Abu Dhabi — Prestige Jet has today announced that

first_imgAbu Dhabi — Prestige Jet has today announced that it has added three new aircraft to its fast-growing fleet to meet the projected surge in its services in the private charter business.The three new planes, Cessna Citation Sovereign, Challenger 604 and Embraer Legacy 600 bring the total number of aircraft operated by the company to eleven. With these additions, the company’s ambitious growth plans will overtake its own previously announced targets.A number of other aircraft will also join the fleet late in the fourth quarter, while further discussions with manufacturers and other aircraft and chartered service providers are also at an advanced stage, reflecting the company’s plans to more than double its fleet by the beginning of 2009.Prestige Jet, which only debuted in May last year has already made its mark on the burgeoning and lucrative VIP and executive business charter travel.Faris Deeb, Prestige Jet’s Managing Director says:‘Our dynamic, diversified business model has allowed us to offer competitive, top quality services to sophisticated and demanding clientele who expect the best at all times.’‘This summer period has witnessed an increase in demand for our aircraft, with the utilisation of the airline’s fleet of 11 dedicated aircraft running on average at 40% above target,’ he said.‘The new Cessna Citation Sovereign, Challenger 604 and Embraer Legacy 600 will allow us to present our clients with an even more flexible VIP transport solutions.’The Cessna Citation Sovereign has a range of 5,300 km and can cruise at a maximum speed of 840 kph, allowing it to fly as far as Europe or the Far East. It can carry nine passengers and its ability to land and take off from short runways, gives passengers greater freedom and flexibility of using smaller, less crowded airports, closer to their final destination.With the addition of these three new aircraft, Prestige Jet has created a balanced fleet of small, mid and large-size aircraft to ensure that the company is well placed to meet demand from various customer segments.For executive flyers looking for jets for regional trips or long-haul flights, the Challenger 604 is the answer. Accommodating 10 passengers, this jet flies 7-15 hours non-stop. It further enhances Prestige Jet’s large cabin charter capabilities for corporate and private customers.The Legacy 600, in turn, serves passengers flying to Europe or the Far East and cruises at a speed of up to Mach 0.80. It offers a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) and accommodates eight to thirteen passengers. It has a superior luggage capacity. When travelling with 12 or more passengers, Legacy 600 offers distinct cost advantages.The three new aircraft have immediately gone into operation from Al Bateen City Airport on the outskirts of the UAE capital.‘In view of the very strong summer bookings across the range of our aircraft, we were delighted to be able to add the Sovereign, Challenger and Legacy during this period of high demand. This provided us with greater flexibility across several different customer segments from High Net Worth Individuals to major corporations,’ said Deeb. ‘Our aim is to continue to grow and create a balanced fleet of small, mid and large-size aircraft.’last_img read more

by Holly McKenzieSutter The Canadian Press P

first_img by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 5:02 am PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Walking around St. John’s, Mark Critch treats the city as if it’s a tale to tell.The comedian, actor — and, as of this week, published memoirist — points out downtown buildings, telling their stories with the wide eyes and opinionated eyebrows so familiar from “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.”He rattles off the family history of one second-floor office’s tenants, spinning tales of helicopter rescues and near-drownings. He points out Victoria Park, which dates back to 1890 and where he’s working on revitalization efforts. He notes a subdivision has cropped up in the place where his isolated childhood home stood.He loves this little old historic city — and it seems to love him back.On Water Street, the curvy main drag filled with boutiques and eateries, a man in a baseball cap and sunglasses leans out of the passenger window of a grey pickup truck.“How are you today, Mr. Critch?”They banter back and forth, shouting small talk about their work schedules and evening plans; turns out Critch’s loud friend is heading down to the pub later.“Don’t work too hard!” Critch calls out, the man waving and driving off.When asked if they know each other, he shrugs. It’s nothing out of the ordinary.“That happens a few times a day.”While some of the province’s expats who spend their days in larger urban centres like Toronto, Critch has never felt the pull to permanently relocate. He lives in St. John’s for most of the year, when he’s not in Halifax filming 22 Minutes, CBC’s satirical news show.His first book, “Son of a Critch,” documents his earliest memories here — from almost drowning on the beach to graduating from school and pursuing an acting career.He is recognized across the country, but at home in St. John’s, it’s hard to tell if someone recognizes him from TV, if they’re “mom’s cousin” or if they’re just chatty Newfoundlanders.He can’t think of a bad encounter — but after a pause, he delves into a favourite “weird” recurring public interaction.“I wear glasses and oftentimes a ball cap. People will come up to you if you’re in the supermarket and go, ‘Oh, incognito today, are ya.’ I say what, what do you mean? ‘You’re incognito today, I won’t say anything.’ What? I’m nearsighted. They go ‘Ah, don’t worry,’” Critch mimics a knowing wink.“I go OK, first of all, nobody here has expressed any interest in me, clearly it’s not an issue. But the word ‘incognito,’ which I would never use … I hear the word ‘incognito’ so much.”Critch seems to delight in these weird quirks in human nature, a trait that serves him well in supermarket encounters and in interviews with politicians. He credits much of that outlook on life to his upbringing in a small house on the highway leading out of St. John’s.He recalls sitting at the kitchen table listening to the stories that were like “soap operas” to him, adults gossiping about larger-than-life politicians Critch compares to “wrestlers” in the province.“People talking about politics in Newfoundland is more interesting than people talking about love affairs in Newfoundland,” says Critch.“That is a gift they gave — and no matter what’s going on, to see the humour in it. I think that’s a Newfoundland trait as well, but it’s definitely something I got from my parents.”His childhood interest in the political ring prepared him for life covering the Ottawa crowd — as did growing up with a broadcaster father, the late Mike Critch of VOCM radio (for Voice of the Common Man), a dominant force in the province.He remembers his father would cut out newspaper stories and file them away. When he started working on 22 Minutes, Critch instinctively started doing the same thing, saving clips as fodder for future segments.“I realized one day, oh my God, I’m doing exactly what dad does, but instead of writing a news article I’m writing a sketch.”Years spent closely observing the people he covers have given him a unique perspective on his work, on understanding people’s intentions and figuring out how they tick — like watching Justin Trudeau go from Pierre’s son hanging around Liberal conventions to becoming prime minister himself.“You see the arcs and see them come and go … you do get to know them,” Critch says fondly, arching those eyebrows again. “Almost like pets in a way.”Critch spends a solid chunk of his time working on local projects “to make the place a little bit better,” like Victoria Park. He’d like to do more educational initiatives, like a documentary he hosted for the anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel a few years ago.The province is a great place to find support for those projects, where there’s an “economy of talent and kindness that’s a great bank to draw upon,” he says.Critch spends his afternoons with his two sons, or he’ll head over for a few hours to a Duckworth Street pub to catch up on the political gab of the day. Aside from the regular friendly and sometimes bizarre greetings, Critch says staying “incognito” is no problem in a town where he’s part of the city’s arc himself.“It’s like you’re the Cabot Tower or something. People don’t really care.” Mark Critch poses for a portrait on the south side of the harbour in St. John’s on Thursday, August 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly center_img Walking on Water with Mark Critch: Spinning stories about himself, his hometownlast_img read more

Bestselling Books Week Ending 11219 HARDCOVER FI

first_img Bestselling Books Week Ending 1/12/19HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Turning Point” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)3. “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)4. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)5. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)6. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)7. “Verses for the Dead” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing)8. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)9. “Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)10. “The Winter of the Witch” by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)11. “A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)12. “The Boy” by Tami Hoag (Dutton)13. “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s Press)14. “Through Fiery Trials” by David Weber (Tor)15. “Past Tense” by Lee Child (Dell)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)2. “Everyday Millionaires” by Chris Hogan (Ramsey)3. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)4. “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)5. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)6. “The Clean Plate” by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central Publishing)7. “Best Self” by Mike Bayer (Dey Street Books)8. “Homebody” by Joanna Gaines (Harper Design)9. “The Truths We Hold” by Kamala Harris (Penguin)10. “The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron Books)11. “The Point of it All” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)12. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)13. “I’ve Been thinking…the Journal” by Maria Shriver (Viking/Dorman)14. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines (William Morrow)15. “The Green Print” by Marco Borges (Harmony)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press)2. “Strawberry Hill” by Catherine Anderson (Berkley)3. “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel (Dell)4. “The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr (Mira)5. “Safe and Sound” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)6. “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry (St. Martin’s Press)7. “A Dog’s Way Home (movie tie-in)” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)8. “Cowboy Brave” by Carolyn Brown (Forever)9. “The Black Hills” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)10. “Orgin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)11. “Night Moves” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)12. “Just Kate” by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)13. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Dell)14. “Preacher’s Rage” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)15. “1105 Yakima Street” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)2. “The House Next Door” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)3. “A Dog’s Way Home (movie tie-in)” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)4. “The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy” by Steven R. Gundry (Harper Wave)5. “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)6. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)7. “The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook” by Jen Fisch (Rockridge Press)8. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)9. “Instant Loss Cookbook” by Brittany Williams (Harmony)10. “The Gown” by Jennifer Robson (William Morrow)11. “The Wife Between Us” by Hendricks/Pekkanen (Griffin)12. “The Power” by Naomi Alderman (Back Bay)13. “Instant Pot Fast & Easy” by Urvashi Pitre (HMH)14. “Texas Ranger” by Patterson/Bourelle (Grand Central Publishing)15. “The Official ACT Prep Guide (2018-2019 ed.)” (Wiley)Copyright 5/8 2019 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2019 NPD Group.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2019 1:22 pm PDTcenter_img PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellerslast_img read more

April 12 2017We are look forward to this Saturday

first_imgApril 12, 2017We are look forward to this Saturdays event and invite you to join us for JAPANESE DRUMS WITH KEN KOSHIO AND KENZOOwarming up the desert sky hiding the Easter MoonSaturday, April 15, 20176 pm Dinner ($20)7:30 pm Performance ($20/ $10 for students)For reservations, please call Arcosanti928.632.7135 Featured artists; 
Ryan Polequaptewa (Hopi Vocal/Drum/Flute)
Dashmesh (Didgeridoo/Percussion)
John Paul Mendes (Taiko)
Takuro Yamaguchi (Taiko)
Ken Koshio (Japanese Taiko Drummer, folk artists, peace activist)Ken Koshio was born in Nagoya, Japan. As a singer and songwriter, he brings his wish for hope and new beginnings to the people of his adopted country, the United States, since 1998. He was a folk rock musician in Los Angeles for 7 years.After 9-11-2001, Ken felt a need to bring some measure of comfort to people affected by the Twin Towers tragedy. This wish translated itself into the Thousand Cranes Tour, which culminated in a concert at Ground Zero on the one-year anniversary. He brought 10,000 origami cranes that American people folded on the road from LA to NY on old route 66, as prayers for a better, more peaceful world!
In 2004, he moved to Phoenix and he started to play Japanese music more. Because he identified himself as Japanese in his spirit, and since he met many people in the US who admired Japanese culture, and arts, he blended his own culture with his Rock’n Roll career.Beating taiko for the first time in Phoenix he realized this tradition was in his DNA. It has brought him to be the multi-faceted performer he is now.
 He has WA arts and music classes (Japanese traditions) in his dojo (studio) and goes to many public schools in Arizona to share Japanese culture with younger generations using origami, calligraphy, folk tales, folk music, taiko, and other Japanese instruments.
 Ken works with a group of Native American artists collaborating with their dance, music, drumming and singing. He tours Japan with several Native American artists to create new exchanges in this global age (Being part of Native Trail directed by six times world champion hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis, collaboration with Derrick and Ryon Polequaptewa as Hopi to WA etc).
 His talents are not limited to music but include creating stage shows, events and projects to facilitate understanding of cultural perspectives (Thousand Cranes Tour since 2002, Hiroshima Calling since 2008, Sakura no Ne since 2012 etc).We know that music and art are one of the great tools to communicate between cultures and languages. In 2013 Ken went to India to be a special guest of a world music orchestra, which set a Guinness World Record. 
 Obtained a certified teaching license of Hiroshima Jidaiko(indigenous Taiko drum) from the Hiroshima Preservation Society. Ken Koshio is the first person who are in outside of Japan with this license. Ken trained by his master, Mr. Munakata who is a survivor of Hiroshima bombing.last_img read more

Police deny they sidestepped questioning underworld kingpin

first_imgThe defence in a trial relating to the gangland killing of four people in Ayia Napa last summer suggested on Tuesday that police deliberately failed to question a suspected Nicosia underworld kingpin who subsequently ended up dead.Defence attorney Nicos Demetriou grilled CID sergeant Constantinos Xanthou, a member of the team that investigated the June 23 shooting, in which businessman and suspected underworld figure Phanos Kalopsidiotis, policeman Elias Hadjiefthimiou and wife Skevi, as well as Yani Vogli, one of the two Albanian shooters, were killed.The second shooter, Aleks Burelli, is still at large.In an earlier hearing, one of the suspects in the case, who had admitted guilt and was sentenced to life in jail, told the court that one of the other suspects had told him to “take the Albanian to Andros so that he could shoot him.”Asked about that, Xanthou said the suspect, Charalambos Andreou, was not clear.“He didn’t tell us Andros Rodotheou; he said Andros and we did not have a clear testimony to issue an arrest warrant to question (Rodotheou).Rodotheou, suspected of being the Nicosia underworld kingpin, was shot dead on April 12 while at a friend’s house at the village of Gerasa, Limassol.Xanthou said when they pressed Andreou to say if he meant Rodotheou, he said “that’s what I understood.”“The testimony was such that there was no question of issuing a warrant to arrest Rodotheou,” Xanthou said.The defence lawyer put it to Xanthou that a superior in the investigating team had said “don’t even think of creating trouble by arresting Andreas Rodotheou because there will be other consequences too.”Xanthou denied the statement.“I am sorry for the perception you have of the police. When we act in line with the law we are not afraid of anyone,” the police sergeant said.He denied there was any expediency behind the police’s failure to arrest Rodotheou.But the defence insisted, saying that when defendant Marios Christodoulou told police he wanted to cooperate, telling them“Andreas Rodotheou was murdered in a professional manner by the same circles who didn’t want his arrest.”Xanthou said he had asked Christodoulou about the Rodotheou hit but he claimed he did not know anything.Marios ‘Benny’ Christodoulou, Sofia Gregoriou, Panayiotis Pentafkas, and Loy Dejan, one of Kalopsidiotis’ bodyguards, were charged in connection with the murders.Benny and Gregoriou recently pleaded guilty, leaving Pentafkas and Dejan as sole defendants.Benny got life while Gregoriou got 18 months.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

Harmonised inflation rate seen at 15 in January

first_imgThe harmonised consumer price index dropped 1.5 per cent year-on-year in January, as a drop in the prices in most categories of goods and services offset less affordable energy products, the statistical service said.Prices for food, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco fell an annual 3.6 per cent last month, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Those for non-energy products fell 2.5 per cent and services became marginally more affordable. Energy prices rose 0.6 per cent.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Two sentenced for smuggling cocaine

first_imgTwo foreign nationals aged 64 and 50, were sentenced by Larnaca Criminal Court on Thursday to eight years in prison each after admitting to smuggling 1,462 grammes of cocaine into the country.The two defendants also pled guilty to drug possession and the intent to supply others.They were arrested last June after the cocaine was located in their bodies during an x-ray at Larnaca hospital. The two men had arrived in Cyprus through Larnaca airport on June 12.The 64-year-old was found to be carrying 82 packages weighing 787.5g and the 50-year-old 84 packages weighing 674.5 gr.Both men said they did it for the money as they were facing financial problems. The 64-year-old said he was paid €1,200 to smuggle the drugs in his body, while the other did not say clearly say how much money he had received.The court said the two men had agreed to become mules to repay money they borrowed from drug suppliers when they found themselves in a difficult position and could not repay 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

Coffin falls out of hearse in Paphos

first_imgA coffin with a body inside fell out of a hearse in the middle of a roundabout in Paphos, reports said on Thursday.According to Pafos Press, the incident happened at around 10.45am on the Konia roundabout at the town’s entrance.The driver of the hearse got out and recovered the coffin as astonished drivers and passers-by looked on, the news portal 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

Cyprus to generate fiscal surpluses until 2023 IMF says

first_imgThe Cypriot government is projected to post budget surpluses over the next six years through to 2023, according to the International Monetary Fund’s Spring 2018 Fiscal Monitor published on Thursday.Public debt, as a percentage of GDP, is meanwhile expected to drop to 97.0 per cent in 2018, gradually declining to 67.6 per cent by 2023.The IMF’s public debt projections did not take into account the recent €2.35bn issued in bonds for the Cyprus Cooperative Bank.Government revenue as a percentage of GDP will stand at 38.3 per cent this year.In its Fiscal Monitor, the IMF said that global debt hit a new record high in 2015, reaching $164 trillion, or almost 225 percent of GDP.Most of this debt is in advanced economies, the IMF said.  You May LiketoptrainTop train trips around the worldtoptrainUndoCloud Computing | Search AdsLooking for Info on Cloud Computing? Search for Options HereCloud Computing | Search AdsUndoKiwi ReportWhat Happened To Jenna Jameson? We Can’t Look Away… The New Look Is MesmerizingKiwi ReportUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Wanted jewelthief suspect arrested after five years

first_imgPaphos police have arrested a man who has been wanted since 2013 in connection with a burglary from a jewellery shop in Paphos.He was caught when he tried to enter the country with a fake Jordanian passport at Paphos airport.The 31-year-old is suspected to be involved in a burglary during which the equivalent of €43,000 in jewellery was stolen in Kato Paphos in 2013.For the same incident, four persons have already been convicted. Each of them was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.You May LikeHistory101The 43 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time, Can You Guess Who Is Number 1?History101UndoLa Mexicana Authentic FoodLamexicana2019La Mexicana Authentic FoodUndoCampusPlus5 College Degrees That Will be Useless In the Near FutureCampusPlusUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Separate car accidents claim the lives of young girl and a man

first_imgA five-year-old girl and a 38-year-old man died on Monday in two separate road accidents in Larnaca and Limassol, while a woman and a four-year-old boy, have been seriously injured.The first accident that led to the death of 38-year-old Zacharias Evripidou occurred at around 6.40am near Palodia. The 38-year-old driver was on his way from Platres to Limassol. His two children, a boy, six, and his nine-year-old daughter were injured.Evripidou, who was not wearing a seat belt, police said, was killed when his car overturned on the road after clipping the side mirror of another vehicle coming from the opposite direction.He lost control of his vehicle and was thrown from the car when it flipped onto its side. He died at the scene. The two children were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.They were taken to Nicosia general hospital and then to Makarios children’s hospital where they were both admitted as a precaution.According Limassol police deputy chief, Filippos Papaelia, “the reason the two children were not seriously injured” is because they had their seat belts on.The driver of the other car, a 34-year-old man, underwent a breathalyser test, which came up negative. He was arrested later in the day. A police spokesman said a preliminary examination of the scene indicates that he may have been speeding.The incident caused the closure of the road and traffic had to be diverted.In the second fatal accident, five-year-old Maria-Christina Demetriou was killed in the afternoon after her family’s vehicle, driven by the father,36, collided at around 2.15 pm with another car and overturned on the Famagusta to Larnaca motorway.The girl was reportedly thrown through the window of the pickup truck following the collision. Her father reportedly stopped a car asking them to transfer him and his daughter to the Larnaca general hospital. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. In the car were also the 35-year-old mother and the family’s two other children, two boys aged four and nine.The accident occurred near Avdelero, police said, when it appears that a car driven by a 34-year-old man, hit the back of the family’s twin cab pickup causing the father to lose control of the vehicle causing it to overturn. None of the children – who were in the back seat – were wearing seat belts, reports said.The mother was diagnosed with multiple fractures to her hands and head injuries, while the four-year-old son was also seriously injured. They were taken to the Larnaca general hospital. Their condition is serious but not critical. The father and the family’s nine-year-old son were slightly injured.Until late on Monday, the mother had not been informed of her daughter’s death, out of fear her condition might deteriorate.The 34-year-old driver of the other car, who was too slightly injured, was arrested to be questioned over the circumstances of the accident.The road was closed for around four hours with police were diverting drivers to the old highway through the exit at Oroklini.Police spokesman, Andreas Angelides, said that a meeting is taking place on Tuesday morning on the orders of the police chief to discuss the current situation as regards road accidents.“Despite constant police efforts to avert the loss of lives in accidents,” Angelides told Sigmalive, everyone must realise that they must assume their responsibility towards themselves and others as regards their road behaviour.Last week, the Road Safety PIN Report, published by the European Transport Safety Council, said that Cyprus had the highest increase in road deaths for 2017 out of 23 EU member states.According to the report, the island recorded a 15 per cent increase in 2017, with 53 road deaths, seven more than in 2016.In 2016, Cyprus had recorded its largest decrease in road deaths, at 19.3 per cent, while in 2015 there was another increase of 26.7 per cent.Due to the increase in 2017, Cyprus is now in 19th place on the scale of 23 countries, while in 2016 the island was in 13th following the decrease.You May LikeInnovative ProductsInnovative Products Portal celebrates the creative writers and pen lovers with this great spring giveawayInnovative ProductsUndoAutos +Safer cars: 9 models had zero deaths in studyAutos +UndoNewsDWhere Is Octomom Now? 2019 UpdateNewsDUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Satellite casino to open in Larnaca airport

first_imgA satellite casino is expected to open in 2019 at Larnaca airport, sources revealed on Friday.According to the information, the casino will have 50 slot machines located in a specially designed building inside the airport but there will be no gaming tables. The casino is expected to work around the clock as the airport is always open.It will be the third to open after the temporary casino in Limassol, which opened on June 28 and the one in Nicosia which is expected to open shortly.The informed sources said an agreement with Hermes airport operator is close but has not yet been signed. More details will be announced in the next few days.The temporary casino is currently operating in Limassol, Zakaki until the integrated casino resort opens its doors in 2021.It has 33 tables and 242 slot machines, a VIP gaming area, a restaurant and two bars serving food and drink. It operates on a 24/7 basis and customers must be over 21.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchYou Will Never Throw Away a Banana Peel Again After You See ThisHealth & Human ResearchUndoTripCuratorTop Ten Cheap All-Inclusive ResortsTripCuratorUndoAmazon | Moral PanicRead the novel that will make you rethink your internet securityAmazon | Moral PanicUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkish Cypriots cross to mark Kokkina bombing anniversary Update 2

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday called on the Greek Cypriot side to “exercise common sense” and to work with him for a better and brighter future on the island.Akinci was addressing over 1,100 Turkish Cypriots who crossed in the morning by bus through Limnitis or went by boat to the former Kokkina enclave to mark the 54th anniversary of the bombing of Tylliria by the Turkish air force in 1964.Over 50 people were killed in total during the three-day standoff, including 19 civilians. The Greek Cypriot victims of the bombing will be commemorated at a memorial this coming Sunday.Following the outbreak of intercommunal violence in December 1963, Turkish Cypriots had established a bridgehead at Kokkina in 1964, being provided with arms, volunteers and materials from Turkey.Seeing the incursion as a major threat, the Cypriot government launched an attack leading to the Turkish retaliation. It only ended after an UN-backed ceasefire was called.In his speech on Wednesday, Akinci lauded “the martyrs” who sacrificed their lives at Kokkina.“Turkish Cypriots, unlike the Greek Cypriots, have never had aspirations to impose their authority, rule or control over the other community,” he said, calling on the Greek Cypriot side to “to exercise common sense” and to work with him for a better and brighter future on the island.The root cause of the intractable Cyprus issue, he said, was the desire of the Greek Cypriots to be the sole owners of the island.“The only thing the Turkish Cypriots wanted and want is to live freely and peacefully on this island without being forced under the domination of the other community,” he added.Akinci also said there were numerous domestic problems that could be solved in the north, even absent a settlement, but that did not mean the Turkish Cypriot side would not continue to work for a peace deal. Cyprus talks collapsed last summer in Switzerland and the UN chief is to decide in the Autumn whether there is any point launching a new effort.He said the conflict of the past had had a cost for both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and called on the Greek Cypriots “to abandon their intransigence” and acknowledge that the island belongs to both the Turkish Cypriot people and the Greek Cypriot people.Akinci also touched on the hydrocarbons issue, repeating that any natural resources discovered off the coast of Cyprus was the property of both sides. He warned that failure to share the resources could ignite new tensions and conflicts in the region.Earlier in the day a convoy of 61 mini buses carrying 1,131 Turkish Cypriots crossed at the Limnitis checkpoint on the island’s north-west to reach Kokkina. Others travelled by boat from Kyrenia, as was done in the past, before Limnitis was opened, while Akinci was flown in by helicopter.  You May LikeHealth & Human Research10 Ways You Never Knew You Could Eat AvocadoHealth & Human ResearchUndoLilAnswer7 Practical Uses of Lemon You Should Know!LilAnswerUndoAmazing PagesBest Caribbean Beaches For You To VisitAmazing PagesUndo Rouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Mogherini and Lute discuss EU role in Cyprus peace process

first_imgΕU High Representative and Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini held a meeting on Thursday with the UN Secretary General’s special Envoy Jane Holl Lute to discuss the EU’s role in resolving the Cyprus issue.According to Chief Commission Spokesman Margaritis Schinas, the meeting concludes the UN envoy`s series of international meetings with the main actors involved in the negotiations.Mogherini and Lute discussed the current state of play in the negotiations and how the EU can keep supporting the efforts to resolve the problem, he said.“Both sides agreed to keep in close touch.”UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres tasked Lute in July to conduct consultations with all the parties to gauge the climate following the failed talks last summer.You May LikeFamCapWomen are taking over the workforce, one business at a timeFamCapUndoWalk in Tubs | Search AdsWalk In Tub Prices Might Surprise YouWalk in Tubs | Search AdsUndoCampusPal9 College Majors That Have Big Gender GapsCampusPalUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Man remanded for selling fake antiquities

first_imgA 44-year-old man was remanded for five days on Saturday for allegedly selling 11 clay vases he claimed were ancient artefacts to a man from Paphos for almost €60,000.The buyer reported the 44-year-old earlier in the week after discovering the artefacts were replicas.He told police that last July the suspect sold him the 11 clay vases for €59,800. He had told him they were ancient Greek vases, dating from between 300BC and 400BC.But when the buyer took some of them to an expert to verify their age, he was told they were no older than 100 years.The vases were also examined by the antiquities department that ruled they were replicas of ancient artefacts.The 44-year-old was arrested on Friday. 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 SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Migrant women lack access to heath care KISA says calls on AG

first_imgIMMIGRANT support group KISA Friday called on the attorney-general to suspend the prosecution of a Filipina who gave birth to a dead foetus which she put in a suitcase to be buried, also calling on the state for her immediately release.In a statement, the group referred to the woman with the pseudonym ‘Cyrel Reyes’ in order to protect her anonymity saying she had gone to hospital due to a haemorrhage and additional health problems which ensued after her miscarriage only to have hospital staff alert the police, resulting in her arrest.KISA’s Doros Polycarpou told the Cyprus Mail “This migrant woman was arrested due to the fact that the police failed to believe her account about what had happened to her. Since her arrest, she remains in custody. Furthermore, following her arrest, the media slandered her with articles and titles describing the incident as ‘infanticide’ and alleging she had an ‘illegal abortion.’ The accusations that CR has endured are in no means justified, especially considering the minor offences CR was charged with in court.”According to Polycarpou the vast majority of migrant women in Cyprus have no access to health care and especially antenatal care and screening. Visits to hospitals by undocumented migrant women even in emergency situations and even when they pay, invariably lead to arrests, detention, deportation, and sometimes to their criminal prosecutions, as in the Filipina’s case.“On July 25th CR was charged for the minor offences of concealment of child birth, participating in a conspiracy with another person for the concealment of child birth and overstaying her visa in Cyprus. It is evident from the charges that the accusations the media and a large portion of the public opinion laid against her are not valid. It is also evidence of the reality the great majority of migrant women, especially domestic workers, face in this country.”The fact that the woman was reported to the police by health professionals and the way she was publicly slandered, according to Polycarpou are indicative of Cypriot society’s attitude towards the rights of women in general, to have control over their own bodies and to decide for themselves.“The reality is even harsher for migrant women as racism intersects with sexism in the construction of the ‘dangerous other’ and this is evident in the case of CR. In a deeply racist and sexist society where women are being denied their basic human right to body autonomy and migrant women cannot even access health care, it is unfortunately no surprise that a migrant woman is being slandered in such a way.”Polycarpou said it was clear that when women, especially migrants have no antenatal screening or care and resort to unsafe abortion methods with no medical care after a miscarriage, this is because they are forced to by the policies and practices of the state. This deprives them of the right to healthcare as well as to ownership and control of their own bodies.“Cyrel Reyes is being prosecuted for being a poor, undocumented, migrant and a woman. As such, she is not privileged enough to have access to health care or recognition of being her own agent.” said Polycarpou, calling on the state to grant access to the public healthcare system to all women, including migrant women, regardless of their resident status.“The state has to protect women’s reproductive rights and their rights to their body autonomy, including the right to abortion, for all women, including migrant women.”The 30-year-old was taken to hospital haemorrhaging and in an exhausted state on July 14. Following examinations, it was ascertained she had been carrying a child for 20 to 25 weeks and had given birth earlier that day.On being taken by police for a remand order, the court was told that despite repeated questioning by doctors, the woman denied she had gone into labour and insisted that she had only been bleeding. She remained in hospital for treatment but it was not until July 18 that she finally admitted to doctors that she had been pregnant since January and had given birth the day she was brought to hospital. She said that the baby had been stillborn.She said she had placed the foetus in a suitcase and called a friend, asking him to bury it. She maintained she never told the friend what the suitcase contained.Police were called in after this revelation and investigations began to locate both foetus and the person who had buried it, information the 30-year-old initially refused to give.She told police she had not gone to hospital while pregnant because she feared being deported as her residence permit had expired.Police eventually recovered the foetus which was buried in a wooded area in a suitcase. A Pakistani man, also arrested and remanded, admitted burying the new-born and showed police its location.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

Pamboridis issues pledge to resolve staffing problems at Paphos and Polis

first_imgHealth Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said on Monday he would soon announce decisions aimed at alleviating problems at the Paphos and Polis Chrysochous hospitals.Following his visit on Monday to the two hospitals, which face serious understaffing problems among other issues, Pamboridis said that he heard the opinions of the directors and doctors, and that he would make an announcement “within the day or tomorrow”.Both the Paphos and Polis hospitals have been plagued with problems, and the health ministry has been pressured to find solutions, mainly to the understaffing.The government had proposed that Paphos hospital’s general practitioners (GP) and cardiologists also examined patients at Polis but this was not well received by the physicians who said that this would only exacerbate the understaffing problem. Doctors called for the hiring of more medical staff at Polis, and warned on Sunday of measures if they were forced to go to there.“Within the day or tomorrow the latest, the decisions of the ministry will be announced on the issue of resolving the staffing problems at the Polis hospital, but also those at some clinics in the Paphos general hospital,” Pamboridis said.The aim is to find solutions promptly, he said, so that the Polis inpatient ward is reopened, but to also solve problems faced in Paphos.“Our intention is to reopen the inpatient ward with additional GPs and a cardiologist,” Pamboridis said.Polis mayor Angelos Odysseos gave Pamboridis a letter with the requests of residents in the area who staged a protest outside the hospital last week. Among others, the residents are calling on the minister to intervene so that Polis hospital is adequately manned by medical and other staff, and for the reopening of the inpatient ward. They also called on the health ministry to look into the weaknesses observed at the radiology department and the hospital’s lab.Odysseos also stressed the need to hire more ambulance drivers.Residents also gathered outside the Polis hospital on Monday to voice their opposition to what they called the government’s neglect of their hospital, which serves around 25 communities.Marianna Kouppari who lives in Polis, said that the hospital must not be allowed to close as it serves hundreds of people. “The distance to Paphos hospital is huge and lives will be endangered,” she said.Pamboridis told state broadcaster CyBC earlier in the day, that soon, he would submit to the heads of the parliamentary political parties two bills, one on hospital autonomy, the other on the National Health Scheme (NHS). He added that the NHS would introduce a single health sector market between the private and public arenas.Last week, political leaders reached a consensus during their meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades as to how to proceed with the NHS. They were also presented with the government’s proposal which includes a road map for the implementation of the NHS. The meeting was part of the president’s initiative to steer steps leading up to the implementation of a health system. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo 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

Doctors split over medical school strike action

first_imgTHE doctors’ branch of the civil servants’ union Pasydy said on Monday that although they disagreed with the health ministry’s one-sided actions in cooperating with the University of Cyprus’ medical school, they would not support the decision of their Pasyki colleagues to go on a work stoppage on Wednesday.State doctors’ union Pasyki announced that its members would go on a three-hour work stoppage on Wednesday from noon to 3pm after Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis threw its delegation out of a meeting last week that discussed collaboration between the Makarios children’s hospital and the University of Cyprus medical school.Pasyki said its board decided to stage the strike in “response to the humiliating act by the health minister towards the competent union of state doctors”. Pamboridis had justified his decision by saying the union had not even been invited as the agenda did not concern them.The ministry and the university are cooperating over the training of medical students in state hospitals. Makarios hospital in Nicosia is the first to receive medical students from the school.  Pamboridis, who visited the hospital last month, said that medical students were expected to begin their clinical practice at the beginning of September.A bill regulating the cooperation between public hospitals and the University of Cyprus’ medical school is expected to be completed within the next couple of months.As regards the meeting, Pasyki chief Soteris Koumas had said that the minister’s excuse was that it was departmental, but that a document tabled before participants included proposals that violated labour rights and the professional standing of doctors working in state hospitals.Pasydy said in its announcement that a crisis was about to surface in state hospitals following the insistence of Pamboridis “to unilaterally implement the agreement in question”.“The board of the (doctors) branch reiterates that most of the provisions of the agreement seriously impinge institutional and legal obstacles and stresses once more that any hasty implementation of the agreement will inevitably lead to conflicts in key areas of public health,” the announcement said.It added that it protested strongly that unions were not invited to last week’s meeting.“At the same time, we want to stress that we do not support the work stoppage announced by Pasyki, because, in our view, it will not contribute to facing effectively this serious issue, so we believe that second thoughts must prevail,” it said.Pasydy called on Pamboridis to immediately proceed to a “substantial dialogue with all stakeholders, aimed at reaching commonly accepted regulations for ensuring the smooth operation of state hospitals”.“We are ready for any cooperation with the medical school of the University of Cyprus,” it said. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo 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

Police checks on 800 truck drivers saw six in ten booked for

first_imgPolice checked a total of 799 trucks and 39 buses during a week-long campaign carried out between February 18 and 24 and booked a total of 494 – more than 60 per cent – truck drivers for various traffic offences.The local campaign was part of a wider initiative by European Police Traffic Police Network Tispol.According to a police announcement, the purpose of the campaign was to prevent road traffic accidents involving buses and trucks and to combat traffic offences committed by drivers of such heavy vehicles.The focus was on driving and resting hours as well as acceptable technical condition of the vehicles.Tispol is partly financed by the European Commission with the aim to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more