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first_img1. Akihabara, Tokyo, JapanWith is love for high-tech gadgetry, Japan has long been a top destination for global geeks. Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric Town’ is THE place to head if you want to immerse yourself in the very latest video games, electronics, robots, computers, cameras, anime and general electronic junk. Want to go to geek heaven? Get flights to Tokyo now!2. International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, USAThe world’s largest consumer technology trade show is held Las Vegas every January. CES is an industry event and not open to the average geek off the street, if but if you can wing yourself a ticket, you’ll be in for an eye popping displaying of the world’s most high-tech companies, ranging from Electronic gaming, to Lifestyle electronics. There’s also concerts, competitions and celebrity appearances for the world’s top tech-nerds – so more than enough geek speak for one week! Find fights to Las Vegas.3. CeBIT, Hannover, GermanyThe ‘Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication’ is quite a mouthful, even for a geek, but CeBIT is the world’s largest computer expo. Held annually in Hanover, it is held as the barometer in state of the art information technology. From the latest in tablet computers to cloud computing and smart grids – geeks from over 90 countries descend on Hannover each year to lap up the latest in circuit board technology. Find flights to Hannover.4. Yongsan Electronics Market, Seoul, South KoreaThough Japan is normally seen as the Emperor of all technology geekery, South Korea is not far behind its neighbour. Yongsan Electronic Market comprises over 5000 stores that sell cutting edge computer gear, video games and other electronic gadgets. With many major tech brands to come out of Korea including LG, Samsung and M-Pio Co, Yongsan is a worthy stop off on the geek world tour. Find flights to Seoul.5. DreamHack, Jönköping, Sweden, 18-21th of June 2011Described by one Skyscanner geek as ‘a massive geek festival’ – DreamHack is the world’s largest digital gathering and holds the official world record as the worlds’ largest LAN party. Focusing on everything you can do with computers, Internet and digital entertainment and culture, it also offers hundreds of live performances from the world’s leading game developers, internet personalities as well as live music and competitions. Get flights to Stockholm, Gothenburgh, or Malmo, which are all within striking distance of Jönköping.6. Minatur Wunderland, Hamburg, GermanyFinally, for those geeks who pine for the days of lower-tech nerdery, a haven for train spotters. Minatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Germany. Modelled on railroads from the real world, including the lines of Scandinavia, the Alps and the USA, visitors can enjoy over 10km of plastic track. But it’s more than just trains – hundreds of miniature, computer controlled cars, ships and even people are presented in amazing detail. If you’re model railway geek, then Minatur Wunderland is your ticket to ride. Find flights to HamburgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map In honour of Geek Pride day – 25th May – Skyscanner’s very own geeks recommend six super destinations for the inner nerd.Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or geek. The Geek Pride manifesto includes basic geek rights such as the right ‘not to leave your house’, ‘not to like football or any other sports’ and the responsibility to ‘save and protect geeky material.’So – go go geeks! Related10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?8 best geek things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? Take a tour of 8 of the best hi-tech attractions on the ultimate geek’s adventure in Tokyo.Flight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – Wit Wiechlast_img read more

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Met opera suspends conductor after sex abuse accus

first_imgMet opera suspends conductor after sex abuse accusations by Tom McElroy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2017 6:16 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox., Mass. New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.“Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season,” the Met said in a statement.The Met also said it has appointed attorney Robert J. Cleary, a former U.S. attorney and the current head of the investigations practice at the Proskauer Rose law firm, to lead the investigation into the allegations that took place from the 1960s to 1980s.The move to suspend Levine came a day after the New York Post first reported that one of Levine’s accusers claimed he had sexual contact with Levine as a teenager. Met officials said they were launching an investigation. Then on Sunday, The New York Times reported similar accounts from two other men accusing Levine of sexual misconduct.One of Levine’s accusers, Ashok Pai, also spoke to The Associated Press in recent weeks but declined to tell his story on the record at the time. He declined to be interviewed again when contacted this weekend.According to the Times, Pai said he was sexually abused by Levine starting in the summer of 1986, when he was 16. He reported the allegations to the police department in Lake Forest, Illinois, in October 2016. Details of the police report were first reported on Saturday on the New York Post’s website. Met officials said they learned of the police report last year.Pai said he reached out to police in Lake Forest because some of his encounters with Levine took place there in the mid-1980s. Levine served as music director at the Ravinia Festival, outside Chicago, from 1973 to 1993.Chris Brown played principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than 30 years. He told the Times that he and Levine masturbated each other when Brown was 17 at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan, where Levin was on the summer program’s faculty.James Lestock described a similar account there when he was a 17-year-old cello student.“Based on these new reports, the Met has made the decision to act now, while we await the results of the investigation,” said Peter Gelb, Met General Manager. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.”An email to Levine’s manager seeking comment on the accusations was not immediately returned.Met officials said in an earlier statement that Levine has denied the charges.On Saturday afternoon, Levine conducted a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” that was broadcast on radio worldwide. It was expected to be his last appearance at the Met for at least the rest of this year and possibly the foreseeable future. Levine was scheduled to conduct a New Year’s Eve gala performance of “Tosca.”The opera company honoured Levine with the title of Music Director Emeritus after the end the 2015-2016 season.The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual abuse unless they come forward with their allegations. In this case the three alleged victims agreed to have their names published in the Times.The accusations against Levine, among the most prominent classical music conductors in the world, are the latest in a stream of sexual misconduct charges involving high-profile men in entertainment and the media that have rocked the nation since accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein were reported in October.Levine served as music director of the Met from 1976 to 2016, when he assumed the position of music director emeritus.Levine has struggled with health problems including Parkinson’s disease in recent years but was scheduled to conduct several productions this season.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 by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 12:50 pm PDT NEW YORK — The American Museum of Natural History has big plans for its big 150th anniversary.The museum announced Wednesday a slate of events starting next month to commemorate its incorporation in April 1869.The events include exhibits, an anniversary website and a new space show in the planetarium.The first event is the opening of the “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” exhibit on March 11.Another part of the plan is an exhibition on the statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the museum’s entrance. It will include discussions about statues in public spaces and issues of racism and cultural representation.Some spaces in the museum are being renovated or redesigned in conjunction with the anniversary, including the Northwest Coast Hall, which was the museum’s first cultural gallery.The Associated Presscenter_img Natural History museum has big plans for 150th anniversarylast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2019 5:29 am PDT In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, a portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci which forms part of the Royal Collection, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. The newly identified sketch will go on public display for the first time later this month in Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in London between May 24 – Oct. 13. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) Leonardo drawing, portrait mark 500 years since his death LONDON — A drawing of a bearded, pensive-looking man owned by Queen Elizabeth II is a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, a royal art adviser said Thursday on the 500th anniversary of the artist and polymath’s death.Martin Clayton, head of prints at the Royal Collection, said the sketch was made by one of Leonardo’s assistants shortly before his death on May 2, 1519.Clayton said “the elegant straight nose, the line of the beard rising diagonally up the cheek to the ear” and other details strongly resemble the only other known portrait of Leonardo done in his lifetime, by Francesco Melzi.Clayton said “there are strong indications that this too is a depiction of the artist.”The portrait will go on display alongside about 200 drawings from the monarch’s huge collection of Leonardo works at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace from May 24 to Oct. 13.The presidents of Italy and France were due to attend a ceremony Thursday in Amboise, France, where Leonardo died 500 years ago, and galleries around the world with a link to the artist are celebrating his work.Leonardo is considered by many the ultimate Renaissance genius, combining the roles of artist, scientist and inventor.“There really hasn’t been anybody then or since who has combined this extraordinary genius for these totally different areas of achievement,” said Gregory Rubinstein, worldwide head of Old Master drawings at Sotheby’s . “I think that’s what’s at the heart of our fascination.”Sotheby’s announced Thursday that a major, rarely seen Leonardo drawing is going on display in New York.The auction house is hanging “Leda and the Swan” — last displayed publicly in 2003 — in its Manhattan galleries next month as part of an exhibition of treasures from Chatsworth, one of Britain’s grandest country houses.Leonardo created the pen-and-ink drawing in 1506, at the same time he was working on the “Mona Lisa.” It depicts Leda, wife of the king of Sparta, with the god Jupiter, who has disguised himself as a swan to seduce her.The drawing was a preparatory sketch for a painting that appears never to have been completed.Rubinstein said the “very complete and very beautiful” drawing is “a key document of a lost project.”“This was obviously a pretty serious project, but it’s a very mysterious one because there is no surviving record of any commission and no painting survives,” he said.The drawing has been in the collection of Chatsworth’s owners, the dukes of Devonshire, for almost 300 years. It was almost lost when it was loaned to an exhibition in Milan in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. It survived the war hidden in the Castel Sant’Angelo fortress in Rome.Sotheby’s New York galleries, newly redesigned by architect Shohei Shigematsu, open to the public on Friday. The Chatsworth exhibition runs June 28-Sept. 18.Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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March 24 2003 SOLERI SILT DEMONSTRATION It was a

first_imgMarch 24, 2003SOLERI SILT DEMONSTRATION: It was a beautiful day in the Ceramics Apse for a very special demonstration. Paolo Soleri talked about the foundation of his design for Arcosanti 5000. This was combined with an introduction to the silt casting process and some wonderful stories of the actual construction process of the Ceramics Apse. [Photo & Text: sa] Ceramics manager Ed Werman started the event with a step by step demonstration of the silt casting process for bells and pots. [Photo & Text: sa] Ira Murfin read Paolo Soleri’s paper ‘Nudging Eco Minutiae’. [Photo & Text: sa] >>left>> Archive volunteer Ayano Atsumi filmed the event. >>right>> Paolo and Ira answer questions from the group. [Photo & Text: sa] Ed removes the liquid slip, which leaves behind the shell of a bell. [Photo & Text: sa] Paolo demonstrates the sheltering succession of the planned buildings for Arcosanti 5000. [Photo & Text: sa] Roger Tomalty was the construction manager in charge of building the Ceramics Apse. He prepared a small model to explain the construction process. [Photo & Text: sa] During that explanation Paolo and Roger broke into a few giggles about some of the, in retrospect, very funny moments during that experience. [Photo & Text: sa] Roger explains the building of the scaffolding for the Apse, the silt packing process, how the designs were made, the concrete pours and the subsequent removal of the scaffolding. [Photo & Text: sa] The crowd of residents, students and visitors was spellbound. It was a very lively and interesting lecture. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

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As the group settles into a task that looks easy a

first_imgAs the group settles into a task that looks easy and is anything but, Joyce works on one of her beautiful traditional Hopi baskets. [Photo & Text: sa] March 15, 2006Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: sa]Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: sa] During a visit this week, Joyce teaches a class of residents and workshop participants. The raw material is Yucca, a local cacti, with pointed and very sharp leaves. Joyce explains several harvest seasons for variety in the color of these very hardy grass-like leaves. Other colors are achieved with natural dies. The start of a basket with a very small middle coil is very difficult and takes very patient attention. [Photo & Text: sa]center_img Joyce patiently gives help and suggestion. Mika Kawai with a nicely balanced little coil. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

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July 18 2006 Saturday morning in intense heat

first_imgJuly 18, 2006 Saturday morning, in intense heat, preparations for the Italian Night event continued. [photos from upper left] A film crew from Korea arrived and the camera man peaks over chef Eleanor Gillis shoulder during meal preparation. Workshop participants Laura Gomes and Cary Allison use a huge wooden spoon to stir the pasta. The vegetarian Peperonata (Italian Vegetable Ratatouille) will be served in tasty Parmesan cups. Volunteers Daniel Usaquen, Takahiro Suzuki and Mika Kawai line the wheel barrow from which pasta will be served and workshop participant Shannon Elliot and Mika apply the Italian national colors. Kerri Krueger and chef Eleanor decorate Antipasta plates. [Photo & text: sa] As set-up in the Vaults is in progress, the sky darkens and huge monsoon clouds come rolling in. A good and timely shower helped to cool things down and by the time visitors arrived rain and the capricious wind abated. The serving crew is ready for their stations. A site tour is included in the Italian Night package. Planning intern Wendy Wu with Antipasta plates. [Photo & text: sa] Paolo Soleri greets his guests with the Korean film crew following along. The pasta arrives and, as every year, Paolo serves the pasta from a wheel barrow to everyone. Four serving stations were set up to serve everyone efficiently. The food was absolutely delicious and the concert was lively and a treat. There really is no way to convey this terrific event in a few photos – come next year and see for yourself. [concert photo by Graziella Pazzanese, other photos & text: sa]last_img read more

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Pupils caught with 65 firecrackers at school

first_imgPolice seized 65 firecrackers at a school in the Famagusta area, it announced on Wednesday.The devices were found in the possession of two 16-year-old pupils.The two youngsters were taken to a local police station where statements were taken before they were released.They are expected to be charged later on.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Here’s Why)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arrest as €6000 confiscated from bingo hall

first_imgTelevisions, bingo blowers, cameras and nearly €6,000 were seized on Wednesday evening from a bingo hall located on the Larnaca Dhekelia road.Police officers from various departments searched the hall, where about 300 people were present, armed with a warrant and confiscated three bingo blowers, 41 televisions, €5,692, a computer, five cameras and a number of cards.The 55-year-old manager of the hall resisted, argued and tried to stop police officers from conducting the search but eventually he was arrested. Police officers questioned him at Oroklini police station before he was released.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndo‘Enosis or death’, ‘taksim or death’.Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Buffer zone fire brought under control

first_imgA fire that broke out in the buffer zone on Wednesday evening had been brought under control the fire service said on Thursday.The fire service received a call at 9.50 on Wednesday night that a fire had broken out in the buffer zone near Potamia which was burning weeds and wild plants. It was brought under control about an hour later.The fire broke out in the north and a fire engine from the occupied areas helped one from the fire station in Acropolis extinguish the blaze.While the firemen were inside the buffer zone they were accompanied by members of the United Nations.The fire burned an area of two hectares in the buffer zone and an unknown area in the north.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive 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

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Wider public sector to strike over pay rises

Employees of the public and broader public sector, as well as local government, will stage a three-hour warning strike on Thursday, October 26, over demands for pay hikes made by their trade unions which Finance Minister Harris Georgiades is refusing to discuss, they announced on Tuesday.Following a meeting between reps from all unions on Tuesday they said the three-hour strike will be held from 9 to 12am in the form of a protest outside the Finance Ministry.The unions claim they have a legitimate cause stemming from a framework agreement they signed with the finance ministry in January which allows for pay raises according to the rate of economic growth.In attendance were Sek chief Andreas Matsas, Peo secretary-general Pambis Kyritsis, Oio-Sek boss Andreas Elia, Sidikek-Peo’s Antonis Neofytou, Pasyek-Peo’s Michalis Archontides, Oekdy-Sek’s Yiorgos Constantinou, Deok rep Joseph Anastasiou and Poas head Grigoris Katselis.Speaking after the session, Matsas said the measure is a “reaction to the government’s refusal to implement the deal immediately”.He added that the strike is an “initial measure” aiming to restart the negotiation process.“The measure is not an ultimatum to the government, but action will continue with the same prudence we have shown throughout the economic recession,” he said.“But under no circumstances will trade unions back down from demanding particular workers’ rights that are included in the framework agreement.”Matsas noted that public utility organisations will maintain security personnel during the strike.Kyritsis said the the “other side” must reciprocate the seriousness unions have shown during the negotiations, while “reneging on agreements is not a sign of a responsible stance”.“We are certainly not maximalists, nor do we make unreasonable demands, but we are not spineless either nor are we willing to allow the perception to set in that agreements with the state can be honoured at will,” Kyritsis charged.“If this measure doesn’t produce the desired result, we will return to the table and decide on how to escalate.”Commenting on Georgiades’ argument that concessions close to presidential elections could set a dangerous precedent, Kyritsis said “we had presidential elections when the agreement was made, too”.“There has clearly been a unilateral going back on what was agreed,” he added.In a joint statement, the unions said the January 4 agreement stipulates for no pay raises in 2015 and 2016 and links wage hikes with the increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2017 and 2018.According to the agreed mechanism for calculating the rate of wage increases, the GDP growth rate warranted a 2-per-cent raise in wages.“At the same time, the public sector has had wage cuts since 2012 – and still running – ranging from 3.8 to 17.5 per cent, saving the state over €250 million annually,” the statement said.“In a letter dated August 31, the finance minister refused to discuss the 2 per cent margin, interrupting the dialogue in violation of the Framework Agreement, and repeated this in a meeting on October 6, referring the resumption of the dialogue to March 2018.”The unions urged the government to reconsider its stance to avoid labour unrest and safeguard labour peace, which “helps in economic growth”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo 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 Taboola read more

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Paphos offers support for LGBT community

first_imgConcerted efforts are underway in Paphos to offer support to the LGBT community and include monthly Rainbow meetings, which are proving successful.Free, rapid HIV testing will is being offered in Paphos as part of a Cyprus wide initiative to mark World Aids Day.Co-ordinated by Paphos resident, equal rights activist, South African Cypriot, Zac Theophanous, 39, the monthly meetings have mushroomed from five participants at the first one held in June, to around twenty five in November.“After we raised the rainbow flag for the first time at Paphos town hall in June, I decided that I wanted to start Rainbow meetings in Paphos, to support the LGBT community,” he said.The hoisting of the flag came just ahead of the Cyprus Pride Parade which was held in Nicosia.“People can come to the meetings and talk in a closed, environment and feel safe they are not judged, or looked down on in any way,” he saidMeetings are held at the Cyprus Youth Board next to Arsos Park in Paphos Old Town and all age groups and nationalities are welcome, however, attendees must be aged over 18 years. Participants under the age of 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent, he added, although helpful telephone numbers may be given out over the phone, he said.“At the moment our group consists of people aged 18 to 52,” he said.The meeting also welcomes ‘straight’ people who support the LGBT community, including parents of LGBT children, he said.Rainbow meetings have been held in Cyprus since 2010, when they first took place in Nicosia, according to Accept LGBT head Costas Gavrielides. They are also held in Limassol and now in Paphos, he said.“We were surprised at how successful the Paphos meetings have been and we are looking at ways to further promote LGBT issues,” he said.As the first registered group on the island to give a voice to this community, he noted that their aim is to try to boost local communities to react locally.Gavrielides, who has headed up the initiative for around five and a half years, said that more needs to be done to investigate instances of homophobic rhetoric, which can incite violence and hatred against a community.“For example, the attorney general has yet to follow up on our request to investigate the Archbishops’ comments last year and this year about gay people,” he said.On Monday December 4 a ‘CYCheckpoint’ took place at ‘Let them eat cake’ in Paphos offering free testing for HIV by the AIDS Solidarity Movement, said Theophanous.Tests are carried out for free and anonymously and results are given in a couple of minutes, he said.“This is an indication only, and there will be people on hand to help for anyone that tests positive.Free condoms will also be handed out.Gavrielides said that it is important to get tested and that unfortunately there has been a recent increase in Cyprus in HIV affecting same sex couples.“It is important to educate people on how to protect themselves and maybe because it is not a death sentence anymore due to medication, the message doesn’t seem as important. But that is not a desirable outcome.”Data showed 66 new recorded cases of HIV infections in Cyprus between January and October 2016, adding to an increasing trend in the last two years.Health authorities saw 80 cases reported in 2015 compared with 41 in 2010. “The highest number are in male same sex couples,” he said.He added that more education is still needed in this sphere and yet the state is not doing much and reducing funds for HIV education, which leaves the NGO’s to pick up the slack.Head coordinator of the Rainbow meetings, Alexandros Efstathiou, said that his aim is to encourage more people to attend the meetings.He noted that on December 13, an HIV positive man will speak at an interactive Rainbow meeting in Nicosia.“He contracted HIV in Cyprus and lives in the US but returns every year for a couple of months to help with the work of Aids Solidarity and to highlight issues relating to HIV and AIDS,” he said. He will be able to answer any questions and give an insight into living as an HIV positive person.”Theophanous stressed that the meetings are held in a protected, closed and friendly environment.“We are all warm and welcoming and non- judgemental,” he said.For further information: Accept 99812343You May LikeMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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

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University forecasts strong economic outlook updated

first_imgThe University of Cyprus said it expects the economy to expand 3.8 per cent in 2018, against a 3.6 per cent forecast in January, with growth moderating to 3.5 per cent next year.Further improvements in the real economy accompanied by improved market conditions in the first quarter of this year and in the last three months of 2017 are among the key drivers of growth, the Economic Research Centre of the university said on Thursday in an emailed statement.The key drivers also include a strong economic sentiment at home and in the European Union and growth in economies trading with Cyprus.The academic institution said external financial conditions – interest rates remaining at record low levels in the euro area, thus boosting lending — are also favouring growth. The inflation rate is expected to average 0.6 per cent this year compared to 0.5 per cent last year.The Cypriot economy, which emerged from a prolonged recession in 2015 caused by a fiscal and banking crisis, expanded 3.9 per cent last year after growing 3.4 per cent the year before. The unemployment rate fell to 11 per cent on average last year from 12.9 per cent in 2016.In October, the finance ministry said that it expected the economy to grow 3 per cent this year and growth to slow down to 2.7 per cent in 2019 with annual inflation averaging 1 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively. It also said that the unemployment rate was forecast to fall to 9.5 per cent this year and 8 per cent in 2019.Still, the economy continues to face downside risks mainly from the high stock of non-performing loans in the banking system, which amounted to €20.6bn in December after falling by €3.2bn in a year, the ERC said.The high stock of delinquent loans in the banking system, which account for 44 per cent of the total and 107 per cent of economic output, combined with foreclosure and insolvency frameworks that hinder procedures, may create risks to the financial stability and discourage future investors.“Fiscal slippage may render the economy vulnerable to shocks and lead to higher borrowing costs for Cyprus,” the ERC continued, adding that possible delays in the implementation of structural reforms, including the public administration, the judicial system, and local administration, as public debt remain high, “may weaken business and investor confidence, the sustainability of public finances and growth prospects”.On top, the uncertain outcome of Brexit negotiations, which may further weaken the British pound, and geopolitical risks in the region, could also negatively affect growth, the ERC added.“Upside risks to the outlook are associated with public investment and large-scale private construction projects,” the centre said. “Moreover, stronger growth momentum in the EU may lead to faster growth rates than the current forecasts”.You May LikeTapWithUs.comIntroducing Tap – The Most Advanced Keyboard in the WorldTapWithUs.comUndoGood FoodIf You Eat Onion Every Day, This Can Happen to Your BodyGood FoodUndoMcdodoA Must Need – Charge 4 Devices With One CableMcdodoUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Supreme Court affirms ruling barring CBC from liquidating FMBE

first_imgThe Supreme Court rejected on Thursday the Central Bank of Cyprus’s (CBC) appeal against a first instance ruling banning it from liquidating FBME Bank Ltd, opening the way for the liquidation of the lender in Tanzania where it is headquartered.“Nothing was presented by the appellants which would justify our intervention in how the first instance court evaluated evidence submitted to it with respect to the legal aspect of the case,” the Supreme Court said in its verdict obtained by the Cyprus Business Mail.The Supreme Court accepted the conclusion of the first-instance court, that “the Central Bank of Cyprus cannot issue a (banking) licence to a foreign financial institution, if this has not obtained a (banking) licence issued by the foreign country in question”.In July 2014, the CBC placed FBME Bank, which the Financial Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Treasury branded as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern effectively barring it from transacting in US dollars, under administration and subsequently resolution. In 2015, the Cypriot bank supervisor revoked FBME’s licence to operate a branch in Cyprus and fined it €1.2m for failing to comply with anti-money laundering legislation.The following year, the central bank decided to seek the liquidation of the bank in Cyprus which a first-instance court rejected in May last year. Days before that, Bank of Tanzania, which supervises lenders in the African country, also stripped FBME of its banking licence and ordered the liquidation of the bank.“This means that the (banking) licence issued by the foreign country is of importance as it is recognised and respected by the Central Bank of Cyprus,” the three judges added in their unanimous ruling.“Therefore, we are in absolute agreement with the conclusion of the first-instance court that there existed no issue in revoking the licence (…) of FBME because FBME never received such a licence from the Central Bank (of Cyprus),” the court said.The court said that it considers as “plausibly correct” the interpretation the first-instance court gave to the reference “(banking) licence of a licenced financial institution” as stipulated in article 33Bbis(a)(b) does not concern the licence to operate a branch, under the law and instead concerns a licence issued to the financial institution, established in the foreign country, to carry out banking business in Cyprus.The Cyprus Business Mail understands that the CBC is expected to review the ruling in the coming days before deciding its next steps. Bank of Tanzania currently is seeking the recognition of a liquidator it appointed also in Cyprus. The Cyprus branch operations accounted for 90 per cent of FBME’s total business.You May LikeDistroScale, Inc.Can you do a Crow Pose? Watch Now to Learn How.DistroScale, Inc.UndoDugiFeed11 Best Foods for Diabetes ControlDugiFeedUndoKelley Blue BookWhere Comfort Meets Luxury: 10 Comfortable Cars Under $30KKelley Blue BookUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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AG appoints coop investigators

first_imgAttorney-general Costas Clerides has appointed a three-member panel to investigate the possibility of wrongdoing in the co-op bank, parts of which are expected to be acquired by Hellenic after a deal that has been criticised by opposition parties.The investigation will look into how the lender’s non-performing loans came to be around €7.5bn as well as why it required €1.5bn in recapitalisation from the state in 2014.It also aims to provide insights into the way the lender was managed as well as the decisions that led to its eventual sale to Hellenic Bank.The panel will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Giorgos Arestis, who also served as a judge at the EU court in Luxemburg. He will be assisted by economist Giorgos Charalambous, a former Bank of Cyprus executive, former board member of the development bank and former head of the securities and exchange commission, and Giorgos Georgiou, a former executive at Alpha Bank and former chairman of the bank association.The committee’s detailed terms of reference will be published in the official gazette in the next few days after the necessary preparations take place.There will be no limit as to how far back the investigation would go.The panel will have to present its findings within three months from the date the official order is published. A three-month extension could be granted if necessary.You May LikeHealthy GeorgeWilliam Shatner Lives In This Gorgeous Mansion With His PartnerHealthy GeorgeUndoDaily Spikes15 Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look OlderDaily SpikesUndoVacations | Sponsored ListingsAll Inclusive Vacations Could Be More Affordable Than You ThoughtVacations | Sponsored ListingsUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Condition of 11yearold girl improves boy 13 still critical Update

first_imgThe condition of an 11-year-old girl who was transferred to hospital on Saturday with head injuries after falling off a bed, has improved, doctors said on Sunday.The girl, who is from Russia and is on the island on holiday with her parents, was rushed to the Larnaca general hospital on Saturday evening with skull fractures. Her mother told the medical staff at the hospital that her daughter had fallen off the bed at the hotel they are staying at. She was reportedly trying to get dressed while standing on the bed and lost her balance, fell and hit her head.The girl was transferred to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia. Her condition was reportedly critical, but later on Sunday doctors said that her condition has improved.Another child, a 13-year-old boy, is too at the Makarios hospital, in critical condition, after sustaining head injuries when the quad bike he was driving overturned.The boy was rushed to the Kofinou health centre following the accident on Saturday afternoon by his father with injuries to his head and body.During the medical examination, the boy passed out and was transferred by ambulance to the Larnaca general hospital where he was diagnosed with epidural hematoma.Due to the gravity of his condition, he was transferred to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia, where he was placed on a ventilator. His condition is extremely critical.The boy was reportedly with his older brother, 19, when the accident occurred. According to reports, the 13-year-old was driving the quadbike in a rural area in Skarinou, when the vehicle overturned. You May LikeSilverSinglesTry SilverSingles Today, You’ll See Why Everyone Over 50 Found Love in Rowland HeightsSilverSinglesUndoBrilliance LifeLife Without Food Or Food Without Life?Brilliance LifeUndoFood PreventRaisin Water Detox Your LiverFood PreventUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Vegetation to be cleared after Polis fire

first_imgOvergrown vegetation is being cleared from a beachside campsite and surrounding homes in Polis after an arson attack in a nearby dry river bed on Sunday saw campers and residents evacuated in the early hours of the morning.The decision was taken at a meeting of relevant services held at Polis Chrysochous municipality on Tuesday, mayor Giotis Papachristofi told the Cyprus Mail.“There are around ten houses that are close to the river bed which is dry in the summer and it could be dangerous as it is overgrown with wild vegetation. The municipality will start to clear the area closest to the homes on Wednesday morning,” he said.However, following the meeting, representatives of both the fire and forestry departments visited the campsite and told facility manager Lakis Matheou to also clear dry grass from inside the site. He said this would cost him around €1,000.“From this afternoon (Tuesday) we will clear the dry vegetation from a few areas inside the campsite, it will take a week maximum,” he said, adding that the site is open and operating as usual.Matheou said the fire occurred outside the campsite, well away from the entrance but added that everyone was evacuated for their own safety, including staff, to an area further towards Latchi.The mayor said that as the river bed is around 5km long and full of overgrowth it will cost €200,000 to clear it all. The municipality is requesting that the ministry of agriculture pays for it as a matter of urgency. “It is a long river and full of all sorts of dry vegetation,” he said.A second meeting will be held in Nicosia on Friday morning at the environmental services, he added, where the mayor will meet the heads of the environment, forestry and water departments.The facility is an important one for the area and August is the busiest month for the campsite, with around 2,000 to 3,000 overseas and local campers visiting during this period.“We will discuss exactly what we can do to protect this area, the campsite and the nearby homes.”The campsite is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, tall grasses, bamboo and other vegetation, some 1.5 hectares of which was destroyed in the fire.The mayor on Monday partly blamed government services for the situation, saying they had failed to clean up a dry river bed where the blaze was set only 500 metres from the entrance to the campsite.You May LikeGOOD FOODHere’s why you should eat 10 dates everyday!GOOD FOODUndoSportsChewThe Oklahoma City Thunder: The Dynasty That Wasn’tSportsChewUndoPuppyLoverNews.com8 Great Companion Dogs for Senior CitizensPuppyLoverNews.comUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Government may renegotiate deal with Noble Energy spokesman says

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesGovernment spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that the cabinet may decide to renegotiate the revenue sharing agreement for the 4.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) Aphrodite gas finding, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.The cabinet, which is meeting on Tuesday at the presidential summer residence in Troodos, may decide whether the renegotiation will commence and if yes, its direction and terms, he said according to CNA.“Decisions are about to be taken regarding demands raised by companies with which the Republic is in cooperation in Aphrodite,” the spokesman was quoted as saying. “Despite challenges or obstacles some people attempt to raise, we are now at a point that decisions of strategic importance have to be taken”.Aphrodite lies in block 12 of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and it is Cyprus’s first gas finding, discovered in 2011. The Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. is the leader of a consortium with the participation of Israel’s Delek and Britain’s BG (British Gas), a subsidiary of Shell.A possible decision to renegotiate the agreement with Noble Energy may come weeks before the ExxonMobil – Qatar Petroleum consortium begins drilling for gas in block 10 of Cyprus’s EEZ, which could be a potential game changer in the development of offshore hydrocarbons. Earlier this month, the government struck a preliminary agreement with Egypt that will allow Aphrodite to be linked with Egyptian liquefaction plants via pipeline, expected to be signed this autumn.In February, Italy’s Eni announced the discovery of an up to 8 tcf gas finding in block 6. NATO-member Turkey, which opposes Cyprus’s plans to develop its hydrocarbons in the absence of a settlement of the Cyprus problem and blocked Eni’s ship from accessing its target for an exploratory drilling in block 3 six months ago, is currently in a confrontation with the US which severely hurt bilateral relations.Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis is expected to reveal details over the decisions that the cabinet will take, Prodromou said.While the decline in energy prices that set off in mid-2014 has negatively affected investment in hydrocarbons, in recent months they started to recover. The price of a barrel of oil had fallen from over $100 per barrel four years ago to as low as below $40. Currently, Brent oil is traded at around $50.Prodromou said that it emerged from a July 30 meeting of the National Council, in which President Nicos Anastasiades briefed participating party leaders “there is consensus, as it is about the interests of the country,” and not the policies of a government or specific political forces.Cyprus’s interests should come first, Prodromou continued adding that Cypriots should approach the matter strategically in the context of the prospects of the entire Levantine basin.He added that the Republic of Cyprus has hired foreign expert consultants in the area in order to be able to take the best possible decision.You May LikeBusinessBuzzo5 Reasons Not To Go To CollegeBusinessBuzzoUndoTripCuratorYou Haven’t Lived Until You Visit These 10 All-Inclusive ResortsTripCuratorUndoSivanguardia.com6 Benefits of oats that will make you adore itSivanguardia.comUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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