The view from Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de

first_imgThe view from Belmond Copacabana Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, is truly unforgettable. But then the wedding-cake façade is uniquely memorable, too. Architect Joseph Gire based the hotel on the Carlton in Cannes and Le Negresco, in Nice. When it was built in 1923 it stood alone and proud on Copacabana Beach, but it attracted other buildings, and in 1970 Roberto Burle Marx tidied up the four-kilometre-long roadway in front, putting in thousands of black and white mosaic stones, in Portuguese style. Now what is called Avenida Atlantica is side-by-side hotels, says the gal, but it is still ‘the Copa’ that dominates.  Over the years it has been so lovingly restored that apparently 11 shades of white are used on its exterior, both the six-floor original palace and, behind it, its 11-floor Tower annexe, added in 1948.Swimming Pool © Belmond Copacabana PalaceFor many guests the 30-metre pool, flanked by both buildings, is the heart of the hotel, and sunworshippers have their favourite chairs from the moment light dawns until early afternoon (those in the know apparently order pizzas, which are said to be outstanding, from the pool bar). This hotel, which has a total of 241 rooms, is beloved of so many. Roughly 20% of staying guests are repeats, and some of the most loyal have formed an unofficial Copa club, to fly in here from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, New York or Rome, or wherever, to party seriously, which they do twice a year.  At the same time locals use it, for meals, for special events and just to network. I missed the 400-person wedding of television celebrity Isis Valverde who had met her now husband at a pool-side function. A photo gallery inside has 128 signed portraits of celebrity guests, the latest being Phil Collins.  I did wonder who all the people were around me as I sat by the pool, under the awning of Pérgula, having a simple lunch, just a starter, a simply gorgeous whole burrata, its creamy centre oozing out in a most wicked way.  It came with sautéed Mediterranean vegetables and a beetroot reduction, on a most attractive ceramic plate with its edges turned up. They do make basic ingredients look jolly good here.Apartamento Luxo Vista Mar – Deluxe Ocean View Room © Belmond Copacabana Palace Andrea Natal has been at this hotel for quite some time (a driver later told me he had worked with her at another hotel in town when she was 18). She looks ageless, in fact.  Perhaps it is the Biologique Récherché in the spa or practising for the Carnaval. Every year, on the Saturday of Rio’s worldwide-famous extravaganza, she hosts the best party in town, for at least 1,500, and she dresses up with the best of them. She does actually admit that in another world she would like to have been an actor…She is certainly always creating (not the same as improvising – everything she does is well thought out).At the moment the hotel is about to start renovating the 400-seat tiered theatre that is part of the rear of the building. Also in creative mode, the the Copa is about to open a mammoth Gucci store, attached to the front of the hotel and opening on to Avenida Atlantica. This will replace the current H. Stern, which will relocate inside the main building (Ronaldo Stern, by the way, is married to travel advisor Carolina Perez).The recently renovated Restaurant Pergula © Belmond Copacabana Palace Renovations already finished include Pérgula, the all-day restaurant that offers inside and air-conditioned, or outdoor, poolside – the designer here is Muza Lab, no not Inge Moore, who did such a splendid job on Belmond’s Andean Explorer train, but one of her colleagues. They fortunately left in place Pérgula’s splendid local-view trompe l’oeil murals, done in 1997 by French artist Dominique Jardy, who also produced other similarly charming and stylized wall paintings for other public areas.  One, for instance, now graces the lobby where the Concierge used to be – cleverly, the Concierge and Reception share a long counter the other side of the lobby. The former conciergiere is now a brilliant and highly successful AQUIM chocolate stall (Samantha Aquim uses cocoa from the Brazilian rainforest that are 50% up to 100% cocoa and her Q Collection is already available in Harrod’s in London).  Next visit too, I will hope to dine once again at MEE, the Asian restaurant that is overseen by Ken Hom. And I have promised that I will do a Sugarloaf Mountain climb, going up to the 396m-tall peak – this is the peak, by the way, that appeared in the James Bond movie Moonraker. Perhaps if I do make it my photo might be added to the 128-strong rogues’, sorry VIPs’ gallery elegantly displayed in public areas… Already there is more to do here than ever before.  The hotel always had Caloi bikes which it rented out for the beach circuit, along the length of Copacabana and back, over four kilometres. Now the surroundings are not quite literally but quite obviously littered with drop-anywhere bikes, sponsored by the financial giant Itau. I did not see any drop-anywhere electric scooters, thank goodness.  The news that electric scooter startup Bird has been the fastest company ever to reach US$1 billion valuation is scary.  The scooters are potentially dangerous and they need armies of workers to find them, wherever they have been dropped, and charge them every night. No, on this trip to this vibrant city I was happy merely walking along Avenida Atlantica and seeing the sights, whether human or weirdly artistic.  As always there were opportunists building elaborate sandcastles in the hope of a few bills, especially greenbacks, fluttering their way.Here is a hint before leaving town. First, allow at least 90 minutes to get to the airport, any time of day. Next, American Airlines’ airside lounge is one of the most gracious anywhere, with super food and a good choice of wines, all served in full-size Chef&Sommelier glasses.  And yes, even though I ate, and drank, superbly at the unforgettable Belmond Copacabana Palace, I, like many, was still a little peckish when we got to the airport.  My lasting memory, however, is of Andrea Natal miraculously appearing by front desk to say farewell.  Now THAT is one of the signs of a true luxury innkeeper. Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Fullerton Hotel Syd

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be the city’s newest luxury heritage hotel in the heart of the Central Business District. Opening on 18 October 2019, guests can look forward to an elevated hospitality experience steeped in character, culture and heritage that is synonymous with the award-winning The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts company.A sister property to the beautifully restored National Monument – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – which shares a similar rich history as a former General Post Office (GPO) building, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is the brand’s first international expansion outside of the Lion City.Heritage and hospitality at the heartIn the lead up to the launch of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, remediation works on the façade of the historic landmark continues. The first stage of cleaning commenced in April and is expected to be completed in time for the Hotel’s official opening in October.“We have earned our reputation as custodians of heritage through our transformation of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Similarly, in Sydney, we hope to advocate heritage preservation and shine the spotlight on the unique characteristics of the historic building, especially one as iconic as Sydney’s former GPO. It is our desire to retain the soul of the building and share it with locals and global travellers,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Heritage.Guests at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will experience a home away from home feeling, delivered with genuine service and utmost discreet luxury by the Fullerton team which espouses “hospitality from the heart.”“Genuine personalised service and hospitality from the heart is at the core of what we do. While we advocate the employment of new technologies, automation and digitisation, our view is that sincerity and compassion make us human, and that these are the elements that keep our guests returning,” added Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.Location, location, locationLocation is paramount for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, with each of the brand’s properties enjoying a prime position in the heart of the city. Prominently located in Martin Place, in Sydney’s CBD, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be minutes away from the city’s thriving cultural and arts precincts, retail centres, dining destinations and boutique bar scenes.The city’s iconic landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art and the historic Rocks district can all be reached in under 15 minutes by foot. The Hotel is adjacent to Sydney’s luxury retailers, and just minutes away from major department stores.Authentic experiences and heritage toursAs part of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ unique trait to showcase experience-based travel and local colour, Fullerton Experiences, a bespoke programme created for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, allows guests to discover a different side of the city they are in, through a range of guided activities, excursions and experiences. Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale confirms that The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will offer bespoke experiences to guests keen to get up close and personal with Sydney’s history, diversity, arts and culture.“Each of our properties delivers an authentic and rich cultural experience, based on both its location, and its heritage. Our commitment to experience-based travel connects our guests with the distinctive characteristics of the cities in which we operate, through local arts, cultural and culinary adventures,” explained Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.“Starting from opening weekend, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will offer complimentary heritage tours for hotel guests and the public. We plan to share the building’s fascinating history, which spans the hallowed hallways of the heritage building to the ornamental carvings on the façade. We want to tell the tales of early Sydney, where the building dominated the Sydney skyline, and bring the building’s soul and historical significance to life,” he added.Community and corporate engagementThe Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ commitment to heritage, arts, culture and community is part of the brand’s DNA. Beyond breathing new life into its buildings and the locations they inhabit, the Fullerton team wants to engage with locals through events.In the mid-20th century, Sydneysiders dressed to the nines and came into town to meet under the GPO clock. The building was long known as an iconic rendezvous point. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney aims to recreate this upon its opening, with plans currently underway to host several community events at the Hotel, starting with launch celebrations in October.The brand is also committed to implementing corporate social responsibility programmes and will implement an extension of Singapore’s Fullerton Academy at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.“At The Fullerton Hotels Singapore, we have The Fullerton Academy, a staff volunteerism programme that provides hands-on mentoring and training for underprivileged teens. The Fullerton team actively engage the youths to impart both hospitality and creative skillsets through regular workshops on culinary, service, pastry, videography and photography. Personally, I have conducted a course on dining etiquette too. We are looking to replicate that in Sydney, and are currently seeking a suitable partner, with details to be revealed after opening,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.The Fullerton storiesSharing stories of the people, food, culture and heritage behind each of the properties and locations is important to The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, which positions itself as a storyteller keen on sharing stories of provenance, as well as creating new stories.“In our ongoing efforts to share stories that matter, we have embarked on a “Fullerton Stories” project which is currently being researched and written by a team of historians. The project will chronicle memories and tales of the former Sydney GPO building’s past through the personal recounts of former employees and members of the public,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.SustainabilitySustainability and green technology are integral to The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ business and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be no exception. Committed to a raft of sustainable strategies which build upon existing environmentally friendly credentials, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts signed a Plastic ACTion commitment (PACT) agreement with the World Wildlife Fund to reduce a significant amount of single-use plastic by 2020. This includes the elimination of plastic straws and plastic bags.“Beyond delivering excellent service and customer satisfaction, we strive to be responsible stewards of the environment in the way we operate and serve. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint and increasing sustainability initiatives across our hotel property portfolio by 2020. Through our efforts, we hope to send an important message about sustainability and join the global effort in creating a greener future,” says Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.Building a sustainable Fullerton does not just stop at reducing the use of plastic. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ in-room tablet is one of the many digital sustainable initiatives which reduces paper wastage. The e-Compendium tablet runs Tapendium, a technology solution that provides a digital concierge service. At the touch of a button, guests of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be able to place a dinner reservation; book a spa treatment; schedule a taxi or arrange a laundry pick-up service.Pictured from left are The Fullerton Hotels & Resorts’ Robert Gauer, Director of Operations; Dr Kimberley Webber, Historian; Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale; Cathy Chia, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications and Vanessa Frances Paul, Corporate Communications Manager.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Whether you specialise in stag weekends or spa day

first_imgWhether you specialise in stag weekends or spa days, African safaris or wine weekends, we’re offering you the chance to promote your company and gain exposure by writing advice articles for our readers. Your article will be published in the News and Articles section of Skyscanner, and will also be included in our weekly traveller Airmail newsletter.In return for an 500-800 article, we will publish your logo, a link to your site and a brief bio on the author and company.Articles must be original content, travel themed and written from a neutral standpoint. For example – YourGolfTravel.com recently wrote about the Top 10 Golf Resorts in Europe.If you’re looking for brand exposure and a way of positioning your company as an authority on your sector of travel, this is an ideal opportunity – email your ideas to: news@skyscanner.net for further consideration. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCarry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…February’s most popular travel storiesSee if your favourite travel story from February made the top 10, and find interesting travel tips and inspiration for trips at home and abroad that you might have missed the first time round.7 secrets to getting an upgrade on your next business flightWhat better start to a business trip is there than swapping your cramped economy seat at the back of the plane for the sophistication of a premium cabin at the front? We take a look at the 7 ways you can increase your chances of being upgraded on your next…last_img read more

Where the streets are fit for foodies 5 destinations with amazing and

first_imgPhoto credit: MILKOVÍ Portland RelatedThe 5 most hipster cities in the USCheck out these five too-cool-for-school counter-culture US cities.Where to go on holiday in AugustWe’re all going on a summer holiday… Ditch your vain hopes of a decent British summer, pack your bags and get out there this August. Whether you want a sunny city, a sandy beach or a silly festival, we’ve got you covered. You can always catch up on the DIY…Top 8 things to do in PhiladelphiaIf you’re planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, don’t feel overwhelmed by the wealth of things to do, check out our eight essentials. Dotted around town are several hotels from the HappyCulture collection, all boutique properties with their own distinctive look and reasonable rates. Among them is The Jay, around 10 minutes from the station and five from the beach, with Art Deco furnishings and rooms from around £68 a night. Photo credit: Pixabay Search hotels in Portland Think Nice and you automatically think sun, sea and old-school glamour, all of which are definitely present and correct. They’re not the only reasons to head to this part of the French Riviera, though. The street food, too, is a cut above your average seaside resort, with delicious local specialities including socca (a thin chickpea pancake that goes down nicely with a glass of rosé), pan bagnat (essentially a salad niçoise in a bun) and pissaladière (the local take on pizza, topped with caramelised onions, anchovies and black olives). You can also feed your mind as well as your body – the city is home to some excellent museums such as the Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall, each dedicated to the work of its namesake artist, and MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain), where the collection of 1,300-odd artworks includes pieces from the likes of Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Andy Warhol. It’s not that long ago that most travellers viewed Singapore as a bland stopover en route to somewhere more interesting. How things have changed: these days the combination of dramatic new skyline, fascinating history and top attractions have made it well and truly a destination in its own right. In between sightseeing, soak up the city’s fabulous street food at one of the hawker centres. Not only are their stalls famously a good place to eat on the cheap, you’ll also find a couple of them have Michelin stars, too: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in the Chinatown Food Complex and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at the Tai Hwa Eating House on Crawford Lane. You’ll have to queue (and queue and queue) but just grit your teeth and remember that waiting at the end is a bowl of Michelin-starred food for just a few quid. Search hotels in Nice Singapore Photo credit: Lily Banse Search flights to Portland Search flights to Nice Meals out can eat up a big part of your holiday budget – so the booming global street food scene has been a godsend for cash-strapped travellers. We’ve picked out five great destinations where you can eat really well at local food trucks and market stalls and make major savings in the process. Search hotels in Mexico City Download the app and buy train tickets Brisbane Search flights to Brisbane Stay: TRYP Fortitude Valley Close to the National Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Fort Canning Park, and with Bencoolen MRT station practically on the doorstep, Hotel Mi has modern, minimal rooms from around £70 a night. Australia’s buzzy food scene isn’t confined to Sydney and Melbourne. Up on the Queensland coast, Brisbane has undergone a bit of a foodie renaissance in the past few years, with a growing number of markets popping up to feed the demand for cheap and tasty street food. Leading the pack is Eat Street Northshore, a collection of brightly painted shipping containers converted into food stalls, where more than 70 vendors serve up everything from Chinese dumplings to Swedish sweets. Meanwhile, Boundary Street Markets recently launched a bang-on-trend vegan version on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. You’ll have plenty of chances to work off all the food – the city is full of more active entertainments, too, from kayaking down the Brisbane River and climbing the Story Bridge to abseiling down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point or cycling along the waterfront on the Bicentennial Bikeway. Search hotels in Singapore Wherever you wander in the Mexican capital, you’ll never be too far from a vendor selling tacos al pastor – little taco shells filled with thinly sliced spit-roasted pork and caramelised pineapple – along with many other stalls selling tamales, tortas, tostadas, tlacoyas and even some dishes that don’t begin with a ‘t’. They’re all part of a food scene that is both tasty and good value, making Mexico City a great destination for travellers on a tight budget. Some of the key museums help save you money too: the Museo de Arte Moderno and Palacio de Bellas Artes waive their entrance fees on Sundays, while the Museo Soumaya and Palacio Nacional (home to Diego Rivera murals) are always free. Elsewhere, a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, where the artist was born and died, has to be on the cards, along with a cruise through the Unesco World Heritage-listed canals of Xochimilco, last remnants of an Aztec waterway system. Photo credit: Frederik Trovatten The Hoxton Portland opened towards the end of last year in a 1906 building in Chinatown. There’s a mid-century look to the décor and plenty of places for guests and locals to hang out, including a rooftop taqueria, basement bar and ground-floor coffee bar. Rooms from around £92 a night. Search hotels in Brisbane Nice Search flights to Mexico City Stay: Hotel Mi From street food to street art… TRYP Fortitude Valley is all about contemporary urban design and features work by internationally famous Aussie street artists such as Fintan Magee, Numskull, Rone and Beastman. Rooms, all adorned with artworks, start from around £58 a night. Photo credit: Paul Rysz All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 11 February 2019.  Mexico City Search for hire cars Portland’s street food scene is the stuff of legends. There are more than 600 food trucks and stands around the city, many of them gathered together in ‘pods’ and serving up everything from Norwegian flatbreads to Mauritian curries. It’s all totally in keeping with Portland’s reputation as hipster central – if you like your craft beers, micro roasteries, urban wineries and vegan tattoos, you may never want to leave. Oregon’s largest city is also a magnet for bibliophiles, thanks to the presence of Powell’s City of Books, a massive new and used bookstore that takes up an entire block. If you’re partial to a quirky attraction, Portland delivers on that front, too, with museums dedicated to puppets, hats, vacuum cleaners and kayaks, and The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium, part store, part café, part collection of sci-fi-themed exhibits. You can see why ‘Keep Portland weird’ is the unofficial city motto. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Ready to find your own foodie destination? Stay: The Hoxton Portland Stay: The Jay ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Stay: Room Mate Valentina Everything about Room Mate Valentina says young and lively, from the playful, colourful decoration and digital music system to the location just off Paseo de la Reforma in the Zona Rosa, a party part of town. The cheapest rooms are the Executive Rooms, from around £59 a night. Search flights to Singaporelast_img read more

Las Vegas Nevada – Reported by Madeline Boardman

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada – Reported by Madeline Boardman for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has mixed a little bit of Chinese history with a whole lot of luxury to introduce a new Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package. Perfect for a group of three couples, the Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package begins with accommodations across three luxury suites. Named after different titles for the leader of the Chinese Empire, the Taipan, Emperor, and Mandarin suites all offer over 3,000 square feet of living space and breathtaking views of the strip.The package also includes six “Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Experiences” at The Spa in private Spa Suites, a private poolside cabana with catered lunch included, a three-course dinner at Forbes Five-Star restaurant Twist, and 24-hour luxury transportation including to and from the airport.Renowned for its sophisticated style and luxurious touch in the middle of the city of sin, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas promises guests a satisfying stay. For the guests in the Taipan Suite, the suite offers two bedrooms, a living room, and a private dining room that seats eight. The Emperor Suite, located one floor above Taipan, is the largest one-bedroom suite in the hotel. In addition to an open-plan kitchen, sitting room, and bar and dining room, the Emperor Suite offers a media room equipped with Bang and Olufsen technology and seating for eight guests to enjoy private screenings. Finally, the two-bedroom and two-bathroom Mandarin Suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows in an expansive living space made up of a living room, study, and dining area.A stay with the Suite Life of the Chinese Empire package begins at $39,168 a night.www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegaslast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSummery white declinations from DeWitt’s Twenty-8-Eight collection are the perfect accessories for these sun-filled days. They are available in the collections automatic and tourbillon timepieces.In the automatic editions, Ref. T8.AU.005 is a white gold version that creates light blue waves in the center and an intense sapphire around the border. Ref. T8.AU.007, another automatic, is a sporty variation with navy numerals and circle appliqué that navigate upon a silvery sea while rhodium-plated hands act as aesthetic masts.The tourbillon’s white gold Ref. T8.TH.006 is a bright, summer-ready variation that has a subtle opaline center surrounded by an intense silver appliqué in palladium. The white gold Ref. T8.TH.005, meanwhile, encompasses the magic of horological reflections, displaying varying shades of the royal hue throughout the day. Anchored by a galvanic cobalt, the circle applique features turquoise tonalities, playing on the ocean’s ever-chaning depths of the color blue.www.dewitt.chlast_img read more

Broomfield Colo – Most skiers and snowboarder

first_imgBroomfield, Colo. – Most skiers and snowboarders dream of an ‘epic’ season. Now, Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) is making that dream a reality with the Epic Season Pass, a new unlimited, unrestricted season pass that’s valid for the entire 2008-2009 ski and snowboard season at five of the top-rated resorts in the world: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly, all for an initial price of only $579.“Vail Resorts’ new Epic Season Pass is a groundbreaking initiative that will completely change how our guests experience their ski and snowboard vacations,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “The word “epic” is defined in the Webster’s dictionary as “ extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scopeThe Epic Season Pass does exactly that. It offers an epic amount of skiing and riding across five world-class mountain resorts with 17,400 acres of terrain, 128 chairlifts and 722 trails, for each moment of our season from the day we open in November until we close in April, including every holiday in between. No one will be able to out-ski this pass. And at a price of $579, we have made this experience a reality for our guests.“We designed the new Epic Season Pass program to reward our most loyal guests and to bring greater excitement to the sports of skiing and snowboarding,” Katz added. “Vail Resorts’ new Epic Season Pass gives our guests the opportunity to ski or ride when they want, how they want. They can visit for a week-long vacation during the holidays and then decide later in the season to return for an extended weekend getaway or even to book a last-minute trip after hearing about one of Colorado’s or Tahoe’s epic snowfalls. They can ski all day or just for an hour. In essence, we’re taking the thought out and putting more fun into a ski vacation.”According to Katz, Vail Resorts modeled the Epic Season Pass on the very successful Colorado and Summit pass programs offered on-site in the Colorado market and the Heavenly Pass program offered on-site in the Tahoe and San Francisco markets. “These programs have been a real “win-win,” offering our guests a terrific value and our Company incredible guest loyalty,” he said. “In designing the Epic Season Pass , we removed the key limitations and restrictions and are offering it for sale online, better tailoring it for all of our guests from around the world. At Vail Resorts our mission is Extraordinary Resorts, Exceptional Experiences. The Epic Season Pass is designed to provide our guests with exceptional experiences, all season longIn addition to the incredible ski and ride benefits, purchasers of the Epic Season Pass will be part of a special group that will receive exclusive offers and promotions for lodging, dining, ski rental and ski school. When guests see the Epic Season Pass they will quickly identify its unique, one-of-a-kind design, a distinctive sign of belonging to a very special group.The Epic Season Pass is priced initially at $579 for adults and $279 for children ages 5-12. The Epic Season Pass will be valid for the 2008-2009 ski season and will only be available for purchase through Nov. 15, 2008. The Epic Season Pass will earn points in the Company’s PEAKS loyalty programs and is non-transferable and non-refundable.For more information or to purchase a $579 Epic Season Pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.About Vail Resorts Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States . The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado , the Heavenly Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole , Wyoming . The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean . Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.The information contained in this message is confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above, and may be privileged. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please reply to the sender immediately, stating that you have received the message in error, then please delete this e-mail. Thank you.last_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11 2017 942

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 9:42 am PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A familiar voice is set to take over the mic on CBC Vancouver’s morning show.Stephen Quinn will become the new host of The Early Edition starting Jan. 2.The CBC says he will take over from longtime host Rick Cluff, who will retire later this month after 41 years at the public broadcaster.Quinn currently hosts the afternoon program On The Coast after eight years as a civic affairs reporter for CBC.He says hosting The Early Edition is a dream job and he’s proud to be part of the team.Gloria Macarenko, host of the noon show BC Almanac, will helm On The Coast. New host of CBC Vancouver morning show set to start ‘dream job’ on Jan. 2last_img read more

The Latest Princes sister troubled by death inve

first_imgThe Latest: Prince’s sister troubled by death investigation MINNEAPOLIS – The Latest on the investigation into the death of Prince, who was found unresponsive on April 21, 2016, after a fentanyl overdose (all times local):9:15 a.m.One of Prince’s sisters is expressing disappointment about the way the investigation into her brother’s death was handled.Sharon L. Nelson tweeted Friday : “There is so much about Prince’s death and this investigation that troubles me and millions of #prince fans around the world.”She questions why authorities didn’t immediately collect Prince’s computer, files and other records after he died. In another tweet , she references a KSTP-TV article about an investigator who regretted not immediately searching Prince’s computer.She says it “was disappointing and hurtful” and expresses hope that the federal government will do better.Prince was found unresponsive on April 21, 2016, after a fentanyl overdose.State prosecutors say they haven’t determined the source of the fentanyl and no charges will be filed. A federal investigation is now inactive unless new information comes forward.__12:30 a.m.Investigative files released as prosecutors closed their probe into Prince’s death show that his closest confidants had grown increasingly worried about his health in the days before he died — and that they tried to get him help.But none of his inner circle was able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.The files were made public as a county prosecutor announced that no criminal charges would be brought in the case.Carver County Attorney Mark Metz says investigators believe that Prince didn’t know he was taking counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl.And Metz says he doesn’t think the people around Prince knew it either. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 7:45 am PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Disney closes 71B deal for Fox entertainment asse

first_imgDisney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets Cars enter and leave Fox Studios, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. Disney has closed its $71 acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on Wednesday, March 20, in a move set to shake up the media landscape. The closure paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 9:22 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Disney is closing its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business in a move set to shake up the media landscape.The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year.By buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention – and dollars.Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, “Star Wars,” Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters.With Fox, Disney could add Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic.Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Economic sentiment indicator rises in May

first_imgThe economic sentiment indicator rose by 2.3 units in May to 118.4, the highest since June 2001, on improved confidence in services and to a lesser extent in retail trade and consumer confidence, the University of Cyprus said.The improved business confidence in services in May resulted from more positive evaluation of the financial situation and company demand over the previous three months, as well as more favourable assessment of demand over the three months to come, the Economic Research Centre of the University of Cyprus said in an emailed statement on Thursday. The improvement in confidence in retail trade was marginal as worsening expectations about future sales almost offset an improvement in the evaluation of the current situation of the interviewed companies.This month, business confidence in construction and industry worsened, the ERC said. Construction companies revised their employment plans downwards, while industrial units said they expected to produce less over the next three months.As households are more optimistic in their expectation of their financial situation and the course of unemployment over the next 12 months, this resulted in an increase in consumer confidence in May, the ERC said. It added that consumer tendency towards saving was less negative.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Poachers fined over €13000 updated

first_imgTwo men were fined some €13,000 after police found illegal trapping equipment and game on a property in the Famagusta district.It followed a search last Thursday by the force’s special anti-poaching unit in a fenced property in the area in the presence of the 60-year-old owner and the user of the land, 30.During the search, police found and seized limesticks, used to trap birds, a number of dead and alive birds, and a dead hare.The live birds were freed during the operation, police said.On Monday, the owner of the land was fined €2,630 for possession of live game, possession of wild birds, and possession and use of limesticks.The 30-year-old user of the land was fined €11,000 for possession of illegal game and protected birds.The case followed another hefty fine imposed on a 67-year-old man in Larnaca for poaching. He was fined €21,586 for illegal bird trapping under a new law that was opposed by conservation groups.BirdLife Cyprus welcomed the fines, saying they could act as deterrents.“We hope that the Game and Fauna Service and the other enforcement agencies can continue to hand out deterrent fines to lawbreakers who illegally kill birds,” it said. “BirdLife Cyprus and other environmental groups opposed the law change introducing on-the-spot fines for all bird killing offences, concerned such a system would be unenforceable. But we would be delighted to be proved wrong on this point if deterrent fines continue to be imposed.”However, it said, other provisions introduced under the June 30 law change remained “deeply worrying.”Namely, amendments allowing hunters to take cooked game to restaurants, which ‘open the door’ to illegal offering of ambelopoulia in law-breaking restaurants.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

€30000 snatched in armed robbery at Paphos coop

first_imgPolice are looking for two armed men who stole €30,000 from a Greek co-op bank in Paphos on Friday morning.According to police, both perpetrators wore hoods while one was armed with a short-barrelled shotgun and the other with a G3 rifle. They entered the bank near the technical school in Paphos at around 8am after breaking the main entrance door and took around €30,000 from the till.At the time of the robbery three employees and one customer, a woman, were present.The theft was recorded by a video surveillance camera. Press officer of the Paphos police department Michalis Ioannou said the men spoke in broken Greek to staff.They managed to escape in a red Toyota Rav 4 jeep which police believe was stolen on Thursday evening. The car was found intact in a field in Mouttalos at 7pm.Officers cordoned off the scene and are checking the camera footage while trying to locate the car.A police officer who was chasing the vehicle right after the robbery was thrown off his motorbike when it collided with a car which was turning in front of him. He was only slightly injured.Ioannou reported police are just starting to investigate but the possibility that the incident is connected with a robbery in Timis which took place on August 7 has not been ruled out.The Timi robbery also involved two robbers armed with the same type of weapons who fled the scene in a stolen car with €30,000.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

Patients association happy with palace promises on health reform

first_imgA delegation from the Pancyprian Federation of Patients Associates and Friends met with President Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace on Monday and handed over a health manifesto relating to patients’ issues and their views on reform of the health sector.“We have agreed on everything,” head of the association Marios Kouloumas told reporters on his way out of the palace. He added most of the issues have either been filed or were already being dealt with by the government.“Many of these have already been agreed upon and are in the process of being implemented and we have taken the very clear commitment [from Anastasiades] that when he is elected he will proceed with the implementation of the health sector reforms together with the cooperation of all of us,” he added.He said the association would work with anyone elected to push reforms in order to benefit patients.Asked if the manifesto was signed by the other candidates, Kouloumas said all of the presidential candidates have signed it except for Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos who said that although he agreed in principle, needed some time to study the manifesto and sign it at a later stage.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Unite Cyprus Now calls for confidence building measures

first_imgPro reunification group UniteCyprusNow (UCN) have called for the immediate implementation of confidence-building measures, raising concerns that recent actions taken on both sides of the divide have created tension and caused discontent among the people of Cyprus.These actions, the group said, have not only provoked negativity among people but have further discouraged economic and social co-operation.“Since the collapse of the Crans Montana negotiations, the political establishments on both sides have not only failed to implement any confidence-building measures to help normalise human relations but have actively and intentionally taken steps to poison anything positive that had been created in the early stages of the negotiations,” UCN said in a statement.They added that examples of this growing negative trend are too many to list but include the decision by the Customs Department to carry out checks on Greek Cypriot cars at the crossing points, the operation of an “ethnically segregated beach” in Famagusta, the refusal of visas to third-country nationals at Larnaca airport, the tax on humanitarian aid delivered by the UN to the enclaved, the attempt to prevent visits to cultural heritage monuments in the north through a note verbale to embassies, the inability to open new crossing points and a lack of effective action against attacks on Turkish Cypriot cars in the south.Some of these actions have been reversed, UCN said, “but it is even more alarming to observe that in some of these cases elected officials have denied any responsibility and failed to give satisfactory explanations of how bureaucrats have acted unilaterally on issues that have a direct influence on the peace process in Cyprus.”A country where there are obstacles in the contact between people, where funding of spaces that encourage bi-communal relations are being hindered, where beaches are segregated, humanitarian aid is taxed, and racist attacks are left unpunished, they said, “is not a country, those of us who want peace and reconciliation, want to live in, to raise our children and to engage in business.“We firmly believe that the solution to the aforementioned issues and many more is the solution of the Cyprus problem. A solution not through separation and division but through reunification under a federation,” UCN said. “Above all, in the long run, it will be in the economic interest of both communities, since everyone will benefit, even those groups with a private interest that may be behind the problems that are being created now.”UniteCyprusNow condemns all actions that erode trust among the people of Cyprus and calls on both sides to commit themselves to the implementation of confidence-building measures without further delay. You May Likethevival10 Reasons You Should Start Drinking Lemon WaterthevivalUndoAutos +The 10 Most Expensive Cars To InsureAutos +UndoAngelino'sKeurig Users are Loving Angelino’s K-CupsAngelino’sUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Plane evacuated at Paphos airport after emergency landing request

first_imgPassengers and crew were evacuated from a plane that requested to land at Paphos airport on Tuesday night due to an emergency.According to the Hermes Airports spokesman Adamos Aspris, the airport was put on guard at approximately 8:50pm when a passenger plane which was in Cyprus’ airspace heading for Egypt requested to land.“All the necessary procedures were followed and the plane securely landed, ten minutes after 9pm,” he added.A total of 143 passengers were evacuated along with six crew members, and the necessary checks were being conducted on the aircraft, which came from Belgrade.Earlier, police had said that the plane requested to land due to a fire alarm that had been raised on the aircraft.You May Likefinancefiasta.com7 Effects Of Modern Gadgets On Children’s Development!financefiasta.comUndolikedbuzzHere Is Why You Should Stop Skipping BreakfastlikedbuzzUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Akinci welcomes guarantors meeting updated

first_imgExpectations for a new dynamic on the Cyprus problem seemed low on Tuesday after a series of meetings on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.According to CyBC, the parties involved in talks on the Cyprus problem are not expecting anything new in Cyprus talks over the coming months, and are awaiting the UN Secretary General to decide whether he will make recommendations or assign his envoy Jane Holl Lute to meet with all the parties involved.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Cyprus problem during their meeting on Tuesday in New York.During the meeting, which lasted approximately an hour, Tsipras reiterated that talks need to restart from where they left off in Crans Montana and based on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ recommendations.He also told Erdogan that the talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides need to start again.A Greek government official said the Turkish President reaffirmed his support for the Guterres framework, and reiterated Turkey’s position on the Cyprus issue.Also on Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK, met to discuss the Cyprus problem and the way forward.Before he left for New York, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci welcomed the informal meeting of the three foreign ministers but stressed that ultimately it must be the Cypriot people themselves who will implement and live with a solution.He said his contacts in the Big Apple would commence on Wednesday, culminating over the weekend when he is due to meet Guterres.The Turkish Cypriot leader spoke of a “different climate” being shaped this time, noting that in light of UN envoy Jane Holl Lute’s recent report, the UN chief will want to hear ideas from all interested parties on how the process can now be moved forward.“The cycle of the old negotiations on Cyprus is now closed. Processes without a timetable, which are not results-oriented, can only get stuck in time,” he told reporters.Akinci said the latest talks under UN auspices, taking place in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, failed because of the Greek Cypriots’ unwillingness “to accept the true meaning of power-sharing and shared prosperity with Turkish Cypriots within a federal partnership.”But it was important to look ahead, since a mutually acceptable settlement on Cyprus would benefit not only the Cypriots but also Greece and Turkey.“It has to be understood that progress in relation to the Cyprus problem on the one hand, and on the other hand cooperation on natural gas resources, where we too have rights, together with steps supporting the Turkey-EU customs union, will be to the benefit of all interested parties.“In short, this should be the common vision,” he added.Commenting on the guarantors’ meeting, Akinci said it was “perfectly natural” for officials of the three guarantor powers to discuss the Cyprus issue.“However, there is something that one should not forget. Any solution in Cyprus will need to be implemented and experienced by the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots. Let no one lose sight of this. Because, at the end of the day, it is the will of the two communities that will keep a solution alive.”British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attended a working lunch at the British Permanent Representation at the UN.Although describing the trilateral meeting as a positive development, Akinci stressed that “the work does not begin and end with it, and this needs to be well understood.”On the planned opening of crossing points at Dherynia and Apliki, the Turkish Cypriot leader said that on his side all the logistics were in place.The delay on the Apliki crossing was due to ongoing works along a 3km stretch of road on the Greek Cypriot side and due to land appropriations in the area.“On our side, we are ready. It has been some time that we have finished with the roads in Dherynia and in Apliki. What remains to be done there is to install cubicles and to arrange for electrical, telephone and internet connections.”He forecast that the crossings would be opening “very soon.”But Akinci bemoaned the fact that the opening of the two crossings was not coupled with other confidence-building measures, such as the proposed link between the mobile phone networks and electrical grids of the two communities.Another proposal that had been floated, he said, was a programme where teachers would visit schools on either side.“They [Greek Cypriots] insist on not visiting our schools. Their pretext is that this would be tantamount to ‘recognising’ us.”You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

FM outlines prospects for resumption of Cyprus talks

first_imgThe UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Jane Hol Lute is expected to hold a new round of contacts to agree on the terms of reference that will lead to the resumption of the Cyprus talks, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday.Christodoulides was commenting on the latest meetings President Nicos Anastasides has had with Lute in addition to his own recent contacts in the US.“We hope that Mrs Lute will soon return to Cyprus, and also meet the other interested parties to agree on terms that will lead to the immediate restarting of peace negotiations,” the minister said while attending and event to present the newly renovated Disy offices.“Certainly from our side this is the clear aim and one of the messages that the president gave to Mrs Lute was that this should be achieved in the shortest time possible,” he added.We, he stressed, “wish more than anyone to see the talks immediately restarted and I repeat that this was the message the president gave to Mrs Lute and I am obliged to say that there are prospects for the restart of negotiations”.In his report, last October, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked the parties to agree, the soonest possible, on the terms of reference for the resumption of substantive negotiations.Replying to a question about the procedure necessary to agree on the terms of reference, Christodoulides said this discussion has not started yet. “Lute needs to come to Cyprus first, visit other interested parties with exactly this subject in her agenda, then conclude the terms of reference that will lead to the resumption of talks”, he said.Asked if the terms of reference go beyond the Guterres framework, outlined by the Secretary General during the 2017 Conference on Cyprus, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, the minister was positive. He said that the terms of reference include the convergences reached so far, the UNSG framework itself and other elements.Asked about his contacts in the US, Christodoulides said a statement of intent was signed regarding the framework under which Cyprus and America could co-operate on security issues. He said this would involve at least six Cyprus ministries.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Making homes energy efficient could boost economy

first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesMAKING homes energy efficient could boost the economy by up to €2 billion and create 30,000 new jobs, the Technical Chamber (ETEK) argued on Tuesday while proposing the creation of a loan fund to shoulder the projected expenses.ETEK along with the Cyprus Energy Agency, the Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and the Association of Building Contractors submitted their proposals to President Nicos Anastasiades, asking the government to take swift action on the matter.According to ETEK’s head Stelios Achniotis, around 100,000 homes in Cyprus are not energy efficient, costing their owners a lot of money in heating and related expenses.Achniotis argued that there was a market demand for making homes energy efficient and that the state should do everything in its power to encourage businessmen in that field.“By strengthening productivity and encouraging competition the state won’t endanger future generations but will secure a better future for them,” said Achniotis, urging the government to also cut back on red tape to make it easier for companies to conduct business.According to the ETEK’s head, each homeowner in Cyprus must spend €6,000 to €10,000 to make their house energy efficient. Recognising that these are dire financial times for Cypriots, Achniotis proposed establishing a loan fund with low interest for people who want to invest in reducing energy consumption.Acnhiotis claimed that a €160 million starting fund should cover the initial cost. As to where the money would come from, Achniotis asked the government to sign a loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a €100 million and secure another €60 million from European structural funds.“This loaning mechanism can be self-sufficient. The money collected from people paying back their loans can be utilised to give out new loans and once the programme is done, that money can be used to pay back the loan secured by the EIB,” explained Achniotis, adding that commercial banks could greatly benefit by joining the loaning mechanism.The head of ETEK  argued that the benefits of implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency policy can be immediate, so it should be a top priority for the state.Anthi Charalambous, head of the Cyprus Energy Agency said that buildings were responsible for 30 per cent of the island’s energy consumption; the vast majority of those buildings did not fulfill basic energy efficiency standards. “By investing a sum of €6,000 to É10,000 once, a house in Cyprus can reduce its energy consumption by 40 per cent,” noted Charalambous, adding that a family of four spends around €3,000 annually on heating and energy bills.Charalambous pointed out that similar programmes already existed in other countries, like Greece, and have been widely popular and successful.The head of the Association of Building Contractors, Costas Rousias, said that the construction sector was facing many difficulties, and if they were not overcome would spell the end of several businesses. Rousias said that the proposed plan could save the contractors, if the state also invested in making public building energy efficient.Rousias claimed that the biggest obstacle construction business face at the moment was securing bank loans. “By making it easier for construction companies to receive loans, the government opens the road for projects in Cyprus, such as making homes energy efficient, and will also make it easier for companies who are based in Cyprus to secure contracts for projects in other countries,” he said. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo 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

Commemoration for 2200 children of Holocaust survivors born in Cyprus

first_imgIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday visited a monument in Nicosia dedicated to the 2,200 children of Holocaust survivors who were born in British detention camps in Cyprus in the aftermath of World War II in the late 1940s.Speaking at the event where a plaque to the children was unveiled, Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Photis Photiou said the monument had also become a “very special and historical place for Cypriots as well”.The former British Military Hospital (BMH), he said, was the birthplace of many Jewish children and “as we mark the 73rd anniversary of the closing of the prison camps that housed a significant number of Holocaust survivors, we humbly pay our tribute to those who escaped from the mayhem and the despicable atrocities that took place in Europe before and during the World War II.”Between August 1946 and May 1948, the British government intercepted nearly 53,000 Holocaust survivors seeking to resettle in British-controlled Mandatory Palestine. They interned these survivors in detention camps in colonial Cyprus.Photiou said the Cyprus detainees sailed on 39 ships from ports in France, Italy, and the Balkans following long and difficult journeys from the detention camps in central and eastern Europe.Approximately, 80 per cent of the detainees were aged 12 to 35, while 8,000 were between the ages of 12 and 18; the majority of them being orphans. During those nearly 22 months, he said, approximately 2200 babies were born in the Cyprus camps.“Now in their early 70’s, some of them are here today with us to pay homage to the struggle of their people for a life without indignity and suffering,” he said.Following the establishment of the state of Israel in May 1948, the Cyprus detention camps ceased operation and the detainees made their way to the newly created State of Israel.He said that during the difficult times of detention of the Jewish people here, the people of Cyprus stood next to them “in solidarity and compassion”.“Today, the dynamic relationship between Cyprus and Israel is one of a strategic partnership. The continuous interaction between our societies has an evident positive effect especially to our youth, our business circles but also in academia, in culture, and surely our diasporas around the globe.”The monument, Photiou said, symbolises “the natural affinity between our peoples who have shared a quest for survival, and a common vision for a stable and secure future”.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more