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first_img 8 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Much has been made of Rosen’s confidence, but a great deal of it is because, reasonably or not, he doesn’t feel like the NFL game is all that different than what he faced in high school or college.“It’s pretty much the same from high school, to college, to the NFL,” he said of his calm pocket presence that allowed him to extend plays and complete balls with defenders bearing down on him in a 20-17 loss last Sunday.Related LinksThe Consensus Week 5: Cardinals entrenched at the bottomPFF: Josh Rosen tops Baker Mayfield’s high grade for rookie QB debutCardinals’ Steve Wilks: ‘Our offense is getting ready to flourish’Week 5 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers“Your offensive linemen get better with your defensive line and vice versa. It’s just when things go bad, it just hurts more.”Two anecdotes from head coach Steve Wilks’ Wednesday press conference stand out about Rosen’s strong play that saw him complete 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown:1.At one point Sunday, Wilks admitted he wasn’t as trusting in his rookie quarterback as he should have been.“Clock was running down, we were about to get a delay of game. I called timeout,” Wilks said. “After that series he was coming over the sideline and he said, ‘Coach, I got it. I’m looking at the play-clock. Trust me, I got it.’“I love it. I love the confidence. I love that he’s in control. I’m all for it.”center_img 2.A handful of drops by Arizona’s receivers marred Rosen’s stat line, and while his encouragement of his teammates was caught on the sideline cameras a few times, another uplifting conversation was had between the 21-year-old rookie and the 43-year-old Phil Dawson, who missed two field goals that could have changed the complexion of the game in Arizona’s favor.“He said Josh came up to him after the game,” Wilks said of Dawson. “Here’s an older guy, a veteran guy and he’s getting encouraged by a rookie quarterback. It just speaks volumes to what Josh can do not only on the field for this team but off.”EXTRA POINTS— Rosen’s first career touchdown pass from Sunday was also second-year receiver Chad Williams’ first career touchdown catch. That caused a minor dilemma regarding who gets to keep the football involved on the play: “See if you can cut it in half or something. Get like one side painted,” Rosen quipped. “We’ll figure it out.”— WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), CB Bene Benwikere (spine), DE Markus Golden (knee) and DT Corey Peters (elbow) did not practice on Wednesday, Wilks said. They are all day-to-day but expected to be healthy enough for Sunday’s game in San Francisco. TEMPE, Ariz. — The game has not looked too fast for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.Arizona head coach Steve Wilks felt like the rookie’s unflappable nature, along with his confidence and command, were satisfactory reasons to throw him into the fire, first in an attempt of a late comeback against the Chicago Bears two weeks back. Ditto for Wilks’ decision to move Rosen into a starting role heading into what became a loss to the Seattle Seahawks this past week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Preferred Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterPreferred Hotels & Resorts held its 2018 annual conference at The Pendry, San Diego, 30 April to 4 May 2018 (this was a clever venue as all 350 delegates could be housed in the same place, and the meetings were held there too). The days started, indeed, in Provisional, one of the hotel’s five street-entrance restaurants that all attract masses of passing traffic. And then, after plates of fresh berries and other fruits – and whatever else a guest would want – we moved to the ballroom for main sessions.Titled Inspiring Travel for 50 Years, the gathering was a celebration of the soft brand that started in Toronto in 1968. The event was opened by chairman John Ueberroth and his daughter, CEO Lindsey Ueberroth. Other powerful speakers, over three mornings and an afternoon, included Preferred’s president Michelle Woodley and CMO Kirstie Goshow and, in alphabetical order, Michelle Burns, Starbucks; Maureen Chiquet, former CEO of Chanel; Jan Freitag, STR Global; Alan Fuerstman, chairman of Montage Hotels & Resorts; Jeremy Gutsche, Trendhunter; Jackie Herd, Amex Global Travel; Onno and Alexa Poortier, NOW Transforming Travel; Douglas Quinby, Phocuswright; Patricia Schulz, author of ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’; Nicholas Thompson, Wired magazine; Rob Torres, Google, and photographer Steve Uzzell, National Geographic.Another really valuable talk was given by Steve Rudner, Hotel Lawyers, warning of the pitfalls of MICE contracts – do owners and general managers know what sales staff sometimes sign? He quoted a Maui hotel, unsuccessfully suing a client who cancelled, for over $1 million: the client claimed a small amount of re-tiling in another part of the hotel constituted ‘renovation and construction’ (the answer is to make sure the contract specifies ‘no renovation or construction in areas relevant to the event’). And remember too that ‘change of management’ can include the salesperson who signed the contract moving on, and lowest-rate guarantees can be breached if you have even one hotel employee rate room taken, and ‘confidentiality’ leaves the hotel vulnerable if a banquet server photographs a Google meeting document to sell to Samsung.The fact that Champagne Laurent-Perrier was a main sponsor came in very handy for the opening reception, which I sadly missed, and also for the final banquet. This was the occasion for awards. Hotelier of the Year is Salamander president Prem Devadas, and lifetime achievement accolades went to Rob Cornell and Onno Poortier. Hotel of the Year is Finca Cortesin in Cesares, with regional winners Boston Harbor Hotel, for UA-Canada; NIZUC Cancun, for Latin America-Caribbean; The Pulitzer, Amsterdam, for Europe; Leela Palace, Bengaluru, for India-Middle East-Africa; Capitol Hotel Tokyo, Asia-Pacific (and new-member hotel of the year, Myconian Villa Collection, Mykonos). iPrefer Loyalty Members’ Hotel of the Year was Metropole, Geneva, and hotel group was Swire Hotels: #ThePreferredLife social media hotel was Montage’s Palmetto Bluff property in Bluffton, SC, USA. Hotels were nominated by regional directors, using inspection scores as a guide: shortlists compiled by EVPs were then submitted to the main award committee.Honestly, I would like to give a special award to the host hotel, The Pendry San Diego, which only opened February 2017. Cleverly, the 12-floor building gives the impression of having been there for ever as it oozes the same aura of establishment as The Greenwich in New York. Both hotels were, in fact, formerly open car-parks.  In New York it took Robert de Niro and his pals to convert the open space to a luxury hotel. Here in San Diego it was Robert Green, who had already developed what opened as Four Seasons Aviara, now Park Hyatt Aviara.  Green turned to Alan Fuerstman and, with the help of Fuerstman’s son Michael, they developed a modern-luxury concept.And it is lots of fun. Provisional Restaurant has the third Moët vending machine – the first was installed in Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and I have yet to discover the second. Here the machine is called #CHAMPENDRY and yes, despite its $25-a-pop cost it does extremely well, especially at brunches and special occasions. Thanks to California laws, the machine has to be programmed not to work between two and seven, fortunately morning hours. If it had its way, Provisional could probably do good food and drink business 24/7 rather than its current 6.30am opening. It is an absolutely beautiful room with lots of different-height seating.As always it is the high-up chairs at long communal tables that sell best to singles, of whom there are always a lot when the hotel is in convention mode. Being two blocks from San Diego’s convention centre means when there are events every hotel around is blocked out, but the Pendry itself seems to host back-to-back meetings.  Specially built for the MICE market, all 317 rooms seem to be identical, nearly all coming in at 35 square metres. What does an international MICE group need? Instant and fast Wi-Fi, a good 24/7 gym – and it helps that San Diego’s airport is only 12 minutes away. It is not unusual for the entire hotel to be bought out. GM Michael O’Donohue, a former chef who was previously GM of W San Diego, has assembled the most charming team imaginable.During the Preferred meeting, for instance, they opened Provisional at six and no one seemed to mind at all coming in early – Michael O’Donohue says they will also stay late, for gala events and after-parties. And when the sun comes out suddenly, it is all hands on deck to get the divine third-floor terrace pool quickly ready for the rush. I had an end-of-meeting lunch up there, poolside, with Lindsey Ueberroth and we personalised our orders. No-one turned a hair. And that is one indisputable sign of a luxury hotel for today.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Related JetBlue to increase number of Caribbean fl

first_img RelatedJetBlue to increase number of Caribbean flights from BostonUS carrier JetBlue Airways will increase its number of flights to the Caribbean from Boston by 25 percent next summer.JetBlue increases flights from SFOUS carrier JetBlue Airways is increasing the number of flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport.JetBlue announces new flight between Orlando and San JoseAmerican low-cost airline JetBlue has announced that it will launch a new flight between Orlando and San Jose in Costa Rica. American low fares airline JetBlue has announced its intention to increase the number of flights it operates from Logan International Airport during 2009.The carrier will offer business and leisure passengers the opportunity to fly to a further 12 destinations in the US and the Caribbean from Boston, with it currently offering flights to 31 cities in seven different countries.Commenting on the proposed expansion, Marty St George, JetBlue’s vice-president of planning, said that it would benefit business people and those looking for a break.”With our expanded schedule, easy, same-day trips between Boston and the nation’s top business centres like Charlotte and Raleigh are now a breeze,” he said.”And when you’re ready for a break, our new year-round flights to places like St. Maarten and San Juan make getting away even easier.”JetBlue will re-introduce its route between Boston and San Francisco International Airport on May 1st, while also increasing its frequency of flights to a number of cities including Chicago and Pittsburgh.The New York based airline was the first carrier in the US to introduce free in-flight email and instant messaging services to its passengers. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

TORONTO Canada – Longtime Four Seasons executive

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Longtime Four Seasons executive Barbara Talbott is stepping down at year’s end, Elite Traveler has learned. Susan Helstab, Senior Vice President will be named to replace Talbott as Executive Vice President, Marketing.last_img

Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kis

first_imgMember of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl A member of Japanese pop group Tokio, Tatsuya Yamaguchi attends a press conference Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Tokyo. Yamaguchi acknowledged Thursday that he is facing a criminal investigation related to an allegedly indecent act with a teenage girl. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP ) by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 2:11 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TOKYO – A member of the popular Japanese male pop group Tokio apologized Thursday for forcibly kissing a teenage girl at his home.Tatsuya Yamaguchi, 46, said he would suspend work with the band and other entertainment projects.Yamaguchi acknowledged at a news conference that he kissed the girl at his home in February when he was drunk. The girl, who was with her friend, fled and reported it to police, prompting an investigation.“I’m so sorry that I caused her to suffer,” Yamaguchi said. “As a minor, she must have been frightened by an adult male.”Yamaguchi has not been charged and his agent, Johnny & Associates, said in a statement that the two sides have reached a settlement. Public broadcaster NHK said prosecutors are likely to drop the case after the girl’s side retracted their complaint.The case is the latest in a series involving sexual misconduct that have rocked Japan, where awareness and support for victims and the #MeToo movement have been slow to grow.Yamaguchi said he was not aware of what he had done to the girl until he was contacted by police more than a month later. He said he fell asleep after talking to the girls for about an hour and they were gone when he woke up.Yamaguchi and other members of the group are “special ambassadors” on an Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour project promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The organizing committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government are co-sponsors.“Given Mr. Yamaguchi’s significance to us as a special ambassador to the Flag Tour, it is very disappointing for Tokyo 2020,” the organizers said in an email to The Associated Press. They said they will discuss how to respond to the situation.“It’s extremely regrettable. That’s all I can say,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said.The suspension of Yamaguchi’s work has forced Japanese television networks to change their scheduled programs. Shops and restaurants in Fukushima prefecture removed posters showing Yamaguchi, who helped campaign for the region’s recovery from a severe accident at a nuclear plant.In recent weeks, a senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat resigned over sexually suggestive remarks to a female reporter, and the governor of Niigata prefecture stepped down after acknowledging he gave cash and gifts to women he dated from an internet site.Former Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda resigned last week after a magazine published sexual comments he allegedly made to a female reporter.Responses by the ministry and other top officials have tended to put the blame on the victim instead. Finance Minister Taro Aso has defended Fukuda, repeatedly suggesting that the reporter might have framed him, adding to the outrage of women’s groups and opposition lawmakers who are now demanding Aso’s resignation.___Associated Press sports writer Stephen Wade contributed to this report.last_img read more

California show explores Warhols social tech for

first_imgCalifornia show explores Warhol’s social, tech foreshadowing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO — Before Instagram and Facebook, before selfies and filters that perfect selfies, there was Andy Warhol, using his art to imbue friends, family, celebrities — even himself — with a certain mystique.A retrospective of Warhol’s work on display in San Francisco captures the artist’s ability to use paintings, drawings, photographs and other mediums to create buzz-worthy personas the way people do now using social media.The idea of personal branding, “of how we can be who we want to be,” was something Warhol was trading on more than a half-century ago, said Donna De Salvo, deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, where the exhibit originated. “He had a real understanding of something about American culture, which is now more global.”“Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again” opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and runs through Sept. 2. It includes more than 300 works spanning Warhol’s 40-year career.The show features some of the artist’s most iconic creations — depictions of Campbell’s soup cans and Brillo boxes, for instance, and silkscreen portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and others — along with lesser-known pieces from his early and later years. It next travels to the Art Institute of Chicago.“Warhol is constantly labeled a pop artist, but all that happened within three or four years, and then he moved on and the work goes quite dark and explores questions of gender and sexual identity, fame, subcultures,” said Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas senior curator of painting and sculpture for the San Francisco museum.The show’s title comes from Warhol’s 1975 memoir in which he touches on key themes from his work, such as celebrity, money and love. The artist died in 1987 at age 58.De Salvo said the San Francisco museum’s team “really enlightened me in terms of thinking about Warhol through the lens of social media.”It’s a common thread throughout the show.“When you see some of the rooms, particularly the portraits, we really conceptualized it in a way of thinking about Facebook,” she said.Warhol’s understanding of the power of images to create identity and aura can be traced to his early years, after he moved to New York in 1949 and got a job as a commercial illustrator. He did work for publications such as Mademoiselle and Glamour magazine.“That idea of marketing and all the things we take for granted was just something Warhol was immersed in,” De Salvo said. “And he was just such a sponge in his capacity to absorb things.”In 1963, he was commissioned to do his first portrait, of modern-art collector Ethel Redner Scull.The artist took Scull to a photo booth in New York, gave her a stack of coins and said, “Pose,” Garrels said. She took 300 pictures, looking playful, pensive and everything in between.“From that, he makes this painting,” De Salvo said: “Ethel Scull 36 Times,” a brightly colored montage of images that anticipated modern-day selfies and Instagram posts.“You feel each moment,” De Salvo said. “I think it’s really one of Warhol’s great commissioned portraits.”Warhol went on to do hundreds of portraits. They provide a window into his social network, which included friends, family members, lovers, musicians, actors, athletes and world leaders.De Salvo also notes the “multiplicity of images” in Warhol’s work.“This is where he’s such a genius of permutation — that he could create so many iterations of an image in an analog way, where now there’s a software program to do that,” she said. “There’s so many different ways. There’s a ‘Warholizer.’ He so anticipated what technology would bring about.”Katie Oyan, The Associated Press In this photo taken Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in a display of female icons, Elizabeth Taylor is reflected in an image of the Mona Lisa at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol _ From A to B and Back Again” in San Francisco. A retrospective of Andy Warhol’s work on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art captures his use of artwork to give his subjects personas the way people do now using social media. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) by Katie Oyan, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2019 8:03 am PDTlast_img read more

After a delicious lunch Arcosanti crewmembers ta

first_imgAfter a delicious lunch, Arcosanti crew-members taught a hands-on silt workshop. Each person was able to make his or her own ‘silt-carved’ artwork, have it poured in plaster and take with them. For more information on the availability of SPECIAL TOURS, call or e-mail the Arcosanti Public Relations office. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] March 25, 2004During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] A rare highlight for this group was a question and answer session with Paolo Soleri, held in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]last_img read more

October 23 2006 The The group arrived on Octob

first_imgOctober 23, 2006 The The group arrived on October 15. for their annual one-week workshop. During the week, the performers Jayne Lee, Delisa Myles, Paul Moore, Joanna Rotkin, Megan Montgomery had rehearsals on the dance floor, which was especially set up for the performance. [Photo: sa & text: rc] As usual in every event, a fine dinner was prepared, by chef Eleanor Gilles, for visitors and residents before the performance. The costumes were designed by Anastazia Louise and Fkir Elderfae, who also did the sound. Murray Natkie, staff member of the Arcosanti Information Service, did the lighting. Human Nature was formed in 1994 and is based in Flagstaff. The group performs regularly in the region and also has performed nationally and internationally. [Photo: sa & text: rc]last_img read more

Potamia Elementary the school that makes recycled paper

first_imgThe tiny elementary school of Potamia village is proving to be an environmental leader by operating a recycling paper workshop and transmitting their knowledge from classroom to classroom and from school to school.The school in the Nicosia district village has a mere 31 students and five teachers, headmistress Rodoula Nicolaou says.It has been operating the recycling paper workshop for the past three years. The initiative came from teacher Pavlos Rigas, who bought with him the know-how when he was transferred to the school.The paper-making tools of the trade are a large container, two wooden frames of different size, hot water, colours, pieces of fabric and a clothes hanger to dry the final product.“We try to recycle paper as much as we can at school,” Rigas said.“Children start from the first grade to learn about recycling because they take part in environmental programmes, it is part of our curriculum and educators are particularly aware about such issues,” Nicolaou said. The headmistress said that word about the workshop was spreading and other schools, seven until now, visit to learn the process.The greatest experience the children have had was when they made cards for the ministerial committee of the Council of Europe which recently visited Cyprus, Rigas said. The students have also taken part in festivals and environmental events.“It has become part of the school’s culture,” Nicolaou said.On the front wall of the school there is a large mosaic of a mother partridge and its offspring made from bottle caps, pieces of broken plates and old buttons. In the middle of the art room hanging from a large branch there are fish made from old cloth and other ornamental crafts.In the school’s garden, old car tyres have been turned into pots with flowers and herbs around an olive tree.Every year the children plant flowers and vegetables using the compost they have made themselves through the composting process.They also gather oil and batteries for recycling.   You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkish Cypriot jailed in UK for money laundering

first_imgA Turkish Cypriot man arrested by British bases authorities (SBA) earlier this year in Ayios Nicolaos has been sentenced to over five years in prison on money laundering charges after he was extradited back to the UK, it emerged on Thursday.The man, Kamil Ozalp, a UK resident, had been arrested in England in May after he was found in possession of £100,000 (€113,000) in cash.However, after being released on bail, Ozalp fled the country and was in hiding in the north of Cyprus while authorities in the UK continued their investigation against the 46-year-old.Subsequent inquiries revealed the scale of the Ozalp’s crimes and he was soon wanted for laundering more than £1m.Chief Inspector Mustafa Kemal from the SBA Police’s Dhekelia Division, said: “We had been contacted by the National Crime Agency to inform us about Ozalp and we gathered reliable intelligence that he was frequenting a supermarket in the Ayios Nicolaos area, within the Sovereign Base Areas.”Acting on the intelligence, police officials mounted an operation and swooped on Ozalp during a visit to the supermarket and he was subsequently arrested and remanded in custody pending extradition hearings.After initially pleading guilty to a lesser charge and not guilty to the charge of laundering more than £1m and being faced with an even lengthier sentence, Ozalp reversed his plea and he will now spend the next five years and three months behind bars.“This is a great result for the SBA Police, the National Crime Agency and all of the other authorities who have worked so hard to bring this man to justice,” Kemal said.“This was not an easy case to work on because of the complications with extradition but the police and the legal services did an excellent job and we are delighted it has reached a satisfactory conclusion now.” You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today!Yahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo 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

North calls for hydrocarbons talks

first_imgThe breakaway regime on Thursday called on energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis to discuss the issue of hydrocarbons with the aim of resolving the dispute between the two sides and facilitating efforts to reunify the island.Speaking on Bayrak television, the north’s ‘energy minister’ Ozdil Nami said he was ready to talk hydrocarbons with Lakkotrypis under UN auspices or at any other venue.“If the Greek Cypriot minister wishes to discuss with us, there are ways, we can sit down like civilized people and talk,” Nami said.He went on to accuse Greek Cypriots of using the hydrocarbons issue as a bargaining chip over Turkey.An agreement might see revenues from natural gas being transferred into a fund, to be used to finance a future settlement of the Cyprus problem, he added.According to Nami, Turkey has legitimate rights over hydrocarbons in the sea area around the island, as do the Turkish Cypriots.“On the one hand, the Greek Cypriot side signed agreements for its own benefit with companies from America, France and Italy, and is striving to safeguard these agreements, but as soon as it finds itself in a tight spot it seeks to shift the whole issue to the EU and asks for their support,” said Nami.“In a similar way, we are cooperating with Turkey in a bid to safeguard our own interests.” 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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

Fear of flying seminar to be held in Larnaca

first_imgA special seminar for people with a fear of flying will be held in Larnaca in November, it was announced on Thursday.The seminar is being organised by the Mediterranean Air Safety Foundation with the support and cooperation of Cobalt Air on November 3.According to CNA, citing international statistics, aerophobia affects to a different degree more than 20 per cent of travellers and around 7 per cent of people do not travel at all by air due to their fear.It is estimated that over 80 per cent of people participating in such seminars manage to eliminate or significantly reduce their phobia.During the November seminar, there will be presentations by special psychologists, pilots and other staff who have received special training from organisation abroad.Part of the workshop will be a half hours flight on a Cobalt Airbus.The total cost of participation is €80, which includes attendance at the seminar, informative material, meals, transfer to and from the airport and the flight.For people who participated in previous Seminars the price is €40, and for those who want to bring another person as support, the second person will pay €40.For information visit www.aerofobiacy.com, email info@aeofobiacy.com or call 99676354You 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

Weeklong stormy weather expected to clear by midday Saturday

first_imgCyprus saw more thunderstorms, winds, and rain on Friday night but the Met office expects the phenomena to subside by midday Saturday.Before midday, storms in the west and in southern regions were expected, possibly affecting the central plain.Temperatures are expected to reach 19C to 20C inland and in coastal areas, and 10C in the mountains, which is normal for the time of year.The stormy weather is attributed to a low-pressure system dubbed ‘Penelope’.Penelope did not affect all countries in the Eastern Mediterranean the same, Mouskos added. For example, Greece has low temperatures but unlike Cyprus, it hasn’t rained.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Neither decorations nor lavish meals for many this Christmas

first_imgAS DECORATIONS fill homes and streets, and as the majority of people indulge in lavish meals and shopping sprees, there are growing numbers in Cyprus with no home to decorate and no means to provide anything other than the basics.In an effort to spread the Christmas spirit to those segments parts of the population that are often denied it, an abundance of volunteers and many private companies have been responding in recent years to help the less fortunate, especially after the 2013 financial crisis.Recent figures have also shown a huge jump in the number of homeless people this year.One event to contribute to at least one decent meal at Christmas was held just a couple of days ago was organised by Rosie Charalambous, who put out the call for help in arranging a Christmas dinner for those in need.The Facebook event ‘Sharing is caring’ was created, which went viral in a matter of days, with numbers of posts by people declaring their willingness to bring food and to help with the setting up, handing out of food, and cleaning.Some 100 refugees and homeless people, mostly families of four members or more, gathered at the Agora Project hosted in the old municipal market in old town Nicosia, where a buffet was set up, providing enough food to feed more than twice the number of the needy and the helpers combined.“The reaction to the idea was brilliant, from both volunteers, most of which arrived with something to offer, as well as from companies who donated food and drink,” Charalambous said, highlighting the input of the UN, who brought tables, chairs and soups.But while there was a “whirlwind” response from people willing to help, Charalambous said, “not very many homeless came, perhaps because they were embarrassed or shy, which is understandable.”Even so, the large trays of left-over food will be given to the nuns behind the Catholic church who often provide food for the needy, and to someone who works directly with the homeless, Charalambous said, ensuring that even those who missed out are not left behind.In the Agora, homeless and refugee children played football and took turns on the rocking horse decorated with fairy lights, screaming with laughter. Teenagers and adults sat on the long stretches of tables, eating and talking, as helpers bumped in every two minutes offering one desert or the other.“This meal is more than we could have ever had the chance to eat at home – I mean, where me and my family are staying,” Mahir Hussein, 39, told his 8-year-old son in Arabic, who then spoke the words back in English, which he learnt in his short time in Lebanon.Mahir, his wife, and two sons, of Palestinian origin, were forced to escape to Syria, then flee to Lebanon, then to Turkey, and finally to Cyprus three months ago where they were placed in a room in the Remi hotel paid by the government.“We know Cypriot people are good,” Mahir said, “but not to refugees, not to the homeless.”Ary Namiq Kakarash, 32, a policeman who came from Iraq to Cyprus two months ago with his wife and three children, who are also living in the Remi hotel, said the same. “People have good hearts here, but they show it only to those they want to, not to refugees.”His family had received €285 euros two months after arriving in Cyprus, and living in the hotel determines their inability to cook, and their subsequent reliance on take-out which is significantly more expensive.“Finding work when you don’t speak Greek is almost impossible,” Ary said, “and so is finding someone to help you in all the government services we are sent to.”“We are sent to one place, then another, then back again, and so we are often not able to get the help the government says it has to offer to refugees,” he added.This is also a matter of language, Ary said, since government workers in the departments that refugees rely most on, such as the social welfare services, very often do not speak English.The lives of some have left them in more fortunate positions. Josef, 47, surrounded himself by Greek-speakers in Iraq, from which he fled five months ago to come to Cyprus since his atheism posed a danger to his life.A perfect speaker of Greek, he acts as a translator for refugees who are not given the attention they should.“It always seems like refugees are always asking for things, but the truth is that all we want is to be treated like humans, to be given things that every other human is entitled to and takes for granted,” he said.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. 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AM probe assigned to polices economy task force

first_imgBy George PsyllidesA POLICE task force investigating the collapse of the economy has also been assigned the case of a controversial agreement between the Central Bank (CBC) and a consulting firm, authorities said on Wednesday.The probe into the CBC agreement with Alvarez and Marsal was launched last week.It was initially assigned to the CID but it has been decided to hand it over to a task force already investigating the causes of the economic downfall – mainly the bank activities.“It is simply for better coordination and getting better results since the matters may  be linked,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.CID officers have already questioned various people in connection with the case, including Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades.Announcing the launch of the probe last week, deputy attorney-general Rikkos Erotocritou said it would look into charges by Demetriades that confidential documents had been leaked to the media, but also potential document forgery, and deception of board members.Reports suggested Demetriades had agreed to pay A&M a success or recapitalisation fee of 0.10 per cent on the amount the banks used to recapitalise, including cash seized from depositors.A&M was contracted by the CBC to advise on the restructure of the island’s stricken banking system.CBC documents showed that A&M had even settled on €4.75 million instead of €11 million.The regulator said A&M was not entitled to a success fee since the recap amount came from seized deposits and not as part of a bailout.A&M said it did not seek a fee based on the haircut and insisted it was legally entitled to the €4.75 million, which were inside the range proposed by Demetriades.The governor claimed he signed the agreement under duress – A&M had threatened to leave at a critical junction for the island’s banking system. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo 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

Akel urges TCs to view solution as the way to gain gas

first_imgMain opposition Akel on Monday told foreign diplomats in Cyprus the simplest and surest way for Turkish Cypriots to ensure their share in the island’s hydrocarbons wealth was to help reach a solution.Addressing 35 ambassadors and other diplomats at a lunch in Nicosia, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou spoke about the failure of the talks in Crans-Montana last year and signalled Akel’s full agreement with the position of the UN secretary-general in September on ‘a package’ of six main pending issues.“Akel fully agrees with the above approach, not only because the secretary-general suggests it, but because we are firmly convinced that, at the point we have reached, this is the right course to reach a successful end, even in a short time,” Kyprianou said.At the same time, he noted that “it is not acceptable to expect the Greek Cypriot side to accept the upgrading of the pseudo-state in the event of a [new] failure.”On the issue of hydrocarbons, which the Turkish side is trying to have put on the negotiating table, Kyprianou referred to the convergence that was reached by the government of Demetris Christofias on the issue during his talks with then Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.“We are well aware that Turkey is playing a role in the region’s energy map and that Turkish Cypriots want their share of the exploitation of natural gas,” Kyprianou said. “The simplest and surest way to achieve this is the solution of the Cyprus problem.”As for Turkey, he said, Akel was not opposed to discussing its role, “but of course this must not be detrimental to the interests of Cyprus”.“As Akel we are ready, in the event of a solution, to support the opening of talks with Turkey on the construction of a pipeline, both for its own use and for transporting natural gas to Europe,” Kyprianou added.Kyprianou also said Akel supported Turkey’s EU accession but that Ankara had much to do to fulfil its EU obligations.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

State assistance averted deposit haircut at coop FinMin says

first_imgState assistance was granted to the co-op bank in 2013 to avert a haircut on deposits, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told an inquiry into the lender’s collapse on Thursday.The minister, who has been heavily criticised following the co-op bank’s demise earlier this year, started his testimony by reading a prepared statement in which he said that nationalising the lender in 2013 by pumping €1.5bn initially and around €250m at a later stage, had been a political decision at EU level which President Nicos Anastasiades had secured.Until that time, the co-op had a negative capital, he said.“The question is not why and how the co-op came to a dead end in 2013 . The question is how it managed to operate until 2o13. How such an organisation was allowed to operate and handle people’s savings until 2013,” he said.It was not even an organisation. It was a loose network of co-op banks that operated without credible procedures, supervision, and suitable staff, recklessly granting loans, even to its directors and nonexistent individuals, he said.What was worse, was that no one bothered to check if those loans were serviced, he added.“State aid in 2013 did not resolve the co-op’s problems. It prevented a haircut of deposits at the co-op bank also.”As part of its bailout, Cyprus had to shutter its second-largest bank, Laiki, while Bank of Cyprus, the biggest one, had to seize 47.5 per cent of deposits over €100,000.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Glenn House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesday

first_imgMORE INFO: Room 519, House Office Building, downtown Lansing. Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, is concerned about an upcoming MPSC ruling that potentially threatens to violate state energy law and raise costs for utility customers. The Michigan House Energy Policy Committee will meet Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to discuss a Michigan Public Service Commission case. More information about the hearing: See Rep. Glenn’s news page on the Michigan House Republican webs WHERE: Michigan House Energy Policy Committee and interested parties. ####center_img WHEN:Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. WHAT: WHO: WHY:Committee hearing to discuss the Michigan Public Service Commission’s local clearing requirement case. Categories: Glenn News,News 11Sep Rep. Glenn, House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesdaylast_img read more

Mental Health Parity Law Meets Crafty Insurers Wheres the Enforcement

first_imgShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shares August 3, 2015; Vox (Kaiser Health News)When the Mental Health Parity Act finally passed in 2008, most advocates were realistic about its possible impact, understanding that almost any positive effect would be dependent on enforcement. The act was meant to eliminate the higher copayments and deductibles imposed on those seeking treatment for mental rather than physical illnesses and rectify their more limited access to treatment. Indeed, as this article suggests, it’s now harder to point to outright violations of those provisions, but insurers have managed to creatively erect new types of slightly less obvious barriers.Henry Harbin, Maryland’s former mental health director, said the lack of oversight is being exploited by insurers. “They can micromanage care down to almost nothing,” he says. “The enforcement in this area is a joke.”One favorite dodge, according to a survey of patients by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is to designate treatment as “not medically necessary,” which reportedly now happens twice as often for mental health as for other medical conditions.“‘Medical necessity’ is the insurers’ last hurrah,” said Meiram Bendat, an attorney focusing on mental health cases. “Insurers have become much more crafty at coming up with protocols that are not expressed numerically, that are more difficult to spot.”Additionally, no one federal agency oversees the implementation of mental health parity. Those responsibilities are divided among a complex web of groups that includes the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury, as well as state insurance commissioners. This leaves most not knowing where they might get help, and even when they do reach out, their attempts are often easily foiled by insurers. The Parity Implementation Coalition in Washington, D.C., says that though its hotline has received hundreds of consumer complaints, it has a hard time following up because insurers refuse to release documents that would allow comparisons to be made between mental health and other health-related claims.Meanwhile, Clare Krusing of the insurers’ association insisted that such documents are being made available to patients and providers upon request. “Plans are committed to being transparent about their coverage decisions,” she said. Decisions to deny treatment, she said, are based on ensuring that patients receive care based on the best medical evidence.“We are still at a point in the health system where patients face wide variation in the type of care they’re receiving,” she said. “Oftentimes we see tests and procedures done that are costly and unnecessary for the type of care that they’re seeking or even help or benefit their condition.”By most accounts, with limited oversight and no enforcement, the law does not have teeth sharp enough or monitoring systematic enough to deter insurers who wish to avoid paying claims. In fact, to date the federal government has not taken a single public enforcement action and only a few states are monitoring insurers for compliance.Some advocates accuse President Obama of ignoring enforcement for fear of upsetting allies. “Insurance companies were part of the coalition that helped bring the ACA to life, and the administration feels an enormous debt of gratitude,” said former congressman Patrick Kennedy, who helped pass the Parity Law. “It’s a challenge politically to then step on the toes of those that brought them to the dance.”An estimated 43 million Americans ages 18 or older reported having a mental illness in 2013, but fewer than half successfully accessed treatment, in part due to affordability.—Ruth McCambridgeShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shareslast_img read more

End of Federal Austerity A Positive Indicator for More Nonprofit Funding

first_imgShare18Tweet24ShareEmail42 Shares“Austerity.” Credit: 401kcalculator.orgMarch 25, 2018; AtlanticLast month, when the two-year budget deal was announced, NPQ noted that the main takeaway was that the “era of federal austerity [had] been severely interrupted, if not ended entirely.” We added that “many nonprofits will welcome the unexpected funding boost, even if that boost is primarily a result of federal government dysfunction rather than representing a newfound consensus to fund domestic needs appropriately for the long haul.”Now the FY 2018 budget is law, and the gains are evident. In the Atlantic, Russell Berman writes that, “President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was Donald Trump in the White House to get it done.” Berman adds that, “Across much of the government, Republican leaders agreed to spending levels that matched or even exceeded what Obama asked Congress to appropriate in his final budget request in 2016.”Of course, the budget falls short in many ways. The plight of the Dreamers remains unresolved. Defense spending (the president’s top priority) gets a big boost, even though US military spending already dwarfs that of other countries. Then there is that pesky notion that running trillion-dollar deficits to boost the economy when jobless claims have already neared a 45-year low may not be a good idea.Still, many nonprofits will benefit. As Berman writes,The Department of Health and Human Services received $78 billion, nearly identical to the $77.9 billion Obama sought and almost 20 percent more than what the Trump budget called for. Ditto for the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, which got $1.5 billion more than Obama’s final request and nearly $12 billion more than the reduced level Trump sought. Obama-era priorities like Head Start and Pell Grants drew increases, too.Congress eliminated none of the 18 independent agencies Trump wanted to scrap, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And several of the programs he wanted to zero out won huge increases instead. Take the TIGER grants, an infrastructure program created by Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package. Congress had allocated $500 million to it each of the last several years, despite annual Obama requests to boost it to $1.25 billion. Trump’s budget called for axing it entirely, but lawmakers went even higher than Obama, giving $1.5 billion to TIGER. Or the Community Development Block Grant, a…program that had been receiving $3 billion from Congress annually. Obama actually proposed cutting its funding by $200 million in 2016, while Trump called for chopping it altogether. In the end, it received $3.3 billion—a 10 percent boost.And there’s more. At Housing & Urban Development, it’s not just community development block grants that got a boost. Housing vouchers (government subsidized private housing) also got $1.72 billion more. American Indian housing got a $100 million increase. Public housing got $800 million more in capital funds and $150 million in added operating dollars. Homeless agencies will have $130 million more in federal grants. There is also $85 million more for lead abatement (nearly a 60 percent increase), $176 million in new funds for senior housing (a 35 percent increase), and a $412 million boost (43 percent increase) in the HOME program that supports first-time homebuyers.The budget also allocates $4.65 billion to address the opioid epidemic, a $3 billion increase. And, based on research from Matt Hourihan and David Parkes of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science reports that R&D spending in 2018 will reach “$176.8 billion, an increase of 12.8 percent or $20.1 billion above FY 2017 estimated R&D.… Total federal R&D spending would reach its highest point ever in inflation-adjusted dollars.”As for specific agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, where Trump sought to cut 31 percent, stayed at $8.1 billion. Climate change funding at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held steady and the agency’s budget went up $234 million to $5.9 billion.Additionally, the National Institutes of Health got a $3 billion boost (8.3 percent) to $37 billion. The National Science Foundation got $7.8 billion, a 3.9 percent or $295 million increase. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science got $6.26 billion, an $868 million increase (nearly 15 percent). Overall, NASA’s budget of $20.7 billion is $1.1 billion above 2017. Spending at the National Institute of Standards and Technology ​jumped to $1.2 billion, $247 million above 2017.Even the arts were largely unscathed. The Los Angeles Times reports that, “The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities will see funding climb to $152.8 million each, a $3-million increase….The National Gallery of Art gets $165.9 million, a $1.04-million jump. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will receive $40.5 million, which is $4 million more than the last fiscal year.” Public broadcasting funding remains unchanged at $465 million.This review, of course, does not address how regressive policies may change funding at the community level, so don’t get too comfortable. And the two-year budget deal may well prove a blip in what has been a long-term trend of declining funding.—Steve DubbShare18Tweet24ShareEmail42 Shareslast_img read more