Related Airlines consigning paper ticketing to the

first_img RelatedAirlines consigning paper ticketing to the pastPaper ticketing for flights is firmly on the way out, according to new research and growing trends in the aviation industry.Flybe announces new interline ticketing ventureLow-cost airline Flybe has announced a new interline ticketing partnership with Hahn Air.WizzAir steps in to help SkyEurope passengersWizz Air will offer flights to passengers affected by the suspension of SkyEurope at Vienna Airport Central European carrier SkyEurope Airlines has become the first low cost carrier (LCC) to meet international aviation requirements and convert its operations to full e-ticketing in 100 countries.After readjusting its timeframe, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) set a deadline of May of this year for transition to 100 per cent electronic ticketing for all airlines – and the measures taken by SkyEurope make it a trailblazer among LCCs.Offering IATA-approved e-ticketing in 100 countries on more than 70 routes, the airline has benefited from GDS access via Hahn Air’s partnership on e-ticketing, providing interline e-ticketing options and paving the way for SkyEurope seats to be sold by over 60,000 travel agencies.Steven Greenway, chief commercial officer of SkyEurope said: “The launch of Hahn Air’s e-alliance solution in partnership with SkyEurope greatly increases our sales and distribution capability and market penetration.”The move comes as full air travel procedures move toward a paperless future, a trend harnessed by American carrier Continental and its current trialling of electronic boarding passes.Following on from processes used in Japan, Scandinavia and Spain, the airline has claimed satisfaction thus far with the progress of issuing boarding codes to passenger mobile devices, a move that could soon by taken up by LCCs and legacy carriers alike.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

6 Drink water from the tap Do not waste your mone

first_img6. Drink water from the tapDo not waste your money on bottled water in Japan. All the water from taps in Japan is drinkable and safe. Just buy one water bottle from a supermarket, then fill it up at your hotel or wherever you go. 7. Visit the free observation decks in TokyoHere is a great tip if you are visiting Tokyo. For the best view of the city, hop over to the 45th floor of The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. The building offers two free observation decks from where you can get a great panoramic view of the city. On a clear day, apparently you can see Mount Fuji. Want more tips for trips to Japan? Check these out:5 cool things to experience in JapanTired of Tokyo? Looking for new adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun? Read more about Japan’s must-sees and how to get there for yourself.8 geeky things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? Take a tour of 8 of the best hi-tech attractions on the ultimate geek’s adventure in Tokyo.Photo guide: a tour of Tokyo in photographsWritten by Kash Bhattacharya for Skyscanner.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHiking in Japan: 15 awe-inspiring trailsFrom epic climbs up active volcanoes to temple odysseys through the mists of time, Japan is full of fantastic walking trails and some of the world’s most impressive mountains. Here are our top 15 routes, plus a few tips, for the ultimate hiking holiday in Japan. But first the essentials…Top 15 attractions and things to do in TokyoA fascinating mix of the hyper-new and the ancient, you can see the second-tallest structure in the world – the Tokyo Skytree – on the same day as visiting a 1,400-year-old temple in Asakusa. Here’s our list of Tokyo’s top attractions, as eclectic as the city itself.15 of the weirdest hotels in JapanChecked in by a robot, sleeping in a capsule and a wake-up call from Godzilla? It can only be and stay in Japan. 1. Get a Japan Rail PassNothing beats seeing Japan from a rail window. JR Rail pass is the way to see Japan. It offers unlimited rides on Japan Rail network for one, two, or three weeks – all services except the fastest express services. It is available only to people on a tourist visa. All you have to do is purchase the pass at least a week or more in advance of your trip to Japan. A rail pass for one week is around ¥28,300 or about £150. A normal return fare from Tokyo to Kyoto is ¥27,000, about £145. So just with the one return fare from Tokyo to Kyoto you are almost covering costs of the JR Rail Pass.Click on the image to read about more fun things to do in Japan that won’t break the bank.center_img Credit: ©tupungato / Thinkstock Editorial2. Hop on a busIf you’re already in Japan without a JR rail pass then consider taking the bus. For example travelling with Willer Express you can travel for as little as 3500 yen one way from Tokyo to Kyoto. Journey time is around 8 hours and you can book online via their English website.3. Eat out at a supermarketIf you are on a tight budget in Japan, eat out at least once a day at one of the local convenience stores, usually a 7-eleven. This isn’t your usual ready made convenience fare. You can choose from delicious dishes like salmon on rice with butter soy sauce or their wide range of sushi dishes or try their chicken soboro bento with sides of coleslaw and spinach. Delicious! Locals clear out the shelves after work so get there early to get the best possible selection of food. Also another handy tip: ATM machines at 7-eleven are one of the very few places where you can withdraw money using a foreign bankcard. Credit: ©Kheng ho Toh / Thinkstock Editorial4. Pop in the world’s oldest fast-food chainYoshinoya is the oldest fast food chain in the world, serving tasty, cheap and quick food. Their signature dishes are beef bowls, aka Gyūdon. What you get is a bowl of rice topped up with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin. They also serve red ginger (beni shōga) and Japanese tea (ocha) free of charge. It costs just ¥500 (£3) with a bowl of miso soup. Bargain!5. Consider capsule hotels and internet cafesMany people consider accommodation in Japan to be expensive but there are some really budget friendly options. Capsule hotels were invented to give Japanese business men place to crash if they missed the last train home or were too drunk after a few drinks out with colleagues. If you suffer from claustrophobia, worth remembering these rooms are tiny: all you get is a tube with a mattress. Nine Hours Hotel in Narita Airport will offer you a robe, toothpaste, toothbrush and even slippers! Another experience to sample is sleeping in an Internet cafe. If you come in late, you can get a room from midnight until 8am for about £20. On many occasions you may be sleeping on a couch, but if money is tight, this an option you may want to consider. The cafes often have showers as well.last_img read more

Is it safe to travel to Cuba

first_imgThe country is respecting a 9 day period of mourning lasting until 4th December, and as such those who are looking to travel, or are currently travelling in Cuba, may experience a more sombre atmosphere.All public events have been cancelled during this mourning period. Some museums will be closed and many bars and restaurants will be switching off their music, with a citywide ban on alcohol in Havana. There are to be two rallies, due to take place on 29th November and 3rd December. While there are no levels of threat, the FCO recommends keeping an eye on the local media and reaching out to your tour operator, hotels, or airlines about any possible changes to your booking. Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  If you’re planning to book a holiday to Cuba next year, it should be noted our data shows that *flight searches to the island have seen a 26% increase from the UK and 16% increase from the US in the week following Castro’s passing. This may impact flight availability and prices and we would recommend setting up price alerts** to monitor prices changes as and when they happen to get the best deal.Do you need a visa to go to Cuba?Prior to travelling you will need to get a tourist card which is valid for up to one trip of 30 days. If you have any questions on visas, the Cuban Embassy is your best go-to. Although crime levels are low, it is a must that you take out travel and medical insurance before visiting Cuba; you’ll be asked to present these documents upon arrival on the island. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for travel advice? We’ve got more information and tips for you…Top 10 unmissable things to do in HavanaWhether you’re on the trail of Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway or you just want to kick back and relax to some vibrant live Cuban music washed down with plenty of mojitos, Havana has plenty to offer.How to cope when a dream holiday turns into a nightmareWe’ve put together a guide to help you cope should things not go according to plan while you’re on holiday.Flight cancelled or delayed? Know your rightsIf you’re stranded abroad and looking to get home, here are our best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.*Data is based on a week on week comparison (comparing 20th November 2016 against 27th November 2016) of UK and US searches to Cuba. Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall result of seven weeks to book in advance should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers.Information correct as of 29th November 2016, obtained from https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba before booking a tripSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Find cheap flights to Cuba Related10 tips for travelling the Caribbean on a budgetCaribbean getaways needn’t cost you the earth. These tips and tricks for travelling the Caribbean on a budget mean you’ll still be eating the best jerk chicken, having one rum punch a day and seeing some of the regions most beautiful beaches.Travel Trends: world’s top destinations for 2016Get all the latest travel trends for 2016 and find out why these are the places you have to see this year.Top 15 attractions and things to do in HavanaWhether you’re on the trail of Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway or you just want to kick back and relax to some vibrant live Cuban music washed down with plenty of mojitos, Havana is the perfect destination for a city break. Here is our guide to the top 15 essential…last_img read more

PHILIPSBURG St Maarten — A shortage of jet fuel

first_imgPHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — A shortage of jet fuel in St. Maarten has resulted in rationing at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) “seriously affecting the operations of private jets,” according to the island’s newspaper The Daily Herald.According to the The Daily Herald “no commercial aircraft were affected, a number of private jets had to fly to Antigua to be fuelled.”The shortage was attributed to the annual closing of the Point a Pierre refinery, located in South Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, to undergo an annual maintenance shutdown from December 28 to January 4 and the high sea swells in the region which have led to tanker delays.A new delivery this this weekend is expected to bring operations back to normal.last_img

Castries St Lucia West Indies – Villa Beach Cot

first_imgCastries, St. Lucia, West Indies – Villa Beach Cottages is pleased to announce a high-season special for 7-night bookings now through March 1, 2009. Nestled among the coconut trees of Choc Bay, just a few short yards from the Caribbean Sea, Villa Beach Cottages has recently undergone extensive renovations and improvements and provides guests with comfortable, casual luxury in an idyllic location.The Villa Beach Cottages high season special offer is valid for bookings of a minimum of 7 nights and includes: • Accommodations in one of the property’s brand new deluxe one- or two-bedroom villa suites; • Complimentary meet and greet airport transfers; • Flowers and welcome drinks upon arrival; • A romantic sunset cruise for two; • Free use of the resort’s ocean kayaks; • A complimentary day’s rental of a car or jeep for exploring the island.Prices for the high season special are US $2,295 (for two persons in a deluxe one-bedroom villa) and US $2,595 (for four persons in a deluxe two-bedroom villa.) The offer is valid for bookings of at least 7 nights from now through March 1, 2009. www.villabeachcottages.com or call (758) 450-2884.last_img read more

Bill Clinton James Patterson new dramatic novel

first_imgBill Clinton, James Patterson new, dramatic novel by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, May 21, 2018, photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, and author James Patterson speak during an interview about their new novel, “The President is Missing,” in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) center_img WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack.The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen.“You’re asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty,” the former president said during a recent interview at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as he and Patterson discussed “The President Is Missing,” the thriller they worked on together that comes out this week. “(But) it could happen. If you were determined to do it, you could do it.”“A big piece of it (the novel) was getting him out of the White House,” Patterson said. “It would be irresponsible, but under the circumstances it was the responsible thing to do.”Prodded to collaborate by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for both of them, Clinton and Patterson drew on their respective backgrounds in completing a 500-page novel that topped Amazon’s bestseller list before publication. Patterson is among the world’s most popular and prolific fiction writers, and the novel is a characteristically fast-paced narrative, with brief chapters and dramatic plot turns.Clinton, a newcomer to novel writing whose previous books include the million-selling autobiography “My Life,” didn’t need a lot of research to tell readers what it’s like to sit inside the White House Situation Room or to be briefed on a possible terrorist attack, or to imagine slipping away entirely.“Jim wanted it to be authentic,” Clinton said. “Which means: A, the physical setting has to be authentic. B, the procedures had to be authentic, and the interplay between the president and the staff and all the world leaders and everything had to have the feel of reality, and even how the Secret Service works.”The novel has received blurbs from Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley and even “Hamilton” author Ron Chernow. The historian told The Associated Press in a recent email that he was initially “dubious” about the project, but was impressed by the “stylistic blend” of the two authors.“I have to assume that the crisp pacing comes from Patterson, but there is no doubt that the authenticity of the abundant detail owes a great deal to Clinton’s years in the White House,” Chernow wrote. “The book has a knowing, inside feel.”Readers may be surprised to see one experience Clinton knows of well turn up in the novel — impeachment, as faced by President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, whose foes allege he endangered national security. The story line will surely revive an historic low point of his White House years, when he was impeached in 1998 by the House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate, on charges stemming in part from his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The scandal was already back in the news earlier this year, with Lewinsky writing that the #MeToo movement compelled her to look upon that time through a “new lens.”But Clinton expressed little concern about mentioning impeachment. In the novel, Duncan notes that a president can be impeached for anything, “It doesn’t have to be a crime.” Clinton said he wanted to present accusations which, if true, would merit removal from office.“We (also) wanted to show something that if you were going to testify to Congress, or if you were going to do a full blown news conference, that you have to — I don’t care how good you are — you have to sort of do a prep run, you have to test it, you have to have people who work for you just pounding the living daylights out of you,” Clinton said.“We went back and forth on that chapter,” Patterson said.Clinton avoided direct criticism of President Donald Trump during the interview, but allowed President Duncan a few words about voting rights (expand them), Dreamers and other immigrants (we need them) and the peril to democracy when we “drift into tribalism, extremism and seething resentments.” Both writers say they want the book to be a page-turner and thought provoking. Clinton spoke in detail of his longtime concerns about cyberattacks, and even referred to one he helped thwart while president that he says remains classified. He expressed dismay that National Security Adviser John Bolton had eliminated the role of cyber co-ordinator established under President Barack Obama (the stated reason was to “streamline authority”). He explained that because the country is so dependent on internet access, an effective cyberattack could bring train and airline travel to a halt and could destroy everything from savings accounts to medical records.“All the publicity for the last two and one-half years has been on hacking the State Department and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the RNC (Republican National Committee) and not releasing them,” Clinton said, referring in part to Democratic files hacked and published during the 2016 election, when Trump defeated the former president’s wife, Hillary Clinton. “So maybe the way you feel about that depends on what your political party is and how the media chose to cover the hacks. But it’s such a small part of what’s vulnerable to hacking.”Clinton is the rare president even to attempt a novel — Franklin Roosevelt came up with the initial idea for what became “The President’s Mystery Plot,” a serialized thriller worked on by several authors. And he and Patterson could think of few works of fiction they believe effectively captured the life of a president and the political culture of Washington. Both mentioned Allen Drury’s “Advise & Consent,” which Clinton said was effective in part because it didn’t focus only on the president. He had similar praise for television shows such as “The West Wing.”“‘The West Wing’ is good, but you know the reason it worked? And I love Martin Sheen, I thought he was really good,” Clinton said. “But if you think about it, for a weekly show, he was used rather sparingly, in major roles. That is, ‘The West Wing’ worked for so long because it’s an ensemble show.”“We both think ‘Madam Secretary’ (is good),” Patterson added.“‘Madam Secretary’ is by far the most realistic political show on television,” Clinton said. “I like ‘Veep’ and I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I enjoy ‘Scandal.’ I enjoy a lot of ‘House of Cards.’ And I’ve got a lot of sympathy for what they’re up against. But it’s almost impossible to have the president front and centre every week and keep it real.”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA — Music artist T.I. is lending his voice to a project involving the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s home church in Atlanta.Ebenezer Baptist Church plans a three-day conference at the historic church in Atlanta to address mass incarcerations.The Rev. Raphael Warnock said in a statement that the End Mass Incarceration Conference will run Monday through Wednesday at the church.Warnock said goals of the conference include helping communities to fight the rise of the prison industrial complex in the United States and systems that unfairly imprison people of colour.Ebenezer said T.I. will be participating in helping to bail out of jail dozens of poor and working-class citizens in the Atlanta area.The Associated Press Rapper T.I. and Atlanta church work to end mass imprisonmentcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 5:58 am PDTlast_img read more

President opens Cyprus first Russianstyle church

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Monday inaugurated the first church on the island constructed in the Russian style.The church, located in the village of Episkopio, in the Nicosia district, was built by Russian businessman Viatislav Zaragov.In his speech, Anastasides said the church, dedicated to Saint Andrew, aspired to serve the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox people living on the island.The president thanked the businessman for choosing to stay in Cyprus despite the difficulties, “supporting our economy when it needed it the most”.“Undoubtedly, the highlight of his contribution to our country, and our Russian friends who chose to live in Cyprus, is the construction of this church.”You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: This Is What All Homeowners Need To Know In 2019All Pro SaverUndo 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

Gun and electrical appliances stolen in Limassol

first_imgItems worth €2,350 were stolen from a country house in the Limassol area between May 17 and May 30.According to police, unknown perpetrators broke into the residence and took various electrical appliances and a Flobert gun, worth €2,350 in total. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Woman admits stealing pot plants from graveyard

first_imgA 45-year-old woman from Pervolia has admitted to the police stealing pot plants and solar lights from graveyards in Kiti and Meneou.The police say they have received several reports recently of plants being stolen from Kiti cemetery.At around 7.30 on Wednesday evening police from the Kiti station went to the cemetery where they found the woman, whose car was full of pot plants and solar lights.An examination in her home revealed more pot plants, flowers and lights.The woman was taken to the Kiti police station where in her statement she admitted stealing the items from graveyards in both Kiti and Meneou.She was released to be taken later before court.You May LikeAmiraspantry.comTry this Shish Kabob : with the best marinade EVERAmiraspantry.comUndoOptimoveFive Retention Strategies for the Online Retailer | OptimoveOptimoveUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Court says Cyprus can help Russia in Browder case Update 2

first_imgThe Nicosia district court on Friday denied a request by Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder for an order banning Cypriot authorities from cooperating with Russia in a probe against him.The court ruled that the possible damages from such cooperation would not be irreparable for the applicants. This was one of three reasons given by the applicants when seeking the court order. The other two were that their human rights could be violated and that the case was politically motivated.But the court said, in its opinion, that irreparable damages from such cooperation, referred to as the third precondition, had not been met and that unless all three preconditions were met, the request by the applicants could not be granted.“I don’t believe that the third precondition is satisfied,” the judge said. “The alleged threatened violation of the rights of the applicants does not justify the issue of the temporary order. It has not been, rightfully, alleged that the remedy which concerns compensation cannot be satisfied without the issue of the temporary order.“Furthermore, it has not been shown that in case the Republic of Cyprus executes the particular request for legal assistance from the Russian Federation, that the plaintiffs will suffer irreparable damage,” he continued. “Nor have they claimed of course that they have suffered that as a result of the execution of previous requests.”Browder and his associate Ivan Cherkasov applied in September last year for a court order to stop Cyprus from assisting Russia in an investigation into a possible tax evasion case against him, which he says is politically motivated. Russia launched the probe in response to Browder’s campaign for justice for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in a Russian prison nine years ago after exposing a $230m tax theft.The Russian lawyer had filed a complaint a year before that Russian officials were part of a plot to steal the ownership of three subsidiaries of Hermitage Capital, then the largest foreign investment fund in Russia, and file a request for a tax refund. The police officers involved in the scheme arrested Magnitsky and held him imprisoned for almost a year, subjecting him to torture and denying him access to medical care.As a result of Browder’s campaign, the US passed in 2012 the Magnitsky Act which imposes targeted sanctions on individuals and entities suspected of human rights violations. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe asked member states in 2014 not to cooperate with Russia in its actions against Browder and adopt similar legislation like the US. Interpol repeatedly ignored Russia’s request for an arrest warrant against Browder.The judge on Friday said he took into account and noted what Browder’s lawyer Christos Pourgourides, a former Disy-lawmaker who represented the island at the Council of Europe, had said in his speech.“The courts are this country’s prop in matters of human rights,” the judge said citing Pourgourides. “Should this prop be lost, I don’t know in what kind of a world our children and grandchildren will live”.Pourgourides had also said that he was the recipient of requests by Cypriot presidents as well as from members of the Karamanlis family to favour Russia, the judge said, again citing Pourgourides’s speech.“In not a single case did I do them a favour when human rights violations were involved,” the judge added, citing an exerpt from the speech of Browder’s lawyer.Pourgourides reference to the Karamanlis family may apply to two former Greek prime ministers. The first was Constantinos Karamanlis who the first head of government in Greece after the fall of the Junta until 1980 and the second one was his nephew Costas, who governed from 2004 to 2009.On the other hand, the probable consequences of Cyprus continuing cooperating with Russia in the investigation against Browder and Cherkasov were not comparable to a probable extradition to Russia, the judge continued.“While it is not at this stage that the circumstances under which Magnitsky was detained and died have to be determined, it is still advisable to repeat that with the request in question, it isn’t the delivery of the plaintiffs to Russian authorities that is being asked,” he added.The ruling comes weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped up his efforts against Browder. On July 16, he asked US President Donald Trump to allow Russian authorities to question the former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and Browder, who meanwhile relinquished his US citizenship and is now a British citizen.The US president’s decision to agree to Putin’s proposal to deliver McFaul and Browder to Russia triggered demonstrations against Trump whose campaign is currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller on suspicion that it had colluded with Russia.Three days after the summit, the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution refusing Russia’s request to interrogate the former US ambassador. Mueller’s team has already filed charges against dozens of individuals in the US and Russia and led to five guilty pleas.In October, when the Cyprus government decided to temporarily freeze cooperation with Russia pending the outcome of the court’s decision on Browder’s request, the Russian ambassador said that this step had hurt bilateral relations. Russia is one of Cyprus’s main commercial partners with Russian entrepreneurs being a top customer of the Cypriot corporate, accounting and legal services providing firms. In addition, tourist arrivals from Russia make up roughly one fourth of total arrivals.Christos Pourgourides, who represented Browder, said in a telephone interview on Friday that he would study the ruling before consulting with his clients on further action, including a possible appeal against the court’s decision to reject their request.Minister of Justice Ionas Nicolaou did not respond to a request for comment.  You May LikeJournalistateRaquel Welch Is 77 And Still Surprising UsJournalistateUndoBrainy PennyThe 15 Most Overrated Travel Destinations In the WorldBrainy PennyUndoCar InsuranceAuto Insurance QuotesCar InsuranceUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Earthquake off Polis coast

first_imgA magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck 101km west-northwest off the coast of Polis on Monday morning, according to website ‘earthquake track’.No injuries have been reported.The last earthquake that was reported in Cyprus was a 4.0 magnitude quake around eight months ago south-southwest of Paphos.Monday’s earthquake was at a depth of 43km and the one preceding it was at 24km. Earthquakes occurring at a depth of less than 70km are classified as ‘shallow-focus’ earthquakes and are found within the earth’s outer crustal layer, while ‘deep focus’ earthquakes occur within the deeper subduction zones of the earth.You May LikeFinance101Toys You Owned That Are Worth A Fortune TodayFinance101Undolivestly.comYou Will No Longer See These Stores Near You After 2019livestly.comUndoWoodworking Toolkit10 Best Router Tables – Reviews & Buying GuideWoodworking ToolkitUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New startup aiming to improve services in Cyprus set to launch soon

first_imgThe new website will help locals make better decisions by learning from others’ experiences and by sharing their own through online reviews.There is a new local services review platform in town. opiokalos.com which is set to launch next month is the first website in Cyprus that connects locals with the best businesses, and business owners with their communities through reviews.‘Our main advantage is fourfold: we publish reviews as written by consumers with no possibility for businesses to change, remove or re-order them, we build businesses reputation based on service quality, we offer free access to everyone and we have zero tolerance for fraud’ said Opiokalos founder Anca Rachita.While the first advantage is quite self-explanatory, Rachita further explained that even though people in Cyprus can find recommendations on social media or from relatives, most of these turn out to be biased or not based on a larger unrelated community.How does it work?As for how it will work, Opiokalos.com is creating a technology that is focused on improving user experience, thus making it easy for people searching for specific services to find them by either browsing categories or by searching for specific business names and keywords related to the needed service. Their technology will also allow users to customise and personalise their search to help them find exactly what they are looking for. In case the searched business is not yet available, Opiokalos.com will also allow users to create a listing for it and then review it.This is a win-win situationThe platform is aiming to help businesses build their online reputation and improve their services.“We want Opiokalos to be a win-win for both communities and business owners. Clients want convenience, if they can’t find a business they can’t choose it and if they find it they need to trust it first before engaging in a purchase,” said Rachita.Opiokalos already has many enquiries from Cyprus businesses that want to take part in this brand-new way of working with their customers, but at first, they will feature only the best businesses in terms of service while it will allow its database to expand slowly.The platform offers a free plan for business owners but also paid plans for more serious collaborations.Early-bird service providers know that thousands of residents and millions of yearly visitors to the island will value Opiokalos’ way of doing business.Care to join us? Please contact us on support@opiokalos.com or call us on 00357 998 45 994.You May LikeDriveZingThe Coolest Police Cars Ever MadeDriveZingUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Nurses strike for second day

first_imgMembers of nurses union PASYNO are staging a 12-hour strike for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, affecting the smooth operation of hospitals.They are protesting against hospital understaffing, lack of information over government’s plans to make hospitals autonomous, and the government’s delay in starting discussions with the union over upgrading nursing school qualifications.The nurses are asking for a freeze on promotions to be lifted, the introduction of a hazardous occupation allowance, and the opening of 200 more nursing jobs.Due to the strike, which started at 7.30am, all scheduled surgeries at the Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni state hospitals were cancelled, since the majority of their nursing staff are PASYNO members, while a number of surgeries were also cancelled at the Nicosia and Larnaca state hospitals.Skeleton staff was handling any emergencies.PASYNO spokesman Theodoros Petelis said the union will convene during the week to review the situation and make decisions.Petelis said they hoped that the state would provide some answers regarding their demands. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Most Cypriots consider themselves to be healthy

first_imgIN CYPRUS, 82.7 per cent of all persons aged between 25 and 64 perceive their health as good, 14 per cent consider it fair and a mere 3.3 per cent perceives it as bad or very bad, according to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday.The data was published on the occasion of World Health Day on April 7.This places Cyprus in fourth place of all EU member states after Greece (84.6 per cent), Ireland (84.2 per cent) and Sweden. On the other end of the scale are Lithuania and Latvia, where only 52.1 and 52.2 per cent of persons aged 25 to 64 perceived their health status as good or very good in 2014.The highest share of people in this age group who believe their health to be bad or very bad was recorded in Croatia with 13.4 per cent, followed by Hungary and Portugal. Of all EU countries, Malta and Cyprus have the lowest share of people who believe they are in bad health.Around three-quarters of persons aged 25-64 in the EU regard their health status as very good or good, slightly fewer than 20 per cent as fair and below 7 per cent as bad or very bad.“A clear link can be established between educational attainment and self-perceived health,” the report stated. “In general in the EU Member States, the higher the education level is, the higher the share of people feeling healthy is.”In Cyprus 67.4 per cent of persons of low education consider themselves healthy, 83 per cent of mid level education and 92 per cent of those who have received higher education, counting for a gap of 24.6 between the levels. This gap between the high and low education level is close to the EU average.At EU level, the difference between the share of people aged 25 to 64 with low education level feeling healthy (61.3 per cent) and that of people with high education level (85 per cent) stood at 23.7 in 2014.The educational levels in the report are grouped according to the International Standard Classification of Education, where the low level refers to lower secondary education, medium means upper secondary education and the high level is defined as tertiary education.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Another top official concerned over direction of energy company

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouHEAD OF the national oil and gas corporation Charles Ellinas on Wednesday met with Energy and Trade Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis to discuss the government’s energy plans and how they will impact on his own future at the helm of the new company.In a written statement, the executive director of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC) said he discussed the government’s plans regarding the company “and the possible consequences for him” with Lakkotrypis.Ellinas said in the statement that he left a successful international career to take up the position at CNHC because he believed he had a lot of experience to offer the country. He noted that before accepting the position, he met with President Nicos Anastasiades, then leader of the opposition DISY, who told him to go ahead and take the job.“I believe Cyprus is at a critical juncture and needs the contribution of us all. How we proceed in future, however, is in the hands of the government. I hope to be a part of that future,” he said.It is no secret that all is not well at the CNHC, after two of the three executives on the CNHC board offered their resignations, citing delays and uncertainty over the future role of the company in the hydrocarbons sector.One of the two is top energy official Solon Kassinis who told Anastasiades last week that he wants to quit as executive vice-chairman at the corporation.According to sources, the main reason for the discontent is the government’s apparent desire to appoint a “fully political board” of non-executives to the corporation, giving it total control over the entity, while sidelining its three executive board members, Ellinas, Kassinis and Stavros Stavrou.The coming shake-up at the company will reportedly see the position of executive director, currently held by Ellinas, abolished while the three serving executives will effectively be demoted to department heads.Sources also pointed to the fact that the CNHC has already been demoted to observer status, with no clearly determined role in negotiations with Noble Energy and other companies for the earliest possible supply of natural gas from offshore block 12 and the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant.The board executives had assumed that their place on the negotiating team to conclude commercial agreements was a given, since the company is meant to be acting as the state’s representative and commercial arm.However, the government’s plans to restructure the company apparently include giving it a more political slant, by removing experienced members from the board and replacing them with non-executive directors.Already, the government-appointed negotiating team met with Noble reps in Nicosia this week – one of the first meetings in a series of discussions aimed at hammering out a deal for a final project agreement, considered a milestone for the whole LNG endeavour.In turn, the deal will pave the way for setting up a joint venture between Cyprus and foreign companies that will seek gas contracts and investors for the multi-billion euro gas plant, eventually leading to the final investment decision by Noble and its block 12 Israeli partners Delek and Avner.The latter is what will lock in the decision to build an LNG plant, but reports yesterday suggested Delek is already considering exporting natural gas from its offshore Israeli interests to Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority via one or more pipelines.Should any one project take off, particularly a pipeline to Turkey, this would seriously decrease the chances of Israel making use of Cyprus’ planned LNG terminal to export gas either to Europe or Asia, thereby diminishing hopes of establishing the country as a regional energy hub.Commenting on the reports, government spokesman Christos Stylianides said it was all the more reason for Cyprus to work fast and methodically to stay ahead of the game.A road map certainly does exist for turning Cyprus into an energy hub, using its own natural gas while also attracting gas from the region to be processed at its planned LNG plant at Vassilikos.But as the near collapse of Cyprus’ banking system highlighted the inherent nature of political meddling in the economy, evidence of similar activity in the energy sector would not bode well for the burgeoning industry, considered the great transparent hope of the island’s future economic recovery.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bank of Cyprus appoints new CEO updated

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouTHE BOARD of the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) announced the appointment of John Patrick Hourican as the bank’s new CEO on Tuesday night.His appointment was considered one of the key priorities of the board.In January 2012 the Irish national was appointed Chief Executive of Markets and International Banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), having served as Chief Executive of its predecessor, Global Banking and Markets, since October 2008, around the time when the bank was recapitalised by the British state.The BoC press release said Hourican contributed to “the successful redefinition of the Group’s strategy which remained competitive in international markets recording significant profits”.From 1997 until 2008, Hourican held a variety of positions across the RBS Group, including Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO Group, Head of Leveraged Finance and Chief Operating Officer of Global Banking & Markets.He received a degree in Economics and Sociology from the National University of Ireland and received a postgraduate diploma in Accounting from Dublin City University before starting his career at Price Waterhouse, where he worked in Dublin, London and Hong Kong. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.The BoC board said his appointment was made taking into account his qualifications and experience.“The Board of Directors believes the appointment of the new CEO is a key step in the implementation of the restructuring development of the bank’s activities to the benefit of our shareholders, our clients and the economy of the country,” the statement said.Board chairman Christis Kasapis described him as a “dynamic, experienced and recognized professional in the international banking sector who is able to respond effectively to the challenges facing the Group”.“Welcoming Mr Hourican to Cyprus, we feel confident that under his direction and in close cooperation with the board, we will begin a new chapter in the history of the Group, contributing positively to the economic life of the country,” he added.In his first comments, Hourican told the Financial Times that he was “very excited” about the new challenge.“The opportunity to make a real difference not only to the bank but to the country as a whole is a significantly interesting challenge.”He said his appointment was indefinite but envisaged three to five years for the restructuring, the FT reported.As part of the recent €10 billion bailout of Cyprus, international lenders demanded the winding down of Laiki bank and the restructuring of BoC, which entailed being lumped with most of Laiki’s assets, including €9.2 billion in emergency liquidity assistance.BoC shareholders were wiped out while large depositors saw a 47.5 per cent haircut on savings to help provide a significant buffer for the bank over the next three years, in the face of an increasing non-performing loan portfolio.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoSUVs | Search AdsLuxury SUVs For SeniorsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Opposition parties to decide Tuesday on proposal freezing repos

first_imgOPPOSITION parties will decide Tuesday whether to table to the House plenum this week a joint legislative proposal by which homeowners would be able to apply to a court to freeze repossession proceedings on the grounds that banks did not previously exhaust all avenues to restructure a loan.The proposal is backed by Diko, the Greens, Solidarity and the Citizens Alliance.Speaking to reporters on Monday, Angelos Votsis, chair of the House finance committee, conceded that some MPs were not confident their discussion in parliament so far had exhausted the issue.The financial ombudsman meantime told legislators to hold off, as by the beginning of September he would be ready to produce a detailed memo with a ‘holistic approach’ to the matter of foreclosures and loans in arrears.September 1 is also the date on which the government-funded ‘Estia’ debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners will kick in.Earlier, the finance minister had issued a similar plea to MPs, urging them not to tamper with the main foreclosures law until the ‘Estia’ programme were tested.The law on foreclosures was amended in the summer of 2018 to make it more effective, some four years after it was passed by parliament with changes that essentially rendered it toothless and unable to help banks reduce non-performing loans.Now, opposition parties have drafted a series of amendments which banks fear would defang the law by enabling strategic defaulters to drag out the foreclosures process.Banks, anxious to reduce the stock of non-performing loans on their books, argue that any watering down of existing repo laws would deny them the toolkit to exercise leverage on debtors.Meanwhile socialists Edek are going a step further, with a proposal of their own that would suspend all repossessions for a period of time.Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos reiterated that he would insist on their proposal being discussed at this week’s plenary session.It aims to halt foreclosures at least until the ‘Estia’ scheme goes live and also until parliament concludes discussion of the bills aimed at ‘improving’ foreclosures regulations.Sizopoulos claimed that lately banks have been taking more and more ‘arbitrary actions’ against debtors in repossessing primary residences, by exploiting loopholes in the legislation.The parties’ main objective, he added, is to protect people from these ‘abuses’.Figures released recently by the Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, show that over the past 12 months it foreclosed on 242 properties; not one of these properties was a primary home.But Sizopoulos says these data are misleading. To his knowledge, a number of repossessions have taken place on residential complexes with a shared title deed, where the affected individual flats served as primary residences.Chiming in, the Greens’ George Perdikis said vulnerable homeowners cannot be left in the lurch until September.“At the very least we need to give borrowers a minimal amount of protection against the terrible power granted to the banks last July,” he asserted.   You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more