Luxury watch maker deLaCour has announced plans fo

first_imgLuxury watch maker deLaCour has announced plans for its first U.S. boutique, to open this spring in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 400-square-foot retail space will be located at 225 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. While the company offered no firm dates for the opening, sales could begin as early as March 1.www.delacour.chlast_img

Partnering with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

first_imgPartnering with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the second year, Movado commemorates the company’s 50th anniversary with a limited edition Museum(R) dial watch featuring an orange leather double-wrap strap (Ailey’s signature color).In additionm, Movado will donate 10% of proceeds from the sale of this watch to Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for the month of December. The Movado Museum dial limited edition Alvin Ailey watch retails for $795.00 and will be available at Macy’s and Movado Boutiques.last_img read more

Publisher of Franzen Eugenides is stepping back

first_imgPublisher of Franzen, Eugenides is stepping back by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 11:22 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The longtime publisher of such prize-winning authors as Jonathan Franzen and Marilynne Robinson is stepping back.Farrar, Straus & Giroux president and publisher Jonathan Galassi has chosen Mitzi Angel to succeed him as publisher later this year. Angel currently heads Faber and Faber in London and has worked with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rachel Cusk and numerous other authors. The publisher says in a Thursday statement that the 43-year-old will oversee editing and marketing at FSG. Galassi says in a statement that Angel is a gifted publisher “meant to work with us.”Galassi will remain as president and continue to acquire and edit books. The 68-year-old joined FSG, one of the world’s premier literary houses, in 1986. His notable projects include Franzen’s “The Corrections,” Robinson’s “Gilead” and Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex.”last_img read more


first_imgPUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2018 1:55 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bestselling Books Week Ending 4/1/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Red Alert” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown)2. “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)3. “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)4. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)5. “To Die but Once” by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)6. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)7. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)8. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)9. “The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)10. “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George (Viking)11. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” by Sean Penn (Atria)12. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)13. “Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown)14. “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry (Minotaur)15. “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlan (Random House)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)2. “Embraced” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)3. “Secret Empires” by Peter Schweizer (Harper)4. “Russian Roulette” by Michael Isikiff and David Corn (Twelve)5. “This Is Me” by Chrissy Metz (Dey Street)6. “Dear Madam President” by Jennifer Palmieri (Grand Central Publishing)7. “World of Warcraft Chronicle, Vol. 3” (Dark Horse)8. “Am I There Yet?” by Mari Andrew (Clarkson Potter)9. “I’ve Been Thinking…” by Maria Shriver (Pamela Dorman Books)10. “Giada’s Italy” by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter)11. “Tiger Woods” by Benedict/Keteylan (Simon & Schuster)12. “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” by Kathie Lee Gifford (Thomas Nelson)13. “Food” by Mary Hyman (Little, Brown)14. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)15. “Faith” by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)2. “All by Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark (Pocket)3. “White Lace and Promises” by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin)4. “Twice Bitten” by Lynsay Sands (Avon)5. “The Stalking Death” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)6. “16th Seduction” by Patterson/Paetro (Vision)7. “The Fix” by David Baldacci (Vision)8. “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz (Bantam)9. “Pitchfork Pass” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)10. “Hero’s Return” by B.J. Daniels (HQN)11. “Proof of Life” by J.A. Jance (William Morrow)12. “The Duchess” by Danielle Steel (Dell)13. “No Safe Secret” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)14. “Ruthless” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)15. “Red Sparrow” (movie tie-in) by Jason Matthews (Scribner)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “End Game” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)2. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)3. “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware (Scout)4. “Ready Player One” (movie tie-in) by Ernest Cline (Broadway Books)5. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)6. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)7. “The Read-Aloud Family” by Sarah Mackenzie (Zondervan))8. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware (Scout)9. “Call Me by Your Name” (movie tie-in) by Andre’ Aciman (Picador)10. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (Norton)11. “Fantomorphia” by Kerby Rosanes (Plume)12. “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter (Penguin)13. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)14. “Haunted” by Patterson/Born (Grand Central Publishing)15. “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz (HarperPerennial)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro leads a m

first_img Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro leads a masterclass on his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water,” during the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, Saturday, March 10, 2018. Director del Toro has called out a Canadian airline in a multi-tweet diatribe about his travel woes, which he insists was not fuelled by anger, but rather concern for any passenger attempting to navigate the “Sphinx-like” complexities of baggage retrieval.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Refugio Ruiz by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2018 3:05 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Director Guillermo del Toro calls out Canadian airline over baggage mixupcenter_img PARIS – Director Guillermo del Toro has called out a Canadian airline in a multi-tweet diatribe about his travel woes, which he insists was not fuelled by anger, but rather concern for any passenger attempting to navigate the “Sphinx-like” complexities of baggage retrieval.The Oscar winner recounted his quest to track down a missing bag in a series of tweets mentioning Air Canada on Thursday, saying the saga began when he arrived in Paris two days ago to be welcomed by “1 lost bag. 1 broken handle.”He tweeted that a series of inquiries to Air Canada over the next 24 hours went unanswered, later realizing that his report had been filed under the wrong email address.After enlisting the help of friends in Toronto to call the airline, del Toro says he was assured that the bag would arrive, and it did — but his troubles wouldn’t end there.Del Toro claims Air Canada then handed over the bag to a French delivery service, which after further communication issues, told him to his parcel would be dropped off within a three-hour window.On the penultimate day of his stay, he waited patiently for the delivery, first by the door, then on the street where he chatted with passersby. Several selfies later, he says, still no bag.Despite offering to meet his luggage at the airport terminal, del Toro says he has yet to be reunited with his belongings.It’s not about the bag — although it contains a four-volume set of short stories by Russian writer Anton Chekhov — or demanding preferential service, he insists.“In an age of outrage, let me clarify — this is not an angry thread,” he wrote, asking his more than 1.5 million Twitter followers to imagine if another traveller lost a quarter of their vacation to a similar “Sphinx-like” riddle.He proceeded to take a dig at Air Canada for spending so much on advertising, when it should be “getting a better handle for these matters.”An Air Canada spokesperson said he understood that del Toro had received his luggage Thursday, and representatives have been in touch with him to address any additional concerns.“We fully appreciate a delayed bag is an inconvenience and we do our utmost to ensure bags arrive with the customers,” Peter Fitzpatrick said in an email.Del Toro signed off of Twitter by entreating the airline to find a better delivery service, citing one-star online reviews of the company, before heading out to enjoy some French cuisine.Perhaps he would have some beef bourguignon, he mused, or maybe a haricots verts salad.Del Toro nabbed the Academy Award for Best Director in March for the Ontario-shot merman drama, “The Shape of Water.”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — “Rose,” an original show from Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, edged out Broadway imports such as “Next to Normal” and “Dear Evan Hansen” to nab the most nominations for a musical at this year’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards.Soulpepper is up for a total of 25 nominations as the leading contender in both the general theatre and musical categories heading into the awards show and ceremony, which recognize excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera.“Rose,” a new production inspired by Gertrude Stein’s “The World is Round,” racked up 11 nominations, including best production; best new musical for playwright Sarah Wilson and composer Mike Ross; best direction for Gregory Prest; and acting nods for lead Hailey Gillis and featured players Peter Fernandes and Sabryn Rock.Trailing behind in the musical category is The Musical Stage Company’s “Next to Normal” with 10 nominations, while Mirvish Productions’ “Dear Evan Hansen” and Young People’s Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” both earned nine. Newcomer Eclipse Theatre Company also racked up six musical nominations for its debut production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”In general theatre, Soulpepper racked up a total of 14 nods over five productions, including seven for the Canadian premiere of “The Royale,” based on the true story of African-American boxer Jack Johnson’s fight to become the heavyweight world champion amid early 20th-century racial segregation.The Canadian Opera Company scored 33 nominations, a higher total than any other contender, including best production nods for “Otello,” “Eugene Onegin,” “La Boheme” and “Hadrian.”In the independent theatre division, Coal Mine Theatre leads with 10 nominations, five of them for “The Nether,” a co-production with Studio 180 Theatre.Saga Collectif and Human Cargo both garnered seven nominations, and Native Earth Performing Arts earned six.The winners will be announced on June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2019 8:38 am PDTcenter_img Soulpepper’s original musical ‘Rose’ racks up 11 Dora nominationslast_img read more

January 5 2009 This is the second part of a re

first_imgJanuary 5, 2009 This is the second part of a report on the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Paolo Soleri and apprentices view a model for the Santa Fe theater on display in the North Apse at Cosanti in 1964. [Photo: Colly Soleri & text: Jacob Schwartz, sa] At all stages of Soleri’s design, the amphitheater complex dwarfs it’s users. There is a bridge spanning the monumental, but not massive structure. The amphitheater occupies a small site and seats a humble number in the audience. The stage, originally framed by an apse, was given new definition when its shelter was turned upside-down, a dramatic gesture to the sky. Soleri was influenced by Elizabethan actor-theater interactions and in an interview for New Mexico magazine in 1993, Soleri said that he hoped “actors would use not only the stage, but the area above it as well as the bridge and the other platforms that were designed into the structure.” [Photo: Annette Del Zoppo & text: Jacob Schwartz, sa] Construction of the amphitheater occurred as a progression of earth shifting, and was instructed by Soleri. Students at the IAIA helped in the construction alongside apprentices from the Cosanti Foundation. First, the bowl-shaped roof form was carved into the earth and deep wells were dug for the supporting columns. Story continues on 1/7/09. [Photo: Colly Soleri & text: Jacob Schwartz, sa]last_img read more

June 29 2017Here is 62917 The Goodwin fire sta

first_imgJune 29, 2017Here is 6/29/17 The Goodwin fire started on June 24. 2017 in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest, about 14 miles south of Prescott, Arizona.6/26 report: The Goodwin Fire continues to burn in very rugged terrain to the south and west of the junction with Senator Highway (FR 52) and County Road 177. Fire crews have been working to keep the fire south of County Road 177, the Mayer-Goodwin Road, and away from the homes and communities to the north. So far they have been successful as the fire has been burning mostly eastward toward the 2015 SA Hill Fire scar. Yesterday the fire burned up and over Brady Butte.At that time 6 hotshot crews, 10 Type II crews, 29 engines, 6 helicopter and 2 attack planes were involved, altogether 525 personnel.Vigorous winds made the firefight very difficult and on 6/27, the towns of Mayer and Poland Junction, and some of the smaller communities in the area were evacuated and as of yet there is no news when people might be able to return to their homes.Our hearts go out to our neighbors with out very best wishes. Donations of food and clothing are gathered at the FAMILY DOLLAR at Cordes Junction.On 6/26 the fire was about 8 miles north-west of Arcosanti and moving in a north-east direction.The smoke plume casts a strange light over the Arcosanti building.Highway 69 has been closed since 6/27, from the Highway 17 junction all the way to Dewey.Latest reports can be seen on the wildfire link and on the local news channels.The fire is still growing and only about 1% contained.last_img read more

Georgiades says no to Larnaca passenger tax plan

first_imgFINANCE minister Harris Georgiades shot down plans on Friday by Larnaca district municipalities and communities to impose a levy on all passengers of the town’s airport as there is no such provision in the agreement between the government and the operator of Larnaca airport.Georgiades attended the House transport committee meeting that discussed on Friday the demand of the Larnaca and Dromolaxia municipalities and of the Pervolia and Kiti communities to impose a passenger levy on Larnaca airport as a compensatory measure for the environmental impact and the noise pollution the areas in question suffer due to its operations.Such plans should be shelved for now, Georgiades said, as the contract signed with the airport’s managing company does not provide for any levy to the benefit of local administration and it cannot be amended. This issue could be discussed upon the renewal of the contract.At the moment, he said, any financial benefit the municipalities and communities in question can expect if they opt to pursue compensatory measures, and only if they put forth specific demands could be, in his opinion, only from the government coffers.Georgiades told MPs that after the local authorities submit specific demands, his ministry would study them.“The negative impact (of the airport) to the neighbouring areas will have to be investigated and confirmed, and put into perspective within the needs and capabilities of the state,” Georgiades said.The representatives of the local authorities told MPs that the areas around the airport cannot be developed as other areas of the island, due to building restrictions dictated by the rules on safe landing and take-off of aircraft.Larnaca mayor Andreas Vyras said that a large part of his municipality’s coastal front is taken over by the airport and the fuel tanks. This, he said, is to the detriment of the town as it loses hotel beds, no tall buildings can be erected in some areas, and, on the other hand, because the coastal front is interrupted.Commenting on the remarks by transport minister Marios Demetriades that Larnaca benefits from the airport as regards jobs, Vyras said that only half of the 5,000 employees at the airport are from the surrounding areas and that the rest are from the other districts.He said that part of the proceeds coming from the operations of the airport must go to the affected local authorities, either from the state budget, or through a levy.Heathrow airport in the UK, he said, has a strategy to address its negative effects on its surrounding areas.Dromolaxia mayor Kypros Andronikou told MPs that even though the airport is the gateway to Cyprus, the areas around it that suffer the consequences do not benefited from it.The airport, he said, should be treated as any other business that pays municipal taxes. At the moment, he said, the airport, despite that it is a profitable business, does not pay municipal taxes which is in violation of the law and regulations on local government. Pervolia community leader Costas Tiggis said that his community would like to see an increase in its building co-efficient to allow large developments.Georgiades said that he acknowledges that in some aspects, Larnaca is falling behind, but that have been projects that could trigger development such as the degradation of the harbour, which could be a core development, while the presence of the fuel tanks had been depriving for years the district of its coastal front. He added that projects are underway to change this.He ruled out compensation for low building co-efficient, he said, which may be true for many other areas and any compensatory measure would negate the concept of urban planning.The government cannot amend unilaterally the 25-year contract it signed with the airport’s managing company to introduce a levy, he said.“Anything that was to be decided should be from the state budget,” he said. Annual state proceeds from the airport, he said, are to the tune of €45m to €50m.The House transport committee is to discuss the issue again in September.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

President We will continue to work for determination of fate of missing

first_imgThe government remains focused on efforts to determine the fate of missing persons and will continue to work towards shifting Turkey’s unacceptable stance on the issue, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday.In his address, read out at an event by Minister of Education Costas Kadis, President Anastasiades assured that he would continue to strive for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus issue, which would reunify the country and secure peace, development and progress.President Anastasiades pointed out that the solution of the issue of missing persons was impossible without the contribution and cooperation of Turkey, adding that “we will continue to call on the UN and the international community in general to exert their influence and point out to Turkey its legal and moral responsibility, so that it cooperates in the effort to restore the rights and dignity of the families of missing persons.”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

Data protection commissioner urges caution over the sale of loans

first_imgPersonal data protection commissioner Irini Loizidou-Nicolaidou said that banks need to adhere to the provisions of the data protection law when they sell financial facilities to third parties, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Thursday.Loizidou-Nicolaidou’s intervention was prompted by Hellenic Bank’s announcement two days ago that it has agreed to sell €145 million in non-performing and terminated loans to Norway’s B2Holdings ASA, CNA reported.Because the completion of the disposal of financial facilities presupposes and requires the share, collection, processing, storage and transmission of information including the borrowers’ personal data, as well as those of other affiliated parties, ‘all organisations involved, licenced credit institutions and third organisations have an obligation to act in accordance with the personal data processing law,” she said, according to CNA.A Hellenic Bank spokesman said when contacted by the Cyprus Business Mail that ‘all transactions are based on the provisions of legislation and the supervisor’s regulations’.Bank of Cyprus, which agreed more than six months ago to sell a smaller package of loans to the Cyprus Development Bank did not respond to a request for comment.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley 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

RT apologises on twitter over using TRNC flag for Cyprus

first_imgRussian news outlet Russia Today (RT) found themselves the subject of wrath on social media on Tuesday night after using the flag of the ‘TRNC’ instead of the flag of the Cyprus Republic in a TV report on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Europe and other countries.The wrong flag was placed next to the name of Cyprus on the list.Lobby for Cyprus in the UK tweeted to RT “Please note error in your news report @RT_com @RTUKnews – the correct flag of Republic of #Cyprus consists of a map of the island with olive branches. Flag you mistakenly used is that of the legally invalid Turkish occupation regime in the north of the country”.The station tweeted back shortly after saying. “Thank you for spotting that and apologies, we’ll pass this on to our broadcast team. Later it tweeted: “Fixed”.Some tweeters were not appeased: “They thought nobody would notice? They try to insult our intelligence. What is worse – the actual act or thinking people wouldn’t care. Wrong on both fronts. Shamed,” said one.You May LikeGlad HealthyHow Do You Tell If a Guy Likes You? 7 Top SignsGlad HealthyUndoWorldemand[Gallery] Tom Selleck Makes Brave Statement About His Personal LifeWorldemandUndoDeser Order Game Update: This is the new unit type you can build on Desert Order now!Deser Order Undo Our View: Why did our voluble politicians fail to challenge a bigoted bishop?UndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Crime had been planned for five years double murder suspect says Updated

first_imgA suspect held in connection with the double murder of a couple in Nicosia said what happened had been planned for the past five years and that there had been help from the inside, a court heard on Thursday.Nicosia CID chief Koumettos Koumettou told the court that the 33-year-old suspect was arrested in Ayia Napa and transferred to Nicosia where he told investigators he wanted to spill everything he knows about the case.The suspect told police he knew what happened in the house that night up to a point. He also claimed he knew who was involved and the motive.“I’m waiting to give you a statement to tell you this,” the suspect told officers, according to Koumettou.The man appeared in court without a lawyer and did not object to his remand.Police told the court they had evidence linking the man to the house on Zallongos Street, in Strovolos, where the couple were brutally killed last week.The investigator told the court they had witness testimony saying the suspect had told a relative two days before the murder ‘tomorrow I will be rich and I will buy all the houses here and I will kick you out of the house’.Asked by the relative where the money would come from, the suspect allegedly said he was planning to do a ‘job’ that was a certain success ‘because we have an insider. There will be a man inside the house and he will help us’.Last Thursday, English School maths teacher Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his 59-year-old wife, Dina Sergiou, who worked for the central bank, were found stabbed to death in their home.Hadjigeorgiou was stabbed between 25 to 30 times and his wife 10 times. They both had one defensive wound each on their right arms, a post-mortem revealed.A second post-mortem confirmed the findings of the first one and also spotted bruising on the woman’s inner thigh.Police told the court the teacher had been found face down on the bedroom floor while his wife was face down on the bed.The court heard that the suspect left his home on Wednesday at around 9.30pm and returned at 4.40am on Thursday.He then took his grandfather’s car and left.Inside the car, officers found two notebooks in which the suspect wrote all the facts relating to the case, Koumettos told the court.The suspect said he had known the house since 2012 when he did some work on the windows.A forensics examination found abrasions on his arms and other parts of his body dating from between five and seven days, police said.The authorities were alerted after the couple’s 15-year-old adopted son went to a neighbouring house at 1.35am saying his parents had been murdered and that he had been locked in the basement but managed to escape.On the same day, the boy gave police a statement in which he said that he was in bed at 10.30pm when he heard his mum crying but was not sure whether he was dreaming.A few minutes later, an unknown man entered his room and told him he had killed his parents and asked him where the money was.The man, who did not have his face covered, got the boy out of bed, keeping his mouth shut and threatening him with a knife.He led him downstairs to the kitchen and on the way he told him not to be afraid.“I will not hurt you. I also have a son.”The suspect asked the boy to open the kitchen door, which he did, and a second, hooded individual, came in.The boy managed to take a good look at the suspect, whom he described as being around 1.70m tall with a dark complexion.He was then taken to the pantry where he was locked inside.Police said the boy managed to escape half an hour later by removing the louvers from the aluminium door, hurting his hands in the process.He then went upstairs to his parents’ room where he found them stabbed and then went outside to ask for help.The boy also told police that the man in his room had a black beard. Police said the suspect has a black beard and is the father of an underage boy.Koumettos said the boy underwent a forensics examination, which found injuries to various parts of his body including bruising to his left shoulder.Among the evidence lifted from the scene were two objects the boy said did not belong to any member of his family.The investigator described the objects as offensive instruments but did not elaborate further.Police said they had information that the suspect had been seen that night moving around the area suspiciously and having in his possession similar objects to those found at the crime scene.Koumettou said the man had been put on the scene through genetic material found on two pieces of evidence. Officers also found a pair of shoes, which he admitted were his, the court heard.Police said the sliding kitchen window had been found open. It was still unknown if anything was taken from the house although the male victim’s wallet was missing.Investigators have so far taken 111 statements and expect to get 90 more from people in Nicosia, Larnaca, and Famagusta.They are still looking for the murder weapon and the second perpetrator.Earlier on Thursday, former state pathologist Marios Matsakis, who had been hired by the family, had claimed that the case was a robbery gone bad and the couple’s 15-year-old son had nothing to do with it.Matsakis, who examined the crime scene the previous day, claimed the couple’s adopted son was not implicated.“My position is that it was a robbery gone bad,” he told state radio. “I have all the evidence and I can help police if I am asked.”Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said investigators were not affected by statements and reports by various media outlets.Angelides said the investigation was looking at various leads.“What’s important is to substantiate any issues through evidence,” he said.You May LikeNovelodgeSeniors Over 65 Should Eat This For Cleaning Clogged ArteriesNovelodgeUndoSeriousLABrave Golden Retriever Sees Drowning Deer, Immediately Acts On InstinctSeriousLAUndoThrowbackhistoryPuppy Digs Up 13,000-Year-Old Mammoth ToothThrowbackhistoryUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Poor visibility on highways due to heavy rain

first_imgDue to heavy rainfall in the areas of Pera Chorio, Nisou and Alambra in Nicosia, visibility on the Nicosia-Limassol highway and the Nicosia-Larnaca highway and the wider road network in the same area is limited, police said on Sunday.Police urged motorists to drive slowly and with care at a low speed, to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, and to use their lights in these areas.Updates can be obtained from the police app, social media pages or the new information page www.cypruspolicenews.comYou May LikeStop Eating This12 Vegetables You Must Stop Eating Right NowStop Eating ThisUndoSaving with George for BokksuWe Had to Try This “Japanese Snack Box”Saving with George for BokksuUndoTop 10 FREE Antivirus | eyesintech10 Best FREE Antivirus Software For 2018 To Protect Your PC! (See inside)Top 10 FREE Antivirus | eyesintechUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man remanded after stealing military rifle updated

first_imgA 24-year-old man was remanded in police custody for three days by Paphos District court on Sunday after his arrest for stealing a military G-3 rifle.According to police on Sunday, following his arrest the man, already known to the force for burglaries and drug offences, admitted to the theft and said he would return the rifle and some bullets to its rightful owner.He was arrested on Saturday night after a warrant was issued although the gun has yet to be found.A 35-year-old man reported to police that between 6.45am and 6.40pm on Friday, someone had broken into his house in the Paphos district and stolen the gun, five magazine and 200 bullets in addition to jewellery worth around €170.The police believe the suspect also broke into a shop selling car parts on the same day in the same area. Parts that had been stolen were later returned to the shop’s owner by the 24-year-old’s family.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo 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

Two in SBA court on drugs charges

first_imgA man and a woman appeared at the SBA Court in Episkopi on Wednesday charged with possession of a Class-A drug with the intent to supply.The man has now been remanded in custody in Her Majesty’s Prison in Dhekelia pending the next court date on April 18.The woman, who was released on police bail of €1,000 yesterday morning, was told to surrender her passport and must report to the police station daily until the next court hearing.The pair were arrested on April 5 after SBA Police intelligence officers secured a warrant to search a property in Trachoni village.During that search, officers revealed that approximately 16 grams of a substance believed to be crystal meth was discovered at the property, alongside “various other objects” which have led the police to believe the drugs were being prepared for distribution.Speaking shortly after Wednesday’s court case, Chief Inspector Panicos Panayi, from the SBA Police’s Akrotiri Division leading the case, explained this was an important seizure of a highly-addictive drug that is believed to have a street value of approximately €1,500.He said: “Firstly, crystal meth is a highly-addictive substance that destroys lives, so getting any amount of this drug off the street is a good result.“The distribution and consumption of drugs is a problem that we at the SBA Police are determined to stamp-out and this sends a strong message to those intent on either buying or selling, that the police are acting to catch and prosecute those that do it.”The chief inspector was also quick to point to the damage that drugs use and subsequent addiction, can have on a family unit.Those involved with this latest arrest are said to be known drug-users and Chief Inspector Panayi believes the police have a welfare role to play in combating the issue of drugs.He explained: “We take all crime very seriously but drugs in particular can rip families apart and we must make sure that we as a police force are doing everything we can to make sure that we get this stuff off the street and out of the family home.“In this case for example, there are children involved and we have to make sure that they do not become victims themselves in these situations.“We all know that drugs are a highly-addictive and they simply cannot be around young children for so many obvious reasons.“Our message as a force is very simple, if you are partaking in illegal drugs – buying, selling, or consuming – then our intelligence officers are on the lookout and if you are caught, you will be prosecuted and you will face the full force of the law.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo 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

Damage already done to Cyprus gas industry

first_imgTHE government’s scramble to offer Limassol as an alternative support hub to the energy giants turfed out of Larnaca, is too little too late as the damage to the island’s image has already been done, business leaders have told the Sunday Mail.Larnaca municipality’s decision to reject a request to extend the operation of MedServ, a company providing oil and gas exploration support services out of the port, has angered those directly involved and caused widespread disappointment in the industry, even more so as the move was ‘respected’ by the government.It has also led to the delay in French company Total’s exploratory drilling by three to four months, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Saturday.Speaking at a conference in Limassol on Cyprus’ energy future on Saturday, Lakkotrypis said that Limassol could be the “permanent solution” to the problem for all three energy giants, Total, ENI and Noble. The option will be put to the three companies at crucial meeting on Monday.“It is important for us to find a permanent solution that will create a stable environment for companies to know where they will set up their operations,” Lakkotrypis said.But for the head of the Cyprus Oil and Gas Association, Andy Varoshiotis, it is too little too late, as according to him, the damage has already been done.“The government made a huge mistake by leaving the decision to the municipal council which did not have the know-how to handle such a case,” Varoshiotis told the Sunday Mail. He added that in the event the companies ultimately decide to leave Cyprus, another 40 to 50 companies which cooperate with them would leave as well, ‘‘leaving many people jobless”.His personal view is that the whole issue was due to the “incompetence” of Transport Minister Marios Demetriades, whom he called on to resign, along with the Larnaca municipal councillors who voted against the requested extensions for six months to a year.  Demetriades, he said was the one who passed the issue to the Larnaca council on the government’s behalf. He added that the whole debacle was about “micropolitics”.“We have been for so many years trying to get companies to come to Cyprus because we are ‘business friendly’. We made a huge effort to bring these companies to Cyprus and where they set up operations, 200 more follow them,” Varoshiotis said.Commenting on whether Monday’s meeting will make a difference; he said that it was too late.“Instead of agreeing to extend the stay of these companies at Larnaca temporarily, they will ask them to relocate to Limassol instead. Companies don’t play games. We have no vision, no planning,” he said.He added that the government had spent €25m for the Vassilikos master plan and that the companies had been expecting to move there since 2014, but that it was decided by the government not to go through with this.  “We shot ourselves in the foot,” he said.Another industry insider said hundreds of energy companies which set up offices in Cyprus in recent years were considering relocating to Egypt. “Companies are fed up with Cyprus; they got their fingers burnt,” he said. “The choice now is not between Larnaca and Limassol but between Cyprus and Egypt”.Besides, he added, oil companies left Limassol years ago after being overcharged for space they sublet from a Cypriot company which rented it from the Cyprus Port Authority at a much lower price, the former oil and gas executive added. “Noble also got its fingers burnt there and now there is additional uncertainty as a result of the port’s privatisation”.Godfrey Attard, MedServ’s Cyprus manager said his company was “considering its options”.The head of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), Phidias Pilides told the Sunday Mail even if the government persuades the companies to use Limassol, “it will take time to transfer their entire infrastructure, which translates to delays in drilling and added costs.”Pilides added that he would hate to be in the shoes of those municipal councillors who down voted the request, “to look in the eye an employee who lost his job due to his decision”.“We are very worried by the fact that as a country we are not business friendly to foreign investors. Bureaucracy has several times prevented foreign investment in Cyprus,” Pilides said.And, when it comes to hydrocarbon companies, Cyprus should be even more sensitive. Commenting on whether the oilfield services companies Halliburton and Schlumberger which are also based in Larnaca could be next, Pilides said that as far as he was concerned, since environmental reports did not indicate any health hazards, he did not believe they should be asked to leave as well.Larnaca residents have also asked that the two companies relocate as the 2013 Larnaca Local Plan, does not provide for the establishment of heavy industry factories in the area the plants are located.Lakkotrypis in a telephone interview on Saturday said the first order of business  on Monday was to listen to the energy companies.“That is why we are having the meeting. I already met Total on Thursday. And I need to see the others and see whether they have practical problems,” he said.“Total has said that there is going to be a delay in drilling of up to four months but as a government we believe that it is manageable provided we come to a permanent arrangement,” the minister added. “What concerns us most as a ministry is that (the companies) have space so that they can carry out their drilling. The ministry of transport has to make arrangements with respect to the facilities as it is in charge of the ports”Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC on Saturday that if the companies agree the government’s proposal, the issue will be forwarded to the cabinet to vote.He said that at the meeting, Demetriades and Lakkotrypis would urge the three companies to prioritise in hiring the employees who would be left unemployed in Larnaca following the council’s decision.The damaging move came hot on the heels of government’s decision last Sunday to cancel the tender – the third in five years- for an interim natural gas supplier, which would have allowed the state-owned power company to switch to a cleaner fuel, added insult to injury, the industry insider said.The twin decisions neither took into account how the industry worked nor which players were involved, he said.Following the acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in Cyprus’ Aphrodite field by British Gas (BG), the island, he added, would soon discover that it would have to deal with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell.BG, the owner of Egypt’s natural gas liquefaction plant at Idku, that Cyprus eyes for its planned gas exports, was the target of a £40bn (€51bn) takeover by the Anglo-Dutch company, which is expected to absorb BG’s operations this year.Shell was the company that won a competition for a €7bn contract to supply Cyprus with natural gas four years ago. The government cancelled the tender following the discovery of the Aphrodite gas reserve by US-based Noble Energy, thought then to hold up to 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.Shell, which is considering how to complete the merger with BG, is now “suspicious” of Cypriot authorities as it was among bidders in the two new tenders for the interim supplier that followed, the oil and gas insider said. “Shell has a very long memory”.Itera which won the competition three years ago, declined to submit an improved offer after it was asked by DEFA to do so and pulled out of the competition.As oil prices dropped to their lowest level since 2003, “Shell will take time to consolidate the takeover” and in this context, it will also have to consider BG’s €160m Aphrodite investment and the Idku liquefaction terminal, the professional said.“So Shell will have to feel that it is worthwhile,” the professional added. “However Cyprus is not easy to invest in”.“How are you going to guarantee the return when they don’t even know whom they should talk to? How can one explain that a municipality can kick out companies?” the professional asked. “If Shell decides not to work with Cyprus, who is going to develop Aphrodite?”Lakkotrypis when asked whether the twin decision has soured relations with the hydrocarbons industry, said: “Not at all. We try to be as predictable as possible, to create a predictable environment; we have some problems, let’s not forget that our activities are in their infancy and they show understanding. There are often disagreements and that is why we are meeting on Monday to resolve them definitely.”(The Cyprus Business Mail’s Stelios Orphanides contributed to this report)    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Legislative Update for February 24 2014

first_img24Feb Legislative Update for February 24, 2014 playpause – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Categories: Audio,Newscenter_img Legislative Update for February 24, 2014 [ 4:44 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (137) In this week’s roundtable, we look at auto insurance reform and constituent service efforts with home heating assistance, flood preparation and tax information.last_img read more

Rep Lilly announces Grand Haven grant

first_img09Mar Rep. Lilly announces Grand Haven grant Categories: Lilly News Tags: #SB center_img LANSING –  Today, Representative Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.) announced this year’s recipient of the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grant will be the city of Grand Haven.  The state legislature established the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in 1999 to aid in the preservation and protection of Michigan’s lighthouse.  The program was created in conjunction with the Michigan Lighthouse Project’s efforts to maintain the historic nature of Michigan’s numerous lighthouse stations.   “Michigan’s Great Lakes and the lighthouses that sit on our beaches continue to be a driving attraction of tourism across the state,” said Rep. Lilly. “The funds awarded to the city of Grand Haven show our state’s commitment to maintaining these historic structures and an investment in our community’s future.”The City of Grand Haven was awarded the $60,000 grant to aid in the rehabilitation of the Grand Haven South Pier Lighthouse.  The Grand Haven South Pier Entrance Light and Inner Light were constructed in 1839 and have been an attracting feature of the city drawing tourism since.  These grant funds will be utilized to reconstruct and stabilize the entrance light’s and inner light’s porthole windows and applying a weather stripping to the lantern doors. Construction on the entirety of the Grand Haven pier’s catwalk has been underway since the conclusion of summer 2016 and is projected to continue through August of this year.  “The Grand Haven lighthouse is often used as a symbol of our community and I’m happy to see the state playing a role in its preservation.  Grand Haven captures the essence of Pure Michigan and I hope this project and grant will allow for future generations to share in the beauty we’ve been blessed with,” said Rep. Lilly.last_img read more

Rep Calley applauds funding for local park trail projects

first_img16Jun Rep. Calley applauds funding for local park, trail projects Categories: Calley News,News House approves bill providing money for developmentsState Rep. Julie Calley today announced three area recreational areas will receive funding for improvements after the House passed legislation for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects.Calley, of Portland, said $2.06 million in state and matching money will be used to fund the projects, which include:The Jordan Lake Trail project will construct an eight-mile long, combination asphalt and boardwalk, non-motorized path around the 430 acre Jordan Lake in Barry and Ionia counties. The $1.36 million will be used for to finish 1.4 miles of the pathway.A second Jordan Lake Trail project is in Barry County’s Woodland Township. The $433,200 project involves universal access features being built into the trail that will provide persons with disabilities and persons of all ages an opportunity to travel through and observe areas of wildlife and nature.A development at the Saranac boat launch to construct a parking area, a restroom and pavilion building, a fishing/overlook pier, educational displays, and a trail connection to the existing Riverwalk Trail and the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail-Trail. The cost is $259,500.“These projects will benefit so many families, runners, anglers and boaters, not to mention those who just like picnics in the park,” Called said. “They will enable more people to enjoy the natural resources that abound in this area.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.last_img read more