European Semester review, the Commission said the debt held by non-financial corporations and households decreased to around 250 per cent of GDP in 2017 Q3, “primarily driven by households’ debt reduction. Despite the robust recovery, repayment of debt has only marginally improved as contract enforcement remains weak and the use of the insolvency and foreclosure frameworks is limited.”The report, dated March 7, highlighted the major weaknesses of the foreclosures system in Cyprus.“Use of the foreclosure framework remains marginal. Some key deficiencies of the foreclosure legislation have been identified, such as a high reserve price for the first auction (currently 80 per cent of the book value), the difficulty of serving foreclosure notices and a lack of clarity regarding guarantors’ obligations.“The foreclosure law does not ensure that the framework applies to cases affected by a court ruling based on the previous legislation,” the Commission noted.It stressed that use of the new corporate and personal insolvency process was limited.“Rules of court for corporate insolvency have not been updated, which hampers the effectiveness of the insolvency framework. Banks do not make full use of the new tools, which offer sustainable restructuring solutions to clients with insufficient repayment capacity.“Insolvent borrowers and other stakeholders appear not to be fully aware of the possibilities offered by the insolvency and pre-insolvency mechanisms. Banks’ participation in insolvency proceedings in the framework of loan restructuring remains limited.”The country reports also review member states’ progress with the implementation of the country-specific recommendations over the years, by taking a multi-annual perspective.In April the governments will have to present their own national reform programmes and the European Commission in May will issue the relevant recommendations after inspecting them.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos goes blue for autism awareness

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneON Monday evening Paphos town hall, the castle at the harbour in Kato Paphos, archaeological sites the court house and some other buildings will be lit up with blue lights in support of Autism Awareness day.All over the world thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, businesses and communities emit blue lights on April 2nd, in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities also take place all month long to increase understanding and acceptance and gather worldwide support.Marina Fylaktou, manager of the Cyprus Autism Association centre in Paphos told the Cyprus Mail that marking the day provides a chance to raise awareness and start conversations about autism.“The purpose is to inform people about autism and the steps taken to smoothly integrate autistic people into society.”On Monday evening a parade of supporters, wearing blue and carrying blue balloons and placards, will set off from the Paphos centre at 7pm and walk to Paphos municipality in the centre of the town, where the building will then be bathed in blue light.Flyaktou said that members of the public are invited to participate and blue t-shirts will be provided for those without blue clothes to wear.The Paphos centre manager said that far more needs to be done and more funds raised to ensure that the centre can expand and offer more help to children with autism.“We currently provide programmes to help adults enjoy better life and have fun. They also go on trips around Paphos to help them to socialise more,” she said.The centre offers help to adults with autism five days a week from 7.30am to 3pm, but Flyaktou said that there are a huge number of enquiries from parents of children with autism and the association would like to relocate to a larger place in future, in order to increase the help offered and implement suitable programmes for children as well.“Parents contact us for help and advice and many contact us after their child has been diagnosed to find out what they can do next.”The association can offer help to parents often daunted by a diagnosis on what to do and who to speak to, as well as give support, she saidIn 2007 the United Nations designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day April and ‘light it up blue’ soon followed, which sees supporters wear blue and buildings lit in blue to highlight awareness.World Autism Awareness Day kicks off a month of autism awareness with all sorts of events taking place worldwide.Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions which present challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are many types of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.In Cyprus, there are more than 15,000 children and adults in the autism spectrum, and it is more common in boys than girls.The Autism Association was founded in Cyprus in 1990 and is a charitable non-profit organisation and the main purpose of the body is to work to secure the rights of Autistic people, in order to ensure a better quality of life.In May 2004 in Limassol, the charity opened their first specialised intervention centre for rehabilitation, training, treatment, protection and employment for children and adults with Autism Syndrome.In January 2009, a similar facility centre opened in Paphos and in January 2010 a further one in Nicosia.The facilities operate as day-care centres, and in Limassol and Nicosia there is also an afternoon programme for children, including music, speech and occupational therapy as well as special education.“We are always looking for volunteers and people to help us raise funds, so please get in touch if you would like to help,” she saidOn Monday, similar events will take place at other municipalities across the island in support of Autism Awareness Day.Autism Centre Paphos: Evrou Street 2B, 8028, (close to the Technical School roundabout).Contact: 26221346You May LikePairscousinTop 11 Universities On This PlanetPairscousinUndoLuxury African SafariAfrican Safari Has Come a Long Way without Losing Its Romance and AdventureLuxury African SafariUndoKiwiReportThe Most Hilarious Movie Flops Of All TimeKiwiReportUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more