Australia’s decade-long love affair with Queen Mary 2 began on 20 February 2007, when the Cunard flagship sailed into Sydney Harbour for the first time. Our cruise industry was just about to embark on its era of phenomenal growth; just over 250,000 passengers were sailing at the time, a number that has now swollen to 1.2 million Australians.To celebrate 10 years since Queen Mary 2‘s inaugural visit – as well as the cruise industry expansion and the role of Cunard’s parent company, Carnival Australia, in this growth – media, trade and industry guests, including the CEO of the Port, CLIA, the Navy, tourism organisations and Infrastructure NSW, were invited aboard the legendary ocean liner for a Champagne afternoon tea.Despite the rainy Sydney day, crowds were milling around the 2691-passenger ship, with her sister, Queen Elizabeth just visible through the fog at Garden Island. Guests, including LATTE, were given a tour of the newly remastered Queen Mary 2 to take in her AU$160 million worth of improvements, including the extensive new and vibrant customised carpets, and the spacious eating areas. Among the highlights were the largest library at sea and the elegance of the double-height Britannia restaurant.The guests then assembled in the Queen’s Room to enjoy Champagne, delicate pastries, cucumber sandwiches and scones, served with jam and clotted cream (2.5 million scones have been served in the decade since her Sydney debut). The full-beam Queen’s Room is a rarity at sea, encompassing the largest dance floor at sea. Carnival Australia Executive Chairman, Ann Sherry AO, opened the proceedings, comparing the industry of 2007 with the market of today, while David Rousham, Cunard Vice President International Development, highlighted the results of last year’s remastering.Guests also sipped on a specialty Twinings blend selected for Cunard, Traditional Afternoon, while enjoying a dance showcase from the ship’s professional performers and the music of the live band.Queen Mary 2 is currently on her 132-night world cruise from New York, returning to Sydney on 2 March before continuing on to Hong Kong.
Go back to the e-newsletterSilversea Cruises has unveiled its latest collection, The Rarest Pearls, an exclusive series of 9 expedition voyages, sailing aboard Silver Discoverer. These voyages have been curated by Silversea’s Expedition Team, providing itineraries that are far beyond a typical cruise, with increasingly remote, immersive, awe-inspiring and adventurous experiences.This collection of voyages includes: free economy-class air or upgrade to business class air roundtrip for AU$1999; AU$1500 non-use air credit per guest; transfers between the airport, hotel and ship; and one-night pre-cruise hotel accommodation, where applicable.Conrad Combrink, senior vice president of expedition & experience product development, Silversea said: “It’s often our most well-travelled guests who really understand how rewarding it can be to discover a new part of the world or to have an experience completely beyond all expectations. My team and I have researched the most authentic cultural experiences and fascinating historical sites. We have sought the wonders of man and nature and scouted the most idyllic, unspoilt beauty spots. Leaving the tourist trail far behind, these 9 unique voyages have been carefully curated to provide our guests with the rarest pearls the world has to offer.”Featured voyages:V9802 – Maldives & Southern IndiaDeparting the Maldives on 24 January 2018, guests will venture far beyond the ordinary on this 11-night voyage, which culminates in Colombo. Guests will visit the untouched tranquillity of the Lakshadweep islands, a stunning archipelago of 36 isolated islands. Guests will experience white sands and clear seas, as well as encounter uninhabited islands and villages, plus wildlife including frigatebirds, red-billed tropic birds, fish schooling by the reefs and nesting turtles.V9804 – Ancient Siam & IndochinaSetting sail from Phuket on 16 February 2018, this is a journey rich with encounters. Guests will cross ancient empires as they travel to Ho Chi Minh City on a 14-night voyage. Eleven destinations will enable guests to discover pre-Akorian ruins, barter at Phsar Leu Market and cruise the Tian River by Zodiac. The itinerary includes a journey up the Tien River to Cai Be, immersing in the wonderful sights of local life. In Sumatra, guests will have the captivating experience of seeing orangutans in their natural habitat.V9805 – Vietnam & Hidden ChinaGuests will depart Ho Chi Minh City on 2 March 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Hong Kong. Even the most seasoned traveller will experience moments of wonder on this journey through Vietnam and into China, culminating in an inland trip to Guìlín. The experiences include a visit to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ho Chi Minh City, guests enjoy a morning Tai Chi class.V9806 – Japan Southwest Island & The PhilippinesDeparting Hong Kong on 15 March 2018 on a 10-night voyage to Nagasaki, guests will enjoy a colourful voyage of ancient tradition combined with modern bustle. Guests will discover the colonial past of the Philippines at Vigan, a rare example of a Spanish colonial town in Asia; the delicate scent of cherry blossom in Okinawa; the UNESCO World Heritage cedars of Yakusugi Land; and the startling red of the Torii Gate.V9809 – Japan & The PhilippinesDeparting from Kobe on 17 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Manila, guests will be transported through a fascinating world of history, wildlife and seasonal beauty. Arrival in Kobe is timed to coincide with the moment the lanterns are hung and the pale cherry blossoms transform the city. Guests will discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national parks, sandy beaches and fishing villages, Spanish churches and limestone houses.V9810 – The PhilippinesDeparting Manila on 30 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage, guests will sail through sun-drenched islands of the Philippines. Guests will discover a landscape of pristine beaches, peaceful lagoons and mango forests teeming with birdlife. Not only will guests swim with whale sharks at Donsol; they will also be thrilled by the second-largest connecting coral reef in the world at the Apo Reef National Park. The Palau Rock Islands offer a unique landscape made up of hundreds of limestone islands.V9811 – Papua New GuineaCommencing in Koror on 13 May 2018, guests will set sail on a 15-night voyage to Honiara. This itinerary is an adventure to set fire to the imagination, it will transport guests through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea and on to the secluded beauty of the Solomon Islands. Guests can expect picturesque villages, clear lagoons, coral reefs, a colourful patchwork of tropical landscapes, rich with culture and character.V9812 – Solomon Islands and VanuatuDeparting Honiara, Guadalcanal on 28 May, guests will set sail on a 10-night voyage to Port Vila. With over 1000 islands in the Solomon Sea, guests will have the opportunity to explore lagoons and hundreds of uninhabited islands by Zodiac®, witness the land diving ceremonies of Pentecost Island and stand on the rim of an active volcano.V9813 – The Coral SeaSetting sail on a 15-night voyage from Port Vila to Cairns on 7 June 2018, guests will encounter uninhabited atolls and the incredible reef system in the Coral Sea as they journey through 10 new destinations.Silversea’s guests can also indulge in: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all onboard gratuities.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterBelmond Savute Elephant Lodge, one of Belmond’s three safari experiences in the heart of Botswana, recently reopened to reveal a new look. Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna in Chobe National Park, the lodge includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar, open deck with pool, firepit and wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole, a first in the area.The lodge’s unique viewing hide allows guests to connect with the wildlife at eye-level, giving them a front-row seat on nature’s drama. From first light to dusk, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and antelope gather for a refreshing drink.The Savute region has long been associated with some of the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone who arrived in the area in 1851 and observed the dramatic surroundings of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spots, while observing and documenting every detail.Belmond’s tented oasis, set beside the mysterious Savute Channel, will offer an exploratory base for guests in the heart of the national park. The newly designed interiors by Inge Moore of Muza Lab are visually calming, yet dramatic, filled with rich textures and colours, reflecting the earthy and dynamic surroundings.The contemporary lounge and bar connects with the open deck and the eye is drawn straight to the vast view across the plains. Curved and textured rattan chairs with leather detailing and furniture made of local materials fill the public spaces, allowing guests to sit and relax and document their memories following daily safari adventures.Bedrooms feature writing desks and impressive four-poster beds, and vibrant pops of colour can be found throughout the rooms as well as in the bathrooms, contrasting with the natural tones of the savannah. Respecting the nature and the wilderness of the region, sustainable design features include the removal of all concrete; the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking in the principal areas and the lodge will function on a 95% solar grid system.“I have a huge love and respect for nature and the wilderness; it’s something we as humans need to cherish and protect – so being able to design a project in the Savute is a real passion; honour and huge responsibility. I aim my design to be sensitive to the surroundings, but to also create spaces where people can really cherish nature and each other and take home memories without leaving scars on nature,” said Inge Moore of Muza Lab.Prices start from US$970 per person per night, based on two sharing on a fully inclusive basis. Rate includes two daily game drives, all meals, drinks, laundry, insurance and park fees and VAT.Visit belmond.com.Go back to the enewsletter
Related10 dishes every gourmand should have triedThere are gourmet delights all around the world, but what do the food experts recommend as the dishes that every gourmand should try at least once in their lifetime, and where should you travel to taste them? Read on for the ultimate foodies bucket list.12 best street foods around the world: in picturesTantalise (or terrify) your tastebuds with our global gallery of the good, the gorgeous (and the grasshoppers) of gourmet street food.World’s most travelled man: The Fred Finn interviewSo you thought you were well travelled? France: cepe creamI could have easily given an extensive list of delicious items that I have eaten around France over the years, ranging from a flash fried foie gras flamed with calvados and served with caramelised apples, or the perfectly cooked roasted poulet noir with such an exceptional taste of chicken that I had never previously experienced before, or for that matter, ever since!However, I have selected one of the most memorable mouthfuls that has ever crossed my lips; a cepe cream from the restaurant Apicius in Paris.This cepe cream had the colour of milky coffee and a mild woody aroma with gentle hints of smokiness; my silver spoon gently glided into the little pot, slipping through an unctuous mixture that had the density of clotted cream.The texture on the tongue was a mix of silk and velvet with such clean distinct flavours of the cepe, simplicity married with genius and most certainly an indulgence to try before you die!Grab flights to Paris to sample a cepe cream now! Japan: matured wagyu beefThe list here could be endless and the fresh giant abalone baked under a crust of seaweed and salt came close, but the winner by a nori leaf has to be the matured, aged wagyu beef cooked at the small and private tepanyaki restaurant located at the Shangri-La hotel in Tokyo.This incredibly tender meat perfectly seasoned and cooked, melted on the tongue, a dish that halted all conversation in its tracks only to be replaced by gentle moans and groans of indulgent ecstasy. Ooishii yo!Hop on flights to Japan to enjoy some wagyu beef. Turkey: Turkish delight filled with clotted creamTurkey has a wonderful cuisine and ingredients but one of its most famous exports has to be Turkish delight. Whilst many people have tasted a version of this confection, I urge you to visit Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir in the old quarter of Istanbul. The shop has been making and selling Turkish delight since 1777 and very little has changed either in the shop or with the recipes. Whilst all types of Turkish are very good, the delight you must try before you die is a gently rolled lokum filled with clotted cream.I must admit that when offered the confection I initially thought that this may be a little over the top, but the moment it went into my mouth, the combination of smooth sensual textures, richness and delectable flavours had me gasping for more, unlike any other sweet I have ever tasted, whilst possibly being one of the naughtiest!Want to enjoy the delights of Turkey? Grab flights to Istanbul now.South Africa: Butter FishSouth Africa is a country of diversity and needless to say its vast influence shows within its cuisine. It is a country that lies close to my heart and I have been fortunate to visit and film cookery shows across this vast nation for nearly 12 years now.Needless to say I have enjoyed or at least tasted some very interesting food items along the way, from the wallpaper paste known as “pap” to roasted Giraffe (which tastes like roast beef). I have also enjoyed some stunning and simply cooked spring bok, kudu, ostrich, alligator and warthog to name but a few, but moving from land to sea, the butter fish is certainly the one to try before you die. This firm but tender fish is called butter fish for a reason; it simply melts in the mouth; as they say in SA – it’s divine!Butter fish sound good to you? Find flights to South Africa now! Alan Coxon – ‘Food Archaeologist’, TV Chef, presenter and writer – tells us what would be on his menu of gourmet dishes and ingredients from around the world that you must try before you die! UK: Old English Ale-GarThis will appear totally self-indulgent and biased beyond belief, but if I can’t shout about it – who can? I have created an ultimate and unique ingredient called “Mediaeval Old English 15th century Ale-Gar”.Ale-Gar has won 5 gold innovation and superior taste awards to date and is the biggest ‘ale-ternative’ to a Balsamic vinegar in history, in fact pre-dating it by nearly 150 years.Ale-Gar is created from an ancient ale-based recipe which was soured and used as a preservative. It was once enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth 1st but disappeared into oblivion around the 17th century when it was replaced by imported French vinegars.Ale-Gar has flavours reminiscent of a wet Christmas pudding, hints of chocolate malt, cinnamon and warmth exuding from oak and smoke from the aged maturing barrel.It can be used instead of a Balsamic, Worcester sauce or soy sauce. Add a splash to a meat pie or beef casserole; use it as a marinade or drizzled over oysters; or add a dash to your bloody Mar. The unique flavour of Ale-Gar means you really need to try it before you die!____With three cookbooks, an historic food range, along with numerous radio, magazine and live appearances to his name, Alan has cemented his place among cookery’s broadcasting elite. Read more at AlanCoxon.com Buy Ready in Minutes, Alan’s latest cookbook from AmazonRead more Ask the ExpertReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map USA: Pastrami sandwich with truffle oil and parmesan friesWhilst it may appear relatively strange to find such an offering on my top list of items to “try before you die”, the pastrami sandwich with truffle oil and parmesan fries has been as memorable as any of my dining experiences!It was a restaurant between Soho and Chelsea in New York called the Chelsea Deli where I sampled this most sumptuous of sandwiches. It was typically rather large by European or even global standards; oozing with the most tender and superb tasting hand-carved meat, layered between warm, fresh, sourdough bread and thickly layered mustard mayonnaise, it was certainly enough for two!The crisp golden fries cooked in truffle oil filled the summer air with a warm musty aroma given off by the revered dark black fungus, and topped with finely and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Whilst I had only intended to eat half of both the fries and sandwich, I couldn’t resist these quality ingredients and the winning combination that makes it a must to try before you die!Want to try this sandwich for yourself? Grab flights to New York now.
Gran Canaria from £67With temperatures currently around 20C, this Canary Island is as savvy a winter sun destination as any. As well as the sun, Gran Canaria woos visitors with miles of expansive Atlantic beach and some of the most spectacular sand dunes this side of the Sahara desert. Find flights to Gran CanariaGeneva from £64The no.1 airport for skiers and snowboarders heading to the Alps, Geneva is the gateway to winter sports heaven. Dozens of world-class resorts can be reached from the Swiss hub, including Verbier, Zermatt, and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Les Deux Alps and Alpe d’Huez in France. Find flights to GenevaCork from £69Ireland’s second city is small enough to explore in a couple of days, but also offers plenty for visitors to get their teeth into – the English Market is a firm favourite with the city’s foodies, while Kinsale to the west of the city is renowned as the Emerald Isle’s gastronomic hub.Find flights to CorkReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Sun, ski or city break? Take your pick with this week’s trio of amazing bargains. RelatedSnap up a winter holiday bargainReady to snap up a winter bargain? Whether you want to enjoy the festive atmosphere in some of Europe’s coolest cities or escape the cold weather with a beach holiday, there’s something for everyone in this week’s round-up of flight deals. This week we’ve got flights from a range of…Bargains of the week: Gran Canaria | Copenhagen | ParisBargains of the week: Gran Canaria | Copenhagen | Paris8 of the cheapest flights to get winter sun right nowTo paraphrase Frank Sinatra, ‘Fly me to the sun, let me play among the sandbars. Let me see what winter is like in Florida and Oman.’ Ol’ Blue Eyes might have liked the moon, but as his perma-tan showed, he loved the scorching sun – as do we. So we’ve…
RelatedBarcelona: Staff FavouritesBarcelona: Staff FavouritesBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Milan | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Milan | BarcelonaBarcelona has ‘range of offerings’ for those on city breaksThe appeal of city breaks in Barcelona lies in the fact that the city has something to offer travellers on all budgets. 6. CaixaForumThe CaixaForum is a world away from the traditional arts you will see through Barcelona. Formerly a textile factory, it’s now been converted into the vibrant CaixaForum, home of contemporary arts, exhibitions, a cinema, children’s art workshops, and events. Collections feature Dali, Fragonard and Freud with constantly changing temporary exhibitions that appeal to all the family. Once you’ve visited the exhibitions head to the terrace for views across Barcelona. Best of all, entry is free, though tickets are required for some exhibitions. 8. Take a cooking classBarcelonians are proud of their Catalan cuisine and what better way to experience this than through an authentic cooking workshop? BarcelonaCooking offer daily morning and evening cooking classes giving you hands on experience preparing Catalan dishes. A typical class begins with a visit to La Boqueira Mercat to buy local produce for your class before returning to the kitchen to cook appetizers, soup, paella and dessert. Price from €78. Discover more delicious Spanish dishes, with our top foods to try in Spain. 5. Parc de la CiutadellaThe city has a staggering 68 parks, but one of the biggest and most popular places to visit in Barcelona is Parc de la Ciutadella. Take a rowing boat on the lake, admire the fountains and medieval Castell dels Tres Dragons or head to Barcelona Zoo. Craving peace and quiet? Santa Caterina’s Market is a short walk to the south, so stock up on delicious picnic goodies and find a spot for lunch under the lush green palm trees. 7. Visit El BornMany flock to La Rambla for shopping or the Gothic Quarter for historic architecture, and if it’s your first time in Barcelona then these are not to be missed. However, if you’re looking for an area with local charm head to the El Born district, sandwiched between the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Gothic Quarter. Here you will find the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, MUTT Bookshop & Art Gallery and the Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). The main shopping street, despite being rather narrow is Carrer dels Flassaders, lined with medieval buildings and filled with boutiques, vintage shops and cool watering holes like the tiny El Born Bar (Passeig del Born). This is also a must for those with an interest in photography, with the Impossible Project Barcelona gallery and many photography workshops and tours based here. 4. Font MagicaThe Font Magica (Montjuïc Magic Fountain) is one of Barcelona’s most enchanting sights. It was created for the 1929 International Exhibition, located at the Palace of Montjuïc. The ‘magic’ of this fountain happens every weekend (includes Thursdays during the summer), with 30 minute shows in which the water fountains dance to the lights and rhythm of the music. Songs vary from classical music to the Star Wars soundtrack! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 9. Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (Barcelona City History Museum)Barcelona’s City History Museum is a little different to your typical history museum. Across the three levels, the main attraction is underground where you will find excavations of Barcelona from the Roman era, when the city was known as Barcino. The excavations across the 4000sqm area include a factory, a laundry workshop and a church offering a look into the daily life of Romans in the ancient city. Entry is €7 (includes access to the other four MUHBA museums: Museu Casa Verdaguer, Espai Santa Caterina, CCCB and Refugi 307.).Book flights to Barcelona nowSearch Barcelona hotelsWant more? We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Spain, from the Costa del Sol to Madrid:Spains’s best castles and fortressesA country steeped in history, Spain has its fair share of charming castles for you to explore. Here are 15 of the most spectacular.Alternative places to visit on the Costa Del SolThere is more to Spain’s southern coast than simply beach bars and cheap beer. So, before you pass it off as a one trick pony, read on and discover what else Spain’s Costa del Sol has to offer.What to do in Madrid: top attractionsWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…*Published October 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 3. Picasso MuseumThe Picasso Museum is rightly one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions and tells a thorough and fascinating story of the young artist’s development, remaining the only Picasso collection opened in his lifetime. Housed in five connected Catalan Gothic palaces in El Born, the museum now is one of the most complete collections of Picasso’s works of art, with over 4000 pieces on display. The permanent collection is supported by temporary exhibitions exploring Picasso’s life, artistic interests and his love of Barcelona. Tickets are €14 and can be bought online in advance. Can’t get enough of Picasso? Visit the definitive Picasso Museum in his hometown of Malaga, one of our top tips for the Andalusian city. Air FranceJet2Thomas Cook 2. Head to the beachesBarcelona is thought to be one of the best city-beach break destinations in the world with 32km of Blue Flag beaches running alongside the centre. Barceloneta Beach is the closest to the city, which due to its proximity can quickly get crowded. Go for the local’s favourite instead, and head a little further along the coast to the beaches north of Port Olimpic such as Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell, a 15 minute walk from Barceloneta. Both have parasol and chair hire, ping pong tables and volleyball courts as well as lots of cafes and restaurants nearby. You can get the metro or tram to Selva de Mar to get to Nova Mar Bella, or hire a bike and take the scenic cycle path. 1. Tour Gaudi’s WorksGaudi’s influence on Barcelona is immediately apparent; his work is a fundamental part of the city’s landscape. The seven Gaudi sites to visit in Barcelona are Park Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicen, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and the crypt of the church at Colonia Guell and it is worth seeing them all first hand, either at your own pace or joining one of the many guided Gaudi walking tours. The Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s signature work, has international recognition as the symbol of Barcelona. Explore rippling columns and atmospheric temples inspired by nature and designed to make the best use of the light, then head to the towers where you can enjoy views of the city skyline. Come back at dusk to see the building lit up against the night sky. €15 for entry, €29 for entry with access to the towers.
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Royal Asscher Diamond Company has announced London’s renowned luxury department store, Harrods, as their latest retailer.Harrods will carry the largest selection of jewelry from the company’s Stars of Africa collection in the UK, including limited edition pieces with pink diamonds and the Royal Stars—a tribute to the Royal Dutch family—with orange diamonds. The collection, which launched in 2009, is comprised of rings, earrings, pendants and cufflinks and features diamonds enclosed within fluid-filled sapphire domes, allowing the gems to float like snowflakes in a snow globe.The collection is as giving as it is gorgeous, with a portion of proceeds going towards Royal Asscher’s Stars of Africa fundraising initiative, which raises funds for healthcare, education and self-sufficiency programs across the continent.“The world’s most famous luxury department store is a perfect fit and we are very proud that the Stars of Africa Collection is now being sold within the vicinity of the true Star of Africa: the Cullinan diamond,” said Mike Asscher.Visit www.royalasscher.com.
Christopher Plummer’s Golden Globe nomination gets social media buzz by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 5:46 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 Christopher Plummer accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Plummer has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in “All the Money in the World.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power TORONTO – Canadian actor Christopher Plummer’s Golden Globe nomination for “All the Money in the World” had social media buzzing Monday.After all, it was just over a month ago that the 87-year-old replaced Kevin Spacey as billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s finished biographical drama.Spacey was ousted from the movie in the wake of sexual assault allegations that also led to his firing from Netflix’s “House of Cards.” He had already shot his scenes and Scott was facing a six-week deadline to insert Plummer into the film in time for its Dec. 25 release.Plummer was nominated for best actor in a supporting role along with Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project,”) Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”).The Toronto native has been nominated for several Golden Globes in the past, winning one in 2012 for “Beginners,” which also earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor.“Interesting that voters had time to see that Christopher Plummer performance that was completed just weeks ago,” tweeted actress Justine Bateman.“Christopher Plummer nominated for Golden Globe for role he shot a month ago. Some kind of record?” tweeted actor Stephen Merchant.Eric McCormack and the animated film “The Breadwinner” were among the other Canadian nominees announced Monday.Toronto-born McCormack is nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy series for “Will and Grace.” He’s up against Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish,” Aziz Ansari for “Master of None,” Kevin Bacon for “I Love Dick,” and William H. Macy for “Shameless.”“The Breadwinner,” a Canadian co-production produced by Angelina Jolie, is up for best animated film. Its competition includes “The Boss Baby,” “Ferdinand,” “Coco” and “Loving Vincent.”Meanwhile, the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” directed by Montreal’s Jean-Marc Vallee, is in the running for six trophies while Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale “The Shape of Water, which was shot in Toronto and Hamilton, earned a leading seven nods.Alberta-shot series “Fargo” was also nominated for TV’s best limited series or motion picture.“The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, also received several nominations, including best television drama.
LANCASTER, Ohio – Museumgoers in Ohio are getting a rare opportunity to view more than 40 costumes linked to some of Paramount Pictures’ most memorable characters, including “Forrest Gump’s” Jenny and “Star Trek’s” Khan.“Creating the Illusion: Costumes & Characters from the Paramount Pictures Archive” opens at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster on Saturday and runs through Aug. 12.The exhibit features costumes, props, posters and concept art from 21 Paramount films since 1987, including several that had been nominated for an Oscar for costume design.Curator Randall Thropp is a former Lancaster resident who manages the studio’s costume and prop archive. He says the show satisfies a “new nostalgia” for movies of the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s, including “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” ”The Addams Family,” ”Dreamgirls” and “Zoolander.” This May 17, 2018 photo shows costumes from the film, “Forrest Gump” on display as part of the “Creating the Illusion: Costumes & Characters from the Paramount Pictures Archive” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, Ohio. The exhibit that opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth) by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 10:08 am PDT Last Updated May 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paramount costume exhibit in Ohio satisfies ‘new nostalgia’
Britain’s Princess Eugenie, accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, arrives for her wedding ceremony to Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Toby Melville, Pool via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 12, 2018 3:26 am PDT Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: British designers made Eugenie’s wedding dress LONDON – The Latest on the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (all times local):11:40 a.m.Princess Eugenie is wearing a gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a full-length train.The bride is also wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which was loaned to her by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.It is made of brilliant and rose-cut diamonds set in platinum with six emeralds on either side.Gusty wind required Eugenie to walk carefully up the steps leading to St. George’s Chapel as she was escorted by her father, Prince Andrew.___11:20 a.m.Princess Eugenie has married tequila executive Jack Brooksbank in a solemn ceremony at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.The 28-year-old bride is ninth in line for the British throne. She wore a gown by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. She also wore a diamond and emerald encrusted tiara.Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip attended the wedding, along with Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and other senior royals.The couple got engaged in January when Brooksbank, 32, proposed during a holiday trip to Nicaragua. They have dated for seven years.___7:30 a.m.Britain will have its second royal wedding of the year when Princess Eugenie weds a tequila brand executive in a gala ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle.Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are to marry Friday at St. George’s Chapel, which is part of the castle complex.The nuptials will draw most senior members of the royal family, including Eugenie’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.The couple will marry in the same venue used in May by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who is now known as the Duchess of Sussex.Eugenie, 28, is ninth in line to the British throne. She works in the art world.Her sister, Princess Beatrice, will be maid of honour.They are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 5:04 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.The four-and-a-half day convention kicks off Wednesday when the show room floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. will get things going with a ScareDiego event promising some hair-raising new footage from “It: Chapter Two.”“We have some exciting footage but I can’t go into details,” said “It” director Andy Muschietti. “But I think it’s going to be worth it for the fans to go and watch.”Movie fans will also get a look at Paramount’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” at a Hall H presentation Thursday, and on Saturday be treated to a Marvel Studios presentation with its president, Kevin Feige. Details for the Marvel show are being kept under wraps, but many expect Feige and his “special guests” will outline the plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could include announcements about “Black Widow,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” ”Shang-Chi” and “The Eternals.”The movie fare is lighter than usual, however. A few of the studios have chosen to sit this year out, like Sony, which is already cleaning up at the box office with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and Universal Pictures, which doesn’t have any superheroes on its slate at all. Although Warner Bros. is coming with “It: Chapter Two,” it does not have a big Hall H presentation planned for any of its DC properties like “Joker” and the Harley Quinn spinoff “Birds of Prey.” And there will be no “Star Wars” news either.“If anything, the exiting of some movie studios has made more room for TV and TV is just the best of the best right now,” said Perri Nemiroff, a senior producer for Collider.com and host of the YouTube series Movie Talk.Television enthusiasts will have their pick, whether they want one last go-around the cast of a show that’s ended (like “Game of Thrones” and “Supernatural”), to check in with some old favourites (“The Walking Dead,” ”The Good Place,” ”Westworld,” ”Arrow,” ”Rick and Morty” and “Riverdale”), or get first look at a new property (such as “Snowpiercer,” ”Star Trek: Picard” and “The Witcher”).Occasionally this means throwing a Comic-Con newbie into the mix. HBO is bringing Lin-Manuel Miranda out for his first ever convention to promote the new show “His Dark Materials.”Last month Miranda tweeted a modest request for fans: “Be gentle, it’s my first Comic-Con.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Fans to descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con FILE – In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018, file photo, Luis Ramos, left, of San Diego takes a picture of his son Alek, third from right, and daughter Anabel, second from right, and their friends Emiliano Beltran, fourth from right, and Isabel Beltran, before Preview Night at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego. The four-day 2019 Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday, July 17, 2019, when the showroom floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
June 7, 1999Dario and George troweling concrete into the staircase at EastCrescent IV.
July 8, 2003SILT 7: This continues the report from 6/10. The form for the second lightscoop panel is ready. This panel will top the lightscoop in Unit 9 of the East Crescent complex. The design was developed by Tomiaki Tamura [left]. On the right construction intern Emily Edgington. [Photo & text: sa] It is the first big project for the workshop which started on June 22. Workshopper Jennifer Wolf [in the foreground] applies some of the vibrant pigment. [Photo & text: sa] Tomiaki’s design was inspired by the medieval symbolism of ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’. [Photo & text: sa] During a pour everyone has an assigned task. The concrete mixing group works hard with two old mixing machines to keep the panel crew supplied. [Photo & text: sa] The first layer of concrete is applied very carefully. In the background the prepared rebar cage hangs from the crane boom, ready to be moved. [Photo & text: sa] The first layer is complete and the rebar cage is lowered into place. [Photo & text: sa] Crewleader Eli Michael fastens weldplates. [Photo & text: sa] The pour continues. [Photo & text: sa] Planning interns Carlos Flores and Mickey Hamill slump test each batch of concrete and prepare batch samples to be sent to the lab. [Photo & text: sa] Workshopper Sandeep Sabu [foreground] uses a handtrowel to fine finish the surface of the panel. Mickey Hamill lays on the support beam to finish hard-to-reach places. [Photo & text: sa] The second panel is complete. This report will continue when the concrete has set and the panel is lifted. [Photo & text: sa]
August 7, 2006 The Colly Soleri Music Center welcomed back GROUP MOTION, a dance company from Philadelphia. Directed by Manfred Fischbeck, this company has graced the Colly Soleri Music Center with week-long workshops almost annually since 1991. The Group Motion Company observes and expresses the human experience through movement. Each dance becomes a world of its own, transforming the stage into a ritual space to explore life’s mysteries and journeys. Group Motion finds inspriation in universal sources – from myth, nature, and social issues to relationships and everyday adventures. [Photo & text: Group Motion, sa] Group Motion was originally founded in 1962 as Gruppe Motion Berlin, a chamber dance company evolving from the Mary Wigman School of Dance. In 1968, under the direction of Brigitte Herrmann, Helmut Gottschield, and Manfred Fischbeck, the company relocated to Philadelphia and was quick to receive critical success. Group Motion came under the sole artistic and executive direction of Manfred Fishbeck in 1989 and has continued to develop within the forefront of contemporary dance, working with nationally and internationally known choreographers and artists. [left] Brigitte Herrman and Manfred Fischbeck. [right] The amphiteater becomes part of the stage, here one of the bridges over the amphitheater moat. [Photo & text: Group Motion, sa] Group discussion after a session. The Colly Soleri Music Center and Amphitheater is an ideal environment for group workshops, with in- and semi-outdoor facilities. A group can be housed on site, delicious meals are available in the Arcosanti Cafe and the pool provides a perfect place for relaxation. For more information please contact Arcosanti Guest Services at (928) 632-6222. [Photo & text: sa]
July 31, 2017Conviviality – a chance for the August workshop participants to meet Arcosanti residents. (photo and text lvb)A barbecue potluck to welcome the new workshop is organized in the Vault. Cyo, one of the residents, is vegetarian: bean burger for him.Thanks Charlie for taking care of the barbecue and thanks to everyone who prepared something for the potluck or simply joined it. Welcome to Dominik, Miles, Richard, Taylor, Camilo and Irene.
Finding the incidental magic in the everyday, one writer tells THEO PANAYIDES about touching those she meets and the wisdom of older people Bus Diaries, random moment No. 1: Jimmy the barber in Polis Chrysochous talks to the unseen woman, telling of his many years at sea. On the walls of his shop are old snaps of unexplained children, various tools of the barber’s trade and a photo of Jimmy himself in his youth, sporting a magnificent horseshoe-shaped moustache. The ’tache is now trimmed, the hair lanky and straggly, the young man older and slyer. He tells the unseen woman of some long-ago liaison: “I fell in love with this girl in New Zealand. She had one leg. I met her in a bar”. Of course, one of those one-legged girls you meet in bars. New Zealand is full of them.“I’m very, very interested in people,” says Eleni Xenou – the unseen woman in question, though we do catch a glimpse of her at other points in the video. “I feel like, if I were to stick a sign on myself, it wouldn’t say ‘Journalist’ or ‘Writer’. I’m a collector of stories. People fascinate me. How they think, what there may be inside them, what they contain, what they remember. I mean, really getting to know–” she stops herself, as if careful not to overstate. “Not getting to know, but just briefly touching that something inside them.”Is that true, or just a spiel? I assume she didn’t just make up this excellent description of herself as ‘a collector of stories’ on the spur of the moment. “There’s a novel inside every one of us,” she tells me later, quoting writer Kostas Mourselas – and quotes the exact same line in the Bus Diaries video, right after chatting to Jimmy the barber in fact. There’s a slight sense of strain about our encounter, something slightly unnatural – though she couldn’t be friendlier, pours me a glass of iced pomegranate juice and asks “Do you mind if I smoke?” before rolling the first of several roll-ups – simply because Eleni is on the wrong side of the tape recorder. Ordinarily she’d be the one asking the questions, for many years at Phileleftheros and elsewhere, her collection of personal ‘stories’ including some notable interviewees like Paulo Coelho and Isabel Allende. She met the latter in San Francisco, having travelled halfway around the world (she claims) for the answer to a troublesome question: “Tell me, Mrs. Allende, what makes life interesting?”.Eleni’s own answer would presumably include travel, which she did compulsively for decades (one reason why she’s never managed to save much money, she sighs) – above all during the year she spent in Asia, making her base on the tiny Thai island of Ko Pha Ngan and venturing out to Laos, Vietnam, Bali and so on. She made ends meet partly by distilling her experiences into a weekly ‘travel diary’ column for the paper back in Cyprus – but in fact she didn’t need much money (that was the point), shunning hotels and following “that community of wanderers” who camped out on Ko Pha Ngan like the blissed-out hippies in Alex Garland’s The Beach. They were something of a motley crew, a smattering of drifters and yoga teachers but mostly “people trying to find themselves” – most of them between 35 and 55, “at a stage when they were taking a break from their lives, and that was very interesting… It’s interesting to meet people in a kind of transit moment of their lives.”Bus Diaries, random moment No. 2: the unseen woman – now, briefly, seen, her shrewd, narrow eyes giving her the watchful expression of a bird of prey – talks to an 84-year-old village woman making olive oil. The old lady’s helper is a smiling young Vietnamese girl named ‘Two’ – and this cheerful assistant holds up two fingers (the unseen woman having presumably tried to decipher the name based on her own experiences in Vietnam) to make clear that, no, her name really is just … TwoBus Diaries is Eleni’s new project, actually a joint project with her business – and life – partner Christoforos Roditis; it’s a series of short videos (four have already been posted on YouTube, with four more to go; there’s also a Facebook page, facebook.com/busdiaries) with our heroine getting on a bus and heading off into rural Cyprus, usually encountering a mix of elderly Cypriots, British retirees and young foreign ‘helpers’. Her own contemporaries (she’s 47) are largely absent – not by design, simply because that generation of Cypriots has almost entirely fled the villages – and the tone may also chafe for some viewers, being consistently wonderstruck: everything is quaint, lyrical, magical. Eleni’s default mode seems to tend towards poetry, the incidental magic in the everyday (that’s what she loves in her favourite authors, notably Haruki Murakami) – not just on video but generally, even when she’s giving me directions. “It’s a yellow house,” she says on the phone, explaining how to get there but having to be prodded for the actual address. Colours are magical; addresses are not.It is indeed a yellow house, deep in old Nicosia, adorned with light-blue shutters and old-fashioned street lanterns. There’s art on the walls, though less than you might expect from a woman whose writing (and editing) appeared in Phileleftheros’ cultural pages for 18 years; the house is airy, calling attention to its high domed roof and spacious courtyard in the back. Eleni limps into the courtyard, her limp being the result of a foot operation that’s kept her housebound for weeks now. It’s a Saturday morning and very quiet, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the sounds are very specific: the chirp of swallows, the tinkle of wind chimes, and a weird rattling noise that descends from the ceiling whenever someone walks in the living-room. Those are the sounds of the roof, she explains: “I like to say it’s my guardian angels walking about”.More of the magic in the everyday – a tendency, or perhaps sensibility, that may also explain why she needed travel so much. Coming into contact with the remote and exotic isn’t just a fun thing to put on Instagram: “It immediately broadens your awareness of what is possible in this life”. Comparing one’s reality with that of some village person in Laos or Nepal makes one comprehend, as she puts it, that “life is something bigger than reality” – that it also includes the mysterious, which we tend to exclude from our definition of ‘reality’. Simply put, you no longer have to feel guilty for imagining magic in your daily existence: life includes so much else – so many more realities beyond our parochial own – that “what you’ve imagined might actually happen”.Where does it come from, this lifelong reaching-out for mystery? Hard to say, but she’s always had a restlessness, what she calls “escapist tendencies”. What was she like at 18? “I feel I was someone who was boiling on the inside – not in the sense of an explosion but a great thirst to learn, to see, to know things… [Longing] to be a bit random, a bit of a wanderer”. This was all on the inside, however, channelled not into open rebellion (she was never much of a rebel) but scribbling down thoughts and ideas, meanwhile studying Law followed by Journalism. She seems to have grown up in a loving but fiery family: “They were both very, very strong personalities,” she notes when I ask about her parents. Her dad was also a journalist, actually a political analyst; her mum was among the first women to own a betting shop, which she’d inherited from her father. Both had been married before; Eleni has three half-siblings but is presumably the youngest, being the only child from her parents’ marriage – which also ended in divorce. One wonders if that sparked the travel bug (not to mention the writing bug), a young girl dreaming of far-off exotic worlds while surrounded by these big, intense people.Bus Diaries, random moment No. 3: Mr. Agathocles in the village of Anogyra – a great character, bull-necked and toothless – giving the unseen woman the benefit of a lifetime’s experience from beneath his bald dome, eyes almost lost in folds in flesh. “God save us all,” he shrugs, summarising life in a few well-chosen words: “The earth will swallow us”. Then chuckles at the merry futility of it all, his big body shaking with mirth.“I love the wisdom of older people,” says Eleni, puffing at her roll-up. There’s a lot to be learned from their worldview, and indeed their fatalism – above all, of course, that “this life will end at some point”. It’s not something she really thinks about (she’s only 47), but she does ‘prepare’ by, for instance, doing yoga every day, taking care of her body – and you also prepare, indirectly, by “appreciating your relationship with your partner… Saying ‘Yes, we’ll go – there, together’, shall we say. Just trying to grow old beautifully”. Christoforos is the most significant relationship of her life, says Eleni – and they seem to have found each other at a significant time, not long after her life was upended by losing her job just a few weeks after the haircut (i.e. when no-one was hiring). It’s obvious that she still feels hard done by, and remains angry at her old employers for having cut her loose without any kind of safety net – not even a month’s salary – after 18 years of service; “You just don’t expect that someone will behave so pettily”. Then again, she also likes the freedom that comes with going freelance – and is busy rebuilding her brand, now writing mostly at Kathimerini (which also had a hand in the Bus Diaries) where her work seems to be quite political, writing on the Auditor-General and “the rhetoric of hate” in recent articles.Meanwhile, there’s a rich collection of stories to look back on – all the people she’s met on her travels (some became friends, who later came to visit her in Cyprus), and the people she continues to encounter. The wizened 80-something she met on a bus who sells lottery tickets outside the Land Registry, has the carefree laugh of a little girl and wished Eleni good luck (rather fittingly, given her job). Mrs May in Thailand – another village woman and wise older person with a calm, “rooted” wisdom – who once caught Eleni on a bad day but was too polite to note that she seemed depressed, talking instead about the weather: “‘Did you see how angry the sea was last night?’ she asked me. ‘Yeah,’ I replied, ‘it was really rough’. ‘But do you see today,’ she went on, ‘what a beautiful day it is?’ And that was her way of saying ‘Things aren’t so bad’.”Surely there are also people she can’t stand, though? Of course, she replies; if anything, the older she gets the more her “patience for stupidity” diminishes – but it’s not just stupid people, it’s also (or especially) “those who you feel aren’t relaxed in their skin”, those who always seem to be pretending. Is she relaxed in her own skin? “I feel OK with myself,” she replies simply. “I feel like, since this is who I am – well, at least I should try to be nice to this person!”Sounds like a pretty good note on which to leave Eleni Xenou – still unable to walk very well, admittedly, an ironic fate for a lifelong traveller, though in fact even the trips have been largely curtailed in recent years (I suspect she may be living through her own “transit moment”). These days she’s working on a novel – her first, though she’s previously published a collection of her newspaper columns – writing for various outlets and slaking her thirst for magic and mystery by going on excursions, walking down new paths and coming into contact with new people. I exit the yellow house and walk down the street, random shards of our conversation still bouncing around in my ears like a piece of music. Could I really say I ‘collected her story’? Did I get to know – or not even get to know, just briefly touch – that something inside her? I guess I tried.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo 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 Taboola
AN initiative to fight plastic waste in Cyprus was launched in Paphos on Wednesday afternoon.The programme is being promoted by the Akti Project and Research Centre which is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Nicosia.The official launch of the campaign took place at 4pm at Geroskipou beach and was attended by the Spanish ambassador, Angel Lossada, representatives of the municipality of Geroskipou and volunteers.A spokesman for Akti said that the project “Fighting Plastic Waste in Cyprus: The Chiringuitos Responsibilities” is being carried out within the Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed) programme to tackle the challenge of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea and supporting innovative and socially responsible actions. A chiringuito is a Spanish term for a small business, often a beach bar selling drinks)The initiative aims to raise awareness of the public and businesses on environmental issues, marine litter in particular.“Specifically, the project is aimed at owners of coastal food and beverage areas scattered on beaches of Cyprus to become responsible for the protection of the beach, and to reduce the amount of garbage, mainly plastic, abandoned by bathers,” said a press release.The project will be conducting a contest in which restaurant or bar owners will be evaluated on their management of plastic waste.“We need to raise awareness in Cypriot society about the source and immediate consequences of discarding plastics at sea and at the same time providing innovative proposals to reduce the problem,” the organisation said.Akti was established in 2000 by a group of experts in environmental issues and has created an extensive network of collaborators and volunteers which raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sustainable development.The launch is part of an extensive information campaign being carried out in Cyprus.“Owners are given a concise but comprehensive guide outlining the practices they can apply to minimise plastic waste.” You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Over 34,000 people from 41 different nations visited within the first three weeks of operationWithin the first three weeks of operation, over 34,000 visitors from 41 different countries visited Cyprus Casinos (C2), the first licensed casino in the Republic , while more than 6,000 visitors have registered to become members of the C2 Rewards Club loyalty programme, operators Melco said on Wednesday.Craig Ballantyne, Property President of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos, said: “So far, the number of visitors has exceeded our expectations and we are very gratified with the response from our guests. We believe the accelerating attendance rate and strong performance of new members joining the Cyprus Casinos C2 Rewards Club is driven by the strong, positive word of mouth and self-discovery by the market.”Ballantyne also said guests from 41 different nationalities have visited C2 so far. “By the numbers, the most visitors have been Cypriots, followed by those from Greece, Israel, Romania, Russia and United Kingdom. The most popular games have been our state-of-the-art Slot Machines, followed by American Roulette,” he addedLocated at 271 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue in Zakaki, Limassol, the temporary casino covers 4,600m² inclusive of a 1,300m² gaming area, 33 gaming tables and 242 slot machines, a ‘Salon Prive’ VIP gaming area, Columbia Bistro restaurant and two bars which serve a variety of cuisines, snacks and beverages. The casino operates on a 24/7 basis and guests must be 21 years of age and above to enter. There is no fee to enter Cyprus Casinos.‘C2’, it is just a temporary taster for Melco’s fully fledged integrated €550 million casino resort City of Dreams Mediterranean which is due to open in 2021.The temporary Cyprus Casino began operating on June 28, and over its first weekend, more than 2,000 people per day were visiting.Temporary casinos are also slated for the main districts in Cyprus, and recent reports said Larnaca Airport would begin operating a small casino with slot machines.You May LikeJobs in Dubai | Search AdsFinding a Job in Dubai for Indian Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in Dubai | Search AdsUndoYeah! MotorC-5 Galaxy: 50 Facts & PhotosYeah! MotorUndoTripsInsiderHotels In United States At Ridiculously Low PricesTripsInsiderUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Industrial unrest has been brewing in the north as unions enforced a work-to-rule in response to the Turkish Cypriot’s administration decision to stop paying public workers overtime.On Tuesday evening, flights were disrupted at Tympou (Ercan) airport after flight controllers joined other unions and refused to work overtime.The action affected 18 arrivals and 16 departures, causing chaos.Daily Kibris said the chaos lasted for five hours, from 7pm until midnight, ending after consultations between the two sides.The decision to stop paying overtime work was made as Turkish Cypriots seek to buffer the effects of the plunge in the Turkish lira.According to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi, unions had asked the administration to withdraw its decision but the request was rejected. In response, unions decided to apply a work-to-rule and seek legal recourse.Meanwhile, trade unions such as KAMU-SEN and KTAMS (civil servants), TIP-Is (doctors), GUC-Sen (customs) and Turk-Sen announced that their members will not work overtime.The secondary school teacher union, KTOS, held a protest on Wednesday outside the Turkish Cypriot assembly saying that the economic crisis was being shouldered only by workers.Sener Elcil, general secretary of KTOS, said campaigns and sacrifices would be meaningful only with an equal and fair adjustment and added that according to the statistics, the purchasing power of a civil servant fell by 61 per cent and the purchasing power of people on the minimum wage by 56 per cent.He noted that the salary of a teacher who had started working in 2011 was €780 and dropped to €482 in 2018.Elcil said the minimum wage which was €558 in 2011 is now just €314.In the last six months, the value of the dollar against the Turkish lira has increased by 31 per cent, the euro by 26 per cent, and sterling by 21 per cent, accompanied by corresponding rise in the price of nearly all imported goods.With the increase in the value of foreign currency against the lira, the price of household electricity has also increased as diesel for the main power plant in the north is paid for in US dollars.The rise in prices has forced consumers to cut spending except for food items, leaving shop owners from Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta, and Rizokarpaso unable to pay the rent, which is charged in British pounds due a lack of confidence in the Turkish lira. You May LikeAnswer Mind10 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease You Shouldn’t Ignore!Answer MindUndoAfriZapThe 20 Most Generous Billionaires In The WorldAfriZapUndoezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Evie AndreouMembers of the state symphony orchestra found themselves under fire on Thursday with some MPs asking for their heads on a plate over their intended participation in a music festival in the north of the island on their own time.Some MPs called for their dismissal and they must face the state orchestra board next week to explain themselves.The issue was raised at the House watchdog committee by Edek MP, Costis Efstathiou, who reported that the artistic director and orchestra leader, but also Greek Cypriot musicians in the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CySO) – were scheduled to perform at the 16th international music festival organised in the north between September 21 and November 16.Eftstathiou presented a poster advertising the event to his colleagues and the permanent secretary of the ministry of education and culture, Egly Pantelakis, who was at the committee meeting for another matter concerning the youth orchestra.The MP asked the ministry official what measures they had taken “to set them [the musicians] straight.”Efstathiou also tweeted an image of the poster and circled the two top orchestra members scheduled to perform in October but also another group – consisting of a string quartet and another musician – some members of which are also part of the CySO. Both performances are to take place at Bellapais Abbey.“At the Bellapais Abbey, where civilians, prisoners of war were slaughtered in 1974, the pseudo-state is organising music festivals in which, unfortunately, Greek Cypriot members of the Symphony Orchestra participate, but also the Artistic Director and the first violinist of German extraction. Oh joy!,” Efstathiou tweeted in a sarcastic tone.Pantelakis said the musicians did not take permission from the CySO board to participate in the event and that they would be called to explain themselves.Even though it is not mentioned anywhere on the poster that the musicians in question are members of the CySO, Efstathiou said that it was still reprehensible.“They are members of the symphony orchestra that is funded and controlled by the state, their salaries come from the taxpayer and they will participate in an event organised by the ‘presidency’ and a number of ‘ministries’ in the north. Unacceptable,” Efstathiou told the Cyprus Mail.Pantelakis told MPs that her ministry only found out about it on Monday when the poster was brought to their attention and that in such cases they seek the advice of the foreign affairs ministry on how to handle the matter. She has since sent a letter to the permanent secretary of the foreign ministry asking for guidance and that she is to also inform the education minister, Costas Hambiaouris of this issue.The musicians will be called before the board of the CySO next week, after consultations with the foreign ministry and Hambiaouris.According to the head of the House watchdog committee, Zacharias Koulias, all parliamentary parties have protested over this and “hope that the Republic will take the right measures.”Akel MP, Giorgos Georgiou, said that his party has expressed their concern over this matter but were satisfied with the way Pantelakis was handling it.Greens’ MP, Giorgos Perdikis, called for the dismissal of the musicians.The head of the CySO musicians’ association, Nicos Ioannou, too said that they were not informed of the festival in the north and that possible participation of the orchestra’s members was “100 per cent reprehensible.”You May LikeCultivated KnowledgeThe 24 Most Beautiful Cars of All-TimeCultivated KnowledgeUndoBrainSharperSofia Vergara’s Wedding Gown Turned HeadsBrainSharperUndoSmart SecurityCheapest Way to Protect your HomeSmart SecurityUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboola