Los Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineROCKING IN SOBE Rock star Lenny Kravitz recently checked into Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna, the ideal property for visiting celebs thanks to a secure driveway that ensures complete privacy. Kravitz requested all-organic cuisine during his stay, but no word on whether he picked up any design ideas at the hotel, which recently underwent a complete renovation. The Grammy-award winning musician also heads up Kravitz Design Inc., and is putting his skills to good use designing the Presidential Suite and a bungalow at the new SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami, opening in March. Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO of sbe, parent company of SLS Hotels, already raves about Kravitz’s design of the top accommodation. “It’s unbelievable,” Nazarian said. “We’ve had three presentations and it’s beautiful. He’s a very good complement to Philippe.” As in renowned designer Philippe Starck, who is responsible for the rest of the hotel’s interiors.www.villamagna.eswww.slshotels.com/southbeachMIDNIGHT IN PARIS Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson was among the high-wattage names on hand for a chic gala to celebrate the opening of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, located on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. The stylish Art Deco-meets-modern design of its 138 rooms and suites wows—but it isn’t just about the aesthetics with a discerning traveler like Neeson. “The experience has to do not necessarily…with the bricks and mortar,” he says. “It has to do with the staff. It’s human. It’s not just someone doing their job.”www.mandarinoriental.com/parisGREAT ESCAPE With his busy schedule, celebrity chef José Andrés—whose restaurants are all the rage in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and his home base of Washington, D.C.—appreciates escaping to a tropical setting for a few days with his family. “We love the Cayman Islands and especially we love the Ritz,” says Andrés, named Outstanding Chef at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. “It has unbelievable service and a great restaurant by Eric Ripert. That hotel is amazing because in only five minutes you can do everything. It’s very difficult to be in one place that in five minutes, from decision to actually happening, you can play golf, eat dinner at a restaurant, scuba dive, sail or lie down on a beach.” Scuba diving has become his passion. “I learned to scuba dive three years ago and fell in love,” he says. “I’m about to get my third level title with PADI.”www.ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman
The 5th annual Jerusalem Beer Festival will showcase more than 100 breweries from around the world at Independence Park in Jerusalem, August 26-27.The festival will feature mainstream, local and boutique breweries including Erdinger (Germany), Beamish (Ireland), Lindemans (Belgium), Belhaven (Scotland) and John Smith (England). Travelers and beer aficionados will taste unique brew flavors such as strawberry and caramel.“The Jerusalem Beer Festival is a highly-anticipated event that attracts the world’s top breweries to Israel in celebration of the delicate art of beer-crafting,” says Arie Sommer, Tourism Commissioner, North and South America. “This year’s festival will include brews for both the adventurous and traditional beer drinkers.”Visitors to the festival will also experience a wide array of Israeli foods, crafts and live brewing demonstrations by local beer artisans. Also, popular Israeli band Hadag Nachash and top Israeli DJs will perform.www.goisrael.com.
London, U.K. – Guoman Hotels, the collection of deluxe hotels located throughout central London, announces the addition of London’s landmark hotel, The Royal Horseguards, to its portfolio. Located on the banks of the River Thames, The Royal Horseguards has undergone a $30 million dollar refurbishment making it London’s latest five star hotel. The renovation enhances the hotel’s grand Victorian style and modern elegance while ensuring that each guest receives first class service.Firmly established as one of London’s most prestigious hotels, The Royal Horseguards’ refurbishment has made certain to maintain the hotel’s historic character while guaranteeing guests the latest innovations, technology and amenities. New in-room enhancements in all 280 lavish guestrooms and suites include iPod docking stations, WiFi access, power showers, surround sound, plasma TVs in both the guestrooms and bathrooms, mood lighting in bathrooms and a selection of Elemis toiletries. The signature Guoman bed, draped in Egyptian bed linens, is now in each room, with balconies overlooking the River Thames. Also new to the property is the Guoman Executive Lounge which allows prominent guests to work or relax within an exclusive environment.“We are excited to welcome The Royal Horseguards to the Guoman collection,” said Sanjay Nijhawan, chief operating officer of Guoman Hotels. “It is truly a great hotel in one of the most prestigious locations in London, and we are proud to have it as part of the Guoman brand.”The Royal Horseguards capitalizes upon British hospitality to provide a hotel rich both in history and design. The hotel offers 280 lavish guestrooms and suites, a business center and workout room. Guests can dine at One Twenty One Two for contemporary dining, the Waterfront Terrace Room, The Lounge for light meals and afternoon tea and the Piano Bar. The Royal Horseguards also offers a total of fifteen conference and banqueting suites. This includes One Whitehall Place, listed as a building of architectural interest, which accommodates up to 340 guests.guoman.com or call (44) 0871 376 9033.
Appeals court: Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released by The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2018 10:10 am PDT Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This May 27, 2005 file photo shows members of Lynyrd Skynyard, lead singer Johnny Van Zant, center, guitarists Rickey Medlocke, left, and Gary Rossington performing in Nashville, Tenn. A New York federal appeals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film, “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions. A lower court judge decided previously that the film violated a “blood oath” made by band members not to exploit the group’s name after the crash. (AP Photo/John Russell) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York federal appeals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions.The case involves a movie called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a “blood oath” made by bandmembers not to exploit the group’s name after a 1977 plane crash that killed its lead singer and songwriter, Ronnie Van Zant.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision Wednesday, letting the movie be distributed.A lawyer for the movie’s makers called the ruling “a victory for filmmakers, artists, journalists, readers, viewers and the marketplace of ideas.”The lawsuit was brought by Van Zant’s widow and others, including founding band member Allen Collins.
by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 11:36 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Givenchy designer puts on debut menswear show in Paris Model wear creations for Off White men’s Fall/Winter 2019/20 fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday Jan.16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) PARIS — Designer Clare Waight Keller unveiled her first menswear collection for storied house Givenchy at Paris menswear week Wednesday as actress Laura Dern caught up with The Associated Press at Valentino’s display that channeled the darkly depths of monochrome.Dern spoke about how, as a mother of a budding model, she is taking a particular interest in the fashion industry.Here are some highlights of the fall-winter 2019-20 shows.GIVENCHY MENSWEAR STANDS ALONEKeller, the house’s first-ever female designer, reflected her growing confidence in menswear by holding the first standalone men’s show since she ascended to the house’s artistic helm in 2017.It was an old-school presentation that harkened back to the traditions of Parisian couture.A small group of guests climbed the neoclassical steps of Givenchy’s couture salons to discover Waight Keller waiting by masses of delicate baby’s breath flowers that adorned the wooden Haussmannian floor.The beautifully constructed clothes captured the individualism of the 1990s in a contrast with the historic venue.In an unusual touch of class, the designs were explained by the 48-year-old designer as the garments were being showcased by models.The silhouette featured long, and sometimes flared, legs; oversized shapes; rounded shoulders; and flashes of bold colour: violet, electric blue and fuchsia.Waight Keller’s mission, she said, was to take the hardness out of men’s clothes.“My woman in Givenchy has a strength to her … but I wanted to bring a softer side to the men’s. Part of that is (seen) in the flowers, but also in the feel of the roundness, softness and the fluidity of the fabrics,” she explained.Slim suits, flared check pants and soft truncated bubble jackets evoked the mix-and-match styles of the haphazard nineties.But the acute precision that has been proven in Waight Keller’s couture shows was also abundantly clear in this very strong standalone debut.A tucked-in white shirt, for example, was constructed with a double outer panel that hung down outside softly: part-grunge, part-angel.LAURA DERN IS A PROUD MOTHERIn a pleated red silk Valentino gown, “Blue Velvet” actress Laura Dern looked very much the part on the design house’s front row alongside rapper G. Eazy.As the mother of 17-year-old Ellery Harper — Dern said she was taking an interest in the fashion industry to help her son.“My son is modeling now so I have a particular interest in men’s fashion in a new way. I’m fascinated,” she said. “You will see him very soon in Paris.”Harper has modeled for Calvin Klein under the watchful eye of designer Raf Simons, and Dern says that Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli has also been “generous” in helping his nascent career.Dern, who came to fame via collaborations with director David Lynch, said she encourages her son to tread carefully in an industry that can be so public, but to relish the opportunities to meet “designers he loves.”“When I was his age, I met David Lynch who inspired me so much as an actor. I feel like Ellery should take it slowly and find the people that help him find his destiny.”VALENTINO GOES MONOCHROMEValentino claimed it was bringing street attitude to the atelier.But for fall-winter, Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli seemed to have lost some of his creative attitude after a run of superlatively glorious seasons since he took over the sole artistic reins in 2016.On Wednesday, he played it pretty safe.Blocks of monochrome — in grey, camel and black — were a key theme of the collection that was held inside an industrial-looking hall of the Grand Palais.Round sloping shoulders, boxy torsos and baggy pants defined the silhouette.But much of the creative work, such as contrasting textures and layering, were rendered invisible because of the monochrome.The collection was, however, not lacking in nice quirks, such as a spaceship motif and one voluminous grey Sherlock Holmes cape coat and detective-style hat hybrid.OFF-WHITE, OFF THE BEATEN TRACKChaotic scenes abounded in Virgil Abloh’s collection for Off-White that was held in a little-known part of the sprawling underbelly of the Louvre as many guests got lost.The museum structure is, by quite a margin, the world’s biggest.Bewildered editors wandered in search of the show venue by pyramids, Greco-Roman statues and luxury boutiques to no avail.Some fashion insiders even ended up following unsuspecting tourists in the wrong direction, confusing them as part of the fashion press.Others were led up and down stairs, and above and below ground several times, before finding the proper entrance.Inside the venue, there was little respite for the lucky guests who did eventually get in as they sweated in sweltering high temperatures in the jungle-like show decor.VIRGIL ABLOH’S URBAN EXCESSBig silhouettes, bold colour and urban styles were behind Virgil Abloh’s visually arresting fall-winter collection.Concrete slabs were laid among overgrown creepers, grass and ferns as the show decor to evoke a sense of inner-city decay.This was the first clue to understanding the American it-designer’s urban vibe that played on excesses in colour and overgrown proportion.It’s little wonder that the house has, in the recent past, attracted the likes of Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye West.Billowing denim jeans with hanging toggles began an oversize theme, alongside a huge suit jacket and a gargantuan fanny-pack slung across the torso.Unfortunately, these made up the most subtle part of the display.Shredded silver ribbons then cascaded from bell-silhouette Glam Rock boots, followed by contrasting checks and a giant column bubble jacket that did away with the model’s body.Abloh later delved into eye-popping neon.Neon oranges, reds and blues in knitted oversize scarves, tops and coats might have reflected the bold hues of urban graffiti.The oft-unwanted street art form was more literally evoked in graffitied text reading “Public Television.”___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press
CORRECTS NETWORK FROM SHOWTIME TO CW – Gina Rodriguez wipes away a tear as she speaks in the A Final Farewell to “Jane the Virgin” panel during the Showtime TCA Winter Press Tour on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) ‘Jane the Virgin’ creator sees tears, closure for show’s end AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 7:16 am PDT PASADENA, Calif. — The upcoming final season of “Jane the Virgin” is already drawing tears.The CW show’s creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, said she’s crying in the editing room as she works on the concluding episodes of the show starring Gina Rodriguez.The producer and actress grew emotional discussing the telenovela-style comedy-drama Thursday with TV critics. They were asked how they would look back on “Jane the Virgin.”“How much representation matters, what it feels like to be seen,” Urman said of the show focused on a Latino family, a rarity on TV.Rodriguez said the audience response affirmed her belief that young girls would be empowered seeing a Latina character. She’s encouraged to increase her influence through directing and producing, she said.“You changed my life,” a tearful Rodriguez said to Urman.“You changed mine,” the producer replied.As for the final episode, Urman said she’s intent on providing “a real sense of closure.” She said she’s feeling pressure to say goodbye in the right way and wants to “stick the landing.”The fifth season of “Jane the Virgin,” which begins March 27, has much to resolve. Last season closed with Jane, who’s contemplating marriage to Rafael (Justin Baldoni), learning that her late husband Michael (Brett Dier) may have made a miraculous comeback.The mystery of Michael’s apparent return will be explored in early episodes of season five, which will conclude this summer. The finale date has yet to be announced.There may be a spinoff, a telenovela anthology series with Rodriguez and Urman serving as executive producers. CW has ordered a pilot for series consideration, with cast members yet to be announced. Rodriguez will be heard if not seen on it, narrating stories based on fictional novels written by her “Jane the Virgin” character.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
FILE – This Jan. 6, 2018 file photo shows Amy Landecker and Bradley Whitford at the 2018 BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party in Los Angeles. Landecker said, Thursday, July 18, 2019, she wed Whitford. The got married by political activist Ady Barkan at the courthouse in Santa Barbara. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2019 2:33 pm PDT Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker are hitched NEW YORK — With a nod to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amy Landecker announced on Instagram that she is “of Bradley,” elopement style.Landecker said Thursday she wed her fellow “Handmaid” co-star Bradley Whitford with their children and dogs, Izzy and Otis, as witnesses. They were married by political activist Ady Barkan at the courthouse in Santa Barbara.The groom wore a blue suit jacket. The bride held a bouquet and tied the knot in a blue print day dress.Whitford plays Joseph Lawrence and Landecker played Mrs. Mackenzie on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the hit Hulu series. Representatives for the couple confirmed the happy news.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
July 20, 2002 construction site at five o’clock inthe morning. Given the threat of afternoon rain, when the constructioncrew undertakes a concrete pour they begin as early as possible. [Photo& Text: MS] The formwork andrebar for the precast panel. The form in the middle will eventually bea window with a wonderful view of the Agua Fria river valley. [Photo &Text: MS] The concrete ismixed at our on-site batchplant, then transferred from the concretetruck into the bucket. The bucket is then moved into position with thecrane. Here, construction manager Spencer Marrese guides thepour. [Photo & Text: MS] This was the Julyworkshoppers first pour. Many of the workshoppers had little or noexperience pouring concrete, but after intense instruction they werewell prepared for today. They finished the job in record time. [Photo &Text: MS] The finished panelmust be covered to contain the moisture for it to cure. [Photo & Text:MS]
October 3, 2011Congratulations to the August 28. 2011 workshop participants upon their graduation:from left:Sean-Paul VonAncken, Milo Pearse from Australia, Kyla Woods from Australia, Ryan Jones, Viridiana Acosta León from Mexico [planning intern].in front:Sasha, and Jenna Dern [construction intern]. [photo: David DeGomez]
BILL CALLAHANJULIA HOLTERTHUNDERCAT PERFUME GENIUS May 25, 2016Here are a few photos of some of the highlights of last Sundays performances during the FORM 2016 festival.[photos by Sue Kirsch]LNZNDRF PERFUME GENIUSThere are lots of media articles about this event that you can peruse in the Media section of our web-site.More to come.
August 16, 2017After our last look at the installation of plumbing underneath the concrete, more piping is installed through the metal framing that will hide behind the future dry wall. Here, Valentina and Shannon prepare a water hookup for the future fridgerator.(photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Shannon Mackenzie)Ron Chandler solders the recirculating pump which allows for constant and immediate access to warm water from the water heater.Once the wall plumbing is finalized, the insulation is installed. This gray insulation is made from recycled jeans, and is safer to use than fiberglass BATT insulation.Here Joel, Fernanda, and Erik begin the installation of drywall over the insulation and metal frame.A very time consuming process, properly installing the drywall has taken a large portion of labor in the last several months. Kendra, Fernanda, and Arthur continue applying pre-mixed joint compound, covering seams and screws. The construction crew is currently working to put the final touches on all the drywall.
TWO weeks into its introduction, cracks have appeared in a new law that affords some benefits to fathers as part of paternity leave, with state officials defending the provisions of the law and social groups saying the new law does not go far enough, while single fathers are left out of the picture altogether.A senior government official defended on Friday the provision of the law which stipulates that only married men or those who have a co-habitation agreement are eligible for the paternity leave benefit.Following media reports of scores of complaints from unmarried fathers who found that they did not qualify for the paternity leave and of general confusion as to who is a beneficiary, the permanent secretary of the labour ministry, Andreas Assiotis, said that it is very clear on the application forms that the benefit allowance concerns only married fathers.“It is an allowance paid by the social insurance fund. All such allowances concern married couples,” Assiotis told the Cyprus Mail.He added that the labour ministry had not received any official complaints concerning the paternity leave so far. The new law, which was passed by parliament last month and kicked off on August 1, allows working fathers of newborns to file for 15 days of paid paternity leave.The office of the Commissioner for Gender Equality, that contributed to drafting the bill, said that they would review the law, to see if it could include single fathers.“Our focus was the best interest of the child. The bill is aimed at the best possible care of the child and that the father should be present in this procedure during the first days of the life of a newborn,” official of the commissioner’s office, Andri Savva said.The 15 days’ leave allowance is a stepping stone toward that direction, she said.“We will examine this, assess it and see how to include this category of fathers, given that all criteria should ensure the best interest of the child,” Savva said.The paid paternity leave must be used during the 16 weeks that maternity leave is in effect. The two weeks fathers take as leave will be deducted from the 16 weeks of their spouses’ maternity leave, meaning that a mother of a newborn will take a 14-week maternity leave so that her husband can take his paternity leave.Paternity leave is payable for two consecutive weeks and the social insurance fund will pay 72 per cent of the applicant’s weekly salary. Applicants must present, among others, the baby’s birth certificate, as well as certificates of marriage or of a co-habitation agreement. Eligible to apply are fathers who have paid up contributions to the social insurance fund.For the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Migs), the paternity leave is a positive step, but not a substantive one.“It is inadequate, it covers a very small gap, and it is very short (15 days) compared to other countries,” policy coordinator at Migs, Josie Christodoulou told the Cyprus Mail. She added that in other countries, paternity leave is combined with other support measures.“It does not cover real needs. What is it that the government wanted to cover? Which needs?” she asked. “It’s a start, but perhaps we should rethink which needs we want to address”.Maria Angeli, also of Migs, said that the findings of a survey carried out by the institute indicated that there is lack of support for couples with newborns and for the elderly.But the paternity leave is also dependent on the financial background of each family, Christodoulou said. She added that according to statistics, after child birth, the work hours of fathers are increased, while those of the mothers are decreased.She added that there are a number of factors that need to be examined for a comprehensive policy to assist families with newborns.According to new father Eftychios Savvides, what’s important is the ability of the couple to choose how many of the 16 weeks each could use.“This decision gives me the right to switch two weeks of my wife’s maternity leave for me to use and look after our child,” he said. “I want the right to have more weeks; if she needs only two weeks after giving birth and then she feels ready to go back to work, why should she get the whole 14 weeks, and me just two?” he asked.There are women, he said, who would rather get back to work sooner than those four months expire, so their husbands could take over the care of the baby during the remaining time.“The decision as to how the leave would be shared ought to lie with the couple and their doctor and not the parliament and the government,” Savvides said.The paternity leave proposal, which aimed at eliminating discrimination by offering fathers paid leave, had been tabled by socialist Edek.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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Cyprus and Bulgaria held a joint operation involving the trafficking of human beings and sexual exploitation in both countries on Monday evening.Members of the office for people trafficking, the criminal investigation office, the crime prevention department and Larnaca and Limassol police took part in the undertaking.During the operation two apartments, one in Larnaca and one in Limassol where searched and a 32-year-old woman who is likely a victim of trafficking was identified.From the two flats, a number of items, among them condoms, laptops, an alarm system and a voice tracking device were seized in order to be examined.At the same time, in Bulgaria five flats and three cars were searched and five persons were arrested.The operation is part of an investigation into a criminal organisation which allegedly brings women from Bulgaria to Cyprus where they are forced into prostitution against their will.The operation took place at the same time as Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, was in Cyprus on an official visit.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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
Nicosia police are investigating a possible case of attempted murder following a complaint by a 32-year-old man who believed he might have been targetted while driving on Saturday.According to police, the man said that as he was driving in the Nicosia district, he became aware of two people following him on a motorbike, both wearing helmets. At some point he saw that one of the riders was pulling a gun out of his jacket.The driver pulled his car in and headed on foot to a safe place and the motorcycle continued past. However they turned around and went back a few minutes later but then continued on without making any move on the suspected target.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 AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Police on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old man wanted in relation to five kilos of cannabis found in a Limassol home.The family affair has seen a 49-year-old man remanded for eight days, his wife, 48, their 23-year-old daughter and their daughter-in-law, also 23, for three days, at Limassol district court on Tuesday.Officers searched their residence and found a suitcase containing five kilos of cannabis and 40 grammes of cocaine in a storage area at the back of the building.The couple’s son, aged 25 was arrested on Wednesday.You May LikeMiss Penny StocksAnn-Margret Olsson Is Absolutely Gorgeous At 76Miss Penny StocksUndoEuropean River Cruises | Search AdsLooking for European River Cruises? We have listed the Top 5 for You.European River Cruises | Search AdsUndoBrighterWoman.comTop Natural Remedies For Keeping Ants At BayBrighterWoman.comUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Famagusta district court found four men guilty on Monday for the attack and injury of Egyptian millionaire, Naguib Sawiris, in a nightclub in Ayia Napa in 2016.The businessman, who is an investor in the Ayia Napa marina project, had reported that he and his entourage had been assaulted in the early hours of September 30, 2016 by the owner and the bouncers of a nightclub. The incident occurred just hours before laying the foundation stone of the popular holiday resort’s marina.The court passed a guilty verdict on the manager of the club, Nicolas Evangelides, 31, Andreas Erdodtou, 27, who was working at the club as a security man, 28-year-old waiter, Yiannos Christou, and Panayiotis Kallitsionis, 27.The four men were found guilty of assault and causing actual bodily harm to Sawiris and an associate of his.The incident occurred when one of Sawiris’ associates got up on a couch to dance. Sawiris told court that the waiter told him off in an aggressive manner and when the millionaire asked the owner for explanations, he hit him.A bouncer then grabbed him from behind and wrestled him to the ground. Holding both his arms, the bouncer dragged Sawiris towards the exit, kicking and beating him along the way.The Egyptian investor said he suffered injuries to the ear and bruises to the chest and head. When an associate tried to intervene, he was also beaten by the bouncers.Defence is to deliver their mitigation arguments on Tuesday before the court sets another date to announce the sentences. You May LikePensAndPatronBreaking Barriers, Tim McGraw And Faith Hill Are One Of Hollywood’s Longest Lasting CouplesPensAndPatronUndoAdviceHer9 College Degrees for People Willing to Make Lots of MoneyAdviceHerUndoFIXD”Check Engine” Device Leaves Auto Mechanics AngryFIXDUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Construction giant J&P Overseas Limited has gone into administration after its lenders rejected its restructuring proposal, it was announced on Friday.The Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides Ltd said that this does not affect its own operations as it is legally and financially independent from the overseas company.J&P Overseas said that it was notified on Thursday by its alternate director, Christos Joannou, that he filed an application at the Guernsey Royal Court to appoint administrators.“This is sought for the purpose of achieving a more advantageous realisation of the company’s assets that would be otherwise affected through a winding up, per section 374(3)(b) of the Companies Law,” the company said in a written statement.The company said that challenging local market conditions, unfavourable final contract settlements, delays in contract receipts and limited financial resources to pursue new projects had led the company to this predicament.During the past few months, it said, it had been facing significant liquidity problems and had actively engaged with all its stakeholders in seeking to develop a viable solution that would allow it to continue trading.“Unfortunately, a comprehensive restructuring plan submitted to the company’s lenders and developed with the assistance of professional advisors was recently rejected, which has left limited room for the Company to manoeuvre and meet its ongoing obligations.”The decision to appoint administrators has been taken to protect the interests of creditors, employees and customers given the liquidity position across the J&P Group, it said.The company had submitted a restructuring proposal to around 15 of its lenders prepared by Alvarez and Marsal, which involved being given more loans so they could cover it approximate $600m deficit and take on new projects to generate cash to cover losses and repay loans, which the lenders rejected.The banks, sources said, had put pressure on the company because when it received big payments it took the money against the loans leaving itself without working capital. The same sources said that the lenders lost confidence in the main shareholders that they could turn the company around.The orginal shareholders, the Joannou and Paraskevaides families, have now lost all their shares in J&P Overseas. The court will decide on Tuesday who will be appointed as administrator.“It is expected that under the administration regime the company will have the necessary protection and be in a better position than it would otherwise, to enable it to agree consensual solutions with the clients, lenders and other creditors for the successful completion or other appropriate solutions for each project,” the J&P Overseas said.Through the administration process, the company expects to minimise the impact to its creditors and to primarily contribute towards alleviating any effect on its workforce, which “has demonstrated immense patience and dedication to date.”It said that no other group entities, other than the company, have been placed into any administration process whilst the proposed administrators seek to secure the funding required.The company gave reassurances that its directors and proposed administrators “will continue to work with all stakeholders to preserve as much value as possible across the Group”.It also said that the directors and the management will provide their full support to the efforts of the administrator with the hope and expectation that this will allow for a smooth and orderly completion of the projects.The Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides Ltd announced that developments concerning J&P Overseas did not affect its own viability and activities.“Joannou & Paraskevaides Ltd is an independent legal and financial entity with exclusively its own funds, assets, financial activities,” it said in a statement, adding that it had been operating in Cyprus since 1946 when it was founded, as an independent company.It also said that the company would carry on with its two projects in Cyprus at the Limassol marina and ‘One Tower’ in the same city “based on its contractual obligations”.“Our company is in a position to carry out both current and future projects that will be assigned to it,” it said.J&P Overseas was established in Guernsey in 1961, almost 20 years after George Paraskevaides and Stelios Ioannou had established the Cyprus company.The company constructed or participated in the building of hundreds of large-scale projects in Cyprus, including the Dhekelia and Moni power stations, the British bases – including RAF Akrotiri – water reservoirs, schools, hotels, highways, the fuel terminal at Vassilikos and the Limassol marina.J&P Overseas initially undertook projects in North Africa and quickly expanded to the Gulf and Saudi Arabia in the 1970s. It was the biggest and most successful Cyprus-owned company operating abroad, but problems began appearing in recent years after changes were made at top management level and rift developed between the main shareholders.The company’s financial problems became apparent earlier this year after employees in construction sites in Saudi Arabia made public a letter about big delays in the payment of their wages, which was followed a few months later by a strike. The company employs some 18,000 people.Staff have not been paid for about three months and there are concerns that they might find themselves in trouble in Saudi Arabia for not paying their residence permits. According to company sources, they have already contacted the Saudi government which said it would show understanding. J&P Avax, one of the largest construction groups in Greece, is completely independent but J&P Overseas holds a 28 per cent stake in it. It is feared that it could be the victim of contagion. 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Cyprus is very close to reaching an agreement with the countries involved in the construction of the East Med pipeline to transfer natural gas from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, a government source said on Sunday.The government source was commenting on reports in The Times of Israel this week, which, citing reports of Hadashot TV, said that Greece, Italy, and Cyprus have reached an agreement with Israel to lay a pipeline connecting the latter’s gas reserves to the three countries to supply gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.The media outlet recalled that the European Union agreed to invest $100 million in a feasibility study for the project – estimated at over $7 bn – before the agreement was reached “over the laying of the longest and deepest underwater gas pipeline in the world.”As part of the agreement, Israel and Cyprus will be granted preference over other countries in exporting gas to the European market, according to the report.The EastMed Pipeline Project is to start about 170 kilometres off Cyprus’ southern coast and stretch for 2,200 kilometres to reach Otranto, Italy, via Crete and the Greek mainland. The pipeline will have the capacity to carry up to 20 bn cubic meters of natural gas per year.Work on the five-year project is expected to begin within a few months, reports said.Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel agreed last year to back the construction of a gas pipeline from newly discovered fields in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. The four countries also said they would cooperate to facilitate studies, permits, construction and operation of the project, with a view to signing an Intergovernmental Agreement on the project within 2018.A government source told state broadcaster CyBC on Sunday that an agreement is expected to be reached very soon among all countries involved in the project. After the deal is struck, the source said, it will take about five weeks for its provisions to be examined by the European Commission.Nicosia, the source said, is looking into all possible alternatives, as a lot will depend on the results of the drilling of ExxonMobil that is currently underway, in Cyprus’ offshore block 10, within the island’s exclusive economic zone.The Stena Icemax drillship leased by ExxonMobil started drilling in the Delphine location in block 10 last week. The drilling is expected to last around two months.The rig will then move to either ‘Glafkos’ or ‘Anthea’ targets. The choice of the second target will depend, in part, on the findings of the first drilling in Delphine.Isreali Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz commented on the deal to Hadashot TV, saying that it could temper Arab influence in Europe.“For decades, we have complained about the Arab influence in Europe due to oil and gas. The export of gas to Europe will moderate this influence to a certain extent and be a counterweight to Arab power,” he said.Last December, Steinitz said a study on the project showed that the link was feasible, even though it presents technical challenges due to the depths involved and has an estimated cost of €6.2 bn ($7.36 bn).You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Epiphany will be celebrated on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the Greek Orthodox church in Ayia Triada in the Karpas region in the north.The ceremony will take place from 7.30am to 10.30am, led by the Bishop of Karpas Christoforou, followed by the sanctification of the waters at Ayios Thiros in Yialousa.Free buses will operate from all towns in the government-controlled areas. Interested parties should contact Yiannakis Hadjiyiannis, the Mayor of Ayia Triada, Tel: 99403919 or Eleni Fellouka on 99621332.You May LikePlarium 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Angelos AnastasiouTWO probes into money missing from Cyprus Airways’ coffers have been suppressed, with government ministers and the company’s board dragging their feet in rendering the carrier viable, pilots union PASYPI’s head Petros Souppouris said yesterday.In a news conference following the union’s general assembly, Souppouris accused ministers and board members of “failing to take the appropriate measures” required to restore the company’s viability and fulfil the five criteria set by the European Union to allow the carrier to continue operations.“Serious mistakes have been made, the most serious among them being that they failed to replace the management that led the airline into this mess,” he said.Souppouris singled out a statement by former Cyprus Airways chairman Tony Antoniou in October 2013, in which he spoke of “irregularities and misappropriation of public funds,” as well as talk of €100m lost by the Communications minister.“This money was not spent by the employees,” he said.He added that it was not just €100m that was lost over the last two to three years, but an additional €150m raised through the sale of company assets.Acknowledging that the former management under Antoniou was able to bring down the company’s operating costs and limit the losses for 2013 to €16m – down from a projected €50m – Souppouris argued that the company was in dire need of aviation experts who could have completed the transition into profitability.“Instead, the only effort that was made was aimed at protecting five or six directors,” he said. “We are extremely angry with this.”“There has been misappropriation of public funds,” he added. “There have been probes, and instead of the company’s chairman punishing the directors, he forwarded them to ministries.”During the news conference, PASYPI handed reporters copies of correspondence between the union and ministries, the Attorney General’s office, the Auditor General, the House President, and the House Watchdog, Ethics and Finance committees.“Everyone washes their hands and no one checks the Cyprus Airways irregularities,” he said.PASYPI secretary Chrysanthos Hadjichrysanthou said the Auditor General replied to the union yesterday, saying the company fell outside his mandate.But last month, the Attorney General’s office told PASYPI that it should forward any evidence it had concerning the issue to the police.“How would we have evidence, since the probe reports are locked in ministry drawers?” Hadjichrysanthou wondered.Asked about the effort to privatise the airline, Souppouris said the union is fully supportive as the company hasn’t been competitive for the last ten years.“Therefore, we need a strategic investor who can grow Cyprus Airways properly, in collaboration with the government,” he said.He argued that, once revitalised, the company can contribute up to €500m a year to the country’s GDP.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola